Friday, May 31, 2013

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.

Working Together with Legislators
The budget is rapidly moving through the Joint Finance Committee and will soon move to the State Assembly and State Senate.  I am proud of the budget I put forth and welcome the discussion currently going on in the Finance Committee, as well as the ongoing debate that will soon occur in the Legislature.  By working together, I am confident a budget will be signed investing in our priorities and benefiting all Wisconsinites.

I am continuing to work with legislators on a plan to increase school funding and give students and parents access to quality education choices, while protecting local taxpayers.

A tax cut will help move Wisconsin forward by putting more money back into the pockets of hardworking parents, grandparents, and individuals.  Wisconsin’s income tax burden is especially hard on middle class taxpayers.  Including a tax cut in the 2013-15 budget will help those hit hardest by economic difficulties get back on their feet.

St. Croix River Bridge Groundbreaking
St. Croix River Bridge GroundbreakingThe groundbreaking ceremony of the St. Croix River Bridge took place on Tuesday at Lowell Park in Stillwater, Minnesota.  The bridge will replace the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge, which was completed in 1931.  

Creating a safer, more reliable method of transportation between our neighboring states encourages interstate travel and opens the door for new economic opportunities.  At a time when jobs are of the utmost importance, I am excited to see this project moving forward, and I am confident it will have a positive impact on our workforce.  I am glad Wisconsin and Minnesota have been able to effectively work together on this project, which will greatly benefit residents of both states.

Wisconsin and Minnesota have a long history of collaboration on this project and they will continue to share the cost of the new bridge.  Each state is responsible for the cost of the approach roads to the bridge, but the cost of the bridge itself is split evenly.  The four-lane bridge will connect state highways on both sides of the river and will provide uninterrupted traffic flow for both river and road traffic. 

St. Croix River Bridge Groundbreaking - Group Photo

Those joining me at the groundbreaking included United States Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); United States Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI3), Sean Duffy (R-WI7), and Michele Bachmann (R-MN6); along with other state and local officials.

The historic Stillwater Lift Bridge will be preserved as a scenic pedestrian and bike trail. 

Gold Collar Announcement
Yesterday, I attended the Southwest Technical College’s Gold Collar Certification event in Prairie du Chien.  The Gold Collar Certification pilot program partners five local manufacturers with Southwest Technical College to develop skills for entry-level production workers.  

This is an exciting program that actively addresses the skills gap, and it’s a great model that should be emulated throughout Wisconsin.  The program provides workforce training for careers in advanced manufacturing and is aimed at closing the skills gap for entry-level employees in advanced manufacturing.  It is geared toward those who are unemployed, looking to change careers to manufacturing, or looking to improve their manufacturing skills.  

The companies partnering with Southwest Technical College on this project are Dillman Equipment, Miniature Precision Components (MPC), Design Homes, Cabela’s, and 3M.  These partnering employers give the graduates hiring preference.

This workforce training program was developed by Southwest Technical College with the financial grant support of the Wisconsin Covenant Foundation. 

Assembly Bill 85 Signed into Law
Today, I signed Assembly Bill 85, which makes a number of commonsense reforms to Milwaukee County government and calls for a binding referendum to determine salaries for members of the Milwaukee County Board.

These long-awaited reforms will make Milwaukee County government more efficient and will save money for its hard-working taxpayers.  The people of Milwaukee County will finally have their voices heard through a vote in 2014.  I thank Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) for their leadership on this bill.

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker

State looking to revoke bail for raw milk farmer : Wsj

State looking to revoke bail for raw milk farmer : Wsj

DNR Approves Permit for Exploratory Drilling for New Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin | MacIver Institute

DNR Approves Permit for Exploratory Drilling for New Iron Mine in Northern Wisconsin | MacIver Institute

Rare Torpedo Found

Rare Torpedo Found

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Tim Comerford,

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2013) Dr. Alexis Catsambis, left, cultural resource manager, and Blair Atcheson, historical preservation coordinator, both from the U.S. Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard, move a late 19th century Howell torpedo. The torpedo was discovered by a team of Navy dolphins off the coast of San Diego and is scheduled to undergo months of restoration by a Navy archaeological team. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Cothran/Released)

Communication and Outreach Division Naval History and Heritage Command

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command's (NHHC) Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) at Washington Navy Yard received the crated remains of a historic and rare Howell Torpedo, May 30.

The Marine Mammal Program's trained Navy dolphins, of the Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR), found the century-old torpedo off the coast of San Diego in March.

"The Howell torpedo was very important in the development of submarine warfare," said Alexis Catsambis (PhD), NHHC UAB archeologist and cultural resource manager. "In the mid-19th century we get the beginnings of propelled submarines and towards the end of the 19th century we start getting torpedoes that extend the range between vessels in battle. By the turn of the century we are looking at over the horizon battles. The torpedoes are sort of the beginning of that phase."

The torpedoes are a rare find and all of the known Howell torpedoes now belong to NHHC museums.

"There were only 50 in existence, and we now have the third one that is still around today," said Blair Atcheson, NHHC UAB Historic Preservation and Outreach Coordinator. "There is one at the Naval Undersea Museum and one at the Naval War College."

NHHC's UAB assists the Director of Naval History and the Department of the Navy in all matters related to the science of underwater archaeology and the identification, research, interpretation, preservation, conservation, inventory, and management of U.S. Navy's historic sunken military crafts.

The Howell torpedo, named for Lt. Cmdr. John A. Howell, the primary contributor, was developed between 1870 and 1889. The Howell, the first propelled torpedo, was 11-feet long, made of brass and It had a range of 400 yards, a speed of 25 knots, and a warhead filled with 100 pounds of explosive.

"We have been coordinating with them and they have been keeping it wet in fresh water for us" said Atcheson.

"They managed to go through the channels and find us. They contacted Dr. Robert Neyland, head of UAB. We were able to talk to them and tell them what to do to preserve the artifact until we could manage to get it to D.C."

NHHC started the process of readying the torpedo for conservation by putting it into tubs of fresh water. These tubs slowly leech out the salt from the artifact. After that, UAB will try to stabilize the artifact, from the different materials that the torpedo is made from, and it could take time to disassemble and then reassemble the torpedo.

"It's kept in water because it was found in a salt water environment," said Atcheson. "If you let artifacts that have been in salt water dry out, they expand. We need to get the salt out, otherwise it will deteriorate the artifact."

The torpedo is an important find for the Navy.

"Our objective is not to rush this, it is to be done right," said Catsambis. "Eventually we will be putting it on display at a Navy museum, potentially the National Museum of the United States Navy. It's that important of a piece."

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Catholic League: What’s Wrong with Liberal Catholics?


What’s Wrong with Liberal Catholics?

May 31, 2013
Bill Donohue says liberal Catholics need to explain themselves:

Peter Steinfels, who wrote the obituary on Father Andrew M. Greeley in today’s New York Times, notes that “there was resistance among liberal Catholics to his [Greeley’s] positive findings about Catholic schools.”

This is striking. Steinfels, himself a liberal, is writing about Greeley, another liberal (on most subjects), about the way liberal Catholics react to good news about Catholic schools. Which raises the question: Why do liberal Catholics treat good news about Catholic schools as bad news? Would they prefer they fail?

Steinfels went on to say that Greeley’s “research debunked the received view at the time that Catholics had low college attendance rates. He found instead that white Catholics earned bachelor’s degrees and pursued advanced degrees at higher rates than other whites, and he attributed their success to the quality of education in parochial schools, a controversial assertion in a time of public-school ascendancy.”

Conservative Catholics cheer such news. Apolitical Catholics cheer such news. So what’s wrong with liberal Catholics that they resist such news? Is their craven need for acceptance by secular elites so debased that it drives them to resist good news about Catholic education?

RIA Novosti: Russia Receives Payment Under Iraqi Arms Deal

RIA NovostiMi-28NRussia Receives Payment Under Iraqi Arms Deal

06:40 31/05/2013 Russia has started fulfilling its recent arms exports contract with Iraq after receiving an advance payment from Baghdad, Russian Technologies (Rostech) CEO Sergei Chemezov said.>>

Legalized abortion the reason for the possession of man Pope Francis exorcised, exorcist says - LifeSiteNews

Legalized abortion the reason for the possession of man Pope Francis exorcised, exorcist says - LifeSiteNews

MacIver Institute: Dr. Ben Carson Rallies Crowd of More Than 2,500 in Waukesha

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Should Europe Continue Austerity? Join the Debate at US News with Veronique de Rugy

Should Europe Continue Austerity? Join the Debate at US News with Veronique de Rugy

Judge Napolitano Slams DOJ Over Gibson Guitar Raid: 'Unjustifiable, Use Of Force Was Criminal'

h/t: Eduardo89rp

Founding Fathers Quote

Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state.

George Mason

Ann Romney: Public feels ‘breach of trust’ amid White House controversies - The Hill's Video

Ann Romney: Public feels ‘breach of trust’ amid White House controversies - The Hill's Video

Secretary of the Navy Announces Ship Names

USS Pearl Harbor Departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Pacific Partnership

USS Shiloh Sailors Visit Zhanjiang, China

USS Shiloh Sailors Visit Zhanjiang, China

ZHANJIANG, China (May 30, 2013) Capt. James T. Jones, commanding officer of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), greets Rear Adm. Zhang Wendan, deputy chief of staff for the South Sea Fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy during a welcoming ceremony as Shiloh arrives for a port visit in Zhanjiang. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Kristopher Horton/Released)

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Japan
ZHANJIANG, China (NNS) -- USS Shiloh (CG 67) arrived at the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) South Sea Fleet headquarters in Zhanjiang, China, for a port visit, May 30.

The port visit to China is part of a series of military-to-military exchanges that are scheduled to take place this year between the two countries.

On the schedule of events are a PLA(N) hosted reception at the South Sea Fleet headquarters, ship-to-ship tours, sporting events and community service projects. Shiloh Commanding Officer, Capt. James T. Jones will also meet with the Vice Mayor of Zhanjiang.

The visit to Zhanjiang will allow the ship's crew a rare chance to experience Chinese culture firsthand, enjoy sightseeing and meet the people of China through sporting events, community service projects and public tours.

"I know each and every Sailor on Shiloh is looking forward to this unique opportunity," said Capt. Jones. "This will be a great chance for us to show our hosts the finest ship and crew the U.S. Navy has to offer."

Shiloh is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser with a crew of approximately 400 Sailors assigned to Commander, Task Force 70, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to support security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

Mar. 5, 2002 -- USS Yorktown (CG 48) fires its 5 inch gun at a target drone during a gun exercise. USS Yorktown is currently in the Carribean Sea for the 43rd annual UNITAS exercise. UNITAS is the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted with Naval Forces from the United States, Carribean Sea, South and Central America. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Rusty Black. (RELEASED)

Voter ID Law Upheld by Court of Appeals | MacIver Institute

Voter ID Law Upheld by Court of Appeals | MacIver Institute

RIA Novosti: Russia, Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills in June

RIA NovostiMi-8 helicopterRussia, Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills in June
14:23 30/05/2013 Russian and Norwegian naval forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Barents Sea on June 4-7, Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga said on Thursday.>>

ReasonTV - Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the "Save Our News" Rally

25 Tea Party Groups File Suit Against the IRS

25 Tea Party Groups File Suit Against the IRS

Pope will pray the rosary in St. Peter's Square to mark the end of May

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

JFC Approves New Test Protocols in Wisconsin, Limits Adoption of Common Core Standards in the Future | MacIver Institute

JFC Approves New Test Protocols in Wisconsin, Limits Adoption of Common Core Standards in the Future | MacIver Institute

MacIver News Service | May 29, 2013

[Madison, Wisc...] Wisconsin is still on the path to adopting Common Core State Standards in reading and math when new standardized tests are instituted in a few months. However, any other initiatives that would have relied on Common Core will have to wait.

The Joint Committee on Finance approved a motion that would ensure that the state takes a comprehensive look at Common Core based initiatives in the future. Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) called the plan a way to "hit pause" on the adoption of these standards while the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) can fully research how the oft-debated program will effect the state's schools and students.

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DR: This is extremely disappointing and continues our Repbulican leadership's pattern of doing the very minimal amount of reform possible.  We obviously will all have to contact our representatives and let them know that we do not want Common Core in Wisconsin.

STRATFOR: Russian Security Concerns After U.S. Leaves Afghanistan

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (July 4, 2005) - Fireworks explode over the guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as part of the 4th of July celebrations at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) hosted a block party for Sailors, which included live entertainment, food and games in celebration of Americas 229th birthday. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Ryan C. McGinley (RELEASED)

Joint Finance to Vote on Wide Range of Educational Accountability Measures on Wednesday | MacIver Institute

Joint Finance to Vote on Wide Range of Educational Accountability Measures on Wednesday | MacIver Institute

May 29, 2013

by Christian D'Andrea
MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst

Last week, members of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees heard more than four hours of compelling testimony over the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will vote on several aspects of public education that would work within these standards. This includes matters like school funding, how students are measured by state testing, an increase in voucher amounts for students in the state's school choice programs, and an expansion of charter school law.

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Breaking: government conspired to deprive Nevada rancher of property rights - PLF Liberty Blog

Breaking: government conspired to deprive Nevada rancher of property rights

Nevada rancher E. Wayne Hage has been fighting the federal government for decades over his historical rights to water livestock, irrigate his ranch, and use water for domestic purposes. In the early 1990s, Hage filed a takings lawsuit in the Court of Federal Claims, arguing that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management took his water rights by interfering with his ability to access the streams and ditches in which his water flowed. That lawsuit met with mixed results. The trial court concluded that Hage held vested rights in the disputed water and that the federal agencies had taken those rights. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed the trial court decision. Earlier this year, PLF filed an amicus brief in support of Hage’s petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his takings case.

But the legal saga does not end there. While Hage’s takings case was pending at the Court of Federal Claims, the Forest Service and BLM filed a second lawsuit in Nevada, hoping to get better results from a different judge. Despite Claims Court rulings to the contrary, the federal agencies argued that they owned Hage’s water rights and asked the court to award the government damages for Hage’s alleged “trespass” on the water. Hage counterclaimed that the feds violated his constitutional and statutory rights by interfering with his ability to access and use his water and by refusing to process applications to renew his grazing permits.

This is where the story gets really interesting.

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Rand Paul Fights for Iowa, Silicon Valley

Rand Paul Fights for Iowa, Silicon Valley

USS Sampson Wins USS Arizona Memorial Trophy

WIDNR - Cash reward tripled in case of the decapitated bear; tips to DNR wardens

Cash reward tripled in case of the decapitated bear; tips to DNR wardens

Published: May 29, 2013 in Crime Stoppers

By: Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement

The cash reward for tips in the case of the decapitated black bear, killed while hibernating inside a northern Wisconsin culvert, has tripled in recent weeks as Department of Natural Resources wardens continue their investigation.

A DNR warden got this 2012 photo of a Wisconsin black bear in the northwoods.
A DNR warden got this 2012 photo of a Wisconsin black bear in the northwoods.
The Star Prairie Fish and Game Association was the first organization to offer a $500 reward to the individual or individuals whose tip to the wardens results in the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the February poaching of the bear in St. Croix County.

More groups and private parties in recent weeks have added to the cash reward total as the story spread about the killing of the sleeping bear. The Mid-State Houndsmen Association has added $250 to the cash reward total. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association also has committed $500 in a cash reward. And, an additional $500 has been provided by private parties. The total cash reward for tips leading to a conviction stands at $1,750.

The bear was discovered on February 24 after DNR wardens got a call. The wardens found the body of the bear, which had been freshly killed and missing its head, in a ditch just off Rice Lake Road in Somerset Township.

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STRATFOR: U.S. Dominance in Drone Technology

Pope Francis: Believing in Christ, but not in the Church is a contradiction

The Knights of Columbus and the Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes

A Pilgrimage Unlike Any Other

This Memorial Day weekend, wounded and disabled American military veterans are traveling to Lourdes, France, as part of the 55th International Military Pilgrimage.

Sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services and the Knights of Columbus, the pilgrimage is a time for healing, both spiritually and physically, in the sacred waters of the grotto and the surrounding atmosphere.

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Joe Miller files papers for Senate - Alexander Burns -

Joe Miller files papers for Senate - Alexander Burns -

Michele Bachmann To Retire

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MacIverInstitute: Dale Kooyenga Introduces Plan that Cuts Taxes, Simplifies Tax Code

RIA Novosti: Russia to Deploy 4 New Arctic Warships by 2020

RIA NovostiRussia to Deploy 4 New Arctic Warships by 2020Russia to Deploy 4 New Arctic Warships by 2020
17:18 27/05/2013 The coast guard division of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) will deploy four new warships to protect the nation's Arctic zone by 2020, the FSB press service said on Monday.>>

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Visits USS Nimitz

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Visits USS Nimitz

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett
USS Nimitz, At Sea (NNS) -- The U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, David I. Adelman, visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) for a tour and to convey his gratitude to the crew May 23.

"On behalf of the United States Embassy in Singapore and the American people, I wanted to express my appreciation for the service of the 5,000 Sailors here on the USS Nimitz," said Adelman.

During his five-hour visit to Nimitz, the ambassador interacted with the crew. While he learned about their work spaces, he conversed with them and showed his thanks to the Sailors.

"I couldn't be more proud of the work you are doing," said Adelman. "You're keeping the Americans safe at home and our friends and allies safe around the world. Thank you."

Adelman has been U.S. ambassador to Singapore since March 2010. This was his first visit to Nimitz. While on board, Adelman toured several spaces including the foc'sle, squadron ready room, the flight deck, flight deck control and the pilot house.

Nimitz is part of Carrier Strike Group 11 which is currently on a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theatre security cooperation efforts.

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Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 5/27/13: Common Core Nationalizes and Dumbs Down Public Schools

h/t: minnesotachris

China Building City in Belarus, the "Last Dictatorship in Europe"

China Building City in Belarus, the "Last Dictatorship in Europe"

E-update From Rep. Jeff Mursau

eUpdate – May 28, 2013 

        State Walleye Stocking Initiative
The initiative, developed by the Department of Natural Resources, will dramatically increase the number of walleye in Wisconsin by expanding production at state, private, and tribal fish hatcheries. The Wisconsin Walleye Initiative includes the following:

1.      $8.2 million in existing unencumbered bonding authority to expand hatchery capacities

2.      $1.8 million for operating costs over the biennium.

3.      $2 million over the biennium for a competitive grant program for private organizations to expand walleye production and to cover operational costs.

4.      $160,000 in one-time funds for the UW Extension to continue work with private aquaculture through the end of Fiscal Year 2014

5.      $500,000 annually beginning in Fiscal Year 2015 to contract with organizations to acquire additional walleye fingerlings

6.      $250,000 annually to expand the summer Tribal Youth Program

7.      The program is a state-tribal partnership giving high school-aged tribal youth the opportunity to work on natural resource-related projects.

8.      Under this initiative, production is estimated to increase from 60,000–120,000 large walleye fingerlings to over 500,000 by 2016       

        Budget Update District Attorney Funding: The Joint Finance Committee took a suggestion from legislators across Wisconsin, including me, to increase funding for Assistant District Attorneys. Oconto County in particular has seen dramatic recent increases in heroine prosecutions and needs increased State funding to ensure justice is provided to victims and offenders alike.   

        Budget Update Domestic Violence/ Treatment Alternatives Diversion (TAD) Program: The Joint Finance Committee unanimously backed $1 million annually in GPR for the Treatment and Alternatives and Diversion grant program, plus $500,000 annually to fund drug courts in counties that do not currently have them.     
        Budget Update DNA Collection: The committee adopted the provision for DNA collection at felony arrest and convicted misdemeanors. The motion deletes the collection of DNA at misdemeanor arrests. Other changes would require circuit courts to notify defendants of their right to seek expungement of their DNA profile from the state DNA. 

        Budget Update Rent to Own: Governor Walker’s  changes to Rent-to-Own regulations was removed from the budget on a 10-6 vote.   

        Budget Update Increase in Child Support Collection Funding: The Finance Committee increased funding from $4.3 million to $8.5 million which will help capture $29.2 million in federal funding for a total of $37.7 million. In 2011, for every dollar spent on the state's child support programs the state collected $6.44 - about $1 more than the national average.

        Budget Update State Property Sales: Sales of state property will have to be approved by the Joint Committee on Finance and Building Commission. The administration will also have to provide a cost-benefit analysis of proposed sales, report on the estimated value of the property, and the cost of retiring debt on the property.  

        Budget Update Changes to State Health Plans: State workers and retirees who smoke will have to pay an extra $50 for their health care a month. Also, the committee voted to create high-deductible plan and health savings accounts for state employees.     
        Budget Update UW System: The committee has removed a net of $183.8 million in GPR (and 13 GPR positions) though nearly half of that comes from a transfer of $89.4 million to the state compensation reserves and is not a true cut. Much of the remaining cut would be offset by program revenue reserves designated for programs named in the budget. The committee voted to base budget reductions of $32.8 million annually, or $65.6 million over the biennium. The base budget reduction was outlined in Walker's errata letter.

1.      The Board of Regents must propose a methodology for calculating tuition reserves and propose a limit for those reserves
Freeze undergraduate tuition and freeze allocated segregated fees (those controlled by student governments for various uses)

2.      Remove the proposed autonomy granted in Walker's budget for UW and UW-Madison to set compensation plans. The motion would move the money set aside for the plans (the $89.4 million in GPR previously mentioned) into the compensation reserves
Require the Board of Regents to allocate $10 million annually to incentive grants from its reserves, rather than fund the programs with GPR

3.      Require the Board of Regents to allocate money for the Carbone Cancer Center, Medical School Programs and flexible degree program   
        Budget Update Transportation Omnibus motionApproves the governor's recommendation to provide an additional $400,000 in segregated funds to reflect a re-estimate, but would create a transfer of GPR to the transportation fund in the second year of each biennium to cover disaster aid payments made in excess of $1 million for any single disaster and would prohibit paying aid in excess of $1 million for a single disaster unless approved by the Governor and JFC, under 14-day passive review.

1.      Increase the mileage aid rate to $2,167 per mile for 2015 and thereafter. Provide an increase of $1.4 mil in SEG funding

2.      Increase in calendar year county aid from $94.6 mil to $96.88 million for calendar year 2015. Provide a 2.4 percent increase after that. Also provide a $567,000 SEG funding increase in 2014-15 to fund increased total distribution  
        Around the Country

Obama Defends Drone Strikes: President Obama on Thursday defended his administration's aggressive use of drone strikes in the war on terror, even as he announced steps that could reduce reliance on the program.   In a speech at the National Defense University in Washington, Obama said the U.S. drones program was legal and argued strikes had been effective in fighting extremists who launched the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

The New York Times: Obama Acts to Curtail Drones

NPR: Breaking Down Obamas New Blueprint for Fighting Terrorism 
        Interesting Reads of the Week

The Washington Times: Homegrown Jihad

Rand Paul: You Will Be Voting To Fund And Send Arms To The Allies Of Al-Qaeda

h/t: Eduardo89rp

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii - EWTN Exclusive ‘Joan of Arc Maid for God’

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii - EWTN Exclusive ‘Joan of Arc Maid for God’

Irondale, AL – Recent movies have depicted St. Joan of Arc as her enemies once branded her – as a heretic and a witch. But in a new EWTN Original Docudrama, “Joan of Arc: Maid for God,” EWTN Producer Daniel Rabourdin says St. Joan is a woman for our times. (In the U.S., ‘Joan of Arc’ airs 6 a.m. ET and 6 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 30, her feast day in the Catholic Church.)

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Remebering Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
  General George S. Patton

Our republic has always been blessed to be guarded by so many of our best and most honorable citizens. Of that small fraction of our population, an even smaller fraction, have paid the ultimate sacrifice. That is what today is about; remembering those heroes who never returned home to their families.

So amidst your family get-togethers and barbecues, please set aside enough time to visit your local veterans' cemetery or memorial and pay your respects; pray fervently that such men and women continue to guard our republic and that God's favor may be upon our republic and all the families who have lost their loved one.

As a veteran I dread this holiday,  I find myself getting moody as it approaches every year. For me it is a holiday for remembering faces that will never be seen again. Please don't take for granted your everyday leisures.  Without these brave men and women there would be no baseball, gardening, shopping, barbeques, or any of the millions of other things that clutter our days.

Let's also remember that we currently have our armed forces deployed throughout the world and with that comes the certainty that more will make the ultimate sacrifice. Please take some time from your schedule to remember in prayer, and with your support, our men and women are so bravely serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, or where ever they may be, and advocate for their return home.

Reposted By DR

Freedom's Not Free/Memorial Day