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Thank you for the spell check!!!!!!!

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Mar 29, 2012, 05:00 PM (1 replies)

America’s Most Corrupt States

The Center for Public Integrity released a report detailing the risk of corruption and lack of accountability in all 50 states last week. The findings of the report should worry anyone who believes state governments are transparent and free of corruption. Of course, no state is without flaws. Unfortunately, nearly every state received a grade that would give residents cause for concern.

The Center for Public Integrity’s report examined issues concerning accountability and ethics in each state government. States were graded on 330 separate metrics, which were grouped into 14 major categories. Overall grades are based on the average grades in the major categories, which included lobbying disclosure, political financing, internal auditing, ethics enforcement agencies and redistricting.

These are America’s most corrupt states.

1. Georgia

2. South Dakota

3. Wyoming

4. Virginia

5. Maine

6. South Carolina

7. North Dakota

8. Michigan

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 01:02 PM (18 replies)

This is why you keep your seatbelts at all times while flying

Is Boeing’s 737 an Airplane Prone to Problems?

The plane is America’s most popular model. But aviation experts worry that America’s most popular airplane is prone to cracks in its skin. An investigative report.

At 10:56 p.m. on April 1, last year, Southwest Airlines Flight 812, en route from Phoenix to Sacramento with 118 passengers aboard, was completing its climb to its cruise altitude of 36,000 feet, above the small town of Blythe, Calif. An air-traffic controller at Los Angeles Center had just acknowledged a routine call from the pilot. But within a minute or so of that exchange, the controller became aware that Flight 812 was in some kind of trouble. The messages were garbled until, finally, he heard the pilot clearly: “declaring an emergency we lost the cabin.”

Over the years, the Boeing 737 has been the world’s most popular airliner for intercity routes. One takes off or lands every 2.5 seconds. Its accident rate, compared with other aircraft, is relatively low: one for every 2.5 million hours flown. Even 45 years after the first 737 flew, airlines are so hungry for the latest model 737s that Boeing can barely meet the demand.

The trouble is, if the skin of the airplane is weakened, the pressurized air in the cabin will always find that weak point and attempt to escape. (When smoking was allowed on airplanes, inspectors looking for nascent failures in the skin could spot them as rings of nicotine deposits left as air leaked out). There are two consequences of skin failure: either a rapid decompression, as in the case of the two Southwest flights, during which the crew are able to retain control and make a rapid descent to a safe landing, or an explosive decompression, where the structural failure is extensive, instantaneous, and fatal.

There are two important safeguards that stand between safety and disaster: technology on the one hand and airline safety checks on the other. And the problem is that as the technology of fuselage design has evolved over several decades, the 737’s has not. As a result, the final responsibility for our safety has moved from Boeing to the maintenance and safety checks carried out by the airlines and supervised by the FAA. So far this final safety net has mostly worked—the flaws have been caught before they caused a fatal crash. But that’s no cause for complacency: an aging design with chronic problems remains our most frequently flown plane today.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 27, 2012, 07:06 AM (8 replies)

How to control a nation

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:57 PM (5 replies)

It's called Diplomacy

Something the GOP does not know anything about.

Obama was asking Medved to get word to the Russians to give him some time.


Romney would have already started another war if he were President. That is the key difference in foreign relations between Democrats and Republicans.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 06:44 PM (3 replies)

Hot mike moment: Obama overheard telling Medvedev he needs 'space' on missile defense

By NBC News' Shawna Thomas
SEOUL, South Korea -- It was a comment not intended for public consumption, and another lesson for President Barack Obama on the importance of being careful about what you say around microphones, especially in an election year.

At the end of a 90-minute meeting between Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, journalists rushed in to hear remarks from the leaders about the content of their talks.

Journalists spied the two leaders leaning close together and talking in hushed tones. According to those in the room, the conversation was difficult to hear but the videotape revealed Obama asking the Russian leader to wait until after the November election before pushing forward on the topic of a planned missile defense shield.
Obama: This is my last election…After my election I have more flexibility.

Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.

While most journalists didn't catch the rest, one Russian reporter managed to record the context with his equipment.

Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space.

Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you...

Obama: This is my last election…After my election I have more flexibility.

Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.


This looks like something the "liberal" media will blow out of proportion and make it sould like Obama is giving away the store.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 01:50 PM (10 replies)

rick santroum "Our 12-year-old will out reason Bill Maher" (Video)

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 12:40 PM (7 replies)

Tsunami-tossed boat spotted off western Canada


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A large fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami that devastated Japan last year has been spotted adrift off British Columbia in western Canada.

Jeff Olsson of Victoria's Joint rescue coordination center says an airplane contracted by the government spotted the 50-foot-long (15-meter-long) vessel recently about 160 miles (260 kilometers) west of Haida Gwaii, slowly drifting toward shore.

The vessel has been identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan. Olsson says no one is believed to be aboard and there's no environmental danger.

Posted by liberal N proud | Sat Mar 24, 2012, 08:46 PM (1 replies)

Etch-A-Sketch moment could haunt Mitt Romney in the fall

Mitt Romney had hoped to avoid dealing with the Etch-A-Sketch question at his only public event Wednesday afternoon, a town hall meeting in Maryland.

But, about half an hour after Romney pointedly told a reporter along the ropeline that he would not be taking questions, reporters were summoned for a quick Q&A.

There was only one "Q," and the candidate knew what it would be.

But the real potential damage is beyond the primary fight. Democrats have long been working to paint Romney as a candidate without a core, hammering every perceived inconsistency and working to ensure that every position he took in the primary fight to endear himself with conservatives would be held against him in the general election.


Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 23, 2012, 08:19 AM (1 replies)

Everyone is creating etch-a-sketch art with Romney


This is just a few that I found.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:35 PM (19 replies)
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