Will Durst

The bright side of the BP oil spill

By - Jun 9th, 2010 04:00 am
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To say the news coming out of the Gulf is not what you call encouraging is like saying it’s been a rough week for Dennis Hopper. And its making people crazy. Really, really crazy.

Louisiana native and Democratic strategist James Carville went off on the President like a string of overstuffed firecrackers in a pot-bellied stove. And for Carville to savage the leader of his own party either means he’s mad as hell and can’t take it anymore, or his wife Mary Matalin’s naggingly oppressive monotonic brain-washing has achieved full saturation. I would hazard a bit of both.

You got Republicans calling for domestic government intervention, while on the other side of Loopyville, some Dems are screaming for the military to take over. What the hell do they expect the Army to be able to do that BP can’t?  Shoot it? Surround the mile-deep spill, capture and occupy it? Proceed to win its hearts and minds?

Hey Alice, which way out of this rabbit hole?

Pelicans captured at Grand Isle, Louisiana wait to be cleaned of Gulf spill crude. Photo Credit: IBRRC

Outside of that stone plug that Jack used in “Lost,” BP appears to have tried everything: Top Hat. Top Kill. Top Cat. Top Chef. Topkapi. Topographical maps. Topol. Topamax. Topo Gigio. But thus far, the only thing they’ve accomplished is making the spill very, very angry, though not quite as angry as folks near the affected areas who just want to get back to their lives. Especially in the wake of the recent “We’re BP and we’re so sorry” ad campaign that’s costing millions to air in lieu of expediting financial claims, which is destined to rank  right up there with marrying a Kardashian for worst PR move EVER.

Now word comes down the pike that the wound we opened in the lower epidermis of the Earth might not be closed until a relief well is finished sometime in August, so perhaps we should accept the fact that the Gulf is short- term doomed and start to seek out the bright sides of the BP spill.

America has always been the Imperial Wizard of the International Optimists League. And now is a perfect time for us to jump back into the silver lining business. Because when this country is handed lemons, we make lemonade. All we need is a couple of dump trucks full of sugar and ironically, some clean water.


* Your shrimp dish comes pre-marinated
* Newly affordable waterfront properties
* Frolicsome beachside tar-ball fights
* Gulf Coast salad dressing: just add vinegar
* Jet Skis able to refuel mid- trip
* Lubricated jellyfish
* Mortared with oil and tar, sand castles now tide-proof
* Fewer silly election year cries of “Drill, Baby, Drill!”
* No more squeaky oysters
* Need an oil change? Wander down to water’s edge and squeegee a duck
* Hot enough day, and voila: the world’s largest fish fry
* Don’t bother drilling for oil, the oil is coming to us
* Romantic beach bonfires 24/7
* Wriggling out of your tight swimsuit is a breeze
* Every Gulf dock and pier instantly doubles as a Slip n’ Slide

Will Durst is a San Francisco based political comedian who often writes. This being an evident example.
His new CD, Raging Moderate from Stand Up! Records, now available on both iTunes and Amazon.

Photo illustration: Brian Jacobson. Original photos by U.S. Coast Guard in Louisiana and Pat Johnson via Will Durst’s website.

0 thoughts on “The bright side of the BP oil spill”

  1. Anonymous says:

    As me mither used to say,

    :’Taint funny, Magee.”

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Were there supposed to be some “jokes” in this article? Pathetic, unfunny, and in truly poor taste. But the reference to the Kardashians was topical and current, OMG!

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