Thought MOAB was big? Now there is bigger bomb now in our arsenal!
The biggest conventional bomb ever developed is ready to wreak destruction upon the enemies of the US. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said its record-breaking bunker-buster has become operational after years of testing.
“If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that,” said Donley. “We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its capabilities, and that is ongoing. We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today.”
The Pentagon has spent $330 million to develop and deliver more than 20 of the precision-guided Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-busters, which are designed to blast through up to 200 feet of concrete.
Although there has previously been a bigger nuclear device, the new conventional rocket is six times the weight of the previous bunker-buster used by the US Air Force, and carries an explosive payload of 5,300 pounds.
More on why the olympics are not for us.
The Olympics are supposed to be a time of global unity as the world comes together to celebrate human achievement and the triumph of will and effort over adversity. But, for some, NBC Sports’ coverage of the Olympics has conspicuously focused on the adversity part. That is the focus of a scathing new sendup of NBC’s Olympic coverage by the comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade.
Recently, NBC has taken it on the chin for both substantial criticisms of it’s Olympics coverage – like questioning why they edited out a segment of the opening ceremony which celebrated the victims of London’s 2005 7/7 terror attacks – to criticisms more subjective, like those surrounding Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira’s unenlightening commentary.
UCB is now skewering NBC for their focus on tragic human interest stories that make up the backgrounds of the athletes over their actual athletic achievements.
Watch the sketch below via UCB:
Yes, that “NHS” spelled out by hospital beds in Friday’s opening ceremonies stands for Britain’s National Health Service – the government-run universal health-care system that director Danny Boyle called an “amazing thing to celebrate.”
It is more than a little bit presumptuous to imagine that Mr. Boyle was sending coded political messages to American voters who can’t hear the words “universal” and “health care” in the same sentence without invoking the Commerce Clause. But that doesn’t mean Boyle didn’t have a message.
He insisted that message was not political, but rather a reflection of the values that British society holds dear and emanates to the world.
“One of the reasons we put the NHS in the show is that everyone is aware of how important the NHS is to everybody in this country,” he said at a press conference earlier in the day. “One of the core values of our society is that it doesn’t matter who you are, you will get treated the same in terms of health care.”
But not everyone agreed that the message had no hint of politics. “NHS beds dominated the infield for so long that it seemed more a political message than a tribute to our hardworking nurses,” wrote the Daily Mail, adding that the spectacle “at times bordered on left-wing propaganda.”
Repeatedly, Boyle made it clear that the ceremonies were his vision, and that London organizers gave him enormous freedom to shape them in his image. In that case, it should hardly be surprising that the director of films that chronicled heroin users (“Trainspotting”) and the Indian underclass (“Slumdog Millionaire”) might craft a performance from a working-class perspective.
Is that political? That is in the eye of the beholder.
And do not forget those wussy pussy uniforms our teams had to wear!
Angel Anderson wants to make sure she can protect herself and her family if someone tries to target them as a potential victim.
“More and more is happening that requires me to carry a gun,” she said.
Anderson was one of four women taking Ed Hines’ Concealed Weapons Permit training last week in Kershaw County. Although they signed up for the class weeks ago, five days before the class, the shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado occurred.
The classroom and range training are required by SLED for people who apply for a concealed weapons permit. Two were teachers, one, a nurse. Another was a WISTV.com journalist.
Cindy Keese took the class with her mother. She wants to be able to protect herself and her husband, who suffers from brain cancer.
“Instead of him being my knight in shining armor, the situation might arise where I would have to protect him,” said Keese. “So I want to be more familiar with a handgun in case I’d have to use one.”
MOBILE, Ala. — A Freedom of Information Act request last week showed that the Department of Justice dropped a sexual abuse civil rights investigation the day after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, citing “conflict of interest.”
In 2009, Herman Thomas, a black Democratic judge who had been elected numerous times in an Alabama county with predominantly white and Republican population, saw what had been a promising career come to an abrupt halt after he was indicted on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations. According to the indictment, Thomas was accused of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency.
According to information received in the FOIA request by Lagniappe, a bi-weekly Mobile, Ala.-based alternative newspaper, an order was sent on Jan. 21, 2009, to drop the investigation citing an undisclosed “conflict of interest.” Ten of 11 pages were withheld in the returned FOIA request.
Though evidence against Thomas was strong, including one of the alleged victims’ semen being found on his office’s carpet, the Mobile County District Attorney’s office did not secure a full guilty verdict. The jury acquitted Thomas on major counts, and was gridlocked on others.
Despite the gridlocked charges, the trial judge directed a verdict on all counts in favor of Thomas.
But that finding did not mean Thomas had been fully cleared of the federal charges he could be facing on civil rights counts — at least that’s what the public thought at the time.
But as it turned out, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama had dropped their investigation, even before the local trial had taken place.
More about obama that the MSM never bothered in 2008 to check, or will they check out now.
The US Internet news portal, Breitbart news is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can provide the videotape of a 2003 dinner honoring a radical Palestinian American academic attended by then Illinois state senator Barack Obama.
Obama has acknowledged a close, long-term friendship between his family and the Khalidi family. Khalidi and his wife Mona, who served as the editor of the PLO’s English news service in Beirut from 1976-1982, hosted a fundraiser for Obama’s failed Congressional campaign in 2000.
According to the Times report, at the 2003 dinner, Khalidi told his Palestinian American guests to support Obama’s 2004 bid for the US Senate. According to the report Khalidi said, “You will not have a better senator under any circumstances.”
During Obama’s tenure as a director on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, the charitable group donated $75,000 to Khalidi’s Arab American Action Network.
The Times article notes the virulently anti-Israel discussion that took place at the 2003 Khalidi dinner. Among other things, a Palestinian read a poem accusing Israel’s government of terrorism and sharply criticizing US support for Israel. The speaker reportedly threatened Israel saying that if Palestinian interests are not secured, “then you [Israel] will never see a day of peace.”
This is via CNSNews:
A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.
Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.
“The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday.
“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.
The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.
Harrington said the case first began in 2002, when state water managers told him there were complaints about the three “reservoirs” – ponds – on his more than 170 acres of land.
According to Oregon water laws, all water is publicly owned. Therefore, anyone who wants to store any type of water on their property must first obtain a permit from state water managers.
Harrington said he applied for three permits to legally house reservoirs for storm and snow water runoff on his property. One of the “reservoirs” had been on his property for 37 years, he said.
Though the state Water Resources Department initially approved his permits in 2003, the state – and a state court — ultimately reversed the decision.
“They issued me my permits. I had my permits in hand and they retracted them just arbitrarily, basically. They took them back and said ‘No, you can’t have them,’ so I’ve been fighting it ever since,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.
The case, he said, is centered on a 1925 law which states that the city of Medford holds exclusive rights to “all core sources of water” in the Big Butte Creek watershed and its tributaries.
“Way back in 1925 the city of Medford got a unique withdrawal that withdrew all — supposedly all — the water out of a single basin and supposedly for the benefit of the city of Medford,” Harrington told CNSNews.com.
Harrington told CNSNews.com, however, that the 1925 law doesn’t mention anything about colleting rainwater or snow melt — and he believes that he has been falsely accused.
“The withdrawal said the stream and its tributaries. It didn’t mention anything about rainwater and it didn’t mention anything about snow melt and it didn’t mention anything about diffused water, but yet now, they’re trying to expand that to include that rain water and they’re using me as the goat to do it,” Harrington
But Tom Paul, administrator of the Oregon Water Resources Department, claims that Harrington has been violating the state’s water use law by diverting water from streams running into the Big Butte River.
“The law that he is actually violating is not the 1925 provision, but it’s Oregon law that says all of the water in the state of Oregon is public water and if you want to use that water, either to divert it or to store it, you have to acquire a water right from the state of Oregon before doing that activity,” Paul told CNSNews.com.
Yet Paul admitted the 1925 law does apply because, he said, Harrington constructed dams to block a tributary to the Big Butte, which Medford uses for its water supply.
“There are dams across channels, water channels where the water would normally flow if it were not for the dam and so those dams are stopping the water from flowing in the channel and storing it- holding it so it cannot flow downstream,” Paul told CNSNews.com.
Harrington, however, argued in court that that he is not diverting water from Big Butte Creek, but the dams capturing the rainwater and snow runoff – or “diffused water” – are on his own property and that therefore the runoff does not fall under the jurisdiction of the state water managers, nor does it not violate the 1925 act.
In 2007, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge denied Harrington’s permits and found that he had illegally “withdrawn the water at issue from appropriation other than for the City of Medford.”
According to Paul, Harrington entered a guilty plea at the time, received three years probation and was ordered to open up the water gates.
“A very short period of time following the expiration of his probation, he once again closed the gates and re-filled the reservoirs,” Paul told CNSNews.com. “So, this has been going on for some time and I think frankly the court felt that Mr. Harrington was not getting the message and decided that they’d already given him probation once and required him to open the gates and he refilled his reservoirs and it was business as usual for him, so I think the court wanted — it felt it needed — to give a stiffer penalty to get Mr. Harrington’s attention.”
In two weeks, if unsuccessful in his appeals, Harrington told CNSNews.com that he will report to the Jackson County Jail to serve his sentence.
“I follow the rules. If I’m mandated to report, I’m going to report. Of course, I’m going to do what it takes in the meantime to prevent that, but if I’m not successful, I’ll be there,” Harrington said.
But Harrington also said that he will never stop fighting the government on this issue.
“When something is wrong, you just, as an American citizen, you have to put your foot down and say, ‘This is wrong; you just can’t take away anymore of my rights and from here on in, I’m going to fight it.”
Ancient life-like lion statues discovered in Turkey
The 5-ton statues were likely used as markers to indicate the presence of nearby springs and water sources.
In what some describe as a questionable use of power, Atlanta land bank officials erased more than $100,000 in taxes, penalties and interest on 13 properties owned by a nonprofit co-founded by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow and sister.
The Authority eliminated the back taxes due. But, rather than looking for new owners, as the law intended, the authority returned the lots to the same entity that failed to pay, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found
Leftwing Organizers. What California Needs is Same Day Voter Registration
WTF is wrong with all these damn liberal politicians?
Chick-fil-A is the most talked about restaurant in America right now, if you only count politicians. New York City Councillor Christine Quinn has gone a step further than saying “we don’t want you here.” Quinn’s written a letter and started a petition asking Chick-fil-A be kicked out of New York.
Earlier this week, Boston’s Mayor wrote a letter to Chick-fil-A saying he’d block them from coming to his city because of the company’s admission they have an anti-gay stance. (He’s since admitted he couldn’t do that.) A Chicago Alderman said he’d use his power to block them from getting the proper permits to build in Chicago. The Muppets stopped working with Chick-fil-A, too. [...]
Today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn took it a step further and wrote a letter to NYU President John Sexton asking him to sever ties with the chain, effectively kicking them out of the city. The only Chick-fil-A in New York is located on the NYU campus. She also asked that, should he kick them out, the employees from the Chick-fil-A be given new jobs with whatever restaurant they get to replace it. She also started a petition demanding Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy apologize and change his position on gay marriage.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said Friday he would not support an expansion of Chick-fil-A in the District, referring to it as “hate chicken
“Given my long standing strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality, I would not support #hatechicken,” Gray wrote.