N.M. Air Guard's new mission detailed

From KRQE.com - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The new mission of New Mexico's Air National Guard firmed up Monday as flying fighter jets yields to new duties involving search-and-rescue training, intelligence and engineering. The announcement came during a news conference led by Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.
Initial manpower for the 150th Fighter Wing will remain at about 1,000 personnel with those whose jobs are changing given the chance to retrain for new assignments. Some pilots who flew F-16 fighter jets have left the unit, but others already are working to qualify on specialized C-130 aircraft used in search-and rescue training. The C-130 is a four-motor propeller craft originally designed as a cargo plane but adapted to numerous uses over the years. "It will be a significant change for the air crew," Col. Frederik Hartwig, commander of they 150th Fighter Wing, said. "Not quite as big a change for the maintainers. Some of that will still be quite similar." Read more

GOP Abandons Tea Party and Unanimously Passes Food Safety Bill

From thehill.com Tonight we unanimously passed a measure to improve on our current food safety system by giving the FDA the resources it needs to keep up with advances in food production and marketing, without unduly burdening farmers and food producers,” he said. The legislation is a high priority for Reid and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). More here 10 Biggest Lies about the Food Safety Bill here

FCC Gets Votes to Pass "Net Neutrality Rules"

From wsj.com The top communications regulator won support to pass contentious new rules for Internet traffic, a move likely to face legal challenges and create uncertainty about Internet regulation. The Federal Communications Commission is set to approve on Tuesday Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed rules governing net neutrality—a concept aimed at preventing Internet providers from interfering with web traffic. More here

"The System Worked" Iranian American Boards Plane With Loaded Gun

From redstate.com Now comes the news that a man in Houston boarded a plane with a loaded pistol despite having gone through the TSA screening process. Said the gun owner: Houston businessman Farid Seif says it was a startling discovery. He didn’t intend to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of Houston and can’t understand how TSA screeners didn’t catch it. “I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif said. “It’s a .40 caliber gun. More here

Al Sharpton Meets With FCC to Plan Public Hearing For Rush Limbaugh

From gatewaypundit.com Race hustler Al Sharpton and members of his radical Nation Action Network are meeting with FCC officials to plan show trial hearings for Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives for “racist hate speech.” Sharpton talked about his meetings with the FCC on Tom Joyner’s Show last week. Video and more here

Another Dozen Would-Be Terrorists Arrested in London

Washington Times - LONDON (AP) — In the biggest anti-terrorist sweep in nearly two years, British police on Monday netted a dozen men accused of plotting a large-scale terror attack on targets inside the United Kingdom. The raid was thought to be linked to U.K. targets only and not part of a larger threat to other European countries, security officials said. Police who swooped in on the men's houses early in the morning were unarmed, suggesting any planned attack was not imminent and the suspects were not believed armed. Police were criticized heavily in 2006 when they shot an unarmed suspect in a similar counterterrorism raid. Only a fraction of Britain's police officers are armed. Read full story here:

The Day After the Fire

Jim Spence
Eight years ago yesterday our house was virtually destroyed by an electrical fire in our son's bedroom. What follows is an account of the day after. The first thing we did was meet the fire investigators at the house so they could show us how they had determined the origin of the fire. As we drove up to the driveway of the house we began to gain a sense of the destruction. Soot from the fire had deposited itself above the side door entrance to the house. It was a black layer that was baked into the stucco from the top of the door to the top of the exterior of the house nearly sixteen feet off the ground.
As we approached, we saw that the side door was covered in a black oily film. We would become very familiar with that black oily substance in the weeks and months ahead. When we entered the house we were expecting the worse. We got it. The place gave us the same feeling we would have gotten if we had encountered the dead body of a friend of the family. It was dark in the house because all of the windows were coated with oily soot. One of the first things the fire department did was cut off the electricity and gas. There were no lights to turn on to get a better look but we could see as well as we wanted to see. We had just re-painted and installed new carpeting throughout the home the previous summer. There was at least ¾ of an inch of standing water in most of the front of the house. The carpet was a gray paste from the ash. Read full story here:


OK, I got the Christmas Lights up

Whew! That was hard work

Thanks Charlie

Florida Record Freeze Kills Sea Animals

From gatewaypundit.com The record cold in Florida is killing millions of sea creatures that are washing up on shore. NBC 2 reported: Sanibel Island’s Lighthouse Beach is covered with thousands of dead sea creatures that washed ashore because of the cold weather. Sea urchins, sea sponge, sea worms and stone crabs litter the beach for several miles. Marine life experts say the temperatures have been dropping 10 to 15 degrees, which sends the sea creatures into shock. They can’t hold onto the gulf floor and the waves wash them ashore. They are alive when they wash ashore, but they die in the cold air Video here