published Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The Fix

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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nucanuck said...

Clay, this cartoon is painfully accurate, but I don't think many people have read about the dilution of safety standards in our nuclear plants. The MSM have not reported on this and only today did I see an Associated Press article discussing the brittle geriatric potential problems that many US reactors face. I forwarded the article to your editor because he had just run a positive editorial about nuclear and it's safety record.

June 21, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Lowering the Watts Bar, as it were.

June 21, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

WHAT'S AN ELEPHANT TO DO?

President Obama has expressed his support of nuclear power as a way to ween ourselves off foreign oil. But since the wing nuts oppose everything he wants, even policies they have historically supported, I can't wait to see how the knot headed tea baggers respond to this cartoon.

Obviously Cabin Boy, a.k.a. big ridge patriot (I suspect no ridge and see little evidence of patriotism) will oppose this cartoon just because that's who he is and that's what he does. His vote won't count.

Nucanuck's point is well taken. Oil drilling in the Gulf has resumed, for instance, with the very same 'blow out preventers' still in use and still incapable of preventing blow outs. What happened to enhanced regulation? What happened to the review of current safety standards?

On Saturday, while flying to Texas from Florida, I was sickened to see ribbons and pools of brownish red goo over large portions of the Gulf. It looks like that great expanse of beautiful water has been transformed into our own private toilet.

My cousin married a great guy who happens to be nuclear engineer. We talk a lot and we both agree on the value of SAFE nuclear power and hope that term is not an oxymoron. He is proud of his chosen field. I hope we can have more nuclear power plants and millions of hybrid vehicles.

I suspect I'll have nightmares about that plane trip, however, and I was just getting over the nuclear meltdown in Japan.

Maybe I'd sleep better if the whores in Washington were more concerned with voters than they were campaign contributions. What will republicans do?

How do they oppose the President while simultaneously kissing the butt of the nuclear industry?

June 21, 2011 at 12:51 a.m.
nucanuck said...

Three and one half feet higher water at the imperiled Nebraska nuclear plant and we will have our very own nuclear nightmare. The Corp of Engineers and the weatherman can't promise that the worst won't happen. Flooding will continue for another month.

The radiation story at Fukushima is just beginning to be told. Massive radiation, larger than Chernoble, has already escaped with hotspots in Tokyo's suburbs. The plant will probably take a full ten years to de-activate.

Thorium and other technologies offer promise for nuclear, but the US should not move forward without an agreed upon plan for nuclear waste. As it now stands, when we de-commission an old plant, we still have astronomical costs because the spent fuel must be maintained and protected indefinitely.

Obama should proceed very carefully before committing funds for new nuclear construction.

...and does anyone think this is a job for the private sector?

June 21, 2011 at 1:25 a.m.
Yossarian25 said...

Another clever cartoon, creatively crafted by Clay!

June 21, 2011 at 2:55 a.m.
fairmon said...

No drilling for oil or natural gas, no nuclear, no coal burning, no new dams they interfere with aquatic life like snail darters, no wind mill farms they harm the land scape. Water is becoming as big a problem as oil. All I know to do is on my acre drill and find a spring fed well, get a solar roof and a wind mill installed, find an old push plow and make a garden and buy some chickens and a bicycle. I will be dead ass broke but will be paying no taxes. We don't need nuclear or our own energy, our friends in the middle east and Chavez will keep us supplied if we are willing to pay up to their targeted price of $150 a barrel. We can subsidize Brazil some more and guarantee to buy their oil at the market price. We owe our thanks to the DOE and Obama with congressional approval for that deal. We all know we can trust Brazil to be more environmentally responsible than we are.

Thank goodness according to the DNC chairman the economy has turned around in the past two years under current leadership:

o Unemployment is up only 25%

o minority unemployment is only around 35%

o Under employment is only up 25%

o The debt has only increased 35%

o Gas has only gone up 104%

o food is only up around 10%

o health care wasn't mentioned but I think it is up only 15%

o The average wage income has actually increased 1%

Congress and Obama both warned us it would be a difficult and slow process. How long will it take for the economy to be in good shape and the debt reduced at this rate? We should feel the impact soon. A republican president working with a democratic congress and now a democratic president working with a republican house and democratic senate has delivered this progress. I guess we better return all incumbents in the 2012 elections. Agree?

June 21, 2011 at 6:40 a.m.
rolando said...

You forgot about laying down a geothermal heating/cooling system, harp.

June 21, 2011 at 7:03 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

great post, harp.

yeah, everything is just fine.

obama should run for president of brazil.

i think underemployment is way higher than that figure, though...i'd say close t o 40% of this county is underemployed....easily.

of course, if you work for the federal government these are great days.

i'd get rid of as many incumbents that i could...many of them republican..certainly nearly all democrats.....get rid of obama......i'd get rid of the 17th ammendment, as well. enough with do nothing, get along, millionare, lobbyist ass kissing senators. senators need to answer to their states, not some elitist power brokers in d.c. states are far more responsible with money than the federal government.

June 21, 2011 at 7:22 a.m.
mymy said...

In our own backyard there is something the American people should be stampeding DC about:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/local/article/China-stakes-claim-to-S-Texas-oil-gas-858329.php

June 21, 2011 at 7:42 a.m.
fairmon said...

rolando,

Good point but can't afford everything at once. I want my tree hugging nuclear protesting neighbors to hear my wind mill, see my solar panels and when I use the chicken litter for fertilize on my garden they can see, hear, smell, feel and taste my commitment to zero environmental risk. I know they will just love me, don't you think?

June 21, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
mymy said...

The chicken litter fertilizer will to the job with the wind mills spreading the smell! LOL

June 21, 2011 at 7:54 a.m.
fairmon said...

Regardless of nuclear or no nuclear or other energy sources the size of government could and should be reduced by no less than 50%. State governments should assume control of state affairs. There should be no manipulating by the federal government through grants, incentives, subsidies etc. etc. I know it won't happen but the federal government is so bloated and cumbersome it is totally unmanageable. Presidents and congress are proving that daily.

Take a tour of how many departments there are and how many sub-departments are in each of those. It would take the largest accounting firm in the world several years to do a financial audit of the federal government. There are no doubt people getting a federal employees check that doesn't have anything to do. I knew one that played golf every day of the week and when he retired he actually played less. It would be impossible for any consulting firm to determine if each position were essential and to identify duplications and make a compensation comparison for like work in the private sector. A budget process of what was spent this year plus new items for the coming year is not a good process for reducing spending. Notice how the economy usually has a growth spurt in the 4th quarter, could it be the rush to spend this years budget to assure next years?

Think about the number of local, state and federal employees are and how many non government jobs exist for each government job. It is a frightening ratio. With such a high percent of taxes going to fund government employment it is no surprise that our national and state debts are increasing at an alarming rate.

June 21, 2011 at 8:08 a.m.
Clara said...

At least, the tech is on his toes.

June 21, 2011 at 8:19 a.m.
Clara said...

C/:-) Good cartoon, Clay!

June 21, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
limric said...

I have always been a strong proponent of nuclear power, but not with public financing. Nuclear power has always operated with a strange dichotomy. Just like Wall Street, the profits are private, but the risks and liability are born by the public. The nuclear industry is one of the most heavily subsidized energy sectors and has been since its development. One infuriating and practically incalculable subsidy comes from the Price-Anderson Act, which provides for the federal (read--taxpayer) assumption of liability in the event of a catastrophic accident.

Like offshore oil drilling companies, the nuclear industry has a cap on what it has to pay in the event of a major accident. And as we saw with the BP oil disaster, the true cost of restoring the surrounding environment can and will cost far more than what the company is required to pay.

WE share the industry's costs of going through the process of getting a license to operate. WE subsidize the industry by assuming the financial risk if companies endure delays or go bankrupt while trying to build a nuclear reactor. And, if there's a delay because of a safety issue, security, or financial concern, WE pick up the tab.

Those are just a few of the ways we pay to prop up the nuclear industry. We also pony up billions more through federally backed loan guarantees. Did you know you are already on the hook for more than $18 billion in guarantees for loans financing the first new U.S. reactors slated for construction in a generation? You are. Obama’s proposed 2012 budget would add $36 billion more. The DOE awarded a guarantee to Southern Co. in Georgia. Next in line is a project in South Texas that is, interestingly, to be partially financed by Japan-based Toshiba…and you and I.

For years, the nuclear industry has lobbied (ie. corrupted) Congress and maintained friends in the right places. In addition to keeping the regulatory wheels greased, this helps them increase and maintain their subsidies.

At the end of the day, whether you support nuclear power or not, subsidizing and thereby artificially lessening the nuclear industry's and private investors financial risks is utterly irresponsible. If nuclear power can compete on the open market, (which it can) then it should foot its own bills. But if private lenders find the risks too great, then the industry will rightfully stall. After all, that’s the ‘free market’ at work isn’t it. Taxpayers shouldn't shoulder this burden any longer.

June 21, 2011 at 8:56 a.m.
limric said...

mymy,

Good link. I've read about this and other sellouts throughout the country. As important as this is, it doesn't even scratch the surface. Torches and pitchforks anyone??

The revolution will be televised

June 21, 2011 at 9:06 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

limric,

I agree with you as far as supporting Nuclear power on its own merits. The guarantees and subsidies are put in place by one government hack to counter the onerous obstacles put in place by another government hack. The former does not have the political strength to right the original wrong so he puts Band-Aids all over the problem.

…government at work.

June 21, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

As far as the cartoon goes...

I wonder if Clay could name one regulation that was changed that he is concerned about. The answer is probably no. He probably takes his cues from others with no understanding if there is a real problem.

June 21, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
OllieH said...

Dead on, Clay.

Despite the reflexive complaints from your regular contrarians (above), I think the least we can ask of the nuclear power industry is for it to operate its plants as safely as possible. Apparently, to insist on any standards at all is even too much for the crowd that sees ALL regulation as the work of the devil.

nucanuck- The AP story to which you referred was published on the front page of yesterday's Times Free Press and you're right, it was quite alarming. Here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/3ltspnx

June 21, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
OllieH said...

BigRidgePatriot- I guessing that Clay could name the regulations that were listed in the AP story. Unlike you, he probably reads. To bring you up to speed, this is from yesterday's story:

"Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards.

Failed cables. Busted seals. Broken nozzles, clogged screens, cracked concrete, dented containers, corroded metals and rusty underground pipes — all of these and thousands of other problems linked to aging were uncovered in the AP's yearlong investigation. And all of them could escalate dangers in the event of an accident.

Yet despite the many problems linked to aging, not a single official body in government or industry has studied the overall frequency and potential impact on safety of such breakdowns in recent years, even as the NRC has extended the licenses of dozens of reactors.

Industry and government officials defend their actions, and insist that no chances are being taken. But the AP investigation found that with billions of dollars and 19 percent of America's electricity supply at stake, a cozy relationship prevails between the industry and its regulator, the NRC. Records show a recurring pattern: Reactor parts or systems fall out of compliance with the rules. Studies are conducted by the industry and government, and all agree that existing standards are "unnecessarily conservative."

Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance."

June 21, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

OllieH said... "I guessing that Clay could name the regulations that were listed in the AP story"

Yes, you are guessing and probably giving Clay more credit than he deserves. I saw the AP claims that regulations were relaxed but had a hard time finding statements about actual regulations that were changed. There were lots of examples of incidents with only perfunctory detail that generated more questions than answers.

When was the last time you saw a news story about a topic that you were intimately aware of and saw that it was accurately reported? In my experience, reporters almost always get the story wrong, sometimes outrageously wrong, either because they have an agenda and are not listening or they are just too stupid and not equipped to understand the story at hand.

I have tritium in one of my watches and in some of my rifle optics. I also have a several gallons of bleach in the laundry room. If I dumped one of them on the ground I would have a spill many, probably thousands, of times the drinking water limit.

What the story tells me is that we need an obsolescence plan for reactors that includes periodic replacement. It would be nice if we had some new reactors going on line so we could idle the older plants when their maintenance costs get too high, without losing big chunks of power generation.

June 21, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

OllieH said... "Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance."

That is the message that the AP reporter wanted you to get. You neglect to mention the repair that has been done. The reporter "knowingly" describes all of the repairs as patchwork when he mentioned repairs. If there were any repairs involving total system replacement you can be sure he "failed" to mention those.

June 21, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
GetALife said...

I do wish you fevered, frequent posters would glance at you reflection in your monitor and see how pathetic your comments are. Why don't you go fishin' or something.

June 21, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

so how many times should someone post on this forum, getalife? is there are an amount that crosses the line?

June 21, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.
miraweb said...

SM - I try to keep to a three-post limit. If I haven't had my say in three posts, I probably don't know what I'm talking about. Doesn't always happen, but I do try.

June 21, 2011 at 11:16 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

miraweb, i see.

that makes sense.

June 21, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

GetALife said... "I do wish you fevered, frequent posters would glance at you reflection in your monitor and see how pathetic your comments are. Why don't you go fishin' or something"

The award for the post that contributes the least today goes to, drumroll...

GetALife!

Way to go GetALife!

June 21, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
fairmon said...

I agree with no public financing but some well defined liability limits may be in order. Neither people nor lawyers should profit from an event. Strictly enforced necessary regulations should be in place. BP and regulator collusion were alleged following the BP spill but that got quiet pretty quick. I suspect some regulator failure did occur. Government management of employees is so lax that little is done to detect and deal with incompetent regulators. There is too much dependence on the inexperienced.

BRP you are right in that news journalist today are so busy trying to write something controversial and attention getting plus being pushed for the "breaking story" their credibility is questionable.

June 21, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
bigbearzzz said...

Why you gotta be hatin on short people?

June 21, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.
GetALife said...

BRP. Thanks for making my point.

June 21, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

getalife..i don't want to go fishin'..it's too hot. sitting in an air conditioned room and posting comments is much more relaxing....and much more amusing.

June 21, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.

The comments are much more amusing than Clayduh's routine attack on middle-aged white males.

June 21, 2011 at 2:28 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

yeah, bookie..quite predictable and by the playbook.

there's so much out there for an editorial cartoonist to sink his teeth into...

like obama insisting he hasn't broken the war powers act, when he clearly has. he acts as if there's been no bloodshed. the hypocracy is so ripe for a cartoon.....the way the left blasted bush or doing what obama is doing now, which he didn't. oh, the irony.

like the gun running at the border...if that would've happened under bush's watch he would have been crucified..

like the liberal media feeding frenzy over sarah palin's emails, while other importants topics are being ignored....

and much more....

looks like obama's poll numbers are dropping like a brick in water......that would make a good cartoon.

but no....not with bennett....bennett is entitled to any political view he wants....but he looks rather silly these days given the way he and the other lamestream, liberal media are ignoring real news and focusing on making republicans look bad.

June 21, 2011 at 3:12 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Did Obama's Stimulus package really save any jobs? Just to the north of us they are doing much better without the ridiculous federal spending. How Could That Be?

http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2011/06/comparing-canadian-and-us-unemployment.html

June 21, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

today obama said in a speech to the dnc that in the last 15 months "we've " created 2.1 million private sector jobs......"we"...he did?....there was actually laughter when he said that..

what a con artist......he's not capable of creating one job...what a buffoon...

what jug-eared liar

June 21, 2011 at 3:42 p.m.
Leaf said...

There's no single insurance company in existence that could or would cover a nuclear plant. If nuclear's risk was not subsidised by government it could not exist because of the potential for astronomical losses.

June 21, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
potcat said...

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved licenses that will allow up to 1,000 tons of Germany's low- level radio-active WASTE to be brought to Oak Ridge, Tenn. for incineration.

Tennessee is taking a lot more risk than most other areas in the world willing to take. The Germans are world leaders in incineration, but they decided this radioactive waste is something they will not burn.

June 21, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

SeaMonkey said... "what jug-eared liar"

Pretty much sums up my opinion of the jerk.

June 21, 2011 at 4:33 p.m.
Clara said...

MyMy...What is wrong about putting a windmill and a solar panel on your own house?

Here's link that is organized by concerned scientists. There is also a sidebar the lists Nuclear Power 101.

http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_risk/safety/nrc-and-nuclear-power-2010.html

June 21, 2011 at 4:37 p.m.
Selah said...

SeaMonkey...go to your Republican island and create all those buffoon jobs that they left us...

June 21, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Clara said... "What is wrong about putting a windmill and a solar panel on your own house"

Not a thing, other than it is a hopeless waste of money. Neither will make economic sense in Chattanooga TN until;

A) Obama is finally successful causing a dramatic increase in the cost of (grid) electricity, as he promised. He still needs to roughly quadruple our local electricity bill before it will start making sense.

B) The installed costs come down about 75%. I hear people now predicting that will be before 2020 but in the 10 years or so I have been watching prices I have not seen solar energy costs move much off of $10/watt peak capacity.

June 21, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

yeah brp...what else can you say when he says, "we've created 2.1 million private sector jobs" with a straight face.

do it again, then.....if it's that easy. if he has the answers then why not create another 5 or 10 million..and get rid of the huge unemployment and underemployment rates? come on, magic man..wave your magic wand and put everyone to work....get rid of that 16% unemployment rate among black males. stop toying with us. just do it.

and there's no war in libya either...

and he killed osama bin laden with his bare hands...by the time the summer of 2012 rolls around and he campaigns seriously obama will be a bigger folk hero than paul bunyon.....at least in his own head..

creating jobs with his bare hands, slaying bin laden with his bare hands, saving the poor from the evil rich, destroying the evil coal industry and saving our lungs......what a donkey

damn, what a clown.

June 21, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Selah said... "go to your Republican island and create all those buffoon jobs that they left us"

How about you go to your Democratic Socialist island and quit trying to wreck the United States with your regressive, collectivist "Change".

June 21, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

"buffoon jobs" ..what's a buffoon job?......you must have it backwards...because now you see engineers, architects, and other educated individuals with years of experience are now mopping floors at mcdonald's..(no offense to those who mop floors at mcdonald's. i guess the buffoon in the white house considers that a good job for the filthy masses...how ironic, because that's the only job he's qualified to do...maybe not.

actually, selah, every job is necessary....every job has a purpose.....we've all had to do jobs that weren't the greatest/paid our dues......but, you see...what we have in the white house is a buffoon who has never paid his dues...has never done real work...who has no connection with regular people because he's led a sheltered and pampered existance. he's been told he was great since he was little and he believes it. he was molded by marxists throughout his life and mentored by a corrupt political machine.

see him out there on the golf course..hacking away, big chunks of grass flying up..people ducking.. well,...his golf game is the perfect metaphor for the job he's doing as president.......

a miserable hack job......it's like letting a butcher perform brain surgery.

June 21, 2011 at 5:20 p.m.
mymy said...

Like him or not today Glenn Beck topic is energy. The audience is business owners. One gentleman just made a very passionate, emotional talk re what Obama/environmentalist ares doing to our energy. So, all the flakey environmentalist should have heard it. Cost will rise and lots of jobs lost. Gotta go.

June 21, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
mymy said...

Clara:

You can have your solar/windmill. I would rather have a little "nukie" in my backyard and I do.

Obama said he was going to fundamentally change this country. I got it, but others didn’t. This country and the people are paying a big price with more to come. Wake up people is all I can say.

So you put that windmill on your room (aren’t they a little big for a roof?). The price tag will be a shocker, but guess you think government will pay for it. OH, and buy a good quality set of ear plugs to go with it.

June 21, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
mymy said...

Per yesterday's topic. Just saw this on WRCB site. A new one: parents hurting children to get pain meds for themselves.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Erlanger pediatricians last spoke out about an influx of child abuse cases six months ago.

At that time, it was thought the economy and the holidays played a part in the increase.

"We continue to see an uptick and I'm not sure what to blame. It could still be the economy," says Dr. Annamarie Church.

Erlanger has seen a dozen child abuse cases in 6 weeks, 9 of those physical abuse.

"Dakota had told me his heart had stopped, and the baby wasn't breathing, and he seemed completely devastated by it," says Carrie Woodruff.

Woodruff's boyfriend, Dakota Eldridge, is charged with trying to kill their infant son. Police say nurses caught him trying to smother the baby in the hospital.

Doctor Church says a number of cases have also been medical abuse.

Another example includes parents purposely hurting children in hopes of getting pain medications to use for themselves.

Most cases are the result of uncontrolled anger.

Church says anger is part of human nature, but good parents know self-control.

Dr. Church said, "We all do that, the difference is we know how to control our impulses so that we do not lash out at that child."

Dr. Church says many times, it's best for parents to take a deep breath and seek help if it can lead to a violent situation.

"If you feel yourself getting angry, if you feel you want to lash out, these are things you can say to get away from it," Dr. Church said.

For help with child abuse you can call The National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD

June 21, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.
tderng said...

mymy...that's right in Dear Leaders wheelhouse.He wants skyrocketing energy costs,and the jobs be damned.He can't get his agenda done without it.

June 21, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.
fairmon said...

Canada has things going in the right direction which beats heck out of what we are doing. No deaths reported due to their reduced welfare spending. Job growth has improved once they settled on the business tax rate and uncomplicated it. It is hard to listen when you are talking all the time so no need for our guy to visit them.

June 21, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
Momus said...

Getalife - don't ruin my fun.

It's nothing I enjoy more than to let SeaMonkey show how sad and pathetic his life is. Take Father's Day. I made a post that morning, went fishing in the Keys with my dad, ate at The Big Chill and had a wonderful day. What was SeaMonkey doing??? Insult - Obama - Libs - Obama etc..

Get a life!

June 21, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
fairmon said...

Clara,

I was being sarcastic when I said I was going to get a wind mill and solar panels along with a bicycle and some chickens. I would not spend that much on either of them since they are no where near as effective or as reliable as advertised. When you see an advertisement that contains the words on the average be sure you remember that is like saying put your head in the freezer and your feet in the fire and over all you will be comfortable.

June 21, 2011 at 7:20 p.m.
dude_abides said...

mymy said... Clara: You can have your solar/windmill. I would rather have a little "nukie" in my backyard and I do.

Do you use your back door when you do?

"Germans are world leaders in incineration, but they decided this radioactive waste is something they will not burn."

Yes, and they are getting out of the nuclear business, it seems.

June 21, 2011 at 7:47 p.m.
dude_abides said...

SeaMonkey, BRP, etc., If you met Obama, person to person, would you shake his hand?

June 21, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

why is my life sad and pathetic, momus? what do you know about my life. nothing...so i suggest you close your pie hole regarding my life. you libs on here repeatedly waste time making comments about my life. who cares? my comments are regarding obama..not you. he's affecting all of our lives and i have every right to voice my disgust with the way he's handling things.

you libs act so offended when those of us who are disgusted with obama as president say what we think. you're hypocrites......bush was called the devil, hitler, a murderer,...and so..movies were made about his assasination.,..books written about killing him......where was the outcry?

dude, the question should not be would i shake his hand, but would he expect me to bow to him.

i would tell him what i think..you can bet on that...just like i would tell any politician what i think.

June 21, 2011 at 8:36 p.m.
ceeweed said...

What PotCat said!

June 21, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

dude_abides said... "If you met Obama, person to person, would you shake his hand?"

Remember that clip of a citizen grabbing Newt Gingrich's hand and declaring him an embarrassment to his party and suggesting that he go away? It happened right after he called Ryan’s budget extreme.

I would relish the opportunity to grab on to Obama's hand like that and tell that a$$ what I think of him right up to the point that the Secret Service clubbed me into unconsciousness.

I would only hope that it be caught on tape and shown on the national news.

June 21, 2011 at 8:43 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

you libs are mired in the cult of personality...you're suckers for a good demagogue.....you whine and cry like teenage girls if anyone criticizes your "star" president......grow up.

i think bush deserved a pile of criticism..i thought his second term was a disaster.....i even have some criticism of reagan....who i admire a great deal. but, if someone criticized reagan..i don't take it personally like you crybaby libs do.........you have every right to criticize reagan, as i do obama.

obama is the perfect president for you lefty wackjobs.......he's incapable of taking criticism, just like you're incapable of not attacking someone personally for criticizing obama....you're made for each other....

June 21, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Just as I thought. You have no respect for the office. He is the President of the United States of America, and you would verbally and physically assault him given the chance. You are inbred lowbrow punks that think decorum is something your wife picks up over to the Walmark Store. You give yourselves waay more credit than you should. You are very average men who think they can get away with anonymously attacking a man of twice their intelligence and class. Every opinion you ghouls put forth, if followed, would benefit you. You know, if they took cars away from the poor your streets would be less congested, wouldn't they. I saw a kid years ago that had a t-shirt that spoke volumes about your ilk, we've all seen it..."Mean People Suck."

June 21, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

as i posted, dude.....cult of personality.....do you sleep with is picture under your pillow?

you need to chill....

yeah..dude.....i would physically assault him.......that's quite an acusation..isn't it?

i would never assualt anyone,..but as you libs have proven, by your books and movies about assasinating a president and how to kill one(bush)...the same can't be said about you...

way, way to emotional...

i have lots of respect for the office....but not much for a man who uses the constitution to wipe his scrawny behind.

what a huge double standard..you libs displayed no respect for bush...zero......very hyporcritical dude...very...

you can dish it out..but you certainly can't take it.

as i said before...there's no sign as president that obama is intelligent at all..he reads a mean teleprompter and eats a mean chilli dog...but, as far as being brilliant.... nada..nothing..

he's a rabid idealogue...but as far as problem solving, he gets an F. a big red on.

"ghouls"......how hilarious. ..

"mean people" ...you mean like people who write books and make movies about assasinating and how to kill a president?......i'd say that's pretty darn mean.

grow up. you obviously can't deal with people who don't agree with you.

nice emotional windbag rant in your last post, though..

June 21, 2011 at 9:41 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Very, very average. Dull, drab, monotonous yawnathon.

June 21, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
SeaMonkey said...

"you would verbally and physically assualt him given the chance"

i see..it's the seriousness of the charge, not whether it's true or not , huh?

i am now awarding you the anthony weiner memorial award for the quintessentially liberal post of the day.

here you go. congrats!!!

put it on your mantle next to your busts of obama, marx, mao, pee wee herman, barney frank and the replica of al gore's nobel peace prize.

June 21, 2011 at 9:55 p.m.
dude_abides said...

I'm just thankful people like you have no real power. All you can do is spout venom and blame others, and perhaps eventually throw a SWAT standoff party, scaring nobody but your long suffering wife. Rage on, omn-impotent one.

June 21, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
Momus said...

Monkey - Thanks for making my point. I have an 8:00 tee-time. I've check in on your misery throughout the day.

June 22, 2011 at 5:47 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Harry Reid and now President Obama's appointee have blocked storing nuke waste at Yucca Mountain, which'd be safer than what we now do.

June 22, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
rolando said...

Geez, Momus, why don't you be real Progressive-like and give those green fees to the downtrodden in public housing?

Yeah, I thought so...because it is yours, not ours.

June 22, 2011 at 6:48 a.m.
rolando said...

Leaf said, "If nuclear's risk was not subsidised by government it could not exist because of the potential for astronomical losses." [sic]

Ya ever think the dangers inherent in those "astronomical losses" are excellent reasons for it not to exist?

June 22, 2011 at 6:51 a.m.
Momus said...

Rolado - if my tax dollars keep them off my greens, that's money well spent.

June 22, 2011 at 7:18 a.m.
MacGyverguy said...

As a person that actually works in nuclear power and understands the NRC regulations, I can tell you they are not lowering the bar for the safety of the plants. All repairs must return the equipment to the original design requirements as a minimum. The only lowering of standards has been with adminisration. In fact, regulations are increasing at such a rate it may become too expensive for utilities to operate a plant and satisfy all the requirements.

The AP article simply made me laugh. The reporter obviously has next to no understanding of the basics of nuclear power. Technology has advanded so much that the plants can find, monitor, and predict growth in defects of materials in ways other industries have never dreamed about. The reality is, nuclear plants report more problems because they find them the best and keep such a close eye on them. They invest in these technologies and development because they know, it only takes one plant in the U.S. to have a serious accident to end all nuclear power.

June 22, 2011 at 10:31 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

MacGyverguy said... "The AP article simply made me laugh. The reporter obviously has next to no understanding of the basics of nuclear power."

I figured as much. The article showed evidence of activism on the part of the writer. When those goons are given a stump they abuse it mercilessly. The biggest clue was that the title refers to relaxation of regulations and then the article drones on about incidents with little or no (if there was one I missed it) references to regulations being changed. The writer hopes the reader will associate the incidents with relaxed regulations. As OllieH demonstrates in his 9:38AM post, the writer was successful.

” Regulations are loosened, and the reactors are back in compliance."

Clay Bennett was also duped into the AP writer’s message, as demonstrated by this lame cartoon. I still doubt Clay read the article. He probably just saw the title or heard a clip on the news and ran with it.

June 22, 2011 at 11:51 a.m.
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