Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Secret Service on meeting with Ted Nugent over Obama comments: ‘The issue has been resolved’

| The Ticket – 5 hrs ago
Nugent addresses a National Rifle Association convention in 2011. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Ted Nugent met with the U.S. Secret Service in Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss his controversial comments about President Barack Obama--and the agency says the issue has been "resolved."
"The Secret Service interview of Ted Nugent has been completed," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told Yahoo News. "The issue has been resolved. The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action."
"I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone," Nugent said following the meeting, according to CNN. "I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents," Nugent said in a statement. "[It was a] good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be."
During a National Rifle Association convention last weekend, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
The Secret Service said on Tuesday that it was aware of Nugent's comments and would investigate.
"The bottom line is I've never threatened anybody's life in my life," Nugent said Wednesday on Glenn Beck's radio show. "I don't threaten, I don't waste breath threatening. I just conduct myself as a dedicated 'We the people' activist because I've saluted too many flag-draped coffins to not appreciate where the freedom comes from."
The gun-loving "Cat Scratch Fever" singer did not apologize for the incendiary talk, but added: "I'm not trying to diminish the seriousness of this, because if the Secret Service are doing it they are serious."
On Tuesday, a defiant Nugent sounded off on the backlash.
"This is the Saul Alinsky 'Rules for Radicals' playbook," Nugent said on CNN radio. "The Nazis and the Klan hate me. I'm a black Jew at a Nazi Klan rally. There are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government who despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth--to identify the violations of our federal government--in particular Eric Holder, the President and Tim Geithner."
[With Olivier Knox reporting from Washington.]

Delta Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

Image Credit: ABC News
Delta Flight 1063 was forced to make an emergency landing at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after its right engine reportedly experienced a bird strike shortly after takeoff this afternoon.
The flight, originally bound for Los Angeles, returned safely to JFK.
"On takeoff, the airplane had a likely bird strike," said a Delta statement. "As a precaution, the captain elected to return to JFK. The flight landed without incident, and we're working on reaccomodating the passengers."
CNN's Ali Velshi, who was on the flight, tweeted that following the bird strike the cabin filled with smoke. Velshi also commended the captain and crew for "a quick turnaround & landing."
Jet engines are tested to ensure they can take a hit from birds, but sometimes, as in the case of the Miracle on the Hudson, a flock of large birds are too much for engines to handle.
Currently, the largest bird an engine has to be designed and demonstrated to ingest is a four-pound bird, according to Paul Eschenfelder, a wildlife specialist at the Air Line Pilots Association. Eschenfelder says that none of the engines flying are designed or built to survive an ingestion of an eight to 15 pound bird or 25 pound swan.
There have been 2,586 bird strikes at JFK Airport since Jan. 1, 1990, according to FAA data, though all were not necessarily dangerous or during flight.
ABC News' Lisa Stark and Matt Hosford contributed to this report.

SOS For a Woman from Bayamo

By Luis Felipe Rojas:

The authorities of Las Mangas Penitentiary in Bayamo are prohibiting that the Cuban political prisoner Ariel Arzuaga Pena, who is serving a sentence of 6 years for the supposed crime of double attempt, receive his medications, according to his wife, Lady in White Yakelin Garcia Jaenz.
“Since the beginning of April, Ariel has not been able to take his medications to treat his pharingitis and chronic gastritis.  He has also not been able to take Captopril for his hypertension”, his wife, notably emotional, told me via telephone during a conversation.  She told me that the culprit of the refusal of medicines is the operational official from the political police known as Major Yoel, “who is in charge of all the orders made by Ariel, but is also in charge of imposing limits of restriction in order to strip him of all the literature he possesses”, said Yakelin.  She also explained to me that the books they have confiscated from him dealt with Christian and environmental issues, and other works of a non-political character, which are prohibited in Cuba.
Yakelin told me that, thanks to the call of a prisoner who phoned in from the prison, she found out that Ariel still had no medications on April 8th.  In addition, a group of other prisoners shouted insults at him, as instigated by the political police of the penal ward.  According to Garcia Jaenz, this happened because Captain Hector removed the phone dial of the prison and, when the prisoners asked about this, he said that it was due to “the rebellious posture, the counter-revolutionary stance of Arzuaga”.  As is logical, this provoked various aggressions from other recluses against Ariel and not against the ones who really are the culprits.
Mrs. Garcia Jaenz is still suffering because of the carelessness of the Provincial Fiscal Office and from all the manipulations of the political police in the city of Bayamo, which, in addition to the instigations against her husband, they also impede her from participating in activities with the Ladies in White.  Because of this, she has been beaten and harassed by paramilitary Rapid Response Brigades and has been arrested arbitrarily for various hours, despite the fact that she is the mother of two small children.
This woman demands, before people of solidarity, that her voice be heard “much stronger and much farther”.  She asked me this, almost desperately, a few days ago and I told her that “a piece of this blog is now yours”.  I have put it on Twitter and various cyber-activists have already joined in solidarity with her, Retweeting each message.
Sometimes a call of consolation reminds us that we are not alone.  Her phone is 53401221.  If we send her a message through Skype or Free Call, reassuring our support, then that helps.  And a lot.
To my reader friends who share this blog as their own, to those who have 30 spare minutes, let us send messages to international organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.  Send this post to other blogger friends and independent journalists, in and out of the island.  A pat on the back, an extended hand to show some human warmth, the gesture… she needs all of that right now.