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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
Trump blasts Obama 'roadblocks' as power transfer turns increasingly hostile
The presidential transition hit a new low Wednesday, with
President-elect Donald Trump openly criticizing President Obama for
bungling U.S. relations with Israel and erecting other “roadblocks” to a
smooth transfer of power in Washington.
With 24 days to go before Mr. Trump’s inauguration, the
president-elect’s frustration with Mr. Obama’s perceived undermining of
his victory, and wide-ranging efforts to tie the hands of the incoming
administration, boiled over in a series of comments by Mr. Trump on
“Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements
and roadblocks,” Mr. Trump said. “Thought it was going to be a smooth
transition — NOT!”
Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin held talks over cease fire
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with his
Russian counterpart on Thursday to discuss the ceasefire in Syria due to
come into effect at midnight, Erdogan's spokesman said in a statement.
The leaders also discussed upcoming talks about Syria due to take place
in the Kazakh capital Astana, spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in the
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian
opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on
Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said
they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian
John Kerry Benjamin Netanyahu clash angrily about peace
Secretary of State John F. Kerry launched a rhetorical
broadside against Israel Wednesday, saying Washington could not “protect
or defend” the country should Tel Aviv continue to balk at two-state
peace plans with Palestinians.
His comments drew swift and sharp rebuke from Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, who chided Mr. Kerry by saying Israelis did “not
need to be lectured” about peace by the outgoing administration, while
President-elect Donald Trump weighed in even before the speech was given
with a strong support for Mr. Netanyahu and Israel, and vowing his
incoming administration would take a sharply different approach.
It was an extraordinary and extraordinarily public division between two
longtime allies, one that could have lasting and incalculable
consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Washington’s
traditional role as an honest broker and the main outside power in the
Middle East peace process.
Kerry's speech biased against Israel: Netanyahu
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry's Middle East speech on Wednesday was biased against Israel.
In a statement in English issued by the Prime Minister's Office,
Netanyahu said: "Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary
Kerry advanced in the U.N., his speech tonight was skewed against
The Israeli leader said Kerry "obsessively dealt with settlements",
which the United States strongly opposes, in the speech. Netanyahu
accused Kerry of barely touching upon "the root of the conflict -
Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries".
Ambassador claims Obama's Stance on Israel Unchanged in 8 Years
Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on Israel could have been given
in the first year of President Barack Obama's first term in office, Ron
Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States, said Thursday while
accusing Obama of not changing his opinions on Israel since he first
took office in 2008.
"We had a crisis with the United States over the initial settlements
three months into the administration," Dermer told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
program about Kerry's contention that expansion of Israeli settlements
jeopardizes the two-state solution that would keep Israelis and
Palestinians living in the region.
"The very first meeting they had in the Oval Office, the same story was
told, that the two-state decision was disappearing," said Dermer. "What
we found is a speech eight years later that was just pretty much was a
self-fulfilling prophesy. What the president believed going in is
exactly what he believed going out. It wasn't true then and it's not
Obama under pressure to prove Russian interference in election
The Obama administration is under intense pressure to release evidence
confirming Russian interference in the presidential election before
The administration up until now has provided little documentation to
back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was
attempting to interfere in the U.S. election.
Nor has it corroborated subsequent leaks from anonymous officials
contending that the CIA believes the campaign was an attempt by Russian
President Vladimir Putin to ensure Donald Trump’s victory.
Lame-duck Congress punts EB-5 'golden visa' reform to Trump
When the lame-duck Congress stumbled out of town earlier this month,
lawmakers blew through yet another self-imposed deadline for cleaning up
a controversial visa program that critics say could even become a
pathway for terrorists into the U.S. — dropping the problem in the lap
of President-elect Trump and a newly elected House and Senate to fix
Critics say the EB-5 program, dubbed a “Golden visa” by immigration
lawyers because it provides an expedited path for wealthy foreign
investors to gain admission to the U.S., has been rife with widespread
fraud and political corruption, including a scandal that touched the
highest levels of the Department of Homeland Security.
Yet Congress just renewed the EB-5 visa, without any reforms, for
another four-and-a-half months as part of the year-end stopgap spending
Billionaire globalist pens panicked rant...
Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I
sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not
business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel
the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I
do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for.
I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end
of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind
of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was
the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would
have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation.
He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews;
with his help, most survived.
Donald Trump and Bill Gates find common ground
With interest in education innovation aligned, the nation’s schools get a boost
It turns out that Donald Trump and Bill Gates have an important shared
interest. And it bodes very well for the prospects for success in the
After their hour-long meeting at Trump Tower last week, Mr. Gates told
reporters gathered in the lobby that the two “had a good conversation
about innovation, how it can help in health, education …”
Media stories have focused mostly on the atmospherics: a couple of
billionaires who’d never met before, getting to know each other for the
first time just a few short blocks from 30 Rock in Manhattan. Well, that
may be the story line of interest on Entertainment Tonight or in People
magazine. But it’s not the most significant story line, not by a
Why Donald Trump is right about nucleaer arms
‘Expanding and modernizing’ the nuclear deterrent is necessary
The liberal mainstream media is all aghast that President-elect Trump is
calling for “expanding and modernizing” the U.S. nuclear deterrent, and
if necessary winning a new nuclear arms race with Russia.
Even the usually “fair and balanced” Fox News has for three days (and
counting) reported uncritically the view of the Arms Control Association
that Mr. Trump is “irresponsible” and “reckless” — as if the Arms
Control Association is a left wing lobby dedicated to unilateral nuclear
disarmament of the United States.
The public might get the false impression from Fox reporting that the
Arms Control Association is part of the U.S. Government and a source of
official information. In fact, the Arms Control Association is no more
to be trusted on matters of national security than Greenpeace or
Ploughshares, all of whom want to achieve President Obama’s “a world
without nuclear weapons” starting with the United States.
"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.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
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.”