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3 Americans Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Attack
This Is A Religious War
Two Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking
worshippers praying inside with meat cleavers and a gun, and killing
four people before they were killed in a shootout with police, officials
Three of the victims — Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine, Moshe Twersky —
were dual American-Israeli citizens, a police official confirmed to CBS
News. The fourth, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, was a dual British-Israeli
citizen. All four were also rabbis.
RABBIS' MURDER IN SYNAGOGUE PUTS JERUSALEM CLOSE TO BRINK...
SCENE 'FROM HOLOCAUST'...
GUN CONTROLS EASED IN ISRAEL FOR SELF-DEFENSE...
PALESTINIANS CELEBRATE IN STREETS...
Residents fear worst still to come...
BIBI: We will 'respond harshly'...
Orders demolition of terrorists' homes...
Attacks pose new challenges for security forces...
Israeli tourist attacked in Brooklyn...
'Dirty bloody Jew'...
NYPD Steps Up Patrols...
Obama to announce immigration order n Las Vegas Friday
President Barack Obama plans
to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address
immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed.
Another source familiar with
the situation told CNBC that Obama could yet give "30,000 feet" outline
of an immigration order on Thursday and add detail in Las Vegas on
The president has been long
expected to make an announcement that would protect up to five million
unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation and provide work
Obama asked for $3.7 billion
to address the border crisis. The Republican-controlled House of
Representatives, however, passed a measure that only gave Obama a
fraction of what he sought and made it easier to deport the young
migrants arriving at the border, a provision opposed by Democrats and
immigration advocates. In the end, Congress adjourned without a final
FBI Warns Ferguson Decision 'Will Likely' Lead to Violence by Extremists Protesters
As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face
charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the
FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the
decision “will likely” lead some extremist protesters to threaten and
even attack police officers or federal agents.
Peaceful protesters could be caught in the middle, and electrical
facilities or water treatment plants could also become targets. In
addition, so-called “hacktivists” like the group “Anonymous” could try
to launch cyber-attacks against authorities.
“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be
exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law
enforcement and critical infrastructure,” the FBI says in an
intelligence bulletin issued in recent days. “This also poses a threat
to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally
Here Is the True Story of Michael Brown
Police set 'rules of engagement'...
Militant group offers cash rewards for 'location' of officer...
'If You Do Not Have A Gun, Get One Soon'...
CLAIM: Muslim groups seek to co-opt Ferguson protests...
Liberal 'hell no' caucus rises
The defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate marked a major show of muscle for next year’s new hell-no caucus: liberals.
Liberal Senate Democrats united to block the controversial project, even
though their imperiled Democratic colleague Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
begged them not to at a Democratic Caucus lunch on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a remarkable move for a group that has stood behind Majority
Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over the years, as he sought to protect
vulnerable moderates, like Landrieu and some of her now-ousted
colleagues, from taking tough votes on divisive environmental, health
care and social issues.
Union Leaders say Democrats Are Lost
Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday, in a
vote that reverberated from Louisiana, where a key senator’s career is
now likely doomed, to the broader national Democratic Party, where
environmentalists have emerged triumphant in a divisive internal battle
with labor unions.
The Keystone vote took on symbolism far beyond the small impact on
American crude supplies and the slight effect expected on gas prices.
Environmentalists drew lines and dared moderate and conservative
Democrats to cross it. In the end, most were unwilling to defy the
ascendant movement, and it marked a key moment in the climate change
The vote fell one shy of the 60 needed to overcome the filibuster, with
14 Democrats joining all 45 Republicans in backing the project.
Traditional blue-collar labor unions, though, desperately sought the
pipeline’s approval, saying it was a test of whether the Democratic
Party could be trusted on jobs.
“The majority of Democrats in the Senate and the White House just don’t
get it, even though the recent election results surely should have sunk
in by now. They have lost their way, their purpose and their base,” said
Laborers’ International Union of North America President Terry
Under Obama, US personal freedom ranking slips below France
Americans' assessments of their personal freedom have significantly
declined under President Obama, according to a new study from the
Legatum Institute in London, and the United States now ranks below 20
other countries on this measure.
The research shows that citizens of countries including France, Uruguay,
and Costa Rica now feel that they enjoy more personal freedom than
As the Washington Examiner reported this morning, representatives of the
Legatum Institute are in the U.S. this week to promote the sixth
edition of their Prosperity Index. The index aims to measure aspects of
prosperity that typical gross domestic product measurements don’t
include, such as entrepreneurship and opportunity, education, and social
Senate Set for 'Ugly' GOP Rift Over NSA Bill
The controversial bill blocking mass phone surveillance by the National
Security Agency may cause an “ugly” rift in the GOP when it is
introduced in the Senate again next year, The Hill reported.
The legislation, the USA Freedom Act sponsored by Vermont Democrat Sen.
Patrick Leahy, came up two votes short on Tuesday of the 60 votes needed
to advance in the Senate.
The vote was largely along party lines, with 41 Republicans and just one
Democrat opposing it. The Republican-controlled House had previously
passed a version of the bill, which could limit the NSA's surveillance
powers over Americans.
When the bill resurfaces under a GOP-run Senate in 2015, the battle
lines are likely to be drawn between potential GOP presidential
candidates Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen.
Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Liberal Writer Now Worries About Obamacare
A week ago, liberal writer Brian Beutler urged Obamcare supporters to
stop panicking over the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a new case
against President Obama’s legacy legislation. Now, he is alarmed.
Beutler admits he is worried over the growing scandal created by
Jonathan Gruber, an economics professor widely credited with crafting
the Affordable Care Act and bragging that Democrats lied to get it
"'Grubergate' Is Giving the Supreme Court Cover to Destroy Obamacare,"
read the headline this week over his latest article on the healthcare
debate in the leading leftist magazine, The New Republic.
In New GOP House, Committee Chairs Go Mostly to Men
The victories of the midterm elections swept in a diverse new class of
GOP freshman, but the House Republican committee leadership due to be
appointed Wednesday is almost exclusively male and white.
The Republican Steering Committee announced its recommendations Tuesday
after convening all day to select the heads of 17 committees.
The panel consists of the elected leadership, top committee chairmen,
and regional representatives who interview candidates and vote on who
they think should be granted chairmanships.
Jon Stewart to Pelosi: You're as 'Politically Craven' as Any Man
When House Democrats refused to alter the rules last week so Rep. Tammy
Duckworth could vote by proxy they said it was because it could begin a
slippery slope of other requests.
But "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart said Tuesday he believes something else is to blame.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, he said, has received an award from
National Partnership for Women and Families "for her leadership in
fighting for working women," and once filed a friend-of-the-court brief
for a woman whose employer wouldn't work with her to keep her on the job
during her pregnancy.
"You are suppressing the vote of a minority pregnant woman who is a
wounded war veteran. She is everything you supposedly stand for stuffed
into one individual. She is a Democratic demographic turduckworth,"
"And that's how the precedent was set that a woman leader could be every
bit as politically craven as her male counterparts," Stewart said.
Stupidity reconsidered: The election proved Americans aren't fooled by Gruber and Obanma
set off a firestorm of controversy, at least in the conservative media,
with the recent revelation of his comments about the “stupidity of the
American people,” which allowed the Affordable Care Act to be passed.
In essence, he admitted that the bill was written in a way that would
allow its purveyors to characterize it as the cure-all and salvation
for a health care system that was in trouble, with no danger of their
deception being discovered by a populace that was trusting and naive.
never intended for his comments to make it into the public sphere and
did not consider the fact that someone is always recording on their
'Put up or shut up time': America expects the Republicans to match big talk with action
Phil Gramm, an
avid waterfowler, and I were sitting in a duck blind on Maryland’s
Eastern Shore waiting for the birds to fly and discussing conservatism,
politics and the Senate. After analyzing a few of his colleagues, the
senator from Texas asked me, “What are the four most dangerous words a
senator can utter on the Senate floor?”
I had no idea.
He smiled and answered his own question. They are, he declared, “I have
an idea.” They are dangerous, he claimed, because “half of your
colleagues will dive under their desks, and some will simply flee and
could, in their headlong rush for the doors, knock you over.” The
Senate — or the House, for that matter — haven’t changed since the
Texan left, but it is high time they do.
successful political movements, as Harvard’s Daniel Yergin observes in
his “Commanding Heights,” begin, win and (more importantly) hold power
based not on organizational prowess or attacks on their adversaries,
but on their ideas. When they lose faith in or replace those ideas with
empty rhetoric, their hold on power atrophies.
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