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instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
discussions and to end conflict.
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'Intentionally deceptive' Justice Dept. lawyers ordered to take ethics classes
federal judge ordered the Justice Department to send its lawyers back
to remedial ethics classes Thursday after finding that the
administration repeatedly misled the court in the high-profile
challenge to President Obama’s deportation amnesty.
Judge Andrew S. Hanen said the lawyers knew the administration was
approving amnesty applications but actively hid that information both
from him and from the 26 states that had sued to stop the amnesty.
Worse yet, even after the court ordered a halt to the whole amnesty,
the Department of Homeland Security approved several thousand more
applications, in defiance of the court’s strict admonition, Judge Hanen
said, counting at least four separate times the government’s attorneys
Establishment Conservatives Pointless Meeting at Throne of Facebook
A delegation of Establishment conservative types descended on Silicon Valley today to make Facebook look good.
I have some thoughts about it. This is going to be a long column, so strap yourselves in.
I’m sure it
wasn’t these conservative figures’ intent merely to assist in
Facebook’s marketing efforts, but at this point, if maliciousness is
ruled out as a motivation, extreme stupidity is the only possible
perhaps a touch of pathetic egotism. I think many of those invited are
a little starstruck by Zuck. After all, he’s the millennial billionaire
CEO of the largest social network on the planet, and has spent the last
decade making old media irrelevant, a point made plain by the amount of
“I’m on my way!!!!!!” Facebook posts posted by attendees today.
Donald Trump fires back at Robert Gates
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump brushed aside
concerns raised this week about his candidacy by former Defense
Secretary Robert Gates, saying he’s “not a big fan” of Mr. Gates and
that he “knows nothing about me.”
“Look at where our country is with years of him being involved,” Mr.
Trumpsaid of the former security adviser on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
Friday. “We are a mess, number one. I know he has a great reputation
and all of that. All of these guys have a great reputation. They have
been doing this stuff for 15 years. Look where our country is, OK? We
need a new group with better thinking.”
Mr. Gates, who served in the Obama and Bush administrations, told Yahoo
News that he is not yet comfortable Mr. Trump’s candidacy and that he
is waiting to see what sort of team he assembles around himself.
Michelle Obama, FDA announce changes to food labels
First lady Michelle Obama announced changes to food labels Friday that
will require companies to show added sugar and will change serving
sizes to reflect how much Americans really eat.
The White House and the Food and Drug Administration said the changes,
required two years from now, also will revise the fine print on food
labels to add vitamin D and potassium, “nutrients Americans often do
not get enough of,” the administration said.
Mrs. Obama said the revamped labels are part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get Americans to eat healthier.
Hillary ducking final debate with Sanders in California
Declares Democratic primary over, training fire on Donald Trump
Hillary Clinton is ducking her final debate with Sen.
Bernard Sanders, brushing off a commitment she made earlier this year
to participate in a forum in California ahead of the state’s June 7
primary — and analysts say the former first lady is right to do so and
could only damage herself in another testy back-and-forth with the
For her part, Mrs. Clinton seems to think another debate is a waste of
time. She declared the Democratic primary over on Thursday, telling CNN
that she’ll be the party’s nominee and training most of her fire on
Republican opponent Donald Trump.
But for Mr. Sanders, who trails badly in the delegate race yet
continues to rack up primary wins in states across the country, another
forum would offer a chance to draw contrasts with Mrs. Clinton. In a
statement this week, the Sanders campaign acted as if it expects the
debate to take place.
Senator Boxer Claims Sanders Supporters Made her Fear for Her Life
Senator Barbara Boxer was booed off stage as all hell broke loose at
the Nevada Democratic Convention last weekend. She also claims that
Bernie Sanders supporters were so unhinged that she feared for her life.
Earlier Wednesday, California’s other Democratic senator, Barbara
Boxer, said Sanders supporters should attempt “to change the primary
process, but not to go out there and throw chairs and to put people’s
lives in danger because the democratic process as put forward and
ratified by the two parties is being carried out.”
Clinton Rape Accuser Blasts 'Biased' NBC Anchor
Juanita Broaddrick: Network's correspondent 'Lisa Myers actually warned me about Andrea' Mitchell
First, GOP presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump ripped away
the “philandering husband” fašade from Bill Clinton, publicly charging
on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday that the former president committed
Then, on the same day, the victim, Juanita Broaddrick, described for
the first time – in a WND exclusive sit-down interview conducted in
Broaddrick’s Arkansas home – exactly how the alleged 1978 sexual
assault had deeply and permanently scarred her life throughout the
intervening decades. And Broaddrick mentioned something else: Of all
mainstream journalists, the one she spoke to recently on the phone,
seeking an update from Broaddrick on the rape incident and its
aftermath, was NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
“Lisa Myers actually warned me about Andrea,” Broaddrick told WND
today, responding to Mitchell’s comment essentially calling her a liar.
Black Lives Matter leader charged with sex trafficking
Charles Wade, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer and co-founder
of Operation Help or Hush, was arrested last month and charged with
human trafficking and prostitution.
Mr. Wade was arrested at a Howard Johnson Inn in College Park,
Maryland, on April 25. Police said he was residing in a motel room
where he allegedly pimped a 17-year-old girl, The Daily Caller reported
Mr. Wade was held on seven counts relating to felony human trafficking
and prostitution. He was bailed out shortly after his arrest, according
to a statement he released on Twitter Wednesday.
When it's Hillary who poisons Hillary
is still the way to bet for November. Just ask your local bookie. He’ll
give you very attractive odds for putting a dollar on the Donald.
But if you’re a
party chief you would rather not put up a candidate, even an early
betting favorite, who is regarded by nearly everyone as a crook, a
cheat, a fraud, and somebody who nobody, but nobody, likes.
suddenly campaigning in familiar circumstances, up to her neck in muddy
water and toxic debris, the inevitable nominee once more who can’t win
for losing. The Democrats should be measuring her head for the crown
but the jeweler is all out of rhinestones. She was supposed to be so
far ahead of Donald Trump by now that the pollsters and the bookies
would be closing the book.
Stopping Iran's meddling in the Middle East
Iraq’s persistent strife is orchestrated in Tehran
In a recent
article, titled, “Why America Needs Iran in Iraq,” former U.S.
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad cites the rise in power of Shite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr as one of his major concerns. It is true that Sheikh
al-Sadr has been and continues to be a problem for the future of Iraq.
U.S. government has always applied a double standard to this rebel
cleric. Despite Sheikh al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army being responsible for the
deaths of hundreds of U.S. military personnel and threatens to kill
more Americans, neither Sheikh al-Sadr nor his army have been placed on
the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list.
Medal of Honor
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
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