Manning to reportedly lose transgender benefits with dishonorable discharge

Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, will reportedly lose her military health care benefits under the terms of her commutation. The Army has been providing Manning with treatment for gender dysphoria, including hormone treatments, according to a report in Stars and Stripes. “If Pvt. Manning is discharged with a dishonorable discharge, she will lose her entitlement to (military) benefits, including gender-transition care at medical treatment facilities,” an Army spokesman said. Manning was a candidate for gender-reassignment surgery, according to the report. It would have been covered under the government’s new policy for transgender troops. The Army anticipates an appeal from Manning. Manning is more than six years into a 35-year sentence at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17. Manning was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, but revealed after being convicted of espionage that she identifies as a woman. She accepted responsibility for leaking the material to WikiLeaks to raise public awareness about the effects of war on civilians, and has said she was confronting gender dysphoria at the time of the leaks while deployed in Iraq. She attempted suicide twice last year, according to her lawyers, citing her treatment at Leavenworth. Chase Strangio, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing Manning, said the president’s action “quite literally save Chelsea’s life.” “We are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many,” Stangio said in a statement.

Huh?  No “IT” won’t!  It’ll probably try to commit suicide again..  The commutation of this piece of garbage was a parting finger by Obama to those of us who have served our nation in the military.  It should have been put in front of a firing squad.  Being denied tax-payer funding of its gender change treatment is a no-brainer, and a silver lining in this disgusting story.  The following article by veteran syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer addresses what this maggot did, and how it has affected our nation’s national security.

Opinion/Analysis: Obama Shows His True Colors as He Leaves Office

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking. Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.” Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus another quarter-million State Department documents. The cables were embarrassing; the military secrets were almost certainly deadly. They jeopardized the lives not just of American soldiers on two active fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — but of locals who were, at great peril, secretly aiding and abetting us. After Manning’s documents release, the Taliban “went on a killing spree” (according to intelligence sources quoted by Fox News) of those who fit the description of individuals working with the United States. Moreover, we will be involved in many shadowy conflicts throughout the world. Locals will have to choose between us or our enemies. Would you choose a side that is so forgiving of a leaker who betrays her country — and you? Even the word “leaker” is misleading. Leak makes it sound like a piece of information a whistleblower gives Woodward and Bernstein to expose misdeeds in high office. This was nothing of the sort. It was the indiscriminate dumping of a mountain of national-security secrets certain to bring harm to American troops, allies, and interests. Obama considered Manning’s 35-year sentence excessive. On the contrary. It was lenient. Manning could have been — and in previous ages, might well have been — hanged for such treason. Now she walks after seven years. What makes this commutation so spectacularly in-your-face is its hypocrisy. Here is a president who spent weeks banging the drums over the harm inflicted by WikiLeaks with its release of stolen materials and e-mails during the election campaign. He demanded a report immediately. He imposed sanctions on Russia. He preened about the sanctity of the American political process. Over what? What exactly was released? A campaign chairman’s private e-mails and Democratic National Committee chatter, i.e. campaign gossip, backbiting, indiscretions, and cynicism. The usual stuff, embarrassing but not dangerous. No national-security secrets, no classified material, no exposure of anyone to harm, just to ridicule and opprobrium. The other last-minute Obama bombshell occurred four weeks earlier when, for the first time in nearly a half-century, the United States abandoned Israel on a crucial Security Council resolution, allowing the passage of a condemnation that will plague both Israel and its citizens for years to come. After eight years of reassurance, Obama seized the chance — free of political accountability for himself and his potential Democratic successor — to do permanent damage to Israel. (The U.S. has no power to reverse the Security Council resolution.) Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who went on to be a great Democratic senator, once argued passionately that in the anti-American, anti-democratic swamp of the U.N., America should act unwaveringly in opposition and never give in to the jackals. Obama joined the jackals. Why? To curry favor with the international Left? After all, Obama leaves office as a relatively young man of 55. His next chapter could very well be as a leader on the international stage, perhaps at the U.N. (secretary-general?) or some transnational (ostensibly) human-rights organization. What better demonstration of bona fides than a gratuitous attack on Israel? Or the about-face on Manning and WikiLeaks? Or the freeing of a still-unrepentant Puerto Rican terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, also pulled off with three days remaining in his presidency. A more likely explanation, however, is that these are acts not of calculation but of authenticity. This is Obama being Obama. He leaves office as he came in: a man of the left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. As of Nov. 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary. We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. From now on, we shall see much more of it.

Indeed..  Thankfully he will no longer be our President.  That sobering op/ed was written by veteran columnist Charles Krauthammer.  Excellent as always.

B-2 bombers kill nearly 100 ISIS terrorists in Libya

A pair of B-2 “stealth” bombers blasted two ISIS training camps in Libya on Wednesday evening, dropping 108 precision-guided bombs and sending jihadists scattering — many of whom were then “cleaned up” by drone-launched hellfire missiles, U.S. defense officials told Fox News. The assault killed an estimated 85 terrorists at the camps, which were about 30 miles southwest of the Libyan coastal city of Sirte. Many of the fighters were “actively plotting operations in Europe,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a news conference Thursday. President Obama authorized the action. Most of the terrorists targeted had escaped Sirte after extensive military actions there. U.S. drones “cleaned up” the operation by launching hellfire missiles that killed a several of ISIS fighters trying to run to safety. Immediately prior to the attack, the militants were seen in formation carrying weapons and mortars and wearing tactical vests. The bombers took off from their permanent base in Missouri and refueled at least five times midair during the mission. The flight lasted about 30 hours. The planes flew around the world and back without landing. The strikes used strategic nuclear-capable bombers as opposed to more conventional jets stationed in England in order to “send a strategic message” to other adversaries such as Russia and China, a source told Fox News. Carter said the bombers were the most capable tools for this mission even though other available airpower was closer to North Africa. Previous strikes in Libya used drones and F-15s from a U.S. Air Force base in England, and two Navy guided-missile destroyers were off the coast of Libya armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. B-2 Spirit stealth bombers had last seen combat in March 2011, helping to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, Pentagon officials said. “The B-2 Spirit is the world’s most technologically-advanced strategic bomber and brings massive firepower to bear, in a short time, anywhere on the globe,” Air Force spokesman Capt. Mark Graff told reporters. The strikes were part of the Pentagon’s goal to give ISIS “the lasting defeat it deserves,” Carter added. He said “little nests” of fighters had sprouted up in recent years amid the civil war in Libya. Two U.S. Navy ships — the USS Donald Cook and USS Porter — remained in the Mediterranean to provide search and rescue if necessary. Sirte is located about halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi.

Excellent!!    🙂

Jon Voight at Inauguration: Lincoln Smiling Knowing ‘America Will Be Saved by An Honest and Good Man’

Hollywood screen legend and early Donald Trump supporter Jon Voight delivered an electrifying speech Thursday at the “Make America Great Again: Welcome Celebration” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. “This is some day,” Voight said to roaring applause from the massive crowd. “Dear friends, fellow Americans. I’m so happy to be here to welcome you all to the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.” Voight continued, recounting that the election was “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire was to make America great again.” “He certainly didn’t need this job. And yes, God answered all our prayers,” the Oscar-winner said. Voight assured the crowd that Abraham Lincoln was smiling knowing “America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.” The Deliverance star endorsed Trump for president last March. “He’s an answer to our problems,” Voight said. “We need to get behind him. The Republicans need to unite behind this man. We need somebody to go in and reconstruct us in a sort of way, get us back to where we were, who we need to be.” Voight gave his brief remarks Thursday before introducing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore, who sang an emotional rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

Awesome!  To see the video of Jon’s speech today, click on the text above.    🙂

Outraged Westerners look to Trump after Obama’s EPA refuses to pay claims from Gold King Mine spill

The Obama administration exits with an ugly environmental blot on its record after failing to hold itself financially accountable for the Gold KingMine spill, but Republicans are hoping President-elect Donald Trump will clean up the mess. In one of its final moves before President Obama leaves office, the Environmental Protection Agency refused to pay 73 claims totaling $1.2 billion filed by tribes, farmers, river-rafters and local governments from the August 2015 wastewater spill, citing sovereign immunity under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). Western lawmakers were floored by Friday’s decision, pointing to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s numerous assurances that the agency would take responsibility for the damage caused by the EPA-led crew, which unleashed 3 million gallons of mustard-colored contamination into the Animas and San Juan rivers and three states. “They said they would make everyone whole, and now they’re backing away from that decision,” said Rep. Scott R. Tipton, the Colorado Republican who represents communities in the Durango area hit by the spill. At the same time, the agency’s 11th-hour reversal affords the Republican president-elect a unique opportunity to notch a quick conservation coup by reimbursing victims for the environmental damage suffered under the Obama administration. Republicans were heartened after Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, tapped by Mr. Trump to head the EPA, agreed Wednesday at his Senate confirmation hearing to revisit the decision. “I applaud Attorney General Pruitt’s commitment to review the EPA’s decision to not process FTCA claims related to the Gold KingMine spill,” Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Republican, said Thursday in a statement. “The EPA is responsible for the injury and economic losses that took place in Southwest Colorado, and that’s why I’ve worked to see that the agency is held accountable and that my constituents are made whole.” The EPA announced Friday it had rejected the claims after “an independent claims officer within the Environmental Protection Agency” concluded that the agency “is not legally able to pay compensation for the FTCA claims.” “When passing the FTCA, Congress wanted to encourage government agencies to take action without the fear of paying damages in the event something went wrong while taking the action,” said the agency. “So the act does not authorize federal agencies to pay claims resulting from government actions that are discretionary — that is, acts of a governmental nature or function and that involve the exercise of judgment.” That explanation failed to satisfy the Navajo Nation, which submitted a claim for $160 million in damages to farms, ranches and the water supply from the toxic spill that flowed downstream into the New Mexico reservation. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, who said the EPA had “poisoned our water and now are turning their backs,” pledged to turn to Congress and the Trump administration for relief. “It is unconscionable that our farmers have been waiting nearly a year and a half for this negative decision,” Mr. Begaye said in a statement. “There is no reason our families on the front line of this spill should have to tighten their belts while the federal agencies responsible proceed along unaffected by their own actions. We plan to work with this Congress and the next administration to bring justice and accountability for our Navajo people.” Mr. Begaye plans to attend the Friday’s inauguration ceremony, according to KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

Isn’t that interesting?  Trump would be wise to take advantage of this opportunity and direct Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt, nominated to take over the EPA, to pay these claims.  That would be a HUGE political coup.  But, it’s also the right thing to do.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Gold King Mine spill, just Google “Gold King Mine” and see the photos of the orange rivers here in Colorado and New Mexico.  THAT is what Obama’s EPA did here.  And, if it were some individual, farmer, or small business that did that, that business would be facing all sorts of fines and that individual would be in prison….and we ALL know it.  So, the fact that nobody at the EPA has even been so much as disciplined over this shows breathtaking hypocrisy.

Obama Commutes Life Sentences of Four Mexican Cartel Leaders

Four family members who ran one of the largest cartel smuggling operations in south Texas had their life in prison sentences commuted and will likely be returning to this border city from where they ran their criminal empire. One of the main destinations that the criminal organizations delivered drugs to was Chicago, Illinois. This week, outgoing President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 209 convicted criminals and pardoned 64 others. The majority of the convictions were from drug trafficking or production offenses. Four of those convicted criminals who had been sentenced to life in prison will be released by May 17. They ran a criminal organization made up of close to 80 men and women who worked with Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to move between 100,000 to almost 750,000 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. during a 10-year period. The drugs were moved into Houston and then distributed to Atlanta, Chicago, and other major metropolitan areas. According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, brothers Cesar Moreno Sr., Eduardo Moreno, Lazaro Moreno, and Luis Moreno along with other relatives and friends had been at the helm of a large-scale drug distribution operation based out of the border city of Roma, Texas. The area has long been one of he main distribution lines used by Mexico’s Gulf Cartel to get large quantities of marijuana into the U.S. due to the remoteness of the area, lacking physical barriers, and police resources–not to mention the complicity of various law enforcement officials. In the case of the Moreno brothers, the groups invested heavily in real state and the used car business to launder millions in drug proceeds.

Wow..

Starnes: America, liberals have come down with a bad case of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)

An epidemic of biblical proportion is spreading across the fruited plain at this very hour. The Centers for Disease Control has yet to identify the malady — but it seems to be an isolated outbreak impacting liberals, millennials, fashion designers, Hollywood celebrities and the entire primetime lineup at CNN. The affliction is called Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Symptoms include delusional ranting and a feverish flop sweat. I write extensively about the epidemic in my new book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Liberals say it’s the most deplorable book in America. Congressional Democrats have become so incapacitated by the illness that dozens will be unable to attend president-elect Trump’s inauguration. Georgia Congressman John Lewis was stricken with a rare strain of the disease that caused him to foam at the mouth while muttering about Trump being an illegitimate president. Based upon his unintelligible ramblings, I’m afraid the congressman’s cheese has done slid off his cracker. Meanwhile, a number of Radio City Music Hall Rockettes were also infected – causing some to weep uncontrollably after they learned they would be performing for the new president. “This was such a horrible bomb to drop on us at Christmas,” one of the dancing girls told Marie Claire magazine. “We work so hard, we’re so tired. We’re sleep-deprived, our bodies are exhausted. We don’t really have lives, even in our off-season…we really respect each other, and care about each other, and that’s why this is so difficult.” How terribly unfair it must be for the Rockettes to earn a paycheck by performing for people who share differing political opinions. Trump Derangement Syndrome is a cruel disease that has even impacted the nation’s religious community. All Saints Church Episcopal church in Pasadena, California has decided to refrain from mentioning the president-elect’s name during prayers over fears it might trigger microaggressions among parishoners. Meanwhile, reports that some congregants spontaneously combusting upon hearing Trump’s name have been proven untrue. There are also unconfirmed reports that San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles have been designated as sanctuary cities to house the afflicted. Researchers are not sure if Trump Derangement Syndrome will dissipate after Inauguration Day — but there are fears it might linger. So if you come across an afflicted liberal — please direct them to the nearest safe space or containment zone.

HAHAHA!!  That funny piece was written by culture warrior Todd Starnes.  Outstanding!   🙂