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--Geoff Metcalf

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World & National

Israel warns 100,000 Gaza civilians to evacuate as strikes intensify

After the Hamas rejected ceasefire, forcing Jerusalem to resume fire, Israel has now vowed to continue with its Operation Protective Edge until it was in complete control of the Gaza Strip, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a press conference as per the Haaretz.

Israeli military sources have reportedly warned 100,000 Gazans to evacuate the area as Israel is set to intensify strikes in wake of the ceasfire collapse.

"This morning, we dropped leaflets warning civilians in Gaza to move away from Hamas terrorists before IDF strikes," the Army said.



Feds to Open $50 Million Resort for Illegals
                      palm aire resort

Welcome to America!

The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens.

The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.

The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco, Texas where the hotel is located. Weslaco is a few miles north of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County.

The resort hotel for illegal alien children is reportedly the ‘first in the nation’.
Homeless Upset with LA Mayor
House Dems push Amnesty for Illegals: 'America's Doors are Open


Most Americans Give Obama Failing Grade on Immigration Crisis


Nearly 6 out of every 10 Americans disapprove of the way that President Barack Obama is handling the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, a new poll shows.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 58 percent of Americans, including 54 percent of Latinos, are disappointed with his policies on the surge of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them children, across the southern border.

Only 1 in 3 Americans, 33 percent, say they support the actions that Obama is taking to prevent the floods of illegals and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

The results are seen as a political setback for Obama who was re-elected two years ago with 71 percent support from Latino voters, according to The Washington Post.



Maryland Gov. O'Malley Refuses to Shelter Border Kids


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has angered the White House by balking at plans to shelter illegal immigrant children at a facility in his state, Politico reported.

The Democratic governor, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told the Obama administration that it should not send any undocumented kids to an empty former Army Reserves Center in Westminster, Maryland.

His request came just hours after he had warned the government that deporting unaccompanied children would be sending them home to "certain death."



Cheney: Obama Is 'The Worst President Of My Lifetime'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was born in 1941, thinks President Barack Obama is the country's worst commander-in-chief of his lifetime.

"I think he is the worst president of my lifetime. I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he's doing a lot of things wrong," Cheney said Tuesday on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Cheney made the critical remarks when he was asked about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's call for Obama's impeachment. Cheney said such efforts would be a "distraction" but praised Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against the president.

"Jimmy Carter might have been a better president than Barack Obama, and I didn't think I'd ever say that," said Cheney.



CDC chief: Anthrax gaffe 'should never have happeneded'

How could one of the world's most prestigious public health agencies mishandle live anthrax and unknowingly contaminate other specimens with a dangerous strain of bird flu?

That question was at the core of a hearing Wednesday before an oversight subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., said issues of lab safety appear to be systemic at CDC, based on numerous reports issued by government watchdogs over the years. He called the most recent incident at the agency "sloppy" and "inexcusable."



UK Police Arrest 660 Suspected Pedophiles


UK police have arrested 660 alleged pedophiles following a six-month investigation. The suspects include doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers.

The UK’s National Crime Agency said Wednesday that the operation occurred across the UK and involved 45 separate police forces. The agency estimated that over 400 children have been protected as a result.

The operation, which was kept secret until the arrests were made, involved targeting those accessing pedophilic images online. A total of 39 of those arrested were registered sex offenders though the vast majority was unknown to the police. Those who have been charged are accused of a range of crimes, from possessing indecent images of children to serious sexual abuse.



Assad inaugura
ted to 3rd term
     

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared victory over those who had sought to overthrow him as he embarked Wednesday on a third term in office, buoyed by a growing extremist threat in the region that has helped cement his hold on power.

With extremists rampaging across neighboring Iraq and the focus of Western powers shifting to containing terrorism, a relaxed and confident Assad made it clear that he no longer perceives a challenge to his 14-year-old presidency, now extended by another seven years after a tightly controlled election last month.

Addressing lawmakers and officials at his inauguration, Assad said that the carnage unleashed by the Syrian war proved right his warning that the revolt against him was a terrorist conspiracy and that those who supported the efforts to oust him will suffer consequences.



CBO Report: Deficit to Skyrocket to Historic World War II Highs


The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the federal deficit will skyrocket in coming years to levels unseen since World War II, even though the White House reported last week that the deficit this year was at its lowest of the Obama presidency.

"Deficits are projected to rise steadily and, by 2039, to push federal debt held by the public up to a percentage of GDP seen only once before in U.S. history," just after World War II, the nonpartisan agency said in a report issued Tuesday, according to Politico.



Sens. Ayotte, Fischer: Stop Distorting Hobby Lobby Decision


Nothing in the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling denies a woman access to birth control, and attempts to misrepresent the facts of the case and its impact on women are divisive and damaging, say New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer.

In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, the Republican lawmakers say that the decision was less about restricting birth control and more about upholding America's "centuries-old tradition of religious liberty."

"In the days since the Supreme Court's June 30 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, we have been troubled by those who seem eager to misrepresent both the facts of the case and the impact of its ruling on women — all to divide Americans and score political points in a tough election year," the women wrote.



Global 'tranquility', Obama-style

The pablum from the White House is beginning to turn stomachs

If anyone needs further evidence the White House is out touch with reality, it came in an official statement this week that President Obama has made the world a more tranquil place.

This was the White House’s exaggerated response to a well-documented, front-page Wall Street Journal story that concluded, “the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.”

The article also charged that under this administration, “U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous.”



Republicans exercise in futility

Suing, impeaching Obama would be counterproductive

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate?

With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service cover-ups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats’ troubles.


Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since 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 Photo

CARPENTER, WILLIAM KYLE
Rank: Lance Corporal
U.S. Marine Corps
Citation

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

Let Slip the Dogs of War.

On a Short Leash?
By Geoff Metcalf
November 5, 2003


"Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing.
We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love the Army. Metcalfs have served in the Army since before we officially had one. However, I am apoplectic over the chairborne- politically correct cancer-brain flatulence, which reportedly intends to excoriate Lt. Col. Allen B. West for doing his job and saving lives.

The Army has myopically filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned attack on U.S. soldiers. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20031028-113335-6042r.htm.

Col. West did not torture or physically harm the Iraqi detainee. He did used psychological pressure to scare the snot out of the bad guy. And it worked! After twice firing his service weapon away from the wannabe terrorist (who was an Iraqi police officer) the detainee talked and gave up the information on a planned attack.

Lives were saved and now some uniformed bureaucrats back in the rear with the gear want to destroy the life of a combat leader. It is enough to gag maggots.

When Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan interrogates a bad guy working with terrorists by shooting him in the arms and legs we cheered. When an Army officer scares an enemy in a combat zone with a loud noise they want to nail him to a wall?

The same kind of politically correct desk jockey types who are Jonesing to put women in combat, neuter fighter jocks, and impose rules of engagement for a cricket club instead of barbaric 13th century guerrillas, now seek to destroy an exceptionally effective combat leader. What is wrong with this picture?

    Col. West was with the 4th Infantry occupying areas around Tikrit (Saddam's hometown)…a real bad neighborhood infested with bad guys intent on killing him and his troops.
    An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West.
    The informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman.
    Col West had the policeman detained but interrogators couldn't get anything of substance out of him.

FM22-100 (the Army leadership manual) notes that, "Leaders are responsible for the welfare, discipline and tactical deployment of their troops."

Col. West wrote in an email, "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had to gather information and that it could get ugly…"

    He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. Apparently they pushed him around.
    After the pushing around failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol.
    "I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I fired into the weapons clearing barrel…and the next time I did it while having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in between the firing and his person.
    He said, "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." I disagree. Given the results…that saved lives, his actions were both appropriate and effective.

Unlike many politicians and corporate types with less honor and character he did not try to cover up or hide what he did. He informed his superior of his actions.

The incident resulted in the bad guy providing the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrillas.

If Col West had waited for the ambush and shot and killed the Iraqi cop, no harm/no foul. However, because he 'scared' him with an implied threat of force 'preemptively', the Army wants to destroy his life and blow off over 19 years of superior dedicated service? For what…implementing 'The Bush Doctrine' down to Battalion level?

His wife, said, "My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get where he is."

Col. West is prepared to "…accept being retired at the grade of major and paying whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to destroy me,"…BULLFEATHERS! Now, more than ever, we NEED officers like this man.

The Army's division of political correctness doesn't like West's interrogation tactic. An Article 32 hearing has been scheduled lead to the court-martial and a potential prison term of eight years. They should have given him a medal and promotion.

Some soldiers are hinky about the Army's drive to punish the officer for an interrogation technique that probably is used regularly to get information from terrorists.

There ARE consequences to what we do and don't do. For a military struggling with morale, recruiting and retention issues to do what they are to Col. West WILL exact a cost. It is a cost we cannot and should not be forced to endure.

Woodrow Wilson observed," Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise…Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are made bitter by their isolation...."

Please don't allow Col. West to "stand alone." Spread the word. There IS an election around the corner.