Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quote of the century, really

Just in case this one hasn't already come to your attention:

Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.

-- Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell, a top employee of rig owner Transocean, while speaking with someone in Houston via satellite phone

There are several places where this is documented on line. I'm linking you to a Mother Jones article that starts off this way:

A prominent Houston attorney with a long record of winning settlements from oil companies says he has new evidence suggesting that the Deepwater Horizon's top managers knew of problems with the rig before it exploded last month, causing the worst oil spill in US history.

Words fail me here - really. It's just sickening.
UPDATE: Here's a comment that was published to the Mother Jones article:

This is why Republicans hate tort lawyers - they are an alternative route to legal justice that can't be bought with campaign contributions by large companies that break the law and abuse ordinary people and the public at large. This is why real Democrats fight to preserve the right to sue abusive companies, and fight limits on the amount that can be won in lawsuits. I'm not an attorney, I'm a Progressive who wants to carry the fight for social justice forward. Vote Democrat, and I don't mean Blue Dog Democrat!

I so agree. Off the charts punitive judgments against these corporations is the only thing they understand.

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