SpaceX Rocket Blows Up Over Texas

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I’m pretty excited about the prospects of private space companies. Hopefully this doesn’t become a recurring problem.

Via CNN:

A small rung on a long ladder to Mars broke on Friday, when a rocket test in Texas ended in a midair ball of fire.

Debris from the SpaceX F9R trundled down from the flames onto an open field outside of McGregor.

The blast was no accident, nor a tragedy. The rocket self-destructed as a safety measure — a common practice in the aerospace industry in unmanned crafts.

A hitch in the F9R test vehicle turned up during launch, and the “flight termination system automatically terminated the mission,” SpaceX said in a statement.

“There were no injuries or near injuries.”

But it was a vivid firework for bystanders parked on a nearby country road — and for their cellphone cameras. CNN affiliate KWTX reported the explosion on Friday and posted video.

The F9R has been successfully tested before, but SpaceX decided to push the limits this time, and it didn’t work out, the company said.

All about the landing

F9R launches don’t rumble the earth with the kind of blastoff thunder that the space shuttles or Saturn rockets once did, and the F9R is small, comprising only one stage.

It’s a sawed-off version of its parent, the Falcon 9, the first rocket from a commercial company to fly to the International Space Station, according to SpaceX.

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Pentagon Official: WH Leak Of Special Forces Rescue Mission Endangers Future Ops, Hostages

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Options:

1. Provide political cover
2. Don’t put other lives at risk

Which was the Obama regime’s choice? Excellent article by Pentagon official on the answer.

Via Daily Caller:

On Wednesday, the White House leaked a classified special forces operation to rescue American hostages in Syria. The reason: political cover. The cost: so far, unknown.

But this much, we know: The politicized leak of this operation cut through the fog of war to let our enemies know exactly what happened that day in the desert, and because of that, future attempts to free American hostages will be more difficult to plan, farther between, and more dangerous to carry out.

On Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby confirmed reports of the U.S. military’s failed clandestine hostage rescue operation in Syria. The operation was designed to rescue a number of Western hostages, including American journalist James Foley, that were being held by Islamic State terrorists in Syria. Details of the failed raid were leaked by senior White House officials earlier that day after the Obama administration came under intense scrutiny about what actions it had taken to free Foley following, who was beheaded . The leak was designed to provide political cover for President Barack Obama, who has been taking fire from the press for failing to take more decisive action against the Islamic State in either Iraq or Syria.

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Ferguson Shooting Witness Represented By Prominent New Orleans Attorney

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Who is representing Officer Wilson?

Via The Times-Picayune

A prominent New Orleans attorney now represents the eyewitness at the center of the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Dorian Johnson, 22, who was with Brown when he was shot to death by a police officer, has hired James Williams and a St. Louis-based partner.

Williams’ firm of Gauthier, Houghtaling and Williams has a St. Louis office, where it operates as Bosley Williams. Freeman Bosley Jr., William’s partner in the Johnson case, was St. Louis’ first black mayor.

Williams is in St. Louis, and made the media circuit Friday (Aug. 22) to redirect attention from his client and toward the officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson.

Johnson said in interviews immediately after the shooting that Wilson shot Brown as he was running away.

Skeptics have assailed Johnson’s credibility, pointing to a prior arrest for lying to officers. They also note that a recently released autopsy shows that Wilson’s bullets struck Brown from the front, which they say contradicts Johnson’s story.

Williams defended Johnson’s credibility.

There’s a reason why someone’s prior criminal history is not usually admissible in court, he said; it’s usually irrelevant to the veracity of their testimony.

Credibility should be established in the context of other evidence, Williams said, and, in this case, the evidence aligns with Johnson’s version of events.[...]

Williams said that version is consistent with other witnesses who have also said they saw Brown running away.

“I’ve spoken with a lot of witnesses, and this young man is telling the truth,” Williams said. “He has such vivid details, seeing his friend’s eyes blink with every bullet that hit him.”

Johnson has been interviewed by the FBI, Williams said, and will probably be called to testify before a grand jury.

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Second Amendment Foundation Smashing Illegal Gun Control Laws Nationwide

This is the same group that just got DC’s gun carry ban declared unconstitutional.

Via Fox News:

A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states.

The organization, the Second Amendment Foundation, is working to invalidate city ordinances by arguing that they’re in conflict with looser state regulations. So far, it seems to be working. The group says it’s been able to overturn more than 100 gun-related ordinances this way, most recently in Utah.

“We’re going state by state, going through every single ordinance of every city and county in every state and finding where the cities and counties have ordinances enacted that are in conflict with state law,” Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the SAF, told FoxNews.com.

Usually this means repealing local ordinances that run afoul of state law which, in turn, gives almost all gun-regulating power to the state. These cities and local communities still have the authority to outlaw someone shooting a gun but not necessarily possessing or carrying them.

“It’s pretty clever,” Florida State University College of Law Professor Franita Tolson told FoxNews.com. “If you can’t change it on a federal level, you attack it on a local level.”

So far, Gottlieb’s group has helped overturn gun rules in nine states, including Illinois, California, North Carolina, New Mexico and Nevada. SAF’s Legal Preemption Project latest target is Utah.

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Kurds Toss ISIS Flag After Winning Back Area From Terrorists

Kurds, putting it to ISIS:

Uber Expanding Rapidly Despite Clashes With Government Bureaucrats

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You can’t hold a good ride-sharing app down.

Via Opportunity Lives:

The innovative ridesharing app Uber is rolling out two new initiatives after coming out on top of several major disputes with government bureaucrats.

Uber announced this week that it would be rolling out their API to a select group of third party partners like Starbucks, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines. That news comes immediately after the company went public with plans for a “corner store” delivery service. All of this follows Uber’s recent victory over the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) after they had briefly ordered it to cease operations in the state.

The Virginia DMV aren’t the only ones after the taxi alternative. The District of Columbia has threatened the business several times over the last two years. Each time the public outcry was intense and the city backed down. However, that doesn’t mean the city is giving up.

To put it simply, riders and drivers across the globe love Uber. Our platform opens up more options for riders and economic opportunities for drivers.”
Many other state and local governments aren’t giving up either. From Louisville to Ann Arbor to California bureaucrats have Uber squarely in their sites. Nearly all of the regulations, Uber says, would make it harder and more expensive to operate. Some of the rules might even make it impossible for them to do business, they say.

This hasn’t stopped the company though.

In fact, the big new ventures Uber has undertaken are arriving just two short months after the company was valued at over $17 billion. One Business Insider analyst even predicted it could be the next $100 billion company. At the same time, Uber’s CEO told the Wall Street Journal the company’s revenue has been “at least doubling every six months.”

As Mashable put it recently, “It’s Uber’s World, We’re All Just Riding in It.”

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SWAT Team Responds To College Staff Member Carrying Umbrella

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Open carry of umbrellas soon to be prohibited.

Via Guns

A SWAT team on the campus of California State University San Marcos surrounded a staff member equipped with protective rain gear this week.

The incident, which occurred early Wednesday morning, was prompted by a call to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office of a bald white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle. This resulted in a shelter-in place order for some 400 staff and students going through orientation before the start of the fall session. Rapidly, facility and classmates banded together to barricade doors with tables and chairs, expecting the worst.

The situation resolved itself after 30 minutes when an umbrella-bearing teacher figured out he matched the description of the alleged gunman and surrendered to law enforcement.

“Earlier this morning there was a report to University Police of a possible gunman at CSUSM,” read a statement released Wednesday afternoon by the college. “The campus was immediately placed on lock down. Police performed a security sweep and determined that the suspect was not armed, but was a staff member carrying a large umbrella and carry bag. We are grateful for the quick response by our police officers to the perceived threat and to our campus community for their cooperation during the brief state of emergency.”

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Jesse Jackson Cornered By Angry Ferguson Protesters: “When You Going To Stop Selling Us Out?”

Protesters peg him dead to rights…

Via The Blaze:

At least two protesters cornered Jesse Jackson at a McDonald’s in Ferguson, Mo., tearing into him for what they saw as a lack of leadership after Michael Brown’s death, according to video posted by Western Journalism.

“Hey, Jesse Jackson. How you doing? Are you here to support us?” one protester began, approaching Jackson’s vehicle and recording the interaction.

“You’ve been marching all day long? We haven’t seen you marching all day long,” he said. “Are you going to pay the bond of those brothers that’s been locked up?”

“Are you marching today with us, or are you just going to sit in the car?” the second protester demanded.

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Dem State Rep: Grant Illegal Aliens Amnesty Or They Could Become Terrorists

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Via Daily Caller:

Democratic State Representative and candidate for U.S. representative Pat Murphy said Tuesday that if the underage migrants who have come to the U.S. from Central America aren’t given a “pathway for citizenship” they could become terrorists.

Speaking with Iowa Public Radio host Ben Kieffer, Murphy said that “we need to make sure that we take care of the children that are coming up here.”

“They’re not from Mexico, they’re coming from further south,” Murphy continued. “We need to make sure that when we’re talking about these children we need to treat them like they’re our children or our grandchildren. If they’re gonna be refugees, which several of them are going to be, we need to make sure that we have—one, we take care of them, and we create a pathway for citizenship and set up education for them so they don’t become the same problem that we’re currently having in the Middle East—that they’ll be terrorists a generation from now.”

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Gaza Rocket That Killed Four-Year-Old Israeli Was Launched Near UNRWA School, Says IDF

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UN condemns Israel for a human rights violation.

Via JPost

The IDF alleged on Friday night that the rocket that killed a four-year-old boy in the South was launched near an UNRWA school.

#IDF concludes that the mortar launched today that killed 4 year old Daniel Tragerman was fired from near a school that is an @UNRWA shelter
— Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) August 22, 2014

According to Channel 10, Magen David Adom rescue services rushed the boy to hospital, listing him in grave condition. A short time later, the boy was pronounced dead.

The incident occurred in a kibbutz in the Sha’ar Hanegev regional council. According to Channel 2, Palestinians in Gaza fired a barrage of mortars at the kibbutz, one of which exploded in a location near where the boy, who was later identified as Daniel Tregerman, was standing.

The boy sustained serious injuries, and rescue services rushed him to hospital. A short time later, he was pronounced dead.

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Sixth Grade Teacher Has Students Re-Enact Michael Brown Shooting In Class

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When they handed out sense, this teacher was out sick…

Via Daily Caller:

Officials at Brantley Elementary School in Selma, Ala. placed a sixth-grade teacher on paid administrative leave on Wednesday after he directed his students to reenact the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brown, a resident of Ferguson, Mo., died on Aug. 9 after a police officer, Darren Wilson, shot him a number of times.

The reenactment came to light on Tuesday after Jessica Baughn, the mother of an 11-year-old Brantley Elementary student, complained about it on Sound Off Selma, a Facebook page, reports The Selma Times-Journal.

According to Baughn, the unidentified teacher instructed students to research the details of Brown’s death. Where did it happen? How many times did he get shot?

As local school district superintendent Don Willingham later explained, the sixth-grade children then presented a skit about the incident in class. Willingham noted that the Ferguson shooting initially came up in class because the teacher was discussing current events.

According to Baughn, the teacher asked his charges to construct fake paper guns. For bullets, he had his charges use little wads of paper. Baughn’s son, a white kid named Jimmy Griffin, was the shooter in the skit.

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Mexican President Predicts Oil And Gas Gains From Energy Reform

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Americans doing the jobs Mexicans won’t.

Via Washington Examiner

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto predicted big production gains in the oil and gas sector beginning in 2018 as a result of energy reforms its congress passed this month.

Peña Nieto said changes to allow foreign companies to participate in energy development for the first time since 1938 would have significant effects on Mexican output. Oil production would rise to 3 million barrels per day, up from 2.5 million, and natural gas would hit 8 billion cubic feet per day instead of the current 5.7 billion cubic feet, he said.

“It creates opportunities for private companies to invest, and improve and expand the sector’s infrastructure,” he wrote in an editorial for the Financial Times, adding that state-owned oil company Pemex “will be more competitive and will have the autonomy needed to operate as a modern company, as well as the opportunity to forge alliances and reduce operating costs.”

U.S. companies could be some of the bigger beneficiaries from the opening up of the world’s 10th-largest oil producer.

That’s because Pemex lacks the capital to tap into lucrative deepwater deposits — “majors” like ExxonMobil will likely perform that work. The nation is also trying to unlock its shale gas reserves, which Peña Nieto said rank sixth in the world, and will likely draw on U.S. businesses that pioneered the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, revolution to do so.

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NYC Democrat Wants To Ban Toys In Fast-Food Kid Meals…

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Because parents aren’t smart enough to make decision for their own kids.

Via AFP:

A New York city councilman wants to ban toys in fast-food restaurant kid meals that do not meet strict dietary guidelines.

Democrat Ben Kallos introduced a bill Thursday that would ban the toys from a child’s meal if the food serving contains more than 500 calories and more than 600 milligrams of sodium.

The measure would also encourage including one half-cup of fruit or vegetables, or a serving of whole-grain products.

Under the proposal, violators would be fined between $200 and $500 for their first offense, no more than $1,000 for the second violation, and up to $2,500 for subsequent violations.

Former mayor Michael Bloomberg famously failed in his 2012 attempt to limit the size of giant sodas, so prospects are slim for Kallos’s measure.