Nov 242011

“You’ve got such a sparkling personality, you just light up this room,” — “Dancing” judge Len Goodman

Hollywood – J.R. Martinez started out as the least-known member of the “Dancing With the Stars” cast, but as the season went on, America fell in love with the 28-year-old soldier-turned-soap opera star.

Iraq War veteran named Rose Parade grand marshal…

PASADENA, Calif. – The grand marshal for Pasadena’s 123rd Tournament of Roses is a certain crowd pleaser.

Leading the Jan. 2 procession of floats will be J.R. Martinez, the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant, “All My Children” daytime soap opera star and Iraq War veteran seriously burned when his Humvee hit a land mine,

He will also toss the coin before kickoff of the 98th Rose Bowl Game in honor of all wounded military personnel.

The Tournament of Roses Association announcement Tuesday says Martinez is a perfect fit for the “Just Imagine …” parade theme.

Martinez says he’s grateful for the opportunity to share his message of hope and possibility.

Tournament President Rick Jackson says Martinez is an inspiration because of his courage and dedication to helping all Americans facing challenges.

Nov 242011

A number of weapons were discovered in New York’s Zuccotti Park after Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted by the Police Department last week, law enforcement sources tell

Gardeners employed by the park owners, Brookfield Properties, to clean up the mess made by occupiers during their two-month stay discovered various knives, including a large kitchen knife and other potential instruments of violence in flower beds throughout the public space, according to officials.

“We (NYPD) aren’t taking the weapons, building security is,” said a high-ranking officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Security at the Brookfield building across from Zuccotti. They have all the weapons.”

Officials from the NYPD would only confirm that one knife was found buried in a planter on Tuesday. But the haul was believed large enough for Brookfield Security workers to collect them in the real estate company’s headquarters across from the park.

It was not immediately clear what security at Brookfield will do with the weapons. A spokeswoman for the company declined comment.

A court motion related to the clearing of the park filed by Deputy Mayor Cas Halloway last week noted that, “Makeshift items that can be used as weapons, such as cardboard tubes with metal pipes inside, had been observed among the occupiers’ possessions.”

“It was our understanding that the protester may have had a significant number of items that could be potentially used as weapons,” read the statement.

The motion also noted that “knives, mace and hypodermic needles were observed discarded onto the roadway,” after an Oct.1 Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The motion also notes that since the protests began in Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, “approximately 73 misdemeanor and felony complaints and 50 arrests,” have occurred, and a number of repeat and violent offenders were spotted in and around the park.

Requests for comment from City Hall were not immediately returned.


Nov 242011

~ Our United States Military:

Thanksgiving Message from Herman Cain:

Dear Friends,

Expressions of gratitude towards God have been a tradition of Thanksgiving celebrations since the original gathering in Plymouth. As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. So many have sought the refuge and opportunity of our shores because they know that Americans have been blessed with the freedom to speak their minds, worship as they desire and pursue the American dream of a better, more productive and more fulfilling life for themselves and their families.

On this Thanksgiving like many others before them, we give special thanks for our men and women in uniform – past and present. We thank them for the many sacrifices they have made – including their lives – to protect and defend our American way of life.

May God bless you and your family on this day of thanksgiving.


Herman Cain

Nov 242011

Russia’s Cold War-style Ultimatum for U.S.

MOSCOW – President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will aim its missiles at the U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington fails to address Russian concerns on its missile defense plans.

Medvedev said that Russia will deploy missiles in its westernmost Kaliningrad region and other areas if Russia and NATO fail to reach a deal on the U.S.-led missile defense plans.

He also said in a televised statement Wednesday that Moscow may opt out of the New Start arms control deal with the United States and halt other arms control talks if the U.S. proceeds with its plans to deploy its missile shield in Europe.

Russia considers the U.S. shield as a threat to its nuclear forces.