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  • Illegals granted Social Security

    05/19/2006 8:33:38 AM PDT · 1 of 138
  • LA deputy shot in Long Beach was homicide victim, police say

    03/30/2006 12:04:49 PM PST · 55 of 56
    Ramonan to BurbankKarl

    NG BEACH, California-- Two young men believed responsible for the slaying of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy remained at large Wednesday, and police asked the public's help in catching her killers.

    Officers canvassing the neighborhood moments after Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Cecilia Rosa was shot Tuesday morning talked to witnesses who said they heard multiple rounds fired, then saw two Hispanic males, in their teens or early 20s, running from the scene, said Long Beach Police Chief Anthony Batts.

    Batts, who spoke at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, said the motive was unclear but investigators had a hunch Rosa was the victim of a robbery.

    The chief also said he wanted to clear up rumors and innuendo about what led to the deputy's shooting.

    Sheriff Lee Baca speculated Tuesday that the position of the 30-year-old's body indicated she may have shot herself while putting equipment in the back of her car as she prepared to go to work.

    After receiving an update on the investigation Wednesday, Baca said he made a mistake and the killing appeared to be a homicide.

    "It's definitely not an accidental shooting," Baca said. "She didn't have an opportunity to defend herself."

    But Batts said it was too early in the investigation to know if Rosa saw the attack coming.

    Rosa was shot twice with a .22-caliber gun as she prepared to leave for work from a friend's Long Beach home around 6 a.m. Tuesday. She was wearing a sweat shirt and jeans, he said. There was nothing to suggest her killers knew she was in law enforcement.

    "We are asking your help and assistance in locating two possible suspects," Batts said. "Both suspects were seen near the scene at the time the incident occurred, riding a bicycle."

    One was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, and an abandoned bicycle was found next to the victim's car and taken into evidence. The native of Sonora, Mexico, was found lying on the ground next to her car by a Press-Telegram delivery man who called 911, the chief said.

    Johnny Burgos, a district adviser in the Press-Telegram's Circulation Department, said he was helping a paper boy make his rounds after that employee got a flat tire.

    It was before 6 a.m. when they drove down the 2900 block of Eucalyptus Avenue and saw the deputy lying on her back, he said.

    "At first I thought she had passed out or something," Burgos said. "But when I got up to her, I could see she was dead."

    Burgos said he and the delivery boy ran to the house and knocked on the door, then ran back to Rosa to begin CPR. As he pumped on her chest, he said, her half-lidded eyes stared straight ahead and she remained still. Then he noticed a dark stain along the left side of her body, just above her rib cage.

    "It looked black," he said. "It looked like a (gunshot wound)."

    A good Samaritan who was driving by noticed Burgos' efforts and stopped to help, he said. While that man worked on the deputy, Burgos ran back to the house and pounded on the door with his fists.

    A young man came out first, he said, followed by a woman.

    "She told me she was a Sheriff's, too," Burgos said. "Then she just started to cry."

    That was Sheriff's Deputy Jenny Martin, a longtime friend of Rosa's. Martin owns the home where Rosa affectionately known as "Cessy" often stayed to cut down on her commute to downtown Los Angeles, according to Martin's family.

    The two women were friends long before they went through the Sheriff's Academy, said Marta Esquivez. They met while working at a dentist's office.

    And Rosa who owns a home in Pomona was very close with Martin's family, spending most holidays and birthdays with them, Esquivez said.

    Esquivez said her nephew, who lives with Martin, told his dad they didn't hear anything that morning until they were awakened by Burgos banging on the door.

    Rosa, who graduated from high school in Gilroy in 1993, joined the Sheriff's Department in July of 2000. She was assigned to the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles throughout her career, working with inmates as they were received and released from the county's jail system.

    She is survived by three brothers and two sisters. Funeral arrangements are pending, said Sheriff's Homicide Capt. Ray Peavy.

    Batts told reporters that investigators' strongest hunch was that Rosa was the victim of a botched robbery. They based the theory, in part, on the time of day for the attack. But he did not know if anything was taken.

    As for Baca's earlier comments, Batts said his investigators on Tuesday ruled out the possibility the wounds were self-inflicted after ballistics showed, "her weapon had not been fired."

    The strain of losing an officer likely added to the confusion, Batts said.

    Baca talked about the accidental shooting theory after he was quizzed by reporters at a press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday night, said Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

    "But don't forget, it's not our investigation," Whitmore said Wednesday. "That means that second-and thirdhand information was coming in. At the time, (Baca) said it was an accident or a murder, and he was hoping it was accident."

    The sheriff acknowledged the error Wednesday morning after speaking at the funeral of Sheriff's Deputy Pierre Bain, a 14-year veteran of the force who was killed in an on-duty motorcycle accident March 23 in Lancaster.

    Meanwhile, the LBPD has put every possible resource on the case, Batts said, and is being assisted by the Sheriff's Department.

    "We will take this as a loss of our family, and we will not stop until we have followed every lead that's possible," Batts said.

    Anyone with information about the killing is urged to call Long Beach Homicide Detectives Bryan McMahon or Patrick O'Dowd at (562) 570-7244.

  • Shooting down Cunningham's legend

    01/16/2006 5:34:43 AM PST · 1 of 66
  • Rice: Kazakh democracy before oil (Condi 08-yes)

    10/14/2005 1:51:37 PM PDT · 3 of 11
    Ramonan to lormand

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice became the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor, on January 22, 2001.

    In June 1999, she completed a six year tenure as Stanford University 's Provost, during which she was the institution's chief budget and academic officer. As Provost she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students.

    As professor of political science, Dr. Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors -- the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

    At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions.

    From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military.

    She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula . In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco.

    Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she earned her bachelor's degree in political science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, the University of Notre Dame in 1995, the National Defense University in 2002, the Mississippi College School of Law in 2003, the University of Louisville and Michigan State University in 2004. She resides in Washington, D.C.

    Indeed, her bipartisan tone leads one former Bush official to note that Rice could have ended up working for a Democratic administration. But Rice would rather see her beloved Stanford football team lose than work for a Democrat. By both upbringing and philosophy, she is a committed Republican realist in the tradition of Kissinger, Scowcroft and Colin Powell. Rice's father, a university administrator, joined the G.O.P. in 1952, at a time when Dixiecrats still ruled the South. In 1960 the six-year-old Rice went into a voting booth and instructed her mother to "pull the elephant." Her mother listened.

    Growing up in segregated Birmingham, she recalls hardly knowing that white people existed. Then, in 1963, her friend Denise McNair was killed in the church bombing that helped ignite the civil rights movement. The family moved out of Alabama, eventually relocating to Denver. But living under Jim Crow instilled in Rice an astonishing resilience. "I came out of that not bitter but with a sense of entitlement," she says, "to do whatever I wanted to do, to be whoever I wanted to be."

    For most of her youth, she wanted to be a concert pianist; she still practices for an hour a day and gives recitals on the Stanford campus. But after entering the University of Denver at age 15 (she skipped two grades in school), her professional music prospects dimmed, and she began to feel "an inexplicable pull toward the study of Russia and communism and Eastern Europe."

    Her mentor at Denver was the Czech refugee Josef Korbel, Madeleine Albright's father. This coincidence serves to highlight her differences with Albright, who has become the foremost proponent of an ideal-driven foreign policy. While Rice says that in foreign policy "America's values are extremely important," she hews closer to the tradition of Korbel and other realists, such as Hans Morgenthau, who place greater weight on defending strategic interests and tending to the balance of power.

    In 1981, before she had even completed her Ph.D., she was offered a professorship at Stanford. Scowcroft met her in 1986, at a dreary dinner with various foreign policy graybeards. "Here was this young slip of a girl who would speak up unabashedly," he told TIME. "I determined to get to know her." After he was named Bush's NSC adviser, he placed one of his first recruiting calls to Rice.

    She mesmerizes colleagues with a mixture of soft-spoken gentility and effusive warmth. But beneath that lies a steely determination. "The roadside is littered with the bodies of those who have underestimated Condi," says Stanford political scientist Coit Blacker, a close friend. Former CIA chief Robert Gates recalls Rice's accosting a Treasury Department official who tried to undermine her authority. "With a smile on her face she sliced and diced him," Gates says. "He was a walking dead man after that." During her bravura six-year tenure as Stanford provost, her aversion to identity politics at times unsettled some faculty and students. Once, when an African-American student complained that Rice was inattentive to campus minorities, she shot back. "You don't have the standing to question my commitment," she said. "I've been black all my life."

  • Rice: Kazakh democracy before oil (Condi 08-yes)

    10/14/2005 1:39:00 PM PDT · 1 of 11
    [FROM ANOTHER SOURCE].............................. After Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made stops in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and later to Tajikistan, she was not about to put up with any silliness from the Ex-Soviet Autocratic President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, on Thursday!

    After their opening remarks, the Kazakh Leader left his podium. That is when Condi chased him down and brought him back to the podium to answer reporter's questions! ....................................... QUESTION: Andrea Koppel with CNN. I have a question for both of you. Mr. President, one of your daughters controls the media. The other controls the main bank here. The opposition, the political opposition, is routinely harassed, arrested. What evidence is there that you are anything more than a dictator? ....................................... PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV: (Via interpreter.) What I said about the freedom of speech, I said I underlined that it should not be a freedom of misinformation. So I think that our opposition has provided you with some...(blah, blah,...)

    SECRETARY RICE: Andrea, I think if we were interested only in oil and the war on terrorism we would not be speaking in the way that we are about democracy here or in Saudi Arabia or throughout the Middle East.

    And so quite clearly, while we do have interests in terms of resources and in terms of the struggle for terrorism, we have in no way allowed those interests to get in the way of our open and clear defense of freedom.

  • U.S. Policy Lets Illegal Immigrants Go

    07/03/2005 12:09:36 PM PDT · 1 of 13
    Excellent article. Long, but worth reading.
  • USMC, OCS Graduation

    07/02/2005 7:12:56 PM PDT · 39 of 53
    Ramonan to A.A. Cunningham

    Thought I did in Post #18.

    Usually when I hear graduation, the person is finished with TBS, and on the way to the fleet or a station.

    If I offended the father of the two outstnding women, I apologize AGAIN.

  • USMC, OCS Graduation

    07/02/2005 2:53:53 PM PDT · 18 of 53
    Ramonan to DadOfTwoMarines

    AH...SO.. Congratulations. Thought they were finishing TBS, but it is great that they are on the way.

  • USMC, OCS Graduation

    07/02/2005 2:38:05 PM PDT · 14 of 53
    Ramonan to DadOfTwoMarines

    To be in character, do not call it O C S.
    To Marines, it is TBS ( The Basic School)

    CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter.

  • Swedish kayaker to paddle around the United States; 'Girls can do anything today'

    07/02/2005 11:34:21 AM PDT · 16 of 23
    Ramonan to nickcarraway Renata Chlumska, born and raised in Sweden by parents who had emigrated from former Czechoslovakia, has done sports most of here life. In 1995 she stumbled across climbing and liked the versatility and the possibilities it gave here to combine the mental and physical challenge with being out doors and travel all year around. In 1997 she joined a expedition to Shishapangma where she reached the Central Summit. Encouraged by here ability at high altitude she decided to go for Everest and as a member of the Swedish Cleaning Expedition 1999 she reached the summit as the first Swedish woman ever. Unofficial, due to having both Swedish and Czech citizenship, she also became the first Czech woman. Renata likes to combine climbing with other adventures as bicycling from Nepal to Sweden, which she did in 1996 or riding a motorcycle from India to Europe in 1997. Renata nowadays lives in the US where she is preparing on a one and a half year long expedition of kayaking. Besides her adventures she is a appreciated motivational speaker and guide.
  • Ex-Iranian Agent: Photo Not Ahmadinejad

    07/02/2005 11:05:40 AM PDT · 3 of 50
    Ramonan to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Proof that Moslems think it is O K to lie to Westerners.

    Getting back to the point at hand, in this post, Captain Ed (the original) noted that evidence is mounting that the recently elected president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was in fact one of the ringleaders of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Teheran, where embassy personnel and Marines were held captive for 444 days.

    But it turns out, that's just the tip of the sandberg.

    Last night (30 June 2005) on Special Report With Brit Hume, Brit's guest was Rob Sobhani, adjunct professor at Georgetown University and frequent contributor to National Review and the Wall Street Journal; Sobhani discussed several questions related to Iran, including the elfin Mr. President Ahmadinejad.

    Sobhani did not personally know whether Ahmadinejad was one of the hostage takers; but he did know something about his background. After university, Ahmadinejad joined the Revolutionary Guard and was assigned to a special unit whose mission was to hunt down and assassinate Iranian dissidents and defectors. He was sent on a number of such missions.

    If this has gotten any other recent airplay, I've missed it. has had this information up on its website for several days now:

    Ahmadinejad was a senior officer in the Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guards, stationed at Ramazan Garrison near Kermanshah in western Iran. This was the headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards’ "Extra-territorial Operations" -- mounting attacks beyond Iran’s borders. His work in the Revolutionary Guards was related to suppression of dissidents in Iran and abroad. He personally participated in covert operations around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
    With the formation of the elite Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the IRGC, Ahmadinejad became one of its senior commanders. He directed assassinations in the Middle East and Europe, including the assassination of Iranian Kurdish leader Abdorrahman Qassemlou, who was shot dead by senior officers of the Revolutionary Guards in a Vienna flat in July 1989. Ahmadinejad was a key planner of the attack. He was reported to have been involved in planning an attempt on the life of Salman Rushdie....

    Ahmadinejad, an unabashed conservative, resurrected the fervor of the 1979 Islamic Revolution during the campaign by saying Iran "did not have a revolution in order to have democracy, but to have an Islamic government." Ahmadinejad had a bloody background. He was responsible for the execution of hundreds of dissidents after the war.

    [Emphasis added because my jaw is dropping]

    Considering the help Ahmadinejad received from the Guardians Council in this election (vote rigging, ballot stuffing, candidate intimidation, dissident assassination), one wonders whether his job is actually to order the Iranian nuclear attacks on Israel, America, Iraq, the UK, and France (well, probably not France) that the Mullahs see getting less hazy all the time in their Magic 8-Balls.

    Perhaps they worried that Rafsanjani, that unreliable fellow, might balk at obliterating half the world in the name of Allah. Considering how many heads Ahmadinejad already has hanging from his belt, he likely wouldn't hesitate any longer than it takes to say "Rumplestiltskin."

  • For Potential Juror, 'Honest' Response to Judge Backfires (Outrageous!)

    07/02/2005 10:25:56 AM PDT · 16 of 84
    Ramonan to veronica

    Another case of the Emporer's clothes...or Judicial Tyranny.

  • Injunction limits activities of 89 alleged Vista gang members

    07/02/2005 6:13:43 AM PDT · 1 of 2
  • Illegal immigrants killed, injured in head-on collision

    07/01/2005 9:37:31 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    Ramonan to libstripper; SmithL; Diana in Wisconsin; devane617

    First, why would this happen? In 1990, a Suburban, loaded with about 15 illegals, was being chased by Border Patrol through Temecula, California. As it approached the High School, four students in a car pulled out from the High School, were broadsided, and all four were killed. Border Patrol got a lot of negative press and a huge lawsuit.

    Higher ups in the Border Patrol mandated a policy that said if the pursued driver violated ANY traffic law, the Agent was to turn off the lights and siren on the patrol car, and make a u-turn.

    The policy was leaked to smugglers. If a driver transporting illegals even thinks that he is about to be followed or pursued, he will speed up to 90 miles an hour, drive on the wrong side of the road, or cut off several cars.

    NOTE the line in the CHP Log:
    Usually, the people from the Consulate are listening to scanners and will be there before the Highway Patrol arrives. They will tell the driver not to say anything.

  • Task Force Baghdad Delivers Tons of Food (Tissue Alert)

    06/30/2005 6:43:26 PM PDT · 15 of 22
    Ramonan to SandRat

    To really SEE all about the 256 BCT, see this site:

    Down the left side are titles. Click on any ONE and tons of pictures come up. Have your speakers on, because Lainey--the gal who made this site--has put music to each set of photos.

  • Is it the same guy? [New Iran Pres.] (New profile pic)

    06/30/2005 12:51:37 PM PDT · 82 of 178
    Ramonan to West Coast Conservative
  • Torture by Taser

    06/30/2005 12:24:55 PM PDT · 8 of 53
    Ramonan to MRMEAN

    If they think that all cops do is misuse equipment, why don't THEY get out there and do the job?
    In my agency, it became a rule not to use a taser on someone who looked over 50. There was a possibilty the person had a pacemaker, and it would short-circuit the pacemaker.

  • See it, hear it, feel it: Marines train with the AK-47 assault rifle

    06/30/2005 12:17:22 PM PDT · 6 of 102
    Ramonan to lilylangtree

    ME TOO!

  • Russian chooses Corps over Russian Army

    06/30/2005 12:15:36 PM PDT · 1 of 12
  • See it, hear it, feel it: Marines train with the AK-47 assault rifle

    06/30/2005 12:12:32 PM PDT · 1 of 102