Over that last day or so, tons of BP oil have been removed from Florida beaches. The news shows people who live along the beaches crying. Sorry, Floridians, I do not cry for you. I cry for the clams, but not the people. You put that oil there.


You may or may not remember your part in stealing the election and putting the Oilman Bush in office, with the help of your governor, another Oilman Bush. You may or may not have noticed that you play a large role in determining the outcome of national elections, and thus helped re-elect Oilman Bush.

Not much is being said about it now, but I’m convinced that the Era of Faux Regulations, the eight year period when regulatory agencies were internally told to shut down many of their operations, will ultimately be to blame for the BP oil spill. Florida is as responsible for those eight years as any other factor. Floridians, this oil is yours. Enjoy it.

Yes, yes, I get that I am being harsh. But no matter what I say, it can not be as bad as the oil, and if I’m very very wrong, I can’t be as wrong as the voters of the sunshine state. And if you have a problem with me blaming an entire state and all its residents for being morans, you need to read this.

Comments

  1. #1 Richard Parker
    June 24, 2010

    Floridians didn’t put GWB into power. Bush’s goons and the Supreme Court did.

    Cast your mind back. The result was very, very close, which was the reason for asking for recounts etc. That means about 50% of Floridians (of the ones who voted at all) voted for Bush. The rest are blameless, and don’t deserve your petty and nasty blog post.

    Anyone with any brains from outside your country could witness the shenanigans going on at the time, but the USA just let it pass by, and then had the utter stupidity to vote the man in again.

    The whole USA deserves the results of the oil ‘spill’.

  2. #2 Jared
    June 24, 2010

    We “deserve” the results of the oil spill? Go fuck yourself with a splintered piece of balsa wood you arrogant shit. I live in south Louisiana and have to deal with the fallout (literally in some areas) from this massive fuck-up. You had a decent point, but you fail to take your own advice; some of us DIDN’T vote to put GW back in office (or to put him in office the first time). Did you completely miss the irony?

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    June 24, 2010

    Richard, did you click on my petty, nasty link at the end? It may or may not cause you to rethink your petty, nasty comment.

    Also, the recount was in part needed because of cheating at the ballot box. Supervised by a OilBush appointed secretary of state.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    June 24, 2010

    Jared, what I said to Richard, I say to you. (Click that link, it is there for a reason.) And, it applies to Louisiana as well as Florida. We live in a country where you do have the chance to take responsibility. We at the northern end of the Mississippi are going to pay for your decisions. When I complain, don’t you dare tell me to shut up.

    You did, after all, elect a governor who does not know what a volcano is, apparently.

  5. #5 Tom S.
    June 24, 2010

    Every one of the Gulf states is to blame, at least partly, for the continuing conservative, anti-regulation tone of this country. This oil spill is owned by Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. They have benefited from Gulf oil … that they have sold us over time … and now we are going to pay for their stupidity.

    Greg is not allowed to say something negative about the all suffering residents of those states. We are all expected to come to their aid and support, and we will. But this IS their problem.

  6. #6 Madison
    June 24, 2010

    Well, I’ve read the link and agree with it. And yes, Pawlenty is an abominable governor. Shame on you, Laden!

  7. #7 NewEnglandBob
    June 24, 2010

    Thanks, Greg. I appreciate the honesty and the tone. There is a lot of blame to go around and most of us are responsible in one way or another (we drive oil fueled cars, SUVs, ride buses, planes, eat food and use goods brought by truck, train, etc.).

    The responsibility is nor equal all around, and the ignorant, selfish right wing deserves the lion’s share of blame.

  8. #8 LightningRose
    June 24, 2010

    Greg, your governor is no great prize, *and* he has presidential aspirations. And must I remind you what state Michele Bachmann represents in congress?

    Get off your high horse. Fully half the population are of below average intelligence. The real problem is the Repuglican party who have lied, deceived, and cheated their way to power by exploiting ignorance, stupidity, and superstition, and the media that has allowed them to get away with it.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    June 24, 2010

    LightningRose: You are, of course, absolutely correct.

    You did click the link, right? Did you?

  10. #10 Larian LeQuella
    June 24, 2010

    I wasn’t even thinking of the politicians that the Southeast seems so intent on electing when I clcked the title of this blog entry. Instead, I remember all the “Drill, baby, drill” fuckwads that were to be found in every corner when I lived down there. I remember saying on all the local papers and blogs in that area that their tune would change when tar balls start washing up.

    Amazing how none of those fuckers are on the beach with self provided cleaning materials. Instead they are bitching that Obama hasn’t cleaned up the spill, and somehow making all the resources come out of thin air, because these same redneck morons don’t understand that tax money is required for the government to actually DO stuff.

    It’s just a giant clusterfuck all around, isn’t it?

  11. #11 Christie
    June 24, 2010

    This tragedy isn’t a hurricane or tidal wave. It wasn’t some natural event causing widespread devastation and destruction. It wasn’t beyond our control to protect against or out of our league to deal with after (e.g. my post, esp the section on Puget Sound/Valdez Star).

    People did this. And thus, yes, people are to blame. There’s no nice way to say that.

    There’s no point, as a resident of Florida or any Gulf state, in protesting with “well I didn’t vote for XYZ.” Sadly, Laden is right. You, as a state, did. You did not convince enough of your peers to fight against the people and legislation that led to this situation. Of course we all share a burden of this blame, as lax federal regulations are at the heart of the situation. But while the blame is country-wide, more of it weighs on the shoulders of the Gulf States, for those states in particular allowed this to occur in their backyard. And while they face the consequences of their choices, it is the innocent that are really are the true sufferers- the entire ecosystem in the Gulf, which never had a choice in the matter.

    What’ important now is to take this and learn from it. We need to change, as a country, our attitudes towards regulating dangerous industries which have the potential to cause these kinds of tragedies. If we don’t, we’re only going to have another event like this occur, and it could be any state which ends up to blame.

  12. #12 george.w
    June 24, 2010

    Oblama didn’t fix everything in two years, so we better put the party of Ronaldus Maximus back in power pronto. They’ll keep us safe from liberals and other enemies. /snark

    Seriously, I cannot fathom how people would want to go back to the very thing that ultimately caused this debacle. Obama may not be perfect but at least he understands that government has a job to do.

  13. #13 Mal Adapted
    June 24, 2010

    We are all equally culpable, every time we turn on a light switch.

    Make no mistake: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” –Walt Kelly.

  14. #14 Rich Wilson
    June 25, 2010

    s/Florida/USA/g

  15. #15 Greg Laden
    June 25, 2010

    Well, yes, Rich, as usual, sed reveals the truth.

  16. #16 karen
    June 25, 2010

    i’d be tempted to read more of your blog based on the title, but this post is asinine. i’m a florida native, and in 2000 i voted absentee (not for bush).

    my vote didn’t even get counted. the *u.s. supreme court* stopped the recount.

    florida’s a fucked up state but they don’t deserve this. get your facts straight.

  17. #17 Irene
    June 25, 2010

    Karen, did you click the link? I am guessing not.

  18. #18 Ange
    June 25, 2010

    Oh, Karen! You make the rest of us Floridians look stupid.

  19. #19 Stacy
    June 26, 2010

    Greg, maybe you should change the color or boldness of your links. They are a little hard to spot. (Well, at least for me and my recent age related vision)

  20. #20 Lisa Watson
    June 27, 2010

    I didn’t vote for Bush. ANY Bush. ANY time. FLORIDA voted against offshore drilling and never allowed it off our coasts. That is beside the point. I deserve this? Florida deserves this? kids who aren’t old enough to vote deserve this? Are you God? No. So by what right do you say we deserve this?

    No we do not. The misguided don’t deserve this either. Our state and it’s creatures don’t deserve this. The fish don’ts deserve this.

    I could say you deserve to have your fingers rot off for the absolute nonsense you mix into what could be very educational and moving articles. That diarrhea you spout is only slightly less toxic than the poison in the gulf. I’m not God either, so I cannot say for sure what you deserve.

    You have the right to speak your mind. I have the right to say you’re an asshat. Grow a real brain, or at least some actual thought patterns. Rather than spout insults, why not actually spout sense?

  21. #21 LightningRose
    June 27, 2010

    My apologies, Greg.

    I did click on the link, but only skimmed the article and missed the paragraph regarding Pawlenty and Bachmann.

  22. #22 Greg Laden
    June 27, 2010

    No worries. The point of these posts is not to lull but to anger. The thick sarcasm is meant to control the very strong reactions but we are in the early days of working out this whole language-reactor thing!

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