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Tea Party upset over fracking comments

April 6, 2012

Mike Papantonio and my exchange over BP leasing land in Ohio for fracking caught the attention of the Tea Party,or at least something called “NorthEast Tea Party Patriots.” A Brian Maloney sees the questionable drilling practice– that appears to be causing environmental issues in every state where it’s allowed–has a job creator.

Here is the exchange:

OUTZEN: I was just looking on Yahoo, BP just leased 84,000 acres in Ohio. Now what could go wrong when BP gets into fracking?!

PAPANTONIO: Why did they do it? Because the politics allowed ’em to do it.

OUTZEN: Exactly.

PAPANTONIO: It used to be you had a political system that said, wait just a sec, let’s look at what, let’s look at how fracking has destroyed the health of thousands of Americans, has killed thousands of Americans, has contanimated the aquifer, has poisoned the air, has destroyed actual soil that’ll never be rejuvenated and be usable. But in Ohio, look at the story behind the story. The Republicans allowed it to happen because they’re not even a political party, Rick. They’re not a political party. All they are is a corporate entity.

Maloney, of course, defends the practice. Read here.

It constantly amazes me what upsets people.

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  • Ames April 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Wul, I think it’s high time that the CoC and Escambia County form a public private partnership and permit fracking up in the north end of the county…up where the farm land is…high up above the aquifer so folks can have that experience up close and personal.

  • Moose April 9, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Ames and Nick, the subject of the story was….fracking. If you can put a thought together that begins with fracking and ends with white supremacy and teabaggers then, congratulations.

    Nick, not that any of your comments have anything to do with this topic because, again, this is about fracking and someone of supposed high intellect comparing those that support the possibility of continuing that method of extracting minerals to people dressed up in white hoods, burning crosses and eliminating entire races, but how exactly is the GOP “roll back women’s rights, equal rights for minorities, laws that profile Hispanics, passing laws reversing women’s health and pay rights, laws that discriminate against the LGBT community, and a drumbeat to get rid of any regulations or oversight over companies that pollute?”

  • Ross Calloway April 9, 2012 at 1:28 am

    “Tea Party upset over (lying about ) fracking comments”

  • Ross Calloway April 9, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Maloney has Papantonio pegged perfectly. He is a close second to Mike Malloy in the mideless flamethrower category. Lots of colorful unsubstantiated comments.

    Birds of a feather . . .

  • Chris April 7, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Nick, what is disappointing is that such a “skilled attorney who has won thousands of cases for tens of thousands of people” would have to debase himself and use such juvenile derogatory terms like “teabagger” during political discourse. By taking his conversation to that level, Mr. Papantonio diminishes the legitimacy of his argument in the eyes of anyone who wants to engage in a serious political conversation. To be sure, there are PLENTY of people on the conservative side who do the same. I, for one, am sick and tired of both sides resorting to juvenile name calling – those who made this country great are rolling in their graves at the state of politics today.

  • Nick April 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Yeah, Moose, I know TONS of white supremacists who are democrats or progressives. Nothing a white supremacist would enjoy more than a party who advocates for equal rights, women’s rights, rights for the LGBT community, protecting the environment, etc.

    They would never gravitate to the Republican party, you know, the party full of politicians who are currently passing laws to roll back women’s rights, equal rights for minorities, laws that profile Hispanics, passing laws reversing women’s health and pay rights, laws that discriminate against the LGBT community, and a drumbeat to get rid of any regulations or oversight over companies that pollute.

    You’re right, that skilled attorney who has won thousands of cases for tens of thousands of people wronged by the deliberate actions of corporations all over the world is an idiot, and you’re commenting about how stupid he is.. on a blog.

  • Ames April 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    So, Moose, what political party do white supremacists gravitate to?

  • Moose April 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

    “The votes, Mr. GOP, that you’re going to pick up from groups like the teabaggers or the white supremacists, they’re not worth the cost in the long-lasting harm that you’ve inflicted on your party. And don’t be so willing to believe that the American people are so stupid that they believe that a Sarah Palin or a Michele Bachmann or a Rick Santorum or a Romney are serious leaders, instead of just being political caricatures of circus clowns.”

    Rick, how can you be associated with this guy? White supremacists? Really? He really went from talking about people who support fracking to white supremacy. This is just awesome. What a moron.