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Our First Home-Grown Beheading!

In Oklahoma, of all places.

When I first heard about this, I assumed it was a copy-cat thing, not necessarily tied to Islam, but it appears that I might be wrong.

Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself.

Lewis says the FBI is working in conjunction with the Moore Police Department, especially when it comes to the religious aspect of the case.

Let’s be clear: A person can be psychotic, enraged, murderous, and Muslim – or not Muslim. Beheadings stimulate nutballs of a certain variety. But if this guy was Muslim, and then did a beheading, I think it is fair to call it a terror attack, despite other circumstances. I understand how others might disagree.

BTW, the story also speaks to the importance of the second amendment.

America, we’ve had 6 years of Barack Obama and the policies of appeasement. Do you still feel safer?

– Aggie

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Tsarnaev Trial To Be Held In Boston

This will make it easier to overturn a guilty verdict.

As much as I look forward to the spectacle of the trial in Boston, I have to agree with the defense that he is unlikely to get an impartial jury here. Who in the greater Boston area is ignorant of the facts of this case?

A federal judge on Wednesday denied Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s bid to move the location of his upcoming trial, even while moving back its scheduled start date.
Explaining his decision to have a jury weigh Tsarnaev’s fate near where the bombings and subsequent violent incidents with police occurred, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole said, “Although the media coverage in this case has been extensive, at this stage the defendant has failed to show that it has so inflamed and pervasively prejudiced the pool that a fair and impartial jury cannot be impaneled in the (Eastern District of Massachusetts).”

The good news is that it will make for great radio. Howie Carr will be all over this thing.

– Aggie

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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Is This Legal?

If you scroll down, you’ll come to a video from Ferguson, Missouri last night in which the New Black Panthers are leading this chant:

What’s his name?

Darren Willson.

How do we want him?

Dead.

Now I will not post the video itself, because if you go to youtube to watch it, it plays automatically, and I don’t want our site opening with sound. If you go to the link, you will hear it and see it, but you will decide when.

So, assuming you’ve done that, here’s my question: Is this legal? Can any group stand out and public and chant that they want a private citizen dead? Or a police officer or a politician, for that matter? How is this ok? If it is ok, does that mean that a white skin head group can call for the death of Al Sharpton or, even better, a black police officer somewhere? Or the teenager behind the cash register at the local ice cream parlor? Where does it stop?

This can’t be legal…

– Aggie

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Watch Osama Bin Laden Cross The US Mexican Border

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas strikes again!

Who knew?

– Aggie

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Obama Makes Us Worse

That’s not your racist pal, BTL, talking.

That’s the Fund for Peace:

South Sudan tops the list of the world’s most fragile nations, while the United States is among the countries that have worsened the most over the past year, a new report says.

Fractious leadership, mass killings and ethnic violence contributed to South Sudan’s No. 1 position, said Fund For Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit that compiles the annual list.

Until this year, it referred to it as the list of failed states. Somalia had led the list for six years.

Iran led a pack of most-improved nations, with the report saying it had stabilized somewhat “after recent political and social turmoil.”

Some developed nations picked up dubious honors, too.

France was listed as the seventh-most-worsened country this year, “largely as a result of a political and economic malaise,” the group said.

It said the United States tied with Singapore and Thailand for eighth-most-worsened country. The top nation on that list was the Central African Republic, which is deep in a conflict involving widespread atrocities.

Eighth-most-worsened? Tied with Thailand? ObAmerica can’t even suck best!

So, what was our downfall? The wretched economy that deflated by 3% last quarter? The abuse of power evidenced by the IRS scandal, the Benghazi cover-up, and illegitimate recess appointments? The disgraceful treatment of our nation’s heros by the Veteran’s Administration? The reneging on our commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan? I could go on: we’re lucky there’s a South Sudan and a Somalia to keep us out of the cellar.

Oh no:

The U.S. made the list for various reasons, including the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and the partial government shutdown last year, the group said.

For which we thank the Almighty every day.

What do you expect from a group that praises Iran? I’d rather be the Central African Republic any day.

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2 New Mass Murders!

The first is an antisemitic attack (although the media isn’t ready to call it that yet) in Brussels at the Jewish Museum.

I gave you the link to the Israeli media, since the AP really isn’t sure that it had anything to do with antisemitism…

One person remained in critical condition as a result of the shooting. Twelve people were being treated for shock, according to local sources.

“Two women and one man are dead, a third person is in hospital,” Interior Minister Joelle Milquet said at the scene. “We don’t yet know if they were tourists or staff, they haven’t been identified.”

Asked whether she believed it was an anti-Semitic attack, she said it was too early to say as a police and judicial inquiry was under way but that given the target “there are strong grounds for presuming so”.

One man was reported in custody after the attack.

Milquet said the government had moved to increase protection at Jewish buildings as well as the Israeli embassy.

The country’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, tweeted Saturday that he was “shocked by the murders committed at the Jewish museum.”

Shocked! Shocked I tell you. Because we’ve never seen this in Europe before. Or in the United States, for that matter… (I’m recalling that antisemitic terror attack on the Holocaust Museum in DC, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City, the antisemitic terror attack on the Jewish Community Center offices in Seattle, and the antisemitic terror attack on a Jewish day care facility in the LA area. Please write in if I’ve forgotten any.

And we also have a killing spree in Santa Barbara today, one that is unrelated to antisemitism, I think.

Six people are dead and seven injured after a swift and deadly “mass murder” rampage by a gunman who plowed through the streets in a black BMW, spraying bullets into Friday night crowds in the Southern California seaside town of Isla Vista near UC Santa Barbara.

The gunman — identified by an attorney for his father as Elliot Rodger — was later involved in at least one shootout with sheriff’s deputies and died of a gunshot wound to the head, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Saturday morning news conference. He could not confirm whether the gunshot was self-inflicted and the department had not released the idetity of the gunman by Saturday afternoon.

Seven victims were hospitalized and at least one of them underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, Brown said. Details regarding the other victims’ conditions were not immediately available.

Rampage witnesses who spoke with NBC4 identified the gunman as Elliot Rodger. An attorney for the man’s father — “Hunger Games” assistant director Peter Rodger — later confirmed to NBC News that Elliot Rodger, a Santa Barbara City College student, was the gunman.

The family has not visited Santa Barbara to identify the remains, the attorney said, adding that the family is cooperating with investigators.

Sheriff’s department personnel are investigating a video in which a man identified as Rodger sits in a car, detailing plans for “retribution” and “revenge against humanity” prior to the shooting.

There is a video made by the young man at the link. He was unhappy. I am not watching it or posting it.

– Aggie

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3 Dead In Attack On Jewish Community Center, Assisted Living Facility In Kansas City

A lot of children were there when it happened.

Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attacks at two building serving the Jewish community in Kansas.

A gunman opened fired in the parking lot of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom retirement home, both in the Kansas City suburb.

A spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center said the hospital was treating a 14-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound and who was in critical condition.

“At around 1 p.m. today, Overland Park police received multiple calls regarding a shooting on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th Street. Additional calls were received by police of another shooting at the Village Shalom Retirement Community, 5500 W. 123rd,” according to the Overland Park Police Department.

“Three victims are confirmed deceased. A person of interest has been taken into custody at this time,” the police spokesman said.

Overland Park, the second biggest city in Kansas, is a short drive away from the state’s main Jewish concentration in Kansas City.

According to Kansas’s KSHB 41 Action News, police were holding one suspect in custody, who was reported as yelling “heil Hitler” as he was being detained.

The entire JCC campus was locked down.

The greater Kansas City Jewish community built a private day school (K-12) a JCC and a Senior Center in the same area so that the full range of Jewish life could be together. The elderly could read to little kids, after school people could go swimming, etc. So in this day and age, they are apparently sitting ducks for the various lunatics out there.

– Aggie

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This Isn’t Terrorism.

Putting a bomb on a drone and flying it into a school isn’t terrorism, but might be a immigration violation.

FBI officials say they’ve arrested a Moroccan national in Connecticut in an alleged plot to fly bombs on drone-like devices into a school and a federal building.

Authorities say they arrested 27-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fahti on Monday and found wires and tools in his Bridgeport apartment. The Connecticut Post first reported the arrest.

Fahti hasn’t been charged with terrorism, but authorities say that could come later in the investigation. He’s charged with immigration-related crimes for allegedly staying in the U.S. for seven years after his student visa expired after flunking out of Virginia International University.

The FBI says Fahti targeted an out-of-state school and a federal building in Connecticut. The exact locations weren’t released.

Hmm. I wonder what school he wanted to bomb with a drone? Just curious. Not worried about terrorism or anything.

– Aggie

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Everything’s Up To Date In Kansas City

Terror plot unfolding

Of course, Ft. Hood was workplace violence, not terror…

The FBI is searching for a recent Army recruit believed to be planning a “Fort Hood-inspired jihad against U.S. soldiers,” FoxNews.com has learned.

The alert, whose legitimacy was confirmed by military and law enforcement officials, stated that a man identified as Booker had told friends of his “intention to commit jihad.” Booker, who is also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan, was recruited by the U.S. Army in Kansas City, Mo., in February 2014 and was scheduled to report for basic training on April 7. But he was discharged last week, apparently after law enforcement authorities learned of his alleged plan.

Both the FBI and the 902d Military Intelligence Group at Fort Leavenworth are involved in the hunt.

The alert, a copy of which was obtained by FoxNews.com, was sent out by the FBI’s Kansas City Division on Friday and distributed through the U.S. Marine Corps. The portion obtained by FoxNews.com did not include Hassan’s photo or age. It was also sent to the Kansas City Police Department, which could indicate authorities believe he may have remained in the area where he was recruited.

The alert is titled, “Planned Fort Hood-inspired Jihad against US Soldiers by Army Recruit” and was issued “to inform and protect officers who may encounter this individual or others exhibiting the same aspirations.” The source of the information contained in the alert was listed as “An FBI agent.”

More at the link.

– Aggie

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A Good Idea

drybones

– Aggie

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President Obama Doesn’t Know the Half of It

Hardly breaking news, I know, but still—57 states?

Try 124!


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Secessionist movements are all the rage these days. A handful of counties in Colorado tried to secede from the rest of the state earlier this year. There’s an attempt to create the State of Jefferson (northern California/southern Oregon) via ballot initiative in 2014. And there’s plenty more.

What would the U.S. look like if all of the secession movements in U.S. history had succeeded? Well, Mansfield University geography professor Andrew Shears built a map to answer that question. (It covers secession movements through the end of 2011.)

Turns out, succession is as old as the Republic!

The State of Franklin (also the Free Republic of Franklin or the State of Frankland[1]) was an unrecognized, autonomous “territory” located in what is today eastern Tennessee. Franklin was created in 1784 from part of the territory west of the Appalachian Mountains that had been offered by North Carolina as a cession to Congress to help pay off debts related to the American War for Independence. It was founded with the intent of becoming the fourteenth state of the new United States.

The creation of Franklin is novel, in that it resulted from both a cession (an offering from North Carolina to Congress) and a secession (seceding from North Carolina, when its offer to Congress was not acted upon, and the original cession was rescinded).

Attempt at statehood

On May 16, 1785, a delegation submitted a petition for statehood to Congress. Seven states voted to admit what would have been the 14th federal state under the proposed name of “Frankland”. This was less than the two-thirds majority required under the Articles of Confederation. The following month, the Franklin government convened to address their options and to replace the vacancy at Speaker of the House, which had been held by William Cage. They elected Joseph Hardin to the position of Speaker of the House. In an attempt to curry favor for their cause, delegation leaders changed the “official” name of the area to “Franklin” (ostensibly after Benjamin Franklin). Sevier even tried to persuade Franklin to support their cause, but he declined, writing:

…I am sensible of the honor which your Excellency and your council thereby do me. But being in Europe when your State was formed, I am too little acquainted with the circumstances to be able to offer you anything just now that may be of importance, since everything material that regards your welfare will doubtless have occurred to yourselves. …I will endeavor to inform myself more perfectly of your affairs by inquiry and searching the records of Congress and if anything should occur to me that I think may be useful to you, you shall hear from me thereupon.
—Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Governor John Sevier, 1787[7]

Independent republic

After the failed statehood attempt (and still at odds with North Carolina over taxation, protection, and other issues), Franklin operated as a de facto independent republic.[4] Up to this point, the government had been assembling at Jonesborough, mere city-blocks from the rival, North Carolina-backed, seat of government. Because of this, Greeneville was declared the new capital. The first legislature met there in December 1785. At Greeneville, the delegates adopted a permanent constitution, known as the “Holston Constitution,”[6] (and heavily modeled on that of North Carolina). John Sevier also proposed to commission a Franklin state flag, but it was never designed.
The new legislature made peace treaties with the Indian tribes in the area (with few exceptions, the most notable being the Chickamauga Cherokee). It opened courts, incorporated and annexed five new counties (see map below), and fixed taxes and officers’ salaries.[6] Barter became the economic system de jure, with anything in common use among the people allowed in payment to settle debts, including corn, tobacco, apple brandy, and skins. (Sevier was often paid in deer hides). Federal or foreign money was accepted. All citizens were granted a two-year reprieve on paying taxes, but the lack of hard currency and economic infrastructure slowed development and often created confusion.

Franklin’s end

The year 1786 was the beginning of the end of the small state, with several key residents and supporters of the state withdrawing their support in favor of a newly interested North Carolina.[4] Until then, Franklin did not have the benefit of either the national army or the North Carolina militia. In late 1786, North Carolina offered to waive all back taxes if Franklin would reunite with its government. When this offer was popularly rejected, North Carolina moved in with troops, in 1787, under the leadership of Col. John Tipton (great-uncle of future Senator from Indiana John Tipton) and re-established its own courts, jails and government at Jonesborough. The two rival administrations competed side by side. The meeting of the Franklin legislature in September 1787, was its last.[4] At the end of 1787, loyalties remained divided among residents, and coming to a head on February 29, 1788, when Sevier and a group of his supporters attacked Tipton and his supporters at Tipton’s farm in the “Battle of Franklin”.[8] Sevier and his men were defeated.

Boy, if Forgottonia (see modern Illinois) isn’t a perfect alternate name to Bloodthirstan, I don’t know what is.

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