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The Dog told ya so…Louisiana Pols push for Deep Water Drilling to continue….

Quite a few people here have argued that BP should be ran out of business…

That Oil drilling should stop….

And that the federal government should get involved in oil drilling…..

None of those things are going to happen….

Actually …..

The politicians (Republican AND Democrats ) of the Gulf States will fight against those actions….

The simple facts are that BP employees a lot of people in those states…..(even more now working on the cleanup)…

BP has a lot of American and British money invested in it…..

A failure of the company would hurt British AND AMERICAN investors…..

Oil drilling isn’t going to stop…

Louisiana Governor Jindhal not happy with the Government’s 6 month hold on deep water permits in the Gulf…

We American’s need gas and oil too much…..

And the Gulf states need the jobs, taxes and money for their economies….

They need to stop the leak…

Clean up….

And move on……

“Our bottom line is that we absolutely want drilling to be done safely, but it shouldn’t take months of federal government committees and meetings,” Gov. Bobby Jindal told reporters Thursday.
Jindal’s comments came in response to the Obama administration’s recent decision to halt all deepwater oil exploration in American waters for six months while a safety review determines the chances of another underwater blowout like the one that began the BP disaster and killed 11 rig workers.

Local residents and members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation in Washington have criticized the six-month time frame as arbitrary and potentially catastrophic to the state’s economy and the hundreds of thousands of Louisianans whose jobs depend on the oil industry.

The Obama administration has said the president will propose an Oil Spill Unemployment Assistance Program for workers who lose their jobs because of the moratorium, but Jindal said people don’t want unemployment checks — they want work.

“Just because the federal government can’t do their jobs doesn’t mean thousands of Louisianans should lose their jobs,” he said.

Along with Jindal, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) called on the administration to lift the moratorium while the safety review goes on. “There is no one more environmentally devastated by this oil disaster than the people of the Gulf Coast. It’s our coast, our marshes, and our way of life that is being impacted,” Vitter wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “Simply put, [the moratorium] will cost us more jobs and economic devastation than the oil spill itself.”

According to the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, the moratorium means that 33 floating drilling rigs — typically leased for up to $500,000 per day by companies like BP, Chevron, Shell and Marathon — are costing local rig operators $16.5 million per day.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said the real pain is being felt by the men and women who work on those rigs (between 100 and 200 on each rig) and the estimated 20,000 people whose jobs on shore support them, including supply boat operators, welders, divers, caterers, and tugboat runners. The LMOGA estimates that the lost wages locally could top $330 million per month while the rigs sit idle.


Note…..On this one……. Obama is in a lose…lose situation…..

The media is fanning anger at BP and him….

They are constantly showing pictures of oil soaked wildlife…..

He can’t leave the country to get away….

The Gulf stste politicians are asking for money…while beating him up for not enough action …..

And they want him to get rid of the ban so they can have MORE drilling..

The British are pissed for him pissing on BP….



EXCEPT …..Wait….. like everyone else for BP …….AND LOOK PAINED……

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  1. Please PLEASE show me where I said oil drilling ought to be stopped(I suggest you use the Corey move here,”I seem to remember that but I cant quote where I saw it”)

    Your obsession with absolving BP of the fruits of their negligence continues

    The “lets move on” gambit is typical when one wants to avoid the story

    And I REALLY love this one,”They should stop the leak”


    Think so?

    Why not worry about

    Why poor ol BP appears unable to stop the leak?

    Isnt it right to question why poor ol BP apparently has yet to show the ability to do so?

    Hopefully this will lead to EVER INCRESING taxes on these two bit bastards

    And Greater regulations

    Since ethey have shown their utter and COMPLETE incompetence in this matter

    Finally your non concern for the economic interests of those on the coasts is duly noted

    As I said yesterday all in all

    Very Manilaesque of you

    CMon Dog let us all hear it



    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Oh I almost forgot

    Kudos to you

    For wanting poor ol Tommy Haywood to get back to his

    “Normal life!”

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. I didn’t mention you..because you didn’t say stop…

    We had a good discussion..loved it….

    My rant on the subject has NOT been about you…..

    I have tried to point out that…..

    The whole things effects have been horrible…

    It was an accident…

    The government hasn’t kept up inspections with the explosive growth in drilling..

    It’s BP’s drill..they hold the bag…..
    But there WILL be a infinite amount of money paid by the company….
    And they are taking their lumps…as they should be

    The company actually needs to stay business….

    I hate the fact that the media pimps these things…
    They jumps away as soon as it not a ‘gotcha’

    You know me…

    Your thought Jack are your own…
    I agreed with several of them….

    I don’t know anyone from BP…..
    So I don’t really like or dislike them…..

    On the drilling…
    I just keep repeating…. the fact …..that we consume a shitload of gas and oil in this country……..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  4. Since Scott and I are the only two people who commented on your BP stories(unless you count Leal)

    I assumed you meant me

    If not mne or Scott

    Who are you talking abgout?


    I mean hes a psycho

    You dont REALLY take him seriously do you?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 12, 2010 | Reply

    • We have gotten hundreds of hits on the stories…..

      And I talk to people at work and in my family….

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

      • And TPL does tend to ‘drift’ at times……

        Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010

  5. I disagree TOTALLY with your media bashing argument

    This is THE BIGGEST envirionmental story in years

    Why wouldnt they vigorously report it?

    And BP IS responsible

    I mean what would you have the media do?

    Comment by My Name Is jack | June 12, 2010 | Reply

    • No problem with reporting it….

      You’re right

      It’s the gotcha angle…….

      WTF is Obama supposed to do that he hasn’t already?

      Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. If anything the media is UNDER reporting the spill, at least the long term effects of it on our gulf states ecology and economy.

    Comment by Scott P | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  7. I do notice a pattern in your posts james where you seem to say we’ll be getting back to normal as regards to oil drilling. Sorry, but “normal” is what got us into this terrible mess in the first place. An unending “addiction to oil” that even George W. Bush talked about in one of his state of the union addresses coupled with federal regulations practically written by oil company CEOs and even then rarely enforced.

    Sorry but “normal” is no longer acceptable. We need STRICT regulations on all the oil companies as well as higher taxes and punative fees for any infractions. In addition we need to seriously develop energy alternatives and change our lifestyles to reduce dependence on oil.

    Comment by Scott P | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  8. Okay…..

    In my posts I DID REPORT THAT THE GOVERNMENT was remiss in NOT adding enough inspectors for the oil well operation…..

    I have tried to be very even on this…..

    I am VERY strong on this…..The Government should NOT be the OIL drilling business….

    They should check for safety regs, policies and ops…..
    But the oil companies have to be able to do their jobs…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. And there is HUGE pressure on Obama to get back to normal drilling operations…You are correct…I am only reporting this fact….

    Being neutral gets me a beatdown egh?

    Keep at Jack….

    Love this….

    Its why I bust my tail to do this…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  10. F L A S H !!! F L A S H !!!

    about Flash:

    Adobe fixes ‘critical’ Flash flaw

    BBC News (Technology)
    age last updated at 08:56 GMT, Friday, 11 June 2010 09:56 UK

    Adobe’s Flash software has become a favourite among hi-tech criminals

    Adobe has fixed a “critical” security flaw that had the potential to allow hackers to take control of affected computer systems.

    The bug was first spotted in early June week following a small number of targeted attacks.

    The security update is one in a bumper update package that fixes a total of 32 documented vulnerabilities.

    Adobe’s Flash and Reader software have emerged as prime targets for hi-tech criminals in the past year.

    Users running Windows, Macintosh or Linux were all thought to be vulnerable to attack.

    Security firm Websense said the flaw was being exploited via e-mails that prompted recipients to open booby-trapped websites seeded with malware.

    Users visiting the websites would have their computers infected with trojans and other malicious programs that opened a backdoor into the machine.

    Adobe urged users to apply the update as soon as possible.

    Adobe said it would release an update at the end of June for its Reader and Acrobat programs which addresses a similar bug that makes it possible to booby-trap PDFs.

    Adobe is reportedly considering patching its applications more frequently after a quarterly update cycle for its Acrobat and Reader programmes last year.

    In 2009, Adobe announced an aggressive programme to beef up security after hackers increasingly focused on finding holes in its products.

    ‘Huge release’

    The security update came in the release of version 10.1 of the Flash player.

    “Don’t let the version number fool you! Flash Player 10.1 is more than a ‘dot upgrade’,” said Paul Betlem of Adobe’s Flash Player engineering team.

    Mr Betlem said the update was a “monumental undertaking” that made significant changes to the architecture of the software.

    Adobe estimates that more than 95% of computers worldwide have Flash Player installed. Many sites use it to show off multimedia content such as videos and games.

    Wired called the latest release “significant” and said the underlying code has been largely re-written to address the platform’s key shortcomings, most notably battery problems and security issues….

    …continued at:


    I disabled that annoying Adobe Updater (anyone know how to do the same for the Apple Updater ?) because its scans would slow my startups (reboots) to a crawl for non-urgent reasons, but apparently Flash 10.1 is something we all need ASAP. I’ll check the specific update, but you can always go to http://www.adobe.com

    Weren’t things so much easier when Flash was still owned by Macromedia?
    is something we all need ASAP.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

  11. Sorry, back to the subject (this happened to be the thread open on my computer when I learned about Flash 10.1; that discussion is now elsewhere further up):

    See The New York Times for a story about how Floridians feel threatened by the choice of other Gulf States (Alabama, Mississippi and especially Louisiana and Texas) to go for offshore oil at the same time that Florida (just after World War II) decided to stay away because her beaches were more valuable. Florida’s getting hit (and may be hit harder) regardless, and understandably feels resentment.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 13, 2010 | Reply

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