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by geezer in Paris Sun Feb 11th, 2007 at 05:08:59 PM EST

It is said, that two carrier groups is a "robust statement". Three is a declaration.
May would appear to be "Declaration Day".

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Coal Township woman is candidate for prothonotary
January 30, 2007

COAL TOWNSHIP -- Betty Nicola, of Coal Township, has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Northumberland County prothonotary and clerk of courts.

She has been employed by the Northumberland County Human Resources office as the retirement specialist since 1992.

Mrs. Nicola said her strong organizational skills have made the retirement process an efficient and pleasant one for those needing her assistance. She said she frequently has taken calls and made visits to retirees and prospective retirees on her own time to ensure that their needs are met.

Mrs. Nicola said she will bring this same professional, courteous and dedicated service to the prothonotary's office, pledging that she will be a full-time prothonotary.

Mrs. Nicola has taken college-level classes at Bloomsburg University and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Before working for Northumberland County, she worked in the retail business and garment industry.

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Mrs. Nicola is a lifelong resident of the Shamokin and Coal Township area, one of eight children born to the late David and Bella (Maurer) McCormick, of Shamokin.

She has been married for 35 years to Tom Nicola, formerly of Kulpmont. They have lived in the Tharptown section of Coal Township for 33 years and have three sons. Sam, his wife, Traci, and their daughters, Victoria and Samantha, live in Coal Township. Tom Jr., who serves in the Navy, and his wife, Shiloh, are stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Francis, also serving in the Navy, and his wife, Jenifer, are based in the San Diego, Calif., area. Francis is stationed aboard the USS Nimitz and will be deploying to the Middle East in April.

The Committee to Elect Nicola is chaired by Colleen Iwanski, of Coal Township. Dan Rowe, of Shamokin, serves as treasurer.


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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 11th, 2007 at 05:47:27 PM EST
Just so people can keep score, the current deployment is of the Enterprise Carrier group.

This lot will be joined by the Eisenhower Carrier group and Expeditionary Strike Group 5 who are already at sea and scheduled to be in place within 6 weeks.

So this news that they will be joined by the Nimitz group certainly looks like a massive build-up of forces in the region.

course it's not intended to be pre-emptive at all. Provocative ? Good grief, noooooo.

I don't subscribe to all the thinking that suggests that, as the enterprise is old and possibly "expendable", it is there as a sacrificial pawn in a Gulf of Tonkin recreation. But it's interesting that many people think their government might act like that.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 03:10:00 PM EST
"... might act like that" ???

Try, "does act like that."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 03:17:11 PM EST
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Like I said, I don't subscribe to that thinking at all ;-)

Frankly, looking at that last missile test the iranians posted, I'd be surprised if they hit the chinese embassy in bulgaria, let alone the enterprise

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 04:36:44 PM EST
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Take public statements about missile tests with a grain of salt, successful tests are downplayed and failures overplayed. Countries, and defense contractors, have a lot to hide in those things.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 08:19:59 PM EST
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I remember Chekhov in this case - when there is the gun on the stage it should be used. Who would believe Bush & Co that expensive voyage of these carriers to Persian Gulf is just a demonstration of force intimidating Iranians to cooperate? And then thanks for their willing cooperation?
Of course not, as we have seen in the run-up to Iraq war Buch clique does not need even pretext to launch "preemptive strike".
by FarEasterner on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 04:54:10 PM EST
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Somewhere I read the new honcho at CENTCOM is an admiral with no experience with ground combat but lots in carrier based air attacks.  

The humorous aspect of it all:  if Iran does have nukes those naval forces could be wiped-out with a couple of air bursts.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2007 at 03:16:17 PM EST


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