July 15th, 2014
NewsMax / Allen West
My older brother served in Vietnam and needless to say, his return home from the combat zone was hardly celebrated. I remember him hanging up his Marine Class Alphas, the green uniform, way back in the closet. I used to take it out and look at it, dreaming of the day when I could possibly wear a military uniform. Today we take the time to express our gratitude to our combat veterans, but as you look at this video, remember, it is never too late.
When you see a Vietnam veteran, look them in the eye, and simply say, “Welcome home.” Those were the two words many of them never heard years ago. Have your moment of truth.
Welcome home, brothers and sisters!
July 15th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
In a news report published Sunday, US based McClatchy News service detailed events leading up to the conflict erupting in Israel.
The question and answer-styled report, which appeared in newspapers all over the world, began by asking how the current conflict had erupted with an accompanying answer, beginning with the words: "Israel blamed the militant Islamist group Hamas for the killing of three Israelis teens."
As hundreds of dangerous rockets are even now being fired into Israel, the report went on to question: "What are Israel's aims?" When, in fact, the obvious reason for Israel's response is to halt the missile fire. However, the McClatchy report indicated a severely out of context initial political reason from Israel's Prime Minister as being "to strike a heavy blow against Hamas" before arriving at the actual answer of stopping the rocket fire.
The report went on to establish the Hamas conflict objective of being to "set conditions for a cease-fire" by the "lifting of Israeli and Egyptian border restrictions imposed on Gaza, the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, and the freeing of prisoners rearrested by Israel in its West Bank crackdown last month."
The penultimate surprise of the report, however, came when the journalist actually asked the following accusatory question:
" Q: What is the reason for the lopsided casualty figures, with more than 100 Palestinians dead and not one Israeli killed in the first five days of fighting?"
The Israeli answer, rather than inquiring as to whether or not the seemingly outraged reporter wished for more Israeli deaths, spoke to preparedness, the use of air raid sirens, and shelters, as being culpable for the lack of deaths.
The report then editorially moved to detail Israeli attacks on Hamas residential areas (from which the rocket attacks hail and where militants hide out) while leaving out the fact of Israel's warnings to all areas in Gaza which will be undergoing an Israeli attack.
Nor did the report detail the grisly fact that Hamas urges residents to stay in their homes despite numerous Israeli warnings as being culpable in the unfortunate Gaza deaths:
From Israel National News: "Hamas has instructed Gaza residents to ignore text messages and phone calls urging them to evacuate buildings, in an apparent effort to grow its supply of "human shields." The calls and messages are sent by Israeli military officials in order to give civilians time to evacuate the area, and are communicated before the IDF targets, house terrorists were using as cover for firing missiles at Israel or for other military purposes."
The blatantly biased news account appeared on either the front or second page of many US newspapers.
July 15th, 2014
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it.
“I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,” Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News.
Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing crisis at the border, Obama plans to legalize anywhere from five to six million illegal alien adults in much the same way he did for illegal alien minors through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in summer 2012.
“Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit,” Garrett wrote on July 3, as cited by Sessions. “He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.”Sessions cites another paragraph from that National Journal piece as well, in which Garrett reported that President Obama has “now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10.”
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“Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults,” Garrett wrote. “And he will shift Immigration Control and Enforcement resources from the interior to the border to reduce deportations of those already here and to beef up defenses along the border.”
Sessions, whose office hand-delivered the letter to every member of Congress Monday, wrote that this development from the Obama administration is “breathtaking.” The letter continued:
The action the President is reportedly contemplating would be a nullification of the Immigration and National Act by the Executive Branch of government. Indeed, it would be an executive nullification of our borders as an enforceable national boundary....Continue Reading
July 14th, 2014
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House asked the Republican chairman of a congressional committee on Monday to lift a subpoena against President Barack Obama's political adviser, who has been called to testify on Wednesday about his office's operations.
Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee, last week subpoenaed Obama political adviser David Simas to testify about how his office complies with the Hatch Act, a law that forbids most federal government employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
Simas is director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Recent presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have all had at least one top political adviser in a position similar to that of Simas.
The subpoena is "precipitate and surprising in light of our clear willingness to work with you to meet your informational needs," White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a letter to Issa on Monday.
Eggleston asked Issa to lift the subpoena. The letter did not say whether Simas would be allowed to testify if forced. Aides are hoping a briefing that White House legal staff are to provide to Issa on Tuesday will answer any remaining questions he might have.
"While I am hopeful that we can work together constructively to address your stated interests, your subpoena is not helpful to these efforts," Eggleston wrote.
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(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
July 14th, 2014
In remarks framed as a message to the American public, actor Jon Voight emotionally aired his political grievances for several minutes in a televised statement on Saturday.
Those grievances range from (but are not limited to) Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the "targeting" of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, illegal immigration, the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, the treatment of war veterans, the chaos in Iraq and deep reservations about President Obama.
"Five years ago, I stated that Obama would take the country apart piece-by-piece, that he would cause a civil war in this country," Voight read on Saturday in a statement on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show. "In hindsight we can see how many things have come to pass."
"Let us remember, let us not forget Benghazi," he continued. "Let us not say, 'What difference does it make?' Obama found a perfect way to put this under the rug, blaming Republicans, saying that they just want to find fault with his administration. And still to this day we still do not know the truth."
Voight, an Oscar winner, currently stars in Showtime drama Ray Donovan, which premieres its second season on Sunday. The actor, the father of Angelina Jolie, has long been outspoken about his conservative political beliefs. During his Fox News appearance, he also singled out the Democratic party on social issues.
"The Democrat party has become a very negative force. … It's more socialist in their thinking, and they've given young women the wrong ideas about what democracy really is," he said.
"[Congresswoman] Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the gang leader for all the wrong information to our young women," Voight said, "Convincing them that Republicans are stopping their liberties and freedoms of reproduction when the truth is, as the Supreme Court upheld, that religious freedoms are being infringed upon."