Tuesday August 26th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
Updated 1341 PDT
Gov. Jerrry Brown Welcomes Illegals to California
On Monday evening, California Governor Jerry Brown said all Mexicans, including illegal immigrants, are welcome in California.
the Los Angeles Times, while introducing Mexican President Enrique Peña
Nieto, who said America is "the other Mexico," Brown "spoke about the
interwoven histories of Mexico and California." He "nodded to the
immigrants in the room, saying it didn't matter if they had permission
to be in the United States."
"You're all welcome in California," Brown reportedly said.
Cannabis-infused fizzy drinks on sale in US
The 'ridiculously relaxing' drinks come with 10mg of marijuana in cherry, lemon or pomegranate flavour
cannabis-infused fizzy drink is now on sale in the state of Washington
as part of the ever-expanding US market for legal pot products.
Less than two
months after recreational cannabis became legal in the west coast
state, Washingtonians can now get their highs out of a soda bottle.
called Legal, come in cherry, lemon and pomegranate flavours but are
all infused with 10mg of liquid cannabis. The drinks cost around $10
American fighting for Islamic State killed in Syria
A 33-year-old San Diego man was killed over the weekend fighting for the Islamic State, NBC Newsand CNN are reporting.
NBC said it has
seen photos of Douglas McAuthur McCain’s passport and body — which
features a distinctive neck tattoo. NBC, citing an activist linked to
the Free Syrian Army who also saw the photos, said McCain was among
three foreigners fighting with ISIS who died in Syria.
Department is “aware of these reports” but could not confirm the death,
spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding that officials are in contact with
Tepid Response to Obama's VA speech at American Legion
Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military
veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over
the American Legion's convention-goers.
speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between
the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women
often called on to carry them out.
legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that 'a
small group of Obama's admirers – and there are some here – sat near
the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.'
Cease Fire to end seven weeks of Gaza fighting?
president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank
that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire
had gone into effect at 16.00 GMT.
He hailed the
agreement as a chance to "build a new nation and end the occupation",
before thanking Egypt, Qatar and the US for their roles in brokering
the agreement made during indirect talks in Cairo.
Putin, Poroshenko end bilateral talks over Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held
one-on-one talks Tuesday in Minsk against a backdrop of rising tension
over the Ukrainian capture of 10 Russian paratroopers on Ukrainian
spent two hours discussing bilateral concerns for the first time since
June following a regional economic summit in MInsk in which Putin said
there is no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine.
Lawmakers demand vote on US military action against ISIS
and military leaders are weighing a host of factors as they consider
expanding airstrikes into Syria, including the Assad regime’s demand to
seek permission first and warnings that the strikes could trigger ISIS
But they soon could face another complication: Congress.
U.S. appeals court challenges state on gay marriage bans
A U.S. appeals
court in Chicago appeared ready to strike down gay marriage bans in
Indiana and Wisconsin after vigorously challenging the two states'
attorneys at a hearing on Tuesday.
arguments before a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals come at a crucial stage in the legal fight over same-sex
marriage as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take up the issue in
its next term.
Poll: African Americans Think Race Relations Have Gotten Worse Since Obama
Americans say blacks and whites get along well today than felt that way
in 2009, according to a new Pew Research Center/USA Today poll. From
2007 to 2009, the number of black respondents who said blacks and
whites get along “very well” or “pretty well” increased seven
percentage points, to 76 percent. But since 2009, the share of black
respondents who had a positive view of race relations has dropped
twelve points, to 64 percent. Similarly, white respondents who thought
blacks and whites got along well increased three percentage points from
2007 to 2009, but decreased five percentage points from 2009 to 2014.
The poll also
found that 70 percent of black respondents thought police did a poor
job of treating racial and ethnic groups equally, while just 25 percent
of whites say they do a bad job. Democrats were more critical of police
performance than Republicans, and but Pew found that much of the
discrepancy could be attributed to the views of African-American
Michelle's Secret Service prevents filming of walk?
Why did the Secret Service try to keep Vocativ from filming the first lady out for a morning walk on a busy road?
Vocativ was on
Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend to film a piece about the
African-American community on the island. While we were shooting on
Beach Road, one of the busiest thoroughfares on the Vineyard, the
Secret Service approached and asked us to switch off our camera for 15
A moment later,
first lady Michelle Obama power walked by our crew. She was out for
some exercise with a small group—and a serious security detail. It was
9:30 in the morning.
and cameraman were surrounded by Secret Service agents and very
strongly advised to stop filming. At one point, Mrs. Obama looked in
their direction and said, “Don’t do that.” It’s unclear if she was
telling the agents to leave us alone, or scolding us for filming on
Will there be a GOP wave in the Seante?
So where’s the
wave? This is President Obama’s sixth-year-itch election. The map of
states with contested Senate seats could hardly be better from the
Republicans’ vantage point. And the breaks this year—strong candidates,
avoidance of damaging gaffes, issues such as Obamacare and immigration
that stir the party base—have mainly gone the GOP’s way, very unlike
the midterms are far from over. In every single one of the Crystal
Ball’s toss-up states, (Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana and North
Carolina), the Republican Senate candidate has not yet opened up a real
polling lead in any of them. Democratic nominees have been running hard
and staying slightly ahead, or close to, their Republican foes. (See
Politico's interactive Senate ratings.)
Seth Meyers Opening Monologue Skewers Industry
Seth Meyers opened the Emmy Awards with a monologue skewering
everything from the TV industry to the fact that the ceremony was being
held on a Monday.
The host was not shy about taking shots at network television — and
even his own employer, NBC — as competitors like HBO and Netflix rack
It’s definitely worth watching.
Ferguson facts versus visions
The idea that heavily armed police cause riots is false
left has been campaigning against the use of force since at least the
18th century. So it is not surprising that they are now arguing that
heavily armed or aggressive police forces only inflame protesters and
thus provoke violence.
Statisticians have long warned that correlation is not causation, but they have apparently warned in vain.
There is no
reason to doubt that heavily armed police in riot gear may be more
likely to show up where outbreaks of violence are expected. But when
violence then breaks out, does that prove that it was the appearance of
the police that caused it?
The devious designs of Operation Choke Point
wasn’t kidding about acting on his own if Congress won’t go along with
his plans to “fundamentally transform” the country that elected him
president. Sometimes he tries his phone, then if Congress blocks his
agenda, his pen, but more and more often he’s simply acted without
consulting or even informing Congress. In some cases, he’s even
actively sought to keep Congress in the dark about new programs he’s
started without even submitting them to Congress for approval.
Congress has even learned about administration initiatives not from the
White House, or the agencies implementing them, but from the press or
their own constituents.
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.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with
Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st
Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a
platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine
squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had
established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in
the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide
security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and
a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the
perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight
attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged
position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own
safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt
to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade
detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding
him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted
courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the
face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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