“In a bizarre twist, the chairman of IAL’s corporate parent IAP Group, Park Sang-Kwon, is also the CEO of a car company with production facilities in North Korea. Not only is he an informal spokesman for Kim Jong-Un, but here is with the North Korean leader on “Victory Day” and is (sic) honorary citizen of the DPRK.” (from the cite above, links omitted)
A better story, though older, about this contract. The company is linked to a North Korean firm, per the article.
An aside, the views are my own. I used to run one of the vehicle processing centers for the military. If a POV was delayed I took it personally contacting the member and working things out to the maximum extent. Even during contract changes we did not have the problems that are currently reported (though there were some glitches).
This is one area that has actually improved over the years, you get more than 20% today for household goods (last military move five years ago, first was 25 years ago).
August 14, 2014 at 11:34am
With the carrier, in the old days, the cars were carried on a space available basis with the proviso that, in an emergency, the cars would be subject to disposal for flight operations.
There is a story about one such car, a brand new one, where the carrier had to go for flight ops. Cars were jettisoned. The owner of the new car made a last request, could he use the catapult system to jettison the car. Request was approved.
May 14, 2014 at 1:53pm
A few facts about the “Retirement Plan”:
Mr. Rubio, and many others, are confusing the TSP with the retirement. TSP is the 401 (k) like component of the federal retirement, there is also a traditional pension component which he is NOT talking about. The TSP requires that the employee take a percentage of income (some of which is matched by the government) which is invested in a variety of funds which the employee chooses (L fund, I fund, G fund, F fund, C fund). All have risk, I, C, and L are in stocks, F and G are in bonds. All the literature emphasizes the risks associated with each.
Regarding the comments about using the funds as a slush fund, the funds (currently) can not be used that way, unlike the retirement funds from the old system for federal employees.
April 28, 2014 at 12:35pm
“there’s white Jews and black Jews…..”, Mr. Sterling
“there’s white n…s and there’s black n…s”, Senator Robert (KKK) Byrd in a radio interview.
Both are Democrats, one got a pass for his comments.
February 19, 2014 at 11:48am
The act is called the Jones Act and has been law since 1920. Any shipper who did not know of the law should not be considered reputable and should be investigated for fraud and incompetence, as well as any foreign flag ship which willingly takes on such a charter. Cabotage is well known within the maritime industry worldwide, and is not limited to the United States (although the US is more restrictive since it requires a US built ship or barge). This is not a union thing at all, although unions may support it.
It is also not confined to the maritime industry. When was the last time that you had the opportunity to fly on a Liberian airline when you were flying cross country, airlines must also adhere to cabotage rules. Mexican and Canadian truckers can deliver to US facilities but they can not carry cargo between two US cities, nor can you ride a Canadian bus line between two US cities.
The difference is that you must have a US built ship, but the plane, truck, bus need not be US built.
February 18, 2014 at 10:46am
I remember being stuck in the ice in June of 1979 on Lake Superior, on one of the ore boats. The USCG cutter that was breaking ice for the boats was also stuck, the ice was piled up to some nine feet (not the whole lake, but there were still floes in June).
The picture of the row of boats above brings back memories.
January 17, 2014 at 11:18am
BevMo is a private company which will be penalized (heavily) if they sell to a minor, even one with white hair. It is a crime to sell to a minor and the clerk is subject to prosecution.
If we expand that concept, if an election judge, clerk, or whatever allows a single person to cast an illegal ballot subject that person or persons to the full wrath of the state. Include the use of a phony voter (underage, foreigner, felon, or such), set up one or more judges, and then take them down just like a liquor store clerk.
January 17, 2014 at 11:09am
Here in Washington state we only have vote by mail.
They have already dumbed down the election process so much that election day has little meaning left.
January 14, 2014 at 11:53pm
Article 2: Abuse of Power.
Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, imparting the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposes of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following:
(1) He has, acting personally and through his subordinated and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
(2) He misused the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, and other executive personnel, in violation or disregard of the constitutional rights of citizens, by directing or authorizing such agencies or personnel to conduct or continue electronic surveillance or other inves
August 1, 2013 at 11:18am
Missing from the figures are approximately 850,000 DOD employees who were furloughed for one or two days a week so that they would not be able to file for unemployment. Wonder if adding them in might change the figures a bit?
June 27, 2013 at 8:00pm
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, then the Ohio River to Cairo, then the Mississippi
June 27, 2013 at 5:23pm
Back in 1985 or so there was a hijacking of a ship, the Achille Lauro, in the Mediterranean. One American, Leon Klinghoffer, was killed and the hijackers got away (for a time). Knowing what flight they were on Mr. Reagan sent up fighters to (politely) request that the Egyptair plane land at a NATO base in Sicily and give up the hijackers. The Egyptian pilot complied. The hijackers were later tried.
Is there a rational person out there who believes that Mr. Obama is aware of history and might attempt a try for Mr. Snowden? (posted several days ago, BTW at WSJ)
Do we all feel safer now under Mr. Obama?
June 27, 2013 at 5:17pm
You forgot the interview with Robert (KKK recruiter and member) Byrd where he says “My old mom told me, ‘Robert, you can’t go to heaven if you hate anybody.’ We practice that. There are white *******. I’ve seen a lot of white ******* in my time. I’m going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I’d just as soon quit talking about it so much.”
June 27, 2013 at 5:06pm
Personally I would haave presumed that the New York State Barge Canal would be the first part considered (may not be wide enough, at 40 feet but elevating it on the barge may allow the added width).
There have been other notable moves to and from Chicago over the years. Manitowoc WI built submarines during WW2 which were sent downriver (to get under some of the bridges they put a good sized list in the boats). Several ore carriers came up the rivers, they cut off the bridge and much of the superstructure so they would fit under the bridges.
June 20, 2013 at 4:28pm
Another way the Government is trying to ensure that your tax dollars are used wisely. Here GSA sold this facility of some 2.1 million square feet for $510,000. In the same general area the same government is now LEASING, at $61.5 MILLION a year a facility of comparable size (and from the California public employees’ pension service).
“That is what some federal government officials are saying as they move workers into a new $863.1 million manufacturing complex built using a rare lease deal with a private venture.
In the deal, the U.S. General Services Administration agreed to lease five buildings on a new 185-acre campus in Kansas City, Mo., for $61.5 million annually for the next 20 years.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is moving into a new leased complex in Kansas City, Mo.
The property will be used to make nonnuclear weapons parts for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the U.S. nuclear-weapons program. It includes 1.2 million square feet of space where nonnuclear parts and components will be produced as well as 330,000 square feet of office space.”
“Lease Aims at Big Savings” article in the Wall Street Journal on June 18, 2013 with the heading Deal of the Week
June 16, 2013 at 1:53pm
He is 14, which is a minor. In the big cities it is a crime to report the name of a minor accused of a crime.
It is about time to allow the naming of the suspects, especially for the youth gangs, etc.
June 4, 2013 at 11:28am
The artificial insemination was actually a side issue. As they taught us in Catholic school having sex (and its consequences) is a sin, as is having a child out of wedlock.
Was there a reason that Ms Dias did not ask what the church teachings were (since the article states that she is not Catholic)?
An yes, it appears that it was the money.
June 3, 2013 at 11:06am
Just wondering what would happen if Issa sent out a tweet right now stating “There is absolutely no proof at this time that David Plouffe is involved in the child pornography ring.” Technically, it is as accurate as Mr. Plouffe’s statements and just as misleading (I have no knowledge of Mr. Plouffe being involved, by the way).
Remember also that Harry Reid, per reliable sources, has not paid state income taxes for at least the past decade. He has consistently failed to produce his state income tax records to refute the charge.