Month: September 2015

More than 500K driver’s licenses issued to illegal aliens in California

California has issued more than half a million driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally under a program that began nine months ago. Armando Botello, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, said Friday that the milestone was reached last week. “For us, the DMV, it is a source of great pride to have reached half a million this soon. We thought we would issue half a million applications per year and we did it in 9 months. This means the DMV work is paying off and that all drivers will be safer now,” said Botello. The state started providing special permits in January, when a law took effect allowing unauthorized immigrants to obtain it with an identification document, proof of residence, and after passing a written and a driving exam. Because the agency does not ask about race or ethnicity, it is not known how many of the five hundred thousand applicants are Latino. However, Botello said most are Hispanic. The record number of licenses issued came as a surprise to the agency, which expected to reach the half a million mark by the end of the year, said Botello. According to DMV estimates, there is a total of 1.4 million potential applicants in the state of California. “We thought we would issue half a million in one year and we did it in nine months. I think it will be difficult that we reach one million in the next nine months because there are fewer people coming to the office,” the spokesman said. The new licenses initially generated huge interest, with long lines at DMV offices in January and February.

I have a question…, Why the hell wasn’t ICE, and other federal law enforcement agencies/officers, there IN that line rounding all of these illegals up?!?  Talk about a “target rich environment!”  And, note the tone of this article..  The dominantly liberal mainstream media thinks this is so great!  How is this in any way a good thing?!?  Its a travesty!!    Now, we have, thanks to the idiocy of California, over a HALF A MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS with freakin’ driver’s licenses!!!!  Holy Crap!!  Do they have insurance?  The questions are endless… and this has opened a whole can of BAD worms.  Being illegal aliens, they shouldn’t even BE here.  Their very presence here is a felony!!  Sooo…round them up, and deport their butts!!  I know this is California, the land of dates and nuts.  BUT…they’re literally exporting their idiocy to the rest of us by giving these illegals driver’s licenses…so they can drive all across the country.  Unreal…  Please consider this today’s headache-inducing example of why it is imperative that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico….where they should remain until that wall/fence is finally built…however long it takes.  Simultaneously, we need to be rounding up these illegal aliens by the hundreds of thousands (yes, you read that correctly)…paying particular attention to known gang members and already convicted “criminal aliens”…and deporting them.  To do anything less is irresponsible and foolish.  Shame on California for doing this!!

Texas Judge Zaps Disrespectful Defendant with Shock Belt

A potential death penalty trial in East Texas is set to resume on Monday after it was put on hold when a judge was said by a TV station to have had a shock belt used on the defendant for misbehaving. James Calvert, 45, of Tyler, Texas, is on trial in Smith County, where prosecutors allege he beat and fatally shot his former wife at her home and abducted their 4-year-old son in October 2012. Judge Jack Skeen allowed Calvert to defend himself, over objections from attorneys specializing in the death penalty, at the outset of the trial in August. Skeen also ordered a shock device be placed on Calvert for security reasons because of his unpredictable behavior, legal officials said. On Sept. 15, when Calvert did not stand up at the judge’s request, Skeen had an electric shock administered on the defendant that caused him to twist in pain before the jury, local TV broadcaster KLTV reported. “Calvert refuses to stand up when talking to judge. Shock belt is administered, Calvert scream ‘ahh’ for about 5 seconds,” Cody Lillich, a KLTV reporter, tweeted from the courtroom. After Calvert was shocked, Skeen allowed public defenders who had been monitoring the hearings to defend him, court officials said. The trial is set to resume on Monday after it was put on recess on Sept. 16.

HAHAHA!!!!  How great is that?!?  Kudos to the judge for not taking this loser’s crap.  Outstanding!!    🙂

Hunter with broken leg in Idaho wilderness crawls for days until rescue

A lifelong hunter stranded in Idaho’s rugged back county with a badly broken leg survived the ordeal by crawling for days and overcoming thoughts of suicide to deal with the intense pain. John Sain, 50, even penned goodbyes to his wife and kids, but those letters made him realize that his will to live was a lot stronger than he thought. The image of his family, and a lot of prayer, sustained him in his hope that he would be found. “When you’re laying there and your foot’s back there, you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re not going to make it,” he told KIVI-TV late Wednesday from a hospital bed in Boise where he was recovering from the four-day nightmare. “It’s just the bottom line,” he added. “Do I want to suffer or do I just want to get it done with. And at one point I was reaching for my pistol, asking the Lord for forgiveness.” Jennifer Sain told Friday her husband was working hard to get his strength back. “He’s hanging in there,” she said. Sain was bow hunting for elk in remote wilderness near McCall last week when his foot slipped between two logs and he fell. The accident broke both of the bones in Sain’s lower leg, leaving him badly injured and unable to walk. He had no cellphone service and was miles away from anyone else, the Press Enterprise reported Thursday. He did have a little food, a water purifier and a small survival kit, and built a fire each night for warmth. After he rejected suicide, he fashioned a splint out of sticks and ripped cloth and began the arduous crawl toward a trail. He reached the trail, a distance of three miles, after two agonizing days, the paper said. Sain then scrawled “help” in the dirt in hopes someone would notice, his wife said. Eventually, motorcyclists who wound up on the trail after making a wrong turn, found him. One rode to a spot where there was a cellphone signal and called for help. “Thank God. I was praying the whole way that it would happen and it did. My prayers were answered for sure,” Sain told KTVB-TV. The motorcyclists then chopped down some trees to clear a spot so a helicopter could land and transport Sain to the hospital. He was also suffering from hypothermia and dehydration. Sain was reunited with his wife and children Brooke and Cole at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. “It was hard just knowing that he’s out in the hills just trying to stay alive,” Jennifer Sain said. “It still doesn’t seem real to me.” Sain said he will hunt alone again, but not without a satellite phone or GPS locator.

We don’t typically do human interest stories here at The Daily Buzz..  But, wow..  What a compelling, and inspiring, story!  Glad to here John will be making a full recovery!

‘Blood Moon’ seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity. Sunday night’s “blood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time. The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won’t happen again for 18 years. It’s unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told its 15 million worldwide members that they should be “spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs,” but urged them not to take speculation from individual church members as doctrine and “avoid being caught up in extreme efforts to anticipate catastrophic events.” The Mormons preparing to hunker down Sunday night aren’t alone. Some from other religions also fear a doomsday scenario. A Christian pastor in Texas has written a book predicting a world-shaking event. Storing away enough food and water in case of disaster, job loss or something worse is part of the fundamental teachings of the religion. Many homes in Utah are equipped with special shelving for cans of beans, rice and wheat. The belief that regular history will someday end, bringing a second coming of Jesus, is embedded in the minds of Mormons and the church’s official name. Though most Latter-day Saints probably haven’t even heard of this latest theory tied to the blood moon, the church’s decision to address it publicly is significant and shows leaders felt the need to reassert their authority on the matter, Mormon scholars said. “For it to filter up to that level means and for them to decide to send out a policy letter means that they felt there was something they needed to tamp down on,” said Patrick Mason, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. Kevin Allbee, spokesman for Utah-based Emergency Essentials, said his company has seen a steady rise since June with sales up 200 to 300 percent. He attributes it to a variety of events leading to more anxiety, including the earthquake in Nepal, Russian’s intervention in the Ukraine and economic concerns in Greece and China. He said it goes well beyond Mormons in Utah. They do most of their sales online with customers outside the state. The public pronouncement by the church comes after leaders earlier this month sent a memo to teachers in the church’s religious education system for high school and colleges telling them to be wary of Mormon author Julie Rowe’s books. Rowe writes about and speaks to audiences about a near-death experience in 2004 when she says she crossed over into the Spirit World and was shown tragic upcoming world calamities and told she would be expected to tell others in the future. “That time has come,” her website proclaims. It is believed her teachings have fueled some of the speculation. The church memo says that while Rowe is an active member of the religion, her books are not endorsed and should be recommended as a teaching resource. Rowe’s publisher, Spring Creek Book Co. in Idaho, did not return requests for comment. She issued a statement to The Salt Lake Tribune, which reported on the rise in apocalyptic worries among some Latter-day Saints. Rowe said she doesn’t intend to make her comments church doctrine, but chose to share her story to help people prepare for the “times we live in by increasing their faith in Christ and by looking to our prophet and church leaders for guidance.”

Very interesting…  I know someone who was raised as a Mormon who I think is reading that book..

Russia exhumes remains of last czar, wife in hope of identifying children’s remains

Russian investigators exhumed the remains of the country’s last czar and his wife Wednesday in the hope of confirming the identities of two other sets of remains as belonging to two of their children. Czar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their five children were executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918 as White Army forces closed in on the city of Yekaterinburg, where they were being held captive. The remains of Nicholas, Alexandra, and their daughters Anastasia, Olga and Tatiana were found in a mass grave in the Ural Mountains in 1991, but were not identified through DNA testing for another seven years. In 2007, remains thought to be those of Alexei, Nicholas’s only son and heir, and the couple’s other daughter, Maria, were discovered some distance away from where their parents and sisters were found. The Russian government had announced burial plans earlier this month, but the Russian Orthodox Church called for further investigation. The church has canonized the royal family and deems worshipping false relics to be sacrilege. It does not consider the remains found in 2007 to be authentic, in part because of the distance between the two sets of remains. Sky News quoted senior Investigator Vladimir Solovyov, who heads the investigating team, as telling Russia’s TASS news agency: “The exhumation was done in the presence of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. The necessary samples were taken from the remains of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. “Also, samples for blood [were taken] from the stains on the full-dress uniform of [Czar Nicholas II’s grandfather] Emperor Alexander II, who was killed by radical revolutionaries on March 1, 1881.” The remains have now been returned to the crypt of the St Catherine sacrarium in St Peter and Paul’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, officials said. Sky reported that the two sets of unidentified remains are being kept at the Russian State Archives until their identity is confirmed.

Fascinating!! 🙂

NASA releases stunning image of a supernova’s remnants

NASA has released a stunning image of the remnants of a supernova taken by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope. The image reveals a small section of the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago, according to the space agency. “Called the Veil Nebula, the debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants, deriving its name from its delicate, draped filamentary structures,” it said, in a statement. “The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.” The view is made up of six Hubble pictures of an area roughly two light-years across. “This close-up look unveils wisps of gas, which are all that remain of what was once a star 20 times more massive than our sun,” said NASA. “The fast-moving blast wave from the ancient explosion is plowing into a wall of cool, denser interstellar gas, emitting light. The nebula lies along the edge of a large bubble of low-density gas that was blown into space by the dying star prior to its self-detonation.” NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24 1990 aboard the shuttle Discovery. The agency partners with the European Space Agency on the project, with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland managing the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, which is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, conducts Hubble science operations.

To see these incredible photos, click on the text above. Very cool!! 🙂

Texas gives Virginia lethal drug for execution next week

Texas prison officials are helping Virginia carry out a scheduled execution next week by providing that state with the lethal drug pentobarbital that corrections agencies nationwide have had difficulty obtaining. The disclosure, confirmed Friday by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, has surfaced in court documents in an Oklahoma death penalty case. Lawyers for Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip also said in a federal court filing Thursday that Texas is “compounding or producing pentobarbital within its department for use in executions.” Texas prisons spokesman Jason Clark said the Texas agency gave Virginia three vials of the drug, but said the state does not have a license to manufacture its own pharmaceuticals. He said Virginia provided Texas with a backup pentobarbital supply in 2013.

HAHAHA!! Props to Texas for stepping up and helping other states carry out their executions. Outstanding! 🙂