CNN: Medal of Honor Recipient Celebrated Today Killed Up to 175 Enemies While Wounded

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As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush — and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins’ Medal of Honor, an award he will receive from President Obama in a White House ceremony Monday.

Adkins, of Opelika, Alabama, is being honored for his actions in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civil Irregular Defense Group at Camp A Shau when the camp was attacked by a large North Vietnamese and Viet Cong force on March 9, 1966, according to an Army report.

“Adkins rushed through intense enemy fire and manned a mortar position defending the camp,” the Army report says. “He continued to mount a defense even while incurring wounds from several direct hits from enemy mortars. Upon learning that several soldiers were wounded near the center of camp, he temporarily turned the mortar over to another soldier, ran through exploding mortar rounds and dragged several comrades to safety. As the hostile fire subsided, Adkins exposed himself to sporadic sniper fire and carried his wounded comrades to a more secure position.”

Later, under enemy fire, some of it coming from South Vietnamese allies who had defected to the North during the battle, Adkins took wounded troops to an airstrip outside the camp for evacuation and drew enemy fire away from the evacuation aircraft. He went outside the camp again to retrieve supplies from an airdrop that fell into a minefield. And that was just day one.

“The bottom line is that it was just not my day to go,” Adkins said in an Army interviewat Fort Benning, Georgia, last week.

The fighting, and Adkins’ heroism, continued in the early morning of March 10, when the North Vietnamese hit the camp with their main attack, according to the Army report.

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TX Sheriff Warns of ISIS: ‘Quran Books’ Found Along Mexican Border

On Monday’s “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, Midland Co., TX Sheriff Gary Painter discussed the threat of ISIS to the United States, which he argues is more dire because the group could potentially exploit the vulnerable southern border.

But according to Painter, there’s evidence that this has potentially already been done.

“I’m saying the border is wide open,” Painter said. “We have found copies, or people along the border, have found Muslim clothing, they have found Quran books that are laying on the side of the trail. So we know that there are Muslims that have come across, have been smuggled in the United States.”

Painter went on to offer his suggestions for dealing with the threat.

“If they show their ugly head in our area, we’ll send them to hell,” he said. “I think the United States needs to get busy and they need to bomb them. They need to take them out. I would like for them to hit them so hard and so often that every time they hear a propeller on a plane or a jet aircraft engine that they urinate down both legs.”

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Field Poll: Californians Hate Congress, Too

Just 13% of California voters approve of the job Congress is doing, while an overwhelming 75% disapprove, according to the results of the latest Field Poll released over the weekend.

The poll’s findings also show that California Democrats are more likely to approve of Congress’ job performance (19%) than both Republicans (8%) and Independents (11%). 

California voters were also asked to rate the job performance of their own U.S. Representative. 40% of voters statewide said they disapproved of the job their own member of Congress was doing, while just 36% approved. Those numbers mark a significant drop from April, when 44% of voters approved of their own Congressperson and 33% disapproved. 

Interestingly, voters in Democratic districts approve of their own Representative by a 41%-37% margin, while voters in Republican districts strongly disapprove of their own Representative, by a 47%-25% margin.

The poll also asked California voters which party’s candidate they would prefer in their district if Congressional elections were held today.

Not surprisingly, 46% of voters statewide would choose a Democratic candidate for their district, while 38% would choose the Republican, and 16% had no opinion. Republicans have never led on this question; the closest margin was in September of 2002, when 43% indicated they would choose the Democrat while 39% picked the Republican.

The anemic support for Congress among California voters continues a trend of sustained disapproval begun in 2009, the last year support for Congress was above a 30% threshold. For comparison, between 2000-2003, Congressional approval averaged 50% among California voters, with just 38% disapproval. The downward trend began in earnest between January and March of 2010, when Congressional approval among California voters dropped from 24% to 12% in just three months.

Read the full results of the Field Poll here.




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British ‘ISIS Gang’ Hackers Tracked by FBI

A group of British computer hackers are being tracked down by the FBI and face extradition to the United States, after calling in a series of terrorist threats across the States. 

The group, two of which are believed to live in Scotland, are part of a larger gang calling themselves the “ISISGang”.

The three British youths, one of whom is understood to be just 16, made a series of calls via Skype threatening schools, universities and conference centres with bombing and shootings, the Sunday Times has reported. The prank calls are said to have cost American authorities £600,000 ($1million).

It is not known whether the group are linked to ISIS or are simply using the name in order to spread fear and distrust of Muslims. The content of the calls have included references to 9/11 and the killing of Iraqis by American military forces. One of the group, who goes by the names “Verified” and “Spiky” last week Tweeted “RIP to the 9/11 pilots” and joked about the beheadings of Foley and Sotloff by ISIS forces.

In a call to Sandy Hook Elementary School, which was the scene of a mass shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults in 2012, a man using the name ‘Mohammed Jamile’ claimed he was on his way to the school to “kill all your asses.”

And in April a call was made to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre by a man identifying himself as ‘Matt Hag’ whilst a gaming conference with 60,000 people in attendance was going on. The The FBI affidavit states: “Hag claimed that he was an Iraqi national who migrated to the United States in 2006 and was working for Allah. Hag claimed he was upset that innocent Iraqis were being killed and stated that his children were murdered by marines.”

The American authorities were put onto the trail of the three men by an American, Matthew Tollis, 21, who was arrested in April. Tollis is being prosecuted by the attorney for the district of Connecticut for his alleged involvement with the group, and is complying with authorities by giving them information on the other members of the gang.

He has revealed that the gang met as Xbox gamers, and originally called themselves TeAM CrucifiX or Die before changing their name in August. They had all been involved in ‘Swatting’, which involves calling in fake threats in order to get Swat teams to converge on the target.

Tollis followed two of the group via Twitter, believing that they would protect him from abuse that he had received on the social platform. Tollis had been ‘pizza bombed’, in which dozens of pizzas are ordered and sent to the target’s home, and ‘doxed’, which involves releasing private information like social security numbers and passwords online. He has admitted to taking part in prank calls against Hebron High School, Texas, two New Jersey high schools, Boston University, and the Boston Convention Centre.

The three British individuals are known online as ‘Verified’, ‘Jordie’, and ‘Declaws’. Tollis has given the FBI possible identities for the first two, claiming that ‘Verified’ lives in Scotland. ‘Declaws’ may also be Scottish – he has Tweeted about visiting McDonalds in Arbroath, a port on the eastern coast of Scotland.

“Jordie” claims to be an “aspiring rapper”. Tweeting under the name “GDKJordie”, he wrote: “I’ve more or less ruined my life at 16 because i [sic] thought it would be funny to swat a few cocky gamers and terrorise schools.” The tweet has since been deleted.  




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Left for Dead by Drunk Driver, Kenosha’s Comeback Kid Courts UFC Title Fight

Fifteen years ago, a drunk driver left Ben Rothwell for dead. The Kenosha cage fighter—34-9 in mixed-martial arts (MMA), 1-0 against the Grim Reaper—now fights for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title.

The long, rocky road to stardom started on the road to his parents’ house. “He was driving a Ford 250,” Rothwell remembers. “I was driving a Hyundai Elantra. I didn’t stand much of a chance.”

Tomorrow looked bright the day Ben Rothwell went dark. Three weeks earlier, the 17-year-old had entered, and won, his first amateur MMA tournament. In Cedar Rapids that summer, he witnessed his future at UFC 21, meeting several fighters and hearing his life’s calling over the roar of the crowd. After screwing around in high school, martial arts had screwed Rothwell’s head back on straight. He was coming from a good place, literally and figuratively, that terrible night.

“We were coming home from, of all things, a church festival,” Rothwell tells Breitbart Sports. “I was turning into my driveway at my parents’ house. He was driving a Ford 250 approximately 110 miles-an-hour. He knocked down a tree. On that impact, my friend was on the wrong side.” The crash sent Rothwell into a coma, broke several ribs, and left his head battered. Ben’s buddy wasn’t so fortunate, subsequently dying from his injuries.

The car that killed Ben’s friend stopped. Passengers swiftly surveyed the scene. And just as hastily, they departed it. They unwittingly left a souvenir from their death ride for the police. Rothwell notes, “The license plate fell off in my yard.”

At 17, after being abandoned on the side of the road, Ben faced a crossroads. “I was desperately searching for something,” the heavyweight remembers. “I knew then what I know now. I knew I was going to be one of the best fighters in the world. To not show the world that—it bothered me so much. As hurt as I was, I got back into training.” 

In 2001, less than two years after surviving a deadly automobile accident, Rothwell debuted professionally. He coaxed a first-round corner stoppage after administering punishment. “I was happy making a $1,000,” the 260-pounder reminisces about his early fights on the MMA circuit. He fought for low to next-to-no pay and made ends meet working in a body shop, in construction, and waiting tables. Not until 25 fights into his career, when the pay enabled him to quit his day jobs, did Ben consider himself a professional. He made $10,000 knocking out Dan Bobish in Columbus, Ohio in 2006. “Guys are complaining about working 40 hours a week,” Rothwell says of up-and-coming MMA fighters. “Cry me a river. I paid my dues.”

After wins over Krzysztof Soszyński, Roy “Big Country” Nelson, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez in the International Fight League, Rothwell heard the UFC’s call. His up-and-down performances in the promotion’s violent and volatile heavyweight division made him a decided underdog earlier this month against Alistair Overeem, a hulking Dutchman owning dominant victories over Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, and Fabricio Werdum. Rothwell had faced long odds before.

Overeem would look comfortable on the cover of Muscle & Fitness; Ben, on a tractor shirtless wearing overalls. Whether based on their body of work or their bodies, pundits counted Ben Rothwell out before he even stepped in the octagon with Overeem. He insists, “I’ve got to be the guy who shows everyone: don’t judge a book by its cover.”

 

When the pair meet in the octagon on September 5, Overeem initially affirms the predictions of commentators with jabbing kicks to Ben’s legs, a knee to Ben’s midsection, and several punches that crash into Ben’s face. After Big Ben awkwardly blocked an Overeem kick, both fighters assume it broken. Without the cage fighting allowing timeouts or substitutions like other sports, Ben did what he has always done: fight. About the busted-up limb, Rothwell believes: “Everything happens for a reason.” Sensing his opponent’s right side vulnerable, Overeem went to work. Rothwell explains, “He claims he heard the snap, which enticed him to throw his left, which led me to throw my right.” Rothwell landed a massive overhand right to the side of the head which felled the former Strikeforce champion. Ben followed him to the mat with hammerfists that convinced referee Keith Peterson to call a halt. The same right arm unanimously believed broken by the combatants dramatically delivered the knockdown blow.

The Wisconsin contingent that traveled to Foxwoods Resort Casino for the fight erupts. Big Ben dances an awkward jig. His wife, seated behind press row, fights back tears of joy when her husband dedicates the victory to her. “She was fighting too,” Rothwell tells Breitbart Sports. “She put in as much into my training camp as I did.”

And the training partners and fighting enthusiasts in attendance from Rothwell MMA appear only slightly less overcome than Ben’s wife. “That’s why they’re there,” the gym’s namesake explains. “I built a gym based on a family atmosphere. It’s positive energy. I believe in it.”

That positive energy, adrenaline in the victor’s case, helped fuel Ben after his body tried to hit the brakes. “After the fight, I had some pretty weird looking swelling,” Rothwell explains. “The doctor there immediately said it was broken.” But an x-ray overruled the assessments of the two professional punishers and the one professional healer. “I’ve got strong bones.”

 

The Badger State brawler, and a considerable number of those covering the sport, figure he stands one win away from a championship fight. “The fight that intrigues me the most, the only fight that I want is JDS,” Rothwell tells Breitbart Sports. “Beating [Junior Dos Santos],” he gathers, “there’s no dispute. To me, that’s the only fight that makes sense.” Should injuries or matchmakers prevent the only man to knock out Cain Velasquez from knocking on Rothwell’s door, he sees another up-and-coming Midwestern heavyweight, Stipe Miocic, as a challenger with the credentials to put him in a title fight. “Stipe would be my next pick.”

Rothwell clearly relished proving the pundits wrong in his stunning, Cinderella Man victory against Overeem. But he thinks it’s time for the mixed-martial-arts world to recognize that it’s his time. “I guarantee I’m not going to be a five-to-one underdog again no matter who I fight,” Rothwell reasons. But should the oddsmakers discount his chances, Ben has grown accustomed to the role of underdog. “I’ve been counted out lots of times.”

Daniel J. Flynn, the author of The War on Football: Saving America’s Game (Regnery, 2013), edits Breitbart Sports.

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