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The Political Fallout begins in Louisiana over the Oil Spill……

In these days of instant gratification and communication……Things are getting tight for Lusitania’s Politicians….

Tired of getting asked over and over when and how the Gulf Oil mess is going to get cleaned up….

They have decided to go public with their displeasure…and to position themselves AGAINST BP and the Government….

The Dog listen to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen* yesterday…and I have to admit…the guy sounds’ top-shelf’….

He is now the National Incident commander for the situation that is marrying BP, The Feds and The Louisana, Florida and Mississippi in a unusual  relationship….

The Fed’s have this dumped in their lap…….BP is the people doing the technical work…it’s their pipes in the Gulf’s floor, The Fed’s have veto power on their actions…but will wisely not wage into that area……The State are responsible for their property…and following Katrina……The Feds will ASK them for what they need and supply it…..

But this thing is gonna take time…

And Money…..Lots of it……

And with the media hype…..

No one wants to wait for it to be over………

But they will……

Thirty-four days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana officials have lost patience with BP, the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” said Craig Taffaro, St. Bernard Parish president. “But if I were a betting man, I would be betting that [BP’s] plan is to let us die, then come back and do $75 million of cleanup, then close the book.”
That sum — $75 million — is the federally mandated cap for oil-spill clean-up expenditure. BP has promised to address the long-term needs of everyone affected by the spill, especially commercial fishermen. The potential expense involved is incalculable, far beyond $75 million, and many people in south Louisiana do not believe such whatever-it-takes pronouncements of full responsibility.

At a press conference Monday in Galliano, La., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) assured the public: “If you made $50,000 last year and you can’t work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If your business made a million dollars last year and you can’t make that million dollars this year, BP is going to make your business whole.

There is no question . . . who will pay these bills to the individuals, to businesses, to the parishes, state government and to [the] federal government. Those bills will be paid in full.”

Serious doubts remain, however, spurred in part by BP’s current legal maneuvering to have all spill-related cases litigated in Houston, instead of Louisiana.

Also in attendance at the press conference were Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The presence of these out-of-state solons is an apt indicator of growing national concern.

Jindal, disgusted with the lack of progress and organization, said, “In Terrebonne Parish, [where] oil is moving through their waters, boom and workers sat for days waiting for their orders to be deployed.” Jindal went on to state that on May 3, he asked the federal government for supplies including “3 million feet of absorbent boom and 5 million feet of hard boom.”

To date, only 815,569 feet of hard boom has arrived, and 135,320 feet of that hasn’t been deployed, he said.

In addition to such practicalities, Jindal noted a more heart-wrenching problem. “On Cat Island . . . I saw pelicans that were oiled so bad they couldn’t fly,…….


* On Thad Allen from the Washington Post.……

The BP oil spill that continues unabated in the Gulf of Mexico is more like the crisis our nation faced with Apollo 13 than with the Exxon Valdeez catastrophe. Whatever solution is finally able to stop this disaster will only come from a leader who is both creative in his thinking and trustworthy in his character. Fortunately for us, Admiral Thad Allen is such a man.

Although he will be retiring as commandant of the Coast Guard later today, Allen will remain the federal government’s point man for the BP oil spill for the foreseeable future. No one is better prepared for the job.

The Tucson native learned a great deal about the Gulf Coast when he was handpicked by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as the principal official tocoordinate Hurricane Katrina response after the embarrassing performance of FEMA Administrator Michael Brown.

A few years earlier, Allen had led the team that smoothly transitioned the Coast Guard into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Prior to that, Allen had organized the U.S. government’s sea response on September 11, 2001. His creativity and resourcefulness had led him to move large Coast Guard cutters (normally reserved for high-sea patrols) to block the mouths of the Potomac River and every major port on the Atlantic coast.

Allen not only has the right experience; he also has the right disposition. Earlier this year, I spent time with the man who has spent 38 years in the Coast Guard and lived in 47 different residences. I interviewed the commandant and researched his life as part of a major study I am conducting on America’s top leaders (the first part of which focused onthe White House Fellowship).

Described by colleagues as cool and unassuming……click the Washington Post link for more


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  1. “If you made $50,000 last year and you can’t work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If your business made a million dollars last year and you can’t make that million dollars this year, BP is going to make your business whole.

    WOW.. this is tough to swallow.. I mean just because some alcohol was being consumed below water.. should the compensation be this blanketed.. I would hope there would be some GAO style oversight of the funds

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. I suggest this is much, much worse than Katrina.

    I have stocked up on frozen shrimp for the summer too.

    God, I hope horseradish production isn’t harmed or else I will have to stock up on sauce.

    Note: That opened, half finished jar of shrimp cocktail sauce lost in the back of your refrigerator for years does not count! (Just don’t use the skin part!)

    In China the BP executives would be shot.


    And is this Bush’s fault?

    I guess you can not shoot the mentally retarded.

    And do all Texans suck?

    Tell us CD!

    These Republicans who use Ronald Reagan and these Democrats who use JFK, RFK, Teddy, or even MLK as a shield for their selfish behavior are the snake oil salesman of the last 50 years.

    False Prophets! (See Mitt in your frickin’ Waggles!)

    We MUST drill but I would never vote for off shore drilling off the New England coast unless the current were favorable to sending a spill into the middle of the sea under the current enforcement system.

    Checks and balances should rule!

    It’s the American way!

    Comment by Manila Calling! | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hologram Fan

    We MUST drill

    why.. this nation makes very little effort to utilize the sun or wind for power

    If solar panels were on every business and car think of how much OIL we could save

    that does not even take into consideration WIND power

    and MY bear faced SENATOR GRAHAM suggests we try SWITCH GRASS for energy although I still think Hemp is the great redeemer

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. Say it aint so Manila

    Where is the ol


    Of days past?

    And whats this no drilling off New England BS

    We NEED this oil Now!

    Why Hell itll drop the price of gas by two cents a gallon!

    Also how much should we cut BPs taxes so they will have more money to


    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Manila to Louisiana


    Save New England!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. Jack is right. What part of drill HERE drill NOW doesn’t Manila understand?

    He should be willing to have one of those wells in his backyard if it means a nickel less a gallon right?

    Comment by Scott P | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  7. Cant you just imagine the scene

    A “Tea Party” rally

    Sarah Palin with her best Barbie doll smile howling

    “Drill baby drill”

    As the crowd works itself into a frenzy

    There stands Manila

    A slight tear streams out of his left eye

    As he mutters to no one in particular

    Drill drill drill!

    Comment by My Name Is jack | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. I love how ole Sarah went on the talk shows and claimed the Obama campaign was too cozy with big oil.

    Gimme a break. Had that oil well never exploded she’d STILL be saying Obama was in with the Sierra Club and the rest of those hippies that are so tough on those poor poor oil billionaires!

    Comment by Scott P | May 25, 2010 | Reply

  9. Scott P

    It was ODD watching Sarah talk about Obama and oil ties

    ALTHOUGH the accident did happen on 4/20

    WE will have to talk to Albert Gore JUNIOR to get the bottom of this

    perhaps even Albert Gore the 3rd

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 25, 2010 | Reply

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