The Gruesome Leg Injury From Baseball’s Opening Day That Happened in the Least Expected WayPosted April 1, 2014 at 8:04 am by Liz Klimas
The game between the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners hadn’t even officially begun before a major injury befell someone on the diamond.
It all began with the ceremonial pitch.
Vladimir Guerrero, who signed a one-day contract with the Angels and retired Monday, threw the pitch to hitting coach Don Baylor who was poised on one knee to catch the ball.
While it might initially look like an innocuous moment, Baylor twisted his leg and immediately went down on his elbows. When he tried to get up by himself, he collapsed, his ankle still awkwardly angled underneath him.
Guerrero jogged to the plate to see what was wrong.
The real cringe-worthy moment comes when Baylor tried to put weight on his leg after he was helped to his feet.
As it turns out, Baylor fractured his right femur bone and requires surgery.
Watch footage of the painful injury:
Passengers Boarding a Flight in Australia Got an Amazing Surprise From the Cast of ‘The Lion King’Posted April 1, 2014 at 7:54 am by Jonathon M. Seidl
Imagine walking onto a plane and being serenaded by the cast of a Broadway musical. And not just any Broadway musical — how about the cast of the wildly successful “The Lion King.”
Well, that’s exactly what happened in Australia this week after the cast of the Australian production of the show surprised passengers aboard a Virgin Atlantic plane from Brisbane to Sydney. And the result was awesome.
See, the cast was returning to Sydney after a much-anticipated announcement that the show would be coming to a stage in Brisbane. As they sat on the plane, something magical happened.
“[M]embers of our Australian cast felt so elated they decided to sing the ‘Circle of Life’ prior to take off on their flight back to Sydney!,” a YouTube video description showing what happened next says.
Passengers boarding the plane appeared pleasantly stunned:
After the impromptu performance, not surprisingly the rest of plane erupted in cheers.
Obama Group’s Unbelievable ‘Get Covered’ Tweet Results in Relentless Mockery — Deleting It Didn’t HelpPosted March 31, 2014 at 11:23 pm by Jason Howerton
The Missouri branch of Organizing for Action was mocked relentless on Twitter Monday when it encouraged users to sign up for Obamacare by asking them if they had a “sugar daddy/momma to pay for those medical bills.”
Unsurprisingly, the tweet was deleted. However, nothing really gets deleted from the Internet anymore.
“Not covered? Got a sugar daddy/momma to pay for those medical bills? Just wondering ofa.bo/dQU #BeatTheBuzzer,” the full tweet read.
Take a look at some of the hysterical reactions compiled by Mediaite:
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) March 31, 2014
Can I get one to help me meet the huge Ocare deductibles? @OFA_MO: Not covered? Got a sugar daddy/momma to pay for those medical bills?
— Caleb Herod (@CJHerod) April 1, 2014
— Get Yee Covered!!! (@bitingtea) March 31, 2014
@OFA_MO Jeeeeeeeeeeeesus CHRIST.
— Harry (@Tark31) March 31, 2014
— ChampionCapua (@ChampionCapua) March 31, 2014
Mystery Substance Boils and Freezes at the Same TimePosted March 31, 2014 at 10:39 pm by Liz Klimas
A student chemist in a lab was working with a liquid that exhibited unusual properties. The substance would switch between being a frozen solid to a boiling liquid.
What science could be at play here?
First, take a look at the video of the lab experiment to see the substance in action:
“During a mass spectrometry experiment in the laboratory, we observed this happening to an unknown fluid sample,” the Reddit user going by Tenstone wrote, noting that the point of the experiment was to identify the sample.
“The flask is being evacuated, which drops the pressure and temperature. However, the idea is to vaporize the fluid by dropping the pressure so that we can [analyze] the vapour with the mass spectrometer. Interestingly, what I believe is happening is that the top of the liquid (which has surface tension so is less prone to vaporization) is freezing due to the temperature drop, while the liquid underneath is boiling due to the pressure drop. Is this correct?” the Redditor asked.
A few subsequent commenters on Reddit speculated that the substance hit its “triple point,” a point at which the three phases — solid, liquid and gas — occur at the same time.
“Chemist here. You were indeed freezing it at the same time you were vaporizing it,” BantamBasher135 wrote. “As /u/m1ld pointed out, you found the triple point of this particular sample. The reason the bubbles were freeing first… well, there are a couple options. First I suspect there might have been some solvent left over. When that was evacuated the pure compound froze instantly. Second, the bubbling at the surface allows for easy re-orientation of the molecules, which allows them to form a crystal lattice without any additional energy expenditure. Additionally, the growth of the crystals on top of the liquid provided surface area–and especially sharp points– for the liquid to then boil.”
This video from Fluke Calibration details how a triple point is reached:
Though Tenstone might have better insight into what could be going on with the liquid, as of Sunday the Redditor wrote that he’s still not sure what it is.
Security Guard Hired to Reduce Violence Suffers Fractured Skull at Hands of Teen — But How the Rest of the Students React Is Almost as DisturbingPosted March 31, 2014 at 10:21 pm by Jason Howerton
Images and video of a security guard lying unconscious on the floor after he was knocked out by a 17-year-old boy at a high school were recently plastered all over social media. That’s because when the violent incident occurred, many of the students chose to pull out their cellphones and take pictures rather than step in and help.
Ironically, Alphonso Stevenson was hired by Bartram High School in Philadelphia to help reduce the violence plaguing the school.
Watch ABC6′s video report below:
The 63-year-old was reportedly greeting students as they walked through the halls on March 21 when an unidentified student knocked his clipboard out of his hands and then pushed him into a wall when he went to pick it up.
Stevenson’s head smashed against the wall, knocking him unconscious. He suffered a fractured skull, concussion and other injuries, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“It sounded like a melon hitting the wall,” social studies teacher Stephen Pfeiffer recalled.
The teenager who committed the assault took off while other students apparently gathered around the unconscious staffer and took pictures to post on social media sites.
The student responsible for the attack was later caught by police and charged as a juvenile for aggravated assault and related charges.
Meanwhile, Stevenson was released from hospital and is believed to be recuperating at home.
The Unexpected Way a Pilot Reacted After His Plane Was Hit By Lightning Left a Passenger ‘Amazed’Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm by Oliver Darcy
A photo posted online appears to capture the scary moment a passenger jet was struck by lightning as it descended into England’s Birmingham airport.
Lightning reportedly hit the KLM flight from Amsterdam three times as it prepares to land Friday.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 31, 2014
One passenger recalled the terrifying moments to the Birmingham Mail.
“It was incredible — there was one massive bang. Only moments before, I’d noticed the dark skies and told a passenger sitting next to me that I was surprised there was no thunder and lightning,” passenger Tony Everitt, 51, said.
“After the bang, my initial thought was the engine had blown-up,” the 51-year-old continued to the Birmingham Mail. “Surprisingly, it wasn’t frightening, it was exciting. You are waiting for something else to happen, then you realise nothing has gone wrong.”
Everitt said what surprised him the most was how the crew behaved aboard the aircraft.
“I know they spend a lot of time in the air, but I’m amazed by how calm they are,” he said. “The pilot simply said, ‘ladies and gentlemen, you may have noticed we were hit by lightning.’”
That calm attitude had a contagious effect, Everitt said, noting that “there was no screaming” on the plane.
A spokesman for the Birmingham Airport reportedly said, “All aircraft landed safely without incident on Friday afternoon.”
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Final Words From Cockpit of Missing Plane Not What First ReportedPosted March 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Jason Howerton
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Jason Howerton
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Although it has been slow, difficult and frustrating so far, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is nowhere near the point of being scaled back, Australia’s prime minister said.
The three-week hunt for Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the Boeing 777, which vanished March 8 with 239 people bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Ten planes and 11 ships found no sign of the missing plane in the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,850 kilometers (1,150 miles) west of Australia, officials said.
The search area has evolved as experts analyzed Flight 370′s limited radar and satellite data, moving from the seas off Vietnam, to the waters west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia. The search zone is now 254,000 square kilometers (98,000 square miles), about a 2 1/2-hour flight from Perth.
Malaysia has been criticized for its handling of the search, particularly its communications to the media and the family. In something likely to fuel those concerns, the government changed its account of the final voice transmission from the cockpit.
In a statement late Monday, it said the final words received by ground controllers at 1:19 a.m. on March 8 were “Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero.” Earlier the government said the final words were “All right, good night.” The statement didn’t explain or address the discrepancy. The statement also said investigators were still trying to determine whether the pilot or co-pilot spoke the words.
Items recovered so far were discovered to be flotsam unrelated to the Malaysian plane. Several orange-colored objects spotted by plane Sunday turned out to be fishing equipment.
Those leading the effort remain undaunted, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying Monday that officials are “well, well short” of any point where they would scale back the hunt. In fact, he said the intensity and magnitude of operations “is increasing, not decreasing.”
“I’m certainly not putting a time limit on it. … We can keep searching for quite some time to come,” Abbott said at RAAF Pearce, the Perth military base coordinating the operation.
“We owe it to the families, we owe it to everyone that travels by air. We owe it to the anxious governments of the countries who had people on that aircraft. We owe it to the wider world which has been transfixed by this mystery for three weeks now,” he said.
“If this mystery is solvable, we will solve it,” Abbott said.
On Monday, former Australian defense chief Angus Houston began his role of heading the new Joint Agency Coordination Center, which will oversee communication with international agencies involved in the search.
The center said Tuesday’s search, using 10 planes and nine ships, would focus on less than half of the search zone, some 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) west of Perth, with poor weather and low visibility forecast. It did not say how far west of Perth the search would be conducted.
The center corrected an earlier statement that said a smaller zone of 64,975 square kilometers (25,087 square miles) would be searched on Tuesday.
“Yesterday’s search revealed nothing that was seen or found that had any connection to the Malaysian aircraft,” Houston told Australia’s Seven Network television earlier Tuesday.
“If we can find any debris anywhere, that will enable the search to be focused much more precisely and the high technology can then come into play,” he added.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak plans to travel to Perth on Wednesday to see the search operations firsthand.
Abbott called the operation “an extraordinarily difficult exercise.”
“We are searching a vast area of ocean and we are working on quite limited information,” he said, noting that the best brains in the world and all technological mastery is being applied to the task.
The Ocean Shield, an Australian warship carrying a U.S. device that detects “pings” from the plane’s flight recorders, left Perth on Monday evening for the search zone, a three- to four-day trip. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the search, said it conducted sea trials to test the equipment.
Investigators are hoping to first find debris floating on the surface that will help them calculate where the plane went into the water.
In Malaysia, several dozen Chinese relatives of Flight 370 passengers visited a Buddhist temple near Kuala Lumpur to pray for their loved ones. They offered incense, bowed their heads in silence and knelt several times during the prayers.
Buddhist nuns handed out prayer beads to them and said: “You are not alone. You have the whole world’s love, including Malaysia’s.”
The family members later expressed their appreciation to the Chinese government and the people of Malaysia and the volunteers who have been assisting them. They bowed in gratitude but said they were still demanding answers.
The comments were seen as a small conciliatory gesture after relatives held an angry protest Sunday at a hotel near Kuala Lumpur, calling on the Malaysian government to apologize for what they called missteps in handling the disaster.
Man Wins the Lottery — But the Tragic Thing That Happened the Day Before Makes It Seriously BittersweetPosted March 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm by Jason Howerton
A man is much richer after winning up to $650,000 on a $1 California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket.
But the victory is bittersweet.
The day before he won, Timothy McDaniel’s wife passed away of a heart attack.
“I think she just kind of sent me this money so I could continue taking care of the (grand) kids,” McDaniel told the California Lottery, according to WJBK-TV.
“Everything happens for a reason and this is the break I needed. I’m going to keep on working and living my life the same I always have. The only difference is I have a big family and now if anybody needs anything, I can help them out,” he added.
Rather than taking $500 per week for 25 years, totaling $650,000, he chose instead to take a lump sum of $375,000 before taxes.
Republican Running for Governor of NY Plans to Take a Stand for His Kids With ’Symbolic’ Protest of Common CorePosted March 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Jason Howerton
A Republican candidate for governor of New York said he and his wife plan to pull their children from Common Core testing in a “symbolic” protest on Tuesday.
In a short campaign video, Rob Astorino says his “family’s protest tomorrow is a symbolic one.”
“But as parents, we think it’s important to take a stand. Our children aren’t guinea pigs, Governor Cuomo, and we want them educated by teachers — not faceless bureaucrats in Washington,” he added.
He claims hundreds of thousands of New York children from third to eighth grade will be subjected to Common Core testing on Tuesday. Astorino said his kids will remain in school but opt out of the test.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said that Common Core standards will wrench local control of classrooms from parents and teachers. Although Astorino has tied the controversial Common Core standards to his rival, Andrew Cuomo, even the governor has criticized the rollout of the testing.
Lawmakers in Albany are debating a budget that would keep Common Core test scores off the transcripts of students from third to eighth grades trough 2018.
However, his planned protest has some Common Core supporters outraged. A pro charter school education reform group called the remarks “shockingly irresponsible.”
“Rob Astorino is shameless; either he doesn’t understand the importance of preparing kids to compete and succeed in the 21st century global economy, or he is purposely trying to stoke fear as a cheap political stunt,” the group Students First NY said in a statement.
Connecticut Residents’ Gun Rights Change Dramatically on April 1 — and It’s No April Fools’Posted March 31, 2014 at 9:12 pm by Jason Howerton
MIDDLETOWN (TheBlaze/AP) – Connecticut State Police are reminding firearms owners that state regulations on long guns will change Tuesday.
Troopers say that beginning April 1, long guns cannot be sold or transferred without one of the following documents: a permit to carry pistols or revolvers, an eligibility certificate for pistols or revolvers or a long gun eligibility certificate.
State police say those documents also will allow people to buy ammunition. Anyone who wants to buy ammunition and not additional firearms will only be required to obtain an ammunition certificate.
Also beginning Tuesday, hunting licenses will no longer be accepted for the purchase of long guns.
All permits and certificates can be applied for at state police headquarters in Middletown.
As TheBlaze has reported extensively, Connecticut’s hastily-passed gun control law made tens of thousands of legal gun owners technically guilty of committing felonies overnight. The law requirers owners of semi-automatic rifles classified as so-called “assault weapons” to register their guns and high-capacity magazines.
That part of the law officially went into affect on the first day of 2014.
The state estimates there are still thousands of gun owners who haven’t done so. It’s unclear at this point what action police intend to take — if any — to enforce the law.
The Astonishing Way a Deadly Accurate Sniper Killed Six Taliban Insurgents From 930 Yards… With ONE BulletPosted March 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm by Jason Howerton
A deadly accurate 20-year-old British sniper in Afghanistan managed to kill six Taliban insurgents with just one bullet, The Telegraph reports.
The marksman, a Lance Corporal in the Coldstream Guards, apparently hit a suicide bomber’s trigger switch from 930 yards, causing an explosion that killed him and five of his fellow terrorists.
“Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg (44lbs) of explosives was found nearby,” the report states.
The impressive feat occurred in December, but the details only recently have been revealed. There were reportedly several hundred British and Afghan soldiers conducting an operation when they took on as many as 20 insurgents.
Lt. Col. Richard Slack outlined what exactly happened in an interview with The Telegraph:
“The guy was wearing a vest. He was identified by the sniper moving down a tree line and coming up over a ditch,” said Lt Col Slack. “He had a shawl on. It rose up and the sniper saw he had a machine gun.
“They were in contact and he was moving to a firing position. The sniper engaged him and the guy exploded. There was a pause on the radio and the sniper said, ‘I think I’ve just shot a suicide bomber’. The rest of them were killed in the blast.”
It is understood the L/Cpl was using an L115A3 gun, the Army’s most powerful sniper weapon.
The same British sniper also killed a Taliban machine-gunner from an astonishing 1,465 yards. Oh, and it was his first shot on the tour of duty.
Why a Prominent Libertarian Thinks Rand Paul Would Have a Hard Time Winning in 2016Posted March 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm by Erica Ritz
Kevin D. Williamson is a prominent libertarian who writes for National Review and Politico, among other publications. A little over a week ago, he asserted in Politico Magazine that “Americans hate libertarianism,” even if they don’t realize it at the moment.
Williamson’s article, which centers around Ken. Sen. Rand Paul’s (R) widely speculated presidential ambitions, begins:
Rand Paul’s admirers, and more than a few of his enemies, believe the country is having a “libertarian moment”—from Tea Partiers in Topeka to Silicon Valley techno-separatists who dream of going Galt. We’ve had these moments before, but each time they come and go without the elevation of a libertarian to high office or the advancement of libertarian ideas. There’s a reason for that, and Sen. Rand Paul is just learning why now.
According to Williamson, many Americans today care more about Social Security and minimum-wage hikes than they do about individual liberties. And while they may say they’re in favor of balanced budgets, when questioned about how it should be done, they almost always reject any substantive action, he explained.
“It gets to be, I think, a very difficult road forward for someone like Rand Paul, who is intellectually honest and actually wants to go out there and pursue these policies in a credible way,” Williamson explained on the Glenn Beck Program Monday.
Many have speculated that Paul will run for president in 2016, and while Williamson says Paul could win, his “libertarianism makes it more difficult for him than it helps him in a lot of ways.”
“I think for a long time libertarian-leaning people have done a very poor job of explaining why we believe the things we believe,” he said. “I think as a broader movement we have to talk differently than we do.”
Of the existing field of likely 2016 candidates, Williamson said: “I think [Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker] is a very strong candidate. I think [Texas Sen. Ted Cruz] is a very strong candidate. I think Paul is still a pretty strong candidate, although I think he’s got some difficulties.”
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She Didn’t See the Oncoming Car Because She Was on Her Phone. Russian Dashcam Captured the Horrifying Outcome.Posted March 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm by Jason Howerton
A Russian dashcam captured the horrific moment a woman talking on her cellphone was hit by a car because she failed to look up before crossing. The terrifying footage was later uploaded on YouTube.
In the video, the 33-year-old woman is seen talking on the phone while staring at the ground. An oncoming car is visible as she walks right into its path on a busy road in Syzran, Russia.
The car hit her, sending her flying into the air like a rag doll.
The unidentified woman was rushed to the hospital with a fractured leg and head injuries following the March 25 accident. The Daily Mail reports the woman is believed to be recovering at her home.
Watch the video below (Warning: Graphic!):
Historians’ Explosive Claim: They’ve Found the Holy GrailPosted March 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Billy Hallowell
Spanish historians claim they’ve discovered the 2,000-year-old Holy Chalice, the biblical cup that Jesus Christ used during the Last Supper.
Margarita Torres, a medieval history lecturer at León University and Jose Ortiza del Rio, an art historian, penned a new book claiming that years of research has led them to conclude that Christ’s chalice is somehow inside a medieval goblet that has been on display in Spain for 1,000 years, Daily Mail reported.
Residing inside the Basilica of San Isidoro, a church in Spain that is located on the site of an ancient Roman temple, the goblet — known as the Infanta Dona Urraca — belonged to Queen Urraca, who died in A.D. 1126.
Torres and del Rio’s theory, which they document in their new book, “The Kings of the Grail,” certainly seems wild, though the two say they have evidence from two Egyptian scrolls that corroborates their claims.
Unveiling their findings last Wednesday, the two explained that they found documents referencing the chalice at Cairo’s University of al-Azhar while researching the history if Islamic remains at the Basilica of San Isidoro, the Irish Times reported.
The documents, written in Arabic, reportedly say that Muslims stole the chalice from Jerusalem and that it was given to Christians in Egypt. Then, they claim it was somehow sent to King Fernando I of Castile as a gift, disguised with jewels and other adornments.
The historians admit that they cannot prove the chalice touched Christ’s lips, nor can they pinpoint the first 400 years of its history. That said, they claim to have used a scientific dating method to determine that the chalice was likely made between 200 B.C. and A.D. 100.
“The only chalice that could be considered the chalice of Christ is one which went via Cairo to León, and this chalice did so,” Torres told the Irish Times.
She added, “This is a very important discovery because it helps solve a big puzzle. We believe this could be start of a wonderful stage of research.”
Since news of the purported finding was made last week, the church has had to remove the goblet from display.
The Holy Chalice has long been a focus of interest, with hundreds of parties claiming to have ownership of it. The Valencia Chalice, which is at Saint Mary of Valencia Cathedral, in Spain is just one of the many believed by some to be Jesus’ goblet.
Doubt will most certainly surround this chalice as it has all the others, though the historians remain firm in their contentions.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
Only Advice This Amazing Could Make a Video Go Viral Almost a Year After It Was Put on the InternetPosted March 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm by Jason Howerton
In June of 2013, actor Wil Wheaton was asked by a girl how to deal with being bullied for being a “nerd” by her classmates at school. His response was so good that the video of it is going viral nearly a year after it was recorded at the Denver Comic Con last year.
“When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you,” he said. “It’s not about what you said. It’s not about what you did. It’s not about what you love. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves.”
Wheaton also discussed his own past experiences to relate to the girl, saying he was “called a nerd all the time because I didn’t like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, I thought school was really cool — and it hurt a lot.”
“Because It’s never OK when a person makes fun of you for something you didn’t choose,” he added. “You know, we don’t choose to be nerds. We can’t help it that we like these things — and we shouldn’t apologize for liking these things.”
The video has now been viewed over 800,000 times:
Since the video went viral over the weekend, a woman claiming to be the girl’s mother posted on Reddit that her daughter is no longer being bullied.
“We’ve talked about this moment a lot,” the mother wrote.
Shocking Report: FBI Hunting Recent Army Recruit Believed to Be Planning ‘Fort Hood-Inspired Jihad Against U.S. Soldiers’ – And There Could Be MorePosted March 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm by Jason Howerton
The FBI is looking for a recent Army recruit who authorities believe is planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” Fox News reports. The 902 Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth is also involved in the search.
An alert was recently issued to “inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The report states the source of the information in the alert was listed as an “FBI agent.”
The alert states:
“On 20 March 2014, the Kansas City Division FBI became aware of an individual named BOOKER aka Muhammad Abdullah Hassan who had publicly stated his intention to commit jihad, bidding farewell to his friends and making comments indicating his jihad was imminent. BOOKER had been recruited by the US Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for Basic Training on 7 April 2014. Kansas City Division Agents interviewed BOOKER on 20 March 2014.”
Capt. Ty Balzer, a Marine Corps spokesman, confirmed the authenticity of the alert to Fox News.
“Law enforcement sources familiar with the alert said it appeared to suggest that there may be others in addition to Booker who also might have expressed similar intentions to commit jihad against U.S. military installations,” the report adds.
Read Fox News’ entire report here.
What Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Think of ObamaPosted March 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm by Fred Lucas
Fewer than one-third of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan approve of President Barack Obama’s job performance, and fewer than half think he is a good commander in chief, according to a new survey.
The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation polled 891 current and former service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country. The poll was conducted from August through December of last year though only released Sunday.
According to the results, just 32 percent of Iraq and Aghanistan veterans said they approve of Obama’s job as president.
Meanwhile, 42 percent of respondents said they believe Obama is a “good commander in chief of the military,” while 48 percent said he isn’t. As unpopular as President George W. Bush was, 65 percent believed he was a good commander in chief.
As TheBlaze previously reported, employment for all veterans is higher than the national average, but post-9/11 veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the national average. One of the reasons for this is credentialing for various fields. The Obama administration has sought to address this matter through helping service members use the skills they used in the military as credit toward licensing in civilian life — for instance an Army medic could have an advantage becoming an EMT.
The poll found that just 41 percent though the government is doing a good or excellent job of “meeting the needs of the current generation of veterans.” However, 59 percent thought their personal needs were being met.
On a high note, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans said they would join the military again, so disapproval of the commander in chief doesn’t appear to be prompting anyone to desire to be less enthusiastic about serving.
That enthusiasm about re-enlisting doesn’t mean full confidence in the wars the country has fought for the last decade. A slim majority, 53 percent, said they believe the war in Afghanistan was worth fighting.
On two controversial gender-related issues, those polled seemed to have confidence in the system, with 58 percent supporting women serving in combat rolls and half believing it won’t make a difference. Meanwhile, 54 percent think the military is properly addressing the sexual assault problems.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics)
White House Doesn’t Know How Many Obamacare Enrollees Were Previously UninsuredPosted March 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm by Fred Lucas
On the day of the deadline to sign up for Obamacare, White House press secretary Jay Carney did not know how many people who enrolled were previously without health insurance – a critical fact since one key aspect of the law was to reduce the number of Americans without health coverage.
“In some cases it’s hard to measure this because it’s kind of a counterfactual,” Carney told reporters Monday. After a long explanation, he later added: “So it’s a tough number to measure. But as we get more data, we’re going to provide the data that we get.”
After Obamcare was enacted, a number of Americans with individual plans came forward and said they were notified that they would be losing their health insurance because the plans were not compliant with the federal law.
March 31 is the official deadline for enrolling for a federally approved insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act. However, the Department of Health and Human Services has extended the time for final enrollment to late April for anyone who has already started the process.
The famously troubled healthcare.gov website that crashed the day of its Oct. 1 debut was stopped up again with glitches on the deadline day.
Carney did not have a final number on how many enrolled, but repeatedly said it was “more than 6 million.”
Asked specifically how many of those who signed up were previously uninsured, Carney didn’t have a direct answer.
“What I can tell you is that we expect there to be a good mix of people who were previously uninsured but now have insurance,” Carney said. “Certainly there were a significant number who now qualified for Medicaid in those states that expanded Medicaid who will have insurance who didn’t have it before. In some cases it’s hard to measure this because it’s kind of a counterfactual.”
“Every year prior to ACA, people lost insurance,” Carney continued. “If there had been no Affordable Care Act, that cycle and process would have happened just as it had in every previous year. What would be different is absent the Affordable Care Act they wouldn’t have the options available to them now. So it’s a tough number to measure. But as we get more data, we’re going to provide the data that we get. What we know is that there are going to be more people in this country, in the millions, who have insurance that wouldn’t have it before. And they will security they have not had before. They will have protections that did not exist before. It will be very hard for Republicans and other critics that a better world would be a world in which all those millions of Americans didn’t have health insurance.”
‘I Do Not Do That!’: In Fiery Rant, Rush Limbaugh Issues Challenge to NPR Guest HostPosted March 31, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Oliver Darcy
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Monday issued a challenge to an NPR guest host after the host accused him of using racially derogatory language “many times” on his program.
Host Todd Zwillich excused Stephen Colbert for his controversial tweet last week, contending on his public radio program “The Takeaway” that the comedian was simply mocking Limbaugh when he made the remark.
According to the NPR guest host, “Stephen Colbert, doing what he often does, was actually echoing Rush Limbaugh, who has many times on his show, and without irony, referred to Asians with the ching-chong, or a ding-dong, or some kind of ethnically stupid angle like that. He was sort of doing Limbaugh.”
“Exactly,” another guest echoed on the NPR program.
Limbaugh then issued a challenge to Zwillich.
“Don’t you just love these erudite, sophisticated liberals talking about this?” Limbaugh asked.
“I don’t know what they’re talking about,” he continued. “‘Many times on my show, and without irony, referred to Asians with the’ – I do not do that! And I would invite them to go find all of these ‘many times’ on the program.”
(H/T: The Daily Caller)
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Hot List: Memorable Times Pope Francis Has Gone Viral!Posted March 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm by Amy Holmes
Amy Holmes takes a look at what “The People’s Pope” has been up to:
He Admits to Doing Something Unthinkable to His 3-Year-Old Daughter… But He Isn’t Going to JailPosted March 31, 2014 at 5:08 pm by Jason Howerton
A wealthy heir from du Pont, Del., will serve no time in jail for raping his 3-year-old daughter because a Superior Court judge claimed in 2009 that he “will not fare well” in prison and should instead get probation and treatment, new court documents reveal.
Judge Jan Jurden’s 2009 sentencing for Robert H. Richards IV has resulted in new controversy. The judge reportedly said he considered the “unique circumstances” when settling on the man’s punishment for fourth-degree rape. The maximum penalty would have been 15 years in prison.
A lawsuit filed by Richards’ ex-wife accuses him of sexually abusing his infant son between 2005 and 2007, during the same time he was sexually abusing his daughter when she was only 3 years old. Police said they investigated allegations about sexual abuse of the boy but didn’t find enough evidence to charge him with additional crimes.
More from the report:
According to the arrest warrant filed by a New Castle County Police Detective JoAnna Burton in December 2007, the girl, then 5, told her grandmother, Donna Burg, that Richards sexually abused her.
Burg said the child reported that her father told her it was “our little secret” but said she didn’t want “my daddy touching me anymore.” The girl said her father molested her in the bedrooms of her mother and brother in the mansion at 10 Summit Lane near Winterthur Museum, the arrest warrant said.
Tracy Richards, who confronted her then-husband, told police he admitted abusing his daughter but said “it was an accident and he would never do it again,” the warrant said.
The judge’s “observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said,” The News Journal reports. “Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.”
Many prosecutors and attorneys reportedly consider Jurden a tough sentencing judge.
Others have speculated that the case might make outside observers wary about “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system,” Delaware Public Defender Brendan J. O’Neill told the publication.
Read the full report here.
D.C. Businessman Whose Home Was Raided in Gun Charge Says Prosecutors Lied About Him to His NeighborsPosted March 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm by Erica Ritz
Antique gun collector Mark Witaschek has been at the center of a legal controversy in Washington, D.C. that has spanned roughly two years. His story made national news after his home was raided by more than 30 police officers in full tactical gear searching for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts.”
Witaschek says he and his girlfriend were handcuffed and had guns pointed at their heads, and his son was yanked out of the shower and treated similarly.
Speaking on TheBlaze Radio Network Monday with Buck Sexton, Witaschek said the objects that created such a firestorm were “nothing more than pieces of molded lead and copper” that had “no propellant,” and therefore could not be fired.
But that wasn’t all. Witaschek said prosecutors involved with the case even sent a letter to his neighbors saying his home was a “drug and gun-infested neighborhood nuisance.”
They also allegedly told his neighbors to “be aware that their property values were going to decrease as a result of [his] presence in the neighborhood.”
“They essentially spread propaganda about you to your neighbors?” Sexton asked Witaschek in shock. “I’ve never even heard of that! That’s Stalin-esque kind of stuff.”
Witaschek added that when one of the attorneys involved in his case followed up, the prosecutors essentially said they made a mistake but “declined to send out a retraction.”
Last week, a Washington, D.C., judge found Witaschek guilty of “attempted possession of unlawful ammunition.”
The avid collector said it was “maddening” that he had no jury on the trial, and it seemed as though both the prosecutors and the judge knew “almost nothing” about guns. He said he plans to appeal the conviction, and has high hopes for the future.
“So you can go to jail in this country for such a ridiculous set of circumstances without even having a jury of your peers,” Sexton remarked with disdain. “They can just decide that they’re going to — in the ‘People’s Republic of D.C.’ — make an example of someone.”
Listen to the complete audio courtesy of TheBlaze Radio, below:
Kathleen Sebelius May Never Live Down Her Response to Reporter After He Told Her How Unpopular Obamacare Is in OklahomaPosted March 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm by Jason Howerton
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius responded with deafening silence when a KWTV-TV reporter explained to her how unpopular Obamacare is in Oklahoma.
“At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren’t buying into the health care plan, they don’t like Obamacare, and they’ve been pretty vocal about it,” the reporter said. “Now that’s going to be — still continue to be — a tough sell, but we’ll see how that plays out over the coming months.”
There was then a painfully awkward moment of silence as Sebelius apparently decided to ignore the statement completely.
Finally, the reporter spoke up and thanked Sebelius for the interview.
“I think we’ve probably lost sound here or something,” he added.
“I can hear you,” Sebelius replied. “But thanks for having me.”
(H/T: Free Beacon)
‘So Totally Shocked’: Pastor Claims Police Prevented Him From Feeding the HomelessPosted March 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm by Billy Hallowell
New regulations in Birmingham, Ala., are reportedly making it increasingly difficult for churches to feed the homeless.
Consider Pastor Rick Wood of The Lords House of Prayer, a church in Oneonta, Ala., who claims police recently stopped him along with other Christians from feeding the poor in an area park, because they didn’t have a permit, WBMA-TV reported.
Wood said that he was told he’d need permission from the health department with official status as a registered “food truck” if he wanted to feed the homeless in the public park.
“That makes me so mad. These people are hungry. They’re starving,” he said. “They need help from people. They can’t afford to buy something from a food truck.”
While not a food truck in the traditional sense, it appears Wood’s ministry, which delivers food to the poor, might also be governed under new regulations that were adopted by the Birmingham City Council in December.
The new law, which emerged after restaurant owners complained that food trucks were taking business away from them, governs where and when food venders can utilize their trucks to interact with the general public.
In addition to paying between $300 and $500 or a permit, trucks cannot operate within 150 feet of a restaurant and they must only operate during limited hours.
The text of the ordinance mentions nothing of feeding the poor or homeless.
Despite being told he isn’t allowed to feed the poor without abiding by local regulations, Wood said he plans to continue doing what he’s always done.
“I’m just so totally shocked that the city is turning their back on the homeless like this,” the preacher added. “It’s like they want to chase them out of the city. And the homeless can’t help the position they’re in. They need help.”
The public information officer for the Birmingham Police Department declined to speak on the record with TheBlaze about the regulation when reached via phone Monday.
(H/T: Raw Story)
Featured image via WBMA-TV
Here’s Video of NYC Mayor de Blasio Getting Booed Throwing Out First Pitch at Citi FieldPosted March 31, 2014 at 3:22 pm by Oliver Darcy
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed Monday as he delivered the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field.
Wearing a Mets jersey, the liberal mayor was at the ballpark to mark Opening Day between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals.
In a video posted online by the New York Daily News, fans can be heard greeting de Blasio with loud boos:
Fans also turned to Twitter to report the not-so-flattering welcoming:
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