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04:06 PM on 05/07/2010
Voting for change is just the “beginning” of the fight for change. Did you think Republicans in Washington would give up their unmitigated power so easily? Why do you think they have filibustered over 120 times since Jan. 2009? Republicans are trying to prove to you and people like you that they “won’t allow” change in “their” country. It’s one thing to vote for change, it’s another to stand behind you vote and fight for change. President Obama was not elected alone, he needed our help. It is unrealistic to think that he can do the work alone. The question isn’t where’s the change, the question is are we willing to stand up with him to finish the job in making changes? It takes more than a vote, to make that happen. Change is about people who are willing to do the changing work. I want to add, that for the first time we have a President who accepts problems and people at face value, giving individuals on both sides of the isle the opportunity to the work for America. The Republicans see this as a weakness that they are trying to exploit on a day to day basis. I would hope that Americans are intelligent enough to see through this sorted mentality. This is, I think, at least one of the points of Mr. Kennedy’s article.
04:43 PM on 05/07/2010
Sorry, the Republicans have not really been in charge for a long time. Democrats are in charge of the media, Hollywood, non-profits, education, higher-education, and more. Now with Obama they are in charge of government too. I guess it's fun to think the Democrats aren't actually responsible for what happens, so Democrats can be in charge with no responsibility. It's always someone's fault other than yourself...which is a cool way to live. Democrats have far wider influence and have shifted our entire society so it is unrecognizable from anything envisioned by the founding fathers.
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07:02 PM on 05/07/2010
Um, and the republicans control the corporations. 1 "control" against 6. I guess they lose
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jalapeno
Atheist and lovin' it!
08:40 PM on 05/07/2010
the republicans stacked the agencies with oil executives and cronies who deny global climate change. Also, Hollywood is run by corporatists, who are for the most part republican. remember Drill baby drill?? Those were republicans not democrats screeching that mantra.
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09:59 PM on 05/07/2010
Let's be honest with ourselves about Obama, though. I worked, contributed, lost sleep to get him elected, but at the end of the day, as much of an improvement as he is over the criminal cabal before him, he is still married to the status quo of politics -- incremental change at the pace allowed by industry. He needs us not only to stand up with him, but to push him and all our legislators to make the kind of dramatic, immediate, government-led change we need to repower this country with clean energy NOW. The only war we can afford to fight is the war against climate change. We need to push, demand, insist, demonstrate, strike, whatever to get this done. If they won't do it, we have to do it for ourselves. Beautiful statement from ksker: "Change is about people who are willing to do the changing work." We need to show our government what the changing work is really about.
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10:33 AM on 05/08/2010
I agree. However, I find the same intolerance for rapid change in the workplace and realize that Obama is carefully and slowly making change happen. I would take several terms to make a huge difference but look how much damage Bush & Cheney did in 8 years. Obama can start turning the ship around and begin to build some momentum during his 8 years. Then, it's up to us to elect someone who will continue in the same direction.
03:44 PM on 05/07/2010
This disaster should provide an incentive to push forward on sustainable, alternative energy initiatives that would also create jobs, but I'm not optimistic.
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10:01 PM on 05/07/2010
Well then get optimistic! Get demanding, get obsessed. Sitting back waiting to see what happens will not get the job done.
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warfare state is pathological
03:41 PM on 05/07/2010
Cheney's oil industry fixation has gotten us into an illegal war and now this but we cannot forget Obama promised to not open off-shore drilling to a drill baby drilling team and then turned around and did just that proclaiming its safety in the face of the facts. Few environmentalists said much till after the blowout! it seems that buying access also buys silence.
04:35 PM on 05/07/2010
Yea, Cheney is driving all of are cars and SUV's, flying all of out planes, heating all of our homes, mowing our grass, and barbequeing on our grills. This is absurd!

WE are responsible for our use of oil...all 308 million of us. One person cannot be responsible for what generations of us have done to ourselves. I've never Cheney at my house...it's us using oil around here. But, maybe he's at your house driving you around in your SUV?
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mom2luke
07:53 PM on 05/07/2010
It is not individuals who are addicted to oil...experts agree we need POLICIES that restrict energy use, provide alternatives to lighting, heat, air. we can all do our part, but w/out policies for energy efficiency (cars, utilities, appliances) we'll never reduce our collective use. you cannot rely on individuals, it must be made reasonably convenient (curbside recyling for example, corporations req. to or w/ tax incentives to buy fleets w/ fuel efficiency)... no moralizing, we would all do the right thing if we could. and no i don't drive carpool/ transport more than 5 people in a vehicle needs a minivan or suv. it sucks but it is true.
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03:07 PM on 05/07/2010
We vote for change and Obama puts another oil man to head the Interior- Salazar
We vote for change and Obama puts another banker to head the Treasury- Geithner
We vote for change and Obama puts another hawk to head defence- Gates
Why did we vote for change?
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mom2luke
07:58 PM on 05/07/2010
And you would appoint who? a small town mayor/mother of 5 who sarcastically mocks the "elite" bc it took her 7 yrs to earn a degree in journalism... and has such thin skin she QUITS when criticized by journalists ? look how well that worked out for Alaska.
05:01 PM on 05/10/2010
Yeah, obviously somebody who points out how the Obama administration is in bed with the corporations just like Bush was must be a big fan of Sarah Palin. That really makes a lot of sense, mom2luke.
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03:05 PM on 05/07/2010
My question from this article is "Are any of these former MMS employees being prosecuted?"
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Jan Yeap
02:51 PM on 05/07/2010
Sadly, there are still 11 people missing from this spill.
02:45 PM on 05/07/2010
Sexual favors? Gives a whole new meaning to "Drill Baby, Drill".
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Liberty1967
10:17 PM on 05/07/2010
Also raises the question of sex discrimination at the oil companies if only female oil co. staffers were being expected to put out for political favors...
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02:00 PM on 05/07/2010
go get em, Robert!!!
01:49 PM on 05/07/2010
Hey Robert, are you for or against the windmills off the Cape?
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04:26 PM on 05/07/2010
He was against it.You know do as i say not as i do.He calls anyone who question some of this global warming-climate change theories as treasonous and then flies in his private jets and i`m sure lives in his oversized homes and tell us to conserve or do without.Why is it that every conclusion these clowns come to ends up with money being sent to them??
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fredisfred
04:37 PM on 05/07/2010
Drill baby drill!

The behavior cited in the article doesn't bother you one bit, does it?
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10:45 AM on 05/08/2010
Ummm....I believe he's a sailor. The Kennedy's are big sailors and they probably don't want to sail into the horizen and then see the wind farm blocking the view of their sunrise. I can't say I blame them. If I owned a piece of the east coast and a boat big enough to sail out to the wind farm, I'd be against it to.

But...there are lots of windy places in this great country. And - I think windmills are more attractive than strip mines and smokestacks. I wouldn't mind them in my backyard at all.
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10:42 AM on 05/08/2010
Hey...you can put one in my back yard !!
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01:46 PM on 05/07/2010
Now we find that the Bush crime family gave waivers so BP would not have to purchase expensive sound switches that could have stopped the flow of oil, just to save a few bucks!! Who will ultimately pay? Wildlife, the environment and the people who make a living fishing or other sea worthy jobs, those lively hoods may be gone for a generation or more. My latest cartoon is about this travesty, it's up now on my website http://www.whatnowtoons.com
01:55 PM on 05/07/2010
You need to put down the kool-aid and adjust your tin foil hat.
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fredisfred
04:38 PM on 05/07/2010
You need to drop the cliches and face reality.
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mom2luke
08:01 PM on 05/07/2010
kool aid is such an offensive, juvenille, disrespectful term considering what it means. whoever uses it.
why do ppl think it's ok to toss around. it just makes you look ignorant. think about it.
05:05 PM on 05/10/2010
Um, no, the well was approved in April of last year, 3 months after Obama took office. No requirement for the switch (because BP lobbied them not to require it) and no environmental review whatsoever. Nice try blaming yet another Obama administration decision on Bush.
01:21 PM on 05/07/2010
The corruption described in thearticle turns my stomach.

The American Peopls have lost their moral compass!

I really believe this society is doomed!
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mom2luke
08:02 PM on 05/07/2010
me too. incompetence (bush), like evil (cheney) at the top has so, so many long lasting, hideous reprecussions.
12:53 PM on 05/07/2010
WHAT IF THEY JUST CANT STOP IT???? AND IT JUST KEEPS GOING ON AND ON...ARE THEY REALLY DOING ALL TO STOP THE GUSHING OIL--OR ARE THEY STILL FOCUSED ON SAVING THE RIG? SAVING THEIR INVESTMENT?? CANT THEY JUST OBLITERATE THE "OIL WELL" AND CAVE IT IN?
12:45 PM on 05/07/2010
Big talk for a guy fighting wind power
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Know history or repeat it.
12:43 PM on 05/07/2010
The MSM and right wingers and even some democrats are talking like this no big deal.
Alaska was horrible but it is very cold up there and the biomass affected is probably like a thousandth less than the gulf.
Also what about water evaporation will it be affected by cutting it back and hence not as much rain over a huge part of our country or will we be getting gasoline rain, black rain, smelly rain, toxic rain. Ruining crops, water sheds, ground water, killing cattle.
What could happen no one is talking about this part of the spill.
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01:07 PM on 05/07/2010
You've never been to Alaska...have you. Ever seen pictures of it? Not all of it is ice flows.
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11:55 AM on 05/07/2010
No even has a clue of what's going to happen in a subtropical environment. Alaska was bad but cold and biomass probably one tenth of the gulf.
What about water evaporation that gives Texas, most of the mid west, and southeast it's rain water. Are we going to have less rain, black rain, smelly rain, poisonous rain that falls into our water supplies, on our crops, etc. Nobody is talking about that.
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01:13 PM on 05/07/2010
No...Alaska's biomass was/is not one tenth the gulf. Quite the opposite.
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02:27 AM on 05/13/2010
Plenty of humidity here in Oklahoma- enough to trigger a 200 mile-long storm front that triggered 21 tornadoes and 5 deaths... I think the Gulf moisture has had no problem finding its way North...