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DHS cancels Obama policies, orders agents to expand deportations
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially
ordered federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more
illegal immigrants, releasing them from the handcuffs the Obama
administration had imposed, and making headway on one of President
Trump’s chief campaign promises.
While young adult illegal immigrant “Dreamers” are still exempted,
agents were told there are no longer any other special classes of people
that should be considered off limits for deportation.
Those caught at the border are to be swiftly shipped back, Mr. Kelly
said, and he freed agents to target a broader universe of illegal
immigrants for deportation from within the interior of the U.S. The
secretary said agents are still to give priority to those with criminal
rap sheets, but are free to use discretion — taken away from them in the
Obama years — to detain anyone they believe to be in the country
Trump takes off kid gloves, moves to erase Obama's deportation exemptions
A huge surge in detention. Illegal immigrants who came up through Mexico
being shipped quickly back to Mexico. National Guard troops arresting
illegal immigrants across the West.
After years of neglect, immigration enforcement is proving to be a
fertile space for action — and for speculation, as draft reports leak
out of Homeland Security, frightening immigrant rights groups and
thrilling President Trump’s backers who have longed to see this sort of
The White House has shot down some of the reports, including a draft
memo obtained by The Associated Press that envisioned 100,000 National
Guard troops patrolling from Oregon to Louisiana, empowered to arrest
Mattis breaks from Trum vow to seize Iraqi oil
Makes surprise Baghdad trip as Mosul battle expands
Defense Secretary James Mattis is proving to be his own man.
On a trip to meet allies in Europe and the Middle East, the former
Marine general again broke with his boss in public, telling Iraqi
officials the U.S. military would not consider seizing the country’s
oil, as President Trump has repeatedly suggested.
Mr. Mattis, who challenged Mr. Trump’s contention that the U.S. should
resume torturing detainees in the war on terror in his first job
interview in December, has broken with Mr. Trump several times on his
current trip, denying the administration was in a war with the press,
talking tough about Russia and its activities in Ukraine and now
rejecting Mr. Trump’s idea of taking Middle East oil as a spoil of war.
Trump's pck for national security adviser wins praise
Moving quickly to fill a critical White House vacancy, President Trump
named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser Monday,
one week after ousting Michael Flynn.
Mr. Trump has favored military men for top security and anti-terrorism
roles in the administration and turned to a career soldier with a
reputation as a cutting-edge strategist for his closest security and
foreign policy adviser, the one who controls the flow of information
from the national security bureaucracy to Mr. Trump’s desk.
Mr. McMaster, 54, has been serving as director of the Army Capabilities
Integration Center and deputy commanding general of futures at the U.S.
Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Susan Rice wishes McMaster Luck and urges him to get rid of Bannon Layer
Trump's tweets give public 'unfiltered' look at presidency
The first month of the Twitter Presidency has shown President Trump has
no inclination to rein in the freewheeling style that got him elected —
while also making him one of the most unpopular candidates ever to reach
the White House.
The president is averaging six tweets a day — and four exclamation
points daily, perhaps most illustrative of his emphatic and combative
Mr. Trump has dedicated no fewer than 19 tweets to attacking “Fake
News,” including 10 blasts against The New York Times and another five
aimed at CNN, his two favorite targets from the campaign.
Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail
Incompetence hinders party from accomplishing Trump’s agenda
On February 8, 2017, Matt Drudge tweeted, “No Obamacare repeal, tax
cuts!” and “Republican party should be sued for fraud. NO discussion of
tax cuts now.” Drudge was spot on.
This week, Sen. Rand Paul (my former boss, it should be pointed
out) stormed out of a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan when
he heard talk of keeping Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion intact and
creating tax credits. Paul worried these tax credits would be a
Republican-created entitlement program.
Unfortunately, the leadership and establishment in the Republican party
is incompetent. When you compare the accomplishments of President Barack
Obama at the same point in his presidency as President Donald Trump, it
shows that Republicans are not doing their job.
Milo loses his $250K book deal amid outrage at pedophilia comments
Breitbart workers threateen to quit if he isn't sacked
Milo Yiannopoulos lost his $250,000 book deal on Monday after video was
leaked that showed the alt-right poster boy appearing to defend
Publisher Simon & Schuster said: 'After careful consideration, Simon
& Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have canceled
publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.'
'Dangerous' was set to be published under Threshold Editions, the conservative branch of the publisher according to USA Today.
The book deal received backlash since the announcement in January, with
many on social media threatening to boycott the publisher.
White House delivered EU-skeptic message before Pence visit
In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and
pledged America's "steadfast and enduring" commitment to the European
Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German
diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar
with the talks.
Bannon, these people said, signalled to Germany's ambassador to
Washington that he viewed the EU as a flawed construct and favoured
conducting relations with Europe on a bilateral basis.
Three people who were briefed on the meeting spoke to Reuters on
condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. The German
government and the ambassador, Peter Wittig, declined to comment, citing
the confidentiality of the talks.
Nikki Haley: US Won't Tolerate UN's Anti-Israel Bias
Nikki Haley on Monday condemned the United Nations for what she said is
its ongoing bias against Israel and vowed that the United States will
"push for action" on any threats it faces.
"The Security Council just finished its regular monthly meeting on
Middle East issues. It's the first meeting like that that I've attended,
and I have to say it was a bit strange," Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to
the UN told reporters afterwards.
"The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain
international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East,
the discussion was not about Hezbollah's illegal build-up of rockets in
Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to
terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS.
NKorea: weighing ripple effects of the murder of Kim Jon-un's half brother
The killing last week of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has fueled growing concerns about the
country’s rogue regime. Here’s a look at what happened and the potential
How did the killing happen?
Two women are suspected to have killed Kim Jong-nam by wiping a
poison-tinged cloth on his face as he was waiting to board a flight in
Malaysia. Local authorities said the poison took effect quickly, and
that he died on the way to a hospital.
Malaysian authorities have so far arrested four suspects in the case and
are hunting for four North Koreans who fled the country on the day of
the attack and three others. South Korea's acting president, Hwang
Kyo-ahn, on Monday called the killing “an intolerable crime against
humanity and terrorist act” masterminded by the North Korean regime.
An expensive lesson for conservatives
The more the
culture bounds out of control, the more the wary have to take care with
the company they keep. This applies to media that will print anything
in pursuit of “clicks” and “hits,” and to well-meaning organizations
about whom they invite to tutor their true believers.
Conservative Political Action Committee, or CPAC, meets in Washington
this week for an important family reunion, pep rally, revival meeting
and bazaar for the true believers, activists and the merely curious.
Anybody who is anybody among conservatives wants to be there, and this
time CPAC gets underway with a bang that it no doubt wishes had gone
not bang! but pfffftt! Not all publicity is good publicity.
The bazaar can
become the bizarre, like CPAC inviting Milo Yiannopoulos, who goes by
the name of Milo for the obvious reason that a public figure likes to
have a name that most people can pronounce. Inviting Mr. Milo probably
seemed like a good idea to someone at the time, though Mr. Milo, a
technology editor at Breitbart, is regarded by many conservatives as a
provocateur too far.
No deal for a two-state solution
Palestinians are not prepared to live in peace with Israelis
is committed to peace. That’s as far as I want to go on that,” said
President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, on Feb. 3 in answer to
a reporter’s inquiry regarding the Trump administration’s position on
the “two-state solution” for peace between the Palestinians and
Israelis. Will Mr. Trump push the two-state paradigm, like George W.
Bush and Barack Obama before him, or will the White House realize that
this idea is a dangerous fantasy like the irrational Iran nuclear deal?
us that trading land for peace will not produce conflict resolution.
The Palestinians claim all of Israel as their own and have never been
prepared to share that land. A 2016 Palestinian Authority op-ed made
clear that “all of Israel is occupied Palestine.” Palestinians believe
that Jews have no place in the Islamic Middle East.
rejection of an Arab state living side by side with a Jewish state
spans decades. They said “no” to a state offered by the British in
1937; “no” to the 1947 U.N. “two-state” resolution; “no” to a state in
2000, and “no” again in 2001 and 2008. The Jews said “yes,” despite
military attacks against them in 1948, 1967 and 1973.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
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.
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself and the United States Army.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”