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  • NYT: It’s the entitlements, stupid

    02/13/2012 7:18:56 PM PST · by Mustang Driver · 17 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2012 | Don Surber
    The trouble with situational ethics is that it leaves you with no morals and without morals it is difficult to be morally superior to anyone. This reduces liberals to whining about hypocrisy all the time by holding the other guy to his high standards and being smug about it. The irony is that in order to apply those higher standards liberals must admit that those higher standards are meaningful. If indeed adultery were nothing, they would not mention a 40-year-old affair by Henry Hyde. But cries of hypocrisy are all that is left to them. They sound a lot like...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustrated (RATS out of the loop)

    02/07/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/07/12
    Reid’s floor maneuvers leave some Senate Democrats frustratedBy Alexander Bolton - 02/07/12 05:15 AM ET Some Democrats are grumbling over how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has run the floor this year. The frustration is felt mostly among junior lawmakers, who want more of a role in decision-making and have yet to resign themselves to the traditional pace of the Senate, where seniority rules and lawmakers often have to wait years to have significant influence. They say Reid’s style leaves them feeling out of the loop. Colleagues have second-guessed Reid’s decision to greenlight a deal with Republicans on the...
  • Tax exempt complain about tax relief for others

    02/04/2012 11:45:22 AM PST · by Mustang Driver · 8 replies
    Charleston (WV) Daily Mail ^ | February 4, 2012 | Don Surber
    West Virginia likely will land a $2 billion cracker that will convert the “wet” natural gas in the Marcellus shale into a cheap feedstock for plastics and the like. This will be cheaper than oil-based feedstock. Not only will this mean thousands of jobs in West Virginia to run the plant, the cracker could also help revive West Virginia’s chemical industry, particularly in the Kanawha Valley (Charleston — the state’s capital and suburb of Poca). When I moved here in 1984, we had 15,000 chemical jobs. Today we are lucky if we have 1,500. Naturally, liberals oppose the cracker. They...
  • Maloney renews challenge to Tomblin for W.Va. governor's seat

    01/31/2012 6:04:50 PM PST · by Impy · 10 replies
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | 1-26-12 | Vicki Smith
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va — Republican Bill Maloney said Thursday he’s ready to finish what he started last year, win the Republican primary in May and then defeat incumbent Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin in the race for West Virginia governor.
  • Parent says her child's life was threatened at Logan County school

    01/27/2012 5:52:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies · 1+ views
    LOGAN W.Va. -- It is an instinct for parents to want to protect their children. But some parents in Logan County say their complaints about bullying against their children have gone unanswered. The parent of a student at Logan High School and the parent of another student at Man High School both contacted 13 News about their concerns. However they asked to remain anonymous so that their children would not be made more of a target. "Thursday at school my child's life was threatened," said the parent of a student at Logan High School. She said her son has been...
  • WVU in Select Company (Some very interesting WVU facts)

    01/25/2012 1:09:45 PM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 12 replies
    OrangeBowl ^ | 2012 | John Antonik
    So, West Virginia has won three different BCS bowl games in the last six years - with three different coaches no less. What to make of this? Well, first of all, it puts the Mountaineers in a pretty select group of college football programs that have won three or more of these since the system was created in 1998 – eight programs to be exact. There’s Ohio State, USC, Florida, LSU, Texas, Miami and Oklahoma that have won at least three BCS bowl games in the last 14 years. And now, um, catch your breath here, West Virginia. That’s right,...
  • Police: Man Dies from Tainted Moonshine; Don't Drink It

    The death of a man in Doddridge County has sparked a police investigation and troopers want you to be safe. A man in his 60's died this week at Ruby Memorial Hospital, supposedly after drinking poisoned moonshine he got in the county. Troopers say the unidentified man drank from a bottle of moonshine he got from a friend on Saturday night. He was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital after what was believed to be stroke symptoms. He died at the hospital Tuesday. After testing and investigations, it was determined that the tainted moonshine shut down the man's internal organs. Troopers...
  • Man Accused of Having Sex with 13-year Old He Met on Facebook (W.Va)

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager from Barboursville has been arrested and charged with soliciting a minor by means of a computer. West Virginia State Police arrested 19-year-old Nathan Workman Thursday night. Click here to find out more! According to the criminal complaint, Workman had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Troopers say he confessed to knowing the girl was 13. "They started chatting through Facebook and decided at one point to meet in person, and a sexual relationship started," West Virginia State Trooper Blankenship told WSAZ.com. Blankenship told WSAZ.com the case involved search warrants and consent...
  • Charleston Police asking for assistance in identifying suspects

    The Charleston Police Department is asking for help in identifying two suspects that used a stolen credit card throughout the city. Two black female suspects had used the card back on Nov. 7 and were captured on video surveillance but cannot identify them. Some pictures from police have been attached to this story and if you have any information you can contact them at 304-348-6480.
  • Occupy Charleston site left unoccupied, tent removed

    12/31/2011 8:23:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies · 1+ views
    CHARLESTON - The Occupy Charleston movement is gone. At least they're nowhere to be seen. The large tent that had housed the protesters for several weeks was dismantled Friday. The open canopy and flooring was provided by the AFL-CIO at a property near the union's building on Leon Sullivan Way in the warehouse district. But union officials told 13 News yesterday the movement's leaders asked them to take the tent down. They were told the location was too far off the beaten track to get the attention the demonstrators wanted. Occupy Charleston protesters had kept up a continuous presence for...
  • Dem (aka 'bipartisan') Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, Obama

    12/16/2011 9:20:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/16/11 | Alexander Bolton
    Dem Keystone support creates tougher fight for Reid, ObamaBy Alexander Bolton - 12/16/11 04:08 PM ET Republicans want to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on the Keystone oil sands pipeline and the Democratic leader will have a tough time resisting, given support within his caucus for the project. GOP leaders have made clear to Reid that they will not approve an extension of the payroll tax holiday unless it includes language to speed up construction of the pipeline. Senate Republicans estimate as many as 14 Senate Democrats support the project. Labor unions have also voiced strong backing, complicating...
  • UPDATE: Man Dies on Black Friday; Shoppers Unfazed (West Virginia)

    11/26/2011 1:51:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WSAZ-TV ^ | November 25, 2011 | Andrew Colegrove
    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man collapsed while doing some Black Friday shopping in a crowded store, and people nearby continued to shop. Witnesses tell WSAZ.com some shoppers walked around and even over the man's body. Family members tell WSAZ.com that Walter Vance, of Logan County, W.Va., passed away after being taken to the hospital. It happened at Target in the Southridge Shopping Center in South Charleston about 12:15 a.m. Friday. Vance got sick and collapsed on the floor while shopping for Christmas decorations for his newly remodeled workplace. Vance started working at the Aracoma Drug Company store in...
  • JROTC Instructor Charged With Sex Abuse of Child (West Virginia)

    11/18/2011 6:07:42 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies · 1+ views
    DUNBAR WVa- Dunbar Police have arrested a man on charges of sexual abuse. Edwin Albert Smuda, 58, of Dunbar, is charged with sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person of trust. He is a Junior ROTC instructor at South Charleston High School. According to release from Chief E. E. Whittington Smuda was arrested at him home Thursday afternoon. He was arraigned by a Kanawha County Magistrate. Bond is set at $25,000. Smuda will be back in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.
  • W.Va. Sees Spike in Number of Pregnancy for Girls 15-17

    11/18/2011 5:33:40 AM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies · 2+ views
    MILTON WVA---The Centers for Disease Control has released some startling statistics about teen pregnancy in West Virginia. The number of 15 to 17 year old girls giving birth in the state is up 17 percent. West Virginia is the only state with that kind of spike. Teen mother Julie Akers is raising two children. She was a sophomore in high school when she first got pregnant. She says it wasn't easy to grow up fast and she wants other teens to know about the realities of being a young mom. "It was every day just getting up, making bottles, changing...
  • AP NewsBreak: Cops say drugs on missing girl's mom

    11/16/2011 8:42:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A court official is recommending substance abuse treatment and home detention for the mother of a missing toddler while she awaits trial on welfare fraud. Federal records show pretrial services officer Brian Kilgore wants the court to intervene in the case of 29-year-old Lena Lunsford, who was caught with synthetic drugs called bath salts. Lunsford's 3-year-old daughter Aliayah (uh-LEE-uh) vanished from her Lewis County home Sept. 24 and hasn't been found. Her mother has since been indicted on multiple counts of welfare fraud but is free on supervised release. Kilgore's petition says Lunsford is unwilling to...
  • WSAZ INVESTIGATES: St. Albans Police Chief Remains Under Investigation

    11/14/2011 3:15:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/New_Police_Chief_Named_in_St_Albans_114177774.html ^ | 11/14/2011 | Brooks Jarosz; Brad Myers; WSAZ News Staff
    UPDATE 11/14/11 @ 5 p.m. ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway says he hopes to have the situation involving Police Chief Brent Coates resolved 'shortly', and a city leader says a decision could come as early as Tuesday. Mayor Callaway says, at this time, Chief Coates is still on administrative leave. As WSAZ.com has previously reported, someone close to the investigation says allegations of sexual harrassment have been made against Coates. Click here to find out more! Mayor Callaway says they are serious allegations, and he is not ready to release any information until "all the...
  • Some Democrats refuse to back Obama

    11/13/2011 6:33:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov.13, 2011 | MANU RAJU & MARIN COGAN
    Sen. Joe Lieberman was treated like an outcast back in 2008 when he broke from the Senate Democratic Caucus and openly opposed Barack Obama’s bid for the White House. Asked last week if he’d back Obama in 2012, the Connecticut independent said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” This time around, there may be more Liebermans. A number of moderate Democrats like Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar and liberals like Sen. Bernie Sanders are declining to give their unqualified support for the president, saying they’re either too focused on their own races or are calling on the White House...
  • UPDATE: Authorities Find No Sign of Exploded Package at W.Va. Post Office

    UPDATE 11/4/11 @ 1:45 p.m. RANSON, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities say they have found no sign of a reported explosion inside a small-town post office in West Virginia and no sign that white powder sprayed out. The scare prompted officials to quarantine 15 postal workers Friday, though none showed signs of illness. Click here to find out more! Ronald Fletcher, a firefighter with Citizens Fire Company, is the designated spokesman for the case at the U.S. Post Office in Ranson. Fletcher says workers reported a package had exploded in a storage locker about 7:45 a.m. But the package in question...
  • AP source: Big East to invite Boise St, 5 others

    11/01/2011 7:20:47 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 55 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 11/1/11 | RALPH D. RUSSO
    PHILADELPHIA (AP)—The Big East is ready to start adding members...
  • WVU Patron,Philanthropist, Pharmaceutical giant, Milan Puskar dies (another AMerican success story)

    10/07/2011 9:17:17 PM PDT · by MadelineZapeezda · 20 replies
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | Oct.7, 2011 | Travis Crum
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Milan "Mike" Puskar, co-founder of the third-largest generic pharmaceuticals company in the world and longtime donor to West Virginia University, died Friday at age 77. Puskar died at 8:30 p.m. in Morgantown after a battle with cancer, said Steve Lorenze, his business partner. In 1961, Puskar co-founded Mylan Laboratories Inc. in Morgantown. The company began as a distributor, buying finished goods and reselling them to pharmacies and physicians. In 1966, it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manufacture its first medicine, Penicillin G. Mylan now is a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in...
  • RESULTS: WV Special Election For Governor

    10/04/2011 5:38:34 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 150 replies
    WTOV 9 ^ | 4 Oct 2011
    114 of 1,883 precincts - 6 percent Earl Ray Tomblin, Dem 18,730 - 50 percent Bill Maloney, GOP 17,521 - 46 percent Bob Henry Baber, Mnt 962 - 3 percent Marla Ingels, Ind 342 - 1 percent Harry Bertram, Oth 167 - 0 percent
  • PPP: WV gubernatorial race now a dead heat before tomorrow’s election (GOP closes 33 pt. gap)

    10/03/2011 12:37:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/03/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Tomorrow, West Virginia voters go to the polls to choose their next governor in a special election necessitated by Joe Manchin’s election to the Senate last year. Manchin won that seat as a popular Democrat in a conservative, which his lieutenant governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, hoped would suffice to keep the seat away from Republicans. He entered the race with a 33-point lead in polling over his GOP challenger Billy Maloney, but Democratic pollster PPP now says it’s a dead heat: The race for Governor of West Virginia is looking more and more like a toss up, with Democrat Earl...
  • Will There Be An Upset In West Virginia?

    10/03/2011 9:10:43 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 15 replies · 1+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 10/03/11 | CaroleL
    According to a new survey by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling, tomorrow's gubernatorial special election in West Virginia is too close to call. Democrat and Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin currently leads Republican Businessman Bill Maloney by just one point (47% - 46%), down from a 6 point lead a month ago and a whopping 33 point lead early in the year.
  • Kilroy Was Here! (great Zero pic)

    09/30/2011 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 5 replies
    Maloney for West Virginia campaign ^ | September 2011 | Maloney for West Virginia campaign
  • Woman Accused of Stealing Hearse With Body Inside

    09/26/2011 12:34:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 21, 2011
    A 23-year old woman is accused of stealing a hearse containing the body of an 85-year-old woman. Police say the hearse's driver left the vehicle's door open and the engine running outside a funeral home Tuesday while he went to unlock the door to the building. After he stepped away, police say Angela Dehart jumped into the hearse and took off. Sign up for KTLA 5 Breaking News Email Alerts She reportedly told investigators she and her girlfriend were arguing in another car and she got angry and decided to leave in the hearse. Police found the hearse and the...
  • Poll Says Tomblin with 10-Point Lead

    09/23/2011 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Mustang Driver · 13 replies
    Metro News ^ | September 23, 2011 | State Capitol
    Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has a 10-point lead over Republican businessman Bill Maloney in the upcoming special gubernatorial election, according to a poll released Thursday by Mellman Group, Inc. The Democratic Governors Association paid for the poll that surveyed 500 likely voters in telephone interviews from Sept. 16 - 19. According to the poll, 46 percent of voters are behind Tomblin, while only 36 support Maloney. Another 18 percent of likely voters are still undecided, the poll says. Tomblin also holds a 32 percent to 21 percent lead over Maloney in the number of voters who "strongly support" his...
  • Charges against Jesus Canul dropped(SC)

    09/20/2011 5:19:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 19 September, 2011 | Zack Harold
    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Murder charges have been dropped against a Logan County man arrested last month for killing his alleged robber, though county prosecutors appear to be keeping their options open for future litigation. In a motion filed Monday in Logan Magistrate Court, county prosecutor John Bennett and Chapmanville attorney Mark Hobbs requested the state of West Virginia dismiss charges against Jesus Canul. Bennett requested the dismissal because "some aspects of the investigation have not been completed," according to court documents. Magistrate Dwight Williamson approved the motion, including a note: "prosecutor to consider indictment." Bennett was not available for comment Monday...
  • Should Democrats Be Worried In West Virginia?

    09/16/2011 9:37:19 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 18 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 09/16/11 | CaroleL
    Now that Congressman Bob Turner (R-New York) has been sworn in on Capitol Hill, national attention is turning to the October 4 special election in West Virginia. Acting Governor and career politician Earl Ray Tomblin (D), who took office when former Governor Joe Manchin moved up to the US Senate, is running for a term of his own against conservative businessman Bill Maloney (R). Sound familiar? As in NY-9, an establishment Democrat is running against a political novice in a race that was supposed to be a slam dunk for the Democrat. Just a few months ago, Acting Governor Tomblin...
  • Wi-Fi Fearing Citizens Find Hideout in West Virginia

    09/16/2011 1:57:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies
    DailyTech ^ | 9/15/11 | Tiffany Kaiser
    Diane Schou, who left her home in Iowa to live in West Virginia, said she used to live in a Faraday Cage prior to finding shelter in Green BankThere have been attempts in the not-so-distant past where citizens strapped on their tin foil hats and complained of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), which is an illness typically caused by electromagnetic fields created by mobile devices and Wi-Fi. Earlier this year, for instance, some San Francisco, California residents pushed legislators to force cell phone sellers to display labels providing the amount of electromagnetic radiation their devices produce. This law was shelved in May...
  • Muslims Work to Separate Image From 9/11 Stereotypes

    SOUTH CHARLESTON -- At the Islamic Center in South Charleston, Imam Ehteshamul Haque spent his Thursday afternoon answering phones and preparing the mosque for services. Haque was in India during Sept. 11, but in his six years in America, he's both seen his share of suspicion and has been helping to educate about Islam. "Our practices of Islam day and night are extremely peaceful," said Haque. In a 2009 Gallup poll, 43 percent of Americans admitted to at least "a little" prejudice toward Muslims. "I believe if you study any religion you will find this problem: The mainstream is different....
  • Snakes Found Inside Boone County School

    09/07/2011 8:06:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    FOSTER -- But some parents in Boone County are outraged after finding out there have been three real snakes found loose in Brookview Elementary in just two weeks time. Boone County Schools Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman says the snakes appear to be garden snakes, also known as garter snakes. Grandmother Nancy Dickens says the whole situation is a little shocking. "I would go find someone to help me get it out of there," Dickens said. "I would try to keep the kids away from it." Huffman says an exterminator has been called to the school on two different occasions this...
  • [West Virginia] Breaking News: Wayne County Building Collapses on Cars

    WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A building has collapsed on several parked in a lot in Wayne County. Wayne County dispatchers tell WSAZ.com it happened along Route 152 in the parking lot of KFC at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Click here to find out more! Dispatchers say the Builders Supply Company building collapsed on top of at least four cars parked in the lot. Witnesses say another car may have been hit as well. No injuries have been reported. Wayne County firefighters and sheriff's deputies are investigating. WSAZ.com has a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest...
  • Girl Raped, Four Men in Custody

    08/05/2011 5:22:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    KENOVA -- Two men are charged with the rape of a Wayne County girl. Arana Neftali, 38, and Henry Isaac Rucuch Beletzuy, 26, were both charged with second degree sexual assault, according to a complaint filed with Wayne County Magistrate Court. The report states an officer was on patrol at 3 a.m. July 30 in the 400 block of 9th St. The officer said he heard screaming and found several people in the parking lot to the Hollywood Motel claiming their family member had been raped. The victim was taken to the hospital then later identified the two men that...
  • School Board: Homeschooling Disorganized and Isolationist

    08/02/2011 3:11:40 PM PDT · by Sopater · 81 replies
    West Virginia’s Monongalia County Board of Education is proposing a new homeschool policy. In the document’s “statement of purpose,” the board refers to stale objections, which reveal a flawed and stereotyped view towards homeschooling. Despite the fact that homeschooling has decades worth of practical and scientific evidence documenting its success, there are still public school officials who re-use the same old criticism of homeschooling—teacher competency and socialization. Here is the proposed policy’s first paragraph: “Monongalia County Board of Education encourages the enrollment of all school-age children [who] are residents in Monongalia County or in registered parochial or private schools so...
  • Justice Dept. STILL Refuses to Disclose Mollohan Documents

    07/18/2011 1:52:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 18, 2011 | Kristen Byrne
    A watchdog group continues to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release documents from a four-year investigation of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.). Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) previously filed Freedom of Information Act requests and administrative appeals seeking information about why the DOJ did not bring charges against Mollohan.In 2006, the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) launched an investigation on Mollohan and his connections to five non-profit organizations he created that were managed by close friends and real estate partners.Mollohan allegedly directed more than $250 million in earmarks to the non-profits...
  • The Obama Job-Training Juggernaut

    06/12/2011 1:39:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Michelle Malkin .com ^ | June 10, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    This much is clear. The Obama stimulus has funded vital workforce training expenses for a $100,000 nepotistic fraud ring in Charleston, W. V., that splurged on pet care, bar tabs and luxury hotel stays. A con-artist family employed by the state siphoned off job-training money that was supposed to subsidize technology education for 200 elderly West Virginians. In Tampa Bay, Fla., the local Workforce Alliance squandered tens of thousands of tax dollars on lunches at Hooters, cupcake delivery fees and VIP country music concert tickets. In Iowa, $730,000 in federal job-training cash from the stimulus law was redistributed to well-off...
  • NFL Player Brings Dateless, Disabled Teen to Her High School Dance

    05/23/2011 4:53:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Stir ^ | May 23, 2011 | Jeanne Sager
    I've heard of guys crying real tears because of the NFL lockout. Debating a fall without football can take down even the toughest of the tough guys. But the people who are crying over Chicago Bears' rookie J.T. Thomas' latest adventure actually have the lockout to thank for the heartwarming, tissue-soaking tale. Yup, it was the very fact that Thomas had no pressing football-related engagements that allowed him to escort a little girl named Joslyn Levell with spina bifida to her eighth grade formal dance. Go ahead, get the tissues. You're going to need 'em after this one's done! It...
  • State Superintendent: “Homeschoolers Need More Oversight”

    05/18/2011 11:29:57 AM PDT · by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 · 154 replies
    HSLDA ^ | May 17, 2011 | HSLDA
    In her first address to West Virginia’s joint standing committee on education this week, incoming West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple criticized homeschoolers. According to a West Virginia homeschooler who posted to an Internet group, Speaker pro tem and Delegate Ron Fragale told her that Mrs. Marple said “West Virginia homeschoolers need more oversight, better standards, better evidence of progress; homeschoolers have too much flexibility.” Delegate Fragale told the homeschooler that “he’s not sure why Mrs. Marple is so negative about homeschooling. Perhaps there are some new board members who don’t have a good impression of it. However,...
  • Rockefeller: U.S. needs to be out of three conflicts

    04/21/2011 7:32:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    sundaygazettemail.com ^ | April 19, 2011 | Paul J. Nyden
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., believes the United States should get out of the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya as soon as possible. ...Rockefeller also criticized the way military appropriations are often approved as part of "supplementary" budget legislation, hiding them from the public. "The military budget needs to come under new scrutiny. When I voted for the Iraq War, it was one of the worst votes in my life," Rockefeller said. "Today, I have grave misgivings about being in Iraq for another week. We should be out of Iraq this year altogether," he said. "We are not going to...
  • The House GOP Reunites [with knives out for Michele Bachmann]

    04/15/2011 4:38:14 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 44 replies
    NRO ^ | April 15, 2011 | NRO
    April 15, 2011 6:00 P.M. The House GOP Reunites After a contentious week, Republicans band together to pass the Ryan budget. Republicans finished out a rough week with a critical display of party unity on Friday afternoon. House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal — to cut $5.8 trillion from the deficit over the next decade and boldly reform Medicare and Medicaid — was passed with near conference-wide support. The final tally was 253–193 in favor of adoption, with every Democrat in opposition, but only four Republicans: Walter Jones (N.C.), Ron Paul (Texas), Denny Rehberg (Mont.), and freshman...
  • NASA Spacecraft Snaps 1st Photo of Mercury from Orbit

    03/29/2011 3:46:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Space.com ^ | 3/29/11 | Nasa
    The first spacecraft ever to circle Mercury has beamed home the first-ever photo taken of the small rocky planet from orbit, showing a stark landscape peppered with craters. NASA's Messenger spacecraft snapped the new Mercury photo today (March 29) at 5:20 a.m. EDT (0920 GMT). The photo shows the stark gray landscape of southern Mercury, a view that is dominated by a huge impact crater. "This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the solar system's innermost planet," Messenger mission scientists explained in a statement. The new Mercury photo shows a region around the south...
  • Senator Rockefeller Play-fights with the EPA [Take Him Home, West Virginia.]

    03/24/2011 10:53:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 8 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-03-24 | Billy Gribbin
    ...Fast-forward one year to the exact same situation playing out in the Senate, right now. The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, co-written by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), stands to achieve everything for which the Murkowski resolution aimed, and more. Introduced as an amendment to S. 493 by Sen. McConnell, the initiative is in danger of defeat under the same circumstances as Sen. Murkowski’s: Sen. Rockefeller has announced his intention to reintroduce his “nerf-gun” legislation, hoping to again stall the issue in congress. Some Senators will vote for his bill, some for McConnell’s, and everybody...
  • Dem Sen. Manchin to call out Obama over failed leadership on budget

    03/08/2011 9:07:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 8, 2011 | Will Rahn
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin will break ranks with his party to criticize President Obama’s budget proposal on Tuesday, reports National Journal. Manchin, who won a special election last November to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, will say that the President has “failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for” according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by the magazine. “The truth of the matter is that this debate, as important as it is, will not be decided by House Republicans and Senate Democrats...
  • Maryland man gets five years for fraud, after making terrorist threats

    03/01/2011 7:25:07 AM PST · by wonders · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Maria Glod
    A Silver Spring man convicted of falsifying immigration documents had threatened to blow up the White House, the U.S. Treasury building, a federal courthouse and a Metro stop, vowing to "slaughter the enemies of Islam," federal prosecutors said Monday in court. Lajqi, an ethnic Albanian who came to the United States through Mexico in the mid-1980s, is a self-described "extremist militant," who said he was trained by Bosnian Muslim rebels, according to court papers. He was angry about American military involvement in Kosovo in the 1990s, and "blamed all Albanian deaths in Kosovo on the United States," the court papers...
  • Last living U.S. World War I veteran dies

    02/27/2011 8:37:32 PM PST · by Mmogamer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/2011 | Paul Courson
    Washington (CNN) -- Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110.
  • Last living U.S. WWI veteran dies

    02/27/2011 8:39:21 PM PST · by Red Badger · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 02-27-2011 | staff
    Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110. Buckles “died peacefully in his home of natural causes” early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Last American World War I Veteran Dies

    02/28/2011 4:31:31 PM PST · by DBCJR · 9 replies
    The last known American veteran of World War I died Sunday at his home in West Virginia. Former U.S. Army Corporal Frank Buckles was 110 years old... Buckles wanted to serve when World War I broke out, and his lie to the recruiter made it possible. Shortly afterward, at age 16, he deployed to Europe as an ambulance driver. He saw the horror of war close up, ferrying the wounded from the trenches to primitive field hospitals. Later, he drove German prisoners back to Germany. Buckles left the army in 1920 and years later he went to work for a...
  • Last living US WWI vet dies in West Virginia

    02/28/2011 4:57:31 PM PST · by Military family member · 14 replies
    WTHI TV 10 ^ | 2/28/2011 | WTHI TV 10
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - What was it like? What was it like in the trenches? What was it like in all those places whose names have faded in the dusty recesses of memory, places like Ypres and Gallipoli, Verdun and the Marne? What was it like to fight the war that was supposed to make the world safe for democracy? There's no one left to ask.
  • Three U.S. marshals shot in Elkins; assailant killed [one Marshal has died]

    02/16/2011 8:26:49 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 254 replies
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | 16 FEB 11 | By Gary A. Harki
    <p>Developing: 3 Federal agents with the US Marshal Service were shot while serving a warrant with state and local law enforcement. One agent was life-flighted out.</p>