Who is our enemy? President Barack Obama is convinced it is Americans that simply want to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms. At the same time, the President refuses to condemn Muslims both foreign and domestic — religious fanatics, like the Boston bombers, who are part of a global jihad and have declared America the “Great Satan.”
For all his education, with all of the intelligence services at his fingertips and with nearly 12 years of attacks on American soil, our President remains willfully blind of what must be done to protect America when it comes to Islam and immigration. Instead, his focus is on guns. This was on display when the President railed the Senate for rejecting his gun-control legislation.
“I see this as just round one,” said the President, surrounded by relatives of the Newtown, Conn., victims as well as former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in Tucson, Ariz.
Obama said Senators are fearful that “the gun lobby would spend a lot of money,” accusing them of opposing the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.
On Friday, shortly after the capture of the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, Obama went on television to tell Americans not to be quick to judge any one group of people. Translation: Don’t blame Muslims.
The President can tell that to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The surviving suspect in the Boston bombings posted links to Islamic websites calling for Chechnya’s independence.
Tsarnaev proclaimed his “world view” as Islam. Other posts from him include: “Salamworld, my religion is Islam” and “There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts.”
His dead brother, Tamerlan, said once said, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.” He said that despite the fact that he trained almost daily to become a champion amateur boxer while living in Boston.
To this day, some of the best friends I have were people I met at the boxing gym. It seems impossible to me to work so hard for a boxing team with coaches and other fighters and not make friends. Then again, I boxed while in Spokane, Wash., when I was an immigrant from Canada — an immigrant who shared the same Christian and democratic values as my coaches and teammates.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Boston bombers rejected, rather than embraced, American values so much so that they sought to terrorize the Nation by killing and crippling women and children. I don’t see this type of behavior in immigrants to America or Canada who are Latino, Asian or Western European.
“Islam is not just a religion,” writes Mark Steyn in his book, America Alone: The End of the World as we know It. “Those lefties who bemoan what America is doing to provoke ‘the Muslim world’ would go bananas if any Western politician started referring to ‘the Christian world.’… So it’s not merely that there’s a global jihad lurking within this religion, but that the religion itself is a political project — in a way that modern Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism are not.”
Let me share something that happened at the Calgary airport shortly before my family was boarding a flight. My daughter’s friend is a petite and shy Lebanese young lady. We have known her for more than a decade.
As we headed for the gate, I noticed four women in full Islamic dress walking toward us. As I was lagging behind, I saw our young friend approach them and be rudely rebuffed. I then saw my wife hug her, and I noticed the girl was in tears. I wanted to know why. My wife told me that the women were her aunts and that because she had adopted a Western lifestyle (in part, probably because she was with infidels such as us) she was shunned.
Why Won’t Obama Suspend Islamic Immigration?
It is clear that the President is determined to neither limit nor — Allah forbid — restrict immigration of Muslims into the United States. There is no reason why the United States cannot implement serious restrictions on any or all peoples wanting to reside in America. Switzerland has been doing it for decades.
As Obama continues to respond to the Sandy Hook tragedy with gun legislation, you can bet he will resist any calls for immigration restrictions — especially if Muslims are the target. The only good news is that Obama may have a fight on his hands with the Senate because the Boston bombers came from predominantly Muslim Chechnya, a Russian-occupied nation in the Russian Caucasus.
Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said at a hearing on immigration reform last Friday that it would be prudent to review the process.
Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system.
How can individuals evade authority and plan such attacks on our soil?
Other leaders are grasping a fundamental truth about America’s real enemies. Last week, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the Federal government needs to take its blinders off when it comes to immigration:
I do believe that whether it’s Chechnya or whether it’s really any countries from areas where there is fighting going on–particularly terrorist fighting–that we have to be extra careful, extra scrupulous. That would include, to me, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia [and] obviously …. somebody of a Chechnyan background. All of that, to me, we can’t afford to be politically correct and say that somebody coming from a country where there’s a Muslim war going on is the same as somebody … from Switzerland, for instance. There’s a difference.
Islam’s Growing Foothold
Pew Forum reports:
In the United States… population projections show the number of Muslims more than doubling over the next two decades, rising from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030, in large part because of immigration and higher-than-average fertility among Muslims.
In 2011, the National Post quoted Tarek Fatah, an outspoken secular Muslim leader living in Canada: “[W]hat is different from other immigrant groups is there is a subgroup among Muslims, I call Islamists, who come [to Canada] with the intention of destroying the social fabric of the country.”
As for the majority of Islamic immigrants, most refuse to become part of America’s melting pot. They cling to their unforgiving religion and medieval traditions. Among them are radicals who preach jihad against America. An even smaller minority will accept this call to arms, people like the alleged killer at Fort Hood, Texas, or the terrorists in Boston.
In Canada on Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested two apparent Islamic terrorists who were allegedly planning to derail a passenger train and kill Canadians.
I can already hear the outcry from liberals who will label me a racist. But, hey, I didn’t start this fight; the followers of Muhammad did that a decade before I was even born when the United States threw its economic and political might behind Israel.
In his best-seller The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright traced Islamic hatred of Westerners back to one man, an Egyptian dissident named Sayyid Qutb.
Qutb was an Egyptian author, educator and Islamist theorist who immigrated to the United States in 1948. (He later returned to Egypt.) He has been called “the man who inspired [Osama] bin Laden,” and it is not hard to see why he earned that reputation after you read his philosophy on infidels.
He also brought home a new and abiding anger about race. “The white man in Europe or America is our number-one enemy,” he declared. “The white man crushes us underfoot while we teach our children about his civilization…”
It may be that only two in 10,000 Muslims have bad intentions against the United States; but as the suspected Boston-bombing brothers from Chechnya proved last week, that is two too many.
Yours in good times and bad,
Editor, Myers’ Energy & Gold Report
No amount of online spying is too much, said the criminal elected class in the House of Representatives, as it passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and (non)Protection Act (CISPA) yesterday over hollow veto threats by the Administration of President Barack Obama.
The bill will give the government access to online data — including financial data — from private computer networks. A proposal that would have prohibited the military from collecting data directly from industry was blocked from floor debates by Republicans. A compromise measure was passed that ensures companies must first go through the Department of Homeland Security before turning information over the military.
Privacy groups object to the bill because they said it would give the National Security Agency “a front-row seat in analyzing data from private computer networks.” The Associated Press reports that the bill doesn’t address NSA specifically, but “it’s presumed that the military intelligence agency would have a central role in the data-sharing because of its technical expertise in tracking foreign-based hackers.”
Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who once lamented that the Internet had been created and longed to return to the days of pencil and paper, will take the lead in pushing CISPA through the Senate.
The proposal that puts DHS in charge of disseminating the information between corporations and the military was supposed to be comforting. But considering the DHS’s record regarding electronic privacy, it’s no comfort at all. Recall that for years DHS claimed the naked body scans taken by backscatter radiation emitters at airports were not stored, and the machines were not capable of storing images. Finally, after lawsuits filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center made their way through the courts, it was revealed that DHS did indeed store the images and that Transportation Security Administration agents used them for all sorts of nefarious purposes.
The Administration’s veto threats ring hollow because it has yet to find a liberty-reducing law it could oppose (see the National Defense Authorization Act). But we should be thankful, because our safety is of foremost concern among the criminal elected class.
Earth Day was celebrated throughout the Nation earlier this week with the routine tree-planting ceremonies, litter-cleaning outings and school lesson plans based on environmental stewardship. And, of course, there was the requisite alarmist shrieking from those Americans who believe the Presidential Administration’s hyped up warnings that the United States is on the verge of becoming a 3.8 million square mile garbage dumb — because of the sequester, of course.
Aptly timed with regard to the White House’s policy of making even the smallest cuts related to sequester as visible as possible, the Environmental Protection Agency began implementing furloughs that will affect its nearly 17,000 employees on April 21. With Earth Day on the brain, supporters of the agency’s continual red tape throttling of American industry took to the Internet in droves early this week to lament that cutbacks mean impending environmental doom for the United States.
The EPA does perform some rudimentary functions in the name of environment protection that all Americans should appreciate. After all, we all require clean water; and no one wants to breathe smog-ridden air or suffer health problems in the name of industrial profits.
But to suggest that the EPA has no room to make budget cuts if Americans aren’t willing to live in an industrial cesspool of hazardous waste is to suggest that the EPA could not have saved some money and continued reasonable environmental protection endeavors by cutting these items from last year’s budget:
- A $141,450 grant under the Clean Air Act to fund a Chinese study on pig manure.
- A $1.2 million gift to the United Nations for the “promotion” of clean fuels throughout the world.
- A $67,926 poster contest at Syracuse University that had fewer than 10 entries.
- Twenty EPA conferences costing an average of $182,847 for a total conference bill of $3.7 million.
The EPA may be dealing with some budget woes; but there is plenty of evidence that throttling down some of its more burdening regulations, especially those that heavily penalize coal-powered energy producers in the name of promoting yet-to-succeed green energy initiatives, could embolden the economy as a whole, thus increasing government revenues down the road.
A study conducted last year by the National Economic Research Associates examined the impact of seven EPA regulations on coal-fueled power plants. Researchers found that those regulations will ultimately be responsible for up to 887,000 yearly job losses in that industry alone in coming years. The study also indicated that compliance costs for the electric sector was around $16.7 billion per year.
There is currently a legislative movement to require the EPA to report the projected financial burden of new environmental regulation.
The examples of government wasteful spending and the costs of regulatory actions could go on ad infinitum — but the bottom line for many conservatives is that the EPA should back off on its assaults against coal power and industry until environmentalists have a better plan. Government-subsidized green-energy disasters like Solyndra provide evidence that fossil fuels are here to stay for at least a while longer.
Environmentalists commonly argue that the United States must be at the forefront of environmental protection, a shining example of a clean industrial nation for the entire world to see. But, if overbearing regulation chases industry from the Nation and puts more Americans on the welfare rolls, does it make sense that countries that have just recently pulled themselves from the pits of poverty with the help of industry (burdened by far less regulation than their American counterparts) will follow suit? It seems more likely to many observers that international interests will jump at the opportunity to welcome more industry and lure manufacturers with the promise of regulation-lite operating environments.
Unless the EPA can figure out a way to keep wind and water from moving fluidly across geographic borders, many would argue that they ought to lighten up on American industry and do their best to slowly coax those lesser-of-evil polluters to the side of clean, green environmental manufacturing with profit motives.
Comic-relief Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who last month told Americans that assault weapons are killing “millions of kids” in the United States, is suing seven lawmakers — including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) — to have his House Censure from 2010 overturned.
- Dodging Federal income tax on money he made from rental property — for 17 years.
- Filing purposely misleading documents with the Internal Revenue Service.
- “Failing” to report $3 million in business dealings from 2002 to 2006.
- Omitting the 2004 sale of a Harlem residence from his tax filing.
- Lowballing his assets’ worth — by $780,000 — when reporting to the IRS in 2007.
- Using Congressional letterhead to solicit donations for a monument to himself — literally — and receiving the money from companies and charities that had matters before Congress’ Ways and Means Committee, which Rangel chaired at the time.
- Operating a campaign office out of a Harlem apartment he instead claimed as his residence.
A censure is a bad thing (in fact, the only worse thing Congress can do to one of their own is to expel him altogether), and it involves ceremony and public humiliation. Rangel had to stand in the well of the House while then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) read a House resolution telling him what a bad guy he’d been. It was great public theater.
But, in practical terms, censure is dreaded more for what it can do to a political career than for any legal teeth it has. In Rangel’s case, censure didn’t affect his career, other than his having to step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee. Rangel’s Harlem constituents have re-elected him consecutively and, usually, overwhelmingly to additional terms ever since he first took office in 1971, and they did it again in 2012.
Now 82 years old, Rangel, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, isn’t content with immunity from prosecution and sailing to re-election yet again. Five months into his new Congressional term, he’s going after history itself. He wants the censure gone.
He’s not proclaiming his innocence, though. Like any good lawyer, the former Federal attorney is trying to get off on a technicality. Rangel claims the House Ethics Committee knowingly deceived the full body by not revealing that it may not have followed procedural rules as it conducted the investigation.
Michelle Malkin noted Monday that Rangel might be courting disaster by asking for an examination of how the Ethics Committee did its investigative work. It’s possible, after all, it didn’t catch every crime and malfeasance the first time around.
The Founders’ vision of the United States as a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world grew largely from their desire to ensure that the Nation never resembled that from which they were forced to fight a bloody war to free themselves. The law of the land, in its original construct, was designed to protect personal freedom, privacy and the right to self-preservation against the malicious intent of both agents of the state and free-actors with equal vigor.
But, for busybodies and statists hell-bent on total control, the modern world is too different a place for Americans to value the historic advice — and legislation — of the Nation’s Founding Fathers. And every tragedy or event that has the potential to affront the hearts of Americans with the least bit of unease represents a new chance for the liberty-averse to make their case for less Constitutional consideration.
If you don’t believe the preceding statements coming from an average American peon who values his own naturally ordained and Constitutionally guaranteed rights, take it straight from the horse’s mouth.
Speaking in reference to the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who has gone out of his way to make New York City as Constitutionally bereft as possible — had this to say: “The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
Bloomberg said later in his remarks: “It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks. We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection.”
Just outside of Bloomberg’s city in New York Harbor stands a world-famous neoclassical sculpture given to the people of the United States by France in 1886. Originally named La Liberté éclairant le monde, or Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty is representative of the Founders’ vision of an America known worldwide as a beacon of liberty. For more than a century, the colossal representation of the Roman goddess Libertas has watched over the city with her ever burning torch in one arm and tubula ansata, representative of the rule of law, in the other.
In the stairwell of Lady Liberty’s pedestal hangs a plaque bearing a slight variant of a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin circa 1755, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
It is duly noted that Franklin and, especially, the ancient Roman Libertas are undoubtedly not contemporary enough to be afforded the consideration of a man as progressive as Bloomberg. But one is forced to wonder how either of the advocates of liberty — real or imagined — from the “olden days” would feel about Bloomberg-era policy initiatives like big soda bans, stop and frisk, and universal surveillance.
Would they simply throw up their arms and mutter, “Times have changed; and the world is too dangerous a place for liberty”?
Every time there’s a highly publicized violent crime with multiple victims in America, liberals co-opt the tragedy to talk about updating the 2nd Amendment to make the country safer.
Meanwhile, normal Americans go to gun shops and arms themselves against the twofold — but strangely related — threat of domestic terrorism and government tyranny.
Breitbart recounted, on Tuesday, the devotion of attendees at the Syracuse, N.Y., gun show over the weekend. People had to wait two hours in nasty weather just to get inside.
According to one shop owner, the threat of additional terror attacks, combined with ongoing fears that Congress isn’t done with fiddling with Constitutional gun rights, had most attendees showing up not to just to browse or sell; they came to buy. The problem is demand is so high that gun selection is limited, and ammunition orders are so far behind that vendors have stopped taking new ones.
The Chicago Tribune mockingly referenced the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that took 14 lives last week in a below-the-belt editorial jab at Texas Governor Rick Perry’s visit to Illinois in the name of recruiting industry to his State.
Perry his sights on the economically damaged Prairie State recently with a $42,000 radio ad buy in Chicago and another $38,000 in print ads at Crain’s Chicago Business, directing people to the website texaswideopenforbusiness.com.
In one of the ads that Chicago-area residents will see, Perry notes, “I have a word of advice for employers frustrated by Illinois’ short-sighted approach to business: you need to get out of there while there’s still time.”
He continues in opining that “the escape route leads straight to Texas” where businesses enjoy “limited government, low taxes and a pro-business environment.”
Perry followed up the ad buy with a visit to Illinois this week.
Knowing Perry offers a sweet deal for job makers that their Chicago’s liberal political machinations makes impossible to replicate, The Tribune decided to launch a tasteless attack on Texas before pointing out the failures of Illinois politicians in fostering a pro-business environment.
It reads in part:
Laugh all you want about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign to recruit businesses from Illinois to the Lone Star State. We don’t know whether Perry will succeed in prompting a commercial exodus from the Land of Lincoln to the land of droughts, fire ants and deadly fertilizer-plant explosions. Yet Perry’s stunt is another serious wake-up call for Illinois politicians and the inhospitable business climate they’ve created.
Perry can boast to Illinois business leaders of a Texas unemployment rate that has fallen to 6.4 percent. That’s an excellent barometer of his state’s economic health. By contrast, the unemployment rate in Illinois is at 9.5 percent and, as the latest report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates, it has been rising over the past year. In March, this state lost 17,800 jobs from the previous month.
That is no laughing matter.
Of course, it is understandable that the editorial board of a newspaper located in a city with such a sordid history, and daily existence, as Chicago would feel comfortable making light of the death of innocent people.
NEW YORK (UPI) – One in four U.S. teens has misused or abused a prescription drug at least once — a 33 percent increase in the past five years, experts say.
A survey by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation also found 1-in-8 U.S. teens reported taking the stimulants Ritalin or Adderall not prescribed for them at least once.
Parent permissiveness and lax attitudes toward abuse and misuse of prescription medicines, coupled with teens’ ease of access to prescription medicines in the home — often from unused medications in medicine cabinets — are key factors linked to teen medicine misuse and abuse.
Nearly a third of U.S. parents said they believe prescription stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall, normally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, could improve a teen’s academic performance even if the teen did not have ADHD.
Of the children who said they abused prescription medications, 20 percent said they had done so before the age of 14.
More 27 percent mistakenly believe “misusing and abusing prescription drugs to get high is safer than using street drugs,” and a third agreed “it’s OK to use prescription drugs not prescribed to them to deal with an injury, illness or physical pain.”
The 24th annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study of 3,884 U.S. teens in grades 9-12 and 817 parents has a margin of error for the teen sample of 2.1 percentage points while the margin in the parents’ sample was 3.4 percentage points.
WASHINGTON (UPI) — An analysis of some 33,000 cases of foodborne illness found ground beef and chicken were the riskiest meats for germs such as E. coli, a U.S. non-profit says.
Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director, of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said hospitalizations caused by Salmonella put chicken in the “highest risk” category alongside with ground beef.
Clostridium and norovirus also caused outbreaks associated with chicken, while campylobacter bacteria was also believed to cause a large number of individual illnesses associated with chicken but rarely caused outbreaks, DeWaal said.
“Outbreaks from ground beef and chicken were reported frequently, and all too often caused debilitating illnesses — illnesses that led to hospitalization,” DeWaal said in a statement. “For example, approximately a quarter of those who were sickened by Salmonella would go to the hospital. The hospitalization rate for E. coli infections was nearly 50 percent and for Listeria infections it is more than 90 percent.”
Chicken nuggets, ham and sausage pose the lowest risk of foodborne illness, DeWaal said.
The report, Risky Meat: A Field Guide to Meat & Poultry Safety, also found meat of high risk included steak and other forms of beef, but excluded roast beef, which was of medium risk. Also of high risk was turkey, often from leaving cooked turkey on the counter too long.
Medium risk meat included barbecue, deli meat, pork — excluding ham and sausage — and roast beef.
The CSPI stressed the analysis only assessed food safety risk and did not address nutrition or the healthiness of the meat.
BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — When searching for a lost item, animal or person, various regions of the human brain will switch from other tasks to join in the search, U.S. researchers say.
For example, they said, if a person is looking for a child lost in a crowd, some brain areas usually dedicated to recognizing other objects, or even areas engaged in abstract thought, will shift focus and join the search.
To turn into a highly focused child-finder, the brain temporarily redirects resources it uses for other mental tasks, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, reported.
“Our results show that our brains are much more dynamic than previously thought, rapidly reallocating resources based on behavioral demands, and optimizing our performance by increasing the precision with which we can perform relevant tasks,” neuroscience postdoctoral researcher Tolga Cukur said.
The findings shed light on how people shift attention to challenging tasks, he said.
“As you plan your day at work, for example, more of the brain is devoted to processing time, tasks, goals and rewards, [but] as you search for your cat, more of the brain becomes involved in recognition of animals,” he said.
The study can help explain why we find it difficult to concentrate on more than one task at a time, he said, and may provide greater insight into neurobehavioral and attention deficit disorders.
LONDON (UPI) — Pollinating insects, vital to global food supplies, face a “cocktail” of multiple pressures putting their survival at risk, a British-led study indicated.
Insects provide pollination activities to about 75 percent of the world’s crop species and their decline or loss could have profound environmental, human health and economic consequences, Britain’s Center for Ecology and Hydrology reported Monday.
Forty scientists from 27 institutions involved in Britain’s Insect Pollinators Initiative, a $15 million research program investigating the causes and consequences of pollinator decline, published a review of the threats in the journal “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.”
“There is no single smoking gun behind pollinator declines, instead there is a cocktail of multiple pressures that can combine to threaten these insects,” review leader Adam Vanbergen said.
“For example, the loss of food resources in intensively farmed landscapes, pesticides and diseases are individually important threats but are also likely to combine and exacerbate the negative impacts on pollinators.”
Pollinator populations are declining in many regions, creating threats to human food supplies and ecosystem functions, the scientists said as they urged governments to take steps to address the problem.
“The costs of taking action now to tackle the multiple threats to pollinators is much smaller than the long-term costs to our food security and ecosystem stability,” study co-author Simon Potts from the University of Reading said. “Failure by governments to take decisive steps now only sets us up for bigger problems in the future.”
NEW YORK (UPI) — China was the main source of cyber-espionage attacks in 2012, with Chinese IP addresses accounting for 30 percent of data breaches worldwide, a report says.
Ninety-six percent of those attacks were made for online espionage purposes, the 2013 Data Breach Investigation Report prepared by Verizon said.
China was the only Asian country on the top 10 threat origins list, the report released Monday said.
Romania came in second at 28 percent of the 2012 data breaches and the United States was third with 18 percent, the report added.
The vast majority of attacks from China were linked to cyber-espionage-related motivations, in contrast to the other countries on the list whose data breaches were mostly financially motivated, it said.
“This may mean that other threat groups perform their activities with greater stealth and subterfuge, but it could also mean that China is, in fact, the most active source of national and industrial espionage in the world today,” the report said.
However, a Verizon official said, the high number of data breaches attributed to China doesn’t necessarily mean it is the most active perpetrator of cyber-espionage activities.
The number could be because Internet regulation in China is not as strict as other countries, attracting criminals to use it as a base of hacking activities, Patrick Lum, senior consultant at Verizon Business, told ZDNet Asia.
“We are not going with the ‘China is bad and scary’ message. Rather, it’s certainly big and an important part of the entire picture, and it is definitely an up and coming [trend] in the security landscape,” Lum said.
MAYWOOD, Ill. (UPI) — U.S. sports medicine experts say a new motion detection system could identify baseball pitchers who are at risk of shoulder injuries.
While existing systems that evaluate pitchers’ throwing motions require cameras and other sophisticated equipment and generally are confined to indoor use, the new system can be used on the field and requires only a laptop computer, researchers at Loyola University reported Tuesday.
In a well-rested pitcher, the upper arm bone and the shoulder blade move in concert, dubbed the scapulo-humeral rhythm. But after a pitcher has been on the mound for a while, the muscles begin to tire, and that rhythm begins to deteriorate, which can lead to shoulder injuries.
The Loyola system, called the Xbus Kit, positions sensors on the pitcher’s arms and torso that gather information using gyroscopes, magnetometers and accelerometers to detect deterioration in the scapulo-humeral rhythm.
The study demonstrates the feasibility of using the portable tracking system to identify college-age pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine surgeon Pietro Tonino said.
Such at-risk pitchers could undergo strengthening exercises and physical therapy to prevent injures, he said.
There are plans to next test the tracking system on Little League pitchers, Tonino and his study colleagues said.
PMYA’AN, China (UPI) — The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan Province Saturday has had only limited effects on the region’s giant panda habitats, officials said.
Little signs of major effects were seen in habitats close to the temblor’s epicenter, the Chinese Academy of Sciences said Tuesday.
Aerial remote sensing images showed the scale of landslides triggered by the quake in a giant panda research center in badly hit Baoxing County hadn’t been large, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
All 60 giant pandas and nearly 100 staff at Bifengxia Panda Base 30 miles from the epicenter, are safe, officials said.
Buildings in the panda center suffered minor damage, Heng Yi, director of its publicity department, said.
Across the Sichuan Province the earthquake killed 186 people and sent more than 8,000 to hospitals for treatment of injuries.
A West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and arrested for wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt to school showed up for his first day back at class wearing the very shirt that originally drew all the unwanted attention from one school employee.
But there was a little vindication this time: Lots of kids showed their support by donning the same shirt, with no apparent threat of suspension or arrest.
Police in Logan, W. Va., told the student, Jared Marcum, he’d been charged with obstruction and disturbing the education process, although Marcum’s attorney said he won’t be formally charged until after prosecuting attorneys had thoroughly investigated what initially took place.
Marcum’s father has requested a copy of a surveillance video that may show the initial incident that led to the suspension and arrest. The school has not disputed that Marcum behaved with civility when he was first confronted by a school official about the shirt, which depicts a hunting rifle above the slogan “protect your right.”
LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — A contract worker accidentally triggered an emergency evacuation message on flight status screens at Los Angeles International Airport, a spokesman said.
The message read, “Emergency Leave the Terminal,” the Los Angeles Times reported, and was displayed for about 5 minutes in one of the terminals at around 10 p.m.
Travelers noticed the sign and quickly alerted airport officials, the Times said.
Law enforcement officers began searching for who was responsible for the breach and reviewed computer records to determine who may have hacked the system.
But airport officials said at 2 a.m. Tuesday the display of the message was triggered by accident by an airline contract worker with authorized access to the system.
NEW YORK, (UPI) — Neighbors of the noisy Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York said they are sending mock bills to the hotel to get compensation for their lost sleep.
Residents of the Murray Hill neighborhood said the hotel’s loud parties often keep them up until 4 a.m., and six of the residents said they have sent official-looking mock invoices to the hotel seeking $1,000 for each hour of lost sleep, the New York Post reported Monday.
The group said their bills totaled $21,350 for April 14, the night of a particularly wild celebration at the hotel.
“It’s a circus. The situation is absolutely unbearable,” neighbor Mario Messina said.
“They give great lip service, but the only thing they pay attention to is their wallets,” Messina said of hotel executives.
Hotel representatives did not respond to calls and emails requesting comments.
BISMARCK, N.D., (UPI) — A rookie newscaster in North Dakota was suspended for using profanity at the very start of his inaugural broadcast.
A.J. Clemente, a new anchor at KFYR-TV, Bismarck, N.D., mumbled profane terms for fornication and excrement about 15 seconds into his first shift in front of the camera Sunday, the New York Post reported Monday.
Co-anchor Van Tieu continued the broadcast as if nothing had happened.
“You may have seen our newest reporter A.J. on North Dakota News and he’ll be joining the weekend news team as my co-anchor,” she said.
However Clemente may have been on his last broadcast as he was suspended following the incident.
The network apologized for the language.
“We can’t take back what was said … all we can do at this point is ask for your forgiveness,” News Director Monica Hannan said in a statement.
Clemente acknowledged his mistake on Twitter after the broadcast.
“That couldn’t have gone any worse,” he tweeted.
NORTON, Ohio, (UPI) — An Ohio woman said she is trying to get a refund from a tanning salon after being told she was too heavy to use the business’s equipment.
Kelly McGrevey said she bought a tanning package at Aloha Tanning in Norton, Ohio and used a stand-up bed last week during an introductory tour of the business. However, she was turned away when she returned the next day, WKYC-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday.
McGrevey said she was told the stand-up bed was out of service.
“He said, ‘Sorry, but I’m not going to let you tan today because we’ve just implemented a new policy where anyone over 230 pounds can’t go in one of our beds,'” McGrevey said. “I was just so shocked and embarrassed and humiliated.”
“It really upset me. It’s discrimination,” McGrevey said.
McGrevey said the worker refused to refund her $70 payment for the monthlong tanning package.
“I said, ‘OK, I’d like my money back then. He said, no, we don’t give refunds. I said, ‘You’re not going to give me a refund, I paid for a service that I’m not getting, and he said no, you can’t have a refund,” McGrevey said.
McGrevey has filed a police report against Justin Hileman, the owner of Aloha Tanning.
She said workers refused to show documentation of the 230-pound weight limit policy.
WKYC-TV said it spoke with a worker who said the business doesn’t intend to refund McGrevey’s money.
LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Producer Mark Burnett says “The Bible,” his highly rated, 10-part American TV miniseries, will be pared down and released as a three-hour film in theaters.
“We’re cutting a movie version right now, a three-hour version of Jesus and [we have] many, many offers from theaters globally,” executive producer Mark Burnett told The Hollywood Reporter.
Burnett said the movie version, which will focus largely on Jesus Christ’s resurrection, is expected to open in theaters this fall.
BOSTON, (UPI) — The carjacking victim of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has opened up the possibility the pair was planning a New York City attack, investigators said.
The investigators told CBS news the cache of weapons Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly compiled hints at plans for another attack and the brothers may have planned to go to New York.
The carjacking victim speaks little or no English but he was able to recognize certain words as the brothers conversed first in English and then in Russian.
One of the words he recognized was “Manhattan,” investigators told CBS.
That resulted in a search of all Amtrak trains from Boston to New York last week and prompted New York to turn on its network of license plate readers at all bridges and tunnels coming into the city.
Surviving brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, continued to answer questions in writing from his hospital bed Monday night.
Tsarnaev blamed his dead older brother for being behind the deadly bomb attacks, a U.S. government source told CNN.
Tsarnaev, charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction that resulted in three deaths and more than 260 injuries, also said he and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, were not involved with any international terror groups, the network reported.
Earlier reports said 170 people had been injured.
Nick Martin, a spokesman for the Boston Public Health Commission, said the new figures were based on date from 25 area hospitals.
“A lot of people were injured in the blasts, but didn’t think it was serious at the time,” Martin told The Boston Herald. “But when their symptoms didn’t go away a day or two later, they decided to have a medical professional check them out.
The New York Times separately quoted law enforcement officials as saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, still laying badly wounded in a Boston hospital bed, admitted he helped place the bombs.
The newspaper said he also told investigators he and his brother acted alone and said he knew of no other plots and no other bombs that had not been detonated.
The early interviews with Tsarnaev indicated the two brothers fit the profile of self-radicalized jihadis, the government source told CNN.
The younger brother told investigators his brother — killed early Friday — wanted to defend Islam from attack, CNN quoted its source as saying.
The charges were conveyed to Tsarnaev in his hospital room in the intensive care ward of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.
His bedside initial court appearance was conducted by U.S. Magistrate Marianne B. Bowler.
Tsarnaev was able to respond to inquiries, nodding yes and at one point saying, “No,” a transcript of the hearing indicated.
At the end of the session, Bowler said: “At this time, at the conclusion of the initial appearance, I find that the defendant is alert, mentally competent and lucid. He is aware of the nature of the proceedings.”
If convicted, Tsarnaev faces a possible death sentence or life in prison.
His next hearing was set for May 30, court officials said.
His public defender had no immediate comment.
LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — The Transportation Security Administration chief announced a delay in a policy change that would have allowed small folding knives onto U.S. flights this week.
TSA chief John Pistole did not say whether he would reconsider lifting the knife ban at a later date, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Opponents of allowing knives on planes said Pistole reversed the proposed change after backlash from flight attendants, airline executives, lawmakers and the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“So we can incorporate their input and to continue training requirements nationwide, I have decided to temporarily delay implementing the prohibited items changes,” he said Monday in a letter to TSA workers.
Under the rule change that was set to go into effect Thursday, passengers would have been allowed to carry small knives, no longer than 2.36 inches long and less than a half-inch wide, as well as pool cues, ski poles, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs and novelty-size bats.
“The United States has banned all knives from commercial flights since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for good reason: Knives were the terrorists’ weapons of choice in bringing down four jetliners and murdering thousands of Americans,” a coalition of flight attendants said in a statement.