[FoxNews] Emily Stallard, 37, was spotted by a security guard roaming the aisles of Walmart in Tampa Bay Saturday evening, Fox 13 reported.
After watching Stallard open unpaid items, including flammable materials, projectiles and matches, a security guard called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and notified an off-duty Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer who was inside the store.
An arrest report cited by the station says the woman filled a mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails. She then attempted to light the bomb with a shoelace as a wick before the off-duty officer and security guard stopped her.
"mason jar with fuel, denatured alcohol and nails" would field and denatured alcohol really have explosive force to turn the nails into shrapnel? Color me skeptical. I imagine at best she'd get a quick flash that *might* start a fire around the now empty, probably cracked, mason jar filled with nails.
[Business Insider] The US military's former top enlisted official had a pattern of using his soldiers "to perform services for his personal convenience," according to a previous report by the US Army's inspector general. Documents recently obtained by the military news website Task & Purpose said Sgt. Maj. John Troxell violated ethics rules through these favors and an apparent endorsement of fitness equipment on his official Facebook account.
"These unofficial duties included the subordinates going to CVS for him, driving after hours during [temporary duty] to unofficial events, dining with them, and provided unnecessary support to him and his wife," the documents said, according to Task & Purpose.
According to the investigation, the 37-year military veteran instructed staffers to purchase goods for him at CVS.
"No, dude, you are not an indentured servant," Troxell said in response a staffer who attempted to give him $10 back in change, according to the investigation.
While Troxell did not "encourage" his staff to perform unofficial duties, the inspector general's report said they "felt obliged to provide him unofficial support."
"They recognized they were working for the highest ranking NCO in the DOD, they respected him, and they wanted to do their best to help CSM Troxell succeed," the investigation said, Task & Purpose reported.
Troxell, who was the senior enlisted adviser to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the time, was temporarily suspended last year amid the investigation into the allegations of misconduct.
Aids do just about everything for them. They are expected to and understand this before accepting the job. There is something else going on here. I suspect DOD was after him for being outspoken on some issue.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
01/15/2020 12:18 Comments ||
Ran afoul of an Obama Era appointee and told him, the IG, something 'zhe' didn't want to hear?
[NYPOST] The president of a liberal arts college in Indiana has been fired after his arrest on suspicion of sex crimes, school officials announced.
Thomas J. Minar was terminated by Franklin College on Monday after his Jan. 6 arrest in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on preliminary charges of use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful materials, the Indianapolis Star reported.
Formal charges have not yet been filed, but prosecutors in Door County expect to file a criminal complaint in coming days.
Minar, a 56-year-old reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel... native, had been the private college’s president since 2015 after working at American University in Washington, DC. He announced last summer that he planned to step down from his post in June, the Star reported.
A search to replace Minar is now underway, college officials said in a statement.
"The safety of our campus community ‐ especially our students ‐ is always our first priority," the college’s Board of Trustees chair, Jim Due, said. "We are deeply shocked and gravely concerned by the reported behavior of Dr. Minar that led to his arrest in Wisconsin, and we will continue to cooperate fully with authorities."
Minar had served as the first openly gay president at the 1,000-student Franklin College, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Minar appeared in court on Jan. 7 and was released after posting bond. He was also told by a judge not to have direct contact with minors unless supervised and to stay off social media, WAVE reported.
[LA Times] An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, striking several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.
Delta Flight 89 ‐ a Boeing 777 ‐ had taken off from LAX with 149 passengers on board and was en route to Shanghai when it turned around and headed back to the L.A. airport.
"Shortly after takeoff, Flight 89 from LAX to Shanghai experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to LAX," Delta spokesperson Adrian Gee said. "The aircraft landed safely after an emergency fuel release to reduce landing weight."
In which Allah makes clear his opinion of the entire country.
The death toll in avalanches, landslides and other rain-related incidents during the current spell of a westerly wave weather system across the country has surged to 93, with most of the cases being reported from AJK, followed by Balochistan.https://t.co/r8HRFbMnPU
[Free Beacon] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) recently hired convicted felon Bill Cosby's former lawyer to go after Warner Bros. and Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood for his movie Richard Jewell.
Marty Singer, who has developed a reputation as a "guard dog" for Hollywood clients, threatened a defamation suit against Eastwood and Warner Bros. for the film's alleged portrayal of late AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs having sex with an FBI agent to get a scoop on Richard Jewell. Jewell was wrongly suspected of committing the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.
"It is highly ironic that a film purporting to tell a tragic story of how the reputation of an FBI suspect was grievously tarnished appears bent on a path to severely tarnish the reputation of the AJC, a newspaper with a respected 150-year-old publishing legacy," Singer said in a letter threatening the defamation suit.
Also resurfaces all this: Heavy.com obtained the coroner’s report. Scruggs died of a drug overdose, specifically “acute morphine toxicity.” Contrary to some other news reports, the coroner could not determine whether it was an accidental one or suicide.
“Kathleen Scruggs died as a result of acute morphine toxicity,” the report says. “…toxicological testing of chest fluid revealed a potentially lethal level of morphine. Also present in the chest fluid were paroxetine, mirtazapine, and ethyl alcohol. All of the ethyl alcohol may have been produced by the postmortem decomposition process. Findings at autopsy included severe coronary artery atherosclerosis (blockage of blood vessels that supply blood to the heart), which may have contributed to death…no acute traumatic injuries were identified.”
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/15/2020 12:15 Comments ||
Not to be contrarian - no friend of the AJConstipation here -- it I think Clint and Bobby would have better advised not to add embellishments about a dead woman's sex life. Her journalistic behavior was found not to have been libelous by a court at law. Whether or not she was a bad person, her memory doesn't deserve the Sandmann treatment, methinks.
Brings back 1980's memories of a Sergeant Major at Fort Lewis WA conducing a summary execution of a dog in a PT formation. Well, the troops had been warned not to bring pets into the battalion area. The Sergeant Major was PCS'd to Bragg and into retirement very soon thereafter.
[Jpost] In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the government he heads was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out changes he wants to make to the constitution.
Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed giving parliament the power to choose Russia's prime minister and other key positions, a major change to the Russian constitution that may offer a hint about his own future.
Putin's comments are likely to reignite speculation about his plans once his current presidential term ends in 2024.
Critics have long accused him of plotting to stay on in some capacity to wield power over the world's largest nation after he steps down. He remains popular with many Russians who see him as a welcome source of stability even as others complain he's been in power for too long.
In his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the changes he was proposing to Russia's political system -- handing parliament and the prime minister more power at the expense of the president -- were so serious that he wanted a nationwide referendum to be held to agree them.
In power as either president or prime minister since 1999, Putin, 67, is due to step down in 2024 when his fourth presidential term ends.
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/15/2020 12:42 Comments ||
A favorite joke:
Putin and Medvedev are dining at a fancy restaurant.
When the waiter comes to take their order, Putin says, "I will have the steak."
The waiter asks, "And the vegetable?"
Putin says, "He will have the steak also."
See also: "Term Limits, How To Avoid." Every time someone brings up Term Limits as the panacea for misgovernment I consider the cases of (1) UK's "Gray Men" -- the standing bureaucracy that implements or ignores the passing fancies of Parliament; and (2) Musical Chair relationships like often happens in South America and its dynasties... Putin is just a very blatant case of (2).
Semi-overly aggressive, anyway, and not all that quiet — though he has’t pounded tables with someone else’s shoe in public that I’m aware of. Though all those photos of him riding bare chested across the taiga and walking his pet tiger are not that different than President Trump’s tweets in terms of vulgarly redefining the terms of the debate.
Still, it’s wise to respect powerful, dangerous men who do it well.
Pensions are paid.
Savings are not disappearing.
Russia is feared and respected on the world stage.
None of the above was the case during Russia's fling with western liberalism -- the period of "shock therapy" during which most Russians were plunged into poverty, the nation's prime assets were stolen ("pirat-ization"), and Russia became a patsy or even a laughingstock in works affairs.
Given the above, Russians are willing to forgive Putin his thuggery and banditry.
Serenbe Stories chronicles life in the leading wellness community, Serenbe. On the podcast, we share the stories that connect residents and guests to each other and to nature. The first season is the original Serenbe Story: How Steve Nygren and his family found and developed the land that would become a community of more than 700 (and growing!).
[ATL Business Journal] Lockheed Martin's C-130 Super Hercules production line in Marietta, Ga. The U.S. government ordered 50 more C-130Js on Dec. 30. The multiyear contract, worth $3.4 billion, provides 24 HC/MC-130Js to the U.S. Air Force, 20 KC-130Js for the U.S. Marine Corps and and options for six HC-130Js for the U.S. Coast Guard.
[UKDEFENCEJOURNAL.ORG.UK] As the only US Army rocket artillery brigade in the European theatre, the recently reactivated unit is currently “preparing to deliver long range precision fires to defend NATO allies and deter aggression from near-peer adversaries”, say the US Army.
According to a US Army release:
“The 1-6 FA is the first of two MLRS battalions within the 41st Fires Brigade. The next battalion, 1-77 FA, is slated to reactivate later this year 2020.”
Thirteen years have passed since US Army Europe has seen MLRS in its command, say the US Army.
“The 41st Brigade and the M270A1 MLRS launcher share a battle-tested, long-standing legacy and have served in a combined seven wars.”
Lieutenant Colonel Angel M. Llompart Monge, 1-6 Field Artillery Battalion commander was quoted as saying:
“The 41st Brigade has a rich history that traces back to World War 1. It’s a great opportunity to continue to build on this lineage and let the world know that big Army Europe is back.”
[Business Insider] US airmen ventured north to the island of Jan Mayen in the Norwegian Sea in November to survey the isolated island's airfield.
Members of the 435th Contingency Response Squadron assessed runway surfaces, glideslope obstructions, and firing capes, according to an Air Force release.
Jan Mayen is north of Iceland and between Greenland and Norway, the latter of which administers and supplies it with regular flights by C-130 aircraft.
It has been used for centuries for whaling, hunting, and, more recently, meteorological monitoring. During the Cold War, it was used as a base for communications and navigation systems. Though it doesn't have a usable port, its airfield can be used for research and search and rescue.
The island is also above the Arctic Circle and, the release notes, "along sea-routes connecting Russia to the Atlantic Ocean."
[Washington Examiner] Trump officials justified a new effort to roll back the Obama administration's pro-union "joint employer" rule by arguing that it would have hurt not only businesses but also workers. The Trump administration said the controversial rule would have reduced real income by $11 billion a year.
The Labor Department announced Sunday that it was formally replacing the Obama rule, which said that businesses could be held liable for workplaces at another business if they had "indirect control" over the latter. The administration restored the pre-Obama standard, which said liability only applied in cases of direct control, and added further clarification.
"When we lift the heavy hand of government and allow businesses to create jobs, enter new markets, and compete at lower prices, every American wins," wrote Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Citing the White House Council of Economic Advisers, they stated that the Obama-era rules imposed annual net costs of $5 billion and reduced incomes by $11 billion.
The Obama rule was controversial, and the business community lobbied hard to have it rolled back. Critics argued it would cause many corporations to pull out of franchising altogether rather than risk the additional legal liability.
"This resolution provides much-needed clarity for the 733,000 franchise establishments across America and returns to the traditional standard of business that has fundamentally supported and encouraged franchise entrepreneurship for decades," said Robert Cresanti, president of the International Franchise Association.
Unions and pro-labor activists scorned the move, arguing that it only protects corporations. "New Trump rule will make it easier for companies to cheat workers and get away with it," tweeted the National Employment Law Project.
The word ersatz is almost universally a pejorative, but unicorns gotta fart and poop skittles while hoovering up VC cash and fleecing gullible investors.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/15/2020 7:46 Comments ||
I seem to remember a SF short story, Asimov maybe, about a cooking contest where the winner used a forbidden ingredient, real garlic or mushrooms, and when it was discovered all the judges threw up.
These things I think would be fine for extended space missions (or deep sea) where occupants need their daily ingestion of goop nutrition and can select form and a selection of flavors. Especially if the food gets 'recycled' back into the system.
The meat printer sounds like a medical device; print off skin for burns, or a lost ear or nose. I know they have been working of organs as well.
Basically anything other than what they are selling it as, because if its a choice between goop and Thomson's Steak House and Hot Wing Emporium, well.
[Mil.com] The U.S. Army recently selected Sig Sauer, maker of the new Modular Handgun System, to make .300 Win Mag ammunition for the service's bolt-action sniper rifle.
In a $10 million deal, Sig will manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition, which will be used in the Army's M2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle.
"This award by the U.S. Army is validation of our state-of-the-art manufacturing that has resulted in the highest quality, and most precise, ammunition delivering on target accuracy for snipers in the field," Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Sig, said in a news release.
Sig recently made other ammunition news by being selected as one of the final competitors for the Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) effort. The service selected Sig, along with a team from General Dynamics and a team from Textron Systems, to submit specially designed 6.8mm ammunition and the rifle and automatic rifle prototypes for the NGSW effort.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.