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Email bombshells from Hillary's secret accounticed-tea.html
State Department published a massive tranche of Hillary Clinton's emails Tuesday night from her days as secretary of state
Judge ordered the release in response to a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit
Tuesday's revelation covers barely 3,000 of the 55,000
pages that must go online by the end of the year; 9:00 p.m. release
suggested State Department tried to bury it
Funny moments (Clinton can't work a fax machine) vied
with imperious messages (telling aides to fetch her iced tea) and
confusing references to someone on her calendar named 'Santa'
Hillary Clinton's emails have been a subject of partisan finger-pointing
and hand-wringing since the revelation in April that she had used a
private home-brew server to store her messages during the four years she
was secretary of state.
On Tuesday the State Department released the first in a series of
document-dumps comprising about 3,000 of the 55,000 pages Clinton turned
over to State late last year.
They describe the ordinary and the shocking – everything from ordinary
meeting recaps to the involvement in the agency of Sidney Blumenthal,
Clinton's 2008 election hatchet-man who had officially been exiled from
Obama threatens to 'walk away' from Iran nuclear deal as deadlines passes
administration and its negotiating partners blew through Tuesday’s
self-imposed deadline for a major nuclear accord with Iran — prolonging
for at least another week some 20 months of exhausting and convoluted
closed-door talks that have capped more than a decade of brinkmanship
between Tehran and the West.
analysts say the deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for
sanctions relief remains in reach, the last-minute extension triggered
fresh speculation that Iran’s leaders may be dragging out the talks for
as long as the U.S. and its negotiating partners will allow before
ultimately scuttling a final accord.
Obama climate change agenda faces legal, political resistance
Obama’s legacy on health care seemingly secure after last week’s
landmark Supreme Court decision, the president’s ambitious
environmental agenda will come into sharper focus — but a host of legal
challenges and growing defiance across the country threaten his efforts
to fight climate change.
Court this week halted the administration’s mercury and air toxin
standards, part of Mr. Obama’s broader plan to reduce pollution from
U.S. power plants. In its 5-4 decision, the court said the
Environmental Protection Agency disregarded the estimated $10 billion
cost to utilities to comply with the measure.
ISIS Publishes Map of July 4th FBI Command Centers
reported Monday evening on Special Report that the FBI is setting up
command centers around the country to prepare for possible terror
attacks on the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
FOX affiliate WTTG-TV in Washington reported federal agencies have sent out warnings to police departments around the country.
On Tuesday The Gateway Pundit reported that the FBI has canceled all vacations for agents over the 4th of July weekend.
ISIS posted a map of July 4th FBI command centers on Wednesday.
The map shows the temporary command posts set up across America for the upcoming Independence Day weekend.
FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines
The FBI is
investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet
cables in California's San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year,
including one early Tuesday morning.
the latest attack disrupted Internet service for businesses and
residential customers in and around Sacramento, the state's capital.
declined to specify how significantly the attack affected customers,
citing the ongoing investigation. In Tuesday's attack, someone broke
into an underground vault and cut three fiber-optic cables belonging to
Colorado-based service providers Level 3 and Zayo.
Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions REelief
Iran to receive $11.9 billion in sanctions relief as nuclear negotiations end
officials said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank has
successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of
sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers.
The gold was
transferred to Iran by the government of South Africa, which had been
holding onto the assets due to harsh sanctions meant to pressure Tehran
to reign in its rogue nuclear program.
Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment
slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it
has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the
country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund.
failure to repay the roughly 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) to the
IMF, Greece became the first developed country to fall into arrears on
payments to the fund. The last country to do so was Zimbabwe in 2001.
Obama OKs, Expedites Huge $29M Payout to Chareston Victims
administration is fast-tracking a huge payout to the victims of the
Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, giving the families of
those slain millions more than victims from Sandy Hook, Boston, and
other mass murders.
The White House
will send $29 million to South Carolina in the wake of the June 17
shooting that left nine people dead in a historic black church,
according to a Reuters report. All of the victims were black, and it
was called a hate crime in the hours following it.
Reuters, a chunk of the $29 million — which was allocated as part of
the government's national Crime Victim Assistance Formula Grant program
— can help provide services to the families of those killed. Among the
dead was Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who also served as a South Carolina
Texas, Other States Resist Complying With Gay Marriage 'Edict'
While a host of
state officials across the country have expressed sentiments ranging
from disappointment to outrage over the Supreme Court’s ruling
legalizing gay marriage — stripping the issue from state control — some
officials are not accepting the decision without a fight.
General Ken Paxton characterized the decision as "a judge-based edict
that is not based in the law," according to CNN.
In a statement
on Friday, Paxton said "no court, no law, no rule, and no words will
change the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one
woman. Nothing will change the importance of a mother and a father to
the raising of a child. And nothing will change our collective resolve
that all Americans should be able to exercise their faith in their
daily lives without infringement and harassment."
If you Google
Bernie Sanders, some surprising poll numbers will appear, showing the
rumpled, self-described socialist gaining fast on Hillary Clinton in
the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
unlikely that the little-known Vermont senator can overtake Mrs.
Clinton, the most famous Democrat on the planet next to Barack Obama.
But recent polls show him narrowing the gap in key primary states,
after a campaign that’s only two months old.
Rand Paul's 'fair and flat' tax proposal
Paul’s flat tax plan is like a decent song in a world full of off-key
voices. It hits all the right notes, including greater simplicity,
lower rates for everyone, and a more competitive system of corporate
taxation. But it has some small details that could use fine tuning.
name, “fair and flat,” captures the big selling points of the plan
without advancing any rhetoric or agenda. The most significant policy
piece of the plan is a broad overhaul of the personal income tax. By
collapsing all of the brackets into a single 14.5 percent rate, it is
obvious that the plan will make tax filing less complicated. When
Americans are spending $400 billion and nearly 6 billion hours on
compliance, less complicated means more time and energy spent on more
productive activity. All income (wages, capital gains and dividends) is
taxed at the same rate, and the wealthy will be less likely to game the
system of loopholes to lower their effective burden.
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