Sunday, February 7, 2010

The USS Nimitz is Coming Home!

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has relieved the USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Sea and the Nimitz will be making its way home to San Diego.
The Nimitz, along with the USS Pinkney and the USS Rentz, made a port call in Phuket, Thailand for a few days of well deserved R & R. Sailors availed themselves of beautiful beaches, elephant rides, good Thai food, and other tourist attractions.
The Nimitz Strike Group had operated in the area since September, 2009. Friends and relatives of Nimitz sailors can welcome their sailors home with these Welcome Home USS Nimitz T-shirts and Gifts:

My Mommy is a Sailor on the USS NimitzWelcome Home Nimitz Women's Cap Sleeve T-Shirt
Welcome the USS Nimitz home along with your sailor on that carrier. Make your sailor feel welcome with this great T-shirt.

Product Information
Get into sporty, stylin' casual comfort with our Women's Cap Sleeve Raglan. Looks great on the go or just hangin' out. Made of 100% combed ring-spun cotton that gets even softer with each washing. Shaped fit, side seamed, contrast color cap sleeves and single-needle bound collar.
See all of the "Welcome Home USS Nimitz" T-Shirts and Gifts.

Monday, January 25, 2010

More Feedback for the Navy for Moms Holiday Project 2009

The coordinator of our project received a nice letter from J. W. Miller, Rear Admiral, US Navy, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 11.

It's a little difficult to read so here is what it says:

Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN
24, December 2009

Dear Ms. Peterson,

On behalf of the NIMITZ Strike Group please accept my sincerest thanks for initiating and coordinating the NIMITZ gift-giving project. As you can imagine being away for the holidays takes a tremendous toll on our Sailors, so this selfless act of kindness is certainly appreciated. Thanks to you and the other Navy Moms involved, every Sailor will have a gift to open on Christmas Day.

Once again, thanks and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Rear Admiral, U.S Navy

I thought the sailors would like the stockings and goody bags but I am surprised at the number of nice notes and letters some of our members got back. Some of the sailors even sent Nimitz coins in return. I know they are very busy and often very tired and we just wanted to let them know that they were being thought of by people back home.

USS Carl Vinson Sailors Volunteer to Help Provide Water for Haiti

The Carl Vinson has been playing an important role in providing relief to the Haitian victims of the 7.0 earthquake. U.S. Navy Captain Bruce H. Lindsey, the USS Carl Vinson’s commanding officer says “As long as there are injured people needing our care, we will stay here as long as it takes.”

In addition to tending the wounded, the ship has delivered medical supplies and more than 30,000 gallons of water to the island. The ship has a complement of helicopters that can transport people, supplies and equipment.

According to a Department of Defense article: “A group of sailors on the ship created a water tree, where they took piping and created spigots, and use the supply of water from the ship to fill containers with water for those in need in Haiti.

Lindsey said sailors volunteered their time to do build the water tree and fill 5 gallon jugs with water by hand. Because of their volunteer efforts each helicopter that leaves the ship has 32 of these jugs on flight.”

Like all aircraft carriers, the USS Carl Vinson has the ability to make 400,000 gallon of fresh water from sea water every day.

Source: Department of Defense

Friday, January 22, 2010

Quotes on the Constitution

In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.
Thomas Jefferson
The Kentucky Resolution

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional character, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
James Madison
The Federalist Papers

It is an excellency of this Constitution that it is expressed with brevity, and in the plain common language of mankind.
Oliver Ellsworth
Statement made during the ratification debate

Thursday, January 21, 2010

USS Enterprise sends Sailors to Haiti

The Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, which is currently in the Newport News Shipyard undergoing maintenance, will be sending 47 sailors to Haiti to assist in relief efforts.
Eleven are French-Creole speakers who will be doing translating on the hospital ship, the USNS Comfort. According to, there will be “air traffic controllers, aviation boatswain’s mates, ship’s servicemen, information systems technicians and several sailors from various specialties who will serve in general duties.” Despite having very little notice, when the call came the volunteer response from the sailors was overwhelming.

Kudos to the Enterprise sailors who are helping out in Haiti!

Quick Link:
USS Enterprise

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The 17th Amendment

Did you know that US Senators were originally appointed by the state legislatures? It seems strange to us now but this was part of the system of checks and balances intended to make the people more secure and keep the government limited. It would keep the states sovereign and would protect the people from abuses by either the state or federal government. People would have recourse from abuse by either. The Senators would be able to veto any legislation from the House of Representatives that threatened states' rights.

The protection of states’ rights was completely lost with the passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, which said that Senators would be elected by popular vote. States lost all representation on a Federal level. We really now have two Houses of Representatives and nothing can protect states from usurpation of their rights by the Federal government.

We need to teach the history of the founders and the making of the Constitution if we expect to keep our republic free. Otherwise we become sheep and unknowingly allow the wolves to steal our freedom and protection.

Quick Links:

The Miracle of the US Constitution
Banning Prayer in Public School

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ted Kennedy's Senate Seat

Democratic voters jumped ship in Massachusetts today as they elected Republican Scott Brown to fill Ted Kennedy's senate seat. One more Republican senator means that the Democrats do not have a filibuster proof majority in the senate any longer. The future of the health care bill now seems to be in jeopardy. One wonders what this election means for Barack Obama. Obama campaigned in Massachusetts for the Democrat Martha Coakley, as did former President Bill Clinton but to no avail. Voters who were surveyed said they did not like having the health care bill stuffed down their throats. Many said they were really voting against Obama rather than for Scott Brown. It remains to be seen if this an ill omen for the Democrats in the midterm elections. In any case, there is a new order in Massachusetts politics and it is a breath of fresh air.