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2008 May 31 — Why Now?
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Caveat Emptor

Stephan Ohlenmacher of Associated Press notes that Obama used party rules to foil Clinton

WASHINGTON – Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, rival Barack Obama planned for the long haul.

Clinton hinged her whole campaign on an early knockout blow on Super Tuesday, while Obama’s staff researched congressional districts in states with primaries that were months away. What they found were opportunities to win delegates, even in states they would eventually lose.

Obama’s campaign mastered some of the most arcane rules in politics, and then used them to foil a front-runner who seemed to have every advantage — money, fame and a husband who had essentially run the Democratic Party for eight years as president.

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May 31, 2008   12 Comments


Fifth Bomb Wing insignia

The Associated Press reports that the Air Force wing in nuclear goof has more trouble

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — The Air Force wing blamed for a foul-up in which a bomber mistakenly flew to Louisiana armed with nuclear missiles will have to be retested after coming up short in an inspection.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Air Force conducted a weeklong inspection of the Minot Air Force Base’s 5th Bomb Wing beginning May 16, said a base spokeswoman, Maj. Elizabeth Ortiz.

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Tropical Storm Arthur

Tropical Storm ArthurPosition: 18.4 N 89.2 W. [7PM CDT]
Movement: West-Northwest [280°] near 6 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph.
Wind Gusts: 50 mph.
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 260 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb.

Arthur is about 55 miles West of Chetumal, Mexico and is moving over Yucatan.

Arthur just couldn’t wait for opening day.

Updated at 7PM

May 31, 2008   4 Comments


The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1st and runs through November 30th. As has been the case the last few years, an above normal season is projected, but that doesn’t mean anything more than the conditions should be favorable.

The Yucatan had a terrible year in 2007, but nothing much happened in the Gulf. There’s no way of knowing because there are just too many variables.

Storm Classification

Class Wind Speed Pressure Storm Surge
MPH Knots KPH Inches Millibars Feet Meters
Small Craft 21-37 18-32 34-60
Gale 38-55 33-48 61-89
Storm 56-74 49-64 90-119 < 3 < 1
Category 1 75-96 65-83 120-154 > 28.94 > 979 3-5 1-2
Category 2 97-110 84-96 155-178 28.94-28.50 979-965 6-8 2-3
Category 3 111-130 97-113 179-209 28.49-27.91 964-945 9-12 3-4
Category 4 131-155 114-135 210-250 27.90-27.17 944-920 13-18 4-6
Category 5 > 155 > 135 > 250 < 27.17 < 920 > 18 > 6

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