published Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Multiple Choice

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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The Dolphin because of its high intelligence.....so wait, the Japanese have it right?

May 29, 2010 at 1:26 a.m.
Clara said...

Rebel,

I'm confused! What do the Japanese have right?

May 29, 2010 at 2:42 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

So you don't drive? When hired in Chattanooga, you walked to work? In the short run we need oil. We need to drill more carefully, and be ready in advance for accidents (and even sabotage.) Medium run, more nuclear plants (safer and cleaner than coal), and encourage conservation and invention.
Easier to improve oil wells than genetics. www.lohr84.com>

woody said...

Okay, Clay!! This one was well worth the wait.

I always did love a good "Multiple Choice." Even if it had more than two possible answers, the odds were always better for me. Common sense was, is and always will be the Great Equalizer.

Too bad more people don't employ it.

Keep up the good work, Woody

May 29, 2010 at 7:55 a.m.
EaTn said...

Until the last few weeks the oil companies would have argued that A, B, C and D all fit. Remember those commercials showing the pristine relationship between oil wells and the gulf environment? I think it's a disgrace that with a multi-billion dollar a year profits the oil companies did not have a proven plan to handle an inevitable disaster like this oil well break in the gulf.

May 29, 2010 at 7:56 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

Wouldn't it be nice if Russia, China, Cuba, etc. were to stop drilling in the Gulf too? But...naw...we Americans must pay the price....

May 29, 2010 at 7:58 a.m.
rolando said...

Hey, Kepi, that's the Progressive American way, doncha know?

May 29, 2010 at 8:02 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Clay is spot on,of course. Oil platforms are accidents waiting to happen,but our appetite for oil pushes us toward risky behavior rather than looking for ways to curb our energy use.

The combination of population growth,developing economies,and a finite supply of accessible oil has pushed the world to the point where per capita oil use,especially in the US,is going to decline continuously along a steepening bell curve.

We may not be able to stop drilling off-shore,but we better be figuring out how to use less oil before rationing becomes a reality. We don't have long to wait.

May 29, 2010 at 8:25 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

RIGZONE World Offshore Rig Fleet Information http://www.rigzone.com/data/advanced_search.asp

Search for offshore drilling rigs anywhere in the world. Enter your search criteria below - enter more criteria for narrow, specific results or fewer criteria for broad, general results. All fields are optional, so you can enter as few or as many as you like.

May 29, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.
GreenKepi said...

We might as well get ready for possible future oil spills…soon foreign oil firms will be drilling as close as about 50 miles from parts of Florida. Venezuela, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Canada, Russia and Brazil are already working the waters.

Foreign firms have signed exploration and production agreements for 21 of the 59 blocks Cuba has created for its Gulf waters, where the biggest oil finds are believed to be located. An additional 23 blocks are said to be the subject of discussions with foreign companies.

God save us…you think “they” are concerned about safety or as unprepared as BP?! Future oil spills, given Gulf currents, could spoil all our beaches and shore areas in many states and make this current disaster one look like a spoonful of oil….

May 29, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

http://www.bobbyjindal.com/index.php?option=com_wordpress


Map of Fishery Closure Boundary effective at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2010 http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/deepwater_horizon/BP_OilSpill_FisheryClosureMap_052810.png


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council DeepWater Horizon - Gulf of Mexico - Oil Spill

http://www.gulfcouncil.org/news_resources/hot_topics.php


National Wildlife Refuges by State

This index lists National Wildlife Refuges of the Southeast Region alphabetically by State http://www.fws.gov/southeast/refuges/refuges-by-state.html


Listing and Critical Habitat Program http://www.fws.gov/southeast/es/listing.htm


Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex http://www.fws.gov/southeastlouisiana/index.html


Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex http://www.fws.gov/swlarefugecomplex/

May 29, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.
memphisexile said...

Hahaha! Classic! Great job Clay.

May 29, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.

Wow 62 rigs in the gulf! thanks for the link InspectorBucket. Does anyone here think that if the US stopped drilling in the gulf we would be any better off in terms of avoiding spills with all the other countires rigs already out there?

May 29, 2010 at 1:11 p.m.
alprova said...

GRAND ISLE, La. -- "Billy Nungesser, the president of Plaquemines Parish whose frustrations about the federal government response have been featured prominently on TV in the past few weeks, told ABC News that in the private meeting the president had with local leaders here today, President Obama "chewed me out."

Nungesser, a Republican, told ABC News that President Obama "told me that we need to communicate."

He said that he told President Obama that after his first visit to the region a few weeks ago, "We got the jack-up boats done cause of you. And you spent more time with us than any other president. But since then, it was a bottleneck. Things weren't getting done. All of it was sitting in the marsh."

Nungesser said the president told him, "'Well you know, if you can't get it done through the chain of command' -- and he's made some changes; we've got a guy on the ground now that can make decisions -- he said, 'you pick up the phone and call the White House. And, if you can't get me on the phone, then you can go blast me.'"

"And I said, 'Well, Mr. President, I didn't want to blast you. I'll blast the Coast Guard for not making BP be accountable.' And I know he is the Coast Guard. So, in a sense, you know, he was right."

Nungesser said that "if things happen like they happened after the last meeting, you won't see me blasting anybody because things happened right after that. And things are happening today. The oil that we showed you is being cleaned up. There's equipment all over the parish and we do have a senior person from the Coast Guard in our office now that can make decisions and can hold BP's feet to the fire, because they are the ones that should be stepping up to the plate."

He concluded: "I think he cares and he's a hands-on guy. I was real impressed."

  • Jake Tapper and Karen Travers

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/05/parish-president-president-obama-chewed-me-out.html

May 29, 2010 at 1:50 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill day by day

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil a day have been gushing into the seas of the Gulf of Mexico and drifting towards the US coast threatening wildlife and livelihoods dependent on tourism and fishing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2010/may/20/deepwater-horizon-gulf-oil-spill-gulf

May 29, 2010 at 4 p.m.

In a Rasmussen poll of likely voters May 25, Obama has begun to sink again, this time falling to a new low in approval at 42%:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 24% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 …

The internals for perceptions of Obama are looking very shaky indeed. Only 39% approve of his performance on the economy; only 44% approve of his overall leadership. Just 37% approve of his energy policies. A microscopic 26% trust Obama in an economic crisis, and only 35% believe his ethics to be good or excellent.

Keep an eye on the numbers after Obama’s presser on Thursday. He may get a bump just for showing up; if he does, expect him to start hitting the campaign trail ASAP. If he doesn’t, don’t expect to see Obama much at all.

May 29, 2010 at 5:42 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS — Arriving in Louisiana Friday to counter increasing criticism of his handling of the BP oil rig disaster, President Obama will find few allies and low expectations in a region still stinging from the government's botched response to hurricane Katrina......

In an informal poll conducted by a New Orleans radio station Thursday, 70 percent of respondents rated the Obama administration’s handling of the crisis as poor.

In Venice, La., where hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, assistant manager Stephanie Cubbage stood outside with other employees of the Light House Motel to watch as Obama’s motorcade passed on his previous trip to Plaquemines Parish on May 2. She doesn’t have high hopes for the president’s second visit.

“He hasn’t done anything for us, and I don’t expect him to do anything,” Ms. Cubbage said Thursday. “We feel like they forgot about us and everyone is pointing the finger at everybody else. They been lying to us from Day 1.”

A conservative state, Louisiana gave Obama less than 40 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election. With the spill crisis, the president seems to find himself in a no-win situation across the state’s political spectrum.

“Everyone has been disappointed in the response of BP and the federal government,” says Matt Petersen, CEO of Global Green Initiative, an environmental group in New Orleans focused on green energy. “We need regulation and to end the too-cozy relationship between government and the oil industry. I was surprised by the president’s half-measure of putting offshore drilling on hold, when it seems like we really need a moratorium until this industry is truly safe.”

Valerie Gonsoulin, an office manager and kayak fisher-woman from Lafayette, La., who voted for Obama in 2008, says she is angry, but not sure who she is most angry with. “I think the oil shouldn’t be in the marshes at all, and I think the federal government should have stepped in at the beginning,” says Ms. Gonsoulin, who has traveled to coastal Venice and Grand Isle since the spill to see the response firsthand. “I think Obama dropped the ball. I expected him to be more proactive. But I think closing down the rigs offshore is only putting more of a burden on the people of Louisiana. Now all those people are out of work, too.” (Bill Sasser)

There are allegations being made by people on the ground in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, and at least one Jefferson Parrish politician that the hundreds of "workers" that showed up on Grand Isle when President Obama came to town was nothing but a "dog and pony show".

Oh yeah, Obama's Progs really "care" about people. Especially conservative American white people.

May 29, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

BP & BO -- LIVE -- Competitive Diving, Summer 2010


BP 'top kill' falters: Macondo well keeps spewing oil into the Gulf

It will take 7 years for the oil deposit below the Deepwater Horizon well to empty if left alone. On Saturday, BP acknowledged it may abandon its best chance so far to cork the well: the 'top kill'.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0529/BP-top-kill-falters-Macondo-well-keeps-spewing-oil-into-the-Gulf


BP shares drop as clean-up cost approaches $1bn

City informed that 'top kill' procedure to block oil leak in Gulf of Mexico will not work on its own as ocean experts warn of 'unprecedented disaster'

* Julia Kollewe
* guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 May 2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/may/28/bp-shares-drop


The Tort Lawyer and the BP Oil Disaster Louisiana's Daniel Becnel has sued drugmakers, carmakers, and Big Tobacco. The BP oil spill, on his home turf, may be his biggest payday yet

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_23/b4181066654108.htm


May 29, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.

"We might as well get ready for possible future oil spills…soon foreign oil firms will be drilling as close as about 50 miles from parts of Florida. Venezuela, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Canada, Russia and Brazil are already working the waters.

Foreign firms have signed exploration and production agreements for 21 of the 59 blocks Cuba has created for its Gulf waters, where the biggest oil finds are believed to be located. An additional 23 blocks are said to be the subject of discussions with foreign companies.

God save us…you think “they” are concerned about safety or as unprepared as BP?! Future oil spills, given Gulf currents, could spoil all our beaches and shore areas in many states and make this current disaster one look like a spoonful of oil…."

GreenKepi couldn't be more right. Notice how just about all the countries mentioned here are ones Obama and cohorts have been either appeasing, bowing to, glad-handing with and imitating their "utopian" Government takeovers and "restructuring of the economy" actions.

Also notice how in the MSM and Leftist media, there's no mention or criticism of these evil giants...even Obama doesn't dare criticize his new Masters. Not when his sole focus, besides partying around the world and around the country, has been to get the message across that AMERICAN BIG COMPANIES (and now British owned BP) are the Evil ones and only they deserve to be cut down to size and 'owned by Washington'.

In the meantime, he's back to partying and playing basketball, activities Bush would have been endlessly criticized for, if he had spent as much time doing them as Obama does. No trip to Arlington Cemetery is planned, but attending the Paul McCartney concert IS a must. While the people of Louisiana are so 'cared for' by him and his Left-Prog sychophants.

May 29, 2010 at 6:11 p.m.
rolando said...

Apparently few, if any, anti-drillers here are aware of the oil drilling term, "whipstocking". Drill 50 miles off our shores then whipstock to reach OUR supplies. They can whip it quite a distance while going down 5 or 6 miles...and eventually drill sideways. [It's been done in Calif -- multiple sources, look it up yourself, alpo.]

Then, of course, the foreign companies will refine and sell our own oil back to us.

In any case and as others have said, oil spills are in our near future. Just think what our tourism to oil-drenched Gulf and Atlantic coast beaches will be...and how much it will cost us in foreign income.

Someone [or a number of someones] out there are laughing...

"What fools these mortals be." - W. Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

May 29, 2010 at 7:51 p.m.
softnotes37 said...

They are trying to save the well!!!!

May 29, 2010 at 10:16 p.m.
alprova said...

Canary, where do you dig up these wonderful and insightful stories? You never post a link.

For instance; "Valerie Gonsoulin, an office manager and kayak fisher-woman from Lafayette, La., who voted for Obama in 2008, says she is angry, but not sure who she is most angry with.

"I think the oil shouldn’t be in the marshes at all, and I think the federal government should have stepped in at the beginning,"


I'll bet last week, she was interviewed after she saw a head-on collision. "I don't think those two cars should be intertwined like that."

What does she or anyone else think that the Federal Government is capable of doing to stop the flow of oil from a horrendously damaged blowout preventer? There are national and international experts on the ground and on ships doing everything under the sun to stop it.

In case anyone missed it, the last time a blowout preventer failed, in 1979 and also in the Gulf of Mexico, and in FIVE HUNDRED FEET of water, the same tactics were tried to stop the flow of oil and those efforts were met with the same failures we are witnessing today. That well was not capped for THREE MONTHS.

There are no personnel employed by the Government, in any department, who have the expertise or knowledge in how to stop that leak.

There is no equipment owned by our Government that could be used to attempt to stop that leak.

From day one, the appropriate personnel began responding and have been on site for about 36 days, when a leak was confirmed. God knows they want it capped as fast as anyone else.

The armchair critics are working overtime on this one.


She goes on to say, "I think Obama dropped the ball. I expected him to be more proactive. But I think closing down the rigs offshore is only putting more of a burden on the people of Louisiana. Now all those people are out of work, too."


Can this woman make up her mind? She's upset that oil is in the marshes. Then she's upset that Louisianans are temporarily out of a job until absolute safety for those workers can be reestablished.

Ya' can't make this stuff up, and the media is more than glad to assist people willing to make complete idiots of themselves.


Canary follows up with, or it could be part of his chop-lifting:

"There are allegations being made by people on the ground in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, and at least one Jefferson Parrish politician that the hundreds of "workers" that showed up on Grand Isle when President Obama came to town was nothing but a "dog and pony show."


And that's exactly what they are -- accusations. Everything is a conspiracy for folks who have nothing better to do than to sit around and to insert more drama into an already dramatical situation.

If indeed the President is in on the rouse, as some say, then why would BP spend money to make it appear that more is being done while he is there?

May 29, 2010 at 10:45 p.m.
alprova said...

And as if we didn't have enough to worry about:

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0529/energy-expert-nuke-oil-leak/

Energy expert: Nuking oil leak 'only thing we can do'

May 29, 2010 at 11:12 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I once read that much of the oil drilled off of American shores goes on the market to the highest bidder not to America itself. In other words, there are no laws that make the companies sell the USA the oil even though the environmental risk is only ours. Does anyone have more info on this subject?

May 30, 2010 at 2:02 a.m.
rolando said...

The oil companies own the oil, Savarti, so why shouldn't they get top dollar?

Add to that the other kicker -- overseas refining is cheaper than domestic -- and you get a monetary double-whammy.

Finally, should Dear Leader decide to nationalize the oil supplies [in the wells] and the oil companies, look for prices to skyrocket, supplies to dwindle, and quality to drop...that's how government works. Maybe we will have to start filtering our gas through chamois skin again...

May 31, 2010 at 8:41 a.m.
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