Your apology is NOT ACCEPTED, Governor Snyder. OWN it, You’re responsible for the poisoning of Flint citizens. You can’t say you take full responsible for fixing something and not accept responsibility for CAUSING THE DISASTER.
A 6-year-old girl gets tested for levels of lead in her blood. A study found that the levels of lead in the blood of young children had more than doubled since this city switched its water source.
“A Man-Made Disaster”: The Flint Water Crisis In Photos
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis: What the national media got wrong
by Connor Coyne on January 20, 2016
Rick Snyder Is Done. He’s Toast.
By Charles Pierce, Esquire
25 January 16
Rick Snyder is done. He’s toast.
t’s really time for Governor Rick Snyder to go. It’s impossible to imagine him continuing to do his job if the e-mails yet to come about the poisoning of the city of Flint reflect as badly on his administration as today’s batch do. Therein we find negligence, incompetence, buck-passing ,and ass-covering in the extreme. It’s plain that political considerations were paramount when the news of what had happened in Flint first reached Lansing.
In the e-mails, Muchmore wrote that U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, was “engaged in his normal press hound routine” after the congressman issued a press release noting he’d asked the EPA to help the state deal with the crisis. Muchmore added that then-mayor Dayne Walling “went out on a CYA effort due to the election.” They also show doubts about returning Flint to the Detroit system and even questioning if the reports of higher lead levels are accurate. “They can’t reconnect to DWSD even if they wanted to as they sold the connector line,” Muchmore wrote Sept. 26. “And, especially with the new rate increases in Detroit, their citizens would be less able to pay than they already are. Now we have the anti everything group turning to the lead content which is a concern for everyone, but DEQ and DHHS and EPA can’t find evidence of a major change per Geralyn’s memo below.”
Later, of course, under the expanded emergency-manager law that was a pet project of Snyder’s from the time he was inaugurated, Mayor Walling was replaced by an “emergency manager”—the city has had four of them since Snyder expanded the law—under whom the switch from the DWSD to the Flint River was completed. By the time the crisis was brewing underground, the elected local officials of the city of Flint had virtually no power at all. It’s hard to imagine that this crisis would have come to the point to which it has come if the people responsible for it actually had to face the voters. At the very least, Snyder may have to have a chat with Congress about the whole thing.
From Luvvie about Flint:
About Flint’s Water Crisis, the Human Rights Debacle and the Poster of Lies
Awesomely Luvvie — January 19, 2016
What is happening in Flint, Michigan right now is systemic genocide, and the victims are people of color and poor people. The city’s population is 60% Black and 42% of the residents live below the poverty line. They are being poisoned with lead-tainted water that is coming out of their faucets, and it is from the willful neglect of those charged with running the city and the governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder.
Long story short (TL:DR): Governor Snyder wanted to save money, so he decided to stop having Detroit water be the supplier for tap water in Flint. Instead, he felt that the very polluted Flint River would be good enough for the residents, in spite of the fact that the water is so full of lead, if you reach into it, you’d pull out a box of number 2 pencils. And probably a scantron attached for good measure. That was in 2014.
He wanted to save money and ended up not only compromising, but destroying the health of children and families in Flint – yet can find the money now to splurge on an expensive, top tier New York P.R firm to spin for him…
The lives of citizens from certain segments of our society are worthless in the eyes of those who easily find value in writing million dollar checks to a P.R firm to fix their reputation after the fall-out from their abuse of the poor and voiceless threatens their career…
Notice this Youtube clip is on Snyder’s Youtube channel
Somehow, he thinks this interview is beneficial to cover his HIDE.
HOW ARE THOSE GOOD RESULTS WORKING FOR YOU, GOV. SNYDER AND KEVIN, FINANCIAL MANAGER?
Rev. Al: …how do you deal with the fact that the “customers” as Kevin called them, feel disenfranchised. I mean, you made a unilateral decision. Their elected officials have really been, their power has been taken away and it undermines peoples right to vote because the only one who voted for Kevin was you. And this is something that is very disturbing that you have governors undermine the will of voters. There was s referendum last year that was opposed to this kind of action, you did it anyway.
Gov. Snyder: Reverend, if you look at it, the old law went away but we put in a new one that really was responsive to the issues that came up during that process. If you look at it, I’m also the elected official. I was elected by the people of Michigan, so there is an elected official responsible for this process and I think that is critically important.
Rev. Al: But what about the local elected officials, what about if I’m in Detroit, Rev. Charles Williams and others are raising this. In all due respect, and I voted for a city council and a mayor to represent me during this financial crisis. Now you bring in someone unelected, like in Pontiac, we had someone on the show who talked about an emergency manager came and sold the Silverdome for a half a million dollars that had been valued at several million dollars, over 200…I mean, Kevin has no one to answer to in the local constituency.
How’s it working out for you NOW, KEVIN? What a fucking PAWN
How’s that ‘QUALITY OF LIFE’ in FLINT working out for the CITIZENS/
Face it, Snyder went on MURDERING JOE, because JOEY SCAR gives him cover.
It only takes Amazon 2 days to deliver packages. It took this dick two years and he only did it because people were pointing cameras at him.
A Question of Environmental Racism in Flint
By JOHN ELIGONJAN. 21, 2016
If Flint were rich and mostly white, would Michigan’s state government have responded more quickly and aggressively to complaints about its lead-polluted water?
The 274 pages of emails released by Gov. Rick Snyder this week on Flint’s water crisis included no discussion of race. Instead, they focused on costs relating to the city’s water supply, questions about scientific data showing lead contamination and uncertainty about the responsibilities of state and local health officials.
But it is indisputable that in Flint, the majority of residents are black and many are poor. So whether or not race and class were factors in the state’s agonizingly slow and often antagonistic response, the result was the same: Thousands of Flint’s residents, black and white, have been exposed to lead in their drinking water. And the long-term health effects of that poisoning may not be fully understood for years.
Snyder shrugs off ‘environmental racism’ claims
Michigan Govenor Rick Snyder joins Morning Joe amid the water crisis unfolding in the town of Flint and following the resignation of a regional EPA administrator. Snyder says what happened in Flint is not a case of environmental racism. Duration: 6:15
Miki B. ” He’s really a good man.” (Snyder that is) OMG
Miki, your kids aren’t being POISONED,
Kalee Kreider @kaleekreider
@grcanty @ron_fournier @sheenA_8886 @PragObots @onetoughnerd And can we discuss why the Flint river was so polluted in the first place?
Send him a gallon of Flint drinking water and dare him to drink it.
Why some Michigan politicians say the Flint water crisis is a hoax
By Peter Holley January 20 at 4:40 PM
Even as authorities are still advising residents in Flint, Mich., not to drink or bathe in city’s tap water, leaving thousands to rely on bottled water to survive, some of the state’s prominent political voices think Flint’s water crisis may be exaggerated.
Foremost among them is Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson (R), who voiced skepticism about the severity of the crisis during an appearance before the Detroit Economic Club luncheon Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I don’t think we should say or use words anymore like Flint’s been poisoned,” Patterson told reporters, according to Fox affiliate WJBK. “Because I don’t think that’s accurate.”
Despite what many see as definitive evidence of a crisis, Patterson told the station he changed his mind after hearing a radio interview with Bill Ballenger, a well-known Republican political analyst, former state lawmaker and Flint resident, who said he was offering “the other side” of the story.
“Let’s wait and see what the facts show,” Patterson urged.
In the interview cited by Patterson, Ballenger said his own blood tests hadn’t revealed elevated levels of lead and he wondered whether the crisis was a hoax, according to the Free Press. He argued that the crisis was instead perpetuated by politicians and members of the media “with an ax to grind.”
“I’ve been using words like, ‘Flint’s been poisoned’ and I won’t use that anymore because I think the jury is out,” he added.
According to the World Health Organization, “lead affects children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioral changes such as shortening of attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioral effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”
They live in an alternate universe, a bubble sealed off from real life.
See vid above from MJ show. SMGDH
Grabthar’s Hammer @eclecticbrotha
@owillis Weird: .@ron_fournier used an EPA tester to attack BHO yet Snyder’s emails say same guy warned MI about underreporting lead levels
Grabthar’s Hammer @eclecticbrotha
Fournier is trying to salvage his own career. He probably hasn’t even read NYT’s story about Snyder’s emails. https://twitter.com/PragObots/status/690184491961339904 …
EPA chief did NOT bury them. Your attempts to “both sides” and blame PBO is disgraceful. https://twitter.com/ron_fournier/status/690183217966616576 …
LANSING, Mich. — A top aide to Michigan’s governor referred to people raising questions about the quality of Flint’s water as an “anti-everything group.” Other critics were accused of turning complaints about water into a “political football.” And worrisome findings about lead by a concerned pediatrician were dismissed as “data,” in quotes.
That view of how the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder initially dealt with the water crisis in the poverty-stricken, black-majority city of Flint emerged from 274 pages of emails, made public by the governor on Wednesday.
The correspondence records mounting complaints by the public and elected officials, as well as growing irritation by state officials over the reluctance to accept their assurances.
It was not until late in 2015, after months of complaints, that state officials finally conceded what critics had been contending: that Flint was in the midst of a major public health emergency, as tap water pouring into families’ homes contained enough lead to show up in the blood of dozens of people in the city. Even small amounts of lead could cause lasting health and developmental problems in children.
But Senator Reid, they’re saving $$$$$$ THO!
The HELL with lives!
I will not get past the information that in OCTOBER 2014…
The General Motors Corporation…
STOPPED USING THE FLINT WATER BECAUSE IT WAS HURTING THEIR CAR PARTS.
And, these muthaphuckas are gonna pretend that the water would be fit for HUMAN consumption?
It wasn’t good for inanimate objects like cars…but feed it to poor children and families…
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/20/16
Snyder e-mails missing key year in Flint toxic water disaster
Rachel Maddow reports on the release of hundreds of pages of e-mails from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that show the Snyder administration’s awakening to the Flint toxic water crisis, but points out that key decisions about Flint’s water supply happened in 2013, which is not part of the e-mail release
I don’t think the key decisions occurred in email.
There isn’t a cure for lead poisoning! and by the way…..is there nothing the haters won’t blame on President Obama. Sarah Palin is now blaming her son’s domestic abuse on President Obama. Sigh.
The SNOW HO’ trained her son right, didn’t she.
Oh the IRONY All this talk of freedom, rights, and responsibility in one breath and in the next, breath these folks attempts at dodging any responsibility by going into VICTIM MODE.
You can never be free, if you’re pointing the finger at others, and not recognizing that you play a role in the circumstances you’re in. It isn’t outside of you. If you’re in it, you bear responsibility for being in it, SAY IT, DO EVERYTHING YOU HUMANLY CAN TO CHANGE IT.
What are you hiding Rick Snyder?
No surprises here. We can’t let up on these disgusting, money-hungry, greedy, vile, PEOPLE-POISONING CRETINS.
These four ought to be behind bars:
BRING IT, ELLIHASS. We need all HANDS on DECK!
That says it all.
UH UH UH This graphic right here.
ARREST Governor Snyder!
Let a Muslim had poison the water it would be called terrorism in 3-2-1
cut out 3 and 2.
If a Muslim had done it, it would have been terrorism on 1
From Rachel Maddow’s show last night.
This point must be said OVER AND OVER AND OVER about the Criminal Enterprise in Flint.
MADDOW: Governor`s remarks tonight in the state of the state address. The
only micro-fact check I would make on the governor`s remarks is when he
said government failed you, federal, state and local leaders by breaking
the trust. In this case, local leaders were not at fault. Local leaders
had been replaced in Flint by the people who reported only to the governor.
They used the emergency management statute in Michigan to replace local
leaders with emergency managers who reported to Rick Snyder and those are
the people who made the decision that resulted in the poisoning. That is
how this started.
There were NO LOCAL LEADERS FROM FLINT INVOLVED IN THIS CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.
Gov Snyder can’t justify his position, he is guilty from any angle you look at this. He’s going to release his emails thinking he can exonerate his own hide which is about all he cares about it seems. ALL the emails, Gov? And what about other forms of communication like lunch meetings, etc… where no one will ever know what was discussed? Damn, they think we’re idiots.
What we need is for someone to come back with one of these videos, where Snyder is speaking and comments on how he doesn’t give a fuck about those niggas & the poor folks in Flint, just pump their black asses full of lead-infested water!
Because this is in essence what he DID, by trying to save money
Lessenberry: More questions than answers in Snyder’s State of the State address
By EMILY FOX & JACK LESSENBERRY • 1 HOUR AGO
This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry talks with Morning Edition host Emily Fox about what will happen in Flint and politics, now that Gov. Rick Snyder has given his long-awaited State of the State address.
The Flint water crisis was the first order of business in Gov. Rick Snyder’s address last night. He apologized to the residents of Flint and then said he would release all of his e-mails related to the crisis.
He also asked the Legislature to approve $28 million for Flint, to help with the short and long-term issues with the water crisis. Does Lessenberry think all of this is going to ease the outrage we’ve been seeing on this issue?
“It certainly won’t go away,” he says. “Of course, we don’t know for sure if the Legislature will approve all this, although it seems likely they will. But we don’t know how severe the effect of the brain damage to the children with lead poisoning is going to be.
“There’s the whole issue about what the governor knew and when he knew it, and why weren’t actions taken earlier,” Lessenberry says. “The attorney general, who has ambitions to run for governor has launched an investigation, and people are going to be centering, I think, on the fact that the governor took no action for a long, long time. This is not going to end anytime soon.”
During his speech, Gov. Snyder tried to lay out his timeline of what he knew and when, and he talked about the Department of Environmental Quality’s role in the crisis, how the DEQ kept saying the water quality was fine, despite signs and studies that it wasn’t.
The DEQ also seemed to cover up the issue by dropping two of the highest lead samples from its report, and that report eventually showed that Flint’s water was fine, when it wasn’t. Snyder says there will be new leadership in the DEQ and he will hold individuals accountable, but what do Lessenberry think that will look like?
“I don’t know what that will look like,” he says. “There’s an interim director there now. What we don’t know is why the governor was so lethargic to begin with.
“Indeed, there are a lot of people raising questions about the DEQ, including the federal EPA. And the governor seemed curiously deaf to all of this, and didn’t seem to ask for any answers, until it was really thrown in his face at the end of December. So is the DEQ going to have more oversight, are there going to be procedures in place, accountability and transparency? A lot of questions have yet to be answered.”
There were other things that Gov. Snyder talked about in his State of the State address last night. He talked about infrastructure needing to be improved and Detroit Public Schools. Was there anything else in the address that stuck out to Lessenberry?
“He’s got a couple of additional problems,” Lessenberry says. “One is that the Legislature is dominated by Tea Party interests, people who don’t really want to raise taxes for anything.
Well, the elephant in the room, or should I say the herd of elephants, is the water itself. Did you turn on a f***ing faucet, you idiot Tea Party Snyder flunkies? No matter how much you try to shift the blame to the regulators, the water looked putrid and discolored and smelled bad.
Snyder BELONGS IN JAIL.
WHY ISN’T HE IN JAIL?
KATRINA?!! NO, SON, You can’t BLAME this on the President!
For Gov Rick Snyder there are only two possibilities:
1.) He is as guilty as the devil, but believes he can lie his way out of this.
2.) He is felony stupid and incompetent beyond human comprehension. If this were the case, he shouldn’t be running a dog fight much less an entire state.
There is no third possibility. And I think it’s number one. I cannot be convinced even on my most gullible day that he did not know exactly what was going on in Flint every step of the way into this man made debacle. Gov Snyder and his flunkies apparently thought they could get away with it. Period. Gov Snyder still thinks he can get away with it, just slide away like he’s teflon coated and offer up some flunkie(s) to the outraged masses and the feds, assuming the feds choose to actually prosecute someone for a change.
Check ALL those REDACTED EMAILS, he’s so willingly handing over.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 1/19/16
Remorseful Snyder apologizes to people of Flint in state address
Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including the mayor of Flint visiting the White House, the federal government sending a Health and Human Services official to help coordinate the response, and Governor Rick Snyder apologizing to the people of Flint in his State of the State address.
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis: What the national media got wrong
by Connor Coyne on January 20, 2016
Rikyrah, where are you? Say it, Lady:
I came just to post that, Ametia.
From top to bottom..
it’s a CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.
THEY POISONED AN AMERICAN TOWN, AMETIA.
WILL MALICE, FORETHOUGHT AND DISREGARD TO ALL THE WARNINGS…
THEY POISONED THOSE PEOPLE.