Archive for May, 2010

Is the Spill Accidental?

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Politics

In follow up to my previous post asking who really is responsible for the BP Oil Spill, has anyone seriously considered or looked into the possibility that the explosion which caused the BP Oil Spill was sabotage?  I don’t mean some hair-brained “eco terrorist” idea that Rush Limbaugh mentioned a month ago or so.  It just seems at least plausible to me that a major oil drilling platform would be a decent terrorist strike point.  The economic impact of this event is hitting the U.S. just as we are starting to make some headway out of a long and deep recession.

With as devastating as the spill is to gulf ecology (and coastal regions), there’s a more pressing impact. There’s the lost oil,  loss of job revenue (with President Obama’s halt on drilling), a loss of tourism income in the gulf states, a detrimental impact on fishing and the cost of the cleaning up this mess.

I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to consider the possibility that this wasn’t an accident.

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“I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down,” Obama said at a news conference, where he announced a series of new restrictions on oil drilling projects.
(Associated Press [2010, May 28]. Obama Returns to Gulf Amid Escalating Anger. http://www.foxnews.com)

The BP oil spill in the gulf of mexico that has been flooding the region with crude oil for five weeks now is a disaster.  At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I’ll even say it’s an ecological nightmare.  At even the most conservative estimates it has far surpassed the Exxon Valdez incident in 1989.  I think we can all agree that it is a tragedy, should never have happened and needs to get fixed ASAP.    But who is to blame?  Who should take responsibility?  Who should be held accountable?

I’ve made no attempt to disguise that I am not a fan of President Barack Obama.  But I don’t think he is the one who ought to be taking responsibility.  This seems to me yet another example of the federal government taking upon itself duties and responsibilities outside its purview.

“Elizabeth Birnbaum, the head of the Minerals Management Service that oversees offshore drilling, became the highest-ranking political casualty of the spill when she resigned Thursday under pressure” (ibid.).

I confess I don’t know much about Mss. Birnbaum, but I question whether she really is the correct person to resign.  It seems whenever some tragedy occurs we go on a witch hunt.  We have a compulsive need to crucify someone whenever something bad happens, even if they aren’t the person at fault.

The various quotes I’ve read in papers reveal that people seem to think it’s the Federal Government’s  (in general) and President Obama’s (in particular) job to solve this crisis.  What has the president done to fix it?  Announced new restrictions on drilling and halted deep water exploratory drilling in the gulf.  I agree that safety concerns need to be addressed.  I’d fully support inspection teams to ascertain the situation on the individual rigs as well as, perhaps, some new safety guidelines based upon lessons learned from this disaster.  It makes sense to develop new response plans for the future as well (or rather make sure the Oil Companies have adequate response plans).   I fear, though, that the only actual result of this moratorium is going to be higher fuel costs which in turn means higher costs on just about everything else.

Who is responsible? Who should be held accountable?  Who (if anyone) should resign?  And who should take the lead in resolving this crisis?

Who to Blame

Posted: May 27, 2010 in Politics

I heard something interesting today:

“Never blame politicians for the bad things that happen in this country.  Blame us, the people.  If we had more backbone and stood up for what is right, we’d have better leaders.”

Secret Agent Man (NOT)

Posted: May 24, 2010 in Family

Me: Oh, I didn’t know you were still awake.  And here I was trying to be all stealthy.

Jenn:  Yea, you’re pretty terrible at that.

Me: At least you know I don’t have a secret double life as a super spy or something.

Jenn: If you do, your mild mannered alter ego is REALLY good!

Firearms Lesson Part 2

Posted: May 23, 2010 in Family

I apparently need to work with the girls some more.  She shot a wall at point blank range and the Nerf bullet bounced back and hit her in the face.   She’ll survive.

Firearms Lesson

Posted: May 23, 2010 in Family

My three-year-old just learned a valuable lesson about not shooting guns up in the air.  Even a Nerf bullet will come down and hit you in the head.

First Clue

Posted: May 21, 2010 in Faith

Apparently a FEMA videographer asked cleanup volunteers in Mississippi to change their Salvation Army T-shirts before he would film their efforts.  The feature on Fox News was interesting enough in its own right.  What was surprising was the statement by the news show anchor that she wasn’t aware the Salvation Army was a Christian organization.

What?  Really?  The word “Salvation” in their name wasn’t a clue?

Granted, you can’t automatically assume every organization with “Jesus”, “Christian”, or “Salvation” in their name is really a Christian group.  But the S/A has a very clear track record.  I have worked with the Salvation Army several times and while I don’t agree with 100% of their theology or methodology, I gotta admit they have their stuff together and their solid on the essentials.  They’re good people and diligent servants (or would that be warriors) for Christ.