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Susan B. Anthony

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Give 'Em Hell, Hillary .... That's Right! (But, PUMAs, Let's Keep Clear About Who is "Palling Around With" British Petroleum)

The first six and a half minutes of this video is simply excellent:

But where the video goes wrong is when it deviates into anti-Palin hysteria at about 6.3.

The kind of drilling Palin has advocated is not “deep sea.” It is on land and in shallow, more manageable waters.

The problem is this… we can’t have it both ways. We can’t say we oppose Anwar drilling and then turn a blind eye to deep sea excavation in the Gulf. When the latter is, clearly, far more dangerous.

At any rate…. I'm posting this video to my blog. WITH RESERVATIONS. The first half or so is wonderful. But… I am not about to promote the demonization of Sarah Palin. There’s no reason for me to demonize her. She is not the one taking hundreds of millions from BP to line her own pockets. And… in Alaska… Sarah had Big Oil by the balls. Not the other way around.

We might also want to get curious about who else, besides Mr. Obama, is "palling around with" British Petroleum:

[...according to The Washington Post, the reputation of some left-wing environmental groups has also been polluted by the incident.

“[T]he Nature Conservancy lists BP as one of its business partners. The Conservancy also has given BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years,” Joe Stephens wrote for the Post May 24.

It’s not just Nature Conservancy either, the Post found $2 million in donations to Conservation International and relationships between BP and other lefty activist groups Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Sierra Club and Audubon.]

Ooooohhhh.... so THAT explains the slow reactions of the "conservation" groups I have donated to! Infuriating!!

And maybe THIS little factoid from Mother Jones Earth News provides a glimmer into the Obama Administration's slow response???

Politico is following the BP money trail as well. And *guess who* is at the head of it? Hint: it's not Sarah Palin.

H/T to Hillary Unleashed for the video link. But, really.... jcjcd did us all a disservice... by turning it into an anti-Palin diatribe.


  1. There are "accidents" on both land and offshore rigs. Many more than we ever hear about. We need higher mileage standards, we need to conserve and we alternative energy sources. We could be there now if people had listened during the oil embargo or on the first Earth Day. But people are selfish and think Mother Nature can recover from all of the damage we've done and continue to do.

    See what Big Oil has done elsewhere: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/oil-spills-nigeria-niger-delta-shell

  2. Connie,

    Of course we need to conserve. And to seek out other sources of energy. And it's a darned shame that we have been led astray by our supposed "allies" who have "partnered" with Big Oil. Obama, The Nature Conservancy... and others... have sold us down the river in this matter.

    BUT... the fact also remains that we WILL continue to use some oil. And, that being the case... some forms of excavation are "safer" than others. Not 100% safe, mind you. Just "safer." And this fantasy that... if we push drilling farther and farther off shore, we are not going to pay the price... well, it's just that: a fantasy.

    None of what you or I have said here, tho, changes the fact that Sarah Palin is not the "villian" in this situation. And to make her the focus of anger / rage is pointless.

  3. Have you seen Mrs. Palin's recent Tweet and Facebook entry directed at "Extreme Greenies" (her phrase)? I think that's what has enraged many. http://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/extreme-enviros-drill-baby-drill-in-anwr-now-do-you-get-it/395324638434 & a commentary on treehugger.com: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/06/sarah-palin-twitter-drill-baby-drill-bp-oil-spill-alaska-anwr.php

    What raised my blood pressure is her reference to ANWR as "uninhabited." It isn't uninhabited, there are a myriad of indigenous species living there. This human-centric world view by most folks makes me want to scream. It's estimated that we are losing species to extinction at a rate of 3 per hour: http://news.softpedia.com/news/The-Rate-of-Extinction-3-Species-per-Hour-55411.shtml Here's a link describing ANWR, and it isn't uninhabited by people - but those there aren't "white" people, they are native peoples: http://alaskatrekker.com/anwr.htm

    I'm enraged by misogynistic attacks on Palin, just as I was when they were directed at Hillary Clinton during the primaries. However, I don't like politicians who twist the truth and/or try to incite to riot their listeners/supporters. Although I've also left the Democratic Party, due to Hillary's treatment at the hands of the DNC, I do not support Republican politics nor Palin's position on issues that I care about.

  4. There are many things not to like about Palin's politics. But.... again, I repeat.... the catastrophe in the Gulf is not one of them.

    If anyone thinks we will not be using oil to power our lives in the forseeable future... they are an "extreme greenie." I'm sorry. But that's the case.

    No form of energy harvest is "safe." Wind turbines kill birds, for instance. Burning corn wreaks havoc on our food supply, and also pollutes. Nuclear... well, let's try NOT to go there. Shall we?

    The disempowerment of the Left in this matter is not Palin's fault. Focusing rage upon her only muddies the issue...

    We who want to see our Our Mother cared for and respected have been disempowered by our own hand. We *S*elected Obama as our King. We've supported "conservation organizations" who have partnered with Big Oil. Many have stood silent as our Gulf of Mexico gasps for life. To protect .... who? The "Holy Man" of a party that has turned against us.

    Now we fall upon our own sword.

  5. I think ALL OF US are to blame for the horror transpiring in the Gulf. Those who favor Drill-Baby-Drill, the selfish who must have their Hummers & such, the complacent who can't be bothered to reduce-reuse-recycle or make even minor changes in their lifestyle. Please don't misconstrue that I am supporting or apologizing for Obama. I'm not. However, saying that people speaking their conscience, trying to convince people that our over consumptive lifestyles MUST change now (starting at least 40 years ago) are to blame is ridiculous. I can only hope that more people will listen and take action, even if it's a small personal action - whether it's starting a small garden or trading in their gas guzzling truck/car. Denying our part in climate change, believing that everything is going to be okay or can be fixed is akin to believing that The Big Guy in the sky is going to whisk away the True Believers to a utopian heaven. I'm just tired of the Heroes vs. Villains crap that is our political discourse. We're all on the same d**n boat and it's sinking. Everyone needs to grab a bucket and start bailing, otherwise we're all going to die.

  6. I can't begin to say how sad this all makes me: