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November 14, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on November 14, 2014

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According to my usual sources, November 14 seems to be less disastrous than most other days.  But above is a picture of the Caffe Chioggia in Venice on this day in 2012.

High water is not uncommon in Venice this time of year. There was flooding just last week. Venetian infrastructure and its people’s habits in many ways accommodate — and mitigate — the risk.  But  floods are recurring more often and tides seem to rising higher.   Will resilience be enough?

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 8:23 am

On this Friday, like most, Homeland Security and our open borders and a perverse administration that blatantly lies, well, despite these less than competent politicians and this gum chewing eight year WH resident who continues this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” along with his Muslim Brotherhood pals and buddies in Tehran who he secretly messages (Really?)….

….as he and the good ‘ol Rev Wright watch these “Brutes of Tehran” put together Not one, but multiple WMD’s which they will use especially in their bias and outright hatred especially of the Hebrew, a chosen People who God will always protect and only East Jerusalem to feel the consequences of the sword raised by this plague rampant among the most evil throughout the Middle East who profess Islam and at the same time manipulate a faith which more than one billion good Muslims follow without need to impose their values on another and understand full well that our nation, America, is a Judeo-Christian nation and we welcome anyone who chooses their faith, yet do not impose themselves on another as we recently saw in a school district where Muslims in a small Maryland community somehow convinced the school board otherwise….If Muslims cannot come to America and freely choose their choice in faith w/o placing their minority status among the populace, then remain in your respective country for We shall stand forthright in conveying our Judeo-Christian values and our choice as well….

On this Friday, despite the arrogance of Barry and Ms. Hillary and their self-serving ways and their blatant lies at the “benghazi Massacre” and even about good ‘ol Vince and his untimely death at the White House, Hillary’s pal who would not go along with her ways…(indeed, interesting)

Today, Friday, November 14, 2014:

By David Francis with Sabine Muscat

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey presents a scenario for U.S. combat troops in Iraq as voices in Washington are growing to let the deployed American troops join the fight against the Islamic State. Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force would be “dead on arrival” in Congress without allowing for American troops to fight back. McKeon: “I will not support sending our military into harm’s way with their arms tied behind their backs.”

FP’s Kate Brannen reports: “When it’s time for Iraqi security forces to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, or territory along the border with Syria, it might be necessary to place American troops closer to the front lines, Dempsey said. “‘I’m not predicting they’ll need to be accompanied by U.S. forces, but we’re certainly considering it.'”

The number of American troops in Iraq is growing. Last week, President Barack Obama authorized sending an additional 1,500 U.S. personnel to Iraq. The previous cap was 1,600 U.S. troops, with roughly 1,400 already deployed.

Iraq’s former defense minister, Abdul Qader Obeidi, said additional American help is needed. Obeidi says the planned spring offensive to retake Mosul and the province of Nineveh, both captured by the Islamic State, is unrealistic because more time is needed to train the Iraqi army. At this point it could not succeed without close-air support, army aviation assets, and logistical help from an outside partner to mount a cohesive battle against the militant group.

FP’s Gopal Ratnam interviewed Obeidi: “[W]e used to fight pockets of resistance in the past, now you’re going to be fighting a force that’s holding an entire province. At the same time, the most difficult battle is fighting in the cities. This requires specially trained forces. When we build such a force they need life support: logistics including ammunition, food, water, fuel…. It’s an entire system. You need a logistical system in place before you build a fighting force to operate in Mosul.”

“Iraqi forces need the fire support and power. When we used to fight with American troops, there were special pieces of artillery. Americans used a special ammunition guided through satellite and had pinpoint accurate fire. Without such accuracy there’s going to be a lot of destruction.”

I shout God Bless America and it is time to rebuild our Air Force and Navy and assert ourselves in every way when American interests are at hand so let’s close our border and let’s reestablish order and surely protect our White House!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 14, 2014 @ 8:38 am

I understand electricity rates throughout New England will be up 50% on average this winter! Is this accurate?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 14, 2014 @ 8:39 am

Any good maps of where the XL pipeline will go when approved?

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 14, 2014 @ 8:43 am

US Senator John McCail, USNA Class of 1958, will be the new chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. But for Sarah Palin IMO he would have been elected President. He also will be on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Does anyone have a take onhis views on HOMELAND DEFENSE [DoD] AND HOMELAND SECURITY [DHS]?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 8:54 am

Despite the White House, w/mid-term elections sending a clear dictate with 1/3 of the nation conveying a resounding note to get to work and the other 2/3rds of the nation disgusted and casting no vote assessing both parties as self-serving at best, maybe it will be this Keystone Project which gets passed and no longer shall the intel community be thrown under the bus so easily by these politicians whose arrogance and outright lies as we saw “Smug-smiled Pelosi again caught up ij another lie and so demeaning to the American populace making us wonder here on “Main Street USA” whether we can depend on our government in place today to protect us! Thank God for our 300 millions legal guns at home and with us coked and ready for – all lawful purpose!

Close our border now! Enforce our laws! Take back America and begin to take a real hard look at monies leaving the US coffers directed to foreign adversaries such as in the past with Barry and his pals at the Muslim Brotherhood, monies sent along with five Gitmo detainees, known terrorists w/o conference and approval by the US Congress and Senate! How dare you?

Now, immigration….more of the same ‘ol “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” with little Respect for our laws and our checks and balances in government!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 8:57 am

I (we) hope our electric costs here in the Northeast do Not surge any such 50% for there are so many who cannot afford soaring property taxes, water and sewer charges, refuse collection and so on and so forth with many in the cold! Let’s stop all payments overseas and reevaluate where this money is going and if we can defer some to the local community action groups who help those who cannot afford electricity, let;’s do so!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 14, 2014 @ 9:03 am

Thanks Chris! Voter turnout lowest in mid-terms in 72 years.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 14, 2014 @ 9:05 am

I continue to like the following definitions from my permanent website at http://www.vacationlanegrp.com:

“Emergency Management is the organization of the governmental and non-governmental organizational response at the national level (federal, state, and local) to unexpected events that threaten public health and safety and property, and the civil sector preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery to and from those events.

Homeland Security is the prevention of terrorist acts, the reduction in the consequences of those events on people and property, and the response and recovery from those terrorist events.”

Comment by Arnold Bogis

November 14, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

Bill, I’m not sure about the percentage but they are forecasting big hikes in the cost of electricity. Primarily because generation in the Northeast is mainly natural gas and a lot of homes are also heated by gas (though many still have oil heat, which was always the most expensive). There isn’t enough capacity to cover both uses easily so the utilities end up paying more for the gas they burn to generate electricity.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

Hagel orders top-to-bottom changes in nuke force

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

Voters are disgusted and w/both political parties and especially this Chicago led charade and We have much concern! This will Not be an easy road ahead….

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

The Washington Post
News Alert
National/global news alert • Fri., Nov. 14, 2014 1:21 pm

House authorizes building of Keystone pipeline

The House easily passed a measure on Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, sending it on to the U.S. Senate where the issue is expected to come up for a vote next Tuesday.

Lawmakers voted 252 to 161 to approve the project. Thirty-one Democrats, including a handful who lost reelection last week, joined with all but one Republicans who voted.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

From a note/email just rec’d:

Christopher,

One of our worst fears was confirmed this week by RUN Ministries. In an email yesterday, RUN president Eric Watt shared a conversation he had with one of his key leaders from northern Iraq. He warned Eric that ISIS won’t stop until they get to America:

For the past several days, I have been in the Middle East meeting in an undisclosed location to learn first hand about RUN’s efforts in northern Iraq. I learned of the constant struggle to provide fresh water, medical care, and now warm blankets for the thousands of people in our care. I listened to the stories of heroic rescues, of sabotage by ISIS terrorists, and of an amazing resilience of people who have nothing left.

After the meeting was over, the key leader and I went into a private room to be able to speak freely and openly with no one else in the room. He said to me, “Eric, remember why ISIS is killing all of these people. It is not just because they want to eliminate them. ISIS is sending a message that they are not afraid and that they will not stop until they come to your country.”

We both sat in silence for a moment, knowing the gravity of what he had just said. Then he continued, “Eric, please help us. We are in an emergency. We must be able to help these people and to keep them from ISIS. Please tell your friends to do everything they can.”

More than 26,000 Iraqi men, women and children are under RUN Ministries care and protection at our “Community of Hope” refugee camps and safe homes in northern Iraq. That’s 3,500 refugee families who need food, water, medicine, clothes, blankets, tents, and more. Can you please help alleviate some of their suffering with another financial gift today?

The challenges facing RUN Ministries volunteers seem impossible to overcome. Eric and his teams face a constant struggle to care for and protect tens of thousands of ISIS survivors who have lost everything. Every day, these refugees need food, water, shelter and protection. Some need medical care or clothes or some other necessity.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 14, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

Is Russia planning a winter offensive?

Nov 13, 2014
Michael Kofman

The buildup of separatist forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, and Moscow’s patently confrontational tone are raising the specter of another offensive in eastern Ukraine before winter grips the region. On Wednesday, NATO warned that “columns of Russian equipment, primarily Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops” had been spotted entering Ukraine.

Is this crisis about to flare up again, just two months after Russia withdrew its forces?

Given the strategic costs, it might seem unlikely that Russia would reignite this war, especially with winter looming. Yet both the opportunity and the motivation appear to be there in Moscow.

The invasion of Ukraine and confrontation with the West have whipped up nationalist sentiment, but Russia has run out of foreign policy victories to feed to the fire. That might explain why Moscow is aggravating NATO with airspace violations and playing alleged underwater games with Sweden, moves that appear aimed at keeping the Russian public in a confrontational mood.

The problem for Russian President Vladimir Putin is that none of this is likely to sustain his astronomical approval ratings or keep economic woes from chipping away at public support for the Ukrainian adventure.

Another motivating factor could be that pro-Russian separatists simply do not control enough of the Donbass, the populous region that includes Donetsk, to have made this conflict worthwhile for Russia. The territory controlled by them looks awfully small in comparison to lofty talk of re-establishing a grand Novorossiya, and the ceasefire line of control left many separatist home cities under Ukrainian control, so the separatists seem keen to fight for the rest…

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 16, 2014 @ 4:24 am

BREAKING NEWS: New ISIS video purportedly shows beheading of American hostage

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 17, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

A White House who releases known terrorists, strategists back to the enemy, supports the Muslim Brotherhood and turns its head to the release of known and convicted criminals by DHS and now in his new intent of jeopardizing our nation and our populace more in his soon to be released immigration:

“The measure include calls to – revise removal priorities to target serious criminals for deportation and end the program known as “Secure Communities” – and start a new program.

Arrest Barry Obama for suspicion in breach of faith, treason!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 18, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

Prediction US Senate will pass the pipeline bill today November 18th!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 19, 2014 @ 8:43 am

Pipeline defeated by one [1] vote in Senate! Climate stated reason by any Senators?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

November 19, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

capecodtimes.com

Wed, November 19, 2014
Harwich man fired up over station closure

By DAVID SCHOETZ,STAFF WRITER

Posted Jul. 25, 2005 @ 2:00 am
Updated Jan 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

EAST HARWICH — Town leaders, beware: You’re the target of Christopher Tingus’s newest civic crusade.
Around 5:30 a.m. yesterday, Tingus, 54, a Harwich homeowner of 20 years and a voting resident since 2004, launched
a picket to reopen Station 2
firehouse in East Harwich, which was shuttered by Harwich Fire Chief Wilfred Remillard on July 5.
When a $2.9 million override vote failed in Ma 56 town employees lost their jobs, the fire department laid off seven people – two dispatchers, a clerk and four firefighters.
Remillard cut full-time coverage at Station 2 despite knowing that the closure could prolong department response times.
To Tingus, the potential risk to public safety is unacceptable. If a citizen’s health is compromised by a slow response, he will file criminal charges against the town, he said.
”If it takes 10 years, I will be in front of that station,” Tingus said yesterday. ”That is my commitment to the police officers, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and citizens.”
He wants an itemized list of each town employee’s salary going back three years and says he will form a Concerned Harwich Citizens Association, which will call for an immed-iate independent fraud audit of the town’s finances.
He has pledged $10,000 to the effort.
”If we’re closing the fire station because we don’t have money, I want to know where the money’s going,” he said.
It’s a mission Tingus knows intimately. For 1,491 hours between 1992 and 1995, he fought to help reopen a firehouse in Milton, formerly his primary residence. He won honors from town and state officials for his effort.
Recently, his target has been the leak-plagued Big Dig tunnel.
An international information technology consultant who mainly does business in Asia, Tingus is also a millionaire. In February 2003, he won $1 million on a Massachusetts State Lottery scratch ticket.
For four hours yesterday, Tingus – who learned Saturday of the fire station’s closure – paced back and forth in front of the deserted Station 2, which is in East Harwich on Route 137 near Orleans Road and houses Engine 64.
The station looks lifeless. Weeds spring from an overgrown lawn. The flagpole is abandoned.
A notice from Remillard taped to the station’s front door directs people to a red callbox in case of an emergenc asks for patience during the staffing crunch.
Tingus has called for the resignations of town lead-
ers, including the town administrator. Yet when asked who the town administrator was,
he could not name Wayne Melville.
He did not attend town meetings during Harwich’s multimonth override roller coaster and knew little about the Aug. 2 override vote, which would restore five fire department jobs and allow Remillard to operate Station 2 around the clock.
That override attempt, just short of $1 million, was the result of compromise among town leaders and residents and won support at a June town meeting.
”When I tell you I don’t know anybody, I don’t know anybody,” Tingus said, unapologetically. ”I don’t care.”
He also said he doesn’t care if people criticize him for showing up late on this issue.
His objectives are to get Station 2 open and make sure Harwich leaders spend taxpayer money wisely.
”I’m not late to the dance,” he said with a grin. ”I’ve danced the dance.”
David Schoetz can be reached at dschoetz@capecodonline.com.
(Published: July 25, 2005)

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