Richard_Crainium's comment history

Strong Political parties exist for the purpose of installing people to positions of power and influence in government. It is the same all over the world. To do this they compete with the opposition for support of the electorate by inciting passion over issues of the time. Whether the issues have to do with the economy, national security, individual liberties, the environment, Constitutional interpretations, or matters of moral and social conscience, parties stake claim to various convictions then pretend, as necessary, that they have always been philosophically faithful to their positions. However, this is done to gain support in terms of dollars and votes for their own candidates. People are attracted to particular parties over single wedge-issues like abortion or gun control and discount other party positions. The association of any party over time with a particular political philosophy is problematic at best. The distinction between liberal and conservative political philosophies and the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, over time tends to blur. Philosophies and allegiances have switched back and forth over the years. For example, after the Civil War, most whites in the South became Southern Democrats. Then, following the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many of these Democrats switched over to support Republican candidates. Political parties come and go. Sometimes the names stay the same, but the philosophies and respective positions on issues change according to the winds of war and fortune. It is impossible to separate politics from economics. It is all about power and influence. I remember a quote I read from Winston Churchill that has always stuck with me. Any man (ed. or woman) who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. Winston Churchill, Sir (1874-1965). It can make you smile a bit regardless of what affiliation you have. The Republican Party has now become so conservative, so entrenched in principle that, in my judgment, it has lost broader appeal to many moderates and independents. It will either have to reinvent itself as a more inclusive party advocating something other than failed economic and diplomatic principles and appeasement of special interest groups like the NRA, big oil, big pharmacy, big finance, defense industries and fundamental Christian groups. My great hope is that Voters of all hues; liberals, moderates and “fiscal” conservatives, together with Independents , Republicans and Democrats will unite for the upcoming election bring needed change to Washington’s, business-as-usual, my-turn-move-over approach to doing the people’s business. This time around, we need someone in the White House who will be honest with us and who will be President for all Americans. I pray that candidate shows himself or herself soon.

January 25, 2012 at 1:21 p.m.

It is striking that all these Obama critics on this page cannot spell, write reasoned, logical arguments or recall historical facts. Are all the illiterates in this country in the Tea Party now? Does Chattanooga have a focused concentration of this genre? Now you can see the true impact of our underfunded education system ... our country is filled with legions of ignorant she it kickers who want to support a party that will further weaken our education system until eventually we attain intellectual parity with Afghanistan so there are more ignorant citizens in this country to fill the ranks of the Tea Party. Hmmm, so Tea Party = American Taliban. It is actually a brilliant strategy on their part, I will give them that. On after thought I think "she it-kickers" is hyphenated.

January 25, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.

Strong Political parties exist for the purpose of installing people to positions of power and influence in government. It is the same all over the world. To do this they compete with the opposition for support of the electorate by inciting passion over issues of the time. Whether the issues have to do with the economy, national security, individual liberties, the environment, Constitutional interpretations, or matters of moral and social conscience, parties stake claim to various convictions then pretend, as necessary, that they have always been philosophically faithful to their positions. However, this is done to gain support in terms of dollars and votes for their own candidates. People are attracted to particular parties over single wedge-issues like abortion or gun control and discount other party positions. The association of any party over time with a particular political philosophy is problematic at best. The distinction between liberal and conservative political philosophies and the Democratic and Republican parties in the United States, over time tends to blur. Philosophies and allegiances have switched back and forth over the years. For example, after the Civil War, most whites in the South became Southern Democrats. Then, following the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many of these Democrats switched over to support Republican candidates. Steve and Carolyn are just catching up. Political parties come and go. Sometimes the names stay the same, but the philosophies and respective positions on issues change according to the winds of war and fortune. It is impossible to separate politics from economics. It is all about power and influence. I remember a quote I read from Winston Churchill that has always stuck with me. Any man (ed. or woman) who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. Winston Churchill, Sir (1874-1965). It can make you smile a bit regardless of what affiliation you have. The Republican Party has now become so conservative, so entrenched in principle that, in my judgment, it has lost broader appeal to many moderates and independents. It will either have to reinvent itself as a more inclusive party advocating something other than failed economic and diplomatic principles and appeasement of special interest groups like the NRA, big oil, big pharmacy, big finance, defense industries and fundamental Christian groups. My great hope is that Voters of all hues; liberals, moderates and “fiscal” conservatives, together with Independents , Republicans and Democrats will unite for the upcoming election bring needed change to Washington’s, business-as-usual, my-turn-move-over approach to doing the people’s business. This time around, we need someone in the White House who will be honest with us and who will be President for all Americans.

November 16, 2011 at 2:40 p.m.

A Drill, an exercise… Nice and convenient, plus real life (sarcasm). Arrive at work, get a coffee, a donut, we were notified months ago that this drill is scheduled this day. Starts at 7 minutes after 8 AM. Ends at 2PM, Not even paying overtime for this one! This is not a drill of any significance toward real world. How may TVA Emergency Response personnel can we muster a 3 AM, or even after 4 in the afternoon? Real World, look at the geographic maps, if an earthquake affects Watts Bar, rest assured Sequoyah is being shaken (same seismic plate). TWO drills at once, not sure the responders have enough fingers to count on. With Oak Ridge National Labs up the river and Dept. of Energy (runs Oak Ridge labs) having little of those BAD regulations the evil Democrats impose on TVA and the rest of us, I’d worry little about the Commercial Reactors at WBN and SQN. What is this “Radiation experts clustered to the left? Engineering experts clustered to the right”, seems like Team Work would be encouraged during these times. Further, “They monitored Facebook, television and radio to see if the right information was getting out.” WOW TVA actually pays to do this? Communication is very important during these events, seems like everything would be “pre-checked”, as trying to correct something after published or announced is near fruitless in today’s communication. Continuing; the statement, ”and on-site portable pumps to move water through nuclear reactors in the event electricity is lost” . Let me get this right. “Portable pumps will replace the 4 Reactor Coolant pumps rated at 9,700 horsepower each? Westinghouse certainly overdesigned that system, just a few portable pumps needed! Theses are just too easy targets: “To decontaminate, those exposed would need to shower, get new clothes and be monitored”… wow, just tell people to stay home and take a shower rather than evacuate in line across a two lane bridge crossing the river. AIRBORNE radiation is a concern of utmost health hazard. Maybe an across the counter cough syrup is needed. Concluding, “We always find little nuggets to improve”, are these nuclear fuel pellets, ejected from the core?
Nuclear Power is relatively safe as a machine, it’s the uninformed, uneducated that make criticism so easy. Drills are important and required. A pre-drill to a required drill is good management. The drill should reflect the real world however, and reporting on it should reflect knowledge and a careful choice of words and colloquiums. It is an exact science, not astrology or numerology, etc. or politics.

September 22, 2011 at 1:43 p.m.

Wait a minute the point is missed.

A business permit / license are needed: Therefore, the owners have a tax write off for incidental and personal and business related expenses, lemons and ice are not free. So local, state and federal taxes can be collected as small business support the mega corporations and their tax breaks, The liability here is an unacceptable risk, food poisoning, traffic obstructions, employee injury, product defects and subsequent injury, legal fees, The whole food inspection requirements will be by-passed and public safety is being jeopardized by rouge enterprises selling uninspected products. The local zoning laws may be by- passed, NO lemonade stands in my Backyard ! or city sidewalks. Establishments of these types (roadside businesses) are known to attract the elements of crime and social undesirables. Without a license employees may be unregistered visitors or citizens of America who desire God given rights to health insurance are suppressed due to the status of the business. Apparently, local community relations are already being severed, as normally the police enjoy gratuity cups of coffee and perhaps donuts; where this illegal business required payment (25 cents, as I understand the current market supply and demand structure). Given that America is a representative democracy our leaders are merely a reflection of our communities and ourselves. Now that is what should terrify you

July 15, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.

"I was very pleased with what I saw today," he said (Bill Ostendorff, commissioner with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which regulates nuclear reactor). A walk thru inspection from our regulator, wonder if he had to borrow a pencil to take notes.

From the looks of the annnunicator board (lights), a few alarms need tending to. Ole' Lamar can get his work shirt on and lend a hand.

April 18, 2011 at 3:15 p.m.

In Roman mythology, Veritas, meaning truth, was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. In the case of the comment posted, (s)he is just another poorly educated, narrow minded, Christian redneck with no conscience other than what they are told to believe and worship. Wonder what bumper stickers are on the truck or the family van? Veritas, you tell Jesus Mr. Gibson should have died violently and how it saved another space in heaven for the self righteous. Veritas my derrière.

March 31, 2011 at 6:43 a.m.

Cost overruns, mismanagement, faulty schedules, I suppose these are not false statements and not punishable... This is unfortunate, reminds me of the 1000's of QA issues back in 1984-1988 at WBN, where employees had concerns that were not addressed.

Wonder what happens to the second signatures as Nuclear Power always has independent and concurrent verification.

Throw the book at him. Watch the allegations surface now.

March 24, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.

Things will be better in (sic) Sprang City and apparently better in Iran with a new stimulus package from America.

DOE's Inspector General issues report on quality assurance problems identified at construction of MOX fuel fabrication facility "Our review disclosed that the Department had procured and installed safety-class and safety-significant SSCs (structures, systems and components) that did not meet NQA-1 (Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications) quality standards. Specifically, we identified multiple instances in which critical components did not meet required quality and safety standards."

Download Audit Report, The Procurement of Safety Class/Safety-Significant Items at the Savannah River Site, DOE/IG-0814 , U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit Services, April 2009 (1.4M PDF)

NRC issues Information Notice regarding deficiences observed with concrete placement at planned MOX fuel plant and other nuclear facilities In view of the deficiencies observed with concrete placement at the MOX fuel plant construction site in South Carolina, and similar problems at nuclear power plant construction sites in Finland and France, the NRC has issued an Information Notice to alert other licensees on the matter.

Download IN2008-17: Construction experience with concrete placement, Oct. 22, 2008

It’s Time to Pull the Plug on the MOX “Factory to Nowhere” The MOX factory has been besieged by poor planning and mismanagement from the beginning, causing the estimated cost to balloon from $1 billion to nearly $5 billion today and the estimated startup date to slip by at least a decade, to 2016. But even if the plant starts producing MOX fuel on schedule, which is not a good bet, it is far from assured that it will have any place to send it. Thus the plant is truly a “factory to nowhere.” http://allthingsnuclear.org/post/3332906391/its-time-to-pull-the-plug-on-the-mox-factory-to#

February 17, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
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