Still Monitoring Those Volcanoes

I’m certain you’ve seen all kinds of video clips along with written pieces ripping into, dissecting Bobby Jindal’s ‘speech’ that fateful Tuesday night following the president’s address to Congress.  Not to mention the matter of his delivery, and that tweaky gawd-awful stroll getting to the camera.

Beside the stupid – STUPID! – calling out of the government in response to Hurricane Katrina and apparently forgetting who the fuck was in charge of that goddamned debacle, Jindal charged on to listing things that were flat out lies, half-truths, and poor judgment calls, among them – the train between California (LA) and Las Vegas, Nevada, the story of meeting up with Sheriff Henry Lee, and “$140 million for something called “volcano monitoring.” Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.”  Right up there with Sarah Palin’s ignorant-ass reference to fruit fly research and autism.

Before getting to debunking Jindal’s bullshit, I have a question – why – WHY do these imbeciles latch onto something they allege is some fantastic and tremendous waste of money, serves no apparent useful purpose, and is always purposed by some pinko liberal THAT turns out to be legit?

Here’s the latest on Mt. Redoubt in Alaska.  Here’s the website for the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The monitors have upped the warning to RED – as of 7:30 this evening,

“Redoubt volcano remains active. The AVO web cam shows a plume of mostly water vapor, gas, and likely small amounts of ash rising above Redoubt to about 15,000 feet and drifting southeast.”

Is it not just too ironic that it’s Alaska, monitoring of volcanoes, and stupid ReThuglican governors?


This photograph* courtesy of AVO/USGS, depicts some of the work involved in monitoring those damned volcanoes….. the picture was taken on April 2, 2009. It’s also on the website.

Fieldwork northwest of Redoubt volcano. Angie Diefenbach is working in a snow pit collecting ash fall from the current eruption.

Yep – more waste of taxpayers investment dollars.  At least it’s being documented. Oh and perhaps I should also mention Mt. Augustine – it’s on yellow alert; it’s in Alaska Volcano as well, although the ‘yellow alert’ demonstrates a significant decerase in “volcanic activity….but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.”

*Image Creator: Wallace, Kristi; Image courtesy of AVO/USGS.

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