He wasn’t an innocent bystander.
Via Daily Mail
A New York seventh grader was fatally shot at point blank range outside his apartment building Friday and police are searching for the gunman.
Christopher Duran, 14, and his younger brother were on their way to school in the Bronx when Duran was targeted.
Duran was shot three times in the stomach and once in the head around 8.30am. just steps away from his apartment building on Sheridan Avenue, ABC reports.
According to the Daily News, the baby-faced youngster cried out ‘Mommy, mommy’ as he died.
When the gunfire stopped, Duran’s brother ran into the apartment building and told his mother what happened. Authorities arrived and Duran was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the New York Post.
Part of the street where the shooting occurred is cordoned off and there was a shelter-in-place put up at a nearby school due to heavy police presence.
Authorities say the boy was a gang member and suspect that the dispute was gang related.
He has had several prior arrests as a juvenile, ABC reports, and the shooting occurred in an NYPD Impact Zone, where heavy police presence is implemented due to known gang violence.
Local reports cited law enforcement sources claiming that the attack may have been in revenge against the boy’s older brother who is allegedly a senior figure in the New York ‘280’ gang.
However, Duran’s uncle, Jesus Mendoza disputed the claims.
‘It breaks my heart,’ he told the Post. ‘In the end … I want to know why … He’s a good kid, nice-looking guy. He never [did] anything. He never [hung] out with gangs, nothing like that.’
Haven’t they caught this jackass yet?
Via Daily Caller:
Eric Sheppard, the Valdosta State University student who was confronted last month by an Air Force veteran after he stomped on the American flag, has issued a violent 4,700-word anti-white rant in which he threatened to “annihilate those who come after me.”
Sheppard is wanted by police after they found a gun in his backpack days after the flag-stomping demonstration. In his lengthy letter, submitted to The Valdosta Daily Times this week, Sheppard said he will not surrender and will use violence if necessary.
The flag incident made national news after Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran and former Playboy model, was arrested after she confronted Sheppard and other demonstrators. She snatched the flag and held onto it until her arrest. The incident was captured on video and went viral. (RELATED: Veteran Arrested After Stopping Flag-Stomping Protest)
Sheppard’s supporters sparked the hashtag “#EricSheppardChallenge” in which social media users photographed themselves stomping the Stars and Stripes.
“When my People descend upon [Lowndes High School] and if they are met with even the slightest inclination of resistance by any pale skinned beast or aid they are more than Justified to Take your Head and post it on a stake for the Entire world to See,” Sheppard wrote in his profanity-laced “memorandum ultimatum.”
She didn’t hear about the rape on Game of Thrones.
Via Times of Israel
A UN envoy has returned from a tour of Iraq and Syria with harrowing reports of the sexual violence systematically committed by Islamic State militants against women and girls.
Zainab Bangura, who had set out for the region in April to address the rampant cases of rape, sex slavery and other sexual violence in the areas under IS control, said the extremists were “institutionalizing sexual violence” as a tactic to terrorize the local populations.
In an interview this week with the Middle East Eye, a UK-based news site, Bangura recounted chilling tales she had heard from refugees.
“After attacking a village, IS splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold,” she said.
“There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.
“We heard one case of a 20-year-old girl who was burned alive because she refused to perform an extreme sex act,” she said.
The plight of women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi minority has raised alarm after hundreds captured by Islamic State fighters were sold in open markets as sex slaves last year.
Bangura explained that the atrocities were not being committed randomly by individual militants but were a key tactic used by the group “to advance key strategic priorities, such as recruitment, fundraising, to enforce discipline and order — through the punishment of dissenters or family members — and to advance their radical ideology.”
HT: Doug Ross
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) claims it has access to nuclear weapons through the nation of Pakistan, according to an article by longtime ISIS captive John Cantlie in the latest issue of their official magazine, Dabiq.
In “The Perfect Storm,” allegedly penned by the British Cantlie, the group asserts that they possess billions, enough to buy a nuclear bomb “’from weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.” If they cannot buy the weapon, Cantlie writes, the group would be satisfied with buying a “few thousand tons of ammonium nitrate explosive.”
“Let me throw a hypothetical operation onto the table,” Cantlie allegedly writes. “The Islamic State has billions of dollars in the bank, so they call on their wilāyah in Pakistan to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials in the region. It’s the sum of all fears for Western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago.
Hundreds to go.
Nigeria’s armed forces killed scores of Boko Haram militants and rescued 20 women and children as part of an operation in the Sambisa forest, the group’s remaining hideout in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation, the military said on Saturday.
In a statement, military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one soldier was killed in a landmine explosion during Friday’s operation and around 10 others were injured.
Thousands have been killed in the Islamist group’s six-year insurgency that at its height saw the insurgents control an area the size of Belgium in Africa’s biggest oil producer.
But the group, whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the Hausa language, has been pushed from most of the territory it controlled in the past few months by Nigeria’s army with assistance, at times, from soldiers provided by neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
“Troops have forged ahead with the ongoing offensive operations as scores of the terrorists died in the assault on their bases,” said Olukolade.
“A total of 20 women and children were rescued,” added the military spokesman, who said the operation was ongoing.
The Sambisa forest covers a vast area in a remote part of northeast Nigeria, making it difficult to verify the claims.
The military did not say if those rescued included any of the 200 schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted from the town of Chibok last year, an attack that sparked an international outcry.
Diplomats and intelligence officials said they believed at least some of the girls were being held in the forest about 100 km (60 miles) from Chibok, although U.S. reconnaissance drones failed to find them.
The Nigerian army has freed more than 700 women held by Boko Haram in recent weeks but the Chibok girls have not been among them.
Great commercial, 2008, we need someone who knows the military, tested and ready to lead:
Reality 2012. Here’s what we got in reaction to Benghazi:
Another Scooby van tour.
The Hillary Clinton campaign wants Americans to get excited — again — because the former secretary of state will be making her first campaign announcement speech – again.
It seems the Clinton team wants a “do-over” to its botched campaign start – perhaps to magically erase the constant blunders, scandals, and poorly staged “impromptu” events that have marked the effort since its April kickoff.
Apparently it’s time to pretend the whole thing never happened.
On June 13, it will become “official?” How dumb does the Clinton tribe think the American people are?
As informed citizens know, Clinton made her announcement Sunday, April 12. The New York Times proudly sang her praises and featured Clinton’s announcement video.[…]
The whole thing boggles the mind, and plenty of Twitter users had to vent to clear their heads.
Last weekend, 49 were shot, including an 81 year old grandmother coming from her daughter’s wake.
In The Windy City which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, Memorial Day Weekend has already fired off with bodies starting to stack up.
Up to this point, 17 Chicago residents have already been shot, and 2 have been killed.
Included in those shot, 4 year-old Jacele Johnson was gunned down in the west Englewood neighborhood Friday night around 8 p.m. Johnson took a bullet to the head and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Friday, in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood at 2:10 a.m., police responded to a shooting call. Upon arriving, they found a 20 year-old man lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.
Judge In Brelo Case: Will Not ‘Sacrifice’ Him To Public If Law Doesn’t Warrant. DOJ To Examine Case…
Via Fox News:
Cleveland cop cleared Saturday on state charges in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire could face federal charges.
The Justice Department said after the acquittal of Officer Michael Brelo’s on voluntary manslaughter charges that it would “review all available legal options.”
“We will now review the testimony and evidence presented in the state trial” to determine if “additional steps are available and appropriate,” the department said.
Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s civil rights division said the review is separate from its efforts to resolve a pattern of civil rights violations at the Cleveland police department. A report in December outlined a string of examples of excessive force, including officers who unnecessarily fired guns, hit suspects in the head with weapons, and punched and used Tasers on people already handcuffed.
An Ohio judge said he could not determine Brelo alone fired the fatal shots that killed the occupants of a car at the end of a police chase.
Brelo, 31, put his head in hands as the judge issued a verdict that prompted an angry protest outside the courthouse, including chants of “Hands up! Don’t Shoot!”
The acquittal came at a time of nationwide tension among police and black citizens punctuated by protests over deaths of blacks at the hands of white officers — and following a determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that city police had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.
Before issuing his verdict, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell noted the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore over the deaths of black suspects but said he would not “sacrifice” Brelo to an angry public if the evidence did not merit a conviction.
Voting for Democrats has consequences.
Via FOX News
Crime is rising in Baltimore, and some law enforcement experts suspect an anti-cop climate stemming from the racially charged case of Freddie Gray is at least partly responsible.
Homicides in 2015 so far stand at 100, up from 71 for the same period last year, and on pace to be the Charm City’s deadliest year since 2007. Nonfatal shootings are up 70 percent this year, following a particularly violent week that saw 19 people shot on Tuesday and Wednesday alone.
“It’s extremely frustrating,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday. “It is disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city.”
The current year was already trending the wrong way before the April 12 incident in which Gray suffered fatal injuries wile in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday in the case, which sparked protests that degenerated into rioting and looting last month.
Critics have suggested that the city’s police force, bitter at what they see as a lack of support from Rawlings-Blake and other city leaders, may be implementing a slowdown. Other say the cops can’t be blamed if they are hesitant to police aggressively in the face of a hostile community.
“Regarding the crime increase in the western district, this is certainly a contentious time in our city and we believe there is a criminal element taking advantage of the situation, Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3 in Baltimore said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Police are not responsible for the systemic issues of poverty that have plagued our communities. There has been a lot of finger pointing and the weight is heavy on our officers’ shoulders.”
Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore has faced crime spikes in the past and managed to reverse them. She said she was “confident” that the police department would do so again.
The National Security Agency has begun wnding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day.
The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other provisions to gather records in investigations of suspected spies and terrorists.
Reporter To Harf: Are You Clinton Campaign ‘Surrogate Spokespeople’ When Defending Her Private Emails?
Live from DC, it’s Harf!
Fox News reporter James Rosen asked State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf Friday if she and others, after months of answering questions about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account and related issues to that conduct, felt like “surrogate spokespeople” for her presidential campaign.
“I wonder if it’s been a concern for you and your other colleagues who do these press briefings at the podium, that in having to answer for Secretary of State Clinton’s conduct with respect to her private emails, the deletion of some of those emails, that you and your colleagues are, in effect, being forced to serve as surrogate spokespeople for the Clinton campaign?” Rosen asked. “Is that a concern for you?”
Harf insisted that was not the case, saying it was their job to “defend former Secretaries of State.”
“I cetainly don’t feel that way, James,” Harf said. “We take it very seriously here that we defend former Secretaries of State, their policies certainly. That is completely independent from any political campaign that may or may not be going on.”
Matt Lee teased her that she was referring to all former Secretaries of State like William Seward, leading her to clarify she meant those within the Obama administration.
Instead of building a Taj Mahal of waiting lists, start providing medical care.
Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
But the really heavy lifting will be done 1,500 miles away in Washington.
The U.S. Senate agreed Friday to raise the project’s spending cap by $100 million, enough to continue work for three weeks. The House approved the measure Thursday.
Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from veterans elsewhere and possibly scale back the project.
“Much hard work remains to be done,” Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said after the Senate acted.
The VA also must convince skeptical lawmakers that it’s serious about punishing those responsible for the problems and making internal changes to avoid a repeat.
“They’ve been offering us crumbs of reform,” said Tyler Sandberg, a spokesman for Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. “We want the whole loaf.”
The hospital in suburban Aurora is expected to cost $1.73 billion, nearly three times the estimate the VA gave last year. The VA said Monday that it was nearing the $800 million spending cap Congress put on the project and work would have to stop next week if Congress didn’t act.
Contractor Kiewit-Turner said winding down the work and then cranking it up again would add up to $200 million to the cost.
The deal approved this week doesn’t give the VA any additional money but allows it to spend funds it has on hand.
The Long History Between The Clintons And The Sultan Of Brunei (Including $58,000 In Jewelry To Hillary While Sec Of State)…
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 23, 2015
In words spoken from the Sultan of Brunei’s lavish Empire Hotel in 2000, President Bill Clinton told reporters that his post-presidency would be about making money: “Now I have a United States senator to support, I understand that’s an expensive proposition.”
Clinton traveled to Brunei with his daughter, Chelsea, for an economic summit that was also attended by leaders such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and Jiang Zemin, then China’s president.
The sultan, known in Brunei as His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, put on an exhibition of luxury for his summit guests. Four hundred ninety three new cars were purchased to transport the various dignitaries around town.
Perhaps the abundance of wealth had an effect on Clinton, who according to New York Times reporters also in Brunei, “made a strong case for his need to start producing some serious revenue flow.”
Forging a relationship with the Sultan of Brunei would aid him in that goal.
The government of Brunei contributed between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in 2002, which said that the donation went toward the construction of the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas.
Former Sudanese Slave Hunger-Striking At The White House Until Obama Does Something To Stop Genocide In South Sudan…
He isn’t as popular as the ditch-sleeping Cindy Sheehan with the media.
Four million are starving to death and a genocide is taking place in South Sudan — but President Obama has not acted, nor has he heeded former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s advice, so a hunger strike in front of the White House is the only option left, said human rights activist and former child slave Simon Deng.
“Nothing is being done,” said Deng, eyes welling up with tears.
“People are being bombarded by the Ugandan air force … and the world said absolutely nothing.”
“70,000 Southern Sudanese perish … 2 million are refugees and 1 million more [fled] to Northern Sudan,” continued Deng, citing United Nations figures that 4 million South Sudanese are starving to death.
The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) office estimates as many as 5.8 million South Sudanese had “food insecurity” in September 2014 and the number was projected to grow to 6.4 million this year.
South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 but has been rocked with brutal conflict since December 2013. The warring sides have exhibited horrific violence against civilians.
“There is a Rwanda genocide taking place … in Southern Sudan now,” said Deng. “And we’re not even following it, because there’s not a single camera there on the ground to bring the footage.”
“Shame on us if [we] don’t listen and don’t pay attention,” he said.
“I’m calling on the United States President Barack Obama to be a peace broker between the [warring] Southern Sudanese, to take a lead and be the one to broker the peace between the two [warring parties] who are now slaughtering themselves,” said Deng.
Fairly monumental for mostly Catholic Ireland.
Gay couples flocked to central Dublin to celebrate a “historic watershed” on Saturday as a large majority in the traditionally Catholic country voted to allow same-sex marriage, the culmination of a four-decade struggle for gay rights.
Waving rainbow flags, embracing and crying, two thousand people gathered to watch the official results in the courtyard of Dublin Castle after voters, young and old, accounted for one of the highest turnouts in a referendum for decades.
“The amount of people who came out to vote is just such an emotional thing for us,” said Fred Schelbaum, 48, standing with his civil partner Feargal Scott, 43, who he said he intended to marry.
“Up to now a lot of gay people felt they were tolerated in Ireland. Now we know that it’s much more than that.”a
She had no comment on the mission accomplished withdrawal from Iraq.
Via Yahoo News
Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton says U.S. ground forces should not be sent back to Iraq.
Campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, the former secretary of state appeared to be definitive on that subject.
She said she sees “no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back” — other than in their current limited capacity as trainers and advisers.
Iraqi setbacks in the fight against Islamic State militants have intensified questions about whether U.S. forces should be doing more there.
But Clinton says the existing policy of providing U.S. air support, intelligence, surveillance and training should not be changed.
The struggle, she says, has to be fought and won by the Iraqis.