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72 convicted in U.S., terror cases came from nations targeted for vetting
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
At least 72 convicted terrorists came from the seven countries President
Trump targeted in his extreme vetting executive order, according to a
new report this weekend that directly undercut part of the courts’
rulings halting the program.
Seventeen of those entered the U.S. under the refugee program that Mr.
Trump has said is of special concern to him, according to the data
compiled by the Senate Judiciary Committee and analyzed by the Center
for Immigration Studies.
The convictions came in terrorism-related investigations since the Sept.
11 attacks, but some were for relatively minor crimes such as identity
fraud. Nevertheless, more than 30 of the convicts served at least three
years in prison because of their terrorism-related crimes, the CIS
Think tank backs academics, Trump who say large numbers of non-citizens vote illegally
A small research group has entered the debate on voter fraud, siding
with academics who estimate that large numbers of noncitizens illegally
register and vote in U.S. elections.
Just Facts, founded in New Jersey 20 years ago by a Brown-educated
mechanical engineer, released its findings as President Trump was
setting up a task force on voter fraud headed by Vice President Mike
“Contrary to the claims of certain major media outlets and fact
checkers, a comprehensive analysis of polling data, election records and
government investigations shows that many noncitizens vote illegally in
U.S. elections,” Just Facts President James D. Agresti told The
Ever since two professors at Old Dominion University and one at George
Mason University collaboratively released a 2014 study saying
noncitizens vote illegally in U.S. elections, and they vote mostly for
Democrats, the liberal media and academia have tried to crush the
Taxes Set Record Through January; Feds Still Run a Deficit
The U.S. Treasury hauled in a record of approximately $1,084,840,000,000
in tax revenues in the first four months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016
through Jan. 31, 2017), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement
That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the
approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the
Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016.
In power struggle with judicial branch, Trump pursues 'all options' to extreme vetting
President Trump is “pursuing all options” in response to an appeals
court decision against his extreme vetting order, according to a top
White House aide who accused federal judges Sunday of snatching powers
away from the executive branch.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a restraining
order against Mr. Trump’s decision to temporarily halt the American
refugee program and to block most travel from seven predominantly Muslim
nations — Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Yemen — until
stronger vetting could be implemented.
During a round of Sunday talk show appearances, White House policy
adviser Stephen Miller said the 9th Circuit has a long history of
overreaching and having its rulings overturned.
Senate nears confirmation of Mmuchin, Trump's pick to head Treasury
The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick for
Treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that Steven Mnuchin
failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures
when he headed OneWest Bank.
Votes on Trump’s Cabinet picks have exposed deep partisan divisions in
the Republican-controlled Senate, with many of the nominees approved by
mostly party-line votes.
The vote Monday evening on Mnuchin is expected to follow the same
pattern. Finance Committee Republicans unanimously voted in favor of
Mnuchin after committee Democrats boycotted the vote.
UN Security Council meeting sought over North Korea missile test
The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent
diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea’s
latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called
“serious military and security threats” and predicting more such tests.
A spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said Sunday night
that the meeting is expected to take place Monday. The spokesman spoke
on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak
The U.N. Mission for Ukraine, which holds the rotating Security Council
presidency, later confirmed that closed consultations on North Korea
will take place late Monday afternoon.
The banned missile test, which was conducted early Sunday, is seen as an
implicit challenge to President Donald Trump, who has vowed a tough
line on Pyongyang but has yet to release a strategy for dealing with a
country whose nuclear ambitions have bedeviled U.S. leaders for decades.
188,000 Evacuated Near Orville California Dam Spillway
At least 188,000 people were asked to evacuate in the area near the
Oroville Dam Sunday after authorities warned an emergency spillway in
the structure was in danger of failing and unleashing uncontrolled flood
waters on towns below.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Department issued the evacuation order at
about 4:20 p.m. after the hazardous situation developed. Authorities are
concerned the erosion could lead to the failure of the Oroville Dam’s
Evacuations orders were expanded later Sunday evening for areas of Butte
and Yuba counties downstream from the Oroville Dam after one of the
dam’s emergency spillway was on the verge of collapse because of severe
erosion, according to authorities.
The erosion at the head of the emergency spillway threatens to undermine
the concrete weir and allow large, uncontrolled releases of water from
Lake Oroville, the California Department of Water Resources said. Those
potential flows could overwhelm the capacity of downstream channels and
Anxiety Abounds for 3 in Trump's Inner Sanctum
The early report cards are out in President Donald Trump's new
administration and there are three who better get their grades up this
next marking period if they want to keep their jobs, according to
At the top of the list is national security adviser Michael Flynn,
around whom the walls seem to closing in. But there's also anxiety
surrounding the performances of Trump's establishment-side West Wingers
— Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus.
Flynn is getting the cold shoulder treatment after accounts rolled out
that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the timing of his
communications with Russia about sanctions prior to Trump taking office.
Trump could be impeached in 6 months if he defies courts?
MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough warned Monday that President
Donald Trump will face "impeachment proceedings within the next six
months" if he follows White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller's advice
to defy court rulings on his immigration order.
During weekend TV appearances, Miller insisted courts in Seattle and San
Francisco took "power for themselves that belong squarely" with the
president in their immigration rulings.
"I'm just telling you right now, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, if that sort of
thinking were enacted into policy, we would have impeachment proceedings
within the next six months," the "Morning Joe" host and former
Republican congressman said on his program.
"Donald Trump would be impeached if they did not adhere to what the courts were saying."
Protecting consumers from swindlers
How ‘fake facts’ make millions for class-action lawyers
Trump administration spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway recently defended
false statements about inauguration crowd size as “alternative facts,”
provoking a great kerfuffle. But in the class-action world, trial
lawyers have been making millions on alternative facts for decades. And,
astonishingly, courts disagree over whether it’s permissible for
lawyers to use alternative facts to cheat their consumer clients.
But this month, the Supreme Court has a chance to protect consumers from
alternative facts, as it considers a casefull of fake facts and an
unfair lawyer windfall. It’s a challenge to this scheme by wunderkind
law professor Josh Blackman, who stumbled into class membership and the
way class-action lawyers cheat consumers when he joined a Kentucky gym
during his judicial clerkship.
The too-common scam goes like this. Trial lawyers bring a class action
against a business, alleging unfair charges or false advertising and
seeking to recover a few dollars each for thousands or millions of its
customers. It’s okay if the case is weak, because the defendant still
finds it cheaper to settle the lawsuit for a small percentage of the
total losses alleged than to fight on.
Dealing with North Korea
Negotiations to halt its nuclear and missile programs must be explored
Since Kim Jong-un took over from his father in December 2011 as the
supreme leader, the nuclear threat from North Korea has increased
exponentially. Over this five-year period, North Korea has conducted
four progressively larger nuclear tests and more than 50 ballistic
missile launches. In 2016 alone, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests
and 25 missile launches, to include a June 2016 successful test of its
Musudan Intermediate Range Ballistic missile, with a range of 4000
kilometers, and an August 2016 successful submarine-launched ballistic
missile, with a range of 1000 kilometers.
Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address this year stated that North Korea will
reach the final stages to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic
missile (ICBM). The two known ICBM variants, the KN-08 and KN-14, are
road mobile missiles, with ranges exceeding 9000 kilometers, thus
capable of reaching the U.S. In March 2016, North Korea posted a YouTube
video titled “Last Chance” that simulated a nuclear missile attack on
Washington. They posted a similar video of a simulated attack on the
presidential residence in South Korea.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
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.
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.
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Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”