Friday, April 26, 2013

Deal signs bill expanding immigration crackdown

Deal signs bill expanding immigration crackdown

Planned Parenthood Closing Four Clinics in Wisconsin After De-Funding

Planned Parenthood Closing Four Clinics in Wisconsin After De-Funding

Sen. Tiffany's E-update

April 26th, 2013

UW System Budget Surplus


I would like to commend my colleagues Representative Kooyenga, Representative Klenke, Representative Marklein, and Representative Kapenga for their hard work in uncovering the surplus in the University of Wisconsin System budget. As certified public accountants, these Representatives in the “CPA Caucus” have a keen grasp on budgeting and a solid understanding of how numbers do and do not add up.
Their hard work and diligence digging into this portion of the budget raised enough red flags that they had our non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau dig deeper into discrepancies. What the Legislative Fiscal Bureau was able to uncover is that the UW System had cash reserves of $648 million at the end of the last fiscal year. Over the past few years, tuition has been rising and generating millions for the UW coffers. There needs to be more accountability and transparency into how the UW System functions to be certain they are using our taxpayer dollars wisely. It is unfair to keep burdening UW students and families with higher tuition while the UW System continues to stockpile reserves. I agree with Governor Walker and my fellow Republican colleagues who are calling for a two-year freeze on tuition.

State Department Accepting Comments on Keystone Pipeline


This week, Governor Walker urged Secretary of State John Kerry to move swiftly on the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline is our chance to have a new North American energy source. Expanding the pipeline will produce 830,000 barrels of oil per day, which will have an enormously positive economic impact on our country by reducing our dependency on oil from the Middle East.
 
In addition, if the pipeline is approved in a timely manner, countless jobs in the United States stand to be created. Wisconsin has an opportunity to benefit from this job growth. Public comments are being accepted by the State Department regarding the pipeline and can be emailed to keystonecomments@state.gov.

Deer and Bobcat Relationship


Last week, per my request, DNR furbearer specialist John Olson came to Crandon to discuss bobcats. I am grateful that he came, but I would like to highlight concerns raised by many constituents by drawing a connection between the increasing bobcat numbers and decreasing deer numbers. Please take a look at this pdf with my thoughts on this relationship.

JFC Budget Input


Yesterday, the Joint Committee on Finance held its first day of voting on the budget after holding four statewide public hearings. They have already made some changes based on the input they received and it is certainly not too late to share any additional thoughts. If you wish to do so, please email: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov or via mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702. 
 
There is a great deal yet to be decided before I even have the opportunity to vote on the budget, so I am certainly keeping abreast of the changes and will constantly evaluate any new developments.

Bear Hunting Program Available

Individuals interested in learning to hunt Wisconsin’s largest game animal have until May 24 to apply to participate in a Learn to Hunt Bear outing featuring classroom and field instruction capped with a real hunt with skilled mentors.
The goals of the program are:
  1. To provide a bear hunting experience to novice hunters who would not otherwise get that chance to hunt bear other than through the Learn to Hunt Program.
  2. To provide a safe and memorable first-time introductory bear hunting experience to novice hunters with experienced and qualified mentors.
  3. To teach novice hunters about the habits of bear, how to read bear signs, check bait, track and handle hounds, use proper shooting techniques, and safely handle firearms.
  4. To provide an opportunity for experienced bear hunters to contribute to overall conservation efforts by giving something back to the hunting heritage through recruiting the next generation of safe, legal, ethical, and responsible hunters to carry on the bear hunting tradition.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke, Hunting and Shooting Sport Coordinator, 608-576-5243 or Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement, 608-267-0798

STRATFOR: George Friedman on Iraq (Agenda)

Gun Owners of America: Will the Amnesty Bill Lead to Gun Confiscation in 2035?

Gun Owners of America

Will the Amnesty Bill Lead to
Gun Confiscation in 2035?

Turning America "blue" could lead to California-style gun control
 
"Immigration reform could be a bonanza for Democrats [and] cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily." — Politico, April 22, 2013

In 1984, California was sufficiently conservative so that it cast its electoral votes for President Ronald Reagan. It was not fiercely pro-gun, but, then again, it wasn't New York.

But, in 1986, Reagan signed an immigration amnesty bill, called Simpson-Mazzoli. The bill was small compared to the current amnesty bill. Three million illegals benefited.

But that was enough to change California from a sometimes "swing state" to a state almost wholly controlled by Leftists. Within 20 years — and continuing to this day — California couldn't pass enough gun bans, gun registration, ammunition limits, and ammunition registration.

So it is with some concern that Chuck Schumer’s amnesty bill (S. 744) which is currently on the table would cover 11,000,000 to 20,000,000 illegal aliens — four to seven times the size of the Simpson-Mazzoli bill.

We predict that, if the bill is passed, by 2035, the American electorate will have changed so fundamentally that California-style gun control could become a very real possibility in this country!
We know you're tired. We have just fought a hard-fought battle over explicit gun control in the Senate — a battle which we won.

But it does strike us as interesting that the same gun control crazies who pushed gun control want to slam immigration amnesty through the Senate quickly so they can redirect their fire against us again.

Who are the chief architects of forging a more anti-gun electorate? Well, the chief sponsor of S. 744 is Chuck Schumer, and he is joined by other Second Amendment haters such as Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and compromiser John McCain (R-AZ).

Over the next week or so, we'll let you in on some of the anti-gun specifics of Schumer's "amnesty bill," as it’s correctly dubbed. But for starters, the bill would push us towards a biometric ID card, which is something that GOA has opposed for years — given that a de facto National ID poses a huge threat to gun owners’ privacy.

But then there’s the fact that Schumer’s “amnesty bill” requires the government to give its okay — in a Brady Gun Check-type procedure — before you could get a private job in America (section 3(c)(2)(A)(iii)). Does anyone not see why this might be a problem?

We've just gone through excruciating pain to stop the expansion of Brady Checks for guns. Now we turn around and the same parties who were pushing that are now pushing Brady Checks for private jobs.

It’s ironic that those pushing for background checks are adamantly against ID’s for voting because that would disenfranchise the elderly, the poor, and minorities. Hmm, so they do understand that background checks as a prior restraint — are a fundamentally flawed concept?

But this is where the real fun starts. You feed the potential employee’s info into a government database and, according to Senator Durbin, "up pops a picture." And, says Durbin, "if that picture doesn't match [the one on your ID], you may not be employed."

The Brady Check deals with a list of names which is in the millions. It deals only with things like names and social security numbers, not pictures. Yet it gives “false negatives” 8% of the time. And if you’re one of those 8% who are illegally denied a gun, the FBI’s response, more often than not, is “So sue us.” If this weren’t bad enough, the system breaks down for days at a time — normally the times when the most people need it.

Do we really want to expand this flawed concept to other areas of our lives?

If this weren't bad enough, we know that, once the government has to give its approval before you can do something, it’s an almost iron-clad guarantee that it will exercise that power in a political manner. Under the Brady Check system, 165,000 law-abiding honorable veterans have lost their gun rights, not because they have done anything wrong, but because they sought counseling from the VA on the basis of a traumatic experience in the military.

Watching Schumer explain on the Senate floor why those veterans should lose their constitutional rights without any court order — while he vigilantly defends due process for foreign terrorists — is like watching a dung beetle drag its “prey” back to its lair.

So we know 165,000 non-politically correct veterans lost their gun rights under Brady Checks. Who will become politically incorrect unemployable non-persons under Brady Checks for Jobs?

Now, one would think that the fact that one million people in Boston were put under house arrest last week because our current immigration system allowed two asylum-seekers from terrorist-filled Chechnya to become legal residents and, in one case, a citizen of our country, will put the skids on the "inevitability" of Schumer’s amnesty bill. After all, gun control was "inevitable" too.

But the bottom line is this: Just as we saw the gun ramifications of ObamaCare, we will also see the problems with a bill that alters the electorate in such a way that the Second Amendment will cease to exist. In doing so, we will need to make sure that we don’t have most of our guns registered or confiscated in 2035 because short-sighted politicians listened to MSNBC and turned our country blue.

But we will also make sure that we do not take bad gun law and turn it into bad employment law.
ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators and ask them to oppose the anti-gun Schumer amnesty bill (S. 744).

Cartoon: The Welfare State



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Obama takes swipe at pro-life activists, ignores Gosnell during Planned Parenthood speech | LifeSiteNews.com

Obama takes swipe at pro-life activists, ignores Gosnell during Planned Parenthood speech | LifeSiteNews.com

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



(April 24, 2013) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Tophatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 participates in an air power demonstration over the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/Released)

Press Release: Inhofe, Lucas Introduce Bill Limiting Federal Agencies From Stockpiling Ammunition

Friday, April 26, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) today introduced in their respective chambers the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2013. The legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a report on the purchasing of ammunition by federal agencies, except the Department of Defense, and its effect on the supply of ammunition available to the public. The AMMO Act would restrict agencies from obtaining additional ammunition for a six-month period if current agency stockpiles are higher than its monthly averages prior to the Obama Administration.

"President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights," said Inhofe. "One way the Obama Administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition. As the public learned in a House committee hearing this week, the Department of Homeland Security has two years worth of ammo on hand and allots nearly 1,000 more rounds of ammunition for DHS officers than is used on average by our Army officers. The AMMO Act of 2013 will enforce transparency and accountability of federal agencies’ ammunition supply while also protecting law-abiding citizens access to these resources.”

“After hearing from my constituents about the shortage of ammunition in Oklahoma and the Department of Homeland Security’s profligate purchases of ammunition,” said Lucas. “We have introduced the AMMO Act of 2013 to curtail these purchases so Americans can exercise their Second Amendment rights without being encumbered by the federal government. I was surprised to find out the DHS has the right to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years, while it already has two years worth of ammo already. This is an issue that must be addressed, and I am pleased this legislation provides us the opportunity to do so.”


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Chief of Naval Operations Testifies on FY14 Budget Priorities

Chief of Naval Operations Testifies on FY14 Budget Priorities

By Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs Staff
PENTAGON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations, Secretary of the Navy, and Commandant of the Marine Corps testified together April 25 before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the Department of the Navy budget request for fiscal year 2014.

The three naval leader's testimony emphasized the realities of sequestration restraints on the fiscal year 2014 defense budget presented to congress earlier this month.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert delivered an opening statement that outlined the budget strategy and subsequent carryover from fiscal year 2013 as well as targeted the intended course for the next fiscal year. Greenert explained how Navy leadership has made key decisions in light of fiscal ambiguities, placing an emphasis on the characteristic of the Navy's forces mandate to operate forward where it matters, and that the Navy will be ready when it matters.

"We organize, man, train, and equip the Navy by viewing our decisions through three lenses, or tenets," said Greenert. "They are: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready. Regardless of the size of our budget or our fleet, these three tenets are the lenses through which we evaluate each decision."

Greenert laid out the fiscal year 2013 budget strategy along with the carryover structure to show how the current appropriations bill allowed for further investment in our Navy operations and maintenance. Greenert stressed that while there are certain "must pay" items that will be funded, there is also a commitment to conduct training and maintenance for forces next to deploy and prepare to meet the fiscal year 2014 Global Force Management Allocation Plan (GFMAP).

Greenert noted the aspects sequestration has played on the Navy's budget planning, stressing that budget shortfalls were sure to carry over into fiscal 2014. This setback would reduce the Navy surge capacity of fully mission-capable carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups through fiscal year 2014.

"Taken together, our O&M and investment shortfalls leave us a $9 billion carryover challenge for FY2014," said Greenert.

He added however, continuing sequestration would grow the carryover challenge from $9 billion to $23 billion. While this centers on O&M costs Greenert made clear that other critical fleet operations would be subject to reduction as well. All panel members present at the hearing addressed the overwhelming theme of sequestration negatively affecting ongoing and future operations across the Department of the Navy.

In his outlook for 2014, Admiral Greenert defined his strategy for Navy priorities. He maintained that the Navy would continue to forward deploy, and would continue near-term investments to address challenges in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Additionally, Greenert stated that the Navy would continue to develop long-term capabilities, at the appropriate capacity, to address warfighting challenges in both regions.

Overall, when looking at the 2014 budget, Greenert gave a clear view of what the Navy can expect for the investment of research and development in new technology, specifically when it comes to shipbuilding goals. With over $44 billion being invested in ships, submarines, manned and unmanned aircraft, weapons, cyber, among other procurement items and programs to include the delivery of 300 ships by 2019, Greenert expects much greater interoperability and flexibility when it comes to the future of the fleet.

Greenert expressed his commitment to grow manpower by 4,600 Sailors, stating these new Sailors would, "reduce our manning gaps at sea, enhance the Navy's cyber capabilities, and improve our waterfront training."

Equally important were the CNO's focus on critical readiness and safety degraders such as sexual assault, suicide, operational tempo, and at-sea manning.

Greenert said this budget sets a course for the Navy to successfully meet the Strategic Defense Guidance laid out by the Department of Defense. Thanking his Sailors and Navy Civilians for the tremendous amount of perseverance, production, and patience throughout the fiscal unease, Admiral Greenert closed his testimony remarks by recognizing the need for the removal of sequestration in order to fully execute the Navy mission.

"We again ask for your support in removing the burden of sequestration so that we can better train, better equip and deploy properly these brave men and women in our defense of our nation."

For more news from Chief of Naval Operations, visit www.navy.mil/local/cno/.

Gang of Eight loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship | WashingtonExaminer.com

Gang of Eight loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship | WashingtonExaminer.com

Marine Corps War Memorial in running for $1 million grant

Marine Corps War Memorial in running for $1 million grant

Memorial Ceremony Honors Fallen Sailors, Coast Guardsman

Memorial Ceremony Honors Fallen Sailors, Coast Guardsman

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Blair, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (NNS) -- U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia held a ceremony at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain April 24 in remembrance of the ninth anniversary of the attack on patrol coastal ship USS Firebolt (PC 10).

Saturday, April 24, 2004, Firebolt was attacked near Iraq's oil terminals while conducting maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

The attack claimed the lives of three U.S. servicemembers: Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Michael Pernaselli, U.S. Navy; Signalman 2nd Class Christopher Watts, U.S. Navy; and Damage Controlman 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, U.S. Coast Guard.

These three fallen servicemembers are now immortalized at a memorial on NSA Bahrain, in the courtyard outside the U.S. Coast Guard office, where today's ceremony was held. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 completed construction of the memorial in just over a month on Feb. 24.

Speakers at the ceremony included Deputy Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Rear Adm. Kevin Scott; Commodore, Commander, Task Force 55, Capt. Stephen Evans; and the host of the ceremony, Commodore, U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, Capt. Paul Flynn.

Lt. Clayton Jones, Christian chaplain from Destroyer Squadron 50, ended the memorial ceremony with a solemn prayer to look after the families and friends of those that were lost, and the Sailors and Coastguardsmen that serve today and honor their memory.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/5th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/cusnc/.

Guam Servicemembers Volunteer At Elementary School Science Fair

RIA Novosti: Russia to Join NORAD in Antiterror Drills

RIA NovostiRussia to Join NORAD in Antiterror Drills. (Archive)Russia to Join NORAD in Antiterror Drills
08:05 26/04/2013 A Russian military delegation has arrived in the United States to take part in a series of planning meetings with US and Canadian counterparts ahead of the joint Vigilant Eagle 2013 anti-terrorism drills to be held this summer, the Russian Defense Ministry said.>>

Chain Migration Will Bury the Republic and Republican Party | RedState

Chain Migration Will Bury the Republic and Republican Party | RedState

Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Sign Damage Control Charter

GOP angst grows over leadership fumbles - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

GOP angst grows over leadership fumbles - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

'Gosnell is a real-life Hannibal Lector': 18 Congressmen expose abortionist from House floor | LifeSiteNews.com

'Gosnell is a real-life Hannibal Lector': 18 Congressmen expose abortionist from House floor | LifeSiteNews.com

Textbooks rejected: Board votes against books tied to Common Core

Textbooks rejected: Board votes against books tied to Common Core: The board was considering buying more than 73,000 math materials, which included teaching booklets, hardback books and online resources for students in kindergarten through 12th grades, to be bough...

h/t: Georgia Pundit

Vatican says Pope unlikely to visit any other countries in 2013

Coast Guard Release: Rescue swimmer's first medevac; rescues man in Gulf of Mexico

News Release

Rescue swimmer's first medevac; rescues man in Gulf of Mexico

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/915226/
 
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Vicchiariello, an aviation survival technician at Air Station Houston, escorts a medevac patient into the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, April 25, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery
 
HOUSTON — A Coast Guard rescue swimmer, and Port Jervis, N.Y., native, medevaced a man from a bulk carrier in the Gulf of Mexico, about 45 miles east of Galveston, and his crew delivered the man to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston for treatment Thursday.

A ship's representative, for the Bahamian flagged bulk carrier Blackfin, contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 7:18 a.m., to report that the chief engineer was suffering from abdominal and back pain. Starting 130 miles from shore, a Coast Guard flight surgeon in New Orleans determined the ship was too far and his symptoms were to severe to wait for their return to port.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew were diverted to rescue the man while an Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew provided communications cover and helped prepared the ship's crew for the medevac.

The newly qualified rescue swimmer was lowered more than 100 feet to the deck of the ship on his first search and rescue case. The pilots held their position in 20 to 25 knot winds while avoiding the ship's loading cranes as the man was hoisted about 125 feet up to the helicopter.

"I was nervous at first because it was the real deal," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Vicchiariello, the rescue swimmer lowered to help the injured man. "It was a good experience. Helping people is something I always wanted to do."

The man was delivered to UTMB Galveston at about 2:30 p.m. in stable condition.

"The geographic separation between our responding units in Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and Houston working together to assist someone in acute pain offshore, was impressive," said Lt. Matthew Walter, a command duty officer at the sector. "Coordinating information to locate a vessel reportedly 100 miles offshore, with a crew that barely spoke English, was a challenging task."
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lone wolf is new focus post-Boston bombings - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Lone wolf is new focus post-Boston bombings - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

America Made a Pact With the Devil After 9/11, Let's Not Do It Again After Boston

America Made a Pact With the Devil After 9/11, Let's Not Do It Again After Boston

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs San Diego Bay for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Freedom will demonstrate her operational capabilities and allow the Navy to evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or mine countermeasures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christine Walker-Singh/Released)

USS Nimitz Officer First Female Aircraft Launch, Recovery Equipment Boatswain

Rep. Reid Ribble: Wisconsin Jobs Weekend Is Just Around the Corner

Wisconsin Jobs Weekend April 26th & 29th

http://ribbleforms.house.gov/Components/Redirect/r.aspx?ID=325115-36356218

JOB SEEKER WORKSHOP
Friday, April 26th
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College - Lecture Hall
2740 West Mason St., Green Bay, WI
Map
 
 
CONGRESSMAN RIBBLE'S WISCONSIN JOB FAIR
Monday, April 29th
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College - Student Commons
2740 West Mason St., Green Bay, WI
Map
 
 

NAACP Chief Says Criminal Justice Reform is a GOP Path to African-American Votes

NAACP Chief Says Criminal Justice Reform is a GOP Path to African-American Votes

RIA Novosti: New T-50 Fighter Jet to Enter Service in 2016 – Putin

RIA NovostiRussia’s fifth-generation T-50 fighter jetNew T-50 Fighter Jet to Enter Service in 2016 – Putin
15:03 25/04/2013 Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet will enter service with the country’s armed forces in 2016, and not 2015 as was previously announced, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.>>

Nimitz Sailor Becomes a Navy First

Nimitz Sailor Becomes a Navy First

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Linda S. Swearingen
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- An officer on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) is the Navy's first female Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) Boatswain (Bos'n).

The Navy's first female ALRE Bos'n, Ens. Kimberlee D. Hazle, of Valley View, Texas, checked on board Nimitz in March 2013.

Hazle joined the Navy when she was 18 years old after she graduated from high school.

"I joined the Navy in 2001," said Hazle. "I thought it would give me good experiences and [help me] grow up."
She came into the Navy as an undesignated Airman and struck aviation boatswain's mate (equipment) (ABE) a year later.

After being an ABE for 12 years, Hazle put in her package for the limited duty officer (LDO) program and was commissioned as the Navy's first female ALRE Bos'n in November 2012.

"It was always my goal to become an ALRE and to do better for the Air Department and the ABEs," said Hazle. "I always wanted to be on top of the chain [of command] and to be a Bos'n to improve processes, safety, qualifications and maintenance."

After becoming a commissioned officer, Hazle made her way to Nimitz in early 2013.

"I came to the Nimitz in February," said Hazle. "This is my third carrier. Previously, I was stationed on the Reagan and the Stennis. I will be on board Nimitz for about three more years."

Hazle comes from a long line of veterans who served in various branches of the military and is the first female in her family to serve.

"My whole family was military," said Hazle. "My dad, my uncle, both my grandfathers. My uncle was actually a Bos'n as well."

According to Hazle, the best part of being a Bos'n is the launching and recovering of the aircraft from the flight deck and helping junior Sailors she works with learn how to do the job she loves.

"[I enjoy] helping the junior Sailors qualify to launch and recover," said Hazel. "It's a lot of hard work, but I don't want to do anything else. The junior Sailors are the reason I want to do this because they run this division."

Being a Bos'n on board an aircraft carrier can present a lot of challenges such as long hours, extreme weather conditions and being around equipment that can cause serious bodily harm or death if not used properly, but Hazle always looks on the bright side and keeps her attitude positive.

"The equipment can be rather challenging, but that's how we get our work out in," said Hazle.

The main part of the ship that Hazle is in charge of is the catapults and arresting gear located on the flight deck, two of the main things necessary to launch and recover aircraft from an aircraft carrier.

"Without those two things, there would be no fixed wing flight [operations]," said Hazle.

For Hazle, being the Navy's first female Bos'n is not something she feels is out of the ordinary and is something that comes naturally to her.

"As far as being the first female Bos'n, I want to do well and have it be the norm and to not be the elephant in the room," said Hazle. "I feel very normal doing it and very supported by my division and my department."

For more news from USS Nimitz (CVN 68), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Priest Wants Bodies of Babies Gosnell Killed for a Proper Burial

Priest Wants Bodies of Babies Gosnell Killed for a Proper Burial

Sessions says Secretary Napolitano is not above the law - The Hill's Floor Action

Sessions says Secretary Napolitano is not above the law - The Hill's Floor Action

Ann Coulter - April 24, 2013 - THE PROBLEM ISN'T JUST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IT'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION, TOO

Ann Coulter - April 24, 2013 - THE PROBLEM ISN'T JUST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IT'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION, TOO

Bill To Nullify Warrantless Drone Use In Tennesse Passes, Sent To Gov. Haslam’s Desk – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Bill To Nullify Warrantless Drone Use In Tennesse Passes, Sent To Gov. Haslam’s Desk – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Science still can't explain Shroud of Turn, researcher says | National Catholic Reporter

Science still can't explain Shroud of Turn, researcher says | National Catholic Reporter

Louisiana House Votes to Nullify Federal Gun Control, 67-25 – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

Louisiana House Votes to Nullify Federal Gun Control, 67-25 – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

MacIver Institute: Joint Committee on Finance to Start Voting on Biennial Budget

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



CHARLESTOWN, Mass (Aug. 19, 2012) The world's oldest commissioned warship, USS Constitution, sails under her own power. This is only the second time in 131 years traveling without help. The last time Constitution sailed was 1997. This exercise commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Constitution's victory over the British frigate Guerriere during the War of 1812. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Andrew Meyers/ Released)

Afghan Air Force Waits on Light Attack Aircraft | Defense Tech

Afghan Air Force Waits on Light Attack Aircraft | Defense Tech

Pope Francis: Let's not be 'sleeping Christians'

More than 70,000 pilgrims pack St. Peter's Square for general audience

Napolitano presses hotel industry to support Senate immigration bill - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Napolitano presses hotel industry to support Senate immigration bill - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

New Customers Are Streaming to Netflix

New Customers Are Streaming to Netflix: Morning Business Memo… The decision by Netflix to add “House of Cards” and other original programming to its Internet video service helped add 2 million US subscribers during the first quarter of this year. Netflix shares soared nearly 25 percent in after-market trading Monday after...

Rand Paul Clarifies His Position on Drones After Making Waves With Fox Business Appearance

Rand Paul Clarifies His Position on Drones After Making Waves With Fox Business Appearance

Max Baucus to retire from Senate - The Hill's Ballot Box

Max Baucus to retire from Senate - The Hill's Ballot Box

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ron Paul: You Can't Deal With Immigration Unless You Deal With Welfare State - Bloomberg



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MacIver Institute: Lawmakers Demand UW System President to Explain Massive Surplus


RIA Novosti: Three Nuclear Subs to Join Russian Navy by Yearend

RIA NovostiAlexander Nevsky submarineThree Nuclear Subs to Join Russian Navy by Yearend
17:12 23/04/2013 The Russian Navy will take delivery of two Project 955 Borey-class ballistic-missile submarines, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh, and one Yasen-class attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, by the end of the year, a Defense Ministry official said on Tuesday.>>

Ron Paul: D.C. Will Keep Spending Until There's Another Crisis - Cavuto



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USS Harry S. Truman Sailors Cleanup Battleship Wisconsin

Compromise



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USS Momsen Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

USS Momsen Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

By Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) departed Naval Station Everett for a deployment to the Western Pacific April 22.

While deployed, Momsen is scheduled to participate in Cooperation and Readiness Afloat Training (CARAT), a series of bilateral exercises conducted with the naval and armed forces of participating southeastern Asian countries to enhance engagement and cooperation.

Momsen's namesake is Vice Adm. Charles B. "Swede" Momsen, who from 1929-32 was actively engaged in the development of a submarine escape breathing apparatus that came to be known as the Momsen Lung.

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West coast of North America to the international date line.

For more information on Momsen visit the ship's website: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/DDG92/Pages/default.aspx
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For more news from Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, visit
www.navy.mil/local/c3f/.

U.S. Navy Begins Fourth Annual Naval Engagement Activity with Vietnam

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sen. Tiffany's E-update

April 22nd, 2013

Listening Session Last Week

On Friday, Rep. Mary Czaja and I held listening sessions in Antigo and Merrill. There was great turnout at both events and I would like to thank all of those who attended. We discussed many different facets of the proposed budget and had some great dialogue. Here is a photo from our stop at the T.B. Scott Library in Merrill.
 


I enjoy holding these sessions because it is an opportunity for me to hear directly from you. If you were unable to attend, I will be holding more listening sessions throughout the year. I hope to see you in the future and you can always feel free to contact my office.
 

Happy Tax Freedom Day!


Last Thursday was Tax Freedom Day--the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off our total tax bill for the year. In 2013, Americans will pay $2.76 trillion in federal taxes and $1.45 trillion in state taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.22 trillion, or 29.4 percent of income. April 18 is 108 days, or 29.4 percent, into the year. Americans will spend more in taxes in 2013 than they will on food, housing, and clothing combined.
 
Tax Freedom Day was five days later than last year, due mainly to the fiscal cliff deal that raised federal taxes on individual income and payroll. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act’s investment tax and excise tax went into effect.
 

JFC Budget Input


The Joint Committee on Finance held its final budget hearing last week and now they will begin to work on changes as result of the input they have received. If you would like to share any input before they begin voting on certain aspects of the budget, please email: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov or via mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702. 
 
I am continuing to examine the budget and look forward to reviewing input and suggestions from residents of the 12th Senate District. I believe that all programs must carefully be scrutinized to ensure that there is a maximum return on investment for taxpayers that are footing the bill.
 

Senate Scholar Lindsey Lieck in Madison


Lindsey Lieck of Rhinelander High School was in Madison last week participating in the 2013 Senate Scholar Program. The Senate Scholar Program is designed for elite students who are interested in state government. During her time in Madison, Lindsey met with legislative support agencies, legislative staff, the Governor’s staff, a Supreme Court Justice, the media, lobbyists, and University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members. When the Senate was on the floor, Lindsey and her fellow scholars staffed the session. Below is a picture of Lindsey and me during a brief recess from the floor period.
 


Lindsey is a senior at Rhinelander High School who plans to attend the University of Northern Michigan next year and is thinking of majoring in political science. She has a bright future and we hope that she returns to Wisconsin once she graduates. For historical reference, Lindsey is the tenth Scholar from 12th Senate District and the first one from Rhinelander. Congratulations to Lindsey!
 

Thoughts on Boston


There has been a lot of discussion over the tragedy that occurred in Boston last week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this terrible event. It is unfortunate that I even need mention it, but the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is urging Wisconsinites to use caution before sending money to a charity claiming to help those affected in the Boston bombing. We have a great history of caring, compassionate, and philanthropic citizens in Wisconsin, and it is important that we not allow scammers to introduce more hurt into a sad situation.
 
If you plan to give money to a particular charity, look it up by name at www.charitynavigator.org or www.give.org. Avoid ‘charities’ that popped up since the bombing and be leery of any high-pressure pitch you receive for donations.
In addition to researching charities, consider the following tips to further protect yourself from scammers:

• Avoid donating cash. Pay by debit or credit card or write a check directly to the charity.
• Charity scams are not exclusively online – mailings and telephone calls can also be sources of this fraud.
• With online donations, watch out for websites with "copy-cat" names. Sham organizations like to use these names to cash in on the reputations of older, more established charities. Keep in mind that most legitimate charity websites end in ".org" rather than ".com."

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17:24 22/04/2013 The flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky made a simulated detection of a foreign submarine in the Barents Sea during a recent exercise and guided other assets to track it, Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said on Monday.>>

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day


ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 6, 2012) The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) perform a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 193). New York and Gunston Hall are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Johnnie R. Robbins/Released)

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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 China Trade Mission
 
As our exciting trade mission to China comes to a close, let me give you an update on all the great things we were able to achieve for Wisconsin during our time here. Our message for this trip is “Building Relationships Overseas, Creating Jobs at Home,” and I am happy to report we’ve taken a bold step forward in strengthening economic relations with one of the world’s largest markets and Wisconsin’s third largest export market.

On Monday, I had the honor of meeting the new president of China, Xi Jinping, during the second U.S. – China Governors Forum in Beijing. Along with Governors Terry Branstad (IA) and Bob McDonnell (VA), we were able to reinforce our commitment to economic cooperation with the Chinese people in areas such as agriculture, energy, and infrastructure.

 
Left to Right in Foreground: Chinese President Xi, Governor McDonnell, Governor Walker, Governor Branstad
 
In outstanding news for Wisconsin, the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin signed an agreement to sell Wisconsin-grown ginseng to Tong Ren Tang (TRT) Health Pharmaceutical on Monday. For the next 10 years, Wisconsin ginseng producers have a secure market that can bring in up to $350-400 million or more in sales.

 
Tong Ren Tang Health Pharmaceutical Company President Yu Chun and Governor Walker
 
On Tuesday, I was proud to introduce the CEO of the Wisconsin-based Water Council to the U.S. – China Governors Forum. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) also signed an agreement with the China GreenTech Initiative. This partnership will allow WEDC to advise on clean water and power technology. The China-Wisconsin Water Forum brought together leading academic advisors, policy makers, and business leaders to discuss the country’s water issues. 
 
Also on Tuesday, I joined Harley enthusiasts in the opening of a new Harley-Davidson dealership in Tianjin and invited them to Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee, August 29 – September 1, 2013.

 
Governor Walker with new Tianjin Harley-Davidson riders
 
Wednesday, I met with acting Governor Lu Hao to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wisconsin – Heilongjiang Sister State Agreement. The friendship over the last 30 years resulted in a positive dialogue about cultural and economic ideas. Our Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has done an excellent job of fostering this relationship through yearly trade missions.

I traveled to Shanghai on Thursday to open the Wisconsin China Center. During the ceremony, four agreements were signed, which will bolster our export opportunities. The Shanghai Dairy Group signed three of the four letters of intent with the State of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Babcock Institute, and with Badger State Ethanol (Monroe). The final signing at the Wisconsin China Center opening was between Miller Electric (Appleton) and Shanghai Beigong Materials Co., Ltd. This signing announces the purchase of Auto Axcess® welding systems by Shanghai Huizhong Automotive Manufacturing Co. Ltd. The systems were built in Appleton, WI, and were developed to enable customers to manufacture products faster with high quality standards. You can read more about these agreements, here.

Learn more about the China mission trip online at www.inwisconsin.com/chinamission2013 or follow on Twitter at #WIGovChinaTrade for additional updates on the trip.


Remembering the Boston Tragedy
 
There is no explanation for the kind of evil that seeks to destroy. Our hearts go out to the victims of the bombings in Boston. Tonette and I join our fellow Americans in sending our prayers and deepest sympathies to those injured and the families of those killed.

In remembrance and mourning of the tragic events, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Tuesday, April 16, ordering flags to half-staff at all federal buildings, military posts, and installations until sunset on April 20, 2013.

The FBI and Boston Police Department are staffing a tips hotline and those with potential information regarding this attack should call (800) 494-TIPS.


State Department Accepting Public Comments on Keystone Pipeline
 
This week, I urged Secretary of State John Kerry to move swiftly on the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline is our chance to have a new North American energy source. Expanding the pipeline will produce 830,000 barrels of oil per day, which will have an enormously positive economic impact.

In addition, if the pipeline is approved in a timely manner, countless jobs in the United States stand to be created. Wisconsin has an opportunity to benefit from this job growth.
Public comments to the State Department regarding the pipeline can be emailed to keystonecomments@state.gov.

Stennis Strike Group Arrives in Hawaii

Stennis Strike Group Arrives in Hawaii



By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Daniel Schumacher
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) made its first stop in the U.S. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam April 21 following an eight-month deployment to the 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).

While deployed, JCSCSG flew more than 11,500 sorties totaling 27,000 flight hours, and conducted community relations and service projects during port visits to Thailand, Malaysia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Singapore.

"We are excited to be back in the U.S. after a very successful deployment," said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker. "The strike group Sailors here did a fantastic job in every mission area. Through their efforts, we were able to provide extensive support to the coalition effort in Operation Enduring Freedom and to enhance our maritime relationships with regional partners throughout the 5th and 7th fleet operating areas."

Hawaii also marks the homecoming for many Stennis Strike Group Sailors, as they were able to visit with friends and family.

"This visit will be a nice reunion for my family and I to pick up where we all last left off and meet the new additions to our family," said Cmdr. Chad Lee, from Kailua, Oahu. "This visit is special for all of us because we will all be visiting my 95-year-old great grandmother."

The JCSCSG, consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is returning from an eight month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th AORs.

For more information on the JCSCSG visit www.stennis.navy.mil or www.facebook.com/stennis74.
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For more news from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), visit
www.navy.mil/local/cvn74/.

USS Tortuga Completes Exercise Balikatan 2013

USS Tortuga Completes Exercise Balikatan 2013

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner, PHIBRON 11 Public Affairs
USS TORTUGA, At Sea (NNS) -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) successfully completed the 29th iteration of the annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. Military exercise Balikatan 2013 (BK13) March 17.

Balikatan is an annual Republic of the Philippines-U.S. military bilateral training exercise and humanitarian assistance engagement.

During the exercise, U.S. military members worked alongside their Philippine counterparts in a series of operations designed to assist in maintaining interoperability and the cooperative skills that are needed in a series of situations ranging from humanitarian assistance to casualty control.

"Bilateral exercises with the Republic of the Philippines, such as Balikatan, help ensure interoperability and operational readiness if called to respond to crises and contingencies," said Cmdr. John Barnett, commanding officer, USS Tortuga. "As treaty allies, it's very important that we work together in areas of common security interests."

In addition to tactical exercises, Sailors and Marines provided services respective to their crafts to selected communities such as medical care, construction and repair of schools and other community infrastructure, and community relation projects with members of the community.

"Being able to share the human side of life is very healing for the Sailors who are always focused on the daily grind of mission readiness," said Lt. Adrienne Townsend, chaplain, USS Tortuga. "At the same time, the impact of having the military come and positively interact with the locals has an impact on both communities for a lifetime."

The exercises performed focused on training both U.S. and Philippine armed forces with the goal of providing assistance in the event of natural disasters and other crises that may occur.

"The exercises and drills that we have conducted during BK13 will ensure that our interoperability will be as strong as it has always been," said Cmdr. Doug Patterson, executive officer, USS Tortuga. "We look forward to working alongside our Philippine friends again next year."

Tortuga is part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is currently on deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Bonhomme Richard ARG reports to the commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, headquartered in White Beach, Okinawa, Japan.

For more news from Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf76/.

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day



MEDITERRANEAN SEA, (March 11, 2013) SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters fly over the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group during the strike group's air power presentation. Dwight D. Eisenhower is on a deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. Cole/Released)

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Nimitz Strike Group Departs for Western Pacific Deployment

Nimitz Strike Group Departs for Western Pacific Deployment



By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacquelyn D. Childs
CORONADO, Calif. - (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 departed Naval Air Station North Island April 19 and will join up with San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) for a scheduled Western Pacific deployment.

Nimitz left its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., March 29 to join Princeton and CVW 11 for a Sustainment Exercise (SUSTEX) in preparation for their deployment. The Commander, U.S. Third Fleet-led exercise ensured the deployment readiness of key operational components of the strike group after a delay in deployment as a result of an emergent maintenance requirement.

"This fine warship and its outstanding crew will have the opportunity to sail to the Western Pacific and operate in support of our nation's ongoing efforts to ensure maritime security," said Capt. Jeff S. Ruth, Nimitz's commanding officer.

Prior to the maintenance period that led to the sustainment exercise, the CSG went through a series of exercises including a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) that certified them ready for deployment.

"This strike group is more than ready to perform this nation's mission," said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, CSG 11 commander. "They have excelled in a series of strenuous and dynamic exercises and training evolutions in the past year. I can't wait to see what they can do with this next task ahead of them."

During Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, the strike group demonstrated the Navy's efforts to reduce consumption of energy, decrease reliance on fossil fuels and significantly increase the use of alternative energy as part of the "Great Green Fleet".

"This ship has navigated successfully through a hectic and fluid schedule throughout 2012 and early 2013," said Ruth. "It is a testament of the flexibility, capability, and commitment of every Sailor on board."

Nimitz's last deployment was in 2009-2010 in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy. After returning from deployment, the ship entered a routine docking planned incremental availability.

U.S. Third Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.