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Blame it on bureaucracy
Legal delay in arming U.S. military recruiters
Hill Republicans are pushing to arm service members at recruitment
centers in the wake of the deadly Chattanooga, Tennessee, attack, but a
“patchwork” of laws may get in the way.
While federal law gives the secretaries of the various armed forces the
power to arm military employees if there’s a threat to a particular
military base, most recruitment centers are located in malls or in
public places — not federal land — and it’s unclear if the law applies
to recruiters or reservists.
Third Planned Parenthood undercover video shows doctor talking about viability of fetal specimen
third undercover video released in recent weeks by a pro-life group
shows a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the viability of
specimens from a fetus with a purported buyer, and a phlebotomist
talking about the amount of money procured for various parts, as GOP
lawmakers step up their push to end federal funding for the group.
Accompanied by graphic images of specimens, the video shows Dr. Savita
Ginde, vice president and medical director of Planned Parenthood of the
Rocky Mountains (PPRM), looking at specimens and discussing them with a
Senate Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote
on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal
funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos
involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
"The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue
and intends to have a vote before we leave" for a five-week summer
recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas.
Republican Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prohibit any federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
Obama: 'If I ran again, I could win' a third term
President Obama Tuesday chided African leaders who refuse to leave
office after their terms end, saying he himself could win a third term
in the U.S. but is looking forward to walking away from the White House.
“Under our Constitution, I cannot run again,” Mr. Obama told a
gathering of the African Union in Ethiopia. “I actually think I’m a
pretty good president. I think if I ran again, I could win. But I
can’t. The law is the law. And no one person is above the law, not even
Mind-Blowing Temperature Fraud at NOAA
The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a
long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a
strong warming trend.
They accomplish this through a spectacular hockey stick of data
tampering, which corrupts the US temperature trend by almost two
The biggest component of this fraud is making up data. Almost half of
all reported US temperature data is now fake. They fill in missing
rural data with urban data to create the appearance of non-existent US
The depths of this fraud is breathtaking, but completely consistent
with the fraudulent profession which has become known as “climate
Prince Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years
is warning that there are only 35 years left to save the planet from
climate disaster, which represents a 33-year extension of his previous
In March 2009,
the heir to the British throne predicted that the world had 100 months
“before we risk catastrophic climate change,” as pointed out by Climate
Depot’s Marc Morano.
Camille Paglia: How Bill Clinton is like Bill Cosby
from the start, when the Bill Cosby scandal surfaced, I knew it was not
going to bode well for Hillary’s campaign, because young women today
have a much lower threshold for tolerance of these matters. The
horrible truth is that the feminist establishment in the U.S., led by
Gloria Steinem, did in fact apply a double standard to Bill Clinton’s
behavior because he was a Democrat. The Democratic president and
administration supported abortion rights, and therefore it didn’t
matter what his personal behavior was.
But we’re living in a different time right now, and young women have
absolutely no memory of Bill Clinton. It’s like ancient history for
them; there’s no reservoir of accumulated good will. And the actual
facts of the matter are that Bill Clinton was a serial abuser of
working-class women–he had exploited that power differential even in
Arkansas. And then in the case of Monica Lewinsky–I mean, the
failure on the part of Gloria Steinem and company to protect her was an
absolute disgrace in feminist history! What bigger power differential
could there be than between the president of the United States and this
poor innocent girl? Not only an intern but clearly a girl who had a
kind of pleading, open look to her–somebody who was looking for a
NH Poll: Trump Doubles Lead Over Jeb
Biggest of GOP Race
Monmouth University poll shows Donald Trump crushing fellow Republicans
in New Hampshire, where he has double the support of the next closest
candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, among voters likely to
participate in the Granite State primary.
percent support bests Bush’s 12 percent in the poll, conducted July
23-26 of 467 New Hampshire voters expected to vote in the Republican
GOP Reps Calling for IRS Chief's Ouster
Ron DeSantis and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan are joining House Oversight and
Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz in calling on
President Barack Obama to remove IRS Commissioner John Koskinen from
appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 after the scandal broke
alleging that the IRS put conservative groups seeking nonprofit status
through additional scrutiny compared to other groups, thereby slowing
down their approval leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
In an opinion
piece for The Wall Street Journal, DeSantis, who is chairman of the
House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National
Security, and Jordan, who is chairman of the House Subcommittee on
Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules, say that Obama made the
right decision when he removed the previous IRS head and appointed
CNN Poll: Majority Wants Congress to Reject Iran Nuclear Deal
want Congress to vote against the nuclear deal with Iran, a new CNN/ORC
poll shows, but the numbers are sharply divided among political lines.
poll of 1,017 adults, including 898 registered voters, showed that 52
percent of the respondents said Congress should reject the deal,
reports CNN, while 44 percent are calling for it to be approved.
Opinions on the deal appear to be split politically and along age and education lines:
66 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of independents say Congress ought to reject it
61 percent of Democrats say it should be approved
53 percent of those between the ages of 18-34 want the deal approved
56 percent of those 35 or older want the deal rejected
53 percent of college graduates call for its approval
37 percent with a high school degree or less formal education want the bill approved.
Jon Stewart and the White House
comedian Jon Stewart has had a disproportionate influence on
administration policy during the Obama years, and the White House has
proactively cultivated a personal relationship with him, including
invitations on at least two occasions for private meetings, Politico
satire has on several notable occasions had an impact on public policy
though skits that highlighted social and political issues, and top
Obama aides David Axelrod and Austan Goolsbee made it a priority to
field calls and emails from the host and staff.
"I'd be hard
pressed to think of a person who spoke with the same amount of
authority to that big of a group of people," Eric Lesser, a former
Obama White House aide and now Massachusetts state senator, told
Senate Dems partner with gun-control activists amid 'summer of gun violence'
Democrats joined with gun-control activists Tuesday on Capitol Hill to
demand tougher firearms laws in response to recent shootings in
Charleston, Chattanooga and Lafayette, which they dubbed the “summer of
They called for
the resurrection of legislation that would expand criminal background
checks for gun buyers and close the so-called gun show loophole.
“Too many guns
are sold without a complete background check because of human mistakes,
systemic mistakes and loopholes. The task before us is to fix this
great net we have created or else we will continue to wake up to
headlines of preventable tragedies,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer of
New York, the No. 3 Democratic leader.
When the Big Lie become the legacy
Christian thing to do is to cut John Kerry a little slack. He hit his
head harder than the doctor thought when he fell off his bicycle in
of State and President Obama are not having an easy time trying to sell
the sellout to Iran, and Mr. Kerry says he’s worried that if the deal
goes down “the international community” will blame Israel.
Let Trump be Trump
If he does not remain a front-runner, his supporters’ enthusiasm is still a Republican asset
Politics — and politicians in a democracy — are a true reflection of society’s virtues and faults at a given window in time.
premise, Donald Trump’s entry into, and early success in, the 2016 GOP
presidential field should come as no surprise to anyone who understands
what is going on in American society today.
“Real Housewives,” “Duck Dynasty” — name your favorite show — they are
a fascination for an unfiltered experience into the lives of Americans
freely expressing their views with a crude candor unimaginable for TV
just a generation ago.
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.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him 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