Killers Of Dillard University Freshman Turn Down 20 Year Plea Deal On Advice Of Homies, Now Face Mandatory Life Sentences

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According to the Hood Book of Etiquette, a plea deal is the same as snitchin’.

Via NOLA Com

As the trial date approached for the two men accused of murdering her daughter, Margaret Washington decided to seek some small measure of mercy for them. She knew that if 28-year-old Myron Jackson and 23-year-old Jeffrey Washington were convicted as charged they’d never come home again.

What she wanted, she said in a New Orleans coffee shop Wednesday afternoon, was 20 years for the two men accused of killing her “princess,” Marguerite La Joy Washington, an 18-year-old freshman at Dillard University. Margaret Washington imagined that with a finite prison sentence the two defendants could get an education, learn a trade and be released in time for them to “possibly do something with (their) life.”

After she expressed her feelings to prosecutors in District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, here’s what they came up with: The defendants could plead guilty to manslaughter and get 27 years. Subtracting the time they’d get for good behavior and the time they’d already served, they’d be left with the 20 years Margaret Washington sought.

But as my colleague Helen Freund reported, Jackson noisily rejected the offer from the defendants’ table in Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson’s courtroom. “We ain’t do that! We ain’t do that!” he yelled. Freund wrote that Jeffrey Washington, no relation to the victim or her mother, appeared to be close to signing the deal — until his co-defendant talked him out of it.

Margaret Washington thought that Jeffrey Washington let himself be persuaded by Jackson, too. She also described pressure from the defendants’ supporters. She said they yelled “Don’t let them do that to y’all!” Thus, they mischaracterized an offer of mercy as a snare.

Margaret Washington sat in the courtroom thinking, “Well, I’ll be doggone.” And days after both men were found guilty of second-degree murder, she was still shaking her head at what she called “the stupidity of it all.”

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Wanna-Be-Rambo, Eric Frein, Pleads Not Guilty To Killing PA State Trooper

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A well-placed tax payer relief shot would have solved the problem. Update to this previous story.

Via Philly Com

He eluded police for nearly two months, and has been jailed for three more. But the death-penalty trial for Eric Frein could still be more than a year away.

On Thursday, Frein pleaded not guilty to charges he plotted the ambush that killed one state trooper and wounded a second last September in nearby Blooming Grove. It was his first court appearance since prosecutors officially declared they would seek the death penalty against him.

In a brief court appearance via video feed from the Pike County prison, the self-styled survivalist remained expressionless and responded politely to County Court Judge Gregory H. Chelak.

Frein waived his formal arraignment and said he understood the charges against him, which include murder, terrorism, and possession of explosive devices.

The 31-year-old Canadensis man is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside their state police barracks on Sept. 12. Police also said they found two pipe bombs at Frein’s campsite in Monroe County. In court filings, prosecutors have said Frein planned the shootings in a bid to stir a change in the government.

It was his first court hearing since District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin filed notice this week that he is seeking the death penalty against Frein.

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One Of Last ‘Doolittle Raiders’, Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, 94, Dies

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Lt. Col. Ed Saylor, left, visits the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Chamber of Commerce during the Doolittle Raiders’ last ‘official’ reunion in April 2013.

Via News Tribune Tacoma

Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with rallying American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

Rod Saylor says his father died of natural causes on Wednesday in Sumner.

Saylor was a flight engineer-gunner who volunteered for the risky mission that sent 80 airmen in 16 B-25s from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in April 1942 to attack Tokyo.

The mission, led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Dolittle, did little damage to military targets, but it delivered a psychological blow to the enemy while inspiring Americans after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

“They thought they couldn’t be hit. We got their attention pretty good,” Saylor once said.

He told The News Tribune in 2011 that his assignment was kept secret from him until the Hornet was out to sea. He played a critical role in repairing the engine of one of the bombers just before the raid, ensuring that all 16 planes could take off.[…]

Saylor grew up on a ranch in Brusett, Montana, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939. After his 28-year military career, Saylor settled in Tacoma.

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White House drafting an appropriate response in the near future.

In Preparation For Black History Month, UC Berkeley Students Paint The “Big C” The African Colors Of Red, Black, And Green

“One hand up, we have the power”

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Via The Daily Californian

In solidarity with local and global efforts to affirm the value of black lives, several UC Berkeley students painted the Big C red, green and black early Monday morning to represent the Pan-African flag.

Six members of the Black Student Union, or BSU, set out to paint the Big C — a large emblem of the letter C nested in a hill near campus — before 5 a.m., according to Gabrielle Shuman, co-chair of political affairs for the BSU. The gesture was intended to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, a term used widely in recent nationwide protests against police killings of unarmed black men.

“It’s just a proud moment for us to be able to see, ‘Wow, we claimed that space,’ ” Shuman said. “Obviously, painting some colors isn’t going to drastically change anything — it’s not going to solve all our problems or necessarily accomplish all of our goals. For us, this is really a symbolic thing.”

The idea to express solidarity by painting the Big C arose from a conversation with friends and organizers, according to Shuman. She noted that the Big C is a major emblem of school spirit and that many student-athletes — whom Shuman does not believe are treated well by the campus — are black.

In addition, a BSU press release cited a campus climate survey, which it said showed that 50 percent of black students at UC Berkeley feel “prejudged by faculty based on their identity/background” and that 50 percent of black students feel they do not have the same opportunities for success as their classmates.

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NYPD Launching A New 350 Person Unit To Deal With Terrorism And Protests

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‘Riding vehicles with machine guns’?

Via NY Post:

The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.

The Strategic Response Group, or SRG, will be devoted to “advanced disorder control and counterterrorism protection,” responding to the sort of demonstrations that erupted after the Eric Garner grand jury decision and also events like the recent Paris terror attacks.

“It will be equipped and trained in ways that our normal patrol officers are not,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said Thursday.

“It will be equipped with all the extra heavy protective gear, with the long rifles and the machine guns that are unfortunately sometimes necessary in these ­instances.”

The department will do away with the current system that pulls cops off regular assignments to provide a beefed-up presence at certain hot spots in “critical incident” vehicles.

The unit, which will be operational by summer, will be assigned to the Counterterrorism Bureau.

Legislation Has Been Introduced To Stop DHS “Catch And Release” Program For Criminal Illegal Aliens…

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Via Townhall:

The Department of Homeland Security currently has a policy in place known as “catch and release,” meaning violent illegal aliens are arrested, processed and put back onto American streets if their home countries won’t take them back.

According to Judicary Comimittee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office, the policy was “created by a 2001 Supreme Court decision (Zadvydas v. Davis), which prohibits immigrants who had been ordered removed from being detained for more than six months. The Court expanded this decision to apply to all illegal immigrants in Clark v. Martinez in 2005.”

This catch and release policy is not only demoralizing to Immigration and Border Patrol Agents, but it’s dangerous and deadly. There are countless examples of violent assault and murders committed by illegal aliens after being arrested and released by federal authorities.

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Jordan To ISIS: If You Kill Our Airman, We’ll Execute Captive Terrorists

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Thinking it’s very likely they already killed the Jordanian airman, but good on Jordan for telling them off. Check the sweetheart in the photo above that ISIS wants freed.

Via NY Post:

Jordan has ramped up its threats to execute a terrorist whom the Islamic State wants set free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, according to a report.

Jordanian officials said would-be bomber Sajida al-Rishawi and other Islamic State fighters would be “quickly judged and sentenced” if Muath al-Kaseasbeh is killed, the Daily Mail reported.

The deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed Thursday with no word from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, about the fates of al-Kaseasbeh or fellow hostage Kenji Goto of Japan.

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Moderate Texas Muslims Butt Hurt Over Counter Protesters

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I never thought I would see “Texas Muslim” in a headline. Time to play cowboys and muslims.

Via KERA

Buses from across the state carried several hundred Texas Muslims, many of them first-time visitors, to the state Capitol Thursday. They were met by a small but boisterous group of protesters — and harsh words from at least one legislator.

Before sunrise Thursday, a few dozen Muslims, including students from a parochial school called Radiant Stem Academy, readied for prayers at the Islamic Center of Irving.

Did you pray yet?” one fifth grader says.

After a few minutes, a young boy takes charge, and prayers begin. Later, on the bus to Austin, the kids relax.

“There’s even a bathroom on the back!” says another student. In front of the bus is Saif Islam. He’s excited about his first trip to the Capitol.

“I’m passionate about my right as a citizen of the United States, as a Muslim, to know what I should be doing, so I can contribute in a positive way,” Islam says.

He and busloads of Muslims from at least five other cities participated in what’s called Texas Muslim Capitol Day, a regular event sponsored by the local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The idea is to show young people and adults how to participate in democracy.[…]

As the visitors arrived to the south steps of the Capitol, they saw a few dozen protesters carrying signs that said “Save America” and “Go Home, Take Obama With You.”

Some shouted “Jesus” and “No Sharia.” They tried to drown out speeches by the Muslim constituents.

Rick Ellis is a native of Fort Worth, and now lives just east of Waco. His sign read “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

“Sharia law violates the rights of persons,” he says. “We do not violate the rights of another person. They violate all over the world … whenever they deal with that … clean the trash out of their own mosques, then they can come lecture me as an American.”

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NY Man Somehow Wins $5K Settlement After He Attacked Cops With A Machete…

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What in the world…

Via Truth Revolt:

Ruhim Ullah, 24, was shot by police officers in 2010 while waving an 18-inch blade at them and later sued the NYPD for $3 million. He was just awarded $5,000 in a settlement.

According to the NY Post, Ullah pleaded guilty to the 2010 confrontation when an officer shot him in the leg, stopping him from attacking other officers. Despite a guilty plea, Ullah still went ahead with the civil suit that claimed wrongdoing in his arrest, ultimately winning the $5,000 settlement.

“In light of all of the circumstances, the city concluded that this agreement to settle was in the city’s best interest,” said city Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci.

One law enforcement source called the settlement “sickening” and believes that with Ullah’s admission of guilt, the civil suit should not have happened.

“It’s sickening,” said the source. “This man pleaded guilty to a serious crime. That should have been enough to erase the civil suit.”

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NYC And DOJ Funded Legal Services Organization Involved In Video Inciting Killing Of Police

Via WSJ:

Staff members at a Bronx public-defenders organization took part in a rap video advocating the killing of police officers and later attempted to mislead city officials about the organization’s involvement, according to the New York City Department of Investigation.

In a report released Thursday, the DOI said two staff attorneys at the Bronx Defenders—a nonprofit group that receives public funds for its advocacy and legal representation for indigent defendants—appeared in a video called “Hands Up,” in which men are shown pointing a gun at an individual portraying an officer.

The two lawyers had encouraged the organization to participate in the music video after being approached by the company producing the video, according to the report.

The Bronx Defenders’ offices appear in the video and its name appeared as a sponsor in the credits in an earlier version of the video, city officials said.

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Once it was discovered and the city started investigating, then members of the organization purportedly lied to the investigators.

Not only is this organization funded by NYC taxpayers, but it’s also American taxpayer funded through an Eric Holder Justice Department grant. According to New American, the DOJ gave this organization $1.5 million.

So here’s a question, since Bronx Defenders were featured in the video and listed as a ‘sponsor’, how much DOJ grant money/NYC taxpayer money was funneled toward this film? Was this film part of the grant money given them?

The DOJ grant was allegedly part of an Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant. Edward Byrne was a young NYPD officer who was assassinated on the job as he stood watch over a man who had been threatened.

The primary concept of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program was established via the Department of Justice is to enhance officer safety via equipment, technology and training.

No Asylum For Afghan Soldier Who Fled Training In US To Avoid Fighting The Taliban

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CAIR can step in and sponsor him for citizenship. Update to this previous story.

Via Stars and Stripes

A U.S. immigration judge has denied asylum for one of three Afghan military officers who fled a training exercise in Massachusetts to avoid returning to his homeland.

The judge ruled Friday that Maj. Jan Arash had not proved he would be persecuted instead of simply prosecuted for desertion. Persecution is one reason for an immigration judge to grant asylum.

Arash’s attorney says he’ll appeal.

In the meantime, Arash will remain at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, where his asylum claim was heard.

Arash and two other military officers were detained in September after being denied entry into Canada, where they’d planned to seek refugee status.

One of the men has since been allowed into Canada.

The other is seeking asylum in the United States. His claim is pending.

FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Get ready for the weekly Obama regime Friday afternoon news dump.

And now this important message from Ferguson protest leader, Deray McKesson:

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Midday bump: Lib rag Salon wants everyone to know it’s okay to be on welfare and carry a Coach bag.

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Nighttime bump: I meant to post this on last week’s FOT but forgot (I know, shocker).

Via Yahoo News:

Top big-wave surfers sought to conquer the massive waves that were crushing the beaches of Hawaii this week.

Photographer and filmmaker Giora Koren, of Maui, shot dramatic footage of these extreme-sport athletes taking on waves dozens of feet high at Peʻahi, a popular island surfing spot also known as Jaws.

“It became a really competitive sport, big-wave surfing. And people are challenging themselves to catch the biggest wave possible,” Koren said in an interview with Yahoo News.

One of his videos shows a gathering of surfers dive underwater to avoid getting crushed by a colossal wave.

That clip was filmed during what’s known as a cleanup set: a particularly large set of waves that break farther outside than usual and “clean up” the surfers caught inside.

Bloomberg-Backed Gun Group Forced To Retract Claims About Firearms Dealers…Which Were False…

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False info from Bloomberg’s gun control group? Never!

Via Washington Times

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has gone into mea culpa mode for claims it made about firearms dealers that turned out to be wrong — and that may lead at least one to file a lawsuit.

The group issued a report a few days ago that said more than 1,000 online gun ads in Vermont were posted by unlicensed dealers and therefore, leading potential buyers to bypass background checks. But Everytown for Gun Safety wrongly identified 48 ads by dealers.

At least one misidentified Vermont dealer — Bobby Richards, owner and operator of CrossFire Arms in Mount Holly — is threatening a lawsuit, The Blaze reported.

Mr. Richards, who advertises firearms sales at the online venue Armslist, said he requires every potential buyer to fill out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 and undergo a screening by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System, The Blaze reported.

Everytown for Gun Safety, meanwhile, has issued an apology for the error.

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Federal Regulators Say The Reid Family Mausoleum In Yucca Mountain Safe For Nuclear Waste

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Dingy Reid is against jobs for Nevadans.

Via Washington Examiner

Federal regulators said nuclear waste can be stored safely at Yucca Mountain, and Republicans quickly seized on the report to promote designating the Nevada site as the nation’s permanent waste dump.

While the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said waste could be safely stored, it stopped short of endorsing the site in the final two volumes of its safety evaluation report. The Energy Department doesn’t possess the land to build the site — that must be transferred by Congress — nor does it hold the water rights, a matter for the courts to decide.

But Republicans said the passing safety grade NRC gave Yucca eliminates opponents’ arguments that nuclear waste cannot be safely stored.

“Today’s report settles it: To continue to oppose Yucca Mountain because of radiation concerns is to ignore science. This report says that Yucca Mountain would meet all of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s performance requirements for safe operation,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a Yucca proponent.[…]

Although the GOP-led Senate would likely be more conducive to giving Yucca the thumbs up than the previous Democrat-controlled version, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has vowed to never let it get built.

Classy: Obama Team Mocks Romney For Not Running Again

Via Breitbart:

Obama campaign strategists and other Democrats took to Twitter on Friday to mock Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for the White House in 2016.

“Damn! Friday now ruined that Romney is not running,” tweeted Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. “I knew God didn’t love me enough for that gift.”

Obama 2012 spokesman Ben LaBolt tweeted out Romney’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” video with the note: “Thanks for the memories.”

Former Democratic Rep. John Dingell tweeted: “Congratulations to Mitt Romney for finally saying something the American people want to hear.”

Clinton strategist Paul Begala tweeted: “Now that he’s not running, what’s the over/under on car elevators in the next mansion he builds? 3? 4″”

Bitter West Virginia AFL-CIO President Calls Right-To-Work Proponents “F**king Liars”…

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It’s a good thing union goons aren’t pissed all the time because they’re on the decline…

Via Daily Caller:

A political advocacy group is calling out the leadership of a West Virginia union for attacking a new right-to-work proposal.

Since the midterm election, the Republican majority within the state government has been proposing ideas to help improve the struggling economy. Among these ideas is a right-to-work bill which was introduced Tuesday. However, leadership within the local AFL-CIO quickly condemned the idea with some fairly harsh words.

 If the bill passes, West Virginia will become the 25th state to outlaw forced unionization as a condition of employment.

“They’re f—ing liars,” West Virginia AFL-CIO president Kenny Perdue told the Charleston Daily Mail.

“Workplace freedom is a line of BS,” he continued. “It has nothing to do with workplace freedom. It’s employer freedom to do at will what they want to do to employees — that’s all it is.”

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Even Former Chavez Supporters Disillusioned With Venezuela As It Goes Over The Slide..

The glorious socialist paradise doesn’t mean much when you have nothing to eat…

Via Breitbart:

The shortages in Venezuela have become so severe that even long-time Chavistas–supporters of the socialist government of the now deceased Hugo Chavez–are reaching a breaking point.

The New York Times reports the constant struggle to find food and other basic necessities–like diapers and toilet paper–is pushing some people to lose faith in the system they have long believed in:

“I’ve always been a Chavista,” said Ms. Noriega, using a term for a loyal Chávez supporter. But “the other day, I found a Chávez T-shirt I’d kept, and I threw it on the ground and stamped on it, and then I used it to clean the floor. I was so angry. I don’t know if this is his fault or not, but he died and left us here, and things have been going from bad to worse.”

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Attkisson: Obama Officials “Bully” And “Threaten” Journalists Who Actually Do Their Jobs…

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She knows better than anyone.

Via CNS News:

(CNSNews.com) – Testifying at the confirmation hearing for Attorney General-nominee Loretta Lynch on Thursday, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson expressed concern about the “serious, long-term damage to a supposedly free press” by the Obama administration, which she claims “bullies and threatens access of journalists who do their jobs, news organizations that publish stories they don’t like, and whistleblowers who dare to tell the truth.”

“The message has already been received: if you cross the administration with perfectly accurate reporting that they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished. You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of surveillance devised for enemies of the state,” Attkisson stated in her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Attkisson, who has worked for CBS News, PBS, and CNN, detailed her personal experience as an investigative reporter dealing with the Obama administration.

She said she was subjected to numerous phone calls from federal officials attempting to keep her quiet; had her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests “stonewalled”; was denied access to government buildings; and she even believes the government “compromised” her personal computer.

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Outrage! Al-Qaeda Demotes America To #2 Enemy of Islam Citing “Weakness,” Names France Top Enemy…

Imam Kerry reported to be ecstatic.

Dubai (AFP) – The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

With the “weakening” of the United States in recent years, France has replaced America in the “war on Islam,” Ibrahim al-Rubaish said in an audio message published by AQAP’s media arm on YouTube.

US intelligence agencies consider AQAP to be the most dangerous branch of the jihadist network.

One of the group’s ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, has claimed in a video that AQAP was behind the January 7 attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by the magazine have angered many Muslims.

Western governments say it remains unclear if AQAP directly orchestrated the attack on the weekly, although they do believe one or both of the attackers, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, spent time with jihadists in Yemen.

AQAP was formed in 2009 after a merger between militants in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Video Of The Day: Here’s Chris Christie Falling Off A Chair….

A Philly radio station released a video of Chris Christie falling off his chair as revenge for him cheering on the Dallas Cowboys. It’s…embarrassing.

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via Politico