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20,000 illegals with criminal convictions released into U.S. communities in 2015
Homeland Security has made some gains in detaining
criminal aliens but still released into the community nearly 20,000
immigrants last year who’d already been convicted of crimes — including
hundreds charges with sexual assault, kidnapping or homicide —
according to figures sent to Congress this week.
Between them the aliens notched a total of 64,000 crimes, including
12,307 drunken driving convictions, 1,728 cases of assault, 216
kidnappings and more than 200 homicide or manslaughter convictions,
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the House Committee
on Oversight and Government Reform ahead of a hearing Thursday.
Donald Trump could amass most primary votes in GOP history
Donald Trump will likely wind up winning the most primary
votes of any GOP presidential candidate in modern history, the author
of the influential Smart Politics blog told The Post on Wednesday.
After convincing victories in Tuesday’s primaries in five East Coast
states, Trump has roughly 10.1 million votes, about 200,000 more than
Mitt Romney got during the entire 2012 primary campaign.
And with the primaries ahead — including in populous states such as
California, New Jersey and Indiana — the former “Apprentice” reality
TV star should easily break the modern record of 10.8 million held by
George W. Bush in 2000, according to blogger Eric Ostermeier, a
political science professor at the University of Minnesota.
Donald in Control
Front-runner crosses 50 percent threshold
Trump is now on target to win the Republican presidential nomination at
the GOP’s July convention, holding support from half of all delegates
allocated so far, thanks to a massive haul Tuesday night that puts him
firmly in the driver’s seat.
A Washington Times analysis found at least three dozen of the 54
“unbound” delegates elected in Pennsylvania’s primary have signaled
support for Mr. Trump, and combined with the 953 “bound” delegates
already won, that gives him a majority of all delegates awarded in the
states that have voted so far.
Joe Biden makes unannounced visit to Iraq
Joseph R. Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq Thursday to try to
resolve political disunity in Baghdad that is undermining the Iraqi
government’s efforts to fight the Islamic State terrorist group.
office said he will hold meetings with Iraqi leadership “focused on
encouraging Iraqi national unity and continued momentum in the fight
against” the extremists.
administration official traveling with Mr. Biden said he is “arriving
at a moment of a lot of turbulence” in Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister
Haider al-Abadi is trying to implement a pledge to reform his
government and reshuffle the cabinet, the official said.
Boehner: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'
The former House speaker also says that he would vote for Trump, and called the two of them 'texting buddies.'
When it comes
to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, even a few months’ time out of Congress has
done little to lessen former Speaker John Boehner’s contempt for his
former Capitol Hill colleague.
“Lucifer in the
flesh,” Boehner told an audience at Stanford on Wednesday night,
according to the Stanford Daily. “I have Democrat friends and
Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never
worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.”
Trump's unorthodoxy radically alters course GOP charted
Donald Trump is poised to change U.S. foreign and domestic policy to match more closely the mood of the nation.
Wednesday speech, carried live on cable news networks, Mr. Trump made
clear that as president he would pursue an America-first foreign policy.
U.S. economy weakeset in Two Years
economy expanded in the first quarter at the slowest pace in two years
as American consumers reined in spending and companies tightened their
belts in response to weak global financial conditions and a plunge in
product rose at a 0.5 percent annualized rate after a 1.4 percent
fourth-quarter advance, Commerce Department data showed Thursday. The
increase was less than the 0.7 percent median projection in a Bloomberg
survey and marked the third straight disappointing start to a year.
National sheriffs' group, opposed to federal laws on guns and taxes, calls for defiance
chiefs and sheriffs typically swear to enforce the laws of their state.
But a group called the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers
Association is intent on strictly enforcing their view of the U.S.
Constitution and, according to a long new piece by the Center for
Public Integrity, “its ambition is to encourage law enforcement
officers to defy laws they decide themselves are illegal.” In essence,
they are troubled by the overreach of the federal government in matters
concerning guns, taxes and land management, and founder Richard Mack
has described the federals as “the greatest threat we face today,” and
his association as “the army to set our nation free.”
In an interview
with Julia Harte and former Post reporter R. Jeffrey Smith, Mack said
he had enlisted “several hundred” of the more than 3,000 sheriffs
around the country as members of the CSPOA, and that hundreds more are
sympathetic. At the association’s 2014 convention, dozens of sheriffs
signed a declaration that they would not tolerate any federal agent who
attempted to register firearms, arrest someone or seize property in
their counties without their consent.
Congress moves to require women to register for military draft
took a large step toward putting female soldiers on the front lines on
Wednesday, approving legislation requiring women to register for the
Members of the
House Armed Services committee passed the measure as part of the
panel’s version of the defense spending bill for fiscal year 2017,
according to the Associated Press.
Judge tosses Seattle ordinance requiring garbage-can searches for food wasete
A state judge
threw out a portion of a Seattle ordinance requiring garbage collectors
to snoop through residents’ trash in search of food waste, calling the
Superior Court Judge Beth M. Andrus issued an injunction against the
garbage inspections but not Seattle’s residential food-waste ban, which
forbids throwing away food scraps and compostable paper.
Ryan Calls for Change in Obamacaree Coverage for Sick Consumers
U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called for an end to Obamacare's
financial protections for people with serious medical conditions,
saying these consumers should be placed in state high-risk pools.
election-year remarks that could shed light on an expected Republican
healthcare alternative, Ryan said existing federal policy that prevents
insurers from charging sick people higher rates for health coverage has
raised costs for healthy consumers while undermining choice and
Obama's miscues over Britain's role in World War II
Britain helped America as much America did Britain
While in London
last week, President Obama waded into the upcoming British referendum
about whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union.
followed his lecture about the future of the Anglo-American
relationship should Britain depart the EU. Mr. Obama also implied that
without an EU, the United States might again be dragged into European
squabbling, as it had been in the prior world wars.
Americans might take this occasion to reflect on Britain’s role in World War II.
Renegotiating Puerto Rico's debt and Trumpian anger
A bailout would damage the finances of average Americans
majority of Americans aren’t enthusiastic about a potential President
Trump. Nonetheless, anger with the political establishment about
political games and backroom deals, about insiders’ arrogance, and
about fear that taxpayers will end up largely being saddled with the
costs of these antics seems to be a driving force behind the pro-Trump
didn’t appear suddenly. It has developed over time. Rather than take
steps to minimize the concerns of the American people, Washington
insiders seem oblivious. Every day the reasons for such anger keep
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