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GOP leaders stamp out anti-Trump push at convention
The Republican National Convention kicked off Monday afternoon with a
divisive fight over party rules and future presidential nominee Donald
Trump, but the party recovered a measure of unanimity by the evening
with a series of searing attacks on likely Democratic
opponent Hillary Clinton.
The mother of one of the four Americans killed in Benghazi accused Mrs.
Clinton of lying to her and said she should be in prison. Some of the
security contractors who defended the diplomatic post in Libya’s second
city that September night in 2012 said their
comrades in arms would still be alive if the former secretary of state
had done her job.
Team Trump pushes back: No 'cribbing' of Michelle Obama's speech
Donald Trump’s campaign chairman on Tuesday said Melania Trump used
“common words” in her speech at the Republican National Convention
Monday, calling the notion that she cribbed from a speech that first
lady Michelle Obama gave in 2008 “crazy” and “absurd.”
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech,” Trump campaign
chairman Paul Manafort said on CNN’s “New Day.” “These were common words
and values that she cares about — her family, things like that.”
“I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night,” Mr.
Manafort said. “She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing
Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Obama slams 'strange' GOP convention in fundraising email
President Obama criticized Republicans for staging a “strange and
outrageous” nominating convention this week and said their proposals
would harm the country.
In a fundraising email to Democrats, Mr. Obama reminisced about the GOP
convention in 2012, when actor Clint Eastwood lectured an empty chair on
stage as if he were talking bluntly to the president. Mr. Obama called
that episode “laughable,” but he said there’s
worse to come from Republicans this year.
Prosecutors of officers accused in Freddie Gray death face pressure for disbarment
Legal analysts ripped Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling
of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges
against the three remaining police officers or risk more embarrassment
in the courtroom.
What’s more, John Banzhaf, an activist law professor at George
Washington University, said he would file a complaint Tuesday with the
Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission calling for the disbarment of the
lead prosecutors in the trials of the six police officers
accused of wrongdoing in the 2015 arrest and death of the 25-year-old
The pointed criticism came Monday after Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted of
all charges for his role in Gray’s arrest and death. The lieutenant was
the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was
the third consecutive loss for prosecutors.
Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been
Murdoch reportedly to remove Roger Ailes as Fox News CEO
Rupert Murdoch and his two sons have decided to remove Roger Ailes as
CEO of Fox News following a sexual harassment lawsuit by former anchor
Gretchen Carlson, New York Magazine reported Monday.
The three are in agreement that the 76-year-old executive should go, but
they haven’t agreed on the timing, the magazine reported, citing
Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman at parent company 21st Century Fox,
is in agreement with his father that no action should be taken against
Mr. Ailes until after the Republican National Convention concludes this
week in Cleveland, the magazine reported.
Baton Rouge shooter demonstrated high degree of tactical skill in ambush
Uncovered manifesto showcased his often-contradictory beliefs
The gunman already had shot and killed one police officer and wounded
another. But his ambush-style attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wasn’t
As officers swarmed to reports of shots fired Sunday morning behind a
convenience store, 29-year-old Gavin Long retraced his steps and found
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola trying to help the
injured officer. He opened fire, killing Deputy Garafola.
Then he turned his attention to the Baton Rouge Police officer and
fired two fatal shots at close range.
“My deputy went down fighting. He returned fire until the very end,”
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said Monday, detailing the horrific events that
played out Sunday before a member of a SWAT team was able to shoot and
kill Long. “I am convinced that if Baton Rouge
city SWAT would not have arrived on the scene, we would have had two
more deceased deputies and this guy would have been in a position to get
in his car and go on, travel and seek other targets.”
Paul Ryan walks fine line, aims to unify GOP despite reservations about Donald Trump
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan opened a new break Monday with his party’s
next leader, Donald Trump, saying he’s “not my kind of conservative” —
just a day before Mr. Ryan will have to take the stage to defend Mr.
Trump in a highly anticipated speech at Republicans’
Mr. Ryan has perhaps the trickiest job of any of those speaking at the
gathering, needing to project party unity even as he vehemently
disagrees with Mr. Trump on big issues, and many of his own troops in
Congress would prefer to keep Mr. Trump, their presidential
nominee, at arm’s length in the coming campaign.
“He’s not my kind of conservative, but I come from a different part and
wing of the party,” Mr. Ryan told reporters at a lunch hosted by The
Wall Street Journal — though the Wisconsin Republican did add that he
views Mr. Trump as a conservative of some sort,
though coming from a very different ideological path.
Democrat-funded protests bacckfire as officer killings boost support for police
The horrifying slayings of eight law enforcement officers in the past 10
days may come back to haunt Democrats funding protests against police
behind the scenes in hopes of energizing black voters in November.
Instead of juicing turnout for presumptive Democratic presidential
nominee Hillary Clinton, the unrest may wind up backfiring by whipping
up public sympathy for police and creating an opportunity for
Republicans to run on a law-and-order message, analysts say.
“The proof of that will be on Election Day. But I would say the problem
with the strategy is that it has contributed to a climate of support for
law and order, and that, I think, is an immense advantage for Donald
Trump,” said political analyst Floyd Ciruli.
ISIS leaders urge fighters to 'go get a truck' and kill infidels
Two weeks before the massacre in Nice, a French-speaking fighter for the
Islamic State went on social media to urge Muslims in France to “go get
a truck” and kill infidels.
That is exactly what Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel did on July 14, taking a
rented truck and plowing through a mass of people watching fireworks on
Bastille Day on the Riviera. He killed 84 people.
The Islamic State, known as ISIL and ISIS, has taken credit for
radicalizing Bouhlel in one of its signature style attacks: convince a
“lone wolf” to commit mass murder and become a martyr, as happened in
Orlando, Fla., nightclub massacre.
French officials have said that Bouhlel, by all accounts a misfit and
petty criminal, was quickly radicalized. Officials says they have found
no firm ties to ISIL, but the probe shows he searched information on
ISIL on the Internet.
Turkey's Erdogan Recounts Night of Coup, Mulls Death Penalty
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a series of
televised appearances overnight in which he disclosed dramatic details
of his survival on the night of a failed coup and raised the specter of
reintroducing the death penalty to punish conspirators.
He told U.S. broadcaster CNN he narrowly escaped death after coup
plotters stormed the resort town of Marmaris where he was vacationing.
"Had I stayed 10, 15 additional minutes, I would have been killed or I
would have been taken," he said in the interview broadcast late Monday.
UnitedHealth Sees $200 Million More in Losses for Obamacare
UnitedHealth Group Inc. on Tuesday said it anticipated another $200
million more in losses this year on the individual insurance business
created under U.S. President Barack Obama's national healthcare reform
law, citing the program's high medical costs.
The largest U.S. health insurer said the problem was confined to this
one business line, which it plans to exit in 2017 for the most part.
This was the third quarter in a row when UnitedHealth has booked
anticipated losses for the program known as Obamacare. In April, it said
it expected $650 million in losses on the program this year.
The last yelps of sore losers
Time is running out for the sore losers in Cleveland (and other places).
Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee, and attacks on him now,
deserved or not, are attacks on the party and can only cripple the
chances of taking back the White House.
Elephants have long memories, and losers in the primaries who have
further presidential ambitions, imagining that four years of Hillary
Clinton will whet a ravenous appetite for someone else in the year 2020,
had better think this through. Anyone who helps
Hillary this year, however good it might feel now, will pay dearly four
The agents out to demolish the Trump candidacy still roamed the hotel
corridors, coffee shops and drinking holes along the Lake Erie shore
Monday night, spreading doubt, confusion and resentment, and eager to
share their cultivated rage with anyone willing
to listen. Not many delegates were.
Educating warriors for curent readiness and future success
Soldiers and sailors studying online deserve equal access to academic advisers
Recruiting and retaining capable and motivated service members is
paramount to maintaining a high-quality fighting force to defend our
country. It is undeniable that educational and training assistance
programs are critical to attracting men and women to join
and remain in military service. These promised and earned education
benefits not only ensure readiness while on active duty, but they also
help prepare our servicemen and women to succeed later in civilian life.
Since its inception in the 1970s, the Defense Department’s Tuition
Assistance Program, along with educational opportunities provided to
active-duty members by colleges serving the military, has allowed
service members to avoid the challenges I faced. In 1958,
I was the 18-year-old breadwinner for my family; working as a draftsman
while attending college at night. Like so many young men at the time, I
received my draft notice. I wanted to use my engineering background so I
enlisted in the U.S. Navy, putting my college
education on hold, in hopes of obtaining my degree through the Navy’s
Enlisted Scientific Education Program. Starting as mess cook on a diesel
attack submarine, I worked my way up through the ranks to eventually
earn my commission together with my Navy Wings
of Gold, which was difficult without a college degree.
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
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.
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