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Arkell and Dar first met there was no tension or danger. Which in and
of itself was strange given two such dangerous beings. Rather, an
instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
discussions and to end conflict.
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Hillary distrust renews Democrats' pessimism about general election
suspicion over the Clintons’ Whitewater dealings to 2008 claims of
having braved “sniper fire” in Bosnia to now, where she faces questions
over her use of a secret email server to conduct business in the State
Department, Hillary Clinton has earned a level of distrust that’s
almost unprecedented for a major political party presidential nominee.
New polling shows voters rate Donald Trump as more honest than Mrs.
Clinton, underscoring deep questions that have been swirling for
decades around the former secretary of state and current front-runner
for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Sen. Bernard Sanders, her competitor for the nomination, warns of
electoral “disaster” if she’s Democrats’ pick this fall, and analysts
say there’s little she can do to truly change the narrative, especially
when presumptive GOP nominee Mr. Trump begins his own blistering
assault over the summer.
Trump campaign 'complete opposite' of RNC's 2016 blueprint
Donald Trump is
not who GOP leaders imagined when they conducted their autopsy of what
went wrong in the 2012 presidential election and laid out their path to
retake the White House in 2016, beginning with a gentler approach to
women and illegal immigrants.
— dubbed the Growth and Opportunity Project, and written by top
Republican National Committee members and advisers — said Republicans
needed to make inroads with minorities and young voters to have a hope
they’ve ended up with Mr. Trump, whose campaign is banking on turning
out millions of disaffected voters who’d given up on politically
correct Republicans and Democrats — directly flouting the autopsy’s
Brazil's Rousseff bows out defiantly after historic Senate vote to try her
President Dilma Rousseff bowed out defiantly on Thursday, suspended
from office after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking
budget laws in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a
office since 2011, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, for
the duration of a Senate trial that could take up to six months.
speaking shortly before she left Brasilia's Planalto presidential
palace, said was notified of her suspension on Thursday morning.
The FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11
secret ‘28 pages’ are just the start. The FBI has another 80,000
classified documents, many of which deal with Saudi connections to the
9/11 terror plot. What’s the Bureau got?
administration may soon release 28 classified pages from a
congressional investigation that allegedly links Saudis in the United
States to the 9/11 attackers. A former Republican member of the 9/11
Commission alleged Thursday that there was “clear evidence” of support
for the hijackers from Saudi officials.
But in Florida,
a federal judge is weighing whether to declassify portions of some
80,000 classified pages that could reveal far more about the hijackers’
Saudis connections and their activities in the weeks preceding the
worst attack on U.S. soil.
still-secret files speak to one of the strangest and most enduring
mysteries of the 9/11 attacks. Why did the Saudi occupants of a posh
house in gated community in Sarasota, Florida, suddenly vanish in the
two weeks prior to the attacks? And had they been in touch with the
leader of the operation, Mohamed Atta, and two of his co-conspirators?
Trump, Ryan Meet in Search of Common Ground
and House Speaker Paul Ryan met face to face for the first time
Thursday as they sought to repair their breach and unify a party torn
over Trump's rise to the cusp of the GOP presidential nomination.
much-anticipated meeting unfolded Thursday morning as polls suggest
Republican voters are getting behind Trump, who effectively clinched
the nomination last week. GOP lawmakers are increasingly calling for
the party to end its embarrassing bout of infighting and unite to beat
likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in November, and many want to
see Ryan get on board.
Sidney Blumenthal: Hillary Email Probe an 'Ongoing Investgation'
advisor Sidney Blumenthal Thursday referred to the ongoing probe of
Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server an "investigation,"
breaking away from her assertion that the FBI is conducting a security
review of the communications.
"Well, as I
have said, I can't comment on an ongoing investigation," Blumenthal
told CNBC's "Squawk Box," leading to a contentious exchange between
Blumenthal, who had come on the show to plug his new book about Abraham
Lincoln, and the show's hosts, who jumped on his word swap.
US Activates Romanian Missile Defense Site, Angering Russia
States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on
Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from
so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its
own nuclear arsenal.
To the music of
military bands at the remote Deveselu air base, senior U.S. and NATO
officials declared operational the ballistic missile defense site,
which is capable of shooting down rockets from countries such as Iran
that Washington says could one day reach major European cities.
Could Osama bin Laden's son be the future leader of al-Qaeda?
Osama bin Laden’s son and heir apparent has resurfaced in an audio
message after many months of silence, prompting renewed speculation
over the leadership of al-Qaeda.
Hamza bin Laden, understood to be 23 or 24 years old, was not found
among the bodies after the 2011 CIA raid on the compound in Pakistan
housing the world’s most-wanted terrorist.
His whereabouts now are unknown, but some experts believe he is being
carefully stage-managed by al-Qaeda’s leadership to one day take over
his father’s role.
Missing a chance to walk the walk toward fiscal discipline
The House budget is at a standstill over trimming $30 billion
Conservatives are supposed to stand for fiscal discipline, balanced
budgets and reducing government waste. Yet House leadership is
currently whipping votes for a bad budget deal that was negotiated
behind closed doors by party leaders and that blows through the budget
Despite Republican control of both the Senate and the House, the
deficit is set to go up more than $100 billion to the $530 billion
range. Last year marked the highest level of federal government
All this spending on the backs of our kids. They have no effective
lobby on Capitol Hill, so they lose to a Washington bureaucracy that is
incapable of listening to the American people.
Elites can afford looser immigration policies
Money buys buffers from illegals that poorer classes can’t afford
Support for, or opposition to, mass immigration is apparently a class
issue, not an ethnic or racial issue. Elites more often support lenient
immigration policies; the general public typically opposes them.
At the top of the list are Mexico’s elites. Illegal immigration results
in an estimated $25 billion sent back in remittances to Mexico each
year. The Mexican government worries more about remittances, the
country’s No. 1 source of foreign exchange, than it does about its
low-paid citizens who are in the United States, scrimping to send money
back home. Remittances also excuse the Mexican government from
restructuring the economy or budgeting for anti-poverty programs.
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