Uphold the standards.
Nearly three months after Army Secretary John McHugh approved the first integrated Ranger training for women and men at Fort Benning, 20 women are expected to tackle the grueling, nine-week course starting Monday at Fort Benning.
The women successfully completed a two-week Ranger Assessment Training Course to qualify for Ranger School. They join a class of about 400 soldiers trying to earn the coveted Ranger tab with the toughest training in the Army.
As the first phase of training gets underway at Camp Rogers and Camp Darby, instructors at the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade said that, based on history, nearly half of the graduates will repeat portions or get recycled through the course, and that less than half will graduate.
Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, an inaugural inductee of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and decorated veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War, supports the integrated training as long as standards aren’t slackened. “I have thought for years that it’s OK with me, if they maintain the standards,” he said.
Former Ranger instructors said male and female soldiers will be physically and mentally tested in the beginning of the first week called Ranger Assessment Phase or “RAP week,” in which 60 percent of soldiers fail in the first four days. The physical assessment standards include 49 pushups, 59 situps, a five-mile run in 40 minutes or less and six chinups.
Retired 1st Sgt. David Lockett of Columbus recalled his first day at Ranger School in 1958. “The first thing they asked me was could I run five miles,” he said. “I said, ‘Yessir, if somebody is after me, I could.’ But laying all jokes aside, they were not kidding me.”
Via PJ Media:
A guide for jihadists in the West issued by ISIS late last month urges followers to train with Nerf guns and watch Bourne films as part of their under-the-radar preparation for terrorist attacks.
“Many Muslims are putting alot of effort into showing the world that we are peaceful citizens, we’re spending thousands of Euros to do Da’wah (invitation to Islam) campaigns to show how good we are in society, but we’re miserably failing. The leaders of disbelief repeatedly lie in the media and say that we Muslims are all terrorists, while we denied it and wanted to be peaceful citizens,” the manual, How to Survive in the West, says. “But they have cornered us and forced us into becoming radicalised, and that will be the cause of their defeat and be the cause for the conquest of Rome.”
“…Those who go on the offensive earlier on will learn how to react in different situations, and will more likely receive martyrdom (shahadah) instead of long-term imprisonment.”
The author of the book is only identified in the foreword as a male who “has been studying the global Jihad for 10+ years.”
Converts to Islam are encouraged to “hide your Islam as much as possible,” such as quickly leaving after Friday prayers instead of mingling at the mosque. Goatees are encouraged to “fulfill the obligation” without growing a full beard. Women are told to wear colored hijabs instead of black ones.
They’re told to alter their first name — “Al instead of Ali, or a neutral name like Adam” — or make up an alias, as jihadists in the Islamic State “are not allowed to tell their real name to anyone in case their friends are captured and
interrogated and reveal the real name of the brothers to the tyrants.” Plus, they argue, an alias with a non-Muslim name would come in handy if they want to get an “important position” such as work in a power plant.
Then comes the question of cold, hard cash: “Before any real Jihad can be fought, Muslims require money.” Conveniently, “in cases of necessity and for survival, Muslims are permitted to get money from ways which are not normally allowed.”
I foresee a job for him as a political analyst on CNN.
When it came to perspective on the media’s treatment of Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch, CNN turned to someone who knows a thing about the power of the press, former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
“I kind of like the idea to some degree that we don’t see a campaign that is entirely doing exactly the things you’d expect them to do,” the former New York congressman told host Brian Stelter on Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“Right now, I think there’s much more cynicism around seeing these staged photographs than there is anything else,” he said.
Stelter introduced Weiner as “Jon Stewart’s ex-roommate” but he is, of course, better known for other things: Weiner resigned from office in June 2011 amid a scandal about sexually explicit pictures he sent out on social media. His wife, Huma Abedin, is a longtime Clinton staffer.
Talking of “the run-up to the run-up to the run-up of her announcement,” Weiner said he thought the media itself was much more focused on Clinton’s launch last Sunday than the nation as a whole.
“I’m sure that almost no one was staring at their screen watching the Twitter feed and refreshing the Twitter feed on Hillary Clinton.com besides people who are deep insiders like you and me,” he said to his CNN host.
Via Daily Mail:
Mother’s Day is still three weeks away, but Michelle Obama didn’t need an excuse to treat her mom on Saturday.
Enjoying a perfect spring day in New York City, the First Lady and ‘Grandmother-in-chief’, Marian Robinson, had a mother-daughter bonding lunch in Greenwich Village.
The two sat down for a meal at Lupa, a small Italian eatery on Thompson Street and were looked after by owner and restaurant mogul Mario Batali.
Batali was heard telling the photographers waiting out of the trattoria that the pair had the ‘Chef’s Roman Tasting Menu’.
Here’s the menu that Michelle and her mom got to gorge on:
CHEF’S ROMAN TASTING MENU
$65 Per Person * Roman Wine Pairing $49
Puntarelle Alla Romana
Rigatoni Alla Gricia
Strozzapreti with Sugo Finto
Coda Alla Vaccinara
Some pics of what was on the menu can be found here.
Everyday Americans can send checks.
Hillary Clinton is trying to keep her presidential campaign small, low-key, and home-grown: There will be no rallies, no massive crowds, no ropelines.
But she’ll still need to raise money at a staggering rate.
Clinton will attend the first fundraisers of the campaign later this month.
There will be one event on April 28 in New York City, and one on April 30 in Washington, D.C., according to an email that Dennis Cheng, the campaign’s finance director, sent donors and fundraisers on Friday evening.
In the email, Cheng did not list the ticket price for each event.
A source familiar with the plans confirmed that Clinton would appear at the fundraisers — which will most likely take place at private homes. Democrats who have been advised of the campaign finance strategy have said that Clinton will avoid large, banquet-style fundraisers to start.
These events, the source said, are considered part of the lower-dollar “Hillstarter” program for Clinton’s early fundraisers.
The finance team, led by Cheng, has offered designation as a Hillstarter to any supporter who finds 10 donors to give $2,700 — the most any one person can contribute toward the campaign’s efforts in the primary. They may give another $2,700 for the general. But to start, Clinton will only collect primary dollars.[…]
The campaign will host weekly “Behind the Scenes” telephone briefings for Hillstarter members, according to the email from Cheng. Each call will introduce Clinton’s fundraisers to a different member of the campaign staff. (Jennifer Palmieri and Kristina Schake, the communications director and deputy communications director, are scheduled to star on the first “Behind the Scenes” call.)
Dreamers have priority.
While the administration struggles to move forward with its plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, the list of foreigners trying to get into the United States legally has surged to 4.4 million, over 100,000 more than last year, according to the State Department.
Those on the list either have a family member who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder, sponsoring their entry, or an employer wants them.
The list grew by 100,085 over last year. And more than a quarter of them, 1,323,978, are Mexican.
According to a blog post written on the list by policy expert Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Studies, unlike illegals slipping over the border, many of those on the wait list have been there for up to 13 years or more as they go through the proper process to enter the country.
Unlike with illegals, the government regulates who can come into the country legally.
“The waiting lists are needed because of annual limits on the number of immigrants that can be admitted in certain family and employment categories, and because of caps on the number who can come from each country,” she wrote.
The issue of letting more legal immigrants in is a key one for Washington as it grapples with what to do about the 12 million illegals already here.
“The existence of this massive waiting list of eligible applicants for family immigrant visas and green cards raises important questions for policymakers,” wrote Vaughan.
They did not falter but said, “Let it begin here”.
At about 5 a.m., 700 British troops, on a mission to capture Patriot leaders and seize a Patriot arsenal, march into Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen under Captain John Parker waiting for them on the town’s common green. British Major John Pitcairn ordered the outnumbered Patriots to disperse, and after a moment’s hesitation the Americans began to drift off the green. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun, and a cloud of musket smoke soon covered the green. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. Only one British soldier was injured, but the American Revolution had begun.
By 1775, tensions between the American colonies and the British government approached the breaking point, especially in Massachusetts, where Patriot leaders formed a shadow revolutionary government and trained militias to prepare for armed conflict with the British troops occupying Boston. In the spring of 1775, General Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, received instructions from England to seize all stores of weapons and gunpowder accessible to the American insurgents. On April 18, he ordered British troops to march against the Patriot arsenal at Concord and capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding at Lexington.
Not sure he should ever get out.
The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community.
He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy’s. He drives around town in a silver Toyota Avalon, a car that wouldn’t attract a second glance. Often, as if to avoid detection, he puts on a hat or visor before going out.
These days, John Hinckley Jr. lives much of the year like any average Joe: shopping, eating out, watching movies at a local Regal Cinemas.
Hinckley was just 25 when he shot President Ronald Reagan and three others in 1981, and when jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity they said he needed treatment, not a lifetime in confinement. The verdict left open the possibility that he would one day live outside a mental hospital.
For the past year, under a judge’s order, Hinckley has spent 17 days a month at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, a small southeastern Virginia city known for its colonial roots. Freedom has come in stages and with strict requirements: meeting regularly while in town with both a psychiatrist and a therapist, getting a volunteer job. It has all been part of a lengthy process meant to reintegrate Hinckley, now nearing 60, back into society.
On Wednesday, court hearings are set to begin on whether to expand Hinckley’s time in Williamsburg further. His doctors’ recommendation isn’t yet public, but the latest plan could see him living here permanently.[…]
Inside, Hinckley’s room has a king-size bed and TV and is decorated with paintings he has done of houses and cats, according to a hospital report. Nearby homes are listed at around $400,000. Residents can play tennis or swim at three recreation centers.
The adjoining Kingsmill Resort has a spa, a marina and three golf courses. President Bill Clinton played golf at Kingsmill in the 1990s. President Barack Obama has also been to the resort, staying in 2012 while preparing for a debate. Secret Service records suggest Hinckley wasn’t in town when Obama stayed there.
One of the many restrictions placed on Hinckley while in Williamsburg is to avoid traveling to Richmond or “areas where the President or members of Congress may be visiting.”
Kerry would doubtless have no problem agreeing to self-inspections by the Iranians.
A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers.
Gen. Hossein Salami, the Guard’s deputy leader, said on state TV that allowing the foreign inspection of military sites is tantamount to “selling out.”
“We will respond with hot lead (bullets) to those who speak of it,” Salami said. “Iran will not become a paradise for spies. We will not roll out the red carpet for the enemy.”
Iran and six world powers — the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia — have reached a framework agreement to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions, and hope to strike a final deal by June 30.
A fact sheet on the framework accord issued by the State Department said Iran would be required to grant the U.N. nuclear agency access to any “suspicious sites.” Iran has questioned that and other language in the fact sheet, notably that sanctions would only be lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency has verified Tehran’s compliance. Iran’s leaders have said the sanctions should be lifted on the first day of the implementation of the accord.
The fact sheet said Iran has agreed to implement the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would grant the IAEA expanded access to both declared and undeclared nuclear facilities.
But Salami said allowing foreign inspectors to visit a military base would amount to “occupation,” and expose “military and defense secrets.”
‘Everyday American’ And Clinton Confidante Donna Shalala Closes On $862,500 D.C. Condo In Preparation For 2016 Win…
Just a little room for when she visits DC from NYC.
Is someone optimistic that Hillary Clinton is going to be spending a lot more time in Washington, D.C., in the years ahead? Donna Shalala, the longtime Clinton family confidante who was announced as the head of the New York-based Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in March, closed that same month on a Georgetown condo in an upscale building with waterfront views. According to real estate records, Shalala purchased for $862,500 the one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on Water Street NW under a trust account in her name; at just 924 square feet, that’s quite the pricey pied a terre.
Sources say Shalala will likely spend most of her time in New York for her foundation job, which would make the Georgetown property a secondary home—the type of place you’d use frequently if your boss, for instance, was the First Husband and your other boss was the President. Shalala has gotten used to cushy digs. As president of the University of Miami, where she has been since leaving the Clinton administration as secretary of health and human services in 2001, she lived at the school’s massive Coral Gables presidential house until it was sold for $9 million in 2012. Since then she’s been bunking at a new, 9,000-square-foot, two-story home, complete with an elevator, dubbed “Ibis House,” in Pinecrest, an expensive gated community. Shalala is slated to depart University of Miami in early May, at the end of the academic year.
Not just contrived “appearing”…
A panel on Up with Steve Kornacki Sunday was roundly unimpressed by the rollout of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which began in earnest one week ago with a road trip to Iowa, calling it contrived even for a political campaign.
“All political campaigns are contrived,” said Forbes contributor Rick Ungar. “But the whole point of a good one is to contrive the campaign to not appear contrived. And I don’t think I’ve seen a more contrived-appearing campaign ever. It’s just been horrible.”
“I’m not sure it’s been that disastrous,” Kornacki conceded. “It does look contrived. But I don’t know that she’s in a worse place than she was a week ago.”
“The message has gotten lost party because of the media’s coverage of it,” said National Journal’s Lauren Fox. (Ahem.) “But also partly because none of the messages she’s come out with so far have been very surprising. These are things that are very standard, that the Democrats have been saying for a long time.”
Air Force Vet, Playboy Model Who Rescued Flag From Moonbats After They Walk On It, Now Plans Demonstration In Support Of Vets, Flag
The special snowflakes were protesting to protest.
An Air Force veteran and former Playboy model who was banned from Valdosta State University last week after taking an American flag from a group of demonstrators is now organizing her own demonstration that she said is to show support for the military and the flag.
Michelle Manhart was detained but not arrested by VSU police after she took the flag from a group of protesters. She said she was not planning to take the flag from the protestors, but she had heard about the group’s recent campus demonstrations and wanted to take action.
“I did not want anything like this, but I got a call from a student who told me that the flag was on the ground, and they were walking on it,” said Manhart. “I was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground.”
The group reportedly elected not to press charges against Manhart, and campus police issued her a criminal trespass warning, effectively banning her from the school. She told The Valdosta Daily Times that she resisted arrest after seeing the flag being returned to the group.[…]
The group gathered in front of Odum Library declined to identify themselves to the The Valdosta Daily Times or speak with a reporter about their cause.
Protesters did engage with VSU students about using the flag as “a symbol of our protest. When a slave understands his situation and understands he doesn’t want to be in slavery, he does not respect or revere anything his slavemaster has put in front of him.”
Manhart said she would like a letter of apology from the group and to take possession of the flag so she could dispose of it properly.
Manhart also said she understands that the 1989 Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson trumps federal and state statutes concerning flag desecration and protects demonstrators’ free speech rights to do what they want with the flag, but she still feels that it should be illegal.
Banks refusing to give them a mortgage? After Bill had been President? Are you kidding me? And whose fault would that be, bad credit?
So imagine this, even after they were in the White House, making over 200,000/year just factoring Bill’s salary alone, they were broke?
And Hillary is supposed to be the person to right the economic ship of the United States?
HT: Free Beacon
Rolling Stone can send their fraternity reporter to DSU.
Via USA Today
Three people were shot at a Delaware State University student cookout Saturday, resulting in a police search across the campus and nearby areas.
The shooting was reported at about 8 p.m. at a school-sanctioned sorority and fraternity cookout event, university President Harry L. Williams said in a statement.
Early Sunday morning, shots rang out a second time on campus, this time in the parking lot at the University Courtyard, a student housing complex. No one was injured in the second incident.
At about 1:30 a.m. school officials sent out an alert notifying students that shots were fired at 1:15 a.m. and also released a description of a suspect.
Police were looking for a black man with short dreadlocks, 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11 and wearing a tan and blue long sleeve T-shirt and white sneakers, according to the alert. The suspect was driving a dark colored 4-door vehicle.
Students were encouraged to remain inside.
The victims from the earlier shooting were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover and were reported to be in a stable condition late Saturday, Williams said.
Why would Obama call last century Islamist attacks “genocide” when he can’t even bring himself today to call Islamist attacks “Islamist”?
Via NY Post:
Does President Obama stand with Pope Francis — or with Turkey’s Islamist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
One hundred years ago this month, Turkish soldiers began slaughtering Armenian Christians amid the chaos of World War I. Four months later, 800,000 were dead.
The final toll was at least 1.5 million — perhaps 90 percent of the local population.
Historians cite that barbaric campaign as the first genocide in a century that would see far too many episodes of targeted ethnic annihilation.
But Turkey has never acknowledged the true nature of this crime against humanity, pretending instead that the Armenians died in a civil war. And neither have many world leaders, for fear of alienating the government of a strategically important power.
That, sadly, includes President Obama — who, like all of his predecessors, won’t use the word “genocide” when commemorating the Armenian holocaust.
But back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama loudly declared that America “deserves a president who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide” and vowed, “I will be that president.”
Seven years later, he still has yet to “be that president.”
Meanwhile, Francis last Sunday became the first pope to publicly acknowledge the Armenian genocide during a Mass to mark the centennial. (John Paul II did so in a written statement.)
The pontiff also not only equated the Armenian genocide with the Nazi and Stalinist eras, but drew a parallel to today’s attacks by radical Islamists on Christians in the Middle East and Africa.
And Wednesday, the European Parliament called on Turkey to finally acknowledge the genocide.
The silence from Washington remains deafening — and profoundly disappointing.
Al shouldn’t have a problem paying his taxes.
Despite questions of the Rev’s financial irregularities and allegations of shakedowns, they support him.
Several big corporations sponsored the annual convention last week for National Action Network, Al Sharpton’s in-the-red nonprofit, according to a list obtained by National Review.
Sponsors included AT&T, Viacom, Walmart, Perennial Strategy Group, Combs Enterprises, Comcast Corporation, McDonald’s, Ronald Perelman, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Forest City Ratner, Time Warner Cable, Barney’s, Coca-Cola, Essence Communications, Ford Division, Home Depot, Crystal McCrary and Raymond J. McGuire, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the NBA, Verizon, Colgate Palmolive, Macy’s, NASCAR, OraSure Technologies Inc., Best Buy, Greentrack Inc., the IM Foundation, Con Edison, and Entergy.