Friday, July 3, 2015

'From The G-Man' Holiday Well-Wishes

Be safe and enjoy. 

The President Speaks on the Economy in La Crosse, Wisconsin

President Obama delivers remarks on the progress we've made over the past six years at University of Wisconsin.

West Wing Week: 07/03/15

This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House--and showed her one of our national treasures--hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthcare in Tennessee and online, and traveled to Wisconsin to announce new overtime protections for hard-working Americans. That's June 26th to July 2nd or, "Amazing Grace."

Former Governor Rick Perry on his Economic Plan

2016 Republican presidential candidate former Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) lays out his economic plan in a National Press Club luncheon address and responds to questions from an invited audience.

Government Debt in Greece and Puerto Rico

Panelists talked about the debt crises in Greece and Puerto Ricoand the effects they could have on the Eurozone and the U.S. economies. Though the countries face similar economic challenges, the panelists noted how Greece’s position as a sovereign state and Puerto Rico’s position as a U.S. territory would affect their outcomes. Financial consultant Bert Ely predicted that Greece would leave the Eurozone and eventually be forced to leave the European Union. Panelists agreed that Congress needs to take a more active role in finding a solution for Puerto Rico’s crisis

“A Tale of Two Debt Crises: Is Puerto Rico America’s Greece?” was held at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Source: C-Span 

"Flashback Friday": George W. Bush Bloopers

Today in History: July 3rd

Tired EMS Workers a Prescription for Danger on the Roads, Experts Say

EMS driver fatigue is an issue of growing concern in the industry, with some calling for federal standards.

Whole Foods CEOs Apologize for Overcharging

Bernie Sanders an Unlikely Source of Competition for Hillary Clinton

The Vermont senator has been drawing huge crowds, raising big money and climbing in the polls.

The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out

The Internet as we know it is now officially too big for its britches.

The organization that assigns IP addresses in North America — the numbers that identify every computer, smartphone and device connected to the Internet — ran out of numbers overnight Wednesday. It's not the end of the world, because there's a newer, more robust system rolling out, but it's a milestone in our shared online history, nonetheless.

IP addresses are the four-number strings like that you'll sometimes see in your browser's address bar, in the guts of your smartphone's system settings, or that you might be asked to type in to your cable modem or WiFi router. That address,, is one of many that should take you to

It's like the highway system. If you're driving through New York, you might take Interstate 95 or I-190 or I-287. But in plain English, it's all the New York State Thruway. 

Full article available here: Too Big!

Source: NBC News

Cuomo Urges New Yorkers to be Alert, Terror Warning Issued for July 4 Weekend

Governor Directs Office of Emergency
Management to Enhance Monitoring Operations 

Governor Andrew Cuomo today directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Governor additionally urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend.

“We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists,” Governor Cuomo said. 

“In response to the warning by the federal government, New York State is taking steps to increase monitoring and communication with our local, state, and federal emergency management and law enforcement partners through the holiday weekend. As we celebrate with family and friends this Independence Day, I urge all New Yorkers to not only remember the freedoms that we hold dear, but also remain cautious of their surroundings and learn to recognize and report suspicious activity."

This Saturday through 11:00 p.m., additional staff will operate the Emergency Operations Center and the New York State Watch Center, the state’s 24-hour hour, seven-day-per-week monitoring point for all state national and international events.

DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville said, “Reporting suspicious activity can be crucial to maintaining the safety of all communities. If you see something, say something by calling the New York State Terrorism Tips Line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS.”

Governor Cuomo urged new Yorkers to remember the following safety tips:

Learn how to spot suspicious activity. It is important to identify individuals with malicious intentions before they are able to cause damage. While preparing for an attack, they may conduct themselves in ways that do not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives, which makes them stand out from others. 

Learn the 8 signs of terrorism. Know the routines of your community. Always remain alert and aware of what is going on around you, and take what you see and hear seriously. Share this important information with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.

Learn how to accurately describe suspicious behavior. The more accurately you can describe the behavior you observed, the more useful you will be to authorities reviewing the suspicious activity or incident. 

Learn how to report suspicious activity. Program the phone numbers of your local law enforcement agencies, and the New York State Terrorism Tips Line phone number – 1-866-SAFE-NYS – into your phone, should you need to use it quickly. You can also report a tip online.
If you observe suspicious activity, always remember these important tips:

DO NOT take direct action. 
DO NOT confront the individual. 
DO NOT reveal your suspicions. 
DO record as many details as possible. 
DO notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.
For more information about the Safeguard New York Program, and to learn how to remain aware and prepared for signs of terrorism, visit the DHSES website.

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
DHSES and its four offices – Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications – provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or visit

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Visit White House

On July 7, 2015, President Obama will welcome to the White House Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.  The President looks forward to discussing with General Secretary Trong ways to strengthen further the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership, reflecting on the accomplishments of the past twenty years since the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations.  The President also welcomes the opportunity to discuss other issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, human rights, and bilateral defense cooperation.

Source: The White House Press Office

Saakashvili Warns of Odessa Region’s Importance to Ukraine

Source: Euronews

Billionaire Saudi Prince Pledges Entire Personal Wealth to Charity

Source: Euronews

Greece: With Referendum Looming, ‘Yes’ Vote Ahead,Opinion Poll Suggests

By Sarah Joanne Taylor | With REUTERS, AP

Source: Euronews