1690 – Clarinet invented, in Nuremberg, Germany. No cats were harmed despite them being used as prototypes.
A Fort Hood soldier who recently returned from West Africa has died.
Killeen fire officials said the 24-year-old man’s body was found on the front lawn outside his apartment Tuesday morning.
Neighbors told first responders that he had been in the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa. Hazmat crews were brought in for an abundance of caution, officials said.
Access to the area was reportedly blocked off and a team in full protective gear could be seen going in and out of the man’s apartment.
Fort Hood officials confirmed the soldier’s deployment. They said he was home on emergency leave and was self-monitoring for the virus.
“At this point, there is no indication of the Ebola virus disease, but medical tests are underway to ensure there is no threat to the community,” officials said in a statement.
The man’s body is expected to come to Dallas for testing.
A NEW WORLD RECORD: Stunt driver parallel-parks with just 3 inches to spare. See, for a spot that tight I’d be more inclined just to, you know, drift it in sideways.
windy landings at Leeds Bradford Airport (the highest in England)
Case Dismissed Against Father Arrested for Questioning Daughter’s School Assignment
Back in May a father upset that his 14-year-old daughter was given a sexually explicit reading assignment at school was arrested for daring to confront the school board over the book. Now, the father’s case has been dismissed by a judge who was shocked at the arrest and said it was a “chilling” example of the unconstitutional quashing of the father’s right of free speech.
On May 6, parent William Baer attended a school board meeting in Gilford, New Hampshire where he expressed his unhappiness that his 14-year-old daughter was assigned the book “Nineteen Minutes,” a book that contains sexually explicit and violent content.
In one part of the book, for example, a teenaged girl is raped by a drunken boy. The violence and the explicit nature of the passage made the father question the assignment.
Sensibly, the judge went on to point out that the arrest was a “chilling” abuse of authority.
“The sequence of the arrest actions cause pause by the court as to the chilling, if not silencing of a citizen by the state, for actions which do not warrant a criminal arrest nor conviction,” he said.
This is a proper outcome and serves as a rebuke to this power mad school board.
** Thomas Sowell – insightful as always. And one key quote: “For Obama, the question has never been how to stop Iran from going nuclear, but how to stop Israel from stopping Iran from going nuclear.”
Jimmy Carter gets a big ole yuk……out of the Jews’ dilemma in France
Whole Cow Processed in under 12 minutes!
Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.
On November 23, 2014, I posted: “Pedophiles for Democrats,” which pointed out that Terrence Patrick “Terry” Bean, 66, a rich fund-raiser for Barack Obama and other Democrats faced charges of raping a teenage boy, and the case of Jeffrey Epstein, a close friend of Bill Clinton, who attended parties hosted by Epstein on Epstein’s island hosted orgies that included underage girls.
The American news media yawned. Terry Bean is a co-founder of gay rights groups, not a retired linebacking coach for Penn State. While Jerry Sandusky’s pederasty was international news, Terry Bean’s was not.
For those who sneer about the “free market capitalism” in our country, look at all the ways government leads our country to resemble a totalitarian state — one of which is finally about to become the subject of a Supreme Court case.
This case is about the way our government demands that raisin farmers hand over a portion of their crop — a large portion — and then sometimes pays them nothing in return.
How disgusting is this? The Government charged the Hornes nearly $700,000 in fines for refusing to allow their goods to be stolen.
I’m grateful to them for bringing this case. Every time somebody defends an attack on our civil liberties, they’re defending not only their own case but the civil liberties of all of us.
And people wonder why I’m for “limited government.”
Internal emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon through a public records request from Indiana University about “Truthy” reveal that the school monitored “hate tweets” and shunned media outlets critical of the project after details of the federally-funded study were made public last year.
Officials called a Free Beacon reporter a “faux journalist” for reporting on the taxpayer-funded project designed to root out “misinformation” and detect “hate speech” on Twitter. Truthy, which received almost $1 million in financing from the National Science Foundation (NSF), was responsible for suspending conservative Twitter accounts and removed part of its website that monitored political users, following the Free Beacon’s reporting.
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Apparently, reporting what the left’s propaganda operations is “faux” journalism.” We need some more of that.
According to an article at The Wall Street Journal, President Obama has sided with British Prime Minister David Cameron in saying that police and government agencies should not be blocked by encryption from viewing the content of cellphone or online communications, making the pro-spying arguments everyone has come to expect: “If we find evidence of a terrorist plot and despite having a phone number, despite having a social media address or email address, we can’t penetrate that, that’s a problem,” Obama said. He said he believes Silicon Valley companies also want to solve the problem. “They’re patriots.” … The president on Friday argued there must be a technical way to keep information private, but ensure that police and spies can listen in when a court approves. The Clinton administration fought and lost a similar battle during the 1990s when it pushed for a “clipper chip” that would allow only the government to decrypt scrambled
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This is what you lost when you abused the trust people put in the Government and the NSA.
Previously… before all this arrogant bullshit… you would have gotten that cooperation either publicly or covertly. But you gave everyone the finger and told them you could do what you want.
You told everyone that Due Process was for suckers and you could just do whatever whenever however. And that has a price.
You’re paying it now. The whole country will be paying it.
I don’t want to put this all on Obama. It is also on the people that run these agencies and it is of course on the previous administration as well.
None of them have any regard for the constitution. It is a social contract to be obeyed by the letter and the spirit. Not either or neither. Both. You do what it says and if you’ve come up with a clever way to get around it without breaking the letter of the law… you don’t do it.
It isn’t just a law. It is a relationship. It is a code. It is what other societies have for a holy writ. You don’t break it or the nation cracks.
And that is what has happened. The nation has cracked… and cracked again… and it is starting to break.
Patriotism he says? This would be the patriotism that so many on the political left laugh at and spit upon? Well… why would patriotism shuffle over to the likes of Obama covered in phlegm and do his bidding?
All this anti America garbage has a price as well. How could it not. If you devalue patriotism then patriotism has been devalued. When you call upon it… the check bounces.
Take me… My patriotism is just about used up. It hasn’t been honored. It hasn’t been replenished. It has been condemned and devalued.
Then Obama presumes to call upon it in the name of what? More unconstitutional spying? He wants to use my love of country which he laughs at to destroy my country?
The man is delusional.
The country needs to be run people that at the very least understand what they’re doing. I don’t even need someone that is honest. I need someone that knows their job. Obama and the people he’s got running the government do not. They don’t understand what binds the country together or keeps it running.
I’ll take anyone of any political bent so long as they know their jobs and honor their oaths. Beyond that they can do anything at this point. I won’t be picky.
Anyway, Robert Welch was a thought criminal – in fact, he founded an organization of thought criminals. He was too anti-communist for the likes of National Review, which is rather impressive. Perhaps.
The Politician is a book – actually it’s a letter written to friends – about Dwight Eisenhower. Welch’s thesis is that Eisenhower is a Communist or is controlled by Communists.
After reading the book, I don’t believe that Ike was a commie, however I believe that if I had been a Commie in the US in ’52 or ’56 that I probably would have voted Ike. Or as Welch puts it: “In April, 1957, Norman Thomas, six-time candidate for President of the United States on the Socialist ticket, stated that ‘the United States is making greater strides toward socialism under Eisenhower than even under Roosevelt.’” That’s really saying something!
Instead of providing my thoughts, I think I provide some tastes of Welch’s evidence. Much of it is impossible to include since it would take up too much space, but here is a small, abbreviated sampling. If you’re looking for more evidence, basically the entire book is just a chronicle of evidence – read the whole thing if you need more:
Javelin vs T-72 tank
From the “Eastbound and Down” Department – A family in Michigan had an adventure the other day when their minivan became enmeshed with the back of a semi truck. It took 23 minutes for deputies to find the truck and stop it, by which time the van tires were worn to the nub as it was dragged down the highway. The good news is that the van’s computer recorded excellent gas mileage during the trip, which is nice.
Italy: Muslims Destroy and Urinate on Virgin Mary Statue
Friday, January 9. A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.”
The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands.
Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it.
Although the Diocese condemned the act of sacrilege against the Madonna statue, it also followed the Pope’s lead by absolving Islam of any responsibility for what happened.
[And yet, they’ll demand you respect their prophet, and will behead you if you ‘disrespect’ him in any way]