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Archive for July 24th, 2013

Gov. Palin links to Hill article about probe of crash in Afghanistan that killed members of Seal Team 6

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin · 3,555,688 like this

9 hours ago ·

The Hill: “Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members”

She shared a link to this article:

Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6  members

By Bob Cusack  – 07/24/13 05:00 AM ET

Congress has launched an investigation of the helicopter crash that killed 30  Americans in Afghanistan, including members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6  unit, The Hill has learned. [WATCH  VIDEO]

The victims’ families say the Pentagon hasn’t provided answers to their many  questions about the deadly attack, which took place on Aug. 6, 2011, three  months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 forces.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government  Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill, “We’re going to dive  into this.”

Chaffetz said he met with the victims’ families about a month ago in what he  described as an “emotional” gathering. He is poised to send questions to the  Pentagon and may hold hearings on the matter.

Charlie Strange, whose son Michael was among those killed, said he asked  President Obama two years ago at Dover Air Force Base to fully investigate. The  death toll in the crash was the largest of any single incident for the U.S.  military during the Afghanistan war.

Obama praised Michael’s service to Strange, who responded, “I don’t need to  know about my son. I need to know what happened to my son.”

The president promised he would investigate, Strange said, but he never heard  back from the White House. The Pentagon, meanwhile, has provided him and others  with incomplete and contradictory information, he said.

Administration leaks that emerged after the bin Laden raid prompted members  of Team 6 to worry about their safety.

For example, Michael Strange told his father he was working on a will before  he returned to Afghanistan in the summer of 2011, his father said.

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Yet, Strange says insurgents were boasting on the Internet they had taken out Team 6 shortly after the helicopter crashed.

Shortly before the CH-47 Chinook helicopter took off on a rescue mission (operation Extortion 17), seven Afghan commandos who were on the passenger list were replaced by other Afghan military officials.

It remains unclear why the manifest was incorrect, raising red flags among the victims’ families. They have noted that their sons didn’t trust Afghan soldiers. One was quoted as saying, “They are loyal to the highest bidder.”

In the transcript related to the Pentagon’s probe, a Defense official confirmed that all seven names of the Afghan soldiers were incorrect.

The official said, “I cannot talk to the back story of why…” before being interrupted by another Department of Defense employee.

The Chinook was shot down by Afghan militants, and all 38 on board perished.  Among the dead were 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALS, seven Afghan soldiers and one Afghan translator. Their bodies were later recovered, but the helicopter’s black box was not. Pentagon officials have said that it could not be recovered, citing a flash flood that happened soon after the assault.

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The Utah congressman said the families deserve answers: “That’s why you do an investigation. I want to be as factual as I can.”

Two soldiers from Chaffetz’s district were killed in the attack.

Strange said he has visited Capitol Hill to discuss the issue with several members, including his own congressman, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

He has also met with Chaffetz and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Some of the victims’ families are being represented by Freedom Watch, which is headed by Larry Klayman.

“This is a scandal even greater than Benghazi,” Klayman said. “There we lost four valued American lives; here we sacrificed 30 American soldiers. The big question is were these brave Americans sold out by the Afghani government as payment to the Taliban for the death of bin Laden?”

Klayman, Strange and others have questioned why so many special ops were on one aircraft that they claim was not equipped for such a dangerous mission. They also want to know why members of Team 6 weren’t looked after just months after the bin Laden operation.

Strange said, “There was no eye in the sky tracking [the Chinook]. Why not?”

Klayman said, “The tragedy of Extortion 17 is a tragedy for all Americans. When we do not protect our brave fighting men and women, we put their lives in harm’s way…”

It is unclear how many of the 22 SEALS who died that summer were part of the bin Laden operation in Pakistan. One source said there were at least a couple who were involved in both.

Chaffetz says he is looking into how the Pentagon handled the situation post-attack.

During a ceremony at Bagram Air Base for the 38 killed, the deceased Afghan soldiers were loaded onto planes with the bodies of the U.S. forces. An imam spoke an Islamic prayer that included language on U.S. soldiers burning in hell.

The families later used translators to find out what the imam had said.

Chaffetz called those series of events “inappropriate.”

“My son Michael died,” Strange said. “I want to know, who made these calls?”

He is confident Chaffetz, Fitzpatrick and Issa will find out: “I know they are going to get answers.”

A Pentagon spokesman declined to answer detailed questions but said “the operational planning and execution of this mission was consistent with previous missions” and “was thoroughly investigated … we share in the grief of all of the families who lost their loved ones. The loss of 38 U.S. and Afghan military personnel was a tragic loss during a difficult campaign.”

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Gov. Palin: Looking forward to joining hard working farmers for Ag PhD Field Day

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday afternoon:

I’m so looking forward to joining hard working farmers in America’s heartland this week at the Ag PhD Field Day in South Dakota. It’s an honor to get to travel with my entourage (er, that would be Piper) to be with those who are feeding the nation.

She also posted a promo video that you can view here.
From the Ag PhD website:
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Ag PhD Field Day

We invite you to join us for a free Ag PhD Field Day on our farm near Baltic, SD on Thursday, July 25th from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.! Our goal with the Field Day is to create a one-day event where you can learn more about how to raise better crops by hearing from a host of expert guest speakers, seeing new technologies in the field, participating in hands-on demonstrations, and visiting with other top farmers from around the country. I know you are busy. My calendar is always full, too, but we are hoping you will block out just one day this summer to come and visit us. Even if you have attended our Field Day in the past, you won’t want to miss this one as I believe we have our best lineup of speakers including Sarah Palin, our best field trial comparisons, more displays than ever before, and a number of unique things you won’t see elsewhere.

We have several air conditioned tents, as well as a new air conditioned shed and other sheds on the field day site, so we are prepared for the elements – of course, we’re praying for a beautiful day. We will again have trams and golf carts available if you need those services. Lunch, supper, snacks, and drinks will be provided at no charge throughout the day.

Here are some of the many activities that will be going on throughout the day:

  • Guest speakers including Sarah Palin
  • Corn Panel featuring Darren Hefty & several high-yield corn farmers
  • Soybean Panel featuring Brian Hefty & several high-yield soybean farmers
  • Wheat Panel featuring Rob Fritz, Phil Needham, & high-yield wheat farmers
  • Estate Planning with one of the top estate lawyers in the country
  • Drainage Law with one of the best drainage lawyers in the country
  • Grain marketing sessions with grain marketing experts
  • Crop insurance sessions
  • Live Ag PhD Radio Show with Brian & Darren
  • Speakers on irrigation & drainage through tile lines plus a live tiling demo and a lift station
  • Brian & Darren give their evaluations on the field plots
  • A special Brian vs. Darren field day section with corn, soybeans, and wheat
  • Kid’s Area complete with games, inflatables, and other entertainment.

We believe our Ag PhD Field Day will again be the largest private farm field day in the Midwest in 2013; but more importantly, we hope it will be the most educational and entertaining for you. Last year, we had farmers from 24 different U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces; so, if nothing else, if you just talk to farmers all day, you ought to get a pretty good idea what the crop is like everywhere else, and you’ll learn more about what other successful farmers are doing in their operations to get ahead.

Please click here for discount lodging options. We hope to see you on Thursday, July 25th!!

Read more here, including directions to the event.

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Gov. Palin: Pelosi sees women as less than equal

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday afternoon:

Sarah Palin · 3,555,687 like this

Yesterday at 1:16pm ·

Odd. Pelosi sees women as less than equal and thus needing government intervention. Glad girls today know the truth re: women’s strength and equal opportunity. I’m glad my girls know the truth.

This is the article she linked to:

Pelosi rolls out economic agenda for women

By LISA MASCARO  | Tribune Washington Bureau
By LISA MASCARO      Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — At a summer lunch with reporters in her Capitol conference room, Rep. Nancy Pelosi rolled out an ambitious economic agenda for women with next year’s congressional elections in mind.

The California Democrat launched a legislative agenda of family-friendly policies, such as paycheck fairness for women, an increased federal minimum wage, and President Barack Obama’s proposed early childhood education initiative.

The agenda, coming as the legislative season begins to make way for next year’s campaigns, was designed to stand in contrast to bills being debated under the GOP majority on the House floor. “It’s all about letting women know there’s an opportunity for something different,” Pelosi said, over salads, sandwiches and sodas.

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Republicans dismissed the Democratic effort as one that is outweighed by the costs the nation’s 2010 health care law – passed under Pelosi’s leadership – will have on women if health care premiums rise.

“Talk is cheap,” said Andrew Bozek, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “When you look at what the Democrats have actually done to women in this economy, versus what they’re promising – it’s a stark contrast. Obamacare’s litany of broken promises is a perfect example of how their agenda has hurt women and their families.”

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Couldn’t resist:

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