Archive for May 22nd, 2010

It’s Not Just The Fish

I’m sure no one could have anticipated that there would be a human cost as well:

Desperation is setting in in Southeast Louisiana. “I spoke to a group of fishermen, mainly Vietnamese Americans and a group of them came up to me and said, they told me that they contemplated suicide because they’re in such despair,” says Congressman Joseph Cao. He says fishermen are feeling compounded stress on top of post-Katrina troubles. “For some people, this is almost a boiling point where they can no longer handle it and they’re going to crack.”

“These are grown men that broke down and cried this morning because they don’t know what to do and we don’t know how long it’s going to be,” says Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

That’s why Cao and organizations like Volunteers of America are working to get mental health workers on the ground to intervene. “They’ve just recovered as a result of their businesses, their homes and the rebuilding effort and now you have a number of these small businesses, these fishermen, who have to go through this all over again,” says Voris Vigee with the Volunteers of America. She says organizations are expediting crisis and mental health counseling among other disaster-related services.

Maybe BP’s CEO and COO should come down and explain to the distraught fishermen that “the overall impact… will be very, very modest” and they’re “very optimistic that the gulf will fully recover.” So you see, there’s really nothing to worry about, just ignore all those terrible alarmist scientists and reports of 24-mile stretches of wetlands being killed stone dead.

And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the old standby, “At least you still have your health.”

May 22nd, 2010 at 07:25pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Environment,Wankers

All You Need To Know

…About the culture at MMS:

The director of the Minerals Management Service in Alaska is apologizing to colleagues for having a cake at a recent meeting with the words ”Drill, Baby, Drill” on it.

Yes, this was after the Deepwater Horizon blew up and unleashed an environmental holocaust.

…And about the culture in the Obama White House:

That the WH called reporters into the press office privately today to criticize them for asking about BP over & over is disturbing

Seriously???  Obama is playing Dubya’s “trust us and don’t ask questions, we know what we’re doing” card?

The oil industry rules our world, apparently.  Or at least our government.

2 comments May 22nd, 2010 at 04:01pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Environment,Obama,Wankers

Great Moments In Irony

I really can’t add anything to this…

Glenn Beck, of all people, is attacking poor people who are losing their homes for having the gall to protest against the bankers.

Remember, Beck is the same guy who has been cheering the tea partiers on, urging anti-Obama forces to protest vehemently and loudly every single chance they get. But when people who are losing their homes after getting mistreated by Bank of America dare to protest, he gets all squeamish. Suddenly, they become dangerous “mobs” threatening children.

Beck and his banker buddies sure do have glass jaws. There was no violence at this protest, no threats of violence, no hint of it: just a bunch of folks protesting bankers who have destroyed millions of jobs and cost millions of people their homes by their recklessness.

Obnoxious, racist, gun-packing teabaggers protesting against Obama = Concerned Patriots.

Foreclosure victims protesting against the banks taking away their homes = Dangerous Mobs.

May 22nd, 2010 at 02:00pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Economy,Media,Republicans,Wankers


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