Friday, July 02, 2010

A rare honor for a Senator. As eveyone imaginable collected for his final service, he lay in State in the USA Senate.

At the title, is a photo collection by the Washington Post.  It is an amazing collection of the love the people of West Virginia had for their Senator. 

He was a feature of a 'memorial figurine' at a minor league game as one was given to all those that attended. 

That is amazing.

The Spaceship that came in from the cold.

I bird, a plane, no a spaceship.  Don't tell me the USA is again flexing its spy muscle and decided to let the Russians know exactly how much they are not in control of 'the cyber war.'

Spy Incident May Resurrect Cold War Between USA and Russia
The arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies in the United States suggests that Washington and Moscow are predestined to be eternal adversaries in a Cold War without end, despite a slight respite. Kindnesses and courtesies seemed to give the world hope for achieving the long sought after social peace sought after among all the peoples of all mankind....

I think it is time to end the Star Wars research as it is the bastion of Republican opposition to nuclear non-proliferation.  Time to cut any and all funding. 

In San Francisco, Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev greets California's first lady, Maria Shriver, with former secretary of State George Shultz in back.

By Mimi Hall, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — As President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev focus on economic issues during their seventh meeting today, debate over the new nuclear arms treaty that is the cornerstone of improved U.S.-Russian relations will continue across town in the Senate.

That the Foreign Relations Committee will be holding two hearings on the pact to reduce each country's nuclear arsenal while the presidents talk about innovation at the White House and meet with business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows just how much the relationship between Russia and the United States has changed over the past year or so, White House aides say.
"This visit takes place at a new phase in U.S.-Russia relations," says National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes. "It comes after a period when we've made very substantial progress in resetting the U.S.-Russia relationship and making concrete progress on a number of very important and substantive issues."

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, was signed by the presidents in April and now needs to win 67 votes in the Senate for ratification. Other signs of the improved relations cited by the White House: securing Russian support for United Nations sanctions against North Korea and Iran, gaining approval from Russia to allow troops and supplies to cross its borders on the way to Afghanistan, and Russia's participation in Obama's 50-nation Nuclear Security Summit in April.
On Thursday, the leaders will broaden their agenda to include economic issues....

....Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., however, says the treaty could jeopardize the nation's security by limiting both the impact of deterrence and the United States' right to build missile defense systems. "To put it bluntly, this treaty will have profound negative implications for U.S. national security," he says.
James Schlesinger, who served as Defense secretary under presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, disagrees. "It is obligatory for the United States to ratify," he told Kerry's committee. There is "nothing in the treaty that is problematic" with respect to missile defense....

The Democrats need to concentrate on their Voter Turnout in 2010. Don't let your backbone slip.

What is Generation Vote?  (click title to entry - thank you)

We are a coalition of teens from youth organizations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti working together to get out the vote among 18-29 year-olds. Even though we can't vote, we can still have a voice in our democratic proccess!

Poll: GOP Has Sizable Enthusiasm and Turnout Advantage

More than in 1994, voters are ready for the election

By Paul Bedard

Posted: July 1, 2010

..."With four months to go before Election Day, voting intentions for the House remain closely divided, and neither party has gained or lost much ground over the course of 2010. However, Republicans are much more engaged in the coming election and more inclined to say they are certain to vote than are Democrats. This could translate into a sizable turnout advantage for the GOP in November that could transform an even race among registered voters into a solid victory for the Republicans....