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US hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened
U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in September and added fewer
jobs in July and August than previously thought - a sour note for a
labor market that had been steadily improving.
The economy added just 142,000 jobs last month, depressed by job cuts by
manufacturers and oil drillers. The unemployment rate remained 5.1
percent, but only because many Americans have stopped looking for work
and are no longer counted as unemployed. The proportion of adults either
with a job or looking for one is at a 38-year low.
Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force...
Participation Rate Lowest Since 1977...
Record 56,647,000 Women Not Working...
'Fed never going to raise rates'...
FLASHBACK: IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT...
Markets at 'panic levels'...
Oregon Gunman Targeted Christians, 'Horrific Act of Cowardice'
Residents of a quiet Oregon town struggled to comprehend the carnage
left by the latest U.S. mass shooting as investigators puzzled over
what drove a young gunman to kill nine people -- apparently
targeting some because they were Christian -- in a college classroom
before he died in an exchange of gunfire with police.
The Thursday late-morning shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College
in Roseburg, a former timber town of 20,000 on the western edge of the
Cascade Mountains, ranked as the deadliest mass killing this year in
the United States.
Oregon Shooting: 'Heroic' Veteran Chris Mintz Was Shot 7 Times
An Army veteran was shot seven times while trying to save other
students during the deadly Oregon community college rampage, according
to his aunt.
Chris Mintz "tried to protect some people," his aunt Sheila Brown told
NBC News in a telephone interview. "We were told he did heroic things
to protect some people."
She said that Mintz was shot seven times and had been in surgery since the shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.
Obama goes after guns, says GOP Congress responsible for 'routine' mass shootings?
shaken and angry President Obama on Thursday attacked the American gun
lobby, scolded the media and demanded that Congress take concrete
action to stop the rash of recent mass shootings, which he said have
“become routine” and are the pure result of inaction by lawmakers in
Speaking in the
briefing room at the White House, the president — who offered his 15th
statement in the wake of a mass shooting — said the federal government
must explain to grieving families why it has virtually nothing to stop
tragedies like the one seen on the campus of Oregon’s Umpqua Community
Gun Groups Enraged at Obama's Rant After Oregon Shooting
groups Thursday slammed President Barack Obama for using the Oregon
community college shooting to push for more gun control, with Dave
Dalton of the American Gun Owners Association telling Newsmax that "I
literally screamed at the TV set" as the president spoke.
Dalton said he
was particularly incensed at Obama's remark that " 'it's just too easy
to get a gun' without having any knowledge of the facts.
have any facts about the situation," he added. "How the person got the
gun? What the person's mental capabilities were? Were they unstable?
It's always, 'It's too easy to get a gun.'"
Iranian troops move into Syria as White House blames Russia for worsening crisis
Iranian troops have moved into Syria to join a major ground offensive
in support of President Bashar Assad’s government, as the White House
expressed fears Thursday that Russia’s military intervention will
worsen sectarian violence there and prolong the civil war.
sources told Reuters that hundreds of Iranian troops with equipment and
weapons had reached Syria in the past 10 days to mount a major ground
campaign. They would also be backed by Mr. Assad’s Lebanese Hezbollah
allies and by Shiite militia fighters from Iraq, while Russia would
provide air support.
Hillary raises Huma's profile within campaign as controversies swirl
Clinton has undertaken another mission with her presidential campaign:
to rehabilitate the battered image of longtime aide and confidante Huma
The steps Mrs.
Clinton has taken to raise the profile of Ms. Abedin in the campaign
include using her prominently in a fundraising email and deploying her
to Twitter for the first time.
House votes to block sanctions relief until Iran pays US victims of terrorism
first steps to try to scuttle the Iran nuclear agreement, the House
approved a bill Thursday that would block President Obama from lifting
sanctions on Tehran until the regime makes billions of dollars in
court-ordered payments to American victims of state-sponsored terrorism.
Mr. Obama has
vowed to veto the bill, saying it would ruin his efforts to carry out
the pact brokered by the U.S., Iran and five leading nations to delay
the Islamic republic’s push to acquire an atomic bomb in exchange for
relief from international sanctions.
Sharyll Attkisson read to rock political talk show kingdom
This could jolt
the chatty Sunday talk show realm: The investigators have arrived.
“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” debuts this weekend, focusing on
investigative journalism and authentic accountability rather than sound
bites and talking points, its creators say.
“We will pierce
secrecy and seek accountability from government, corporations and
special interests. We will report on untouchable topics in a fearless
way with a team of award-winning journalists. We will follow the trail
no matter where it leads,” says Ms. Attkisson, a former CBS
correspondent and author of the recent bestseller “Stonewalled.” She
pines for a proactive public, urging viewers to seek advice from
trustworthy sources and make up their own minds about the complexities
of politics, money, power and hidden alliances.
25 Greatest John Wayne Quotes
John Wayne is a legend the world over because he embodied what many consider to be the quintessential American spirit.
his death in 1979, his legacy continues to live on in the more than 170
motion pictures in which he starred, as well as the John Wayne Cancer
Foundation, which recently staged its 4th Annual John Wayne Film
Festival in Dallas.
Gathered below are 25 of The Duke's most memorable quotes.
J.B. Books in "The Shootist" (1976) — "I
won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I
don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from
When world leaders got garbage for lunch
They gave the
world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations,
lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders
munching on the people’s dime said a good time was had by all, but
that’s only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully
conceded that that garbage was what it was.
It was all
about celebrating global warming, to try to make a point that food and
sustainable agriculture are an important point of something called
“energy transition.” Only world-class diplomats could make up
argle-bargle like this, that there’s a connection between food and
farming. Food actually comes from cans and burlap bags, doesn’t it?
The infamous Roman Emperor Caligula and the US Congress
What do they have in common?
Roman Emperor Caligula used to post his new laws high upon a column so
the Roman citizens could not study them. These tactics were dictatorial
and antiquated. Nothing like this would happen in the United States
Republic, right? Wrong. When it comes to today’s laws, there is very
little difference between the deceptive tactics of Caligula and the
citizens cannot study the laws passed by Congress, not because they are
unattainably high upon a column but because they are unattainable due
to their largesse and legalese. American citizens have become
despondent and apathetic because the bills and laws are so voluminous
they cannot be read and so incomprehensible they cannot be understood.
James Madison predicted that it would be of no avail for men to elect
men of their own choice if they could not understand what was in the
laws. How does one know what is in the bill or law, and equally as
important, how can one hold a representative accountable, under such
circumstances. Caligula knew this well.
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