Archive for December 3, 2008

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to release the NBAF’s Final Environmental Impact Statement on December 12 according to published summary material. However, you can read the 22 page Executive Summary courtesy of the Manhattan Mercury.


The New York Times and the Washington Post are reporting that the government will recommend Kansas for the National Bio Agro Defense Facility.

The federal government has recommended a site in Kansas for a new $450 million laboratory to study biological threats like anthrax and foot-and-mouth disease, congressional lawmakers and staff said Wednesday.

The Department of Homeland Security’s choice of Manhattan, Kan., beat out intense competition from other sites in Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

Agency official revealed their decision to several lawmakers late Tuesday, according to lawmakers and staff familiar with the briefings. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement won’t be made until later this week, when the agency releases an environmental impact statement.

A draft copy of Homeland Security’s “Preferred Alternative Selection Memorandum,” prepared by department Undersecretary Jay Cohen and obtained by The Associated Press concludes that the site on the campus of Kansas State University was chosen based on its proximity to existing biohazard research, strong community acceptance and a generous package of incentives offered by the state.

“(T)he Steering Committee unanimously agreed that the Manhattan campus site is the preferred alternative and I concur with the Steering Committee’s recommendation,” Cohen states in the draft document.

The residents of Granville County just received an early Christmas present if the Department of Homeland Security does make Kansas the official site with the release of the Record of decision (ROD) expected sometime before Obama is swore in as President. This lab will set precedent bringing Foot and Mouth disease on to the mainland U.S. for the first time in over 50 years. GNAT has held the position that the facility should not be build anywhere but given the fact a new administration will be calling the shots the facility may never be build at all.

As far as safety concerns one can only hope Rep. David Price is true to his word and that the facility will not be build until the GAO says it can be operated safely. The last thing we need as a Nation is an accidental release of FMD. That would be the nail in the proverbial coffin as far as the economic impact.

Only hours after the AP’s article was released Texas‘s consortium charged with courting the NBAF, has already released a statement saying they will challenge the decision of DHS to site the NBAF in Kansas.

Disappointed backers of San Antonio’s effort said Wednesday they planned to mount a stiff challenge to a decision that they felt had been tainted by politics.

“We’re going to be right up in their face,” said York Duncan, president of Texas Research Park.

“We have decided to pull all the stops out and we’re going to exploit every opportunity to steer this to San Antonio.”

Duncan said the local coalition, Texas Bio and Agro Defense Consortium, or TBAC, lost ground in the high-stakes contest last spring when homeland security abruptly asked contenders to submit packages on how much money state and local governments would put up to help build the lab. Because the Texas Legislature was not in session, the San Antonio group was unable to secure a guarantee of state funds, Duncan said.

“That put us at a competitive disadvantage,” he said. “Kansas threw out the most money and it appears this has turned into an auction.”

More to follow.


On the heels of Bush’s, I’m sorry I bankrupted you America, forgive me because I’m the biggest idiot who ever stole an election interview with ABC. Today we learn we are truly in a Recession (you think?) and that we may be heading for our own “Great Recression” according to National Bureau of Economic Research because of its length. But here is the clincher according to the National Bureau of Economic Reserch (NBER) we have been in a Recession since December 07. I guess Bush didn’t read that Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) either.

The U.S. economy, now officially in recession, may be in the midst of the longest slump in the post- World War II era as job losses mount and credit dries up.

The economic slump began in December 2007 when payrolls reached a peak, the business cycle dating committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, nonprofit group of economists based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said yesterday. The last time the U.S. was in a recession was from March through November 2001, according to NBER.

“We’re looking at some pretty severe numbers for the fourth quarter, and the first quarter of 2009 will be pretty bad as well,” said Stephen Stanley, chief U.S. economist at RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut. “The economy isn’t going to turn around definitively until the credit markets unclog.”

“This may be referred to as the Great Recession,” because of its length, said Norbert Ore, chairman of the Institute for Supply Management’s factory survey. “It looked like we were headed for a shallow recession earlier in the year because of higher energy prices. With the meltdown in the financial sector, it has become something more serious.”

Bush and his failed policies have quite honesty done more damage to our Nation and our economy than Bin Laden ever hoped for. They hate us for our freedom no longer applies.(not that it ever did). As a Nation we have lost many priceless liberties during the Bush Admin., from the dismantling of our Constitution, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and now because of the by-products of war, we find ourselves in an economic crisis that invokes similarities to the Great depression. A crisis that threathens our very quality of life in America with an unqualified puppet in chief at the wheel.

Bush said during the ABC interview (metioned above) that “the biggest regret of his presidency was the “intelligence failure” regarding the extent of the Saddam Hussein threat to the United States”. Granted that is an admission some will be satisfied with but it is not enough, it falls tremendously short of understandable, much less adequate. Bush also states during the interview “I think I was unprepared for war.” This is one point where he and I agree.

What does the war in Iraq have to do with the economy? Remember that we were told in the days leading up to the war in Iraq that “Iraq’s oil revenues could fund the war and the reconstruction” well that funding idea was never utilized and the effects of our excessive military spending on our economy (believe it or not) is exactly what a study commissioned in 2007 predicted. The study was preformed by a group called Global Insight, the study’s title is The Economic Impact of the Iraq War and Higher Military Spending.  The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) commissioned the group to create a model simulation to determine the impact of higher military spending on an economy. According to the study they figured an increase of 1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which is currently about $135 billion. The fiqure is roughly what our U.S. military spending has increased since September 2001 when factoring in both the war in Iraq and Afganistan.

What the simulation found was that, while there is an initial stimulus from the increase in spending, over time typically around the 5th year mark, the increased spending starts to show.  After the 5 year mark, the simulation showed a sharp drop in payroll employment, housing starts, and jobs. Notible increases occuried in interest rates, inflation, and imports. CEPR’s conclusion of the simulation states, “simply, that increases military spending “drains resources from the productive economy.”

In 2003, our war tab was $4.4 Billion a month, fast-forward to the present and the monthly tab has swelled to $12.5 Billion per month. We are currently spending $17 Million per hour in Iraq and Afghanistan  and as a result our Nation’s economy is on the verge of collapse. We cannot continue to fund two wars with military spending at its current levels and yet there is also no end in sight. For the people who have lost their entire savings, their retirement nest-eggs, the people who have lost or will lose their jobs, the victims of the unregulated exotic mortgages, for all of us affected by Bush’s mistakes we all deserve more than Bush’s hollow words of I’m sorry and nothing short of his indictment will suffuse for me.

Yes folks the Cats in the kettle at the Peking Moon and we are so broke as a Nation we sold out the last thing of value we had to China, our name.

Source: The Huffington Post – Andy Borowitz

In a landmark deal that could provide much-needed cash to America’s anemic economy, China agreed today to acquire the naming rights to the U.S. for a reported $1.4 trillion.

The deal, which is expected to be signed by President George W. Bush and Chinese president Hu Jintao sometime before Inauguration Day on January 20, was hailed today by Mr. Bush as a “win-win” for both countries.

“We get 1.4 trillion dollars, and all we have to do is change our name to ‘Panda Garden,'” Mr. Bush told reporters at the White House.

Geez, we still don’t have enough to bail-out Wall Street, the Big 3 and all of the other companies Cheney owns stock in. Now there is an idea, has anybody asked Cheney for a loan?

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