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Quarantined Ebola nurse takes cops for a Ride
She defies orders to stay home
Nurse Kaci Hickox defied Maine's mandatory Ebola quarantine on Thursday and headed out for a bike ride with her boyfriend.
The 33-year-old nurse left her home in Fort Kent, Maine with partner Ted
Wilbur this morning, wearing gloves, a safety helmet and couple of
layers of fleece to combat the bitter cold.
Miss Hickox broke her quarantine at 9am and took an ATV trail behind her
home for the hour-long ride. A state trooper who had been stationed
outside the house followed her in a police cruiser.
CDC: EBOLA SNEEZE WARNING...
Feds Scramble for HAZMAT Suits...
Talks With Ebola Nurse Fail
Governor to Use 'Full Authority'
Negotiations with nurse Kaci Hickox, who refuses to be
quarantined after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, have "failed"
and the governor of Maine will now "exercise the full extent of his
authority," according to a statement from the governor's office.
Gov. Paul LePage didn't say whether that meant getting a court order to
enforce Hickox's quarantine or forcing her to take an Ebola blood test.
Earlier today, LePage indicated to ABC News that he would abandon his
demand that Hickox remain under quarantine if she would agree to take a
blood test for the lethal virus.
"I was ready and willing -- and remain ready and willing -- to
reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to
assure the public health is protected," LePage said.
Bigger Qarantines to Come in US
The United States will face a greater threat from Ebola this winter as
the epidemic in West Africa slowly turns into a potential worldwide
pandemic and leads to outbreaks in cities across the country, according
to a noted medical analyst.
In an opinion column for Forbes, Dr. Scott Gottlieb says that during
January and February, public health officials will have a tough time
tracking the "contacts" of Ebola patients as dozens of possible cases
pop up nationwide, especially with the spread of the flu adding to the
Former Gitmo detainees suspected of joining ISIS
As many as 20 to 30 former Guantanamo Bay detainees -- some of whom were
released within the last three years -- are suspected by intelligence
and Defense officials of having joined forces with the Islamic State and
other militant groups inside Syria, Fox News has learned.
The development has cemented fears that the U.S. military would once again encounter militants taken off the battlefield.
The intelligence offers a mixed picture, and officials say the figures
are not exact. But they are certain at least some of the released
detainees are fighting with the Islamic State, or ISIS, on the ground
inside Syria. Others are believed to be supporting Al Qaeda or the
affiliated al-Nusra Front in Syria.
A number of former detainees also have chosen to help these groups from
outside the country, financing operations and supporting their
Dems Didn't Run Far or Fast Enough From Obama
In anticipation of Democrats losing control of the Senate, White House
officials are implying that candidates should have tied themselves more
closely to President Barack Obama, but according to the National
Journal, "this is pure delusion."
"Obama is the main reason Republicans are well-positioned to win control
of the upper chamber next Tuesday. And Democrats' biggest strategic
mistake in this election is that most candidates didn't run away far and
fast enough," wrote Josh Kraushaar, political editor of the National
"Given the president's rock-bottom approval numbers in the many
Republican-friendly Senate states that Democrats needed to win — as well
as the reality of a worsening political environment for the party as
early as last winter — that distance was a downright necessity. But a
host of Senate candidates failed to create it, and the party is likely
to pay the price in Senate seats."
Obama Could Replace Aides Bruised by a Cascade of Crises
One day this month, as the nation shuddered with fears of an Ebola
outbreak and American warplanes pounded Sunni militants in Syria,
President Obama’s national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, invited a
group of foreign policy experts to the White House to hear their views
of how the administration was performing.
She was peppered with critiques of the president’s Syria and China
policies, as well as the White House’s delays in releasing a national
security strategy, a congressionally mandated document that sets out
foreign policy goals. On that last point, Ms. Rice had a sardonic reply.
“If we had put it out in February or April or July,” she said, according
to two people who were in the room, “it would have been overtaken by
events two weeks later, in any one of those months.”
UN Watchdog Urgues Israeel to Probe Possible Gaza War Crimes
Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces
during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are
brought to justice for any crimes, a U.N. human rights watchdog said on
A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt construction of
Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stop confiscating land for their
expansion, prevent violence against Palestinians and take measures to
withdraw all settlers.
Democrats in Panic Mode, Fear Over Incumbent Losses in Blue States
Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents,
even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit
victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week
before the midterm elections.
friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama's native state of
Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to
Democrats who are determined to limit their losses next Tuesday. Both
parties agree the GOP will hold its House majority; the question is
whether Republicans can gain enough seats to rival their post-World War
II high water mark of 246.
The current breakdown is 233-199 in favor of the Republicans with three vacancies.
Netanyahu Remarks Showcase Obama's 'Incompetence'
The flap over
derogatory statements made about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu by an unnamed White House official shows President Barack
Obama's real views, and exhibits his foreign policy "incompetence" that
has been reflected in strained relations with countries around the
world, Charles Krauthammer told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday.
"There is no
doubt that what we saw is an accurate reflection of what they think.
That's the reason they won't offer an apology. Everybody knows it's how
the president thinks about the Israeli leadership under (Israeli
Finance Minister Yair) Lapid, under Bibi," said Krauthammer, a
syndicated columnist, referencing the prime minister's nickname.
reported on Tuesday that a senior White House official called Netanyahu
a "chickens..t" who was "scared to launch wars," adding he was only
interested in "protecting himself from political defeat."
Ebola public relations has trumped American public safety
Maybe we need hazmat suits to protect us from our leaders.
has two primary jobs: to protect and defend the Constitution, and to
protect and defend the American people from all enemies foreign and
domestic. At the state level, governors have the same two fundamental
The Ebola virus
is a unique threat: It’s highly contagious, doesn’t discriminate in
choosing its victims, kills about 70 percent of those it infects, and
currently there is no vaccine.
A fact-free, postmodern make-it-up world
Rejection of facts could prove lethal
Do bothersome facts matter anymore?
This is an age when Americans were assured that the “Affordable Care
Act” lowered our premiums. It cut deductibles. Obamacare allowed us to
keep our doctors and health plans, and lowered the deficit. Those
fantasies were both demonstrably untrue and did not matter, given the
supposedly noble aims of health care reform.
State is at times dubbed “jayvee,” a manageable problem and a dangerous
enemy — or anything the administration wishes it to be, depending on
the political climate of any given week.
Americans are told there is no reason to restrict connecting flights
from Ebola-ravaged countries. Then, suddenly, entry from those
countries is curtailed to five designated U.S. airports. Quarantines
are both necessary and not so critical, as the administration weighs
public concern versus politically correct worries over isolating Third
World African countries.
Ebola is so
hard to catch that there is no reason to worry about casual exposures
to those without clear symptoms. However, then why do health
authorities still try to hunt down anyone who had even a brief
encounter with supposedly asymptomatic carriers?
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