Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Surge in Unlocked Car Robberies

Jefferson County Sheriffs are reminding people to lock their car doors.

So far in September, the county has seen sixty-four incidents of thieves stealing from unlocked cars.

In all of September, last year, there were less than thirty, a dramatic climb.

Forty of the robberies occurred in the Ken Caryl Ranch subdivision, between September 13-16.

GPS units, wallets, purses, tools, cellphones, and cash are amongst the items stolen from the unlocked vehicles.

The Sheriff's department is also asking for the public to report any suspicious activity.

Starbucks Changes Gold Card Rewards

Regulars at Starbucks know the value of having a Starbucks gold card, and the rewards of it. A free to join membership, all it requires is that you load money on to a gift card, and that you use it every time you buy something there. Every swipe means a star, thirty stars in a year gives you gold status and rewards.

Tuesday afternoon, Starbucks announced some changes to the rewards it gives you. Instead of receiving a free drink after every fifteen stars, you'll now be getting it after every twelve. Want some free food instead of a drink? That's no longer a problem, as you can choose what you want to receive for it. Never get you postcard giving you the free drink? No problem there either, now the free drink will be automatically loaded onto your card.

Sadly, a few things have been taken away, with the changes. Soy milk and syrups will no longer be free, with your gold card. The company is also doing away with the free tall drink when you buy your pound of coffee.

Changes will not take effect until October, 16.

Chicago Teacher's Strike Suspended

Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates met Tuesday afternoon and overwhelmingly voted to suspend their strike.

Classes, which have been non existent since the strike started last Monday, will resume tomorrow.

Teachers had decided that they might as well teach whilst negotiations between the union and the school district occurred.

Three hundred and fifty thousand students had been effected by the strike.

Some parents of the effected children had begun counter protesting the teachers, on Tuesday, and teachers realized they were losing the support of the public.

Preview: Occupy Unmasked

Before he died, Andrew Breitbart had begun, and nearly finished, work on a film to expose Occupy's roots.

Breitbart and his team went into the Occupy camps, beyond what was shown by the press.

It shows not just what actually goes in the camps, but also who has organized them and what their future plans are, for the movement.

The movie shows the dangers that the country is facing, dangers that are purposefully being aimed for by Occupy's leaders.

Occupy Unmasked hits select theaters and goes to DVD this Friday, September 21.

Response to the 47 Percent

The Twitterverse and political junkies are fixated on a "secret Romney tape" released yesterday where the Republican presidential nominee characterizes forty-seven percent of Americans as being "dependent upon government...believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."

Finally, we have someone willing to tell the truth about the situation America finds itself in - if only he sticks to it and doesn't wimp out under the glare of CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS... whoever.

He told the truth.

His comment brings to the surface the biggest disagreement between the two groups, conservatives and liberals - that being, who best makes decisions for the individual? To whom does the individual look for security, stability, and sustenance? Liberals view the individual as too stupid and helpless to take care of themselves - so a government grant or program has to do it for them.

I can't believe in less than 250 years our nation has gone from a group of people who conquered a continent to those sitting on their fat asses in front of a doublewide, butt-crack likely hanging out, waiting for a check, a job, food, birth control, you name it. What a group of soft wimps (well, at least forty-seven percent or so) we've become! No wonder people in the Middle East don't take our warnings or threats seriously - look at our backup! There is none!

People used to come to this country with a few coins (maybe) in their pocket, content with the OPPORTUNITY and FREEDOM to make something of themselves - OR NOT.  Sean Hannity speaks of his grandfather coming to New York from Ireland at a time when most signs said "Irish Need Not Apply" and, through hard work and sacrifice, making something of himself. Romney's father was a poor immigrant from war-torn Mexico to the United States and worked his way up to becoming the president of a major corporation.  My great-grandparents put themselves and their two children on a boat from Holland to the US - and my grandfather became a successful business owner (of a fishing lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska).

These immigrants didn't expect anything from the government except for their rights to be preserved. And there was nothing to get from the government - handout programs didn't begin until the 1930's and later. Yet these generations built a world superpower. They discovered an entire continent - mapped it, braved the elements to plow virgin ground and create the world's most productive agricultural economy. They built all of the industry to support it - railroads, steamboats, telegraph, telephone.  They innovated and developed ways to increase productivity - cotton gin, ELECTRICITY.

Yes, all of this happened in America first, not Europe. Why? Because we ENCOURAGED innovation. We REWARDED individuals for their hard work. We didn't have burdensome taxes and tariffs and fees - that scenario's been failing in Europe for hundreds of years.

And NEED, not GOVERNMENT DECREE, powered innovation. (See: Solyndra, et al.)
In Europe, the rich lived off the backs of others. There was no way to work hard and become wealthy. Maybe for a few, but not  in general. America, and the promise of equality and freedom, changed that. The only thing you had to do was get there and join the opportunity to DRIVE YOUR OWN DESTINY.

In large part, that opportunity is still here. But as a nation we've become soft. We now believe American exceptionalism means we are owed something just because we were born here. We've let our government tell us they know better - and clearly they don't. We trust the government to "fix" some problem - whether through Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Crop Insurance, yada yada - and it never works. It just makes it worse. And recently the current administration has shown us they won't even protect our government representatives overseas - they'll just let them be raped and murdered without consequence.

Come on, America! Wake up! We are still the most free society in the world. Freedom drives innovation. Freedom rewards hard work. Those of you in the forty-seven percent - YOU ARE NOT OWED ANYTHING. It's not "ask what your country is going to do for you."  It's "ask what you can do for your country." Well, all you're asked to do right now is take care of yourself! Yes, I know it's a difficult economy out there. But get off the government teat! Take whatever job you have to to make ends meet.  I have! I work my butt off to provide for myself and my children. As a self-employed single mom it's not easy... but possible.

Barack Obama and the Democrats don't believe you can do it. They believe you need a government jobs program, training program, or something else attached to a government handout to make it in the world. Prove them wrong.

Crossposted from "Oh, You're Right" 

Aurora Police Find Missing Teen

The missing teen was found Tuesday afternoon, at a friends house.

Aurora police, in Colorado, are looking for thirteen year old Lann Alun Boehler.

He has been missing since Saturday morning, and was last seen near Chambers and Yale.

When he was last seen he was wearing blue basketball shorts with a white stripe, black and blue tennis shoes with an "N", and a white hooded jacket.

Boehler is five foot six and about one hundred and forty pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

His neon green and yellow Tony Hawk BMX bike is also missing.

Anyone with information should call the Aurora Police Department at 303-627-3100.

132 Inmates Escape Mexican Prison

One hundred and thirty-two prisoners escaped from the prison in Piedras Negras, which is near the Texan border.

The inmates had dug a nine foot tall tunnel, that ran for nearly thirty feet, from the carpentry shop to outside the fence.

Mexican authorities have arrested the prison director and two members of his staff whilst the incident is investigated.

In Mexico, a massive manhunt is under way, and US police and border guards are doing their best to ensure that none of the escapees make it across the border.

A reward of two hundred thousand pesos, or $15,600, has been offered for the capture of each prisoner.

Denver Police Seeking Missing Girl

Denver police are searching for Avery Dawn Workman, sixteen, who hasn't been seen since Sunday. She was last seen by RTD security leaving the Union Station light rail, heading towards the 16th Street Mall. Avery was wearing an off white mini skirt, a brown leather vest, and carrying a black and white hula hoop.

Security said she was with "an unidentified white or Hispanic man with dreadlocks. He was wearing overalls with patches and a cap with patches on it as well. The man had a tattoo on his hand or wrist area of something that looked like a chemical molecule. He is normally seen with a black or dark brown dog."

Anyone who saw the man or Avery should contact the Denver Police Department at 720-913-6653 or 720-913-2000.

Mexican Pipeline Monitoring Station on Fire

A Mexican monitoring station on a natural gas pipeline near the US border has caught fire.

The pipeline near Reynosa, Mexico and McAllen, Texas, is run by Petroleos Mexicanos.

Pipelines in Mexico often fall victim to thieves who tap into the pipes to steal the oil, gas, or diesel that is being carried in them.

Multiple explosions and fires in the past have been blamed on such tappings, and it is thought that this is another such case.

Halo Corporation Prepares for Zombie Apocalypse

Security firm Halo Corp has announced a zombie apocalypse scenario will be part of training later this year.

From October 30 through November 2, around a thousand military personnel, police officials, medical experts, and federal workers will take part in training for a series of scenarios.

According to Halo's President, Brad Barker, in one of the situations, "zombies who roam the island will harass the troops, first aid teams and medical responders participating" as the workers attempt to deal with a disease outbreak.

The company said that, "the idea is to challenge authorities as they respond to extreme medical situations where people become crazed and violent, creating widespread fear and disorder".

Halo Corp is famous for it's training programs, and they are regularly contracted by the US government, military, and police agencies.

Twitter Header and Other Changes

Twitter announced a new addition and some changes, Tuesday morning.

The largest most obvious one being the Twitter header image on profiles.

Other changes include a "Me" tab on the top.

Here's what Sachin Agarwal, Product Manager for Twitter, posted about the changes:

Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or twitter.com, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.

New profiles also help you get to know people better through their pictures. Photo streams now appear below anyone’s most recent Tweets on iPhone, Android and iPad. Swipe through the stream to see the photos other users have shared or tap any thumbnail to view their photos in fullscreen.

While the header photo keeps your profile simple and consistent on iPhone, iPad and Android, you will also still have an additional photo – a background photo – on twitter.com. Upload a background image to complement your header and profile photos.

Obama's Visit Cost Colorado Over $140,000

An article in The Coloradan goes over the costs that President Obama's campaign stop at Colorado State University, on August 28.

After compiling the extra costs that police agencies and the school were hit by, the number comes to over one hundred and forty thousand dollars.

Fort Collins, alone, spent $101,260 for Obama's visit.

CSU spokesman Kyle Henley said that the school expects to be repaid for the costs involved and plans on sending Obama a bill.

The police agencies, however, don't expect to be repaid; and extra costs that they endured will have to come from their normal budget, from taxes.

South African Striking Miners Agree to Terms

South African striking miners will be returning to work on Thursday.

They've finally come to terms with the owners of the mine.

The strike began six weeks ago, and has involved the deaths of forty-five.

Strikers had been demanding a pay increase of more than one hundred percent, but they have settled for one of twenty-two percent.

Two British Constables Killed in Ambush

PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes
Two British constables were ambushed and killed, in Manchester, England.

Police received a call, Tuesday morning, from a man who said his home had been burglarized.

Constables Fiona Bone, thirty-two, and Nicola Hughes, twenty-three, were dispatched to investigate.

Upon arriving at the residence they entered and were killed in a hail of gunfire, which was followed by a grenade exploding.

Other police officers arrested wanted fugitive Dale Cregan, twenty-nine, at the scene of the crime, and he is being held for the murders of the two constables.

Cregan was wanted for two previous murders that he was believed to have committed, he is formally being charged with those as well, bringing the count to four murders.

The two previous incidents, both involved Cregan using a gun, and in one a grenade.

His two other victims were David Short, who was killed in August, and his son Mark who was killed in May.

As is customary, the two constables were unarmed.

Marine Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell

MARINE Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, IN, died Sept. 15, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

A Kokomo Marine died in Afghanistan Saturday, according to the Department of Defense.

Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, was one of two Marines killed in Helmand Province. He and the other Marine were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines. Atwell was part of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13.

Atwell enlisted in October 2005 as an electrical systems technician. He has earned several medals, including one for good conduct.

Egypt Orders Arrests in US

Egypt has ordered the arrests of eight people over the making of the film that is being used as an excuse to attack US and European embassies.

Seven of the warrants are for Egyptian Coptic Christians who are living in the US, the eighth is for US pastor Terry Jones.

They are accused of "insulting the Islamic religion and insulting the Prophet".

The seven Coptics are believed to have made the film, whilst Jones is accused of promoting it.

US freedom of religion and speech laws should protect the eight from prosecution, but police have most if not all of them in custody, "for their protection".

Death threats have been made against them, so protective custody might be necessary.

Jones was previously made famous two years ago when he planned a mass burning of Qurans at his church.

Marine Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible

MARINE Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of Huntingdon, PA, died Sept. 15, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

A Westmoreland County native serving in the Marines was killed Friday in an attack in Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, of Irwin, was one of two service members killed when fifteen insurgents stormed an airfield in Kandahar province.

Raible, 40, graduated from Norwin High School and earned a degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995.

"When the Korean War broke out in '51, I enlisted, and I just love being a Marine. I'm proud of being a Marine, and I'm sure he was as well," said former teacher Don Kattic.

Raible, who was married with three children, was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz.

"I'm proud to have him as my brother, and I know he's in heaven looking down at us at this moment," said Kattic.

The Norwin School Board planned to honor Raible with a moment of silence during a meeting Monday night.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike that killed Raible and Sgt. Bradley Atwell, saying it was staged to avenge an anti-Islamic film that insulted the Prophet Muhammad and also because Britain's Prince Harry is serving at the base, the military disclosed Sunday.

Fourteen of the fifteen well armed attackers were killed and one was captured after they penetrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion and made it onto the flight line, the military said.

The attackers destroyed six Harrier jump jets assigned to Yuma's Marine Attack Squadron 211 and heavily damaged two others. The British air base is next to the Marines' Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.

A statement issued by the US led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said the insurgents were wearing U.S. Army uniforms and armed with automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests.

The ISAF statement said the insurgents were in three teams and appeared to be well-equipped, trained and rehearsed. They attacked helicopters and fixed wing aircraft on the flight line along with aircraft hangars and other buildings.

The insurgents also destroyed three refueling stations and damaged six hangars.