Shep Smith: It’s pathetic that some Americans are popping iodide pills over Japan’s nuke crisis

posted at 7:56 pm on March 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

When he’s right, he’s right, which is why I keep droning on about Obama using the bully pulpit to give the public a reality check about radiation. If you follow the news closely enough to know that a nuclear-related horror has befallen Japan but not closely enough to know about sub-lethal levels, wind dispersal, etc, then yes, you’re going to overreact. And even if you do know about sub-lethal levels, people cope with fear differently. Many of the iodide-poppers, I assume, are treating it as a de facto anti-anxiety drug. If they can’t get peace of mind from knowing that dangerous doses don’t travel 5,000 miles over water, maybe they can get it from a psychiatric placebo.

News within the past hour is that they’ve finally finished laying a new power line to the Fukushima plant, which means the cooling system might be about to come back online — if it still works, which no one seems to know. U.S. officials warn that the crisis could go on for weeks, but if the plant’s water pumps can run after juice is restored, “then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis.” And there’s more good news, just to make the run on iodide a little sillier:

The first readings from American data-collection flights over the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan show that the worst of the contamination has not spewed beyond the 18-mile range of highest concern established by Japanese authorities…

While the findings were reassuring in the short term, the United States declined to back away from its warning to Americans to stay at least 50 miles from the plant, a far larger perimeter than the Japanese government has established.

The news ain’t all good, though:

In interviews, American officials said their biggest worry about the Japanese plant was that a frenetic series of efforts by the Japanese military to get water into the four reactors there — including water cannons and fire-fighting helicopters that dumped water but appeared to largely miss their targets — showed few signs of working…

American officials were fixated on the temperature readings inside the three reactors that had been operating until the earthquake shut them down, and at the spent fuel pools, looking for any signs that they were decreasing. So far they saw none, but on the Web site of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, it was clear that there were no readings at all from some critical areas. Part of the American effort, by satellites and aircraft, is to identify the hot-spots, something the Japanese have not been able to do in some cases.

The biggest worry is still the spent fuel rods in reactor four (you can see a photo of the cooling pool in which they’re housed here), but even there, the information is contradictory. U.S. nuclear chief Gregory Jaczko swore up and down yesterday that his sources say there’s no water in the pool, that the rods are exposed to the air and getting dangerously hot. Today, meanwhile, comes this:

French nuclear security regulators say that helicopter crews flying over the crippled nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, have determined that a spent-fuel cooling pool does contain water, contrary to the public statement of the U.S.’s chief nuclear regulator.

Two statements by the Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire say Japanese helicopter crews carrying tons of water to the site saw that there was water in the cooling pool at reactor No. 4, enough water, in fact, that the choppers were diverted to reactor No. 3 to drop their loads. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko set off world-wide alarms Wednesday when he told a congressional panel that the cooling pool had dried up and high levels of radiation were being emitted.

The French observers added that the pools are boiling, so if Jaczko’s nightmare scenario isn’t here yet, it’s coming soon. Unless, of course, that power line does the trick. Cross those fingers. Exit quotation from a Nagasaki survivor: “I can’t say I’m not concerned, but I can’t say I’m all that nervous.”



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“People are dying by the thousands down here”

- Shep Smith, New Orleans, reporting on Katrina

Hiya Ciska on March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Someone commented earlier:

The same media that spent days freaking everyone out now wants to lecture Americans on staying calm and level-headed?

amerpundit on March 17, 2011 at 7:59 PM

thanks to Big Sister, er…Ms. Dr. Big Sister who told all them fools to buy iodine tabs.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Smith is right.

AcronisF on March 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Whether he is correct or not is not the issue. Shepherd Smith is a news reader. His opinion about whether something is “sad” or “fabulous” is entirely irrelevant, and it is inappropriate for him to give us any hint of his views.

DrMagnolias on March 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM

if the plant’s water pumps can run after juice is restored, “then we might look at that moment as the beginning of the end of this crisis.”

The beginning of the end will come when people are not huddled in freezing code evacuation centers without electricity.

pedestrian on March 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM

“Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko”

Appointed by the president, Obama, likely wants to get renominated if Obama is reelected, and is making blatantly false and extremely prejudicial remarks on something that he would regulate here in America.

astonerii on March 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM

One thing scares me more than having Obama as president :

SHEPZILLA!

Maxpower on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

thanks to Big Sister, er…Ms. Dr. Big Sister who told all them fools to buy iodine tabs.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM

She & Janet are related?

itsnotaboutme on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Smith put out so much bogus information on Katrina, he’s lost all standing to ridicule anyone else for putting it out or believing it.

Of course the media are hyping the reactor problems and credulous people are getting scared unnecessarily. Didn’t need Smith to tell me that.

J.E. Dyer on March 17, 2011 at 8:05 PM

But I caught 5 minutes and tonight Tingles had the radioactive plume headed straight for….Southern California! I’m surprised he didn’t narrow it down further to the “Glee” set!

Marcus on March 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I wonder if Michelle and Barry are winging to Rio to be away from ‘the Plume’. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

Limerick on March 17, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I’m having trouble making sense out of the first sentence of this article. On top of its incoherence it seems to imply that Americans should believe anything Obama says, but I suppose the broken-clock analogy can apply to Obama.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

She & Janet are related?

itsnotaboutme on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM
Only in ugliness, can’t O find any good looking women to occupy these positions, I mean there are good looking black women out there

Bobnormal on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

China’s top economic agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, warned consumers Thursday against hoarding salt, and said it would work with local authorities to maintain price stability and market supply. Grocery store shelves have been ransacked over the past several days.

Fears of a salt shortage also spread to Hong Kong, where many supermarkets ran out of salt early Thursday as nervous shoppers stocked up on supplies. In several supermarkets in some of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping districts, supermarket staffers said they didn’t know when new shipments would arrive

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/03/17/fearing-radiation-chinese-rush-to-buy-table-salt/?mod=google_news_blog

Michael Bloomberg must be outraged: The world’s smartest country is consuming table salt at levels we’ve never seen before!

;)

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Exit question: what’s the minimum number of page views for allah not to complain that we aren’t giving this enough attention?

malclave on March 17, 2011 at 8:14 PM

SHEPZILLA!

Maxpower on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM


FEAR SHEPZILLA!

entropent on March 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Michael Bloomberg must be outraged: The world’s smartest country is consuming table salt at levels we’ve never seen before!

;)

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

LOL, the horror.

the_nile on March 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Hah! I saw him shivering & about to collapse, because it was 30F… and I know southern heat! I live in MI now and 30F is a heat wave at times

Ugly on March 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I just got back to Japan (Tottori) from a vacation to California. I must say I agree with Shep 100%. The Japanese people are dealing with this crisis better then the hysterical west coasters buying iodide. It is actually embarrassing when you are over here.

tottoritodd on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

If you’re popping iodide pills, you better not be allergic to shellfish.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Exit question: what’s the minimum number of page views for allah not to complain that we aren’t giving this enough attention?

malclave on March 17, 2011 at 8:14 PM

*snort

I had seen some hissy fits the other day, but did he actually say we weren’t paying enough attention to this?

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Best to be safe,and not sorry!!

If,the Cloud of Death,reachs Lake Superior,
I’ll mix iodine into my tea,…oh wait,maybe
liquid iodione,might not work,nevermind!(sarc).

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

“People are dying by the thousands down here”

- Shep Smith, New Orleans, reporting on Katrina

Hiya Ciska on March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

People actually have died by the thousands in Japan, and there brave Shep reports from the beautiful city of Tokyo for days.

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I just got back to Japan (Tottori) from a vacation to California. I must say I agree with Shep 100%. The Japanese people are dealing with this crisis better then the hysterical west coasters buying iodide. It is actually embarrassing when you are over here.

tottoritodd on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

At least we aren’t chugging table salt (see link above)

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

If you’re popping iodide pills, you better not be allergic to shellfish.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Kini:And,jelly fish!!!????:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Some of the blame lays at the feet of the Surgeon General, because she’s an idiot, but it doesn’t surprise me that the people of a state known for being whacked out in the first place are being . . . well . . . whacked out. They’re so anti-nuclear, so indoctrinated in fear and loathing of anything that doesn’t have to do with alternative power, that they’ll buy into “OMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE” at the drop of a hat.

Ryan Anthony on March 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Who made a billion dollars after investing in KI makers only to short selling it on the way up and sell soon after.

tjexcite on March 17, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Considering, most likely, that even in Japan where (except for the possibility of a few reactor workers) the number of deaths from nuclear radiation will be about -0-, for once in his life, Shep Smith is correct. Japan is hysterical because of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But we shouldn’t be.

MaiDee on March 17, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Shep and his ilk are the problem. The constant hyping of disasters causes anxiety, who knew?

The Sharks!
The Global Warming!
The Hurricane!
The Tornado!
The Gnomes!

You’re all going to perish from the earth!!! Now don’t panic you pathetic plebe!

DeathB4Tyranny on March 17, 2011 at 8:22 PM

My only worry.. the parents giving these pills to their children.

upinak on March 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

After all these “gulp, nuclear cloud heading to California” you’re going to lecture people about taking iodine???

Blake on March 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM

I agree with Shep 100%. The Japanese people are dealing with this crisis better then the hysterical west coasters buying iodide. It is actually embarrassing when you are over here.

tottoritodd on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

I love being lumped in with probably about 500 hysterical morons out of tens of millions. Thx a bunch.

WitchDoctor on March 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Idea?

How about an array system,early warning radiation
satelite,hooked up to laptops/home computers,and
the bells/whistles can go off,so some poor fool
in San Fran,sucking on his slurpee,or Star Bucks
coffee,could then get an alert to pop their iodine
tablets,with an alert thingy,on their laptop,or for
that matter,heck,an alarm do dad on your Kindle!!!
(lots of snark).

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM

O/T a tad
=========

Prefectures of Japan—-Meanings and what-nots!
===================================================

Prefectures of Japan

The prefectures of Japan are the country’s 47 subnational jurisdictions: one “metropolis” (都 to), Tokyo; one “circuit” (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). In Japanese, they are commonly referred to as todōfuken (都道府県?). Prefectures are governmental bodies larger than cities, towns, and villages.

The chief executive of each prefecture is a directly elected governor (知事, chiji?). Ordinances and budgets are enacted by a single-chamber assembly (議会, gikai?) whose elected members serve four-year terms.

Under the current Local Autonomy Law, each prefecture is further subdivided into cities (市 shi) and districts (郡 gun). Each district is further subdivided into towns (町 chō or machi) and villages (村 son or mura). For example, Hokkaidō has 14 subprefectures which act as branch offices (支庁 shichō) of the prefecture. Some other prefectures also have branch offices, which carry out prefectural administrative functions outside the capital.
(more…………..)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefectures_of_Japan

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

@canop

Know if there is a vegan, organic, Green, Starbucks drink with Iodine in it for the SanFran Ninnies?

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Even though Shep has been wrong before, he’s right now.

For some reason, a large number of Americans get very scared for themselves when something bad is happening to other people.

I wish we would learn from some of the past overhyped disaster-to-bes.

MayBee on March 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Vulture Media. I am a little saddened that Hotair has been so willing or push the MSM’s propaganda with out hesitation. We all know the situation is horrible but we don’t know how horrible. No one does. Seems we either need to freak out or were in the “nothingburger” category as AP put it.

jawkneemusic on March 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I had seen some hissy fits the other day, but did he actually say we weren’t paying enough attention to this?

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/16/bully-body-slam-ii-apology-demanded-by-bullys-mother/

Sad but true: In a week dominated by harrowing news from Japan and Libya, not only was this moronic post the most heavily trafficked on the site yesterday, it’s the most heavily trafficked today too.

Okay, maybe he wasn’t actually “complaining”. I blame the Daily Telegraph. ;)

malclave on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM

WitchDoctor on March 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM
the hysterical west coasters buying iodide

I was refering to a pretty specific group. Sorry if you incorrectly feel lumped. But as I just returned from there I can say it is more then a few. Unless of course there were only 500 doses to begin with.

tottoritodd on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Michael Bloomberg must be outraged: The world’s smartest country is consuming table salt at levels we’ve never seen before!

;)

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

MeatHeadinCA: I caught that a few days ago,when I heard the
Japan releasing the salt rock piles,and I’m
thinking,being up north,that it was for snow
and ice on their roads!!!:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM

@canop

Know if there is a vegan, organic, Green, Starbucks drink with Iodine in it for the SanFran Ninnies?

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

MeatHeadinCA:Well,for Sodom/Gomarah,I’m thinking Cyanide
Iodoine mixture!!!(Yes,I’m kidding):)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Didn’t our Sturgeon General say they should?

tarpon on March 17, 2011 at 8:35 PM

If you’re popping iodide pills, you better not be allergic to shellfish.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Could this day get any better? I’ve been having a back and forth with my Marxist niece.

And, yup, I am allergic to shellfish… and iodine/iodide.

Fallon on March 17, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Okay, maybe he wasn’t actually “complaining”. I blame the Daily Telegraph. ;)

malclave on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Bahahahaha

Thanks

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:36 PM

When he’s right, he’s right, which is why I keep droning on about Obama using the bully pulpit to give the public a reality check about radiation the proper way to fix a ballmark on a putting green.

Gotta keep those priorities in order, Bammy.

I have an idea. Can we trade Obama to the Augusta National Golf Club for their President, and a caddy to be named later?

I mean, how could it be any worse?

turfmann on March 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM

No amount of his being right lessens his amount of being a dork.

I’m no bully!

ericdijon on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

OT: Union version of democracy

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

A Presidential leader who have booked Air Force One direct to Honolulu for a week in the sun, rather than Brazil.

in_awe on March 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefectures_of_Japan

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM

I want a Prefecture…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

WitchDoctor on March 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM
the hysterical west coasters buying iodide

I was refering to a pretty specific group. Sorry if you incorrectly feel lumped. But as I just returned from there I can say it is more then a few. Unless of course there were only 500 doses to begin with.
tottoritodd on March 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM

FNC reported shortages of potassium iodide in all 3 west coast states and Utah.

darwin-t on March 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

It’s odd that the newsreader and Allah have their knickers in such a twist over this issue. It warrants a giant, “so what?” Note: For this one post I’ll not quote president Obama as I usually do.

Mason on March 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Where’s the Surgeon General when you need her?

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM

BTW, @malclave, wonder if AP will be focusing every hour to the Decline of the US dollar ;)

MeatHeadinCA on March 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM

If you’re popping iodide pills, you better not be allergic to shellfish.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Reaction to iodine and reaction to shellfish are not related (other than the fact that shellfish may contain iodine).

See http://www.wdxcyber.com/ngen22.htm

unclesmrgol on March 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

So,this radiation,has Northrops Bird with its InfraRed
Sensors reported back yet,at its sortie over Fukushima
plant!!!!
================

Northrop Grumman Drone to Fly Over Japan Reactor to Gather Data
Thu,Mar 17, 2011 12:03am
***************************

A Northrop Grumman Corp. Global Hawk drone, based in Guam, is scheduled to fly over Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant collecting data and imagery for the Japanese government, according to a senior Air Force official.

“We have flown missions already and I know we are flying more missions in support of Operation Tomodachi,” Lieutenant General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, said in an e-mail. The Fukushima mission ‘is currently on the schedule for tomorrow,’’ March 17, he said.

“The Global Hawk has great capability across the spectrum of military operations,” he said. “Its tremendous contributions in this humanitarian assistance disaster relief operation is a testament to its value to the U.S. and our allies.”

The drone, best known for missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, “is being used to help assess damage to towns, industrial infrastructure, and other facilities affected during the earthquake and flood waters,” U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement today.

The Global Hawk aircraft can fly as high as 60,000 feet and is equipped with sensors and cameras that can take infrared and electro-optical images as well as detailed synthetic aperture radar-based pictures. It is designed for flights as long as 35 hours, according to the company.

http://www.saudinewstoday.com/article/52760__Northrop+Grumman+Drone+to+Fly+Over+Japan+Reactor+to+Gather+Data

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:46 PM

So,this radiation,has Northrops Bird with its InfraRed
Sensors reported back yet,at its sortie over Fukushima
plant!!!!

I haven’t read any more about it. But if Hot air and others are going to post stories about this disaster I wish they would post some about the people themselves. I read one about 30 children sitting at a school waiting for their parents. They don’t know, after 5 days , if their parents are dead or alive. So many stories like this out there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366898/Japan-tsunami-earthquake-30-children-sit-silent-classroom-parents-vanish.html

Deanna on March 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Mmm Mmm Mmm.

Nothing hotter than a pretty girl all steamed up about something, and Shep’s the prettiest girl on Fox News.

Kensington on March 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM

The same media that spent days freaking everyone out now wants to lecture Americans on staying calm and level-headed?

amerpundit on March 17, 2011 at 7:59 PM

That was my first thought.
Now I ask a simple question. Who put it in American’s mind in the first place that they might need some iodide pills?
What is more pathetic…. a media falsely creating doomsday hysteria or a public that is listening and tries to prepare?

And once again, I am a little sick of our media. I have been listening to Japan’s media and for the most part, they just calmly and professionally present facts. It is so refreshing! It is the American media that has turned every day newscasts into nothing but tabloid journalism! Everything is a crisis! They live by creating hysteria!

JellyToast on March 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM
————————————–
I want a Prefecture…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Seven Percent Solution:I was perplexed with this
‘Perfecture Talk’ on Japanese Tv!
=======================================================

Heres the Perfecture Map
————————-

Japan Radiation Maximum By Prefecture
****************************************

Updated on March 18, 2011 03:00 (JST)(Japan Standard Time)Realtime radiation data collected via the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information(SPEEDI)

his Results are the maximum values of the space those ratedistributions shown from local governments in the latest updated date and timeNot surprisingly, Miyagi and Fukushima are completely N/A, as every single reading is Under Survey, also known as censored.nGy/h (nano- Grays per hour)Ishikawa is reported also as Under Survey

http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=4870

==============================

Streaming HD NHK World Japan TV

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/r/movie/index.html
================================

Tepco WebCam
*************

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/f1-np/camera/index-j.html

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM

When he’s right, he’s right,

Shemp=broken clock.

What’s amusing is that most of the people buying that stuff can’t even fathom why they’re taking it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM

. Part of the American effort, by satellites and aircraft, is to identify the hot-spots, something the Japanese have not been able to do in some cases.

We have satellites that can very accurately detect even small temperature changes, looking for heat signatures from well-shrouded and cooled naval reactors, let alone these crippled and exposed reactors. The same with visual surveillance.

I expect that there are security reasons for not making public the sensitivity and accuracy of these detectors. However, just because they’re not announcing the data, doesn’t mean that they don’t have the data. And I would hope that they have been sharing this with the Japanese government since the beginning of this event. Conversely, if not, why?

That said, I don’t see the smart diplomacy of having the NRC Chief publicly cut the legs out from under the Japanese government. Or reveal it to a closed panel. The government of Japan has a pretty full plate here. Another ally goes under the bus, eh?

bofh on March 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Or reveal it to a closed panel.

Rats. Should be “or at least reveal that opinion to a closed panel”.

bofh on March 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Hiya Ciska on March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

1,836 people died from Katrina, so what he said was accurate.

thphilli on March 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I haven’t read any more about it. But if Hot air and others are going to post stories about this disaster I wish they would post some about the people themselves. I read one about 30 children sitting at a school waiting for their parents. They don’t know, after 5 days , if their parents are dead or alive. So many stories like this out there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366898/Japan-tsunami-earthquake-30-children-sit-silent-classroom-parents-vanish.html

Deanna on March 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Deanna:I hear ya,what a nightmare,I watched the TLC show
tonight,on the indonesian tsunami 2004,and hearing
the stories of tourists,who were vacationing,and mo
st,had lost their children!

This isn`t the same Documentry,tho!!
============================================

101 East – Tsunami Anniversary – 24 Dec 09 – Part 1

Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Dec 27, 2009

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami claimed more than 230,000 lives across Asia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asHJU7tG02o

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 9:16 PM

OT: Union version of democracy

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Kini:Wow,Kini,more people need to see this,DEATH THREATS
on Althouse!!:)
======================

and because we aren’t anti-social, life-denying, world-sterilizing pieces of human garbage like the two of you. WE WILL F*CK YOU UP. We will throw our baseballs in your lawn, you cranky old pieces of sh*t, and then we will come get them back. What are you gonna do? Shoot us? Get Wausau Tea Patriots to form an ad hoc militia on your front lawn? That would be f*cking HILAROUS to us. You could get to know the *ssholes on your side in real f*cking life instead of sponging off the civil society we provide for you every single day you draw breath.”
=============================
More…..)

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/union-thuggery-against-althouse-and.html

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

883 Louisianans died from Huccicane Katrina, according to the State Government.

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Hiya Ciska on March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

1,836 people died from Katrina, so what he said was accurate.

thphilli on March 17, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Then why isn’t Shep on our Southern Border…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 9:37 PM

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Yeah, Althouse’s post shows just how unhinged the left is.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

People are stupid.

That is all.

Grace_is_sufficient on March 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Whether he is correct or not is not the issue. Shepherd Smith is a news reader. His opinion about whether something is “sad” or “fabulous” is entirely irrelevant, and it is inappropriate for him to give us any hint of his views.

DrMagnolias on March 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM

and your opinion is relevant and appropriate because???

Ailes pays Shep several million per year to read the news and give opinions

so far he seems to be keeping his job

you?

windansea on March 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

carbon_footprint on March 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

O’reilly, Beck, Hannity, and Greta are Fox’s Opinion Shows. Shep was hired as a News Anchor.

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Sorry, carbon.
Mis-pasted.

kingsjester on March 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM

The Iodide pills are not for when levels are lethal. They actually are only good for low level radiation, and only certain kinds, and serve to protect your thyroid from suffering the ill effects of radiation. It only takes low levels of radiation to dramatically increase your chances of developing thyroid cancer. Look at what happened with Chernobyl, they saw an increase in thyroid cancer in populations centers no where near the disaster, but downwind and exposed to “safe” levels of radiation.

flyfishingdad on March 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

OH, and it’s not like the radiation cloud will pass over, you will be exposed and tomorrow you are going to come down with radiation sickness, if the levels are that high iodide pills are of no use. What will happen is you will be more likely to develop thyroid cancer a few years down the road, and your children even more likely to develop it in their lifetime.

flyfishingdad on March 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM
===========================

Yeah, Althouse’s post shows just how unhinged the left is.

Kini on March 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Kini:Yup,Big Sis,has it all wrong,its not returning Iraq/
Afghan Vets,but Union Thugs/Proxies!!:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Shep Smith is melting down on Greta. Get the video, Allah.

CTSherman on March 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Shemp and Greta were both shrieking about a !!NUCLEAR MELTDOWN!! a couple of days ago. Now, they’re embarrassed and amazed that some people might be freaking out. Whodathunkit?

trigon on March 17, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I have concluded that I will never learn anything technically accurate about the nuclear plant problems in Japan from Shemp Smith.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Has Shep reported that the tsunami is officially George W. Bush’s fault yet?

Khun Joe on March 17, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Well Shep, not everyone has your patented Brylcreem helmet to protect them from fallout.

viking01 on March 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM

“People are dying by the thousands down here”

- Shep Smith, New Orleans, reporting on Katrina

Hiya Ciska on March 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Smith put out so much bogus information on Katrina, he’s lost all standing to ridicule anyone else for putting it out or believing it.

J.E. Dyer on March 17, 2011 at 8:05 PM

You’re right – Smith should just stop trying to be a good reporter because of his miserable performance during Katrina. It’s not like anybody in history has ever reformed, grown up, learned from her/his mistakes, and/or redeemed her/himself for past bad behavior. People don’t deserve second chances when their failures were too awful to abide! Forgiveness and graciousness are bad words!

Sam Donaldson: “Mr. President, in talking about the continuing recession tonight, you have blamed mistakes in the past and you have blamed the Congress. Does any of the blame belong to you?”

Ronald Reagan: “Yes because for many years I was a Democrat.”

“…I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it” – the Apostle Paul referring to his previous life as Saul

Bizarro No. 1 on March 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

People actually have died by the thousands in Japan, and there brave Shep reports from the beautiful city of Tokyo for days.

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Yep, Shep is a coward for obediently staying in Tokyo instead of defying what his overlords at Fox News told him to do.

Bizarro No. 1 on March 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Meanwhile

Gohawgs on March 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering Briefing on the Japan Nuclear Crisis(Video)(1:23:00)
**********************************************

In the aftermath of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, reliable technical information about the crisis affecting the nuclear power plants at Fukushima has been difficult to discern from the media coverage. The demand to know what is happening, however, is very great. The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering held an information session for the MIT community about the current situation at Fukushima on March 14, 2011. Topics discussed include: the characteristics of the boiling water reactors at Fukushima; the possible causes of the accidents; the current status of the reactors; the technical options that may now be available to the reactor operators; and the possible future implications. NSE students, with support from our faculty, are maintaining a technical information blog at mitnse.com to continue to provide non-sensationalized, factual data from engineers in a manner that can be understood by the general public.

http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/11363-mit-department-of-nuclear-science-and-engineering-briefing-on-the-japan-nuclear-crisis

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Shep Smith is melting down on Greta. Get the video, Allah.

CTSherman on March 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM

You call that a meltown? lol

Hyperbolic much? :)

Bizarro No. 1 on March 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

What’s pathetic is that Shep is paid millions of dollars to play bear videos and be a douchebag.
However, it’s California…home of Rio Linda…the only deaths will be from idiots taking iodide pills and cults flipping out.

HornetSting on March 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Meanwhile…

Gohawgs on March 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Gohawgs:Thanks for the link,Deanna above posted it too,
words cannot convey,unreal,I can’t imagine the
Children’s loss!:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

home of Rio Linda…

HornetSting on March 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

HornetSting:Nice to see ya Stingette,Rush Limbaugh(Rio
Linda)comes to mind,hehe,ahem!:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

HornetSting on March 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

HornetSting:Nice to see ya Stingette,Rush Limbaugh(Rio
Linda)comes to mind,hehe,ahem!:)

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Exactly, Canada. And, Heaven’s Gate that wanted to ride the Haley Bopp Comet…people are on the edge, they are already over that edge in California.

HornetSting on March 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

The green thing in the picture at the link ? NOT the fuel pool. You cannot SEE the fuel pool unless the entire roof is completely gone.

The fools at the Telegraph may THINK that’s the fuel pool, but its not.

deadrody on March 17, 2011 at 11:15 PM

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!”

Feel better now?

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Inside the building, a green-painted crane, which is normally used to move the fuel rods, caught the daylight flooding into the hall.

Beneath the crane, just out of shot, is the pool holding the fuel rods, which should contain water 45ft deep but which has now boiled dry.

Is that correct? It’s the crane? (still from the Telegraph but farther down in the article.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM

canopfor
You asked about the drone fly-over. I did find this info…

A Northrop Grumman Corp. Global Hawk drone was sent over the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Thursday to collect data and imagery for the Japanese government, according to senior U.S. Air Force officers….
The drone, known for missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, “is being used to help assess damage to towns, industrial infrastructure, and other facilities affected during the earthquake and floodwaters,” U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement Wednesday.[snip]

The U.S. military also is providing high-pressure water pumps to the Japanese government for use at the Fukushima plant, said Lt. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet.

The USNS Safeguard brought the latest installment of pumps to the U.S. Navy’s base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, two days ago for delivery onward.
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110318n2.html

Sounds like they’re using it for many missions over many areas.

Deanna on March 17, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Dear media,

We dropped two nuclear bombs on japan back in the 1940s. They released orders of magnitude more radiation than is ever possible from power plant failure. How many Americans got sick from that? Right.

Sincerely,
Seriously, don’t they teach history in J-School?

Jeff M on March 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM

At any given time, Shepard Smith is:

A) Under assault by aliens intent on destroying humanity
B) Under assault by storms or earthquakes intent on destroying humanity.
C) Following some car chase somewhere… ANYWHERE!
D) Doing his worn out “bear on a trampoline” schtick.

shorebird on March 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Love Fox News………..but Shep has got to go. He’s just plain goofy.

Then Geraldo.

Finally, O’Reilly.

Pompous idiots, all.

MidnightRambler on March 18, 2011 at 12:27 AM

One thing scares me more than having Obama as president :

SHEPZILLA!

Maxpower on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

This conjures up a truly hilarious image in my warped imagination.
(arms flailing, lower jaw wagging)

At the same time, I keep thinking about the monster Sta-Puft marshmallow man from Ghostbusters -

if they make this sequel, I want my cut!!

dissent555 on March 18, 2011 at 12:54 AM

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