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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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Obama Immigration Plan Blocked at Supreme Court
The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.
tie vote sets no national precedent but leaves in place the ruling by
the lower court. In this case, the federal appeals court in New Orleans
said the Obama administration lacked the authority to shield up to 4
million immigrants from deportation and make them eligible for work
permits without approval from Congress.
Most Illegals still won't be deported
President Obama said most illegal immigrants still won’t be deported,
even after the Supreme Court’s tie ruling Thursday upheld an injunction
on his broader deportation amnesty.
Mr. Obama rushed to assure illegal immigrants with ties to the U.S.
that they are “low priorities,” even though they will not be able to
get the work permits and taxpayer benefits his “deferred action”
program had promised.
And he said the 4-4 tie was more evidence for the need to confirm Judge
Merrick Garland, his pick to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia,
to the high court.
Another Baltimore Police Officer Found NOT Guilty of all charges
Caesar Goodson, who was driving the police van inside which Freddie
Gray incurred his fatal neck injury, has been found not guilty of
second-degree “depraved heart” murder by Baltimore City Circuit Court
Judge Barry Williams.
Goodson, 46, has also been found not guilty on charges of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.
After the verdict was read, protesters began chanting “Murderer!” over and over again outside the courthouse.
Brexit Poll Suggests UK Will Remain in EU?
suggest voters in Britain appear to have chosen to remain in the
European Union, but the margin is razor-thin in the crucial referendum,
and officials vote totals aren't expected until Friday.
In a tweet
Thursday afternoon, the AP reports "Conservative lawmakers urge UK's
prime minister to stay; British pound surges on news of 'remain' vote."
Britain decides: Millions have their day in the historic EU referendum
polling stations were closed in London because of floods as Britain was
finally having its say on whether to stay in the EU or cut our ties
with Brussels after a gruelling 10-week campaign.
showers caused chaos across London and the south of England overnight
and could potentially push the result towards a Brexit because polling
data is clear that Leave voters are less likely to be put off by the
bad weather than Remain voters.
Hundreds Arrested for $900 Million Worth of Healthcare Fraud
U.S. charged 301 people this year in a series of medical fraud sting
operations, the most ever, for allegedly running scams that bilked the
government out of $900 million.
so far this year have involved medical clinics, home health-care
services and shell companies that submitted fraudulent Medicare and
Medicaid claims for tens of millions of dollars at a time, Attorney
General Loretta Lynch, Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and other U.S. officials announced
one example, three individuals were indicted for operating clinics that
gave DRUG ADDICTS prescriptions for controlled substances and narcotics
and then billed Medicare for $36 million in fraudulent claims for
services that were never provided.
Russia seen putting new nuclear capable missiles along NATO border by 2019
is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its European
exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a
U.S.-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea too,
sources close to its military predict.
would fuel what is already the worst standoff between Russia and the
West since the Cold War and put a swathe of territory in NATO members
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the cross-hairs.
Trump makes good on promise to self-fund his campaign
the presumptive GOP nominee, cancelled the $50 million debt Thursday
that his presidential campaign owed to him, making good on his promise
to self-fund his run.
“Mr. Trump has fully extinguished (terminated) this loan per his commitment,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.
said that the billionaire real estate tycoon was living up to the
pledge he made in May, when he said, “I have absolutely no intention of
paying myself back for the nearly $50 million dollars I have loaned to
the campaign. This money is a contribution made in order to ‘Make
America Great Again.’ “
Trump VP Frontt-Runner: Sen. Sessions of Alaabama
less than a month to go before the Republican National Convention that
will make Donald Trump's nomination for president official, sources
close to the billionaire candidate told Newsmax Wednesday that his top
choice, at the moment, as his vice presidential running mate is Sen.
Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
Requesting anonymity, the sources told us that Trump feels personally
comfortable with swashbuckling conservative Sessions, 69, who was the
first member of the Senate to endorse his candidacy and who frequently
speaks with him.
The square Sessions seems to fit many square holes for Trump: he's
conservative and nails down the party's right flank, he endorsed Trump
early and has been extremely loyal, he has Washington legislative
experience — a key requirement — and importantly, he can be totally
trusted never to criticize Trump no matter what he might say in the
Ryan's Obamacare liberation
A Republican alternative promises patient power
House Republican Task Force on health policy reform released on
Wednesday the Republican majority’s unified plan to repeal and replace
Obamacare. Republicans should not be shy about making this reform the
centerpiece of this year’s election. This “Patient Power, Consumer
Choice and Competition” plan will be embraced by the public as far
preferable to Obamacare.
Affordable Care Act will be confirmed as the fraud that it is, forcing
consumers to pay much more for much less in government-controlled
health insurance protection that President Obama likes and has imposed
on America. And American workers will be emancipated from the part-time
job catastrophe that employers have adopted to protect themselves from
Obamacare’s employer mandate costs.
Idealogues make for dangerous politicians
The likes of Barack Obama don’t let facts interfere with their fantasies
is a seasoned liberal politician, but one with few core beliefs. Her
positions on subjects such as gay marriage, free-trade agreements, the
Keystone XL pipeline, the Iraq War, the Assad regime in Syria and the
use of the term “radical Islam” all seem to hinge on what she perceives
51 percent of the public to believe on any given day.
politicians believe truth is a relative construct. Things are deemed
false by politicians only if they cannot convince the public that they
are true — and vice versa. When the majority of Americans no longer
believe Mrs. Clinton’s yarns about her private email server to the
point of not wanting to vote for her, then she will change her
narrative and create new, convenient truths to reflect the new
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