Six People Shot, One Killed In Gun-Free D.C. Over An 8-Hour Period…

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Shootings didn’t involve police, no protests planned.

Via Washington Times

Six people were shot in Washington, D.C., over an 8-hour period stretching from Sunday night to early Monday, including one man killed in Northeast and three people injured in two separate robbery attempts in the Brightwood neighborhood in Northwest.

The fatal shooting occurred in the 500 block of 58th Street Northeast at 9 p.m. Sunday. Metropolitan Police Department officers responded for a report of a shooting and found two men suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man who died has not been identified by police. The other man was taken to a hospital and MPD spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf said Monday it appeared that man would face charges.

No further details were available.

The first of the Brightwood shootings occurred at 8 p.m. Sunday in the 5600 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest. A man was shot in the foot after he tried to fight off a robber, according to Capt. Brian Bray, who wrote an account of this incident and two others on MPD’s online Listserv.

The man told police he was walking through an alleyway when another man approached him and told him to give up his phone. The victim attempted to punch the robber, who pulled out a handgun and shot him.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment, and the robber fled.

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Breaking: U.S. Fighter Jets Escort Air France Jet To NYC After Threat…Update: Threat Mentioned Chem Weapons, 2 Planes Searched, All Clear

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DEVELOPING: U.S. fighter jets were escorting Monday an Air France jet to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport after an anonymous threat, WABC reported.

Flight 22, which departed Charles de Gaulle in Paris, is expected to land at a secure location at the New York airport. Details of the reported threat were not immediately clear.

Update:

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two planes have been searched at New York’s Kennedy Airport after threats were made against the flights.

The FBI says U.S. military jets scrambled Monday morning to escort an Air France flight into the city after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft.

Authorities say the airliner landed safely and a search found no weapons.

They say a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight also was being checked out because of a threat.

The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.

Hillary’s Other #Benghazi Problem…

We’ve written extensively on the failings of Hillary Clinton as regards the attack in Benghazi.

But there’s another issue that people often forget or gloss over.

Via Powerline:

In my opinion, Hillary’s biggest problem isn’t Benghazi per se, it is the broader issue of Libya. Why were Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans murdered? Because by September 2012, Libya was a terrorist playground. Since then, things have only gotten worse. Libya has become a failed state, a 21st century source of boat people, as refugees from ubiquitous violence stream across the Mediterranean. Libya is now a haven for ISIS and other terrorist groups; it was on the Libyan coast that ISIS beheaded 30 Christians. Some of the “refugees” now making their way into Europe are, in fact, ISIS agents. In short, Libya is a disaster.

Whose disaster? Hillary Clinton’s. It was Hillary who, more than anyone else, pushed to overthrow Moammar Qaddafi. Why? No compelling reason. Qaddafi had been tame ever since the Iraq war, which he interpreted as a threat to his rule. Almost incredibly, Clinton and her cohorts in NATO overthrew Qaddafi (who was subsequently murdered by a mob) without having a plan for what would come next.

Who says Hillary Clinton is responsible for the Libya fiasco? She does. In fact, at one point she was poised to claim Libya as the notable accomplishment of her term as Secretary of State. In August 2011, Jake Sullivan, Hillary’s deputy chief of staff, wrote an email in which he summarized “Secretary Clinton’s leadership on Libya.” He sent to it henchwoman Cheryl Mills and State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, who passed it on to Hillary. Sullivan’s email begins:

this is basically off the top of my head, with a few consultations of my notes. but it shows S’ [Secretary Clinton’s] leadership/ownership/stewardship of this country’s libya policy from start to finish. let me know what you think.

Media seems to be targeting Republicans over decisions taken by George W. Bush on Iraq, even thought most had nothing to do with those decisions whether they agree with them or not.

But here, where the blame for Libya’s descent into chaos is squarely on Obama and Clinton, when it is part of their whole support for taking out the relative secularists compared to the Islamists, where is the media and Republican questioning over this?

Hillary To Meet With African Americans In South Carolina On Wednesday…

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Pander much?

Via The State

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is coming to Columbia on Wednesday for her first trip back to the Palmetto State since her 2008 presidential campaign.

The former secretary of state will give the keynote address at the third annual 2015 Day in Blue, the event’s co-hosts announced Sunday.

Clinton also will hold a roundtable discussion with minority small business owners and make brief remarks to the S.C. House and Senate Democratic caucuses.

Hosted by the S.C. Democratic Women’s Council and the S.C. House Democratic Women’s Caucus, the Day in Blue brings together S.C. Democratic women to the State House for a conference.

Clinton will give her keynote address at 1:45 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott.

Clinton’s visit comes more than a month after her April 12 entry into the race and after she has campaigned in early primary states Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Clinton’s stops so far have consisted of small, controlled events and roundtable discussions.

The campaign has announced a larger campaign kick-off event scheduled for June 13, but the location has not been announced.

An ongoing congressional inquiry into Clinton’s leadership of the U.S. Department of State during the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and revelations that she used a private email account and server to conduct state department business have followed her on the campaign trail.

Last Friday, on her second visit to New Hampshire, Clinton took questions from a gaggle of reporters, marking a shift from the distance she has kept from the media since entering the race.

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CNN Calls Paid Agitator Deray McKesson A “Civil Rights Activist”, Misses His Threatening Tweets…

CNN put paid agitator Deray McKesson on their show, claiming he was threatened by blogger Chuck Johnson. In introducing him, the interviewer calls him a “civil rights activist”. Is that what they are calling traveling professional agitators now?

CNN of course does not ask about who is paying McKesson or what is the objective behind his actions. They don’t even ask about his claim that they, CNN, are biased in their coverage of Baltimore as opposed to the Waco biker gang killings.

McKesson claims that if he had made threats, that it would have been treated as a crime. CNN apparently didn’t check up on the tweets of this ‘civil rights activist’, or they might have seen the following threatening tweets, just this week:

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From The Brain Dead Files: 27% Say U.S. Heading In Right Direction…

WRONG WAY SIGN

The same 27% waiting for the appearance of flying unicorns.

Via Rasmussen Reports

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Likely U.S. Voters now think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey for the week ending May 21.

This finding is down two points from 29% the week before. In January and February, 30% or more of voters said the country was heading in the right direction after generally being in the mid- to high 20s since mid-June 2013.

Sixty-five percent (65%) now believe the nation is headed down the wrong track, up one point from last week.

A year ago at this time, 29% felt the country was heading in the right direction, while 62% thought it was on the wrong track.

The national telephone survey of 2,500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from May 17-21, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans and 72% of voters not affiliated with either major political party say the country is on the wrong track. Democrats are evenly divided.

Most voters of all ages agree the country is headed in the wrong direction, but voters under 40 are less pessimistic than their elders.

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of blacks now think the country is heading in the right direction. Forty-seven percent (47%) think it is on the wrong track, a view shared by 70% of whites and 56% of other minority voters.

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Special Ops: Let Us Fight ISIS Already

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Politicians again playing with the lives of our military, putting them there, but not allowing them to fight.

TAMPA, Florida — Fighting simmering frustration in their ranks over ISIS advances in Iraq and Syria, top U.S. special operations commanders say they are building forces for a multi-generational fight—not a war that will be won in the next few years.

“We recognize this is a longterm prospect,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, the overall leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, in remarks to The Daily Beast during a special operations forum in Tampa. “We’re patient.”

“We talk about it being a 15-year struggle,” added Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, who heads the Air Force Special Operations Command, said describing the fight.

But many special operations officers and troops both in Tampa and Washington don’t want to wait that long to take the fight to ISIS. They were eager to talk about their aggravation over fighting by remote in Iraq and Syria: having to advise Iraqis, Kurdish Peshmerga, and rebel Syrian fighters from afar instead of joining them in battle.

“We are doing everything through cellphones… It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said one special operator, using the military jargon for the perimeter of a base.

They blame the hands-off approach on an Obama administration unwilling to risk even small numbers of American lives in battle, burned by the fallout of the loss of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and intent on preserving the legacy of President Barack Obama’s troop drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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US, Turkey Agree To Provide Air Support For Moderate Syrian Rebels…

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Dusting off the Libya kinetic action playbook.

Via IBT

Turkey and the United States have reached a “principle agreement” to provide air support for some Syrian rebel forces, in a move that could signal growing involvement from Washington in the conflict, a Turkish official said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Daily Sabah on Monday that up to 15,000 moderate Syrian opposition forces that are currently being equipped and trained in Turkey would be provided further support in Syria.

“They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point?,” Cavusoglu told the newspaper. “There is a principle agreement on providing air support. How it is going to be provided is in the responsibility of the army.”

Washington could not be reached for comment, Reuters reported.

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US Troops In Afghanistan Mark Memorial Day

At Least 3 Dead, 8 Missing, Hundreds Of Homes Washed Away In Flash Floods In Texas, Oklahoma

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May everyone at risk remain safe.

Via Fox New:

A storm system dropped record amounts of rainfall across the southern Plains Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes, destroying homes, and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

Two people were confirmed dead in Oklahoma. where a firefighter was swept to his death while trying to rescue people from high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a traffic-related crash. In Texas, a man’s body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said.

In Wimberley, Texas, southwest of Austin, eight people were reported missing, including three children, according to KXAN.

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Chief Of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: US Has ‘No Will’ To Fight Islamic State…

Iran Guard

Actually, Obama has no will or strategy.

Via Stars and Stripes

The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.

The comments by Gen. c the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before.

It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries amid negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program.

The report in the daily newspaper Javan, which is seen as close to the Guard, quoted Soleimani as saying the U.S. didn’t do a “damn thing” to stop the extremists’ advance on Ramadi.

“Does it mean anything else than being an accomplice in the plot?” he reportedly asked, later saying the U.S. showed “no will” in fighting the Islamic State group.

Soleimani said Iran and its allies are the only forces that can deal with Islamic State group,

“Today, there is nobody in confrontation with (the Islamic State group) except the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as nations who are next to Iran or supported by Iran,” he said.

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Memorial Day Open Thread: Let Us Honor Those Who Gave All…

Bomb Squad Detonates Pressure Cooker Found In Car Near U.S. Capitol Building, Memorial Day Concert…

Pressure Cooker

Parked unoccupied vehicles in DC are considered suspicious.

Via WJLA

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle’s owner was found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

Police Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider told The Associated Press that Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a street on the mall west of the Capitol around 5 p.m. Sunday.

“Further investigation revealed a pressure cooker, and an odor of gasoline was detected,” Schneider said, adding a Capitol Police bomb squad was called in because the vehicle was deemed “suspicious in nature.”

Authorities have noted that pressure cookers have been used in the past to create explosive devices. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded in April 2013 when two pressure-cooker bombs were set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Schneider said the bomb squad destroyed “items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker” Sunday around 7:45 p.m. after temporarily closing off the area on the long Memorial Day holiday weekend. She did not immediately identify the other items but said only that “this safe disruption produced a loud bang.”

Schneider also said a follow-up search of the vehicle found nothing hazardous. Her email said the suspicious vehicle was investigated during a concert in Washington though it was unclear how many people were nearby at the time.

The vehicle’s owner was found and identified as Israel Shimeles of the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, Schneider said. Shimeles was arrested and charged with “operating after revocation,” Schneider said. Schneider didn’t elaborate on the charge. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

Potential Hillary Clinton Vice President Selection Julian Castro: Clinton Email Scandal A ‘Witch Hunt’…

Julian Castro

The witch has only released some 300 pages.

Via WYFF

Julian Castro labeled the House Republican-led investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails a “witch hunt” and a “sideshow” from dealing with America’s most pressing problems.

The Housing and Urban Development secretary accused GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy of “very intentionally trying to manipulate this witch hunt to play politics.”

“That’s unfortunate and it’s one of the reasons Congress has a 19 percent approval rating,” Castro told CNN’s Jim Acosta Sunday on “State of the Union.”

A trove of Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state were released Friday by the State Department. A House panel investigating the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, led by Gowdy, has pushed for more State Department emails to be released.

Castro, 40-year-old former San Antonio mayor who emerged on the national scene with a 2012 speech at the Democratic National Committee, was tapped as Obama’s top housing official in 2014. That job, some Democrats have suggested, could be a springboard to a broader role.

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Sunday Smile: 92 Yr Old WWII Pilot Gets To Fly Her Favorite Plane Again After 70 Years…

Now that’s Joy!

92-year-old Air Transport Auxiliary veteran Joy Lofthouse returns to the skies in a Spitfire 70 years on from the end of World War 2.

Seven decades after her last flight in the iconic plane, Joy described the experience as “lovely: it was perfect”, making her feel “quite young.” The ATA made an enormous contribution to the war effort by taking over from service pilots the task of ferrying Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance units and front-line squadrons.

Why Is The Baltimore State Attorney’s Husband Welcoming Paid Agitators To The City?

Deray McKesson and Johnetta Elize (Nettaaaaaaaa) have been behind protests in Ferguson, Baltimore and now Cleveland.

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Can we talk more about those conflicts the State’s Attorney has again now?

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Delusional) Criticizes Judge In #Brelo Case: Decision Is ‘Stunning Setback’

CBC Chairman Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) speaks during a Congressional Black Caucus ceremonial oath of office ceremony in the Congressional Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

Most normal politicians give at least some nod to the fact that one should have respect for the due process involved. Fudge? Doesn’t even bother, doesn’t matter to her…

Via The Hill:

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is criticizing a judge’s decision to acquit a Cleveland police officer in a 2012 police shooting case involving an unarmed black couple, calling officers’ actions “extreme, excessive, and unnecessary.”

“The decision of Judge John P. O’Donnell to acquit Officer Michael Brelo is a stunning setback on the road to justice for Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and the people of Cleveland,” Fudge said in a statement. “The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Cleveland Police Department and the community it serves. Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value.”

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Putin Signs Russian Law To Shut Down ‘Undesirable Organizations’

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Just a couple of steps ahead of Obama…

Via Fox News:

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in the country and shut them down.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an “ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society.”

The law is part of a campaign to stifle the dissent that intensified after Putin began his third term in 2012. His return to the presidency had been accompanied by mass street protests that Putin accused the U.S. of fomenting. Russia suspects of Western intentions have been further heightened because of tensions over Russia’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

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Man Sues British Columbia Rodeo Company, Says Bull Called ‘Slow Poke’ Was Violent Despite Name…

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He wouldn’t make the cut for turtle herding.

Via Vancouver Sun

A novice rider is suing a rodeo company in Vernon over a bull named Slow Poke that he alleges failed to live up to its name and caused him serious injury.

Kyle Warman says he began beginner bull-riding lessons at Coyote Creek Rodeo in July 2013 and was bucked off by Slow Poke during his second class.

Warman alleges that the facility failed to train him before putting him on Slow Poke and claims he was told the bull was compatible with inexperienced riders.

A notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops accuses Coyote Creek Rodeo and its two owners – Ted and Wade Marchand – of negligence resulting in serious injury.

Warman claims he has suffered physical and mental issues which include a concussion, cognitive injuries, anxiety, headaches, a broken wrist, an injured neck and depression.

The company has not filed a statement of defence and none of the allegations has been proven in court.

Warman is seeking damages and health-care costs.

“Contrary to representation, Slow Poke was violent,” his claim reads.

HT: JettieG

The Curiously Redacted Sentence From Hillary Email…

Hillary Clinton

Via Weekly Standard:

Among the emails released by the State Department today was one sent by Hillary Clinton to Jake Sullivan on April 8, 2011. Clinton was forwarding a private intelligence report that Sidney Blumenthal had sent her with the subject line: “UK game playing; new rebel strategists; Egypt moves in.”

In the State Department release today, Clinton responds with “FYI” and a sentence that is redacted.

But the New York Times posted its versions of the emails earlier this week and the sentence is not redacted. In the Times’s version the redacted sentence reads: “FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered.”

The redaction in the State Department version is labeled a “B5″ Freedom of Information Act exception, which provides for a “deliberative privilege” in keeping the information from the public.

The obvious question: Why did the State Department redact that sentence?

Let me offer an obvious suggestion. We had ‘private security experts’ operating in Benghazi at the behest of the government, who many have supposed were helping to arm the opposition. If one saw that sentence in the email, it would appear to be Hillary endorsing the impermissible at the time, interfering in the war in Syria.

Maybe the better question is, why is the State Department redacting this? There is nothing classified in that sentence. The only reason for redacting it would be to clean up after Mrs. Clinton.

So we are getting emails and yet we are not getting the full emails, because the State Department is still covering them up….