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March 25, 2016

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on March 25, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 25, 2016 @ 8:54 am

Claire Rubin’s Recovery Diva blog discusses two WH actions:


Comment by William R. Cumming

March 25, 2016 @ 8:59 am

Apparently both the November Paris attack and the Brussels attack have prompted existential angst for the EU combined with the forthcoming vote of Great Britain on continued membership of the EU. Maybe?

The US in the meantime seems to exult in its two oceans that bound the continental US. Maybe?

What we do know is that not just in the EU but also NATO the sharing, processing and analyzing of intelligence is almost totally a failure due to stovepiping.

And then of course the US has a 17 member IC community [E.O. 13656?] which supposed operates smoothly.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 25, 2016 @ 9:01 am

Administration of Barack Obama (2009-Present)
Disposition of Executive orders signed by President Barack Obama:

Subject Index

2009 – E.O. 13489 – E.O. 13527 (39 Executive orders issued)
2010 – E.O. 13528 – E.O. 13562 (35 Executive orders issued)
2011 – E.O. 13563 – E.O. 13596 (34 Executive orders issued)
2012 – E.O. 13597 – E.O. 13635 (39 Executive orders issued)
2013 – E.O. 13636 – E.O. 13655 (20 Executive orders issued)
2014 – E.O. 13656 – E.O. 13686 (31 Executive orders issued)
2015 – E.O. 13687 – E.O. 13715 (29 Executive orders issued)

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 25, 2016 @ 9:09 am

CORRECTION and the Bible of the so-called DEEP STATE which cares little IMO for Homeland Security:

Executive Order 13526
Classified National Security Information

Signed: December 29, 2009
Federal Register page and date: 75 FR 707, January 5, 2010
Federal Register correction page and date: 75 FR 1013, January 8, 2010, Executive Order 13526 – Correction
Revokes: EO 12958, April 17, 1995; EO 13292, March 25, 2003
See: EO 12333, December 4, 1981; Memorandum of December 29, 2009 (75 FR 733); Order of December 29, 2009 (75 FR 735); EO 13549, August 18, 2010; EO 13556, November 4, 2010; EO 13618, July 6, 2012.

Comment by concurso professor unb

March 27, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

Novo concurso da Secretaria Municipal a Ensino desde São Paulo suplente
ainda 5% das vagas para os candidatos portadores a
deficiência (123 vagas) e também 20% das possibilidades (495 vagas) para negros.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 28, 2016 @ 12:42 pm

Cumming pronostication: The House of Representatives not the Electoral College will be electing the next President.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 31, 2016 @ 1:20 am

No April Fools here:


Comment by William R. Cumming

April 1, 2016 @ 5:00 am

President Obama’s last Nuclear Security Summit underway and importance yet TBD but still an accomplishment IMO!Yet no real assignment of nuclear security as premier mission in federal Executive Branch IMO and still largely a contractor function. Not good enough by far IMO.

Comment by azairrelt

April 1, 2016 @ 5:49 am


Comment by William R. Cumming

April 2, 2016 @ 3:25 am

From a standing start: Trump says lets S. Korea and Japan have nuclear weapons. IMO probably have them already or could have then from a green light and three years.

N. Korea IMO a huge FP [foreign policy] failure of the U.S. and China since the ceasefire in 1953.

And does President Obama really not understand that MAD our nuclear strike doctrine still?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 4, 2016 @ 4:15 am

Wiki Extract:

The United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead, these voters directly elect designated intermediaries called “electors,” who almost always have pledged to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates (though unpledged electors are possible) and who are themselves selected according to the particular laws of each state. Electors are apportioned to each of the 50 states as well as to the District of Columbia (also known as Washington, D.C.). The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled, while the Twenty-third Amendment grants the District of Columbia the same number of electors as the least populous state, currently three. Therefore, in total, there are currently 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators, plus the three additional electors from the District of Columbia.

Except for the electors in Maine and Nebraska, electors are elected on a “winner take all” basis. That is, all electors pledged to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes in a state become electors for that state. Maine and Nebraska use the “congressional district method”, selecting one elector within each congressional district by popular vote and selecting the remaining two electors by a statewide popular vote. Although no elector is required by federal law to honor a pledge, there have been very few occasions when an elector voted contrary to a pledge. The Twelfth Amendment, in specifying how a president and vice president are elected, requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president.

The candidate who receives an absolute majority of electoral votes (currently 270) for the office of president or of vice president is elected to that office. The Twelfth Amendment provides for what happens if the Electoral College fails to elect a president or vice president. If no candidate receives a majority for president, then the House of Representatives will select the president, with each state delegation (instead of each representative) having only one vote. If no candidate receives a majority for vice president, then the Senate will select the vice president, with each senator having one vote. On four occasions, most recently in 2000, the Electoral College system has resulted in the election of a candidate who did not receive the most popular votes in the election.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 4, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

Passing of Ugo Morelli–EERI Oral history! The star of FEMA’s Mitigation efforts has died.


Comment by William R. Cumming

April 5, 2016 @ 12:14 am

YES is the answer to today’s NYTimes editorial COULD THERE BE A MANMADE FUKISHIM?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 6, 2016 @ 3:21 am

The only question left for the fall elections is will insurgents win in any form or person?

Many foreign governments have invested in U.S. corporations who then relay funds {illegally] to U.S. political campaigns, in particular Presidential campaigns, and documented that this is totally undisclosed and unregulated. So my question? Why are these foreign funds in U.S. political campaigns unregulated?

How does this impact HS and EM?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 6, 2016 @ 10:23 am

According to various reports 3.7 million persons have current personnel security clearances.

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