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Pakistan School Attack
Militants Kill 126 in Peshawar, Take Hostages
Taliban militants attacked a school, killing at least 126 people and
taking hostages on Tuesday, an official said — an atrocity condemned by
the White House as "heinous" and "horrific."
"The gunmen entered class by class and shot some kids one by one," a student who was in the school at the time told local media.
Provincial official Bahramand Khan said at least 126 people were killed
and 122 injured. More than 100 of the dead were school children, he
added. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault,
which appeared to be targeting the children of senior military
Bombs planted by the attackers slowed rescue efforts, a military
official said, adding that operations at the scene were "closing up".
15,000 people join 'pinstriped Nazis' on march in Dresden
Its members have been dubbed the “pinstriped Nazis” and they refer to
their demonstrations as “evening strolls” through German cities. But on
Monday night, an estimated 15,000 people joined Pegida, or Patriotic
Europeans Against Islamisation of the West, in a march through Dresden
carrying banners bearing slogans such as “Zero tolerance towards
criminal asylum seekers”, “Protect our homeland” and “Stop the
Lutz Bachmann, the head of Pegida, a nascent anti-foreigner campaign
group, led the crowds, either waving or draped in German flags, in
barking chants of “Wir sind das Volk”, or “We are the people”, the
slogan adopted by protesters in the historic “Monday demonstrations”
against the East German government in the runup to the fall of the
Associating themselves with the freedom demonstrations has given Pegida
protests an air of moral respectability even though there are hundreds
of rightwing extremists in their midst, as well as established groups of
hooligans who are known to the police, according to Germany’s federal
office for the protection of the constitution.
German Politicians Push Back as Anti-Immigrant Rallies Swell...
15,000 march in Dresden...
'Muslims are plotting to infect our food chain with their excrement'...
Hitler's vacation paradise reinvented as condos, hotels, spa...
Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11 Attack on Movie Theaters That Screen 'The Interview'
In the most shocking development yet, the Sony attackers have
threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen
and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview.”
They also released the promised “Christmas gift” of files. The contents
of the files are unknown but it’s called “Michael Lynton,” who is the
CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Russian Rate Jump Fails to Stop Ruble
Richard Haass, president at Council on Foreign Relations, talks about
how the fall of the ruble may impact the leadership of Russian President
Vladimir Putin. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
The ruble plummeted into a freefall, losing as much as 19 percent as
panic swept across Russian financial markets after a surprise
interest-rate increase failed to stem the run on the currency.
The ruble plunged to as weak as 80.10 per dollar, a record low, before
trading at 72.90 by 5:18 p.m. in Moscow, as Russians scrambled to
convert their money into dollars amid concern the government will
implement currency controls to slow the outflows. Bonds fell as the RTS
stock index tumbled the most in almost six years. Government officials
will gather to discuss the financial crisis engulfing the country.
North Korea Calls for UN Probe of CIA 'Torture Crimes'?
North Korea's UN representative decried CIA interrogations as "the gravest human rights violations in the world."
North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador has called on the world body to
investigate the CIA for subjecting captured al-Qaeda operatives to
“brutal, medieval” forms of torture.
The statement comes as the U.N. Security Council prepares to debate
North Korea’s human rights violations on December 22 and 23, the
Associated Press reports.
Jeb Bush: I Will 'Actively Explore' Run for President
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday took his most definitive step
yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore"
a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise
money for like-minded Republicans.
In a holiday message posted on Bush's Facebook page and Twitter account,
the son and brother of past Republican presidents said he discussed the
"future of our nation" and a potential bid for the White House with
members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.
"As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the
kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to
actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United
States," Bush wrote.
Congressman claims Boehner 'Tricked him' into voting?
Switching from “no” to “yes,” he allowed the cromnibus through — and now he’s mum.
For a member of Congress to accuse his party leaders
of lying to him, and for their aides to return the favor, is about as
rare as the drama that surrounded last week’s procedural vote — a vote
that led to the passage of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.
That’s the situation Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) found
himself in last week after he lent his support to the spending package
at a moment when it seemed unlikely to ever receive a final vote.
Stutzman initially voted no on what is known as “the rule” — the
procedural step that allows House leadership to bring the bill to the
floor for debate. When he and one other member switched their no votes
to yes, they set the stage for the ultimate success of the spending
GOP, Eager to Set Policy, Names Senators to Top Committees
Republicans gained seats on powerful committees in Congress, marking an
opportunity for them to put their stamp on key legislation in the new
year, Politico reported.
With a 54-46 seat majority in the 114th Congress, GOP senators gain
three seats on several top committees, Politico noted, including
Finance, Judiciary, and Environment and Public Works.
Among the Republicans named to serve on those committees come January
are Dean Heller of Nevada, Dan Coats of Indiana and Tim Scott of South
Carolina (Finance); and David Vitter of Louisiana, David Perdue of
Georgia and Thom Tillis of North Carolina (Judiciary).
Obama Exedcutive Order Could Give 20-Million Amnesty?
Arizona Sheriff Babeu said, "The fact is it's
not just the 5 million that President Obama promised, we learned that
Jeh Johnson the Secretary of Homeland Security, put out a six page
memo, and he said that anybody who's been here since January of this
year, anybody prior to that date, they are allowed to stay here. There
will be deferred action," adding "This number that President Obama
promised would be 5 million is now 20 million illegals."
When host Neil Cavuto asked for clarification, the sheriff explained,
"Because Jeh Johnson put out this memo, President Obama said on TV, 'if
you're been here five years or more, there will be deferred action,
they will be given a work permit, a driver's license, all access to our
social programs,' but Jeh Johnson, the very same day, put out a memo
directed to all 23 agencies under the Department of Homeland Security
saying that any illegal that's been here this year as of January of
2014, they are entitled to this deferred action."
Battle of the Bulge 70 years later 'An ever-famous American victory'
Seventy years ago today, the last and most devastating
battle of World War II in Europe occurred when Nazi forces staged a
surprising, massive attack as Allied forces moved eastward toward the
The confrontation eventually involved over a half-million Germans and an
equal number of Americans, no matter that after the D-Day or Normandy
invasion in June, it appeared almost certain that the European phase of
the war was over. For Allied forces had liberated the Low Countries and
France and set their sights on Berlin. However, Adolf Hitler had one
last gambit, namely, to take advantage of the few American troops
assigned in the mountainous and heavily forested area along the French,
Belgian and Luxembourg borders called Ardennes. A successful invasion
there, in Hitler’s reckoning, would permit German forces to move on to
Antwerp, the Belgian port critical to supplying Allied forces, and
provide time to develop more shock weapons such as the V-2 rocket. After
an initial September 1944 launch, more than 3,000 V-2s had been
produced and fired at Allied sites.
Rectal feeding terror suspects
Lunch can sometimes be a big deal in Washington. Lunch is where
alliances are struck, deals are made, and sometimes where foes become
more or less friends over a shrimp cocktail or a chicken salad at the
Palm. But if Karl Rove invites you to lunch, be sure you get to pick the
Mr. Rove, a personable fellow who was deputy chief of staff in George W.
Bush’s White House and is sometimes credited with being the genius of
George W.’s success, turns out to be a big fan of “rectal feeding,” as
used by the CIA to persuade terror suspects to spill their secrets.
Rectal feeding consists of tubes inserted you know where so unhappy
things can be dispatched to a dark destination on the alimentary canal,
sort of like eastbound barge traffic on the old C&O.
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