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San Diego Celebrates Record Store Day Saturday, April 16, 2011
The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been caused by “friendly fire” from an unmanned aerial drone.
The Associated Press is reporting that Rast, a hospital corpsman, and a Marine reservist were killed when they were mistaken for insurgents Apr. 6 in southern Afghanistan.
A Predator drone fired the Hellfiremissile that killed the 23-year-old sailor and the 26-year-old Marine, in what may be the first case of American troop deaths from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Associated Press said the two men were hit while moving toward other Marines who were under fire in Helmand province.
Reports from the field indicate that Marines who were under attack there mistook Smith and Rast for militants heading their way and called in a strike from an Air Force Predator, the news service said.
The Pentagon has said only that the incident is under investigation. The International Security Assistance Force, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, issued a statement saying that the Apr. 6 deaths were a result of friendly fire but gave no other details.
The U.S. military has used aerial drones extensively in Iraq and, now, in Afghanistan because the vehicles can stay in the air longer and operate at lower cost than manned crafts.
Rast was part of San Diego Naval Medical Center’s Expeditionary Medical Force Detachment.
After joining the Navy in April, 2009, he left San Diego in November to be a field "doc" for Marines fighting in Afghanistan.
"He was a remarkable sailor who was respected by his peers and co-workers for his integrity and strong work ethic," said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Pietro Martone, in a Navy news release. "He was frequently complimented by his patients for his outstanding customer service skills."
Rast is survived by his father and stepfather. The Navy hospital in San Diego is planning a memorial service for later this month.
'Friendly fire'...another example of the Orwellian state we live in. Pat Tillman anyone? Someone pushed a button, made a decision. Will they be held accountable or get a slap on the wrist like the Afghan kill team that murdered innocent children and posed with their corpses as trophies? Bad press for a Nobel Prize winner, unconstitutionally starting another war at the mandate of his UN masters.
Look at that picture. Could be from WWII, but it was last week. Sure, he's a hero. He didn't know that 9/11 was a staged event, perpetrated by rogue elements of our government usurped by the New World Order. And if people knew of the treason, there would be no war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. We'd still have some rights, maybe our country wouldn't be going in the sh!tter so fast and this poor guy wouldn't have had a bomb dropped on his head by some coward with a PlayStation controller.The death of San Diego sailor Benjamin D. Rast in Afghanistan last week may have been... more
I had the privilege of interviewing Vicente Fox the former President of Mexico. We talked about many things ranging from his idea’s about legalizing drugs, Mexican Americans, Wikileaks, the drug war, immigration, education, and American/Mexican relations.
You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the links bellow.
http://www.fox5sandiego.com/videobeta/ba30204f-4462-4937-9725-5ac2b5be8526/News/Vicente-Fox-Interview-Part-06I had the privilege of interviewing Vicente Fox the former President of Mexico. We... more
Adult Swim's Ragbag of Jolification Tour in San Diego April 9
The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Executive Chef Gabriel Morales Mistral Chef Patrick Ponsaty created a Cellar Series most will enjoy. I say most because if you do not enjoy seafood, wine, & great conversation then this isn't for you.
A wine pairing with an unusual twist. Tasting different years of the same vintage. I was impressed!
Click on the link and check out the menu along with my photos from the meal.The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Executive Chef Gabriel Morales Mistral Chef Patrick... more
Dolphins die after underwater Navy training exercise near San Diego
Three of the marine mammals were found dead this month during explosives training near the coast. The long-beaked common dolphins showed injuries consistent with blast trauma.
Genetic testing showed that the dead dolphins were long-beaked common dolphins, like these off San Pedro. (Pete Thomas, Los Angeles Times / March 25, 2011)
By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2011
Three dolphins died this month during a Navy training exercise using underwater explosives near the San Diego County coast, authorities said Friday.
Scientists have yet to officially determine what caused the deaths at the Silver Strand Training Complex near Coronado, but examinations of the animals showed injuries consistent with blast trauma.
The unit conducting the underwater training exercises March 4 had scanned the area and spotted no marine mammals before starting a countdown to detonate the explosives about 10:45 a.m., said Cmdr. Greg Hicks, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Third Fleet.
"They saw the dolphins before the explosives went off, but it came so late it would have put humans at risk to stop the process," he said. "After the detonation, despite all required protective actions taken to avoid marine mammal impacts, three dolphins were found dead in the area."
After the explosion, government biologists retrieved the carcasses and took them to a veterinary lab at SeaWorld to conduct necropsies.
Genetic testing showed that the animals were long-beaked common dolphins, said Sarah Wilkin, a marine mammal biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is responsible for investigating sick, injured and dead marine mammals.
Samples from the carcasses are being analyzed to rule out other factors that could have contributed to the deaths, such as disease or poisoning.
Wilkin said the deaths should not have a significant impact on the species' population. There are an estimated 15,000 long-beaked common dolphins along the California coast. While protected under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, the species is not considered threatened or endangered.
Conservationists have wrangled with the Navy in the past about military operations, but experts said they knew of no previous incidents in the region of dolphin fatalities involving explosives.
Most of the controversy over the effects of military training on marine life in recent years has centered on sonar.
Environmentalists have argued that the Navy's sonar exercises can deafen and even kill whales and other marine life. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the military in 2008.
The Navy has been working with the National Marine Fisheries Service on permits and protocols for exercises at the Silver Strand facility, Wilkin said.
Environmental groups said the dolphin deaths show that the military needs to take further precautions to protect marine life from explosives.
"It underscores that the Navy trains with a lot of technology that is harmful to the marine environment, said Michael Jasny, senior policy analyst for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "It is therefore imperative that it take every available step to prevent harm."
After learning of the deaths this week, Jasny wrote a letter to the Navy asking for a public investigation into the incident and for the suspension of similar explosives exercises until the chain of events is understood.
The Navy said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit involved in the incident "conducted the underwater training in accordance with all operational training and safety guidelines as well as observed all protective measures and assessment protocols and monitoring of the area."
"Obviously, this was a very unfortunate incident," Hicks said.
A Navy investigation, he said, is underway to determine what went wrong and whether further measures may be required to protect marine mammals in future training exercises.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is also looking into whether two additional long-beaked common dolphins that washed ashore dead in La Jolla and Oceanside the following week are connected to explosives training exercises.Dolphins die after underwater Navy training exercise near San Diego Three of the... more
Show listings for The Comedy Store, Pechanga Comedy Club, Ocean Beach Comedy and The La Jolla Comedy Store's Open Mic Night!Show listings for The Comedy Store, Pechanga Comedy Club, Ocean Beach Comedy and The... more
On this week’s Tijuanapress.com Week In Review
A Wikileaks cable about Tijuana
Murder on the rise in March
Is Tijuana going to lose another police chief?
And a special interview about Tijuana’s business or tourismhttp://bowlersdesk.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/tijuanapress-com-week-in-review-3-20-11/... more
I recorded the radiation levels at the San Diego Bay 3/18/11 1:10PM
photo via Android Phone
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering tsunamis that caused widespread devastation and crippled a nuclear power plant.
Follow my daily radiation photo on twitter: twitter.com/morrowchrisI recorded the radiation levels at the San Diego Bay 3/18/11 1:10PM photo via... more
Los Angeles Times is a newspaper in Los Angeles. It was started in 1881 and in 2008 it was a 2nd biggest city newspaper in United States. Los Angeles Times is the most distributed newspaper in the country at the fourth level.
In 4th December of 1881 LA daily Times started its publishing and Nathan Cole and Thomas Gardiner was its director. A mirror printing of Jesse Yarnell and TJ Caystile was selected for printing but due to the lack of money Nathan and Thomas crooked the newspaper to the mirror printing company.Los Angeles Times is a newspaper in Los Angeles. It was started in 1881 and in 2008 it... more
A KIDNAPPING GANG IS STOPPED.
QUESTIONS STILL SURROUND TIJUANA’S OLD POLICE CHIEF
AND TIJUANA TRIES TO BREAK A ZUMBA WORLD RECORD.
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In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration into the NCAA tournament. These dreams have been blown away because on this Tuesday Cougars, are third ranked, have sacked Brandon Davies; Brandon Davies is their starting forward. His dismissal has taken place for the whole remaining season of NCAA. He had made a violation in honour code of his school according to University officials’ announcements what were made in evening of Tuesday.In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration... more
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego has fired his spokesman amid allegations that he improperly shared e-mails with a New York Times reporter working on a book about the Washington political world.GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego has fired his spokesman amid allegations that he... more