Thursday, May 06, 2010

Be Very Afraid, BP! The Coondog's Howlin' (Again)!

[x Boulder Fishwrap]
By John Sherffius

Copyright © 2010 John Sherffius/Boulder Daily Camera

The former governor of Alaska proclaimed her continued allegiance to "Drill, Baby, Drill" because BP (British Petroleum) isn't a good ol' U.S. oil company. Little matter that the former governor's hubby — when he worked for an oil company on the North Slope — drew his paychecks for 18 years(!!!!!) from none other than BP! If there is a Hell, let all of the BP executives, the former governor of Alaska, her husband, and all of her drooling, knuckle-dragging supporters burn there as long as the Gulf is despoiled (in other words, forever). BP has a junkyard dog on its trail — Brent "Coondog" Coon (BA, Lamar University and JD, University of Houston Law Center) — and may he take BP for every ill-gotten cent it has ever extracted from the ground. If this is a (fair & balanced) call for a trial lawyer to take 'em for all they've got, so be it.

[x TX Monthly
The Usual Suspects
By Mimi Swartz

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Brent “Coondog” Coon, the Beaumont- and Houston-based plaintiff’s attorney who won millions from BP for his client Eva Rowe after her parents were killed in a plant explosion in Texas City in 2005 (which I wrote about in “Eva vs. Goliath,” July 2007), is now representing clients in the recent rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. Talk to Coon for just five minutes and you can see that BP remains his Great White Whale—and that he’s an East Texas version of Captain Ahab.

What were your first thoughts when you heard about the explosion on the offshore rig in the gulf?

Must be a BP rig.


You know why. They are the most likely suspects—they have the most market share, and history has a tendency to repeat itself.

After CEO Lord Browne [Baron John Browne of Madingley] was forced out in May 2007 the new management promised a greener, safer BP. What happened?

They don’t change because they can’t change. Their corporate culture is so ingrained they would have to have a complete management turnover and get rid of their entire board as well. The way BP is set up now it’s an elitist company run by the aristocracy of Britain. This is truly the Knights of the Round Table, and they look at the world like King Arthur did. But while they can no longer dominate the surface of the world, they now want to dominate what’s under the surface. Global conquest, the idea that it’s all there for the taking. We’re all the peasants who are expendable. That’s the attitude.

And the new CEO, Tony Hayward, hasn’t changed any of the company’s practices?

Hayward set up the thing to get rid of Browne but just because you change the CEO doesn’t mean you change the infrastructure. How much changes in Washington when you get a new president? At BP, they hand pick [their leaders] and clone them. All the company wanted was another Lord Browne. Browne made them a ton of money. He put BP back on the map—that’s why they called him the Sun King. But in the process the company cut a lot of corners, overextended, and took unnecessary risks, and they all came home to roost.

Was your lawsuit the first one filed?

Ours wasn’t the first one filed but it was the first to ask for the restraining order. They can’t get rid of, lose, destroy, or misplace any documents related on this case. We’ve been called by everybody and his brother to work on this case.

Do you think BP’s lawyers’ hearts sank when they saw your name on the first lawsuit?

You know it probably didn’t make their day. But I think they presumed that they’d hear from me again. Ω

[Mimi Swartz grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Over the years, Swartz’ work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Slate, National Geographic and the New York Times’ Op Ed page and Sunday magazine. Her work has also been collected in Best American Political Writing (2006), and Best American Sportswriting (2007). Swartz has been a member of the Texas Institute of Letters since 1994.]

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What The Hell Does This Mean?

While perusing the recent editorial 'toons by John Sherffius, this blogger found a 'toon that belonged with yesterday's post, "Spill, Baby, Spill!" The oil-covered waterfowl is iconic for the drill-at-any-cost crowd on either side of the aisle. However, a later Sherffius 'toon stopped this blogger at his keyboard. Soooo, this blogger decided to relax the draconian rules on comments to this blog. At the bottom of this post, there is a line that looks like this:

Posted by Neil at 5/06/2010 09:46:00 AM 0 comments.

Click on "comments" in either location and be whisked to a comments page. Ignore the snark and post your interpretation of the Sherffius 'toon anonymously or whatever. If this is a (fair & balanced) call for help, so be it.

[x Boulder Fishwrap]
By John Sherffius

Click on image to enlarge. Ω

[John Sherffius began drawing editorial cartoons for the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper at UCLA. After two years of working as a freelance artist, after graduation, he was hired by the Ventura County Star in Southern California as a graphic artist and gradually worked his way into editorial cartooning for the paper. In 1998, he was hired by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the newspaper's editorial cartoonist, a job he held until 2003 when he quit the paper over editorial differences. Sherffius bridled at editorial insistence that he tone down cartoons attacking Republicans. Sherffius then went to work for the Boulder Daily Camera where his cartoons appear regularly and are syndicated nationally by the Copley News Service. Sherffius won the 2008 Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning.]

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