Saturday, April 26, 2014

I feel really safe knowing policemen like this are protecting us...

DA: NYPD officer accidentally shot partner, drove drunk

A New York Police Department (NYPD) squad car.          
NEW YORK - An NYPD detective was arrested after shooting his partner by accident and then allegedly driving him to a hospital under the influence of alcohol, reports CBS New York.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that 58-year-old Detective Jay Poggi - a 30-year veteran of the police force - was arraigned on a criminal complaint charging him with driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning. He later had his license suspended.
The complaint states that Poggi accidentally shot his partner, Detective Matthew Sullivan, in the right wrist after taking out his Smith and Wesson revolver to show off the weapon's hammer. Poggi then allegedly drove Sullivan to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was observed to have bloodshot eyes.
According to the complaint, a field sobriety test was administered on the detective, which read .11 percent. The legal blood-alcohol limit in New York is .08 percent. Later, Poggi allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the 112th Precinct.
CBS New York reports that the detective was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on June 16.

Boehner: Obama broke his promises, Republicans kept theirs

April 26 11:48 AM

President Obama's record is "littered" with broken promises, from the stimulus package to Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Saturday.
Twister Touches Down in North Carolina
After 3 weeks in Florida, this was what we ran into on our trip home...SCARY
Was kinda close, ran for a hotel very quickly
Emotional Pro-Gun Speech in New Jersey
Fri, April 25, 2014
"Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world ... and effectively making it a pariah state."
So wrote Peter Baker in Sunday's New York Times. Yet if history is any guide, this "pariah policy," even if adopted, will not long endure.
Three years after Khrushchev sent tanks into Hungary, he was touring the USA and celebrating with Ike the new "Spirit of Camp David."
Half a year after Khrushchev moved missiles into Cuba, JFK was talking detente is his famous speech at American University.
Three weeks after Moscow incited the Arabs in the Six-Day War, Lyndon Johnson was meeting with Premier Alexei Kosygin in New Jersey, where the "Spirit of Glassboro," was born.
So it went through the Cold War. Post-crises, U.S. presidents reached out to Soviet leaders. For they saw Russia as too large and too powerful to be isolated and ostracized like North Korea.
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How Democrats Are Reacting to Obama's Keystone XL Decision

 Kevin Glass | Apr 24, 2014                      
The latest Obama decision to push back an actual decision on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline has put Democrats running in swing states in a tough position: go along with the leader of their party or break with Obama in order to try to win more moderate voters, with whom the Keystone XL pipeline is relatively popular. Alison Grimes of Kentucky, the Democrat running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has broken wth Obama and is pushing for the pipeline to be built. Unsurprisingly, this hasn't lost her any money from an environmentalist super PAC: Alison Grimes is the latest Democratic Senate candidate to call for building the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But the move hasn't cost her support among some environmentalists as she tries to win the seat now held by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
That's because, according to one environmentalist, those groups want Democrats to be running the Senate rather than McConnell after the November elections. Even as Grimes told The Associated Press this week that she supports building the pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast, a San Francisco-based Super Pac, CREDO, which opposes the pipeline project, said it will spend $500,000 in Kentucky aimed at unseating McConnell.
It will be interesting to watch how other Democrats in red states - like Mary Landrieu and Mark Pryor, continue to play this.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Victory: NY School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt    Cortney O'Brien | Apr 23, 2014  

It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.

Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, was ordered to report to the principal's office last month when a teacher spotted him wearing the "controversial" piece of clothing.
"They've yelled at me for wearing it before because it has a gun on it and I had to duct tape it," says Kinney. Administrators suggested he turn the shirt inside out or find another shirt. He refused, saying there was nothing wrong with it, adding the NRA has done great things for the country.
Parents and gun rights advocates protested the school's intolerant move, and now it seems their efforts have paid off - the district is retracting the suspension. Activist Rus Thompson, who led protests against the school district, posted some insight about the administration's change of heart on his Facebook page after attending Tuesday's board of education meeting:

Victory on Grand Island! Mission accomplished! The Superintendent read a great statement, she admitted they were wrong in the suspension. The suspension has been expunged from Shane's school records. They returned his pocket tool and have stopped the 30 year practice of turning T-shirts inside out. She respects the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment, and is the daughter of a veteran, her daughter shoots on a team. I started the applause after she was finished. 
 I wish I was in that meeting so I could clap along with him. Good for Grand Island for recognizing that Kinney's T-shirt was harmless and for ultimately ruling in free speech's favor.
It's a small victory in a state that has introduced some of the most anti-gun legislation in the country, but it's a victory nonetheless.

Is Russia Preparing for War? 

Russia vowed to defend its citizens in neighboring Ukraine after the government in Kiev said it’s resuming operations to oust militants from eastern cities, Bloomberg reports.

Naval Base Security Alert Prompted by Sailor Playing with Airsoft Pistol  A sailor playing with an air soft gun inside a Navy barracks prompted an alert    Updated 6:05 PM PDT  By R. Stickney

Around 10 a.m. Thursday, there was a report made of a person with a gun in the barracks at Naval Base Point Loma. This led to a base lockdown. As NBC 7’s military reporter Naso explains, the weapon turned out to be an airsoft gun.

A sailor playing with an airsoft gun inside a Navy barracks prompted a security response and shelter-in-place order on Naval Base Point Loma, Navy officials confirmed to NBC 7 Thursday.
Base Commanding Officer Scott Adams described the suspect as "a young, enlisted sailor" who lives on base.
"He was actually firing shots of the airsoft pistol out of the window toward a mirror in the parking lot," Adams said. Airsoft guns are designed to shoot soft plastic pellets.
A tenant of the base called security personnel and reported an armed person around 10 a.m. 
In response, a portion of the base was ordered to “shelter in place” as naval security forces and NCIS set up a perimeter around the barracks.
The suspect and a friend inside the barracks called their commanding officer once they realized NCIS had been called.
The two were taken into custody without incident.
"We are dealing with young sailors, and we inform them what is and is not appropriate but at some times, these things happen," Adams said.
Weapons are not permitted in the barracks, Adams said. However, it's unclear if an airsoft pistol is considered a weapon under that policy.
San Diego police said their Emergency Negotiations Team, consisting of police, FBI agents and NCIS officials, was requested to assist base officials. 

There are dozens of commands located at the facility tucked away on the penninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay.
Among them are Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and seven submarines.