Never let the fact interfere with the writing of a good report:
* Those are self-inflicted injuries
* He fell up the stairs.
* It wasn't brutality, just a justified whipping
* He dialed the wrong number
Nope. But they did make a bunch of provisions for leaks, just none of
them worked. The foresight I am questioning is knowing ahead of time
that this particular one would have to be invented for this particular
I want to find a voracious, small-minded predator
and name it after the IRS.
From the Christian Science Monitor (17 July 2010)
"[ATLANTA] The identity of the "mystery plumber" whose homemade design for a
new containment cap may have helped to finally stanch the Gulf oil spill
geyser emerged Saturday.
"His name is Joe Caldart, a married, 40-something blue-collar guy with five
kids and three hound dogs living in St. Francis, Kan. Mr. Caldart has 907
Facebook friends. He likes the band Rednecks & Red Dirt, watches "Family
Guy," and cites the 1978 Burt Reynolds flick "Hooper" as one of his
"The idea was using the top flange on the blowout preventer as an attachment
point and then employing an internal seal against that flange surface," says
Dr. Bea. "You can kind of see how a plumber thinks this way. That's how they
have to plumb homes for sewage."
I suppose many of the same types of questions are asked after any
disaster. Airplane crashes come to mind. Seat belts for autos.
Electrical grounding procedures. How about something home related like
a sink trap? I wonder how long that took before someone figured out
those are a good thing.
The Jones Act was blamed for some of the response tardiness. It
has something to do with letting foreign crews in U.S. coastal waters.
I think the Administration was too slow to waive the law if it ever did.
One article said there are something like 6 purpose built vessels for
oil cleanup. All foreign owned, I think. There were a lot of offers to
help but few accepted from what I've gathered.
Yes, it took Bush two days to waive the Jones Act after Katrina. He didn't
owe his Presidency to the Union thugs though.
Let's not forget the incident with the life preservers and the one barring the
Lousiana sand berms. Oh, how about them not allowing the discharge of the
"polluted" water from the skimmers.
Why? Because it's the first of its kind, ever. Took 88 days to design
There's a first time for everything.
How would you propose they test it under realistic conditions? Hmm,
let's drill an oil well and let it blow out, then see if we can plug
it? Seems like they're doing a bang-up job of testing it right now.
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