Jul 312010
 

I find this distressing it has NOT been reported anywhere but a blurb on FOX scrollbar on our homepage! This is what I got off of her Congressional page:

Washington, Jul 30 – Today, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was admitted to the hospital due to a sudden illness. As a result, she was unable to participate in several votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, July 30, 2010. The Congresswoman is currently resting this evening and on her way to a full and quick recovery.

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Heroic Afghan Dog Reunited with U.S. Soldier

Heroic dog Rufus helped prevent a suicide bombing in Afghanistan

Sgt. Chris Duke was serving in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber tried to attack his base, but his life was saved thanks to a dog named Rufus. Jeff Glor reports on Duke’s reunion with the canine hero.

When Georgia National Guardsman Chris Duke was serving in Afghanistan, he made friends with the locals – stray dogs Sasha, Target and Rufus.

“A lot of us used the three of them as an escape when you’re homesick,” Duke said.

But, as CBS News national correspondent Jeff Glor reports, the dogs did much more than keep him company.

“I firmly believe I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him,” Duke said.

On a February night, a suicide bomber tried to get into Duke’s barracks. But the dogs began barking and biting the intruder. The attacker blew himself up before he could kill 50 soldiers inside.

Sasha was severely injured and had to be put down. But Rufus and Target were both nursed back to health. Duke returned home a month later – the dogs had to stay behind.

As another soldier kept an eye on the dogs, Duke wrote a letter to a veterans assistance group called “Hope for the Warriors.” In the letter, Duke requested bringing the dogs home to him.

“This was going to mean a lot to him,” said Robin Kelleher, President of Hope for the Warriors. “So whatever we needed to do to get this wish done we were going to do that.”

Other organizations heard about the story, too. A Facebook page went up, and raised $21,000 in less than 3 months – enough for the dogs to leave Afghanistan.

This week, Rufus and Target finally arrived in the U.S. Today, in Atlanta, they were reunited for the first time with Duke and his wife.

Target will live in Arizona with another soldier, while Rufus will stay with the Dukes.

“To think that I’m going to have him for the rest of my life – it’s exciting,” Duke said.

Exciting because he knows he wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the dogs. Now they wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Duke.

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Jul 312010
 

*Gratitude to Green Eyes for literally being my eyes for GSN/NTI.

I would not ever print anything from or about Wikileak if it was endangering our military. But here’s the paradox friends, it seems the ones endangering our troops is this administration. They will deny it but think, have they once said anywhere that Julian Asange is a liar?

They denied Agent Orange for decades. They would not compensate Gulf War “Syndrome” (an insult in itself considering what the word ‘syndrome’ truly is.), through their denials of its existence.

Now, when someone I have used for years, GSN, in the fight on the war on terror, have always been dead on, then I have to post this. We shouldn’t put our heads in the sand, it seems, over Wikileak. Maybe that’s precisely what the government hopes we will do. I know I am guilty of it.

My passion for our military was played on, was yours?

The minute I felt it was “Loose Lips”, I was outraged at the leaking. I still am, for there are thousands of docs that are in fact harmful to our military. But without going through them all, how will we know what is harmful to the administration even more? Then we owe it to ourselves to be informed.

Information gleaned from this week’s giant unauthorized release of tens of thousands of U.S. military documents suggest soldiers in Afghanistan might have been exposed to a chemical weapon, Wired magazine reported (see GSN, March 18).

(Jul. 27) – U.S. troops under fire from Taliban militants run for cover in Kandahar, Afghanistan, last March. Soldiers last year might have been exposed to a chemical-weapon agent, according to classified U.S. military records disclosed this week (John Moore/Getty Images).

On Sunday, the organization WikiLeaks released more than 91,000 documents on the war in Afghanistan. The majority were based on communications from front-line personnel, according to the Web site.

One document addresses a special operations forces effort to clear an area of multiple improvised explosive devices and battle insurgents on Feb. 14, 2009. After one bomb was detonated “a yellow cloud was emitted and personnel began feeling nauseous,” according to the combined Joint Special Operations Task Force field log. Dust samples were gathered and the team went back to its base.

“A total of 7x US MIL, 1x Interpreter and 1x K-9 dog reporting symptoms,”according to the document. “Will inform if chemical attack is confirmed.”

A subsequent document, issued six hours afterward, stated the team was undergoing medical care and examination.

“Initial medical assessment is that none of the personnel are currently experiencing symptoms …. CJSOTF surgeon assessed no need to MEDEVAC (medical evacuate) any personnel,” the report said. “The individuals have been placed on 24 hour stand down. SSE Team from KAF (Kandahar Air Field) will fly to FB Cobra on 15FEB09 to conduct testing for any residual chemicals or materials on personnel and equipment. The results of this testing will confirm or deny this event as a CBRN [chemical biological radiological nuclear] attack.”

No reports from the WikiLeaks data dump indicate the military concluded the soldiers had been subjected to a chemical strike. While such an incident appears unlikely, previous reports have pointed to concerns regarding Taliban or al-Qaeda chemical-weapon efforts, Wired reported.

The terrorist organization sought nuclear and other WMD materials as early as 1993, according to one time line by former CIA and Energy Department intelligence officer Rolf Mowatt-Larssen. Former al-Qaeda operative Abu Khabab al-Masri, now deceased, was assigned to militarize biological and chemical agents for use in terrorist attacks.

Another military field report stated that in June 2007 U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan reported being tipped off to an extremist plot to contaminate the food supply of allied troops in the country by stealing coalition food trucks.

“The plan is to inject the bottles or the packages of food with unidentified chemicals, or recreate the same type of packages with contaminated versions of the same product,” the report said, adding “the source “supplied no further information.”

A separate military log report from two years ago described the arrest of a woman in Ghazni province. A search of her purse revealed multiple documents on constructing bombs and employing chemical weapons, along with quantities of unidentified chemicals, according to the field report. An update to the report described how she managed to acquire a weapon which she turned on investigators before being shot.


Wired reported that the woman is likely Aafia Siddiqui, (someone who anyone on the lines of fighting the WOT is very familiar with)who at one point was on the FBI’s list of most wanted terrorist fugitives. Siddiqui was convicted of the shooting attempt but has not faced any terrorism charges (see GSN, Feb. 4; Noah Shachtman, Chem Weapons Scare, Osama Clue in WikiLeaks’ War Docs * By Noah Shachtman Wired I, July 26).

Please note Another unverified WikiLeaks military report stated that al-Qaeda was plotting to produce chemical warfare agents to be disseminated by rocket-propelled grenades, the London Guardian reported.

A source told U.S. forces that Mohammad Hamzah Ahmadzai was looking into acquiring uranium for undetailed explosive uses. While the nuclear material could be purchased from an undisclosed facility in Lahore, Pakistan, the scientist found the asking price — $538 for 10 grams — too expensive, the source said.

“Hamzah was thus seeking alternative means of creating a large explosion,” according to the source (Simon Tisdall, London Guardian, July 26).

A U.S. intelligence document, also not verified, indicated that North Korea sold rockets to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Washington Post reported.

“On 19 November 2005, Hezb-Islami party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (sic) and Dr. Amin (no last name), Osama Bin Ladin’s financial advisor, both flew to North Korea departing from Iran,” according to the document.

“While in North Korea, the two confirmed a deal with the North Korean government for remote controlled rockets for use against American and coalition aircraft,” it added.

Weapons were expected to arrive in early 2006. In mid-2007, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was brought down by a missile “shortly after crossing over the Helmand River,” another document said.

“Based on description of launch, size of round, and impact force of the projectile,” the report said, “it is assessed to be bigger then an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) and possibly a Surface-to-Air Missile,” according to that May 30, 2007, report.

“Witness statements from (troops) suggest (it) was struck by a MANPAD and is consistent with MANPAD event described by Arrow 25.,” it stated (Jeff Stein, SPY TALK Washington Post, July 26).

A spokesman for the NATO command in Afghanistan, though, Wired that ”we have no reports of any aircraft being damaged by” surface-to-air missiles (Spencer Ackerman, Wired II, July 27).

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Jul 312010
 

Pity poor, old Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

While campaigning for take over of the U.S. House by Democrats in 2006, she had such high hopes for elevating the quality of politicians serving in The People’s House.

If only the American people would install a Democrat majority, she argued, corruption, greed, fraud, lying, and mean-spirited neglect would be replaced by Angels of Liberalism, souls so spiritually pure that wrong would never again be countenanced in the House.

She would, she promised, drain the swamp and clean out the riff raff and bottom dwellers!

She would smoke out, and destroy, House members affiliated with the Culture of Corruption, thereby saving America from all manner of debauchery!

She would restore public confidence in the honesty and integrity of elected officials by eradicating the unworthy from the ranks of the U.S. House!

Then the unthinkable actually happened: The people of America ceded the U.S. House to Marxists and morons, and as a result, Nancy Pelosi proved, beyond a doubt, the existence of the Peter Principle by absconding with the Speaker’s gavel which, by default, meant she was the new Speaker.

Thus began the degradation of the esteemed U.S. House to its current sorry state as the Pelosi House of Ill Repute.

Two years ago, Charles Rangel started making negative news as allegations of tax impropriety began to surface.

These revelations were particularly embarrassing to the “Swamp Lady,” as Nancy Pelosi was known in comedy clubs and other venues where honest people congregate to talk politics.

The joke was that Pelosi’s swamp cleaner was programmed to spit out only members with an R next to their names, thereby leaving blobs of corruption like Rangel unscathed.

Still, Pelosi defended her chubby tax cheat and refused for the longest time to challenge Rangel to abandon his spot as the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.

Month after month, Pelosi continued to stand strong in her stubborn defense of Charles Rangel, waiting, she said. for more definitive proof and facts.

Then last Thursday a House panel made public 13 charges of misusing office and tax and disclosure violations against Rangel as it opened the trial phase of the ethics proceedings against him.

Trial phase? Good golly, Madam Speaker, this sounds serious!

With the release of the public charges, many powerful Democrats, including President Barack Obama, have suggested that now is the time for Charles Rangel to end his career with “dignity”—and before even more damage is done to the Democrats’ chances in the upcoming elections.

In spite of the political firestorm that is consuming Charles Rangel, Nancy Pelosi has, as of this moment, made no statement, has uttered no new support or condemnation for the rotund rascal from Harlem.

Which leads to the pressing question: What Say Ye NOW About Charles Rangel, Speaker Pelosi?

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Jul 312010
 

*Hat Tip Char *

by Dustin Gardiner – Jul. 31 The Arizona Republic

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s latest crime-suppression sweep netted 36 arrests, including six people who are suspected of being in the country illegally.

The two-day Valleywide enforcement effort, which ended at midnight Friday, was hampered by delays caused by protesters and monsoon storms, said Jeff Sprong, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The sweep was scheduled to start Thursday morning but was postponed for several hours while deputies dealt with protesters blocking roadways in downtown Phoenix.

Dozens of activists protesting the state’s new immigration law have been arrested this week. The law, SB 1070, partially went into effect Thursday.

SB1070 makes it a misdemeanor offense for immigrants in Arizona not to carry registration papers, effectively allowing police to arrest a person on suspicion of being in the country illegally. But a federal judge blocked that portion of the law earlier in the week.

Arpaio has said he doesn’t need the law to hold his sweeps, which capture offenders for mostly minor violations.

The operation marked the 17th time Arpaio has deployed hundreds of deputies and volunteer posse members in an area of the Valley to root out illegal immigrants. Deputies typically take a “zero tolerance” approach to traffic offenses and then check the criminal history of the motorists.

Arpaio’s deputies have arrested 968 people in their operations dating back to March 2008. Of those, 714 were suspected of being in the country illegally, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Republic reporter JJ Hensley contributed to this report.

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Jul 312010
 

By Stephen Clark

A private university in Chicago that refuses to host former senior Bush adviser Karl Rove, arguing that welcoming a “political” speaker ahead of the midterm elections could threaten its tax-exempt status, has added an Obama administration appointee to address the student body.

Loyola University Chicago {is }hosting Eboo Patel, an Obama appointee to the White House interfaith council, next month, calling into question the school’s rationale for rejecting Rove’s appearance.

“The news that Eboo Patel, an appointee of the Obama administration, will be allowed to speak at Loyola University Chicago, while Karl Rove was essentially barred, is further proof that the (university) administration either has zero understanding of tax law or is unabashedly biased,” said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative outreach group that was sponsoring the Rove speech.

University spokesman Steve Christensen told FoxNews.com that the topic of Patel’s speech does not have a political motive, which would violate current speaker policy.

“Our university considers its on-campus speakers on a case-by-case basis, and very carefully,” he said. “Dr. Patel’s speech on Aug. 27 will focus on the importance of interfaith leadership and transformative education,two topics that are directly associated with the university’s mission. This is a very different lecture than what was proposed by our College Republicans, who informed the university in their proposal that they are inviting Karl Rove ‘to speak in October 2010 to speak about the upcoming elections and their impact on public policy.’”

The university previously argued that the timing of Rove’s appearance for the upcoming school year could imperil its 501(c )(3) tax status.

“The timing of this event is problematic given the campaign cycle,” Kimberly A. Moore, director of student affairs and Greek affairs, told students in an e-mail. “Loyola has to maintain impartiality in order to protect our tax-exempt status.”

Adam Kissel of the nonpartisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education told FoxNews.com that the school appears to be applying a “double standard.”

“We often see rules applied strangely as a proxy for the real issue that a particular administrator or the whole institution doesn’t want the lecture to happen and a pretext is developed to keep the speaker off of campus,” Kissel said. “We see that time after time.”


Rove, a Fox News contributor who gained prominence as the architect of former President George W. Bush’s successful campaign strategies in 2000 and 2004, is not working on any campaign this season.

The school has offered to host Rove after the midterm election on Nov. 2, but the conservative group said Rove would not be able to speak then because of his busy schedule.

Conservative students point out that the school has hosted partisan speakers on election years before. In September 2004, the school hosted Howard Dean, who ran for president that year. A couple of weeks after his speech, political activist Ralph Nader, who also ran for president that year, spoke on campus — a speech that was advertised as a campaign event in which donations were solicited.

Patel, whom Obama appointed last year to his advisory council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will discuss interfaith leadership and transformative education, according to the school’s provost who is sponsoring the speech. Patel was named by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch.


“It is very disconcerting to see Loyola not live up to the standards of academic freedom that they frequently preach about,” said Sean Vera, the student who tried to bring Rove to the campus.

“I never expected Loyola would prevent the free exchange of ideas and they would do so in such a partisan manner,” he said.

But the university said times have changed.

“In recent years, the IRS has become increasingly more scrutinizing over not-for-profit universities and their tax-exempt status as it relates to political or potentially political speakers invited to come on campus,” Christensen said. “With that in mind, our university has become more cautious in its decision-making.”

Kissel, of FIRE, called that a “false argument.”

“It does not threaten the school’s 501(c )(3) status to permit a student group to bring even a politician to campus while the politician is in office,” he said.

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Credit to PF finding…

The 1,200 National Guard troops expected to arrive Sunday on the southwest border for reinforcement won’t finish deploying until late September, federal officials say, stirring confusion and anger among Arizona lawmakers who thought the deadline was Aug. 1.

A US NG vehicle guards covered under camouflage sits atop a mountain next to the border fence near Sonoyta, Mexico, July 29 (AP)

President Obama announced in May he would send National Guard troops amid growing concerns about border violence stemming from illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Many called for a military presence along the U.S-Mexico border to assist border patrol agents as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a controversial law making illegal immigration a state crime — a policy that a judge weakened this week in federal court.

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security said the troops would be sent Aug. 1. But now both the National Guard Bureau and the Customs Border Protection says that date was when they were directed to start ramping up their numbers.

Arizona lawmakers shook their heads in disgust.

“This administration seems to promise a lot and then when you get into the fine print, it just doesn’t happen,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has called for 6,000 National Guard troops.

Asked whether he had been briefed on what role the troops would play, McCain said, “We have not been briefed, and we have asked for briefing both in writing and verbally, and the answer is,’we’ll get back to you.’”

Homeland Security expressed surprise about the confusion.

Arizona officials, including Brewer, said this is yet one more example of the federal government not making border security a top priority.

The National Guard plan has already been criticized by border-state lawmakers as too weak to make a dent in border security challenges and sparked concern that the 1,200 who are deployed would be relegated to desk jobs.

According to the Obama administration, nearly half of the troops will be sent to the volatile Arizona-Mexico border. A total of 524 will be stationed in Arizona, with 250 in Texas, 224 in California and 72 in New Mexico. An additional 130 will serve in “command-and-control” and other support positions.

Fox News’ Casey Stegall contributed to this report.

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Credit: PF

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week, ousted USDA official Shirley Sherrod accused Andrew Breitbart of racism and supporting a return to slavery. On Thursday night, Cooper apologized to his audience for not questioning that claim and letting her “get away with saying things which cannot be supported by facts.”

In the opening of a segment regarding Sherrod, Cooper noted that it had been one week since his interview with her and, watching the video again, he realized he had let the comments slip by unnoticed. The comments were clearly offensively to Breitbart, who brought them up when asked by Newsweek whether he would apologize to her. Cooper apologized for letting the comment slip and promised that it wouldn’t happen again:

“In the course of that interview, I failed to do something that I should have. I believe in admitting my mistakes… She, of course, is free to believe whatever she wants, but I didn’t challenge her that night, and I should have. I don’t want anyone on my show to get away with saying things which cannot be supported by facts. I should have challenged her on what facts she believe support that accusation. That’s my job, and I didn’t do it very well in that interview, and I’m sorry about it. If I get the chance to talk to her again, I will.”

breitbarttv–Honorable Congressman King (IA) queried “WHY would you hire someone who had sued you?! Thank you Steve King for asking my question…This video shows AC is at least humbled & trying to follow-up on the TRUTH

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Jul 312010
 

~If you are in the Phoenix area DO NOT miss this you lucky dogs!

On Saturday, July 31st, Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce and Civil Rights Activist Ted Hayes are hosting a RALLY in support of reasonable immigration status verification procedures.

The Saturday night Rally will feature SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO along with an ALL-STAR LINEUP
You are hereby invited to JOIN THEM!

RALLY FOR SECURE BORDERS AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

Arizona State Capitol – Senate Lawn

1700 W Washington Street

Phoenix, Arizona

6:00 PM — 8:30 PM

All patriots are welcome to attend this FREE event.!

Participating organizations include:

* Numbers USA

* FAIR

* STAND with AZ

* Resist Net

* Grassfire Nation

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