Dec 212011

Homeland Security report details numerous problems arising with a federal program tasked with securing potentially dangerous chemicals, posing a ‘measurable risk’ to the office.

Could Deadly Mutant Virus Fall Into Wrong Hands? Ask your government who is trying to keep virus under wraps

~ Anthrax is a walk in the park compared to this…

Must See Yesterday’s post, click image…

~ So how exactly will they protect us from bio-terror? The following is very unsettling, Strife at U.S. Chemical Security Office Said to Threaten Anti-Terror Work:

A federal program aimed at securing potentially dangerous chemicals is now in jeopardy after being beset by a series of deep-seated problems, including wasteful spending and a largely unqualified workforce that lacks “professionalism,” according to a scathing internal Department of Homeland Security report obtained exclusively by Fox News.

In 2007, Congress established the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, which directs DHS to collect and review information from U.S. chemical facilities to determine whether they present a security risk. It is overseen by the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division — or ISCD.

Read the entire article Beset By Strife at Chemical Security Office, DHS Internal Report Claims Anti-Terrorism Program Now In Jeopardy

* Also See:Vietnamese Bird Flu Cases Spark Concern…China, Vietnam Confirm New Bird Flu Cases

From 2005: Tamiflu is useless

~ I would say you best keep your eye on outbreaks! We have that map right here for you. JUST click the image…

Dec 212011

~ I rarely post the afternoon edition but twitter has been bombarded with warnings for tomorrow for us, so I am letting you know ahead of time, being winter is our second tornado season …

Some of the tweets…

— From AL Storm Chaser:

— Noon-6pm is the Window for strong to severe storms in North Alabama. Winds 60-70 mph will be main threat

— Tornadoes are not out of the question and expect a tornado watch some time mid morning Thursday

— Dangerous Lightning and heavy flooding rains are also possible tomorrow.

From James Spann :

ACTIVE DAY TOMORROW: More short wave energy will impact our state tomorrow, and with surface temperatures rising into the low 70s, and dew points into the low 60s, that will create some pretty decent instability, and set the stage for chance of strong to severe storms tomorrow afternoon into the evening hours. The 12Z NAM/RPM runs actually look a little less impressive for severe weather, but they could very well be underestimating the about of shear and instability available.

The best chance of severe storms in Alabama will be generally west of I-65, from roughly 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. SPC maintains their standard “slight risk” of severe weather for much of North and West Alabama. This is the tail end of our fall tornado season, and we encourage everybody to be in a position to hear severe weather warnings tomorrow in the event they are needed. The storms will move out of the state tomorrow night… see the Weather Xtreme video for more details.

~ And if need be I will be here keeping you updated with a LIVE thread! I post the AM Spann & ABC 33/40 Edition Daily as you know ~ JP

The weather will be quiet tonight, but look out for strong to severe storms tomorrow afternoon

James Spann Nailed With A Snowball Feb 10, 2011. News anchor Dave Baird has a pretty good arm for an old guy :

Dec 212011

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Heckelsberg returns home from deployment and surprises his daughter at daycare: Know that BOTH of her parents are in the military :)

Dec 212011

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a plea deal with a Lebanese immigrant accused of placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago’s Wrigley Field last year.

An attorney for Sami Samir Hassoun said at a hearing today that her client intends to plead guilty on Feb. 14.

Neither side provided details about the plea deal during the hearing, and they declined to comment afterward.

Hassoun had earlier pleaded not guilty, including to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors accuse him of taking a fake bomb given to him by undercover FBI agents, then dropping it in a trash bin near the home of the Chicago Cubs.

See Video Report…


– featured image is Sami’s FB page

Dec 212011

The latest person to sue Casey Anthony is Roy Kronk, the meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains in late 2008 and was then implicated to some extent in the case by her defense.

Kronk is suing Anthony for defamation.

“Casey Anthony, through her attorneys, made statements too numerous to recite,” states the lawsuit filed today by Kronk attorney Howard Marks.

The “false and defamatory” statements involving Kronk, include that he was Caylee’s killer; he is a child snatcher; he is guilty; he played a role in placing the body; he removed the remains; he planted the remains; and “is morally bankrupt, took the body and hid it.”

He becomes the third person or entity currently suing 25-year-old Anthony.

See portion of Zenaida Gonzalez deposition…

Dec 212011

– featured image: Orlando Police Department officers surround an accident scene at the corner of Colonial Driver and Orange Avenue following a car chase through downtown Orlando onTuesday, December 21, 20112 in Orlando, Fla. (Tom Burton, Orlando Sentinel / December 21, 2011)

A suspect who led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Orange County crashed into several vehicles at the busy intersection of Colonial Drive and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando this afternoon.

Within seconds of the crash, numerous patrol vehicles descended on the intersection and deputies with guns drawn approached the suspect vehicle.

One deputy used a baton to break the passenger side window of the suspect vehicle and remove the passenger. That person appeared to be badly injured and was loaded onto a backboard and neck brace.

WESH Channel 2 is reporting that the suspects may have been involved in a robbery earlier today, though that has not been confirmed by law-enforcement.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings also arrived at the scene soon after the crash.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

Dec 212011

” The arrogance of this man has no limits! What about all of the other presidents who actually had the good of the country in mind instead of pushing a socialistic agenda that is dividing the country as is seen today.” — zandanse

— featured image from Sodahead

Dec 212011

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” this morning, where she confirmed that Evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats, president of The Family Leader, called her over the weekend to discuss the future of her candidacy.

Based on Bachmann’s words, it appears that the reported discussion about her potentially dropping out of the race was accurate. In addition to allegedly asking the congresswoman to drop her presidential bid, Vander Plaats also purportedly asked her to get behind either Rick Perry or Rick Santorum.

But Mediaite’s Nando Di Fino reports that Bachmann has no intention of bowing to this call, as she claims she has consistently polled better than either of the candidates she was apparently asked to support.

“I did receive a phone call,” Bachmann said on Fox. “[But] I’ve been polling above the Ricks. There would be no reason for me to drop out.” She made similar comments on CBS’s Early Show, saying, “It didn’t make sense because my numbers have always been above Senator Santorum’s.”

CNN has more corroboration from the Bachmann camp:

“[Bob] Vander Plaats called us on Saturday and asked us to consider the possibility of merging with another candidate,” Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN. “He did not say whether we should be president or vice presidential candidate.”

“And obviously, we didn’t even consider that,” Stewart added. “We said, ‘Why would we do that?’”

~ sources: The Blaze and Mediaite

— featured (Photo by Matthew Putney-Pool/Getty Images)

Dec 212011

~ There have been many calls on Twitter for Biden to retire or resign over this, some coming from news sources. I posted about it here on Nov. 27. Obama may be eyeing Miz Clinton for the 2012 ticket and Obama backing Joe on this guffaw, makes this more inevitable and deliberate IMO. This is no coincidence in this three week time frame my friends. It is being engineered for Clinton to step in. Never has more of a ludicrous statement been made about the taliban. But this is Joe we’re talking about. ~ JP

To back this up from the most liberal Obama rag from Obama and Clinton’s Home Town:

Hillary to the rescue? That rumor-theory-speculation-spin-Hail Mary pass has been circulating around the political hustings for the last year.

The Washington mouths are blabbering that Vice President Joe Biden will take a political bullet for his president and step off the 2012 presidential ticket. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama’s archrival-turned-secretary of state, is tired of the international fly-arounds and serving as red meat for America’s attack dogs.

She could step off the world stage and into the vice presidential nomination. It’s a way, some political soothsayers say, to rekindle that old “black” magic.

The allure of an Obama-Hillary ticket

~ And this from Longtime Washington reporter Bob Woodward:

The possibility of a Barack Obama- Hillary Clinton presidential ticket in 2012 was “on the table,” but the White House is shooting down that idea.

Obama-Clinton Ticket in 2012?

U.S. has been in negotiations with them for a year!…

Critics Want Biden Off 2012 Ticket After Taliban Gaffe ~ Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder weighs in…

— featured image by Freaking News: