Archive for July, 2010

Afghanistan is Not an Issue for Congressman Kagen

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As I con­tinue my cru­sade into answers on why four Democ­rats from Wis­con­sin did not sup­port the War Sup­ple­men­tal Bill this past week. I have to under­cover “fact find­ing” results.

On a sim­ple search to find out why Con­gress­man Steve Kagen didn’t sup­port the War Sup­ple­men­tal Bill. It took less than two min­utes to dis­cover that on his web­site http://kagen.house.gov/, Afghanistan is not an Issue for the Con­gress­man. While this may not be sur­pris­ing in nature, a trip down mem­ory lane please.…

Accord­ing to Nancy Pelosi last year.…

Con­gress is tak­ing Amer­ica in a New Direc­tion, putting our troops and vet­er­ans first. We are fight­ing for a land­mark plan to estab­lish a 21st Cen­tury GI Edu­ca­tion bill and a pay raise for our troops that exceeds the President’s request.

I won­der why Iraq is still an issue for the Con­gress­man accord­ing to his web­site. While there is an under­stand­ing that both are impor­tant, Afghanistan should be on the front burner for him.

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NO” for War Funding Gets You">What Voting “NO” for War Funding Gets You

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As every­one has known for the past few days, Wisconsin’s House del­e­ga­tion were split on the War Sup­ple­men­tal Bill 4–4 this past week. There are a few con­cerns that I have with some of the delegation.

Dems Tammy Bald­win of Madi­son, Steve Kagen of Apple­ton, Gwen Moore of Mil­wau­kee joined Obey of Wausau in oppos­ing the pres­i­dent and the mea­sure. In all, 102 Dems voted no, con­tend­ing money is needed for eco­nomic trou­bles at home.

Maybe it is me but if “money is needed for eco­nomic trou­bles”, why is Con­gress­woman Tammy Bald­win going to Afghanistan to get “first hand account of the mil­i­tary and polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion”? She voted “No” on War Fund­ing, how­ever is going to observe the mil­i­tary oper­a­tion in Afghanistan. This is like say­ing she has been to all “57” states.…

Nev­er­the­less Con­gress­woman Tammy Bald­win will be going on a trip to Afghanistan to see our ser­vice mem­bers and expect them to ensure she is safe at all times. All at the same time telling them, they don’t deserve the fund­ing they need to carry out the mis­sion. I bet a trip to Afghanistan for Con­gress­woman Bald­win isn’t cheap and the per diem is great.
Thanks again for the con­tin­ued sup­port Con­gress­woman Baldwin!

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First the Blame Game..Now the Flip Flop

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So what could be next? I sup­pose give another two weeks or a month we will have an answer.

July 30th, 2010 NOW

Gibbs said that Democ­rats were run­ning stronger cam­paigns right now than Repub­li­cans, and that, despite hav­ing pre­vi­ously said there was “no doubt” the GOP could win the major­ity, Democ­rats would main­tain theirs.

I think it’s a fairly sim­ple choice come Novem­ber,” Gibbs said on ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.” “I think Democ­rats will be suc­cess­ful, and we’ll keep the House and the Senate.”

JULY 14th, 2010 on Meet the Press — THEN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UvjMswpuI4

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The Top Concern in Town — Shut down McDonald’s

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I think the city of Culpeper, VA has other things to worry about than clos­ing down a McDonald’s that has been oper­at­ing for 23 hours a day since Octo­ber 2007.

On June 8, Zon­ing Admin­is­tra­tor Maxie Brown hand-delivered a notice to the McDonald’s inform­ing the restau­rant it was in vio­la­tion of sec­tion 14–13 of the town code, stat­ing retail­ers located within 150 feet of a res­i­dence must close no later than 1 a.m. and can­not open ear­lier than 5:30 a.m.

Amanda Camp­bell, direc­tor of oper­a­tions with R.B. Drumheller Inc. — the Luray com­pany that owns Culpeper’s McDonald’s — responded to the vio­la­tion notice a week later in a let­ter to Town Man­ager Jeff Muzzy.

I spoke to Maxie Brown … about the notice,” Camp­bell said in the let­ter. “I explained to her that we have been oper­at­ing at 4 a.m. and stay­ing open until 3 a.m. since the restau­rant was rebuilt and reopened in Octo­ber of 2007.”

In addi­tion, Camp­bell said, the orig­i­nal Culpeper McDonald’s “had those hours for many years prior to the rebuild.” She also pointed out that there is only one res­i­dence within 150 feet of the restau­rant, a home owned by Dr. Harry Bur­chard, who owns and oper­ates the adjoin­ing Amber­wood Vet­eri­nary Hos­pi­tal on Sycamore Street.

In a June 16 let­ter to the town, Bur­chard said he had “no prob­lem with McDonald’s oper­at­ing 24 hours a day.”

They have made adjust­ments for my renters which should pre­vent any prob­lems in the future,” he said. “All in all, McDonald’s has been a good neigh­bor for 30 years.”

While I under­stand there is a Town Code, I feel that many of these code’s should be case by case.

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Run Forest Run

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This kid has some sta­mina. This was on Thurs­day July 22nd, 2010.

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It is Official

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I under­stand that being in the mil­i­tary you have a dif­fer­ent set of rules and you need to carry your­self to a higher stan­dard. How­ever some­times you wish things were dif­fer­ent. Yes­ter­day made it offi­cial that Gen­eral McChrys­tal retired from the Army.

The sun­set cer­e­mony, held at Fort McNair on the Ana­cos­tia River, marked McChrystal’s retire­ment from the mil­i­tary after 34 years.

With my res­ig­na­tion, I … left unful­filled com­mit­ments I made to many com­rades in the fight, com­mit­ments I hold sacred,” McChrys­tal said. “My ser­vice did not end as I would have wished.”

Regard­less of the fall out, it is impor­tant that Gen­eral McChrys­tal was cho­sen for this assign­ment by name and has some­thing to speak for being a Gen­eral in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your ser­vice Gen­eral McChrystal.

Gates, who presided over the cer­e­mony, praised McChrys­tal as “one of America’s great­est warriors.”

We say good­bye to Stan McChrys­tal with pride and sad­ness,” the defense sec­re­tary said. “No sin­gle Amer­i­can has inflicted more fear or more loss of life on our country’s most vicious and vio­lent enemies.”

McChrys­tal will be remem­bered inside the mil­i­tary for the secret effort he led in Iraq to destroy the net­work of al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic extrem­ists, which were dri­ving the insur­gency in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. “Stan has done more to carry the fight to al-Qaeda than any­one else in the Defense Depart­ment and prob­a­bly the nation,” said Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff.

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Willingness to reduce Cyber Warfare

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Boom! Outta Here.…
So we begin our jour­ney this morn­ing trans­lat­ing what, “reduc­ing cyber war­fare threats” are against other national’s. Of which will likely con­tinue to be a debat­ing soci­ety at the United Nations. Nev­er­the­less when does a act of cyber war­fare con­stituent a act of war?

A group of nations — includ­ing the United States, China and Rus­sia — have for the first time sig­naled a will­ing­ness to engage in reduc­ing the threat of attacks on each oth­ers’ com­puter networks.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief, what is the dif­fer­ence between the cur­rent type of cyber war­fare and the pur­posed “reduced” threat. Cyber war­fare will con­tinue to pose a threat regard­less of the reduced reduc­tion. This is a transna­tional issue that have shown in the past to be used and to some degree con­stituent a future act of war. Let’s take a walk down mem­ory lane for a minute…

Rus­sia pro­posed in 1998:

The Rus­sians pro­posed a treaty in 1998 that would have banned the use of cyber­space for mil­i­tary pur­poses. But the United States has not been will­ing to agree to that pro­posal, given that the dif­fi­culty in attribut­ing attacks makes it hard to mon­i­tor compliance.

It only took Rus­sia 10 years later to do the oppo­site of what they pro­posed that will con­tinue to leave many ques­tions about cyber war­fare. As shown with Rus­sia and Geor­gia in 2008.

As Rus­sia con­tin­ued mil­i­tary actions inside Geor­gia, in appar­ent vio­la­tion of a Tues­day cease-fire agree­ment, some Geor­gian gov­ern­ment Web sites, includ­ing the president’s office, remained under attack.
Cyber­weapons are becom­ing a sta­ple of war. The Geor­gian con­flict is per­haps the first time they have been used along­side con­ven­tional mil­i­tary action. Gov­ern­ments and pri­vate cyber­war­riors can exploit Inter­net secu­rity gaps to not only take down gov­ern­ment Web sites but also take con­trol of power grids and nuclear reactors.

While many legal and pol­icy hur­dles exist­ing for any cyber war­fare reduc­tion in the world. I wouldn’t hold my breath if any­one believes that coun­tries like Rus­sia or China would “reduce” their cyber ware­fare threats against other coun­tries. How­ever if a pol­icy can become effec­tive it would be a huge step to clamp down on coun­tries and state actors that con­duct such attacks.

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The Water Cooler

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As every­one over the past few months has known, Kevin has dis­ap­peared from the blogosphere.  He departed when Oil was still gush­ing from the Gulf of Mex­ico and Sen­a­tor Byrd was still alive.  Nev­er­the­less the need for some­one to carry the torch and hold the gas can is finally here.  I planned to take over the web­site sooner but had a few obsta­cles to hur­dle before I could con­tribute on a daily or weekly base.   As some view­ers may know, I posted while deployed in sup­port of Oper­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom and when greater respon­si­bil­i­ties arose, I could not keep up. 

 I under­stand that I will never live up to Kevin’s expec­ta­tions on here.  I com­pared myself to the Jim Rome Show when Jim Rome would go on vaca­tion and has fillers in his absents.

Kurt

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