Federal judge overrules Obama on Gulf moratorium

From the AP:

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.

Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium….

Feldman says in his ruling that the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning for the moratorium. He says it seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.

In effect, Feldman has ruled that Obama lacked the legal authority to issue the moratorium based on the evidence he had before him. He may very well be right, and if so, that’s how the check-and-balance system works. Unless it decides to appeal, the administration will now have to find another way of ensuring that deep-water rigs are operating safely.

350 comments Add your comment

RW-(the original)

June 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

And if you want to really crank up the magpies you could mention that Feldman was appointed by Reagan.

Thank God somebody with some sense stepped in.

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
2:14 pm

…………. or “Roustabout” Obama could handle it “Chicago Style” !

BADA BING

June 22nd, 2010
2:17 pm

Daddy, did you organize those communities that shot 52 people last weekend?

NowReally

June 22nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Not ONE DIME of taxpayer money or government entity should go to help clean up this mess. Any government involvement should stop immediately and let the people who elect these idiots reap the cost and enviromental obligations on their own.

Matti

June 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

I’m sure the sacred holy infallible free-market folks will do a GREAT job of policing themselves and ensuring that every nut, bolt, and valve of every rig is well-documented, that every employee and contractor is well-trained in the safety procedures for the equipment they operate, and that no bribes, kickbacks, alcohol, drugs, or prostitutes will ever be offered to regulatory personnel in exchange for looking the other way on violations of such procedures, and that penalties for taking shortcuts that jeopardize safety and the integrity of the well and rig are severe and swiftly executed. Because that’s what the sacred holy infallible free market folks always do, right? No worries!

Mick

June 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

If the people of the gulf want it, then let them have it. However, don’t come crying to uncle sam should there be another accident.

HDB

June 22nd, 2010
2:20 pm

The question that I’m asking is this: What should be done NOW with oil rigs operating in the Gulf to prevent another BP-disaster IF we don’t take the time to step back and re-examine procedure!! Six months isn’t that long to wait…..and BP had goven up $100M to the oil workers during the iterim!!!

Opinion………

arnold

June 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

HDB…What to do now? The typical right wing conservative solution. Have Sara Palin: pray, baby, pray.

Sam

June 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

I guess if they have another spill it will just sort of blend in….I would think that it would be easier to just scoop up the oil on the surface of the water than going to the trouble of drilling!

Richard

June 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

“ot ONE DIME of taxpayer money or government entity should go to help clean up this mess. Any government involvement should stop immediately and let the people who elect these idiots reap the cost and enviromental obligations on their own.”

Unfortunately, you’re living in fantasy land. Tax payers are going to be paying hundreds of billions of dollars for this over a very long time whether they want to or not. Where is Florida going to make up for the revenue normally generated from tourism at the beaches? By taxing of course. The states simply wont have a choice. How about when the next hurricane causes additional damage since the marshes wont be able to act as a buffer zone?

And there’s always the potential of BP to go bankrupt and not be able to pay a dime. Who is cleaning the mess up then?

Saying that taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden may be true, but it’s not reality. They will have to even if they never see a definative price tag.

Paulo977

June 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

Well well well …. the real power in this country asserts itself OVERTLY!!!

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

What a shame when the court gets in the way of “Hope & Change” …… hopefully, it will be the first of many to come.

Moderate Line

June 22nd, 2010
2:29 pm

Without more information I can’t say I have an opinion. It seems like we a conservative activist judge.

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
2:29 pm

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

BADA BING :

Maybe Obama should transfer General McChrystal to the Chicago frontlines ?

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

Maybe President Obama should fire all of the Federal judges that don’t agree with him like President “W” did…you know, good for the goose, good for the gander…

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

Obama did his part and tried to slow things down long enough to at least find out where things stand, given the BP problems. The judge overruled his call in favor of some that claim to be monetarily damaged. Now the burden is off of Obama. If there is another problem, too bad. Don’t come whining to Obama for help.

Bosch

June 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

I can honestly say that I didn’t care either way — both sides have good points, so let’s just hope there are no more accidents (which, to be truthful, the odds are that we’re not anytime soon).

Obama? Your Mama!

June 22nd, 2010
2:45 pm

What Scout said @ 2:26, It’s good to see somebody lay the smack down on his candy a–!

Sasha Obama

June 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

Dont cry daddy. Lets play a friendly game of Parcheesi and I will let you win. I wont be nastly like that mean ole judge and his moratoriumness.

RW-(the original)

June 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

Maybe President Obama should fire all of the Federal judges that don’t agree with him like President “W” did…

Anybody want to fill Normal in on the errors of this statement?

scrappy

June 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

A couple of years ago it would have been – those darn activist judges are going against what the Prez wanted, how dare they! How quickly it turns into – yeah, the Prez got a smack down!

Sasha Obama

June 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

Or make McKrystal a front line cook.

Nothing is Free

June 22nd, 2010
2:54 pm

Wow. This is hysterical.

Liberals, have fun with this, if you dare:

So liberals are saying that unless the government steps in and magically prevents the existing drilling rigs from going belly up, that we will have many more disasters like this one.

But oddly enough, these same liberals hold Obama guilt free of the disaster we already have.

Duct tape your head liberals cause here’s the question that none of you have the balls to answer:

If the government can prevent these kinds of disasters, please explain why Obama is not responsible for the disaster we have now.

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

Normal,

There was no president “W”.

BADA BING

June 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

Complain about drilling if you must, but I assure you, you will be using oil based power for the rest of your life. I don’t like it either.

Outhouse GoKart

June 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

Poor Papa O…

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

make that “Dubya”

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

Burn more coal. At least when it spills it… er, um, never mind.

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

RW-(the original) @ 2:49 ……….

Not worth the time.

Nothing is Free

June 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

BADA BING

They complain about drilling because they are told to complain about drilling. They don’t know why. They were told that Miami will be completely flooded by now, but they STILL believe Al gore.

It doesn’t take much to convince liberals of anything, just the mainstream media.

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
3:00 pm

McKrystal…the love child of McDonalds and Krystals…1/8th pound of meat by-products….

BADA BING

June 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

Scout, you have a good idea. How many soldiers in the war zone got notified that a family member got shot and killed in Chicago last weekend?

Outhouse GoKart

June 22nd, 2010
3:02 pm

Or those Krystal chili cheese pups…a container full of 3 small heart attacks…mm mm good!!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

June 22nd, 2010
3:02 pm

Well, good thing we got Our Judges in down there. They step in to help Free Innerprize. Now the librul judges, that’s diffrent. They’re a bunch of Activists.

I think we’re just wasting our time voting people into office. What we ought to be doing is making sure we take care of our federal judges real good. Like a six-pack every day and a couple bottles of good wine every week and free dinners out and stuff. It makes sense now that we know who really makes the law. Next time some canadate sends me stuff asking me to vote for him, I’m going to tell him where to stuff the stuff.

Have a good p.m. everybody.

retiredds

June 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Jay, herein lies the problem as reported in a recent NY Times/CNN poll:

Overwhelmingly, Americans think the nation needs a fundamental overhaul of its energy policies, and most expect alternative forms to replace oil as a major source within 25 years. Yet a majority are unwilling to pay higher gasoline prices to help develop new fuel sources.

Americans want something for nothing. So, the addiction to oil will go on and the whining with it.

Matti

June 22nd, 2010
3:07 pm

NIF: “If the government can prevent these kinds of disasters, please explain why Obama is not responsible for the disaster we have now.”

President Obama IS culpable, to the degree that his administration did not remedy a long-standing system of corruption on January 21, 2009. (Much like Bush/Cheney were culpable for not acting on the warnings they received to address OBL and AQ when they took office, instead ignoring the problem and subsequent urgent warning memos until it was too late.) The corruption in the system that was supposed to protect us from these kinds of preventable disasters is deeply rooted in a “we don’t need no regulations” system of government and the sordid, adulterous relationships between regulators and industry. This is not something “liberals” enacted, though they did not fight hard enough against it, and far too many lawmakers in both parties have done the bidding of the current energy industry conglomerates for far too long.

Feel better now? Or were you hoping we’d boo-hoo from the shame of it all?

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
3:07 pm

make that “Dubya”

GeeWhiz, Normal, I guess that works too, unless you’re one of those that is just too nitpicky. For example, saying “the sky is blue” on a clear sunny day is not technically “true” although our eyes perceive it as “truth”.

mike

June 22nd, 2010
3:08 pm

“Unless it decides to appeal, the administration will now have to find another way of ensuring that deep-water rigs are operating safely.”

Actually, stopping rigs from operating is not a “way of ensuring that deep-water rigs are operating safely”. It is a poorly thought out knee-jerk reaction that at best buys time to actually develop a “way of ensuring that deep-water rigs are operating safely”.

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

mike

June 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Redneck Convert –

Thanks for sharing your ignorant stereotype with us. It is a fine example of liberal “tolerance”. You know, the kind of tolerance where everyone who disagrees with you is dumb or evil.

RW-(the original)

June 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Can any of you name a single federal judge that President W/Dubya/Bush fired? Perhaps you could cite the statute that even allows a President to fire a federal judge.

Federalist Society Balls

June 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

It’s not judicial activism when we do it.

JKL2

June 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

I’m just waiting for the assault on the supreme court so things like this won’t matter anymore.

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
3:12 pm

Taxpayer: “W” is easier for me to type than President George “W” Bush. Sorry if that offends you somehow.

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
3:15 pm

Five will get you ten that these plantiff’s are being paid by big oil…

Normal

June 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Have a good night all…I’m out of here.

mike

June 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

Normal –

“Read and weep…”

Did you actually read the thing and have any comments to add? I mean it is hardly news that hyper-partisan thinktanks don’t like Presidents who aren’t one of “them”. Do you have some point to make with this random selection?

You do know that Feldman was appointed by Reagan right? Your silly partisan dreck about Bush isn’t related at all to this case.

You should spend less time cutting and pasting from predictably partisan sources and educate yourself on the basic facts of the issue you are debating. Who knows, you might have something meaningful to add some day.

mike

June 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

Federalist Society Balls said “It’s not judicial activism when we do it.”

What he meant to say was, “I clearly don’t know what ‘judicial activism means, but I do like to throw the term out when a court rules contrary to my pre-conceived view of the outcome”.

TaxPayer

June 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

“W” is easier for me to type than President George “W” Bush. Sorry if that offends you somehow.

I was just teasing, Normal. I’m not offended.

Kamchak

June 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

Jay

How about adding “partisan” to that list of moderating words.

Road Scholar

June 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

Scout @ 2:30: Instead of Chicago, place him in charge of Sarah Palin’s fenced in “compound”!

Chris D.

June 22nd, 2010
3:22 pm

To Normal…How STUPID are you? “W” didin’t fire ANY Federal Judges..They are appointed for Life like the Supreme Court. “W” fired some Distct Attorneys that were not prosecuting cases the Attorney General had instructed them to prosecute.

HDB

June 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

RW-(the original) June 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

I think he meant to reference the US Attorneys…and there WAS a bit of retaliation by the Bush Administration on that issue. Karl Rove is the villian-in-chief in that aspect!!

Anyone who knows the Constitution knows that only Congress can impeach a federal judge…..

Nothing is Free June 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

It doesn’t take much to convince liberals of anything, just the mainstream media.

Not quite….if one restricts his media input, then the convincing is easy. As long as one diversifies his media input, researches, compares to personal experiences….then an informed decision can be made. We all PREFER to listen to sources that closely follow one’s political viewpoint….but the truth lies between the extremes!!

Southern Comfort

June 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

Normal

That Texas GOP platform is a loser. No way I’m gonna support banning strip clubs.

While everyone is playing armchair politics, I really hope that there is someone looking out for the citizens along the Gulf Coast. People have lost incomes, and others even lost their lives. At some point, the Corporate citizen has to realize that their actions or inactions do have reprecussions that go far and beyond their stakeholders.

If the companies can do a safety stand down and ensure they’re operating safely, then the moratorium is not needed. However, if the oil companies are all gonna drill and safety be d@mned, then the government needs to start yanking permits or something to get their attention.

SPQR(laissez Faire)

June 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm

Yes, a Judge did rule that obama is not lord and master, and thankfully the many thousands of people who’s incomes Obama KILLED by his stupid moratorium can now get back to WORK..you know, that thing people in the PRIVATE sector do and that thing people in the GOVERNMENT sector know nothing about(military excluded).

HDB

June 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

Southern Comfort June 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm
“Normal

That Texas GOP platform is a loser. No way I’m gonna support banning strip clubs.”

You CAN’T be serious!!! What imbesilic moron wishes to deny a woman’s right to shake it….and a man’s right to see it! We’re paying for it anyway!! :)

“If the companies can do a safety stand down and ensure they’re operating safely, then the moratorium is not needed. However, if the oil companies are all gonna drill and safety be d@mned, then the government needs to start yanking permits or something to get their attention.”

Since the courts have ruled against the government…let the government take the UNILATERAL move and SUSPEND the permits of those 32 oil rigs in question IMMEDIATELY!! That’ll light the fire under them!!

Paul

June 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

Checks and balances. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes not. It’s a beautiful system.

From Bloomberg: ““The court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings and the immense scope of the moratorium,” Feldman said in his 22-page decision. “The blanket moratorium, with no parameters, seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger.”

In other words, the Obama Administration overrode recommendations of scientists for political ends? I believe all the scientists who contributed to that study were not in favor of a moratorium. What the judge said was, there had to be a relationship between the findings and the action. Here, it was lacking.

“The court cannot substitute its judgment for that of the agency, but the agency must ‘cogently explain why it has exercised its discretion in a given manner,’” Feldman said, citing a previous ruling. “It has not done so.”

Agencies cannot act arbitrarily or capriciously. They, too, are bound by law.

“Feldman in a separate order today “immediately prohibited” the U.S. from enforcing the drilling moratorium, finding the offshore companies would otherwise incur “irreparable harm.” ”

Not ’some harm.’ Not ‘harm that can be weathered.’ It is “Irreparable” harm. Can’t fix it . Can’t repair it. Jobs will be lost, companies will go bankrupt, never, ever to be regained. For something that drastic to occur, there needs to be a solid basis for the action.

There was not and the judge lifted the moratorium.

Now, we know BP has oodles more safety violations than other oil companies. We also know they used cheap-o methods and skimped on safety systems. I do not think it unreasonable for the Administration to try a moratorium on BP deep-water rigs.

Paul

June 22nd, 2010
3:38 pm

joe matarotz

June 22nd, 2010
3:41 pm

Wow! Obama just found out there’s a document called “The Constitution”. What a revelation. Now, if someone can clue him in to “Due Process”, he might actually get things done legally. And he should have the AG or whatever bucket of slimeballs it takes get back on the case to enact that moratorium legally.

Southern Comfort

June 22nd, 2010
3:41 pm

HDB

Take my job, for instance. If there was a question about the quality of the ballistic vests that are issued to me, I know I would want someone checking to make sure they are fit for duty.

I’ve met many platform workers, and I know they will go where they can find work. They travel the world working on platforms. I don’t think they would knowingly put themselves in harm’s way just to make a dollar, or at least I hope they wouldn’t do that. I know there’s inherent danger in their job as it is the same with mine. However, employers should do what they can to mitigate the dangers as much as they can.

HDB

June 22nd, 2010
3:41 pm

SPQR(laissez Faire)

June 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm
“Yes, a Judge did rule that obama is not lord and master, and thankfully the many thousands of people who’s incomes Obama KILLED by his stupid moratorium can now get back to WORK..you know, that thing people in the PRIVATE sector do and that thing people in the GOVERNMENT sector know nothing about(military excluded).”

1) Obama did not kill people’s incomes….BP is the culprit here. Obama got $100M for the workers to mitigate the effects during the moratorium!! Since we see that private industry MUST be have OVERSIGHT….what do you propose that the government and the oil companies do to 1) prevent another spill similar to this; 2) address the technological deficiencies in clean-up capability….

Liberal Elitist Convert (D--and proud of it)

June 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

Everybody knows that the people cannot think for themselves. Time and time again they need the elite, ivy league, aristocrats to govern the minds of the underlings. The President has been duly ordained to make all of the decisions for the people because, in fact they are not as educated, well spoken, or influential as the elites. Once the little people understand this fully will we have a fully functioning socialist society where everyone is equal , except for the elites (wink, wink!)

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

BADA BING:

………….. and don’t forget the Mexican front on our Southern Border !

Sunny Perdoo

June 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Anybody up for sum fishin?

Paul

June 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Normal 2:29

No need to apologize, altho it was a nice expression.

That platform’s been getting a lot of backlash within the state.

Zealots are so fascinating.

HDB

June 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Hey folks….it appears two things are going to happen:

1) The ruling will be appealed
2) Th judge may have had a conflict of interest and needed to recuse himself. The judge has holding in eight petroleum companies…..INCLUDING TransOcean…the owner of the rig that went down!!

If the conflict of interest is proven….the ruling MUST be tossed out…and a way to address the issues must be rapidly found………

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

mike said Redneck Convert –

Thanks for sharing your ignorant stereotype with us. It is a fine example of liberal “tolerance”. You know, the kind of tolerance where everyone who disagrees with you is dumb or evil.

mike, given your previous professional experience with the AJC, I would have thought that you would have had a better read on “news” sources. Your characterization, in fact, describes ranting, vitriolic, myopic conservative talk radio quite well. Gives you a hate on, doesn’t it?

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

“OFF TOPIC #1″

From down below :

So ……………. General McChrystal has stated that he voted for Obama.

Well then, “dress right ……. dress!”

Translation ……….. you got what you voted for General. Now suck it up !

Sunny Perdoo

June 22nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Mike-why would libruls need to tolerate a-wholes?

Anybody listening?

June 22nd, 2010
3:59 pm

Anybody really looking at the Obama administration’s role in all this? Regulations were in place and supposedly upheld in the last 2 years for permitting and inspections. So has the Obama administration really passed the buck on this one?

Now OBOZO wants to punish the American people? Great job!

Midori

June 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

To quote Paul Harvey, here’s the rest of the story:

Judge who overturned drilling moratorium holds stock in drilling companies

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/20100622/ts_ynews/ynews_ts2771

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

HDB, those are interesting points. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.

Smithers

June 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Midori…..guess what? We ALL hold “stock” in drilling companies. If they fail what happens to you?

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Scout, it appears that it was McChrystal’s staff that was making the comments. The reporter from Rolling Stone said that he was really taken aback and that there were far worse comments made “off the record”. Of course, you are probably aware that the UCMJ covers this topic. In very clear language it states that any criticism of the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense (and others) is punishable by a court marshal.

josef nix

June 22nd, 2010
4:08 pm

BOSCH

” — both sides have good points, so let’s just hope there are no more accidents (which, to be truthful, the odds are that we’re not anytime soon).”

A voice of reason on this. Thanks.

jt

June 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

That Sasha Parcheeeeeeeeeeeseeeeee comment was funny.

Don’t cwy daddy.

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
4:10 pm

Smithers. no we don’t. A better question would have been, “If they fail to drill safely, then what happens?” If my dentist fails to drill safely, he is going to get his butt sued.

Atlantan

June 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Glad to see the rule of law win the day and not the whims of man.

Midori

June 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Smithers,

perhaps we should ask Mr. Burns?

RW-(the original)

June 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

None of the companies were direct parties to the lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban.

Paul Harvey indeed…..

Paul

June 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

jt, I hope you laughed just as hard at Letterman’s jokes on Bristol Palin.

Midori

June 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

Hi Paul :)

Always nice to see you :)

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

theyeshaveit :

So court-martial him and make voting for Obama one of the counts.

josef nix

June 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

The question of the judge’s holdings is valid. Has it been determined that he has or has not divested himself of those interests?

9&5 on Charlie

June 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Midori:

If a judge had voted for Obama should he/she have “recused” themselves on the drilling case?

theyeshaveit

June 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

Midori, thanks for that information about Judge Feldman. Perhaps, he should have recused himself. Actually, the moratorium issue is a tough one for me. I am opposed to off shore drilling, I was in favor of the moratorium. This decision may be appealed. There is a $100 million fund set up to pay the workers during the moratorium. However, when I see that families who have lost an opportunity to make a living in BOTH the fishing and AND oil industries, it is a tough call.

Midori

June 22nd, 2010
4:18 pm

thank you Josef for injecting some sanity into people’s habits of picking and choosing irrelevancy over reason.

Time to hit the traffic.

Midori

June 22nd, 2010
4:19 pm

you’re very welcome, Eyes.

gotta go for real this time.

Smithers

June 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

The judge’s holdings make no difference. No more than the color of a judges skin when exercising objectivity. If you don’t think thats so, then maybe it only holds true when it fits your point of view…

Real issue of the day:

When will the investigation start into who in the Obama administation was in charge of regulations and inspections on Deepwater Horizon and why is it that the rig was able to explode when, indeed gov’t regulation was already in place? Sounds like its not a matter of regulation but a matter of COMPETENCY.

Obama’s approval Rating: 46%

jt

June 22nd, 2010
4:25 pm

“He says it seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.”

I hope this good judge (without looking I know that he didn’t attend Haaaarvad) is still around when we are forced at gun point to buy health insurance. Just because a few folks don’t buy insurance which causes other people to pay their medical bills doesn’t mean EVERYONE poses an imminent danger.

Those federalies are shaking in their boots at the tea partiers.

AmVet

June 22nd, 2010
4:25 pm

Mr. Bookman. That is the final straw. For the 27th time, I’m canceling my subscription to the AJC, because all you ever do is bash Obama.

(J/k. Doing the conned faux poutrage routine.)

Speaking of faux poutrage, love how the conned are NOW such reverent respecters of the United States Constitution though they could barely keep from drooling on themselves to fawn over the men who use it like toilet paper for eight years…

Credibility much, cons?

josef nix

June 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Midori–
I’m still trying to digest this myself.

Has anybody found a link to the actual text of the decision? So far I haven’t found anything.

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Whoopee!!!

A federal judge in New Orleans has now save more jobs than King Obama 787 billion dollar stimulus!!!

RW-(the original)

June 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

Scout

June 22nd, 2010
4:30 pm

Maybe this judge should be called to a White House meeting with General McChrystal.

Doesn’t he know better than to defy El Presidente ?

Paul

June 22nd, 2010
4:30 pm

Minor point: part of the judge’s findings had to do with harm done. Gets to a question I’ve had for some time. People demonstrate a loss, they get compensation. Didn’t make $50k this year because of the spill and that’s what your boat earned before? You get $50k. What of those who go out of business? How long to payments run?

Regarding the moratorium: Judge said ‘irreparable harm.” Businesses have already greatly scaled back all along the Gulf. Machine shops. Fabrication places. Specialized equipment. What would be the limit on payments to them? Didn’t some Administration officials speak of they’d just have to weather it? This would not be weathering, where the storm blows over and one goes out again. They’d be out of business, unable to reconstitute.

Irreparable harm.

josef nix

June 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Smithers..
While I am inclined to agree with you, in a case such as this one, should it turn out he is invested in those companies, I think he should have recused himself due to the volatility of the circumstances of the situation.

@@

June 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Unless it decides to appeal, the administration will now have to find another way of ensuring that deep-water rigs are operating safely.

Should’a done that a year and a half ago.

Matti:

Stairsmaster in front of the TeeWee, eh? Where’s the fun in that?

The fun is in watching the faces of the opposing team if they’re onto the set up that precedes my spike. Hunker down girls!

Gives a whole new meaning to the term, saving face.

Oh, and veggies, hummus, fruit, diet mixers and BOOZE??!!!!!!??

That’s like ordering two Big Macs, a large fry, and a diet coke.

BOOZE! If the booze don’t kill ‘ya, the calories will.

If taking the stairs to nowhere is your thing, don’t worry…be happy.