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

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At a time when we may never have faced 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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And Now This Important Insight From America’s Premiere Political Mind…

Or maybe not…

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Millionaire Nancy Pelosi (Deranged – CA) Can’t Make Ends Meet Without Her Congressional Paycheck….

Welcome to the middle class, Nancy. (Sarcasm)

Via IJR

During a recent press event regarding the battle over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, Nancy Pelosi attempted to address how difficult it was for people – even members of Congress – to go without timely paychecks.

The California representative, who is worth $29.01 million herself, said:

“I don’t know about you, but I think almost everybody I know cannot live without having a paycheck on time–members of Congress, even. And yet they’re (Republicans) asking the Department of Homeland Security people to do that.”

What Pelosi did not mention is that the average annual salary of a member of Congress is $174,000 plus benefits.

According to a joint study between Our Generation (OG), and Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), that puts members of Congress in the top 5% of the country in terms of wealth. Comparing that with the average American salary of $50,875 annually, members of Congress earn 3.42 times the average American salary.

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Homeless Oklahoma Vet’s Dying Wish To Be Fulfilled

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May your way be smooth through the gates, Marine…

Via KTLA:

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only three weeks to live, a beloved Marine had one last wish: to be buried in uniform, along with a Marine Corps flag.

Donnie Loneman had loved being a Marine, according to CNN affiliate KOCO in Oklahoma City. But the veteran, who was homeless for the past decade, did not own a dress uniform. He also could not afford to buy one.

As Loneman explained to Tulsa station KOTV at an event for homeless veterans last October, he had given everything up in order to care for his mother in her final days.

At the time of the event, he said he was spending cold nights on freeway overpasses and under trees.

Loneman passed away Thursday night, according to KOCO.

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Rubio Flip Flops On Immigration Bill, Says Conservatives Were Right…

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Rubio is pandering to the wrong voters.

Via WSJ

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that he is indebted to America for welcoming his Cuban immigrant parents, while he continued to back away from his 2013 legislation that would have allowed illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

Mr. Rubio, a likely presidential contender, was a major sponsor of a bill that was cast by conservatives as bestowing amnesty on law-breaking immigrants. “It wasn’t very popular. I don’t know if you know that from some of the folks here,” he quipped to an audience of hundreds of activists gathered for the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The bill’s critics were proven right, Mr. Rubio said, by what he described as President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce border security. He said immigration legislation is still necessary, not to integrate undocumented workers into society, as some say, but to make sure employers can’t hire illegal immigrants. Mr. Rubio also condemned President Obama’s executive order shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation as unconstitutional.

Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Rubio described how his parents left Cuba for the U.S. in 1956 with little money and no connections, a legacy he said fuels his commitment to public service. “I have a debt to America that I will never be able to repay,” he said. “For me, America isn’t just a country. It’s the place that literally changed the history of my family.”

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Breaking: Maduro Claims Venezuela Has ‘Captured’ Americans

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If this is true, chances that it will bring Obama off the golf course to actually do something? Not much.

Oh, and now that there’s a plane involved, CNN seems to have discovered things are not rosy in Venezuela…

Update:

Maduro claiming more than one American captured, engaged in ‘espionage’.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured Americans, including a pilot, involved in espionage activities and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.

Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira.

“In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.

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Facebook Page Of 12 Year Old Conservative Yanked After His Viral Video Saying “Obama Doesn’t Love America”

You may recall we reported on CJ Pearson and his viral video criticizing Obama, saying he doesn’t love America. We thought he would face challenges, just not quite so soon. CJ is learning, at a very young age, being conservative means you will face media suppression and attack.

Via Examiner:

On Friday, C.J. Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative from Georgia who posted a viral video supporting Rudy Giuliani, discovered that his personal Facebook page was locked. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com on Saturday, Pearson said he received a message from someone about 6 a.m. Friday. That’s when he learned his account and page had been locked for “suspicious activity.”

He jumped through all of Facebook’s hoops, but wasn’t able to recover his account. So he created a new profile to take its place. His public page was not affected, he said, however, he can no longer administer the page. Fortunately, he said, a friend is helping post links to that page.

As is so often the case in these situations, Facebook did not respond to his requests for help. Nor would they tell him what the alleged suspicious activity was. We reached out to Facebook, but the social media giant has so far refused to respond to our request for comments.

Pearson said he is working on legislation to lower the age of those serving in the state House and Senate. The legislation, which is set to be the subject of a hearing on Monday, would lower the age of House members from 21 to 18, and lower the age of state Senators from 25 to 21. Pearson said he was using Facebook to line up witnesses for the hearing, but Facebook’s actions have made that more difficult. He can’t read any messages sent to his old profile and the old page doesn’t show up.

On Monday, we reported that Pearson posted a video supporting former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also minced no words when he said that President Obama doesn’t love America.

“I don’t want to be politically correct. I don’t care about being politically correct at this point,” he said. “President Obama, you don’t love America.”

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Video: U.S. Bombing The Shiite Out Of ISIS…

Get some!

Jihadi Go Boom: U.S. Drone Strike In Central Yemen Takes Out 3 Suspected Al Qaeda Militants

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Feel good story of the day…

Via Daily Mail:

A suspected US drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said.

The officials said the attack took place in the town of Bijan in Yemen’s Shabwa province and that the nationalities of the men killed had not been established.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.

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Video: Iraqis Watching Incoming Convoy Terrified After They Realize It’s ISIS, “Oh Dear Mother, They Are Chanting Allahu Akbar!”

I can’t even begin to imagine what this feels like.

Via Daily Mail:

This is the moment terrified Iraqis recorded a convoy coming towards their home – and realised it was ISIS.

The men secretly filmed as trucks and lorries bearing the Islamic State’s distinctive black flag arrived in a cloud of dust and smoke.

One of the frightened civilians can be heard saying: ‘Oh dear mother, they are chanting Allahu Akbar!’ as a truck carrying a group of militants swoops into view.

The film starts with the vehicles appearing away in the distance as the occupants focus their camera on a cloud of dust.Another man then asks: ‘What is this, just tell me for God’s sake what is this?’ as a large lorry roars past and a truck transporting terrorists comes into view.

A frightened companion can be heard saying: ‘Oh dear mother, they are chanting Allahu-akbar.’

Moments later the screen goes black as the recorder is hastily turned off.

According to 9News, Kurdish-Girl91 wrote: ‘God were on the civilians (sic) side this day. ISIS were meters away but did not notice anything.’

Kim Jong Un Tells Army To Prepare For War With South Korea

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I’m always amused by the little tin pot dictator.

Via Daily Mail:

Kim Jong-Un has told North Korea’s military to prepare for war against the United States, saying he wants ‘to tear to pieces the Stars and Stripes’.

He also said that America does not have a ‘monopoly’ on nuclear weapons, adding: ‘The U.S. is seriously mistaken if it thinks its mainland is safe.’

The comments were made yesterday after America and South Korea held joint military exercises before announcing another eight-week operation due to take place from Monday.

Operation Foal Eagle will involve around 200,000 South Korean troops and another 3,700 U.S. personnel, spread over land, sea and air.

North Korea has also recently stepped up its own ground, air and naval drills, as tensions continue to rise on the fraught peninsula.

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Black Pastors To CBC Skipping Netanyahu Speech Is ‘Irresponsible And Immature’…

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CBC doesn’t want to chance losing donations from CAIR.

Via Washington Times

The message from a dozen prominent black pastors this week to the Congressional Black Caucus was loud and clear: Don’t skip out on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu’s speech.

About two dozen House and Senate Democrats, most of them black caucus members, have said they will not attend Mr. Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, which one pastor described as a “slap in the face to the people of Israel.”

“The thing to me that makes no sense is why the Congressional Black Caucus has teamed up with this current administration against Israel,” said Pastor Dexter D. Sanders of the Rock Center for Transformation in Orlando, Florida.

“And yes, black caucus, I’m saying you have gone against Israel when you decide to protest the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, from coming and speaking on the behalf of the nation of Israel,” Mr. Sanders said. “That is a slap in the face to the people of Israel, and not only that, it’s a slap in the face to God. And not only that, it’s also a slap in the face of all Bible-believing African-American people in this country.”[…]

“Charges from some members of the United States Congress about the breaking of protocol are no more than a very red herring,” Mr. Blye said. “The American people need to hear Israel’s voice on this urgent matter now. If one side of the aisle can facilitate this, so be it.”[…]

“Israel knows and understands Iran better than the rest of the world. This is not the time to involve ourselves in petty political maneuvering designed to embarrass our friend,” said Pastor Stephen Broden of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship in Dallas.

Pastor Harvey Burnett of the New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Peoria, Illinois, said he was “particularly saddened that our black leadership has conspired to spread disinformation that Israeli leaders seek to undermine the President of the United States.”

A number of left-wing groups, including Roots Action, Code Pink, American Muslims for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, has urged lawmakers not to attend as part of the #SkipTheSpeech campaign.

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Goodbye Illinois, Residents Are Leaving It For Other States

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Going, going, gone….

Via Chicago Tribune:

Even on days when the temperature is above zero, Illinois struggles to keep people here. They’re leaving, in droves, for states with sunnier economic opportunities.

New census data and other figures reveal the cold hard truth: More people are moving away than coming, tipping Illinois last year into the dreadful category of states with declining populations. From July 2013 to July 2014, Illinois shrank by about 10,000 residents in all, joining other states in decline such as West Virginia, Connecticut and Alaska.

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Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT, Blacks Given 230 ‘Bonus’ Points…

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MLK’s dream has turned into a nightmare, judged based on the color of their skin. In the future, will a black person running for POTUS get ‘bonus’ electoral college votes?

Via LA Times

In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take.

Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic — one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

“Zenme keyi,” one mother hisses in Chinese. How can this be possible?[…]

Lee is the co-founder of HS2 Academy, a college prep business that assumes that racial bias is a fact of college admissions and counsels students accordingly. At 10 centers across the state, the academy’s counselors teach countermeasures to Asian American applicants. The goal, Lee says, is to help prospective college students avoid coming off like another “cookie-cutter Asian.”

“Everyone is in orchestra and plays piano,” Lee says. “Everyone plays tennis. Everyone wants to be a doctor, and write about immigrating to America. You can’t get in with these cliche applications.”[…]

Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans’ test performance.

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Uber Driver Data Hacked Last May, Thousands Of License Plates And Names Of Drivers Exposed

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Via CS Monitor:

Uber says a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.

The ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn’t received any reports of the information being misused. Uber says it will offer a one-year membership in Experian’s ProtectMyID Alert identity theft protection service to the drivers involved.

The company said Friday the breach affects drivers in multiple states, but involves only a “small percentage” of its current and former drivers.

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GA Dem Votes With The GOP On DHS Short-Term Funding Extension, Verbally Assaulted By CBC

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How dare Representative Scott to have the audacity of listening to his constituents instead of the Overseers in the CBC.

Via National Journal

Rep. David Scott sat through a tongue-lashing from his Democratic colleagues Friday afternoon after casting one of the caucus’s few yes votes in favor of a three-week funding bill for the Homeland Security Department.

Seated in front of the fireplace in the House Speaker’s lobby—a position he’d held most of the afternoon—Scott suddenly found himself on the receiving end of a tirade from Rep. Corrine Brown. “You are making a mistake!” Brown shouted, in full view of reporters. “The strength of the wolf is in the pack. You are voting with these damn Republicans! What is wrong with you?”

Scott pleaded that he had to vote for his constituents, only to find Rep. John Lewis on the other side of him, saying that he too had plenty of DHS workers in his district. Soon, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver joined the huddle, begging Scott to change his vote.

“I’m not voting with them,” Scott said, meaning Republicans. “I’m voting for my district.” Butterfield countered: “You’ve been here 16 years. You can explain.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi briefly joined the scrum, leaning in behind Scott to say something out of earshot of reporters. As the group started to break up, Rep. Lacy Clay looked over his shoulder at Scott. “You know what you’ve got to do,” he said.[…]

Asked what he told his colleagues, Scott said his message was the same. “I’m just voting for my district, the people that vote for me,” he said. “Hey, you’ll have to just excuse me on this one.”

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Fox Statement On Bill O’Reilly: Media Matters, Mother Jones, Go Pound Salt

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Update to this story. Nice job, Fox tells them where to go.

Via Fox Nation:

“Bill O’Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates Mother Jones and Media Matters. Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. FOX News maintains its staunch support of O’Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts.”

Warren Buffett Says Gender Not An Issue In Decision Of Who His Successor Will Be

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Guy who pays less tax than his secretary says what?

Via USA Today:

In his much-anticipated annual letter to stockholders, Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, celebrated his golden anniversary of ownership of the company and teases about talk of a successor — making it clear that gender is not a factor.

The Oracle of Omaha sized up the U.S. economy and takes a genial swipe at “preachers of pessimism.”

Buffett reported that the per-share value of the company he bought in 1965 has rocketed from $19 to $146,186. That, he noted in passing, amounts to a “rate of 19.4 percent compound annually.”

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Documents Reveal Top Hillary Advisers Knew Immediately That Assault On Benghazi Was Armed Attack, Not Some Guy Out For A Walk With An RPG…

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Hillary was suffering from amnesia after taking a header into a cocktail table.

Via Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group. The documents were produced as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State ((No. 1:14-cv-01511). The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch lawsuit focused on Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi scandal:

Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited to, notes, taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.

The chain of internal emails tracks the events surrounding the terrorist attack in real time beginning immediately upon its inception.

On September 11, 2012, at 4:07 PM, Maria Sand (who was then a Special Assistant to Mrs. Clinton) forwarded an email from the State Department’s Operations Center entitled “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi is Under Attack (SBU) [Sensitive But Unclassified]” to Cheryl Mills (then-Chief of Staff), Jacob Sullivan (then-Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy), Joseph McManus (then-Hillary Clinton’s Executive Assistant), and a list of other Special Assistants in the Secretary’s office:

The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM [Chief of Mission] personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.

On September 11, 2012, 4:38 PM, State Department Foreign Service Officer Lawrence Randolph forwarded Mills, Sullivan and McManus an email from Scott Bultrowicz, who was the former director of the Diplomatic Security Service (ousted following review of the attack), with the subject line, “Attack on Benghazi 09112012”:

DSCC received a phone call from [REDACTED] in Benghazi, Libya initially stating that 15 armed individuals were attacking the compound and trying to gain entrance. The Ambassador is present in Benghazi and currently is barricaded within the compound. There are no injuries at this time and it is unknown what the intent of the attackers is. At approximately 1600 DSCC received word from Benghazi that individuals had entered the compound. At 1614 RSO advised the Libyans had set fire to various buildings in the area, possibly the building that houses the Ambassador [REDACTED] is responding and taking fire.[…]

Despite her three top staff members being informed that a terrorist group had claimed credit for the attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued an official statement, also produced to Judicial Watch, claiming the assault may have been in “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

Cheryl Mills asks that the State Department stop answering press inquiries at 12:11 am on September 12, despite the ongoing questions about “Chris’ whereabouts.” In an email to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, Jacob Kennedy, and Phillipe Reines (then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Senior Communications Advisor), Mills writes:

Can we stop answering emails for the night Toria b/c now the first one [Hillary Clinton’s “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” statement] is hanging out there.

Earlier in the chain of emails, Nuland told Mills, Sullivan, and Patrick Kennedy (Under Secretary of State for Management) that she “ignored” a question about Ambassador Steven’s status and whereabouts from a CBS News Reporter.

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Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack On ISIS

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What have they been doing for last eight months in preparation, baking cookies?

Via Daily Beast:

Just days ago, the generals were trumpeting plans to knock ISIS out of its most important stronghold in Iraq. Now, those plans are on indefinite hold.

The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast. That’s a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announced that the first major ground offensive in the war against ISIS could come in the next few weeks.

Defense officials once hoped that Iraqi troops could move into Mosul by the Spring and reclaim the city from ISIS. Now, those officials say, Fall is more realistic. And even that date was tenuous.

“It is an Iraqi decision but we don’t want to do anything until they are ready and can win decisively,” a military official explained to the Daily Beast. “They cannot now.”

It’s another sign that the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going nearly as smoothly as the American government had hoped. At the Pentagon Friday, Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby shied away from any kind of timeline, saying: “I can’t put a date certain…nor say April is out.”

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