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Obama reinstates 'catch-and-release' for illegals
Obama administration has revived the maligned illegal immigrant
“catch-and-release” policy of the Bush years, ordering Border Patrol
agents not to even bother arresting and deporting many new illegal
immigrants, the head of the agents’ labor union told Congress on
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said
Homeland Security was embarrassed by the number of illegal immigrants
not showing up for their deportation hearings, but instead of cracking
down on the immigrants, the department ordered agents not to arrest
them in the first place — meaning they no longer need to show up in
court in the first place.
Border agent: 'We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether'
In a shocking
reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being
told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear
at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in the United
States, a key agent testified Thursday.
What's more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.
"We might as
well abolish our immigration laws altogether," suggested agent Brandon
Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
New Hampshire tracking poll
It's not an earthquake, yet...But the political ground in New Hampshire is moving.
We're seeing more of Iowa's impact, and the war of words underway here.
Hillary Clinton is coming back; and Marco Rubio is coming up.
IRS computer problems shut down e-file system
reported a "hardware failure" Wednesday. There's no word yet on when
the system will be up and running. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
Revenue Service suffered a "hardware failure" on Wednesday afternoon,
which left many of its tax processing systems unavailable Wednesday
night, the agency announced in a statement.
stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns because of the
problem. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it
doesn't anticipate "major disruptions."
Iran claims $100 billion windfall from sanctions relief--double what White House estimated
Obama administration is finding itself on the defensive amid rising
charges that the U.S. and its allies lowballed the estimate of the
billions of dollars Iran will reap from the deal that curbed Tehran’s
nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of punishing economic
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just finished a shopping spree across
Europe, and critics fear the nation’s military and hard-line security
forces now have the funds to do the same, as Tehran claims to have
secured access to “more than $100 billion” from sanctions relief —
roughly twice what the Obama administration has long claimed would be
Paul Ryan calls for truce with conservatives, says Republican infighting benefits Obama
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan pleaded Wednesday for a truce with
conservatives, saying bitter fighting over tactics in cutting spending
or defunding Obamacare plays into President Obama’s hands, and prevents
Republicans from settling on a broad Reagan-esque agenda.
In a speech at The Heritage Foundation, one of the heavyweight
conservative groups that’s regularly battled GOP leaders in Congress,
Mr. Ryan asked grass-roots leaders to focus on unifying to fight big
ideological battles with Democrats rather than fight internal GOP feuds
over legislative strategy, saying Republican voters are being misled
Ammon Bundy Indicted With 10 Others, but Charges Are Sealed
Ammon Bundy was indicted Wednesday with 10 others in connection with
the January takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon,
but the indictment was sealed and the defense doesn't know what the
Mike Arnold, Bundy's lead attorney, complained to U.S. Magistrate
Janice Stewart about the sealed indictment, saying he was not presented
with the charges, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. Stewart gave
federal prosecutors 24 hours to give a copy of the sealed indictment to
Planned Parenthood Executive Sought to Hide Profits from Baby-Parts Sales
A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) appears
to show how Planned Parenthood uses accounting gimmicks to hide profits
created through the sale of body parts of aborted babies.
A financial benefit “is what staff and management need to see,” says an executive at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.
The video highlights footage from the April 9, 2015 visit of
investigative journalists David Daleiden — director of the Center for
Medical Progress (CMP) — and CMP employee Sandra Merritt to Planned
Parenthood Gulf Coast’s (PPGC) abortion facility in Houston.
Hillary defends Wall Street ties with series of rationalizations
Former first lady ducks question, doesn’t know whether $675,000 for a speech is excessive
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton seemed unprepared to
answer a question on the hundreds of thousands of dollars she has
received in paid speeches, the majority from Wall Street firms, despite
this being a constant line of attack from rival Sen. Bernard Sanders.
“Look, I’ve made speeches to lot of groups, I’ve told them what I
thought, I answered questions,” Mrs. Clinton said of the three speeches
she made to Goldman Sachs for $675,000. She made the comments during a
Democratic Town Hall event aired by CNN on Wednesday.
Obama thanks US Muslims, promises reepsectful tratment in terrorism probes
In his first visit to a U.S. mosque, President Obama thanked
American Muslims for their contributions to the nation, promised they
will be treated with sensitivity in counterterrorism probes and said
Islam is not to blame for terrorist attacks.
“I want to say two words Muslim Americans don’t hear often enough:
Thank you,” Mr. Obama said at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. “We are
one American family.”
A fresh approach to the immigration conundrum
A national consensus should be built around national security
Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source
of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called
“comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it
actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our
divisions. It’s time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a
national consensus based on national security.
The history of American immigration has almost always been politically
charged. In the 1850s, the Native American Party arose to challenge the
influx of Irish Catholics moving to America. Today, immigration from
south of our border is producing intense reactions and division as
well. Whatever we thought about immigration in the past must now change
after Sept. 11, 2001, and more recently, the terror attack in San
Indoctrination, not education
Teaching students arrogance and ignorance is a disservice
What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning?
American universities want it both ways. They expect unquestioned
subsidized support from the public, but also to operate in a way
impossible for anyone else.
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