Friday, May 21, 2010

The environment belongs to the people and the people need to hold those who have committed a crime against it criminally responsible

“The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.”

~TONY HAYWARD, CEO of BP, The Guardian



A month in and the oil from the BP well is still pouring into the gulf. BP said it was leaking at 5,000 gallons a day and now they say they are pumping out 5,000 gallons a day with their pipe they put down to stem the flow. Yet many thousands of gallons of oil are still pouring out of the broken pipe. Guess they were wrong about the amount pouring out. It wouldn't have anything to do with setting themselves up for the coming law suits, by trying to minimize the amount of oil and the damage caused by it.

This is now a national disaster and will far exceed the damage caused by the Exxon spill of Alaska. When this shakes out there will be plenty of blame to share and BP will look to minimize their cost. Maybe if the people that took the short cuts and failed to do what was required are prosecuted and jailed someone in the corporate world will get the message. Men died on the oil rig due to greed and irresponsible actions of corporate executives concerned more with profit than safety or the the environment. The environment belongs to the people and the people need to hold those who have committed a crime against it criminally responsible. Not only should we apply financial responsibility to all involved but criminal action should be brought against those at the top corporate levels who knew, condoned and pursued this disastrous course of actions.

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From Democracy Now a full report on the Gulf oil spill.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

An America that Rush Limbaugh would be proud of.

“In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.”
~Brooks Atkinson

I wonder if your friends, like mine, like to look back nosltalgicly to the past when America was a safer, better place. My friends like to send me these photos of family outings, Coney Island in the summer, lines at the movies for the latest greatest hit. It seems that the late 40's, 50's and early 60's were the days when America was great. Cars, clothes, girls, innocence, an America free of the liberals. An America where everyone knew their place and everyone was god fearing and law abiding. We had a smaller government, something that the Tea Party wants to get back too. We had less interference by the federal government. How good was that? So I decided to put my little collection of memorable photos from those wonderful days. A trip down memory lane of a better time in America, a Tea Baggers paradise. When they had their country, before it was taken away from them by cry baby liberal do-gooders. An America that Rush Limbaugh would be proud of.
"Last night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show, Rand Paul reiterated his position that he would have opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and that businesses should have the right to discriminate based on race. Earlier this week, Joe Sonkareported for ThinkProgress that Paul, citing “fair[ness] to the business owner,” would also like to abolish the Americans with Disabilities Act." Let us return to those good old days with out the Civil Rights Act. Rand Paul, what a guy, a Tea Bagging, Tea Party hero.


































































































































































































































Environment


Climate Progress

Loop current is now drawing the BP oil disaster to Florida Keys - Toxicologist: “We could be getting to the point that puts coral over the edge”; Masters: "a major ecological disaster ... cannot be ruled out."




FOX, twisted untill it screams uncle, NEWS


News Hounds

Fox News' Senior Judicial Analyst: Arizona Immigration Law Means Police Can Find A Pretext To Stop Someone


Crooks and Liars

Newt Gingrich gets free rein to embrace his inner fearmonger on Hannity's show


The Immoral Minority

What do you get when you cross the NRA, Sarah Palin, and Glenn Beck? Well besides a possible brain aneurysm you also get a pretty entertaining Countdown segment.


Oops! Another GOP family values guy with feet of clay. Following in the footsteps of "Sen. John Ensign's (R-Nev.) scandal. That came to light around the same time as Gov. Mark Sanford's (R-S.C.) sex scandal, which came soon after Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), which itself followed Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho).

If we look back a little further, we also find disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. If go back a little more, names like Vito Fossella, Tim Hutchinson, Henry Hyde, Dan Burton, and Bob Livingston also come to mind. And those are just the office-holders." Political Animal Another 'family-values' Republican resigns after sex scandal










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Sunday, May 16, 2010

boycott racist Arizona and spend your convention and tourist dollars in states that don't have racism at the heart of their policy.

We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them.
~Author Unknown

Why am I not surprised that the FOX NEW's Jesus loving Christian hypocrite Sarah Palin is supporting the despicable policy of Arizona. If she supports their racist policy I know it is wrong. Arizona is couching anti Mexican discrimination in terms of obeying the law and doing what the federal government can't but lets call a spade a spade, it is discrimination. Many Americans take advantage of these illegals and use them as virtual slave labor. They have little of no protection under the law and are routinely exploited. Yet when economic times get tough they are the first ones we go after, the perfect scapegoats. In truth they take away very few jobs from Americans, and the work they do take most Americans refuse to do.
The current call for a boycott of Arizona by hispanic and latino groups is a wake up for that state and has caused a ground swell of outraged Americans who see Arizona's actions for what it is, discrimination against brown people from Mexico. Democrat and liberal groups have spoken out in opposition to Arizona's policy and have been joined by many Republicans who have substantial latino and hispanic constituents.
Yes the law of the land is not being enforced but maybe it is unenforceable. It is time that the federal government take the lead on this and a reasonable approach be designed and implemented by people without alterer motives. So for now lets boycott racist Arizona and spend your convention and tourist dollars in states that don't have racism at the heart of their policy.

FOX, a whole lot of shit, NEWS







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