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Man Convicted of Killing Former FSU Mascot in Fight Over Gumbo Spices

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – A man charged with fatally stabbing a restaurant worker and former Florida State mascot in a fight over gumbo spices has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the 2015 death of his co-worker Caleb Joshua Halley. Thompson faces up to life in prison.

Panama City police say 33-year-old Halley was working at Buddy’s Seafood Market when he and the 27-year-old Thompson began arguing about how much spice to add to the restaurant’s gumbo. Authorities say Thompson slashed Halley across the torso. He died two days later. The two had also been roommates at one point. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] Passenger Freaks Out, Talks About Death, Strips Naked on Frontier Airlines Flight 

The footage shows her kicking, screaming and throwing a tantrum in front of the cockpit and talking about Death.

Footage of a freakout on a Frontier Airlines flight has surfaced online — but it doesn’t even show the weirdest part of the unidentified woman’s meltdown, according to one witness.

A passenger — who asked KDVR to identify him only as Devin — posted to YouTube a video of a female passenger freaking out before takeoff on a Denver to Portland flight Monday.

The footage shows her kicking, screaming and throwing a tantrum in front of the cockpit and talking about death. At one point, she weirdly thrusts her pelvis at the sky. Afterward she removed her clothes, forcing the jet to turn around before takeoff…(read more)

Source: DailyNews


Says He’ll Invoke Fifth: Staffer Who Worked on Clinton’s Private E-Mail Server Faces Subpoena

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The former State Department IT staffer says he will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.

Carol D. Leonnig and Tom Hamburger report: A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.sicily

“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that the members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution.”

The move by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009, came in a Monday letter from his lawyer to the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

[Also see – Staffer who handled Hillary Clinton’s private email to plead the Fifth Amendment – twitchy.com]

The letter cited the ongoing FBI inquiry into the security of Clinton’s e-mail system, and it quoted a Supreme Court ruling in which justices described the Fifth Amendment as protecting “innocent men . . . ‘who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.’ ”

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The FBI is investigating whether Clinton’s system — in which she exclusively used private e-mail for her work as secretary of state — may have jeopardized sensitive national security information.

Thousands of e-mails that have been released by the State Department as part of a public records lawsuit show Clinton herself writing at least six e-mails containing information that has since been deemed classified. Large portions of those e-mails were redacted before their release, on the argument that their publication could harm national security. Read the rest of this entry »


Judge Formally Sentences James Holmes to Life in Prison

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Prosecutors have said the jury was divided on the sentence, with 11 favoring death and one favoring life without parole. Under Colorado law, jurors must be unanimous to impose the death penalty, so Holmes automatically got a life sentence.

Sadie Gurman reports: James Holmes was an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims in a Colorado movie theater, the judge said Wednesday before formally sentencing him to life in prison.

“We know that is very, very hard for people to see. We cannot feel the depths of your pain. We can only listen to everything you have expressed, and we pray for you…We are very sorry this tragedy happened, and sorry everyone has suffered so much.”

— Arlene Holmes

Samour contrasted Holmes’ bloody assault with the compassion of a juror who voted for a life sentence instead of the death penalty. And he noted the trial was fair, even if some victims were disappointed that Holmes didn’t get the death penalty.

Judge Carlos Samour sits on the bench during the sentencing phase of James Holmes' trial, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. Holmes was convicted Aug. 7 of murdering 12 people when he opened fire on a crowded movie theater in 2012. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

Judge Carlos Samour sits on the bench during the sentencing phase of James Holmes’ trial, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

“It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being is capable of such acts.”

— Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr.

Samour formally sentenced Holmes to life in prison without parole for the murders of 12 people. He also was sentencing Holmes to more than to 3,200 additional years for attempted murder and an explosives conviction.

The judge had no other sentencing option on the murder charges after a jury earlier this month did not unanimously agree that Holmes should get the death penalty. Samour issued his sentence after two days of testimony from survivors of the attack, including first responders.

District Attorney George Brauchler listens to victim statements being read in court during the sentencing phase in James Holmes' trial.

District Attorney George Brauchler listens to victim statements being read in court during the sentencing phase in James Holmes’ trial.

“Jurors rejected Holmes’ insanity plea, convicting him of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 others when he opened fire on a packed theater in suburban Denver on July 20, 2012.”

But he first spent more than half an hour defending the integrity of the justice system and disputing complaints that the trial was a waste of time. He noted the proceedings gave family members an opportunity to tell the world about their slain loved ones and provided survivors the chance to talk about their ordeal.

“I believe in the system. I said that before, and I’ll say it again. I believe in the system.”

— Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr.

Samour disputed some victims’ suggestion that Holmes would have an easy life behind bars, noting prison is harsh and restrictive.

More than 100 victims and survivors testified this week about the searing physical and emotional scars the 2012 shooting has left. Read the rest of this entry »


FBI Looking Into the Security of Hillary Clinton’s Private E-Mail Setup

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The inquiries by the FBI follow concerns from government officials that potentially hundreds of e-mails that passed through Clinton’s private server contained classified or sensitive information.

Carol D. LeonnigRosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger report: The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to twogovernment officials.Hillary_Clinton_at_the_1992_Inaugural_Ball

“The inquiries are bringing to light new information about Clinton’s use of the system and the lengths to which she went to install a private channel of communication outside government control — a setup that has emerged as a major issue in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

Also last week, the FBI contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work e-mails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state.

The FBI’s interest in Clinton’s e-mail system comes after the intelligence community’s inspector general referred the issue to the Justice Department in July. Intelligence officials expressed concern that some sensitive information was not in the government’s possession and could be “compromised.” The referral did not accuse Clinton of any wrongdoing, and the two officials said Tuesday that the FBI is not targeting her.
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Kendall confirmed the contact, saying: “The government is seeking assurance about the storage of those materials. We are actively cooperating.”

A lawyer for the Denver company, Platte River Networks, declined to comment, as did multiple Justice Department officials.

The inquiries are bringing to light new information about Clinton’s use of the system and the lengths to which she went to install a private channel of communication outside government control — a setup that has emerged as a major issue in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

For instance, the server installed in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home as she was preparing to take office as secretary of state was originally used by her first campaign for the presidency, in 2008, according to two people briefed on the setup. A staffer who was on the payroll of her political action committee set it up in her home, replacing a server that Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, had been using in the house.hillary-action-figure

The inquiries by the FBI follow concerns from government officials that potentially hundreds of e-mails that passed through Clinton’s private server contained classified or sensitive information. At this point, the probe is preliminary and is focused on ensuring the proper handling of classified material.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton’s campaign, declined to comment on the FBI’s actions. He noted that Clinton has called repeatedly for the State Department to release her e-mails to the public, a process that is ongoing.

In a statement, Merrill said that Clinton “did not send nor receive any emails that were marked classified at the time. We want to ensure that appropriate procedures are followed as these emails are reviewed while not unduly delaying the release of her emails. We want that to happen as quickly and as transparently as possible.”

[Read the full text here, at The Washington Post]

The controversy over Clinton’s e-mail dates to the summer of 2014, when, according to government officials, State Department lawyers realized they didn’t have access to some of her records as they prepared responses to congressional requests related to the 2012 attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Read the rest of this entry »


Christopher Monfort Sentenced to Life in Prison for Halloween 2009 Murder of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton

Christopher Monfort acknowledges his family as he arrives to hear his penalty verdict at the King County Courthouse Thursday July 23, 2015. Monfort killed Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween, 2009.  (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

It took a King County jury about one hour to decide that Christopher Monfort should spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009.

 reports: A King County jury has spared the life of Christopher Monfort for killing Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night 2009.

After deliberating for only about one hour, the jurors sentenced Monfort to life in prison without parole Thursday afternoon in a crowded Seattle courtroom. Members of Brenton’s family and Monfort’s mother were seated in the courtroom when the verdict was read.

“This jury worked exceptionally hard for a very long time and were asked to answer a profound moral question. The facts of this case called out for the jury to consider the full range of punishment options under state law. Our entire community should be grateful to these citizens for their service.”

— King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg

Many had speculated the quick verdict signaled jurors had voted for death, the only other possible sentence for aggravated murder.

After the verdict was announced, Monfort said “I’m happy about that.”

In this undated family photo provided by the Seattle Police Dept., shows Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton.  Brenton was killed in a Halloween night drive-by shooting that also grazed a rookie officer. The 39-year-old training officer from Marysville was hit in the head as he sat in a car reviewing a traffic stop with officer Britt Sweeney. Brenton's memorial service is set for Friday at Seattle's Key Arena.  (AP Photo/ family photo provided by the Seattle Police Dept.) NO SALES SE101  ( / The Associated Press)

In this undated family photo provided by the Seattle Police Dept., shows Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton. Brenton was killed in a Halloween night drive-by shooting that also grazed a rookie officer. The 39-year-old training officer from Marysville was hit in the head as he sat in a car reviewing a traffic stop with officer Britt Sweeney. Brenton’s memorial service is set for Friday at Seattle’s Key Arena. (AP Photo/ family photo provided by the Seattle Police Dept.)

One male juror, who declined to give his name, said, “Now that the trial is over, I don’t think there’s really anything to say, other than it really was a horrible incident filled with sadness, regrettable in every way. I’m very glad the jury was unanimous in all the verdicts that we gave.”

Matt Brenton, Timothy Brenton’s brother, said his family had no expectations before the jury’s verdict was announced.

“Now that the trial is over, I don’t think there’s really anything to say, other than it really was a horrible incident filled with sadness, regrettable in every way. I’m very glad the jury was unanimous in all the verdicts that we gave.”

— Unidentified male juror

“More than anything, no matter what decision they came to, it was the right one for them and we respect it and thank them for their sacrifice,” he said.

Monfort’s mother, Suzan Monfort, said she was flabbergasted by the verdict.

“I’m very relieved and I don’t believe in the death penalty for anyone, or for my son” she said.

The verdict marks the second time in the past two months that King County prosecutors have failed to convince a jury to sentence a high-profile killer to death. In May, a split jury spared the life of Joseph McEnroe, who killed six members of his ex-girlfriend’s family on Christmas Eve 2007. That jury deliberated for 3 ½ days.

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg issued the following statement Thursday afternoon: “This jury worked exceptionally hard for a very long time and were asked to answer a profound moral question. The facts of this case called out for the jury to consider the full range of punishment options under state law. Our entire community should be grateful to these citizens for their service.”

The jury of six men and six women convicted Monfort on June 5 of aggravated first-degree murder and three other felonies, rejecting his insanity defense, after hearing nearly four months of testimony in the trial that began in late January. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Verdict Reached in James Holmes Colorado ‘Midnight Massacre’ Shooter Trial

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DEVELOPING: The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial of James Holmes has reached a verdict, which will be announced at 6:15pm ET….

[Fox News]


SWAT Surrounds Essex House Motel in Littleton; FBI Agent Wounded

LITTLETON, CO - May 8:  An officer makes his way down Prince Street on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Essex House Hotel in Denver, Colorado. An FBI agent was shot during a operation at the hotel and the shooter has since barricaded himself inside. (Photo By Brent Lewis/The Denver Post)

“It’s terrifying. It’s frightening. It’s a situation where you are trying to be as safe as possible but when you hear over the radio that an officer is down, it’s the worst thing you can possibly hear.”

— Littleton police Lt. Trent Cooper

An FBI agent was wounded Friday afternoon while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Littleton motel.

The agent was taken to Swedish Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Littleton police, SWAT officers and other law enforcement personnel were still surrounding the Essex House Motel in the 5300 block of South Santa Fe Drive at 6:15 p.m., about two hours later.

[The “Longhorn Bandit” is wanted in heists across the Denver area that began in February]

At 6:20 p.m., police were preparing to send a robot into the second-story room, since they had been unable to make contact with the suspect since the shooting at 4:15 p.m.

Officials said they were waiting for a federal warrant to enter the motel, which could take a couple of hours.

Littleton police Lt. Trent Cooper said the suspect fired two shots at law enforcement agents, hitting the agent in the leg. The officers fired no shots, he said. Read the rest of this entry »


Investigation: Possible Clue, Motive? ‘My wife is a Cheater’ Seen Spray Painted on Colorado Home after Early Morning Explosion, Fire

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ARVADA, Colorado — The words ‘my wife is a cheater’ were clearly visible in spray paint on the outside wall of a home that exploded in a fireball early Tuesday outside Denver Colorado.

Investigators told KDVR-TV they were looking for a man in connection with the fire, but declined to comment further on who he is or whether the graffiti was connected to the explosion.

Officially the cause of the fire is under investigation. Read the rest of this entry »


EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

There is a big difference between the above image and a hallway. PhotoXpress

There is a big difference between the above image and a hallway. PhotoXpress

For GovExec.comEric Katz writes: Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.

Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography.

“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals.”

It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.

“EPA cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters…”

In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom. Read the rest of this entry »


Wait…Can You Really O.D. on Pot?

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…CAN THAT HAPPEN..?

A 31-year-old woman is dead. The coroner says cannabis was the reason. Could this really happen?
A super-chill blew through the reefer mad Super Bowl cities of Denver and Seattle last week with the report that a young woman had died of apparent cannabis toxicity in England.

“The evidence does seem to suggest that, like most everything, marijuana inextremely high doses can tip a person or a dog over into a sudden death.”

This one seems real to, not like the early January hoax that “reported” 37 deaths from marijuana in Colorado soon after the law decriminalizing the drug in that state went into effect.

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SEAHAWKS ROCK XLVIII

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Super Bowl: Drudge Not Entertained

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Halftime Score: Denver Stalls, Hawks Dominate

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Finally: A Seahawks Logo Marijuana Pipe

Exclusive: Seen in tobacco store in Seattle, January 25, 2014

Exclusive: Seen in tobacco store in Seattle, January 25, 2014

Sign of the times. High times. 

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And what to go better with this item than a Zippo NFL Seattle Seahawks Chrome Pocket Lighter ?

The weekend’s playoff football victories by the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have created a teachable moment about the two leading marijuana law reform states in America, as well as a windfall for those who love dumb puns.

“Weed Bowl”, “Salad Bowl”, “420 Bowl”, “Chronic Bowl”, weed heads can’t get enough of the delicious matchup.

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Pot Advocates Rooting for Denver-Seattle ‘Super Oobie Doobie Bowl’

Photo: @Mranglin Twitter

Photo: @Mranglin Twitter

Marijuana advocates are hoping that the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos make it to the Super Bowl so they can have what may be dubbed the “Marijuana Bowl” in the Super Bowl.

Colorado and Washington are the only two states where recreational marijuana is legalized, and Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Lawstold Fox News that a DenverSeattle Super Bowl will be a Super Bowl that features “the two most pro-cannabis-legalization cities in the US.”

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Libertarians Know How To Oppose Things Without Banning Them

 The state's decriminalizing of an activity or substance doesn't transform that activity or substance into a moral, healthy or admirable one.

The state’s decriminalizing of an activity or substance doesn’t transform that activity or substance into a moral, healthy or admirable one…. You can celebrate the fact that people are free without celebrating all the dumb things those people do with their freedoms.

  writes:  As a Denver Post columnist from 2004-11, I spent a considerable amount of time writing pieces advocating the legalization of pot. So I was happy when Colorado became one of the first to decriminalize small amounts of “recreational” marijuana. I believe that the war on drugs is a tragically misplaced use of resources—an immoral venture that produces far more suffering than it alleviates. And on a philosophical level, I believe that adults should be permitted to ingest whatever they desire—including, but not limited to, trans fats, tobacco, cough syrup, colossal sodas and so on—as long as they live with the consequences.

You know, that old chestnut.

Unrealistic? Maybe. But less so than allowing myself to believe that human behavior can/should be endlessly nudged, cajoled and coerced by politicians.

“The problem is that Americans use the state as a moral compass. For libertarians, it is often frustrating to explain that advocating the decriminalization of x is not synonymous with endorsing x. It’s often easier to rationalize away the consequences of enhanced choice than to admit it exists.”

So naturally, I was curious to see how marijuana sales in Colorado would shake out. According to the Denver Post, there are nearly 40 stores in Colorado licensed to sell “recreational” pot. Medical marijuana has been legal for more than a decade. Not surprisingly, pot stores can’t keep up with demand for a hit of recreational tetrahydrocannabinol. Outside Denver shops, people are waiting for up to five hours to buy some well-taxed and “regulated” cannabis. The pot tourists also have arrived. All this, the Denver Post estimates, will translate into $40 million of additional tax revenue in 2014—the real reason legalization in Colorado became a reality.

The news coverage swung from mild bemusement to acting as if society were on the cusp of a major civil rights victory. For me, the entire spectacle seemed rather pathetic and anticlimactic.

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Obamacare vs. Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana: A Tale of Two Rollouts

PJ Media‘s Stephen Green has a timely exploration of parallel rollouts:

Frank Nuccio wears a "pothead" button on his jacket while attending a cannabis cooking class in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, April 18, 2013. (Werner R. Slocum/MCT)

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Stephen Green writes:  Two months ago, Healthcare.gov went live, sort of, as the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act finally went into full effect across the nation. On the first of this new year, right here in Colorado, it became fully legal to sell marijuana for recreational purposes.

Let us compare and contrast the two rollouts, shall we?

The first product, heath insurance, was so desperately needed by some 47 million Americans who lacked it, that our entire healthcare infrastructure had to be upended by force of law in order to accommodate them.

Pot is something which some unknown number of Americans, but probably quite a bit less than 47 million, merely desire.

On the first day those 47 million uninsured Americans were able to purchase health insurance on Healthcare.gov, six obamacaredid so. Not six million. Six. As in five, six, seven. Only they never made it all the way to seven.

On the first day pot was legally available for recreational use in Colorado, thousands made purchases.

During Healthcare.gov’s period of growing pains, untold thousands, perhaps a million, frustrated customers gave up before they could complete simply setting up an account.

In Colorado last week the scene was somewhat different:

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Enough Pot Happy Talk

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Larry Kudlow writes:  There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it’s time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana — particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse.

budbagWith the grace of God, I’ve been clean and sober for over 18 years — a recovery experience that still has me going to a lot of 12-step meetings. And I hear time and again from young people coming into the rooms to get sober how pot smoking led to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Now, this is anecdotal, and I am not an expert. And I will say that many people can control alcohol or pot or other drugs. But I am not one of them. And I am not alone.

Talk to virtually any professional drug counselor, and they will warn that pot is a gateway drug. Or listen to left-of-center columnist Ruth Marcus, who has gathered important professional evidence about the risks of pot.

Ms. Marcus reminds us that the American Medical Association recommended against legalization, stating, “Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern.” The AMA added that pot “is the most common illicit drug involved in drugged driving, particularly in drivers under the age of 21. Early cannabis use is related to later substance-use disorders.”

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Concealed Carry Permit Applications Skyrocket in Weld County, Colorado

 

Bryan Hull, founding director of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association (OKOCA), wears an unconcealed side arm as he addresses OKOCA members gathered at Beverly's Pancake House in Oklahoma City

Bryan Hull, founding director of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association (OKOCA), wears an unconcealed side arm as he addresses OKOCA members gathered at Beverly’s Pancake House in Oklahoma City

WR Hawkins reports:  Applications for concealed carry permits are skyrocketing in Weld County, Colorado, with applications from women in particular doubling. Sheriff John Cooke is thrilled about the numbers.

Weld is an important indicator in that it led Adam, Denver, and Boulder counties for concealed carry permit applications with 2,022 last year. It surpassed that number by March 2013, and Weld County has now processed 2,857 applications this year alone.

According to Greeley’s, The Tribune, the number of applications from women has increased from “an average of about 20 percent in recent years to an average of about 40 percent currently.”

Sheriff Cooke said, “Having a gun is a good equalizer for self protection. People want it for protection [and] a Smith & Wesson or Colt will level the playing field.” Read the rest of this entry »


Remembering Scott Carpenter, One of the Original Seven Astronauts, Dead at 88

President John F. Kennedy congratulates the astronaut Scott Carpenter in the Oval Office at the White House after his three-orbit flight around the earth. With them are Carpenter's wife at the time, Rene, and their children.

President John F. Kennedy congratulates the astronaut Scott Carpenter in the Oval Office at the White House after his three-orbit flight around the earth. With them are Carpenter’s wife at the time, Rene, and their children. AP

 writes: M. Scott Carpenter, whose flight into space in 1962 as the second American to orbit the Earth was marred by technical problems and ended with the nation waiting anxiously to see if he had survived a landing far from the target site, died on Thursday in Denver. He was 88 and one of the last two surviving astronauts of America’s original space program, Project Mercury.

His wife, Patty Carpenter, announced the death. No cause was given. Mr. Carpenter had entered hospice care recently after having a stroke.

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His death leaves John H. Glenn Jr., who flew the first orbital mission on Feb. 20, 1962, and later became a United States senator from Ohio, as the last survivor of the Mercury 7.

When Lieutenant Commander Carpenter splashed down off Puerto Rico in his Aurora 7 capsule on May 24, 1962, after a harrowing mission, he had fulfilled a dream.

“I volunteered for a number of reasons,” he wrote in “We Seven,” a book of reflections by the original astronauts published in 1962. “One of these, quite frankly, was that I thought this was a chance for immortality. Pioneering in space was something I would willingly give my life for.” Read the rest of this entry »


Neighborhood 3D Printing Store Opens in Oakland

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MakerBot has a retail store in Manhattan.  And UPS is testing in-store 3DPrinting services in five locations. But how many neighborhoods or Main Streets have a small-biz, 3D printing/digital fabrication retail store?  One that not only prints but teaches classes and sells printers?

The answer is… not very many.  According to MAKE contributing editor, Anna Kaziunas France, there is Deezmaker in Pasadena; The Color Company andiMakr in London; The 3D Printing Store in Denver; and the GetPrinting3D Retail Store in Evanston.

As of yesterday, HoneyBee3D in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif. can be added to this list.   Read the rest of this entry »


Will the Media Get the Obama Comeback Story it Wants?

Three things to watch when Romney and Obama debate

Here’s are three things to watch when President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face-off tonight in the second presidential debate in New York:

1. How eager will the media be to write the Obama comeback story?

Rest assured: Many of the reporters in Hempstead, New York covering tonight’s town-hall at Hofstra University are already pre-writing “How Obama Got His Groove Back” stories.

Obama admits that he lost to Romney in the first debate in Denver and has been setting the stage in the media for a comeback story ever since.

“Governor Romney had a good night. I had a bad night,” Obama told Diane Sawyer after the face-off in Denver two weeks ago.

“If you have a bad game you just move on, you look forward to the next one, and it makes you that much more determined,” he said.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs went even further Tuesday on Morning Joe: “I think you’re going to see an exceptionally strong debate performance tonight from the president.”

“Judging by word coming from the Obama campaign, Tuesday night’s second presidential debate at Hofstra University could be the greatest do-over in history,” wrote columnist Byron York of the Washington Examiner.

2. How will Obama handle questions about Libya?

The debate comes just one day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told news outlets that she takes full responsibility for the security problems that led to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi on Sept. 11 this year.

In a Monday interview with CNN, Clinton essentially gave cover to Obama over whether they are to blame. “The president and the vice president wouldn’t be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals, the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make a considered decision,” she said.

Will Obama echo the same line?

3. How will Romney handle questions about the 47 percent video?

It’s the smoking gun video that some left-leaning pundits are convinced will doom Romney.

Liberals were infuriated following the Denver debate that Obama didn’t hit Romney on the secret video from the liberal Mother Jones website showing Romney say that 47 percent of Americans will not vote for him because they are dependent on government aide.

“Why had the president not once referred to the 47 percent video that showed Romney denigrating half of Americans as moochers and victims who don’t assume responsibility for their lives?” David Corn of Mother Jones wrote after the debate. “After all, this video seemed to have sent the Romney campaign reeling, and focus groups conducted by both campaigns have found it had a serious impact on voter perceptions of Romney.

”If Obama brings up the Mother Jones video, it would force Romney to explain his remarks to an audience who may be unfamiliar with the footage.

via  The Daily Caller.


Angry old man yells at Paul Ryan for 90 minutes

(funniest epithet so far–jackhole)

I expected “table-pounding atmospherics” from Biden but I didn’t expect him to act like a total jackhole for fully 90 minutes. Give him credit for knowing his target audience, though: His task tonight was to get the left excited again after Obama fell into a semi-coma in Denver, and evincing utter disdain for Ryan — grimacing, shouting, laughing inappropriately, and constant, constant interruptions, the total jackhole experience — is just what the doctor ordered. He might have irritated independents and undecideds, but probably not so much that it’ll change people’s votes. The Democrats needed someone to go out there and clown for liberals, and if there’s one thing this guy knows, it’s clowning.

Here’s a taste of what I mean via Mediaite, centered around one of Ryan’s more cutting lines of the evening. For what it’s worth, the media lost patience with Biden’s shtick too, but I doubt that’ll cost him anything tomorrow.

And yes, Raddatz was also terrible. Exit quotation from Greg Gutfeld: “Biden is the drunk at the bar; Martha is the unhappy bartender, and Ryan is the unfortunate salesman caught in the middle…”

More >> via Hot Air