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2012 October 11 — Why Now?
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About That Deficit

The Army has a couple of thousand Abram tanks parked in the desert that have various problems and they aren’t fixing them because they have all of the operational tanks they need. This hasn’t stopped Congresscritters from demanding that the Army buy more tanks, because there are companies in their district involved to the manufacture of the tanks.

The Army says it can save $3 billion by not fixing those tanks and not buying new ones that they don’t need, but Congress would rather take out Big Bird [$445 million]. This has nothing to do with security or defense, this is about protecting the profits of a defense contractor. They want to cut Social Security, but have General Dynamics continue to build tanks the Army doesn’t need or want.

The same Congresscritters who claim the government doesn’t create jobs are saying that if the government doesn’t buy military hardware it doesn’t need, it will cost jobs. These are the same people who say we can’t fix the roads and bridges that everyone uses because that would bust the budget, but it’s imperative that we spend $3 billion dollars on something no one wants, needs, or will use.

October 11, 2012   22 Comments

Tropical Storm Patty

Tropical Storm PattyPosition: 25.9N 72.5W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Stationary.
Maximum sustained winds: 45 mph [ 75 kph].
Wind Gusts: 60 mph [ 95 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1005 mb ↓.

Currently about 260 miles [ 420 km] Northeast of the Central Bahamas.

This storm has been on verge of possibly doing something for a week, and it is expected to merge with a cold front shortly, so it apparently decided to grab a name from the list.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

October 11, 2012   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Patty