Today is the 76th anniversary of the landing on the beaches of France by the Allied Armies (D-Day). General Dwight Eisenhower chose to go on that day because the weather reports showed that day as the only possible window in a stormy period. He met with his troops before the invasion to talk to them and send them off with prayers and well wishes. He composed a letter to be read in case the invasion failed. The letter took full responsibility for that failure if it occurred. Because of the leadership of Dwight Eisenhower and the courage of the American, Canadian, and British troops, we are free today to do our Saturday errands, enjoy our children, and generally live our lives in freedom.
This is the text of the letter General Eisenhower wrote in case the invasion failed:
“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”
Just a quick personal note about D Day–my father was one of the soldiers who landed on Utah beach. He never talked much about his wartime experiences, but there are two things I remember from talking to him. When the Allied troops landed on Utah Beach, they had been blown off course by the winds and heavy surf. Because of that, they landed in a place that was less fortified by the Germans and were able to more forward more quickly than they might have otherwise moved. The other thing he mentioned was the total secrecy surrounding the invasion. There were cardboard tanks placed in England to make it look as if they were going ashore at Calais (which was the closest point to England). Everything was top secret–but the payday before the invasion, they were paid in French francs!!!
The Daily Caller is reporting today that on Tuesday a federal judge ruled that Utah can stop funding Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.
The article reports:
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert ordered the state to cut off the money flow after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of videos earlier this year that brought to light Planned Parenthood’s dealings in aborted fetuses. Top Planned Parenthood doctors talk frankly about harvesting aborted fetuses, and clinic staff are seen picking through abortion remains in the videos.
The article points out that the Utah clinics do not sell fetuses to researchers, but are affiliated with clinics that do.
The videos that came out about Planned Parenthood were horrifying. I honestly do not understand how anyone could watch them and still support Planned Parenthood. Personally, I do not oppose abortion in cases where the life of the mother is in danger, but that is such a small number of cases, the procedure could be done in hospitals. It is unfortunate that killing babies has become a million dollar industry.
Integrity should not be a partisan issue, but unfortunately in the Eric Holder Justice Department it is. Yesterday’s Washington Times reported that the Justice Department has blocked a full investigation concerning corruption charges against Senate Democrat Harry Reid and Senate Republican Mike Lee.
The article reports:
The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.
But the Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures — rejected FBI agents’ bid to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine whether the accusations are true and whether any federal crimes were committed by state and federal officials.
Please follow the link to the article to see the details of the charges and the lack of cooperation from the Justice Department.
It does neither political party good to have corrupt people remain in office and not be held accountable for their misdeeds. It would behoove the Justice Department to move forward with both of these investigations and either convict or clear the air.
On Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Judge Clark Waddoups has ruled that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional. The judge’s ruling essentially decriminalizes polygamy.
The article reports:
Waddoups’ ruling attacks the parts of Utah’s law making cohabitation illegal. In the introduction, Waddoups says the phrase “or cohabits with another person” is a violation of both the First and 14th amendments. Waddoups later writes that while there is no “fundamental right” to practice polygamy, the issue really comes down to “religious cohabitation.” In the 1800s — when the mainstream LDS Churh still practiced polygamy — “religious cohabitation” in Utah could have actually resulted in “multiple purportedly legal marriages.” Today, however, simply living together doesn’t amount to being “married,” Waddoups writes.
“The court finds the cohabitation prong of the Statute unconstitutional on numerous grounds and strikes it,” Waddoups later writes.
This ruling is not good news for the American family. It is a step toward recognizing polygamy as legal marriage. It is also a step toward changing the definition of marriage and family. Since the family has been the foundation of our society, what happens when you weaken that foundation? What will be the next group of people to have their relationships declared legal marriages?
Yesterday Hot Air posted a story about the internet aspect of ObamaCare. They quoted John McAfee, the man responsible for the McAfee anti-virus software.
This is the quote:
Oh, it’s seriously bad. Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. For example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states, and pick and choose one. Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — this is health care, after all — they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them. What’s my Social Security number? My birth date? … Here’s the problem. It’s not something software can solve. I mean, what idiot put this system out there and did not create a central depository? There should be one website, run by the government, you go to that website and then you can click on all of the agencies. This is insane. So, I will predict that the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities — I mean, you can imagine some retired lady in Utah, who’s $75,000 dollars in the bank, saving her whole life — having it wiped out one day because she signed up for ObamaCare. And believe me, this is going to happen millions of times. This is a hacker’s wet dream. I cannot believe that they did this. … ObamaCare itself is the loosest of all. You can imagine the type of information: Medical records, personal issues, psychological issues. I mean, the government’s going to know everything in the world about everyone very soon.
John McAfee is a man who understands computer privacy and computer security. I think I will avoid putting any information into the government website for ObamaCare!
On Friday, Senator Graham told Fox News that Benghazi survivors were told by the Obama Administration to remain silent. On the same day, a website called Western Journalism posted a video stating that the Administration went as far as to change the name of one of the survivors of the attack so that the press would not be able to track him down. The statement comes about 5 1/2 minutes into the interview with Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah.
I have no idea what this is about. I can understand that if some of the survivors were CIA Agents, the government would want to keep their identities secret, but I also suspect that all of the survivors were not undercover, and there is no reason that they have been asked to remain silent and kept away from Congress and from the press. Where is the transparency?