Guam is going to capsize!


#1

I couldnt help but bring this to the forum. I Just watched the youtube video of a Goergia CONGRESSMAN saying he fears that if we station 8000 more marines on Guam it may cause it to capsize!

He was NOT joking, being sarcastic, or trying to make a point! He honestly thinks the Island will tip over! These are the people running our country!

His exact quote as told to the Navy admiral IN SESSION at the capital. “my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

He is proposing a bill that will require all visitors to guam to be issued a life vest at the airport and require them to wear it 24/7 while on the island! All paid for out of "Obamas free money bail-out"
Guam is 212 square miles with a population of 175,877

Now with all fairness I read that he has been very ill in the last year and may be losing some mental capacity due to hepatitis or something but that shouldn’t change the fact he’s a congressman and needs to be able to do that job or step down.

Am I over-reacting or should this have made the evening news?


#2

You can google this video on youtube. Its also posted on sea-fever.org. You really almost have to watch it to believe it.


#3

It’s a joke and a good one by making it believable, but he has a point having been on Guam. It will certainly be crowded at the buy-me-drink bars.


#4

//youtu.be/l9R-cQ_A_6w

“Yea, um. We don’t anticipate that.” hahahaha. Good answer.


#5

Thanks for posting the video Mikey. I still cant even figure out how to reply with just a portion caption of someone else’s post. I dont think he was joking though. He NEVER indicates he is anything other than serious and other newspapers have even come to the conclusion he is serious. He is suffering from dymentia likeley caused from his Hep C and most people are attributing this to that. He was serious though! Let everyone else watch it and I’ll bet most will agree


#6

not all that “far out there” stability wise…considering Guam is part of the ring of fire, the coral reefs being 50% dead, and then there is the limestone in the aqua shed thing…the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back”??got to go now I think “the sky is falling”…got to just love google!!


#7

You sound like you should be sailing with noaa Seadawg…lol Maybe theres a hidden geologist in your past life. I still think the idea of an island capsizing is “far out there” though


#8

my 84 yo step father was a geologist…so I grew up around this stuff…he still occasionally publishes in the geological journals and gets calls to consult…best topographer that Texaco ever had!!


#9

Here is a statement he later put out. I dont believe a word of it. He’s got a PR team that probably came up with this in a desperate attempt to do some back-pedaling…

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” he said. . Johnson said he was “using a metaphor” to describe how adding more military personnel to the tiny island “could be a tipping point which could adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and could overburden its stressed infrastructure.”


#10

[QUOTE=SailorDaniel;30544]I still cant even figure out how to reply with just a portion caption of someone else’s post.[/QUOTE]

Hit “reply with quote” and just delete anything you don’t want to quote that is within the

tags


#11

I tried that. See the “engineers Uniform” thread where I tried that. I’ll try again though


#12

[QUOTE=seadawg;30551]my 84 yo step father was a geologist…so I grew up around this stuff…he still occasionally publishes in the geological journals and gets calls to consult…best topographer that Texaco ever had!![/QUOTE]
It’s actually very interesting. If I was in a differnent field I would’ve been an Anthroplogist


#13

[QUOTE=SailorDaniel;30538]I couldnt help but bring this to the forum. I Just watched the youtube video of a Goergia CONGRESSMAN saying he fears that if we station 8000 more marines on Guam it may cause it to capsize!

He was NOT joking, being sarcastic, or trying to make a point! He honestly thinks the Island will tip over! These are the people running our country!

His exact quote as told to the Navy admiral IN SESSION at the capital. “my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

He is proposing a bill that will require all visitors to guam to be issued a life vest at the airport and require them to wear it 24/7 while on the island! All paid for out of "Obamas free money bail-out"
Guam is 212 square miles with a population of 175,877

Now with all fairness I read that he has been very ill in the last year and may be losing some mental capacity due to hepatitis or something but that shouldn’t change the fact he’s a congressman and needs to be able to do that job or step down.

Am I over-reacting or should this have made the evening news?[/QUOTE]
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I don’t think you are overreacting, I guess he was elected by the caliber of people that think that ISLANDS FLOAT… What a sad state of affairs it is when our country is lead by idiots like that and a President who is not a Citizen of The United States…
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#14

During a House Armed Services Committee meeting last week, a Georgia congressman expressed concern over a plan to station more troops on Guam, saying he wondered if the additional people would cause the island to capsize.

Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat representing Gwinnett, Dekalb and Rockdale counties in Georgia’s fourth district, was questioning Admiral Robert Willard about the stationing of 5,000 additional U.S. Marines and their families on the island, a U.S. territory in the Pacific.

After going into detail about the exact dimensions of the 212-square-mile island, Johnson says, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Willard replies: “We don’t anticipate that.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that, through a spokesman, Johnson has explained he was speaking metaphorically:

[I]“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” said Johnson. "I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction to the port on the tiny island with a population of 180,000-- could be a tipping point which would adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and over burden its already overstressed infrastructure.

“Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – is already overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the delicate balance and do harm to Guam.”[/I]


I am uncertain why he went to Guam and who paid for the trip. Probably on a junket.

Guam’s infrastructure is in bad shape and needs a serious infusion of dollars.


#15

[QUOTE=sailormon;30579]During a House Armed Services Committee meeting last week, a Georgia congressman expressed concern over a plan to station more troops on Guam, saying he wondered if the additional people would cause the island to capsize.

Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat representing Gwinnett, Dekalb and Rockdale counties in Georgia’s fourth district, was questioning Admiral Robert Willard about the stationing of 5,000 additional U.S. Marines and their families on the island, a U.S. territory in the Pacific.

After going into detail about the exact dimensions of the 212-square-mile island, Johnson says, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

Willard replies: “We don’t anticipate that.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that, through a spokesman, Johnson has explained he was speaking metaphorically:

[I]“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” said Johnson. "I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction to the port on the tiny island with a population of 180,000-- could be a tipping point which would adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and over burden its already overstressed infrastructure.

“Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – is already overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the delicate balance and do harm to Guam.”[/I]


I am uncertain why he went to Guam and who paid for the trip. Probably on a junket.

Guam’s infrastructure is in bad shape and needs a serious infusion of dollars.[/QUOTE

And your point is?..If I had made the original statement that Johnson made, I and my staff would be jumping through hoops to explain off that rediculous statement. Just look at that Amiral’s face when he said “We don’t anticipate that”…he deserves a medal for not laughing outload at that point…


#16

Thanks Steve, I was starting to thinkI was the only one who believes he meant it. I’m not usually very gullable either but after watching it twice I’m sure he was seriouis


#17

[QUOTE=SailorDaniel;30538]
He is proposing a bill that will require all visitors to guam to be issued a life vest at the airport and require them to wear it 24/7 while on the island! All paid for out of “Obamas free money bail-out”
[/QUOTE]

Proposing a bill to require lifejackets for visitors? Where, exactly, did you hear that? Sounds like Tea Party rhetoric; do you have a source?


#18

QUOTE— “We understand that Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. (Democrat, 4th District of Georgia) is planning to[I][B] float[/B][/I] a bill that would require PFD’s to be issued to all visitors right at the airport. This legislation will appropriately be funded by the Bail Out Bill.”

To your point though, this is only quoted off another blog(sea-fever.org) on thier homepage and doesnt say where it is sourced from so I really cant testify to its credibility. After watching him say what he did though I dont have a hard time believing it. I do doubt the bill will ever actually get to the floor though as I’m sure his staff had time to educate him on how ridiculous that would be after they were finished coming up with the BS explanation of what he said.


#19

Although I was a Republican for some years, I am now and have been for years, an Independent. I am equallly sickened by both Glenn Beck and Rachel Maddow. Voted for Nader since he was the only presidential candidate who didn’t take any corporate bribes…uh hem… I mean donations. Don’t get me started because I will quickly alienate myself on this forum due to the fact there really is no group left who I can agree with when it comes to politics.


#20

[QUOTE=trekleader;30626]Proposing a bill to require lifejackets for visitors? Where, exactly, did you hear that? Sounds like Tea Party rhetoric; do you have a source?[/QUOTE]

The “puppies” and “tree hugging” listed on your profile interests does explain your conservative-o-phobia though. Wait no, Repubs like puppies too(gundogs) as long as they are not blue. But the tree hugging still applies.