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Kelly: Assemblyman says order for GWB traffic tie-up came from outside Port Authority

Source: NorthJersey.com

The George Washington Bridge lane closures that led to paralyzing gridlock in Fort Lee this past September were ordered by someone outside the Port Authority and possibly for “an improper motive,” said the state lawmaker leading the investigation into whether the closings were politically motivated.

“There are documents that we’ve received that would indicate that there was somebody else who initiated this,” said Assemblyman John Wisniewski. “There are words that are used that would imply an improper motive.”

Wisniewski, who has scheduled more hearings next week in Trenton on the controversy in his role as chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, declined to say who those other officials might be or what their motives were.

But he left little doubt that he planned to take a closer look at Governor Christie and his staff of political operatives. The governor jointly steers the Port Authority with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appointing its top executives and commissioners.



Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/columnists/kelly/Kelly_Assemblyman_says_order_for_GWB_traffic_tieup_came_from_outside_Port_Authority.html?page=all



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Posted by Suburban Warrior | Thu Jan 2, 2014, 05:16 AM (11 replies)

The Facts About Benghazi - NY Times Editorial

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans have insisted without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and other support during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and that it was fueled, in large part, by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.

In a rational world, that would settle the dispute over Benghazi, which has further poisoned the poisonous political discourse in Washington and kept Republicans and Democrats from working cooperatively on myriad challenges, including how best to help Libyans stabilize their country and build a democracy. But Republicans long ago abandoned common sense and good judgment in pursuit of conspiracy-mongering and an obsessive effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.

On the Sunday talk shows, Representatives Mike Rogers and Darrell Issa, two Republicans who are some of the administration’s most relentless critics of this issue, dismissed The Times’s investigation and continued to press their own version of reality on Benghazi.

More...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/opinion/the-facts-about-benghazi.html?_r=2&
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Wed Jan 1, 2014, 10:50 PM (1 replies)

Golden Retriever falls through ice, is rescued by firefighters.

Firefighters took an icy plunge to save a Massachusetts dog on Sunday afternoon.

A woman's five-year-old Golden Retriever, Crosby, fell through the icy Charles River during a walk, Boston's WCVB.com reports.

The Wellesley Police Department stated on their website that the dog was trapped by ice nearly 50 yards offshore.

Firefighter Dave Papazian donned a cold water survival suit to break through the ice and swim to the dog, with the assistance of Fire Lieutenant Paul Delaney. Other officers and firefighters pulled the team back in and dried off the dog.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/23/firefighters-rescue-dog_n_4495779.html

Posted by Suburban Warrior | Tue Dec 24, 2013, 01:00 PM (15 replies)

POPE FRANCIS: I'm Not A Marxist

Pope Francis has responded to critics who have called him a "Marxist" in a new interview with an Italian newspaper, saying Marxist ideology "is wrong" while simultaneously noting that much of what he wrote in his powerful critique of capitalism is part of the fabric of the Catholic church.

“Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended," Francis told La Stampa. "There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”

Francis' answer was in response to accusations from U.S. critics on the right, including Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. "This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope," Limbaugh said on his radio show in November.

In his first written text of his papacy, called the Apostolic Exhortation, the pope addressed many issues, but his denouncement of our current financial system got most of the attention.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pope-francis-marxist-response-2013-12#ixzz2nVhvqL52
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Sat Dec 14, 2013, 11:26 PM (11 replies)

Fleet of Planes from $486 Million Program for Afghan Security Forces Scheduled to Be Destroyed

While the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan winds down the price tag for waste in the funding for the Afghan Security Forces continues to rise.

The most recent evidence of mismanagement emerged during Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko’s recent visit when he found 16 C27A aircraft waiting to be destroyed at the Kabul International Airport.

Part of a 486 million dollar U.S. program to provide refurbished aircraft for Afghan Security Forces, these planes are the latest in a long line of U.S.-funded equipment that never made it into the hands of Afghan forces before landing in line for disposal.

“I saw these planes sitting dormant on the airfield and knew something was wrong and answers were needed,” Sopko said in a statement.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-hero-project/articles/2013/12/10/486-million-fleet-of-planes-given-to-the-afghan-security-forces-are-scheduled-to-be-destroyed.html
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 09:07 PM (8 replies)

Another casualty in the "War on Christmas"

FOX News' very own Fox and Friends "Holiday Party".



Via Media Matters
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 06:03 PM (4 replies)

A Deputy’s Pistol, a Dead Girlfriend, a Flawed Inquiry

...Domestic abuse is believed to be the most frequently unreported crime, and it is particularly corrosive when it involves the police. Taught to wield authority through control, threats or actual force, officers carry their training, their job stress and their guns home with them, amplifying the potential for abuse.
Related article: Departments Slow to Police Their Own Abusers

Yet nationwide, interviews and documents show, police departments have been slow to recognize and discipline abusers in uniform, largely because of a predominantly male blue wall of silence. Victims are often reluctant to file complaints, fearing that an officer’s colleagues simply will not listen or understand, or that if they do, the abuser may be stripped of his weapon and ultimately his family’s livelihood.

Officers investigating possible domestic violence face special circumstances “when it’s somebody you know or you’ve worked with,” said Mark Wynn, a former Nashville police official who teaches departments how to use model rules for handling domestic violence in their ranks. “Like the military, you build bonds together by saving one another’s lives.”

The model rules, issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, insist on zero tolerance for abusers and urge departments to begin formal investigations of all complaints immediately. Yet most departments, including the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, follow only parts of the policy. Law enforcement officers in Florida are arrested on charges of domestic abuse more often than they are on charges of any other form of misconduct, but other offenses are far more likely to cost them their jobs, according to an analysis by The New York Times of more than 29,000 complaints received by the state.

Read the entire piece at:
http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/?hp
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Sat Nov 23, 2013, 10:48 PM (0 replies)

Florida police accused of racial profiling after stopping man 258 times

Source: Daily News

A Florida police department is facing racial profiling charges after stopping a man 258 times and repeatedly charging him with trespassing at the convenience store where he works.

At least once a week for the last four years, Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped by Miami Gardens police — and searched more than 100 times, jailed 56 times and arrested for trespassing 62 times, records show.

The only conviction he's had, according to his lengthy records, is for marijuana possession.

"They created this record," Sampson's boss and the owner of 207 Quickstop, Alex Saleh, told the Daily News Friday. "He's a good guy, a humble guy, a quiet guy. He's not a convicted felon."



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/police-stop-man-258-times-charge-trespassing-work-article-1.1526422
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Fri Nov 22, 2013, 11:28 PM (34 replies)

Military drones grounded in Central New York following crash in Lake Ontario

Source: Syracuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Officials at the 174th Attack Wing suspended all Reaper drone flights in Central New York Tuesday after one of the unmanned aircraft crashed into Lake Ontario about 12 miles from the eastern shore during a routine training flight.

A Coast Guard helicopter and search vessel were unable to recover the $4 million drone, which crashed about 1 p.m. Tuesday, and were forced to call off the search late in the afternoon because of bad weather, said Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.

Semmel said he did not know what caused the accident. A safety investigation board appointed by Air Force commanders based in Langley, Va., will investigate the incident. Semmel estimated the investigation could take a month or so to complete.

No decision has been made yet on when Reaper training flights will resume, Semmel said. He emphasized that the unmanned combat aircraft, which was introduced by manufacturer General Atomics in 2007, has a good safety record. Critics say the drones have a high rate of accidents.

Read more: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/military_drone_flights_over_central_new_york_grounded_following_crash_in_lake_on.html
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Wed Nov 13, 2013, 06:06 PM (18 replies)

Sen. Jim Inhofe's son dies in plane crash near Owasso

Source: KOCO.com

A source close to Sen. Jim Inhofe has confirmed that his son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was on board a plane that crashed near Owasso, Okla. on Sunday. Perry Inhofe was killed in the crash.

The NTSB is holding a news conference at 5 p.m. KOCO will air the news conference on KOCO News at 5 and will livestream the news conference on KOCO.com.

Dr. Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon in Tulsa. According to his biographical information on the Central States Orthopedics website, Inhofe attended Duke University and studied biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. He graduated in 1984.

Perry Inhofe then attended Washington University in St. Louis for medical school. He graduated in 1988 and did postgraduate training at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Read more: http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/around-oklahoma/sen-jim-inhofes-son-dies-in-plane-crash-near-owasso/-/12530084/22914532/-/1q9gvr/-/index.html
Posted by Suburban Warrior | Mon Nov 11, 2013, 06:12 PM (83 replies)
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