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Obama 'screwed' us, angry Cuban migrants say
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
“Obama has screwed all Cubans,” Yadiel Cruz, a Cuban in Panama bitterly
told Agence France-Presse on Thursday upon learning the US president has
suddenly made it tougher for migrants like him to get into America.
The 33-year-old summed up what many compatriots were feeling as they
digested the news in a Catholic shelter in Panama’s capital, a waypoint
on their overland trek to the United States.
But, he declared, “for me, I’m not going back.”
Around him, dozens of other Cubans expressed sadness or anger.
Havana hails end to special US immigration policy...
Democrats hunker dowen for 'permanent opposition' to Trump presidency
For those stunned to see Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing disrupted
by shouts, chants and protesters dressed as Ku Klux Klan members: Get
used to it.
President-elect Donald Trump won’t take office for another week, but
Democrats and left-wing groups have already laid the groundwork for a
relentless four-year assault on his presidency, vowing to disrupt and
discredit his administration long before he signs his first bill.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have a name for it: the permanent opposition.
“You’re going to have a permanent opposition, sort of a combination of
the news media and the Elizabeth Warren hard left, and they’re going to
attack every single day and they’re going to find something to attack
all the time,” Mr. Gingrich said on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Trump: Hillary 'Guilty as Hell,' Should Not Have Been 'Allowed to Run'
President-elect Donald Trump says Democrats shouldn't be "complaining"
about the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton because she is "guilty as
hell" and shouldn't have been allowed to run for president in the first
In fact, Trump opined Friday in a pair of early-morning tweets, that the FBI was "very nice to her."
Trump's comments on Twitter Friday morning come in the wake of
Thursday's announcement that the Department of Justice inspector general
is launching an investigation into the department's and FBI Director
James Comey's handling of the long-running probe into the matter.
Comey announced findings of his probe on July 5, publicly stating that
Clinton and her top aides were "extremely careless in their handling of
very sensitive, highly classified information" but recommending no
Passing Motorist Kills Arizona State Trooper's Attacker
A passing motorist who was armed killed a man he saw slamming an Arizona
state trooper’s head against the ground after having shot the officer
from ambush on the side a highway.
The motorist, whose identity is being withheld, is credited with saving
the life of Trooper Edward Anderson after he had been shot in the right
shoulder and chest on Thursday morning, said The Associated Press.
The life-saving Samaritan was traveling to California with his wife when
he saw Anderson being attacked on Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of
Phoenix. (See news video below.)
Hiring Eric Holder to fight Donald Trump violates state consistution, California Republican says
A California GOP lawmaker is challenging the hiring of former U.S.
Attorney Eric Holder to fight the Trump administration, saying it may
violate the California Constitution.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has asked the California Attorney General’s
office to investigate whether legislative Democrats ran afoul of the law
by retaining Mr. Holder and his law firm, Covington & Burling, for
$25,000 per month to do a job that can be performed by state employees.
Obama Surprises Biden With Presidential Medal of Freedom
A teary-eyed Biden accepted the medal, the highest civilian honor, at a ceremony at the White House Thursday.
Obama says he is bestowing the honor on Biden for "faith in your fellow
Americans, for your love of country and a lifetime of service that will
endure through the generations."
Paul Ryan to launch 'rescue mission' to simultaneously repeal and replace Obamacare
Paul D. Ryan on Friday will launch a self-described “rescue mission” to
save America from rising premiums and dwindling choices under
Obamacare, hoping he can rally enough Republicans to back the
simultaneous “repeal and replace” approach carved out by
President-elect Donald Trump.
His first test
will be a vote to approve a 2017 budget that paves the way for a speedy
repeal — even though a replacement plan is not in hand.
passed the budget on a 51-48 vote early Thursday, earning support from
all but one Republican in the chamber. The House, however, could be
tricker, with perhaps several dozen Republicans signaling that they are
not sold on the outline of the repeal-and-replace their leaders have in
Defense Secretary-nominee Mattis breaks with Trump on Russia, torture
Secretary-nominee James Mattis became the latest of President-elect
Donald Trump’s picks to break with his boss’ campaign rhetoric, saying
at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday that he believed Russia was
trying to break the NATO alliance and rejecting the use of torture on
But the retired
Marine general and former head of U.S. Central Command did signal that
he favored a tougher line on Iran than the outgoing Obama
administration and cleared a major hurdle to his nomination when the
Senate overwhelmingly approved a waiver to a law that prohibits
recently retired military officers from leading the Pentagon.
Senate vote capped what appeared to be a highly successful day on
Capitol Hill for the former four-star general. Questioning from
Democrats and Republicans suggested he faced a relatively easy path to
Justice Department rreleases scathing report on abuses by Chicago police
problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil
rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a
tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of
Justice report released Friday.
Department launched its investigation of the 12,000-officer force — one
of the nation’s largest — in December 2015 following the release of
dashcam video showing a white police officer shoot a black teenager,
Laquan McDonald, 16 times as he walked away holding a small, folded
knife. The video of the 2014 shooting, which the city fought to keep
from being released, inspired large protests and cost the city’s police
commissioner his job.
findings, the report found city police used excessive and that “this
pattern is largely attributable to systemic deficiencies within CPD and
the City.” It also cited insufficient training and a failure to hold
bad officers accountable.
At bat against Trump nominees: No hits, no runs, no errors
None down, with thanks to Harry Reid.
haven’t voted yet, but shmear thick enough for a sesame bagel is
turning out to be less than promised. None of Donald Trump’s Cabinet
choices looks in danger, or even damaged by the week’s confirmation
the New Jersey senator, infuriated some of his colleagues by breaking
precedent — precedent being very important to senators of all
persuasions — to testify against Jeff Sessions, and in the event he
fired blanks, all of them wet. He repeated 30-year-old sentiments that
in the unlikely event Mr. Sessions is not a bigot or a racist, he’s
certainly not a nice guy.
clearly didn’t like that. The elfin Jeff Sessions is one of the most
popular members of the Senate. Even the harshest of the Yankees forgive
him his Alabama birth, some of the time. They envy the polite and
courtly manner that does not come easily to those who are not Southern
by the grace of God.
A petulant attack against Rex Tillerson
Marco Rubio’s line of questioning carried the whiff of political vendetta
Rubio took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to grandstand against
President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of State, former
Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson.
It was a petulant, childish affair.
questioned Mr. Tillerson’s integrity, his moral fiber, and lectured him
on his measured, yet completely forthright, responses.
"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.”