Shooting happened about 3 hours ago at the intersection of 17th and Independence.
Via Breaking 911:
WASHINGTON — There are multiple reports of a shooting near the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
There are no reports of injuries.
Officials are looking for a car that may have been involved in the shooting. U.S. Park Police are investigating.
Independence Avenue is closed at the moment.
The National World War II Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II.
Of course, MSM doesn’t call them out on it.
Via National Review:
The gruesome hits keep coming for the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood. President Obama and his top health officials have one last-ditch response left: Quick, hide behind the imaginary mammogram machine!
As more graphic, money-grubbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit aborted-baby-parts racket emerge, thanks to the investigative work of the Center for Medical Progress, desperate Democrats are in full deflection mode. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood this week by invoking the women’s-health shield. “What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms,” Burwell told the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Just one teeny, tiny problem with this defense: It’s a completely calculated fabrication. The breast-cancer screening charade casts Planned Parenthood as a life-saving provider of vital health services unavailable anywhere else. You may recall that during the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama himself falsely claimed during a debate that the abortion provider administers mammograms to “millions” of women — and liberal CNN moderator Candy Crowley let him get away with it.
Memphis Police Shooting: Sister Comes To His Defense, “You Know How They Do, Just Trying To Do You In”…
Along with the “he was a good boy turning his life around” defense.
The sister of the man accused of gunning down a Memphis police officer claims her brother “was defending himself.”
Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, was being held on $9 million bond on Tuesday on first-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of Memphis cop Sean Bolton, 33, according to court documents.
Wilbourn’s sister, Callie Watkins, said her brother was acting in self-defense when he shot Bolton multiple times on Saturday night.
“Tremaine ain’t no bad person,” Watkins said. “He was defending himself.”
“You know how they do, just trying to do you in,” said Watkins, apparently referring to police. […]
Watkins told NBC affiliate WMC that the family “was just really worried about him” during the two days he was on the run.
“We knew it weren’t going to end pretty if he would have fought it out, so I’m just glad that he turned himself in,” she said.
“He ain’t a coward,” Watkins said.
Beyond ridiculous now.
Via Daily Mail:
Angry vandals defaced the vacation home of lion killer Walter J Palmer overnight on Monday, while also littering the American dentist’s driveway with pig’s feet in a show of outrage over the death of a beloved lion named Cecil.
Pictures taken Tuesday morning outside the 55-year-old’s $1million vacation home in Marco Island, Florida show the garage door spray painted with the words ‘Lion killer!’ and a handful of orange pig’s feet scattered across the front of the house.
Palmer has been in hiding ever since he was identified last month as the big game hunter behind the cruel killing of a well-known lion named Cecil, who was illegally baited out of a protected Zimbabwe wildlife reserve and let to suffer an arrow wound for 40 hours before he was finally brought down.
Note that the bystander claimed things which the tape proved weren’t true. This has happened often in other cases of alleged police brutality, one example being the Mike Brown case.
This is one case where getting the whole picture made the difference.
A video recorded by a bystander of two Kansas police officers wrestling a man on the ground began to go viral for purportedly showing police engaging in excessive force — until the cops provided their own videos.
While footage of the “brutality,” shot by the bystander looked rough, it started when the suspect John Harrison, 30, was already on the ground and police were attempting to handcuff him. What it didn’t show was what initially caused the rough response from police.
They’re hoping to get a settlement, because there is no way they would prevail, given the autopsy findings that she killed herself.
The family of Sandra Bland has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trooper that pulled her over and other local law enforcement authorities.
Bland was pulled over weeks ago by state trooper Brian Encinia for failure to signal a lane change. The confrontation got heated, he told her to get out of the car, and arrested her. After three days in jail, she was found dead.
The official autopsy says it was most likely suicide, but Bland’s own family has some serious doubts.
According to NBC News, the suit they filed today calls Encinia reckless and says the jailers had a “conscious disregard” for Bland while she was being held. They’re seeking damages.
At Bland’s funeral, her mother said, “I’m the mama, and I’m telling you that my baby did not take herself out.”
— Dan Gabriel (@danpgabriel) August 4, 2015
Via Fox News:
Authorities in Mississippi are searching for two men who allegedly opened fire at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg Tuesday, according to a report by WDAM-TV.
No injuries were reported.
The station reported that shots were fired from a pickup truck around 12:30 p.m. at a group of soldiers who were training near the military facility.
The sheriff of Perry County, Dale Smith, told WDAM a search was underway for a two-door red pickup with “broken arrow” written across the top.
The station reported that police are looking for two white males, Lt. Col Dierdre Smith at Camp Shelby public affairs told Fox News Tuesday afternoon she “can’t confirm or deny anything,” but that about 4,500 soldiers are conducting a large training exercise at Camp Shelby this week.
Meanwhile they are the real science deniers.
Via The Guardian:
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker encountered what looked like a group of young supporters during a campaign stop on Monday at a local pizza shop, only to be presented with a fake check from the billionaire Koch brothers by a group of climate activists.
Walker, one of the top-tier candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, was in the midst of a meet-and-greet with prospective voters in the early primary state of New Hampshire. The governor held the event ahead of a forum on Monday evening where 14 Republican contenders are set to participate in what has evolved into a pre-debate before the first official GOP debate on Fox News later this week.
For the most part, the dozens of New Hampshire residents gathered at the eatery – Theo’s Pizza & Restaurant – were enthusiastic about Walker’s visit and eagerly waited their turn for a handshake and quick chat with the candidate. Among them was Tyler McFarland, who approached Walker for a picture while holding a sign that read “Walker 4 president”.
But as the photo was snapped, McFarland flipped the sign to reveal a supposed $900m check made out to Walker from the Kochs, the industrialist family and Republican mega-donors, for the “presidency”.
“I’d like to present you with this check from the Koch brothers for climate denial,” McFarland, 23, told Walker.
Ian interview with the Center for Medical Progress’ David Daleiden, CNN’s New Day host Alisyn Camerota asked the activist behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos to respond to criticism he was a “violent extremist.”
“Your critics– critics of your organization I should say– say that you’re not journalists as you purport to be on your website, but rather you’re violent extremists,” Camerota said to Daleiden.
“They say that you are operating under the guise of investigative reporting, but really you’re trying to shut down all Planned Parenthoods and women’s access to things like birth control and other services they provide,” she continued. “Do you have any ties to Operation Rescue?”
Via Daily Mail:
Bloodthirsty Islamic State militants have today released images purporting to show a young boy executing a man accused of spying.
Images published by an anti-ISIS activist in Syria show a man kneeling in a red jumpsuit while a young boy points a handgun at his head.
It is not clear if he in fact pulls the trigger to kill the prisoner, but another photograph shows the captive lying facing down in the dirt as the child stands over him. DailyMail on Facebook
Leftist Loon Amanda Marcotte: Hating Planned Parenthood Is Like Getting Mad At Someone Who Uses Food Stamps To Buy Strawberries
Amanda Marcotte is a crazy train writer for various leftist publications on ‘feminism and politics’. She famously gaffed all over the Duke Lacrosse case and more recently claimed the false rape allegations against Donald Trump would show the ‘truth about sexual assault’.
Someone may have to help me with this one, I don’t speak loon. On the positive side, she blocked me on Twitter when I asked if she drank or was merely insane. Somehow crushing and selling babies and their parts doesn’t make me think of strawberries…
“We love you Barack Obama!”
Via Washington Times:
There have been more U.S.-based jihadi terror cases in 2015 than in any full year since 9/11, according to a “Terror Threat Snapshot” report released Tuesday by the Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who asserts that U.S. officials must “do more to take the fight to the enemy overseas at its source.”
“Otherwise, we’re going to see the threat picture here at home steadily worsen,” Rep. Michael T. McCaul said in a statement with the report, which maintains that the total number of U.S.-based jihadist cases has increased three-fold over the past five years — from 39 in July 2010 to 122 at the current moment.
Mr. McCaul pointed to last month’s killing of four U.S. Marines and a sailor by a Kuwait-born American who went on a shooting spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the highest profile recent example of a “new generation of extremists” that have amplified and complicated the terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland.
The FBI has investigated the Chattanooga attacks as terrorism, but officials said they found no material connection between the gunman, 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez — who was killed in a gunfight with police during the attack — and specific terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.
However, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, factors heavily into Tuesday’s report, which says authorities have arrested or charged at least 48 individuals in “ISIS-related” cases inside the U.S. during the past seven months, a significant jump from the just 15 such cases that unfolded during all of 2014.”
And is anyone buying the “we’ve killed 15K” claim?
WASHINGTON — In a sign of its resilience, the Islamic State appears to have recruited new fighters to offset 15,000 militants killed in a U.S.-led airstrike campaign approaching its first anniversary, U.S. military and intelligence estimates show.
More than 5,500 airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria that began Aug. 8, 2014, have forced the extremist organization to disperse its fighters into smaller groups, making them less of a threat to seize large chunks of territory, according to the military estimates. Despite the lethal strikes, the group continues to attract new recruits and replace leaders, highlighting the difficulty of fighting a movement that draws support from Muslims around the world.
A year ago, the CIA said it believed the Islamic State had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters in Iraq and Syria. The estimate remains the same this year, according to a U.S. intelligence official, who asked not to be named since he was not authorized to discuss the issue.
The U.S.-led coalition confirmed the 15,000 casualty number but would not discuss it publicly. The deaths are tracked as part of daily battle damage assessments and coalition efforts to avoid civilian casualties. Aerial surveillance is used to assess the impact of airstrikes, including enemy casualties.
From the UPenn website:
I’m white and I hate myself!
Via Campus Reform:
White students at the University of Pennsylvania have an official student organization to confront their own white privilege.
Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege (SCRWP), according to the university’s website, “was founded by white students with the purpose of confronting their own white privilege.”
The UPenn website describes the student group as a “Political/Advocacy” organization, the same category as, for example, the university’s College Republicans student group. A Facebook page for the student group describes it as “a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania that exists to confront issues of racism and white privilege.”
The university website says that the group “provides a space to do internal work on race and identity that often doesn’t happen in classrooms.”
The only requirement to join the group is “a desire to take an anti-racist stance in learning about race and whiteness, and a willingness to face discomfort, uncertainty, or anger in the process.”
The university website lists Betsy Sneller and Shereen Chang as the directors of the group, both of whom are Ph.D. students at UPenn.
The group has held a variety of events sponsored by the official student government at UPenn. On May 11th the group hosted a discussion on “the phenomenon of white fragility: why white people freak out about race and what to do about it.” The discussion was also sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA)—the official student government of the graduate school—and the Graduate School of Education Student Government (GSESG).
Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is blaming a United States conspiracy for a supermarket riot over the weekend that left one 21-year-old man dead–a man witnesses say was shot to death by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Guard.
A mob attacked a supermarket warehouse in San Félix, Bolívar, on Friday, attempting to tear down the walls of a warehouse and acquire basic food items, such as milk and flour. Video shows a crowd of dozens organizing in front of the building and attempting to break through, with Bolivarian National Guard troops attempting to violently disperse the crowd. When police finally managed to subdue the crowd, 60 people were arrested, and 21-year-old Gustavo Patinez Gómez was dead of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The Venezuelan government has prohibited the use of mobile devices in supermarkets, following a wave of social media coverage of how empty most Venezuelan supermarkets are, boasting an abundance of snacks and cookies but no vegetable oil, laundry detergent, or diapers. While there is no official law on paper banning Venezuelans from using mobile devices in supermarkets, videos uploaded to YouTube show that government workers do confiscate telephones in supermarkets if someone attempts to record footage of empty store shelves.
Well done, John.
Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the nuclear inspection organization is barred from revealing to the United States any details of deals it has inked with Tehran to inspect its contested nuclear program going forward, according to regional reports.
Recent disclosures by Iran indicate that the recently inked nuclear accord includes a series of side deals on critical inspections regimes that are neither public nor subject to review by the United States.
Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent envoy to the IAEA, stated over the weekend that no country is permitted to know the details of future inspections conducted by the IAEA. In addition, no U.S. inspectors will be permitted to enter Iran’s nuclear sites.
“The provisions of a deal to which the IAEA and a second country are parties are confidential and should not be divulged to any third country, and as Mr. Kerry discussed it in the Congress, even the U.S. government had not been informed about the deal between IAEA and Iran,” Najafi was quoted as saying by Iran’s Mehr News Agency.
Due to the secretive nature of these agreements, IAEA officials vising with lawmakers are barred from revealing to them the details of future inspections.
The revelation has rattled lawmakers on Capitol Hill, several of whom are now rallying colleagues to sign a letter to President Barack Obama protesting these so-called side deals.
Barbara Boxer of course starts off with the wrong premise. It isn’t about ‘pregnancy’, it’s about the selling of baby parts and intact babies to make money in violation of the law.
Dropping like a rock…
Via Free Beacon:
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Tuesday found that voters’ opinion of Hillary Clinton has dropped.
MSNBC political commentator Mark Murray said Clinton has had a rough month. In June, the share of voters with a negative view of Clinton was 36 percent. In the newest poll, that number has jumped to 42 percent unfavorable.
“[The poll] just shows you that the past month has been very rough for her,” Murray said.
Murray also said that Clinton’s current standing is worse than Barack Obama’s has been during his entire presidency.