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TV reporter,, photographer killed in shooting during live interview
A gunman killed
a reporter and photographer during a live interview about a local
business in Franklin County, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, according
to CNN affiliate WDBJ, the two journalists' employers.
Parker was interviewing a woman at approximately 6:45 a.m. when the shots rang out and both women screamed.
As the camera
fell to the ground, the audience got the briefest glimpse of a man who
appeared to pointing a gun toward the downed cameraman.
Vester Lee Flanagan posted video of Alison Parker, Adam Ward shooting
Police are chasing a suspect named Vester Lee Flanagan who allegedly
shot and killed a reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast in
Virginia Wednesday morning, according to multiple news reports.
Mr. Flanagan is believed to be the gunman who shot and killed WDBJ7
reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live broadcast
from Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta.
Iran nuke deal erases Obama's red lines
Iran to keep enriching uranium to abandoning “anywhere, anytime”
inspections of Tehran’s nuclear facilities, the Obama administration
has crossed many of its own red lines in the nuclear deal that will
lift tough economic sanctions on America’s longtime adversary.
2013, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said one of the requirements of
a good deal with Iran would be to “help Iran dismantle its nuclear
program.” He said it was “the whole point” of the sanctions.
But the actual
deal? It doesn’t require Iran to dismantle its nuclear program. Iran
gets to keep some of its uranium-enriching centrifuges and other
aspects of its infrastructure.
Caroline Kennedy's oversight of Japanese embassy slammed
Department’s internal watchdog leveled biting criticism at the
management style of U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy in a new
audit on Tuesday, citing “confusion among staff” and “major management
challenges” in key offices at the Tokyo embassy.
And in an echo
of the email woes plaguing former Secretary of State and 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, the
inspection by the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG)
specifically faulted Ms. Kennedy, the daughter of President John F.
Kennedy and President Obama’s personal pick for the job, and her aides
for using “personal email accounts to send and receive messages
containing official business.”
audit, which included 65 recommendations to improve operations,
identified a number of other shortcomings, including a focus by embassy
analysts on daily reporting at the expense of developing contacts in
the country; an uneven performance from diplomatic satellite offices;
and hiring levels in the political, economic and consular sections that
were “greater than [the] workload warrants.”
Donald Trump Dust Up With Univision Jorge Ramos
presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that Univision
anchor Jorge Ramos, who was escorted from a Trump press conference in
Iowa Tuesday after repeatedly trying to ask a question, was “totally
out of line” and “ranting and raving like a madman.”
“I will tell
you, he was totally out of line last night. I was asking and being
asked a question from another reporter,” Mr. Trumpsaid on NBC’s “Today”
show. “I would have gotten to him very quickly, and he stood up and
started ranting and raving like a madman, and frankly, he was out of
line, and most people, in fact most newspaper reports said I handled it
The many feuds of Donald Trump, diagrammed
challenging Donald Trump at his press conference in Iowa on Tuesday
night, Jorge Ramos became only the latest target of Donald Trump's fury
since he's been on the campaign trail. Over the course of the 71 days
that Trump has been running, he's picked fights with and picked on his
opponents, members of the media, various companies and even NASCAR.
Trump has repeatedly claimed to be "the most militaristic person ever."
If measured in willingness to start fights, he may actually have a
claim to that title.
1. Univision and NBC.
Trump's campaign began in earnest when Univision cut ties with the
businessman after his comments about Mexican immigrants during his
campaign launch. Shortly after, NBC cut ties with Trump, too --
although Trump claimed that it was he who cut ties with them. Then
there was his tiff with Ramos, who works for Univision.
2. Fox News and Megyn Kelly
After Megyn Kelly asked pointed questions of Trump during the first
Republican debate, Trump lashed out at her on social media. That
started something of a war with Fox News, and prompted Carly Fiorina to
come to Kelly's defense. (That war was reignited this week.) When Trump
made a comment about Kelly bleeding, conservative activist and blogger
Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from his conference.
Pentagon Dodges Whether Intel Was Compromised on Hillary Server
wouldn't say during a press conference on Tuesday whether top-secret
intelligence stored on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's
private email server, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, in his first press conference,
deflected questions about whether top-secret intelligence, including
photographs taken by reconnaissance satellites and aircraft, was
compromised while it was stored on Clinton's private email server.
"I think this
an issue best left to the State Department," Cook told reporters.
"They've had to address this, and also Secretary Clinton. It's not
something that I think makes sense for me to get into from right here
at this podium."
DoD manual allows journalists to be held as 'belligerents'
Department guidelines allow commanders to punish journalists and treat
them as "unprivileged belligerents" if they believe journalists are
sympathizing or cooperating with the enemy.
The Law of War
manual, updated to apply for the first time to all branches of the
military, contains a vaguely worded provision that military commanders
could interpret broadly, experts in military law and journalism say.
Commanders could ask journalists to leave military bases or detain
journalists for any number of perceived offenses.
White House walks back Obama's 'crazies' comment
The White House
on Tuesday backed away from President Obama’s assertion that opponents
of his agenda are “crazies” standing in the way of progress.
made the remarks during a Las Vegas Democratic fundraiser Monday night,
and the president also used the occasion to sing the praises of
retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. The
“crazies” comment was well received at the party fundraiser, but
administration officials Tuesday were forced to concede that the
president may have been too careless with his rhetoric.
a few weeks away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, the
president came back from vacation and was remarking with Sen. Reid on
the challenges they face this fall. And he may have been a little flip
in his language, but we have seen Republicans do wildly irresponsible
things in the past,” White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz
told reporters traveling aboard Air Force One.
Draft Biden On Track to Be Up in 50 States By Next Week
President Joe Biden intensifies his preparations for a potential
presidential campaign, the super-PAC urging his run is expanding its
staffing and operations and will have a presence in every U.S. state by
next week, organizers said.
already has volunteers on the ground in 46 states and the District of
Columbia, and volunteer operations will be in place in the remaining
states — Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming — by the end of
August, according to a Draft Biden aide who spoke on condition of
anonymity. The aide, who was not authorized to make a statement, also
said more than 250,000 people have signed on to the effort. The
organization is seeking endorsements from local officials in key
states, as well as from previous donors to the 2008 and 2012
Obama-Biden campaigns and Democrats who have supported Hillary Clinton
in the past. The group aims to raise as much as $3 million by the end
of September in order to support Biden's efforts if he decides to run.
He is expected to announce his plans by Oct. 1.
An authentic alternative to Hillary Clinton
Joe Biden’s shoot-from-the-lip appeal could prevail
“You can observe a lot by just watching” — Yogi Berra or Joe Biden?
fixation on the largest Republican field of presidential candidates in
history misses the very real crisis Democrats are facing as their
slam-dunk nominee’s campaign unravels before their eyes. A year ago
virtually everyone agreed that Hillary Rodham Clinton would not only be
easily nominated, but was the odds-on favorite to succeed President
Obama. Now with the FBI on her tail, a string of less than inspiring
appearances and interviews and polls showing her fading, Democrats are
faced with the question of what to do if her campaign collapses.
A little nuclear help from its friends
Iran’s ‘breakout’ is imminent thanks to a roguish cabal
Since 1979, a
cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a
robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy
system. This cabal is mainly comprised of Russia, China and North
Korea. Since sanctions began being placed on Iran in 1979, with more
added since, Iran still had enough free reign to develop its
capabilities despite the sanctions regime because of this cabal. All
the moving parts are in place, the material is there, and this means
they are already nuclear — “breakout” is imminent now.
period, North Korea had evaded sanctions, and like Iran, lied, cheated
and broke virtually every agreement it ever signed with the United
Nations. Now North Korea is a nuclear weapons power, and we believe
Iran has already achieved the same end. Each had created hidden
facilities, but only North Korea has actually tested weapons fully.
Because Iran has to date only detonated trigger devices that does not
mean the mullahs do not have weapons capability now — they certainly
have enough material.
Medal of Honor
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.
VERSACE, HUMBERT R.
Organization: U.S. Army
Date of Issue: 07/08/2002
Captain Humbert R. Versace
distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29
October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor,
Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of
Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol
engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province,
Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar,
automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly
and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted
capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure
of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he
exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered
into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his
fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation
and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to
escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his
wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.
During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated
prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time,
and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break
his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United
States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was
executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's
gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding
courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon
himself 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