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Court rules Obama must rewrite pollution rules
President Obama’s environmental agenda suffered another loss in court
Tuesday when a federal appeals panel ordered the administration to
rewrite rules limiting cross-state pollution.
In its ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
affirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air
Pollution Rule, meant to stop upwind states from producing pollution
that drifts into neighboring states and pushes them out of compliance
with federal standards. But while the court upheld the plan itself, the
judges said the EPA’s limits on 13 states, mostly in the South and
Midwest, were far too strict and must be redone.
Earth Will Only Have 12 Hours to Prepare for Massive Solar Storm
Trains will be disrupted, power will go out, satellite signals will go
wonky - that’s what we have to look forward to when the sun next has a
melt down, and we’re unlikely to get more than 12 hours warning.
In a new government document, the Department of Business, Innovation and
Skills has laid out its Space Weather Preparedness Strategy, outlining
the risks of unsettled space weather as well as what it plans to do
The document explains that the worst case scenario is a ‘coronal mass
ejection’ - huge eruptions on the sun which cause parts of its corona to
detach. The corona is the pearly glow around the sun that you can only
usually see during a total solar eclipse, made up of plasma and rarefied
John Boehner coup: Motion to oust House Speaker
Tea party champion Rep. Mark Meadows filed a motion Tuesday to oust
House Speaker John A. Boehner from his leadership post, escalating the
feud between a faction of conservative lawmakers and the Republican
Mr. Meadows, North Carolina Republican, filed a motion to “vacate the
chair,” which could force a no-confidence vote by the full chamber and
result in the removal of Mr. Boehner as speaker.
Judge threatens to hold Obama's lawyers in contempt over Lerner's IRS emails
A federal judge rebuked the Obama administration’s IRS Wednesday
for refusing to divulge documents, including Lois G. Lerner emails, and
warned he would hold those who break his orders in contempt.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called the administration’s defense
“nonsensical” and said the IRS must release documents every Monday to
Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that requested
the documents under open-records laws, and then sued after the IRS
Newly recovered Lois Lerner emails shows IRS tried to cover up tea party targeting
The IRS sent
one of its intrusive scrutiny letters to a nonprofit group in order to
throw up a smokescreen and prevent the group from complaining to
Congress about poor treatment, according to one of Lois G. Lerner’s
apparently lost emails, which were recovered by auditors and released
by an interest group Tuesday.
which sued to force the production of the Lerner emails, said the
emails confirm that Ms. Lerner, the central figure in the targeting
probe, and her colleagues were aware of the sensitive nature of the
cases but appeared to hide details of the massive backlog they were
amassing as they held up hundreds of tea party and conservative group
applications for nonprofit status.
John Kerry grilled over nuclear deal
Lawmakers stress lack of trust in Iran
record of evading and concealing its nuclear programs from U.N.
inspectors hung like a specter over Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as
Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top administration officials
faced their second sharp grilling in as many weeks from lawmakers
weighing whether to support the Iranian nuclear deal.
The question of
how the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency,
will truly be able to verify that Iran is not secretly pursuing nuclear
weapons took center stage — with the House Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman Edward R. Royce, California Republican, questioning early in a
hearing on the nuclear accord whether Tehran has “earned the right to
Fox News tweaks debate rules to allow more candidates to participate
candidates in the crowded Republican presidential field can now more
easily qualify for Fox News’s pre-debate debate next week in Cleveland.
multiple news outlets, Fox News is dropping the requirement that
potential candidates average 1 percent support to get into the earlier
candidate forum, which lasts one hour and starts at the much less
attractive 5 p.m. time slot on Aug. 6. Only the 10 highest-polling
candidates will appear in the 90-minute prime-time 9 p.m. main event.
The change is
expected to benefit such candidates as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal,
Sen. Lindsey Graham and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, all of whom have
struggled even to breach consistently the 1 percent mark in polling,
but who are now ensured of appearing to a national audience.
Convicted Israeli spy Johnathan Pollard wins parole
Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released in November after being
granted parole, his lawyers said Tuesday, sparking outrage in the
national security community over the man who stole so many U.S.
military secrets that he needed suitcases to deliver them.
lawyers and Obama administration officials denied that his planned
release from a federal prison in North Carolina on Nov. 21 is connected
to the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, which has infuriated
the Israelis. The administration didn’t oppose Pollard’s bid for parole.
Trump: No Debate Coach; 'I Am What I Am'
told CNN on Tuesday he has no debate coach as the first GOP
presidential debate approaches next week. Instead, he'll just be
"I am what I am," Trump told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview set to air Tuesday night.
"Romney had a
debate coach, and Obama had a debate coach," Trump said in a preview
aired on CNN's "The Situation Room." "I thought Obama was terrible, but
Romney got worse and worse every time there was a debate. By the time
they had third debate he was catastrophic."
Baptists, Mormons Both Slam Boy Scouts Over Gay Leadership
A decision by
the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay leaders was met with indignation
by the largest U.S. Protestant group on Tuesday along with criticism
from a leading gay rights group that the move did not go far enough.
percent of the roughly 100,000 U.S. Boy Scout units are sponsored by
religious institutions, and many said the Monday decision runs counter
to the moral standards set by the 105-year-old youth organization.
consummate sadness that this once vibrant organization continues to
cave to social pressure, compromising its long-held, constitutionally
protected tenets," said Roger "Sing" Oldham, a spokesman for the
Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention.
Tom Brady: I Replaced Broken Cell Phone, Not Hiding Texts
lashed out at the NFL on his Facebook page, accusing the commission
that investigated him of unfair treatment and saying he did not attempt
to destroy texts on his cell phone during the probe.
The full text of his statement is here:
I am very
disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension
against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots
organization did either.
submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is
disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a
standard that it was "probable" that I was "generally aware" of
misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did
anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of
testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.
State Spokesman Repeatedly Refuses to Answer Whether There Are 'Side Dea' Btween Iran and Nuclear Watchdog
Department spokesman John Kirby repeatedly refused to answer direct
questions from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Wednesday over whether he knew
about reported “side deals” between Iran and the nuclear watchdog
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that would not be subject to
scrutiny by Congress or the American public.
“I won’t speak
for the IAEA,” Kirby said. “What I can tell you is that all relevant
documents to this deal, certainly all those in our possession, have
been delivered to Congress. They were delivered over the weekend, and
they’ll have access to everything that we have access to.”
nuclear watchdog plays the critical role of verification in the
agreement by seeking to ensure Iran is not violating it with illicit
China's Rigged Marekts Will Ultimately Destabilize Global Capitalism
Beijing’s efforts to engineer a strong stock rally and the recent
Shanghai market collapse have had quite limited effects on western
markets, but going forward the fallout from Chinese market meddling
will likely be less benign.
Unlike western corporations, Chinese businesses are much more dependent
on bank financing than selling stock to raise capital. And ordinary
Chinese workers have more of their savings in banks and less in
equities than Americans.
Chinese banks are predominantly state owned, and funding for projects
too often reflects the goals of the State Council — a political body,
analog to a western government’s cabinet, that also sets broad
monetary, fiscal and industrial policy goals.
Reviving 'peace through strength'
Ever since the
Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamist storm troops took over Iran in
1979, the driving force of the country’s rulers has been (1) destroy
Israel; (2) establish Iran as the hegemonist of the Middle East; and
(3) drive out all Western influences from the region. Their efforts to
create a nuclear arsenal has been part of their strategy to accomplish
endless negotiations have been speed bumps, but the porous “deal”
President Obama has engineered will probably amount to no more than
another speed bump to such a determined adversar
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.
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Detachment B-56
Division: 5th Special Forces Group
BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez
United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and
extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment
B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic
of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces
Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area
west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about
confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and
routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period
of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and
requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction,
but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and
anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating
Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these
helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess
aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning
aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all
the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the
pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he
jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters
under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching
the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head.
Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team
members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an
extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members.
He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's
position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he
carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting
aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the
aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the
enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified
documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body,
Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the
abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment,
the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed.
Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds,
Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way
back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned
aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive
perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire,
he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his
weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a
buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez
mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and
directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire
and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his
thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded
team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land.
His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades
to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from
additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He
then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the
helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy
soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the
aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength
remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all
classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in
the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from
numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled
into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to
join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose
himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be
stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least
eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to
duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service,
and reflect the utmost credit on him 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