March 5th, 2014
First Coast News/Conservative Refocus
ORANGE PARK, FLA. — The death of a Navy commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park Police Department announced Wednesday.
The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD.
Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate.
Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy.
While in Jacksonville, he was on Temporary Additional Duty orders at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit.
Background Research from Conservative Refocus
Noting that a gifted Navy Commander's death via Homicide as being highly unusual, we decided to probe further into the Commander's background.
The following is what we found:
- Doss completed two combat Mediterranean deployments with Fighter Attack Squadron One Three Seven onboard the aircraft carriers USS Coral Sea (1989) and USS Forrestal (1991).
-Completed two secret counter-drug missions in the Caribbean and South America while stationed onboard USS Connolly (1997/1998).
-Doss was ordered by the Deputy Secretary of the Navy to assist in conducting the Annual Review Boards for suspected enemy-combatants held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
-Doss was charged with interviewing detainees and conducting boards to determine if the detainee in question should be released, transferred to another facility or be recommended for continued detention at Guantanamo Bay.
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted to Doss’ team that he was one of the masterminds behind 9/11.
-Awarded Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Achievement medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (6 awards), the Good Conduct medal (3 awards) and many other unit campaign awards.
- Associate of arts degree from Columbia College, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Florida, a master of business (MBA) degree from Trident University International and is currently a student in a doctor of education program.
March 5th, 2014
A look at Ukraine's military as compared to Russia's (post-invasion) will tell you everything else you needed to know about Obama's plans to drastically cut the US military~From Barry Secrest
March 4th, 2014
A New Jersey honor student suing her parents in a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit had her motions for financial support, including high school tuition payment, denied Tuesday by a judge who said it would set a bad precedent by setting limits on parenting.
Rachel Canning, 18, of Morris Catholic High School, was denied her requests for child support of $654 a week as well as thousands of dollars in attorney fees and immediate reimbursement of her high school tuition.
Morris County Court Judge Peter Bogaard also ruled that Rachel’s parents must keep her on their health insurance policy and keep status quo on all college savings accounts set up for her.
Canning claims her parents threw her out of their Lincoln Park home two days before her 18th birthday in late October, although her parents insist she moved voluntarily.
Canning's father, retired Lincoln Park Police Chief Sean Canning, told The Daily Record of Parsippany that his daughter left home of her own accord because she didn't want to abide by reasonable household rules, such as being respectful, keeping a curfew and doing some chores.
Since moving out, Canning, who has reportedly already been accepted to several colleges, has been living in Rockaway Township with relatives of her best friend. Former Morris County Freeholder John Inglesino is funding the lawsuit, the newspaper reports.
Canning sought to have her parents ordered to immediately pay tuition at Morris Catholic High School, where she is a senior. Her parents have already paid tuition through Dec. 31, but haven’t signed additional checks since Rachel left the family’s home. Administrators at the school have said they won’t kick her out for unpaid 2014 tuition, The New York Post reports.
“This whole thing is just destroying our family,” Sean Canning told The Post. “We love our daughter. She’s our pride and joy. The door is wide open. We want her to come home.”
Canning told the newspaper he and his wife have disagreed on typical family issues.
“I’m a liberal, liberal parent,” he said. “I wish I could have grown up in my house. I was tougher on my cops at work than I’ve ever been at my home, that’s for sure.”
Legal experts told The Post that the rare case, if successful, could evoke similar suits in the future.
“In my 20 years of practicing family law in New Jersey, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Brian Schwartz, chairman of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Family Law Section, told the newspaper.
Jeralyn Lawrence, the incoming Family Law Section chair, said: “This could open the floodgates of recalcitrant kids fighting with their parents, moving out and then suing for them to keep paying.”
Another hearing to decide whether to require her parents to pay for Canning's college tuition is tentatively scheduled for April 22.
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March 4th, 2014
Aside from January 2014, the last time that Niagara Falls froze over was in 1911, must have been global warming then, too....
Isn't it fascinating how the "cult of climate change" expects us to believe that global warming will necessarily present us with record-breaking extremes of both cold, and harsh winter weather?
Not only that, the climate change disciples will then trot out any unusual weather event as sure evidence that global warming is happening, no matter how hot or cold.
But, how do their Cultish theories explain a 100 year-old cold weather record being broken twice in one single year, and in late winter at that?
Story from The UK Daily Mail:
For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over.
The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday's high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill - and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall.
In January, another record-breaking cold front managed to freeze the mighty falls in a 'polar vortex' that turned the cascading water to ice - and affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada.
No thaw is expected anytime soon, as temperatures at the western New York tourist attraction will dip below 0 degrees Fahrenheit Monday night through Tuesday morning.
Indeed, we must necessarily suspend belief in order to successfully cultivate our faith in the Cult of Climate Change's convictions.
March 3rd, 2014
By Jacob Resneck and Kim Hjelmgaard
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine -- A Russian admiral issued an ultimatum to Ukraine's military in Crimea to surrender as Moscow said the crisis can be defused if the country agrees to take back its ousted pro-Moscow president.
Amid rising international tensions, the Pentagon halted all military cooperation with Russia, including exercises and meetings, Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
There were broader economic actions as well. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman's office said it suspended upcoming bilateral trade and investment talks with Russia.
"Due to recent events in Ukraine, we have suspended upcoming bilateral trade and investment engagement with the Government of Russia that were part of a move toward deeper commercial and trade ties," the Froman's office said in a statement.
The Russian warning came as British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday called the standoff in Ukraine the "biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century."
In Washington, President Obama said Russia is "on the wrong side of history'' by intervening in Ukraine. He said he is considering diplomatic and economic steps to isolate Moscow.
"Over time this will be a costly proposition for Russia, and now's the time for them to consider whether they can serve their interests in a way that resorts to diplomacy as opposed to force," Obama said from the Oval Office.
The U.S. originally estimated that 6,000 Russian troops were dispatched to Crimea, but Ukraine's mission to the United Nations said Monday that 16,000 had been deployed. That stoked fears that the Kremlin might carry out more land grabs in pro-Russian eastern Ukraine.
Vladimir Anikin, a Russian defense ministry spokesman in Moscow, dismissed reports of the ultimatum from Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Aleksandr Vitko as nonsense but refused to elaborate.
Hague, who was speaking to BBC radio from Kiev, said that Russia is now in operational control of Ukraine's Crimean region and Europe and the United States were discussing what actions to take to reverse the occupation. Military actions was not being contemplated, he said.
Four Russian navy ships in Sevastopol harbor were blocking the Ukrainian anti-submarine warship Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych from leaving the dock, waiting for their commanders' responses, spokesman Maksim Prauta said.
Vitko, the Russian admiral, was quoted by Russia's official Interfax news agency as calling on Ukraine forces in Crimea to surrender: "If they do not give up by 5 a.m. tomorrow, there will be a real storm of subdivisions and units of Ukraine's military forces all over Crimea.'' That deadline passed without immediate signs of movement.
Ukraine's interim prime minister in Kiev remained defiant.
"No one will ever give Crimea to anybody," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said at a press conference Monday reported by the Kyiv Post. "We realize that the Russian Federation has its interests but we address Russia: you have no right to protect your interests by violating ours."
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was heading to Kiev in an expression of support for Ukraine's sovereignty.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested the crisis can be defused if Ukraine's parliament returned to a Feb. 21 agreement to let president Viktor Yanukovych stay in office until elections in December -- an unlikely move, since even members of his own party in Parliament voted to oust Yanukovych.
"Instead of a promised national unity government, a 'government of the victors' has been created," said Lavrov, who insisted Russia was in Crimea only to protect the lives of Russians.
Yanukovych fled to Russia after the agreement when it became clear that an opposition movement would not allow him to remain after he presided over the killing of scores of protesters in Kiev. The parliament voted to oust him and hold new elections sooner.
In East Ukraine outside of Crimea, fears grew that Moscow may move troops further into the country as it solidified its hold on Crimea. Kiev said Russian troops and unidentified defense forces sympathetic to Russia controlled all border crossings of Crimea, a key ferry and the two airports.
Gobal leaders issued a joint statement Monday on the increasingly fraught political situation in Ukraine and as geopolitical fears spread to the global investment community.
"We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation's clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia's obligations under the U.N. Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine," the leaders said in the statement.
The USA and other nations have already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit due to be held in Sochi, Russia, in June.
In a bid to reverse a plunge in the ruble — Russia's currency — the Bank of Russia hiked its key interest rate to 7% from 5.5% early Monday. Russia's benchmark Micex index fell as much as 11% and markets across Asia declined sharply. Wall Street is on track to start the week with steep losses.