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A liberal feel-good policy that will backfire the first time a female soldier/soldiers is captured, raped or killed.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said on Wednesday.

The groundbreaking decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry and other such combat roles, even though in reality women have found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 20,000 have served. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died.

Defense officials offered few details about Mr. Panetta’s decision but described it as the beginning of a process to allow the branches of the military to put it into effect. Defense officials said Mr. Panetta had made the decision on the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Women have long chafed under the combat restrictions and have increasingly pressured the Pentagon to catch up with the reality on the battlefield. The move comes as Mr. Panetta is about to step down from his post and would leave him with a substantial legacy after only 18 months in the job.

Mr. Panetta’s decision came after he received a Jan. 9 letter from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who stated in strong terms that the armed service chiefs all agreed that “the time has come to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women and to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service.”

But there was a note of caution. “To implement these initiatives successfully and without sacrificing our war fighting capability or the trust of the American people, we will need time to get it right,” General Dempsey wrote.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) points out Hillary Clinton’s failure as Clinton grins.

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More spending and no spending cuts = more deficits and national debt = Greece!

From The Hill:

The House on Wednesday approved a bill extending the nation’s debt limit, raising pressure on the Senate to pass its first budget in nearly four years. The House approved the No Budget, No Pay Act, which also includes a measure withholding senators’ pay until they complete that work, in a 285-144 vote. Among Republicans, 33 voted against it to protest the absence of specific spending cuts alongside suspending the nation’s borrowing limit. But they were more than offset by the 86 Democrats who voted for the measure. The bill extends the debt ceiling through May 18, and requires each chamber to pass a budget by April 15 or have its members face a suspension of pay. Republicans are hoping the bill gives Congress a few months to find a longer-term debt-ceiling agreement that includes significant spending cuts.

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Obama is un-arming Americans as he arms Muslims worldwide.

From WhiteHouse.gov:

Stop at once the transfer of F16s or any offensive weapons to Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood allies.

Egypt’s president is a current member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological parent of Al Queda and other violent Jihadist groups waging war against the U.S. in particular and the West in general. As recently as 2010, President Morsi labelled Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.” The current administration rightly called those remarks “deeply offensive.” We have no reason to believe Mr. Morsi does not still hold those beliefs, protestations to the contrary notwithstanding. He has recalled no transformative event which caused him to change his thinking. Thus, Egypt’s Morsi should not receive any more American weapons when there is the real possibility that our armed forces may someday face our own weapons systems in another Middle Eastern theater.

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Why does it take trained police officers 16 shots to kill one person? Maybe NY liberals should request a ban on NYPD’s gun clips instead of law-abiding citizens who have murder nobody. Maybe more range time as well since 10 people were shot.

From NYPost:

A North Carolina woman, who was injured during the wild police shoot-out with a gunman at the Empire State Building in August, is suing the city — charging NYPD officers created a “dangerous and deadly confrontation,” resulting in nine wounded bystanders.

Chenin Duclos, 32, was crossing 34th Street and 5th Avenue around 9 am on Aug. 24 when cops chased shooter Jeffrey Johnson through the crowded streets, the complaint states.

The suit, filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court, names the city, police department and officers Craig Matthews and Robert Sinishtaj as allegedly responsible for failing to “exercise proper police tactics and procedures during the incident.”

The suit describes the chaos that ensued after Johnson executed former coworker Steven Ercolino.

“Chenin Duclos was shot by a bullet fired from the gun of one of the individually named police officers while frantically running to get away from the bedlam and hysteria that was unfolding on the street around her,” the suit states. “The gunshot hit Ms. Duclos with such force that she was thrown to the ground. She remained in the crosswalk, shot, motionless, fearing for her life.”

The stray bullet, one of 16 shots fired before Johnson was fatally struck, “completely destroyed” the woman’s femur, the complaint explains. She was hospitalized and underwent physical therapy.

Duclos, of Chapel Hill, is working toward her Ph.D. in physical therapy at the University of North Carolina.

“Chenin was expected to graduate in August of 2014; however, due to the injuries suffered in the shooting, this date has been postponed,” a press release announcing the lawsuit stated.

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You get rewarded when you bundle for Obama. Look at these two

Not shocking. Democrats are America’s Socialists.

From Weekly Standard:

Politico reported this morning that “Henry R. Muñoz III of San Antonio — an Obama bundler and a national chairman of the Futuro Fund, a group of Latino leaders who raised money for the president’s reelection — is expected to be named DNC Finance Chair, the first Latino to hold the title.”

What’s also interesting about Muñoz, though Politico omitted this fact, is that he at least once dined with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

“Muñoz’s clout has only expanded in the ensuing years — in politics, philanthropy and his profession,”mysanantonio.com reported two years ago.

“He dined with Fidel Castro in Cuba and raised funds at his own Monte Vista mansion for presidential hopefuls, including Bill and Hillary Clinton.”

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“Assault weapons” for thee but not for American citizens. This is just another story documenting the upcoming dictatorship America is going to face. Politicians are stealing our money and they are pushing for gun control because once the sheep figure out what’s been going on, there will be an American Spring. It’s much easier to kill control the unarmed masses with automatic weapons.

For those of you with no law enforcement or military experience, a rifle with “select-fire” capabilities is what those in the DHS are requiring. The weapon can go from being a semiautomatic (1-bullet fired per trigger squeeze) to fully automatic (lots of bullets with 1-trigger squeeze). Why would DHS need these weapons for ICE to conduct close quarter combat?

From RadioViceOnline:

The United States Department of Homeland Security has stated a rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO (compatible with .223) with a magazine capacity of 30 rounds is “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…”

Well smack me up-side the head. First, a hat tip to Breitbart’s Awr Hawkins who pointed us to a posted General Services Administration (GSA) business opportunity solicitation posted and updated last summer. Basically, the site posts a request for proposal (RFP) for personal defense weapons for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This RFP is not for the traditional armed forces. This solicitation is specific to law enforcement who almost exclusively work within and along the borders of the United States. Certainly the threats ICE officers may be subject to are the same exact threats law-abiding residents could be subject to.

Section C of solicitation number HSCEMS-12-R-00011 is pretty specific. Here is a direct link to the Section C PDF(246KB). My emphasis in bold. Notice the term assault weapon or assault rifle is not used anywhere in the document.

The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. …

In paragraph 3.1 under requirements and testing standards we read…

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.

Isn’t that inconvenient for the gun control politicians? In requirement paragraph 3.9.10, they find a need for a 30-round magazine.

The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159). The magazine well shall be designed to allow easy insertion of a magazine.

In paragraph 3.21.2, they again specify the requirement for a 30-round magazine.

The magazine shall have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.

[...]If you did not catch the interesting part in one of the quoted sentences above, let me point it out to you. The personal defense weapon should be select-fire capable.

DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters…

The action shall be select-fire (capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire).

From the Fire Control Section, paragraph 3.10.1.

The fire control selector shall have three positions; safe, semi-automatic, and automatic. The selector shall have positions which are clearly labeled for the mode of fire.

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Same attackers using the same weapons and all linked to al-Qaeda. So much for that “al-Qaeda is on its heels” comment by Obama.

ALGIERS — Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.

The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.

If confirmed, the link between two of the most brazen assaults in recent memory would reinforce the transborder character of the jihadist groups now striking across the Sahara. American officials have long warned that the region’s volatile mix of porous borders, turbulent states, weapons and ranks of fighters with similar ideologies creates a dangerous landscape in which extremists are trying to collaborate across vast distances.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before Congress on Wednesday about the Libyan attack that killed the American ambassador and three staff members, raised the specter of regional cooperation among extremists soon after the mission in Benghazi was overrun.

In particular, she said the Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali had created a “safe haven” for terrorists to “extend their reach” and work with other extremists in North Africa, “as we tragically saw in Benghazi,” though she offered no clear evidence of such ties.

Now the Algerians say the plot to seize the gas complex in the desert was hatched in northern Mali as well. Indeed, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the veteran militant who has claimed overall responsibility for the siege, is believed to be based there.

[...]“This is the result of the Arab Spring,” said the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity because investigations into the hostage crisis were still under way. “I hope the Americans are conscious of this.”

American counterterrorism and intelligence officials have said that some members of Ansar al-Shariah, the group that carried out the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, had connections to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, one of the militant groups now holding northern Mali. But American officials have also said that the Qaeda affiliate played no role in directing or instigating that Benghazi attack.

Sure, you can totally trust the Obama regime on these al-Qaeda attacks. They wouldn’t lie to us about the surge of terrorist attacks before an election (wink).

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The election is over and there are no more needs for photo-ops. Left-wingers want the US more dependent upon foreign oil from those who hate us.

(Reuters) – The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp’s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska’s governor on Tuesday approved a plan for part of the line running through his state.

“We don’t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year,” said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision by that deadline.

She said the department would take into consideration approval of the line by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

Interest in The fate of the $5.3 billion pipeline that would link Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas has been heightened after President Barack Obama promised to fight climate change.

Obama said in his inaugural address on Monday the United States will respond to the threat of climate change and that failure to do so would “betray our children and future generations.

Translation: He will continue to reward tax dollars to his bundlers in the green energy scheme.

The Keystone pipeline is staunchly opposed by environmentalists, who say it will lock the United States for 50 years into dependence on fuel that has higher emissions than average crude oil refined in the United States.

Stupid environmentalists. The oil shale is also refined.

They want the State Department to re-examine the climate impact of the line after it previously said the project would not result in additional emissions because the oil would find its way to market even if Keystone were not built.

So what’s the delay? The study has already been completed.

It was the latest delay on the pipeline, which has been pending for more than four years.

Last year Obama threw his support behind the southern section of the line, which is now being built and would help drain a glut of crude in the nation’s midsection resulting from new oil drilling in North Dakota.

Just your typical phot0-0p to trick the weak-minded voters.

The State Department will rule on a final permit for the northern section of the line because it would cross the national border.

They also decide when arms can cross borders but that didn’t stop the administration’s Fast & Furious gun smuggling operation.

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