Sunday, February 15, 2009

Giddy as a school girl

joe camachoThe front page of today's Marianas Variety has a picture of Floor Leader Joe Camacho and Speaker Arnold Palacios holding a map of the proposed bombing range the US military wants in our part of the world. The map in their hands highlights an area 5x as large as the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. As far as I can tell it includes every single island in the Marianas except for Maug and Uracas.

At the very least I should expect our leaders to give the United States Military the same warm welcome they gave the Pew Environment Group, NOAA Sanctuaries, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

That doesn't appear to be the case.

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In all seriousness, kudos to Floor Leader Camacho for his personal/campaign/office website. The Marianas Range Complex website put up by the military has a lot of nothing and is difficult to navigate (where the hell is the map!), but Joe's website has info front and center. He should commission a similar website for the Legislature, so that this public service continues should he lose reelection or run for a different office.

5 comments:

bigsoxfan said...

Angelo, I took the hook and ran to the link, the big square are on the map shown isn't EXACTLY an impact zone for live muntions. Perhaps, on a bad day with something hung up in the racks it could happen, but not likely. Tell the lads to focus on what matters. They are out of the loop and the money and scare tatics aren't helping. Cheap flights; Guam to Saipan might, but not the threat of loose cannons. Stanley, excluded.

bigsoxfan said...

Sorry, I didn't read your comments fully. My error. Guess I would be a good candidate for the Saipan legislature if I had a more common name. Crow swallowed. Mark

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I predict the military will offer a huge sum of money for exclusive use of Pagan. I predict our leaders will agree to it.

I think there are better ways to develop our economy other than asking compensation for dropping bombs on our heads, that's all.

bigsoxfan said...

Not on your heads, they have a term for that sort of drop. Off Set, I believe. They take a bearing from your head, a cross bearing on the target and then, and only then (unless you are Canadian) they pickle the bombs off. Easy you see.

And you don't get paid for bombs on the head, just dropped in the general vicinity. Hell, a third of the concrete additive on Pagan has already washed off into the monument area, so what are a few drops which fail to go off.

Saipan Writer said...

Why are they smiling?

I agree that JJ N. Camacho's website is excellent. Too bad I don't usually like how he votes.