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Home Town 9/11 Tribute!!

Posted by italco on September 13, 2010

The C.E.U Prehistoric Museum paid a special tribute to 9/11. Located in Carbon County Utah, Director Kathy Smith and her team put together an event to honor the lives lost and the sacrifices made for our country. 

“Dinosaurs, Ice Age & Archaeology

One of 5 accredited museum’s in the state of Utah and the ONLY accredited museum located off the Wasatch Front. Compared favorably to some of the largest museums in the country!” http://www.facebook.com/CEU.Prehistoric.Museum

I was in my home town to attend my 30 year class reunion…Class of 1980…The absolutely best group of people I have ever known. I always love coming home.

I was driving down main street of Price, Utah and saw this gathering in front of the CEU Prehistoric Museum and being a home town boy, I decided to stop and take in the event. I ordered a cheeseburger and fries from one of the vendors and listened to a very wonderful band. I shook hands and got hugs from long-lost friends and renewed some old memories.

As for the happenings of the reunion, some things we should just keep to ourselves. I just appreciate them putting up with me….lol.

I salute you Kathy and Team…job well done.

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He is coming to get you!!

Posted by italco on May 29, 2009

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Your one last place to hide will be taken over by the government with the newly appointed “cyber czar”…just think, all those bloggers out there who have been spreading there “hate” messages all over the internet will now have to worry about the government watching their every move. If I were them, I would go deep into the internet underground and form an internet rebellion to counter such an invasion of government control. Not only has the government silenced your voice in congress now they are appointing a “czar” to silence your voice online…I see computers being shut down all over the world……I wonder if those of us who have praised President Obama will be rewarded for being good boys and girls? (in case you take this seriously…stop it…they aren’t after us…lol)

“To oversee an enhanced security system for the nation’s computer networks, Obama is creating a “cyber czar” as part of a long-awaited plan stemming from a review he ordered shortly after taking office.

On Friday, Obama is expected to lay out broad goals for dealing with cyber threats while depicting the U.S. as a digital nation that needs to provide the education required to keep pace with technology and attract and retain a cyber-savvy work force. He also is expected to call for a new education campaign to raise public awareness of the challenges and threats related to cyber security.”

“Government and military officials have acknowledged that U.S. computer networks are constantly assailed by attacks and scans, ranging from nuisance hacking to more nefarious probes and attacks. Some suggest that the actions at times are a form of cyber espionage from other nations, such as China.

Obama is not expected to announce who will get the job during Friday’s unveiling of the review, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is ongoing. Other officials close to the issue say a handful of experts — both in and out of government — are under consideration.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090529/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_cyber_struggles

Vett them well Mr. President!!

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Governors Collaborate to do their part!!

Posted by italco on May 19, 2009

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In September NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched the 2007-2008 NGA Chair’s Initiative – Securing a Clean Energy Future, proclaiming “America is ready for bold, innovative energy policies that will make us safer, more independent and better stewards of the planet. We’ve been asleep at the switch for too long – the time for action is now.”

 Securing a Clean Energy Future (SCEF) is designed to: 

  • Identify new opportunities for states to save energy, support clean alternatives and encourage deployment of new technologies;
  • Convene high-profile events and stakeholder meetings to advance this agenda;
  • Produce toolkits and guides that analyze and examine current best practices;
  • Establish state challenge grants for enhanced energy planning;
  • Explore state compacts and state-industry partnerships that address initiative policy goals.
  • Raise state and national awareness of the importance of clean energy; 

In November, Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty and SCEF Taskforce co-chair Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced a groundbreaking public-private partnership with Google and Intel Corporation’s Climate Savers Computing Initiative, that aims to reduce energy use from computers, servers and related equpment. 

In December, the SCEF Initiative held the Governors’ Summit on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicles, in Tampa, Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Gov. Pawlenty, Gov. Sebelius, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer during a Governors’ Roundtable to discuss alternative transportation fuels, clean vehicles and other technologies and policies that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

At the Governors Summit the governors released A Call to Action, a report outlining the current energy challenges the United States faces, defining the role of states in developing clean energy in the future and presenting a roadmap for states interested in achieving the goals of the SCEF Initiative. 

For more information on the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative, please visit www.nga.org/ci. To speak with one of NGA’s experts on this issue, please contact the NGA Office of Communications at 202-624-5301. 

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.ef1a671e4253877ae8ebb856a11010a0/

This is an informational post with links to various places of interest. I hope you enjoy. I find it interesting to see what different government groups are doing. I am happy to see the Governors Association come together in an effort to address our concerns.

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This is “OUR” President!!

Posted by italco on May 17, 2009

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“President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America’s leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.Obama acknowledged that “no matter how much we want to fudge it … the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” But he still implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Obama entered the arena to thunderous applause and a standing ovation from many in the crowd of 12,000. But as the president began his commencement address, at least three protesters interrupted it. One yelled, “Stop killing our children.” The graduates responded by chanting “Yes we can,” the slogan that became synonymous with Obama’s presidential campaign. Obama seem unfazed, saying Americans must be able to deal with things that make them “uncomfortable.”

The president ceded no ground. But he said those on each side of the debate “can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions. “So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.”

He said he favored “a sensible conscience clause” that would give anti-abortion health care providers the right to refuse to perform the procedure.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_notre_dame

President Obama does not shrink away from controversy or opposing views. Here is a man who will walk into a room where he knows there is oposition to his own veiws and still give value to those who opose him. What is there not to respect. He shows us respect. He shows respect to the conservatives, the republicans, the moderates, the liberals, the christians, the muslims, the jews, the athists, and the world.

That is what I voted for and that is what I expect.

It is ok to disagree and we should at least be able to reach consensus on that. We are all different people with differing cultures. We all have our own set of perceptions that are based on where we live and how we were/are raised.

We should all be able to get behind “our” president and put country first. The issues, we can work out and find compromises that are win/win for all sides.

This should be the expectation of all our leaders.

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“The American Clean Energy and Security Act”

Posted by italco on May 15, 2009

 

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Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced “H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act.”  The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess.

“The legislation will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, promote America’s energy independence and security, and cut global warming pollution,” said Chairman Waxman.  “In support of these goals, this legislation ensures that consumers and industries in all regions of the country are protected.  I look forward to working with all members of the Committee to approve this legislation to make America the world leader in new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.” http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1622:chairmen-waxman-and-markey-introduce-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act&catid=155:statements&Itemid=81

The latest version of the House Democratic leadership’s climate bill would give away for free up to 85% of the pollution permits created to launch a proposed system to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, according to details of the proposal released.

The free pollution permits and other compromises are part of the multibillion dollar price that House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D., Calif.) paid to win support from moderate House Democrats to clear the way for a committee vote on his sweeping climate and energy bill by Memorial Day. The measure still faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Mr. Waxman and moderate Democrats outlined their deal earlier this week. Those permits could be sold, and would have value because the overall quantity of allowed industrial greenhouse gas emissions would be capped under the law.

The article goes on by breaking down the percentage of gases permitted based on industry and explains how both sides of the issue will have to find compromise to make this work.

The president and Mr. Waxman originally had pushed for utilities to produce up to 25% of their power from renewable sources, with a certain percentage offset by energy efficiency gains. Utilities were to attain that goal by 2025. But now, as part of his compromise, Mr. Waxman cut the requirement to 20% by 2020, with governors able to reduce the renewable portion if they increase energy efficiency.

States will initially receive 10% of the greenhouse-gas allowances for free, and could use their value to finance investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124240088772024143.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Don’t Be A Dick, Cheney!

Posted by italco on May 13, 2009

 

 

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney may have largely stayed under the radar during his time in the Bush administration, but he is not going softly into that good night, seemingly launching a one-man campaign to fight for his legacy and — in his view — the safety of the nation.

He took his case to the airwaves again Tuesday, and lashed out at the Obama team’s decision to soon hand over 44 photos showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan to the American Civil Liberties Union as a judge had ordered. Cheney said releasing the photos would only make the country less safe.

The photographs are part of a 2003 Freedom of Information Act court case by the ACLU for all information relating to the treatment of detainees. Courts had ruled in favor of releasing the photographs into public view even though Bush administration officials argued that releasing the photographs would violate the Geneva Conventions, which protect prisoners of war and detained civilians “against insults and public curiosity” and it would also violate U.S. obligations toward detainees and could even prompt outrage against the United States. http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=7574605&page=1

Where have you been VP Cheney? The outrage was going on the entire time you were in Office! Now, you want to protect the detainees? You are just trying to cover your own ass. Go back to sleep, sir. You were and are, continuing to be an embarassment to your party and this country. Don’t worry, President Obama will clean this one up for you too.

UPDATE: President Barack Obama is seeking to block the release of hundreds of photos showing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused, reversing his position after military commanders warned that the images could stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_pentagon_abuse_photos

No one wants to create problems but we need to be careful we are not doing this just to cover up past administrators mistakes. Our troops have my toal support!

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Pakistan Fighting It’s Own Battles!!

Posted by italco on May 13, 2009

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The Pakistan army, which is fighting in Swat Valley and two neighbouring districts in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), is planning to begin a new offensive in the badlands of the Waziristan tribal areas as early as next month, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

“The army is planning to go into Waziristan, possibly in June, which will involve huge numbers of troops in an attempt to establish some sort of state control over the area,” said a source close to the Pakistani military.

The Pakistan army has already deployed 130,000 troops in NWFP and the tribal areas. Some 80,000 of that figure are members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/5314166/Pakistan-army-plans-to-open-second-front-against-Taliban.html

 

What a wonderful change of strategy. Has anyone else noticed the change? The mighty American military isn’t leading the charge against the Taliban. Thank you, Pakistan! I admire a country that fights for the freedoms of it’s citizen against the threat of tyranny…I can support a country that will help themselves. Pakistan is earning the respect of the world for the actions they are taking against terrorism.

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