It's simple folks. Silence speaks a thousand words here.
I shake my head when I see calls for apologies and for the GOP leadership to condemn the violent rhetoric that has been woven into our country over the past several years.
YEARS. As in YEARS.
Remember the campaign? Remember that white-haired lady in the red shirt who stood up at the John McCain rally and called Obama an Arab? I remember feeling relieved when McCain finally opened his mouth and stood against the hatred, lies and dangerous thinking.
But really, that's the only time I can recall someone in the GOP doing that. And where's McCain been since then?
Hey law enforcement, what gives?
So some kid with an axe to grind against a teacher or principal at his school can sit home and photoshop some gun crosshairs over their target and post it on Facebook, and the next day the police are knocking at the door.
But Sarah Palin does the same thing and spews direct threats at the people in the crosshairs and nothing happens. Reload? Bullseye? We all know what she meant. She can squirm all she wants, but she can't get out from under this.
Oh, yea, that's right, something DID happen. One of the people in her crosshairs got shot at point blank range and is lying in critical condition with a bullet path through her brain.
And what's Palin doing today? Likely monitoring the price of gold like she did yesterday.
I just had a friend in Washington DC claim that the left is just as responsible for this as the right. That the teabaggers talk a good game, but are really harmless.
I am not going to insult you guys here and get into that. But there is already chatter on social media sites that this shooter was mentally ill, and therefore Sarah Palin and her ilk can hardly be held responsible for this.
In fact, I've seen that said here this afternoon. I feel a rant coming on. Come over the fold and let me tell you about my crazy uncle and Sarah Palin.
I am wondering why I attempted to tackle such an issue on this beautiful day. It is a big one. But I spent my Saturday night watching a documentary film called THE BLACK WAVE that haunted me since then. It demonstrated to me two major issues about the Gulf of Mexico disaster:
- Just how important the success of President Obama securing the 20 billion fund is to begin to compensate the people of the Gulf
- Just how far we have to go.
I worry that in 20 years from now, we still won't be there.
Hayward's on the Hill.
While we wait, I thought maybe you'd want to see his prepared testimony. It's below.
I am surprised to see him sitting there. I figured he'd be a no-show.
I saw posts here all day asking me what I wanted to hear from the President last night.
I have an answer for you right now:
I wanted to hear exactly what Rachel Maddow said tonight.
NOT ONE WORD DIFFERENT.
She was magnificent. I cheered her the way I wanted to cheer the President last night.
It's time we talk about dispersants. We need to rip into this. Pull it apart. Look at it. Examine it. Turn it over. Upside down. Inside out.
We know this oil clean-up is a total clusterfuck. We know that. We see it. Dead guys signing off on clean-up plans. Walruses in the Gulf and magic fairies.
We know this. We know BP can't lay boom correctly. It had no plan. None. Nada. Nothing. We KNOW this. WE KNOW THIS ABOUT BP. We know it has lied, covered up, bullshitted, spun and screwed us.
So why, in the name of everything on this planet
ARE WE TRUSTING IT WITH THESE DISPERSANTS?
It does. Really.
Look at this Twitter:
Alright, back to work everyone! It's World Ocean Day! Everybody do your part! #BPrebrand with picture
I don't know what all this fuss is about. BPCares. It really, really does. I mean it timed its twitter and the 50th day of this oil spill to fall exactly on World Ocean Day. Not just any company can do that you know.
If that moving tribute to the world's oceans didn't move you, well, hang on. I have more for you below the fold.
Why couldn't this happen?
Why are we letting BP screw the people of the Gulf? I'm fed up with the stories of how BP is forcing the American people into slave labor to "appear" to be cleaning up the Gulf.
I'm fed up with BP forcing American workers to stay silent about working conditions.
I'm fed up with BP not paying what they owe American workers.
Why is this okay? Why can't we do something about it?
Hi folks -
Yesterday I told you about the wonderful effort that a group called Matter of Trust is doing down south in the Gulf.
In a nutshell, they are gathering human, animal fur and hair and stuffing the legs of ladies' pantyhose with it and dragging it over the oil and it is picking it up successfully.
They need your hair and pantyhose - and $$ donations if you can spare them.
Where to send is below the fold!
I want to start out with a H/T to Noor B, for bringing this to our attention earlier this week. I missed that post however, and thought by the limited number of comments, maybe you did too. For a look, see Noor B's diary, Cut your hair, save the Gulf
I want to take a fresh look at this, and see what we can do to maybe get more organized. I've been very depressed about this oil disaster for days now, feeling helpless and miserable. I came across this today though, and thought maybe there is a way for me to help, even though I am not anywhere near the Gulf. Kids can help with this, we all can.
If you want something from me today that is going to make you feel better and cheer you on, I apologize in advance.
It's not here. It's not below the fold. It's not in me today.