Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan makes tough choices – USATODAY.com

Paul Ryan makes tough choices – USATODAY.com

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVW-7 Commence Operation Enduring Freedom Naval Today

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVW-7 Commence Operation Enduring Freedom Naval Today

U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate

I wanted to get the video up for anyone who has not seen it.  Eric Hovde absolutely dominated the debate, in my opinion.  It really is a credit to Hovde and his staff that he is so knowledgeable and prepared after having just entered politics for the first time.  His business experience is a desperately needed commodity right now in the Senate.

I think Jeff Fitzgerald, by far, had the worst performance.  It appeared that he had crammed right before the debate and tried to copy Hovde's warnings on the economy.  Mark Neumann appeared a bit quirky, relying on props that were not legible on TV.  It had the effect of distracting from what he was saying.  Tommy Thompson was his usual charming self, but I think the party has moved on from moderate, big-government Republicans.

WPT Presents - U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate

Ryan can run for House seat, VP at same time under Wis. state law - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Ryan can run for House seat, VP at same time under Wis. state law - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Huge crowds line Manassas streets for Romney-Ryan | WashingtonExaminer.com

Huge crowds line Manassas streets for Romney-Ryan | WashingtonExaminer.com

Only 3 Days Left...Help Eric Get Out The Vote!

Eric Hovde Rallies Volunteers In Green Bay


Eric Hovde was at his Green Bay victory center today to encourage campaign workers and volunteers in the final stretch of the primary.  Unfortunately, I just missed Hovde by a couple of minutes so I don't have video of his remarks.  I was told there was a good turnout of volunteers on hand and when I showed up there were already volunteers busy at work making get-out-the-vote phone calls.  There was a visible buzz of excitement as they went about their tasks. 

If this is repeated across the state, Hovde should be our nominee.  If you are like me and missed out on meeting Eric today, he will be back in Green Bay on Monday, August 13, from 4:10pm to 4:50pm at Titletown Brewery, 200 Dousman Street. 

We have a chance to send a proven businessman to the Senate.  Let's not waste the opportunity.  Please volunteer anytime you have and remember to contact family and friends.  Remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, August 14.

Eric Hovde For Senate

Romney/Ryan - A Step In The Right Direction

UntitledI have not hid the fact that I was not pleased with Mitt Romney's nomination because I did not feel he would be bold enough to tackle the fiscal crisis we face.  His VP pick of Paul Ryan absolutely proves that he is committed to reforming entitlements and balancing the federal budget, which by necessity will shrink the size of government. 
Coupled with our amazing 2010 victories we are well positioned going into November to articulate a unified, limited government approach to governing.  Does it get us back to Thomas Jefferson's vision of America?  No, but it puts us back on the path to it.  Romney and Ryan will have my enthusiastic support and vote this November. 

UntitledI would like to take the time to compliment the Romney campaign on the back drop for the announcement.  The USS Wisconsin could not have been more perfect.  It represents, not only, our state, America's proud history, and our powerful Navy, but serves as a reminder that under Obama our fleet has been gutted and fallen into disrepair.  If we are to have the most powerful military in the world, we have to have a strong economy and balanced budget.  The fusing of Ryan with the USS Wisconsin was the perfect symbol for this.

I look forward to a campaign of reform and bold ideas.  Congratulations to Ryan and his family.

Friday, August 10, 2012

VP Paul Ryan!


VP!!!!!!!!!!

NBC: Romney Picks Ryan as Veep - - NationalJournal.com

Paul Ryan on the Issues

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Paul Ryan: Hiding Spending Doesn't Reduce Spending


Mitt Romney VP pick: 'All signs point to Ryan' - POLITICO.com

Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan

Romney Prepares to Pick Ryan

Debate Wisdom From Eric Hovde


On preventing a financial collapse:The simple fact: we have to engage in austerity of government and grow our private sector. If we don’t, we’ll head down the same path that Greece and Spain have.”

On growing the economy: “By promoting pro-growth policies like reforming our tax system, lowering the corporate tax rate and deregulating the economy, we can get our private sector moving.”

On creating jobs and economic growth:I think we should let the private sector work. I don’t believe in the government picking winners and losers through our tax code, through regulations, through specialized earmarks.”

 On health care reform: I’ve never seen Washington, D.C. manage anything well, so why do we think or assume they’re going to properly manage the second largest sector in our economy?”

Eric Hovde In Green Bay On Saturday, August 11

No doubt you are as excited as me that the primary is almost over.  But, don't let up yet, there is still lots of work to be done.  Please do anything within your ability to help Eric Hovde win on Tuesday.  Whether that be phone banking or talking to family members remember personal interaction is priceless in politics.

Hovde will be at the Green Bay campaign office tomorrow from 11:15am to 12:15pm. The office is located at 2773 S Oneida Street in Green Bay.  If you live in the area, please stop in and encourage him as he and his family have had to endure relentless attacks throughout the primary.  RSVP by clicking here.



RIA Novosti: Russian Warships Hold Drills in Mediterranean

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04:26 11/08/2012 A Russian joint naval task force on a training mission in the Mediterranean has conducted two-day tactical exercises with live-firing drills, the Defense Ministry said.>>

Business Insider: An Afghan Police Squad Invited US Special Forces Soldiers To Dinner And Killed Them

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.

Remembering Oak Creek
Wisconsin will always remember August 5, 2012, as the day when six people died as victims of a senseless act of violence at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.
Even now, the motivation to commit such an act is incomprehensible. It’s important for all of us to seize this moment and use this time to educate ourselves and others, so that we may appreciate and respect the beliefs we may not share and the religions we may not practice.
Discrimination and violence targeted toward a specific ethnic or religious group shakes the core of who we are as Americans. In the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, our founding fathers placed special emphasis on protecting religious freedom for all Americans. We must show constant vigilance in defending our founding principles.
As we move forward as a state and nation and attempt to help victims and their families heal, Wisconsin will join together and stand with members of the Sikh community.
Throughout the last week, my wife, Tonette, and I attended several vigils and visited with some members of the Sikh community. We have been struck by their strength, grace and persistent dedication to peace in the face of tremendous pain.
I commend the state and national media outlets that have already made it a priority to use their position to inform and educate their audiences about the Sikh faith. I have directed my office to produce a video incorporating this message. You will be able to view the video by going to my Facebook page or Twitter account. Please watch it and share it with others.

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

World Maritime News - TTS Group to Provide Ship Handling Systems for Korean and Russian Shipyards

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Army's top enlisted soldier among US troops killed in series of Taliban attacks - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Army's top enlisted soldier among US troops killed in series of Taliban attacks - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Romney’s Strategy Isn’t Working

Romney’s Strategy Isn’t Working: pThe line from Romney headquarters last month was “every day we’re not talking about the economy is a day we lose.” This line, which came from the highest reaches of the campaign, was proffered to explain the unwillingness to provide substantive details on a host of policies besides the economy. Well, Romney HQ isn’t talking [...]/p

Romney's Japan remark raises eyebrows | The Cable

Romney's Japan remark raises eyebrows | The Cable

I'm no fan of Romney, but his remarks are accurate.

RIA Novosti: Russia’s Air Force to Get 180 New Aircraft by Yearend

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19:19 10/08/2012 The Russian Air Force will receive some 180 brand new planes and helicopters by the end of the year, the Air Force Commander in Chief Major General Viktor Bondarev said.>>

Release: Governor Paul LePage Tours Front Street Shipyard

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 10, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Governor Paul LePage Tours Front Street Shipyard
Front Street Shipyard
Governor LePage listens to Front Street Shipyard employee Robert Richard
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage traveled to Belfast today to tour Front Street Shipyard, one of the city’s newest and most promising businesses. Front Street Shipyard is a premiere yacht yard that services boats as large as 160 feet. After opening only a year ago, Front Street Shipyard has grown to be one of the largest and most capable yacht yards in the Northeast and a large player in Belfast’s economy. Front Street Shipyard has invested approximately $10 million into redevelopment efforts, resulting in a wave of revitalization for Belfast’s downtown.
“Front Street Shipyard has given Belfast’s economy large boost,” said Governor LePage. “My administration is making every effort to ensure that businesses like this one can grow and thrive, so that all Maine’s local economies can prosper.”
Governor LePage was received by the shipyard’s senior leadership upon arriving. He was given a tour of the newly expanded facility, and was introduced to the entire staff at a reception following the tour.
“It was great being able to host the Governor. We appreciate his commitment to making Maine business-friendly, and this event was a great experience for both of us,” said JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “I look forward to working with his administration in the future to help our business continue to grow and expand.”
Front Street Shipyard undertakes new yacht builds and refits from classic wooden boats to advanced composite constructions. Within its first year of operation, the shipyard has grown to employ 82 full-time, year-round personnel and is still growing. Front Street Shipyard recently completed a deal to purchase neighboring Belfast Boatyard, giving them the capability to expand their operations and service as well as store a wider array of boats. The shipyard currently has 72,555 square feet of space for yacht storage, 10,320 square feet of shop space, and an additional 6.5 acres of off-site storage.
“The ambition Front Street Shipyard has shown in growing and expanding their operations in just one year serves as a good example of what Maine businesses can aspire to,” said Governor LePage. “I was truly impressed seeing the shipyard’s young workforce and the quality craftsmanship they exemplified.”
For more information about Front Street Shipyard, visit: http://www.frontstreetshipyard.com/
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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Wisconsin GOP hasn't forgotten when Negative Neumann savaged Governor Walker

8/10/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846

Hovde Campaign: Wisconsin GOP hasn’t forgotten when Negative Neumann savaged Governor Walker
Madison—With just days to go before Wisconsin’s GOP Senate Primary, Mark Neumann is desperately trying to re-write history.

Negative Neumann savaged Governor Scott Walker with a barrage of negative and deceitful attacks in 2010, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to his rhetoric in 2012.

In addition, former Congressman Neumann has a record of supporting pork and wasteful spending that he’d like Wisconsin to ignore.

Negative Neumann may have conveniently forgotten 2010, but Wisconsin voters have not. Here’s a reminder:

Current Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus in 2010:

"Walker has been working hard to contrast his common-sense conservative leadership against the Democrats' record," Reince Priebus, state GOP chairman, said in a statement. "Rather than team up with the spin doctors at One Wisconsin Now, I hope Mark Neumann soon considers running against the Democrats." (Neumann attacks Walker on budgets)

Former Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mark Jefferson in 2010:

"We need all our candidates to focus on the Democrats and not take shots at each other and we've been urging Mark Neumann to do that." (GOP to Neumann: Stop Attacking Scott Walker)

Wisconsin Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in 2010:

"I served with Mark Neumann. Mark Neumann voted 'yes' for $9 billion in pork projects when he was in Congress. He voted 'yes' to wasteful transportation spending," Sensenbrenner says. (Sensenbrenner sets the record straight)
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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Yet another poll shows political outsider Eric Hovde leading Wisconsin's GOP Senate Primary

8/10/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846
Hovde Campaign: Yet another poll shows political outsider Eric Hovde leading Wisconsin’s GOP Senate Primary

Madison—Just four days from Election Day, another independent poll is showing conservative businessman and political outsider Eric Hovde leading Wisconsin’s GOP Senate Primary.
According to Public Policy Polling, Hovde is leading the field with 27 percent of the vote.
With just days left before the election, Hovde is still surging while four-term governor Tommy Thompson keeps sliding.
--Hovde 27%; Thompson 25%; Neumann 24%; Fitzgerald 15%.
--Among voters who say they are “very excited,” Hovde leads with 37% of the vote. Thompson, Fitzgerald and Neumann are all in the low-twenties and teens.
--Among “Tea Party” voters, Hovde leads with 36% of the vote. Thompson, Fitzgerald and Neumann are all in the low-twenties and teens.
--Undecided voters view Thompson “negatively.”
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Dem Ghost Stories



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The Washington Times: IRS told employees to ignore potential fraud in program used by immigrants

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Founding Fathers Quote

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

Thomas Paine

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RIA Novosti: Air Defense Forces to Get New Defense Systems by 2020

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11:59 10/08/2012 All the Russian Air Force's air defense missile units will be reequipped with modern S-400 (SA-21 Growler), S-300V4 Vityaz (SA-12 Gladiator) and short-range Pantsyr-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) gun/missile air defense systems by 2020, Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Friday.>>

STRATFOR - Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism

"Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism is republished with permission of Stratfor."

August 9, 2012 | 0900 GMT

By Eugene Chausovsky
Since 2010, Central Asia has become increasingly volatile, a trend many have attributed to a rise in militant Islamism. Militancy has indeed risen since 2010, but the notion that militant Islamists primarily are responsible for Central Asia's volatility is shortsighted because it ignores other political and economic dynamics at play in the region.

But if these dynamics, not jihadist designs, inspired much of the region's recent militant activity, the impending U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 could put Central Asia at greater risk for militant Islamism in the future. Combined with upcoming leadership changes in several Central Asian states, the withdrawal could complicate an already complex militant landscape in the region.

Regional Militancy: Late 1990s and Early 2000s


Central Asia was an important region for Islamist militancy in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The region is predominantly Muslim, though like all religious practices, Islam was suppressed during the Soviet era. Given the region's secularization under Soviet rule, many religious groups and figures either went underground or practiced openly to the extent that the Soviets would allow. These groups and individuals were concentrated in the Fergana Valley, the demographic core of Central Asia that encompasses parts of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Islamists were particularly prevalent in Uzbekistan, which is home to several important religious and cultural cites in areas such as Samarkand and Bukhara.

Central Asia and the Fergana Valley
 
As Central Asian countries gained independence in the 1990s, religion began to be practiced more openly, and Islamist elements operating on the margins of society were freer to come out accordingly. This created a space in which the Islamist environment grew stronger, just as the ability of the new Central Asian regimes to control and suppress Islamist movements weakened. As a result, some Islamist groups began to call for a regional caliphate governed by Sharia.

Among these groups were the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Hizb al-Tahrir, both of which drew inspiration from the Afghan mujahideen that had fought the Soviet Union from 1979 to 1989. Despite their similarities -- they both advocated ousting Uzbek President Islam Karimov -- the two groups differed in a fundamental way: Whereas the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan used violence to further its cause, Hizb al-Tahrir did not. Other groups, such as Akromiya, would later adopt the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan's use of violence while espousing Hizb al-Tahrir's ideology.

Karimov clamped down on these groups in the early to mid-1990s, but the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan gained refuge in Tajikistan, which was ravaged by civil war from 1992 to 1997. Because of the resultant power vacuum and its long, porous border with Afghanistan, Tajikistan became the primary base of operations for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the group conducted attacks from Tajikistan throughout the Fergana Valley and into southern Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

The 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, a country that provided both material and ideological support to Islamist groups in Central Asia from the ultra-conservative Taliban regime, effectively curtailed jihadist activity and ambitions in Central Asia. With the help of the U.S. military, including U.S. special operations forces, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan was largely driven out of Central Asia, finding refuge in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area. For its part, Hizb al-Tahrir went underground.

The Central Asian regimes, especially Karimov's, were then able to crack down on the remaining Islamist militants. Attacks grew rarer throughout the next decade as militant Islamist groups struggled to survive in U.S.-occupied Afghanistan.

Militancy Since 2010


Militant attacks in the region became more frequent in June 2010, when clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks broke out in Kyrgyzstan's southern Fergana Valley provinces of Osh and Jalal-Abad. As a result, Kyrgyz authorities conducted security sweeps through predominantly Uzbek neighborhoods under the pretense of rooting out suspected militant Islamists.

In reality, these sweeps most likely were directed at ethnic Uzbeks. Many ethnic Kyrgyz have long been suspicious of Kyrgyzstan's ethnic Uzbeks, which constitute a substantial portion of Osh's and Jalal-Abad's population. Thus, security sweeps targeting these areas and the resulting armed resistance to the sweeps do not necessarily fit neatly with the claims of religious extremism. Rather, militant activity could be related to the internal ethnic and political tensions between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks. Indeed, these tensions have surfaced periodically since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A similar dynamic can be seen in Tajikistan. After the country's civil war, reconcilable Islamist militants, such as those of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, were incorporated into the government and security forces, while the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and other jihadist elements were suppressed. Violence peaked in the early 2000s, after which Tajikistan experienced nearly a decade of relative calm. However, a high-profile prison break in Dushanbe in August 2010 interrupted this calm. During the escape, about 24 prisoners deemed former Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan members fled to the Rasht Valley in eastern Tajikistan. This precipitated security sweeps in the Rasht Valley, which in turn led to attacks against Tajik military convoys -- attacks that the Tajik government blamed on Islamist militants.

These militants were much more likely linked to opposition elements from the country's civil war rather than to jihadist militants. (That they fled to the east is telling; those from the eastern provinces of Garm and Gorno-Badakhshan opposed those who came to power in the western provinces of Leninabad and Kulyab.) The jailbreak could have prompted -- or merely been a symptom of -- the resurfacing of the political power struggle among Tajik clans, a struggle that was commonplace during the early years of independence. In itself, the jailbreak does not signify a jihadist resurgence.

Moreover, the ongoing military operations in Gorno-Badakhshan can be seen in a similar light. Security forces were deployed to the region after forces loyal to warlord and former opposition leader Tolib Ayombekov allegedly killed the region's top security officer. But Ayombekov likely did not kill the officer out of any religious motivation. Rather, it was Ayombekov's reported ties to the lucrative regional smuggling networks, as well as his resistance to the regime of Emomali Rakhmon, that led to operations and ultimately the death of the security officer. Like militancy in Kyrgyzstan, much of the militancy in Tajikistan probably is the result of political and ethnic rivalries, not religious extremism.

Kazakhstan likewise challenges the theory that Islamist militancy is proliferating in the region. Given its geographic separation from the Fergana Valley and a comparatively less religious society, Kazakhstan did not experience Islamist militancy in the 1990s and 2000s. However, in 2011 Kazakhstan began seeing militant attacks for the first time in its modern history. That the attacks were conducted with different tactics all across the country, including Almaty, Atyrau and Taraz, is particularly anomalous.

The Kazakh government blamed Islamist militants and religious propaganda reportedly circulating throughout the country. However, the timing of these attacks was curious because they came amid a growing political battle over the succession of the country's long-serving president, Nursultan Nazarbayev. It follows that these attacks could have been inspired less by Islamic radicalism, which has hardly been evident in Kazakhstan over the past 20 years, and more by the power struggle between various players seeking to position themselves for Nazarbayev's succession.

Notably, a jihadist group called the Soldiers of the Caliphate claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, including the October 2011 bombings in Atyrau. The claims suggest there is a genuine militant Islamist threat in Kazakhstan. However, the group was unknown until 2011, and there is little information on its members and leadership.

More recently, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have seen fewer attacks and reports of militant activity. This suggests that their respective internal situations are relatively stable and that their governments are secure enough to not have to use Islamic radicalism to justify their security crackdowns.

While this is probably true for Turkmenistan, the situation is less clear in Uzbekistan, which has been more stable than its neighbors in the Fergana Valley. However, Uzbekistan witnessed an explosion on a rail line near the Tajik border in November 2011. The government labeled the incident a terrorist attack. Since the blast occurred in a remote area with relatively little strategic significance, many speculated that the Uzbek government conducted the attack to halt traffic and goods into Tajikistan, with which Tashkent has had several disputes.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan is undergoing its own succession struggle, which could result in instability. Indeed, recently there have been reports of protests in the Fergana Valley province of Andijan, the site of a security crackdown in 2005 that killed hundreds. In this instance again, the government blamed the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Islamist militant elements. However, just as in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, this was more likely the result of power struggles within the country.

Potential Resurgence


As the dynamics and circumstances in most Central Asian countries suggest, oftentimes it is in the government's interest to refer to any militant activity as Islamist. Doing so suggests the activity of transnational rather than localized political elements and gives an excuse to crack down on those elements.

Of course, jihadist groups and elements exist in Central Asia, but most evidence suggests that the serious jihadist players have largely been eliminated, marginalized or pushed into the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater. However, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could provoke a jihadist resurgence in the region. The security vacuum created by the departure of U.S. and International Security Assistance Force personnel could also destabilize Afghanistan as various internal forces compete to fill the void.

Due to Central Asia's proximity to Afghanistan and the porous and poorly guarded border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, there is certainly potential for violence and instability to spill over. Particularly worrying to Central Asian regimes are the Islamist militants in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area that have survived and become battle-hardened in their war against Western forces. However, there have been reports that Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader Abu Usman Adil was killed Aug. 4 by a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle strike in Pakistan, suggesting that the group may be struggling to survive even in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area.

The degree to which Islamist militant elements become active in Central Asia again will therefore depend on the U.S. withdrawal and the state of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan by that time. Until then, any developments on the militant front in the region need to be examined within the context of the internal power struggles and political dynamics of each country in addition to the Islamist angle. It is only in this context that the motivations behind militant actors and attacks in Central Asia can truly be determined and anticipated.

Read more: Militancy in Central Asia: More Than Religious Extremism | Stratfor

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

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Catholic League News Release


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

OBAMA SPINS CATHOLIC DIALOGUE


August 9, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on remarks made yesterday in Denver by President Barack Obama:

Before a crowd at the University of Denver, President Obama addressed the Health and Human Services mandate that orders Catholic non-profits to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization. “We worked with the Catholic hospitals and universities to find a solution that protects both religious liberty and a woman’s health,” he said. The president also said that Mitt Romney “joined the far right of his party to support a bill that would allow any employer to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees.”

Regarding the first remark, Obama is singularly dishonest. On February 8, Bishop William Lori, who chairs the bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, said point blank that “no one from this administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’” Is it the position of President Obama that Bishop Lori [now the Archbishop of Baltimore] was lying? Furthermore, on February 13, Bishop Lori made it clear that only after the original HHS mandate of January 20 was revised and ready to be announced on February 10 did the White House contact Archbishop Timothy Dolan, head of the bishops’ conference.

Regarding the other remark, Obama was referencing the Blunt Amendment; it secured conscience exemptions for health care providers. Not only was this bill not a product of the “far right,” it lost by only three votes in the U.S. Senate, with three Democrats joining with the Republicans; one of those Democrats was Senator Bob Casey, hardly a “far right” zealot. More important, a New York Times poll of March 13 showed that 57 percent of Americans believe that religiously affiliated employers should be able to opt out of the HHS mandate. Are most Americans part of the “far right,” President Obama?

Demagoguery will not make Obama’s “war on religion” disappear. Only respecting the conscience rights of Catholics will do that.



Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

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Eric Hovde For Senate

Eric Hovde will win Senate GOP primary for Wisconsin - Isthmus | The Daily Page

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AFF PAC Endorses Eric Hovde for Wisconsin US Senate

AFF PAC Endorses Eric Hovde for Wisconsin US Senate

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 9, 2012
Contact: Mandy Fletcher Fraher (515) 720-5250

AFF PAC is pleased to announce their endorsement of Eric Hovde in the Wisconsin Republican primary for US Senate. In the 4 way primary slated for August 14, Hovde shines as the conservative reformer Wisconsin needs in Washington.

Hovde, a Wisconsin native with a successful career in the private sector finance and banking industries, understands how the real American economy works. He will bring a fresh perspective and new solutions to Washington. Unlike his moderate opponent, Tommy Thompson, and perennial candidate, Mark Neumann, Hovde stands heads and shoulders above the rest as the true conservative candidate for Wisconsin.

Despite current promises to Wisconsin voters to fight against government waste and reduce spending, both Thompson and Neumann have a shaky record. Thompson has openly stated he would not push to repeal ObamaCare and Neumann accepted stimulus money as a former member of Congress. Plus, the people of Wisconsin haven’t forgotten the ugly campaign Neumann ran against Governor Scott Walker in 2010.

“We are proud to endorse Eric Hovde for US Senate,” said AFF PAC Founder Nick Ryan. “His opponents may claim to be the conservative choice but their past actions say otherwise. Standing up for taxpayers and fighting for what is right takes tremendous guts – nowhere has this been more clear than in Wisconsin. We believe Hovde has the principle and courage of leadership to get the job done in Washington.”
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Governor Paul LePage Release: Front Street Shipyard in Belfast to Add More Jobs

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 09, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Front Street Shipyard to Add More Jobs
Shipyard to welcome Governor LePage to Belfast
AUGUSTA – On Friday, August 10, Governor Paul LePage will travel to Belfast to visit employees and tour the facilities of Front Street Shipyard, a premiere yacht yard that services boats as large as 160 feet. After opening in 2011, Front Street Shipyard has grown to be one of the largest and most capable yacht yards in the Northeast. The Governor will begin with a tour of the facilities at 10:00 a.m. This will be followed by a reception where the Governor will have the opportunity to meet the shipyard’s employees.
“Front Street Shipyard has created quality jobs for Mainers and I’m glad to see it succeed in one of our coastal communities. Known for its quality craftsmanship, ingenuity, and perseverance the Shipyard is a perfect fit for Belfast,” said Governor LePage. “My administration will continue to work tirelessly to create an environment where businesses like this one can grow, flourish, and create good jobs for Mainers.”
Operating in Belfast since March 2011, Front Street Shipyard undertakes new builds and refits for a wide array of boats: from classic wooden yachts to advanced composite constructions. Since opening, Front Street Shipyard has grown to employ 82 full-time, year-round employees and is still growing.
Front Street Shipyard’s owners recently announced that they have purchased neighboring Belfast Boatyard to expand operations. This will give Front Street Shipyard the ability to store and service more boats, which will in turn expand their operations and increase their market base.
Front Street Shipyard occupies the former Stinson Seafood site, which had been unoccupied for a decade. To date, Front Street Shipyard has invested approximately $10 million into redevelopment efforts of the Old Stinson Property, resulting in a wave of revitalization to Belfast’s downtown. To further increase these revitalization efforts, Front Street Shipyard has made available transient dockage to encourage more business and tourists to the Downtown Belfast area.
“My partners and I began Front Street Shipyard with a vision of making Belfast a premier destination for yacht owners, captains and designers worldwide,” says JB Turner, president of Front Street Shipyard. “Our latest expansion and our workforce growth ensure we have the capacity and talent to build, refit and service some of the world’s most impressive yachts.”
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A Look At Eric Hovde

Fox6now.com has done an excellent candidate profile on Eric Hovde.  Unlike the usual minutiae the media inflicts upon us, this is a good, detail and issue specific profile that was obviously meant to inform voters rather than talk down to them.  If we could find more journalism like this in our nightly news casts, our nation might actually be able to tackle the financial crisis we face. 

Our coming financial crisis is being ignore by most of our politicians.  It is refreshing that Hovde not only understands the crisis we face, but is willing to engage the voters in the uncomfortable reality we find ourselves in. 

State Senator Glenn Grothman Endorses Eric Hovde

This is a huge pick up for Eric Hovde. Senator Glenn Grothman has long been the gold standard in the State Senate, for those of us who want a limited government. As many of us know Senator Grothman's staff are the role models for how to inform voters and constituents on issues facing the state.  Hovde would be wise to follow Grothman's example on constituent response and information when he wins the nomination.  Click here to read his endorsement.

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Founding Fathers Quote

Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good.

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Catholic League News Release: GOV. JINDAL’S VOUCHER PROGRAM


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

GOV. JINDAL’S VOUCHER PROGRAM


August 8, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program:

The people of Louisiana love their governor, Bobby Jindal, and no segment of the population loves him more than the poor. That’s because Governor Jindal, over liberal opposition, is fighting for educational equality: his school voucher program, the biggest in the nation, gives the poor the same choice of schools that the rich can afford.

Leading the fight against the poor is the Interfaith Alliance, headed by Rev. C. Weldon Gaddy. His organization, which two years ago conducted a campaign urging the media to “ignore Bill Donohue” (good luck), is now working hard to keep the poor in their place. In his letter of August 7 to Jindal, Gaddy said that by giving the poor options, the governor was waging a “ruthless attack on public education.” Not above Catholic-baiting, Gaddy raised a red flag when he noted that the governor chose “a Roman Catholic Church as the venue” to sign his legislation.

Gaddy is so angered over the voucher program that he even said that private schools are “not up to the standards” of the public schools. But if that were true, there would be no need to worry: no one would want to go there. The fact is there is much for him to worry about, and he knows it.

There is another issue involved here: the public expression of religion. The Interfaith Alliance is manifestly opposed to this right. To take one example, it has worked hard to stop “In God We Trust” plaques in Colorado public school classrooms. That the phrase is our national motto means nothing to these zealots; what gets their goat is the prospect of dropping the dreaded “G” word in school. In short, they are no more a friend of religion than they are a friend of the poor.

Let Gov. Jindal’s office know of your support: Kyle.Plotkin@LA.GOV



Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

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PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Statement on latest Marquette Poll

8/8/2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846
Hovde Campaign: Statement on latest Marquette Poll
Madison—Hovde for Senate Campaign Manager Joe Fadness issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the latest Marquette University Law School poll:
Like every other public poll that has been released over the last month, Tommy Thompson is sliding and Eric Hovde is rising. However, the Marquette Poll continues to be the outlier with every other recent survey showing Eric leading at this stage of the race.
“The Thompson and Neumann campaigns know that Eric is in the lead, and that is why they continue to use negative and deceitful attacks against us at every turn. With just six days to go before Election Day, we are winning this race.”
Recent Wisconsin GOP Senate Primary Survey Results:
Public Policy Polling (7/31/12): Hovde 28 %; Thompson 25; Neumann 25; Fitzgerald 13.
We Ask America (7/31/12): Hovde 23 %; Thompson 22; Neumann 16; Fitzgerald 12.
Public Policy Polling (7/10/12): Hovde 31 %; Thompson 29; Neumann 15; Fitzgerald 9.

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Romereports.com: A priest who saved hundreds of Jews during WWII by disguising them as seminarians


A priest who saved hundreds of Jews during WWII by disguising them as seminarians

August 5, 2012. (Romereports.com) In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, Pius XII urged Catholic institutions to help Jews who were being persecuted by Hitler's Nazi regime.

Here in Rome, one of the many people who risked their lives was Francesco Bertoglio, who back then served as the rector of the Pontifical Lombard Seminary. The current president says that hundreds of Jews were sneaked in. They were dressed as seminarians to make them blend in. But even so, there were people, who were spying from the outside the seminary.


TULLIO CITRINI
Rector, Pontifical Lombard Seminary

“One night, just before Christmas in 1943, Hitler supporters came in and took away several of the Jews. Not many really, because they were well hidden.”
The former rector tried to stop it. He said the seminary was a neutral zone and German troops were forbidden to enter. However, his resistance only led to his arrest.

TULLIO CITRINI
Rector, Pontifical Lombard Seminary

“That night, they also took the rector. He was later set free because Monsignor Montini, from the Vatican's Secretariat of State, sent someone on his behalf, so that German troops, would release him.”

Others managed to escape by taking a tram in this plaza and then hiding in Rome's St. Mary Major Basilica.

Still, more than 70 years later, the courage of this priest, in risking his life to save the life of persecuted Jews, is still recognized. When he was ordained a bishop, he wore this cross, which is actually a gift that was given to him, by the Jews he saved.

Francesco Bertoglio, died in 1970. Thirty one years later, the State of Israel issued the “Righteous Among the Nations” honor for risking his life for the Jewish people.

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RSC Update: If the Federal Government Ran the Olympics...


Tuesday, August 7, 2012 | View Online
RSC Update: If the Federal Government Ran the Olympics…
From the Chairman
Could you imagine if the federal government ran the Olympics? The Department of Competition would determine winners and award medals. They’d subsidize some competitors and punish others. As a result, athletes would spend less time training and more time making political connections. Liberals might even tax you if you refuse to watch, although they won’t call it a tax, of course.
These ideas sound absurd, but they’re closer to reality than you might think. Consider the Department of Energy program that gave gold medal loans to now-bankrupt companies like Solyndra and Beacon Power. It didn’t take long to show these “winners” couldn’t actually compete.
The list goes on. Our tax code creates an uneven playing field for families and businesses alike. The federal government has grown so large that most industries see good reason to divert money from production to lobbying. As for the president’s health care law, the tax Democrats promised wasn’t a tax prevents real competition and fails to reduce costs.
How is any of this fair?
In the Olympics, only the best will come home from with gold. The competition is tough, and the winners truly earn their success. Frankly, the liberals trying to run our economy from Washington, D.C. could learn a lot by watching our athletes compete.
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. Scott Garrett (NJ-05): Health Care Act: Guilty as Charged; The Record, July 30.
· Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) with Mr. Michael Needham: The 'Farm' Bill Is No Such Thing; Wall Street Journal, August 1.
· Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22): Obama’s Reforms Will Lead to Ruin; The Hill, August 1.
· Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07): ‘ObamaCare’ Burdens Poor, Middle Class with Tax; Politico, August 1.

· Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06): Stop the Tax Hike on Small Business; CNBC, August 1.
· Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-09): Avoid 'Taxmageddon:' Low taxes help all Americans; The Tampa Tribune, August 7.

RSC Member Activity RSC members make it a priority to introduce productive, conservative solutions for America’s future.
· Rep. Steve King (IA-05) introduced H.R. 6333, the Sunset Act, which would require Congress to take an up or down vote on all new rules and regulations put forth by federal departments and agencies. It also would require that all current regulations be sunsetted and voted on by Congress for renewal.

· Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04) introduced H.R. 6345, the General Duty Clarification Act, which would require EPA to clarify the General Duty Clause before using it again.

House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· On August 1, the House approved H.R. 8, the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012, which would prevent an enormous tax increase at the end of the year by keeping in place current rates on individual income, capital gains, and dividends.
· On August 2, the House approved H.R. 6169, the Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012, which would speed up the process of achieving tax reform next year.
· Also on August 2, the House approved H.R. 6233, the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012, which would provide supplemental funding for drought relief by retroactively reauthorizing expired disaster assistance programs for fiscal year 2012.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· The House will reconvene on Monday, September 10 after the August District Work Period. The House will reconvene earlier if Senate Democrats pass legislation in the next 5 weeks to prevent the tax increases looming at the end of this year.
RSC Reports
· The RSC recently published a Policy Brief which summarizes the ObamaCare decision and provides insight and analysis into its remaining questions.

· 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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