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By now, everybody knows about the earthquake which occurred in Virginia yesterday. I felt it here in Asheville, North Carolina. The news coverage from the mainstream media was over the top to say the least. There appears to been some damage to the National Cathedral. There appears to be only minor damage to the Washington Monument.

The North Anna nuclear power plant, which is located on an earthquake fault line, shut down yesterday as a precautionary measure. At least, that’s what we were told yesterday. Today, we find out that its off-site power supply had been lost. It was basically using diesel generators in order to cool the units. I’m not sure about the wisdom of building a nuclear power plant on a fault line. Also, we found out that this power plant, which is indeed located on a fault line, removed all of its seismic detection equipment because of budget cuts. Finally, the North Anna plant was built to withstand an earthquake of approximately 5.9 in intensity.

Hurricane Irene is now a category three hurricane. Currently, projections have it possibly hitting the South Carolina/North Carolina coast early Saturday morning. It is projected to be a strong category three if and when it hits the coast.

Al Sharpton is getting his own show on MSNBC.

Jamie Leigh Jones, the former KBR employee who stated she’d been drugged and raped in Iraq, is now being sued by the company to recoup their attorneys fees for over $2 million.

I find it kind of funny that Rick Perry’s campaign continues to disavow his book that he only published nine months ago. The communications director actually had the nerve to tell the Wall Street Journal that the book did not reflect the governor’s current views. Although I doubt that Governor Perry actually wrote the book, I do believe that there was a team of consultants who sat down with Rick Perry and went through the book line by line before it was published. The book reflects exactly what he thinks would get him elected. That’s why he wrote it.

Libya is still in turmoil. The party seems to be nonstop in Tripoli. The elusive Colonel appears to be in hiding.

Worst Persons in the World:

By |2011-08-24T10:24:59-04:00August 24th, 2011|Domestic Issues, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Republicans don't have a health care plan

From Political Animal:

It’s one thing to set low expectations for House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) weekly address. It’s another to actually hear the darn thing.

For example, just a few days after conceding there is no GOP alternative reform proposal, the House Minority Leader now believes there is a rival health care plan after all.

“We first released our health care plan in June, and over the last six months, we have introduced at least eight bills that, taken together, would implement this blueprint.”

I see. Take a brief printout with some talking points, combine it with eight unrelated pieces of weak legislation — not one of which has been endorsed by the party’s leadership — throw it in a blender without a coherent policy structure, and viola! House Republicans have both a “plan” and a “blueprint.”

And to think I questioned the seriousness with which the House GOP took policy matters. Don’t I feel embarrassed.

Boehner went on to point to a handful of ideas Republicans like, some of which are already in the House reform bill.

He added that the majority’s reform package will “put unelected boards, bureaus, and commissions in charge of who gets access to what drug and what potentially life-saving treatment,” which is obviously untrue. Boehner also said reform “will cut seniors’ Medicare benefits,” which is obviously untrue.

Boehner then complained about the debt — which he helped add $5 trillion to by supporting Bush/Cheney policies — and economic growth — which he wanted to stunt with a five-year spending freeze at the height of the economic crisis.

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse responded, “Apparently, John Boehner has his holidays confused because his remarks are far better suited for an April Fool’s address.”

By |2009-10-31T15:14:38-04:00October 31st, 2009|Healthcare|Comments Off on Republicans don't have a health care plan

Countdown – How did Obama win?

Keith Olbermann talks with Chris Kofinis who was communications director of John Edward’s campaign. They discuss something that I have talked about on a number of occasions. How did Obama win? I have also talked about the flip side of the argument, how did Hillary lose?

By |2008-06-05T22:12:25-04:00June 5th, 2008|Countdown, Election 2008|Comments Off on Countdown – How did Obama win?
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