The Return of the Sweater Vest
May27

The Return of the Sweater Vest

In 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum emerged from a crowded field of candidates from the Republican primary season to challenge Mitt Romney for the nomination. The field included a black man who was an early conservative favorite (Herman Cain) and luminaries Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, and even a Paul – Congressman Ron, not Senator Rand. After numerous implosions, both due to internal personality issues and Romney Super-PAC...

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Seven Top FIFA Officials Among 14 Arrested on Corruption Charges
May27

Seven Top FIFA Officials Among 14 Arrested on Corruption Charges

#FIFA CORRUPTION CHARGES:  Seven top FIFA officials, including vice president Jeffrey Webb, were arrested in Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on bribery charges. Kudos to America for finally taking down Sepp Blatter who ran FIFA like a Don. Too bad he wasn’t one of the officials arrested this morning. Julio Rocha, president of the Nicaraguan Football Federation; Jose Maria Marin, vice-president of the Brazil Football Federation; and...

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Urban American Post-Baltimore
May26

Urban American Post-Baltimore

As most readers of TMV know, four weeks ago in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray death, the city of Baltimore experienced a series of riots which included significant property damage, the arrest of several hundred protestors and the mobilization of the Maryland National Guard. This morning, a new round of peaceful protest was initiated by a local pastor which shut down parts of I-95 and I-395 because of the budget decision by Maryland...

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State Must Do a ‘Rolling’ Release of Clinton E-mails (Updated)
May19

State Must Do a ‘Rolling’ Release of Clinton E-mails (Updated)

Update: During a campaign event in Iowa this afternoon, Hillary Clinton took a few questions from the media. On the e-mail issue, Clinton said, according to a rough transcript by ABC News: …as I have said repeatedly, I want those emails out. Nobody has set a bigger interest in getting them released and I do. I respect the State Department they have their process that they do for everybody not just for me. But anything that they might...

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Nepal: Marine Helicopter Found (Updates)
May16

Nepal: Marine Helicopter Found (Updates)

Update III: Nepalese special forces, U.S. Marines, and Air Force pararescuemen have been inserted near the wreckage site and have discovered eight separate sets of remains, but these have yet to be positively identified. The cause of the accident has not been determined yet. DOD: The aircraft belonged to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, from Camp Pendleton, California and arrived in Nepal directly from Exercise Balikatan...

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BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial
May15

BREAKING: Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombing, in which twin blasts rocked the race’s crowded downtown finish line, killing three spectators, including an 8 year old boy who Tsarnaeve stood behind for more than a minute before taking off to avoid the blast. 260 others were injured — some horrifically — in the blasts. NBC NEWS: A jury in Boston voted to...

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‘No Recollection Of The Incident’
May14

‘No Recollection Of The Incident’

The lawyer for Brandon Bostian, the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, said that Bostian has “absolutely no recollection of the incident or anything unusual,” and does not have any explanation for what might have caused the crash. The train, which was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, crashed Tuesday night...

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Brandon Bostian Identified as Engineer in Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment
May13

Brandon Bostian Identified as Engineer in Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment

Brandon Bostian identified as engineer in deadly Amtrak train crash, Abid Gilani among victims. Brandon Bostian has been identified as the engineer in the deadly Amtrak train crash that left seven dead and 200 hospitalized. Abid Gilani has been identified as another train crash victim. He was an executive with Wells Fargo. Among the deceased are Jim Gaines and Naval Academy student Justin Zemser. The Amtrak train was going 106 mph...

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Deadly Amtrak train was traveling twice the speed limit, analysis reveals
May13

Deadly Amtrak train was traveling twice the speed limit, analysis reveals

An analysis by The Associated Press of surveillance video just before the deadly crash of an Amtrak train indicates it was traveling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit was only 50 miles per hour. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash that killed 7...

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Navy Strike Fighter Crashes in Arabian Gulf – Crew Members OK
May12

Navy Strike Fighter Crashes in Arabian Gulf – Crew Members OK

From U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs: MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — A U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 crashed at 1:30 p.m. (GMT), today, shortly after launching from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) operating in the Arabian Gulf. The two personnel aboard the strike fighter ejected from the aircraft, survived the crash and were quickly...

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Texas Conspiracy Theorists
May12

Texas Conspiracy Theorists

There are crazies all over the nation, but Texas has to take the cake, as the state government is acceding to the demands of its crazies and perhaps believing some of the conspiracy theories themselves. This is related to the planned U.S. military training exercise called “Jade Helm 15 which will be taking place in parts of Texas as well as the rest of the Southwest and California. It should also be remembered that there are...

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US Military Bases Step Up Security Over ISIS
May08

US Military Bases Step Up Security Over ISIS

U.S. military installations have been directed to increase their security measures after the Pentagon raised the threat level over concerns that the Islamic State militant group poses a growing danger to personnel. Adm. Bill Gortney signed the order Thursday night that elevated the security threat to the “Bravo” level. It had previously been maintained for...

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Why David Duke Was Never Allowed To Speak
May06

Why David Duke Was Never Allowed To Speak

UPDATED BELOW I’m going to be talking about the worst kind of hate imaginable herein, so those with delicate sensibilities, please be warned: Caveat Lector. Got your attention? Good. Let me tell you a little story from college days, and then I’ll scare hell out of you. David Duke was on the TCU speakers’ list. The lily-white administration realized what it would like for a secesh school (TCU was founded by two...

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ISIS Claims Attack On Texas Exhibit
May05

ISIS Claims Attack On Texas Exhibit

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s shooting attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, which showed depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. In a statement on the group’s Al Bayan radio station, ISIS confirmed that “two soldiers of the caliphate” were responsible for the attack, the Associated Press reported. It did not...

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Six Officers, Including Driver of Prisoner Transport Van, Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death
May01

Six Officers, Including Driver of Prisoner Transport Van, Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed criminal charges against six police officers in the Freddie Gray death case.  A warrant has been issued for the officers’ arrests, with charges going all the way up to second degree murder. She painted a picture of gross negligence and mistreatment by the officers that led to Gray’s death, NY Times reports. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who drove the van, was charged with...

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Updates: Iran Fires at, Boards and Seizes Marshall Islands Cargo Ship – U.S. Navy Destroyer ‘Responding’
May01

Updates: Iran Fires at, Boards and Seizes Marshall Islands Cargo Ship – U.S. Navy Destroyer ‘Responding’

UPDATE May 1: U.S. Navy ships will begin accompanying U.S. commercial ships during their transit through the Strait of Hormuz to ensure they encounter no interference from Iran, according to the Stars and Stripes. The new policy is in response to the seizure earlier this week of the Maersk Tigris. Iran claims the seizure if the cargo ship is because the Maersk shipping line owes Iran money awarded in a lawsuit. The Stripes: The...

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Are Riots The Only Way To Provoke Meaningful Police Reform?
Apr28

Are Riots The Only Way To Provoke Meaningful Police Reform?

This correspondent abhors violence in any form, let alone what is happening on the streets of Baltimore. But he concludes that civil unrest may be the only way to provoke meaningful and lasting police reform, including an end to the rampant brutality that has been part and parcel of policing in Baltimore and too many other big American cities. (It is highly likely that in the very dead Freddie Gray’s case, police took him for...

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Baltimore Riots: ‘It’s Still Total Chaos Out There’ (Guest Voice)
Apr28

Baltimore Riots: ‘It’s Still Total Chaos Out There’ (Guest Voice)

‘It’s Still Total Chaos Out There’ BALTIMORE — The city was burning, and Curtis Moore had to hightail it to work. The 72-year-old lifelong Baltimore resident said he witnessed a mob assaulting white people on Monday night as they looted a shoe store about four blocks from the DoubleTree hotel where he serves as a concierge. “They were assaulting White Anglo-Saxon...

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No Baltimore Riots (Guest Editorial)
Apr27

No Baltimore Riots (Guest Editorial)

No ‘Baltimore riots’ The following editorial is to appear in the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, April 28: ——— Our hearts go out to the family of Freddie Gray, who not only had to bury a loved one but also to cope with the fact that a small number of the thousands who have marched in the streets of...

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‘State Of Emergency’ In Baltimore
Apr27

‘State Of Emergency’ In Baltimore

Maryland’s governor declared a state of emergency Monday evening as clashes in Baltimore turned increasingly chaotic. Gov. Larry Hogan called the National Guard into action and Baltimore police urged parents to get their children off the streets as groups of teenagers wielding bricks, sticks and bottles swarmed parts of downtown. Hogan condemned the looting and...

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