Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

Oil Rig Explosion Give Louisana and FEMA A Scare

FEMA and Louisiana are breathing a sigh of relief Thursday after an oil rig exploded  and caught fire. Thirteen rig workers of Marine Energy abandon the rig and jumped into Gulf of Mexico.

Marine Energy requested three fire boats to the scene in the Gulf 80 miles from Vermilion Bay,LA.

Initially, the Coast Guard reported a sheen of oil in the water around the rig. On further inspection that was not oil.

The rig fire and explosion was reported to the Coast Guard at 9:19 AM Central Daylight Time by workers on an adjacent rig. Coast Guard helicopter pilot saw the rig workers  in the water. Rescue workers from Coast Guard cutters and  helicopters, plucked the workers out of the water. There were taken to Terrebonne Regional Medical Center in Houma.

According to Marine Energy there are seven wells on the rig. One well caught fire but all wells were shut down.

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North Carolina is Slammed by Earl Next up Virginia Beach then Long Island and Cape Cod

Hurricane Earl brushes the outer banks of North Carolina. Earl a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 MPH gust of 120 high winds and heavy rains and strong rip currents and above average surf. Earl is 60 miles east-southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Hurricane warnings are in effect on the Outer Banks  and Tidewater of Virginia including Norfolk-Virginia Beach area. Hurricane Watches  for Chesapeake Bay, Delmarva Peninsula. Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for the New Jersey shore, New York City. Hurricane Watch for Long Island, Cape Cod, Nantucket Island and Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada.

Evacuations along the  North  Carolina coast including Hatteras Village and barrier Islands. Earlier Thursday residents and business border up windows of shops and homes.  Evacuations are instituted for Eastern Long Island, NY  Cape Cod  and Nantucket. Beaches are closed along the Delmarva Peninsula to Cape Cod.

FEMA and state officials will check the damage caused by the storm.

Will the Labor Day Weekend be a Washout? Keep your eyes out on various weather and News outlets or more information.



US vs Arizona: US Department of Justice Sues Maricopa Sheriffs Department

You knew it was coming. Well now it has happened. US Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Sheriff Joe Arpio and Maricopa County  Sheriff Department on Thursday.

The Justice Department said in their lawsuit that the Maricopa County Sheriff Department  did not comply with their requests for documents involving the arresting of Hispanics legal and illegal unfairly.

“The actions of the sheriff’s office are unprecedented,” said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division. “It is unfortunate that the department was forced to resort to litigation to gain access to public documents and facilities.”

For years there allegations of harassment by deputies of Maricopa Sheriff Department. To find out if the arrestees were legal or illegal. Civil rights groups  including La Raza, American Civil Liberty Union(ACLU) investigated these claims which has led to lawsuits against Maricopa County.

Arpio constantly deny the claims. He wonders why the Obama Administration is suing him and the department after he says that he fully cooperated withe Justice Department.

“It surprises me because our lawyers have been meeting with the Justice Department officials the last week and we were cooperating,” Arpaio told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Now all at once, I’m being sandbagged and they’re suing me.”

Arpio refused to handover other documents to the DOJ investigators. He claims that the DOJ refused to give a reason for the documents.

It’s been a year and half they’ve been investigating me and my office for alleged racial profiling. Nothing has happened. But why now?” he told Fox News. “They sued the state two months ago. They just filed another suit against some county schools. And now here I’m being sued.”

“So I think there’s a move afoot to go after Arizona because they don’t like us enforcing illegal immigration laws,” he added. “So they’re really going after the people of Arizona. The people of Arizona want something done and now they’re zeroing in with these lawsuits.”

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This comes on the heels of a new Rassmusen Poll the found 81% of Arizonans supported the controversial portions of  the Immigration Enforcement Act of 2010 better known as SB 1070.

It seems the Obama Administration has declared out and out war with the Copper State and the Valley of the Sun. This comes at a time that Washington,DC and the White House in not looked upon kindly. This will hurt Arizona Democrats at the Federal and possibably at the state level in the Midterm elections.

Not. Good. Not Good. At All.