Matt Zeller is an Afghan war veteran. He came back to his car today outside the Safeway, and noticed this note stuck to it.
This note would be unbelievably offensive to any Afghan war veteran. But perhaps it is even more so because of what Matt Zeller does. We’ve mentioned Zeller before, because he started “No One Left Behind”. The purpose of the organization is to assist those who are in danger of being killed by the Taliban for having the nerve to help Americans by being interpreters. The U.S. promised them visas in exchange but have been slow in coming though on the promise.
Many of the men are in danger of death. Zeller is working to save them, because of our promise made to them. Few people who after leaving war would still be working to try to save people left behind, that’s the kind of man Matt Zeller is.
Here’s Zeller talking about his fight to save his best friend Janis Shinwari, an interpreter for their unit who help saved their lives.
Following the tragic earthquake which shook Nepal yesterday claiming the lives of thousands and leaving many injured in a swathe of destruction, Israel is joining the international effort to offer relief to victims of the quake, as an Israeli Defense Force delegation heads out to Nepal.
Ahead of the team heading out for their mission, Brig. Gen. Dr. Dudu Dagan of the IDF Medical Corps spoke at a briefing about the field hospital his forces plan to build at the disaster site.
The Jewish State is world-renowned for dealing with emergencies, as well as for setting up small and effective field hospitals just about anywhere and fast.
As Dagan said, the field hospital the IDF intends to set up would be a tertiary hospital, “meaning we can operate, we can have intensive care, we can hospitalize, and even escort…the injured to Israel.”
At the same time, Col. Yoram Laredo, the commander of the Israeli delegation to Nepal said that even arriving safely to assist will be a challenge as Kathmandu airport was heavily damaged in the earthquake.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Laredo on Sunday, telling him “you are being sent on an important mission. This is the true face of Israel – a country that offers aid over any distance at such moments. Good luck. We are counting on you.”
No one in official leadership has called ‘the traveling protester show’ quite as correctly as Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott. A reporter asks if there were outside agitators behind the violence as there were in Ferguson. The mayor says that they are looking into that, then refers to Councilman Scott.
From being outside there today, and actually talking to local organizers on the ground, they were telling me, saying, yes, these folks that were inciting this, maybe there were people from Baltimore participating, but the folks inciting this response, the incorrect response, were definitely from the outside. Again as the mayor said you can see some of the young guys from Baltimore saying on video, “Stop, stop, stop”, because this is not what they wanted. But we have to point out these pariah who will go from town to town, ruining people’s protests, ruining-using people’s emotions for their own benefit and their own agenda.
So Councilman Scott, here are some of those traveling protesters of whom you spoke, seeking to use Baltimore for their own agendas. Read all »
Four freed Guantanamo Bay detainees protested in front of the U.S. Embassy on Friday night, saying they were angry about being asked to leave a Uruguayan hotel that had been housing them and demanding Washington help them financially.
Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi said he had been asked to leave the Metro hotel, a budget inn where he and some of the other five former detainees periodically stayed.
The four Syrians, one Tunisian and one Palestinian have been housed in a four-bedroom house in Uruguay’s capital since the government took them in after their release in December. But “we are too many to stay in the house,” said El Ouerghi, who spent much of the last few months at the hotel.
As a humanitarian gesture, the men were invited to resettle in this poor South American country of 3.3 million people by President Jose Mujica, who has since left office.[…]
El Ouerghi said the men wanted to speak with the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay. He said the United States should help the men financially, an argument he and a few of the other former detainees have made repeatedly.
“Last night a Facebook notification showed up on my screen. A friend had posted a picture to my wall. What I saw disgusted me.”
That’s how Zuri Davis, 19, describes the moment she saw a Facebook post targeting her for being a black, female supporter of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).[…]
The post was later deleted and the individual later deactivated his Facebook page.
Davis told TheBlaze Friday that it was likely prompted by her commenting on a friend’s post about why taxes should be voluntary.
“I have a very obvious ‘Stand With Rand’ on my cover picture and my public posts indicate my preference,” she said. “He made the comment on his own timeline. It was screenshot by my friend and he sent it to me.”
The 19-year-old became “determined to set the record straight.”
‘[I] am really tired of people assuming they can make comments like that and think that they are acceptable,” she told TheBlaze. “That was not the first time I had received a comment like that. I get a lot of people that ask me how I can be black and a conservative.”
After some thought, the D.C.-area resident decided to pen a column in response. In it, she wrote that she has researched the 2016 candidates and concluded Paul is “the most liberty minded.” For that, she supports him.
Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz was in the front row at a promotional event last week at Miami Police College to film Najiy, a 32-year-veteran of the agency, during the pledge. As other members placed their hands over their hearts, Najiy kept her arms by her sides.
In doing so, Ortiz says, she failed to exhibit courtesy and etiquette that “must be exercised when wearing a law enforcement uniform.”
“If you’re not pledging allegiance to the United States, my question is what country are you pledging allegiance to?” Ortiz says. “Anyone who isn’t offended by that is not American, because when you become a U.S. citizen, you pledge allegiance to the U.S.”[…]
Furthermore, the Miami Herald states the view of Police Maj. Delrish Moss, who claims Najiy was just following military code:
Police Maj. Delrish Moss produced a section of the conduct code for U.S. military personnel, which he says supercedes police code. It reads: “When in uniform, indoors, stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag.”
“That’s exactly what she did,” Moss said. “The Honor Guard follows U.S. military code. She was following U.S. military code. It had nothing to do with personal beliefs.”
I’m hoping that maybe she was trying to say she didn’t want cops to be hurt trying to stop the madness, which is a valid consideration. On the other hand, that really isn’t the way you should express it and you have to let them do their job.
Madame Mayor, here’s a little bit of that destruction you gave ‘space’ to:
Man threatened with knife by Black Lives Matter protester, knife is in his right hand:
Dozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects.
They’re calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the suspects were set up.
Six local Somalis were charged this week with trying to leave the country to join the terrorist group. These four men were taken into custody in Minneapolis a week ago. Two others were arrested in San Diego.
Federal agents also arrested Mahamed Said for allegedly making threats on Twitter in response to the arrests. One tweet from his account said if the men weren’t freed, there would be a “massacre.” Another message said “Best believe I’m gonna kill for those guys if they don’t free my brothers.”
The leadership and families at Saturday’s rally denounced any retaliation because of the arrests and asked for the public to hold judgment until their sons are found guilty or not guilty.
About 100 people turned out at the State Capitol, including three mothers of four of the men arrested. One of them made remarks saying she doesn’t believe her sons are terrorists.
A Somali community advocate says the community has agreed to peacefully protest the government and the confidential informant prosecutors built much of their case around.
Abdullahi Salim helped lead the protest. He says he’s a friend of all the arrested suspects, and can’t believe they could be involved.[…]
Salim also says the suspects’ character was never in question for him.
“These guys are really, really, really helpful guys,” he said. “Whenever you need help, they’re the first guys you call for help.”
Community organizers say they want to sit down with lawmakers and talk about programs to help Somali youth prosper and not be drawn into recruiting.
Khasama Sawant, a socialist and a member of the Seattle, Wash. City Council, is paying no fewer than five campaign staff employees as independent contractors — thus evading the payment of payroll taxes, overtime, social security and other insurance.
The avowed protector of workers from the evils of capitalist exploitation has spent $12,000 paying her employees so far as she fights for reelection, according to KIRO Radio.
“Sawant has been skirting the rules by not paying into the public workers’ safety net,” Josh Feit of state political blog PubliCola explained, according to KIRO.
The socialist does not appear to have provided any benefits to her five employees beyond cash payments for services provided.
A banner promoting the play “Romeo & Juliet” has been taken down after some parents of students at Westlake High School shared concerns over the use of a Confederate flag.
Parents Sedrick Blount and Angelina Sanchez couldn’t believe the school allowed the Confederate flag to be used in a banner. They were told the flag represented the theme “Romeo & Juliet” post-Civil war.
“That represents hatred, racism and just pure evil,” Blount said, while Sanchez said: “The Confederate flag is just not a good advertisement.”
Parents say the banner had been up for a few days but it was taken down Friday afternoon after they took their concerns to school administrators and the superintendent.
They say the banner was offensive and shouldn’t have gone up in the first place.
“It can leave a confusing message to children who are vulnerable. It’s like, ‘What are we saying to them?’ ” Sanchez said.
But Stella Mandell, who came to see her niece perform in the play, said they banner was symbolic of what the play was about.
“I’m just looking at it from an artistic point of view because we are supporting the arts. This is symbolic of what the play is about. Bottom line,” she said.
Jacquelyn Aguilera, a Westlake High School senior, said: “I think the school should try to be a little more culturally conscientious.”
“I have full faith that they will going forward not make these types of mistakes,” Blount added.
CBSLA reached out to the superintendent’s office for comment Friday during business hours but that call wasn’t returned. However, concerned parents said they received an apology from administrators.
A number of notable celebrities are already throwing their support behind 2016 presidential contenders.
Most of the famous faces are solidly in Hillary Clinton’s camp, with a host of celebs, including actress Lena Dunham and NBA icon Magic Johnson, taking to Twitter to show their support for the Democratic front-runner after she entered the race.
But a few stars, including Willie Robertson from A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” have favorites on the GOP side as well. The CEO of Duck Commander is a big supporter of his home-state Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), a potential contender.
The Hill is keeping a list of prominent stars and the 2016 hopefuls they are supporting.
CELEBRITIES BACKING DEMOCRATS
Uzo Aduba — The actress from Netflix’s hit “Orange is the New Black” tweeted her support for Clinton.
Clay Aiken — The “American Idol” who fell short in his own bid for Congress last year initially panned Clinton’s announcement video on Twitter. “Hillary, I love you. But why are you the stiffest and most scripted looking person in this video,” he wrote. He confirmed his support for Clinton in a later tweet.
Kat Dennings — The “2 Broke Girls” actress tweeted “Hillary” after Clinton’s announcement.
Lena Dunham — The “Girls” creator and star took to Instagram to post the famous picture of Clinton reading her BlackBerry. Dunham’s caption read: “This is Hillary reading a text from me that says, ‘With you every step of the way, gurl’ #mypresident.”
In possibly the most disrespectful display I’ve ever seen, a woman who writes for the Washington Post was spotted last night by millions of viewers using her cell phone (presumably to text) while the National Anthem played at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Helena Andrews, a woman who writes an online column for The Washington Post entitled “The Reliable Source” took to Twitter to dismiss the rumors she was texting during the National Anthem:
Just a few hours after Lindsey Graham finished arguing (in absentia) with Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator walked to a podium not far from the Capitol, to receive an award. Paul was one of three recipients of The Constitution Project’s Constitutional Champion prize, recognized for his work on criminal justice reform, NSA reform, and the separation of powers. When he took the mic, Paul spent 12 minutes discussing crime, calling for an end to mandatory minimums and all sentencing disparities.
Then he swung back at Graham – in absentia, and not by name.
“One unapologetic senator, who I’ve had a few rounds with, said if you’re not talking to terrorists, why are you worried?” Paul said. “He goes on to say that he (would) censor the mail, if he could. Really? This senator goes on to say that if you’re an American citizen, and you ask for a lawyer, you just tell ‘im to shut up. Really? Have we stooped so low that that is our standard? If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear? It’s a long way from innocent until proven guilty.”[…]