To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, September 26, 2023


Rand Happens



Rand Paul said it after those men died in the Massey mine disaster and now he is saying it again after men died in the BP catastrophe: “Sometimes accidents happen.”

Poop happens, crap happens, manure happens, IT happens, s— happens and BS happens a lot in the Paul family.

I don’t think Rand Paul believes in “an ounce of prevention is worth pound of cure.” Forget about how or why it happened or who did it and concentrate of limiting liability. It seems to be all about intention.

These GOP/Libertarian/teabaggers have some pretty weird ideas. Example: A drunk slams into Rand Paul’s car and permanently handicaps him. The drunk didn’t intend to hit anything, so no harm no foul. It doesn’t matter that he intentionally drank to excess or that he intentionally drove car.

The whole idea of Libertarian is liberty. The liberty to do whatever they please with as little regulation or oversight as possible and the liberty to say, “We just hate that the entire fishing and tourism industry for the entire gulf region could be destroyed, but we believe in free enterprise.”

We could just toss out the entire justice system and comfort the victims with a copy of The Fountainhead. No fault justice, we know the kid is dead, but trying and locking this guy up is a waste of taxpayer money and the kid will still be dead. My guess is that Libertarians must not think you can learn from your mistakes or that you should even care that you made one.

If we find out what causes disasters then some crazy liberal, not to be confused with a Libertarian, might want to make a regulation against that behavior or some expert might want to study to find out how to prevent future disasters or develop a better way of doing things. We can’t have that because corporations are people, too, according to the Supreme Court.

To me it seemed like a no-brainer and not worth the wager, in lives or property, that you could drill a well beneath a mile of sea water thinking if anything happened it wouldn’t be any harder to stop than on land. Have you ever tried to stand on a submerged beach ball? Have you ever put the nozzle of your garden hose in your mouth to stop the flow?

Someone needs to help Rand because he is having problems with trying to stop the blowout of his real beliefs with a “top hat” made of paper-thin GOP rhetoric. I know he is young, but he wasn’t born yesterday – no one has won a primary and gotten a honeymoon since he was in Pampers. In fact, the honeymoons have gotten shorter and shorter until now you may not even have time to consummate the nomination with an “I DO ACCEPT” before the divorce request is filed.

Does Rand Paul own stock in BP and Massey because I am pretty sure that Mrs. Paul of seafood fame isn’t his granny? He should know about this stuff because he was raised in Surfside, TX, and the surf does comprise the south side of Surfside and on the west side is Quintana Island where the Freeport Liquefied Gas Terminal [Conoco/Phillips] is located and just north of that is Dow Chemical. There have been accidents, not this big, and acts of God, like Hurricane Ike.

Another Hurricane Ike and Surfside might get some of the gunk from the Deepwater Horizon.

Karen Webb lives in Moore, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.
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