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  • House Lawmakers Move Border Wall Closer to Reality

    10/05/2017 10:32:09 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 3 replies
    Life Zette ^ | Updated 05 Oct 2017 at 6:34 AM | Brendan Kirby
    The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday took an important step toward building President Donald Trump’s wall, advancing legislation containing money for the barrier, along with beefed-up border security. The committee, on a party-line 18-12 vote, sent the Border Security for America Act of 2017 to the full House of Representatives. It has $10 billion for “tactical infrastructure,” including physical barriers where appropriate. It also provides for the hiring of 5,000 additional customs officers and 5,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. In addition, the legislation would spend $5 billion to improve ports of entry and would fully implement an entry-exit system...
  • Texas Congressman to Trump: Shove Border Wall "Up Your...

    06/06/2016 11:32:54 AM PDT · by proust · 181 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 6/6/2016 | Abby Livinston
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela took a poison pen to the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in an open letter Monday morning. "Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass," the Brownsville Democrat wrote in a lengthy missive to the real estate magnate.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Vela Supernova Remnant

    01/01/2015 2:53:17 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | January 01, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy runs through this complex and beautiful skyscape. At the northwestern edge of the constellation Vela (the Sails) the telescopic frame is over 10 degrees wide, centered on the brightest glowing filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant, an expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the supernova explosion that created the Vela remnant reached Earth about 11,000 years ago. In addition to the shocked filaments of glowing gas, the cosmic catastrophe also left behind an incredibly dense, rotating stellar core, the Vela Pulsar. Some 800 light-years distant,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Cometary Globules

    10/12/2013 11:19:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 12, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Bright-rimmed, flowing shapes gather near the center of this rich starfield toward the boarders of the nautical southern constellations Pupis and Vela. Composed of interstellar gas and dust, the grouping of light-year sized cometary globules is about 1300 light-years distant. Energetic ultraviolet light from nearby hot stars has molded the globules and ionized their bright rims. The globules also stream away from the Vela supernova remnant which may have influenced their swept-back shapes. Within them, cores of cold gas and dust are likely collapsing to form low mass stars, whose formation will ultimately cause the globules to disperse. In...
  • Update: Evan Vela and Michael Behenna

    01/22/2011 6:02:18 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 29 replies
    bigheadfred | 1/22/2011 | bigheadfred
    Just an update. Curt has teamed up with the Behenna's and the fight goes on. This is a folded business sized card Curt is producing and we are handing out.
  • Father Of Veteran Flies Flag Upside Down

    11/10/2010 6:14:10 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 24 replies
    Local News 8 ^ | November10, 2010 | Brett Crandall
    ST. ANTHONY, Idaho -- In light of Veteran's Day, one former soldier's father is raising his American flag upside down to show he remembers his son's sacrifice. Many may think it's a sign of disrespect, but the military uses it as a distress signal. The U.S. flag code state "the flag should never be displayed with union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." Curtis Carnahan said his son, Sgt. Evan Vela, has spent more than three years in prison and is, along with other veterans, in distress, And he...
  • Evan Vela, U.S. Army Sniper, waits for Army Parole Hearing

    09/02/2010 4:40:10 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 43 replies ^ | Sept 1, 2010 | Danica Lawrence
    IDAHO FALLS - "Evan is not a murderer he is a soldier," says Evan Vela's father, Curtis Carnahan. Freedom, that's what Curtis Carnahan wants for his 25-year-old son, Evan Vela, a U.S. Army Sniper convicted of murder. Vela is currently waiting for his parole hearing October 7th in Arlington, Virgina. He was convicted of murdering an Iraqi civilian in Baghdad in February 2008, then sentenced for ten years at Fort Leavenworth Prison. In order for Vela to be released early, the Army Parole Board needs to hear a parole plan and the parole panel's remarks. Vela's family has been working...
  • Evan Vela's Family and Attorney putting Parole Plan Together

    05/15/2010 12:56:32 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 10 replies · 235+ views ^ | May 14, 2010 | Danica Lawrence
    IDAHO FALLS - An Idaho soldier convicted of murder in Iraq is seeking a plan for parole. 25-year-old Evan Vela was convicted in Bagdhad back in February 2008. A clemency hearing is scheduled for June 3rd, to hear the prison's recommendations for clemency. However, the Army Board in Arlington Virginia asked Vela's attorney to submit a parole plan for him. Vela's father explained to me his son was only following orders. He was told, in 2007, while under a mission in Iraq, to kill an Iraqi civilian. So he did. Now he is convicted of murder; however, with the Army...
  • Christmas donation to Vela family a blessing (Get On Board Freepers)

    12/26/2009 2:07:24 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 19 replies · 1,148+ views
    Standard Journal ^ | Thursday, December 24, 2009 5:22 PM MST | JOSEPH LAW
    ST. ANTHONY -- The family of Evan Vela, an imprisoned former soldier from Parker, is expressing gratitude for a Christmas donation to his wife and children. The donation came about through efforts by a national organization to support soldiers accused of crimes related to the war on terrorism. Vela is being held at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. In an e-mail, the organization, United American Patriots, says an anonymous donor has made a cash gift of $1,000 to Vela's wife, Alyssa, along with Christmas presents for the couple's two children, a boy and a girl. snipFor more information,...
  • Clemency-for-Terrorists-But-Not-For-Our-Soldiers

    11/27/2009 8:08:42 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 11 replies · 524+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Diana West
    <p>During the Thanksgiving season especially, Americans should give thanks to our brave men in uniform, and women, too, fighting in hostile lands under atrocious conditions.</p> <p>But there's another duty upon us as Americans with a debt of gratitude to our armed forces.</p>
  • Idaho soldier's dad says White House pardon is under review

    01/06/2009 7:35:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 59 replies · 1,756+ views
    AP ^ | 06 Jan 2009 | AP
    A White House letter tells the father his request on behalf of Sgt. Evan Vela will be 'seriously considered.' The father of an eastern Idaho soldier convicted of killing an unarmed Iraqi says the White House has confirmed that President Bush is considering a request for a pardon. Curtis Carnahan said he received a letter from the White House last week. "Please know that your views on this matter will be seriously considered," it said. Sgt. Evan Vela,a 24-year-old U.S. Army sniper,was convicted in February and sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian who stumbled...
  • Pardon Sgt. Evan Vela, Mr. President

    12/19/2008 2:35:54 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 40 replies · 1,139+ views ^ | Dec. 18, 2008 | Diana West
    We're now entering the final phase of an outgoing administration. And during this phase, George W. Bush, mere mortal but still president, has the practically supernatural ability to grant pardons. This endows him with the power of life over death, of clemency over conviction. For one month more, President Bush will be able to right wrongs, show mercy and restore faith. For one month more, he will have the opportunity to pardon Sgt. Evan Vela, now serving 10 years in a military prison for what a court martial called "murder" but what I, along with many, many Americans, call war.
  • Crapo and Simpson Petition President for Vela Pardon

    12/04/2008 8:33:53 PM PST · by bigheadfred · 25 replies · 876+ views
    NBC News Channel 6 (KPVI) ^ | Posted: Dec 4, 2008 03:12 PM | KPVI Staff
    Senator Mike Crapo and Congressman Mike Simpson have taken their support of a local soldier to the next level. They're asking President Bush to pardon Sgt. Evan Vela. Vela was convicted in a general court martial in February for killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian. Crapo and Simpson maintain Vela was following the order of a superior during the incident. In a news release issued Thursday Senator Crapo wrote, "The safety and success of our men and women in uniform would be seriously jeopardized if every service member was subjected to the same scrutiny for their actions during combat as in...
  • [Murder] The Six-Letter Word That Changes Everything [Evan Vela case]

    06/13/2008 1:06:47 PM PDT · by RedRover · 25 replies · 341+ views
    Esquire ^ | July issue | Tom Junod
    The first page of the Esquire article (read it all at the LINK)...
  • Soldier's wife opens up about his murder conviction

    05/02/2008 12:33:35 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 26 replies · 149+ views ^ | May 1, 2008 |
    Video piece from Alyssa Carnahan about the conviction of her husband, Sgt. Evan Vela Carnahan.
  • The Empire Strikes Back - at Schwalier (Khobar Towers 'scapegoat' General)

    04/10/2008 9:41:33 AM PDT · by baa39 · 4 replies · 338+ views
    Air Force Magazine Daily Report eNewsletter ^ | April 9, 2008 | USAF Magazine Staff
    The Empire Strikes Back--at Schwalier: Defense Chief Robert Gates, top Pentagon lawyer Daniel Dell'Orto, and unnamed Justice Department confreres have struck yet another blow at Terryl J. Schwalier, Washington's designated Khobar Towers scapegoat. They have forced USAF to halt and reverse its efforts to restore Schwalier's second star after a 10-year struggle. The new decision was elaborated in a March 28 letter from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne to the Air Force Review Boards Agency, ordering it to halt implementation of its recent decision to correct "an injustice" and retroactively promote Schwalier to major general. That corrective...
  • Death by Rules of Engagement

    04/03/2008 4:11:54 PM PDT · by bigheadfred · 38 replies · 145+ views
    Diana West ^ | April 3, 2008 | Diana West
    I recently received an email from Curtis Carnahan, the father of Sgt. Evan Vela, who, having served his country in Iraq is currently, and wrongly, serving a ten year sentence in prison. Mr. Carnahan asked me to look into his son's case because of the distinct parallels between his son's wartime dilemma in Iraq and that of the SEAL team in Afghanistan that was immortalized by former SEAL Marcus Luttrell in the best-selling book Lone Survivor. As Mr. Carnahan noted, I've written about the Luttrell case before in an attempt to call attention to the inverted morality of our Military's...
  • Hannity's America Live Thread [Sgt Evan Vela case]

    02/17/2008 6:08:09 PM PST · by RedRover · 94 replies · 628+ views
    Hannity's America -- Fox News ^ | February 17, 2007 | RedRover
    In the "Ainsley Across America" segment, tonight's Hannity's America will "investigate a case involving an American accused of shooting an Iraqi".
  • Famed Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden Will Testify in Iraqi Sniper Murder Trial

    01/21/2008 6:28:33 AM PST · by RedRover · 127 replies · 620+ views
    Defend Our Troops ^ | 20 January 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Victory, Iraq - Dr. Michael Baden has been appointed as the forensic pathologist in the court-martial of Sgt. Evan Vela, an Army scout-sniper accused of murder in Iraq. Dr. Baden, who lives in New York City, is a forensic detective of international fame who is as much at home in front of a television camera as he is a jury. He is expected to testify in early February. The star of the Home Box Office television series “Autopsy,” Dr. Baden is the former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City and presently the chief forensic pathologist for the New...
  • Murder or Exhaustion in Iraq? [Sgt Evan Vela court martial]

    02/09/2008 5:50:11 AM PST · by RedRover · 117 replies · 1,053+ views
    Time magazine ^ | February 8, 2008 | Jim Frederick
    A trial unfolding in a makeshift courthouse in a dusty corner of the U.S. Army's main Baghdad base camp complex is demonstrating in stark and dramatic terms just how far some American soldiers are being pushed on the battlefield, just how doggedly the Army is willing to pursue serious alleged crimes like murder — and just how interested the Iraqi government is in the process. Part of an elite parachute infantry sniper-scout platoon, Sgt. Evan Vela is accused of murdering an unarmed Iraqi that his five-man squad had taken captive after the man breached their hideout.... ~ snip ~As the...