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Paul if you don't mind me adding this tidbit:


Guard troops may be needed in troubled Ala. county
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Delicious Digg Facebook Fark Newsvine Reddit StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Bookmarks .Print ..By JAY REEVES, Associated Press Writer Jay Reeves, Associated Press Writer – Tue Aug 4, 2:46 pm ET
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The sheriff in Alabama's most populous county may call for the National Guard to help maintain order, a spokesman said Tuesday, after a judge cleared the way for cuts in the sheriff's budget and hopes dimmed for a quick end to a budget crisis.

Circuit Judge Joseph L. Boohaker ruled that leaders in Jefferson County — now trying to head off a municipal bankruptcy filing of historic proportions — could go ahead with plans to slash $4.1 million from the budget of Sheriff Mike Hale, who had filed a lawsuit that temporarily blocked spending cuts for his office.

About 1,000 county workers already are on unpaid leave because courts threw out a key county tax, and Hale has warned that reductions to his budget would mean fewer patrols by deputies and decreased courthouse security.

A spokesman for Hale, Randy Christian, said the sheriff told Gov. Bob Riley after the ruling that state assistance may be needed to perform basic law enforcement tasks once the department's current funding is exhausted in early September.

"We will certainly be looking at calling in the National Guard," said Christian.

Hale may have to cut as many as 188 deputies and almost 300 civilian workers out of more than 700 employees total because of Boohaker's ruling, Christian said. That would leave just enough workers to staff the county's two jails, which hold about 1,000 prisoners on average.

Christian said the department couldn't close either jail or release inmates, but it would send as many prisoners as possible to the state prison system, which already is badly overcrowded.

Riley previously refused to declare a state of emergency in Jefferson County, which has about 640,000 residents and includes the state's largest city, Birmingham. But he hasn't ruled out sending in Guard members or state troopers if needed.

Members of the county's legislative delegation scheduled a meeting to consider a replacement for the defunct occupational tax. However, Jefferson County Commission president Bettye Fine Collins said she doubted the commission would approve the plan since lawyers already have questioned its constitutionality.

"It wouldn't make sense to support it since we would likely be right back where we are now," Collins said in an interview.

The crisis followed court rulings that blocked Jefferson County from using money from an occupational tax that provided some $75 million annually, or about one-third of its budget.

Riley has promised to call a special session as soon as the county's legislative delegation can agree on a new tax, but prospects for passage are in doubt if Collins and other county commissioners don't go along.

The budget crisis comes as the county seeks to avoid filing what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy ever over some $3.9 billion in sewer bonds it can no longer afford to repay. As with the tax problem, elected leaders can't agree on a solution.

The sewer system is still operating normally, but the county has closed four satellite courthouses because of the loss of the revenue from the occupational tax. Residents are standing in line for hours at the main courthouse to do routine business like renewing car tags.



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(British) Royal Marines Reserves Train for Mountain Warfare in Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California




A group of 80 Royal Marines Reservists has just completed 'Commando Strike 09', a demanding two-week high-altitude mountain training exercise in the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California.

The Royal Marines are the UK's mountain warfare specialists, a skill they were called upon to use on their first foray into Afghanistan during Op JACANA in 2002.

The mountains in the UK aren't high enough to conduct high-altitude training so the reservists went to the United States Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Centre at Pickel Meadow, north of Yosemite National Park.

With altitudes three times higher than Ben Nevis this was an ideal training area for the reservists to be able to practise their skills. Even the base camp, sitting at 6,000 feet (1,829m), was higher than anywhere in the UK and they therefore undertook some particularly arduous training at altitudes of up to 12,000 feet (3,658m).

The air was thin, the temperatures high, and they each carried in excess of 70lbs (32kg) on their backs for most of the time. Back-breaking work at normal altitudes.

Despite their part-time status, the reservists are as highly trained as any regular Royal Marine and must maintain the skills and fitness that are expected of a Commando.

Some of the reservists, many of whom have served in Afghanistan with their regular counterparts, used up part of their allocation of holiday time from their civilian jobs for the exercise.

The aim of the exercise was to allow the reservists to practise the skills required for this environment, such as climbing, abseiling, crossing rivers and even the use of mules to allow them to carry more equipment.

After six days of acclimatisation during the skills training phase, they deployed on a four-day field training exercise based around a scenario in Afghanistan where they applied these skills.

Exercise Director Lieutenant Colonel Steve Corbidge said:

"This has been a really challenging exercise for the guys, but they've performed brilliantly and produced some really excellent results. They arrived at base camp, at 6,000 feet [1,829m], and within 24 hours were working in the mountains up to 12,000 feet [3,658m], with temperatures up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Using a realistic scenario for the exercise and having personnel with recent experience from Afghanistan has given us real operational currency and credibility. I'm very happy with the results."

Using the California training area allowed greater freedom of movement than would have been available in any similar facility in Europe. The conditions in the Sierra Nevada mountains are also quite different from that of Europe and its arid soil and hardy vegetation are more reminiscent of the mountains of Afghanistan.

Indeed, all US Marine Corps units deploying to Afghanistan carry out their preparatory training at Pickel Meadow:

"We need to invest in the training of our reservists," stated Lt Col Corbidge.

"We need to ensure they can achieve and maintain the same standards as their regular counterparts and that's exactly what this exercise has done."

The reservists were drawn from the five Royal Marines Reserves units across the UK, from Aberdeen in the north to Plymouth in the south west.

The Royal Marines Reserves regularly conduct training in demanding environments to ensure they remain ready to support Royal Marines' operations anywhere in the world. Last year they held cold weather exercises in Norway and jungle training in Brunei.
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  I've heard about this.  And they say CA economy is bad!  Geez!
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This brings back Memories...Bridgeport Mountain Warfare Training Center.  I did both the Mountain Training & the Cold Weather Training there back in 99 & 01 both 30 days in length (not 2 wimpy weeks lol),,,Good Times & Memories

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
(British) Royal Marines Reserves Train for Mountain Warfare in Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California

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A group of 80 Royal Marines Reservists has just completed 'Commando Strike 09', a demanding two-week high-altitude mountain training exercise in the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern California.

The Royal Marines are the UK's mountain warfare specialists, a skill they were called upon to use on their first foray into Afghanistan during Op JACANA in 2002.

The mountains in the UK aren't high enough to conduct high-altitude training so the reservists went to the United States Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Centre at Pickel Meadow, north of Yosemite National Park.

With altitudes three times higher than Ben Nevis this was an ideal training area for the reservists to be able to practise their skills. Even the base camp, sitting at 6,000 feet (1,829m), was higher than anywhere in the UK and they therefore undertook some particularly arduous training at altitudes of up to 12,000 feet (3,658m).

The air was thin, the temperatures high, and they each carried in excess of 70lbs (32kg) on their backs for most of the time. Back-breaking work at normal altitudes.

Despite their part-time status, the reservists are as highly trained as any regular Royal Marine and must maintain the skills and fitness that are expected of a Commando.

Some of the reservists, many of whom have served in Afghanistan with their regular counterparts, used up part of their allocation of holiday time from their civilian jobs for the exercise.

The aim of the exercise was to allow the reservists to practise the skills required for this environment, such as climbing, abseiling, crossing rivers and even the use of mules to allow them to carry more equipment.

After six days of acclimatisation during the skills training phase, they deployed on a four-day field training exercise based around a scenario in Afghanistan where they applied these skills.

Exercise Director Lieutenant Colonel Steve Corbidge said:

"This has been a really challenging exercise for the guys, but they've performed brilliantly and produced some really excellent results. They arrived at base camp, at 6,000 feet [1,829m], and within 24 hours were working in the mountains up to 12,000 feet [3,658m], with temperatures up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Using a realistic scenario for the exercise and having personnel with recent experience from Afghanistan has given us real operational currency and credibility. I'm very happy with the results."

Using the California training area allowed greater freedom of movement than would have been available in any similar facility in Europe. The conditions in the Sierra Nevada mountains are also quite different from that of Europe and its arid soil and hardy vegetation are more reminiscent of the mountains of Afghanistan.

Indeed, all US Marine Corps units deploying to Afghanistan carry out their preparatory training at Pickel Meadow:

"We need to invest in the training of our reservists," stated Lt Col Corbidge.

"We need to ensure they can achieve and maintain the same standards as their regular counterparts and that's exactly what this exercise has done."

The reservists were drawn from the five Royal Marines Reserves units across the UK, from Aberdeen in the north to Plymouth in the south west.

The Royal Marines Reserves regularly conduct training in demanding environments to ensure they remain ready to support Royal Marines' operations anywhere in the world. Last year they held cold weather exercises in Norway and jungle training in Brunei.


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Originally Posted By Paul:
Arkansas: Two Men Arrested Watching Porn ... in Walmart

Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:55 AM CDT
Two 20-year-old men were arrested Wednesday in connection with playing a pornographic DVD at a local Walmart on store display televisions, police said. Cody Allen Sexton, 20, and Kenny Dean Andrews, 20, of Muldrow were booked into the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center on a felony obscenity complaint, according to jail records.

Sexton and Andrews — an employee of the store — allegedly removed a promotional DVD from a DVD player built into a display in the furniture aisle at Walmart, 8301 Rogers Ave., at about 10:45 p.m. Sept. 3, according to police reports.

The DVD player was connected to six televisions in the store.

“The pornographic DVD was visible to the general public as they were shopping,” according to a police report.

Eventually, a customer notified a manager and the DVD was removed from the player, according to the police report.

Authorities released the store surveillance video to KFSM Channel 5 to air on the Crime Stoppers segment on the 10 p.m. newscast Tuesday and within six minutes of the broadcast, someone called Crime Stoppers with the identity of the two suspects, said Risley.


Dudes, get a hotel room



Nothing better to do in Arkansas Walmart.

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