President Barack Obama has fired the deputy commander of the Bellevue-based U.S. Strategic Command from his duties after accusations that he passed counterfeit poker chips at a Council Bluffs casino last June, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. Vice Adm. Timothy Giardina has been reassigned to Navy staff at the Pentagon and will move to Washington, D.C., within the next three weeks, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy´s top spokesman.
Comments: With the way Obama has been firing military personnel - I´m just cynical enough to believe that the chips were planted by the administration.
Accusations? Hmmm. Kinda jumping the gun on firing him doncha think?
And where´d he get the chips? I´m not saying he didn´t do this stupid thing -- a casino is the absolute last place to try to pull a scam -- I´m just saying I´d like to know he´s guilty before he´s punished.
Lots of generals and admirals being fired recently. It is difficult to believe it is because they are all incompetent or lack basic values. Wonder if the administration is worried about a "Seven Days in May" scenario? That being said the military has alway had it share of perfumed princes. When the navy has more admirals than it has ships you know something is upside down.
The gambling matter originated as a local law enforcement investigation in Iowa in June.
Iowa state officials have said Giardina is alleged to have used $1,500 in counterfeit chips at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Strategic Command headquarters near Omaha, Neb. He has not been charged with a crime.
Praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behaviour, according to a new study. People turn to prayer ´as a coping response to the high demands in life´ and are rewarded with increased strength and ability to resist temptation, researchers said. Previous findings have shown that when people try hard to control their emotions and thoughts, the risk of aggressive outbursts and binge drinking or eating rises. But the latest study, by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, found that praying helps people maintain self-control. ´A brief period of personal prayer buffered the self-control
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The other day, Pope Francis delivered what has been described as a stinging critique of unfettered capitalism and “unbridled consumerism.” As I mentioned on Morning Joe Wednesday, free markets and capitalism are responsible for more wealth and prosperity — for more people — than any other economic system ever devised by man. We should continue to point that out, but this doesn’t mean Pope Francis’ concerns aren’t valid. Just as conservatives must make the moral case for free markets, we must also concede that we live in a fallen world full of greed and sin. It is not inconsistent to
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LAHORE: Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday. “A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society,” Rehman said at the symposium, titled ‘Youth emerging as a force for positive change’, meant to mark the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The event was arranged by the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA). From January 2012 to September 2013, there were also 90 acid attacks on women,
BEIJING - Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" - the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs. Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on. Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution. A media officer at Beijing´s Xicheng district administration bureau said the hundreds of barbecue grills were confiscated over a three-month campaign
HOUMA, La. -- Police in Houma are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a deacon Sunday afternoon. Police say a 17-year-old homeless boy, Leron Calloway, who police believe is armed and dangerous, is a person of interest in the case. He´s wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Connely Duplantis, a Catholic deacon who, shortly after giving out communion at Annunziata Church, was gunned down at his parent´s house. "I just saw a person pass, and then I heard ´Boom!´" That´s Drussela Duplantis describing the moments leading up to her son Duplantis getting shot right outside her
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For pet owners across the country, you should rejoice! Your pets are eligible for Obamacare benefits. Colorado resident Shane Smith received a letter informing him that his dog, Baxter, was successfully enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. Smith’s own policy was cancelled under Obamacare, so he decided to enroll with the government’s program. During the application process, which he decided to do by phone, he was asked several security questions; he used his dog’s name for one of the codes. An error in data collection obviously occurred. Smith facetiously said, “It’s awesome that they [Connect for Health Colorado]
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President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
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Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.” When asked
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President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
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