on 02 Apr 2010 19:06
on 02 Apr 2010 22:27
Rep. Johnson: Statement on Guam comments in an Armed Services Committee hearing wrote:"The subtle humor of this obviously metaphorical reference to a ship capsizing illustrated my concern about the impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical island."
CBS News wrote:Madeleine Bordallo, Guam's delegate in the House, told Kuam News that she understood Johnson's comment was in jest. "I know Congressman Hank Johnson, and I'm sure that -- he's been here to Guam -- so I'm sure that it was just a joke," she said.
on 03 Apr 2010 00:51
Johnson: This is an island that at its . . . widest level, is what . . . 12 miles from shore to shore and at its smallest level is . . . uh . . . smallest location is . . . uh . . . 7 miles between one shore and the other. Is that correct?
Admiral: I don't have the exact dimensions. But to your point, Guam is a small island.
Johnson: Very small island and about 24 miles long and 7 miles wide at its least widest place on the island and about 20 . . . about 12 miles wide . . . at the widest part of the island. And I don't know how many square miles that is. Do you happen to know?
Admiral: I don't have that figure with me, sir. I can certainly supply it to you if you would like.
Johnson: My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.
Admiral: We don't anticipate that. The Guam population, currently about 175,000, and, again, with 8,000 marines and their families, is an addition of about 25,000 more into their population.
Johnson: And also, things like the environment . . . the sensitive areas of the environment . . . coral reefs and those kind of things . . . and I know that. I know . . . lots of people don't like to think about that. But we didn't think about global warming either and now we do have to think about it. And so, I'm concerned from an environmental standpoint whether Guam is the best place to do this relocation, but its actually the only place, is that correct?
on 03 Apr 2010 01:11
on 03 Apr 2010 11:37
on 03 Apr 2010 13:07
on 04 Apr 2010 12:58
Eeyore wrote:If he's too sick to do his job, why is he still showing up at work?