Do primary challenges doom a sitting president — or does a sitting president have to be perceived as so weak before someone will challenge him that he’d lose anyway?
UPDATE: Approved by UN vote.
I knew a guy who once half-heartedly tried to talk me into doing a three-way with him and his best friend. (Which struck me as a little… gay, but okay.) I turned him down by telling him his friend didn’t appeal to me – which wasn’t exactly a lie, but not the whole truth.
As one of my friends quipped when I told her about it, “What, so you can have sex with two guys who don’t know what they’re doing?”
In honor of today’s national drinking holiday, Dropkick Murphys live:
TUCSON – A U.S. Army veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for serious injuries in Iraq will give the military honor to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office to be presented to the congresswoman.
According to release from the office of Rep. Giffords, Al Lee of Sierra Vista was given the Purple Heart after being injured during combat in Fallujah, Iraq in September 2003. An improvised explosive device caused traumatic brain injury and other wounds.
“Congresswoman Giffords deserves this honor,” said Lee. “She was injured in the line of duty.”
Giffords’ office said Lee will present the award to Pam Simon this afternoon. Simon, a Giffords staff member, was shot twice on January 8 and returned to work recently. A staff member will deliver the Purple Heart to Rep. Giffords this weekend at the Houston hospital where she is rehabilitating from a gunshot wound to the head.
Lee said that Rep. Giffords has been a strong advocate for veterans and active-duty military, serving on the House Armed Services Committee.
Love that free market! Show this to your wingnut friends:
THE Japanese owner of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant falsified safety data and “dishonestly” tried to cover up problems there.
Tokyo Electric Power Co injected air into the containment vessel of Fukushima reactor No 1 to artificially “lower the leak rate”. When caught, the company expressed its “sincere apologies for conducting dishonest practices”.
The misconduct came to light in 2002 after whistleblowers working for General Electric, which designed the reactor, complained to the Japanese government. Another GE employee later confessed that he had falsified records of inspections of reactor No1 in 1989 – at the request of TEPCO officials. He also admitted to falsifying other inspection reports, also on request of the client. After that incident TEPCO was forced to shut down 17 reactors, albeit temporarily.
Dale Bridenbaugh, a GE employee who was not the whistleblower, resigned 35 years ago after becoming convinced that the design of the Mark 1 reactor used at Fukushima was seriously flawed. Five of the six reactors were built to that design.
Mr Bridenbaugh told ABC News: “The problems we identified in 1975 were that, in doing the design of the containment, they did not take into account the dynamic loads that could be experienced with a loss of coolant.”
In a document entitled Lessons Learned from the TEPCO Nuclear Power Scandal, released by the company and seen by The Times, TEPCO blamed its “misconduct” in 2002 on its “engineers’ overconfidence of their nuclear knowledge”. Their “conservative mentality” had led them to fail to report problems, the company said, resulting in an “inadequate safety culture”.
In 2007, TEPCO ran into trouble again after misinforming government officials about breakdowns at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, which had been damaged after a magnitude 6.8 quake. In a cable released by WikiLeaks, a US official said: “TEPCO issued a corrected statement on July 18 in which it admitted it miscalculated the amount of radiation leakage.”
WikiLeaks cables also reveal that Japan was warned in 2009 that its power plants could not withstand powerful earthquakes.
This would be a good time to observe that fine Japanese tradition of seppeku.