No, nothing to do with mental illness.
Via USA Today:
A white, middle-aged gunman, in what appears to be a politically motivated anti-government attack linked to immigration, fired more than a hundred rounds at buildings in downtown Austin early Friday and tried to set fire to the Mexican consulate before he died of a gunshot wound.
The unidentified suspect was described as white male in his 50s with a criminal record.
Police were investigating whether the gunman was killed by a police officer who fired at him in front of police headquarters or died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The police chief said the suspect’s targets indicated that he might have had anti-government motives linked to immigration.
“If you look at the targets, it doesn’t take a genius (to suggest) that that is the potential,” Acevedo said.
“I would venture that political rhetoric might have fed into some of this, but that is speculation on my part,” he added.
HT: John Ekdahl
With the amount of violence on Black Friday you’d think they were giving the stuff away free.
HUSBAND: Honey, I bought you Obamcare for Christmas!
WIFE: I want a divorce.
If Obama had another daughter, she’d look like the woman with orange hair.
Different name, same brutality.
BEIRUT (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch Wednesday executed a man it accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammad, in a summary killing mirroring those by ISIS, activists said Wednesday.
Nusra Front militants shot dead the civilian, identified as Mohammad al-Mir, in the town of Irbin, just northeast of the capital Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The man had been accused of “insulting the Prophet Mohammad and his family,” said the Britain-based monitoring group.
Nusra has regularly executed members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, but has rarely been accused of carrying out such killings on religious grounds.
It pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in April, distancing itself from the Sunni extremist ISIS notorious for summarily executing those it accuses of apostasy.
If these two really valued their son then why is he lying in an unmarked grave? Also, why is the mom celebrating Thanksgiving with her ex-husband and not her current husband (guy who screamed ‘burn this bitch down)?
Out of all the countries that torture their citizens, the U.N. is focusing on America.
(Reuters) – The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations.
The panel’s first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 came in the wake of racially-tinged unrest in cities across the United States this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
The committee decried “excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” endured by prisoners during “botched executions” as well as frequent rapes of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, and extensive use of solitary confinement.
The review cited deep concern about “numerous reports” of police brutality and excessive use of force against people from minority groups, immigrants and homosexuals as well as racial profiling and militarization of policing work.
It referred to the “frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal purusits of unarmed black individuals.”
Via London Evening Standard:
A woman has been charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter, police have said.
Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on December 10.
She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act – encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail.
Police said one of the charges related to posts on Esayed’s Twitter account, along with photographs and video links.
The charge states “she intended, or was reckless as to whether, members of the public would be directly or indirectly encouraged or otherwise induced by the statement to commit, prepare or instigate acts of terrorism or convention offences”.
She is also accused of providing a service that enabled others “to obtain, read, listen to or look at a terrorist publication, by providing links to speeches and other propaganda, and at the time of doing so intended an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement or other inducement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.
Because they’re the Obamas, that’s why.
The White House released the menu of President Obama’s Thanksgiving menu as he dined with his family at the White House.
The dessert menu included six kinds of pie: banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, and cherry pie.
The royal family are the Kim Kardashians of Britain, famous for doing nothing.
Via Weekly Standard:
You won’t find the British royals in the holy land. Elliott Abrams calls it, “The bizarre story of the refusal of British royals to visit Israel, while they are constantly in the Arab world, continues.”
“[T]he Queen has never set foot in Israel and Prince Charles set foot there briefly only once, for the Rabin funeral,” Abrams, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration,observes.
“By contrast, in just the month of November 2014 we found Prince Andrew and Prince Harry at what the Foreign Office must have considered a diplomatic necessity: the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Prince Andrew also visited Saudi Arabia (at the request of the Foreign Office, it was announced).
Let the Black Friday brawls begin!
I get the feeling St. Swisher’s mom isn’t being honest with us.
HOSTIN: “what do you say to those people that did loot and riot in your son’s name?”
McSPADDEN: “I say that they didn’t do it in my son’s name, because that’s not what we’re — that we are about. Some people are out there now angry for their own reasons.
Then again, when are Muslims not infuriated?
Via Daily Star:
POP babe Beyoncé sparked fury last night when she donned an Islamic-style veil in her latest video.
The megastar was seen sporting the niqab in the promo for her Superpower duet with Frank Ocean, 27.
But religious activists accused her of disrespecting Islam by pairing the headgear with a flesh-flashing outfit.
Now she has started a fresh storm with Twitter user Karesa Warner saying: “Dear Beyonce: Do you think you’re going to get away with wearing a version of Islamic head-dress, niqab, while promoting your Demonic music?”
Dina added: “Quoting our holy Quran and dressing in a niqab isn’t a fashion statement you dumb beyonce.”
“I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn.”
Via Right Scoop:
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson wrote a very honest assessment of how he feels about what happened in Ferguson between Darren Wilson and Michael Brown as well as the larger implications. It has now gone viral on facebook and I couldn’t agree more with the ending:
At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:
I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.
I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.
I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.
I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.
What were liberals saying about this again?
Last week, I wrote an article arguing that voter ID laws don’t swing many elections.
This week, the Brennan Center for Justice says I have it “wrong” on voter ID. Yet, oddly, it’s hard to find a place we disagree.
As the Brennan Center puts it in the second sentence of their article: “Yes, it is likely rare for an election to be close enough for voter ID laws to swing the outcome.”
The Brennan Center instead disputes my contention that studies tend to “overstate the number of voters who truly lack identification.”
My position on the matter, setting aside whether the laws are a cynical attempt to disenfranchise Democratic voters, is based on these facts: Many studies do not use robust matching techniques when comparing state voter registration and licensing databases (and robust matching, even when used, isn’t perfect); and many studies fail to match voter registration files with alternative forms of identification, like United States passports or military identification.
The studies with the most sensational and widely publicized findings have generally failed to do these things. The most famous of these was a study finding that 758,000 of Pennsylvania’s registered voters lacked identification. It caused liberals to wonder whether voter ID laws could steal elections. The result was publicized by the Brennan Center, but more rigorous studies have since cut that figure nearly in half.
Really? They couldn’t find a picture of the troops?
He can’t even keep ego out of a turkey pardon. Meanwhile, the Obama daughters looked thrilled to be there (not) and, I’m not their parent, but really, they need longer skirts.