Saturday, September 01, 2012

Opinion: Scott Walker: Obama’s broken promises - Gov. Scott Walker - POLITICO.com

Opinion: Scott Walker: Obama’s broken promises - Gov. Scott Walker - POLITICO.com

RIA Novosti: Putin Wants Changes in Space Industry

RIA NovostiPutin Wants Changes in Space Industry        Putin Wants Changes in Space Industry
20:37 31/08/2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin to draft proposals for restructuring the national space industry after a string of mishaps that he said have compromised Russia’s image as a leading space power.>>

Ratings Notes: FBN Top Business Net During RNC

Ratings Notes: FBN Top Business Net During RNC

STRATFOR: George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan on Geopolitical Forecasting (Agenda)

U.S.Navy: Two Sailors Receive Purple Heart

German Navy’s Frigate to Visit St.Petersburg Naval Today

German Navy’s Frigate to Visit St.Petersburg Naval Today

Paul Ryan to campaign in North Carolina ahead of Dem convention - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Paul Ryan to campaign in North Carolina ahead of Dem convention - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

RIA Novosti: Russian Warships Visit Japan

RIA Novosti Admiral Panteleyev destroyerRussian Warships Visit Japan
09:20 01/09/2012 A Russian Navy group has visited Japan’s naval base Maizuru and is on its way to the home port of Vladivostok, a Pacific Fleet spokesman said on Saturday.>>

U.S.Navy: Replenishment at Sea - USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Churchill (DDG 81)

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.



 
Federal Government Verifies Job Gains in Wisconsin


 
 
The federally verified numbers show Wisconsin is headed in the right direction. This week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics within the Federal Department of Labor verified Wisconsin’s quarterly job count data.
 
 
Last year, I indicated I will track job growth using the actual job count data, instead of other statistics, like the monthly estimates, because the job counts are widely regarded as more accurate. We will continue using this measurement as we evaluate the overall strength of Wisconsin’s economy in the future.

 
According to the federally verified statistics Wisconsin created 37,464 jobs from March 2011 to March 2012.


Welfare to Work




Wisconsin has been a leader in welfare reform for decades, emphasizing the fundamentals of work and personal responsibility. We believe those who can work should work. Work gives individuals dignity and purpose.
 
I recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding federal changes to welfare.

 
I’m concerned new guidance from Washington raises serious questions about the current administration’s commitment to moving low-income families from welfare to work. I urged Secretary Sebelius to reconsider their most recent approach and adopt the approach pioneered by Governor Tommy Thompson and approved by President Bill Clinton.

 
You can view a copy of the letter by clicking here.

 
I was disappointed by the response I received from Secretary Sebelius, which you can view by clicking here. I received a form letter from the Secretary that did not fully address the issues raised in my original letter.


Major Manufacturing Job Expansion




I recently participated in a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony at BRP US, Inc. in Sturtevant to celebrate its $15 million investment in its Evinrude facility. Ultimately, this expansion will result in the relocation of 137 jobs to Wisconsin.
 
The Evinrude brand has had a presence in Wisconsin for more than 100 years. I’m proud to congratulate a company that has shown its dedication to the great people of this state. Hundreds of Wisconsin families are supported by the manufacturing and selling of Evinrude outboard engines.

 
BRP is a world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles and powersports engines. BRP employs more than 6,000 people worldwide and its products are distributed in over 100 countries.


Apply to Serve in State Government



We have a substantial number of open positions available on various state boards, commissions, and in other areas of state government. Please visit walker.wi.gov/Serve-Wisconsin to find information about these positions.
 
 
Positions frequently become available, so if you are interested in serving, please apply and our office will keep your application on file. If you’ve been looking to get involved in state government, this is a great way to use your skills to serve the residents of Wisconsin!


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: If your way of “measuring job growth and employment statistics” is more accurate than the way the Federal Government measures labor statistics, why doesn’t the Federal Government measure this the same way?
 
 
Answer: That is a great question. In a recent exchange with state officials, the Federal Department of Labor acknowledged inaccuracies in their current reporting system, and indicated to our state they plan to adopt a more accurate system in the future. I’d encourage you to read the Associated Press (AP) article about this topic, which states in part:
 
The federal office that tracks employment data for the states is considering changes in how it handles monthly estimates after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticized the current practice, according to a letter released by the agency Thursday.
 
Beyond this AP article, you can read the entire federal government’s letter to our state, which outlines their intent to adopt the system the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development currently uses by clicking here.
 
 
Because of the hard work of good, dedicated public employees in both the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Department of Workforce Development, we identified problems in current federal data and have led the way to help the federal government make these statistics more accurate.




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

STRATFOR: Rebels Attack Syrian Airfields (Dispatch)

Rome Reports: Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini passes away at age of 85

Weekly Update from Maloney for West Virginia

Dear Friends,

Many of you are probably gearing up for a big Labor Day weekend. Some of you might be going to the lake or possibly camping. If you are like me, you are headed to the WVU-Marshall Friends of Coal Bowl in Morgantown. If you are at the game, please stop by our tailgate in the Blue Lot before the game.

Regardless of your activities this weekend, Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer. The kids head back to school, and the weather turns cooler. But for me, Labor Day has another meaning this year. It means the unofficial START to campaign season.

We have been talking about my plans to create jobs, end the War on Coal, and defeat Barack Obama for months now, and our message is reasonating with people all across this state.

But now we are in the homestretch.
If you are able, please consider helping out by donating, volunteering, or assisting the campaign in any way you can. We need you now more than ever!

I hope to see you on the campaign trail soon!


Sincerely,
Bill Maloney signature-


Bill Maloney




GOP Convention


BillConventionCastingRomneyVotes

I was proud to represent West Virginia in Tampa this week and cast West Virginia's votes for Gov. Mitt Romney, the person who will defeat Barack Obama and End the War on Coal.


BillandSharonRNC Convention Hardhats2

The West Virginia Delegation wore coal miner hard hats to show our support for COAL!




Bill in the News


Wheeling Intelligencer: Bill Maloney Speaks for WV Republicans in FL
The article talks about my experiences at the Convention in Florida.

MetroNews: Maloney talks energy at GOP Convention
MetroNews files a report about a national panel I spoke on about energy and coal issue at the GOP Convention.


Bluefield Daily Telegraph: WV Delegation wearing black coal miner hard hats
This article highlights the hard hats we wore while in Florida.


State Journal: Politicians prepare their speeches for business crowd
I spoke to the West Virginia Chamber's Business Summit on Friday.

Rome Reports: A river cruise through the Eternal City

Rome Reports - Pope's September intentions: Politicians and Missionaries

Friday, August 31, 2012

Rome Reports: The Vatican's modern day 'Court of the Gentiles' goes to Stockholm

Coming Storm


http://netrightdaily.com/2012/08/coming-storm/

Reason.tv - Nanny of the Month (August 2012): Stimulus Money Used to Support Soda Taxes

3 Ways Romney, Ryan, and the Republicans Can Woo Libertarian Voters

3 Ways Romney, Ryan, and the Republicans Can Woo Libertarian Voters

Mitt Romney At The Republican National Convention

Russian Naval Vessel Makes Courtesy Call to Cork Naval Today

Russian Naval Vessel Makes Courtesy Call to Cork Naval Today

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Clint Eastwood At The Republican National Convention

U.S.Navy: USS Crommelin (FFG 37) Final Underway

Peleliu ARG Finishes CERTEX off Southern California Naval Today

Peleliu ARG Finishes CERTEX off Southern California Naval Today

Reason.tv: Rand Paul's RNC Speech and the Future of the Republican Party

RIA Novosti: Russian Companies Design Space Tour Plane

RIA NovostiBuran space shuttleRussian Companies Design Space Tour Plane
18:13 30/08/2012 Russia's NPO Molniya design bureau and the Myasischev Experimental Factory (EMZ) are designing a space-plane for sub-orbital "space tourism" and small satellite launch flights, according to a company specialists' report seen by RIA Novosti.>>

Russian Warship Vice Admiral Kulakov Open To The Public Day.

No major networks aired Martinez speech in full | KOB.com

No major networks aired Martinez speech in full | KOB.com

Inside China: Missile defense conspiracy? - Washington Times

Inside China: Missile defense conspiracy? - Washington Times

U.S.Navy - Former MCPON Visits USS Harry S. Truman; Navy Launches Mobile Voting Information Website

New Mars Landscape Images Surprise Experts

New Mars Landscape Images Surprise Experts

Russia, Italy Expand Land Defense Cooperation

Russia, Italy Expand Land Defense Cooperation

Luis Fortuno At The Republican National Convention

68% Say They Are Paying More for Gas Compared to Six Months Ago - Rasmussen Reports™

68% Say They Are Paying More for Gas Compared to Six Months Ago - Rasmussen Reports™

Ukraine and Russia to Cooperate on Modernization of Russian Naval Ships Naval Today

Ukraine and Russia to Cooperate on Modernization of Russian Naval Ships Naval Today

RIA Novosti: Rosneft, Statoil Form Joint Venture on Russian Shelf Exploration

RIA NovostiRosneft, Statoil Form Joint Venture on Russian Shelf ExplorationRosneft, Statoil Form Joint Venture on Russian Shelf Exploration
15:04 30/08/2012 Russian oil company Rosneft and Norway's Statoil on Thursday signed shares and operation agreements in Norway in order to create joint ventures to explore four fields on the Russian shelf, Rosneft said.>>

Catholic League: MEDIA ALERT


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

MEDIA ALERT


August 30, 2012
On Thursday, August 30, Catholic League president Bill Donohue will appear on EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” to discuss Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s benediction at both political conventions and other related issues. The show airs live at 8 pm ET and repeats several times through the week.

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

U.S.Navy: USS Harry S. Truman Hosts Make-A-Wish Foundation

Destroyer CO fired in wake of tanker collision - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Destroyer CO fired in wake of tanker collision - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Ryan's Fact Challenged Fact Checkers

Ryan's Fact Challenged Fact Checkers

McMahon Leading In New Q-Poll

McMahon Leading In New Q-Poll

GOP Vice Presidential Pick Paul Ryan To Visit Connecticut

GOP Vice Presidential Pick Paul Ryan To Visit Connecticut

Governor Nikki Haley Addresses RNC 2012

Ben Swann on The Jerry Doyle Show - RNC Dirty Tricks Against Ron Paul Delegates

Ryan carves up President Obama - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Ryan carves up President Obama - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Rand Paul At The Republican National Convention

Business Insider: Wisconsin Is Celebrating 'Cheesehead Domination' At The GOP Convention


Paul Ryan At The Republican National Convention

5 hits and 5 misses from GOP Convention, Day 2 | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

5 hits and 5 misses from GOP Convention, Day 2 | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe: "I think the Establishment's freaking out"

FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe: "I think the Establishment's freaking out"

Ron Paul RNC Tribute Video

Rome Reports: Benedict XVI explains Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Rome Reports: Pope says to follow example set by Saint John the Baptist

Mia Love At The Republican National Convention

Scott Walker At The Republican National Convention

Rand Paul Excites, Divides RNC Crowd

Rand Paul Excites, Divides RNC Crowd

Rome Reports - St. Jose de Calazanz: The Saint who founded the first free public school for the poor

Rand Paul: 'Whole damn' healthcare law is 'still unconstitutional' - The Hill's Video

Rand Paul: 'Whole damn' healthcare law is 'still unconstitutional' - The Hill's Video

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SEAL Book Says Bin Laden Was Unarmed, Killed Outside His Bedroom - Global - The Atlantic Wire

SEAL Book Says Bin Laden Was Unarmed, Killed Outside His Bedroom - Global - The Atlantic Wire

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Court Rejects Tymoshenko’s Appeal

RIA NovostiYulia TymoshenkoUkrainian Court Rejects Tymoshenko’s Appeal
18:57 29/08/2012 Ukraine’s High Court upheld on Wednesday the conviction of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office.>>

STRATFOR: Unusual Militant Activity in Georgia (Dispatch)

U.S.Navy: Actor Gary Sinise Becomes Honorary Chief Petty Officer



A well deserved honor!

Mitt Romney the GOP placeholder - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com

Mitt Romney the GOP placeholder - Jonathan Martin - POLITICO.com

Ukrainian Govt Voices Support to Construction of Modern Ships for Its Navy Naval Today

Ukrainian Govt Voices Support to Construction of Modern Ships for Its Navy Naval Today

Way Up North: Quote of the Day

Way Up North: Quote of the Day: Remember this as you go to the polls in November:

Sometimes Stupid Hurts

Sorry for the light posting today, I've spent a large amount of last night in the ER getting stitches in my hand . I decided I could not wait for the new coffee pot to be ready to go so around 11:30 PM I proudly set up the new coffee pot and ran the old one out to the trash. Then without thinking I press down to compact the trash putting my hand through the old coffee pot. Needless to say I instantly realized just how stupid that was. Nothing seriously hurt but my pride.

Ted Cruz At The Republican National Convention



What an amazing story and background, yet another example of why Ted Cruz will make a great United States Senator. God bless Texas and Ted Cruz.

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Repairs About Half of RIMPAC Ships Naval Today

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Repairs About Half of RIMPAC Ships Naval Today

U.S.Navy: Headlines for Wed. August, 29 2012

Rome Reports: John Paul II's former butler, helping Benedict XVI during summer vacation

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The GOP Kicked Grassroots Conservatives In The Teeth Today (This Isn’t Just About Ron Paul)

The GOP Kicked Grassroots Conservatives In The Teeth Today (This Isn’t Just About Ron Paul)

Bad Politics

Today, Romney and the RNC disenfranchised Conservative and Libertarian voters across the country in their heavy-handed power grab at the Republican National Convention.  The result is that the states are weaker and the national party is stronger.  This seems to be a continuation of what we have seen under George Bush. 

Apparently, many in the party, including Reince Priebus, have not learned the lessons of the 2010 election that the party wants a limited Constitutional party and government.  Limited government Conservatives and Libertarians were angered and felt betrayed. 

The reaction by the Neocons and the Middle-Left of our party was self destructive, to say the least.  Many tried to claim that it was simply Ron Paul and his supporters who were upset.  Apparently, unaware that Mark Levin, Freedom Works, and a host of Tea Party groups were every bit as outraged. 

The thing that really grated on my nerves was how many said that anyone upset should just leave the party or admit that they have supported Obama all along.  Talk about self inflicted wounds.  The party has bent over backwards to make limited government Conservatives feel unwelcomed.  The outright hatred for Libertarians is over the top. 

We are routinely told that we need to just back Romney for the good of the country while, apparently, Romney and the RNC don't have to do anything to reach out to us.  Oh sure, they have said a few key phrases now and then, like auditing the fed, but all of their actions have shown they still have a big government approach to operating. 

I have come to the conclusion that I will vote for Romney/Ryan because it is a step in the right direction.  Just the jobs created from opening our energy resources would have a huge impact on our struggling economy, but I am not naive, this is just a step in the right direction.  Like any journey it will require many more steps to reach our destination. 

It will be our job to criticize and fight against Romney and the Republican party every time they stray from our founding fathers' vision.  At the same time, we have to defend them and stand with them when they are on our side. 

To the Republican establishment I hope you realize you have, through your bad politics of authoritarianism at the convention, harmed yourself.  Many Libertarians and limited government Conservatives will not be able to look past the insults and blatant breaking of the rules perpetrated by you.  Many will, no doubt, support the libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who appears to be a great man who  would have caused you a lot more pain if he would have been able to self finance. 

I hope the moderate, mushy center of our party learns to fight and trash Democrats with half the passion they have shown going after limited government Conservatives and Libertarians.

Reason.tv: RNC Debt Clock vs GOP Delegates

STRATFOR: Hurricane Isaac and the Importance of New Orleans (Dispatch)

Ron Paul Supporters Make Themselves Heard in Convention Hall

Ron Paul Supporters Make Themselves Heard in Convention Hall: Ron Paul supporters have always been very vocal, and the reconvening of the Republican National Convention today was no exception. At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, RNC chairman Reince Priebus gaveled everyone back into the convention, welcoming the delegates back to the 2012 RNC. Just minutes...

Reason.tv: Ron Paul Delegates Vow Floor Fight at RNC

Rome Reports: Italian Prime Minister speaks about Euro Debt Crisis with Pope

STRATFOR: Poland's Strategy

"Poland's Strategy is republished with permission of Stratfor."

By George Friedman

Polish national strategy pivots around a single, existential issue: how to preserve its national identity and independence. Located on the oft-invaded North European Plain, Poland's existence is heavily susceptible to the moves of major Eurasian powers. Therefore, Polish history has been erratic, with Poland moving from independence -- even regional dominance -- to simply disappearing from the map, surviving only in language and memory before emerging once again.

North European Plain
 
For some countries, geopolitics is a marginal issue. Win or lose, life goes on. But for Poland, geopolitics is an existential issue; losing begets national catastrophe. Therefore, Poland's national strategy inevitably is designed with an underlying sense of fear and desperation. Nothing in Polish history would indicate that disaster is impossible.

To begin thinking about Poland's strategy, we must consider that in the 17th century, Poland, aligned with Lithuania, was one of the major European powers. It stretched from the Baltic Sea almost to the Black Sea, from western Ukraine into the Germanic regions. By 1795, it had ceased to exist as an independent country, divided among three emerging powers: Prussia, Russia and Austria.

Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth
 
It did not regain independence until after World War I -- it was created by the Treaty of Versailles (1919) -- after which it had to fight the Soviets for its existence. Poland again was brought under the power of a foreign nation when Germany invaded in 1939. Its statehood was formalized in 1945, but it was dominated by the Soviets until 1989.

Informed by its history, Poland understands that it must retain its independence and avoid foreign occupation -- an issue that transcends all others psychologically and practically. Economic, institutional and cultural issues are important, but the analysis of its position must always return to this root issue.

Poland's Elusive Security


Poland has two strategic problems. The first problem is its geography. The Carpathian Mountains and the Tatra Mountains provide some security to Poland's south. But the lands to the east, west and southwest are flat plains with only rivers that provide limited protection. This plain was the natural line of attack of great powers, including Napoleonic France and Nazi Germany.

Poland's Strategy
 
During the 17th century, the Germans were fragmented in the Holy Roman Empire, while Russia was still emerging as a coherent power. The North European Plain was an opportunity for Poland. Poland could establish itself on the plain. It could protect itself against a challenge from any direction. But Poland becomes extremely difficult to defend when multiple powers converge from different directions. If Poland is facing three adversaries, as it did in the late 18th century with Prussia, Russia and Austria, it is in an impossible position.

For Poland, the existence of a powerful Germany and Russia poses an existential problem, the ideal solution to which is to become a buffer that Berlin and Moscow respect. A secondary solution is an alliance with one for protection. The latter solution is extremely difficult because dependence on Russia or Germany invites the possibility of absorption or occupation. Poland's third solution is to find an outside power to guarantee its interests.

This is what Poland did in the 1930s with Britain and France. This strategy's shortcomings are obvious. First, it may not be in the interests of the security guarantor to come to Poland's assistance. Second, it may not be possible at the time of danger for them to help Poland. The value of a third-party guarantee is only in deterring attack and, failing that, in the willingness and ability to honor the commitment.

Since 1991, Poland has sought a unique solution that was not available previously: membership in multilateral organizations such as the European Union and NATO. Such memberships are meant to provide protection outside the bilateral system. Most important, these memberships bring Germany and Poland into the same political entity. Ostensibly, they guarantee Polish security and remove the potential threat of Germany.

This solution was quite effective while Russia was weak and inwardly focused. But Polish history teaches that Russian dynamics change periodically and that Poland cannot assume Russia will remain weak or benign in perpetuity. Like all nations, Poland must base its strategy on the worst-case scenario.

The solution also is problematic in that it assumes NATO and the European Union are reliable institutions. Should Russia become aggressive, NATO's ability to field a force to resist Russia would depend less on the Europeans than on the Americans. The heart of the Cold War was a struggle of influence across the North European Plain, and it involved 40 years of risk and expense. Whether the Americans are prepared to do this again is not something Poland can count on, at least in the context of NATO.

Moreover, the European Union is not a military organization; it is an economic free trade zone. As such, it has some real value to Poland in the area of economic development. That isn't trivial. But the extent to which it contains Germany is now questionable. The European Union is extremely stressed, and its future is unclear. There are scenarios under which Germany, not wanting to shoulder the cost of maintaining the European Union, may loosen its ties with the bloc and move closer to the Russians. The emergence of a Germany not intimately tied to a multinational European entity but with increasing economic ties with Russia is Poland's worst-case scenario.

Obviously, close ties with NATO and the European Union are Poland's first strategic solution, but the viability of NATO as a military force is less than clear and the future of the European Union is clouded. This is at the heart of Poland's strategic problem. When it was independent in the 20th century, Poland sought multilateral alliances to protect itself from Russia and Germany. Among these alliances was the Intermarium, an interwar concept promoted by Polish Gen. Jozef Pilsudski that called for an alignment comprising Central European countries from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea that together could resist Germany and Russia. The Intermarium concept never took hold, and none of these multilateral alliances has proved sufficient to address Polish concerns.

A Matter of Time


Poland has three strategies available to it. The first is to do everything it can to keep NATO and the European Union viable and Germany contained within them. Poland doesn't have the power to ensure this. The second is to create a relationship with Germany or Russia that guarantees its interests. Obviously, the ability to maintain those relationships is limited. The third strategy is to find an outside power prepared to guarantee its interests.

That power is currently the United States. But the United States, after the experiences in the Islamic world, is moving toward a more distant, balance-of-power approach to the world. This does not mean the United States is indifferent to what happens in northern Europe. The growth of Russian power and potential Russian expansionism that would upset the European balance of power obviously would not be in Washington's interest. But as the United States matures as a global power, it will allow the regional balance of power to stabilize naturally rather than intervene if the threat appears manageable.

In the 1930s, Poland's strategy was to find a guarantor as a first resort. It assumed correctly that its own military capability was insufficient to protect itself from the Germans or the Soviets, and certainly insufficient to protect itself from both. Therefore, it assumed that it would succumb to these powers without a security guarantor. Under these circumstances, no matter how much it increased its military power, Poland could not survive by itself.

The Polish analysis of the situation was not incorrect, but it missed an essential component of intervention: time. Whether an intervention on Poland's behalf consisted of an attack in the west or a direct intervention in Poland, the act of mounting such an intervention would take more time than the Polish army was able to buy in 1939.

This points to two aspects of any Polish relationship to the United States. On one hand, the collapse of Poland as Russia resurges would deprive the United States of a critical bulwark against Moscow on the North European Plain. On the other hand, intervention is inconceivable without time. The Polish military's ability to deter or delay a Russian attack sufficiently to give the United States -- and whatever European allies might have the resources and intent to join the coalition -- time to evaluate the situation, plan a response and then respond must be the key element of Polish strategy.

Poland may not be able to defend itself in perpetuity. It needs guarantors whose interests align with its own. But even if it has such guarantors, the historical experience of Poland is that it must, on its own, conduct a delaying operation of at least several months to buy time for intervention. A joint Russo-German attack, of course, simply cannot be survived, and such multifront attacks are not exceptional in Polish history. That cannot be dealt with. A single-front attack could be, but it will fall on Poland to mount it.

This is a question of economics and national will. The economic situation in Poland has improved dramatically over recent years, but building an effective force takes time and money. The Poles have time, since the Russian threat at this point is more theoretical than real, and their economy is sufficiently robust to support a significant capability.

The primary issue is national will. In the 18th century, the fall of Polish power had as much to do with internal disunity among the Polish nobility as it had to do with a multifront threat. In the interwar period, there was will to resist, but it did not always include the will to absorb the costs of defense, preferring to believe that the situation was not as dire as it was becoming. Today, the will to believe in the European Union and in NATO, rather than to recognize that nations ultimately must guarantee their own national security, is an issue for Poland to settle.

Some diplomatic moves are possible. Polish involvement in Ukraine and Belarus is strategically sound -- the two countries provide a buffer that secures Poland's eastern border. Poland likely would not win a duel with the Russians in these countries, but it is a sound maneuver in the context of a broader strategy.

Poland can readily adopt a strategy that assumes permanent alignment with Germany and permanent weakness and lack of aggressiveness of Russia. They might well be right, but it is a gamble. As the Poles know, Germany and Russia can change regimes and strategies with startling speed. A conservative strategy requires a bilateral relationship with the United States, founded on the understanding that the United States is relying on the balance of power and not the direct intervention of its own forces except as a last resort. That means that Poland must be in a position to maintain a balance of power and resist aggression, buying enough time for the United States to make decisions and deploy. The United States can secure the North European Plain well to the west of Poland and align with stronger powers to the west. A defense to the east requires Polish power, which costs a great deal of money. That money is hard to spend when the threat might never materialize.

Read more: Poland's Strategy | Stratfor

Sen. Rand Paul: Republican Party Needs To Embrace Libertarians In Order To Win

Sen. Rand Paul: Republican Party Needs To Embrace Libertarians In Order To Win

U.S.Navy: Sailors Use Weapons Simulator

EWTN News: Syrian militants break into archbishop’s residence

http://ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/World.php?id=6054

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors All Sailors 'Until They Are Home'

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors All Sailors 'Until They Are Home'

So goes coal, so goes Ohio, so goes the nation…



http://netrightdaily.com/2012/08/ohio-spells-trouble-for-obama/

Rome Reports: Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi turns 70

Navy Releases NFAAS Update; ASN M&RA Juan Garcia Visits Yokosuka

GOP uses convention debt clock to play up President Obama’s red ink - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

GOP uses convention debt clock to play up President Obama’s red ink - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Reason.tv - 3 Key Stories at the RNC Convention: Ron Paul supporters, budget discipline, & social issues

World Maritime News - Russia: Frigate INS Tarkash Passes Sea Trials

World Maritime News - Russia: Frigate INS Tarkash Passes Sea Trials

Fox News: The Ron Paul Revolution is Alive and Well



h/t: The Daily Paul

Monday, August 27, 2012

Republicans reach rules change deal to avert floor fight with Texans, Ron Paul backers | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Republicans reach rules change deal to avert floor fight with Texans, Ron Paul backers | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Reality Check: One on One With Romney, Did Romney Really Not Know About RNC & Maine's Delegates?

Video: Rodgers gets pie in the face

Video: Rodgers gets pie in the face

Louisiana: Drilling Report - 8.27.12

Drilling Report - 8.27.12

GOP set to OK most pro-gun platform ever | WashingtonExaminer.com

GOP set to OK most pro-gun platform ever | WashingtonExaminer.com

Ron Paul Tampa Rally Speech: The Heart and Soul of Conservatism - Southern Avenger

Ron Paul Tampa Rally Speech: The Heart and Soul of Conservatism - Southern Avenger

The Humble Libertarian: The Day The Republican Party Died

The Humble Libertarian: The Day The Republican Party Died

Senator Tom Davis Addresses Rally at We are the Future


No courts-martial in Marine urination scandal - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times

No courts-martial in Marine urination scandal - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan &  Iraq - Marine Corps Times

Texans join uprising against RNC rules change | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Texans join uprising against RNC rules change | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

At Ron Paul rally, no Mitt Romney endorsement - James Hohmann - POLITICO.com

At Ron Paul rally, no Mitt Romney endorsement - James Hohmann - POLITICO.com

STRATFOR: U.S. Embassy Vehicle Attack in Mexico (Dispatch)

World Maritime News - RSS Formidable Makes Port Call at JMSDF (Japan)

World Maritime News - RSS Formidable Makes Port Call at JMSDF (Japan)

RIA Novosti: France Ready to Recognize Syrian Opposition Govt.

RIA NovostiFrancois HollandeFrance Ready to Recognize Syrian Opposition Govt.
20:52 27/08/2012 French President Francois Hollande on Monday called on the Syrian opposition to establish a provisional government and said that France was ready to recognize it.>>

China Reaches Major Milestone in Development of ICBMs? Naval Today

China Reaches Major Milestone in Development of ICBMs? Naval Today

Comparing Romney And Obama Side By Side

Reason.tv: Ron Paul says the rEVOLution is just starting

Rome Reports: Dolan's invitation to offer blessing at Democratic Convention is ignored

Ron Paul Delegates Get Nosebleed Seats - Steve Friess - POLITICO.com

Ron Paul delegates get nosebleed seats - Steve Friess - POLITICO.com

Here is the latest contemptuous action by the GOP against Ron Paul supporters.  If you take time to read the article you will realize how ridiculous the seating is.  It is almost as if they are trying to do everything in their power to lose every Ron Paul supporters' vote.  This is bad politics, plain and simple.

Rome Reports: Pope explains how doubt was created in Judas

Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 8/27/12: Meaningless Words in Politics

U.S.Navy: Neil Armstrong Dies at 82; Navy Releases Reserve CPO Results


Vietnam to Join Top Three Buyers of Russian Naval Weapons Naval Today

Vietnam to Join Top Three Buyers of Russian Naval Weapons Naval Today

The World Over - Mitt Romney EXCLUSIVE with Raymond Arroyo

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Romney camp moves Martinez to Wednesday slot at GOP convention

http://www.alamogordonews.com/ci_21396872/romney-camp-moves-martinez-wednesday-slot-at-gop

The Libertarian Patriot: Who's Afraid Of Gary Johnson? Mittens And The GOP ...

The Libertarian Patriot: Who's Afraid Of Gary Johnson? Mittens And The GOP ...: Back in June, we reported that the Michigan GOP was trying to keep Gary Johnson of the ballot in Mitt's home state because he was THREE MIN...

Romney's War On State Parties

A lot of us states rights, libertarian-leaning, Conservatives have been willing to give Romney the benefit of the doubt. For me, that has been because of my concern over our military and potential Supreme Court picks.
 
Romney's campaign of late seems to be obsessed with disenfranchising us. First, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin were excluded from the Convention. Now Romney's campaign and supporters have changed the rules of the game after-the-fact because they did not like the outcome. Now I ask you, where is the difference between what they are doing and what the Democrats do?
 
I am tired of seeing our states continually weakened. These moves by Romney's people weaken the state parties. They also continue the practice that the rules do not apply to the establishment, only to the little people. Well, I have a wake up call for the Romney campaign, there are no little people in this country; we are all equal. The last thing we need is more power concentrated in the national party and presidential candidates instead of the states' parties.
 
 The choice of who to vote for this election is the hardest vote I have ever contemplated.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On Solutions To America's Problems

World Over - Mitt Romney Exclusive, Laura Ingraham, Seamus Hasson with Raymond Arroyo

World Maritime News - Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes New Addition to the Fleet

World Maritime News - Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes New Addition to the Fleet

Paul Festival: The Fight for the Ron Paul Grassroots' Soul

Paul Festival: The Fight for the Ron Paul Grassroots' Soul

The Libertarian Patriot: Red Sox And Dodgers Announce Blockbuster Trade

The Libertarian Patriot: Red Sox And Dodgers Announce Blockbuster Trade: L to R Beckett, Gonzalez, Punto, on flight to LA Wow! Adrian Gonzalez was supposed to be the 1B of the future for the Red Sox when the...

Republicans Squander Opportunity; Continues Attacks On Ron Paul And His Supporters



I have to weigh in on this video. The Ron Paul supporters, of which I consider myself one, are absolutely correct that the rules were changed because the establishment did not like the outcome. There is obviously two reasons why this happened. One, the power brokers cannot stand that they were beat at their own game by a bunch of liberty-loving, Ron Paul supporters. Two, Romney cannot afford to have Ron Paul's nomination up at the convention; it will make Romney look weak and help the Democrats.

In my opinion, the Republican Party and the Romney campaign have made a huge political blunder in under estimating the optics and political blowback that disenfranchising dedicated liberty volunteers is going to have. While they count as a small voting block, their numbers are growing daily and their dedication to candidates they support is unprecedented. This is exactly the voter the Republican Party should be a natural fit for. The Party is only harming itself by constantly belittling and antagonizing libertarians.

I believe that Romney will defeat Obama, but not by the margin he could have had or with the enthusiasm he could have garnered simply by embracing Ron Paul. I think that it is hilarious that RINO's will run to embrace a Democrat anytime there is slight agreement between them, but they cannot embrace, and allow to speak at the convention, Ron Paul or Sarah Palin. This is a party that had better figure out that without Libertarians and limited-government Conservatives they will never sustain a governing majority.

Jerry Doyle, as usual, is all over this issue. Here is an interview he did yesterday; h/t to Daily Paul.