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BP: Tube is siphoning oil from leak ['So far it's working extremely well,' VP says]
msnbc.com news services ^ | May 16, 2010 (38 min ago) | msnbc.com news services

Posted on 05/16/2010 12:35:58 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy

HOUSTON - Reporting its first success in containing the massive Gulf oil leak nearly a month after it started, BP on Sunday said oil and natural gas were flowing via a mile-long pipe to a ship at the surface.

"So far it's working extremely well," BP Senior Executive Vice President Kent Wells said of the strategy of inserting a 4-inch tube into the 21-inch riser, a pipe in the seafloor from where the largest leak is spewing.

"We're very slowly increasing the rate" to get more oil and natural gas up, he told reporters. "We will just learn as we go with this approach." Siphoning oil from a mile down had never before been successful.

It's not clear how much of the overall leak is being captured, Wells said, but that should be known in the next day or two.

In any case, the tube is only an interim strategy until the well head can be capped. That requires drilling a second well to relieve pressure on the leaking well — a process that has started but which is expected to take at least two months.

Glitch a day earlier

On Saturday, the technique was attempted for the first time. Natural gas was siphoned out and then burned off when it got to the surface. Oil also entered the tube but a glitch stopped the strategy before any oil could make it all the way to the surface.

The glitch happened when engineers, via the robotic submarines, tried to connect two pieces of equipment a mile below the water's surface.

BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said one piece of equipment, called the framework, had to be brought to the water's surface so that adjustments could be made to where it fits with the long tube that connects...

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To: Ready4Freddy

The writer is an idiot. To Siphon is to allow gravity to take fluid from a high level to a low level.

The flow is the result of pressure adequate to force the gas and fluid to the surface


51 posted on 05/16/2010 3:06:05 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: trumandogz
There are limits on liability.
52 posted on 05/16/2010 3:26:07 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Congress is out of order!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

You know folks, I’m not happy what is taking place, but this go for the throat attitude toward BP serves nobody well, unless you’re Barack Obama and his fascist flying monkey squad.

Do we really need to buttress their position on this?

I am hoping this won’t have the full negative impact that we are each fearful of. And I must say, if I were living in the areas affected, I’d be angry, no doubt.

Anyone who thinks BP wanted this to take place, is kidding themselves. This is a very bad scenario for them. Oil companies already have high negatives. This is certain to add to them.

Now, as for denying BP rights in the Gulf, the U.S. doesn’t have control of drilling in international waters. This may not have been international waters, but my guess is that it was. If not, do we really want to let Vietnam, China, Mexico, Cuba and everyone else to drill in the Gulf, and deny BP?

What we should be doing is ramping up drilling. Instead one of these accidents takes place, a once in 25 years event, and we all of a sudden get shaky knees and start sounding like a group ANSWER bussed in.

Enough already.


53 posted on 05/16/2010 3:27:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Dittos.


54 posted on 05/16/2010 3:30:15 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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To: masadaman

Well said...


55 posted on 05/16/2010 3:30:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: JohnD9207

“...if the GOVVVVVMENT has a fund, collected at the pump...”
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Yeah, right, I suppose you think it’s in a ‘lockbox’, like social security...


56 posted on 05/16/2010 3:33:41 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Don't blame me. I voted for Jefferson Davis.)
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To: plain talk; JohnBovenmyer; BIGLOOK; blam; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; NormsRevenge
The Federal Government didn't perform either...see this thread:

Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill

57 posted on 05/16/2010 3:33:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: jospehm20
If they are not going to use the fund for this spill...

I bet the 'fund' is the same place as the Social Security Trust fund...and soooo many others--raided and gone. Liberals hate business. Just think of all those 'first dollars' hanging on the wall the libs can't get their hands on!

58 posted on 05/16/2010 3:35:03 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

ty


59 posted on 05/16/2010 3:35:28 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: DoughtyOne

See #57...


60 posted on 05/16/2010 3:41:54 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ready4Freddy
Either way, I suspect that they are going to have to remove the original BOP at some point. That'll be fun.

Not too bad, really. If the well is under control (think heavy mud, relief well,) they can set a plug or two and if there is a decent cenent job around the casing, they'll be good to go. People nipple down BOPs on a regular basis and move them to the next well while production equipment is installed on the wellhead. A workover rig can drill out the plug after the BOP has been replaced (with production pressure control equipment).

61 posted on 05/16/2010 3:42:15 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: JPG

I don’t think BP is serious about plugging this leak. I mean, they never once tried duct tape.


62 posted on 05/16/2010 3:43:21 PM PDT by gitmo ( The democRats drew first blood. It's our turn now.)
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To: All



OBAMA ADMIN GAVE RIG 'SAFETY AWARD' LAST YEAR

63 posted on 05/16/2010 3:44:18 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: DoughtyOne
Anyone who thinks BP wanted this to take place, is kidding themselves.

No kidding. If they just took a deep breath and did the math:

5000 bbl*$80/BBL=$400,000.00 per DAY going into the water, not to mention the cleanup costs and whatever other liabilities they get stuck with.

No one in the oil industry wants a trainwreck. We get enough bad press as it is. It's a real pain when even a little of that is actually deserved.

64 posted on 05/16/2010 3:50:01 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Nice to know they weren’t quoting Biden.


65 posted on 05/16/2010 3:51:09 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: masadaman

just heard from one down in Panhandle FL on beach who says all OK - just like always - going fishing tomorrow


66 posted on 05/16/2010 3:54:17 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: DoughtyOne

DO this would be within the control of the US as we control 200 nautical miles offshore as an Exclusive Economic Zone. This EEZ applies around the world. The feds put areas up for bid within our EEZ and allot rights to those selected as bid winners.


67 posted on 05/16/2010 4:04:55 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Are you saying that the entities I mentioned have been winning bids? It would seem like it wouldn’t it.

Yikes...


68 posted on 05/16/2010 4:22:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: VictoryGal
Um, enlighten me who else’s fault it is? It’s BP’s rig, they were making the money, they didn’t take the necessary precautions, BP’s rig blew up.

But the Obamarama Admin will declare BP "Too Big to Fail" and direct the US taxpayer to pay the cost of the cleanup. Obamarama will do this to keep his BP money train going.

69 posted on 05/16/2010 4:24:55 PM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: WesternPacific

60 minutes playing really good interview right now.... about damage to the blow out preventer etc.


70 posted on 05/16/2010 4:25:52 PM PDT by kjam22
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To: Repeal The 17th

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Yeah, right, I suppose you think it’s in a ‘lockbox’, like social security...
______________________________________________________

Big OLD lockbox, hidden in one of Michelle Obama’s shoeboxes!


71 posted on 05/16/2010 4:38:02 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (REGISTERED RIGHT WING THUG!)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Please watch this evening’s 60 Minutes. BP has a lot of explaining to do!


72 posted on 05/16/2010 4:45:41 PM PDT by 4FreeSpeach
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To: trumandogz

What “egregious error” was made?


73 posted on 05/16/2010 4:49:49 PM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

did bozo go to TN ?
I saw the wreck in TN and it reminded me of katrina to a small point but hardly heard much about it.

there was no looting as far as I know , country stars and others have donated a lot of money for the rebuilding but has bozo done anything or even gone there is my question


74 posted on 05/16/2010 4:53:18 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: DoughtyOne

Not sure who has won bids in past allocations but here are a couple of stories that maybe of interest. BP, Shell, Conoco and others are all there along with others I’m sure.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/19/gulf-oil-lease-business-energy-auction.html

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=1&ved=0CBYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Foutercontinentalshelf.blogspot.com%2F2007%2F09%2Fgulf-of-mexico-seen-as-last-open-spot.html&rct=j&q=drilling+rights++gulf+of+mexico&ei=YYXwS4iNIoH48Ab4sN26AQ&usg=AFQjCNEBnypAAnVC0zCGJWTxLXYXictEmw

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=10&ved=0CDUQFjAJ&url=http%3A%2F%2Farticle.wn.com%2Fview%2F2010%2F03%2F11%2FBP_to_buy_exploration_rights_in_Gulf_of_Mexico_and_Brazil_fr%2F&rct=j&q=drilling+rights++gulf+of+mexico&ei=YYXwS4iNIoH48Ab4sN26AQ&usg=AFQjCNGyTRmhobvQB0mKm6SoKOFKlVb02Q


75 posted on 05/16/2010 5:00:39 PM PDT by deport
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To: ecomcon
Check out today's 60 Minute segment from a survivor of the well explosion. It appears that BP, according to this professional, did make several significant, non typical and deliberate bad decisions. It would be good to get BP’s response to this ASAP.

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/60_minutes/video/?pid=wwNRA__nIyxblCLM0VRqPFBJMmGUW4Z6&vs=homepage&play=true

76 posted on 05/16/2010 5:10:36 PM PDT by 4FreeSpeach
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To: trumandogz
However, if BP does not pay every dime to clean up this mess and reimburse all those along the Gulf Coast who have lost income as a result of this accident, BP should be prohibited from E&P activity in the United States.

That's the stupidest piece of demogogic dog crap you've ever posted, and you've posted some doozies over the years.

When did you sign up for the Obama Jungen?

77 posted on 05/16/2010 5:19:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: trumandogz

This mentality of raking companies engaged in high risk work is ridiculous. We have become, and are raising a nation of weinerschitzels who expect a riskless existence. We are screwing ourselves as a society with all the precaution. We need risk takers and innovators, but we just kill the businesses and companies who take the risks when something goes wrong. God bless the risk takers and innovators, including the rig workers who paid the ultimate price in this case for our progress. God have mercy on and bring wisdom to the handwringers and worriers. Let them appreciate the sacrifices made for their way of life. Please also let them understand the opportunity costs of their actions.


78 posted on 05/16/2010 5:39:53 PM PDT by johncocktoasten (Practicing asymetrical thread warfare against anti-Palin Trolls)
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To: 4FreeSpeach

BP is limited to $75 million in damages . That is fine. Congress limited liability so free enterprise companies would drill. We want them to drill. The ocean eats that oil all gone after 59 days. Always has -always will. In world war II there were 22.000 sunken vessels — all full of oil. All gone. The Bay on Campeche was 7 times bigger that this little nothing spill. All gone. Just get the oil in my SUV cheap. That is what I want. Quit complaining.


79 posted on 05/16/2010 6:10:08 PM PDT by rogertarp
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To: Ready4Freddy

I don’t know the particulars regarding the spill trust fund but I believe it to be critically important to follow the letter of the law regarding disbursements from it. If the existing criteria is not followed then it is little more than a slush fund for politicians to play with.


80 posted on 05/16/2010 6:15:23 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: Ready4Freddy

Another way for OBOZO HUSSEIN and Nappy to screw the Hated Ruler of OBOZO’S Birth Country, KENYA! Whenever OBOZO can further destroy America’s Greatest Ally, Great BRITAIN, he never misses the chance! BP is the perfect target!


81 posted on 05/16/2010 6:26:35 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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To: gitmo

Perfect! My garage is stocked with Duct Tape ! Duct Tape fixes everything! The Foam Problem on the Shuttle could have been fixed easily with Duct tape! So this Spill would be No Probleme for GOD’s Gift to Mankind! DUCT TAPE!!!
The first prime use for it would to tape OBOZO’S Mouth shut so he stops slandering and apologizing for OUR WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN AMERICA!!!


82 posted on 05/16/2010 6:36:36 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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To: Smokin' Joe; DoughtyOne
Now, as for denying BP rights in the Gulf, the U.S. doesn’t have control of drilling in international waters. This may not have been international waters, but my guess is that it was. If not, do we really want to let Vietnam, China, Mexico, Cuba and everyone else to drill in the Gulf, and deny BP?

Yeah, seriously - what do any of these people foaming at the mouth about BP think that China would do if one of their oil rigs blew up and sank in the Gulf of Mexico? "Oh well, tough luck," as they sailed away with an underwater gusher still spewing.

Mexico oil spills reflect crumbling network

Massive oil spill threatens China's [water] supplies

83 posted on 05/16/2010 6:39:23 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Ready4Freddy

Good work,BP outdid the Federal Government in everyway.


84 posted on 05/16/2010 7:03:28 PM PDT by Del Rapier
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To: 4FreeSpeach

Why would anyone give any credence to sensation mongering 60 Minutes? The program is a disgrace to journalism and has been for years.


85 posted on 05/16/2010 7:40:48 PM PDT by Bayan
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To: Ready4Freddy

Does this mean I have to postpone my end-of-the-world party?


86 posted on 05/16/2010 7:51:25 PM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: manc

Qbama did for the flood in Tenn. just like he did for the flooded out areas in, wasn’t it the Dakotas last year?


87 posted on 05/16/2010 8:15:49 PM PDT by bog trotter
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To: Ready4Freddy

I drink your milkshake...I drink it up.....


88 posted on 05/16/2010 8:28:32 PM PDT by bigoil
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To: mvpel

IIRC, the deepwater Gulf has been divvied up as far as mineral rights go, so it isn’t really ‘first-come, first served’. The Chinese had been rumored to have cut a deal with the Cubans, as had the Russians, but I’m not sure how far that will go. Neither has the most stellar environmental record, certainly not as good as BP and others, even with this incident in mind.


89 posted on 05/16/2010 8:31:20 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Bayan

Why would anyone give any credence to sensation mongering 60 Minutes? The program is a disgrace to journalism and has been for years.


Sorry you missed it. They interviewed a genuine American hero who survived by jumping 100 feet into the burning Gulf Waters.


90 posted on 05/16/2010 8:46:27 PM PDT by jamese777
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To: Bayan

They had a first hand account of what happened. IMHO, Transocean has some explaining to do, as they damaged the BOP and keppt going. And BP has some explaining to do, as they took a catastrophic short cut in the capping of the well. Now, the explaining is for the loss of life. It looks like the ocean is doing a marvelous job consuming the oil, and the environmental i$pact is overstated,


91 posted on 05/16/2010 9:01:08 PM PDT by lacrew (Barack Obama is always the least experienced most condescending guy in the room. (Rush))
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To: trumandogz
Good news for now but I’m afraid we are still going to lose may of the estuaries along the Gulf Coast. And with all the oil in the Gulf, the BP people need to be tarred and feathered.

People like you are the reason we aren't drilling for oil in more areas. We are not going to lose anything because of this oil. So far none(or very little) has reached the coast and none of the doomsday crap that has been predicted for this oil leakage has come about nor will it. The Ocean is taking care of the oil. most of the stuff coming up from the leaks is evaporating the rest is heavy asphalt and is sinking to the bottom. Take your hate of oil comapanies over to DU, I am sure they will agree with you. BTW, Bozo the WH clown oked this drilling and OKed the procedures that were used to drill this well. If you want to tar and feather someone start with the frickin' idiot in the WH>

92 posted on 05/16/2010 9:20:40 PM PDT by calex59
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To: trumandogz

Halliburtion was responsible for cementing the well and Cameron International supplied the blowout preventer. I think those two might be more responsible than BP.


93 posted on 05/16/2010 9:49:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: Ready4Freddy
The US makes billion$ from the offshore royalties.

What trust fund? Just like Soc. Sec., it's all going to pay for some Golden Fleece project.

94 posted on 05/16/2010 9:52:53 PM PDT by UAConservative (Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere)
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To: WesternPacific

> But the Obamarama Admin will declare BP “Too Big to Fail” and direct the US taxpayer to pay the cost of the cleanup. Obamarama will do this to keep his BP money train going.

Wow, if he does that I will buy you a beer, pal. No way is he this stupid (he’s evil, not stupid). BP is clearly in the wrong if you’re GOP or Dimocrat, Zer0’s got lots of sources for money other than BP, and demonizing BP will give him leverage on his cap and tax agenda.

If you ask me, the GOP is dropping the ball bigtime. They defeated lifting the cap on paying damages (can you imagine the political ads the Dims can run in November?), and you have idiot Jeff Sessions saying we don’t need to raise the cap because BP had given him it’s word that it would cover the costs of the spill in the Gulf. Stupid. I couldn’t believe my ears. Dumb.

What the hell, GOP. BP is responsible for its profits AND its f-ups. Make ‘em pay. It’s a no brainer.


95 posted on 05/16/2010 10:44:48 PM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: Ready4Freddy

bad news for crybabies hoping the world was coming to an end


96 posted on 05/16/2010 10:58:53 PM PDT by wardaddy (never been particularly pious but I stand with Franklin Graham...bigtime...you betcha...ya'll)
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To: JPG

SO, I wonder how well it is actually working?
I don’t trust BP execs to tell us the truth!

Did anyone see 60 Minutes last night?
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

They have another oil platform that needs to be shut down according to several BP employees.


97 posted on 05/17/2010 5:10:09 AM PDT by a real Sheila (No, this is NOT Obama's "Katrina!" It is MUCH, MUCH WORSE!)
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To: PoplarBluffian

Yes, because then the taxpayers would end up owning BP and its plummeting stock which will eventually have a $0 value.


98 posted on 05/17/2010 5:11:59 AM PDT by a real Sheila (No, this is NOT Obama's "Katrina!" It is MUCH, MUCH WORSE!)
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To: WHBates

I suspect they fail to execute a plan because the money is long gone, into the pockets of those in power.

It is time for a SERIOUS OVERHAUL of our government!


99 posted on 05/17/2010 5:17:25 AM PDT by a real Sheila (No, this is NOT Obama's "Katrina!" It is MUCH, MUCH WORSE!)
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To: Eleutheria5

Why do you say that?
I think it cannot possibly help Obama to have this thing going on an on!
WHen the really bad stuff starts hitting those pristine FL beaches and Key West, I think it will be a PR nightmare for him (sort of like Katrina images were for GW).


100 posted on 05/17/2010 5:20:32 AM PDT by a real Sheila (No, this is NOT Obama's "Katrina!" It is MUCH, MUCH WORSE!)
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