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Bloviating Zeppelin: Katrina and Deepwater Horizon: Contrasts

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Katrina and Deepwater Horizon: Contrasts

On Tuesday, April 20th there was an explosion on the BP (British Petroleum) oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Eleven workers were immediately killed by this explosion.

Deepwater Horizon is a Reading & Bates Falcon RBS8D design, built by SoKo's Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2001, a semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 8,000 ft (upgradeable to 10,000 ft) using 18¾in 15,000 psi BOP and 21in OD marine risers. BP owns the rig but it is operated by Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, which has roughly 18,000 employees on offshore drilling units.

The CEO of Transocean wrote:

On April 20, a fire and explosion occurred onboard our semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, working approximately 41 miles offshore Louisiana on Mississippi Canyon block 252. Of the 126-member crew, 115 were safely evacuated. Despite exhaustive rescue efforts, eleven crew members lost their lives, nine of which were Transocean employees. Our entire Transocean family has been saddened by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers remain with all who have been affected by this horrible tragedy. Join us in leaving your condolences to the families of those who were lost at our Deepwater Horizon Condolences Website.

As we continue to work on recovery and control efforts, and to understand the cause of this incident, this page has been established as a central point for updated information on status and activities. It also includes contact information for families, media, and others who need additional information.

Steven Newman
President and CEO
Transocean Ltd.

On Thursday, April 29th -- NINE days after the incident -- Mr Obaka made the following statement:

Earlier today, DHS Secretary Napolitano announced that this incident is of national significance and the Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs. And I have ordered the Secretaries of Interior and Homeland Security as well as Administrator Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency to visit the site on Friday to ensure that BP and the entire U.S. government is doing everything possible, not just to respond to this incident, but also to determine its cause."

Let us "contrast and compare," as my university professors were wont to say:

Regarding Katrina, former President Bush signed a $10.5 billion relief package within four days of the hurricane. Within 1–2 days of the hurricane, The State of Louisiana National Guard troops arrived with relief packages, and participated in security and rescue operations.

However, members of the United States Congress and others charged that the relief efforts were slow because most of the affected areas were poor. There was also concern that many National Guard units were short staffed in surrounding states because some units were deployed overseas.

In the Deepwater Horizon event, it has taken the current Obaka Administration nine days to even realize there was a threat indicating a federal response.

Mr Obaka believes it's BP's responsibility to mitigate all coastal areas. He has specifically said so. Why did he send SWAT teams and admin wonks?

As if to cut off mounting criticism, on Saturday White House spokesman Robert Gibbs posted a blog entitled "The Response to the Oil Spill," laying out the administration's day-by-day response since the explosion, using words like "immediately" and "quickly," and emphasizing that Obama "early on" directed responding agencies to devote every resource to the incident and determining its cause.

A comparison anticipated for lack of response?

I submit so. Four days vs nine days. But, of course, you won't hear or read of this in the American media. Unless you read BZ or other "traitorist" blogs.




Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Four days vs eight days?

Do you possibly SUSPECT that Mr Obaka will get a complete PASS from the DEM/MSM regards his fetid and lackadaisical response to a major national crisis?

As I said before, when Obaka knows nothing, he is "concerned" and is "monitoring the situation."

What a complete TOOL.


Sun May 02, 11:11:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Since Bush is the evil white devil who hates black people, he will get blamed. Obama, being the supreme leader, who gets all races together, who is all knowing, who is always on the right path, and who cares about poor people, will get a pass. The media doesn't dare go against HIM, unless they want to be unemployed. I can't wait for more information to leak out about this incident and his reaction. Doom is his future.

Mon May 03, 07:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Christopher, the American media is so incredibly in the bag for Mr Obaka, it's a wonder they still exist at all. Their veracity is, of course, at the far end of negligible. And yet Fox News is constantly skewered for NOT being in the bag for Obaka and his administration.


Mon May 03, 10:05:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

One thing that MUST be pointed out, the National Guard response after Katrina was mostly from *other* states, the 256th BCT, La. National Guard, was in Kuwait City, processing out after a one year tour in Baghdad..

3,500 Guard men and women had to watch on TV as their state was blown away while they were off taking part in George W. Bush's excellent adventure...

Mon May 03, 11:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Good point. But it would seem that Mr Obaka has MANY resources available to him, yet his response is with two C-130s, some attorneys and official advisement to "step on the neck of BP" and for anyone involved to SUE BP.

THAT is a "response"?


Mon May 03, 04:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Well, oddly, and I am sure it's pure coincidence, but guess where the 256th BCT is right now??

Camp Victory, Baghdad...

I'm sure it's just a coincidence, they were gone when Katrina hit, and now they are gone again and the oil disaster happens..

Yeah, it's just a coincidence...

Mon May 03, 05:52:00 PM PDT  

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