Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quote of the Day

"I'm ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday. I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown -- in this case a $20 billion shakedown... I'm only speaking for myself. I'm not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize."

-- Republican Representative Joe Barton of Texas (of course) on the successful push to make BP set up a $20 billion escrow account to pay out claims in the wake of the oil catastrophe

Here's an idea: Since I'm willing to bet that Texan Joe is a vocal proponent of our government's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," as well as an ass-kissing Renfield to the vampires of Big Oil, what say we strap him down and waterboard him with a nice big bucket of this crap:


ntx said...

Struggling here to write something coherent in response to Rep. Barton's comments, and all I've got is, "What a douche bag."

Amy said...


Liz in Austin said...

That man is an idiot.

Bill Orvis White said...

Sorry Chez, but Joe is right. We have an incompetent leader who is mishandling his presidency worse than Jimmah Carter. This is embarrassing to the whole world how Hussein Obama is bungling this oil spill. I have a lot of friends out of work because this installed-leader put them out of a job on these rigs.
Joe needs to apologize for this apology. In fact, Joe should be leading the charge to kill this redistribution fund from BP.

dick_gozinia said...

I'll remind everyone that this is the same Joe Barton who once asked our nobel prize winning Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, one of the dumbest questions in the history of dumb questions. The kicker? Barton's so stupid, he uploaded it to his youtube account because he thinks it looks like an attack on the intelligence of Dr. Chu.

In case anyone missed the context, essentially Joe asks how oil and gas could be in Alaska because it's cold up there. Huh?

Chez said...

Can we please just give Texas back to Mexico?

ntx said...

Mexico has enough trouble as it is.

I've been giving a lot of thought to the Texas problem. Everyone got all up in arms last year when Rick Perry told the Tea Baggers that Texas could always secede, since, you know, it had been its own country for a while. And at first I thought, well, that’s just some big swingin’ dick spouting off to like-minded hat heads. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.

Here’s how it could work. Give ’em two years notice. Everyone who wanted to leave could do so, no questions asked. (I’m thinking these would be mostly Austinites; maybe we could relocate them to the Bay Area.)

Meanwhile, we build a big fence around our side of the state, and then we don’t let anyone in or out. There you go Texas! Have fun with your new country!

There's probably some downside, but I really can't envision anything so problematic that we shouldn't proceed full speed on this project.

Jester said...

I was about to say that we'd have to move all the astronauts out of Houston and pack up the Johnson Space Center and move it to Huntsville.

But then I remembered.

So yeah, I'm good. Let's go with ntx's plan.

Jeremy said...


But I'd really miss Austin.