U.S. base German employees get 2.4 pay raise, U.S military 1 percent

Our Military is getting only a 1.0 percent pay raise. So folks are unhappy working for the good ole USA over in Germany and want to go on strike? I have a better idea. Bring all our military home. Let Germany and the E.U. start spending their money on defense. I am tired of the world living large on our dime. We are already stretched way too thin. We are now fighting Ebola – I say enough of this nonsense. They end up getting 2.4 raise. So unfair.

The union represents about 17,000 local civilians in Germany, most of whom work at U.S. military bases. Union representatives had asked for a 3 percent raise or an 90 euros per month across-the-board increase.

Stars and Stripes

Thousands of local nationals working for the U.S. government and other foreign forces in Germany will see their wages increased by 2.4 percent, retroactive to Sept. 1, ver.di, the union representing the workers, announced Wednesday.

The agreement on the new 12-month contract came early on the second day of salary negotiations Wednesday in Bonn between the union and representatives from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance and the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.

Those discussions were preceded by widespread protests by union members throughout Germany, including one Monday in Landstuhl, where hundreds of local civilians working for the U.S. and other foreign militaries in the Rhineland Palatinate didn’t show up for work to protest stagnant wages.[...]

“We consider this as a good result,” said Jürgen Dehnert, spokesman for the Rhineland Palatinate region of ver.di, on Wednesday.

Dehnert said he did not know what the average wage increase would be.

Achim Meerkamp, a board member of ver.di, said the agreement struck was acceptable, “especially when you consider the fiscal situation of the foreign forces and their plans to save money,” he was quoted in a union press release.

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Martial law in NE PA remains over Cop Killer Frein, call it what you like

Do you want to know what living under martial law is like? Take a look at the clip below. Five weeks of it.The story barely makes a ripple outside of PA. Residents of NE PA know. “Shelter in Place.”  Cute.  With the latest sighting this weekend, the Pocono Mountain schools were again closed today. It is still going on. When Frein first shot and killed a State trooper, and seriously wounded another, the race was on.  Over a thousand law enforcement officers were on the march to capture him. Our civil rights be damned. Call it what you want. So I bring you an update. After the clip, a roundup of parts of previous posts. The Newspapers now only permit a few hits, so I will post the links at the end of the story. The main diary of events can be found at DHS lifts Martial Law order -‘Shelter in place’ in NE PA over cop killer Frein- UPDATE.  However citizens are still being deprived of exiting and entering their homes at will as I write this post. A number of roads this past weekend were closed. No way in or out.

Here is how this saga started:

The Pennsylvania State Police are asking all residents of Barrett and Price Townships to shelter in place immediately.

Please do not go outdoors and remain away from windows or openings to the outside.

Police are in the process of searching the area.

Please stay tuned to media outlets for further information.

Manhunt for Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein has Residents on Edge. Note that the perimeter mentioned is five miles. (Original Video has been removed by Youtube, this is a portion of it.)

Today with the latest! A taste of Martial Law

A Monroe County Resident Describes Living in the Heart of the Massive Manhunt for Alleged Cop Killer Eric Frein.

 

Shelter-in-place order lifted for Barrett, Price townships

State police are lifting a shelter in place order for the area of northeastern Pennsylvania where a manhunt for the suspect in a trooper ambush is underway. Note it is the DHS that is lifting the order.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Maria Finn said in an emailed statement late Saturday that residents should use extreme caution as they move back into their homes in Barrett and Price Townships. She says police strongly recommend that residents stay inside and not enter the dense woods were officers are searching for Eric Frein.

Police taking ‘extreme’ precautions in ambush suspect search

Eric Frein search moves to Mountainhome, Canadensis area 10/1/14

On Monday, Evergreen Charter and Monsignor McHugh schools, both in Barrett Township, reopened after each had been closed for eight days. – My daughter had all her books at home and was able to keep up and even get ahead on her school work. What worries me is all this increased police activity with school back open today. We live five minutes from where the activity is.
At least I have my dog with me in case they close the road and we can’t get back into our house.” 

 News from the gulag.

Adam Christmann, a 43-year-old security and counter-terrorism consultant whose clients include the U.S. Air Force, has lived in the Hamlet, as it is called, for 14 years and raised his family here. He’s had his share of nervous moments. His two daughters, age 9 and 12, both go to the East Stroudsburg schools and count on the school bus to fetch them each day. Early on, however, school officials decided it was too dangerous to send buses into the hot zone. So Christmann drove them.

One evening, though, his family was broken apart. Fetching his older daughter, he returned, only to find the entire area in “lockdown” — no one goes in or out — his wife and younger daughter inside. By 11:30 they found their way home. But at least 20 of his neighbors had not. They made their way to the local firehouse, only to find no cots, no where to sleep.

“Someone dropped the ball,” Christmann sighed. For what had become effectively state of emergency, there was no federal or state emergency workers in sight.

For folks like Christmann, “the current issue facing residents up here is ‘how/when do we return to normal life?’ Or is a heavy police presence, helicopters and uncertainty the ‘new normal’? I think that uncertainty is what is causing the most stress—not an actual feel of being in danger.”

Still, these tight-knight communities have suffered over the past two weeks in a host of ways, large and small—often less than apparent to many on the outside looking in. At least 13 homes were on the block for sale in the Hamlet alone before Eric Frein fired his fatal shots two weeks ago.

Rich Barry, one of the residents, said he was coming home from work in New York City at 7 p.m. when police stopped him at Route 447.

“I have a wife and a 2-year-old at home and I want to see them,” he said. “I wanted to try walking back home, but an officer told me they’d put me under arrest.”

At 3 a.m. Saturday, about 15 state police cars from the Montoursville and Towanda barracks crossed the roadblock at Route 447 and Bear Town Road and headed northeast on Bear Town Road toward Blue Ridge Drive.

Shelter in place issued for Barrett and Price Townships Pennsylvania State Police are asking all residents of Barrett and Price Townships to shelter in place immediately.

As search for Eric Frein continues, police block Clarks Road near Cresco

State police told stranded residents Monday afternoon that they will try to allow those who need to get to their homes to check on their children and/or pets, or retrieve any needed medications.

Police did say, however, that stranded residents may need to work out contingency plans.

“Whenever whatever’s happening now is done happening, we’ll start taking you to your homes. We don’t know when that’s going to be,” police told the stranded residents Monday afternoon.

UPDATE: Price Twp. newcomers separated from their 4 daughters for 2 straight nights – 11:27 am  Monday, September 22, 2014

Stranded at the blockade near Snow Hill Road as the manhunt continues, Steve Heller and Tara Knichel of Rock Ledge Estates, Price Township, spent the second night in a row, Sunday night into Monday, separated from their four daughters ages 7 to 17.

Heller: “It’s frustrating being separated from our girls. They don’t know what’s going on with us. We have a cell phone and charger in our car so we try to stay in touch

Rick Szlachta from South Carolina is visiting his mother in Price Township: “I came up Thursday and got separated from my mom (Sunday night) with the blockade. I’ve been in touch with her by cellphone.

Mark Hiller Eyewitness News (This is where you chuckle with their “misinformation”)

A message from PA State Police #Frein 09.23.2014/6:23 p.m.:
‘It has come to our attention that media reports exist that indicate the Pennsylvania State Police were not allowing residents to access their homes during our search efforts for Eric Frein. To clear up any misconceptions regarding the search, we have been diligent in respecting the rights of the public while working hard to keep both residents and law enforcement personnel safe. We need to be deliberate and methodical in our operations, as we still believe that Eric Frein is armed and very dangerous. At no time did we completely restrict access to homes in the area. If a resident required access to their home for a vital reason such as retrieving medication, we provided an escort to their home to ensure their safety. There is currently no shelter in place advisory and access to homes is not affected. The Pennsylvania State Police appreciate the assistance and patience we have received from the public as our search efforts continue.

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They say they are closing in. Let us hope. So much for Emergency Planning. The Red Cross is setting up shop. After 11 days?? I guess this is for those still sleeping in cars.

So much for the end of “Shelter in Place.”

Earlier September 20, 2014

At 7:45 a.m. this morning, state police are still asking all residents of Barrett and Price townships to stay in indoors and away from windows. (Meanwhile, citizens are being threatened with arrest).

An evacuation center is in place and there are reports that residents who could not get to their homes either stayed at the center or slept in their cars last night as the search for Eric Frein continues in the Bear Town Road area off Route 447. Ed. How about our pets and medications? How did they “stay” when there were no beds?

Late Saturday, authorities lifted a “shelter in place” order but urged residents returning home to use caution and to stay out of the dense, boggy woodlands where the search was underway.

PA Police shooter portrayed as right-wing nut job, he was anything but. UPDATES

Looking for an honest election? Look again. Ballot stuffing in AZ

Think we will have an honest election? Third world countries do better than we do. Most require identification. For us, not so much yet. So we have here  a video of a fellow stuffing the ballot box. Of course, it is someone from the Progressive side of the aisle. But this harkens back to an April post. Microsoft’s Allen , Foreign Scytl election software, and Obama -what could go wrong? April 9, 2014

“Obama donor’s company funds controversial election firm” reads the headline. We now are turning over our election software to a foreign company that happens to support Obama. The Drudge Report yesterday ran a feature titled “Foreign company buys U.S. election results reporting firm.” The article documented that SCYTL, based in Barcelona, acquired 100 percent of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. Drudge reports that the  best part is that the election results are redirected not to a USA server, but to a server overseas.

Project Vote noted that in 2008, the Florida Department of State commissioned a review of SCYTL’s remote voting software and concluded, in part, that:

  • The system is vulnerable to attack from insiders.
  • In a worst case scenario, the software could lead to (1) voters being unable to cast votes; (2) an election that does not accurately reflect the will of the voters; and (3) possible disclosure of confidential information, such as the votes cast by individual voters.
  • The system may be subject to attacks that could compromise the integrity of the votes cast. Read More

Now for the latest insult to our process:

An Arizona county party official said he saw a man stuffing “hundreds” of ballots into the ballot box and later told a local news outlet the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.“A person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona T-shirt dropped a large box of hundreds of early ballots on the table and started stuffing the ballot box as I watched in amazement,” said A.J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party.

“America used to be a nation of laws where one person had one vote,” LaFaro said, the Daily Independent reported. ”I’m sad to say not anymore.”

On its website, Citizens for a Better Arizona says it is an “outgrowth of the grassroots movement that led to the historic recall of former [Republican] President of the Senate Russell Pearce.” The group is ”committed to improving the quality of life of all Arizonans – better schools, better health care, better jobs, better government and a better, more civil tone of respect and decency.”

More at The Blaze

Obama working hard to make Europe vulnerable to Russian nukes

After reading this headline over at the Washington Beacon, I couldn’t resist giving you a taste of an old post done back in 2010. In case you have any wonder yet as to where we are going on the Nuclear Weapons front. And of course, demonstrating what a jackass we have in the WH

Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe.

Three senior House Republican leaders wrote to President Obama two weeks ago warning that Moscow will deploy nuclear missiles and bombers armed with long-range air launched cruise missiles into occupied Ukrainian territory.

Obama Administration Says it is Not Worried Russia Will Cheat on Nuclear Treaty

Discussing his approach to nuclear security the day before formally releasing his new strategy, Mr. Obama described his policy as part of a broader effort to edge the world toward making nuclear weapons obsolete, and to create incentives for countries to give up any nuclear ambitions. To set an example, the new strategy renounces the development of any new nuclear weapons, overruling the initial position of his own defense secretary.
Read more from the NY Times here

He was challenged by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who asked in an incredulous tone why the Obama administration bothered to negotiate the treaty if Russian cheating is of no consequence.

“Why have a treaty?” McCain boomed.

“To say that (Russian cheating) has little, if any, effect, then we’ve been wasting a lot of time and money on negotiations,” he added.

After the hearing, Miller told The Associated Press that the U.S. does not have, nor does it seek, nuclear superiority over Russia. Read more here at CNS

 Bonus info from 2011:

Russians to control Uranium mines in Wyoming

From The Telegraph;

Two uranium mines in Wyoming are on their way to control by a Russian company now that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved transferring the mines’ licenses.

The NRC last week approved the license transfer to a Russian company known as ARMZ which expects to obtain a controlling interest in Canadian-owned Uranium One by year’s end. Uranium One holds the licenses for a proposed uranium mine and an existing uranium mine in northeast Wyoming.

The transfer raised concern from Wyoming’s congressional delegation, who said the uranium could in theory go overseas and serve against U.S. interests.

The NRC continues to prohibit exporting the uranium.

White House Aides knew about and hid Secret Service Prostitution information

Just when things seem the darkest, a bit of good news. Previously we heard that the D.C. Court was holding Eric Holder’s feet to the fire in the failure to produce documents, now the Washington Post picks up on the Secret Service prostitution coverup story.This could be a big one. And having the Post on their tail won’t hurt a bit. The clip over at the post is worth taking the ride over. Here we go:

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.

The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence — and that, in the heat of an election year, decisions were being made with political considerations in mind.

“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.

Nieland added that his superiors told him “to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration.”

Read more with video over at  the Washington Post with James Carney denying the WH had any knowledge.

 

As the world sinks into chaos, are we to become as Lemmings?

The news gets more grim each week. I posted this clip awhile back when I was plum wore out. And I am plum wore out today. There is a bit of hopefulness in the ending, as a few lemmings chose not to throw themselves over the cliff. Why is our Nation on such a suicidal march? We can only ask why. Time to review this insanity.

 

Boehner threatens purge of member’s Committee seats if not supported

Boehner is taking no chances in being removed from his speakership. Apparently our cry baby can only remain in control under Gestapo like tactics. Back in 2012 we came within 4 votes of defeating him. Twelve brave souls voted their conscience and Boehner purged them more like a third world Government would react than a Democracy. Brave souls lost their Committee seats. Welcome to North Korea. Dissent will not be tolerated. First the latest, then the back story in 2012. Here we go:

September 19, 2014. House Republicans are quietly discussing a proposal that could fundamentally alter the way future speakers of the House are chosen, according to multiple GOP sources, with the objective of avoiding a repeat of John Boehner’s embarrassing reelection vote in 2013.

The rule tweak began as an informal discussion but has morphed into a concrete proposal that is beginning to circulate in the House. According to people briefed on it, any Republican who votes on the House floor in January against the conference’s nominee for House speaker—that is, the candidate chosen by a majority of the House GOP during its closed-door leadership elections in November—would be severely punished. Specifically, sources say, any dissenters would be stripped of all committee assignments for that Congress.
“There’s a real concern that there’s between 30 and 40 people that would vote against the speaker on the House floor, so they’re trying to change the conference rules to make sure that doesn’t happen,” said a GOP member familiar with the proposal.

“There are members frustrated with other members about what happened last time,” said a senior Republican.

Twelve House Republicans refused to vote for Boehner’s reelection in January 2013 at the outset of the 113th Congress. This level of dissent was insufficient to oust Boehner from the speakership, but served to embarrass the speaker and publicly air the party’s dirty laundry. The incident infuriated Boehner’s allies, who claimed no opposition was voiced privately during the conference elections—an affront to the traditional process of keeping internal campaigns private.

(RELATED: Amash slams GOP leadership for purging him without notice)

More over at National Journal. And just what happened previously?

Conservative Group Launches Campaign To ‘Depose’ Boehner From Speakership’ December 7, 2012

The backlash against Speaker of the House John Boehner’s removal of several conservative members of Congress from committees continued Wednesday, with one conservative group calling for Republicans to “depose” Boehner from his speakership.

American Majority Action (AMA) is launching a #FireBoehner campaign. If 16 members of the Republican Party abstain from voting for Boehner as speaker in January, he will be one vote shy of the 218 necessary to confirm his speakership.

“Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives,” said Ned Ryun, president and CEO of AMA. “Boehner has never won a negotiation [sic] battle with the White House or Senate – and he’s been nothing short of an embarrassing spokesman for the conservative movement. It’s time for him to go.”

The recent anger stems in large part from the removal of Reps. David Schweikert, Justin Amash and Tim Huelskamp from their spots on committees. Boehner has said it was an issue of loyalty, Buzzfeed reported, but conservatives have labeled it a purge of more conservative and libertarian elements of the party.

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