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The World Trade Center and Space Shuttle…..June 2012….

The Space Shuttle passes One World Trade Center -- which recently became the tallest building in New York City -- on its way to the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, where it will be on permanent display.

photo…The Port Authority of NY and NJ…..

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June 17, 2012 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Government, Media, Other Things, Space, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

Obama will try to 'Jawbone' BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Obama will try to ‘Jawbone’ BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea's he won't like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Defense Secretary Gates asks for cuts…..Congress throws back some idea’s he won’t like…..

How about redeploying hundreds of thousands of troops back home?

How about killing the F-35 Fighter Program?

How about decommissioning 100 Ships?

How about getting rid of 1,000 more nukes?

How about cutting the countries expensive missile defense system back?

Damn…..

Maybe the can even take the Marine One helicopter they ALREADY have and not get new ones?


Reality Check….

Come back in 5 years…

I’ll wager you none…none of things they mention cutting ….

Are cut…..

(Gates is right on the basic premise…But Congress simply isn’t gonna do this even  if the suggestions here ARE from Congress  )

I liked Gates….

But It’s time for him to go….

He and Congress are on different wave lengths…and he’s not gonna win the battle….

He is lost……


The Sustainable Defense Task Force unveiled its plan to cut $1.1 trillion in military spending over the next decade. Defense spending, which will reach $567 billion in 2011, is expected to top $7.4 trillion during the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That does not include spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which will boost 2011 defense spending to $726 billion.

Defense spending cuts will be essential as the United States struggles to bring its $13 trillion debt and $1.4 trillion annual deficit under control, members of the task force said June 11.

But reducing the Navy to 230 ships – 100 fewer than it wants – or reversing recent increases in ground troops, or eliminating air wings would represent a major – and many would say unlikely about-face for the U.S. military.

The task force, which includes representatives from a dozen think tanks and government watchdog organizations, was organized by liberal Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and other members of Congress – a handful in all.

“We’re not talking about undercutting the troops in the field” or reducing the United States’ ability to fight terrorism, Frank said. “No one favors cutting back on national security.”

But national security requires a healthy U.S. economy, he said, and the economy is in trouble, in part because of excessive military spending.

Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called for cutting by one-third the number of U.S. troops in Europe and Asia. That would reduce the number stationed in those regions to 35,000 in Europe and 65,000 in Asia and save $80 billion over 10 years.

“I do not know what we are protecting Europe from – or why they can’t defend themselves,” Frank said.

The task force recommends reducing the U.S. nuclear triad to a land-based and submarine-based nuclear dyad with 1,000 nuclear weapons. The newly signed START treaty would reduce the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1,550 weapons each.

The U.S. should also cut spending on missile defense – now a $10 billion annual expense – to about $3.3 billion until development work is done and missile interceptors are proven to work, the task force said.

Eliminating five Army brigade combat teams and four Marine Corps infantry battalions – about 30,000 troops in all – would save $147 billion over the decade, the task force calculates.

More….

Note….If you don’t think this report was a shot at Gates …and the White House…… you need to excuse yourself……

Let me make this point….Cuts…senseable ones could, and should be made….

My belief is that Congress will not make them and is slowly losing faith with Gates…..


June 12, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Boats, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

There is a tape from the boat that the Israeli's raided……It raises questions….

The woman who shot the tape smuggled out her memory card in her underwear…

She has about an hour on the tape…..

She makes some very interesting observations that magnify the Dogs view that the operation was

not a very good..or popular one….

On both sides…

First of all she seems to confirm that Israeli Special Operators used NON-LETHAL weapons when they first arrived on the ship…..

Second she implies that the Special Operators seem to be very uncomfortable on the op….

By that she seems to imply that the operators didn’t want to be on the mission….

Where they ordered to do something they had problems with?

Was this discpline…or policy related?

Something is not right with the whole thing…from outside  AND INSIDE…..

Iara Lee, a Brazilian-American filmmaker and activist who was shooting a documentary on the flotilla of ships that was intercepted last week on its way to Gaza, has posted one hour of unedited video online that shows the early stages of the Israeli commando raid.

Since the camera was on a lower deck of the ship, it also shows but does not give a clear view of the violent confrontation and shootings that took place on the top deck of the ship, after Israeli commandos boarded from a helicopter and met with resistance from passengers on board. But the video, and accompanying audio, will help give a better sense of the timeline of the raid. It also shows clearly the area of the ship where wounded and dying passengers — and soldiers — were brought for medical treatment.

At a news conference at the United Nations on Thursday, where the video was screened for members of the media, Ms. Lee explained that she managed to smuggle out the video by hiding the card. She added that another video card she tried to hide was discovered and confiscated by Israeli authorities, along with her video equipment.

Ms. Lee also said that her success at smuggling the video out may have been partly because, in her view, the Israeli soldiers who were given the task of searching the detainees from the flotilla of ships were “young people who didn’t seem to want to be there.” She pointed out that some of the other journalists on board the ship had also managed to smuggle out cards with photographs and a much smaller amount of video.

The video Ms. Lee’s cameraman shot was recorded in high definition, although it was initially uploaded to YouTube in a low-resolution form in order to make it available to the public. This 15-minute edit of the material was also made available on Vimeo in a higher-quality version:

More….

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

There is a tape from the boat that the Israeli’s raided……It raises questions….

The woman who shot the tape smuggled out her memory card in her underwear…

She has about an hour on the tape…..

She makes some very interesting observations that magnify the Dogs view that the operation was

not a very good..or popular one….

On both sides…

First of all she seems to confirm that Israeli Special Operators used NON-LETHAL weapons when they first arrived on the ship…..

Second she implies that the Special Operators seem to be very uncomfortable on the op….

By that she seems to imply that the operators didn’t want to be on the mission….

Where they ordered to do something they had problems with?

Was this discpline…or policy related?

Something is not right with the whole thing…from outside  AND INSIDE…..

Iara Lee, a Brazilian-American filmmaker and activist who was shooting a documentary on the flotilla of ships that was intercepted last week on its way to Gaza, has posted one hour of unedited video online that shows the early stages of the Israeli commando raid.

Since the camera was on a lower deck of the ship, it also shows but does not give a clear view of the violent confrontation and shootings that took place on the top deck of the ship, after Israeli commandos boarded from a helicopter and met with resistance from passengers on board. But the video, and accompanying audio, will help give a better sense of the timeline of the raid. It also shows clearly the area of the ship where wounded and dying passengers — and soldiers — were brought for medical treatment.

At a news conference at the United Nations on Thursday, where the video was screened for members of the media, Ms. Lee explained that she managed to smuggle out the video by hiding the card. She added that another video card she tried to hide was discovered and confiscated by Israeli authorities, along with her video equipment.

Ms. Lee also said that her success at smuggling the video out may have been partly because, in her view, the Israeli soldiers who were given the task of searching the detainees from the flotilla of ships were “young people who didn’t seem to want to be there.” She pointed out that some of the other journalists on board the ship had also managed to smuggle out cards with photographs and a much smaller amount of video.

The video Ms. Lee’s cameraman shot was recorded in high definition, although it was initially uploaded to YouTube in a low-resolution form in order to make it available to the public. This 15-minute edit of the material was also made available on Vimeo in a higher-quality version:

More….

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Daily Manila x 2…….On Grenne……On the Census…..

From Newsweek: “For Greene, at least, relative obscurity is no longer his biggest problem. He was arrested in November for allegedly showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student, according to the Associated Press. ABCNews says he was kicked out of the Army, too. Now three months after Greene gave them that $10,400 check, South Carolina Democrats have asked him to withdraw from the race.”

High hopes!

Greene has high hopes!

Forget about those rumors that he

pushed porn as a joke!

So any time your getting low

Instead of letting go

Just remember this rant

Oops, there goes another man without

Oops, there goes another man without

Oops, there goes another man without

Pants!

And if he does not get his 10 grand back, he loses his shirt too!

……………………………………

Considering many Hispanics are boycotting the count, the number is probably higher.

Technically it’s a day in Court and a $100.00 fine per name or even jail for contempt if you do not participate. Of course this means sending someone with authority from Commerce to your house and writing you out a ticket. Not cheap to do.

Also the bigger fight you make, the more privacy you lose. Census workers look up your phone number, your land records often finding income properties, and also refer to the local census (which does not release the names of minors up to the age of 17 or 18) and accessors office.

If you cooperate, no one cares so long as you don’t lie. ID yourself as Wilbur N. Winnipesaukee from Walla Walla, Peter D. Plum from Pittsburg, or Dick Hurtz from Holden and that can be a $500.00 fine if they bother to spend the money to investigate it.

And you have to cooperate so long as you were living here on April 1st. It’s in Article one.

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Political Satire, Politics, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The White House trys to wring more money out of BP on claims…..

Under media pressure on the BP adherence to paying no more than the standard amount for claims for oil related loses….

Thad Allen has voiced concern for how and how much BP is paying out on claims…..

Allen and the White House can’t legally  tell BP what to spend as long as the company follows it’s published guidelines which I’m sure are not written for something this catastrophic….

As I have indicated before….

While the public pressure is out there….

The government is actually just a bystander on this whole affair……

BP (  a Private Company ) IS running the show…..

In addition, this cry for transparency….. is in fact media driven…..

At their own risk mind you…

BP does not have to tell the press a thing…

The oil isn’t owned by the government, neither was the equipment drawing it out of the earth….

You will notice….

Allen does the presser’s……

The company  does have to follow US rules and regulations on HOW to manage that operation…

And they are going to pay dearly for any transgressions….

And money spend by the government to manage and clean up the spill….


Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander in charge of the response to the spill, wrote BP CEO Tony Hayward to request a wide swath of information on how the oil company has dealt with claims against it.

“We need complete, ongoing transparency into BP’s claims process, including detailed information on how claims are being evaluated, how payment amounts are being calculated and how quickly claims are being processed,” Allen wrote in a letter on Tuesday that was released Wednesday morning by the White House.

“To that end, I am directing that you provide the National Incident Command (NIC) and appropriate representatives of the state governments with information we need to meet our responsibilities to our citizens.”

Allen asked Hayward to allow access to information as quickly as possible on how the company is processing claims online, as well as information on BP’s plans to pay out claims going forward.

The Coast Guard admiral’s letter comes against a backdrop in which President Barack Obama has warned BP against “nickel-and-diming” Gulf Coast residents whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by the oil spill.

More….

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Health, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

BP starts paying out claims……The standard amounts……The toll will get worst to the environment before getting better

The Oil giant with the leak running is going  ‘by the book’ on playing claims for lost service and thinks…

The money comes eventually…

The checks will be cashed……

But it will not cover the real value of loses….

Lawsuits are sure come…..

But they will be affected by those who accept the cash payouts….

Darryl Willis, a vice president of BP America who is in charge of the claims process, said the company would honor all legitimate claims. “We will make these payments for as long as it takes,” he said in a conference call with reporters on Saturday.

Mr. Willis said that BP had initially decided to pay all captains $5,000 a month and all deckhands $2,500 to get the process moving, but that they would readjust and pay more to people who could show that they were losing more because of the spill. And he said claims adjusters were trying to work with people who lacked documentation, by accepting pay stubs or bank statements from some claimants who lacked tax forms.

But some people are still struggling to get their claims paid. As she left First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Empire, Darvin Riley, 38, said she was having trouble getting her $2,500 check for the work she had missed as a deckhand on her brother’s shrimp boat, the Captain Kaden, because some of his paperwork was out of date. “We’re not going out, and we’re not making any money,” she said.

But for the most part, said Clint Guidry, the acting president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association, the problem is not that BP is not paying claims, but that the claims it is paying are too small. “It’s kind of like having a really good job and then getting injured,” he said. “You get worker’s comp. But try paying your bills with that.”

Some lawyers see another possible problem with the claims process: it may delay lawsuits. Stuart Smith, an environmental lawyer in New Orleans, said that by paying the claims, BP may be able to forestall some lawsuits, which can be filed only if claims against the company have not been resolved within 90 days. “So you set up this massive claims process that is directed and controlled by the corporate polluter,” Mr. Smith said. “You have to talk to BP before you go to court. It’s outrageous.”

The anger at BP is evident here, with signs stapled to telephone poles and houses with messages like “President Obama, BP took my money. Where’s my change?” and “BP = Bayou Polluters” and “Where the hell is my money, BP?”

More…..

Update….

BP is sending another tanker to collect more oil….and the President explains things will get worst before getting better in August after the relief wellsenable BP to cut off the leak…

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 10 Comments