Saturday, July 10, 2010
Following immense criticism of the government's lackluster and counterproductive response to the Gulf oil spill, the Obama administration has finally authorized the use of...a blimp.
This is not a blimp that can cap the gushing well, nor is it a blimp which can skim oil. Neither does it warn wildlife away from blighted areas, nor redirect the unceasing flow of contamination.
It is, instead, a slow-moving balloon which will chug-chug-chug along over the ocean and send occasional radio messages to the oil-skimming boats below saying: "Hey, you missed a spot."
Not exactly rocket science but, in fairness, even NASA doesn't engage in rocket science under the Obama administration.
We will also note, because people are frequently confused by the distinction, that it is blimps which are held aloft by helium...and it is Washington which rises above us all solely by hot air.