Friday, August 03, 2012

Will you stand with Eric August 14th?

Business Insider: The Newest Wave Of Russian Marines To Syria May Be The First Step In An Evacuation

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

Eliminating Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in State Government
This week, the Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Elimination Task Force issued its second quarterly report of 2012, which included citizen suggestions and highlights of actions that saved taxpayers money and made government more efficient.
We are continuously looking for ways to reduce waste in government. Following through on state employee and citizen suggestions helps taxpayers get a better return on their investment in their state government. Every dollar saved can be invested back into our local communities or returned to taxpayers.
During my 2012 State of the State Address, I urged citizens and state employees to submit suggestions to make government operations more efficient by going to www.bestpractices.wi.gov. Each quarter, the Task Force will issue a report highlighting these suggestions and other efforts to eliminate government waste. To read these reports, go to www.walker.wi.gov and click on "Reform."
Below are a few highlights from the report:
Overtime Savings
Despite projected increases in overtime pay, The Department of Corrections actually lowered their total overtime expenses from fiscal year 2011 to 2012. The last four months of fiscal year 2011 alone saw a 30 percent decrease when compared to the previous year. The Division of Community Corrections, covering primarily probation and parole, saw an 89.5 percent decrease in overtime costs.
Going Paperless
State agencies are shifting away from paper paychecks. Instead, they are utilizing direct deposit and online payroll information, which is saving tens of thousands of dollars annually and freeing up state employee time for other essential work functions.
Efficient Government
The Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Elimination Task Force recently suggested implementing Lean strategies in state government. Lean is a continuous improvement strategy removing unnecessary steps in processes leading to quicker results, saved time, and better work environments. On May 2, 2012, Governor Walker signed Executive Order #66 creating the Wisconsin Lean Government Initiative. Additional information regarding Lean implementation in state government can be accessed at: www.walker.wi.gov/Wisconsin-Reform/lean-Government.
Department of Health Services (DHS)—Office of Inspector General
The quarterly Waste, Fraud, and Abuse report includes, for the first time, metrics from the DHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). In the Recipient Fraud Unit of the OIG, taxpayers are getting a $20 return for every $1 invested.
If you have suggestions on how government can operate more efficiently, share your ideas at www.bestpractices.wi.gov.

Drought Update: Farmer-to-Farmer Network

In an ongoing effort to make sure the state is doing all it can to respond to the drought and assist farmers with recovery, I recently joined Chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Ray Cross and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel to announce the Farmer-to-Farmer Network.
A key concern for many farmers faced with losing their crops is how they will feed their animals. The Farmer-to-Farmer Network brings everyone to the table, so the farmers growing feed know what they need to do, and those in need of feed can find providers.
The Farmer-to-Farmer Network connects buyers and sellers for different types of forages. The network is run through the University of Wisconsin-Extension and can be accessed at http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu/.
I am encouraging farmers less affected by the dry conditions to plant a second crop for forage after harvesting their primary crop, then post the yield on the Farmer-to-Farmer network. Farmers can also search the site and see what hay, alfalfa haylage, corn silage, or high moisture corn is available right now.

Improving Health Services Available to Children in Foster Care

This week, the Department of Health Services (DHS) received federal approval to create a foster care "medical home" program in the southeastern region of the State, to begin this fall. The program is a joint initiative of the DHS and the Department of Children and Families and will be implemented in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Ozaukee and Washington counties.
This new program will provide individualized, trauma-informed care for children in Foster Care. My wife, Tonette, has been emphasizing the importance and benefits of trauma-informed care by holding listening sessions all across the state.
The initiative creates a virtual "medical home" for children in foster care and out-of-home care where a child will receive an individualized treatment plan addressing their specific trauma-related needs. As a result, these children are expected to have improved physical and mental health, improved resiliency, and shorter stays in out-of-home care. These positive health and mental health outcomes for children will also result in long-term savings in Medicaid costs.
This program results in better care for those being served and long-term savings for taxpayers. It’s a win-win.

Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin is home to one of the best state fairs in the entire country. This week, I visited the fair and had the honor of kicking everything off at the opening ceremonies.
This event provides a great venue for individuals who live in urban areas to get a taste of Wisconsin’s rural life—through the numerous agricultural related exhibits. Specifically, attendees will have the opportunity to do everything from learning about raising livestock to tasting some of Wisconsin’s finest farm and dairy products.
My favorite part of the fair is getting the chance to eat a fresh cream puff.
If you haven’t attended previously, you should definitely consider going this year. You can learn more about this great event by visiting www.wistatefair.com.
Just Ask the Governor
Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.
Question: A few weeks back I read that this year was going to be the "year of the veteran" and I was wondering if it might be possible to organize and hold cookouts where local people could meet with veterans in their community and get a chance to hear their stories, find out if they have any needs a friendly, helpful community could provide, and just honor them for their services?
Answer: You are correct, I proclaimed 2012 the Year of The Veteran to ensure Wisconsin veterans can reintegrate into civilian society with proper housing, education, health care, and meaningful jobs. A number of events are set up across the state to honor our veterans—you can learn more about them by accessing www.yearoftheveteran.com.
In fact, just this week I highlighted the Year of the Veteran by holding an event with Robbie Bergquist, who co-founded Cell Phones for Soldiers with his sister Brittany at the ages of 12 and 13 in 2004. The charity has since provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to service men and women stationed around the world. Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the proceeds from recycled cell phones to buy and send free phone cards to military members stationed away from home. Wisconsin residents can donate old cell phones in a number of ways:
· Visiting any AT&T store located in Wisconsin;
· Accessing the Cell Phones for Soldiers website to locate a drop-off location; or
· Printing off a free shipping label from the Cell Phones for Soldiers website.
In addition to donating a cell phone, the Helping Heroes Home program provides emergency funds for veterans returning home. AT&T supported the program by donating more than $450,000 to address the communication needs facing today’s veterans and they’ll donate $2 when an individual watches the Helping Heroes Home video. All of this is in addition to the more than $9 million of pre-paid calling cards AT&T has donated to military personnel nationwide.
These are two great ways you and others in the community can come together to support veterans. If you would like to plan a specific event in addition to these efforts, I’d encourage you to contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). If it works out for his schedule, WDVA Secretary John Scocos may be able to stop by and help make the event a success!

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Sincerely,

Governor Scott Walker

Shell Scales Back Alaska Drilling Plans | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

Shell Scales Back Alaska Drilling Plans | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

"Protecting the American Dream" Plan: End Crony Capitalism

New study compares health of vets, civilians - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

New study compares health of vets, civilians - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

The Libertarian Patriot: Gary Johnson Gets 19% In LASPAC Nationwide Poll

The Libertarian Patriot: Gary Johnson Gets 19% In LASPAC Nationwide Poll: Fair is fair. And don't forget the Gary Johnson Twitter Bomb tomorrow, 8/3. LASPAC We just conducted a nationwide telephone poll of re...

PhotoEx - RIMPAC 2012

Multiple nations participate in fire support - RIMPAC 2012

GAO Releases Report on Coast Guard Legacy Vessels | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

GAO Releases Report on Coast Guard Legacy Vessels | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

Release: Governor to Honor Maine Veterans with Silver Star Honorable Service Medal

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 03, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
Peter Ogden (207) 460-6034
Governor to Honor Maine Veterans with Silver Star Honorable Service Medal

AUGUSTA – On Tuesday, August 7, National Purple Heart Day, Governor Paul LePage will present the State of Maine Silver Star Honorable Service Medal to nearly 30 veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the State House. The Silver Star Honorable Medal is a State of Maine recognition of our combat wounded servicemen and women.
Additional ceremonies will be held Tuesday at the following locations to recognize local Purple Heart veterans.
  • Caribou – Maine Veterans Home 2:00 PM
  • Bangor - Maine Veterans Home 2:00 PM
  • Machias – Maine Veterans Home 2:00 PM
  • South Paris – Maine Veterans Home 11:00 AM
  • Scarborough – Maine Veterans Home 10:00 AM




As a military award, the Purple Heart traces its origins to the very first military award of the United States Armed Forces. In his General Orders to the Continental Army on August 7, 1782, General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit, directing that “whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear…over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth.”
The Purple Heart as we know it today was revived in 1932, when the United States War Department authorized a new medal to be awarded to any member of the Armed Services who has been wounded or killed in action. The first recipients of the new Purple Heart received it retroactively for their service during the First World War. Since then, the nation has awarded nearly two million Purple Hearts to combat veterans. This figure represents a staggering amount of human suffering in the service of our country, and the unparalleled selflessness of our troops in performing their duties.
“On Tuesday, I urge all Mainers to join me in saluting our thousands of Purple Heart recipients for their valor and sacrifice to include the more than 300 Mainers that have been killed in action or wounded in combat during the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Governor LePage.
These events are open to the public and all media is welcome. The publics support honoring Maine veterans has been invaluable. If there are any questions, please contact Peter Ogden, Maine Veterans’ Services (207) 430-6035.
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RIA Novosti: Port Call in Tartus Possible - Russian Defense Min.

RIA NovostiPort Call in Tartus Possible - Russian Defense Min.   Port Call in Tartus Possible - Russian Defense Min.
19:46 03/08/2012 Russian warships engaged in drills in the Mediterranean Sea may enter Russia’s naval re-supply and maintenance base in Syria’s Tartus, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.>>

Tricare will again cover breast cancer tests - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Tricare will again cover breast cancer tests - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

Mark Neumann: No Stimulus (Unless It's For Him)



I, like a lot of you, respect a lot of the outside organizations and individuals who have chosen to support Mark Neumann, but on this one they are just wrong. Neumann has shown that he follows his own rule book and that is not the type of senator Wisconsin needs. So called green energy has been used to divide the country and redistribute the resources to whatever favorite pet projects politicians  and their friends chose to support.

Russia: Accommodation of Mistral Ships in Vladivostok to Cost About USD 90 Million? Naval Today

Russia: Accommodation of Mistral Ships in Vladivostok to Cost About USD 90 Million? Naval Today

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cook County sheriff’s officer charged with striking inmate - Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County sheriff’s officer charged with striking inmate - Chicago Sun-Times

Capital Account: Retired Fraudster on the ABC's of Financial Fraud and why it's Easier than Ever!

Eric Hovde On Tommy Thompson And The Economic Crisis

US Navy, Raytheon Ink USD 51.7 Million Contract Naval Today

US Navy, Raytheon Ink USD 51.7 Million Contract Naval Today

STRATFOR: Rising Military Tensions Between China, Japan (Dispatch)



Japan 2012 defense white paper

PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Statement on Governor Thompson's shameful and misleading attack

8/2/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846


Hovde Campaign: Statement on Governor Thompson’s shameful and misleading attack

Madison – Hovde for Senate Press Secretary Sean Lansing issued the following statement Thursday after Americans for Job Security—a shadowy, pay-for-play Washington, D.C. group—started running negative and false attack ads on Tommy Thompson’s behalf:

“In his most desperate attempt yet at cementing his political legacy, former governor Tommy Thompson is using a shadowy third party special interest group to attack Eric Hovde with lies and distortions.

“Fueled by money from corporate lobbyists and Washington, D.C. insiders, the former governor is using a notorious pay-for-play group to do his bidding and drag Eric through the mud.

“Neither Eric Hovde nor any of the companies he controls have ever taken a dollar of stimulus money. The attack used by the group has already been refuted by the Hovde Campaign and clarified by both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Associated Press (MKE Journal: Corrections and Clarifications; AP: Hovde: Tech company never received stimulus money).

“Amid declining poll numbers, Thompson has resorted to the worst of Washington politics instead of standing behind his baseless attacks.

“Worse yet, Thompson’s lobbyist friends are trying to buy the Senate seat that Thompson cannot win on his own—all so that he can compromise on ObamaCare and line their pockets.

“It is sad and disappointing to see our former governor go out this way, clinging to a career in politics that Wisconsin voters seem eager to end.”

For more information on how this shell group operates and the tactics they engage in, please see the links below.



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Chinese Destroyer Qingdao Arrives at Sevastopol Naval Today

Chinese Destroyer Qingdao Arrives at Sevastopol Naval Today

RIA Novosti: Sharapova Sets Up Olympic Semifinal with Kirilenko

RIA NovostiMaria SharapovaSharapova Sets Up Olympic Semifinal with Kirilenko
23:25 02/08/2012 Russia’s Maria Sharapova reached the Olympic semifinals on Thursday after beating Belgian veteran Kim Clijsters.>>

STRATFOR: Unemployment and Bailouts in the Eurozone (Portfolio)

In his own words - Tommy Thompson on repealing ObamaCare

Rival for US maritime power looming fast on the horizon

Rival for US maritime power looming fast on the horizon

h/t: Jack Tar Magazine Maritime News

Founding Fathers Quote

It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.

George Washington

DNR: Elk restoration survey now available to public

News Release Published: August 1, 2012 by the Central Office

Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang (608) 261-7589

MADISON – The public can share their reactions to Wisconsin’s efforts to restore elk in Wisconsin through an online survey found on the Department of Natural Resources webpage at dnr.wi.gov and searching the keywords “elk reintroduction.” The survey is open Aug 1-31.

Survey results will provide DNR and its many partners in elk restoration with an understanding of the public’s awareness of and experience with Wisconsin’s wild elk herd and the level of public support for further establishment of wild elk herds in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s 12-year old Elk Management plan is due for an update and review by the Natural Resources Board.

Wisconsin currently has a small and slowly growing herd of approximately 180 wild elk living in the Clam Lake area of Ashland County. They are descendants of 25 elk captured from a single wild herd in Michigan and released in the Clam Lake area in 1995 as part of a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point project. Plans at the time included an additional release of elk into the Black River State Forest in Jackson County, but were never carried out.

DNR and project partners are proposing changes to the current plan that would accomplish several objectives.

“Our ongoing goal is to restore self-sustaining elk populations, adapted to the Wisconsin landscape, in these two locations,” said Kevin Wallenfang, DNR big game ecologist. “Current plans call for bringing additional wild elk into the state and carrying out the plan of establishing a herd in Jackson County. The benefits of this effort will be greater diversity in our state’s wildlife community, increased genetic diversity of existing Wisconsin elk, additional hunting opportunities in the future and increased area tourism based on elk viewing opportunities.”

More information on elk in Wisconsin is available on the DNR website.

The Specter of Syrian Chemical Weapons

The Specter of Syrian Chemical Weapons

New Low: Just 14% Think Today’s Children Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents - Rasmussen Reports™

New Low: Just 14% Think Today’s Children Will Be Better Off Than Their Parents - Rasmussen Reports™

Chinese Naval visits accustom Mediterranean to new role

Naval visits accustom Mediterranean to new role

USS Abraham Lincoln Concludes Deployment Naval Today

USS Abraham Lincoln Concludes Deployment Naval Today

Chinese woman rescued over 30 abandoned babies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Chinese woman rescued over 30 abandoned babies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Sen. Johnson Speaks Regarding Budget & Fiscal Cliff

A Tour Through the 6 Worst Olympics Scandals - ABC News

A Tour Through the 6 Worst Olympics Scandals - ABC News

House passes bill to provide poisoned Camp Lejeune Marines health care

House passes bill to provide poisoned Camp Lejeune Marines health care

Wisconsin U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate July 30th

http://wtaq.com/great-senate-debate/



Video streaming by Ustream



Video streaming by Ustream


http://wtaq.com/great-senate-debate/

Video streaming by Ustream



h/t: Wisconsin Upper Michigan News and Information

Ft. Hood Shooter Should Have Been Interviewed, FBI Official Says

Ft. Hood Shooter Should Have Been Interviewed, FBI Official Says: A top FBI official testified today that Ft. Hood shooter Army Major Nidal Hasan should have been interviewed by FBI and Defense Department investigators before the deadly shooting based on reports from a field office about the major’s activities. FBI Executive Assistant Director Mark Giuliano...

UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role Naval Today

UK: HMS Westminster Hands Over Gulf Role Naval Today

Capital Account: Peter Tchir on the ECB's Printers, LIBOR Litigation and the German Tipping Point!

Crash Course on the Crusades | Crisis Magazine

Crash Course on the Crusades | Crisis Magazine

h/t: A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Congress isn’t gridlocked — it’s just totally irresponsible - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Congress isn’t gridlocked — it’s just totally irresponsible - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

GARY JOHNSON Live Free

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Egyptian president: I was not cordial to Israel's Peres!

Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | Ryan Jones


Egyptian president: I was not cordial to Israel's Peres! Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday denied the horribly embarrassing revelation that he had actually been cordial to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Early last month, Peres sent a personal letter to Morsi congratulating him on becoming Egypt's new president and wishing him a good Ramadan holiday season.

Israeli newspapers yesterday reported Morsi's reply, which expressed "deep thanks" for Peres' Ramadan wishes and Morsi's desire for regional peace and security.

But Morsi's spokesman, Yasser Ali, told Egypt's Al-Ahram newspaper that the Israelis reports were a hoax. "President Morsi did not send any correspondence to the Israeli president, and the reports to that effect in Israelis newspapers...are fabricated," insisted Ali.

Peres' office was reportedly stunned by the hostile outburst. An official in the president's office speaking on condition of anonymity due to the diplomatic sensitivity of the situation, told the Times of Israel that not only was the letter from Morsi genuine, its publication had been approved by the Egyptian leader.

According to the source, Peres' office had asked the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv if it could publicize the letter. The Embassy reportedly asked Morsi, and returned with a green light.

The scanned images of the letter that appeared in Israeli newspapers provide evidence that it did originate from official Egyptian sources. The letter was faxed to Peres, and at the top of the page appears the name and fax number of the sender - the Egyptian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

That the Egyptian government responded so angrily to reports of a simple exchange of pleasantries between its leader and Israel again raises concerns that relations between the two countries are set to transition from "icy" to "hostile."

Republicans, Obama budget chief trade blame for sequestration cuts - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Republicans, Obama budget chief trade blame for sequestration cuts - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

An aerial tour of Pearl Harbor during RIMPAC 2010

Russian Navy Destroyer Admiral Panteleyev Crosses Pearl Harbor - RIMPAC 2012

Governor Nikki Haley Signs Unemployment Benefits Reform

RIA Novosti: Professionals in Russian Airborne Forces to Double by 2017

RIA NovostiProfessionals in Russian Airborne Forces to Double by 2017     Professionals in Russian Airborne Forces to Double by 2017
10:38 01/08/2012 The number of professional servicemen in the Russian Airborne Forces is expected to reach 20,000 in the next five or seven years, more than double the current 9,500 troops, the airborne troops chief commander, Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, has said.>>

Business Insider: Why A North Korean Invasion Of The South Is Still Such A Terrifying Concept

STRATFOR: Increasingly Sophisticated Attacks in Libya (Dispatch)

Capital Account: Mike Maloney tells Ben Bernanke to "Quit and Close the Federal Reserve!"

In His Own Words: Tommy Thompson and ObamaCare

Way Up North: The Black Robe Regiment - Part 1 & 2

Way Up North: The Black Robe Regiment:   In the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War, ministers in the Colonies preached on topics related to news of the day. If it was...

Way Up North: Black Robe Brigade: The Christian Patriot, Part 2: Continued from here : Read of a later day, travel among the scenes of profane chronicles, if you would see, that national vice is nationa...

Report: Move fewer Marines to Guam, but get it done now - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Report: Move fewer Marines to Guam, but get it done now - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Mark Belling Calls Out Hovde Opponents for False Attacks

PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Statement on latest Public Policy Polling survey results

8/1/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846

Hovde Campaign: Statement on latest Public Policy Polling survey results

Madison—Hovde for Senate Campaign Manager Joe Fadness issued the following statement Wednesday regarding Public Policy Polling’s most recent Wisconsin Senate survey:

"Despite a barrage of negative and misleading attacks from Tommy Thompson,Mark Neumann, Tammy Baldwin and a number of deep-pocketed Washington, D.C. super PACs, Eric is continuing to lead in the polls.

"Millions of dollars in attack ads from desperate career politicians and out-of-statespecial interest groups has not stalled Eric’s momentum. While Governor Thompson continues to slide, Eric remains well-positioned for victory on August 14th.”

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STRATFOR: The Kurdish Dilemma in Syria and Iraq (Dispatch)

RIA Novosti: Russian Shipyard Starts Metal Cutting for Mistral

RIA NovostiMistral class amphibious assault shipRussian Shipyard Starts Metal Cutting for Mistral
14:33 01/08/2012 Russia’s Baltic Shipyard has started metal cutting for the hull of the first Mistral class amphibious assault ship being built in France for the Russian Navy, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said on Wednesday.>>

Voters reject transportation tax  | ajc.com

Voters reject transportation tax  | ajc.com

Poll: Tommy Thompson fades in Wisconsin - The Hill's Ballot Box

Poll: Tommy Thompson fades in Wisconsin - The Hill's Ballot Box

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Close 3 way contest for GOP in Wisconsin - Public Policy Polling

Close 3 way contest for GOP in Wisconsin - Public Policy Polling

Thompson: "We can fix Social Security in an afternoon"

With Dewhurst Loss, Perry Weakened Back Home - Kevin Brennan - NationalJournal.com

With Dewhurst Loss, Perry Weakened Back Home - Kevin Brennan - NationalJournal.com

RIA Novosti: Phelps Becomes History's Most Medaled Olympian

RIA NovostiAmerican swimmer Michael Phelps became history's most medaled Olympian on TuesdayPhelps Becomes History's Most Medaled Olympian
00:09 01/08/2012 American swimmer Michael Phelps became history's most medaled Olympian on Tuesday when he and his country's 4x200m freestyle relay team took gold at the London Games.>>

Michael Phelps breaks record for most Olympic medals with gold in 4x200-meter freestyle relay

Michael Phelps breaks record for most Olympic medals with gold in 4x200-meter freestyle relay

The Enthusiasm Gap! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

The Libertarian Patriot: TLP Quik Hits: DHS Gears Up For Civil Unrest Prior...

The Libertarian Patriot: TLP Quik Hits: DHS Gears Up For Civil Unrest Prior...: So much for the right to free speech and peaceably assemble. RT The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equip...

UN Shelves Gun Treaty...for Now! Dick Morris TV: Lunch ALERT!

In the Long Run, Is the GOP Dead?

In the Long Run, Is the GOP Dead?

RIA Novosti: The Hobbit Movie Becomes Trilogy

RIA NovostiOscar-winning director Peter JacksonThe Hobbit Movie Becomes Trilogy
05:10 31/07/2012 The movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit will get a third installment in 2014 to tell the full story of an exciting adventure set in the Middle-earth universe, Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson said.>>

GOA Alert: Senate to Vote on Magazine-ban!

Gun Owners of America

Anti-gun Lautenberg trying to
put amendment on Cybersecurity Bill
Washington is, to say the least, not a town known for its high moral standards.

But there is, perhaps, no one with more expertise in milking shameless advantage out of national tragedy than ultra-liberal senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

So it can hardly be a surprise that, this week, these anti-gun Senators intend to offer an amendment to the cybersecurity bill which would prohibit the manufacture of magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds.
They appear oblivious to the fact that their “gun ban” mentality created a deadly situation in Aurora, Colorado, where there was a room with a number of trained military marksmen -- and none of them were allowed to have a gun.

Any one of those individuals could have made a big difference. Heck, does anyone doubt there would have been a different outcome if George Zimmerman had been in the theater?

Incidentally, lest anyone think that banning magazines is the be-all-and-end-all for Lautenberg, he has already announced that he intends to follow up his magazine ban with legislation to monitor and limit your purchases of ammunition.

Explains the clueless Lautenberg: “No sportsman needs 100 rounds to shoot a duck ….”

So this Einstein believes you don’t need 100 rounds of ammunition? Who decided that our Bill of Rights should be a “Bill of Needs”?

It’s time to nip this nasty piece of work in the bud and ensure that his efforts to exploit innocent victims for political gain do not go any further.

ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators. Demand that they vote against the Lautenberg-Schumer magazine-ban amendment to the cybersecurity bill.

STRATFOR: The Battle For Aleppo and Syria (Dispatch)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Lech Walesa all but endorses Mitt Romney during meeting in Poland - The Hill's Global Affairs

Lech Walesa all but endorses Mitt Romney during meeting in Poland - The Hill's Global Affairs

RIA Novosti: Tymoshenko Named to Lead Opposition in Parliamentary Elections

RIA NovostiYulia TymoshenkoTymoshenko Named to Lead Opposition in Parliamentary Elections
18:36 30/07/2012 Jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been chosen by the country’s main opposition parties to lead them to victory in parliamentary elections slated for October.>>

Congressman Ron Paul's Weekly Column for Monday July 30th

Audit the Fed Moves Forward!

Last week the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed my legislation calling for a full and effective audit of the Federal Reserve. Well over 300 of my Congressional colleagues supported the bill, each casting a landmark vote that marks the culmination of decades of work. We have taken a big step toward bringing transparency to the most destructive financial institution in the world.

But in many ways our work is only beginning. Despite the Senate Majority Leader’s past support for similar legislation, no vote has been scheduled on my bill this year in the Senate. And only 29 Senators have cosponsored Senator Rand Paul’s version of my bill in the other body. If your Senator is not listed at the link above, please contact them and ask for their support. We need to push Senate leadership to hold a vote this year.

Understand that last week’s historic vote never would have taken place without the efforts of millions of Americans like you, ordinary citizens concerned about liberty and the integrity of our currency. Political elites respond to political pressure, pure and simple. They follow rather than lead. If all 100 Senators feel enough grassroots pressure, they will respond and force Senate leadership to hold what will be a very popular vote.

In fact, “Audit the Fed” is so popular that 75% of all Americans support it according to this Rasmussen poll. We are making progress.

Of course Fed apologists-- including Mr. Bernanke-- frequently insist that the Fed already is audited. But this is true only in the sense that it produces annual financial statements. It provides the public with its balance sheet as a fait accompli: we see only the net results of its financial transactions from the previous fiscal year in broad categories, and only after the fact.

Full Article Here:
http://tinyurl.com/cjh6loe

China Launches Large Patrol Vessel Naval Today

China Launches Large Patrol Vessel Naval Today

Eric Hovde on Vicki McKenna

Gary Johnson Hits 1 Million on Google - The Social Ballot

Gary Johnson Hits 1 Million on Google - The Social Ballot

Sarah Palin Rallies the Troops: Choose Cruz on July 31st!

Gov. Haley's husband off to Afghanistan - Governor Watch - TheState.com

Gov. Haley's husband off to Afghanistan - Governor Watch - TheState.com

Governor Nikki Haley discusses First Gentleman Michael Haley's National Guard Deployment

Catholic League News Release


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

BUSINESS OWNERS V. OBAMACARE

July 30, 2012
Bill Donohue comments on Friday’s decision by a federal judge who issued an injunction that allows the owners of a private company not to provide abortifacients, contraceptives, and sterilization services to their employees as mandated by ObamaCare:

The ruling in Newland v. Sebelius is significant: it means that the Obama administration not only has to contend with Catholic non-profits who object to providing immoral services in their healthcare plans, they must deal with Catholics in the private sector who similarly object. By invoking the Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment religious liberty guarantees, the plaintiffs broke new ground for private employers.

Lawyers for the Obama administration were taken aback when U.S. District Judge John Kane sided with the Catholic owners of Hercules Industries. The attorneys for the government were correct when they maintained that if the injunction were granted, it would mean that they would be faced with a flood of requests seeking an exemption. “These interests are countered,” Judge Kane said, “and indeed outweighed, by the public interest in the free exercise of religion.”

The Catholic League will do what it can to get the word out to all Catholic business owners: the time to revolt is now. There is no virtue in complying with a government edict that violates the conscience rights of Catholics, independent of whether they work in the public or private sector. But there is great virtue in suing the administration by invoking the religious liberty principles as articulated in this case.



Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Hovde displays grasp of issues, willingness to make tough decisions in U.S. Senate Debate

7/30/2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846


Hovde Campaign: Hovde displays grasp of issues, willingness to make tough decisions in U.S. Senate Debate

Green Bay—Conservative businessman and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde continued to demonstrate his willingness to make the tough decisions needed to get America back on track during Monday’s GOP Senate Primary debate in Green Bay.

From jobs and the economy to taxes, spending and health care, Hovde repeatedly showed that he is the only candidate with the courage and conviction needed to shake up Washington and do the right thing for future generations.

While career politicians Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann continued to take shots at the political outsider, Hovde stayed focused on the issues that matter to Americans.

During the debate, Hovde said:

On experience: “I’ve spent 25 years in the private sector building companies, turning around companies and creating jobs in Wisconsin and across the country.”

On the state of the economy:We have to look at pro-growth policies--which is why I’ve talked extensively about tax reform and deregulation.”

On reforming the tax code; ending cronyism:We are the most uncompetitive country in the world for businesses. We need to lower the corporate tax rate—at least down to 25 percent—and get rid of the corporate cronyism that is embedded into our system.”

On health care reform:I believe that we need to completely repeal ObamaCare, and move to a free market approach. We need to break up the mini-monopolies in every single state. We have to have meaningful tort reform across the board. We have to put thepower back into individuals hands.”

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RSC Update: The Question of the Year - More Taxes or More Jobs?

  
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RSC Update: The Question of the Year — More Taxes or More Jobs?


From the Chairman

Three simple actions from the federal government could do a lot for our economy. Spend no more than we can afford. Free job creators from the heavy hand of overregulation. And replace our tax code with one that actually makes sense, such as the simpler, flatter, and fairer proposal in the RSC’s Jobs Through Growth Act.

Unfortunately, many liberals in Washington, D.C. would rather raise taxes than simplify them. If they are successful, tax rates will increase for many families and small businesses next year. Ernst & Young recently reported that these tax increases would “result in a smaller economy, fewer jobs, less investment, and lower wages.” They predict 710,000 fewer jobs, to be precise. With economists already seeing warning signs of another recession, those are 710,000 jobs we can’t afford to lose.

That brings us to the question of the year. Do we want more taxes or more jobs? Last week, the Democrat-controlled Senate voted for more taxes. Conservatives in the House of Representatives won’t make the same mistake.

In a few days, we will pass the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 to stop the looming tax hikes. We’ll also vote on a proposal to speed up the process of tax reform to help make it a reality next year. A better tax code would grease the wheels of job creation and put everyone on a level playing field. What could be more fair than that?

God Bless,

Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee


RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.

· Rep. Tom Price (GA-06): Tax Reform Badly Needed; The Hill, July 24.

· Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22): Entrepreneurial Spirit Is What Makes America Great; The Hill, July 24.

· Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01): After Roanoke; The American Spectator, July 24.

· Reps. Tom Price (GA-06) and Phil Roe (TN-01): Plenty of Alternatives to Government Health Care; USA Today, July 25.

· Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04): Obama Turns Back Clock on Welfare Reform; Washington Times, July 25.

· Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Regulatory Relief Will Jump-Start Economy; Roll Call, July 25.

· Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-05): Dodd-Frank's Unhappy Anniversary; Wall Street Journal, July 25.

· Rep. James Lankford (OK-05): Think Health Care Is Expensive Now? Wait Until It's "Free"; The Oklahoman, July 25.

· Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02): Job Creators Need a Break From Regulations; Roll Call, July 25.


· Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07): Red Tape Is Stifling Job Creation; U.S. News & World Report, July 26.

· Rep. Ed Royce (CA-40): Sarbanes-Oxley Has Devastated The U.S. IPO Market; Investor's Business Daily, July 27.

· Reps. Jim Jordan (OH-04) and Steve Southerland (FL-02): To Fight Poverty, Empower People; Washington Times, July 27.


RSC Member Activity RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.

· 73 Representatives, led by Reps. Steve Southerland (FL-02), Tim Scott (SC-01), and Tom Graves (GA-09), demanded answers on President Obama’s welfare work requirement waiver by sending a letter to the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

· Rep. Dave Camp (MI-04) introduced H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, which would halt the tax increases looming at the end of the year by keeping current income tax rates in place for an additional year.

· Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) introduced H.R. 6225, legislation which would make current income tax rates permanent, eliminate the death tax, index the capital gains tax for inflation, and prevent the alternative minimum tax (AMT) from affecting more households this year.

· RSC Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04), Rep. David Camp (MI-04), and other members introduced H.R. 6140, the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, which would prohibit the Obama administration from unilaterally granting itself the authority to exempt states from the work requirements that were a critical element of welfare reform enacted in 1996.

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.

· On July 25, the House approved H.R. 6082, the Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan, which would officially replace President Obama’s proposed outer continental shelf oil and gas leasing program with a pro-growth plan that will conduct additional oil and natural gas lease sales to promote offshore energy development.

· On July 26, the House approved H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, which combined several pieces of legislation to provide relief from the government red tape.

Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.

· This week, the House will consider two major tax bills: H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, which will prevent tax increases looming at the end of the year, and H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012, which would speed up the tax reform process and help create a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax code.

· The House may vote on a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm & Food Welfare bill this week.

RSC Reports

· RSC Updates are now online! Looking for one of our recently released charts and graphs? Click here.

· Stay up to date on budget and spending news with reports from the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force.

· Check out the RSC Sunset Caucus’ work to shrink the size of government and the Repeal Task Force’s work to eliminate bad laws and regulations.

· House rules now require sponsors of legislation to provide a Constitutional Authority Statement that explains how Congress has the constitutionally-derived authority to enact their proposals. Click here to see liberals’ highly questionable attempts.

· Read the RSC Money Monitor to track how bills passed by the House affect budget authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.

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House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman

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