Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Obama Administration Disaster Response 11 Days Late

As the Obama Administration stumbles far worse than Mr. Bush's did after Katrina...they have finally appointed someone to coordinate the effort...11 Days Late
Janet Napolitano appointed Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen to coordinate the federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That's great, but the oil rig blew up eleven days ago, on April 20. In the meantime, the oil slick has tripled in size over the last two days and is approaching the Gulf coast. Now there is speculation that the oil could make its way all the way to the Atlantic. President Obama, reversing an earlier announcement, made hasty plans to visit the Gulf tomorrow.

The Obama administration's slow-footed response to the disaster threatens to become a major political problem, as the spill itself threatens to turn into one of the worst environmental disasters ever. You're doing a heck of a job, Napolitanie!
With all the exoriation that was piled upon the Bush Adminstration following Katrina where according to the legacy media "tens of thousands of people have died", you'd expect them to hit the Obama administration just as hard.  Because, while only the 11 workers who were on the rig have died, the economic effects of this huge spill will be far more widespread. 
In the past 2 days, while the Obama Administration has dithered, the spill has grown more than 3 times as large.  Had a rapid response been implemented early in the disaster, it could have been contained far more easily.  But unfortunately, this administration has been far more intent on Tea Party inspired/Right Wing terrorist threats, that just don't exist, than to actually do something concrete.  After all, old ladies singing "God Bless America" is obviously a threat that need the riot squad.

Pesonally, I think their very delayed response has been specifically eliminate all coastal drilling by showing "this is what can happen."  This has been allowed to evolve into a huge problem in order to silence those, like myself, who think that drilling for oil in our own coastal waters is preferable to purchasing oil from OPEC.  That in my opinion, is why this has been permitted to baloon as much as it has.

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