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Is Hysteria over Japanese Nuclear Plant Misplaced?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - March 16, 2011.
Filed under: Media Bias

Last night at a GOProud gathering, our reader Leah faulted the media for dwelling on the problems at the Fukushima nuclear plant and ignoring the plight of the Japanese suffering in the wake of the terrible tsunami. “They’re making it sound,” she said, “like a nuclear bomb is about go off.”

Just a glance at Memeorandum shows several stories on nuclear issues with none on other aspects of the devastation.

And then, as our reader Sonicfrog notes in a post on his blog, when reporting on the risks earthquakes pose to nuclear power plants, reporters ofenttimes don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.  A plant manager at Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear power plan was trying to explain to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer . . .

. . . that the San Andreas fault is many miles away [from his plant], and also that they don’t build the reactors to Richter scale standards, but to Peak Ground Acceleration, measured in g’s. If the San Andreas does produce a quake of the same size, because of its distance from the plant, the motion transmitted to the reactors would be less severe than that of the closer fault.

Only the CNN correspondent thought the plant manager was trying to spin him!  Sonic, as “ex geology major, specializing in seismology” unpacks things for us:

They don’t build reactors according to a Richter scale metric… Of course they don’t. The Richter scale relates the size and strength of the quake at the epicenter!!!!! That is the point or focus on the ground directly above the hypocenter of the seismic event… where the pressure released within the earths crust, some miles below the surface. (more…)

Obama: disinclined to respect “core responsibilities of the presidency”?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:26 pm - March 16, 2011.
Filed under: Obama Incompetence

Barely a week ago, John Hinderaker pondered anointing President Obama as King:

. . . when it comes to foreign policy–it is a safe bet that Obama will do nothing, because doing something would require a decision.

That got me thinking: Obama enjoys being president, and he especially treasures the symbolic significance of being the first African-American president. That’s how his supporters feel, too. I haven’t heard anyone defend his actual performance in a long time, but there is still widespread satisfaction with the symbolic value of his presidency. So why don’t we make him king? If being the first African-American president has symbolic value, just think what it would mean for the first King of the United States to be African-American!

Now, a week later, more and more pundits and parsing his passivity in the face of multiple world crises.  Some have praised the president’s passivity with Jennifer Rubin finding New York Times columnist David Brooks “glorifying Obama’s paralysis“.  (Read the whole thing.)  Ann Althouse, on the other hand, find Obama “disinclined to take positions or actions with respect to the core responsibilities of the presidency.

Progressive Nuke Hypocrisy

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:50 pm - March 16, 2011.
Filed under: Liberal Hypocrisy

This is a random thought I posted on Twitter yesterday.  I wanted to amplify it for further comment here at the blog….

Did I miss all of the faux progressive concern about nuclear power after al-Qaeda had nuke plants on their target list after 9/11?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

House Republicans: Cleaning up the mess Pelosi left behind

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:44 am - March 16, 2011.
Filed under: Congress (111th),Congress (112th),Pelosi Watch

Ed Morrissey explains:

If you had to pick the poster child for budgetary irresponsibility over the last few years — and certainly for 2010 — it would have to be former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Not only did Democrats under her Speakership raise discretionary spending 18% in three years, not only did she pass a Pay-Go law and then fail to adhere to it even once, Pelosi became the first Speaker since Watergate to fail to pass a budget resolution for a fiscal year.  In 2010, despite having a 77-seat majority in the House, a Senate which her party held by 18 seats, and a Democrat in the White House, Pelosi failed — or refused — to pass a budget for FY2011.  Instead, she pushed continuing resolutions in order to hide spending until after the midterms, and failed even then to pass a budget.

Read the whole thing.  (Via Instapundit.)

UPDATE:  Wonder how often our media remind us that it was the failure of Mrs. Pelosi’s (and Mr. Reid’s) 111th Congress that has forced the 112th to pass continual continuing resolutions.

UP-UPDATE:  Jim Hoft reminds us of some facts:

When Speaker Pelosi took over Congress the national deficit was $162 billion. When she exited in January 2011 it was at $1.29 Trillion dollars. Pelosi and Barack Obama even managed to triple the national deficit in his first year after the stimulus passed.