August 30th, 2011
August 30th, 2011
YNetNews.com / Israel News
Israeli security sources told the Associated Press on Tuesday that two additional warships have been dispatched to Israel's Red Sea border with Egypt. Another source stressed that the operation was routine, telling Reuters that "two naval craft have been sent to the Red Sea. This is not unusual."
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On Monday, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz ordered that deployment across the entire southern sector be bolstered, especially in the area near the Israel-Egypt border, following intelligence indicating an imminent threat.
The area adjacent to the border has become the scene of military deployment described by one security source as "unprecedented." The IDF has also deployed advanced technology in the area in order to thwart terror attacks. Still, No changes in security alignments were observed on the Egyptian side of the border.
INF warships (Photo: Amit Magal)
Military intelligence suggests that an Islamic Jihad terror cell has left the Gaza Strip and intends to infiltrate Israel through Sinai. Minister for Home Front Defense Matan Vilnai has been quoted as saying that the cell may number as many as 10 terrorists.
The security situation in southern Israel has been particularly tense following a series of terror attacks that claimed the lives of eight Israelis in mid-August; as well as several days in which Israel's western Negev communities suffered heavy shelling by Gaza Strip-based terror groups.
Following the terror attack, in which five Egyptian troops were also killed, Israel and Egypt agreed to increase the presence of Cairo troops in the Sinai Peninsula. As a result, some 1,500 Egyptian soldiers deployed across Sinai on Monday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad aboard the 15th Fleet's submarine
Iran eyeing Red Sea maneuvers
Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told the state-run agency that the Islamic Republic is planning to send its 15th fleet to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, adding that the fleet's main operational objective will be to patrol the high seas and thwart pirate raids.
The Islamic Republic's 15th fleet is comprised of a submarine and a several warships.
Sayyari noted that Iran's Navy plans to have "an active presence in the high seas in line with the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei with the purpose of serving the country's interests.
“The presence of Iran's army in the high seas will convey the message of peace and friendship to all countries,” he said.
Dudi Cohen, AP and AFP contributed to this report.
August 30th, 2011
By Barry Secrest
Excerpt: To explain a bit further, the continuing act of a centralized demolition, as perpetrated by our core leadership, requires nothing much more involved than a passing understanding of where the weak points within America's given structure lie, strategically placing each of the pseudo-explosives, and then sequentially detonating the charges while watching their handiwork's target implode in slow motion. So, why should Obama constantly involve himself within the act of saving the nation from itself, when his sole purpose is to demolish the existing structure only to replace it with something else entirely in the first place?
It is we Conservatives job, the guardians of our Republic, to find as many of these explosive charges as possible and to then render them inoperable by way of identification, or better, nullification, until more Americans begin to recognize what is happening. In essence, an operation to save the larger part of liberty's architecture until more help--in the form of society's cognizance--arrives.
And it's working, albeit slowly and painfully; America is beginning to understand what we and many others have been pounding away at for well over two years now: Our current governance and national condition is not at all what they thought they were getting, and it's going to get worse. Americans are also beginning to exhibit an increasingly jaundiced eye at the White House when Obama rummages about in his liberal handbag of "the buck stops over there somewhere" excuses, while smilingly offering up yet another steaming turdle-pie of platitudes on his presidentially embossed platter, as if we should all accept these quickly amassing failures with a smattering of applause and a familial good try anyway enablement....
The Demolitionist In Chief....at Conservative Refocus
August 30th, 2011
Uh-oH! Looks a little like the Hurricane Hugo angle of attack, but it's early~BLS
Tropical Storm Katia is forecast to strengthen into a major hurricane. (National Hurricane Center)
Tropical Storm Katia emerged near the
Cape Verde Islands on Tuesday morning and began a long trek across the Atlantic. Over the next week, it is forecast to intensify into a Category 3 hurricane, possibly stronger.
At 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Katia (pronounced KAH-tyah) was about 580 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving northwest at 17 mph.
For now, models indicate that it might turn north before approaching the U.S. coastline. However, that prediction remains in question. Katia also could move far enough west to threaten Bermuda.
Like several storms before it this season, the system is being guided northwest by a large ridge of high pressure over the Atlantic. The projected path calls for Katia to arrive north of the Lesser Antilles on Sunday with sustained winds of 115 mph.
At that point, the high pressure is expected to weaken, open an alley of sorts and allow Katia to aim more to the north, said hurricane specialist Mike Brennan of the National Hurricane Center.
However, not all models agree on that scenario, and Katia could end up moving farther to the west, as did Hurricane Irene.
Katia is the 11th named storm of an already bustling season, as the average season doesn’t see the 11th storm until the end of November.
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August 30th, 2011
By ANDREW TAYLOR
WASHINGTON — The government's main disaster aid account is running woefully short of money as the Obama administration confronts damages from Hurricane Irene that could run into billions of dollars.
With less than $800 million in its disaster aid coffers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been forced to freeze rebuilding projects from disasters dating to Hurricane Katrina to conserve money for emergency needs in the wake of Irene. Lawmakers from states ravaged by tornadoes this spring, like Missouri and Alabama, are especially furious.
The shortfalls in FEMA's disaster aid account have been obvious to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for months — and privately acknowledged to them by FEMA — but the White House has opted against asking for more money, riling many lawmakers.
"Despite the fact that the need ... is well known," Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., and David Price, D-N.C., wrote the administration last month, "it unfortunately appears that no action is being taken by the administration." The lawmakers chair the panel responsible for FEMA's budget.
FEMA now admits the disaster aid shortfall could approach $5 billion for the upcoming budget year, and that's before accounting for Irene.
As a result, funds to help states and local governments rebuild from this year's tornadoes, as well as past disasters like hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the massive Tennessee floods of last spring, have been frozen. Instead, FEMA is only paying for the "immediate needs" of disaster-stricken communities, which include debris removal, food, water and emergency shelter.
"Going into September being the peak part of hurricane season, and with Irene, we didn't want to get to the point where we would not have the funds to continue to support the previous impacted survivors as well as respond to the next disaster," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told reporters at the White House on Monday.
Earlier this year, the administration requested $1.8 billion for FEMA's disaster relief fund, despite pent-up demands for much more. Appropriations for last year totaled four times that amount.
FEMA estimates that the request still left the disaster fund short by $2 billion to $4.8 billion for the upcoming fiscal year. Those are figures the agency provided to Congress this spring — before Irene or the tornadoes that destroyed huge swaths of Joplin, Mo., or beat up the South.
With recovery operations from Irene still in the early stages, FEMA spokesman Rachel Racusen said it is too early to know whether that projected shortfall has increased or by how much.
"It's just too soon to know what any uninsured losses will be," Racusen said.
"Even though the president himself said that we are going to do everything we can to help these communities rebuild, the rhetoric has not matched reality, and the Disaster Relief Fund is running out of money," Aderholt said.
The likely vehicle for replenishing the disaster account is the homeland security spending bill for the budget year beginning Oct. 1. The House passed the measure in early June, but the Senate has yet to act.
Meanwhile, Republicans controlling the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate may be headed toward a battle over whether to cut spending elsewhere in the budget to pay for tornado and hurricane aid.
A top leader in the tea-party-driven House says that chamber will find those offsetting spending cuts. The Senate, however, is likely to take advantage of a little-noticed provision in the recently passed debt limit and budget deal that permits Congress to pass several billion dollars in additional FEMA disaster aid without budget cuts elsewhere.
"We will find the money if there is a need for additional money," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told Fox News on Monday. "But those monies are not unlimited, and we have said we have to offset that."
A House-Senate collision over disaster aid would risk further delays in replenishing dangerously low FEMA disaster accounts.
"It's too early to tell what the damage assessment will be and what next steps may need to be taken," said Meg Reilly, a spokeswoman for the White House budget office.
It's hardly the first time that longer-term rebuilding projects like schools and sewer systems have been frozen out to make sure there's money to provide disaster victims with immediate help with food, water and shelter. But it's frustrating to communities like Nashville, Tenn., which is rebuilding from last year's historic floods.
The Obama White House is just the latest administration to lowball disaster relief requests. Over the past two decades, Congress has approved $130 billion for FEMA's disaster account. But the bulk of that money, $110 billion, has been provided as emergency funding in addition to the annual budget.