Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The Reading Eagle has published its Voters Guide for Reading School Director for General Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, which includes me.
Here is the link to the guide: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/voters-guide-reading-school-board. A Spanish version will also be available.
Monday, October 26, 2015
The United States Successfully Defends the Freedom of the Seas against China’s Claims in the Spratlys
States today sent a Navy ship in a freedom of navigation
exercise into Communist China’s claimed 12 nautical-mile territory around one of the disputed Spratly Islands
claimed by China. The American warship was not impeded by the
Chinese, thereby defending the freedom of the seas.
I had posted last month, Update:
Expanding Claims of the Spratly Islands Inhibits Freedom of the Seas, http://williamcinfici.blogspot.com/2015/09/update-chinas-expanding-claims-of.html. In it, I had urged the Obama Administration
to conduct a freedom of navigation exercise, which would not necessarily
provoke any hostile incident. I
explained that not only has China been asserting its claims to all of the
Spratlys, against all the claims of the numerous other Asian states which each
claim some of the islands, and expanding the Chinese-occupied islands
exponentially by reclaiming thousands of acres from the sea, but also, through
its economic exclusionary zone, to all of the South China Sea. The area is rich in fish and oil. It is significant that the freedom of
navigation exercise undertaken by the U.S. was not only within the
claimed economic exclusionary zone, but even within the waters claimed by the
Chinese as sovereign territory.
The Americans have thus defended the interests of the world for travel and commerce by defending the freedom of the seas. Without fear of Chinese intimidation, the
must continue to conduct such freedom of navigation operations from time to
Friday, October 16, 2015
United States President Barack Obama’s Administration announced yesterday that it will maintain a larger force of American troops in
in 2016 and even extend their mission into 2017 to help the Afghan government
to continue to fight the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorists, together with the
This strategic decision reflects the learning of the lesson of withdrawing prematurely from
Iraq at the end of 2013, which allowed
al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq,
which split off into the “Islamic State” to seize large swathes of Iraqi
territory. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan
continues to train Afghan troops while providing various levels of support in
this critical battleground in the War on Terrorism to prevent the Taliban from
returning to power to provide a safe haven to their al-Qaeda allies. Al-Qaeda originated the September 11, 2001
Attacks on the U.S. from Afghanistan.
Also, President Obama declared yesterday that the
has sent a small contingent of non-combat armed military personnel to Cameroon to provide intelligence and other
support to help that ally in the fight against al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Nigeria, Boko
It is vitally important as the
U.S. continues to fight the “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria that the mortal threat from
al-Qaeda not be ignored. It is also mutually beneficial to support strong allies like Afghanistan
against our common enemies.
Kenneth (Ken) D. Taylor, the Canadian Ambassador to
who secretly harbored American diplomats from capture during the Iranian
Hostage Crisis, died yesterday at the age of 81.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iranians seized the United States Embassy and Consulate and took most of the staff hostage, with the acquiescence of the Islamist regime. A group of six American diplomats eluded capture and were eventually taken in by
Taylor. Some of them stayed with him and some at
another Canadian diplomatic residence.
For three months, the intrepid Canadian Ambassador and his staff kept
the presence of the Americans secret while tirelessly working with American
intelligence personnel to devise an escape.
After Taylor persuaded the Canadian
Parliament in an extraordinary secret session to issue fake passports to the
American diplomats, their escape from Iran was executed successfully in
January of 1980.
For his efforts, U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal that year.
received numerous awards and citations from Canada.
The Canadian government’s assistance to the Americans, led by
stands as a great example of the enduring friendship between Canada and the United States. May that friendship, personified by Ken
Taylor, continue to endure, and may God keep Canada
glorious and free and may God bless America!
Thursday, October 15, 2015
See also the Reading Eagle story about it here: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/reading-school-board-candidates-make-their-case-at-forum.
Despite being outnumbered five to one by the other candidates, who are running together as a ticket, I held my own, with several of the other candidates often agreeing with me. Three different times there was division among the candidates, with at least one of them backing me up with critical facts.
We fielded a wide variety of questions. I was able to hit all my major campaign themes of experience (as the only candidate for School Director with more than two years experience), making the Administration more accountable and increasing openness and transparency for more honest, effective and efficient government, including ending pay-to-play for no-bid contracts. My inclusion of special education, among my priorities of safety and security and fiscal responsibility, was the only time this critical issue was mentioned by any candidate in the forum.
I was especially glad to field a question from the only homeviewer about what we thought of allowing students to conduct course evaluations, just as they do in college. I responded that I had initiated such a program that the School District Administration had actually implemented at Reading High School for a time and would pursue restoring it. The program is not for teacher evaluation, but for self-improvement, and is part of customer feedback in regard to the course, materials and activities, as the District is there to serve its students. My other major motivation for it is to provide students another opportunity to practice writing skills.
I thank the LWV and BCTV for sponsoring and broadcasting the forum. Finally, I would be remiss not thank the late Edmund Doherty, who for many years put these candidates fora together to help make voters more informed about their candidates.
Friday, October 2, 2015
The United States House Votes to Require Iran to Pay Judgments for Victims of Terrorism as a Condition for the Nuclear Deal to Take Effect
The United States House of Representatives has passed legislation with bipartisan support that would block the nuclear weapons deal reached between
and other world powers, including the U.S.,
from taking effect until Iran
pays court judgments won against it by American victims of terrorism and other
acts of violent jihad that were sponsored by the Iranian dictatorial
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Pat Meehan of (R-Pennsylvania), who represents part of
the county in which I reside. A
companion piece of legislation is sponsored by Senator Pat Toomey, a
Republican, of Berks County Pennsylvania.
President Barack Obama, a liberal Democrat who signed the nuclear deal negotiated by his Administration, has threatened to veto the bill to require the Iranian regime to pay the judgments it owes to the victims of terrorism.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
I recently participated in a candidates forum for Reading School Director. Here is the link to the Reading Eagle article about it: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/7-candidates-make-pitch-for-seats-on-reading-school-board. One correction is that I did not say the current Board is “doing well,” but that they are doing some things well, such as continuing reforms the previous Board, on which I served, had started, but others not.
Several social media links about my candidacy were set up today: