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  •  I'm not impressed by Dickisons journalism. (3+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, second gen, Larsstephens

    The piece has some new information, but it suffers from a lack of objectivity. I love how he introduces the 'Obama's 9/11' meme.

    Like the attacks by Al Qaeda, the disaster in the Gulf was preceded by ample warnings – yet the administration had ignored them. Instead of cracking down on MMS, as he had vowed to do even before taking office, Obama left in place many of the top officials who oversaw the agency's culture of corruption. He permitted it to rubber-stamp dangerous drilling operations by BP – a firm with the worst safety record of any oil company – with virtually no environmental safeguards, using industry-friendly regulations drafted during the Bush years.

    What ample warnings? I don't think MMS was on people's radar screens quite the same way as Al Qaeda, and as this permit was approved in April, 2009, and Obama's nominee to head MMS didn't through Senate approval until July, I think this paragraph is a load of crap.

    I seem to recall there were a few other things going on at the time President Obama assumed office. He may not have had time to knock heads in one utterly obscure (until this spill) office in the Energy Department.

    God has no religion. - Gandhi

    by OIL GUY on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 12:10:35 PM PDT

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    •  He lost me when Morning Joke was one of the (2+ / 0-)
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      first ones to jump on it, before it even came out. Joke and Mika were all over it like a cheap suit. Tells me what I need to know.

      John Boehner thinks of himself as Ceasar. How about we change his name to Orange Julius?

      by second gen on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 12:37:48 PM PDT

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    •  Not utterly obscure (1+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo

      And very well known to people that actually follow the news. This is the very same MMS that got busted for, wait for it, having crystal meth fuck parties with oil companies during the late days of the Bush administration.

      You can say MMS wasnt on people's radar screens or you can be correct and say MMS wasn't on your radar screen.

      Lamest excuse yet

      "If that's what Fallujah is, then what's that band with all the Mexican kids in it?"

      by iSenseChange on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 02:13:41 PM PDT

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