According to the the U.N., eight years ago today:
According to the the U.N., eight years ago today:
Video has a good shot of the dead terrorists at ~2:00. CNN also is wrong when they say Elton Simpson’s tweet pledging allegiance to ISIS and talking about being mujihadeen was ‘hours’ before the attack, it was in fact twenty minutes before, and was followed immediately after the attack with running commentary by British ISIS member Junaid Hussain, as we reported last night.
(CNN)A day after police killed two gunmen who tried to ambush a Garland, Texas, event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, details began to emerge about the shooters.
One suspect, identified as Elton Simpson by a federal law enforcement source, linked himself to ISIS in a tweet posted just before the attack.
He also was no stranger to federal investigators. In 2011, he was convicted of making a false statement involving international and domestic terrorism.
The other suspect, identified as Nadir Soofi by two federal law enforcement officials, was Simpson’s roommate in a Phoenix apartment.
He wasn’t well-known to federal law enforcement and was not on the FBI’s radar, one of the officials said. Investigators were combing through evidence retrieved from the shooters’ Arizona home to help piece together a timeline of how their plot came together, the official said.
Simpson and Soofi never made it inside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, where in addition to the cartoon contest, a right-wing Dutch politician who’s on an al Qaeda hit list was speaking Sunday evening.
— ScottGordonNBC5 (@ScottGordonNBC5) May 4, 2015
According to Heavy:
He’s a graduate of the University of Utah and the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan. His [Facebook] page also shows multiple posts featuring Palestinian and anti-police propaganda. Frequently, he posts the phrase “Eid Mubarak” meaning celebration to the blessed. Soofi was the owner of Effinity Solutions, a carpet cleaning business in Phoenix. In July 2013, he called himself a “newbie to the carpet cleaning industry.”
AZ Family reports that the two gunmen lived at an apartment on 19th Avenue and Thunderbird Road (above) in Phoenix. The day after the shooting, FBI agents, some clad in bomb squad gear, searched the apartment. The car they drove to the attack in Garland was registered in Arizona. The car, a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, was owned by Soofi. He tried to sell it back in March 2015 for nearly $9,000.
Police said prior Soofi’s name being released that the two had gone to the event with the intention of killing people. Both were armed with assault rifles. Garland cops stopped short of calling the attack a terrorist incident.
He was also pictured with a young boy who he variously identifies as his brother and his son.
She was confused with the St. Swisher case from Ferguson. This has to be some of the most irresponsible reporting ever. Leland Vittert actually erroneously says the man was killed, adding to the already false witnesses.
Via The Blaze
An “eyewitness” in Baltimore delivered a chilling account on Monday of how a police officer chased down an unarmed black man and shot him in the back — except that’s not what happened at all, police said.
Baltimore Police were forced to correct the record after Fox News reported a police-involved shooting of a fleeing suspect. Police said no one was shot before they arrested the suspect, though a gun was recovered at the scene.
An eyewitness told Fox News on live TV that she saw a “young man” take off running as soon as he saw approaching police officers.
“Police just got out of the car and started chasing the boy,” the woman recalled. “And then he ran down towards the Metro PCS, the officer got in the middle of the street and he shot that boy in his back in my face.”
The woman also said the man was unarmed and she wouldn’t believe anything police said about the incident.
“This is what they are going to say,” she said, adding that she “watched it with my own eyes.”
Of course these trash networks just keep piling on…
After armed gunmen opened fire at a free speech event in Texas on Sunday, all three networks on Monday chided the sponsor organization as “notorious” or “controversial.” The American Freedom Defense Initiative created a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad and while ABC’s Good Morning America covered the details of the attack, co-host George Stephanopoulos wondered: “How about the event itself? The organizers said it was organized to take a stand for free speech. Is it fair, also, to call it anti-Muslim?”
Reporter Ryan Owens spun, “A group called American Freedom Defense Initiative, notorious for its anti-Islamic views, hosting this award ceremony to give $10,000 to the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.” He also referred to the organization as “controversial.”
GMA’s reporting featured the latest news, including Robin Roberts trumpeting “some exclusive information for us this morning” from Brian Ross. Ross offered details on the unfolding story. What he avoided doing was to baselessly speculate. In contrast, on July 20, 2012, Ross falsely smeared the Tea Party, erroneously linking it to a mass killing in Colorado.
Over on Today, Matt Lauer explained that “two gunmen [were] killed following a shootout at a controversial event showcasing drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.” Reporter Jacob Rascon reiterated, “The controversial event sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.”
She must not be aware that Obama himself called some of the rioters “thugs” and tripled down on it…
Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien appeared on Sunday’s Reliable Sources to add her name to the list of liberals who argue that calling the rioters in Baltimore “thugs” is just “a proxy, is a word we use instead of the N-word.”
O’Brien asserted she “can’t think of a situation where there’s ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who is in the middle of a violent protest demonstration, whatever, a thug. We use it all the time when we’re talking about people in the inner city.”
For his part, guest host Frank Sesno noted that when he “looked the word up in a bunch of different dictionaries. In no place did I find a racial connection…and the African-American mayor of the city and the African-American president of the United States used the word.”
O’Brien responded by scolding those, including President Obama, of having a specific “agenda” when they chose to use the word “thug”:
Well, doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have a specific agenda in how they’re using it. When you talk about journalists, though, I think journalists shouldn’t have an agenda…And I think when you examine when the word is used, it’s used to describe the actions of people of color, specifically people who are in the inner city.
Nice try, Barry.
The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.
President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make “massive investments in urban communities,” they could “make a difference right now” in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.
However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the Obama administration and Democratically-controlled Congress did make a “massive” investment into Baltimore, appropriating $1,831,768,487 though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus.
According to Recovery.gov, one of Baltimore’s central ZIP codes, 21201, received the most stimulus funding in the city, a total of $837,955,866. The amount included funding for 276 awards, and the website reports that the spending had created 290 jobs in the fourth quarter in 2013.
Of this amount, $467.1 million went to education; $206.1 million to the environment; $24 million to “family”; $16.1 million to infrastructure; $15.2 million to transportation; $11.9 million to housing; and $3.1 million to job training.
ZIP code 21202 received $425,170,937, including a $136 million grant to “improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State academic achievement standards.”
Update to this story. This is what every cop knows can be the result of “he went for his waistband”. Prayers for him, his family and his friends.
Via NY Post:
Decorated NYPD Officer Brian Moore died Monday with his stricken family at his hospital bedside — leaving an entire city awash in grief.
“It’s just a horrible day,’’ said a tearful female off-duty cop as she left a pot of red carnations and blue balloon at the 25-year-old officer’s home in Massapequa, LI.
A grim-faced Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was seen entering Jamaica Hospital as news of Moore’s death Monday afternoon surfaced, and around the same time, two cops also went in — one carrying a pair of shiny shoes and the other a police dress uniform.
Bratton later hailed Moore — who was shot in the head in the line of duty in Queens on Saturday — as one of many cops who “do a great job, often with great valor.
“It’s with great regret and sadness that we announce the passing of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore. Shield number 469. New York City police officer, hero of the city, killed in the line of duty,’’ Bratton told reporters outside the hospital.
For the first time, climate change has received full treatment in an important State Department planning document, joining terrorism, democracy, and the global economy among the nation’s top diplomatic priorities. It’s the clearest sign yet that the warming climate has the full attention of the Obama administration.
Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry released the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the once-every-four-years strategic planning document for America’s diplomatic corps. The QDDR is a wonky initiative begun by Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State and modeled off a similar process that the Defense Department uses. At that time, her team prioritized energy diplomacy and frequently mentioned climate change in a list of complex challenges, but this week’s document ups the ante significantly.
In the latest QDDR, climate change is used as a centerpiece of a 21st-century rethink of the entirety of American foreign policy. In an op-ed for the Hill coinciding with the document’s launch, Kerry referred to the administration’s climate change strategy as “a model for ‘next generation’ diplomacy.” That could mean a subtle shift toward de-emphasizing tough-to-negotiate global treaties, which in the climate context have squandered decades of precious time. Instead, Kerry said the U.S. would focus efforts on “Congress, mayors, CEOs, faith leaders, and civil society to address this existential issue.” Recent bilateral agreements with China and India on climate are good examples of this new “think globally, act locally” strategy.
This isn’t the first time this concern has been raised…
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family.
Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Pai told audience members, “I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly released. My wife’s name, my kids’ names, my kids’ birthdays, my phone number, all kinds of threats [have come] online.”
Pai, one of two Republicans on the five-member FCC, has been an outspoken critic of net neutrality regulations passed by the agency on Feb. 6. The rules, which are set to take effect on June 12, reclassify Internet providers as utilities and command them not to block or “throttle” online traffic.
However, Pai said it was only the beginning. In the future, he said, “I could easily see this migrating over to the direction of content… What you’re seeing now is an impulse not just to regulate the roads over which traffic goes, but the traffic itself.”
Continuing, he said, “It is conceivable to me to see the government saying, ‘We think the Drudge Report is having a disproportionate effect on our political discourse. He doesn’t have to file anything with the FEC. The FCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate anything he says, and we want to start tamping down on websites like that.”
Speechless on this one…
Via Daily Caller:
PGA Tour golfer Bob Estes tweeted in response to the shooting outside a Garland, Texas “Draw Mohammad” event Sunday night that “Muslims may decide to exercise their [Second Amendment] rights” when others exercise their First Amendment rights.
“If you feel the need to mock Muhammad in a cartoon, just realize that Muslims may decide to exercise their #2A rights on you #truth #WWJD,” Estes tweeted, using the popular hashtags for “Second Amendment” and “What would Jesus do.”
Hell, Baltimore *without* the rioting and looting isn’t the best place to have a business.
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took a tour of the looted Mondawmin Mall on Sunday, calling it a “great day” and thanking “all of the vendors who are here,” including a company called General Growth.
“You know, they want to stay here. They want to continue their investment. And I think this was a smart — it’s certainly a smart investment because this is a growing community.”
“I’ve been coming here since I was a child, taking my Christmas pictures with Santa, I think the Easter bunny,” the mayor explained. “You can come up, General Growth, if you want to come up. Come on,” she encouraged the reprentative of the mall’s management company. “You sure?” she asked, when the representative (whose name she did not use) declined her offer to stand with her.
“And this is just a great day for this community to have the mall reopened. Just a wonderful day,” the mayor continued.
“I was proud to support the investment that — I think it was the Baltimore Development Corporation — made into this mall to do the major renovations and to see it bounce back so quickly. It gives me a lot of optimism about what’s possible in the rebuilding. I’ll open it up. I don’t know if BDC wanted to say anything –”
BARACK OBAMA: “That’s why we’ve invested in ideas from support for new moms to summer jobs for young people, to helping more young people afford a college education. That’s why over a year ago we launched something we call My Brother’s Keeper. An initiative to address those persistent opportunity gaps and ensure all of our young people but particularly young men of color have a chance to go as far as their dreams will take them. It’s an idea we pursued in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death because we wanted the message sent from the White House in a sustained way that his life mattered, that the lives of the young men here today matter, that we care about your future. Not just sometimes but all the time. In every community in America there are young people with incredible drive and talent. And they just don’t have the same kinds of chances that somebody like me had. They are just as talented as me. Just as smart. They don’t get a chance.”
Initial reports are coming in about a Baltimore police officer shooting a black man at the intersection of Penn and North Aves., one week after riots erupted in that city over the police killing of Freddie Gray.
Both a Fox News crew and RT correspondent Manuel Rapalo witnessed the shooting:
Fox’s Mike Tobin, who witnessed the incident, called into the network’s daytime news hour to describe what happened. He said that police shot the young, black man as he was running away and that he saw a revolver on the ground that may have belonged to the man who was shot. The unidentified man was taken away in an ambulance following the shooting.
Police are now saying no one was shot, that there was an arrest made of a man with a gun.
Very crazy scene at shooting, reports now that the man may have dropped gun and shot himself, unconfirmed. Also that he was a protester. Needless to say, protesters already on site were not happy, and presenting a very dangerous scene, likely contaminating the crime scene, and inciting riot. Police had to pull out pepper spray to clear the scene for their own safety.
Evil in its purest form.
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.
Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with pain, the survivors of months in the hands of the Islamic extremists told their tragic stories to The Associated Press on Sunday, their first day out of the war zone.
“We just have to give praise to God that we are alive, those of us who have survived,” said 27-year-old Lami Musa as she cradled her 5-day-old baby girl. […]
“When they realized I was pregnant, they said I was impregnated by an infidel, and we have killed him. Once you deliver, within a week we will marry you to our commander,” she said, tears running down her cheeks as she recalled her husband and lost children.
Musa gave birth to a curly-haired daughter the night before last week’s rescue.
As gunshots rang out, “Boko Haram came and told us they were moving out and that we should run away with them. But we said no,” she said from a bed in the camp clinic, a blanket wrapped around ankles so swollen that each step had been agony.
“Then they started stoning us. I held my baby to my stomach and doubled over to protect her,” she said, bending reflexively at the waist as though she still had to shield her newborn.
She and another survivor of the stoning, 20-year-old Salamatu Bulama, said several girls and women were killed, but they did not know how many.
Arrogance has always been Bubba’s most obvious trait.
Via NBC News:
Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation — even though the donations have caused a political headache for Hillary Clinton as she tries to follow him into the Oval Office.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden, the former president said his charity has never done anything “knowingly inappropriate.”
Under pressure, the foundation recently announced it will only accept contributions from six Western governments going forward, but Clinton says that’s no acknowledgment the old policy — under which Saudi Arabia gave between $10 million and $25 million, for instance — was a mistake.
“Absolutely not,” Clinton told NBC News during his current tour of Africa to visit a wide variety of the foundation’s projects.
“It’s an acknowledgement that we’re going to come as close as we can during her presidential campaign to following the rules we followed when she became secretary of state.”
Why am I getting feelings of deja vu?
The classiness never ends at Huffington Post.
Converted at a young age in Phoenix, Arizona.
Elton Simpson has been identified as one of the two gunmen who opened fire Sunday night outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas. An unarmed security guard was shot, but survived with a non-life-threatening wound, before Simpson and his accomplice were killed by police.
Simpson, 30, and the other shooter are from Phoenix, Arizona, according to WFAA News. He was “well known” by the FBI and was the subject of a previous terror investigation, ABC News reports.
Simpson and the other gunman were armed with assault rifles and wearing body protection, police said. They exchanged fire with a Garland police officer armed with handgun.
He was also known as Mutawakil. His father, Dunston Simpson, told ABC News, “We are Americans and we believe in America. What my son did reflects very badly on my family,” adding that his son “made a bad choice.”
Simpson’s accomplice has not yet been identified, but they were roommates, according to KNXP reporter Chris Williams.
WFAA reports that FBI agents were searching the gunmen’s Phoenix, Arizona home.
Police also remain at the scene of the shooting, and have been examining the gunmen’s car. They were concerned about explosives being hidden inside it.
Barbers warned they will have the snot beaten out of them if they “cut hair in the devil worshiping style.”
(AFP) – Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned in Iran because they imply devil-worship, while tattoos and other male bodily adornments also being outlawed.
Jagged haircuts have become fashionable among all strata of Iran’s youthful population in recent years, but have divided opinion and been deemed by the authorities as western and un-Islamic.
“Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden,” said Mostafa Govahi, the head of Iran’s Barbers Union, cited by the ISNA news agency.
“Any shop that cuts hair in the devil worshipping style will be harshly dealt with and their licence revoked,” he said, noting that if a business cut hair in such a style this will “violate the Islamic system’s regulations”.