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Gov Jindal Orders Guard to Build Barrier Wall

Filed under: Government,Obama — DRJ @ 7:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has defied the Obama Administration and ordered the National Guard to build a barrier wall off the Louisiana coast:

“In Fort Jackson, La., Jindal has ordered the Guard to start building barrier walls right in the middle of the ocean. The barriers, built nine miles off shore, are intended to keep the oil from reaching the coast by filling the gaps between barrier islands.”

Just over 10 days ago, BP and the Obama Administration authorized the construction of five barrier islands. Hugh Hewitt said that represented 2% of what Jindal wanted. Apparently Jindal has decided to go forward with the remaining 98%.

Kudos to Gov. Jindal for taking the initiative.


30 Responses to “Gov Jindal Orders Guard to Build Barrier Wall”

  1. Clearly, Gov Jindal is a racist.

    JD (4b684a)

  2. Absolutely kudos to Jindal. We do not process a la ISO9000. We need action and results. There will be hell to pay if the feds try to stop this. The oil intrusion as a whole lot more environmental impact than sand walls that can be easily torn down when not needed.

    Hopefully, Jindal has started the movement by Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida not to wait for federal approval.

    Rick Caird (0ceb78)

  3. Sheesh! I was just gonna do that myself…The Won.

    Gazzer (d79016)

  4. The Ditherer-in-Chief does not like to be upstaged, especially before a speech.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  5. How . . . . . DARE he take action without the prior approval of Teh Won!!!

    Icy Texan (43cdbb)

  6. Some lawyers, particularly patent prosecutor ones, will permit a harm to go uncorrected as long as they can get away with it, in order to get a better damage award. I realize this is not how the law is meant to work, but that’s a common practice.

    Obama has constantly seen this through the lens of ‘who will pay!’. Jindal has constantly seen this through the lens of ‘we need to minimize the harm ASAP!’.

    How sad. Jindal was elected because his predecessor didn’t act quickly in the face of disaster, partly thwarting the Federal Government’s offers. Now the Governor is being treated to ‘request denied’ in an emergency.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. He’s building a wall? Send him to the AZ/Mexico border!

    RB (198d7e)

  8. Good for Jindal, a man of action. Not rash or without thought but willing to take deliberative steps to help his state.

    With that, it appears President Obama offended the British, again,

    The U.S. president said there were ‘echoes’ between the Gulf of Mexico disaster and the Al Qaeda suicide attacks which killed 2,995 people, including 67 Britons.

    He said that just as the events of September 11, 2001, had profoundly shaped ‘our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy’, so the oil disaster would shape thinking on the environment and energy for years to come.

    Those who lost loved ones when terrorists flew hijacked planes into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Centre said Mr Obama’s remarks were yet another attempt to slur the UK.

    The attempts to distract didn’t go over well.

    Charles Berkeley from Shrewsbury, who lost his 37-year-old son Graham, an IT consultant, on 9/11, added: ‘I don’t think it is a fair parallel and I can understand why people feel aggrieved.’

    Further criticism came from America. Ed Kowalski, of the U.S-based 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation, said: ‘It is a very cheap attempt to draw attention away from himself. He is desperate to be able to pull attention away from his failings.’

    ‘These were terrorist attacks, these 9/11 murders, not something caused by people trying to make money.’

    And Jack Lynch, the father of a fireman who died, said: ‘To compare an environmental accident, if that’s what you call it, to a premeditated terrorist attack is ridiculous.’

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  9. Oops, I didn’t see that this was already a new post.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  10. Ultra-liberal Obama would love to see a flip-side version of post-9-11 emotion come out of the BP Gulf debacle. But instead of the country moving to the right and becoming more patriotic and pro-military protective, he’d be thrilled if a large majority of Americans became effete Green-Party types. People who’d chastise Big Oil, big business, most shades of capitalism, and low tax rates, but who’d celebrate every variation of the Kyoto Agreement until the nation was broke, pretty much de-industrialized, and no more than a mirror image of Spain, Greece or, worse, Venezuela, etc.

    Mark (411533)

  11. A county sheriff in AL was already taking action a few days ago to protect a bay with a line of barges without approval from the fed or state authorities. he said thjey were gonna’ do it and just let someone try to stop them. Apparently the gov. there said, “you go, son”.

    MD in Philly (5a98ff)

  12. hardly nobody respects the stupid president I don’t think

    happyfeet (19c1da)

  13. Apparently the gov. there said, “you go, son”
    Clearly racist/must I?

    Gazzer (d79016)

  14. The sheriff was very white, except for the part that was sunburned. The phrase was mine as in, “a proud son of the state of Ala.”

    The use of the term “son” is a southern thing irrespective of race.

    It’s just a good thing for me that the sheriff is white, or I would have never avoided being condemned by JD.

    MD in Philly (5a98ff)

  15. #14 MD in Philly:

    I would have never avoided being condemned by JD.

    You’re still not off the hook.

    Hell, you’re on the wrong side of the Mason-Dixon to be calling anybody ‘son!’

    Dammyankee racist.

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  16. I was teasing. Elvis Aaron Presley called everyone “son” and it was endearing.

    Gazzer (d79016)

  17. I think we may have had some of this discussion before. My (grand)Pa was a coal miner in Kentucky, where my dad was born and grew up before they crossed the Ohio. I grew up knowing General Lee was to be revered, so I’ve got hollar-cred, son.

    MD in Philly (5a98ff)

  18. #17 MD in Philly:

    so I’ve got hollar-cred, son.

    Well, then, don’t be looking at me, ’cause everything I learned about the South I learned in the Navy! 😉

    You may have discussed your hillbilities with another here, but I missed that along the line. My own family pretty much colonized one coast then the other, and skipped everything in the middle, saving it ’til later!

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  19. I’m reminded of a controversy about land management in NV back during the Clinton years, when the enviro’s got a section of Fed Land declared Wilderness, and the DofInt types started closing off dirt-tracks and trails that had been on maps for over a hundred years, upsetting the locals no end.
    The locals tore-down the barriers, and when the Interior boys showed up, they were arrested, transported to the County Seat (Tonapah-Nye Co.), and booked and arraigned.
    Don’t know how that eventually turned out.
    But, it is a strong signal that States do have some authority within their boundaries, and that the Feds are not all powerful, on all matters.
    Governors, if they wish to do so, can wield an immense array of powers (the War of Northern Aggression notwithstanding).

    AD - RtR/OS! (780d5b)

  20. MD in Philly:

    I’m 56 and my Mom, who I call Ma’am still calls me Boy. There’s something racist and sexist there.

    Brooks (664c15)

  21. If you have to explain you Southern creds, you aren’t.

    Difference between Jindal and BHO is that Jindal’s prime mission is to protect the coast. BHO’s plan goes no farther than “BP Bad, BP pays” and good photo ops.

    Bob (f79737)

  22. Hurricane season is coming. Jindal can’t wait for Obama to ask the spirit of Niebuhr what to do.

    Mike K (82f374)

  23. man, jindal is so going to be running for president, now.

    And we could do worse. Let me rephrase that. We ARE doing worse. Much worse.

    Not that i ascribe this all to cynicism. Jindal is just doing the right thing, and if anything he waited too long. But at least he is doing something. And setting up a fund to compensate the victims for what is in significant part your f— up doesn’t count.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  24. Those who can, do. Those who can’t vote liberal.
    Those who don’t have a clue are in charge.
    yeeeesh we gotta turn this paradigm around.

    pitchforksntorches (12026e)

  25. A proactive governor of LA. WOW!!! Quite a change from his predecessor. Gov Blank, oops, I mean Blanco.

    DFWlady (323051)

  26. 21.If you have to explain you Southern creds, you aren’t. – Comment by Bob

    Mighty unkind of ya’. Besides, somebody from “one coast or the other” pretended to be from the south and accused me of being a yankee. He’s the one that deserves your attention.

    MD in Philly (5a98ff)

  27. Jindal did not do a good job when he gave the response to Obama’s first State of the Union. This is his chance to start again in the public eye and he seems to be making the most of it. The contrast with Katrina will be a nice bonus.

    Mike K (82f374)

  28. Mike, that’s when I lost enthusiasm for Jindal as well.

    But really, we don’t need another smooth talking politician. We need leaders. I hope Jindal keeps just doing his job for Louisiana. If he can govern that state, he doesn’t have to worry about his career.

    I think it’s so interesting to watch Obama before he was president, such as his 2008 response to Bush’s State of the Union.

    Obama spoke smoothly. He read those teleprompter lines so naturally that he conveys intelligence. Before we knew he couldn’t speak properly without this crutch, he comes across as authoritative to some extent.

    He promises that as president he won’t be partisan. “Imagine if next year, the entire nation had a president they could believe in. A president who rallied all Americans around a common purpose.”

    He promises to completely reverse the surge. “And finally, tonight we heard President Bush say that the surge in Iraq is working, when we know that’s just not true.” This really strikes me, because the Surge saved a country and only worked in the nick of time.

    He even promises a tax cut for the middle class and condemned “a politics of fear and ideology.”

    I’m not really Jindal’s greatest fan, but it’s unfortunate that we care so much how well a politician can smoothly caress that teleprompter. All the actual thinkers are too busy contemplating and being real to perform at the Obama level in this respect.

    It’s interesting that while Obama pushes fear and inaction and partisanship to its most hard core, Jindal is just exercising leadership in a crisis. And I just don’t think it will be nearly enough to make him a contender in the public eye.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  29. Dustin

    I ain’t a booster myself, but the idea of ANYONE else sounds better. heck i might support that guy Alivn Greene in South Carolina over Obama at this point. Not because Greene is good, or has two brain cells to rub together, but because it literally would be hard to do worse.

    I mean that should be the slogan for anyone running against Obama: “Vote _____. Because its actually impossible for him to be worse than Obama without actually committing treason.”

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  30. er, Alvin Greene, even.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

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