Archive for April, 2012

Blogged on this last year. Considering the recent drone incident, if they get this mad hatter to work, they’d better have a self destruct built in!

ABC NewsBy Lee Ferran | ABC News – Mon, Apr 23, 2012

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  • Super Secret Hypersonic Aircraft Flew Out of Its Skin (ABC News)Super Secret Hypersonic Aircraft …

It turns out that tearing through the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound is bad for the skin, even if you’re a super high-tech aircraft developed by the government’s best engineers at its far-out research agency.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to suddenly lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.

After an eight-month investigation, DARPA concluded that even though the HTV-2 was expected to lose some of its skin mid-flight, “larger than anticipated portions of the vehicle’s skin peeled from the aerostructure,” the agency said in a statement Friday.

The agency said it expected the HTV-2, which goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes, to experience “impulsive shock waves” at such speeds, but shocks it experienced last August were “more than 100 times what the vehicle was designed to withstand.”

While the test was very public, the details of the HTV-2’s design, stability system and potential purpose remain highly classified.

Two months after DARPA’s test, the Army tested its own hypersonic aircraft – this one a long-range weapon system called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) designed to strike any target in the world in just a couple hours.

Received this e-mail yesterday:

I love it! I’d be tempted to tell them to go f*** themselves. But that’s only me!

This guy was told by his Homeowners Association that he couldn’t fly the American flag in his yard. So….

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From “chuckles” –

An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert and came upon a casket containing a mummy. After examining it, he called the curator of a prestigious museum.

“I’ve just discovered a 3,000 year old mummy,” the archaeologist said. “It’s a man who died of heart failure.”

“Bring it in,” the curator replied. “We’ll check it out.”

A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist. “You were exactly right about the mummy’s age and cause of death,” he said. “How in the world did you know?”

“Easy,” the archaeologist replied. “He was holding a piece of papyrus that said, ’10,000 shekels on Goliath.’”


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ABC NewsBy LEE FERRAN | ABC News – 22 hrs ago

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  • New US Stealth Fighters Now at Iran's Back Door (ABC News)

    A US Air Force’s new stealth fighter F-22A Raptor lands at Kadena US Air Base in Kadena in this Feb. 18, 2007 file photo. With the United Nations authorization for an internationally monitored no-fly zone over Libya the United States began with the deployment of F-22 stealth fighters over the region.

  • New US Stealth Fighters Now at …

America’s most sophisticated stealth jet fighters have been quietly deployed to an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran’s mainland, according to an industry report, but the Air Force adamantly denied the jets’ presence is a threat to the Middle East nation.

Multiple stealth F-22 Raptors, which have never been combat-tested, are in hangars at the United Arab Emirates’ Al Dafra Air Base, just a short hop over the Persian Gulf from Iran’s southern border, the trade publication Aviation Week reported.

Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian would not confirm the exact location of the F-22s, but told ABC News they had been deployed to a base in Southwest Asia — a region that includes the UAE. Dorrian also stressed that the F-22s were simply taking part in a scheduled deployment and are “not a threat to Iran.”

“This is a very normal deployment to strengthen military relationships, promote sovereign and regional security, improve combined tactical air operations and enhance interoperability of forces,” Dorrian said.

The F-22 has only been in the UAE once before for training missions in 2009 with “coalition partners.”

Dorrian declined to say what the Raptors’ mission was in the region this time around or how many planes had been deployed, citing operational security. However, Dorrian said that because of the F-22’s next-generation capabilities, any number of planes deployed to the region is “significant.”

Though the F-22 has been officially combat operational since December 2005, no planes from the Air Force fleet — which are made by defense contracting giant Lockheed Martin and cost an estimated $79 billion — have seen combat. The plane was not used in Iraq, Afghanistan or in the U.S.-led no-fly mission over Libya. The Air Force has said the sophisticated jets simply haven’t been needed yet.

But Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for the F-22 program, told ABC News last year that the plane was “absolutely” suited for taking on more sophisticated adversaries and could be used in deep penetration strike missions in well-defended combat zones inside places like North Korea or Iran.

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Air Force: F-22s Ready for War, Despite Mystery Problem

The new deployment comes in the midst of the Air Forces’ continuing battle with a rare but sustained oxygen problem plaguing the F-22. Since 2008, nearly two dozen pilots have reported experiencing “hypoxia-like symptoms” in mid-air. The problem got so bad that the Air Force grounded the planes for nearly five months last year in hopes of fixing the problem but never could.

The service also does not know what caused the malfunction that cut off F-22 pilot Capt. Jeff Haney’s oxygen shortly before he fatally crashed during a training mission in Alaska in 2010.

But despite the ongoing issues, the Air Force says the F-22 is ready for war, should it be called.

“If our nation needs a capability to enter contested air space, to deal with air forces that are trying to deny our forces the ability to maneuver without prejudice on the ground, it will be the F-22 that takes on that mission,” Air Force Maj. Gen. Noel Jones, Director of Operational Capability Requirements, said at a special briefing at the Pentagon in March. “It can do that right now and is able to do that without hesitation.”

The Al Dafra base is approximately 800 miles from the Iranian capital of Tehran, well within the range of the F-22, which can “supercruise” at one and a half times the speed of sound.

Congress is dangerously close to putting another nail in the coffin of your personal privacy on the internet . . .

. . . especially if you are an online purchaser of ammo or firearms-related items.

For nearly four years, gun owners have been considered “suspect” by an administration hell-bent on restricting gun rights.

And now, the Obama administration, working in conjunction with Democrats AND Republicans in Congress, may have found a way to do so all in the name of “cybersecurity.”

On Thursday, Congress is set to begin consideration of H.R. 3523, the “Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011” (CISPA).

Your action right now is vital to putting a stop to CISPA’s threat to the personal privacy of gun owners.

CISPA, also supported by Facebook and Twitter, would encourage companies to give the federal government sensitive information that is now currently prohibited by law without a warrant or subpoena.

And the most troubling bit of information is that my sources on Capitol Hill tell me that House Leadership on both sides of the aisle is putting on a full court press to gain the support of your elected representative.

This includes “private,” “closed door,” “members-only” meetings.

The fact is, if passed, CISPA would allow voluntary exchanges of personally identifiable information — including your firearms-related purchasing habits — to ANY government agency that wants it . . .

. . . including Eric Holder’s ATF and Justice Department.

CISPA was also written in broad enough fashion to potentially override every existing privacy law due to a “notwithstanding provision in law” clause that gives companies immunity for sharing your information with government agencies.

That’s why I need you to take action to stop this bill dead in it’s tracks just as soon as possible.

Please call your Representative right now at 202-224-3121 and demand a “NO” vote on H.R. 3523.

Also tell your Representative that you expect a “NO” vote on any other piece of legislation intended to undermine your privacy, especially firearms-related purchase information.

With the consideration and possible vote on H.R. 3523 (CISPA) expected within the next 48 hours, your immediate action is needed — AT ONCE!

So please make your call (202-224-3121) in opposition to H.R. 3523 right now.

Thanks in advance for taking action to protect the personal privacy of gun owners.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown
Executive Vice President

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Mark Sherman – Associated Press – 4/25/2012 11:10:00 AMBookmark and Share

Associated Press video buttonWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.

 The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are not buying the Obama administration’s argument that the state exceeded its authority when it made the records check part of a controversial state law aimed at driving illegal immigrants out of the state. It was unclear what the court would do with other aspects of the law that have been put on hold by lower federal courts.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer reacted favorably as well after oral arguments (see related AP video report).

ACLJ, FAIR optimistic

Jody Brown – OneNewsNow

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law & Justice, adds its optimism to AP’s impression following oral arguments today. “What became very clear during the intense questioning is that a majority of the Justices seem to believe that Arizona has a legitimate role in the enforcement of laws designed to protect its citizens and border,” he offered in a press statement.

“It was also important to note that during the arguments, the government, which is challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona law, conceded that S.B. 1070 does not involve racial or ethnic profiling — an argument that’s been repeatedly used to challenge the immigration measure.”

Sekulow concedes that while such cases are always difficult to predict as a result of oral arguments, he remains hopeful the court will conclude that Arizona “acted properly and constitutionally” to protect its citizens and borders.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) adds that attorneys for Arizona presented “compelling legal reasons” why the Supreme Court should reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision to block provisions in the law. Among those reasons, says FAIR, are that states have inherent authority to enforce immigration laws, and that the Ninth Circuit “erred” in accepting the Obama administration’s argument that the Arizona law interferes with its own enforcement “priorities and strategies.” FAIR equates those priorities and strategies as being a “non-enforcement policy.”

Adds FAIR president Dan Stein: “Nothing in [the Arizona law] conflicts with or goes beyond the parameters of laws enacted by Congress and there is nothing in those federal statutes that indicates that Congress intended to preempt states from assisting in the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. States regularly assist in the enforcement of all sorts of federal laws — immigration should be no different.”

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A San Diego, CA Marine Sergeant (Sgt. Gary Stein) was removed from his job at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot on Wednesday and given a desk job with no computer access for a statement he made on his Facebook Group page(Armed Forces Tea Party). Stein said his statement was part of an online debate about NATO allowing U.S. troops to be tried for the Quran burnings in Afghanistan.


In the statement he said,“I will not follow unlawful orders of the Commander in Chief”.


And for this he is facing possible dismissal from the corps. The Marines on Wednesday told Sgt. Gary Stein that he is in violation of Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities.

In a statement, Stein’s superiors ordered a preliminary inquiry on 03/08/2012 after receiving allegations that Stein posted the political statements violating the Pentagon’s directives.

exert from article;

“I’m completely shocked that this is happening,” Stein said. “I’ve done nothing wrong. I’ve only stated what our oath states that I will defend the constitution and that I will not follow unlawful orders. If that’s a crime, what is America coming to?”

in addition to being discharged, he would have his rank reduced to lance corporal if he is proven to be in violation.

read full article here:…


The Marine sergeant who posted comments critical of President Barack Obama on Facebook will be discharged, the Marine Corps announced Wednesday.

Sgt. Gary Stein will be given an other-than-honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members, the Associated Press reported.

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By (@elisabethleamy)

April 25, 2012 

In a twist of irony, a West Virginia woman is trying to collect money from a collection agency. Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company — more than $10 million.

“I’m a mom, and I’m a housewife, and I’m an accidental activist,” Mey said.

From her small-town home base in Wheeling, Mey went after a debt collection empire that hounds people nationwide and won. But she still hasn’t received any money.

“I don’t know that I’ll ever collect a dime, but if I can get their operation shut down, that would make me very happy.”

Watch the full story on “Nightline” TONIGHT at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT

Two years ago, a debt collector with a company called Reliant Financial Associates, or RFA, left a message implying that her house was in jeopardy if she didn’t pay a debt. The message stated:

“I’m calling in regards to a preliminary asset liability investigation. They are in the process of serving some court documents in regards to case 29369… They have some information now pending questions at the property,… Springdale Avenue, in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is in your best interests to contact the department. You are required to contact 866-764-9779.”

PHOTO: Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company

Courtesy Diana Mey
Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company — more than 10 million dollars. But she is still waiting to collect damages.
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It is illegal for debt collectors to make empty threats about serving people with a lawsuit or seizing their home. And it was especially galling to Mey, who says she is debt-free.

“They threatened to take legal action against our property and it wasn’t even our debt,” Mey said.

Millions of Americans are victims of this kind of mistaken debtor identity, partly because of a new breed of collectors called “debt buyers.” They purchase old debts for pennies that the original creditors have given up on and then try to collect them for a big profit. Critics say debt buyers sometimes use outrageous tactics to get the money where others have failed. RFA is a debt buyer.

Mey wrote RFA a cease and desist letter, telling the company not to contact her anymore, and sent it certified mail. Postal records show exactly when RFA signed for it. Precisely 23 minutes later, Mey started getting mysterious hang-up calls that showed up on her caller ID as coming from her local county government.

“So I called the number back and it was the sheriff’s department. And I asked if someone there was trying to reach me. And they said, no – nobody there was trying to reach me,” Mey said.

After two days of hang-up calls from that sheriff’s department number, Mey picked up another one with that same caller ID. The man on the line repeatedly called her a vulgar name for the female anatomy. He described violent sexual acts he would like to subject her to and asked if she liked to be “gang banged.”

“I was so frightened. I felt violated, but then I realized, you know, I’m taping this call,.” Mey said. “I pulled myself together and I thought, I can get through this. Just keep on talking buddy because we’re gonna get plenty of your voice on tape.”

The verbal assault went on for nearly two minutes before the man hung up.

Mey said she immediately called 911 to report that someone had threatened to sexually assault her. She says she was terrified because she believed the call was from a local number. Mey said she then bolted the door and got her husband’s gun out of the dresser and hung it on the bedpost in her bedroom.

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At the time, Mey said she didn’t make a connection between that call and the collectors. But then she learned the call hadn’t come from the local sheriff’s office after all. The caller ID had been manipulated to look like it did, a practice called spoofing. That’s when she went online and discovered complaints about RFA debt collectors pretending to call from sheriff’s offices, including a male collector who called women vulgar names.

“He picked the wrong person,” Mey said.

You see, Diana Mey has battled big companies over intrusive phone calls before. In 1999, she won a class action lawsuit against a major telemarketer whose salesmen kept calling people, even when asked to stop. People magazine named her one of the “Most Intriguing People of the Year.” That’s why Mey has recorded her phone calls ever since.

Mey says it took her a year to find attorneys who would sue on her behalf. Wheeling lawyers Martin Sheehan and Patrick Cassidy took the case knowing they would probably never get paid.

“Yes, I like to make money, ” Sheehan said, “but at some level there’s something so atrocious you have to let people come into your office and say — that’s wrong and I’m going to do something about it.”

Last May, Mey sued RFA for harassment and illegal collection practices. In August, RFA’s lawyer failed to show up in court, so Mey testified unopposed. The judge called RFA’s actions “malicious” and ruled that all of the allegations were true. And then he awarded that record judgment of $10,860,000.

When “Nightline” went to RFA’s Orange County, Calif., office to ask about the case, it was abandoned. RFA is actually a fictitious business name for a company called Global AG, LLC. Records show it is just one of several collection companies run by the same people that often change names and move. “Nightline” also visited other offices registered to people named in Mey’s suit, but employees refused to talk and asked us to leave.

RFA’s lawyer later told “Nightline” that RFA made the first collection call to Mey, but denies making the second, obscene call. He said he was speaking on behalf of company principals Thai Han, Jim Phelps and Stewart Phillips.

“My clients say it is not their policy to engage in conduct that violates the law,” he said. He characterized the $10 million judgment as “unfair.”

As for Diana Mey, she says she knows she may never be able to collect the money, but that her lawsuit still serves a purpose.

“I hope that it sends a message to other debt collectors out there that you have to follow the law,” she said. “Because if you don’t, there are going to be people out there that are going to stand up against you.”


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