AF Identifies Boeing 747-8 platform for next Air Force One

U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One.

“The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States,” James said. “The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States (that), when fully missionized, meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest.”   Continue reading

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Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

Yahoo News

(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported.

The tremor, initially reported as a weaker magnitude 5.1, was relatively shallow, occurring at 10.7 miles (17.2 km) below the seabed, the USGS said. It was centered 40 miles (65 km) southwest of Eureka, a town that lies about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Oregon border.   Continue reading

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The Word From the Trenches – January 28, 2015

New York wants to ban children from gun shows, The Tactical Report, AZ prosecutor now a police target, cops steal guns and ammo.
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U.S. Signs $2 Billion Loan Agreement With Ukraine, Offers To Increase Pressure On Russia

Huffington Post – Reuters

KIEV, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday signed an agreement providing war-torn Ukraine with $2 billion in loan guarantees to help it with “near-term social spending” in 2015 and said it was prepared to step up sanctions against Russia if necessary.

After signing the loan agreement with Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew referred to Russian support for separatists in Ukraine which has led to the United States and the European Union imposing sanctions on Russia.   Continue reading

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Marissa Alexander, Florida woman in ‘warning shot’ case, released from jail

AOL – by SUSAN COOPER EASTMAN

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) – A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served.

Marissa Alexander, 34, was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012 but her conviction was later overturned. She faced another trial on charges that could have put her behind bars for 60 years before she agreed to a plea deal in November.   Continue reading

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Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools

The Rutherford Institute – by John W. Whitehead

“In many parts of the country, teachers are viewed as beyond reproach, much like doctors, police officers, or clergy … and, therefore, are rarely challenged about their classroom conduct. In some cases, this means that actions that would be considered criminal if committed by a parent remain unchallenged by law enforcement if they occur in a school setting.”—Senator Tom Harkin, “Dangerous Use of Seclusion and Restraints in Schools Remains Widespread and Difficult to Remedy: A Review of Ten Cases

Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States.   Continue reading

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Breakthrough in cancer research? Scientists quickly un-boil an egg

Reuters/Vincent WestRT

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It turns out scientists care less about that age-old question than about getting a cooked egg back to the form that a mother hen would recognize. That ability could have dramatic implications for cancer research.

“Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” Gregory Weiss, the study’s lead author, said in a University of California, Irvine (UCI) statement.   Continue reading

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Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by IS

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AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is willing to swap an Iraqi woman prisoner involved in deadly 2005 hotel bombings for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Such a swap would run counter to Jordan’s hardline approach toward Islamic militants and to the position of its main ally, the United States, of not negotiating with extremists. An exchange also would set a precedent for negotiating with Islamic State militants, who in the past have not publicly demanded prisoner releases.   Continue reading

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Cuomo, de Blasio, defend strict NYC storm regulations

Bill de BlasioMail.com

NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse.

Streets across the nation’s largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren’t there. The subway system was shuttered, the city’s pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest.   Continue reading

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Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

Nazzi McDonnellMail.com

DENVER (AP) — A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities’ account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.

The passenger, speaking late Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said her friend, Jessica Hernandez, lost control of the vehicle because she was unconscious after being shot.   Continue reading

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The Banana Test

There is a very, very tall coconut tree, and there are four animals…,
A Lion, A Chimp, A Giraffe … AND… A Squirrel

They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to
get a banana off the tree.

Who do you guess will win?   Continue reading

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Secret planting of up to 75,000 Syrian Muslims begins in U.S.

Syrian refugees displaced by civil war.WND – by Leo Hohmann

Up to 10,000 Syrian refugees, most of them Muslims, will be resettled in cities throughout the U.S. in 2015, with that figure expected to surge to near 75,000 over the next five years.

While some of the planned destinations for these refugees are starting to leak out, the big question is: where will they be going?   Continue reading

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20 gun safety reminders

Guns.com – by Jeffrey Denning

Here are just 20 safety measures all gun-owners need to know to avoid both negligent and accidental tragedies.  (Trigger warning: many of the videos used as examples in this post depict unsafe gun handling practices and may not be suitable for work.  Click at your own risk.)   Continue reading

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California City Says Black, Sediment-Filled Tap Water is “Safe to Drink”

Anti-Media – by Sydney Barakat

(ANTIMEDIA) Residents in the city of Gardena, California have recently reported a foul-smelling, black sludge coming from their sinks, yet the Golden State Water Company claims that this grotesque “water” is safe to drink. And furthermore, it doesn’t sound like they are doing much to test the tap water for local residents.

Customers even gathered samples of the water for the water company to test, and they still refused to test the samples because they needed “special tubes” to do so.   Continue reading

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Phew!!! New York’s Non-Blizzard of 2015

cowboyVision Times World

Well this is being posted in the disaster category of the World section as that was what was kind of predicated, but hey that’s not what happened and we’re glad of it.

Winter Storm Juno was being billed as being a massive blizzard but it wasn’t.

Predications of 30 inches of snow for New York City were put to shame as a small percentage of that guestimate instead settled on the ground.   Continue reading

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Report: Hillary Clinton Agrees To Testify Before Benghazi Panel

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for RFK Ripple Of Hope/AFPBreitbart – by Dan Riehl

Former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before the House Select Committee on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

Reportedly, she was first contacted in that regard by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings.   Continue reading

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Big Pharma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The Deadly Toll that Permanent War Takes on US Soldiers, Awaits the Rest of Us

Post-traumatic-stress Disorder (PTSD): US Military Neglects Soldiers' Medical NeedsGlobal Research – by Joachim Hagopian

Like pretty much all ailments and illnesses in the United States, returning soldiers from the warfronts suffering from acute cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are currently being treated, or more like snowed under, with powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Because it is unnatural for the vulnerable human psyche to witness the insanity of war, watching your buddies or yourself get blown up by IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices), instantly your life can forever be changed into a permanent living nightmare. Continue reading

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Israel and Hezbollah exchange gunfire at Lebanon border

UPI – by Andrew V. Pestano, Ed Adamczyk

JERUSALEM, Jan. 28 (UPI) – Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded Wednesday by a Hezbollah anti-tank missile launched at an Israeli military vehicle on the Israel-Lebanon border.

The missile firing, into territory disputed by the two countries, prompted Israel to respond by firing shells into southern Lebanon. Escalating incidents at the border in the past two weeks have prompted fears a full-scale war may erupt.   Continue reading

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FBI’s claim of busting Russian spy network is propaganda ploy: Grossman

Press TV

International lawyer Barry Grossman says the FBI’s claim of busting a spy network in New York City is a Washington’s propaganda ploy against Moscow, even as the US security apparatus engages in espionage activities across the world.   

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Monday it has arrested three Russian spies, including Evgeny Buryakov who posed as a banker working for a Russian-owned bank in Manhattan, New York City.   Continue reading

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The FBI’s plan to collect everyone’s DNA just got a huge boost from congress

Privacy SOS

In 2011, 1 in 25 Americans was arrested. In a few years, if the FBI has its way, the federal government will possess the DNA of all of those people and more. Under the radar of most lawmakers and journalists, the Bureau—with private industry and congress’ help—is pushing the most massive expansion of biometric state surveillance since the invention of the fingerprint.

Late last year, the FBI cut the ribbon on its one billion dollar biometrics database, called Next Generation Identification. Since NGI’s official launch, state and local law enforcement officials have been encouraged to submit face prints, fingerprints, retina scans, photos of tattoos and scars, and DNA collected from people nationwide to the FBI’s central database. Those state and local officials can also search against the FBI’s biometrics store, if they want to identify someone. With NGI in full operation, the scary future of Minority Report infamy takes a giant leap forward into the world of non-fiction.    Continue reading

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