World & National
- Monday September 17th, 2018
"It Is Not A Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong That Counts."
Christine Blasey Ford willing to testify about Brett Kavanaugh allegations, her lawyer says
Debra Katz, the attorney representing Christine Blasey Ford, said Monday
that her client is willing to testify before Congress about her
accusations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Ms. Katz confirmed on three morning news shows that Ms. Ford would be
willing to go on the record and have a public hearing about the sexual
assault allegations she made in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
California Democrat, and an interview with The Washington Post.
“She’s willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Ms. Katz told CNN’s “New Day” that her client has not been asked to
speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee yet. The lawyer explained
many lawmakers have statements, but not taken action.
While Ms. Ford is ready to testify, Ms. Katz said Republicans were already planning to play “hardball” with her.
Accuser's story seems to be falling apart
Writer of confidential Kavanaugh letter speaks out about her allegation of sex assault...
WHEN THEY WERE TEENS...
Lawyer History of Dismissing Claims Against Liberals, Defended Franken...
Dems call on Senate to postpone vote...
Feinstein urges FBI probe...
Brett willing to answer questions on allegations; Hires attorney...
Flooding fears surge as rivers rise; Wilmington cut off
Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas on
Sunday, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy
river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland. "The risk to
life is rising with the angry waters," Gov. Roy Cooper declared as the
storm's death toll climbed to 17.
The storm continued to crawl westward, dumping more than 30 inches (75
centimeters) of rain in spots since Friday, and fears of historic
flooding grew. Tens of thousands were ordered evacuated from communities
along the state's steadily rising rivers — with the Cape Fear, Little
River, Lumber, Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers all projected to burst their
Death Toll, Evacuations Rising...
'Worst yet to come'...
LOOTERS CAPITALIZE ON CHAOS...
Rivers record levels...
Wilmington, NC 'cut off'...
500K+ Without Power...
Truck driver rescues 64 dogs and cats...
Al Gore's claim about Hurricane Florence doused by scientists
Meteorologist Ryan Maue says Gore's assertion made 'without any evidence'
Another climate-change claim by former Vice President Al Gore is coming under fire, this one involving Hurricane Florence.
Mr. Gore said Friday that two major storms from the Atlantic and Pacific
oceans had never made landfall at the same time, referring to Hurricane
Florence, the Category 1 hurricane that struck North Carolina on
Friday, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which hit the Philippines early
He cited the storm activity on opposite sides of the globe as an example
of climate change driving unusual and extreme weather, but
meteorologist Ryan Maue was quick to dump cold water on Mr. Gore’s
assertion. “Al Gore just (fraudulently) claimed without any evidence
that we’ve never had hurricanes in both the Atlantic and Pacific making
landfall at the same time,” tweeted Mr. Maue, an adjunct scholar at the
free-market Cato Institute.
Eric Holder rips White House 'occupant' Trump, says MAGA slogan 'rooted in fear'
Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a scathing speech
Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, calling
President Trump an “occupant” of the White House whose administration is
guilty of “rampant corruption,” “stunning incompetence” and “shameful
Mr. Holder, a Democrat who served under former President Barack Obama,
said the Republican Party is “shamefully complicit” for not holding the
Trump administration accountable for its purported misdeeds, joking that
“perhaps they are just too busy figuring out how to make America great
again,” referring to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.
U.S.-born activist stabbed to death in Israel by Palestinian assailant
A Palestinian assailant on Sunday fatally stabbed a well-known Israeli settler to death Sunday at a busy mall in the West Bank.
The victim was identified as Ari Fuld, a U.S.-born activist who was
popular in the local community and an outspoken Israel advocate on
social media platforms.
The military said the attacker arrived at the mall near a major junction
in the southern West Bank, close to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc,
and stabbed the Fuld before fleeing. Video footage showed Fuld giving
chase and firing at his assailant before collapsing. Other civilians
shot the attacker, whom Israeli media identified as a 17-year-old from a
nearby Palestinian village. His condition was unclear.
Trump Lauds Tariffs as China Warns It Won't Play Defense on Trade
China will not be content to only play defense in an escalating trade
war with the United States, a widely read Chinese tabloid warned, as
U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to announce new tariffs on $200
billion in Chinese goods as early as Monday.
The United States and China have already levied duties on $50 billion
worth of each other's goods in an intensifying row that has jolted
global financial markets in the past few months.
Coke, Aurora in Talks to Make Cannabis-Infused Drinks
The world’s largest beverage company may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business.
Coca-Cola Co. says it’s monitoring the nascent industry and is
interested in drinks infused with CBD -- the non-psychoactive ingredient
in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high. The
Atlanta-based soft drinks maker is in talks with Canadian marijuana
producer Aurora Cannabis Inc. to develop the beverages, according to a
report from BNN Bloomberg Television.
“We are closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD as an
ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Coca-Cola
spokesman Kent Landers said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg News.
“The space is evolving quickly. No decisions have been made at this
time.” Landers declined to comment on Aurora.
Poland wants a U.S. military base
Ever since Russia invaded Georgia a decade ago, the world has known the Kremlin will use its military to expand its influence.
Russia’s actions, including the continuing incursions in Ukraine, are
seen as a long-term strategy to challenge stability and peace in Europe
and the cohesion of the NATO alliance. Such a multidimensional threat
requires a measured, comprehensive response. To start, the United States
should accept Poland’s invitation to deploy U.S. troops and build a
joint military base on its soil, a process for which Poland is ready to
help foot the bill.
Although the United States and its NATO allies have increased military
activities in Central and Eastern Europe, the West is still militarily
vulnerable in the region. The Russian military has built up anti-access
zones and increased forces next to Poland and the three Baltic states.
These actions, made worse by vulnerable geography including the
so-called Suwaki Gap, require a firm, long-term response.
'There is a God and your anger proves it'
Recent headlines prove once again a simple fact that is as obvious as
the sunrise: Contrary to popular belief, and flying in the face of
multiple denials, liberals and progressives alike actually do believe in
God. In fact, those on the cultural left such as the ladies on “The
View,” or the talking heads on MSNBC, prove their “biblical faith” as
persistently and aggressively as anyone, and they do so every day.
When it comes to big issues such as God, we all have to start at the top
of the funnel. Whether you are on the right or the left of the
political spectrum, every human being who has ever lived has, at one
time or another, asked himself, “is there any logical and empirical
reason to believe in God in the first place?”
Whether your name is Machiavelli, Maher or Maddow, there is no denying
you have wrestled with and tried to resolve this question. Is there a
beginner who is responsible for beginnings, an organizer who is
responsible for order and an engineer who is responsible for complexity?
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
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.
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.
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
We Have Met the Enemy…
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
“The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.”
the wake of the clamor over the most recent WikiLeaks data dump, ‘Vault
7’, ‘UMBRAGE’, et al, it should be noted this is not really anything
new. What we are seeing here is simply the evolution of something that
goes back to the late 50s (to the incomplete best knowledge I have).
It is kinda cool to finally see even The New York Times
acknowledging material I was writing about in 1998
In April of 1998 I wrote
“Privacy has become an anachronism.” I was commenting on “a massive
system designed to intercept all your e-mail, fax traffic and more.” I
was explaining ‘Echelon’, the illegitimate offspring of a UKUSA Treaty
signed by the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose
was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster, which
allegedly shares common goals. The system was so “efficient” that
reportedly National Security Agency folk from Fort Meade could work
from Menwith Hill in England to intercept local communications without
either nation having to burden themselves with the formality of seeking
approval (a court order) or disclosing the operation. And this was all
pre-9/11 and pre-the anti-constitutional 'Patriot Act'
illegal (without a Judge’s signed permission) for the United States to
spy on its citizens … kinda. The laws have long been circumvented by a
mutual pact among five nations. Under the terms of UKUSA agreement,
Britain spies on Americans and America spies on British citizens, and
then the two conspirators trade data. A classic technical finesse. It
is legal, but the intent to evade the spirit is inescapable.
often fictionalized the genesis of ‘Echelon’ as an informal meeting of
a group of post war American and British intelligence types drinking in
some remote rustic bar. An imagined CIA type complains to his MI6 buddy
about the hassles of US laws preventing US intelligence from
surveillance of bad guys, and the Brit echoes the same complaint.
“Hey wait a moment mate,” says Nigel, the make-believe MI6 guy, “I can
spy on your guys and you can spy on our bad players…why don’t we just
come up with a mechanism whereby we spy on your villains, you spy on
our villains, and we just ‘share’ the intel?”
This system was
called ECHELON, and has been kicking around in some form longer than
most of you. The result of the UKUSA treaty signed by the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was, and is,
to have a vast global intelligence monster which allegedly shares
The London Telegraph reported in December of
1997 that the Civil liberties Committee of the European Parliament had
officially confirmed the existence and purpose of ECHELON. “A global
electronic spy network that can eavesdrop on every telephone, e-mail
and telex communication around the world will be officially
acknowledged for the first time in a European Commission report. …”
The report noted: “Within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax
communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National
Security Agency, transferring all target information from the European
mainland via the strategic hub of London, then by satellite to Fort
Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill, in the North
York moors in the UK.
“The ECHELON system forms part of the
UKUSA system but unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed
during the Cold War, ECHELON was designed primarily for non-military
targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every
An interesting sidebar appeared in the International
Herald Tribune under the headline, “Big Corporate Brother: It Knows
More About You Than You Think.” The story details Acxiom Corp, which
was a humongous information service hidden in the Ozark foothills.
Twenty-four hours a day, Acxiom electronically gathered and sorts all
kinds of data about 196 million Americans. Credit card transactions and
magazine subscriptions, telephone numbers, real estate records,
automotive data, hunting, business and fishing licenses, consumer
surveys and demographic detail that would make a marketing department’s
research manager salivate. This relatively new (legal) enterprise was
known as “data warehousing” or “data-mining”, and it underscores the
cruel reality that the fiction of personal privacy has become obsolete.
Technology’s ability to collect and analyze data has made privacy a
quaint albeit interesting dinosaur.
The Tribune reported that
“Axciom can often determine whether an American owns a dog or cat,
enjoys camping or gourmet cooking, reads the Bible or lots of other
books. It can often pinpoint an American’s occupation, car and favorite
vacations. By analyzing the equivalent of billions of pages of data, it
often projects for its customers who should be offered a credit card or
who is likely to buy a computer.”
Most of this information is
from y 1998 piece. Echelon has developed, matured, and morphed
into a much more powerful hybrid. ‘Carnivore’ was software to help
triage the cacophony of data. Vault 7 and ‘Umbrage’ are logical (some
would argue “insidious”) growth.
More to follow…