US pilot ejects from fighter jet in bizarre crash on Texas runway

US pilot ejects from fighter jet in bizarre crash on Texas runway

BY ELLEN MITCHELL – 12/16/22 4:58 PM ET

In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, departs from a KC-10 Extender aircraft after receiving fuel over Poland, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
Senior Airman Joseph Barron/U.S. Air Force via APFILE — In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron, departs from a KC-10 Extender aircraft after receiving fuel over Poland, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

A U.S. pilot ejected and suffered no serious injury from an F-35 fighter jet in Texas on Thursday during a strange, slow-motion crash that was captured in video widely shared across social media.

The F-35B, the Marine Corps’ version of the fifth-generation fighter jet, was slowly descending toward the runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth when its landing gear appeared to bounce after it first touched down. The plane then crashed nose-first and began to spin, at which point the pilot ejected.

Officials have not publicly identified the pilot, who fell for only a few seconds. The pilot was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure and subsequently released with no serious injuries reported, according to a statement from the Defense Department’s Contract Management Agency.

Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder confirmed the crash on Thursday, telling reporters that the F-35 is owned by the plane’s maker Lockheed Martin and “had not been transferred to the U.S. government yet.”

The company assembles the fighter jet at a facility that shares the runway with the base. 

Ryder added that the fighter jet was being “operated by a U.S. government pilot” at the time of the crash but did not give further details.

Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, said in a statement that the crash happened as the pilot was ending an acceptance flight for delivery of the aircraft to the U.S. military.

The company is working with officials at the base and is “thankful that the pilot involved is safe. Safety remains our top priority, and we are supporting the investigation,” according to the statement.  

It is still unknown what caused the crash of the F-35B, which can land vertically in order to fly in and out of areas with limited space, including ships

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Officials: Texas foster care center sex-trafficked minors

State officials say employees at a foster care center under a state contract to shelter children who have been trafficked for sex have been trafficking those children themselves

Officials: Texas foster care center sex-trafficked minors

ByThe Associated Press

March 10, 2022, 8:49 PM

HOUSTON — State officials told a federal judge Thursday that employees at a foster care center under a state contract to shelter children who had been trafficked for sex had been trafficking those children themselves.

The matter arose at an emergency hearing before U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, who has been presiding over a 2011 class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Family and Protective Services that alleged that children were held in unsafe conditions, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News reported.

State officials said a staffer reported in late January that a former employee had sold nude photos of two young girls and used the money to purchase illegal drugs and alcohol for them. Further investigation revealed several staffers still employed at The Refuge were involved in the criminal activity.

There are seven alleged victims and nine alleged perpetrators, state officials said. One staff member has been arrested, and additional criminal charges are expected, officials said. The children were finally removed from the facility by Wednesday, 1 1/2 months after the first report, state officials said.

“The most appalling thing about this is the disregard of these children,” Jack said. “You had to wait to get eight calls before you took 11 female already-trafficked children out of this trafficking situation. This is a system that remains broken.”

Department Commissioner Jaime Masters said she was only made aware of the situation Wednesday.

“There is no excuse for why I didn’t know, which is why several people are losing their jobs,” Masters said.

In a statement, The Refuge said it was “fully cooperating with authorities and we hope the alleged perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we will assist the Sheriff and the Bastrop County District Attorney’s office in their prosecution.”

“Our hearts are broken and we are outraged by the actions of former employees whose intent was to harm, not help,” said founder and CEO Brooke Crowder.

Texas pro-life triumph: Abortions drop 60% in first month of heartbeat law implementation Drop

Abortions fell 60% in Texas in the first month of the most restrictive abortion law in decades in the United States, according to data recently released by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The legislation, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, went into effect Sept. 1, 2021, and is now the governing law in Texas, effectively ending the Roe v. Wade ruling in the state.

According to reports, September 2021 saw nearly 2200 abortions, resulting in a marked drop from previous months of the year that averaged between 4200 and 5600 abortion procedures per month.

This data evidences the impact of Texas’ new abortion law that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The law further authorizes citizens to file private lawsuits against those who perform, aid or abet an abortion after the limits. Any citizen can sue for $10,000 or more if he or she files a successful lawsuit, the Associated Press reported.

The world’s largest abortion provider, the international abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, which profits from the death of unborn babies, called the drop in the number of abortions, “the very beginning of the devastating impact” of the law.

The ban conflicts with Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that granted a constitutional right to abortion before a fetus is viable, usually around 24 weeks of pregnancy. But because the law was written in a way that manages to circumvent the ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block it.

The Court’s ruling is expected later this year. Pro-lifers are optimistic that they will finally achieve the goal they have been fighting for: to reverse the legality of abortion in the United States.

As Life News reported in January, the 1973 ruling allowed more than 63 million children to die in the womb in the U.S. and hundreds of mothers to die from legal abortions.

Texas is also cracking down on abortion drugs. A law went into effect Dec. 1 of last year that prohibits prescribing and mailing abortion-inducing drugs to anyone more than seven weeks pregnant.

These pills involved are, mifepristone, which is taken first to block progesterone, the hormone that keeps pregnancy viable, and misoprostol which is taken a day later.

In April 2021 the FDA approved the telephone sale of both abortion pills, claiming that with the pandemic and restrictions on mobility, access to these drugs became more difficult.

These pills have caused the death of many women due to hemorrhage. In the United States, 24 deaths and 4000 adverse events have been reported from the use of these two pills.

Judge orders U.S. to pay more than $230 million to Texas church shooting victims Jonathan Stempel Mon, February 7, 2022, 6:16 PM

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  • “The losses and pain these families have experienced is immeasurable,” wrote Rodriguez, who works in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Kelley, whom the judge found 40% responsible, used firearms he should not have been allowed to buy after admitting in a 2012 court martial to domestic assault.


Jadin Nunez from Killeen, Texas Charged With Capital Murder, Sentenced to Life For Death of Girlfriends 2-Year-Old Daughter

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.
Jadin Nunez Sentenced to Life in Prison With No Chance of Parole After Beating 2 Year, Old Shannah McAlpine to Death When She Put Her Shoes On The Wrong Feet

A Texas man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole after he beat to death his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter after she failed to put her shoes on the correct feet.

Jadin Nunez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars after a jury found him guilty of the capital murder of a 2-year-old child in Temple two years ago.

The incident unfolded in Sept. 2019 when the child reportedly put her shoes on the wrong feet, apparently enraging Nunez in the process.

The incident that resulted in the child’s death took place just moments before they were headed to a local store to pick up supplies for her upcoming birthday party.

What are the details? 

A Bell County, Texas, judge sentenced 27-year-old Jadin Nunez to life in prison last week after a jury of his peers found him guilty of murdering 2-year-old Shannah McAlpine in 2019.

Nunez, according to police, began beating Shannah, striking her across the face and then forcefully punching her in the stomach at least three times while he held her in the air.

The mother and co-defendant in the case, Ashley Marie McAlpine, was booked into jail on Dec. 17, 2020, after she was charged with injury to a child. Ashley McAlpine, 29, was being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of a bond of $500,000, on the first-degree felony charge.

She has pleaded not guilty and has a pre-trial hearing set for Oct. 29, in the 426th Judicial District Court, according to court records.

Nunez was Ashley McAlpine’s boyfriend who lived with her and her children in Temple. Police said that Ashley McAlpine knew her children — including Shannah’s sister were beaten by Nunez, but said she would not stop him, according to a Child Protective Services report.

Sept. 22, 2019

Temple police were dispatched to a medical emergency call in the 800 block of South 11th Street. When they got there, the 2-year-old girl was found covered in bruises and not breathing. Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation into the girl’s death because the cause wasn’t known.

An investigation revealed that Nunez beat and choked the child. The autopsy report said Shannah McAlpine died of blunt force trauma to her stomach, according to an arrest affidavit.

The violence that led to Shannah’s death began over shoes on the wrong feet, an investigator with Texas Department of Family & Protective Services said in his report that was obtained by FME News Service.

The family was getting ready to go to the store to get things for a birthday party for Shannah and her brother, according to the document. The girl had her shoes on the wrong feet, and Nunez then hit her on her face. She fell, and Nunez grabbed her and held her up in the air before he punched her three times in her stomach and dropped her to the floor, Ashley McAlpine told investigators.

Shannah’s mother, Ashley Marie McAlpine, then reportedly discovered the child in distress and said that she whisked her from the room and placed her on a bed elsewhere in the home. Nunez, she said, then came into the room and reportedly began choking the child with both hands. McApline said that the child began to turn blue, but Nunez refused to give up. I When he did stop choking her, the child gasped for breath and curled into a fetal position, she recalled.

Later on that night, McAlpine said that she awakened to hear her daughter crying, she tried to give her food and drink before realizing that the child’s stomach was swollen and hot, but the rest of her body was cold.

McAlpine said that she tried to put her daughter in the shower to warm her up, but the child was unable to stand and could not breathe.

At about 2:49 a.m. the mother phoned 911 and summoned first responders to the home.

Shannah was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered the child unresponsive and covered in bruises.

Authorities determined that the child — who was just days away from her third birthdaydied of blunt force trauma to her stomach and arrested Nunez two days after the child’s death.

McAlpine faces charges of injury to a child after authorities said she allegedly failed to stop Nunez from beating her child. According to the Killeen Daily Herald, McApline is being held in the Bell County Jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on the first-degree felony charge.

A child protective service report alleged that McAlpine was aware that Nunez was beating her children but did nothing to stop it.

McAlpine has pleaded not guilty and is due in court on Friday.

Temple man arrested in connection with death of two-year-old 5:30



Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the federal government have not secured Texas’ border and have clearly proven they never will. Instead, our national government is actively promoting an invasion of our state. 

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has also failed to fill the gap caused by our federal government’s failure. Texans need leadership committed to fixing the problem, not excuses from our governor.

The only chance we have to stop this invasion and have a secure border is with a courageous Texas governor who will act unilaterally to solve the problem once and for all. Texans are currently paying billions annually for housing, schooling, and medical care for illegal aliens. We can fix the problem now or suffer eventual total failure and collapse. 

Although the federal courts have attempted to federalize border control, for much of U.S. history, states dealt with immigration on their own authority under the U.S. Constitution. Texas should begin the effort to stop the takeover of the Constitution by the courts by taking control of our borders–no matter what the federal courts say about it.

I don’t care how the courts rule; Texans must be kept safe. I will not ask the federal government for permission. I will do whatever it takes to permanently end the practice of illegal immigration into Texas. 

As governor I will:

1. Deploy the Entire Texas National Guard to Secure the Border

Mexican narco-terrorist cartels are at the heart of the border crisis. Almost all illegals pay the cartels to cross the River. Tragically, nearly the entire 1200-mile Texas border is controlled by the Mexican cartels. The human trafficking, drug smuggling, gun-running, and other actions by narco-terrorist cartels on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border are putting the lives and livelihoods of Texans at risk. Human trafficking is earning the cartels millions every single day and destroying innocent lives. 

This attack on Texas is an invasion. I will use the authority granted in our federal and state constitutions to protect our state. 

As governor, I will use the power granted to the position under Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution. The entire National Guard, Texas Military forces, and necessary state law enforcement personnel will be activated to defend Texans from this invasion, enforce immigration laws and deport illegal aliens, and address the insecurity of our border at the source. 

Currently, Gov. Abbott has only mobilized 500 members of our 20,000 National Guard troops. That is woefully insufficient to secure our border.

2. Finish Trump’s Wall

In January, Texas had about 281 miles of border wall completed (51), under construction (177), or in pre-construction (52). In addition to making it clear that Texas borders were open for illegal immigrants, the Biden administration halted construction of the wall.

The first step is to complete the nearly 200 miles of wall planned or under construction when President Trump left office. The most important sector to focus on at the moment is the Rio Grande Valley. 

Texans are rightfully concerned regarding the cost of a border wall, but as a businessman, I recognize the value of a good deal. 

Currently, Texas taxpayers spend approximately $4-5 billion per year just on public education for illegals. Imagine if we spent that on wall construction. 

While we may pay a significant sum initially, I am confident we can find the necessary funds in the budget. This one-time expense will save Texas billions in taxpayers’ money for years to come without raising taxes.

3. Place Economic Pressure on Mexico 

While we hope to restore a positive relationship with Mexico, they are a very bad neighbor right now. I will use severe economic pressure to incentivize Mexico to control the cartels and secure their side of the border. While we as Texans can secure our border independently, assistance from Mexico would make the task significantly easier. 

We will create a situation in Mexico’s best interest to help and be held accountable to fight the cartels and secure their side of the river. 

As governor, I will use the Texas military to close the roads at the 25 bridges over the Rio Grande to all inbound commercial traffic. Mexico ships tens of millions of dollars in exports per day via Texas; this will stop. I will give fair warning to Mexico and all interested parties. There will be clear goals regarding what is required to reopen commercial trade. 

A commitment to effectively close the border for inbound commercial traffic, if necessary, sends a strong message to Mexico that they must step in and impose law and order on their side of the border. Mexico’s refusal to address the cartels in their country is a crime impacting American citizens and can no longer be abided by the Governor of Texas.

4. Mandate E-Verify for All Texas Employers

It is illegal for a non-citizen to enter the United States without permission. It is also unlawful for a business to hire an illegal or unauthorized alien. Because fake IDs have become more available and technologically advanced, it can be difficult for businesses to ensure they are complying with the law.

E-Verify is one tool that allows employers to ensure that an applicant is legally qualified to work in the United States. In Texas, only state agencies, institutions of higher education, and state contractors are currently required to use E-Verify. 

As governor, I will task the Texas Legislature to expand this law to require all businesses to use E-Verify and increase penalties for those who seek to encourage further illegal immigration. If the Legislature refuses to do its job on this issue, I will use my authority as Governor to continue calling for special sessions until this legislation is passed. 

Texans First. Fight the Cartels. Enforce the Law. Deport Illegals. Build the Wall. Leadership, no Excuses.

#Panama warns that about 65,000 migrants would go to the #USA

#Panama warns that about 65,000 migrants would go to the #USA

Panamanian Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis at the #US border could worsen.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, around 65,000 migrants would have crossed Panama bound for the United State
The Foreign Minister of Panama, Erika Mouynes, warned on Tuesday that the migration crisis on the southern border of the United States could worsen. This is due to the fact that around 65,000 migrants would go to the United States, after having crossed Panamanian soil.

“This is the beginning of something,” declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Panama. “We have been sounding the alarm for months about this and what we can say now is that by the numbers we see (immigration) is going to increase,” he said.

During the last time, Moynes has met with United States authorities to discuss the serious immigration situation in the area. A few days ago, a new wave of immigrants, mainly Haitians , arrived at the border between Del Río (#Texas) and Ciudad Acuña (Mexico).
Faced with this, the head of Panamanian diplomacy indicated that “it cannot be to Del Rio out of nowhere that 10,000 migrants arrive.” He also argued that “no one” is prepared to receive mass migration.

Mouynes’s estimates are really worrying. Since last January, more than 86,000 migrants have crossed Panama, while about 20,000 remain at the US-Mexico border. According to the Chancellor’s calculations, this would imply that “there are more than 65,000 who are on their way” to the United States.

On the other hand, the representative of the Central American country recalled that on the border with Colombia there are between 20,000 and 30,000 more people waiting to resume the route. «The decision not to act or not to face it, not to face it, is not the correct one. It cannot be an option. You have to get involved now, “he said.
Urgent solutions
For the Panamanian leader, the response to this crisis must involve all surrounding countries, especially the United States. That is why he called for a joint solution to the strong migratory flow that plagues the region. “The shared solution is for this migratory wave that involves migrants of African, Caribbean, Cuban, Haitian nationality, from other places,” said the official. He also stressed the importance of implementing “approved protocols” to meet the needs of these people.

Mouynes also emphasized the situation in Haiti , calling on the rest of the countries to “get directly involved.” According to the Chancellor, it is a “everyone’s problem” that urges “international coordination” to help him “face the humanitarian and political crisis he is experiencing.”
María José Olea Álvarez – Panam Post