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Obama to announce immigration action
In a broad test of his executive powers, President Barack Obama declared
Wednesday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on
immigration — in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5
million people illegally in the U.S. and set up one of the most pitched
partisan confrontations of his presidency.
Obama declared that Washington has allowed America's immigration problem "to fester for too long."
The president will use an 8 p.m. EST address Thursday to announce his
measures and will sign the executive actions during a rally in Las Vegas
on Friday. In doing so, Obama will be taking an aggressive stand that
he had once insisted was beyond his presidential power.
Networks To Snub Speech?
White House didn't request coverage from English-speaking networks...
Will air during Latin Grammys...
Illegals stage watch parties for speech...
WHITE HOUSE LAUGHS: 'It Doesn't Tear Up the Constitution'...
TONIGHT: Dines with Dems to explain; NO REPUBLICANS...
'Slap in face'...
DHS: Brace for New Surge...
Bachmann: Turning 'illiterate' immigrants into Dem voters...
'Throwing nation into crisis'...
Texas Plans Suit...
CRUZ: Obama Not Monarch...
COBURN WARNING: 'YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ANARCHY... VIOLENCE'
SCHLAFLY: Modern-day 'Fort Sumter'...
Sheriffs: 'Destruction of Democracy'...
McCONNELL: Order will lead to more dead migrants...
TUMULTY: Will pose political challenges for both parties...
National Revolution Day in Mexico...
Parites Push to Sway Public Before Obama's Immigration Speech
The fight to sway public opinion about President Obama’s
soon-to-be-announced executive action on immigration was intensifying
before the president’s scheduled address to the nation on Thursday
evening from the East Room of the White House.
Mr. Obama is expected to announce that he will protect up to five
million undocumented immigrants from deportation and provide many of
them permits to work legally in the United States. Mr. Obama has said he
intends to act on his own in the face of Republican opposition to
Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, said on Wednesday that the
president was “provoking a constitutional crisis,” and he predicted that
Mr. Obama’s actions would make it harder for Congress to ever agree on a
more lasting overhaul of the immigration system.
Senate to Obama: You are handing Iran a nuclear weapon
The U.S. Senate is warning the Obama administration that it is poised to
veto a final nuclear deal with the Iranians and impose harsher
sanctions on Tehran, according to a letter sent late Wednesday to
Nearly half of the Senate has signed onto a letter promising to reject a
“weak and dangerous deal” with Iran as final negotiations in Vienna
approach their Nov. 24 deadline.
Iran nuclear talks stuck, deadline may be extended?
A deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over
Iran's nuclear program may be extended from Monday until March, because
of sharp disagreements between Tehran and Western powers, officials
close to the talks said on Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Vienna later for what
Washington and its allies had hoped would be the culmination of months
of difficult diplomacy between Iran and the United States, Britain,
France, Germany, Russia and China.
Secret Service chief: Morale suffering at agency
The acting director of the Secret Service warned lawmakers Wednesday of
"potentially dire consequences" from lowered morale and operational
security at the agency. He vowed to do better.
Joseph Clancy offered the sobering assessment in testimony to the House
Judiciary Committee, making his first appearance on Capitol Hill since
his appointment last month to lead the embattled agency. The Secret
Service has suffered a string of embarrassments, including a fence
jumper who made it into the White House, which led to the resignation of
its previous director.
Russia warns U.S. against arms to Ukraine as Biden due in Kiev
Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to
Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine,
hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev.
Ukraine accused President Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a
"playing field", trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a
broader threat to NATO countries.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in Moscow
that a U.S. official's suggestion Washington should consider sending
arms to Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels have been fighting government
forces since April, sent a "very serious signal".
Supreme Court won't stop S.C. same-sex marriages
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block gay marriages in South Carolina.
The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republican Attorney
General Alan Wilson. He had wanted the marriages blocked while he
challenges a judge's recent decision that opened the way for the
On Wednesday, the first marriage licenses were issued in Charleston and a lesbian couple exchanged vows on the courthouse steps.
Obama's the 'Greatest Builder' of GOP Since Reagan
The backlash against President Barack Obama has borne significant fruit for the GOP, pundit George Will says.
Even as the president is working to shore up his legacy after the
difficulties of Obamacare and his unilateral efforts at immigration
reform, he has inadvertently boosted his opponents, Will noted,
according to Mediaite.com
"He is the greatest builder of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan," Will said in an appearance on Fox News.
ACA Architect Loses Job as Vermont Healthcare Adviser
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has lost his job advising Vermont on
setting up its state-run healthcare system, Fox News reports.
The MIT economist has been under fire since videos emerged of him early
last week acknowledging that the Affordable Care Act was passed because
it was written with language to obfuscate the fact that people were
That, along with Gruber's saying the crafters relied on "the stupidity
of the American voter," has caused a backlash. Five Republican members
of the Vermont General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin
to cancel Gruber's contract.
On Wednesday, Shumlin's spokesman Lawrence Miller said in a prepared
statement that Gruber's comments "are offensive, inappropriate and do
not reflect the thinking of this administration or how we do things in
Vermont . . . As we have also said, we need solid economic modeling in
order to move forward with healthcare reform."
Odierno: With Commitments Up, US Must Rethink Cuts to Army End Strength
The US Army’s top general wants to redo a decision to cut
end strength from 490,000 to 450,000, saying it was made before Russian
aggression towards the Ukraine and Europe, the fight with the Islamic
State group in the Mideast and deployments to Africa to fight Ebola.
“We made assumptions that we wouldn’t be using Army forces in Europe
the way we used to, we made assumptions that we wouldn’t go back into
Iraq — and here we are back in Iraq, here we are worried about Russia
again,” said Gen. Raymond Odierno, speaking at the Defense One Summit
here Wednesday. He called for a discussion of what the Army will be
doing over the next five years.
What Obamacare was really about
The health care engineers always knew it was an epic seizure of freedom
“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” — Sir Walter Scott
Last week, we saw the key intellectual and practical architect of
Obamacare, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, reminding us on tape that the
entire Obamacare house of cards was built on deliberate lies.
Solving immigrtation, one step at a time
‘Comprehensive’ legislation is the favored device of technocrats
Republicans have no shortage of ideas for fixing America’s
immigration system and no lack of good will toward those who would come
here for opportunity and freedom. What we do need, urgently, is to
restore the bonds of trust — between the people and their government,
and between the institutions we depend on to maintain the rule of law.
First, the trust of the people in their government. President Obama says
he wants Congress to send him a “comprehensive” immigration reform
bill. Yet the American people don’t want a “comprehensive” anything.
They know what it means: a thousand-page bill no one has read and no one
understands, teetering with pet programs and unintended consequences.
And Americans recognize that such “comprehensive” legislation is the
favored device of technocrats who believe, as Jonathan Gruber said in
his now-infamous comments on Obamacare, that a “lack of transparency is a
huge political advantage” and the “stupidity of the American voter” is
“really, really critical” to passing legislation.
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.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him 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