British Worker Being Tested For Ebola After Needle Accident

Suspected carrier of Ebola virus James Flomo sits in isolation with his children after his wife Lorpu Flomo died three days earlier in Monrovia

Via Reuters:

A British military healthcare worker was flown back to England from Sierra Leone on Saturday following a needle-stick injury sustained while treating a person with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) service said on Saturday.

The patient, who has not been named, has been taken for testing to the Royal Free Hospital in London.

“They are likely to have been exposed to the Ebola virus but, at this time, have not been diagnosed with Ebola and do not have symptoms,” PHE said in a statement.

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California Trying To Raise Minimum Smoking Age From 18 To 21

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I didn’t know smoking was legal in California still

Via Tech Times:

California could become the state with the highest minimum smoking age in the U.S. if a bill proposed by state Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-Azusa) on Thursday would make it through the legislature.

In a statement released Friday, Hernandez pointed out that tobacco companies are aware that people tend to become addicted to smoking if they start the habit at young age. Senate Bill 151 proposes to increase the legal smoking age in California from 18 to 21 years old in a bid to curb tobacco smoking in children and young adults.

The American Lung Association in California says that nine in ten smokers take up the smoking habit by the time they reach 18 years old and 36,000 kids in the Golden State starts to smoke each year.

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Michelle Obama A Fan Of Chris Kyle And “American Sniper”

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No. 1 movie, that’s why she’s trying to get with what’s popular.

Via Boston Herald:

Speaking at an event to boost the image of veterans in entertainment, first lady Michelle Obama offered praise to the movie “American Sniper” for its depiction of military families and “the complex journeys that our men and women in uniform endure.”

Obama spoke to a Washington gathering on Friday organized by Got Your 6, a group that promotes accurate portrayals of veterans in entertainment. Bradley Cooper, who played Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” was one of the panelists at the event.

“The No. 1 movie in America right now is a complex, emotional depiction of a veteran and his family,” the first lady said, adding that “while I know there have been critics, I felt that, more often than not, this film touches on many of the emotions and experiences that I’ve heard firsthand from military families over these past few years.”

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Judge: Funeral Home Had No Right To Sell The Casket Of Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Coffin To Be Auctioned At Nate D. Sanders' In Brentwood

What a creepy funeral home!

Via Q13Fox:

A judge says a funeral home that sold the used pine casket of Lee Harvey Oswald for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother.

Robert Oswald bought the pine bluff casket for his brother. It was exhumed in 1981 amid conspiracy theories that it didn’t contain Lee Harvey Oswald’s body. After a Dallas hospital confirmed the body through dental records, it was reburied, but not in the original casket, which was too water-damaged.

Oswald’s family says it thought the original casket had been thrown away, but the funeral home actually kept it in storage before selling it at auction.

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African Union Agrees To Send 7500 Soldiers To Fight Boko Haram

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Finally, after years of terrorism, some action!

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — African leaders have agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday.

The move came after the council urged heads of state to endorse the deployment of troops from five West African countries to fight the terror group, said the head of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, Samil Chergui.

African leaders who are members of the 54-nation African Union are meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for a two-day summit that ends Saturday.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon earlier said he support the AU’s move to send a force to fight Boko Haram. Boko Haram is increasing its attacks as Nigeria prepares for Feb. 14 elections. Thousands have been killed in the 5-year insurgency.

African nations have opened up a new international front in the war on terror. On Thursday, neighboring Chad sent a warplane and troops that drove the extremists out of a northeastern Nigeria border town in the first such act by foreign troops on Nigerian soil.

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Islamic State Seizes Oil Facility In Northern Iraq

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More money from oil to finance their reign of terror.

Via Reuters:

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents on Saturday seized a small crude oil station near the northern Iraqi city Kirkuk where 15 employees were working, and explosions in and around the capital Baghdad killed at least nine people.

Two officials from the state-run North Oil Co confirmed the militants seized a crude oil separation unit in Khabbaz and said 15 oil workers were missing after the company lost contact with them.

“We received a call from one of the workers saying dozens of Daesh fighters were surrounding the facility and asking workers to leave the premises. We lost contact and now the workers might be taken hostage,” an engineer from the North Oil Co told Reuters, using a derogatory acronym for Islamic State.

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Chad Drives Boko Haram Out Of Nigerian Town

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U.S. sends hashtags, Chad sends soldiers. Good show, Chad!

Via Al Jazeera Eng:

Chadian ground troops aided by a warplane have driven Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, witnesses have said.

Thursday’s fighting marked the first such action by foreign troops on Nigerian soil to fight the armed group.

Resident Abari Modu said he witnessed the Chadian offensive on Malam Fatori village in Nigeria’s Borno state.

“We saw the fighter jet when it started shelling and bombarding the insurgents who were lodging mostly inside the local government secretariat and the district head’s palace,” he told The Associated Press.

He said the bodies of many Boko Haram fighters were still in the town on Friday morning. He said the Chadian jet had pursued fleeing fighters to the border, and that the bombardment was coordinated with Chadian ground troops, offering the fighters no escape.

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Germany: No More Debt Relief For Greece

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The new far left Greek party doesn’t want ‘austerity measures’. Now watch them have no money at all…

Via BBC:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out cancelling any of Greece’s debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

But Mrs Merkel told the Die Welt newspaper she still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone.

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party won last weekend’s election with a pledge to have half the debt written off.

Its finance minister said the “troika” of global institutions overseeing Greek debt was a “rotten committee”.

The troika – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – had agreed a €240bn (£179bn; $270bn) bailout with the previous Greek government.

But new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has refused to work with the troika to renegotiate the bailout terms and has already begun to roll back the austerity measures the creditors had demanded of the previous government.

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Very Disturbing: Hagel Admits He Was Pressured By The White House To Speed Up Gitmo Releases

HT: Twitchy

CA Residents Waiting Months For DMV Appointments Because Illegal Aliens Flooding The System

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As if DMV wasn’t screwed up enough already. Wait till the loss of jobs starts to hit, when it isn’t just applying for licenses that’s the problem…

Via CBS:

The Department of Motor Vehicles is so overwhelmed with requests for new driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations that it can take up to three months to get an appointment or a half-day wait in the lobby.
A DMV spokesman told KCAL9 Political Reporter Dave Bryan there has been a crush of applications for new licenses for undocumented immigrants, a program that began earlier this month. The spokesman said the DMV is working to address the problems, but some people are having to take a day off of work to handle a 15-minute transaction.

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Rand Paul Calls Hillary Clinton “Yesterday’s News”

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Age-ist.

Via Breitbart:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—a former U.S. Senator from New York, the former First Lady of the United States, and the Democrats’ likely frontrunner and nominee in 2016—is “yesterday’s news.”

Breitbart News asked Paul—flanked by the new addition to his campaign team, Texas GOP chairman Steve Munisteri—for his thoughts on Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 GOP presidential contest at the Friday evening press conference held at the Renaissance Hotel.

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Obama Administration Will Plan For Rising Seas And The Return Of Flying Unicorns In All Federal Projects

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Back to his hopey and changey campaign.

Via WAPO

President Obama issued an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to adopt stricter building and siting standards to reflect scientific projections that future flooding will be more frequent and intense due to climate change.

The order represents a major shift for the federal government: while the Federal Emergency Management Administration published a memo three years ago saying it would take global warming into account when preparing for more severe storms, most agencies continue to rely on historic data rather than future projections for building projects.

The new standard gives agencies three options for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design and construction of federal projects. They can use data and methods “informed by best-available, actionable climate science”; build two feet above the 100-year flood elevation for standard projects and three feet above for critical buildings such as hospitals and evacuation centers; or build to the 500-year flood elevation.

The White House move comes just days after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a massive post-Sandy report examining flood risks for 31,200 miles of the North Atlantic coast. The research explicitly took sea level rise induced by climate change into account, and finds that “Flood risk is increasing for coastal populations and supporting infrastructure.”

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ICE: We Have ‘Special Housing Unit’ In L.A. For LGBT Illegal Alien Detainees

Shouldn’t San Francisco have the special housing unit? Time to stop coddling the special unique snowflake illegal aliens.

Via CNS News

An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement testified Friday during a discussion on immigration detention facilities, hosted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, about a “special housing unit in the Los Angeles area dedicated to the gay, bisexual and transgender detainees.”

“We have a special housing unit in the Los Angeles area dedicated to the gay, bisexual and transgender detainees,” said Kevin Landy, assistant director of the ICE office of detention policy and planning.[…]

When transgender detainees are taken into custody, they are assessed individually, and decisions about how the individual will be classified and where the individual will be placed “may not be based solely on the biological anatomy of that individual,” Landy said.

During the intake process, detainees are asked a number of questions, including “whether any of a variety of special vulnerabilities apply,” Landy said. “One of those special vulnerabilities is whether that individual might fear for their safety in detention due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. So that’s a factor being taken in immediately.”

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Crazy #BlackLivesMatter Folks Protesting Starbucks In Milwaukee

Dontre Hamilton was a homeless man who was sleeping near the Starbucks at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee. Starbucks employees called the police on him. He was shot by an officer after grabbing the officer’s baton and allegedly hitting him in the head. Somehow, that’s Starbucks fault apparently and they were bad, for ‘racial profiling’…

Killers Of Dillard University Freshman Turn Down 20 Year Plea Deal On Advice Of Homies, Now Face Mandatory Life Sentences

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According to the Hood Book of Etiquette, a plea deal is the same as snitchin’.

Via NOLA Com

As the trial date approached for the two men accused of murdering her daughter, Margaret Washington decided to seek some small measure of mercy for them. She knew that if 28-year-old Myron Jackson and 23-year-old Jeffrey Washington were convicted as charged they’d never come home again.

What she wanted, she said in a New Orleans coffee shop Wednesday afternoon, was 20 years for the two men accused of killing her “princess,” Marguerite La Joy Washington, an 18-year-old freshman at Dillard University. Margaret Washington imagined that with a finite prison sentence the two defendants could get an education, learn a trade and be released in time for them to “possibly do something with (their) life.”

After she expressed her feelings to prosecutors in District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, here’s what they came up with: The defendants could plead guilty to manslaughter and get 27 years. Subtracting the time they’d get for good behavior and the time they’d already served, they’d be left with the 20 years Margaret Washington sought.

But as my colleague Helen Freund reported, Jackson noisily rejected the offer from the defendants’ table in Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson’s courtroom. “We ain’t do that! We ain’t do that!” he yelled. Freund wrote that Jeffrey Washington, no relation to the victim or her mother, appeared to be close to signing the deal — until his co-defendant talked him out of it.

Margaret Washington thought that Jeffrey Washington let himself be persuaded by Jackson, too. She also described pressure from the defendants’ supporters. She said they yelled “Don’t let them do that to y’all!” Thus, they mischaracterized an offer of mercy as a snare.

Margaret Washington sat in the courtroom thinking, “Well, I’ll be doggone.” And days after both men were found guilty of second-degree murder, she was still shaking her head at what she called “the stupidity of it all.”

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Wanna-Be-Rambo, Eric Frein, Pleads Not Guilty To Killing PA State Trooper

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A well-placed tax payer relief shot would have solved the problem. Update to this previous story.

Via Philly Com

He eluded police for nearly two months, and has been jailed for three more. But the death-penalty trial for Eric Frein could still be more than a year away.

On Thursday, Frein pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted the ambush that killed one state trooper and wounded a second last September in nearby Blooming Grove. It was his first court appearance since prosecutors officially declared they would seek the death penalty against him.

In a brief court appearance via video feed from the Pike County prison, the self-styled survivalist remained expressionless and responded politely to County Court Judge Gregory H. Chelak.

Frein waived his formal arraignment and said he understood the charges against him, which include murder, terrorism, and possession of explosive devices.

The 31-year-old Canadensis man is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their state police barracks on Sept. 12. Police also said they found two pipe bombs at Frein’s campsite in Monroe County. In court filings, prosecutors have said Frein planned the shootings in a bid to stir a change in the government.

It was his first court hearing since District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin filed notice this week that he is seeking the death penalty against Frein.

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One Of Last ‘Doolittle Raiders’, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, 94, Dies

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Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, left, visits the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Chamber of Commerce during the Doolittle Raiders’ last ‘official’ reunion in April 2013.

Via News Tribune Tacoma

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with rallying American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

Rod Saylor says his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner.

Saylor was a flight engineer-gunner who volunteered for the risky mission that sent 80 airmen in 16 B-25s from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in April 1942 to attack Tokyo.

The mission, led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Dolittle, did little damage to military targets, but it delivered a psychological blow to the enemy while inspiring Americans after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

“They thought they couldn’t be hit. We got their attention pretty good,” Saylor once said.

He told The News Tribune in 2011 that his assignment was kept secret from him until the Hornet was out to sea. He played a critical role in repairing the engine of one of the bombers just before the raid, ensuring that all 16 planes could take off.[…]

Saylor grew up on a ranch in Brusett, Montana, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939. After his 28-year military career, Saylor settled in Tacoma.

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In Preparation For Black History Month, UC Berkeley Students Paint The “Big C” The African Colors Of Red, Black, And Green

“One hand up, we have the power”

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Via The Daily Californian

In solidarity with local and global efforts to affirm the value of black lives, several UC Berkeley students painted the Big C red, green and black early Monday morning to represent the Pan-African flag.

Six members of the Black Student Union, or BSU, set out to paint the Big C — a large emblem of the letter C nested in a hill near campus — before 5 a.m., according to Gabrielle Shuman, co-chair of political affairs for the BSU. The gesture was intended to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a term used widely in recent nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed black men.

“It’s just a proud moment for us to be able to see, ‘Wow, we claimed that space,’ ” Shuman said. “Obviously, painting some colors isn’t going to drastically change anything — it’s not going to solve all our problems or necessarily accomplish all of our goals. For us, this is really a symbolic thing.”

The idea to express solidarity by painting the Big C arose from a conversation with friends and organizers, according to Shuman. She noted that the Big C is a major emblem of school spirit and that many student-athletes — whom Shuman does not believe are treated well by the campus — are black.

In addition, a BSU press release cited a campus climate survey, which it said showed that 50 percent of black students at UC Berkeley feel “prejudged by faculty based on their identity/background” and that 50 percent of black students feel they do not have the same opportunities for success as their classmates.

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NYPD Launching A New 350 Person Unit To Deal With Terrorism And Protests

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‘Riding vehicles with machine guns’?

Via NY Post:

The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.

The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.

“It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.

“It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these ­instances.”

The department will do away with the current system that pulls cops off regular assignments to provide a beefed-up presence at certain hot spots in “critical incident” vehicles.

The unit, which will be operational by summer, will be assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau.

Legislation Has Been Introduced To Stop DHS “Catch And Release” Program For Criminal Illegal Aliens…

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Via Townhall:

The Department of Homeland Security currently has a policy in place known as “catch and release,” meaning violent illegal aliens are arrested, processed and put back onto American streets if their home countries won’t take them back.

According to Judicary Comimittee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office, the policy was “created by a 2001 Supreme Court decision (Zadvydas v. Davis), which prohibits immigrants who had been ordered removed from being detained for more than six months. The Court expanded this decision to apply to all illegal immigrants in Clark v. Martinez in 2005.”

This catch and release policy is not only demoralizing to Immigration and Border Patrol Agents, but it’s dangerous and deadly. There are countless examples of violent assault and murders committed by illegal aliens after being arrested and released by federal authorities.

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