Giant sand berms are the Right’s newest yellow buses. Louisiana Governor Jindal, Michelle Malkin and the right-wing echo chamber have suddenly become engineering wizards ( an expertise probably equaled by their knowledge of those WMD in Iraq), in addition to their sudden and miraculous concern for the environment. The Obama administration has gone along and humored them by granting an emergency request for six sand berms to be built in front of Louisiana’s barrier islands. The whole science of whether such islands will be an effective oil containment technique has been tossed out the window so the mindless mob can get their way. Under Pressure to Block Oil, A Rush To Dubious Projects – These highlights are part of a longer column by a coastal ecologist.
*In response to the widening disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, government officials have approved a plan to intercept the oil by building a 45-mile sand berm. But scientists fear the project is a costly boondoggle that will inflict further environmental damage and do little to keep oil off the coast.
*Given the enormity of this environmental disaster, it is understandable that there is tremendous political and societal pressure to stop the flow and clean up the mess. However, in their rush to react to growing public pressure and do something, federal and state officials are waiving scientific review of emergency measures and embracing dubious solutions.
*While mitigating the environmental damage of this spill is critical, it must be done in a way that wisely utilizes the resources at hand, effectively deals with the problem (e.g., keeping oil out of wetlands), and doesn’t do more harm than good. But the emergency projects currently being proposed by various entities and permitted by the Corps of Engineers — including a plan to build a seawall in front of Dauphin Island, Alabama — have not had sufficient review and design to guarantee that any of the above goals will be met. Indeed, since the Louisiana berm will not be continuous, there is a strong likelihood that oil will flow in through the gaps, then possibly become trapped in wetlands.
*I have yet to speak to a scientist who thinks the project will be effective. The Corps of Engineers gave agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), less than a day to submit comments on the proposal after it was presented to the agencies during a teleconference on May 17.
Could anyone guess what lame conservative columnist Thomas Sowell is referring to judging by the title of his latest bit of journalistic hackery – Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?. No, not our Kenyan Muslim President with no birth certificate is not shredding the first five amendments in the Bill of Rights.
When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.
[ ]…In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.
[ ]…Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.
And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
What oil company decided to voluntarily set up an escrow fund to compensate the people during the Nazi’s reign. I suppose Sowell’s gross equivalence between the Nazi’s and Obama’s nudge to BP’s purely voluntary action is what passes for journalistic and intellectual integrity in Wingnuttia. Surely the escrow fund is a giant step down the slippery slope to Nazism. Since they keep repeating the same debunked crap over and over the point is not to advance the truth but to create yet another purely manufactured narrative. In A Tale of Two Disasters Paul Rubin at WSJ pulls out the Gulf spill is Obama’s Katrina nonsense. Maybe the Right doesn’t have enough imagination to think of some new bulls*it to shove down the public’s throat. A Republican led Senate committee found Bush screwed up on Katrina. Contrary to Rubin’s selective memory and lazy research. The parallels between Katrina are thin at best. As are all the other absurd parallels the right-media has drawn.
Maybe if the tea nuts get their way and somehow manage to make recall elections of federal representatives standard fare on the political menu it might not be such a bad thing for liberals. For instance we could impeach Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) for gross misconduct – Right-wing media push Kyl’s flatly denied claim that Obama said he won’t “secure the border”
Right-wing blogs have seized on Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) claim that President Obama is refusing to “secure the border” in order to force the GOP to support comprehensive immigration reform — a claim the White House has since flatly denied. Indeed, the Obama administration has already taken numerous steps to boost border security but argues that “truly securing the border will require a comprehensive solution,” which is a view shared by immigration experts as well as several Republicans.
[ ]….Obama administration has taken measures to increase border security, immigration enforcement
LA Times: Obama admin. “has outdone its predecessor on border enforcement spending and on deportations.” The Los Angeles Times reported on June 16 that Obama “agree[d] to dispatch 1,200 National Guard troops to the border and to seek an extra $500 million for border enforcement. That came after 18 months in which the Obama administration has outdone its predecessor on border enforcement spending and deportations of illegal immigrants, all in an effort to build support for a comprehensive immigration plan.”
Obama admin. has increased the number of Border Patrol agents. PolitiFact has noted that Obama has been “increasing the number of border patrol officers.” The Arizona Republic reported on May 26 that “[t]he Border Patrol today has more than 20,000 agents nationwide, more than 16,000 of whom are assigned to the U.S.-Mexican border”
The way right-wing conservative blogs are supposed to work is one reads them. Sees the real unvarnished truth to which they are privy – they just do, no supporting evidence required – and the reader converts to being a bed wetting conservative. After at least ten years of reading them I remain assured they will only continue to live up the low standards for accuracy and honor for which they have become infamous.
According to conservative Andy McCarthy – an “intellectual” from the National Review, President Obama is playing right into al-Qaeda’s trap by killing too many terrorists – Is McCarthy Secretly A Genius?
Jonathan Bernstein looks at Andy McCarthy’s bizarre conspiracy theory that the president is only attacking al-Qaeda to serve the larger cause of Islamic world domination, and senses brilliance:
This isn’t stupid; it’s genius. McCarthy’s plan is foolproof; it covers not only a lucky shot that hits bin Laden, but a complete victory over al-Qaeda. All part of Barack Obama’s treasonous treachery. Notice, by the way, that it’s only a “vibrant debate in Islamist circles.” Nice touch; if by some chance Obama curtails the drone strikes, or is in any way defeated by bin Laden, then that will presumably prove that the “vibrant debate” was decided in favor of al-Qaeda, and Obama acted accordingly.
To assume that this is genius rather than idiocy, you have to assume that McCarthy is proposing this scenario as political strategy and not as, you know, non-fiction. But since McCarthy is the kind of guy who believes Obama might be an Indonesian citizen and draws parallels between Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad because sometimes Obama doesn’t wear a tie (cough), and thinks William Ayers wrote Obama’s autobiography, the more plausible explanation is that he’s a conspiracy theorist laboring to keep pace with the hamster wheel of his own logic.
— Adam Serwer
The actual full quote from McCarthy,
“These days, the vibrant debate in Islamist circles — the circles Obama has courted assiduously — is over whether al-Qaeda has outlived its usefulness, at least when it comes to attacking our homeland. Many Islamist thinkers believe the Islamist movement is making such progress marching through our institutions (and Europe’s) that terrorist attacks at this point are a tactical blunder. They cause a blowback effect that retards the progress of what Robert Spencer aptly calls the “stealth jihad.” “
There is no other way to interpret it. By killing terrorists, McCarthy and his komrade Marc Theissen deeply feel President Obama, Gen. James Jones, Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Defense Secretary Gates are aiding Isalmic jihad. Conservatism’s finest minds at work.