When Will We Get It?

Jimmy Carter delivered this televised speech on April 18, 1977. Still relevant? I think so.   Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has […]

Bob On Rachel Maddow – March 30, 2011

Tonight, I was part of another investigative report by Rachel Maddow about the flurry of drilling permits being issued by the BOEMRE and the fundamental design flaws in existing subsea blowout preventers.  The first segment is Rachel’s new report; the second is an interview with me.  Have a look: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world […]

The New Isolationism

I remember this moment like it was yesterday. I was teaching a Geography class and we were discussing current events when one of my troublemakers uttered, “why don’t we put alligators in the Rio Grande?” I tried to defuse the discussion as best I could, but most of the class laughed in agreement. Sometimes, people […]

The Tide is Turning?

Roger Waters wrote this tune back in 1987 (sans question mark) in what was a brief respite in a career of pessimistic/jaded lyrics. In the span of a few decades of learning politcs from my father’s knee (he taught Government and History in college and high school), getting a degree in political science, and paying […]

A Letter from CFISD Superintendent Dr. David Anthony

I received this letter via e-mail today and thought the Daily Hurricane readers would be interested in reading it.  Dr. David Anthony, lame duck superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, sent this to parents of students in his district and helps debunk a lot of right-wing deceptive talking points about the cost of education our students.  It’s […]

An Open Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President, In light of the newly-stated Obama Doctrine of pre-emptive intervention to prevent what could turn into humanitarian crises anywhere in the world, and that “kinetic military action” (aka war) may be required at any time and place of your choosing, and for reasons as vague and undefinable as when American values are […]

Getting Educated

You’ve probably seen the articles about what’s going on with public education these days. There’s the “it’s the Republicans fault” cry to counter the “it’s the Democrats fault“, but I’ll take the unpopular stance and say it’s OUR fault, fellow voters … or non-voters if that’s the case. Let’s review some history. The voters of […]

Carry The Constitution With You At All Times

Above is Houston-area Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Rep. Jackson Lee is known for her knack for finding the camera. Rep. Jackson Lee also has a consistently liberal voting record. So we will give her that fact.  The picture shows Rep. Jackson Lee at the Muslim-bashing House hearings held earlier this month by Republican Rep. Peter King. […]

Are the New Subsea Well Containment Companies Ready? Maybe.

The BP well blowout last April exposed one of the biggest weaknesses of drilling in the deepwater: the inability of the oil and gas industry to contain a well blowout once it occurred.  The industry was overly confident in advanced drilling and well control technology, and never contemplated that a well could blowout, burn down […]

Good for Rachel…She’s Staying After the Deepwater Horizon BOP Story

Tonight, Rachel Maddow stayed after the story in which I played a small part last night…that subsea blowout preventers (BOPs) cannot reliably contain deepwater blowouts.  Apparently, the Department of Interior is unhappy with her coverage of this story, but I believe she is correct in shining a bright light on this issue.  Currently, the US […]