Romney at rally: I will not cut military spending

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 @ 4:20 PM

A rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was conducted this afternoon at the Wright Brothers Aero Hangar at the Dayton International Airport. The following are notes about what occurred there.

@3:54 p.m.: Romney finishes speaking to crowd at the Dayton International Airport near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar.

@3:47 p.m.: Romney continues speaking and tells the crowd trade is good for the country. “China has cheated … I will not allow that to continue,” he says.

@3:38 p.m.: “I will not cut our military spending,” Romney tells the crowd. He goes on to say Obama did not keep promises he made in his 2008 campaign for president. “His idea now … he’s got one new idea … to raise taxes,” Romney said. “Is there anyone that thinks raising taxes will help the economy?” The crowd says, “No.”

@3:36 p.m.: Mitt Romney begins speaking to the crowd. Asks them to chant, “Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan; Romney, Ryan …”

@3:35 p.m.: Ryan pauses for a moment while the crowd begins to chant, “Romney, Romney, Romney …”

@3:33 p.m.: “This is the man who knows how to do turnarounds,” Ryan says of Mitt Romney. “We need leadership … someone who will not blame other people for the next four years. … That’s this man right here,” Ryan says. “This is a man who knows how the economy works because he’s created over 10,000 jobs.”

@3:27 p.m.: Paul Ryan speaks to the crowd. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s failed policies,” he says. Mitt Romney has “proven policies to get the country back on track,” he said. “Gas, oil, coal, renewables, all of the above, it’s here, it’s ours … on Day 1 you know what he’s going to do? He’s going to say ‘yes’ to the Keystone Pipeline.”

@3:24 p.m.: Sen. Rand Paul takes the stage and asks, “Anybody here think it’s time for a new President? Anybody here mortified to see people burning the American flag?”

@3:20 p.m.: Sen. Rob Portman asks the crowd how many have an absentee ballot and will be voting that way. Asks that people spread the message to vote. “We need their vote and we need it now,” he says. “There are a thousand Delphi workers here in the Miami valley that were left behind by the Obama administration,” he says. “The Delphi workers deserve our support, don’t they?” Portman asked.

@3:09 p.m. Romney’s plane and Ryan’s bus have arrived at the rally. Ryan, Rand Paul, Romney and Portman take the stage together.

@2:50 p.m.: DeWine tells the crowd Romney is en route to the rally and will be there soon. Music resumes, kicking off with a Rascal Flatts song, and the crowd is waiting.

@2:44 p.m.: DeWine said, “O-H!” and the crowd chanted back, “I-O!” as he spoke. He encouraged voters to email and text friends and family to encourage them to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. “Imagine the difference,” he said. “Let’s look at judges,” he said. “If Barack Obama is sitting in the White House four years from now … he will have changed the complexion of the United States Supreme Court for decades. … is that what we want?” He asked. The crowd shouted back, “No!” The decision for president “will come down to Ohio,” DeWine told the crowd.

@2:43 p.m.: Congressman Mike Turner and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine are addressing the crowd. Turner gave a “shout out” to those who attended the same high school he did. he asked, “Who’s going to control the out-of-control spending in Washington … and who are we going to greet with a warm Ohio welcome?” The crowd shouted, “Romney.”

@2:36 p.m.: Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, is speaking to the crowd.

@2:33 p.m.: A fifth-grader is leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. @2:30 p.m.: Ohio Auditor Dave Yost introduces a pastor from a church who led the group in prayer. It is followed by a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

@2:15 p.m.: Country music singer Lee Greenwood is singing for the crowd of hundreds at the event near the Wright Brothers Aero hangar at the Dayton International Airport.

@1 p.m.: Vendors are hawking T-shirts, hats, buttons and more, both along McCauley Drive and inside the airplane hangar. The Romney-Ryan plane is out on the tarmac, near where the speech is to be delivered.

@ Noon: Doors open to the public.

@11 a.m.: Attendees are lined up outside along McCauley Drive to get through security checks. Several local Republican candidates, including Ohio Rep. Jim Butler and Montgomery County commission candidate Dave Vore are campaigning outside the event. Outside the entrance to the event two people in reindeer costumes waved signs. One said “Romney Fire Half of the Reindeer” and the other “Romney Bankrupted KB Toys, Stage Dept. and North Pole.” They were playing off a quote from former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Democratic National Convention earlier this month when he said if Mitt Romney were Santa Claus he would “fire the reindeer” and “outsource the elves.”

@9:30 a.m.: Secret Service, Dayton Regional Bomb Squad and other agencies are putting security measures in place.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Boy exchanges prized Christmas gift to help homeless 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Boy Gives Up Game Console To Help Those In Need For Holidays

An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists. 

Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.

His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.

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But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.

His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.

“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant,  told WJW.

Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.  

So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”

He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”

And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.

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Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.

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Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.

Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.

This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.

Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.

Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”

The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”

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Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

How to Avoid Package Theft

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

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So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.

Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as  "Package theft Wednesday."

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.

There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement officials, or at least provide you with video that might help identify the thieves.