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Name: John
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Hometown: Flagstaff, AZ.
Home country: USA
Current location: On our small farm.
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About Me

U.S. Army veteran/retired, now living in the Flagstaff, AZ. area with my wife, we own and run a small farm. Avid hunters and target shooters, we believe in GLBT rights, social equality, single payer, etc. We\'re also strong defenders of ALL rights.

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US to send warship close to South China Sea islets


In a move sure to anger Beijing, the US Navy plans to send Tuesday a destroyer close to artificial islands China is building in the South China Sea, a US official said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official told AFP that the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen would sail within 12 nautical miles of the emerging land masses in the Spratly Islands.

Tensions have mounted since China transformed reefs in the area -- also claimed by several neighboring countries -- into small islands capable of supporting military facilities, a move the US says threatens freedom of navigation.

Washington has repeatedly said it does not recognize Chinese claims to territorial waters around the artificial islands.

This is needed, China is trying to control international sea lanes with these bogus man made "islands".

Obama: U.S. will defend South Korea

WASHINGTON — President Obama re-affirmed American support of South Korea on Friday telling President Park Geun-hye that the U.S. commitment to her nation's security "will never waver" in face of threats by nuclear-armed North Korea.

"Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have achieved nothing except to deepen North Korea’s isolation," Obama said during a news conference after meeting with Park at the White House.

Also during the news conference, Obama said:

-- Iran has often violated rules on missile testing, but said the recent agreement with the U.S. is designed only to keep Tehran from development a nuclear weapon; the U.S. and allies will continue to pressure Iran over missile testing and other bad behaviors.


As well we should honor a decades old defense treaty with S. Korea.

Just watched the History channel about the escape from Alcatraz by Frank Morris,

John and Clarence Anglin, very interesting.
Do you believe they survived the swim to San Francisco?

Texas court halts execution of inmate after questions raised on testimony

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday halted the planned execution next month of a death row inmate whose lawyers argued he was sentenced to death based on tainted testimony from major witnesses.

The court stayed th29e Nov. 3 execution of Julius Murphy, without elaborating on its decision. Murphy, 36, was convicted in 1998 of fatally shooting Jason Erie in the head during a 1997 robbery.

Lawyers for Murphy asked the court last month to put the execution on hold, saying they had new evidence that pointed to evidence that prosecutors forced false testimony.

"Mr. Murphy's conviction and death sentence were procured through prosecutorial misconduct," said Catherine Stetson, a lawyer for Murphy.


Really? Prosecutors using tainted or coerced evidence/confessions?
Say it ain't so?

529 executions since 1976
Makes one wonder how many of those executed were actually innocent?

Maryland gun-control advocates push for nationwide adoption of state’s handgun law

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday called for other states to join Maryland in requiring licenses to purchase handguns, saying the rule works best to stem gun violence when it applies across jurisdictions.

During a news conference with other gun-control advocates at a Baltimore County courthouse, the officials said that firearms tend to flow from states that lack permit-to-purchase laws to those that have them, with guns often landing in the hands of criminals.

Ten states and the District of Columbia have licensing requirements for handguns, but the Maryland border states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia do not.

Van Hollen (D-Md.), a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Senate, has introduced legislation that would provide financial incentives for states to adopt purchasing laws similar to the one that Maryland enacted in 2013, which requires fingerprinting and licensing


I'm sure the Congress will get right on that.

New York governor calls for national gun control in eulogy for aide

X-posted from the other group

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo renewed his call for national gun control legislation on Saturday as he delivered a eulogy for the top state attorney who was fatally wounded by a stray bullet in Brooklyn earlier this month.

State officials and family members gathered at Brooklyn's Emmanuel Baptist Church in a private service for Carey Gabay, 43, who was struck in the head at a pre-dawn outdoor celebration on Sept. 7 before the annual West Indian Day parade, an event plagued by violence in recent years.

Gabay is believed to have been an unintended target, police said.

"His death was one of the most tragic, pointless examples of the rampant violence that is spreading like a cancer through our society, especially in our poorer communities and especially in our communities of color," Cuomo said.


So, I'm curious as to what gun control laws would have prevented this Mr. Cuomo?

Michigan trooper dies after being hit, dragged several miles

DETROIT — A state trooper on motorcycle patrol died from injuries suffered when he was dragged several miles by a car hauling a trailer which struck him along a Michigan highway.

Trooper Chad Wolf, 38, died Friday afternoon at a hospital, according to the state police.

"It is with very heavy hearts that we confirm the death of one of our own, Trooper Chad Wolf," state police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said in a release. "Our troopers know the dangers they face each time they put on their uniform, but the calling they feel to serve the public is stronger than any fear. Trooper Wolf will forever be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father and outstanding public servant."

Wolf was riding north about 6:30 a.m. on Dixie Highway and crossing over Interstate 75 north of Detroit in Springfield Township when the car and trailer collided with his motorcycle. Wolf was snatched from the motorcycle and trapped beneath the car or trailer.


It would appear that the driver didn't even realize that he had collided with the Trooper's motorcycle.

Very sad story.
RIP Trooper Chad Wolf.

Missing Indonesian plane found crashed in Papua: government official

Source: www.msn.com

A Trigana Air plane that went missing with 54 people on board on Sunday crashed in Indonesia's eastern Papua region, a transport ministry official said.

Earlier, media cited Trigana Operations Director Beni Sumaryanto as saying there had been reports of a crash from a village in the forested and mountainous district of Oksibil, adding that search teams would check that area in the morning.

Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/missing-indonesian-plane-found-crashed-in-papua-government-official/ar-BBlMPiU?ocid=iehp

I'm hoping for the best for the passengers on board, but preparing for the worse.

Lion hugs a woman.

Not sure if this is allowed in GD, but I just couldn't resist, this is soooooooooooo squeeee!!!!

This sea Lion meets and has a nap with her rescuers everyday.

Last year, a Galapagos sea lion named Panchita was caught up in a net, which left deep cuts all over her body. She managed to make it to this hotel, where animal advocates nursed her back to health for 3 months. After she was fully healed, she was released back into the wild. But every day, she returns to rest with the humans who rescued her, after being out at sea all day. She is now pregnant and expecting within a month.

This is just squee!!!!
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