DHS tries to allay fears of tomorrows emergency broadcast test

Why are they going thru all the hype of trying to allay our fears, fear imagined by them btw?  Why on earth would we be fearful or why doest thou protest so much that we don’t have anything to worry about?  This whole campaign is so stupid, they could have just kept their mouth shut, did the dirty deed and none of us would have even noticed. 


Don’t panic! FEMA urges Americans not to worry as national alert system is tested

  • First-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System to occur on November 9 at 2:00pm EST
  • Will last up to three-and-a-half minutes
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:15 AM on 7th November 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are spearheading an aggressive public education campaign reminding Americans not to panic when they lose television and radio service for a few minutes on Wednesday during a test of the Emergency Alert System.

Although the public alert mechanism is decades old and often tested and used at the local level, it has never before been tested on a nationwide scale.

This first-ever test will occur at 2:00pm EST on Wednesday, November 9 and will occur simultaneously across the U.S. and its territories, lasting up to three-and-a-half-minutes.

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PSA: FCC executive James Barnett reminds viewers not to to panic when they lose television and radio service briefly on WednesdayPSA: FCC executive James Barnett reminds viewers not to to panic when they lose television and radio service briefly on Wednesday

The EAS is a national alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States to address the American public during emergencies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, governors and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.

Wednesday’s test will look and sound very similar to the local tests of the Emergency Alert System that occur frequently; the public will hear a message indicating that ‘This is a test’ on broadcast radio and television stations, cable television, satellite radio and television services and wireline video service providers.

The disruption will occur across all states and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.


  • The test will be approximately 30 seconds long and will look and sound very similar to the frequent local tests of the Emergency Alert System
  • It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa
  • An audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indication: ‘This is only a test,’ though text may not indicate this same message on the screen on every television channel
  • Organisations that serve people with disabilities or people with limited English proficiency should be aware that they may receive requests for information or assistance from broadcasters or other communications service providers and emergency managers in the days leading up to, during, and after the test
  • When the test is over, regular programming will resume

    Source: The FCC

FEMA and FCC sent an open letter to all stakeholders on Friday, including governors, federal legislators, broadcasters, news networks and other organisations, asking for their help in educating their respective communities about the event – to curb potential panic about lost communications services.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote: ‘The various disasters our country has faced this year underscore the need for effective and well-tested emergency alert and warning systems that could be used in a time of real emergency, at a moment’s notice.

‘The purpose of the test is to allow FEMA and the FCC to assess how well the Emergency Alert System would perform its primary function: alerting the public about a national emergency.’

The test is conducted to help identify any positive changes that could be made as FEMA, the FCC and other partners continue working to build ‘a modernised and fully accessible Emergency Alert System’, according to a press release issued by the organisations.

FCC and FEMA are also asking stakeholders to make sure their communities are aware of key facts about the test, including that the test .

The letter continued: ‘As with all of our work, we know that the support of our state, local, tribal and territorial partners, along with the private sector, our faith-based and disability communities, and other key stakeholders, will be vital to effectively raising the public’s awareness of the test and minimizing undue public concern.

‘We greatly appreciate your continued partnership as we prepare for this unique event and important public service.’

The test will not impact landline or mobile phones, power grids, or internet connectivity.

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Obama imposes Christmas Tree Tax

This is so preposterous I had to do a double take on the source URL, thought it was from The Onion. 
Now here’s a problem, shouldn’t this come under the separation of Church and State, afterall it is a religious holiday?  How many Muslums have Christmas trees, this is clearly a slap in the face to Christians. 

Obama Couldn’t Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax

David S. Addington
November 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm

President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.   WTF???

In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board.  The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)).  And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).

To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52).  And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.

Acting Administrator Shipman had the temerity to say the 15-cent mandatory Christmas tree fee “is not a tax nor does it yield revenue for the Federal government” (76 CFR 69102).  The Federal government mandates that the Christmas tree sellers pay the 15-cents per tree, whether they want to or not.  The Federal government directs that the revenue generated by the 15-cent fee goes to the Board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the Christmas tree program established by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Mr. President, that’s a new 15-cent tax to pay for a Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.

Nobody is saying President Obama doesn’t have authority to impose his new Christmas Tree Tax — his Administration cites the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996.  Just because the Obama Administration has the legal power to impose its Christmas Tree Tax doesn’t mean it should do so.

The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs.  Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?

And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government.


Cain Denies Latest Harassment Claim

Cain Denies Latest Harassment Claim, Says He Doesn’t Know Accuser

Published November 08, 2011

Herman Cain on Tuesday vigorously denied new claims of sexual harassment, calling a press conference in Arizona to declare the latest alleged incident “simply did not happen.”

The Republican presidential candidate said he didn’t even recognize the woman, Sharon Bialek, who a day earlier claimed he made unwanted sexual advances toward her 14 years ago.

“The charges and the accusations, I absolutely reject. They simply didn’t happen. They simply did not happen,” Cain said.

 Cain, reading slowly and deliberately from notes before taking questions from the media, said he has “never acted inappropriately with anyone — period.”

Declaring that he will stay in the race, Cain specifically addressed the charges leveled most recently by Bialek. Though Bialek said Cain sexually harassed her when she came to him about a job while he was heading the National Restaurant Association, Cain said that he was seeing her “for the very first time” when he watched her press conference on Monday.

“My first response in my mind and reaction was, I don’t even know who this woman is,” Cain said.

Cain at first blamed the “Democrat machine” for bringing forward a woman whom he described as “troubled” — she has a history of financial problems, though she says she hasn’t been offered money for coming forward. Pressed by Fox News to elaborate, Cain conceded he doesn’t know who might be behind the allegations.

“We can only infer that someone is basically trying to wreck my character,” Cain said.

The candidate at one point suggested he’d be open to taking a lie detector test, though he would need to have a “good reason” to do it.

Bialek, in an interview earlier with Fox News, said Cain absolutely knows who she is. She said she did not come forward until now because she was “embarrassed,” and she only wants Cain to “admit to this.”

“I know I’m speaking the truth, and that’s what I want him to do is to say, ‘Hey, you know, I’ve made some mistakes,'” she said on Fox News. Bialek said she presumed Cain will “deny it, unfortunately.”

Cain said Tuesday that he’s operating under the assumption that “there will probably be others,” but only because the “machine” doesn’t want a businessman in office.

Bialek was the fourth woman to claim Cain acted inappropriately toward her. After Bialek held her press conference, one of the other women also came forward to identify herself. Karen Kraushaar, a spokeswoman for a Treasury Department office, was first identified by The Daily as one of the accusers. She later granted several interviews in which she said she would like to hold a “joint press conference” with the other women.

Cain acknowledged Kraushaar’s case, but said her claims were found to be “baseless.”

Second Herman Cain accuser steps forward

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 11/8/11 5:26 PM EST

A second woman — Karen Kraushaar, a communications official at the Treasury Department – has come forward to identify herself as a woman who says she was sexually harassed by Herman Cain.

Kraushaar was one of the two women originally mentioned in a POLITICO story that appeared Oct. 30. Kraushaar and another employee of the National Restaurant Association had complained about Cain’s behavior to colleagues and senior officials at the NRA, and both women left the trade group with a cash settlement. Kraushaar received about $45,000.

POLITICO initially had shielded Kraushaar’s identity to protect her privacy, but on Tuesday, Kraushaar agreed that her identity could be revealed.

Kraushaar, 55, said in an interview with POLITICO that she would like to band together with the other three women accusing Cain of harassment.

“That would be my preference, that we all go together in a joint press conference,” she said, noting that she’s turned down interview requests from a number of TV news shows.

Kraushaar said she had not talked to the other women about such an idea and that such a plan would be executed by their attorneys.

Now the spokesperson for IRS’s Inspector General, Kraushaar has worked as a career federal government official for different agencies in Washington. A Brown graduate, Kraushaar received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and began her career as a print journalist.

On the details of Cain’s allegedly inappropriate behavior with the two women, POLITICO had a half-dozen sources shedding light on different aspects of the complaints.

The sources — including the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. Those incidents included conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices.

Cain has denied any inappropriate behavior.

He explicitly denied any inappropriate behavior with Sharon Bialek, a former employee of the NRA’s educational foundation who accused him on Monday of making a sexual advance. Cain said he didn’t remember the Illinois woman.

“I can categorically say I have never acted inappropriately with anyone. Period,” he said during an ABC/Yahoo News interview. “And as far as this latest charges, I don’t even remember. I reject all of those charges. How can I defend charges when I don’t remember this person by name, I don’t remember that she did work at the education foundation and when I first saw her, I didn’t recollect, I didn’t even recognize her. But the big point is I have never acted inappropriately with anyone.”