National Pollinator Week 2013

"Pollinator Pathways " 2012 Pollinator Poster.  Credit: Steve Buchanan

“Pollinator Pathways ” 2012 Pollinator Poster. Credit: Steve Buchanan

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WHY POLLINATORS ARE IMPORTANT

Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.  Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

Over 75% of all flowering plants are pollinated by animals.

In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010. A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining.  Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens). Find out more about migrating pollinators: Mexican long-nosed bat White-winged Doves Lesser long-nosed bat  Rufous Hummingbird Hear podcasts about pollinators Gardening for Pollinators . Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops May 07, 2013 6:03 PM by DAN CHARLES – NPR Pettis says beekeepers can afford to lose only about 15 percent of their colonies each year. More than that, and the business won’t be viable for long. According to a new survey of America’s beekeepers, almost a third of the country’s honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter. That’s been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago. Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died. “Last year gave us some hope,” says Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of the Agriculture Department’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. But this year, the death rate was up again: 31 percent. Six years ago, beekeepers were talking a lot about “colony collapse disorder” — colonies that seemed pretty healthy, but suddenly collapsed. The bees appeared to have flown away, abandoning their hives. Beekeepers aren’t seeing that so much anymore, Pettis says. They’re mostly seeing colonies that just dwindle. As the crowd of bees gets smaller, it gets weaker. “They can’t generate heat very well in the spring to rear brood. They can’t generate heat to fly,” he says. For more: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/07/181990532/bee-deaths-may-have-reached-a-crisis-point-for-crops .

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How You Can Help

Pollinators need your help! There is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline.  However, there are some simple things you can do at home to encourage pollinator diversity and abundance. 1) Plant a Pollinator Garden  The most obvious need for pollinating species is a diversity of nectar and pollen sources.  Consider the following when choosing plants for your garden:

  • Choose plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season
  • Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators
  • Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators.  NAPPC’s Pollinator Syndromepdf file icon table provides information on the types of flowers that different pollinator groups (bats, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, etc.) find attractive.
  • Whenever possible, choose native plants.  Native plants will attract more native pollinators and can serve as larval host plants for some species of pollinators. Check field guides to find out which plants the larval stage of local butterflies eat. Pollinator friendly plants for your area can be found in NAPPC’s Ecoregional Planting Guides. Contact your local or state native plant society for help. Information on finding native plants and native plant societies for your area

2) Build a Bee Block 3) Avoid or Limit Pesticide Use Pesticides can kill more than the target pest. Some pesticide residues can kill pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied. Pesticides can also kill natural predators, which can lead to even worse pest problems. Consider the following when managing pests in your garden:

  • Try removing individual pests by hand if possible (wearing garden gloves)
  • Encourage native predators with a diverse garden habitat
  • Expect and accept a little bit of pest activity
  • If you must use a pesticide, choose one that is the least toxic to non-pest species, does not persist on vegetation, and apply it in the evening when most pollinators are not as active. Read and follow label directions carefully.

For more: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/YourHelp.html#garden . Native pollinators boost crop yields worldwide Farmers may not get the most out of their crops if they rely solely on honeybees March 1, 2013 By Susan Milius – science news Honeybees may be busy, but they may not be efficient: Native pollinators could help farms worldwide produce bigger harvests. Without the aid of local free-living pollinators, “we are not reaching the potential yield we could,” says Lucas Garibaldi of the National University of Rio Negro and Argentina’s CONICET research network. Communities of wild pollinators are more efficient overall than honeybees, he says. Crop yield increased as more wild visitors came to farms. Garibaldi and an international team reported February 28 in Science. The paper argues the global importance of native pollinators, says insect ecologist Frank Drummond of the University of Maine in Orono who was not one of the 50 coauthors. “It’s not just some little teeny field,” he says. Farmers have long assumed that wild insects “could be replaced with a lot of hives of honeybees without any problem,” Garibaldi says. Biologists knew that wild pollinators matter to wild plants as well as to certain crops such as blueberries, but not to commercial agriculture as a whole. Garibaldi and his colleagues looked at details such as the rate at which particular insect species visited flowers at 600 sites growing a total of 41 crops on all continents except Antarctica. Farms varied from industrial-scale almond farms and full-sun coffee operations to backyard cucumber patches. Native pollinators enhanced yields regardless of whether farmers provided honeybees as well, Garibaldi says. For more: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348685/description/Native_pollinators_boost_crop_yields_worldwide .

 

PBO Pollinator Memorandum

6/20/14 President Obama issued a memorandum directing U.S. government agencies to take additional steps to protect and restore domestic populations of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies – critical contributors to our nation’s economy, food system, and environmental health.

 

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American Beekeeping Federation http://www.abfnet.org

National Pollinator Week  – June 17 – 23, 2013

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    11:30 AM
    President Obama meets with senior advisers

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:05 PM
    President Obama makes a personnel announcement

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 81st Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. CR says:

    WHY POLLINATORS ARE IMPORTANT

    Pollinators, such as most bees and some birds, bats, and other insects, play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables.

    Examples of crops that are pollinated include apples, squash, and almonds. Without the assistance of pollinators, most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds. The fruits and seeds of flowering plants are an important food source for people and wildlife.  Some of the seeds that are not eaten will eventually produce new plants, helping to maintain the plant population.

    • CR says:

      Pollination in the United States

      In the United States pollination by honey bees directly or indirectly (e.g., pollination required to produce seeds for the crop) contributed to over $19 billion of crops in 2010. Pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to nearly $10 billion of crops in 2010.

      A recent study of the status of pollinators in North America by the National Academy of Sciences found that populations of honey bees (which are not native to North America) and some wild pollinators are declining.  Declines in wild pollinators may be a result of habitat loss and degradation, while declines in managed bees is linked to disease (introduced parasites and pathogens).

      For more: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/PollinatorPages/YourHelp.html#garden

    • CR says:

      Native pollinators boost crop yields worldwide
      Farmers may not get the most out of their crops if they rely solely on honeybees

      March 1, 2013 By Susan Milius – science news

      Honeybees may be busy, but they may not be efficient: Native pollinators could help farms worldwide produce bigger harvests.

      Without the aid of local free-living pollinators, “we are not reaching the potential yield we could,” says Lucas Garibaldi of the National University of Rio Negro and Argentina’s CONICET research network. Communities of wild pollinators are more efficient overall than honeybees, he says. Crop yield increased as more wild visitors came to farms.

      Garibaldi and an international team reported February 28 in Science.

      The paper argues the global importance of native pollinators, says insect ecologist Frank Drummond of the University of Maine in Orono who was not one of the 50 coauthors. “It’s not just some little teeny field,” he says.

      Farmers have long assumed that wild insects “could be replaced with a lot of hives of honeybees without any problem,” Garibaldi says. Biologists knew that wild pollinators matter to wild plants as well as to certain crops such as blueberries, but not to commercial agriculture as a whole.

      Garibaldi and his colleagues looked at details such as the rate at which particular insect species visited flowers at 600 sites growing a total of 41 crops on all continents except Antarctica. Farms varied from industrial-scale almond farms and full-sun coffee operations to backyard cucumber patches. Native pollinators enhanced yields regardless of whether farmers provided honeybees as well, Garibaldi says.

      For more: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/348685/description/Native_pollinators_boost_crop_yields_worldwide

    • CR says:

      Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

      May 07, 2013 6:03 PM by DAN CHARLES – NPR

      Pettis says beekeepers can afford to lose only about 15 percent of their colonies each year. More than that, and the business won’t be viable for long.

      According to a new survey of America’s beekeepers, almost a third of the country’s honeybee colonies did not make it through the winter.

      That’s been the case, in fact, almost every year since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began this annual survey, six years ago.

      Over the past six years, on average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. The worst year was five years ago. Last year was the best: Just 22 percent of the colonies died.

      “Last year gave us some hope,” says Jeffrey Pettis, research leader of the Agriculture Department’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md.

      But this year, the death rate was up again: 31 percent.

      Six years ago, beekeepers were talking a lot about “colony collapse disorder” — colonies that seemed pretty healthy, but suddenly collapsed. The bees appeared to have flown away, abandoning their hives.

      Beekeepers aren’t seeing that so much anymore, Pettis says. They’re mostly seeing colonies that just dwindle. As the crowd of bees gets smaller, it gets weaker.

      “They can’t generate heat very well in the spring to rear brood. They can’t generate heat to fly,” he says.

      Farmers who grow crops like almonds, blueberries and apples rely on commercial beekeepers to make sure their crops get pollinated.

      But the number of honeybees has now dwindled to the point where there may not be enough to pollinate those crops.

      Pettis says that this year, farmers came closer than ever to a true pollination crisis. The only thing that saved part of the almond crop in California was some lovely weather at pollination time.

      “We got incredibly good flight weather,” Pettis says. “So even those small colonies that can’t fly very well in cool weather, they were able to fly because of good weather.”

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/07/181990532/bee-deaths-may-have-reached-a-crisis-point-for-crops

      • CR says:

        More Than Honey – Official Trailer

        Published on Feb 9, 2013

        In the past five years, billions of honeybees simply vanished for reasons still obscure. If the bees keep dying, it will have drastic effects for humans as well: more than one third of our food production depends on pollination by honeybees. Seeking answers, the film embarks on a world journey to discover bees and men. MORE THAN HONEY is the provocative yet touching tale of what may happen to mankind all over the world.

        A 2M euro budget documentary by Oscar nominated director Markus Imhoof and by the creators of “LET´S MAKE MONEY”& “WE FEED THE WORLD”.

        Website: http://www.morethanhoney.senator.de

    • CR says:

      Bees Survival: Ban More Pesticides?

      May 3, 2013 — science daily

      Neonicotinoids are under intense scrutiny. But a ban of a broad variety of pesticides may be required to protect bees, humans and the environment.

      Pesticides not adequately tested
      Connolly exposed bee brains to these pesticides and organo-based pesticides andreported that the nerves spun into hyperactivity and then stopped working. A combination of these two pesticides types had a stronger impact, suggesting the combined soup of pesticides could be causing more serious harm. “I don’t understand how this was missed. As a neuroscientist it just seemed blindingly obvious. The biggest effect was hyperactivation of the major learning centre, which was completely predictable,” Connolly said.

      The nerve agents effects were missed because safety screens looked to see how many honey bees die after four days exposure. But harm is only evident over a period of two weeks in bumblebees and is seen when you look at entire colonies. “So the safety test is all wrong. The thing that concerns me is that this throws a question mark over several hundred pesticides, all tested by inadequate safety screens,” says Connolly. He suggests that we should be tracking pesticides use in the environment, just like we monitor drug use in patients.

      For more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130503094140.htm

    • CR says:

      For Year-Round Buzz, Beekeepers ‘Fast-Forward Darwinism’

      May 12, 2013 1:47 PM by KATHERINE PERRY – NPR

      Beekeepers In Massachusetts are taking the mission to save the bees into their own hands.

      There has been a dramatic disappearance of honeybees across the U.S. since 2006. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report blamed a combination of problems, including mites, disease, poor nutrition and pesticides.

      To fortify the honeybee population in its area, the Plymouth County Beekeepers Association in Plympton, Mass., is slowly nurturing its own, stronger breed.

      The arrival of the bees is a rite of spring for the group. This year, the club’s 300-some members came out to pick up 525 crates of honeybees. Ann Rein, president of the association, estimates there are more than 5.2 million bees in total.

      She says most people in the club, like Steve Brown, got into backyard bees not to save the Earth, but for more hedonistic reasons: honey and entertainment.

      “You go out first thing in the morning and have coffee, and watch the bees going to work. Maybe the end of the day, have a cocktail … and watch the bees coming back from work,” Brown says.

      But the bees Brown is picking up this season likely won’t survive the winter. They are bred in Georgia; the majority of the U.S. bee-rearing industry is in the South. They are unsuited to the New England climate, and are vulnerable to the same factors being blamed for the widespread decline of the honeybees.

      “There’ll probably be anywhere from 30- to 60-percent failure with a lot of these queens that won’t over-winter,” says Bob Hickey, chairman of the association’s Queen Rearing Initiative.

      He says most backyard beekeepers just buy new bees every year — maintaining, but not substantially increasing or strengthening, the bee stock.

      When the group read about heartier, Northern queens being bred at Minnesota State University, members decided to work on breeding their own better bee.

      For more: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/12/183266512/for-year-round-buzz-beekeepers-fast-forward-darwinism

    • CR says:

      Inside The White House – Bees!

      Uploaded on Jun 23, 2010

      The Beehive

      Charlie Brandt, a White House carpenter for more than two decades, started beekeeping as a hobby, and the Obama White House quickly embraced the idea of making honey on-site to use in White House recipes. Brandt is now the official beekeeper of what is believed to be the first ever beehive on White House grounds. The beehive is located on the South Lawn, and the foraging bees help pollinate the Kitchen Garden.

      This beehive is a first for the White House. The busy bees pollinate the kitchen garden, flora all over Washington and provide honey for the White House kitchen. Take a look at this year’s colony, estimated at about 70,000 bees, and listen to how the idea for a beehive on the South Lawn came about.

    • CR says:

      Mystery of the Disappearing Bees (VOA On Assignment June 28)

      Published on Jun 28, 2013

      On Assignment’s Rebecca Ward talks to VOA Midwest Correspondent Kane Farabaugh about the devastating effects of insecticides on the worldwide honeybee population. Kane fought his self-confessed “irrational fear of bees” and put on a bee suit to bring us this story.

    • CR says:

      Fungicide for Plants May Hurt Honeybees

      August 09, 2013 Megan McGrath -VOAnews

      A widely used chemical used to fight plant disease is hurting honeybees in an unexpected way, according to new research. As Megan McGrath reports, it may be contributing to the widespread loss of honeybees that pollinate many fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops.

      Honeybee hives in the United States and elsewhere are dying, and researchers like Dennis VanEngelsdorp at the University of Maryland are trying to understand why. “The number of colonies that die every winter has been one in three. So on average 30 percent of the colonies have died every winter over the last six winters. And that’s an astronomical number.”

      VanEngelsdorp’s research team examined the pollen that honeybees carried to their hives, and found that it was contaminated with high doses of 35 different pesticides. They also found that eating certain fungicides made bees more susceptible to infection by Nosema, a deadly microbe.

      But fungicides are essential to US agriculture, according to pesticide industry researcher Mike Leggett, with CropLife America. “Fungicides are used, and have been used, pretty broadly, for centuries, for protection of plants from plant disease,” he said.

      For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/fungicide–for-plants-may-hurt-honeybees/1727174.html

    • CR says:

      Fish and Wildlife Service to eliminate bee-killing pesticides from protected lands

      Some good news for the imperiled pollinators

      JUL 14, 2014 03:01 PM PDT LINDSAY ABRAMS – tpm

      Are the bees finally beginning to catch a break? Highlighting the toxic chemicals’ “potential broad-spectrum adverse effects to non-target species,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week quietly announced plans to eliminate the use of bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges.

      The FWS memo, flagged by the Center for Food Safety, announces a gradual phasing out of the class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, on National Wildlife Refuge Lands for the Pacific Region – which includes Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon and Washington — building up to their complete elimination by January 2016. Over 8,700 acres of cropland falls within that region, and while pesticides aren’t generally used in refuge management, the agency notes that an undetermined amount of neonicotinoids likely find their way into the protected areas by way of treated seeds.

      A FWS official pointed Salon to information included with the memo, which confirms that the decline in bee populations, of which neonicotinoid use is believed to be a contributing factor, is the driving justification for the phase-out. “While the use of neonics on refuges is limited,” the memo reads, “the persistence and systemic action have the long-term potential to adversely impact refuge invertebrates, especially native bee fauna and other pollinators.”

      For more: http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/fish_and_wildlife_service_to_eliminate_bee_killing_pesticides_from_protected_lands/

    • CR says:

      Record drought saps California honey production

      8/21/14 By TERENCE CHEA – Associated Press

      LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — California’s record drought hasn’t been sweet to honeybees, and it’s creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

      The state is traditionally one of the country’s largest honey producers, with abundant crops and wildflowers that provide the nectar that bees turn into honey. But the lack of rain has ravaged native plants and forced farmers to scale back crop production, leaving fewer places for honeybees to forage.

      The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey, raising prices for consumers and making it harder for beekeepers to earn a living.

      “Our honey crop is severely impacted by the drought, and it does impact our bottom line as a business,” said Gene Brandi, a beekeeper in Los Banos, a farming town in California’s Central Valley.

      The state’s deepening drought is having widespread impacts across the state. More than 80 percent of the state is under “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency, and residents now face fines of up to $500 a day for wasting water.

      The drought is just the latest blow to honeybees, which pollinate about one third of U.S. agricultural crops. In recent years, bee populations worldwide have been decimated by pesticides, parasites and colony collapse disorder, a mysterious phenomenon in which worker bees suddenly disappear.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/californias-drought-stings-bees-honey-supplies-063526497.html

    • CR says:

      Native Bees May Help Save Crops

      August 21, 2014 8:12 PM Deborah Block – VOA

      BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND—

      In June, U.S. President Barack Obama called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees and other pollinators that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease, pesticides and farming.

      Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Before that can happen, though, scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, said biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees.

      To most of us, a bee is just a bee, but not to Droege.

      “They’re beautiful to look at under a microscope,” he said at his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore.

      Pioneering research

      Four years ago, Droege began his pilot project surveying native bees for the U.S. government’s Geological Survey. He sorts them in pizza boxes, which he uses for storage. He says scientists know a lot about honeybees — which produce honey and pollinate a third of U.S. crops – but very little about wild bees, which pollinate 75 percent of wild plants.

      “They don’t produce honey. They don’t have a barbed sting. They’re not aggressive. Some like sandy soils, some like thick grass; some are only nesting in woods,” said Droege.

      For the entire article and video: http://www.voanews.com/content/native-bees-may-help-save-crops/2424105.html

  3. COS says:

    CR thanks for this awesome topic. I started a little garden in my backyard and I am enjoying it. This is very good information. I knew bees played a role in gardening but did not realize how important they were. Sure wish that I had some Of FLOTUS’ White House nhoney. :) Really enjoyed reading this.

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Thursday, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

  5. CR says:

    Obama nominating Comey as FBI director Friday

    6/20/13 By NEDRA PICKLER | Associated Press – 1 hr 22 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday plans to nominate President George W. Bush’s former No. 2 at the Justice Department, James Comey, to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics.

    Comey is perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff over a no-warrant wiretapping program at the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft. Comey rushed to the side of his bedridden boss to physically stop White House officials in their attempt to get an ailing Ashcroft to reauthorize the program.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Comey would serve a 10-year tenure and replace Robert Mueller, who has held the job since the week before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mueller is set to resign on Sept. 4 after overseeing the bureau’s transformation into one the country’s chief weapons against terrorism.

    The White House said in a statement that Obama would announce his choice of Comey on Friday afternoon.

    Comey was a federal prosecutor who severed for several years as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York before coming to Washington after the Sept. 11 attacks as deputy attorney general. In recent years he’s been an executive at defense company Lockheed Martin, general counsel to a hedge fund, board member at HSBC Holdings and lecturer on national security law at Columbia Law School.

    The White House may hope that Comey’s Republican background and strong credentials will help him through Senate confirmation at a time when some of Obama’s nominees have been facing tough battles. Republicans have said they see no major obstacles to his confirmation, although he is certain to face tough questions about his hedge fund work, his ties to Wall Street as well as how he would handle current, high-profile FBI investigations.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-nominating-comey-fbi-director-friday-202300449.html

  6. CR says:

    Abby Wambach Becomse All-Time Leading Scorer with Four Goals in 5-0 Win vs. Korea Republic

    Abby Wambach became the world’s all-time leading scorer by netting four goals during the Women’s National Team’s 5-0 win against Korea Republic.

    June 20, 2013

    * Wambach Scores Four Goals in First Half, Passing Mia Hamm for Record with Third Strike in 29th Minute
    * Wambach Now at 160 Career Goals after Adding Score in Stoppage Time of First Half
    * U.S. Women’s National Team sweeps Two-Game Series Against Korea Republic in front of 18,961

    HARRISON, N.J. (June 20, 2013) – On a magical and historic night for the U.S. Women’s National Team, forward Abby Wambach needed less than a half hour against Korea Republic to become greatest goal scorer in women’s international soccer during a 5-0 rout of Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

    Wambach scored four goals — all in the first half — but it was the third strike in the 29th minute that gave her 159 for career and moved her past former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Mia Hamm to become the all-time leading leader in career international goals. Fittingly, she scored the record-breaking goal on a trademark diving header off a perfect corner kick from Megan Rapinoe, who famously sent her the cross that she headed home in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil.

    Wambach’s teammates engulfed her as the players and the players on the U.S. bench sprinted out onto the field to join them in a joyous celebration.

    “It’s surreal to begin with,” said Wambach. “I’m so thankful and my teammates were trying to get me those goals. I can’t thank them enough. As a competitor you want to be done with the things that put me at the forefront of conversations. This team is too good to be talking about one person.”

    For more:http://www.ussoccer.com/news/womens-national-team/2013/06/130620-wnt-vs-korea-match-report.aspx

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    June 20, 2013

    U.S. Women vs. Korea Republic Women
    7:30 p.m. ET
    Red Bull Arena
    Harrison, N.J.

    Final Score: US Women 5:0 Korea Republic

    Wambach 11′, Wambach 20′, Wambach 31′, Wambach

    • CR says:

      As of June 20, 2013, Wambach has 160 goals in 207 international matches. With her 160 goals, Wambach is currently the leading world all-time scorer for men and women.Wambach (27 goals) and Alex Morgan (28 goals) combined for 55 goals in 2012 – equaling a 21-year-old record set in 1991 by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) as the most goals scored by any duo in U.S. women’s national team history. Wikipedia source

  7. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 06/21/13 or “What’s the Craic”

    Published on Jun 20, 2013

    This week, the President honored Father’s Day and the WNBA Champion Indiana Fever at the White House before embarking on a four-day trip to the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland and to Berlin.

  8. CR says:

    Monday, June 17, 2013 usmayors.org

    VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO ADDRESS THE NATION’S MAYORS IN LAS VEGAS, FRIDAY, JUNE 21st

    MAYORS TO GATHER FOR THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS 81st ANNUAL MEETING – FRIDAY, JUNE 21 TO MONDAY, JUNE 24

    Washington, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden will address the nation’s mayors on Friday, June 21st in Las Vegas at the 81st Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors.

    Almost 200 mayors will gather in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel for the four-day session led by Conference President Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter and host Las Vegas (NV) Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

    During the meeting, mayors from all over the country will come together to discuss public policy issues impacting residents in cities large and small.

    The economic health of the nation’s cities, immigration, the on-going violence in America’s cities, school safety, municipal bonds, energy efficiency, infrastructure investment, housing and help for returning Veterans top this year’s agenda. On the final day of the meeting, the mayors will debate and vote on policy resolutions to forward to Congress and the Administration in the hopes of shaping federal legislation. Approved resolutions will be available at http://www.usmayors.org following the meeting.

    For more: http://www.usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2013/0617-advisory-81stAnnual.pdf

  9. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Unhinged N.H. lawmaker exits stage right

    Jun 21, 2013 8:40 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Remember New Hampshire state Rep. Stella Tremblay (R)? She raised eyebrows in April when, just a week after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, she argued on Glenn Beck’s Facebook page that the United States government was responsible for the attack. Pressed for an explanation, Tremblay, who’s also a birther, said she had suspicions of some kind of plot involving Secretary of State John Kerry, Saudi nationals, and “black ops” soldiers.

    This week, the Republican lawmaker was at it again, emailing her legislative colleagues to say she had proof that the federal government was behind the bombing, which amounted to a variety of conspiracy theories she found online. “Have you seen ANY main stream media doing a follow up on these stories? I have not,” Tremblay wrote. “I just connect the dots. Apparently, it is very dangerous to seek truth, or ask questions.”

    Last night, Tremblay decided it was time to exit stage right.

    Controversial state Rep. Stella Tremblay, R-Auburn, resigned from the New Hampshire House of Representatives Thursday, moments before lawmakers were poised to pass a two-year, nearly $11 billion budget and a day after she made another allegation the Boston Marathon bombing might have been a government conspiracy.

    Tremblay sent a letter of resignation to the House Speaker’s office via certified mail on Thursday. She also sold her house for $410,000 on Monday, according to property records.

    The Glenn Beck wing of the Republican Party still exists, but as of last night, at least when it comes to elected officials, its membership is one person smaller.

  10. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    Republicans really aren’t good at this

    20 Jun 2013 02:58 PM PDT – Liberal Librarian – ThePeoplesView

    Today the GOP farm bill went down in flames as 62 of the GOP Teabag faction voted against the leadership, joining nearly all Democrats to deal Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor yet another defeat from within. Of course, the Teabaggers didn’t vote against the bill because they were aghast at the steep cuts to vital food stamp funding. No, they wanted to just do away with food stamps all together, and much like the purity left threw a fit that the bill wasn’t “good” enough.

    A few quotes from around the Intertubes.

    From Steve Benen:

    To be sure, even if the House had passed its bill, it wasn’t going far given the scope of the opposition from Senate Democrats and an unambiguous veto threat from the Obama White House.

    But the real takeaway here is that the House Republican leadership, once again, failed miserably: “The House defeated the farm bill resoundingly … dealing another blow to Speaker John A. Boehner as he continues to struggle to move legislation opposed by conservative interest groups.”…

    As for what happens now, it’s not entirely clear, but the next move will probably be a temporary extension of the status quo, while GOP leaders redouble their efforts to learn how to count to 218.

    Read more: http://www.thepeoplesview.net/2013/06/open-thread-republicans-really-arent.html#more

  11. CR says:

    summer

    Happy Summer Everyone!
    I HOPE that you have a good day!

  12. CR says:

    2:05 PM ET
    President Obama makes a personnel announcement

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/313504-2

    • CR says:

      June 21, 2013

      Remarks by the President at Nomination of James Comey as Director of the FBI

      Rose Garden

      2:11 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat.

      For more than a century, we have counted on the dedicated men and women of the FBI to keep us safe. In that time, the FBI has been led by six directors. And the second-longest-serving director of the FBI — for the last 12 years — has been an exemplary public servant, Bob Mueller.

      By law, FBI directors only serve for 10 years. But back in 2011, when Bob’s term was up, I asked Congress to give him two more years. It wasn’t a request I made lightly, and I know Congress didn’t grant it lightly. But at a time when transitions were underway at the CIA and the Pentagon, and given the threats facing our nation, we felt it was critical to have Bob’s steady hand and strong leadership at the Bureau.

      Twelve years is a long time to do anything — and I guarantee you that Bob’s wife, Ann, agrees. So, in addition to asking Congress, I think we needed approval from Ann as well for those extra two years. Today, as Bob prepares to complete his service, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us as a nation to say thank you to Bob and Ann, but also it gives me a chance to announce my choice to be the next director of the FBI, Jim Comey.

      Every day, our FBI special agents, analysts and professional staff devote — and often risk — their lives keeping us secure, from the streets of our cities to the battlefield of Afghanistan. They embody the core principles of fidelity, bravery and integrity.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/21/remarks-president-nomination-james-comey-director-fbi

      • CR says:

        In 93-1 vote, Senate confirms FBI nominee

        7/29/13 06:07 PM ET By Ramsey Cox – TheHill

        The Senate voted 93-1 Monday to confirm James Comey as head of the FBI.

        The only senator to vote against Comey was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has expressed concerns about the FBI’s domestic drone program.

        Comey, who worked in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, will succeed outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller.

        The new director is perhaps best known for his opposition to the Bush warrentless wiretapping program. He also argued against the use of water boarding as an interrogation method.

        Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he was “disappointed” that he had to file a cloture motion on Comey’s nomination.

        But by the end of Monday, Republicans had agreed to hold the up-or-down vote on his nomination rather than a procedural vote to end debate.

        Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/314179-senate-votes-93-1-to-confirm-obamas-nominee-to-lead-the-fbi

        • CR says:

          July 29, 2013

          Statement by the President on the Confirmation of James Comey as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

          I applaud the overwhelming, bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed Jim Comey to be the next director of the FBI. Jim is a natural leader of unquestioned integrity. In the face of ever-changing threats, he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to defending America’s security and ideals alike. With Jim at the Bureau’s helm, I know that the FBI will be in good hands long after I’ve left office.

          As welcome as today’s vote is, however, the Senate still has work to do. Like the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a critical law enforcement agency, and it has been without a confirmed director for far too long. I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm Todd Jones, my nominee to lead the ATF, so that he and his team can do their part to keep American families safe. As Senators from both parties recognized today, we cannot allow partisan politics to get in the way of protecting the American people.

  13. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  14. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 81st Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

  15. CR says:

    June 21, 2013

    Readout of the President’s Call with the Miami Heat

    This afternoon, the President called head coach Erik Spoelstra to congratulate the Miami Heat on their second consecutive NBA championship. On the call, the President noted the Heat’s relentless determination in what was an historic season for the team and their MVP, LeBron James. The President told Coach Spoelstra that he looks forward to congratulating the team once again at the White House.

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  17. CR says:

    June 22, 2013

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    Hi everybody. Right now, the United States Senate is debating a bipartisan, commonsense bill that would be an important step toward fixing our broken immigration system.

    It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law.

    It’s a bill that would modernize the legal immigration system so that, as we train American workers for the jobs of tomorrow, we’re also attracting the highly skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who grow our economy for everyone.

    It’s a bill that would provide a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally – a pathway that includes passing a background check, learning English, paying taxes and a penalty, then going to the back of the line behind everyone trying to come here legally.

    And, a few days ago, a report from the Congressional Budget Office definitively showed that this bipartisan, commonsense bill will help the middle class grow our economy and shrink our deficits, by making sure that every worker in America plays by the same set of rules and pays taxes like everyone else.

    According to this independent report, reforming our immigration system would reduce our deficits by almost a trillion dollars over the next two decades. And it will boost our economy by more than 5 percent, in part because of businesses created, investments made, and technologies invented by immigrants.

    This comes on the heels of another report from the independent office that monitors Social Security’s finances, which says that this immigration bill would actually strengthen the long-term health and solvency of Social Security for future generations.

    Because with this bill, millions of additional people will start paying more in taxes for things like Social Security and education. That’ll make the economy fairer for middle-class families.

    So that’s what comprehensive immigration reform looks like. Stronger enforcement. A smarter legal immigration system. A pathway to earned citizenship. A more vibrant, growing economy that’s fairer on the middle class. And a more stable fiscal future for our kids.

    Now, the bill isn’t perfect. It’s a compromise. Nobody is going to get everything they want – not Democrats, not Republicans, not me. But it’s consistent with the principles that I and others have laid out for commonsense reform. That’s why Republicans and Democrats, CEOs and labor leaders, are saying that now is the time to pass this bill. If you agree with us, reach out to your Senators and Representatives. Tell them that the time for excuses is over; it’s time to fix our broken immigration system once and for all.

    We can do this, because we are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants; a place enriched by the contributions of people from all over the world, and stronger for it. That’s been the story of America from the start. Let’s keep it going. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  18. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  19. CR says:

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    Come on over to my newest post titled: “Title IX & MA Senate Special Election 2013 ”

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