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Sinkhole spreading…

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Sinkholes are  interesting,  but bad.   How bad depends largely on where they are.   Louisiana has many salt domes,  but the fact that this particular sinkhole is near an underground storage facility containing 63 million gallons of liquid butane is a considerable worry.

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November 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Obama the petty…

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His Oneness is a remarkably petty and vindictive little man,  and he has surrounded himself with like-minded individuals.    Louisiana was never going to win any Race to the Top education money,  because after Katrina,  it instituted a number of charter schools and they are performing magnitudes better in New Orleans and environs than the old system.    Teachers unions absolutely despise this,  of course.

New Jersey committed another unpardonable sin by balancing its budget.  How many hours of how many days do you suppose it took some bureaucrat to find something  — anything — wrong with that state’s application,  so it could be refused?   And you and I got to pay for this vengeful work.

I agree with Daniel Foster — the Obama Administration has made a mistake by presenting Gov. Christie a reason to confront it,  and I think  this will prove to be only an opening salvo.

If you doubt liberal fantasies can wreak more than economic havoc, have a  look here.   (h/t Jonah Goldberg at The Corner)

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August 27, 2010 at 8:18 am

BP progress..

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After getting the saw blade stuck,  BP has  managed to shear off the riser,  and can attempt to set a cap on the well.

The cap is now in place,  and oil is beginning to run up the pipe,  but the operation not yet completed,  and there is still a leak.

Gov. Jindal and Sen. Vitter are telling His Oneness not to do further economic damage to their state.   Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich wants Obama to  take over BP,  while Bill Weckesser wonders if there’s a  political reason behind the administration’s foot-dragging response.   Of course,  there is a  ready-made fall guy available to His Oneness.

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June 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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Oil spill update…

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BP’s   first attempt to cap the leaks has failed.  I expect engineers have burned the midnight oil to find a way around the hydrates causing the problem.  No one expects a  fresh try until Monday.

Unfortunately,  black clumps have already begun washing up on Dauphin Island’s shores,  and work isn’t completed on the  lock system being deployed in Mobile Bay.

LSU is keeping an eye on  developments and impact on Louisiana.   Hundreds of  fishermen and shrimpers are being trained to help fight the spill,  and many  other residents are volunteering.

Mississippi’s  state site gives an overview of its efforts.

The winds which have been so helpful in keeping the oil slick off shore are now blowing straight into land — not good news for anyone along the Gulf coast.

Meanwhile,  Rep.  Bart Stupak is waving a  red flag at BP’s cost cutting efforts,  perhaps hoping that no will will notice that since the spill,  the Obama administration  has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico.    Maybe he doesn’t want you to nitce this WSJ piece on the government  oil regulator ceding oversight to the drillers.  Even His Oneness will find that hard to blame on Dick Cheney and Haliburton,  the latter of which  just received a no-bid contract from his administration

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May 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm