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January 29, 2016

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on January 29, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 6:55 am

IMO Iowa is about to have its last hurrah in Presidential politics. Could be wrong as always. President James Earl Carter started it all by winning the first caucauses. And the MSM likes Iowa which looks largely like it does–white- and gives a glimpse of a different and past America.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 6:59 am

Wiki Extract:

Iowa (Listeni/?a?.?w?/) is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States, a region sometimes called the “American Heartland”. Iowa is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River and the Big Sioux River on the west; it is the only U.S. state whose eastern and western borders are formed entirely by rivers. Iowa is bordered by Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, and Minnesota to the north.

In colonial times, Iowa was a part of French Louisiana and Spanish Louisiana; its current state flag is patterned after the flag of France. After the Louisiana Purchase, settlers laid the foundation for an agriculture-based economy in the heart of the Corn Belt.

In the latter half of the 20th century, Iowa’s agricultural economy made the transition to a diversified economy of advanced manufacturing, processing, financial services, information technology, biotechnology, and green energy production. Iowa is the 26th most extensive in land area and the 30th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines. Iowa has been listed as one of the safest states in which to live in on March 25, 2009.[8] Iowa’s nickname has been The Hawkeye State since 1838, eight years before becoming a state.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 7:05 am

Ranking just below the median in land area and population Iowa has a state secret. It ranks in the top ten of states since 1950 in federal disaster relief and recovery benefits. It also has 16 inch deep loam in many places largely due to the areal spread of floodwaters during historic times.

Iowa does a good job of assimilating immigrants which it has done since the 1880’s including a large Asian population.

The Monday results continue to be of interest since they come first in the marathon of Presidential politics.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 7:08 am

We are about to find out that there are many Flints in the USA. aging and often corroded lead and galvanized water system pipes.

And another insect born virus appears on the scene–Zinka!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 7:10 am

Any links to or book reviews discussing the comparative approaches of nation-states other than the USA to HS and EM?

Comment by claire rubin

January 29, 2016 @ 8:31 am

http://www.training.fema.gov/hiedu/aemrc/
Source for free ebook on Comparative EM

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

Thanks Claire!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 30, 2016 @ 10:18 am

So my predictions Trump Numero uno in Iowa, and number 2 Senator from Florida [Don’t know which one]!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 30, 2016 @ 11:11 am

My Foreign Affairs link for the week [these are restricted to those impacting HS and EM] with no explanation given.

http://www.mid.ru/en/posledniye_dobavlnenniye/-/asset_publisher/MCZ7HQuMdqBY/content/id/2032328

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 31, 2016 @ 4:24 am

The cottage I am restoring has its own well. Where I live has a community well.

Wiki Extract:

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Its objective is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters by preventing point and nonpoint pollution sources, providing assistance to publicly owned treatment works for the improvement of wastewater treatment, and maintaining the integrity of wetlands. It is one of the United States’ first and most influential modern environmental laws. As with many other major U.S. federal environmental statutes, it is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in coordination with state governments. Its implementing regulations are codified at 40 C.F.R. Subchapters D, N, and O (Parts 100-140, 401-471, and 501-503).

Technically, the name of the law is the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The first FWPCA was enacted in 1948, but took on its modern form when completely rewritten in 1972 in an act entitled the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. Major changes have subsequently been introduced via amendatory legislation including the Clean Water Act of 1977 and the Water Quality Act of 1987.

The Clean Water Act does not directly address groundwater contamination. Groundwater protection provisions are included in the Safe Drinking Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Superfund act.

Comment by TheRepublic

January 31, 2016 @ 6:56 am

A perspective concerning Iowa!

Good ‘ol Ms. Hillary aiding our adversaries and prostituting America along w/Billy Boy and Chelsea to line the pockets of the Clinton Foundation as so many have pointed to and Barack Hussein Obama and his illustrious Rev Wright handing WMD to Tehran and Barry “apologizing” for America and spinning Frank Marshall’s divisiveness and Billy Ayers anti-establishment/anti-cop sentiment!

Donald gets our vote – we have seen far too much from this “Chicago-Hollywood-washington charade” but it is our concern here on “Main Street USA” that our Judeo-Christian values have been lost to some bias and tainted Oval Office, the lack of enforcement of laws and the intentional dismissal of known terrorists and convicted felons by this Chicago city street slicker in the Oval Office and nothing more which causes far more consternation than Donald leading the charge!

God Bless Donald Trump and God Bless America! Enough of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” — our police officers and first responders do NOT need a “bear fest” on the White House lawn, they need our support in every way for they are indeed the first and only to respond to our desperate 911 calls and it is certainly not good ‘ol Ms. Hillary who portrayed her real character when standing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie at the “Benghazi Massacre” with Barack Hussein Obama leaving our brave warriors behind….

We shout, Arrest good ‘ol Ms. Hillary for suspicion in breach of faith, Treason!

I stood for three very cold Winters and 1,491 hours in silent protest and as a mere concerned citizen on behalf of our first responders and I would do it all over as they are our heros each and every day!

http://www.bigdiglifevest.com

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by AmericaWinsTrump!

January 31, 2016 @ 6:59 am

I concur Bill!

The No. 2 Senator from Florida, despite his boyishness, will pull out Iowa and….

….good ‘ol Ms. Hillary despite aiding our adversaries and prostituting America along w/Billy Boy and Chelsea to line the pockets of the Clinton Foundation as so many have pointed to and Barack Hussein Obama and his illustrious Rev Wright handing WMD to Tehran and Barry “apologizing” for America and spinning Frank Marshall’s divisiveness and Billy Ayers anti-establishment/anti-cop sentiment wins against good ‘ol Bernie!

Donald gets our vote – we have seen far too much from this “Chicago-Hollywood-washington charade” but it is our concern here on “Main Street USA” that our Judeo-Christian values have been lost to some bias and tainted Oval Office, the lack of enforcement of laws and the intentional dismissal of known terrorists and convicted felons by this Chicago city street slicker in the Oval Office and nothing more which causes far more consternation than Donald leading the charge!

God Bless Donald Trump and God Bless America! Enough of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” — our police officers and first responders do NOT need a “bear fest” on the White House lawn, they need our support in every way for they are indeed the first and only to respond to our desperate 911 calls and it is certainly not good ‘ol Ms. Hillary who portrayed her real character when standing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie at the “Benghazi Massacre” with Barack Hussein Obama leaving our brave warriors behind….

We shout, Arrest good ‘ol Ms. Hillary for suspicion in breach of faith, Treason!

I stood for three very cold Winters and 1,491 hours in silent protest and as a mere concerned citizen on behalf of our first responders and I would do it all over as they are our heros each and every day!

http://www.bigdiglifevest.com

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Voters and Trump!

January 31, 2016 @ 7:03 am

I agree that the boyish Senator from Florida will be the eventual Vice-Presidential candidate –

Despite good ‘ol Ms. Hillary aiding our adversaries and prostituting America along w/Billy Boy and Chelsea to line the pockets of the Clinton Foundation as so many have pointed to and Barack Hussein Obama and his illustrious Rev Wright handing WMD to Tehran and Barry “apologizing” for America and spinning Frank Marshall’s divisiveness and Billy Ayers anti-establishment/anti-cop sentiment, good ‘ol Ms. Hillary who should be prosecuted, will take on good ‘ol Bernie in Iowa!

Donald gets our vote – we have seen far too much from this “Chicago-Hollywood-washington charade” but it is our concern here on “Main Street USA” that our Judeo-Christian values have been lost to some bias and tainted Oval Office, the lack of enforcement of laws and the intentional dismissal of known terrorists and convicted felons by this Chicago city street slicker in the Oval Office and nothing more which causes far more consternation than Donald leading the charge!

God Bless Donald Trump and God Bless America! Enough of this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” — our police officers and first responders do NOT need a “bear fest” on the White House lawn, they need our support in every way for they are indeed the first and only to respond to our desperate 911 calls and it is certainly not good ‘ol Ms. Hillary who portrayed her real character when standing shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie at the “Benghazi Massacre” with Barack Hussein Obama leaving our brave warriors behind….

We shout, Arrest good ‘ol Ms. Hillary for suspicion in breach of faith, Treason!

I stood for three very cold Winters and 1,491 hours in silent protest and as a mere concerned citizen on behalf of our first responders and I would do it all over as they are our heros each and every day!

http://www.bigdiglifevest.com

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by Concerned American

January 31, 2016 @ 8:37 am

Reports that Barack Hussein Obama will be visiting a mosque in Baltimore to show support for Muslims and recent anti-rhetoric towards Muslims here in America is enough! How appalling when this biased and tainted Oval Office has continued “apologizing” for America! Enough is enough!

Visit a Christian church and call for the end of thousands of Christians globally being persecuted at the hands of Muslim extremists! Enough!

What am embarrassment as we saw in paris and ….Support for the Muslim Brotherhood and handing Tehran billions to enable the no.1 State Sponsored terrorist country monies to enable more underground tunnels to be dug under the border between Palestine to Israel and to commit global terror and nothing less….90% of this tainted and biased Oval Office allowance of immigrants, Muslims while Christians are being slaughtered in substantial numbers…the intentional snubbing of Israelis and the Israeli Prime Minister and folks, well, enough is enough!

Apology after apology by Barack Hussein Obama and it is time for shouts for the arrest of good ‘ol Ms. Hillary for suspicion in breach of faith – treason!

The release of real terrorists from GITMO and the transfer of five known terrorists for a known AWOL and the release of convicted felons by DHS and the failure to close our borders and to enforce laws…enough is enough!

Our nation is under siege from within – stand forthright for our Judeo-Christian nation and our Constitution as it is our responsibility as citizen and carry your 100+ million guns high in the air for all lawful purpose!

Far too many have given their Life or limb for our Democracy, our beloved Republic and to hear that Barack Hussein Obama is to go to a Baltimore mosque rather than to a Christian church and stand strong against those throughout the Middle East against thousands of Christians being brutalized….enough is enough!

The soldiers of Lucifer are quite plain to see these days….

Stand forthright for our first responders and for those left behind at the “Benghazi Massacre” and to all those who have stood proudly for ‘ol Glory!

Enough is enough!

Barack Hussein Obama should be visiting the kids and youth in Chicago and helping them get an education, promote family and American values and get an education and a Life, but no, he could give a damn about real Black Americans who – like good ‘ol Ms. Hillary – could give a damn and Black youth in America i still plagued by unwed births, lack of family values and a family given the fact that the lack of education and preparedness for Life and employment and competitiveness have certainly been given little attention by this “Chicago-Hollywood-washington charade” and this Chicago City Street Slicker and nothing more — how dare you?

It is time for the Muslim community to thwart the violence of those from within radical Islam and to stop such outrage and sponsoring of terror against family and innocents….

Islam and Christianity must say NO to those within its ranks who use terror to impose values on another — the freedom of religious choice is everyone’s globally!

It is time to stand forthright for the thousands and thousands of Christians who are being brutalized and this tainted and biased Oval Office has shut the door on these folks and granted entrance to 90%+ of Muslims seeking entry — and by the way, no refugees from anywhere are to be allowed until we close our borders, revamp our immigration system and secure our own nation!

Muslims and Christians must work together and find away to shun those from within their own faith to promote violence –

God Bless America!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645
chris.tingus@gmail.com

Comment by claire rubin

January 31, 2016 @ 9:54 am

How about a discussion of the Flint water crisis and the role of FEMA and EPA for next week.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 1, 2016 @ 3:03 am

The largely classified world of the so-called DEEP STATE beyond the ken of the brilliance of the Clintons and may have huge implications for a federal government driven by Secrecy. The Iowa voters have been given no information in reality about the funding by those in Wall Street of our democractic government.

The Republicans are shattering as a political party and the DEMS also IMO. History moves in odd ways but has not ended.

I have wondered and written about how the so-called AMERICAN CENTURY [beginning in August 1945] ended but February 1st, 2016 may well be the endpoint. Driven at least in part by all those white faced voters in Iowa.

Comment by Tom Russo

February 1, 2016 @ 5:17 pm

It is Zika!

Another soup de jour virus to rally the health and medical systems and test their complacent-tendency systems of preparedness.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 6:34 am

OK! Now from one Monday Morning QB!

First, don’t believe what the MSM [mainstream media] says or writes about Iowa. This group cannot figure out whether ANGER or FEAR is driving the voter. It is ANGER not FEAR IMO.

Second, call the DEMS dead even, no winner and no loser in Iowa.

Third, Iowa finished for any significant reason and probably not first after 2016.

Fourth, my long term prediction prompted by the Perot run in 1992 that whether Bush or Clinton run a long term realignment of the two major parties under way probably occurring on or before the 2028 election. It now appears both parties may well self-destruct this year.

What are my signposts?

1. Failure by politicians and historians to level with Americans on the significance of FP [foreign policy] to domestic policy and health and welfare. Just ask the Zika Virus if we [US] are globalized? What did 9/11/01 have to do with globalization?

2. The challenges to the nation-state system in place largely in the developed world since 1648.

3. The technology revolutions.

4. The rise of the DEEP STATE [secrecy?] since 1945.

5. The failure of the 1944 Bretton Woods world in the world of bytes and bits.

6. The failure to understand how HS and EM are a baseline for government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

7. How an ignorant and incompetent SCOTUS destroyed US political parties by its CITIZEN UNITED decision. War should not be left to the Generals and LAW should not be left to the lawyers.

8. A largely unregulated WALL STREET will destroy CAPITALISM in the US and perhaps world wide.

9. Probably No HRC and No Bernie will be President.

10. And I will hold more fire on the US political scene until after the Super Tuesday vote in early March. Iowa, N.H., and S. Carolina of almost no significance except for the MSM. And predict Bloomberg will enter the race.

8.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 6:36 am

Once again the recent heavy snowfall revealed many problems in PREPAREDNESS and some successes. D.C. appropriation of $6M for snow removal this winter shows how incompetent D.C. government is in fact.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 6:38 am

WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD A DOD THAT DEVELOPS ITS OWN STRATEGY AND TACTICS AND FUNDING!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 6:39 am

WE CANNOT AFFORD A DHS THAT UNDERMINES HS WITH ITS POLICIES AND DOCTRINES.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 6:40 am

WE CANNOT AFFORD A FEMA THAT STIMULATES DISASTER OUTLAYS!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 2, 2016 @ 7:02 am

Another FP link? Or just domestic finance?

Paul Craig Roberts was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/01/30/the-west-is-reduced-to-looting-itself-paul-craig-roberts/

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 3, 2016 @ 4:23 am

I pass any technical complaints on this blog on to the system administrator. I am not the system administrator.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 4, 2016 @ 6:17 am

DoD requesting $9 billion for FY 2017 for cyber security!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 5, 2016 @ 12:57 am

Hoping no missing links on this FFF!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 5, 2016 @ 1:03 am

Trying a reposting that remains of interest:

https://recoverydiva.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/homeland-security-watch-where-the-hecks-my-dec_.pdf

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 5, 2016 @ 1:15 am

Just a wild guess but looks life the Executive Branch and at least one house of Congress will be controlled by Republicans this time next year. If so whom might head up DHS and whom might administer FEMA? The key appointment might be the heads of the Transition Teams appointed by a President elect? And what will they be handed?

Here is the 2008 Transition package prepared for the incoming President in this case President Bush for President-elect Obama]:

http://www.fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/fema/index.html

The Presidential Transition Act of 1998 controlled development of the package referenced. And still controls it!

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