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Go Pat Austin, Go Pat Austin Go!

29 June 2010 @ 14:46

Tenacious Pat Austin, mistress of And So It Goes In Shreveport, is all over the incompetence and the shenanigans of the national government in its handling of the oil leak in The Gulf Of Mexico.  When I want the skinny on what’s really going on, I turn to Pat first because she is on this story like stink on Rosie O’Donnell.  She’s doing the grunt work and relaying the facts.

Here are just a couple of her recent postings from the past several days…

-From Day 69: Thad Allen Needs To Go:

Overall there are just too many cooks in the kitchen. What is needed is take-charge leadership to make the tough calls and get the job done. There’s just no excuse for the lack of skimmers in the Gulf. Every available asset should be utilized.

When does incompetence cross the line and become criminal?

-From Day 70: The Issue Of Criminal Negligence:

Today’s latest delay comes from BP and their decision to delay implementation of a new containment system because of weather concerns. Why this system isn’t already in place 70 days into the disaster isn’t clear.

The AP has a report on the psychological toll of the spill, which will only be compounded by continued delays and ineffective management from the federal response team.

In this posting she also quotes from an excellent commentary by Quin Hillyer on the criminal negligence issue.

C’mon Obama, Get Your Hands Dirty.

-From The Jones Act Red Tape Keeping Skimmers Out of the Gulf:

Just over two weeks ago I posted on a proposed joint venture between The Blue Seals and Ecoceane to put out of work fishermen and vets back to work building Ecoceane skimmer boats to be used in the oil spill cleanup.

Today, NOLA reports that this venture has met with nothing but red tape. Shocker.

-From BP Purchases Skimmer From Shell and the EPA Rejects the A-Whale:

What I’d be interested in knowing is how long did BP know about that ship sitting up in Alaska, now idled by the Obama administration, and why did they take some 70 days in taking action on it? Did it take as long to complete the sale as it would have taken to move the ship to the Gulf?

Bravo, Pat!

2 Comments
  1. 29 June 2010 @ 20:41 20:41

    Thanks so much for the highlight! And hey, I think that car in NOLA is really for you. You should get one. ;D

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      29 June 2010 @ 23:25 23:25

      You’re very welcome, Pat. If it’s a Chrysler, I’ll get one.

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