Arrest affidavits reveal new information involving Zuzu Verk investigation

Authorities have released new information involving the Zuzu Verk investigation in Alpine. Right now, Robert Fabian, the on-again off again boyfriend of Zuzu Verk, and Chris Estrada, Robert’s friend, are behind bars on charges of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence by concealing a human corpse
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Report: After 8 Years of Obama, Depletion of Navy’s Aircraft will take Years to Recover

The Obama years have had quite the negative impact on our military’s readiness, according to a new report stating that more than half of the Navy’s aircraft are grounded, including almost two-thirds of the strike fighter jets, largely due to lack of military funding to fix them.

But, wait. There’s more:

Additionally, there isn’t enough money to fix the fleet’s ships, and the backlog of ships needing work continues to grow. Overhauls — “availabilities” in Navy parlance — are being canceled or deferred, and when ships do come in they need longer to refit. Every carrier overall for at least three years has run long, and some submarines are out of service for prolonged periods, as much as four years or more. One submarine, the Boise, has lost its diving certification and can’t operate pending shipyard work.

Leaders claim that if more money doesn’t become available, five more submarines will be in the same state by the end of this year.

This news would seem bleak enough during normal times, but with China performing maneuvers near islands we’ve sworn to protect, as well as the ongoing fight with IS, this is a particularly bad time to get such news.

In response to this needless state of affairs, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, has advanced an emergency supplementary funding bill of $26 billion to address the repair and readiness of the fleet.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

“Trying to cut our defense spending to get a peace dividend as we did in the 1990s or to pay off domestic constituencies as Obama did is a self-defeating effort,” Cotton said during a panel at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

“Your enemies get wind of what’s going on, their aggression becomes vulgar, and you have to pay more to rebuild the capabilities and capacity that you lost just to get back to where you were,” he continued.

Cotton said Congress needs to increase the defense budget by at least 15 percent in fiscal year 2018 to recoup the military’s losses.

“To put it briefly, we need more ships, more soldiers, more Marines, and more aircraft of virtually every kind,” Cotton said. “More broadly, we need to invest in the men and women of our armed forces. We need to give them the training and equipment they need to do their jobs and we need to do this urgently.”

Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, has also taken up the issue. On January 31, he laid out a three phase plan which included a Pentagon submission for a 2017 budget amendment request.

Both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees are holding hearings this week addressing military readiness levels in preparation for negotiations next month for the National Defense Authorization Act.

If our Commander-in-Chief is so keen on provoking foreign powers on and off of Twitter, Republicans had better make sure the military is able to cash any checks Trump writes in their name.

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Anti-Wimp: Armed store manager prevents robbery

The manager of Gulf Street Liquor experienced a day anything but routine when a person entered his Beaumont store and waited for all other customers to leave. At that point the would-be robber is alleged to have approached the manager and demanded he “give me all your money.” Being a prepared True Texan, the manager […]
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WATCH LIVE NOW: Oral Arguments in Ninth Circuit on Nationwide Stay of Trump’s Immigration Order

As of the publication of this post, the argument is happening right now, at 3 p.m. Pacific, 6 p.m. Eastern. It will last one hour. The live stream is available at the Web site for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This link should take you straight to the streaming video.

The judges include two Democrat appointees, and one Republican appointee:

The three-judge panel includes Judge William C. Canby Jr, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, Judge Michelle T. Friedland, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, and Judge Richard R. Clifton, an appointee of President George W. Bush.

A decision could be issued today. Stay tuned.

This case is likely going to the Supreme Court, where the Court is divided 4-4 along ideological lines. A tie in the Supreme Court has the effect of affirming the lower court decision (without precedential value). That means there’s a good chance the Ninth Circuit will have the final word on this for now. The stakes are very high.

Those wishing to delve deeper (perhaps after the hearing) might benefit from a few links. The ruling being appealed can be read at this link. Video of the arguments in the District Court below can be viewed here. A commenter of mine summarized the states’ arguments in the District Court here. And the Government’s emergency motion in the Ninth Circuit, setting forth the Government’s position, is here.

For further background reading, including a debate between myself and NRO’s Andrew McCarthy on the legality of the executive order, read here, here, and here, and the links therein.


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