Friday, 30 July 2010

In Passing

Today’s Emily Litella moment

Protecting The Agenda Dept
Time publishes a contrarian piece that contends the President’s characterizations of the Gulf spill may have been “exaggerated:”
...So far — while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage.  “The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared,” says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana.
...and folks wonder why a paid-up member of the DSM dissed the Prez:
WTF?  Where does some punkass fish wrapper rag like Time get off daring to even suggest that the ascended Messiah was wrong?
Well, maybe this has something to do with it:
The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investigating whether the chaotic spraying of tons of salt water by private boats contributed to sinking the ill-fated oil rig, according to interviews and documents.

Coast Guard officials told the Center for Public Integrity that the service does not have the expertise to fight an oil rig fire and that its response to the April 20 explosion may have broken the service’s own rules by failing to ensure a firefighting expert supervised the half-dozen private boats that answered the Deepwater Horizon’s distress call to fight the blaze.
...The question of what caused the platform to collapse into the Gulf two days later remains unanswered and could prove vital to ongoing legal proceedings and congressional investigations.

That is because the riser pipe from which the majority of BP’s oil spewed did not start leaking until after the rig sank.  Experts and some lawsuits have openly tied the sinking of the drilling vessel to the severity of the leak.
But then, if it turns out there wasn’t a disaster, then government-agency bungling couldn’t have contributed to one... right?


UPDATE (100802):  Tam spots another conveniently-timed Time piece.

link via Insty.

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1 Never waste a good crisis, though.

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