Abortion In The Fourth Trimester

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Picked Up From:

Some students attending George Mason University will do almost anything to protect a woman’s “right to choose.”  That would include after delivery “abortion.”

Confused?  Well you probably won’t be after viewing the video below and reading the article posted with it.

Video: George Mason University

Here’s the link to the story:

4th Tri-Mester Abortion

Psst.  Do you have a family member attending George Mason University … You’ll need to debrief them the next time you see them.

 

The LIBRE Initiative Calls on Government Officials to Cut Spending and Balance Budget

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The information posted below is an effort of The Libre Initiative.  The Related Articles links were provided by us.

For Immediate Release:                                   Contact: Judy Pino
 February 26, 2013                                                        202.578.6424
The LIBRE Initiative Calls on Government Officials to Cut Spending and Balance Budget
Washington, DCThe ‘Sequester’ is a distraction from the true problem in Washington: Overspending.Today, LIBRE Executive Director Daniel Garza made the following statement:“The imminent ‘sequester’ is yet another distraction from the heart of the matter affecting the economy of our country – wasteful federal spending that is the direct cause for lack of jobs and job creation. It is unfortunate that the President has been unable to work with Congress on shrinking the size of government. The Obama administration’s go-to solution is to increase tax revenues on already struggling Americans in this weak economy. A campaign of fear will not solve the problem of a dysfunctional government that spends too much and accomplishes too little. LIBRE calls on all elected officials to make alternative strategic cuts by significantly reducing federal spending on corrupt, duplicative and inefficient programs. Americans constantly make difficult financial choices at home by tightening their belts; it’s time that elected officials start taking responsibility, balance the federal budget in the next 10 years, and cut wasteful spending now.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Judy Pino at (202) 578-6424 or jpino@thelibreinitiative.com

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La Iniciativa LIBRE pide a funcionarios del gobierno recortar gasto y balancear presupuesto
Washington, DC –El ‘embargo de fondos’ es una distracción al verdadero problema de Washington: gasto excesivo.El Director Ejecutivo de LIBRE Daniel Garza divulgó la siguiente respuesta hoy:“El inminente ‘embargo de fondos’ es otra distracción al problema en cuestión que está afectando la economía de nuestro país – el malgasto de fondos federales que son causa directa del desempleo y la falta de creación de empleos. Es lamentable que el Presidente ha sido incapaz de trabajar con el Congreso para reducir el tamaño del gobierno. La solución predilecta de la administración de Obama es imponer más impuestos para los estadounidenses que están sufriendo en esta economía débil. Una campaña basada en generar miedo no va a resolver el problema de un gobierno disfuncional que gasta demasiado y logra muy poco. LIBRE hace un llamado a todos los funcionarios electos a que hagan recortes estratégicos que reduzcan significativamente el gasto federal en programas corruptos, redundantes e ineficientes. Los estadounidenses constantemente toman decisiones financieras difíciles en el hogar y tienen que “apretarse los cinturones”. Es hora que los funcionarios electos asuman responsabilidad, balanceen el presupuesto federal de los próximos 10 años, y recorten los gastos innecesarios.”
Para coordinar entrevistas favor contactar a Judy Pino, 202-578-6424 o jpino@thelibreinitiative.com
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Pay Attention Or Reap The Consequences

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By the end of an Obama second term, 40% of our natural resources will be imported

Marita Noon

 During a recent trip to Washington DC, I heard that “by the end of his second term, President Obama wants 40% of our natural resources to be imported.” Like Harry Reid’s “Bain Capital investor,” my source is reliable: a Capitol Hill staffer. While I do not have a secret White House memo to validate the premise, it explains a lot.

Oil

During his 2008 campaign, candidate Obama made it clear that he doesn’t have a problem with $4-a-gallon gas. His Energy Secretary is on record as having said that he thinks our gasoline prices should be more in line with those of Europe–which are typically more than double ours in the US. We know that supply issues are one of the leading drivers of higher gasoline prices, yet Obama’s policy decisions–such as Keystone–lead to reducing the resource.

In his first campaign ad of the season, President Obama touted his record on oil, claiming that we have more domestic production in America than at any time in recent history. While this is true, it is not thanks to his policies. The majority of the oil extraction is on private land, mostly thanks to North Dakota’s Bakken Field. The development that is being done on federal lands is thanks to leases made and wells permitted during the Bush administration.

New oil and gas leases and permits on federal land are down 50% under the Obama administration compared to the Clinton administration. Because of the time it takes to bring a federal lease into production (5-10 years)–especially with the Obama Department of Interior policies, he is likely setting the US up for an oil shortage (even without Middle Eastern unrest) by the end of a potential second term that will send gasoline prices past his acceptable $4 a gallon, toward Secretary Chu’s “European levels.” With a dearth of new American oil development, we’ll need to import more from places like Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.

Coal

Candidate Obama’s comment about bankrupting anyone wanting to build a coal-fueled power plant is now widely known. His EPA’s actions surely support the statement as we are seeing record power plant closures. But it is not just power generation that is under attack, it is the extraction of the source fuel: coal, as well. Earlier this year, the EPA’s decision to pull a legally issued coal-mining permit that had been through years of environmental impact studies and analysis was overturned by the US District Court. Last week, his EPA was shot down once again. On July 31, the DC district court sided with coal miners. The decision declared that the EPA’s insistence that water discharged from a coal mine be clearer than bottled water was an overreach and should not hold up new mining permits.

While blocking new coal mining will probably not cause the US to import coal, it will prevent us from exporting it. Currently coal is a major export–one of our few exports–that helps bring a balancing element to our trade deficit.

Rare Earth Elements

On March 13, President Obama announced that the US was joining with Japan and the European Union to file a trade complaint before the World Trade Organization in Brussels to insure that China keeps exporting rare-earth elements. These unique elements, with names like neodymium, europium and dysprosium are what the Japanese call the “seeds of technology” due to their astounding electrical, magnetic, phosphorescent, catalytic, and chemical capabilities. While most Americans are unaware of their existence, rare earths enable everything high-tech we use today–from MRIs, cellphones and iPods to hybrid automobiles and wind turbines–and are extremely important to today’s high-tech defense capabilities.

President Obama is going after China because the Chinese produce more than 95% of all rare earths used in the world by high-tech industry, while sitting on only 23% of the world’s resources. Obama insists that the Chinese continue to ship rare earths to the rest of the world’s economies despite the fact that the Chinese require the use of essentially all of their rare-earth production in Chinese industries.

The Chinese had announced, in 2011, they could become net importers of some of the most critical rare earths by 2015. But in July, they said they would be importers a year sooner–in 2014. And on top of that, the Chinese are creating a national rare-earths stockpile, shutting down production from the worst polluters, and tacking on higher tariffs for those rare earths they will export.

We don’t need a protracted legal hassle in Brussels that won’t produce a single American job or a pound of rare earth produced from America. The solution is streamlined and accelerated permitting, recognizing that American miners and manufacturers employ the world’s best environmental scientists and engineers and geologists. Instead of paying lawyers to push paper in Brussels, we need to be creating jobs from mining and the upgrading of rare earths in America, providing a secure domestic source of these vital “seeds of technology.”

Land Access

Early in President Obama’s first term, he announced his intention to increase the quantity of national monuments and introduced a new “wild lands” designation–both of which serve to limit the extraction of natural resources. Two such cases I’ve repeatedly addressed are the proposed tungsten mine in Montana and the swath of land that extends from the Mexican border up into rich farming/ranching land that also includes potential oil, gas, and rare-earth extraction in New Mexico.

In the Montana case, the Forest Service continually throws obstacles to extraction in the way of potential mining activity. Because the tungsten–needed for the manufacture of steel–is located in an inventoried roadless area, the Forest Service has mandated that, among other things, the site must be cleared and, later reclaimed, with hand tools. The drilling equipment must be hauled to the site with a team of pack mules which must be fed certified weed-free hay–all this to move equipment less than 1000 feet from a Forest Service road. If the case were not so tragic, so representative of similar stories being played out all over America, it would be comical.

In the New Mexico case, ranchers and farmers fear being thrown off of land that has been in their family for generations. With a simple stroke of President Obama’s executive-order pen he could remove 2.5 million acres–though 600,000 is the number generally bandied about–from any economic development or useful purpose by creating a new national monument.

Natural Gas

The current verbiage coming out of the White House favors natural gas extraction–but actions speak louder than words. America’s new found natural gas abundance is made possible through the use of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing–which Obama’s EPA has, unsuccessfully, been trying to link to the contamination of drinking water. Plus, we know that much of Obama’s energy policy is driven by an environmentalist agenda–with the Keystone pipeline being the most obvious example.

A few weeks ago, the Sierra Club announced its “Beyond Natural Gas” campaign attacking natural gas, saying “The natural gas industry is dirty, dangerous and running amok,” and “the closer we look at natural gas, the dirtier it appears; and the less of it we burn, the better off we will be.” With this in mind, by the end of an Obama second term, we can expect the availability of natural gas to be diminished–and what we will have will be far more expensive, driving up the price of what is currently low-cost electricity generation.

Nuclear

We may not think of electricity as a natural resource, but effective, efficient, economical electricity generation requires natural resources: coal, natural gas, uranium, and, occasionally, oil. Uranium is the source fuel for nuclear power and we have an abundance of it in America–yet we import more than 90% of what we use. A couple of days ago, it was announced that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission “would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy.” The “problems with nuclear-waste” are a direct result of White House policy. The Obama administration effectively shut down Yucca Mountain with a 2009 decision to reduce Yucca Mountain’s budget. This new problem for nuclear power has the potential to impact many US reactors.

In Germany, they used to export their nuclear-generated electricity. Since they shut down nearly half of their reactors, they are importing electricity from other countries.

Export or Import

Former Obama adviser Austan Goolsbee has been out talking about getting the economy “revved up.” Part of his solution? “More exports.” The goal should be to have 100% of our natural resources to come from within our shores. Yet, as you can see, the Obama plan seems to call for more natural resource imports. 40% by 2016 adds up.

The countries with the best human health and the most material wealth are the countries with the highest energy consumption. So, why is it that Obama’s policies push us to use less energy, while paying more for it?

As we head toward the November 6 Election Day, keep in mind the stark contrast the satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula at night points out–the country without freedom, North Korea, is dark. With nothing separating them but an invisible line and a vastly different style of government, South Korea, the free-market, democratic, and developed country is bright.

Which do you want?

Do you want a bright future badly enough to step out of your comfort zone and talk to friends, family and neighbors; to talk to them about energy and its importance? Take the points made here and share them in good, old-fashioned conversations, and through new media like Facebook and Twitter.

We are down to 8 weeks to save America. Can we do it? With your engagement, “yes, we can!”

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE).Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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English: President Barack Obama shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after signing the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. White House Photo, 3/30/09 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marita K. Noon: The End Of Spectator Citizenship …

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The end of spectator citizenship–it is time to get engaged

Marita Noon

“The problem is,” a utility company executive told me, “that there is no one at the table who cares about the ratepayers. There is no one who cares about low-cost energy. Everyone is too concerned about looking PC instead of standing up for the consumer.” We were discussing the “stay” announced last week by the EPA that allows the state of New Mexico more time to find an alternative solution toward meeting the visibility requirements spelled out in the Clean Air Act.

New Mexico has been battling with the EPA over its insistence that the state use selective catalytic reduction technology (CRT) at the San Juan Generating Station, the 1,800-megawatt coal-fueled power plant that is New Mexico’s single largest source of electricity. It also provides power to customers in California, Arizona, and Utah. The state has been arguing for a different plan that would cost less but produce similar results. Bids received for the CRT installation are more than double the EPA’s estimate.

As has been happening across the country, the high cost of the EPA’s mandates, will likely shut down the two older units at New Mexico’s San Juan Generating Station. The Public Regulatory Commission will have to allow the utility company to increase rates to cover the lost depreciation of the units–not to mention the loss of the electricity production.

As the millions of people in the Washington DC area who lived without power for days found, living without electricity is “awful.” In his well-worth reading narrative of life without electricity, When the Moore Family Lost Power, Stephen Moore states: “It was awful, but educational. If anything good has come out of this debacle, it is that our household has a new appreciation for how important it is that everyone have access to affordable and reliable sources of energy.”

Environmental groups have complained that they do not have a seat at the table. Jeremy Nichols of the group WildEarth Guardians, stated: “they’ve got to realize they need to work with us or else it’s not going to get any easier for them.”

As the utility executive explained, the ratepayers’ needs are not being considered. The meetings will likely take place in some “smoky room” where a deal will be hashed out with no one challenging the premise most of these so-called emission reductions are based on: climate change is a man-made crisis caused by humans burning hydrocarbons.

“Who,” I asked, “should be standing up for the ratepayer?” “The Attorney General,” he told me.

While our meeting started out with complaints about the process, I saw the 90-day stay as a positive. It buys us time–though a 120-day stay would have been better. One hundred-twenty days would put us past the election–though not past a potential lame-duck period.

Actions like the EPA’s insistence that power providers use excessively expensive equipment for miniscule reductions (think of the law of diminishing returns) in pollutants or “haze”–which ultimately shuts down power plants and reduces our access to abundant and affordable electricity–emphasizes the importance of electing a new President come November 6.

With the stay, we may be able to put off finalizing the rules until we have a new President and a new EPA Administrator. If an agreement is reached and finalized within the 90-day time frame, it will be harder to reverse. But if a decision is not made, and another stay is granted, it could be a win. We could have a re-think and sanity could return to electricity costs and pricing.

But winning will take citizen engagement on several fronts. If we sit back and watch, we’ll deserve what we get–which could include outrageously high energy prices.

First, in New Mexico, and other states facing similar circumstances, we need to pummel the Attorney General with phone calls, emails, and letters telling him (or her) to represent us, the ratepayers. He needs to fight for abundant and affordable electricity rather than acquiesce to the politically correct notion that CO2 emissions are ruining the planet. Sadly, in New Mexico, it is not likely that the AG will stand up for us.

Second, we all need to vote! Mitt Romney may not be our first choice, but he is a choice. Sitting the election out will give us four more years of punitive energy regulation–on steroids.

Lastly, assuming we get a change on November 6, we cannot breathe a sigh of relief, sit back, and relax. We must stay engaged. The era of spectator citizenship is over. We, the people, will need to stay on top of the Romney Administration to insist that he appoint people to positions, such as the Secretary of Energy and the EPA Administrator, who understand the important role energy plays in America. Stephen Moore called it “the central nervous system of our modern economy and our 21st-century lifestyles.”

I am optimistic because I have seen citizen engagement work.

We had a victory in New Mexico with the sand dune lizard. I believe it was citizen engagement that kept it from being listed as an endangered species–which could have severely crippled the economy in Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas and reduced oil and gas development throughout the region that produces 20% of the domestic supply.

Like the utility company executive didn’t see the “stay” as a win, not all the oil and gas stakeholders saw the sand dune lizard decision as a win.

Back in December of 2011, the sand dune lizard decision was delayed for six months. Many industry executives would have liked to have had the decision made, not delayed, so they could move on to the next step: court. At the time, I wrote that the “delay” option, was a good thing as it allowed for more public engagement and it put the decision just months away from the presidential election. I posited that I didn’t think the Obama Administration would want to make a decision that would hurt such a large portion of the state’s economy months before the election in a swing state.

There was more public engagement and last month the decision was handed down. The lizard was not listed.

One of the reasons the lizard was not listed was because of the Candidate Conservation Agreements (CCA), in which many in the industry have engaged. Some complain that the CCAs are really extortion, and they are. The CCA requires companies that want to drill in the lizard’s habitat to pay money to an organization for habitat restoration–but they can still operate (albeit at a higher cost, which results in higher prices to the consumers).

However, as the environmental groups have complained, the CCAs are nonbinding. With a new administration and new leadership in the agencies, the CCAs could be abandoned much more easily than the lizard could be de-listed. Again, citizens will need to be engaged to keep pressure on a President-elect Romney to appoint appropriate agency leadership.

The “stay” over the regional haze regulations in New Mexico can be a win. The “delay” over the sand dune lizard was a win.

Likewise, the Supreme Court decision on the healthcare law could be a win–but we have to embrace it and get engaged. Agree or disagree with the decision, it is the decision; it is what we have to work with. The campaign cash that flowed in following the announcement ($4.6 million to the Romney campaign from 47,000 donors in less than a day) shows that, perhaps, the Chief Justice has done us a favor. In opining, “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” he has reminded all of us of the importance of our vote.

Whom we elect has far broader implications than just who occupies the White House. The President appoints people to leadership positions and they pick the people who implement the rules and regulations–like Al Armendariz. We often call these people “unelected bureaucrats,” when in fact, they are there as a result of our vote.

We have 16 weeks to save America. Are you engaged? Are you talking to your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers about the importance of this election? Polls following the SCOTUS decision show that nearly half of the public didn’t even know that a decision had been made or what it was. For us, that translates to an understanding that a large percentage of the population–including nearly half of your friends and family–isn’t paying attention to the news. They need us to talk to them.

Each week as you read my column, you should be outraged! I aim to expose under-covered issues that point out the danger of this administration’s energy policy. In doing so, I’m giving you fresh talking points so you can engage in the process. I also hope to encourage you to keep at it; to not give up. As citizens of the United States of America, we can no longer be spectators. It is time to get engaged.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.


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Really: How Much Sustainability Can We Sustain

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Every time I read or hear the word sustainability, coupled with one or more of the acronyms HUD, DOT or EPA,  I automatically see Agenda 21 flash across my internal bad deal screen.  You will find more than enough to read and study about all the forgoing. Educate yourself and learn to interpret the key words.  You may agree with me … it could happen!  The stuff below came in e-mail form to my personal e-mail box.  Read all about it below and be sure to follow the links within the narrative::

New Partnership for Sustainable Communities Report: Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities The HUD-DOT-EPA

Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the USDA has just released Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities, a report that discusses how the four agencies are collaborating to support rural communities. This publication highlights how small towns and rural places across the country are using federal resources to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life to residents, and build on local assets such as

traditional main streets, agricultural lands, and natural resources.

The report includes sections on how HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs support environmentally and economically sustainable growth in rural places; performance measures rural communities can use to target their investments; and 12 case studies of rural communities using federal resources to achieve their development and economic goals. It also outlines steps the Partnership for Sustainable Communities is pursuing to support small towns and rural places. To read the report, please visit http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/publications.htm#huddotepa

For more information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, please visit

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http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov

Roberta Lane White, Management Analyst

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Sustainable Communities

Mail Code: 1807T

1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20460

REGISTER NOW for the 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, February 2-4, 2012, San Diego, California. Visit www.newpartners.org for information and to register for the event.

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Projects For WWII Veterans

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

From now until next Monday, May 30th (US Memorial Day) we will be posting videos, fliers, posters, audio, slide shows and other information about our United States Armed Forces men and women.  The following link will take you to a video explaining a project to fly WWII veterans to their memorial in Washington, D.C.  The video also explains the project includes a documentary movie to be shown in November of this year.  Please watch the video and read any narrative provided, then copy the URL for the video and paste it into an e-mail.  When you send the e-mail, tell your friends and loved ones to continue passing the video to others.  Please watch the video through to the end and ask those that you forward it to for the same consideration.  The producers of the movie are trying to have 50,000 additional viewers by Memorial Day:

PROJECTS FOR WWII VETERANS

Please click on the image to read details on the image and the memorial.

More Global Harming

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Try 30 inches of white stuff for our nation’s capitol and forecasts of big storm stuff for the Mid-Atlantic section of the country. Just stay in bed and don’t venture out unless you’re a Snow Goose .

This is a long report, but if you have friends or family in the area, it might be useful.  For me, I just thought it strange in this era of a very warm  globe, that the climate would change in the frigid direction.

National Weather Service

Watches, Warnings & Advisories

Local weather forecast by “City, St” or zip code

4 products issued by NWS for: Washington DC


Blizzard Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1044 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

DCZ001-MDZ007-011-013-014-018-061130-
/O.CON.KLWX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-100207T0300Z/
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-HARFORD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-
ANNE ARUNDEL-CALVERT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS
1044 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST SATURDAY...

A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST SATURDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...HEAVY SNOW...ACCOMPANIED OCCASIONALLY BY
  THUNDER OVERNIGHT.

* ACCUMULATIONS...WIDESPREAD STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 20 TO
  30 INCHES...WITH SOME LOCATIONS IN EXCESS OF 30 INCHES.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING. THE
  HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING WITH THE
  MOST HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS OCCURRING OVERNIGHT.

* VISIBILITIES...WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES AT OR BELOW ONE-QUARTER
  MILE ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT IN HEAVY SNOW.

* TEMPERATURES...TEMPERATURES WILL BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S
  TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS OF 35
  TO 40 MPH OVERNIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE
  COAST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RECORD
SNOWFALL FOR THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREAS.
TRAVEL CONDITIONS TONIGHT ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE EXTREMELY
HAZARDOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING. HELP YOUR LOCAL AND STATE
GOVERNMENT FIRST RESPONDERS AND TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES BY
STAYING OFF THE ROADS.

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS.

&&

$$

Short Term Forecast

SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
1116 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

DCZ001-MDZ013-060700-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-PRINCE GEORGES-
1116 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

.NOW...

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST SATURDAY...

BANDS OF HEAVY SNOW WITH ISOLATED THUNDER WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE
NORTH ACROSS WASHINGTON DC AND THE EASTERN SUBURBS THROUGH 2 AM.
NORTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL BE 10 TO 15 MPH...GUSTING TO AROUND 30
MPH. VISIBILITIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO UNDER A
QUARTER MILE...SO USE EXTREME CAUTION SHOULD YOU HAVE TO DRIVE.
ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED TO BE 2 TO 3 INCHES WITH
LOCAL AMOUNTS OF 4 INCHES IN THE HEAVIEST BANDS.

$$

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
939 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

ANZ530>543-DCZ001-MDZ006-007-011-013-014-016>018-VAZ052>057-
060945-
CHESAPEAKE BAY NORTH OF POOLES ISLAND MD-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM POOLES ISLAND TO SANDY POINT MD-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM SANDY POINT TO NORTH BEACH MD-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM NORTH BEACH TO DRUM POINT MD-
CHESAPEAKE BAY FROM DRUM POINT MD TO SMITH POINT VA-
TIDAL POTOMAC FROM KEY BRIDGE TO INDIAN HEAD MD-
TIDAL POTOMAC FROM INDIAN HEAD TO COBB ISLAND MD-
TIDAL POTOMAC FROM COBB ISLAND MD TO SMITH POINT VA-
PATAPSCO RIVER INCLUDING BALTIMORE HARBOR-
CHESTER RIVER TO QUEENSTOWN MD-EASTERN BAY-
CHOPTANK RIVER TO CAMBRIDGE MD AND THE LITTLE CHOPTANK RIVER-
PATUXENT RIVER TO BROOMES ISLAND MD-
TANGIER SOUND AND THE INLAND WATERS SURROUNDING BLOODSWORTH
ISLAND-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-HARFORD-
SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-ST. MARYS-
CALVERT-PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-
939 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT

A BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA...ANNE ARUNDEL...BALTIMORE...HARFORD...CALVERT...CHARLES...PRINCE
GEORGES AND ST. MARYS COUNTIES BEGINNING AT 10 PM WITH A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINING IN EFFECT UNTIL THEN FOR
THESE COUNTIES.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH
TONIGHT ELSEWHERE. NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT.
PLEASE REFER TO THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE /WSWLWX/ FOR
FURTHER DETAILS.

A GALE WARNING IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT FOR THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE
BAY AND TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

A BLIZZARD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA...AND ANNE
ARUNDEL...CALVERT...CHARLES...PRINCE GEORGES AND ST. MARYS
COUNTIES THROUGH 10 PM SATURDAY.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES ELSEWHERE UNTIL
10 PM SATURDAY. NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SATURDAY.

WIDESPREAD ACCUMULATIONS OF 20 TO 30 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. PLEASE
REFER TO THE LATEST WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE /WSWLWX/ FOR FURTHER
DETAILS.

A GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY
AND LOWER TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY GOES INTO EFFECT FOR THE UPPER AND MIDDLE
PORTION OF THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND THE MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY
ABOVE DRUM POINT BEGINNING AT 10 PM SATURDAY. A SMALL CRAFT
ADVISORY REPLACES THE GALE WARNING BETWEEN DRUM POINT AND SMITH
POINT AT MIDNIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT. THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONTINUES
THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY
CONDITIONS MAY CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT FOR PORTIONS
OF THE WATERS.

THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF ACCUMULATING WINTRY PRECIPITATION
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. PLEASE MONITOR FORECASTS FOR THE LATEST
INFORMATION ON THIS POSSIBLE STORM.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION MAY BE WARRANTED LATER TODAY. PLEASE RELAY
SNOW REPORTS TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
930 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

DCZ001-MDZ004>007-009>011-013-014-016>018-VAZ042-050>057-501-502-
061030-
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA-FREDERICK MD-CARROLL-NORTHERN BALTIMORE-
HARFORD-MONTGOMERY-HOWARD-SOUTHERN BALTIMORE-PRINCE GEORGES-
ANNE ARUNDEL-CHARLES-ST. MARYS-CALVERT-LOUDOUN-ORANGE-CULPEPER-
PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK-FAIRFAX-
ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA-STAFFORD-SPOTSYLVANIA-
KING GEORGE-NORTHERN FAUQUIER-SOUTHERN FAUQUIER-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WASHINGTON...FREDERICK...WESTMINSTER...
GAITHERSBURG...COLUMBIA...BALTIMORE...ANNAPOLIS...WALDORF...
ST MARYS CITY...LEESBURG...CULPEPER...MANASSAS...MANASSAS PARK...
FAIRFAX...ALEXANDRIA...FALLS CHURCH...FREDERICKSBURG...WARRENTON
930 PM EST FRI FEB 5 2010

...RECORD SNOWFALL FORECAST IN THE BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON DC REGION...

...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT...

GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS 25 TO 35 MPH WITH VISIBILITIES FREQUENTLY
FALLING BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE DUE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL OCCUR
OVERNIGHT...PRODUCING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EAST OF INTERSTATE 95
BETWEEN BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON.  ELSEWHERE AROUND THE
REGION...NEAR-BLIZZARD WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL OCCUR
OVERNIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.  TRAVEL IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED
OVERNIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND WILL BE VERY DANGEROUS.

LOOKING BACK AT THE BIGGEST STORM OF RECORD FOR WASHINGTON DC... THE
JANUARY 1922 KNICKERBOCKER STORM...28.0 INCHES OF SNOW WAS
PRODUCED FROM 3.02 INCHES OF LIQUID WATER.  CURRENT FORECASTS FOR
THIS EVENT HAVE TOTAL LIQUID FALLING FROM THIS STORM APPROACHING 3
INCHES...WHICH ACCORDINGLY WOULD CREATE A SNOWFALL THAT WILL RIVAL
THE KNICKERBOCKER STORM TOTAL.  GENERALLY ACROSS THE REGION...20 TO
30 INCHES OF SNOW WILL FALL BY SATURDAY EVENING.

BALTIMORE`S RECORD OF 26.8 INCHES FROM THE PRESIDENTS DAY FEBRUARY
2003 STORM WILL ALSO BE THREATENED.

A FEW PRECAUTIONARY AND PREPAREDNESS ITEMS TO NOTE:

1.  FOLLOW MANUFACTURERS INSTRUCTIONS WHEN OPERATING A GENERATOR OR
AUXILIARY HEATER.  ENSURE PORTABLE GENERATORS ARE ADEQUATELY
VENTILATED.

2.  TRAVEL CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING.  HELP YOUR LOCAL AND STATE
GOVERNMENT FIRST RESPONDERS AND TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES BY STAYING
OFF ROADS OVERNIGHT.

3.  FOLLOW LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY DECLARATION ORDERS.
IF YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY...DO NOT TRAVEL
ALONE.  LET SOMEONE KNOW YOUR TIMETABLE AND YOUR PRIMARY AND
ALTERNATE ROUTES.  CARRY WITH YOU A WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT WHICH
INCLUDES A MOBILE PHONE...BLANKETS...FLASHLIGHT WITH EXTRA
BATTERIES...HIGH CALORIE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD AND WATER...AND A
SHOVEL.

4.  IF YOU GET STRANDED IN YOUR VEHICLE...DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR TO
TRY TO WALK FOR ASSISTANCE...YOU CAN QUICKLY BECOME DISORIENTED IN
WIND DRIVEN SNOW AND COLD.  THIS STORM WILL SUBSIDE SATURDAY
AFTERNOON...SO WAIT IN YOUR CAR FOR EMERGENCY HELP TO ARRIVE.
PERIODICALLY RUN YOUR ENGINE FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES EACH HOUR FOR
HEAT. ENSURE YOUR EXHAUST PIPE IS CLEARED OF SNOW AND ICE.  CRACK
YOUR WINDOWS TO AVOID CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. TIE A COLORED CLOTH
TO YOUR CARS ANTENNA TO BE VISIBLE TO RESCUERS. FROM
TIME-TO-TIME...MOVE YOUR ARMS...LEGS...FINGERS...AND TOES TO KEEP
BLOOD CIRCULATING.

5.  AVOID OVEREXERTION WHEN SHOVELING SNOW.  BREAK THE SHOVELING
DOWN INTO SMALLER JOBS AND TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS.

6.  IN CASE OF POWER SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS...HAVE AVAILABLE FLASH
LIGHTS WITH EXTRA BATTERIES...EXTRA FOOD AND WATER...EXTRA MEDICINES.

7.  ENSURE ANY PETS AND FARM ANIMALS HAVE PLENTY OF WATER...FOOD...
AND SHELTER.

FINALLY...THE KEY TO GETTING THROUGH THIS AND OTHER PERIODS OF
HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IS WITH ADVANCE PLANNING AND BEING AWARE OF
CURRENT CONDITIONS.  THIS STORM WILL BE WINDING DOWN EARLY SATURDAY
EVENING...SO DO YOUR PART AND LET YOUR LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS
RESTORE ROADWAYS TO NORMAL CONDITIONS BY STAYING AT HOME.

$$

LEE

U.S. Dept. of Commerce
NOAA National Weather Service
1325 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
E-mail: w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov
Page last modified: May 16, 2007
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The Virtual Wall

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

Quote Freely From The Article – Leave The Pseudonym Alone

I had not heard of  The Virtual Wall® until yesterday, when a Marine veteran

Faces Of Freedom

friend sent me the link, http://www.virtualwall.org/ to the website.  I have visited The Wall in our nation’s capitol and can only say that I had to stop several times as I walked the length of the The Wall to wipe the tears away and offer my thanks through silent tribute for the sacrifices given by those thousands of heroes represented there.

Now, as I will tour The Virtual Wall®, I am sure I will repeat the tears and the tribute.  I believe the person that started this beautiful and honorable site somehow knew that it would develop into memorials for individuals which would be treasured by the families, loved ones and dear friends of those who gave everything in a far distant land.

My purpose in posting this short article is to publicize the site in the hope that many more folks with blogs and websites will see fit to do the same.  Much of what I might say, were I more elegant in style and eloquent of word, has already been said in outpourings of love and appreciation.  I am taking the liberty of copying and posting the links to such information, along with links to other parts of the website, which will prove valuable to visitors to The Virtual Wall®.  Please check below for links of interest:

Please follow the links and any others which may be placed on the above pages as they are visited.

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