More On The Sharpton-Holder Effort To “Lower The Threshold” For A Federal Civil Rights Case

We reported on both Al Sharpton and Eric Holder weighing in this week on their desire to change the threshold to file federal civil rights cases. They were both unhappy that they could not bring civil rights cases over Ferguson and Trayvon Martin. Small things like the facts stood in their way.

Here’s a bit more on what they are actually saying.

We noted previously that Sharpton said this:

Unless we change that legislation, we end up where we are in terms of the Trayvon Martin case,” Sharpton told talk radio host Tom Joyner on Wednesday.

“Clearly, I’m disappointed,” he continued.

“Clearly, I’m sure the family is. But clearly the Justice Department cannot go beyond the laws as is written. As we fight these fights and continue to fight the fights from Staten Island to Ferguson, we must change the threshold that you qualify a federal civil rights case for, or we will keep having these moments of activism that end up with cases being dis[missed].”

But then he said this:

In order to prove civil rights violations, federal prosecutors must prove that defendants targeted victims on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or nationality.

“Can you prove intent? Can you have more than one witness? Can you prove that race was a factor?” Sharpton asked rhetorically.

“If you lower the threshold where you can say if the results are race-based, if in fact there is enough evidence whether there are witnesses or not. Whatever it’s lowered to it makes it possible for what is a state case which clearly Trayvon was tried in the state could also be a federal civil rights case without an impossible bar to reach.”

Did you catch that? Whether there are witnesses or not. If “the results are race-based”. In the Ferguson case, there was absolutely no evidence to suggest race played any role in Darren Wilson’s mind. Yet both Holder and Sharpton found the resultant decision unsatisfactory. If white police officer shoots black suspect, results are race-based, so it must be a federal civil rights violation.

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Boehner: Unprecedented Demand To Hear Netanyahu Speech To Congress

Hopefully, Bibi rips it up.

Via Arutz Sheva:

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that there is unprecedented demand for seats in the House for Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said on CBS’s Face the Nation. “Everybody wants to be there.”

“What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what our trusted ally has to say.”

Support for Israel continues to be bipartisan, he stressed, and Democratic support for the Jewish state has not receded. “Really,” he added, “the only conflict here is between the White House and Israel.”

Insane Moonbat Cher: Republicans Don’t Know Women Have Orgasms, “Have NO Idea What 2Do In Bed”

Because nothing oozes raw masculine sex appeal than the Democrat King!

Fun fact: Mensa rejected Cher’s application to join claiming she is too smart.

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Good News: ISIS Releases At Least 19 Christian Captives

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Although I wonder why, if a ransom was paid to get them free.

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local leader said.

Bashir Saedi, a senior official in the Assyrian Democratic Organization, said the 16 men and three women arrived safely Sunday and were now at the Church of the Virgin Mary in the city of Hassakeh.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group also reported that 19 Christians had been freed, but put the number at 17 men and two women.

The discrepancy could not be immediately reconciled.

It was not immediately clear why the Islamic State group had freed them, although Saedi said all of the 19 who were released were around 50 years of age or older. Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said an Islamic State Shariah court had ordered them released, but the reasoning was unknown.

Also unclear is the fate of the more than 200 other Christian Assyrians who were taken captive by Islamic State fighters last week in sweep through a string of villages along the Khabur River in Syria’s northeastern Hassakeh province.

The abductions have added to fears among religious minorities in both Syria and Iraq, who have been repeatedly targeted by the Islamic State group.

Pint-Sized Dem Robert Reich Tells Israel Their Safety Is Being Jeopardized By GOP And “Right-Wing Jews” Supporting Netanyahu…

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You know, because Obama is such a staunch defender of Israel.

Via Times of Israel:

Former US labor secretary Robert Reich offered sharp criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, saying that the premiere’s intention address Congress on Tuesday, against the wishes of the White House, was driving many US Jews to speak out against Israel when in the past they may have remained silent, and that the speech was “poisoning the relationship” between Israel and the US.

In a post to his Facebook page, Reich, who was secretary during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997, appealed not to Netanyahu, but rather to the people of Israel, and warned them that the prime minister was meddling in internal US politics.

“You should know that the new-found alliance between your prime minister and our Republican Party, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and some wealthy right-wing Jews here (such as billionaire Sheldon Adelson), is poisoning the relationship between Israel and the United States,” wrote Reich, who is Jewish.

“Netanyahu’s decision to address Congress on Tuesday to argue against a nuclear deal with Iran that’s one of the president’s highest priorities, and also to speak to AIPAC – just two weeks before your own national elections – foists your own domestic politics onto ours,” he wrote.

Reich said that the speech, which is scheduled for Tuesday, was driving Americans, among them many in the Jewish community, to turn against Israel. Netanyahu is expected to try to sway Congress against President Barack Obama’s push to seal an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

“It is having a polarizing effect here in the United States, pushing many Americans to side against Israel, and thereby posing a long-term threat to Israel’s security,” he said. “Meanwhile, many American Jews who have refrained from speaking out against the right-wing radicalism that has taken hold in Israel – a radicalism that rejects a ‘two-state solution’ and continues to build new settlements on the West Bank, and which we believe imperils the future of Israel — are now feeling emboldened to do so.”

We Remember Andrew Breitbart And Carry On, #War

Via National Review:

It was a brilliant, inspiring speech, from his opening, “I’m looking for you, you Occupy freaks, with your glitter bombs! Bring it on! Bring on the glitter!” to his closing, “America has finally awoken to your Saul Alinsky bull**** tactics, and we’re coming to get you.” A portion of the speech, and a perspective of Andrew Breitbart that isn’t always remembered as clearly as some others: You want a unity speech? I’ll give you a unity speech. I don’t care who our candidate is. And I haven’t since the beginning of this. I haven’t! Ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate! That’s what the Tea Party is. We are there to confront them on behalf of our candidate. I will march behind whoever our candidate is, because if we don’t, we lose. There are two paths. One is America, and the other one is Occupy.

SNL Skit Jokes About ISIS Slaughtering People… Shockingly, Not Everyone Is Laughing…

Because genocide is hilarious!

Note how SNL replaces the ISIS “Allahu Akbar!” battlecry with something that sounds like the Indians in the old western movies

Via BPR

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is known for pushing the envelope, but this week, the comedy routine may have pushed too far.

Saturday’s skit had SNL regular Taran Killam playing a father driving his daughter, played by actress Dakota Johnson, to a parking lot so she could join the Islamic State.

The skit is a spoof of Toyota Camry’s “My Bold Dad” commercial of a father driving his daughter to the airport so she can join the U.S. Army.

“Looks like your ride is here,” Killam said as a truck bearing an Islamic State-like flag drove up with people dressed as terrorists in the back. “You be careful, OK?”

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” Johnson replied.

The skit is all the more insensitive for its timing — coming shortly after the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihad John” was identified as a Westerner, three men with Islamic State ties were arrested in the United States and three British teenage girls fled to Syria to join the terror group.

And that’s on top of near-daily reports of Christian communities being hounded by Isis savages, or, as Twitter user put it, “Christians being slaughtered in Middle East not laughing.”

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“Heroes Never Die”: Thousands March In Moscow To Mourn Murder Of Putin Foe, Boris Nemtsov

Via Mashable:

Tens of thousands of people turned out in central Moscow on Sunday to march in honor of opposition leader and democratic crusader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed by an unknown assailant Friday night.

He was strolling across a bridge over the Moskva River only a few hundred meters from the Kremlin, when shots rang out from the open window of a white car, and four bullets pierced Nemtsov’s back.

On Sunday, he was remembered by young and old, elite and ordinary, across Russia. In Moscow, some 50,000 people, according to organizers, memorialized him in poems and placards deeming him a hero.

“I am Nemtsov”:
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Kerry: America Has “Closest Security Relationship With Israel Right Now, Than At Anytime In History”…

In related news, we now know the answer to the question: “Is John Kerry mentally ill?”

Via Breitbart:

Secretary of State John Kerry touted the US’ relationship with Israel, arguing “we have a closer relationship with Israel right now, in terms of security, than at anytime in history” on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC.

“We have a closer relationship with Israel right now, in terms of security, than at anytime in history. I was reviewing the record the other day. We have intervened on Israel’s behalf in the last two years, more than several hundred, a couple of hundred times, in over 75 different different fora in order to protect Israel. I talk to the prime minister regularly, including yesterday. We are not — we don’t want to see this [Netanyahu’s speech before Congress] turned into some great political football. Obviously, it was odd, if not unique that we learned of it from the Speaker of the House and the administration was not included in this process. But the administration is not seeking to politicize this. We want to recognize the main goal here is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and on that, Israel and the United States agree” he stated.

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Report: Obama Threatened To Shoot Down Israeli Planes If They Went To Strike Iranian Nuclear Facilities

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Unclear if report is true. But really does say something about the nature of the relationship Obama has displayed toward Israel that people can believe it.

Via Truth Revolt:

Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that President Obama, angered at Israeli plans to strike Iran nuclear facilities in 2014, threatened to shoot down Israeli planes before they could reach their targets.

The paper, Al Jarida, cites only anonymous sources and just a handful of other publications have followed the story. But according to israelnationalnews.com, the Arabic newspaper quoted “well-placed” sources as saying Benjamin Netanyahu and two top aides “had decided to carry out air strikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.”

“The Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back,” the website said.

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Former Maryland Governor O’Malley Takes First Sniper Shot At Hillary In Anticipation Of 2016 Run…

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He was a Hillary backer in 2008 and pivoted to 0bama in 2012.

Via Washington Examiner

Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and potential Democratic presidential candidate, is taking the first shot of the 2016 race at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also a potential candidate for the White House.

O’Malley suggested in a speech in South Carolina on Saturday that a Clinton presidency would not “move America forward,” according to the New York Times.

“Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward,” O’Malley said in his speech, the Times reported. “History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience.”

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Obama Recognizes Trayvon Martin To Honor Black History Month

Relevant part begins around 6:20:

No, Trayvon Martin is not Emmett Till. He isn’t Rosa Parks. He was a 17 year old who, evidence indicates, was beating another man’s head into concrete. Perhaps even, if one were to believe his friend Rachel Jeantel, whom he was on the phone with at the time, because he thought George Zimmerman was gay.

You may feel that here is a young life lost who didn’t have to be lost. But to lump him together with civil rights heroes, as part of the “collective struggle” of “the movement”? That’s exactly what Obama does here.

“[Referencing civil rights heroes] One month a year is not sufficient to take on their example and to celebrate the power of a movement. That’s something that we have to do, each and every one of us, every day, living up to their example, then handing it on to our children, and our children’s children. Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter, that’s part of our task. I want to thank Trayvon’s parents for being here, on what’s a very difficult day for them. [Michelle Obama claps loudly] It takes all of us to show our young people, as Ms. Atkins puts it, that where we are today didn’t come easy, it came through thick and thin. “That’s why I tell my children,” she says, “To stand up for what’s right”. That’s a simple thing to say. Sometimes it’s hard to do. But progress in this nation happens only because of seemingly ordinary people find the courage to stand up for what is right. Not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. Not just when it’s convenient, but when it’s challenging. We don’t set aside this month each year to isolate or segregate, put under a glass case, black history, we set it aside to illuminate those threads, those living threads that African Americans have woven into the tight tapestry of this nation.”

Your own DOJ despite every effort to do so, can’t find anything to charge George Zimmerman with because there are no facts to suggest that Trayvon Martin was attacked or killed because of his race, but all manner of facts to indicate he was the aggressor.

You do “the movement” an injustice, civil rights heroes an injustice, when you seek to lump Trayvon Martin as one among them.
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If that was “the movement” you actually meant. Because it sounds a lot more like a hat tip in language to the anti-capitalist anti-U.S. revolutionaries #BlackLivesMatter crazies, whose time is already past. If Rosa Parks were riding the bus trying to get home today, these are the people who would have blocked it. They are the bigots they are waiting for.

Obama Broke Into Tears As He Said Good Bye To Eric Holder

Via Breitbart:

Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to the commander-in-chief breaking into tears that he wiped away as he finished his remarks.

The president said, “Having good men in a position of power and authority, who are willing to fight for what is right, that is a rare thing, a powerful thing. That’s something that shapes our future in ways we don’t even understand, we don’t always imagine. It made me very proud.”

Having good men in positions of power and authority is a rare and good thing. Unfortunately, neither you or Holder qualify.

Indiana Parents Furious Over ‘Data Mining’ Survey School Gave To Students As Young As Fifth Grade

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It sounds like they are trying to plumb who might be at risk for drugs/suicide/psychological problems. The question I find most troubling is ‘have either of your parents served in Iraq or Afghanistan”? What business is that of theirs? There seems to be an implicit assumption that that service is problematic, and your military parents must be psychologically unwell.

Via Truth Revolt:

A school survey given to children as youg as 12 have left parents irate over questions that included whether “people in my family have serious arguments.”

The survey of middle school students asked numerous questions about drugs and alcohol, including “At what age did you first use…?

Cigarettes
Alcohol (beer, wine, liquor, wine coolers)
Marijuana (pot, hash, weed, kush, Mary Jane)
Inhalants (whip-its, huffing, aerosol spray can, etc.)
Vivoxiline (Vivo)
Prescription drugs (like OxyContin)

The survey also asked if they felt things were “hopeless” and did students consinder or “make a plan” to commit suicide.

But it was the personal questions about family life that irks parents. The students were asked to rate how true some statements were, including: “We argue about the same things in my family over and over” and “People in my family often insult or yell at each other.”

“They crossed the line when they entered the home,” said Michelle Bracewell told a local TV station, Fox59. “Those are personal questions, and if I want people to know what’s going on inside my home, I’ll let them know.”

Facebook quickly filled with parents calling the survey an “issue of rights,” and others calling the survey “data mining, and a 100% violation of privacy and trust,” Fox59 said.

While schools told the children the survey was optional and confidential, a new program asked for the students to include their birth dates and initials. “It’d be very easy to go back and look at a birthdate and initials and see who the child was,” Bracewell said.

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Eric Holder Refuses To Grant Exit Interview With Only One Media Network, Fox News . . . Prefers To Be Asked To Quack Like A Duck…

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Eric only does serious news shows with actual journalists, such as Al Sharpton and Melissa Harris-Perry.

Via BPR

President Obama’s controversial attorney general is finally on his way out of office, and he’s accepting requests for one last interview from a full gamut of media outlets, with one notable exception — Fox News.

Fox reported that Eric Holder is offering “exit interviews” to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Politico. A few weeks ago, he was even given the chance to quack like a duck on MSNBC for Melissa Harris-Perry.

But he doesn’t want to answer any questions from the most watched and most powerful cable news network in the country.

“We learned today that Attorney General Eric Holder has conducted interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Politico, while excluding FOX News,” network Executive Vice President Michael Clemente said in a statement.

“The Attorney General’s decision does a deep disservice to America’s largest cable news audience and the interests of a free press. Ultimately, however, we’re not surprised that Holder would try to evade a thorough accounting of his record in office, including his decision to investigate our Chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen through an illegal seizure of emails and phone records of Rosen and his parents.”

Clemente didn’t mention other embarrassing scandals, including Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department’s monitoring of Associated Press reporters’ phones and Holder’s race-baiting in Ferguson, Mo., after the shooting death of black teen Michael Brown.[…]

The test of any lawyer’s mettle is his ability to cross-examine hostile witnesses. Apparently Holder doesn’t like it when he’s on the receiving end of the tough questions.

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$1Million Being Offered For Best Idea To Combat Youth Violence In Chicago

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Here’s a thought. Take all the money you spend on the public schools, toss the unions, and switch them to charter schools with real teachers that stress personal responsibility and do not excuse bad behavior. Give me my million dollars.

But this is actually a thing and you only have till Monday to submit your idea. So get on the stick, Zippers! Send in your thoughts.

Via WGNTV:

CHICAGO — One million dollars is being offered for the best idea to combat youth violence in Chicago.

The University of Chicago crime lab is working with the MacArthur Foundation and Get In Chicago to find solutions for the complex issue.

Chicago has a higher percentage of young homicide victims than the national average.

The deadline for letters of interest are due on Monday.

The awards will be announced in May and could be up and running in Chicago by this summer.

Dem Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Army Veteran, Faces Backlash From Fellow Liberals For Criticizing Obama’s Refusal To Say “Radical Islam”…

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No room for dissent among the Obamabot rank and file.

Via FOX News

She was Hawaii’s golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit.

That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state’s favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by “radical Islam.”

“Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don’t know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told FoxNews.com. “Our leaders must clearly identify the enemy as Islamist extremists, understand the ideology that is motivating them and attracting new recruits, and focus on defeating that enemy both militarily and ideologically.”

Gabbard has been hitting this message for weeks now, putting her at odds with many in her party who toe the line that the Islamic State should not be associated with Islam. […]

Her comments have stunned political experts in her home state.

“It is very, very unusual for a junior member in the president’s own party to criticize him,” said Colin Moore, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Department of Political Science. “Especially for someone considered a rising star in the party. This is a serious gamble for her.”

Michael W. Perry, of Hawaii’s most popular KSSK Radio’s “Perry & Price Show,” said that “while Gabbard is correct in her ‘emperor has no clothes’ moment, she may have lost her future seat on Hawaii’s political bench.” He said she’s committed “a mortal sin” by challenging Obama, and “now the knives are out.”

For now, she’s taking her hits in the media.

The editorial board of the online political news journal Civil Beat, owned by eBay Founder Pierre Omiydar, said “the bright-red Right” is promoting her criticism but she is not “presenting serious policy arguments.”

“One wonders where Gabbard is going with this. Sure, the Iraq war veteran and rising political star is achieving national prominence in a high-profile discussion. But at what cost?” the editorial board wrote, saying her comments could be dismissed “as pandering from a young pol with lofty ambitions.”

Bob Jones, columnist for the Oahu-based Midweek, wrote a scathing piece suggesting Gabbard should be challenged in 2016. “I take serious issue when somebody who’s done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them — terrorists,” Jones said.

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Obama Identifies With The 9/11 Killers

This is insane. Talk about vetting, where were people calling this out?

Via NY Post:

That President Obama won’t call it Islamic terrorism; that he believes we shouldn’t be on a “high horse” because America and Christians have done bad things; that Muslims are victims of “bigotry and prejudice”; that his State Department says it’s the lack of jobs, not religion, that fuels ISIS, should come as no surprise.

After all, he said the same thing about 9/11.

In 2004, Obama released an update of his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” with a little-noticed new preface about the attacks.
“On September 11, 2001,” Obama wrote, “…history returned with a vengeance; in fact, as Faulkner reminds us, the past is never dead and buried — it isn’t even past.”

“This collective history, this past, directly touches my own,” he added. “Not merely because, as a consequence of 9/11, my name is an irresistible target of mocking websites from overzealous Republican operatives. But also because the underlying struggle between worlds of plenty and worlds of want…is the struggle set forth, on a miniature scale, in this book,” which at its core is an indictment against Western imperialism, racism and colonialism.
Obama goes on to say he identifies with the “desperation and disorder of the powerless,” and how they can “easily slip into violence and despair.”

9/11 isn’t about us being attacked, it’s about his resultant victimization, which of course is all due to that lack of jobs thing again, racism and colonialism.

And tellingly, we should change out “corrupt” regimes that “suppress Islam”. Is that not what he has been doing? Paging Gaddafi! Paging Assad!

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Jeb Bush To Illegal Immigration Opponents: “I Kind Of Feel Your Pain”

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And he probably wonders why the base loathes him with a passion.

Via RCP:

BUSH: Sure. So, on immigration, I wrote a book about this. Instead of people opinion on what I believe, they ought to by the book. It’s called Immigration Wars. You can get it on Amazon for a $1.99. It’s probably discounted. And in that book, I talk about first and foremost the need to enforce the borders. A great country needs to enforce borders for national security purposes, public health purposes, and the rule of law. First and foremost we have to do that.

Secondly, we need to narrow family petitioning so that it’s the same as every other country, spouse and minor children, not this broad definition of spouse, minor children, adult siblings and adult parents, that crowds out what we need, which are economic-driven immigrants. Those that want to come here to work, to invest in their dreams in this country, to create opportunities for all of us, and that’s what we need to get to.

The plan also includes a path to legal status. I have not seen anybody, and I know there’s disagreement here. Some of these people are angry about this, and, look, I kind of feel your pain. I was in Miami this morning, it was 70 degrees. So the simple fact — the simple fact is there is no plan to deport 11 million people. We should give them a path to legal status, where they work, where they don’t receive government benefits, where they don’t break the law, where they learn English, and where they make a contribution to our society. That’s what we need to be focused on.

Air Force Officials: Our Fleet Is Smaller And Weaker Than Ever Before

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At a time when we may never be facing more danger and conflicts.

Via Daily Mail:

The U.S. Air Force has a quarter of the number of fighter squadrons it did 25 years ago and two-thirds of the active duty airmen, a drop that threatens U.S. air superiority, defense officials told lawmakers on Friday.

‘Enough is enough,’ Air Force Secretary Deborah James told lawmakers in the House of Representatives as she defended a Pentagon budget request that exceeds federal spending caps. ‘Given the state of the world … the number one thing we have to stop is this downsizing.’

But members of the defense appropriations subcommittee said President Barack Obama’s 2016 Pentagon base budget of $534 billion exceeded spending caps by nearly $35 billion and would have to be cut.

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