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I'm not usually a political person.  I mean, I am, in that I vote and keep abreast of current events, and the issues.  But I'm not in that I don't usually share my views, or discuss it much publically.  Even with my family.  But honestly, this situation in the Gulf of Mexico is just breaking my heart.  I think a lot of that has to do with where my real passion lies, and thats in the environment and in wildlife.  But make no mistake, the impact on the people of the Gulf is also in the forefront of my mind.

I'll post the rest of my thoughts, and some links, behind the cut.



I know Fox news is usually a bit too hard on the right for me, but for anyone that feels as angry as I do about this whole thing, I do suggest you watch Shepard Smith at 7 EST.  He's my favorite newcaster anyway, and I absolutely love that he's probably the only Fox newscaster that doesn't telegraph his political views (in fact, I suspect ol' Shep is more of the Democratic persuasion).  And what I love most about Shep is that when something pisses him off, he doesn't hide it.  Back when Katrina hit, Shep was down in New Orleans, and he was awesome (as was Anderson Cooper).  I will always cherish the moment where Shep just lit into Sean Hannity, and basically told him what a clueless dolt he was.  Ah, good times!

Well, anyway, Shep is a Mississippi boy, and grew up on the Gulf, and I take great comfort in watching him report this story because he's as freaking pissed off as I am, and he makes no bones about it.  I just wish more people were as demonstrative and vocal.

Shepard Smith comments on BP: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s-KHDmNqlQ

Which, brings me to the political stuff.  I like Obama.  I voted for him.  But his handling of this situation, and his cold, detached demeanor is just so disappointing for me.  I want him to appear to be as sick over this situation as I am.  I want him to be down there more often.  I want him to be listening to the folks that are losing their entire way of life.  I want him to be looking into every possible way to stop this leak, and to stop deferring to B-fucking-P.  And I want his boot so far up the ass of BP, its coming out of their noses.  No coddling, no cover-ups.

The NY Times columnist, Maureen Dowd (an avowed democrat, and Obama supporter), had this editorial about Obama that did an excellent job of describing how I feel right now.

(you might have to copy and paste this link)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/opinion/02dowd.html


And as for things we aren't hearing nearly enough of, like the impact on the environment and the wildlife, this article is a real eye-opener as to how we only seem to be getting bits and pieces of information, and BP is filtering the rest.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/06/02/2010-06-02_the_hidden_death_in_the_gulf.html

Sorry to get all political on you guys, but this has really been on my mind, and I needed to vent.

BTW, if you come across any interesting articles or news reports, please link it here. 

Comments

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jwm_rocks
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
But honestly, this situation in the Gulf of Mexico is just breaking my heart.
I don't know that you're getting all that political. I think what's happening in the gulf is heartbreaking regardless of one's political stripes, or even if you don't have any. Even if BP gets that thing capped pronto and cleans up their mess. Millions of lives and livelihoods have been adversely affected.

As image conscious as politicians have to be these days I'm surprised Obama hasn't made himself more visible especially in light of the beating Bush took after Katrina. When it comes to making people believe he feels their pain he's no Bill Clinton, that's for sure.

As for BP, yeah the spin control is full tilt. This article brings back bad memories of the sicknesses many of the 911 responders have had to deal with. The spill is killing all kinds of wildlife. Who knows what long term effect it's going to have on the people who working to clean it up. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/31/oil.spill.order/index.html?hpt=T1
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, you're right, in that something like this bridges all political leanings. Or, it should.

And just today, I was saying to my boss that what Obama needs to be right now is Bill Clinton. Clinton may not have really cared, but Dammnit! He made you believe he cared, and he was damned pissed off. I can't even tell if Obama is peeved. Why is that? Whats wrong with him?

It breaks my heart that the people of the Gulf have to deal with this kind of tragedy, Again! Its such a rich, beautiful region, and I really believe this is going to kill it.

Thanks for the link.
tasabian
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
It is beyond depressing and heartbreaking.

A massive fine is not enough. There needs to be criminal charges laid against BP for the animal deaths and destruction. Bush wouldn't have laid charges, nor Clinton. Will Obama?

The sad thing is, this is most certainly not the end of offshore drilling. Doesn't matter who's in the White House, the endless lust for oil will continue.
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Its really a viscious cycle, because people drive the demand for oil, and then the oil companies get rich and poor money into the government, and then the government is owned by them. And any chance at alternative fuel sources never can gain any hold, because the oil-owned politicians make sure they can never get the federal money they need to become viable.

So frustrating!!

While I agree that BP should be footing the bill for this, and leading the charge, I think they should have watchdogs looking over their shoulder every damned second, and a boot firmly up their asses.
chatchien
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
My family used to vacation down in Biloxi, Mississippi and along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida, and I remember the waters being crystal clear. You could see your shadow on the ocean floor when you swam or played in the water. So much for that.

I've also vacationed in Port Aransas, Texas where there was a lot of the oil industry pumping and refining and the water showed it.

It's a shame, but it is not the first time that an oil rig in the Gulf has blown. It happened in 1979 offshore of Mexico and it took 10 months to cap. TEN friggin' months!

Where are the congressional hearings and the new and improved safety measures and the lessons learned from this incident? I don't care about Obama tears, I want to see Obama Action and Congressional Action. Has everyone in Washington DC been bought off by the Oil Companies?
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
I've been down in the area twice, and the Gulf is just something very precious and gorgeous. And it should be treated that way. And I can't even believe that there was just no plan for this sort of event. No plan at all. I don't care that a shut-off valve didn't work. There should've been a fail-safe on it. And a fail-safe on that. And maybe another one on that. And should all of those things fail, the oil companies should have contigency plans in place. Not this clueslessness that abounds. Its astounding.

I don't need Obama tears either. I need Obama RAGE! I want to see on his face the rage I feel sitting in my home in NY, far away from the crisis. I don't want a see a man who seems more interested in getting to his next golf game.

And its not just Obama. Aside from regional politicians, where is the outrage from ANYONE in the federal government? Democrats, Republicans, they all seem to have gone on vacation.
shardsofblu
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
It's a shame, but it is not the first time that an oil rig in the Gulf has blown. It happened in 1979 offshore of Mexico and it took 10 months to cap. TEN friggin' months!

I bookmarked this video of Rachel Maddow comparing those two incidents:

jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for posting that.

Outrageous. And so very depressing. :(
shardsofblu
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
And I can't even believe that there was just no plan for this sort of event. No plan at all.

Rachel's closing words follows a lot of what you've said here, that the only thing these oil companies have been more technologically advanced at is drilling deeper, not at dealing with the risk itself. And then acting like they're the ones being persecuted. These people just have no conscience at all.
chatchien
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Rachel Maddox video.

This was the article that I was trying to link to, instead of stunned kitty. It's about the Ixtoc Rig Blowout and says what Rachel says.

I guess that I was as stunned as kitty and forgot to check my links.

ETA: It just occurred to me Ixtoc--->Toxic. They are anagrams. How appropriate.

Edited at 2010-06-03 05:49 am (UTC)
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
I actually thought the stunned kitty was completely apropos. ;)
shardsofblu
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Like jwm_rocks said, I don't think you're being all political either. Like what's currently happening with the Israeli attacks against those humanitarian missions for Palestine, it's something that people need to make a stand against regardless of their political beliefs. I admit that I'm not following the news of the spill all that much, but I remember this one post I read the other day with photographic evidence of its utter destruction of the marine life and the animals, along with all those unemployed fishermen. It's just a fucking nightmare, and I can't believe how anyone would still be so cool and laid back and with the whole thing.
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Well, not to get even more political, LOL, but Israel was so ham-fisted with that attack. If they didn't want the ship to pass because they suspected of not being humanitarian in nature (and lets be honest, there's possibly some truth to that), all they needed to do was blockade it. Just park your war boats in front of it, and tell it not to pass. End of story. Netanyahu is such a bad choice to be in charge.

I wish there were far more photographs coming out of the area, but strangely, there are hardly any. And why? Because BP is censoring them, and the federal government is letting them. Thats an outrage! Because I guarantee if more photographic evidence was filtering out, the level of outrage would increase.
jlvsclrk
Jun. 3rd, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
I think I feel much the same way, and I'm Canadian! It's a tragedy what's happening in the Gulf - it hurts me as a person who cares deeply about the environment. And yeah, thinking about the fishermen who might lose their way of life for years to come is also worrisome - it happened in Newfoundland because of the collapse of the cod fishery. So sad.
jeannev
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
I really think this issue transcends borders, because we are actually talking about our poor abused planet here. And we're all residents.
sunflowercyn10
Jun. 3rd, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
bravo Valerie! I am glad that you posted this and I share your anger and frustration. I wish more folks were mad and would shout from the roof tops. I rarely watch morning TV but I was nursing the baby and THE VIEW was on. Whoopie Goldberg was basically saying the same thing as you *I'm not a fan of her btw* but I agreed with what she was saying. She felt that the economy was no1 on most folks radars but she wanted ordinary folks to start raging about this because it was just so damn big and sad. Everyone will be and is effected and it effects the economy as well in the end. She promised to keep it as a main topic on their show to get people riled up and I'm glad. Others on the show were talking about election funding reform but Whoopie kept saying let's plug the damn leak first...NOW
jeannev
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm really shocked at how apathetic so many seem to be. I guess I'm not surprised by the politicians, because so many have their hands in the pockets of the oil companies, they can't say anything. But just in general, I find people so blase about it all. I don't get it!

And good for Whoopi. I wish more people would follow her lead.
gildinwen
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I don't think you're being all to political at all.

A lot of people are going to lose their livihoods and in many cases correct me if I'm wrong, it's a family trade(Or maybe it's just a sterotype I have in my head) over this and the fact that Obama, isn't visibaly doing something, or showing some emotion, is aggravating.

Someone above talked about the beating Bush over the aftermath of Katrina and it's much the same thing here.

But oh man the effect on the wildlife, just brings tears to my eyes.
jeannev
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I definitely think that we are talking about a whole culture and way of life, and that goes beyond just a livelihood. Hopefully, they can recover.

I was FURIOUS at the way Bush handled Katrina. And I still say that was worse, because he was personally briefed by the experts at NOAA as to what could potentially happen, and he still did nothing. That was outrageous. But this? From Obama? It isn't a whole lot better. In his favor though, he didn't have any warning, so no way to prepare for it.

The poor animals...thats what breaks my heart more then anything. We just keep destroying their world, as though they have no right to be here, or in our way. It disgusts me. It really does.
tariel22
Jun. 4th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Every time I think about this, I practically go into a panic, imagining all that oil spewing out, with no end in sight. I can't believe there aren't scientists out there who could come up with a better solution than anything BP has tried. Or is willing to try, since I'm sure their top priority is continued access to the remaining oil supply.

Thanks for all the links, and to the people who linked additional info in the comments. I've never even heard of Shepard Smith before, but I kind of worship him now. :) And I love Rachel Maddow. Even if her report made me crazy with rage and frustration.

That photo of the dolphin made me cry. I just hate feeling so helpless. And hopeless. :(
jeannev
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I know how you are feeling, because thats me all over. There's just something about the rape of the environment and the wildlife that makes me rage. Somehow, I can understand natural disasters, because thats just part of the planet. But man-made disasters make me want to stab someone in the eyeballs, because we should be able to DO BETTER!

All the money poured into drilling technology, and no one ever thoughts of putting some money into spill prevention? Soulless bastards!

Shepard Smith rocks like a giant rocking thing. I think a lot of people aren't aware of him because he's on Fox News and so they think "crazy right-wing", like the Bill O'Reilly clan. But Shep is totally not like that, and he's funny, and he's sharp tongued, and he totally rocks. Search him on youtube sometime. There's lots of Shep there. I think he has a cult following.
goodvibe
Jun. 4th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Don't be sorry in sharing your views - never be sorry, in fact, especially when they have so much merit.

I live and have been living with a person who has always been politically minded and him and I don't always share the same views but there comes along now and then something like ::this:: travesty and boy does it unite us. Ray' actually spent time there so he's even more affected by this but I think the thing we're most disgusted with is the utter spin from BP, and the mollycoddling by the Admin, led by Obama. It's a travesty, ad that too, of massive proportions - please let's atleast acknowledge it as such, y'know? It's so frustrating.

Truth be told I've been having my share of issues with the way Obama has reacted, or failed to react to a number of things lately and now I can unfortunately add the oil spill and flotilla raid by the Israeli commando's to that too. His utter quiet on certain issues disturbs me. You know what else I'm beginning to think is a travesty? That nobel peace prize.
jeannev
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't even get me started on the BP execs, especially their CEO who is a total ASSHOLE. And there are now spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign to clean up their image. SPEND IT ON THE GULF! You idiots.

Hopefully the backlash is starting to penetrate Obama and his administration. You would really think they would've learned from Katrina, but its obvious they did not. And to be even-handed, the silence is deafening from the Republican party too. Where is that asshat, Sarah Palin, now?

Obama seems over his head, and drowning in issues. I don't know if these issues are his fault, or stuff he's dealing with from the last administration, but he's just not projecting leadership and competency right now, and its a bit scary. Some people shine during times of conflict and chaos, and others just can't step up. I'm starting to think he's the latter. Depressing!
agentobrian
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
"And there are now spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign to clean up their image. SPEND IT ON THE GULF! You idiots."

For real. That would be a much better image boost for BP to actually try and clean up the mess they basically created. But like all mega corporations, they can't grasp that concept.

"Shepard Smith rocks like a giant rocking thing. I think a lot of people aren't aware of him because he's on Fox News and so they think "crazy right-wing", like the Bill O'Reilly clan. But Shep is totally not like that, and he's funny, and he's sharp tongued, and he totally rocks. Search him on youtube sometime. There's lots of Shep there. I think he has a cult following."

I used to watch him almost every day, until we lost the Fox News Channel. He's one of the few rational talking heads out there. Him and Rachel Maddow.
jeannev
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Shep is The Awesome! I love his humor, I love how he goes off on things that piss him off, I love how he tells other people off. He just rocks my socks. He happens to be on Fox, and *shrugs* OK then. Fox does have some people I like on it. But I'd follow him anywhere. He and Anderson are my boys!

I think the most frustrating thing is that, despite all the press conferences, and sound bytes, I just don't get the sense that the people in charge really care. And that pisses me off so bad!
shopgirl318
Jun. 26th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel on the Gulf/Oil Spill. The whole thing is being handled terribly. I am from Louisiana and already it has affected 4 states-Louisiana,Florida, Mississippi, and Arkansas. With the hurricanes and tropical storms it looks like the situation is gonna get worse from here on out.
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