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GOP Vows To Stop Obama's Un-America Amnest if They Win Senate
Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC),
says it’s “un-American" for President Barack Obama to consider
implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across
“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus
replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans
for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net
on Monday evening.
“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. "It is un-American for a
president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is
no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the
president on executive amnesty.”
Lawmaker claims plans may be to bring non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment
A top Republican congressman claims the Obama administration is
exploring plans to bring non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to the
United States for treatment.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,
told Fox News that his office has received "information from within the
administration" that these plans are being developed. So far, only
American Ebola patients have been brought back to the U.S. for treatment
from the disease epicenter in West Africa.
"Members of the media, my office have received confidential
communications saying that those plans are being developed," Goodlatte
said Monday night.
"This is simply a matter of common sense that if you are concerned about
this problem spreading -- and this is a deadly disease that we're even
concerned about the great health care workers when they come back not
spreading it -- we certainly shouldn't be bringing in the patients."
Democrats Run From Harry Reid
Harry Reid’s caucus is running from him on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t mean a revolt is in the works — yet.
The majority leader has twisted the Senate into a pretzel all year to
protect his vulnerable members, but the Nevada Democrat is now facing
skepticism on the campaign trail from some of those same Democrats, as
well as from some would-be newcomers. And there’s at least one scenario
that could force his hand.
Still, there’s that old saying: You can’t beat somebody with nobody, and
so far, none of the senators who might have the chops to take on Reid
have made any noises about doing so.
That includes No. 3 Senate Democrat Charles E. Schumer of New York, who
has long been seen as having the inside track to replace Reid atop the
Democratic power structure.
Life under Obama sucks. And these number prove it
Tim Stanley explains why America has fallen out of love with its President
America is so over Obama. In 2008, the media and a majority of the
voters were head-over-heels in love with the man who told them that
“yes, we can” overcome war and recession.
By 2012, the amour had cooled but they were willing to give four more
years to the guy who was – if nothing else – way hotter than Mitt
But now it’s 2014 and the passion is totally gone. Obama is the
withholding boyfriend who knows that he’s probably on the way out and is
just sending the odd friendly text message from the golf course. If
this relationship-breakdown metaphor seems a little strained consider
this: Barack Obama is close to having played more rounds of golf since
2009 than Tiger Woods.
Democrats in blue states sin peril as Republicans ride anti-tax wave
They call it “crushing the middle class” or “the big squeeze” or just plain “irresponsible.”
Regardless of the description they use, Republican candidates for
governor in some of the Democratic Party’s most dependable strongholds
are finding receptive audiences of voters fed up with too many taxes.
Incumbent Democratic governors in Connecticut and Illinois, which rank
among the states with the heaviest tax burdens, find themselves trailing
or tied in polls against Republican challengers a week before
House Dems fret debilitating losses
The political environment continues to deteriorate for House Democrats
ahead of a midterm election that’s certain to diminish their ranks.
With President Barack Obama’s unpopularity hindering their candidates
and Republican cash flooding into races across the country, Democrats
are increasingly worried that the election will push them deep into the
minority and diminish their hopes of winning back the majority in 2016
Ebola nurse who was qarantined now in Maine
The nurse who was confined against her will at a New Jersey hospital
after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is seeking time to
decompress at an undisclosed location in Maine, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Kaci Hickox's partner, a nursing student, has opted to stay away from
the University of Maine at Fort Kent to be with her, a university
official said. His off-campus home showed no sign of activity Tuesday.
"At this point, he has made a decision he has decided to take a break
from campus," said Ray Phinney, associate dean of student life and
development. "We don't know exactly when to expect him back," he added.
Ukraine denounces Russian stance on rebel vote in east Ukreaine
Ukraine on Tuesday condemned as "destructive and provocative" Russia's
stance towards elections organized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern
Ukraine next Sunday, saying Moscow's recognition of the vote could
wreck chances of bringing peace.
The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national
elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding
the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the
Ebola Czar Faces Tough Questions as Confusion Reigns
The Obama administration's Ebola czar, Ron Klain, is facing some tough
questions as he tries to cope with the first test of his skill at
coordinating the federal response to the disease threat.
"He's supposed to be the Ebola response coordinator," one reporter
commented at a White House press briefing Monday, The Hill reports. "It
seems that you have a need for some coordinating here."
Klain's first weekend on the job was marked by controversy over the
unilateral decisions by New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New
Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie to quarantine for 21 days doctors
and nurses who had traveled to western Africa to care for Ebola victims.
Obama White House 'Dangerous' for Reporters?
The Obama administration, despite the president's promises of
transparency, is "more dangerous" to the media than any other White
House in history, USA Today's Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page said
Page, speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents' Association
(WHCA) seminar, also said the administration is "more restrictive," in
reference to the its leak investigations and naming Fox News' James
Rosen as a co-conspirator in a violation of the federal Espionage Act,
writes The Washington Post's Eric Wemple in an opinion piece Tuesday.
Russian Government in on Hacking Schemes
For the past seven years, the websites used by NATO, Eastern European
and Caucasus governments and U.S. contractors with highly sensitive top
secret information have been leaking like a sieve, right into the
Kremlin's spymasters' hands.
In a shocking report from FireEye Inc., a California security firm with
top government connections, and three other reports, the existence of a
Russian-based hacker group, which appears to be a joint effort by the
Russian government and the Russian Mafia, has been revealed, The Wall
Street Journal reports.
The facts behind Obamacare's numbers
“Is the Affordable Care Act Working?” reads a recent headline in The New
York Times. The editors then consider a series of questions, the first
of which is pretty basic: “Has the percentage of uninsured people been
Their answer: yes. So, problem solved, right? Not quite.
The devil, as they say, is in the details. And the details show that
it’s not as simple as getting more people insured. A new report from
health care expert Ed Haislmaier — one based on actual enrollment data,
not surveys — illustrates two facts that should give us pause.
One is that the decline in the number of people who are uninsured isn’t
as high as it may seem at first glance. The other is that more than
two-thirds of the gain in coverage is a result of an increase in the
number of people in Medicaid, the federal government’s health care
program for the vulnerable poor.
Liberty or the IRS
Only Congress can save Americans from tax agency abuse
After last week’s ruling wherein a federal court failed to permanently
bar the Internal Revenue Service from targeting conservative groups,
there can be no doubt that liberty and the IRS are incompatible. The
IRS continues to seize bank accounts of individuals and businesses
without a court determination of wrongdoing. The IRS is supporting the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD)
initiative to the automatic exchange of individual and business
financial account information in tax matters between governments. The
IRS code is now so complex — something like 77,000 pages no one can
understand — that everyone is at risk.
Officials of the Obama administration and the IRS have demonstrated
time and time again that they are willing to misuse their powers for
partisan political purposes. Now, in essence, the court has said it is
OK, provided they promise not to do it again. If there are no
consequences for bad behavior, one would be naive to believe it will
not be repeated.
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.
PETRY, LEROY A.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya
Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with
D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry
moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained
high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant
Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons
fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both
legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then
reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade,
providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The
enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades.
The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the
ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed
only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff
Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his
safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the
grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the
grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade
it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further
injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and
throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his
gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely
wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant
Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet
on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order
to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff
Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in
keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect
great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company D
Division: 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
Place / Date: 26 May 2008, Paktya Province, Afghanistan
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