Friday April 11th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 0843 PST
Sebelius Resigns After Troubles Over Health Site
Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is
resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous
rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the
Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday
morning, he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the
Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.
The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move beyond its
early stumbles in carrying out the law, convince a still-skeptical
public of its lasting benefits, and help Democratic incumbents, who face
blistering attack ads after supporting the legislation, survive the
midterm elections this fall.
Burwell: Low-key manager takes on health care
President Obama picked Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the new face of
health care because she has dealt with the complexities of the federal
budget and has managed large organizations.
One other thing: Burwell is a good bet for Senate confirmation.
Just a year ago, the Senate voted by a 96-0 margin to confirm Burwell to
her current job, director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Security scare for Hillary Clinton after woman 'throws a shoe at her'
A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech.
The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at
an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay
Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident.
Sharyl Attkisson: When I'd Begin Getting Under Surface of an Obama Scandal, CBS Would Pull Me Off
"There is unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not
just the news, but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated
and financed campaign of special interests, political interests and
corporations. I think all of that comes
One month ago. long-time investigative reporter
Sharyl Attkisson left CBS amid rumors that she had grown frustrated
with the network stifling her investigations. Thursday night on Bill O'
Reilly's Fox News program she confirmed those rumors. "There is
unprecedented, I believe, influence on the media, not just the news,
but the images you see everywhere. By well-orchestrated and financed
campaign of special interests, political interests and corporations. I
think all of that comes into play."
After introducing his guest, O'Reilly asked Attkisson about her investigation into the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.
The former CBS reporter asserted that she began to make inroads into the story but had to drop it:
Hillary Cancels Appearance Where Benghazi Victim's Mom Await
Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual
Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 - but
she's cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San
Diego locals and military families.
Protestors organized by "The Difference Matters" do not want the former
U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton's role in the
Showdown on the range: Nevada rancher, feds face off over cattle grazing rights
A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal
rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style
showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed
members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher
in fighting what they say is U.S. "tyranny."
What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and
the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy kept his
cattle on the federal land, and the government has responded by
beginning roundups of the livestock.
Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members to arrive in Nevada today
It is apparent that the Federal government was under the
impression that they could simply move into the ranch land surrounding
Bunkerville, NV and have their way with the property and livelihood of
the Bundy family. What they didn’t count on was the outcry from
Americans across the country. And now things may be headed to the next
level. As Kim Paxton of The Daily Sheeple notes, citizen militias in
several states have been called up. Many members of those organizations
are taking up arms and are making their way to Nevada.
And it’s not just the citizen militias that are preparing to take
action. The governor of Nevada has officially condemned the federal
government’s actions, though he has yet to take any steps afforded to
him under State law. Sheriff Richard Mack of Gilbert, Arizona has
weighed in and calls the actions “terrorism.”
At last count there were some 200 federal agents from various agencies
on the ground in Nevada and it appears that hundreds, perhaps thousands,
of armed militia members will soon arrive to confront them.
House Conservatives Want to Oust Boehner
Conservative lawmakers are plotting to dump House Speaker John Boehner
as soon as November, the National Journal reported Thursday.
The National Journal said 40 to 50 House conservatives are behind a
scheme to infiltrate the GOP leadership in 2015, and pushing the Ohio
Republican aside would be the first step.
The conservative disapproval with Boehner has been widely reported.
Putin Threeatens to Cut Off Gas Supplies as Troops Gather at Ukraine Border
Russia is using its energy supplies "as a tool of coercion" against
Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, as fears mounted
that tensions between the countries could trigger natural gas shortages
Also, NATO released satellite images showing Russian troops and heavy equipment near the Ukranian border.
Psaki said Thursday that Moscow is charging Ukraine prices for natural
gas that are not set by the market, BBC News reported, and the United
States is working to help the country find enough gas and providing
NATO Commander USD Troops May Be Sent to Eastern Europe
NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the
Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could
include deployment of American troops to alliance nations in Eastern
Europe also feeling at risk.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he
wouldn't "write off involvement by any nation, to include the United
Foreign ministers of the 28-nation alliance have given Breedlove until
Tuesday to propose steps to reassure NATO members nearest Russia that
other alliance countries have their back.
'Deliberate Plan by President' to Collapse U.S. Law Enforcement System
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said today that Americans need to stand up
to "a deliberate plan by the president of the United States" to
collapse the nation's law enforcement system regarding illegal
In a Senate speech, Sessions said:
"Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and it's a
deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it's wrong.
And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I
believe the American people are beginning to do so."
US May Test Influence at UN by Denying Visa to Iran Envoy
The United States may soon deny a visa to Iran's
proposed U.N. ambassador, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday, a rare
and potentially precedent-setting step that would test U.S. influence
over the world body.
The U.S. government objects to Hamid Abutalebi entering the United
States because of his suspected participation in a Muslim student group
that held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days starting in 1979, when the
group seized control of the U.S. embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran.
When capital punishment gets no sanction
This has been a
big week in the death house in Texas. The state executioner was
assigned to dispatch not one, but two, evildoers. He could put away his
needle with the satisfaction of a job well done. Five more executions
are scheduled before summer.
Texas is No. 1
in the business, having dispatched 513 men and women (nearly all men)
since the states were freed by the U.S. Supreme Court to resume
state-sanctioned killing in 1976. Virginia and Oklahoma are second,
each with 110 executions (so far), but measured by executions per
capita, Oklahoma, which competes with Texas to be No. 1 in so many
things, is No. 1.
Obamacare exit strategy brings endless waits on hold
If you thought signing up for his health insurance was hard, try canceling
I never wanted
to be a pawn in President Obama’s absurd and irresponsible attempt to
mandate, regulate and complicate the American health care system.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a choice.
I was a
casualty of Mr. Obama’s Big Lie. You know the one: “If you like your
health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” By the time my
plan vanished, the only individual health insurance plans available had
been captured by the tentacles of Obamacare.
From the Geoff Metcalf Archives
learned a long time ago to notice changes. Changes indicate "something"
and are in many ways a natural early warning device. We may not know at
the time what that "something" is, but awareness leads to preparedness.
If you sit in a forest, a swamp, or a jungle and actively "listen," you
can easily identify a change. Background noise of birds and critters will
get less, or increase; you can hear the difference. Something caused that
change. Likewise most people can even smell a change. It might be the smell
of a salt marsh at low tide, or a campfire or diesel engine. I've known
guys who could smell the oil on a gun amongst assorted mountain fragrances.
There is also what I believe to be a very real instinctive warning device
designed I guess to spark the "fight or flee" reaction. The Godan (fifth
degree black belt) test in one martial art requires the testee to kneel
with his back to the teacher. The teacher "projects" a killing intention
and swings a sword at the kneeling student's head. If the target head isn't
there when the sword arrives, the student passes and is promoted.
20th of last year (1998) I wrote a WorldNetDaily column entitled "Big Brother
Watching" that referred to a program called,
Since then I have seen Echelon stories in a variety of magazines and European
movie, "Enemy of the State," although fiction, shed light on the real world
realities of Echelon, and the unbridled assault on both the concept and
essence of personal privacy.
in both the United States Congress and British Parliament are now asking
questions I raised last year. Even the San Diego Union has written about
Echelon: "Is the government listening in on your phone calls? Reading your
e-mail for words like 'plutonium,' 'Clinton' or 'terrorism'?"
eclectic and strange collection of distaff allies have joined the "What's
the deal with Echelon" crowd. Congressman Bob Barr, himself a former CIA
analyst, The European Parliament, and a gaggle of computer mavens calling
themselves "hacktivists" are all looking into the what, where, when, why,
and how of Echelon. They are not having joint board meetings, but they
are pursuing similar objectives along fairly parallel lines. This Thursday
the "hacktivists" are planning what may be the first mass protest using
electronic mail as a weapon. It cannot be confirmed or denied that FBI
Director Louis Freeh has bought out the entire D.C. stock of Imodium.
target may sound more like something out of "The X-Files" than a real computer
network operated by five countries. But it is real. Echelon is not officially
acknowledged by the U.S. government despite more than ample documentation
of the treaty that sparked it, and the facilities from Menwith Hill in
England to Alexandria, Va. "We don't confirm or deny the existence of Echelon,"
said a spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Agency, although they
are the agency believed tasked with operating the system.
European Parliament started asking questions about Echelon last year. The
European press has been reporting on it longer than I have. Yet again,
either as a function of malfeasance or complicity, the United States mainstream
has been silent.
Congressman Barr actually said the word ("Echelon") out loud on the floor
of the House for God and everyone to hear.
I noted last year, Echelon is a complex, interconnected worldwide network
of satellites and computerized interception stations operated by the governments
of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
to Christopher Simpson, an American University professor who has written
four books about national security technology, Echelon scans e-mail for
hot-button words like "militia," "Davidian," "terrorism" and "AK-47." It
can recognize individual voices in telephone calls and track who is calling
have often received e-mail with a long litany of "key words and phrases"
(Death to the New World Order, Clinton, Butch Reno, Branch Davidians, TWA
800, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, Abolish the Federal Reserve, None Dare
Call it Treason, Cocaine, AK-47, Stinger, Vince Foster, etc.) above a routine
note such as "Like your column. Keep it up." When I asked, "Why the laundry
list?" I was told it was a small protest intended to overburden the snoopers.
European Parliament published an official report last year and concluded
Echelon has listening posts all over the world that can intercept any phone
calls, e-mail or faxes transmitted by satellite. "Echelon is designed for
primarily nonmilitary targets: governments, organizations and businesses
in virtually every country," the report said.
May a follow up report said there is evidence that the U.S. government
has used Echelon to pick up the secrets of foreign corporations and pass
them on to American companies. Some of you may recall talk that when the
Cold War allegedly ended, intelligence assets would shift focus from military
to industrial espionage.
Barr has called for congressional hearings on Echelon. "By all appearances,
what we have is a massive government program that scoops up unbelievably
huge numbers of private communications, indiscriminately, without any oversight
or court involvement," Barr said. "There's a very important, but fine,
line between legitimate foreign intelligence gathering and unconstitutional
eavesdropping on American citizens, and it appears that line has been crossed."
that Echelon could and would illegally intercept Americans' private communications
sparked the ACLU to write to congressional representatives back in April.
They said, "The troubling aspect is that Echelon is this huge system that
operates without any oversight or scrutiny from anybody." THAT was and
is the whole idea.
not going to re-write last year's column again, you can check out the
However, Echelon is the bastard child of the UKUSA Treaty. The primary
purpose of the treaty AND Echelon was to maintain perception, and obscure
these cousin countries sit down and "in the interest of national security"
with a wink and a nod agree to the following:
is illegal (supposedly) for the United States government to spy on its
is illegal for the British government to spy on its citizens.
in Canada and Australia.
the deal, Nigel: Let's set up an inter-connected information gathering
apparatus. I'll spy on your citizens to determine if they mean us any ill,
and you spy on my citizens to see if anyone is planning nastiness to your
country. THEN I'll show you my data, and you show me your data. You'll
know what's going on with your blokes, and I'll know what's happening with
Joe-six-pack, and it's all legal ... kinda."
you sit in the shadows of the international intelligence jungle, you can
hear a change in the background noise, and the background silence. You
can smell "something" different. Right about now there are Echelon managers
and operatives who can feel that uncomfortable tingle? The same premonition
that martial artist feels just before the sword swings for his head ...
the same tingle a rat feels the heartbeat before the lurking cat springs.
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.
Sgt Dakota Meyer
US Marine Corps
Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members
of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and
Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with
village elders. Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by
more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars,
and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes
above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off,
Corporal Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving,
Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner's position in a gun-truck as
they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to
disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team. Disregarding
intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal
Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns
and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver
made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips,
he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom
were wounded. When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a
return to the rally point to switch to another gun-truck for a third
trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported
the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out
of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made
two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by
four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and
search for the missing U.S. team members. Still under heavy enemy fire,
he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate
and recover the bodies of his team members. Corporal Meyer's daring
initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the 6-hour battle
significantly disrupted the enemy's attack and inspired the members of
the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast
devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain
death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest
traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.