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May 24, 2015

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West There’s something every American must do at 3:00 pm on Monday

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West There’s something every American must do at 3:00 pm on Monday

I will be spending this Memorial Day weekend in Rosenberg, Texas with my daughter Aubrey at the 6th Annual US Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Team Roping and BBQ Cook Off. This is the 10 year anniversary of Operation Red Wings made famous by the book and film, “Lone Survivor.”

So this will be my only post for this weekend.

The solemn act of honoring those who have fallen in battle is a custom that seems to have faded in importance to our nation over time.

Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected.

While there are towns and cities still planning Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some think the day is for honoring anyone who has died, not just those fallen in service to our country.

Perhaps they do not know how deeply our nation once appreciated those who sacrificed their lives in defense of the principles we hold most dear. Perhaps those very principles of individual sovereignty, freedom and liberty are no longer so important.

It was not always so.

In 1868, on May 5th, Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day,” was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11.

General Logan asked that we cherish “tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes. Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.”

But times change. In the 1960’s our warriors were not welcomed back from battle with parades and cheers, and the fallen were not honored as they had been in the past.

Perhaps reflecting those times, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed in 1968 as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends – time for fun and recreation, rather than remembrance and reflection.
Thus, from 1971 onwards, the Memorial Day holiday was officially observed on the last Monday in May and became the unofficial start of the summer, with barbecues, blockbuster movie openings and mattress sales.

No less than the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) was later moved to say “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.”

It was around that time as well that defense spending began a steep decline, and in 1976, for the first time, entitlement spending exceeded defense spending. It is a trend that has rapidly accelerated, with spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid more than double that of national defense, a core constitutional function of government.

Nonetheless, the United States of America still possesses the greatest military force the world has ever known. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less.

We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have “guardians at the gate.”

Those who serve today deserve our gratitude, those who are returning from the battlefield deserve our open arms, and those who will never return deserve our thoughts, tributes and remembrance.

In 2000, President Clinton passed a resolution asking all Americans to observe a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 p.m. on each Memorial Day “to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.” I know what I will be doing at 3:00 p.m. this Memorial Day. I hope I will not be alone.

For as General Logan proclaimed, “Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

We can have debates about going to war. But we should never look in hindsight and denigrate the heroic exertions of those who represent that which is the best amongst us all. So take the time this Memorial Day to explain to your children and grandchildren that this day is not about BBQ, swimming pools opening, the start of summer, or sales.

This day is about those who have always known that there is no sale price for freedom. It is about those who were more than willing to discount their own lives for the ultimate benefit to others.

They were and shall always be Steadfast and Loyal.

Wild Thing's comment...........

Thank you Allen West.

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May 23, 2015

Sen. Sessions just released the following statement on why he voted NO on fast-track bill. God Bless Sessions

Sen. Jeff Sessions just released the following statement announcing a "no" vote on final Senate passage of the fast-track bill:

Senator Sessions Facebook page.......

“Under fast-track, Congress transfers its most basic legislative powers to the Executive for six years. Any yet-unseen global pacts, no matter how sweeping, are guaranteed a “fast-track” to congressional adoption. No amendments. No ability to strike any offending provision. And no chance to apply either the 60- or 67-vote thresholds used for important legislation and treaties.

I asked the President how his fast-tracked proposals would impact jobs, wages, and trade deficits. He would not answer. The bill’s promoters also refused to answer when asked whether their proposal would reduce net manufacturing jobs in the United States. That is because they know it will. Like the South Korean trade deal—which doubled our trade deficit after promises of a trade renaissance—this proposal will widen further our trade deficits and eliminate jobs.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership opens our markets to foreign imports, but allows foreign countries to continue closing their market to ours.

Our country has not been engaged in reciprocal free trade but, as the Chairman Emeritus of Nucor Steel explained, “the enablement of foreign mercantilism” and “unilateral trade disarmament.” We have allowed state-dominated and mercantilist trading partners to maintain their varied and elaborate non-tariff barriers, exporting their unemployment to our shores.

Stubbornly, our political elites have treated trade as a matter of religion. To them, there is no such thing as a bad deal. They know American workers lose jobs when we allow trading partners to cheat. But they insist it is all for the greater good. This is why the American worker keeps ending up on the losing end.

Fast-track will also lock into passage a new global governance authority known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission. Chartered with a “Living Agreement,” this new transnational commission will be able to amend the agreement after its adoption. Among other things, this could empower the President to expand the admission of foreign workers without congressional approval. We are creating another unelectable, unaccountable, unanswerable bureaucracy that can tie down and frustrate American sovereignty.

Congress is forgetting its duty: to improve jobs and wages for Americans.”

Wild Thing's comment............

God bless Senator Sessions!!!! I wish more of them would have done the NO vote like Sessions did but once again people were voted in and then they forget who put them there and what we want or do not want.

The rest of them full RINO and voted to gave Obama exactly what he wanted.

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Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already

Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already

TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight—not a war that will be won in the next few years.

“We recognize this is a longterm prospect,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, the overall leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, in remarks to The Daily Beast during a special operations forum in Tampa. “We’re patient.”

“We talk about it being a 15-year struggle,” added Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command, said describing the fight.

But many special operations officers and troops both in Tampa and Washington don’t want to wait that long to take the fight to ISIS. They were eager to talk about their aggravation over fighting by remote in Iraq and Syria: having to advise Iraqis, Kurdish Peshmerga, and rebel Syrian fighters from afar instead of joining them in battle.

“We are doing everything through cellphones… It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said one special operator, using the military jargon for the perimeter of a base.

They blame the hands-off approach on an Obama administration unwilling to risk even small numbers of American lives in battle, burned by the fallout of the loss of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and intent on preserving the legacy of President Barack Obama’s troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“You can’t say ‘We’re with you every step of the way, except when you are going on combat operations,’” said a former senior special operations official briefed on the ISIS campaign.

He and many other officers, current and former, at the conference believe both Mosul and Ramadi could have withstood the assault of the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS, if a small number of U.S. military advisers had been working with Iraqi forces at the front lines.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the debates over war strategy.

“They know as long as there are Americans with them, that if they get in trouble, there is intelligence,” and medical evacuation, the former senior official said. “They don’t have faith in their own chain of command to do it, so rather than being captured and slaughtered by ISIS, they’ll break and run.”

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Wild Thing's comment.........

I wish with all my heart our troops had a different CIC.

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The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery

The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery

Flags-In ceremony sets the stage for Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Stars and Stripes

In Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, the emotion of the day caught up with Staff Sgt. Oliver Moore.

He had just placed silver airborne wings on the grave of his best friend, Staff Sgt. Kevin Michael Witte, in memory of the times they had gone skydiving together. Witte, 27, died in an improvised explosive device attack in Baghdad in 2006.

“With all the BS we put up with, we get one day a year where it puts everything in perspective. This is our generation,” Moore said, gesturing to the section where many of the casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been laid to rest.

Moore and more than 1,000 other servicemembers were taking part in Thursday’s pre-Memorial Day Flags-In ceremony, conducted at Arlington every year since 1948 by the Old Guard. American flags — more than 228,000 of them — lined every headstone, their red, white and blue contrasting with the white marble.

“This section (60) is tough,” said Moore, who also visited the grave of Sgt. 1st Class James Scott Ochsner, killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

“It’s too crowded on Memorial Day,” Moore added. “It’s just soldiers here today.”

In a different part of Section 60, at the grave of Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., another soldier saluted sharply: His son, Spc. Nicholas Connell, who placed the American flag at the base of the headstone.

“I know in my heart, as much as it means to me, the honor and sacrifice that everybody in here has given to us,” Connell said. “If people could see us giving that same respect, they would want to do the same.”

James Connell was killed in 2007 in Iraq; Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya and Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy died in the same attack.

“My dad was an all-American, he was 100 percent a patriot," Connell said. "For me, he was more of a best friend. He was my football, basketball, baseball coach. We traveled so much as an Army brat, moved from place to place; that was my one buddy to go to talk to when something is bothering you.

"He was definitely a family man. I know he loved his family more than anything.”

His father, Connell said, is the reason he enlisted.

“Memorial Day is for us to come out here and honor the people who fought and have fallen for our country," Connell said. "Give them the respect they deserve, and the loyalty they deserve.”

Old Guard soldiers also placed flags at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington.

Wild Thing's comment...........

I wish people would truly understand the precious gift we are given from everyone that has served our country, sacrificed so much and so many the ultimate sacrifice.........and I pray we don't lose it.

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Krauthammer : Clinton Emails a Farce

Krauthammer Clinton Emails a Farce

Wild Thing's comment..........

She will get away with what she did, it seems to always happen that way. sheesh

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May 22, 2015

Join Captain Dan Moran (USMC) Ret. for Rick Perry Announcement June 6th


As a United States Marine, I witnessed leadership make the difference between success and failure, life and death. I learned that it takes experience to keep calm under pressure, act decisively, and lead the way to victory.

At 11:30am CT on Thursday, June 4, I hope you will join me in Addison, Texas, as we stand with a proven leader who will share his vision for the future of America, Gov. Rick Perry.

Together, we’ll celebrate what’s great about America and witness a turning point in the fight to restore principled leadership to our country. So please RSVP today to join me and patriots like:

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Paul Craig
Retired U.S. Navy SEAL JJ Jones
Taya Kyle, widow of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. history and author of American Sniper
Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, author of Lone Survivor
Melanie Luttrell, wife of Marcus Luttrell
Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain Dan Moran
Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Pete Scobell
Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author
Retired U.S. Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton

See you in Addison.


Dan Moran
Captain USMC (Ret.)

Wild Thing's comment...........

Love this list from Dan Moran and there are others in other branches of service as well.

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Governor Rick Perry, an American Hero, and a Harley

Governor Rick Perry, an American Hero, and a Harley

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Later this week, you’ll hear the story of Jack Holder, one of the most famous living WWII airmen, who fought his way across both Pacific and European theaters of war. A Texas native and a good friend of mine, Jack confided in me that he was a big fan of Gov. Rick Perry. The Governor had been instrumental in theCHIVE’s highly-publicized move from California to Texas, during which time the Governor and I connected – we’re both WWII enthusiasts to an extent far beyond a hobby.

So I called the Governor and asked if he’d take time out of his busy schedule to visit with this hero? Governor Perry, an Air Force Captain himself, simply responded, “When and Where?” What followed was one of the most fascinating and powerful discussions we’ve ever had on theCHIVE, all of which was recorded on our Podcast. It’s available for download right here.

As the Governor was leaving our office having deftly dodged all my, “On a scale of 1 to 10, are you running for President?” I asked him about his upcoming travel plans and the Governor lit up. Gov. Perry told me he was headed to Iowa on June 6th for a 30 mile motorcycle ride from Perry, Iowa, to Boone to raise money for the Puppy Jake Foundation, an organization that trains and places service dogs with wounded veterans. I asked him which motorcycle he was riding?

“I’m trying to figure that out right now, actually.”

“Governor, I think I know a guy in Iowa who could help you out in that department.”

“That’s really not necessary, John.”

“Have you ever heard of a man named Taylor Morris…”

Navy EOD tech Taylor Morris was leading a team of Army Special forces to a classified location when Taylor stepped on an IED. It exploded underneath him and blew off all four of his limbs,

“As I somersaulted through the air, I watched my arms and legs fly off.”

Taylor landed back in the blast crater. This is where the story of Taylor’s bravery goes next-level.

After the explosion, Taylor didn’t lose consciousness; he didn’t go into shock. His thoughts immediately crystalized. Even though Taylor was bleeding to death, he called to the oncoming medics NOT to come get him, putting their safety in front of his own life.

“There was no visual on the mine and no sound ID on my mine detector. That told me the mine was old. If there were other mines out there, the medics wouldn’t see them or detect them unless it was cleared properly. I knew I had arterial bleeding from all 4 limbs and I was bleeding out fast. I told my buddies to stop, I didn’t need anybody stepping on another one.”

The area around Taylor was finally cleared by the second EOD and the medic finally administered combat casualty care. Taylor remained conscious through the ordeal. Somehow he survived…

Three days after the explosion, Taylor landed back in the States and was transported to Walter Reed hospital in Washington D.C. to begin the long and painful rehab process. Upon his arrival, Taylor became only the 5th person at Walter Reed to ever survive a four limb amputation.

His physical progression defied everybody’s expectations. Taylor was known to refuse to leave rehab – he pushed himself to his physical limits, despite the pain. Only a month after the explosion the stitches in his arms were removed and he was fitted for prosthetics.

Around that same time I heard of the man named Taylor Morris. I received a dozen personal emails from many of his brothers describing his heroism on the battlefield, how difficult his road to recovery would be, and about his girlfriend Danielle, who was the only person they knew who was just as strong as Taylor. She never left his side at Walter Reid.

With his medical bills paid, theCHIVE quickly launched a campaign to build Taylor his dream home when he finally returned to Iowa. The campaign shattered GoFundMe records, raising $250,000 in 24 hours.

After 2 years of rehab, Taylor returned home to Iowa a hero.

After I told the Governor about Taylor Morris, he explained he’d be out in Iowa near Taylor’s home in Cedar Falls on the 19th and would love to visit Taylor if it was okay with him?

I called Taylor and asked if he still had that bike and was “putting oil in it n’ stuff.” I explained to him the Governor had a big charity ride for veterans in June.

“Of course. Can he ride? It’s a fast bike, John.”

“I’m pretty sure he can, I dunno.”

Governor Perry arrives on the farm and greets Taylor and his fiance, Danielle.

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Wild Thing's comment..........

This is such a great story and I loved seeing the photos with it. Perry truly cares about his fellow Veterans and our troops. I love that he is a Veteran.

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Sheriff David Clarke: The NAACP Is Irrelevant - They Have Been Since 1954

Sheriff David Clarke: The NAACP Is Irrelevant - They Have Been Since 1954

Sheriff David Clarke went off on the NAACP, after they scolded Baltimore police for defending themselves against an onslaught of attacks from local politicians.

This isn’t North Korea. And as for the NAACP. They have descended into irrelevancy. No one pays any attention to them anymore. That once proud organization that had a mission of defending the civil rights of all people, have capitulated and become the voter registration and get out the vote drive for the Democratic National Committee. So, it’s pretty obvious where they’re coming from… Since 1954 was the last time they’ve had any impact on social policy.

Sheriff Clark set his sights on the NAACP and while admitting that they were a once great organization, he claimed that they had descended into irrelevancy by becoming a vote-gathering apparatus for the Democratic party.

Wild Thing's comment.............

This man is impressive, it would be great to see his career flourish. He is a natural leader.

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Rick Perry Speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Oklahoma City 2015

Rick Perry Speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Oklahoma City 2015 .....PART ONE


Part TWO

Wild Thing's comment..............

Excellent speech, loved it.

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May 21, 2015

Actor Bill Paxton Is Sam Houston in 'Texas Rising'

Bill Paxton Is Sam Houston in 'Texas Rising'

Bill Paxton on playing Sam Houston in 'Texas Rising' and how being a Texas relative to the man known from bringing Texas into the US affected his approach to the History Channel miniseries that premieres Memorial Day. (May 20) 9:00 pm Central time according to the ............ Texas Rising can also see the list of actors and other things about the miniseries just CLICK HERE...

Texas Rising: Series Event Premiering Memorial Day 2015 on HISTORY channel

Texas Rising is an upcoming History Channel 5-part television miniseries based on the Texas Revolution against Mexico and how the Texas Rangers were created. It is directed by Roland Joffé and due on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

Wild Thing's comment...............

I am looking forward to seeing this.

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Good Man Fox News' Ed Henry Asks Hillary a Question and She Will Have None of it

Hillary Shuts Down Fox News' Ed Henry When He Tries to Ask a Question He Dares To Ask Question Clinton Has None Of It

Wild Thing's comment............

She is really something, she is the same kind of dictator we have now with the freak jerk Obama.

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May 20, 2015

Ultimate Betrayal Of Our Fallen Soldiers - Obama Admin Continues To Betray Fallen Troops

Ultimate Betrayal Of Our Fallen Soldiers - Obama Admin Continues To Betray Fallen Troops

Wild Thing's comment.............

And Obama could not even pretend to care.

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Traitor Obama At It Again, Criticizing America

Obama At It Again, Criticizing America

Wild Thing's comment...........

I would love more then anything to be able to stand in front of Obama toe to toe and tell him what I think of him, his destruction, his threats to we the people, his criticizing our country and the rest of the list in my heart that he has pissed me off about.

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May 19, 2015

America Faces Setback In Fighting Obama's ISIS his JV Team

America Faces Setback In Fighting ISIS - ISIS Take Ramadi - The Kelly File

Wild Thing's comment..............

I blame Obama for all of this.

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Lt Col North discusses Ramadi , Obama Legacy will be a blood bath

Lt Col North discusses Ramadi , Obama Legacy will be a blood bath

Wild Thing's comment........

Obama has and will continue to have a lot of blood on his hands.

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Obama's JV team ISIS Breaks Into Ramadi Prison – Adds 400 New Members to Ranks

ISIS seizes key Iraqi city of Ramadi Breaks Into Ramadi Prison – Adds 400 New Members to Ranks

ISIS forces pushed east Monday from their fresh victory in Ramadi as the Iraqi government rushed reinforcements to shore up defensive lines meant to stop the terror group's advance.

Iraqi and U.S. officials promised eventual defeat for the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but the loss of the strategically and symbolically important city of Ramadi -- just 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Iraq's heavily fortified capital of Baghdad -- had taken its toll.

"This is a huge setback to Iraqi forces and to the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS," said retired U.S. Army Col. Peter Mansoor, a CNN military analyst.

On Monday, ISIS released photographs showing the release of inmates from a Ramadi prison.

Wild Thing's comment..........

I hate Obama for many reasons and one of the reasons is what he has done to the accomplishments of our awesome troops. He has taken every step forward they made and destroyed it.

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'Ride with Rick' in Perry, Iowa on June 6th

'Ride with Rick' in Perry, Iowa on June 6th

Wild Thing's comment........

Great cause for our fantastic troops and a huge thank you to Rick Perry.

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May 18, 2015

Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan

Saudi Arabia to buy nuclear bombs from Pakistan

NY Post

Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.

The Saudis — who financed much of Pakistan’s nuke program — are fearful of international efforts to keep its enemy Iran from acquiring a bomb, the Sunday Times of London reports. The Saudis think the deal, backed by President Obama, will actually accelerate Iran’s nuke push.

Saudi Arabia has talked for years about acquiring a bomb from the Pakistanis. “The House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward,” a former US defense official said.

Wild Thing's comment............

Obama has set off a nuclear arms race in the most unstable region of the world.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the official Jerusalem Day ceremony

Excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the official Jerusalem Day ceremony, marking 48 years since the unification of Jerusalem, at Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site in Jerusalem:

"Islamic fanaticism threatens Jerusalem, the Middle East and the entire world: Sunni fanaticism, such as that of Islamic State, and the Shi'ite extremists led by the Ayatollahs in Tehran. Extremist Sunni and Shi'ites are fighting each other but they have a common enemy – the West and the culture of freedom and progress that it represents. Only last night, after vigorous action by the US against the terrorism of Islamic State, the leader of Iran, Khamenei, attacked the US and said: It is the United States, so said the man who is heading the negotiations between Iran and the major powers, that is causing and supports terrorism. These words were said when Iran still does not have nuclear weapons and it is still not too late to go back on the plan to give Iran a deal that would pave for it a certain path to nuclear weapons. We oppose this deal and we are not the only ones who do so. It is both necessary and possible to achieve a better deal because extremists cannot be allowed to achieve their aims, not in Iran, not in Yemen and not in Jerusalem."

Wild Thing's comment..............

Bibi is so awesome.

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Obama's last hope on Gitmo: Might be RINO John McCain

Obama's last hope on Gitmo: Might be RINO John McCain

The Hill

Obama is running out of time to fulfill his 2008 campaign pledge to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

In an ironic twist, one of his last, best hopes for meeting the promise could rest with the man he defeated in his quest for the White House: Sen. John McCain.

While the Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP nominee is one of Obama’s harshest critics on foreign policy, he supports closing the controversial prison camp, and has proposed what could be Obama’s last shot at closing the prison.

McCain’s Armed Services committee on Thursday passed a defense policy bill that would extend current restrictions on transferring detainees out of Guantánamo and restore ones from 2013, but also require the administration to submit a plan to Congress on closing the military detention facility.

The plan would include a case-by-case determination on the disposition of each remaining detainee, and address the legal challenges of bringing them to the United States. The administration would also be asked to spell out what additional legal authorities that would be needed, and how the Pentagon would treat future combatants captured under the laws of war.

If Congress approves the plan, the administration could have an opening to close the facility and achieve the closure of the facility that Congress has fought since Obama took office.

Detainees would have limited rights under the bill if transferred to the U.S., to allay concerns they would have the same rights as American citizens.

McCain on Thursday hailed the proposal as a "bipartisan compromise" and a "workable solution" crafted with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

However, McCain will face stiff opposition from fellow Republicans when the bill hits the Senate floor later this year.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) called the provision his "greatest disappointment" with the bill. Although he voted for the legislation in committee, he said he plans to fight the proposal on the floor.

“Members from many states have voiced concern with housing these terrorists in their states, especially now that ISIL has demonstrated the ability to call up sleeper cells to attack locations here in our country. I don’t want a target in Oklahoma,” he said in a statement.

McCain would need the support of all Democrats, plus six Republicans, in order to stop any attempts to strip the Guantánamo provision from the bill.

Even if the proposal passes the Senate, the plan could hit a brick wall in the House, which passed its defense policy bill on Friday. Their version of the defense bill would not only extend current restrictions on the prison camp for two years, but also add new ones.

The House bill would extend a ban on detainee transfers to the United States, as well as on modifying or constructing any facilities in the U.S. to house the detainees. Just before the bill passed on Friday morning, the House adopted an amendment to extend those restrictions for two years.

The House bill would also restore the more stringent certification requirements that Congress did away with in 2014 and 2015, and block transfers to any “combat zone” — which would limit the administration’s options.

Human rights groups decried the House’s move, saying it would make it nearly impossible to transfer 102 of the 122 remaining detainees from the facility.

“The Guantánamo provisions in the House bill are an attempt to block nearly all transfers out of Guantanamo and to ensure that the prison there remains open forever,” Matt Hawthorne, Policy Director at the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, said Friday in a statement.

The Senate bill would have also have to win the support of the president — who has threatened to veto the final version of the defense bill if it contains many of the House’s proposals.

"I hope that if we complete ... this proposal about Guantánamo Bay — which I am convinced is a very workable proposal — the president would be then more inclined to sign the bill, since we all know that was the president's commitment when he came to office back in 2008," McCain said Thursday.

With so many hurdles, nervous Democrats are urging the president to transfer as many detainees out of Guantánamo as soon as possible — before Congress imposes tougher restrictions.

However, with 122 detainees remaining and 65 not yet cleared for release, it is likely the White House will need Congress’ help in lifting some restrictions.

McCain’s push on Guantánamo could carry political risk, as conservative groups are gearing up to support a primary challenge against him in 2016.

But McCain might be the only Republican with the clout to take action on president's call to shut the facility.

While serving as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War in 1967, he was shot down, captured and tortured severely by the Vietcong. He spent five years in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” Vietnamese prison as a prisoner of war.

McCain has also condemned many of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” that some detainees at the prison were subjected to.

Earlier this year, it seemed that McCain had backtracked on his support for closing the facility, after he supported legislation from his Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) that would have added more restrictions on transfers.

But McCain said his position has remained the same: that if the president proposed a plan for closing Guantánamo, he would be willing to work with him.

"I've always been in favor of closing Guantánamo because of the image Guantanamo has in the world, whether it's deserved or not deserved," he said.

Wild Thing's comment...........

McCain is horrible and just like John Kerry when he came back from Vietnam another traitor to his fellow brothers in the military. Our troops risked their lives, many were killed and injured to capture these terrorists and for McCain to want to close GITMO is IMO a slap in the face to all our troops that sacrificed so much.

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May 17, 2015

Liberal Alan Dershowitz: Obama is a “Foreign Policy Disaster”; Says, “I wouldn’t Let Him Negotiate a One-Month Lease” for Me

Liberal Alan Dershowitz: Obama is a “Foreign Policy Disaster”; Says, “I wouldn’t Let Him Negotiate a One-Month Lease” for Me

Dershowitz said Obama has now put the U.S. in an impossible situation with his terrible negotiations with Iran. He said he would not let Obama “negotiate a one-month lease on an apartment” for him. What Obama has done with his Iran deal is to create an “Arms Race” in the Middle East that will likely lead to war.

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I am glad Dershowitz is speaking up like this, BUT why did he vote for Obama twice. sheesh

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May 16, 2015

Rick Perry To Announce White House Intentions On June 4th

Rick Perry will announce whether he is running for president on June 4, according to a spokesman.

Anita Perry, wife of the former Texas governor, tweeted out an invitation to an event that morning in Dallas hosted by Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC. A spokesman said he will be “announcing his intentions” about 2016 at the event.

“Governor & Mrs. Perry have been discussing the future of our great country and how their family can play a role,” the invitation reads. “Join them in Dallas, TX on June 4th for a special announcement.”

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I am hoping he will enter, I think he will.

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The Money laundering grifters the Clintons Made $25 Million Just For Speeches Since Jan 2014

Clintons Made $25 Million Just For Speeches Since Jan 2014

FOX News

Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton reported Friday they earned more than $25 million combined in speaking fees since January 2014.

Clinton’s presidential campaign reported the income in a personal financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The report, required of every candidate for the White House, also shows Hillary Clinton earned more than $5 million from her 2014 memoirs, “Hard Choices.”

The details of the report were described by a Clinton campaign official who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a report not yet publicly available from the FEC. The report was expected to be released publicly later Friday.

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I could care less what they make for making a speech to idiots that want to listen to them. But the point is the corruption about what they do, what they use it for etc. and the money laundering imo that has gone on with them and getting paid to push through certain things our government does ..........the pay for play thing is big time with the Clinton's .

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May 15, 2015

South Carolina High School Removes ‘Offensive’ American And POW/MIA Flags From Student’s Truck

South Carolina High School Removes ‘Offensive’ American And POW/MIA Flags From Student’s Truck

A high school in York County has spoken out after students protested Thursday morning when a senior said he was asked to remove an American flag from his pick-up truck.

Thursday morning, several students, parents, and veterans protested the incident, many setting up across from school grounds waving flags.

“When I hear that you can’t fly the American flag it makes my blood run red, and my blood is red,” said Vietnam Veteran Michael Douglas

Just before noon Thursday, officials at York Comprehensive High School said Peyton Robinson and other students could keep the U.S. flag on his vehicle as long as no driving hazard exists.

Parents who were part of the demonstration called the decision a win.

“We’re just glad we got this victory today, and it just proves if you stand up for your country, you stand up for what you believe in, things get changed,” said James Crump.

“Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy,” the school district posted on its website. “School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard.”[…]

Initially, school district officials told students they couldn’t have any physical flags on their cars because of safety. Administrators said it was a pre-existing policy that was announced again Wednesday.

“Just proud to be an American,” the 18-year-old Robinson told WBTV Wednesday night. Robinson said a school administrator told him remove the American flag and the POW-MIA flag, which he has in the back of his truck.

“He said we’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck, possibly offend them. He asked me to take it down,” Robinson said.

The high school senior, who has several family members who served in the armed forces, was upset because he didn’t see the problem.

"I'd understand if it was the Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody," Robinson said. "I wouldn't do that. But an American flag - that's our country's flag. I have every right to do it. I don't see a safety issue. I mean I understand it's a big flag - it's 4 by 6 - but nobody has ever complained about it being in their way or anything."

According to Robinson, a school administrator told him to remove the flags when he got home, and not come back to school with them.

But the 18-year-old said before the school day was over on Wednesday, a school official went to Robinson's parked truck, removed the bolts that secured the flags to the truck, took the flags down, and "laid my flags down in the middle of my truck when I wasn't even there."

Robinson was angry.

"I was pretty mad," he said. "I don't see how it's a problem. Nobody has ever complained about it before."

The senior took to social media and posted about the incident on his Facebook page. Fellow students vowed to stand with Robinson, flying flags on their cars when they arrived at school Thursday morning.

Despite being initially told he was not to come to school again with flags flying on his pick-up, Robinson says he plans to do what he's done for the past month - display his flags.

He called Thursday a victory, and added that he's glad others stood behind him, and more importantly that he can show his true colors.

“I'm really surprised all these people showed up and I'm really appreciative of all the support from everybody, I had no idea it would get this big,” Robinson said.

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If the American flag or a pow flag is "offensive " to someone.....anyone, then they should get the F out of our country.

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Krauthammer: Gulf Allies “Should Be Terrified” About Obama’s “Sellout Announcement”

Krauthammer: Gulf Allies “Should Be Terrified” About Obama’s “Sellout Announcement”

Columnist Charles Krauthammer dubbed President Obama’s statement “a sellout announcement” that the US’ Gulf Arab allies “should be terrified” of on Thursday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.

Krauthammer stated, “This was absolutely pathetic. If this was meant to reassure the Gulf states, I’m sure their hair is still standing on end.” He then read from the statement, drawing attention to each “weasel word,” before adding, “I mean, I have never seen a statement with more caveats in it, which would give less confidence to any ally. And Obama, if you noticed was reading that. That wasn’t a bad ad lib, that wasn’t a Jeb answering the wrong question. He was — that was a prepared statement for a summit that is meant to assure the Gulf Arabs that we’re not selling them out. That was a sellout announcement. … They should be terrified.”

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Obama the enemy of America, Israel and the list goes on and on.

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May 14, 2015

Good Grief!! Obama Blames Republicans “Partisan” Budget Cuts For Deadly Amtrak Tragedy

Obama Blames Republicans “Partisan” Budget Cuts For Deadly Amtrak Tragedy

Calling the Amtrak train derailment a “horrific incident,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said investment in upgrades to the rail system’s infrastructure remain important to the administration. And President Obama, he said, has long advocated for Amtrak investments that would “benefit the traveling public.”

But Earnest was quick to note in his press briefing Wednesday that congressional Republicans have blocked such investments in the past.

“Unfortunately we have seen a concerted effort by Republicans for partisan reasons to step in front of those kinds of advancements,” Earnest said, noting that the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and it’s unclear whether infrastructure problems were involved.

When asked if there was anything more the president could do to press for investment in infrastructure, Earnest said Congress has "the power of the purse, and so for significant investment in infrastructure, we're going to need to see congressional action."

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This is so beyond what a descent person would say about this tragedy. To blame Republicans like this iit shows how much Obama hates to his every core of his existence.

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Amtrak Train Was Going Over 100mph Into Curve Before Derailment

Amtrak train's speed the cause of the derailment?

Amtrak Train Was Going Over 100mph Into Curve Before Derailment

An Amtrak engineer barreled into a sharp turn at 106 mph — double the speed limit — just seconds before a derailment that left seven dead and nearly every other passenger injured in Philadelphia, authorities said on Wednesday.

Engineer Brandon Bostian, of Forest Hills, Queens, was reportedly at the controls of the Penn Station-bound train.

The engineer slammed on the emergency brakes moments before Tuesday night’s disaster, but could only reduce the speed to 102 mph before all seven cars jumped the tracks, said Nation Transportation Safety Board spokesman Robert Sumwalt.

“The maximum authorized speed through this curve was 50 mph,” he said.

Bostian briefly spoke to police after the derailment, and told them he could not recall his speed — but the engineer then quickly got a lawyer and clammed up, ­according to CNN.

He refused to be interviewed by investigators Wednesday and left the police station with his attorney.

Investigators were attempting to get a search warrant for Bostian’s phone records in a bid to learn if he was distracted when the train derailed, CNN said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the engineer was out of control.

“There’s no way in the world that he should have been going that fast into the curve,” Nutter told CNN. “Clearly he was reckless and irresponsible in his actions.”

Surveillance video from a nearby industrial building captured an explosion as the speeding train derailed — and turned into a horror show of twisted wreckage and bloodied passengers.

Those killed in the tragedy include a former Queens valedictorian; a father of two who worked for The Associated Press; a Manhattan mom who was CEO of a tech company; a dean at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn; and an executive at Wells Fargo.

The crash between the North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights stations also left 200 passengers injured, including eight in critical condition.

There were a total of 243 people on the train, including five crew members.

The train’s black box was recovered from the locomotive and is being examined by the NTSB.

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This is all so sad. Prayers for these victims.

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Bibi Netanyahu: Nuclear talks continue even as official says Iran has God's approval to destroy Israel

Bibi Netanyahu: Nuclear talks continue even as official says Iran has God's approval to destroy Israel

Jerusalem Post

The historical lesson from World War Two is not to back down from an extremist regime whose platform includes genocide and conquering other states, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, referring to the Iranian regime.

Netanyahu was speaking at a special Victory Day ceremony in the Knesset on Wednesday marking 70 years since the capitulation of the Nazis to the Soviet Union.

“Against the enemies of freedom, enlightenment and progress we need to stand firm and in a timely manner, in order to prevent them from using weapons of mass destruction in order to realize their murderous agendas,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu quoted a senior Iranian official who he said was quoted in Arab media sources on Wednesday as saying that Iran has God’s permission to liquidate Israel.

“These statements are being heard by the representatives taking part in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and the talks continue as normal,” Netanyahu said.

“We need to stand firm to prevent the Iranians from using weapons of mass destruction to carry out their will against Israel,” Netanyahu added.

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I am glad Bibi Netanyahu continues to speak up about this. There are too many that do not want to support Israel, especially Obama and his ilk in our country.

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