Tuesday April 22nd, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
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US_Immigration weighs curbing deportations?
thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have
serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a
policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The change, if
adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could
limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have
committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country
illegally after having been deported, or failing to comply with a
The Ameriecan Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest
The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.
wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New
York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income
tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably
larger raises over the last three decades.
Joe Biden Warns Russia to Pull Back Forces From Ukraine Border
Pro-Russian Forces Must Release Occupied Government Buildings, Says Vice President
President Joe Biden warned Russia to pull back its forces along the
Ukrainian border and publicly demand pro-Russian forces release
occupied government buildings in the east, or he said Moscow will face
additional economic sanctions in the coming days.
Mr. Biden, in
remarks Tuesday after meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy
Yatsenyuk, said the U.S. won't allow the agreement reached Thursday in
Geneva to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine to become "an open-ended
Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic
After Russia annexed Crimea practically overnight, the Russian
bureaucrats handling passports and residence permits inhabited the
building of their Ukrainian predecessors, where Roman Nikolayev now
waits daily with a seemingly mundane question.
His daughter and granddaughter were newly arrived from Ukraine when
they suddenly found themselves in a different country, so he wonders if
they can become legal residents. But he cannot get inside to ask
because he is No. 4,475 on the waiting list for passports. At most, 200
people are admitted each day from the crowd churning around the tall,
rusty iron gate.
IRS revokes conservative group's tax-exempt status over anti-Clinton statements
Revenue Servicehas revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative
charity for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and
John Kerry, according to a USA Today report.
Henry Center for Individual Liberty, based in Manassas, Va., “has shown
a pattern of deliberate and consistent intervention in political
campaigns” and made “repeated statements supporting or opposing various
candidates by expressing its opinion of the respective candidate’s
character and qualifications,” according to a written determination
released Friday by the IRS.
Supreme Court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban
Court has upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban, ruling that the
state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be
considered in college admissions.
In a 6-2 ruling
on Tuesday, the justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to
set aside the change as discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled that
Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to bar
public colleges and universities from using race as a factor in
North Korea steps up activity at its nuclear site?
North Korea has
stepped up activity at its main nuclear test site, possibly preparing
to carry out a fourth underground blast, South Korea said Tuesday.
comes just days before U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive in
South Korea as part of a visit to several Asian countries.
that we have spotted several activities related to the nuclear test in
Punggye-ri in North Korea," the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a
statement. It declined to specify what the activities were, saying the
information was classified.
Support for Jeb Bush's 'Act Of Love' Immigration Comment
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Sen. Jeff Flake
(R-Ariz.) on Monday agreed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that
illegal immigration can be considered an "act of love."
Flake, in a
Facebook post, praised Bush for speaking "so humanely and
unapologetically about the motivations" of undocumented immigrants in a
Fox News appearance that aired earlier this month.
Krauthammer: Obama's Plan is to Semi-Naationalize Healthcare
endgame is the semi-nationalization of American healthcare, syndicated
columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ "Special Report with
"What the real
objective of Obamacare is is to sever the relationship that people have
now with employer-provided insurance and with their private insurance
and also with the small group insurance so everybody ends up in the
market, which is essentially controlled by the federal government,"
Krauthammer opined. "It is a semi-nationalization using the insurers as
the middle man. But that’s what it’s about, and that was the objective
in the first place, and that’s why all the numbers are obscure, all the
numbers are hidden, and why you’ll only get them after we kick and
scream and demand them."
Obama’s objective can be found in a Congressional Budget Office report
projecting that half of the 25 million people who have signed up for
healthcare insurance will lose their existing coverage after 10 years
of Obamacare. The CBO states that by 2024 there will be a net gain of
13 million who become insured, but 31 million who will be uninsured,
according to Fox News.
McSally Shatters 'War on Women' Image in Hariz. House Race
a Republican challenging Democratic Rep. Ron Barber for his Arizona
House seat, is shattering the Democrats’ national narrative that the
GOP is anti-woman, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Force Col. McSally, 48, is the United States’ first female fighter
pilot to fly in combat. She has described herself as “a woman warrior.”
fighting for women’s rights and women’s equality my whole life,” she
said during her 2012 run to unseat Barber, who beat McSally by less
than 1 percentage point. “You want to talk about a war on women? Walk
in my shoes down the streets of Kabul. Walk in my shoes down the
streets of Riyadh, where women have to be covered up, where they’re
stoned, where they’re honor-killed if they’ve been raped, where they
can’t drive and they can’t travel without the permission of a male
relative. That’s a war on women.”
Over a barrel on Earth Day
There’s more to a better planet than penance at the gas pump
If only Al Gore
had won the presidency, he wouldn’t have to take out his frustrations
on those of us who just want to enjoy the bounty God bequeathed to us.
Instead, the former vice president is making Tuesday’s 44th observance
of Earth Day about shaming folks who live life to the full. Like Mr.
Mr. Gore took
off to the tropical paradise of Hawaii last week, his jet fattening his
“carbon footprint,” to urge participants at a “sustainability” seminar
to shrink theirs. He told the audience that people skeptical of
man-made global warming are “immoral, unethical and despicable.” Worst
of all, he said, are businesses burning affordable fossil fuels, which
provide the “dirty energy that causes dirty weather.”
The global-warming apocalyopses that didn't happen
The defining moment for climate change has come and gone, again
Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer, and in some places
the seals are finding the water too hot. Reports from fishermen, seal
hunters, and explorers all point to a radical change in climate
conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.
Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as
far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Within a few years it is predicted
that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal cities
uninhabitable.” — from an Associated Press report published in The
Washington Post on Nov. 2, 1922.
You may have
noticed that the predicted disaster 92 years ago did not happen, nor
have other predicted catastrophes from the global-warming crowd.
On July 5,
1989, Noel Brown, then the director of the New York office of the
United Nations Environment Program, warned of a “10-year window of
opportunity to solve” global warming — “entire nations could be wiped
off the face of Earth by rising sea levels if the global-warming trend
is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures
would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.”
Back to the future for NATO
A bold defense alliance has never been more needed
military incursion into Ukraine has focused renewed attention upon the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Sixty-five years after NATO’s
founding to counter Soviet expansionism and 26 years after the collapse
of the Soviet empire, it is back to the future for NATO. The
organization must now take the steps necessary to deter and counter
Moscow’s objective of regional domination.
contended that NATO, a security alliance founded in 1949 that binds the
United States with 26 European nations and Canada, is irrelevant to
21st-century international politics. For example, Council on Foreign
Relations President Richard Haass in June 2011 contended that “If NATO
didn’t exist today, would anyone feel compelled to create it? The
honest, if awkward, answer is no.” This assertion was wrong at the time
and, given recent Russian actions, is even more wrong today.
From the Geoff Metcalf Archives
learned a long time ago to notice changes. Changes indicate "something"
and are in many ways a natural early warning device. We may not know at
the time what that "something" is, but awareness leads to preparedness.
If you sit in a forest, a swamp, or a jungle and actively "listen," you
can easily identify a change. Background noise of birds and critters will
get less, or increase; you can hear the difference. Something caused that
change. Likewise most people can even smell a change. It might be the smell
of a salt marsh at low tide, or a campfire or diesel engine. I've known
guys who could smell the oil on a gun amongst assorted mountain fragrances.
There is also what I believe to be a very real instinctive warning device
designed I guess to spark the "fight or flee" reaction. The Godan (fifth
degree black belt) test in one martial art requires the testee to kneel
with his back to the teacher. The teacher "projects" a killing intention
and swings a sword at the kneeling student's head. If the target head isn't
there when the sword arrives, the student passes and is promoted.
20th of last year (1998) I wrote a WorldNetDaily column entitled "Big Brother
Watching" that referred to a program called,
Since then I have seen Echelon stories in a variety of magazines and European
movie, "Enemy of the State," although fiction, shed light on the real world
realities of Echelon, and the unbridled assault on both the concept and
essence of personal privacy.
in both the United States Congress and British Parliament are now asking
questions I raised last year. Even the San Diego Union has written about
Echelon: "Is the government listening in on your phone calls? Reading your
e-mail for words like 'plutonium,' 'Clinton' or 'terrorism'?"
eclectic and strange collection of distaff allies have joined the "What's
the deal with Echelon" crowd. Congressman Bob Barr, himself a former CIA
analyst, The European Parliament, and a gaggle of computer mavens calling
themselves "hacktivists" are all looking into the what, where, when, why,
and how of Echelon. They are not having joint board meetings, but they
are pursuing similar objectives along fairly parallel lines. This Thursday
the "hacktivists" are planning what may be the first mass protest using
electronic mail as a weapon. It cannot be confirmed or denied that FBI
Director Louis Freeh has bought out the entire D.C. stock of Imodium.
target may sound more like something out of "The X-Files" than a real computer
network operated by five countries. But it is real. Echelon is not officially
acknowledged by the U.S. government despite more than ample documentation
of the treaty that sparked it, and the facilities from Menwith Hill in
England to Alexandria, Va. "We don't confirm or deny the existence of Echelon,"
said a spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Agency, although they
are the agency believed tasked with operating the system.
European Parliament started asking questions about Echelon last year. The
European press has been reporting on it longer than I have. Yet again,
either as a function of malfeasance or complicity, the United States mainstream
has been silent.
Congressman Barr actually said the word ("Echelon") out loud on the floor
of the House for God and everyone to hear.
I noted last year, Echelon is a complex, interconnected worldwide network
of satellites and computerized interception stations operated by the governments
of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
to Christopher Simpson, an American University professor who has written
four books about national security technology, Echelon scans e-mail for
hot-button words like "militia," "Davidian," "terrorism" and "AK-47." It
can recognize individual voices in telephone calls and track who is calling
have often received e-mail with a long litany of "key words and phrases"
(Death to the New World Order, Clinton, Butch Reno, Branch Davidians, TWA
800, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, Abolish the Federal Reserve, None Dare
Call it Treason, Cocaine, AK-47, Stinger, Vince Foster, etc.) above a routine
note such as "Like your column. Keep it up." When I asked, "Why the laundry
list?" I was told it was a small protest intended to overburden the snoopers.
European Parliament published an official report last year and concluded
Echelon has listening posts all over the world that can intercept any phone
calls, e-mail or faxes transmitted by satellite. "Echelon is designed for
primarily nonmilitary targets: governments, organizations and businesses
in virtually every country," the report said.
May a follow up report said there is evidence that the U.S. government
has used Echelon to pick up the secrets of foreign corporations and pass
them on to American companies. Some of you may recall talk that when the
Cold War allegedly ended, intelligence assets would shift focus from military
to industrial espionage.
Barr has called for congressional hearings on Echelon. "By all appearances,
what we have is a massive government program that scoops up unbelievably
huge numbers of private communications, indiscriminately, without any oversight
or court involvement," Barr said. "There's a very important, but fine,
line between legitimate foreign intelligence gathering and unconstitutional
eavesdropping on American citizens, and it appears that line has been crossed."
that Echelon could and would illegally intercept Americans' private communications
sparked the ACLU to write to congressional representatives back in April.
They said, "The troubling aspect is that Echelon is this huge system that
operates without any oversight or scrutiny from anybody." THAT was and
is the whole idea.
not going to re-write last year's column again, you can check out the
However, Echelon is the bastard child of the UKUSA Treaty. The primary
purpose of the treaty AND Echelon was to maintain perception, and obscure
these cousin countries sit down and "in the interest of national security"
with a wink and a nod agree to the following:
is illegal (supposedly) for the United States government to spy on its
is illegal for the British government to spy on its citizens.
in Canada and Australia.
the deal, Nigel: Let's set up an inter-connected information gathering
apparatus. I'll spy on your citizens to determine if they mean us any ill,
and you spy on my citizens to see if anyone is planning nastiness to your
country. THEN I'll show you my data, and you show me your data. You'll
know what's going on with your blokes, and I'll know what's happening with
Joe-six-pack, and it's all legal ... kinda."
you sit in the shadows of the international intelligence jungle, you can
hear a change in the background noise, and the background silence. You
can smell "something" different. Right about now there are Echelon managers
and operatives who can feel that uncomfortable tingle? The same premonition
that martial artist feels just before the sword swings for his head ...
the same tingle a rat feels the heartbeat before the lurking cat springs.
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.
Sgt Dakota Meyer
US Marine Corps
Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members
of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and
Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with
village elders. Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by
more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars,
and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes
above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off,
Corporal Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving,
Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner's position in a gun-truck as
they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to
disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team. Disregarding
intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal
Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns
and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver
made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips,
he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom
were wounded. When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a
return to the rally point to switch to another gun-truck for a third
trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported
the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out
of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made
two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by
four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and
search for the missing U.S. team members. Still under heavy enemy fire,
he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate
and recover the bodies of his team members. Corporal Meyer's daring
initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the 6-hour battle
significantly disrupted the enemy's attack and inspired the members of
the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast
devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain
death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest
traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.