Tuesday August 19th, 2014
"It Is Not A
Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong
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
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
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
"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
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.
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.
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
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
President Vladimir Putin will meet with Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko and European Union officials next week in Minsk, the Kremlin
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.