Man Turns Water Gun Into Functioning Shotgun, Arrested

Randy Smith, a 54-year-old living in Fresno, Calif., was arrested after officers discovered that the water gun slung around his neck was loaded with a shotgun shell. Smith was detained for being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, a felon in possession of a firearm and a manufacturer of an illegal weapon.

Ordinarily, the officers would not have thought to check the Super Soaker, but they had recently been briefed on the trend of citizens turning toys into weapons.

After inspecting the water gun, they found a shotgun shell instead of water.

Smith created what’s called a zip gun, a homemade gun that can fire one shot. With a little engineering knowledge, a zip gun can be created using a flashlight, a pen or a PVC pipe.

“Basically with a hand drill and some plumbing pipe, you’re done,” said Bill Mayfield, who works at Gilmay Guns in Fresno. “The firearms cartridge with the gun powder is an explosive. The device they’re building has to be able to contain the pressure of that explosion. So they’re just relying on, maybe this will hold up. Well, you could be putting a gun next to your head, or you could be putting a hand grenade next to your head.”

Sgt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno police said: “Certainly, this person was up to no good.”

Lesbian Couple Arrested For Staging Crime

A lesbian couple in Parker, Colo., has been arrested for staging a crime.

Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin called 911 last October to report that “Kill the Gay” had been painted in red letters on their garage door. They also reported a noose hanging from the doorknob of their front door as well as damage to their car.

The women told authorities they believed the Homeowners’ Association was behind the vandalism.

A short time later, the women painted over the message and placed signs on their garage door reading: “We will not submit to hate,” “We are not the gay we are Aimee and Christel,” and “This is a threat to our lives, take it seriously.”

But the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office determined that the couple was responsible for painting the original message.

The women were charged with false reporting and criminal mischief.

Both women maintain that they did not paint “Kill the Gay” on their garage door.

The Worst President In History? Republicans Rebuke Obama

According to Republicans, President Barack Obama should be regarded as one of the most memorable political figures in the history of the United States.

The White House recently tried to paint the President in a positive light by attempting to show how Obama has furthered initiatives brought forth by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also believe the President has a place in the history books — just not a coveted place.

Rubio, who some people speculate will be the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, said in a speech delivered in South Carolina: “We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history as we have over the last three and half years.

“The president and his party’s view of America’s government and our lives is a failed one. It hasn’t worked. His ideas that sounded so good in the classrooms of Harvard and Yale haven’t really worked out well in the real world.”

During a speech delivered in Lexington, Ky., Christie remarked: “He is the most ill-prepared person to assume the presidency in my lifetime. This is a guy who literally is walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership.”

Are Race Riots On The Horizon?

Immediately following the verdict in the 1992 case of the brutal beating of Rodney King, a Los Angeles man said: “It’s going to get pretty worser.” He was right.

 

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After the smoke cleared, 43 people were dead, thousands were injured and the city suffered an estimated $1 billion worth of damage.

I predict it’s going to get pretty “worser” in this Nation as the trial of George Zimmerman approaches.

Last week, an all-white jury acquitted Andrew Bloomberg, a former Houston police officer who allegedly used excessive force when apprehending 15-year-old burglar Chad Holley. After the trial, protesters took to the street outside the courthouse.

Portions of the Houston uprising call to mind the emotions that swirled following the initial acquittal of the four white officers who stood trial for King’s beating.

 

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Ironically, the protesters in Houston seemed more concerned with Trayvon Martin than Holley. With the chant “We fired up, won’t take it no more” and a call to go to the polls “I can speak for Trayvon Martin, people, please get out and vote,” protesters rallied angrily around the Houston courthouse.

As more evidence surfaces, the media are finally beginning to acknowledge that Zimmerman’s claim of self-defensive seems credible. Police and medical reports confirm injuries to Zimmerman’s head and face. Police reports also contain statements from two different witnesses who say that Zimmerman was on the ground, being straddled and punched by someone in a hoodie. Even the lead investigator on the case, Officer Christopher Serino, concluded that Zimmerman was “yelling for help as he was being battered by Trayvon Martin.”

Another document states that Zimmerman can be heard yelling for help 14 times during a 911 call. A police report also reveals that Martin’s father said that a voice yelling for help on a 911 call was not the voice of his son.

Autopsy results have revealed that Martin, who had been suspended from school for marijuana possession, suffered injuries to his knuckles and had THC, the drug found in marijuana, in his blood.

As the evidence mounts, Martin’s squeaky clean media-created reputation is quickly being tarnished.

Although all the facts are not known, the trial is beginning to seem like a lose-lose proposition. Either a half-white mentor of black kids will spend time behind bars, or the city of Sanford, Fla., will become the next Los Angeles.

Utah School Fined $15,000 For Selling Soda

Davis High School in Utah is being fined $15,000 for allowing students access to soda during the school lunch period.

The school was allowed to have vending machines, but Federal law requires the machines be turned off during school lunch hours. Students can purchase carbonated beverages before lunch and drink them during the lunch period, but they are not permitted to purchase a carbonated beverage or candy during the lunch period.

Davis High School turned off the soda machines in the cafeteria, but the machines were left on in the bookstore.

“It is challenging when you can have a Coke before lunch and consume it during lunch, but you can’t buy a Coke during lunch,” said Chris Williams from the Davis School District.

“It’s our own decision if we want to have soda or not, and I think we should be left with that decision and not have it taken away,” said one student.

The school was using the vending machines to fund educational programs.

Change In Policy, Coins Accepted As Payment

The Fort Collins Municipal Court changed one of its policies after Ted Nischan, a 24-year-old college student in Colorado, tried to pay a $160 speeding ticket in change.

“I went home, got my savings, counted it out and it was $160,” Nischan told CBS4 in Denver.

Nischan’s “savings” consisted of coins in a 5-gallon bucket. The bank would have converted the change into cash, but Nischan couldn’t afford the fee, so he lugged his bucket to the courthouse. City officials refused to allow Nischan to use his coins to pay the ticket.

The Fort Collins Municipal Court has traditionally refused payments in change.

“It’s not the best use of resources for us to spend counting, not once, but twice, to check (that it’s correct change),” said city spokeswoman Kim Newcomer.

Nischan said: “I was just aggravated. It’s just the principle. It’s real money.”

Nischan eventually paid the ticket online. Since the incident, the city has discussed the policy and plans to allow people to pay tickets in change from now on.

Chris Wallace Dominates ‘Jeopardy!’

On Wednesday’s episode of “Jeopardy!” Chris Wallace from FOX News annihilated the competition.

Wallace finished with $22,800 and won $50,000 for his charity, Hope for the Warriors, an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for members of the military who are injured or killed while serving the country. He competed against Dr. Oz and BBC’s Katty Kay.

Wallace’s victory followed the embarrassing failure of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Monday’s episode.

New Evidence Bolsters Zimmerman’s Claims

New evidence has been discovered which adds credibility to George Zimmerman’s self-defense claim.

Zimmerman admits that he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but he claims he acted in self-defense.

Medical records obtained by ABC News reveal Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and two lacerations on the back of the head. Furthermore, the record shows that Zimmerman had a bruised upper lip and cheek. He also suffered back pain.

The prosecution will likely emphasize that Zimmerman did not suffer a concussion, he did not need hospitalization, and he declined to make follow-up appointments with either a psychologist or an ear, nose and throat doctor, although he was advised to do so.

New information has also surfaced about Martin. WFTV in Sanford, Fla., obtained autopsy results which reveal the only injuries suffered by Martin, other than the gunshot wound, were to his knuckles.

Legal analysts note that the new evidence is in favor of the defense.

Clowns Plan To Protest With Pies At NATO Summit

Some people think that those involved with the Occupy movement are a bunch of clowns. They are correct.

ClownBloq is a group that calls itself “the new BlackBlok” — likely a reference to black bloc, a protesting technique that has become popular within the Occupy movement. Black bloc protesters wear the same clothing and may even cover their faces so that police cannot identify them.

But instead of black hoodies, ClownBloq will be wearing red noses and makeup.

Thousands of people associated with different groups are preparing to protest the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago with hopes that leaders from around the world will see their displeasure with war and global economies.

With a presence on Twitter and a site for donations, ClownBloq has developed a presence on the Web.

Instead of protesting violently, the group is planning to throw pies.

“I think it will be very telling of the violence of this state to see the response of the police officers to a pie,” said one member.

The groups Twitter page touts that many things are worse than getting hit by a pie. Such as:

  • “A government who defends the right to assemble overseas but does not at home.”
  • “Getting forced into illegal search and seizures.”
  • “US drone technology.”
  • “Getting sprayed with pepper spray.”

According to reports, the group plans on bringing 1,000 pies to the NATO Summit, which will take place May 20-21.

Rand Paul Weighs In On Obama’s View Of Marriage

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has come under scrutiny for saying he did not believe President Barack Obama’s views on marriage “could get any gayer.”

During a speech at Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting, Paul said: “The President recently weighed in on marriage and you know he said his views were evolving on marriage. Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer.

“He said the biblical golden rule caused him to be for gay marriage. And I’m like, what version of the Bible is he reading?” Paul continued.

“That doesn’t mean we have to be harsh and mean and hate people. … We are not out there preaching some sort of hateful dogma against people, but that doesn’t mean that we have to go ahead and give up our traditions. We’ve got 6,000 years of tradition. There’s a lot of stability, even beyond religion, there’s stability in the family unit. Just from an anthropological point of view, the family is a really important thing. We shouldn’t just give up on it.”

Paul also addressed abortion during his speech. He said he has helped introduce the Life at Conception Act, the Pro-Life Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act and the Human Life Amendment.

For a proper understanding of abortion and government, Paul recommended Abortion and Liberty, a book written by his father, Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Rand Paul added that the 1st Amendment is about keeping government out of religion, not about keeping religious people out of government.

Liberal Chris Matthews Flops On Jeopardy

On “Jeopardy!” Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s leftist “Hardball,” showed the world his intellect. Matthews faced off against CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs during a special episode of the show. The “Hardball” host swung and missed at some softball questions lobbed by host Alec Trebek.

The botched evening began when Matthews requested a category in the form of a “Jeopardy!” answer. “What is ‘Crossword Clues E?’” was Matthews’ failed attempt at selecting a category.

Matthews’ counting skills came into question. Trebek asked a question and reminded Matthews the answer was four letters. “At ease, soldier,” Matthews answered. Later in the show, Matthews responded, “Istanbul,” when the category was “6-Letter World Capitals.”

Matthews confidently answered that D.C. in U.S.D.C. stands for “attorney.” The correct answer was district court.

Another question was “Full name of the U2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.” Matthews responded “Gary Powers.” When he was informed that this was incorrect and given another chance, Matthews assertively said, “Gary Powers.”

Matthews finished last with about $10,000 less than O’Leary and about $8,000 less than Gibbs.

The irony exists in the fact that on at least four occasions, the pundit has lambasted Sarah Palin, saying she would look like a fool on “Jeopardy!”:

  • “Is this [Vice Presidential debate] about her brain power?… Do you think cute will beat brains?…Do you think she’d do better on the questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ or the interview they do during a half-time?…My suspicion is that she has the same lack of intellectual curiosity that the President of the United States has right now and that is scary.” — Oct. 2, 2008
  • “They find these empty vessels who know nothing about the world! Nothing about foreign policy! Who immediately begin to spout the neo-con line. I read her book — it’s full of that crap….It’s unbelievable how little this woman knows!…Don’t put her on ‘Jeopardy!’” — Jan. 12, 2010
  • “Senator, do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?…If she were on ‘Jeopardy!’ right now and the topic was national government, American government generally defined, would she look like an imbecile, or would she look okay? Does she know anything?” – Nov. 2, 2010
  • “I’d like to see her on just a couple of episodes of ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ … just see if she knows anything.” – Jan. 19, 2011

Barack Obama: The First Gay President?

A Newsweek cover may herald more truth than the magazine knows. The cover touts President Barack Obama as “The First Gay President,” complete with a rainbow halo.

The cover story’s author, Andrew Sullivan, is openly gay. The title, no doubt, is meant as an attention-getter and is not overly surprising following TIME’S recent cover photo.

Sullivan (and Newsweek, for that matter) is likely unaware of Obama’s gay past, which the mainstream media have attempted to keep locked in the closet.

In 2010, investigative reporter Wayne Madsen wrote an article on his subscription-only site, the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) which unveiled his discovery that Obama frequented a raunchy Chicago gay club, Man’s Country. The report also claims that then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel is also a member. You didn’t see that on CNN, did you?

Madsen is not some lunatic blogging over a bowl of Lucky Charms; he is a highly touted journalist and former U.S. Naval Officer. Reportedly, sources close to Man’s Country told WMR that Obama and Emmanuel are on file as members. Man’s Country goes to great extremes to maintain privacy and confidentiality due to the nature of the club. It is believed that the U.S. Secret Service has destroyed any evidence of the two men being on the club’s files. Allegedly, Obama and Emmanuel have ID cards which are required for admission into the club’s facilities. Sources within Chicago’s gay community report Obama would frequent the club on Wednesdays.

Furthermore, sources told WMR that Obama went to Man’s Country because he enjoyed receiving sexual favors from white men. This would lend credence to Larry Sinclair’s claims in 2008 that he and Obama had engaged in sexual acts on two occasions. Shortly after making the allegations, a warrant for Sinclair’s arrest was issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. Beau Biden is Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign reportedly discovered information that would add credibility to WMR’s findings. “During the 2008 election, I campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primaries. Repeatedly, I heard over and over here in Chicago that Barack Obama is gay and that his marriage to Michelle is one of mutual convenience,” wrote Kevin DuJan. Photos reveal that Obama has been wearing a wedding ring long before he was married. Why might that be?

The marriage between Barack Obama and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was performed by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Reportedly, Wright ran the Down Low Club, commonly referred to as DLC, in Chicago. Sources in Chicago’s gay community report that Wright and the club functioned as a matchmaker for gay black men. Allegedly, the DLC’s purpose was to keep gay black men from frequenting bars or posting ads online.

Reportedly, Obama and Trinity United Church of Christ choir director Donald Young were among the members of DLC. Two other gay black men were members of DLC and TUCC: Larry Bland and Nate Spencer. Mysteriously, all three died in late 2007 as Obama campaigned for the Presidency. Where was MSNBC for that story?

Rumors have swirled that Reggie Love, Obama’s friend and personal trainer, has been involved in a homosexual relationship with Obama. Obama referred to Love as his “body man” and frequently had 15-minute personal training appointments. Love announced in 2011 he would be stepping down from the position. WMR reported that, at the same time, evidence surfaced which suggested Love was involved in gay sex parties at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.

There has also been suspicion that Obama and Kal Penn, a gay actor who was appointed associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, had a sexual relationship. Penn left in April 2010 and was robbed at gunpoint shortly thereafter. His two government-issued cellphones were stolen. Some have speculated that the Obama regime stole the phones in order to cover up evidence of the alleged gay relationship.

Sources have also come forward and accused Obama of having homosexual relationships with politicians Artur Davis, Deval Patrick and Bill Frist.

“They know how to quash a story,” said James Manning, a Harlem pastor who has vocally disproved of Obama since his election, referring to Obama and the mainstream media. Manning claims he has evidence that will undeniably prove that Obama has a homosexual past, but that it must be released at the right time. He believes he must wait for the proper time, or the evidence will be destroyed. Manning has said that, in Chicago, Obama’s gay past is public knowledge among the gay community.

Rush Limbaugh has posed a worthwhile question: “Where are Obama’s former girlfriends?” One would think that women would come forward and provide evidence of a past relationship with the President, but so far no woman has.

Perhaps a Newsweek title is completely true for a change.

Illegal Drugs Spur Mass Murders In Mexico

Authorities believe a drug war is to blame for numerous deaths in Mexico.

The dismembered corpses of 43 men and six women were found on the side of a highway in Cadareyta Jimenez, an area in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.

The head, feet and hands had been cut off of each of the victims, making identification nearly impossible. However, some of the bodies are tattooed, which may lead to their identification.

In a message left with the bodies, the Zetas, a brutal drug gang, claimed responsibility for the crime. The gang has been involved in a bloody war with other gangs over drug smuggling routes and cocaine supply. Authorities note that the group has previously targeted Mexicans migrating to the United States.

This is not the first mass murder in Mexico this year. In August, 52 people died in an arson attack. Last Wednesday, 18 decapitated bodies were found in Guadalajara. Two weeks ago, 14 dismembered bodies were found in Nuevo Laredo and nine were discovered hanging from a bridge.

The cities where crimes have taken place form a triangle that has been labeled the “Triangle of Death.” Of the 4,832 missing people cases in Mexico between 2006 and 2011, about 80 percent disappeared in the triangle.

“They’re fighting across the whole country with complete impunity,” said security analyst Alberto Islas. “The government has to send out a very clear signal they will stop the violence and find those responsible.”

New Black Panther Party Wants To Hang Zimmerman

The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) is still ready to pounce on George Zimmerman, the man charged in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

On Thursday, the NBPP discussed the cover of its upcoming newspaper. The idea of having Zimmerman in a noose was a favorite.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, National Chairman of the NBPP, said amongst giddy laughter:

We are not paperboys. We are not papergirls. We are revolutionaries with a lifesaving message to help our people. I know it’s hot in Florida. …I can’t wait til the next paper. I might just put George Zimmerman’s face on the front cover with a noose around his head. And this is what he deserves. …Just Zimmerman’s head with a noose around it. …I think that would sell fast.

Last month, Shabazz talked about plans to form a black army in Florida:

We are going to train the community in community patrols and community self-defense in Sanford. We are not going to allow some neo-Nazis to drive around and intimidate black people. …We have to raise up an army in Florida of black men and black people who will patrol and defend the community and we have to have a ministry of defense in Florida. …We got to kill.

President Barack Obama shared the podium with Shabazz during Obama’s 2008 campaign.

At the earliest, Zimmerman’s trial will be in October.

Storm Of Controversy Created By Tornado Shelter Signs

Charles Warren, superintendent of the DeKalb County Public School System, wanted to put signs on Alabama highways directing drivers to tornado shelters. But he was blown off by the Alabama Department of Transportation. The signs guiding motorists to a safe haven were considered unsafe.

In an email sent to Warren by Department of Transportation traffic engineer Travis Kilgore, Kilgore explained:

“The use of shelter directional signs have not yet been approved for installation on state roads. The overuse and overcrowding of signs can be a distraction to motorist (sic) and often lead to a disregard or disrespect of necessary regulatory and roadway warning signs. We understand the importance of notifying and guiding the public to storm shelters, but we cannot permit these signs on state routes.

“The Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices requires States to develop a comprehensive plane (sic) to address miscellaneous guide signs and their installation on State roads. We limit guide signs, other than the primary destinations (Towns and Cities), to those destinations that a large number of motorists may be looking for. Our State Traffic Engineer has determined these signs are not approved for installation on State roads and has previously denied requests for shelter signs in South Alabama.”

In light of last year’s tragic tornadoes across Alabama, Warren argued that people traveling through the State need to be made aware of the location of shelters.

Initially, Warren’s plan was rejected, but in the end, he was able to put up the signs.

Lesbian Arrested At North Carolina Protest

Mary Jamis, a 52-year-old lesbian, was handcuffed by female officers following a protest at a government office. Jamis blocked the entrance to the marriage license office in Winston-Salem, N.C., and refused to leave more than 30 minutes after the office had closed.

Jamis and her heterosexual friend told officers they would not leave until Jamis was issued a marriage license for her and her partner, Starr Johnson. Jamis and her friend were arrested.

North Carolina recently became the 30th State to pass a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

The State was visited by several same-sex couples after its decision to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman. At least nine same-sex couples showed up at the office in Winston-Salem and applied for a marriage license.

After being denied a marriage certificate, Brent Morin, one of the protesters, said: “I just want to point out that we’re married in the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital.”

“Why not? I don’t think it’s really anybody’s business,” said Alicia Picou, a heterosexual who obtained a marriage license at the office during the fiasco. “I don’t think it’s the government’s business to be telling people what to do with their private lives.”

Campaign for Southern Equality, a gay rights group, is planning several more protests at county offices in North Carolina.

TSA Wastes Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has set off alarms at the Capitol. A Congressional report issued on Wednesday reveals that TSA has been groping taxpayer dollars.

The officials of the agency have taken the buy-in-bulk mentality to new levels. The report shows that TSA has procured millions of dollars of unnecessary equipment in order to get a discount.

TSA has been buying its equipment in bulk and then putting it in storage, where it takes up space and depreciates.

The report states: “TSA is wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars by inefficiently deploying screening equipment and technology to commercial airports.”

The report continues:

Committee staff discovered that 85% of the approximately 5,700 major transportation security equipment currently warehoused at the TLC had been stored for longer than six months; 35% of the equipment had been stored for more than one year. One piece of equipment had been in storage more than six years – 60% of its useful life.

As of February 2012, Committee staff discovered that TSA had 472 Advanced Technology 2 (AT2) carry-on baggage screening machines at the TLC and that more than 99% have remained in storage for more than nine months; 34% of AT2s have been stored for longer than one year.

Committee staff estimate that the delayed deployment of TSA’s state-of-the-art screening technologies has resulted in a massive depreciated loss of equipment utility at an estimated cost to taxpayers of nearly $23 million.

But the TSA believes the practice has made Americans safer.

“To fulfill its security responsibilities, TSA rapidly deploys technology to respond to changing threat information, and stand up operations in locations affected by natural disasters and other crises,” TSA spokesperson Sterling Payne said in defense of the agency. “These factors and others require the agency to have a steady inventory of technology available to prevent supply disruptions from compromising aviation security.”

The report recommends that TSA “halt all equipment procurement unless there is a bona fide need.”

White House Negotiates Release Of Taliban Prisoners

What do stamps, baseball cards, coins and prisoners of war have in common? They can all be traded.

The White House and Taliban are negotiating a trade: five Taliban soldiers for one American.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 26, is believed to have been in the hands of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban, for the past three years. The Taliban have released five videos of Bergdahl since his capture.

The five Taliban prisoners are being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Previously, the arrangement was kept secret, but Bergdahl’s parents have spoken out about the trade.

“There is a dynamic here that has changed,” Bob Bergdahl said in an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express about his son’s ordeal. “Everybody is frustrated with how slowly the process has evolved.”

Bergdahl’s parents believe the trade would present a win-win situation, but their faith in the White House is dwindling.

The New York Times reported: “Both Mr. Bergdahl and his wife, Jani, said they were upset that although they had had good relations with the State Department and the Pentagon during the three years that their son has been missing, they had never heard from President Obama.”

Jani Bergdahl told The Times: “He has never contacted us. We haven’t gotten a Hallmark card, we haven’t gotten a note signed by an aide, nothing. Is it because he thinks we’re not Democrats?” (The Times reports that the Bergdahls are Ron Paul supporters.)

Col. David Lapan, spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in response to the publicity of the trade: “If they’re angry and/or frustrated, that’s certainly understandable. I would say our leaders are frustrated as well.”

In March, the Taliban walked away from negotiations, stating that the United States had reneged on several promises.

Bob Bergdahl has taken matters into his own hands, contacting the Taliban through their website.

“I told them I am doing what I can to see that the president understands this issue,” he said.

Some media outlets were aware of the deal, but had not reported the story at the request of the Pentagon and White House. The Bergdahls’ interview with the Idaho Mountain Express brought the story to light.

Baptist Pastor Unapologetic After Gay Rant

Baptist Pastor Sean Harris is unapologetic for the remarks he made during a sermon that was a part of the Vote For Marriage NC campaign, a movement encouraging voters in North Carolina to vote against gay marriage.

Harris, who has become known as the Amendment 1 pastor, said:

So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is 4 years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, “Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,” you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it. And the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.

Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. OK? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.

And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you rein her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl, and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.

Harris has been the subject of scorn since that sermon. The liberal media have made the preacher out to be an advocate of child abuse and gay bullying.

Those who think his message was too violent have sent him death threats. Others have protested outside of the Berean Baptist Church, Harris’ congregation. Police are still patrolling and protecting the area.

The mainstream media have expected an apology, but they have not received it.

Harris recently appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

“I was telling them in strong words that were not careful. What did I learn this week? Be more careful with your words,” said Harris.

He said he would have used the word “straighten” instead of “crack.”

“It’s amazing how ‘punch’ has been equated with inciting violence against gay youth. That’s not what I meant.”

When CNN correspondent David Mattingly asked “what exactly” he meant, Harris said: “A shove, an affirmation. You see coaches give their players a good punch, a good slug. It’s a way of affirming the gender distinctions between a male and a female. I was apologizing for my failure to say the right thing, to be more careful. …I don’t even believe there are such thing as gay children. …I don’t think I need to apologize for preaching to my people what the word of God says. That’s my responsibility.”

Mattingly said: “I heard a few ‘Amens’ on that recording.”

Harris replied: “Yeah, because they knew what I meant.”

Harris is not alone in his stance on gay marriage. North Carolina became the 31st State to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution. Vote For Marriage NC, the group with which Berean Baptist Church was aligned, raised more than $1 million.

The Rev. Mark Harris, president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said: “The involvement of the local churches across this state was absolutely the turning point.”

Minnesota, Maine, Maryland and Washington will be voting on gay marriage rights in November.

West Virginia Democrats Pick Inmate Over Obama

President Barack Obama has made the Democrats of West Virginia feel like they are prisoners of his big government policies. So many of them voted for an inmate.

Keith Judd, a 53-year-old inmate in Texas who is serving 17 years for extortion, extorted 40 percent of the vote at the West Virginia Democratic Presidential primary. Obama received 59 percent.

The coal-mining State attempted to show the Democratic Party that anyone is a better choice than Obama.

As the Beaumont Enterprise put it: “Nearly 70,000 West Virginians would rather have an actual criminal in the White House than the current occupant.”

“I voted against Obama,” Ronnie Brown, a 43-year-old electrician, told The Associated Press. “I don’t like him. He didn’t carry the state before and I’m not going to let him carry it again.”

Judd got on the ballot by paying a $2,500 fee. He also had to file a notarized certification of announcement. Because Judd received at least 15 percent of the vote he should be represented by at least one delegate at the Democratic National Convention. But it looks doubtful that he will be.

According to Judd’s biography with Project Vote Smart, this is his fifth time to run for President. The self-proclaimed Rastafarian-Christian was a member of the Federation of Super Heroes from 1976-1982. His hobbies include bowling and telling the future.

If you would like to participate in Judd’s campaign, contact his headquarters at: Federal Correctional Institution Texarkana; Post Office Box 7000; Texarkana, TX 75505.