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  • The Obama Vendetta Against Netanyahu

    10/06/2015 3:00:57 AM PDT · by billorites · 22 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elliot Abrams
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the UN General Assembly this week, neither Secretary of State Kerry nor even our UN Ambassador, Samantha Power, was present. Why not? The State Department has said Kerry was involved in some kind of conference call or video conference with the White House. OK, let’s call that plausible. What about Power? Rick Grenell, for years the spokesman at the US Mission to the UN and a very well-informed observer, tweeted yesterday that Power was instructed to stay away. Think of how petty that instruction, which can only have come from the White...
  • Tribes Balk at Dartmouth’s Native American Director: Accuse new hire of misrepresenting heritage

    10/02/2015 5:39:59 PM PDT · by billorites · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2015 | Dan Frosch
    When Dartmouth College named Susan Taffe Reed as the new director of its Native American Program in September, it said she would use her role as president of the Eastern Delaware Nations to help Indian students adjust to life at the Ivy League school. But since Ms. Reed’s hiring, tribal officials and Dartmouth alumni have accused her of misrepresenting herself as an American Indian and the school of failing to adequately vet her background as a leader of a nonprofit group that acknowledges it isn’t an actual tribe. Ms. Reed says she is of Native heritage, though in response to...
  • Appalachian Trail record-setter pays $500 fine, still feels ‘used’ by Baxter official

    09/11/2015 6:54:56 PM PDT · by billorites · 23 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | September 9, 2015 | Kevin Miller
    The professional athlete who completed the entire Appalachian Trail in record-setting time paid a $500 fine Wednesday for drinking alcohol atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin in July, an incident that prompted a broader debate about hikers’ behavior in Baxter State Park. An attorney for Scott Jurek said his client agreed to pay the fine because he did pop open a bottle of champagne atop Maine’s highest peak in violation of Baxter State Park’s no-alcohol policy after his 46-day run ended July 12. But as part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped charges of littering and hiking with an oversized group, two...
  • Alaska woman steals police car with husband handcuffed in back

    09/11/2015 4:52:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 24 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | September 4, 2015 | Steve Quinn
    An Alaska woman accused of stealing a police car with her husband handcuffed in the back seat faces several charges including theft and hindering prosecution, troopers said on Friday. The woman slipped into the patrol's car and drove off on Wednesday while a state trooper was engaged with a passing motorist on an unrelated topic, a trooper dispatch report said. Authorities found the car not far from where it was stolen in Big Lake, a tiny lakeside community of 3,500 people about 65 miles (104 km) northwest of Anchorage. The following day troopers arrested Amber Watford, 28, and Joshua Watford...
  • College Promises To Punish Students Who Heckled Mandatory Play

    09/09/2015 4:43:05 AM PDT · by billorites · 94 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 8, 2015 | Blake Neff
    Greensboro College student Claire Sellers, who claims her play was heckled so badly that performers vomited afterwards. Greensboro College student Claire Sellers, who claims her play was heckled so badly that performers vomited afterwards. A liberal arts college in North Carolina is pledging to identify and potentially punish students who heckled a play about sexual assault the college forced them to attend. “It Stops Here,” an original play produced by students at Greensboro College, was first performed last Wednesday before a crowd of students, but the performance didn’t go as planned. According to people at the play, members of the...
  • UD law prof was Sha-Na-Na co-founder

    09/09/2015 4:28:18 AM PDT · by billorites · 68 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Sept 8, 2015 | Nick Blizzard
     A Sha-Na-Na co-founder who has been a University of Dayton law professor for more than a decade is being remembered for imparting his knowledge of both fields. Dennis Greene died Saturday at age 66 after a brief illness. The New York native helped create the retro rock band which performed at the Woodstock Music Festival and in the movie “Grease” before he pursued a legal career and joined the UD law school in 2001, according to the university. “I think he was definitely an advocate for the artist,” said Lisa Grigsby, executive director of FilmDayton, for which she said...
  • Safety Concerns Emerge Along World-Famous Pilgrimage Route

    09/07/2015 9:38:17 AM PDT · by billorites · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | September 6, 2015 | Lauren Frayer
    When Denise Thiem saw the 2011 Martin Sheen movie The Way, which chronicles an American's journey along Spain's most famous pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, the 41-year-old woman was inspired, friends and family say. It's a physical and spiritual journey, and Thiem was intrigued. The path, which stretches some 500 miles across northern Spain, attracts hundreds of thousands of hikers each year. It's long been considered one of the safest routes in the world for solo hikers. So Thiem quit her job as an IT project manager in Phoenix, her hometown, and took off to travel the world. "She...
  • Abraham Trump's Gettysburg Address

    08/26/2015 6:00:29 AM PDT · by billorites · 15 replies
    Funnyordie ^ | August 12, 2015
    November 19, 1863 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - President Abraham Trump delivers his famous address Thanks. What an incredible crowd. They tell me this is the biggest crowd in the history of the North. A while back some founders got together. And I mean they were good people but they really didn’t know anything about building a country. C’mon, you know, let’s face facts. Franklin with his little glasses and Washington with those horrible dentures — it was a nightmare. They didn’t know what the hell they were doing. So then everyone comes to me and they say, “Please help us...
  • New documents suggest Clinton's email server may have crashed

    08/04/2015 8:08:57 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 4, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    An email conversation between a top Hillary Clinton aide and a Clinton Foundation executive suggests the private server that Clinton and her staff used to communicate may have malfunctioned at least once during her tenure. Huma Abedin, Clinton's then-deputy chief of staff, complained that her private email was "down" the evening of Oct. 9 and into Oct. 10, 2012, according to an email chain obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act. The crash described by Abedin took place just weeks after the terror attack in Benghazi. Critics have said the homebrew server, which may have even resided...
  • 70 Years Since Trinity: The Day the Nuclear Age Began

    08/04/2015 5:38:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 16, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    On July 16, 1945, the United States Army detonated the world’s first nuclear weapon in New Mexico’s Jornada del Muerto desert. The test, code-named “Trinity,” was a success, unleashing an explosion with the energy of about 20 kilotons of TNT and beginning the nuclear age. Since then, nearly 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed. Most of these took place during the 1960s and 1970s. When the technology was new, tests were frequent and often spectacular, and they led to the development of newer, more deadly weapons. Since the 1990s, there have been efforts to limit the testing of nuclear weapons,...
  • No second thoughts about a bomb for Hiroshima

    08/04/2015 5:22:54 AM PDT · by billorites · 51 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 4, 2015 | Wes Pruden
    The pointless debate continues. As reliable as the arrival of the scorching heat and drenching humidity of August, comes the debate (mostly by academics) over whether the United States is guilty of moral outrage for having dropped the atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, to put an end to the carnage of World War II. For some, the fact of Hiroshima and Nagasaki "proves" the inherent savagery and evil of America. For others, America was not necessarily evil (though maybe it was), but merely impatient, arrogant and greedy, and could have accomplished the Japanese surrender with...
  • 911 call released in deadly Charlotte home invasion

    02/01/2015 5:23:58 AM PST · by billorites · 14 replies ^ | January 15, 2015
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police have released the 911 call made during an alleged break-in that left a teen dead and his brother in jail on Tuesday. The incident happened at a home in the 8600 block of Rolling Fields Road, off of Whispering Falls Ave. near Fairview Rd. in southeast Charlotte. Police say Isai Robert Delcid, 18, was shot and killed by the resident's grandson. His brother, 22-year-old Carlos Delcid, was arrested later Tuesday night. “They heard some noises, saw an individual at the back of the residence trying to come into their house,” said Lt. Eric Brady of...
  • Marion Barry’s son pleads not guilty in bank dustup

    01/21/2015 3:34:42 PM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrea Noble
    The son of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges Wednesday that arose from an altercation at a bank in which the 34-year-old is accused of threatening a teller after learning his account was overdrawn.
  • Alan Grayson's divorce trial delayed by leaking breast implants

    01/21/2015 11:36:28 AM PST · by billorites · 52 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kelly Cohen
    A trial surrounding Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife’s alleged bigamy has been delayed due to an unlikely medical reason. Lolita Grayson filed court papers this week saying she had been suffering from chest pains. When she went to a hospital to find out the cause, she was told she needed emergency surgery to remove her leaking breast implants and scar tissue, according to the Associated Press. The surgery was Monday; the trial had been scheduled for Thursday in Orlando and has now been rescheduled for March. "Due to this medical emergency, wife is unable to prepare for or attend the trial,"...
  • Saudi cleric issues fatwa on snowmen

    01/13/2015 7:21:20 AM PST · by billorites · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 12, 2014
    A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edict forbidding the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic. Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun.” Quoting Muslim scholars, Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human, an action considered sinful under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Sunni Islam....
  • The Flight from Reason on Campus And the madness of crowds.

    12/12/2014 3:33:09 PM PST · by billorites · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 22, 2014 | James W. Ceaser
    The university is often said to be the first place in our society to look for the truth. Unfortunately, it is now one of the last places to find it. Events surrounding a recent Rolling Stone article that chronicles an account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity make clear how little the critical spirit operates today on our nation’s campuses. The story, which Rolling Stone no longer supports, begged to be treated with skepticism. Appearing in a magazine that trades in sensationalism—last year it put a glamour photo of the Boston marathon bomber on its cover—the...
  • Rise of the Robot Security Guards

    12/03/2014 1:15:31 PM PST · by billorites · 29 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | November 13, 2014 | Rachel Metz
    As the sun set on a warm November afternoon, a quartet of five-foot-tall, 300-pound shiny white robots patrolled in front of Building 1 on Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus. Looking like a crew of slick Daleks imbued with the grace of Fred Astaire, they whirred quietly across the concrete in different directions, stopping and turning in place so as to avoid running into trash cans, walls, and other obstacles. The robots managed to appear both cute and intimidating. This friendly-but-not-too-friendly presence is meant to serve them well in jobs like monitoring corporate and college campuses, shopping malls, and schools. Knightscope, a...
  • Fugitive lip biter arrested in California

    11/09/2014 4:41:26 AM PST · by billorites · 3 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2014
    Nashua man, featured as the U.S. Marshal's "Fugitive of the Week" and wanted for seriously injuring a woman in biting her lip, was captured in San Diego, Calif. Fernando Anton, 23, last known to reside in Nashua, was being sought on a warrant obtained by Nashua police charging him with first degree assault. He is accused of a violent assault on a woman on Sept. 27 in Nashua during which he bit her lip, which resulted in serious injuries. The incident was widely reported in New Hampshire and police followed up on countless leads, but none led to Anton's arrest....
  • NH AG clears DEA in botched drug raid, says shooting of grandmother was 'simply accidental'

    11/09/2014 2:57:56 AM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2014 | Mark Hayward
    The shooting of a grandmother during a drug raid this summer was accidental and no charges will be brought against the federal agent involved, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced Thursday.
 Lillian Alonzo, 49, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was shot in her 110 Beech St. apartment on Aug. 27.
 The investigation determined that the handgun of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Connolly discharged when the agent tried to kick in a locked bedroom door and lost his balance.
 The report said Connolly will not face criminal charges.
 While the shooting was serious and unfortunate, the report reads, it...
  • American killed by camel at Mexico beach resort

    10/15/2014 9:47:49 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014
    A 60-year-old American was killed by a camel which escaped from its pen and attacked him at a wildlife center he owned in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, local emergency services said on Tuesday. Richard Mileski, who was from the Chicago area, was found dead early on Monday, said Antonio Gomez, a Tulum emergency services spokesman. “When we arrived, the people who were there said (the camel) got out of its stable and attacked him,” said Gomez. “It dragged him, climbed on top of him, was kicking him, biting him and sat on top of him.” Gomez said the...
  • The Right Lessons of a Supermarket War

    09/04/2014 9:14:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 2, 2014 | Holman Jenkins
    <p>Now that the Market Basket fight is over, many a journalist in New England and beyond can look back on the family grocery war as one of the most interesting stories of their careers, which they reduced to banality.</p> <p>It may be heartwarming to think of workers rallying to save Arthur T. Demoulas, the CEO who ran the family supermarket chain allegedly to benefit customers (low prices) and workers (high wages) rather than shareholders. Unfortunately, this requires overlooking a lot.</p>
  • Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer dart at Tenerife zoo

    06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT · by billorites · 41 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 5, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilizer dart at a man dressed as a gorilla. Police on the Spanish island received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park. A vet was called, and on spotting the creature fired a tranquilizer dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast. But to his horror, the vet - who had only been in the job for...
  • National Parks Service to promote LGBT historic sites

    06/02/2014 1:44:21 PM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Aljazeera America ^ | May 30, 2014 | Marisa Taylor
    The National Parks Service is convening a group of scholars who will examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history and identify prominent locations from the LGBT civil rights movement for nomination to the agency’s registries of historic places and landmarks, the agency announced Friday. “One of the objectives of the park service is to tell the story of America,” Sally Jewell, secretary of the Department of the Interior, told a crowd of about 150 supporters in a speech outside the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s West Village on Friday. “The contributions of women, minorities and members of the LGBT community...
  • Study Finds Pedophiles’ Brains Wired to Find Children Attractive

    05/25/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT · by billorites · 128 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 23, 2014 | Charlotte Lytton
    Pedophiles’ brains are “abnormally tuned” to find young children attractive, according to a new study published this week. The research, led by Jorge Ponseti at Germany’s University of Kiel, means that it may be possible to diagnose pedophiles in the future before they are able to offend. The findings, published in scientific journal Biology Letters, discovered that pedophiles have the same neurological reaction to images of those they find attractive as those of people with ordinary sexual predilections, but that all the relevant cerebral areas become engaged when they see children, as opposed to fellow adults. The occipital areas, prefrontal...
  • How the NYT called Jill Abramson — its axed executive editor — a bitch.

    05/15/2014 12:16:32 PM PDT · by billorites · 8 replies
    Althouse ^ | May 15, 2014 | Ann Althouse
    This "all the news that's fit to print" business is tricky... especially when you're firing your first-ever! female executive editor and replacing her with your first-ever! black executive editor. The fit-to-print article — "Times Ousts Its Executive Editor, Elevating Second in Command" — is some of the best raw material for interpreters of crafty text that I have ever seen. How did the NYT call Jill Abramson a bitch? Well, it all started with the unfit-to-print image of the new executive editor, Dean Baquet, as the angry black man. I'm going to do a little editing and cut this text...
  • About to retire, Scott Brown reflects on military career

    05/13/2014 6:37:18 PM PDT · by billorites · 13 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 13, 2014 | Dave Soloman
    MANCHESTER - Scott Brown has many memories from his 35 years in the National Guard as he prepares for his retirement ceremony at the Pentagon on Tuesday, including his experience as an embedded U.S. senator dining with soldiers in Afghanistan. In 2011, while a Massachusetts senator, Lt. Col. Brown was deployed at his request to Afghanistan in his role as deputy counsel to the chief lawyer for the National Guard Bureau, working on problems with contractors, particularly fraud, waste and abuse. At one point during the two-week training stint at a military base near Kandahar, Brown skipped the officers' dining...
  • Illinois museum has Santa Anna’s leg, and Texas site wants it

    05/10/2014 4:51:55 AM PDT · by billorites · 49 replies
    Dallas News ^ | May 8, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN — The petition to wrest Santa Anna’s leg from Illinois and bring it to Texas was flat-footed from the start. But Texas museum officials believe their heart was in the right place, even if that prosthetic leg is not. Last month, the San Jacinto Battle Monument and Museum launched a petition on the White House website, hoping to get 100,000 signatures to lure an important artifact to Texas. It suggested that the wooden and cork leg used by Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna — the villain of the Alamo and Goliad and a figure deeply embedded in Texas...
  • Sneed: There are rumblings Bill Clinton may apologize to wife, Lewinsky

    05/09/2014 4:00:15 PM PDT · by billorites · 87 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michael Sneed
    The Lewinsky affair . . . Is Bubba about to blubber? Sneed hears rumbles former President Bill Clinton, who lied about his affair with White House intern Monica “That Woman” Lewinsky, may opt to publicly apologize for the abuse Lewinsky claims she’s endured since the sex scandal broke more than 15 years ago. The rationale? To fend off critics of his wife Hillary who blame her for protecting a powerful husband who is a sexual predator. Hillary Clinton is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid. The big question: Will Bill “I love an audience” Clinton choose to apologize to Lewinsky and...
  • What happens when police force turns deadly?

    05/04/2014 10:32:04 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | May 3, 2014 | Shawne K. Wickham
    Twenty people have been shot and killed by police in New Hampshire since 2000; 19 others have been wounded. Eleven of those fatal shootings were in the past three years. And in nearly all of the cases, investigators found the shootings to have involved justified use of deadly force by the officers involved. That's typical, according to Charles Reynolds, a retired New Hampshire police chief who is a national expert in the use of deadly force by police. The standard for determining whether the use of deadly force by police is justified is not based on hindsight or the officer's...
  • Walter R. Walsh Dies at 106; Terrorized Gangsters and Targets

    05/04/2014 8:14:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Robert McFadden
    <p>Walter R. Walsh, a world-class marksman who shot clothespins off laundry lines as a boy and went on to become an F.B.I. legend in shootouts with gangsters in the 1930s, an Olympic competitor and a trainer of generations of Marine Corps sharpshooters, died on Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Va. He was 106.</p>
  • More on “President Asterisk”

    04/21/2014 10:39:10 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 21, 2014 | Roger Kimball
    This morning, Instapundit [1] dipped its cup into the growing current of stories about the lies and lawlessness that have characterized the Obama administration. One story, “Barack Obama and the Politics of Lies,” is from the Washington Examiner and it ought to give anyone, Democrat or Republican, pause. Citing the President’s recent “victory dance” over the (distinctly suspect) statistic the 8 million people have signed up for ObamaCare, the Examiner noted with some asperity that “a president who is viewed by most Americans as less than honest [2] has no business crowing about a victory that remains anything but obvious.”...
  • I can clone John Lennon from his tooth, Canadian dentist claims

    04/11/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Put this in the column of seriously strange news. A dentist in Canada who bought an old tooth that came Beatles icon John Lennon's mouth now thinks he can turn DNA from that tooth into a baby via cloning. Michael Zuk, who paid $33,000 for the tooth at an auction three years ago, told Britian's Channel 4 during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" that he now is going to try to make a John Lennon-like baby that he can raise as his own. "If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate," Mr....
  • Mozilla Makes the World a Better Place

    04/10/2014 8:47:05 AM PDT · by billorites · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Holman Jenkins
    Of all the cheap thrills that life affords, self-righteousness is one of the grossest: A moment on the lips, forever on the hips, with a moral weight for which the only relief is repentance. The online dating site OkCupid should be feeling the bloat right now. Their site played a role in last week's purge of Mozilla's Brendan Eich, when they hectored visitors to stop using Firefox because Eich donated money to a 2008 California referendum in favor of reserving marriage for a man and woman. Ranted OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder : "Those who seek to deny love and instead...
  • United Auto Workers Union Stunned by Devastating Defeat in Tennessee

    02/15/2014 7:34:10 AM PST · by billorites · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 14, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches. The UAW for decades has tried without success to organize a foreign-owned plant in a region that’s wary of organized labor. The loss now makes it even harder for the union to recruit members at another Southern factory. “If they...
  • Southwest Airlines flight lands at wrong Mo. airport

    01/13/2014 5:09:11 AM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2013 | AP
    A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport 7 miles north -- with a runway half the size of the intended destination. Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said in a statement late Sunday. But the Boeing 737-700 landed about 7 miles northeast at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport. Hawkins did not have information on why the...
  • Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

    01/09/2014 10:06:54 AM PST · by billorites · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy today at CES, the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they're doing it. Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers, and illustrate the fact that the company uses very little of it in order to avoid raising privacy concerns: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it....
  • Nashua’s Campbell issues apology over duck deaths

    01/01/2014 5:35:56 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2013 | Jim Haddadin
    State Rep. David Campbell offered an apology after striking several wild ducks with his car outside a Nashua hotel last week. Meanwhile, Nashua police are pledging an open, thorough and impartial investigation into the matter, which unfolded late on the evening of Dec. 23 outside the main entrance of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Campbell, D-Nashua, issued a statement early Sunday evening addressing controversy over the episode, which was first reported in The Sunday Telegraph. “I am deeply sorry that I accidentally ran over several wild ducks near the Crowne Plaza last Monday night,” Campbell wrote. “This occurred while some people...
  • Barack Obama's portable secrecy tent (some assembly required)

    11/17/2013 11:57:06 AM PST · by billorites · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2013 | Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, his staff packs briefing books, gifts for foreign leaders and something more closely associated with camping than diplomacy: a tent. Even when Obama travels to allied nations, aides quickly set up the security tent which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside in a room near his hotel suite. When the president needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices. American security officials demand that their bosses not just the president, but members of Congress, diplomats,...
  • High School Student Ordered To Remove NRA T-Shirt Because It Promotes Gun Violence

    10/03/2013 7:25:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 49 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | October 2, 2013
    A student at a high school in Anaheim Hills said administrators ordered her to change out of a T-shirt that promoted the National Rifle Association. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle said when she wore her NRA shirt to Canyon High School last month, she landed in the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code that forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing. “They were treating me like I was a criminal,” she said. “I was not allowed to wear that at school because it promoted gun violence.” The shirt, which was a gift from Bullwinkle’s father when he became a card-carrying member...
  • AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches: Federal agency silent so far

    06/20/2013 5:11:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ^ | June 19, 2013 | Jim Moore
    With a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, their aircraft searched by federal agents, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection remains silent, and outrage is building. AOPA is questioning CBP’s authority to conduct the searches, and demanding a response from officials at the highest level. There has been no meaningful response to date from CBP to Freedom of Information Act requests filed months ago by AOPA and affected pilots. “We don’t even know why they’re being stopped,” said AOPA General Counsel Ken Mead, adding that the association...
  • Carr: Paul Cellucci wasn’t perfect, but he really tried

    06/09/2013 3:09:06 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 9, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Paul Cellucci was not a nuisance. That’s what H. L. Mencken
wrote on the passing of 
another Republican governor of Massachusetts — Calvin Coolidge — and can there be any higher praise for a politician, especially one of the Bay State variety? OK, he wasn’t perfect — Jane Swift and Margaret Marshall come immediately to mind. But he really 
always did try to do the right thing, and when he departed 
office in 2001, the state was in immeasurably better shape than when he and Bill Weld took over in the wreckage of the Dukakis disaster known as the Massachusetts miracle....
  • Umbrella mistaken for assault rifle

    05/24/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Fox NY ^ | May 24, 2013 | Luke Funk
    <p>A New Jersey light rail shutdown was due to an umbrella that was mistaken for an assault rifle.</p> <p>Someone had reported to police that a man wearing black pants, white dress shirt, with a cast on his arm was "armed with a long barrel assault weapon" had gotten on the train.</p>
  • A Person of Privilege? Lois Lerner was too clever by half.

    05/23/2013 7:22:56 AM PDT · by billorites · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 23, 2013 | Fred Thompson
    Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldn’t resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in — all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) was a bit taken aback. He had never seen anybody try...
  • 'Robin Hoods' who feed parking meters are hit with lawsuit in New Hampshire

    05/18/2013 3:52:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 65 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2013 | Erin McClam
    A group of self-styled Robin Hoods who scamper around the streets of a New Hampshire city and feed expired parking meters for strangers has been hit with a harassment lawsuit. The city of Keene says its three parking inspectors have been taunted, insulted and followed by the group — to the point that one of them says he has suffered heart palpitations and is thinking about quitting his job. In its lawsuit, the city is asking a court to order the group not to come within 50 feet of the parking inspectors. The suit names six defendants, most of them...
  • Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?

    05/12/2013 4:21:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    American Interest ^ | March 11, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Here’s an early sign of how successful the Obama administration’s plan to get Russia on board vis-ŕ-vis Syria: Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, told the press today that Moscow will send air defense missiles to Syria after all. Moscow plans to deliver already contracted ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, Russian officials said Friday, pressing ahead with an arms transfer that U.S. officials say could significantly strengthen Damascus’s ability to ward off an attack. [...] Russian state television, reporting on Mr. Lavrov’s trip, went beyond the official line: “After the S-300s are put into service, a repeat of the Libyan...
  • All Europeans are related if you go back just 1,000 years, scientists say

    05/09/2013 3:00:00 PM PDT · by billorites · 34 replies ^ | May 7, 2013 | Alan Boyle
    A genetic survey concludes that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. And you wouldn't have to go back much further to find that everyone in the world is related to each other. "We find it remarkable because it's counterintuitive to us," Graham Coop, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California at Davis, told NBC News. "But it's not totally unexpected, based on genetic analysis." Family researchers have long known that if you go back far enough, everyone with a European connection ends up being related to Charlemagne. The...
  • Woman survives after husband accidentally shoots her in the mouth with harpoon

    A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine. Elisangela Borborema Rosa was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after Monday's incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo. The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the...
  • Air Force strips 17 officers of authority to launch ICBMs

    05/08/2013 7:28:10 AM PDT · by billorites · 60 replies
    Waterville Sentinel ^ | May 8, 2013 | Robert Burns
    The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. The tip-off to trouble was a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which...
  • The Benghazi Talking Points

    05/03/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 3, 2013 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events...
  • Mass. Buddhist accuses 5 people of distributing recording of her having sex with another monk

    04/28/2013 4:04:14 PM PDT · by billorites · 69 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2013
    A Buddhist monk has filed a lawsuit against five people she alleges illegally distributed a video of her having a sexual encounter with another monk. Maya Men says in her lawsuit filed last week in Middlesex Superior Court that the five defendants violated her right to privacy and her constitutional rights. She also says their actions intentionally inflicted emotional distress. The Sun of Lowell ( ) reports that, according to the lawsuit, Men "has been held up to her relevant community as an individual who should be shunned and scorned, called a thief, and referred to by a plethora of...