Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers


They Went Into Harm’s Way To Insure Our Freedoms
Let’s Celebrate Those Freedoms

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — During my 30-year career with the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) I had the privilege of working with members of many other law enforcement agencies, both from within the United States and with those of foreign governments. One of those foreign police forces was the Israeli National Police.

There are times when a statement made by someone else creates a seminal moment; when an issue is brought into such focus that you can never forget it. Such a moment took place quite a few years ago when I joined an Israeli police general for a working lunch. He was sharing information with me about an Israeli fugitive who was wanted for committing serious crimes in Israel and had fled to the United States to avoid arrest. I would ultimately arrest the fugitive for his violations of our immigration laws and have him deported so that he could face justice in his native Israel.

During that lunch the general told me that Israelis viewed Americans as their “big brothers” and had tremendous respect for the United States. He went on to tell me that the one thing that Israelis in general found hard to understand, however, was an issue that he could not understand either. he wanted to know why Memorial Day had become an opportunity for linen sales and barbecues. He told me that in Israel when they celebrate the sacrifices of their military they do so in a very different and very somber way. At the appointed time motorists turn off their engines, get out of their cars and bow their heads in prayer and contemplation of the sacrifices of their fallen young men and women who made the “ultimate sacrifice.” Radio programming is interrupted for a minute of silence to pray or simply show respect for their fallen members of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).

I have never been able to get that conversation out of my mind, and every time Memorial Day comes around I find myself contemplating that conversation many years ago, wishing that Americans would find an equivalent way of truly paying homage to our fallen soldiers irrespective of the branch of the military in which they served.

In my musings I came to think about what motivates the valiant members of our armed forces and, I would include, the valiant members of the various law enforcement agencies and other first responders. The obvious answer is that these people all went in harm’s way to defend and protect us and our nation.

America is synonymous with freedom.

Our Constitution and within it, the Bill of Rights, codify our freedoms. Our freedoms are, however, increasingly coming under attack.
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Obama Dishonors Memorial Day at Hiroshima

BREITBART — Does anyone think it an accident that President Obama chose Memorial Day weekend to give his high-sounding moral equivalence speech in Hiroshima calling for a “moral revolution”?

What Obama proposed in his speech in Japan is moral disarmament, and the consequences of that moral capitulation will be horrific if the world follows his advice.

At Hiroshima, Obama was silent on the question of American sacrifice, American valor, and American virtue, but eloquent on the issue of American guilt.

What Obama did NOT do in his speech in Japan was to praise America’s fallen warriors, the men and women whose bravery and sacrifice saved the world from nuclear war over the 71 years since that first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

Obama is wrong, but if even half of Americans agree with the president, then we have abandoned the meaning of Memorial Day and substituted Atonement Day in its place. And if America’s future leaders think our nation has no further need to honor our fallen warriors, America may discover we have no warriors willing to tread in their path.

Obama’s moral capitulation presents a stark and sobering contrast with the patriotism of a different President, America’s chosen leader only one generation ago. Thirty-two years ago in 1984 Ronald Reagan went to the beaches of Normandy to honor the fallen warriors of many nations who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.

CHINESE, KOREAN VICTIMS ON OBAMA IN HIROSHIMA: JAPAN ‘IS NOT THE VICTIM’ — BREITBART

HARRY TRUMAN SAVED MY LIFE, BUT BARACK OBAMA DOESN’T APPROVE — BREITBART

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET NUKED DON’T BOMB PEARL HARBOR — BREITBART

OBAMA’S HIROSHIMA VISIT PANNED BY CRITICS ON LEFT, RIGHT — WASHINGTON TIMES

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American Veteran News Memorial Day 2016

ROLLING THUNDER ROARS INTO D.C. FOR THE 29TH TIME — WASHINGTON TIMES — Listen. It’s the collective roar of motorcycles on a mission, their faithful riders on the same route to the same cause: to draw public attention to the needs of military veterans, and the unanswered question surrounding prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Welcome to “Rolling Thunder” — the perfect name for one of those most patriotic events on the planet. These riders did roll, and there was thunder during the 29th “Ride for Freedom,” on Sunday in the nation’s capital.

“Never forget all of our prisoners of war and those still missing in action from all wars, and never forget our veterans of all wars. That’s our message, and that’s our mission,” said Artie Muller, who served in the U.S. Army 4th Infantry Division in the jungles of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos at age 20. Years later, he went on to found the feisty group that took its name from a combat operation.

Operation Rolling Thunder was the U.S. military code name for the long-term bombing of North Vietnamese targets in the mid-1960s.

This year, the ride had added star power. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an appearance at the big event in mid-afternoon near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Wearing his signature crimson “Make America Great Again” baseball hat, Mr. Trump vowed to “rebuild” the U.S. military, tend to the needs of vets and to shore up the nation’s porous borders.



PAIR JOINS FORCES TO LOCATE, RETURN REMAINS OF VETERANS MISSING IN ACTION IN VIETNAM — THE ADVOCATE — Having served in the Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Ed “Cowboy” Lewis has lamented the struggles of his era’s veterans, especially those who became homeless. His nonprofit organization, Ride of the Brotherhood, tried to create a home for such veterans, though that may have hit a dead end.

But he seems to be nearing a breakthrough for those he considers the ultimate homeless.

In April, Lewis, who lives in Lacombe, got approval from the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense to assist with locating the remains of missing servicemen from both sides of the war.

“There are 1,200 American soldiers that are still unaccounted for in Vietnam, and over 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers that are unaccounted for,” Lewis said. “Why don’t we work as a joint effort? We help them find theirs, and they give us permission to find ours.”

The April journey was Lewis’ second trip back to Southeast Asia, having led a group of veterans to visit in 2014. Also on that trip was Donna Elliott, an Arkansas resident who has been going to Vietnam often since 1999 in hopes of finding what happened to her brother, Jerry Elliott, who was declared missing in action following a battle at Khe Sanh on Jan. 21, 1968. Her difficulties getting cooperation from Vietnamese and American officials — the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has an office in Hanoi — have helped motivate Lewis’ efforts.



VET TRAVELS FROM ARIZONA TO HELP FIX DEFACED VIETNAM VETERAN MURAL AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY — NBC LOS ANGELES — Word of a vandalized Vietnam memorial in Venice, California, inspired scores of veterans — some from as far as Arizona — to clean up the spray-painted mess ahead of Memorial Day.

Extensive graffiti — a thick sheen of silver paint — covered the mural, which bears the names of 2,273 veterans who vanished in Vietnam and has stood untouched since 1992.

LA County Sheriff’s Department investigators showed up Saturday night to assess the wall on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court and take pictures.

“This is about as bad as burning an American flag, stomping on it,” said John Scudder, a Marine veteran of 11 1/2 years who brought his construction truck and paint remover to help organize a cleanup. “Just like that flag is a symbol of freedom, this is a symbolization of names of people who gave their lives for this country.”



VETERANS SITES IN CALIFORNIA, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA DAMAGED — ARMY TIMES — LOS ANGELES — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said.

A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was reported damaged in Henderson, Kentucky. Police say a Memorial Day cross display there that honors the names of 5,000 veterans of conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War has been damaged by a driver who plowed through the crosses early Saturday.

In Virginia, the Petersburg National Battlefield has apparently has been looted, the National Park Service said. Numerous excavations were found at the Civil War battlefield last week, Jeffrey Olson, and agency spokesman, said in a news release Friday. Petersburg National Battlefield is a 2,700-acre park marks where more than 1,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died fighting during the Siege of Petersburg 151 years ago.



CHILDREN OF FALLEN TROOPS COME TO DC TO HEAL AND PLAY — T&P — At an event in the nation’s capital, 500 children of fallen service members gathered for a day of fun and healing.

On May 28, 500 children of fallen service members gathered in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., for Playfield in the Park, an event put on by Yellow Ribbons United and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.

The day was part of TAPS’ third annual National Good Grief Camp, which pairs children of fallen service members with military and veteran mentors over the course of Memorial Day weekend.

For 10-year-olds Landon and Tyler, the camp is an opportunity to create new memories and friendships with those who understand their grief and loss.

“I realized that fallen heroes, like I have, everyone here was just like me,” Landon told Task & Purpose. “Everybody here had a parent or a loved one from all the branches of the military who passed away in the line of duty.”



A GOLD-STAR WIFE’S MESSAGE TO VETERANS: HONOR THE FALLEN BY LIVING — T&P — Jane Horton lost her husband in Afghanistan. She urges veterans on Memorial Day to honor fallen troops through living.

On Sept. 9, 2011, my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan. My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn’t understand why God would take away my husband so soon, or why he chose me to live on alone and carry this great burden. I was drowning in grief, heartbroken and almost hopeless.

Throughout my long four and half years of being a war widow, nothing has been harder for me than to learn to live — when all I wanted to do was die. There have been many sleepless nights where I have laid on my face praying and crying my eyes out, and many mornings where I rolled up into a ball, asking for God to take me, or somehow spare me from this pain. I didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t want to face the day.

To live means so much more than just struggling to function. I may have still been breathing, but I wasn’t alive. After all, life is so much more than just breath. There was no life left within me — only a broken, devastated heart that struggled to carry on and somehow project a kind of artificial life. I was going through the motions, painting lipstick on and plastering on a fake smile every morning just to get through the day. I was only a fraction of the person I had been before, and fought hard to make it through each day.



DENIAL OF MILITARY HONORS AT ARLINGTON STINGS WASPS — AP — SWEETWATER, Texas — It’s been a difficult year for fans and former members of the U.S. Army’s Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

The WASPs, if you are unfamiliar with local history, were female pilots trained in Sweetwater during World War II to fly military aircraft in the United States and Canada. The first women who applied for the civil service jobs were required to already have 500 hours of flight time (compared with 200 for men), received lower pay than any male counterpart, and could only fly the smallest trainers or liaison aircraft.

That changed over time, at least partially. Eventually, only 35 hours were required for entry. But more importantly, the 1,102 WASPs who served during the war ended up flying every type of aircraft in the nation’s arsenal.

WASPs ferried aircraft across the country, or performed flight duties while training male pilots. Two WASPs flew the B-29 bomber, notorious then for catastrophic engine fires, and demonstrated to the reluctant male pilots that it could be done safely.



REMAINS OF 13 MORE WORLD WAR II MARINES FOUND ON TARAWA — AP — The founder of a volunteer group says it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on a Pacific atoll.

Mark Noah, head of Marathon, Florida-based History Flight, tells The Associated Press that 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and a 13th set of remains was found this week.

The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms more remains have been found, although it couldn’t confirm the number. The agency says it will return the remains to the U.S. this summer.

Last year, Honor Flight found the remains of 35 Marines on Tarawa, which is part of the island nation of Kiribati, and the Defense Department found a 36th set.

All were returned to the U.S. The Pentagon says 23 of them have been identified.



THIS MEMORIAL DAY, WEAR A POPPY — MILCOM — When did Memorial Day become synonymous with, “Hey, we can get a queen-sized mattress at a discount?”

We had just moved into our newly purchased home at our newest duty station. As luck would have it, the oven that came with the house gave out just weeks after moving day.

“Well, Memorial Day is coming up soon, we can get on sale that weekend,” my husband said, barely glancing away from the television.

That rubbed me the wrong way — the idea that he automatically associated Memorial Day with appliance sales. And, if I think about it, it can be associated with mattress sales, car sales, furniture sales … the list goes on and on.

In 1868, Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed the official date of the first Memorial Day, writing in General Order No. 11: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

In 1921, inspired by a poem, a woman named Moina Michael wrote,



MEMORIAL DAY IS A ‘NATIONAL ALL SOULS’ DAY’ — NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER — Memorial Day 2016 falls on May 30, the day it was celebrated for decades after it began as Decoration Day to honor the war dead after the Civil War.

Some veterans and Catholic military chaplains described what the solemn day means to them.

“I would liken it to a national All Souls’ Day, as far as a Catholic chaplain goes,” observed Father Carl Subler. A chaplain on active duty with the U.S. Army, he has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and various bases around the United States, most recently at Fort Drum, N.Y. A priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, he has been a chaplain since 2007.

We commemorate all the faithful departed on All Souls’ Day, while on Memorial Day, “I pray specifically for those who have died in our nation’s wars, whether you agree with them or not,” explained Father Subler. “I pray for their souls and the special sacrifice they made for our nation.”

He also prays specifically for those he ministered to overseas, as well as those who lost their lives in past wars.



HONOR GUARDS STRUGGLE TO MEET DEMAND WITH FEWER VOLUNTEERS AND MORE FUNERALS — WCPO — CINCINNATI — Men and women in sharp uniforms stand at attention. A flag is folded and handed to the next of kin. Taps plays. The guns fire in salute.

Those who perform those duties at the funeral of military veteran are called an honor guard. It is a noble calling, and one that is in high demand these days. As funerals for veterans increase, the number of veterans to perform honor guard duties decreases.

“It is harder than it used to be,” said Wayne “Hutch” Hutchison, the Ohio chief of staff for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hutch served in the Navy in the first Persian Gulf War. “Specifically, a lot of us combine honor guards to make sure our veteran heroes are given a proper burial.”



MAKING THE MOST OF ACTIVE-DUTY RETIREMENT PAY — USAA — Years before you hang up your uniform and leave active-duty military service, you will need to make a major decision about your retirement pay.

If you entered on or after Aug. 1, 1986, you’ll be asked around your 15th year of service to choose between two different retirement plans. The High-36 retirement plan is so named because it’s based on the average of your highest 36 months of basic pay, while the CSB/REDUX option comes with a $30,000 Career Status Bonus. The small number who entered the service before that date are automatically covered by the Final Pay or High-36 plan. See the chart below for the full range of options.



THOUSANDS RAISED FOR 94-YEAR-OLD VETERAN, SCAMMED OUT OF HIS SAVINGS — (KPHO/KTVK) — PHOENIX –

Viewers in Arizona and across the country are raising money for a World War II veteran from Chandler, who was scammed out of his life savings.

Jack Holder survived Pearl Harbor and went on to fly missions over both the Pacific and Europe with the U.S. Navy.

This spring, thieves convinced Holder, who is 94, that he’d won a “Publishers Clearing House” jackpot. They told him, he simply needed to pay the taxes on the $4.7 million and new Mercedes-Benz upfront, before he received the prizes.

Holder wrote checks totaling $43,000 before he realized he’d been scammed.



THOUSANDS OF MILITARY MEMBERS DENIED CRUCIAL VETERAN’S BENEFITS FOR REPORTING SEXUAL ASSAULT — THINK PROGRESS — Liz Luras carried three American flags over her shoulder in a Memorial Day march this weekend. Each represented a veteran who committed suicide after leaving the military. To Luras, this honor is especially meaningful, since she knows it could easily be her flag waving beside theirs.

Luras is one of the many soldiers featured in a new Human Rights Watch report who were “honorably discharged” from the military after being the victim of rape or other sexual assault.

Despite passing a meticulous mental health screening when enlisting in a top-secret military intelligence position, Luras was discharged after multiple rapes for having a “personality disorder,” or PD. Now, more than 15 years after her discharge, she continues to be denied jobs, health benefits, and general respect for having papers marked with “PD” — a condition that many mental health professionals, including ones within the VA, have told her she doesn’t have.

“I was on the path to West Point. I wanted this to the be my career,” she said. “But when you enlist for the military, you don’t realize that the system of justice warriors are fighting for doesn’t apply to them.”



LIVES OF VETERANS INSPIRE A DEEP SEARCH INTO HISTORY — DETROIT FREE PRESS — Sgt. Norman Stewart appeared dazed and scared as he stood at the rear hatch of the B24 bomber.

Only moments had passed since the Michigan-made bomber, affectionately called “Ole Baldy” by the crew, had been badly hit by fire from a German fighter during a World War II mission that had gone terribly wrong. The crew was being ordered to bail.

Stewart, a 19-year-old tail gunner who had graduated from Farmington High School about a year earlier, seemed hesitant, too disoriented or too injured to jump on his own. So his crew members had to push him out, according to official accounts.

It was the last time anyone saw Stewart, killed in action during that Sept. 27, 1944, mission.



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Speaker: Eric Swanson
Scripture: 2 Peter 1:16-21

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American Veteran News 05.29.16

REMAINS OF 13 MORE WORLD WAR II MARINES FOUND ON PACIFIC ATOLL — FOX NEWS — The founder of a volunteer group says it has found the remains of 13 more World War II Marines on a Pacific atoll.

Mark Noah, head of Marathon, Florida-based History Flight, tells The Associated Press that 12 sets of remains were found on Tarawa between January and March and a 13th set of remains was found this week.

The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms more remains have been found, although it couldn’t confirm the number. The agency says it will return the remains to the U.S. this summer.

Last year, Honor Flight found the remains of 35 Marines on Tarawa, which is part of the island nation of Kiribati, and the Defense Department found a 36th set.

All were returned to the U.S. The Pentagon says 23 of them have been identified.



A GOLD-STAR WIFE’S MESSAGE TO VETERANS — HONOR THE FALLEN BY LIVING — T&P — Jane Horton lost her husband in Afghanistan. She urges veterans on Memorial Day to honor fallen troops through living.

On September 9, 2011 my husband, Spc. Christopher Horton, was killed in action in Paktia, Afghanistan. My world shattered. As I struggled to look through the kaleidoscope lens that made up my life, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t eat, and I could barely breathe. I didn’t understand why God would take away my husband so soon, or why he chose me to live on alone and carry this great burden. I was drowning in grief, heartbroken and almost hopeless.

Throughout my long four and half years of being a war widow, nothing has been harder for me than to learn to live — when all I wanted to do was die. There have been many sleepless nights where I have laid on my face praying and crying my eyes out, and many mornings where I rolled up into a ball, asking for God to take me, or somehow spare me from this pain. I didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t want to face the day.

To live means so much more than just struggling to function. I may have still been breathing, but I wasn’t alive. After all, life is so much more than just breath. There was no life left within me — only a broken, devastated heart that struggled to carry on and somehow project a kind of artificial life. I was going through the motions, painting lipstick on and plastering on a fake smile every morning just to get through the day. I was only a fraction of the person I had been before, and fought hard to make it through each day.



THE VA BLOCKED A DISABLED VETERAN’S KIDNEY TRANSPLANT BECAUSE THE DONOR WASN’T A VETERAN — BUZZ FEED — Charles Nelson, a disabled Army veteran, needed a kidney transplant and luckily his son, Coty Nelson, was a match. But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wouldn’t cover the transplant because his son was not a veteran.

When Charles, a former Army Specialist, attempted to get approval from his Veteran Affairs Choice Program healthcare provider, he was told he wasn’t eligible for coverage because his son was not a veteran.

The program – available to veterans who live more than 40 miles away from a VA transplant facility – only allows veterans to receive transplants from other veterans.

“If you know about transplants, you know it’s hard enough to find a non-veteran donor,” Charles told BuzzFeed News.

Charles, 48, and his wife Tamara Nelson decided to raise the money to cover their son’s half of the surgery, but the VA told them the Choice Program still would not cover it, because it “was really just one kind of surgery” for both people, she said.

“The VA is kind of a joke,” Tamara Nelson told BuzzFeed News. “We love our doctors and could not be happier with them, but the bureaucratic bullshit makes this all so hard.”



AUGUSTA VA STAFF TESTIFY ABOUT WORRIES IN PUSH TO CLOSE CASES — AUGUSTA CHRONICLE — It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to do it, they didn’t know how to do it. And they feared that if they did it wrong, veterans would suffer, several administrative employees at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Af­fairs Medical Center testified Thurs­day.

In the fourth day of Cathedral Henderson’s trial in U.S. District Court on 50 counts of making false statements, Tara Holliday told the jury that Meribeth Bredehoft, then chief of health administrative services, gave her a list of names and told her to close out the consults.

“I didn’t even know where to start,” Holliday said. She said she received no training and had no medical education to fall back on. Holliday said she stopped doing it and shelved the lists.

“I didn’t think it was morally right, that it was ethical,” she said.



VA’S LAPSE JEOPARDIZES FLA. NURSING HOME, POSSIBLY OTHERS — KGW — ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — At least three states say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed to formally notify them of a significant policy change in the construction requirements for veterans nursing homes, in turn threatening the future of at least one facility.

More states — possibly the remaining 47 and Puerto Rico — could be clueless about the sudden shift in policy, veterans officials said.

“To the best of my knowledge, nobody has received that letter — no state,” said Fred Sganga, legislative officer of the National Association of State Veterans Homes.

The communication breakdown already has halted plans for Florida’s seventh veterans nursing home, slated for St. Lucie County, potentially jeopardizing the project if officials can’t come up with another $20 million from the federal government and the state.

“We don’t want to be held hostage by a design guide that doesn’t recognize the state’s ability to provide what they need for the veterans living in their state,” said Sganga, who also is executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Sganga said he never received formal notification of the policy change.



UNIONS AT ODDS OVER VA EMPLOYEE ACCOUNTABILITY BILL — GOV EXEC — Unions representing rank-and-file employees at the Veterans Affairs Department are at odds over legislation that would change the disciplinary process for VA poor performers.

The National Federation of Federal Employees, which represents nurses, doctors and other health care professionals at 17 VA facilities across the country, on Wednesday urged senators to oppose the Veterans First Act, calling it a “misguided attempt at reform that will not improve veterans’ care.” Specifically the bill, which includes several measures aimed at strengthening accountability among the department’s more than 300,000-person workforce, “would undermine the integrity of services available to our nation’s veterans by eviscerating important safeguards protecting VA employees from undue political influence,” said a May 25 letter from NFFE President William Dougan to senators.



CINCINNATI VA WARNED ABOUT AWOL DOCS — CINCINNATI.COM — The Cincinnati VA Medical Center has developed an “unofficial practice” of doctors leaving the hospital early, at times to work instead for UC Health on private patients, and a VA lawyer warned last year that the doctors could be committing a crime that could be prosecuted and should be reported to the VA inspector general.

The July legal opinion came amid a gathering power struggle inside the Cincinnati VA, involving officialdom from UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, over the administration of Dr. Barbara Temeck, then the facility’s acting chief of staff. The Cincinnati VA hospital on Vine Street in Corryville serves 43,000 veterans in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

One factor in the VA struggle was Temeck’s discovery and documentation that part-time and full-time VA doctors routinely left their VA jobs early, which stranded veterans with appointments in the hospital’s waiting rooms. In August 2014, a list prepared for Temeck found that of 61 part-time doctors, only six fulfilled contracted time obligations to the Cincinnati VA.



MONEY CAN’T CURE WHAT AILS VETERANS AFFAIRS — WALL STREET JOURNAL — ‘Total VA funding has grown by nearly 86 percent from 2009,” says the headline of a document put out by the Department of Veterans Affairs this year in support of the agency’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for $182.3 billion. Politicians and government officials argue that increases in VA funding demonstrate a willingness to support veterans and their legitimate needs. Many of the increases are justified because of the higher costs of providing health care and the growing numbers of veterans receiving compensation and pension benefits.

Yet our concern should not be about the amount of money the VA spends. We should focus instead on the impact that money has on the lives of veterans. While the annual budget was growing over the last decade, there have been cuts to literally hundreds of programs throughout the federal government, many of which directly benefit veterans and their families.

Instead of arguing about VA funding levels every year, it’s time to consider fundamental changes in the way the VA delivers services. Here’s how:

• Realign the separate VA and Defense Department health-care systems. Together, the two health systems receive more than $100 billion in taxpayer funding every year. A fully integrated system would help control health-care costs. It also would help VA and Defense Department employees—who provide care to the same veterans and active-duty service members at different points in their lives, although Defense also cares for dependents—refocus their efforts to provide coordinated world-class care.



FRENCH VILLAGE INVITES VETERAN TO REVISIT AS ‘HONORED GUEST’ — AP — TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A tiny village in France hasn’t forgotten. The deeds of American soldiers such as Tom Cundiff, even 72 years later, are remembered there.

This summer, Cundiff plans to return to Etrechy. He lived in that rural town of 6,100 residents for 16 months during World War II, serving as a U.S. Army staff sergeant, a company clerk, helping fellow soldiers rejoin their units after hospital stints or report for duty after arriving from the States

His outfit, the small 446th Replacement Company from the 85th Replacement Battalion, set up operations in a castle – Le Chateau de Gravelles – just days after American forces liberated Paris and Etrechy from Nazi German occupiers.

Every Aug. 28, the Etrechy townspeople celebrate the moment when the Americans turned the village back over to the locals. This year, Cundiff will be their honored guest, representing his country, again, and fellow service members.



OBAMA VISIT TO HIROSHIMA OPENS OLD WOUNDS FOR SURVIVORS, WORLD WAR II VETERANS — LA DAILY NEWS — An angel, a stunning streak of silver, danced across a vibrant blue sky. Kaz Suyeishi remembers being taken by its beauty. Nearly 71 years later, its memory remains in vivid color.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, she spotted it from the family’s front garden — a B-29 vapor trail cutting through the morning air over the Pacific. Suyeishi was just 18, home from her factory job because of a fever, and as she traced it across a cloudless sky, she noticed an unusual white speck falling from the plane she’d soon know as the Enola Gay. “Look at that,” she pointed out to a friend, who stood nearby.

Then suddenly, there was a tremendous flash, burning across the horizon. Buildings collapsed. Tens of thousands were killed instantly. In seconds, Hiroshima was drowned in a blinding orange and yellow light, like a sheet of the sun had rained down and set the city ablaze. Suyeishi lay unconscious, buried in the rubble.

Six weeks later, Paul Rubenstein and his Marine infantry battalion stepped off a transportation ship in Nagasaki. In August, before the bomb, they’d begun practicing amphibious landings for an invasion of Japan — a mission many, Rubenstein included, expected to be a bloodbath. For the first time since enlisting, he worried he might not survive.



WESTLAND ORDINANCE OFFICE REMOVES AMERICAN FLAGS FROM BUSINESS — FOX DETROIT — A Westland business owner lines his property with small American flags in honor of Memorial Day.

But someone in the city didn’t approve of the patriotic gesture now — those flags are gone.

Ken Dabelstein operates Ken’s Country Produce also known as the big red barn on Ford Road at Newburg in Westland. And every Memorial Day weekend Ken respectfully plants these American flags in a row along his nursery yard.

“I put them in the ground by the curb, 12 on each side,” Dabelstein said.

Ken planted 24 American flags. But Thursday afternoon Ken says a woman who said she was with the city of Westland pulled every one of the 24 American flags and confiscated them.

But Thursday afternoon Ken says a woman who said she was with the city of Westland pulled every one of the 24 American flags and confiscated them.

“She pulled the flags out and wouldn’t give me her card,” Dabelstein said. “She pulled the flags out, customers tried to grab them out of her hand. She wouldn’t give it to them.

“She took the flags and literally threw them in the back of her truck.”

Ken is 73 years old and even he went after his flags.



HELPING AMERICAN VETERANS REINTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY — FOX NEWS RADIO — Sebastian Junger, former war correspondent and New York Times bestselling author joined Kilmeade & Friends to talk about his latest book “Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging”

Junger discussed the problem American veteran’s face dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to re-acclimate to society after returning home from war.



ILLEGAL ALIEN ALLEGEDLY POSED AS DEAD VETERAN TO STEAL SOCIAL SECURITY — BREITBART — An illegal immigrant was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, for allegedly stealing the identity of a deceased U.S. military veteran in order to get the vet’s Social Security payments and other benefits. The scam had been going on for over four years, authorities say.

Court documents show that Rene Ortiz Quintana, 69, had been posing as a veteran who passed away back in 1994 to defraud the federal and state governments of nearly $30,000 in illicitly obtained benefits.

Investigators allege that Quintana stole the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo to obtain a number of benefits ranging from the state health care program to Social Security to benefits from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

In particular, Quintana used the deceased veteran’s name to sign up for a VA Choice card, a benefit that allows veterans to find medical care outside the VA Hospital system.

Quintana, who authorities say has been living in the U.S. illegally for upwards to 50 years, was arrested on May 19 and has been charged with seven counts of identity theft, six counts



SENATORS BLOCK PENTAGON EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MILITARY BASE COMMISSARIES — BELLEVIEW NEWS-DEMOCRAT — A bipartisan group of 31 senators has introduced legislation that would block the privatization of commissaries at five installations until a study has been completed that would assess the impact, according to Military Times.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., vice chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced the amendment, which is co-sponsored by another 29 senators.

They’re trying to stop a provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill which would require DoD to begin turning over operation of commissaries to private companies.



HARRIET THE BALD EAGLE WHO HELPED WOUNDED MILITARY VETERANS HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 35 — INDEPENDENT (UK) — She was 35 years old – one heck of an age for a bald eagle, especially for one that had lost a wing.

Yet when when it was announced this week that Harriet, the eagle who had helped heal wounded soldiers, had died, there was nothing but sadness.

“With a heavy heart, we announce that our senior eagle ambassador, Harriet, has died,” said the National Eagle Centre in Minnesota.



BILL TO HELP MILITARY CAREGIVERS PASSES IN HOUSE — PRESS REPUBLICAN — PLATTSBURGH — The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Support Our Military Caregivers Act sponsored by North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

The legislation would reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Family Caregiver Program to help better support family members caring for seriously wounded veterans.

“This bill is critically important,” Stefanik told the Press-Republican.

“I represent the highest number of veterans in the state, and many have served since Sept. 11, 2001, and their caregivers have played a significant role in providing for them and they deserve the services they earned.”



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Hillary Clinton’s Inner Circle Shunned Investigators in Email Probe

WASHINGTON TIMES — It wasn’t just Hillary Clinton who refused to talk to State Department investigators — her entire top tier of staffers shunned the inspector general’s probe into her secret email system.

And most of those staffers are now playing prominent roles in Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The State Department inspector general’s report determined that not only Mrs. Clinton but also her confidantes used private email accounts, aided Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal server and would not answer any questions about the scandal, fueling speculation of a coordinated cover-up.

“It’s remarkable, truly remarkable, there was no cooperation with the office of the inspector general. I can’t think of anything comparable,” said Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has filed more than a dozen lawsuits trying to pry loose emails from Mrs. Clinton and her aides.

Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to talk stood in stark contrast to other secretaries, who all cooperated with the inspector general’s probe.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment from The Washington Times for this article, but her campaign spokesman said Wednesday in a round of television interviews that the candidate and her inner circle figured it was more important to talk to the FBI, which is also conducting an investigation, than to work with the inspector general.

NAPOLITANO: ‘AMPLE EVIDENCE’ TO INDICT CLINTON, ONLY LYNCH OR OBAMA COULD PREVENT IT — DC

MSNBC: POLLS REVEAL CLINTON IS A ‘NAUSEATED’ ‘LIAR’ — DC

COULD ROMANIAN HACKER ‘GUCCIFER’ ASSIST FBI’S PROBE OF CLINTON? — THE HILL

JUDGE SEALS ALL VIDEO INTERVIEWS IN CLINTON EMAIL CASE — THE HILL

CLINTON: WATCHDOG REPORT ON EMAILS WON’T CHANGE CAMPAIGN — THE HILL

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Univision Hits a New Low in Its Report on South Carolina-Based “Americans Have Had Enough”

CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES– Univision makes no effort to conceal its conviction that illegal immigrants should be treated no differently from those who follow immigration law. Its news anchors routinely refer to opponents of illegal immigration as “anti-immigrant”.

But on last Friday’s evening news, the Spanish-language network reached a new low in its bias. Its offense came in its treatment of the South Carolina group called Americans Have Had Enough.

Before watching my recording of the newscast last weekend, I had never head of Americans Have Had Enough. A check of its website makes clear that it’s a conservative group. Its list of concerns names these as its top five:

    Securing our borders;

    Enforcing our laws against the hiring of illegal aliens;

    Restoring and strengthening the “private” part in private property rights;

    Returning education authority and control to local school districts and de-funding the national Department of Education; and

    Restoring fiscal accountability in government spending.

The list goes on, in a way that Ronald Reagan would probably have approved. I saw no sign of xenophobia.

And yet Univision anchor Maria Salinas, a highly regarded journalist, made her brief discussion of the group part of a story she prominently labeled as an examination of “xenophobia.” She noted that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Americans Have Had Enough as a “hate group.”

That is a smear tactic that the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich and Mark Potok have used with a reckless malice we discussed in the 2010 investigation titled “Immigration and the SPLC“. The “hate group” tag is often nothing more than a shoddy and cheap stunt to advance the cause of wide-open immigration.

Salinas’s story then compounded the insult by putting the words “Group de Odio” — “Hate Group” — on the screen as she began a brief exchange with Roan Garcia-Quintana, the executive director of Americans Have Had Enough. Salinas did not use quotation marks, effectively affirming the smear.

Applying the network’s party line, she said to Garcia-Quintana, “You are an immigrant. You came from Cuba. Why are you against immigrants?”

He responded: “I’m not against immigrants, I’m against illegals.”

That is a distinction that Univision, in repeated defiance of basic journalistic principles, fails to make.

I think that was bad reporting. For the record, that does not make me “anti-journalist.” I was a reporter for more than 30 years. That was long enough to earn me the label of “anti-bad journalism.”

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DHS Admits It’s Still Violating Judge’s Order on Immigration Amnesty

WASHINGTON TIMES — Homeland Security has discovered more three-year amnesty applications it approved in defiance of a federal judge’s firm injunction, lawyers told the court late Wednesday — less than a week after the judge delivered a vicious spanking to the administration for repeatedly bungling the case.

Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said as they were preparing for their latest update to the court, they discovered three more three-year amnesties they had sent out, after Judge Andrew Hanen had ordered them not to.

Mr. Rodriguez blamed “human error” and said the permits, known specifically as employment authorization documents or EADs, were reissues of ones that they’d sent earlier, but got returned for some reason.

He did not elaborate on the “human error,” and his agency refused to answer follow-up questions from The Washington Times about what those errors entailed, and why it took five months to discover them.

The amnesties are part of the executive action President Obama took in November 2014 to try to stop deportations of most illegal immigrants. He ordered new “priorities” putting most of the 11 million unauthorized migrants out of any danger of being removed, and in the case of up to 5 million, he granted them work permits and a three-year proactive stay of deportation.

Texas led 25 other states in suing, arguing Mr. Obama broke the law and violated the Constitution, and Judge Hanen issued an injunction halting the entire program. The case is now pending before the Supreme Court, but in the meantime, the administration issued more than 100,000 three-year permits, in what Judge Hanan has now ruled to be a violation of his order.

CLINTON: ‘I WON’T GIVE UP’ IF CONGRESS REFUSES TO PASS IMMIGRATION PLAN — THE HILL

GREEN CARDS ISSUED TO MIDDLE EASTERN MIGRANTS SKYROCKET 32 PERCENT — BREITBART

HILLARY CLINTON WARNS OF TRUMP’S ‘PARA-MILITARY’ DEPORTATION FORCE — BREITBART

WHAT’S WRONG WITH EB-5? A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS — CIS

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J-1 Visa Holder Remembers Her U.S. Summer: ‘Constant Parties’

CAPS — New guidelines in the controversial J-1 visa, the summer work and travel scam that undermines unemployed American teens’ job searches, have set off a frenzy in Ireland.

Before being issued a visa, applicants must now have a confirmed, approved job waiting for them in the U.S. According to a story on Irish News, many unsuspecting prospective J-1 travelers who cannot meet the revised requirements will have to forfeit money already spent on air travel and living accommodations.

While no one takes pleasure in uninformed young adults losing money, tighter J-1 requirements are a small step in the right direction for struggling, job-seeking American teens. A related Irish News story unveiled how many of the Irish viewed their trip to the U.S. – a great big party that may or may not include work. U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley noted that under the previous rules, groups of as many as 30 young Irish could go to a destination without a job. One would-be visitor called having to line up a job before she left Ireland “scary.” And one who came to America remembered her J-1 experience as a stream of “constant parties” while she traveled from Los Angeles to San Diego to Las Vegas.

REFLECTIONS ON “NEW AMERICANS” — CIS

BUZZFEED ON THE LATEST DIPLOMA MILL IMMIGRATION FRAUD — VDARE

IS E-VERIFY WORTH A DAMN? (CONT.) — VDARE

SAN FRANCISCO UPDATE TO SANCTUARY CITY POLICY: ONLY CONVICTED AXE MURDERERS MAY BE DEPORTED — VDARE

SURGE OF HAITIANS AT SAN YSIDRO PORT OF ENTRY — SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

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First Deposition Testimony From Clinton Email Discovery Released

JUDICIAL WATCH — (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the State Department’s executive secretariat. The transcript is available here. Amb. Lukens was deposed last week as part of the discovery granted to Judicial Watch by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, non-government email system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Lukens is the first of seven depositions of former Clinton top aides and State Department officials that Judicial Watch has scheduled over the next four weeks. Also to be deposed are Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.

OBAMA DODGES QUESTION ON CLINTON’S EMAILS, PAID SPEECHES — THE HILL

MSNBC’S BRZEZINSKI ON CLINTON EMAIL FIASCO: ‘IT FEELS LIKE SHE’S LYING STRAIGHT OUT’ — TOWNHALL

CHUCK TODD: I DON’T THINK HILLARY COULD BE CONFIRMED TO BE AG BECAUSE OF EMAIL CONDUCT — BREITBART

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I SAW HILLARY USE NON-SECURE BLACKBERRY ON FOREIGN TRIPS — BREITBART

CLINTON COULD DRAG DOWN DEMOCRAT TICKET — BREITBART

HILLARY CLINTON DODGES ON NOT COOPERATING WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION — WFB

CLINTON: IG REPORT VINDICATES ME, ‘RULES WERE NOT CLARIFIED UNTIL AFTER I HAD LEFT’ — WFB

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Emails Add to Hillary Clinton’s Central Problem: Voters Just Don’t Trust Her

NEW YORK TIMES — For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has traveled the country talking to voters about her policy plans. She vowed to improve infrastructure in her first 100 days in office, promised to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and proposed a $10 billion plan to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

But as the Democratic primary contest comes to a close, any hopes Mrs. Clinton had of running a high-minded, policy-focused campaign have collided with a more visceral problem. Voters just don’t trust her.

The Clinton campaign had hoped to use the coming weeks to do everything they could to shed that image and convince voters that Mrs. Clinton can be trusted. Instead, they must contend with a damaging new report by the State Department’s inspector general that Mrs. Clinton had not sought or received approval to use a private email server while she was secretary of state.

It is not just that the inspector general found fault with her email practices. The report speaks directly to a wounding perception that Mrs. Clinton is not forthright or transparent.

After months of Mrs. Clinton’s saying she used a private email for convenience, and that she was willing to cooperate fully with investigations into her handling of official business at the State Department, the report, delivered to Congress on Wednesday, undermined both claims

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL THOUGHT CLINTON USED PERSONAL EMAIL FOR ‘FAMILY AND FRIENDS’ — FOX NEWS

CLASSIC CLINTON DOUBLESPEAK — WASHINGTON TIMES

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JUDGE ORDERS VIDEO OF HILLARY CLINTON AIDE’S EMAIL TESTIMONY SEALED — WASHINGTON TIMES

HILLARY STRUGGLES TO EXPLAIN MYSTERIOUS EMAIL CHAIN CITED IN SCATHING IG REPORT — DC

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NY Times Slams Mexico — for Killing Too Many Cartel Thugs

BREITBART — The New York Times (NYT) decided to write about violence in Mexico. But, the publication chose to ignore the thousands of victims who have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, decapitated, dismembered, eaten, incinerated, or worse at the hands of cartel gunmen. The atrocity being reported by the American news outlet is that the Mexican military kills too many cartel gunmen and they are rough with the ones that they capture.

In their most recent article “Body Count Points to a Mexican Military Out of Control,” Mexico City reporter Azam Ahmed and Washington-based reporter Eric Schmitt take on the Mexican military for human rights violations claiming they kill too many cartel gunmen and rarely suffer losses of life.

While the NYT quotes American professors schooled in military strategy and warfare, they completely missed one key element in Mexico’s cartel war — that many cartel gunmen are in fact teenagers or young men, with minimal training on the high powered and illegal weapons given to them. The gunmen are used to taking on unarmed citizens rather than trained military or police forces.

As someone who has been in the middle of those gun battles, this writer can confirm first hand the difference between cartel gunmen wildly firing automatic weapons, at times injuring or killing bystanders, versus military forces in Mexico who tend to fire as few rounds as possible in an more accurate fashion.

The article by the NYT simply helps to re-affirm the old cliche that foreign correspondents simply have no clue about the realities of the country they are reporting from and continue to push their own beliefs with an international byline. While Mexico City denotes a certain mystique and danger, it is in fact a large metropolitan city with more similarities to New York City than the rest of Mexico. The city does have its crime; however, residents there are quite sheltered from the realities of brutal cartel warfare.

The fallacy from many foreign correspondents, including Ahmed, is that by reporting out of Mexico City and the surrounding areas, is they believe they have a deep understanding of the country.

MICHOACÁN: 6 DECAPITATED-DISMEMBERED BODIES DISCOVERED IN JALISCO TAXI — BLB

GRAPHIC: FIVE CARTEL GUNMEN KILLED IN FIREFIGHT SOUTH OF TEXAS BORDER — BREITBART

FEAR AND DISTRUST OF AUTHORITIES LEAD TO LYNCHING IN MEXICAN TOWN — LAHT

MEXICO FORCED DISAPPEARANCES: 83 ACTIVISTS DISAPPEARED DURING PEÑA NIETO ADMINISTRATION — LA JORNADA

MEXICO: A STATE FOUNDED ON CORRUPTION — MEXICO VOICES

SINALOA CARTEL’S TAKEOVER OF US HEROIN MARKET QUESTIONABLE — INSIGHT CRIME

MEXICO OFFICIAL SIGNALS SHIFT AWAY FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY STRATEGY — INSIGHT CRIME

MEXICO CARTELS THREATEN AUSTRALIA NATIONAL SECURITY: REPORT — INSIGHT CRIME

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Deadly Superbug Arrives in US, Report Says

FOX NEWS — A long-dreaded superbug that is a strain of E. Coli has made its first appearance in the United States, researchers at the U.S. Military HIV Research Program announced Thursday. After being identified in China, Europe and Canada, researchers identified mcr-1 positive— part of the deadly family of bacteria carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE— last month in a urinary tract sample in Pennsylvania, and found it was resistant to the antibiotic colistin.

Colistin, known as the last line of defense against the most antibiotic-resistant bacteria, now appears to be exchanging genes for its resistance and waning in strength, according to a news release.

“Colistin is one of the last efficacious antibiotics for the treatment of highly resistant bacteria. The emergence of a transferable gene that confers resistance to this vital antibiotic is extremely disturbing,” Dr. Patrick McGann, of the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), said in the release. “The discovery of this gene in the U.S. is equally concerning, and continued surveillance to identify reservoirs of this gene within the military health care community and beyond is critical to prevent its spread.”

‘NIGHTMARE BACTERIA’ RESISTANT TO ANTIBIOTIC OF LAST RESORT FOUND IN U.S. — WASHINGTON TIMES

CDC DIRECTOR: ‘WE’RE LOSING TIME WITH ZIKA’ — THE HILL

OBAMA’S SYRIAN REFUGEES ARRIVING FROM AREAS WITH DANGEROUS LEVELS OF ACTIVE TB — BREITBART

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High School Students Defy Atheists, Recite Lord’s Prayer at Graduation

FOX NEWS — It was the best kept secret in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Just moments before the graduation ceremony at East Liverpool High School on Sunday, the senior class gathered in a nearby auditorium. Together, they decided to do something that would make national headlines.

The week before students learned they would no longer be allowed to perform “The Lord’s Prayer” – a graduation tradition dating back some 70 years.

The school district banned the song after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that “The Lord’s Prayer” violated the U.S. Constitution and promoted religion.”

Fearing a possible lawsuit, the district dropped the tradition – which seemed to appease the group of perpetually-offended atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers from Wisconsin. You can read more about these loathsome bullies in my best-selling book “God Less America.”

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China’s Strategy for Asia: Maximize Power, Replace America

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — China’s primary strategic goal in contemporary times has been the accumulation of “comprehensive national power.” This pursuit of power in all its dimensions—economic, military, technological and diplomatic—is driven by the conviction that China, a great civilization undone by the hostility of others, could never attain its destiny unless it amassed the power necessary to ward off the hostility of those opposed to this quest.

This vision of strengthening the Chinese state while recovering China’s centrality in international politics—both objectives requiring the accumulation of “comprehensive national power”—suggests that the aims of Beijing’s grand strategy both implicate and transcend the United States’ and China’s other Asian rivals, to replace U.S. primacy in Asia writ large. For China, which is simultaneously an ancient civilization and a modern polity, grand strategic objectives are not simply about desirable rank orderings in international politics but rather about fundamental conceptions of order.

Because the acquisition of comprehensive national power is meant to both increase the Chinese state’s control over its society and maximize the country’s overall capabilities relative to its foreign competitors, Beijing has consistently pursued four specific operational aims since the revolution—though the instruments used to achieve these ends have varied over time.

CHINA OPRDERS US TO STOP AIRCRAFT SURVEILLANCE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA — ASIA TIMES

AMERICA’S DOOMED CHINA STRATEGY — TNI

NEW SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS CHINESE DRONE ON CONTESTED ISLAND — FOX NEWS

CHINESE BALLISTIC MISSILE SUBMARINES SHOULD DEFINITELY CAUSE CONCERN — DAILY SIGNAL

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This Is How the U.S. Army Will Fight if American Satellites Are Smashed

THE NATIONAL INTEREST — The Army is evaluating a new vehicle-mounted radio technology that enables Strykers, tactical trucks, HMMWVs and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to share real-time, combat-relevant information across the force.

The new radios, called the Mid-tier Networking Vehicular Radio, was recently assessed in various combat scenarios to include rugged, mountainous terrain, woodland areas and dense vegetation to assess its ability to relay IP packets of info through various high-bandwidth waveforms, service officials told Scout Warrior.

A concept behind this technology, referred to as software programmable radio, is to enable mission command tactical information sharing across the force in a combat environment in the event that satellite systems are disabled due to an enemy attack.

“The mid-tier network assessment utilized approximately 85 MNVR radios to provide voice, data and retrains communications and connectivity from one operational battalion to brigade. The assessments were conducted in various terrain including wooded areas,” Paul Mehney, Communication Director for Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications.

The MNVR, made by the Harris Corp., uses NSA certified encryption for additional safety and protection. It integrates into vehicles on-the-move in combat to transmit voice, pictures and data, he explained.

THE NORTH KOREA THREAT: AMERICA’S LIMITED OPTIONS — TNI

US WORRIES ABOUT DECLINING PRECISION WEAPONS STOCKS FOR WARS — FOX

ELITE US, VIETNAM FORCES EYE DEEPER TIES AFTER OBAMA’S HISTORIC HANOI VISIT — ASIA TIMES

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Obama and Ho Chi Minh: Embracing Evil — Defending Communist Terror and Demeaning American sacrificeS

FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE — On his visit to meet with Communist leaders in Vietnam, Obama criticized the United States for having, “too much money in our politics, and rising economic inequality, racial bias in our criminal justice system.” He praised Ho Chi Minh’s evocation of the “American Declaration of Independence” and claimed that we had “shared ideals” with the murderous Communist dictator.

Shortly after the “evocation” that Obama praised, his beloved Ho was hard at work purging the opposition, political and religious. When Obama references these “shared ideals”, does he perhaps mean Ho’s declaration, “All who do not follow the line laid down by me will be broken.”

Perhaps he means the euphemistically named “land reform” which may have killed up to a million people. Like Stalin and Mao, Ho Chi Minh seized land and executed property owners as “enemies of the state”. The original plan had been to murder one in a thousand. But the relatively modest plan for mass murder was swiftly exceeded by the enthusiastic Communist death squads.

Obama has consistently called for wealth redistribution. This is what it really looks like. It’s men being hung from trees or lying in dirt dying of malaria. It’s death squads coming in the night. It’s a declaration that you are to be executed because you are the wrong class in a class war. It’s a man condemned to hard labor in a New Economic Zone and a family starving to death because the regime has commanded that they must be made an example of to other peasants.

What’s wrong with a little wealth redistribution anyway?

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TSA Failures Keep U.S. Train System Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack

JUDICIAL WATCH — The nation’s train system remains dangerously vulnerable to a terrorist attack because the agency created after 9/11 to protect it hasn’t bothered implementing crucial security measures, including performing background checks on frontline railroad employees. You can’t make this stuff up. A decade and a half after Islamic terrorists used commercial planes to carry out the worst attack on American soil, the government can’t seem to fulfill its obligation to adequately protect all transportation systems.

It involves the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the famously inept multi-billion-dollar agency created by Congress to secure the nation’s transportation system after the 2001 attacks. Judicial Watch has reported on a multitude of TSA transgressions over the years and sued the agency to uncover documents detailing sexually-related assaults on passengers by agents at three major U.S. airports. Over the years the TSA has made headlines for missing weapons and bombs during test security checks, hiring an accused child molester without a background check, clearing flight training for illegal immigrants, letting terrorists slip past its highly trained behavior detection officers and failing to properly vet airport workers with access to sensitive areas. A few years ago TSA missed a piece of luggage that somehow got on a commercial plan and exploded after landing in south Florida. The list of transgressions goes on and on.

POPE ASKS GOD TO ‘CONVERT THE HEARTS’ OF ISLAMIC TERRORISTS — BREITBART

OBAMA CONSIDERS PERMITTING ADVANCED RUSSIAN ARMS SALES TO IRAN — WFB

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American Veteran News 05.27.16

NAVY CROSS CITATION DESCRIBES SEAL NICOLAS CHECQUE’S FINAL MOMENTS — MILCOM — A Navy SEAL killed during a 2012 rescue of an American hostage in Afghanistan demonstrated “unhesitant commitment” and “undaunted courage” during his final moments, according to a Navy Cross medal citation newly obtained by Military.com.

Chief Petty Officer Nicolas Checque’s posthumous receipt of the military’s second-highest combat honor had never been publicly announced until his teammate, Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr., was presented with the Medal of Honor in February. Both men were part of Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six, when they conducted a high-stakes night raid Dec. 8, 2012 to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph, a civilian doctor and director of a charitable organization, who had been taken hostage by the Taliban days before.

While Byers received the military’s highest honor for aggressively disabling enemy attackers while shielding the doctor with his own body, Checque, 28, was the first member of the team to charge the enemy compound.

According to his citation, which has never previously been publicly released, Checque led the team as it approached the compound where Joseph was being held. Aerial surveillance alerted the SEALs to an active guard outside the building, making the team’s approach even more risky.



MEMPHIS BELLE’ GUNNER REVISITS ENGLAND, DIES AT BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER — STARS & STRIPES — U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Melvin Rector long carried England in his heart after he helped defend it during World War II, but 70 years passed without him stepping foot back in the country.

The 94-year-old finally decided to leave his home in Barefoot Bay, Fla., to visit Britain earlier this month. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans conducts a travel program through which interested parties can visit certain sites of the war. He signed up for one, in hopes of visiting RAF Snetterton Heath in Norfolk.

He served there with the 96th Bomb Group in 1945 as a radio operator and gunner on B-17 Flying Fortress bombers, flying eight combat missions over Germany during the spring of the war’s final year. On four of these missions, his plane came under heavy fire. One almost proved catastrophic, and the plane returned to base with holes dotting its wings.

One of the aircraft on which he served as a gunner was the Memphis Belle, the first heavy bomber to complete its tour by flying 25 missions with its crew intact. It went on to have a post-war career raising morale and money for the U.S. Army. Writes historian John Buescher of the warplane:



VIETNAM WAR HERO, 50 YEARS LATER, STILL FEELING ‘PAIN AT THE LOSS’ OF HIS SOLDIERS — FOX NEWS — Ramon “Tony” Nadal can forget a lot of things in his life, but even the passage of half a century has not dulled the memory of three scorching days in the jungles of Southeast Asia during one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War.

A mission to hunt down North Vietnamese troops who had attacked a military base in their area turned into a fight for survival as Nadal and his fellow soldiers quickly found themselves outnumbered 2,400 to 192. At least 79 men died as the Americans desperately fought their way out of the jungle in what would become known as the Battle of LZ X-Ray, one of the first major clashes in a war that would drag on into the next decade.

“I was ready to give my life for my soldiers,” said the retired U.S. Army colonel in a new short film released by AARP Studios for Memorial Day.



VA ANNOUNCES NEW TBI EXAMS — KARE — WASHINGTON, D.C. – Responding to disclosures that it used unqualified doctors to diagnose traumatic brain injuries, the Department of Veterans Affairs has announced plans to offer new TBI exams to nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide.

“It was a systemic national problem that we’ve identified that we are working to fix now,” David McLenachen, the VA’s Deputy Undersecretary for Disability Assistance, told KARE 11 during an interview in Washington Wednesday afternoon.

McLenachen said the VA has identified 40 different locations across the country where improper brain injury exams were done. They include facilities in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

VA officials said they weren’t yet able to provide an exact breakdown of how many veterans were involved at each location.



VETERAN OF WWII AND KOREA RECALLS HIS SEA STORIES — THE SAN BERNADINO SUN — Rudy Rodriguez was just 18 in May 1945 when he boarded the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in Pearl Harbor, heading east for the waning days of the War in the Pacific.

That deployment lasted five months as the nearly 900-foot aircraft carrier, one of the biggest in the Navy, launched its 97 aircraft from the coastal waters of Japan to drop bombs on enemy planes on the Japanese mainland.

He returned a hero with a Unit Citation Commendation battle ribbon — as well as five other ribbons.

Now, 72 years later, Rudy is the Hancock’s last surviving World War II crew member.

Memories of the war are forever etched in his mind.

He is still haunted by those deadly kamikaze attacks, the suicide bombings by enemy pilots.



WWII VETERAN WHO DIED IN BATTLE RETURNED TO IRON RANGE — WDIO — Operation Market Garden was the largest airborne operation during WWII until that point. September 23, 1944, John Sersha was one of the brave men who rode a glider into enemy territory in the Netherlands. Just days later, he was killed by the Germans. The Allies lost the battle, but ultimately, won the war.

Sersha was at first presumed MIA, and then presumed killed in action. His remains were not found until 1948, and by then, were unidentifiable. He was buried in an American military cemetery in Belgium. The young man from West Eveleth was only 20 years old at the time of his death.

Dick Lohry was just 11 months old when his uncle died. “But I feel like I have a connection. Most cousins would say that. When I spent time at Grandma’s house, there was his foot locker there. His picture as well. Grandma spoke of him, and I know she really missed him.”

Lohry has spent the past decade doing research, writing letters, and asking the government for help in bringing Sersha home. And finally, the remains from Belgium were disinterred, the DNA tested, and the body identified as Private Sersha. It was flown to the cities earlier this week.

“I’m relieved and excited. We’re going to have a full military funeral and honors on Saturday,” Lohry said.

“I did this initially to help my children remember John and his sacrifice. I’m glad we were successful.”



THIS IS THE REAL THREAT POSED BY HACKED MEDICAL DEVICES AT VA — NEXTGOV — As the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs work to make the digital medical records that each manages for some 10 million beneficiaries compatible, they face an unassuming foe.

Medical devices in their hospitals are vulnerable to malware that could allow attackers to compromise all that patient health data.

In fact, it’s more likely someone will hack a drug infusion pump to break into a connected health records system, than to give you an overdose, says VA’s top medical device security official.

While there have been harrowing demonstrations of how to manipulate a pump or pacemaker, those attacks are unlikely to play out in reality anytime soon.

The here-and-now danger is the “advanced persistent threat” that piggybacks off a vulnerability in a medical device linked to a hospital’s electronic health record network, Lynette Sherrill, VA deputy director of health information security, tells Nextgov.



‘GLORY’ SOLDIER AT REST IN FORGOTTEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY — USA TODAY — RYE, N.Y. — The white marble gravestone of Samuel Bell looks like something you might find in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Until recently, it wouldn’t have been nearly as easy to visit.

Bell was a soldier in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first black military units of the Union Army during the Civil War — the one chronicled in the 1989 movie, Glory.

Uncovering a painful past for African Americans, one headstone at a time

Bell is buried near one the more prominent monuments in the Rye African American Cemetery, a slice of American history not easy to find, but worth uncovering. It offers a glimpse into the history of some Westchester inhabitants who lived, worked and served their country during the 19th and 20th centuries.



VIETNAM VET CLAIMS GUARDS AT EL PASO VA CLINIC USED “EXCESSIVE FORCE” AGAINST HIM — KVIA — EL PASO, Texas — Jose Oliva, 71, went to the El Paso Veterans Affairs Clinic for a check up. But what happened that afternoon still has him shaken up three months later.

Oliva says he was attempting to enter the VA clinic. But his interaction with the guards went horribly wrong leaving him in cuffs and, he says, with injuries.

“You know, they could have killed me,” Oliva said.

Oliva, a Vietnam vet, said he’s had shoulder and throat surgery after what happened at the VA clinic on Feb. 16.

“Just to spend one year in a combat zone, and lucky to survive, I never, ever came to being hurt so much as I did on this day,” Oliva said.



VA WOULD JOIN 21 STATES ALREADY LIFTING NURSE PRACTITIONER HURDLES — FORBES — A proposal by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to give active and veteran U.S. military personnel direct access to advanced practice registered nurses, including nurse practitioners, comes as an increasing number of states eliminate similar hurdles for patients who want easier access to primary care.

The VA is proposing to amend its medical regulations to “permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment.” More than 20 states have made similar moves to provide patients direct access to nurse practitioners by allowing them to practice independently and without doctor supervision. Even more states are considering such legislation.

“This rule making would increase veterans’ access to VA healthcare by expanding the pool of qualified healthcare professionals who are authorized to provide primary healthcare and other related healthcare services to the full extent of their education, training and certification, without the clinical supervision of physicians,” the VA said in its proposal, which will be subject to a two-month public comment period.



CAN THE VA SOLVE ITS PROBLEM OF MISTAKENLY DECLARING VETS DECEASED? — CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR — The US Department of Veterans Affairs is beset by yet another problem, it emerged Wednesday, having wrongfully declared thousands of veterans dead over the past few years, resulting in their benefits being cut off.

The systemic error has affected more than 4,000 veterans, according to correspondence between the VA and the office of Rep. David Jolly (R) of Florida, and although the department points out that this represents only a tiny proportion of their clients, it concedes that for those impacted, the experience can be traumatic.

The VA is a gargantuan department, facing myriad challenges, and while it has taken steps to address this particular issue, it remains unclear how successful those efforts will be.



OUTRAGEOUS REMARK BY VETERAN AFFAIRS BOSS IS A SYMPTOM OF A STILL-AILING AGENCY — OBSERVER — On Monday, Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald compared the outrageous wait times that our veterans must wait for military care to the wait times at a Disney amusement park.

“The days to an appointment is really not what we should be measuring, we should be measuring the veterans’ satisfaction. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line?”

The reaction was instant and intense, with critics of the mismanagement-plagued agency pouncing and Sen. Roy Blunt calling for Mr. McDonald’s resignation, just two years after his predecessor was forced out over the agency’s incompetence.

Dale Barnett, the American Legion National Commander put a fine point on it. “People don’t die while waiting to go on Space Mountain,” and Vietnam vet and former POW Sen. John McCain called the comparison “outrageous and completely inappropriate.”

Those are strong words, but Mr. McDonald’s comparison was so repugnant and disrespectful that it actually defies description.



AMERICAN VETERANS’ ORGANIZATIONS ESTABLISHED IN LARGE PART AFTER CIVIL WAR — DEERFIELD VALLEY NEWS — VERMONT- More than veterans of any previous war, Civil War veterans helped establish America’s tradition of fraternal veterans’ organizations.

Surviving veterans of America’s Civil War felt a real need to commiserate with each other about their war experiences – perhaps to put the horror of battle in a new perspective of shared grief punctuated by deep comradeship. It was these types of feelings that led to the formation of America’s first great servicemen’s organization. It was composed of former Union Army soldiers and known as the Grand Army of the Republic. Their motto was “Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.”



VETERANS REFLECT ON IMPORTANCE, BEAUTY OF BLUE ANGELS — MILCOM — The crowd was restless for Fat Albert.

It was just after 2 p.m. Wednesday and the sun was beating down on hundreds of people. Spider-man Popsicles melted in kids’ hands and dogs hid under bushes for the shade.

But with a sudden, thunder-like noise, the crowd perked up. Fat Albert came out of the corner of the sky and flew across the Severn River.

“Mommy,” one boy said as Fat Albert made its ascent into the sky, “Are they going to heaven?”

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, performed above the Severn River Wednesday afternoon.



INDICTMENT: SEX OFFENDER USED VET’S STOLEN ID AT WEST PALM VA — PALM BEACH POST — RIVIERA BEACH — “T.M.” enrolled for health care at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center last September and, thanks to his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, received nearly $70,000 of treatment free of cost.

The problem, federal investigators say: The guy who got the medical care wasn’t T.M. — just someone using T.M.’s name, social security number and a fake VA identity card.

And in April federal prosecutors charged Roy Underwood, 57, also known as Roy Fritts, with theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Underwood was detained and is awaiting trial, pending a competency test.

His defense attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Panayotta Augustin-Birch declined comment on the case Wednesday.



ROLLING THUNDER RIDES INTO D.C. FOR THE 29TH TIME — WASHINGTON TIMES — Listen. It’s the collective roar of motorcycles on a mission, their faithful riders on the same route to the same cause: to draw public attention to the needs of military veterans, and the unanswered question surrounding prisoners of war and those still missing in action.



MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC FOR VETS ON DISPLAY — WASHINGTON TIMES — When thousands of patriotic motorcyclists arrive in the nation’s capital for the annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” over Memorial Day weekend, another wheeled vehicle will be in the mix.



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Yesterday, I Met Taya Kyle

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting Taya Kyle, the wife of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, who was in Indianapolis promoting her new book, American Wife and charities started by her late Navy SEAL husband, Chris.

In my book, Taya, like many wives and family members of deployed American Warriors are heroes too. If you read Chris’s book or have seen the movie, American Sniper, you know that his four deployments to Iraq put a serious strain on his relationship with his family. It took a special woman to deal with the burden of being both mommy and daddy during her husband’s deployments, not to mention the problems associated with his service and transition to civilian life.

I shared with Taya that it took me nearly a half-century before I truly understood the effect on my own family that my service in Vietnam caused. Compounding that was the PTSD, which has never gone away, and decades of other readjustment issues I encountered.

My first marriage ended in divorce because I was unable to deal appropriately with the anger, depression and self-hatred I felt as a result of my service.

I found redemption and renewal decades later when I reconnected with my relationship with Jesus Christ and at the same time met my current wife, Judy, in 1984.

I was also blessed with the fact that Judy had a three-year old son from a previous marriage, whose father was not in his life. I call Ronnie “my second-chance” son. He has given the me a second chance to prove I could be a good father where I had so miserably and shamefully failed once before.

Still, it was NOT an easy time for Judy to live with someone like me.

During my last visit with our private family doctor of 30+ years he made an interesting observation. He said; “I’ve noticed you are not wired as tight as you used to be when I first met you. You’re happier and more relaxed”, “what’s happened?” I thought for a moment and told him it was Judy. She literally saved my life.

In the late 70’s I was headed for a job as a mercenary in Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe). Before I could take the job Rhodesia fell to the forces of socialist dictator Robert Mugabe. I continued to look for other “opportunities”, engaged in “risk taking” recreational activities like skydiving but eventually settled on a tour with US Army Special Forces as a medic on an A-Team. If it wasn’t for Judy I could have easily died in some jungle or desert thousands of miles from home.

In Taya Kyle’s book, American Wife, Taya wrote a simple prologue :

    If I Could Sum Up My Life In Four Words, They Would Be These:
      LOVE,

        WAR,

          FAITH,

            RENEWAL

Taken Together. These Have Brought Me Great Joy, Though With That Joy I have Also Found The Deepest Sorrow.

As I finished my all too brief conversation with Taya I told her that I just wanted to stop by and say how much her and Chris’s story touched my heart. Then came the moment for the photo-op (above).

As the photo was being taken she put her arm around me, squeezed my shoulder and in a gentle voice said “thank you for your service”.

It didn’t hit me until I sat in my car to leave.

She thanked ME for my service. I had come to thank her. I had heard those words before. But this time they meant something more, much more, coming from someone who had lost so much, who had sacrificed so much. I couldn’t stop the tears.

It is America who should be thanking the families of our Warriors who have sacrificed so much.

God Bless them All.


 

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Charlie Daniels Warns Terrorists: Everyday Americans Aren’t Weak Like Obama

BREITBART — A viral National Rifle Association (NRA) television commercial features country music star Charlie Daniels warning terrorists that Americans are fighters who — together with the NRA — stand as “freedom’s safest place.”

During the 60-second commercial, Daniels intimates that the American spirit is not well-reflected in President Obama and that Obama and “his weak-kneed Ivy League friends” may give would-be attackers the wrong idea; their weakness may actually give terrorists a false sense of security.

The commercial debuted at NRA meetings this weekend, where it drew a sizable reaction from the audience.

So Daniels warns that terrorists who do not fear Obama ought to fear the American citizen and particularly American citizens aligned under the banner of the NRA.

Daniels says:

To the ayatollahs of Iran and every terrorist you enable, listen up. You might have met our fresh-faced, flower child president and his weak-kneed Ivy League friends, but you haven’t met America. You haven’t met the heartland, where the people will defend this nation with their bloody, calloused, bare hands, if that’s what it takes.

You haven’t met the steel workers and the hard rock miners or the swamp folks in Cajun country–who can wrestle a full-grown gator out of the water. You haven’t met the farmers, the cowboys, the loggers, and the truck drivers. You don’t know the mountain men who live off the land or the brave cops who fight the good fight in the urban war zones.

No, you’ve never met America. And you ought to pray you never do.

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Hillary’s Non-Indictment Catastrophe

LIFEZETTE — Democratic Party leaders have grown increasingly optimistic that Hillary Clinton will escape a criminal indictment for her use of an unsecured private email server for official business, even if the FBI recommends that the Justice Department pursue the case.

If Clinton does escape a formal indictment, she could still face a potentially lethal blow to her campaign.

The FBI is expected to finalize its investigation into the Clinton email scandal sometime in late spring or early summer. At that time, the law enforcement agency will either close the case or make a recommendation to the DOJ that an indictment be handed down. If an indictment is recommended, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will decide whether to move forward or to ignore the FBI’s recommendation.

Lynch has her own history with the Clintons. The current attorney general was nominated as U.S. Attorney for Eastern New York by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Lynch later joined the Hogan & Harrison law firm that did tax work for the Clintons, according to the watchdog organization Judicial Watch.

If the FBI does recommend an indictment, Lynch will be handed both the sword to end the Democratic standard bearer’s campaign and the shield to protect Clinton and allow her to move past the email issue — potentially. It appears unlikely the Obama appointee would choose the sword and allow a Hillary Clinton indictment to move forward.

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Sessions: In FY 2015, Less Than One Percent of Visa Overstays Removed

CAPS — Visit America on a tourist visa, come as a business traveler or on the Visa Waiver Program, and stay for life. In a nutshell, that’s how the Department of Homeland Security treats nonimmigrant arrivals. Like the lyrics in the old Eagles’ song “Hotel California,” the federal government is “programmed to receive,” but when it comes time to leave, not so much.

According to the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, of the 482,781 visa overstays during the 2015 fiscal year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency that operates under DHS, removed only 2,456 individuals, or less than one percent. During the seven-year period since 2009, ICE removed about 50,000 visa overstays, with the annual total declining significantly each year:

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