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Thousands of Hillary emails released
125 contain classified information
              Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she speaks during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada

The State Department released thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton's emails Monday night that a department spokesman said contained 125 messages with material now considered classified.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the emails in question were "subsequently upgraded" to classified. He stressed that none of the emails was considered classified at the time.

However, the sheer number of emails that have been redacted stands as the latest example of how much sensitive material was contained in Clinton's email transactions. The FBI is conducting an investigation into whether classified information that passed through Clinton's so-called "homebrew" server was mishandled. Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.



Police want Obama to cool rhetoric blamed for violence

Say Black Lives Matter stirs climate of violence
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Law enforcement officials are frustrated by the Obama administration’s failure to address the “anti-cop” rhetoric coming from the Black Lives Matter movement, and some fear it’s promoting a climate of violence against police officers that may have contributed to Friday’s fatal ambush of a Houston sheriff’s deputy.

Noting that President Obama and other administration officials have quickly spoken out after shootings involving black civilians, Ronald T. Hosko, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said officers are yearning to hear similar support when officers are targeted.
 
“Where are their voices today? Who is going to be the adult in the room to pull these groups together?” Mr. Hosko said. “Somebody needs to do it. I don’t see and hear from the president when a cop gets shot and killed.”



Hillary Received Plan to Impeach Clarence Thomas

Hillary Clinton's recently released emails includes a memo sent by David Brock titled, "Memo on Impeaching Clarence Thomas."

The purpose of the document might suggest Clinton, or at least those closest to her and in her circle, are interested in impeaching Justice Thomas.



Hillary's email reveal: John Boehner is a lazy 'alcoholic', aide insists

In one of the newly-released emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, longtime Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal calls House Speaker John A. Boehner “alcoholic” and “lazy” and said he is despised by younger Republicans in the House.

The email, dated Nov. 2, 2010, had the subject line “H: election day memo on post-midterms. Sid.” On the same day, Republicans re-took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, which eventually elevated Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, in January 2011 to the title he now holds.

“Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote. “They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle.”



Cheney: Obama Leading US to Nuclear War


President Barack Obama's deal with Iran will likely result  in “the first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

"Among the many dangerous deficiencies in his nuclear deal with Iran is the irreversible damage it will do to the international nonproliferation regime contained in the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty),” the Cheneys wrote.

“Allowing the Iranians to continue to enrich uranium and agreeing to the removal of all restraints on their nuclear program in a few short years virtually guarantees that they will become a nuclear-weapons state, thus undermining the fundamental agreement at the heart of the NPT. President Obama is unraveling this international structure as part of an agreement that provides a pathway for the world’s worst state-sponsor of terror to acquire nuclear weapons.



Obama's green pressure tactics exposed
Governors, climate activists help sell agenda

The Obama administration, top climate change crusaders and governors from across the country have engaged in a highly coordinated effort to publicly sell the president’s green agenda and put private pressure on opponents, according to newly released emails and other records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.

The striking report from the Energy and Environment Legal Institute’s Christopher Horner — who first revealed Lisa P. Jackson’s use of private email accounts and aliases while at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency — sheds new light on the level of cooperation among top White House officials, billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and other backers of Mr. Obama’s global warming regulations, including restrictions on carbon pollution from power plants.

The documents show frequent communication and meetings among Democratic officials at the state and federal levels and, among other environmental groups, representatives of NextGen Climate, a leading climate change advocacy group led by Mr. Steyer.

The strategy centered on, among other things, Democratic governors’ offices enlisting utility companies to put pressure on Republican governors who are vehemently opposed to Mr. Obama’s environmental regulations.



Ayatollah a 'Religious Nazi' says Lindsey Graham

The money the United States and its allies is giving Iran will "go into their war machine, not roads and bridges," GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham said Tuesday, warning that the Middle Eastern stronghold will have a nuclear device in 15 years, even if it doesn't cheat on the agreement that has been reached.

"To my friends who say it's this deal or a war, that's a false choice," Graham told CNN's "New Day" program.

"At the end of the day, you've empowered the Ayatollah ... this guy is a religious Nazi and he will over time, use whatever weapons he develops or buys against us and Israel."



Jeb Strikes Back--Hammers the 'Real Donald Trump' in Web video


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign released a video Tuesday that purports to show the “real Donald Trump” using past statements from the billionaire businessman saying he is “very pro-choice” and praising former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as a “terrific woman.”

“I lived in New York City and Manhattan all my life, okay? So, you know, my views are a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa,” Mr. Trump, one of Mr. Bush’s chief 2016 GOP rivals, says in the ad in a clip that’s dated Oct. 24, 1999.

It also shows a 1999 clip of Mr. Trump saying he is “very pro-choice” and a clip from the first GOP presidential debate in which Mr. Trump says a single-payer health care system works in Canada and “incredibly well” in Scotland.



Ninth Planned Parenthood video fro pro-life CMP group

A ninth undercover video from the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress shows a woman identified as a procurement manager with a nonprofit medical company appearing to discuss details of the process behind fetal tissue collection.

“I literally have had women come in and go in the O.R. and they’re back out in three minutes, and I’m going, ‘What’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal. Whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out,” says a woman identified as Perrin Larton, procurement manager with the California-based Advanced BioScience Resources Inc.

“So you know, because if they’ve had a lot of births, then that’s kind of what happens,” she says. “But most of the time it is not intact.”
   


Oil exports could lower gas prices?


Exporting oil abroad would not drive up domestic gasoline prices, a federal study says, putting new pressure on President Obama to green-light sales of U.S. fuel around the world.

Tuesday’s Energy Information Administration data come as the administration continues to resist large-scale oil exports, though the White House in recent weeks has softened its stance slightly and has, for example, allowed limited crude oil sales to Mexico.

But the nation’s broad ban on oil exports remains in effect, and critics still contend sending American fuel overseas could drive up gas prices at home.





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New pronouns for the traveling freak show


Caitlyn Jenner, taking pride in his or her decolletage with a smart new frock for his famous Vanity Fair photo shoot, started the madness of the summer of ‘15, but he’s got nothing on the educationist establishment. They’re nothing but boobs (and proud of it).

The University of Tennessee, once known mostly for football as she was meant to be played, has joined seats of advanced learning in Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Vermont in performing imaginative radical surgery on the language. We can be sure that California will not be far behind.

Though the new pronouns are not official university policy, not yet, the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion is officially encouraging students, professors, athletes, cooks, parking-lot attendants, groundskeepers, latrine orderlies and many others — everyone who bleeds orange and white — to think not only beyond male and female, but beyond the pronouns used for centuries to describe such creatures. The new, gender-neutral pronouns are “xe,” “xym,” and “xyr.” And you thought “Ms.” (pronounced “Mzz”), invented to describe women who had not yet caught a man, was gross enough.



When the intelligence community is exposed
The U.S. must protect its employees from foreign lawsuits

Hacking is today’s growth industry. The numbers are staggering. Thirty-two million users of the Ashley Madison sex-sharing website were exposed. Home Depot lost 56 million accounts; Anthem, 80 million; JP Morgan Chase, 76 million; eBay, 145 million; Sony PlayStation Network, 77 million; and TJ Maxx, 94 million records. All of these hacks have caused massive disruption to the targeted organization, legal liability for cyber-negligence, and anguish to consumers.

The U.S. government also is under siege, and along with it the intelligence community (IC), which is a priority target. The recent hacking of the Office of Personnel Management likely exposed the identities of some current and former IC employees. That data breach alone is unlikely to have compromised all IC employees. But when face recognition methods, sophisticated big-data techniques and cross-indexing of multiple data bases such as consumer, insurance or state records, are woven together, it is reasonable to expect most former and even current IC employees eventually will be identified. And when that happens, their identities undoubtedly will be published on the Internet for everyone in the world to see. Then what?
 




                 Medal of Honor
 
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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.

VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
'Rocky'
Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
VERSACE, HUMBERT R. Photo
Citation

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself 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.