Monthly Archives: June 2010

That Nasty, Nasty, Spill. It’s Becoming a Mess…

…and the nation’s greatest disaster to have befallen…

The Republican Party. (Update below)

What are we (normal) people supposed to think when we hear words like this come from our fine Republican members of Congress and Gulf States regarding the President’s agreement with BP to set up a 20 million dollar fund to assist those affected by the man-made disaster in the Gulf?

 “The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund,..And now it appears like we’ll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government.”

Michele Bachman, (R), Mn

…the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics…

Tom Price, (R), Ga

What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, you know, “I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP.” I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business.

Dr. Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky Senatorial Candidate

Then there’s House Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, darling of the oil interests who today said this:

“I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.”

Really? Before you think this is just a crazed minority of a few nutjobs, remember this…if the Republicans happen to succeed in winning a majority in the House in the upcoming elections…Mr. Barton will become the head of the House Energy Committee.

And his words have been echoed by the members of the House Republican Study Committee and it’s 112 members, which is nearly two-thirds of the Republican Caucus in the House:

“BP’s reported willingness to go along with the White House’s new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics.  These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration’s drive for greater power and control”


Finally…I thought I’d throw in this quote I found from uber-Right-Wing Wild and Crazy Guy lilMike, from over four years ago…

I’m trying to figure out this whole offshore drilling phobia the state has. If offshore oilrigs were the eco hazard that you imply, why didn’t they start gooshing out the black stuff during Katrina?


A day later and the right wing media, particularly Fox News, rush to Barton’s defense:

LOST Revised?

For those of you who complained incessantly about the LOST series finale, someone with far more creativity than you actually took the time and is working on revamping the entire final season of LOST sans the Alternate Reality.

Take a look at LOST Revised. I understand this fanboy will be recreating each episode this season. In his/her own words:

A lot of people invested a lot of time and energy in following Lost over the years. I was one of those people. A lot of people were satisfied with the way the series ended. I was not one of those people.

At first, the introduction of the “sideways” world in Season 6 was extremely intriguing. It presented an alternate reality, presumably the result of the atomic-bomb blast at the end of Season 5, in which the characters had seemingly never crashed on the island.

It opened up a lot of possibilities as to where the show was going and where it would end up, and given the history of Lost, we were led to expect that the ultimate connection and reveal would be as original, creative, and satisfying as the rest of the series.

As it turned out, it was none of those things. The entire conceit of the sideways world was to bring all of our heroes together again in the afterlife – one of the most cliched storytelling devices there is. Sure, there was a spin on it, but the whole idea that “there is no now” in the afterlife came across more as a cheat than a genuinely interesting twist.

Although I’m among those thoroughly satisfied with the finale of LOST, I’ve come to the realization the past few days that the main complaint of this season was the idea of the Alt Reality and have wondered myself what it would be like if it didn’t exist.

I commend the originator of this project for his imagination and forthright intent to make his point in a creative way. I look forward to seeing his work. (Episodes 1 and 2 are finished and available.)

Now all we have to wait for is the upcoming extra 20 minutes in the full-season DVD set telling us the story of Hurley and Ben after Jack’s death. And the rumored television feature chronicling the lifes of those who managed to escape the island.