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Blame it on bureaucracy
Legal delay in arming U.S. military recruiters
                Joshua B. Van Natter stands outside a military recruiting center on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Logan, Utah. Gun-toting citizens are showing up at military recruiting centers around the country, saying they plan to protect recruiters following last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Eli Lucero/Herald Journal via AP)

Capitol 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
                Dr. Mary Gatter, president of the Medical Directors' Council at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
A 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 purported buyer.'



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
                U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech to the African Union, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On the final day of his African trip, Obama is focusing on economic opportunities and African security. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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 the president.”



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 degrees.

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 warming.

The depths of this fraud is breathtaking, but completely consistent with the fraudulent profession which has become known as “climate science”



Prince Charles extends climate doomsday deadline by 33 years


Prince Charles 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 deadline.

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

Right 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 father figure.



NH Poll: Trump Doubles Lead Over Jeb
Biggest of GOP Race

A new 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.

Trump’s 24 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 primary.



GOP Reps Calling for IRS Chief's Ouster

Florida Rep. 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 his post.

Koskinen was 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 Koskinen.



CNN Poll: Majority Wants Congress to Reject Iran Nuclear Deal

Most Americans 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.

Overall, the 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


Daily Show 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 reported.

Stewart's 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 Politico.



Senate Dems partner with gun-control activists amid 'summer of gun violence'


Senate 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 gun violence.”

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

Maybe the 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 Switzerland.

The secretary 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.

Given this 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.

Reality TV: “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
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.


BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group


 
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
 
Citation

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 prejudice.

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 good thing.

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 problem.

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 innocents.

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 information.

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 analysis perspective.