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  • Judge to determine if explicit personal videos should be recalled in Twin Peaks case (Waco)

    03/23/2018 3:29:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 2 replies
    Wacotrib ^ | 3/23/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for former Twin Peaks shootout defendant Cody Ledbetter asked a judge on Friday to order the McLennan County District Attorney's Office to recall sexually explicit photos and videos of Ledbetter and his wife that the DA's office distributed to 177 Twin Peaks defendants as part of the discovery process. The DA's office dismissed the criminal case against Ledbetter, a 28-year-old diesel mechanic from Waco with no criminal record, last week, four days before a jury panel was to report to fill out questionnaires and ahead of his April 2 trial date. While Ledbetter said he was relieved to...
  • Ride Like A Girl

    03/23/2018 1:44:52 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 3/23/2018
    f you don’t know, maybe you should. Her name is Valerie Thompson. She crashed her motorcycle Monday at the World Speed Trials at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. She was going 343 miles per hour at the time. The tail of her vehicle, called BUB Seven Streamliner, became airborne at the four-mile mark of the 12-mile run and her braking parachute deployed. Thompson was trying to break the land speed record of 376.363 miles per hour. If she had finished the course she would have broken her own record for women of 304.263 miles per hour. The bike left a...
  • Omnibus spending bill funds big-ticket military communications satellites that DoD did not request

    03/23/2018 10:57:55 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sandra Erwin
    The satellite communications industry was shocked to see a $600 million addition for WGS-11 and WGS-12.WASHINGTON — In a surprise last-minute add-on, House appropriators included $600 million in the Air Force budget for two high-capacity communications satellites made by Boeing that the Pentagon did not request. The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 funds two Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, WGS-11 and WGS-12. The Air Force did not request funding for these spacecraft nor were these satellites included in any previous marks of the congressional defense committees, or in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. This was a very large...
  • House committee advances two space bills

    03/23/2018 10:53:21 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Jeff Foust
    The House Science Committee favorably reported bills March 22 that would recognize a NASA center as a center of excellence in rocket propulsion and would resolve a commercial space regulatory issue. The committee approved H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry (ALSTAR) Act, and H.R. 5346, the Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, on voice votes and with no opposition. “Together, the two bills help ensure that America remains competitive in space,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the committee, in opening comments during the brief markup session. H.R. 5345 includes a “sense of Congress” resolution that...
  • Hip cafe chain staffed by workers with Down syndrome opens in Paris

    03/23/2018 9:17:46 AM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 23 March 2018 | AFP
    It is a hip-looking cafe like any other in central Paris, thronged with lunchtime diners. Except that Joyeux has a little something extra - many of its cooks and waiters have one more chromosome. The coffee shop is the latest in a chain of lunch joints springing up across France staffed by people with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive disabilities. "Joyeux" means joyous and owner Yann Bucaille Lanzerac said he plans to spread the joy to at least four more outlets across France giving disabled people the chance to show what they can do and earn a living. Foodie...
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods Sales Sink After New Gun Policy

    03/23/2018 7:30:16 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 69 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ^ | March 22, 2018 8:24 AM | By MAIREAD MCARDLE
    Dick’s Sporting Goods has suffered a surprisingly steep downturn in sales since promising to sell fewer guns, but the problem isn’t the gun sales, Fortune says. Stock tumbled to the lowest in four months after the sports store banned assault-style weapons from its Field & Stream stores and raised the minimum age for a customer to buy a firearm from 18 to 21.... “There’s going to be some pushback and we expected that,” said CEO Edward Stack, in an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, according to CNN. “There are going to be the people who don’t shop us anymore...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Remove the Americans from Ramallah

    03/23/2018 1:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah. The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture. The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day....
  • Russia Report: Leaks “Potentially Endangered Lives” and “Damaged National Security”

    03/22/2018 9:22:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 4 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Chairman Nunes says report paves path to thwart future foreign election meddling House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has submitted the committees much anticipated fourteen month long Russia investigation report to the intelligence community Thursday for a declassification review so that a redacted version of the classified report can be made public, the committee said in a statement. The committee’s findings revealed that classified leaks alleging the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia dramatically increased after the election and some of those leaks “correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment,” which had not been released at...
  • Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, the FBI and the Mob

    03/22/2018 9:18:40 PM PDT · by bitt · 8 replies
    saraacarter.com ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Mueller and Weissmann involved in the two biggest scandals in FBI history Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and lead attorney in the Special Counsel’s Office Andrew Weissmann have been connected to one another throughout most of their careers, and both men moved quickly to the top tackling major crime syndicates and white-collar crime. Ironically, both men were also connected in two of the biggest corruption investigations in FBI history. But rarely are Weissmann and Mueller’s past cases discussed in the media. Their past is relevant because it gives a roadmap to the future — now that these two longtime colleagues...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 23 March 2018

    03/22/2018 5:59:57 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 50 replies
    March 22, 2018 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup or a glass, and start a conversation.You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you...
  • House Probe Accuses Clapper of Misleading Congress

    03/22/2018 4:56:03 PM PDT · by bitt · 29 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/22/2018 | bill gertz
    A House Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian election meddling has concluded that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper misled Congress about disclosing information to CNN. The committee's final report on the investigation was approved on Thursday and now awaits an intelligence agency review. Despite 472 days of investigation and thousands of witnesses, the committee stated in its list of final conclusions and recommendations that it found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump, his campaign aides, and Russia. "The committee found no evidence that meetings between Trump associates—including Jeff Sessions—and official representatives of the Russian government—including Ambassador Kislyak—reflected...
  • Video Shows Las Vegas Gunman Gambling, Eating Alone and Filling His Suite With Guns

    03/22/2018 1:17:33 PM PDT · by bitt · 51 replies
    nyt ^ | 3/22/2018 | vivian yee
    Sometimes we see him as other hotel guests would have seen him: as the tall gambler intent on the video poker machine across the casino floor, or as the customer standing in line in front of you at the gift shop, buying snacks, or as the guy you briefly glance at as he waits for you to get off the elevator — polite, unhurried, unmemorable. Sometimes we see him as the employees would have seen him, as the casually dressed V.I.P. with the many suitcases who jokes with bellhops, chats with valets and gives out tips along with handshakes. And...
  • The Politicization of the FBI (Joe diGenova)

    03/22/2018 11:26:45 AM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    imprimis.hillsdale.edu ^ | 2/2018 | JOE DIGENOVA
    The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 25, 2018, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., as part of the AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series. Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. This conduct was...
  • For warmth, some households still burn coal ( Durango, Colorado )

    03/20/2018 5:28:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | March 10, 2018 | Jonathan Romeo
    Rural residents turn to cheap heating fuel ... Monte Miller shovels a load of coal into a bucket and makes the short journey from his storage shed to his home on the edge of Bayfield, joking aloud that his wife likes to keep the temperature at a steady 75 degrees. “But we don’t have any problem doing that with coal,” Miller and his wife, Marsha, have been using coal as their main source of fuel since they moved to their home in 2000. Each year, the couple uses about 2 tons of coal to keep their 2,500-square-foot house warm throughout...
  • Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy…

    03/21/2018 9:45:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 38 replies
    A timely book by Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires”, explains how Chinese companies purchased U.S. politicians to gain trade advantages. When you understand this process, you better understand why those same politicians today are against the Trump trade policy that is antithetical to their purchased interests. Reminder: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is warning President Trump not to take any trade action against China or he will unleash his purchased control agents within congress and financial media to destroy his presidency. Allow me to re-emphasize: All opposition to President Trump stems from the underlying financial and economic policy. All...
  • Robert Mueller: Dirty Cop – Dispatches from the 15th District

    03/21/2018 8:52:54 PM PDT · by bitt · 27 replies
    fighting15th.com ^ | 9/3/2017 | Jeffrey Marty
    A former colleague recently characterized Robert Mueller as “ramrod straight” and “utterly incorruptible.” Similar language was breathlessly repeated in mainstream media biographies on Mueller in Politico, BBC, and Time magazine. Mueller’s Vietnam-era service in the United States Marine Corps and 2004 tag-team with then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey to save American democracy from warrantless spying are mainstays of these biographies, which always send a clear message that his integrity is beyond reproach. It’s always suspicious when anyone’s credibility is oversold like this, but that goes double when the same person was FBI director for 12 years—spanning across both the Bush...
  • Commissioners enact 'lame-duck' spending limit on office of outgoing DA(Waco)

    03/21/2018 8:40:17 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 3/21/2018 | CASSIE L. SMITH
    McLennan County commissioners invoked a provision in state law to place a limit on how much outgoing District Attorney Abel Reyna can spend before the end of his term Dec. 31. County Auditor Stan Chambers said under the state local government code section 130.908, also known as the "lame-duck law," county leaders can put spending limits on an incumbent who is not re-elected to their office. The statute is directed at county or precinct officers and if enacted requires commissioners to approve any expenditures by the official over the amount set by the court. “Our budget starts Oct. 1,” Chambers...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 22 March 2018

    03/21/2018 5:59:39 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 83 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The Whole Wide World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ HARRIER APPROACH An AV-8B Harrier lands aboard the USS Makin Island in the Gulf of Aden, Jan. 1, 2017. The Harrier is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron. The amphibious assault ship is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. SANTA'S SIGNAL A...
  • Obama directive easing school discipline for minority students fueling classroom chaos

    03/21/2018 5:32:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2018 | Valerie Richardson
    The Trump administration is being accused of racism for targeting an Obama-era directive compelling schools to ease up on discipline for minority students — even though the policy has made life more difficult for kids, including minorities, stuck in increasingly unruly classrooms. Ask Virginia Walden Ford, who runs a church-based after-school snack program in Little Rock. She was recently surprised when a young, fearful black girl turned up before the end of the school day and admitted she had skipped class. Why? She had been involved in a fight the day before with another girl, but the school had refused...
  • VIDEO: Dashcam Shows Self-Driving Uber Kill Pedestrian

    03/21/2018 5:24:49 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 185 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 21 March 2018 | OfficerBlue
    Video has been released which shows how the self-driving Uber car killed a pedestrian.The New York Times reported that Uber had suspended testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto, in the wake of the accident. An Uber spokeswoman said the company was “fully cooperating” with the local authorities. The autonomous Uber had a safety driver at the wheel, as was required for Uber’s autonomous test vehicles operating on public roads, Tech Crunch reported. Police said that the Uber was driving northbound near Mill Avenue and Curry Road when a woman attempted to cross the street...