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BP’s Innocent! Innocent, I say! A Sympathetically Open Thread

It’s not anybody’s fault!  These things just happen!  Government certainly shouldn’t dictate what companies do, anyway, the market will determine whether or not oil spills are important.

The Great Rand Paul, liberator.

Jack the silence barrier, bring the noise.

Oil Hits Beaches of Grand Isle

BP’s a victim of government intervention.  I can see it all clearly, now (if not for the damn oil in my eyes)!

Oil in Pass a Loutre

Hey, the wacky environmentalists are against oil spills on American beaches, so Rand Paul, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are for oil spills!  Makes perfect sense…

“Patriots for oily beaches!  Hoozah!”

It’s all good as long as BP “pays the cleanup cost”, right?

Rand Paul.  Change you can believe in.


  1. I’m pro-capitalism, pro-limited-government, pro – for lack of a better word – producing oil until such time as we can get off the miserable crap.

    I’m even pro-producing American oil.

    And now we have the Tea Party leadership making a mockery of any attempt to implement any of that in any even vaguely rational fashion.

    “Free the banks, free the oil companies, free businesses to decide what race/gender/religion they allow in their stores and restaurants!”

    And the Tea Party is setting the Republican agenda.

    Is the plan (is there a plan?) to so drive people away from the political Right that the Worst Fears of Commie Socialism come to pass, thereby proving their political point?  Has the “I want the president to fail” mentality gone so far as to dictate that the GOP will burn itself in effigy in a fit of encephalitic Reverse Psychology gone mad?  

    What is the next step, dress American political leaders on the right-hand side of the aisle in Freddie Kruger masks and have them go around scaring school children?

    With friends like these the Republican Party doesn’t need enemies.

  2. DTOzone

    there’s a diary topping kos’ rec list and the front page story at HuffPost about Carville slamming Obama’s response as “Naive”

    And a string of comments about lack of leadership from the White House, I guess because either the flow hasn’t stopped or because he hasn’t dropped everything and focused entirely on the oil spill.

    Rand Paul thinks he’s too hard on BP, the left is upset he hasn’t, I dunno, nationalized BP or something, or sent Aquaman to clean up the spill or whatever.

    Is there no happy median anymore?

  3. This just in from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave:

    Chris —

    On Thursday, the Senate passed historic Wall Street reform. This movement proved again that the strongest special interests, who for so long have called the shots in Washington, can be beat.

    When opponents in Congress tried to block the legislation altogether, you stood up — and they backed down. When the lobbyists pushed for loopholes and exemptions just before a final vote, you did not relent — and we fought them off.

    Your support brought us to this day — and, because of that, we’re poised to implement sensible reforms that will provide a stronger foundation for economic growth.

    Now, the House and Senate must iron out their differences before I can sign it into law. But the financial industry will not give up. They have already spent more than $1 million per member of Congress, lobbying on this issue. And in the coming days, they will go all in. This is their last shot to stall, weaken, or kill reform, and they are not accustomed to losing.

    But this movement has you — and together, we have beaten the special interests before.

    Every American has a stake in this bill.

    If you have ever been treated unfairly by a credit card company, this reform works for you — never again will Americans be duped by fine print or hidden fees.

    If you ever try to take out a home loan or student loan, this reform works for you — putting an end to predatory and deceptive lending practices.

    And, if you or your small business relies on credit from community banks that are being punished for playing by the rules while their competitors do not, this reform works for you — reining in the big banks and making sure all our lenders are subject to tough oversight.

    These reforms would put in place the strongest consumer financial protections in history. And, by helping safeguard our economy from recklessness on Wall Street, it would ensure that a crisis like the one that caused this recession never happens again.

    This is not a zero-sum game where Wall Street loses and Main Street wins. As we have learned, in today’s economy, we are all connected. When the economy prospers, we all win. Senators of both parties recognize that fact, and that is why lawmakers stood up to the lobbyists and worked across the aisle to ensure that Wall Street reform passed.

    But this fight is not yet over. And it is up to us to overcome this final test and pass reform into law. When we do, the power of this movement to make change in Washington — despite the best efforts of the special interests — will no longer be up for debate.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama

    Donation requests removed… ;~)

    Alter had an interesting comment I caught which speaks to both this and the BP issue.  Everyone expected Obama to be the Great Communicator but lag on getting things done in DC.  The opposite has turned out to be the case so far.  He has gotten all sorts of things done in DC, but he has yet to live up to his potential in speaking to the nation.  I hope he finds his game on that.

  4. creamer

      I suspect they are trying everything they can think of. I fear they don’t have a clue. But he could speak to what we/they have tried so far and what’s next. He could also speak to the country about the GOP blocking legislation to raise BP’s liability cap. Part of would just be to reassure the coastal communities that even though they’re basicaly fucked the country will help them pick up the pieces even after BP’s gone.


  5. Cheryl Kopec

    When we see pictures of these dead, oil-soaked birds, do we really stop to think about how they died? Weighed down by heavy oil that compromises their bodies’ thermal regulation system, subjecting them to hypothermia; frantically preening themselves to rid themselves of the toxic coating, ingesting it in the process…. And then down the food chain, the smaller globules created by the dispersants that will be sucked into fish gills, suffocating them, which will in turn be eaten by other fish, birds, and mammals, poisoning them….

    It’s a torture pool of death, literally. Anybody who cares at all for animal life should be heartbroken at this vicious cycle that’s only just begun.

  6. rfahey22

    I was in Wisconsin last weekend to attend my brother’s college graduation.  On the way to pick me up, my parents noticed that there were two gas stations on opposite sides of the road.  One was a BP station.  They told me that there was maybe one car at the BP station, while there were many cars at the other station.  I wonder if the same thing is happening in other parts of the country (not that it would make any permanent dent in BP’s profits, but still).

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