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Wouldn’t we all love to live in the Gumdrop Mountains with the GOP?  A place where the collapse of our financial system is an ant, the oil disaster in the Gulf is caramel-colored mousse and incest is just one of those lemons that life hands you?

Unfortunately, we do not live in Candy Land. We live in the real world, where the collapse of our financial system has left  8.4 million unemployed and 3 million homes foreclosed upon.  The oil disaster is the largest in U.S. history.  Countless birds, mammals, and fish have perished.  It is possible that up to 1 million job losses may result from this river of oil and it will likely be several decades before our Gulf recovers.

However, this latest happy face put on incest by Sharron Angle is the most appalling of all.  It is a disgusting to even consider that a 13-year-old who is raped by her father, then becomes pregnant is merely dealing with one of life’s lemons.  No, Ms. Angle.  Incest is rape.  Incest is violent.  Incest is scarring.  Incest breaks families.  Incest breaks people.

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“Is Obama doing too much?” Remember that meme that circulated for what seemed an eternity? What was he doing then … hmmm… the stimulus, health care, two wars… Time and time again we heard – IT’S TOO MUCH! IT’S TOO MUCH! IT’S TOO F*CKING MUCH! OMG WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!

You know who definitely was not doing too much. The FRACKING PRESS. While they were obsessing and might I add, presenting us with extremely LAZY journalism, they could have been reporting stories of how oil companies were skirting their inspections and dangerously cutting corners. They could have been warning us of the impending doom in the Gulf because obviously they all knew. But they didn’t. (more…)

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Let’s get some perspective on the spill in the gulf.  Destroying our gulf is horrible.  Destroying our planet is a crime against humanity. So, for some much needed perspective, I give you – Nigeria:

In fact, more oil is spilled from the delta’s network of terminals, pipes, pumping stations and oil platforms every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of a major ecological catastrophe caused by oil that has poured from a leak triggered by the explosion that wrecked BP‘s Deepwater Horizon rig last month. (more…)

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When the oil leak was first discovered, the predictions were dire.  If the blowout preventer valve did not work, we would have to go to the unpalatable plan B:  The Relief Well.

In case [the blowout preventer valve] doesn’t work, BP PLC (BP.), which leased the Deepwater, moved another deepwater rig, the  DD3, toward the explosion site. If necessary, the new rig would drill relief wells into the damaged well underneath the ocean floor. That could take several months.

Now here is where things go awry.  Instead of keeping us in “worse case scenario” mode, BP and the administration tried to deflect criticism by letting us know too much and losing focus. My twenty-four years in the construction industry gave me plenty of experience in breaking bad news.  Here are a few tips: (more…)

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