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Obama Pursuing Climate Accord Without Congress?
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international
climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming
fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations
summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with
diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the
world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon
pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a
legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority
of the Senate.
IMF Chief charged over graft case
IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women,
announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a
multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance
The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15
hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct,
the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed
upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary
IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying
A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being
disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a
court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a
settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had
treated her client.
The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that
Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional
Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a
personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax
Professor Bans College Students From Saying 'Bless You' in Class
One professor at the College of Coastal Georgia has banned students from saying “bless you” in his class.
Campus Reform reports that Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of
chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, pointed out his six rules
on behavior on his Introductory Physics class syllabus.
According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the
syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We
are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes.
However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is
Cease-Fire Extended, but Not on Hamas's Terms
After 50 days
of fighting that took some 2,200 lives, leveled large areas of the Gaza
Strip and paralyzed Israel’s south for the summer, Israeli and
Palestinian leaders reached an open-ended cease-fire agreement on
Tuesday that promised only limited change to conditions in Gaza and
left unresolved the broader issues underpinning the conflict.
militant Islamist faction that dominates Gaza, declared victory even
though it had abandoned most of its demands, ultimately accepting an
Egyptian-brokered deal that differs little from one proffered on the
battle’s seventh day. In effect, the deal put both sides back where
they were at the end of eight days of fighting in 2012, with terms that
called for easing but not lifting Israeli restrictions on travel, trade
and fishing in Gaza.
Netanyahu's cabinet in revolt over Gaza ceasefire
fragile coalition government is threatened by the Gaza ceasefire, which
the prime minister agreed without putting it to a vote
acceptance of an Egyptian ceasefire proposal may have temporarily ended
the war with Hamas – but the move has sparked a row within Israel's
security cabinet that now threatens the future of the country's
Over half of
Israel's cabinet members are said to have opposed the ceasefire deal
which entered into effect on Tuesday evening, with many members furious
that Mr Netanyahu opted not to bring it up to a vote.
over the ceasefire between Israel, Egypt and the Palestinians have been
going over the weekend – but during this time, Mr Netanyahu is said to
have kept his cabinet out of the loop, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
Syrian Rebels Seize Crossing Point With Golan Heights
opposition fighters in Syria, including members of an Al Qaeda
affiliate, took control of the Quneitra crossing point on the
demarcation line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, activists
said on Wednesday.
The move could
bring Islamist forces within 200 yards of territory controlled by
Israel. An activist in the area, contacted by Skype, said a coalition
of Islamists, including members of the Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, opened
an assault on the government-held crossing early Wednesday. The status
of a United Nations force that is supposed to monitor the crossing
point was unclear.
Rand Paul: Hillary's 'War Hawk' Policies Led to Beghazi Attack, Rise of ISIS
Sen. Rand Paul
(R-KY) certainly has a knack for boldness. On Sunday's Meet the Press,
he dubbed U.S. military engagement in Libya “Hillary’s war” and stated
the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) is not a result of President
Obama's inaction in the Middle East but the unintended consequence of
the U.S. military engagement in Libya.
predictably caused heads in the GOP's foreign policy establishment to
explode. The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin called the rhetorical
gambit “ludicrous” and said Paul holds the same views as his father,
the libertarian former-Rep. Ron Paul. In an email to me, John Yoo, the
former top Justice Department official in the Bush administration, said
Paul is the Republicans' “own version of George McGovern.”
Congressman: Md. Health Exchange Under Review For Possible Fraud
Congressman says subpoenas are being issued in a federal investigation
into Maryland’s health exchange. He believes there was fraud in the
system that cost taxpayers millions but didn’t work right at the start.
Andy Harris says there appears to be evidence of fraud. He is
Maryland’s only Republican in Congress and has fought Obamacare. But
this investigation—if it’s happening—is being conducted by what is
supposed to be a non-political government agency.
Border chaos: 375,000 pending immigration cases, Obama lawers AWOL
Two top federal
judges Wednesday said the nation’s immigration courts are in chaos,
with the backlog of cases at an historic high of 375,000 for just 227
judges, leading to a minimum three-year delay in hearings for illegal
to take advantage of the current crisis to demand a new court system,
the judges accused the Justice Department of treating their courts like
Cinderella’s abusive family by starving them of money and support and
blamed the insufficient Justice funding for letting illegals “linger”
in the country.
Mother Pleads to ISIS Leader for Son's Release
The mother of
an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State
released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader
for his release.
"I am sending
this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the
caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in
your hands," Sotloff said in the video, obtained by the New York Times.
"I ask you to
use your authority to spare his life and to follow the example set by
the Prophet Mohammed, who protected people of The Book (Christians and
Jews)," she said. She added that her son is an "honorable man and has
always tried to help the weak."
Bobby Jindal Suing Feds Over Common Core
Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama
administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant
money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core
Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and
federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education
standards and testing. The Republican governor says that "effectively
forces states down a path toward a national curriculum" in violation of
the state sovereignty clause in the Constitution and federal laws that
prohibit national control of education content.
A draft copy of
the lawsuit was provided to The Associated Press by the governor's
office. Jindal planned to file it Wednesday in the federal court based
in Baton Rouge.
Media earn failing grade for poor Common Core coverage
citizens want to inform themselves on one of the most important issues
in their lives — the education of their children — they would be
hard-pressed to get any significant help from the national media.
example, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision this week to file a
lawsuit against the federal government over Common Core, the set of
national educational guidelines many people have found wanting. Only a
handful of news organizations reported on Mr. Jindal’s legal action,
which maintained the Obama administration planned to nationalize public
education — an institution usually under the purview of state and local
Obama's anti-business tax agenda chasing Burger King to Canada
effort to acquire Tim Horton‘s, a Canadian purveyor of coffee and
doughnuts, is a good business decision, but its choice to locate
corporate headquarters north of the border would be the direct result
of President Obama’s anti-business tax policies.
Burger King is
a well managed global enterprise with stores in nearly 100 countries,
and half its profits earned abroad. Like rival McDonald’s, its sales
are declining, as millennials turn away from hamburgers, and it is
seeking other avenues to expand.
getting into coffee—a high margin business—in a big way, and Tim
Horton’s java knowledge offers Burger King the opportunity to do the
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.
CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with
Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st
Marine Division (Forward), 1 Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in
Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
on 21 November 2010. Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a
platoon-sized coalition force, comprised of two reinforced Marine
squads partnered with an Afghan National Army squad. The platoon had
established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in
the Marjah District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide
security for the local Afghan population. Lance Corporal Carpenter and
a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop security position on the
perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight
attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their sandbagged
position. Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for his own
safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt
to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast. When the grenade
detonated, his body absorbed the brunt of the blast, severely wounding
him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine. By his undaunted
courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the
face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal Carpenter reflected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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