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EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments
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Posted on 04/30/2012 10:00:20 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments By Ben Geman - 04/30/12 12:39 PM ET

Al Armendariz, the Environmental Protection Agency official under fire for comparing enforcement of environmental laws to crucifixion, has resigned.

“Over the weekend Dr. Armendariz offered his resignation, which I accepted. I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency. We are all grateful for Dr. Armendariz's service to EPA and to our nation,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a statement Monday.

The decision comes days after Armendariz – who oversaw oil-and-gas producing states including Texas and Louisiana – drew GOP attacks over 2010 comments that surfaced in which he compared his enforcement strategy to the way ancient Roman conquerors would use terror to keep order.

A number of GOP lawmakers, shortly after the 2010 comments surfaced last week, called for his ouster despite his apology for the remarks.

The White House and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have distanced themselves from the comments, saying they don’t reflect EPA’s views. Jackson told reporters Friday that the remarks were “disappointing.”

The video, which Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) released last week, set off a firestorm at a time when Republicans are already alleging that EPA’s approach is overzealous.

“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement. And I think it was probably a little crude, and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’m going to tell you what I said,” Armendariz says in the video.

“It is kind of like how the Romans used to conquer the villages in the Mediterranean — they’d go into a little Turkish town somewhere and they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”

Armendariz continued: “And so, you make examples out of people who are, in this case, not complying with the law. You find people who are not complying with the law and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them. There’s a deterrent effect there. And companies that are smart see that. They don’t want to play that game and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up. And that won’t happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people.”

EPA’s enforcement division works with the Department of Justice and other agencies to bring civil and criminal legal actions against companies accused of violating environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.


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1 posted on 04/30/2012 10:00:23 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Another Marxist out of govt... “But Shane, there’s too many...there’s too many of them, Shane.”

Gonna take Nov 6th and then Jan 20th to start addressing the problem...if Milf Romney (RINO-MA) is up to the job...which he may not be.


2 posted on 04/30/2012 10:03:02 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Sub-Driver
Will probably get a prearranged job with Soros org, CAP or Van Jones .
3 posted on 04/30/2012 10:05:28 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: twister881

Lol...”Milf Romney”

That Sir, is outstanding.

I am voting for him — he wasn’t my first (Perry), second (Cain), or third (Anyone) choice...It will make it easier knowing I will be voting for Milf. :)


4 posted on 04/30/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: twister881

You wouldn’t want me to run away, would you Joey?


5 posted on 04/30/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT by guardian_of_liberty (We must bind the Government with the Chains of the Constitution...)
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To: Sub-Driver

...will be reassigned to the re-election committee of Barack Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm). Probably as an advisor on environmental issues.


6 posted on 04/30/2012 10:07:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver
We are all grateful for Dr. Armendariz's service to EPA and to our nation,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a statement Monday.

You seem to know all the "right" things to say, Ms Jackson, but the underlying culture of heavyhandedness and arbitrary and capricious misadministration of an unnecessary federal agency continues to hobble and cripple many segments of our economy.

Ever consider doing away with the EPA altogether?
Or, heaven forbid, return it to its apolitical original purpose: Simply as a fact finding advisory agency, with NO rule-making and political functions whatsoever.

Oh, and make sure that you pay adequate damages to the citizens that you have economically crucified, brutalized and bankrupted.

7 posted on 04/30/2012 10:11:07 AM PDT by Publius6961 ("It's easy to make promises you can't keep" - B.H.Obama Feb 23, 2012)
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To: Sub-Driver

One of all the morons that have to go, stop funding the EPA.


8 posted on 04/30/2012 10:15:47 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1

Almost seems like the (D)istrict of (C)riminals is beyond repair. This country is toast.


9 posted on 04/30/2012 10:26:42 AM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

$20 says he still collects a nice pension.


10 posted on 04/30/2012 10:32:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
$20 says he still collects a nice pension.

You only bet on a sure thing, don't you?

11 posted on 04/30/2012 10:37:17 AM PDT by BipolarBob ("Oh no, I'm not sick, well I'm not physically sick anyway. Mentally I'm sick beyond any doctor's abi)
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To: Sub-Driver

Al Armendariz will probably get a promotion and a pay raise in some other department.


12 posted on 04/30/2012 10:41:00 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Sub-Driver
EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments

Good. Now, he should be prosecuted under 18 USC § 242, deprivation of rights under color of law. The rights of those companies to participate in interstate commerce were damages by this administration under color of law, specifically, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Acts.

13 posted on 04/30/2012 10:43:32 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: Sub-Driver

DemoRat scumbag kicked to the curb. Good on him.

FUBO


14 posted on 04/30/2012 10:43:52 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: twister881

“Another Marxist out of govt...”

For some reason this doesn’t put me in a celebratory mood - I’m sure another marxist will replace him.

Until the marxist-in-chief goes there will be little to celebrate.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 10:46:15 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Sub-Driver

They should have also gotten rid of Lisa Jackson, but then she’s “one of Holder’s People,” so she’s “special!”


16 posted on 04/30/2012 10:52:56 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Sub-Driver

Anuda enviro Nazi unda da buss.


17 posted on 04/30/2012 11:00:58 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Nations are only truly great when it's people are struggling against all odds, growing and expanding)
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To: Sub-Driver

18 posted on 04/30/2012 11:01:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: BipolarBob; Eric in the Ozarks

$20 says he still collects a nice pension.

You only bet on a sure thing, don’t you?

What makes you guys think he’s retiring now? He’s going to be shifted to another agency, just wait.


19 posted on 04/30/2012 11:29:18 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: Sub-Driver
EPA official resigns over ‘crucify’ comments

He had to go - he told the truth.

Other than violating mindless loyalty, telling the truth in public is the next worst thing a Leftist can possibly do.

20 posted on 04/30/2012 11:38:45 AM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: 353FMG

He’ll join Van Jones’ gang of community agitators and get a $100 million “green jobs” grant from the EPA to fund their activities.


21 posted on 04/30/2012 11:42:56 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Publius6961

This time they have gone TOO FAR!


22 posted on 04/30/2012 11:49:38 AM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: JediJones

“Yes, it’s true....this man has no d—k.”


23 posted on 04/30/2012 11:53:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: twister881
[...] if Milf Romney (RINO-MA) is up to the job [...]

Mormon I'd like to .......?

24 posted on 04/30/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The White House and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have distanced themselves from the comments, saying they don’t reflect EPA’s views.

I think those views are held by many scum bags in the EPA.

25 posted on 04/30/2012 11:56:16 AM PDT by Mark17 (California, where English is a foreign language)
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To: JediJones

Sometime after the Gozer Incident, Peck was hired by the B.U.F.O. along with Jack Hardemeyer.

That is one great and coooooooool post! Thanks!


26 posted on 04/30/2012 12:02:21 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: Publius6961
From "The Simpsons Movie"

EPA Soldier: I'm afraid we lost them, sir.

Russ Cargill: Damn it! Well, then you find 'em, and you get 'em back in the dome! And to make sure nobody else gets out, I want roving death squads around the perimeter 24-7! I want 10,000 tough guys, and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher! And here's how I want them arranged: tough, soft, tough, tough, soft, tough, soft, soft, tough, tough, soft, soft, tough, soft, tough, soft!

EPA Soldier: Sir, I'm afraid you've gone mad with power.

Russ Cargill: Of course I have! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring, no one listens to you!

27 posted on 04/30/2012 12:05:23 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Erasmus

28 posted on 04/30/2012 12:05:43 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Another Obama minion has been thrown under the bus for doing precisely what he was told to do—use whatever means you deem appropriate to prevent the exploitation of our domestic oil and gas resources. Is there no justice left in the world?


29 posted on 04/30/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by Saltmeat
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To: Sub-Driver
The sad part of the whole story is that the “Roman crucifying Turks” example is historically inaccurate and this guy is supposed to be an educated PhD.

His remarks are an accurate statement of Obama's enforcement policy

30 posted on 04/30/2012 12:54:46 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Sub-Driver

Is Armendarez still going to be getting paid?

What will be his next government job/position.

We all know people, sometimes whole families that move from one government job to another. They NEVER work in the private sector.

It’s a lifestyle.


31 posted on 04/30/2012 1:12:39 PM PDT by reaganator
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmm; could we take his advice on how to handle out of control EPA agents? At least the first 5 or 6? ; )


32 posted on 04/30/2012 1:12:58 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: jdsteel

This guy had quite the history of extremism down here prior to being hired at the EPA. They knew exactly what he was, and where he stood, which means they embraced his stance. They just wished they had more of him.


33 posted on 04/30/2012 2:03:04 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: jdsteel; All

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Post of the day award!!!

WINNER WINNER WINNER WINNER WINNER!!!


34 posted on 04/30/2012 2:09:41 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Occupy the Gun Range!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is the problem some comments, or Obama Admin actions? /rhetorical


35 posted on 04/30/2012 4:14:24 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Sub-Driver
I respect the difficult decision he made and his wish to avoid distracting from the important work of the agency.

Which is, of course, crucifying people.

36 posted on 04/30/2012 5:17:55 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: twister881

The horrible shame is that they are throwing him out for speaking the truth about what he was doing rather than for what he was doing.

This man’s enforcement philosophy was to terrorize the people of our states into compliance with his lawless edicts!

Doesn’t anyone else have a problem with that? doesn’t anyone else find the parallel with the brutal conquering Roman EMPIRE he himself drew shockingly Ironic?


37 posted on 04/30/2012 9:49:00 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Monorprise; All
Obama's enforcement philosophy was to terrorize the people of our states into compliance with the President's lawless edicts!

CORRECTED!

You do realize that this clown wasn't just out trying to destroy American businesses, he was directed by Obama himself.

There are Americans foolish enough to believe Holder should be proscecuted for FAST AND FURIOUS. The correct statement is HOLDER AND OBAMA should both be tried and convicted for this act of treason. Similarily, Obama and the EPA clowns should be prosecuted for criminal activity against American businesses.

38 posted on 05/01/2012 7:08:59 AM PDT by politicianslie (Obama: Our first Muslim PRESIDENT,destroying America $1 Trillion at a time! And America sleeps)
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To: politicianslie
Dat's a nice factory you got there. Be a real shame if someone found a violation...

(KA-ching!)

Jus' getting campaign contributions the ol' fashioned way--extortion!

39 posted on 05/01/2012 9:40:20 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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