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Articles Posted by Timber Rattler

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  • Planned fallen soldier monument in Mich. veterans memorial causes controversy over prominence of gun

    04/17/2015 7:37:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Fox News
    A veterans group wants to complete the Veterans Memorial in Milford's Central Park with a fallen soldier monument, but the Village Council isn't sure the piece — which features a pair of boots and a helmet atop an M-16 rife — is an appropriate focal point for the park. Bear Hall, founder and chairman of the local Friends of American Veterans (FAV), approached the council earlier this month hoping for approval of the plan. The group wants to place a fallen solder memorial – also known as a battle field cross – at the end of the brick paver walkway...
  • Army morale low despite 6-year, $287 million optimism program

    04/17/2015 7:24:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 17, 2015 | Gregg Zoroya
    More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show. Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52 percent, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as "I rarely count on good things happening to me." Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs. The results stem from resiliency assessments that soldiers are required to...
  • Security expert pulled off flight by FBI after exposing airline tech vulnerabilities

    04/17/2015 4:56:47 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 48 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    One of the world’s foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself. Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they're exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes. The FBI interrogation...
  • NY math teacher suffers beating from parent

    04/17/2015 3:57:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | WCYB.com
    A middle school teacher in Hempstead, New York, is recovering from a beating after a student's mother attacked her inside the classroom. Police say she put the teacher in a chokehold, then her 14-year-old niece punched the teacher in the face.
  • Would you eat this school lunch? [Virginia]

    04/16/2015 10:37:34 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 45 replies
    WJHL.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | WJHL.com
    Portsmouth Public Schools admits concern over the presentation of a student's lunch served Tuesday at James Hurst Elementary. Dozens of people reached out to 10 On Your Side after a student's mother posted a picture of the meal on social media. It shows cooked corn on a lunch platter, alongside a fish filet with a bun placed on top. According to the school district's lunch menu, which is posted online, the lunch choices served Tuesday were the following: Spicy Cajun Fish w/Brown Rice Cold Cut Turkey Sub (w/g) Assorted Chef Salad (Croutons & Crackers) Steamed Carrots & Side Salad Fresh...
  • Video: Gyrocopter lands on Capitol lawn; postal worker arrested

    04/16/2015 4:21:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 15, 2015 | ALAN FRAM
    Police arrested a Florida Postal Service worker who steered his tiny aircraft onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after flying through restricted airspace around the National Mall on Wednesday. The pilot was Douglas Mark Hughes of Ruskin, Fla., who remained in custody Wednesday evening, Capitol Police said in a statement. On his website, Hughes took responsibility for the stunt and said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress to draw attention to campaign finance corruption. "As I have informed the authorities, I have no violent inclinations or intent," Hughes wrote on his website, thedemocracyclub.org. "An...
  • Father arrested for erecting a barricade on bridge where his daughter plunged to her death

    04/14/2015 1:44:26 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2015 | Daily Mail Staff Reporter
    A grieving father was arrested as he attempted to build a barricade on the bridge where his teenage daughter died. White County Sheriff's deputies arrested Shannon Hamilton on Gene Nix Road Sunday. On March 15, Hamilton's 16-year-old daughter, Cecily Hamilton, and 18-year-old Taylor Swing died when their car went off the road and into the water below. Their car went undiscovered for hours; both teens drowned. Family members said Shannon Hamilton was trying to build a barricade on the bridge to prevent future tragedies. "The reason I was out there yesterday is because it's been 30 days and there hasn't...
  • More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet

    04/14/2015 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | April 14, 2015 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Although Hillary Clinton boasts a robust 3.6 million Twitter followers, not even a vast right-wing conspiracy would be able to interact with 2 million of them. According to two popular online measuring tools, no more than 44 per cent of her Twitter fan base consists of real people who are active in using the social media platform. And at least 15 per cent – more than 544,000 – are completely fake. StatusPeople.com, the oldest publicly available Twitter-auditing tool, reports that 44 per cent of the former secretary of state's followers are 'good'; 15 per cent are 'fake'; and 41 per...
  • Blackwater verdict: Slatten gets life in prison; 3 others sentenced to 30 years

    04/13/2015 3:12:02 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 32 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 13, 2015 | SAM HANANEL
    A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. The carnage in Baghdad's Nisoor Square caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced Slatten, who witnesses said was the first to fire shots in the incident, to life on a charge of first-degree murder. The three other guards - Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard - were each sentenced...
  • U.S. Senator Rubio says he's running for president in 2016: AP

    04/13/2015 8:24:27 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 114 replies
    AP, via Reuters ^ | April 13, 2015 | Associated Press and Reuters
    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
  • Engineer wears polo shirt to meeting with 'government official' ...only to find it's PRESIDENT OBAMA

    04/09/2015 6:54:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The UK Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2015 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A Utah man was shocked to discover that his 'informal meeting' with a federal official to discuss veterans was actually with President Barack Obama. Last Friday, 26-year-old Lance Futch donned a white wrinkled polo shirt and drove to Hill Air Force Base in Utah thinking he was going to be led into an auditorium to talk about how to help veterans get more jobs in the infinitely abundant field of solar energy. Instead, Futch was sat at a table with Obama, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, congressman Rob Bishop, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker - all of whom were...
  • Sheriff Orders Immediate Internal Investigation Into Arrest Seen on "Disturbing" Video [CA]

    04/09/2015 6:36:43 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 66 replies
    NBC4 Los Angeles ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jason Kandel and Tony Shin
    San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon ordered an immediate internal investigation Thursday into what he called "disturbing" video showing an arrest by deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NewsChopper4. Deputies appeared to use Tasers to stun a man and then beat him after the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon. Aerial footage captured by NewsChopper4 showed the man falling off the horse, and then being stunned with a Taser by a sheriff's deputy. The man then appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and began...
  • Panel to decide if former Special Forces officer Matt Golsteyn will be thrown out of Army

    04/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A former Green Beret officer who was stripped of one of the military’s top awards for heroism by the Army secretary will soon face a panel of officers that can throw him out of the service, according to the officer’s lawyer and Army officials. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face an administrative hearing known as a board of inquiry the week of May 18, according to a memorandum sent March 26 by the panel’s top officer, Col. Stuart Goldsmith. It is believed the board will review evidence against Golsteyn in the 2010 death of a Taliban bomb maker that...
  • ‘American Sniper’ too violent for U. of Michigan; students shown ‘Paddington’ bear flick instead

    04/08/2015 12:30:50 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 67 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    The University of Michigan canceled a scheduled movie screening of “American Sniper” on Tuesday after nearly 300 students and others complained the film glorifies a “mass killer” and perpetuates anti-Muslim stereotypes. An online petition, titled a “collective letter from Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) and Muslim students on campus,” accused the school of “tolerating dangerous anti-Muslim and anti-MENA propaganda” by showing the Chris Kyle biopic, The College Fix reported. “The movie American Sniper not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim and anti-MENA rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer,” the letter reads. “Chris Kyle was a racist who took a...
  • Ted Cruz Laughs After Blasting Away With A M249 Machine Gun

    04/06/2015 4:55:05 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | April 3, 2015 | BearingArms.com Staff
    A new-to-us video from last summer shows Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz smiling after firing a long burst from a M249 machine gun. As Cruz laughs in obvious enjoyment—you have to be dead inside not to enjoy shooting a belt-fed weapon—an off camera bystander quips, “Let’s see (retiring Senate Minority leader) Harry Reid do that.”
  • Okinawa protests intensify as Futenma relocation construction begins

    04/06/2015 4:10:52 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 4, 2015 | Matthew M. Burke and Chiyomi Sumida
    For more than a decade, the protest movement over the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Schwab was largely characterized by smiling elderly Okinawans holding sit-ins. The most provocative action of these Western-friendly protesters was perhaps temporarily blocking a gate or tying colored ribbons on the chain-link fences surrounding the seaside Marine Corps base. But 2014 brought a new development: Local politicians who spoke against the construction of a controversial runway at Oura Bay on the northern part of the island were swept into power. And when those politicians were unable to fulfill campaign promises to put...
  • Email: Gov. McAuliffe rebuffed interviews by federal agents [Virginia]

    04/02/2015 12:12:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    WDBJ7.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | AP
    An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government's investor-visa program. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a recent report that the efforts were "unsuccessful." McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy told The AP the governor was too busy "running the commonwealth" to sit down with investigators but offered to provide any specific information agents needed.
  • Response from Senator Casey [Obamacare]

    04/02/2015 2:54:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Office of Senator Bob Casey ^ | April 2, 2015 | Senator Bob Casey
    Dear XXXXXXX: Thank you for taking the time to contact me about health insurance premiums and the Affordable Care Act. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. Over the next several years, the Affordable Care Act will extend health insurance coverage to an additional 30 million Americans, ensuring that 95 percent of our Nation has access to quality, affordable care. I recognize that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and that some changes may need to be made. However, I believe that this law reflects our Nation’s commitment to ensuring access to health care for all Americans. One...
  • Ted Cruz: My First Act As President Will Be To Undo Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Orders

    04/01/2015 6:57:21 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 1, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells Breitbart News that if he’s elected President, one of his first actions will be to undo all of President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.
  • REMINDER: The Ted Kennedy Shrine Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

    03/31/2015 5:38:26 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 30, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    The stated mission of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is to teach the general public about how the U.S. Senate works, so it’s fitting that the shrine to the late Massachusetts Democrat is funded, in part, by $38 million in taxpayers’ money. The $78 million combination museum and interactive civics exhibit was formally dedicated by President Obama on Monday. Besides a section honoring Kennedy’s 46-year political career, which ended with his Aug. 25, 2009 death, the Institute will offer a “Senate Immersion Module” which aims to teach visitors how the upper chamber works. (snip) On top of an $18.9 million...
  • Flashback: Hewlett-Packard Top Executive Ousted (Fiorina)

    03/30/2015 9:32:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    AP, via NBCNews.com ^ | 2/9/2005 | AP, via NBCNews.com
    Carly Fiorina’s nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended abruptly Wednesday as board members forced her out, disappointed by her inability to transform a plodding technology giant dominated by printer sales into a more nimble innovator. H-P’s stock, which has gone nowhere for two years and is down two-thirds from its peak in 2000, rose almost 7 percent after earlier soaring almost 11 percent on the news of her ouster. Board members said they fired the chief executive — perhaps corporate America’s most influential woman — because Fiorina failed to slash costs and boost revenue as quickly as directors had...
  • Brother of Sen. Harry Reid arrested, accused of punching Nevada state trooper

    03/30/2015 7:00:44 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 5, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The younger brother of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly driving under the influence and punching a Nevada state trooper during a traffic stop. Larry Reid, 73, was found sitting inside a Lexus SUV that had been driving in the median of Highway 95 near Searchlight, Nev. shortly after noon. According to KVVU, the arrest report for Reid said that the trooper asked him why he was driving in the median. Reid responded with what was described as "incoherent, slurred speech."
  • With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet [NC]

    03/28/2015 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Outer Banks Voice ^ | March 28, 2015 | Rob Morris
    Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and Easter week approaching. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City, she said. A buffer zone of 100 yards on either side of the Bonner...
  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

    03/28/2015 2:56:35 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.
  • Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran

    03/28/2015 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon on Youtube ^ | March 27, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon
    Richard Engel: Military Officials Say Allies No Longer Trust Us, Fear Intel Might Leak to Iran (Video)
  • School named after war hero forces child to shave off military-style haircut

    03/26/2015 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 97 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Adam Stinnett looks up to his older stepbrother – a soldier in the U.S. Army. So when it came time to get a haircut, the seven-year-old told his mother he wanted a basic military-style cut. And that’s exactly what he got – high and tight – just like his stepbrother. Adam got his haircut on March 8. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tennessee. It seems they were not all that thrilled with the second grader’s new hairdo. The principal told Amy Stinnett that her son’s haircut...
  • New Homeowner Has To Sell House Because Of Comcast’s Incompetence, Lack Of Competition

    03/26/2015 11:45:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 42 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | March 25, 2015 | Chris Morran
    Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth can’t stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking he’d be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property. Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that it’s vital...
  • Texas 'Cop Watcher' bill under fire from legal experts, law enforcement groups

    03/26/2015 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fox News
    A Texas lawmaker's proposal to establish a 25-foot "buffer zone" around police engaged in keeping the peace is drawing fire from both legal experts and law enforcement groups, but for different reasons. Dallas-area House representative Jason Villalba introduced HB 2918, which would make it a misdemeanor to photograph police within 25 feet -- raising serious concerns that the bill, if passed, would violate the First Amendment and prevent individuals from holding police accountable. For Texans legally carrying a firearm, the buffer zone required would be 100 feet under Villalba's proposal. Villalba reportedly said police approached him about creating the legislation,...
  • In spirit of Revolutionary War, students win right to hold “American Pride” dance [Update]

    03/24/2015 2:14:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Marhc 24, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Patriotic teenagers in the birthplace of the American Revolution held their ground and fought back attempts by school administrators to cancel an “American Pride” dance on April 10 and replace it with a more inclusive event. (snip) Principal Laura Lasa told me the April 10th dance had never been canceled. They merely wanted to “dialogue” with students about inclusivity. “We were in a conversation with the kids about how the theme would be presented so that we could make sure that it was inclusive to all students,” Lasa said. “they took that as being told they could not.” (snip) Over...
  • [FULL SPEECH] Ted Cruz announces presidential run to standing ovation at Liberty University

    03/23/2015 8:54:23 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 30 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Right Scoop
    Sen. Ted Cruz gave the convocation address at Liberty University this morning where he announced to a standing ovation his candidacy for the president of the United States. You can watch the full speech below:
  • New [GAO] Report Finds ‘Palatability’ Problems, Higher Prices Led To School Lunch Decline

    03/19/2015 3:07:17 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Federally-mandated changes to school lunches backed by first lady Michelle Obama helped cause an unprecedented drop in the number of students eating lunch, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO cited two factors stemming from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which caused a decrease in the number of children eating school lunch each day: school childrens’ issues with “palatability” and “federally-mandated” increases in the price of school lunches.
  • US said to play key role in ill-fated counterterror raid in the Philippines

    03/18/2015 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila. At least six Americans were present at a Philippine command post during the ill-fated January raid and supplied Philippine forces with surveillance data collected by U.S. aircraft, the investigation found. One of the Americans went so far as to order a Philippine army general to call in artillery fire, though the general angrily refused, investigators found.
  • Colorado National Guard Boss Decries Rift With Regular Army

    03/16/2015 12:56:32 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    Military.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Tom Roeder
    Colorado's National Guard boss, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, describes the relationship between state Guard leaders and Army brass as broken, saying the two entities are giving each other the silent treatment over budget battles. "The relationship is not good and it is sad," said Edwards, an Air Force officer who reports to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper rather than the Pentagon. Tensions are high over Army proposals to strip the Guard of attack helicopters and shave the Army Guard's ranks by 8,000 troops to save cash. Army leaders were a no-show at a gathering of top National Guard commanders in...
  • Would the White House really try to get around the Constitution?

    03/13/2015 9:12:07 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    What began as the quoted view of “experts,” who just happened to be found by the New York Times, and migrated onto an Iranian state Web site and then got repeated in the Lawfare blog has not gone unnoticed by savvy Republicans and conservative observers of the Obama administration’s Iran antics. As Jack Goldsmith said, the idea — bizarre as it may seem — is that the administration would go to the United Nations Security Council to pass the Iran agreement and thereby boost its status as enforceable international law.
  • Steinem, other prominent women announce plan to walk Korean demilitarized zone

    03/13/2015 9:08:57 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2015 | AP, via Fox News
    Making the ultimate statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their plans for a rare and risky walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification. The DMZ is the world's most fortified border, with the two countries still technically at war. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face off across the heavily mined zone. Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org on Wednesday said they hope for 30 women, including two Nobel Peace laureates, to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women's Day...
  • Elderly couple complains after traffic stop turns into drug interrogation [Georgia]

    03/13/2015 8:13:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 90 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Murphy and Rodney Harris
    A routine traffic stop turned into a drug interrogation for an elderly couple in Walton County. CBS46 began investigating the incident when the couple passing through Georgia complained that a deputy crossed the line. Charles Tharp, 69, never expected that his family vacation would end the way it did. He and his wife had just visited their grandchild in Texas and were headed back home to North Carolina when a Walton County Sheriff's deputy stopped them. “It just seemed a little unusual because we're not speeding and we're always careful drivers,” said Charles Tharp. Tharp and his wife were told...
  • Local man overlooked on Southwest flight to Florida

    03/12/2015 4:57:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    WZZM.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Sarah Sell
    A West Michigan man says he was forced to buy a new plane ticket home after the airline told him that he failed to show up for his original flight. He called 13 On Your Side looking for help after Southwest refused to refund his money. "It's terrible. I can't believe the airline didn't know I was in that seat," says Bob Woudstra, of Cutlerville. Woudstra is upset that he was overlooked on his flight to Florida. In February, he paid $616 for a roundtrip ticket from Grand Rapids to Ft Myers. On the 13th, he was dropped off at...
  • Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit [Flashback]

    03/10/2015 7:37:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 28, 2009 | Peter Robinson
    Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy. “On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged...
  • Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked The Soviets To Intervene In The 1984 Elections

    03/10/2015 7:24:04 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2015 | Sean Davis
    Earlier this week, 47 Republican senators published an open letter informing the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal with the United States that failed to be approved by the Senate would likely expire in 2017, once President Barack Obama’s term ended. You can read the full letter here. The letter enraged progressives, who immediately began accusing the senators of treason for having the audacity to publish basic constitutional facts about how treaties work. (snip) If these progressives want to know what actual treason looks like, they should consult liberal lion Ted Kennedy, who not only allegedly sent secret messages...
  • In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

    03/08/2015 6:56:12 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 5, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    It seemed like routine business for the student council at the University of California, Los Angeles: confirming the nomination of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major who wants to be a lawyer someday, to the council’s Judicial Board. Until it came time for questions. “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” For the next 40 minutes, after Ms. Beyda...
  • ‘White History Month’ sign at N.J. deli riles neighbors

    The sign on a Main Street deli that celebrates “White History Month” is creating a stir in Flemington, New Jersey. Jim Boggess, who owns Jimbo's Deli at 22 Main St., keeps a copy of the Bill of Rights at the ready and says he’s a champion of free speech. A sign at the front of his establishment reads, “Celebrate your white heritage in March, White History Month,” the Hunterdon County Democrat reported. “No matter what you are — Muslim, Jewish, black, white, gay, straight — you should be proud of what you are,” Mr. Boggess told the paper. “I shouldn’t...
  • Daylight Saving Time: Negligible Energy Savings, Possibly Deadly?

    03/08/2015 5:52:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 69 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 6, 2015 | Tom Zeller Jr.
    If you happen to live in Hawaii, Arizona (mostly) Saskatchewan (and bits of other Canadian provinces), or the Midway Atoll of the North Pacific — well, congratulations. You will not be subjected this weekend to the much-maligned, poorly understood ritual obligation of turning your clock ahead one hour, in observance of Daylight Saving Time. For most of the rest of the North America, as of Sunday you’ll be doing your part, ostensibly, to save the nation energy. In return, your evenings will be a bit brighter, the mornings a bit darker, and if you’re like me, your overall schedule will...
  • NCIS investigator tells of how Hamdania probe took abrupt turn

    03/08/2015 5:43:08 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 5 replies
    A top investigator in the 2006 killing of an Iraq civilian in Hamdania testified on Friday that when he first heard about the case, he believed it was a “good shoot.” “I just didn’t think the Marines would do something like this,” James Connolly, the lead Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator for the case, said in a pretrial hearing Friday. He later added that he thought claims by the victim’s family that the man was murdered were “just another way for the Iraqis to get money from the United States.” But after a few days of site visits and witness...
  • DISD [Texas] Student Captures Teacher’s Profanity-Laced Lecture On Cell Phone

    03/06/2015 11:16:05 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 28 replies
    CBS Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrea Lucia
    While a 12-year-old student recorded with her cell phone, her teacher delivered a nearly 7-minute profanity-laced lecture. (snip) Diana says she took the recording to the principal Tuesday morning, but wasn’t satisfied with the reaction. “She asked me to delete the video, not to have the video in my phone, not to do anything with it,” said Diana. But Diana didn’t delete it.
  • Army secretary defends stripping Special Forces officer of awards

    03/06/2015 3:51:24 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    The secretary of the Army is defending his decision to strip awards for heroism from a former Green Beret officer, saying the soldier demonstrated a "lack of honorable conduct" after he earned the medals. Golsteyn was later investigated for an undisclosed violation of the military's rules of engagement in combat — a violation related to the killing of a known enemy bombmaker, according to officials familiar with the case. The investigation closed in 2014 without Golsteyn's being charged with a crime, but Army Secretary John McHugh made the rare decision to strip him of both awards anyway. (snip) In a...
  • Biden should run. Now [barf]

    03/05/2015 6:25:09 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 5, 2015 | Matt Bai
    It’s doubtful that many voters care as much about Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails as reporters do. They’re probably not too wound up over the foreign contributions flowing into her family foundation, either. Cumulatively, though, these latest headlines about Clinton, along with other stories sure to come, reinforce her vulnerabilities as a candidate. Democratic primary voters are about to be reminded on a semiweekly basis of what left a lot of them so ambivalent about Hillary in 2008 — namely, the perception that the Clintons are like an unregulated industry within the party, impervious to scrutiny and contemptuous of anyone...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address to Joint Meeting of Congress [Live Thread]

    03/03/2015 5:56:35 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 1,239 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 3, 2015 | C-SPAN
    Our coverage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to a joint meeting of Congress gets underway at 10:45 a.m. ET. Mr. Netanyahu is expected to use the speech to lay out the case against a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
  • GOP group targets House conservatives on DHS fight

    03/02/2015 7:14:15 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | March 2, 2015 | JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    An outside group aligned with House GOP leadership will spend $400,000 this week to urge dozens of conservative House Republicans to vote for Department of Homeland Security funding — a new and more aggressive phase in the legislative battle among Republicans that’s consuming Capitol Hill. The nonprofit American Action Network is airing an ad in three states — Kansas, Oklahoma and Ohio — urging Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to back funding for the anti-terrorism agency. The 30-second spot will run at least 50 times in each district — on broadcast, in prime slots...
  • Judge rules EPA lied about transparency, tells agency to halt discrimination against conservatives

    03/02/2015 11:26:45 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge warned the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday not to discriminate against conservative groups in how it responds to open-records requests, issuing a legal spanking. Judge Royce C. Lamberth concluded the agency may have lied to the court and showed “apathy and carelessness” in carrying out the law, though the judge was unable to determine if documents were intentionally destroyed. Judge Lamberth described the “absurdity” of the way the EPA handled a Freedom of Information Act request from the Landmark Legal Foundation and then the court case stemming from it — including late last week admitting it lied...
  • Star Trek Online Announces In-Game Memorial For Leonard Nimoy

    02/28/2015 9:38:21 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    ComicBook.com ^ | 2-28-2015 | Russ Burlingame
    Following in the footsteps of World of Warcraft's magical tribute to the late Robin Williams, Star Trek Online will feature an in-game tribute to veteran Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who passed away yesterday at age 83. "I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy," said executive producer Steve Ricossa in a statement. "Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star...