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Rep. Hank Johnson on helium debate: ‘Imagine a world without balloons’ (VIDEO)
Washington Post ^ | 4-26-13 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 04/26/2013 1:03:57 PM PDT by mkmensinger

"“Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons,” Johnson said. “How can we make sure that the injustice of there being no helium for comedians to get that high-pitched voice that we all hold near and dear to our hearts.”"

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: hankjohnson; helium
I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at a public official like this. This is the same guy who suggested Guam might capsize if the US stationed more military equipment there.
1 posted on 04/26/2013 1:03:57 PM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: mkmensinger

swim Hank swim...

2 posted on 04/26/2013 1:05:31 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mkmensinger

..this clown gets to vote on YOUR future


3 posted on 04/26/2013 1:06:13 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mkmensinger
Imagine a world without idiot politicians..

That's a world I could live in..

4 posted on 04/26/2013 1:06:59 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
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To: mkmensinger

I’d rather imagine a world without morons...


5 posted on 04/26/2013 1:07:11 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: mkmensinger

Well if we attach enough balloons to the heavy side of Guam it can be saved.


6 posted on 04/26/2013 1:07:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mkmensinger

Do you think he was elected by “Low Information Voters” ?

Or Racists

Things that make ya go Huuummmm

TT


7 posted on 04/26/2013 1:08:08 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: mkmensinger

How much He is in fracked nat. gas?


8 posted on 04/26/2013 1:10:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: TexasTransplant
Do you think he was elected by “Low Information Voters” ? Or Racists

He's from Cynthia McKinney's old congressional district, so yes.

9 posted on 04/26/2013 1:12:34 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: mkmensinger

The NRA should put this guy’s picture on a poster with the caption, “We are against the Mentally Ill Owning a Gun”.


10 posted on 04/26/2013 1:13:19 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: Doogle
Lets face it Hank......We may have to hook some helium balloons to the sinking side of Guam.....
11 posted on 04/26/2013 1:13:26 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: mkmensinger

I have written a letter to him about the dangers of all sorts of helium compounds that we unknowingly use in our daily lives and the dangers associated with them. He needs to be pressed to lead a campaign against evil corporations that use helium based compounds in their products with no concern for the safety for the consumers, just interest in huge corporate profits.

Case in point: Does this guy even know how dangerous the commonly used chemical xenon argide is?


12 posted on 04/26/2013 1:14:11 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: mkmensinger

Imagine a world without clowns. Where would you be then, Hank?


13 posted on 04/26/2013 1:14:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: mkmensinger

Actually, Hank, the helium shortage is a fairly important subject.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 1:14:38 PM PDT by DManA
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To: mkmensinger

"Now Hank, stop skippin your meds"

15 posted on 04/26/2013 1:16:05 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: DManA
Actually, Hank, the helium shortage is a fairly important subject.

Its a very important industrial gas. Important enough that we cut off the supply to Germany in the 1930s.
16 posted on 04/26/2013 1:17:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mkmensinger

I would love to see and hear a conversation between this guy and Louis Farrakhan.


17 posted on 04/26/2013 1:17:37 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: mkmensinger

Doesn’t the good Congressman know that sea turtles CHOKE on those things? Oh, the turtle-ity!!


18 posted on 04/26/2013 1:17:41 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (HRC:"Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping,"-NKorea)
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To: Menehune56

***** “He’s from Cynthia McKinney’s old congressional district, so yes.” ******

I know, you just can’t make this stuff up.

TT


19 posted on 04/26/2013 1:17:54 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Idiocracy used to just be a Movie... Live every day as your last...one day you will be right)
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To: mkmensinger

WUT YOU SAY?

20 posted on 04/26/2013 1:21:42 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: mkmensinger

Now they are doing damage control by saying he was just kidding. No, he was not.


21 posted on 04/26/2013 1:21:46 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: mkmensinger

hit it hank...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTWpnEy-zQU


22 posted on 04/26/2013 1:25:13 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: mkmensinger
NO HELIUM!!
Only HYDROGEN!!


23 posted on 04/26/2013 1:27:13 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Doogle
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24 posted on 04/26/2013 1:46:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

*LOL*


25 posted on 04/26/2013 1:57:57 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

We’re gonna need more balloons.


26 posted on 04/26/2013 1:59:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: mkmensinger

It won’t be long before they take the “HE” out of Helium to be politically correct.


27 posted on 04/26/2013 2:01:42 PM PDT by Renegade
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To: Renegade
It won’t be long before they take the “HE” out of Helium to be politically correct.

And get rid of the dictionary and replace it with a vaginary.

28 posted on 04/26/2013 2:15:57 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mkmensinger

We should be angry.

Such pearls of wisdom for morons like him should follow him around EVERYWHERE. At every public speach, someone should ask him about Guam. Whenever a microphone or camera is present, the public should be reminded what kind of fool they voted in.


29 posted on 04/26/2013 2:38:30 PM PDT by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: mkmensinger
The reason for the strategic helium reserve came about after WW1 when the US Navy got into the lighter than air (LTA) aircraft business. The Navy used both rigid (dirigible) airships and non-rigid (blimp) airships. After a series of accidents with its rigid airships in the 1920s and 1930s, the dirigibles were phased out by 1940. Non-rigid airships continued to be used and flown.

At the time, the United States had a worldwide monopoly on helium gas that was used to provide the lift for these airships. Helium was inert and would not combust. However, the US guarded its helium supply and would restrict the sale of helium, if it would sell any. Other users of LTA aircraft were forced to use the alternative — highly combustible hydrogen. Although the primary user of LTA airships, Germany, was fanatical about safety on its Zeppelin airships, the fire and crash of the LZ-129 Hindenberg on 6 May 1937 at NAS Lakehurst, NJ killed the big rigid airships. Eventually, both the USN and Germany grounded their LTA airships and scrapped them by 1940.

The US Navy operated non-rigid LTA airships through WW2, primarily for convoy protection and ASW, during WW2. After the war, the Navy branched out into using the LTA airships for airborne early warning. The ZPW-3W was a huge LTA airship with an internal search radar. The ZPW-3W was the largest LTA airship used by the USN, but a fatal crash in 1962 led to the end of LTA airships in the USN.

The strategic helium supply still exists, although there are very few LTA airships that still require helium. Most of these LTA non-rigid airships have commercial owners, such as the famous Goodyear blimps. Since 2010, the USN is testing a new non-rigid airship called the MZ-3A. The MZ-3A is used as a testbed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors requiring a stable and vibration free testing environment.

30 posted on 04/26/2013 2:57:06 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: 17th Miss Regt
Very subtle. Love it!

Although, in fairness (cough), we must admit that xenon hexafluoride CAN be created under extreme conditions and with, oh, a couple of million dollars worth of equipment (saw this done once, years ago; didn't believe my eyes at the subsequent qual analysis, wow).

Doubtless, Hanky-Poo was thinking of that experiment when he barfed up this recent idiocy passing for commentary. Absolutely. Never a doubt (choke, puke).

Again, comps on a wonderfully subtle insult, richly deserved by the Honorable Dumbshjt from Georgia.

31 posted on 04/26/2013 3:08:09 PM PDT by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: TexasTransplant

Georgia’s 4th Congressional District is 59% black.


32 posted on 04/26/2013 3:13:57 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SAJ

I’ve seen a film of XeF6 - very unstable! A tiny bit was placed on a small spoon and jostled and it popped loudly and disappeared (dissociated)! Fun stuff.


33 posted on 04/26/2013 3:28:51 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: mkmensinger

I wonder if this putz even knows anything about the essential uses of helium in fabrication and manufacturing?


34 posted on 04/26/2013 3:35:36 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
No idea of the energy threshold or disassociative energy output, but, would it not be -- shall we say -- amusing to coat some XeF6 with (perhaps, no idea what substance would work) frozen nitrogen and then additionally coat it with, perhaps, gallium arsenide at 10 above AZ, and then coat the lot with, say, pure 7 9s gallium...and then lob the whole lot into someplace warm, like, oh, say, Mecca where one wanted exactly no one to emerge alive -- AND -- leave little or no trace?

Just a thought, mind you, not an actual plan. Probably a good device for a thriller novel. Doubtless a good chemist could come up with something more clever (and a damned sight cheaper, eh?)

FReegards, m'friend.

35 posted on 04/26/2013 4:03:56 PM PDT by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: Renegade

36 posted on 04/26/2013 4:51:57 PM PDT by mikrofon (NTBCW Laughing Gas)
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To: mkmensinger

You can always depend on Hank, he never lets you down!


37 posted on 04/26/2013 5:22:16 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: mkmensinger

38 posted on 04/26/2013 6:20:43 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: cripplecreek

39 posted on 04/26/2013 6:22:57 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Some on our "Roads & Bridges" head to the beach. Others head to their offices, farms, libraries....)
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To: mkmensinger

They say your IQ drops 25 to 30 points in the midst of a drunken binge. I hope Hank doesn’t drink.


40 posted on 04/26/2013 6:36:03 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
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To: mkmensinger
This guy makes $175k/year plus rich benefits.
41 posted on 04/26/2013 6:37:46 PM PDT by Vision (We are not descended from fearful men)
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To: MasterGunner01

There are strategic and industrial uses for helium no one dreamed of in 1930. And there is a shortage and it is concerning.


42 posted on 04/26/2013 6:45:31 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA
Obviously, helium has a lot more uses than blowing-up kids’ balloons at parties or giving comics high, squeaky voices. This mental midget ought to be laughed off the House floor.

How could anyone with half a brain cell (yes, Hank Johnson said it) believe the island of Guam could capsize if too many islanders walked over to one side! Hank is a perfect match-up with Maxine Waters and Sheila Jackson Lee.

43 posted on 04/26/2013 9:17:14 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

Do you have the fanasy that I’M defending him?


44 posted on 04/26/2013 9:57:52 PM PDT by DManA (M DE)
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To: DManA
Not in the least. I was not criticizing you; I was agreeing, but from a different angle. That's all.
45 posted on 04/26/2013 10:50:20 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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