It is with a heavy heart that I write to you the passing of One Old Vet, Allen Taylor. OOV passed on Tuesday morning August 23rd, 2016.
OOV spent the last 10+ years sharing his beliefs and knowledge with the OOV community. He lived, he loved, and breathed defending the Constitution of the United States. He was passionate about justice and believed in fighting for what was right for his country. He loved God, Family, and Country above all.
One Old Vet’s final resting place will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN, in “Field of Valor”
I thank each one of you for the support and friendship you have shown OOV, it meant the world to him.
POLIZETTE — Despite years of significant health-related incidents, from possible seizures and strokes to difficulty walking or speaking through coughing fits, the mainstream media has yet to ask Hillary Clinton for reasonable disclosures about her physical fitness to serve in office.
And now, after February photos taken by Getty of Hillary Clinton apparently stumbling up a flight of stairs resurfaced across the internet Sunday, the liberal media powerhouse is actually defending its champion from being asked to answer to her health.
The pictures, which showed Clinton’s aides holding onto her arms above the elbows and steadying her up the moderate flight of stairs, re-circulated on Sunday. After the Drudge Report picked up the piece and the images were spread all across the internet and social media, the Left concocted elaborate responses Monday, blaming right-wing conspiracies and blatantly ignoring the possibility Clinton may have actual health issues.
“From the looks of Matt Drudge’s home page, Hillary Clinton is so sick, she needs help getting up a flight of stairs,” wrote Brian Stelter for CNN Money. “But looks can be deceiving. The Drudge Report, one of the most widely read sites on the web, is misleading visitors by taking a six-month-old photo out of context.”
VICE NEWS — Two secret letters the FBI sent to the State Department have revealed for the first time that the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and the classified emails sent through it, stemmed from a so-called “Section 811” referral from the Intelligence Community’s Inspector General (ICIG). The ICIG determined that classified, national security information in Clinton’s emails may have been “compromised” and shared with “a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power.”
Section 811 of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 1995 “is the statutory authority that governs the coordination of counterespionage investigations between Executive Branch departments or agencies and the FBI.” A Section 811 referral is a report to the FBI about any unauthorized information that may have been disclosed to a foreign power.
A Section 811 referral “arises whenever there is a compromise of classified information — for whatever reason,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It could include espionage, but it could also include negligence, inadvertence, or something else…. Section 811 does not assert a violation of criminal law.”
FBI Director James Comey, in an extraordinary public statement last month announcing that the FBI had closed its investigation, said it was possible that “hostile actors gained access” to Clinton’s emails because she used her personal email “extensively” while traveling abroad. However, the FBI did not uncover “direct evidence” that Clinton’s email server “was successfully hacked.”
WASHINGTON TIMES — PHILADELPHIA — Fifteen years after they concluded that gun control was a losing issue for them, Democrats say it’s time for a rethink, convinced that a spate of mass shootings has changed the politics and left Americans clamoring for action.
From the stage this week, a powerful lineup of victims and family members of those killed in shootings begged for gun bans, saying the deranged shooters would have caused far less damage without the semi-automatic rifles many of them used.
Hillary Clinton may be a flawed messenger — in the 2008 election, she ran as a defender of gun rights — but to the victims and those close to them, she is the best chance they have to win a fight they have lost for decades.
On Tuesday, the mothers of recent victims of gun violence were given a prominent platform at the Democratic National Convention, with some in the crowd chanting, “Black lives matter.”
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Florida in February 2012, acknowledged that she was an “unwilling participant” in the movement.
POLIZETTE — “Making America Safe Again” was the focus of the first day of the Republican National Convention.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressed the convention and unequivocally linked immigration to that vital goal, especially where the threat of terrorism is concerned.
Kent Terry — brother of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent who was killed on duty by illegal aliens — also spoke at the convention, as did two mothers and one father of children were slain by illegal aliens, saying that victims of criminal aliens needs to be addressed.
Early in his quest for the presidency, Donald Trump ignited a firestorm when he made the need for securing America’s borders a key issue for his candidacy, promising the build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico and getting the Mexican government to pay for that wall.
Many politicians were aghast at Trump’s candor. They had come to depend on the campaign contributions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other organizations and deep-pocketed contributors that have been feeding at the super-lucrative trough of immigration, seeing in that massive influx of foreign workers (both illegal and legal with work visas such as the H-1B visa) a way of greatly reducing labor costs by importing a cheap labor force that would drive down wages and even supplant American workers with far more compliant foreign workers.
However, the failures of our government to effectively secure our borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws to create a cheap labor force comes with a high price tag — the lives of innocent victims killed by criminal aliens and those killed by terrorists.
Sen. Sessions also talked about how flooding America with more foreign workers than the number of new jobs that have been created has caused wages to decline, especially for middle-class workers, thrusting millions of Americans into poverty and also resulting in tens of millions of Americans leaving the labor force.
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VDARE — With yesterday’s Istanbul atrocity (not tragedy: a tragedy is an event everyone deplores) reminding us how sweet and cuddly Muslims are, I think it is timely to revisit I reported Omar Mateen to the FBI. Trump is wrong that Muslims don’t do our part. By Mohammed A. Malik The Washington Post June 20 2016.
The times being what they are, this is framed as a denunciation of Donald Trump rather than a discussion of the wisdom of encouraging the presence of Muslims in America. The author apparently informed the FBI he thought the Orlando gunman Omar Mateen worth watching.
Donald Trump believes American Muslims are hiding something. “They know what’s going on. They know that [Omar Mateen] was bad,” he said after the Orlando massacre….they didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”
This is a common idea in the United States. It’s also a lie… Trump is wrong that we don’t speak up when we’re able.
I know this firsthand: I told the FBI about Omar Mateen
Leaving aside the absurd idea that one single Muslim ineffectually alerting the FBI means the community as a whole is doing what it should to flag its potential murderers the story, carefully read, contains enough information to (so to speak) blow up the propaganda line it tries to advance.
POLIZETTE — With Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent response to the apparent ISIS-inspired atrocity that left 49 Americans dead and 53 wounded, it has become patently obvious that the Obama administration is wedded to its Orwellian version of reality — which bears little if any resemblance to the truth.
The Department of Justice tried to censor and doctor the official transcripts of attacker Omar Mateen’s phone calls to the 911 dispatcher from inside the Pulse Club, where the execution-style event occurred this month. First, they tried to delete references to the Islamic State and to the religion of Islam and to the Arabic name of God — Allah. Within hours, however, the fury among Americans who had had enough with a Big Brother-like intrusion upon the reality of the threat to America was so great that the DOJ desperately tried to backpedal. Finally, the full transcripts were released — or, at least what the attorney general referred to as the full transcripts.
But, even then, they were unable to speak truthfully to the American people and to inform them about the true nature of the threat that we all face. The word “Allah” — which is clearly what the gunman would have used because we have proof from eyewitness accounts that as he was murdering his fellow Americans he yelled, “Allahu Akbar,” as is so typical of jihadists — was redacted and instead replaced with the word “God” in an attempt to whitewash or give the impression that this isn’t an attack motivated and inspired by any kind of Islamic ideological narrative.
While Hillary Clinton, buoyed by biased left-wing buffoons in the mainstream media, is joyfully celebrating her historic feat in becoming the first female to represent a major political party as the presumptive nominee for the US presidency, those blessed with greater discernment and clear-thinking see Clinton’s victory as a contemptible affirmation of voter stupidity and lack of transparency, akin to that documented by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber in his enlightening revelations about passage of the ObamaCare fraud.
Specifically, mature, intelligent folks will take note of the fact that Hillary Clinton brings many undesirable “firsts” to this, the most tortured presidential campaign in US political history.
Indeed, Hillary is the first candidate:
Other than spouse William Jefferson Clinton, to be a certified congenital liar;
Who faces an FBI investigation and possible indictment for crimes against the United States vis-à-vis disregard for law in the handling of classified government documents;
Suspected of gross incompetence at a minimum and possible criminal negligence related to the death of four American diplomats in a foreign nation while serving in an official capacity as Secretary of State, AND the subsequent cover up of same in an presidential election year; and
Involved in a complex financial scheme involving hundreds of million of dollars which may have involved unlawful influence peddling by spouse William Jefferson to foreign leaders.
So while it is true that Hillary has achieved some remarkable “firsts” in her career, it is also true that her resume includes many firsts unworthy of emulation.
In short, Hillary Clinton has produced several blights on America’s political history…hers is a pathetic story that will hopefully not be repeated!
ASIA TIMES — China’s takeover of the South China Sea is nearly complete and Beijing is now stepping up its sophisticated information warfare campaign in preparation for an expected unfavorable ruling from an international tribunal affecting its island claims.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to rule within the next few weeks on an appeal from the Philippines challenging the legality of China’s claim to maritime sovereignty over most of the South China Sea under its ill-defined “Nine-Dash Line” over 90% of the sea.
The Philippines, in early 2013, brought its case to the court, asserting that the Chinese maritime zone is illegal because it violates the 2006 UN Convention on the Law of Sea that sets out exclusive economic zones and territorial waters.
China’s response was to refuse to take part, based on asserting Beijing’s questionable historical claims over the sea stretching back to the Ming dynasty that ended in 1624.
An indicator of the Chinese reaction to the court was on display in The Hague on Saturday. China’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Wu Ken, used the official Xinhua news agency to denounce the pending decision – even before it was announced.
I can’t begin to say enough ‘Thank Yous” to the folks at VDARE, its editor Peter Brimelowe, his wife, Lydia, and to the readers of VDARE who have so generously financially supported our efforts in the past.
I especially want to thank my friend and VDARE writer, Patrick Cleburne, for his kind words and heartfelt “welcome back” and years of support.
OOV would have shut down long ago without the backing of VDARE and their readers.
NATIONAL INTEREST — Since the passage of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the Defense Strategic Guidance of 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) has been cutting the size of the military, retiring obsolescent weapons systems and reducing combat units in order to meet defense budget strictures while salvaging some prospect for modernizing the force. The Army felt the impact of this new strategy more than the other services. It cut 13 Brigade Combat Teams as part of the process of downsizing the Active Component end strength from a wartime high of 570,000 to a planned level of 450,000.
Of late, the pressure to reduce force structure and cut manpower has increased as DoD set itself on a course towards investing in advanced capabilities. As reflected in its so-called Third Offset Strategy, the Pentagon’s leadership believes the military has sufficient capacity or force levels to address today’s challenges, but needs to invest in new technologies in order to reassert its eroding advantage in cutting-edge military capabilities. This focus on capabilities vice capacity, or number, was reinforced by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s recent directive to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, in which he ordered that service to reduce its intended procurement of the Littoral Combat Ship and apply the savings to acquiring additional advanced tactical aircraft and munitions.
Our postings will be a little sketchy for the next seven to ten days as I undergo a battery of tests to determine whether or not I’ll be having open heart surgery any time soon. It is inevitable that I will have the surgery but at this point we just need to find out if it is needed “now”.
Please bear with us if we have some delays in keeping the site updated.
I’ve been doing this long enough that there is no such thing as “old news”.
My family & friends well know my eclectic taste in music. The fact is that I like most all types of music. For the last 30+ years I have included Prince on my list of very favorite artists. The idea of a nearly 70 year old white guy enjoy the funky rhythm and blues sound of a cutting-edge artist like Prince may be amusing to some but therein lies the magic and attraction of Prince. Prince’s music ignored the binders of gender, age, politics and race.
His artistry and talent will be missed by millions of fans, including me. RIP.
TOWNHALL — CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park.” The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator late Thursday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn’t revive him.
No details about what may have caused his death have been released. Prince postponed a concert in Atlanta on April 7, saying he had fallen ill with the flu, and he apologized to fans during a makeup concert last week.
BREITBART — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — One of the latest chapter in the ongoing war between rival factions of Los Zetas brought terror to this city as gunmen and police forces clashed outside of a government building.
During the evening gun battle police officers killed two of the cartel hit-men and ended up arrested two others. Before the firefight began, the gunmen had managed to murder a man selling flowers at a street corner. A video from government surveillance cameras provided by Mexican authorities shows the moment that cartel gunmen and police forces clashed. As seen in the video below, a massive deployment of police officers rushed to fight off the gunmen who were forced to make their stand after their vehicle flipped just yards from various office buildings.
Employees at a the city’s water office (Comapa) government office near the scene of the shootout were forced to take cover, however, one of them took video with his cell phone where the intensity of the gun battle can be heard.
Further evidence of the fact that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a weak, incompetent political relic from the past is made obvious on an almost daily basis as she defiantly continues to deploy her ‘secret weapon’ in a frantic push to capture the White House for woman- kind throughout the known universe, and beyond.
Unfortunately for the scandal-ridden former First Lady, US Senator, Secretary of State, and current subject of a massive FBI criminal investigation, her ‘secret weapon’ is her tainted spouse, William Jefferson Clinton, former US president, impeached perjurer, and notorious sexual predator.
Over the years, Hillary Clinton has ‘stood by her man’ through countless moral and legal wrangles that would make the late Tammy Wynette blush at the extent to which Hillary has brazenly enabled behavior profoundly disrespectful of women and sexually exploitative of females unfortunate enough to have been subordinate to Bill Clinton in several official government positions.
Through it all, Hillary has remained stubbornly loyal to her hubby and oblivious to those who see her loyalty as emblematic of hypocrisy and lack of commitment to progressive principles.
POLIZETTE — The controversy-embattled Democratic front-runner, fresh off a scourging primary loss in Wisconsin, is continuing to insist the FBI criminal investigation into her email correspondence is simply a “security review.”
Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC’s “Today” show with Matt Lauer Friday morning and laughed off the notion that she could be criminally charged for wrongdoing regarding the private email server she maintained while serving as secretary of state.
Lauer said Republicans are lining up in the hope that they will get to see Hillary Clinton in handcuffs — to which Clinton responded with a cackle and a surprised, “Oh my goodness.”
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Zika virus is raising alarms. It can cause serious neurological complications for women and babies, and microcephaly in newborns: smaller than normal heads and brains, and severe debilities requiring expensive care throughout a person’s life.
Although Zika can be transmitted via sexual contact, its primary carrier is Aedes aegypti. Known as the Yellow Fever mosquito, this flying killer has rebounded from near eradication in the 1960s to being a dangerous scourge in Brazil, other South and Central American countries, Puerto Rico, Caribbean islands, Africa and Asia.
Found in Hawaii and some southern U.S. states and European nations, as well, they also carry other dangerous diseases. Yellow fever causes fevers, chills, nausea, muscle pains, and liver and kidney damage when these symptoms recur. A vaccine exists, but it still kills up to 30,000 people annually.