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Newt Gingrich: A Single Nuke Could Destroy America

March 30th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Newt Gingrich: A Single Nuke Could Destroy America

A sword of Damocles hangs over our heads. It is a real threat that has been all but ignored.

On Feb. 3, Iran launched a “communications satellite� into orbit. At this very moment, North Korea is threatening to do the same. The ability to launch an alleged communications satellite belies a far more frightening truth. A rocket that can carry a satellite into orbit also can drop a nuclear warhead over any location on the planet in less than 45 minutes.

Far too many timid or uninformed sources maintain that a single launch of a missile poses no true threat to the United States, given our retaliatory power.

A reality check is in order and must be discussed in response to such an absurd claim: In fact, one small nuclear weapon, delivered by an ICBM can destroy the United States by maximizing the effect of the resultant electromagnetic pulse upon detonation.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a byproduct of detonating an atomic bomb above the Earth’s atmosphere. When a nuclear weapon is detonated in space, the gamma rays emitted trigger a massive electrical disturbance in the upper atmosphere. Moving at the speed of light, this overload will short out all electrical equipment, power grids and delicate electronics on the Earth’s surface. In fact, it would take only one to three weapons exploding above the continental United States to wipe out our entire grid and transportation network. It might take years to recover from, if ever.

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I don’t know if any of you saw this Sunday, I know I missed it, and am glad I found it. This was a favorite topic of mine in days past. The survival of the human race after a nuclear holocaust.

This is not science fiction. If you doubt this, spend a short amount of time skimming the Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack from April 2008. You will come away sobered.

To some degree, it is NOT science fiction, but no one knows, with ALL certainty, exactly what will happen to the areas of the earth not struck directly. EMP is one of the biggest fears, always has been. This next quoted paragraph IS science fiction, from back in the mid 1980′s, look at the review and see many similarities, a partial review of the novel War Day.

As well as the human cost, the war has left its mark on the economy and politics of the country. Due to the electromagnetic pulse from the first wave of bomb blasts, virtually all bank accounts, transactions, and other electronic assets—including those in Canada—simply vanish. Because of this, money undergoes a rapid deflation: the cost of a home is reduced to 800 gold dollars. In addition, electronic machinery and devices are rendered useless, which further limits the economy. SOURCE: War Day

I read this novel when it 1st appeared on the shelves. The very premise of this novel was so believable that it’s possible reality was terrifying. It appears that even today the basic idea is still there, and again, it’s ALL pure speculation regarding the actual results of a massive nuclear exchange and the subsequent radiation and EMP damage, and I hope we never have to put any of this to the test.

I don’t really believe that a single nuke could destroy our electronic infrastructure, but it is a fascinating possibility, not what I would call a probability, but a possibility nonetheless. I would personally be more inclined to think that it would take a multiple warhead burst, spread over the entire land mass of this nation to bring about a full EMP disruption, and even then, many systems are so well grounded, I just don’t know, this goes far beyond my field of expertise. But again, we’ve never experienced such a tragedy, so, who knows…


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7 residents, nurse die in NC nursing home shooting

March 29th, 2009 . by TexasFred

7 residents, nurse die in NC nursing home shooting

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) – A gunman burst into a North Carolina nursing home Sunday morning and started “shooting everything,” killing seven residents and a nurse and wounding at least three others.

Robert Stewart, 45, of Moore County, was charged hours later with eight counts of first-degree murder and a single charge of felony assault of a law enforcement officer. Authorities offered few other details, allowing only that Stewart was not a patient or an employee at the nursing home, and isn’t believe to be related to any of the victims.

“It’s a horrible event in any size town, particularly, though, when you deal with a small town such as Carthage,” said Police Chief Chris McKenzie. “It’s hard. This is my home, my small town. I was born and raised here so, yeah, I take it to heart a little bit. All you can do is move forward.”

Authorities said Stewart began his rampage around 10 a.m. at Pinelake Health and Rehab, a nursing home in the North Carolina Sandhills about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh. A police officer, 25-year-old Justin Garner, was also wounded before Stewart was shot and apprehended.

Sen. Harris Blake, a Moore County Republican, said six people were killed at the scene and two died later at a hospital in nearby Pinehurst. He said sheriff’s officials told him that Stewart “comes in and just starts shooting everything around.”

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What in the HELL is wrong with people? Not 3 weeks ago we had this, At least 10 dead in two-town Alabama shooting spree and now some nutcase walk in to a nursing home and starts shooting up the old folks and a nurse?

I wrote about the Alabama shooting, The Alabama Shootings – An Op/Ed from TexasFred, and I have stated on numerous occasions, no one in their right mind does something like this. These are NOT the actions of sane and responsible people. These are the actions of individuals that have gone over the edge, whatever that edge may be, and they took out their hostilities and frustrations on innocent people.

To the families of the deceased, I am truly sorry, terribly sorry for your loss. I hope you can find it in your hearts to not hold this against the millions of responsible gun owners in the USA, and I hope you don’t blame the NRA and everyone connected to it for this tragedy. That does seem to be the popular theme of late, a mass murder takes place and automatically the responsible gun owners take a huge hit and are ALL somehow held responsible.

I don’t want to sound like one of the ‘Tin-Foil’ conspiracy theorists, but damn, I am seriously starting to wonder if there isn’t a bigger agenda at work here than some idiot losing his mind and going on a shooting spree. The Attorney General of this nation is an avowed gun hater and gun grabber, as is the president, regardless of his hollow words to the contrary.

If I didn’t know better, I would be thinking that there is some kind of ‘plot‘ afoot, a scheme being put to work in this nation to make all of the legal, sane and responsible gun owners of the USA look like ‘bad guys’. I would almost think that AG Holder’s fine hand, or that of his minions, could be found at work here, if you were to look deep enough, if the truth were to ever surface. You know, if I were one of those highly suspicious conspiracy theorists…


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White House planning more auto financial aid

March 29th, 2009 . by TexasFred

White House planning more auto financial aid

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration was finishing work on a plan to give more financial aid to two Detroit automakers in return for tough cost-cutting measures that will ensure the companies’ survival.

President Barack Obama’s auto industry task force was expected to offer additional aid to General Motors Corp. (GM) and Chrysler LLC while setting firm deadlines for the companies to get concessions from their stakeholders.

GM and Chrysler, which employ about 140,000 workers in the U.S., have already received $17.4 billion in government loans to survive the economic downturn and the worst decline in auto sales in 27 years. GM is seeking another $16.6 billion, while Chrysler wants $5 billion more.

With the companies running out of money heading into April, any short-term aid would help the auto manufacturers maintain their operations while they seek concessions. Administration officials declined to comment on the plan Saturday.

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What happens if their stake holders don’t concede anything? Or don’t concede enough? What happens if the UAW decides it’s ‘Our way or the highway’? Do we just keep on handing GM and Chrysler more BILLIONS of our tax dollars?

I imagine that is exactly what is going to happen. Look, I don’t have ANY use for Barack Obama, I mean none, but this financial debacle is NOT his doing, not initially. Dec. 1, 2008 Panel says US has been in recession since Dec. ‘07. We have watched our finances go from pretty good in early 2001 to IN THE TANK in late 2008. So, let me ask you, WHO was the guy in charge during those years? Who inherited an amazingly healthy economy and a rather comfortable budget surplus when he took office? Anyone??

I have pointed this out before and was told that Obama did nothing to stop the financial meltdown, so he IS culpable. Yes, to a degree he truly IS culpable, but just which way did your Senators vote on the initial bailout? I know how both of mine voted. My wonderful RINO Senators. They voted to take this nation down the path of socialism. Oct. 3, 2008 Congress OKs historic bailout bill. Along about then was when I dropped ALL support of Sen. John Cornyn in his reelection bid and vowed that if Kay Bailey Hutchison returned to Texas to run for Governor, I would support Rick Perry, or any other viable, non bailout supporting candidate. Words I still stand by to this day!

Oct. 4, 2008 For bailout to work, housing market needs to mend
Nov. 13, 2008 Federal budget deficit hits record
Nov. 24, 2008 Government plans massive Citigroup rescue effort
Dec. 21, 2008 AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs

As stated above, I have NO USE for Barack Obama, but he didn’t bring this about, look at the dates. Perhaps he could have done more to stop it, but we ALL know that wasn’t about to happen with an uber-libber such as himself. If you want to know where the blame lies, look no further than your local RINO Senator and/or Congressman that was, and quite likely still is, spending money like a drunk sailor on shore leave.

And before anyone thinks I am being remiss in my duties by failing to point out that the Democrats are doing the exact same thing, I KNOW THEY ARE!! OK?? But here’s the deal, we expect that from the Dems. Democrat and fiscal conservatism are words that just don’t go together, but you see, the Dems managed to gained control over both Houses under the debacle that was the Bush administration. The administration took us into Iraq, the administration that ushered in this recession and the administration that has brought us precariously close to becoming a nation in full blown depression.

Has the Obama administration done anything to help? Why hell no they haven’t. What they have done, in my opinion is, made matters worse. They took a bad situation and multiplied it many times over, they are making debt that our grand children’s grand children will still be fighting to pay off. That is the Democratic way, and the way of the RINO. A RINO, a repulsive creature that I call ‘Dem Lite’. It’s time folks, it’s time for fiscal conservatives to raise a ruckus, it’s time to take D.C. back and do it with folks that won’t send us ALL to the poor house. In the coming year and into 2010 support only Conservative candidates and fiscally responsible ones.

We may save this nation yet. If we don’t all get locked up for Domestic Terrorism that is…


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