Saturday, September 08, 2012

U.S., Japan consider Guam drone pact | Defense Tech

U.S., Japan consider Guam drone pact | Defense Tech

F-35B ready for ‘high alpha’ tests | Defense Tech

F-35B ready for ‘high alpha’ tests | Defense Tech

The White Buffalo - Wish It Was True [Official Music Video]



"Wish It Was True" from The White Buffalo's new album 'Once Upon A Time In The West.' - Available now on: iTunes http://bit.ly/y9T3PZ & Amazon http://amzn.to/zXDZMs

A Failed Governor Talks Up a Failed President

A Failed Governor Talks Up a Failed President

Weekly Update from Maloney for West Virginia

Dear Friends,

We have had another successful week on the campaign trail, and I want to send everyone a few updates.

First, we started a new television commercial on Wednesday. The new ad highlights my record of creating West Virginia jobs and my plan to keep our children and grandchildren in West Virginia by fixing the economy.

Also, we enjoyed a great Labor Day on Monday, but we hardly took a break. We launched 'Democrats for Maloney' on Tuesday. And this week we made stops in New Cumberland, Charleston, and Wheeling, and we've got a weekend full of plans ahead.
For more details about the week on the trail, please check out the photos below.

We are making great progress, and the finish line is in sight. Thank you for all you do!


Sincerely,
Bill Maloney signature-


Bill Maloney

Wheeling Town Hall Meeting


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On Thursday, I hosted my 7th town hall meeting. We were in Wheeling, and we had an overflow crowd. There were some great questions, and I enjoyed meeting some new friends. Be on the lookout for more town halls in the coming weeks!


Foundry Tour in Northern Panhandle

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We took a tour (and did some work) at a foundry in the Northern Panhandle. We need to encourage job creation and protect our current jobs like those in the steel industry.


Television Commercial

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?MaloneyforWestVirgin/8c9159f9d2/f29e7cbd38/44ec170272/v=XV_mUbU3CwM&feature=plcp

Have you seen our new commercial? It's running all across the state, and it talks about the challenges facing our state and how I will help turn it around by creating new jobs.


Bill in the News

Wheeling Intelligencer: Maloney Cites Ways to Improve
The article talks about the town hall we hosted in Wheeling on Thursday.

Parkersburg News & Sentinel: Local Woman Co-Chairs Democrats for Maloney
The Parkersburg paper wrote an article on our newest coalition group, Democrats for Maloney.

Daily Mail: August Revenue Below Forecasts
This article includes a quote from me about the grim prospects of our state budget crisis.

AP: Lawmakers not done with Schools Audit
The education audit continues to collect dust, and Earl Ray Tomblin has not used any of its recommendations. This article describes the lack of action and includes a quote from me about how I would implement the audit.

Paul Ryan Set to Begin Debate Prep Sunday

Paul Ryan Set to Begin Debate Prep Sunday: RENO, Nev. – Rep. Paul Ryan will officially kick off his debate preparation this Sunday in Oregon, two Romney aides traveling with the GOP vice presidential candidate said Friday. In a briefing on the debate prep, the aides said now that Ryan’s convention speech is...

Friday, September 07, 2012

Reason.tv: Michael Moynihan on the Politics of Travel Guides

Romney: 'If last night was the party,' jobs report is 'hangover' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Romney: 'If last night was the party,' jobs report is 'hangover' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Cardinal Dolan Admonishes Democrats on Abortion, Religious Liberty | LifeNews.com

Cardinal Dolan Admonishes Democrats on Abortion, Religious Liberty | LifeNews.com

Clint Eastwood's Take On His Convention Speech And The Reaction

The greatest actor of my lifetime responded with his usual elegance to the Left's attack on his convention speech. It is nice to read that he has seen all of the Americans who liked, and understood, his speech for the authentic concern it was.

It is easy to understand why people are concerned for our Republic. I have seven children and there is not a day that goes by where I don't worry about the kind of world they will inherit. God bless Clint Eastwood.

Korea’s First Naval Ship Launched Naval Today

Korea’s First Naval Ship Launched Naval Today

Romney hits the ground running with ad blitz in swing states - The Hill's Video

Romney hits the ground running with ad blitz in swing states - The Hill's Video

USS Michael Murphy Leaves Shipyard; CNP Visits Tinker Air Force Base Sailors

RIA Novosti: New Russian ICBM Can Carry Bigger Warhead - Expert

RIA NovostiTopol-MNew Russian ICBM Can Carry Bigger Warhead - Expert
15:55 07/09/2012 Russia’s new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile will have a 5-ton warhead, which is four times that of its predecessors, a former military commander said on Friday.>>

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces Completes His Visit to Israel • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces Completes His Visit to Israel • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Gov. Nikki Haley Proving Why She Is The Best Governor In The Country, Again

Here is a great video and article showing Gov. Nikki Haley, once again articulating how pathetic the Democrats' war on women tactics really are. Does anyone really believe that any woman spends her day worrying about nothing but contraception?  How sad is it that the only thing the Democrats are willing to talk about is killing defenseless babies.

When you contrast that with they hypersensitivity towards the Earth and animals, it really makes one wonder how the Democrat Party is taken seriously. When did we get to the point where a fish or tree has more meaning and value than one's own child? I hope the voters soundly reject the Democrat Party's socialist, pro-death agenda for our Republic.

Mitt Romney - A Better Future: North Carolina

Manufacturing


Defense

Obama, Biden Promote Abortion in Democratic Convention Speeches | LifeNews.com

Obama, Biden Promote Abortion in Democratic Convention Speeches | LifeNews.com

Rome Reports - Popes and Cars: It's not just about the 'Popemobile'

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Gives ‘Life’ Prayer at DNC

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Gives ‘Life’ Prayer at DNC: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and a leading Catholic-American voice opposing abortion and President Obama’s health care reform law, inserted what some saw as an anti-abortion remark into his benediction Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention. “Thus do we praise you...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

U.S. Navy: USS George Washington Conducts Scenario Training

State Rep. Hudson Hallum, 3 Others Plead Guilty to Election Fraud - ArkansasBusiness.com

State Rep. Hudson Hallum, 3 Others Plead Guilty to Election Fraud - ArkansasBusiness.com

Feds: Cop Pulled Over Female Drivers To Look At Their Breasts « CBS Tampa

Feds: Cop Pulled Over Female Drivers To Look At Their Breasts « CBS Tampa

STRATFOR: FARC-Colombia Peace Negotiations (Dispatch)

Bob Woodward Book: Debt Deal Collapse Led to 'Pure Fury' From President Obama - ABC News

Bob Woodward Book: Debt Deal Collapse Led to 'Pure Fury' From President Obama - ABC News

If the Republicans are going to have a prayer of keeping the House long term, Boehner needs to be removed as House Speaker after the 2012 election.  He is a failure as Speaker, a RINO, and everything that is bad about the Republican Party.

U.S. Navy: CPO Selects Complete Legacy Academy

Second Attempt to Attack Israel from Gaza in the Past 12 Hours • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Second Attempt to Attack Israel from Gaza in the Past 12 Hours • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat

Wayne Root leaves Libertarian Party leadership, will seek US Senate seat

SSGN Severodvinsk Starts Sea Trials in November Naval Today

SSGN Severodvinsk Starts Sea Trials in November Naval Today

Top Five Underrated U.S. Presidents

Top Five Underrated U.S. Presidents

Democrat Party Platform



http://netrightdaily.com/2012/09/democrat-party-platform/

Another homecoming for a wounded Marine - U.S. - Stripes

Another homecoming for a wounded Marine - U.S. - Stripes

Susana blasts Bregman: “They’ll stoop to anything”; Bregman threatens to release entire tape

Susana blasts Bregman: “They’ll stoop to anything”; Bregman threatens to release entire tape

Russian Navy’s Syrian Port Operates Normally Naval Today

Russian Navy’s Syrian Port Operates Normally Naval Today

Rome Reports: The Rome of Piranesi, as seen through his XVIII century sketches

STRATFOR: Evacuations and Contingency Planning

"Evacuations and Contingency Planning is republished with permission of Stratfor."

By Scott Stewart

When the London 2012 Paralympic Games conclude the week of Sept. 9, the British navy reportedly will send a task force to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it will participate in amphibious exercises off the coasts of Albania, Sardinia and Turkey before lingering off the coast of Cyprus.
Ostensibly, the upcoming exercises are meant to prepare the navy for evacuating Syria of British citizens. Indeed, the ongoing civil war in Syria has prompted several Western countries to consider evacuation plans for their citizens who remain in the war-torn country. Some countries already have issued travel warnings against Syria, while others have advised their citizens to vacate the country. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany have closed their embassies in Syria and are less able to assist their citizens there.

Foreign nationals should take full advantage of their governments' evacuation assistance regardless of the country in which they temporarily reside; British citizens in Syria are no exception. However, government planning is no substitute for personal evacuation plans, which are vital for any citizen in a foreign country.

Evacuation Planning


Evacuation plans are essential for all expatriates who live in developing countries, including diplomats, businessmen, aid workers and seasonal residents. Natural disasters, mob violence from civil disturbances, terrorism and war can all precipitate evacuations. Natural disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti or the 2004 tsunami in Asia, erupt suddenly, while other events, such as the civil unrest in Syria, develop slowly. The latter instances give foreign citizens ample opportunity to leave; in Syria, foreign governments encouraged their citizens to vacate months ago. But even in such situations, events that require evacuation can occur abruptly, which leaves expatriates little time to plan their exits.

The potential for evacuation is not confined to developing countries. Many foreigners fled Japan following the March 2011 earthquake that damaged a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, and the 2010 wildfires in Moscow prompted a sudden and massive evacuation. No one expected the fires to worsen so quickly.

Since the potential for evacuation is nearly universal, expatriates are best served preparing an evacuation plan before a crisis erupts. Foreign embassies often will assist evacuation efforts -- expatriates are encouraged to register with their respective embassies and foreign ministries -- but foreign citizens should not rely on their governments to do their planning for them.

The reason for this is twofold. First, it may take some time for a government to execute its evacuation plans. In other instances, governments might not have an embassy to coordinate such efforts. Expatriates should take advantage of any evacuation procedures offered by their government, but they should not rely solely on those plans.

Nor should they rely on the plans of allied governments. Countries like the United States, the United Kingdom and France often will work with their allies in evacuation scenarios. However, every country will focus its efforts on the safety of its respective citizenry. So even in friendly countries, foreign citizens need to be responsible for their own security.

Evacuation situations involve more than merely showing up at the airport or seaport and departing. Usually, evacuations entail a great deal of bureaucracy and delay. It is not uncommon for expatriates to stay at an airport or seaport for a day or longer as they wait for their governments to arrange safe departure with the host government, rebel forces or both. Moreover, evacuation procedures will depend on the crisis. In most cases, commercial airliners, sea crafts or land transport will facilitate evacuations. Despite what is portrayed in the movies, military forces and helicopters are used only in very rare situations.

In any case, expatriates will be expected to pay for their own transportation out of the country. If they do not have the cash up front, they will be required to sign a promissory note to reimburse their government. They also are allowed to carry on only one small bag and are not allowed to bring pets. Therefore, many prefer to arrange their own transportation out of the country.

Personal evacuation plans usually require departure before the situation becomes too critical to leave. Thus, an important element of any evacuation plan is to establish criteria that, if met, will put the plan into action. While it is often prudent to leave a place before the situation deteriorates and your government orders an evacuation, some people wait until the very last minute to leave or decide to shelter in place and ride the crisis out.

Another important element of an evacuation plan is preparing a fly-away kit. This is a small bag or backpack that contains the basic things a person or family will require during an evacuation. Obviously, the most important things you need are your identification papers, money and credit cards (which should be kept in sealable plastic bags to keep them dry) and a cell phone or other means of communication. But a fly-away kit should also contain important items, such as a change of clothes, toiletry items, a jacket or something warm to wear, prescriptions or other required medications, a first aid kit, a smoke hood, a flashlight, drinking water, non-perishable food, duct tape, a multi-tool knife and perhaps even something to read -- again, evacuation usually entails a great deal of waiting. The idea of the fly-away kit is to have most of the items assembled in the bag so that one can quickly gather any remaining items, such as medicines, documents and money, before departure.

Maintaining important papers like passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, immunization records and credit card information in one secure file allows foreign citizens to grab the file quickly prior to departure. Expatriates must make sure that their travel documents are not expired and that they have the appropriate visas if their plan requires traveling to an adjacent country. Keeping copies of important documents in a separate, secure place is also a good idea lest the originals be lost or stolen.
An expatriate's means of departure and evacuation routes should be prearranged, but they should not be inflexible. Evacuation plans should include several routes and alternative modes of transportation. In some cases, transportation hubs -- the international airport, for example -- may be closed, or an earthquake may have destroyed the bridge on an escape route. Such scenarios require an alternative plan.

If an entire company or a family is vacating a country, every member of the group needs to understand the plan and know what to do in such a situation. If you are working for a multinational corporation you need to clearly understand your company's policies and what they will and will not do to assist you. Many companies purchase commercial medical and emergency evacuation insurance policies for their employees.

Communications are frequently unavailable during a crisis, but knowing that all the members of your family or staff know your evacuation plan -- and are abiding by it -- will help reduce the stress of not being able to communicate with them. It also allows each individual to focus on his or her immediate tasks. If you wait to implement the plan until you have communicated with every member of your family or staff, it could be too late to make it out. An evacuation plan must also account for ways to communicate with your family overseas and to your government. Alternative means of communication, such as satellite phones, might be helpful.

While almost any contingency plan is better than no plan, a plan that has been tested in the real world, especially during rush hour or another time of heavy congestion or disruption, is better than a plan that only exists on paper. Practicing a plan will help you to identify problems and weaknesses that do not appear in a theoretical plan. Practice also helps ensure that all of those participating in the plan know exactly what they are required to do and where they should go.

Plans must be periodically checked and updated and the contents of fly-away kits inspected. Highway construction projects can render evacuation routes impassable, and flashlights with dead batteries are useless. It is also prudent to designate someone who will remain in the country and can safeguard your home and belongings and care for your pets after you leave.

Creating an evacuation plan is important because when many people are confronted by a dire emergency, they simply do not know what to do. When people are overwhelmed by an emergency, it is often difficult for them to think clearly and establish a logical plan. Having a plan in advance -- even an imperfect plan -- provides even a person in shock a framework to rely on and a path to follow.

The Syrian Example


Syria can help illustrate some aspects of evacuation planning. While many Western governments have closed their embassies and advised their citizens to leave the country, there are still many expatriates who remain in Syria. Others have even traveled to Syria, for personal or commercial reasons, since the outbreak of civil unrest.


Tactical Situation in Syria: Sept. 6, 2012
 
Some airlines, such as Air France, have suspended flights to Damascus, but others, including EgyptAir, Emirates Airlines and Royal Jordanian Airlines, continue flights. This could change. Late in the week of Aug. 26, Syrian rebels accused Russian arms smugglers of bringing weapons into Syria aboard civilian aircraft and threatened to attack such flights. While Stratfor has no information to confirm these rebel claims, Russian arms traffickers do indeed have a documented history of using civilian cargo and passenger planes to move weapons into conflict zones, and it is therefore possible that they are doing so in Syria. If the Syrian rebels begin to shoot at aircraft they suspect of smuggling weapons, airlines may become less willing to fly to Damascus.

The rebels have also intensified their attacks against the airport in Aleppo, which was being used to fly close air support missions and to bring supplies into the city. As a result, passenger flights to the airport have been suspended.

If foreign citizens cannot leave by air, the most secure land route from Damascus is Road 1, which leads directly to Beirut. An alternative route would take citizens south to Jordan via the M5 highway. However, this route traverses dangerous areas that are rife with fighting.

Expatriates in the eastern half of Syria would likely head to the Kurdish areas in the northeast through Road 7 and the M4 motorway, exiting through Turkey. There is a lot of fighting near the Iraqi border, and the road infrastructure in the southeast is not very good.

In the northern rebel-held areas, the best evacuation method is to simply take the most secure road straight to the Turkish border, avoiding regime shelling and airstrikes as much as possible. For foreigners on the coast, the best option is to leave by boat. An alternative route is to take the M1 motorway north to Turkey's Hatay province or south to northern Lebanon. Both of these borders are used heavily for smuggling supplies to the rebels, so one has to be careful of clashes.

One of the worst places to be stuck is in the centrally located Orontes Valley. Roads leading southwest to Lebanon and north to Turkey are largely blocked by the frontlines of the battle. Ideally, one would proceed west to the coast along such routes as Road 50 and hope not to be targeted while passing checkpoints or during ambushes.

Currently, the Syrian government and the rebels appear to be locked in a war of attrition and there are no signs of an imminent regime collapse. However, if the regime collapses suddenly, we can expect to see a flurry of activity as foreigners flee the conflict zones and governments work to evacuate the country.


Read more: Evacuations and Contingency Planning | Stratfor

U.S. Navy - DOD Launches Tomodachi Registry Website; F-35B Completes First Airborne Start Tests


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

IAF Thwarts Rocket Launch Attempt • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

IAF Thwarts Rocket Launch Attempt • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Business Insider: Is Quebec About To Secede From Canada?


Release: Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs Approves Governor’s Nominee for Adjutant General, Colonel James Campbell

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531


Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs Approves Governor’s Nominee for Adjutant General, Colonel James Campbell

AUGUSTA – Today, the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs approved Governor LePage’s nominee, Colonel James Campbell to serve as Maine’s Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM). In a vote of 12-0, the committee unanimously recommended Col. Campbell’s nomination to the Maine Senate. Colonel Campbell will now appear before the Maine Senate for a confirmation hearing and vote on Thursday, September 6, 2012. If confirmed, he will serve as both head of the Maine National Guard and DVEM.
“I congratulate Colonel Campbell in his progress through the confirmation process. As acting Adjutant General, his is already proving himself a capable and diligent leader. I wish him luck in his senate confirmation hearing,” said Governor LePage.
In his testimony, Colonel Campbell discussed his military and educational history, as well as the changing demographics of the Maine National Guard. “The roles and functions of the National Guard have evolved tremendously over the past 20 years, and even more rapidly during the past ten years,” said Col. Campbell. “We need to ensure that our staffs and units are attuned to these coming changes, and are looking not only ‘down and in’ to manage our people, systems and equipment, but also ‘up and out’ to ensure that our organization is tied to the larger Joint Force.”
Colonel Campbell joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1995, following 9 years of active duty service. He has held a number of positions in the Maine National Guard, including being the Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Maine Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion, Commander of the 11th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Waterville, and Brigade Executive Officer of the 52nd Troop Command in Bangor. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Operational Plans at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL.
He holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and both an M.A. in European History and Ph.D in British History from the University of Maine.
Colonel Campbell has received numerous honors and decorations for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Ranger Tab, and the Combat Infantryman's badge.

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STRATFOR: Canada and Quebec Separatism (Dispatch)

Australia Looks To Purchase UAVs For Maritime Surveillance

Australia Looks To Purchase UAVs For Maritime Surveillance

h/t: The Maritime Observer

STRATFOR: Chinese Defense Minister Visits India (Dispatch)

Submarine USS New Mexico Visited U.S. Naval Academy Naval Today

Submarine USS New Mexico Visited U.S. Naval Academy Naval Today

U.S. Coast Guard: Responding in the wake of Isaac

Responding in the wake of Isaac

Source: Romney camp says it raised $100 million in August - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com

Source: Romney camp says it raised $100 million in August - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com

Reason.tv: How 'Pro-Choice' are Democrats?

Dems move Obama speech from football field to smaller venue - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Dems move Obama speech from football field to smaller venue - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

China’s Defence Minister in India: Raising Military Relations to the Next Level? | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

China’s Defence Minister in India: Raising Military Relations to the Next Level? | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Rome Reports - Pope's general audience: Prayer is much more than just words and requests

Paul Ryan: Dems ‘purged’ God - Kevin Robillard - POLITICO.com

Paul Ryan: Dems ‘purged’ God - Kevin Robillard - POLITICO.com

Taiwan's Military Drills Elevate Islands Dispute in South China Sea | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

Taiwan's Military Drills Elevate Islands Dispute in South China Sea | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

RIA Novosti: Siberia, Far East Development Russia’s Priorities – Lavrov

RIA NovostiSergei LavrovSiberia, Far East Development Russia’s Priorities – Lavrov
10:23 05/09/2012 The economic and social development of Siberia and Russia’s Far East are the main tasks of the Russian government, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after the first meeting of foreign and trade ministers of the member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization.>>

Russian Destroyer Rescues Distressed Yacht Elixir Naval Today

Russian Destroyer Rescues Distressed Yacht Elixir Naval Today

Rome Reports: 15 years since the death of Mother Teresa

Federal Cuts Threaten Live Taps At Long Island Military Funerals « CBS New York

Federal Cuts Threaten Live Taps At Long Island Military Funerals « CBS New York

Gas Prices Inch Higher — but Biggest Price Hikes of 2012 Likely Behind Us

Gas Prices Inch Higher — but Biggest Price Hikes of 2012 Likely Behind Us: The weekly average price of a gallon of regular gasoline  is $3.84, up nearly 7 cents from a week ago, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and up 17 cents from a year ago. Prices have inched up in recent weeks because of refinery problems...

israel today | Israel News | Israel takes center stage in Obama-Romney election - israel today | Israel News

israel today | Israel News | Israel takes center stage in Obama-Romney election - israel today | Israel News

Reason.tv - The Machine: The Truth Behind Teachers Unions

Russia: Navy Veterans Ask Putin to Reconstruct Cruiser Avrora Naval Today

Russia: Navy Veterans Ask Putin to Reconstruct Cruiser Avrora Naval Today

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Obama’s Popularity Dips Underwater; For Romney, a Faint Favorability Bounce

Obama’s Popularity Dips Underwater; For Romney, a Faint Favorability Bounce: Barack Obama approaches his nomination for a second term with the lowest pre-convention personal popularity of an incumbent president in ABC News/Washington Post polls since the 1980s. He’s also at his lowest of the year among registered voters, with trouble among women. Just 47 percent...

Gov. Scott Walker: Back to School

STRATFOR: Iceland's Geographic Challenge

Democratic Platform Endorses Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Democratic Platform Endorses Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Ron Paul: How Long Will the Dollar Remain the World's Reserve Currency?

We frequently hear the financial press refer to the U.S. dollar as the “world’s reserve currency,” implying that our dollar will always retain its value in an ever shifting world economy. But this is a dangerous and mistaken assumption.
 
Since August 15, 1971, when President Nixon closed the gold window and refused to pay out any of our remaining 280 million ounces of gold, the U.S. dollar has operated as a pure fiat currency. This means the dollar became an article of faith in the continued stability and might of the U.S. government.
 
In essence, we declared our insolvency in 1971. Everyone recognized some other monetary system had to be devised in order to bring stability to the markets.
 
Full Article Here:
http://tinyurl.com/cydej3r

Jerusalem capital plank not included in DNC platform

Jerusalem capital plank not included in DNC platform

Governor Nikki Haley on the Laura Ingraham Show

Russia to Develop Own Aegis Naval Today

Russia to Develop Own Aegis Naval Today

U.S.Navy: Sailor Awarded Bronze Star; USNS Mercy Arrives in Hawaii

Business Insider: Follow The US Marines As They Assault Taliban Territory In Afghanistan [Exclusive Photos]


USA: Presenting Zumwalt Class Destroyer SITREP Naval Today

USA: Presenting Zumwalt Class Destroyer SITREP Naval Today

World Maritime News - Chinese Shipyards to Get Solutions for Problematic Deliveries

World Maritime News - Chinese Shipyards to Get Solutions for Problematic Deliveries

Cardinal Dolan's Pro-Life Prayer at the Republican Convention | LifeNews.com

Cardinal Dolan's Pro-Life Prayer at the Republican Convention | LifeNews.com

Rome reports: Searching for Noah's Ark.....literally

Reason.tv: 3 Big Stories At the DNC Convention

Monday, September 03, 2012

Eastwood inspires ‘National Empty Chair Day’ on Twitter - The Hill's Twitter Room

Eastwood inspires ‘National Empty Chair Day’ on Twitter - The Hill's Twitter Room

Russia: Caspian Flotilla to Face Modernization Naval Today

Russia: Caspian Flotilla to Face Modernization Naval Today

Obama, Democrats, and the Media: You Can't Handle the 'Truth'

Obama, Democrats, and the Media: You Can't Handle the 'Truth'

UK: Type 45 Destroyer Duncan Started Its Sea Trials Naval Today

UK: Type 45 Destroyer Duncan Started Its Sea Trials Naval Today

Bill Maloney - ICYMI: Improvement Needed in Business Climate & Education

Dear Friend,

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day!

In case you missed it, newspapers all around the state are recognizing what I have been saying for months. Our state is headed in the wrong direction. We need new leadership who will improve our business climate to encourage job creation, and we must improve our schools to give our kids a first-class education.


The Charleston Daily Mail covers the speech of a business leader at the West Virginia Chambers' Business Summit. The Daily Mail writes that the company has three message for state leaders, "Lower our taxes; break down some of the barriers, such as a fairer legal environment...and establish better skilled training programs."

I agree! As governor, I will make West Virginia a place for business, and job creation will be one of my top priorities. Read the full article here.

Also in the news this weekend, The (Wheeling) Intelligencer has a great editorial on our education system. In the editorial, The Intelligencer writes, "Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and legislators have had much of the summer to review the suggestions (of the education audit) and think about them...Now is the time to move forward, to insist on public schools that can compete with any in the nation. We owe nothing less to our children and grandchildren."



I have spoken numerous times about the education audit and the need to reform our education system. If we are going to become a state that's open for business and keep our talent, our children and our grandchildren, here in West Virginia, then we must fix our schools!

We have an important task this election. Will we continue the wrong way, or will we work to improve our state? That is the choice voters will make in November. Please continue to spread the word about our campaign for a Brighter Future for West Virginia. We can't do this without you. Thank you for your continued support!


Sincerely,
Bill Maloney signature-


Bill Maloney

RIA Novosti: Russian Warships Back from U.S. after Drills

RIA NovostiAdmiral Panteleyev destroyerRussian Warships Back from U.S. after Drills
06:34 03/09/2012 A Russian Pacific Fleet task force has returned to the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok following an international military exercise, the Fleet’s spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.>>

In Response to Rocket Fire, IAF Targets Terror Activity Site • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

In Response to Rocket Fire, IAF Targets Terror Activity Site • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Rome Reports: Funeral services held in Milan for Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Rome Reports - Pope's Angelus: Don't live a false religion that lacks love

Steel company exec urges a better WV business climate  - George Hohmann - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Steel company exec urges a better WV business climate  - George Hohmann - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -

Sunday, September 02, 2012

USS North Carolina

For my last post on Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) I wanted to post this tribute video to the USS North Carolina. I have had the privilege of visiting her and even have a souvenir piece of her deck that my wife bought for me. If you are ever in North Carolina, I highly recommend that you stop by with your family and take a tour of this magnificent battleship.


Senator Johnson Comments on Biden Visit



Oshkosh, WI - Senator Ron Johnson (WI) issued the following statement regarding the visit of Vice President Biden to Wisconsin:

"As Americans have discovered, words and promises from Vice President Biden and President Obama are cheap. The Obama/Biden team should be judged by the results of their policies over the past 4 years, not
their intentions or campaign promises of today.

"What were those policies? While the nation was suffering deep unemployment, record debt and economic calamity, the Obama/Biden team barely focused on the economy or debt at all during the first two years. Their first priority was ideological. Obama Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, cynically declared their partisan agenda for America from day one, 'You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.' They didn't. They ignored the fundamental causes of our economic woes and grew government instead. Their crowning achievement during the first two years was a government health program most Americans didn't want and can't afford.

"What have been the results after 4 years? A national debt of $16 Trillion. 23 million Americans looking for work. Evaporating family income and higher food and energy costs. Higher federal spending and future deficits exceeding a trillion dollars per year well into the future.

"It is no wonder President Obama and Vice President Biden are running a campaign based on distractions, division and class warfare. They can't run on their record."


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Video: Pushing Back Against Teachers Unions

Video: Pushing Back Against Teachers Unions

Israel Defense Forces: August 2012 • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Israel Defense Forces: August 2012 • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

Unit Spotlight: The Golani Brigade • IDF Blog | The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces

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Remembering Our WWII Vets On VJ Day

 

Today is Victory over Japan Day, a day where we remember those brave veterans who fought their way across the Pacific liberating millions of occupied people and protecting the United States herself from invasion.  Unfortunately, with the passage of time we are losing our WWII vets.  If a member of your family served, please take the time to record their memories; they are priceless.

I would also like thank all of the civilian workers who built the equipment our armed forces used to win the war.  This often over looked contribution to the war effort was vital.  It is an important reminder to us now days to not lose our industrial base or allow our fleet to fall into disrepair and be shrunk to too small of a size. 

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