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Senate Dems to BP: $20 billion escrow fund NOW

As you know, President Obama is ratcheting up the pressure on BP by demanding that BP create an independently-monitored escrow fund to handle claims by people and businesses affected by the Gulf disaster. The White House hasn't named a specific figure, beyond saying it wants a "substantial" sum put in the account.

What's getting less attention is that virtually the entire Senate Dem caucus has thrown its weight behind this demand, and has named a figure: $20 billion.

Senate Dems have sent a harshly-worded letter to BP execs demanding the money, and note the barb directed at BP over its public relations push:

In order to ensure BP fully and quickly covers the costs of this disaster, we are calling on BP to immediately establish a special account of $20 billion, administered by an independent trustee, to be used for payment of economic damages and clean-up costs. Establishment of this account would serve as an act of good faith and as a first step towards ensuring that there will be no delay in payments or attempt to evade responsibility for damages. Although creating this account at this level in no way limits BP's liability, we believe it will do more to improve BP's public image than the costly public relations campaign your company has launched.

We appreciate your interest in fully and quickly reimbursing those who have been injured by your actions. We believe the establishment of the $20 billion account to compensate victims and provide for clean-up is a useful first step for demonstrating that BP intends to meet its commitments. In light of the urgency of this matter we ask the courtesy of your response no later than June 18, 2010.

The letter is signed by virtually the entire Dem caucus. It's a sign that Dems -- perhaps belatedly -- are displaying some real anger here and are keeping the spotlight on BP and the need to hold it accountable.

The House GOP leadership has now endorsed lifting the liability cap, but Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to lift it in the Senate. Dem Senate leaders, it seems, recognize they have a winning issue on their hands and intend to press the point.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 14, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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Comments

Slave Sargent:
"The White House hasn't named a specific figure, beyond saying it wants a "substantial" sum put in the account"

Uh-huh...well, tiger, go after the Alleged Hawaiian like you pestered Congressman Coppertone. Go git 'em tiger!

"Senate Dems have sent a harshly-worded letter to BP execs demanding the money, and note the barb directed at BP over its public relations push:"

Hey, they can send Vinny and Joey over to put Hayward in a headlock and punch him in the nugget while yelling:

"Give up the money! Give up the money or we'll hit you again!"

It amounts to the same thing.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Nothing but a ridiculous publicity stunt.

Aside from the lack of any legal basis foe such a demand, ask yourself what constitutional authority the dems have for this.

Banana republic stunt.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is a welcome development from the Senate; I was losing hope they'd get involved in anything so direct and specific. And I think they're doing BP a favor: partnering with the government, especially the WH, would be a positive sign that they are acting responsibly. They are going to spend a lot of money on this, and it would be great to see them spend it where it's needed rather than in fighting in court to pay less. If BP is smart they'll get out ahead of this. If not, Obama is going to really start hammering them.

Also Senate, new energy policy please.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Man. This place has gotten taken over by ignorant racists where this "User reviews and comments that include....personal attacks" gets broken every post.

Have fun wallowing in your own mud bildge ya ignorant racist.

I understand the need for competing views but how do you have a discussion when ignorant racists like bilge follow up with adolescent name calling every post?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Mike -- the powers that be are taking a look at whether we should be a bit more aggressive in regulating the comments here...hope you don't let it drive you away.

Posted by: sargegreg | June 14, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Mike. I hate to see Greg's excellent blog taken over by substanceless name calling.

I almost called it substanceless tripe, but that would have been name calling, wouldn't it?

Posted by: wvng | June 14, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me the Manville Trust (asbestos) set up during bankruptcy proceedings could be used as a model for a BP trust fund.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Slave sargegreg:
"Mike -- the powers that be are taking a look at whether we should be a bit more aggressive in regulating the comments here."

Yeah...and make sure they consider regulating the gratutitous accusations of "Racist"...oh wait, your blog might then have as many commenters as that Bernie Latham fellow's.

"Have fun wallowing in your own mud bildge ya ignorant racist."

Didn't take long for you to run out of cogent arguments, did it, Mister Mayonnaise?

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

O/T: I hope the fixation on turning the oil spill tragedy into a "winning issue" won't distract from other events:

"The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself."

And nothing on that crazy Rep. Etheridge?

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/14/video-rep-etheridge-assaults-student-on-street/

Posted by: sbj3 | June 14, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

lmsinca:
"It seems to me the Manville Trust (asbestos) set up during bankruptcy proceedings could be used as a model for a BP trust fund."

There's quite a dfference between a trust set up under auspices of a bankruptcy court and a pack of Democratic Congresspeople sending a few "bent-noses" around to extract the vigorish.

This is legislative gangsterism, and is going to play to BeePee's benefit.

I reckon that BeePee's corporate counsel is falling to his knees and thanking Jesus and his obscure and grim Attorney Gods every time these grandstanding clowns open their individual and collective mouths.

Eventually, this is going to see the inside of a courtroom where an adult or two might be presiding, and after every soup-cooler in DC has flapped their gums about the right royal pimp-sticking that they want to lay on BeePee, it shouldn't be too hard to make a case for prejudice against his client.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

sbj, see Ambinder on the Afghanistan minerals story. I wouldn't cue the band just yet.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/the-mineral-miracle-or-a-massive-information-operation/58104/

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 14, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Now The British are claiming that BP must be treated as "Too Big To Fail". They say that holding BP to account, would hurt the Pension Funds of two many people in England.

It always ends up the same;

Too Big To Fail, equals Too Big To Jail.

Now the Brits are complaining about people in the USA referring to the oil company as British Petroleum. They say that it no longer is that Company; It is now BP. A good one. Where did they get those letters from?!

What does BP now stand for; Broken Pipes?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Now The British are claiming that BP must be treated as "Too Big To Fail". They say that holding BP to account, would hurt the Pension Funds of too many people in England.

It always ends up the same;

Too Big To Fail, equals Too Big To Jail.

Now the Brits are complaining about people in the USA referring to the oil company as British Petroleum. They say that it no longer is that Company; It is now BP. A good one. Where did they get those letters from?!

What does BP now stand for; Broken Pipes?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of what is causing the global climate change, the USA still has to convert to clean energy, and has to wean itself from depending on imported oil.

All the energy change steps that are being called for, to offset the effects of global warming, would still need to be taken, even if global warming was not being accelerated by humans.

We have to make the energy conversation,anyway, and only Far Right Wing Luddites, and big polluters, are standing in the way of getting the job done.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Greg

"the powers that be are taking a look at whether we should be a bit more aggressive in regulating the comments here"

So the suits finally decided to read the small print here at the bottom ? While they are at it, they should remove the 'report abuse' button since it doesn't do a dipsquat since all the emails bounce.

Posted by: amkeew | June 14, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of what is causing the global climate change, the USA still has to convert to clean energy, and has to wean itself from depending on imported oil.

All the energy change steps that are being called for, to offset the effects of global warming, would still need to be taken, even if global warming was not being accelerated by humans.

We have to make the energy conversion ,anyway, and only Far Right Wing Luddites, and big polluters, are standing in the way of getting the job done.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

That's not just crazy Etheridge, it's assault and battery by crazy Etheridge (D-NC).


Proving again that Democrats and liberals don't just incite violence but are themselves dangerous and prone to violence.

What was Ethan saying the other day about conservatives' having lost their minds?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Reality Check:

BP Has Operated As A Criminal Enterprise, In The USA. They Must Pay For Their Crimes.


"Years of Internal BP Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents"

http://www.propublica.org/feature/years-of-internal-bp-probes-warned-that-neglect-could-lead-to-accidents


"A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways.

The confidential inquiries, which have not previously been made public, focused on a rash of problems at BP's Alaska oil-drilling unit that undermined the company’s publicly proclaimed commitment to safe operations. They described instances in which management flouted safety by neglecting aging equipment, pressured or harassed employees not to report problems, and cut short or delayed inspections in order to reduce production costs. Executives were not held accountable for the failures, and some were promoted despite them.

Similar themes about BP operations elsewhere were sounded in interviews with former employees, in lawsuits and little-noticed state inquiries, and in e-mails obtained by ProPublica. Taken together, these documents portray a company that systemically ignored its own safety policies across its North American operations - from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico to California and Texas. "

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

All, Mitch McConnell now claiming that the response to the Gulf spill should undermine our faith in gov't in general:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/mcconnell_response_to_spill_sh.html

Posted by: sargegreg | June 14, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the above comments that Bilgeman is intolerable and insulting and should be banned immediately.

Greg, thank you for looking into banning him and his ludicrous insulting posts.

And also, thank you for staying on THIS STORY.

The Republican Party is obviously only interested in distracting from the fact that their position is that the people of the Gulf should suck up the costs of billions upon billions of dollars in damages. That is quite clearly UNACCEPTABLE.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 14, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

The English Say: Do Not Refer to BP as British Petroleum.

OK: BP Now Stands For: Broken Pipes, Broken Pledges, and Brazen Polluters.


http://www.propublica.org/feature/years-of-internal-bp-probes-warned-that-neglect-could-lead-to-accidents

"Because of its string of accidents before the recent blowout in the Gulf, BP already faced a possible ban on its federal contracting and on new U.S. drilling leases [3] [3], several senior former Environmental Protection Agency debarment officials told ProPublica. That inquiry has taken on new significance in light of the Gulf accident. One key question the EPA will consider is whether the company's leadership can be trusted and whether BP's culture can change. "


"A 2001 report [4] [4] noted that BP had neglected key equipment needed for emergency shutdown, including safety shutoff valves and gas and fire detectors similar to those that could have helped prevent the fire and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf.

A 2004 inquiry found a pattern of intimidating workers who raised safety or environmental concerns. It said managers were shaving maintenance costs with the practice of "run to failure," under which aging equipment was used as long as possible. Accidents resulted, including the 200,000-gallon Prudhoe Bay pipeline spill in 2006, the largest ever spill on Alaska's North Slope.

During the same period, similar problems surfaced at BP facilities in California and Texas.

In 2002, California officials discovered that BP had falsified inspections of fuel tanks at a Los Angeles-area refinery and that more than 80 percent of the facilities didn't meet requirements to maintain storage tanks without leaks or damage. Inspectors were forced to get a warrant before BP allowed them to check the tanks. The company eventually settled a civil lawsuit brought by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for more than $100 million.

In 2005, an emergency warning system failed before a Texas City refinery exploded in a ball of fire. BP's investigation of that deadly accident [5] [5] -- conducted by a committee of independent experts -- found that "significant process safety issues exist at all five U.S. refineries, not just Texas City." It said "instances of a lack of operating discipline, toleration of serious deviations from safe operating practices, and apparent complacency toward serious process safety risk existed at each refinery." BP spokesman Odone said that after the accident the company adopted a six-point plan to update its safety systems worldwide. But last year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined BP $87 million for failing to make safety upgrades at that same Texas plant. "

Posted by: Liam-still | June 14, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Liamility:
"What does BP now stand for; Broken Pipes?"

Hey..that's a good one!
Who'd you lift it from?

"Now The British are claiming that BP must be treated as "Too Big To Fail". They say that holding BP to account, would hurt the Pension Funds of too many people in England."

Maybe the Senate Dems should send Parliament a letter, too!

This might work out.

The DemoCaucus puts the bite on BeePee, which gets bailed out by the Limeys.

And thus did Obama conquer the British Empire...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Slave Ethan:
"agree with the above comments that Bilgeman is intolerable and insulting and should be banned immediately."

Ooooh, THAT'S a surprise!

Another slobbering loser moonabt who can't stand it when he gets called for spouting his whack nonsense...like this:

"The Republican Party is obviously only interested in distracting from the fact that their position is that the people of the Gulf should suck up the costs of billions upon billions of dollars in damages. That is quite clearly UNACCEPTABLE."

Governor of Texas-Republican
Governor of Louisiana- Republican
Governor of Mississippi- Republican
Governor of Alabama-Republican
Governor of Florida-elected as a Republican.

So, in your crazed and worm-eaten mind, ALL of these Republican governors are in on a nationwide Republican conspiracy to stick their own constituents with the tab for the aftermath of BeePee's likely criminal negligence.

And you really think that you deserve to be used as anything other than an object of mockery and ridicule?

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy quotient is at the breaking point, with flamers and name callers and screamers like mike and Ethan demanding troll banning. Wow, just wow.

We'll look forward to the banning of not only them but a most other libs, including:

Liam
Gasman
Rukidding
wbgonne
oddjob
the much lamented Tena (one of the most vulgar and personally abusive posters ever)

. . . just to name a few serial abusers off the top of my head.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Greg, not only should you look into banning Bligeman but Quarterback as well. They add nothing to the debate whatsoever, just mindless trollery.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

QB1:
"the much lamented Tena (one of the most vulgar and personally abusive posters ever)"

The beauty of that particular case is that it was the Sweat Lodge that exiled her.

She made the cardinal sin of thinking that these were her friends, and would tolerate her daring to indulge in the luxury of a divergent opinion in re: choosing SCOTUS Justice.

She was cast out from the herd, and now wanders the outer darkness.

Remarkably like al-Qaeda, our little moonbat livestock chums here, in that for all their talk, they cause more casualties among "their own" than they do among us.

I reckon that they call this "community outreach" and "coalition building".

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Ah, look, a noob liberal troll, whose first post is a personal attack.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

My feeling is this is we have freedom of speech and these trolls have every right to spew their hatred, we should just ignore them. However, the owners of this website have every right to ban whomever they wish. I think Bilgeman is the only one who seriously crosses the line. QB may be a moronic fool with semi-racist tendencies but he usually doesn't resort to the same level of insulting attacks, and occasionally makes a relevant comment.

Just my opinion.

Posted by: SDJeff | June 14, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm also for free speech. I've always believed that the level we stoop to in our language reflects more upon us than the person on the receiving end. Be true to your own standards and let the rest sink or swim on their own. The more time we spend worrying about it the less time for exchanging ideas.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 14, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for free speech, but some moron interrupting your conversation with invective and incoherent babble would get a well deserved palm to the face. Its really time to show these bottom feeders the door.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

latenight:

"Greg, not only should you look into banning Bligeman but Quarterback as well. They add nothing to the debate whatsoever, just mindless trollery."

I'm feeling very left out.

Posted by: ScottC3 | June 14, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"I think Bilgeman is the only one who seriously crosses the line. QB may be a moronic fool with semi-racist tendencies but he usually doesn't resort to the same level of insulting attacks, and occasionally makes a relevant comment."

Thanks for that . . . ironic and self-negating defense.

I understand you are a free speech advocate here. But, out of curiosity, do you seriously think the commenters I listed above are "better" than Bilgeman?

Perhaps you haven't seen some of their best handiwork, but I've been called everything from a racist to a pedophile (that was nice and random) to a Nazi and everything else by them and other liberals here. rukidding even wished a serious disease on me for opposing Obamacare. That all started on day 1. Gasman has waged a nearly monomaniacal personal campaign against me from day 1.

Greg and his masters can do whatever they want, but I just marvel at the incredible hypocrisy of the complainers.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

latenightmoonbat:
"I'm all for free speech, but some moron interrupting your conversation with invective and incoherent babble would get a well deserved palm to the face."

Inciting violence can get you banned, moonbat.

It can also get you prosecuted.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bilge,

"She was cast out from the herd, and now wanders the outer darkness."

Yes, I recall some of he bile exchanged by her and Liam. Two exemplars of rational, adult discourse, for sure.

Actually, rather than roaming in outer darkness, it reminds me of that show that was on for a while about -- mongooses? -- who live in dusty little authoritarian packs that scramble around in search of bugs and fight other clans. Occasionally, one gets driven out and must look for a new pack that will accept it.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"I'm all for free speech, but some moron interrupting your conversation with invective and incoherent babble would get a well deserved palm to the face. Its really time to show these bottom feeders the door."

You mean like you just interrupted?

It's hilarious for a noob to show up demanding that people be shown the door. Talk about your bottom feeders.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Meerkat Manor -- that's what it was.

Tena was driven off and probably had to find a new pack.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"You mean like you just interrupted?"

I've been commenting here since day one, noob. Now that is hilarious.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

And I forgot, even more hilarious for said noob censor to show up calling people "morons" and "bottom dwellers" and asking that they be banned for abuse.

Way to represent, latenight.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"Way to represent, latenight."

The problem with that lackluster argument is, a simple stroll through any plumbline comment section will accurately back up my claims. Way to represent.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"I've been commenting here since day one, noob. Now that is hilarious."

That's funny, since a search returns only two comments by you, starting May 28.

But let's assume you aren't lying. That makes you even worse, since you know your liberal comrades here are by far the worst abusers. Tell us all, what did you think of Tena's foul-mouthed name calling? Of Gasman's unending vitriolic attacks? You've been commenting here all along, you say. You must be very familiar.

"The problem with that lackluster argument is, a simple stroll through any plumbline comment section will accurately back up my claims."

Sure they will. Typical of your kind, you avoid the points directed at your stumbling appearance here: You are the one who "interrupted" with name calling.

Nice shooting, deadeye. Or should I say, bottom-feeding troll?

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

QB!;
"Meerkat Manor -- that's what it was.

Tena was driven off and probably had to find a new pack."

Oh dear Lord! That's it! Perfect.

The jokes here at the Slum Line just write themselves, don't they?

Moonbat Manor...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"But let's assume you aren't lying."

..but lets assume I'm not. It seems to be a common meme around here that you are a know nothing irritant with an agenda of trollery. Lets assume I'm not lying.

"That makes you even worse, since you know your liberal comrades here are by far the worst abusers."

If you are pointing out someone punching you after you slapped them, that's pretty shrug-worthy stuff.

"Sure they will. Typical of your kind, you avoid the points directed at your stumbling appearance here: You are the one who "interrupted" with name calling."

That response was the epitome of a stumble, a rather public one at that. The fact remains, your brand of trollery is easy to find just by scrolling comment sections. I'm sorry if that upsets you.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

QB1:
"That's funny, since a search returns only two comments by you, starting May 28"

The violence inciting troll latenightmoonbat has been around since before the Slum Line moved to the new digs.

As I recall, its' valuable contribution to the discussion here has been to chime in how it TOTALLY AGREES with another moonbat on the meme du jour once or twice.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Haha "like TOTALLY AGREES"? Figures, but the internets contain no apparent stain of its presence before May 28.

If it has been around, it knows of what nonsense it speaks. No one ever was or could be more abusive and obscene that some of these libs like Tena and Gasbag.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"If you are pointing out someone punching you after you slapped them, that's pretty shrug-worthy stuff."

Um, no, you've just proved you are lying and weren't here to see it.

Upset by a troll like you? No. Don't take yourself seriously. I don't.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Bilgey,

"The jokes here at the Slum Line just write themselves, don't they?"

I think it's stuck in my head that way now -- Moonbat Manor.

Something about your comment made me picture it as an episode in the filthy little lives of the Meerkats, with poor Tena being savaged and limping off to see if she can join another gang.

But I have always been partial to sweat lodge and hive. Those always give me a chuckle.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Um, no, you've just proved you are lying and weren't here to see it."

Um, you never pointing out any specific offenses. Try to keep up.

"Upset by a troll like you? No. Don't take yourself seriously. I don't."

Whatever it takes to get you through the day buddy.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"The violence inciting troll latenightmoonbat has been around since before the Slum Line moved to the new digs."

..so says the racist.

"As I recall, its' valuable contribution to the discussion here has been to chime in how it TOTALLY AGREES with another moonbat on the meme du jour once or twice."

Based on the rampant incoherence of your ramblings, I wouldn't trust any recollection that you had.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Um, you never pointing out any specific offenses. Try to keep up."

How can we mere mortals hope to keep up with such a vast intellect as you?

See, you made a speculative claim that only you could substantiate. But I know you can't, just like you know you can't. Cuz you lied.

Trying to compensate isn't a good way to go through life, sparky.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 14, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"How can we mere mortals hope to keep up with such a vast intellect as you?"

Hey, I never thought you could compete in the first place.

"See, you made a speculative claim that only you could substantiate. But I know you can't, just like you know you can't. Cuz you lied."

The comment sections don't lie, and they are littered with your rhetorical fecal matter - any person with basic computer knowledge can see that for themselves.

"Trying to compensate isn't a good way to go through life, sparky."

I think you need to follow your own advice, cupcake.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 14, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"The comment sections don't lie, and they are littered with your rhetorical fecal matter - any person with basic computer knowledge can see that for themselves."

What they can see is that you can't discern verbal excrement from reasoned discourse, which explains your sudden appearance from nowhere spreading the former. It's brilliant self-parody on your part. Just look at yourself -- your sole contribution here is to show up hurling excrement at me. A shame everyone can see what you wrote above, isn't it?

And your poo flinging can't obscure your dishonesty. You speculated that the moonbats here "punched" me because I "slapped" them first, which proves you weren't here and lied when you said you were, because if you had been you'd know better.

Perhaps you'll find another site to pollute without making such an embarassing entry.

Posted by: quarterback1 | June 15, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

As with any natural disaster, the two things that matter the most are speed and coordination. How fast can you get your assets deployed and how well can you coordinate those assets to combat the natural disaster? But, the problem with most natural disasters is that they typically have multiple government agencies mingled with various private sector assets all trying to coordinate with each other.

For example, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted an exercise in 2002 off the coast of Louisiana that simulated a disaster just like the one we are experiencing today. (Lessons Learned from 2002 Spill of National Significance or “SONS” Exercise Gulf of Mexico). The after action report from this exercise acknowledged that problems related to communication, coordination and technology persisted.

In order to deploy quickly, you have to know....read more at:

http://skybitz.com/blog/asset-visibility-and-the-oil-spill-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/

Posted by: cmontgomery2 | June 15, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"What they can see is that you can't discern verbal excrement from reasoned discourse, which explains your sudden appearance from nowhere spreading the former."

..but what you spew is the epitome of verbal excrement, such is the sentiment of most of the people who have weighed in on your less than stellar diatribes.

"It's brilliant self-parody on your part. Just look at yourself -- your sole contribution here is to show up hurling excrement at me.

Hurling excrement at a steaming pile should make you feel at home. But really, no vitriol was thrown here, just directing folks to the daily examples of trollery flowing from your keyboard. The mere fact that you would view that as an assault is rather telling.

"You speculated that the moonbats here "punched" me because I "slapped" them first, which proves you weren't here and lied.."

Still no evidence that people's assaults on you weren't provoked, I assumed as much. It seems that you are the only one here who subscribes to lying.

"Perhaps you'll find another site to pollute without making such an embarassing entry."

Naw, I'm not going anywhere scooter - watching you truly embarrass yourself ensures that I'll stick around for a while.

Posted by: latenightwhatnot | June 15, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA CHIEDE
20 miliardi USD
ALLA BP

Obama chiede a BP un fondo di USD 20 miliardi da affidare in gestione autonoma a fiduciari da lui nominati per coprire il fabbisogno finanziario a tutela dell’ambiente e del commercio danneggiato dai 60.000 barili di petrolio persi in mare ogni giorno dalla piattaforma BP.
Nello stesso momento cambia il capo del Dipartimento Risorse Minerarie e non mette un tecnico; sceglie Michael Bromwich ex Capo Ispettore del Dipartimento di Giustizia dell’amministrazione Clinton. L’uomo che ha cancellato la corruzione nel dipartimento di polizia di Chicago.
Obama ha capito che non è solo un problema tecnico quello delle piattaforme petrolifere e andrà più a fondo nelle indagini sulle aziende petrolifere che nelle profondità marine dei pozzi.
1.000 i pozzi sparsi nei mari e oceani di tutto il mondo, cosa sarà dei nostri mari quando questo petrolio non servirà più a nessuno e quei pozzi non saranno più fonte di reddito?
Paolo Zinni www.redoct.it

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