Monday, May 25, 2015

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Be Prepared: Defense Against Terror, Hoodlums, & Disasters 

Earthquakes in Nepal, the bombing in Boston, and shots fired in Texas– Bill Whittle addresses the need for preparedness. Do it! Be Prepared!


#StopKillingBlackPeople: Memorial Day ‘action’ honors those lost in police’s war against people of color
Memorial Day — a day so solemn that President Obama himself passed up a terrific opportunity to hit the golf course so that he could lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and deliver remarks on this, the first Memorial Day since the end of the war in Afghanistan.
Speaking of honoring the nation’s fallen, members of the Peoples Power Assemblies and NYC Shut It Down “disrupted” the holiday to construct their own Arlington on Coney Island “to draw attention to the countless lives lost at home to the war police wage on communities of color every day.” To represent graves, activists laid 20 towels marked with chalk outlines on the beach to represent those who could not be there today.
Countless lives lost? Things are much worse than we’ve be led to believe. 

If the were serious, they'd be protesting at abortion clinics in black neighborhoods. So why aren't they?


The kids are all right: Boy Scouts, banned from ‘unkind’ squirt gun fights, honor war dead [photos]Posted May 25, 2015 by Twitchy Staff

Dana Loesch ✔ @DLoesch
Adults officially trying to ruin childhood. Stop it. …
2:21 PM - 19 May 2015 CBS Detroit @CBSDetroit

Boy Scouts Ban Water Guns Because They're Not 'Kind'“For water balloons, use small, biodegradable balloons, and fill them no larger than a ping pong ball,” page 100 adThe Boy Scouts of America were a fixture in the news last week for the usual reason, as well as a new twist. The usual reason, of course, is the Scouts’ ongoing ban on gay Scout leaders, which has driven some to accuse the Scouts of teaching hate, caused entertainers like Carly Rae Jepsen (remember her?) and Train to pull out of Scout events, and cost the organization the support of sponsors like Chipotle and the Merck FoundatIt was two years ago this week that the group’s National Council voted to lift its ban on gay scouts, although gay adults are still barred from leadership positions. Last week, though, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, himself called for an end to the ban on gay adult leaderThe lifting of the ban on gay Scout leaders has been debated for years now; the true curve ball came a few days earlier, when the 2015 Boy Scout handbook announced a ban on water gun fights and fights with water balloons that are non-biodegradable and larger than “ping-pong ball size.”Why the ban on squirt guns? Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts of America marketing and communications director Kerrie Mitchell explained that the Scouts’ mission is “to prepare young people for life and part of that duty is to ensure our youth become civically-minded adults. Pointing a simulated firearm at another individual is not aligned with our Scout Oath nor Scout Law.”Why are we bringing this up today, Memorial Day? Because while the adults fuss and fret over the effect of squirt guns on childhood development, Scouts themselves were out and about this weekend, showing that they’re well on their way to becoming civically minded adults, if they haven’t surpassed many “adults” already.

ONLY IN DIVERSE ASHEVILLE CAN YOU FIND A BLACK MAN CARRYING A CONFEDERATE BATTLE FLAG ON MEMORIAL DAY…While H. K. Edgerton is not gay, he is a part of what makes this city so unique. His quest over the years is to help bridge the gap between the races and bring attention to the many black men that fought and died on the Confederate side of the war and should be remembered on Memorial Day.

Police: Pressure Cooker in Suspicious DC Vehicle Destroyed

Posted: May 25, 2015 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says a bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle's owner was found and arrested.
Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider says Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday.
Schneider said the bomb squad destroyed "items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker" around 7:45 p.m. after temporarily closing off the area on the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Schneider says the vehicle's owner was found and identified as Israel Shimeles of the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia. Shimeles was arrested and charged with "operating after revocation." It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death
Image: Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray case

In a hasty early-evening news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers: Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Brian Rice, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Alicia White.
The grand jury's charges differed slightly from those filed by Mosby on May 1, when she announced the results of her office's independent investigation of Gray's death. Some original charges, including false imprisonment and assault, were dropped in the cases of some of the officers, and new charges, including reckless endangerment, were added against all of them.

I always knew there was something SPECIAL about beer..........

110-Year-Old's Secret To A Long Life Will Have You Buzzing (Hint: It's Beer)   The Huffington Post  |  By   Posted:

"A beer a day keeps the doctor away."
OK, so that's not the real quote. But if it were, it should be attributed to Mark Behrends who turned 110 last week. The Nebraska City man has said his habit of drinking one can of beer every day at 3 p.m. may be why he's lived so long.
“He always joked that that was his medicine since he takes very little medicine," daughter Lois Bassinger told the Omaha World-Herald.

mark behrends
Mark Behrends (center) with family members at his 110th birthday celebration on May 16. (Photo courtesy of Omaha World-Herald)

    The Gerontology Research Group has identified Behrends as the oldest living man in the U.S. whose age can be verified, according to the World-Herald. But Behrends told the newspaper that he doesn't even notice his age. He lived independently and drove regularly until he was 106, but now resides in a nursing home. The former farmer and construction worker held a custodial job until he was almost 80, the Lincoln Journal Star reported last year.
     Last week Behrends attended a three-hour birthday celebration in his honor at a local church, with 50 to 75 family members and friends by his side.
     Sounds like a life worth emulating. So is Behrends' beer habit sound advice for living a really long time? Several observational health studies and meta-analyses have pointed to a relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and lower risk of coronary heart disease. But questions remain as to whether that link is causal and if it's consistent throughout the population.
     In any case, heavy alcohol consumption is definitely bad for you. It's best to limit your weekly alcohol consumption, not start drinking if you don't already and consult with your doctor.
    It's unclear if the super-centenarian still regularly enjoys a cold brew or if he's had a chance to sample the fruits of the American craft beer renaissance. Bassinger said her dad has always enjoyed “whatever kind was around," but he leans toward Miller brand beers.
    With the utmost respect for Mr. Behrends and his tastes, maybe it's time one of Nebraska's 32 craft breweries paid him a special visit.

Omaha police officer killed in shootout just hours before going on maternity leave
A 29-year-old police officer who had put off maternity leave after giving birth prematurely to a daughter in February was being mourned Thursday, a day after she was gunned down in a shootout with a fugitive. Kerrie Orozco …the first female officer from Omaha's police department to die in the line of duty, had only recently given birth to a daughter, and also was stepmother to two children ages 6 and 7, according to authorities. She was pronounced dead at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a hospital news conference. Schmaderer said the suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, also died at the hospital.
FOX News · 3 hours ago     READ MORE
Ferguson 'Protesters' Are Now Protesting That They Didn't Get Paid BY
Wed, May 20 2015

Were the Ferguson protests a spontaneous expression of community outrage or an orchestrated campaign with paid "protesters"? It's looking more and more like the latter.
Early on, there were signs that protests over the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop were less than meets the eye.
In December, IBD noted that most of the protesters getting arrested weren't local residents but people bussed in from groups like the New Black Panthers, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the ANSWER Coalition.
Later, after the riots in Baltimore erupted, Fox News reported that as many as 50 social media accounts were tied to both those and the Ferguson protests, suggesting the presence of "professional protesters."
Now some of the "protesters" themselves are complaining that they never got paid.
In mid-May, Millennial Activists United organized a sit-in at the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment offices. The reason: MORE owed the protesters money.
The group complained that MORE "created a joint account in which national donors from all over the world have donated over $150,000 to sustain the movement," but "the poor black people of this movement ... have seen little to none of that money."
A letter posted by the group went on to claim, "Organizers and protesters depleted $50,000 of the available funds and dispersed it among the people in the movement in no particular order." They even started a Twitter hashtag to encourage MORE to cough up the money: #cutthecheck.
There's nothing wrong with protesters getting paid. It's a free country, and they have to make a living, too. But maybe these protesters should think about joining a union before they hit the streets next time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

And we all thought with a REPUBLICAN congress that most of our problems were over....HAH !

President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.
This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it.
"With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand rules on a wide range of issues including intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and other trade-related issues."
The Obama administration has granted the draft of this massive deal more secrecy than a Hillary Clinton email. Documents related to it are classified, and members of Congress can review them in a secured room.

Pearls Before Swine is one of my favorite comic strips. While I normally read it for the daily laugh, today's strip did the immense public service of reminding me how silly our government can be:
He's right--the guide is real. The guide, which was published in August of 2014 on the USDA's blog, includes fire safety tips and also suggests that a person healthy up a s'more with a piece of
 grilled pineapple in lieu of chocolate
Now, let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least 30 inches in length. The degree a marshmallow is roasted runs the gamut, from the barely cooked, light caramel-colored outer layer to the flaming marshmallow that contains a gooey interior wrapped by a crispy, blackened shell. From there, most people graduate to s’mores and rarely move on

How about just some proof he was killed ?

Should the gov't declassify more Usama bin Laden documents?

  •  May. 20, 2015  U.S. made some documents public 4 years after raid


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UPDATE -  As Katie noted this morning, the State Department will release 'portions' of Hillary's emails early next year. As you read headlines to that effect, please remember that the pool of emails State has in its possession do not include any of the 32,000 messages that were deleted by Hillary's lawyers, without any supervision.

* Original Post *
Here we go: Two major Hillary stories, each quite significant -- much like we saw late last month.  This time, rather than revelations about a wildly suspicious uranium deal and tens of millions in unreported foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation, we're looking at astonishing evidence of rogue, conflict-of-interest-riddled, off-the-books diplomacy...and yet another lie related to Hillary's secret email scheme.  We'll get to the email lie in a moment, but in order to connect the dots, let's review some key details in a Monday New York Times story.  As you read, bear in mind that "Mr. Blumenthal" is Sid Blumenthal, a long-time Clinton hatchet man and operative who had been explicitly barred by the Obama administration from taking a job in Hillary's State Department:   
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1 dead, 2 officers hurt in Va. police-involved shooting
ARLINGTON, Va. — A male suspect is dead after a police-involved shooting in a Northern Virginia suburb Tuesday, Arlington County police said.
A police official said the Asian male suspect died after receiving a gunshot wound to the chest. A woman and two police officers also were injured in the incident in Arlington County, Va.
A law enforcement source said police responded to a domestic call Tuesday morning in the Ballston neighborhood, and there was an altercation.
The woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, Arlington County Fire officials said.
Police and fire officials said the officers received minor injuries.
A source said one officer suffered facial injuries, mostly cuts, and is expected to recover. The other officer was tased but has been treated and will be OK. ??????

Sign up! Saudi Arabia is looking for eight executioners

Saudi Arabia hiring executioners as country levies more death sentences carried out by public beheading 
Sign up! Saudi Arabia is looking for eight executioners, like one scene in this mock killing held in protest of the country’s policies.
REUTERS   Tuesday, May 19, 2015, © Andrew Biraj


                                 RIYADH Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.
No special qualifications are needed for the jobs whose main role is "executing a judgment of death" but also involve performing amputations on those convicted of lesser offenses, the advert, posted on the civil service jobs portal, said.
The Islamic kingdom is in the top five countries in the world for putting people to death, rights groups say. It ranked number 3 in 2014, after China and Iran, and ahead of Iraq and the United States, according to Amnesty International figures.


Georgia math teacher fired, wanted by police for allegedly allowing teens to have sex in school closet

The student's mom found text messages between her teen son and his middle school teacher that described using a laptop to drown out noises of a sex session at school.
BY    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Tuesday, May 19, 2015,

 The teacher- Quentin Wright, 25, is wanted by police on at least one misdemeanor charge.

The student's mom found text messages between her teen son and his middle school teacher that described using a laptop to drown out noises of a sex session at school.
A Georgia math teacher has been fired and is wanted by police after a mom reported the man for allegedly allowing students to have sex in a middle school storage closet.
The unidentified mom found sexually explicit cellphone texts between her 14-year-old son and 25-year-old Quentin Wright, whom the mom says allowed the boy to have sex with a female classmate in a closet at Champion Middle School in Stone Mountain, according to WSB-TV.
“He told my son you can have it from 7:30 to like 8:30,” the mother told the news station as she scrolled through and read the text messages. “‘Did you tell the girl what’s going to happen? That she cannot tell anybody?’ Basically don’t tell anyone I’m allowing you to use my room.”