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PUBLISHED: 09:15 EST, 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:39 EST, 19 September 2014

An airliner-sized Navy surveillance drone made its first transcontinental flight Wednesday night, flying 11 hours across the United States before landing Thursday morning at a Navy base in Maryland.
The cross-country test was the first for the MQ-4C Triton, which will play a role in the Navy’s planned Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.
The Triton left from an airfield in Palmdale, California, at Northrop Grumman, which manufactures the aircraft, crossing the Gulf of Mexico before tracking up the Atlantic coast and landing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.
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Safe landing: The massive MQ-4C landed Thursday morning in Maryland after flying overnight from California, showing off the long-range capabilities of the aircraft
Safe landing: The massive MQ-4C landed Thursday morning in Maryland after flying overnight from California, showing off the long-range capabilities of the aircraft
A Navy press release stated that the unmanned aircraft flew above 50,000 feet to avoid commercial air traffic and that after 11 hours and 3,290 miles landed safely in Maryland.
MQ-4C Triton
Wingspan: 130.9ft (39.9m)
Length: 47.6ft (14.5m)
Height: 15.4ft (4.6m)
Gross Take-off Weight: 32,250lbs (14,628kg)
Max. Internal Payload: 3,200lbs (1,452kg)
Max. External Payload: 2,400lbs (1,089kg)
Max. Altitude: 56,500ft (17.22km)
Max. Velocity: 331 knots
Max. Flight Endurance: 28 hours
• Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine
• 360-degree field of regard sensors
• Multi-function electronically steered radar
• Electro-optical and infrared targeting system
• Electronic Support Measures to track and identify electronic signals
(source: Northrop Grumman)
The Washington Post reports that the drone can provide blanket surveillance for the Navy as part of the branch’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program.
Triton uses ‘radar, infrared sensors and advanced cameras to provide full-motion video and photographs’ to Navy personnel.

Coverage: Unmanned aircraft do the ‘dull, dirty or dangerous’ work for the military, including surveillance of large swaths of empty ocean
Coverage: Unmanned aircraft do the ‘dull, dirty or dangerous’ work for the military, including surveillance of large swaths of empty ocean
Big bird: The largest Boeing 737s have a wingspan of 112 feet, which can’t compete with the 130-foot wings of the MQ-4C Triton
Big bird: The largest Boeing 737s have a wingspan of 112 feet, which can’t compete with the 130-foot wings of the MQ-4C Triton
According to Ars Technica, the Navy is also looking for carrier-based attack drones, with Naval Air Systems Command soliciting proposals for an unmanned aircraft capable of both surveillance and air strikes in April.
Surveillance drones have attracted their share of criticism as the military has been reluctant to offer transparency on their use or safety record.
The ACLU says both the military and the FAA refuse to release data on drone crashes.
In 2012, a RQ-4A Global Hawk, an earlier unmanned aircraft built by Northrop Grumman, crashed during training exercises in an unpopulated area near Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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Gun control is population control

By Brian Anderson
September 17, 2014

The great thing about arguing gun control with leftist ninnies is that you don’t have to argue at all; they talk themselves into a corner leaving us pro-2A types free to sit back and laugh. Yesterday at a Navy Yard shooting memorial Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray made an impassioned speech about the need for more gun control, all the while providing proof that tough gun laws do nothing to reduce crime.

“Residents of our city lost friends and neighbors; they lost mothers and fathers; they lost colleagues and they lost fellow church members,” said Gray.

But how can this be? Washington DC has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Until recently, handguns were completely banned and the carrying of firearms was prohibited. If gun control laws work, wouldn’t DC be the safest place in the country?

“Our country is drowning in a sea of guns,” continued Gray stealing his material from President Obama.

DC should be an island oasis of safety in this sea of guns because of all the restriction placed on law-abiding citizens, right? Not so fast, Gray brought up the murder of a 14-year old on the streets of DC.

“Senseless gun violence like this is an all-too fact of life here in the District of Columbia and in the nation’s big cities. But it’s a fact of life that we need to stop accepting,” Gray said, continuing, “Why is it that these tragic occurrences never seem to move us any closer to ensure that guns don’t get in the hands of criminals or people who are mentally unstable?”

Wait a second, is he saying that all of DC’s unconstitutional anti-gun laws don’t keep firearms out of the hands of criminals? How’s that for a complete lack of self-awareness?

To hell with the fact that DC’s gun control laws have failed to create a safe city, Gray wants even more restrictions because they are bound to work eventually. He’s even calling for a “holistic” approach to gun control, but doesn’t explain what that is. I am assuming it involves granola, crystals, and yoga.

Unfortunately for the good Mayor, some pesky activist judges have forced the his city to fall into compliance with the 2nd Amendment by saying handgun bans and denying citizens their right to self-defense are unconstitutional. To this, Gray says:

“Those laws are tough laws, and the laws of others are now under attack by Second Amendment advocates who believe in putting the rights of gun owners before community safety.”

To be fair, denying people their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms hasn’t proven to be a great community safety insurance policy in places like DC and Chicago where guns are severely restricted and the bodies keep piling up.

Gray finishes off his rant with a revised version of the Navy Yard shooting:

“Guns are not the answer, ladies and gentlemen. Guns would not have saved the victims of the Navy Yard.”

From Wikipedia:

Eventually, Alexis jumped out from one of the desks and fired at DeSantis from approximately five feet away, shooting him once in his tactical vest, and the three officers returned fire. DeSantis was uninjured by the gunshot. At 9:25 a.m., Alexis was fatally shot in the head by DeSantis during the gunfight, and his death was later confirmed at 11:50 a.m. [my emphasis]

Guns in the hands of the good guys definitely stopped Aaron Alexis from claiming more victims in his rampage, so it’s not hard to imagine that guns in the hands of office workers could have saved some or all of the 12 victims that day. It’s just too bad the Navy Yard was a “gun-free zone” in the city of DC that, at the time, banned all civilians from concealed carry and a right to self-defense.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah): Four Terrorists Captured on US Border on September 10 – Day Before 9-11 (Video)

by Duane Lester

The only surprising part of this story? They were caught:

Rep. Chaffetz told Megyn Kelly there were four terrorists arrested crossing the US border in Texas on September 10.

“There were actually four individuals trying to cross through the Texas border, who were apprehended at two different stations, that do have ties to known terrorist organizations in the Middle East.”

They’re here. There’s more than four already in the country.

You know this. I know this. It’s the Obama administration that doesn’t, or doesn’t want to admit it for political reasons.

Breitbart has more:

During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing today focused on worldwide threats to America, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson whether he is “aware of any apprehensions of suspected or known terrorists” who have attempted to enter the U.S. illegally during his tenure as homeland security chief. Johnson was sworn inas the fourth DHS secretary on December 23, 2013.

Rep. Chaffetz, who serves on the homeland security panel’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, clarified that he was referring to whether known terrorists, suspected terrorists, or individuals with ties to terrorist organizations have been arrested trying to come into the country illegally.

“Sitting here right now, no specific case comes to mind,” responded Johnson. “That doesn’t mean there is none.”

If we had an honest media, this would be on more than Fox.

We don’t, sadly.

SECOND CITY SNUB! Mayor Rahm Quashes Plan To Name $60 Million High School After Obama


Education Editor

President Barack Obama has come a long way since the halcyon days of 2009 when then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas called him “sort of God.” Today, he’s back at war in Iraq and his record-low approval rating stands at 38 percent.

But wait. It gets so much worse.

On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked Obama down even further by announcing that that the city has abandoned plans to name a new selective enrollment high school after the president.

Chicago’s Barack Obama College Preparatory High School is no more, Emanuel said. The school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2017, will likely still be built, but it will now be called something else, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Problems with the name arose immediately after Second City officials breathlessly announced plans to build the $60 million top-tier high school. (RELATED: New $60 Million Chicago High School Will Be Named After Obama)

Criticism has come primarily from Chicago’s black community. Detractors have called the new school’s North Side location — just west of the ritzy Gold Coast neighborhood — a slap in the face to poor residents on the South and West sides of the city.

Certainly, the point is a fair one. The school will sit atop the remains of the former Cabrini-Green public housing project on a site that is now convenient mostly to wealthy white people and just a few blocks from the still-gleaming Walter Payton College Preparatory High School.

“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school,” Emanuel said in a statement. “We take that community input seriously, which is why — as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama — we will look for other possible names for this future school.”

Emanuel’s decision to rename the school is almost certainly an attempt to shore up support among black voters and other interest groups as he gears up for re-election. (The election will occur in February 2015.)

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, who has indicated that she may run against Emanuel, condemned the mayor despite the name change. (RELATED: Fresh off WEIGHT REDUCTION SURGERY IN MEXICO, Karen Lewis May Run Against Mayor Rahm)

“This notion of putting one more selective enrollment high school on the North Side in walking distance to Walter Payton was a problem,” Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times. “You’re expanding Walter Payton. Now you’re gonna build another selective enrollment high school and name it for Barack Obama? Barack Obama is a South Sider. Plus, in Chicago, we don’t name schools after living people unless it’s a charter school, and they bought the naming rights.”