Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! I hope you are well and safe wherever you may be finding yourself this beautiful Thursday morning. The weather is going to be fair for the next few days, a good day to take in the way America once was– in Brewster by the ancient mill pond, where man worked in concert with nature to provide him with everything he needed… On the other hand we have our dear friend Mr. James, “Mountain”, Inhofe (R-OK), famous, of course, for his credible statement (if you are a brainwashed member of the “party of no”) that, and I quote, “global warming is the biggest hoax ever played on the American people…” On Tuesday the shareholders of Transocean, (the owner of the ill fated Deep Horizon well that recently blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling 84,000 barrels of oil into our waters daily), were treated to the news at a stockholders meeting in Zug, Switzerland, that they would be the recipients of 1.0 billion USD in dividends. Terrific timing, do you think you might have waited until you at least plugged the hole in the pipe? Meanwhile, in Texas, Transocean is busy arguing that their liability should be limited to 27 million dollars in the cleanup effort due to the disaster. Quoting Rachel Maddow, “I guess they needed more cash to hand out to the shareholders…” Getting back to James, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes”, Inhofe, who stated, “passing legislation to increase the mandatory cleanup liability expressed by congress from 75 million to 10 billion (a conservative figure) would, (this statement is right out of an Austin Powers movie) “be exactly what the oil companies want…” Yes, James, I can see you have been brushing up on your vintage comedy classics such as the movie, “Airplane”, and memorizing the lines from the late, great actor Lloyd Bridges who in tandem with another great actor in that 1979 cinematic piece of genius, showed just how effective stupidity truly is. In the film, Bridges asks “Rex Reed”, a venerated pilot who is trying to ease the crippled aircraft down to the ground, thus avoiding a crash landing– “should we turn on the runway lights?” “No,” answers his friend in the control tower, “that’s just what they’ll expect us to do…” Inhofe actually said, “Big oil would love to have those big cops out there, as they can shut out independents” (”mom and pop” oil drilling for everybody!). Your words Senator, one question however, “do you really expect us to believe that you are not in bed with big oil?” A criminal investigation is now ongoing with 10 tough democratic Senators going after the actual application for drilling prior to this catastrophe. In it, it states that, “in case of a spill, we can handle it…” Further, the application then does a P.O.N. doublespeak and reverses itself, effectively contradicting itself, and admits that it would, “have no idea how to clean up a giant oil spill.” In other words, bp made false statements on the application to begin with. The cozy relationship between the mineral management services (MMS) currently responsible for both the permits and safety (inherent conflict of interest) and the regulators “overseeing” the oil executives (as they sleep together and have cocaine for breakfast) must be stopped–the agency should have been two separate entities to begin with. Were they, then this disaster never happened. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) stated yesterday that 300,000 jobs will be effected by the spill, and that has nothing to do with the oil industry. An area the size of Pennsylvania is off limits to fishing at the present moment. Thanks big oil, thanks bp, thanks MMS! Tony Hayward, the CEO of bp, made the statement right after the spill, “from everything that we can see, the spill and the impact to the environment will be modest, very, very modest…” Thank you Tony for that big fat lie to go with my oil soaked shrimp sandwich, may I have another, please? You and your company have destroyed more life than you will ever know. Thank you again. And thanks all around to all of the crooked CEO’s out there who dump metaphorical oil onto the American people daily. For these very same people are the backbone of the country you enjoy so much and it is because of them that there is a “you” to begin with. God Speed to the Gulf and the many defenseless animals and birds, people and sea grass that get in the way of “progress” all in the name of the almighty dollar! Peace~ M
May 20, 2010
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