Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cartoon: Whatever, Berlin…

Pope Francis: God knows what we need!

John Stossel vs. Judge Napolitano On How a Big a Deal NSA Spying Is

John Stossel vs. Judge Napolitano On How a Big a Deal NSA Spying Is

MV-22 Osprey Makes History on Japanese Ship

Wisconsin Liberty Movement: Need More Reasons?

Dear DR,

Not enough reasons to call and demand they make the budget conservative rather than a big government budget?

The following is going around Tea Party groups throughout the state:

Tell them that the 2013-2015 Biennial Budget is UNACCEPTABLE in its current form:
This budget is about to reverse "innocent until proven guilty" and violate the 4th and 5th Amendments via automatic collection of DNA on arrest.  Automatic collection of DNA is not even appropriate in the budget; it’s a non-budgetary policy issue and should be in a standalone bill if you’re going to consider it.
This budget provides funding for Common Core testing, which will reduce learning time in the classroom by about a third. It also retains funding for the Statewide Student Information System, a database that will track Wisconsin children from cradle to career.  Common Core may have been tabled, but this continued funding will further compromise the education of Wisconsin’s children and put their private information at risk.
Any tax cuts in this budget will be more than canceled out by new spending, interest on bonding, and coming property tax hikes.  If they vote for this budget as it is, they will be trading PHANTOM TAX CUTS for REAL CONSTITUTIONAL AND CIVIL RIGHTS.
Automatic collection of DNA, in particular, MUST come out of this biennial budget. If they are going to consider it, consider it in a standalone bill.
Remind them that their sole constitutional duty is to protect our rights.  We need them to be the champions of the Constitution that we elected them to be.
Call and email Governor Scott Walker and let him know where you stand on the 2013-15 budget, and in particular the DNA on arrest issue:
Phone: (608) 266-1212                        
Call Wisconsin's GOP Senators.  Here are their names and phone numbers:
Robert Cowles (608) 266-0484
Luther Olsen (608) 266-0751
Michael Ellis (608) 266-0718
Dale Schultz (608) 266-0703
Leah Vukmir (608) 266-2512
Glenn Grothman (608) 266-7513
Tom Tiffany (608) 266-2509
Frank Lasee (608) 266-3512
Mary Lazich (608) 266-5400
Joe Leibham (608) 266-2056
Terry Moulton (608) 266-7511
Alberta Darling (608) 266-5830
Paul Farrow (608) 266-9174
Scott Fitzgerald (608) 266-5660
Rick Gudex (608) 266-5300
Neal Kedzie (608) 266-2635
Jerry Petrowski (608) 266-2502
Sheila Harsdorf (608) 266-7745 (pushing automatic collection of DNA on arrest)
We hope you can call all of these Senators.  However, it's most important to call the ones who are on the fence and those who may be persuadable.

Of course call your senator as well 
Click here for their contact info.
In Liberty,
Michael Murphy (Chairman)
Todd Welch (Founder)
Wisconsin Liberty Movement

P.S. This budget id bloated, big government, and violates your constitutional rights.  Call your senator now and demand they vote no!  Click here for their contact info.

PRESS RELEASE: NSA Surveillance: Amash, Conyers Introduce Major Bill


Washington, D.C. – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance.
H.R. 2399, the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act), restricts the federal government’s ability under the Patriot Act to collect information on Americans who are not connected to an ongoing investigation. The bill also requires that secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court opinions be made available to Congress and summaries of the opinions be made available to the public.

A coalition of 32 Members of Congress joined Conyers and Amash in introducing the bill late Monday. After introduction, Conyers and Amash issued the following statement:

“The recent NSA leaks indicate that the federal government collects phone records and intercepts electronic communications on a scale previously unknown to most Americans. 

“The LIBERT-E Act imposes reasonable limits on the federal government’s surveillance. The bill puts some teeth into the FISA court’s determination of whether records the government wants are actually relevant to an investigation. It also makes sure that innocent Americans’ information isn’t needlessly swept up into a government database. LIBERT-E prohibits the type of government dragnet that the leaked Verizon order revealed.

“We accept that free countries must engage in secret operations from time to time to protect their citizens. Free countries must not, however, operate under secret laws. Secret court opinions obscure the law. They prevent public debate on critical policy issues and they stop Congress from fulfilling its duty to enact sound laws and fix broken ones.

“LIBERT-E lets every congressman have access to FISA court opinions so that Congress can have a more informed debate about security and privacy. And the bill requires that unclassified summaries of the opinions be available to the public so that Americans can judge for themselves the merit of their government’s actions.

“We are proud to lead a broad, bipartisan coalition that’s working to protect privacy. It shouldn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. Defending the Constitution and protecting Americans’ rights should be an effort we all can support.”

A list of cosponsors of H.R. 2399 is available here.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

STRATFOR: Europe and Russia Compete in Moldova

Release: Coast Guard receives 126th Response Boat - Medium in Wrightsville Beach, NC

News Release

Coast Guard receives 126th Response Boat - Medium in Wrightsville Beach, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach accepted delivery of the station's newest asset, a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium, Tuesday, which represents the 126th boat in a fleet of 170 being delivered to the service.

The RB-M will replace the aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats (UTB) and assorted non-standard boats being used at Coast Guard stations throughout the country.

The UTB has been a workhorse at Coast Guard stations for more than 25 years, but newer boats with increased capabilities are needed.

The RB-M's top speed of 49 miles per hour gets the boat’s crew to the scene faster and reduces crew fatigue. The new design includes a full cabin to protect the crew from the elements, provides heating and air conditioning and features shock-mitigating seats.

The RB-M is more maneuverable, can accommodate light machine guns and its propulsion system complies with EPA and International Maritime Organization emissions standards. It boasts an advanced navigation system and a communication system able to interact with other federal, state, local and homeland security partners.

The RB-M is a multi-mission boat that can operate in coastal zones including inshore and inland waterways and open ocean out to 50 nautical miles. Primary missions for the RB-M include search and rescue; ports, waterways and coastal security; defense readiness and marine environmental protection.

Station Wrightsville Beach’s RB-M is number 126 of approximately 170 boats being delivered to the Coast Guard during a period of eight to 10 years, half of which is being built in Kent, Wash., by Marinette Marine Corporation’s major subcontractor, Kvichak Marine Industries of Seattle, Wash. MMC is building the other half of the fleet in Green Bay, Wis.

For more information on the RB-M, visit
Station Wrightsville Beach's crew is currently training on the RB-M in order to get qualified on the new boat. A media availability may be scheduled once the crew completes their qualifications.

Way Up North: Alaska Legislative Update

Way Up North: Alaska Legislative Update: Last week, the Alaska Legislature sent three bills of interest to the Governor's office, for signature into law. A modification to the...

Sharyl Attkisson Shares Update On Computer Hacking Investigation « CBS Philly

Sharyl Attkisson Shares Update On Computer Hacking Investigation « CBS Philly

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sarah Palin: Republicans should listen to libertarians

Sarah Palin: Republicans should listen to libertarians

CARAT Kicks Off in Malaysia; Schedule Changes for Navy Museums

MacIver Institute: Anti-Mining Eco-Terrorists Verbally Attack Workers, Damage Equipment

19th CARAT Malaysia Begins, Brings New Capabilities to Build Maritime Partnerships

19th CARAT Malaysia Begins, Brings New Capabilities to Build Maritime Partnerships

KUANTAN, Malaysia (June 15, 2013) Members of the Royal Malaysian Navy observe the littoral combat ship USS Freedom's (LCS 1) arrival in Kuantan, Malaysia in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013. More than 1,200 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Malaysia 2013. U.S. Navy ships participating in CARAT Malaysia include the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) with an embarked U.S. Marine Corps landing force, the diving and salvage vessel USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), and Freedom. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Jay C. Pugh/Released)

Story Number: NNS130616-01Release Date: 6/16/2013 12:31:00 PM
From Task Force 73 Public Affairs
KUANTAN, Malaysia (NNS) -- The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Malaysian Armed Forces commenced with the arrival of a U.S. Navy task group to Kuantan Naval Base, June 15.

The task group includes the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) with embarked Destroyer Squadron 7 staff, the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) with embarked USMC Landing Force, the diving and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), and, making her debut as a CARAT particiapnt, the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1).

Continuing through June 23, CARAT Malaysia 2013 consists of ten days of shore-based and at-sea training events designed to address shared maritime security concerns, develop relationships, and enhance interoperability among participating forces.

"2013 marks the 19th year the United States and Malaysia have conducted CARAT," said Rear Adm. Jeffery Harley, commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet and executive agent for CARAT Malaysia. "As one of the original partners, the Malaysian Armed Forces have been part of CARAT since the beginning. This long-standing collaboration through CARAT is a model for how our naval forces can continue to work together."

CARAT is a series of bilateral naval exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. CARAT Malaysia is also one of the key exercises that Freedom will participate in with regional navies and other U.S. Navy units during her maiden deployment to Southeast Asia.

As a littoral combat ship, Freedom's size and capabilities are comparable with ships operated by many regional navies. Fast, agile and mission-focused, littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare.

Training events in each CARAT phase are tailored based on available assets and mutual training goals that span across a broad range of naval capabilities. CARAT Malaysia 2013 will focus on combined operations at sea, amphibious landing events, diving and salvage training, and maritime security scenarios. The exercise will also feature military operations symposia, jungle survival training, tactical combat casualty care, sporting events, community service projects and public band concerts.

More than 1,200 U.S. Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Malaysia 2013. The USMC Landing Force Company is comprised of Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment with an attachment from 2nd Amphibian Assault Battalion, 2nd Marine Division from Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

Also participating in CARAT Malaysia are medical professionals and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) evaluators from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST), Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 (NMCB), divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1 (MUDSU), P-3C Orion and MH-60 aircraft, and the U.S. Seventh Fleet Band, Orient Express.

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