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  • US Navy Triples Paid Maternity Leave in Effort to Attract Women

    07/05/2015 7:15:45 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor
    The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off. The change, directed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, makes the Navy the first of the military services to provide more than the current six weeks of leave. According to the Navy, about 5,000 women would be eligible for the benefit each year, including 500 officers. The actual order extends convalescent leave for maternity cases only, and is effective immediately. Service secretaries have the authority to make...
  • VIDEO: Ruger Version of the Star-Spangled Banner

    07/04/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 4, 2015 | Dave Blount
    What could be more patriotic on the Fourth of July than playing the Star-Spangled Banner with a Ruger 10/22? Chris Cheng demonstrates:
  • Vatican Hosts Climate Commie Naomi Klein

    07/04/2015 11:54:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 4 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 2, 2015 | David Blount
    You can tell a lot about powerful people by who comes to visit them. For example, in the early years of the Obama Administration, his #1 visitor was pro-communist SEIU leader Andy Stern. Racial arsonist Al Sharpton is a regular, and his still more rabidly anti-Caucasian colleague Malik Shabazz appears to have coming a'calling too. Regarding the new Pope: The Vatican added yet another strange bedfellow to its expanding ecological alliance Wednesday, hosting anti-capitalist eco-crusader Naomi Klein at a conference on saving the planet. Klein, author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” acknowledged Wednesday that, “as a secular...
  • Worth Another Look: Christians Stoned by Muslims as Authorities Look On — In Michigan

    07/02/2015 10:12:10 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 1, 2015 | Dave Blount
    The West’s Islamic future has already been happening in the Muslim colony Dearbornistan. This 2012 story is worth another look...By now, close to 270,000 viewers [make that nearly 2 million now] have seen the video (see below) of the Christian street preachers being assaulted on the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. They were walking in public areas of the annual Dearborn Arab Festival on Sunday 17 June 2012 (Father’s Day), carrying placards and wearing T-shirts bearing mild statements expressing their Christian beliefs.
  • Confirmation Hearings...Kagan...“There Is No Federal Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage”

    07/01/2015 10:50:23 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 34 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 30, 2015 | Dave Blount
    FULL TITLE: In Confirmation Hearings, Elena Kagan Stated “There Is No Federal Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage”... Obama and Shrillary aren’t the only ones to “evolve” rather dramatically regarding the federal desecration of marriage on behalf of the radical homosexual agenda. Legal Insurrection recalls testimony by leftist Supreme Court Injustice Elena Kagan during her confirmation hearings. This is so straightforward, you had to know she didn’t mean it: Senator John Cornyn: Do you believe that there is a federal constitutional right to samesex marriage? Kagan: There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
  • A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee, so books Chelsea for $65,000 instead

    06/30/2015 8:31:11 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    WA Post ^ | June 30, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Rosalind S. Helderman
    When the University of Missouri at Kansas City was looking for a celebrity speaker to headline its gala luncheon marking the opening of a women’s hall of fame, one name came to mind: Hillary Rodham Clinton. But when the former secretary of state’s representatives quoted a fee of $275,000, officials at the public university balked. “Yikes!” one e-mailed another. So the school turned to the next best option: her daughter, Chelsea. The university paid $65,000 for Chelsea Clinton’s brief appearance Feb. 24, 2014, a demonstration of the celebrity appeal and marketability that the former and possibly second-time first daughter employs...
  • Gay Army General Reflects on Supreme Court's Historic Ruling

    06/29/2015 4:26:33 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Bryant Jordan
    The first general officer to come out as gay following the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011 says the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the country makes "a positive difference in many service members' lives" for practical and heartfelt reasons. "The practical impact is uniformity in the recognition of family," Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith told Miltary.com. "The heartfelt impact is that every family matters, regardless of who you marry." Smith, who married Tracey Hepner in 2012 at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, was at Brooks Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, as the...
  • Mega-Retailers Confirm That Pushing Liberal Agenda Comes Before Making Money

    06/25/2015 7:25:41 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | JUNE 24, 2015 | Dave Blount
    Mega-retailers have confirmed their loyal membership in the liberal Establishment and their willingness to join in an ideological war of annihilation against the very concept of the South by refusing to sell Confederate flag merchandise. This confirms that like Big Advertising, Big Retail is far more concerned with advancing the liberal agenda than with making money, because thanks to the authorities’ big push to suppress it, the rebel flag is selling better than ever:
  • VIDEO: Mayor Murray unveils rainbow crosswalks on Capitol Hill [ Seattle gay area ]

    06/23/2015 5:11:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 45 replies
    KIRO TV (CBS) - Seattle ^ | June 23, 2015 | Staff
    As Pride Week gets underway in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray unveiled new rainbow crosswalks at several Capitol Hill intersections Tuesday morning. There are 11 crosswalks on Capitol Hill getting the rainbow treatment -- for a total cost of more than $100,000 according to the city's transportation director. Seven of those were painted and treated overnight and four others will be finished Tuesday night. The idea has been discussed for some time, but was delayed by logistics and cost. It was initially said that the colorful crosswalks cost about $6,000 for a total of $66,000 for all 11. The money comes...
  • So What Do Liberals Actually Want To Do About Guns?

    06/23/2015 12:21:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 58 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 19, 2015 | David Harsanyi
    Do something about guns. In his statement on the Charleston shooting, President Barack Obama called on congressional leaders to “come to grips” with their positions on guns, because “it is in our power to do something about it.” This is a refrain we hear after every gruesome mass shooting. Today, Eugene Robinson writes that “the one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.” The only way we can change things is to hold “presidential candidates of both parties accountable” to do something about them. Ok. What?
  • ‘Black’ Rachel Dolezal: Whites shouldn’t discuss racism

    06/21/2015 3:48:00 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 18, 2015 | Dave Huber
    As if the case of Rachel Dolezal couldn’t get any sillier, anti-racism activist Tim Wise says that the “black” former NAACP chapter president once “tried to stop him from speaking” at Eastern Washington University because … “white folks can’t speak with any legitimacy to issues of racism.” Dolezal was a part-time professor at the college.
  • New Orleans police capture suspect in fatal shooting of officer in police car

    06/21/2015 3:26:01 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    NY Daily Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Joel Landeau
    The man accused of shooting a New Orleans police officer to death inside a police car was nabbed Sunday after he was spotted jumping onto a public bus wearing handcuffs. Police searched for Travis Boys, 33, for 24 hours after he slipped into the front seat of the cruiser while handcuffed and fatally shot Daryle Holloway, 45, authorities said. A police rookie and his trainer saw Boys getting on the bus with broken handcuffs on his wrist. "To my understanding, he got on the bus after spotting the officers. And the officers saw that and then he got off the...
  • The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today

    06/21/2015 2:03:59 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 71 replies
    Orangic Prepper ^ | June 16, 2015 | Daisy Luther
    With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods. Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies. There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story. Kids are brainwashed – yes, brainwashed – into believing that the mere thought of a gun means you’re a psychotic...
  • Goodnight, California

    06/20/2015 11:16:56 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 34 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 16, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    I offer another chronicle, a 14-hour tour of the skeleton I once knew as California...[Snip]...I turn on the local news and channel surf for 10 minutes. How well we take refuge in the absurd. This litany blares out: Bruce Jenner’s new sexual identity, the latest racial controversy, this time over the crashing of a private pool party and the police reaction, the Obama’s new stretch Air Force One jumbo jet, Marco Rubio’s one ticket every four years, Miley Cyrus’s bisexuality. I suppose if one cannot grasp, much less deal with, $19 trillion in debt, a foreign policy in shambles, the...
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Rachel Dolezal Declares Herself to Be Bisexual

    06/19/2015 2:47:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 19, 2015 | Dave Blount
    When faux black Rachel Dolezal was offered a reality show, I thought: that’s it, this farce is now complete; it perfectly encapsulates our tawdry age of moonbattery run amok. Then when we learned of a Rachel Dolezal sex tape, I thought: okay, it wasn’t complete before, but now it is. Yet the story still wasn’t finished. Rachel Dolezal had not yet proclaimed herself to be a polysexual pervert: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP President accused of misrepresenting her race and masquerading as a black woman, revealed she is bisexual in an interview with NBC Nightly News. “I’m bisexual. And so,...
  • FAA: Two Planes At Midway Began Takeoffs At Same Time

    06/18/2015 2:58:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    CBS TV Chicago ^ | June 17, 2015 | Staff
    Two planes began their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago’s Midway airport on Tuesday evening, before being ordered to stop by air traffic control and averting a collision in the center of the airport, the FAA confirmed. The two planes involved were Southwest Flight 3828 bound for
  • RED FRANCIS: Commie Pope Blames Wealthy Nations for Plight of the Poor

    06/16/2015 11:59:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Pope Francis blames wealthy nations for the plight of the poor in his anticipated encyclical on Global Warming junk science. Red Francis also says Global warming is real and wealthy countries must do more to save the planet. The National Journal reported:
  • McDonald’s Announces Its Answer to $15 an Hour Minimum Wage – Touch-Screen Cashiers

    06/16/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 73 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    This is exactly what the left pushed for… Fast food chains were never meant to be a place for someone to raise a family of 6, they were to be part time positions with some full-time advancements. Mostly the fast food restaurants were for school aged kids to learn how to interact with people, with a job, to offer spending money, and to begin responsibility learning for their future.
  • MSNBC Host Weighs in On Rachel Dolezal With a ‘Stupid’ Remark That’s Backfiring Big Time [Video]

    06/15/2015 10:55:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 82 replies
    IJReview ^ | June 14, 2015 | Justen Charter
    On Saturday, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry shared her thoughts about the Rachel Dolezal story with one of her guests. Perry said: “But is it possible that she might actually be black? The best way that I know how to describe this and I want to be very careful here. Because I don’t want to say it’s equivalent to the transgender experience. But there is a useful language in trans and cis, which is to just to say some of us are born cis-gendered, some of us are born trans-gendered. But I wonder can it be that one would be cis-black...
  • Spokane NAACP leader cancels meeting amid furor

    06/14/2015 10:30:34 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 59 replies
    KOMO-TV, Seattle ^ | June 14, 2015 | Associated Press and KOMO Staff
    The leader of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, canceled a chapter meeting Monday where she was expected to speak about the furor sparked over her racial identity. Her parents have said she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years though she is actually white. Dolezal sent out an email Sunday cancelling the meeting "due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders." Some, however, questioned whether she had the power to do so. KREM-TV in Spokane, quoting from an email thread sent to NAACP members, says the head of the chapter's executive committee questioned whether...
  • The real reason American passenger trains are so bad

    06/14/2015 1:36:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 122 replies
    Vox ^ | June 12, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    The May Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia put the sorry state of passenger rail in the United States briefly back on the public agenda, leaving many people wondering not just about the specifics of the crash but about the more general issue — how is it that a rich and powerful country that was a pioneer in railroad adoption in the 19th century has such terrible trains? The United States is a big country, with lots of trains in it. So you can really think of this big generic question as composed of three separate questions with separate answers. One...
  • How theme parks like Disney World left the middle class behind

    06/14/2015 10:32:02 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2015 | Drew Harwell
    When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk. Disney has raised the gate price for the Magic Kingdom 41 times since, nearly doubling it over the past decade. This year, a ticket inside the “most magical place on Earth” rocketed past $100 for the first time in history. Ballooning costs have not slowed the mouse-eared masses flooding into the world’s busiest theme park. Disney’s main attraction hosted a record 19 million...
  • Suicide Rates of Female Military Veterans Called 'Staggering'

    06/13/2015 7:04:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 63 replies
    Military.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Alan Zarembo
    New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide. "It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why...
  • California professors instructed not to say ‘America is the land of opportunity’

    06/13/2015 10:31:39 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 10, 2015 | Josh Hedtke
    That’s one of several phrases deemed a ‘microaggression’ at faculty leader training sessions initiated by University of California President Janet Napolitano “America is the land of opportunity,” “There is only one race, the human race” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job” are among a long list of alleged microaggressions faculty leaders of the University of California system have been instructed not to say. These so-called microaggressions – considered examples of subconscious racism – were presented at faculty leader training sessions held throughout the 2014-15 school year at nine of the 10 UC campuses. The sessions,...
  • Boston City Hall Gets Gender Neutral Bathrooms

    06/12/2015 11:14:58 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 31 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | June 12, 2015 | Sarah Fisher
    f you have any business to conduct in Boston City Hall, you will be able to share the bathroom with people of the opposite sex or any sex for that matter. "Mayor Martin J. Walsh established gender-neutral bathrooms in Boston's City Hall Thursday, according to a statement from the city. The move comes during Boston's Pride Week, which celebrates the LGBT community and raises awareness of discrimination." USA Today explains the new bathrooms "can be used by anyone including individuals who may identify as transgender, caregivers helping someone of another gender and parents with small children."
  • Affirmative Action Applied to Air Traffic Controllers

    06/11/2015 3:10:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dave Blount
    How far will our ideologically demented ruling class push Affirmative Action before people start pushing back? Already it has played a role in destroying our schools, with a liberal judge actually abolishing aptitude tests on the grounds that blacks don’t score as well. But apparently people don’t think it matters whether teachers have any qualifications other than skin color. If being black can get you into the White House, why not a classroom? Maybe airliners crashing into each other will wake people up:
  • New York Times Has Hissy Fit, Demands Transgender Troops

    06/08/2015 6:23:08 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 44 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 5, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    Always forward! Not resting on its gay-marriage laurels, and while still celebrating the bravery of a man in drag, the house organ of crazy modern “liberalism” now stamps its high-heeled combat boots...[snip]...Let’s face it: we’ve wandered into the realm of barking insanity at this point, as the Left tries to linguistically (and thus politically) redefine the most elemental aspect of our physical nature. All part of Critical Theory: attack everything and anything. And with America’s defenders now running away even faster than the Iraqi Army, who is left to stop them?
  • Let’s Do Some Railing [AMTRAK]

    06/01/2015 9:30:11 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | May 28, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Just before Congress slunk away for the three-day weekend — which it was, of course, planning to stretch into a week — senators from the Northeast held a press conference to denounce Republicans for underfunding Amtrak passenger rail service. “Amtrak has some infrastructure that is so old it was built and put into service when Jesse James and Butch Cassidy were still alive and robbing trains,” said Senator Charles Schumer of New York. “In Connecticut we have a bridge that was built when Grover Cleveland was president,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Now you have to admit, this is...
  • You'll Never Guess Who's Building an Aircraft Carrier Now (Seriously... Try)

    05/31/2015 7:21:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | May 31, 2015 | Rich Smith
    All of a sudden, aircraft carriers are back in fashion. Over in Russia, they're drawing up plans to build the world's biggest aircraft carrier, a 100,000-ton beast that can carry 100 combat aircraft. China's building one, two, or maybe even four aircraft carriers. And here in the United States, we're busy building our second ­Ford-class supercarrier. Around the world and across the seas, aircraft carriers are popping up in the unlikeliest of places -- in Korea, in Thailand, in India, Japan, and maybe soon in Singapore, as well. But you'll never guess the latest country to announce plans to acquire...
  • The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized

    05/30/2015 11:28:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 24, 2015 | Maddie Stone
    [Snip]...The visualization below, inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of Moore’s law, tells the story of the trillion fold increase in computing performance we’ve witnessed over the past sixty years. That’s impressive enough, but some of the other finds are downright astounding. The Apollo guidance computer that took early astronauts to the moon, for instance, has the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems, while the Cray-2 supercomputer from 1985—the fastest machine in the world for its time—roughly measures up to an iPhone 4.
  • The Boy Scouts Continue To Devolve Into A Garden Club

    05/30/2015 10:01:41 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 50 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rich Cromwell
    [Snip]... To be honest, the BSA hasn’t been doing well for a while. Membership has been steadily declining for decades, and recent decisions to go full Episcopalian—and you never go full Episcopalian—haven’t helped. But with this decision, and the resulting onslaught of righteous indignation, we see just how far a once-proud paramilitary organization has fallen. Why the change? The cynic in me, the one who remembers how long it took to evacuate us when we were sleeping in the woods without shelter and the skies opened up in biblical fashion that one weekend, thinks the BSA is now run by...
  • 2nd Submariner Guilty of Sharing Videos of Women in Shower

    05/28/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 50 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Jason Dearen
    A second submariner pleaded guilty Wednesday to sharing videos of female officers undressing for a shower, continuing a case that a prosecutor calls a "black eye" for the Navy's integration of women into the nation's sub fleet. Electronics technician Joseph Bradley entered his guilty pleas in a court-martial and was sentenced to 30 days' confinement and a reduction in rank. Bradley received the videos after they were secretly recorded by another sailor aboard the USS Wyoming nuclear submarine based at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia, prosecutors say. Bradley admitted in a plea agreement to sharing the images with...
  • Scandal Rap Sheet: 48 Reasons to Distrust & Despise the Media

    05/23/2015 10:44:33 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | John Nolte
    The American mainstream media is filled to the brim with liars, frauds, partisans, cheats, plagiarists, and those who tolerate, defend and enable all of them. There is no American institution — not the NFL, not the tobacco companies, not any corporation or enterprise regularly targeted by the media — that engages in anywhere near the amount of fraud and dishonesty that serially oozes from Our Media Overlords. Forget bias for a moment. Forget mistakes and misstatements and stupid or nasty things said during live telecasts. There isn’t enough Internet to begin to list the countless instances of left-wing bias and...
  • Mexico: 43 dead in 3-hour firefight on ranch in west

    05/23/2015 9:02:48 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 29 replies
    Yahool News ^ | E. Eduardo Castillo and Katherine Cocoran
    At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory. All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.
  • Hillary Supporters Literally Speechless on Her Accomplishments

    05/21/2015 2:37:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | May 20, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    A focus group of ten Iowa Democrats were assembled by Bloomberg Politics and while all of them confidently pledged their support for Hillary Clinton as president, not one of them could name a single accomplishment while she was Secretary of State...[Snip]...The takeaway from the focus group accentuates the problem with an uninformed public. These Democrats were more than willing to stand behind a candidate they know little or nothing about. Their awkward silence when trying to conjure up a single political accomplishment of their preferred candidate speaks volumes.
  • At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal [7.3]

    05/12/2015 4:21:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | May 12, 2015 | Greg Botelho and Jethro Mullen
    Latest developments • A U.S. military helicopter "was declared missing" Tuesday while in Nepal to support earthquake relief efforts there, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Sims said. The UH-1 Huey helicopter had six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese aboard at the time, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. Radio transmissions indicated its crew was having some type of fuel problem before it went missing, said Warren, who added the U.S. government is "hopeful" the aircraft didn't crash but doesn't know. • At least 50 people have died in Nepal because of the latest large earthquake there, police spokesman Kamal Singh Bam...
  • Goat Removed from USS Lake Erie Along with CO

    05/09/2015 5:40:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Tom Perry
    Navy Capt. John Banigan is no longer aboard the San Diego-based guided missile cruiser Lake Erie. Neither is a goat named Master Chief Charlie. Banigan was ousted from command last week after the brass lost confidence in his ability to lead, the standard explanation when a commanding officer is removed. Banigan has been reassigned to a desk job. Master Chief Charlie is also ashore, though it remains unclear whether he is on Navy property or civilian property. He is, however, in excellent health, the Navy said. The fate of the captain and the goat became mixed when the Navy began...
  • Special Ops Leaders Praise Women's Role in Ranger Raids

    05/09/2015 4:44:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    A new book about a young, female Army officer who routinely accompanied Ranger units on raids in Afghanistan is shining a light on a select group of American women who have made history in modern warfare. "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield" focuses on 1st Lt. Ashley White, an incredibly physically fit soldier who joined the Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team effort in 2010. The pilot program was designed to train women and have them serve with Army Ranger and other special operations direct-action units so they could gather...
  • Only Two Republicans Admit They Actually Read Secret Obama Trade Deal—Both Unsupportive

    05/09/2015 10:33:23 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 7 2015 | Matthew Boyle and Alex Swoyer
    With the first votes on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track TPP just days away, it’s looking like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)54% expects Americans to accept former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA)7% Obamacare logic for the trade deal: you have to pass it to find out what’s in it. “If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door,”...
  • Video Evidence Emerges Of Freddie Gray Running Into Building During Chase, Then Doubling Back...

    05/07/2015 10:13:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 37 replies
    Breitbart - The Last Refuge ^ | May 6, 2015 | Sundance
    Full title: Video Evidence Emerges Of Freddie Gray Running Into Building During Chase, Then Doubling Back Before Arrest.....Baltimore police have continually said their initial reasoning for suspecting Freddie Gray of suspicious activity was his immediate running from police when bicycle officers made eye contact. However, no-one has revealed he ran into a building.
  • Cops, Prosecutors Disagree on Whether Freddie Gray's Knife Was Legal

    05/07/2015 7:32:38 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 32 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    In my column today, I mention the dispute about whether the knife carried by Freddie Gray qualified as an illegal switchblade. Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, says it clearly did not, which means police did not have probable cause to arrest him for carrying the knife. Mosby cites "Maryland law," which defines a switchblade as a knife with "a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring, or other device in the handle of the knife." But according to The Baltimore Sun, the police task force that investigated Gray's death "studied the knife and...
  • Fmr Deputy Baltimore State’s Atty: Mosby’s Police Charges ‘Incompetent at Best’

    05/06/2015 2:14:37 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    Mediate.com ^ | May 6, 215 | Andrew Kirell |
    Appearing on CNN Wednesday morning, former Baltimore Deputy State’s Attorney Page Croyder blasted current State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby‘s charges against the six officers allegedly involved in Freddie Gray‘s mid-April death. “Any prosecutor interested in the truth and in justice would have used all the tools at her disposal to find them. Ms. Mosby ignored them,” Croyder wrote in a Tuesday op-ed for the Baltimore Sun. “She has one of the most experienced homicide prosecutors in the state of Maryland as chief of her homicide unit, but did not ask him to investigate. She had the police report all of one...
  • Air Force general lost job over ethnic slur

    05/05/2015 9:52:00 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sig Christenson
    A two-star general resigned his command in San Antonio last week after making a racially-charged comment during a lower-ranking officer's disciplinary hearing, the Air Force said Monday. Maj. Gen. Michael Keltz, then commander of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, told an accused officer that he appeared “drunker than 10,000 Indians” in a photo of him and another airman. The Air Force confirmed that Keltz made the remark, which initially was reported in a blog.
  • Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal

    05/04/2015 1:07:05 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | April 30, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Every time we seem to have reached peak insanity when it comes to the intellectually constipated and socially stultifying atmosphere on today’s college campuses, some new story manages to reveal vast new and untapped reservoirs of ridiculousness. In a world of trigger warnings, microaggressions, and official apologies featuring misgendered pronouns that start a whole new round of accusations, wonders never cease. So when ’60s-radical-turned-Reagan-fanboy David Horowitz shows up at University of North Carolina to equate Islam with terrorism for the thousandth time, the student body gets the vapors, tries to shut him down, and creates the hashtag #notsafeUNC. When a...
  • Saudis Intercept Yemen Bound Iranian Jet, Bomb Runway To Stop It [Videos]

    05/02/2015 10:51:47 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 6 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | April 30, 2015 | Chris Clarke
    As the conflict in Yemen intensifies, fully armed Royal Saudi Air Force F-15Cs are caught on video intercepting a civilian Airbus A310. The Mahan Air jet was en route from Iran to Yemen, supposedly on a relief mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Apparently the Saudis didn’t believe that. Iranians claim that proper clearance was acquired for the flight to Yemen via Oman and pilots ignored Saudi radio communications demanding the aircraft land at an alternate airport, one that just so happens to be under Saudi control.
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    05/02/2015 10:04:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • FOP President Claims Conflict Of Interest, Calls For Special Prosecutor In Freddie Gray Death

    05/01/2015 12:51:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | May 1, 2015
    [SNIP]...Gene Ryan, president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police, called for Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the case due to her “many conflicts of interest.”...These conflicts include your personal and professional relationships with the Gray family attorney, William Murphy and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media. Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident,” Ryan said in an open letter to Mosby. “Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse,...
  • Can you run from police?

    04/30/2015 10:38:54 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 66 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 29, 2015 | CURT ANDERSON and JULIET LINDERMAN
    When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets. Fleeing from police is not, by itself, illegal in America, and the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that in safe neighborhoods, people not suspected of criminal activity can ignore a police officer who approaches them, even to the point of walking away. But courts have set a different standard for places where street crime is common, ruling that police can chase, stop and frisk people...
  • Crying Baby Gets Family Thrown Off Plane, Deemed Security Risk [Israel]

    04/29/2015 2:16:46 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 12 replies
    Travel Pulse ^ | April 28, 2015 | Donald Cook
    Traveling with small children can be a stressful situation on its own, but one airline in Tel Aviv, Israel, made the predicament even worse by treating a family poorly before having them removed from the plane due to their crying child. According to Jewish News, husband and wife Ariella and Mark Aziz were scheduled to fly from Tel Aviv to Luton, England, on Dutch airline Transavia when their 19-month-old daughter began crying. The Transavia crew asked the child’s parents to position their daughter on their lap before takeoff and use the connector belt provided by the airline. The plane had...