Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ann Coulter - January 22, 2014 - THE HEROISM OF WENDY DAVIS

Ann Coulter - January 22, 2014 - THE HEROISM OF WENDY DAVIS

Gov. Scott Walker: 2014 State of the State

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on CNBC's The Kudlow Report

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 18, 2014) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the Rawhides of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Matthew Young/Released)

EWTN: March for Life 2014 - Papal Nuncio

The Government Really Can Hear You Now: Verizon Releases First Transparency Report

The Government Really Can Hear You Now: Verizon Releases First Transparency Report

MacIver Institute: Sen. Tiffany 2014 State of the State Reaction

MacIver Institute: Rep. Nygren 2014 State of the State Reaction

MacIver Institute: Sen. Grothman 2014 State of the State Reaction

MacIver Institute: Rep. Jacque 2014 State of the State Reaction

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sanctity Of Human Life Rally, Menominee, MI

Sanctity Of Human Life Rally, Menominee, MI
Around 100* people showed up for the Sanctity of Human Life Rally, in Menominee, MI on Sunday, January 19, in support of human life. It was sponsored by Bay Area Pregnancy Services, Inc (BAPS). How appropriate it was that before the event started several children who had shown up with their families were
Children playing
laughing and playing on the snow banks in front of the country courthouse. It helped to reinforce the fact that many more voices will never be heard from or have the chance to play.

It was a great turn out, especially considering the bitter cold temperature. The speaker was Pastor Joe Hemstock from the First Apostolic Church, Marinette, WI, who called to account churches and
Speaker Pastor Joe Hemstock
individuals of faith to actively live their pro-life values by embracing large families. He asked how many churches had families with 10 children in them. It was a powerful message for not just marching, but living your conviction daily.

Afterward, there was a march from the courthouse, down the street to Holy Spirit Church, Menominee, MI.
Pro-life marchers Menominee, MI
Where there was prayers, scripture readings and songs and a powerful message by Rev. Ronald Timock from the Precious Blood Church, Stephenson, MI, about the Catholic Church's strong position on life and about how God had placed on all mankind's heart the natural law. He gave the example of how protective we are of bald eagles and their eggs because we realize that is a valuable life. How much more should we value the lives of our own unborn children?

Following the service there was refreshments served in the basement. A large number of people stayed and fellowshiped. Literature and information was provided by various pro-life groups.

Everyone was encouraged to support life by 1) writing letters to Congress, 2) volunteering for crisis pregnancy centers or local pro-life organizations, 3) writing letters to the editors of local newspapers, 4) support pregnant mothers, 5) Write or call corporations or media which support abortion, and 6) Pray for the success of the pro-life movement.

I would like to thank Life Core, Inc., BAPS, and all the churches and parishioners and clergy who so graciously took of their time to fight for those who cannot defend themselves.

Father Walter Stumpf St Mary Parish-Crivitz,WI  with parishioner 
*Earlier version of this story under reported turnout at 70.  The local media reports placed the number at around 100.

Tennessee bill takes on NSA encryption-breaking facility at Oak Ridge | Tenth Amendment Center

Tennessee bill takes on NSA encryption-breaking facility at Oak Ridge | Tenth Amendment Center

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MacIver Institute: Bill Would Level Playing Field for Special Needs Students

USS Seawolf Returns Home From Deployment

USS Seawolf Returns Home From Deployment

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ahron Arendes, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs
BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Jan. 21, concluding a six-month deployment.

This was Seawolf's first deployment since 2009.

"It feels great to be back. There are a lot of happy, smiling faces here, who can't wait to see their loved ones and get back home. It's always great coming back from a deployment," said Seawolf commanding officer Capt. Broderick Berkhout.

After Seawolf's last deployment, the ship underwent a 30-month depot modernization period, where the ship was overhauled and upgraded.

"This was very challenging deployment for the crew. We had a lot to do to get ready and do the challenging things we do on deployment," said Berkhout. "They maintained a 90 percent operational tempo and were able to meet all of the tasking required of us by the fleet commander. It couldn't have been done without every single Sailor that's part of my crew that worked hard to get the ship [ready]. I'm very proud of them and I think we proved that the Seawolf is a capable platform that provides a lot of mission capability to the theater commander."

Commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 5 Capt. Jeffrey Jablon said he's proud of the job Seawolf did in not only getting the ship ready to deploy, but performing well and making it back safely.

"Seawolf did a fantastic job, so we welcome them home and celebrate what a great job that they did," said Jablon. "This was their first deployment in over five years and there was big turnover during their three years in the shipyard, so it's a big testament to their hard work and proficiency that they did extraordinarily well on their missions.

Seawolf, commissioned July 19, 1997, is the first of the Navy's three Seawolf-class submarines, all of which are homeported in the Pacific Northwest - Connecticut and Seawolf at Bremerton, Wash., and USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

The Seawolf class is the U.S. Navy's most advanced attack submarine design. Originally intended as a class of 29 submarines, the end of the Cold War and budget constraints led to a restructuring of the class to three submarines. The Seawolf is significantly quieter than any Los Angeles class submarine, faster, has more torpedoes tubes and can carry more weapons - up to 50 torpedoes or missiles, or 100 mines.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Expanded map boosts GOP confidence | TheHill

Expanded map boosts GOP confidence | TheHill

First Group of Ensigns Earn Initial SWO Qualification aboard USS Freedom

First Group of Ensigns Earn Initial SWO Qualification aboard USS Freedom

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 15, 2014) Ensign Dolph Eich, from Canton, Conn., and a 2012 graduate of The Citadel, receives his surface warfare officer (SWO) pin during a ceremony aboard the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1). Eich was one of three ensigns assigned to Freedom's Gold Crew 102 who received the SWO pin during the ceremony, becoming the first group of U.S. Navy ensigns to earn their initial SWO qualification aboard the LCS platform. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Donnie W. Ryan/Released)
By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Donnie W. Ryan, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Three ensigns, assigned to the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) Crew 102, became the first ensigns in the Navy to earn their surface warfare officer (SWO) qualification on board an LCS platform during a ceremony held Jan. 15.

Ensign Dolph Eich, from Canton, Conn., Ensign Charles Hasenbank, from Houston, and Ensign Kelly Reightler, from Stafford, Va., received their gold SWO pins from the ship's commanding officer during a ceremony that took place on the ship's fo'c'sle.

"They put a lot of hard work and effort into their SWO qualifications," said Cmdr. Tim Wilke, Freedom's Crew 102 commanding officer. "It was not an easy effort and it's a major milestone in the life of a surface warfare officer."

Wilke said in addition to countless hours of on-the-job training and studying, the group underwent a three-phase qualification board which culminated in a complex final battle problem.

"In the past, when officers get qualified as surface warfare officers, the ceremony is usually done in front of the wardroom," said Wilke. "But with Crew 102, with Freedom, and with all the things in LCS we do it as a team, so their success is all of our success."

While earning a SWO pin is a major accomplishment for any junior officer, making history as part of the first group of ensigns to do it on board the LCS platform held a special meaning for the group.

"When I found out about the LCS program I did some research and decided this was something I wanted to be a part of," said Eich, a 2012 graduate of The Citadel who served as Freedom's weapons officer. "I'm really lucky to have gotten this billet."

Eich said his advice to anyone interested in joining the LCS program is that it will be challenging but allow an individual to be very involved in every aspect of the ship's operations.

"From the leadership point of view I think it's a good program to start off in because you are heavily involved in what your division does," said Eich.

Volunteering for the Navy's LCS program was a chance to be a part of a new and growing program for the young officers.

"I wanted something hands on," said Hasenbank, a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who worked as the ship's auxiliaries officer. "I'm a SWO/EDO [engineering duty officer] option, so I do my two SWO tours and then move on to the EDO world."

Hasenbank said one thing he really enjoys about LCS is the quality of the senior enlisted leadership, especially the engineering department, and their hands-on approach to learning the ship's systems.

"LCS is a growing community," said Hasenbank. "The concept of LCS is outstanding in regards to its capabilities in the littorals and we are a new program and we will only be growing."

All three of the ensigns said it took a lot of hard work and long hours to earn the qualification.

"It's not something you can just cram for a few hours or a few days before and get by," said Reightler, a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who was assigned as the ship's combat information center officer. "It's a continual learning process and its having experience and asking questions all along during the process to develop that knowledge."

Reightler said that the SWO qualification process is not just about knowing your job or ship really well, but knowing how the surface warfare community operates as a whole and how all the pieces come together.

"Everyone here on LCS puts in a lot of hard work and holds themselves to a very high standard," said Reightler. "LCS is something you can take a lot of pride and ownership in as a member of the crew and it's a great platform to be a part of."

All three of the ensigns joined the LCS program at the squadron level in July 2012 to receive training prior to checking on board Freedom. After completing that part of the training pipeline, they reported to Crew 102 March 1, 2013, the day the ship departed San Diego on its maiden deployment to the Asia-Pacific region.

For the majority of the deployment, Freedom worked out of Singapore, using it as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition, three phases of the bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the multinational exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training. During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands of visitors throughout Southeast Asia.

In August while in Singapore, Crew 102 conducted a crew swap with Crew 101, who then continued the deployment. Freedom returned to San Diego Dec. 23.

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.

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 16, 2014) The U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter USCGC Mello (WHEC-717) and the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) transit off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/Released)

Ron Paul: Warfare, Welfare, and Wonder Woman — How Congress Spends Your Money

Warfare, Welfare, and Wonder Woman — How Congress Spends Your Money

Supporters of warfare, welfare, and Wonder Woman cheered last week as Congress passed a one trillion dollar “omnibus” appropriation bill. This legislation funds the operations of government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Wonder Woman fans can cheer that buried in the bill was a $10,000 grant for a theater program to explore the comic book heroine.

That is just one of the many outrageous projects buried in this 1,582 page bill. The legislation gives the Department of Education more money to continue nationalizing education via “common core.” Also, despite new evidence of Obamacare’s failure emerging on an almost daily basis, the Omnibus bill does nothing to roll back this disastrous law.

Even though the Omnibus bill dramatically increases government spending, it passed with the support of many self-described “fiscal conservatives.” Those wondering why anyone who opposes increasing spending on programs like common core and Obamacare would vote for the bill, may find an answer in the fact that the legislation increases funding for the “Overseas Continuing Operations” — which is the official name for the war budget — for the first time since 2010. This $85 billion war budget contains $6 billion earmarked for projects benefiting Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, and other big defense contractors.

Ever since “sequestration” went into effect at the beginning of last year, the military-industrial complex’s congressional cheering session has complained that sequestration imposed “draconian cuts” on the Pentagon that will “decimate” our military — even though most of the "cuts" were actually reductions in the "projected rate of growth." In fact, under sequestration, defense spending was to increase by 18 percent over ten years, as opposed to growing by 20 percent without sequestration.
Many of the defenders of increased war spending are opponents of welfare, but they are willing to set aside their opposition to increased welfare spending in order to increase warfare spending. They are supported in this position by the lobbyists for the military-industrial complex and the neoconservatives, whose continued influence on foreign policy is mystifying. After all, the neocons were the major promoters of the disastrous military intervention in Iraq.

While many neocons give lip service to limiting domestic spending, their main priority remains protecting high levels of military spending to maintain an interventionist foreign policy. The influence of the neocons provides intellectual justification for politicians to vote for ever-larger military budgets — and break the campaign promises to vote against increases in spending and debt.

Fortunately, in recent years more Americans have recognized that a constant defense of liberty requires opposing both war and welfare. Many of these Americans, especially the younger ones, have joined the intellectual and political movement in favor of limiting government in all areas. This movement presents the most serious challenge the bipartisan welfare-warfare consensus has faced in generations. Hopefully, the influence of this movement will lead to bipartisan deals cutting both welfare and warfare spending.

The question facing Americans is not whether Congress will ever cut spending. The question is will the spending be reduced in an orderly manner that avoids inflecting massive harm on those depending on government programs, or will spending be slashed in response to an economic crisis caused by ever-increasing levels of deficit spending. Because politicians are followers rather than leaders, it is ultimately up to the people what course we will take. This is why it is vital that those of us who understand the dangerous path we are currently on do all we can to expand the movement for liberty, peace, and prosperity.

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40,000 Pro-Lifers Line the Streets of Paris, France During French March for Life

40,000 Pro-Lifers Line the Streets of Paris, France During French March for Life

Navy Bringing Well Decks Back to Amphibs | DoD Buzz

Navy Bringing Well Decks Back to Amphibs | DoD Buzz