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Meanwhile, back in the Gulf, chaos still reigns

If there is a unified and coordinated effort in the Gulf, few people have apparently witnessed it. You know the travails of Louisiana – skimmer barges shut down for fire extinguisher and life vest inspections. Barrier island construction shut down because a federal agency wants them moved 2 miles further out.

In Alabama, Gov. Bob Riley says everything is being done “by committee” and no one is in charge while every agency seems to have absolute veto power. High water booms he’d requested specifically for the AL coast were finally found and before they could be deployed were inexplicably moved elsewhere.

Now comes the turn of Mississippi. Oil is headed for the beaches and as one critic says, it just doesn’t have to happen. Rep Gene Taylor got off of a flight over the area angry:

“It’s criminal what’s going on out there,” Taylor said minutes later. “This doesn’t have to happen.” A scientist onboard, Mike Carron with the Northern Gulf Institute, said with this scenario, there will be oil on the beaches of the mainland.

“There’s oil in the Sound and there was no skimming,” Carron said. “No coordinated effort.”

He’s right – it doesn’t have to happen. We’ve been told ad nauseum that the federal government has the containment situation in hand having been on the job since “day one”. Obviously that’s fiction. After a couple of trips to shore up his image, President Obama is back to the routine of golf vs. crisis management.

But Mississippi apparently is going to suffer the same fate as Louisiana and Alabama. No booms, no skimmer, no coordinated effort.

There were dozens of boats of all sizes running around, some leaving trails through the sheen. Two boats among a group near Ship Island were pulling boom in a line, but not using it to round up oil. That was at 10 a.m.

Taylor slipped a note to a fellow passenger.

It said: “I’m having a Katrina flashback. I haven’t seen this much stupidity, wasted effort, money and wasted resources, since then.”

Back on land in Gulfport, Taylor let loose.

“A lot of people are getting paid to say, ‘Look! There’s oil’ and not doing anything about it,” Taylor said. “There shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Sound. There are enough boats running around.

“Nobody’s in charge,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s in charge, so no one’s in charge.

“If the president can’t find anyone who can do this job,” he said, “let me do it.”

Taylor, for those who are wondering, is a Democrat.

The administration likes to refer to the oil leak as a “man-caused disaster”.

So far the administration’s efforts at containment, well into 60 days now, has been as much of a man-caused disaster as the leak. And, as Rep. Taylor notes, it doesn’t have to be that way.



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14 Responses to Meanwhile, back in the Gulf, chaos still reigns

  • A bit of a non sequeter…  Am I the only person who, when reading “Meanwhile *insert any place*”, hears the announcer from The Superfriends?  “Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Justice…”

  • It doesn’t have to be this way?

    Who did the gulf states for vote for in the last election?

    Obama won’t secure the border?

    Who did they vote for in the last election?

    Don’t tell me that’s not a consideration. 

  • If only the BIG GOVERNMENT would simply get the hell out of the way…
    There are people LINED UP to come and fix this!!!! Since this transcends mere incompetence, we are left with the conclusion that there is deliberation at work here.

    • I keep having visions of scenes from the Clint Eastwood movie, “Heartbreak Ridge
      Yes, you must know the scene …

      Colonel Meyers: That’s for sure. What’s your assessment of this exercise?
      Highway: It’s a cluster fuck.
      Colonel Meyers: Say again?
      Highway: Marines are fighting men, sir. They shouldn’t be sitting around on their sorry asses filling out request forms for equipment they should already have.
      Colonel Meyers: Interesting observation.

      • A couple of questions I have:
        1. The Jones Act does not influence operations beyond 3 miles from shore, as I understand it. Why is that even an issue?
        2. Vessels at sea, picking up “wild” oil, are not under EPA jurisdiction, as far as I know. This would fall under the admiralty law…the law of salvage. Under what authority could anyone stop them?
        3. Why the hell doesn’t somebody seek an injunction against the EPA? Seems there are sensible judges on the Federal bench who would grant that in a heart-beat…
        4. Why doesn’t somebody just go do this, and defy an effort to stop them?

        • 4. Why doesn’t somebody just go do this, and defy an effort to stop them?

          Money.  Somebody’s gotta pay for it, and if they defy the feds they won’t get any of the slush fund; if they try to keep the oil and sell it to a refiner, the feds will sue to stop them; and if they don’t meet EPA regs (such as the Dutch ships that don’t meet said regs) they’ll get fined.
          Because Barry is an incompetent poseur, whose supporters are worthless polesmokers like Erb.

  • If there was justice in the world, Imeme and his gang of thugs and incompetents would be liberally covered in tar and feathers and enduring a rather bumpy ride out of town astride a particularly uncomfortable rail.

    To borrow a phrase from our golfer in chief, let me be perfectly clear: I don’t blame Imeme for the accident.  But I hold him absolutely accountable for the lousy response.  He’s managed to party, golf, campaign, and otherwise enjoy himself while the government THAT HE CONTROLS has not only been ineffective in dealing with this catastrophe, but has actively interfered with efforts to do so.  It’s beyond pathetic.  I have to agree with shark: this is deliberate.  Imeme has used this as an opportunity to extort money (new slush fund!) from BP, push for cap ‘n’ tax, and f*ck over some red states whose people had the unmitigated gaul not to vote for him.

    “Nobody’s in charge,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s in charge, so no one’s in charge.
    “If the president can’t find anyone who can do this job,” he said, “let me do it.”
    [McQ – ] Taylor, for those who are wondering, is a Democrat.

    It is too much to hope that he learns a lesson from this.  I expect him to fully support Imeme and his agenda like a good little Inner Party member.  Yeah, his state will suffer, but I’ll bet that he’ll get a nice set of new coveralls out of it.

    • He’ll only learn a lesson if something bad happens to him – you know, like Michelle whacks on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.
      That’s not going to happen.
      You don’t to be Imeme by worrying about what other people think about youyou, you already know how wonderful you are, if they can’t see it…..well, then what should happen to those people is happening to the gulf states.

    • Am I missing the MSM coverage of the ongoing catastrophe, or have we  ‘moved on’?

  • Apparently, a new oil skimmer, called the A-Whale, is on it’s way to the Gulf.
    Their going to put a bust of Obama on the bow, since oil can only go into A-Whale through the A-Hole.

  • By the way, that angry angry congresscritter is “Chocolate Milk” Gene Taylor.