March 20th, 2012
LISTEN to what she says...and THINK about what is happening in this country RIGHT NOW...
March 20th, 2012
NY Daily News / Celeste Katz
Our Aliyah Shahid reports:
Campaign sources revealed Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum's new aliases to GQ magazine.
Romney has chosen to be called "Javelin," which many are speculating is in reference to the 1960s muscle car made by American Motor Corp. The former Massachusetts governor's father ran once the company.
Santorum picked "Petrus," which is Latin for "rock." It's also the root name for "Peter," the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church — and his grandfather's name.
Code names are used in radio calls between Secret Service agents and are typically between two to three syllables long. The tradition of using the names goes back to when communications between the Secret Service and White House weren't encrypted.
Read lots more about presidential and First Family Secret Service names here.
March 20th, 2012
Politico / By Tim Mak
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday night hailed President Barack Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound as the most “audacious” plan in 500 years. “You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan,” Biden said at a fundraiser in New Jersey. Well, POLITICO has put together a list of 10 military plans that were arguably at least as “audacious” and some perhaps more so.
1. D-Day: The Normandy landings in June 1944 involved 160,000 Allied troops along 50-mile stretch of the French coast, against heavily fortified Nazi positions. As many as 6,000 seafaring vessels were involved in the highly complex operation, and over 24,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines.
2. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia: It wasn’t successful, but there is no doubt that his plan to march across the country in 1812 was audacious. With his Grande Armee of nearly half a million soldiers, Napoleon boldly sought to force Tsar Alexander I to submit to his will.
3. Entebbe Raid: In July 1976, commandos from the Israel Defense Forces stormed the Entebbe Airport in Uganda, having traveled over 2,500 miles from Israel to mount the surprise rescue. The IDF destroyed Ugandan fighter planes at the airport to avoid a pursuit, fought off hostile forces and evacuated, leading to the successful rescue of over 100 hostages. (Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed while leading the raid.)
4. Spanish Armada: With 160 ships, the Spanish Armada sailed toward England in 1588 with the daring objective of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I. Ultimately a failure, the campaign had lofty goals.
5. Landing at Inchon: The surprise 1950 amphibious landing on the west coast of South Korea ordered by Gen. Douglas MacArthur altered the course of the Korean War. The landings were especially audacious due to the difficul geography – the operation had to take place despite narrow channels and poor landing beaches. Up to 40,000 troops were involved.
March 20th, 2012
BLS Note: Most of us are fully aware of how the Democrat's moving Obamacare into law was twisted, bullied, strongarmed and essentially "bribed into being" as it passed its way through the Left-Wing Bowel of Congress in 2010, without having even been read as a bill, largely.
Yet, with all of the damage it has already perpetrated on our high-quality medical system, isn't it interesting that another type of healthcare fraud being perpetrated by a civilian netted one individual a 300 year prison term?
I'm Just sayin'.......
A Richmond, Virginia, woman has been convicted on 35 counts of health care fraud and other charges.
Federal prosecutors say a U.S. District Court jury found 49-yar-old Veronica Sharon Cunningham guilty last Thursday after a three-day trial.
According to court papers, Cunningham owned and operated Community Neurological Services, which administered intravenous immune globulin to patients suffering from immune deficiency disorders.
Cunningham was accused of regularly billing insurance companies and the Medicare and Medicaid programs for intravenous immune globulin not actually administered.
The jury convicted her on 26 counts of health care fraud, eight counts of falsifying patient health care records and one count of filing a false tax return.
Cunningham faces a maximum of 303 years in prison when she is sentenced on May 31.
March 20th, 2012
President Obama's signature on an executive order that updates presidential authority to take control over national defense resources in time of emergency has legal minds arguing over whether the White House is trying to expand power or merely organize rules 18 years in the making.
The executive order, signed late Friday, revokes an earlier order put in place by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and says any other previously issued orders or rulings by previous presidents shall remain in effect unless they are inconsistent with the new order.
The purpose of the order, according to its contents, is to make sure the U.S. is prepared to mobilize technological and industrial resources "capable of meeting national defense requirements" and ensure "technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency."
It orders Cabinet agencies to determine military and civilian staffing and evaluate access to resources like suppliers, materials, skilled labor and professional and technical personnel. It also is intended to ensure the U.S. government is prepared "in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States."
The executive order gives the homeland security secretary authority to issue guidance to other department heads to establish and activate a National Defense Executive Reserve (NDER) composed of experts in the private and public sector -- though not full-time federal employees -- to fill executive positions in the federal government in the event of a national defense emergency.
That includes employing consultants or other experts without compensation. The labor secretary can also begin training workers to help address national defense requirements.
The order scopes out the different roles of the National Security Council, Homeland Security Council and National Economic Council in advising the president -- giving the secretary of homeland security authority to provide for the central coordination of the plans and programs delegated under the order.
It also gives authority to the secretary of Commerce to determine how to get the industrial base to support the national defense and meet defense program needs. The Agriculture Department will take care of food resources while the Defense Department will handle water resources in addition to its military role. The heads of the Energy, Health and Human Services and Transportation departments also are responsible for their jurisdictions.
The order notes that unless determined otherwise by the president or his national security adviser, the authority "may be used only to support programs that have been determined in writing as necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense."
This order came on the heals of another presidential order a few days prior that reiterated the United States' "national emergency" stance toward Iran -- a rather routine measure that has been repeated every year since 1995 but that might have caused some confusion.
Several legal eagle bloggers say there's nothing to fear.
"There is enough that Obama actually does wrong without creating claims which do not hold up to scrutiny," wrote William Jacobson, associate clinical professor of law at Cornell Law School and blogger for the Legal Insurrection blog.
"I’m not ruling out the possibility that this is more than it seems, but unless and until someone does more than merely state that martial law is coming, I’ll consider this to be routine," he wrote.
Ed Morrisey of HotAir blog explained his take on the document dump that occurred late Friday night before St. Patrick's Day.
"Why the update? If one takes a look at EO 12919 (the previous executive order), the big change is in the Cabinet itself. In 1994, we didn't have a Department of Homeland Security, for instance, and some of these functions would naturally fall to DHS,” he wrote. "Otherwise, there aren't a lot of changes between the two EOs, which looks mainly like boilerplate. In fact, that's almost entirely what it is.”
But as gas prices rise and fears are raised that the U.S. is heading down a warpath with Iran, not everyone is convinced the new language isn't part of the administration's plan to gear up for a possible power grab.
"I am not an alarmist, but the idea of the Obama regime having total control over anything is disturbing. No, it isn't disturbing, it is totally, freaking scary," wrote Judson Phillips, founder of the Tea Party Nation and a former assistant district attorney in Shelby County, Tenn.
"The problem is there is an appearance of an expansion here," Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, told Fox News. "And I think this is where the White House owes Congress and the American people a bit more of an explanation of, why now?"
On Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the order was nothing out of the ordinary.
"I think it was a fairly standard and routine piece of business," he told reporters, dismissing suggestions that there's a relationship between revising the existing executive order and plans for dealing with Iran.
"I cannot explain that reaction to it," Carney said. He added that approach to Iran right now is a diplomatic one because "we have the time and space to do that."
One person steeped in the legal basis said the document is pretty standard fare -- presidents have been preparing for the possibility of a national emergency since before World War II, when the government ordered the private sector to shift from making cars and refrigerators to making airplanes, boats and other items.
"What he is saying is this one is a new one, this incorporates all the old provisions and this is the one that will control," said Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown Law School. "And that's not unusual in this kind of implementing presidential orders, and I emphasize that is implementing powers that Congress over the years has given the president and have been used repeatedly.”
But suspicions about the Obama administration spilled over as a result of the Friday document dump, lighting up the blogosphere with phrases like "terrifying" and "martial law" and pointing out potentially big changes in the order.
"According to the new law, yes, the president can direct private companies, private elements of our infrastructure to give things up or do things without regard to due process," Shaeffer said.
Rothstein, however, said presidents have to prepare for emergencies -- and even peacetime contingencies. He added that the powers are ceded to presidents over the years by Congress and closely monitored by the courts.
"This act is employed all the time, usually when foreign powers like China or Dubai seem to be gaining too much economic control in this country by ownership of things. Those things have to be approved," he said. "They are established and traditional powers, and the president is just implementing them in the form of regulations and not really adding to those powers."
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