Having lived on the Alabama Gulf Coast years ago, I know how beautiful the beaches are and how important the seafood industry and tourism are to the area. Thus, the photo above on the beach at Gulf Shores makes me sick. At the same time, I cannot help but recognize the irony that Alabama - a consistently far right Republican, anti-regulation minded state is now reaping the fruits of its own misguided behavior. Will anyone learn a lesson from this disaster? I can only hope so. The Mobile Press Register has more details here.