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Memo To Bobby Jindal: Towns Near Anchorage Are Covered In Volcanic Ash

The not ready for primetime Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, who volunteered to offer the Republican response to President Obama's recent address to congress must be feeling mighty silly this morning with miles and miles of Alaska located near Anchorage covered in volcanic ash after Mt. Redoubt blew up in a violent eruption. Jindal foolishly chose to condemn volcano monitoring as a main issue in his response to President Obama's serious address on the economy.MountRedoubtEruption.jpg

Volcanic ash is a very hazardous substance because it is actually fine glass and not normal ash. Air flights in parts of Alaska are now grounded or diverted because this fine glass can cause engine failure in aviation. Automobiles and many other forms of machinery can suffer significant damage or problems as well. And paint of all sorts can suffer abrasion damage including homes and automobiles, bridges, etc. And volcanic ash can present a substantial health hazard to humans as lungs are not likely to be able to cough up such glass material. Volcanic ash may present serious respiratory or cancer hazards similar to fiberglass or even asbestos. Asbestos is especially bad because it stays in the lungs, rusts, and sets up a cancer potential. In a similar way, volcanic ash can settle in the lungs, and not be really leave, creating a similar potential for permanent or even fatal respiratory problems. But of course, Jindal doesn't seem to have any understanding of this as a problem.

Amazingly, you would think that Jindal should be understanding of the sheer amount of damage that natural disasters can cause and understand the need for monitoring volcanoes. It was Jindal's own state of Louisiana that suffered huge economic damage when the Hurricane Katrina broke levees and flooded New Orleans, creating a massive humanitarian crisis. For his part, after spending a few years in congress, Jindal just never seemed to get around to supporting more funds to upgrade the levee system around New Orleans despite ongoing complaint's that this system was crumbling and badly needed repairs and upgrades.

Incredibly, the clueless Bobby Jindal had hoped that his antivolcano monitoring address response to the serious economic address by the President would give him a launching pad to run for president in 2012. But Jindal's message was widely panned by critics at the time. Jindal further cemented his image as a political lightweight when he agreed to accept all of the economic stimulus funds for his state, yet opposed the small amount of funds intended to expand unemployment insurance benefits because the guy is too much of a political coward to ask employers in his state to continue to pay the unemployment taxes in the state to continue to fund this expansion of unemployment benefits after the federal funds run out in three years time. With the spine of a jelly fish and the political insights of the clueless, Jindal has probably pretty much written himself out of any GOP nomination script for 2012 by his own hand.jindal.bmp

Some Republican governors such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger openly appreciate the serious help to his state that the Obama supported economic stimulus funds are providing. On the other hand, there's a governor like Jindal who is accepting all of stimulus funds, minus the unemployment insurance expansion funds, but does nothing but petty bellyache, all for his own short-term political ambitions, damn the unemployed and suffering workers in his state.

Jindal has gone from being a crappy little congressman to being a crappy little governor. That's hardly a very good reason to elect him to be a crappy little president.


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Comments (21)

J.R.:

Jindal foolishly chose to condemn volcano monitoring as a main issue in his response to President Obama's serious address on the economy.

Of course it was hardly his main issue, but don't let your own ignorance stop you. He also condemned not the issue of "volcano monitoring" but its inclusion in the stimulus bill. Volcano monitoring is not something that is going to stimulate the economy.

Also Paul, was this volcano already being monitored? do you even know, or are you just blowing smoke as usual?

The rest of your post is based on unfounded medical assumptions (volcanic ash is like Asbestos and cause cancer, care to back that one up?) and wreckless condemnations of a person you know nothing about.

Volcanic ash may present serious respiratory or cancer hazards similar to fiberglass or even asbestos. Asbestos is especially bad because it stays in the lungs, rusts, and sets up a cancer potential. In a similar way, volcanic ash can settle in the lungs, and not be really leave, creating a similar potential for permanent or even fatal respiratory problems. But of course, Jindal doesn't seem to have any understanding of this as a problem.

Neither do you apparently. Anyway, just because someone doesn't want to include volcano monitoring in a stimulus bill does not mean they don't understand the dangers of volcanic ash or natural disasters in general. Sheesh, at the end of your nonsensical post you're talking about unemployment.

This post is nothing more than a clueless partisan rant.

Tim:

Whaddya know? The volcano WAS being monitored - even without stimulus funds!

http://avo.alaska.edu/

Texas Tom:

What is it that socialist/marxist are so affraid of that they must distort and deceive so greatly when the truth is much more sturdy? Does the truth not support their agendas?

Hmmmmmm?

Lee Ward:

Why is it that lard-headed conservatives lie so much?

Or are they not lying, just being stoopid? Either way, Texas Tom, Tim and Jr are wrong, as usual.

First off, Jindal was against volcanic monitoring, or at least said he was until people called him out on it. Here's the direct quote:

While some of the projects in the [stimulus] bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes ... $140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring.' Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, DC.

-- Bobby Jindal

"Something called volcanic monitoring" --- hahahah -- that's a funny line, something you'd expect FatHead Limbaugh, the King PooBah of the Republican Clown Jesters, to fart.

Volcanic monitoring pays back huge dividends in lives saved and property damage averted.

And then you have the idiots - the morons who don't know their asses from a volcanic hole in the ground, making dumbshit remarks like "Whaddya know? The volcano WAS being monitored - even without stimulus funds!".

Don't you jerks ever read a friggin' newspaper or pick up a magazine or a book? Why do you remain so damned stupid about issues that you like to comment on? Just because your heroe sin the right wing blogosphere never research anything doesn't mean you can't!

Most of the money from the stimulus bill earmarked for monitoring (only about a tenth of the total going to the USGS) will go to modernizing existing monitoring equipment, including switching from analog to digital and installing GPS networks that can measure ground movements, said John Eichelberger, program coordinator for the USGS's Volcano Hazards Program.

Much of the expense of this technology comes from the manpower required to make and install it, he added.

"Ultimately most of this creates jobs or saves jobs that would have been lost" to recent budget shortfalls Eichelberger told LiveScience.

Creating jobs is exactly what the stimulus is about, and in this instance we get the added bonus of saving lives.

Well DUH! No wonder Jindal is the poster child of the stupid class. His followers are too damnded stupid to know any better.

J.R.:

"Ultimately most of this creates jobs or saves jobs that would have been lost" to recent budget shortfalls Eichelberger told LiveScience.

And what happens when there is no more stimulus money to cover their budget shortfalls? What happens then? Are we going to offer another stimulus package or will this new "stimulus" money be part of the regular appropriations budget next year?

That's why this money shouldn't be part of any stimulus package and that's why Jindal rightfully criticized it.

Allen:

. I'd like to invite Gov. Jindal to FLY up here himself to get a better look and decide whether government money for volcano monitoring is a good idea. I hope someone is asking for comment from more than just Jindal. His response to Obama's quasi SOTU was the official Republican response, a response that was certainly crafted prior to Obama's speech and presumably was edited and vetted at the highest levels of the GOP.

What about the dollars spent on monitoring hurricanes? They happen a lot more often than volcanoes erupting and I bet everyone knows about where they're going to happen so why spend all that money? We even know pretty much when they're going to happen. I'm sure Bobby would agree with me.

Well the response from Jindal will be of the form 'this proves how right I was to say how important Volcano monitoring is'. And the stupid GOP supporters will believe that is what he said after Rush and Coulter and the rest tell them that for a few weeks. I said at the time it was a stupid thing for Jindal to say, the continental US has an average of one major eruption every 6 months or so and the big island on Hawaii is always erupting. But don't underestimate the lack of shame these people have. They will simply claim to have supported the opposite of what they did. Just like they are now trying to pretend that they are vehemently opposed to bonuses for wall st. fat cats.

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J.R.:

I'd like to invite Gov. Jindal to FLY up here himself to get a better look and decide whether government money for volcano monitoring is a good idea.

Are you kidding Allen? This is beyond ridiculous. Jindal was talking about a one-time stimulus package that contained something that should have been included in the general budget. How does volcano monitoring stimulate the general economy. That't the debate, not whether it is a worthwhile endeavor deserving of taxpayers dollars. That we know, it is. That's why we have a USGS in the first place.

Try debating the merits and not phony red herrings and strawmen.

Lee Ward:

"Jindal was talking about a one-time stimulus package that contained something that should have been included in the general budget. How does volcano monitoring stimulate the general economy. "

Wrong. Jindal mocked the idea of monitoring volcanoes.

And J.R. continues the Jindal tradition of planting your head so far up your ass you can't see the real issue and just mocking instead. Plug your ears with your ass cheeks again, J.R. - here comes the answer you want to ignore again.

Most of the money from the stimulus bill earmarked for monitoring (only about a tenth of the total going to the USGS) will go to modernizing existing monitoring equipment, including switching from analog to digital and installing GPS networks that can measure ground movements, said John Eichelberger, program coordinator for the USGS's Volcano Hazards Program.

Much of the expense of this technology comes from the manpower required to make and install it, he added.

"Ultimately most of this creates jobs or saves jobs that would have been lost" to recent budget shortfalls Eichelberger told LiveScience.

"Try debating the merits and not phony red herrings and strawmen."

GUFAW! Try debating the merits of the evidence in front of you. feel free to pull your butt cheeks out of your ears any time, J.R.

"Creating or saving jobs" are the merits of the volcano monitoring stimulus spending, you moron.

J.R.:

Gee I thought I gave a rather on-point answer to that quote you have given, twice, in my comment at 2:24.

Care to discuss that? Or are you more happy discussing my a**?

Lee Ward:

And then at 3:49 you wrote this, J.R. (emphasis mine)

How does volcano monitoring stimulate the general economy. That't the debate, not whether it is a worthwhile endeavor deserving of taxpayers dollars.

And you gotten the answer - twice, and continue to ignore it. It creates jobs and saves jobs, J.R.

You're not going to cry are you, J.R.?

J.R.:

You're right Lee, all we need to do is save or create more government jobs by updating all of our volcano monitoring equipment and wallah our economic woes disappear.

It should be any day now, especially since that eruption in Alaska, that the economy will be back on it's feet, the housing worries erased, stocks will be up to last March's values, credit will be flowing again, and unemployment will disappear all due to volcano monitoring!!

Not sure how I missed that.

Tim:

Whose job does it save? They'are already paying people to monitor the volcanos. Are you telling me that something we've been funding for 40 years or so is going to end because it's not in the stimulus?

Lee Ward:

"You're right Lee, all we need to do is save or create more government jobs by updating all of our volcano monitoring equipment and wallah our economic woes disappear. "

Government jobs? Who said anything abut government jobs? You're just regurgitating the right wing bullshit fed to you by the conservomorons, J.R.

Repeating again - and READ IT this time.

Most of the money from the stimulus bill earmarked for monitoring (only about a tenth of the total going to the USGS) will go to modernizing existing monitoring equipment, including switching from analog to digital and installing GPS networks that can measure ground movements, said John Eichelberger, program coordinator for the USGS's Volcano Hazards Program.

Modernizing existing monitoring equipment. Those are factory jobs, J.R. Facotries that produce equipment. These aren't government jobs. Amazing...

And Tim's regurgitation is just another conservative belch. Come on you guys, you can't get away with this mindless crap here. Take it over to our neighbors where the commenters are too damned stupid to notice that you don't know what you're talking about, and just repeating the same old talking points that Michelle Malkin and Rush Limpbaugh are feeding ot the unthinking masses.

Investing millions in equipment upgrades creates jobs for working Americans. Get over it. Jindal was an idiot for suggesting otherwise.

Herman:

Damn, Lee -- annihilating conservatives and their IDIOTIC arguments left and right!!!

Keep up the good work.

J.R.:

Again, this should be a regular budget item. Throwing money at government agency whether they need it or not does stimulate the economy as was needed according to the One to avert the next great depression.

If there are budget shortfalls like Eichelberger said in your quote, then increase their budget through the appropriations process. It shouldn't be in the stimulus bill.

Lee Ward:

You can say that about any improvement project, JR - like building roads and bridges and highways. You can claim that "it should" be part of an on-going appropriations process.

But the fact that the money isn't there now -- the fact that it should be funded and isn't -- is what makes it a stimulus effort. It funds the un-funded and under-funded projects that have been cut back - resulting in good things like life-saving volcano monitoring -- at the same time that it stimulates the economy by creating and saving jobs.

J.R.:

is what makes it a stimulus effort. It funds the un-funded and under-funded projects that have been cut back

So you know it was un- or under-funded? How so?

You can say that about any improvement project, JR - like building roads and bridges and highways.

Exactly, and they have been going on since the dawn of our government. And it will do nothing to stimulate the economy.

Allen:

JR, Please prove your statement that throwing money (as you say) won't create jobs, which is what this country needs. And don't give links to your loving GOP sites. Link to some real proof.

Your party had 6 years of total control and you screwed up! Yes I know your BS about the Demo's screwed it up in two years. What a friggin joke that is. Your trickle down doesn't work, and neither does your queer leader Rush's talking points.

And I don't hear your little Bobbie Jingle complaining about the money being used for Hurricane watch and data, etc. Well, JR, is the Hurricane money being wasted also? Come on slick, speak up.

Tim:

Allen, the National Hurricane Center isn't finded by stimulus money. Neither is volcano monitoring. We've been doing both without a stimulus, we're doing them now without a stimulus, and we'll be doing it in the future without a stimulus. We weren't going to fire all the geologists who monitor volcanos, then changed our mind because the stimulus came along. Nobody was going to lose their job. Teh Messiah didn't come along and save them. It's something that's already been funded. Like the NHC. Try again.

Allen:

You try again Tim. Upgrading all the equipment the USGS uses will create jobs. Someone has to produce the updated equipment, which means how many jobs maybe saved, how many job openings will be produced? Why don't you mention that instead of the queer Rush talking points?


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