California Community Steps Up After American Flags Trashed At Cemetery…

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California still has Patriots.

Via KTVU

Many cemeteries display American flags on gravestones for Fourth of July.

But one California cemetery removed them, and threw them away!

Tuesday, community members came together to make a patriotic point.

Dozens of volunteers and family members of those buried at the cemetery came out to show their support, with their arms full of fresh flags.

After several hours of work, the grave site of every veteran in the cemetery had a brand new American Flag placed in front of it.

The company that owns the cemetery says the flags and other personal items were removed as part of a quarterly cleanup of the grounds.

State Silences Bakers Who Refused To Make Wedding Cake For Same-Sex Couple, Orders Them To Pay $135,000 To Couple

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Update to this story. Anti-free speech insanity on top of the infringement on belief.

Via Daily Signal:

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service.

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.

“This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights,” the Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed, wrote on their Facebook page. “According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech.”

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

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Today is the Federal holiday and for many, the start of the holiday weekend going into July 4th. We wish all a safe and happy Independence Day weekend, may we hold fast to our liberties and preserve this last best hope on earth.

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Courtesy of WBee1 Proud Navy Wife, see how many folks you recognize from this John Wayne Fourth Of July special from 1970:

George Takei Justifies Racist Attack On Clarence Thomas, Thomas “Abdicated His African-American Heritage”

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George Takei, who is gay and progressive, attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for his dissenting opinion in the recent Supreme court decision forbidding states from banning gay marriage.

Thomas in that opinion said that the government cannot take away the dignity of the human being, whatever actions it takes, that the dignity is part of the innate quality of being a human being. He reference slaves and Japanese interned during WWII is so stating.

Takei who apparently thought that insulting, called Thomas ‘a clown in blackface’ , saying he ‘doesn’t belong there’.

Instead of apologizing, he how has tried to justify that language with even more insulting comments.

A few fans have written wondering whether I intended to utter a racist remark by referring to Justice Thomas as a “clown in blackface.”

“Blackface” is a lesser known theatrical term for a white actor who blackens his face to play a black buffoon. In traditional theater lingo, and in my view and intent, that is not racist. It is instead part of a racist history in this country.

I feel Justice Thomas has abdicated and abandoned his African American heritage by claiming slavery did not strip dignity from human beings. He made a similar remark about the Japanese American internment, of which I am a survivor. A sitting Justice of the Supreme Court ought to know better.

I have expressed my full thoughts on the matter here.

So ‘blackface’ isn’t really racist, says George, it’s just a theater term for someone acting like a buffoon. Oh, that’s so much better now.

The Dolezal case and this make it so very clear that to the The Left it isn’t about truth or whether you are actually black, it’s about adherence to the doctrine of the progressive plantation. In George’s own words, if you don’t, even if you are black, ‘abdicated [your] African-American heritage’.

Sarasota, FL Democrat Accused Of Lying About Same Sex Marriage And Abortion Rights To Get Votes…

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She has evolved since answering the survey.

Via WTSP

A newly-elected Sarasota city commissioner is asking Equality Florida to remove her original survey response regarding same sex marriage and abortion rights.

Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie checked “yes” in support of same sex marriage and abortion rights.

“I answered the questions from a legal perspective making sure as a lawyer I protect those rights,” she says.

Eddie also wrote an explanation to her answer on marriage equality. But in a letter to Equality Florida Action Pac dated June 29, three days after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, she asked those answers be removed. Equality Florida endorsed Eddie, in part, based on her survey answers.

Eddie says she wanted to clarify her political/professional position does not match her personal position. Eddie says based on her faith she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

Equality Florida endorsed Eddie in part based on her survey answers.

Equality Florida Institute Chairman Ken Shelin says Eddie deceived her supporters.

HT: Indy1826

DOJ: No Evidence Of Any Related Action With Regard To Black Church Fires

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Statement by Justice Department Spokesperson on Recent Church Fires Across Five States

The following statement is attributable to Justice Department spokesperson Melanie Newman regarding recent church fires across five states:

“The federal law enforcement team of ATF, FBI, the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are actively investigating several church fires across five states that have occurred over the past two weeks. Preliminary investigations indicate that two of the fires were started by natural causes and one was the result of an electrical fire. All of the fires remain under active investigation and federal law enforcement continues to work to determine the cause of all of the fires. To date the investigations have not revealed any potential links between the fires.

“If in fact there is evidence to support hate crime charges in any one of these cases, the FBI, in coordination with the ATF and local authorities, will work closely with the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to bring those forward.”

In other words, there’s no evidence yet these are anything more than simply random fires, many not arson, as we previously reported.

One of the few correct moves from the DOJ of late, seemingly to correct the rampant speculation pushed by social justice warriors and careless media.

But the narrative is already out there, the response from some, so convinced this is more evidence of ‘racism’, is “so did racists tamper with the wiring?”

Indiana ACLU Embraces RFRA, Files Lawsuit In Support Of Sex Offenders Worshiping At Churches With Schools…

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The ACLU omitted mosques in their lawsuit.

Via Pal-Item

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Wednesday invoking the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act to contend that not allowing serious sex offenders to attend churches with attached schools is an undue burden on religious rights.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two unnamed sex offenders, challenges another new state law that bans registered sex offenders from entering school property — including when a parochial school is located on the same grounds as a church.

Under RFRA, the ACLU said, the government is placing an undue burden on the religious beliefs of sex offenders.

“This is a prime example as a place where people’s religious rights are being burdened, and therefore under RFRA the state has to justify that,” said ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk. “It makes no sense to ban people on a Sunday if there are kids there on a Thursday.”

Serious sex offenders include sexually violent predators or those convicted of crimes such as child molestation, possession of child pornography or sexual misconduct with a minor.[…]

The ACLU of Indiana opposed RFRA, arguing that the law would allow discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals. But Falk said the lawsuit uses RFRA “as it was originally contemplated” to protect religious freedom.

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ISIS Leader, ‘Person Of Interest’ In Benghazi Attack, Killed In Drone Strike

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Feel good story of the day...

Via BBC:

A senior member of the Islamic State (IS) group was killed in an American drone strike in Syria last month, according to the US military.

It says Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi was responsible for co-ordinating suicide bombings in Iraq and moving weapons from Libya to Syria.

The US had offered a $3m (£1.9m) reward for the man it called the “emir of suicide bombers”.

IS has not commented on the reports of his death.

Harzi was allegedly killed in the northern-eastern Syrian town of Shaddadi on 16 June.

The US Treasury Department had placed him on a sanctions list after designating Harzi as a “global terrorist”.

It is thought that he had assisted foreign fighters from the UK, Albania, and Denmark.

He also raised funds for the group, including $2m from a single Qatar-based donor.

A Pentagon spokesman said Harzi’s death was a blow to Islamic State.

“His death will impact [IS’s] ability to integrate foreign terrorist fighters into the Syrian and Iraqi fight as well as to move people and equipment across the border between Syria and Iraq,” Capt Jeff Davis said in a statement.

In June the Pentagon said it had killed Harzi’s brother in a drone strike.

Ali al-Harzi was a person of interest in the investigation of the 2012 bombing of the US consulate in Benghazi in Libya. The US says he was killed in a drone strike in the IS stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Church Leaders: Stop ‘Summer Of Killing’ In Detroit

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The leaders didn’t get the memo blaming the Confederate Flag.

Via Detroit FREEP

In response to a crime wave that has swept across Detroit in recent weeks, several faith leaders united Wednesday morning to issue a plea to the community: It’s time to stand up and speak up.

“It’s not snitching to talk about something that is pervading in our communities,” said the Rev. Eddie Connor Jr. of Open Door Ministries International. “Especially to those young people who may have information, this has to stop. The countless killings. The lives being lost continually. We can’t have a summer of killing … we can’t have a summer where we’re burying or having these young lives being exterminated.”

The pastors joined together at the Greater Quinn AME Church in Detroit as part of the Project Good Samaritan, the faith-based program of Crime Stoppers of Michigan.

Over the course of the June 20-21 weekend, 27 people were shot in the city and three people died. That weekend at a neighborhood party at a community basketball court on the west side, 12 people were shot, one of them killed.

The violence continued this past weekend.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday, there were 10 homicides and 20 non-fatal shootings, according to police.

Five people, including a 14-year-old, were injured in a shooting at a party at a car wash near Gratiot and Whithorn, late Sunday. And on Saturday, four others were shot and injured in a party in the area of Conner and Shoemaker.

No arrests have been made in any of those cases, police said. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has called those responsible for the crime “urban terrorists who are committing these senseless acts of violence.”

Enough is enough, according to E.L. Branch, senior pastor of Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit.

“When something happens in our community, somebody knows something,” Branch said. “Do not fear retaliation. If you won’t make that call for your own sake, make it for the sake of the families who are still suffering, who have lost loved ones during this crime wave. … Do it for the community at large because unless we say something, unless we do something, this crime wave will continue. Our police department can only do so much.”

Father Norman Thomas of the Sacred Heart Church said silence and loyalty can sometimes be a wonderful thing, but in this instance, the community must come forward with information. Thomas echoed sentiments that a “no snitch” culture must cease to exist.

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Ebola Re-Emerges In Liberia

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Via Reuters:

Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on Thursday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing.

Dr Moses Massaquoi, case management team leader for Liberia’s Ebola task force, said the three villagers who had tested positive for the disease “have a history of having had dog meat together.” Dog meat is commonly eaten in Liberia.

The first new Liberian sufferer, 17-year-old Abraham Memaigar, died on Sunday in the village of Nedowein, about 50 km (30 miles) from the capital Monrovia. Two others have since tested positive in the village.

Some locals said Memaigar and others in the village had recently dug up and eaten a dead dog.

It has not been proved that dogs can carry the virus, although humans have been infected by eating monkey flesh in past outbreaks. A number of West African nations have banned the consumption of bush meat as a precaution.

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Greece Out Of Money By Weekend?

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Via The Telegraph:

Greece is sliding into a full-blown national crisis as the final cash reserves of the banking system evaporate by the hour and swathes of industry start to shut down, precipitating the near disintegration of the ruling coalition.

Business leaders have been locked in talks with the Bank of Greece, pleading for the immediate release of emergency liquidity funds (ELA) to cover food imports and pharmaceutical goods before the tourist sector hits a brick wall.

Officials say the central bank will release the funds as soon as Friday, but this is a stop-gap measure at best. “We are on a war footing in this country,” said Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister.

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Vatican May End Its Investments In Fossil Fuels

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Just blowing smoke?

Via The Hill:

The Vatican may end its investments in fossil fuels but has not committed to doing so, a top Catholic Church official said.

The news comes weeks after Pope Francis released an encyclical urging the world to fight climate change and is likely to disappoint activists who want the Vatican to set a better example in that fight, The Guardian reported.

“I think that the Vatican bank may think of initiatives which are at the core of this change,” Flaminia Giovanelli, who serves on the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, said at a Wednesday news conference, according to The Guardian.

“So we will see in the future … [divestment] may be considered by the Vatican,” she continued.

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CDC Official Breaks Ranks Calls Obama Worst President, Amateur, Marxist After Influx of Illegal Alien Minors…

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CDC doesn’t have a private server to hide their emails.

Via Judicial Watch

Following the influx of illegal immigrant minors from Central America, an official at the federal agency charged with protecting public health describes Barack Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had,” an “amateur” and “Marxist,” according to internal emails obtained by Judicial Watch.

JW got the records as part of an investigation into the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) activation of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to deal with the barrage of illegal alien minors last summer. Tens of thousands of Central Americans came into the United States through the Mexican border and contagious diseases—many considered to be eradicated in the U.S.—became a tremendous concern. The CDC, which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), responded by opening an emergency facility designed to monitor and coordinate response activities to eminent public health threats.

This special emergency division was created after the 2001 terrorist attacks and has responded to more than 50 public health threats, including hurricanes, food borne disease outbreaks, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the Haiti cholera outbreak. Scientists from across the CDC are brought together to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information during a public health emergency and connect with response partners. The EOC also coordinates the deployment of CDC staff and the procurement and management of all equipment and supplies that agency responders may need during their deployment.[…]

The CDC records obtained by JW this week include email exchanges between agency officials directly involved in the activation of the EOC to handle the health threats created by the influx of illegal alien minors last summer. In an email dated June 9, 2014, CDC Logistics Management Specialist George Roark wrote to CDC Public Health Advisor William Adams that “no country in the world would allow” the influx. Adams replies that “in ten years or less, they’ll all be voting…Commander’s intent…” Roark fires back by describing Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had…he truly is ‘the amateur’ but a Marxist too.”

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VA School Board Votes To Teach ‘Gender Identity’ In Seventh Grade

Like 7th graders don’t have enough on which to concentrate.

(CNSNews.com) – Beginning in seventh grade, public school students in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., will be taught about “sexual orientation terms,” including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality – “and the gender identity term transgender,” according to a newly adopted sex education curriculum.

The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to adopt the controversial new “Family Life Education Curriculum.”

The meeting was crowded with angry parents, many of whom spoke out against the sudden changes.

Andrea Lafferty, a Fairfax County parent and president of the Traditional Values Coalition, spoke at the board meeting, asking parents: “Do you want gender identity to be introduced to seventh grade?” Parents in the audience shouted, “No!”

Last month, as CNSNews.com reported, the Fairfax County School Board voted to make “gender identity” a protected class, and Lafferty mentioned that as well.

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Moonbat Salon Writer Goes On Rant Against Polygamist Who Wants Same Marriage Rights As Gay Community…

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How dare another group ride the coattails of the gay movement? Previous Polygamy story.

Via NewsBusters

It appears the writers over at Salon have an interesting definition of “marriage equality.” Gay marriage proponent and radical feminist Mary Elizabeth Williams showed her true colors on the issue today by claiming “fringe groups”, like those who practice polygamy, should not have access to new freedoms detailed in the recent SCOTUS case which granted gay couples marriage recognition nationwide.

Less than a week after liberals flooded the airways and social media with rainbows and declarations of “Love Wins,” liberal media outlets like Salon are already narrowing that message. Last week the argument was that you have a right to marry whoever makes you happy- only a narrow-minded . This week it must fit the agenda. And if you’re a conservative who doesn’t fit that agenda, then you’ll not only be denied the same access newly allowed to gays, you’ll also be subject to harsh opinions like this from liberal activists:

Well, conservatives, here it is, just as you predicted. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria… And on cue, here comes Nathan Collier — a man who describes himself on Facebook as “an American, conservative, Constitutionalist, capitalist, (formerly) Christian, heterosexual middle aged white male of Southern heritage” — and his lovely two brides Victoria and Christine, asking for official recognition of their union. Coming soon: Cat ladies applying for marriage licenses!

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Woman Who Claimed Harassment From Christian Neighbors For Being Having A ‘Gay Yard’, Accused Of Faking It For Donations

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Relentlessly False…

Via Daily Mail:

A Baltimore mom who raised over $43,000 after claiming her Christian neighbors threatened her over her ‘relentlessly gay’ front yard has now been accused of contriving the plot as part of a GoFundMe scam.

Several discrepancies have surfaced in the story of Julie Baker, a widowed mother-of-four who lives on the outskirts of the city and identifies as bisexual.

Baker said she received a note signed by ‘A Concerned Home Owner’ that attacked her colorful yard – which used lamps to spell out ‘love’ and ‘ohana’, a Hawaiian word for ‘family’ – for ‘becoming Relenetlessly Gay!’

She then launched a campaign to make the yard ‘even more relentlessly gay’ and received $43,396 in online donations in just 14 days. However inconsistencies and suspicions have since been raised.

Baker then abruptly closed the account, saying she had raised ‘more than plenty’ of money.

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Agitator Defaces Portrait Of Former SC Democrat Governor As ‘Violent Racist’ At Winthrop University…

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Another game of guess-the-political party.

Via Rock Hill Herald

Maintenance crews were still cleaning up from an overnight break-in at Winthrop’s Tillman Hall Thursday morning when, in an unrelated incident, someone vandalized a portrait of the building’s namesake.

A person wrote “violent racist” in red paint across the portrait of Benjamin Tillman about 9:30 a.m., according to an email from President Daniel Mahony, who is in his second day on the job. That person was seen running from the building.

Officials removed the painting and a placard with information about Benjamin Tillman. The damage to the portrait is being assessed. It’s unclear whether the portrait can or will be restored and placed back inside the building.

By Thursday afternoon, no arrests were made. A Winthrop Campus Police report states the damage is estimated at $3,000.

“Ben Tillman was inarguably a racist, however, that fact does not justify vandalism,” Mahony wrote. “Campus police are conducting an investigation of the incident and anyone found responsible will be held accountable.”

According to Winthrop police, around 9:40 a.m., an employee from the university’s president’s office was on her way to the restroom when she spotted a “thin, white male, wearing a green ball cap, standing in front of the portrait of Mr. Tillman.”

The suspect, the employee told police, was “acting odd” and then she saw him painting on Tillman’s portrait. Officials say the vandalism consisted of “violent racist” scrawled in red paint, with an arrow pointing at Tillman’s head.

The suspect left through the building’s front door. A perimeter search and search of trash cans on campus provided no leads.

The incident came just hours after someone apparently broke a first-floor window to gain access to the building during the night. Nothing was reported stolen or damaged after that incident, which university spokesman Jeff Perez said is unrelated to the vandalism.

Tillman’s portrait is one of two situated near the main door of Tillman Hall. The other is Robert C. Winthrop, who helped found the school in 1886. Tillman was instrumental in Winthrop and Clemson University’s founding.

The Winthrop vandalism occurred just two days after someone vandalized a statue of Tillman in Columbia with a red paintball. That statue faces a Confederate flag and Confederate monument, around which security has increased following protests after the slayings of nine people June 17 at a historic black church in Charleston.

Tillman, a noted white supremacist who advocated lynching any black who tried to vote, served as governor and as a U.S. senator from 1890 to 1918.

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We’re Doomed: People Answer, “Who Did We Win Our Independence From?”, “What Does July 4th Celebrate?”

US Air Force Cancels July 4 Celebrations At UK Bases Due To ‘Threat Assessments’…

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Sad day when the American military cannot provide security on a military installation.

Via Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Air Force has canceled 4th of July events in Britain due to “local threat assessments,” it was announced Thursday.

A statement on the website of Royal Air Force Mildenhall said RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall called off celebrations set for Friday and Saturday at Royal Air Force Feltwell.

“The decision was made due to the most current local threat assessments. The base continually surveys the security environment alongside host nation counterparts and must take appropriate measures based on those assessments,” the statement said.

The statement quoted Col. David Eaglin, 48th Fighter Wing vice commander, as saying the decision was taken in the interest of safety.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused, and we will continue to work with our UK counterparts — both military and civilian — to make sure we keep our airmen and the local communities safe,” he said.

No further details were released. The announcement comes as security officials in the U.S. and elsewhere have warned the public to be alert to possible attacks by the Islamic State or its sympathizers during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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FBI Has Made At Least 30 ISIS Arrests On U.S. Soil So Far This Year, Set Up 56 Command Centers To Combat Them Prior To July 4

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Via Daily Mail:

FBI agents have made at least 30 arrests on US soil this year as they try to combat the murderous reach of ISIS and its warped followers, Daily Mail Online can disclose.

Officials revealed this week that the Islamic terror group has a foothold in all 50 states as it continues to target disaffected Americans through its torrent of online propaganda and slick videos of barbaric beheadings and mutilations.

The stark warning comes days after ISIS-inspired gunman Saif Rezgui unleashed horror on at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 vacationers and wounding dozens more.

The FBI has reportedly set up command centers in each of its 56 field offices in case extremists try to mark the July 4 weekend by unleashing similar carnage here in the U.S. American ISIS ‘recruits’ to date have included schoolgirls, a young nurse, a pizza shop boss and even a National Guard soldier who hatched a plan to gun down 120 of his own colleagues.

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