Friday July 18th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 1017 PST
White House Won't Clarify How Obama Heard About Malaysian Plane Crash
President Barack Obama was on the phone with Russian President Vladimir
Putin when news of the Malaysian Airlines plane crash broke Thursday,
but the White House won't say whether the president learned of the
incident from his counterpart in Moscow or by other means.
According to a press pool report by Washington Post reporter Juliet
Eilperin, White House press secretary Joshua Earnest informed reporters
traveling with the president in Delaware that "the first public reports
of the downed passenger jet were published during the phone call between
President Obama and President Putin."
Crashed 35 miles from Russian border...
Ukraine Says 'Will Present Evidence of Russian Military Involvement'...
TRANSCRIPT: Pro-Russian militants admit...
Blackbox Sent To Moscow For Investigation...
REPORT: 23 Americans Killed...
Nearly 100 Passengers Were AIDS Scientists, Researchers En Route To Australia For Global AIDS Conference...
Obama gives crash 40 seconds before telling jokes...
MAP: Flights avoiding Ukrainian airspace...
The Bear Is Loose
Obama fundraises while Putin runs amok
“The bear is loose!” President Obama has been saying, whenever he leaves
the White House to visit Starbucks, or sandwich shops, or burger
joints, or BBQ shacks, or neighborhood diners, in his increasingly rote
and pathetic attempts to “connect” with “real people.” Obama, we have
been told, is frustrated, “restless,” bored with the responsibilities
and chores of office. He thinks of himself as the bear—intimidating,
wild, untamed, roving—escaping his den. But he is flattering himself.
Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, na´ve, self-interested,
self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.
One can trace a line from any global hotspot to Russia and its
authoritarian ruler. Iran? Russia has assisted its nuclear program for
decades. Syria? Russia is Bashar Assad’s arms dealer. Iraq? Russia is
sending men and materiel to the central government. Afghanistan? Putin
muscled nearby Kyrgyzstan into closing our air base there, crucial for
transport, resupply, and reconnaissance in the war against the Taliban.
The contretemps between the United States and Germany is the result of
Edward Snowden’s breach of national security. Where is Snowden? In
Russia, where he has just asked to have his visa renewed. I wonder if
Vladimir Putin will say yes.
Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
After days of waiting and deliberation, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu on Thursday night directed the IDF to send ground troops into
Gaza to strike the terror tunnels into Israel.
Signaling that the initial phase of the ground attack would be limited, a
statement put out by the Prime Minister’s Office said Netanyahu and
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon directed the IDF to prepare to expand the
Moral clarity in Gaza
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing.
Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly
tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and
dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
“Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister.
“We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re
using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
Charles Krauthammer writes a weekly political column that runs on Fridays.
Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral
clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a
morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd. What possible
interest can Israel have in cross-border fighting? Everyone knows Hamas
set off this mini-war. And everyone knows the proudly self-declared
raison d’etre of Hamas: the eradication of Israel and its Jews.
Feds Drop 'Unknown Number' of Illegal Kids in VA County Without Warning
Prince William County, Virginia has become well-known in
recent years for its tough stance on illegal immigration. So you
can imagine how upset some local lawmakers were when they learned that
the federal government had contracted to house illegal alien children
in their county without informing any county officials.
MRCTV spoke to Prince William County Supervisor, Corey Stewart
about the situation that was thrust upon his county by the Obama
Administration. We then attended a council meeting where outraged
citizens spoke out against the move and had some harsh words for both
the council members and the federal government.
Stewart claims that he has also heard rumors that the federal
government plans to bring more of the minors to Prince William
County. It is unclear what, if any, action local authorities can
take to stop the continued influx of illegals into their community.
Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border
The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants
crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of
the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term
holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.
The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services
Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening
processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal
Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a
systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.
Obama: Shootdown of Malaysian Arliner 'Outrage of Unspeakable Proportions'
Barack Obama on Friday called the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight
17 over eastern Ukraine, resulting in deaths of the 298 people —
including at least one American — an "outrage of unspeakable
called for an immediate cease-fire to allow for a "credible" unfettered
investigation, warning that the incident showed the crisis in Ukraine
won't be localized or contained to the region.
"This should snap everybody's heads to attention," Obama said.
Obama Tells Lawmakers He Won't Cave On Deportation Review
blame President Barack Obama's executive actions for the crisis along
the border, the president assured members of his own party Wednesday
that he won't back down from his plans to ease deportations.
Members of the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus, meeting at the White House with Obama
and Vice President Joe Biden amid the intensifying debate over
unaccompanied minors surging across the southern U.S. border, made a
two-prong political push, according to attendees. The first was to
protect a law that keeps many unaccompanied minors from being rapidly
deported. The second was to ensure that the administration doesn't
waver from its pledge to get relief for millions of undocumented
immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years.
In Texas, Private Ranchers, Volunteers Assist Border Patrol
and the Obama administration debate a $3.7 billion emergency spending
bill for the border, volunteer groups and private ranchers in one Texas
County provide assistance to an overburdened U.S. Border Patrol, The
Daily Signal reported.
miles away from the southernmost tip of the state, Brooks County is
home to a U.S. Border Patrol's Falfurrias checkpoint that smugglers
often attempt to bypass by forcing immigrants to take an alternate
route through private ranches.
NPR Wrong on Goldwater '64 Say 4 Who Were There
Marking the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's nomination for
president in 1964, National Public Radio devoted a recent "All Things
Considered" program to the convention that changed the Republican Party
and modern conservatism — and helped launch the political career of a
Goldwater delegate from California named Ronald Reagan.
But instead of highlighting the many young people who traveled to the
San Francisco convention and were inspired by Sen. Goldwater, the NPR
program focused on the Arizonan being one of six Republicans who voted
in the Senate against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Given Goldwater's vote and the celebrated line from his acceptance
speech that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," NPR's
guest and New York Times Magazine contributor Sam Tanenhaus concluded
that "it was the context in which he delivered those words — when
extremism was identified by so many fringe groups like Southern
segregationists who were blocking the schoolhouse doors to
African-Americans in the South."
The president finds his legacy in border invasion
Chickens coming home to roost for Democrats
flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying
to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost.
Chaos on the
border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The
governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal,
tells President Obama to keep his children’s crusade out of liberal,
nice, compassionate Connecticut. The ambitious governor of Maryland
tells the president, his great friend, that enough is enough, he agrees
it’s sad what’s happening with the children, but the solution is not in
rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend. William Gheen,
president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of the 11
sponsoring organizations, says he expects more than 300 rallies of
various sizes at state capitols, Mexican consulates, drop-off points
for illegal immigrants, overpasses and highway intersections that lend
themselves to public displays of indignation and outrage.
The takedown of the American superpower
Obama’s weakening of the nation is deliberate
It amazes me
that more than 5 years into Barack Obama’s presidency,
otherwise-intelligent people are still wondering who he is, what he
believes and why he’s doing what he’s doing. It’s not a mystery. It’s
never been a mystery. Although he made a somewhat half-hearted attempt
to dress up his leftist extremism when he first ran for president in
2008, his radicalism was apparent to anyone paying the slightest
When Mr. Obama
spoke in 2008 of seeking the “fundamental transformation” of the
nation, few made the connection between his far-left activist record
and what he actually intended to do as president. We now have over 5
years of evidence as to what he meant by that “fundamental
transformation.” The chaos and catastrophe are the plan.
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.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with
Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st
Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a
platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine
squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had
established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in
the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide
security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and
a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the
perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight
attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged
position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own
safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt
to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade
detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding
him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted
courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the
face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the United States Naval Service.
From the Archives
Let Slip the Dogs of War.
On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003
"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love the
Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had
one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct
cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col.
Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.
The Army has
myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer
who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned
attack on U.S. soldiers.
Col. West did
not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used
psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it
worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe
terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and
gave up the information on a planned attack.
saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear
want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag
Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by
shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer
scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail
him to a wall?
The same kind
of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women
in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a
cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to
destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with
Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit
(Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys
intent on killing him and his troops.
An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.
Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the
welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."
Col. West wrote
in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had
to gather information and that it could get ugly…"
He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
"I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I
fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while
having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in
between the firing and his person.
He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with
the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given
the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and
politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did
not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of
The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.
If Col West had
waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no
foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force
'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19
years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush
Doctrine' down to Battalion level?
His wife, said,
"My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an
African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get
where he is."
Col. West is
prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying
whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to
destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like
division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation
tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the
court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should
have given him a medal and promotion.
are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an
interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get
information from terrorists.
consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with
morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col.
West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced
observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of
compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The
attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms....
Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are
made bitter by their isolation...."
Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.