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Land activists urge Trump to revoke Obama's national monuments
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
History, executive limits on line in environment vs. fuel debate
Western lands activists are urging Donald Trump to test the limits of
executive power by revoking millions of acres that President Obama set
aside as national monuments, setting up a landmark legal battle over one
of the nation’s most frequently used environmental protections.
Such a step would be historic. No president has undesignated a national
monument created by his predecessor, and it’s unclear whether he has the
authority to do so.
But Obama administration critics say now is the time to try to establish
a precedent. They say Mr. Obama has wildly abused presidential power in
using the 1906 Antiquities Act to cordon off huge swaths of land and
sea — mostly along the West and East coasts — to prevent energy
exploration. In total, he has earmarked at least 553 million acres of
land and water as national monuments, far more than any other president.
Kellyanne Conway tweets about opposition to Romney for Cabinet
A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump has gone on Twitter to
note opposition among some of his supporters to selection of former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as secretary of state.
In a pair of posts on her verified Twitter account @kellyannePolls on
Thursday, Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway seemed to be stating an
argument against the placement of Romney in Trump’s Cabinet. Romney
vehemently opposed Trump’s nomination early in the campaign, assailing
the billionaire as a “phony.”
In one tweet, Conway notes that she has been “receiving a deluge of
social media & private concerns re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn
against Romney as sec of state.”
Joe Biden and others saw blue-collar voters slip from Democrat base
Democrats can’t say Joe Biden didn’t warn them.
Reeling from their election losses, Democrats are seeking answers to the
core question of how to reclaim blue-collar voters who were once a key
part of their base. Hillary Clinton had the worst showing among union
households on Election Day for a Democratic candidate since 1984, when
President Reagan won re-election in a landslide.
It was exactly the kind of performance that Vice President Joseph R.
Biden feared, as Republican Donald Trump made big inroads with his pitch
to blue-collar workers.
Elijah Cummings shifts into attack mode
Targets Donald Trump’s business dealings
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee, has spent the past few years playing
defense for President Obama. Now, he is about to go on offense.
With Donald Trump poised to take control of the White House in January,
the Democratic lawmaker from Baltimore has stacked up a series of
requests for investigations he wants the Republican-led committee to
pursue, including inquiries into Mr. Trump’s vast domestic and
international business and personal dealings.
Already lodged are requests for probes into the billionaire developer’s
financial ties, into suspected Russian interference in the presidential
election and whether Mr. Trump’s business dealings have compromised his
pick for a national security adviser.
Black Friday Merchants See Americans Exhaling after election
With uncertainty gone, stores see consumers poised to spend
Now that Election Tuesday is over, retailers are counting on Americans turning their attention to Black Friday.
The National Retail Federation projects that about 137.4 million
consumers will make purchases in stores or online over the four-day
weekend that starts on Thanksgiving, marking the kickoff to the holiday
shopping season. The amount Americans have spent has declined in the
last three years, slipping 26 percent from 2013 to an average of $299.60
per person last year, according to the trade group.
Parking Lot Dispute Leaves 1 Dead at WALMART...
1 Shot Dead Outside NJ Mall...
Shoppers fight over towels...
Riot over toilet paper...
VIDEO: SEE THEM FIGHT IN MODESTO...
Man stabs parents during Tgiving dinner...
Violence across USA...
VIDEO: THE ZOMBIES OF '16...
Gen. Petraeus opens door to Trump administration
General David Petraeus, one of the United States' most prominent
military officers, has indicated he would be willing to serve in
President-elect Donald Trump's administration if asked.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said: "The only response can be: 'yes, Mr President'."
Foreign planes combat Israel wildfires as arrests made
Foreign firefighting planes on Friday helped Israel tackle a wave of
wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as
police announced a dozen related arrests.
Faced for the past four days with blazes across the country fed by
drought and high winds, Israel received airborne assistance from Russia,
Turkey, Greece and Croatia.
The flames in many places appeared to be easing somewhat despite the
persistent wind, but a new fire erupted close to Jerusalem on Friday
afternoon that the emergency services said was apparently started
Jeb: GOP Should Build on Trump's Success
Established Republicans can learn from Donald Trump's victory in the
presidential election and should build on his success, former Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush argues in The Wall Street Journal.
Bush, who was part of the crowded field of 17 Republicans vying for the
presidential nomination, was often the target of Trump's arguments that
Washington was broken — a point Bush makes in his opinion piece.
And now, Republicans should hitch a ride on Trump's coattails and work to make his campaign promises a reality.
Trump Hasn't Closed Door on Hillary Prosecution
President-elect Donald Trump said he doesn't want to hurt his former
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton any more, but hasn't declared her
innocent, so she could still be prosecuted over her use of a private
email server or other possible wrongdoing, Rep. Darrell Issa said
Nothing Trump has said would stop Jeff Sessions, if confirmed as
attorney general, from reopening the case against Clinton and
prosecuting her, Issa explained.
"I think it's important that the president do essentially what he does,
which is get out of the business of prosecuting, but at the same time
he's appointed or proposed appointing an attorney general who has a long
record of doing his job," Issa, a California Republican and a member of
the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends,"
doubling down on comments he made on the matter earlier this week.
Rosie O'Donnell suggests 10-year-old Barron Trum is autistic?
is defending herself against backlash after she suggested
President-elect Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron is autistic.
Autistic? if so - what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the
AUTISM epidemic,” the 54-year-old comedian tweeted Tuesday to her
917,000 Twitter followers.
Ms. O’Donnell linked to a video on YouTube that speculated Barron appears to show signs of having the developmental disorder.
slammed the comedian for attempting to diagnose a 10-year-old. Ms.
O’Donnell, who said she is raising two children with spectrum
disorders, spent the next three days defending her tweet.
The agony of watching the transition
What we used to
call “the press,” before the newspapers aspired to be part of the
professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy.
Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by
definition, and now they’re something called “the media.” Marshall
McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be
television, which is an entertainment medium, to share a definition
with newspapers, and soon newspapermen (including women) wanted to be
seen as well as heard, and there went the neighborhood. Megyn Kelly is
Hollywood gorgeous, but she wouldn’t be happy working on a newspaper
where nobody could see her.
The press is in
a pout just now because Donald Trump is not supplying a new Cabinet
officer on demand. He’s taking his time choosing his team, and this is
reported as if a national tragedy. Time magazine calls the Trump
transition “chaotic,” and The New York Times asserts that the Donald’s
team is plagued by “discord” and stalled in “disarray.” A reporter at
Politico, the political daily, says the transition team is having “a
knife fight,” which demonstrates mostly that the reporter has never
been to a knife fight, and is probably covering his first transition.
Reloading U.S. military credibility
Trump can take steps immediately to restore morale
As has been
seen over the last eight years, diplomacy that results in capitulation
is not very effective. The key underlying factor for successful
diplomacy is not just having a clear understanding of our vital
strategic objectives, but also the military credibility to achieve
those objectives as necessary.
As a first
order of business, we need to review and redefine our strategic
objectives and what is vital to our national interest. For example,
does our current involvement in Afghanistan make any sense as it
relates to our vital strategic interests? Of course not. So why do we
continue to expend our national treasure to sustain a corrupt tribal
in order to restore our world leadership credentials we must reverse
the decline of our military capabilities. There is no question that
sequestration has decimated our military forces. It will take several
years to rebuild the force structure to levels that are required for
what we define as a “ready response” force. However, there are actions
and programs that can be enacted now that will immediately raise morale
and the readiness of our existing forces.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
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.
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.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”