first_imgMy Contract With Indiana’s 8th District – and AmericaWhere’s Larry, the Anti-Trump?By Richard Moss, MD Candidate for Congress, Republican Party, 8TH Congressional District, IndianaJasper, IN: Congressman Bucshon has been campaigning as if he is the greatest Trumper the world has ever known, citing some absurd factoid about being in agreement with the President “98.6%” of the time, coincidentally normal body temperature. But Bucshon is no Pro-Trumper, he is the anti-Trump.  On the issue of the day, which is immigration, he showed himself to be the opposite of Trump by endorsing “Gang of 8” amnesty-Rubio during the Republican Presidential Primary. He called Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims from dangerous countries “divisive” and “unfortunate.”  He is a Never-Trumper trying to rebrand himself as a pro-Trumper.  But he is no such thing. But this is what happens when you stand for nothing and don’t even know what you believe. He is not steeped in the issues and gets his cues from the GOP establishment, arguably the worse possible source.  He is, like the GOP, status quo, a big government, big spending liberal progressive Republican pretending to be a conservative.  It is not for nothing he has a Heritage Action Conservative Score of 52%, an F.  It’s not for nothing he votes every year for some massive Omnibus Bill that funds Democrat priorities like sanctuary cities, amnesty, DACA, and Planned Parenthood.  He ducked his debate with me, refusing to defend his record.  Finally and perhaps most telling, he has moved to DC, a swamp creature if ever there was one.  It is time to drain the swamp beginning right here in Indiana’s 8th district.  It is time to repeal and replace Larry Bucshon. In the context of Larry’s wavering and posturing, I present my Contract with Indiana’s 8th District and America.  Here is my ten-point platform on the critical issues of the day. You will know where I stand, and I will not waver or posture regardless of political headwinds.  It is time for a change.My 10 Point Contract With Indiana’s 8th Congressional District and America1. America First Immigration Reform. 2. Balanced budget. Cut spending, taxes, regulations. Reduce the size of government. 3. Repeal Obamacare. Support Free Market Healthcare Reform. 4. Rein in the Federal Courts.  End government by judicial fiat.   5. Fight the Opioid Crisis By Securing the Southern Border, ending DACA, “catch and release,” and the corrupt and abused “asylum” and “refugee” system. Deport Illegal alien criminals, drug dealers, and gangs like MS 13 that are overrunning our cities and towns and importing illicit heroin, fentanyl, Meth, and Cocaine from Mexico that is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.6. End the War on Fossil Fuels and Nuclear: Confront the pseudoscience known as Global Warming/Climate Change.  Make American the dominant energy power in the world.  Refocus the EPA on real pollutants not CO2.7. Education Reform: First Amendment Protection on College Campus, Code of Ethics, End political indoctrination in schools and colleges. Lower costs through competition and choice.  Privatize loans. Two-tiered educational system (K-12), college bound and career training. Promote School Choice.8. Defend the Second Amendment. Crime Control Not Gun Control. Concealed Carry National Reciprocity9. Restore traditional values, culture, morality, faith, and the two-parent intact married family as the model for society. Promote Life.  Defend the Judeo-Christian tradition and Western Civilization. Oppose the transgendering of our military, schools, and bathrooms.  10. International: America First Foreign Policy: Unchallengeable Military Deterrent. Peace Through Strength. So what is Bucshon’s position on the issues? You would never know. He never says. After all, he has 90% name ID, as he said in defense of his decision not to debate me. These are the issues I would fight for on behalf of Indiana’s 8th district and the nation.FOOTNOTE-Dr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.  For more information visit RMoss4Congress.com. Contact us at [email protected] Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The City County Observer post this letter without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Guyana: At the Forefront of Drug Interdictions in the Caribbean

first_img Diálogo: Do you work together with the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to execute all these efforts? Counter-narcotics specialists agree that Guyana is a major transshipment point for drugs headed to the United States. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just opened an office in the South American country’s capital of Georgetown, giving it a presence it has been seeking for more than a decade, with the goal of assisting Guyana’s fight against drug trafficking and money laundering. Brigadier General Mark Phillips: Yes and no. That might not be our major concern. A major concern for Guyana is our territorial dispute with our neighboring countries Suriname and Venezuela. That’s the major concern, and we would like to find a judicial solution for the territorial disputes with those two countries. As far as we’re concerned, we will now have to place a lot of emphasis on monitoring our youths to see if they are also being radicalized in Guyana through our intelligence agencies. And Guyana has a sizeable Muslim population. Diálogo: The Guyana Defence Force has two roles, right? Diálogo: What percentage of the population is Muslim? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Disaster relief falls under the same pillar: defense, law enforcement, and humanitarian assistance operations. We have a local agency known as the Civil Defence Commission. They’re the lead agency where the [Guyana Defence Force] will always be a supporting agency for any disaster relief operations. To talk about the issue of combating narco-trafficking, terrorism, and other threats currently affecting Guyana, Diálogo spoke with Brigadier General Mark Phillips, Chief of Staff, Guyana Defence Force, during the XIV Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) in Kingston, Jamaica, during the last week of January. Diálogo: During CANSEC 2016, you participated in a panel about terrorism in the Caribbean. Is this a significant concern for your country? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: We’ve had very good relations with the previous commander, General John Kelly. He even visited Guyana to see firsthand what we were doing. This is just a transition of leadership, but the relationship with SOUTHCOM will continue to exist and it will continue to grow under the new leadership, I am sure. Events Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Yes it is. If you read the Defence Act, which includes the laws that Guyana’s Defence Force has established, it speaks clearly to the employment of the Guyana Defence Force for the defense of Guyana and the maintenance of order in Guyana. If you look under the contract of maintenance of order in Guyana, we have to work with the law enforcement agencies to deal with all situations that we consider to be inimical to the maintenance of order in Guyana. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: The Military, for example, including the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Coast Guard, has benefited from equipment gathered through CBSI. We have some riverine and shore patrol boats that were acquired through CBSI for us, along with the communications suite to ensure ship-to-shore communications. Those were acquired through the CBSI. I’m aware that the Police Force of Guyana received support from the CBSI, too, especially in the area of capacity building. So not only the Guyana Defence Force, but the Guyana Police Force also received support from CBSI. Diálogo: Is Guyana also concerned about drugs passing through your country and guns being left behind for the youths, specifically young males, to get a hold of the weapons and then form gangs? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: About 15 percent of the population of Guyana is Muslim, practicing Muslim. So while the border may be the primary issue that will keep us up late at night, the other emergent threats like terrorism and the radicalization of youths who may end up wanting to join ISIS is also of concern to us. Diálogo: What role does your country play in CBSI? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: The fact is we are a Caribbean country. We’re linked to the Caribbean. We suffer the same threats, like illicit trafficking, transborder, or transnational issues. We benefit from CBSI because we share the same challenges of many countries in the Caribbean, but even though we are in South America, we’re still a small country with a small population facing all the traditional and non-traditional security and defense-related challenges and emerging threats to the security of this nation. What is important for us at the national level is interagency coordination; that the Guyana Defence Force works with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies and definitely at the regional and international levels with regional and international cooperation. We are ready for that. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Yes. Our primary role is defense, but then there’s the law enforcement aspect by which we have to work with the civil authorities. Then, of course, there’s a developmental role, under which we’re expected to work on infrastructure development in Guyana through our engineering units and also to spend time in developing and training youths [and] participate in the whole development effort of Guyana. Development is also important to us. By Dialogo February 17, 2016 Diálogo: Is it hard to toggle between the sovereignty issues you mentioned before to fight illicit trafficking? Diálogo: Now, that’s surprising, since previous ones normally came from Colombia. Diálogo: How about disaster relief efforts? Diálogo: How about now, with the change of command and Admiral Kurt Tidd as the new commander? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Exactly. Recently, we also found a fast boat. The fast boat is in Guyana right now, of course, being used by the DEA and other U.S-based law enforcement agencies. We’re building capacity to better enable us to conduct anti-drug operations. The Guyana Defence Force’s involvement is mainly to move boats or aircraft used to transport law enforcement agents or for surveillance into remote areas. We work in an interagency setting with the Customs Antinarcotics Unit, the Guyana Police Force, and other law enforcement agencies. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Absolutely. The Guyana Defence Force and SOUTHCOM share a relationship much like what exists between SOUTHCOM and other countries in the Caribbean. Diálogo: How does Guyana benefit from being a member of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Guyana is a transshipment country in the sense that drugs pass through our country. I mean, we are fighting drugs, and we’re trying to stem the passing of drugs through Guyana. We are in the forefront when it comes to interdicting drug traffickers. If you can recall, last year we interdicted a semi-submersible, one that was actually manufactured in a remote area of Guyana. We don’t know who manufactured it, but that vessel was recovered, and it was handed over to the United States. I think it’s in Key West [Florida] right now, perhaps the biggest semi-submersible ever found. last_img read more

How the Dodgers will attack the Nationals in the NLDS – comprehensive preview

first_img• Vin Scully classic call generatorBreaking down the NLDS• How the Dodgers culture change has put team ahead of talent• How the data-driven bullpen may be best in Dodgers history• Mark Whicker: How Clayton Kershaw remains a throwback• Jeff Miller: The world of baseball has gone through revolutions since 1988 World Series• The one constant: Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt may be baseball’s best• Complete statistical breakdowns of Dodgers, Nationals and who has the advantage.For the latest• Follow the Inside the Dodgers blog• Follow Bill Plunkett on twitter• Follow J.P. Hoornstra on twitter The Los Angeles Dodgers are a different team than the previous three National League West winners, all of which fell short of a World Series appearance.Led by new manager Dave Roberts, a team-first approach, a deep, versatile roster and a bullpen built on great pitches at the right time, the Dodgers face the Washington Nationals, beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m.Here’s a complete look at how the two teams match up and how they got to this point. Winning the West• The Dodgers clinched the NL West on the final home game of the season, Vin Scully’s last in Dodger Stadium, would you believe? A walk-off home run. Saying goodbye to Vin Scully• Listening to a final broadcast, then tears• Vin Scully – 88 photos from his broadcasting career and appreciation night in photoscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Miami’s Goran Dragic likes “everything” about Heat, but still considering Lakers as free-agent option

first_imgDragic laughed when a reporter suggested he could change the Lakers’ fortunes. After all, Lakers coach Byron Scott ranked Dragic as one of the NBA’s 10 best point guards because of his driving, mid-range game and speed. “It can happen,” Dragic said. “But I’m really happy here right now. We’ll see how those things go from here.” MIAMI >> He sounded at peace, a backdrop that contrasted with the stress he experienced last month before the Phoenix Suns traded Goran Dragic in a three-way trade to the Miami Heat.Dragic basked in handing the Lakers a 100-94 loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday at American Airlines Arena. He posted 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting and six assists. Dragic sank a 25-foot 3-pointer to give Miami a 90-88 lead with 3:30 remaining. Dragic also revealed afterward he likes “everything” about the Heat. “I’m really comfortable. I feel great,” Dragic said. “Miami is a nice city. People are nice. The system is good. I like coach. I have all good words for them.”Those might sound like bad words to the Lakers. Dragic said earlier this year, including in an interview with Los Angeles Newspaper Group, that he would opt out of his $7.5 million player option to become an unrestricted free agent. He listed the Lakers among his many options he would consider. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Since then, Dragic has somewhat changed his tune. “The main thing for me is to find a home here, know the plays and know my teammates,” Dragic told L.A. Newspaper Group. “My wish is to stay here.”The Heat can sign Dragic a five-year deal worth up to $100 million, while other teams can offer up to a four-year deal worth $80 million. Yet, Dragic did not close the door on taking a paycut, perhaps mindful that Miami (27-33) has the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will not have Chris Bosh for the remainder of the season because of blood clots. That explains why Dragic considers “everybody” an option when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, including the Lakers.“They’re a great organization and have a history of winning,” Dragic said about the Lakers (16-44). “Right now they’re not having a good season. But that could change anytime.”last_img read more