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Reader Selected News For Week Nov 9 – Nov 15

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This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Reader Selected News For Week Nov 9 – Nov 15”

  1. captstubby

    the New York Times,
    in the Award Winning Journalistic Excellence they are known around the Globe for,
    or maybe because nobody belives them and never buys them anymore,
    and its a slow news day,

    has Profiled the Busy Bee’s of Sweetness &Light.

    Steve , i didn’t know you still lived in your mother’s basement?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10......html?_r=0

    ” Physician, heal thyself,”

  2. captstubby

    Happy 238th birthday, Marines!

    http://wdtprs.com/blog/wp-cont.....smc_01.jpg

    “There is only one ironclad rule for the birthday ball: Make it a good one.” — The “Marine Officer’s Guide”

    And this Veterans Day ,

    To the men and women in our armed forces.

    Thank you for your service.

    Veterans Day

    In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.

    Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day”.

    Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holidiay 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all Wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.

    Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans

    Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

    On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the Korean War. In 1973, a law passed providing interment of an unknown American from the Vietnam War, but none was found for several years. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from that conflict was placed alongside the others. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

    A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

    National Ceremonies Held at Arlington

    The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays “taps.” The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.

    (I was going to respond to this last sentence, but thought it better to retain the articles integrity,
    for history’s sake)

    Every year the President of the United States urges all Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.

    http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

  3. captstubby

    if, for the sake of argument,
    The Campaigner in Chief would resign (the Honorable thing), or be impeached (LOL),
    this is what we would get in the presidential line of succession.
    as they say, “be careful what you wish for…”
    but as we will see, it could prove interesting.

    This is a list of the current presidential line of succession, as specified by the United States Constitution and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 as subsequently amended to include newly created cabinet offices.

    Key Democrat = (D)
    Republican = (R)
    Independent = (I)
    Not Eligible

    # Office Current officer
    1 Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (D)
    2 Speaker of the House John Boehner (R)
    3 President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy (S) Democratic Party 38 years,
    (next in line as pro tempore)

    Max Baucus (H,S) Democratic Party 38 years,
    Chuck Grassley (H,S) Republican Party 38 years,
    Tom Harkin (H,S) Democratic Party 38 years,
    George Miller (H) Democratic Party 38 years,
    Henry Waxman (H) Democratic Party 38 years,

    4 Secretary of State John Kerry (D)
    5 Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (D)
    6 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R)
    7 Attorney General Eric Holder (D)
    — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (D)
    8 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D)
    9 Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (D)
    10 Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez (D)
    11 Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (D)
    12 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (D)
    13 Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (D)
    14 Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (D)
    15 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (D)
    16 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (I)
    – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers (D)

    Constitutional concerns
    Several constitutional law experts have raised questions as to the constitutionality of the provisions that the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate succeed to the presidency. James Madison, one of the authors of the Constitution, raised similar constitutional questions about the Presidential Succession Act of 1792 in a 1792 letter to Edmund Pendleton. Two of these issues can be summarized:
    The term “Officer” in the relevant clause of the Constitution is most plausibly interpreted to mean an “Officer of the United States”, who must be a member of the Executive or Judicial Branch. The Speaker and the President pro tempore are not officers in this sense.
    Under the principle of separation of powers, the Constitution specifically disallows legislative officials from also serving in the executive branch. For the Speaker or the Senate President pro tempore to become Acting President, they must resign their position, at which point they are no longer in the line of succession. This is seen by some to form a constitutional paradox.
    In 2003 the Continuity of Government Commission suggested that the current law has “at least seven significant issues … that warrant attention”, including:
    The reality that all figures in the current line of succession work and reside in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. In the event of a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack, it is possible that everyone on the list would be killed or incapacitated.
    Doubt (such as those expressed by James Madison) that congressional leaders are eligible to act as President.
    A concern about the wisdom of including the President pro tempore in the line of succession as the “largely honorific post traditionally held by the longest-serving Senator of the majority party”. For example, from January 20, 2001, to June 6, 2001, the President pro tempore was then-98-year-old Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.
    A concern that the current line of succession can force the presidency to abruptly switch parties mid-term, as the President, Speaker, and the President pro tempore are not necessarily of the same party as each other.
    A concern that the succession line is ordered by the dates of creation of the various executive departments, without regard to the skills or capacities of the persons serving as their Secretary.
    The fact that, should a Cabinet member begin to act as President, the law allows the House to elect a new Speaker (or the Senate, a new President pro tempore), who could in effect remove the Cabinet member and assume the office themselves at any time.
    The absence of a provision where a President is disabled and the vice presidency is” vacant .”(just quoting . C.S.)

    (from various sources)


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