Pipeline leaks, politicians & conflicted interests @ WTF 5/31

 

“… don’t put this pipeline here, enough is enough.” (Dave Archambault II)

I’m not sure if anyone is aware of this even though the Associated Press (AP) supposedly is the author of this article. It all depends if your local media… TV, radio and newsprint… decide to run the story AND then where they decided to place it… as a lead story on TV and radio, or a front page article in the newspaper… OR… bury as some 10 second blurb near the end of the newscast if that, or on some interior page  quite possibly towards the rear of the paper or as a filler piece on some middle page.

Personally, I don’t recall the paper that I read daily.. the NY Daily News… having the story. And. I don’t recall any of my local news channel running it either.

Remember when, early on after he got inaugurated, Trumpty Dumpty ordered that the Dakota Access pipeline should be completed despite all the protests that if the pipeline ever leaked it would be disastrous to the drinking water as well as the environment of the Standing Rock Sioux as well as quite possibly many other people living either near the leak or downriver from the leak That is if it happened.

It happened. Three times… it happened.

Last week the AP just reported that the Dakota Access pipeline has already leaked three times since our fearless leader issued his proclamation that the pipeline be completed.

On March 3rd, 84 gallons… or so they say it was only 84 gallons…  spilled from a leak in Watford City, North Dakota, where two sections of the pipeline connect. They also say “the oil flow was cut off ‘immediately’” and “any contaminated snow and soil were removed without any damage being done to local wildlife or waterways.”

Tell me how fast is immediately and how much can leak in that period time? And, how sure are they got all the oil that leaked? Not one drop went undetected  that could seep into the land to eventually run off elsewhere during a heavy rain or maybe a melt off of the snow and ice? And. if a drop could do that then what if more than 84 gallons leaked? Is it beyond the realm of reality that these oil folks might lie? Think back to some of the reports of what went down as the Sioux and their supporters were demonstrating… Energy Transfer Partners (builders and owners of the pipeline) and their hired guns (the cops and militia) released one story, while the Sioux gave out another version of the events that took place. And, usually it was the Sioux’ version that wound up being closer… much closer… to the truth than the Energy Transfers/cop version.

So, why is anyone to believe only 84 gallons leaked or that all all the oil was contained and removed from the environment?

The same with a “smaller” leak of 20 gallons that happened on March 5th in Mercer County, North Dakota. This time an above-ground valve malfunctioned.

And, those two “minor leaks” were followed by another leak that occurred on April 4th at a pump station north of Crandon, South Dakota. That leak also only spilled 84 gallons of oil before it was stopped and then once again “no damage being done to the local environment.”

Dallas Goldtooth of the  Indigenous Environmental Network, said, “This spill serves as a reminder that it is not a matter of if a pipeline spills, it’s a matter of when a pipeline spills.”

I would add, it is a fact the pipeline already has had problems… it has leaked on at least three known occasions. It is no longer a matter of when a spill happens; it is only a matter of when a catastrophic spill happens.

So, maybe… when several thousand protesters aligned themselves with members of the Standing Rock Sioux and tried halting the building of the pipeline because of the fear that a section that was to go under Lake Oahe (a part of the Missouri River) could leak and contaminate the tribe’s drinking water, as well as the environment, from which the Standing Rock tribe draws drinking water, they had a legitimate point?

And… Energy Transfer Partners who kept insisting that all was good was maybe blowing it out of their asses?

And, while no spills have been specific to the Lake Oahe section of the pipeline, maybe it is only a matter of time before a ticking time bomb of oil does spill and thereby continues the legacy of white America… in a political and an economic sense… fucking over Native Americans once again.

And, just in case this factoid also escaped someone’s awareness… Trumpty from day one has always supported this pipeline being built and put into operation. Didi ya’ll know that Trumpty once upon a time owned stock in Energy Transfer Partners? He sold his shares… interestingly in the summer of 2016… but… please… one more brick in the wall of his having a direct connection to certain vested interests getting the pipeline built and damn any consequences that may occur as long as the dough re mi pours through and into the pockets of the one percent.

Are they serious?

Recently the elephants passed their latest version of what health care should be for we the people in America when they railroaded and ramrodded their latest version of the American Health Care Act int e House 217 to 213, just one vote over the 216 needed.

No… I ain’t gonna regale you with why it’s a terrible bill. Nor will I tell you how many Americans will be left screwed without health care because they get kicked off of whatever health care they now have because they no longer will be eligible for various assistance, or because they can no longer afford what is available… although it will be in the many millions… many, many, many millions.

Pro-Trumpcare Republicans Owned Millions in Health-Care Stock

What I will tell you is that there are at forty elephants who should have abstained from ever voting for this bill.

There are forty elephants who proved their hypocritical and greedy natures by voting for this bill.

That per as review by the Daily Beast of the most recent financial records available… there are forty elephants who voted for the American Health Care Act and “have shares in health-care companies valued at $23 million and earned more than $2 million off those investments.”

And, that might even be a lowball figure.

There is information, gleaned from reports that require members of Congress to report certain high value investments and income, that says that these forty scum balls may have investments valued as high as $39 million and realized close to $6 million in profits.

More than a few elephants, who were influential in getting the votes to pass the bill, have at least $500,000 in medical company shares. And these companies represent the giants of the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries… Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, and 3M, three of the country’s largest medical-device manufacturers as well as Big Pharm companies Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Shire.

If ultimately passed by Congress (which most reports say simply is not gonna happen) and signed by Trumpty into law this version of the AHCA would enable the listed companies to enjoy inestimable enhanced and generous profits by eliminating billions of dollars in taxes and fees.

None of this is illegal by the way. Scary and sad and full of hypocritical bullshit as well as a direct conflict of interest and in my mind, unethical… it’s just not illegal.

Richard Painter, the lead ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House, told the Daily Beast, “Knowing that health care is so sensitive, and that one of the core issues in the debate is how much money is going to the companies and how much is going to patient care, I think this shows lack of sensitivity by members of Congress to be going and investing heavily into these companies. I think they’re arrogant and they don’t understand that the public is sick and tired of this problem.”

Just so ya’ll know…

The following elephants voted for a health care bill that will immensely profit various large medical supply and pharmaceutical companies and in turn themselves…

Thomas MacArthur (NJ), as of 2015, held between $834,000 and $2.3 million in health-care company investments. According to his disclosure forms, he made between $142,000 and $472,000 in capital gains and dividends directly because of those investments.  According to the Beast, MacArthur authored an amendment to the AHCA will let insurance companies deny coverage to some people with pre-existing conditions. That amendment was key in getting support from the ultra-right-wing Freedom Caucus.

Health care employee expresses his feelings to Tom MacArthur

Chris Collins (NY) has $6.5 million in stock in two medical-device companies, ZeptoMetrix and Audubon Machinery Corp. Collins serves on the Board of  Directors at ZeptoMetrix and is one of the founders of Audubon Machinery. An FYI… Collins is presently being investigated by The Office of Government Ethics because of  investments in an Australian pharmaceutical company.

Fred Upton (MI) holds has between $400,000 and $700,000 in health-care shares.

Michael McCaul (TX) has about $6 million invested with healthcare related companies.

Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ) has $2.2 million and quite possibly more invested.

James Sensenbrenner (WI) has at least $2.1 million.

Keith Rothfus (PA) has at least $1.2 million.

Kenny Marchant (TX) has at least $922,000.

James Renacci (PA) has at least $663,000.

Rod Blum (IA) has at least $531,000.

Another eighteen of these elephants held at least $10,000 in health-care investments in 2015.

The rest of these elephants had investments in a healthcare company, or companies, that could range anywhere from a dollar to $9,999.

“Again… none of this is illegal. But DAMN!

Before you accuse someone else… look at your own history…

A white supremacist asked a Muslim lawyer why there is no Christian ISIS…

This is what the lawyer said…

... 400 years of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that maimed, raped, killed. kidnapped and enslaved 20 million African “heathens” to bring them to Christ.

… Genocide of Native Americans under the name of Christ as Manifest Destiny

… Genocide of Australian Aborigines that killed 90% of their population in less than a century, again by Christian Europeans.

… Salem Witch Trials.

…Spanish Inquisition.

… Crusades.

…. The Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda that has maimed, raped, and killed up to 100,000 people according to the UN during the past 15 years, which his far more destructive than ISIS, and they’ve so to establish Biblical Law as a self-described Christian organization.

… In Central African Republic Christian Militias have destroyed every single Mosque and the UN reports that Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing, with reports that Christians are cannibalizing Muslims literally.

Homegrown fanatics Cause of Most US Terror Deaths Since 9/11

… In America white supremacists who are self-described Christians are the single largest terror threat to American security, that’s according to the FBI and 392 police agencies in a study published last year.

… George Bush, a devout Christian, said God told him to invade Iraq, where by some estimates I million civilians were killed due to this unjust war.

… The KKK still exist.

… Nazis still exist.

… Aryan nations still exist.

So before you question any Muslim about ISIS (which btw is the result of the Iraq bombing and not the result of the Qur’an) please check yourself. Pretty sure it was Jesus who said something about motes and beams and judge not lest ye be judged.

Now…

Before I get a shitload of emails and stuff… remember… this man’s words are not a legitimization of Isis… not in any way, shape or from. All he is saying is that the Muslim holy book is not why Isis exists and that the history of Christianity… especially white Christianity… is littered with some outright murderous and hateful activity.

And, yes, that includes American history as well.

The one thing Trumpty Dumpty said that was the truth was when … Bill O’Reilly said to Trumpty that Vladimir Putin is a killer. Trumpty’s reply was “You think our country is so innocent?

And, back in 2015, Trumpty was on “Morning Joe,”  and the show’s host, Joe Scarborough, pointed out that “(Putin allegedly) kills journalists that don’t agree with him.,”

Trumpty said, “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.”

Even a bigoted, asshole, narcissistic, misogynistic blind squirrel can find an nut in the forest of his ignorance and stupidity.

Do as I say; not as I do…

It may seem like WTF razzes on the elephants a lot… ya know what? It do.

But, it’s not like WTF never gives the donkeys the business, too; it’s just that the elephants are all too often out there telling we the people how they to live a good and righteous Christ filled American life and then get their hand caught smack dab in the cookie jar of hypocrisy and over self-righteousness.

For instance?

For instance, back on March 16 or thereabouts… an Oklahoma State Senator was charged with child prostitution after being caught in a hotel room with an underage boy.

Ralph Shortey was charged by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution.

Without a doubt that’s sad, horrific and sordid, but what makes even more sordid is that Shortey supported a “bathroom bill” that was discriminately aimed at the LGBT community.

According to the Moore Police Department, police went to check on a juvenile who was at a Super 8 Motel and they found Shortey and a 17-year-old boy with an open box condoms in the juvenile’s bag.  When questioned, the boy told cops that he told Shortey that he needed money for spring break and that Shortey said, “would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?”

Coincidentally, Shortey was the manager for Donald Trump’s campaign during the state primaries.

See… they make themselves such an easy target.

This ain’t to say some donkeys have not been caught in similar circumstances… but… of the listed cases like this being made against politicians, shows it is exceedingly more likely to be an elephant than a donkey.

Thumbs up!

Bomb blast strikes Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK

I’m sure ya’ll heard about that horrible massacre of mostly young people at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Great Britain where 22 were murdered and at least 59 more were injured.

Grande has now announced that she will return to Manchester for a benefit concert to support and uplift those affected by the terrorism that was reigned down upon innocents who only wanted to spend time listening to a favorite performer sing.

Grande said, “I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families.

She added, “We will not quit or operate in fear. We won’t let this divide us. We won’t let hate win.”

Thumbs down!

California Judge William Follett sentenced a man to just four months in jail for raping his 16-year-old sister.

That sink in yet?

The rationale for the judge’s decision?

Nolan Bruder sentenced to 3 years, with all but 240 days suspended, after pleading guilty to drugging and raping his 16-year-old sister.

Follett said the “stigma” of being a convicted sex offender was sufficient punishment to deter the defendant from repeating his heinous crime.

Huh, and what the fuck?

The County District Attorney Dale P. Trigg speaks for me, and countless others when he said, “In 18 years of practicing law, and three years of being the district attorney, I have never been more surprised by a court’s sentence.” He also said, “If all it took was the stigma of being a sex registrant, the law wouldn’t provide for additional punishment other than that in sex offense cases.”

But, the really sad part of this entire ordeal is that the victim… the rapist’s sister… told the court that her brother was “an amazing, caring, loving, and supportive brother that would never do anything to purposely hurt another person. He has one of the biggest hearts that I have ever personally seen. He has shown me so much love and support that I know he would never hurt me on purpose. What he did was a one time and one time only offense that I do not hold against him as the victim and as his sister.”

To make matters worse, the parents themselves said, their daughter “a willing participant” who “pulled her own pants down.”

Then they added, “How will prison affect his sister who is already suffering with guilt over the battle of being the one who is responsible for putting her brother, whom she loves, in prison?”

Where do I start?

How about with e prosecutor’s case that said that the “defendant gave his minor sister highly concentrated cannabis dabs over and over until she finally was incapacitated and could no longer refuse his pleas for sex.” That the brother had finally gotten her so stoned that she had reached the point of “no longer recognizing him as her brother.”

As for the suggestion… made by the judge… the act was not premeditated, the prosecutor said, “Premeditation can be formed in an instant and when you ask your sister for sex, and she says no, and then you say, ‘well have some more dabs,’ how could you possibly say that’s not part of your plan to get her stoned until she’ll have sex with you? The facts and circumstances of the case show deliberation on his part. It shows calculation and planning, and that he was not going to give up until he got what he wanted.”

All the principals involved… the judge, the criminal, the sister, the parents… all of them, except for the prosecutor’s office, been drinking from the same tainted Kool-Aid bottle. On what planet can they believe any of this shit that they  are spouting? This kid… the brother… the rapist… must be some type of Svengali or Houdini because I have no other explanation how anyone involved can think as they do. They are all insane. Madly and inexplicably insane.  I have no o her rationale for what they said and what the judge did.

Rape… I want to be perfectly clear… rape is a horrible offense against the victim and in no way should ever be treated as something that was just unfortunate and oh see the offender obviously is sorry and he says he is oh so remorseful and he promises that he will never do this horrible, terrible act again.

YES, HE DAMN WILL WELL!

To believe there will not be another victim who might wind up beaten, or worse… dead… as well as sexually violated is a trip down fantasy lane… it is based in unreal expectations.

That family needs some very in-depth and serious counseling.

That judge… I guess being placed in a stock while naked and flogged is against our laws… but… removal from the bench is not.

Fire his ass yesterday.

Another thousand words…

 

 

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