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Wednesday, May 12, 2010



Does Tony know?!

But this is really not funny.  An environmental disaster of incredible proportions.  Thank you, Big Dick Cheney:


Unknown said...

I just read an article about Los Angeles boycotting Arizona. Perhaps we need to direct a boycott towards British Petroleum too.

This mess makes the Valdez spill look like a quart of oil got knocked over. What a heartbreaking thing to see.

libhom said...

Arizona is so crazy I don't want to travel there. Why would I want to vacation in a place that is starting to become one big Klan rally?

Gordon Scott said...

Actually, I was watching Hannity the other day and was struck by how much he resembles John Kerry, who served in Vietnam.

Leslie Parsley said...

Not even close, Gordon. Besides, you can see straight through Hannity's head because it's empty.

Shaw Kenawe said...


The number of boycotting organizations, sports teams, etc., is rising. Something has to be done about our borders, but passing this unConstitutional law wasn't the answer.

How many times must we suffer the incompetence of big oil? The Valdez spill? Remember how the Supreme Court and its conservative majority taught Big Oil that when it rapes the environment it will pay?! NOT!

Supreme Court Slashes Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Fine to One-Tenth of Original $5 Billion Ruling

The Supreme Court handed corporate America a major victory this week when it sharply reduced the amount of money Exxon Mobil has to pay in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. An Alaskan jury had initially ruled Exxon should pay five billion dollars in punitive damages but in 2006, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court cut the award of punitive damages in half. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court cut the amount of punitive damages again and ordered Exxon Mobil to pay just $500 million in punitive damages – one tenth of the original jury’s ruling.



AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has drained $32 billion from BP's stock market value. Lawsuits, fines, cleanup and reputation-repair are certain to cost the company billions more and could tie up BP for many years to come.

Yet the still-unfolding environmental disaster isn't likely to put one of the world's largest oil companies out of business.

BP PLC earned close to $40 billion in 2008 and 2009 combined, and more than $6 billion in the first three months of 2010.

Exxon Mobil - which shelled out more than $4 billion in cleanup costs and legal payouts after the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska 21 years ago - managed to pull through the disaster just fine. Today it is the world's largest publicly traded oil company.

In the long run, BP will be fine too, said Mark Gilman, an analyst at The Benchmark Co.

"Let's not get hysterical here," he said. "They're going to survive this."


BP will survive. But will the Gulf and all who are affected by this massive disaster?

Shaw Kenawe said...


"Hannity dropped out of New York University and Adelphi University to pursue his broadcasting career.

During the late 1980s, Hannity was a general contractor in Santa Barbara, California and also a bartender."


"Limbaugh began his career in radio as a teenager in 1967 in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, using the name Rusty Sharpe. He graduated from Cape Central High School, in 1969. Because of his parents' desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, "he flunked everything", and "he just didn't seem interested in anything except radio."


Beck graduated from Sehome High School in June 1982. In 1996, while working for a New Haven-area radio station, Beck was admitted to Yale University through a special program for non-traditional students. Beck took one theology class, "Early Christology," and then dropped out."

Does anyone see a pattern here?

Did Sean Hannity serve in the military?

Answer: No.

Did John Kerry serve in the military?

Answer: Yes. With honor.

And the GOP tried to turn that service into a disgrace. In the end it shamed the GOP, not Senator Kerry, who is a decent American who volunteered to serve his country during the Vietnam War.

Hannity, OTOH, makes his living by lying and appealing to the worst in people's nature.

What a guy.

(O)CT(O)PUS said...

A boycott of Arizona and BP sounds like a fine plan. Since the Exxon-Valdez disaster, I have not bought one drop of gas or oil from that damn company, and I have no intention of patronizing BP after what they did in the Gulf. These days, my preferred choice is Hess, which does not import oil from the Mid East and has the best safety record of any in the industry.

dmarks said...

Octo said: "A boycott of Arizona and BP sounds like a fine plan. Since the Exxon-Valdez disaster"

I decided to boycott them too, but found how easy it was when there were no Exxon stations anywhere near. Then I remember driving to Canada and finding one. It was a very easy boycott.

BP is harder as I find them around all the time, but do-able as a boycott, for sure. I'm already boycotting Citgo too.

Gordon Scott said...

You'd best plan to go ahead and boycott the United States as a whole, since federal law already has more onerous identification provisions for aliens (signed by FDR). The Arizona law, which allows a mere driver's license as proof, is much more lenient.

Leslie Parsley said...

Gordon: You conveniently leave out the fact that this document was signed in 1940 when the nation was about to enter the war.

Personally I don' like it nor do I like interning Japanese citizens. Both are a good example of how things can go too far - just like in AZ.