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Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) lost his mind his frickin’ mind and PUBLICLY APOLOGIZED to BP’s CEO at a congressional hearing.   Barton called President Obama’s 20 billion dollar fund, money set aside by BP for economic victims and recovery on the Gulf Coast, “a tragedy in the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown.”

You’ve got to see it.  Even Tony Hayward looks like he can’t believe what he’s hearing:

Well, someone must have given the representative from Texas a “Come-to-Jesus.”   Barton has officially called “takebacks!”

I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP.  As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico.  BP should fully compensate those families and businesses that have been hurt by this accident.  BP and the federal government need to stop the leak, clean up the damage, and take whatever steps necessary to prevent a similar accident in the future.  I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident.”

Maybe Barton’s senses lapsed because he considered his biggest contributors…the oil and gas industry:

Industry Total
Oil & Gas $1,448,380
Electric Utilities $1,361,985
Health Professionals $1,102,804
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $797,738
Lawyers/Law Firms $556,415
Contributor Total Indivs PACs
Anadarko Petroleum $146,500 $90,000 $56,500
Lockheed Martin $108,550 $11,250 $97,300
RRI Energy $97,109 $16,350 $80,759
AT&T Inc $92,559 $13,775 $78,784
Energy Future Holdings Corp $83,650 $42,650 $41,000

It’s the Americans on the Gulf Coast who deserve the apology, Barton.  Fuckstick.

Photo: Dave Martin, AP (...and Barton apologizes to BP)

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20 thoughts on “Barton Calls Takebacks!

      • He didn’t. He reversed his remarks in public after being shaken down by Boehner, but his position is the same as that of the Republican Study Committee, comprising a majority of House Republicans. They haven’t recanted, and they wouldn’t be believable if they did. This is of a piece with hiding Rand Paul and Sharron Angle from the press – those two were stating the true positions of the Republican Party, and the Republican leadership knows that if those positions become generally known as the Republican position, the independents will crucify the Republicans in November. Barton told the truth in his opening statement and has been lying ever since.

        • I believe it. So, it was Senator Orangeman. It can’t be a point of pride for Barton to have to retract publicly.

  1. here’s a rush transcript of joe barton’s remarks:

    Thank you, Mr. Hayward, for appearing before us. Of course, we’re on a double track here. We’re obviously trying to get the facts to find out the causes of the spill in the Gulf of Mexico and what can be done to prevent spills in the future, and we’re concerned about the mitigation and the clean-up. But before i get to that, Mr. Hayward, please allow me to blow you. I’m a swallower. 😉

  2. Yes, you should have. We metromess residents are quite familiar with what a lame suckass Barton is but the thumpers keep sending his sorry ass back every two years. His dumbassery stands out in a very crowdwd field, especially the east Texas gopers. Maybe we could dress him up in a fluffy white bunny suit and drop him from a helicopter in the thickest patch of that stinking muck.

    • The only reference about the bunny suit I can think of is Anyanka in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe it’s something local?

      Frankly I’d rather he forgo the bunny suit and get dropped naked into the mess so he can get the full effect. The bunny suit is liable to drag him under too soon and thus relieve him of the pain he should suffer while he struggled. In fact, I’d favor putting his fat naked ass in a helicopter sling and dip him in a thick patch of crude like a yo-yo, or a pasty white tortilla chip in a dip. And then he can swallow.

      In fact, Hayward should get the same treatment.

      Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Yup yup yup.

  3. I get the bunny suit comment!

    “PLLLLLEEEEEEAAASSSSE DON’T THROW ME INTO THE BRIAR PATCH!!!”

    (did I get it right?)

  4. A bunny suit would be very absorbent. Or maybe dip him in glue and cover all areas with Kotex pads with a tampon up his ass for good measure. By the way, local D/FW news is crucifying him. Yea!!!

  5. This asshole Barton should be used as a last try as the mud packer to stuff the pipe since the cap is still allowing oil out. Since he really slung the shit and kissed Hayward’s ass at the beginning of the hearing I would think he’s used to being stuffed quite a few places. I think since Cao is from Louisiana even tho an R, he could extend a hari-kari invite to Barton as well.

  6. It would be starring the BP crooks plus our own cast of characters! But I don’t think anybody could write anything as seriocomic as this has turned out!

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