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  • Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine

    08/29/2014 3:08:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A competing rifle outperformed the Army’s favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. The report also says the Army changed the ammunition midstream to a round “tailored” for the M4A1 rifle. It quoted competing companies as saying the switch was unfair because they did not have enough time to fire the new ammo and redesign their rifles before the tests began. Exactly how the eight challengers — and the M4 — performed in a shootout to replace...
  • Vacuum Ban To Outlaw Most Powerful Cleaners

    08/22/2014 4:16:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 84 replies
    Sky News.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Sky News
    A consumer group is predicting a rush for powerful vacuum cleaners as an EU ban on many best-performing products looms. Which? said that from September 1, companies will be unable to manufacture or import any vacuums with motors above 1,600 watts under rules designed to boost energy efficiency and tackle climate change.
  • ‘He nailed it': Even Gov. Rick Perry’s mugshot is a winner

    08/19/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 138 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
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  • Ferguson violence: Police slammed for 'escalating the situation'

    08/14/2014 4:03:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    cnn.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Josh Levs
    To people on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and many around the world who watched Wednesday night's violence unfold, it seemed like a scene out of another country. (snip) Some in the military community say the problem is that police are getting the equipment without the same training and rules. "To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well," said Josh Weinberg, an Army veteran who focuses on security issues for the Truman Project. "We always were trained in escalation of force." To call this militarization doesn't characterize the military very well. The police apparently "had their weapons up...
  • ‘Loot … and rob them, not your own'; Twitter users advise black people to loot white 'hoods [MO]

    08/11/2014 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 86 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The Twitter user above is pretty upset about the looting going on in Ferguson, Mo. Not so much because looting black neighborhoods is wrong, but because it’s “counter-productive.” If looters have to do their thing, they should seek out white neighborhoods to pillage.
  • Army announces new camouflage uniform pattern (again!)

    08/02/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 107 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 1, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    The Army has selected a new camouflage pattern to begin fielding next year, an unidentified senior Army spokesperson announced in a statement late Thursday. “The Army has confirmed through testing that the pattern would offer exceptional concealment, which directly enhances force protection and survivability for Soldiers,” according to the statement from the Army. The pattern will be used in all combatant commands, including Afghanistan, the Army said. Uniforms and equipment with the existing pattern won’t be discarded, but replaced only as they wear out. The pattern was developed by the Army under the name Scorpion W2 to replace the much-maligned...
  • Friend, We’re Here for You...[NSRC]

    07/29/2014 6:01:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    My Email | July 28, 2014 | NRSC
    You gotta be kiddin' me!!!! ********************************************************* Friend, We’d never doubt you. Throughout the year, you’ve heard from Republican figures – elected officials and other organization heads – asking you to contribute to various campaigns and causes. It’s easy to get frustrated. Your past support is beyond question; through thick and thin, even when Washington has failed you, you’ve stayed true to the cause of building a better future for our country. This is a historic election and we’ll all participate as we can. For some that will mean making phone calls every weekend or walking neighborhoods with friends – for...
  • Army officials on ‘pink slip’ controversy: We don’t have a choice

    07/25/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    For weeks, the Army has been taking a verbal beating for sending “pink slips” to officers while they were deployed. It was no joke or Internet rumor, either: About 1,100 captains received notice last month that they would be required to leave active duty within a year as the service shrinks, and some of them were in Afghanistan and other volatile areas. Reaction was swift. It was a “stunning display of callousness,” one Army veteran wrote earlier this month in the New York Daily News. It was an “outrageous and and heartless way to ‘thank’ combat veterans,” responded one writer...
  • Army: Of 1,100 captains pink-slipped, 48 were in Afghanistan

    07/25/2014 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | July 23, 2014 | Chris Carroll
    Of the more than 1,100 Army captains notified last month their military careers would soon end, 87 were deployed worldwide and 48 were serving in Afghanistan at the time, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army has been talking for months about the need to separate the captains as well as more than 500 majors this summer as part of the broad Army drawdown, but it’s the first time details have emerged about the sobering business of delivering pink slips to troops in harm’s way.
  • Coal workers laid off in Wise County [Virginia]

    07/22/2014 11:13:43 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    Another round of layoffs for the coal industry – this one striking Wise County, Virginia. On Monday workers at both Cumberland River Coal’s Pine Branch Number One in Wise County, and a second mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, learned that the mines would be shutting down indefinitely. Derrick Saylor is one of the workers who learned that he would be losing his job. "Here in the mountains we are tight knit, like a family," said Saylor. "People we work with are like family cause we are with them as much as family at home" "It’s tough [and] it’s sad to...
  • Mechanicsburg [Pennsylvania] children's home asked to prepare to take in immigrant children

    07/22/2014 3:14:59 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Penn Live ^ | July 21, 2014 | Anna Orso
    A local home for children has been asked by the federal government to prepare itself to take in unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who continue to cross over into the United States. The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg has not taken in any children from Central America yet, and it continues to assist children sent to it from the local county courts systems, the group's Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Best said Monday. But the agency has been contacted to prepare itself to provide shelter and care for unaccompanied minors, she said. The home has been approved...
  • EPA pulls back from plan to garnish paychecks

    07/16/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The Wahsington Times ^ | July 16, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters. The agency, which has come under withering attacks from Republican lawmakers for attempting a “power grab,” said it still intended to pursue the new authority to garnish wages without a court order. But now it will follow a more typical and longer review process.
  • Consumed column Iraqi 9th Armored Division (M1A1 Tanks captured or destroyed, with pics)

    07/13/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Cyprus L:ive ^ | July 11, 2014 | Cyprus Live
    On Twitter, a photograph of a column of Iraqi forces defeated by the insurgents "Caliphate" (former Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. Judging by the presence of tanks M1A1 "Abrams" - it was a column of the elite Iraqi 9th Armored Division (it is the only Iraqi army has these tanks in service), which forces the Iraqi government have strongly stretched over a very large area between the provinces of Anbar, Salah al-Din and Baghdad. From Iraq in recent months has been a lot of pictures of [destroyed] columns of the Iraqi...
  • Opponent ousts York County [PA] GOP chairman, vows Tea Party inclusion

    07/13/2014 3:39:08 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Matt Miller
    Immediately after he ousted the York County Republican Committee's incumbent chairman Saturday, Alex Shorb vowed to ensure that Tea Party supporters are heard in the party's political deliberations. Yet Shorb, a financial services firm owner from York, said he did not regard his election as chairman as some sort of conservative coup. "I don't see it as a tea party takeover at all," he said. "I'm not a tea party member." Shorb's election and the tandem victory of his running mate, Lower Windsor Township Committeewoman Allison Blew, who is the party's new vice chairwoman, followed a push by conservative opponents...
  • 'We're really sorry': US sends 14,000 draft notices to men born in 1800s

    07/11/2014 5:38:31 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    AP, via Fox News ^ | July 11, 2014 | AP, via Fox News
    No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is "punishable by a fine and imprisonment." The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.
  • Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests

    07/09/2014 12:56:01 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school’s past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities. President Kenneth P. Ruscio’s announcement was a surprising move for the small, private liberal arts college in Lexington, which has long celebrated its Southern heritage. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as the university’s president after the Civil War, his crypt is beneath the chapel, and the school has gingerly addressed its ties to the Confederacy...
  • Newspaper story about Tennessee couple stirs up social media sensation

    07/07/2014 6:48:11 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tim Cable
    Thom Throp is a Kingsport insurance agent who's sold over sixty Affordable Care Act plans. Like thousands of others, he logged on with great interest to read a story from The Tennessean newspaper about a Maryville couple forced to separate after 33 years of marriage so the wife could keep health insurance. "We are in a situation in trying to get as many people covered as possible. People are falling in the proverbial crack," Throp said. (snip) So if expanding Medicaid isn't the answer, then what is? Throp tells us, even in a tight economy, that couples like the Drains...
  • Pentagon Grounds Entire F-35 Fleet Over Engine Problems

    The military on Thursday said it had grounded the entire fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at a Florida air base, according to statements by the Pentagon and the F-35 program office. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred...
  • JOHNSON: An obituary for the Tea Party (Another one?)

    06/30/2014 8:45:09 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2014 | Drew Johnson
    The Tea Party, the popular political movement that grew from widespread public concern over the growth of government, died on Tuesday, June 24, in Mississippi. During its short life, the Tea Party grew from a passionate patchwork quilt of grass-roots efforts to become an important and effective political force capable of altering elections and influencing national, state and local policies. It died a fractured, ineffective confederacy of discordant coteries that bore little resemblance to its original incarnation. (snip) For a time, it appeared possible that the Tea Party would redefine, or perhaps even replace, the Republican Party. Until, that is,...
  • “Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

    06/30/2014 2:22:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 27, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters. Says Red State’s Leon Wolf, “If any of these bastards want to avoid the fallout they should go on the record.”
  • Alpha closing mine near Haysi [Virginia], 121 workers cut

    06/27/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | WCYB News Staff
    121 people will be out of a job after Alpha Natural Resources closes one of its mines. Alpha told News 5 WCYB the Cherokee Mine near Haysi, Virginia is at the end of its life. 66 miners will be officially laid off in 60 days. 55 others will continue to work, removing equipment and infrastructure and buttoning up the mine, which should take until September. The mine opened in 1997 and became part of Dickenson-Russell Coal Company and Alpha in 2002. The company says the mine closure is a result of continued adverse market conditions and the high cost of...
  • With Friends Like These, Who Needs Liberals? (Palin Tells it like it is!)

    06/25/2014 9:24:16 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 92 replies
    Sarah palin's Facebook Page ^ | June 25, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    As we pointed out last week, there were several potentially illegal political games afoot in Mississippi to motivate Democrat voters to "switch" over to the GOP for a day to help save a 42 year Republican member of Congress. On top of that, millions of dollars from out of state liberal billionaires like Mike Bloomberg poured in at the last minute on that same incumbent’s behalf. You have to ask yourself why? When a primary election is lost fairly, I am all for unifying behind the victor and joining forces to fight in November. When an election is questionable, with...
  • Griffith Response to Reports that VI Being Considered for Housing Illegal Aliens [VA-9]

    06/20/2014 4:21:03 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | June 20, 2014 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today issued the following statement after sending a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell regarding reports that Virginia Intermont College in Bristol is under consideration by HHS as a possible detention center to house immigrant children who have illegally entered the United States: “While I am personally opposed, American citizens impacted by such a decision ought to know beforehand, and they should have a meaningful opportunity to have their voices heard.” The full text of the letter follows below: June 20, 2014 The Honorable Sylvia Burwell U.S. Secretary of...
  • 16 former elected GOP officials backing Warner [Virginia]

    06/20/2014 3:53:34 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    The News Virginian ^ | June 17, 2014 | MARKUS SCHMIDT
    Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., announced Monday that 16 former Virginia Republican elected officials have endorsed his re-election bid, including 14 former state legislators as well as former U.S. Sen. John W. Warner and former Gov. Linwood Holton. (snip) The list of Republican Warner supporters includes former Delegates Vincent F. Callahan Jr. of McLean, a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; Katherine Waddell of Richmond; L. Preston Bryant Jr. of Richmond, who served as secretary of Natural Resources in Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's Cabinet; Robert S. Bloxom Sr. of Mappsville, who served as secretary of Agriculture and Forestry under...
  • Synagogue on Historic Register torn down in 2013 by Atlantic City

    06/19/2014 4:43:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | June 19, 2014 | STEVEN LEMONGELLO
    The first Congregation Beth Israel building, what may have been the oldest synagogue in Atlantic City, was honored with a spot on the state Register of Historic Places in 1992 — supposedly protecting it forever from local encroachment. If you want to see it, though, it’s too late — it was torn down last year anyway, in an apparent violation of state law. All that is left is a vacant lot. (snip) The circa 1891-93 building, at 34 S. Pennsylvania Ave., was built shortly after Beth Israel was incorporated in 1890 by some of the earliest Jewish leaders of the...
  • IRS to propose specific limits on nonprofits’ political activities

    06/19/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 18, 2014 | Josh Hicks
    The Internal Revenue Service will propose new guidelines next year that would cap the amount of political activity allowed for tax-exempt advocacy groups, according to the agency’s commissioner. The new plan, the agency’s second attempt at writing guidelines for so-called social welfare groups, could be a game-changer for organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, part of a conservative network supported by Charles and David Koch, and the League of Conservation Voters, a group on the left. Campaign-finance watchdogs have complained that a growing number of nonprofits are using “dark money” to influence elections, since the existing 501(c)(4) rules allow them...
  • Flashback: Failed Somali pirate prosecution fuels terror trial fears

    06/17/2014 4:08:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | February 10, 2014 | Josh Gerstein
    The failed prosecution of an alleged Somali pirate — and the fact that that failure could leave him living freely, and permanently, inside U.S. borders — is highlighting anew the risks of trying terror suspects in American courts. Just a few weeks ago, Ali Mohamed Ali was facing the possibility of a mandatory life sentence in a 2008 shipjacking off the coast of Yemen — an incident much like the one dramatized in the film “Captain Phillips.” Now, the Somali native is in immigration detention in Virginia and seeking permanent asylum in the United States.
  • On Iraq, It Is Amazing What This White House Does Not Know

    06/12/2014 6:20:09 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    Time.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    There is a big harvest of bad news from the country formerly known as Iraq this June 12. The country’s armed forces have collapsed in the north and ISIS fighters are streaming south from Mosul. A vicious band of terrorists and thugs whose leaders were too bloodthirsty and unscrupulous for al-Qaeda now controls a significant swath of territory from the middle of Syria through the center of Iraq. The Kurds meanwhile have seized the moment to take Kirkuk, and they are unlikely to leave it voluntarily. A dramatically weakened government in Baghdad will now be more dependent than ever on...
  • War Gear Flows to Police Departments

    06/09/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small. The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in...
  • ACLU asks Lee County [Virginia] high school to remove Ten Commandments

    06/05/2014 7:16:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    WBTW.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | WBTW News 13
    A Southwest Virginia public school has violated the First Amendment according to the American Civil Liberties Union. On May 22nd the A.C.L.U. sent Superintendent of Lee County Schools Mark Carter a letter saying immediate action needed to be taken after the A.C.L.U. received "a disturbing report of multiple First Amendment violations at Thomas Walker High School". According to the letter sent by the A.C.L.U. it says based on the information they have received "school officials, including teachers and administrators, are actively promoting religious practices during school hours on school grounds as a part of official school activities". (snip) The A.C.L.U....
  • This Teenager’s Question Had Nancy Pelosi Stammering

    06/03/2014 11:16:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 3, 2014 | Zach Noble
    Judging from her fading smile, it appears that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thought her meeting with a group of teenagers would be an easy photo op with no hard questions. She was wrong.
  • The bizarre tale of America’s last known POW

    06/02/2014 10:36:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The New York Post | May 31, 2014 | Michael Gartland
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last known American POW, was freed after five years in captivity — an ordeal that began and ended in Afghanistan under a shroud of mystery. (snip) The search for Bergdahl began soon after he went missing on June 30, 2009, in the same rugged wilds of southeastern Afghanistan where NFL player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed. Bergdahl’s mysterious disappearance from the small military outpost there and the subsequent revelation that he was in enemy hands prompted questions that still linger.(snip) One night, after finishing a guard-duty shift, Bowe Bergdahl asked his team leader whether there would...
  • How the VA developed its culture of coverups

    06/02/2014 9:18:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2014 | David A. Fahrenthold
    About two years ago, Brian Turner took a job as a scheduling clerk at a Veterans Affairs health clinic in Austin. A few weeks later, he said, a supervisor came by to instruct him how to cook the books. “The first time I heard it was actually at my desk. They said, ‘You gotta zero out the date. The wait time has to be zeroed out,’ ” Turner recalled in a phone interview. He said “zeroing out” was a trick to fool the VA’s own accountability system, which the bosses up in Washington used to monitor how long patients waited to...
  • Congresswoman Almost Drives Witness To Tears During Heated Exchange On VA Scandal

    05/30/2014 1:04:20 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 30, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Republican Representative Jackie Walorski of Indiana almost drove a witness to tears during a meeting of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
  • In survey, Lackland drill instructors rip leaders, say they fear recruits

    05/29/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News, via Stars & Stripes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sig Christenson
    A survey of basic-training instructors conducted during the worst sex scandal in Air Force history revealed a sharp distrust of senior commanders at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and a widespread fear of recruits. In occasionally bitter comments, some instructors lashed out at basic-training leaders. They talked of stressful working conditions and declining standards that had made training too easy, with recruits even saying they expected to have a harder time. The survey, done last year and obtained this week by the San Antonio Express-News, revealed basic training remains haunted by recruit abuse and misconduct, the same issues that prompted a...
  • U.S. citizen carries out suicide bombing in Syria

    05/29/2014 10:24:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 28, 2014 | CBS News
    An American citizen linked to al Qaeda terrorists has carried out a suicide bombing in Syria, CBS News has learned. The picture on radical Islamic websites shows a smiling bearded man holding a cat, but U.S. officials believe the man, who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki is the first American suicide bomber to die fighting for al Qaeda in Syria. Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra recently released a photo showing four jihadis. The fighter on the right, wearing a suicide vest, appears to be Abu Hurayra. The terror group claims he was killed Sunday in an attack in northern Syria....
  • Watch How Vastly Different West Point Cadets React Between Hearing Presidents Obama and Bush

    05/29/2014 7:50:01 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 62 replies
    The Journal Review ^ | May 29, 2014 | Caroline Schaeffer
    Even the pundits at CNN had to agree – President Obama’s reception at West Point was nothing short of “icy.” His graduation speech has been slammed as being less “Commander in Chief” and more “policy wonk playing defense.” And the way the audience reacted supports it. He receives a standing ovation from about a fourth of the audience who has come to see the the West Point class of 2014 graduate and commission as 2nd Lieutenants, and throughout his speech, he receives only mild applause from the graduates and their friends and families. Compare that to the speech President George...
  • VA report confirms allegations at Phoenix hospital (and worse, it's everywhere)

    05/28/2014 1:52:16 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    WRCBTV.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | NBC News
    A report from the Veterans' Administration Office of Inspector General identified at least 1,700 veterans at the agency's beleaguered Phoenix clinic who were not properly registered on waiting lists, putting them "at risk of being forgotten or lost." The independent report, released Wednesday, confirmed recent allegations that VA locations have been relying on sketchy scheduling practices amid treatment delays, some of which have resulted in the deaths of vets.
  • Elementary School ‘Pay to Potty’ Rule Outrages Parents

    05/22/2014 6:34:57 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    WRIC,com ^ | May 21, 2014 | WRIC Newsroom
    A third-grade teacher at Mill Plain Elementary School is in hot water after she was accused of going too far by asking students to pay to potty. Students in the class earn Monopoly play money through good behavior and performance that they can then spend on toys, treats and using the restroom. Last week, two parents complained that their children wet themselves at school because they couldn’t “afford” to go to the bathroom. Officials in the Evergreen School District are investigating the claim. “My daughter finally told me, ‘We have to pay to use the bathroom,’” said parent Merchon Ortega....
  • The Pentagon's plan to stop the zombie apocalypse

    05/19/2014 9:03:30 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 18, 2014 | Gordon Lubold
    The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug lords? Got that covered. How about a detailed strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse? As it turns out, check. Incredibly, the Defense Department has a response if zombies attacked and the armed forces had to eradicate flesh-eating walkers in order to "preserve the sanctity of human life" among all the...
  • Judge Upholds DC Gun Control Law

    05/15/2014 11:20:26 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2014 | Ann E. Marimow
    A federal judge on Thursday upheld the District’s tough gun registration laws, finding that new regulations crafted by city officials in response to a Supreme Court decision “pass constitutional scrutiny.” “The people of this city, acting through their elected representatives, have sought to combat gun violence and promote public safety. The court finds that they have done so in a constitutionally permissible manner,” U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote in an opinion likely to be appealed by gun-rights advocates.
  • Conservatives Need to Fix the Broken U.S. Immigration System [Russo Sellout]

    05/15/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 15, 2014 | Sal Russo
    The U.S. immigration system is flawed and broken. Conservatives should be at the forefront of reform so the law reflects the just interests of the United States, not misty-eyed ideals of some of the liberal do-gooder reformers. What is good for America should be the sole criteria for immigration reform. Our laws today are unenforced and citizens and companies who play by the rules are undermined by bad actors who do not. This undermines our rule of law and slows our economic growth. In today’s global economy, we cannot afford the status quo. Congress must pass legislation that will fix...
  • New Star Wars films ‘would have bored me’, says Scots actor Denis Lawson [Wedge Antilles]

    05/13/2014 9:28:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    The [U.K.] Courier ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kirsty Topping
    Hollywood actor Denis Lawson has turned down the chance to appear in the new Star Wars films because they would have “bored him”. The Crieff-born star said he had been approached by Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012, but turned them down. The 66-year-old played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original trilogy. In 2001, he provided the voiceover for the character’s appearance in a Nintendo computer game. Lawson made the revelation at a screening of his most recent film, The Machine, at Strathearn Artspace in his home town. When asked if the next new Denis...
  • Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard

    05/11/2014 4:03:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2014 | Jenna Portnoy
    Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican. They also elected one of their own to lead Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, turning their back on Cantor’s choice for a post viewed as crucial by both tea party and establishment wings in determining control of the fractured state GOP. Former lieutenant governor Bill Bolling, pushed out of last year’s governor’s race by a similar party schism, said he was “extremely disappointed”...
  • Military officials raided Marine law offices, may have compromised cases

    05/10/2014 4:41:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    An unusual government search of Marine Corps defense attorneys’ offices at California’s Camp Pendleton could cast a cloud over dozens of criminal cases. The search May 2, which lasted about two and a half hours, included investigators opening more than 100 case files compiled by defense attorneys, Marine Corps officers say. The search went beyond what was necessary and exceeded applicable legal standards, officers think.
  • American Legion calls for resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

    05/06/2014 4:08:04 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 5, 2014 | Josh Hicks
    The nation’s largest veterans group on Monday called for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two of his top administrators due to alleged issues with quality of care and cover-ups at some of the agency’s medical centers. The American Legion said it will formally ask President Obama to remove Shinseki from office, along with Undersecretary for Health Robert Petzl and Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey.
  • Va. county [Spotsylvania] restricts private business from hosting weddings

    05/05/2014 10:25:03 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | April 29, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    Call off the wedding. Spotsylvania County in Virginia has imposed “special use permit” restrictions on a couple that’s been hosting marriages for years — effectively nullifying future nuptials at a once-thriving business. Gary Gratopp, co-owner of Eden Try, said the county crackdown “defies logic.” Yet the move resembles actions in nearby Fauquier County, where officials are employing permitting requirements to harass and intimidate private-property owners
  • 1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

    05/04/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    AP ^ | May 4, 2014 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in 2012. Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade."
  • MUST WATCH: Oregon Republican calls out Liberal reporter, gets THROWN OUT of candidate meeting

    05/02/2014 1:05:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 2, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    This has to be the best thing I’ve seen since Newt Gingrich was calling out the liberal media in 2012. Republican Mark Callahan, who is running for US Senate in Oregon, was in a candidate review meeting with other colleagues in order for Willamette Week, a publication in Portland, to decide who they would endorse in the upcoming primary. An opponent of his, Republican Joe Rae Perkins, was on speaker phone. There were others in the room but I’m not sure who they were specifically. The clip starts with Perkins answering a question on speaker phone. While she was answering...
  • 188 miners to be laid off in Buchanan County (Virginia)

    05/02/2014 12:20:03 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | WCYB.com
    CONSOL Energy announced in a press release Friday that they will be reducing the operating schedule at the Buchanan Mine, resulting in the lay-offs of 188 employees. (snip) "CONSOL Energy has announced it will reduce the operating schedule at its Buchanan Mine in southwest Virginia to two production shifts per day effective immediately. The announcement is in keeping with first quarter earnings results reported earlier this week, and previous guidance issued which noted that the company was prepared to exert continued production discipline, as needed, to align with current global met coal market conditions. The action will result in the...