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"Crews for 450 ICBMs had only 1 wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.They FedExed it among

Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will have to spend billions of dollars over the next five years to make emergency fixes to its nuclear weapons infrastructure, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce on Friday, after two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise,” according to senior defense officials.

The reports are a searing indictment of how the Air Force’s and Navy’s aging nuclear weapons facilities, silos and submarine fleet have been allowed to decay since the end of the Cold War. A broad review was begun after academic cheating scandals and the dismissal of top officers for misbehavior, but it uncovered far more serious problems.

For example, while inspectors obsessed over whether every checklist and review of individual medical records was completed, they ignored huge problems, including aging blast doors over 60-year-old silos that would not seal shut and, in one case, the discovery that the crews that maintain the nation’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles had only a single wrench that could attach the nuclear warheads.

“They started FedExing the one tool” to three bases spread across the country,
one official familiar with the contents of the reports said Thursday. No one had checked in years “to see if new tools were being made,” the official said. This was one of many maintenance problems that had “been around so long that no one reported them anymore.”


Veterans Troll Sarah Palin at Veteran's Day Event

If Such A Thing Happened In ANY Other Country, Would We Still Call It A Democratic Republic?


Ted Cruz saves America

But isn't he Canadian?

Last year, the St. Louis-based publisher Really Big Coloring Books released a Ted Cruz coloring book. In it, the firebrand Republican senator from Texas is depicted as a kid-friendly “passionate fighter for limited government.”

This week, the publisher released a new eight-page supplement to the original children’s book. It’s titled “Ted Saves America” and includes images of the tea-party darling flying like Superman and riding an eagle.


Cruz’s office did not respond to a request for comment regarding the image of the senator brandishing a rifle while riding a gigantic bald eagle.


Really Big Coloring Books has also published titles such as Superheroes of the Bible and Fairies & Princesses. But it gets way more attention for its political coloring materials for small children. For instance, their September 11th coloring book “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” published in 2011, was slammed as anti-Muslim “disaster porn”. Back in August, the company reissued two terrorism coloring books with supplemental pages depicting the horrors of ISIS and other Islamist killers:


Get Over it - The People* Have Spoken.


The Free Market just vetoed Keystone XL---Economics no longer make Keystone pipeline viable

Economics no longer make Keystone pipeline viable

What if they voted for a pipeline but nobody came? As Congress rushes to approve the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, it is questionable whether or not the project will make as much of a difference as proponents expect. Since June, crude oil has declined by 28 percent, pushing the price that oil from new wells in Canada may command below what the expected cost will be to produce it. The so-called "heavy oil" extracted from sand in Alberta, which the proposed pipeline would carry to Nebraska, en route to refineries on the Gulf Coast, will cost between $85 and $110 to produce, depending on which drilling technology is used, according to a report in July by the Canadian Energy Research Institute, a nonprofit whose work is often cited by Keystone proponents. West Texas Intermediate crude oil traded today at $76.67. "Anything not under construction is at risk of being delayed or canceled altogether," said Dinara Millington, vice president for research at Calgary-based CERI. Her cost estimates include the price of drilling new wells, meaning that existing wells that have already been paid for can continue to pump oil profitably, she said. CERI' s analysis squares with the views of other experts, who have pointed to low prices as a sign that economic facts, at least for now, don't match political rhetoric coming from Washington, where Keystone has been a goal for both Republicans and for Senate Democrats from oil-producing states.


Molly Ivins: Sharpen wits and man the battle stations. No time to waste feeling sorry for ourselves.


One reaction to electoral disaster should be avoided at all costs: it's that annoying radical mantra, "Things have to get worse before they can get better." The only possible response to that bit of specious thinking is, "Not with my child's life." It is indubitably true things are about to get worse---Paul Krugman quotes a junior official at the Heritage Foundation on the mood of business lobbyists: "optimism bordering on giddiness." They all have their wish lists ready, and it's Christmastime for the special interests. The only recourse is to fight them smart and hard. Giving them enough rope to hang themselves with just means we all hang along with them. Sharpen wits and man the battle stations. No time to waste feeling sorry for ourselves.

via: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/13/1344348/-Cheers-and-Jeers-Thursday


Phil Donohue: Bush took nation & whole media establishment by the ear & led it right into the sword

PHIL DONAHUE: And interesting—interesting, really. At that time, half the political voice in this nation was silenced, really. And I believe most people at that time opposed this war. Most people did. What are we—why—how come over there? And yet, every metropolitan—every major metropolitan newspaper in this country supported the invasion of Iraq. Think about that for a minute. Every major metropolitan—this is what you can do with the politics of fear, that Bush took this whole nation and the whole media establishment by the ear and led it right into the sword. Amazing, in the land of free speech, free press.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you see the same thing happening again right now?

PHIL DONAHUE: Well, obviously, you can see that it has slowed us up. But it looks like that's all it's done. And while we have been, you know, hesitant and not "bring them on" with the war lust that we had then, mission creep is underway. What happens when somebody is taken prisoner? I mean, we have become a warrior nation, and we have no respect for diplomacy. And we've just stood mute while the Constitution has been just shredded. This is a nation of law, unless we're scared.


If we really want to honor veterans like Tomas Young-Prosecute George W Bush/Dick Cheney For Murder

Tomas Young was right.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are guilty of murder, including his. They knowingly sent thousands of young Americans to die in a fight that was a based on a lie, a lie they cooked up to fuel their own political ambitions and to save the finances of Halliburton.

If that isn't cold-blooded, I don't know what is.


Every day that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney spend outside of jail is an insult to the memory of real patriots like Tomas Young.

So let's stop pretending like these two illegitimate politicians are anything other than what Tomas Young and the rest of the world knows they are - criminals - and start enforcing the law.

Let's prosecute Bush and Cheney for murder.



Looking forward hasn't done a goddamn thing to make things better
You might even say, NOT looking back has only made matters worse
America, it is past time for soul searching
Just Look at yourself...

peace (yeah silly, i know),
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