May 072012

World War II ended in Europe on MAY 7, 1945, when German emissaries met at General Dwight Eisenhower’s Headquarters, a schoolhouse in Reims, France, and signed an unconditional surrender.

Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower recorded this message for those about to participate in the D-Day operations of June 6, 1944. ~ Rare footage

“Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (Part 1 of 9)

Depicts the tense 90 days leading up to the D-Day invasion and how Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history.

To see this in it’s entirety

The War in Europe lasted five and half years, costing millions of lives.

After the war, Eisenhower was elected the 34th President by the largest number of votes in history.

In remarks broadcast from the White House as part of the American Legion “Back-to-God” Program, February 7, 1954, President Eisenhower stated:

“As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives.

In battle, they learned a great truth-that there are no atheists in the foxholes.

They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage…

Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us.”

At the next year’s “Back-to-God” Program, February 20, 1955, Eisenhower stated:

“Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism.”

Listen very carefully:

Audio version

featured image: December 1944, Probably England, UK — General Eisenhower Behind the Wheel of a Jeep — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

May 072012

photo credit: PF







3:03pm Dangerous storm approaching your home

@justpipertoo I got this email warning JUST 2 min vefore I left house ~ SAF-T-Net Weather Alert: Twisting storm approaching your home

@justpipertoo This PDS headed for Boldo , Burrow Crossroads and Curry 3pm cst

@justpipertoo After my last tweet I looked to the sky & went to higher ground. PF caught this JUST 250 ft. from us

May 072012

This tornado was forming about a mile south of my house. The power went out just before the sirens went of when my wife and I looke dout our back door and saw this funnel cloud. – by mrGinda913

Here I moved my location to the other side of our neighbors house to try and see the tail end.

Once the funnel started dissapating I felt a bit more at ease

UPDATE: “He said it was about a mile away, and it came down and then went back up in the sky.”

I am awaiting word from my God girl if my nephew is OK, he lives in Olathe…

On May 6, 2012, storm chaser Jordan Wrecke broadcast a tornado in Olathe, Kansas in real-time. This timelapse shows the persistent funnel briefly touching down in the vicinity of Lone Elm Road, east of Interstate 35.

See images… lower right sidebar

Many Kansas City area residents headed for their basements Sunday evening as tornado sightings set off sirens in some parts of the metro, but no serious damage was reported.

The National Weather Service said preliminary reports indicated two tornado touchdowns in Olathe, both near the Great Mall of the Great Plains. A tornado also apparently touched down south of Raymore, but the weather service was still evaluating the data on all three Sunday night.

May 072012

Yesterday, President Obama launched his campaign by telling Americans not to ask if they are better off than they were four years ago, but how they’ll be tomorrow. This follows a jobs report that found more than 340,000 Americans dropping out of the labor force and an unemployment rate that remains unacceptably high.

Also See: In Obama’s Own words @ Ohio Rally : Are We Satisfied? No!

Click image for Irony category: Making it About Obama = MAO

May 072012

Free Course in Muslim Brotherhood in America

May 072012

Why does the Left endlessly attack Conservative women? Our guest and NEW PolitiChicks Host, Dr. Gina Loudon, talks frankly about the double standards applied to women on the Right.

May 072012

* One of the accused gave thumbs-up to victim’s brother

* Five men charged with the 9/11 attacks appearing in public for first time in 3 years for military tribunal

* Mohammed repeatedly refused to answer judge’s questions

* Co-defendants delayed arraignment by kneeling in prayer, removing their headphones and reading a magazine

* Prisoner Walid bin Attash put in restraint chair for unknown reasons

* Victims’ families despair at men’s behaviour in court

Mohammed is being tried alongside Waleed bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi.

The five face 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism over the 2001 attacks that sent hijacked airliners into New York’s World Trade Centre and the Pentagon in Washington.

If convicted, the men could face the death penalty but the trial is unlikely to take place for at least another 12 months.

They’re engaging in jihad in a courtroom. ‘My brother was murdered in the cockpit of his airplane, and we will have to stand up for him.’ – Debra Burlingame, victim’s sister

Grieving relatives of the 9/11 victims told of their fury and frustration yesterday as the trial of the men charged with orchestrating the atrocity descended into farce.

The five men accused of nearly 3,000 murders deliberately disrupted what should have been a short preliminary hearing, dragging it out for 13 hours.

Proceedings were repeatedly interrupted as the men knelt in prayer, flicked through a copy of The Economist, refused to use headphones and insisted the 123 pages of charges they face were read aloud.

Captured: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants are to be arraigned at a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay on charges including 2,976 counts of murder:

Their antics at a top-security military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were watched by relatives, who attended court and seen on live feeds at military bases in several U.S. cities.

Jim Riches, whose fireman son, Jimmy, died at the World Trade Centre, said: ‘It’s actually a joke, it feels ridiculous. It looks like it’s going to be a very long trial.’

Eddie Bracken, from Staten Island, said he gone to Cuba to look straight at the accused terrorists. He lost his sister, a mother of two, who worked as a secretary on the 105th floor of the south tower.

As one of them, Binalshibh entered the court yesterday, he smiled at Mr Bracken and gave him a thumbs-up.

Mr Bracken told the accused: ‘I came a long way to see you, eye to eye.’

They have no remorse. I don’t think they even have any souls. – Eddie Bracken, victim’s brother

A courtroom sketch shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, right, and co-defendant Walid bin Attash attending the military hearing at Guantanamo Bay

Prayer time: Defendants refused to answer questions and repeatedly held up proceedings

The defendants’ behaviour also outraged some of those watching at the Fort Hamilton army base in Brooklyn where one viewer shouted: ‘C’mon, are you kidding me?’

* At the arraignment hearing on Saturday the judge was deluged with questions about his qualifications to hear the case. There were also complaints that the accused were not allowed to wear clothes supplied by their lawyers.

* Regular meal and prayer breaks further delayed proceedings and at one point all five men refused to take part and passed around a copy of The Economist magazine.

* They ignored the judge, wouldn’t listen to Arabic translations over their headphones and asked for lengthy court documents to be read aloud, adding two hours to the case.

* Mohammed took off his earphones providing an Arabic translation and refused to answer questions or acknowledge he understood them before dozing off.

Seeking justice: Family members of the 9/11 victims pictured at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, where they came to witness the arraignment of five prisoners accused of plotting the September 11 attacks

A courtroom sketch shows victims’ family members observing proceedings from the gallery as a defense lawyer addresses the judge

* Bin Attash was locked to a restraint chair when he came into court and released only after he promised to behave.

The only defendant to break his silence was Binalshibh who prayed alongside his defence table before launching into a tirade in which he claimed to be in danger.

* Self-proclaimed ‘mastermind’ Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, wearing a turban and white tunic, refused to answer the judge’s questions.

* Proceedings were further delayed as one of the defendants, Waleed bin Attash, appeared while being restrained in his chair.

The restraints were later removed after defense counsel had given assurances that he would ‘behave’.

* Another defendant, Ramzi Binalshibh, stood up, then knelt on the courtroom floor and prayed for several minutes as a row of guards in camouflage uniforms kept a close watch.

Justice: Tara Henwood-Butzbaugh with a picture of her late brother John Henwood at Guantanamo Bay and Clifford Russell (right) – his brother, Stephen Russell, was a firefighter who also died on 9/11

‘They praise Allah. I say, ”Damn you!”’ said retired Mr Hanson from Eaton, Connecticut.

Debra Burlingame, who attended the viewing on behalf of her brother, Charles Burlingame, who piloted the jet that hijackers crashed into the Pentagon.

More than a decade after the attacks, she said: ‘We’re back in the game … and they decided to play games.’

She added: ‘They’re engaging in jihad in a courtroom.’

At Fort Meade, about 80 people watched the proceedings at a movie theater on the base, where ‘The Lorax’ was being promoted on a sign outside.

One section of the theater for victims’ families was sectioned off with screens, and signs asked that other spectators respect their privacy.

‘I would have preferred this would have been in federal court,’ Blake Allison of Lyme, New Hampshire, whose 49-year-old wife Anna was aboard the plane that hit the first tower, told the LA Times.

‘The public needs to see how in the world you could defend these horrible criminals, and how the prosecutor will be able to prove to the country and the world this is a fair and just system.’

Cliff Russell, whose firefighter brother Stephen died responding to the World Trade Center, said he hoped the case would end with the death penalty for the five Guantanamo Prisoners.

‘I’m not looking forward to ending someone else’s life and taking satisfaction in it, but it’s the most disgusting, hateful, awful thing I ever could think of if you think about what was perpetrated,’ Russell said.

Suzanne Sisolak of Brooklyn, whose husband Joseph was killed in his office in the Trade Center’s North Tower, said she was not concerned about the ultimate outcome as long as the case moves forward and the five prisoners do not go free.

‘They can put them in prison for life. They can execute them,‘ Sisolak said. ‘What I do care about is that this does not happen again.

Full Article…

~ The irony of the U.S. war crimes tribunal compound, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is called:

May 072012

BIRMINGHAM—The U.S. Attorney’s Office today charged a former Jasper police officer with soliciting and accepting a $5,000 bribe while a member of the city police force, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley announced.

Federal prosecutors charged Scottie Dewayne Wilkins, 30, of Winston County, with one count of bribery in an information filed in U.S. District Court. The information charges that Wilkins solicited and accepted the bribe on September 22, 2011 from an individual who had a probation matter pending in state court. Wilkins took the bribe “intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with using his position as a police officer with the city of Jasper, Alabama Police Department to provide assistance” to the individual on his probation matter, according to the information. The individual who paid the bribe is not named in the document.

The information seeks to have Wilkins forfeit $5,000 and a diamond ring he bought on September 22.

~ Really, prison for up to ten years for 5K and a diamond ring?!

The bribery count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Cornelius is prosecuting the case.

The public is reminded that an information is only a charge. It is the burden of the government to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Northern District of Alabama

From the local paper Daily Mountain Eagle:

Rowe said the FBI’s involvement in the case was much appreciated.

“I think their interest and consideration in this case will forever change law enforcement in our community,” she added.

Prosecutors are trying to seize the $5,000 and a diamond ring Wilkins allegedly bought on the day he took the money.

The bribery count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“More often than not, police officers make good decisions, but occasionally police officers, like all people, make poor decisions,” Rowe said. “When that happens, we are going to deal with it according to the letter of the law.”

May 072012

KABUL – The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.

The “strategic release” program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said.

Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops.

“Everyone agrees they are guilty of what they have done and should remain in detention. Everyone agrees that these are bad guys. But the benefits outweigh the risks,” a US official told the Post.

In a visit to Afghanistan last week, President Barack Obama confirmed that the US was pursuing peace talks with the Taliban.

A stumbling block in the US-Taliban peace talks has been the US refusal to approve the transfer of five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar, which the Taliban says is necessary for negotiations to proceed.

At the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, the US coalition will set a goal for Afghan forces to take the lead in combat operations across the country next year.

~ This doesn’t bode well for Chicago. There are plans in place for a mass evacuation of downtown Chicago in reaction to possible riots, on May 20-21, the dates of the upcoming NATO Summit?