While he represents the voters of the Green Mountain State in the US Senate, Bernie Sanders has a stereotypical Brooklyn accent that’s so thick it could slice through a three pound pastrami sandwich all by itself. And as reported by the National Journal news portal on April 30, 2015, Sanders made it official today that he’ll make a run at being the first person with a working-class New York City dialect to make it to the Oval Office.
“Face it… Democrats feed blacks their own guts and call it steak.”
The Baltimore PD, Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Troopers, the Maryland National Guard, and various other law enforcement agencies from throughout the Middle Atlantic states are attempting to control the rioting, assaults, and arson ripping one of America’s oldest cities apart at the seams. Are the cops nothing more than the oppressors of the peace-loving residents of Charm City? Not really. Continue reading “Baltimore brings in the latest harvest from the Democratic Plantation”
In the wake of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody, the city of Baltimore is being rocked by riots, looting, and arson. While the mainstream media is painting a picture of Gray being a fun loving and happy-go-lucky ladies man, new media is reporting that the deceased actually has a lengthy record of involvement with Baltimore police as well as the state’s judicial system. Starting since he was 17, Gray’s police record consisted of 18 separate arrests ranging from peddling drugs, to false statements against law enforcement, to assault.
Like all conspiracy theories, there is a grain of truth found in the bucketful of paranoia that usually appeals to the intellectually-challenged and gullible.
Case in point: More than a few of the so-called “9/11 Truthers” have giddily used as supposed evidence that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a so-called “inside job” is the fact that a B-25 Mitchell bomber once accidentally flew into the Empire State Building.
Without fail, the Truthers leave it at that, but they do often feed into their insinuation that if a BOMBER!! didn’t bring down the Empire State Building, how could a mere, puny commercial passenger plane cause the collapse of the World Trade Center?
The grain of truth is that yes, a bomber did hit the Empire State Building during World War II.
But what the Truthers fail to mention is that a B-25 was arguably just a fighter/attack aircraft on steroids. It doesn’t really matter if you agree with my comparison or not, one thing few will argue is that the B-25 is a pip-squeek when compared to the giant that is a Boeing 767, which are the same type aircraft that hit the WTC on 9/11.
Here’s the full story — On a foggy summer morning in 1945, a B-25 flying out of Bedford Army Air Field, Massachusetts was headed to the Newark Airport. It found itself off-course, resulting in hitting the famous skyscraper.
Ticking along rather slowly (compared to today’s standards) and with her fuel tanks nearly empty, the plane was flying at an estimated 230 miles-an-hour when it hammered into the north side of the ESB between the 78th and 80th floors. While the accident actually caused little damage, sadly, 13 deaths resulted.
But as seen in the photos, just because the Mitchell was technically classified as a bomber certainly doesn’t mean it’s a behemoth like the B-52 Stratofortress or even the much older B-29 Superfortress.
Amazingly, Truthers consider what happened in 1945 to be on par with a Boeing 767 with almost full fuel tanks (23,000 gallons of aviation fuel) flying at 600 miles-an-hour slamming into a much different type of constructed World Trade Center (steel cage ribbing and a lot of glass).
Built as solid as a mountain, the Empire State Building was constructed of 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone and granite, 10 million bricks and 730 tons of aluminum and stainless steel.
The WTC? Not so much. As Lewis Mumford, author of The City in History and other works on urban planning, criticized the WTC project in the Mar. 22, 1967 edition of The New York Times, complaining that the flimsy new skyscrapers were little more than very large “glass-and-metal filing cabinets.”
As Paul Harvey use to finish his radio reports, “And now you know… the rest of the story.”
The Islamic Jihadist terrorist organization who now go by the nome de démentiel of simply the Islamic State (IS) have never been quite shy of showing off their various barbaric and savage acts committed against helpless captives. Yet as reported by the right-of-center Breitbart.com news portal on April 23, 2015, Islamic State’s Ladies Auxiliary is doing their level best to ensure gender equality when it comes to blood-soaked atrocities against vulnerable victims.
Three British schoolgirls have taken it upon themselves to not only saddle up with the IS terrorists in Syria, they’ve decided to throw in their lot with the largest and arguably most vicious women-only sub-groups, dubbed by the typically understated British press as a “fearsome group”. Correctly titled the al-Khansaa Brigade (Khansaa, Arabic for Gazelles), the sanguine reputation of the group precedes the latest news report.
As reported, the three London girls are identified as Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who have reportedly crossed into IS occupied Syrian territory through Turkey last February, and are now full fledged members of the al-Khansaa Brigade. Deployed in the IS de facto capital city of Raqqa, the gyno-guerrillas are a much feared arm of the Islamic Jihadists version of Saudi Arabia’s notorious Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, better known in the West as simply the “Morality Police”.
The Atlantic magazine published on Sept. 10, 2014, Abu Ahmad, an ISIS official in Raqqa, said of the al-Khansaa Brigade, “We have established the Brigade to raise awareness of our religion among women, and to punish women who do not abide by the law”. For emphasis, the terrorist added, “Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well.” Typical of the Brigade’s enthusiasm for enforcing Islamic Sharia Law would be the cited case of an anonymous Raqqa female teen who found herself “snatched from the street by a group of armed women for walking without an escort and wearing her headscarf incorrectly.”
While the Saudis sharia-compliant Goon Squad is armed only with mere wooden canes, the al-Khansaa Brigade tote surplus Russian AK-47s in the performance of their duties, as well as other tools of the trade that would be just at home in a horror film. The Syrian human right group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reports that the IS ladies have pressed into service an instrument simply know as the “Biter”. Much like a Mountain Man’s animal trap, the Biter is “composed of two iron jaws including sharp pointed tusks.” Placed firmly on the prisoner’s breasts, the Biter is infamous for the amount of pain inflicted.
The Obama appointees running the United States Institute of Social Engineering (also known as the Pentagon) are simply giddy with excitement over a handful of The Fairer Sex passing the basic physical strength and endurance requirements for the US Army’s “elite” Ranger School. The following expected from the prospective Rangers on Day One:
- 49 push-ups in two minutes
- 59 sit-ups in two minutes
- 5-mile run in less than 40 minutes
- 6 chin-ups
The presiding judge was more than up-front when he announced to a packed courtroom that if anyone was prone to emotional outbursts, “It might be a good time to leave right now.” As reported by the Chicago Tribune and also the Chicago Sun Times, both on April 20, 2015, both relief and anger were released as all charges against Chicago Police Detective Detective Danté Sévrin were thrown out of court in the March 21, 2012, shooting death of Rekia Boyd.
Thanks to social media and a free press, the Western world is unfortunately becoming all too familiar with the Shari’a-compliant practice popularly known simply as “honor killing”. The latest example is reported by the Paris-based Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News on April 19, 2015, where a Pakistani husband, aided by his father, burned to death his 25-year-old wife. Reportedly, the motivating factor for the gasoline-soaked murder was due to her leaving the house without his expressed permission.
As noted by the French news service, upon finding out his wife visited her sister without his prior approval, a furious Muhammad Siddique and his father first gave a beating to his wife, Shabana Bibi. According to her brother Muhammad Azam, ostensibly not satisfied with the punishment meted out, father and son then doused Bibi with gasoline before putting the match to her.
Azam also stated that Bibi had been married to Siddique for three years, during which time she had suffered a steady string of beatings because of the couple’s inability to have children. Suffering burns to 80 percent of her body, Bibi died of her injuries in hospital on Saturday.
As previously covered by Examiner.com in 2012, honor killings aren’t exclusive to Pakistan. A 14-year-old girl identified only as Gisa was beheaded for refusing a wedding proposal (see photo above). According to reports, both Gisa and her parents refused marriage
And the United States hasn’t been exempt, either. In 2011, Iraqi immigrant Faleh Hassan al-Maleki, 50, was convicted by a Maricopa County, Arizona court of murdering his 20-year-old daughter. Seeking to restore his family honor the elder al-Meleki hit and then ran over his daughter, Noor Faleh (Arabic for “Light” and “Success”). According to the convicted murdered, his daughter deserved to die because she was becoming “too Westernized”.
In the name of cultural and gender sensitivities, the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee stated before a Congressional subcommittee that the United Nations needs to deploy more female troops to the “front lines” of the various potential hotspots member nations have sent their soldiers. As reported by the Cybercast News Service on April 16, 2015, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is also the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee stated during the testimony of the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, that the world body deploying females to likely combat zones was “near and dear” to her.
You had me at AAAAARG!
Between the shrimp on a treadmill study and then the IRS’s Star Trek-themed training films, there have been more than a few cries of outrage from taxpayers fed-up with their hard earned dollars seemingly wasted on hyper-frivolous reports and projects, the federal government doesn’t seem to have gotten the message. Case in point would be the article published by The Washington Free Beacon on April 17, 2015, which details the government dropping nearly a half million dollars to study the levels of sexual satisfaction for men after their first “penetrative same-sex experience.”
With Italy being hammered by an “unprecedented” wave of illegal immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East flooding the country, Italian police are investigating accusations that passengers from latest rescued boatload have actually murdered fellow passengers based on their being Christians. As reported by the Associated Press (via Yahoo News) on April 16, 2015, Sicilian police have arrested 15 African Muslims of killing 12 fellow Africans of murder by throwing them overboard. According to the handful of Christians who survived, the 12 were killed based on nothing more than their profession of faith to Christ.
Some call it pay inequity, others call it wage gap. Whatever you call it, Dan Price has caused quite the media frenzy regarding his recent announcement that he’ll slash his $1 million annual salary down to $70,000. As reported by both The New York Times on April 13, 2015, and also by CNN on April 14, 2015, the 30-year-old CEO of Gravity Payments has upped the pay of every employee to at least $70,000 while cutting his own down to the same amount.
It’s a short drive from the Barona Indian Reservation to San Diego’s Petco Park, but the man dubbed a “Padre for Life” will always know he’s at home in both places. For the last 20 years straight, former Padres top prospect Matt LaChappa has found himself at the receiving end of a vow that the Padres team leadership made to the young man after his suffering a heart attack and subsequent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that’s left him wheelchair-bound and barely capable of the most basic of everyday tasks.
Built like a buggy whip, as reported by the Orange County Register and also by KGTV of San Diego, it was a lanky young Matt LaChappa who stood 6-foot-3 and with a wicked 95 mile per hour fastball when he was the second-round 1993 draft choice of his hometown Padres. Tragically, his playing time was cut short while prepping for the 1996 season with the Minor League Single A (Long Season) affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, just a few hours drive from his boyhood home in the eastern mountains of San Diego County.
During a cool April evening back in ’96 with his parents sitting in the stands, LaChappa was warming up in the bullpen for the Quakes prepping to enter the game in relief. It was then Matt suddenly clutched his chest as he collapsed into a heap. As reported, it was Team Trainer Jim Daniels who ran to his side and immediately began administering CPR. Daniels continued for a full 20 minutes until local 911 dispatchers “finally decided which emergency unit to send.”
LaChappa had suffered a major heart attack. Later, in the hospital, he was struck with a second cardiac. “What happened,” says Priscilla Oppenheimer, the Padres’ director of minor-league operations at the time, “is that he had a virus around his heart. He’d just undergone a physical, too, but something like that can only be picked up on an ecocardiogram.”
As his father, Clifford LaChappa stated, “What happened to Matt, for some unknown reason, his heart defibrillated…” As MLB.com also reported, Clifford was also quoted, “When it happened, the heart didn’t pump enough oxygen to his brain. But he can talk, he can kick, he can speak, but it’s slow. There’s rigidness, stiffness and he’s unable to walk. But he knows what’s going on. We watch the games together.”
The elder LaChappa continued, “When this first happened, we weren’t sure if he was going to live or die, but the Padres made such a commitment to making Matt a Padre for life. For them to do that, it shows you that sports aren’t just about winning, it’s also about caring for the players.” Video of Matt’s latest visit to his team seen here.
Ever since Matt’s injuries back in 1996, the San Diego Padres have ensured Matt LaChappa was signed to a rookie contract each and every year. As the Orange County Register’s reporter Steve Bisheff penned, “Each year, they have re-signed him to a basic minor-league contract, just like the one they renewed again recently, not only providing him with some much-needed cash but, more important, allowing him to maintain his insurance so he can continue to receive quality care.”
With emphasis his, Bisheff adds, “The team doesn’t have to do this. It wants to do this.”
Barack Obama: The best friend the West’s enemies ever had.
In what’s being seen as both a military game changer as well as a Russian thumb poked directly in Barack Obama‘s eye, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has authorized the sale of an unknown number of batteries of one of the most advanced surface-to-air missile systems (SAMS) on the planet. As reported by the Agence France-Presse (via The Times of Israel) and also by The Daily Beast, both on April 13, 2015, the Russian weapons shipment not only has military leaders in Jerusalem burning the midnight oil, their American counterparts in the Pentagon as plenty worried are well. Continue reading “Putin ups the ante; OKs advanced missile system for Iran’s ayatollahs”
A Vietnam veteran found his request for state issued personalized license plates rejected due to reasoning that may be better suited to jokes told by adolescent teens smoking cigarettes in the boy’s room. As reported by the Associated Press (via WTOP’s internet news portal) on April 11, 2015, and also The Spectrum newspaper of St. George, Utah on April 10, 2015, ex-soldier Arnold Breitenbach of rural St. George, Utah was officially informed by one of the head honchos at the Beehive State’s Department of Motor Vehicles that his request, although honorable on face value, has been denied due to a legal hyper-technicality.
The latest in North Korea’s Kim-family dynasty to cultivate their own self-deification would be the same one derisively referred to as “Lil Kim” by those who see though his often comical faux-aggrandizement. As reported by The Telegraph (of London, United Kingdom) on April 10, 2015, the super-human feats of the 300 pound tyrant who rules over a nation best known for nuclear weapons and millions of peasants starving to death were made public.
Almost two years after that pathetic excuse of a human being and his equally worthless brother not only killed or wounded dozens of innocent people, but also brought the bastion of liberalism better known as the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area effectively to a stop, has finally been found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and various other cowardly acts of terrorism. Yes, it took America’s glacially slow excuse for a judicial system almost 24 months to verify the obvious.
Possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina hammered environmental activists for being the prime reason the Golden State is still suffering from a years long super-drought. As reported by Brietbart.com on April 7, 2015, Fiorina placed the blame for the H20 shortage not on Mother Nature, but more on the probable readers of Mother Jones.
The Jerusalem Post (JPost.com) has published what more than a few American news organization have already concluded; Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu personally just don’t like each other. But what has more than a few supporters of the Jewish State concerned is the possibility the personal enmity between the two will make an already blood-soaked Middle East even bloodier.
Despite many Libertarian-leaning Republicans as well as more than a few in the Tea Party who embrace a non-interventionist sentiment, even those who seek a smaller federal government are admitting that an eviscerated Armed Forces is sorely in need of rebuilding. As reported by the government oriented The Hill news portal on April 5, 2015, two of the most prominent voices to keep America free of foreign military entanglements have come to realize the Pentagon is past due beefing up.
Ever since the end of the Second World War it’s consistently been the policy of the United States civilian leadership that our nation’s armed forces be capable not only of fighting two wars simultaneously, but also to win. However, in the advent of the Obama budget cuts in the past, as well as those scheduled for next year, real questions remain if America’s military could even successfully conduct a winning strategy in just one theater of war.
Update – April 3, 2015: While the tax status of Councilwoman Sawant’s Solidarity Fund remain dubious, the fact of the matter is she still accepts the full $117,000 paycheck from the taxpayers of Seattle. How she actually disburses the $117,000 is still the Councilwoman’s business.
While two icons of the American liberal movement have been caught having quite a double standard when it comes to cozying up to oppressive regimes that execute homosexuals, one of the few self-described Marxists ever elected to public office in the United States may have a bank account closer to John Lennon than that of Vladimir Lenin. As reported by the left-leaning The Guardian (of London, England) on April 1, 2015, Seattle City Councilwoman, Occupy Wall Street activist and so-called social justice campaigner Kshama Sawant has been hailing the Council’s recent vote to raise the minimum wage.
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo may perceive that Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) could lead to legalized discrimination against homosexuals and lesbians when it comes to wedding cakes and reception photos, but he also doesn’t seem to have much of a problem when it comes to rubbing shoulders with a Communist dictatorship that places homosexuals and lesbians in concentration camps or executing them. As reported by Joseph Spector of Gannett News, Albany Bureau (via WGRZ of Buffalo, NY) on March 31, 2015, the Chief Executive has placed an immediate ban on all but essential contact between the Empire State and the Land of the Hoosiers, ostensibly over Governor Mike Pence recently signing the RFRA into law.