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  • RuralRebel 6:10 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Another day….What a life we lead…lol 




    The only thing we didn’t eat…pickle….yuk..


    Forgot what the breed is…but Muffin is cuter..;)


    I think she is begging

  • RuralRebel 12:42 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Go grandma 

    Grandma, 72, shoots at intruder, misses in

    by Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

    STANTON, Calif. (AP) — A 72-year-old Southern California grandmother who shot at — and narrowly missed — a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.

    Jan Cooper, of Anaheim, fired on

    e shot from her .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver around 12:30 a.m. Sunday as a man attempted to break into her home. During a 911 call during the incident, Cooper can be heard begging with the dispatcher to send deputies and warns that she has a gun at the ready as her Rottweiler barks furiously in the background.

    Minutes later, a breathless Cooper says the man has come to the back porch and is trying to get in the house through a sliding door. Through the vertical blinds, Cooper saw his silhouette just inches away through the glass as he began to slide open the door.

    “I’m firing!” Cooper shouts to the dispatcher as a loud band goes off.

    Cooper then curses at the suspect, shouting at him to “back up.”

    “You’d better get the police here. I don’t know whether I hit him or not. I’m not sure. He’s standing at my door, my back door. He’s in my yard,” she said.

    The suspect, 31-year-old Brandon Alexander Perez, was not hit and was arrested a short while later by responding deputies, who heard the gunshot, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

    Perez has pleaded not guilty to a burglary charge and has a court date later this month. The Associated Press was unable to leave an after-hours message for his attorney.

    Perez had a rap sheet that included other burglary and narcotics charges and was on parole and staying at a halfway house not far from the Coopers’ address, Amormino said.

    Cooper’s gun, which she has owned for about 20 years, was legally purchased and properly registered, he said.

    “Even though that dog was barking, he still was desperate to get in. So who knows what may have happened if she didn’t fire that round,” Amormino said.

    On Tuesday, Cooper was soft-spoken and composed, with her gray hair pulled back neatly in a hairband and her husband at her side during a news conference at a sheriff’s substation.

    Cooper said she is amazed by the anger in her voice — and the curse word she let fly — after she fired the shot.

    “I am a Christian woman and I’m very proud of it and I don’t curse, but after I shot, rage took hold and I just blasted away,” she said. “And, in fact, afterwards my husband said, ‘I’ve never heard you talk like that!'”

    The stunned intruder apologized to Cooper after she fired, she recalled, telling her, “I’m sorry, ma’am. I’m leaving. Please don’t shoot.”

    The grandmother of a 15-year-old grandson said she doesn’t regret firing her weapon, although she has considered how she would have reacted if she had hit or killed the man. Deputies have told her that, based on his height and the bullet hole, the shot that she fired through a narrow gap in the sliding door passed within inches of his left cheek.

    “I don’t mean to shoot anybody,” said Cooper, a self-described tomboy who has also tried archery and knife-throwing and has owned guns since her teens. “But whatever’s necessary to literally stop them — he was not going to come into my home.”

    Her husband, Bob Cooper, chuckled when asked if his wife had learned her aggression from him and his military service. Cooper worked gathering intelligence in Italy and France in the buildup to D-Day and spent years going to the shooting range with his wife after the war, he said.

    “I’m not surprised at all, not one bit,” he said. “I know her capabilities and what she can do if she has to.”


  • RuralRebel 12:38 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Tech hiring binge may pose security risks for government via USA Press News ( http://goo.gl/9lMuJ ) 

    The Day in Pictures

    Tech hiring binge may pose security risks for government

    National Security Agency
    This is the National Security Agency facility where former contractor Edward Snowden worked before he divulged top secret information to ‘The Guardian’ and ‘The Washington Post.’

    by Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

    WASHINGTON — Among the more curious revelations to emerge from the recent NSA leak saga is how a 29-year-old high school dropout landed a $122,000 job in a sensitive government program.

    Edward Snowden, the contractor who spilled top secret information about a sensitive government electronic data collection program, said he did so out of idealism. His actions have triggered a national debate about privacy and national security.

    But his case also highlights just how hungry the government and private industry is for people with computer skills.

    “They’re competing heavily for anyone who can get a clearance and has computer skills,” said Jeffrey Carr, founder of Taia Global, a cyber security consultancy.

    The Pentagon and the intelligence community are both ramping up cyber capabilities in the face of repeated attacks on U.S. companies from China and elsewhere and concerns about how terrorists use technology to communicate and raise money.

    The Snowden case raises questions about whether the government has opened itself to security breaches in its rush to hire computer experts.

    Carr said his failure to complete high school and military training should have raised concerns about his employment prospects. The Army said Snowden attempted to complete Special Forces training but was administratively discharged after several months of training.

    “I would see too many danger signals with this guy,” Carr said.

    Spending on cyber operations is one of the few areas in the Pentagon that will increase in coming years. The Pentagon has requested $4.6 billion for cyber security expenses next year, up from $3.9 billion this fiscal year. The Pentagon expects to spend $23 billion on cyber in the next five years.

    The demand for people with computer skills has bid up the price for computer jobs, analysts say.

    Snowden’s $122,000 salary was high for someone who didn’t complete high school, but was not completely out of line, particularly for someone with a government security clearance and potentially some specific skills, said J.P. Auffret, who heads a cyber security master’s degree program at George Mason University. Snowden had previously worked for the CIA.

    At the time he leaked the information, Snowden worked for Booz Allen Hamilton at an NSA office in Hawaii and apparently had access to a sensitive data-collection program. The company said Tuesday it fired Snowden.

    In its quest for computer expertise the Defense Department and intelligence agencies outsourced much of their work to organizations like Booz Allen Hamilton. Private companies can generally hire faster and pay larger salaries, allowing the military and intelligence agencies to get talent quickly.

    But some critics say the government has outsourced too much to the private sector. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said 22% of the Defense Department work force are contractors.

    The government and industry has been on a hiring binge for workers with computer skills, analysts say. “We’re all looking at the same résumés,” said Dickie George, who retired from the NSA in 2011 after 41 years.

    “There’s a job shortage of 340,000 in cyber security,” said Robert Rodriguez, a cyber security analyst and former Secret Service agent.

    Workers on government contracts have to pass extensive and lengthy background checks before they can be hired, shrinking the pool of potential employees even further.

    Often the government and contractors are looking for computer experts with a rebel streak who can think like enemy hackers. They work alongside more buttoned-down government bureaucrats.

    “There is a cultural difference,” said George, who during his career has seen the NSA go from hiring mathematics geniuses who could crack codes to the latest generation of computer nerds.

    He said they are patriotic Americans, though they may exhibit a different style in dress. “There were people who I don’t know what color their hair is going to be next time I see them,” he said.

    But some analysts say the new generation of computer enthusiasts has been shaped by the Internet, where national borders have little meaning. In some cases they don’t have the same loyalties to the United States.

    “You live online where the Internet has completely erased boundaries of nation states,” Carr said. “You don’t think of yourself as a U.S. citizen.”



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  • RuralRebel 10:46 am on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    What does the F stand for 


  • RuralRebel 10:37 am on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Political Trash 


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