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  • California Overpaid State Employees, Working To Get Back $700K

    02/08/2016 6:00:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 8, 2016 | 3:44 PM EST | Eric Scheiner
    California officials say the state overpaid at least $700,000 to state employees last month and the government is working to get the money back. The Sacramento Bee reports about 20,000 state employees got too much money in their paycheck -- ranging from $37 to $101 per employee. State Controller's Office spokesman John Hill says the mistake was limited to workers covered by two unions, including 12,689 employees in the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and "about 7,000" workers in the International Union of Operating Engineers Bargaining Unit 12. ...
  • Cullman GOP quiet as locals file ‘birther’ suit against Ted Cruz (Alabama)

    02/07/2016 5:49:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cullman Times ^ | February 7, 2016 | Benjamin Bullard
    The local GOP isn't choosing sides on whether U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is qualified to seek his party's presidential nomination -- at least, not right now. Why's that important? Because, according to a Friday report at al.com, a handful of Cullman County residents has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Cruz, by virtue of his Canadian birth to a mother who is a U.S. citizen, is not a "natural born" U.S. citizen and is, therefore, not legally qualified to run for the presidency. The suit, a copy of which al.com said it received Friday from the Drake Law Firm...
  • Ted Cruz New Hampshire Debate Highlights

    02/07/2016 9:19:31 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 6, 2016
    Ted Cruz New Hampshire Debate Highlights...
  • D.C. City Council Passes Measure to Pay Criminals to NOT Commit Crime

    02/06/2016 6:22:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    MRC TV ^ | February 5, 2016 10:16am ET | Nick Kangadis
    The District of Columbia (D.C.) City Council has passed a measure that would pay people $9,000 a year to NOT commit crimes. The mafia has a word for this: extortion. Except in this case, the mafia are the potential criminals, and the neighborhood business owners are the D.C. government. Under the measure, which still has to be approved by the mayor, city officials would choose 200 people a year that they consider to be at high risk for committing or becoming a victim of a crime. ...
  • Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson to run for Baltimore mayor

    02/05/2016 2:35:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | February 4, 2016 | Renee Lewis
    Candidacy criticized by BLM chapter co-founder, who says movement should stand apart from political establishment. Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson has announced that he will run for mayor of Baltimore, his hometown, a decision that has angered critics who accuse him of being too cozy with the political establishment. One of those critics is Marissa Jenae Johnson, co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter (BLM), a civil rights movement that came to prominence during protests in the aftermath of the police killing of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the summer of 2014. "McKesson's entry...
  • Ben Carson blames the media for spreading false information

    02/05/2016 6:39:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    February 5, 2016 | Vanity
    I just received the following email from "Ben Carson for President 2016": **************************************************** "Politics is a nasty business. It's why so many Americans, including me, have been disillusioned. Personal ambition and conflict are often valued more than honesty, substance and solutions. I'm running for President because it's time for accountability and integrity, and the only way we can make a difference is for all of us as citizens to take a stand. That includes holding the media to account when it spreads false or misleading information -- which is what CNN did at the start of the Iowa Caucuses on...
  • New Orleans Legal Gun Carrier Stops Mass Shooting

    02/03/2016 4:32:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the afternoon of 31 January, 2016, some ATVs were getting gas at the intersection of Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard Macklin pulled up in a white Volvo. Macklin is believed to have been the aggressor in the incident. He pulled out a firearm and opened fire on the ATV riders. Three were wounded before anyone returned fire. One of the wounded was armed. He drew his legally carried weapon and fired at Macklin, wounding him in the head and stopping the attack. Fromnola.gov/nopd: Based on the initial investigation, detectives learned that a group of...
  • Did LaVon have a legal obligation to stop for the police?

    02/03/2016 10:16:01 AM PST · by Jack Black · 107 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/3/2015 | Jack Black
    Many years ago I was a passenger in a car driven by my brother. He cut off a car leaving a gas station, the car followed us about 1/2 a mile to our destination. The occupant got out, ran up ripped open the drivers door and pulled my brother (a smallish 16 year old at the time) out of the car bodily. Turned out the fellow driving was a LEO (Harbor Master) in an unmarked car. He was also not in uniform. Shortly there after a marked police car showed up, with uniformed police officers. The police wrote my brother...
  • Old Dick Van Dyke Studio catches fire in Carefree Arizona

    02/01/2016 7:32:04 AM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies
    CAREFREE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Firefighters say flames swept through an abandoned studio for fashion shoots early Sunday morning in the town of Carefree. A passerby called sheriff's deputies at about 3:30 a.m., Sunday after spotting the flames shooting out of the empty building near Pima and Cave Creek Road in Carefree. We're told the building was known as Woburn Studios, an old retail fashion studio where shoots were held. When deputies arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. Rural-Metro firefighters also responded to the scene and they have been working to put out the flames.   Crews from Scottsdale...
  • Rare Earth Salts says tests are a success

    01/31/2016 9:01:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Beatrice Daily Sun ^ | January 29, 2016 | Scott Koperski, news editor
    Rare Earth Salts is one step closer to launching a pilot plant in Beatrice following an announcement this week that it has successfully tested a commercial-size "separation cell." The startup plans to use new techniques to harvest rare earth elements from would-be mining waste from around the world. A pilot program, a smaller-scale plant to demonstrate the feasibility of the process, has been in the works to harvest these rare earth elements. This plant would consist of several "cells" separating the elements. Company officials have been working with a single full-sized cell, and CEO Joseph Brewer said this cell produced...
  • Retired Marietta (OH) Officer's K9 Set To Be Auctioned Despite Offering To Pay City

    01/30/2016 5:21:44 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 44 replies
    10TV.com ^ | 1/30/2016 | Kevin Landers
    MARIETTA, Ohio - Marietta K9 Officer Matt Hickey says he's spent every day for the past three years with his partner Ajax. "Ajax is a family member, one of my children," he said. But this bond could be broken forever. It all started when Hickey decided he wanted to retire. Hickey is 57 and Ajax is going on 6. Ajax has the potential to work six more years. "I was under the assumption I would end up with the dog [when I retired]," he said. Hickey says he offered to pay the city $3,500, which is what the city says...
  • Tenn. Parents Combat 'Islamic Indoctrination' of Students

    01/30/2016 2:17:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    MRC TV ^ | January 28, 2016 12:56pm ET | Nick Kangadis
    Last month, a town hall was held in Brentwood, Tenn., to discuss Islam in schools. The crowded town hall was filled with concerned parents questioning the motives of the seventh grade textbook in question. Complaints ranged from the textbook's clear bias toward Islam to possible "indoctrination" of the impressionable minds of young students. Some parents also complained about "supplementary" material supplied by the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). [...] On Jan. 20, Tennessee state legislators Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough), Rep. Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) and Rep. Micah Van Huss (R-Johnson City) introduced legislation "to officially stop Islamic religious indoctrination in Tennessee...
  • Dallas Dad Arrested For Taking Daughters Cell Phone After Finding Inappropriate Texts

    01/28/2016 9:32:21 AM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    TNNRaw2 ^ | January 28, 2016 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Dallas Dad Arrested For Taking Daughters Cell Phone After Finding Inappropriate Texts VIDEO ONLY ON LINK warning language.
  • O.C. Sheriff's deputy loses AR-15 rifle after placing case on trunk, driving away in Aliso Viejo

    01/27/2016 10:02:33 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 29 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/27/2016 | Alyssa Duranty
    ALISO VIEJO - An Orange County Sheriff's Department patrol deputy lost an AR-15 rifle late Tuesday night after placing it on the trunk of a patrol vehicle before becoming distracted and driving away. It was seven hours later when he realized the gun was gone. It has yet to be found. Around 7 p.m. the deputy was preparing to start a shift at the Aliso Viejo station, at 11 Journey. While doing so, he placed the AR-15 rifle -- stored in a black nylon bag with three loaded magazines, each of which can hold up to 30 rounds of ammunition...
  • Yoga Class Canceled over ‘Cultural Issues’ Brought Back with Politically Correct Instructor

    01/27/2016 11:29:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    MRC TV ^ | January 26, 2016 9:06am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The University of Ottawa yoga class that was canceled due to concerns of cultural appropriation will be returning with an Indian instructor. In November, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa informed yoga instructor Jennifer Scharf that her class catering to students with disabilities would be canceled because of the "cultural issues and implications" involved with a white woman teaching a yoga class. [...] Now, CBC News reports the yoga class is returning to the University of Ottawa with an Indian instructor named Priya Shah. Unlike Scharf, who had been teaching the yoga class for seven years, Shah became...
  • Seattle neighborhoods hire private security amid ‘blatant lawlessness’

    01/25/2016 9:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 23, 2016 | Jessica Lee
    Hundreds of homeowners and business people, frustrated over drug and property crimes, are hiring their own security patrols to curb what they see as a long-neglected problem. For Angie Gerrald, crime in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood has reached a new low. From illegally parked RVs to open drug deals, the longtime resident sees piles of used needles on her routine runs, she said, and other problems she says police sometimes ignore. "The blatant lawlessness has been a whole new era" this past year, Gerrald said. "There is so little response -- so little they [police] can and will do about it."...
  • IL Auditor General reportedly doled out $213k to Happy's Super Service (Democrat)

    01/24/2016 9:39:08 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 23, 2016
    Saturday, January 23, 2016 IL Auditor General reportedly doled out $213k to Happy's Super Service SPRING VALLEY - Happy's Super Service Station in Spring Valley, Illinois, provided a reported $213,338.31 in gas and vehicle repairs over 10 years to Illinois' new Auditor General Frank Mautino, which has drawn national attention in Forbes.com. The hundreds of thousands of dollars Mautino spent at Happy's since 2005 averaged about $20,000 a year. That's either a whole lot of gas or Mautino's campaign vehicles are lemons - all of them. Mautino was a member of the House Speaker Mike Madigan's Democrat leadership, but now...
  • Manhunt on after 3 inmates cut through steel bars and plumbing tunnels to escape O.C. jail (CA)

    01/23/2016 6:35:46 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 15 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/23/2016 | SEAN EMERY AND SAMUEL MOUNTJOY
    A manhunt is underway after three inmates, including one accused of murder, carried out a brazen, elaborately-planned jailbreak, cutting and climbing their way out of Orange County jail in Santa Ana. Local, state and federal authorities are carrying out a wide-ranging search for Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, who as of Saturday evening were still at large after their Friday escape. As the dragnet continued throughout the day and night, Orange County Sheriff's Department officials outlined how investigators believe the three men escaped the imposing, concrete facility.
  • EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman to resign in wake of the Flint water crisis

  • DGU of the Day 65-Year-Old 104 lb, 4-11" Woman Stops Attack

    01/10/2016 6:14:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bontaites MPD A line that has been bandied about for at least 40 years is: God did not make men and women equal. Colonel Colt did. That seems particularly appropriate for this case out of New Hampshire, where a diminutive woman who is old enough to qualify for Social Insecurity used her handgun to protect herself. Situational awareness and the willingness to act were a combination that spelled bad news for the attacker, who was less than half her age and nearly twice her size. From manchesterinklink.com: The woman, who is described as 4-foot-11 inches tall and 105...
  • Canton Police K-9 shot & injured while responding to overnight burglary in stable condition

    01/09/2016 8:29:53 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 14 replies
    Newsnet5 Cleveland ^ | 1/9/2016 | Meg Shaw, Samah Assad
    CANTON, Ohio - A Canton Police K-9 and a suspect were shot and injured early Saturday morning while responding to an active burglary call, police said. According to police, officers, along with 3-year-old K-9 Jethro, responded to the burglary call just after 1 a.m. at the Fisher Foods, on 1272 Harrison Ave. SW, when the suspect confronted Jethro inside the store.
  • Followup WI: Milwaukee Shooting Self Defense; Possession of Gun a Crime

    01/02/2016 7:14:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On July 26th, 2015, there was a shooting in Milwaukee, outside a bar. One man attacked another. The man who was attacked defended himself by shooting the attacker, who died at the scene. We know that the story is close to that because the Milwaukee prosecutor has ruled that the shooting was in self defense. What is worth thinking about is that the shooter was carrying the gun he used to defend himself illegally. As a convicted felon, Augusta Walton, 34, has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. From Fox6now.com: MILWAUKEE -...
  • 2 Arrested as Protesters March on Mummers Parade for Equality Demonstration (Philadelphia)

    01/01/2016 6:33:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WCAU-TV ^ | January 1, 2016 | Vince Lattanzio
    A small group of demonstrators protesting police brutality, poverty and inequality marched on the Mummers Parade this New Year's Day. The demonstration ended with two people being arrested. The group of about 50 marched toward the Broad Street parade route around 1 p.m. Friday and at one point tried to pushed past police to get into the street, but were held back. The demonstrators instead kept to the crowded sidewalks and walked down blocked side streets around Center City. "I think this movement here has changed the conversation a lot," said Lucy Duncan as she held a large sign carrying...
  • Skip Fox News go to One America News

    12/30/2015 8:26:10 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 32 replies
    https://app.yiptv.com/user-home ^ | December 30,2015 | Vanity
    The big cable companies are in the tank for the establishment. Fox News is Fake News and they hate the grass roots because we're not "smart enough" to support Jeb Bush. The rest aren't worth talking about. But now there is One America News which IS what Fox pretends to be. You can get OAN on line FREE at https://app.yiptv.com/user-home Just watch in the evening through one loop and you'll see the difference.
  • Woman accused of shooting-up meth, riding cart thru Walmart while eating chicken, drinking

    12/27/2015 3:50:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    WGHP-TV ^ | December 26, 2015 | Staff
    LECANTO, Fla. — A woman is accused of shooting up meth and riding a motorized cart through a Walmart while eating chicken and drinking wine. WFLA reported that 20-year-old Josseleen Elida Lopez faces charges after the incident reported at a Walmart in Lecanto, Fla. on Tuesday. The suspect allegedly shot up meth and then ate sushi, cinnamon rolls, rotisserie chicken and drank wine while driving a motorized shopping cart at a Walmart....
  • Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver

    12/26/2015 2:50:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | December 25, 2015 | Jennifer Kovaleski
    DENVER (KMGH) - A local nonprofit hit the streets of downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint. Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they're trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause. The cause? To raise money to buy several RV's and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo...
  • 2 'vicious' dogs shot, one fatally, by Chicago Police in Woodlawn

    12/26/2015 6:52:00 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 26 Dec 20015 | Sam Charles
    Officers were called to the 700 block of East 69th Place about 10:30 p.m., police said. When they arrived, they found three “vicious” dogs that were “advancing towards citizens then at the officers,” The officers opened fire, killing one of the dogs and injuring another, Greer said. The injured dog ran off with the third, which was unharmed.
  • “Buddy Bench” dedicated to honor a lost friend An unplanned reunion for Coronado students

    12/23/2015 9:31:38 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Many of Tristan Jones classmates gathered at Coronado Elementary School on Tuesday to honor the friend they recently lost. His friends wanted to find a meaningful way to keep his memory alive, and quickly decided that a “Buddy Bench” was ideal. A Buddy Bench is a bench placed in schoolyards to help eliminate loneliness and foster friendship, inclusion and kindness. Children who are feeling left out can sit on the bench, signaling to others to reach out and be a friend. The simple method to make reaching out easier is catching on. Tristan’s classmates organized a group...
  • Black Lives Matter Protesters Return to Mall of America Next Week

    12/20/2015 3:51:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Newzy ^ | December 19, 2015 | Sylvia Adams
    Demonstrators called for Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to prosecute the officers involved in the fatal shooting incident, according to a statement. He led the crowd in several chants and referred several times to protesters' plans to rally at the Mall of America on Wednesday. Dozens of people were charged, but charges against the protest's 11 organizers have been dismissed. A protest at the mall last December 20 disrupted holiday shopping and prompted the mall to temporarily close some stores. State and federal investigations are underway. "Mall of America will continue to prohibit protests on its property no matter how...
  • Giffords Helps Start New Hampshire Anti-Gun Violence Group

    12/19/2015 5:07:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2015 | Holly Ramer, The Associated Press
    Helping to launch a bipartisan coalition in New Hampshire, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Tuesday urged Democrats and Republicans alike to be bold and courageous in preventing gun violence. Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, was badly wounded in a 2011 shooting that left six people dead and 13 injured in Tucson. She spoke in Concord a day after the third anniversary of the mass shooting of 20 first-grade children and six educators at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School and less than two weeks after a couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California....
  • IN: Indianapolis City Council Passes Illegal Gun Ordinance

    12/17/2015 7:04:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    For a number of years, there has been an attempt to require people who exercise their Second Amendment rights to report to the government if any of their firearms are stolen. While this may seem innocuous to the naive, it serves much deeper disarmist purposes. The obvious purpose of this law is to make the exercise of Second Amendment rights more legally dangerous, in stark opposition to ownership of other common items, such as gasoline, vehicles, or common poisons. It singles out the exercise of a single Constitutional right for increased scrutiny, and it creates a reason for the...
  • Alan Steinberg: Why Ted Cruz appeals to NJ

    12/16/2015 9:34:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    New Jersey 101.5 ^ | December 16, 2015 | Bill Spadea
    Former Whitman/ Bush administration official Alan Steinberg, joined me this morning to discuss why Ted Cruz may have appeal to New Jersey voters. While New Jersey is widely-considered a Democratic state, Alan joined me this morning to discuss why he thinks Hillary Clinton isn’t a slam dunk for Jersey voters. “I don’t care if New Jersey is a Blue state, New Jerseyans care about security, New Jerseyans care that we will have a competent administration on foreign policy. He very explicitly demonstrated the incompetence of Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. He will be elected in the state of new Jersey...
  • Undocumented Teens Spend First Night In Ellis County (They have an indoor pool!)

    12/14/2015 10:22:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    KTVT-TV ^ | December 11, 2015 | Andrea Lucia
    ELLIS COUNTY (CBS11) - Undocumented minors are finding temporary shelter in Ellis County. About 50 teens arrived Friday afternoon, the first of hundreds expected to stay at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center over the next three weeks. Organizers say the teens were checked in, assigned rooms and given dinner. "They have an indoor pool up in there. It's awesome! It's a really great place. It's actually perfect for them. It's just not perfect for us," said Scott Bailey, who lives about three miles from the property....
  • Essex County Mayors Among Those Calling For Trump Boycott: Muslim Ban Would Be 'Un-American'

    12/14/2015 12:56:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Patch ^ | December 11, 2015 | Eric Kiefer
    The list of politicians supporting the Trump boycott includes the mayors of East Orange and Orange in Essex County.There is a new voice in the growing opposition to Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslim immigration in the United States… the New Jersey Black Mayor’s Alliance for Social Justice. The group of mayors – which includes Newark’s Ras J. Baraka, Montclair’s Robert Jackson, East Orange’s Lester Taylor and Orange’s Dwayne Warren – issued a statement on Friday, calling for a national boycott of all Donald Trump’s casinos, golf courses and other assets....
  • Chinese-backed electric carmaker picks Nevada for $1B plant

    12/09/2015 10:24:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | December 10, 2015 | Michelle Rindels and Justin Pritchard
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Chinese-backed electric car company with visions of revolutionizing transportation — but no product to show yet — announced plans Wednesday to build a $1 billion plant near Las Vegas, marking the second time in just over a year that Nevada has landed a coveted project from the budding industry. California-based automaker Faraday Future's choice of Nevada over three other states is contingent on state lawmakers' approval of tax incentives that haven't been publicly described. The company's announcement, in a letter to Nevada legislators that was obtained by The Associated Press, also came with the...
  • King Corn turns up the heat on Ted Cruz in Iowa

    12/09/2015 4:35:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 9, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When this race first kicked off, one of the first things which attracted me to Ted Cruz (among others) was the fact that he was one of only two candidates who were willing to go into the heartland of the ethanol political machine and tell the people of Iowa some hard truths about the Renewable Fuel Standard. The guy has managed to stick to his principles and still found a way to surge in the polls there, currently holding a spot as the strongest challenger against Trump. (For the record, Trump showed up at the big fair in Iowa and...
  • Deepening Anti-Islamic Mood In Texas Rivals Post-Sept. 11 Climate

    12/08/2015 6:26:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Public Radio's KUT-AM ^ | December 8, 2015 | John Burnett
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)A backlash against American Muslims is on the rise again after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and last week's attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. Advocates say the number of hate crimes and harassment incidents today is nearly as bad as it was in the weeks after Sept. 11. An anti-Muslim climate seems especially potent in the Dallas area. For instance, take Irving, Texas, a city of 230,000 that borders Dallas on the northwest. More than one-third of its citizens are foreign-born. It's home to the world headquarters of ExxonMobil and Kimberley-Clark, and to one of the largest mosques...
  • Girl who lost parents in fire wants Christmas cards

    12/08/2015 5:37:32 PM PST · by blueyon · 12 replies
    ABC13NewsNow ^ | 12/08/15 | Brie Schwartz, Redbook
    This year, as we proudly hang our seasonal greeting cards, displaying the smiling faces of our loved ones (and yes, sometimes their dogs), it's easy to forget that for many people, the holidays aren't all candy canes and carols. For five-year-old Safyre, the sole survivor of an arson attack that killed her family, and left her homeless, Christmas can be a painful reminder of what she's lost
  • Homer schools locked down over parent carrying gun (Legal, but "not the right thing to do")

    12/08/2015 4:29:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Battle Creek Enquirer | December 7, 2015 | Safiya Merchant and Trace Christenson
    Link only: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2015/12/07/homer-schools-locked-down-over-parent-carrying-gun/76947308/
  • In Philippines' Presidential Race, A Chaotic Cast Of Characters

    12/03/2015 4:56:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | November 7, 2015 | Michael Sullivan
    If you think the Republican presidential field is crowded, spare a moment for the Philippines. A record 130 candidates have filed to become president in 2016. A colorful cast turned out to register for the race late last month at the election commission headquarters in Manila. There were dragon dancers, and a man dressed as the hero of a recent blockbuster — Heneral Luna, a chest-thumping, jingoistic war movie that's landed right in the public's wheelhouse, given the hysteria over China's reclamation projects in the South China Sea. One of the 130 candidates who filed, a newspaper vendor, promises to...
  • Thousands Line Up For Free Holiday Meal Vouchers

    12/03/2015 12:32:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WFOR-TV ^ | December 2, 2015 | Gaby Fleischman
    MIAMI (CBSMIami) – It’s a celebration that’s become a pre-holiday tradition in little Havana… People lining up and camping out for a bit of holiday help, many waiting since Thanksgiving Day, dancing and playing dominos to pass the time hoping to snatch up one of 3,000 vouchers for a hot meal. For 50 years CAMACOL, the Latin chamber of commerce has handed out Christmas gift baskets, packed with turkey and all the trimmings. “It’s really good,” said Anna Duquerne, one of the many people waiting in line. “They help us a lot when they give this out.”(continued)
  • 2 confirmed dead in SUV involved in CA shooting with possible Utah plates

    12/02/2015 10:36:06 PM PST · by chrisinoc · 16 replies
    KUTV.com ^ | 12/2/2015 | Larry D. Curtis
    (KUTV) Two people were confirmed dead inside the SUV suspected by police to be involved with a deadly California shootings Wednesday. Reports indicated it could have a Utah license plate on the back of the vehicle. Police said Wednesday evening that the two killed inside the SUV were a man and a woman. KUTV confirmed the Utah Department of Safety contacted California investigators about the possibility the vehicle had Utah plates.
  • Predictable Calls for Unilateral Disarmament in Response to Latest Mass-Shooting

    12/02/2015 9:56:44 PM PST · by walford · 18 replies
    Facebook ^ | 12/03/2015 | walford
    It's been interesting flipping the channels and reading the various online sources covering this latest atrocity -- mostly what it tells is the biases of the various "news" outlets. Those that are more fact-oriented are actually telling us what is going on. The majority are represented by the linked editorial -- which found no room for the nationality or motivations of the shooters. Apparently, some of the neighbors were worried about the perpetrators' behavior beforehand, but were reluctant to report it, lest they be considered racist against practitioners of a religion that is over-represented when it comes to violence motivated...
  • Year after death, Michael Brown lies in relative obscurity

    11/29/2015 2:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 29, 2015 | Jim Suhr, The Associated Press
    NORMANDY, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown once told an uncle that the world would know his name one day, and he was right. Fifteen months after the black 18-year-old's killing by a white Ferguson police officer made him a key figure in the debate over the treatment of blacks by U.S. law enforcement, though, Brown lies buried in relative obscurity. Brown is among the most notable residents of 160-year-old St. Peter's Cemetery, but there is no headstone marking his grave. Instead the burial plot — Section 10, Block F, Lot 12, Grave 4 — is visible only when gazing down...
  • Black Lives Matter protesters gather for Thanksgiving feast ("BlacksGiving")

    11/26/2015 10:47:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | November 26, 2015 | Beatrice Dupuy and Liz Sawyer
    About 100 people gathered outside the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis on Thursday to celebrate ­Thanksgiving with friends and family brought together in a time of turmoil. They huddled around fires, prayed and gave thanks while sharing overflowing plates of donated food beneath the falling snow. It marked the 12th day of protests outside the precinct headquarters since Jamar Clark died after being shot by police Nov. 15. The gathering, which protesters called “BlacksGiving,” came a day after Clark’s ­family laid him to rest. At the Wednesday funeral, more than 300 people paid their respects and said goodbye...
  • Avis Car Rental Latest Statement regarding Israeli citizen renting car.

    11/23/2015 12:59:45 PM PST · by machogirl · 152 replies
    11/23/15 | me
    From Avis Facebook, new statement. Guess they Varsity team took over. (much better statement) We have investigated the denial of a rental that recently occurred in Manhattan. We have found that we have been inconsistent in applying our policies with respect to documentation requirements with this customer, who has rented from us in the past without providing a second form of identification. We are committed to providing an outstanding car rental experience to our customers and believe that we should have done better here. We have spoken with the customer and apologized for the misunderstanding that occurred as a result...
  • Terror Threats (Chicago is being cased)

    11/22/2015 1:31:35 PM PST · by InMemoriam · 13 replies
    Second City Cop ^ | November 22, 2015 | Second City Cop
    From Second City Cop, the blog of a Chicago cop: Anyone have the scoop on this? About three hours ago, a male in his twenties, apparently of middle eastern descent, walked into the lobby of 024 with a bucket full of an unknown substance stating "this is a gift for your chief". When confronted by officers, he quickly exited the building while leaving the bucket just outside the front door. Officers successfully pursued the suspect who was brought back into the station. The subject stated the bucket was full of water and was a "gift". When Lt's DH and NS...
  • Just Heard First Cruz Radio Ad

    11/20/2015 7:26:10 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    meshuge mikey ^ | November 20, 2015 | Meshuge Mikey
    I just heard a 15 second spot ad for Ted Cruz on KSFO radio . [ S.F.CA ] short to the point... and I approve of that ad
  • University pressures Facebook to shut down 'Illini White Student Union' page

    11/19/2015 9:12:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Ilini ^ | November 18, 2015 | Marijo Enderle
    Update: Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the University will continue to work with Facebook to have the Illini White Student Union page removed from the site. “It is disturbing and cowardly that someone would create an anonymous and senseless social media page specifically designed to intimidate others, including and especially our students. When we became aware of the page, we immediately contacted Facebook and requested that it be removed," Kaler said in an email. "Facebook has been responsive to our requests, but the page continues to be reposted. We are continuing to work with Facebook to address this matter. We...
  • B Troop, 4th U.S. Cav Reg (Memorial) to change command

    11/19/2015 10:55:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry Regiment (Memorial) hosts a Change of Command Ceremony 2 p.m., today, Nov. 19, on historic Brown Parade Field here. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Hengst will relinquish command to Army Capt. Andrew Uthlaut. The public is invited to attend this unique, colorful ceremony which highlights Fort Huachuca's Old West cavalry heritage. The 4th Cavalry Regiment is one of the most famous and most decorated regiments in the U.S. Army. Since its activation in 1855, the 4th Cavalry has continuously served in peace and war. The regiment has fought gallantly in the Indian Wars,...