OH YES THEY DID: Liberals Side with Islamic Gunmen in #Garland Terror Attack, Blame Organizers, Wish Geller Had Been ShotPosted: May 4, 2015
“A number of online liberals appeared to side with the gunmen and were upset that Pamela Geller, one of the event organizers, was not shot. A number of others simply blamed Geller for the shooting, while others blamed the free speech event.”
On Sunday, two gunmen attempted what appears to be a Charlie Hebdo-style terror attack on a free speech event in Garland, Texas, that included a “Draw Mohammed” cartoon contest. Both gunmen were killed by Garland police officers and one officer was wounded. But, Twitchy said Sunday night, a number of online liberals appeared to side with the gunmen and were upset that Pamela Geller, one of the event organizers, was not shot. A number of others simply blamed Geller for the shooting, while others blamed the free speech event.
“Two people at racist hate event killed, one unfortunately not Pam Geller,” one person said. A search of Twitter revealed many others who blamed Geller.
“What’s worse mocking Islam or killing people?”
“Nothing like presence of Geert Wilders & Pam Geller to bring out crazies on other side,” one person said. “Oh, and by the way, it is not the fault of ‘Jews’ but one Jew, Pam Geller,whose only job is to create problems,” another person added. Wilders, Twitchy added, is a Dutch politician Democrats wanted to keep out of the country. CAIR also joined in the effort, demanding he be denied a visa.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 4, 2015
“Let’s be real, the event in #Garland featured hatemongers like Geert Wilders & Pam Geller, this wasn’t an art event, it was a hate event,” another person said on Twitter, apparently blaming the intended targets for the attempted terror attack. Others appeared to openly side with the gunmen who, as we reported Sunday, received praise from ISIS.
“Racist Pam Geller is responsible for the deaths in Garland Texas,” one Twitter user said. “Her Klan meeting was meant to draw violence. She is responsible.”
“Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.”
“I live in Garland,Tx where shooting occurred,” another Twitter user said. “I’m sorry Garland ever let Pam Geller put this event on–only 200 tickets sold. Geller=idiot.”
“Two of the key speakers/organizers of the ‘Draw Mohammed’ event in Texas are Pam Geller and Geert Wilders,” tweeted Glenn Greenwald. The tweet attracted a great deal of criticism. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Freedom of Speech Under Fire in America: Pamela Geller Explains the Purpose Behind Texas Art Exhibit in #Garland, TexasPosted: May 4, 2015
— Steven Kutz (@sjkz) May 4, 2015
Eva Dou reports: The scientific world is aflutter over the discovery in China of a bizarre dinosaur with bat-like wings.
“The scientists dubbed the little dino Yi Qi, which means “strange wing” in Chinese. It had a long rod-like bone connected to each wrist that is similar to the structures of flying squirrels and bats. “
Although other dinosaurs have been discovered with bird-like feathered flappers, this is the first known example of one with membranous wings. It suggests that the ancient creatures tried to fly in different ways before birds arrived on the scene, said the scientists who made the discovery in a paper published in the leading scientific journal Nature on Wednesday.
The scientists dubbed the little dino Yi Qi, which means “strange wing” in Chinese. It had a long rod-like bone connected to each wrist that is similar to the structures of flying squirrels and bats. Yi Qi likely weighed around 380 grams, or slightly less than a pigeon, the paper said.
“Yi may have been capable of flapping flight or only gliding, or may have combined the two locomotor styles as in many extant birds and some bats,” said the paper, which was written by a team of Chinese scientists led by paleontologist Xu Xing, of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Read the rest of this entry »
The tiny human is fourth in line to the British throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, father, Prince William, and brother, Prince George. The reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne in 1952. The baby is the queen’s fifth great-grandchild
The baby was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, the same place where Kate, 33, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Prince George, in July 2013. Last September, royal officials said George’s younger sibling was on the way.
“Obviously, we’re thrilled,” Prince William, 32, said at the time.
“The first time is a learning experience,” he told a well-wisher at an event a month ago. “The second is a game-changer!”
Throughout her pregnancy, Kate, who suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, as she did before having her first child, attended a number of royal engagements, including her first trip to New York City back in December. However, the Duchess had plenty to do at home, too: She and William, who is now working full-time as an ambulance pilot, tried hard to prepare their 10-bedroom mansion, Amner Hall, for the new addition. Read the rest of this entry »
An early look at next week’s cover, “Injustice: Baltimore, 2015,” by Peter Mendelsund.
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death.
The state medical examiner’s office turned over Gray’s autopsy on Friday morning, a day after the police turned over their investigation into Gray’s death.
“The findings of our comprehensive, thorough, and independent investigation coupled with the ME’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges,” Mosby said.
She charged all six officers in the death of Gray and said his arrest was illegal.
“Following transport from Baker Street, Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon,” Mosby said.
“At no point was he secured by a seatbelt while in the wagon contrary to a BPD general order,” she added. “Despite stopping for the purpose of checking on Mr. Gray’s condition, at no point did he seek nor render any medical assistance for Mr. Gray.”
- The officers are being charged with a number of counts of manslaughter, assault and misconduct. One officer will even be charged with a count of murder.
- Officer Caeser B. Goodson, Jr. was charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of manslaughter by vehicle and misconduct in office.
- Officer William G. Porter was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
- Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Officer Edward M. Nero charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Officer Garret Miller charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and false imprisonment.
- Sgt. Alicia White involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the officers…(read more)
U.S. defense officials say U.S. Navy ships will begin accompanying U.S.-flagged commercial ships when they transit the Strait of Hormuz.
The move is in response to what Washington views as provocative Iranian behavior in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this week Iranian naval vessels reportedly fired warning shots near a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship and have detained it and its crew. Iranian officials say the Maersk shipping line owes it money…(read more)
April 29, 2015 – Ferguson, Missouri (CNN)—At least three people were shot in separate incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, on late Tuesday and early Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of protests in Baltimore, a city spokesman said.
Two people were shot in the neck and another was shot in the leg, spokesman Jeff Small said. There is a suspect in custody in the latter case: a 20-year-old male from St. Louis County.
The two victims shot in the neck were hospitalized, Small said.
“Police are having a difficult time investigating because of the rocks being thrown at them,” he said. “At this point police are not sure if the (shootings are) linked to the protest or not.”
St. Louis Alderman Antonio French posted video on his Twitter account. Multiple gunshots can be heard as people flee in panic.
[VIDEO] Robotic Spacecraft MESSENGER Is Out of Fuel, Doomed to Crash Into Mercury This Afternoon at More Than 8,750 MPHPosted: April 30, 2015
The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER has run out of fuel. With no way to make major adjustments to its orbit around the planet Mercury, the probe will smash into the surface at more than 8,750 miles per hour (3.91 kilometers per second). The impact will add a new crater to the planet’s scarred face that engineers estimate will be as wide as 52 feet (16 meters).
UPDATE: Contact Made With Crew of Ship Detained by Iran: Sailors on Maersk Tigris in Good Condition but Confined to CabinsPosted: April 29, 2015
DUBAI— Asa Fitch reports: The manager of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship Iran seized in the Persian Gulf said its crew members were in good condition, but were confined by guards to their cabins and the ship’s mess area.
“They’re all in relatively good condition, but it’s not a good situation and is still of concern to us.”
Rickmers Shipmanagement, the Singapore-based global shipping company that operates the M/V Maersk Tigris, had brief phone contact with the crew of 24, most of whom are from Eastern Europe and Asia, said Cor Radings, Rickmers’ spokesman.
“They’re all in relatively good condition, but it’s not a good situation and is still of concern to us,” Mr. Radings said. He added that the company was working with “international parties and experts” to secure the ship’s release, although he declined to provide details of that effort.
“Cargo-vessel seizures are a rarity in the Gulf, through which hundreds of ships carrying oil exports travel each day.”
On Tuesday, an Iranian patrol fired warning shots over the bow of the Maersk Tigris and directed it to a rendezvous point close to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, said U.S. officials and Rickmers. Rickmers said the ship was in international waters at the time.
In response to a distress call by the Maersk Tigris, the U.S. sent a Navy destroyer Tuesday to the Strait of Hormuz, the 21-mile-wide passage through which 30% of the world’s seaborne oil shipments pass.
“The seizure comes as conflict in Yemen has heightened tensions with Saudi Arabia, which sits on the southwestern shore of the Gulf, and Iran, which sits across from it.”
On Wednesday, the USS Farragut and three other smaller Navy ships were keeping watch on the strait and sending surveillance planes overhead, said Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.
Under agreements between the U.S. and Marshall Islands, Col. Warren said the military had a treaty obligation to protect the Maersk Tigris, but said the U.S. was pursuing diplomatic options to resolve the confrontation.
Pentagon officials said Iran’s intentions in seizing the cargo ship were unclear. Some officials said they saw the move as an effort by Tehran to demonstrate its ability to control the strait after the U.S. military moved an aircraft carrier through the region as a warning to Iran to turn back a flotilla suspected of carrying weapons bound for Tehran’s allies in Yemen. Read the rest of this entry »
— Madison Confessions (@UWConfessions) April 29, 2015
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) April 28, 2015
Two steel pipes measuring about 50 centimeters long were found planted in the ground with electric cables in a field less than a kilometer from Camp Zama.
Police suspect left-wing Japanese extremists are to blame
TOKYO— Toko Sekiguchi reports: Japanese police said three explosions were reported shortly after midnight Tuesday in the vicinity of a U.S. Army base near Tokyo, in what police suspect was an act of left-wing Japanese extremists.
“The explosions were reported less than an hour after the U.S. and Japan formally announced a revised security agreement in New York that expands Japan’s military role in the two countries’ alliance.”
A spokesman for police in Kanagawa prefecture said two steel pipes measuring about 50 centimeters long were found planted in the ground with electric cables in a field less than a kilometer from Camp Zama. Police later found in a nearby field what appeared to be projectiles that were believed to have been fired from the pipes.
The spokesman said there were no reports of injuries or property damage.
The explosions were reported less than an hour after the U.S. and Japan formally announced a revised security agreement in New York that expands Japan’s military role in the two countries’ alliance. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is currently visiting Washington, is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Patrick Brennan: Baltimore’s Mayor Says She Intend to to Give Protesters ‘Space’ to ‘Destroy. But What Happened Anyway?Posted: April 27, 2015
At The Corner, Patrick Brennan writes: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that she didn’t mean, in some comments she delivered Sunday, that the protesters/rioters in Baltimore had been intentionally given “space” to “destroy” property. “The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence,” a spokesman says, a day after she made the comments. (A raft of outlets reported them this morning in the way she says she didn’t mean them.)
Whatever exactly she meant, it certainly seems that the Baltimore police took a hands-off approach to the unrest over the weekend, allowing the crowds to grow violent and unruly while doing little in response.
This is your mayor on Xanax.
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) April 27, 2015
Presumably this is motivated in part by the sense that the protesters had some legitimate grievance and in part because it’s supposed to work, to help defuse the situation. Well, does it? Read the rest of this entry »