Well, as you can see, I've been busy. And I haven't even told you about trying to chase down the sunset tonight. Last fucking time I leave the house without my camera, lemme tell ya, cuz by the time I'd fetched the bugger sunset was all gone. Same thing with the fledgling chicks at work.
Anyway. I just haven't been in the mood for political stupidity. I've kept up on the news whilst trapped at work, and it is, for the most part, Same Stupdity Different Day. But there's a few items I'd like to highlight tonight.
TPM's thoughtfully collected a Top-6 list of Cons blurting out dumbfuck shit about the oil spill. And don't miss Steve Benen's "Leave BP Aloooooone" post. These fucktards amaze me. BP turned the Gulf Coast into this:
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...and all the Cons can do is run around bleating "Drill Baby Drill!" and howling that Obama's being a big meanie to poor widdle BP. I knew they were supreme dumbfucks, but do they really think that attitude's popular with the public just now? Seriously? I'm starting to wonder if they've got actual brain damage. Maybe they've been freebasing too much crude oil.
Of course, my personal favorite this week was Rep. Joe Barton's touching apology to BP after that mean ol' Obama forced them to pay up some of what they owe us:
A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee convened a hearing this morning, ostensibly to read BP CEO Tony Hayward the riot act. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), who has a well-deserved reputation for being the most pro-pollution member of Congress, used his opening statement to apologize to BP. As Barton explained it, he was outraged that the White House pressed BP to put aside $20 billion in escrow to bring relief to those hardest hit by the disaster.
"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday," Barton said. "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case a $20 billion shakedown." Talking directly to Hayward, Barton added, "I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize."
I just never thought I'd see the day when a leading Republican publicly groveled to a foreign CEO, who just happens to be leading a company responsible for a devastating oil spill disaster. It was just a stunning display. That the right-wing Texan has taken in over $1.4 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry over his career makes his apology that much more unseemly.
You know, I suppose nothing these fucktards do should surprise me anymore, but that one made my jaw drop. As you can well imagine, it's made Democrats everywhere scream for joy. Talk about fucking Christmas in June.
Things were looking bleak for Dems, a noisy chunk of whom can't seem to remove their heads from their asses long enough to remember which party they're supposed to be in, but if things go on like this, they'll take November in a landslide simply because no matter how bad they are, they are megaparsecs better than the competition. It'll come down to a choice between frothing insane freaks who make you wonder if they're suffering from hydranencephaly and Dems who would've made excellent moderate Republicans, and while I know a friend of mine thinks we should vote third party just to teach the DINOs a lesson, I can't for the sake of my country bring myself to do it. I'm sure I won't be alone. Teaching Dems the hard way that they need to swing left will have to wait until the Con party has incinerated itself with its own flamethrowers of stupid. (Besides, heavy losses mean we'll see Dems running even further to the right, because the ones who are a problem are stupid enough to think they're losing because they're too liberal.)
But there are some Dems who need kicking to the curb no matter how counterproductive it is. Blanche Lincoln's first on my list of Dems I'd Like to See Lose Spectacularly, and Mary Landrieu's a close second:
Holy fucking shit, what an idiot. She sounds just like, well, BP:Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) deflected attacks on BP last week saying that the Gulf region needs BP now more than ever:“First of all, the last company that people in the Gulf want to see go bankrupt is BP because we’re depending on them to clean up our environment and make our people whole,” Lousiana Sen. Mary Landrieu told “Good Morning America” today in an exclusive interview. “One of the more important issues… [is] half of our families make their living fishing, the other half of our families make their living in the Gulf drilling for oil and gas that this country desperately needs.”
Gee, they employ thousands of people and give us gas, so we can't be too mad they destroyed the Gulf of Mexico! I have just one response to BP and all its shills:Last night during an interview with BP executive Bob Dudley on Fox News, host Greta Van Susteren noted that the oil giant has been taking some heat because of its Gulf oil spill. “Your company has taken quite a beating,” she said. Dudley agreed but said his company’s critics should be careful because Gulf coast residents are dependent on BP:DUDLEY: Well, Greta, I know that oil companies are not popular. It has been that way for sometime in the U.S. It’s a company made up of people, many of which live along the Gulf coast, that are integrated into the fabric of the communities there.We have 23,000 people in the U.S., many of which are around the Gulf coast. I think — and everyone is devastated by what has happened today. I think I would look at some of the process today as just making sure that through that sentiment we don’t actually shoot the dog who is trying to bring home the bone and meet its obligations all across the Gulf, and we are going to be there a long time.
And that's all I've got to say about that.