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Two ne’er-do-wells enter a home with the intent to burglarize it. Unfortunately for them, it was the residence of two Marines from Camp LaJeune, who arrived home to find the burglars busy at their craft. A struggle ensued, and, as you might have guessed, the burglars came out, well, dead.

After nearly two weeks of investigation by the Jacksonville Police Department into an attempted burglary that left two men dead, Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee announced this morning that charges will not be filed against the shooters.

Until Friday, the circumstances surrounding the shooting that killed Diego Everette and Maurice Skinner during a burglary attempt at 107 Country Club Drive were cloudy at best.

Now, with the investigation complete, Onlsow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee detailed the events.

The two men were shot during an attempted burglary of the house, after being surprised by the residents, as they returned home. The burglars held them at gun point and threatened to kill them.

According to Lee, the Marine grabbed for the gun when Skinner looked away and a struggle for the weapon followed.

“The Marine resident was able to kick Skinner and free the shotgun from Skinner’s grip. Skinner came at the Marine resident who was on the floor and the Marine resident two times.

The Marine resident then found Everette struggling with another Marine who was a guest in the home and shot Everette once in the rear end.
The whole altercation happened within 15 minutes, Jacksonville Police arrived on the scene at 1:55 am to find Skinner and Everette dead in the home.

The district attorney has decided that the men were justified in their use of force to protect their home. Oorah.

Read the rest at WCNT.com (H/T to MassCops, where there are some great comments)

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The researcher says that the wind farms can actually have an impact on regional meteorology. Not, I’m sure, the intended effect.

New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could

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put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution.

Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world’s largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms.

“Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation of wind farms across the world, I feel that wind farms, if spatially large enough, might have noticeable impacts on local to regional meteorology,” Liming Zhou, associate professor at the State University of New York, Albany and author of the paper published April 29 in Nature Climate Change said in an e-mail to Discovery News.

Read the rest:  Wind Farms Warming Texas : Discovery News.

At least they’ve reduced them from the former 56 programs, but it still appears they don’t know whether they actually accomplish anything. Sounds just like government.

A federal government that is $15.6 trillion in debt is currently using its “bully pulpit” to run 16 different programs to teach citizens “financial literacy,” according to the Government Accountability Office, the accounting agency of the U.S. Congress.

Previously, relying on a study by the RAND Corporation, the GAO had reported that the federal government operated 56 programs to teach citizens “financial literacy.” However, it subsequently determined that 16 was a better count of what it called the government’s “significant financial literacy programs.”

Even among these 16 federal programs that teach citizens “financial literacy,” the GAO found that there is some duplication of efforts and no definitive way to measure the programs’ effectiveness.

via Gov’t $15.6T in Debt Funds 16 Programs to Teach Citizens ‘Financial Literacy’ | CNSNews.com.

From the L.A. Times:

He spent his life trying to determine how people died. But now his colleagues are searching for answers after he died under mysterious circumstances.

Los Angeles police detectives, with the help of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, are investigating the death of Michael Cormier. Officials said he might have died of poisoning, but they have not provided further information.

Cormier, 61, died last week after being taken to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank from his North Hollywood home. Earlier he had complained of pain and vomiting.

Hospital staff notified police about concerns surrounding the cause of Cormier’s death.

“At this point we haven’t ruled out foul play,” said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the Los Angeles Police Department. “It is one of the things being considered. We are waiting for the coroner’s results.”

Ed Winter, deputy chief coroner, said that Cormier’s autopsy has been performed but that a cause of death has been deferred pending further tests.

Go over and read some of the comments –  Poisoning suspected in sudden death of coroner’s official – latimes.com.

Our Prevaricator in Chief recently said this:

But you and I both know that with only 2% of the world’s oil reserves, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices – not when consume 20 percent of the world’s oil. We need an all-of-the-above strategy that relies less on foreign oil and more on American-made energy – solar, wind, natural gas, biofuels, and more.

The truth, fortunately for Americans, is quite different. America has a lot more oil, natural gas, and coal than the eco-bullsh*t left wants you to  know. In fact, we have hundreds of years of energy supplies, if we will only allow them to be recovered. Here are 10 facts about American energy compiled at The American Dream:

The following are 10 facts about America’s energy resources that will blow your mind….

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#1 Back in 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey told the American people that the Bakken Shale formation in western North Dakota and eastern Montana only held 151 million barrels of oil.  Today, government officials are admitting that it holds 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and some analysts believe that the actual number could be closer to 20 billion barrels of oil.

#2 It is estimated that there are up to 19 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the tar sands of Utah.

#3 It is estimated that there are at least 86 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the Outer Continental Shelf.

#4 It is believed that there are 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil deposits in the Green River formation in Wyoming.

#5 Overall, the United States is sitting on approximately 1.442 trillion barrels of recoverable oil deposits.

#6 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 120 year supply of natural gas.

#7 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 200 year supply of oil.

#8 According to the Institute of Energy Research, the United States has a 464 year supply of coal.

#9 According to Pastor Lindsey Williams, absolutely gigantic oil fields have been discovered up in Alaska that the American public is not being told about.

#10 Goldman Sachs is predicting that the United States will be the number one oil producing country in the world by the year 2017.

But you never hear any of these statistics from Barack Obama, do you?

No, you don’t – because he doesn’t want you to know. He’d rather keep wasting taxpayer dollars on foolish “green” investments like Solyndra. There will be a place, one day, for solar, wind, and other forms of alternative energy supplies. But right now, they’re not economically viable. We have so much energy that unleashing free enterprise to harvest it will kick off a tremendous economic boom in America. But it will only happen if the left’s distorted emphasis on “green” energy is pushed to its proper place -on the margins- and government regulators get out of the way.

Doug Ross has this to say about American Dream’s list, and why the Democrats keep lying about our energy reserves:

But with the right people in charge, we can have an energy shortage with accompanying crippling prices no matter how vast the resources we are sitting on. The Ukraine — where Obama’s fellow oligarchical collectivist Joseph Stalin engineered a famine that killed millions — is known as the Breadbasket of Europe. As the great countermoonbat Milton Friedman observed, if the federal government took charge of the Sahara Desert, there would soon be a shortage of sand.

Read the rest of American Dream’s piece here, and pass the list of 10 facts on to everyone you know.

From Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive:

Barack Obama has been making a disgrace of himself and his office using the death of Osama bin Laden as a political prop to disguise his complete lack of any other national security accomplishments. It is unseemly enough to be running around spiking OBL’s ventilated melon like a football, but worse is the false narrative that Barry O bears anything but the barest credit for his death. Last time I checked it was a joint operation w/ SEALs, Rangers, TF 160 birds, CIA and a host of other folks actually putting their lives on the line. Now we see Bill Clinton, who failed numerous times to have the guts to take OBL out, narrate a campaign ad for Obama that pretends Romney wouldn’t have been as gutsy as O. This is both a flagrant misrepresentation of Romney’s words and a grotesque use of one failed President to support another. There are even fairly reliable reports that Obama had the idea polled to see if he would bear blame for a mission failure or for chickening out and saying no go. But once the results said it was politically viable, the story was that bravely brave Sir Barry hollered “Follow Me” and led his minions to the Situation Room to watch the show.

As it turns out, it was even lamer than that. A memo has come to light that shows responsibility was pushed down the chain to ADM McRaven, Commander of JSOC. And you can be sure that if it had gone south, McRaven would have been portrayed as a trigger-happy SEAL who led the Prez astray.

“The timing, operational decision-making and control are in Adm. McRaven’s hands,” the memo says. “The approval is provided on the risk profile presented to the president. Any additional risks are to be brought back to the president for his consideration. The direction is to go in and get bin Laden and, if he is not there, to get out.”

So additional risks have to be run by The President, really? What about the winds on the landing zone, does he make that call? Or if it’s raining, does that require more gutsiness? It shouldn’t. That is what the operational commander does, assess risks. If you have ever been in a military command and control situation, you can smell the weaseling all over this. If it all works out and OBL gets scarfed up, or as was the case shot in the eye, Barry gets the credit. But that little line about “additional risks are to be brought back to the President” is a world class bit of ass-covering.

Read the rest: BLACKFIVE: “Gutsiest call ever” delegated to man w/ actual guts.

Joel Buchsbaum, that is, and the division of labor. No, that’s not a government agency. It’s a principle of economics.

The NFL draft is big business these days. With multiple days of prime time TV coverage, it’s watched by millions. It all started with a 5 foot-8 inch, 100 pound recluse named Joel Buchsbaum. Thirty years ago, he spent all of his time studying film and talking to people on the phone about college football players. His knowledge was encyclopedic, and people started to pay him for his draft intelligence. This article in the von Mises blog explains how this specialization in one area of endeavor, and the division of labor is an economic boon to us all.

One wonders how on earth a person could make a living analyzing football players and their potential pro careers. But that is the beauty of the division of labor. With people specializing in what they do best and cooperating with others, efficiencies are gained and everyone is better off. Murray Rothbard explains in Man, Economy, and State, “the further an exchange economy develops, the further advanced will be the specialization process.”

Rothbard points out that the marketability of products and services determines how extensive the division of labor is in a society. If the exchange economy is allowed to thrive, the potential for specialization is endless. New technologies and services beget more advances and further opportunities for specialization.

Writes Rothbard,

It is clear that conditions for exchange, and therefore increased productivity for the participants, will occur where each party has a superiority in productivity in regard to one of the goods exchanged — a superiority that may be due either to better nature-given factors or to the ability of the producer. If individuals abandon attempts to satisfy their wants in isolation, and if each devotes his working time to that specialty in which he excels, it is clear that total productivity for each of the products is increased.

Read about Joel Buchsbaum, and the NFL draft industry he started because he specialized in one area of endeavor.