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Saturday
Dec052009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Veterans Today at the Movies

MOVIE REVIEW: TROOPER

PTSD Highlighted in Powerful New Film
Film Maker Chris Martin Soldiers OnI

"Finally, a film producer that gets it right! Trooper may serve well to educate an unaware public about the epidemic level of emotional trauma that today's young warriors are living with. It is a dark journey and this film captures its pain-and also gives us a glimmer of hope." Rev. Bill McDonald Founder The Military Writer's Society of America.
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Top 10 Veterans News from Around the Country 12-04-09    
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Regional Veterans' News    
There are no deadlines for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. - Sec. of Defense Gates  



Friday
Dec042009

CEI Weekly: Climate-Gate Continues

>>Climate Gate Continues

News coverage of Climate-Gate continues with Myron Ebell's appearance on Fox News with Kevin Trenberth, who was one of the climate scientists whose emails were leaked. Ebell's analysis on this burgeoning fraud scandal was featured in RealClearPolitics.com.

Christopher Horner's pending lawsuit against NASA for denying freedom of information requests has made the news in the Washington Timeswith a monster-hit from the Drudge Report and the American Thinker.  Horner, in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, also suggested that the e-mails were not hacked, but were deliberately leaked by a whistleblower.

>>Shaping the Debate

Organization Man: How Andrew Stern Plans to Transform the Union Movement

Ivan Osorio's article in the Capital Research Center's Labor Watch.

Show Me the Warming

Michael Fumento's article in Forbes.com 

Beyond Card Check

Ivan Osorio's quote in the American Spectator

>>Best of the Blogs

Where Did the Global Warming-Caused Hurricanes Go?

by Michael Fumento

Whoa! Did we just have a hurricane season? Doesn’t seem that way. “2009 hurricane season ends quietly with fewest storms since 1997,” declares one headline. “The season featured nine named storms, the fewest since 1997, and for the first time since 2006 no hurricanes made landfall in the United States,” states the article. That’s quite a change since 2005, when the coincidence of two major hurricanes striking the U.S. and causing lots of damage, Katrina and Rita, led to a storm of allegations that global warming was causing cyclones to rise up in revenge against man.

Cap and Trade Takes a Big Hit in Australia

by Myron Ebell

Breaking news: At a meeting of the Liberal Party’s Members of Parliament today, Malcolm Turnbull was turned out as Leader and replaced by Tony Abbott on a 42 to 41 vote.  Abbott then immediately called for a vote of his colleagues on the Labour Government’s cap-and-trade bill to ration energy and raise energy prices.  The vote was 54 to 29 against.

 >>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 71: The Politics of Booze

We start with an update on the latest in the Climate-Gate scandal and the impact of nanny state policies in New York City, then move on to Monsanto’s antitrust worries and finish with an interview with Garrett Peck, the author of The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet.

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Friday
Dec042009

GMFRW - Republican Women's Group to Host Annual Christmas Party

Manchester, NH – The Greater Manchester Federated Republican Women (GMFRW) is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 10. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary church hall located at 54 Walnut Street in Manchester.

There will be a three course buffet meal with pork, stuffing, rice, and vegetables, and it will also include fruit cups, dessert, salad, and appetizers. Cost is $15 per adult, $7 for children age 7-16, and free for children under the age of 7.

The GMFRW fosters the education and involvement of women and men in the political and public service process, including providing opportunities to become a candidate, greater access to meeting with local and high level candidates, and helping on political campaigns. It is one of several such groups across New Hampshire, and part of a state and national Federation.

Numerous awards will be given out during the party, including the: Bella Duperron Award (exemplary grassroots activism and public service); Frank & Barry Award (leadership and teamwork within the Federation); and Torch Award (Associate Member of the Year). Outgoing NH Federation of Republican Women President Christine Peters will be attending to present the GMFRW with the Silver Award, a national recognition awarded to the GMFRW for local club achievement. New officers for the upcoming term will also be installed during the event.

Though not required, attendees are also encouraged to bring manufacturers coupons to donate to military families and a local food pantry. Campbell’s product labels, clothing, and hygiene products will also be collected and donated locally.

The meeting is open to all Republicans interested in becoming more involved. For direction, questions or to RSVP, please contact club President Kathy Cusson-Cail at gmfrw2008@earthlink.net.

Friday
Dec042009

NRCC - CM: Shea-Porter Quiet on War (ICYMI) 

Shea-Porter Quiet on War

By Shira Schoenberg

The Concord Monitor

December 4, 2009

http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091204/FRONTPAGE/912040330&Template=printart





 

Does Carol Shea-Porter agree with President Obama's war strategy in Afghanistan?

Within hours of Obama's speech Tuesday night, the congresswoman's fellow Democrats, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Paul Hodes, weighed in with generally positive views of the president's policy. Republican Sen. Judd Gregg gave his opinion the day before.

Shea-Porter, however, gave little response. Asked yesterday for her views on the speech, Shea-Porter, through spokeswoman Jamie Radice, responded, "I have not heard anything to change my mind. However, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, I look forward to hearing from (Defense) Secretary (Robert) Gates and Admiral (Michael) Mullen tomorrow, and General (Stanley) McChrystal and Ambassador (Karl) Eikenberry next week."

State Republicans say it is hard to know what Shea-Porter believes.

Republican Party spokesman Ryan Williams accused Shea-Porter of flip-flopping, from supporting the war during her campaigns to opposing a buildup now.

"Either she's not telling the truth on her views in Afghanistan during the 2006 and 2008 campaigns or she's being intellectually dishonest today," Williams said.

National Republican Congressional Committeeman Tory Mazzola added, "It seems a bit strange that Carol Shea-Porter, who made her name as a candidate protesting the war, is now avoiding the issue altogether."

Historically, Shea-Porter has been a vocal protester against the Iraq war, talking frequently about the need to instead focus on Afghanistan.

"We need to re-deploy our forces from Iraq, and with our allies, refocus our efforts on the fight against these terrorist criminals in Afghanistan and neighboring countries," she says on her website.

She told the Portsmouth Herald in October 2008 that she would support a phased withdrawal from Iraq while putting more troops in Afghanistan.

But Shea-Porter told the Monitor in September that her concerns about the war multiplied after she visited Afghanistan in May. "I came back and said, 'We really need to do a deep analysis and reassessment of what our goals are, our markers for success, how we know when we reach this, what's our strategy,' " Shea-Porter said.

Shea-Porter portrayed Afghanistan as a deeply troubled country, with illiteracy, health problems, high childhood mortality and a drug-based economy. She said it would be difficult for the U.S. to pick up and leave because "they lack everything we'd expect a country to have if they're going to step forward on their own." Shea-Porter said generals told her nation building would be a "10- to 16-year project."

Shea-Porter called on European nations to help with aid. She said the U.S. needed to carefully analyze its mission, to determine if more troops are sent how they will accomplish that mission, and to figure out whether Americans have the "stomach and political will" to keep fighting as the U.S. economy struggles.

Radice yesterday referred to news stories from May, when Shea-Porter returned from Afghanistan. From those stories, it was unclear whether Shea-Porter would support a troop surge leading to eventual withdrawal, as Obama laid out. Shea-Porter told the Portsmouth Herald she did not want another Vietnam "where we do enough to keep it going but not do enough to win." She told the Union Leader that "to fix Afghanistan would require an effort that I don't see happening."

On Monday, before the speech, Shea-Porter told WGIR that "I have not been in agreement" with the decision to send 30,000 more troops. She worried about the deficit, the war's cost and the lack of international assistance. "We need a presence there, need to keep working to catch terrorists," she said, but added that regarding a buildup, "my inclination is no."



Friday
Dec042009

NetRight Daily: Unions, Jobs and The Truth 

ObamaCare: How the Unions are "Getting Well":  It's already being called the "Second Louisiana Purchase," but the sad truth is that a controversial payoff to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's home state of Louisiana is among the smallest of the thinly-disguised bribes and kickbacks that are being offered in Washington D.C. to secure passage of President Barack Obama's socialized medicine proposal.

VIDEO:  John Boehner asks, "Where are the jobs?".

What is Jarrett Hiding?:  White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett argued Thursday there was no need for Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to testify before a congressional committee investigating the security breach at last week's state dinner, explaining: "We think we've answered the questions fully."

Our First Purple President:  Journalists have spent countless hours writing and discussing how remarkable it is that a predominately white America has elected a black president. It is remarkable that a man born of a white mother would consider himself the first black president. However, based upon the actions of the Obama administration since January 20th, the more remarkable and less publicized story is how the American public really elected a purple president.

Finally, an End to the Huck-sterism:  Here's some free advice for former presidential candidate Mike "Get Out of Jail Free" Huckabee: get yourself a lengthy contract extension at Fox News as soon as you possibly can – because your chances of getting elected to anything other than Podunk Dog Catcher just got reduced to somewhere between of zip and zilch.

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