Saturday, March 30, 2013

PAUL: A duty to preserve the Second Amendment - Washington Times

PAUL: A duty to preserve the Second Amendment - Washington Times

Hollande Revises Schedule for Withdrawal From Mali, Says Objectives Achieved

Hollande Revises Schedule for Withdrawal From Mali, Says Objectives Achieved

France backs off plans to arm Syrian rebels - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

France backs off plans to arm Syrian rebels - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

China Defense Blog: Photos of the day: Test Ship 892 at QingDao

China Defense Blog: Photos of the day: Test Ship 892 at QingDao: with DH-10 LACM, naturally.     Saturday, July 28, 2012 In the age of internet, information can be borrowed wi...

'Generation Identity' Wages War on France Islamization - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

'Generation Identity' Wages War on France Islamization - World - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

A Look at the US Army’s New Capabilities in Korea

A Look at the US Army’s New Capabilities in Korea

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.

Addressing the Skills Gap
 
The skills gap is a very real concern in Wisconsin and around the country, and it is only expected to increase. I have frequently heard from employers that they cannot find enough skilled workers to fill open positions. Right now, one in ten jobs cannot be filled. We need to commit to worker training to ensure our citizens have the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

Recently, I signed “Wisconsin Fast Forward” legislation, which had nearly unanimous support in the Legislature. The new law works to address the skills gap by developing a Labor Market Information System to connect workers with current job openings and by investing in worker training grants to get workers the skills they need.

In addition to investments in the technical colleges, the budget includes a first-of-its-kind flexible degree program allowing adult students to complete online, self-paced, degree programs. I also proposed an expansion to the open enrollment program which would allow students to take a mix of classes from both technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin system. Together, these investments will ensure we are training our workforce so it can expand and continue to compete in the coming years.


Apply to Serve
 
One of the duties I have as Governor is to appoint Wisconsin citizens to open judicial, district attorney, sheriff, or coroner positions, as well as to the over 200 boards, commissions, councils, and taskforces. 
 
This week, I was pleased to announce the appointment of Commissioner Thomas McAdams to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 7 and Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson to the Marathon County Circuit Court, Branch 3. I hope to announce an appointment for the Dodge County Sheriff within the next two weeks.

Currently, I am accepting applications for appointment to the Barron County Circuit Court and Marathon County Sheriff. We also have a substantial number of open positions available on various state boards, commissions, and in other areas of state government. There are 512 vacancies on 145 boards, commissions, and councils. Please visit walker.wi.gov/Serve-Wisconsin to find information about these openings.

Positions frequently become available, so if you are interested in serving, please apply and our office will keep your application on file. If you’ve been looking to get involved in state government, this is a great way to use your skills to serve the residents of Wisconsin!


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

Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward - The Hill

Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward - The Hill

Pope leads 'Way of the Cross' Ceremony at the Colosseum


Pope Francis on the Via Crucis. One word is enough: The Cross


U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) makes its way into Apra Harbor at U.S. Naval Base Guam. Freedom is on a deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region conducting maritime security operations. U.S. Navy photo by JoAnna Delfin (Released) 130329-N-TR604-001

Thursday, March 28, 2013

RIA Novosti: Sukhoi, Malaysia Sign $100 Mln Deal on Fighters' Maintenance

RIA NovostiSu-30MKISukhoi, Malaysia Sign $100 Mln Deal on Fighters' Maintenance
12:53 28/03/2013 Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi and the Malaysian Defense Ministry have signed a $100-million contract for the technical maintenance of Malaysia’s fleet of Su-30MKM fighters, said a spokesman for the organizing committee of the LIMA-2013 aerospace exhibition.>>

Rand Paul: We Will Filibuster Any Gun Control Bills



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USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home

USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home



From USS Winston S. Churchill Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to Naval Station Norfolk March 28, after a nine-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Churchill travelled more than 56,000 nautical miles under the leadership of Cmdr. Chris Stone, commanding officer, while safely conducting 41 underway replenishments, 35 weapons exercises and more than 1,000 hours of flight operations.

The ship made port visits to Albania, Jordan, Montenegro, Portugal, and United Arab Emirates where the crew participated in several community relations projects.

"I couldn't be more proud of this crew; the successes they have achieved over the past nine months are truly remarkable," said Stone. "They met every challenge head on, adapting and overcoming time and again to set the standard for excellence.

USS Winston S. Churchill made headlines around the world Aug. 20, 2012, when tragedy struck off the coast of Oman. The ship responded to an emergency at sea aboard the civilian Motor Vessel Belde; one crew member had been killed and another required advanced medical care. The rescue, executed under adverse environmental conditions, led to a helicopter litter recovery from the vessel's bridge wing and expeditious evacuation to a hospital, ultimately saving the mariner's life.

Churchill made history by participating in the first U.S Central Command joint counter-piracy exercise between the United States and the People's Liberation Army (Navy) of China. Three crew members served as translators throughout the exercise ensuring smooth communications.

More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=72982

Pope Francis to jailed teens: I wash your feet to remind you that we have to help each other

RIA Novosti: President Putin Orders Large-Scale Military Drills on Black Sea

RIA NovostiPresident Putin Orders Large-Scale Military Drills on Black SeaPresident Putin Orders Large-Scale Military Drills on Black Sea
18:00 28/03/2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly ordered a snap large-scale military exercise on Thursday as concerns persist over armed forces combat readiness.>>

Deal Or No Deal? Russia, China Disagree on Big Sale of Jets, Submarines

Deal Or No Deal? Russia, China Disagree on Big Sale of Jets, Submarines

Pope Francis asks priests to go to "outskirts" where they are most needed

Stennis Strike Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet AOR

Stennis Strike Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet AOR



By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack, John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), March 26, after spending more than five months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

The JCSCSG returned to the 5th Fleet AOR in late October after departing in January 2012, after spending five months back at homeport.

"By returning to the AOR after a compressed turnaround at home, you exemplified the highest ideals of dedication and service," said Vice Adm. John Miller, commander of U.S. 5th Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Combined Maritime Forces. "The extraordinary strength, courage and professionalism you displayed while conducting more than 9,000 combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom allowed theater and national objectives to advance both tactically and strategically."

"We contributed in real ways, and you all should be proud of that," said John C. Stennis' Commanding Officer Capt. Ron Reis during an address to Stennis Sailors to announce the completion of their final OEF mission.

The JCSCSG operated in the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea while conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation engagements, and command and control support operations for coalition forces in Afghanistan. Aviators from embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 flew more than 9,000 sorties and more than 23,000 flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

"It's an honorable mission that we participated in, and it's important to understand it's not just us [aviators]," said Capt. Dell Bull, commander of CVW 9. "It's the guys in engineering, on the flight deck and the culinary specialists who allow us to maintain these airplanes, load weapons, etc. It takes a huge team effort to make that happen."


More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=72960

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Rep. Massie, Rep. Radel and Rep. Amash Introduce the Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act

For Immediate Release
Tuesday March 19, 2013
Contact: Lorenz.Isidro@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-3465

Rep. Massie, Rep. Radel and Rep. Amash Introduce the Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act
 
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-4), Congressman Trey Radel (FL-19) and Congressman Justin Amash (MI-3) introduced the Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act, which prevents the executive branch from authorizing military strikes upon American citizens on American soil.

“We are the greatest nation on earth because our Constitution protects life and assures liberty for all citizens," said Rep. Radel. The government should be vigilant in defense of our rights especially with the use of military force, and most importantly when it comes to using that force against Americans within our borders," said Radel.

“The Constitution protects Americans from being assassinated by their own government using drones or any other weapons,” said Rep. Amash. Our bill affirms citizens’ constitutionally protected right to due process and ensures that Americans do not have to fear that military force will be used against them in their homes, offices, and, yes, even in cafés,” said Amash.

“The federal government does not have the authority to execute Americans on U.S. soil without the Constitutional right of due process,” said Rep. Massie. “Constituents in my district are deeply concerned about the privacy, safety, and constitutionality of government drones in U.S. airspace,” said Massie.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the Life, Liberty, and Justice for All Americans Act.
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China Defense Blog: Photos of the day: Sizing a small island in South...

China Defense Blog: Photos of the day: Sizing a small island in South...: A combat-readiness patrol and high-sea training taskforce under the South China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation A...

Release: Coast Guard, AMVER vessels respond to distressed catamaran 500 miles southeast of Bermuda

News Release

Coast Guard, AMVER vessels respond to distressed catamaran 500 miles southeast of Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is responding to a distressed vessel with nine people aboard approximately 500 miles southeast of Bermuda, Monday.

Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon distress signal at 1:15 p.m. registered to the 109-foot catamaran, Mouse Trap.

Concurrently, the Mouse Trap’s crew made contact with Rescue Coordination Center Gris Nez, France and initially reported that their vessel was in distress after losing their mast and that one crew member was deceased.

RCC Gris Nez passed along the information to Coast Guard watchstanders.

An air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft at 3:45 p.m.

Watchstanders have also directed the 620-foot bulk freighter Alexandros III and the 652-foot Dover Highway to the Mouse Trap’s location using AMVER, the Automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue system.

On scene weather is reported to be 5 mph winds and 9-foot seas.


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CATO Chairman: States Can’t Nullify; Supreme Court Is Our Remedy

CATO Chairman: States Can’t Nullify; Supreme Court Is Our Remedy

RIA Novosti: Russia to Equip Submarine Forces With High-Precision Weapons

RIA NovostiPacific Fleet’s submarine forcesRussia to Equip Submarine Forces With High-Precision Weapons
13:08 27/03/2013 Russia plans to equip its submarine forces with long-range high-precision weapons, which will enhance their strategic deterrent capabilities, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday.>>

Pope Francis explains meaning of Holy Week during first general audience

A.M. Links: Obamacare to Increase Cost of Private Insurance, 80 Percent of Americans Unhappy with Washington, $100 Bill Easier to Counterfeit Than Print

A.M. Links: Obamacare to Increase Cost of Private Insurance, 80 Percent of Americans Unhappy with Washington, $100 Bill Easier to Counterfeit Than Print

Submarine USS Asheville Departs for Six-month Deployment

Submarine USS Asheville Departs for Six-month Deployment

By Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Walker
NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Asheville (SSN 758) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment, March 26.

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine's deployment is in support of the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy.

Asheville's missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability. The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces.

More at: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=72955

Pope Francis has decided to not live in Papal apartments...for now

U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet Cancels Deployments; PCU Arlington Arrives in Norfolk

SAPR-Fleet Training Satisfies GMT Requirement; Eisenhower, Carrier Air Wing 7 Begin Supporting OEF

STRATFOR: Chinese Investment in Africa