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Petulant Trump: 'Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it'
Donald Trump said Ted Cruz “stole” his win in the Iowa caucus after the
Texas senator’s staff spread rumors that Ben Carson was dropping out of
the race with the hopes of garnering the retired neurosurgeon’s votes —
and as a result, Mr. Cruz’s votes should be “nullified”
“Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa
Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results
nullified,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Wednesday.
Zika mosquitoes' habits may foil US elimination efforts
are bracing for Zika virus to spread to the United States by April or
May, borne by a mosquito that craves human blood, feeds during the day
and lives under beds and inside closets.
Until now, the
best weapon against disease-carrying mosquitoes in the United States
has been outdoor pesticide fog sprayed by truck and airplane. But
health experts fear the typical approach will do little to eradicate
the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries Zika.
Japan oreders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile
Wednesday condemned Pyongyang’s plan to launch a space rocket, calling
it a thinly disguised test of a long-distance ballistic missile.
ordered Aegis ballistic missile defense warships of the Maritime
Self-Defense Force and land-based Patriot PAC-3 rocket units to respond
should projections show components falling in Japanese territory.
effectively mean the firing of a ballistic missile. It would be a clear
violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave,
provocative act against the security of our country,” Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe told a Lower House session Wednesday.
White House veto threats keep on coming
The White House
has issued two more veto threats against Republican-sponsored bills,
picking up the pace of confrontation with GOP leaders.
The Office of
Management and Budget said Tuesday that President Obama would likely
veto House measures pertaining to oversight of capital markets and the
tightening of banking regulations.
In big shift since 2008, red states now outnumber blue states in U.S.
For the first
time in eight years, there are more “red” states than “blue” states in
the country, according to new analysis of political party affiliations
in the U.S. from Gallup.
In 2015, there
were 20 states that were solidly Republican or leaned Republican,
compared to 14 that were solidly Democratic or leaned Democratic, with
16 “competitive” states, according to the analysis released Wednesday.
Putin's forces refuse to attack Islamic State in Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces are not attacking the
Islamic State in Syrian unless the terror army is battling troops of
President Bashar Assad, the U.S. said on Wednesday.
The assessment from Operation Inherent Resolve directly contradicts
Moscow, which repeatedly claims its war planes are unleashing strikes
on the Islamic State, headquartered in Raqqa in central Syria.
D.C. to pay residents a stipend for not committing crimes
D.C. Council gives preliminary approval
The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an
anti-crime bill that includes a provision that would pay residents who
might commit or become the victims of violent crime to stay out of
The provision is part of a comprehensive crime bill introduced by
Council member Kenyan McDuffie called the Neighborhood Engagement
Achieves Results Amendment Act (NEAR), which already has won kudos from
the Black Lives Matter movement because it “treats and responds to
violence in our community as a public health issue, integrates new
approaches to prevent crime and improves law enforcement training and
Obama rebuts anti-Muslim rhetoric in first US mosque visit
Seeking to rebut what he views as perilous election-year bombast
about Muslims, President Barack Obama is at a mosque in Baltimore on
Wednesday, his first visit to such a site in the United States.
"Muslim Americans keep up safe," Obama told the audience, crediting the
contributions Muslims have made to communities. "They are our police.
They are our fire fighters. They're in (the Department of) Homeland
UN halts Syria talks as government closes in on Aleppo
A United Nations envoy halted his attempts to launch Syrian
peace talks on Wednesday after the army, backed by Russian air strikes,
made a major advance against rebel forces north of Aleppo, choking
opposition supply lines from Turkey to the city.
In what rebels called a punishing assault, the government forces ended
a three and a half year siege of the Shi’ite towns of Nubul and
al-Zahraa, a key step in a wider campaign to recapture all of Aleppo,
Syria’s biggest city before the war.
The government's territorial breakthrough came after hundreds of
bombing raids by Russian warplanes. The U.N. said it had been told
hundreds of families had been uprooted following "an unprecedented
frequency of air strikes in the past two days". Three aid workers were
among the dead.
The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbanna
Haute couture headscarves won’t counter violent extremism
“culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there
was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house
Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves)
and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical
author, “fashion historian” Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, goes on to wax
enthusiastic about how these “pieces” are being “accessorized,”
including with “oversized sunglasses, cocktail rings, stilettos, and
statement bags.” She saves for the last paragraph, her analysis of the
deep meaning of these stylistic innovations:
Obama's searech for a 'safe' gun?
Soldiers on the battlefield are more interested in a weapon that works
Just after the
Battle of Gettysburg, Christopher Spenser, inventor of a revolutionary
repeating rifle, escorted Abraham Lincoln out to the East Lawn of the
White House to do a bit of target shooting. Lincoln was so impressed
that he ordered Gen. James Ripley, the Army’s chief of ordnance, to
purchase tens of thousands of Spenser’s repeaters at once and issue
them to soldiers. Sadly, Ripley disobeyed Lincoln and continued to
equip Union Soldiers with a single-shot rifle that had to be loaded
from the muzzle, using a ramrod. Some historians postulate that had the
Union possessed repeating rifled arms after Gettysburg, perhaps
hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides might have been saved.
later, Theodore Roosevelt returned from the Spanish American War
furious that his Spanish enemy possessed a superior rifle. After his
election he took personal charge of the Army’s effort to produce a
first-class rifle. He became so engaged in the new Springfield rifle’s
development that he fired it often and obsessed over every detail. One
of his most notable memos even criticized the weapon’s bayonet,
protesting that “it broke off as soon as it hit it would have no moral
effect and mighty little physical effect.” Needless to say, the Army
changed the rifle’s bayonet design immediately. The Springfield was
such a superior weapon that the military kept it in action as late as
the Korean War.
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