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GOP Leaves Obama Amnesty Untouched...
Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for
the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency
shutdown hours before it was to begin.
The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive
actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But
Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their
ability to keep fighting them.
An early vote in the House clearing the way for final passage of the bill was approved easily, 240-183.
Already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality
Why won't they release the rules?!?!
It's been less
than 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission voted to
approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the
leading question coming from its critics.
are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulations that
it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon — and
taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of an
FCC blog post have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations
should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.
Eric Holder's parting shot
In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race.
Attorney General Eric Holder plans to push, during his final weeks in
office, a new standard of proof for civil-rights offenses, saying in an
exit interview with POLITICO that such a change would make the federal
government “a better backstop” against discrimination in cases like
Ferguson and Trayvon Martin.
In a lengthy discussion ranging from his own exposure to the civil
rights movement of the ’60s to today’s controversies surrounding the
shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Holder also acknowledged
that he felt some of his own struggles with Republicans in Congress
during his six years in office were driven partly by race.
Urges young people to read Malcolm X...
Complains it's too hard to make civil rights charges stick...
CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush
A movement is underway to stage an informal protest when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hits the CPAC stage Friday.
William Temple, a member of the Golden Isle Tea Party, told The
Washington Times that the party doesn’t need another Bush in office, and
said that the party should listen to the grass-roots activists that
helped fuel their gains in the 2014 election.
“A lot of peoples were not going to come here because they heard Jeb
Bush was speaking,” Mr. Temple said before laying out his plan at the
Conservative Political Action Conference.
“We are going to get up en masse, and we are going to walk out on him,”
the 64-year-old said. “We are not going to interrupt anyone’s speech,
but we are all going to exercise our right to [use] the bathroom at the
IRS watchdog reveals Lois Lerner missing emails now subject of criminal probe
The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a
criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared,
saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of
tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774
unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes
that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General
Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night
hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said.
ISIS militant 'Jihadi John' identified
His voice became hauntingly familiar as the masked man with a British
accent who appeared repeatedly in brutal beheading videos from ISIS.
But the identity of "Jihadi John" remained a mystery -- until Thursday,
when two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources confirmed it.
The man, the officials said, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner.
Hillary takes fire from Democrats over Libya
As Libya descends into a failed state — marked most recently by the
beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians by jihadis — Democrats are beginning
to question Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rush to war in the country, and one
in particular, former Sen. Jim Webb, may make national security the
focal point of a presidential campaign.
More than three years after Mrs. Clinton pushed for U.S. airstrikes to
end Moammar Gadhafi’s four-decade-long autocracy, the country has been
divided between two rival governments, each with its own military, and
various tribal militias all competing for power.
As happened with Afghanistan in the 1990s, the chaos has provided
Islamist terrorists with a perfect breeding ground to organize, with
intelligence officials confirming late last year that jihadis have set
up multiple training camps in eastern Libya.
Rubio knocks 'Obama-Clinton' foreign policy
Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday the nation must play a larger role in
confronting bad actors on the world stage, blaming the “Obama-Clinton”
foreign policy for making the nation less safe.
The freshman lawmaker told activists at the Conservative Political
Action Conference that the nation is on the “road to decline,” but said
voters are “one election away from triggering another American century.”
“Around the world because of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy, our
allies no longer trust us and our enemies no longer fear us,” he said.
The Obama administration, Mr. Rubio said, “treats the Ayatollah of Iran with more respect then the prime minister of Israel.”
GOP dismisses CBO director, picks Republican stalwaert
Republicans Friday announced they will not keep current chief
congressional scorekeeper Douglas Elmendorf and will replace him with
Keith Hall, an economist with a long record of service in Washington and
deep ties to Republicans.
Mr. Hall will take over as the director of the Congressional Budget Office with a term extending into 2019.
He was chief economist to President George W. Bush, and has also been
commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and chief economist at
the Commerce Department.
DC legalizes pot in capital, despite threats from Congress
The District of Columbia defied threats from Congress and moved forward
Thursday with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved
Despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and
threats that city leaders could face prison time, D.C. Mayor Muriel
Bowser said the city was implementing marijuana legalization as
approved by voters. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m.
The FCC on Net Neutrality
Yesterday's decision by the FCC to regulate Internet providers as
common carriers is being hailed as a victory by most of the groups
supporting net neutrality, and as a loss by the cable and
telecommunications companies that will now be regulated. But as much as
I back the concept of net neutrality – the idea that Internet providers
shouldn't discriminate among content providers – I worry that we really
don't know where these changes will lead to, and that there are likely
to be unintended consequences that we can't predict.
The actual ruling, which came on a 3-2 partisan vote, classifies the
Internet providers as a telecommunications service under Title II of
the Communications Act, as opposed to an information service. The FCC
has promised to "forebear" many of the regulatory powers it would have
under that act, but it hasn't yet published the final ruling, so many
of the details remain unknown.
Leonard Nimoy, Dies at 83
Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and
prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer
Mr. Spock from Star Trek, has died, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, told The
New York Times. He was 83.
The actor tweeted on Jan. 14, 2014, that he had lung disease. “I quit
smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit
now!!” As he always did, Nimoy signed off with the acronym LLAP, short
for “Live Long and Prosper,” his Star Trek character’s most celebrated
Nimoy was a vagabond TV character actor when he made his debut as the
somber Spock on NBC’s Star Trek, which debuted on Sept. 8, 1966. He
went on to play or voice the half-Vulcan, half-human on live-action
shows, cartoons, films, video games, etc. all the way through J.J.
Abrams’ movie sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) -- marking an
amazing span of nearly 50 years.
Clinton Foundation's money 'problems' problematic for Hillary
For all the tales you’ve heard about Hillary and Bubba, they’re actually
simple folks with simple tastes. All they want is money.
Bubba likes the ladies, too, though he never pays much attention to them
with their clothes on. The years cool ardor and blight opportunity, and
even if good ol’ boy charm and boudoir magic have survived he may not
be up for another championship season. But money, unlike sex, knows no
If the past is prologue, we shouldn’t be surprised by the revelations
emerging in the newspapers. The Wall Street Journal reports that the
Clinton Foundation has dropped its ban, self-imposed, on collecting
money from foreign governments and is taking on boodle at an
accelerating pace. The Journal says this raises “ethical questions” for
skeptical folk as Hillary gets seriously to work assembling a
Obama's bogus cure for boondoggles
No smoking gun shows that ‘evidence-based’ reform works
In the 1930s, peasants who were starving due to the Soviet regime’s
brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew.”
Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal
programs and lament: “If only Congress knew.” The solution, they say, is
the “evidence-based” reform movement, which will magically beget a new
era of good governance.
“Since its earliest days, the Obama administration has been pursuing the
most important initiative in the history of federal attempts to use
evidence to improve social programs,” according to Brookings Institute
analyst Ron Haskins. Mr. Haskins, the author of “Show Me the Evidence:
Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy,” touts a 2012
Office of Management and Budget memo announcing that federal “programs
that can prove their effectiveness with data will be more likely to get
the funds they seek.”
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.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him 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