Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco De Mayo

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I don't feel much like celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year. My thoughts are with the brave people of New Orleans who wait and watch helplessly as the Gulf Of Mexico becomes an environmental "man made" disaster. I wonder if Mexico and Cuba are also at risk. I heard that some stupid politician called it an act of God. I am fairly certain it was a Republican. Last time I looked big oil company's were not elevated to the stasis of godhood. Maybe we should mark a day in the future as our independence from oil. Now that would be something to celebrate.
April 30, 2010

The missing men of Deepwater Horizon oil rig

Karl Kleppinger, Jr., right, sits with his 17-year-old son Aaron  Thomas outside his home in Natchez, Miss. Karl is wearing a Transocean  Ltd. baseball cap.

Eleven men were missing presumed dead after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded last week.

Dale Burkeen, 37, was a crane operator on the platform and was trained to lower crew members to boats in an emergency.

He had returned to the rig from Neshoba, near Philadelphia, about a week before the explosion. He and wife, Rhonda, have two children, Aryn, 14 and Timothy, 6.

Donald Clark, 49, of Newellton, Louisiana, was expected to leave the rig the day after the explosion for a three-week break. He was an assistant driller.

Roy Wyatt Kemp, 27, has two children, Kaylee, 3, and 3-month-old Maddison, with his wife, Courtney.

He loved fishing and the outdoors and attended a Baptist church in Jonesville, Louisiana, where a memorial service for him will be held today.

Jason Anderson, was a father of two from Bay City, Texas.

Stephen Curtis was an assistant driller on the rig from Georgetown, Louisiana.

Gordon Jones, 28, of Louisiana, was expecting to become a father to a second son with his wife, Michelle.

Karl Kleppinger, 38, of Natchez, Mississippi was a Desert Storm veteran who spent more than ten years working on oil rigs. He was a floorman who made about $75,000 a year working off the Louisiana coast.

Blair Manuel, 56, resident of Gonzales, Louisiana, was a chemical engineer on the rig.

Dewey Revette, 48, from State Line, Mississippi, was a father who had worked for the company as an oil driller for 29 years.

Shane Roshto, 22, was from Franklin County, Mississippi. His family were named on law suits filed by Louisiana’s fisheries industry, accusing BP and Transocean, the rig operator, of negligence.

Adam Weise, 24, of Yorktown, Texas, came straight from high School to work on the rig in 2005. He loved to hunt and fish and play football. He was the youngest of four children.

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