Local 2 Investigates learned an Emergency Medical Technician arrested Friday on federal charges had been "let go" from the West EMS department just days after the explosion, according to state health officials. Bryce Ashley Reed, an EMT who responded to the explosion at the West fertilizer company, currently faces federal charges of possession of a destructive device. However, investigators said they have found no connection between Reed and the explosion. "We removed him from the roster for West EMS (Friday) after receiving notice that he was let go from there," Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State
Comments: I want to know who alerted authorities that there was bomb-making equipment at the home of a friend.
Anytime the heat is on and the scrutiny starts in force, a few nuts fall out of the branches. Nothing so far to indicate that he had any part in the explosion, though. Just a sad sack who got burned by being too close to this thing.
#1, when the feddies speak, you have to parse. Note when you read various articles about this they didn´t say he actually had a ´destructive device´. If you have a section of pipe you use as a breaker bar and some reloading powder - or heaven forbid some constituents for fireworks or firecrackers, then they can charge you with possession of a ´destructive device´. Then they offer you a plea deal because they can use tons of your taxpayer money to break you financially, all with you being completely innocent - you just happened to be singled out to be made an example or to further someone´s career. To anyone who doesn´t yet know that happens, you´re one of the lofo´s and partially to blame for it going on.
What was F E M A doing in an area close to WEST, Texas. FEMA vehicles were in Waco parked so there would be minimum visibility from a major roadway. Between FEMA and DHS their appearance has been captured or involvement in drills in Colorado, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon, West, Texas on the day of an accident or the day prior. Situations that make one go......hmmmmmmmmmm!
The nation´s top law enforcement official suggested Thursday that the terrorist group believed to be behind the recent attack in East Africa could not pull off a similar strike inside the U.S. homeland. Five days after terrorists launched a deadly assault inside a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. intelligence community still has not seen "any specific, credible evidence" that al Shabab, an Al Qaeda off-shoot based in Somalia, is planning to do anything in the U.S. "I´m not sure they have the capacity to do anything in the United States," Holder added. "It doesn´t mean,
After announcing his environmental program in 1970, President Richard Nixon confided to an aide: “In a flat choice between smoke and jobs, we’re for jobs.” Last Friday’s announcement by EPA head Gina McCarthy of impossible-to-meet emissions standards for new coal power plants shows that the Obama administration is not for jobs. The EPA’s move — the start of a long-term effort to effectively outlaw the burning of coal — is all of a piece with the stalling over the Keystone XL pipeline and sends a similar message to blue-collar workers: The Obama administration is prepared to sacrifice your jobs even when
Secretary of State John Kerry’s signature of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Wednesday was a serious error, one that will have far-reaching consequences for American foreign policy and American sovereignty. Those consequences will be even worse because the Senate, which has signaled many times that it is opposed to the treaty, will likely have no real opportunity to reject it. It’s commonly said that the Senate has to provide its advice and consent to any treaty – commonly known as ratifying it – before it can take effect. That’s true, but there’s a loophole. Once the U.S. signs a treaty, we
Moscow - Environmental group Greenpeace said Friday it will appeal against the rulings of a Russian court that led to the jailing of its activists for a protest near an oil platform in the Arctic. On Thursday, the court in the city of Murmansk jailed 28 Greenpeace activists who protested last week near the platform owned by the Russian state energy giant, Gazprom, along with a freelance Russian photographer and a freelance British videographer. Greenpeace said in a statement Friday that it will appeal and is seeking the crew´s immediate release. "These detentions are like the Russian oil industry itself, a relic
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada´s most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees. Just four weeks after the most intense day of California´s Rim Fire - when wind and extremely arid conditions created a conflagration that turned 30,000 acres of dense conifers and oaks into a moonscape - life is returning as the forest begins to repair itself. "It´s a pretty harsh environment, but
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A top Kenyan government official says investigators have recovered a vehicle believed to have been used by the terrorists who attacked Nairobi´s Westgate Mall. The official said Friday investigators are tracing the car´s ownership after it was retrieved outside the mall. He said there may be other vehicles used by the attackers, but gave no more details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to reveal such details while the investigation is ongoing. Kenyan police have given little information since Saturday´s attack that killed more than 67 people.
If you pressed Control-Alt-Delete to log on before reading this, Bill Gates says he´s sorry. The Microsoft founder says the triple-key login should have been made easier, à la Apple´s Macs, but that a designer insisted on the more complicated step. "We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn´t want to give us our single button," Gates said Saturday during a question-and-answer session to launch a Harvard University fund-raising campaign. His comments have gained attention since a video of his Harvard Q&A was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. Smiling, Gates tried to follow through
Conservative Republicans have officially made it their mission to end food stamps as we know them. Such was evident last week, when the House GOP voted to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as food stamps are now known, by $39 billion over a decade and begin bulking up its work requirements, along the lines of welfare reform in the 1990s. Whether you believe this a good or humane idea probably boils down to your take on a single question: Why don´t the poor, who make up the overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients, go to work? In 2012, more than
BREWSTER, MASS. He calls it "the yellow brick road" because it´s literally sprinkled with gold dust. This road runs along Cape Cod´s shifting seafloor, and undersea explorer Barry Clifford believes it leads to undiscovered treasure from the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. About two weeks ago, Clifford and his dive team took a trip back to the wreck site, and Clifford returned more convinced than ever that the road he´s exploring is a path to riches. "We think we´re very, very close," he said. The Whydah sank in a brutal storm in 1717 with plunder from 50 ships on
The Internal Revenue Service is unable to account for $67 million in spending related to the implementation of ObamaCare, according to an IRS watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said the money was part of a $488 million fund established to cover implementation costs between 2010 through 2012. The $67 million in unaccounted-for spending was associated with "indirect" implementation costs, which can include providing employees with workspace and information technology support. The report recommended the IRS improve its record-keeping for direct labor charges associated with implementing ObamaCare. "TIGTA found that costs charged to [the Health Insurance
San Francisco- The fastest boat always wins the America´s Cup, and this one went to a big black cat that almost used up its last life too soon. With one last spectacular push in a winner-take-all finale Wednesday, the United States managed to hang onto the Auld Mug in closing out the longest, fastest and, by far, wildest America´s Cup ever with one of the greatest comebacks in sports. "I´m going to rank it No. 1. We never gave up," skipper Jimmy Spithill said. Spithill steered Oracle´s space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Team New Zealand
MINNEAPOLIS -- Leaders of the nation´s largest Somali community say some of their young men are still being enticed to join the terror group that has claimed responsibility for the deadly mall attack in Kenya, despite a concentrated effort to shut off what authorities call a "deadly pipeline" of men and money. Six years have passed since Somali-American fighters began leaving Minnesota to become part of al-Shabab. Now the Somali community is dismayed over reports that a few of its own might have been involved in the violence at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. "One thing I know is the
In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz’s epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations: After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down. There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand
A very unhappy Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rebuked Senator Ted Cruz for accusing his GOP allies of being “appeasers” along the line of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich deal with Adolf Hitler in 1938. “I resoundingly reject that allegation,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice for those brave Americans and those who stood up and said what’s happening in Europe cannot stand…Amongst them were my father and grandfather.”
PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today´s 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.
The status quo falls apart when people discover, first to their surprise, then to their glee, that it’s lost its teeth. The presidency of Barack Obama appears to be unraveling — whether the yarn will be pulled out to the last inch remains to be seen, but a lot of it is already coiled on the floor. First the UK parliament, then both parties of Congress balked at his Syrian policy. Then Putin humiliated him so badly internationally that he retreated to the safety of domestic policy. But while resting between rounds he was immediately beset by his own cornerpeople.
Rep. Peter King, who has pulled no punches in criticizing Ted Cruz, said Thursday that supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls. The New York Republican has called Cruz a fraud for his calls to defund Obamacare, and said the senator’s campaign this summer to get the House to pass a government funding bill that defunds the health care law led to some offensive phone calls to King’s office.
Former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he believes his daughter, 33-year old Chelsea Clinton, has the potential to one day be a better president than his wife, former New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In an interview set to run late Wednesday on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live, Clinton was asked by the host who he thought would make a better president – his wife Hillary, or his daughter Chelsea. “Day after tomorrow, my wife because she’s had more experience,” he said. “Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything.” Clinton lauded his daughter’s intelligence,
Allen West reportedly called a female employee a "Jewish American princess," resulting in the loss of his job. While some of the famously outspoken former congressman´s supporters might see the situation as political correctness gone wrong, the latest incident happened an the epicenter of the anti-PC police rebel alliance: Pajamas Media. Buzzfeed explains that West "voluntarily" left his position at the media outlet, effective at the end of this month. Here´s an email — obtained by Rosie Gray — to the PJ Media staff: "In order to focus on political interests, Allen West will transition from his full-time role as
John McCain’s former senior adviser Steve Schmidt says he has “deep regret” for helping to create a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party when he had a hand in bringing former McCain running mate Sarah Palin to the national stage. Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that it’s time for the GOP to stand up to the “asininity” embodied by Palin and others. “For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of
It seems that Hillary Clinton’s hair length is getting shorter as anticipation surrounding her expected presidential candidacy continues to grow. On Tuesday she attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative sporting a new, shorter ‘do. The style appears to be a piece-y, layered bouffant with wispy side swept bangs and lots of volume in the back. A source tells MailOnline that Clinton had celebrity stylist John Barrett cut her hair at his Bergdorf Goodman salon on Monday, and says that Clinton ´was grinning when she left and was obviously happy with the ´do.´
Yesterday, I wrote that the old guard RINO wing of the GOP was collapsing because the base had aligned itself with politicians willing to place principle above party. As if on cue, a who’s who of go-along-to-get-along Republicans has crawled out of the woodwork. First up, we had John McCain. He was angry, but his diatribe was nothing compared to the double-barreled rage-fest being employed by New York Republican Rep. Pete King. Yesterday, King (who’s still considering a 2016 presidential run) spoke with the always-unbiased New York Times. During his interview, he called Cruz a “fraud” and referred to his anti-Obamacare
Ted Cruz has sparked a Republican civil war. He has done the bidding of the GOP fringe, in a self-aggrandizing crusade. And while he has enhanced his own position in the conservative fantasyland he seeks to rule, the practical effect of his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare has been to elevate the president and jeopardize the 2014 elections for his own party. That, at least, seems to be the consensus in Washington. We’re inclined to a somewhat different view. We say two cheers for Ted Cruz— and for Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and their fellow crusaders. They succeeded
An email sent to students by a University of Maryland official that cites the Trayvon Martin shooting as evidence "it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida" is being blasted as the latest evidence of a left-wing bias on campus. The email, from William Dorland, director of the school´s Honors College, starts by welcoming students back to campus, but then quickly veers into politics. "This year, we learned that it is legal to hunt down and kill American children in Florida," it reads, in a reference to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was cleared of all charges