www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: January 29, 2015 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT01/301299963 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT01/301299963 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:10 -0500 Adkins, Belinda K. 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Bartram, Alta 2 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Brown, Mary M. Noon, Fayetteville United Methodist Church, Fayetteville.

Cook, LeRoy 1 p.m., Greene

Evans, Charles L. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Fry, Andrew J. V 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne.

Gibson, Eric P. 11 a.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Gunn, Sherry L. 1 p.m., Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Mount Zion.

Gunnoe, Richard L. 1 p.m., Cunningham

Hodge, Jill R. 1 p.m., Hodge Family Cemetery, Artie.

Keeling Campbell, Roma

Pettry, David L. 11 a.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Price, Donald K. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Starcher, Goldie 11 a.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston.

Steep, Thomas R. 3 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Stephens, Charlotte L. 11 a.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Tanner, Violet 2 p.m., Nebo Baptist Church, Nebo.

Chauncey Adams Jr. http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299984 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299984 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:43 -0500 Chauncey "Chuck" Adams Jr., 57, of Dingess, died Jan. 27, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at House of Prayer, Dingess, with visitation beginning two hours prior. Arrangements by Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Margie Chloe Bair http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299989 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299989 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:35 -0500 Margie Chloe Bair, 92, of Gambrills, Md., formerly of East Rainelle, died Jan. 22, 2015. Graveside service will be noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at End of the Trail Cemetery, Clintonville. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Marlene Taylor Bess http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299983 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299983 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:44 -0500 Marlene Taylor Bess, 74, of Tornado and Clearwater, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla.

Born Sept. 15, 1940 in Duck to the late Joe and Nettie Bragg Taylor.

She was a retired floral designer and a member of Gateway Christian Church, St. Albans. She was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1959.

Marlene leaves behind to cherish wonderful memories her husband, Burl E. Bess; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Mike Lekas; step-grandson and wife, Corey and Jessica Lekas; step-granddaughters, Gracie and Taylor Lekas, the loves of her life; sister, Charlotte Templeton of Tornado; and brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Glenda Taylor of Indian Head, Md. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor David Bragg officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Gateway Christian Church, 422 B St., St. Albans, WV 25177.

You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Bess family.

Janis Jane Bowles http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299998 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299998 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:22 -0500 Janis Jane (Green) Bowles, 79, of China Grove, N.C., passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at her son's residence.

Born in Kanawha County, W.Va., on Sept. 5, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Jess James Green and Mary Lou Glancy Green.

Janis was a homemaker and Baptist by faith. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and gardening and was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy David Bowles, who passed away Dec. 30, 1994; a son, Brian David Bowles; brothers, Joel, Jack and James; and sisters, Jannetta Burgess and Joretta.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Billy Bowles (Tammy) and Barry Bowles, both of China Grove, N.C.; daughter, Ruth Ann Clute of Chelyan, W.Va.; sisters, Judy Cooper (Gene) of Winifrede, W.Va., Janet Perdue (Jimmy) of Nova, Ohio, and Jaunita Medley of Chesapeake, W.Va.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Old Glory Freewill Baptist Church, Winifrede, W.Va., with Pastor Timothy Cooper officiating.

Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Bowles family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.

E. Gayle Bowling http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299967 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299967 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:06 -0500 E. Gayle Bowling, 66, of Ghent, died Jan. 27, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.

Katherine A. Bowling http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299969 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299969 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:01 -0500 Katherine Ann Bowling, 71, of Midland, Texas, died Jan. 27, 2015. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 31, at Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, Midland.

William M. Bryant http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299965 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299965 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:08 -0500 William McKinley "Bill" Bryant, 85, of Alderson, passed away Jan. 27, 2015 at Brier Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Ronceverte, following a short illness. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

Christopher D. Carey http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299985 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299985 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:02:41 -0500 Celebrating the life of Christopher D'Wan Carey, also known as "Snacks" and, to family, "Bub." He was born January 17, 1988 in Huntington. He departed this life on January 23, 2015.

He was raised in Rand. As a young man he was inspired by the word of God and attended Faith Tabernacle Church, located in Rand. He was a very mannerable and respectable young man who loved and cherished his family and friends. His ambitions were beyond belief. He was well spoken and those who knew him knew loyalty was a major part of his life. He was also known for his contagious smile and laugh, along with several other warm character traits. He was a beloved son, exceptional provide, devoted father and outstanding brother. Bub loved to have a good time and loved "turning up" and being the life of the party.

He grew up loving the game of football. He started playing at the age of 6 for the Belle Bulldogs, where he gained a special group of friends outside of his community. After playing for the Belle Bulldogs, he continued playing for DuPont Middle School until he reached Riverside High School. Two of his biggest accomplishments were obtaining his GED in 2009 and receiving a certification in culinary arts the same year.

He had a special love for his stepfather, Sebert James Smith Jr., and his sister, Candice De'Jae Daugherty, who helped him mature as a man and father and taught him life skills.

There were two people outside of family that he loved and cherished highly. Jarea Drake, who he called his brother, and Latisha Crawford, who was a special friend of his.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Irene Murrell; great-grandfather, Wilbur Carey; and grandfathers, Hank Carey and Sebert Smith Sr.

He will be loved and missed by his two daughters, Rae'ven J. Mimms of Charleston and M'chrisa Z. Carey of Charleston; mother, Lisa M. Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; stepfather, James Smith Jr. of Charleston; one great-grandmother, Bertha Carey of Dunbar; two grandmothers, Vaida Carey of Newport News, Va., and Sarah Corrine Smith of Rand; three sisters, Candice De'Jae Daugherty of Newport News, Va., Chaneka Denise Carey of Newport News, Va., and Tiffany Nichole Hairston of Charleston; aunts, Cecilia Jones of Union City, Ga., Donna Jean McCoy of Huntington, Malva Carey of Charleston, June Parker of Columbus, Ohio, Sarah Winnie Smith of Rand, Roslyn Smith of Rand, Dolores Smith of Rand and Helen Dixson of Albany, Ga.; and uncles, Darrell Carey of Charleston and Gerald Dixson of Albany, Ga.

Service will be noon Saturday, Jan. 31, at Rimson Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1441 Third Ave., Charleston, with Pastor Bruce Hogan officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Wykle Cox http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299968 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/OBIT/301299968 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:03 -0500 Mildred Wykle Cox, 86, of Alderson, died Jan. 26, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Former Freedom Industries execs set for U.S. arraignment http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/GZ01/150129152 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/GZ01/150129152 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:58:32 -0500 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Four former Freedom Industries executives are scheduled to be arraigned on a superseding indictment stemming from a chemical spill last January that turned off the water tap to 300,000 people.

The superseding indictment contains a new charge against former Freedom President Gary Southern stemming from the company's bankruptcy and restates the original charges against him and three other former executives.

Southern faces a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier. He, William Tis, Charles Herzing and Dennis Farrell previously were charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act.

In court filings this week, Southern, Tis and Herzing pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment and waived their rights to be present at today's arraignment. Farrell had not entered a plea as of this morning.

State delegate appeals for donations for veterans' program http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/GZ01/150129153 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/GZ01/150129153 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:50:09 -0500 The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Delegate Joshua Nelson is seeking donations of farm equipment for a program that gives a hand to veterans getting into farming.

The Boone Republican is making the appeal for the Veterans and Warriors Agriculture Program. Nelson says the programs rents the equipment at a low rate so veterans can start farming and make a living for themselves.

The donations are eligible for tax write-offs.

The program's director is James McCormick, who led a similar non-profit with the similar goal of getting veterans into farming.

Nelson served with the U.S. Marines from 2006 to 2011 and currently serves with the West Virginia Air National Guard.

Regional schedule set for West Virginia History Bowl http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129154 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129154 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:39:16 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Regional competitions start next month in the sixth annual West Virginia History Bowl.

The competition is designed to test eighth-grade history buffs on their knowledge of West Virginia culture, geography, literature and sports.

The eight regional matches are scheduled to take place from Feb. 6 to March 7. Eighth-graders in public, private and home-schooled education programs are eligible to compete on the four-person teams in double-elimination tournament play.

The winner and runner-up teams are invited to the tournament championship at the Culture Center in Charleston on May 5.

W.Va. delegate appeals for donations for veterans' program http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129155 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129155 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:36:41 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Delegate Joshua Nelson is seeking donations of farm equipment for a program that gives a hand to veterans getting into farming.

The Boone Republican is making the appeal for the Veterans and Warriors Agriculture Program. Nelson says the programs rents the equipment at a low rate so veterans can start farming and make a living for themselves.

The donations are eligible for tax write-offs.

The program's director is James McCormick, who led a similar non-profit with the similar goal of getting veterans into farming.

Nelson served with the U.S. Marines from 2006 to 2011 and currently serves with the West Virginia Air National Guard.

Expect tiny tuxes, but no real puppy love at dog weddings http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129156 ARTICLE http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129156 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:21:30 -0500


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LOS ANGELES - When pet owners dress up their dogs in miniature white dresses and tiny tuxes, some believe the barks that signal "I do" reveal true puppy love.

These animal lovers say their pooches can feel real longing for other pets, but experts aren't so sure. Most people agree a wedding is just for fun or charity when the groom is drooling and the bride's gown needs tailoring for her tail. After all, "you may now lick the bride" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

The doggy nuptials are gaining attention as Valentine's Day approaches and people find new and unique ways to pamper their pets.

"Pet marriage or weddings are for people," said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Owners host weddings because it makes them feel good, she said, though most get planned for dogs instead of cats. People can't know what dogs are thinking, but studies have shown they do experience emotion, Beaver said.

"Fear is a classic example," she said. "But we don't know if they experience it as you or I would."

Others say it's all about the animals - even if that means the first dance is a walk around a patch of grass instead a waltz.

"The weddings are for the dogs," said Adina Slotsky, the owner and CEO of Hollywood Pet Parties. Though birthday parties, dubbed "barkdays," are much more popular, she said.

When owners plan doggy nuptials, aka "puptials," they can go all out. There are groomsmen and bridesmaids of every breed - and even some people who get down on all fours - flowers, music and a reception with food both people and pooches can enjoy, ranging from apple slices to baby back ribs with spinach.

All pet weddings move quickly because of short animal attention spans. With all the distractions, dogs spend lots of time on leashes.

A simple wedding costs about $300, Slotsky said. But it can easily grow to thousands of dollars if guests are plentiful, the venue is top-notch, the food is extravagant, a band plays and a florist creates centerpieces, she said.

The most lavish pet wedding took place in New York in 2012 when Baby Hope Diamond, a fluffy white Coton de Tulear, married a poodle named Chilly Pasternak as a charity fundraiser.

It was a ceremony for the ages, complete with limos, a $6,000 designer dress, a sushi chef, mixologist to create "puptails," florist, orchestra, wedding planner and parking valets. Ellen DeGeneres' pet food company furnished a dog food buffet.

The event raised $158,187.26 for the Humane Society of New York and earned a place in Guinness World Records for the most expensive pet wedding. Everything was donated, and guests spent up to $10,000 for a table of 10.

One thing pet owners don't have to worry about is divorce. But because animals have unique personalities just like people, there is no guarantee two animals will get along, Beaver said.

No studies show pets like or love one another, but "it is very common for two or more individual animals to spend a great amount of time together and show signs of stress if separated," she said.

But some stick by the belief that dogs love, including Carol Bryant, co-founder of Wigglebutt Warriors, the fundraising division of dog health website Fidose of Reality.

"I do believe that dogs can love and be in love with each other," said Bryant, whose cocker spaniel married another dog for a company fundraiser.

Community briefs for Thursday, Jan. 29 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM01/150129175 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM01/150129175 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500

The Alzheimer's Association, West Virginia Chapter is offering "Living with Alzheimer's Disease: For Caregivers," a series of free community workshops for caregivers of persons in the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. The workshop series will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and March 4 at the Charleston Alzheimer's Association office. Attendance for both workshops is not required.

The workshop is an opportunity for caregivers to gain the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The program is designed to educate caregivers on how they can provide optimal care for their loved one during the middle stages of the disease in order to maintain quality of life.

An RSVP is required by calling 800-272-3900 no later than Tuesday.

For more information, or to connect to information and support through the free 24/7 Helpline, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900. A complete listing of all community workshops can be found at www.alz.org/wv.

The Kanawha Creation Science Group will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the South Charleston First Church of the Nazarene, 4923 Kentucky St. in South Charleston. The group will watch a DVD and have a discussion on creation vs. evolution issues. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost to attend. For more information, email kcsg2004@yahoo.com, call Brock at 304-343-2406 or visit www.kcsg.us.

Charlie Nichols: Hunting revenues should go toward WMAs http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129187 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129187 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Money flowing into the Division of Natural Resources from natural gas companies should be a good thing for the hunters in West Virginia that bought the land shouldn't it?

What is the Tomblin Administration going to allow the DNR to do with that money and when?

Antero Resources has bid over $6 million plus royalties to drill under a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) known as Conaway Run. This area is rich in Marcellus gas, a good thing and I hope more WMAs that the hunters of this state bought are drilled on.

Another company, Jay-Bee Production, just bid to drill on Jug WMA. Jay-Bee bid from $5,000 to $16,300 per acre to drill in the Marcellus shale on Jug Run.

Here is the problem. There is a rumor that the administration is talking about using the money acquired from Antero Resources to "improve state parks."

The money to purchase Conaway Run, as with most WMAs in the state, did not come from state park fees; it did not come from the state's General Revenue fund. The money to purchase these WMAs came from hunting and fishing license fees and a federal excise tax known as Pittman-Robertson that is paid on every firearm sold and ammo purchase made, including bows and arrows.

That money was collected by the manufacturers and wholesalers and paid to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Those fees are then doled back out to the states based on the number of hunting licenses sold in the state and the available acreage to hunt on proportionally to all states.

In the case of Conaway Run, the hunters of West Virginia bought every acre, including the mineral rights. Hunting license fees bought the whole shebang! We hunters paid $8,000 for 230 acres in 1960, $9,000 for 111 acres in 1961, and $70,000 for 290 acres in 1989.

So what is the Tomblin administration going to do with the hunters' investment?

Silence from the Governor and silence from the new Director of the WVDNR, Bob Fala.

There is one catch to every state getting their Pittman-Robertson money. It has to be used for hunting and fishing or the Feds pull that excise tax Pittman Robertson monies.

West Virginia has been getting more money every year because of the fear that the Obama administration and Democratic controlled U.S. Senate have been threatening concerning firearm restrictions.

Last year, West Virginian received nearly $7 million from Pittman-Robertson monies and it has been nearly $5 million per year for the last five years.

License fees were used to purchase Conaway WMA and if that money is used for something else other than wildlife resources the Feds are going to demand that the DNR pay them back, plus they could lose future funding. As well they should.

I believe it would be extremely wise for the governor to designate and soon, that any monies recovered from DNR wildlife management areas stay in the Wildlife Resources Section.

The proposed royalty money from the 22 leases under the Ohio River that the state owns should/could be used to bail out the state parks, or put into the general revenue fund, but the money for leases on WMAs should stay succinctly within the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

Either that or the hunters are going to lose big time with future Pittman-Robertson monies.

The sportsmen's groups are watching this issue closely, as is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nichols is an outdoor enthusiast of upland hunting, working with many sportsmen's organizations to further wildlife habitat enhancement on public lands.

Michelle Malkin: Obama's bloody Yemen disaster http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129190 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129190 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500 When President Obama declares something a "success story," you know it has "TOTAL FAILURE" embedded in its DNA.

Four months ago, America's King Midas in Reverse crowed about the fruits of his triumphant foreign policy in jihad-infested Yemen.

A "light footprint" approach to counterterrorism operations, he claimed, was the most effective path to stability. In addition, Obama has shoveled nearly $1 billion in American tax-subsidized foreign aid to Yemen.

Four months later, Iran-backed Shia rebels seized a Yemeni presidential palace. The president and his entire cabinet tendered their resignations on Thursday, creating a vacuum that al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is ready and eager to fill.

ISIS is gaining its own Sunni foothold in the Muslim terror-breeding ground. And while the JV team at the State Department dithers with hashtag games and selfies, adults at the Pentagon want to evacuate U.S. embassy personnel and other Americans before it's too late.

It would be bad enough if the current crisis were merely the result of incompetence and negligence. But Obama's disastrous Yemen policy reflects his radical leftwing administration's deep-rooted ideological sympathies for our enemies.

This is, after all, the man who wrote immediately after 9/11 that the well-funded and highly educated murderous hijackers' hatred grew "out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

Obama's pussyfoot strategy against jihadists was a direct rebuke to the supposed "cowboy" approach of George W. Bush, whom progressives blame for radicalizing poor, oppressed Yemenis. President Huggy Bear won a Nobel Prize for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and outreach to the Muslim world.

But what the kumbaya crowd refused to acknowledge is this: The Yemen-based jihadist network, like the worldwide Islamic terror movement, has been at war with us for years -- long before the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions, long before 9/11, long before the global onset of Bush Derangement Syndrome.

This coming October, America will mark the 15th anniversary of the U.S.S. Cole bombing in the Yemeni port of Aden, which took the lives of 17 American crewmembers.

Fifteen years.

In February 2009, Obama met with Cole families and promised them justice. Then, he betrayed them by ordering the Justice Department to abandon the death penalty case assembled against al-Qaida mastermind and chief Cole bombing suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri under the Bush administration. Only after a public uproar did Obama reinstate the charges.

He's dragged his feet on the trial ever since, but found the time to release five Yemeni Gitmo detainees just last week. Another half-dozen went home at the end of last year. And until this week, Obama had planned to fly another 47 back to their volatile homeland.

All this despite five years of revolving-door Gitmo recidivist activities in Yemen -- and with knowledge of Yemen's terror training of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the jihadist who attempted to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009.

The Yemen chaos didn't happen overnight. The White House has allowed jihad to fester there from Day One. Reminder:

In late January 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Yemen came under gunfire. American diplomatic staff had been warned of a pending attack.

That same month, two former Yemeni Gitmo detainees, Said Ali al-Shihri and Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi, released a video publicly recommitting to "aid the religion," "establish the rightly guided caliphate" and "fight against our enemies" after undergoing terrorism "rehab" in Saudi Arabia.

Why has Obama so wantonly aided and abetted our enemies? Appeasement of the international human rights crowd and agreement with the soft-on-jihad lawyers infesting his own Justice Department.

As I've reported previously, Attorney General Eric Holder's law firm, Covington and Burling, provided dozens of dangerous Yemeni Gitmo detainees pro bono legal representation and sob-story media relations campaigns. At least nine Obama DOJ appointees represented or advocated for Gitmo denizens before taking positions in our government.

By words and action, the Obama White House has demonstrated that its primary allegiance lies not with protecting Americans, but with coddling jihadists (with a drone killing tossed in here and there, of course, to ward off critics and maintain political viability).

If the Obama administration exerted as much energy combating Yemeni jihadists as it did waging war on the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the Yemen capital might still be standing.

Conveniently, the political football-spiking White House left any mention of Yemen out of the State of the Union address.

This is Obama's own version of DeflateGate.


Editorial: A more equitable way to pay for accidents http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129191 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129191 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500 In a bipartisan 75-24 vote, the West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill that would change the way damages are allocated in cases where multiple parties are found to be at fault.

It's a long overdue change and an important part of the new Republican majority's push for legal reform. The GOP made such reforms a centerpiece of its platform in November. Now it's delivering.

Under current state law, individuals and companies can be forced to pay 100 percent of the costs of an accident, even when another person or company is judged to bear most of the blame for causing it.

That's contrary to most people's sense of fairness. It sets up a system where the party with the deepest pockets gets stuck with the whole bill, regardless of fault.

The current law also creates a host of bad incentives - not only for plaintiffs' lawyers, but also for judges and juries.

People who defend the existing system say that it makes sense to put the financial burden for accidents on the businesses who can best afford it.

But the problem with targeting deep pockets, time after time, year after year, is that eventually the deep pockets become less deep. Or they decide that they've had enough, and they're not going to operate in our state any more.

So they leave, taking jobs with them. Other companies look at our legal system and never locate here in the first place. Insurance costs go up.

The new law says that if you're 40 percent responsible for an accident, you pay 40 percent of the damages. If you're 80 percent responsible, you pay 80 percent. No more, no less.

"Our state's citizens value fairness and want us to take a practical approach to problem-solving," said House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, "and that is exactly what we will continue to do when it comes to carrying out civil justice reforms."

Armstead has taken an important step in shepherding this bill through the House. Now it moves to the Senate, which should approve it without delay and put it on the Governor's desk.

West Virginians deserve the improvement in the state's legal climate this bill, as a law, would create.

Editorial: Why the fear in trying charter schools? http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129192 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150129/DM04/150129192 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500 The leadership of the state's teachers' unions oppose the establishment of charter schools in West Virginia.

They voice strong opposition every time the subject comes up in the West Virginia Legislature, including this year with Senate Bill 14.

Their vehement opposition makes those who believe the education of students should be the school system's biggest priority wonder: Just what are they afraid of?

That charter schools might actually succeed?

Would success show that the reams of statuatory work rules pushed for by teachers unions over many years of Democratic rule don't add value to the education process?

Would selecting teachers at charter schools for creativity and performance instead of union-imposed seniority rules reveal that those rules do more to protect mediocre teachers than improve student learning?

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school laws. West Virginia is not one of them.

During a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, Christine Campbell, president of West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, nitpicked things they didn't like about the original draft of the bill, while offering little to make it better.

"Everyone deserves a quality education," Campbell said. "The best way to do that is to support our public schools."

Actually, West Virginia puts more resources per capita into public education than most states. The best way to support public schools here is to reduce the regulatory and statutory burdens and let the educators create, innovate and experiment with new educational models and not oppose every measure intended to change the status quo.

"This traditional school model is not working for these kids," said Eugenie Taylor, representing the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. "Let's give the community the chance and choice to figure it out."

Well said.

The bill's purpose is "for the public charter schools to provide teachers with the flexibility to design their own education environment and to provide a mechanism for discovering successful education practices that can be replicated in all public schools."

Sure, the bill is not perfect. For one, it is too restrictive in how a charter school can be established.

But West Virginia has gone too long allowing mediocrity in its public schools. West Virginia needs strong, creative and competitive steps to improve education.

Charter schools are one of many improvements needed to start that improvement.