George W. Bush’s most memorable sports moments. One of the most emotional moments of the George W. Bush presidency is the focus of a new ESPN documentary. “The First Pitch” focuses on Bush’s ceremonial first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series in Yankee Stadium a few weeks after the September 11th attacks. Source: The Hardline and Ben & Skin Photo: DON EMMERT, Getty Images / AFP
ESPN put together a 25-minute, documentary entitled, “30-For-30 Shorts: The First Pitch” (link to video below), that features George W. Bush as he recounts throwing out that ‘First Pitch” in New York three weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This video was a walk down memory lane that started out with total devastation. Because we had a real America-loving, God-fearing Christian man as our president in The People’s House at the time, he brought America together as New York’s Twin Towers came tumbling down. His great courage, uplifting words and actions catapulted our country into a stronger nation, a united nation, despite all the evil that surrounded us at the time. Hats off to George W. Bush for being a true leader, a leader we could depend on and trust, and a leader who brought America together and united us under extreme adversity. May God bless him and his family.
I’m posting this documentary on this very solemn day, September 11, 2015, fourteen years after Islamic terrorist cowards killed approximately 3,000 innocent people. Today isn’t about the cowards, but about the resiliency of America, where people are fleeing TO, not FROM. That says a lot about the greatest country on the face of the planet. What a shame that the current guy occupying The People’s House is hell-bent on destroying it, one executive order at a time. He should know that Americans are strong. We are a God-fearing, freedom-loving, military- and police-supporting nation, and nothing, not even his mighty pen or phone can take that away from US, the American People of The United States Of America because we are and always will be…
“One Nation, UnderGod; Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All“…Whether he likes it or not…
May God continue to Bless the United States of America and its allies, and may He punish the wicked who want to destroy US. God may be a loving God, but He is also a vengeful God…
I applaud ESPN for this wonderful tribute to America and the president who kept us united throughout his 8-year presidency. This touched my soul and brought all those emotions back…emotions of pain and faith as we stood up against evil as One Nation Under God. Watch the 25-minute “The First Pitch” video from ESPN here…
I really try to see the good in people; I really do. Try as I might, in 7+ years, I can’t come up with one good thing about Obama that is worthy of any respect or even a mention. Every day, it’s one disaster after another. I try not to pay attention. I try to focus more on my life than his, but it’s been affecting all of us so much that I have come to the realization that this one guy—Obama—has not only fundamentally changed the United States of America, but he has changed the whole world.
People should have realized where this guy’s loyalties lied when he went to Muslim countries to apologize for American exceptionalism when he first stole The People’s House through voter fraud. He has called America a racist country even though he’s of mixed race, and whites voted for him with record votes. He has single-handedly brought down world leaders where worse terrorist leaders replaced them, bringing anarchy to their streets. He has turned government against Christians and Jews; turned race against race, favoring the black race over the white race, and uses the race card at every turn. Obama has erased God from even being mentioned in schools. He has armed our enemies and threatened and turned away from our allies. He has sided with criminal thugs who were breaking the law at the time of their incarceration or death, blaming police officers. He claimed Cambridge police officers “acted stupidly” when they were asked to investigate a crime taking place where a black guy broke into a home in an affluent neighborhood. They had no idea that the black guy forgot his keys and was just trying to gain entrance into his own home. How could the police have known that? Even before he knew all the details, Obama called them out mainly because the black guy was a Liberal professor friend of his, and the police should have known you can’t pick on a black guy when he’s trying to break into a home. This was a brief look at what was to come in the near future. Obama lit a match to the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011 after he blamed the 1% for the social and economic inequality worldwide.
When Travon Martin got into a fight with George Zimmerman, the media immediately reported he was fighting with a white guy. In no time flat, Obama took to his podium and stated that “if he had a son, it would look like Trayvon”, even before he knew the details. When the media found out the guy was Hispanic, they quickly changed his description to “a white Hispanic” whatever that is. Today we have Obama embracing black thugs, and he even arranged three of his reps to attend the funeral of another black thug, Michael Brown, who was caught stealing at a convenience store and ended up bull-rushing a white cop, Officer Darren Wilson, tried to take Officer Wilson’s gun when he tried to apprehend Brown. Michael Brown ended up dead, and Officer Wilson was within his legal rights to use deadly force after being overtaken by a 6’5″, 289-pound black guy. When you do the crime, you’ve got to be prepared to do the time. Unfortunately, Brown chose death. There was rioting in the streets and that’s what started the Black Lives Matter Bowel Movement.
Because of Obama, we have so many people out of work, many have no desire to work, and others can’t find work. Millions of illegal aliens are flooding this country and are receiving taxpayer-funded assistance. I can’t with good conscience call it “government-funded assistance” because it’s our money, not theirs that they’re giving these deadbeats. Many illegal aliens are vicious criminals, many have killed Americans, yet they’re still out on our streets. Only a black guy could get away with all this anarchy. Imagine if there was a white guy or a white woman in The People’s House? Do you really think he or she would be able to have all the lavish parties and vacations that Obama has taken advantage of, while doing nothing to protect this country or its people? Do you think they’d be able to have his or her mother-in-law stay in The People’s House and also pay for all those lavish vacations and attend all those parties? Think again.
Then there’s Benghazi, the NSA scandal, the IRS scandal, etc., etc, etc. Obama has lied so many times about so many things, I couldn’t list them all here, nor do I have the time to list all that he’s involved in in his quest to take down not only America, but the whole world. The bottom line is Obama has shown that he is an Islamic terrorist sympathizer. He is not one of us, and he truly is his father’s son, whether it’s the Kenyan, Barack Obama, Sr. or the Communist, Frank Marshall Davis. The jury’s still out on who his father really is, but he’s the spitting image of Frank Marshall Davis. Obama is not on the side of America. Why else would he give Iran everything they asked for, but never even asked for the four American prisoners rotting in Iran’s jails. He’s not one of us because he’s always told our enemies what he’s doing and even gives them timetables. What commander-in-chief would ever do that? He’s not with us; he’s against us, and nobody seems to see it! If you read any of my earlier posts when I first started blogging, I was singing the same tune, but nobody believed me.
I’ve never, ever been a political person. I’ve always felt confident with the people America has put in office. That changed with Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. I remember seeing his face, looking at the camera and pointed a finger stating that he didn’t have sex with “that woman, Monica Lewinsky”. Little did Slick Willy know, Lewinsky had that infamous blue dress as evidence. Then with his tail between his legs, he had to confess. As far as I’m concerned, Monica Lewinsky will always be Bill Clinton’s legacy.
While Slick Willy was still in office, he was impeached, but it went nowhere because Democrats are apparently made out of Teflon. The same can be said for Obama. He’s sheltered by the Democrats and the media. Americans thought putting a black smooth talker in The People’s House would show the world that we have risen above our tortured past, but Obama doesn’t want anyone to forget about it. When he was campaigning, all he talked about was inequality this, and inequality that, share the wealth, and most people bought it. I didn’t believe a word he said, and I still automatically think the opposite of whatever he says.
I apologize for this rather lengthy post, but I had to get it off of my chest, and I’m feeling a little better now that’s I’ve put it into words. I’ve got to be honest. When I started listening to Ben Carson, all he talked about was slavery and Jim Crow, and the only thing I thought about was, OMG, not again! People were starting to turn away, then he stated that being in prison “made you gay”, and that didn’t go over well, along with other gaffes, but then he “softened it up” and now he’s chastising Trump. I can’t say I trust any of the people running, but I’m watching them all very closely. After watching the first Republican debate, I liked Trump and Fiorina. Ted Cruz was scoring low, but then he decided to go along with Trump, and as is typical of politicians, whichever way the wind blows, that’s where they’ll set their sails. I’m done with politicians, but I fear that Ben Carson shouldn’t have given up his day job because he knows absolutely nothing about foreign matters at all, which was evident in a lot of his interviews.
Now, we have one of the saddest dates in the history of America coming up tomorrow, September 11th, where we remember those innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 because Islamic terrorists wanted to kill as many people as they could on that particular day. An off-shoot of The Black Lives Matter Bowel Movement, Fuk Yo Flag, are threatening violence on September 11th in videos and blog posts to the location of Stone Mountain, GA. They are calling for all blacks to attend a day of reckoning and are telling them it’s “open season on killing white people and cops”, and to burn all flags. I’m wondering if they’re all going to also burn their EBT cards and welfare money. Are they going to move out of their housing? Are they also going to turn in their Obama phones? After all, it’s because of the hard earned money from millions of people that they have these “free luxuries”, and many of them are white.
Get a load of this pathetic black woman with no pants on wiping her butt with the American Flag, with her middle finger stuck defiantly in the air. I apologize to our military for her blatant disregard for this great country, where she can actually get away with this disgraceful act. Even more pathetic are the rants from the self-proclaimed “King Noble, Black Supremacist”. Read this and watch the video if you can stomach what this country has become because Obama built this…
Members of the Black Lives Matter splinter group Fuk Yo Flag are threatening violence on September 11 in videos and blog posts.
After posting a recent video that called for “open season on killing white people and cops,” a man who identifies himself as “King Noble, Black Supremacist” has put out another bizarre, expletive-laced video where he delivers a monologue of his contempt for both the American and Confederate flags, which he claims are symbols of oppression.
The orders have just come down from the head organizer of #FYF911 movement from Palmetto Star — the ratched revolutionary, too raw for TV — the order has come down to reveal the secret locaiton of FYF mobilization.
The event will be held in Stone Mountain. Get there. In Stone Mountain, you will witness the end of U.S. imperialist white supremecy. September 11th, Stone Mountain. Get there.
Stone Mountain, Georgia is a park and the home of the Confederate Memorial Carving that commemorates three Confederate leaders of the Civil War: President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson.
Noble goes on to say: “Fuck yo flag. Stone Mountain. It’s over with. We will burn every single flag.”
The group’s website contains similair rhetoric.
“We, the people, are psychologically and physically breaking free of the imperialist, colonialist, and racist empires by burning representations starting on September 11th, 2015. Why September 11th? We recognize that these imperial powers attacked their own citizens on 9/11 in an attempt to gain more power from its people. We are not disrespecting any citizen that may have died during these attacks on this day; instead, we are acknowledging that, from this day forward, we are holding ALL imperial nations responsible for their needless deaths! On 9/11 we will be burning American flags, Confederate flags, police uniforms, and ALL representations of organized evil and oppressive nations. We also will be raising the Liberation flag and building on a new nation for the people. This is an INTERNATIONAL movement and a day of unity, progressive action, and liberation. To all OPPRESSIVE AND ORGANIZED EVIL after #FYF911, the people will not be bound to you any longer!!
The Fuk Yo Flag movement was reported on by Breitbart Texas in a widely-read story after they threatened a vet and others who were exposing them.
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, MA, 40
Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells of Cobb, GA, 21
Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk County, WI, 27
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt of Burke, NC, 37
I was all set to post this on my Blog this afternoon, but then I heard about Randall Smith and wanted to include him here as well. This is a long post and it took me awhile to compose it, but it is my heartfelt thank you to the five heroic and beautiful souls who were taken from us so tragically. I hope you’ll read this post in its entirety and keep these five brave warriors, their loving families and their community in your prayers. I came across a few eye-openers on this story of the horrific terrorist attack that first started at a military recruitment station and then at a Navy and Marines Reserve Center seven miles away in Chattanooga, TN. More on this story follows my post. Thank you…
While on a walk this morning to gather more thoughts for this post, I watched as another of our veterans was laid to rest in a cemetery that I sometimes walk in. They had the customary Three-Volley Salute for another of America’s heroes that I’ve seen and heard so many times before. I don’t know anything about this veteran, but as I always do, I’ll go to the grave of the veteran at a more appropriate time and pray over his or her grave. It helps me to cope with a hero’s passing, and allows me to privately say “Thank you for your service to this great nation. Rest in peace”. Whether they pass because of natural causes or by vicious attack, they will never be forgotten.
I cried along with the rest of America when I first heard about the four U.S. Marines who are no longer with us. They are no longer with their families and friends because of the cowardly actions of a rogue Muslim extremist terrorist, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who was killed by police at the Armed Forces Recruitment Center after first firing at a military recruiting storefront several miles away. Several others were wounded at the second military recruitment center, including a Navy Sailor and veteran Chattanooga police officer, Sgt. Dennis Pedigo, who was wounded in the ankle and underwent surgery. Thank God he’s recovering.
Randall Smith. United States Naval Institute
Smith was a logistics specialist in the Navy. He’s pictured with his three daughters, all under six, and wife Angie.
Many people are wondering what possessed this “friendly” Muslim to “turn” and attack a couple of military installations and open fire on innocent, unarmed marines and others?
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in Chattanooga during Ramadan, if you can believe that. They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught some guy, Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Did the Muslims in this community coerce this coward to target military installations or did the coercion come from his father, Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who was on the terrorist watch list, then later removed? I wonder who took him off of that terrorist watch list, and will we ever find out who did? I won’t hold my breath.
Here’s some background information into Abdulazeez and his vicious father,Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez, who had a restraining order put on him from his wife filed back on February 5, 2009 because of sexual assaulting and viciously beating her, and also beating their son. Youssuf told his wife of 28 years that he wanted to take a second wife “because it’s allowed under Islamic Law”, but they’re in America where American Law exists, not Palestine or Kuwait (where Abdulazeez was born). There are more horror stories about how Muslim guys who come into this country either by legal or illegal means who show this same violent behavior toward women. Now there’s your “war on women”, Liberals and Progressives. With Obama taking in 100,000 or more Muslims into the United States every year, we can expect more of this, and it will spill out into our population, not just in their own circle, I assure you.
Obama could stop this or at least reduce this carnage on military installations by Islamic terrorists by repealing a law I believe Bill Clinton signed which disarmed U.S. soldiers on military bases. It was one of the first things he did when he took office in 1993. In March of the same year, the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection. However, according to a story fromTheBlaze on September 17, 2013, it was George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense who put that law into place, not Bill Clinton. I still believe Bill Clinton had his hands in it because of what I’ve uncovered, just as he reduced military spending which resulted in the USS Cole terrorist attack, then boasted of a “surplus”. Actually, I don’t care who was at fault! The fact that this law hasn’t been repealed after countless shootings and fatalities at various military installations is an atrocity. This law should be repealed, but I don’t see it happening because any laws that need to be repealed are put into the proverbial circular file by our politicians—think ObamaCare.
Nadal Hasan’s terrorist attack (remember him?) at Fort Hood wouldn’t have happened or at the very least, the damage would have been minimal in comparison, if Clinton’s (or H. W. Bush’s) law wasn’t in place. Our military personnel would have been armed. Terrorists and other radicals know that they won’t be fired upon in gun-free zones which is why it’s happening more often in those places.
May God rest the souls of the four Marines and Navy Sailor who lost their lives, and May He bring comfort to their families. America grieves with them. Here’s another Muslim extremist who America educated, yet this pig wasn’t as grateful and “loving” as some people thought. Whoever persuaded him to act out this massacre on innocent people, he could have gone to the authorities or he could have said NO to the violent acts! What or who makes these seemingly “good” people turn away from good and incite evil onto innocent people for no reason at all?
Obama still won’t declare war on these pigs because he can’t even say the words “Islamic Extremist” or “Islamic Terrorists” or even Muslim Extremists”. From what has been playing out for almost seven years now, it appears that we have a Muslim Islamic terrorist sympathizer in the White House, at the very least. Why else would he not want to fight them, call them out on their terror attacks or declare war on them? He’s not fighting them, he’s ARMING THEM! Time to transfer Obama from the White House to the Big House.
To our Military Men and Women who are serving in our Armed Forces: We pray that God protects all of you as you protect us so selflessly. We pray that you are always surrounded by God’s Light so you can see the evil before it sees you. May you all safely return home to your families soon. We thank you all for your brave service to God’s beautiful country. May your families be blessed and comforted as they await your safe return home.
At the end of this post, I’ve included a couple of related stories.
PUBLISHED:07:00 EST, 17 July 2015|UPDATED:21:31 EST, 17 July 2015
The girlfriend of one of the four Marines gunned down in a shooting at a Naval Reserve base in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Thursday has revealed the tragic last text message she received from her boyfriend in the midst of the rampage.
Caroline Dove, girlfriend of slain Lance Cpl Skip Wells, 21, says he sent her a text message on the morning of the brazen attacks, saying there was an ‘active shooter’.
Dove, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, was confused at first, thinking it was a joke. But she started to get worried when her mother sent her an article saying that four Marines had been killed in a shooting in Chattanooga.
Dove says she thought the text message was a joke at first, but then grew concerned when her mother sent her an article about four Marines being killed in Chattanooga
She says she then started frantically texting Wells, saying ‘I love you’ and asking if he was there, but she never heard from him again.
Dove had to wait almost an entire day to get the news that her boyfriend of two and a half years had been lost in the tragic incident, when a mutual friend called to inform her of the bad news.
‘It was devastating to hear that he was one of the victims. I was so overwhelmed with emotions…I didnt know what to do,’ Dove said.
All four were killed at the Naval Reserve center – the second stop in gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s shooting spree through Chattanooga.
Just minutes earlier, the Muslim who grew up in the upscale suburb of Hixson had fired dozens of rounds into the offices of a military recruitment center at a strip mall – leaving one injured.
He then drove off, heading about eight miles north to the reserve center where he continued his bloody rampage.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
The three other Marines slain in the massacre have been identified as 40-year-old Gunnery Sgt Thomas J Sullivan, 27-year-old Sgt Carson Holmquist and 37-year-old Staff Sgt David Wyatt.
A sailor, who is yet to be identified, is said to be ‘fighting for his life’ in hospital.
On Friday, the bodies of the four Marines were taken from Chattanooga to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in a police procession.
‘The remains of the Marines who lost their lives in the tragic July 16 incident in Chattanooga are currently en route to Dover, Delaware,’ a spokesman from the U.S. Marines said. ‘Upon arrival, transfer cases will be draped and an honorable transfer will be conducted. No media will be authorized access to this area.’
Together, the victims comprise two young fathers, a Purple Heart recipient and a 21-year-old barely out of boot camp.
Loved-ones of those senselessly murdered, paid tribute to them today as an ‘amazing father’, a perfect Marine, and a young man who ‘felt called to serve’.
And touching photos reveal the lives behind their service. Skip Wells, the youngest victim, shared a moving photo on Facebook hugging his girlfriend and proudly posing in uniform – his baby-faced portrait a testament to his early years cut short while David Wyatt, a married father of two, is pictured in an emotional homecoming with his two children, who are proudly waving American flags for their hero dad.
The shooting that killed the four men started just before 11am on Thursday, when gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez pulled up to a strip mall in Chattanooga and started shooting through the glass windows of a military recruitment office from the drivers seat of a rented silver convertible.
Abdulazeez then sped off and drove about seven miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve Center near a Coca-Cola bottling plant and the Tennessee RiverPark, where he opened fire again at a group of servicemen through a fence.
All four of the victims killed in the shooting were shot dead at the Naval Reserve center. Just one person was shot at the military recruitment offices and was treated and released for their injuries.
The shooting was finally brought to an end when police officers intervened. Abdulazeez reportedly rammed the sports car into a gate and then was shot dead by a police officer.
In the aftermath of the shooting, it was revealed that Abdulazeez was a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in Kuwait, who moved to America with his family in 1996. His father was reportedly born in the Palestinian territories, and had a violent past according to court documents exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com.
In 2009 Abdulazeez’s mother filed for divorce from his father accusing him of shocking attacks on her and the children.
Youssuf Saed Abdulazeez was accused of physically attacking his wife of 28 years and sexually assaulting her in front of the children. He also wanted to take a second wife claiming it was permitted under Islamic law.
The couple ultimately reconciled and stayed together, but the allegations and court hearings would have no doubt put pressure on the family and their only son who was in his senior year at high school at the time.
The gunman’s father was also put on a terror watch list in the past, but ultimately cleared.
The investigation allegedly had to do with the father’s contributions to a charity and questions about whether the money was being funneled to fund terrorism.
Opened fire: A member of the FBI looks at the glass doors riddled with bullet holes outside the recruitment center that was targeted in Chattanooga. It was the first of two military sites hit
FOUR MARINES KILLED IN THE CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING
Wells (pictured) had allegedly wanted to become a Marine ever since he was a little boy, his girlfriend Carolina Dove said
LANCE CPL SKIP WELLS
Reservist on active duty operational support
Entered service: February 2014
From: Cobb, Georgia
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Lance Cpl Skip Wells had wanted to be a Marine ever since he was a little boy, his girlfriend Caroline Dove told CNN in an eloquent interview on Friday.
Dove, who had been dating Wells for the past two and a half years, met her boyfriend while they were both studying history at Georgia State University.
‘We were both history majors and there was a connection just right off the bat. He knew what he had to do to make me happy and I knew what I had to do to make him happy and we were just compatible,’ she said. ‘It was great that we worked out for as long as we did.’
Since joining the military, Dove and Wells had been long-distance while Wells worked in Tennessee and Dove continued her education in Georgia.
She says the last time she saw her boyfriend was in February and that she had plans to visit him next week – a dream reunion that will now never happen.
Dove says that her boyfriend was proud to serve his country, and that his one ambition in life was to be remembered for service.
‘I know when we first met, he said, “You know, I’m going to be a Marine. That’s all I really want to do, that’s all I know and that’s all I love.”‘ Dove recalled.
Done says Wells spent a lot of time speaking with recruiters about the process of joining the Marines before he was officially sworn in last year – realizing his dream career.
Wells officially became a Marine on May 9, 2014, when he graduated from boot camp.
He beams proudly in pictures from the day on Facebook, embracing his girlfriend in one picture and beaming proudly next to his parents and mother (who also served in the Marines, according to friends) in another.
Dove is also an enlisted Marine, just weeks away from boot camp.
While the shooting has no doube been shaking, Dove says it has only strengthened her resolve to join the military.
‘Seeing as this has happened on our soil it has encouraged me to want this even more and I actually want to live out my life as a Marine and be able to do it for him because I know that’s what he wanted me to do.
‘He as truly honest, he was smart, he was loyal – just anything you could imagine in a good guy and a good Marine.
‘I’m gonna miss his funny little quirks…he always knew how to make me laugh, how to make me smile, how to make me feel better about anything,’ Dove said.
Garrett Reed, a longtime friend of Wells who has known him since the fourth grade, believes he wanted to join the military because of his family’s legacy of service.
‘He loves his country, his momma served in the military…I think he just wanted to follow in her footsteps,’ Reed said.
According to pictures posted to Facebook, he had recently returned from a trip to DisneyWorld with his mother.
Reed said he was shocked when he learned that his childhood friend had been killed in the terror attack on Thursday
‘You hear about this kind of stuff on the news all the time and you just never think it can happen to one of your friends,’ Reed said.
In describing Wells’ personality, Reed said: ‘He was just a funny guy, real caring. Just a really nice guy, you just couldn’t find a nicer guy than him.’
Lance Cpl Skip Wells is pictured above with a woman who appears to be his girlfriend, taken around the time of his boot camp graduation last year
Fresh out of training: Wells, pictured center, had just graduated from boot camp last year. Pictured above with his grandfather, grandmother and mother in a photo posted to his Facebook in May 2014
STAFF SGT DAVID WYATT
From: Burke, North Carolina
Entered service: September 2004
Occupation: Field artillery operations man
Deployments: Afghanistan (October 2010 to May 2011), Iraq (October 2007 to January 2008)
Staff Sgt David Wyatt lived with his wife and two kids in Hixson, Tennessee – the same Chattanooga suburb where Abdulazeez grew up with his family.
As FBI agents swarmed the gunman’s home on Thursday, mourners began to arrive at Wyatt’s home just six miles down the road.
‘There were seven or eight cars there last night. I thought they were having a party. It didn’t go through my mind,’ neighbor Antony Madakcherry told the Tennessean.
Wyatt, originally from Russellville, Arkansas attended university in Montana before joining the military.
He married his wife Lorri in December 2004, and the couple went on to have two children – a boy and a girl according to photos posted on Mrs Wyatt’s Facebook.
As friends and family wrote their condolences on Facebook Thursday night, Lorri responded and thanked everyone for their support, writing that her husband had been ‘an amazing father’.
On Friday, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy was stationed outside of the family’s home.
Loved: Staff Sgt David Wyatt pictured above attending a formal event with his wife Lorri in a photo posted to Facebook
Father: Staff Sgt Wyatt leaves behind two children, in addition to his wife. The family lived in Chattanooga, and neighbors said many gathered at the home on Thursday to mourn his loss
GUNNERY SGT THOMAS J SULLIVAN
From: Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered service: September 1997
Occupation: Field artillery cannoneer
Deployments: Iraq (September 2007 to April 2008, September 2004 to April 2005)
Sullivan, from Springfield, Massachusetts served two tours of duty in Iraq, survived the battle of Abu Ghraib and was awarded the Purple Heart, his family told MassLive.
Sullivan’s brother Joe is a pub owner in their hometown, and wrote a post on the bar’s website in honor of his fallen sibling after hearing the terrible news.
‘He was our hero and he will never be forgotten. Please keep his family & friends in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you Tommy for protecting us,’ the post reads.
As the family mourns Sullivan’s passing, his brother has asked residents in their community to lower their American flags to half mast.
‘There’s no Marine you would want that was better in combat than him,’ Sullivan’s friend, Josh Parnell, toldPatch. ‘He’d been shot at so many times over the years and then for this to happen at home in the United States.’
A woman claiming to be a friend of Sullivan’s on Twitter shared a picture of the sergeant in his uniform next to two Purple Hearts, writing: ‘RIP GySgt Thomas Sullivan, it was an honor knowing you and knowing you’re the reason why my mom would smile.’
Sullivan was one of three children to Jerry and Betty Sullivan and graduated from Springfield’s Cathedral High School before joining the military.
Decorated: Sullivan’s brother has asked community members in their home town to lower American flags to half mast to mourn his passing
Fallen son: Sullivan is one of three children to Jerry and Betty Sullivan. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts before joining the military
SGT CARSON HOLMQUIST
From: Polk, Wisconsin.
Entered service: January 2009
Occupation: Automotive maintenance technician
Deployments: Afghanistan (September 2013 to May 2014)
Sgt Carson Holmquist, a man who just returned from a nearly year-long deployment last July, was another of the four men tragically killed in Thursday’s shooting.
The 27-year-old originally from Grantsburg, Wisconsin leaves behind a wife, Jasmine, and a 2-year-old son Wyatt.
At the time of his untimely death, Holmquist and his young family were living in Jacksonville, North Carolina where he was stationed at Camp Lejeune.
While his family has yet to issue a statement on his death, it is very clear that he was loved.
Pictured posted to Facebook show his wife and toddler son with broad smiles, welcoming him home from a deployment last July.
In the photos, mother and son wave American flags and hold up posters reading ‘Welcome home Daddy!’ and ‘We’ve waited 244 days for this moment’.
Friends also paid tribute to the fallen Marine on Facebook, posting kind words like ‘You will be missed bud’.
Authorities are still scrambling to find a motive for the attack, but blog posts written by Abdulazeez just three days before the attack suggests he may have become radicalized in his Islamic faith.
In the cryptic posts, Abdulazeez wrote: ‘Brothers and sisters don’t be fooled by your desires, this life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to allah may pass you by.’
According toThe Daily Beast, he added: ‘Take his (Allah’s) word as your light and code and do not let other prisoners, whether they are so called “Scholars” or even your family members, divert you from the truth. If you make the intention to follow allahs way 100 per cent and put your desires to the side, allah will guide you to what is right.’
At a press conference on Friday, authorities said they were investigating the shootings as an act of terrorism, but the FBI said that Abdulazeez had not been on their radar or any of their watch lists.
A federal law enforcement official says authorities are continuing to search the computer belong to the gunman, but as of Friday morning, haven’t found an extensive online presence.
The official says they also haven’t uncovered evidence suggesting Abdulazeez was directly inspired by the Islamic State militant group. But the official says the review is continuing.
Tennessee shooter’s former classmates left in shock
FBI investigators are also looking into a trip Abdulazeez took to Jordan, where he lived before emigrating to the U.S., last year.
Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that authorities are looking into whether he may have had contact with exremists during the seven-month stay in 2014.
There are also questions about whether Abdulazeez may have visited Yemen on this trip, a country known as a hot-bed for extremist groups like AQAP – the Arabian Penninsula affiliate of al Qaeda.
Law enforcement raided Abdulazeez’s family home in the upscale neighborhood of Hixson hours after the double shootings, just a mile away from the shot-up recruitment offices, and took two women away in handcuffs.
Neighbors in the community were shocked to hear about the young man’s arrest, saying the family was normal and friendly.
‘We’ve never had any problems like this,’ one of Abdulazeez’s neighbors told Nashville’s WKRN-TV. ‘I’d never suspect anything.’
Authorities remained at the property into the night as the FBI started a terrorist investigation in a bid to decipher the motives behind the attack, and discover whether he was inspired by ISIS.
As a result of the shooting, security was beefed up across the country at military recruitment centers and bases.
The NYPD has also increased their presence at ‘sensitive areas’ – including recruitment centers and landmarks.
The attack came on the last day of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadan, a period during which ISIS agitators asked for more lone wolf attacks.
Heavily armed officers surround house in Tennessee
Detained: FBI and a number of law enforcement officials stormed the house in the aftermath of the shooting
Investigation: Law enforcement personnel gather outside the home of gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez. FBI officials said no one else has been taken into custody and no one else is believed to be involved
Family: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez (back row in the orange shirt) poses for a picture with his family by the river banks of Chattanooga
Grief: A pastor prays over a sobbing citizen outside the recruitment center that was targeted during the attack
Vigils: Residents across Chattanooga gathered to remember the dead at services across the area on Friday
Remembrance: Services were held to remember the dead and pay homage to their service
Anger: Amid the mourning across Chattanooga, there were signs of simmering anger as well. One passerby posted this note telling the gunman he is the ‘son of satan’
Never forgotten: Blake Miller and his mother Ashley are pictured paying their respects to the four slain marines today. Blake’s father is a lieutenant in the marine corps
At least five killed including gunman in Tennessee shootings
He was a practicing Muslim, and would take breaks from training as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter to pray in his coach’s office.
Fellow worshipers had seem him in a local mosque up to a month before the attack, but it is not known if or how he may have been radicalized.
Those who prayed alongside him said he was acting normally and there was nothing to suggest he was preparing to do something so violent.
On Thursday evening, the FBI said no one else was believed to be involved and they hadn’t taken anyone into custody. They added that they were yet to find any links to international terrorist cells, but were looking into every aspect of his life.
The four casualties were believed to have been part of a reserve artillery unit and had been deployed to Iraq three times.
At least three others – including Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo, a Marine recruiter and a Navy sailor – were also injured in the two brazen assaults. Pedigo is said to be in a stable condition.
Witnesses described how the gunman shot from the driver’s seat at the first target, leaning the gun on the side of his hire car.
FBI says it is unlikely anyone else was involved in shooting
Yearbook photo: Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’ Some of his former classmates believe this was a joke
Hobbies: A video purportedly shows Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in a MMA fight in Chattanooga. (He is the fighter in the dark hair and camouflage shorts)
Muhammad Abdulazeez filmed during 2009 amateur MMA fight
A spokesman for the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, confirmed that he attended the school and graduated in 2012 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Pictures on social media have emerged of him at his graduation ceremony and celebrating with members of his family in the same year.
However, he was recently seen smirking in his mugshot when he was arrested for driving under the influence in April. He was scheduled to attend a court hearing two weeks from the shooting.
Reports suggest he was stopped on the side of he road with ‘white residue’ on his face, while his car smelled of marijuana. He claimed he had snorted caffeine and refused a blood test.
In his yearbook entry for Red Bank High School, where he was a starter for the varsity wrestling team, he wrote between two pictures of himself: ‘My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?’
According to online profiles and a YouTube video, he became an amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter when he left school.
Almir Dizdarevic, a former coach, told CNN he had traveled overseas to the Middle East in the last two years and had reportedly ‘moved home’. However, it is unknown where in the area he visited and why he was there.
Abdulazeez’s father, Youssuf Abdullazeez, was appointed as a ‘special policeman’ for Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works in March 2005, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
He was investigated several years ago for allegedly giving money to a group associated with terrorism, the New York Timesreported.
Citing unnamed law enforcement officials, the paper said the gunman’s father was at one point on a terrorist watch list and was questioned while on a trip overseas.
The paper quoted an official as cautioning that the investigation was several years old and had not generated any information on the son. The father was eventually removed from the watch list, the paper quoted the official as saying.
Neighbors in the upscale community say his family were well-respected and the daughters would often babysit for their children.
A woman who was at school with Abdulazeez said he was a quiet kid, but well-liked.
In a short statement on Thursday, President Obama said: ‘It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals that served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.’ FBI Director James Comey (in the foreground) was in the room when the president made the statement
President Obama orders probe into shooting of four Marines
Karen Wagner told the Times Free Press: ‘He was friendly, funny, kind,’ said Kagan Wagner. ‘I never would have thought it would would be him.’
‘They were your average Chattanooga family,’ she added.
Kevin Emily, his high school wrestling coach, told CNN he was just a ‘normal’, ‘humble’ student who would sometimes miss practice because he had to pray.
He described how his mother and father would come and watch his fights on a regular basis .
‘There were no red flags about anything. We had a tight bond together.’
It is not known how and where he practiced Islam in the months before the attack but, according to theDaily Beast, he ran a rambling blog with only two posts, both posted on July 13.
The first post was entitled ‘A Prison Called Dunya,’ Abdulazeez refers to prisoner who is told he would be given a test that would either take him out of his earthly prison – or send him into a more restrictive environment.
According to the website, he wrote: ‘I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam.
He added: ‘This life is that test, designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire.’
The second post is called ‘Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.’ It suggests Abdulazeez felt his fellow Muslims had a ‘certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is.’
The shooting started just before 11am on Thursday, when witnesses saw a Abdulazeez drive into a strip mall and use a high-powered shotgun to fire more than a dozen rounds at a military recruitment office from his silver convertible Ford Mustang.
The shooter then fled the scene and drove to a U.S. Naval Reserve center where he opened fire again.
He was then gunned down in a hail of bullets after a short chase away from the scene. Reports suggest he held police at bay as he used 30-clip rounds from his automatic weapon.
Witnesses described seeing a police car riddled with bullets being towed away from the scene of the standoff.
Four Marines confirmed dead in Chattanooga shooting
President Obama was briefed on the incident and immediately opened an investigation to be led by the FBI. The head of the government agency, James Comey, was said to have been inside the Oval Office when the president was informed of what happened.
Obama also urged the Department of Defense officials at bases around the country to remain ‘vigilant’ in the wake of the attack. This led to the beefing up of security in cities across the country.
In a short statement, he said: ‘It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals that served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion.’
He added that the thoughts of the American people are with the families of those who had been killed or injured.
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy said he would be opening an investigation into what happened, but insisted the families of the victims were the priority.
In a statement he said: ‘Though we can never fully prevent attacks like this, we will continue to investigate, review and guard against future vulnerabilities and do everything in our power to safeguard the security of our service members and their families.
‘While we expect our sailors and Marines to go into harm’s way, and they do so without hesitation, an attack at home, in our community, is insidious and unfathomable. As the investigation unfolds, our priority will be to take care of the families of those affected.
Mabus also expressed his gratitude to the first responders who first went to the scene. He said their ‘prompt reaction was critical to stopping this individual from inflicting further violence.’
On Thursday Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that I learned of today’s tragic events in Chattanooga.
‘My thoughts and prayers – along with those of the men and women of the Department of Defense – are with the families of those killed in this senseless act of violence and with all those touched by this tragedy, including our Navy and Marine Corps family.
‘I am grateful to local law enforcement for their swift response. The department will continue to work with local law enforcement as they investigate this heinous crime and will support our military families in their time of grief.’
Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal released a strong statement, insisting the latest attack his proof that America is at war with everyday radical Islam.
He said: ‘This apparent act of terrorism has taken the lives of four American heroes, and our hearts and prayers are with their families. While it’s too early to know for sure what happened, it certainly looks like an act of terrorism.
Two attacks: The gunman initially opened fire on a recruitment center where he left one injured and then fled four miles north to a U.S. Naval Reserve center, where he killed four Marines
Injured: Chattanooga Police Officer Dennis Pedigo has been identified as one of the people hit in the shooting. He is reportedly in stable condition at hospital
‘We must pursue justice on their behalf and stop at nothing to hunt down and kill these evildoers abroad before more of them come here to kill our people.
‘This shooting underscores the grave reality of the threat posed to us by Radical Islamic terrorism every single day. It’s time for the White House to wake up and tell the truth…and the truth is that Radical Islam is at war with us, and we must start by being honest about that.
‘There have been many bad things that have happened under President Obama. One that stands out to me was the horrible shooting at Ft. Hood…which was clearly an act of terrorism by a Radical Islamist. Yet the White House labeled that horrible act as ‘workplace violence.’
‘This is grotesque. You cannot defeat evil until you admit that it exists.’
The Islamic community also came out to condemn the attack as ‘cowardly’.
On Thursday, Bassam Issa, the President of the Islamic Society in Chattanooga, said: ‘We are tremendously saddened by today’s shooting in hour home town of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our hearts are with the families of the brave Marines who died today and with the police officer and two bystanders who were shot and injured in this cowardly act.
‘We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms as one of corwadice and hate. At the Islamic Center of Greater Chattannoga, we don’t see our community center as a ‘Muslim’ community; we are Chattanoogans first, and we see ourselves as part of the larger community of Tennesseans grieving today’s act.
‘The leadership of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga is currently meeting with law enforcement agencies and other members of the Chattanooga community in regards to this tragedy and will issue additional comments to the media this evening.’
Reports of gunfire in military recruitment offices in Tennessee
Cordoned off: Personnel stand outside the recruitment center attacked by muslim gunman Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez
Investigation: Chattanooga police talk to Reserve Recruitment Center personnel at the Lee Hwy office. Two military facilities in Tennessee were attacked in shootings Thursday
Hail of bullets: Police opened fire and killed Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez after his double attack that left four marines dead
Bullet holes seen at Tennessee military recruiting center
Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in the Tennessee city.
They targeted Chattanooga because the FBI caught a man, called Robert Doggart, from there who was planning an attack on a Mosque in upstate New York.
He was indicted by a Tennessee grand jury on Tuesday for his involvement in the plot.
The shooting comes at a time of heightened security following terror warnings issued ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller released a statement saying there would be an increased police presence in ‘sensitive areas’, including recruiting stations and landmarks.
‘The NYPD has deployed an increased number of Critical Response Vehicles (CRV) to provide additional coverage at military recruiting stations and other sensitive locations in the City of New York.
‘While we have no specific information about any plot against the city, until we learn more about the attack we have placed additional officers in key locations.’
‘We have been in regular contact with Tennessee authorities, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the intelligence community.
News of the shooting broke around 11:30am when Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tweeted: ‘Horrific incident in our community. We will release details as they are confirmed. Prayers to all those affected’.
At an afternoon press conference, officials remained tight-lipped about details of the shooting, but said that it was being investigated as an ‘act of domestic terrorism’.
They wouldn’t divulge what kind of weapons the shooter was using, but did confirm that he had multiple weapons on his person.
The investigation is being coordinated by the FBI, since crimes on military centers are under federal jurisdiction.
Eyewitness, Gina Mule, who works near to the recruitment center said she saw the gunman fire at the offices.
Speaking to CNN, Mule said she was eating in a restaurant when a man ‘with a high-powered rifle’ began firing around 10:50am.
Double shooting: Police and emergency vehicles block Amnicola Highway after the morning shooting near the Naval Reserve Center, in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Thursday, July 16, 2015
U.S. Attorney says today ‘is a sad day for the United States’
April Grimmett shared a picture of the bullet-ridden frontage of the recruitment center after hearing rapid gunfire coming from the vicinity.
‘Shortly after that we heard the shot. It was very loud and very fast,’ she said.
Grimmett added that the shooter appeared to be talking on the phone during the attack.
‘I could not believe how many bullet holes were in that door. It was insane.’
One other witness, Erica Wright, told CNN that she was working in a hair salon near the center and saw and heard the gunman.
‘We heard one pop, one really loud pop. We went to the door and there was several other pops after that and we looked two doors down and we saw a guy in a silver mustang unloading on the recruiter’s office,’ she said.
Wright added that he reloaded once or twice.
An unidentified man who was in the parking lot of the strip mall told WTVC about the terrifying situation that unfolded in front of him.
‘He just pulled up. I didn’t think anything of it. … He lifted up his arms with a big black gun. It was one shot then it was endless shots, one after another, just unloading.’
Marilyn Hutcheson was with her friend taking a break when she told CNN that she heard ‘7 to 15 shots’.
‘There was a barrage of fire once the police officers and everyone got here,’ she said. ‘They came across and put all of the buildings on lockdown. There was a lot of gunfire going on for quite a while.’
The shooting at the Amnicola Highway reserve center led Chattanooga State Community College, Lee University and a nearby mall to go into lock down.
Ambulances race towards Navy reserve centre in Tennessee
Protest: Three days before Abdulazeez opened fire, local Muslims held a protest defending their religion in the Tennessee city
“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
―Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Jarrell Milton, 12, is the third suspect arrested after a shooting in Omaha, Neb., that left one man dead and another injured.
Three young, black career thugs—Jarrell Milton, 12, brother Jamar Milton, 17, and Shuntayvious Primus-Willis, 15—lured two adult males—Jamymell Ray, 31, and Charles Fisher, 30—to a place near Miller Park, to buy some marijuana. Apparently, the three thugs didn’t want to pay for it because they all had guns, and one, possibly all three, opened fire on the two unsuspecting males in an attempt to rob them. This gang-related shooting resulted in the death of Jamymell Ray. The big question here is, why no outcry from the black community? Three black thugs rob and shoot at two black guys; one dies, the other one wounded. I thought “black lives mattered”. I guess they don’t matter when everyone involved are black. Why do we hear “crickets” from Al Crapton, Jesse Jackass, Obama, Hillary and the rest of the race-baiters? The answer is clear—it’s because there were no white people involved. I included a lot of links related to this story as it was updated at the bottom of this post.
All three thugs have long arrest records for crimes like sexual assault, and theft. Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. A little peek into the Milton family from WOWT-6 News reveals…
“Jarrell’s mother, Iyannia Moss, was convicted for felony assault when Jarrell was a toddler. According to court documents, at the time Moss had seven minor children.
While she was in prison, all of her children lived in an Omaha foster home. The children’s father, 37-year-old Javaris Milton, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for the 2010 murder of a Minneapolis man.”
I’ve always said gangs and alcohol / drug abuse will be the ruin of this country. What the heck is going on with these out-of-control, good-for-nothing, idiots? This country’s now full of them…
Every day, you hear “black lives matter” from all media: TV, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Whites and blacks alike are wearing “black lives matter” tee shirts. To me, all lives matter!
What’s not being reported is that there are much more black-on-white crimes being committed in this country, but the only story that was broadcasted 24/7 was the one horrific white-on-black crime against a mostly black community in Charleston, SC where a white, 21-year old racist / terrorist, Dylann Roof, opened fire and killed nine innocent black parishioners during a prayer meeting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. I cried when I heard about this senseless, vicious crime because they did nothing to incite this vicious hate crime that Roof committed. Of course, what happened in South Carolina was an atrocity, and the whole country came together and mourned the senseless loss of beautiful lives lost at the hands of that despicable racist / terrorist pig. There wasn’t even one white person who celebrated that horrific tragedy.
However, just this past weekend, in Cincinnati, a white guy was viciously attacked and beaten unconscious by black thugs after a “hip hop” concert, and the attack was celebrated by some in a mostly black crowd. There was absolutely no public outcry from the black community on this senseless vicious act of violence from blacks on an innocent white guy who did nothing to incite this vicious hate crime. Apparently, “hate crimes” and “racism” are one-way streets in America.
One of the saddest part of all is that in infrequent white-on-black crimes, you always know the name of the black “victim”. In this story, I couldn’t find his name anywhere online, but when I do, I will post it here…
A video posted Sunday shows the bloodied victim of a racial attack in Cincinnati during a race riot in Fountain Square on Saturday night.
The white man was beaten unconscious following a hip hop and electronica Fourth of July concert.
The video shows a mostly black crowd gathered around the white male victim laid out on the sidewalk. A few are trying to help the unconscious man while others squeal in awe at the blood covering his head.
Many onlookers are laughing. One voice can be heard asking for someone to call 911. (Warning on Language-Violence)
Cincinnati police form a line against mob violence July 4, 2015. Photo: Cincy vs Everyone
Fireworks, rocks, bottles and punches were thrown at Cincinnati police by a mob of people gathered for a Fourth of July hip hop and electronica concert late Saturday night. Several officers were wounded including one who needed stitches after a thrown glass bottle struck him in the face. Another officer was punched and received a split lip.
According to one report, police had to rescue a white man being attacked by about forty Black people.
WKRC-TV reported one man attacked by the mob was found motionless on a sidewalk.
The alleged details of the beating of the victim were told by a police officer in an anonymous online statement reported by the website Cincinnati Vs. Everyone:
“So after my 4th of July night from hell I thought I would post the truth as to what went on last night in Downtown Cincinnati. Many news outlets although they were there will fail to report…The Truth. The truth is I’m sitting in the district catching up on reports when an officer needs assistance comes out over the radio on Fountain Square. My partner and I scream down there to help out. I get down there to see glass bottles flying everywhere from a mob of out of control misguided youths. Okay that was a nice way of saying a bunch of thug idiots.
They thought it would be appropriate to throw these bottles at police officers. While dodging these bottles I found one officer that was actually punched in the face by one of these assholes. Luckily he was apprehended. This was just getting started.
We were trying to keep everyone under control and push everyone into one area to get them off of Fountain Square. So then is when the crowd got even further crazy, they began throwing large fireworks at us. While trying to figure out if fireworks or gunshots, usually you could tell, but we weren’t taking any chances. I look down 5th st to see a few of my brothers and sisters trying to apprehend an individual and begin chasing him. I immediately give chase and even though I’m getting a little older still catch the guy and he gets the 5 second taser ride. This seems easy enough right…well now we’ve got the whole crowd bearing down on us all with their phones out video taping…or throwing stuff at us. (Later found out that this guy also punched a police officer in the face)
We get this guy in custody, and it’s the second year in a row I have a tasing in this area on July 4th…guess it’s just not my day. So then we form into riot formation with helmets on and begin passing out the shields. Honestly this was the first time I got to partake in this. So we see ahead a scuffle begin and think it’s just a fight. Well not so much, it was like 40 v. 1. I saw 40 v. 1, it was 40 black youths stomping the crap out of one unlucky male white. He didn’t do anything to deserve this beating except be white. I’m going to skip all the rhetoric and just say don’t we all matter??? This just pissed us all off. Time to rescue or at least try to get these thugs off of him. So we were sent in with shields and arrest team to do a victim rescue. Feel bad for the guy since he nor anyone deserved a beat down like that for no reason. The next hour or so was just getting these assholes out of the area and back to where they came from. I hope every one of the people who threw a bottle, fired a handgun, threw fireworks at us, and most importantly beat that poor guy within inches of his life get what they deserve…in this life or the next.
To make matters worse it was like a perfect storm with the Reds game getting let out at the same time we were for a lack of a better phrase, being attacked. I saw little kids holding their parents hands and parents looking at us like what the hell is going on? They had no clue what was going down nor should they have to expect seeing what they saw.”
The officer ended his statement with a plea for unity:
“I felt like I had to tell the truth and get the word out there from one of the men on the front line. We as an American Society and Cincinnatians need to get our (act) together because these types of interactions are going to increase. I say it again, this stuff is increasing not only here at home but across the country. We need to come together and fight back.”
Black on white violence in Cleveland is no secret. But everyone pretends it is.
Black city councilman Zack Reed has broken the silence:
“[Public Square] is ground zero on St. Patrick’s Day for blacks to go beat up whites,” Reed said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe this is a hate crime because it is black folks purposefully going downtown to beat up white folks.”
Reed is talking about a recent episode of black mob violence on white people at a bus stop on St. Patrick’s Day in the part of downtown known as Public Square. A local television station broke the story of the violence, and broadcast the video.
On it, large groups of black people are seen attacking white people at a bus stop. When the police arrived, the predators scattered. When police left, predators returned within 90 seconds to resume their assault on the downtown tourists, students and office workers.
At least six people were attacked for what the local reporter said happened for “no apparent reason.”
But three weeks after the black on white beatings, the Plain-Dealer revealed — acknowledged is probably a better word — that “years of unchecked beatings on and around Public Square following the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parades” is a regular event.
And the black on white part? The part where going downtown to beat up white people is a sport event for some black people in Cleveland?
That was buried in the final four paragraphs of the story.
Now city officials are promising next St. Patrick’s Day will be different. Downtown will be safe from roving bands of black people looking for soft, white and Asian targets.
But some locals are wondering what the city is going to do about the other 364 days in the year, when black mob violence and black on white crime is just as frequent.
A few days after St. Patrick’s Day in the Cleveland suburb of Garfield Heights, The Plain Dealer reported a “man was walking down the street when the group of teenagers approached him from behind. Two of the teenagers pushed him to the ground, causing him to hit his face on the pavement, according to a police report. The entire group then began punching and kicking him. “
The “teenagers” were black. The victim, white. But several readers in the comments section of the news story rushed to assure the locals that race had nothing to do with that attack. Or many others just like it.
On January 2 at the Valley View Cinemark in a suburb of Cleveland, a massive disturbance from black people forced managers to stop the showing of ‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’300’ and ask everyone to leave. Soon after, “some of the juveniles were climbing over the food service counters in the theater lobby; theater security and management threw them out and locked the doors,” said the local Fox affiliate.
But the party was just beginning: “Once the juveniles were outside, police said numerous fights broke out in the parking lot and near two restaurants — Oak Barrel and Quaker Steak & Lube — right near the theater. According to Chief March, the “fights were very widespread (with) a lot of pushing, shoving, screaming and shouting.”
Police told restaurants to lock their doors to keep the horde of hundreds of black people out. For the neighboring Oak Barrel restaurant, it was already too late. “They came into the restaurant itself and a lot of customers were kind of scared,” one restaurant employee told Fox 8 news in Cleveland. “They were threatening employees, they were threatening me and some customers.”
In February 2014, also near the Public Square, a black mob attacked a disabled army veteran. They first saw him on a bus, then followed him when he left it. They kicked him, punched him, and knocked him down — all the while saying ‘Knock that boy out! White boy. Cracker. Knock that white boy out.’
One TV reporter at Channel 19 said thugs and “teen mobs” do that a lot in Cleveland near Public Square, but curiously, a search of his station’s web site failed to turn up even one report on it.
Black mob violence has also marred for several years the Fourth of July celebrations in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford. Almost none of which made its way to the local media. But the city council heard an earful from local residents following 2012’s holiday violence.
They reported that 50 to 80 black people were hitting people in the face and disrupting the festival and surrounding areas. “Police officers used pepper ball pellets and a taser,” said city council minutes from a Special Meeting in August 2012. “Even the Wal-Mart and Get-Go store had to be closed for three hours.”
Closing the Wal-Mart is DefCon 5.
“The Mayor was shocked by what he had witnessed,” said the minutes. The mayor assured the audience that Bedford was “not the only city that had these types of problems.” People were “traveling from city to city just causing problems.”
It was no problem for the local press: They just ignored it.
Because Bedford no longer has a daily newspaper, the city sent out a “Code Red” message warning residents of the violence and lawlessness that was “out of control” at their event. Three surrounding police agencies were called in to quell the violence.
The fire chief said his people were not armed or trained for this kind of activity.
Some of the residents complained of “political correctness” that prevented them from talking about what really happened. City manager Henry Angelo did not deny that black mobs were responsible for the violence. But he did say it was contemptuous that anyone would notice.
Such as your humble correspondent. I get that a lot. I do not care.
Councilman Reed is not the first black city councilman in Cleveland to call for greater action against black mob violence. That honor goes to former Councilman Eugene Miller when, in June, 2013, the councilman dialed 911 because 100 to 200 “sorry ass” black people were rioting in front of his house. “I’m sick of this,” he told the emergency dispatcher in a series of increasingly irate phone calls. “I need the police over here immediately,” he said. “People are going to have to go to jail tonight. I got about 100 sorry ass black kids out here acting the fool. In front of my damn house and I’m sick of this.”
This Cameraman captured the perfect blooper fail on live television. Apparently the news decided to go on a field trip to the local river and it turns out, viewers aren’t complaining. This female reporter was showing viewers the pretty solid sized fish(either a bass or a huge trout) they caught, and well, Murphy’s Law struck again. The cute reporter seemed to have no idea the fish was still alive and moving and dropped it as soon and she saw it shake. She was so terrified by it, she steps backwards and trips and the fisherman had the best day of his life. He clearly wasn’t prepared for her to fall on him but he surely didn’t mind. The cameraman along with the viewers were in for a 3 second show at that point. Thank you Live Television.
Remember when you used to get drunk with your friends and the first person to pass out would get a penis drawn on his forehead? This is basically the live TV version of that prank.
This poor sports reporter was just trying to cover the latest soccer news when some fans in the background decided to get a little, well, frisky. I’m not sure why someone was carrying around a big purple vibrator at the time, but apparently he thought the best way to use it was to try and give the reporter a truly terrifying wet willie. Props to the reporter for not letting the prank break his concentration. Luckily, security was nearby to stop the stunt quickly.
Sometimes, the background is the best part of a funny news blooper.
I’ll give credit where credit is due; the woman reporting this story is doing a solid stand up for what looks like an otherwise boring story. Luckily for her, and for viewers everywhere, her story gets a lot more interesting thanks to a bicyclist who doesn’t quite seem to have mastered the concept of the sidewalk. I would tell the guy “chin up,” but he’s already chin down in the concrete. That has to hurt.
This live News room blooper still has the world wondering what this news reporter was looking at and then hiding between her legs. It is weird enough that she would be lifting up her dress to look in between her legs in a public setting in general. But to know that the coworker next to you is on live television and still do it, is mind-boggling. Then again, didn’t the cameraman know she was busy? We all know what it sort of looks like, but why in the world would she have anything hidden under her dress while on the clock. her face is absolutely classic and she even fakes like she is looking at her screens right when she realizes she is caught red-handed. I doubt she can even read what’s on her screens anyway. Anyone have any idea what is going on here?
Her name is Laila Abid, and she is a Moroccan-Dutch news anchor, journalists, and presenter.
It’s a bit hard to tell whether this amazing news anchor knew whether her chest was as exposed as possible (without being NSFW) or not, but I guarantee the News viewers didn’t care. The gut feeling is that she definitely knew what she was wearing and did so on purpose, which makes it even better. Her name is Laila Abid, and she is a Moroccan-Dutch news anchor, journalists, and presenter.
In 2011 she was named 88th on the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Women list. Which brings up the initial thought that, “How can an Arab woman dress so scandalously?” It’s quite the opposite of the stereotype dress code that most female arabs are given, even controversial in many minds. What are you thoughts?
OTS stands for the over-the-shoulder graphics that pop up next to anchors in the newsroom. Depending on the camera being used in the studio, the OTS is programmed to automatically show up on the part of the screen where you don’t see an actual person. Someone didn’t explain this to the tech director at one local news station, so a photo of a pig showed up in place of the face of the female anchor reading the story. Women don’t want to be compared to animals in general, but this is an especially low blow.
This jolly news anchor is showing quite a bit of skin while on Live television but only of one breast…I think. It is pretty difficult to tell whether was a fashion statement gone bad or a total wardrobe miscue. The blouse looks to come down quite a bit on her right (our left) side. Either way, it would be an interesting new cast to catch on live TV. Everyone was definitely waiting for something to happen…
This weather reporter dodges an idiot storm while reporting on an actual storm.
Weather reporters go through hell as it is. Any time there’s an extreme storm on the way, they’re put outside in a giant raincoat while the producer – safe in the newsroom – hopes they get blown over by wind or rain because it makes for great TV. The last thing they want to deal with is some loser trying to video-bomb their shot, or what looks like maybe worse. This South Carolina reporter has deflection down to a science. He anticipates the prankster from a few feet away and gets his knee ready for impact. He gives the guy a well-deserved butt kicking.
In any other circumstance, this would be a perfectly planned live shot: panning from a dynamic skater riding through the park to a young reporter covering the event. Unfortunately, Mike Amor became part of the story when the skate trick went awry and the skater’s board went flying in his direction. You wish you could watch this gif in slow motion, if for no other reason than to shout “noo!” as a word of warning to Amor.
Do you have any idea who you just pushed aside? Well, singer-songwriter Erykah Badu, that’s who!
Erykah Badu may already be famous, but that doesn’t mean she can’t still have a little fun on camera. Unfortunately, this TV news anchor wasn’t in on the fun. Granted, she already executes a near-perfect smiling video bomb before trying to take it up a notch my giving the reporter a hug – and possibly a kiss on the cheek. But he pushes her away like she’s just some crazy person on the street! Hey guy, Erykah Badu is probably more famous than you. Show a little respect!
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is here, rescuing news reporters in need!
Spider Man, Spider Man
Does whatever a spider can.
Can he scare reporters and make them faint?
(I think that’s how the theme song goes.)
This Good Morning America reporter obviously wasn’t having such a good morning when Spider-Man paid her an unexpected visit. That scream is definitely real, but I can’t tell if she actually faints or not. Either way, Spider-Man is there with an ever-so-daring rescue. I just hope Mary Jane didn’t get jealous while watching at home.
While reporting on a recent snowstorm, this reporter missed the big story that was coming up right behind him!
How would you fare against a wave of heavy, dirty snow? Probably not much better than this poor reporter. While reporting on recent snowfall, he didn’t notice the snow plow speeding up behind him. A frozen tidal wave ensues, and for a minute you think the reporter gets knocked clean off his feet. But no! He’s still standing! Given the weather, does that count as a Christmas miracle?
A local news station brought two bunnies into their newsroom for a story that completely escapes me. The bunnies, well, proceeded to do what bunnies do best. The reactions of the three anchors are a perfect case study in human behavior. The older guy on the left seems to get the biggest kick out of it. The woman seems to think that if she starts acting prim and proper, it will cancel out the dirty deed going on right in front of her. I’m not entirely sure the younger male anchor knows what’s happening.
Breaking news: Man drops baby and ball on live TV, and no one notices.
Don’t pay attention to the actual interview happening here. It’s boring. The real blooper beauty is, once again, in the background.
I’ve heard there’s this unofficial “man code” that states whenever someone throws a ball at you, you have to catch it. But if you’re also carrying a baby at the time, I think you let the ball go in favor of making sure you don’t drop your kid head first on the ground.
Good technical directors are neither seen nor heard. This guy is a bad technical director.
Apparently, the man in the background didn’t realize the cameras had already started rolling while he was in the studio. So what’s a stunned, camera-shy technical director to do? Stop, drop and… out of there as quickly as possible. Too bad his escape is far from subtle. Luckily, the anchor doesn’t make a big deal about it and continues right on with the story. Too bad nobody’s paying attention to him at this point.
Who expected three old guys to turn a boring news talk show into a WWE showdown?
This isn’t so much a news blooper as it is an unorthodox way to make dry political talk very, very interesting. This clip leaves you with more questions than answers. What could possibly make these three old men so angry? Why was that studio desk so cheap in the first place? Seriously, it came apart faster than my resolve while assembling similar furniture from Ikea. Most importantly, who won the fight? I think we have an answer to that final question: When old geezers fight, the internet wins.
In November of 2012, Macy’s stood by Trump despite over 580,000 people signing a petition urging them to dump Donald because of his ‘especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior’
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
When you tell the truth in today’s world, you’re vilified, unless you’re a Left-leaner. Recently, Donald Trump stated that a lot of illegal aliens coming across our border are rapists, drug dealers, gang bangers, murderers, etc., and he is right on target. They are! He didn’t say they all were, but his statement has been misconstrued by the media and the Liberal and Progressive masses. Seems to me he’s a threat to them, the Democrats and even a lot of RHINOS, politically speaking. Let’s look at the recent “anti-Trump” attack from the Left, shall we?
In 2012, it was Progressive Leftist group SignOn.org who petitioned against Donald Trump, where in a November 2012 article(just after the second rigged election), Macy’s was strong-armed by SignOn.org to get rid of Trump’s clothing line in all Macy’s stores. Macy’s refused, and here is an excerpt…
“Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren has contacted Angelo Carusone, the person behind the petition at SignOn.org, to say the retailer plans to continue to work with Trump because it believes in free speech and choice for customers.”
Another excerpt from the article stated…
“NBC’s Brian Williams read out Trump’s comments on his show and accused Donald Trump of having ‘driven well past the last exit to relevance’.”
Why would Macy’s leave it up to “free speech” and their “customers”, and free market back in 2012, but do a complete 180° now?
Donald Trump can now have the last laugh because it is Williams who lost his show, and who also lost all relevance and credibility with his incessant lies about his so-called “heroics”. It’s true what they say: “He who laughs last, laughs best.”
Now it’s another Progressive Leftist group, MoveOn.org (who unsuccessfully petitioned Congress not to impeach Bill Clinton), petitioning Macy’s to sever ties with Donald Trump because of what Trump correctly stated about the caliber of some illegal aliens coming into this country.
Getting back to this latest story (shown below), lots of people are defiantly severing ties with Macy’s by refusing to shop there, some shredding their Macy’s Credit Cards because of Macy’s playing politics. It will be interesting to see if this purely political move by Macy’s will cut into their profits because of a) no longer carrying Donald Trump’s business clothing line, and b) outraged customers severing ties and will no longer shop at Macy’s.
If these actions do cut into their bottom line, I’m thinking Macy’s investors will probably have something to say about it. Why else would Macy’s continue to sell Trump clothing under the guise of “on sale items” instead of returning every last piece of clothing to Trump ASAP? They want to capture every last dollar they can first. Let’s see what the free market dictates regarding Macy’s…
Macy’s will end business relationship with Donald Trump
Donald Trump announcing his presidential candidacy last month. (Richard Drew/AP)
More than 728,000 people signed a Moveon.org petition calling on Macy’s to ditch the Donald — to sever its ties with Donald Trump, the real estate mogul-turned-celebrity designer-turned-Republican presidential candidate.
And Wednesday morning, the national department store chain announced that it was doing just that.
“Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion,” the company said in a statement. “We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”
Trump responded with his own statement, suggesting that he was breaking up with them first anyway. It read in part: “I have decided to terminate my relationship with Macy’s because of the pressure being put on them by outside sources. While selling Trump ties and shirts at Macy’s is a small business in terms of dollar volume, my principles are far more important and therefore much more valuable. ”
The real estate mogul and reality TV celebrity, announced he would seek the GOP presidential nomination.
Trump holds a piece of paper with information about his personal finances. Trump, who has toyed with seeking the nation’s highest elected office for years, dismissed the 11 other Republican candidates by declaring that politicians cannot solve the country’s problems.
He took a couple swipes on his way out the door, though, adding that he has “never been happy about the fact that the ties and shirts are made in China” and that if he starts a new product line of his own, “I would insist that they are made in America.”
Once the Trump-branded merchandise is gone from the stores, that’s it. Collectors can still purchase his menswear — on sale! — via the Macy’s website. The decision does not effect the Ivanka Trump collection, which Macy’s also sells.
“Wanting to be someone you’re not is a waste of the person you are.”
If you think the recent “Marriage Equality” ruling was the end of the LGBT rights fight, you were sadly mistaken. They want more rights, and these activists will be scouring the 50 states to create absolute chaos, especially to those areas where God, family, Christian morals and country are held in the highest regard.
I believe history is about to be repeated. It’s no coincidence that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was on June 26th, and a “parade” held from Friday, June 26th through Sunday,June 28th—ending exactly 46 years after the Stonewall Riots (a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York).
With some people, you give them an inch, and they think they’re a ruler…
LGBT activists: Marriage was never the ‘end game’
Some admit they seek radical ‘transformation’ of society
We saw lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and their supporters out in the streets celebrating the unconstitutional ruling of the U.S. Supreme court in favor of gay marriage.
Although I’m happy for them, I didn’t like what some of them did to those who oppose their lifestyle. We can live together and have our differences. Many of them made rude remarks and gestures to those who are against their lifestyle, even spitting in the face of a priest as he walked by their parade. That’s not cool, and it took away from the theme of the parade—love. Some of the videos I’ve seen from the gay and lesbian community was hate, not love. I don’t have a problem with their lifestyle. It doesn’t affect me, but I don’t want them browbeating others who oppose them. Hey, they oppose our heterosexual lifestyle, and that’s OK with us. We aren’t browbeating them or spitting on them because of it. Unfortunately, tolerance seems to be a one way street with many of them.
My question is this: Why aren’t they directing some of that hatred and anger against ISIS terrorists who are so against gays that they behead them and throw them from the tops of buildings to their death? Probably because they’re all a bunch of cowards. There’s even “crickets” from the Left-wing media about this atrocity…
OK, I want to leave this post on a high note. This video is funny if I do say so myself. After this video, I’ve posted lots of pics from New York’s Gay Pride Parade. Most are great, but for some reason, the blacks and their “Black Lives Matter” rhetoric made an appearance…
“No one will remember that President Obama supported the Arab Spring if it eventually fails and the region collapses back into the political Dark Ages. If we actively engage these movements with advice, with money, and, when necessary, with military force, then we get a vote in how it all turns out.”
“Arab youth support for the Arab Spring is declining in the region, along with the hope for democracy that it entailed, a new survey finds.
The 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2015 was conducted by international polling firm Penn Schoen Berland and explored the attitudes of Arab youth in 16 Middle East and North African countries. The survey took place in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Only 15 percent of Arab youth in 2015 believe the biggest obstacle facing the Middle East is a “lack of democracy,” compared to 41% in 2012, according to results posted on the survey website, arabyouthsurvey.com. Following the Arab Spring, which broke out in Tunisia in December 2010, many hoped or presumed that the uprisings would lead to a change toward democracy in the region. And now, just 38% agree that the Arab world is better off following the Arab Spring compared to 72% in 2012.
The survey found that 39% agree with the statement “democracy will never work in the region,” with another 36% saying it would work, and 25% undecided. An equal number of Arab men and women from the ages of 18-24 were interviewed in 3,500 face-to-face interviews from January 20 to February 12, 2015.
Asked how concerned they are about the rise of Islamic State, an overwhelming number (73%) said they are worried, but only 47% are confident in their own government’s ability to deal with it.”
So there you have it, even Arab youths are smarter than Obama, especially when asked about the biggest obstacle facing the Middle East. Seventy-three percent stated ISIS was their biggest concern. The way Obama sees it, the biggest threat facing the United States is not ISIS, but [non-existent] global warming.
I posted something on this very subject in April of 2011, approximately four months after the beginning of the ill-fated “Arab Spring”…
“You can’t rehabilitate pedophiles. Like other predators, once they get a taste, they crave it all the more. The only solution is to put them down…”
The Orlando, FL leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Ahmad Saleem, was arrested along with 100 other pedophiles who were “allegedly” trying to have sex with children. Seems he’s been taking “relations” to a whole new despicable level.
Some of the worst offenders of women’s and children’s rights are Muslims, yet the media and politicians defend them. Why is that? Are they afraid of them? When I read this article (a related story follows this post), my blood boiled. Ahmad Saleem, who’s connected to CAIR, was one of 101 filthy pedophiles who were arrested in this child sex sting.
Pedophiles probably target children because it’s easy to control a child. There are more and more stories like this one happening at an alarming rate. As disturbing as it is, with all the sex and graphic images surrounding us, morality is lost among the masses, and oftentimes, sexual gratification becomes rampant, with some targeting innocent children. I’ve often wondered how some perverts can be attracted to a little kid, or even worse, an infant. I don’t understand pedophilia at all. There’s something wrong within their DNA. I don’t think they can be rehabilitated. I don’t think any medication is strong enough to take away their appalling urges.
My heartfelt prayers go out to all child-abuse victims. I can’t imagine the horror they’ve been subjected to or the pain their parents go through. My prayers are always with them. As far as the pedophiles who stalk and abuse children, I pray that their lives are riddled with strife morning, noon and night, and after their worthless lives end, may their souls go to hell and never know peace for all eternity…
The two-week joint sting, known as “Operation L and P,” netted 101 arrests in both Lake and Polk counties. The investigation concluded late last week. (Photo: Dave D’Marko, News 13)
More than 100 people, including the Orlando leader of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, were arrested in a two-county Florida sex-sting operation, many of whom for allegedly trying to have sex with children.
The investigation concluded last week, authorities announced Tuesday.
Many of those arrested had jobs working with children, including theme-park workers at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, and a former Walt Disney World cast member who left the job before his arrest. SeaWorld said the men charged were no longer employed at the theme park.
“These are very dangerous people and they are after our children,” said Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
During the first week of the sting, investigators say, 22 people traveled to Clermont, Florida, thinking they were going to have sex with a child between ages 10 and 14. Seventy-nine others were arrested on charges connected to prostitution.
Ahmad Saleem, a Muslim youth coordinator, was also one of the men arrested. Investigators said the men all went to a home in Clermont with the hopes of having sex with a child. The car Saleem traveled in had a license plate that said, “Invest in children,” according to investigators.
Saleem is also founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization “empowering Muslim youth globally” and also served as the Orlando coordinator for CAIR.
“He’s well known as a community outreach leader interacting with teens in and around the Orlando area,” said Judd.
Judd said the operation was designed to send a strong message to anyone in Internet chat rooms that sex with minors won’t be tolerated.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office released the following in a statement:
“The first week of the operation targeted adults who were looking for sex with a child. During this phase, the detectives posed as either a child or a parent of a child as they were solicited by those interested in sexual activity with the child. As this phase progressed, 22 individuals were arrested after traveling to the location to have sex with who they believed to be a child, two of whom were already registered sex offenders. The age range for the target child was 10-14 years old in these cases.
“During the second week of the operation, detectives targeted those involved in crimes related to prostitution. As this portion of the operation progressed, 79 individuals were arrested on charges related to prostitution. Some of those arrested in this phase were also in possession of drugs and were therefore charged accordingly.”
It’s comforting to know that some Republicans, like Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, care enough about America, its people and its laws to give an uplifting speech about what their roles are “in the People’s House”, and also what Obama’s role is as well.
This quote is an excerpt from a great speech he gave in the House Chamber to the Speaker in August of 2014. It’s even more relevant today after Obama overstepped his boundaries [again] by forcing amnesty of illegal aliens through executive order. Below is the speech where Mr. Gowdy received a standing ovation. We applaud you, Mr. Gowdy…
17 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
—ACTS 2: 17-21
I found this story from TheBlaze so incredibly uplifting that I had to post it, especially amid all the turmoil going on in this world. God does hear our prayers, and I truly believe He works in mysterious and subtle ways by reassuring us that He has not forgotten us…
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and their cast and crew are in Morocco filming a 12-part miniseries, entitled “A.D.”, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 on NBC. NBC jumped at the chance to air this, and I’m thinking it’s to boost their sagging ratings. During filming, a Holy Cross appeared directly overhead, and this awe-inspiring image filled their hearts with renewed hope and spirit.
I also blogged about theweird happeningsthat took place while they were filming “The Bible” series that aired in March of 2013. Because people have a thirst for the Truth, “The Bible” was incredibly popular. I’m so happy they’re giving us more of God’s Heavenly Light. Here’s the story…
At the bottom of this post, I’ve included more info about this miniseries from Roma Downey’s Facebook page…
Actors and crew members working on “A.D.,” the follow-up to Mark Burnett’s and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” miniseries, were in for a major surprise last week while filming in Morocco.
Downey told TheBlaze that her team was working on a scene depicting Peter and John in front of the Sanhedrin — an event that can be found in Acts 4 in the Bible — when actors Adam Levy (who plays Peter) and Babou Ceesay (who plays John) noticed something curious directly overhead in the sky.
“There they could see clouds had formed in a completely blue sky in the perfect shape of a cross,” Downey said. “Everyone was stunned and filming stopped, as iPhones came out and everyone was snapping pictures.”
The “Touched By an Angel” actress and TV producer said that it was “a moment of awe,” with everyone on set claiming that they believed it was a sign and a blessing to see a cross form in the sky.
“It certainly energized a tired, hardworking crew for the rest of the day and reminded everyone that we were being watched over as we are working hard to bring the Book of Acts to the screen,” Downey said.
The actress added that she shared the image with well-known Florida megapastor Joel Hunter, who reminded her of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:19, during which the apostle quoted the prophet Joel.
That verse reads, in part, “I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.”
Readers may recall that Downey and Burnett openly discussed other miracles that they say unfolded while filming “The Bible” series as well. Read about those here.
“A.D.,” a 12-part miniseries, is set to premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday, which is April 5, 2015.
Jesus Will Look Different in Highly Anticipated TV Series — and Here’s Why
Fans of last year’s “The Bible” miniseries will likely be elated to know that a sequel titled “A.D.” is heading to NBC next spring, with husband and wife duo Mark B…urnett and Roma Downey executive producing the highly anticipated project.
Viewers will notice some key differences between the two series. To begin, a new actor will be portraying Jesus. While Diogo Morgado played Christ in “The Bible” and the “Son of God” feature film, actor Juan Pablo di Pace will be taking up the revered role in the “A.D.” project.
Downey told TheBlaze that Morgado was unavailable to play Christ in the new series, which forced her and Burnett to find a replacement.
“We prayed and we had to moved forward. We were thrilled when we saw the audition of the wonderful Argentinian actor Juan Pablo Di Pace,” Downey said. “Our prayers were answered. Juan Pablo is very special. He won’t disappoint. He brings a special quality to this most-important role.”
And there was no shortage of actors interested in taking on the tough task of playing the Christian savior, as Downey explained that the success of “The Bible” led to an influx of performers who were interested in working on the show.
As a result, Downey and Burnett spent months going through readings and auditions — and asking God for guidance in making their final casting selections.
“There is always prayer involved in this process for me, so that I am guided and know the right choices to make,” Downey said. “I always take time to stop and check in quietly in prayer before making any major decision.”
In the end, she said that the series will include a diverse pool of talent.
“Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, and to bring this epic story of ‘A.D.’ to life on NBC, it was important to bring together a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church itself is around the world,” Downey added.
“A.D.” will offer viewers a look at the days that followed Jesus’ resurrection as well as at the birth and growth of the Christian faith, essentially resuming where “The Bible” left off.
“A.D gives us a front row seat, showing each of us how the holy spirit transformed ordinary men and women into a movement that carries not just his name, but his grace and his truth and his light,” Downey told TheBlaze. “We need that light today more than ever.”
She said that “A.D.” will present a story of hope and courage that can be enjoyed by all audiences. The 12-part miniseries is set to premiere on NBC on Easter Sunday, which is April 5, 2015.
“What’s wrong with death, sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity, dignity and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy, gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.”—Robin Williams, “Patch Adams”
Robin Williams, 63, passed on Monday, August 11, 2014 of an apparent suicide (story below my post). It’s a solemn time when someone passes from this world. When it’s someone you know and love, it’s like a ferocious punch to the gut. While I’m not fond of many pampered pests of Hollywood, I do have a special fondness for Robin Williams because he is a true talent. We all know he was battling depression, but what I can’t understand is how this multi-talented actor / voice actor, stand-up comedian, producer and screenwriter could take his own life, thinking it’s the only way out of his darkness and despair. He brought such joy and laughter to those who knew him, both on- and off-screen. His accomplished acting skills helped him mask the vulnerabilities he kept hidden inside himself for so long. Maybe he felt this was the only way to free himself of his inner demons. How very sad.
It’s mostly Robin Williams’ movies that I’d watch whenever I need a good laugh to lighten my own load. Movies like What Dreams May Come; Good Morning, Viet Nam; Mrs. Doubtfire; The Birdcage; and my ultimate favorite, Patch Adams, would lift me right up. When I was first diagnosed with Invasive Moderately Differentiated Ductal Carcinoma, it felt as though my world was coming to an end. I popped “Patch Adams” into my DVD Player and suddenly the darkness lifted. I’ve watched it over the past three years every now and then because I do believe that laughter truly is the best medicine. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to bring Robin Williams out of his own funk. I’m sure there are countless others who have watched the movies of this talented and funny actor to help them get away from the stressors of their own lives. How ironic that this incredibly funny guy who was battling depression couldn’t see past his own miseries and use his God-given talent to lift himself up, and know that although today may be bad, tomorrow will be better. I do believe things always get better, just as sure as there is always sunshine after night’s darkness.
Maybe his death will not be in vain. Maybe it will finally shine a spotlight on what he and countless others suffer from—deep-rooted depression. In trying to make sense of his desperate actions, at least he just killed himself. Others suffering from deep-rooted depression not only kill themselves, but they’ve taken other innocent victims along with them. I try and focus on that fact.
While it is incredibly sad that he is gone, he has left us with his gift of laughter. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams, and my deepest condolences go out to the Williams family. May God help you all through your grief…
‘I’ll never understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay’: Robin Williams’ children release poignant tributes to comic as it emerged he killed himself while his wife slept next door
Robin Williams three grown-up children issue moving statements in the wake of their father’s suicide
Zak Williams, 31, Zelda Williams, 25 and Cody Williams, 23, all wrote their own tribute to comic
The legendary actor, 63, was found dead by an assistant at his home in Tiburon, California, at 11.55am on Monday
His wife Susan Schneider last saw him at 10.30pm Sunday when she went to bed and left Monday morning thinking he was still asleep
A neighbor who was one of the last people to see the Oscar-winner alive has exclusively told MailOnline that Williams was a ‘shell’ this weekend
Williams talked about needing work and reportedly told a friend he had ‘serious money troubles’
Published: 22:06 EST, 12 August 2014 | Updated: 09:41 EST, 13 August 2014
Robin Williams’s three children have all issued their own deeply touching and emotional statements in which they pay tribute to their father, who was found hanged in his bedroom on Monday in California after battling with depression.
In a moving message on Tuesday to well wishers, Williams’ first son Zak Williams, 31, said that the 63-year-old’s suicide meant ‘I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer.’
‘I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be,’ said Zak, whose mother, Valerie Velardi was the comic legend’s first wife.
The Good Will Hunting star’s younger son, Cody Williams, 23, simply said, ‘There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him. I will miss him and take him everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.’
The Oscar winner’s daughter, Zelda Williams, 25, who has already posted a heart felt message to social media, offered up a bittersweet statement that praised the comic genius’ fans, but offered a chastening word to his critics too.
Zelda Williams said: ‘Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.
Shortly after the news broke on Monday, Zelda posted an excerpt from French poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince on Twitter, and in her statement today added: ‘My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare.
ZELDA’S MOVING TRIBUTE TO HER DAD ROBIN: ‘ONE OF THE KINDEST, MOST GENEROUS, GENTLEST SOULS I’VE EVER KNOWN’
‘My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare.
‘My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments.
‘While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions.
‘It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
‘To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
‘Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.’
‘THE WORLD IS A LITTLE GRAYER’: ZAK WILLIAMS ON LOSING HIS DAD
‘Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer. I will carry his heart with me every day.
‘I would ask those that loved him to remember him by being as gentle, kind, and generous as he would be. Seek to bring joy to the world as he sought.’
CODY WILLIAMS MOURNS: ‘THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME’
‘There are no words strong enough to describe the love and respect I have for my father. The world will never be the same without him.
‘I will miss him and take him with me everywhere I go for the rest of my life, and will look forward, forever, to the moment when I get to see him again.’
‘My last day with him was his birthday and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments.
‘MY HEART IS SPLIT WIDE OPEN’: ROBIN’S EX-WIFE MARSHA SHARES HER GRIEF
‘My heart is split wide open and scattered over the planet with all of you. Please remember the gentle, loving, generous – and yes, brilliant and funny – man that was Robin Williams.
‘My arms are wrapped around our children as we attempt to grapple with celebrating the man we love, while dealing with this immeasurable loss.’
‘While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
‘To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…’
And his second wife, Marsha Garces Williams also published her first statement on her ex-husband’s passing, calling him a ‘genius’.
Williams was last seen alive about 10.30pm on Sunday by his third wife Susan Schneider when she went to bed. Williams locked himself in a different bedroom, Marin County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Keith Boyd said this afternoon.
By the time an assistant found the Oscar-winning actor’s body at 11.55am on Monday, rigor mortis had set in.
After going to bed Sunday night, Susan got up and left the house to run errands about 10.30am – believing her husband of three years was still asleep.
An assistant, worried when Williams couldn’t be roused at 11.45am, broke into the bedroom and found Williams dead.
The official preliminary cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, police in California said, and conclusion of the investigation is still weeks away.
Family: Actor Robin Williams is seen at the Golden Globes in 2005 with son Zak and his girlfriend (left), son Cody (third from left) then-wife Marsha Garces Williams (second from right) and daughter Zelda (right)
Emergency personnel arrived at noon. At 12:02 he was pronounced dead. Toxicology reports are pending and will take two to six weeks.
Police would not comment on whether Williams left a suicide note, though TMZ reports that his family don’t believe he left behind anything explaining his actions.
Police also wouldn’t discuss the circumstances under which Williams and his wife went to bed in separate rooms.
The Mrs Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting star’s suicide comes after decades of battling depression and alcohol and drug addiction. He was also facing significant financial pressures and admitted he was selling a $35million estate in Napa because he could no longer afford it..
Williams was ‘very drawn and thin’ and appeared just a ‘shell’ of his bright public persona this weekend – a few days before he committed suicide, according to his neighbor who was one of the last people to see him alive.
EXCLUSIVE: NEIGHBOR WHO SAW STAR ONE DAY BEFORE DEATH SAYS ‘HE WAS A SHELL’
One of the last people to see Robin Williams alive has said the renowned funnyman was ‘a shell’ when she saw him a day before he killed himself.
A longtime neighbor has exclusively told MailOnline that Williams was withdrawn when she stopped to chat with him this weekend near his home outside Tiburon, California.
Through tears she said: ‘The last time I saw Robin was over the weekend, we would catch up on the street, just casual.
‘He was very drawn and thin, he did not look like the Robin who first moved into this community many years ago.
‘He was a shell of himself, exhausted and not in the best spirits, but still the nice guy I had always known. There seemed to be something on his mind.
‘He was not at all like his stage persona, that was not the Robin I knew. He was more quiet and down-to-earth, not over-the-top like he was in the movies. He listened well.
‘He was often quiet and very private.
‘The last time I saw him he seemed to be in a bad place emotionally.’
The longtime resident of the secluded community where Williams lived has exclusively told MailOnline that Williams appeared subdued and preoccupied – especially compared to the up-beat family man who moved into the Tiburon, California, mansion years ago.
Williams’ neighbor told MailOnline through tears: ‘The last time I saw Robin was over the weekend, we would catch up on the street, just casual.
‘He was very drawn and thin, he did not look like the Robin who first moved into this community many years ago.
‘He was a shell of himself, exhausted and not in the best spirits, but still the nice guy I had always known. There seemed to be something on his mind…
‘The last time I saw him he seemed to be in a bad place emotionally.’
Williams struggled with depression and an addiction to cocaine and alcohol for decades. Last month the married father of three was back in rehab ‘fine-tuning’ his sobriety in a year where he had been working on six movies and a TV series.
His publicist also revealed the star had been ‘battling severe depression of late.’
Williams also admitted that he was troubled by his finances. He was reportedly forced to pay $30million during his 2008 divorce from his second wife Marsha Garces, the film producer who is mother to his last two children, and first wife Valerie Velardi.
Last year, he admitted that he was selling his $35million Napa estate because he could no longer afford it. He listed it in April for $29.9million – a $5million markdown from what he paid for it.
He also admitted that he was working many of his recent gigs – including a new TV show for CBS – to make money. He was also working on six movies this year – leaving four of them unfinished.
Death of Robin Williams due to asphyxia by hanging
A source told RadarOnline that Williams confided that he had ‘serious money troubles.’
He told Parade magazine last September: ‘The idea of having a steady job is appealing… There are bills to pay.
‘My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore.’
No matter Williams’ current financial state, he made sure to look after his three children, Zachary Pym, 31, Zelda Rae, 25 and Alan, 22.
TMZ reports that he set up trusts for his children in 2009 that were paid in stages. One their 21st birthday, the children each got one third of the trust. Half of the remaining amount was to be doled on out their 25th birthday and the rest on their 30th.
It is not known how much money is in the trusts, but TMZ reports that they will continue to pay out even after the star’s death.
Williams had not been seen in public since his birthday three weeks ago.
Despite his trip to rehab in Minnesota earlier this year, friends tell TMZ that the star’s final attempt at saving himself from his demons might have come too late.
‘Just before he checked in it was obvious … he had not gotten treatment for so long he was too far down the road,’ a source told the gossip site.
Felt around the nation: In Boston, the park bench from Williams’ famous scene in ‘Good Will Hunting.’ They also wrote tributes to his inspiration Oscar-winning character from the film
National Portrait Gallery memorializes Robin Williams
Those who knew Williams well also spoke to a disconnect between his on-screen exuberance and the private, withdrawn person he could be in his personal life.
‘I’ve always felt that Robin’s blinding speed and flash of wit was an effort at concealment, rather than revealing,’ Monty Python member Eric Idle said in 2009. ‘He would be talking about something personal or sexual, but it was always in general, not about him.’
Jamie Masada, a US comedy club pioneer, said: ‘He was always in character – you never saw the real Robin. I knew him 35 years, and I never knew him.’
Even the neighbor who spoke to MailOnline said his demeanor was different in person.
‘He was not at all like his stage persona, that was not the Robin I knew. He was more quiet and down-to-earth, not over-the-top like he was in the movies. He listened well,’ she said.
‘He was often quiet and very private.’
He drove a beat-up Jeep, not a flashy car and kept a low-profile in the neighborhood – despite living in a home worth millions.
‘UTTERLY HEARTBROKEN’: ROBIN WILLIAMS’ WIFE PAYS TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO ‘MY HUSBAND AND BEST FRIEND’
Robin Williams’ wife revealed that he had died and released a moving statement.
Susan Schneider said: ‘This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one if its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,’ she began.
‘On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.’
Shortly afterwards his daughter Zelda, 25, tweeted an excerpt from Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s novella The Little Prince which read: ‘You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you will have stars that can laugh.’
Friends and colleagues such as Steven Spielberg, Steve Martin, Danny DeVito and Ben Stiller all took to social media to express their grief and offer condolences to Williams’ third wife and three children, Zachary Pym, 31, Zelda Rae, 25 and Alan, 22.
President Obama issued a touching tribute to the actor and comedian, and said: ‘Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.
‘He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.’
The Los Angeles’ Laugh Factory, where he inspired countless other comedians, issued their own tribute to the Oscar winning actor and entertainer by changing their banner to read ‘Robin Williams Rest in Peace. Make God Laugh.’
The star’s 25-year-old daughter Zelda Williams tweeted a poignant quote shortly after her about her loss.
She posted an exerpt from Antoine De Saint-Exupery’s novella The Little Prince which read: ‘You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them… In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night… You – only you will have stars that can laugh.’
She finished the post with the words: ‘I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up, Z.’
Williams’ last tweet and Instagram post came on July 31, – 11 days before his apparent suicide – in which he wished Zelda a happy 25th birthday, posting a picture of himself with her as a child. ‘Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl,’ he wrote.
Outside the family home in a neighbourhood of low-slung houses with water views, people left flowers and talked about the man who rode his bike around and had a smile and a wave for children on the street.
‘It wasn’t like having a celebrity,’ said Sonja Conti who said the actor would often ask about her dog and nicknamed him ‘Dude.’ ‘He was just a normal, nice guy. People left him alone.’
Another neighbour, Kelly Cook, 50, described Williams as a ‘private man’ who would often be seen cycling around the area.
She said her children would call him ‘the funny man’ and he would often speak to them when he was out walking his pug called Lenny.
He admitted he returned to TV after nearly three decades because two divorces have left him short of cash.
The comic’s breakups cost him £30million and he claims to need a ‘steady job’. He was also selling his $30million California ranch due to his sizeable alimony payments.
Williams said: ‘Divorce is expensive. I used to joke they were going to call it “all the money”, but they changed it to “alimony”.
‘It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.’
His marriage to Valerie Velardi ended in 1988 after the pair had been together for 10 years. The actor then wed his son’s nanny Marsha Garces with whom he stayed for 19 years and had two children with.
The couple divorced in 2008. Williams is now married to graphic designer, Susan Schneider.
CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was promptly removed from covering the conflict that has been going on between the Israelis and the Palestinians when she took to tweeting her anger by calling some Israelis “scum” because of an altercation over her crew’s vehicle. She has been reassigned to Moscow. Her Twitter rant was not only unprofessional, but unwarranted as I see it…
CNN wonders why their ratings are down. Diana Magnay is calling the Israelis scum? Doesn’t she know what caused this strike in the first place a little over two weeks ago? This is in direct retaliation for the three senseless kidnapping and brutal murders of three Israeli teens by Hamas terrorists! Now the Palestinians know the depth of Israel’s grief. I say an eye for an eye.
As for CNN, they need to research the accuracy of the stories they’re spewing on their network before they demonstrate their misguided hate. I see nothing wrong with the Israelis defending themselves against the evil that surrounds their country. Israel has ALWAYS been about peace; it’s the Palestinians who are full of hate and anarchy. I believe God Himself is protecting Israel and guiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be a forceful leader. He has a lot more balls than Obama who cowers to our enemies and shuns our allies. At least Israel knows Netanyahu protects Israel’s interests and its people.
At their funerals, the Jewish prayer for the dead was recited by the fathers of the three teens–Eyal Yifrah, 19; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, who had dual Israeli / U.S. citizenship with a family in Brooklyn, NY. God rest their souls. At least Netanyahu had the empathy to attend the three funerals of these boys whose lives were senselessly cut short by Hamas terrorists who are hell-bent on annihilating Israel from the face of the earth. It is their senseless hate that states Israel has no right to exist, but God protects His People.
The Internet is ablaze with the deaths of these Palestinian boys, but all you have to do is look a little deeper to know the TRUE reason why this happened. Israel is defending itself, and unfortunately, these are the consequences of war. As always, the lame-stream media won’t report the news correctly. Only idiots listen to the Left-wing media. What’s Right is right and what’s Left is wrong, plain and simple.
CNN has removed correspondent Diana Magnay from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she referred to a group of Israelis cheering missile strikes in Gaza as “scum.”
Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. During her on-air report, Magnay pointed out the trail of rockets that could be seen leaving Israeli positions to take out Hamas.
“It is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air,” she told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer who is in Jerusalem.
“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” she noted.
Magnay took to Twitter to express her outrage after the Israelis “threatened to destroy” her crew’s car if the British reporter said something “wrong.” Moments later she deleted the tweet.
“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement.
“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman continued. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”
The spokeswoman said Magnay has been assigned to Moscow.
The removal of Magnay comes a day after NBC News pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza.
The day before his removal, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of four Palestinian boys. Mohyeldin tweeted Wednesday about having just played soccer with the children killed on the beach near several hotels where foreign journalists are staying. He covered their parents’ reaction on both Facebook and Instagram.
Mohyeldin’s account was later broadcast on “NBC Nightly News.”
“The attack – and its heartrending aftermath – was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach,” Mohyeldin’s report said.
NBC News executives are citing “security concerns” as the reason for his removal. However, the network immediately assigned chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to Gaza.
One of Mohyeldin’s tweets and Facebook posts were recently deleted, a move that has fueled speculation that his social media use could have been the cause for his removal.
Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-American journalist who is fluent in Arabic, started at NBC News in Washington in 2001 and later worked for Fox News and CNN. He joined Al Jazeera English and became a TV news star covering the 2011 Arab Spring upheaval. That April, he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people, and a few months later he was hired by NBC News.
Published: 23:26 EST, 17 July 2014 | Updated: 09:11 EST, 18 July 2014
CNN’s International correspondent Diana Magnay has been removed from covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after she branded a group of Israelis ‘scum’ on Thursday.
Magnay had taken to Twitter to express her fury after a group of whooping Israelis watching missile strikes ‘threatened to destroy’ her team’s car if the British reporter used negative language.
Almost as soon as she posted the controversial comment, she deleted it – but not before it was retweeted more than 200 times. CNN said it has now assigned her to Moscow.
Deleted: This tweet from Magnay was quickly deleted from her account – clearly expressing her outrage at the reaction of Israeli bystanders watching the attack on Gaza
A CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post that Magnay had reacted on Twitter after being threatened and harassed by the group before filming.
‘She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,’ the statement said. ‘She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.’
Earlier, during her live report, the braying Israelis on the hill could be heard as Magnay described the scene from the border overlooking Gaza.
The incident came after Hamas vowed that Israel will ‘pay a high price’ for their ‘foolish’ actions after their military began a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday evening.
Thousands of troops from the Israel Defense Force backed by tanks launched amphibious, air and ground incursions into the narrow Gaza strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military action in a bid to stop rockets being fired from Gaza.
The assault, which began at 10pm local time, followed a heavy barrage of rockets fired at Tel Aviv by Hamas militants from Gaza who have promised ‘dreadful consequences’ for Israel in the aftermath of the invasion.
Heavy attack: An Israeli rocket is fired into the northern Gaza Strip on July 17, 2014 as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza
The IDF’s attack follows a brief humanitarian truce and despite an appeal from Washington, which cautioned against a land assault and for Israel to do more to protect civilian lives.
‘The prime minister and defense minister have instructed the IDF to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel,’ the official statement said as military officials announced that an additional 18,000 reservists have been called up to bolster the 48,000 already summoned.
The operation will include ‘infantry, armored corps, engineer corps, artillery and intelligence combined with aerial and naval support’, a statement from the Israeli military added.
The army said the aim of the operation is to protect Israeli lives and crush Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
The objective was ‘to establish a reality in which Israeli residents can live in safety and security without continued indiscriminate terror, while striking a significant blow to Hamas’s terror infrastructure’.
People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the Supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd St. in the Manhattan borough of New York July 11, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. Reuters
“And there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars and in the earth, suffering of nations and clasping of hands, from the alarm of the sound of the sea.”
You’ll understand why I put “clasping of hands” in red as you continue to read…
I don’t believe in coincidences so this may be in alignment with the Holy Bible’s prophesy of what is to come; maybe not. It’s certainly open to interpretation…
I have a fascination with the Holy Bible, Its prophesies, Blood Moons and SuperMoons, and blogged about theBlood Moon prophesythat started last year on April 15, 2014—ironically on “Tax Day”, when our government bleeds us dry annually with ever-escalating taxes. There is a lot of information here. I trust that you will read it through to the end…
We will be experiencing three SuperMoons between tonight and September 9, 2014. According to the first article, the average distance between Earth and the Moon is 238,900 miles. When there is a Full Moon that is also closer to Earth, it is considered to be a SuperMoon, and that normally occurs once a year. The last time of a SuperMoon was June of last year (2013), when the Moon appeared to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter. This year, we have three SuperMoons in a row. The first is tonight, July 12, 2014, brightest and largest around 7:00 PM ET; the second on Sunday, August 10, 2014; and the third on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Keep in mind that tonight’s SuperMoon will be just 222,611 miles away from Earth, which is known as a perigee. When in perigee, the Moon is around 31,068.6 (50,000 km) closer than when it’s furthest away (what is known as apogee).
According toInternational Business Times, NASA has slightly different numbers. I encourage you to read this article as well. Here is an excerpt…
“July’s full moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon, notes the Farmers’ Almanac, as the antlers begin to show on buck deer. The Full Thunder Moon is another name for the full moon due to common summer thunderstorms.
While people like to attach theories or conspiracies surrounding astronomical events, the supermoon is harmless. There was a belief that a supermoon would increase the chance of a major earthquake, but that has been debunked several times. Earlier in the year, the quartet of total lunar eclipses, beginning on April 15, received widespread attention as it was linked to a “blood moon conspiracy” involving a major historical event. The next total lunar eclipse in the tetrad, a series of four total lunar eclipses occurring in six-month intervals, takes place on Oct. 8.”
If you don’t catch a glimpse of tonight’s SuperMoon, you can catch an even better showing during the next SuperMoon on Sunday, August 10, 2014, when the Moon will be 863 miles closer than tonight’s SuperMoon, creating what is known as an “Extra SuperMoon”.
“A SuperMoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.”
When it comes to SuperMoons, is “three the charm”? Although I like to think of myself as an optimist, with everything Obama is doing to try and take down America and all the turmoil around the world, I believe we will have our hands full with not only with what is happening now, but also what is to come. Speaking of hands, I fear we will all be clenching our hands in distress. I bolded the relevant phrase…
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon. They shall be darkened, and suffer very strange and surprising eclipses: and in the stars; they shall fall from heaven, as in Matthew 24:29 and so the Ethiopic version reads here: all which, as it may be understood in a literal sense, so it may likewise in figurative and mystical one, and be interpreted of the changes there should be in the Jewish state; See Gill on Matthew 24:29. So the Jewish writers (h) interpret the sun, the light, the moon, and stars, in Ecclesiastes 12:2. By the “sun” they understand the kingdom of the house of David; by “the light”, the law; by “the moon”, the sanhedrim; and by the stars, the Rabbins; and the same seem to be designed by the stars here: and upon the earth distress of nations; upon the land of Israel; in the several nations and countries belonging to it; as Galilee of the nations, Judea, and the region beyond Jordan, shall be in great distress: with perplexity; of mind, not knowing what to do, which way to go, or step to take; the Syriac version, instead of it, reads “clapping, or pressing of the hands”; which is done by persons, when in an agony and great distress:the sea and the waves roaring; which design some unusual and extraordinary storms and tempests, and inundations in the sea of Galilee, or Tiberias, which would be so very terrible, as to cause great uneasiness, distress, and perplexity; and so some versions render it, “because of the sea”, &c. (h) In Prefat. Echa Rabbati, fol. 38. 4. Jarchi in Ecclesiastes 12.2.
I have faith that as with all things, we will prevail over any adversities that come our way. Now for the articles from WND andDaily Mail on this phenomenon…
1st the blood moon, now the Supermoon
Is there spiritual significance in tonight’s lunar phenomenon?
Published: 20 hours ago
WASHINGTON – If it’s not too cloudy tonight and tomorrow night, you may be startled by the size of the moon.
It’s the first of three so-called Supermoons this summer.
This weekend’s sky show will be strongest at 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday when the moon will be large and strangely luminous. It will also be just 222,611 miles away from Earth and in what is known as its perigee. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit and its elliptical path around Earth. When in perigee, the moon is around 50,000 km closer than when it is furthest away, or in apogee.
But an even better show is coming later this summer on Aug. 10 when the moon will be 863 miles closer than on Saturday, and will become full on the same hour as perigree and will appear at its brightest in 2014.
Unlike solar eclipses and other celestial treats, Supermoons occur every 13 months and 18 days. The last time a supermoon made headlines was in June last year, when it appeared to be 14 percent bigger and 30 per cent brighter.
The distance of the moon from Earth varies in its orbit because the orbit is elliptical. The average distance from Earth to the Moon is 238,900 miles. When you have a combination of a full moon that is also closer it is considered a Supermoon. Typically, it is said, this occurs about once a year. But this summer there will be three in a row – July 12, Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
But, to appreciate what these astronomical signs mean from a biblical standpoint, Biltz says you must check the biblical calendar – sometimes referred to as the “Jewish calendar.”
“Amazingly, according to the biblical calendar months these fall in the month of Tammuz when Israel worshiped the golden calf, the month of Av, when the 10 spies brought the evil report and when the Temple was destroyed twice on the same day, and the month of Elul, which is the month of repentance,” says Biltz, who discovered the blood moon tetrad occurring in 2014 and 2015 coincides with Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in those successive years. “There is also added significance as it precedes a Shemitah year, or the seventh year of the seven-year cycle beginning this Rosh Hashanah. Next year, it happens again!”
Biltz, of El Shaddai Ministries in Tacoma, Washington, points out that in Genesis, God said He created the sun and the moon for signals about coming events.
Published: 17:35 EST, 11 July 2014 | Updated: 08:37 EST, 12 July 2014
It is set to be one of the best summers in history for sun watchers.
Tonight will see the first of three ‘supermoons’, where the sun appears far bigger and brighter than normal.
July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th will all be supermoons, Nasa said, with August’s being ‘extra super’.
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A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion some 60 km (37 miles) east of Athens June 23, 2013. On Saturday a perigee moon coincides with a full moon creating a super moon when it will pass by the earth at its closest point
WHAT IS A SUPERMOON
The supermoon is not the technical term for the full Moon.
Astronomers call this phenomenon a ‘perigee moon,’ which describes the full moon that occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth each year.
Perigee marks the closest point of a body as it orbits around Earth, while apogee marks the farthest point from Earth.
Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit.
The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (‘perigee’) about 50,000 km closer than the other (‘apogee’).
Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit seem extra big and bright.
This coincidence happens three times in 2014.
On July 12th and Sept 9th the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee.
On August 10th it becomes full during the same hour as perigee – arguably making it an extra-super Moon.
However, Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory say the phenomenon is not actually that rare – it’s just that we normally miss it.
‘Generally speaking, full Moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it’s not all that unusual,’ he says.
‘In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported.’
He believes the ‘hanging moon’ is likely to be the thing most people remember.
Supermoon over New York: For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.
‘The ‘Moon Illusion’ is probably what will make people remember this coming set of Full Moons, more than the actual view of the Moon itself,’ he said.
The illusion occurs when the Moon is near the horizon.
For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.
When the Moon illusion amplifies a perigee Moon, the swollen orb rising in the east at sunset can seem super indeed.
‘I guarantee that some folks will think it’s the biggest Moon they’ve ever seen if they catch it rising over a distant horizon, because the media will have told them to pay attention to this particular one,’ says Chester.
‘There’s a part of me that wishes that this ‘super-Moon’ moniker would just dry up and blow away, like the ‘Blood-Moon’ that accompanied the most recent lunar eclipse, because it tends to promulgate a lot of mis-information,’ admits Chester.
‘However, if it gets people out and looking at the night sky and maybe hooks them into astronomy, then it’s a good thing.
On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a coppery red, NASA says. It’s called a blood moon, and it’s one of four total eclipses that will take place in North America within the next year and a half. Pictured here is a blood moon seen over Gaza City in March 2007.
There will be four Total Lunar Eclipses occurring in North America within 1½ year’s time, each within a 6-month timeframe. The dates of these Eclipses are:
April 15, 2014
October 8, 2014
April 4, 2015 (Some sites incorrectly state April 8, 2015)
September 28, 2015
According toSpaceRef, the Lunar Eclipse is set to begin at 12:58 AM (CDT). Check for thecorrect timein your area. As Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon, the part in the shadow will turn dark, and look as though a chunk was taken out of the Moon, and will grow bigger as minutes pass.
Just over an hour later (2:02 AM, CDT), the moon will be fully eclipsed, completely red, lasting for approximately 1 hour, 18 minutes. The Moon will slowly emerge out of Earth’s shadow around 3:25 AM (CDT) and will have moved out completely by 4:33 AM (CDT), moving from south to southwest. Bright orange Mars will shine to its upper right.
This entire event will last about 3½ hours, and will be visible if the sky is clear over most of the United States, except Alaska and New England. In Alaska, the Moon will rise with the partial eclipse in progress. In New England, the Moon will set before the eclipse ends.
Some speculate that on the last of the Tetrad Lunar Eclipses (September 28, 2015), it will usher in the Second Coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is interesting reading, but I don’t believe there will be an apocalypse or second coming on that date. What I do believe is that there will be strong changes in Israel and they will probably affect the United States as we’re its strongest ally. Whether they will be good or bad changes, well, only God knows that. Am I worried? No. The way I look at it, if the world survived five years of Obama and his corrupt administration, and the coming of ObamaCare in America, we’re strong enough to survive anything…
Published: 01:24 EST, 9 April 2014 | Updated: 12:02 EST, 9 April 2014
If you spotted an orange-coloured ‘star’ on Tuesday night, then you were probably looking at Mars.
In fact, the event you witnessed was rare – for the first time in 778 days, Mars, Earth and the sun aligned in an ‘opposition of the planets.’
To scientists this is a unique but ultimately meaningless arrangement, but to a Christian minority, it marks the beginning of significant events – even the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The unusual alignment of the sun, Earth and Mars Tuesday night happened a week before the beginning of another astrological event that some believe is associated with the end of the world
The significance of the arrangement is that it happened exactly a week before the first of four dark red ‘blood moons,’ which some Christians believe marks a cycle associated with the end of the world.
John Hagee, a Christian pastor who has written a book on the Tetrad called ‘Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change’ told the Daily Express that Tuesday night marked the dawn of a ‘hugely significant event’ for the world.
‘This is not something that some religious think tank has put together,’ the notoriously outspoken church founder said.
‘Nasa has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years — and that it’s going to happen now.’
Also known as the ‘Tetrad’, since it involves four successive total ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons, Nasa has confirmed it started Tuesday night and will end on September 28, 2015.
In the 21st century, tetrads are a frequent occurrence, with nine sets in total, but this has not always been the case.
From 1600 to 1900, for example, there were none at all.
Next week begins a cycle known as the ‘Tetrad,’ which involves a series of four dark red ‘blood moons.’ At the end of the cycle in September 2015, some believe the end of the world will happen
The Book of Joel in the King James Bible prophesied about the blood moons and the end of the world: ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.’
According to Mr Hagee, each time the Tetrad has happened during that time, there has been a significant religious event accompanied with it.
In 1493, the first Tetrad saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition.
The second happened in 1949, right after the State of Israel was founded.
And the most recent one, in 1967, happened during the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israelis.
This graphic explains why Mars was so visible to the naked eye on Tuesday night
Mr Hagee said the the first of the blood moons will happen on April 15, right in the middle of the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The second, on October 8, occurs during the Feast of the Tabernacle.
The third will be on April 4, 2015, also during Passover.
The final one happens on September 28, 2015, also during the Feast of the Tabernacles.
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in the shadow of Earth.
This is an area known as the umbra, where light from the Sun is blocked by our planet.
The light refracts differently in the atmosphere and, as it hits the moon, it makes it appear red.
This gives rise to its ‘blood red’ appearance during a total eclipse, when the entire moon is in shadow.
If it skirts the shadow, known as a partial or penumbral eclipse, the effect is less dramatic.
The total lunar eclipse will begin at about 2 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) and last about 3.5 hours. The moon will be fully eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow by 3 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT). Editor’s Note: If you snap an amazing picture of the April 15 total lunar eclipse, you can send photos, comments and your name and location to managing editor Tariq Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scroll down for more total lunar eclipse tetrad coverage:
Some Christians were quick to relate the rare event to the apocalyptic prophecy in Joel 2:31, which reads, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.” (KJV)
If history is any indicator, the tetrad may indeed bring some significant change. The last three “Blood Moon Tetrads” have all coincided with a globally significant religious event, according to Express.
In 1493, the first Tetrad since the Middle Ages occurred when Jews were expulsed by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition in Europe.
In 1949, the State of Israel was established following thousands of years of struggle.
In 1967, the earlier-than-expected Tetrad coincided with Six-Day Arab-Israeli War.
“According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically,” says John Hagee, Pastor and author of “Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change,” Express reports.
“To get four blood moons you need something absolutely extraordinary in astrological terms.”
“Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad is remarkable. The first of the four blood moons will come on April 15 this year, during Passover. The second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacle,” he explains.
“On April 4 2015, during Passover, we will have another blood moon. Then finally, on September 28, during next year’s Feast of the Tabernacles, the fourth blood and final moon will dawn.”
Passover/Tabernacles tetrads since the time of Jesus
On April 15, 2014, there will be a total lunar eclipse. It will be the first of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad (the remaining three eclipses will take place on October 8, 2014, April 8, 2015, and September 28, 2015). It will be one of 8 tetrads during the 21st century AD. Like all eclipses, it is probable that the moon will appear to be a dark red color during the eclipse due to the refraction of sunlight through the Earth’s atmosphere. This is the same effect that causes sunsets to appear red.
In John Hagee’s book, Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change, he argues that the timing of the eclipse and subsequent eclipse in the tetrad (all coinciding with Passover and Sukkot) and the “rarity” of a tetrad is strong evidence a major change of course in history will occur. Both Hagee and Biltznote that the last three tetrads to coincide with Passover and Sukkot roughly corresponded with important events in Jewish history: the 1493–94 tetrad roughly aligns with the 1492 expulsion of the Jews from Spain; the 1949–50 event roughly corresponds with the re-establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the ensuing 1948 Arab-Israeli War; and the 1967–68 tetrad started right before the Six Day War. The tetrad is thus seen a “sign” of things to come. Overall, there have been 62 tetrads since the first century AD, eight of which have coincided with the feasts of Passover and Sukkot.
Ted got it right. This is what real heroes look like…
Boston Firefighters Michael R. Kennedy, left, and Lt. Edward J. Walsh, who were killed Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when trapped the basement while fighting a fire in an apartment building in Boston. Kennedy, 33, a Marine Corps combat veteran was assigned to Ladder 15, and had been a firefighter for more than six years. Walsh, 43, and a father of three, was assigned to Engine 33, and had been a firefighter for almost a decade. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department) The Associated Press
Yesterday, tragedy struck Boston once again. We are mourning the loss of two valiant firefighters who lost their lives so that others may live (story follows my post)…
I cannot find the words to express how this terrible tragedy has affected so many. These brave heroes died, but they did what they loved to do—saving lives, even at the expense of their own.
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr., 43, and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, lost their brave lives. My heartfelt prayers go out to their families. Their immense loss is felt by all of us, and we offer them our prayers and deepest condolences on the loss of their loved ones.
May God rest their valiant souls. We thank them for their brave service to the City of Boston, and Michael Kennedy, to his brave service to this great country as well. May their families take comfort in knowing that they served the City of Boston well and that they are, indeed, heroes—real heroes. They are both now with God, where He will give them the greatest award for their heroic acts anyone could ever hope for—everlasting peace and love…
There are some links below related to this story, but the best link is Remembering The Fallen. It’s an audio of “The Kuhner Report”, hosted by Jeff Kuhner of WRKO. I listen to him every morning, and this morning, he had a beautiful and fitting tribute to these brave heroes. I encourage you to please listen to it. It’s about 1½ hours long, but it’s well worth the listen…
BOSTON (AP) — Boston residents mourned the deaths of two firefighters killed when a fire driven by strong winds whipped through a brownstone and trapped them in the basement in a neighborhood just blocks from where nine city firefighters died in a 1972 hotel collapse.
Tributes poured in for Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a 43-year-old father of three who had almost a decade of experience, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, a 33-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran who had been a firefighter for more than six years. The fire union is working with their families on funeral arrangements.
“It’s just a lousy time right now,” Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said Thursday.
At Engine 33/Ladder 15, Kennedy and Walsh’s station, not far from the fire and in the shadow of the Prudential Center, people stopped by to pay their respects, including Gov. Deval Patrick.
Earl Johnson, a firefighter from nearby Somerville, left flowers at a makeshift memorial at the station where the U.S. flag flew at half-staff, before kneeling to pray.
“I had to come down and do my part. They’re my brothers,” he said, holding back tears as he stood at the memorial of flowers, candles, condolence notes and even a green Red Sox baseball cap.
Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze Wednesday in the city’s Back Bay district, and several police officers also were taken to hospitals. Some residents were rescued from the upper floors of the four-story apartment building, but none was hurt, officials said.
MacDonald said several firefighters remained hospitalized Thursday but he wasn’t sure how many. He said nothing has been ruled out regarding the cause of the fire, but officials know strong winds made it much more difficult to fight.
Soon after they entered the building, Walsh and Kennedy sent out a rare mayday call to let their colleagues know they were trapped.
“Something extraordinary happened for them to call a mayday,” MacDonald said.
Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn said the 9-alarm fire, which sent smoke and flames pouring from the roof and windows of the brownstone, appeared to have started in the basement but moved quickly throughout the building. Firewalls stopped the flames from consuming adjacent buildings.
“In 30 years, I’ve never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly and create such havoc in such a short period of time,” he said.
Finn said Walsh and Kennedy had gone down inside stairs into the basement, and he assumed that a front window broke out and blew the fire back at them.
Kennedy was found about 30 minutes later and was pulled from the building but was pronounced dead at a hospital. Walsh’s body was recovered later and was removed in what MacDonald described as “a very solemn ceremony” in which he was carried on a stretcher out the back of the building through a line of saluting firefighters.
Some of the other firefighters were injured when they were blown down stairs by a backdraft explosion caused by the wind, Finn said.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — 6:40 PM (My original post follows my updates)
As this story unfolds, there are all sorts of theories out there. Was this a scheme where the pilots were involved? Maybe that’s why there was no distress call and no signal from the black box. Was it dismantled or destroyed in some way? Was the governmentinvolved in a secret mission that went wrong?
Whatever caused the Malaysia MH370 to disappear, this ever-evolving story is the main focus in news stories around the globe. Maybe that’s what it’s meant to do—become such a major diversion in an effort to take the spotlight off of something even more sinister. Part of me is thinking it was orchestrated by terrorists in an effort to force all available military / search teams to one area while they wreak havoc in another area.
Here are the most recent stories I read (most recent on top)…
There is still no sign of the airplane, the black box or the 239 passengers who were aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Flight MH370. Was the plane hijacked? It seems to have vanished into thin air.
We all know we can’t trust the news media as far as we can throw them, especially the Alphabet Media here in the United States (i.e., MSNBC, etc.) They will put out their own “versions” of their stories, but the truth will eventually come out—it always does. The oil slicks that were found at the scene were recently tested. According to reports, it was confirmed that the oil slicks did not come from an aircraft. Also, the lifeboat, door and tail found were not from the aircraft either. There are so many troubling details to this story that it makes me wonder if there’s something more sinister going on, and the real details are being hidden from the public.
Among those who vanished without a trace are employees from the Austin-based high-tech company, Freescale Semiconductor, who has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles. Hmmm, the plot thickens…
As more details dribble out, there seems to be a lot of people involved in this orchestrated scheme, if that’s what it is. May we all find the real answers about what happened. My prayers are with all those on board and also with their families. May God help them all. Story follows these links (links include updates to their stories)…
Names and ages of all the passengers are listed in the Manifesthere.
Vanished: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
Above: USS Kidd joins USS Pinckney in Search Efforts of Flight MH370.
(CNN) — With lead after lead failing to pan out, search and rescue officials said Monday they will expand the search area for the Malaysia Airlines aircraft that vanished three days ago.
The newly expanded search area encompasses a larger portion of the Gulf of Thailand between Malaysia and Vietnam, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department.
Nearly three dozen aircraft and 40 ships from 10 countries have so far failed to find any sign of the aircraft.
An oil slick that searchers had thought might be from the plane turned out to be fuel oil typically used in cargo ships, according to Rahman.
Other leads — reports that a plane door and its tail had been spotted — turned out to be untrue, he said at an earlier briefing.
“Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we have not found anything that appear to be objects from the aircraft, let alone the aircraft,” Rahman said at the earlier briefing.
Authorities are sending ships to investigate a report of debris found south of Hong Kong, but it will likely be Tuesday before authorities know if there is anything to those reports, Rahman said.
No emergency signal has been detected by any search vessel or aircraft. And family members of passengers are being told to prepare for the worst.
So the mysteries surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — and the true identities of some of its passengers — remain unsolved.
“For the aircraft to go missing just like that … as far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well,” Rahman said.
“We have to find the aircraft.”
So far, nothing
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday (1 p.m. Friday ET). The Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, went missing while flying to Beijing.
Since then, teams of searchers from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the United States, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand have been working alongside Malaysians to scour the Gulf of Thailand, part of the South China Sea that lies between several Southeast Asian countries.
The focus has now shifted to the Andaman Sea, near Thailand’s border, after radar data indicated the plane may have turned around to head back to Kuala Lumpur.
But the pilot apparently gave no signal to authorities that he was turning around.
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., planes flew over the vast waters. Ships searched through the night.
The stolen passports
It is perplexing enough that a jetliner seemed to have vanished without a trace. Adding to the mystery is the news that at least two people on board were traveling on passports stolen from an Austrian and an Italian.
According to Thai police officials, an Iranian man by the name of Kazem Ali purchased the tickets for two friends who he said wanted to return home to Europe. While Ali made the initial booking by telephone, either Ali or someone acting on his behalf paid for the tickets in cash, according to police.
Rahman said Monday that authorities have reviewed security footage from the airport and said the men who traveled on the stolen passports “are not Asian-looking men.”
Interpol tweeted Sunday it was examining additional “suspect #passports.”
“Whilst it is too soon to speculate about any connection between these stolen passports and the missing plane, it is clearly of great concern that any passenger was able to board an international flight using a stolen passport listed in INTERPOL’s databases,” said Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble in a statement.
The passports were reportedly stolen in Thailand, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told CNN’s “Amanpour” on Monday that police are investigating.
“Initially we don’t know about their nationality yet,” she said. “But we gave orders for the police to investigate the passport users. Because this is very important to Thailand, to give full cooperation to Interpol in the investigation about the passport users. We are now following this.
The passport mystery raised concerns about the possibility of terrorism, but officials cautioned that it was still too early to arrive at any conclusions.
One possible explanation for the use of the stolen passports is illegal immigration.
There are previous cases of illegal immigrants using fake passports to try to enter Western countries. And Southeast Asia is known to be a booming market for stolen passports.
Five passengers ended up not boarding the aircraft. Their bags were removed and were not on board the jet when it disappeared, Rahman said at Monday’s briefing.
Could the plane have been hijacked? “We are looking at every angle, every aspect,” Rahman said.
“We are looking at every inch of the sea.”
There has been some speculation that the flight might have been a test run for a terrorist organization planning a later attack.
The incident has some similarities to such incidents in the past, such as the 1994 bombing of a Philippine jetliner that investigators later learned was a test run for a wider plot to bomb numerous airliners, former U.S. Department of transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo told CNN on Monday.
But John Magaw, a former Transportation Security Administration official and U.S. Secret Service director, said his best guess is the Malaysia Alrlines flight was not a test.
“They’ve already done the dry run,” he said. “This was the actual flight.”
For the relatives of the 227 passengers and 12 crew members, the wait has been agonizing.
Among the passengers, 154 people were from China or Taiwan. The plane was also carrying 38 Malaysians, five Indians and three Americans citizens. Five of the passengers were younger than 5 years old.
In Beijing, family members gathered in a conference room at a hotel complex.
More than 100 people signed a hand-written petition that demanded “truth” from the airline. They also urged the Chinese government to help them deal with Malaysian authorities.
Malaysia Airlines, which was helping family members apply for expedited passports, said it will fly out five relatives of each passenger to Kuala Lumpur.
A fuller picture of what happened may not become available until searchers find the plane and its flight data recorder.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Every day it’s something else with Obama and his blatant abuse of power. You can’t wake up and listen to the latest news without hearing yet another report of Obama abolishing our Constitutional rights (law by law) and forcing fascism on the American people. He’s got a pen and he’s not afraid to use it. This time, it’s against our veterans and our Second Amendment Rights. He’ll cower to Putin, but he’ll battle against the courageous men and women of this country who have to back Obama. One can only wonder how our military really feels about their so-called “commander-in-chief”—who never had their backs…
On August 16, 2012, Brandon Raub, a decorated Marine veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was apprehended by Chesterfield, VA police, Secret Service and the FBI for posting “THE TRUTH” on his Facebook page. He was accused of being mentally ill and went from the police station to John Randolph Medical Center where he was “evaluated”. This was all done against his will.
I included his Facebook page (below) that caused this whole debacle, followed by a link to a related story, and another more recent story. Brandon Raub wasn’t even read his rights before he was taken against his will to a mental facility. What the heck is going on in this country? I just can’t wrap my head around this and make any sense of it. The United States is looking more like a Communist country, and now Obama is using “mental illness” as a means of confiscating firearms from our military veterans (story below).
Here is Brandon Raub’s Facebook Page that got him arrested. I’m sending prayers to him on the wings of God’s angels to see him through this grave injustice, and I know God will help him. He has a right to his opinion as we all have, and I sincerely thank him for his brave service to this great country…
The following text is from a copy of a Facebook post that Brandon Raub made in 2011. The text was given to CBS 6 by Raub’s mother.
by Brandon J Raub on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:00 am
America has lost itself. We have lost who we truly are. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave.
This is the land of Thomas Jefferson.
This is the land of Benjamin Franklin.
This is the land of Fredrick Douglas.
This is the land of Smedley Butler.
This is the land John F. Kennedy.
This is the land of Martin Luther King.
This is the land where the cowboy wins. This is the land where you can start from the bottom and get to the top. This is the land where regardless of you race and ethnicity you can succeed and build a better life for you and your family. This is the land where every race coexists peacefully. This is the land where justice wins. This is the land where liberty dwells. This is the land where freedom reigns. This is the land where we help the poor, and people help each other. This is land where people beat racism.
The Federal Reserve is wrong. They have designed a system based off of greed and fear. They designed a system to crush the middle class between taxes and inflation. This is wrong, and it is unjust. It is wrong.
We have allowed ourselves to be deceived and seduced by the powers of the printing press. It is not a good system. It discourages saving: the foundation for all stable economic activity. The Federal Reserve is artificially manipulating interest rates and creating phony economic data.
This thing has deceived our entire nation.
They created it in 1913. They also created the income tax in 1913. They encouraged the growth of debt so they can tax you on it. There is interest on the debt. Your government is in bed with these people. They want to enslave you to the government so that they can control every aspect of your lives. It is an empire based on lies. They operate of greed and fear.
There is a better way. It’s called freedom. Freedom is called a lot of things. But there is a true meaning. It means very simply that you have the right to do whatever you want as long as you are not infringing on the freedoms of other people.
I firmly believe that God set America apart from the other nations of the world. He saved a place where people could come to escape bad systems of government. This system we have created works. It really works.
There is evil going on all around the world. The United States was meant to lead the charge against injustice, but through our example not our force. People do not respond to having liberty and freedom forced on them.
Men and Women follow courage. They follow leadership, and courage. Our example has paved the way for people all around the world to change their forms of government.
Force is not the way because liberty is a powerful concept. The idea that men can govern themselves is the basis for every just form of government.
We can govern ourselves. We do not need to be governed by men who want to install a one world banking system. These men have machine hearts. Machine and unnatural hearts.
They have blocked out the possibility of a better world. They fear human progress. They have monopolies on everything.
This life can be free and beautiful. There are enough resources on this earth to support the world’s population. There are enough resources on this earth to feed everyone. There is enough land for everyone to own their own land and farm, and produce their own energy.
These people have been hiding technology. There are ways to create power easily. There is technology that can provide free cheap power for everyone. There are farming techniques that can feed the entire world.
The Bill of Rights is being systematically dismantled. Men have spilled their blood for those rights.
Your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters, and Americas best young men and women are losing their limbs. They are losing their lives. They are losing the hearts. They do not know why they are fighting. They are killing. And they do not know why.
They have done some extraordinary acts. Their deeds go before them. But these wars are lies. They are lies. They deceived our entire nation with terrorism. They have gotten us to hand them our rights. Our Rights! Men died for those rights!
September Eleventh was an inside job. They blew up a third building in broad daylight. Building 7.
Your leaders betrayed you.
You elected an aristocracy. They are beholden to special interests. They were brainwashed through the Council on Foreign Relations. Your leaders are planning to merge the United States into a one world banking system. They want to put computer chips in you.
These men have evil hearts. They have tricked you into supporting corporate fascism. We gave them the keys to our country. We were not vigilant with our republic.
There is hope. BUT WE MUST TAKE OUR REPUBLIC BACK.
This article was posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm
The Obama Administration announced two new executive orders on gun control Friday, after countless other attempts to erode Second Amendment rights failed to gain public support.
According to one of the proposed actions, patient privacy laws would be pushed aside to allow increased government access to mental health records. Currently required to protect that information, states would now be exempt, instead encouraged to submit a patients private records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
A second proposal from the Department of Justice would “clarify” who is barred from owning firearms, which would include anyone involuntarily committed to an inpatient or outpatient mental institution. In an attempt to diminish concern, the administration claims that seeking help for mental issues does not prohibit a person from firearm ownership.
“The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm,” the statement said.
Unfortunately, even without the executive orders currently applied, the government has already deceptively used this exact tactic to revoke legitimate gun ownership without due process, an issue that will undoubtedly increase.
In 2012, Afghanistan and Iraq veteran Brandon Raub had his firearms confiscated after being involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning due to Facebook comments on government corruption. According to Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead, as many as 20 others had recently been detained and declared mentally defective in the same Virginia county as well, despite no crime initially being committed.
That same year, David Sarti, best known for his appearance on National Geographic’s Doomsday Prepper show, was committed to a psychiatric ward and deemed “mentally defective” after complaining to his doctor about chest pains. Declining to have tubes inserted into his heart by cardiologists, doctors claimed Sarti was suicidal, prompting the FBI to revoke his Second Amendment right.
The targeting of veterans specifically is quite clear. A collaborative study from 2007 between the VA Medical Center and the Archives of Internal Medicine claimed that at least 1/3rd of returning veterans were mentally ill.
An amendment in a 2012 defense bill spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer attempted to collect the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances. The list would then admittedly be handed over to the NICS, removing the gun rights of all listed veterans without due process.
Just last year, countless veterans began receiving a letter from the Veterans Administration warning that their mental health was suddenly under review. The letter continued by saying that the right to own weapons would be removed if bureaucrats deemed them “incompetent” outside of law.
Given the Obama Administration’s view toward returning military, the assault on veterans is unsurprising. In fact, a 2009 Homeland Security report labeled returning veterans as likely domestic terrorists. Despite the outrageous claim, former DHS chief Janet Napolitano defended the report. Incredibly, the DHS announced that Boy Scout Explorers were being trained to kill “disgruntled Iraq war veterans” in a New York Times piece only one month later.
Despite the endless denials of gun confiscation, California residents were greeted by Justice Department agents in California last year as the state expanded its confiscation program. Lynette Phillips, who had been involuntarily held in a mental hospital after her nurse exaggerated the severity of her condition, had her and her husband’s firearms removed by from their home by armed agents.
Following the passage of the NY SAFE Act, New York residents began receiving letters telling them to turn in their firearms and permits as well. One legal gun owner had his firearms taken after a provision in the law allowed his medical records, which detailed his prescriptions, to be shared with authorities.
The media and administration’s failure to mention these countless abuses, justified through accessing mental health records, paints a clear picture of how these executive orders would be carried out. Masquerading as a mental health fix, the same system that has pushed dangerous prescription drugs for decades is now using it against law-abiding Americans.
In an ironic and telling move, a Pennsylvania court recently ruled that a state trooper who was previously hospitalized for depression would not be allowed to own a firearm “off-duty.” Regardless if the officer was an actual danger, the court ruled that due to his likely mental illness, he would only be allowed to carry a firearm “on duty,” showing how government is not subjected to the same rules as citizens.
Despite gun homicide seeing a 49 percent drop since 1993, the establishment has continued to ignore facts with its attempt to push gun control. The same Justice Department involved in gun running through Fast and Furious is now attempting to lecture the public on gun safety, unsurprising given Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments on “brainwashing” the public to be anti-gun.