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Obama administration’s response to oil spill was inept, claims right-wing newspaper

And, by right-wing newspaper, I’m obviously referring to…the New York Times?  OK, who spiked Sulzberger’s latté?


Geoffrey S. Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense, said in a statement that the government would hold BP accountable for the cost of the department’s deployment, which as of Friday night included the Louisiana National Guard to help clean up coastal areas once the oil comes ashore.

BP officials said they did everything possible, and a review of the response suggests it may be too simplistic to place all the blame on the oil company. The federal government also had opportunities to move more quickly, but did not do so while it waited for a resolution to the spreading spill from BP, which was leasing the drilling rig that exploded in flames on April 20 and sank two days later. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead.

The Department of Homeland Security waited until Thursday to declare that the incident was “a spill of national significance,” and then set up a second command center in Mobile. The actions came only after the estimate of the size of the spill was increased fivefold to 5,000 barrels a day.

You know, this sounds errily similar to another environmental disaster, about five years ago in a large Gulf coast area, whereby the president was roundly criticized by the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) for a lackluster response.  I look forward to their consistency in criticizing this president with the same zeal they exhibited last time.

Of course, to be fair, the Gulf coast oil spill isn’t the same situation as Hurricane Katrina.  It’s much different, and in a way that isn’t flattering for the administration.

See, in the case of Katrina, the state of Louisiana, as well as Mayor Nagin’s Chocolate City, had evacuation and contingency plans at the local level…plans they ignored.  Clearly, the onus was on the state to plan for and respond to the hurricane.

But in the case of the oil spill, the incident happened in the Gulf of Mexico and could impact multiple states.  Obviously, it would be the responsibility of the federal government to deal with that.  Right?  Right:

But it is still the government, in this case the Coast Guard, that has the final say. A law passed a year after the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster makes the owner of a rig or vessel responsible for cleaning up a spill. But oversight of the cleanup is designated to the Coast Guard, with advice from other federal agencies.

As much as the big government lovers on the left henpecked Bush for an anemic response by state officials, you would think they would have been better prepared for something like this.

Instead, you get this “Brownie-like” response from Big Sis:

The delay meant that the Homeland Security Department waited until late this week to formally request a more robust response from the Department of Defense, with Ms. Napolitano acknowledging even as late as Thursday afternoon that she did not know if the Defense Department even had equipment that might be helpful.

Heckuva job, Nappy.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | Louisiana, media bias, Obama, oil | 1 Comment

UPDATE: Obama: The Louisiana Purchase helps the victims of the earthquake in…Hawaii?


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?  What is this socialist tool talkin about?  Quoth The One in his interview with FNC:

OBAMA: I am certain that we’ve made sure, for example, that any burdens on states are alleviated, when it comes to what they’re going to have to chip in to make sure that we’re giving subsidies to small businesses, and subsidies to individuals, for example.

BAIER: So the Connecticut deal is still in?

OBAMA: So that’s not — that’s not going to be something that is going to be in this final package. I think the same is true on all of these provisions. I’ll give you some exceptions though. Something that was called a special deal was for Louisiana. It was said that there were billions — millions of dollars going to Louisiana, this was a special deal. Well, in fact, that provision, which I think should remain in, said that if a state has been affected by a natural catastrophe, that has created a special health care emergency in that state, they should get help. Louisiana, obviously, went through Katrina, and they’re still trying to deal with the enormous challenges that were faced because of that. (CROSS TALK) OBAMA: That also — I’m giving you an example of one that I consider important. It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake. So that’s not just a Louisiana provision. That is a provision that affects every state that is going through a natural catastrophe. Now I have said that there are certain provisions, like this Nebraska one, that don’t make sense. And they needed to be out. And we have removed those.

First of all, it’s a friggin’ lie that “we have removed” the special provisions like the Cornhusker Kickback and Gator Aid.  They were vote buyoffs to get the Senate to pass ObamaCare, which it did…and now that very Senate bill is sitting in the House’s lap!  Now while B.O.’s proposal may have been to eliminate those vote buyoffs, that’s irrelevant, because his bill isn’t the one that the House is considering to cram down our throats.

Now, on to the part where I make fun of this Mensa scholar…

If he was talking about Haiti instead of Hawaii, then how in the Sam Hill does passing ObamaCare or using Landrieu’s vote buyoff help the people of Haiti?  I mean, unless Haiti is one of those 57 states I didn’t know about, this does jack squat for them.

If, however, he actually meant his “birth state” (and no, I’m not referring to Kenya, which I think is not the 57th state…yet), then Gateway Pundit finds a slight problem with his statement:

In 1868 there was a major earthquake in Hawaii that killed 77 people. In 1975 an earthquake in Hawaii killed 2 people.

Seriously…what in the blue Hades is this guy talking about???

Also, as Gateway Pundit mentions, B.O. said in this interview that “that provision, which I think should remain in, said that if a state has been affected by a natural catastrophe, that has created a special health care emergency in that state, they should get help.”  Yet another damnable lie.  Texas and Mississippi were states that were both affected by hurricanes (i.e. “natural catastrophes”) and declared to be major disaster areas…yet neither were covered by  this provision of which he speaks.  The provision refers to one state and one state alone: Louisiana.  And why not?  Louisiana was the only state along the Gulf coast who had a Senator ripe for a buyoff.  Sens. Cornyn and Hutchison (TX), as well as Wicker and Cochran (MS) were firm opponents on ObamaCare.  But not Landrieu.

Anywho, do you ever get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, our President doesn’t exactly adhere to the truth very often?

UPDATE (03/18/2010 – 2:30 PM): Reader C-Note (lurks, doesn’t comment) sent me an e-mail reminding me of the 2006 earthquake in Hawaii that registered a 6.7 on the Richter scale.  Since I’m not Dan Rather, I’m not going to pretend I’m not wrong.  However, if that’s what B.O. was talking about, he’s either wrong or lying about the Louisiana Purchase covering Hawaii.  See, the LA Purchase’s language says that a state where “every county or parish in the State warrant individual and public assistance or public assistance from the Federal Government under such Act” qualifies.  Not every county in HI received federal assistance, so the LA Purchase does not cover HI.

March 18, 2010 Posted by | corruption, economic ignorance, Fox News, health care, Louisiana, Obama | 3 Comments

Former Congressman of unknown party convicted for hiding bribe money in his freezer

It’s a good thing the MSM has those multiple layers of fact checkers at their disposal, layers that well-dressed mobsters like me do not have.  So when a party ID gets omitted from a huge news story like this, it must mean that the convict is nonpartisan or has hid his party ID so very well that those MSM sleuths can’t get to it.

As if to insist that the broadcast networks shouldn’t corner the market on “Name That Party” fun, CNN this morning joined in the fun when reporting on yesterday’s conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) on 11 corruption charges.

Yet when reporting the story shortly after 9:30 a.m. EDT today, “CNN Newsroom” anchor Heidi Collins neglected to mention Jefferson’s Democratic Party affiliation.

What’s more, ten minutes earlier, neither Collins nor CNN producer Mike Ahlers mentioned the party affiliation of another ethically compromised Democrat, admitted adulterer John Edwards. The former one-term senator is under investigation for payments made by his political action committee to a former mistress.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

August 7, 2009 Posted by | corruption, Louisiana, media bias | Leave a comment

New Orleans shocker: Jefferson loses to a Republican

This must be in Revelation somewhere, right?  Right???  From Yahoo News:

In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes most of New Orleans, Republican attorney Anh “Joseph” Cao won 50 percent of the vote to Jefferson’s 47 percent and will become the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. His only previous political experience was an unsuccessful 2007 bid for a seat in the state legislature.

Here’s a gem of a quote from one of Cold Cash Jefferson’s loyal constituents:

New Orleans voters had long been loyal to Jefferson, re-electing him in 2006 even after news of the bribery scandal broke. Late-night TV comics made him the butt of jokes after federal agents said they found $90,000 in alleged bribe money hidden in his freezer.

People are innocent until proven guilty,” said Faye Leggins, 54, an educator and Democrat who moved back to the city six months ago and still has fresh memories of Hurricane Katrina. She voted for Jefferson on Saturday. “He has enough seniority, so he can do a lot to redevelop this city.”

Wrong, Toots.  That maxim applies to a criminal trial’s conviction (which still remains to be seen), not to an election.  Ted Stevens (R-AK) just found that out the hard way, too.

Maybe there’s hope for the Big Sleazy yet!

December 7, 2008 Posted by | Louisiana | 1 Comment

Washington comPost: GOP may delay convention due to Gustav

That sure is newsworthy…but the comPost just couldn’t help itself with this crap:

For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina. A new major storm along the Gulf Coast would renew memories of one of the low points of the Bush administration, while pulling public attention away from McCain’s formal coronation as the GOP presidential nominee.

Staging a convention during a major natural disaster would be a public relations challenge for either political party. But GOP officials say the burden could be especially heavy for their party, whose reputation was tarred by the Bush administration’s bungling of Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.

One narrative the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) still clings to is that the Katrina mess was Bush’s fault.  It has been shown exhaustively that La. Democrats (then-governor Blanco and N.O. Mayor Ray “School Bus” Nagin) dropped the ball with that.

I mean, Katrina flattened south MS and south AL, but their Republican governors implemented their plans, and it worked out fine.  Plus, Hurricane Wilma did more monetary damage to FL right after Katrina, but FL’s Republican governor had prepared well and executed the plan flawlessly.  It’s clear that incompetence struck La., but it wasn’t Bush’s.

(Sidebar: “Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida as a Category 5 storm in August 1992, and the sluggish federal response was castigated by state leaders as well as then-candidate Bill Clinton in his successful bid to defeat President George H.W. Bush that fall.” Florida had an anemic plan for Andrew, and its governor in ’92 was Lawton Chiles…a Democrat. Go figure. It’s as if Dems are so betrothed to a big federal government that that abdicate all decision-making to the feds.)

But anywho, read that excerpt again, though.  It reads like a Team Barry press conference: “For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina.”  Exactly WHAT did McCain do wrong during the Katrina fallout that makes Gustav an “untimely reminder”?  WHAT did McCain do with regards to Katrina that Gustav would remind people of?  Barry O and the Dumbocrats try this whole “Bush-McCain” link, and we’re used to that, but now the comPost is getting on board.  Howard Dean must have faxed them their talking points a little late.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

August 29, 2008 Posted by | hurricanes, Louisiana, media bias | Leave a comment

Obama gets coveted William “Cold Cash” Jefferson endorsement

He’s already got a few convicted pals (see Rezko, Ayers, and Dohrn), so what’s one more heading that direction, right?

June 6, 2008 Posted by | corruption, Louisiana, Obama | 6 Comments

LA elects immigrant’s son as new guv

Overcoming the most shameful smear tactics by state Democrats, Bobby Jindal (Republican) became the newly elected governor of Louisiana this past weekend.  From Breitbart/AP:

Changing Louisiana’s reputation for corruption would do more than just make over its image, Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal said Sunday: It could help the state attract businesses and win federal aid for hurricane recovery.

The Republican congressman, a day after his historic win in an election that featured a dozen candidates for governor, pressed ahead with his campaign pledge, saying in an interview with The Associated Press that one of his first acts will be to call a special legislative session to reform ethics laws.

The son of immigrants on Saturday won more than 50 percent of the vote in a primary election to make him Louisiana’s first non-white governor since Reconstruction and the nation’s first Indian-American chief executive. That tally averted the need for a November runoff election.

It won’t be easy for Jindal, since he has to clean up the bumbling incompetent Blanco’s messes.  But I do get the feeling that he’s up for the job, and Louisianans agree.

October 22, 2007 Posted by | Louisiana | 1 Comment