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When President Obama signed NDAA 2012, he failed to defend and protect the Constitution and thus repudiated his oath of office.

Updated on May 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

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Re: “'The night we almost lost Arkansas'


Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukashima were fission nuclear reactors not nuclear weapons. The results of these accidents were varying degrees of release of contaminated and/or radioactive material through loss of the containment. Nuclear reactors maintain nuclear fission at a lower rate of atom splitting (fission) for long periods of time days-months-years to produce huge amounts of heat which can be utilized to generate electricity. But if not contained are, in essence, "dirty bombs" (lots of contamination released to the environment spread by weather effects).

Chernobyl was a different design (graphite moderated piles) by a totalitarian regime with a well known callous attitude toward military and civilian casualties in the course of utilizing nuclear power plants. Accidents and human casualties in Soviet naval plants have a long history, if you care to research it, even despite Soviet secrecy and classification.

Three Mile Island (TMI) and Fukashima are/were pressurized water reactors that must maintain water flow for cooling or the core melts (not explodes). TMI lost the cooling flow and partially melted the core of one reactor, but still limited and soon stopped release via back-up physical systems. Fukashima was hit by an earthquake and tsunami which shutdown all the reactors, but the designed back-up power for cooling the enormous heat was overwhelmed as the entire utility unfrastructure was destroyed and steam explosions (not nuclear fission) caused the damage (rupture of containment) and release of contamination and fisson reaction byproducts.

Perhaps Fukashima was an error in planning, but earthquakes and tsunamis are not yet predictable and the Japanese assumed (incorrectly) that a geographical area without seismic activity in their recorded history to be safe enough. The nation of Japan is the only nation to ever experience nuclear weapons explosions and their experiences have lead them to be fanatically conservative about releases of contamination from plants to the environment. During the 70's the nuclear ship I served on was isolated in a dry dock and the water and radiation levels around the ship constantly monitored by Japanese technicians while we visited the port. Fukashima was an error, but not a fission explosion.

A long winded explanation that nuclear power plants are not nuclear weapons, but both are dangerous and can be catastrophic. Our scientists and politicians in the decades of the 30's and 40's decided that defeating the Axis was worth opening Pandora's box, but I doubt that they ever believed that what they released would be controlled by ignorant men who reject even learning the science and technology that made fission and thermonuclear weapons an power possible!

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Posted by dottholliday on 09/16/2016 at 3:49 AM

Re: “'The night we almost lost Arkansas'

Raxorblade and TDurden's comments are correct. The highly trained enlisted military weapons technicians know from the accidents that have occurred and the design and manufacture of our fission and thermonuclear weapons which these enlisted men service and repair that a nuclear explosion will not result from a combusion or fire. A release of contamination or radioactive materials could occur if the fire was unchrcked and intense enough to melt the weapon, would not result in a fission or thermonuclear detonation.
The author's motives I do not know, but his actual knowledge of military fission and thermonuclear weapons seems very cursory to me from his assertions. However, enlisted eeapons technicians have nothing to gain from lying about the safety of the weapons and their design. So his story sounds like a conspiracy theory backed up with the same knowledge and research of a Donsld Trump or Jim Imhofe tirade.

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Posted by dottholliday on 09/15/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Brave new Arkansas

When you keep voting for the lesser of two evils, Max. Sooner or later the electorate asks just how much worse could the other guy be? That's what happened to Pryor and Ross they ran too far to the right . . . Pat theh own party

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Posted by dottholliday on 11/12/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Boom! Reid opts for 'nuclear' option, passes rule change on judicial, executive nominations

Just when you think Mark Pryor has remembered what party he's in, those little elephant spots reappear all over his body and his constituents get to wonder again if being a DINO results in 5-10-15% support of Democratic points and positions.

Is Cotton repugnant enough to override the desire to show Pryor how his supposed "constituents" truly appreciate his representing their positions?!

Posted by dottholliday on 11/22/2013 at 8:03 PM

Re: “U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor opposes military action against Syria

Which shaped his opinion. What is best for the U.S. and his constituents . . . or potentially which position would give him a better chance of re-election?
My impression of Senator Pryor is that he is a totally pragmatic politician and not a public servant adhering to his or constituents morals or ethics or entertaining the thought that this could be the beginning of another "tarbaby" war like Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, The War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism.

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Posted by dottholliday on 09/07/2013 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Bryant private school arms staff

Soon they will be protected from everything foreign or unpalatable (dangerous . . . to them) to their thoughts . . . including students. IMO

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Posted by dottholliday on 08/22/2013 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Mark Pryor calls for restoration of the Voting Rights Act

Who knew Mark Pryor could be such a comedian in his last campaign?

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Posted by dottholliday on 08/22/2013 at 11:55 AM

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