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Friday, April 18, 2014

RUSSIA CONTINUES ITS PUSH INTO UKRAINE

Ukraine disbands army unit after fiasco push into east

Pro-Russian activists block a collumn of Ukrainian men riding on armoured vehicles in the eastern city of Kramatorsk, on April 16, 2014
Pro-Russian activists block a collumn of Ukrainian men riding on armoured vehicles in the eastern city of Kramatorsk


Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev's military reeled from a disastrous attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions.
"The 25th parachute brigade, members of which showed cowardice and gave up their weapons, will be demobilized and the guilty servicemen brought before court," acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told parliament.
Ukraine's enfeebled army suffered a major embarrassment Wednesday as a much-hyped "anti-terrorist" operation to force pro-Moscow protesters out of a string of eastern towns descended into humiliating farce when separatists seized six armoured personnel carriers and forced another mechanised column of troops to disarm.
Ukraine's defence ministry said in a statement Thursday that the column of armoured vehicles and soldiers blockaded a day earlier by pro-Russian activists in the town of Kramatorsk was returning to base after the tense stand-off.
The capitulation represents a serious blow to the fragile morale of Ukraine's embattled armed forces and Kiev's hopes of reimposing its authority over its industrial heartland.
High-level talks aimed at ending the escalating crisis involving the top diplomats of Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union were being held in Geneva on Thursday.
Ukraine has accused the Kremlin of masterminding the unrest sweeping the east, allegations that Moscow has repeatedly denied.
Elsewhere in the region, Ukrainian national guard troops repelled an overnight attack on their base in the southeast city of Mariupol, killing three of the assailants and wounding 13, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday.
Around 300 people mounted the attack using guns and petrol bombs on the interior ministry troops, none of whom was hurt, Avakov said.

CRUDE OIL PRICES HIT $104 PER BARREL

Crude is setting up for a huge move

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Crude oil was on the move Wednesday, hitting a six-week high before closing up just a penny. By Thursday morning, it had broken above the $104 per barrel.
The recent jump comes amid continued geopolitical unrest and in spite of a government report that showed the biggest on-week gain in inventories in more than a decade, typically a bearish sign for oil
So how high will crude go? And what does that mean for stocks?
“Oil is one of those places where it’s feast or famine. Either there’s really tight supply [or] tremendous demand, which is the last two years,” said Gina Sanchez, CNBC contributor and founder of Chantico Global. “This year we are expecting quite a bit of supply to come online, so that should depress oil prices.”
But despite an abundance of supply, Sanchez believes geopolitical and social unrest will outweigh any supply demand issues. “I do think that the fat tail risk on oil suggests that the chances of higher oil are quite high."
The charts are bullish too.
Rich Ross of Auerbach Grayson says oil has reached a key inflection point, and if it can move just a little bit higher, it will break through the key $105 level and be off to the races. But the key to a sustained move, as he sees it, will require patience.
“I don’t recommend chasing crude oil here. Every time you see a move up they seem to pull the rug out from underneath you,” cautioned Ross. “I think we are set up for a disappointment in the short term, even though the backdrop still looks bullish for crude oil. I would be a better buyer on a pullback.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fw: TheList 3601

From: Skip Leonard  
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:31 AM
Subject: TheList 3601

THE LIST 3601
 
To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - April 16
1863 - Union gunboats pass Confederate batteries at Vicksburg
1924 - Navy commences relief operations in Mississippi Valley floods, lasting until 16 June
1947 - Act of Congress gives Navy Nurse Corps members commissioned rank
1959 - Helicopters from USS Edisto begin rescue operations in Montevideo, Uruguay. By 26 April they had carried 277 flood victims to safety.
 
From a Midnight Ride to Doolittle's Raid by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
04/20/2010
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
Apr. 18, 1775:  Paul Revere and William Dawes begin their famous "midnight ride" from Boston to Lexington, Mass., where they link-up with Samuel Prescott, who rides on to Concord. All three are sounding the alarm – warning town leaders and alerting the militia – that British soldiers are advancing from Boston. One of America's most-famous battles is about to take place.
 
Apr. 18, 1942:  Sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers launch from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the first raid against the Japanese mainland during World War II.
Led by U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. (future four-star Air Force general) James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, the raid is beyond daring: B-25's are not designed to take-off from carriers, so the bomber pilots have to be specially trained to fly the heavy, ground-launched airplanes (designed for long runways) off short carrier decks. It is also a one-way mission: The crews will not have enough fuel to return to the carrier, so they have been instructed to strike Tokyo and other targets on Honshu, then fly to China and pray they'll find suitable landing sites or bail out.
The raid will be successful, but all aircraft will be lost. Eleven men will be killed or captured.
Forced with his crew to make a nighttime parachute jump in stormy weather over China, Doolittle will ultimately receive the Medal of Honor. A portion of his citation reads: "With the apparent certainty of being forced to land in enemy territory or to perish at sea, Lt. Col. Doolittle personally led a squadron of Army bombers, manned by volunteer crews, in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland."
 
Apr. 19, 1775:  Nearly 1,000 British regulars – light infantry, grenadiers, a few Royal Marines – cross the Charles River from Boston, Mass. to the Cambridge shoreline (thus the famous "two" lantern signal in the Old North Church as opposed to the "one" lantern which would have signaled a British approach on land across "Boston neck").
Lt. Col. Francis Smith of the 10th Lincolnshires commands the force.
Commanding Smith's lead elements is Maj. John Pitcairn of the Royal Marines. Gen. Sir Thomas Gage, commander-in-chief of the King's men in North America, had previously ordered Smith to lead an expedition to Concord, and seize and destroy the military stores hidden in the town.
First stop along the way is Lexington. There, just before dawn, two militia companies – the Minute and the Alarm – under Captain John Parker are forming for battle on Lexington Green.
Before the day is over, the British will bowl over the militia at Lexington. The Redcoats will then advance on Concord where they will spike cannon and burn weapons stores. The militia will retreat to high ground, regroup, then advance on the North Bridge. Shots will be exchanged. The British will withdraw. Then the most serious bloodletting of the day will
begin: Firing from rock outcroppings, trees, and houses, the American militia will open a "veritable furnace of musketry" on the British companies streaming back toward Boston.
The British barely escape the gauntlet. The war is on.
 
Apr. 19, 1861:  Pres. Abraham Lincoln orders a Naval blockade of Confederate ports in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The blockade will be extended to North Carolina and Virginia the following week.
Apr. 19, 1945:  Following a massive artillery, Naval gunfire and air bombardment of Japanese defenses on Okinawa, U.S. forces launch a coordinated ground assault against the infamous Shuri Line.
 
Apr. 20, 1861:  A reluctant Col. Robert E. Lee – forced to choose between the United States and his home state Virginia – resigns his commission in the U.S. Army.
In a letter to his sister, Lee writes: "With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have therefore resigned my commission in the Army, and save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword."
In three days, Lee will accept command of Virginia state forces. He is destined to become general-in-chief of Confederate forces.
 
Apr. 21, 1836:  Described as "one of the biggest military upsets in the [western] hemisphere," Texas Army forces under the command of Gen. Sam Houston decisively defeat Mexican forces under Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna in the bloody Battle of San Jacinto. The fighting is grim – much of it hand-to-hand – but it is over in less than 20 minutes. Houston is wounded.
Santa Anna, hiding and dressed in a common soldier's uniform, will be captured the following day.
The Mexican Army is finished. Texas independence is secured.
 
Apr. 21, 1898:  America declares war on Spain. The following day, U.S. Navy warships begin blockading Cuba, and USS Nashville (one of five so-named American warships, including two Confederate vessels of the same name) fires the first official shots of the war.
 
Apr. 23, 1778:  Capt. John Paul Jones – commanding the Continental sloop-of-war Ranger (the first of 10 so-named American warships) – leads a daring ship-to-shore raid on the British fortress at Whitehaven, England.
Jones' sailors and Marines spike the enemy's guns, burn a few buildings, and set fire to a ship before withdrawing. The raid is the first on British soil by an American force.
 
Apr. 24, 1778:  Jones captures the Royal Navy sloop HMS Drake in an action off the Irish coast in which Drake's captain, Commander George Burdon, is killed by a Continental Marine.
 
Apr. 24, 1862:  Union Naval forces under the command of Adm. David Farragut knife past Confederate gunboats and batteries at Forts Jackson and St.
Philip in the Mississippi River at New Orleans. Farragut will capture the city.
 
Apr. 24, 1980:  Following a string of glitches from missed deadlines to malfunctioning helicopters, a U.S. operation aimed at freeing American hostages in Iran is aborted at a remote staging area – code-named "Desert One" – some 200 miles from Tehran. As the rescue force begins to withdraw, one of the helicopters operating in night black-out conditions accidentally hovers into a C-130 transport aircraft. A terrific explosion follows, killing five airmen and three Marines.
Though an operational disaster, America's enemies will be stunned by the fact that such a mission in adverse conditions was nearly carried out so far from American shores. Moreover, the disaster will force military planners to ramp up and retool U.S. special operations forces, establishing a special warfare capability that is today the envy of foreign militaries worldwide
 
 
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TAX humor from Al. After yesterday you probably need it.
 
     On his way to work, a driver swerved to avoid a box that fell from a truck. Seconds later, a policeman pulled him over for reckless driving.
     But another officer had seen the carton in the road. The policemen retrieved the box and found that it contained tacks. "Nonetheless," the first trooper told the driver, "I have to write you a ticket."
    Amazed, the driver asked why.
     The trooper replied, "Tacks evasion."
 
State Motto of Massachusetts: Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)
 
 
 
Submitted by Dave Chamberlin:
 
     The Internal Revenue Service said recently that a record number of
Americans paid their taxes online this year.
     The system still has a few bugs. They haven't yet figured out a way to
get the shirt off your back through the wire.  You may be sure, however,
that they will never stop trying and that they will figure it out
eventually.
 
 
 
Submitted by Jerry McClellan:
 
     IRS sent my Tax Return back!  I guess it was because of my response to
the question:  List all dependents?
     I replied:  "I'm not claiming the millions of illegal immigrants,
crack heads, unemployable people on food stamps, and people in over 243
prisons.  As a minimum, I am claiming the 535 fools in the U.S. House and
Senate."
     Evidently, this was not an  acceptable  answer.  Who did I miss?
 
 
 
From Dave Letterman:
 
Top Ten Dumb Accountant Tax Tips
Don't file a W-2 form unless your name begins with "W"
Answer every question "Wouldn't you like to know?"
Hide all money in mattress, on return write "No money hidden in mattress"
If you've just eaten, don't do taxes for at least half an hour
Hire yourself as an employee, fire yourself, sue yourself for
discrimination, deduct court costs
Report $1 billion income so IRS will think you're some sort of big shot
For "charitable contributions," list $9 you spent on last Kevin Costner
movie
Request bonus deduction because "easy" misspelled on 1040-EZ form
To distract the auditor, enclose a photo of yourself naked
Remember, you can't spell "taxes" without "CPA"
 
Top Ten Ways to Make Doing Your Taxes More Fun
Do 'em naked
Instead of restaurant receipt, send them leftovers from the meal in question
Frequent use of the word "eleventeen"
Claim a deduction, do a shot!
In "For Office Use Only" area write "Approved. Send refund immediately."
Apply a long-term capital gain rate of 20% to a mutual fund, do a shot!
Sneeze on forms
Instead of using dated definition of income, use the proposed revised
definition under section 643(B) in which conforming amendments are made to
regulations affecting ordinary trusts, pooled income funds, charitable
remainder trusts, trusts that qualify for the gift and estate tax marital
deduction, and trusts that are exempt from generation-skipping transfer
taxes -- that always puts a smile on my face
Deduct $100 in medical expenses for all the paper cuts you suffered because
tax form is 75 damn pages long!
Audit yourself, if you know what I mean
 
Top Ten Excuses for Filing Your Taxes Late
Thought late fees would make a nice deduction
H Block finished on time, but R Block was a little slow.
Finished entire Pepperidge Farm chocolate layer cake; got sleepy
Think about it: The longer you make the IRS wait for your returns, the more
excited they'll be when they finally get 'em!
Was busy playing ping pong with Carol Channing
Still waiting to hear from Ed McMahon about that million dollar thing
Got nasty paper cut from 1040 form, passed out for three days from blood
loss
Math is real hard, dude.
I was working around-the-clock to try and keep Tom and Roseanne together.
My friend Leona said I didn't have to.
 
 
 
Internal Revenue Service of the United States Government New Simplified Tax
Form for 2012 Taxes--1040 EZ 2 DO TAX FORM
How much money did you make? $___________
Send it to us.
 
 
 
Submitted by Julie Roloff:
 
     An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his IRS agent and his
lawyer, both church members, to come to his home. When they arrived, they
were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held
out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed. The
preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled and stared at the
ceiling.
      For a time, no one said anything. Both the IRS agent and the attorney
were touched and flattered that the old preacher would ask them to be with
him during his final moment. They were also puzzled because the preacher
had never given any indication that he particularly liked either one of
them.
     Finally, the lawyer asked, "Preacher, why did you ask the two of us to
come?"
     The old preacher mustered up some strength, then said weakly, "Jesus
died between two thieves, and that's how I want to go, too."
 
 
 
Submitted by Sam Craig:
 
     The IRS decides to audit Dave, and summons him to the IRS office. The
IRS auditor is not surprised when Dave shows up with his attorney.
     The auditor says, "Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no
full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money
gambling.  I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable."
     "I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it," says Dave.   "How about a
demonstration?"
     The auditor thinks for a moment and said, "Okay. Go ahead."
     Dave says, "I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own
eye."
     The auditor thinks a moment and says, "No way!  It's a bet."
     Dave removes his glass eye and bites it.
     The auditor's jaw drops.
     Dave says, "Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my
other eye."
     The auditor can tell Dave isn't blind, so he takes the bet.
     Dave removes his dentures and bites his good eye.
     The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand,
with Dave's attorney as a witness.  He starts to get nervous.
     "Want to go double or nothing?" Dave asks. "I'll bet you six thousand
dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, and urinate into that
wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."
     The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and
decides there's no way this guy can manage that stunt, so he agrees again.
     Dave stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he
strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on other
side, so he pretty much whizzes all over the desk.
     The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major
loss into a huge win.  But Dave's attorney moans and puts his head in his
hands.
     "Are you okay?" the auditor asks.
     "Not really," says the attorney. "This morning, when Dave told me he'd
been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty thousand dollars that he could
come in here and urinate all over your desk and that you'd be happy about
it."
 
 
 
Submitted by Allan Anderson and Mark Logan:
 
     Latest reports show that the top 1% of income earners pay 37.7% of all
income taxes.   The bottom 50% of those who filed tax returns paid nearly
ZERO taxes.  So that brings us the new tax cuts.   Some complain that these
'tax cuts' favor the "rich" and that the poor are not getting a tax cut. 
Huh?
      If you don't understand this version of what tax cuts should be (and
you are not alone), maybe this will help explain it for you:
50,000 people go to a baseball game, but the game was rained out.
A refund was then due.
The team was about to mail refunds when the Congressional members of one
party stopped them and suggested that they send out refund amounts based on
their interpretation of fairness. After all, if the refunds were made based
on the price each person paid for the tickets, most of the money would go
to the ticket holders of the most expensive tickets. That would be
unconscionable.
People in the $10 seats will get back $15, because they have less money to
spend. Call it an "Earned" Income Ticket Credit."  Persons "earn" it by
demonstrating little ambition, few skills and poor work habits, thus
keeping them at entry-level wages.
People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because that's only fair.
People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a lot
of money and don't need a refund. If they can afford a $50 ticket, then
they must not be paying enough taxes.
People in the $75 luxury seats will have to pay another $50, because they
have way too much to spend.
The people driving (or walking) by the stadium who couldn't afford to watch
the game will get $10 each, even though they didn't pay anything, because
they need the most help.
 
 
 
Tax One Liners:
Submitted by Lauren Roesner:  We have discovered that you can deduct your
marijuana for medical purposes but only if you file a joint return.
Submitted by Diane Laos:  As income tax time approaches, did you ever
notice:  When you put the two words "The" and "IRS" together it spells
"THEIRS"?
Submitted by Stan Beard:  There will always be death and taxes; however,
death doesn't get worse every year.
Submitted by Marty Baugh:  "I haven't committed a crime. What I did was
fail to comply with the law"--David Dinkins, New York City Mayor, answering
accusations that he failed to pay his taxes.
Submitted by Chris Kingery:  A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a
fine for doing well.
Submitted by Roberta Fender:  The IRS Agent's Hymn:  I Surrender All
 
 
 
Submitted by Skip Leonard:
 
It may be true that the only sure things in life are death and taxes, but
death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.
Taxation WITH representation ain't much fun, either.
It used to be only death and taxes were inevitable.  Now, of course,
there's shipping and handling, too.
Quote from 1959--"Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the
Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are
electing the best people to Congress."
If a lawyer and an IRS agent were both drowning, and you could only save
one of them, would you go to lunch or read the paper?
Take a look at your tax bills and you'll quit calling them "cheap
politicians."
The reward for saving your money is being able to pay your taxes without
borrowing.
Even if money could bring happiness, think what the luxury tax would be!
There's one consolation about life and taxes - when you finish the former,
you're through with the latter.
One can be born free and then be taxed to death.
It will be real nice if taxes get down to where we can afford to make a
living.
We wonder why they call them "tax returns" when so little of it does.
At no time is it easier to keep your mouth shut than during an audit of
your income-tax return.
After a man pays his income tax, he knows how a cow feels after she's been
milked.
If you fill out an income tax return correctly, you go to the poor house.
If you don't, you go to jail.
 
 
 
Submitted by Rob Hansen:
 
     The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any
word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one
letter, and supply a new definition. Here is a recent winner:
Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.
 
 
 
Submitted by Mark Logan:
 
     High School History test answer: One of the causes of the
Revolutionary War was the English put tacks in their tea.  Also the
colonists would send their parcels through the post without any stamps. 
Finally the colonists won the war and no longer had to pay for taxis.
 
     A businessman on his deathbed called his friend and said, "Bill, I
want you to promise me that when I die, you will have my remains cremated."
"And what," his friend asked, "do you want me to do with your ashes?" The
businessman said, "Just put them in an envelope and mail them to the
Internal Revenue Service.  Write on the envelope, "Now, you have
everything."
 
 
 
Submitted by Lauren Roesner:
 
     A man was called in for an audit by the IRS. So, he asked his
accountant for advice on what to wear.
     "Wear your worst clothing and an old pair of shoes. Let them think you
are a pauper," the accountant replied.
     Then he asked his lawyer the same question, but got the opposite
advice:  "Don't let them intimidate you. Wear your best suit and an
expensive tie."
     Confused, the man went to his pastor, told him of the conflicting
advice, and asked him what he should do. "Let me tell you a story," replied
the pastor. "A woman, about to be married, asked her mother what to wear on
her wedding night.'  Wear a heavy, long, flannel nightgown that goes right
up to your neck and wool socks.' But when she asked her best friend, she
got conflicting advice: 'Wear your most sexy negligee, with a V-neck right
down to your navel.'"
     The man protested: "But Reverend, what does all this have to do with
my problem with the IRS?" "It doesn't matter what you wear; you're going to
get screwed."
 
 
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Thanks to Laurel
 
In Defense of the IRS
By Rick Newman
April 12, 2013
 
Don't blame the IRS for America's convoluted tax code.
Go ahead. Bash the Internal Revenue Service. It's a tax day ritual and a
presumed birthright of every American.
But while you're at it, take a moment to appreciate the benefits that a
stable tax system and tough enforcement of tax rules provide to ordinary
people.
There have been a few standout examples recently of what happens to nations
with lax tax systems and spotty enforcement. Greece, for one, suffers from
an epidemic of tax cheating that has helped send the nation to the brink of
bankruptcy while causing a full-blown depression. In case anybody thought
Greece was an anomaly, Cyprus proved recently that an economy built on tax
loopholes loses control of its destiny when it needs to raise money but
can't.
For all of its problems, one standout feature of the United States is the
government's ability to raise taxes when necessary, and even to shake down
its citizens for trillions of dollars if necessary. Obviously we all hope
that never happens, but the fact that Washington has the power and the
ability to do it is what keeps interest rates low and money flowing to
consumers in the first place.
The U.S. Treasury has been borrowing money at interest rates of less than 2
percent for a 10-year loan. That benefits ordinary Americans in many ways:
It keeps government spending higher than it would otherwise be, for one
thing, which funnels money to many businesses and helps the economy grow.
Low rates on government securities also keep rates low on consumer loans,
which makes homes, cars and other things more affordable.
If there were doubt about Washington's ability to collect taxes when
needed, the U.S. credit rating would be much lower and interest rates would
be much higher. It's frankly remarkable that Americans can borrow as easily
as they can, given how much debt Washington is on the hook for. A
relatively air-tight tax system is one big reason why.
It's natural to grimace when we hear about some of the tough treatment the
IRS metes out to tax avoiders. But think for a moment about whose side
you're really on: the sneaks who try to avoid paying what they owe, or the
honest citizens who carry their weight. If you're an honest taxpayer, you
probably think everybody should pay what they owe. If you're dishonest,
well, why don't you move to Greece, where tax cheats get the economy they
deserve.
Nearly everybody complains about paying too much in taxes, but in reality,
the federal tax burden is historically low. The typical household pays less
than 18 percent of its income to the feds in the form of taxes, which is
about 20 percent lower than the tax burden was in 1979. That decline has
occurred largely because Washington spends more than it collects in tax
revenue and borrows to make up the difference. Still, out-of-pocket tax
expenses for most people don't bite as hard as they used to.
One reason people object to paying taxes is they perceive the government to
be wasteful and unresponsive. Fair enough, but don't blame the IRS for
that. The IRS, in fact, may be a model agency. It processes refunds
promptly, jumps on problems in a jiffy, and has a modern electronic filing
system. You could probably get a live IRS agent on the phone faster than
you could get answers from your insurance company or your cellular provider.
Finally, don't fault the IRS for the convoluted tax code. Congress creates
the tax laws. The IRS only enforces them. If you or I had to police
everybody trying to cut corners on their taxes, we'd be surly too—and
probably dread tax day even more.
Rick Newman's latest book is Rebounders: How Winners Pivot From Setback To
Success. Follow him on Twitter: @rickjnewman.
 
 
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Close calls
 
Holy !!!!!!!!
 

 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 04/16/2014 AFGHANISTAN - 3 CIVILIANS KILLED IN NATO AIRSTRIKE, SAYS KHOST OFFICIAL (APR 16/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a woman and two children, reports the New York Times.   According to a spokesman for the provincial governor of Khost, early Tuesday a NATO aircraft fired a rocket into a village in the Nadir Shah Kot district, reported CNN.   The rocket hit an area where a family was gathered, said officials. Another man was reported to be wounded.   NATO said it is looking into the allegations.   Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack as a "violation of agreements between the two countries" and ordered an investigation.   An investigative team has been sent to the area, said a governor's spokesman
 
Item Number:2 Date: 04/16/2014 CANADA - GOVERNMENT, SIKORSKY HAVE AGREEMENT FOR CYCLONE HELICOPTERS, SAY SOURCES (APR 16/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The Canadian government has reached an agreement with the Sikorsky company to amend an existing contract for the troubled Cyclone maritime helicopter project, reports the Canadian Press, citing several sources.   The accord is still being vetted by government lawyers, but it sets the stage for the retirement of Canada's aging Sea King helicopters next year, said the unnamed defense and government sources.   The revised agreement should permit the delivery and gradual service introduction of the new helicopters, according to government administrators.   This is the second contract amendment for the program, which has suffered numerous delays and technical issues. Ottawa will not provide any additional funding and Sikorsky will only be paid for the delivery of capable helicopters, the sources said on Monday.   To date, four of 28 planned aircraft have been handed over for flight testing at CFB Shearwater, Nova Scotia.   The air force is prepared to accept delivery of up to eight test helicopters before the Cyclone is declared operational, the sources said
 
  Item Number:3 Date: 04/16/2014 DJIBOUTI - MORE USAF ASSETS EXPECTED AT CAMP LEMMONNIER (APR 16/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Air Force expects to boost its presence at Camp Lemmonnier in Djibouti as the combat mission in Afghanistan winds down and more attention is paid to Africa, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Additional aircraft taxiways and ramp space at the base will increase flexibility, said Col. Kelly Passmore, the commander of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group.   That space is expected to be filled over time, Passmore said.   Air Force assets at Camp Lemmonnier provide airlift for crisis-support units and maintain intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts. A special operations unit is also on site for rescue missions, according to the service.  
 
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/16/2014 FRANCE - DEFENSE MINISTER OPENS PILOT PROGRAM FOR WOMEN ON BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES (APR 16/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The French government has announced a pilot program to permit women to serve on submarines.   Three women will soon join crews of the country' ballistic missile submarine fleet, reports Defense News, citing an announced by Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.   The women will join the fleet on a trial basis in 2017, Le Drian said Tuesday.   The three will be selected this year from volunteers and begin training in 2015, he said. One of the women will be a doctor, reported the Local.   The French navy has four Le Triomphant-class boats in its nuclear missile submarine fleet, each designed to carry 16 M51 strategic missiles
 
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/16/2014 INDIA - DHOWAN EXPECTED TO BE NEXT NAVY CHIEF (APR 16/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian Defense Ministry has settled on a candidate for the top navy job, reports the Press Trust of India.   The navy chief post has been empty for nearly two months since Adm. D.K. Joshi resigned following a series of mishaps.   Vice Adm. N.K. Dhowan, the acting navy chief, was recommended by the ministry to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said a source.   The next step is the appointments committee of the Cabinet and then the prime minister will make a final decision
 
Item Number:6 Date: 04/16/2014 INDONESIA - NEW RADARS BEING INSTALLED ON WARSHIPS (APR 16/JDW)  JANES DEFENCE WEEKLY -- According to a radar manufacturer, the Indonesian navy expects to equip four Ahmad Yani-class guided missile frigates and one Kapitan Pattimura-class corvette with low-probability-of-intercept (LPI) naval radars, reports Jane's Defence Weekly.   The radars are built by domestic naval sensor manufacturer PT Infra RCS.   The company calls the system, known as the IRCS LPI Radar, a stealthy sea-based X-band radar with frequency modulated continuous wave technology.   With a maximum power output of 10 watts, it is practically invisible to enemy radar warning receivers, says the company.   The guided-missile frigates Ahmad Yani and Abdul Halim Perdanakusuma have been equipped with the radar since December. The frigates Yos Sudarso and Oswald Siahaan, as well as the corvette Sultan Taha, are undergoing the upgrade process, said officials from the firm
 
Item Number:7 Date: 04/16/2014 IRAN - MORE MILITARY COOPERATION, ARMS SALES SOUGHT WITH AZERBAIJAN (APR 16/FARS)  FARS NEWS AGENCY -- The Iranian Defense Ministry wants to sell more weapons to Azerbaijan, reports Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.   Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi met with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss military cooperation and other matters.   Iran has been supplying weapons and equipment to Azerbaijan, said the general.   The talks covered areas for additional cooperation, including training and the possibility of more weapon sales, Firouzabadi said.   The Azeri defense minister said his government would never allow any country to use the airspace or territory of Azerbaijan to attack its neighbors, including Iran, reported the Tehran Times
 
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/16/2014 JAPAN - OSPREY TRAINING TO BE MOVED FROM OKINAWA (APR 16/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Japanese and U.S. defense officials have agreed to relocate MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft training from Okinawa to other parts of Japan, reports the Kyodo News Agency.   Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said his service is ready to work with Japan on the relocation. Amos met with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Tuesday.   The change should alleviate the burden of hosting the U.S. bases, officials said. Locals have repeatedly raised safety concerns over the V-22.   Onodera proposed that the U.S. military use the training facilities that will be built for Ospreys to be acquired by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces
 
Item Number:9 Date: 04/16/2014 JAPAN - STEALTH PROTOTYPE TO FLY THIS YEAR, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (APR 16/JDW)  JANES DEFENCE WEEKLY -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has announced that an indigenous stealth prototype jet fighter will fly before the end of this year, reports Jane's Defence Weekly.   The Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X), aka Shinshin ("Heart of God"), is being developed by the Defense Ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute. The main contractor is Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.   The ATD-X was supposed to be unveiled in May, but it is months behind schedule, said a source.   The aircraft is designed to be a stealthy air-superiority fighter with enhanced maneuverability. Lessons learned from its production are expected to be used to develop a sixth-generation fighter, said ministry officials.   The ministry will decide by FY2018 whether to build that fighter domestically or by international joint development, Onodera said last week before a legislative committee
 
Item Number:10 Date: 04/16/2014 LITHUANIA - ACQUISITION OF MORE JET TRAINERS EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT YEAR (APR 16/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense says additional L-39ZA light jet aircraft will be bought over the next two years, reports the Baltic News Service.   Funds have been earmarked toward the buy and consultations are underway with partners who might be able to supply the jets, said a ministry spokesman on Tuesday.   The ministry plans to buy the aircraft in 2015 and 2016. The number of aircraft and potential price have not been disclosed.   The L-39ZA are needed for training and operations in support of other military services, the spokesman said.   The Lithuanian air force currently operates a single L-39ZA. A second aircraft was lost in a crash in 2011
 
Item Number:11 Date: 04/16/2014 MALAYSIA - QUALIFICATION TESTS UNDERWAY FOR INDIGENOUS ARMORED VEHICLE (APR 16/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The leading armored vehicle manufacturer in Malaysia has started into the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive armored wheeled vehicle, Defense News reports.   The army will receive 257 AV-8 units in 12 variants once all tests have been finished, Deftech CEO Amril Samsudin said this week at a defense expo in Kuala Lumpur.   The first 12 vehicles should be delivered this year, with the remainder expected by 2018. Deftech is also looking at several export possibilities, he said.   The AV-8 program is part of a manufacturing partnership agreement with Turkey's FNSS Defense Systems.   The Malaysian vehicle is based on the FNSS-designed Pars (Leopard) multi-mission wheeled vehicle, an FNSS source said
 
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/16/2014 NATO - ALLIANCE NEEDS TO WORK WITH E.U., SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL (APR 16/NATO)  NATO PRESS RELEASE -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is pushing for stronger cooperation among the alliance and European Union and other close partners.   "We need to train and exercise more together, for instance the NATO Response Force and the E.U. Battlegroups, so that we stand ready for whatever the future may bring," Rasmussen said Tuesday ahead of the E.U. Defense Ministers meeting in Luxembourg, according to a NATO release.   The secretary-general also called on Russia to stop its destabilizing actions in Ukraine.   The alliances plans to strengthen collective defense, including through reinforced defense plans; enhanced exercises; and "appropriate deployments," Rasmussen told the ministers.  
 
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/16/2014 RUSSIA - DEAL MADE FOR 16 MIG-29SMT FIGHTERS (APR 16/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract with MiG for multi-role aircraft, reports Interfax-AVN.   The US$477 million deal covers 16 MiG-29SMT jets, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2016, according to the ministry.   The order was placed to maintain the combat-readiness of Russia's lightweight fighter fleet, officials said
 
Item Number:14 Date: 04/16/2014 RUSSIA - SUBMARINE SEA TRIALS TO BEGIN WITHIN MONTHS (APR 16/RIAN)  RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- The Russian navy plans to begin sea trials of two nuclear-powered submarines this summer, reports RIA Novosti, citing local shipyard officials.   The two boats involved were identified as the Borei-class Vladimir Monomakh nuclear missile submarine and the Yasen-class Severodvinsk attack submarine, said officials from the Sevmash shipyard.   The Vladimir Monomakh will enter service later this year with the Northern Fleet, said officials.   The navy plans to create eight Borei- and at least three Yasen-class boats by 2020, reported the U.S. Naval Institute
 
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/16/2014 SAUDI ARABIA - INTELLIGENCE CHIEF REPLACED BY HIS DEPUTY (APR 16/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The head of intelligence in Saudi Arabia has stepped down.   Prince Bandar bin Sultan was "relieved of his post at his own request," reports Al Jazeera, citing state-run news.   In a royal decree, Bandar was replaced by his deputy, Lt. Gen. Yousef bin Ali al-Idrissi, the official news agency announced on Tuesday.   A former ambassador to the United States, Bandar handled Saudi support to Syrian rebels in that nation's civil war, noted the Financial Times (U.K.).   In 2012, Bandar replaced his cousin, Migrin Bin Abdulaziz, as director of the Saudi Arabian Intelligence Agency.   He has had health problems since last year and has been seeking treatment in the United States.   In the interim, the Syrian job has been handed to Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, the Saudi minister of interior, sources said.  
 
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/16/2014 SOUTH KOREA - DEFENSE COST-SHARING ACCORD WITH U.S. TAKES MAJOR STEP (APR 16/YON)  YONHAP -- A key committee in South Korea has passed a bill ratifying a defense cost-sharing agreement with the United States, reports the Yonhap News Agency.   The delayed measure made it through the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.   In January, the allies renewed the special measure agreement to share the cost of stationing 28,500 U.S. troops in South Korea. Seoul agreed to pay US$867 million this year, a 5.8 percent increase from 2013.   The necessary parliamentary ratification of the agreement has been hindered by opposition protests that it is too expensive.   The bill was approved after changes were made to an annex of the accord. The measure is expected to be passed by the entire National Assembly on Wednesday
 
  Item Number:17 Date: 04/16/2014 SYRIA - U.S.-MADE ANTI-TANK MISSILES OBTAINED BY REBELS (APR 16/REU)  REUTERS -- Video footage appears to show Syrian rebels using U.S. anti-tank rockets, Reuters reports.   Multiple videos posted on YouTube show rebel fighters using BGM-71 TOW anti-tank rockets, weapons experts said. The first three videos were posted on April 1 and 5. Two have since been removed.   How the opposition forces got the weapons is unclear, reported the Washington Post -- which also noted that Saudi Arabia and Turkey have bought such weapons and are among those aiding the rebels.   Three rebel groups in the north and south of the country are said to operate the weapons.   The groups were identified as Harakat Hazm, the Syrian Revolutionary Front and Awliya wa Katalib al-Shaheed Ahmed al-Abdo. All are considered relatively secular.   While U.S. officials would not talk about the source of the weapons, they did not dispute they were in rebel hands, reported the Post
 
Item Number:18 Date: 04/16/2014 UKRAINE - SOME TROOPS APPARENTLY DEFECT TO PRO-RUSSIA FORCES (APR 16/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Tensions are on the rise in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian gunmen have stormed city hall in the city of Donetsk, reports the Washington Post.   On Wednesday morning, a squad of separatists backed by seven masked gunmen in camouflage took over the building, said a city spokesman. They reportedly allowed employees to leave.   Ten days earlier, a larger squad of militants seized Donetsk's main regional administration building.   In the city of Slovyansk, a group of Ukrainian troops reportedly defected to the separatists. The report was unconfirmed.   Separatists have set up roadblocks there since Saturday.   On Wednesday, a line of combat vehicles flying Russian flags rolled into the city. One soldier told reporters that the men belonged to the 25th Brigade of Ukraine's airborne forces. They had defected to the pro-Russian side, he said.   Ukraine's acting president said Tuesday that Ukrainian special operators restored control over a small airport in Kramatorsk, 10 miles south of Slovyansk.   Ukrainian forces gathered Tuesday outside the city of Izyum, 32 miles northwest of Slovyansk. Troops failed to retake the city Sunday.  
 
Item Number:19 Date: 04/16/2014 USA - ARMY STAFF SERGEANTS AND ABOVE MAY BECOME CYBER NETWORK DEFENDERS (APR 16/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army has opened a new specialty to many of its non-commissioned officers, reports the Army News Service.   Active-duty staff sergeants, sergeants first class and master sergeants (E-6 through E-8) are now authorized to transfer to the Cyber Network Defender occupational specialty.   The field covers protecting networks against unauthorized activity and assessing threats and vulnerabilities in network environments, according to a military personnel message.   Soldiers from any specialty who have a background in information assurance and information technology are sought, said officials at the Human Resources Command in Fort Knox, Ky.   The first soldiers will become cyber network defenders on Oct. 1, officials said. The military occupational specialty is designated 25D.  
 
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/16/2014 USA - CRUISER HUE CITY SUFFERS GENERATOR FIRE, NO INJURIES REPORTED (APR 16/VAPILOT)  THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT -- A U.S. Navy cruiser has been damaged in a fire while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, reports the Virginian-Pilot (Hampton Roads, Va.).   The No. 1 gas turbine generator on USS Hue City caught fire on Monday evening, said the Navy the next day.   The fire spread through the stacks to the first and third decks, starting several smaller fires, said the service.   There were no injuries and the ship is able to continue under normal power, according to the Navy. The extent of the damage is still being assessed.   The Hue City departed Mayport, Fla., on Friday for a deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, which covers Europe and Africa
 
Item Number:21 Date: 04/16/2014 USA - MARINE PROWLER PILOTS START FLYING (APR 16/SEAPOWER)  SEAPOWER MAGAZINE -- A new Marine Corps training squadron has begun flying with EA-6B Prowler electronic attack aircraft crews, reports Seapower magazine.   Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Training Squadron One (VMAQT-1), based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., converted from an operational squadron last June after the Navy stopped training Prowler pilots.   The Navy is converting to the EA-18G Growler aircraft. The Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron 129, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., ceased Prowler training on April 1.   VMAQT-1 received its first students in October. Its first class has gone through ground school and simulators.   The squadron achieved full operational capability on March 27. That was the same day student pilots began flying, according to a release from Cherry Point at the time
 
Item Number:22 Date: 04/16/2014 USA - NAVY LAB COMMISSIONS SMALL-BORE RAILGUN (APR 16/NRL)  NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY -- The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has commissioned a new small-bore railgun at its Materials Testing Facility in Virginia.   The 1-inch (25-mm) railgun was fired for the first time on March 7, reported the NRL on Monday.   The experimental small-bore system could be used for land- and sea-based missions with modest power requirements, said Robert Meger, the head of the NRL's Charged Particle Physics Branch.   The railgun is designed to fire several rounds per minute from a mobile platform using advanced battery technology, he said.  
 
  Item Number:23 Date: 04/16/2014 YEMEN - AQAP MILITANTS BLAMED IN KILLING OF PROVINCIAL DEPUTY GOVERNOR (APR 16/ALM)  AL-MANAR -- Militants have shot and killed the deputy governor of Yemen's central al-Bayda province, reports Al-Manar (Lebanon).   Suspected members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attacked Hussein Dayyan Tuesday outside his home, security officials said.   The masked assailants fled on motorcycles, said officials.   Hours later, militants also thought to be from AQAP killed a high-ranking Yemeni intelligence officer named Nasser al Rimah in a marketplace in Baydha's Dhahar district, reported the Long War Journal (U.S
 
  Item Number:24 Date: 04/16/2014 YEMEN - AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALANDER IDENTIFIED AMONG EXTREMISTS KILLED BY DRONE IN NOVEMBER (APR 16/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- New Zealand's prime minister has announced that a New Zealander and an Australian with links to terrorism were killed in Yemen in November.   Those two men, including one who held dual citizenship with New Zealand and Australia, were killed in a drone strike, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The governments of Australia and New Zealand confirmed the deaths on Wednesday.   New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the New Zealander was attending a terrorist training camp.   The man was the subject of a New Zealand intelligence warrant, said Key. It apparently took time for DNA tests to confirm those who were killed, according to several accounts.   A counterterrorist official told the Australian newspaper the men were "foot soldiers" for AQAP.   Three of the men killed in the strike were known Al-Qaida operatives, said Key.   A representative for Australia's Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: "We understand the men were killed during a counterterrorism operation and do not intend to discuss its details."
 

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From: Skip Leonard  
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THE LIST 3600
 
To All,
I hope your week has started well. . Happy Tax day.
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - April 14
1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace
1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan
1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar
1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup
 
This Day In Naval History - April 15
1885 - Naval forces land at Panama to protect American interests during revolution
1912 - USS Chester and USS Salem sailed from MA to assist RMS Titanic survivors
1918 - First Marine Aviation Force formed at Marine Flying Field, Miami, FL
1961 - Launching of first nuclear-powered frigate, USS Bainbridge, at Quincy, MA
1962 - USS Princeton brought first Marine helicopters to Vietnam. This was first Marine advisory unit to arrive in South Vietnam.
1986 - Operation Eldorado Canyon, Navy aircraft from USS America (CV-66) and USS Coral Sea (CV-43) attack Libya in conjunction with USAF aircraft after Libya linked to terrorist bombing of West Berlin discotheque which killed 1 American and injured 78 people.
 
 
Thanks to Carl
 
This is a fantastic website and you can spend literally hours going through it.
If you like military history you will like this.
 
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The Road to perfection
 
Thanks to Clyde
 
The Blues are looking better than ever
    
This video was shot during our annual pre-season practice time on base at NAF El Centro.  It shows the Blues on the last day of practice before their airshow season started with the 2014 El Centro Airshow the following day.  We were allowed unbelievable access to the base and to the Blues.  If you look on our AIRSHOWVID Facebook page you will see other videos and photos from El Centro.  The title, "Road to Perfection" was a remark I heard from one of the Blue Angels ground team members.  Here is the link below:
 
 
 
 
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"Confederate Brig. Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard s artillery forces 
strategically positioned around Charleston harbor, S.C.   open fire on
Union-held Fort Sumter (constructed atop shoals at the harbor entrance).
Unable to effectively return fire and with his position indefensible, Union Army Maj. Robert Anderson will surrender the fort: The garrison will be evacuated on the 14th."
 
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As a Cadet, P.G.T. Beauregard was a brilliant gunnery student - perhaps the most brilliant ever at West point.  He was so good in the subject that his instructor had him held over as an Assistant Instructor for a year after his graduation.
 
Who was his West Point instructor?  None other than Major Robert Anderson, Commandant, Fort Sumter, S.C.
 
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The moral of the story:  Never trust an artilleryman - he may be the best ever, but he's just as likely to drop it on your ass as to assist you.
 
Artillerymen cheer when the rounds hit the ground.
 
Tankers cheer when they hit what they were shooting at ... anything else is just the law of gravity.
 
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"The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short
phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."--President Ronald Reagan "I shall never use profanity except in discussing house rent and taxes."--Mark Twain "If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep."--Will Rogers "America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation."--Laurence J. Peter (author of "The Peter Principle") "The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose."--Former Treasury Secretary William Simon "Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors ... and miss."--Science--fiction writer Robert Heinlein "What at first was plunder assumed the softer name of revenue."--Thomas Paine "Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today."--Herman Wouk "People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women."--Unknown "Today, it takes more brains and effort to make out the income--tax form than it does to make the income."--Alfred E. Neuman
 
 
"It was as true...as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them."--Charles Dickens "Death and taxes may be inevitable, but they shouldn't be related."--Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr.
"The income tax created more criminals than any other single act of government."--Senator Barry Goldwater "A fine is a tax for doing something wrong. A tax is a fine for doing something right."--Unknown "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."--President Calvin Coolidge "What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin."--Mark Twain "The politicians say 'we' can't afford a tax cut. Maybe we can't afford the politicians."--Steve Forbes "People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can't live within its income."--Financial staffing expert Robert Half "When I meet a government which says to me, 'Your money or your life,' why should I be in haste to give it my money?"--Henry David Thoreau "The federal income tax system is a disgrace to the human race."--President Jimmy Carter "The current tax code is a daily mugging."--President Ronald Reagan "I have no intention of raising taxes."--President Bill Clinton "Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt."--President Herbert Hoover "Don't steal. The government hates competition."--Bumper sticker
"Loophole: To liberals, any provision of the tax code that fails to claim money earned, inherited, saved, or otherwise pocketed by known taxpayers."--The Conservative's Dictionary "The power to tax involves the power to destroy."--Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, 1819 "If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without representation was bad, he should see it with representation."--The Farmer's Almanac "Serfs in the Middle Ages had to give up 20 percent of their income yearly and that made them virtual slaves. Today the average American pays 47 percent. What does that make Americans?"--Kenneth Prazak, secretary of the Libertarian Party of Illinois "It's a game. We [tax lawyers] teach the rich how to play it so they can stay rich--and the IRS keeps changing the rules so we can keep getting rich teaching them."--John Grisham "For every $50 you earn, you get $10 and they get $40."--Jay Leno, explaining Form 1040 "All taxes are a drag on economic growth. It's only a question of degree."--Alan Greenspan "Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut saves you 30 cents?"--Peg Bracken "Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It's not fair that some men should be happier than others."--Oscar Wilde
 
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Thanks to Carl
 

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short battery life. It was extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why someone's battery was draining.
I made it my mission to discover the specific reasons for iOS battery drainage. This article is a product of my years of research and anecdotal evidence I gathered in the hundreds of Genius Bar appointments I took during my time as a Genius and iOS technician, as well as testing on my personal devices and the devices of my friends.
 
 
 
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A UNIQUE WEATHER MAP~~Current airport weather
 
 
This is one you might want to keep….Unique Weather Map - Roll your mouse over any airport for the current conditions.
 
Click on the locations and get even more detailed weather information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This is a really good tool for the list perhaps?
 
R/
Brian
 
Brian Ballard (ballard022002@yahoo.com)
 
Vietnam Wall - THIS IS AMAZING!
 
 
 
This is really sobering. Click on the link and find the city you went to high school in and look at the names.
Click on the name and it will give details of the death.
Vietnam Wall

First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city
and the names will appear.
Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of
the person, or at least their bio and medals.

This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of
time and effort to create it.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what
those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.

The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the
Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on
our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or
perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site.

Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Item Number:1Date: 04/15/2014AFGHANISTAN - SENIOR OFFICIAL ABDUCTED ON WAY TO OFFICE IN KABUL (APR 15/NBC)NBC NEWS -- Gunmen have kidnapped a high-ranking Afghan government officialin northern Kabul, reports NBC News.Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid was pulled from his car atgunpoint Tuesday morning while he was being driven to work, said officials.Five men ran the car off the road and dragged the minister into theirfour-wheel-drive vehicle, said police.Wahid's driver was shot and wounded, the Ministry of Interior said.No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
 
Item Number:2Date: 04/15/2014BRUNEI - PATROL VESSEL DEPARTS FOR NAVAL DRILLS IN CHINA (APR 15/XIN)XINHUA -- The Royal Brunei Navy is sending a patrol vessel to the WesternPacific Naval Symposium and related multilateral exercises in Qingdao, acoastal city in China's Shandong province, reports Xinhua, China's state newsagency.The Darulehsan departed on Monday from Muara, Brunei's sole deep-water port.This will be the first time that a Brunei naval vessel takes part in theexercise in China.The maritime exercise, scheduled for April 24, will involve anti-hijacking,search-and-rescue and small-arms firing exercises.The commander of the Brunei navy will attend the affiliated Western PacificNaval Symposium to promote ties with other nations.
 
Item Number:3Date: 04/15/2014CANADA - FIRE BREAKS OUT ON KINGSTON PATROL VESSEL, DAMAGE CALLED MINOR (APR 15/CHER)CHRONICLE HERALD -- A Canadian ship is en route to Halifax after beingdamaged in a fire.The patrol vessel Kingston experienced a minor fire in the forward machineryroom on Saturday, reports the Chronicle Herald (Halifax).The fire broke out in a space near the engine room and was put out with fireextinguishers. It appeared to be an electrical fire, said a navy spokesman.Systems onboard Kingston were not affected, said the navy. The ship isexpected to arrive in Halifax on Wednesday as scheduled.The vessel was sailing off the coast of the Carolinas in the United Statesafter a deployment in the Caribbean at the time, reported CBC News.The cause is under investigation.
 
Item Number:4Date: 04/15/2014CHINA - FEMALE MISSILE OPERATORS FORM ARTILLERY UNIT (APR 15/TI)TIMES OF INDIA -- The first Chinese female missile company is now a part ofthe 2nd Artillery Corps, reports the Times of India.The company was assigned to the 1st Conventional Missile Brigade, said astatement from the People's Liberation Army on Saturday. The 2nd ArtilleryCorps maintains China's nuclear deterrent as well as conventional missilecapabilities.The company was formally integrated on April 3, the military said.The unit was formed to the professional competence of women, optimize combatstructures and increase combat strength, said Ma Fusheng, the politicalcommissar of the 1st Conventional Missile Brigade.The size of the unit was not disclosed. The average age of the operators wasreported to be 20.
 
Item Number:5Date: 04/15/2014DENMARK - 4 BIDDERS TO TAKE PART IN DANISH FIGHTER DOGFIGHT (APR 15/AWST)AVIATION WEEK AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY -- Denmark has launched the process tochoose a new fighter aircraft by sending requests for binding information(RBIs) to four manufacturers, reports Aviation Week.The RBIs were sent to Boeing for its F/A-18F Super Hornet, to Eurofighter forits Typhoon, to Lockheed Martin for its F-35A and to Saab for its Gripen E,Danish officials said. Responses are due by July.The New Combat Aircraft Program aims to replace F-16 fighters in the2020-2024 timeframe. The initiative was originally started in 2005, butcanceled in 2010.A selection is expected in mid-2015, with key criteria including the selectedplatform's ability to be updated during its operational life; its operationsand maintenance costs; and the company's willingness to develop relationshipswith Danish industry, said officials.Denmark is a Level 3 signatory (the lowest level) to the F-35 Joint StrikeFighter program, but has repeatedly expressed disappointment in the effort.
 
Item Number:6Date: 04/15/2014EGYPT - POLICE CHECKPOINT HIT IN CAIRO BOMB ATTACK (APR 15/REU)REUTERS -- Two Egyptian police officers have been wounded in an explosionTuesday in central Cairo, Reuters reports.A civilian was also hurt, reported the Press Trust of India.Unknown attackers targeted a traffic police checkpoint, state televisionsaid.Islamist militants have stepped up attacks in Egypt since the July overthrowof President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. An Islamistinsurgency has also erupted in the Sinai Peninsula.
 
Item Number:7Date: 04/15/2014GERMANY - SATELLITE EXPORT TO RUSSIA PUT ON HOLD (APR 15/BLOOMBERG)BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The German government has postponed a decision to grantAirbus permission to export satellite technology to Russia, reports BloombergNews, citing unnamed sources.Airbus Defence and Space is seeking to sell Moscow satellite equipment worthup to 700 million euros (US$973 million), said one source.Airbus and Russia have been in advanced negotiations over the sale ofsynthetic aperture radar orbiters. Such radars can acquire imagery throughcloud and smoke.The delay that was made public Friday was a result of Russia's annexation ofCrimea, said the source.
 
Item Number:8Date: 04/15/2014GERMANY - UPGRADES SOUGHT FROM U.S. FOR MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (APR 15/DSCA)U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The German government is lookingfor upgrades for its P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the U.S. DefenseSecurity Cooperation Agency has told Congress.The potential US$250 million deal covers the procurement, integration andinstallation of hardware and software to upgrade mission computer andacoustic systems on eight P-3Cs.The agency announced the possible deal on Friday following approval by theState Dept.The project includes A and B kits, covering structural and electrical andweapon replaceable assemblies, respectively, for integration with asimulator, said the DSCA.
 
Item Number:9Date: 04/15/2014INDIA - HOVERCRAFT TO OPERATE FROM NEW COAST GUARD STATION IN W. BENGAL (APR 15/TI)TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian coast guard has activated a new station in WestBengal, reports the Times of India.ICG Frazerganj, located in South 24-Parganas district, will serve as aforward operating base for security operations in coastal areas offSunderban, said the coast guard.Newly acquired hovercraft will operate from the base, according to a servicerelease on Monday.The service said that two of the craft will operate from the station at anygiven time to provide regular surveillance of maritime boundaries and nearbylittoral areas.The hovercraft will also conduct anti-poaching, search-and-rescue, pollutionresponse and anti-piracy missions.
 
Item Number:10Date: 04/15/2014IRAQ - LEAFLETS DROPPED WARNING OF FALLUJAH OFFENSIVE; JIHADIST GROUP SHUTS DAM (APR 15/RFE/RL)RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Iraqi military has been warningcivilians in Fallujah to leave the city ahead of an offensive, reports RadioFree Europe/Radio Liberty.Military jets dropped leaflets over the city on Tuesday warning residents toleave within three days before airstrikes begin.Iraqi security forces have been clashing with Islamic militants in Fallujahand the nearby city of Ramadi for months. Both cities are in Anbar province.Separately, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) closedall the gates of the Fallujah dam on the Euphrates River, said officials.The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad condemned this and other "ongoing terroristacts" by the group.
 
Item Number:11Date: 04/15/2014LIBYA - JORDANIAN AMBASSADOR KIDNAPPED FOLLOWING AMBUSH IN TRIPOLI (APR 15/PETRA)PETRA NEWS AGENCY (JORDAN) -- The Jordanian ambassador to Libya has beenabducted in the Libyan capital, reports Jordan's official Petra news agency.Fawaz Al Etan was kidnapped by masked gunmen wearing civilian clothes,Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told the lower house of Parliament onTuesday.The ambassador's convoy was ambushed by two vehicles, reported CNN.The gunmen fired at Etan's vehicle as he was en route to work, said Ensour.The ambassador's driver was injured.The ambush took place near the center of Tripoli, said a Libyan ForeignMinistry spokesman cited by Bloomberg News.Jordan has been working closely with the Libyan government to identify thekidnappers and secure the release of the ambassador, said Ensour.
 
Item Number:12Date: 04/15/2014LITHUANIA - ANOTHER LONG-RANGE RADAR NOW PLANNED FOR BORDER WITH BELARUS (APR 15/BNS)BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has decided toprocure a third long-range radar to be stationed near the nation's borderwith Belarus, reports the Baltic News Service.The ministry had previously decided to buy two radars, which will beinstalled in the Silute District and Prienai Municipality. The third radarwill be stationed in the Ignalina District."The recent changes in the security situation dictate the new decisions.We must not only rely on allies' assistance, but also take our own greaterresponsibility for ensuring our security," said Defense Minister JuozasOlekas on Friday.The radars will replace Lithuania's aging Soviet-era P-18 and P-37 systems.All three radars are to be operational by 2019 at an estimated cost of 57.7million euros (US$80 million), said the ministry
 
Item Number:13Date: 04/15/2014RUSSIA - YARS ICBM TEST-FIRED SUCCESSFULLY, SAYS MINISTRY (APR 15/INT-AVN)INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian Defense Ministry has announcedthe test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile system by thestrategic missile forces, reports Interfax-AVN.The RS-24 Yars missile was launched on Monday at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome innorthwest Russia, reported RIA Novosti.The simulated warhead successfully hit a target at the Kura test range on theKamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East, said the ministry.The trial was intended to validate the reliability of a production batch ofthe missiles, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.The RS-24 will replace RS-12M Topol and RS-18 Stiletto missiles as they reachthe end of their service lives.
 
Item Number:14Date: 04/15/2014SIERRA LEONE - COURT MARTIAL BEGINS OF SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH MUTINY (APR 15/REU)REUTERS -- A military court in Sierra Leone has charged 13 soldiers and acaptain with mutiny eight months after their arrests, Reuters reports.The men were arrested last August in the northern town of Makeni, accused ofplanning a protest during a visit by President Ernest Bai Koroma.At the time, local media reported that the men planned to kidnap thepresident as he visited his hometown. The visit was later canceled.The suspects pleaded not guilty Monday. They were refused bail, said judicialofficials.Each faces eight counts of mutiny.
 
Item Number:15Date: 04/15/2014SOUTH KOREA - AMID FORGERY SCANDAL, INTELLIGENCE AGENCY FACES OVERHAUL (APR 15/DEWELLE)DEUTSCHE WELLE -- South Korean President Park Guen-hye has apologized to herCabinet after it was revealed that agents of the National IntelligenceService (NIS) forged evidence against a suspected North Korean spy, reportsDeutsche Welle.The head of the NIS, Nam Jae-joon, issued a rare public apology on Tuesday,reported the Voice of America News.Prosecutors said Monday that the NIS leaders had not orchestrated theforgery.The deputy head of the NIS stepped down on Monday. Three senior NIS agentshave been indicted for allegedly fabricating Chinese immigration documents tohelp build a case against a North Korean defector suspected of being a spy.Nam pledged to reform the NIS. "We will take this opportunity tore-evaluate our investigative methods, root out wrong customs and conduct abone-crushing overhaul of our system, so that things like this will neverhappen again," he said.
 
Item Number:16Date: 04/15/2014SOUTH SUDAN - ARMY, REBELS TRADE CHARGES IN UNITY STATE (APR 15/SUDTRIB)SUDAN TRIBUNE -- South Sudanese rebels have claimed they were attacked bygovernment forces near an oil refinery under construction in Unity state,reports the Sudan Tribune.Fighting erupted Sunday at the government-owned refinery, leaving a foreignworker injured.An army spokesman on Monday denied the rebel allegations, saying it was therebel forces that assaulted the facility.The U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed fighting in Torabith,Mayom county, and near the Unity oilfields.Ten employees of the Safinat Caspian Oil Refining Co. were extracted bypeacekeepers, said a UNMISS spokesman. Five were said to have been wounded.
 
Item Number:17Date: 04/15/2014TAIWAN - U.S. WARSHIP ORDER CUT TO 2 (APR 15/WSJ)WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Taiwan has had to cut back an order for used U.S.frigates, reports the Wall Street Journal.Taiwan originally requested at least four Oliver Hazard Perry-class guidedmissile frigates from the U.S., but a tight budget has since cut the numberto two, Defense Minister Yen Ming told lawmakers on Monday.Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives authorized the sale of four usedmissile frigates to Taiwan, angering China. The Senate must still approvethat measure.Taiwan's defense budget for this year is around US$10 billion. Some criticsof the purchase say Taipei could build more advanced frigates on its own.
 
Item Number:18Date: 04/15/2014UKRAINE - ANTI-TERRORIST FORCES DEPLOYED IN EAST; U.N. INTERVENTION SOUGHT (APR 15/WP)WASHINGTON POST -- Ukraine has deployed military forces to its eastern citiesin an attempt to reclaim control from pro-Russian groups, reports theWashington Post.The government announced the start of a counteroffensive on Tuesday in thenorthern Donetsk region.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev condemned the move and warned thatUkraine was on the brink of a civil war.There are concerns that 40,000 Russian troops stationed just across theborder could directly intervene in the conflict, noted Bloomberg News.Ukrainian officials believe Moscow is guiding the pro-Russian groups, whichhave seized several city government buildings for the so-called"People's Republic of Donetsk."Russian President Vladimir Putin has been watching the crisis with"great concern," a presidential spokesman said.Meanwhile, Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchynov has requested U.N.peacekeeping assistance to secure the eastern part of the country, UPIreported.
 
Item Number:19Date: 04/15/2014UNITED KINGDOM - APACHES HIT 50,000-HOUR MILESTONE IN AFGHANISTAN (APR 15/UKMOD)U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The British army's Apache attack helicopters havefinished 50,000 flight hours on operations in Afghanistan, reports the U.K.Ministry of Defense.The British helicopters were first deployed in 2006. They have beensupporting ground forces and conducting tactical strike, reconnaissance andarmed escort missions.The aircraft, assigned to 16 Air Assault Brigade, will focus on readiness forcontingency operations once the mission in Afghanistan concludes, accordingto a ministry release on Monday.
 
Item Number:20Date: 04/15/2014USA - AIR FORCE MAKES AWARD FOR AIRCRAFT COUNTERMEASURES FOR SEVERAL NATIONS (APR 15/DOD)DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $234million contract for large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM),reports the Dept. of Defense.The deal covers systems and support primarily for U.S. Air Force and NationalGuard aircraft, said the Pentagon.About 13 percent of the award represents sales to Australia, Germany, SaudiArabia and NATO's Strategic Airlift Capability project.Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by April 29, 2016.
 
Item Number:21Date: 04/15/2014USA - ARMY BREAKS GROUND ON FLIGHT CENTER IN N.J. (APR 15/PI)PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER -- The U.S. Army has started construction on a newflight activity center in Ocean County, N.J., reports the PhiladelphiaInquirer.Ground was broken at the new site on Friday.The unit has been working for five decades out of Hangar 5 on the Navy sideof Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.The new $42 million facility, designated the Communications-ElectronicsResearch and Development Center (CERDEC), will focus on aviationmodification, research, development and maintenance.The CERDEC is expected to begin operations at the new facility within twoyears, officials said.The 107,000-square-foot site features three main buildings, includinghigh-bay and low-bay hangars, maintenance shops and administrative offices.There will also be a taxiway for fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter landingpad, according to the Army.
 
Item Number:22Date: 04/15/2014USA - DOCUMENTARY SAYS USAF RECON SQUADRON FLIES MISSIONS FOR CIA (APR 15/GUARDIAN)GUARDIAN -- A new documentary says a U.S. Air Force unit is responsible forpiloting CIA drone missions over Pakistan, reports the Guardian (U.K.).The film, titled "Drone," is scheduled to be released Tuesday.The unit is identified in the film as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, whichoperates from a secure compound at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.The movie includes interviews with former drone operators. They say that theCIA might be the customer, but the Air Force has always flown the dronestrike missions.The 17th is part of the 732nd Operations Group, whose website states that it"employs remotely piloted aircraft in theaters across the globeyear-round."Other units in that group are the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron, which teststhe RQ-170 Sentinel, and the 22nd and 867th Reconnaissance Squadrons, whichfly Reaper drones. The 17th reportedly pilots the smaller Predator.The National Security Council and CIA declined to comment to the Guardian,which also said the Pentagon did not respond.
 
Item Number:23Date: 04/15/2014USA - MARINES TO JOIN AMPHIB IN MAIDEN TRIP AROUND CAPE HORN TO CALIF. (APR 15/MCT)MARINE CORPS TIMES -- A company of U.S. Marines will sail in about threemonths on the America as she makes her way around South America and then toCalifornia for commissioning, reports the Marine Corps Times.The unit will form Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF)Southern Command, said a service spokesman.Equipped with several MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors, the Marines will engage withmilitary partners during several stops, said Brig. Gen. David Coffman, thehead of Marine Corps Forces South.Port calls in Colombia and Chile have been confirmed. More countries may beadded, said the general. The generally rough seas around Cape Horn areexpected to test the vessel.There will be about 250 Marines in addition to the 1,100 sailors on theAmerica. Departure is scheduled for July, with the voyage expected to taketwo months, said a spokesman for the Navy's 4th Fleet.The Navy accepted delivery of the America last week. The ship is scheduled tobe commissioned in San Francisco in October and will be homeported in SanDiego.
 
Item Number:24Date: 04/15/2014USA - RUSSIAN FIGHTER BUZZES U.S. DESTROYER REPEATEDLY IN BLACK SEA (APR 15/S&S)STARS AND STRIPES -- The Pentagon has condemned the "provocative"action of a Russian Su-24 Fencer aircraft that repeatedly buzzed the USSDonald Cook in the Black Sea, reports Stars & Stripes.The incident took place over the course of about 90 minutes on Saturday.The Russian jet made 12 "close-range, low-altitude" passes near theArleigh Burke-class destroyer as it was in international waters, a Pentagonspokesman said on Monday.At one point, the jet came within 1,000 yards of the warship at an altitudeof 500 feet, said one U.S. Navy official.The Russian aircraft did not respond to multiple queries from the DonaldCook, reported the Military Times.No shots were fired and the Russian plane appeared to be unarmed, said thespokesman.
 

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