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Iran ready to give U.S. 'slap in the face'?
Press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of the government
and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can
effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the
responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it
underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite
Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games.
Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged
to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic
missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S.
options were on the table.
Is Project Veritas About to Sting CNN?
James O'Keefe of Project Veritas is set to unleash holy hell Thursday on
#FakeNews network CNN. Well, he didn't exactly say it was CNN, but it
was heavily implied. Apparently the network has a mole...
O'Keefe is known for undercover sting operations which have led to such
bombshells as the DNC's paid agitator network, the outing
of "DisruptJ20" / Antifa organizers which took place at comet ping pong
- and netted three arrests (including a suspected pedophile), and most
recently New Hampshire election fraud.
Today O'Keefe was interviewed on Sean Hannity's radio show where he revealed that a major network has been "stung".
MSNBC BRZEZINSKI: 'OUR JOB' TO CONTROL 'EXACTLY WHAT PEOPLE THINK'...
MTV News reporter admits joining Trump protests...
Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey
As Democrats head to Atlanta this weekend to vote on their party’s next
chair, the race to lead the Democratic National Committee chair is
coming down to its two leading candidates.
Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) has the edge over former Labor secretary Tom
Perez in The Hill’s new survey of DNC members. But while both men
claim they are close to securing commitments from the majority of the
447 voting members, neither candidate is assured victory.
Maxine Waters Calls Trump Cabinet Picks: "A Bunch of Scumbags"
Far left Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has taken on the role of spokesperson for the Democrat Party since the November election.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, Democrat Maxine
Waters read off a list of people connected to the Trump team who also
have connections to Russia and the oil and gas industry.
Waters then went on to call the Trump administration a “bunch of scumbags.”
Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps
Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their
northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start
deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S.
illegally through this country.
Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to
Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" — Other Than Mexicans — got flown back
to their homelands.
Now, under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies announced Tuesday
by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants might be dumped
over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties
while their asylum claims or deportation proceedings are heard in the
United States. U.S. officials didn't say what Mexico would be expected
to do with them.
31 Years Since Last Tax Overhaul
President Donald Trump has promised the most comprehensive overhaul of
the tax system since 1986. That was when a Republican president joined
forces with a Democratic House of Representatives and a Republican
Senate to lower personal income-tax rates and simplify a messy and
outdated tax system.
Today, Republicans control both houses of Congress as well as the White
House. Democrats agree with them that the system has once again become
messy and outdated. So in theory it should be easier to reach agreement
now than it was then.
Forget that theory. Passing tax reform this year will be a much tougher
slog than it was 30 years ago, or than Republicans expect it to be
LePen Wins Over Women Voters Who Feel Left Behind in France
French women are starting to picture their next president as a divorced mother of three.
The anti-euro, anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen has been playing
up her gender as she seeks to convert a likely first-round victory into
an overall majority in the run-off on May 7 -- and it’s paying off. The
48-year-old National Front leader has already rallied some 2 million
additional female voters to her cause since her last run for president
in 2012 and she’s betting more will follow.
“Women are the key,” said Nonna Meyer, a researcher at the Sciences Po
institute in Paris who has studied the National Front for 25 years.
“These women often abstain and now they are backing Le Pen to protect
their jobs and their security.”
Trump Would Reconsider Bannon's Role on NSC
The White House said Tuesday that President Donald Trump would
reconsider Stephen Bannon's role on the National Security Council if
Trump's new national security adviser has an issue with it, The Wall
Street Journal reported.
Trump on Monday appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national
security adviser, and Bannon's place at the table at NSC has been widely
condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike.
"The president has made clear to (McMaster) he's got full authority to
structure the national security team the way he wants," said White House
press secretary Sean Spicer, adding that if McMaster wanted Bannon off
NSC, "the president would take that under high — you know, serious
consideration," the WSJ reported.
China Finishing South China Sea Buildings That Could House Missiles
Waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
China, in an early test of President Donald Trump, has nearly
finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in
the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range
surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.
The development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the
United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on
China in the South China Sea.
China claims almost all the waters, which carry a third of the world's
maritime traffic. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam
also have claims. Trump's administration has called China's island
building in the South China Sea illegal.
IG Audit: $1B in Social Security Paid to People With no SSN
Over a 10-year
period, the Social Security Administration (SSA) paid out $1 billion in
benefits to individuals with no social security number, according to an
Inspector General's audit.
The agency's IG
found 22,426 representative payees — a proxy for folks who can't manage
the benefits themselves — who did not have a social security number.
unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about
$182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do
not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection," the
inspector general wrote.
How not to embarrass Oscar
A reminder to the winners that their politics make rest of us cringe
When you give
your acceptance speeches, thank your publicist, limo driver,
manicurist, masseuse, day nanny, night nanny and weekend nanny. Your
attorney Marty Singer for killing that salacious National Enquirer
story. Thank your spouse, children, middle school drama teacher. Your
astrologist and psychologist. Thank your pool boy and gardener,
accountants, assistants, Pilates teacher, hot yoga instructor,
teeth-whitening dentist and most of all, Bosley and Botox.
You can even thank Wolfgang Puck for naming a pizza after you.
But please, stay off politics.
Rousting the anti-Flynn cabal
McMaster won’t allow the Obama moles to escape unscathed
anti-Trump media war, it is nearly impossible to keep the names
straight without a scorecard. Barely had Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s name
faded from the news cycle than he was replaced by H.R. McMaster,
another lieutenant general most Americans have never heard of. Will
this latest general be any more fortunate than his predecessor? Only if
he can overcome the frenzied machinations of the Obama deep state.
When I wrote in
these pages last week that the attack against my friend and former
Washington Times colleague Monica Crowley was not plagiarism but little
more than a crude media “hit job,” the first congratulatory note to
arrive was from Gen. Flynn. Both of us tacitly recognized that the
earlier assault on Ms. Crowley — his prospective deputy — was nothing
more than a preliminary assault on him. Sure enough, only hours later
he entered that same crucible himself, a fate that had been prepared
with exquisite cunning by deep-state enemies who were determined to
punish an upstart maverick.
If you were
naive enough to believe either the grim media headlines or the
push-me-pull-you spin doctors at the Trump White House, then you may
have also missed Richard Pollock’s instant replay in the Daily Caller:
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
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.
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.
Archives: Geoff Metcalf/NewsMax January 14, 2010
Plunging Approval Shouldn't Surprise Democratic Bullies
By Geoff Metcalf
Reasonable people can disagree (or should be able to) reasonably when
they honestly consider facts that may contradict their preconceived
opinions and prejudices.
However, unfortunately, especially in the partisan environment of
politics, reason, honest analysis, and fairness too quickly become
victims of the “us-vs.-them” thing. Politics has become a blood sport
in which the only golden rule is “the team with the gold makes the
Politicians who were elected to represent the best interests,
wants, and desires of their constituents morph into petty,
agenda-driven competitors quick to eschew reason for partisanship.
Sadly, this axiomatic reality is universal and not exclusive to any one
Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise. However, it
increasingly has become a blood sport personifying the absolute worse
elements of abuse of power under the color of authority.
President Barack Obama, a year after promising "change" and a
tsunami of bipartisan cooperation, now reluctantly admits that he has
not succeeded in bringing the country together. In a recent People
magazine interview, the president begrudgingly acknowledged an
atmosphere of divisiveness that has washed away the lofty national
feeling surrounding his inauguration a year
"That's what's been lost this year. . . that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said.
"What I haven't been able to do in the midst of this crisis is
bring the country together in a way that we had done in the
inauguration," he said, referring to last Jan. 20, when hundreds of
thousands flooded into Washington to see him sworn in as America's
first black president. . . before reality and buyer's remorse.
The simple reality is that Obama has failed because he and his
party's leadership (or, critics will argue, LACK of leadership) have
failed — failed to do what they said they would do, and failed to do
anything the "way" they promised.
Notwithstanding lofty eloquence, consensus, and "unity" cannot be
mandated by imperial decree. Partisan acrimony is not and cannot be
bridled by harangue, bullying, or bludgeon. Politics is the art of
compromise, and the facts in evidence demonstrate that this
administration and this Democrat-led Congress have not been disposed to
engage in compromise.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/2/have-hillary-clintons-scandals-topped-richard-nixo/
Rather, the Democrats have embraced a ham-fisted, "our-way-or-the-highway" forced imposition of their will.
Now, in the wake of spelunking poll numbers, rampant buyer's remorse,
and a previously unimagined nostalgia for the Carter administration,
Democrats seem shocked, amazed, and confused that more than half the
country not only does not approve of what they are trying to do but
also dislikes how they are doing it.
Blaming the dark sky and coming ice age on Bush (or Reagan or
Nixon or Eisenhower or Lincoln) is a worn-out dog that flat-out ain't
When Mr. Cool was promising "change," little did anyone assume
that change might result in a Republican's winning Teddy Kennedy's
Senate seat. (But that could happen, and soon.)
It is a sad reality that, at the same time our military
significantly has improved the quality of the U.S. troops who serve,
the civilian leadership and politicians have regressed to a level
reminiscent of uneducated feudal bullies.
The military is smarter, more fit, better equipped, and as
committed as any generation from Valley Forge to Iwo Jima or Pleiku to
Bosnia. We have an all-volunteer military that is dedicated to
protecting you. Conversely, the political arena is littered with
disingenuous, duplicitous partisans who long since have abandoned their
constituents for the next political victory (and/or pork-laden earmark).
I recently re-read Robert Humphrey's "Living Values for a New
Millennium" in preparation for a seminar entitled "Clarifying American
Core Values" in February.
In a 1997 speech before professor Humphrey passed away, he said
that top leadership, in both our civilian or military government, is
afraid even to discuss this apparent decisive need for new thinking
both at home and overseas. Thirteen years ago, he observed that the
news media and public opinion polls advise, "The people sense a moral
bankruptcy in Washington" with a bickering inability in government to
face these deeper problems.
Wherever you go, you are little bit safer because of the military and
yet more at risk because of the coat-room shenanigans of Congress.
Wherever the military sets a boot, everyone has a friend, a defender,
and a champion. However, politicians seem more concerned about the next
PAC contribution than the wants, needs, or well-being of the very
people they were elected to represent.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard once wrote, “Moral
relativism has set in so deeply that the gilded classes have become
incapable of discerning right from wrong. Everything can be explained
away, especially by journalists. Life is one great moral mush —
sophistry washed down with Chardonnay.”