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Summer and the August 2 Debt Deadline

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, August 1, 2011

Hello August!

Believe it or not, August, which signals summer’s end, is already here.  Back-to-school sales abound, as do long-awaited 90-degree temperatures.

In everyone’s effort to stay cool and hydrated, don’t forget to get you and your children in for dental check-ups before school starts again.

Summer fun at Silverwood, north of Coeur d’Alene, ID

In our nation’s capitol, debates are heated on how to avoid the first default in the history of our republic.  This keeps many people nervous and unable to enjoy summer weather.  Others, unaware and unconcerned about what default would mean to everyone, vacation with abandon.

The August 2nd deadline pressure looms heavy over our elected legislators.  The debt ceiling will likely be raised.  At what cost is our concern?  Once a bill is passed to raise the ceiling, will we understand it?  Or will it be a bill that gets manipulated into doing something other than what it was intended to do?

We, as a nation, do not want to go the way of Greece.  Hopefully, our government will turn around and citizens will again have faith in our government.

Nonetheless, the United States of America is still the freest and most generous nation on earth.  Get out in this summer weather and see a part of this country you’ve not see before.  It doesn’t have to be the Grand Canyon.  Visit a recreation area in your local area that you’ve not experienced before.  Local parks often have surprises that you’ve never thought of.  Get a map of your locality and decide how far you are willing to drive (gas is often the limiting factor). Use that distance for the radius of a circle which you draw around your home, and then find an area to explore.

Enjoy your local community.  See something you heard or read about yet never visited.  There are plenty of places near home to enjoy.

Have fun, enjoy the Inland Northwest, and keep smiling!
Dr. James G. Hood

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Pentagon report: China extending military reach, Source: CNN

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pentagon report: China extending military reach

By Adam Levine, CNN
August 16, 2010 5:40 p.m. EDT

Washington (CNN) — The Chinese military continues to expand its reach and capabilities beyond its immediate geographical area, a new report from the U.S. Department of Defense concludes.

The report, an annual assessment sent to Congress, notes that some of those capabilities have been positive, like humanitarian and anti-piracy efforts, but others are meant to give China “extended-range power projection.”

While China’s continued effort to be able to sustain military operations far from its shore are concerning to the U.S. military, “China’s ability to sustain military power at a distance, today, remains limited,” the report says.

As in the past, the U.S. program to sell military equipment to Taiwan continues to create tension with China and has led to cessation at times of military relations between the two countries.

The assessment notes that China has the most active ballistic and cruise missile program in the world, including developing anti-missile technology. Also of concern are Chinese efforts to develop a long-range anti-ship ballistic missile with a reach of more than 900 miles, which would include areas in which the U.S. Navy is active. Such a measure would give the Chinese military “the capability to attack ships, including aircraft carriers, in the Western Pacific Ocean,” according to the report.

The Chinese could start building their first aircraft carrier this year, and China has started to train pilots to operate off such carriers. It already has a Russian carrier that it is refurbishing.

Its naval muscle is also being flexed with additional nuclear powered submarines, and it has nearly completed a navy base on Hainan Island, “with direct access to vital international sea lanes,” which will allow for “stealthy deployment of submarines,” the report says.

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