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Charles M. Blow – ‘Romney, the Rich and the Rest’

Via: NYT

No one should be surprised that the Tin Man has a tin ear.

After all, Mitt Romney is the same multimillionaire who joked that he was “unemployed” while he was “earning” more in one day than most Americans earn in a year and paying a lower rate on those earnings than most Americans do.

This is the same man who in November claimed that federal employees are making “a lot more money than we are.”

What?! We? What we?

Please direct me to the federal employees with the $20 million paychecks. In fact, The Washington Post pointed out in November that federal employees on average “are underpaid by 26.3 percent when compared with similar nonfederal jobs, a ‘pay gap’ that increased by about 2 percentage points over the last year while federal salary rates were frozen.”

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And who could forget his remark that “corporations are people.” Classic.

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“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America — the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”

Romney went on to say that his campaign was focused on “middle-income Americans” and that “we have a very ample safety net” for the poor.

He later tried to clarify, saying that his comments needed context. Then he said that the comments were a “misstatement” and that he had “misspoke.” Yeah, right. (SEE ABOVE)

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Where to Begin?

I suggest you take a minute, and read the rest, HERE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/opinion/blow-romney-the-rich-and-the-rest.html?ref=opinion

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You can’t spell ROMNEY without M*O*N*E*Y; lots and lots of money!

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February 5, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

simply, Homer

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September 23, 2011 Posted by | gif | , , , | Leave a comment

Nikki Haley (R-SC) – ‘GOP Moron of the Day’

Via: Think Progress

Haley has been advancing a plan to force jobless South Carolinians to pass a drug test before they can receive unemployment insurance, claiming an epidemic of substance abuse. The problem was so unbelievable, Haley said last month, that at the Savannah River nuclear site, “[of] everybody they interviewed, half of them failed a drug test.”

So unbelievable, in fact, that a spokesman for the Department of Energy, which owns the site, told the Huffington Post’s Arthur Delaney “he had no idea what Haley was talking about.”

The site doesn’t even test applicants, just people who have already been accepted, and the rate of those who fail drug tests is LESS than 1 PERCENT.

At first, Haley’s office doubled down on the claim, blaming others for faulty numbers, but in an interview with the AP today, Haley said she’ll be more careful before blindly repeating things people tell her without checking them:

“I’ve never felt like I had to back up what people tell me. You assume that you’re given good information,” Haley said.

“And now I’m learning through you guys that I have to be careful before I say something.” (yeah, you think?)

Haley said she’d probably repeated “a million times” the story that about the test failures.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/09/19/322943/haley-admits-drug-claim/

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September 20, 2011 Posted by | GOP morons, Haley | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima Daiichi – Indian Point

Fukushima Daiichi power plant

‘Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area’

TOKYO — new signs emerged Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were so damaged and contaminated that it would be even harder to bring the plant under control soon.

At the same time, Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger band of territory around the complex.

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“The situation still requires caution,” Mr. Kan, grave and tired-looking, told the nation. “Our measures are aimed at preventing the circumstances from getting worse.” The authorities said that they would now assist people who wanted to leave the area from 12 to 19 miles outside the plant, and that they were now encouraging “voluntary evacuation” from the area.

Those people had been advised March 15 to remain indoors, while those within a 12-mile radius of the plant had been ordered to evacuate. The United States has recommended that its citizens stay at least 50 miles away.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/world/asia/26japan.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=world

 

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Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is a THREE-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York just south of Peekskill. It sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, 38 miles north of New York City. The power plant provides up to 30% of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester County.

Unit 1 – It was a small 275-megawatt PWR reactor which was issued an operating license on March 26 1962; and was shut down on Halloween, October 31, 1974.

Unit 2 & 3 – The two additional reactors, Indian Point 2 and 3, were built in 1974 and 1976. Together they generate up to 30% of the electricity used in New York City, depending on a variety of conditions.

On May 2, 2007, the NRC announced that the “License Renewal Application for Indian Point Nuclear Plant is available for Public Inspection”. This initiated Entergy’s effort to extend the operating licenses of each unit by 20 years.

2007 + 20 = 53 years / 51 years

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Point_Energy_Center

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FACT: At 38-miles from New York City, ‘Indian Point 1, 2, and 3’ are well within the 50-mile range recommended by the U.S. government for Fukushima Daiichi.

Gawd forbid, IPEC will not have a MAJOR problem/disaster, but I would like to know two things:

1. Will the NRC issue a ‘voluntary evacuation’ for Metropolitan New York (estimated 2008 +18million population)?

2. MANY, perhaps millions, will choose to ignore the ‘voluntarily evacuation’; so might the NRC then issue a ‘mandatory evacuation’ for +18 million?

March 26, 2011 Posted by | nuclear disaster, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment