Tuesday August 19th, 2014

"It Is Not A Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong That Counts."
--Geoff Metcalf

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World & National
Multiple witnesses confirm officer's version of events
Caller says she has the officer's side of the Ferguson shooting

Another tense standoff developed Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, which has seen nightly protests since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer.

The renewed tensions came after the preliminary results of an autopsy that Brown's family requested were released, as was a new account of what allegedly happened in the moments immediately before the teenager was killed by a local police officer.

Evidence in the shooting death could be presented to a grand jury as early as Wednesday.
REPORTER: More than dozen witnesses confirm Ferguson cop's version of shooting...
'Michael Brown rushed officer'...
Militant protesters growing in number, many coming from out-of-state...
Tear gas and smoke hang over St. Louis suburb...
Dead Teen's Grandfather to Obama: I Voted for You, So Come Meet Me...
BUCHANAN: 1960s-like Riots Could Cause Voter Rebuke For President...
SENATOR: Protests have been 'invaded' by outsiders...
KURTZ: Some Liberal Outlets Creating 'Almost Lynch Mob Mentality'...
MSNBC Crew Hit With Rocks During Live Coverage...
Trayvon Martin's Mom: 'We Will Make Them Feel Us'...

Tom DeLay to Rick Perry: 'This is what they do'
DeLay’s comments come after the governor was indicted on Friday on two felony charges. | AP Photo

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is feeling a bit of déjà vu on Monday after Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by the same office that Delay once faced nine years ago.

“This is what they do, this is how they intimidate the elected officials in the state legislature and the governor and around the state,” DeLay said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “If you say anything bad or against this office, they’ll go after you.”

DeLay’s comments come after Perry was indicted on Friday on two felony charges — one count of abuse of official capacity and another for coercion of a public servant. The case stems from a dispute between Perry and Travis County district attorney and head of the state’s Public Integrity Unit Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested for drunk driving in April 2013 and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. In the wake of that incident, Perry demanded that Lehmberg resign or that he would veto funding the Public Integrity Unit. When she refused to resign, Perry followed through with his threats with a line-item veto.

Israeli army strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire

Rockets fired from Gaza hours before truce expires; Hamas accuses Israel of 'foot-dragging'; Palestinian delegation head denies reports of progress in Cairo talks; sides agree to extend Gaza cease-fire by 24 hours; Palestinian sources earlier said cease-fire deal was initialed.

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to extend the cease-fire in Gaza by 24 hours to allow negotiations in Cairo to continue, in attempt to see if an agreement between the sides can be reached.

Conflicting reports emerged Monday night as to concerning a long-term agreement between Israel and the Palestinian factions and its contents.

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions

When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation’s immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden.

Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.

Reporter Blasts Hillary Royalty: 'Who Gets to Hold Her Crown While She Speaks?"

Nevada reporter Jon Ralston rips Hillary Clinton for demanding "royal treatment" in an upcoming visit to Las Vegas:

"The price of Hillary Clinton's scheduled speech and UNLV fundraiser could be going up. Las Vegas Review Journal, which obtained Clinton's contract with the UNLV Foundation, reports in addition to her speaking fee of $225,000, Clinton is demanding a private jet, a presidential suite and adjoining rooms for her entourage, and Clinton refuses to mingle with the common folk. She wants to approve any media types attending the event.

"And now, a word about royalty. We don't have kings and queens in America, or at least we shouldn't. But when I see the red carpet UNLV is rolling out for Hillary Clinton in two months I start to wonder. Unless you're a mindless partisan, the details of that contract with the UNLV Foundation should disturb you. They were uncovered, as I said by the RJ's Lara Myers, and published over the weekend. The contract reads as if Hillary is being given the, yes,  royal treatment. Now it is bad enough that the UNLV Foundation folks agreed to that outrageous $225,000 fee as students struggle to make ends meet.

Gaza cease-fire breaks as militants' rocket attacks spart retaliatory Israeili airsrikes

Militants in Gaza appeared to break a temporary cease-fire by firing rockets at Israel on Tuesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes. The resumption of hostilities threatened to scuttle talks in Cairo that seek a permanent truce between the warring sides after a month of fighting.

A senior spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, said militants in Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas, broke the latest 24-hour cease-fire. Israel struck 10 sites in Gaza. There were no reports of injuries on either side.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, “Israel’s foot-dragging proves it has no will to reach a truce deal,” according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israel Knows US Is Not a Friend

Israel knows that the Obama administration is not its friend, evidenced by pressure the White House is putting on it to accept a peace deal with the Palestinians that is not in Israel’s best interest, former U.S. presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"No one wants to criticize the president. No one wants to criticize the secretary of state. But the average Israeli knows whose side that John Kerry and Barack Obama are on, and it's not to protect the security of Israel," Santorum said during a phone interview from Jerusalem.

Putin to meet with Ukrainian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Union officials next week in Minsk, the Kremlin announced Tuesday. 

In a statement published on its website Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin would meet on Aug. 26 with Poroshenko, as well as officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which is comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

Poroshenko, who confirmed the news in a statement, said that "stabilizing the situation" in eastern Ukraine would be a key topic of discussion.

Going down in flames in tehe war on fossile fuels

It’s been a bad year for Al Gore and his global warming buddies. The president of the United States complains that the water off Martha’s Vineyard is too cold; New Yorkers are suffering through the coldest summer in memory; and to top it off, recent data contradict that global warming can be countered in any significant way by a domestic war on fossil fuels.

Still, the war on fossil fuels has been going on for years and, as in any war, innocent victims are dismissed as regrettable but necessary collateral damage. After the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, reporters and politicians predicted that it would result in a massive loss of bird life. Columnist George Will observed that more birds were being killed every year by wind farms that were likely to die in the Gulf.

Alternative-energy fans went nuts and political fact-checkers went on the prowl searc

Even New York Times Questions Rick Perry Indictment

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America, having done great harm to immigrants, abortion clinics and people without health insurance during his 14 years in office. But bad political judgment is not necessarily a felony, and the indictment handed up against him on Friday — given the facts so far — appears to be the product of an overzealous prosecution.

For more than a year, Mr. Perry has been seeking the resignation of the Travis County district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg. He had good reason to do so: Ms. Lehmberg was arrested in April 2013 for driving with a blood alcohol level of more than three times the legal limit, and she verbally abused the officers who found her with an open bottle of vodka. She ranted and raved at the local jail, threatening sheriff’s deputies, and she had to be restrained in a chair with a hood over her head. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. In addition to endangering people’s lives, she instantly lost her credibility as a prosecutor of drunken-driving cases.

Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.

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

Let Slip the Dogs of War.

On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003

"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col. Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.

The Army has myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned attack on U.S. soldiers. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20031028-113335-6042r.htm.

Col. West did not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and gave up the information on a planned attack.

Lives were saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag maggots.

When Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail him to a wall?

The same kind of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with this picture?

    Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit (Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys intent on killing him and his troops.
    An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
    The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
    Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.

FM22-100 (the Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."

Col. West wrote in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had to gather information and that it could get ugly…"

    He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
    After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
    "I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in between the firing and his person.
    He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and effective.

Unlike many politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of his actions.

The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.

If Col West had waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force 'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19 years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush Doctrine' down to Battalion level?

His wife, said, "My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get where he is."

Col. West is prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like this man.

The Army's division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should have given him a medal and promotion.

Some soldiers are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get information from terrorists.

There ARE consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col. West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced to endure.

Woodrow Wilson observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are made bitter by their isolation...."

Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.