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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Live Video of Nuclear Meltdown in Japan

Here is live video of Japanese coverage of the disaster in their country.  Note- this portion is currently airing in Japanese:

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Update-  The video is now showing a press conference.  Here is a short article explaining the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Nuclear Meltdown 'Likely' Underway at Japanese Plant (March 13, 2011)

Breaking-  The Japanese government has released a statement saying that a "partial nuclear meltdown" is likely underway at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The plant was damaged in the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan yesterday.  Attempts to cool the nuclear plant have failed.

170,000 people in the surrounding area have been evacuated.

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Slavery, Castration on African Blacks by Guess who?

I know it is hard to believe but the so called "Religion of Peace" weren't always so peaceful. Walid Shoebat posts a video entitled "Louis Farrakhan Needs To Watch This". He isn't the only one.


Born in Bethlehem of Judea, Walid's grandfather was the Muslim Mukhtar (chieftain) of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem (The Shepherd's Fields) and a friend of Haj-Ameen Al-Husseni, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and notorious friend of Adolf Hitler. Walid's great grandfather, Abdullah Ali Awad-Allah, was also a fighter and close associate of both Abdul Qader and Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who led the Palestinians against Israel. Walid lived through and witnessed Israel’s Six Day War while living in Jericho. As a young man, he became a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and participated in acts of terror and violence against Israel, and was later imprisoned in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem's central prison for incitement and violence against Israel. After his release, he continued his life of violence and rioting in Bethlehem and the Temple Mount. After entering the U.S, he worked as a counselor for the Arab Student Organization at Loop College in Chicago and continued his anti-Israel activities. In 1993, Walid studied the Tanach (Jewish Bible) in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam. Six months later, after intense study, Walid realized that everything he had been taught about Jews was a lie. Convinced he was on the side of evil, he became an advocate for his former enemy. Driven by a deep passion to heal his own soul, and to bring the truth about the Jews and Israel to the world, Walid shed his former life and his work as a software engineer and set out to tirelessly bring the cause of Israel to tens of thousands of people throughout the world: churches and synagogues, civic groups, government leaders and media. Walid has written several online books including "Dear Muslim, Let Me Tell You Why I Believed" and "Israel, And The World's Mock Trial”, where he exposes anti-Semitism and the hatred of Jews in both the Islamic Christian and secular worlds. Walid is an American citizen and lives in the USA with his wife and children, under this assumed name.
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Talk about Egg on Your Face

Top liberal website misspells New Hampshire in slam on Bachmann

From Eric Dondero:

A top liberal website slammed Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for a mistake on New England history, in a recent speech in New Hampshire. Rep. Bachmann referred to Lexington and Concord as part of NH.
"What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord..."
Only thing is, in reporting the story Gawker Editor Jeff Neumann made a whopper of a mistake himself.

It's spelled New Hampshire with a 'P."

Japanese Tsunami, Video Compilation....

Tsunami Hits Japan~



Helicopter View Of Crescent City Harbor During Tsunami~



Close-up footage of Chiba Japan getting hit by the March 11 Tsunami~



Tsunami from above devastating NE Japan~



Before and After~

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Paul Hewitt Fired!






After losing seasons in four of the last six seasons this doesn't come as a surprise. Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich says a national search for a replacement will begin immediately. Coach Hewitt came to Tech 11 years ago from Sienna College to replace Bobby Cremins a Yellow Jacket legend.



Growing up in south Georgia I have followed the Yellow Jackets for as long as I can remember. This move is bittersweet. I was/am a big fan of Paul Hewitt and am sad to see him go, but it was the right time.


Better luck next year Ramblin Wreck!

Growing up in the so
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What Do Los Angeles, Detroit, and Chicago Have in Common?

Mass Migration, Outbound!

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OKC Bombing alleged John Doe II arrested for Assault in Quincy, Mass

From Eric Dondero:

After all these years, there's a strange new twist to the story of John Doe II and the Oklahoma City Bombing. And it comes from the other side of the country - Quincy, Massachusetts.

From the Patriot Ledger, "Quincy man in beer bottle attack still in jail..." March 12:
QUINCY — A homeless man from Quincy charged with slashing another man’s face with a beer bottle will remain in jail for now, unable to make $500 bail.

Hussain Al-Hussaini, 45, allegedly struck a 37-year-old man, who is also homeless, with a bottle near 1250 Hancock St., after they argued Wednesday.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center because of the seriousness of his injury, police said. Both the injured man and Al-Hussaini had been staying at Father Bill’s Place shelter for the homeless in Quincy.
Al-Hussaini was alleged to be the infamous John Doe II, an accomplice of Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing.

After McVeigh was arrested, FBI officials immediately dropped all further investigations of a Muslim (possibly Iraqi Army Intelligence), connection to OKC. At the time, many on the Right believed the Clinton adminstration was anxious to pin the bombing on the Patriot Movement, and steer investigations away from Muslim Terrorists.

Wisconsin Doctors Writing Bogus Excuse Notes Face Day of Reckoning, March 21st

Thank goodness for Dr. Patrick McKenna. He was kind enough to alert everyone to the fact that "12" doctors were engaging professional misconduct. On this blog, I have been very interested in naming names and have come up with 8, I think. Luckily for me, The Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) has identified 11 of them. Evidently nine are licensed by the state of Wisconsin and two are unlicensed, i.e. interns/residents.




The DRL has received complaints from 64 individuals who had specific information that would constitute a complaint.

Physicians identified by the DRL have until March 21, 2011 to provide responses.

The school district states they are investigating 1020 medical excuse notes for legitimacy.


The Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL) received numerous contacts from individuals expressing concern about physicians who were allegedly writing medical excuses for individuals attending rallies at the Capitol last month.

DRL staff reviewed all of the correspondence and determined that 64 individuals who contacted the department had specific information that would constitute a complaint. Based on the information provided by those 64 individuals, DRL identified 11 people who have been asked to provide information to the department about their activities at the Capitol. This group includes nine licensed physicians and two unlicensed individuals. The 11 individuals have been requested to provide their responses to DRL by March 21st.

Responses from the individuals in question will be considered by a screening panel of the Medical Examining Board which will decide whether to open investigations in these matters. If a case is opened for investigation, a more extensive fact-finding would occur and a recommendation would be made at the end of the process as to whether disciplinary action will be pursued.

Any charge against a physician is taken seriously and this is no exception. Rest assured, the agency is processing these complaints as quickly as possible. DRL will be working with the independent Medical Examining Board to appropriately review these complaints.

The DRL and MEB are charged with licensing qualified, competent physicians and enforcing discipline against physicians whose practice is substandard.
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Must See Video of the Day?

Sure this is shameless self promotion, but I feel compelled to share it anyway! Mrs. UH runs the video and background vocals. Of course, she is a rock star and makes every effort to steal the show, but it really isn't even close. Without further ado, I present the internet debut of a 2 year old singing prodigy.

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What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

When the power goes off leaving you with no TV, Internet, or email you have a lot of time on your hands.  Thankfully there are batteries, so my trusty computer will still work for a few hours, and I can follow my fingers into my thoughts.  Looking out my window I can’t see any lights in the neighborhood so at least I know it isn’t just our house that’s in the dark.  In addition, there are cars running up and down the street, so I know at least it wasn’t the dreaded EMP blast.  The wind was making a strange noise but stopped, so we have come out from under the table since there’s no indication of a tornado on the way.  All these kinds of thoughts run through your mind when the lights go off.  In other words, when you’re in the dark there’s little light.
This lack of power also brings to mind the recent spike in oil prices and the resulting sticker shock at the pump.  Our government assures us there is no inflation.  Anyone who goes to the supermarket or the gas station can gauge the validity of those claims for themselves.  When the power goes off in the middle of the night it’s impossible to know why, but when America runs out of energy we should all know why.
Beginning in 1974 when the former anti-establishment protesters became the establishment and the Watergate Congress grasped the reins of power the United States has been systematically hamstrung in its production of energy.  They founded the department of Energy in 1977, and through its enlightened management of our energy production and power needs the percentage of our energy needs coming from domestic sources has steadily fallen as our dependence on imported oil has soared.
America has some of the greatest proven reserves of oil in the world, but due to unproven and sometimes disproven environmental concerns we aren’t allowed to explore, drill, or pump at anywhere near full capacity.  We have one of the world’s largest supply of coal, but for the same tenuous reasons its use is maligned and restricted.  We are the preeminent designer and builder of nuclear power plants, but due to unsupported safety concerns we haven’t licensed or built a new plant for decades.  We have the technology and the space to build refineries that don’t pollute; however, the all powerful environmental lobby has blocked the construction of a new one for over thirty years.  So when the price hits $4 a gallon and the lights go out don’t sit in the dark and wonder why.
Right now the Obama Administration is fighting the federal courts that have said the moratorium on oil exploration in the Gulf, which was imposed by decree, is illegal.  In a knee jerk reaction our President declared the gulf off limits for drilling, economically devastating the deep water oil business and the many industries and people it supported.  The government argues it’s too dangerous to drill in deep water after the BP leak.  No one contends it isn’t difficult but since the same government makes it almost impossible to drill on land where it is the safest or in shallow water where it is much less dangerous what alternative is there?  Only the one each successive administration for decades seems to favor: buying oil from the Mideast.  Our elected leaders are trading our energy independence and our treasure in exchange for letting someone else drill somewhere else.
Instead of oil and coal and nuclear we are told that America’s future energy needs will be met by ethanol, solar, and wind.  Our massive use of ethanol, which is a very inefficient energy source, has driven up the price of corn worldwide causing food prices to escalate.  This in turn has contributed to the current unrest which is driving up oil prices.  The same environmentalists who campaign against oil, coal, and nuclear also work to block the construction of solar power plants in the vast deserts of the Southwest.  The same politicians who work for the demise of our traditional forms of energy fight the construction of wind farms if they happen to be anywhere near them.  All three of these boondoggles have received billions in federal dollars, tax breaks and incentives for decades and the answer to our energy needs are still blowing in the wind. 
The only growth industry left by the government is the government.  It is powered by its own inertia. America’s energy policy seems to be to manufacture an energy crisis.  Typing away on my battery operated computer by the flickering light of an oil lamp, the vision of America’s energy future seems almost as dark as the scene outside my window in a blackout.  We’ve allowed demagogues preaching a false gospel of man-made global warming chanting songs of pollution hysteria while serving sacraments of social guilt to give our enemies a chokehold on our energy artery.  The next time you pull into a gas station as you pump your fuel look at the price.  Remind yourself we have a Secretary of Energy who thinks the price should be at European levels and a President who has said energy prices will skyrocket under his programs. Now ask yourself, “If that’s their plan, what’s mine?”
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com View the trailer for Dr. Owens’ latest book @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ypkoS0gGn8 © 2011 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook.

Explosion at Japanese Nuclear Plant, Meltdown Could be Imminent

Breaking- An explosion has erupted in one of Japan's nuclear plants.  The building is now smoking, raising fears that a catastrophic meltdown could come in only seconds:
According to sources, the explosion was so strong that it knocked over the walls of the plant.

The plant was damaged in the disastrous 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan yesterday.  With the death toll over 1,000 and hundreds missing, a meltdown could be the worst thing yet to happen in the aftermath of the quake.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Pictures of Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami March 11, 2011

Here are dozens of pictures taken in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Japan on March 11.  Live updates can be found here.

A crack in the earth:
Cars being swept away in the tsunami afterwards:
A refinery burns:
Fire and devastation:
Water, fire, and chaos:
Tsunami on land:
Smoke shrouds the sky:
Destruction:
A now-sideways highway:
Fires burn:
Coverage on Japanese TV in the immediate aftermath:
A fireball from a refinery lights up the sky:
Tremendous fires break out:
Ominous waves:
A hole opens in the ground:
A tsunami swirls off the coast of Japan:
Cars crushed:
Like toys, cars and planes are strewn together in a pile of debris:
An ominous sky:
Boats in the middle of land:
A house begins to topple, roads crumble:
Flames devour homes:
Day breaks:
Walking through rubble:
An explosion at a nuclear plant:
A car climbs a house:
Panic strips a supermarket bare:
Chaos to the horizon:
The tsunami hits:
Another explosion at Fukushima:

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Japan Nuclear Meltdown?

Pictures of the earthquake and the aftermath

In the aftermath of the horrendous earthquake today in Japan, most if not all of the nation's nuclear plants were shut down.  This was in order to prevent a meltdown.

Unfortunately, an apparent malfunction is causing a reactor at one of the plants is causing the plant to overheat.  According to our sources, this could potentially lead to a "small radiation leak."

In a day that has brought so much destruction, hopefully they are able to get this plant in order.

Update- 3,000 people in the surrounding area have been evacuated.

Update #2- Experts say that it may be several hours until they know the extent and danger to the reactor.

Update #3- Japan has declared a "nuclear emergency" in the area and has evacuated everyone within six miles.

Update #4- There are now reports that the plant may meltdown in the immediate future.  If this happens, the toll could be catastrophic.

Update #5- There are reports of an explosion at the nuclear plant:
Fears are climbing of an impending meltdown.

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Football Union Opts to Decertify

Chances of a 2011-2012 football season have significantly decreased today, as the NFL Players Union has chosen to decertify after talks broke down.

Though I don't always support unions, and though I am a lowly blogger, at the moment I am siding with the Players' Union.  Owners demanded a multitude of changes arbitrarily and the players tried to compromise.  The owners said no and the players extended the talks.
Brady
Payton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees have led a antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.

Compromise, idiots, or you lose money and normal folks lose football.

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Tsunami Hits Oregon.

Hat tip to The Oregonian.

Oregon's brush with Japan's tsunami resulted in five-to-six foot waves crushing the shore; school closures; tsunami sirens blasting, and four people that needed to be rescued near Pistol River, one of which almost drowned.

Oregon marinas and ports have been damaged, but there have been no reports concerning the loss of human life, which is something we need more of today. I applaud Oregon authorities in relation to their successful evacuation measures that probably saved lives.

Obama Speech Live (March 11, 2011)

It looks like the majority of President Obama's speech is about oil production and green energy.



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At the beginning of the speech, the President said he would send aid to help earthquake-stricken areas in Japan.

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Nuclear Plant May Leak Radiation in Japan

Live updates can be found here

In the aftermath of the horrendous earthquake today in Japan, most if not all of the nation's nuclear plants were shut down.  This was in order to prevent a meltdown.

Unfortunately, an apparent malfunction is causing a reactor at one of the plants is causing the plant to overheat.  According to our sources, this could potentially lead to a "small radiation leak."

In a day that has brought so much destruction, hopefully they are able to get this plant in order.

Update- 3,000 people in the surrounding area have been evacuated.

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Live Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami Coverage Updates (March 11, 2011)

9:01EST- It is being reported that the USS Ronald Reagan swam into a "radioactive cloud" outside of Fukushima.  The ship has now moved farther away from the plant.

5:31AM,EST 3/14-  A third reactor has lost its ability to cool at Fukushima.

10:53EST- A volcano has erupted in Southern Japan.

8:43EST- Sea water is being pumped into the Fukushima nuclear power plant in an attempt to cool the reactor.  It is being called a "last ditch effort" to stave off a meltdown.

8:00EST-  The death toll is feared to now break 10,000.

7:23AM, EST, 3/13- The Japanese PM just spoke to citizens, assuring them that the government is trying their best to help citizens.

11:05PM, EST-  A nuclear meltdown is likely underway at a Japanese power plant.

5:08 AM EST, 3/12- An explosion has been heard at one of Japan's nuclear reactors. This substantially raises fears that the plant will catastrophically meltdown.

8:59EST- Unfortunately, the death toll has eclipsed 1,000.

1:27EST- CNN- "a small radiation leak is possible" from one of Japan's nuclear plants.

1:26EST-A dam has broken in Japan, washing away 1,800 homes.

12:51EST- The death toll has risen to 300, the number of people missing has risen to 500.

12:40 PM EST- President Obama is making a speech right now, but it apparently about green energy, not on the earthquake.

10:39EST-  President Obama just got off the phone with the Prime Minister of Japan.  Details to emerge later.

10:22EST- Increased waves are set to hit western North America at approximately 11am-12pm, based on longitude.

10:11EST-  Boats in the middle of land:
10:08EST- Google Sets Up 2011 Japan Earthquake People Finder.

10:04EST- Several Japanese airports have reopened, solely to support needed medical supplies and needed transportation.

10:00EST- It is now midnight in Japan.

9:58EST-  Footage from CNN shows that parts of Japan are still aflame.

9:40EST-  2,000 people evacuated from Japanese nuclear power plant.  CNN: nuclear fuel not being cooled properly.

9:39EST- U.S. and various other countries issue travel warning about Japan.

9:37EST- The U.S. military in Japan has pledged support for those in need.

9:28EST- U.S. stocks are expected to open lower.

9:22EST- Reports: there have been 80 aftershocks above magnitude 5.0 since the initial quake.

9:21EST-  MSNBC states that it is unlikely that aftershocks will cause additional tsunamis.

9:20EST-  Here are all the pictures of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that Pundit Press has gathered.  It is being updated every few minutes as well.

9:18EST:  MSNBC reports that waves reaching the west coast of North America (Western U.S. specifically) could reach "six to seven feet" in height.

9:15EST- Here is a link to the Red Cross if you want to donate to relief funds.

9:09EST- Reporters in Japan say that the city's transportation has "shut down" because of gridlock, destroyed roads, and cancelled trains and planes.

9:07EST- Japanese police now state that they have found "200-300" bodies.

8:56EST- Watch Live updates from Hawaii:


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8:51EST-  New reports warn that waves reaching Hawaii now may not be the biggest to arrive.  CNN warns people to be careful not to assume the tsunami is over.

8:47EST-  Officials warn that there could be aftershocks for weeks.

8:43EST-  Reports indicate that the water on the southern shores of Hawaii have only risen two feet.  This is good news.  However, there are no definitive reports about the northern shores.

7:53EST-  CNN meteorologist: incoming tsunami "incredibly, incredibly scary."

7:48EST-  Unfortunately, the death toll has risen to 60.

7:46EST- Official says there are 1,400 coast guardsmen ready to aid people in Hawaii.

7:44EST-  FEMA says that it is ready for any disaster relief needed.

7:37EST- A tsunami swirls off the coast of Japan (several hours ago):
7:34EST- U.S. officials believe that they will be able to "manage" the tsunami.  Navy boats are not leaving harbors in Hawaii.

7:32EST- CNN warns:  the first waves to hit an island or mainland from a tsunami is not necessarily the biggest waves.  Consider it a calm before the storm.

7:30EST-  A crack in the earth:
7:28EST-  Stock Market futures are selling off a fair amount, oil prices fall to less than $100 as focus turns away from Middle East to Japan.

7:26EST- The death toll has risen to 50.

7:25EST- Hospitals, elementary schools reportedly "overwhelmed" by injured, people seeking for safety.

7:22EST- Here is the entirety of President Barack Obama's statement on Japan:
Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the people of Japan, particularly those who have lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunamis. The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial. The friendship and alliance between our two nations is unshakeable, and only strengthens our resolve to stand with the people of Japan as they overcome this tragedy. We will continue to closely monitor tsunamis around Japan and the Pacific going forward and we are asking all our citizens in the affected region to listen to their state and local officials as I have instructed FEMA to be ready to assist Hawaii and the rest of the US states and territories that could be affected.
7:19EST- There is now less than 50 minutes to when the tsunami is expected to reach Hawaii.

7:17EST- Beaches have been closed in California.

7:14EST- Reports say that internet is widely still up in Japan, but trains and phones are down in many parts.

7:11EST-  Parts of Indonesia hit with minor tsunami, reported to be slightly less than two feet (half a meter) high.

7:10EST- Parts of Mexico are now included on the tsunami watch, including Cabo San Lucas.

7:08EST- The tsunami warnings for New Zealand and Taiwan has been lifted.

7:07EST- USGS states that the earthquake was officially a magnitude 8.9.

7:04EST- Another eyewitness said that the level of concern was "highly, highly unusual" in Japan.  In other words, the quake was so large, that even people used to earthquakes were upset.  "Children were screaming," she continued.

7:02EST- There are sad reports of dozens upon dozens of people missing.

6:57EST- Hawaii officials have now refined the expected arrival time of tsunami, now say 8:07EST, 3:07am local time.

6:56EST- CNN reports that this is the fifth strongest earthquake since 1900.

6:55EST- Governor of Hawaii tells citizens to take the tsunami warnings seriously.

6:50EST- Vice President of the United States Joe Biden released a statement, which said, in part, "the thoughts and prayers" of the United States are with Japan.

6:48EST- Eyewitnesses state that "you could tell, it was different" when quake struck.  "It was eerie," said one reporter.  "You could not stand up."

6:42EST- CNN states that the tsunami that is expected to strike California will hit at 10:00 EST, 7:00am local time.

6:40EST- Fox News now states that the tsunami that will hit Hawaii is estimated to be half a story high.

6:39EST- The death toll has risen to 44.

6:38EST- Official from Hawaii tells people "not to panic."

6:37EST- Hawaiian officials assure that many of their buildings are tsunami-safe.

6:33EST- A picture of a now-sideways highway:
6:29EST- CNN reports that, in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, the Japanese stock market fell 3%.

6:27EST- The confirmed dead has climbed to 35, and it is feared to rise "significantly."

6:26EST- Hawaii is now evacuating all coasts.

6:24EST- Because of the destruction of Japanese airfields, the U.S. military is now allowing commercial planes to land on their strips.

6:22EST- Conflicting reports about whether "small" islands will be completely washed over by tsunami.  Expert on news now says that that will not happen.

6:19EST-  It is being reported that a tsunami is set to strike Hawaii at approximately 8:00am EST, 3:00am local.

6:18EST-  32 people in Japan are confirmed dead in the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

6:16EST-  CNN reports malfunctioning in a nuclear plant, but stresses it is NOT a meltdown, according to the Japanese government.  Government warns people to stay in their home.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Falls off Cliff.

The House's Natural Resources Committee has created this chart to document the decreasing amount of crude oil production in the Gulf of Mexico's reserves. Production has fallen off a cliff from 2010 levels of 1.65 million barrels per day to slightly under 1.4 million barrels right now, and 1.2 million barrels next year.

We cannot sustain our nation on imported crude oil in the future: we must drill in the Gulf of Mexico's abundant reserves, and in the untapped ANWR reserve.

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Google Sets Up 2011 Japan Earthquake People Finder

Pictures of the earthquake and aftermath

Hopefully you have all of your loved ones by your side or at least know where they are.  If you do not, Google has set up a People Finder for those feared lost in the earthquake.

You may be able to find someone you are looking for, or, if you have information, you can let the world know.

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Ten Largest Earthquakes in World.

This morning's 8.9 magnitude earthquake* in Japan, which has produced a tsunami that is heading towards America's western coastline, has observers hitting the record books to check out the largest quakes on record, and this morning's devastating quake doesn't even come close to the record.

1. 10.0 earthquake - 1960 - Valdivia, Chile.
2. 9.2 earthquake - 1964 - Alaska, America.
3. 9.2 earthquake - 2004 - Indian Ocean.
4. 9.0 earthquake - 1952 - Kamchatka.
5. 9.0 earthquake - 1868 - Arica, Chile.
6. 9.0 earthquake - 1700 - Cascadia.
7. 8.9 earthquake - 2011 - Sendia, Japan.
8. 8.8 earthquake - 2010 - Maule, Chile.
9. 8.8 earthquake - 1906 - Ecuador/Columbia.
10. 8.8 earthquake - 1833 - Indonesia.

* - Please pray for those injured or missing.

Remembering the Madrid Train Bombings

 Seven years ago today the people of Spain were viciously attacked by members of an al-Qaeda affiliated group. The simultaneous bomb blasts murdered 191 people and wounded over a thousand. The train attacks were an affront to the security of the people of Europe.


The main goal of the attackers: to undermine the War on Terror. The terrorists explicitly wanted Spain to withdraw its contribution of 1,400 soldiers from Iraq. The courageous stand of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar made Spain one of the leaders in toppling the Iraqi dictatorship. Spain had been under the thumb of the autocrat Francisco Franco from 1939-1975. Aznar did so even though polling suggested that about 90% of the Spanish population opposed the effort.



With the bombings, Aznar's ruling conservative government lost support and fell behind the socialists. With new Prime Minister Jose Zapatero, Spain now sees almost 20% unemployment and massive deficits. One of the first acts of Zapatero's new government was to withdraw forces from Iraq.

Despite this, various other attempts to attack Spanish targets have arisen over the years. This confirms not only that if terrorism is not contained overseas, it will come elsewhere, and that appeasement does not work.


Let this memorial be a fitting reminder.

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Live Video of Hawaii Tsunami

Live updates can be found here.

Live video from Hawaii can be watched below:



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Update-  At this time (12:48pm) this video feed has been updated to President Obama speaking.  It will likely switch back, but it is undecided whether it will be in the near future.

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WSJ: Obama Gitmo Policy 'Ratifies Bush'

Now this is sweet. The Wall Street Journal has a nice op-ed that shows that the Obama Administration has now 'ratified' the Guantanamo Bay policy of his predecessor. For all of the talk in 2008 and before about the Guantanamo Bay prison being a "gulag," a Democratic president now appears fit to run it.

The real news here is the final repudiation of Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 plotters as criminal defendants on U.S. soil. The killers at Guantanamo will now be brought to justice via a process that the President once depicted as akin to the Ministry of Love in "1984." On the campaign trail in 2008, Mr. Obama claimed that Mr. Bush "runs prisons which lock people away without ever telling them why they're there or what they're charged with."

Sweet.

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Largest Earthquakes Ever Recorded

Live updates can be found here.


Update:  Pictures of the aftermath.

Update #2, 5:39 EST:  Unfortunately, it is now being reported that at least 29 people have died in the earthquake.


With the horrific earthquake that struck Japan, it ranks as one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded.  Here is a short list of quakes and their strength, in order for you to comprehend the magnitude of the Japan earthquake:

Via USGS:

1. Chile, 1960, Magnitude 9.5
2. Prince William Sound, Alaska,1964, Magnitude 9.2
3. Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, 2004, Magnitude 9.1
4. Kamchatka, 1952, Magnitude, 9.0
5. Off the Coast of Japan, March 11, 2011, Magnitude 8.9
6. Offshore Maule, Chile, 2010, Magnitude 8.8

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Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011

Live updates can be found here.


Update: Pictures of the aftermath.

Update #2, 5:39 EST: Unfortunately, it is now being reported that at least 29 people have died in the earthquake.

One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded has struck Japan, causing fires across cities and tsunamis as far away as the island of Hawaii.

The earthquake is the fifth largest since 1900. Dozens are feared injured or dead while multiple, strong aftershocks have struck the nation since the initial quake.

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The L.A. Times reports:
All trains in Tokyo were stopped, and black plumes of smoke rose over the skyline. Office workers rushed out of their buildings. Subways were halted, trapping commuters underground. In the nation with the world's third-largest economy, all airports were closed. 
"The train was rocking sharply back and forth," said Anthony Weiss, a 29-year-old from Florida studying Japanese in Tokyo who was on a train when the quake hit. "People covered their heads with their bags as dust and small debris fell. Something sprung a leak, as there was a lot of water on the platform." 
Many riders evacuated the train and headed for the archways, but Weiss stayed on the train. "I stayed on because I was concerned about the roof and hanging lights and ventilation systems," he said. "Lights went on and off in the train. It felt a lot like the earthquake attraction at Universal, to be honest, but it wasn't stopping."
There are also tsunami warnings across the Pacific and some tsunami watches as far away as continental North America.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Japan and the world.

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Video: Japan Tsunami Hits Land

Live updates can be found here.

In the aftermath of a massive 8.9 earthquake, tsunamis are feared throughout the Pacific.  Some have already hit Japan:

Coverage as it happened:




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Hawaii Tsunami, March 11, 2011

Live updates can be found here.

Update: Pictures of the aftermath in Japan.

Update #2: The southern shores of Hawaii show a two-foot rise in water levels.  This is not an exceedingly large amount.

Update #3: Watch it live:



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Update #4- Six to seven foot waves have hit Hawaii.  There are no damages reported, however.

In the aftermath of a tremendous 8.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan this morning, a tsunami warning has been issued for the island of Hawaii. Reports fear that water could be three stories high when hitting shore.

A watch has also been issued for Oregon, Washington, California, and even parts of Alaska.

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Here is the warning from the National Weather Service:

...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT
CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES
W OF ADAK/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO
POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA TO AMCHITKA PASS
ALASKA/125 MILES W OF ADAK/...

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE
TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE.
PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS
ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
- PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO
HIGHER GROUND.

- PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF
THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.

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Tremendous 8.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan

Live updates can be found here.


Update:  Pictures of the aftermath.

Update #2, 5:39 EST:  Unfortunately, it is now being reported that at least 29 people have died in the earthquake.


One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded has struck Japan, causing fires across cities and tsunamis as far away as the island of Hawaii.

The earthquake is the fifth largest since 1900.  Dozens are feared injured or dead while multiple, strong aftershocks have struck the nation since the initial quake.

Click here for more Tsunami Coverage:


The L.A. Times reports:
All trains in Tokyo were stopped, and black plumes of smoke rose over the skyline. Office workers rushed out of their buildings. Subways were halted, trapping commuters underground. In the nation with the world's third-largest economy, all airports were closed. 
"The train was rocking sharply back and forth," said Anthony Weiss, a 29-year-old from Florida studying Japanese in Tokyo who was on a train when the quake hit. "People covered their heads with their bags as dust and small debris fell. Something sprung a leak, as there was a lot of water on the platform." 
Many riders evacuated the train and headed for the archways, but Weiss stayed on the train. "I stayed on because I was concerned about the roof and hanging lights and ventilation systems," he said. "Lights went on and off in the train. It felt a lot like the earthquake attraction at Universal, to be honest, but it wasn't stopping."

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Tsunami Warning Issued for Hawaii, Watch Issued for Oregon, Washington, Alaska

Live updates can be found here.

In the aftermath of a tremendous 8.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked Japan this morning, a tsunami warning has been issued for the island of Hawaii.  Reports fear that water could be three stories high when hitting shore.

A watch has also been issued for Oregon, Washington, California, and even parts of Alaska.

Click here for more Tsunami Coverage:

http://punditpress.blogspot.com/search/label/Tsunami%20Coverage

Here is the warning from the National Weather Service:


...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
   COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT
   CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER...

...A TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
   COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES
   W OF ADAK/ TO ATTU ALASKA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO
   POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
   OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA...

...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL
   AREAS OF ALASKA FROM CHIGNIK BAY ALASKA TO AMCHITKA PASS
   ALASKA/125 MILES W OF ADAK/...

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
 A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE
 TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE.
 PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO
 INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS
 ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES.
 - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO
   HIGHER GROUND.

 - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF
   THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS.


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Thursday, March 10, 2011

BREAKING: WI Assembly Passes Union Bill

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Governor Walker's proposed changes to public union laws. This comes after the bill was passed by the state Senate yesterday. As being reported:

As protesters chanted, the body voted 53-42 in favor of the proposal, sending the bill to the Republican governor after an epic month of struggle unlike anything in living memory in Wisconsin politics.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said that the governor would sign the bill “as soon as possible.”
As protesters shouted "Recall! Recall!" outside the chamber, Walker hailed the vote in a statement.
"I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy," he said. "Their action will save jobs, protect taxpayers, reform government, and help balance the budget. Moving forward we will continue to focus on ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs."

It now goes to the Governor for its signature.

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Hatch: Approve All Three Trade Deals.

Note: I am a supporter of Senator Hatch's campaign for reelection next year.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) does not oppose President Obama's free trade agreement with South Korea, but he will hold it up unless the two other trade agreements President George W. Bush negotiated are voted upon as well.

Hatch's argument is that if the South Korean deal is ratified, nothing will be done to pass either the Colombian or Panamanian agreements. All three are vital to increasing American exports, while decreasing the cost of imported goods with a few of our most important non-European allies.

And Hatch is absolutely correct.

President Obama will never push trade agreements with either Columbia, or Panama while the unions are his largest financial supporters. They absolutely despise the deals, and would openly revolt against the administration if either were ever ratified. However, if Obama's hand is forced, both Republicans and Obama would have political cover on ratification.

All three trade agreements must be passed, and the credit must go to President George W. Bush for pushing all three of them in the first place.

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Liberal Nutjob Sends Wisconsin Senators Email: "YOU WILL DIE!!!!"

For doing what he thinks is right, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has earned death threats from liberal wackos.  Yesterday, Pundit Press covered numerous threats to Walker's life.  Today, we have learned of an email sent to several Wisconsin Senators, in which someone promises that they will be killed "as soon as possible."  Here is the email in its entirety:

From: XXXX
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes
will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain
to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it
will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit
that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for
more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in
the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we've had enough. We feel that you and the people that
support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand
for it any longer. So, this is how it's going to happen: I as well as many
others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a
nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn't leave
it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the
message to you since you are so "high" on Koch and have decided that you are
now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a
demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed
in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won't
tell you all of them because that's just no fun. Since we know that you are
not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided
to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it's
necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making
them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families
and themselves then We Will "get rid of" (in which I mean kill) you. Please
understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked
everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel
that it's worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives
of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and
say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!


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Sarkozy: Let's Bomb Libya

According to sources, French President Nicolas Sarkozy will propose air strikes on Libya in the immediate future.
Sarkozy
According to France 24:
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will propose air strikes on Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's command headquarters to EU leaders, a source close to discussions told AFP on Thursday.

At an EU summit on the Libyan crisis, he will propose "striking an extremely limited number of points which are the source of the most deadly operations" by forces loyal to Kadhafi, said the source, who asked not to be named.

The three sites being considered are Kadhafi's Bab al-Azizia command headquarters in Tripoli, a military air base in Syrte, east of Tripoli and another in Sebha in the south, the source added.

Sarkozy's office declined to confirm the claim when contacted by AFP.

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