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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal delivered the Republicon response to President Obama's address to Congress because he is the "new face of the Republican Party."

Looks to me like the same old lying apparition.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was selected to deliver the Republicon response to President Obama's address to Congress last night.  Of course, if it were not for the fairness doctrine, Jindal would not have been speaking, but that's another matter.

Jindal is being presented as the "new face of the Republican Party" -- which raises the question of what the hell happened to Sarah Palin??  But that, too, is another topic.

Jindal showed that the new face of the Republicon Party is the same old hate-filled, lying devil's mask.  Let's examine one item that Jindal pissed and moaned about.

In his attack on Obama's stimulus bill, Jindal mocked "$140 million for monitoring volcanoes."

This claim is the same old Republicon bullshit on three counts.

  1.  There is no $140 million for monitoring volcanoes.  There is $140 million for the US Geologic Survey and a small portion of that will be used to upgrade volcano monitoring stations in North America.
  1.  Why do we need to monitor volcanoes?  Ask the airlines why:  

Alaska's volcanoes are potentially hazardous to passenger and freight aircraft as jet engines sometimes fail after ingesting volcanic ash. On December 15, 1989, a Boeing 747 flying 240 kilometers (150 miles) northeast of Anchorage encountered an ash cloud erupted from Redoubt Volcano and lost power in all four jet engines. The plane, with 231 passengers aboard, lost more than 3,000 meters (~9,800 feet) of elevation before the flight crew was able to restart the engines (Casadevall, 1994). After landing, it was determined the airplane had suffered about $80 million in damage (Brantley, 1990).

We monitor volcanoes because when they spew ash, that ash has potentially disastrous consequences for farming, fishing, aircraft, and other public, private, and commercial interests.

  1.  The money will be spent on new equipment to replace old, outdated, unreliable equipment now in place.  This new equipment will be manufactured in the USofA, installed by Americans, and operated by Americans.  All the money spent on this project will stay here at home.

And -- Jindal said not a word about the $600 million going to the National Weather Service.  Of course, the NWS are the people who issue the hurricane warnings on which Jindal and Louisiana depend.  Hmmmmm.

As I said, new face, same shit.

Originally posted to Old Redneck on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 05:12 PM PST.

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