Stephanie Kwolek, the American chemist and inventor who has died aged 90, created the first in a family of synthetic polymers that would later be spun together into Kevlar - a lightweight fibre with myriad applications, most famously in the construction of bullet-proof vests.
In the early 1960s the chemical company DuPont was searching for a way to reinforce car tyres without the use of heavy steel belts. At the time there were predictions of an oil shortage, and researchers hoped that a new lightweight-yet-strong breed of tyre would result in more fuel-efficient cars. With a team of chemists called the Pioneering Research Laboratory, Stephanie Kwolek began experimenting on a group of long-chain molecules with a rigid rod-like structure, known as aromatic polyimides.
She discovered that under certain conditions, these polyimides would form liquid crystals in solution. Whereas most polymer solutions are thick, this one was fluid and turbid, almost as though it had been contaminated. The colleague in charge of the spinneret initially refused to operate it on the grounds that it might clog up his equipment. When they persevered, however, the resulting fibre was stiffer and stronger than anything the team had seen before. “That’s when I said ‘aha’”, Stephanie Kwolek later recalled. “I knew then and there it was an important discovery.”
Subsequent testing showed that the polymer, dubbed “Fibre B”, was flame-resistant, about half as dense as fibreglass yet up to five times stronger by weight than steel. In 1971 DuPont patented Kevlar and began to search for possible applications. They came up with more than 200 uses, from reinforcing bicycles and hiking boots to creating spacecraft, bridges, army helmets - and body armour. The DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club, founded in 1987 by police officers who owe their lives to the Kevlar bullet-proof vest, currently has more than 3,100 members.
Two Jasper, Texas police officers were fired on Monday for using excessive force against a 25-year-old black woman, Keyarika Diggles, after she was arrested for an unpaid fine of $100.
“The amount of force used was abominable,” the woman’s attorney told Yahoo News.
Security cameras at Jasper’s police headquarters captured the incident:
There’s no audio on the video, but Diggles and Grissom were apparently arguing when Officer Ryan Cunningham comes in behind Diggles and attempts to handcuff her. When she appears to raise her hand, Cunningham grabs Diggles by the hair and slams her head into a countertop. The officers wrestle Diggles to the ground before dragging her by her ankles into a jail cell.
“She got her hair pulled out, broke a tooth, braces got knocked off … it was brutal,” Bernsen said.
“James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper. Byrd’s lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law. It later led to the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, commonly known as the Matthew Shepard Act, which passed on October 22, 2009, and which President Barack Obama signed into law on October 28, 2009.
Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed by lethal injection for this crime by the state of Texas on September 21, 2011. King remains on Texas’ death row while appeals are pending, while Berry was sentenced to life imprisonment.
“JASPER, Tex. — For more than 100 years, a rickety iron fence separated the black graves from the white ones at a cemetery in this East Texas town. Months after the brutal murder here of James Byrd Jr., a black man chained to a pickup truck and dragged to death by three white men on June 7, 1998, the fence was torn down by residents as a sign of unity and reconciliation.
Fourteen years later, Jasper City Cemetery remains segregated: blacks, including Mr. Byrd, are buried near the bottom of the hill, while whites are buried at the top.
“It’s our custom, here in the South, here in Jasper,” said Albert K. Snell, 80, a retired teacher who is white and a member of the cemetery’s board of directors. “We have the same cemetery, but we don’t mix the white and the black graves. They’re separate. Put a black up here? No, no, we wouldn’t do that. That would be against our custom, against our way of doing things.”
In recent months, the perpetual, uncomfortable truce between the races in this piney woods town of 7,600 has ruptured, and the feuding has become increasingly public.”
President Obama honored several dozen of the nation’s top law enforcement officials at the White House today, saying they “embody America at its best and at its bravest.”
“We know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives, even if it means putting your lives on the line,” he said as the National Association of Police Organization’s TOP COPS Award recipients stood behind him during an event in the East Room of the White House. “That’s what these folks are all about. That’s what the men and women standing behind me have proven — their heart, their courage, their dedication.”
As he paid tribute to the nation’s top police officers, the president also pushed for “common-sense steps” on gun control to ensure the safety of those officers in the line of duty.
“We also need to take some common-sense steps that protect our rights, protect our children, protect officers in the line of duty by making it harder for dangerous criminals to get their hands on lethal weapons,’ he said.
Obama praised the work of law enforcement officials and first r
Officials in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Daghestan say at least four police officers are dead and six others are injured after an attack by a suicide bomber.
Officials say the bomber detonated his explosives after his vehicle was stopped at a police checkpoint early on February 14 on the outskirts of the city of Khasavyurt.
Reports say one police officer was missing after the attack.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible.
Dorner said in his online postings that being a police officer had been his life’s ambition since he served in the Police Explorers program. Now that had been taken away from him, he said, and he suffered from severe depression and was filled with rage over the people who forced him from his job.
Dorner complained that Quan and others did not fairly represent him at the review hearing.
“Your lack of ethics and conspiring to wrong a just individual are over. Suppressing the truth will lead to deadly consequences for you and your family. There will be an element of surprise where you work, live, eat, and sleep,” he wrote, referring to Quan and several others.
“I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours,” he added.
Quan apparently served as Dorner’s representative, according to the manifesto. Of Quan, Dorner wrote: “He doesn’t work for you, your interest, or your name. He works for the department, period. His job is to protect the department from civil lawsuits being filed and their best interest which is the almighty dollar. His loyalty is to the department, not his client.”
In the document, he threatens violence against other police officers.
“The violence of action will be high. … I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty,” Dorner wrote.
In his manifesto, Dorner seemed to allude to the Irvine slaying.
“I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days,” he wrote.
“Unfortunately,” he added, “this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake and complete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name.”
The horrible accounts of what first responders saw at Sandy Hook.
‘One look, and your life was absolutely changed,’ said Michael McGowan, one of the first police officers to arrive at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, as a gunman, in the space of minutes, killed 20 first graders and 6 adults.
The officers searched the room for any other gunmen, then began searching for signs of life among the children. One little girl had a pulse and was breathing. Officer Chapman cradled her in his arms and ran with her outside, to an ambulance. Officer Chapman, a parent himself, tried to comfort her. ‘You’re safe now; your parents love you,’ he recalled saying. She did not survive.
They say time heals all wounds, I don’t think there is enough time in the world for that.
I suppose the Rightwing, will claim these guys are actors too?
Wayne Lapierre talks about “good guys with guns” being an answer to the problem of increasing gun violence in the U.S. In this case one of Wayne’s “Good Guys” — a trained, professional corrections officer, shoots police officers and dies from return fire. If no guns were present in this scenario, it’s probable that the injuries would be light and that nobody would have died.
The man who “unleashed a barrage of gunfire” on three police officers this morning in New Jersey was an employee of the New Jersey Department of Corrections who had been arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend’s home.
The suspect was shot dead in the police station. Three police officers also were shot but are expected to make full recoveries.
Eddie Jones III, 39, of Willingboro, N.J., was arrested around 1 a.m., when he was found allegedly stalking the home of his former girlfriend. Jones was employed by the Department of Corrections as a civilian communications officer, not a sworn corrections officer, police said.
Jones was then transported to the Gloucester Township Police Department for processing related to his charges.
The female police officer who killed a U.S. contractor in Kabul on Monday is an Iranian national, an Afghan government official said Tuesday.
Sediq Seddiqi, an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, said the Afghan police officer is an Iranian citizen who met her Afghan husband in Iran. After they eventually went to live in Afghanistan, he managed to help her illegally obtain Afghan citizenship.
The United States has long been concerned about Iranian terror-related activity against U.S. targets. But Seddiqi said he doesn’t have evidence to link the attacker to militant groups carrying out acts of terror. She was arrested and was questioned, he said.
It was the latest in a number of so-called insider attacks by Afghan soldiers and police officers, or attackers dressed like them. More than 50 people have been killed in Afghanistan in similar attacks this year, which the Afghan government calls acts of terrorism.
See part I here: littlegreenfootballs.com
Rather than face — rather than face their own moral failings the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws, and fill the national media with misinformation and dishonest thinking that only delay meaningful action, and all but guarantee that the next atrocity is only a news cycle away.
The media calls semi-automatic fire arms, machine guns. They claim these civilian semi-automatic fire arms are used by the military. They tell us that the .223 is one of the most powerful rifle calibers, when all of these claims are factually untrue, they don’t know what they’re talking about.
That was Rupert Murdoch who immediately after the shooting tweeted that “automatic” weapons should be banned. Looking back on it now I’m no longer very sure that it was a mistake on his part either. How many people just like you Wayne have now used what he said to deride the arguments of those that do know what they are talking about?
Rather than address the legitimate calls for discussion about better gun regulation you instead simply point to the writings of a tiny handful of misinformed people and laugh. Those few apparently “prove” to you that you would be wasting your time and that no one on the gun control side of the argument even has any idea what it is they are talking about. Or at least it makes a convenient excuse to tell the public for why you wont, doesn’t it?
BTW: Many of the weapons people are talking about are in fact slightly modified military weapons. The SKS was the main Soviet issue rifle before the AK-47 came along. The Ak-47 and its variants are of course military rifles. The AR-15 and Bushmaster are of course the civilian version of the military M-16 and M-4. Are you trying to say that this isn’t true?
Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban or one more law imposed on peaceable, lawful people will protect us where 20,000 other laws have failed.
As brave and heroic and as self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms and as prompt and professional and well- trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own, unable to stop it.
The armed police force at Virginia Tech didn’t stop the massacre at that school either, so what is your point? The inarguable fact is that it only takes a matter of minutes with military style semi-automatic weapons to shoot dozens. This has sadly been proven over and over again, armed guards at schools will not and can not prevent these shootings from occurring.
As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It’s now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools. The only way — the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or from a minute away?
No, actually the bad guys usually stop themselves by committing suicide once they have released their angst by shooting people, not one of them has ever been shot by a civilian.
Also, a mile is only a minute away a sixty miles per hour and police responding to dire emergency calls drive much faster than that. But go right ahead, tell us more about how we can all get more personally involved Wayne.
Now, I can imagine the headlines, the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow. ‘More guns,’ you’ll claim, ‘are the NRA’s answer to everything.’ Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools.
Uhh, it is a true and factual statement isn’t it? I mean the “more guns” part, not the ridiculous “guns are evil” part. No one I know with the exception of the Religious Right talks about “evil” as being an actual noun worthy “thing” or of it being somehow invested into material objects.
But since when did ‘gun’ automatically become a bad word? A gun in the hands of a Secret Service agent protecting our president isn’t a bad word. A gun in the hands of a soldier protecting the United States of America isn’t a bad word. And when you hear your glass breaking at three a.m. and you call 9/11, you won’t be able to pray hard enough for a gun in the hands of a good guy to get there fast enough to protect you.
So, why is the idea of a gun good when it’s used to protect the president of our country or our police, but bad when it’s used to protect our children in our schools? They’re our kids. They’re our responsibility. And it’s not just our duty to protect them, it’s our right to protect them.
Are you having fun beating up that strawman argument you just created? Show me where anyone has advocated against law enforcement being able to use guns if necessary to protect our children?
You know, five years ago after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if — what if when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he’d been confronted by qualified armed security? Will you at least admit it’s possible that 26 little kids, that 26 innocent lives might have been spared that day? Is it so important to you (inaudible) would rather continue to risk the alternative? Is the press and the political class here in Washington D.C. so consumed by fear and hatred of the NRA and American gun owners, that you’re willing to accept the world, where real resistance to evil monsters is alone, unarmed school principal left to surrender her life, her life, to shield those children in her care.
No one. No one, regardless of personal, political prejudice has the right to impose that sacrifice.
Firstly: Virginia Tech has its own campus police force and they are armed with guns, that did not stop the shooting. Secondly: The reason you were mocked is because you were calling for students to be allowed to carry weapons into classes. Once again your only knee-jerk reflexive solution to gun violence was to call for “more guns.”
Even after a week to prepare for this statement and to get your facts straight you still can’t do it? “26 little kids” were not shot. 20 children and also the six adults who tried to protect them and paid for it with their lives were shot. Of course none of the adults went down in a blaze of glory while trying to shoot it out with the body armored killer, so I can see why you completely dismiss their existence.
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no national one size fits all solution to protecting our children. But do know that this president zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget and scrapped Secure Our Schools policing grants in next year’s budget.
With all the foreign aid the United States does, with all the money in the federal budget, can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school? Even if they did that, politicians have no business and no authority denying us the right, the ability, and the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.
Simple, seemingly even more simple for the less government Right wing/Libertarian crowd to take in, this is not an issue that should belong to the Federal government. School security should be and currently is up to the individual school districts and the states in which they reside. There is no “Federal School Security Agency” yet and let us all hope that the fear mongers that make a good living by creating panic amongst the Right Wing never stampede us into creating one.
Now, the National Rifle Association knows there are millions of qualified and active retired police, active, Reserve, and retired military, security professionals, certified firefighters, security professionals, rescue personnel, an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained, qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every single school.
We could deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer, relying on the brave men and women in America’s police forces. The budgets — and you all know this, everyone in the country knows this — of our local police departments are strained, and the resources are severely limited, but their dedication and courage is second to none. And, they can be deployed right now.
I notice that only a miniscule percentage of the people you mention as being “ready today” to take on school security duties may have ever had any training for it. Or do you contend that dealing with a civilian shooter, in a crowded school environment, is something that just naturally comes to ex-firefighters and ex-military people?
Sure we could deploy people now, but we have to first acknowledge that they have never trained for such an occurrence, are not prepared for it, and that their only likely contribution would be to add to the confusion at the scene when actual law enforcement does show up. Besides all of that, who is paying for the school districts liability insurance with untrained retirees wandering the halls with loaded assault rifles dangling from their right hands?
I call on Congress today, to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. And, to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in January.
Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation, or anything else, as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work and by that I mean armed security.
So instead of any increased regulation to decrease the availability of military grade armaments to civilians he instead advocates turning our schools into armed fortresses? To accomplish this he wants the Federal government rather than the states to take over school security and to pay for local police/state law enforcement agents to be in our schools?
This is especially funny considering how many times Wayne himself has said in writing that the federal government itself is actually just an agent for the New World order. Wayne is a conspiracy theorist who has repeatedly claimed that the ultimate goal of the United States government is to seize all guns from it’s citizens and then allow a foreign U.N. dictatorship to takeover and rule America.
Right now today every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers, local authorities and draw upon every resource that’s out there and available to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now.
Every school is gonna have a different solution based on its own unique situation. Every school in America needs to immediately identify, dedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place, though, right now.
And the National Rifle Association, as America’s preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years — we have 11,000 police training instructors in the NRA — is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.
Translation: I’m hoping to use this exactly the way Bush used 9/11 to stampede you into making stupid decisions and demanding actions from your local government that have nothing to do with the actual threat.
The NRA stands ready to help by teaching your children how essential our paranoid version of gun rights are to the eventual overthrow of this Socialistic and Muslim based national government. By putting our armed volunteers in schools you will give us tremendous nationwide credibility and also give us access to indoctrinate your children daily.
Come on you idiots just do it, please, please, please…
Our training programs are the most advanced in the world. That expertise must be brought to bear to protect our schools and our children now.
We did it through (ph) our nation’s defense industries and military installations during World War II. We did it for very young kids with our Eddie Eagle child safety program that is throughout the country in schools right now, and we’ll do it again today.
Come on, let us into your schools as the official security, we only want to protect your children, we aren’t even thinking about how much it could increase our membership, we swear!
The NRA is gonna bring all its knowledge, all its dedication and all its resources to develop a model national schools shield emergency response program for every single school in America that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control, to information technology, to student and teacher training, this multifaceted program will be developed by the very best experts in the field. Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson will lead the effort as national director of the National Model School Shield Program, with a budget provided by the NRA of whatever scope the task requires. His experience as United States attorney, director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, and undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security will give him the knowledge and expertise to hire the most knowledgeable and credentialed experts that are available in the United States of America to get this program up and running from the first day forward.
Come on, let us in, all we are asking for is a few measly billions in funding, think of how much safer your children will be with armed NRA members wandering the hallways!
If we truly cherish our kids, more than our money, more than our celebrities, more than our sports stadiums, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible. And that security is only available with properly trained, armed good guys. Under Asa’s leadership, our team of security experts will make this program available to the world for protecting our children in school. And we’ll make the program available to every single school in America, free of charge. That’s a plan of action that can, and will make a real positive, indisputable difference in the safety of our children, and it will start right now.
If you don’t let us into your schools then you must want more kids to die! What kind of sick evil bastard are you?
There’s going to be a lot of time for talk, and debate later. This is a time this is a day for decisive action. We can’t wait for the next unspeakable crime to happen before we act. We can’t lose precious time debating legislation that won’t work. We mustn’t allow politics or personal prejudice to divide us. We must act now for the sake of every child in America.
Later people can stop and think about this, later people can try to come up with reasonable solutions. Right now however is the time to advocate for insane ideas like putting armed civilians into schools! We must not stop and think, we must not waste precious time by debating it, we simply must do it and then wait and see what happens!
Who cares about all the reality based things that argue against this? There is no need to stop and consider death liability, humongously increased insurance, or the lack of psychological fitness tests that even rookie police officers have to pass before getting training. America needs all the untrained elderly gun toting volunteers in the schools it can get right now to protect them!
I call on every parent. I call on every teacher. I call on every school administrator, every law enforcement officer in this country, to join with us and help create a national schools shield safety program to protect our children with the only positive line of defense that’s tested and proven to work.
And now, to tell you more about the program, I’d like to introduce the head of the effort, former U.S. congressman, former U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas, and former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Honorable Congressman Asa Hutchinson.
Damn it! I told you not to think, I can tell by looking at your eyes that your thinking about this! Why do you hate America? Why do you hate the Constitution? Why can’t you just accept that we at the NRA only have your best interests at heart?
Doubting the NRA is just the same as doubting the bible, worse even, because without the NRA America would cease to exist as a Christian nation! Do you want the UN One World Muslim Creeping Sharia Order to take over, is that what you want? If you call yourself an American then you will support the NRA in its efforts to
take over protect American schools.
See part I here: littlegreenfootballs.com
Two police officers were fatally shot outside a grocery store in Topeka while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle Sunday evening, and authorities surrounded a house before dawn this morning seeking the suspected gunman, authorities said.
A standoff at the house near Southwest Third Street and Western Avenue ended before 6:30 a.m., and a person from the home was taken away in an ambulance.
Topeka Police Chief Ronald Miller called the Sunday evening shootings of Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly “unspeakable.” He said Gogian, 50, and Atherly, 29, both were shot in the head by a gunman who opened fire on them within minutes of their arrival to investigate the vehicle.
“It’s clearly beyond words. It’s unspeakable almost about why this happens and why this is happening in America at this stage in our history,” Miller said.
Police believed a 22-year-old man fired on the officers from the vehicle. He remained at large Sunday night.
Miller didn’t know the motive for the shooting in central Topeka but said the suspect has a criminal history, though he wouldn’t elaborate.