Thursday July 17th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 0919 PST
Malaysian Plan 'Shot Down With 295 On Board'
A Boeing 777 traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly comes down in Ukraine, close to the Russian border.
A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down
as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.
The plane, which is believed to have been flying from Amsterdam to Kuala
Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was
shot down, Russia's Inferfax reported.
The aircraft, reportedly a Boeing 777, was brought down by a
ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry
quoted by the news agency said.
Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border
The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants
crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of
the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term
holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.
The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services
Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening
processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal
Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a
systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.
Inside the government, officials are sounding alarms, fearing that they
and their teams who come in contact with the sick children face
potential exposure to infectious diseases from chicken pox to influenza,
including rare cases of H1N1, more commonly called swine flu.
GALLUP: BORDER FLOOD TOP PROBLEM...
REPORT: Obama vows to reduce deportations...
Feds releasing children into unsafe homes...
RELEASED ILLEGAL ALIEN ARRESTED FOR MURDER...
UPDATE: Plans for $50 million 'resort' canceled...
Oklahoma Governor: 'Right to Know' What's Happening With Illegals
Gov. Mary Fallin said she owes it to Oklahoma citizens to know what was
happening in her state with the housing of illegal immigrants.
"I have the right to know. And, I need to be able to tell the citizens
of our state what's going on," Fallin, a Republican, told Fox News'
"America's Newsroom" on Wednesday.
Yet, when she went to the military facility at Fort Sill, where over
1,000 children are now being held, Fallin said she was told to "be
silent and have a quick tour and be out of there."
She said she encountered "an outside organization that had been
contracted by the federal government that had set up what they wanted me
Obamacare Navigators, 'Assisters' Helped Less Than Two People Per Day
Nine in ten heard from clients again with post-enrollment problems.
During the open enrollment period for the state and federal health care
exchanges, each staff member and volunteer worked with an average of 1.8
people per day, according to a survey of assister programs released by
the Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser calculated the number of people
receiving aid between October 1, 2013 and the end of April, 2014:
More than 4,400 Assister Programs, employing more than 28,000
full-time-equivalent staff and volunteers, helped an estimated 10.6
million people during the first Open Enrollment period.
If you do the math, 28,000 individuals assisting 10.6 million people
over 210 days breaks down to 1.8 people per day per service
representative. While the individualized guidance was time consuming,
the study revealed that the assister programs should have been able to
help more people in the span of a full workday. The questionnaire
answers indicated that 64 percent of the programs spent an average of
1-2 hours with each person, 18 percent took 2-3 hours, and just five
percent exceeded three hours.
Al Qaeda Magazine Suggesting Attack On US Open?
Cops Say Inspire Magazine Instructing Would-Be Terrorists On Where To Set Bombs Off July 16, 2014 2:26 PM
The US Open Tennis Championship appears on a wish list of terror targets
in an al Qaeda magazine, an NYPD official said Wednesday.
In a briefing for New York City’s private security community, Rebecca
Weiner, the NYPD’s director of intelligence analysis, warned that
Inspire magazine is instructing would-be terrorists on how to make bombs
and where to set them off, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported.
Israel Denies Cease-fire Reached
Israel's foreign minister says Israel has not yet reached a
comprehensive cease-fire agreement with Hamas militants in the Gaza
Strip despite earlier reports they had an accord.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed the reports while speaking to a group of diplomats Thursday.
Earlier, an Israeli official was quoted as saying a comprehensive
cease-fire would start Friday at 6:00 am local time (0300 GMT).
New sanctions hit Russian assets, spook world shares
A tightening of Western sanctions on Russia rattled world markets on
Thursday, sending Moscow stocks and the rouble tumbling and lifting
traditional safe-haven currencies and bonds.
The new U.S. sanctions announced late on Wednesday effectively shut off
longer-term dollar funding for companies close to President Vladimir
Putin. European Union leaders agreed to target Russian firms that help
destabilise Ukraine, and to block new loans to Russia through two
Fed kicks off global dollar squeeze as Janet Yellen turns hawkish
A vast wash of dollars flooded the global financial system when
the Fed cut rates near zero and then bought $3.5 trillion of bonds.
This may now go into reverse
The US Federal Reserve has begun to pivot. Monetary tightening is coming
sooner than the world expected, with sober implications for overheated
bourses, and for those in Asia, eastern Europe and Latin America that
drank deepest from the draught of dollar liquidity.
We can expect a blistering dollar rally, perhaps akin to the early 1980s
or the mid-1990s. It is fortuitous that the BRICS quintet of Brazil,
Russia, India, China and South Africa have just launched their $100bn
monetary fund to defend each other's currencies. Some of them may need
America's unemployment rate has fallen from 7.5pc to 6.1pc in 12 months.
The country has been adding 230,000 jobs a month in the first half of
Negotiators likely to miss deadline for Iran deal
A photographer stands in front of a poster about the closed-door talks
on Iran's nuclear programme, at the International Centerin in Vienna,
Austria. File picture: Ronald Zak
Vienna - Iran and six world powers are working to finalise the terms of a
likely extension in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme beyond
a July 20 deadline and an announcement may come as early as Friday,
Western diplomats said.
Officials from both sides have said it appears the talks will not yield a
breakthrough by the self-imposed target date after two weeks of efforts
failed to bridge gaps in positions over a deal intended to end a
US Judge Rules Against California Death Penalty
A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional
Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted
in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney represents a
legal victory for those who want to abolish the death penalty in
California and follows a similar ruling that has suspended executions in
the state for years.
Ruling in a case brought against the warden of San Quentin state prison
by Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned in 1994, Carney called the
death penalty an empty promise.
Tea Party Democrats?
They would lift costly and intrusive regulations — but only on abortion
Few Democrats say things like, “the government is too big and intrusive,
and we must cut red tape.” But several Democrats on the Senate
Judiciary Committee sounded like speakers at a Tea Party rally this week
in defense of a bill to lift burdensome regulations from the abortion
The committee is considering legislation titled the Women’s Health
Protection Act, which sets out to invalidate any and all abortion
restrictions at both the state and federal level.
An action plan for VA reform
Uncovering the scandal is one thing; solving it is another
The latest report describing the breakdown of performance and service at
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was unsparing. The
department suffers from a “corrosive culture,” “little transparency and
accountability,” a “lack of responsiveness,” and is “resistant to
reforms and change.” These conditions have led to “significant and
chronic systemic failures.”
Those must be the criticisms of a staunchly conservative critic of
government health care, right? Wrong. In fact, the tough assessment
comes from a report on VA care compiled by President Obama’s deputy
chief of staff, Rob Nabors.
Released on June 27 as a diagnosis of the patient-care scandal that has
consumed the VA, the report offers a scathing look at the department’s
dysfunction. As such, it reflects a candid, forthright assessment of
what’s gone wrong at the VA.
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.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with
Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st
Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a
platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine
squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had
established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in
the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide
security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and
a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the
perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight
attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged
position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own
safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt
to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade
detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding
him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted
courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the
face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the United States Naval Service.
From the Archives
Let Slip the Dogs of War.
On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003
"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love the
Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had
one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct
cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col.
Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.
The Army has
myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer
who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned
attack on U.S. soldiers.
Col. West did
not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used
psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it
worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe
terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and
gave up the information on a planned attack.
saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear
want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag
Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by
shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer
scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail
him to a wall?
The same kind
of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women
in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a
cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to
destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with
Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit
(Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys
intent on killing him and his troops.
An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.
Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the
welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."
Col. West wrote
in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had
to gather information and that it could get ugly…"
He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
"I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I
fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while
having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in
between the firing and his person.
He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with
the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given
the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and
politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did
not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of
The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.
If Col West had
waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no
foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force
'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19
years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush
Doctrine' down to Battalion level?
His wife, said,
"My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an
African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get
where he is."
Col. West is
prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying
whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to
destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like
division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation
tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the
court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should
have given him a medal and promotion.
are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an
interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get
information from terrorists.
consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with
morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col.
West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced
observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of
compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The
attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms....
Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are
made bitter by their isolation...."
Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.