The President and the media can’t help BP rush through the unpleasantness of poisoning the ocean quickly enough. First, the government (starting with Bush, but extending through Obama’s reign) staffed the MMS with incompetents, who apparently alternated between allowing oil and gas company workers to fill out their own inspection forms, accepting Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl tickets from offshore drilling companies, and smoking crystal meth.
What I’m trying to say is, the MMS was extremely busy, which is probably why they didn’t notice BP’s blowout preventer had a dead battery in its control pod, leaks in its hydraulic system, a “useless” test version of a key component and a cutting tool that wasn’t strong enough to shear through steel joints in the well pipe and stop the flow of oil in the event of a fiery explosion, which by the way, totally happened. But who has time to check superfluous stuff like a blowout preventer? I mean, that meth isn’t going to smoke itself.
BP has shown a desire to cover its own ass by allegedly forbidding clean-up crews to wear respirators so as to avoid future negligence lawsuits even as it continues to dump toxic dispersants, which have been banned in the UK, ignoring the EPA’s pleas to find a less toxic (and extremely available) version.
This is an amazing display of media obfuscation of a large story coming out of Georgia. Headlined as,
“Some voters ‘purged’ from voter rolls” a few paragraphs down, the reader learns what CNN means by “some”:
Berry is one of more than 50,000 registered Georgia voters who have been ”flagged” because of a computer mismatch in their personal identification information. At least 4,500 of those people are having their citizenship questioned and the burden is on them to prove eligibility to vote.
“What most people don’t know is that every year, elections officials strike millions of names from the voter rolls using processes that are secret, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation,” said Wendy Weiser, an elections expert with New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice.
“That means that lots and lots of eligible voters could get knocked off the voter rolls without any notice and, in many cases, without any opportunity to correct it before Election Day.”
I now know that the word “some” has a numerical value of 50,000.
Two weeks prior to the election, huge numbers of mismatches are of course occurring and citizens are now being told, not that they need to correct their registration, but that they are not actually US citizens and must prove citizenship.
Now, imagine how many are not receiving any notice at all.
Eight days until electoral meltdown, when the media will gloss over the national debacle and paint it all as a smooth day for the world’s greatest democracy.
BREAKING (CNN) – GA: 50,000 voters purged in early Oct (w/update)
A lawsuit has been filed over Georgia’s mismatch system, and the state is also under fire for requestingSocial Security records for verification checks on about 2 million voters — more requests than any other state.
One of the lawyers involved in the lawsuit says Georgia is violating a federal law that prohibits widespread voter purges within 90 days of the election, arguing that the letters were sent out too close to the election date.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican who began working on purging voter rolls since she was elected in 2006, said that won’t happen. If there are errors, she said, there is still plenty of time to resolve the problems. iReport.com: Are you voting early?
Handel says she is not worried the verification process will prevent eligible voters from casting a ballot.
“In this state and all states, there’s a process to ensure that a voter who comes in — even if there’s a question about their status — that they will vote either provisional or challenge ballot, which is a paper ballot,” she said.
“So then the voter has ample opportunity to clarify any issues or address them,” Handel added. “And I think that’s a really important process.”
“This is about ensuring the integrity of our elections,” she said.
Handel denied the efforts to verify the vote are suppression.
All of these voter suppression tactics are being challenged vigorously right now. Courts are addressing the suits on an expedited basis. Lawyers from the private sector are stripping the reins from the DOJ which is doing nothing other than abetting supression.
It is impossible prior to the next Congress and Administration to pressure the DOJ to do its mandated duty. There will be a purge at Justice and concerted effort to standardize registration requirements.
It is not too little too late.
Maybe we can’t fix every case, but we can help fix a lot of them by funding and volunteering for Election Protection.
We can publicize every case of vote fraud (actual), and vote suppression. Spread the news, to let this year’s failed power-grab forever stain the Republican party’s character the same way Katrina, Iraq and overleveraged Wall St speculation have stained their philosophy.
And, we can push so hard this week that McCain and his party lose way beyond the margin of theft next Tuesday. Your co-worker will get his registration fixed sometime. What we do this week could determine whether or not there’s a Republic still functioning to use it in.