Hayley Spills


On Fox News Sunday today, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) continued to aggressively downplay the massive BP oil gusher, explaining that tar balls washing up on his state’s beaches are “no big deal” because you can “pick them up and throw them in the bag.” And instead of attacking BP for causing the spill, he blamed the media for creating a “misperception” of crisis by daring to call attention to one of the worst environmental disasters in American history:

BARBOUR: Well, the truth is, Chris, we have had virtually no oil. … We have had a few tar balls but we have tar balls every year, as a natural product of the Gulf of Mexico. … So, tar balls are no big deal. In fact, I read that Pensacola or the Florida beaches when they have tar balls yesterday didn’t even close. They just sent people out to pick them up and throw them in the bag. The biggest, the biggest negative impact for us has been the news coverage. … The average viewer to this show thinks that the whole coast from Florida to Texas is ankle-deep in oil. … So it may be hard for the viewer to understand, but the worst thing for us has been how our tourist season has been hurt by the misperception of what is going on down here. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is beautiful. As I tell people, the coast is clear. Come on down!

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(Drill, Baby, Drill Dancers, l to r:  Princess Sarah Palin, Liz She’s-Got-Her-Father’s-Smirk Cheney, Michele Batshit Bachmann)

Barbour has consistently refused to accept the gravity of the situation in the Gulf, and blamed the media for supposedly over-hyping the disaster. He’s compared oil to tooth paste, said all the oil on Mississippi’s beaches could barely “fill up a milk jug,” and handed out gas cards to encourage tourists to “[c]ome on down here and play golf, enjoy the beach, catch a fish.” Meanwhile, dead dolphins have washed ashore on Mississippi’s beaches.

Barbour went on to suggest that President Obama was “destroying himself” by not adequately responding to the spill, but he had nothing negative to say of BP. Barbour — who received $1.8 million from oil and gas companies for his gubernatorial campaign — explained, “When we ask BP for something, they try to do it.” The lobbying firm Barbour founded relied highly on oil industry clients, with Barbour personally lobbying for regulation changes to the Bush White House.

Meanwhile, Obama has imposed a moratorium on deep water drilling until an investigation of the BP disaster is complete, and Barbour said today he agreed that it’s “critical for our future to find out why this happened.” But in the next breath, he came out strongly against the moratorium, and called for more drilling now […]


Barbour joins a number of other Republicans in calling for more drilling before the investigation is complete. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) recently wrote a letter to the White House demanding drilling resume quickly, while Sens. David Vitter (R-LA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have also called for an end to the moratorium.

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21 responses to “Hayley Spills

  1. Haley Barbour is too busy eating babies in Narnia to care about what’s going on in the real world.

    By the way, my cousin went to that show, and he said that Palin quit halfway through the second act because Bachmann wouldn’t stop hogging the stage. Liz was too busy helping Virginia Foxx shove shrimp in her purse to notice that she was supposed to be performing. *sigh*

  2. Joanaroo

    Well, hey, Haley, if the tar balls aren’t that bad, then go put your 2 yards of material Speedo on and go take your beached whale body out swimming. Get a nice sheen of oil on your pasty blubber, and get some oil-damaged seafood to put in your fatass gut! Keep your fat mouth open when you swim and swallow a few dozen tar balls, you greedy, uneducated, oil-company dick-sucking Yazoo (City-born) Shithead!

  3. Wasn’t he the Mayor in the Movie Jaws? No?


  4. Joanaroo

    LOL! Well, ya gotta figure anyone that deluded about the oil would be that deluded about their self-image! He doesn’t give a damn about the people and wildlife in his own state. If he did he’d be a little more concerned about what the shit coming to his coast would do. He’s as bad as T. Boone Ass Pickens on with Larry King sticking up for BP and Big Oil. He said BP never said that 5,000 barrels was leaking in the Gulf, that the government said that. Yes but Tony and BP liked that amount because they wanted to keep the estimate low to protect their ass, that by the way needs kicked, and they sure as fuck didn’t want it measured for the real number!

  5. He’s not just drinking the kool aid, he’s drinking oily koolaid.

    What a load!

    And brilliant of you to make Palin singing the same song & dance up on the stage.
    Damn! It’s soooo true!

    • he’s drinking tea, he gets his koolaid through an IV. i sweated over what to put in the background, so i just worked on the rest to see if anything would occur to me. we had the same thought, fran–the same old song and dance. and who better than princess, evil lizzy, and batshit bachmann to be performing it?

      • Ahhh yes the crazy ladies.

        You can sense the money from big oil flowing to Barbour as we write.

        And the toothpaste remark/analogy??????
        Clearly he’s been inhaling too many fumes!

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  7. I bet he thinks this will help him win the GOP nomination.

    • everything he does he does, because he thinks it will help him win the gop nomination in 2012. you don’t think he does anything for the good of mississippians, do you?

  8. When the states are rated for their ability in things like social welfare and education, most of the south hovers in the mid and high 40s. Down here in Texas we say “Someday we will get rated #50 and make a whole lot of people in Mississippi very happy.”

  9. mississippi is dead last in education and dead last in governors with brains.

    but he is a good old southern boy you just want to have a bourbon with…

    yea a bourbon with a side of BP

    • hayley, barbour of incivility, is dumb like a fox. he knows that what he says is pure bullshit, but he knows exactly what flavor of bullshit is palatable in mississippi.