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“I’m sinking, I’m sinking, I repeat, I’m sinking I’m sinking!” Cried the Coast Guard Prankster

Helicopter, Coast Guard, Rescue Training, Exercise, Sea. (Photo: Public Domain)

Helicopter, Coast Guard, Rescue Training, Exercise, Sea. (Photo: Public Domain)

July 25, 2016

By Lorra B.

The Coast Guard is seeking a prankster who has been calling for help over the past two years. This colossal waste of manpower that could have been spent looking for people in real distress has cost the Coast Guard a whopping $500,000.

There have been twenty-eight distress calls to the Coast Guard that have sent them searching for boats, people or wreckage off the Maryland coast. Each call originated from the same person and each call was a hoax.

“It could cause the potential loss of life for someone else who really is in harm’s way,” stated Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace. Wallace heads the response sector in Maryland.

“I’m sinking, I’m sinking, I repeat, I’m sinking I’m sinking,” cried the hoaxer.

The most current calls were made on July 21 and made by the same male voice. The calls began in July 2014.

What this prankster may not know is that making false distress calls is not only a felony it is punishable of $250,000 criminal fine and a $10,000 civil fine. The person responsible for these calls could also face a max sentence in prison of six years. The Coast Guard may also go after the individual to seek reimbursement for the money they have spent, according to NBC4 Washington.

If anyone has information about the caller, they are encouraged to email agents at CGIS-Baltimore@uscg.mil or contact the Coast Guard’s regional command center at 410-576-2525.

“A hoax call is a deadly and serious offense,” said Wallace. “Calls like these not only put our crews at risk, but they put the lives of the public at risk.”

Throw the book at them.

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Americans Respond Positively to Police In Military Riot Gear According to New Poll

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Police in riot gear watch protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Aug. 13, 2014 (Photo: Public Domain)

July 22, 2016

By Lorra B.

Because of the recent murders of several police officers, and in spite of past public outcry, the 2015 ban on military equipment being given to police departments is being reconsidered by President Obama.

The ban includes items from surplus military such as riot gear and armored vehicles, confirmed a White House official on Thursday.

“As the recommendations provide for, we review the program regularly with law enforcement and civil rights groups to ensure that it is achieving its goals.”

It was this very gear that caused so much public uproar when the police in cities like Ferguson showed up in full-on riot gear, heavy artillery and armored vehicles to help control the crowds during police brutality protests.

A major study topic is being done at the University of California, Berkeley, The Deciding Force Project. This study’s intention is to help find factors that turn peaceful protests into violent protesters.

The lead researcher of the project, Nick Adams, began the project when he witnessed the intense clash between the police and protesters.

“We’re finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone. When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms,” Adams stated. “These things end up being provocative to a crowd of people not used to fighting.”

The study shows that violence increases considerably when police don riot gear. The recent shooting of police officers, however, has given Obama and many police departments reason to revisit the ban.

On July 11, three days after five police officers in Dallas were killed, eight police organization leaders met with Obama and VP Joe Biden to discuss military gear. A week later three more officers were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

As protests and protesters continue to grow both in number and intensity there can be no doubt that police need to protect themselves. But is riot-gear the answer?

“Denver’s police chief doesn’t believe riot gear is warranted in most situations, and said police would continue to monitor demonstrations as they always have — with officers in their regular blue uniforms,” writes The Denver Post.

In a poll taken by The Denver Post, citizens were asked if riot gear should or should not be worn by police officers and the results may surprise you.

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Clearly citizens, in this poll, are worried about the safety of police officers and rightfully so.

Still, the research shows that riot gear strikes fear and escalates violence. But, Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, stated “The White House thought this kind of gear was intimidating to people, but they didn’t know the purpose it serves.”

Americans responded positively to the new poll regardless of past negativity toward military gear. Time will tell if Americans riot-gear favoritism continues.

Silent Soldier: By Lorra B. 

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Military Coup Against Donald Trump, Not Obama, Shockingly Suggested

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Operation Garden Plot: The U.S. military is training troops and police to suppress democratic opposition in America. (Photo: Public Domain)

July 21, 2016

By Lorra B.

Most of us have heard that some republicans have been alarmed the closer Donald Trump comes to occupying space within the White House. They had been seeking very creative ways to deny him the Republic Nomination or even replace him with another candidate. Democrats, however, have jumped on the creative bandwagon.

The Op-Ed by James Kirchick of the Foreign Policy Initiative ran an article in the very liberal Los Angeles Times and actually suggested an American military coup if Donald Trump became president.

Interestingly, it tends to be the right that instigates a military coup but in this case it is the left-wingers arguing “that an overthrow of the U.S. government might be necessary if Trump is elected president,” reports The Washington Times.

The #NeverTrump movement have worked feverishly to oust Trump and have tried just about everything in the book. From trying to change convention rules to searching for a conservative independent candidate to take him head on in the general election. Both efforts have failed miserably.

Of course the next sensible step would be to use the U.S. Military to actually overthrow the prospective Trump from office. You can’t make this stuff up!

According to Kirchick, “Trump is not only patently unfit to be president, but a danger to America and the world. If Trump wins, a coup isn’t impossible here in the U.S.”

“Voters must stop him before the military has to,” Kirchick went on to say.

The backlash from Los Angeles Times readers has been significant with many comments very critical and calling the article “reprehensible.”

“Is this a joke,” stated one commenter. “Sounds like [it’s] written by some nut job…the LA Times should know better [than] to publish this crap.”

It’s no secret that Kirchick has a distaste for Trump and has many harsh things to say about him but to irresponsibly suggest a military coup seems even a stretch for him.

Kirchick argues, however, that Mr. Trump may command our military to do something “stupid, illegal or irrational… Faced with opposition from his military brass, Trump would perhaps reconsider and back down. But what if he didn’t?”

It seems to me that we have a person currently running this country who does stupid, illegal or irrational things right at this very moment. Why then, Mr. Kirchick, are you not screaming THAT from the rooftops instead of inciting anger and hate with a call for a military coup?

Get it together Mr. Kirchick because what you are proposing would pose a greater danger to America’s security and prosperity, not to mention overall health, of this Great nation.

Silent Soldier: by Lorra B.

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Military Bases Breached: Are Pokémon Go Players Going too Far?

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July 19, 2016

Pokémon Go, a mobile phone app, has taken the world by storm but are players taking it too far?

The role-playing game uses your phone’s GPS and uses your location and augmented reality to impose Pokémon characters on your screen and overlay them on top of what you see directly in front of you. “The game is centered on the concept of the Pokémon battle, similar to that of the video games,” according to Wikia. “The object of the game is to knock out six of the opponent’s Pokémon.”

The game has taken players from inside their homes and into the streets in huge numbers, all in the name of fun. But some people aren’t laughing or having fun at all with this new game phenomenon. In fact, the phenomenon is creating public safety fears including pedestrians being severely distracted and trespassing that can lead to arrests or worse.

For many gamers there seem to be no personal boundaries as to how far they will go, or onto who’s property they will tread to acquire their next fictional Pokémon character. While playing Pokémon Go a Frenchmen trespassed onto an Indonesian military base and was detained.

The 27 year old, Romain Pierre, was arrested and later let go, when authorities realized he had unintentionally trespassed unto the military base while hunting down Pokémon.

Although many believe the game could boost tourism to the city, according to The Guardian, security officials are very concerned that Pokémon could induce real security threats.

The United States is having their own issues with Pokémon Go. Safety warnings from the U.S. Military Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington, have been released after the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum saw its fair share of Pokémon Go trespassers.

“DO NOT chase Pokémon into controlled or restricted areas, office buildings, or homes on base.”

As of now, no plans by the Department of Defense have been made to impose game guidelines around the Pentagon but they are asking players to be mindful when crossing roads and parking lots saying, “It’s a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing streets.”

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Wow, did the Defense Department have to remind adults to be mindful of their surroundings? A new game has suddenly seemed to make the world lose their senses.

At some point the Defense Department may step in to protect its boundaries, and others, from the carelessness actions of Pokémon players if public and military concerns continue.

It will then be Pokémon Gone, game over, in many public areas.

By Lorra B.

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President Putin’s Ban of Religious Freedom, Should American’s Be Concerned?

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July 18, 2016

Silent SoldierBy Lorra B.

Many American’s are aware, and should be concerned, that President Vladimir Putin recently placed severe restrictions on religious freedoms in Russia making any evangelism or religious speech outside of churches forbidden. Any Christian wishing to share their faith outside of a designated worship center will be breaking the law.

This so-called anti-terrorism legislation not only attacks religious liberty, it demolishes free-speak and makes it a crime. “This new situation,” according to Dr. Haukka, President of Great Commission Media Ministries, “resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church. Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history.”

Suppressing the rights of assembly, speech and the press, to name a few, seem routine in Moscow but many believe this has gone too far. This new legislation strikes fear among Christian Russians believing that unregistered congregations and house groups will be targeted and persecuted, according to Christian Today.

“According to Forum 18, which monitors religious freedom in Russia and former Soviet republics, the amendments to the Religion Law restrict those who can share beliefs to people with permission from members of state-registered religious groups and organizations…They also prohibit even the informal sharing of beliefs, for example responding to questions or comments.”

Any breach of this new law, effective July 20, will lead to substantial monetary penalties.

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) wrote an article at The Daily Signal stating the new law is “an affront to free people everywhere.”

“We need to begin telling the truth about an increasingly aggressive actor in global affairs,” he said. “This Russian law would be an affront to free people everywhere—at home and abroad—who believe that rights of conscience—the rights to free speech and to freedom of religion—are pre-political.”

As of yet “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

U.S. Constitution, First Amendment

Suppressing speech and the media, not to mention Political Correctness, seems to be the growing trend in America. Should American’s have reason for concern that this “anti-terrorist” law someday be our reality?

By Lorra B.

 

 

 

 

 

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Military Coup Unfolding In Turkey Triggering Terror and Confusion

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Plain-clothes police officers detain an anti-government protester at Taksim Square in central Istanbul. (Photo: Public Domain)

 

July 15, 2016

By Lorra B.

The Turkish military, in an effort to preserve “democratic order,” has staged a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime.

According to Huff Post, “The Turkish military declared late Friday that it had taken over the country, triggering confusion and terror across the nation.”

The Turkish Capital, Ankara, was stormed by troops as gunfire boomed and jets thundered overhead.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, however, has vowed that the government would not allow this to happen. “Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command. The government elected by the people remains in charge. This government will only go when people say so.”

A Turkish correspondent told Reuters that “Soldiers had entered TRT (TRT World television channel) buildings in Ankara.” Later an announcement was read on TRT that military were professing “democratic and secular rule of law had been eroded by the current government. A new constitution would be prepared as soon as possible…but for now, martial law is in effect.”

 Cars and buses are being diverted in Istanbul and military vehicles, along with soldiers, line the entrance of the bridge that leads to one of Turkey’s largest metropolises.

As the coup unfolds, Secretary of State John Kerry urges any American citizens in Turkey to seek shelter and stay indoors as all national police in Turkey are being summoned to duty in Ankara.

By Lorra B.

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Watch: Wounded Warriors Compete In The Triumph Games

Triumph Games Warriors Snapshot Credit http://www.2015triumphgames.com/

Triumph Games Warriors
Snapshot Credit http://www.2015triumphgames.com/

September 4, 2015

By Lorra B.

The Triumph Games is a new show being aired in October on the NBC Sports Network and will featuring competitions by wounded warriors. These Triumph games will test these soldiers both mentally and physically.

“Many people would be destroyed by the burdens veterans have to carry, and especially our wounded vets,” reports Rare. “Yet, they’re able to rise above and not only lead fulfilling lives, they’re able to lead extraordinary ones. For the Triumph Games, 12 veterans and athletes were chosen to battle through three rounds of competition: a triathlon, a live-streaming gaming competition, and motorsports. Called the “Terrific 12”, the founders of the Triumph Games believe they are role models who serve as an inspiration. And while all of the competitors are amazing athletes, only one can go “from war to winning”, and become the 2015 Triumph Games Champion.”

The Triumph Games should prove to not only be a great show, it will be a great inspiration to many Americans knowing that if these contestants could find the strength to aspire to greatness then they can too.

Good luck to you all and we will be watching soon!

By Lorra B.

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“We Don’t Need A Department Of Veteran Affairs.” That’s What Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Says

Ben Carson on the Dave Ramsey Show Snapshot Credit, YouTube

Ben Carson on the Dave Ramsey Show
Snapshot Credit, YouTube

September 4, 2015

By Lorra B. 

“We don’t need a department of Veteran Affairs,” according to Presidential hopeful and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

“The size of government has to be reduced significantly,” Carson told the Dave Ramsey Show. “There’s a lot of stuff that we’re doing that doesn’t make sense. We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be a smooth transition,” stated Carson.

It is the belief of Mr. Carson that the problems with the VA system are a huge deterrent for attracting new military recruits.

“We need to be looking at the way that we take care of soldiers,” Carson Stated. “You know 14 percent down recruitment for our voluntary Army right now. Why? Because they’re looking at what we’re doing to our veterans.”

What Carson is suggesting is a health savings account instead of the current system. A health savings account would allow veterans to obtain treatment at any medical facility instead of restricting them to government-run hospitals. The VA would then be turned into a specialty hospital to care for traumatic injuries such as loss of limb or severe brain injuries.

Not everyone is happy with Carson’s suggestions.

According to Military Times, it wasn’t long before some veterans were outraged by Carson’s remarks. The Veterans of Foreign War ripped apart Carson’s plans for veteran health care indicating they would be damaging and certainly not helpful.

Veterans of foreign Wars National Commander John Biedrzyck made a statement, “To suggest that disabled veterans could be sent out into the economy with a health savings account card overlooks the fact that civilian health care has waiting lists of their own…and presupposes that civilian doctors have the same skill sets as VA doctors, who see veterans of every age and malady every day. It provides an irreplaceable service to the nations wounded, ill and injured veterans and my organization will not let any candidate for any office suggest anything otherwise.”

Even Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland threw his displeasure with Carson’s proposal into the ring and tweeted “Apparently @RealBenCarson didn’t talk to vets for his vets plan. We should fight for vets, not cut care.”

O’Malley further tweeted, “Unlike @RealBenCarson, I am working with vets across the country on a plan that is worthy of their service and sacrifice.” Now, to be fair to Carson, not all vets are in agreement that we need the VA system either and I have added a couple of those comments as well.

After the Twitter War, O’Malley publicized his plan to bring veterans to full employment. In his ‘National Service’ plan, he will also help find work for anyone who, for medical reasons, is unable to join the military.

Also not happy with Carson’s VA plan is retired Army major general Paul D. Eaton. “Rather than think of ways to nickel and dime our veterans, Dr. Carson should be thinking of other areas of fat in government — particularly in defense contracts — that can be cut, so we can hire more doctors and caregivers, to provide returning veterans with the kind of care they earned.”

There are problems in the VA system, there can be no doubt. The country has been distressed by the waiting lists and horrified by the number of veterans who have died waiting for their health needs to be met.

Yes, the VA is a mess and in need of serious repair. No matter which side of the fence you are on, wanting a ‘do-over’ for the VA or dismantling the VA, one thing is certain…Perhaps Ben Carson is doing the VA a good service by bringing it further into the light.

By Lorra B.