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Rogue raccoons roaming the streets of NYC. Need to get Al to start agitating.
Via CBS NY
West Harlem residents say a posse of raccoons has taken over their neighborhoods and in some cases even broken into their homes.
“These things think they live here and they actually walk in if you leave an opening,” said resident Lauren Flanigan.
Pictures from residents showed a raccoon making itself comfortable on the patio of a West Harlem home, and even coming up to the door. And that raccoon was not alone, residents said.
“They came in the kitchen, and they’re not that friendly, and they also pushed the window screens in,” Flanigan told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco.[…]
“These raccoons don’t behave normally. They’re out during the day time when they should be sleeping. They are not afraid of humans. They’re aggressive,” Flanigan said.
Residents are now asking the city to step in and pay for a trap-and-release service to get rid of the raccoons before mating season starts in January.
In a statement the city said they are “staunchly committed to addressing all constituent requests from New Yorkers across the five boroughs, including animal related complaints and inquiries.”
Residents say help can’t come soon enough.
Via NYC Patrolman’s Benevolent Association:
Starting IMMEDIATELY- At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be.
IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest. These are precautions that were taken in the 1970’s when Police Officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.
The mayors hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department. We will act accordingly. FORWARD MESSAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ANY AND ALL MOS
Assassin Who Killed Two NYPD Officers Identified As 28 Yr Old Black Male Ismail Brinsley, Threatened To Kill Cops In “Revenge” For Garner, Brown…Update: Before (And After) Pics Of Killer…Update: Brinsley Thought To Be Part Of ‘Black Guerilla Family’
Remember this story from two weeks ago? About the Baltimore based “Black Guerrilla Family” prepared to shoot cops on duty? Brinsley came from Baltimore. Perhaps a coincidence…
Ismail Brinsley shot and killed two NYPD officers before committing suicide in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood just before 3 p.m. on December 20. He’s believed to have walked up to the cop’s patrol car and open fire “execution” style.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. After the shooting, he took his own life. Brinsley, 28, ran to the entrance of a Subway station on Marcy Avenue and killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports NBC New York.He was taken to a Brooklyn hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police recovered a silver handgun from his death scene.
2. Both cops were rushed to Woodhull Medical Center in critical condition after the shooting. Sadly, the two officers were pronounced dead just after 5 p.m. on December 20. The New York Post reports that detectives believe that the gunman thought of the shooting as a revenge mission for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Both officers had been working overtime on an anti-terrorism drill when the shooting happened.
3. New York One reports that he had killed someone in Baltimore and had come to New York City with the sole intention of killing NYPD officers. His last Instagram post included lyrics to the 50 Cent song “Green Lantern,” never had a hot gun on your waist and blood on your shoe…n*gger you ain’t been through what I been through you not like me and I’m not like you.” The post included the hashtags, “#BrooklynGoHard #ConeyIsland,” reports the New York Post.
Two pictures of Ismail Brinsley:
Here’s his Facebook. He has several apparently Muslim friends, one who worked for the Islamic Society of America (ISNA), but no obvious Islamist propaganda upon immediate examination.
This happened yesterday.
(KMOV.com) – Authorities said an off-duty police officer was shot in north St. Louis Friday afternoon.
The shooting occurred in the 3800 block of N. 25th Street at approximately 3:55 p.m. Police report that the police officer, described as a 28-year-old with nearly four years on the force, was inside his personal vehicle when he was shot multiple times in the lower extremities.
The officer was transported in his vehicle by another party to the hospital where he listed in critical, but stable condition.
An investigation revealed that at some point the officer’s vehicle was parallel with the suspect’s vehicle when shots were fired, striking the officer’s vehicle.
Police are unsure whether or not the officer was able to return fire. After the gunfire ended, the both vehicles left the scene.
Investigators have not been able to obtain a statement from the officer because of his condition.
Taking cardboard from the homeless to lay on during a spontaneous die-in.
Via SI Advance
It’s been about two weeks since the special grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case, and the protests have continued around the city and throughout parts of Staten Island.
From New Springville to St. George to Tompkinsville, the rallies and marches have become a daily part of life on the borough.
Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, has already held three die-ins and marches and has another one scheduled Thursday night in front of the 120th Precinct stationhouse in St. George.
The eight-day die-in at the Staten Island Mall kicked of Wednesday night and supposedly continues until Christmas Eve.
But, no matter where the protests have been, the poor turnouts have proved Staten Islanders continue to be divided over the issue.
Those views came to a head at the mall when an “N-Y-P-D” chant rang out as protesters were doing a seven-minute die-in.
“I think even if you take away the race thing, it’s still something that matters,” a mall employee said Wednesday evening.[…]
Ms. Garner, 24, has tried to combat that indifference by trying to drum up more support on Staten Island. She and her family members have continuously pleaded for more protesters to join them, but the crowds have remained small.
When asked why protests throughout the city, and in some cases around the world, have had bigger turnouts than Staten Island, Ms. Garner shook her head and said, “I have no idea.”
Garner’s cousin, Benjamin Lawton, was more blunt.
“I think most of Staten Island is racist,” he said last week at a rally in St. George.
North Korea uses mimeo machines to communicate. Something tells me they aren’t responsible or acting alone if they are.
Via Hollywood Reporter:
The group responsible for the Sony Pictures hack has apparently sent a new message that mocks the FBI for its investigation into the devastating cyberattack.
An email claiming to be from Guardians of Peace, the group that took credit for last month’s attack on Sony’s systems, was sent to journalists early Saturday. The email, titled “The data you are interested in,” included a link to a Pastebin page with a so-called “Christmas gift” message taunting the law enforcement agency that on Friday officially named North Korea as the source of the hack.
“The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes,” reads the message, which then links to a YouTube video. “We congratulate you success. FBI is the BEST in the world.”
As Pakistanis united in revulsion at the massacre of 141 pupils and teachers at Peshawar’s Army Public School last week and the government began executing convicted terrorists in response, the Taliban commander who ordered the slaughter emerged from hiding to justify it.
Umar Mansoor, a long-bearded, 36-year-old father of three known as “Slim” for his athletic build and passion for volleyball, shook his finger at the camera and said it had been a simple act of revenge for the women and children killed in the Pakistan army’s war on terrorism in the Taliban’s tribal strongholds along the Afghan border.
“If our women and children die as martyrs, your children will not escape,” he said.
His finger wagging, however, was a sleight of hand: the Taliban leader really pulling the strings is Maulana Fazlullah, a bearded terrorist demagogue best known for the attempted assassination of Malala Yusufzai, the 15-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot in the head in 2012 for defying his ban on girls attending school.
Via NY Post:
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner.
According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues.
“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting.
The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.
The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand.
The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from Ghani, in office just three months, to return the four — long cleared for release — as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved U.S.-Afghan relations.
There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men, identified as Mohammed Zahir, Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani and Khi Ali Gul. Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a government-appointed group, confirmed the transfer, but did not identify the men, saying that the four “will be reunited soon with their families.”
The council also requested the repatriation of the eight Afghans who are among the 132 detainees remaining at Guantanamo.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, said in a statement that it had “full confidence in the Afghan government’s ability to mitigate any threats these individuals may pose and to ensure that they are given humane treatment.” The transfer “demonstrates Afghan sovereignty and U.S. trust in the strength of Afghan government institutions,” according to the statement.
Protesters from the “Black Lives Matter” group invaded the first floor of the Mall of America today to protest what they call police brutality and the systematic murder of young black men in America by police officers.
Unfortunately, mall security, mall ownership and the Minneapolis police are way more clever. They allowed the demonstration to take place, escorted legitimate shoppers to the upper levels then sealed off the bottom rotunda level of the mall.
More pictures below the break.
Boko Haram and the Islamic State competing to see who can be the most barbaric.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are turning their guns on elderly people, killing more than 50 this week in a new tactic that has instilled more fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.
Residents from five villages say people too elderly to flee Gwoza local government area are being rounded up and taken to two schools where the militants open fire on them. The villages are about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
“What they are doing now is to assemble the aged people — both men and women … and then they just open fire on some of them,” said Muhammed Gava, a spokesman for civil defense groups in the area. More than 50 people had been killed at Government Day Secondary School in Gwoza, he said.
A villager who had fled said more elderly people are being gathered and shot at Uvaghe Central Primary School. The villager spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of endangering his trapped parents.
A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.
In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five “terrorists” on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Pakistani Taliban carried out a school massacre earlier this week, killing 148 people, mainly children.
The attack shocked the nation and prompted a massive military response in the tribal regions along the Afghan border, longtime strongholds of both foreign and local militants. Pakistani air strikes and ground operations in the Khyber region — where the school attack is believed to have emanated — have killed around 200 militants.
The drone strike took place in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, where Pakistani troops have been carrying out a major operation against local and foreign militants since June, the officials said.
One tiny despot to another…
Via Washington Post:
Officials in Moscow confirmed Friday that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un may attend ceremonies next year commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It would be Kim’s first public foreign visit since coming to power in December 2011.
“Yes, such an invitation was sent,” confirmed Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, speaking to Reuters.
The news comes at a particularly conspicuous moment. On Friday, U.S. federal investigators accused North Korea of being behind the hacking attacking on Sony Pictures Entertainment. An escalation of cyber threats has compelled Sony to cancel the release of “The Interview,” a controversial comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that depicts the two being sent on a mission to assassinate Kim.
He’s just like us, he’s off to a month long vacation in Hawaii.
A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.
Air Force One touched down late in the evening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, their daughters and two dogs on board. On Saturday, the family was to begin their roughly two-week retreat from the hubbub in Washington on the lush island of Oahu.
Vacationing in Hawaii, where the president was born and spent much of his childhood, has been a tradition every year that Obama has been in the White House. This year, the trip comes as Obama closes out a chaotic sixth year in office on something of a high note.
Just like Affordable Care Act
President Barack Obama said the full opening of relations between Cuba and the U.S. may take years, even as he offered assurances the new U.S. stance will bring change to the island nation’s closed society.
Despite vehement criticism from Republican lawmakers and some Democrats, the president said he was confident his reversal of the half-century-long U.S. effort to isolate its Caribbean neighbor 90 miles off the coast of Florida was the right course.
Increasing U.S. travel and trade “chips away at this hermetically sealed society, and I believe offers the best prospect then, of leading to greater freedom, greater self-determination on the part of the Cuban people,” Obama said at a White House news conference Friday before leaving for vacation in Hawaii.
Breaking: French Police Kill Knife-Wielding Man Who Attacked Them In Police Station, Yelling “Allahu Akbar!”
BREAKING NEWS: French police kill knife-wielding man in police station who shouted “Allahu Akbar”. pic.twitter.com/tRuukpAqCR
— Breaking News (@NewsOnTheMin) December 20, 2014
French police on Saturday shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife in a police station while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic), a source said.
The man injured the face of a policeman at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours near the city of Tours in central France and injured two other officers before he was shot, the source said, adding that anti-terrorist investigators were probing the incident.
Naturally Ferguson protesters said this was racist and awful and a sin against humanity.
Mike Stables said he doesn’t know anyone serving in law enforcement, but still felt compelled to travel to New York from Denver, Colorado to attend last night’s “Pro-Cop Rally” in front of City Hall. Stables even sold t-shirts marked with the phrase, “I Can Breathe” to a few demonstrators.
“It’s not a divisive effort at all,” he said, insisting that his goal was to “bring communities together.” Asked why he would design a t-shirt with a perversion of the phrase uttered nine times by a dying man who was choked by an NYPD officer, Stables replied, “Lebron has a worldwide podium and he exercises that and does it in a very eloquent fashion, but I think we need to also perhaps garner some attention, no pun intended.”
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and the police unions had discouraged their officers from attending the rally, which claimed the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter.
Roughly fifty people showed up. When tens of thousands of people are marching in the streets under the banner of justice, it seems like a bad time to publicly proclaim your faith in the status quo.
“Get a job, for Christssake,” Carmen Rios shouted at a group of counter-protesters holding signs bearing Eric Garner’s name. “He resisted arrest, and he had asthma, it’s his problem. He was doing something illegal. Isn’t he breaking the law? Why is that so difficult to understand?”