Conrad Johnson

23 May 19
First to Strike

  By LTC Erick J. Morales, Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion commander Seas of colorful gowns, mortarboards with tassels in flight, “Pomp and Circumstance” echoes through the air, it is all a part of the time of year when our young men and women walk across the stage to collect their diplomas before commencing the next […]

23 May 19
Audiophilepure

Read Here “The conrad-johnson design team is particularly excited to announce the release of our latest product, a headphone amplifier that just sounds right. The HVA1 is a reference quality single-ended class A triode amplifier designed to power low-impedance headphones (around 20 to 32 Ohms). The HVA1 accommodates two line-level inputs. Power output is 3 […]

22 May 19
TobyChristie.com

*NOTE This post will continue to update as paint schemes and soldier names are released* No. 00 Landon Cassill Team: StarCom Racing Sponsor: StarCom Fiber Honoring: U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Schneider No. 1 Kurt Busch Team: Chip Ganassi Racing Sponsor: GearWrench Honoring: Unknown No. 2 Brad Keselowski Team: Team Penske Sponsor: Miller Lite Honoring: Unknown […]

22 May 19
ARHS PGO Parent News

This has been an outstanding year for Amherst Regional High School’s JETS Engineering Club. The club entered 6 teams (45 students, grades 9-12) into the national Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAM+S) and won Best in State at both the 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade level.   Our top finishing 11th/12th grade team […]

21 May 19
Monterey Herald
MONTEREY — The Defense Language Institute will be holding a memorial ceremony Thursday for two alumni killed in action. The former students died while serving in different combat zones. Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad was killed June 8, 2018, by indirect fire while supporting Operation Octave Shield, the code name for the mission focused on targeting militant groups in Somalia. The military is flying out Conrad’s family for the ceremony. He was a native of Mesa, Arizona. U.S. Navy Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Mary (Smith) Kent was killed on Jan. 16 by an improvised explosive device detonated by a suicide bomber in the city of Manbij, Syria. Kent had deployed four times with Naval special forces operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. She was attached twice each to SEAL Team 10 and SEAL Team 4. Her name was been added to the National Security Agency’s Memorial Wall in February. A native of Oswego, New York, Kent is survived by her husband and two young sons. “Memorial Day is a solemn occasion to take the opportunity to honor our fallen comrades in arms,” said Army Master Sgt. Christiana Farnsworth, one of the key organizers of the ceremony. “As difficult as it is, I am honored that we are able to get together to remember Staff Sgt. Conrad and Senior Chief Kent. I was lucky enough to know Staff. Sgt. Conrad and his memory will always be in our hearts.” The memorial will host a guest speaker who is a one-star general in the National Guard and is also a Carmel Valley physical therapist. Brigadier Gen. Shane Buzza is the commanding officer of Fort Hunter Liggett in southern Monterey County. His military career began in 1986 with Army Airborne School followed in 1988 with his graduation from the Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. His education continued with two graduate degrees in physical education and physical therapy. His physical therapy practice is in Carmel Valley, where he resides with his spouse and two sons. The ceremony will include roughly 500 service members in formation on Soldier Field. There will be another 100 or so guests, veterans and local elected officials. Added to that will be a couple hundred students and 100 faculty, bringing the total to about 1,000 people on hand for the ceremony. Military ceremonies for Memorial Day date back to 1868 when it was known as Decoration Day, a day set aside to honor the Civil War dead by decorating their graves. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. It became a national holiday in 1971.
21 May 19
Peak Caffeination

I drove with a buddy from Baton Rouge to Charlotte.  I want to say we left the night before and slept at a rest stop somewhere.  At this time I had never been to Charlotte as an adult and was really stoked about this run.  We were going to do Charlotte, Charleston, and Johnson City.  […]

20 May 19
Boulder Daily Camera
A president’s power under the Constitution to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States” can be an important safety valve when the criminal justice system fails or when an offender has served his time and turned his life around. But the pardon power must be exercised for good reasons and free of political favoritism, or else its legitimacy is degraded. Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand that. For him, the quality of presidential mercy often seems to depend on whether the offender is an admirer. Or a political supporter. Or the beneficiary of lobbying by celebrities or coverage on his favorite news channel. It’s as if he were still starring on a reality TV show that ended every week with a climactic “You’re pardoned!” On Wednesday Trump issued two pardons: one for former newspaper proprietor Conrad Black, who served 37 months in federal prison for fraud and obstruction of justice, the other for Pat Nolan, a former Republican state legislative leader in California who spent years in prison after pleading guilty in the “Shrimpscam” FBI sting in the 1990s. (Nolan maintained his innocence and said he pleaded guilty to avoid a sentence that could have kept him away from his family longer.) Even if one thinks Nolan’s pardon is justified by his good works on criminal justice reform after his release, it’s also true that he was a prominent official in the president’s party. The Black pardon has the additional — and familiar — element of extending clemency to people who are personally connected to or politically in sync with the president. Black, a longtime associate of the president, is the author of a biography with the Trumpian title “Donald J. Trump: A President like No Other.” The Black pardon follows pardons for Arizona’s former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a vocal Trump supporter who was absolved of a contempt-of-court conviction, and conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to a campaign-finance violation. In pardoning D’Souza, Trump essentially endorsed the commentator’s claim that he was the victim of a “vindictive political hit” by the Obama Justice Department. D’Souza then released a film that likened Trump to Abraham Lincoln. The Black pardon also reflects another feature of Trump’s approach to clemency: the value the president attaches to celebrity. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized that Black’s case “has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character,” including Henry Kissinger and Elton John. Celebrity has played a problematic role even in clemency decisions that seem just, such as Trump’s decision to commute the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender whose case was brought to the president’s attention by Kim Kardashian West. The pardon power is admittedly broad. Still, the fact that the president can exercise his pardon power capriciously doesn’t make it right. And while Congress may not interfere with or overrule pardons, it can play a role in investigating whether they were the result of a corrupt process. But only the president can decide to exercise his pardon power in an evenhanded and principled way. Trump needs to do better. — Los Angeles Times
20 May 19
The Southern Skyscraper

The following people were formally charged in Saline County April 19-May 2: Criminal Felony Nathan K. Ande on a charge of possession of meth. Victoria M. Stark on charges of domestic battery (2). Austen Lee Jackson on a charge of burglary. Mac Lands on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Casey C. Sheldon […]

20 May 19
Jim Magdefrau

King Theater, Belle Plaine, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 United States Armed Forces Recognition – United States Marines – Steven Mentley & Saige Vileta – United States Army/Army Reserve. – Devin Croft, Brian Cahow & John Reekers Class of 2019 Awards – American Bar Association Citizenship Award – Shaylee Dodd – Bernie Saggau Award – Shaylee […]

20 May 19
The D.U.Quark

By Madelyn Hoying ABSTRACT Radiation is the biggest roadblock for NASA in sending astronauts to Mars and to explore other parts of the solar system. The moon is close enough to Earth that radiation was not a significant factor in the short-term Apollo missions, but any future missions that stray further from Earth or for […]

19 May 19
TOKIDOKI (NOMAD)

Week 131: Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember. May 18, 2018 https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-131-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-ce28fa6a0c71 This week, in a letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone issued a blanket refusal of records and testimony from Trump and dozens of current and former White House staff, saying Trump did not […]

18 May 19
Kerry Brown Reviews

Talk at the Kent Archaeological Society Annual General Meeting, University of Kent. May 18th 2019. First a word of clarification and justification. For those who might have looked at my CV, beyond being a council member and trustee of the KAS, and a member for almost three decades now, and despite having been born and […]

18 May 19
© blogfactory

Britain looks down on nations ruled by dictators and corrupt demagogues. But in Johnson we have a charlatan of our own who is perilously close to winning power. BY MARTIN FLETCHER Like dictators and presidents of banana republics, Boris Johnson is eager to build monuments to his own greatness. Thus, when Thomas Heatherwick, designer of the […]

18 May 19
Welcome

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Jill Eilderts was a college student looking to earn some extra money when she began working as a cashier at Adams Grocery Store in 1987. More than 32 years later, Eilderts and her husband, Doug, are owners of the longtime neighborhood store currently known as Hometown Foods. The couple recently bought […]