Latest US drone strike – a US Navy guided-missile cruiser

Safety record? A BQM-74 washed ashore in the Philippines after crashing off Guam

The guided-missile cruiser struck by an aerial-target drone during a training exercise off Ventura County returned to San Diego on Sunday for assessment and repair, officials said.

The Chancellorsville was struck on its port side by an BQM-74 series drone. Two sailors suffered burns.

The ship returned to San Diego under its own power…

Navy specialists are examining the extent of damage to the ship. Other technicians are investigating the possible cause of the drone malfunction.

The drone, controlled from Point Mugu, was being used during a routine exercise meant to test the ship’s radar system’s tracking ability. The test was not designed for the ship to shoot down the drone

Navy officials did not have any immediate records of any similar accident in which a drone struck a ship.

Not even footnotes about hitting any other nation’s ship either.

OTOH, you have to wonder if they were trying to shoot down the drone – and the drone won?

Confederate jerks never run out of meanness — Alabama counties deny marriage licenses to undocumentados

It is unclear when the practice started, but for years certain counties in Alabama have been refusing to provide undocumented immigrants with marriage licenses. Since the early 2000s, attorneys general and federal judges across the U.S. have stated that denying an undocumented immigrant a marriage license violates a couple’s “fundamental right to marry” as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Samuel Brooke, a staff attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center who works on the center’s Immigrant Justice Project, said the purpose of asking for identification is “to make sure that the person being married, that their name and identification, that their legal name is being recorded correctly, and that is the only real purpose.”

In 2011, when Brooke first heard that some Alabama counties were requiring “proof of lawful immigration status” in order to issue marriage licenses, he was shocked. It was the same year that Alabama passed House Bill 56, one of the toughest anti-immigration laws in the nation.

“This law had everything in it,” Brooke said. “But the one thing this law said was, don’t touch marriage licenses. We recognize that marriage is a fundamental right for all people; we recognize anyone should be able to get married. It doesn’t matter their immigration status or their history, they should be able to get married as long as they provide their legal name…”

Judge Sheila G. Moore, the probate judge of Winston County in northeastern Alabama, said in a telephone interview in November that anyone applying for a marriage license “must have proof that they are here legally.”

“It’s the state law,” she said. “Once they get married they think that makes them legal, but it doesn’t.”

I hope you didn’t think that qualifying to be a judge in Alabama means you’re actually knowledgeable enough, really qualified to be a judge by 21st Century standards.

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Bacon deodorant newest pork-powered product from Seattle

Yup, a Seattle-based company is helping you take your bacon-loving-lifestyle to new heights with the launch of “Power Bacon,” a bacon-scented deodorant.

J&D’s Foods in Seattle started in 2007 when two bacon-loving-fanatics got together over a beer (or maybe five or six) and decided that “everything should taste like bacon.” Duh, why didn’t we all think of that?

The first product they launched was bacon-flavored seasoning salt, a zero calorie, zero fat, low sodium seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon. Immediately, people began sprinkling eggs, popcorn, chicken, leafy greens, everything … with their product…

Since creating the business in 2007, J&D’s Foods has launched BaconPop, Baconnaise, Bacon Lip Balm, BaconLube, Bacon Sunscreen, Bacon Croutons – hell, they’ve even created a Bacon Coffin for those who simply, love bacon to death.

This year, the item that will make your stocking dance for the holidays is Bacon Deodorant. The product went on sale Nov. 7 and is available to anyone looking to add a little spice to their underarms.

They say, “Everyone loves bacon — now everyone can smell like it 24 hours a day!”

Brooklyn granny hustled the government for almost 20 years

A Brooklyn grandma got off with no jail time Thursday after pleading guilty to cashing her dead father’s Social Security checks for nearly 20 years…

Eva Rosenbluh, 65, was so overcome by emotion her lawyer had to finish reading a statement in which she called the fraud conviction “very humbling and shameful.”

Her father, Andor Rosenbluh, had died of leukemia at 83 in 1994, but she continued collecting his monthly checks of $1,234 — which were deposited in a JP Morgan checking account in both their names, according to court papers.

The scheme unraveled last year after she closed the account and a check was returned to the Social Security Administration. Questioned by a Social Security employee, Rosenbluh lied, claiming that Andor Rosenbluh was her uncle and that he was still alive in a nursing home, the court papers state. The total theft was $218,194.52.

Rosenbluh agreed to sell her three-family home in Borough Park within the next 90 days to repay the government in full.

It was all a ruse, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Paulsen, and deserving of a jail term within the recommended federal sentencing guidelines of 18 to 24 months to deter others from defrauding the government.

Paulsen forcefully argued that the fraud was not a one-time occurrence…“She did it for nearly half her adult life,” the prosecutor said. “She is paying back what she took … essentially a 20-year, tax-free loan from the government.

Federal Judge Allyne Ross appeared to be moved by the defendant’s tears and remorse. The judge said Rosenbluh posed no risk of committing another crime and a jail sentence would serve no purpose.

“I believe the punishment effected by the loss of her home, the restitution and personal pain is sufficient,” Ross said.

Rosenbluh was placed on probation for three years but no additional fine was imposed.

What is there to say?

I will file this in the back of my head if I ever need it. I can do remorse as well as anyone else.