Friday, May 24, 2013

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

NORFOLK (May 23, 2013) The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after completing a week-long pre-deployment training exercise with U.S. Marines from Camp LeJeune, N.C. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Phil Beaufort/Released)

French marriage activists vow to fight on | LifeSiteNews.com

French marriage activists vow to fight on | LifeSiteNews.com

Pope Francis meets with top delegations from Bulgaria and Macedonia

Reason.tv - Forget Angelina Jolie: How Obamacare Endangers Your Breasts

Rand Paul On Gitmo, IRS Scandal, Debt Ceiling, Immigration And Tax Reform - Hannity Radio 5/23/2013



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India: Woman Says Two Nurses at Health Center Forced Her Abortion

India: Woman Says Two Nurses at Health Center Forced Her Abortion

USS Fitzgerald Sailors Visit Japanese Elementary Students

Baby born with half a heart turns one, after mother refused abortion | LifeSiteNews.com

Baby born with half a heart turns one, after mother refused abortion | LifeSiteNews.com

Rota Honors Veterans With Memorial Day Ceremony

Pope calls on Italian bishops to reduce the high number of dioceses in the country

Obama Fails to Salute Marine

Obama Fails to Salute Marine

Thursday, May 23, 2013

China deploys Su-27 fighter jets to Tibet

China deploys Su-27 fighter jets to Tibet

STRATFOR: Spying in Russia: Decoding the Tradecraft


Cartoon: Wrong Talking Point



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RIA Novosti: India Test-Fires BrahMos Missile from Ship

RIA NovostiBrahMos supersonic cruise missileIndia Test-Fires BrahMos Missile from Ship
14:25 22/05/2013 India test-launched a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Russian-built guided missile frigate Tarkash off the coast of Goa on Wednesday, a defense ministry source told RIA Novosti.>>

Remember, Kids: The Police Are Your Friends (And Might Be Trying to Entrap You into a Drug Buy)

Remember, Kids: The Police Are Your Friends (And Might Be Trying to Entrap You into a Drug Buy)

NASA Image of the Day

Pavlof Volcano From Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) photographed this striking view of Pavlof Volcano on May 18, 2013. The oblique perspective from the ISS reveals the three dimensional structure of the ash plume, which is often obscured by the top-down view of most remote sensing satellites.

Situated in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, Pavlof began erupting on May 13, 2013. The volcano jetted lava into the air and spewed an ash cloud 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) high. When photograph ISS036-E-2105 (top) was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano (49.1° North latitude, 157.4° West longitude). The volcanic plume extended southeastward over the North Pacific Ocean.

Image Credit: NASA

Sen. Ted Cruz: 'I don’t trust Republicans' - The Hill's Video

Sen. Ted Cruz: 'I don’t trust Republicans' - The Hill's Video

Wisconsin Jumps 17 Spots in Economic Outlook Ranking | MacIver Institute

Wisconsin Jumps 17 Spots in Economic Outlook Ranking | MacIver Institute

Founding Fathers Quote

Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.

Samuel Adams

Breaking: Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History – Then Was Promoted to IRS Where She Targeted Conservatives (Video)

Breaking: Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History – Then Was Promoted to IRS Where She Targeted Conservatives (Video)

Pope's General Audience: The Holy Spirit and the Church are inseparable

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

38,000 signatures against same sex ‘marriage’ delivered to Estonian parliament | LifeSiteNews.com

38,000 signatures against same sex ‘marriage’ delivered to Estonian parliament | LifeSiteNews.com

IRS Hasn’t Reprimanded a Single Staffer For Targeting Pro-Life Groups

IRS Hasn’t Reprimanded a Single Staffer For Targeting Pro-Life Groups

Pope Francis meets with sisters of Mother Teresa's Order, the Missionaries of Charity

Stay-at-home moms, more children are solution to Germany’s demographic crisis: cardinal | LifeSiteNews.com

Stay-at-home moms, more children are solution to Germany’s demographic crisis: cardinal | LifeSiteNews.com

Vatican's Financial Authority releases first annual report

Rand Paul: 'Someone has to be fired' over IRS scandal - Fox News



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Read "Obama's War on Journalism," by Nick Gillespie

Read "Obama's War on Journalism," by Nick Gillespie

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jim Caviezel: A Rare Pro-life Star in Hollywood

Jim Caviezel: A Rare Pro-life Star in Hollywood

RIA Novosti: Putin Calls on Shipbuilder to Speed Up Naval Deliveries

RIA NovostiPutin Calls on Shipbuilder to Speed Up Naval DeliveriesPutin Calls on Shipbuilder to Speed Up Naval Deliveries
20:43 21/05/2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on Tuesday for delays in delivery of warships to the Russian Navy and demanded the shipbuilders improve efficiency.>>

It's not just China, India is also buying and building aircraft carriers | Killer Apps

It's not just China, India is also buying and building aircraft carriers | Killer Apps

Holy Moly! Senator Enzi at Hearing: IRS Is Asking Christian Churches for Membership Lists (Video)

Holy Moly! Senator Enzi at Hearing: IRS Is Asking Christian Churches for Membership Lists (Video)

Press Release: Mursau Secures Funding for Oconto County D.A.



    Madison … Representative Jeff Mursau (R–Crivitz) has secured funding for an additional half time Assistant District Attorney for Oconto County. Mursau sent a letter detailing Oconto County’s needs and available funding options to the Joint Finance Committee on May 13th. Mursau’s request was made pursuant to his discussions with Oconto County board members last October.
     
    “Oconto County’s District Attorney and his staff are stretched thin to properly prosecute cases,” Mursau said. “Oconto County officials and I are working together to ensure we have the prosecutors necessary to handle our rising caseload, including a rise in heroine abuse.”

    Oconto County is the only county in Wisconsin with more judges (2) than prosecutors (1.5 FTE). Oconto County is 68th out of 71 counties providing prosecutors on a per capital basis.
     
    “Oconto County victims, courts and law enforcement deserve the resources to provide timely and effective justice,” Mursau said. “I am pleased the Joint Finance Committee agrees with me that the State can and will provide full support Oconto County’s citizens and justice system.”


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Founding Fathers Quote

"All men having power ought to be mistrusted." James Madison

Pope Francis: True power comes with service

This is where China will train its carrier-based fighter pilots | Killer Apps

This is where China will train its carrier-based fighter pilots | Killer Apps

Illegal Immigrant raped preteen girl, forced her to have an abortion | LifeSiteNews.com

Illegal Immigrant raped preteen girl, forced her to have an abortion | LifeSiteNews.com

Cartoon: Axe man cometh



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STRATFOR: Taiwan's Pragmatic Strategy in Maritime Disputes

ReasonTV: 3 More Reasons to Fear the IRS

After IRS, Benghazi scandals, public trust shifts to GOP | WashingtonExaminer.com

After IRS, Benghazi scandals, public trust shifts to GOP | WashingtonExaminer.com

‘Tea Party is alive and pissed’: Patriots protest at IRS offices across the country [pics]

‘Tea Party is alive and pissed’: Patriots protest at IRS offices across the country [pics]

IRS's Lerner Had History of Harassment, Inappropriate Religious Inquiries at FEC

IRS's Lerner Had History of Harassment, Inappropriate Religious Inquiries at FEC

USS Tortuga Arrives in Indonesia for Exercise CARAT '13

USS Tortuga Arrives in Indonesia for Exercise CARAT '13

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner
JAKARTA, Indonesia (NNS) -- JAKARTA, Indonesia - The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta today, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT '13), May 21.

CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships between the United States and partner nations. The exercise serves as a model of how the navies can cooperate and work together to address shared security concerns.

"The U.S. and Indonesia have a working relationship that is continuing to grow stronger with common shared goals," said Cmdr. John Barnett, Commanding Officer, USS Tortuga. "We share democratic and seafaring traditions as well as a mutual desire to maintain stability in this region."

The exercise will be comprised of a series of events directed to strengthening both navies' ability to respond to humanitarian and disaster assistance events, maintain maritime security, and improving communications procedures.

"CARAT increases our interoperability during humanitarian operations," said Cmdr. Doug Patterson, Executive Officer, USS Tortuga. "That continued development is paramount, given the collaborative efforts our navies have provided during major humanitarian assistance operations in recent years."

During the exercise, Sailors and embarked personnel will be afforded opportunities to explore the rich culture and heritage of Indonesia as well as interact directly with their Indonesian military counterparts.

"It's always important to be able to share our knowledge with our Indonesian partners and receive their expertise in return," said Barnett. "It allows us to grow stronger in our abilities to maintain security and provide assistance when needed."

The exercise will begin with an opening ceremony at Hall YosSoedarso, Western Fleet Command headquarters where members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and members of the Indonesian military will attend.

"CARAT is a great opportunity for us to serve as goodwill ambassadors of the U.S. promoting peace and stability," said Patterson. "As well as demonstrating our commitment to regional partnerships and maintaining a strong working relationship with our Indonesian friends."


For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

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

Judge Napolitano: I Would Encourage Victimized Groups To Sue The IRS



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Breaking: New Crop of Benghazi Whistle-Blowers Will Testify on Obama’s Missiles to Al-Qaeda Program

Breaking: New Crop of Benghazi Whistle-Blowers Will Testify on Obama’s Missiles to Al-Qaeda Program

Monday, May 20, 2013

Future USS Minnesota Successfully Completes Sea Trials

Future USS Minnesota Successfully Completes Sea Trials

Official U.S. Navy file photo.



By Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg, Commander, Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Minnesota (SSN 783), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, moored May 16 at Huntington Ingalls Industry's Newport News Shipbuilding following its successful completion of Alpha and Bravo sea trials.

Testing evolutions completed during Alpha sea trials included diving to test depth, conducting an emergency surfacing, and testing the submarine's propulsion plant to evaluate the ship's seaworthiness and operational performance. Bravo trials consisted of testing Minnesota's acoustic performance and combat systems.

The tenth ship of the Virginia-class, Minnesota is scheduled to be delivered approximately one year earlier than its contract delivery date. Starting in August of 2008 with USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), the last five boats have been delivered early, and all Virginia-class submarines currently under construction are scheduled to be delivered prior to their contract delivery dates.

Minnesota is commanded by Cmdr. John Fancher, a native of Hammond, Ind., who reflected on the transformation he has seen with his crew from initial construction of the attack submarine to the recent completion of sea trials.

"I could not be more proud of the crew. The events required during sea trials are some of the most demanding tasks a submarine can be asked to do," said Fancher. "All our preparation and training really paid off. I also cannot say enough about the support from the entire Sea Trials Team. Their insight and experience was vital to Minnesota's success."

Capt. David Goggins, Virginia Class Program Manager reflected on the completion of the Alpha and Bravo Sea Trials.

"PCU Minnesota's successful run through Alpha and Bravo Trials is indicative of the quality and dedication of the crew and our Navy/shipbuilding team," said Goggins. "Minnesota continues the Virginia Class' trend of delivering these outstanding assets to the fleet early to contract, within budget, and ready for operational tasking."

Rear Adm. Ken Perry, Commander, Submarine Group Two participated in Minnesota's Alpha trials as Officer in Tactical Command and praised Fancher and his crew for their performance.

"I want to commend Cmdr. John Fancher and his officers and crew for completing this major milestone very successfully," said Perry, who also recognized the integral partnership between the shipbuilders Newport News and General Dynamic Electric Boat and support from Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Reactors, PEO Submarines and stakeholders throughout the Navy and industry who have designed, built and delivered this most modern attack submarine for the nation.

Virginia-class submarines are built under a unique teaming arrangement between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding. Perry further reflected on the success of the Virginia-class program and its ability to deliver these state-of-the-art warships ahead of schedule and under budget.

"Minnesota's sea trials are a testament to the success of the Virginia-class program's ability to deliver high-quality and extremely capable boats early and on cost," said Perry.

Minnesota is the third ship to be named after the state, with the last one being more than a century ago. The attack submarine is the last of the block II Virginia-class submarines and is in the final stages of construction and testing at Newport News Shipbuilding.

Construction began in February 2008, and the keel was authenticated in May 2011. The boat was christened Oct. 27, 2012.

Virginia-class submarines are built to dominate the world's littoral and deep waters while conducting Anti-submarine; anti-surface ship; strike; special operation forces; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, firepower, and sensor suite directly enable them to support five of the six Maritime Strategy Core Capabilities - sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.


For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy .

For more news from Commander Submarine Group 2, visit www.navy.mil/local/Subgru2/ .

USS Freedom Makes Debut in Singapore

USS Freedom Makes Debut in Singapore

SINGAPORE (May 17, 2013) Sailors prepare to get underway on the forecastle aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). Freedom is underway as part of the Republic of Singapore navy's western Pacific Multi-lateral Sea Exercise after participating in the International Maritime Defense Expedition and Conference in Singapore. Freedom is on an eight-month deployment to Southeast Asia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh/Released)


By By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cassandra Thompson
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- USS Freedom (LCS 1) made its debut in Singapore May 14-19, participating in an international trade show and a maritime exercise with regional navies. Freedom also hosted thousands of visitors, from Singaporean citizens to senior government and military officials, during a series of ship tours.

The week began with a visit from the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert, May 14. Greenert, the 30th CNO, emphasized his support
for the LCS platform, and spoke to media and the Freedom crew about the positive impact of the ship's maiden deployment.

"We had to get the littoral combat ship out here, and figure out what it's made of," said Greenert, speaking to the Freedom crew. "You guys are setting the pace for the future, and let me tell you, you all did a magnificent job. So don't underestimate what you do during this deployment and during the crew swap."

Freedom also hosted more than a dozen foreign delegations and hundreds of Sailors from foreign warships in port for Singapore's International Maritime
Defense Expedition and Conference (IMDEX). On May 14 , Singapore Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen toured Freedom as well as other ships on the waterfront. On May 15, Freedom held a reception on board for more than 200 guests, including Singapore's Chief of Navy and several representatives of other international navies.

The highlight of the week was Freedom's participation in the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) Western Pacific Multi-lateral Sea Exercise (WMSX). Getting underway as the Surface Action Group commander for Singaporean, Indian and Indonesian ships, Freedom provided command and control during a simulated small boat threat, a search and rescue exercise, and a wisit,
board, search and seizure (VBSS) scenario.

"We've been working hard for the past year to get this ship on deployment and successfully deploy here on time," said Freedom's commanding officer, Cmdr. Tom Wilke. "The support we had up the chain of command, the drive and determination to get us what we needed, knowing that we had a tight schedule and a mandate to deploy on time, is what made us successful."

The crew also had the opportunity to highlight key features of the ship during the two-day RSN Navy Open House May 16, 18 and 19. More than 7,000 people toured the ship, interacted with crewmembers and learned about the Freedom's systems and gear.

"I had a really good time interacting with people of different cultures this weekend," said Engineman Fireman Jennifer Ordenana. "They were very friendly, seemed very interested in this class of ship, and its technology and took lots of pictures with us. I enjoyed the energy."

Fast, agile and mission-focused, LCS platforms are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surfaces warfare, mine
countermeasures or anti-submarine warfare. Her "Gold" crew of 91 Sailors includes mission package personnel and an aviation detachment to operate an embarked MH-60 helicopter initially mans freedom.

Freedom will remain homeported in San Diego throughout this rotational deployment to Southeast Asia. Midway through Freedom's deployment, a crew-swap will be conducted with her "Blue" crew.

For more news from U.S. Pacific Fleet, visit www.cpf.navy.mil

Catholic League: Twin Philly Scandals


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS




Twin Philly Scandals


May 20, 2013
Bill Donohue issued the following remarks today:

There are two scandals going on in Philadelphia, and both involve injustices done to the Catholic Church. One is legal, and the other is journalistic.

The legal scandal involves the prosecution of three Catholic priests, and one Catholic layman, in a case so incredible that it would be turned down as too fictional a script for a TV crime show. The other involves the Philadelphia Inquirer's decision to keep the public in the dark about this case.

The statement that I wrote was submitted to the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 14, 2013; it was to run as a two-page ad on May 20. On May 15, we were told that a decision was made by those "at the top" not to run it; when we asked for an explanation, we were told there would be none.

By turning down the ad, the newspaper forfeited $58,000, not an insignificant sum, especially for a paper that filed for bankruptcy in 2009. It suggests that those "at the top" would rather forego the money before ever disseminating a defense about the way three Catholic priests, and one Catholic layman, were treated in court.

One of the reasons why these Catholic men were treated so unjustly is the failure of the Philadelphia media, led by the Inquirer, to raise serious questions about what happened.

The Inquirer can stop us from running this statement as an ad in its newspaper, but it cannot stop us from blanketing the print and electronic media in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Nor can it stop us from getting it into the hands of every parish in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. We are also going national with this story.

To read the ad that the Inquirer does not want you to read, click here.

Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: pr@catholicleague.org

Two FBI Agents Killed in Training Accident

Two FBI Agents Killed in Training Accident

DR: Our prayers go out to the FBI and their families!

Pakistan adopts Chinese rival GPS satellite system

Pakistan adopts Chinese rival GPS satellite system