Thousands of US troops arrive near Syrian shore on USS Eisenhower

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Well if we invade Syria…I hope there is evidence of chemical weapons this time and not like Iraq, when we found none.

The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention.

While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action “within days” if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.

Some have suggested that the Assad regime may use chemical weapons against the opposition fighters in the coming days or weeks.

The arrival of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the 11 US Navy aircraft carriers that has the capacity to hold thousands of men, is now stationed at the coast of Syria, DEBKAfile reports. The aircraft carrier joined the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which holds about 2,500 Marines.

“We have (US) special operations forces at the right posture, they don’t have to be sent,” an unnamed US official told The Australian, which suggested that US military troops are already near Syria and ready to intervene in the conflict, if necessary.

If the US decides to intervene militarily in Syria, it now has at its disposal 10,000 fighting men, 17 warships, 70 fighter-bombers, 10 destroyers and frigates and a guided military cruises. Some of the vessels are also equipped with Aegis missile interceptors to shoot down any missiles Syria might have at hand, according to DEBKAfile.

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Timothy Geithner: Ready to Go Over ‘Cliff’ If Taxes Don’t Rise

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These guys don’t really care about America….they just care about getting their way or the highway for us…..

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geither told CNBC Wednesday that Republicans are “making a little bit of progress” in “fiscal cliff” talks but said the Obama administration was “absolutely” ready to go over the cliff if the GOP doesn’t agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy.

“I think they’re making a little bit of progress,” Geithner said. “They’re clearly moving and figuring out how to try to move further.”

But Geithner said the White House would “absolutely” go over the fiscal cliff — triggering over $600 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases — unless tax rates increase on the top 2 percent of wage earners.

“What we’re trying to do is put in place a comprehensive, balanced set of fiscal reforms that put us back on the path of living within our means,” Geithner told “Closing Bell.”

Geithner, who is the Obama administration’s lead negotiator in the cliff talks, added that if Republicans are willing to accept higher rates, “we think we can do something really good for the economy. We can make the government use the taxpayers money much more efficiently, lock in some spending savings and do some long-term reforms to entitlements.”

President Barack Obama told business leaders earlier in the day that a deal could be reached in a week if Republicans would accept higher tax rates on the wealthiest Americans.

“We’re not insisting on rates out of spite, but rather we need to raise a certain amount of revenue,” Obama told the Business Roundtable, an association representing chief executives of large U.S. firms.

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Poll results: Let the feds set up Nashville’s health exchange

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My prediction is Haslam will knucle under and get the State to set up the exchanges, even tho the Tennessee Health Freedom Act protects us from the mandate. Setting up an exchange will be counter productive with this State law they passed to protect us from Obamacare.

State Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, said Tuesday he believes the General Assembly’s passage of the Health Care Freedom Act in 2011 prevents the Legislature from passing any health care exchange.“It’s unlawful for us to do it,” Womick said.

“State Sen. Bill Ketron pointed out that the initial cost was expected to be $150 million, and that number grew to $500 million and then $700 million.

‘I think if the governor signs this, in January when it comes to the General Assembly to be ratified, it won’t be ratified in either house,’ said Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, chairman of the Senate Majority Caucus.”

Contact Sen. Ketron to thank him for his stance and encourage him to continue to stand strong against a state exchange.

615-741-6853
sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov

Tennessee is one of 10 states that have yet to declare whether they will set up a new state-run health insurance exchange as part of Obamacare or if they’ll allow the federal government to create and run the program.

While Gov. Bill Haslam is still mulling his options — he has until Dec. 14 to announce his intentions — readers made their preference clear in a recent Nashville Business Journal online poll.

Of 675 responses in the unscientific poll, 61 percent voted for “Let the feds do it. Tennessee didn’t ask for this.”

Nineteen percent said Haslam should opt for a state-run exchange, “because it’s good policy,” while 18 percent said a state-run exchange is “the lesser of two evils,” as Haslam himself has said.

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Senate Dems defend administration’s right to take guns away from veterans

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Folks they are coming after the 2nd amendment and they start with things that seems logical, then later get the average person’s weapons as well. Don’t be fooled by them. As Steve has been saying for some time now, they are coming for America’s guns at some point. And it starts with something like this that seems rational and logical.

 

A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats’ vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot buy or possess firearms.

“We’re not asking for anything big,” Mr. Coburn said Thursday evening on the Senate floor. “We’re just saying that if you’re going to take away the Second Amendment rights … they ought to have it adjudicated, rather than mandated by someone who’s unqualified to state that they should lose their rights.”

The late-night tussle served to pick at the scab of the ongoing debate over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bid to reform the chamber’s filibuster rules to place limits on the minority party’s ability to hold up debate on legislation, however.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, objected to Mr. Coburn’s proposal once he found out it was part of a package of amendments to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act the body was to vote on.

The measure that sparked last week’s late-night imbroglio is also part of a still-pending sportsman’s bill that the Senate declined to vote on last week. Similar legislation has been proposed in past years, and a bill introduced by Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, and Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, passed the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs unanimously in September.

The debate on the measure should not be about gun control, but about veterans’ mental health, said Tom Tarantino, senior legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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LLeonea day ago

If being mentally incompetent was just cause to deny the right to own firearms there’d be no lawfully armed Democrats in Congress…As it is, Senator Coburn is only asking that a judge make the determination based on the facts of each individual case. We should not allow temporary shell shock or battle fatigue to repeal the Second Amendment rights of any of our Veterans–for life–without due process. They ought to have their day in court before being penalized for their service to our country.

Most of the men returning from frontline service in World War II suffered some form of battle fatigue. We didn’t know much about it back then…And Vets rarely talked about it themselves. But the vast majority of them went on to live, love and prosper while raising their families without going bonkers and blasting away at anybody…Now that we do know much more about it–we should help our Vets–without stigmatizing them or classifying them as potential threats to society–without concrete evidence. I’m with Tom Coburn. Our Vets deserve better than this.

Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

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Yep, you read the title of this article right. The Detroit councilwoman is saying ” we scratched your back, now you scratch ours”. I wonder if they are considering spending cuts or do they just want more money to put them in a even worse condition in the future?

The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month’s election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city.

“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

“After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. and came home with some bacon,” said Watson. “That’s what you do.”

Young served as Detroit’s mayor for 20 years and served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981.

The White House has expressed no plans to bailout the cash-crunched city that some experts say could run out of money by the end of the year.

The  federal government has bailed out cities in the past, however. In 1975, President Gerald Ford extended more than $2 billion in credit to New York City to help it avoid a financial collapse.

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