Friday, December 28, 2012

Even a 5-Point Swing Wouldn’t Have Saved Romney

Even a 5-Point Swing Wouldn’t Have Saved Romney

Will South Carolina Nullify Federal Gun Laws? – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Will South Carolina Nullify Federal Gun Laws? – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

STRATFOR: Negotiations Over a Transitional Syrian Government

USA: GDBIW Signs USD 13.49 Mln Littoral Combat Ships Contract Naval Today

USA: GDBIW Signs USD 13.49 Mln Littoral Combat Ships Contract Naval Today

Congress Has Enough Time to Keep Spying on You, Forever

Congress Has Enough Time to Keep Spying on You, Forever

Release: Coast Guard repatriates 26 Cuban migrants

News Release

Coast Guard repatriates 26 Cuban migrants

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 26 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Friday. 
 
The migrants were interdicted at sea during three separate incidents beginning on Dec. 24

On Dec. 24, crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ocracoke interdicted eight Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel north of Mariel, Cuba. The crewmembers safely embarked, and later transferred, the migrants to the Key Biscayne.

On the same day, the Ocracoke interdicted six more Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Marathon, Fla, after the vessel was detected by a Coast Guard HC-144 maritime patrol aircraft. The migrants were safely embarked on the Ocracoke, and were later transferred to the Key Biscayne.

On Dec. 25, crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Pea Island interdicted 12 Cuban migrants aboard a rustic vessel south of Key West, Fla.

“Migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States by boat often travel aboard dangerously overloaded and ill-equipped vessels," said, Capt. Brendan McPherson, 7th Coast Guard District chief of enforcement. "People aboard these vessels are putting their lives at extreme risk, so the Coast Guard with our partner agencies will continue to patrol vigilantly to rescue and repatriate undocumented migrants who take to the sea."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

The cutter Pea Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

The cutter Ocracoke is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The cutter Key Biscayne is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

The Pea Island and other Island-class patrol boats are being replaced by 58 new, Sentinel-class fast response cutters (FRC). The FRC will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed and stability of the FRC deliver tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fathers disappear from households across America - Washington Times

Fathers disappear from households across America - Washington Times

Release: Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark

News Release

Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark

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Almost 350 dead sharks lay on the ground outside of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island after their boat crew located a 5-mile-long gill net floating 4 miles offshore Dec. 24, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Coast Guard crew found an illegal gill net with hundreds of dead sharks Monday, 4 miles off the Texas coast.

The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S. – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was 5 miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks.

The species of shark seized included 225 black tip, 109 bonnet, and 11 bull sharks.

“Gill nets indiscriminately kill any fish or marine mammal it snares across miles of ocean, often leaving much of the catch spoiled by the time it is hauled in,” according to Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the response officer for Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “Mexican fisheries have been depleted due to wasteful fishing methods such as gill netting and over fishing, which is why there has been increased illegal fishing activity into U.S. waters.”

Typically, catches of shark such as this are also only harvested for their fins, and the rest of the shark is discarded. During calendar year 2012, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi seized more than 49 miles of gill net from illegal fishing activities.

Gill nets are illegal throughout Texas and devastating to the marine environment.
“We hope our efforts continue to disrupt and dissuade this illegal enterprise along our South Texas shores,” said Deptula.

On a national level, the Coast Guard is the leader in at-sea enforcement of U.S. living marine resource laws designed to protect fish stocks and protect marine species to healthy, sustainable levels, ensuring a level playing field in the legal fishing industry.

The Coast Guard works closely alongside the Texas Parks and Wildlife agency, the Department of State, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to enforce domestic fisheries laws and protect the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone from foreign encroachment.

For more information, please see the Coast Guard's Web site on Living Marine Resources.
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Russia: Research Ship Seliger Hoists Naval Ensign Naval Today

Russia: Research Ship Seliger Hoists Naval Ensign Naval Today

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34 Years of Satellite Temperature Data Show Global Warming Is on a Plateau

34 Years of Satellite Temperature Data Show Global Warming Is on a Plateau