Bubblehead blogs about my neighbors...
Port Townsend, Washington, is very close to Indian Island, the home of a Naval Magazine that will apparently be used to service (and load) the Tomahawk missiles that will be carried on the two SSGNs that will be homeported out of Bangor.
The local peace groups don't like this plan at all:
“The impending arrival of nuclear-powered submarines in our immediate neighborhood demonstrates a new dimension in the expansion of militarism here,” said Darlene Durfee, Port Townsend Peace Movement president. “Nuclear-powered vessels of unimaginable destructive capability will be right in our midst. With or without nuclear weapons onboard, Trident submarines escalate the risk by their presence. They will be traveling in a relatively narrow bay filled with recreational boaters, ferries and an expanded ferry dock.” (Durfee refers to Washington State Ferries’ plans to enlarge the terminal in Port Townsend, across the bay from Indian Island, and someday have larger ferries on the PT-Keystone route.)
"The group intends to have some members attend the chamber meeting to hear Capt. Kurtz speak, and hopefully get an opportunity for questions. The peace movement wants to make a statement outside the Fort Worden Commons for the noon meeting.
"Durfee would like to have “a large group of people dressed in black or wearing black arm bands standing outside in silence. A substantial number of people standing in silence will be the loudest and most effective form of protest we can offer,” she continued. “It will be a message to the Navy that this is a community that will speak up. We will also have leaflets to explain our position to the business community.”
It's like moving in by the airport and then bitching about the noise... The leaders of this "peace movement" are newly arrived residents to PT and yet they want to rewrite the rules. Submarines are dangerous? You want dangerous boats, go to Russia. They have boats and old reactors leaking radiation all over the place. Go protest over there if you really want to make a difference about the environment. Our subs are tight, you get more radiation sitting in the sun at a Seahawks game than a year of being on one of our boats. This isn't about "peace" or the environment, this is about their narrowminded asshat moonbat version of the world and that we have to do it their way. (freedom equals do it their way or we'll harass you until you do or until you leave). These idots are terrorists, albeit non-violent, they are never the less terrorists. They suck and they give all of us here in the Pacific Northwest a bad name. Why can't they just go back to California and leave us alone...