Feel good story of the day.
KABUL – Four would-be suicide bombers were killed as their explosive device went off prematurely in Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand province with Lashkar Gah as its capital 555 km south of national capital Kabul on Saturday night, according to a statement of Interior Ministry released here Sunday.
“Four militants wearing suicide vests were busy to plant a mine on the road in Gereshk district of Helmand province last night to target security personnel, when the device exploded prematurely killing all the four insurgents on the spot,” the statement of Interior Ministry asserted.
Taliban militants fighting the government and are largely relying on suicide and roadside bombings have yet to make comment.
I’m guessing he was a Muslim convert who wanted to join ISIS.
Via Globe And Mail:
Federal sources have identified the suspected shooter as Michael Zehef-Bibeau, a man in his early 30s who was known to Canadian authorities.
Sources told The Globe and Mail that he was recently designated a “high-risk traveller” by the Canadian government and that his passport had been seized – the same circumstances surrounding the case of Martin Rouleau-Couture, the Quebecker who was shot Monday after running down two Canadian Forces soldiers with his car.
This is the picture the Islamic State Media accounts are purporting to be Michael
Update: Shock factor = Zero
(Reuters) – Canadian police are investigating a man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings on Wednesday around parliament in Ottawa, a source familiar with the matter said.
Police said the male suspect in the attacks was dead but did not confirm he was Zehaf-Bibeau. Some U.S. government sources said the shooter was born Michael Joseph Hall but changed his name to Zehaf-Bibeau.
Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said the man was from Quebec.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service declined to comment on the gunman’s identity.
Canada’s capital was jolted by the fatal shooting of a soldier and an attack on the parliament building on Wednesday, with gunshots fired outside a room where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking.
The shooting was the second attack on Canadian soldiers in a week.
If sanity prevails and Officer Wilson is not charged, how do you think these people will react?
CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Protesters marched inside the St. Louis County Police Department Wednesday afternoon. They are seeking justice for the death of Micheal Brown.
The group wanted to talk with the police commission. Officers said that meeting has been cancelled. Police then told the demonstrators to leave the building. The protesters say they are now seeking justice in the streets. KMOX’s Allison Blood reports that the group is headed to the spot in Ferguson where Michael Brown was killed.
Brown, 18, was shot and killed by a Ferguson Police officer in August. Demonstrations have now gone on for more than 70 days. New details have emerged recently about the shooting. Leaks have appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York Times from the officer involved in the shooting that sparked the protests.
Looks like Foxy Brown made an appearance:
Yet if someone were to hand out a Bible at a public school all hell would break lose.
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is planning to hand out in several Florida public high schools a pamphlet that features an illustration on its cover depicting a humanized Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
The pamphlet is entitled: “An X-Rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible.”
The front cover of the small purple booklet is illustrated with a cartoon Bible–which has arms, legs, face and drooling mouth–sexually assaulting a screaming woman as she tries to escape its grasp.
According to a news release posted on its website, FFRF plans to distribute the pamphlet, along with several other brochures and a few books, in 11 public high schools in Orange County, Florida, in January. Orange County is in central part of the state and includes the city of Orlando.
The materials will be available at the high schools of the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) on National Religious Freedom Day, which is Jan. 16. Each year, on this day, the OCPS allows outside religious groups to set up a table with pre-approved literature—including Bibles–that students can take if they choose.
And we already have a good idea what’s going to happen if charges are not filed against Officer Darren Wilson.
Via Washington Post:
Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.
Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.
Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.
The grand jury is expected to complete its deliberations next month over whether Wilson broke the law in confronting Brown, and the pending decision appears to be prompting the unofficial release of information about the case and what the jurors have been told.
Thanks to the Religion of Peace™
Via Fox News:
A top military official Tuesday warned soldiers in Canada’s eastern provinces to avoid wearing their uniforms in public out of fear of being targeted in the wake of deadly attacks on personnel in Quebec and Ontario.
In an email titled “urgent measures,” Rear Admiral John Newton – who commands the Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, a combined 23,000 personnel – tells soldiers “to restrict movement in uniform in public as much as possible.”
The note also asks personnel to stay in their respective buildings for the time being and to get the message out quickly, according to the Halifax Herald News.
The email was sent out about an hour after a series of reported shootings in Ottawa.
In Halifax, Capt. Peter Ryan, a spokesman at the Stadacona base, told the Herald News that security measures have been changed from the norm.
“The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing.”
Via National Journal:
The relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats hit a new low Tuesday evening after the administration’s press office released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the “Democratic candidate for governor.”
The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as “Bruce Bailey” in a campaign appearance earlier this month—and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake. On Tuesday, she made light of the incident, reminding the audience she messed up his name last time and joking that she sometimes calls Barack Obama “Bo.” But the self-inflicted errors continued after her speech with the White House press shop’s email. At midnight, two hours after the initial press release, the White House issued a corrected e-mail that reflected his accurate title.
Indicating the sensitivity of the mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration’s political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms. The slipup comes one day after President Obama told Rev. Al Sharpton on his radio show that Senate Democrats keeping their distance from him are still “folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress.” That alarmed Senate Democrats up for reelection this November, most of whom are working hard to distance themselves from an unpopular president.
Anyone want to speculate about what he yelled? I’m guessing it rhymes with “Allah Snackbar.”
Via National Post:
I was about to give a speech five minutes from Parliament Hill when word came through that shots had been fired at the War Memorial.
The CBC’s Evan Solomon and I took off on foot, racing up Sparks Street and arrived at the Cenotaph a couple of minutes later to find a scene that is going to change this country forever.
A police officer raced toward the scene, shouting into his walkie talkie: “DND member down.” [...]
A friend, who does not wish to be identified, said he saw the whole thing from his office window, overlooking the Cenotaph.
“I saw the whole thing; it was unbelievable. Three shots, two at point blank range,” he said. The shooter was young, 30ish, Caucasian and male. He had dark, longish hair, facial hair and a black and white Palestinian type head scarf over his face, which he pulled down after the shooting. Then he held up the gun and shouted something that I didn’t hear.”
The young soldier was wearing a kilt — he is a reservist from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in Hamilton — and appeared to have a bloody chest wound. The thought struck me that there should be a very special place in Hell reserved for a terrorist who shoots a soldier guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that honours this country’s fallen.
Yet still saying no Americans will be participating in combat on the ground…
Via Independent UK:
The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by Isis, according to a senior US official.
The plan, described as methodical and time-consuming, will not begin in earnest for several months and is designed to ensure that Iraqi forces do not over-extend themselves before they are capable of taking and holding territory controlled by the militants.
It may also include American advisers in the field with the Iraqis, should that be recommended by American military commanders, said the official, who updated reporters on administration strategy on the condition of anonymity. The advisers, the official said, would not participate in combat. President Barack Obama has said repeatedly that no US ground forces would be deployed to Iraq.
Oh, thank God. What would anyone do without him there?! Ron Klain finally started “working” today after missing 2 White House meetings. He also won’t be at a House hearing on Friday.
Via Washington Times:
Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation’s “Ebola response coordinator” on Wednesday. The choice of the deft Mr. Klain — an attorney and former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joseph R. Biden and Al Gore and an associate counsel to former President Bill Clinton — has critics wondering if President Obama “sees Ebola as a political crisis, not a health crisis” in the words of Rep. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana Republican.
It is certainly a strategic crisis, riddled with mixed messages and tardy responses that Mr. Klain must cobble into coherence for the press and an alarmed public. Both have noticed that the newly minted czar will not appear before an upcoming House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearing on Ebola chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. That could change.
Meanwhile, there is also a report that Mr. Klain accepted his position because of a future appointment as a replacement for John Podesta, counselor to President Obama.
Everyone knows the more money they spend the more annoying the campaigns become…
Via Capitol City Project:
This year’s midterm elections are shaping up to be the costliest ever, with a projection of reaching close to $4 billion mark and in the process reaching an all-time high.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, candidates and parties alone will top $2.7 billion in spending, as outside groups will come extremely close to the $900 million mark. In 2010 and 2012, the congressional portions of the elections both respectively hit $3.6 billion in total money spent. This year, that figure is expected to surpass those by $333 million.
Was anyone prepared anywhere?
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – The Virginia Hospital Center, which is rated as one of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals and which turned away a suspected Ebola patient last Friday after the patient waited outside the hospital in an ambulance for an estimated 20 minutes, says it was not yet prepared to admit the patient at that time in light of suspected Ebola cases that had surfaced elsewhere and changing CDC guidelines.
The hospital says it believed it first needed to finish constructing an anteroom that staff could use going in and out of a suspected Ebola patient’s room in the hospital’s “biocontainment area.”
“When the Ebola crisis initially unfolded and early guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were released, Virginia Hospital Center put in place processes and protocols that allowed us to safely screen suspected Ebola patients,” the hospital said in a written statement.
A man identifying himself as a supporter of the Islamic State responded to a Tweet from France’s “France 24″ News station with the following message:
“soldiers of #Islamic_state who are everywhere around the globe declared war on the coalition countries”
More of the same…
Priorities, or something.
Via Daily Caller:
Secret Service agents improperly diverted attention from their job monitoring the area near the White House to conduct welfare checks of a fellow agent’s home in suburban Maryland following a private dispute.
That is the finding of Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth who sent a report detailing the special operation to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.
Though the unit that performed the unofficial checks — the Prowler unit — was not directly responsible for protecting the president, its agents typically monitor the area around the White House. President Obama was present at the White House on two days while the special watch mission was taking place.
The incident stretches back to June 30, 2011, when an assistant to the Office of the Director at the Secret Service says she was harassed by a neighbor. The neighbor assaulted her father, who lost several teeth in the altercation.
Tell that to Canada.
Christian extremists pose threat – USA Today
Just when it seemed as if Nevada deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy had ridden off into the news media sunset, he has come trotting back with a challenge to Attorney General Eric Holder to debate the existence of racism in America.
In an ad supporting Independent American Party candidate Kamau Bakari’s challenge to Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., Bundy — white horse and all — chats with Bakari, who is African American, about the problem of black “political correctness,” and how “black folks think white folks owe them something.”
Bakari calls Bundy — who in April surrounded himself with armed supporters to avoid paying more than $1 million in grazing fees and penalties he had accumulated over two decades — “a brave white man.” Then comes the challenge to Holder.
This could be dismissed as yet the latest, and perhaps strangest, episode in Bundy’s self-created patriot saga, were it not for a recent report by the federally funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.
Drawing upon surveys of law enforcement and intelligence experts, the report cited the sovereign citizen movement — Bundy’s law-defying, government-denying crowd — as the most potent U.S. terrorist threat: more threatening than Islamist jihadists, who along with militia/patriots, racist skinheads and neo-Nazis rounded out the top five.
Now, factor the Islamists — the usual default terrorist suspects — out of this list, and a striking pattern emerges. Contrary to the popular opinion that radical Islam is the primary threat to homeland security, Christianity provides the other four groups with their extremist rationale. All are in one way or another affiliated with the Christian Identity movement, a hodgepodge of anarchist and white supremacist politics dedicated to white Christian activism. It’s all about God vs. government, and shoring up the rights of Anglo-Saxon Americans.
A few choice quotes from the video:
“I’m not some pretty f*cking hopeless princess in distress!”
“Pay up, motherf*cker!”
“Start teaching boys not to f*cking rape!”