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North Korea threat: Mattis says war with isolated nation would be 'catastrophic'

Fox News (Politics) - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 01:46
Defense Secretary James Mattis offered a dark outlook of what war with North Korea would look like hours before the rogue regime launched another ballistic missile.

Trump reportedly mulling major overhaul to White House staff

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 23:15
President Trump is reportedly considering a major shakeup to his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists over his frustrations by what he sees as his team’s inability to contain the crisis involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Memorial Day 2017

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 21:50

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Cox and Forkum

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Here’s Civil War Gen. John Logan’s Order Number 11 designating “Decoration Day,” the foundation of Memorial Day. Excerpt:

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing 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. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. 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.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

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Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

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Words and men I’ll never forget:

“Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.” – Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr.

“He knew what he was fighting for.” – father of Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

“He felt that what we were doing was just and right.” – Charles Cummings, father of fallen hero Army PFC Branden Cummings, who died in an IED attack in Diyala, Iraq.

“I genuinely believe the United States Army is a force of good in this world.” – 2LT Mark Daily.

Remember the heroes of Camp Bastion.

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The Sheepdogs by Russ Vaughn

Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life’s farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.
To the flock, sheepdog’s are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.
But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”
Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack’s wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
And the wolves will learn what we’ve shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

Background here.

Paul Ryan shunned by dozens of middle schoolers during photo op

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 19:17
A group of New Jersey eighth-grade students schooled House Speaker Paul Ryan over his unwillingness to critique President Trump.

Durbin to Senate Republicans: 'Let's sit down together' on ObamaCare overhaul

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 19:00
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, on Sunday kept open the possibility of a bipartisan deal to rework ObamaCare, with the task now totally in the hands of the Senate.

Merkel urges EU to control their own destiny, after Trump visit, climate change decision

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 15:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that “the past few days” have shown her that European Union nations must maintain friendships with the United States and Great Britain but also put "out destiny into their own hands.”

New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former House Speaker Hastert of sex assault

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 15:03
An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case.

Homeland Secretary Kelly considers laptop ban on all flights into US

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 14:30
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he’s considering a ban on passengers carry laptop computers on all international flights in and out of the United States.

That moment when some NATO leaders heard Trump tell them to pay up (open thread)

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 10:04

**Written by Doug Powers

Sunday open thread time — the floor is open! And with Memorial Day tomorrow let’s keep those who have made the ultimate sacrifice (and their families) foremost in our thoughts and prayers.

Just a couple things to get the ball rolling…

A Trump-NATO blew through Brussels last week, and the looks on some leaders faces when the U.S. president told them to pay their fair share for their own nations’ defense was pretty priceless:

I don’t think some of them appreciated the message that was sent:

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Awwwkward.

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The mainstream media will again mock another Trump accusation of “fabricated lies” while refusing to recognize their role(s) in making those claims totally believable.

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The New York Times has a motive to get to the bottom of:

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Let me guess… climate change?

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Because it worked so well in Vermont, California’s Senate sent a bill to the full legislature that would create a single payer health care system in the state. They left out one little detail: How it would be paid for. Gee, I wonder why they’d rather avoid that particular elephant in the room:

The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag.

The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, proposed by Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.

Calling that a “hurdle” is like referring to an earth mover parked in the middle of the street as a “speed bump.”

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Have a good Memorial Day weekend all:

America owes an unpayable debt to our fallen heroes & their families.

God bless them this #MemorialDayWeekend.

Homeland's Kelly says no 'big deal' if Kushner tried back-channel network with Russia, as WH fights back

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 08:58
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday it's not a "big deal" if White House adviser Jared Kushner indeed tried during the 2016 elections to set up back-channel communications with the Kremlin -- as the White House this weekend fought back against the growing Russia collusion story.

Trump attacks 'fake news' amid Russia controversy that now includes Kushner

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 08:17
President Trump on Sunday again criticized “fake news” and stories based on anonymous sources, amid ongoing reports about Trump’s inner circle have colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election that now includes adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

US national security adviser 'not concerned' with Kushner, Russia back-channel allegations

Fox News (Politics) - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 03:35
President Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters during a press conference at the G7 Summit in Sicily that he is “not concerned” with reports that Jared Kushner tried to set up diplomatic back-channels with Russia.

Judge throws out lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by parents of Benghazi victims

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:36
A federal judge tossed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed at a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling Friday the former secretary of state did not defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied.

Gianforte's Capitol Hill arrival won't be typical special election formality

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:21
A series of rituals usually unfold on Capitol Hill when a candidate wins a special election and joins the House in the middle of a Congress.

White House mum on new Kushner allegations in Russia probe

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 16:06
The White House declined to comment Saturday on a news report that top President Trump adviser Jared Kushner had at least three undisclosed conversations last year with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

AP readies Earth’s obituary in case Trump pulls US out of Paris Agreement

Michelle Malkin - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 15:37

**Written by Doug Powers

On Saturday, President Trump said he’ll make his decision on pulling out of the Paris climate agreement known next week. The Associated Press has the planet’s obituary ready to go in case that happens:

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So somehow the planet that made it a few billion years is going to be screwed if something Obama signed last year is rescinded? SCIENCE!

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Peak media hackery.

Update:

Newsweek sees the AP’s idiocy and raises them two WTFs:

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**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Jim Bunning, MLB Hall of Famer and ex-GOP senator, dies at 85

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 12:54
Hall of Fame pitcher and two-term U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died, members of his family said Saturday. He was 85.

Trump touts success on NATO, terrorism battle, thanks troops in trip-ending speech

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 12:36
President Trump on Saturday concluded his international trip with a speech that saluted overseas U.S. troops and expressed tones of optimism and success about working with America's “oldest and newest friends” to bring about Middle East peace and solve such pressing concerns as NATO and radical Islamic terrorism.

Trump wraps overseas trip with thanks to US troops, standing firm on terrorism, climate change concerns

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 09:33
President Trump on Saturday in Italy thanked overseas U.S. troops, in concluding his trip through the Middle East and Europe in which NATO, radical Islamic terrorism and climate change emerged as key issues.

Trump wraps overseas trip with message to US troops, standing firm on terrorism, climate change concerns

Fox News (Politics) - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 09:33
President Trump declined Saturday in Italy to join six other world powers in affirming the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, wrapping his trip through the Middle East and Europe during which radical Islamic terrorism and climate change emerged at key issues.

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