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White House concedes new gun laws would not have stopped Va. gunman
The White House
conceded Friday that new gun regulations probably wouldn’t have
prevented the gunman who murdered two television journalists in
southwestern Virginia this week.
press secretary Josh Earnest said it appears that a proposal championed
by President Obama to require background checks on purchases at gun
shows “would not have applied in this particular case.”
the White House has never suggested that one piece of gun legislation
would prevent all gun violence in the U.S. But Mr. Earnest said the
proposal on background checks, which failed in the Senate in 2013,
would prevent other shooting deaths around the country every day.
Hillary Camp Says One-Fifth of Delegates Secured for Nomination
As Hillary Clinton's campaign seeks to project dominance in a
field that could soon include Vice President Joe Biden, her top
advisers are touting a decisive edge on a little-discussed metric:
At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where
Clinton spoke on Friday, senior Clinton campaign officials are claiming
that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the
Democratic presidential nomination. They come from current and former
elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.
The campaign says that Clinton currently has about 130 superdelegates
publicly backing her, but a person familiar with recent conversations
in Minneapolis said that officials are telling supporters and the
undecided in the last few days that private commitments increase that
number to more than 440—about 20 percent of the number of delegates she
would need to secure the nomination.
Hillary allowed to break rules in speech at DNC
The Democratic National Committee demonstrated Friday that when it comes to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the rules do not apply.
the front-runner for the party’s presidential nomination, was allowed
to break the time limit on her speech Friday to the DNC’s summer
convention in Minneapolis. Her speech lasted about 24 minutes, despite
an announcement beforehand by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that
speeches by presidential candidate at the meeting would be limited to 7
Wasserman Schultz told the crowd of party faithful that she had erred
in her original announcement and that the time limit was actually 15
minutes, though Mrs. Clinton exceed that restriction by about 9 minutes.
IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers' information
A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records
of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private
information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that
for two years has been trying to pry the data loose.
It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman
Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer
confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code.
Thousands flee war zones and persecution i hope of finding promised lands in Europe
rushes to shore up defences on its border with Serbia, refugees
continued to surge into the country in record numbers.
migrants, including almost 700 children, arrived in Hungary yesterday
alone, the highest ever number, according to police.
crossed the border near the village of Roszke. Most of the migrants had
begun their gruelling journey in Syria, Afghanistan or Pakistan.
In a further
sign that Budapest is clamping down on migrants, police chief Karoly
Papp announced more than 2,000 so-called 'border hunter' patrols with
dogs, horses, and helicopters would be sent to the frontier from
September as reinforcements to the already heavy security presence.
Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters
Obama’s push to extend the EPA’s regulatory hand to ditches and small
streams to enforce clean water rules was blocked Thursday by a federal
judge, who said the administration had overstepped its bounds in trying
yet another end run around Congress.
Judge Ralph R.
Erickson called the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt
“inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process,” and issued
an injunction preventing the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
from claiming oversight of millions of acres of land that contain small
bodies of water.
though, said it will only honor the injunction in the 13 states that
had sued, and will move forward with the rules in the rest of the
Planned Parenthood admits it manipulates rules on fetal organ sales
In a letter to
Congress intended to defend its practices and attack its hidden-video
critics, Planned Parenthood wound up lending credence to accusations
that it manipulates rules on selling fetal organs to maximize profit.
Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
admitted in an 11-page letter Thursday that its affiliates have
accepted payments ranging from $45 to $60 “per tissue specimen” from
abortions, but said that they were reimbursements to cover costs, which
federal law allows.
But she also
said that “adjustments that facilitate fetal tissue donations rarely
occur at our few clinics that offer women this service,” prompting
David Daleiden of the pro-life Center for Medical Progress to declare
that she had proved the point of his group’s investigation — that
Appeals Court Reverses Ruling That Found NSA Program Illegal
appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a
dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of
telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.
The U.S. Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court
ruling that said the program likely violates the Constitution's ban on
But the impact
of the appeals court's ruling is uncertain because Congress has passed
legislation designed to replace the program over the next few months.
The appeals court sent the case back for a judge to determine what
further details about the program the government must provide.
A Glimpse Into Abedin's Life in the Clinton Bubble
A new report
provides a glimpse into Huma Abedin's life inside the Hillary Clinton
bubble, a life that ties her to the former secretary of state's email
scandal threatening to derail her presidential campaign.
worked closely with Clinton ever since she was a White House intern in
1996 during President Bill Clinton's second term in office. Today,
Abedin is Clinton's right-hand woman on the campaign trail — but she's
been implicated in the email scandal stemming from Clinton's use of a
private email address and server during her time as secretary of state.
A Washington Post report details Abedin's history with Clinton.
emails from Abedin and another Clinton aide at the state department,
Jake Sullivan, triggered the FBI investigation into Clinton's
alternative email setup — which eventually involved a small company in
Denver with an office in a loft apartment storing her email server in a
30 Senators Now Support Iran Nuke Deal, Obama Needs 4 More?
Sen. Thomas Carper is now the 30th Senate Democrat to come out in
support of the Iran nuclear deal, moving President Barack Obama a step
closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands.
Obama is trying
to muster 34 votes in the Senate so that lawmakers cannot kill the
deal. The 30 senators in support of it are all Democrats and
independents who vote with Democrats.
Donald Trump's brand hurting Republicans? Poppycock
attracted an estimated crowd of 25,000–30,000 people in Mobile, Alabama
this past week and a record 24 million viewers watching the first
Republican debate, it’s hard to believe that Donald Trump is hurting
the Republican party.
adhere to this view are engaging in wishful thinking. They are missing
the importance of branding and marketing within today’s political
arena. These pundits see branding and marketing merely as “thesaurus
alternatives” to words like “selling” and “communicating,” without
understanding these two vital constructs.
A late apology in clintonspeak
attempted to “come clean” about her emails again, like a sinner
squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not
seem to be appeased.
She conceded in
Iowa on Wednesday that she “knows people have raised questions about my
email use as secretary of state, and I understand why. I get it. So
here’s what I want the American people to know: My use of personal
email was allowed by the State Department. It clearly wasn’t the best
choice. I should have used two emails, one personal and one for work.”
This is a
typical Hillary cocktail of evasion, exaggeration and
misrepresentation, served up in clintonspeak, a language writ by Bubba,
test fired in Arkansas and perfected in Washington, where euphemism and
the passive voice (“mistakes were made”) are highly prized. She
carefully does not say she did anything wrong, only that some people,
who don’t know what they’re talking about, think she did, and she’s
sorry about that much. Given that people are usually ignorant and prone
to misunderstand their betters, she might have done things differently,
and if the hicks want an apology, that’s all they’re going to get.
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