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Slip slidin’ away…

2014: Obama’s America – where scandals now come so fast that each new mess makes us forget the previous one.

What keeps the country afloat this terrible summer?

Some American companies produce more gas and oil than ever despite, not because of, the Obama administration. Most Americans still get up every day, work hard, and pay more taxes than they receive in subsidies. American soldiers remain the most formidable in the world despite the confusion of their superiors. The law, regardless of the administration, is still followed by most. And most do not duck out on their daily responsibilities to golf, play pool, or go on junkets.

It is still a hard thing to derail America in a summer — but then again, we have a long way to go until fall.

The blinders may be finally off the CBS eye…

FreeBeacon

Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer said Obama’s comment that “We live in a complex world” “may the understatement of the year”, and claimed the world may be more dangerous now than at the height of the Cold War.

Schieffer listed off crises around the world, quoting Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who recently said “I have never seen the world in more turmoil than it is today.”

“I don’t want to be overly dramatic here tonight, Scott,” Schieffer told CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, “but I think that we are in a very dangerous time right now. Even more so, perhaps, than at the height of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. In those days we had a clearly identifiable enemy. We knew what they were up to. Now we seem to be immersed in a series of events that are totally out of control.”

Schieffer pointed out the futility of many of the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts, remarking, “The Secretary of State is flying around almost nonstop from one crisis to another. So far he’s gotten them to audit, to re-audit the vote in Afghanistan, but otherwise not much is happening there. This is a very dangerous time.”

The light…it burns us…

Hagel quietly notifies Congress of transfer of 6 more Gitmo detainees

WashTimes

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel quietly notified Congress last week that the military is set to transfer six Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Uruguay as soon as next month, The New York Times revealed Wednesday.

The deal has been waiting for Mr. Hagel’s approval since March, but stalled after the Obama administration received a wave of backlash for releasing five Taliban detainees to Qatar in exchange for the release Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The administration did not give Congress 30-days notice in that deal, but argued it was still legal because any delay could have risked Sgt. Bergdahl’s life.

Of the six low-level detainees expected to be released next month, four are Syrian, one is Palestinian and one is Tunisian. The transfer would bring the Gitmo population down to 143 prisoners — 72 of which are recommended for transfer, The Times reported.

The administration is said to have notified Congress of the decision on July 9, the report said.

After An Injured Vet Waits 2 Years For A Wheelchair, These Lowe’s Employees Do What The VA Won’t

IJReview

lowes-employees

Veteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years. After receiving no help, his broke down inside a Lowe’s.

That’s when three strangers stepped in to help. Sulsona wrote this letter to the Staten Island Advance to share the story and express his gratitude.

In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.

For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.

On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.

Three employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work.

They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, “We’re going to make this chair like new.”

I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.

I kept thanking them and all they could say was, “It was our honor.”

The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.

They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.

Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people

But it’s his skin color that upsets us, he says. If everything was the same, and all events unfolded exactly as they have, we would surely all be in the midst of a 6-year-long fit of ecstasy if only the president’s complexion more closely resembled his maternal side. It’s the darker hue of his pigmentation that perturbs us, not that he used the IRS like a wing of his re-election campaign, or that he shows no regard for the law, or that he sends his DOJ after journalists, or that he lies like he breathes, or that he arms terrorists and drug dealers, or that he left our ambassador to die in Benghazi, or that he spends more tax money funding Planned Parenthood than any other president, or that he deliberately stoked race riots in Florida after the Trayvon Martin incident, or that he’s bungled every single foreign policy decision, or that he pushed a disastrous health care law through Congress, and did so under blatantly false pretenses, or that he pretended to be a civil liberties candidate and then went on to expand the surveillance state more than anyone before him ever did. Our distaste couldn’t be fueled by these factors or any other. We would all be jumping for joy over every last one of these high crimes and misdemeanors, but it’s the shade of his epidermis that spoils the party. Right?

Right.

People in this nation are suffering. We’ve watched the most corrupt, scandal-plagued administration in history lie, cheat, and steal for half of the past decade. We can only endure the aftermath while this incompetent hector and his merry band of micromanaging bureaucrats continue to bankrupt us and undermine our laws, yet Obama and Holder have the audacity to position themselves as the victims? Still? Still? Years and years of kicking us around like donkeys, and these two crooks still trot out the Race Card simply because some of us haven’t learned to love the abuse?

Then comes the news today that the DOJ will be launching a thorough investigation, not into the IRS for targeting conservative groups, or Solyndra for taking millions of tax dollars and then closing up shop, or the CIA for spying on Congress, but into a Nebraska 4th of July parade for criticizing the president. No, this is not satire. This, my friends, is our sad reality. The Attorney General sits off at a distance while government agencies feast upon a luscious buffet of felonies and constitutional crimes, finally leaping into action when someone makes a ‘racist’ parade float. A parade float.

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

Be afraid…

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50 caliber bullet that maneuvers itself midair to stay locked on target. Here’s footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works.

I think not…

Netanyahu: Would Other World Leaders Calmly Tolerate Rocket Salvos on Their Cities?

It was more of the same Friday for the residents of Tel Aviv, as two massive blasts caused by Iron Dome battery missiles intercepted Hamas’s long-range rockets, shaking the skies Friday night. The intercept marks the 10th and 11th rockets fired from Gaza toward Tel Aviv in the past 30 or so hours.

In the rest of the country, over one hundred rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel Friday.

Right before the Sabbath, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters at an Army base in Tel Aviv that Operation Protective Edge would continue until Hamas stopped its terror attacks on innocents.

Netanyahu said, “We are weighing all possibilities and are prepared for all possibilities.” The Prime Minister said of regional terrorism, “We need to understand one fact: We are living in a Middle East that is being taken over [by] radical Islam, leading to the collapse of countries, and is knocking on our doors, both in the north and the south.”

The Israeli Prime Minister confirmed that the IAF has hit more than 1,000 Hamas targets in Gaza.

Speaking defiantly against international prodding upon the Jewish state, as some world leaders have demanded Israel work towards a ceasefire, Netanyahu said, “no international pressure will prevent us from acting with all our strength against a terrorist organization that calls for our destruction.” He continued, “I also asked them [world leaders] what they would do. Would they be willing to absorb rocket barrage attacks on London, Washington, Paris, and Moscow? Of course not.”

Obama probably would, if it was coming from Al Qaida…

To prevent veteran suicides, wounded warrior presses for holistic care

CBSNews

“If you look at me, you would see just a normal young guy who is pretty big, but I am pretty limited in what I can do, and the pain that keeps me from enjoying life is pretty frustrating,” explains retired Army Sgt. Josh Renschler, who suffered a severe back and brain injury in Iraq during his first tour. It happened on Valentines Day in 2004, catapulting Renschler away from the frontlines and onto a new battlefield: advocating for veterans’ care.

On Thursday, Renschler went to Capitol Hill to testify at a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing alongside the parents of three veterans who committed suicide. When his testimony began, tears and emotions blistered Renschler’s calm voice, but he was able to move on and express a clear message.

“We need a system that serves the veteran, not one that requires the veteran to accommodate to the system,” Renschler said.

Innately stubborn, Renschler spent the first few years after his injury rejecting the idea that he would never go back to Iraq. “My goal for treatment was patch me up and send me back,” he told CBS News. As Renschler waited for appointments at the VA, he and his wife Nikki paid out of their own pocket for Renschler to get the medical help he needed. They eventually lost their home and relied on family to help them care for their children.

There are no “silver bullets,” Renschler said, but from 2008 to 2009, he experienced a model that worked. It was a trial VA program placing all of Renschler’s doctors — including his primary care physician, psychologist, psychiatrist and social worker — into one wing of the VA hospital. The medical professionals met together to talk about their patients, providing an interdisciplinary understanding of the mental and physical challenges facing Renschler and the other veterans in the program. The doctors agreed on the best solutions together.

Would this model drive down the suicide rate among veterans? Renschler believes it would.

“A team-based model would definitely prevent many more suicides than any other programs we have seen,” he said.

Sending pink slips to a war zone

NYPost

In a stunning display of callousness, the Defense Department has announced that thousands of soldiers — many serving as commanding officers in Afghanistan — will be notified in the coming weeks that their service to the country is no longer needed.

Last week, more than 1,100 Army captains — the men and women who know best how to fight this enemy because they have experienced multiple deployments — were told they’ll be retired from the Army.

The overall news is not unexpected. The Army has ended its major operations in Iraq and is winding down in Afghanistan. Budget cuts are projected to shrink the Army from its current 520,000 troops to 440,000, the smallest size since before World War II.

What is astonishing is that the Defense Department thought it would be appropriate to notify deployed soldiers — men and women risking their lives daily in combat zones — that they’ll be laid off after their current deployment.

None of our soldiers has ever asked for our gratitude — they never really expected it. But they did expect to be able to finish the job they trained to do.

Sending pink slips to commanders still serving in a combat zone is wrong. They deserve so much better than this.

Reagan ‘Peace Shield’ Saves Israeli Lives Today

IBD

Israel’s Iron Dome system has intercepted nearly 90% of the Hamas rockets that it has targeted. It’s time that the free world embraced Ronald Reagan’s vision of a defensive shield against all our enemies.

Top ex-Soviets cite Reagan’s commitment to building his vision of a nuclear missile defense “peace shield” — the Strategic Defense Initiative — as a central cause of the demise of the Soviet Union.

In the meantime, the Iron Dome is busy saving Israeli lives — and anti-Israeli U.S. government officials. Which makes it all the more puzzling that President Obama reneged on our commitment to major missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, which would have guarded against attacks from both Russia and the Islamist Middle East.

Instead of blasting the Israelis for practicing self-preservation, we should follow their example and fulfill Reagan’s missile defense vision for our own homeland.

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