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Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 07:01 PM PDT
BREAKING: ROMNEYCARE DECLARED MASSIVE FAILURE
In a crippling blow to the concept of health care mandates, socialism, and the peoples' right to pay ever-more-exorbitant premiums, officials in Massachusetts announced today that
Massachusetts residents who participate in the state's healthcare program are seeing their insurance premiums going down by 5 percent, officials say...
...those participating in the state's Health Connector Commonwealth Care program are enjoying a second year of reduced premium payments courtesy of the healthcare reform act signed into law by then Gov. Mitt Romney...
Reduced premiums? Why thats, that's... un-American!
There is no way that Governor dog-on-car and Obamacare-is-socialism willingly signed this horrible legislation; legislation that is bringing Massachusetts residents agony little short of a descent into hell itself. Democrats must have captured him and handed him over to space aliens to be tortured. Yeah, that's it. Space alien torture is responsible for Romneycare.
The story continues, but it only gets worse...
Posted by FourScore | Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:13 PM (10 replies)
The tornadoes have started.
Here is the latest (although really nothing new or specific) from the Storm Prediction Center http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/pwo.html :
Public Severe Weather Outlook (PWO)
Experimental Multimedia Briefing MP4.
Please note this briefing may be out of date after 1615 UTC on 04/14/2012 and there will be no subsequent updates during the day.
Please send comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or using the feedback page.
View What is a Watch? clip.
ZCZC SPCPWOSPC ALL
WOUS40 KWNS 142020
PUBLIC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0320 PM CDT SAT APR 14 2012
...A SIGNIFICANT OUTBREAK OF STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES IS EXPECTED
OVER PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND
THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OK IS FORECASTING THE
DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERAL STRONG TO VIOLENT...LONG-TRACK TORNADOES OVER
PARTS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.
CONDITIONS WILL REMAIN FAVORABLE FOR STRONG TO VIOLENT AND POSSIBLY
LONG-LIVED TORNADOES INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
TORNADOES DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS CAN BE PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS
BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY FAST-MOVING AND OBSCURED BY RAIN AND
THE AREAS MOST LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE THIS ACTIVITY INCLUDE
CENTRAL AND EASTERN KANSAS
CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEBRASKA
CENTRAL AND NORTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGERS ARE MONITORING THIS DEVELOPING
SITUATION. THOSE IN THE THREATENED AREA ARE URGED TO REVIEW SEVERE
WEATHER SAFETY RULES AND TO LISTEN TO RADIO...TELEVISION...AND NOAA
WEATHER RADIO FOR POSSIBLE WATCHES...WARNINGS...AND STATEMENTS
Also weatherdude at DailyKos is keeping a liveblog going that is quite informative:
If you are in the area, please let us know what is happening and STAY SAFE!!!
Posted by FourScore | Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:44 PM (54 replies)
20 quakes in Fukushima beginning with M5.9 24 hours ago - Consecutive M4.4s in last 30 minutes
The last number in each column is the Japan Seismic Intensity Number based on a scale of 1-7, 1 being the lowest and 7 the highest. I tried to seperate the numbers some, but the software isn't letting me. It is easier to read the chart at the link. For those who are unaware, the nuclear plant at Fukushima is still spewing radiation, and is extremely vulnerable. A quake large enough could topple the already leaning spent fuel pool 4 building. Experts predict a quake on the JSI scale of 4 or higher could cause the entire building to collapse.
00:12 JST 15 Apr 2012 00:08 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.4 2
00:08 JST 15 Apr 2012 00:05 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.4 2
23:18 JST 14 Apr 2012 23:13 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.0 1
23:10 JST 14 Apr 2012 23:05 Miyagi-ken Oki M2.6 1
22:58 JST 14 Apr 2012 22:53 Ibaraki-ken Oki M3.8 1
22:22 JST 14 Apr 2012 22:17 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 1
21:44 JST 14 Apr 2012 21:40 Tokara-retto Kinkai M4.7 3
20:12 JST 14 Apr 2012 20:08 Iwate-ken Oki M4.2 2
20:04 JST 14 Apr 2012 20:00 Ibaraki-ken Oki M3.6 1
19:56 JST 14 Apr 2012 19:51 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.6 2
19:52 JST 14 Apr 2012 19:48 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.5 2
19:01 JST 14 Apr 2012 18:57 Fukushima-ken Oki M3.9 1
18:30 JST 14 Apr 2012 18:25 Ibaraki-ken Oki M5.0 3
18:10 JST 14 Apr 2012 18:06 Ibaraki-ken Oki M3.9 1
17:50 JST 14 Apr 2012 17:46 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 3
11:38 JST 14 Apr 2012 11:33 Ibaraki-ken Hokubu M3.3 1
11:15 JST 14 Apr 2012 11:10 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M3.9 1
10:16 JST 14 Apr 2012 10:11 Iwate-ken Oki M4.3 2
07:58 JST 14 Apr 2012 07:54 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M3.6 2
04:42 JST 14 Apr 2012 04:37 Hokkaido Hokusei-oki M2.6 1
04:03 JST 14 Apr 2012 04:00 Ibaraki-ken Oki M3.9 3
03:29 JST 14 Apr 2012 03:25 Miyagi-ken Oki M4.4 2
01:56 JST 14 Apr 2012 01:52 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 2
01:01 JST 14 Apr 2012 00:57 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.1 1
00:59 JST 14 Apr 2012 00:55 Sanriku Oki M4.8 1
00:30 JST 14 Apr 2012 00:26 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.4 2
00:01 JST 14 Apr 2012 23:56 Miyagi-ken Oki M3.3 1
23:58 JST 13 Apr 2012 23:53 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.2 2
21:56 JST 13 Apr 2012 21:52 Fukushima-ken Oki M3.6 1
21:33 JST 13 Apr 2012 21:30 Ibaraki-ken Oki M4.2 3
21:20 JST 13 Apr 2012 21:15 Fukushima-ken Oki M3.4 1
21:16 JST 13 Apr 2012 21:12 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.2 3
20:09 JST 13 Apr 2012 20:04 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.0 1
19:38 JST 13 Apr 2012 19:33 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.1 2
19:21 JST 13 Apr 2012 19:16 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.5 2
19:21 JST 13 Apr 2012 19:10 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.9 4
19:14 JST 13 Apr 2012 19:10 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.9 4
Posted by FourScore | Sat Apr 14, 2012, 11:11 AM (8 replies)
TO THE MODS: I have posted weatherdude's post in it's entirety because I am certain he wants this information disseminated far and wide. Thank you
Life Threatening Tornado Outbreak For OKC, Wichita, Omaha Saturday (New Diary Posted)
A new diary was posted at 1130 PM CDT talking about the Friday evening model runs and what they mean for the Saturday tornado outbreak.
843PM CT: Once the 00z (700PM CT) model runs come out, I'll write up another diary on this situation.
554PM CT: I changed the title because of some confusion over what the abbreviations meant.
UPDATE 1255PM CT: I've updated to show the latest SPC forecast. The SPC has expanded the high risk/60% zone into parts of Nebraska and Iowa, to include the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, and Norfolk NE. Anyone in the red MDT (moderate) risk zone, and especially in the purple HIGH risk zone, needs to be alert for a major, intense tornado outbreak tomorrow. The environment is capable of supporting EF-4 to EF-5 tornadoes in the moderate risk zone, and especially in the high risk zones. That's why I'm sounding so Chicken Little-y about this. This has the makings to be a very dangerous outbreak, so please alert those you know about the situation and keep a close eye on the weather over the next 48 hours.
PS -- What I mean by "unprecedented" is that the forecast itself is unprecedented, not necessarily the outbreak.
They've done this once before on April 6, 2006 for a major tornado outbreak across parts of the southeast. There was also a 60% severe weather risk on that day. The resulting outbreak produced 94 tornado reports, 215 wind damage reports, and 565 hail reports.
PPS -- The tornadoes occurring this evening across Oklahoma are not part of the outbreak mentioned in this diary. The last week or so has been one long severe weather episode across this part of the country, which will come to a head tomorrow with the outbreak mentioned below. The threat will shift east on Sunday.
A major severe weather outbreak is expected across the Central Plains on Saturday afternoon and evening, with an absolutely unprecedented severe weather forecast coming from the Storm Prediction Center. A full two days before the outbreak, the SPC has issued a high risk for severe weather across parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, including the Oklahoma City metro area, as well as Wichita KS.
With extremely strong shear and relatively high amounts of CAPE forecast to be in place on Saturday, any storms that fire from Texas to Iowa are expected to turn quickly severe, with the worst weather occurring over central parts of Oklahoma and Kansas. Helicity -- a measure of spin that can occur inside of a thunderstorm -- is off the charts in this area. As of the model runs at 8PM last night, the helicity in Wichita KS was near 750. A value of 450 is sufficient for violent EF-4 to EF-5 tornadoes to develop.
The SPC is so confident that very dangerous severe weather will occur, that not only have they issued a high risk an unprecedented 2 days in advance, but they've also issued a 60% risk for severe weather, another absolutely unprecedented forecast. Not even during the strongest ongoing severe weather have I seen them issue a 60% risk zone.
I typed this diary at 125AM Central Time, and scheduled it to post at 900AM. I'm likely still sleeping by the time this diary posted, but I wanted to get the word out now that a very dangerous, life-threatening situation is expected to develop on Saturday. If you or anyone you know lives in the area under any threat for severe weather (within the yellow, red, or purple shading), let them know to keep a hawk-like watch on the weather today and tomorrow.
I'll have another diary later this evening on the outbreak, and definitely throughout the day tomorrow.
Here's a link to the Storm Prediction Center - http://www.spc.noaa.gov/.
NWS Oklahoma City - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/
NWS Wichita KS - http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ict/
NWS Dallas/Fort Worth - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/
NWS Topeka KS - http://www.crh.noaa.gov/top/
NWS Omaha, NE - http://www.crh.noaa.gov/oax/
Posted by FourScore | Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:41 AM (5 replies)
Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM PDT
A Tea Partier Just Called Me "Communist." Watch My SLAM DUNK Response
by Conceptual Guerilla
So I'm working this morning, like I do everyday, trying to come up with ways to promote my film, when I get this email from a guy who used to call my radio show over in Jackonville.
His name is Rod, and here's what he sent.
Rep. Allen West states that 81 Democratic House members are communists.
A CPUSA official is outraged & I agree. Isn't every Democrat a communist?
I wasn't getting a whole lot done, so I figured "what the hell." I wrote him a response.
First of all, do I really want to empower him by getting all indignant and angry . . . validating how smart he thinks he is?
I'd much rather counter-attack, and put this joker on the defensive . . .
. . Like this.
That's right, Rod. Every Democrat is a communist . . . going all the way back to 1933 when FDR set up New Deal Communism. That would be the same New Deal communism you grew up under. The New Deal Communism that made us the richest, most powerful nation in history. The New Deal Communism that took us to the moon just 36 years after FDR was sworn in.
Let me show you the track record of those New Deal Communist Democrats.
Communist Truman left 2.5 percent unemployment to Eisenhower.
Republican Patriot Eisenhower left recession and 6.5 percent unemployment to Kennedy.
Communist Johnson left 3.5 percent unemployment to Nixon.
Republican Patriot Ford left recession and 7.5 unemployment to Jimmy Carter.
Communist Carter wasn't able to improve much on the recession he inherited . . .
. . . and neither were Republican Patriots Reagan and Bush, who left recession and 7.2 unemployment to Bill Clinton.
Communist Bill Clinton left 4.2 percent unemployment to Dubya . . .
Republican Patriot Dubya left recession and 7.6 percent unemployment to Communist Barack Obama.
No Republican Patriot ever left office with unemployment under 5 % . . . including Reagan. No New Deal Communist ever left office with higher unemployment than they inherited . . . including Jimmy Carter who left the same unemployment he inherited from Ford.
3 out of 4 New Deal Communists left office with unemployment well under five percent.
But wait . . . there's more...
Posted by FourScore | Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:50 AM (45 replies)
Moran: Gov. Chris Christie's condescending speech out of touch with Americans' reality
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 8:00 AM
Tom Moran/ The Star-Ledger
...Kathleen DiChiara has been running the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for 37 years. What she sees is not a country of louts, but one with lots of decent people who are down on their luck.
"I was at our pantry in Atlantic City and I saw this well-dressed man on line," she said. "He sold furniture by commission, and when the casinos started laying off people, he lost a lot. He said he was losing his house. He had three kids. This was a man who had worked all his life. He said, ĎI just canít go home tonight without food for the kids. If you want me to kneel down, I will. Iíll do anything to not have to go home and let my kids be hungry again.í
"He had tears in his eyes. These people donít feel entitled. They feel embarrassed to be asking for help."
It is bad enough that economic royalists such as Christie are pushing for tax cuts that are heavily tilted toward the rich. Do we really have to hear his morally superior lecture on top of that?
The answer is yes. Because to justify shrinking government as much as Republicans want and to justify big tax cuts at the same time, you have to build a story that turns government into the enemy. So programs that provide help are turned into demons that corrupt our collective spirit.
Without a doubt, there are louts out there. That probably helps explain some of the sharp increases in disability benefits in the Social Security program. But Republicans use this narrative to attack college scholarships, job-training programs, even visits to the doctor.
Christie, despite his pledge on taxes, has actually increased taxes on the working poor by shrinking the earned income tax credit. Does a parent unlucky enough to be raising a family on minimum wage really need the governorís condescending kick in the pants?
The response to this nonsense was sustained applause from the audience stacked overwhelmingly with white men in expensive suits. Karl Rove was there, as was Henry Kissinger and the former President George W. Bush, the grandmaster of tax cuts that donít work...
Posted by FourScore | Fri Apr 13, 2012, 12:21 AM (4 replies)
Source: Kyodo News
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 shook Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity in eastern Japan on Sunday night, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.
The 11:04 p.m. temblor measured lower 5 on the Japanese intensity scale of 7 in the towns of Naraha and Tomioka in the prefecture, according to the agency.
It registered 4 on the Japanese scale in some areas of Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures.
Read more: http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/04/150176.html
Posted by FourScore | Sun Apr 1, 2012, 09:56 AM (9 replies)
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