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  • Oregon shooter: New details emerge about Chris Harper-Mercer

    10/04/2015 3:26:21 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 78 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mike Rogoway, Jeff Manning, Laura Gunderson and Nick Budnick
    A darker picture emerged Friday of slain Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer as a deeply troubled, anti-religion, anti-government recluse obsessed with guns. The U.S. Army discharged him just five weeks into basic training in 2008. Records indicate he graduated in 2009 from a high school catering to troubled and special-needs students. Multiple media sources reported Friday he left behind an angry note that is now in the hands of investigators. The Los Angeles Times said Harper-Mercer's note was several pages long and talked about his anger and depression. Sofia Camarena of Long Beach, California, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that she...
  • Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage

    10/01/2015 7:51:17 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | 7:04pm | Cris Perez
    The gunman who opened fire at an Oregon community college was forcing people to stand up and state their religion before he began blasting away at them, survivors said Thursday. A woman who claimed to have a grandmother inside a writing class in Snyder Hall, where a portion the massacre unfolded, described the scene in a tweet. “The shooter was lining people up and asking if they were Christian,” she wrote. “If they said yes, then they were shot in the head. If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the legs. My grandma just got to...
  • Donald Trump Biography Is Lively As Novel

    09/04/2015 3:36:41 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 13, 1985 | Robert Bruss
    TRUMP By Jerome Tuccille (Donald I. Fine, Inc., New York), 1985, $17.95, 235 pages, available in stock or by order at local bookstores such as B. Dalton and Waldenbooks. Romance, intrigue, controversy, alleged impropriety, success, family problems: this new biography of Donald Trump, 38, the successful developer of New York`s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Trump Plaza, Trump Tower, Atlantic City`s Harrah`s Casino and the owner of the USFL New Jersey Generals, is a book not to be missed. Author Jerome Tuccille has done an admirable job of gathering information about Trump and artfully organizing it into a lively, fast-paced book that...

    08/24/2015 5:40:42 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 41 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | August 23,2015 | Drudge
    LONDON (Reuters) - Alarm bells rang across world markets on Monday as a near 9 percent dive in China shares and a sharp drop in the dollar and major commodities panicked investors.
  • Walmart, Amazon and Other Retailers to Pay Toy Gun Settlement

    08/05/2015 10:02:30 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers including Wal-Mart, Sears and Amazon have agreed to halt the sales of realistic-looking toy guns in New York and pay over $300,000 in penalties, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday.</p> <p>Schneiderman's office found that five retailers and their third-party sellers sold over 6,400 toy guns from 2012 to 2014 that violated New York laws. Most of the toys were sold online.</p>
  • What’s happening to this heroic Navy officer from the Chattanooga shooting will make your blood BOIL

    08/01/2015 12:51:09 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 118 replies ^ | August 1, 2015 | Allen West
    I never like to be reactionary and follow anything that may just be hyperbole or conspiracy theory. That’s why I held off on addressing this issue until I got confirmation — which came Friday afternoon via text message. There are things which make you just upset, like the liberal progressive left and media accomplices’ rage over the shooting of a lion in Africa but abject disregard and disdain reference Planned Parenthood dismembering babies and selling their body parts. But this story has me dog fighting mad and seriously pissed off. As reported ten days ago by Western Journalism, “A Navy...
  • New US “allegation”: Israel spied on closed-door nuclear talks, passed secrets to Congress

    03/24/2015 3:13:45 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 25 replies
    DEBKA ^ | March 24, 2015, 8:24 AM (IDT) | DEBKA
    Yet another Obama administration thrust in its campaign to stigmatize Binyamin Netanyahu and the newly elected Israeli government came Tuesday, March 24, in the form of a pejorative leak to The Wall Street Journal. "Israeli intelligence was eavesdropping on closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US and other world powers, then passing the classified information along to the US Congress to try and preemptively scuttle the deal, The WSJ reported, adding from its unnamed sources: "It’s one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and...
  • Syrian army tears through the south to sweep Iran and Hizballah up to Israel’s Golan doorstep

    02/11/2015 4:31:59 PM PST · by tired&retired · 12 replies
    DEBKA ^ | February 11, 2015 | Debka
    The large-scale offensive the Syrian army launched in southern Syria Sunday, Feb. 8 – the broadest in that region in the nearly-four year conflict – heralded Act III of the Iranian-Hizballah drive for a position on Israel’s Golan border, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Israel curtailed Act I on Jan 18 with an air strike which killed a dozen Iranian and Hizballah officers scooping out the Golan town of Quneitra for their new base. Among them were the commander of Iranian forces in Syria, Revolutionary Guards general Mohamad Ali Allah Dadi and a senior Hizballah officer Ali al-Tabtabani. This cut short...
  • Israel and Egypt forewarned of synchronized ISIS-Sinai assaults in both countries

    02/10/2015 5:40:24 AM PST · by tired&retired · 5 replies
    DEBKA ^ | February 9 2015 | DEBKA
    Intelligence gathered by Egypt and Israel attest to the former Ansar Bait al-Maqdis - now reborn as the Islamic State’s operational arm in Sinai – being well into advanced preparations for a large-scale terrorist offensive targeting Israel forces manning the Egyptian frontier, along with a string of Egyptian targets across Sinai up to and including the Suez Canal and Cairo. According to DEBKAfile’s counter-terrorism sources, the Islamist group was so elated by the outcome of its multiple attacks on Jan. 29, which left at least 40 Egyptian soldiers dead and more than 100 injured in Sinai and Suez towns, that...
  • Cops: Teen played doctor for last month at Florida outpatient facility

    01/17/2015 7:28:30 AM PST · by tired&retired · 42 replies
    Smoking ^ | January 16, 2015
    The phony physician’s gambit unraveled after a patient alerted OB/GYN staffers that “a young black male who appeared to be a child was dressed as a doctor” and was inside a nearby examination room, police noted.A teenage boy wearing a white lab coat and carrying a stethoscope masqueraded as a doctor at a Florida hospital for a month until his Doogie Howser act was derailed this week, cops say. The 17-year-old, whose name was redacted from a West Palm Beach Police Department report, was confronted Tuesday afternoon by officers at St. Mary's Medical Center, where the juvenile introduced himself as...
  • Help this soldier who has been awaiting trial for over three years after a PTSD incident.

    01/17/2015 6:59:08 AM PST · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    vanity post ^ | January 17, 2015 | self
    How can a US Army 82nd Airborne soldier with PTSD & traumatic Brain injury be held in state/county prison for over three years after his arrest for PTSD violence while in a Warrior Transition unit at Ft Bragg awaiting treatment? He was asleep in his apartment at night when he awoke to firemen smashing down his door and he thought he was back in Afghanistan. His private investigator who prepared his defense investigation has died. His attorney has become ill and is no longer practicing......... What ever happened to a speedy trial? Three years in prison, no trial, no PTSD...
  • Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies

    11/18/2014 4:55:37 AM PST · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins. But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been...

    11/13/2014 11:47:20 AM PST · by tired&retired · 14 replies
    Breaking Christian News ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | Mark Ellis
    "I was transformed when I met Jesus. I had been to the most beautiful place imaginable with Jesus, and I wanted everyone on earth to experience it too." -Samaa Habib After a young Muslim woman named Samaa Habib came to Christ, she endured intense persecution from her family and the surrounding community, but even greater torment lay ahead when her thriving fellowship of Muslim converts to Christianity was bombed. Samaa was closest to one of the bombs that detonated. She was thrown 10 feet and her body slammed against an opposite wall. Her hair burned off, along with much of...
  • Pope Francis Blesses International Association of Exorcists for Their Work

    11/11/2014 12:38:43 PM PST · by tired&retired · 23 replies
    Religion Today ^ | Friday, November 07, 2014 | Amanda Casanova
    The International Association of Exorcists says satanism is gaining popularity. Valter Cascioli, a spokesman for the organization, said there has been an "extraordinary increase in demonic activity" during a segment on Vatican radio. The International Association of Exorcists includes around 300 members. The group met in Rome last week to talk with the Pope and discuss the impact of the occult and Satanism. Cascioli said people are too willing to participate in "ordinary demonic activity." Renowned exorcist Fr. Aldo Buonaiuto recently said, "Many say Halloween is a simple carnival, but in fact there is nothing innocent or fun about it...
  • Exorcisms Are On The Rise: Priests Point To Growing Fascination With The Occult

    11/11/2014 12:19:41 PM PST · by tired&retired · 42 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 10 2014 5:30 PM | Zoe Mintz
    Ouija board séances, marathon-watching “Long Island Medium” and reading witchcraft books may be common teenage obsessions, but for one mother this was a cause for concern -- and for the Catholic Church, it may be the source of a growth industry in exorcisms. Last week, in an advice column in the online Catholic magazine Crux, an anonymous mother asked whether her child’s occult interests could lead to “black lipstick and Satan worship” in the future. Whoever this young girl is, she is not alone. Films like the recent blockbuster hit “Ouija,” ghost-hunting "reality" TV shows and even the Harry Potter...
  • Police: Man Arrested For Kicking Heinz Field Barriers, Trying To Bribe Officers (IRS Agent)

    11/03/2014 7:22:14 PM PST · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | November 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –A man was arrested after injuring a woman by kicking a steel barrier at Heinz Field Sunday evening. According to police, 29-year-old Stephen Sapp was intoxicated at the time of the incident. While at the hospital, Sapp allegedly tried to bribe officers to let him go. According to the criminal complaint, Sapp stated, “Listen, I know how this works. How much money will it take to make this go away and to let me go home today?” The officers informed Sapp that he could not attempt to bribe them, but Sapp continued. “Look, I am an IRS agent...
  • Duke Hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola Read more at

    11/03/2014 3:35:00 AM PST · by tired&retired · 13 replies
    WRAL TV ^ | 11/2/2014
    DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is monitoring a patient at Duke University Hospital in Durham who traveled from Liberia and has developed a fever. State health officials said Sunday night that the patient departed Liberia and arrived Friday at Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport, had no symptoms upon arrival and had no known exposure to Ebola while in Liberia. The patient, whose age and gender were not released, took a bus from New Jersey to Durham County, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Megan Davies. He or she arrived in Person County on Saturday...
  • Scientists Discover First ‘Virological Penicillin’(Honeysuckle)

    10/24/2014 7:07:29 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 64 replies ^ | 10/14/2014 | Natali Anderson
    Chinese researchers have discovered what they say is the first ‘virological penicillin’ – MIR2911, a molecule found naturally in a Chinese herb called honeysuckle. Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is a well-known Chinese herb. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to effectively treat influenza infection for centuries. Several previous studies have confirmed that the herb, usually consumed in the form of a tea, can suppress the replication of influenza virus. However, the active anti-viral components and the mechanism by which they block viral replication have remained unclear. Now, a team of researchers headed by Dr Chen-Yu Zhang of Nanjing University...
  • Voter roll call survey (vanity)

    10/23/2014 3:49:28 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Self ^ | 10/23/2014 | vanity
    I just received a robo call voter issue survey from "Voter Roll Call" in Washington DC, phone # 1-202-800-5532. I Googled the name and found all the surveys were sponsored by "MoveON.Org. Political Action The questions were worded in a manner that they ask you your political party, senate candidate you support, opinion on Obama...... It was an automated voice and they asked questions with corresponding numbers for the answer. 1 Are you a registered voter? 2 How likely are you to vote? There were about 30 questions which were designed to give a clear profile of which value issues...

    10/22/2014 7:23:25 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 11 replies ^ | 10/22/2014 | Spaceweather
    During the past 48 hours, monster sunspot AR2192 has unleashed seven M-class solar flares. The most powerful of the bunch (Oct 22nd at 0159 UT) was an M9-class eruption that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash. UV radiation from the flare ionized Earth's upper atmosphere, causing a brief blackout of HF radio communications on the dayside of Earth (e.g., parts of Asia and Australia). In addition, the explosion might have hurled a CME into space. Confirmation awaits the arrival of coronagraph data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Stay tuned...
  • Meet America's New Ebola Czar

    10/17/2014 11:00:05 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 40 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/17/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Forget medical experience, what the USA needs to combat the worst Ebola pandemic ever is "an American lawyer and political operative best known for serving as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents - Al Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011)." Ronald A. "Ron" Klain is an American lawyer and political operative best known for serving as Chief of Staff to two Vice Presidents - Al Gore (1995–1999) and Joseph Biden (2009–2011). He is an influential Democratic Party insider. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the Court's 1987 and 1988...
  • Pennsylvania Treasury Creates $1.5 Billion Credit Line to Sustain State Operations

    09/17/2014 3:25:57 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 15 replies
    The McCord Report ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rob McCord
    A Message from Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord Yesterday, the state’s General Fund balance dipped below zero -- the earliest point in a fiscal year this has happened since at least the year 2000. In response and after consulting with the Department of Auditor General, Treasury made a $1.5 billion line of credit available to the commonwealth to cope with what is clearly an alarming structural fiscal imbalance. Treasury’s line of credit will help the commonwealth avoid high transaction costs typically associated with tax anticipation notes, and it allows the state to draw down on the loan only as needed...
  • Lawyer: Army reneged on Eisenhauer plea deal in PTSD shooting case

    09/11/2014 11:39:11 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 1 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | September 11, 2014 | Greg Barnes
    The parents of Fort Bragg Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer have been fighting for the Army to take jurisdiction of their son's case since he was charged in January 2012 with shooting at civilian police and firefighters from his Fayetteville apartment. Now, Eisenhauer's parents say, the Army is leaving their son behind. Fort Bragg has set a Sept. 17 hearing to push Eisenhauer out of the Army, and the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office has given him a March 16 trial date. If convicted, Eisenhauer could spend the rest of his life in prison. Eisenhauer's lawyer, Todd Conormon, said he thought...
  • Caught on Camera: Woman brutally attacked in front of son (by McDonald's worker w/ pic in burka)

    07/25/2014 5:02:10 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 30 replies
    MY Fox Philly ^ | July 25, 2014 | Fox News
    Sick film of a McDonald's worker wearing burka hood beating a customer.
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth

    07/24/2014 7:21:12 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | JASON SAMENOW
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere. These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Analysts believe that a direct hit … could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn’t even be able to flush their toilet because urban...
  • Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to defend kingdom

    06/26/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes...
  • As first US advisers reach Baghdad, Iranians and Saudis airlift weapons to opposing sides in Iraq

    06/26/2014 10:09:22 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 16 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    When the first of the 300 military advisers US President Barack Obama promised the Iraqi government arrived in Baghdad Wednesday, June 25, Iranian and Saudi Arabian arms shipments were already in full flow to opposing sides in embattled Iraq, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. At least two cargo planes from bases in Iran were landing daily at Baghdad’s military airport, carrying 150 tons of military equipment. More than 1,000 tons were flown in this past week alone. Tehran has replicated for the Iraqi army the routine it established for Bashar Assad’s army, furnishing its needs on a daily basis as per...
  • Three American friends hospitalised after becoming 'possessed' following Ouija board game

    06/24/2014 5:04:49 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 132 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 24, 2014 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    Three American friends have been taken to hospital after reportedly becoming 'possessed' by evil spirits while playing with a Ouija board. Alexandra Huerta, 22, was playing the game with her brother Sergio, 23, and 18-year-old cousin Fernando Cuevas at a house in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico. But minutes into it, she apparently started 'growling' and thrashing around in a 'trance-like' state. They restrained Alexandra to prevent her from hurting herself, before treating the three with painkillers, anti-stress medication and eye drops, which seemingly worked. Victor Demesa, 46, the director of public safety in the nearby...
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 5:46:18 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 87 replies
    Seattle, Wash. (CBS SEATTLE) – A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his...
  • Easy to see one of the main problems at the VA Hospitals..

    06/03/2014 5:51:02 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 16 replies
    Vanity | June 3, 2014 | vanity
    As a former CPA with the Big 4, I have worked with many hospitals, non-profits, fortune 500 companies including manufacturing, service and financial companies. This allowed me to observe many organizational structures in many professions and environments. One general rule of management is that the line of authority must be upward within a company/organization and not lateral if you want performance and accountability. This is not the case at the VA Hospitals. A department head is usually an MD who has the highest and best knowledge in their profession. However the employees under him/her do not answer to the department...

    05/30/2014 1:32:49 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 22 replies
    Save Our Soldiers ^ | 5/30/2014 | Tired&retired
    I need help for my dear friend Joshua Eisenhauer Here is a video summary: Joshua Eisenhauer is a U.S. Army soldier who suffered severe and debilitating wounds while serving in Afghanistan. Joshua now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a direct result of those injuries and his combat experiences in Afghanistan. The PTSD has caused Joshua to have flashbacks on multiple occasions, including the night of January 13, 2012 when members of the Fayetteville, North Carolina Fire Department came to his apartment in response to a small fire in his apartment complex....
  • The U.S. dollar will officially collapse on 1 July 2014 due to the implementation of H.R. 2847.

    04/27/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 62 replies ^ | Snopes
    Write Down This Date: July 1st, 2014 On this date, U.S. House of Representatives Bill "H.R. 2847" goes into effect. It will usher in the true collapse of the U.S. dollar, and will make millions of Americans poorer, overnight. You now have just several months to prepare ... Snopes Opinion: Mixture of Truth & NonTruth Origins: This item about the passage of H.R. 2847 causing the U.S. dollar to collapse as of 1 July 2014 is another example financial scarelore put out in conjunction with an investment come-on, in this case an ominous sales pitch put out by the folks...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • Jordanian air strike destroyed Al Qaeda raider force heading for US military base

    04/17/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 10 replies
    Debka ^ | April 17, 2014 | Debka
    The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday, April 16, against a combat vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack US military targets in the kingdom, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern town of Ruwaished. This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-Iraq poses to Jordan, the US forces based their and Israel has escalated. Amman has not disclosed where the air strike took place, who rode in the destroyed...
  • Vegetarians are Evil

    04/01/2014 10:32:59 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies ^ |
    Found this website that is interesting: Vegetarians are Evil; Vegan & Vegetarian Killers The following is a list of vegetarians who were also killers: Pol Pot, Vegan despot and mass murderer Out of a population of approximately 8 million, Pol Pot's regime exterminated one quarter, or almost 2 million people. Charles Manson - Vegan Animal Rights Activist Manson was an environmentalist and animal rights activist concerned about damage to the environment and pollution. Volkert van der Graaf, vegan killer Volkert was also a member of a group called the "Furious Potatoes" (De Ziedende Bintjes), a group that carries out illegal,...
  • VonCannon for Congress; changes district and party,6th Congressional District (Guilford County NC)

    03/18/2014 11:28:29 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 4 replies
    News & Record ^ | December 16, 2013 | Danielle Battaglia
    VonCannon announces congressional run; changes district and party. Guilford County’s GIS records show VonCannon purchased his home on Dec. 2. That same day he updated his voter registration to match his new address. VonCannon’s voter registration also listed him as a Democrat until May 2013, when he changed to a Republican. An employee of Randolph County’s Board of Elections said records show him as a registered voter there until Dec. 6. Bruce VonCannon:Are Congressmen the Next Chinese Import? Mr. VonCannon told the News and Record on December 10 that he retired from Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild in 2012. It...
  • X-FLARE! AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted

    02/26/2014 12:34:51 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    SpaceWeather.Com ^ | 2/25/2014 | Space Weather
    X-FLARE! Long-lived sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthside of the sun on Feb. 25th and promptly erupted, producing an X4.9-class solar flare. This is the strongest flare of the year so far and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle. A movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the explosion hurling a loop of hot plasma away from the blast site: The source of the eruption is long-lived sunspot AR1967, now beginning its third trip across the Earthside of the sun. This region was an active producer of flares during its previous transits, and it looks like...
  • Why Trolls Start Flame Wars: Swearing and Name-Calling Shut Down the Ability to Think and Focus

    02/25/2014 11:33:55 PM PST · by tired&retired · 88 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/25/2014 | George Washington
    Psychological studies show that swearing and name-calling in Internet discussions shut down our ability to think. 2 professors of science communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison - Dominique Brossard and Dietram A. Scheufele - wrote in the New York Times last year: In a study published online last month in The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, we and three colleagues report on an experiment designed to measure what one might call “the nasty effect.” The results were both surprising and disturbing. Uncivil comments not only polarized readers, but they often changed a participant’s interpretation of the news story itself. In...
  • Russian units transferred from securing the Sochi games to the Ukraine border

    02/24/2014 2:10:58 PM PST · by tired&retired · 28 replies
    DEBKA ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | DEBKA
    Units of the Russian forces which formed a steel ring around the Olympic Winter Games that ended in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, as Moscow refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the predominantly Russian-speaking southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Russian military movements were also sighted near Belgorod, a Russian town 40 kilometers from the Ukraine border and north of its second...
  • 'We almost lost our lives': Woman possessed by demons in 'portal to hell'

    01/31/2014 9:02:58 AM PST · by tired&retired · 42 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | Friday, Jan 31 2014 | DAILY MAIL REPORTERS
    'We almost lost our lives': Woman possessed by demons in 'portal to hell' house that terrified even the police chief reveals new details of her family's terrifying ordeal Latoya Ammons' home in Gary, Indiana is at the hear of one of the most baffling police cases in state history She was 'possessed' along with her three children after moving into home in 2011 MailOnline has obtained exclusive audio and video footage from the exorcisms of Ammons She claims children were 'satanic chanting' and saw 'big, black monster' Police audio also features a 'demon' rasping 'hey' in the basement
  • Mega Default Scheduled in China Scheduled for January 31

    01/20/2014 4:31:17 AM PST · by tired&retired · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 19, 2014 | Gordon G Chang
    On Friday, Chinese state media reported that China Credit Trust Co. warned investors that they may not be repaid when one of its wealth management products matures on January 31, the first day of the Year of the Horse. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China sold the China Credit Trust product to its customers in inland Shanxi province. This bank, the world’s largest by assets, on Thursday suggested it will not compensate investors, stating in a phone interview with Reuters that “a situation completely does not exist in which ICBC will assume the main responsibility.”
  • God's Not Dead (Movie Title)

    01/12/2014 5:42:10 AM PST · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    Gods Not Dead the Movie ^ | January 12, 2014 | Rice Brooks
    Per Wiki: God's Not Dead is an upcoming American drama film based on the book of the same name by Rice Broocks and the song of the same name by the Newsboys. The film is directed by Harold Cronk, and stars Shane Harper, Kevin Sorbo, Jim Gleason, David A.R. White, Marco Khan and Dean Cain. The film will be released to theaters on March 21, 2014 by Pure Flix Entertainment. Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a freshman college student, enrolls in a philosophy class taught by an infamous and dictatorial professor. Prof. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) demands that all of his students...
  • STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th

    01/09/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by tired&retired · 87 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 |
    STORM WARNING: NOAA forecasters estimate a 90% chance of geomagnetic storms on Jan. 9th when a CME is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field. The speed of the solar wind around Earth could spike to 700 km/s (1.6 million mph) shortly after the impact, sharply compressing Earth's magnetosphere. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. HUGE SUNSPOT, CHANCE OF FLARES: The source of the incoming CME is AR1944, one of the largest sunspots of the current solar cycle. The active region sprawls across more than 200,000 km of solar terrain and contains dozens of dark cores. The largest...
  • Can exorcisms help soldiers with PTSD?

    01/05/2014 12:55:25 PM PST · by tired&retired · 28 replies
    N Y Post ^ | January 4, 2014 | SUSANNAH CAHALAN
    Army machine-gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend and seven other members of his unit when a Chinook helicopter — one he was meant to be on — crashed in Afghanistan. The 2005 tragedy haunted him when he returned to his home in Savannah, Ga. At night, a tall, shadowy figure crept into his room. Sometimes the Black Thing would threaten to kill him; other times it would choke his dead best friend. The dark figure, a “Destroyer demon,” punished him, he said, “for killing and for living.” Without answers — his PTSD diagnosis offered little explanation — he went...
  • Common Misconceptions about the Consumer Price Index: Questions and Answers

    12/11/2013 8:31:00 AM PST · by tired&retired
    U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics ^ | John Greenlees and Robert McClelland
    Some common misconceptions about the Consumer Price Index (CPI.) Those analyses are summarized here: Has the BLS removed food or energy prices in its official measure of inflation? The CPI used to include the value of a house in calculating inflation and now they use an estimate of what each house would rent for -- doesn't this switch simply lower the official inflation rate? When the cost of food rises, does the CPI assume that consumers switch to less expensive and less desired foods, such as substituting hamburger for steak? Is the use of "hedonic quality adjustment" in the CPI...
  • Google: Government requests for user information doubled since 2009

    12/04/2013 5:36:03 AM PST · by tired&retired
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 14, 2013 | Salvador Rodriguez
    <p>Google updated its transparency report Thursday, saying government requests for information about the company's users have doubled in 3½ years.</p> <p>Google emphasizes that those numbers reflect only the government requests that it is allowed to discuss publicly. Other requests, pertinent to national security, are not included in the report. Google said it wants to be able to share that information as well with users.</p>
  • Mystery explosion at Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor

    11/03/2013 7:30:52 PM PST · by tired&retired · 32 replies
    DEBKA ^ | November 3, 2013 | DEBKAfile
    Tehran did its utmost to conceal the mystery blast which last week struck the heavy water reactor under construction at Arak in western Iran. It is revealed here for the first time by DEBKAfile’s intelligence and Iranian sources. The explosion, whether accidental or not, will delay for a second time the reactor’s first test with real fuel. Tehran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in August of a previous holdup. The cause of the blast and the extent of the damage it caused have not yet been established. According to the partial information initially reaching our sources, it occurred inside...
  • Judge Confronts Zimmerman

    07/12/2013 5:08:08 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 35 replies
    This is a link to a YouTube video of the judge in the Zimmerman case acting with prejudice against Zimmerman. It is a must watch.
  • The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap

    04/20/2013 7:21:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 109 replies
    DEBKA ^ | April 20, 2013 | DEBKA
    The conclusion reached by DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism and intelligence sources is that the brothers were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which, helped by Saudi financial institutions, had spread across the restive Russian Caucasian. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went secretly over to the radical Islamist networks.
  • Dagestan - the most dangerous place in Europe

    04/19/2013 9:44:05 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 36 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 November 2011 | Lucy Ash
    Once it was Chechnya, today it is the republic of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea that is the most explosive place in Russia - and in Europe. There are bomb attacks almost daily, shootouts between police and militants, tales of torture and of people going missing. Two armed men in camouflage holding Kalashnikov rifles enter the shop and tell the customers to leave. The terrified cashier stumbles past as one of the men puts a bomb on the counter and sets the timer. He does not bother emptying the till, he just walks out of the door. Seconds later, the...