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Unsecured AR-15 stolen from U.S. Rep. Ellmer's home

RALEIGH — U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmer’s husband reported an AR-15 rifle stolen from the family’s home in Dunn last week, according to a police report.

The weapon had been left leaning against a gun locker in an unsecured garage on Kingsway Drive, the report said.

The rifle, a gun case and a GPS, with a cumulative value of $1,100, were stolen, according to Chief J.D. Pope. Police think the theft happened on the night of Oct. 15.

“According to the report, they had been out target shooting and brought the gun back and leaned it against the gun safe,” Pope said. “ … The garage door was left unsecured, according to the report.”


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/22/3303721/unsecured-ar-15-reported-stolen.html#storylink=cpy
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Tue Oct 22, 2013, 03:29 PM (21 replies)

A surprising number of Pakistanis are in favor of drone strikes

Surveys are also notoriously difficult to carry out in FATA. A 2009 poll in three of the tribal agencies found 52% of respondents believed drone strikes were accurate and 60% said they weakened militant groups. Other surveys have found much lower percentages in favour. But interviews by The Economist with twenty residents of the tribal areas confirmed that many see individual drone strikes as preferable to the artillery barrages of the Pakistani military. They also insisted that the drones do not kill many civilians—a view starkly at odds with mainstream Pakistani opinion. “No one dares tell the real picture,” says an elder from North Waziristan. “Drone attacks are killing the militants who are killing innocent people.”

Though there is ample evidence that the Pakistani government has given its secret blessing to the CIA programme, it still allows anti-drone sentiment to blossom. Domestic anger over drones can be a useful negotiating chip on other issues, says one former American official. The government also fears reprisals from militants.

Supporters of the drones in Pakistan’s media are even more reluctant to speak frankly. Many commentators admit to approving of drones in the absence of government moves to clear terrorist sanctuaries. But they dare not say so in print.

In 2010 a group of politicians and NGOs published a “Peshawar Declaration” in support of drones. Life soon became difficult for the signatories. “If anyone speaks out they will be eliminated,” says Said Alam Mehsud, one of the organisers, who was forced to leave Pakistan for a time.


http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21588142-surprising-number-pakistanis-are-favour-drone-strikes-drop-pilot
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Tue Oct 22, 2013, 03:09 PM (27 replies)

Thank you, Mr. President for tackling America's security challenges!



In the face of harsh criticism, you are doing everything in your power to properly balance the principles of freedom and national security.

In the face of harsh criticism, you are using tools that limit collateral damage and at the same time putting less American soldiers in the line of fire.

In the face of harsh criticism, you sit anxiously in the White House situation room and make the calls we entrusted you to make when we cast our vote for you.

You may deserve some of the criticism. What you don't deserve, however, is to be disrespected with disgusting labels like "war criminal" for being forced to make decisions that most of your harshest critics can't even comprehend making. Perhaps one day they will understand the depths and challenges required to serve as America's commander-in-chief. Perhaps most do, but for some reason are blinded with their hatred for you.

I, for one, Mr. President, reserve all judgment and thank you for a job well done in calling the shots that need to be called in situations that are extraordinarily more complex and require more complex decisions than 'do it' or 'don't do it.'

Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Tue Oct 22, 2013, 12:08 PM (10 replies)

Smithsonian facing $65 million in budget cuts, may have to close some museums and furlough empyees

The Smithsonian Institution is facing a $65 million budget cut this year under automatic funding reductions approved by Congress, and officials say that could lead to furloughs or museum closings if the cuts persist for the year ahead.

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough says the museum complex has trimmed its budget for the past year to absorb federal funding cuts but now may have to turn to more drastic measures. He says furloughs and temporary museum closings are up for discussion.


http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Smithsonian-Faces-65M-Cut-in-Congress-Budget-228684121.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_DCBrand
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Mon Oct 21, 2013, 04:55 PM (4 replies)

Bill in Congress would make rent, utility and cable bill payments part of calculating credit scores

A proposal to change the way credit scores are calculated—to include non-loan payments such as rent, utility and cable bills—is gaining momentum as a way to help more Americans establish and improve their credit worthiness. But dig deeper, credit experts say, and one finds that such reforms may end up hurting consumers more than helping them.

Consumers’ credit scores are currently determined by the information on their credit reports, which is supplied mostly by lenders. The scores favor consumers who handle credit responsibly and penalize those who fall behind on payments or stay away from credit altogether. The push to include borrowers’ payment histories on non-loan accounts like monthly rent bills is now before Congress as part of the “Credit Access and Inclusion Act,” which was introduced in the summer.

Advocates say consumers who make these payments on time will be rewarded with a higher credit score, which will in turn give them access to affordable credit. If enacted, the bill wouldn't require providers to report this information—it would just state that such reporting is permitted. In an emailed statement, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who co-sponsored this bill, said: “Our current credit reporting system leaves more than 50 million people without a credit score…Including more data in credit reports will make it easier to get and improve a credit score.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-credit-scores-include-rent-and-cable-bills-2013-10-21?link=sfmw
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Mon Oct 21, 2013, 01:38 PM (5 replies)

Rep. Steve Cohen: 'Rabid, sophomoric' Tea Partiers are 'domestic enemies' of the U.S.

It's about time someone said it. Social media is lighting up with their outrage. It's lovely.

“You know, you’d think they would,” said Cohen. “If a child puts its finger on a burner, they’re not likely to go to that burner again, but I’m not sure if some of these people don’t like the heat. They seemed to enjoy shutting down the government, they reveled in it. They got a lot of energy out of it.”


“A lot of those members are rabid,” he said of the House Republican conference. “They’re sophomoric in terms of Congress. They’ve never worked in politics before,” but “they think they’re some kind of guerrillas there to strike a blow for freedom. I think they’ll try to pull this off again.”

As U.S. Representatives, Cohen said, “We take an oath to support the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, and these are the domestic enemies.”


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/19/democratic-rep-rabid-sophomoric-tea-partiers-are-domestic-enemies-of-the-u-s/
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Sat Oct 19, 2013, 03:40 PM (19 replies)

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul blessed by Dominionist pastors

Shorter video:



Longer video:

Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Sat Oct 19, 2013, 12:36 AM (2 replies)

The Allen Central Rebels

The recent debate over the Redskins name and the disgusting display of the Confederate flag in front of the White House got me thinking about a school in a nearby community.



For the past 34 years,[when?] the school has displayed symbols of the Confederate States of America. A Confederate flag was displayed in the school gymnasium as recently as January 2007,[4] and the school mascot is a Confederate soldier who, as of late 2006, appeared on a sign at the entrance to the school.[5] A nearby courtyard has blue brick forming the Cross of St. Andrew, and a mural in the lobby shows a rebel soldier carrying the flag on horseback. Other images of rebel soldiers and Confederate flags cover the same walls.[6] The images have stoked controversy, since many consider them to be racist symbols, both in Floyd County, in Kentucky, and elsewhere, although there is also support in the county for retaining the symbols.[7]

In December 2006, the David School, a private school in the same sports league as Allen Central, decided not to play a basketball game at the school because the it considered the Confederate symbols a form of taunting, which is forbidden by the athletic league.[8]

The Justice Resource Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a civil rights group, criticized the school's prominent displays of the Confederate flag at the school and at public events, and the head of the organization, the Rev. Louis Coleman, said "the rebel flag to African-Americans represents something very bad - it represents slavery."[9] Coleman suggested that black members of nearby school sports teams should have the option of not participating in events where Confederate symbols are displayed, and told the Associated Press that the flag creates "a very tense and negative atmosphere" for black student athletes.[8]

Allen Central's former principal, Sis Hall, and many students at the school have defended the Confederate emblems, calling them symbols of strength, independence and pride. The school's use of the emblems "has nothing to do with racism", Hall told an Associated Press reporter. "It's a part of us."[8]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Central_High_School


Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Fri Oct 18, 2013, 10:54 PM (0 replies)

Exclusive: Jeh Johnson Tapped to Lead Department of Homeland Security

Source: The Daily Beast

The White House has settled on a former high-ranking Pentagon official to replace Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, two senior Obama administration officials confirm to The Daily Beast.

President Obama plans to announce his intention to nominate Jeh Johnson, who served as the Defense Department's general counsel during the administration's first term, at a White House ceremony tomorrow, one of the sources said.

Johnson, a well-known and trusted figure in the Obama White House, was a central player in many of the administration's most sensitive national security and counterterrorism policies, including the ramping up of the drone program, the revival of military commissions to try suspected terrorists, and the repeal of the Defense Department's ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces.

Johnson's experience dealing with counterterrorism and cyber-security threats will comfort many on Capitol Hill. He is less versed in the areas of disaster relief and immigration enforcement, also key elements of the DHS mission. Still, administration officials do not expect the nomination to be especially polarizing and are hopeful Johnson will receive a relatively warm reception in Congress.

Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/17/exclusive-jeh-johnson-tapped-to-lead-department-of-homeland-security.html
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Thu Oct 17, 2013, 03:03 PM (5 replies)

Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White



ARRISON, Ark. (AP) — Harrison leaders who want to put the city’s racist past behind it are decrying a recently erected billboard that reads, “Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White.”

The billboard went up Tuesday along a major route through the northern Arkansas city. A radio station with an advertisement on an adjacent panel asked that its sign be removed so no one would think that it was connected to the white supremacist sentiment.

“I think this is awful,” Harrison Mayor Jeff Crockett told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock. “It does not represent the people of Harrison’s attitude or the way they feel about any races. I think we’re welcoming to all. It’s trying to represent a false image of the way Harrison is.”


http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?NoCache=1&Dato=20131017&Kategori=NEWS01&Lopenr=310170108&Ref=AR&sf18450517=1
Posted by BluegrassStateBlues | Thu Oct 17, 2013, 02:35 PM (11 replies)
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