Archive for June, 2010
IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church- Part One
IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church- Part Two
IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church Part 3.
IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church –Part Four
My Roman Catholic friends either laughed , shook their heads or knowingly smiled when I said
I am going to write to the Vatican.
I went on the Vatican’s website– No! I wasn’t going to write to the Pope he has his own problems ( because situations in the Roman Catholic Church that had been ignored, disregarded and swept aside – were now coming to light with a vengeance.
Investigators also opened the graves of archbishops in the St. Rombouts Cathedral in Mechlin, north of Brussels, looking for possibly incriminating documents, said Jean-Marc Meilleur, spokesman for the Brussels public prosecutor.
Austrian Catholics ramp up quest for church reform
It seems the Vatican and the Pope are trying to sort through decades of problems world-wide because they were “ignored” in the first place (imho) . I figured I would get lost in the shuffle of “those that were ignored” and quite frankly they certainly deserved to be heard more than I!
Searching through the Vatican site I came across
Il Gran Magistero dell’Ordine
The Grand Magisterium of the Order
John Patrick Foley –
Ah well here is a someone who was born in Pennsylvania so certainly wouldn’t need an interpreter as to American “mid western” thinking.
I wrote the following:
Archbishop John Patrick Foley
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communication
00120 Vatican City State,
Rome, Italy February 26, 2010
Dear Archbishop Foley.
I am writing to you as you were born in Pennsylvania so presumably you know the “culture “of the Midwestern thinking. Also, quite frankly not knowing the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, I am sending this to you as you seem to be in charge. I am curious to see what happens – will etiquette at least produce a letter of receipt or acknowledgement which hasn’t been the case so far in my journey of grief?
You can put this letter down to a grieving mother who wants some answers or who just wants to reach out and make someone of your faith aware of her terrible pain caused, in part, by decisions of people of your faith and enabling of such by your church and an acknowledgement of such.
I did write to the local Bishop ( Richard Lennon) and the priest here in Ohio involved in my secondary loss of my son. (Please see enclosed letter). However, I have received not even a “thank you for you letter, your concerns have been noted and filed” . As an aside the withholding of my son’s cremains was not done for any “religious reasoning” but because he wasn’t an organ donor so she wanted him “intact”.
Maybe I expected too much. I suppose in the grand scheme of things my grief and loss is tantamount to a mere blip on the screen of life , not worthy of acknowledgement , but to this family it is our world- one of unbearable heartache. Do you not think that I should have “expected” an acknowledgement? It does seem that the consensus among your flock here in Ohio they would not have expected any answer. I find that disconcerting actually that even your own people have told me “don’t expect any response”. Why shouldn’t I have expected a response to a letter sent to “men of the cloth” and the human experience?
So I thought I would reach out to the “almost” top and follow through. Thank you for your time in this matter- I await with anticipation your views or acknowledgement at least.
You see if Angela (Lombardi) ritchey IF she had said:
”due to my religious beliefs I cannot separate the ashes”
Believe it or not I would have understood that reasoning – I would have tried to intercede to change her mind to have people of her faith explain BUT remember that is NOT what she stated in the “note” over her signature – in fact she went out of her way to state that religion wasn’t the reason
Angela Lombardi ritchey
I have decided not to separate his ashes. This decision was not made as a reaction to recent events . Religion did not play a role. Chris did not want to be an organ donor he wanted to leave this world with what he came with…I feel this is one last thing I can do to honor my husband…..
CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THIS ???? – ALL THE HURT, ILL FEELINGS AND TURMOIL FOR A REASON SUCH AS ‘NOT AN ORGAN DONOR”- BEGGARS BELIEF…….( especially when he WAS! …..guess she didn’t know Chris as well as she thought she did.
This is supposedly an intelligent individual who hopefully takes in account what the outcome of her decisions make ( Dr. ) on fellow human beings. Also medically speaking she certainly should know what happens to the organs during a cremation
During the cremation process, a large part of the body (especially the organs) and other soft tissue are vaporized and oxidized because of the heat, and the resulting gases are discharged through the exhaust system.
Didn’t she give a thought to how her actions ( based on such asinine reasoning) would be nothing less than an act of cruelty of the most emotionally abusive kind perpetrated on this family –
Did she discuss this with her Roman Catholic family ? ( according to Sue Lombardi the morning of Dec 11th when confronted by my daughter- “Angela thought long and hard about this”- ( even more worrying in my opinion as to lacking in consequences of one’s actions- (but then again they wanted to send Chris on a 28 hour train journey when he couldn’t even walk to the bathroom)
Did she discuss her thinking with fellow colleagues in the medical field?( after all some on them were part of the gypsy caravan in the waiting room .
ED note: looking at the scene that day where medical professionals ( my son’s “new” Dr. whom I met for the first time) piled into an already crowded 25 ft area .. sitting on that filthy waiting room floor carpet ( dressed to the nines)…… sharing soup and sandwiches – gathered around the feet of Angela whilst her mother (imho) figuratively crooned and swooned over the “professionals” reminded me of some alien picnic . It was very surreal and not conducive to my having “faith in the profession”- but I digress…….
Did they all think this was the “right ” thing to do?
Did not one soul have compassion for the people who would be traumatized by this act of “legal ” right?
OR DID THEY TOO -IGNORE?
TO BE CONTINUED……….
IGNORE by definition:
To refuse to pay attention to; disregard.
DISREGARD : there is another word you can get your teeth into:
To treat without proper respect or attentiveness.
The epistle is lengthy and explains in the course of this letter ”
My son married Angela Lombardi, daughter of Tim and Sue Lombardi on June 7th 2008 at St. Mary’s. He married Angela without becoming a Roman Catholic, acquiesced to her wish of getting married in her church but did not take any counseling or “classes”, he refused to do so. He did not attend any services with her or her family. He had his own “independent views” as to religion, as does his family.
I am coming to the close of this lengthy epistle – Chris’ family has had no closure due to, in my opinion, the enabling by your church of this travesty to our family . I would have thought that at least one of the “god fearing “ parishioners or priest would have had some compassion for my son’s immediate family . I was wrong and I am terribly disappointed that as I put aside religious beliefs to help the oldest Lorain parish continue the same was not done to help a family have closure. For the record I did not contact Angela Lombardi (Ritchey) after the “note” as my son had not yet been cremated. I was petrified (yes petrified) that she would then also change her mind about the cremation. This cruel injustice leaves us no dignity in death or focal point to our grief except the anger that replaces the tears briefly and gives some relief from our mourning
ED NOTE : YOU CAN FIND THE TEXT OF THE WHOLE LETTER TO BISHOP LENNON AND FATHER DIVIS HERE
Letter Jan 9th Bishop Lennon Father Divis
My Roman Catholic friends( every single one of them ) told me:
You aren’t expecting an answer are you ?
Well of course I was expecting an acknowledgment of my “letters” – not emails – even if it was another one of the Bishop’s form letters or a thank you letter,
Aren’t Bishops and Priests supposed to at least have good manners?
so sorry about your loss your thoughts have been noted.
Not a way to run a “business” and trust me on this one – religion has become a business. After all I could have become a convert or potential supporter of the church of Mary Mother of God Lorain Ohio…..Oh wait I already did that.
By February 26th I was even more annoyed that our grief and loss was deemed so insignificant as to not even receiving one line of a condolence or a note of condolence at least-
Hell ! ( sorry Father ) they must have made some money from my son I think there is a cost of internment into the Catholic Cemetery in Lorain
but someone got paid – benefitted – didn’t they because of my son dying !
( more than likely paid for out of the October fundraiser money – SIGH!!! More on that aspect of this journey in another posting)
Where was there at least a “thank you for your contribution”….
Yes! I am being sarcastic and irreverent – but to me this is what they had now relegated my son to—– a business transaction !!!!!!?
My Roman Catholic friends said to a man and woman –
Told you so!!! .
Well OK- if the Roman Catholic Priest and a Bishop in the USA are without compassion or manners maybe Rome and the Vatican will acknowledge at least the situation……
So I wrote to :
Archbishop John Patrick Foley
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communication
TO BE CONTINUED ……….
So here we are June of 2010- Our lives turned inside out and denied even the luxury of closure for our son by staunch Roman Catholics.
Those that are regular readers of my writings throughout the years will know I am one of those people who have to know why, and who is accountable. I have fought for many people and issues through the years I have been an advocate , and tilted at some pretty tough windmills. But the toughest advocacy was and is personal, my own son removed from his family in life and in death. How could this be?
Oh I know the “legal rights” as given to his wife by the law- but what about the moral rights- what about compassion- what about Christian charity – is that not part of the Roman Catholic doctrine?
If the friend of the family who has sent out the emails asking for support for the Lombardis because of big bad me is to believed it was because of the memorial service that a “grieving???? widow ) sat angry and possibly thinking of ways to “control“ a situation because of Chris’ mother (me) .
If you believe the widow it was because she was honoring her husband because he wasn’t an organ donor . (Read the links in green for more information)
Take your pick of reasonings – none that justify ( in my opinion ) the actions of the Lombardis as perpetrated on this family. But maybe I am wrong maybe this is the Mary, Mother of God Parish( St. Mary’s) way” you tell me?
However let’s get back to that church where the memorial service was held and where my son took his vows , it also happens to be the church I help to save from closure .
I wrote a great deal about that church and its congregation
and its worthiness to one Bishop Lennon. My writings and thoughts were front page in the local media.
Ironically about the time my son’s Hodgkin’s returned the church got good news:
As stated in Part Two of this series Chris was not a Roman Catholic and I am very angry that he was now interred in the “NOT OF HIS FAMILY OR RELIGION PLOT’ thanks to the legal rights of the “plot (ting) family “
I accessed the Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries website and asked them how they explained family unity in death when my sons “cremains were effectively legally kidnapped from his faith and family ? I was IGNORED
I knew this priest “Father Divis”and he knew of me ( after all I went to bat for him and his church) , he knew of Chris’ family and he officiated at the wedding ( more on that in the letter to the Bishop) and the memorial service . I never heard from this man of God after my son passed- he certainly knew where to reach me. Ironically I heard from Pastors, Reverends, Priests of other parishes( here and in the UK ) and even an Iman .
So these loving God, staunch Mary Mother of God parishioners, after deciding Chris family would not be able to have their closure in their way then neglected(???) to inform anyone in Chris’ family as to the time they were putting Chris in their “papish ground” .
It wasn’t that they weren’t asked ( well at least to Tim Lombardi ) by two of Chris family members and of Angela and she promised in one of those little notes to Nikki that Nikki would be informed.
I wondered how this Father Divis could officiate at the internment of my son – Did he?
I wonder what justification they will come up with this time?
1. Did he know those of Chris’ blood hadn’t been informed by Mr. Tim Lombardi , Mrs. Sue Lombardi or Angela ( Lombardi )ritchey or any of the “family” as to the time of the interment –
ED NOTE:REMEMBER THE WIFE WAS NOW TAKING CONTROL AND EXERCISING HER RIGHTS AS CHRIS’ WIFE- we once again as per the hospital had to defer to her and or HER FAMILY for any information.
How private do you get with an internment?
2. Did he not think it strange that none of Chris immediate family was in attendance or did he too choose to IGNORE that happenstance or did he find this whole scenario acceptable because we weren’t Roman Catholic?
How does this work in the Roman Catholic Church- Did Angela perhaps have to do a penance for effectively lying to a family and breaking her word in front of witnesses I might add on Dec 4th .
Does honoring ones’ mother and father only count if it is YOUR own mother and father and to hell with anyone elses mother and father.
What penance does a Roman Catholic receive for the pain she caused or perhaps that is OK with the parish and parishioners?
How does this work? Who decides a what is a sin or unacceptable in the Roman Catholic Church – does knowingly inflicting more pain and no closure on those that have lost their only son not count as unacceptable in the Church of Holy Mary Mother of God, Lorain Ohio?
You see I think what they did to this family was sinful and hateful but that is just me who has been on the receiving end of their decision and having to deal with the consequences of their actions .
Who am I just a grieving mother ( who admittedly has a reputation for not going quietly into the night) and a non parishioner.
Maybe delivering pain and non -closure is only unacceptable if you are of their religious persuasion.Oh ! gee where have I heard that before think it was somewhere in the dark ages………
So not having much else to do but cry and get through I wrote a letter to that same Bishop Lennon and to Father Divis.
TO BE CONTINUED……
IGNOR(e)(st)ANCE and the Roman Catholic Church- Part One
ED note: You will notice that I refer to the ROMAN Catholic Church. The reason being is that the term “catholic” is all-encompassing meaning :
Date: 15th century
1 : a person who belongs to the universal Christian church.
Both my children attended the now defunct and closed Lorain Catholic High School from the 7th grade through 12. They did not attend due to religious conviction, we are and were not Roman Catholic. They attended Lorain Catholic because it was the only private school hereabouts we could afford. They attended because I was concerned as to the direction Lorain City Schools were heading at the time. I wanted a smaller school atmosphere where there was accountability and a cor majority of parents who were like-minded when it came to their child’s education.
We spoke to both Nikki and Chris as to the religious aspect of the school and what to expect and what was expected of them. They were told to treat the religion classes as they would any other course and if at any time they felt drawn to the Roman Catholic doctrine we would discuss it fully, also that if they felt pressured or made to feel uncomfortable about being non-Roman Catholics we would also discuss that situation.
For the most part things went smoothly with the educational and the religious aspect of Lorain Catholic. There were times when I made my presence known . Father Leo , Father Zingales could attest to that as well as Jim Francis and a couple of the nuns.
Nikki , usually opted out of the religious retreats preferring to take on a community project instead.
Chris also followed suit until his senior year he decided to attend (probably because he was now dating Angela and she was going and he envisioned a stay up all night sort of pajama party atmosphere for two days rather than a religious experience. )
He was in for 30 hours of fasting and non sleep, both of those things were not good for Chris or his mind-set. Chris not eating led to all sorts of fuss and not getting enough sleep well another story . Not eating and lack of sleep are tactics used by the less than worthy in this world.
To reduce a person’s sense of
individuality and confidence even further, physical measures will be employed. Sleep and food deprivation; can be used to render a person confused and weak, and thus malleable
The parents and siblings were supposed to write our positive feelings about Chris which would be read by him at his retreat. We duly followed the orders of Father Giampietro .
The retreat over – a tired Chris – spent the next day in bed recovering from “religion???”.
A few days later, it was a Saturday I remember, Chris was helping his father trim the willow tree- the mail arrived and along with it a letter from our son from the retreat. I have it pressed in a bible. It was the most unfortunate of letters. It was hurtful and questioning us as a family and our beliefs .
Naturally Chris was called down, none too gently, from the tree and asked to explain his most hurtful words.
Oh you had to write something to get the credit….. Your thoughts as to what your family could do better in their religious practices …. it was all I could think to write..I was tired —
and apparently he had some assistance in writing the note….
Oh! Oh were the signs already in place – hurtful notes 😉
I informed my son there was a consequence to each and every action and since he had opened up the can of worms we would now explore it fully. We would explore the Roman Catholic Church and their faith as well as other religions and cult tactics. And if he felt he would like to be a part of any of them we would take the steps needed. He agreed- reluctantly -to this excursion ecclesiastical because the alternative was removal from Lorain Catholic High School.
For the next few weeks the focus of religious history, the role of churches, Popes, Bishops , clergy. The Good the Bad and the Ugly of organized regious beliefs were explored, he had quite an education into all things religious and the whys and wherefores, the who what and when even to why Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
But first I went to Father Leo De Chant and Father Fr. Giampietro Gasparin, showing them the offending letter and gave them a distinct dressing down (both in writing and verbally) as well as the possibility I would remove Chris from Lorain Catholic and to my reasoning of such a decision – profuse apologies all around but at least THEY DIDN’T IGNORE ME !
After many weeks of the “Discovery and History Channel ” as well as books .magazines and discussions on the subject. etc. Chris came to the conclusion he wasn’t cut out to be a Roman Catholic and wasn’t sure about being a Protestant either.
He graduated from “Religion/ Life /Consequences of One’s Actions Home School 101″ and Lorain Catholic High School.
He decided organized religion was very cloistering and quite frankly he was bored with the subject – he had done his “penance” and learned a life lesson – he never put anything in writing again without giving it a great deal of thought first 🙂 Also by this time was eager to start the LCCC soccer team and move on to college.
Nikki married a Roman Catholic and there has never been any issues.
Chris also married a Roman Catholic and there were issues………….
To be continued………..
I wonder how many people will be cringing and looking at the heavens- (guilt by association with THAT WOMAN 🙂 ) as they read my thoughts on this one. I have to smile at the thought actually as in my “mindset” lately I said something irreverent and the people standing by me (of great faith ) looked to the heavens at the very same time- expecting the lightning to strike possibly – it didn’t -but I could see they were very uncomfortable by what I said .
Let me preface this piece by saying
“I DON”T KNOW WHOSE FAITH IS BEST, I WISH I HAD GREAT FAITH (BLIND OR OTHERWISE) it would make my life at this particular time much easier.
As far as I am concerned you are ALL RIGHT , whether you are Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu , Buddhist, Wicca or any of the over 4,200 religions in the world . whatever you believe if it is right for you I applaud your faith I am not going to “preach” or try to convert ALL I ASK IS THAT MY BELIEFS ARE RESPECTED AS WELL.
There has been so much written about the Roman Catholic Church of late , too many links to link here in this article. I suggest you google “Vatican, Abuse, History of the Roman Catholic Church .
There is a simple flaw running through the Roman Catholic Church, a flaw that if addressed would have stopped the current problems and other situations. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this particular flaw is not just found in this particular religious community but in many many walks of life , from governments on down.
It is the flaw of “IGNORE“
. I am exploring the Roman Catholic Church because it was that same church that has enabled (imho) a great disservice to be done to those I love and we were “Ignored”-
would they have ignored fellow Catholics- the question begs to be asked and I am going to and have done the asking?
In the next couple of posts I will explore the flaw but to begin a little background……….
If I ever had faith it was built on a foundation of sand and in hindsight obviously was lip service to organized religion ( better safe than sorry- you never know …conditioning ) .
For those that don’t know him you might have heard of a little book he wrote
He was the subject of great debate among “family in the know” as to his character 🙂 And it seems that my forbearers were even involved in the ” Reformation” back in the day , throw in an Archbishop ( Anglican- who also got thrown out – what a family ) and you have a bit of a resume of religion as pertains to my genes 🙂
My mother insisted on my singing in the choir every Sunday in Canada – I hated it didn’t like the “structural parameters” but I went because I had to and at 9 years old would debate Dr. Long on religious theory as opposed to what I was learing in my science text.
I think Dr. Long enjoyed those discussions – truth be known – I know I always was rewarded with some candy and his eyes would twinkle as I purposely made my way to his office, my blue eyes flashing usually with indignation, after sermon I felt needed to be questioned. He also used to reach back behind his chair to show us his watch so his little choir members knew just how much time we had left to sit when we fidgeted and strained at our confinement.
Sunday school I skipped. I was dropped off every Sunday but never made it ( the staff were unaware I was even registered as I had never showed up ) . Ian , his sister Jane, Floyd and I would meet up and spend a lovely time racing through the forest behind the church , picking blueberries along the train tracks, stuffing ourselves with bill berries, spearmint and picking fiddle heads ( when in season) , spying on the beaver dams and diverting streams with boulders and on the odd occasion catching water walkers ( a type of bug). Our Sunday lessons learned not from stories as written by men but in the joy of being at one with the world in a cathedral of green.
Photo John Thomson 1864
Since we always managed to dirty our Sunday Best and have faces covered in the tell-tale signs of our feast I wonder why we were never caught. Could it be that the signs were “ignored”?
Although I always had a sneaking suspicion that Dr. Long knew of our antics as the Church service was after Sunday School and the four of us must have seemed at odds with our rosy cheeks , curls all a tumble and muddy shoes with our spic and span counterparts who had quietly been sitting all morning, their hair combed neat and tidy . Yes thinking about it he knew , I wonder why he chose to ignore?
To be continued ……………..
BP spills coffee
And yet another update: Ya think they read this blog 🙂
UPDATE: A READER SENT ME THIS VIDEO REPORT OF A ‘THEN AND THEN’ SEEMS WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE AND GUESS WHERE AND WHO AND TRANSOCEAN OBVIOUSLY HAD PROBLEMS EVEN UNDER THEIR PREVIOUS NAME. WORTH WATCHING
‘Distraught’ BP chief Tony Hayward hits back at oil spill error accusations
Oh! Tony Oh! Tony , can someone who runs such a huge corporation and has made his way through the ranks really be that arrogant and stupid? It doesn’t sit right with me somehow. Yes, I am a fellow Brit , have lived here in the USA for many years and understand the American psyche and I have to admit I believe YOU DO TOO ! They don’t pay you the bucks and send you out to deal with world leaders for being an absolute “tosser”.
BP pays Hayward an annual salary of £998,000 and in 2008 his bonus was £1,496,000.
Negotations with Russia’s Igor Sechin
In 2008, Tony Hayward had private meetings with Igor Sechin, a top figure of Russian military and security services. The two negotiated on BP’s deals with Russia
Lets look at the stats of Beneficial ownership from your company site
Beneficial owners as at 31 December 2009
Percentage of shares in issue
Range of holdings Institutions Individuals Total
By principal area
Range of Holdings/ Institutions/ Individuals
UK 33(RH) 7(Inst) 40 Ind()
US 25 (RH) 14(Inst) 39 (ind)
Rest of Europe 10 – 10
Rest of World 7 – 7
Miscellaneousc 4 – 4
a Reflects the beneficial (underlying) ownership of the shares.
b Represents BP’s best efforts to determine the domicile of the beneficial (underlying) owners of the group’s shares, based on analysis of the year-end share register. Note that institutions include custodians, market makers, delivery by value, brokerage, stocklending, clearing and non-American depositary receipt arbitrage.
c Miscellaneous represents shareholders below the 100,000-share threshold and unidentified shares. Unidentified shares represent holdings that are awaiting confirmation of the identity of the beneficial holder and the nature of their interest in the shares following enquiries made under Section 793 of the Companies Act 2006.
Source: Financial and Operating Information 2005- 2009
You see I don’t believe the majority of people you deal with every day in your corporation all talk like they have the proverbial marble in their mouth. I believe you know very well who and what you are dealing with and the American way of doing business- I am sure you talk to them. And I think you didn’t get where you are today by being stupid. So why your PR nightmare? A cynical me ,who believes there is more to this than we are being told, has wheels turning.
I can’t see how you literally keep putting your foot in it – although it seems the corporation etc. was and is still so inept (62 days and counting.) and ill prepared to deal with a disaster
(image: Eric Gay/AP via nydailynews.com)
that has the planet bleeding oil from a main artery spreading cancer- like through its eco system was also so inept with its PR response.
Could it be they who have billions at stake at first glance are letting a “muppet” put a face to their corporation ( especially the Americans who are very very heavily involved in this corporation)- They obviously have some say in how their corporation is perceived throughout the world and by fellow Amercicans so why aren’t they putting a sock in your mouth unless ?
It makes me wonder! Oh! I know you aren’t running for office and that win lose or draw your ass ( ets) will be covered. You have an enviable position of seemingly not losing. After all eventually we will be paying more at the pumps to pay for this mess, that is a given.
So could it be, Tony , that there is more to this than meets the eye are you perhaps the “go to lightning guy” deflecting from other issues. You aren’t stupid and you have the best PR people in the world so it makes me wonder?
Of course and then there is the other side OH ! OH! Obama what is this all about did I miss this on World News tonight? Not more media manipulation please !!!!!!!!!
73 per cent of all Gulf incidents involve Transocean
All bonuses banned after four died on firm’s oil rigs
Obama desperate for support of politicians linked to Transocean lobbyist
The American owners of the drilling rig at the centre of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been involved in nearly three-quarters of all significant safety incidents on rigs in the region since 2008, according to new figures.
Over the past five years, the US government has investigated four fires aboard deep-water rigs – all operated by Transocean. British regulators have also issued a warning over a Transocean rig in the North Sea because of worries over a key safety device, the blowout preventer.
Investigators believe April’s explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig – which caused the death of 11 workers and the growing oil slick in the Gulf – was caused by the failure either of a seal meant to keep oil and gas from escaping from a well or by the blowout preventer, which is designed to close off the well in an emergency.
The company recently relocated its HQ to Switzerland, which has a more favourable tax regime for multi-national companies…..
It has so far proved far more adept than BP at handling the intricacies of US politics, and last month hired an influential lobbyist and former politician to represent its interests in Washington.
He is ex-Democratic Congressman Bill Brewster of Oklahoma, who remains a powerful figure in Washington among politicians linked to the oil industry.
He is also a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of conservative Democrat Congressmen from the southern states whose support Mr Obama desperately needs in the face of difficult mid-term elections later this year which could see many of his party’s Congressmen unseated.
Tony, between your absolute cock -up on the Gulf and the England teams abysmal performance in South Africa, ALL of you millionaires ! I believe you all need a history lesson in what being English means but it in short it means having a heart , guts, creativity and following through- something none of you lot of over paid “Englishmen” have shown in your employment . I can say this because you are of my ilk! I am ashamed of you .
Oh Tony! Oh Tony! I smell something phony about all this…this is more than a culture clash- because you have in your corporation been immersed in the American way and thinking – there is a reason you are out there as the “gaffe (r)” pun intended for the non Brits
n. Chiefly British A boss or foreman.