Police rescue iguana from tree in New Mexico

May 24 (UPI) –Police in New Mexico said they performed an unusual animal rescue when an apparent escaped pet discovered in a tree turned out to be an iguana. The Farmington Police Department said in a Facebook post that officers responded to a report of …

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Now you too can talk privately on the phone in a crowd of people while looking like Bane

To cleanse the palate, watching this video reminds me of something Shaquille O’Neal once said about being a garbage free-throw shooter. You should try shooting underhanded, Rick Barry told him. Barry himself used that form to spectacular success at the line in his career and studies support the claim that it produces a more accurate shot than an overhand toss. But despite the fact that pros normally will use any competitive advantage available, hardly anyone uses the underhand shot.

Why? Because, as Shaq told Barry, it looks ridiculous. I’d rather shoot zero and look cool, he said, than shoot successfully and look like a “sissy,” in Barry’s own words. Sometimes an effective solution to a problem fails to catch on because it’s simply too demeaning.

You see where I’m going with this?

Before you ask, yes, this is a real product:

I work in offices all over the world, and I constantly experience this problem first-hand. In order to make a private phone call, I have to get up and find somewhere quiet. This means unplugging my laptop from power and the external monitor. Packing up my laptop, mouse, notepad, pen, phone, and headphones. Getting up and rushing to a private place. Reorganizing my things in an empty conference room. These steps are inefficient and frankly ridiculous.

My coworkers do the same thing. In fact, in researching the problem, I discovered that it’s prevalent in offices everywhere. Many people describe a scene like this: “I run and find a room. If none are available, I go to the balcony. If it’s too cold out, I go to the stairwell, but the cell service is terrible.”

It’s 2018 – we shouldn’t have to live like this anymore!

If you and your co-workers are packed like sardines into a tiny office with no partitions, particularly if the business involves frequent phone calling, I can understand how desperate times might call for desperate measures. (How expensive are thin partitions, though?) I can’t understand it in any other context. How often do you find yourself in a crowded place and have to make a personal call that both cannot wait and is so intensely personal that it can’t risk being overheard, such that you’d prefer to wrap this digital feebag around your head and chat in full view of people gawking at you like you’re nuts?

Texting exists for a reason.

My favorite part of the video is the bit towards the end where they note that it’s compatible with all phone apps. Uh, yeah: It’s a piece of plastic with a slot for you to slide your headphone mic in. Why wouldn’t it be compatible with Skype?

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Moral Chaos

A lot of important people are working hard to turn this into an age of moral chaos. I used to think it was because they wished to be absolute rulers over the rubble that used to be our civilization. Now I don’t know what to think. Anyway, the news has been full of this lately.

Reacting to a massive pedophile priest sex scandal in Chile, Pope Francis met with a victim of a pedophile and tried to comfort him. Well and good. But then the theology got rather slippery. According to the victim, and neither confirmed nor denied by the Vatican, the Pope told him, “God made you like this” [the victim grew up to be a homosexual] “and God loves you like this.” He was right to tell the man God loves him, but everything else he said was not only dead wrong, but also anti-Biblical and opposed to Catholic teaching.

God offers us forgiveness and redemption (I Corinthians 6:11-12)—but if something that you do isn’t a sin, after all, then why would you need forgiveness?

Meanwhile, all 34 of Chile’s bishops offered to resign. Why didn’t the Pope say to the pedophile priests, “God made you like this and God loves you like this”? How can he deny that he’s heading in precisely that direction?

Moving along, Harvard University (LOL) has announced that it plans to award its Radcliffe Medal to Hillary Clinton for her “transformative impact on society” –sort of like honoring a wrecking ball for its transformative impact on a building. Trying to undo a presidential election, looting Haiti, corrupting the government, setting a bad example that will go down in history: I guess you could call that impactful. As if to squeeze more laughs out of the gag, Harvard calls her “a champion for human rights” and a “skilled legislator.”

Honoring bad people by saying they’re good is no way to foster moral clarity.

Then there’s the “Scouts of America,” formerly the Boy Scouts, announcing that at their upcoming 24th World Jamboree, all scouting organizations must make condoms “readily and easily accessible to all participants”. Do they mean to turn it into an orgy? I wonder if any of those rogue priests from Chile plan to attend.

You can’t dole out condoms without granting tacit approval to their use. That any parents actually intend to send their children to the Jamboree is incredible. I can’t imagine why anyone would allow their kids to remain in “Scouts of America.”

Tucker Carlson recently discovered a bunch of tweets and videos by a “transgender activist” weirdo denouncing normal men for not wanting to date “trans women”—who, of course, are men, lost souls who insist they’re women. Actually there are several of these characters out there, and they seem really mad that regular men aren’t attracted to them. Something ought to be done about it. Carlson fears that this will inevitably lead to some kind of coercive process. Before you cry “Impossible! Absurd!” think how anybody would have reacted, only 25 or 30 years ago, to any demand that the government not only recognize and authorize “marriage” between persons of the same sex, but then go on to punish any opposition to it.

Why does our society always cave in to moral chaos? Is that truly any way for human beings to live?

God told Jeremiah not to pray for his country anymore, because its people were too committed to their wickedness and refused to turn aside from it: “for I will not hear them in the time they cry unto me in their trouble” (Jeremiah 11:14). He has not yet told us not to pray for ours.

Pray hard.

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Gun Tracing Tech Not Being Used by Most of Law Enforcement

There’s a high tech way to trace guns and spent shell casings to unsolved crimes, but NBC Bay Area and our partners at The Trace discovered the technology isn’t being used by most of law enforcement because of costs, manpower and entrenched attitudes. Otilio “Nico” Martinez was just minutes away from home when he fell mortally wounded in a hail of bullets while walking through his Richmond neighborhood.

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Five Outrageous Ways the Federal Government Has Wasted Your Money (Part I)

American families make hard choices about spending every day, carefully budgeting to make ends meet and plan for the future.

Shouldn’t the same rules apply to our federal government?

You would think! Yet the national debt has now hit $21 trillion and Congress keeps on spending.

Sen. James Lankford has documented some of the most ridiculous ways the government has spent YOUR hard-earned tax dollars over the years in his annual report, Federal Fumbles.

In this blog series, we’ll take a close look at some of the most egregious examples of government waste from Sen. Lankford’s reports over the years.

Check out five crazy examples of wasteful government spending from Sen. Lankford’s 2015 report below:

$374,087 Spent Watching Grandma’s Dating Behavior

In 2015, the federal government spent $374,087 in taxpayer dollars observing senior adults’ dating habits.

The National Science Foundation study’s stated objective of obtaining a “more comprehensive understanding of relationship maintenance efforts” was murky at best.

$67.9 Million Spent on Wild Horse Management

Tell the federal government to stop horsin’ around with your tax dollars!

In FY 2014 alone, the Bureau of Land Management spent $67.9 million to manage the growing population of thousands of wild horses that span across 26.9 million acres in the American West.

Instead of making taxpayers pay for the care and feeding of these horses, the government should transfer the management of wild horses and burros to humane, private organizations.

$43 Million Spent on a Gas Station…in Afghanistan

From 2011 to 2014, the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, tasked with building up Afghanistan’s economy, spent nearly $43 million to build a Compressed Natural Gas filling station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan.

Sadly, someone didn’t do their research, or they would have discovered that there was no natural gas distribution ability in Afghanistan and the cost to convert a vehicle to CNG exceeded the average annual income in the country.

After a tremendous waste of taxpayer dollars – spending a total of $766 million during the organization’s lifetime, the DOD closed the failed TFBSO in March 2015.

Millions Spent Marketing U.S. Raisins in Foreign Countries

The Department of Agriculture spends HOW much marketing raisins?

The Foreign Service Market Access Program spends nearly $200 million of your money annually to pay companies and trade groups for advertising, market research and travel costs to promote American products overseas.

Since 1998, the Raisin Administrative Committee – a group of 46 California raisin growers and packers – has received more than $38 million in taxpayer funds from the Market Access Program to promote their raisins abroad.

The catch? The Raisin Administrative Committee already produces 99.5 percent of all American raisins and 45 percent of the world’s raisins.

$2.6 Million to Help Truckers Diet

Encouraging a healthy lifestyle is great – but it should not be done on the taxpayers’ dime. From 2011 to 2015, American taxpayers have spent a total of $2.6 million to fund a trucker weight-loss intervention program, sponsored by the National Institute of Health.

The federal government would do well to trim its annual budget in the future by cutting wasteful programs like this one.

As you can see, these programs are not a valuable use of anyone’s tax dollars. The American people have had enough!

Tell Congress to stop wasting our hard-earned tax dollars! It’s time for our lawmakers put the American people first, and stop overspending! 

Then, stay tuned to see the next round of wasteful government spending projects!

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Candidate Refuses to Quit After Abuse Discovery

“Archie Parnell (D), a Democratic congressional hopeful who earned national attention after nearly winning in deep red South Carolina last year, is resisting pleas to withdraw after his campaign staff discovered that he physically abused his ex-wife in the 1970s,” the Charleston Post & Courier reports.

“In October 1973, Archie Parnell, then a University of South Carolina student, was locked out of a friends’ apartment to protect Kathleen Parnell, who was staying there. At 2 a.m., Archie Parnell used a tire iron to break a glass door, the complaint said. He made more unspecified accusations to Kathleen Parnell before striking her several times. She said she was beaten again later that evening.”

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Fired FBI boss James Comey to be savaged by Justice Dept watchdog for not moving fast enough to get a warrant for the Hillary emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop

An upcoming report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with …

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Air Force Base That Lost Grenades Also Lost Machine Gun

Talk about a bad week.

Frankly, I’m really glad I’m not an airman stationed at Minot Air Force Base right about now. You see, last week, we reported about the base losing a case of grenades for the Mark 19 grenade launcher. This, of course, is something we can all agree would be classified as a “bad thing.”

But the problems at Minot go a bit deeper.

You see, in addition to the ammo can full of grenades, they also lost a machine gun. Yes, a real machine gun.

The same Air Force unit that lost grenades is now missing a machine gun.

An M240 machine gun was discovered missing on May 16 during a standard weapons inventory at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, said Lt. Col. Jamie Humphries, a spokesman for the 5th Bomb Wing. The machine gun belongs to the 91st Missile Wing security forces.

“The 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing immediately began a search of their weapons inventories and opened an investigation with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations,” Humphries told Task & Purpose in an email. “This investigation is ongoing and more information will be provided as it becomes available.”

This happened about two weeks after the grenades were lost, which is not making the Air Force look good at all.

Air Force Global Strike Command has ordered airmen to do a complete and total weapon inventory, which at this point may find out that the entire base is missing or something. Frankly, not much would surprise me, even if they found Jimmy Hoffa.

The 91st Missile Wing security forces are tasked with protecting at least part of our nuclear arsenal, though right now I think someone with the wing will be doing well to simply protect their posterior.

Unfortunately, problems like this tend to be symptoms of something deeper. Something isn’t right up in Minot, and the Air Force needs to check it out. Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force Chief of Staff, is already working on that.

Someone is getting relieved with cause. Their career is over, and they’ll be very fortunate if that’s the worst that happens.

A case of explosives and a fully automatic weapon are missing. These are among the most tightly controlled items in the United States military’s inventory for a reason. If someone is lucky, they’re just misplaced somewhere in a warehouse or something, but I somehow doubt anyone is that lucky.

Instead, I suspect that charges will be coming against someone. Military careers are about to be over, and someone will be spending some quality time in a very small room decorated with bars thinking about their life choices. That’s just a hunch, of course, but a somewhat educated one.

Regardless, though, let’s just hope these weapons are recoverable and not in the hands of someone who will use them for horrible purposes. While the Mark 19 ammo might only run in a Mark 19, the M240 uses 7.62. That’s pretty easy to get your hands on, and no one wants to see a weapon like that in the wrong hands.

Here’s hoping.

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World War II vet penned poems to put experiences in perspective

Two decades ago, World War II Army veteran Don Weimer began writing poems about the war. Such verse, the bard says, helped him put his military service in perspective and better understand the trials of his fellow soldiers.

One of his poems about a vet who received a “Dear John” letter, Weimer said, represents what sometimes happened when soldiers went off to war: The girlfriend or wife they loved back home ditched them. However, in this poem, “Ken Goes to War,” Weimer provides an ending of practicality and hope.

But first one needs to know a little about Weimer and what he experienced to provide the foundation for his later-in-life poetry.

He arrived in Italy in February 1945 and was assigned to the 313th Combat Engineers. The first thing he says he noticed was how the war had ripped apart a country that was supposed to be known as sunny and romantic.

“The artillery and the bombs had destroyed practically all the bridges and anything in the path of our infantry, as it had moved north through all the little towns and villages where the Germans had dug in and made defensive fortifications,” Weimer said.

His duties included security patrols for the 15th Army Air Force in Foggia, in the southern part of the Italian peninsula.

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Don Weimer, 91

Hometown: Buffalo

Residence: Williamsville

Branch: Army

Rank: private 1st class

War zone: World War II, European Theater

Years of service: January 1944 – December 1946

Most prominent honors: European Theater Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal

Specialty: combat engineer

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“We were establishing a POW camp and I got to speak with a number of Germans. A lot of them spoke English and I heard their perspective on the war. They all said we should be fighting the Russians and that they would join us. They said Communism was the real enemy,” Weimer recalled.

To be in the midst of history was not lost on the young man. A little more than a year earlier, Weimer had been at the old Williamsville High School learning about the world from textbooks. Now he was experiencing real-time history lessons. And while he witnessed the anguish of other GIs who learned in letters that their gal back home had broken off the relationship, Weimer unexpectedly found love in Italy.

It happened during a chance meeting toward the end of the war. He met a young woman by the name of Nicolina Napolitano, who was from the Naples area.

“I was on patrol driving a Jeep and it was raining cats and dogs. So I pulled into a large garage where there were about a dozen women gathered. They were in that area getting olive oil and they ended up in the garage when it started raining.”

Before long, Weimer said he spotted “this raven-haired beauty.” The rest is history. They married here on July 26, 1947, and raised three children. Weimer’s management position at Bell Aerospace Textron provided them with a comfortable living.

Twenty years ago, he discovered satisfaction in penning poems, though he always had a flare for writing, having served in Italy for a time as the editor-in-chief of the battalion newspaper.

Sadly, four years ago, his marriage of 67 years ended when Nicolina passed away.

But what about Ken, the fictional GI whose experiences represent what sometimes really happened to those overseas in the trenches? Read on:

“It was nineteen-forty-two and the news quite blue,

For Japan had just declared war.

The bombs that fell created a hell that promised there’d only be more.

For all the the young men and a guy named Ken,

The war would become a way of life.

He packed his grip for the dreaded trip,

And bid farewell to his wife.

He was sent to camp, it was hot and damp,

The mosquitoes were larger than flies.

The captain was mean if things weren’t clean,

And the cook made the awfullest pies.

Each morning at five the barracks came alive,

As reveille played over the speaker.

It was shower and shave like some poor knave

Whose life couldn’t be any bleaker.

To the mess hall Ken marched, his throat was parched,

From the heat of the night before.

A breakfast of grits and prunes to fill the pits,

With powdered eggs and spam by the score.

It was drill, drill, drill and men became ill,

the day seemed it would never end.

By the time Ken was done there was no time for fun,

Even a letter Ken could not send.

As the weeks went by, Ken felt he would die

From the food, the marching and drills.

But a furlough at home was one small bone,

That helped to make up for his ills.

He returned to his base which is usually the case,

For soon he’d be off to the war.

His orders came through and before long he knew,

The horrors that would be in store.

He was assigned a division by a Colonel’s decision,

To a company of Combat Engineers.

Building bridges under fire, laying concertina wire,

soon filled him with doubts and fears.

All seemed to go well though it seemed like hell,

With shells that kept bursting quite near.

One day a shell came, it was marked with his name,

And gave proof for his reason to fear.

His sergeant was struck and with a stroke of luck,

Ken was just dazed and covered with grime.

A buddy turned about and soon dug him out,

And it seemed that all would be fine.

Ken remained in a daze, his arm wouldn’t raise,

It just limply hung by his side.

He was checked for a wound, none could be found,

It seemed all that got hurt was his pride.

Ken asked about Sarge whose wound was quite large,

And was told he probably would die.

Ken let out a moan along with a groan,

And said it could have been I.

Soon a letter came from his wife named Jane,

That she now was expecting a babe.

He said it’s not mine, I’ve been gone over nine.

It must be from some Four-F knave.

The war soon did end, home they did send Poor Ken to look after his wife.

But the babe was so fine and Ken changed his mind,

And said it’s all part of life.

So the story will end with wife Jane and Ken,

Both resolved to be a good father and mother.

Ken regained his pride and felt good inside,

And they had children one after another.

 

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