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Ebola in New York City
A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola
patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive
for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have
come into contact with him.
The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center and
placed in isolation at the same time as investigators sought to retrace
every step he had taken over the past several days.
RODE SUBWAY HOURS BEFORE TESTING POSITIVE...
HAD CLEARED ENHANCED AIRPORT SCREENING...
HHS: TRUST US...
CLAIM: Patients being 'disappeared'...
NYC Officials Try to Reassure a Wary City
As disease investigators sought to ensure on Friday that they had found
and isolated everyone who came into contact with New York City’s first
Ebola patient when he was sick and infectious, doctors treating the man
were discussing using experimental treatments to help him battle the
Health officials said that initial reports were incorrect when they
indicated that Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, had a 103-degree fever when he
notified authorities of his ill health on Thursday. He actually only had
a 100.3 fever. Officials attributed the mistake to a transcription
Holder 'Exasperated' Over Slective Leaks of Officer Wilson's Grand Jury Case
Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly not pleased about the recent
leaks involving the grand jury testimony of Ferguson Police Officer
Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
According to CBS News, the attorney general has been “exasperated” over what he calls “selective leaks” in the case.
The New York Times reported last week that Wilson told investigators
that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear his for his life as they
struggled over his gun.
Obama Claims 'Fast and Furious' Executive Privilege for Holder's Wife?
Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama
Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the
Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the
Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial
Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court
had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice
The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement
in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional
investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the
document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his
wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an
extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim
of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act.
The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a
Top Iranian Official: Obama is 'The Weakest of U.S. Presidents'
Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency (UPDATED)
The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama
“the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure
in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly
candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.
The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the
international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL,
And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and
Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of
Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of
conceding to America’s demands.
NYC police officer critically wounded in hatchewt attack
A hatchet-wielding attacker charged a group of New York City police
officers posing for a photograph on Thursday, wounded two, one
critically, before the assailant was shot dead, police said.
The officers were on foot patrol when they were asked by a freelance
photographer to pose for a picture on a Queens street at about 2 p.m., a
New York Police Department spokesman said.
Suddenly a man carrying a hatchet charged the officers, swinging it and
striking one officer in the right arm and then swinging it again and
striking a second officer in the head, the spokesman said.
Furious Cameron tells EU, "We won't pay", over surprise budgeet
In a vivid display of public fury at European
Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a
surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an
urgent review of how the budget figures were arrived at.
As Eurosceptics at home leapt on news that the EU executive - a "thirsty
vampire" - had demanded a sum worth about a seventh of London's annual
payment after a rare statistical review of national incomes, Cameron
demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit in Brussels calling the
bill "completely unacceptable".
He found some sympathy around the table - a visibly furious Cameron told
a news conference that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had also
lambasted "bureaucrats without a heart", who made it harder to persuade
citizens of the Union's value.
FBI warns media: Journalists 'desirable targets for ISIL
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a bulletin to reporters on
Thursday warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant had
identified reporters and media personalities as "desirable targets" for
retribution attacks against the United States.
"The FBI assesses, based on open source statements and postings, that
[ISIL] members and supporters view members of the US media establishment
as legitimate targets for retribution attacks as the US-led air
campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria continues," the FBI bulletin
states. "Online supporters of ISIL have called—via various social media
sites—for retaliation against the United States and US interests abroad,
especially since US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria began."
Putin accuses U.S. of damaaging world order?
President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of making
the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat" in
international diplomacy and denied Russia wanted to build a new empire.
In a speech laced with language reminiscent of the Cold War, Putin
shifted blame for the crisis in Ukraine to the West and portrayed Russia
as a strong power that would not be forced to beg the West to lift
sanctions imposed over the conflict.
Obama's Lax Travel Rules Led to Ebola's Arrival in NYC
President Barack Obama is to blame for the arrival of the first case of
Ebola in New York City because of his persistent refusal to ban incoming
flights from West Africa, Republicans say.
The reaction comes one day after an American doctor, Craig Spencer, was
diagnosed with the virus after returning from Guinea, where he was
providing care for patients afflicted by the outbreak.
“This was avoidable. President Obama and Governor Cuomo left JFK airport
open to passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken nations even though
they knew the likelihood of an Ebola case arriving here was great.
Somehow political correctness was deemed more important than public
safety,” said New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino,
according to USA Today.
Federal Judge Dismisses Tea Party Lawsuits Against IRS
A federal judge
has dismissed on procedural grounds lawsuits filed by several tea party
groups against the IRS, USA Today reported.
The judge, in
his opinion issued Wednesday, stressed that he was not ruling on the
merits of the cases filed by True the Vote and Lynchpins of Liberty,
along with many other tea party affiliated organizations who had
claimed that their petitions for tax status had been stymied or held up
for greater scrutiny by the federal agency, which has been investigated
by Congress amid targeting allegations.
The Secret Service and the FBI model
If you want to know how to fix the Secret Service, take a look at its sister organization, the FBI.
Back when Louis
J. Freeh was FBI director, the bureau seemed to be falling apart.
Almost every six months, a new scandal erupted: the flawed indictment
of Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee, the fiasco involving innocent
bystander Richard Jewell at the Olympics bombing in Atlanta, and the
failures of the FBI laboratory.
Each of the
problems was directly traceable to decisions that Mr. Freeh made. Even
FBI agent Robert Hanssen’s spying most likely would have stopped if Mr.
Freeh had adopted a recommendation by Robert “Bear” Bryant, who headed
the bureau’s National Security Division, to polygraph all
counterintelligence agents. Instead, for seven more years until he was
caught, Hanssen continued to provide the Russians with some of the most
damaging information in the history of American espionage.
Ben Bradlee and the end of a rowdy era
for Ben Bradlee, who died this week age 93, invariably described him as
“the legendary editor” of The Washington Post. That was careless
language. Ben was not “legendary” at all. He was very real, as the
Watergate defendants learned to their chagrin and sorrow. His death put
finis to a remarkable era now fading into the mists and deepening
obsequies, some of them scheduled from the pulpit of the National
Cathedral, tell of “the editor who toppled Richard Nixon,” recalling
the newspaper’s glory days of pursuing Watergate secrets, and how Mr.
Bradlee and his most famous reporters, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward,
not only brought down a president, but changed the journalism of the
nation’s newspapers. Change it they did, and not necessarily for the
better. The imagined thrill of bringing down a president encouraged a
generation of callow journalists to imagine that bringing down
presidents is what a newspaper is all about. Some scandals are only
half-baked, and the Internet, which has largely replaced the newspaper
in the post-literacy age, is not a reliable bakery.
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving
Armed Services of the United States.
to its recipient by the President of the
United States of America in the name of Congress.
first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to
JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made
September 15, 2011
to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
then there have been: •
3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the
Medal of Honor.
PETRY, LEROY A.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya
Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry
moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained
high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant
Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons
fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both
legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then
reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade,
providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The
enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades.
The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the
ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed
only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff
Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his
safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the
grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the
grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade
it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further
injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and
throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his
gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely
wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant
Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet
on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order
to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff
Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect
great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Place / Date: 26 May 2008, Paktya Province, Afghanistan
From the Archives
American Fairness to a Fault — a Deadly One
Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 02:28 PM
American’s tragic flaw is our unbridled fairness, which has been
corrupted ever more by the cancer of political correctness to the point
we put ourselves at risk rather than create even the perception of
Sometime after the VOLAR (all volunteer) Army, the military veered from
the “yes sir, yes sir, three bags full” blind adherence to all orders to
the concept of refusing “unlawful orders” and that was ostensibly a
However, the uniformed services do not set or get to pick and choose
foreign policy. The civilian leadership sets foreign policy, and the
U.S. military enforces it — with a big, honking combined arms stick.
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters has been one of the rare pundits with the
courage to target the “culture of political correctness” in leadership
of the military. In at least two interviews on Fox, Peters (correctly)
blamed the culture of political correctness for the Army’s diffidence in
taking action against Nidal Malik Hasan in the wake of knowledge of the
Many mechanisms exist for dealing with matters of deep conscience — all
without killing those one might think disagree with in principle.
However, it is not prejudice to discriminate based on threat facts in
evidence. Refusal to act judiciously for fear of a tainted perception is
just plain dumb.
Notwithstanding the articulated fears of the Army chief of staff and the
secretary of Homeland Security, officials made an epic mistake in
handling suspicions about Hasan. A mistake founded on political
correctness and sustained by diffidence that cost the lives of
Reportedly, U.S. intelligence agencies were aware (months ago) that
Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with
al-Qaida. He spoke openly to too many people about his angst and
misdirected sympathies. He was apparently a poster child for suspicion,
and the Army failed bigtime to intervene.
“It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army
that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al-Qaida
figures," the officials said.
But you damnbetcha they SHOULD have done so.
Investigators want to know whether Hasan maintained contact with a
radical mosque leader from Virginia, Anwar al Awlaki, who now lives in
Yemen and runs a Web site that promotes jihad around the world against
the United States.
In a recent blog posting titled "Nidal Hassan Did the Right Thing,"
Awlaki calls Hasan a "hero" and a "man of conscience who could not bear
living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that
is fighting against his own people."
Increasingly we are told people who knew or worked with Hasan say he
seemed to become gradually more radical in his condemnation of the war
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Subordinates and superiors had a responsibility
to flag the inappropriate rhetoric, and they apparently did not.
The fear to speak out is a symptom of the PC disease fueled by
recriminations and implied threats of discrimination — a fear that
indirectly resulted in mayhem.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman said, "If Hasan was showing signs, saying to
people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to
have a zero tolerance," and despite the echo of shutting the barn door
after the horse got out, he is right.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. is concerned that speculation
about the religious beliefs of Hasan could “cause a backlash against
some of our Muslim soldiers.” He’s right, but such a backlash would be a
direct result of the failure of command — not prejudice.
When confronted about whether he thought the Army “dropped the ball” in
not responding to warning signs, Casey replied that the Army needs to be
careful not to jump to conclusions based on early tidbits of
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., both of whom
are veterans, took pains to say that Muslims have served honorably in
the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day, this is not about his religion — the fact that
this man was a Muslim,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
But, hey, it is (kinda/sorta) about religion (when the FBI says 10
percent of American Mosques preach jihad) — at least from a risk