Saturday Oil Spill Summary – 81 Days In

While BP says they are making another attempt that could “permanently cap the well, and capture all of the oil”, let’s look back on the past few days and see what’s really going on.

Obama Rejected Again

On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals told the Obama Administration to take a flying leap where deepwater drilling bans are concerned.

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration’s request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Plc oil spill.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, ruled about an hour after hearing arguments.
Its decision will likely prompt the Interior Department to quickly issue a revised moratorium order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet to address concerns raised by the federal courts.

If there is one thing the Obama Administration does well, is scramble. It seems they’re always trying to cover their asses or find an alternative solution with every single thing they put their grubby little hands on.

Once Again, Late To Their Own Party

How many stories have we heard about BP involving them dragging their feet?

Helix, the Houston-based owner of floating oil platforms and subsea wells, offered its Helix Producer I vessel in late April to help BP collect oil that has been gushing from the Macondo well since an April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers, Chief Executive Officer Owen Kratz said today in an interview. BP initially declined the offer, he said.

BP notified Helix June 10 that it wanted to lease the Helix Producer I platform to augment two other vessels that are receiving oil from the Macondo well, Kratz said. The delay meant Helix had to construct a collection tube from spare parts that will be plugged into a pipe just one-sixth the diameter of the main opening atop the well, he said.

The oil leak itself is the only thing quick and efficient that BP has done since April 20th.

Covering Up The Safety Excellence of BP

If it wasn’t for the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, BP would have been on-track to receive a 2010 safety commendation from the Minerals and Management Service! You go BP!

Shortly after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, we reported that the Minerals Management Service canceled its annual “Safety Award for Excellence” luncheon, which—rather embarrassingly—included BP as one of the finalists for a 2010 safety commendation. The SAFE event was never held, and MMS never did get around to announcing a winner.

Now Energy & Environment reports that the Department of Interior has scrubbed the evidence of BP’s finalist-status from its website.

I bet the staff over at the Department of the Interior are wishing they could whitewash BP’s entire existence from the minds of people everywhere.

Gulf Oil Spill Panel To Look At Root Causes

Don’t you just love that headline? Idiots I tell ya. It’s pretty obvious why the oil is spilling. Instead of looking at the cause, maybe they should focus on the solution?

The new presidential oil spill commission will focus on how safety, government oversight and the ability to clean up spills haven’t kept up with advances in drilling technology, the panel’s leaders say.

Oil Spill Workers Are Being Exposed To Some Nasty Stuff

Workers in the Gulf are being exposed to 2-butoxyethanol, and their lives are being put at risk.

In an under-the-radar release of new test results for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill workers, BP PLC is reporting potentially hazardous exposures to a now-discontinued dispersant chemical — a substance blamed for contributing to chronic health problems after the Exxon Valdez cleanup — among more than 20 percent of offshore responders.

They’re testing for more and more chemicals, but for some workers, it may be a little too late.

It just goes to prove, what you don’t know might kill you.

The Flyover by John L. Wathen

Here’s a longer version of a video I featured the other day. Pay attention people, this problem is NOT going away anytime soon.

 

No Freedom Of The Press On Federal Wildlife Refuge Property

Check out this video from Citizen Tube.

 

Apparently this same suspension of the First Amendment is being enforced near BP properties as well.

 

More Links You Should Read

As if I haven’t posted enough for you to read and digest tonight, you may want to look at these links as well.

More oil coming ashore near Mobile Bay

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

Air quality poses risk to some people

Something’s Wrong With Your Rights

I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend. In honor of Independence Day and the signing of the Declaration of Independence I thought I would toss some questions out there for you to think about.

When should declaring a state of emergency automatically suspend one of your Constitutionally protected rights? That’s right, it shouldn’t. Ever. But that’s not quite the case in North Carolina.

The Second Amendment Foundation on Monday filed a federal lawsuit in North Carolina, seeking a permanent injunction against the governor, local officials and local governments from declaring states of emergency under which private citizens are prohibited from exercising their right to bear arms.

Not only does a declaration of emergency suspend your right to purchase guns and ammunition, it also suspends your right to carry a concealed weapon, even if you have a valid permit. I don’t know about you but I personally think that a state of emergency might just be the best time to be carrying a firearm.

Did you know that rushing the stage of a nationally televised hot dog eating contest is a governmental affair?

This weekend, former hot dog eating champ Takeru Kobayashi got into some hot water when he rushed the stage.

After rushing the stage Sunday in a T-shirt that read “Free Kobi,” Kobayashi was surrounded by police and taken away charged with resisting arrest, trespassing and obstruction of governmental affairs.

Exactly what part of rushing that stage was considered “obstruction of governmental affairs”? I don’t get it.

Do I need to remind you that the First Amendment has already been suspended in some parts of our country?

Saturday Oil Spill Summary – 74 Days & Counting

Here are a few videos to watch and some links to follow to keep yourself updated about the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf Of Mexico.

If you watched the video last night, you’ll understand the importance of passing on every piece of information, especially when some of it seems a bit ‘different’ than anything else you’ve heard from anyone in the government.

How far inland will Toxic Rain spread?

 

Have you looked at the 3-D Models of the Oil Spill?

 

 

How widespread (and deep) has the oil spread?

 

Did you know that authorities are cracking down on people taking photos from public roads? And Democrat leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives are rejecting Republican visits to the areas affected by the oil spill.

What happens when the oil reaches the Atlantic? What happens when the entire Atlantic and Gulf food chains are completely destroyed? No wonder the Obama Administration doesn’t want anyone showing us what’s really going on down there.

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A Nation In Suspense

Are you wondering why you haven’t seen more photos of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

Why hasn’t the media been showing you the latest videos of the clean up effort?

Take a look at this video from Anderson Cooper and CNN.

 

It doesn’t get much bigger or more disastrous than the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but the fact that the press is no longer allowed to report this story means there is a bigger and much more disastrous story brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Since when is it permissible to suspend the First Amendment?

Barack Obama has been manipulating the media since he took office. There is no excuse for this, and we, the American people, should be ashamed of ourselves for letting him get away with this kind of bullshit.

How many of our freedoms will we willingly part with until we take a stand? How far will we allow the government to go in stripping us of our rights before we say enough is enough? How many gallons of crude oil must leak before the most dangerous administration in our nation’s history is called out for their actions?

Enough is enough.

Stop Squawking Already!

Yes, as a matter of fact I am still busy.

Many people are squawking today about the Supreme Court decision to knock down a major portion of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. People are under the assumption that this decision will open the doors to corporate corruption by allowing corporations, unions and other groups to donate directly to political campaigns.

Do these people not realize that the same money was already reaching the candidates as it was funneled from those same corporations through everday citizens directly to their political campaigns?

What morons. Watch this video about campaign finance reform from October of 2008.

So stop squawking already. McCain-Feingold was a violation of our first amendment rights. The Supreme Court did good with their decision.