Like Arizona if it were an Ocean by pablo May 31, 2010

Pirates of the Mediterranean

Stopping and boarding a ship in international waters, and then killing a few dozen of those on board because they resist,
where is the legality, and why are you different than the Somolies?

Flotilla Round-Up

Getcher Hall Pass! by pablo May30, 2010

If All Goes According To History...

Ed Markey: 'I Have no Confidence Whatsoever in BP' - Actions Would Qualify as Criminal

GOM-RIP by pablo May30, 2010


Broken News! by pablo May 29, 2010

Beck says "leave the families alone,"
Smears Obama's 11-year-old daughter

Update I: Apparently the photo used in the article is six years old so a few of the facts may have been misstated.

Update II: Apology, I don't do apologies.

Why Isn't Beck in Jail?

Omerta For Obama by pablo May 28, 2010

No Play For Pay....
'Cause No Pay!

Will Issa Cry Again Over Sestak Non-Scandal?

Oh Yeah...It's Bush's De-Reg Spill! by pablo May 27, 2010

What Exactly Are They Supposed To Do?

Charrrrrrrrrge ....It! by pablo May 26, 2010

Digby: Tea Partiers In Disarray

Burn in Political HELL, Biatch! by pablo May 26, 2010


Mary Beth Buchanan Finally Quits; Regrets Not Having Been Even Douchier

Radley Balko | November 19, 2009

When last we checked in on Mary Beth Buchanan, President Bush's porn-hatin' , Tommy Chong-persecutin' , "Whizzinator" confiscatin' , jury-intimidatin' U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, she was clinging to her job with white knuckles, damn-near daring incoming President Barack Obama to fire her.

Nearly a year later, Buchanan has finally served her last day on the job . Her one regret? Not that she spent spent several hundred thousand dollars prosecuting medical examiner Cyril Wecht for what in the end amounted to charges of spending about four dollars of county money on personal faxes. Not that she put perjurred testimony into evidence and sent Dr. Bernard Rottschaefer to prison for the non-crime of treating people in pain. Not that she wasted taxpayer money by bringing tedious federal obscenity cases in cases involving all consenting adults.

No, Buchanan told a local TV station this week her one regret is offering a plea bargain to celebrity stoner Tommy Chong, letting him off with a mere nine months in prison for selling glass pipes over the Internet.

Chong's response :

"I'm honored to be Mary Beth's only regret. Now does she regret going after me? Or does she regret that I never got enough time? I tend to think she wishes she'd never heard my name. I have become her legacy. Mary Beth Loose Cannon is now looking for a job. She blew her last job busting me. Karma is so sweet! She's looking for a work while Cheech and I start our second multi-million dollar tour thanks to the publicity she created for us! Thank you Mary Beth - may you find peace and happiness in your search for your soul."

Two Buchanan critics in the Pittsburgh area tell me the rumor there is that she's setting her sights on the congressional seat currently held by first-term Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Penn.).

Yes she did...
And She Got Moidered!

Mexico City to Move to Phoenix! by pablo May 25, 2010

Eye on Newt by pablo May 25, 2010

Line em Up, Knock em Down by pablo May 24, 2010

Sarah Von Palin by pablo May 23, 2010

Is This What Rush Had In Mind?

(I'll bet it raises a pup tent in his pants!)

Don't Talk about the Clown, Kathryn

Shrimp & Petroleum Festival 2010 by pablo May 23, 2010

Shrimp & Oil Mixer?

Shrimp & Petroleum Festival 2010

New York Times May 22, 2010

Despite Leak, Louisiana Is Still Devoted to Oil


MORGAN CITY, La. — In some parts of the country, the sight of oil drifting toward the Louisiana coast, oozing into the fragile marshlands and bringing large parts of the state's economy to a halt, has prompted calls to stop offshore drilling indefinitely, if not altogether.

Here, in the middle of things, those calls are few. Here, in fact, the unfolding disaster is not even prompting a reconsideration of the 75th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.

“All systems are go,” said Lee Delaune, the festival's director, sitting in his cluttered office in a historic house known as Cypress Manor. “We will honor the two industries as we always do,” Mr. Delaune said. “More so probably in grand style, because it's our diamond jubilee.”

Louisiana is an oil state, though and through. A gushing leak off of its coast has not, apparently, changed that.

Though local and state politicians are railing against BP and what they consider lax industry regulation and enforcement, it is nearly impossible to find any of them calling for offshore drilling to cease, or even slow down. Louisiana's senators — Mary L. Landrieu , a Democrat, and David Vitter , a Republican — have both scrambled to be the most prominent voice to argue that the country should not retreat from offshore drilling just because of the spill. Many of their constituents seem to agree.

“They're angry, they're frustrated, they're feeling helpless, but they still understand that it is part of the culture and the fabric of the economy,” said Representative Charlie Melancon, whose district encompasses all of the areas where oil has come ashore. “It is what it is.”

In a state that is particularly sensitive to the health of its coastal wetlands, which serve as a barrier against hurricanes , such an attitude might seem odd — even self-defeating. But as the legendary Gov. Huey P. Long believed with great conviction, a state willing to let others exploit its resources is also a state with considerable leverage.

But while Long's taxes on oil paid for schoolbooks, the terms of the trade-off in the coming years may become more directly equivalent: the costly restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands, which for decades have been slashed by oil pipelines and canals and are now threatened by crude itself, may be financed in large part by offshore drilling.

In the months after Hurricane Katrina , Ms. Landrieu helped push through a federal bill that allowed for greatly expanded deepwater drilling in the gulf but required that 37.5 percent of federal revenues generated be divided among the coastal states.

According to a formula based on factors including proximity to wells and miles of coastline, Louisiana is the biggest beneficiary of that revenue. And under a state constitutional amendment, it is required to spend the money exclusively on hurricane protection measures and coastal restoration.

Until 2017, the revenue sharing applies only to new wells, so for now Louisiana is drawing only a small fraction of the royalties it eventually will. (Ms. Landrieu has said that she wants it to apply immediately to existing wells.)

But Garret Graves, the chairman of the state's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority , said that these potential royalties were not a factor in the state's approach to its natural resources. While officials have pushed for revenue sharing, he said, the oil industry will continue to play a big role here with or without such payments. “Our state has carried the torch for the country in terms of the oil and gas for years,” Mr. Graves said. “It's part of the culture.”


In this he echoed a common refrain: as long as the country maintains its insatiable appetite for oil, Louisiana will be willing to bear many of the risks. The awareness of those risks does not seem to change the state's vigorously pro-industry outlook, though it does reinforce a belief that Louisianans should be compensated for the downsides.

Cathy Norman, manager of the roughly 40,000 acres of coastal wetlands in the Edward Wisner Donation land trust, knows the risks as well as anyone.

The land trust she manages includes much of Port Fourchon, the largest onshore support harbor for the deepwater industry in the gulf, but also pristine beaches and mangrove marshlands where, to her horror, she has seen tar balls, sheen and even emulsified crude. Ms. Norman's late husband, Shea Penland , a geologist who died in 2008, was one of the country's most forceful advocates for preservation of the Louisiana's coastal wetlands.

“We are a working coastline,” Ms. Norman said. “Part of the reason that we are so prolific is because of the delta and because of the geology and geography of the area. It all fits in. It is what we are.”

Since 1901, when a man named Jules Clement noticed some curious bubbles on his rice farm, this has been an oil state. Nearly 90 percent of the country's offshore rigs and platforms are located on the outer continental shelf off Louisiana, according to the state's office of economic development. The revenue stream from them and from onshore facilities filters throughout the economy, from supply boat companies to rig workers themselves.

It also seeps into politics, of course, with oil and gas interests routinely showing up as top campaign donors to both parties.

Skeptics are now emboldened by the ugly display of the industry's risks.

“Somehow some folks have sold our community and citizens the myth that if you don't cooperate, we're just going to go away and you're not going to have a good economy here,” Marylee Orr, director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, a nonprofit group.

Despite its pro-industry policies, Ms. Orr said, Louisiana has continued to be one of the poorest states in the country, raising serious questions as to whether the downsides are worth it.

“Welcoming all this industry has not made us a wealthy state,” she said.

And yet, while the state's recreational and commercial fishing is now severely at risk, even fishing guides, though angry about the spill, have not soured on offshore drilling. The waters around the rigs and platforms provide them with some of the richest fishing grounds, they say, and the high salaries in the oil industry provide the extra disposable income that fuels their business.

“We just want them to clean it up, that's all,” said Michael Ballay, manager of the Cypress Cove Marina, as he sat in the Harbour Bar and Grill in Venice and surveyed the slips full of luxury fishing boats. “A lot of our customers that own yachts made their money from the oil field business.”

And so at the end of summer, the 75th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival will take place as scheduled, with the golf tournament sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute , the blessing of the boats by the parish priest and the coronation of the Shrimp and Petroleum king and queen.

In fact, Mr. Delaune said, curious outsiders have been calling to ask about this odd mix of oilmen and shrimpers. He thinks attendance this year could set a record.

James C. McKinley Jr. contributed reporting from Venice, La.

Liar! by pablo May 22, 2010

Because It's There? by pablo May 22, 2010

13-Year-Old Scales Everest

R.I.P by pablo May 22, 2010

James Carville Takes On Obama On Oil Spill: He's 'Risking Everything' With 'Go Along With BP Strategy'

Accidents (of birth) Happen by pablo May 21, 2010

Paul calls criticism of BP 'un-American'

Atlas Failed by pablo May 20, 2010

Confederate Candidate

Don't Tase Me Bro! by pablo May 20, 2010

Don't Tase Me Bro!
I'll Die!

Killing The Mentally Ill

Can't Lose For Winning by pablo May 209, 2010

Goldman customers lose
on 7 of 9 'top trades'

An Agenda? Duh! by pablo May 19, 2010

Pat (gutter snipe) Buchanan by pablo May 18, 2010

A Protestant Who Protesteth Too Much?

For those over 40

Cleanup in Aisle 3 by pablo May 17, 2010

Oily Taint II by pablo May 16, 2010


Oily Taint by pablo May 15, 2010

It's Bush's Oil Spill

Póg mo thóin! by pablo May 15, 2010

2008: McCain Bemoans Fate of Undocumented Irish in America

Getting Bombed in a Bar by pablo May 15, 2010

Bombs Away!
(and a chaser!)

Oily CEOs by pablo May 13, 2010

Get in Line! by pablo May 13, 2010

Oh! The Humanity! by pablo May 12, 2010

Basta! by pablo May 12, 2010


AND He Invented the M-16!

Look! Lindsey Graham on a Unicycle! by pablo May 11, 2010

Gimme a Pita! by pablo May 9, 2010

Where Do You Enlist?

Lebanon fires 10-ton hummus broadside at Israel

Rent a Boy, Rent a Kart! by pablo May 8, 2010

Homophobe Hypocrite and Junk Scientist
George Reker, Extending the Line of Hypocritical, Right Wing Fundamentalist
Sexual Grazers

Sacre Bleu! by pablo May 8, 2010

Le Chemin de Moindre

(pardon my french)

Now We've Been Borked!

Presumed Obama Nominee

While in Law School

Clueless! by pablo May 7, 2010

NRO admits conservatives coined ‘Teabagger'

It's the Jobs, Stupid! by pablo May 7, 2010

Shallow Well by pablo May 7, 2010

Probably Hit Oil...
Definitely Not Brain.

Palin won't retire the drill bit

NRA's Bag Boy by pablo May 6, 2010

Palling Around With Terrorists!?

Lindsey Graham Opines Over Constitutional Rights of Gun Owners: Terrorism Suspects Not So Much


On Their Watch by pablo May 4, 2010

Give Them a Second Chance?

Yes, Let's Go There

Levels the Playing Field by pablo May 4, 2010

Don't Phuck With Philly!

Phillies fan Tasered Video Creates Revolution

Prof. Nitwit by pablo May 4, 2010


Just SO American by pablo May 4, 2010

Poll: Majority of Americans approve of Arizona law that they believe will result in racial profiling.

Told Ya So! by pablo May 4, 2010

Oh Well...Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda!

Arrest Made in Times Square Bomb Case

Migrain Alert! by pablo May 3, 2010

I Bet This Will Turn Out Well!


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