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.

Asleep At The Wheel

Do you remember when Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast? I sure do. I remember seeing people at our local truck stop who had nowhere to go. I remember talking to those people, and they questioned our government. They wanted to know why it took so long to respond after the hurricane hit.

Then President George W. Bush was criticized, along with his administration, for the slow response. So what’s happening in the gulf now?

Officials in the Obama administration began for the first time Friday to publicly chastise BP America for its handling of the spreading oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, calling the oil company’s current resources inadequate to stop what is unfolding into an environmental catastrophe.

That’s right. Ten days after the oil rig exploded and eight days after the oil rig sank, the Obama administration began criticizing BP. Uh, hello?!?

This oil spill could cause a complete and catastrophic failure of the commercial fisheries along the gulf coast because the Obama administration, not BP, waited more than a week to send any kind of response to the region.

The Defense Department has the equipment needed to help disperse the oil before it reaches shore. The Defense Department has the technology needed to help mitigate the damage from the leak. The Obama Administration waited a week, oblivious to the fact that they were capable of doing anything to help.

Doesn’t that explain this administrations entire record? They are oblivious to the facts, and they are incapable of doing anything except tearing apart the fabric of our country.

If you would like to know how you can help, visit the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, or the Audubon Action Center.

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

One thing Rep. Gingrey mentioned at the town hall meeting was that ‘ObamaCare’ may have barred members of Congress from the federal employees health program.

Today, that same news broke all over the Internet.

“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.

And even if current members of Congress can stay in the popular program for federal employees, that option will probably not be available to newly elected lawmakers, the report says.

Moreover, it says, the strictures of the new law will apply to staff members who work in the personal office of a member of Congress. But they may or may not apply to people who work on the staff of Congressional committees and in “leadership offices” like those of the House speaker and the Democratic and Republican leaders and whips in the two chambers.

It seems the Democratic leadership was in such a rush to pass the bill, none of them actually read the bill. If they did read the bill, they surely didn’t understand it, which worries me even more.

You see, the bill doesn’t establish a “start date” for this provision of the law, and therefore falls into a very well defined area of statutory interpretation.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.

This basically means that the law which bans members of Congress and their staff from the health benefit program they all love so much (and probably want to keep) took effect with the stroke of the President’s pens when he signed the health-care bill one letter at a time.

They did not read the bill. They did not understand the bill. The Democrats that voted for this bill deserve this, at the very least.

On another note, I am sure you heard that President Obama has vowed not to use nuclear weapons, no matter what. Well, not only will he not use nuclear weapons, but he informed those who may want to attack us that the government will not respond with aid after an attack.

The White House has warned state and local governments not to expect a “significant federal response” at the scene of a terrorist nuclear attack for 24 to 72 hours after the blast, according to a planning guide.

The chaos that would inevitably follow such a blast would make it difficult for the federal government to react quickly.

It will take them 72 hours to respond to a disaster like this? What do the victims of Hurricane Katrina think about this? Where’s Brownie when we need him?

Do you feel safe now?

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