Saturday, October 13, 2012

World Maritime News - Russia: Rosmorport Icebreakers Successfully Complete Their Arctic Missions

World Maritime News - Russia: Rosmorport Icebreakers Successfully Complete Their Arctic Missions

Rand Paul goes national - Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com

Rand Paul goes national - Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com

Marinette Marine Launched The Arctic Research Vessel Sikuliaq

 
An enthusiastic crowd turned out in the rain to watch the christening and launch of the R/V Sikuliaq by the Marinette Marine Corporation today. Also on hand was a sizable contingent from the great state of Alaska and several local politicians, including Rep. Reid Ribble and Mayor Jim Schmitt.

The Sikuliaq is an oceanographic research vessel that will operate in Arctic waters. One of the ship's sponsors, Dr. Vera Alexander, explained there are two areas of the Earth we have not explored significantly; the deep ocean and the Arctic. Of these, the Arctic lags the furthest behind.

It is exciting to consider all the scientific research that will be able to be conducted in the Arctic region by this modern research vessel. The United States has allowed its research fleet to age and become outdated. It is important that we do not lose the drive to explore and understand our world.

The Sikuliaq's principle features:

  • Length, overall 261 feet
  • Length, design waterline 237 feet
  • Beam, max across reamer 52 feet
  • Draft, design waterline 18 feet 9 inches
  • Displacement 4,065 long tons
  • Propulsion power 5,750 BHP
  • Max speed 14 knots
  • Crew 20
  • Scientists 24
It is amazing to see how many people were on hand to see the christening and launch, considering the cold and rainy weather. It is obvious that the Marinette Marine Corporation is a staple of the community. As the nation faces uncertainty over the national budget, I think it is important that people consider the impact on the everyday working men and women who rely on corporations like Marinette Marine to provide for their families.

Great thought should be taken by our government before funding is cut from our ship building programs. It takes years to acquire the necessary skill and experience to produce quality vessels; this cannot be quickly regained once it is lost.
 
 

University of Alaska Fairbanks student composes music for launch of R/V Sikuliaq

University of Alaska Fairbanks student composes music for launch of R/V Sikuliaq: FAIRBANKS – The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new ice-capable research vessel, the R/V Sikuliaq, will slip into the waters of Wisconsin on Saturday to music composed in its name by UAF gradu...

Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals « CBS Tampa

Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals « CBS Tampa

DR - This is disgusting and an unfit way to approach education in this Republic, in my opinion. If I were a parent I would not have my child in a school district that would implement such a disgrace.
 
My children are of Hispanic descent and my two oldest children are straight A students. My third child, in school, has autism and our school is doing an amazing job helping him achieve grade level.

Setting lower standards for children, just because of their ethnicity is racist, in my opinion, and I don't like using that word.
 
 

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Friday, October 12, 2012

INS Sindhurakshak to Start Sea Trials in Next Week Naval Today

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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.

2013-15 State Budget Update
 
The State of Wisconsin operates on biennial state budgets with each fiscal year running from July 1st to June 30th. We are currently operating under “Fiscal Year 2013” (FY2013) and will be until June 30, 2013.

I recently received budget requests from each state agency, which outline the money each agency would like to spend in the future. Over the next few months, I will be carefully reviewing each of these agency budget requests. These requests are just the first step in the budget process—I will eventually propose a complete budget early next year for consideration by the Legislature.

The 2011-13 budget I signed into law last year made long-term reforms balancing a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, without massive public employee layoffs, and without government service reductions. Wisconsin has a projected budget surplus in FY2013. If the FY2013 projections are correct, we will deposit money into the state’s rainy day fund in two consecutive years for the first time in our state’s history. Unlike other states, instead of burying the next generation under a mountain of economically crippling debt, we are making responsible decisions—leaving our children and grandchildren with funding reserves for future hard economic times.

The next state budget I plan to introduce early next year will focus on five main priorities:
1. Creating Jobs
2. Transforming Education
3. Developing Our Workforce
4. Investing in Infrastructure
5. Reforming Government

As I work on the next state budget, I am excited about Wisconsin’s future and the opportunities we have to grow private sector jobs in our great state.


 
Get to Know a Cabinet Member: Mike Huebsch
 
As Governor, one of the most important tasks I have is to appoint and communicate with leaders in each state agency. These leaders, called secretaries, ensure agencies run smoothly and efficiently as they operate state government and implement government reforms. 

For a few weeks, in lieu of the “Just Ask the Governor” section, I will be highlighting a cabinet secretary and providing a brief overview of the department he or she oversees. I hope these updates will provide you with practical information about state government operations, especially as we head into the next budget cycle. 
 
Since I took office in 2011, Mike Huebsch has served as the Secretary of the Department of Administration (DOA). Before taking the appointment, Mike was a Wisconsin State Representative from the La Crosse area. While representing a portion of Western Wisconsin, he served as the Speaker of the Assembly and served on the Joint Committee on Finance, the Legislative committee that oversees the state’s budget. His detailed state budget knowledge made him a perfect fit for Secretary of DOA and his Western Wisconsin roots added geographic diversity to my cabinet. 
 
DOA has thirteen divisions, approximately 950 employees, and has a variety of responsibilities. Specifically, DOA:
  • Ensures state government has regular communication with the eleven sovereign nation tribes that call Wisconsin home;
  • Provides energy assistance to citizens across the state, as well as works to help provide access to affordable housing;
  • Has oversight of the Capitol Police and operations in the State Capitol;
  • Provides centralized purchasing, payroll and financial management for state government; and
  • Administers purchasing and leasing agreements for state buildings and workplaces.
Mike lives with his wife, Valerie, and his sons, Ryan and Brett, in West Salem.

 
Lowering the Flag
 
Private First Class Arthur W. Hopfensperger was killed in action on November 28, 1950, at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. U.S. forces were involved in heavy combat and were unable to retrieve Private First Class Hopfensperger’s remains. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command was finally able to recover his remains during a 2002-2005 excavation. 
 
Second Lieutenant James A. Des Jardins was killed in action on November 25, 1944, after his plane was shot down in World War II during a bombing and strafing run of a railroad station in southwestern Germany. Second Lieutenant Des Jardins’ plane was not recovered until June 2011, when it was discovered by German officials dredging a field. Both of these soldiers were identified using DNA samples provided by their families, and in September 2012, were officially accounted for by the United States military.

One way we honor military members who have given the ultimate sacrifice is by lowering the United States and Wisconsin State flags to half-staff. Federal and state laws require the flags to be lowered on specific occasions. Beyond these specific occasions, the United States Flag Code gives the President and governors the authority to lower the flag in certain situations, like when a Wisconsin soldier gives his or her life fighting for democracy and freedom abroad. Traditionally, the flag is lowered on the day of a fallen soldier’s funeral. This past week, I ordered the flag at half-staff as a mark of respect for Private First Class Arthur W. Hopfensperger and Second Lieutenant James A. Des Jardins.


Independent Waterfowl Audit Completed

Back in 2009 and 2010 while I was interviewing to be Governor, I promised to conduct an independent audit of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) management of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp Program. This week, the first in a series of annual audits of fish and wildlife accounts was completed.

The independent audit was conducted by Wegner CPAs of Madison and found the revenue collected from the sale of the Waterfowl Stamps for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 was stated accurately and used for the appropriate purposes in accordance with Wisconsin law.

I’m pleased the findings of this audit show the DNR is collecting, reporting, and spending the money collected from the Waterfowl Stamp Program appropriately.
Revenue from the sale of Wisconsin waterfowl stamps totaled $509,864 for the fiscal year. The money supported 19 waterfowl habitat projects in Wisconsin, as well as some projects in Canada that benefit migratory waterfowl. Below are a few examples of projects funded by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp Program:
  • Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, Juneau County—Work was recently completed on a damaged dike. The dike is now better equipped to manage water levels on the flowage, impacting 655 acres of marshland.
  • Wetland restoration, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, and Rock Counties—Three restoration projects were completed, which has improved waterfowl conditions in 80 acres of land.
  • Germania Wildlife Area, Marquette County—The Duck Creek dike repair work was completed. As a result, the dike was able to hold up against heavy rain and flooding in May of 2012.
  • Horicon Wildlife Area, Dodge County—There is an ongoing project aimed at eliminating invasive cattails in the Horicon Marsh to improve conditions for breeding and migrating birds.
The complete Waterfowl Stamp Program audit can be viewed by clicking here.

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

No, Joe! U.S Catholic Bishops Say Biden Spoke Falsely | CNSNews.com

No, Joe! U.S Catholic Bishops Say Biden Spoke Falsely | CNSNews.com

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India Not Claimed for INS Vikramaditya Delivery Penalty Naval Today

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

VP Debate Comments On Biden Versus Ryan

In my opinion, the debate tonight was moderated fairly, except for all the interruptions that were allowed during candidate's time (especially Joe Biden interrupting Paul Ryan). Beyond the moderating I felt that the winner on substance was Ryan who was able to get specifics out during his time as opposed to Biden regurgitating misleading talking points.
 
On behavior I felt Biden lost in a landslide because of his negative and snide laughter and mocking of the whole process, and of Ryan, while Ryan seemed almost restrained to not appear over aggressive. It would have been nice to see Ryan more forceful and explanative in this debate like Sarah Palin was during her VP debate against Biden.
 
Over all, Ryan won tonight's debate despite Biden's attempt to control and sway the debate with arrogance, negativity, and mockery. I also wanted to point out one of the moderator's questions about the negative tone and attacks of the campaigns themselves. It is easy to acknowledge the fact that the disgusting, hateful, negative attacks are coming from the liberals themselves for anyone who watches any amount of television.
 
The conservative ads have been fact focused on the negative nature of the liberals; this does not make the conservatives' nature negative. Anyone who listens to the hateful speech and witnesses the disgusting behavior of liberals towards conservatives can plainly see where the negativity is coming from.  Repeating liberal lies until Americans swallow it is conditioning, not truth.
 
If anyone believes that campaigns today are negative, they would be astonished by our founding fathers, who instituted the campaigning process, were negative to an extreme that would send shivers down all of our spines. There were almost no limits to the extent they would go to get elected.
 

Pakistan Security Brief | Critical Threats

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New Cook PVIs Show Big Opportunities for Conservatives in the House | RedState

New Cook PVIs Show Big Opportunities for Conservatives in the House | RedState

General Atomics Railgun Technology Helping to Revolutionize Defense Capabilities | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

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Atlas Shrugged Part II: Election Edition

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RIA Novosti: Russia to Salvage Sunken Nuclear Subs - Media

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15:25 11/10/2012 The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to raise and scrap two sunken nuclear submarines in the northern Barents and Kara seas in order to prevent potential radioactive pollution of the area, the Izvestia newspaper said on Thursday.>>

RELEASE: Tammy Baldwin Blew $3.4 Million for Turtle Tunnel

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CONTACT: Lisa Boothe 608-661-6363 or Lisa@TommyforWisconsin.com

 

Tammy Baldwin Blew $3.4 Million for Turtle TunnelBaldwin's Pork Barrel Spending Has Led Our Nation Into Debt

 
Madison, WI - With so many Americans struggling to make ends meet during these tough economic times, Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin has made no qualms about spending taxpayers hard-earned money. Not only did she support her party's $825 billion stimulus, but she has been a consistent vote for 49,609 pork barrel projects. However, instead of using the stimulus money to pave the way for job creation, Baldwin supported a $3.4 million earmark to pave the way for turtles.

"Not only has Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin voted for 49,609 earmarks, but she blew $3.4 million of hard-working taxpayers' money on a turtle tunnel," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "During her 14 years in Congress, Baldwin has been a reliable vote for more government spending. She supported her party's failed $825 billion stimulus, which has helped lead to our nation's $16 trillion debt. Her failed economic policies have helped bury each American household under $136,000 of debt. Not only is Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin too extreme for Wisconsin, but her economic policies are way too costly."


BACKGROUND

Baldwin Has Voted For 49,609 Earmarks Costing $116,785,142,151.
(Citizens Against Government Waste Website,
www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/20/12)
  • In 2010, Baldwin Requested 24 Earmarks Costing $21.6 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)
  • In 2009, Baldwin Requested 21 Earmarks Costing $20.1 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)
  • In 2008, Baldwin Requested 19 Earmarks Costing $16.4 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)
Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $3.4 Million For A Wildlife "Eco-Passage" So That Turtles Could Cross A Road Safely. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated Nearly $10 Million To Renovate A Train Station That Hasn't Been Used In 30 Years. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $250,000 To Renovate A Dilapidated Laundromat In Memphis, Tennessee. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $400,000 To Construct A Berth For A Historic Ship In Delaware. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $4.7 Million On A Trail To Connect Downtown Lexington, Kentucky, With A Horse Farm For The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games In 2010. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)



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RELEASE: Ted Cruz Announces Small Business Leaders Coalition, NFIB PAC Endorsement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James Bernsen
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
(512) 637-8777


Ted Cruz Announces Small Business Leaders Coalition, NFIB PAC Endorsement

Nation’s largest small business trade association calls Cruz ‘champion of small business’

DALLAS — Ted Cruz, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Texas, announced today a coalition of dozens of small business leaders supporting his campaign and the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) political action committee, the SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust. NFIB is the nation’s largest small business trade association. Cruz made the announcement today during a stop at Manda Machine Company, a small business in Dallas.

Cruz’s “election is not only critical to the small-business owners in your state, but also to protecting free enterprise across America,” said NFIB SAFE Trust Vice President Lisa Goeas in a letter. NFIB added that, on behalf of its members, our nation’s job-creators, they look forward to standing with Ted this November as he “works to do big things for small business.”

“Ted Cruz understands that economic growth is weak when government gets in the way of small business,” said Andy Ellard, owner of the Manda Machine Company. “Ted will fight to lower barriers for business growth so we can bring back jobs and rising incomes to working Americans.”

“We have to get the boot of the federal government off the necks of small business owners,” Cruz said. “I’m proud to stand with small business owners across Texas as they work to create jobs and keep our economy going.”

Cruz added: “NFIB represents the interests of small business, struggling to succeed under the increasing tax and regulatory burdens coming out of Washington, DC. I’m honored to have its support as we fight out-of-control government spending and red tape.”

Also speaking at the event were Eric Johnson of The Winetroop and Jim Bright of GTN Technical Staffing.

Ted served for more than five years as Texas Solicitor General and argued nine times before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ted was the youngest Solicitor General in the nation, the longest serving in Texas, and first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas. Under the leadership of Attorney General Greg Abbott, Ted defended Texas values, winning repeatedly on a national level. Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark national victories defending U.S. sovereignty, the Second Amendment, the Texas Ten Commandments monument, and “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ted has been endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC, Young Conservative of Texas, Sarah Palin and U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Pat Toomey.

Ted and his wife Heidi live in Houston, with their four-year-old daughter, Caroline, and one-year-old daughter, Catherine.

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Rear Adm. John Kirby - LCS: Let’s Talk Facts

This blog was written by Rear Adm. John Kirby, the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Information.

Last week on Time’s Battleland Blog there was a piece by Mr. John Sayen entitled “The Navy’s New Class of Warships: Big Bucks, Little Bang.” You can read it here: http://nation.time.com/2012/10/05/the-navys-new-class-of-warships-big-bucks-little-bang/
Obviously, Mr. Sayen is not a fan of the Littoral Combat Ship. And that’s OK. We welcome the debate and the discussion. We agree with him that it’s important for the Navy to be transparent and honest about how we spend taxpayer dollars. I just wish he had reached out to me before writing his piece, because so much of his criticism was rooted in old, misconstrued or simply bad information.
Let’s take them one at a time…
SAYEN: “Since neither design had yet proven either its usefulness or functionality it seems that the Navy’s object was to make the LCS program “too big to fail” as soon as possible.”

That’s a pretty bold charge…and unfair. He’s basically saying we tried to steamroll the system to get what we want, to get so deep into a program that no lawmaker or leader would dare shut it down.

Actually, selecting both designs was the consequence of trying to encourage competition between the two builders and drive costs down. And we succeeded. We saved $2.9 billion in projected procurement costs, enough to buy five more LCSs, a DDG, and a Mobile Landing Platform.

By awarding two contracts for 10 ships each, we will be able to better analyze the two variants in fleet service, build up fleet numbers faster than expected, and save a bundle. And we always retain the option to down select to one variant should circumstances dictate.
Never did we have anything but the taxpayers’ — and our national — interests foremost in mind.

SAYEN: “It may be working: the 55-ship fleet is slated to cost more than $40 billion, giving each vessel a price tag north of $700 million, roughly double the original estimated cost.”

Yes, there has definitely been cost growth. Can’t deny that. The Navy initially established an objective cost of $250 million per ship and a threshold cost of $400 million per ship (seaframe and mission modules included). The first two seaframes of the class, which were both research and development ships of two different varients, cost $537 million (LCS 1) and $653 million (LCS 2), respectively.

But that was then. This is now. We have 20 LCSs under fixed price contracts. The average price for a fully missionized LCS (seaframe and modules) will be below the congressionally mandated cost cap of $460 million (FY10 dollars) for the seaframe only.

And the tenth ship of each production run will beat the cost cap my several tens of millions of dollars. That will allow us to inject added capabilities, if desired or required, without breaking the bank—just as we have done in the Arleigh Burke DDG program for the past 20 years.
On balance, for the LCS’s size and capability, we believe the Navy — and the taxpayers –are getting one heck of a bargain.

SAYEN: “The ASUW (anti-surface warfare) module is focused mainly on defeating speedboats and offers only two 30mm MK-46 guns and some short-ranged low payload Griffin missiles. None of these modules will even be testable until well into FY13 and none will be operational before FY16”.

Well, not really. Two surface warfare packages and two mine counter measure packages have already been delivered to us for testing. The surface package will be operational well before 2016. 
 
In fact, we’re planning to embark it aboard USS FREEDOM when she deploys to Singapore next spring. The surface module weapons Mr. Sayen disparages will serve to supplement the ship’s organic 57-mm gun and an MH-60R armed helicopter, thus providing additional capability.

SAYEN: “…ballooning LCS construction costs caused the Navy to try to save money by ordering that future ships be built to commercial standards.

That’s sort of backwards. Actually, it was our GOING IN position to design the ships to commercial standards, hoping to produce more of them faster and save money. But all that changed when we made the decsion to increase survivability standards by adhering to Naval Vessel Rules.

All littoral combat ships are being built to these rules, NOT commercial standards.
As I readily admitted, that decision made the ships cost more … but we stand by the reasoning for it.

SAYEN: “…the LCS is rated as not survivable in a “hostile combat environment.”

Like all warships, LCS is built to fight. It’s built for combat.

Nobody ever said this ship can — and no engineer can ever design a ship to — withstand every conceivable threat on the sea. But the LCS is significantly more capable than the older mine counter measure ships and patrol craft it was designed to replaces, and stands up well to the frigates now serving in the fleet.

It is fast, maneuverable, and has low radar, infrared, and magnetic signatures. Its core self-defense suite is designed to defeat a surprise salvo of one or two anti-ship cruise missiles when the ship is operating independently, or leakers that get through fleet area and short-range air defenses when operating with naval task forces.

Its 57mm gun is more than capable of taking out small boats and craft. Its armed helicopter gives the LCS an over-the-horizon attack capability and is lethal against submarines. LCS will stand outside of minefields and sweep them with little danger to its crew—and be able to defend itself while doing so. The ship has extensive automated firefighting systems and can remain afloat after considerable flooding damage. 
  
We’re more than comfortable that the ship can fight and defend itself in a combat environment, especially when acting in concert with larger multi-mission cruisers and destroyers, exactly as we designed it to do.

SAYEN: “…the Navy has admitted that, unlike the foreign systems they were modeled on, LCS modules will not be swappable within day or two as originally envisaged. Instead, the process can take weeks.”

Each LCS will deploy with the Mission Package (MP) required to accomplish directed missions. If a commander directs a mission package swap, equipment staging and personnel movement will be planned and coordinated in advance.

More at:
http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2012/10/10/lcs-lets-talk-facts/

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Editor's note: the birthday has been changed from 273rd to the correct 237th.

Romney edges up in Nevada poll - News - ReviewJournal.com

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STRATFOR: The Geopolitical Impact of the Nile

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Panama Canal Sets New Tonnage Record | Maritime News | Maritime Executive Magazine

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Gens. Allen, Dunford tapped for top commands - Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Air Force Times

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RIA Novosti: India to Build Export T-50 Stealth Fighter by 2020

RIA NovostiSukhoi's T-50 stealth fighterIndia to Build Export T-50 Stealth Fighter by 2020

13:02 10/10/2012 India will begin production of an export variant of Russian plane-maker Sukhoi's T-50 stealth fighter from 2020, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday during a visit to Delhi.>>

RELEASE: 49,609 Reasons Wisconsin Voters Should Reject Tammy Baldwin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lisa Boothe 608-661-6363 or Lisa@TommyforWisconsin.com





49,609 Reasons Wisconsin Voters Should Reject Tammy Baldwin

Baldwin's Appetite for Pork Helped Increase the National Debt By $10 Trillion Since She Took Office

 
Madison, WI - During her 14-year career in Washington, D.C., Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin has given Wisconsin families 49,609 reasons why they shouldn't support her this November. Her appetite for pork barrel projects, coupled with her tax-and-spend agenda, has buried hard-working families under a mountain of debt.

Baldwin's pork barrel projects have cost taxpayers almost $117 billion, including a $286 million "bridge to nowhere," $192 million in tax breaks for the rum industry in U.S. territories, $1.7 million to study pig odor, and a $1 million guard rail for a non-existent lake. Notably, since Baldwin has been in Washington our national debt has increased by over $10 trillion.

"Over her 14 years in Congress, Madison liberal Tammy Baldwin has had no problem saddling hard-working Wisconsin families with debt to feed her appetite for pork barrel spending," said spokeswoman Lisa Boothe. "During her time in Congress, she has voted for 49,609 earmarks, costing American taxpayers almost $117 billion. Even worse, Baldwin is willing to spend us into bankruptcy to pay for frivolous expenditures like $1.7 million to study pig odor and a $1 million guard rail for a non-existent lake. With our nation facing a $16 trillion debt, Wisconsin families cannot afford Baldwin and her wasteful pork barrel spending."

BACKGROUND


Baldwin Has Voted For 49,609 Earmarks Costing $116,785,142,151. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/20/12)

  • In 2010, Baldwin Requested 24 Earmarks Costing $21.6 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)
  • In 2009, Baldwin Requested 21 Earmarks Costing $20.1 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)
  • In 2008, Baldwin Requested 19 Earmarks Costing $16.4 Million. (Citizens Against Government Waste Website, www.cagw.org, Accessed 8/29/11)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $286 Million For The "Bridge To Nowhere." (H.R. 3, Roll Call #453: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) by a vote of 412-8: R 217-8; D 194-0; I 1-0, 7/29/05, Baldwin Voted Yea)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $192 Million In Tax Breaks For U.S. Territories' Rum Industries. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $1.7 Million For Pig Odor Research. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Marv Dumon, "Top 10 Wasteful Earmarks On Stimulus Bill," www.examiner.com, Accessed 10/8/12)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $2 Million "For The Promotion Of Astronomy" In Hawaii. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Marv Dumon, "Top 10 Wasteful Earmarks On Stimulus Bill," www.examiner.com, Accessed 10/8/12)

Baldwin Voted For An Earmark That Appropriated $1 Million To Build A Guard Rail For A Non-Existent Lake. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #70: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Baldwin Voted Yea; Senator Tom Coburn, "100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion," www.coburn.senate.gov, June 2009)





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World Maritime News - Russia: Admiralty Shipyards Set to Deliver Research Vessel Akademik Treshnikov

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DNR: Crossbows now OK for use with certain hunting licenses

Crossbows now OK for use with certain hunting licenses


Published: October 9, 2012 in Outdoor Recreation

By: Bureau of Law Enforcement

2011 Act 252 expands the types of weapons that may be used under the authority of the regular (gun) deer, elk, spring and fall wild turkey, small game, and Class A bear hunting licenses, to include the use of a crossbow, and in the case of the regular (gun) deer license, the authority to use a bow and arrow. It is no longer a requirement that a person must be at least 65 years old or be disabled and hold a crossbow permit in order to hunt with crossbow under the authority of any of these licenses.
This new authorization took effect on April 21, 2012.

What has not changed is the type of weapons authorized for hunting under the “archery” hunting license. A crossbow still can only be used to hunt deer or small game under an archery license by a person who has attained the age of 65 or who holds a permit that authorizes the use of a crossbow.What is new is when there is an open season for hunting any species with a firearm, a person with the appropriate license that allows them to hunt that species with a firearm, may now also hunt that species with crossbow and a bow and arrow during that open season. This means a person may use a crossbow or bow & arrow to hunt deer under the authority of a regular (gun) deer hunting license during any firearm deer season, including the muzzleloader-only deer season. It also means that any person hunting bear or turkey under the appropriate license, or small game under a small game hunting license, may also use a crossbow, bow and arrow or firearm to hunt those species authorized under that license.

Crossbows used for hunting any species under any license must meet the minimum draw weight of 100 pounds, have a working safety, and be used with bolts or arrows of not less than 14 inches in length with a broadhead.

It is important to remember, during the archery deer season or a small game season when a person is hunting under only the authority of an archery hunting license, a person still cannot hunt deer or small game with a crossbow unless the person is authorized under a disabled permit to use a crossbow or is age 65 or older.

h/t: Wisconsin Upper Michigan News and Information

Gun Owners of America: Will Paul Ryan Smack Down the Administration over Fast & Furious?

Gun Owners of America

Will Paul Ryan Smack Down the Administration over Fast & Furious?
Just recently, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan -- “A” rated by Gun Owners of America -- became the 131st Representative to call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation.
This came right about the time that a Spanish news outlet, Univision, presented an hour-long report which excoriates the Obama administration for its role in Operation Fast & Furious. Among the many items presented, Univision told their viewers that:
* There have been other Americans -- in addition to U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry -- who were murdered by Fast & Furious guns, such as Air Force medic David Booher who was executed at a Juarez bar;
* There are scores of other crime guns which came into Mexico as a result of Fast & Furious that have not yet been tallied by Congress, such as the weapons used to massacre over a dozen teenagers at a party in Mexico -- including some who were gunned down by lookouts as they escaped; and,
* There were other gun running operations, such as Operation Castaway which sent guns into Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela.
Univision also said that it was Bill Newell, the Phoenix ATF office leader, who decided that “the only way to track the guns was to wait for weapons to be recovered in crime scenes in Mexico.”
In regard to Newell’s statement, the Daily Caller says: “That charge, if true, would mean the Obama administration decided to allow cartel operatives to kill and injure people with the weapons it gave them, and to recover the guns only after criminals ditched them at brutal — often deadly — crime scenes.”
In other words, dead Mexicans were the price to pay for advancing gun control in this country.
As stated by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), who sits on the congressional committee investigating Fast & Furious, this operation was nothing more than a “political ploy to bring gun trafficking into Mexico into the news to support some sort of anti-firearm agenda.”
Rep. Paul Ryan will engage the sitting Vice President Joe Biden in a nationally televised debate on Thursday, October 11. Ryan is in a position where he can bypass the mainstream media and tell Americans how the Obama administration wanted to use dead Mexican bodies as a way to drudge up support for gun control in this country.
Remember, while no one died in Watergate, more than 300 people have perished because of Fast & Furious-gate.
ACTION: Please contact Rep. Paul Ryan and ask him to bring up Fast & Furious in the debate this Thursday with Joe Biden. This is a unique opportunity for him to show how the administration will use diabolical methods to advance its gun control agenda.
----- Letter to Rep. Paul Ryan -----
Dear Rep. Ryan:
I want to thank you for taking a strong stance on Operation Fast & Furious and for calling for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder.
You are in a unique position where you can bypass the mainstream media and tell Americans how the Obama administration wanted to use dead Mexican bodies as a way to drudge up support for gun control in this country.
Recently, the Spanish news outlet, Univision, said that it was Bill Newell, the Phoenix ATF office leader, who decided that "the only way to track the guns was to wait for weapons to be recovered in crime scenes in Mexico."
In regard to Newell's statement, the Daily Caller says: "That charge, if true, would mean the Obama administration decided to allow cartel operatives to kill and injure people with the weapons it gave them, and to recover the guns only after criminals ditched them at brutal — often deadly — crime scenes."
This has been well-reported in many newspapers around the country:
* “The Obama Administration, according to ATF agents who blew the whistle on the illegal plot, intended to use statistics concerning U.S. guns in Mexico to call for more stringent gun control.” (Examiner, April 18, 2011)
* “The White House often claimed that 90 percent of the weapons used in Mexican crimes had been traced to the United States, but the number has never been substantiated. By all appearances, Fast and Furious delivered statistics to back up the figure.” ("Too fast, too furious," The Washington Times, July 13, 2011.)
In your debate this week, please mention Fast & Furious as yet another example of the way the Obama Administration has failed the American people -- and, specifically in this case, used diabolical methods to advance its gun control agenda.
Remember, while no one died in Watergate, more than 300 people have perished because of Fast & Furious-gate.
Sincerely,

RELEASE: Governor Bobby Jindal Endorses Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lisa Boothe 608-661-6363 or Lisa@TommyforWisconsin.com




Governor Bobby Jindal Endorses
Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate

Madison, WI
- Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced his endorsement of former Governor of Wisconsin Tommy Thompson in his bid for the United States Senate.

"Tommy Thompson is an unyielding reformer who understands the struggles of America's middle class," said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. "I had the privilege of working under Tommy's leadership during his tenure as Health and Human Services Secretary where, together, we worked to improve the health and welfare for all Americans. Unlike Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Tommy's leadership has brought a fresh and successful approach to job creation in Wisconsin, and I am confident he will do the same as a United States Senator."


"It is an honor and a privilege to receive the support of my good friend Bobby Jindal," said Thompson. "Governor Jindal has admirably served the taxpayers of Louisiana through cutting billions of dollars in taxes and investing in the state's future. Like me, he believes in pro-growth reforms that will put America back to work. I am proud to have my friend and colleague Bobby Jindal by my side as we fight to bring fiscal responsibility and economic growth to America."


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Release: Maloney Dominates Debate

MALONEY FOR WEST VIRGINIA
For immediate release: October 9, 2012
Contact: Kent Sholars
kent@maloneyforwv.com
(304) 709-6560


MALONEY DOMINATES DEBATE


Maloney Wins First and Only Gubernatorial Debate


Morgantown, WVThis evening, the West Virginia Broadcasters hosted the one and only scheduled gubernatorial debate of the 2012 election.
 
“Bill Maloney clearly won the debate tonight. Tonight, voters were presented with a clear choice: A 37-year long failed record from a career politician OR a job creator with a vision for a brighter future for West Virginia,” stated Seth Wimer, campaign manager for Bill Maloney.

Maloney accepted two other debate invitations, which Earl Ray Tomblin ignored.

“I am not afraid to contrast our two different futures for the state. In fact, I challenge Earl Ray Tomblin to join me in another debate, anytime, anyplace. I’ll join him in the Northern Panhandle, the Eastern Panhandle, or even in his home county of Logan. Even in another debate, we still won’t hear a plan from Earl Ray Tomblin because he proved tonight that he does not have a plan for West Virginia. Earl Ray showed that a vote for him is a vote for more of the same— the continued Obama policies of higher taxes, more spending, less jobs,” stated Bill Maloney.

“I am ready to lead and get to work creating jobs for West Virginians. I have a plan for a Brighter Future for West Virginia. As governor, I will bring jobs to West Virginia, fix our budget crisis, and end the culture of corruption in Charleston,” concluded Maloney.

For more information on Bill Maloney’s ideas for West Virginia and his Blueprint for a Brighter Future, visit: www.MaloneyforWV.com/Blueprint.


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STRATFOR: The Emerging Doctrine of the United States

The Emerging Doctrine of the United States is republished with permission of Stratfor.

By George Friedman

Over the past weekend, rumors began to emerge that the Syrian opposition would allow elements of the al Assad regime to remain in Syria and participate in the new government. Rumors have become Syria's prime export, and as such they should not be taken too seriously. Nevertheless, what is happening in Syria is significant for a new foreign doctrine emerging in the United States -- a doctrine in which the United States does not take primary responsibility for events, but which allows regional crises to play out until a new regional balance is reached. Whether a good or bad policy -- and that is partly what the U.S. presidential race is about -- it is real, and it flows from lessons learned.

Threats against the United States are many and complex, but Washington's main priority is ensuring that none of those threats challenge its fundamental interests. Somewhat simplistically, this boils down to mitigating threats against U.S. control of the seas by preventing the emergence of a Eurasian power able to marshal resources toward that end. It also includes preventing the development of a substantial intercontinental nuclear capability that could threaten the United States if a country is undeterred by U.S. military power for whatever reason. There are obviously other interests, but certainly these interests are fundamental.

Therefore, U.S. interest in what is happening in the Western Pacific is understandable. But even there, the United States is, at least for now, allowing regional forces to engage each other in a struggle that has not yet affected the area's balance of power. U.S. allies and proxies, including the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan, have been playing chess in the region's seas without a direct imposition of U.S. naval power -- even though such a prospect appears possible.

Lessons Learned

The roots of this policy lie in Iraq. Iran and Iraq are historical rivals; they fought an extended war in the 1980s with massive casualties. A balance of power existed between the two that neither was comfortable with but that neither could overcome. They contained each other with minimal external involvement.

The U.S. intervention in Iraq had many causes but one overwhelming consequence: In destroying Saddam Hussein's regime, a regime that was at least as monstrous as Moammar Gadhafi's or Bashar al Assad's, the United States destroyed the regional balance of power with Iran. The United States also miscalculated the consequences of the invasion and faced substantial resistance. When the United States calculated that withdrawal was the most prudent course -- a decision made during the Bush administration and continued by the Obama administration -- Iran consequently gained power and a greater sense of security. Perhaps such outcomes should have been expected, but since a forced withdrawal was unexpected, the consequences didn't clearly follow and warnings went unheeded.
If Iraq was the major and critical lesson on the consequences of intervention, Libya was the smaller and less significant lesson that drove it home. The United States did not want to get involved in Libya. Following the logic of the new policy, Libya did not represent a threat to U.S. interests. It was the Europeans, particularly the French, who argued that the human rights threats posed by the Gadhafi regime had to be countered and that those threats could quickly and efficiently be countered from the air. Initially, the U.S. position was that France and its allies were free to involve themselves, but the United States did not wish to intervene.

This rapidly shifted as the Europeans mounted an air campaign. They found that the Gadhafi regime did not collapse merely because French aircraft entered Libyan airspace. They also found that the campaign was going to be longer and more difficult than they anticipated. At this point committed to maintaining its coalition with the Europeans, the United States found itself in the position of either breaking with its coalition or participating in the air campaign. It chose the latter, seeing the commitment as minimal and supporting the alliance as a prior consideration.

Libya and Iraq taught us two lessons. The first was that campaigns designed to topple brutal dictators do not necessarily yield better regimes. Instead of the brutality of tyrants, the brutality of chaos and smaller tyrants emerged. The second lesson, well learned in Iraq, is that the world does not necessarily admire interventions for the sake of human rights. The United States also learned that the world's position can shift with startling rapidity from demanding U.S. action to condemning U.S. action. Moreover, Washington discovered that intervention can unleash virulently anti-American forces that will kill U.S. diplomats. Once the United States enters the campaign, however reluctantly and in however marginal a role, it will be the United States that will be held accountable by much of the world -- certainly by the inhabitants of the country experiencing the intervention. As in Iraq, on a vastly smaller scale, intervention carries with it unexpected consequences.

These lessons have informed U.S. policy toward Syria, which affects only some U.S. interests. However, any U.S. intervention in Syria would constitute both an effort and a risk disproportionate to those interests. Particularly after Libya, the French and other Europeans realized that their own ability to intervene in Syria was insufficient without the Americans, so they declined to intervene. Of course, this predated the killing of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, but it did not predate the fact that the intervention in Libya surprised planners by its length and by the difficulty of creating a successor regime less brutal than the one it replaced. The United States was not prepared to intervene with conventional military force.

That is not to say the United States did not have an interest in Syria. Specifically, Washington did not want Syria to become an Iranian puppet that would allow Tehran's influence to stretch through Iraq to the Mediterranean. The United States had been content with the Syrian regime while it was simply a partner of Iran rather than Iran's subordinate. However, the United States foresaw Syria as a subordinate of Iran if the al Assad regime survived. The United States wanted Iran blocked, and that meant the displacement of the al Assad regime. It did not mean Washington wanted to intervene militarily, except possibly through aid and training potentially delivered by U.S. special operations forces -- a lighter intervention than others advocated.

Essential Interests

The U.S. solution is instructive of the emerging doctrine. First, the United States accepted that al Assad, like Saddam Hussein and Gadhafi, was a tyrant. But it did not accept the idea that al Assad's fall would create a morally superior regime. In any event, it expected the internal forces in Syria to deal with al Assad and was prepared to allow this to play out. Second, the United States expected regional powers to address the Syrian question if they wished. This meant primarily Turkey and to a lesser degree Saudi Arabia. From the American point of view, the Turks and Saudis had an even greater interest in circumscribing an Iranian sphere of influence, and they had far greater levers to determine the outcome in Syria. Israel is, of course, a regional power, but it was in no position to intervene: The Israelis lacked the power to impose a solution, they could not occupy Syria, and Israeli support for any Syrian faction would delegitimize that faction immediately. Any intervention would have to be regional and driven by each participant's national interests.

The Turks realized that their own national interest, while certainly affected by Syria, did not require a major military intervention, which would have been difficult to execute and which would have had an unknown outcome. The Saudis and Qataris, never prepared to intervene directly, did what they could covertly, using money, arms and religiously motivated fighters to influence events. But no country was prepared to risk too much to shape events in Syria. They were prepared to use indirect power rather than conventional military force. As a result, the conflict remains unresolved.

This has forced both the Syrian regime and the rebels to recognize the unlikelihood of outright military victory. Iran's support for the regime and the various sources of support for the Syrian opposition have proved indecisive. Rumors of political compromise are emerging accordingly.
We see this doctrine at work in Iran as well. Tehran is developing nuclear weapons, which may threaten Israel. At the same time, the United States is not prepared to engage in a war with Iran, nor is it prepared to underwrite the Israeli attack with added military support. It is using an inefficient means of pressure -- sanctions -- which appears to have had some effect with the rapid depreciation of the Iranian currency. But the United States is not looking to resolve the Iranian issue, nor is it prepared to take primary responsibility for it unless Iran becomes a threat to fundamental U.S. interests. It is content to let events unfold and act only when there is no other choice.

Under the emerging doctrine, the absence of an overwhelming American interest means that the fate of a country like Syria is in the hands of the Syrian people or neighboring countries. The United States is unwilling to take on the cost and calumny of trying to solve the problem. It is less a form of isolationism than a recognition of the limits of power and interest. Not everything that happens in the world requires or justifies American intervention.

If maintained, this doctrine will force the world to reconsider many things. On a recent trip in Europe and the Caucasus, I was constantly asked what the United States would do on various issues. I responded by saying it would do remarkably little and that it was up to them to act. This caused interesting consternation. Many who condemn U.S. hegemony also seem to demand it. There is a shift under way that they have not yet noticed -- except for an absence that they regard as an American failure. My attempt to explain it as the new normal did not always work.

Given that there is a U.S. presidential election under way, this doctrine, which has quietly emerged under Obama, appears to conflict with the views of Mitt Romney, a point I made in a previous article. My core argument on foreign policy is that reality, not presidents or policy papers, makes foreign policy. The United States has entered a period in which it must move from military domination to more subtle manipulation, and more important, allow events to take their course. This is a maturation of U.S. foreign policy, not a degradation. Most important, it is happening out of impersonal forces that will shape whoever wins the U.S. presidential election and whatever he might want. Whether he wishes to increase U.S. assertiveness out of national interest, or to protect human rights, the United States is changing the model by which it operates. Overextended, it is redesigning its operating system to focus on the essentials and accept that much of the world, unessential to the United States, will be free to evolve as it will.

This does not mean that the United States will disengage from world affairs. It controls the world's oceans and generates almost a quarter of the world's gross domestic product. While disengagement is impossible, controlled engagement, based on a realistic understanding of the national interest, is possible.

This will upset the international system, especially U.S. allies. It will also create stress in the United States both from the political left, which wants a humanitarian foreign policy, and the political right, which defines the national interest broadly. But the constraints of the past decade weigh heavily on the United States and therefore will change the way the world works.

The important point is that no one decided this new doctrine. It is emerging from the reality the United States faces. That is how powerful doctrines emerge. They manifest themselves first and are announced when everyone realizes that that is how things work.


Read more: The Emerging Doctrine of the United States | Stratfor

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