Watch: Police Accuse 75-Yr-Old Marine Of Stolen Valor. There’s Just One Problem…

On Memorial Day, 75-year-old Robert Ford started his day the same way he has for years now. He dressed in full military uniform and regalia and headed out to attend the Harrisburg, Pa., memorial wreath-laying ceremony. Every year, a wreath is laid on the Susquehanna River; and Ford plays Taps on his bugle.

Ford is a fourth-generation veteran. He served in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1964. His father served in World War II, his grandfather served in World War I, and his great-grandfather played the bugle at General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox.

After playing for the ceremony, Ford, still in uniform, decided to stroll through the Arts Fest that takes place in downtown Harrisburg. He was walking when he was approached by a Harrisburg Police detective.

Detective John O’Connor asked if Ford was a Marine and also asked which boot camp he attended. After O’Connor asked those questions, he left. Ford continued walking. He claimed that 15 minutes passed before the officer returned.

When the officer returned, he claimed that he was investigating a case of ‘stolen valor.’ Ford stated that he “felt it was kind of insulting.”

Stolen valor is when a person falsely claims he or she was in the military. It is a federal crime to impersonate anyone who served in any of the branches of military.

Ford stated: “It was humiliating, a nightmare.” He even showed the detective his veterans ID card. The detective promptly dismissed it as a fake.

According to city spokesperson Joyce Davis, “The officer himself did not instigate or incite any accusations,” but “simply responded and attempted to ask a few questions.”

All Ford wanted was an apology, which he still has not received. Ford said: ”I’m here standing up for every veteran, that hopefully it doesn’t happen to them…in my case, they picked the wrong person.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

BREAKING: This New Report On The Deadly Philadelphia Train Crash Only Deepens The Mystery

Less than three weeks after Amtrak passenger train No. 188 derailed in a tangled mass of twisted metal near Philadelphia — claiming the lives of eight passengers and sending more than two hundred others to the hospital — government investigators have issued a preliminary report on the deadly crash. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a brief, six-paragraph summary of what’s been learned so far.

The big early finding of the NTSB probe is that there appears to have been no mechanical or equipment malfunctions or failures that contributed to the disaster. “Investigators have examined the train braking systems, signals, and track geometry. Thus far, no anomalies have been noted,” the report states.

The preliminary report notes that the crash on May 12th occurred on a pleasant, 82-degree day with 20 mph westerly winds, clear skies, and good visibility. The NTSB document also acknowledges what has previously been reported — the train was traveling at 106 mph in a zone with a speed limit of about half that. In addition, “The data indicated that the engineer activated the emergency brakes seconds before the derailment.”

Two other points of intense interest are covered in the NTSB report posted online. One concerns the Amtrak engineer’s cell phone records, which the federal investigators say they have obtained and are studying. “Although the records appear to indicate that calls were made, text messages sent, and data used on the day of the accident, investigators have not yet made a determination if there was any phone activity during the time the train was being operated.”

The other key focus of the investigation is whether vandalism may have somehow contributed to the crash, though shooting at the train or the throwing of objects wouldn’t necessarily explain the extremely high rate of speed as it approached the curve where the derailment occurred. The report states:

Damage to locomotive windshields and to at least one passenger car has been reported. The Amtrak 188 locomotive windshield has impact damage, however, it has not been determined if the damage was from a thrown object or as a result of the derailment. The NTSB was assisted by the FBI in evaluating the damage to the locomotive windshield which found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm.

One thing the NTSB report doesn’t mention or reference is the possibility that terrorism was involved in the deadly crash. In an opinion piece for Western Journalism posted the day after the derailment, writer Jerry McGlothin noted the FBI was very quick to rule out any kind of relevant terrorist activity, despite the fact that just eight days earlier purported Muslim jihadists declared they had 71 trained soldiers positioned in 15 U.S. cities and ready to strike:

Ordinarily in plane crashes, it takes the NTSB or the FBI months, if not years, to determine the cause. Yet in the case of the Amtrak derailment, within 12 hours the FBI ruled out any tie to terrorism — never mind the fact that the FBI had not long ago released info on a likely upcoming terrorist attack on the U.S. rails. Surveillance video footage shows bright flashing light coming from the Amtrak train at 9:23 pm and 46 seconds. Yet the FBI sees no ties to terrorism?

In releasing its preliminary report on the Philadelphia Amtrak disaster, the NTSB gave no indication when an update or a final report might be issued.

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Watch: You Could Call It ‘The Revenge Of The IronPigs’ In This Crazy Bacon Vs Broccoli Battle

It wasn’t Muslims complaining about the bacon-themed game-time menu offered by the IronPigs, a minor league baseball team in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. And it also wasn’t Michelle Obama insisting that the goodies sold to fans had to be healthier. It was the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that put pressure on the team to offer more nutritious fare to the folks at Coca-Cola Park.

As the website MILB notes, the Ironpigs decided to go ahead and add a little green to the pork-product food choices that included such fan faves as maple candied bacon on a stick. But they didn’t altogether abandon their proud bacon-rich tradition.

“…the club will begin to offer deep-fried bacon-cheddar broccoli bites filled with broccoli florets, real bacon and sweet onions in crisp potato breading….”

“We believe in bacon and think that as part of a balanced diet it is a tremendous healthy food option,” exclaimed IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. “Ultimately though, our organization is not in the business of dictating to people what they should or shouldn’t eat as that decision should be left to each individual and their family.”

Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Network spoke with Kurt Landes to learn more about the team’s preservation of the IronPigs’ tradition while giving fans a chance to score some veggies at the same time.

By the way, the theme for the IronPigs’ 2015 season is “Bacon, USA” that features a bacon-themed uniform as well as a bacon strip on-field cap. And of course, the Twitter hashtag promotional campaign is built around #SmellTheChange.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

AWESOME! Here’s What Just Happened On The Live-Streaming Website That’s Enthralled America

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

You might call it one of the most popular “spy cams” in the country today — the one offering an incredible live, bird’s-eye view of an eagle’s nest in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

And what happened at 8:24am Eastern time on Tuesday in that nest high up in a tree shows that the population of the bald eagle — America’s majestic national bird — has increased by one. A second egg in the nest is expected to hatch any time now.

Eager bird watchers logged on to the popular website featuring the live eagle cam joyfully celebrated the blessed and rarely seen event (my wife was among them, so I am personally familiar with this phenomenon that has enthralled so many people).

The amazing glimpse into the lives of this bald eagle family is, according to the a Pennsylvania government site, “supported by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, Comcast Business, Friends of Codorus State Park and several other partners.”

As part of getting to know how these beautiful birds live, you can watch daily activities such as feeding on wildlife brought to the nest by one of the adults.

It may not sound like such a fascinating way to spend a few minutes (or hours, or days), but observing our national bird in its natural habitat is indeed an activity on which you can easily get hooked. And in case you’re wondering, the eagles don’t seem to mind the attention.

Here are a couple of screen grabs from the bald eagle cam in Hanover. The first shows the newly hatched eaglet, and the second shows a fresh fish just delivered to the nest that will keep parents and babies fed for a while.

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

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Image Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business

 

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Is Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane On Her Way To Prison?

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After an exhaustive eight month investigation, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Democrat “Girl Wonder” Attorney General, may finally be facing the criminal charges she so richly deserves. A Grand Jury has recommended Kane be indicted for perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. While these crimes are serious when lodged against an ordinary public servant, they are bombshell quality when brought against a sitting State Attorney General.

The charges stem from allegations that Kane leaked Grand Jury confidential memos in an effort to embarrass her Republican political enemies. Among those enemies was Tom Corbett, who was the then-State AG and now former Governor of Pennsylvania.

From the beginning of her meteoric rise, Kane was backed and groomed by the Clintons and used as a tool to gain revenge against another Democrat who had angered the vindictive couple for backing Barack Obama in 2008.

A 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune –Review article said, “When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled, for [Murphy] had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary … Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads, and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy.”

A quick study, Kane took hold of every odious Democrat position and became a star overnight in the Party of the Rich.

Many thought her next stop would be Washington after she unseated Keystone Republican US Senator Pat Toomey in 2016. That move is so much in doubt that to head off that disaster for them, the Clintons have arranged to have their personal stooge Lanny Davis defend the “Girl Wonder.”

Like the typical Democrat, Kane is refusing to resign and claiming her commitment to serve the people of her state as the reason she is staying on. That’s one thing about Democrats; they are hardwired not to feel the slightest bit of shame or embarrassment when they are caught committing their crimes.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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