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Joint Chiefs Favor 21-Day Quarantine for Troops in Ebola Countries
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is expected to accept a recommendation
by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to
quarantine for 21 days all U.S. troops returning from Ebola-stricken
countries, The New York Times reported.
An unofficial "controlled monitoring" period of 21 days for soldiers
returning from Liberia is already in place on the orders of Gen. Ray
Odierno, the Army chief of staff.
President Barack Obama said that it was "sensible, based in science" for
the civilian medical workers not to face quarantines so that volunteers
would not be discouraged from heading to Africa. "They are doing God's
work," Obama said Tuesday, the Times reported.
State Department plans to bring foreign WEbola patients to U.S.?
The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected
doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an
internal department document that argued the only way to get other
countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the
U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.
Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac
assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to
join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department
argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The
Australia becomes first developed nation to shut borders...
CONFUSION: Obama assails quarantines...
LAWYER: Maine Nurse Refusing To Observe Quarantine Order...
COPS: NYC Ebola doc lied about movements...
Father sues for discrimination after Ebola fears keep daughter from school...
Hagel considers isolation for ALL TROOPS deployed to W Africa...
Obama White House bothered, bewildered and on the ropes
The days dwindle down to a precious few, and the White House continues
to be bewitched, bothered and bewildered. The gang that can’t shoot
straight keeps banging away. A lot of feet at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are
riddled with holes.
The Republicans demonstrated remarkable discipline in this campaign,
committing few mistakes and this time saying a minimum of silly and
destructive things, standing aside while Barack Obama and his befuddled
legion make their incompetence a centerpiece of the campaign. The
Republicans have finally taken to heart the ancient wisdom that when
your opponent is shooting himself, be kind, considerate and helpful.
Stay out of his way.
NASA: No danger to space steation after supply rocket blows up
An Orbital Sciences Corp. Antares rocket making only its fifth flight
exploded seconds after launch from the Virginia coast Tuesday, erupting
in a spectacular fireball and destroying an uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship
in a disheartening failure for NASA's commercial space station resupply
The mishap occurred about 15 seconds after liftoff from the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility as the
139-foot-tall two-stage rocket climbed away on the power of its two
Russian-built first-stage engines.
Shocking Harvard poll: Millennial voters want GOP in charge, abandon Obama
University on Wednesday provided new proof that the Democrats are going
to be broadsided in Tuesday’s national elections as millennial voters,
in a shocking shift, now prefer a Republican-controlled Congress and
give President Obama his second lowest grade ever.
A new and
massive poll of 2,029 18- to 29-year-olds from Harvard’s Institute of
Politics just released found that of those who say they will
“definitely be voting,” 51 percent want the GOP in charge, 47 percent
favoring Democratic control.
Because the numbers are close, however, Harvard said the kid vote is “up for grabs.”
Joe Biden, Top Obama Officials Get Cheap Family Vacations at Federal Log Cabin
Joe Biden, his wife and 11 other family members spent four nights on
vacation this August at a lakeside log cabin overlooking the snowcapped
peaks of Mount Moran in Grand Teton National Park.
four-bedroom Brinkerhoff Lodge, where they stayed, is owned and
operated by the National Park Service. Under a policy adopted in 1992,
after controversy over VIPs using the cabin for vacations, the National
Park Service banned purely recreational activities by federal employees
at the property, restricting its use to “official purposes.” But in
recent years, the park service has interpreted that same rule so
broadly as to again allow senior officials to take cheap vacations in
Grand Teton with friends and family.
the park, Biden held no events, kept no public schedule, and his staff
initially declined to answer a reporter’s question about where he spent
the night. Last week, after TIME uncovered documents confirming his
stay at the lodge, Biden’s office said the Vice President planned to
personally reimburse the park $1,200 for “renting the Brinkerhoff” for
his family’s vacation.
Nurse in Ebola Quarantine Flap Says She Won't Obey Maine's Isolation Rules
Kaci Hickox Says She Will Go to Court if Restrictions Aren’t Removed by Thursday
The Maine nurse
who traveled to West Africa to care for Ebola patients said Wednesday
that she won’t self-quarantine for 21 days, setting up a possible legal
battle with Maine, which asserted Tuesday that it has the right to
impose quarantines on residents potentially exposed to the virus.
“Good Morning America” from Maine, 33-year-old Kaci Hickox said, “If
these restrictions are not removed for me by tomorrow morning, Thursday
morning, I will go to court.”
She said she remains “really concerned by these mandatory quarantine policies for aid workers.”
Yellen's Declaration Of Non-Independence
For as long as
I can remember, every Federal Reserve chairman, of either party, has
fought vigorously to defend the Fed’s independence from the political
arms of government.
And for good
reason. The president and legislators face elections every two to six
years, and have trouble thinking beyond the next campaign. But since
the United States is a going concern that expects to stay open for
business indefinitely, we want our central bank to maximize our
economic performance over the long term, with the lightest possible
demands for short-term results.
set out these short-term demands very explicitly: The Fed has a dual
mandate, enshrined in American law, to try to achieve full employment
while maintaining price stability. In contrast, take for example the
mandate of Germany’s central bank, which is essentially only to
maintain price stability – a policy it has tried to export to the
European Central Bank ever since joining the eurozone.
The deal is
pretty simple. The Fed’s job is to create the biggest possible pie.
Elected officials get to decide how the pie should be distributed and
Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s recent speech, “Perspectives on Inequality
and Opportunity From the Survey of Consumer Finances,” betrayed a lack
of appreciation for this straightforward division of labor and the
sensible policies behind it.
Assessing Common Core
The education leviathan is bad for everyone
Common Core is
bad for students, and it’s bad for teachers, parents and state and
local autonomy. It is a federal intrusion and all-encompassing
leviathan that legally should not be allowed to stand, let alone wrap
its tentacles around students from kindergarten until they graduate
from high school and head to college.
There is no
evidence national standards increase student achievement. Even if there
were, we should not be using these particular standards. The Common
Core State Standards are academically mediocre at best, according to
professors, curriculum experts, child psychologists and many teachers.
That is especially true for the younger grades — specifically, K-3 —
where a mountain of information will be hammered into these young
students even though there is evidence such practices do not lead to
academic gains that last as students get older.
Obama's phony foreign-aid reform
The president boosts aid spending rather than fixing its flaws
Four years ago,
President Obama promised in a United Nations speech to “change the way
we do business” with foreign aid and “seek partners who want to build
their own capacity to provide for their people.” A year earlier,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complained that “a lot of these aid
programs don’t work” and lamented their “heartbreaking” record of
failure. However, Mr. Obama, like numerous prior presidents, is more
devoted to boosting aid spending than to fixing its flaws.
The Agency for
International Development (AID), the largest foreign-aid bureaucracy,
was caught last week massively suppressing audit reports revealing
waste, fraud and abuse. More than 400 negative findings were deleted
from a sample of 12 draft audit reports, The Washington Post reported.
In one case, more than 90 percent of the negative findings were
expunged before the report was publicly released. Acting Inspector
General Michael Carroll buried the embarrassing audit findings because
he “did not want to create controversy as he awaited Senate
confirmation to become the permanent inspector general,” according to
some AID auditors.
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