Friday February 28th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 1046 PST
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'armed invasion'
Ukranian minister accuses Russia of an armed takeover of Crimea amid reports that airports have been seized
Ukraine accused Russia of staging an "armed invasion" of Crimea on
Friday as the ex-Soviet state's ousted leader prepared to emerge defiant
from five days of hiding after winning protection from Moscow.
Ukraine regains control of airports after 'armed invasion': live
Unidentified armed men were patrolling outside of Crimea's main airport
early Friday while gunmen were also reported to have seized another
airfield on the southwest of the peninsula where ethnic Russians are a
majority and where pro-Moscow sentiment runs high.
Ousted President emerges at press conference in Russia...
...speaking Russian, not Ukrainian
DEFIANT: 'Fascist hooligans'...
Ukraine security official disputes...
Russia scrambles jets...
PUTIN: 'AID' FOR UKRAINE...
Masked men of Crimea overshadow country's new dawn...
Hidden camera footage surfaces of Supreme Court debate
Hidden camera footage of what appeared to be Supreme Court proceedings
from earlier this week surfaced on Thursday, offering one the of the
first public recordings of the High Court's proceedings.
A video posted on YouTube appears to show the proceedings leading up to
and during a rare protest that took place in the court Wednesday, in
which a man called on the justices to overturn the 2010 Citizens United
ruling that opened the door to corporate political donations and led to
the creation of Super-PACs.
Post-Filibuster, Obama Faces New Anger Over Judicial Choices
When Democrats changed Senate rules last year to limit the filibuster
against White House nominees, it raised hopes among some liberals that
President Obama would use his new power to reshape the federal
judiciary. Now, just over three months later, some Democrats and
progressive groups are instead trying to stop two of the president’s
latest nominees to the federal bench on the grounds that they are too
Black lawmakers, civil rights advocates and abortion rights groups are
challenging two Georgia nominees put forward by the White House under an
agreement with the state’s two Republican senators. The two Republicans
were given a say in picking candidates for district court in exchange
for allowing a stalled nominee to a federal appeals court to advance.
Whispers persist that Hillary won't run: Health may be worse than disclosed
If you listen to the chattering class in Washington, D.C., Hillary
Clinton is a virtual certainty for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and
the front runner in the next presidential race.
But in private, rumors persist that the former Secretary of State may
not even be capable of making it to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton,
these skeptics often say, will not run for president again because of
Jailed Venezuela protest leader mocks Maduro's talks
Imprisoned Venezuelan protest leader Leopoldo Lopez scoffed on Friday at
President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to open talks with opponents and
businessman after a month of demonstrations and violence that have
killed at least 13 people.
Maduro, 51, seems to have weathered the worst of an explosion of
protests against his socialist government that exposed deep discontent
with Venezuela's economic problems and brought the nation's worst unrest
in a decade.
Some students are still setting up roadblocks and clashing with police
in Caracas and western Tachira state. But numbers have dropped, and many
Venezuelans have begun heading for the beach to enjoy a long weekend
for Carnival celebrations.
Obama-Hagel defense budget is based on dangerous guesswork
Release of the 2014 Pentagon budget should have been an epiphany for America's allies and enemies.
It continued the process of reducing America's military to pre-World War
II size, but -- as we can infer from the remarks of Secretary of
Defense Chuck Hagel -- there's some sort of strategic realignment close
Tenn. State Univeristy Requires Students to Wear Trackable IDs
Beginning Saturday, March 1, students and staff at Tennessee State
University will be required to present identification badges at any time
that can also track their movements in and out of buildings, according
to a local-news report.
After a spate of break-ins and vandalism, officials at the university
instituted the new ID requirement as a way to ensure safety on campus, a
TSU release said.
“Our primary concern is always to provide a safe and healthy environment
for all of our students, employees and visitors,” said Dr. Curtis
Johnson, associate vice president for administration, who is in charge
of Emergency Management. “Safety on our campus is priority number one,
and with the new policy we want to ensure that our students, faculty,
and staff are safe at all times.”
Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers
At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says
it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to
military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and
strategic bomber capabilities.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged
in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the
Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.
Boston College Receiver Gives Up NFL Hopes to Become Navy SEAL
Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon is passing up a chance
to play in the NFL in an effort to become a U.S. Navy SEAL.
The announcement was made during a Boston College football dinner
Wednesday night, according to BC Interruption, a sports blog, calling
it a "shock."
"The 2012 All-ACC wide receiver most likely would have found a home in
the NFL," the blog reported, adding, "The fact that Amidon is willing
to give everything he has is truly awe-inspiring."
"Through making this decision, Amidon is truly showing that he is a man
for others, and cares so deeply about this community and country," BC
Obama Froze Biden Out After Gay Marriage Gaffe
Joe Biden's role in the administration was virtually frozen after he
angered President Barack Obama in 2012 by announcing his support of gay
marriage while the president was still on record opposing it.
In a profile of
the 71-year-old in Politico Magazine, the presumed 2016 presidential
hopeful talked about how he had been given "every s*** job in the
world" from the start of the Obama presidency, but detailed how
relations with the president came to a virtual standstill after the
gaffe-prone politician pre-empted Obama's announcement that he had
"evolved" on the issue.
America and the Aggressive Left
Half the country feels—and is—beset by government. That's not progress.
The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation's
morale. There are few areas of national life left in which they are not
busy, and few in which they're not making it worse. There are always
more regulations, fees and fiats, always more cultural pressure and
The president brags he has a pen and a phone. He uses the former to
sign executive orders. It is not clear why he mentioned the latter
since he rarely attempts to bring legislators over to his side. Who
exactly is he calling? The most hopeful thing he's done is signal this
week what he'll be up to after he leaves. He will work with young
minority men. Good. He is a figure of inspiration to them, and they
need and deserve encouragement. This also leaves us understanding for
the first time the true purpose of his so far unsuccessful presidency:
to launch a meaningful postpresidency. I'm glad that's clear.
All the President's IRS Agents
The targeting of groups opposed to the Democratic agenda has not ended—it's gotten worse.
understand the power of speech better than Barack Obama, and even fewer
the power of denying it to others. That's the context for understanding
the White House's unprecedented co-option of the Internal Revenue
Service to implement a political campaign to shut up its critics and
biggest fiction of this past year was that the IRS's targeting of
conservative groups has been confronted, addressed and fixed. The
opposite is true. The White House has used the scandal as an excuse to
expand and formalize the abuse.
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.