Search Continues for Missing US Cargo Ship El Faro Caught in Hurricane Joaquin … 28 Americans Aboard Cargo Ship
The search continues for the missing US flagged cargo ship El Faro which left Jacksonville, Florida, en route to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. According to accounts, at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard said it received notification that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list as the ship was caught in the middle of Hurricane Joaquin. There has been no communication with the ship since. There are 33 crew members aboard the cargo ship, 28 of which are Americans that is currently lost at sea.
Search crews are continuing to look for a U.S. cargo ship caught in Hurricane Joaquin, one day after a life ring from the ship was found.
U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force planes and helicopters are looking for the El Faro across a broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean around Crooked Island today. They resumed their efforts at first light.
The U.S. Coast Guard found a life ring Saturday – the first trace of El Faro. The discovery serves as validation that search crews are in the right area.
Two additional life rings have been found, the Coast Guard said, but it’s unclear if they belonged to the ship.
The 790-foot cargo ship vanished 72 hours ago, near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. The ship is carrying 28 U.S. citizens, as well as five Polish nationals.
El Faro was traveling from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico as Joaquin churned over the Atlantic Ocean. The ship sent a distress signal at 7:20 a.m. Thursday saying it had lost electricity, was taking on water and listing at 15 degrees.
Search-and-rescue crews found three life rings in waters to the northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas, about 75 miles (120 km) from the ship’s last known position before it went missing, the Coast Guard said on Sunday.
The Coast Guard confirmed that one of the life rings was from the El Faro.
“Because we found a life ring doesn’t tell us anything more than that we are searching in the right area,” said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Bobby Nash.
The Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force sent out four C-130 search and rescue planes at dawn on Sunday, and at least one Coast Guard ship was headed to the area, Nash said.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Launched Campaign to Become House Speaker (VIDEO) … “I think the American Public wants to see a Change.”
A NOTE TO THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT … IT IS THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE!!!
As reported at The Politico, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-R) has officially launched a campaign to become the next Republican Speaker of the House. He is currently the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman. Rep. Chaffetz said this morning on Fox News Sunday, “I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start. You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Chaffetz described himself as well-positioned to “bridge the divide” between the establishment and conservative factions of the Republicans in the House.
Majority Leader McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner. But isn’t he just a continuation of the GOP establishment problem? If Republicans in the House make McCarthy the next Speaker, it will just show they are tone deaf and refuse to listen to the people they claim to represent. Who ever becomes the Speaker better damn well use the power of the purse and defend GOP principles and understand why they were put there by We the People.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz has officially launched his dark-horse campaign for House speaker, arguing he’s a better choice to unite the fractious Republican conference and that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy lacks the communication skills and credibility with conservatives needed to succeed in the top leadership job.
In a lengthy interview with POLITICO in his Capitol Hill office this weekend, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee predicted that opposition from conservatives will block McCarthy from securing the 218 votes he needs to be elected on the House floor later this month – and so Chaffetz is pitching himself as an alternative.
“There are very few people who can win the support of our hardcore conservatives and yet be palatable to our more moderate members,” he said. “The question is who can help unite the party and bridge the divide and I hope they see me as the person that will give everyone a fair shake.”
McCarthy has broad support within the House Republican Conference and remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). And it’s unclear how much support Chaffetz can actually garner. Chaffetz, who remarked that he’s “comfortable with losing,” would not say whether he has any pledged supporters.
But until now, McCarthy faced only token opposition in Florida Rep. Daniel Webster; Chaffetz, by contrast, is the head of a major committee and a respected figure among the rank-and-file. At the very least, the Utah Republican’s last-minute entry complicates McCarthy’s path and highlights the uneasiness with which the centrist Californian is viewed among the most conservative members of the GOP conference.
“I think the American public wants to see a change. They want a fresh start,” Mr. Chaffetz said on Fox News Sunday. “You don’t just give an automatic promotion to the existing leadership team, that doesn’t signal change. I think they want a fresh face and a fresh new person who’s actually there at the leadership table in the speaker’s role.”
Mr. McCarthy stumbled in the past week when he suggested a panel formed to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks had achieved a political victory in causing Hillary Clinton’s approval rating to sink. The comments gave Democrats fodder to say that the panel is a politically motivated attempt to discredit Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who was secretary of state at the time of the attacks.
Republicans have long said that their only motivation for years of hearings was to uncover the truth behind what happened when an attack on an outpost in Libya killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Mr. Chaffetz said Thursday that Mr. McCarthy should apologize for the comments.
I will say this to Rep. Chaffetz, you are 100% incorrect when you gave political platitudes to Rep. McCarthy, “We owe Kevin McCarthy a lot; he is a major reason we enjoy the majority, with the strongest numbers we’ve had since the 1920s.” WHAT!!! NONE OF YOU IN THE GOP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT … YOU WERE GIVEN THE MAJORITY AND INCREASING NUMBERS BY CONSERVATIVES AND THE TEA PARTY!!! Unless, you are saying such because you lied to Republicans by saying a GOP majority in the House would defund and end Obamacare, reduce the deficit, and defund liberal immoral programs like Planned Parenthood, then yes you are a reason.
An Endangered Alert has been issued for 2 year old Rainn Peterson who has been missing since Friday, October 2, 2015 in North Bloomfield, Ohio. According to Trumbull County authorities, the toddler went missing at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday and was last seen at 7759 State Route 45 in North Bloomfield. The missing 2 year old’s grandparents reported her missing stating the toddler just wandered off. The authorities have searched the woods and are also questioning sex offenders in the area.
Rainn Peterson was reported missing by her grandparents. She was wearing a purple long sleeved shirt, gray pants and multi-colored pink and lime green shoes.
Missing from: North Bloomfield, Ohio
Missing since: 10/2/2015
Missing age: 2
Current age: 2
Date of birth: 8/19/2013
Height: 3 ft 0 in.
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: BrownTrumbull County 911 Supervisor Eric Luketic said Rainn was last seen at 7759 State Route 45 in North Bloomfield.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Trumbull County Dispatch Center at (330) 675-2730.
UPDATE I: Search Continues for Missing Toddler.
Saturday morning just after 10, Trumbull County Sheriff deputies told FOX 8 they have called off their search for the missing toddler..
Altiere says the search is still on for the child who was last seen at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the State Route 45 home of her great grandmother, who authorities say has temporary custody of the little girl.
The Sheriff says he is talking with the great grandparents inside the church and that they have been very cooperative.
Altiere says that Rainn’s Mother, Brandi Bennett was out with a friend at the time of the disappearance.
That differs with what Bennett, told 21 News Friday night when she said she was at work and her grandmother was watching her three children. The great grandmother was upstairs doing the dishes. She called for the children to come up for dinner but, Rainn was nowhere to be found.
Bennett says her two sons, ages 3 and 4, said that Rainn had gone upstairs but, the grandmother never saw her.
“We can’t find her anywhere. We looked everywhere, in the house, outside and I just hope that if anyone finds her they please call us as soon as possible because she is two years-old and she’s little and she’s out there all alone,” said Bennett.
More than half a dozen cruisers from the Sheriff’s Department were at the great grandparents home for most of the morning. Some of the cruisers left the house shortly after 9:30 a.m.
MORE BAD NEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN …
As reported at NBC News, a C-130 transport plane crashed while taking off in Afghanistan killing 13 people abord the plane, including 6 American service men. The terrible incident took place shortly after midnight local time (3:19 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airfield. The Taliban has claimed that they shot the plane out of the sky; however, U.S. Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman, spokesman for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing dismissed the claim, saying that “it is with high confidence that we can say it does not appear that enemy fire was involved.” Well, it didn’t just crash on its own … what happened?
Six American service members were among 13 people killed early Friday when a U.S. C-130 transport plane crashed while taking off in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight local time (3:19 p.m. ET) at Jalalabad airfield, coalition spokesman U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said.
Six of the dead were U.S. service members that were the crew of the aircraft. The other victims were five civilian contractors, who were passengers, and two Afghan civilians who were killed on the ground, Tribus said.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman, spokesman for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, told The Associated Press the the Super Hercules aircraft crashed “shortly after take-off wholly within the airfield.”
The civilian contractors were working with “Resolute Support,” the NATO-led mission to train and advise Afghan security forces. It follows the military mission in Afghanistan after combat operations ended at the end of 2014.
A cause for the crash has not been determined.
- With the declining ratings of broadcast and cable TV, will viewers flocking to DVR and online content mean the end of TV like we knew it?
Oregon Shooting: 10 Dead Including Gunman at Umpqua Community College (Update: Gunman ID’d as Chris Harper Mercer)
Following the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 10 people are dead, including the gunman. According to accounts of the mass shooting, the gunman specifically targeted individuals who were Christians. As reported at CNN, the gunman asked whether individuals were Christians stating, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second. And then he shot and killed them.” The shooter has been identified as 26 year old Chris Harper Mercer. The gunman was killed in a gun battle with police after officers responded to the scene at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg just before 10:40 AM.
Ten people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, forcing the nation to face yet another mass shooting.
Seven other people were injured, and the shooter is dead, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters. Earlier estimates had put the number of people hurt much higher.
Multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. Investigators have interviewed members of his family and friends, they said.
“I will not name the shooter,” Hanlin said. “I will not give him the credit he probably sought.”
Authorities credited a quick response by law enforcement for keeping the death toll from climbing higher.
A law enforcement official said the shooter had body armor with him and was heavily armed, with a large amount of ammunition — enough for a prolonged gunfight.
Hanlin said tactical teams and bomb squads had cleared the buildings on campus and were working to clear hundreds of vehicles parked on campus.
UPDATE I: Shooter asks students their religion.
The shooter at Umpqua Community College on Thursday asked people to state their religion and then started firing, one student said.
Kortney Moore, an 18-year-old, told the News Review she was sitting in her writing class when a bullet blasted through the window. She saw her teacher shot in the head then noticed that the shooter was in the classroom.
Moore said the shooter told people to get on the ground. He then asked people to stand up and state their religion but started firing anywhere. She was on the ground next to people who’d been shot.
UPDATE II: Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer — What We Know.
Former acquaintances and social-media postings paint a picture of 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer — who was killed in a firefight with police at Umpqua Community College — as a withdrawn young man who spent a lot of time on the Internet.
Public records show that one person of that name was born in Los Angeles County in 1989. Police declined to confirm the shooter’s identity late Thursday, in an attempt to not “glorify” the actions of the gunman behind a rampage that left 10 dead and seven others wounded.
Investigators said it was too soon to identify a motive, though Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told NBC’s TODAY he wasn’t aware of any “specific red flags” for the shooter.
“He is a local resident and I know personally I haven’t heard of any warning signs coming from this person,” Hanlon said.
A MySpace page that appeared to be linked to the shooter featured Mercer holding what appeared to be a rifle while several other postings were sympathetic to the Irish Republican Army and featured masked gunmen and logos.
Barack Obama & MSM Wrong Again on Russia: Obama to Romney During Presidential Debate … The Cold War Is Over
So who remembers this exchange between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential debates?
FLASHBACK … During the debate Obama mocked Romney in a condescending tone, that it was just a few months ago when Romney was asked was was the United States greatest Geo-political threat, Romney said Russia. Obama then responded with the wise-ass comment, “the 1980′s are now calling and asking for their foreign policy back”. Barack Obama stated that the Cold War was over between Russia and the United States. REALLY? The situation between Putin and Obama these days is little very Cold War’ish, isn’t it? Who wants to now admit that Romney was 100% correct and Obama is just a fool looking to just make ignorant, juvenile sound bytes? C’mon LIBS, we are all waiting for the apology.
Hmm, so I wonder what Obama has to say for himself now about Russia? As Obama and Putin are in a pissing contest over Russian planes bombing targets in Syria. Russia and Putin are vehemently defending the Syrian airstrikes and denies targeting U.S. backed rebels as Obama claims just the opposite.
How could a President be so wrong and ignorant on every issue and still get elected by We the People. There are many people to blame for this but ultimately the blame lays at the hands of the America people. Maybe you will pay the hell attention in 2016 before this country is ruined for all times.
215 More Hillary Clinton Emails, Now More than 400, Marked Classified In Latest State Department Email Dump
THE HILLARY EMAIL/PRIVATE SERVER SCANDAL CONTINUES TO GET WORSE AND WORSE ...
The State Department conducted another Hillary Clinton email document dump and low and behold, even more emails marked classified have turned up. According to the Politico, the number of emails now considered classified total more than 400, with three of the 215 newly classified documents marked as SECRET, the middle tier of the national security classification system. But I thought Hillary said she had done nothing wrong? With all of this, how on Earth is this woman still a viable candidate to be President of the United States?
Nothing here folks, I’s a Clinton, what did you expect?
The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while she was secretary of state is showing no signs of easing, as the number of messages now deemed classified doubled with the State Department’s latest release and as more details emerged about the potential vulnerability of her account.
The number of emails now considered classified total more than 400, with three of the 215 newly classified documents marked as SECRET — the middle tier of the national security classification system. While Clinton has maintained that she never received or forwarded messages that were marked classified at the time, critics have argued that the use of a private email account and server put her in a precarious position when dealing with sensitive materials.
In another blow to the Clinton campaign’s “nothing to see here” narrative, the latest release shows that hackers targeted her personal email at least five times in August 2011, as part of a widespread speeding ticket hoax. It’s not clear if Clinton ever clicked on what appeared to be virus-laden attachments that security experts say seem to have originated in Russia. Clinton and her surrogates have argued there is no evidence her “home brew” email system was ever compromised.
More from Hot Air, its only a matter of time before the State Department distances itself from Clinton, but the rest of the Obama administration. It will be interesting to see what the White House does once and if Joe Biden enters the presidential race. Hillary will have bus tire marks on her pant suit.
State’s action in classifying this data is rather telling. Other e-mails have been classified above that level by demand from intelligence agencies and the FBI, but State has pushed back against those decisions on Hillary’s behalf. That has allowed Hillary’s defenders to try to muddy the waters by talking about overclassification as the real problem in this scandal, rather than Hillary’s use of an unsecured communications system to send and receive sensitive data relating to national security — including satellite-derived intel on North Korea’s nukes, which no one doubts should be highly classified. The decision by State to classify these as SECRET undermines that argument significantly.
Plus, now we find out that extremely sensitive diplomatic data on the Iranian nuclear negotiations may as well have been on Hotmail. I’m sure that will bolster trust among our allies about our ability to protect discussions held in confidence with our diplomatic personnel.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Kudos to Authorities Who Captured Oregon Fugitive After 25 Years on the Run
- Paul Jackson, who was indicted on kidnapping and rape charges in Portland Oregon in 1990, was captured in Mexico by US Marshals and Mexican authorities
THANKS HILLARY CLINTON FOR PUTTING AMERICA AT RISK FOR YOUR SELFISH PURPOSES.
EMAIL-GATE CONTINUES TO GET WORSE FOR HILLARY CLINTON … The AP is reporting that Russian linked hackers tried at least 5 times to break into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. It turns out that the hackers knew Hillary Clinton was using a private email account that they tried a phishing attempt on her private email in the form of a phony speeding ticket. Unbelievable, this is what happens when you have a private email account with no security measures. Had these emails been on a government server, it would all but be assured that they would have never gotten through cyber security.
Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account while she was US secretary of state, emails released Wednesday show.
It is unclear, however, if she clicked on any attachment and exposed her account.
Clinton received the infected emails, disguised as speeding tickets, over four hours early on the morning of August 3, 2011.
The emails instructed recipients to print the attached tickets, which would have allowed hackers to take control of their computers.
Security researchers who analyzed the malicious software in September 2011 said that infected computers would transmit information from victims to at least three server computers overseas, including one in Russia.
But the phishing attempts highlight the risk of Clinton’s unsecure email being pried open by foreign intelligence agencies, even if others also received the virus concealed as a speeding ticket from Chatham, New York. The email misspelled the name of the city, came from a supposed New York City government account and contained a “Ticket.zip” file that would have been a red flag.
Most commercial antivirus software at the time would have detected the software, identified it as dangerous and prevented users from infecting themselves. It was unclear if the State Department’s network security would have flagged the infected message, or what precautions were in place protecting Clinton’s server in the basement of her home in Chappaqua.