Thursday August 27th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 1032 PDT
Ukraine heats up Again
Declaring that Russian troops had crossed into Ukraine, President Petro
O. Poroshenko on Thursday canceled a planned visit to Turkey and
convened a meeting of the national security council to focus on the
“marked aggravation of the situation” in the southeast of his country.
The meeting of the national security council will focus on shaping a
response, and Ukraine will also request a meeting of the United Nations
Begin fighting alongside rebels...
Is Russia Tied to JPMorgan Hacking?
Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August,
infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase and at least one
other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a possible
retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to two people
familiar with the probe. Trish Regan reports on "Street Smart." (Source:
Russian hackers attacked the U.S. financial system in mid-August,
infiltrating and stealing data from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and
at least one other bank, an incident the FBI is investigating as a
possible retaliation for government-sponsored sanctions, according to
two people familiar with the probe.
The attack resulted in the loss of gigabytes of sensitive data, said the
people, who asked not to be identified because the probe is still
preliminary. Authorities are investigating whether recent infiltrations
of major European banks using a similar vulnerability are also linked to
the attack, one of the people said.
Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration ssteps
The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification
to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on
Facing an expected onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to
argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce
U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize
deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country
illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But
Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama
from what they've deemed egregious presidential overreaching.
Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on
making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States,
including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and
implies that an attack is imminent.
The online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty
Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow
“the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It
includes a timeline of "selected jihadi operations" that the Middle East
Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the
slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds
Israeli search Jerusalem forest for missing American student
Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of
Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went
missing last week while out for a hike.
Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on
Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust
museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and
question marks for the photo and information of the next attack --
implying that it is coming soon.” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve
Sister of Boston bombing suspect arrested in NYC
A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect was arrested in New York
City after authorities say she threatened to "put a bomb" on a woman.
Ailina Tsarnaeva, of North Bergen, N.J., was charged with one count of
aggravated harassment and released pending a hearing next month.
Tsarnaeva already has been required to check in with Massachusetts
probation officers after prosecutors said she refused to cooperate with a
2010 counterfeiting investigatio
Islamic State Atrocities: executes scores of Syrian soldiers
Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when
the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend,
according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.
The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter,
showed the bodies of dozens of men lying face down wearing nothing but
their underwear. They were stretched out in a line that appeared to be
dozens of metres long.
NATO Summit 2014
helicopters were spotted over Newport and Cardiff on Thursday ahead of
the Nato Summit taking place in just seven days time.
Members of the armed forces are joining the 9,500 police officers that are taking part in the security effort.
It understood that the helicopters were military, although it wasn’t clear yesterday what they were doing.
Travel ban to Ebola affected countries, UK officials say
The UK Foreign
and Commonwealth Office says all travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and
Liberia should be avoided - unless essential, due to the Ebola outbreak.
British Airways has suspended flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia and other airlines are taking similar measures.
Such flight restrictions may make it increasingly hard for people working in these areas to leave, the FCO warns.
Meanwhile scientists have announced plans to trial an Ebola vaccine on UK volunteers this September.
UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria, 81 others trapped
armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria
early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United
peacekeepers were detained on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights
during a "period of increased fighting between armed elements and the
Syrian Arab Armed Forces," the office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon said in a statement. It said another 81 peacekeepers are
"currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar
Ruwayhinah and Burayqah."
Burger King Move Puts Obama in a Fix
flight to Canada to beat huge U.S. corporate taxes raises a thorny
predicament fort President Barack Obama, according to renowned
economist and CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow.
Kudlow noted on
"The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV Thursday that Obama — who
strongly opposes American corporations leaving the U.S. so they could
pay lower taxes — is close friends with billionaire investor Warren
But Buffett, it
turns out, is one of the key money men in the deal which would see
Burger King buying the Canadian company Tim Horton's and heading north.
On the gold course, Obama avoids the rough
The president takes refuge from the world on the links
after his telephone call consoling the Foley family on their son’s
grisly murder at the hands of Islamofascists, President Obama took a
powder. He headed for the golf course. Yes, the golf course. He had
golfed eight times in 11 days, as the world was in tumult the likes of
which we have not experienced since the late 1930s. There is something
very odd about this man. He seems to think he can duck his obligations
by lolling on the golf course. Does he think no one is looking?
In his brief
life, my guess is, he has been posing all along. He had no role model
as a father. He had no lasting role model as an adult. Now he has to
produce. No one else can serve as his hidden adviser. He has to lead,
and he has not a clue as to what to do. Thus, to the golf course he
goes, no matter how his critics complain or how a growing number of
journalists express their dismay.
Obama on the hIslamic State Who's on first?
The official line on the terrorist threat switches from day to day
policy has long resembled the old Abbott and Costello “who’s on first”
routine: a dazed and confused mush of leftist ideology and demonstrable
weakness. The left hand hasn’t known what the far-left hand has been
doing. Or the far-left hand has had to take the left one out to the
woodshed for not being appropriately apologetic or irresolute.
The result? A world aflame, convulsed in violent chaos.
Witness the latest example of the administration’s lack of unit cohesion.
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
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