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of itself was strange given two such dangerous beings. Rather, an
instant bonding took place which has defied all scientific analysis for
the ten years they have been partners. They communicated both
telepathically and empathically. Regardless of distance, they `felt'
what the other felt. Words like loyalty, trust, understanding, even
love were inadequate to express the strength and depth of that
symbiotic bonding. From the day Arkell first saw Dar they `became' one.
And for the past ten years they had become a legend in the
Federation...the penultimate fighting machine. They had never failed in
a mission. Eventually, the mere threat to dispatch the `Two That Are
One' became sufficient negative incentive to precipitate immediate
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Hillary expressed worries about exposure of personal emails at State
The worry camae after her top aide said they needed to discuss putting Clinton on State's email system
Hillary Clinton expressed concern in November 2010 about the
risk of her personal emails becoming accessible after one of her top aides said
they needed to discuss putting her on the State Department’s email system.
The revelation of the exchange between Clinton and Huma
Abedin was included in a report from the State Department’s inspector general
that was released to lawmakers on Wednesday.
The report concluded that Clinton violated the agency’s
email rules when she chose to exclusively use a private email server during her
four years at State Department and did not promptly turn over records after she
departed the agency.
State Dept. Audit Faults Hillary in Emails
A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and
previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer
information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.
The report by the agency's inspector general was obtained by
multiple news outlets Wednesday.
It cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses"
related to communications. These started in the secratary of state's office
before Clinton's appointment to the post, but her failures were singled out as
Hillary failed to report several hacking attempts/
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a secret
email to conduct official business broke a number of department policies, an
inspector general concluded in a report sent to Capitol Hill Wednesday that also
suggests she used the account to try to hide her communications from the
The 83-page report, obtained by The Washington Times, is
devastating in its evaluation of Mrs. Clinton’s behavior, saying it can find no
record of her getting approval from either security or legal staffers for her
unique arrangement. The report also undercuts many of her campaign’s
explanations for her use of the system, dismisses comparisons to her
predecessors’ email use, and points to repeated hacking attempts that she failed
White House waves white flag on gun control, as AGs push to end ban on gun violence research
The White House waved the white flag Tuesday on federal gun
control efforts for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency, even as 14
state attorneys general called on Congress to fund research on gun violence,
despite opposition from gun rights advocates.
Speaking at a forum on preventing gun violence, Vice President
Joseph R. Biden urged state and local officials to pursue gun regulations in
their own jurisdictions because “we’re probably not going to get much more done
in the next nine months” on gun control.
He blamed the inaction at the federal level on Congress,
saying dysfunction on Capitol Hill has reached unprecedented levels “in modern
history, short of the Civil War.”
VA wrongly stopped benefits for thousands of dead vets who were NOT actually dead
The Department of Veterans Affairs has wrongly declared more
than 4,200 veterans dead in the past four years, disrupting benefits to
veterans and their dependents.
The VA acknowledged that it terminated benefits for 4,201
veterans who weren’t dead from 2011 to 2015, and subsequently reinstated the
monthly benefits. Danny Pummill, a top VA official, said the agency’s computers
do not collect information on the cause of the errors, but noted in the
agency’s defense that the “accuracy [rate] of award terminations due to death
was 99.8 percent.”
The errors were revealed in a letter from the VA to Rep. David
Jolly, Florida Republican, who requested the information following a string of
mistaken death cases in the Tampa, Florida, region.
'Less intelligent' students suppress free speech on campus
Evolutionary biologist and contentious atheist Richard
Dawkins believes the students trying to suppress free discourse on college
campuses may be “less intelligent” than their peers.
“There seems to be a tendency among some students – perhaps
the less intelligent – to suppress free speech,” Mr. Dawkinssaid in an
interview with the Australian on Monday. “I hope it doesn’t last long.”
He added that “incitement to violence” is the only incident
in which speech should be curtailed.
Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally
In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly
spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump's candidacy threw
burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring
several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.
Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades
into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.
During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential
nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners
and resisted removal by security officers.
FIRES, THROW ROCKS...
assault Trump supporter in wheelchair...
brace for Anaheim rally...
Univision anchor booed during commencement speech
When Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas mentioned Donald
Trump during her commencement speech at the School of Communications at
California State University, Fullerton on May 22, she was met with boos from
students. Later, a woman can be heard yelling, "Get off the stage."
(California State University, Fullerton)
Some people in the crowd at a graduation ceremony at
California State University, Fullerton, shouted at the commencement speaker
after she talked about presidential candidate Donald Trump and gave a brief
section of her address in Spanish.
“It’s really sad,” the commencement speaker, Maria Elena
Salinas, an anchor for Spanish language broadcast network Univision, said
Tuesday. “And it’s a testament to what has happened in our country. Our country
is really divided.”
Airlines Spend Millions in Bid to Cut TSA Lines
U.S. airlines and airports are spending millions on added
workers to avoid a repeat of long security lines, as the coming Memorial Day
weekend kicks off what’s expected to be a record year for summer travel.
“We are concerned for this weekend, where we’ll see higher
than normal flight loads,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American
Airlines Group Inc. “That will just continue into June and pretty much all the
way to September.”
American, Delta and United airlines will spend as much as $4
million each for extra workers at their busiest airports to help manage lines
and shuffle bins at checkpoints -- freeing up Transportation Security
Administration officers to focus on screening. Carriers and airports also are
diverting some of their own employees to take the load off TSA staff.
National security refroms for the next president
The best we can do is make some educated guesses
“National security” is a highfalutin phrase for a problem
that can be stated quite simply: We have enemies. What do we do about them?
Since this is a matter of life and death, it’s worth asking: What national
security policies can we expect the next commander in chief to implement?
Let’s acknowledge that we can only make educated guesses.
Presidential candidates have been known to say what they think voters want to
hear and then, after winning election, go off in an entirely different
Why union workers should vdote Republican
Trump will deliver a tougher pro-worker policy than Clinton
Unionized workers should get behind Donald Trump. Leaders of
organized labor will see things differently, and that’s a tragedy for their
As organizers frequently preach, workers join unions to make
a better life for themselves and their families. At the most basic level, that
comes down to using collective bargaining to win higher wages, better benefits
and more reasonable working conditions.
Too often, however, unions use workers’ dues to support a
liberal social agenda that many rank-and-file members may oppose or at most
feel neutral about — for example, union support for the Democratic Party agenda
on abortion and gay-transgender rights, and appointment of radically liberal
Supreme Court justices who circumvent the Constitution to directly legislate
what liberals can’t win in Congress and state legislatures.
Medal of Honor
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
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
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