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  • Orlando Gunman Was Gay, Says Former Police-Academy Classmate

    06/14/2016 5:40:20 AM PDT · by Enchante · 65 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | June 14, 2016 | Claire Landsbaum
    When Omar Mateen — a 29-year-old security guard — opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, killing 49 people and wounding 53, it wasn't his first time at the club. In fact, according to at least four regular patrons, Mateen had visited the club several times before, and one — Chris Callen, a drag queen who performs at Pulse under the name Kristina McLaughlin — said Mateen had been going there "for at least three years." Additional reports suggest Mateen had created profiles on multiple gay-dating apps: Grindr, Jack'd, and Adam for Adam, to name a few. And...
  • Witness: Omar Mateen had been at Orlando gay nightclub many times

    06/14/2016 7:43:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 45 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 14, 2016 | Gal Tziperman Lotan, Paul Brinkmann, and Rene Stutzman
    FORT PIERCE — At least four regular customers at the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people said Monday that they had seen Omar Mateen there before. "Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent," Ty Smith said. [SNIP] Smith told the Orlando Sentinel that he saw Mateen inside at least a dozen times. "We didn't really talk to him a lot, but I remember him saying things about his dad at times," Smith said. "He told us he...
  • Orlando Shooter Was A Regular At The Gay Nightclub He Attacked, Used Multiple Gay Dating Apps

    06/13/2016 6:07:26 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 94 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/13/2016 | Natasha Bertrand
    The man police say killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday morning had visited the club at least a dozen times before carrying out his attack, a witness told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday. The suspected shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, may have also used several different gay dating apps, according to reports from MSNBC and the Los Angeles Times.... An Orlando man told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Monday that he had seen photos of Mateen on the gay dating apps Grindr, Adam4Adam, and Jack'd over the last several years. At least two of the man's friends...
  • Orlando Gunman's Father Says Son Was Upset By Gay Kiss, Not Motivated By Religion

    06/13/2016 11:38:17 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 66 replies
    Huffpost Crime ^ | 06/12/2016 | Nick Wing
    The father of suspected Orlando gunman Omar Mateen says his son was not driven by religious ideology, but did grow upset after seeing two gay men kissing in Miami a few months ago.... He says his son got “very angry” when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago, and believes that was part of his son’s motive....
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran

    09/19/2013 5:10:52 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/18/2013 | Byron York
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president's plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle. Given all that, Graham now says he will work with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a resolution authorizing the president to use military force -- not against the Syrian regime but against Iran. In an appearance on...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown proclaims June 2012 LGBT Pride Month

    06/03/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies ^ | June 3, 2012
    As San Francisco and other Bay Area cities prepare for gay pride celebrations this month, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation Saturday declaring June 2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In a statement issued Saturday, the governor called June 28, 1969 a “historic turning point” — a day when LGBT citizens in New York City resisted police harassment stemming from discriminatory laws during the Stonewall Riots. He noted that “California has been a leader in advancing the rights of its LGBT citizens”, including a San Francisco federal appeals court’s February ruling that found Prop 8, California’s ban on...
  • For the City's Democrats, a Grim Future Could Last Long Beyond Tuesday (NYC)

    11/06/2005 2:12:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,537+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 6, 2005 | PATRICK D. HEALY
    As Democrats pursue an uphill battle to recapture City Hall on Tuesday, this year's mayoral campaign has already exposed the long-term fracturing of Democratic power in the city, from splinters in the black and Hispanic vote to defections in liberal bastions like the West Side. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's popularity and his $66 million in campaign spending are two pressure points as the campaign winds into its final phase this weekend. Yet it is the permanent structural changes in New York politics - such as term limits, campaign finance reforms and evolving demographics - that are really shaking the once-dominant...
  • Ognibene's Quest for GOP Primary Denied

    09/13/2005 11:23:42 AM PDT · by firebrand · 15 replies · 413+ views
    Newsday ^ | September 13, 2005 | William Murphy
    It's official. There will not be a Republican primary for mayor today. A federal court has refused to hear an expedited appeal from Thomas Ognibene to restore him to the ballot. The Board of Elections threw him off last month after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Ognibene did not have enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions.
  • Shephard Smith "Grandstanding" in New Orleans, showing dead bodies on Fox News.

    09/01/2005 12:09:47 PM PDT · by W04Man · 504 replies · 14,638+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 090105 | Shep Smith
    Shep showed a dead body along the freeway. How low can you go to grandstand? Things are bad in N.O., but he didn't have to show it.