I’ve shared music from these guys before over at GOPTN, but I figured it was time to bring Walker McGuire here as well. It’s been one hell of a week in the news world, so I’m thinking a little music may be just the remedy for the reallyfrigginawful midweek news clusterfark blues. This was their first radio appearance – with Big D and Bubba. That’s country radio, folks.
I rarely share conspiracy theory nonsense here or elsewhere, but I came across a rather interesting piece over at Info Wars Wednesday night and thought about it into the evening and early Thursday. Seemingly incapable of getting past it, I figured if a sensible and cynical chap like me found it to be interesting, maybe others would as well.
Truth be told, I’m not sure the whole “conspiracy theory” label is really accurate. Perhaps, just odd coincidence or peculiar circumstance is more fitting.
Okay, scratch that.
We’ve been told since the first reports of the Boston Marathon bombing that there were no specific threats related to the event… so there was no need for a heightened level of security.
Well how do we explain photos of Navy SEALs at the finish line – captured near the blast site?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming a vast government conspiracy or even cover-up. What am I suggesting is that it’s really frigging strange that Navy SEALs would be hanging around just before bombs went off in a crowded area. They don’t appear to be there as “spectators”; so what’s the reason for their presence? Why haven’t we heard about them in any of the press briefings?
Of course, they may not be SEALs. If so, are they not suspect number one and number two?
I’m sure there’s an easy explanation. I’m just not sure we’ll ever get it.
A fertilizer plant explosion rocked a Texas town Wednesday night leaving countless dead or injured and leaving a town in utter chaos. Images of fireballs and plumes of smoke billowing out of a Texas fertilizer plant instantly sent a sense of horror racing down my spine as I first caught a glimpse of the massive explosion that devastated the town of West just north of Waco Wednesday night. Could it be terrorism? If not, then what? Terrible accident? I couldn’t help but pray for the latter. Does an accident make the tragedy any less, well… tragic?
I suppose by the morning we’ll have a better sense of things – what caused the explosion and the total casualty count. I look forward to neither. Early reports are that as many as 70 are feared dead and hundreds more injured. With daylight, I’d expect that number to grow along with a sense of the destruction.
According to reports, firefighters were originally called to the plant to put out a “small fire” around 7 p.m. and were present when the explosion occurred just under an hour later. Nearby buildings and homes were toppled and the damage extended far beyond the limits of the plant.
CBS DFW: Emergency crews from central and north Texas have been called in to help respond to the injuries and destruction from the explosion. Into the early morning hours Thursday the plant was still smoldering and active ingredients were still inside. The situation is still too volatile to have firefighters try and battle any flames.
Trooper D.L. Wilson of the Texas Department of Public Safety estimates that as many as 75 homes were severely damaged and an apartment complex with 50 units was gutted by the blast. West EMS Director Dr. George Smith said, ““We’ve got a lot of houses on one street especially there that look like a war zone. They’ve been collapsed, so there may be people inside those houses, either critically injured or deceased.
Video of the explosion was captured by an onlooker videotaping the fire at the plant. If you need a sense of how massive this explosion was, this video is all that you will need…
From the Associated Press via Drudge: The explosion at West Fertilizer in West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened shortly before 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north. It sent flames shooting high into the night sky and rained burning embers, shrapnel and debris down on shocked and frightened residents.
A member of the city council, Al Vanek, said a four-block area around the explosion was “totally decimated.” Other witnesses compared the scene to that of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and authorities said the plant made materials similar to that used to fuel the bomb that tore apart that city’s Murrah Federal Building.
Sarah Palin has reportedly inked a new book deal with HarperCollins. No, she’s not ranting about the “lamestream media” or the “nanny state” – at least not directly. This book’s about the “war on Christmas” and the rise of secularism in our country.
NY DAILY NEWS: The former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor has a deal with HarperCollins for “A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas,” scheduled for November. HarperCollins announced Monday that the book will criticize the “over-commercialism” and “homogenization” of Christmas and call for a renewed emphasis on the religious importance.
“Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored,” Palin said in a statement released through her publisher. “This will be a fun, festive, thought provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas.”
People are going to be quick to pile on Palin – A) Because that’s what people do; B) Because it’s fun; C) Because it’s easy; and D) Because picturing Sarah Palin as a religious crusader is…well, odd.
For what it’s worth, I say good for her. This country needs someone willing to stand up against the “over-commercialization” of Christmas…
So, I think it’s great that this book’s going to hit bookstore shelves… right before Christmas.
What do you think? File this one away in the “bout damn time” box?
ABC NEWS: At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.
“Lines have been drawn before and they’ve been passed,” Kerry said. “That’s why the president has been so definitive this time. This is a very challenging moment with great risks and stakes for everybody because the region will be far less stable and far more threatened if Iran were to have a nuclear weapon.”
Kerry sat down with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in Qatar as his first overseas trip as President Obama’s secretary of state wound down.
Kerry said the threat extends beyond the possibility that Iran could actually use the weapon on its enemies, specifically Israel. Iran simply having a nuclear weapon would “spur a nuclear arms race” in the region and could be used to support terrorists groups like Hezbollah, he said.
The secretary warned that despite last week’s negotiations in Almaty between the United States, it’s allies and Iran, which he called “useful,” time for Iran to cooperate is running out.
“If they keep pushing the limits and not coming with a serious set of proposals or prepared to actually resolve this, obviously the risks get higher and confrontation becomes more possible,” he said.
[Iran simply having a nuclear weapon would "spur a nuclear arms race" in the region and could be used to support terrorists groups like Hezbollah, he said.]
Hasn’t that been the token Republican position for the last 18 months? Maybe I’m missing something here, but it does seem rather odd that Kerry’s been on the job for a matter of weeks and he’s already drawn this conclusion? Hillary was in this post for four years and couldn’t move the Obama administration in this direction. What’s changed? Is Kerry the news “Hawk” in this administration? If so, where’d that come from; and what does that say about Hillary’s chances in 2016? She immediately looks soft on Iran and suspect on her view of our relationship with Israel.
I have to first state that I do not condone this kind of behavior. But because no one appeared to be hurt, I don’t feel bad admitting that it is hilarious on at least a dozen or so levels. The screen grab hardly does it justice. The woman in the blue “skinny jeans” (I use the word loosely) throws a table, dodges a chair, catches a chair, and then throws it back at a group of men… all while holding on to her purse and pulling up her low-rise pants.
In terms of context, I have absolutely no idea what is going on here. Judging by the “uniform” red/white baseball t’s, I’m guessing a fraternity function gone wrong? But that’s pure speculation. The skate rink DJ in the background telling people to leave does provide some evidence that a “dance” or something like that was intended; but who really knows? And because things clearly went to hell, said skate rink DJ also provides a bit of background noise that seems strangely calm considering the situation.
These people are throwing tables, folks. And it looks to be guys versus girls. Well girls, and the Incredible Hulk in the not-so-skinny jeans. And the DJ’s all like “Free Skate Everyone. Free Skate. Let’em Roll.”
That’s right, this wild brouhaha started at a fashion show, something called the NC Awards Ball in Charlotte, N.C. But the absurdity of a contestant supposedly taking issue with a judge’s decision escalating into dodgeball-with-furniture was all too quickly trumped by the sight of a large, incensed woman quickly clearing the contents of a banquet table and chucking it across the room at her combatants — without so much as dropping her purse. Then she manages to make a one-handed grab of one of the three folding chairs thrown back at her. The rest of the mayhem and NSFW narration is anticlimactic, except maybe the videographer telling our heroine, “Mama, you was not playing with that table!” [Source]