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Air Force Punishes Colonel Who Refused to Affirm Gay Marriage

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:45:36 GMT

The Air Force has punished a highly-decorated and respected colonel after he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate. Col. Leland Bohannon, who was on the verge of being promoted to a one-star general, was suspended from command and orders were handed down recommending he not be promoted. “His career is likely over and he will likely have to retire as a colonel instead of as a general,” First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry told the Todd Starnes Show. First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, is representing the distinguished...

Deputy accidentally shot himself in Onondaga County Justice Center (Syracuse, NY)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:41:03 GMT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A deputy accidentally shot himself Monday night inside an Onondaga County Justice Center locker room, deputies said. Deputy Justin Brannock, 28, was taking his personal firearm out of its holster at 10:28 p.m. when the gun fired, said Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Justice Center. Brannock was in the employee locker room in an unsecured section of the jail, he said. Seeber said Brannock was expected to be released from the hospital early this morning. Initial police scanner reports indicated a bullet grazed the deputy's leg.

Donald Trump: Wall Funding Will Be Part of DACA Deal with Democrats

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:32:22 GMT

President Donald Trump restated his support for wall funding, telling reporters on Monday that it would be part of any deal with Democrats to legalize illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. “We need a wall in this country. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it,” Trump said during a press conference with Mitch McConnell on Monday. “We need a wall and that will be part of it.” Trump was asked by ABC’s Jon Karl if he would insist that wall funding would be part of a deal with Democrats to provide a solution for DACA recipients....

Defence chooses to repair rather than replace grounded helicopters (Australia)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:56:51 GMT

Defence looks set to plough hundreds of millions of dollars into sustaining and upgrading one of its most trouble-prone helicopter models despite the aircraft being grounded over potential safety issues and never seeing a war zone. The attack and reconnaissance Tiger helicopters, which cost about $1.5 billion and more than $800 million to sustain, are supposed to continue to operate into the 2020s. And to maintain operations to 2020, the aircraft needs a mid-life upgrade worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Due to the helicopter’s ongoing problems, such as running seven years late in reaching final operating capability, Defence was...

Fast and Furious scandal: Last remaining fugitive in border agent's murder arrested

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:08:57 GMT

Mexican law enforcement officers last weekend arrested the man believed to be the final fugitive from the “rip crew” that engaged in a 2010 gunfight between Border Patrol agents that resulted in the death of agent Brian Terry. Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the killing of Terry. "The arrest of Favela Astorga resulted from the unwavering commitment of the United States and our law enforcement partners in Mexico to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country," Alana Robinson, the acting...

Hillary Clinton: Russia's election interference was a 'cyber 9/11'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:01:37 GMT

**SNIP** "I think there a lot more connections that have yet to come to light," Clinton told a London audience. Clinton added that if she had been elected, she "would have called for an independent commission to get to the bottom of it." "We had really well-respected security, intelligence veterans saying this was a ‘cyber 9/11' in the sense it was a direct attack on our institutions," Clinton said, according to BuzzFeed. "That may sound dramatic, but we know that they probed and tried to intrude into election systems, not just the social media propaganda part of their campaign."

Atlanta mom charged with murder after allegedly putting 2 young sons in oven

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:54:08 GMT

An Atlanta woman was charged with murder after she allegedly put her two young sons in an oven and turned it on sometime between Thursday and Friday last week. Lamora Williams, 24, with murder in the deaths of 1-year-old son Ja'Karter Penn and 2-year-old Ke-Yaunte Penn. Channel 2 Action News, citing an arrest warrant, reported that she is accused of killing the two “by placing them in an oven and turning it on.” Police reportedly said that the children had injuries, including burns.

The Quinn in the Morning Show with Jim Quinn - October 17, 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:49:59 GMT

The Quinn in the Morning Show airs from 6:00am to 9:00 am, Monday thru Friday. To listen online, go to and sign up , or you can listen on the radio locally in the upstate NY area on 1040 WYSL Rochester, NY or 1480 WCNS in Latrobe, Pa., and on FM. 98.7 WAVL (and AM 910).

Report: IRS refuses to give back $59G to vet after seizing his business cash

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:38:28 GMT

The Internal Revenue Service is reportedly refusing to give back more than $59,000 to U.S. military veteran after it seized his gas station’s cash during a raid that found no evidence of criminal activity.Oh Suk Kwon, 73, a South Korea immigrant who came to the U.S. back in the 1970s and served four years as a fleet mechanic in the U.S. army, bought a gas station in Maryland in 2007 following decades of work at an electrical plant as an auto mechanic. “When I came to the United States, I had to do something for the country,” he told the...

Brigitte Gabriel: 'Refugee Resettlement' is 'About Supplying Cheap Labor' at U.S. Taxpayer Expense

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:34:45 GMT

ACT for America President Brigitte Gabriel said certain U.S. industries seek to hire refugees instead of regular U.S. workers because a refugee's salary is often subsidized through the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which means "the regular American goes to the back" of the employment line while refugees are imported and hired, many of whom "do not share our values" and sometimes work "against our own country."“Refugee resettlement is not about humanitarianism," said Gabriel during her speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 13.  "It is about supplying cheap labor – industries looking to boost their...

Nets Forget Obama Admin Championed Bergdahl as a ‘Hero’ Coming Home

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:31:58 GMT

In a military courtroom in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina on Monday, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and faces up to life in prison. Back in 2014, President Obama traded five dangerous terrorists to get Bergdahl back. And in a flawed political calculation, the administration championed him as a 'hero.' But considering the massive blowback that followed the ill-advised move, the Big Three Networks omitted that from their Monday evening reports. Following the trade, Obama held a flashy press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Bergdahl’s parents to commend the...

[Flashback] Thad Cochran: I Grew Up Doing 'All Kinds of Indecent Things with Animals'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:39 GMT

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) provided his latest head-scratching comment in public, this time joking he engaged in illicit activities with animals as a child. “[We’d] get back [to the Pine Belt-Hattiesburg area of Mississippi] as often as we could because it was fun–it was an adventure to be out there in the country and see what goes on,” Cochran said of his childhood and how parts of his family lived in the central part of the state. “Picking up pecans, from that to all kind of indecent things with animals.”

GOP Sen. Thad Cochran still out sick with UTI, threatening key tax-related vote this week

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:10:31 GMT

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran remains ill and won't return to his Senate duties Monday as was expected, his office announced. The 79-year-old's absence raises doubts about the ability of GOP leaders to pass a key budget resolution -- a vote is planned later this week -- that is needed to advance tax reform, a top legislative priority for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

Senate Republican Murkowski leaning yes on tax reform budget

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:54:23 GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Monday that she was leaning toward a "yes" vote on a Senate budget resolution intended to facilitate the passage of tax reform legislation later this year. Republican Senator Collins likely 'yes' vote to advance tax reform. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican Senator Susan Collins, who helped torpedo President Donald Trump's effort to repeal Obamacare, said on Sunday she was leaning towards a 'yes' vote on the Senate budget resolution to advance tax reform.

A Tale of Two Leaders: Trudeau versus Trump

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:47:22 GMT

The contrast couldn’t be more telling. Last November, voters elected a Hemingway man as president. Hemingway, as in Ernest. You know, the great 20th Century writer who glorified masculinity: big game hunting, deep-sea fishing, bullfighting, war. Testosterone comes standard with males, and Hemingway never apologized for it. Why should he have? That’s like saying sorry for having two feet. Up north, Canadians elected a party to govern -- the Liberals -- led by a Trump antithesis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is everything that Trump isn’t -- oh, and proud of it. He declares himself a feminist. Says he’s raising his...

Mercer could thwart Hatch’s Utah Senate race with GOP establishment under fire

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:45:18 GMT

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) may become the next target in the move to unseat the Republican establishment if he intends to run for reelection and he might have to face formidable opposition from a member of the Mercer family. Boyd Matheson, President of the Sutherland Institute and former chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), is considering a run for Hatch’s Senate seat and may receive the backing of one of the most powerful Republican campaign donors, Rebekah Mercer, FOX Business has learned. In an interview with Matheson on Friday, the former Lee aide confirmed that not only did...

Constitutional Lawyer: Yes, Obama’s Affordable Care Act Subsidy Provision Was Illegal

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:23:18 GMT

There’s are a lot of liberals frothing at the mouth over the Trump administration’s decision to end the unconstitutional subsidies to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act last week. The subsidies were given to insurance companies to help offset costs from lower-income individuals concerning deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. It's meant to prevent premium spikes. And the termination of this subsidy is not just a conservative view or action item, by the way. It’s the opinion of the courts, as the LA Times reported back in May of 2016–it’s unconstitutional: House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic...

Democrats Are Betting This Will Help Them Retake The House. Will It Work?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:11:40 GMT

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shared the podium in the Rose Garden this afternoon, where the two men tried to downplay to reported souring relationship between the White House and Senate Republicans (via ABC News): Trump claimed that his relationship with McConnell is "outstanding," a refutation of reports ranging back to the summer that documented growing frustrations between the two powerful Republicans.After first discussing his administration's current efforts at a tax overhaul, Trump suddenly pivoted to describe his rapport with McConnell."My relationship with this gentleman is outstanding [and] has been outstanding." Trump said.McConnell later...

U.S. has abandoned ‘international leadership’ for ‘half-baked’ nationalism: John McCain

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:56:41 GMT

McCain was awarded the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal Monday. Many speakers at the event decried what they see as a rejection of America’s role as a world leader. PHILADELPHIA—U.S. Sen. John McCain jabbed Monday night at unnamed pushers of isolationist politics, saying at his National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia that abandoning America’s role as an international leader is “unpatriotic.” The six-term Republican senator from Arizona made the remarks after receiving the award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country.....

FLASHBACK--Obama: ‘Families Across America Share in Joy’ of Bergdahl’s Release

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:22:34 GMT

( - More than three years after President Obama appeared in the White House Rose Garden to announce that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be coming home, Bergdahl on Monday pleaded guilty to charges of deserting his post and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl spent five years as a captive of the Taliban, who found him when he walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009. "I understand that leaving was against the law," Bergdahl reportedly told a military judge on Monday. "At the time, I had no intention of causing search and recovery operations," he said. In his 2014...

Delta Crew Wouldn’t Let Me Sing National Anthem: Passenger

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:45:05 GMT

Regulators worry about power poles that may pose future wildfire hazardPacific Gas and Electric Co. officials revealed Monday that they have officially notified state regulators of eight separate electric equipment failures in the recent North Bay firestorm – but declined to detail what triggered them. “Since Sunday’s windstorm, the company has submitted eight electric incident reports related to damaged facilities to the CPUC,’’ the company said in a statement late Monday, which stresses the utility will “support and assist with the review of these wildfires by the appropriate regulatory agencies…” PG&E referred questions about those reports, however, to state regulators,...

Delta Airlines prevented woman from singing national anthem on flight with fallen soldier

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:20:14 GMT

A Georgia woman and her fellow Delta passengers were prevented from singing the National Anthem as crews unloaded the casket of a fallen soldier at Atlanta’s airport last weekend. Pamela Dee Gaudry was on a flight toward Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when she learned the body of a fallen soldier – 29-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Dusting Wright – was on her plane. Gaudry, the wife of a deceased Army captain, wanted to honor the Special Forces soldier who was among four U.S. troops killed in an attack in Niger on Oct. 4, by singing the National Anthem. She went around the...

Comey drafted letter on Clinton email investigation before completing interviews, FBI confirms

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:06:33 GMT

The FBI released documents Monday proving former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a letter regarding Hillary Clinton's email investigation months before conducting several key interviews, including speaking to Clinton herself. The document release was titled “Drafts of Director Comeys July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.” The contents of the email were largely unclear as nearly all of it was redacted. The now-public records show the email titled “Midyear Exam --- UNCLASSIFIED” was sent by Comey on May 2, 2016, to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and...

From Carson to Kimmel: the collapse of the late-night empire

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:23:47 GMT

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn’t care about losing Republican viewers. We’re a long way from Johnny Carson, whose “Tonight Show” was a national institution that enjoyed a broad audience — and was conducted like one. Carson steered clear of politics and kept his views to himself because delving into divisive politics would “hurt me as an entertainer, which is what I am.” Kimmel may be an entertainer, but he has no such inhibitions. He is willing to say “not good riddance, but riddance,”...

Deal for Bowe Bergdahl looks worse and worse

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:08:30 GMT

The American soldier President Obama portrayed as a heroic POW of the Taliban and traded five jailed Taliban leaders for his release now looks more like the man President Trump called a “no-good traitor” who should “have been executed.” On Monday, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl admitted deserting his Afghan post as well as misbehaving before the enemy and endangering fellow troops, confirming the betrayal several veterans who served alongside him have alleged for years. Though capital punishment is not in the offing, he does face life in prison at his sentencing later this month. Bergdahl’s plea sets up a pre-sentence...