Saturday Summary

I have several thoughts I want to write about that cannot wait until my next Thursday Thoughts post. Maybe I’ll start doing a “Saturday Summary” each week to summarize some more thoughts since they don’t always come to me by Thursday each week.

Thought #1

Are people really surprised when allegations of wrongdoing are brought against John Oxendine? Really?

11Alive News has learned the University of Georgia Office of Legal Affairs is weighing its options on the Oxendine campaign’s use of school trademarks.

Republican candidate for Governor John Oxendine has been featuring the Georgia “G” and use of the word, “Dawgs” on stickers, banners and campaign signs.

The article states that many campaigns are using the logo, but 11alive chose only to post an example of Oxendine’s use. Interesting. Are they trying to make it sound like it’s excusable because “everyone is doing it” or were they trying to make an example of Ox?

Either way, it’s wrong, and he should stop using the logo.

Thought #2

The last person we need in any elected position is a lobbyist, no matter whether they are ethical or not.

Conservative Republican candidate Darwin Carter of Alma, Georgia on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 has filed an ethics complaint against CEO/Lobbyist Gary Black for failure to disclose the use of his office as CEO/Lobbyist for the Georgia Agribusiness Council (not-for-profit) to run for Commissioner of Agriculture. Additionally, Carter charges that Black’s lobbying firm, Georgia Agribusiness Council (GAC) is a nonprofit 501c6 corporation and according to the IRS, should pay taxes on their extensive partisan political work.

These are some serious allegations. It doesn’t matter to me if he is guilty or not, I don’t trust lobbyists anyway.

Thought #3

Jan Brewer is an awesome governor. She never hesitates to tell it like it is.

 

Thought #4

There are 2000 oil skimmers in the United States. 20 of them are in use right now in the Gulf of Mexico. The fact that we are not utilizing every resource to contain this spill shows just how negligent the Obama administration has been since this disaster began.

 

17 countries have offered help 21 times since the DeepWater Horizon rig exploded in April. Every offer of assistance has been turned down. In addition to being the most negligent administration in the history of the United States, it is also the most destructive. Had these offers of help been accepted from day one, we wouldn’t have oil seeping 6-inches into the beaches along the Gulf shore, hundreds if not thousands of birds wouldn’t be dying, and the economy of the southern gulf states wouldn’t be in shambles.

The Obama administration truly is an abomination.

Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

How quick do you think federal authorities can evacuate Tampa Bay, Florida?

As FEMA and other government agencies prepare for what is now being called the worst oil spill disaster in  history, plans to evacuate the Tampa Bay area are in place.

The plans would be announced in the event of a controlled burn of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico, or if wind or other conditions are expected to take toxic fumes through Tampa Bay.

Let’s see… The oil has already started killing forms of life we haven’t even discovered and they are talking about a “controlled burn”? I’m no expert, but something tells me that lighting the entire Gulf of Mexico on fire is a really bad idea.

Thought #2

The entire Gulf of Mexico might not be on fire yet, but it sounds like someone’s working on a lethal solution for endangered sea turtles. Watch this…

If I heard him correctly, BP brought in a group of people to help rescue the turtles, but then in frustration that the rescuers were “present”, they cut the program short. I think we have a President who voted “present” for a long time. Stupid is as stupid does.

Thought #3

Speaking of stupid… If you looked in the dictionary under the word “stupid” you might find the photograph of a county supervisor from Wisconsin.

Peggy West was speaking during a hearing to decide whether or not Milwaukee will boycott Arizona because of their new immigration law. This is what she had to say about the great state of Arizona.

If this was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.

Did you catch that? She actually said that Arizona is not a border state. Then, when someone called her on it she said she “misspoke”. That’s not misspeaking, that plain, unadulterated, genuine stupidity.

What If It’s Already Too Late?

I’ve just about had it with all the news about the oil spill. In fact, after my post tonight, I don’t want to hear another word about it until BP and the Obama Administration get off their collective asses and start doing something, anything, to stop the leak and start cleaning up the oil that has already poured into the Gulf of Mexico.

There is a lot of news out there, and all of it sucks. There are bright spots, like the news that Kevin Costner and his group got the green light to start using their centrifuges to pull oil from the water. Of course, it’s not really a bright spot because it took 2 freaking months for someone to give the green light for that idea. Just think… If Costner had been given the go-ahead when he offered his help in the first place, 90% of the oil that has leaked from the blown well would have been contained. Have you seen the gulf lately?

 

Here’s a secret for you. I really don’t give a rat’s ass whose fault this is. BP was wrong to take shortcuts on safety. Our government was wrong for not making sure they adhered to safety standards. Our current president was (and still is) wrong for trying to pass the buck when it comes to sealing the well and the clean up. As of right now, I don’t care about them. None of them. We’ll have plenty of time to point fingers and assign blame after we get past the initial problem.

You remember the initial problem don’t you? The well is still blown. Oil is still pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. Up to 60,000 barrels of oil are leaking into the gulf every day! Don’t worry trying to do the math, the total is well over 145 million gallons of oil. Do you have any comprehension of how much damage that is causing?

 

I know many of you will think I am just venting, but I am tired of the finger pointing. I am tired of the inaction on the part of our Commander in Chief and most of all, I am tired of all the lies. Honestly, at this point, tired doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about everyone involved.

Did you know that severe problems started on the DeepWater Horizon oil rig back in February? Did you know that BP, the Minerals Management Service, and the Obama Administration were all very much aware of those problems two months before the well blew?

BP Plc was struggling to seal cracks in its Macondo well as far back as February, more than two months before an explosion killed 11 and spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

It took 10 days to plug the first cracks, according to reports BP filed with the Minerals Management Service that were later delivered to congressional investigators. Cracks in the surrounding rock continued to complicate the drilling operation during the ensuing weeks. Left unsealed, they can allow explosive natural gas to rush up the shaft.

On March 10, almost six weeks before the explosion, a BP executive emailed the MMS’s drilling engineer for the New Orleans district, telling him, “We’re in the midst of a well control situation.” Six weeks!

Now there’s word that things might just be worse than anyone, within the government or otherwise, is telling us. There may be no way to stop the flow of oil from the top.

First of all…set aside all your thoughts of plugging the well and stopping it from blowing out oil using any method from the top down. Plugs, big valves to just shut it off, pinching the pipe closed, installing a new bop or lmrp, shooting any epoxy in it, top kills with mud etc etc etc….forget that, it won’t be happening..it’s done and over. In fact actually opening up the well at the subsea source and allowing it to gush more is not only exactly what has happened, it was probably necessary, or so they think anyway.

You remember “Top Kill” don’t you? That was the operation where BP tried to pump tons and tons of mud into the well in an attempt to seal it. Top Kill failed and with it, our best chance of sealing the well from above. So what does this mean? If we cannot stop it from the top down, how do you think we would go about stopping it?

It means they will never cap the gusher after the wellhead. They cannot…the more they try and restrict the oil gushing out the bop?…the more it will transfer to the leaks below. Just like a leaky garden hose with a nozzle on it. When you open up the nozzle?…it doesn’t leak so bad, you close the nozzle?…it leaks real bad,
same dynamics. It is why they sawed the riser off…or tried to anyway…but they clipped it off, to relieve pressure on the leaks “down hole”. I’m sure there was a bit of panic time after they crimp/pinched off the large riser pipe and the Diamond wire saw got stuck and failed…because that crimp diverted pressure and flow to the rupture down below.

The article quoted above, from The Oil Drum, is well worth the read, because they explain everything in common sense terms. Once you read the entire article come back and finish. I can wait.

 

What if the fissures are leaking more than we think? What if the cracks are expanding due to the intense pressure of the oil and hydrates trying to escape? What happens when these leaks expand and increase the flow of oil and other substances into the gulf?

The damage to the Gulf of Mexico is already reaching irreparable levels. Endangered wildlife, carefully balanced ecosystems, and critical breeding grounds are all being destroyed. The loss of life will be unmeasurable, and we may never see things “return to normal” in many coastal areas. Just to be clear, I’m not even talking about the economic and environmental toll this will have on humans yet. Without even factoring humans into the equation, except the fact humans were responsible for this in the first place, the losses will be so tremendous that the world will never be the same. Ever.

It’s bad. It’s really bad. So what happens next? What happens if the “worst case scenario” actually happens? If I have learned one thing since 2008, it’s that the “worst case scenario” is more likely to happen than not. So what is next?

What happens next might just surprise you. I might even scare you. It should scare you. It scares me.

 

Geologists warned BP that the Deepwater Horizon exploratory rig might have been sitting directly over a huge underground reservoir of methane. Documents support the findings that a huge methane deposit is down there.

According to worried geologists, the first signs that the methane may burst its way through the bottom of the ocean would be fissures or cracks appearing on the ocean floor near the damaged well head.

Evidence of fissures opening up on the seabed have been captured by the robotic submersibles working to repair and contain the ruptured well. Smaller, independent plumes have also appeared outside the nearby radius of the bore hole itself.

According to some geological experts, BP’s operations set into motion a series of events that may be irreversible.

Is methane leaking from the fissures around the well head? Is it possible that this incredibly large methane lake could escape and make its way above ground? What would the release of that much methane do to the marine life in the gulf? What would it do to the men and women working in the gulf?

With the emerging evidence of fissures, the quiet fear now is the methane bubble rupturing the seabed and exploding into the Gulf waters. If the bubble escapes, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will instantaneously sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists measuring the oil plumes’ advance will instantly perish.

As horrible as that is, what would follow is an event so potentially horrific that it equals in its fury the Indonesian tsunami that killed more than 600,000, or the destruction of Pompeii by Mt. Vesuvius.

Make sure you read the entire article quoted above, especially if you live in Florida. They make a serious argument that Florida just might not be the place to be if the methane erupts into the Gulf of Mexico.

Could this really happen? Could a tsunami take out the entire state of Florida? After reading several sites, in addition to the ones listed above, I believe it is indeed possible. But will it happen?

I have no idea. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’ve heard so many lies, I don’t think anyone knows. No one involved with BP or within our own government has told the truth since day one.

 

It seems to me they were all working on the cover up two months before the rig even exploded.

An internal memo from BP states that 100,000 barrels per day could be leaking into the gulf. It seems they increase their estimates every other day. I don’t believe anyone knows, for certain, how much oil has leaked, is leaking, or will leak into the Gulf of Mexico.

I do believe, however, that I know what caused the explosion in the first place. Negligence.

I believe the operators of the rig, the management at BP, officials at the MMS, members of President Obama’s administration, and President Obama himself were all negligent when it came to matters pertaining to the Deepwater Horizon rig and they all must be held accountable, but not until we stop the leak and clean up as much of the oil as possible.

Until then, they need to stop pointing fingers, stop passing the buck, put on their gloves and starting getting some work done… Before it’s too late.

Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

Did you know that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has closed, or at least recommended that U.S. Citizens enter at their own risk, a very large piece of land in Southern Arizona. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the area surrounding it have been closed off, 80 miles north of the Mexican border, because of Mexican drug dealers operating in the area.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife this area is about 3500 acres in size. Our concern for public safety is paramount. The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent. The Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge has been adversely affected by border-related activities. The international border with Mexico has also become increasingly violent.

That’s right. Land within the United States, along the south side of I-8, 80 miles north of the Mexican border is now closed to Americans.

How long do we ignore the border issue? How long do we wait? Do we wait until they take Tucson? What about Phoenix? This is one of the most ridiculous, yet frightening, things I have ever heard. It’s time we secure the border. Now!

Thought #2

I’m sure you’ve had a chance to watch President Obama’s “energy” speech by now. I bet you had an eerily familiar feeling while watching it, didn’t you?

 

Thought #3

It looks like an actual cleanup effort is about to begin.

Actor Kevin Costner says having BP use his company’s device to help clean up the Gulf oil spill is “not a Hollywood ending for me.”

BP has contracted with Costner and Ocean Therapy Solutions to use 32 of the centrifuge machines designed to separate oil from water.

The company says the device can fit on fishing boats or docks, where it can separate 200 gallons per minute.

With 32 centrifuges at work, Ocean Therapy Solutions can separate 6,400 gallons of water and oil per minute. Imagine how things would be if Costner and his team were allowed to start helping immediately after the spill began.

I’m already working on tomorrow’s post. I discovered a major security issue on a rather important website this evening. I am not going to discuss it yet, as I am waiting to be contacted by the people running the website, but needless to say I was shocked with the information I was able to uncover.

Three Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

President Obama has blamed former President George Bush for just about everything that has happened since he took the oath of office in January of 2009, but he can’t pass the buck on this one.

Section 311 of The Clean Water Act makes the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the responsibility of the President, and his responsibility alone. If you haven’t paying attention, Barack Obama is our current president, not George W. Bush.

Section 311 grants the president broad powers but it also lays all of the responsibility to stop the oil leak on his lap as well. According to Section 311, he also shoulders the responsibility to direct all of the cleanup efforts.

Make sure you read that section to fully understand that this is now his responsibility, and any blame for not getting the job done falls on his lap as well.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 takes it a step further and mandates that President Obama must take action to ensure “effective and immediate removal of a discharge, and mitigation or prevention of a substantial threat of a discharge, of oil or a hazardous substance.”

The rig exploded on April 20, 2010 and has been leaking oil ever since. 38 million gallons of oil and 52 days later the President has done nothing to stop the leak, or ensure the effective and immediate removal of the oil.

The buck stops with you Mr. Obama.

Thought #2

Helen Thomas outted herself as an anti-semitic bigot,

 

and Rosie O’Donnell is a moron (and an anti-semite) for agreeing with Helen Thomas.

 

I wonder if Helen Thomas, or Rosie O’Donnell have any idea that Jews have been living in their homeland much longer than Helen Thomas and Rosie O’Donnell have been alive, combined (and that’s saying something)?

I think it’s time to send all of the morons back where they came from, although their mothers sure wouldn’t appreciate it.

Thought #3

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue disappointed me this week when he had the chance to prove he could make truly conservative decisions, but didn’t.

Gov. Sonny Perdue signed one gun bill conservatives supported but vetoed another, and the list of 26 other vetoes released Tuesday included many that torpedoed conservative rallying points.

Perdue rejected House Bill 1023, the so-called JOBS Act championed by conservatives as a way to stimulate the economy with targeted tax breaks for employers. Perdue’s veto message said he favors instead a comprehensive rewrite of the tax code by a commission he’ll chair this summer.

As expected, he shot down Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 148, which would have instituted zero-based budgeting and slated state agencies for possible abolishing every four years.

He showed his true colors by vetoing zero-based budgeting, but the icing on the cake is the fact he vetoed the JOBS Act in favor of a “comprehensive rewrite of the tax code by a commission he’ll chair this summer”.

I bet the unemployed people of Georgia appreciate the fact he’s waiting until later this summer to do anything. What happens when that comprehensive rewrite of the tax code fails to pass the state legislature?

Yeah, got it. The people of Georgia will be subjected to yet another hot summer with nothing byt blowhards making empty promises while they stand in long unemployment lines. Thanks for nothing, Sonny.

The Catastrophe Continues

When I first looked at this live feed from the Gulf of Mexico, the total amount of oil spilled was 22 million gallons. That was on June 1, 2010.

 

I really don’t care who is to blame for the initial explosion. I really don’t care who is to blame for the initial slow response. What I really care about now, is that BP (who owns the rig that exploded) and our government (which allowed the explosion to occur because they dropped the ball on inspections and enforcement) are doing nothing to stop the leak.

Shut your mouths, stop pointing fingers, get to work. JUST.STOP.THE.LEAK.