Thursday July 24th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 0901 PST
Tale of the Tapes
IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe
The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into
missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are
reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes
had been recycled.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight
subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or
"whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector
general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to
see if they contain any "recoverable" material.
The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency
first told Congress about the missing emails, that backup tapes "no
longer exist because they have been recycled."
After Kerry peace effort fails, Fears grow of Hezbollah joining Hamas fight
Hamas rejected Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s call for a cease-fire
amid concerns that an agreement won’t be reached before other parties
are drawn into its conflict with Israel.
A new jihadi media outlet called Al Fawaris released a video Wednesday
calling on Gazans to endure the military operation. Its message said
victory looms and that Muslims all over the world support them.
FAA Lifts Ban on US Flights to Israel
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights
in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for
the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
The decision was effective at 11:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday.
"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government
counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully
reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of
Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the
FAA said. "The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid
situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions as
Kerry meets with Netanyahu amid Israeli anger over ban on U.S. flights
The United States on Wednesday put the most direct pressure yet on its
ally Israel to cut short its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza,
but Secretary of State John F. Kerry did not get a deal from Israel or
the Palestinians to stop the bloodshed.
Despite a swirl of shuttle diplomacy, the war looked far from over
Wednesday. Israeli leaders told their soldiers to prepare for an
escalation inside the Gaza Strip, while the leader of Hamas vowed that
his Islamist militant movement would not sign a permanent cease-fire
until Israel ends its blockade of the coastal enclave.
WSJ Slams Obama: 'Most Provincial' President, Tells World 'Drop Dead'
President Barack Obama is the "most provincial U.S. president in at
least a century" and despite being the leader of the free world he is
ignoring major international crises that will only escalate further in
the final two years of his presidency, the Wall Street Journal said.
In a column written by Daniel Henninger under a headline 'Obama To
World: Drop Dead', the Journal lambastes the president for his weak
response toward Russia following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17. It criticizes him for ignoring multiple escalating conflicts
throughout the world, instead focusing on fundraising and domestic
"As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at
fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in
Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications
director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's
fundraising schedule 'can have the unintended consequence of unduly
alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis,'"
wrote Henninger, the paper's deputy editorial page editor.
Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as Former Company Faces Scrutiny
Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with
saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the
Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former
The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about
Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed
those concerns in a story yesterday.
Obama Motorcade Prevents Woman in Labor from Crossing Street to Hospital
Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by
authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday
because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending
The unidentified woman was barred from walking the few hundred feet to
the hospital for at least 30 minutes as authorities waited for the
president’s motorcade to pass by, witness Carrie Clifford told TheBlaze
early Thursday morning.
Obama locks out the press--again
President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited.
Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on
Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not
even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the
Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser
with a $25,000 entrance fee.
Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority
PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they weren’t
even told what room or floor he was on.
Air Algerie Flight AH5017 Crashes in Niger Due to Bad Weather
The disappeared Air Algerie flight AH5017 has crashed in Niger after flying through violent storms, it has been confirmed.
Algerian television station Elnahar confirmed the plane went down due to
bad weather and an Algerian aviation official had told Reuters flight
AH5017 had crashed.
The region was badly affected by violent storms and it was earlier said the plane was rerouted while it was flying over Mali.
Militants Order Genital mutilation of 4-Million Iraq women
'This is something very new for Iraq and is of grave concern,' UN official says
Militant group Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and
around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital
mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.
The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect
4 million women and girls, UN resident and humanitarian co-ordinator in
Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from
"This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is
of grave concern and does need to be addressed," she said.
Obamacare enrollees faking for freebies
The subsidies are a hit with patients who don’t exist
revealed to have a fatal flaw on Tuesday when federal appellate courts
split over the legality of the subsidies crucial to the health care
plan. The subsidies have been given to anyone who asks for them. That’s
not how the law said to do it.
interested in $2,700 worth of Obamacare subsidies need only tick a few
boxes on a government form and tell a few lies to get the discount.
That was the finding of Government Accountability Office (GAO)
investigators who went undercover to find out what happens when fake
applications are submitted to Healthcare.gov, or given to a counselor
on the Obamacare telephone hotline.
Poor Hillary, rock-star wannabe
Dead broke and hungry, she demands the perks of a rock star
Many of the
Democrats who tell the world from the bumpers of their hybrids that
they’re “Ready for Hillary 2016,” regard Hillary Clinton as something
of a rock star. She does, too.
secretary of state expects to get $275,000 for a speech to a school, a
charity or even a capitalist enterprise with more money than it needs.
Her fee sometimes exceeds that of the likes of Paris Hilton, the
heiress who’s famous for being famous and who got a cool quarter of a
million not long ago for thrilling the guests with her presence at an
A-list birthday party at a Lake Tahoe casino.
The birth of a new alignment in the Middle East
Obama’s aloofness could force longtime adversaries to band together
It did not take
all that long, when you think about it, for America’s Nobel
Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel
Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has
brought the world to a boil not by his use of force, but by his
inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a
higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or
devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to
provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies. The
allies are beginning to worry.
has simply failed to respond to an outburst of violence around the
world. It is an outburst that has not been seen since the 1970s. His
only reaction is mere rhetoric, sometimes no rhetoric at all. Sometimes
he changes the subject. Whether it be mobs of Central American children
at our southern border or armed rebels in Ukraine shooting commercial
aircraft out of the skies, there is only emollient talk from
Washington. There is no alternative policy. Things are getting worse.
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.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with
Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st
Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a
platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine
squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had
established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in
the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide
security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and
a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the
perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight
attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged
position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own
safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt
to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade
detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding
him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted
courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the
face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the United States Naval Service.
From the Archives
Let Slip the Dogs of War.
On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003
"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love the
Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had
one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct
cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col.
Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.
The Army has
myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer
who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned
attack on U.S. soldiers.
Col. West did
not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used
psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it
worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe
terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and
gave up the information on a planned attack.
saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear
want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag
Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by
shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer
scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail
him to a wall?
The same kind
of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women
in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a
cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to
destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with
Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit
(Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys
intent on killing him and his troops.
An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.
Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the
welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."
Col. West wrote
in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had
to gather information and that it could get ugly…"
He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
"I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I
fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while
having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in
between the firing and his person.
He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with
the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given
the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and
politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did
not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of
The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.
If Col West had
waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no
foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force
'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19
years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush
Doctrine' down to Battalion level?
His wife, said,
"My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an
African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get
where he is."
Col. West is
prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying
whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to
destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like
division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation
tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the
court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should
have given him a medal and promotion.
are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an
interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get
information from terrorists.
consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with
morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col.
West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced
observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of
compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The
attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms....
Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are
made bitter by their isolation...."
Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.