AP Sources: Hagel resigning as Defense secretary

AP Sources: Hagel resigning as Defense secretary

Chuck Hagel, Martin Dempsey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.

Hagel is the first senior Obama adviser to leave the administration following the sweeping losses for Obama’s party in the midterm elections. It also comes as the president’s national security team has been battered by multiple foreign policy crises, include the rise of the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official said.

The official said both Hagel and Obama “determined that it was time for new leadership in the Pentagon,” adding that they had been discussing the matter over a period of several weeks. SOURCE

Chuck Hagel is not, at least in MY opinion, the best Secretary of Defense we could have had but he is most likely one of the best people serving in the Obama regime.

Does anyone besides me see a *rats and sinking ship* scenario shaping up?

Obama has canned so many Senior Military Officers, ones rumored to have made no secret of their opinions of Obama and his stupidity on the world stage, one now has to wonder; what in the world is left to choose from now that Obama has purged the Military with his own version of Night of the Long Knives.

Hagel is a Republican who served as senator from Nebraska and became a critic of U.S. involvement in Iraq. Obama nominated him to succeed Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary in his second term.

Hagel served in the Vietnam War and received two Purple Hearts.

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3.3 magnitude earthquake rattles North Texas

3.3 magnitude earthquake rattles North Texas

Irving Earthquake Graphic

A magnitude-3.3 earthquake shook North Texas late Saturday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake occurred about 9:15 p.m. and was centered about 2 miles beneath east Irving, near the site of the old Texas Stadium, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

It was the sixth — and strongest — earthquake centered beneath Irving in the last two months, according to the USGS. The others ranged from 2.1 to 2.8 in magnitude.

Geologists say that earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is unlikely to result from quakes below magnitude 4.0. SOURCE

Irving EarthquakeWe Texans are a resilient bunch, we will survive this disaster just like we have survived since Texas came to be!

I already know; some of my California friends will be laughing at us because a 3.3 made the news, but hey, we have low taxes, no state income tax and GUNS.

What is it you have? :P

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The Fall of the United States of America

The Fall of the United States of America

We have all heard the story of how Rome fell while Nero fiddled; no one really knows if that is exactly the truth but it’s a great analogy that represents how the leaders of a nation are sitting idly by as that nation crumbles and implodes upon itself.

Obama Fiddles
According to The History Channel:

In the late fourth century, the Western Roman Empire crumbled after a nearly 500-year run as the world’s greatest superpower. Historians have blamed the collapse on hundreds of different factors ranging from military failures and crippling taxation to natural disasters and even climate change. SOURCE

The following is a list of the 8 reasons Rome fell; I believe you’ll see much similarity in the plight of Rome and what is happening today, right here in the United States.

1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes

I wouldn’t necessarily call them *Barbarian tribes* but in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s this nation was opened up to a great migration of immigrants from foreign lands; mostly Europe, but certainly there were immigrants from all over the earth that came to America for the freedoms we offered, for the chance to start a new life as an American, to raise their families as Americans and to become legal residents of this nation.

2. Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor

Yes, sadly the United States did once rely on slave labor to build this nation. Thank God that practice ended and slaves were given their freedom, but today we have a NEW kind of slavery; the working population of America.

American labor works their hearts and souls out to support their families and pay their taxes, those taxes are used, in part, to support approximately 50% of this nation that has never worked, never EARNED a penny, these slugs of humanity exist on the tax dollars paid to the government by the NEW SLAVES, the America worker. 

3. The rise of the Eastern Empire

In this day and time I can only relate *The Eastern Empire* to being Russia and/or China, possibly with Arab and Persian powers thrown in for good measure.  Continue reading

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