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  • A Spanish investigation into the Russian mafia 'could change the narrative of Putin in the West'

    07/01/2015 4:26:25 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 15 replies
    BUSINESS INSIDER ^ | 30 Jun 15 | Natasha Bertrand
    (Reuters) Vladimir Putin with Jose Maria Aznar, then Spain's prime minister, at Moncloa Palace on June 13, 2000. One of Russia's largest organized-crime syndicates allegedly operated out of Spain for more than a decade with the help of close allies of President Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Bloomberg reports. Prosecutors in Madrid have filed a 488-page petition to charge 27 people with money laundering and fraud in connection to the St. Petersburg-based Tambov crime syndicate's setting up shop in Spain in 1996. Vladislav Reznik, now the deputy head of the finance committee in Russia's lower house...
  • (Memphis U.) Professor: White People Are Conditioned to Commit Mass Murder Like in Charleston

    06/30/2015 12:49:14 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | June 30, 2015 | Katherine Timpf
    Zandria Robinson still has a job at the taxpayer-funded University of Memphis. A professor at the University of Memphis suggested that the Charleston shooter was not mentally ill but rather just another example of “white people acting how they’re conditioned to act.” [Snip] Robinson also posted a tweet on June 26 declaring that “Whiteness is most certainly and inevitably terror.”
  • Six predominately black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three

    06/30/2015 12:10:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 64 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Lindsey Bevar
    In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, six churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of the fires are being investigated as arson.(excerpt)
  • Investigators Probe Fires At 6 Black Churches In 5 Southern States

    06/29/2015 7:17:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | June 29, 2015 | Sam Sanders
    Investigators continue their examination of a fire at the Glover Grove Baptist Church of Warrenville, S.C. Fires damaged Glover Grove and some other black churches in the days following nine shooting deaths at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, raising concerns that the incidents were hate-inspired arsons. Now, in the case of Glover Grove, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has released the following statement, saying it still doesn't know how the blaze started. "Based upon the scene examination and the evidence collected, agents were unable to determine an exact origin or fire cause. As a result, agents were unable to...
  • Greece threatens top court action to block Grexit

    06/29/2015 6:34:55 PM PDT · by familyop · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Greece has threatened to seek a court injunction against the EU institutions, both to block the country's expulsion from the euro and to halt asphyxiation of the banking system. “The Greek government will make use of all our legal rights,” said the finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. “We are taking advice and will certainly consider an injunction at the European Court of Justice. The EU treaties make no provision for euro exit and we refuse to accept it. Our membership is not negotiable,“ he told the Telegraph.
  • (NY City) Cops livid over proposed ‘police reform’ measures

    06/29/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Michael Gartland
    Rank-and-file cops are fuming over several “police reform” measures City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would force cops to get suspects’ consent for searches, imprison police for using chokeholds, and require cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number. “These pieces of legislation have been proposed by individuals who have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy in the dangerous business of fighting crime,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement Sunday.
  • Woman Removes Confederate Flag in Front of SC Statehouse

    06/27/2015 5:17:09 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 46 replies
    ABC ^ | 27 JUNE 2015 | AP
    COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The Confederate flag has been temporarily removed from in front of the South Carolina Statehouse. An unidentified black woman was about halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.
  • Report: Guns Used 199X More Often to Stop Crime Than to Kill

    06/26/2015 6:16:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | June 25, 2015 | Kit Daniels
    A gun control group claims 12,558 people were shot and killed in 2014, but since guns are used to stop an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, that means guns are used 199 times more often to prevent crime than to kill, as journalist Kit Daniels explains. VIDEO
  • MLK’s Niece Pens Devastating Open Letter To Baltimore Mayor

    06/25/2015 6:02:37 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 4/30/15 | B. Christopher Agee
    In response to widespread rioting and violence that brought the city to a standstill in recent days, activist Alveda King took Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to task for seemingly endorsing the mob’s destructive behavior. “Your invitation to ‘give space for those who want to destroy’ is unbelievable,” King wrote. “This interpretation of rights to free speech is dangerous Ma’am.”
  • Donald Trump on Black Youths: ‘There’s No Spirit’

    06/25/2015 4:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Root ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nigel Roberts
    The GOP presidential candidate spoke freely about race as a new poll puts him second in the field of Republican presidential contenders. The entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. has announced that it is severing ties with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, after recent reports of Trump's disparaging remarks toward Mexicans. "At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," a statement released by UCI reads. "We...
  • Should We Impeach Chief Justice John Roberts?

    06/25/2015 12:47:06 PM PDT · by illiac · 116 replies
    the Nation ^ | 11/19/14 | William Greider
    Republicans like to talk about impeaching President Obama, but there is a far more deserving candidate for impeachment—Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court. While the Republicans in Congress have blocked Democrats from enacting much of substance, the GOP majority in control of the Court has been effectively legislating on its own, following an agenda neatly aligned with their conservative party. Step by step, the five right-wing justices are transforming the terms of the American political system—including the Constitution. They empowered “dark money” in politics and produced the $4 billion by-election of 2014. They assigned spiritual values to soulless...
  • Crime in America

    06/25/2015 11:06:24 AM PDT · by chuckles · 6 replies
    vanity | June 25 2015 | chuckles
    Well, here we go, one more time. Someone is murdered and the usual suspects get dusted off and taken from the closet to be regurgitated back and forth making sound but accomplishing nothing. Of course the first thing is always gun control, but this time race was the watchword singled out because everyone knows gun control won’t get to first base with Congress. No one mentions the black on black crime that is murdering more people than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The Second Amendment is a well established part of our Constitution from the very beginning of...
  • As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

    06/24/2015 8:49:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michael E. Miller
    For years, Chillicothe, Ohio, was known as just another notch on the Rust Belt, afflicted by the same old problems of drugs, poverty and unemployment. If the town ever made national news, it was because a presidential candidate stopped by vowing to fix things, only for those promises to evaporate after Election Day. But in the past couple of months, Chillicothe has crept back into headlines for something other than a stump speech. Something much darker. Something evil. Chillicothe is no longer just another Rust Belt town. Now it’s the place where women go missing and wash up dead. In...
  • Four Wounded in Upper Manhattan Shooting

    06/24/2015 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | By J. DAVID GOODMAN
    Three men and a woman were shot in and around an Upper Manhattan deli on Wednesday afternoon, the police said. At least one of the men is likely to die, according to the Fire Department. The gunfire erupted just before 3:30 p.m. inside the Twenty Stars deli on 132nd Street near Madison Avenue. Several police precincts in northern Manhattan have seen a rise in shootings this year though the 25th Precinct, where the shooting occurred on Wednesday, had recorded only four shootings through Sunday, down from eight over the same period in 2014. Gun violence across the city has increased...
  • National Conservative Groups Push to End Civil Asset Forfeiture

    06/24/2015 1:35:47 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new article on the Heritage Foundation’s “Daily Signal” website highlights the problem with civil asset forfeiture, which is the subject of several bills currently being considered in the Michigan Legislature. The piece, “9 Times the Government Stole Americans’ Cars, Cash” features a case study that originated in Detroit: At the Contemporary Art Institute in Detroit, Mich., in 2008, a fun night out at a “Funk Night” event for 130 attendees morphed into a scene out of an action movie. Armor-clad police stormed the party with their guns drawn, forced attendees to the floor and seized 40 vehicles from those...
  • Keep the Confederate Flag Flying

    06/24/2015 11:13:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 30 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/24/15 | Selwyn Duke
    Virtually all crime today is the result of the philosophical/moral disorder known as "liberalism." Left has completely undermined the moral fabric of Western civilization “Take it down! That symbol must go!” We hear these cries in the wake of the Charleston church shooting in reference to the Confederate battle flag, which still flies above the South Carolina Capitol. As you know, one criminal who committed a heinous act had sometimes sported the symbol, so, the thinking…er, feeling…goes, it should be sent to cultural Siberia. But the flag should remain—especially right now. This is precisely the opposite of the fashionable view,...
  • The myth of American gun violence

    06/24/2015 3:55:34 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    In the wake of the murders in Charleston, President Obama has made more exaggerations and false claims about gun violence in America. He made two public addresses this past week — one to the nation on Thursday and one to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. On both occasions, he gave distorted impressions of how rates of violence in America compare with those in the rest of the world. In his address to the nation, Obama claimed that, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in...
  • Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor in the Eye of the Storm

    06/23/2015 7:59:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Vogue ^ | The July 2015 Issue | Heidi Mitchell, photographed by Annie Leibovitz
    When Baltimore’s young prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she leaped onto the national stage—as heroine and lightning rod.It was 21 minutes that would change her life and send ripples of both outrage and relief across the country. On the first day of May, as a battalion of lawyers stood on the steps of Baltimore’s War Memorial, state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby stepped up to the podium and did what no lead prosecutor in America had done in many turbulent months: bring swift and severe charges against police officers in the death...
  • Batts: More Baltimore cops likely to be arrested, forced out as result of reforms

    06/22/2015 6:35:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliceOne ^ | June 22, 2015 | Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun
    More Baltimore police officers likely face arrest as the result of reforms in a scandal-ridden department that requires "wholesale change," Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wrote in a wide-ranging opinion piece published in The Baltimore Sun. "Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested," Batts wrote. "We will have more officers who are forced out because their outdated, outmoded views of policing do not match the standards the community expects and demands." The piece was published Friday on The Sun's website and appears in Sunday's print editions. Batts, appointed commissioner nearly three years ago, said he inherited a...
  • 91 Year Old Ocala Woman Beaten

    06/22/2015 8:15:18 AM PDT · by happilymarriedmom · 46 replies
    Ocala Star Banner ^ | 6/20/2015 | Austin L Miller
    A 91-year-old Ocala woman was beaten by two suspects who broke into her residence early Saturday morning, according to the Ocala Police Department. Ocala police said it appears the burglars entered the elderly woman’s northeast Ocala home through a back window shortly before 6 a.m. and, when she heard noises, she called out to see who was inside. Authorities said the intruders confronted the homeowner and demanded cash from her. When she told them that she didn’t have any money, they beat her. Officials said the robbers then left the home, and it appears they left empty-handed. Officers found the...
  • Was Dylann Roof driven to racist murder by a GIRL?

    06/22/2015 5:12:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    the London Daily Mail ^ | June 21, 2015 | Mia De Graaf and Kieran Corcoran
    * Dylann Roof liked a girl then she started dating a black man, cousin said * It 'pushed him over the edge', he 'started listening to white power music' * Roof is charged with murdering nine black people in a Charleston church * Since his arrest, it has emerged he wrote a racist manifesto to 'kill blacks' * In it he predicts a 'racial war', and says that East Asians could be 'allies' while some South Americans are 'worth saving' * Said Jews count as whites but wants to 'destroy Jewish identity' * Wished he could 'turn every Jew blue'...
  • Man, 21, dies shielding mother during South Chicago shooting

    06/21/2015 2:35:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 20, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    James Jones died shielding his mother from bullets meant for him, according to family members.. The 21-year-old and his mother, Alicia Jones, were on a porch in the 8400 block of South Colfax Avenue when a man approached from the gangway, gun in hand, and opened fire, police said. "He used his body to shield her, to save her," said Dietra Luckett, Alicia Jones' sister. After the shooting, Luckett said she went inside the home to find Larry Means, her brother-in-law, and bring him outside. "He was in the bed, shaking," Luckett recalled. Means, James Jones' stepfather, said he was...
  • If One of the Churchgoers in Charleston Had Been Armed . . .

    06/20/2015 9:41:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 20, 2015 | David French, attorney and staff writer
    While it may be weeks or months before we know the full details of Dylann Storm Roof’s alleged attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the early reports are both heartbreaking and infuriating. Roof allegedly entered the church, attended a Bible study, sat next to its pastor — state senator Clementa Pinckney — and then opened fire. It’s hard to imagine a more callous and profane act. It appears that the shooting was quite deliberate. He’s said to have reloaded five times during the course of the attack, allegedly even taking the time to talk to his...
  • Are Baltimore Police Engaged in a Low-Profile Work Slowdown to Protest Oversight?

    06/20/2015 8:06:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    AllGov ^ | June 20, 2015 | Steve Straehley
    Freddie Gray died in the custody of Baltimore police in April. Six officers have been charged in the death, which is said to have occurred due to spinal injuries he suffered while being thrown about the back of a police van during a rough ride to the station. But now Baltimore police are playing the victim card. They’ve engaged in a work slowdown that has resulted in a 43% decline in arrests citywide from April to May, and as high as 90% in some neighborhoods, according to Doug Donovan and Colin Campbell of The Baltimore Sun. Some say it’s because...
  • Arrested: Najee Harmon, man wanted for shooting detective now in custody

    06/20/2015 6:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WITI-TV ^ | June 20, 2015 | Ashley Sears
    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police on Saturday, June 20th arrested 20-year-old Najee Harmon, the man wanted for shooting a Wauwatosa police detective on Friday, June 19th. Officials say he was hiding in a north side home in Milwaukee late Saturday morning — a tip led officers to his location. Milwaukee Police ✔ ‎@MilwaukeePolice Tip leads Milwaukee Police to north side home where Najee Harman, suspected of June 19 shooting of Wauwatosa Police detective, is arrested. 1:22 PM - 20 Jun 2015 Police say efforts of multiple departments and the public helped lead them to a home in the 2500 block of...
  • Artist creates Donald Trump pińata for angry Mexicans

    06/20/2015 4:04:41 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 33 replies
    latino.foxnews.com ^ | 6/20/2015 | Fox News Latino
    MEXICO CITY – After Donald Trump's Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own. Artesan Dalton Avalos Ramirez created a Trump pińata after the outspoken mogul bashed Mexico on Tuesday during a speech when he announced he was running for president. During his kickoff speech, Trump accused Mexico of illegally sending drugs, crime and rapists across the border. Avalos Ramirez, who lives and works in Reynosa, Mexico said Mexicans on both sides of the border are quite angry at his comments and are embracing the new pińata gladly.
  • Release of Illegal Alien Criminals Called "Humanitarian" [semi-satire]

    06/20/2015 3:08:00 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 June 2015 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration’s release of illegal immigrants who went on to commit more than 100 murders was defended on “humanitarian” grounds by ICE Director Sarah Saldana. “These individuals all faced prison in their home countries,” Saldana said. “These foreign prisons are not like our prisons. There’s no exercise equipment and no satellite TV. Sanitation and hygiene are of the lowest sort imaginable. Sending these people to those Hellholes would have been inhumane.” The inhumanity of the murders subsequently committed against Americans by the release of these foreign criminals was labeled “a tolerable risk” by the ICE Director. “Compared to the...
  • Police: Cincinnati man calls 911 on self, kills responding officer

    06/20/2015 1:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Breaking News ^ | June 20, 2015 | Ben Brumfield, digital newsdesk editor
    While friends were commenting on his last Facebook post Friday -- and some were reading text messages indicating his plan to commit suicide by cop -- Trepierre Hummons called 911 then waited with a gun for police to arrive, Cincinnati police said. When they did, he and shot and killed 48-year-old Officer Sonny Kim, a husband and father of three, police said. Then he opened fire on two more officers, said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffery Blackwell. The police, while armed, didn't know what they'd walked into. That's because when when the 21-year-old Hummons called the emergency operator, he didn't hint...
  • Clinton to Fundraise at L.A. House of Tax Evading Clinton Foundation Donor

    06/20/2015 6:17:30 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 3 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2015 | Brent Scher
    Hillary Clinton will attend a $2,700-a-plate luncheon on Friday at the Beverly Hills home of a man who was investigated by the Senate for hiding $68 million in assets in an offshore tax haven. Peter Lowy, who was born in Australia but is a U.S. citizen, is chief executive officer of the Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest owners of shopping malls. The company was founded by his father, Frank Lowy, and is controlled by the Lowy family. The family came under fire in 2008 when a report from then-Sens. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) and Norm Coleman (R., Minn.)...
  • Vigil for Charleston Church Shooting Victims Dispersed by Bomb Threats

    06/19/2015 10:34:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Real News ^ | June 19, 2015 | Staff
    South Carolina has a long history of hate crimes against African Americans, says Efia Nwangaza of the Malcom X Grassroots Movement.TRANSCRIPT SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. A gunman walked into an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people. Before the shooting, the gunman told the victims, "You rape our women, you are taking over our country, and you have to go." Charleston police officials have called this a hate crime. The Washington Post deemed this massacre the deadliest attack on a place...
  • Law enforcement flock to Waco for gang conference

    06/19/2015 10:00:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 158 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Grant Hermes
    MCLENNAN COUNTY - Law enforcement officials from across the country met at McLennan Community College for four days for a private conference about policing the growth of motorcycle gangs. The conference, put on by the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association out of St. Louis, MO, was scheduled before the Twin Peaks shooting May 17 after investigators saw rising tensions between motorcycle gangs on the rise in Central Texas. "We do a considerable amount of talking about these confederations and coalitions... and try to make them understand a little bit the motives behind these is other than what they advertise,"...
  • The Ongoing Tragedy of Post-Apartheid South Africa

    06/19/2015 7:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/18/2015 | by Arnold Ahlert
    Few things are more disturbing than the collaborative media silence that attends the ongoing disintegration of post-apartheid South Africa. The nation’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), led by President Jacob Zuma, is the essence of corruption in a nation with one of the highest rates [2] of rape in the world, and a murder rate best described [3] last September by MP Dianne Kohler Barnard of the Democratic Alliance, the nation’s second largest [4] political party. “We have 47 murders a day,” she said. “That sort of figure is what one would expect in a war zone.” In her book,...
  • How many gun laws were broken before Dylann Roof went on his rampage?

    06/19/2015 6:16:48 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 32 replies
    vanity | Jun 19, 2015 | BillyBonebrake
    Just curious - the father bought the gun and gave it to his troubled son, who already had a criminal record. So the gun may have been legally acquired, but illegally transferred. And the church was a "gun-free" zone? I'm not sure of the specifics and have no knowledge of the law in South Carolina but would love to see a tally of all the existing laws that were thwarted.
  • White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: Reports

    06/18/2015 11:24:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Police arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a church in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, local broadcaster WRIC reported. No one was injured in the incident at the United Nations Church International, about 4 miles from downtown in the predominantly black capital city of Virginia, and police quickly took the person into custody, WRIC reported. The confrontation came a night after a white man opened fire inside an historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study, killing nine people in an attack that is being investigated as...
  • Charleston Shooter Dylann Storm Root Was Influenced By Violent Baltimore Riots, Trayvon Activists

    06/18/2015 8:13:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 18, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Root was transferred from North Carolina to Charleston tonight.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Charleston shooter Dylann Storm Root recently made remarks to a close friend about the Trayvon Martin shooting and the violent rioting in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore protesters torched 61 buildings, damaged 350 businessses, amd injured 113 police officers in May riots. The Chicago Tribune reported: “In an interview with The Associated Press, Joseph Meek Jr. said he and Roof had been best friends in middle school but lost touch when Roof moved away about five years ago. The two reconnected a few weeks...
  • Man Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officer With 11-Inch Hunting Knife in Coney Island: Police

    06/18/2015 7:54:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WNBC-TV ^ | June 18, 2015 | Jonathan Dienst
    A 24-year-old uniformed NYPD officer assigned to transit foot patrol in Coney Island shot and killed a man who attacked him with an 11-inch hunting knife when the cop tried to arrest him for attacking a 78-year-old woman on a street below an elevated subway station Thursday, police said. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the 58-year-old suspect attacked the elderly woman below the Ocean Parkway Q train station around 1:30 p.m., not long after the woman, a stranger to the suspect, had tried to intervene in a separate dispute the suspect had had with a shop owner in a nearby...
  • Charleston Church Massacre Happened In Gun-Free Zone

    06/18/2015 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 18, 2015 | Kerry Picket
    The Charleston, S.C., church massacre is already drawing comparisons to the tragedies at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., and at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. because it happened in a gun-free zone. [Snip] Although South Carolina is one of several states around the country that issue concealed carry licenses on a “shall issue” basis, legal gun owners are not permitted to carry their firearms into places of worship.
  • Shift Prison Policies Without Endangering the Public

    06/18/2015 10:14:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/14/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    A new report from the Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending lays out some quality reforms that would help pare down Michigan’s vast criminal system. Many of the ideas would save taxpayer money and are commonsense reforms that will not endanger the public. In total, the report estimates that Michigan could reduce its prison population by around 10,000 and save $250 million annually. CAPPS notes that Michigan spends about $2 billion on its Department of Corrections — skyrocketing from 1.6 percent of the General Fund budget in 1973 to 20 percent today. Much of this spending is warranted —...
  • Shots fired into Saint Matthew Church on Pendleton Street (Memphis, Tennessee)

    06/18/2015 9:39:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    WRCB-TV ^ | June 18, 2015 | Staff
    MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shots were fired into Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in the 2000 block of Pendleton Street. Officers were told that one of the church's pastors noticed a bullet hole in the front door of the building. It is unknown when the shots were fired, because no one else was at the church at the time. At this time, investigators say there is nothing indicating that the shooting is connected to the shooting in South Carolina. WMC Action News 5's Jerica Phillips is on the scene now to learn more information.
  • Everything Known About Charleston Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof

    06/18/2015 9:08:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 147 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 18, 2015 | Katie Zavadski
    The man accused of killing nine inside a black church wore pro-apartheid flags, held ‘strong conservative beliefs,’ and made a ‘lot of racist jokes.’ Police said they have arrested Dylann Storm Roof, the suspected killer of nine people at an historic black church in Charleston. Roof, 21, is from Lexington, South Carolina and was taken into custody in Shelby County, North Carolina. At a press conference, police chief Greg Mullen said a citizen's tip led police to his car. He would not comment on whether weapons were found in the vehicle, but said Roof was "cooperative." [Snip] Roof’s father...
  • Police Release Photos of Charleston South Carolina Church Shooting Suspect

    06/18/2015 4:04:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 408 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 18, 2015
    Police and federal law enforcement agencies were in the midst an all-out manhunt Thursday morning for the gunman they say is responsible for killing 9 people in a Charleston South Carolina church Wednesday night in what police described as a hate crime. The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun street, killing eight people in an "unfathomable." Two other people were rushed to the hospital where one died. Early Thursday morning, police released pictures from surveillance footage showing the suspect, a younger white man, approximately 21-25 years old, as...
  • While Baltimore Police Idle, Black Lives Perish

    06/18/2015 3:17:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 17, 2015 | Juan Thompson
    On June 6, a 16-year-old Baltimore girl named Arnesha Bowers went to a house party in West Baltimore where she met Donay Dixon, 23, and John Childs, 20. Later that night, Dixon and Childs followed Bowers to her northeast Baltimore home. Once there, police allege, the duo kicked in the basement window, sexually assaulted Bowers, strangled her with an extension cord, and then set her and the house on fire. Dixon and Childs — purportedly members of the Bloods street organization — made off with $40, a laptop and an iPad. According to reports, the pair committed the heinous crime...
  • Philly Robbery

    06/17/2015 7:23:32 PM PDT · by Aut Pax Aut Bellum · 10 replies
    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/17/armed-robbery-suspect-to-victim-i-dont-want-to-shoot-you-but-i-need-to-feed-my-family/
  • The mysterious case of $54 million VA spent on prosthetics in $24,999 payments

    06/17/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Post's Federal Eye ^ | June 16, 2015 | Lisa Rein
    The payments couldn’t help but catch the attention of the top procurement official at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx had used government purchase cards like credit cards at least 2,000 times to buy prosthetic legs and arms for veterans. Each time they swiped the cards, it was for $24,999. That was precisely one dollar below VA’s charging limit for purchase cards. When word reached Congress about the $54,435,743 worth of prosthetics bought under such odd circumstances over two years — the subject of an inspector general investigation announced...
  • Violence problem solved: criminals to buy CRIME insurance

    06/16/2015 1:28:10 PM PDT · by HammerT · 14 replies
    The People’s Cube ^ | 6/10/2015 | Comrade Šterpin
    Let's give plaudits for House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) for her plan to require criminals to buy gun insurance: Democrat Congresswoman Says Making Gang Members Buy Gun Insurance Will Stop Shootings I’m afraid it won't be enough, though. Violence isn’t always the fault of guns; oftentimes it's the fault of fists, knives, feet, cricket bats, broken bottles, sewing needles, derringers, etc. So there has to be a better solution to the country’s rampant violence problem, and not just locking up perps - what is that going to do? We propose a Federal system whereby criminals will be required to...
  • Oklahoma Teen Gets Life in Prison for Killing of Australian

    06/16/2015 1:13:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 16, 2015
    An Oklahoma teenager charged with killing an Australian college baseball player has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. District Court judge Ken Graham on Tuesday handed down the punishment to 18-year-old Chancey Allen Luna. A jury had convicted Luna of first-degree murder in shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane. Lane was shot in the back while he was jogging in Duncan. Defense attorneys say Luna fired the shot, but only meant to scare Lane.
  • Bishop Harry Jackson: Summer Riots Looming if We Don't Do These 3 Things

    06/16/2015 3:21:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Charisma News ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr.
    This Memorial Day weekend marked a historic uptick in violence in many U.S. cities. Three cities seem to symbolize our national woes the most—Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson. In Baltimore nine people were killed and 29 shot. Chicago marked 12 killed and 44 wounded. The police in Baltimore and the other cities seem to be moving with unprecedented caution. Further, self-initiated policing has slowed down significantly. The morale of law enforcement officers is at a decadal low. Therefore, both violent and petty crimes may flourish in several "hot spot" cities this summer. In Ferguson, sky rocketing crime rates continue despite greater...
  • U.S. cop shoots berserk African 'refugee' dead (Louisville, Kentucky)

    06/16/2015 1:44:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 15, 2015 | Leo hohmann
    It is not known exactly how Deng Manyoun entered the country, but he is believed to be a refugee from the Dinka tribe in south Sudan. Police in Louisville, Kentucky, are taking heat for the fatal shooting of an African immigrant from Sudan, who charged at an officer while swinging a metal flagpole just moments after he had allegedly assaulted a random woman on the street. The man, identified as 35-year-old Deng Manyoun, was staggering as if intoxicated when he ignored an officer’s command to drop the seven-foot flagpole. Officer Nathan Blanford, a 10-year veteran of the Louisville police force,...
  • (April 27, 2015) Florida sheriff makes waves with video criticizing 'Thug Culture' in Black America

    06/15/2015 7:54:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 13 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 27, 2015 | B. Christopher Agee
    Though he approached the issue in a calm, deliberate manner, one Florida sheriff ruffled more than a few feathers with his recent indictment of prevailing sentiments within the black community. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan began a recent video address by questioning the common practice of identifying blacks as African-American. “I am fourth generation Welsh,” he said. “I or my family do not pretend, nor do we say, we are Welsh-American. We are Americans. I was not born in Wales and the blacks that currently reside in the United States of America are not from Africa.” As for the grievances...
  • POLICE: ICE CREAM TRUCK DRIVER SHOT IN MARYLAND AS CHILDREN WATCHED

    06/15/2015 3:57:48 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | 06/14/2015 | staff
    Police say an ice cream truck driver in Maryland was gunned down as he was selling treats to children and a suspect has been arrested. Frederick police say 22-year-old Brandon Brown was fatally shot Saturday afternoon at Lucas Village, a subsidized housing complex. Lt. Clark Pennington, a police spokesman, says Brown drove into the community playing music to announce his arrival. He says children were lined up to buy ice cream when Brown stepped out of the truck and was approached by a man who shot him in the chest. Brown died at the scene.