Washington Evening Journal
http://washington-ia.villagesoup.com/p/1105879

Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

GOP caucus held

By David Hotle | Jan 23, 2014

While the turnout wasn’t as large as it would be during a presidential election year, Washington County Republican Central Committee chair Patricia Lipski was happy with the number of participants in Tuesday’s caucuses.
During the caucuses, which the GOP held in eight locations for the 10 voting precincts, county Republicans chose delegates to attend the county convention, which will be held on March 8 at Parkside in Wellman. Each precinct also selected junior delegates between 13 and 18 years old to attend the convention. The participants also had a chance to submit ideas for the Republican platform in the county. Only about half of the locations had reported this morning and the list of candidates will be released after it is compiled.
“The numbers were lower than they were in 2012, but estimates show we had an increased turnout over the caucuses in 2010,” Lipski said.
During the county convention, representatives for the district convention, which will be held April 26 in Ottumwa, will be chosen. Lipski has not received the state’s formula to determine the number of delegates yet, but said it would be based on a percentage of the number of registered Republicans who voted in the 2012 presidential election.
This year, the primary will be held on June 3 and the general election will be Nov. 4.
Lipski said that the Republican Party would have a lot to do this year. She said incumbent representative Jarad Klein is up for re-election. At this point, she said, no one in the GOP is currently challenging him. Lipski also said that the senate seat held by Sandra Greiner would come open later this year. Greiner has announced that she does not plan to run again and three Republicans and two Democrats have announced their intentions to run for the seat in the primary election.
“I think our platform will just be typical Republican beliefs,” Lipski said. “Smaller government, pro-life …”
She said the submitted planks for the platform will be discussed at the next central committee meeting.  
Lipski predicts a strong turnout for the GOP in Iowa in the coming year. She said that statewide the Branstad ticket would help strengthen Republicans down the ticket.
The next caucus will be held in 2016, coinciding with the presidential election year.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 11, 2014 16:51

 
The tax code is 10 times the size of the Bible with none of the good news. -- Paul Ryan
If you rent a U-Haul to move your company, it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around, because you can’t find enough trucks to leave the Golden State. -- Rick Perry

 

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker inherited a large structural deficit from his Democratic predecessor, who raised taxes massively. When the Republican chief executive led a successful budget reform fight in 2011, the Left issued shrill predictions of fiscal doom and mounted a costly recall effort. They failed on both counts. 

Wisconsin will sell $294.8 million in general-obligation refunding bonds this week in a negotiated sale as the state projects a budget surplus of almost $1 billion. Surging tax revenue is driving improved fiscal performance in Wisconsin, with a population of 5.7 million. The improvement in the state’s tax collections ranked seventh in the nation during the 12 months ended in June, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States. Governor Scott Walker -- who has cut taxes several times over his first term -- urged passage of an additional tax relief package in his 2014 state of the state address, arguing that the unexpectedly large surplus ought to be "returned to taxpayers because it's their money."  Walker also introduced another bill that would use about $35 million from the surplus to fund new Department of Workforce Development job training grants, including grants to eliminate technical college waiting lists for high-demand fields, help high school students get job training for high-demand jobs and help the disabled find work. The Assembly passed that bill last week. The Senate followed suit Tuesday, approving it unanimously. That measure now goes to Walker for his signature. 

 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 09, 2014 01:01
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 07, 2014 11:28

Rudy Giuliani's take on the Crimean

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3299543862001/rudy-giulianis-take-on-the-crimean-conflict-/?intcmp=obnetwork#sp=show-clips

WASHINGTON — The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the influence of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, over Ukraine and Europe.

The crisis has escalated a State Department initiative to use a new boom in American natural gas supplies as a lever against Russia, which supplies 60 percent of Ukraine's natural gas and has a history of cutting off the supply during conflicts. This week, Gazprom, Russia's state-run natural gas company, said it would no longer provide gas at a discount rate to Ukraine, a move reminiscent of more serious Russian cutoffs of natural gas to Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe in 2006, 2008 and 2009.



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 04, 2014 23:49

When I asked the question, "Who is supplying the Taliban?" I was told the Russian black market is open to anyone who wishes to make business. Mercenaries do anything for anyone for money. Brand new Russian and Iranian weapons are finding there way into their hands. The money comes from heroin sales to Europe. Rumsfeld, Bolton: US Acting Like Nation in Decline



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 04, 2014 03:10

Original posting removed from the Internet



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 03, 2014 19:26
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 03, 2014 18:34

As of 15 February 2014, there have been 3,423 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing operations of Enduring Freedom since the invasion of 2001. During the Bush presidency, 575 US troops died in Afghanistan. President Bush pursued a Counter Terrorism strategy with limited objectives that required about 30,000 troops. President Obama began the implementation of the counterinsurgency strategy (COIN) in Afghanistan that involved nation building and required far more U.S. troops. 

The COIN strategy also required that U.S troops interact far more with the civilians and Afghan troops to win their support. This resulted in many U.S. soldiers being killed by Afghan troops that were actually allied with al-Qaeda. The implementation of COIN strategy in Afghanistan was a mistake, even if this has only become apparent in retrospect.



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 03, 2014 14:05

I thought Obama told us that the Cold War was over just two years ago? Have you forgotten already?




Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 01, 2014 20:52

It's Happy Hour at the Democratic Party


“The Ukrainians, and, I think, everybody is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement," Krauthammer said Friday on Fox's "Special Report with Bret Baier."

 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Feb 28, 2014 06:16

 

On every level and from every perspective — from pure national interest to the purely moral — the decision by the Obama administration and the Democratic Party to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is indefensible.
Let’s begin with Iraq.
Here is how the front-page article in yesterday’s edition of USA Today began:
“When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaida and an Iraq where traditional rivals Sunni and Shiite Muslims were sharing power in the world’s only Arab democracy.
“Two years later, al-Qaida has seized major cities where hundreds of U.S. troops died while fighting alongside their Iraqi brethren. The population once freed by the U.S.-Iraqi alliance has now watched those same jihadist insurgents return to command the streets and impose their will.”
As a result of the United States withdrawing its troops at the end of 2011:
In 2013, 7,818 Iraqi civilians were killed, higher than the 2008 toll of 6,787 (United Nations figures). In 2010, there were approximately 10 car bombs per month; in 2013, there was an average of 71.
At great expenditure in money, lives and limbs, the United States had defeated al-Qaida in Iraq. American troops had turned such terrorist dominated cities as Fallujah and Ramadi into relatively peaceful cities governed by pro-government, anti-al-Qaida Sunnis. And al-Qaida had been handed its greatest defeat.

The blame lands on Obama, for failing to negotiate a status-of-forces agreement with the Iraqi government that would have left 10,000-15,000 American troops in the country, and then pulling all U.S. forces out of the country in December 2011. Eager for the political advantage that accrued to claiming he “ended” the war and “brought the boys home,” Obama did not put Maliki’s feet to the fire and get the agreement. Nor did he show leadership and explain to the American people that despite their war-weariness, the 8 years of sacrifice would be wasted if that investment in blood and resources was not protected by continued American involvement. This failure created a vacuum in which foreign jihadists and Shiites ignited a firestorm of suicide bombings, massacres, and now the full-scale operations in Anbar.

Iraq itself is one of the largest in the Middle East, with a population of 32 million. It possesses the world’s fifth largest oil reserves. It has a majority Shiite population, making it a natural ally of neighboring Iran, and a potential supporter of that country’s regional hegemonic ambitions. Iraq is the test case of what an American commitment of lives and money can––or in this case, can’t–– achieve at a cost of $1 trillion, 4500 dead, and another 32,000 wounded.

If the U.S., after spending so much money and lives, fails to ensure that a country so geographically and economically important remains a viable state and a supporter of our foreign policy aims, then the possibility that we can influence the region and protect our own interests and security becomes more and more remote. That failure will confirm most dramatically the decline of our prestige, and the retreat of American power already evident throughout the region, as once-major allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel are pursuing strategies and alliances that do not depend or our reliability, while countries hostile to our interests, particularly Iran and Russia, are already increasing their presence in the region. For that outcome Barack Obama will have to shoulder much of the blame.
 
Maybe still hope:



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Feb 01, 2014 21:48

 
Why We Went to War With Iraq
 
1981: Israel bombs Baghdad nuclear reactor
The Israelis have bombed a French-built nuclear plant near Iraq's capital, Baghdad, saying they believed it was designed to make nuclear weapons to destroy Israel. 
 
It was a matter of time before Saddam Hussein would have had nuclear weapons. If we had waited until then, we would have faced a situation similar to the current one in Iran with the prospect of having tens of thousands of American troops killed which is what is likely to happen now with Iran.
 
On July 5, 2008, the Associated Press (AP) released a story titled:  Secret U.S. mission hauls uranium from Iraq
  
 The opening paragraph is as follows:
 
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans
 
It appears that American troops found the 550 metric tons of uranium in 2003 after invading Iraq . They had to sit on this information and the uranium itself, for fear of terrorists attempting to steal it. It was guarded and kept safe by our military in a 23,000-acre site with large sand berms surrounding the site.
 
This is vindication for the Bush administration, having been attacked mercilessly by the liberal media and the far-left pundits on the blogosphere. Now that it is proven that President Bush did not lie about Saddam's nuclear ambitions, one would think the mainstream media would report the story. Once the AP released t he story, the mainstream media should have picked it up and broadcast it worldwide.
 
This never happened, due in large part I believe, to the fact that the mainstream media would have to admit they were wrong about Bush's war motives all along. Thankfully, the AP got it right when it said,
 
The removal of 550 metric tons of yellowcake the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam's nuclear legacy.
 
Closing the book on Saddam's nuclear legacy. Did Saddam have a nuclear legacy after all?  I thought Bush lied. As it turns out, the people who lied were Joe Wilson and his wife.
 
This story was verified, if you want to check it for yourself, click on the links below
 
 
 
"Ladies and gentlemen, these are not assertions. These are facts, corroborated by many sources, some of them sources of the intelligence services of other countries."
 
Secretary of State Colin Powell, testifying about Iraq's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons capabilities before the United Nations Security Council, Feb. 5, 2003
 
Maybe Colin Powell can explain to President Obama why, we as a country, made the decision to go into Iraq !
 
* Iraq is one of seven countries that have been designated by the Secretary of State as state sponsors of international terrorism. UNSCR 687 prohibits Saddam Hussein from committing or supporting terrorism, or allowing terrorist organizations to operate in Iraq. Saddam continues to violate these UNSCR provisions.
 
* In 1993, the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) directed and pursued an attempt to assassinate, through the use of a powerful car bomb, former U.S. President George Bush and the Emir of Kuwait. Kuwaiti authorities thwarted the terrorist plot and arrested 16 suspects, led by two Iraqi nationals.
 
* Iraq shelters terrorist groups including the Mujahedin-e-Khq Organization (MKO), which has used terrorist violence against Iran and in the 1970s was responsible for killing several U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians.
 
* Iraq shelters several prominent Palestinian terrorist organizations in Baghdad, including the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), which is known for aerial attacks against Israel and is headed by Abu Abbas, who carried out the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer.
 
* Iraq shelters the Abu Nidal Organization, an international terrorist organization that has carried out terrorist attacks in twenty countries, killing or injuring almost 900 people. Targets have included the United States and several other Western nations. Each of these groups have offices in Baghdad and receive training, logistical assistance, and financial aid from the government of Iraq.
 
* In April 2002, Saddam Hussein increased from $10,000 to $25,000 the money offered to families of Palestinian suicide/homicide bombers. The rules for rewarding suicide/homicide bombers are strict and insist that only someone who blows himself up with a belt of explosives gets the full payment. Payments are made on a strict scale, with different amounts for wounds, disablement, death as a "martyr" and $25,000 for a suicide bomber. Mahmoud Besharat, a representative on the West Bank who is handing out to families the money from Saddam, said, "You would have to ask President Saddam why he is being so generous. But he is a revolutionary and he wants this distinguished struggle, the intifada, to continue."
 
* Former Iraqi military officers have described a highly secret terrorist training facility in Iraq known as Salman Pak, where both Iraqis and non-Iraqi Arabs receive training on hijacking planes and trains, planting explosives in cities, sabotage, and assassinations.
Liberal Hypocrites
watch the video: Iraq Liberation Act (Preview) Bill Clinton 1998 Iraq Liberation Act

Bill Clinton on The Iraq Liberation Act in 1998. November 15, 1998 and December 16, 1998.

 
In February and March 2003, Newsweek's polls showed 70 percent of the public in favor of military action against Iraq; Gallup and Pew Research Center surveys showed the same thing. Congress had authorized the invasion a few months earlier with strong bipartisan majorities; among the many Democrats voting for the war were Senators John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden.
Though the Iraq War later became a favorite Democratic club for bashing George W. Bush, Republicans and Democrats alike had long understood that Saddam was a deadly menace who had to be forcibly eradicated. "If the history of the last six years has taught us anything," Kerry had said two years earlier, "it is that Saddam Hussein does not understand diplomacy, he only understands power."



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jan 31, 2014 15:38
If you wish to comment, please login.