November 26, 2013
Out: Selling Ecstasy -- In: Selling Uranium
I'm trying to figure out just what this means, but if I'm reading this right then the uranium the drug dealers were trying to sell actually is of a lower grade then naturally mined uranium. The implication, I think, is that this is post-processed uranium. Kind of the opposite of enriched uranium.
So, the drug dealer was trying to sell .... nuclear waste? Nuclear waste that wasn't from South Africa, but which had been ... imported from another country?
That's how I read it at least. Maybe someone who has more expertise could fill me in here? Business Insider:
South African officials seized 2.2 pounds of uranium and 90 ecstasy tablets from two men allegedly trying to sell the items in the city of Durban, reports AFP....So, is this a big deal or not?
“Yes it is uranium and the tests suggest that it must have come from a country that is dealing with some uranium enrichment at the moment, very very unlikely (in) Africa,” NECSA spokesman Elliot Mulane told AFP.
The uranium is 0.38 percent made up of the U-235 isotope and is well below the average 0.7 percent of the U-235 found in natural uranium. Uranium would need to be at a 90% level in order to be considered weapons grade.
I found an older article about the arrests that says that what they were trying to sell was yellowcake. Now, I thought yellowcake was something we didn't want bad guys to get their hands on. You'll remember that when we thought Saddam Hussein was trying to get the stuff, it was something we frowned on.
So, I know the stuff is less radioactive then other types of uranium. But still, would you carry it around in a shopping bag?
A shopping bag filled with stolen uranium has been seized in a sting operation in Durban, triggering alarm among local and international nuclear watchdog agencies....Carrying yellowcake around in a shopping bag seems to be about as bright an idea as carrying around a cobra in your purse.
They were found with a bag of the material in powder form, known as “yellowcake”, in what The Witness has established is only the fifth confirmed seizure of smuggled uranium in South Africa in the past 20 years.
November 13, 2013
US Its Almost Time To Declare Boko Haram a Terrorist Group
he US state department is expected to designate the Nigerian Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, as a foreign terrorist organisation.Why the sudden rush to judgement?
The move, expected to take place on Wednesday, means US regulatory agencies are instructed to block business and financial transactions with Boko Haram.
It will become a crime under US law to provide material support to the group.
October 25, 2013
7.3 magnitude quake strikes east of Japan
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the Fukushima region of Japan, according to the U.S. Geological Service.Say a prayer...
The epicenter was located 295 miles east northeast of Tokyo and 231 miles east of Japan's Honshu Island.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning at 1:14 p.m. EST for Fukushima Prefecture.
"Marine threat is in place," the agency warns. "Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately."
October 03, 2013
Breaking! Shots Fired Near Capital
No panic yet, but apparently there is something going on near the capital.
At least according to Luke Russert.
Gun shots in front of Capitol. Cops scrambling. Not a jokeWe'll update when we know more.
Update: Mother Jones confirms.
CNN's red banner is calling it an active shooter situation.
The United States Capitol was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon after shots were fired in the vicinity of the chamber. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured, officials saidel Grillo has this update
The FBI was responding to the scene, and a helicopter landed in front of the Capitol. A message from the Capitol Police ordered anyone in a House office to "shelter in place."
"Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows," the message said.
The House recessed, and the Senate went into a quorum call — dispensing momentarily with its official business — shortly thereafter.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted: Shots fired outside the Capitol. We are in temporary lock down.
RT @marcambinder: .@abcworldnews says a guy tried to ram through WH perimeter barrier, then was chased to Capitol where his car crashed.Update: The lockdown has been lifted.
There are reports of a chase that began when someone tried to ram the White House gate then crashed near the Capital At least one officer is reported injured. Also the shooter may have been killed by the police at the scene and there are also reports its was a female. There is also some chatter that there may have been an infant in the car.
All this is subject to change as the facts become more clear. But as for now the danger seems to have past.
Update III: There seems to be some confusion as to if the suspect fired any shots or if it was just the police firing. She may have been pursued after a traffic accident.
Christof Putzel posted this image of a police car that got caught in a street barrier that popped up during the chase.
Clear as mud.
Update: Here is a copy of some of the video via SooperMexican.
Update: The woman killed in the incident has been identified as Miriam Carey formerly of Brooklyn and now Stamford. There has been some history of post partum depression.
Her Facebook is here.
She mentions her daughter on the facbook timeline in comments. Although there is no indication of who the father is at this time.
Idella Carey told ABC News that her daughter Miriam "had postpartum depression after having the baby" in August 2012.There is also some discussion of men, you know, not being honest in 2010.
"A few months later, she got sick. She was depressed. ... She was hospitalised," Mrs Carey added.
A former employer said Miriam sustained a head injury when she fell down stair last year. When she returned to work after recovering, she was pregnant. She was not married to the father but "seemed happy" about the pregnancy, the former boss said.
But there seems to be no indication why she would chose Washington DC, and especially the White House to, you know, go batshit.
"That's impossible. She works, she holds a job," said Amy Carey. She had no idea why her sister would be in Washington. "She wouldn't be in DC. She was just in Connecticut two days ago, I spoke to her... I don't know what's happening. I can't answer any more."More here and here.
Denis Jones, a friend of the Carey family who told the Post he was acting as a spokesman, said the family would release a statement. He would not discuss any details of the case and would not say whether the police had approached the family.
People who knew Carey described her as friendly and dedicated.
Update: According to CNN Carey's boyfriend who is also the father of the little girl says she was experiencing Psychosis with the depression.
arey's boyfriend contacted police in December saying he feared for the safety of their child, who was 4 months old at the time, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation. The boyfriend said the woman was acting delusional, claiming the president had placed Stamford under lockdown and that her house was under electronic surveillance, the source said.So that might explain why she ended up in DC, because, you know, the mind control rays are there.
The source told CNN that Carey left a letter addressed to the boyfriend at her apartment and that it appeared to contain white powder. The letter is being tested for hazardous substances.
September 18, 2013
Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard: Terrorism or Crazy? UPDATE: 1 Shooter Down Update II
Disgruntled Worker Batshit Crazy Dead Shooter Identified as Aaron Alexis
The Washington Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after multiple shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. There were reports of several fatalities.A description of the shooter via CNN:
At least 10 people were injured in the shooting, including eight civilians, one Washington, D.C., Metro police officer and one base officer, D.C. Metro Police said.
The Navy said three shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and police were treating it as an active shooter situation. According to the Washington Post, the officer was shot near the room where a lone gunman had barricaded himself. According to the paper, police had the shooter "pinned down" between the third and fourth floors.
Kelly described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.There's not many details at this time other than reports of up to 10 injured, some fatally.
We'll update when more is known.
Update: Washington Post is reporting at least two shooters as are some other sources. If confirmed multiple shooters make it very likely this is a terrorist attack, rather than your lone nut.
A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man down the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them, hitting a wall. “He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.UPDATE by Rusty: I can't help but think this is terrorism. It fits the MO. Then again, it might just be that I'm a hammer so everything looks like a nail to me.
“He was a tall black guy,” said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. “He didn’t say a word.”
But as of this writing it looks like they may have at least one of the shooters surrounded. We'll update when we can.
UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the local Fox affiliate live and they are claiming that one of the shooters is reportedly dead, but no official confirmation.
Update by Howie: The police are searching for other possible suspects but the dead shooter has been identified as " A former Navy official in his 50's whose work status recently changed".
He was reportedly targeting specific people with a shotgun
Authorities say the shooter was targeting specific people.So it may be the reports of other gunmen are just from the confusion created by the incident combined with all the military and police on site. Its looking very likely that this is a lone crazy disgruntled worker scenario.
Witnesses say the gunman wore was in all blue and had a double-barrel shotgun.
We'll update if any other suspects are identified or caught.
Update: The dead perp is identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis formerly of Ft. Worth.
Hat Tip: Oliver.
Final Update: Its been determined that Aaron Alexis was batshit crazy, bought a shotgun the day before, despite police contact that indicated he was batshit crazy and hearing voices at a hotel. Navy Yard authorities were notified by police of the batshit craziness of Aaron Alexis.
This was all six weeks before he went off. Somebody um, you know, effed this up royally.
August 23, 2013
Can We Execute Him Now?
Lets not keep Lucifer waiting.
August 14, 2013
Fox News contributor and Hot Air editor-at-large Mary Katharine Ham and husband Jake Brewer are the proud parents of a baby girl. Leave it to the great Mary Katharine Ham to announce the birth of her daughter Georgia with a gorgeous and hilarious photo and the line “Baby: Nailed it!”
Hat Tip: The Other McCain.
July 30, 2013
Giant Propane Fire in Florida
Vinnie is totally inconsolable.
July 16, 2013
Cornhole Watch: Goatly aka Emerson Begolly Gets 8/12 Years
A western Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terrorist attacks against American military and civilian targets has been sentenced to 8 ½ years in federal prison.WTAE:
Twenty-four-year-old Emerson Begolly of Redbank Township was sentenced Tuesday on one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. Authorities say he posted on an Islamic extremist Web forum he moderated.
His public defender asked for leniency in exchange for information Begolly has allegedly provided in other terror-related investigations.Oh my! He snitched on the Muj..... wonder what Allah's punishment for that is?
Jawa Classic footage of Goatly in action.
Super Sekrit Zionist message: And every rock was soaked in blood
July 06, 2013
Boeing 777 jet crashes in San Francisco during landing
No word on the number of souls onboard or their fate.....will post updates when we get them...
An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Seoul crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lynsford said it was flight No. 214, and it was unclear how many people were on board.
Images from television station KTVU in San Francisco showed extensive fire damage to the airplane and black smoke coming from the wreckage, which had lost its tail and one of its wings in the crash.
Fire engines were on scene and the fire, which had burned through the cabin's roof, appeared to be out.
The tail of the plane came off while it was touching down on the runway, according to media reports.
UPDATE: Latest news is that more than 23 seriously injured, at least 2 dead, and as many as 60 unaccounted. There were over 300 passengers on board, so it could have been much, much worse.
June 25, 2013
Active Shooter in Willimantic Connecticut
A Willimantic police officer has been shot in the arm, according to law enforcement sources, and police are looking for the shooter.I've no more details at this time.
Police said crews, including local, state and SWAT vehicles, are responding to Tunxis Lane in Williamtic.
Update: Shooter is in custody. All clear. We'll update when we find out what happened.
Update II: The suspect is one Andrew Samuolis.
Samuolis has been charged with criminal attempt of assault, criminal attempt of assault on a public safety officer, threatening, breach of peace and interfering with a police officer.
Hat Tip: Laura.
May 24, 2013
Incident on Pakistani Plane Landing in UK
Essex Police has boarded a passenger plane diverted to Stansted Airport and two men have been arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.Update by SH: The two arrested are British Nationals
They have been removed from the plane.
Police and partners are continuing to respond
A further update will be released as soon as possible.
The two men, who are aged 30 and 41 and are British nationals, were then arrested on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft.Update II by SH: The perps tried to get into the cockpit:
They were then removed from the plane and taken to waiting police vehicles before onward transport to a police station where they will remain in custody pending interview by detectives.
The rest of the passengers have been allowed to disembark the plane under police escort. They have been placed on airport coaches and have been taken to the terminal building for debriefing.
The plane will remain at its current location and will be subject to forensic examination by specialist officers.
At this point in time no suspicious items have been recovered.
This incident is being treated as a criminal offence and remains under the direction of Essex Police.
Two Typhoon fighter jets raced through the skies to meet the Pakistan International Airlines plane following reports two men ‘tried to get into the cockpit’[...]It was just a misunderstanding is all
For more than three decades, Stansted has been the designated airport for hijacks and major security incidents, with a remote area known as Compass Base set aside far from the main terminal.
As soon as the plane landed armed police swarmed aboard and removed two men. They were named by PIA officials as Umera Ashraf and Mohammad Shafqat, British citizens of Pakistani origin who had been occupying economy class seats 61J and 61H.
Amid the confused picture of what had happened on board, another version of events emerged last night.Nothing to see here, move along.
A Pakistani journalist, Murtaza Ali Shah, who has spoken to a friend on board the plane, Fakhir Iqbal, said: ‘Two guys started a row with a girl and lots of other people. Some people tried to calm them and asked them not to be rowdy and abusive. Fakhir told them to calm down. They said, “Don’t bloody speak to us or we will blow up the plane”.
‘The crew came and spoke to them and they were openly threatening the staff. Fakhir went to other crew members and told them they were making threats.’
May 20, 2013
OKC Massive TornadoMoore, Oklahoma Hardest Hit
Terrible Damage, huge storm.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to OKC.
Thanks to Melissa.
Update 12:42 AM by SH: Oklahoma's Medical Examiner Office confirms
51 have been killed and 20 of those were children. She expects approximately 40 more and most likely most will be children. Moore's Plaza Towers Elementary School took a direct hit and rescue crews are still searching the ruble.[See important update below..SH]
If you care to help: Text STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army, REDCROSS to 90999 or FOOD to 32333 for $10 donations.
Images can be viewed here
Update by Howie: We who live in the Midwest know this can happen any time. and often does, if not to us to those close by. Its just the way it is here. Our prayers go out to all those who have lost someone.
Update by SH: The OK Medical Examiner's office has revised the number of those killed down to "about 24". Praise the Lord!
May 10, 2013
Zombie Omar Hammami?
A new twitter feed has emerged claiming to be Omar Hammami aka Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki.
I had my doubts, so I've asked for pictures, proof, something.
But my gut says its not fake, if it is whomever is running the sock puppet has an extremely uncanny ability to imitate Omar.
And yeah you experts out there can second guess me, but that's a pretty tough game to win because I effing rock.
I'd left a little room,, although less than some, for Omar to survive because he's proven he has nine lives in the past. The longer he went without communicating the greater I felt the the chance he really was killed.
Now assuming this new feed works out, will anyone at all be able to talk sense into Hammami?
I doubt it, the Soap Opera ain't over yet.
Update: After further observation I'm leaning to forgery.
Due to the troll's behaviour over the weekend combined with another round phishing attacks against Jawa Report, add to that several reliable sources' doubts and one super reliable source saying that they've not heard a peep from Omar since the 3rd via any channel.
Add it all up and you get, *I was wrong and he's still missing.
*Yes I'm like totally gullible. Which is why I adhere to the observe over time method.
Woman Found Alive in Dhaka
Death Toll now at 1000.
May 07, 2013
Three Missing Women Located
Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found Monday in a home just south of downtown and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. One of the women said she had been abducted and told a 911 dispatcher in a frantic call, "I'm free now."
May 01, 2013
Boston Bombing: Three More Suspects Taken Into CustodySuspects Named As Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev & Robel Kidan Phillipos
BOSTON (WABC) -- Boston police say three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.[Video previously here is below the fold]
BREAKING NEWS - EARLIER STORY BELOW
Update: More here
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Three new suspects have been taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, the Boston Police Dept. tweeted Wednesday morning.Update II: According to Boston.com the three arrested were college students and apparently provided some sort of assistance to Jahar after the bombing.
The development comes as investigators have continued to scrutinize two of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's classmates at UMass-Dartmouth.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's alleged associates are natives of Khazakstahn and have already been detained by U.S. immigration officials for alleged immigration violations.
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev were in federal immigration court earlier Wednesday morning on those matters, a government source said; however, the court hearing was delayed.
Authorities were not immediately saying who the three detained were or if Tsarnaev's two classmates were part of the new group of suspects.
An attorney for Kadyrbayev has told media outlets that the two young men have been interviewed by FBI agents and that they were cooperating.
The Boston Police Dept. broke the news in a tweet, writing, "Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow."[More...]
Update III by Howie: Two of the suspects were already in custody on emigration issues.
They are identified as Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev:
The third person is a US citizen. I'm speculating its the wife of Tamarlan, because its said that she warned the bombers they were wanted. But that's pure speculation on my part. We'll update when their identity is confirmed.
Hat Tip: Laura.
Update IV by SH: Gov Deval Patrick was briefed and said the suspects helped after the fact and it was his belief that they had nothing to do with the bombing. I am also hearing the 3rd suspect is a male?
Update V by SH: U.S. Attorney's Office - District of MA:
Three men[Note 3rd is male..ed] arrested in connection with Boston Marathon bombing. Conspiring to obstruct justice and false statements charges.Update VI by SH: Third suspect named as Robel Phillipos
Three men arrested in connection with Boston Marathon will appear in federal court at 3:30 in Courtroom 19. Overflow in #20.
Two men from Kazakhstan and a man from Cambridge were arrested and charged today in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation, federal prosecutors said.Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev owned/leased/whatever a Bemmer and had their very own 'specialty' plate as a joke or whatever. We were aware of the license plate and that Jahar had previously tweeted images of it:
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19 and of New Bedford, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks belonging to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge was charged with making false statements to law enforcement officials in a terorism investigation, prosecutors said.
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev face maximum sentences of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of eight years and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said.[More...]
Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev knew Jahar was bomber and yet they tried to dispose of evidence aka aiding and abetting a f**king terrorist.
Update VII by SH: Criminal Complaint against Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev [Phillipos included in complaint] here. I just started reading it.
Update VIII by SH: Criminal Complaint against Phillipos here. His full name is Robel Kidan Phillipos
As what was noted by FNC's Greta:
At this point in the criminal process, the prosecutor just charges with a couple counts to hold the suspects. When it goes to the grand jury, they are going to see a giant indictment!
April 22, 2013
Canada: Major Terror Plot (Perps: Chiheb Esseghaier & Raed Jaser) ThwartedBumped: Perps Were Receiving Support From Elements of Al Qaeda In Iran
Targeted U.S. Train
I am hearing NYC may have been one of their targets.
Canadian police and intelligence agencies will announce later today they have thwarted a plot to carry out a major terrorist attack, arresting two suspects in Montreal and Toronto, CBC News has learned.Expect updates
Highly placed sources tell CBC News the alleged plotters have been under surveillance for more than a year in Quebec and southern Ontario.
The arrests Monday morning were co-ordinated and executed by a special joint task force of RCMP and CSIS anti-terrorism units, combined with provincial and municipal police forces in Ontario and Quebec.
The RCMP are expected to hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the arrests and provide details of the alleged plot, and give an overview of the extensive police and intelligence operation.
Law enforcement officials say the terror suspects arrested today have no connection to the two brothers accused of last week's Boston Marathon bombings.
Update: Press conference is still on but this is what we have learned so far
The two suspects in an alleged terror plot in Canada, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, are accused of conspiring to murder people on a VIA train, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. The RCMP said that while the suspects had the capacity to carry out an attack, the public was never in imminent danger.It was previously stated in the presser that this was a al-Qaeda supported plot.
UPDATE: Presser -- The perps were receiving support from elements of al-Qaeda in Iran.
UPDATE by Rusty: The plot was against a train traveling between Toronto and the U.S.
April 20, 2013
No Miranda Rights for the Boston Bomber
An indication of the complex investigation ahead came Friday night, when an Obama administration official told NBC News that Tsarnaev would not be given a Miranda warning when he is physically able to be interrogated after receiving medical treatment.Boy is the left going to be pissed.....comedy gold.
Instead, the official said, the government will invoke a legal rule known as the "public safety exception," which will enable investigators to question Tsarnaev without first advising him of his right to remain silent and to be afforded legal counsel.
The exemption can be invoked when information is needed to protect public safety. In this instance, the government believes it's vital to find out if Tsarnaev planted any other explosives before his capture or whether others might have plotted with him to do so, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
April 19, 2013
Breaking: Gunshots in Watertown
UPDATE: Boston Bomber #2 Is In Custody!
I'm watching this live. Could this be the end? Let's hope so.
UPDATE: Shots still being fired as we speak. Multiple shots heard......
UPDATE: Ambulance on the way. Speculation that suspect is down.
UPDATE: Boston's Fox 25 scrolling "2nd Suspect is Down on Franklin St" on screen.
UPDATE: A woman noticed blood on her boat, called the cops. Shootout happened when police arrived to investigate.
EOD is on the scene with a robot, presumably to go into the boat and see if there's a bomb in there.
UPDATE: I know the impulse is to pray that he's dead. Don't. Pray that he's alive. Dean men tell no tales.
UPDATE: Wow, Google Earth pays off. Here's the boat at 67 Franklins St. in Watertown. Looks like they don't move it much.
UPDATE: "Refusing to come out of boat". The worry is he has an IED on him. His brother did.
UPDATE: Robot approaching boat......
UPDATE: Possible flashbang grenades ..... series of 8 explosion sounds reported.
UPDATE by SH: He is in custody! CONFIRMED
Well done all capturing him alive
WATERTOWN — The man that police believe is responsible for placing the bombs that struck the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing 3 and injuring more than 170, is in custody after a standoff lasting nearly two hours in Watertown.Thank God this ended this way.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody shortly before 8:45 p.m.
“They got him. He’s in custody,” a state trooper told the media gathered in the neighborhood. A crowd of onlookers broke into applause.
Tsarnaev had been pinned down in a boat in the backyard of a home in Watertown, just outside the city. He was rushed to a local hospital.
Update by SH: Clarification at news conference concerning how he was found. A man called the Watertown PD after seeing him in his boat and stating he was full of blood. A police chopper used thermal imaging to verify he was indeed in the boat.
Boston Bomber Dead, Boston Locked Down as Manhunt Continues, Updates
Bumped, scroll for newer posts Breaking now... one police officer is dead ....dark hat in the video released by the FBI is dead....white hat is on the loose in an area of Boston....shootouts have taken place, they were using hand grenades against the cops.
Update: Matt Damon... Suspects are two brothers, Chechens.
Updates JN: The Tsarnaev brothers robbed a 7-11 on the MIT campus at 10:20. A MIT University officer Sean Collier was found by police shot in his car minutes later and died in the hospital, ABC reported.
They carjacked an SUV at 11:00 pm. At 1:00 am, police find the men in the car and there is a shoot-out where the brothers also throw explosives and the older brother, Tamerlan, is killed. The younger Dzhokhar apparently escapes. ( Watch video of Boston firefight at Pat Dollard.) Residents throughout Boston are advised to shelter in place (see notice taped to doors overnight) Officials said they believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may be strapped with explosives.
WaPo Authorities shot and killed one suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings and were conducting a massive hunt for a second suspect in Watertown, Mass., Friday morning following a chaotic night that left one police officer dead and another critically wounded in the Boston suburbs.
The suspects — introduced to the world via photos and video footage Thursday night — are brothers, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. The one still at large was identified by law enforcement authorities as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.
Russian journalist @aavst reporting that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,19, was born in Chechen capital of Grozny, attended school in Dagestan before coming to US (via @BlakeHounshell) The family moved to Russia's Dagestan from Kyrgyzstan in 2001.
Via Good Lt: The older and now deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to "Allah is the One" YouTube channel 2 months ago. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a boxer ( photos). The MIT police officer killed was 26.
8:35 am EST Police surrounding house in Watertown, gunfire and explosions heard. 9:00 am Shooting has ended at the scene in Watertown.
Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, as seen in new FBI photo:
2:30 pm: ABC reporting a Black Hawk Helicopter has landed at Dartmouth University where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attended school. All universities in Boston were evacuated and closed earlier.
UPDATE By DMartyr: Dead suspect killed by gunshot and blast injuries. Rest in pieces.
UPDATE by Rusty: Looking at Tamerlan Tsarnaev's YouTube account one thing becomes very clear: these guys are radical Islamists.
First clue? Has a playlist entitled "Terrorists". The videos have been taken down, but the links and titles remain. They are videos of "Emir Abu Duzhana", formerly of The Islamic Emirate of the Cuacuses -- the al Qaeda affiliate in Chechnya.
UPDATE by Rusty: The vk.com website allegedly belonging to Dzhokhar is fake. VK -- or V'Kontakte -- is the Russian equivalent of Facebook. I happen to speak Russian and spent a year in college there, so I have a VK account, so I was able to check the veracity of the claims myself.
The first clue? Well, his last update was, um, today.
UPDATE by Rusty: The related twitter account also looks like a hoax.
At a news conference the Boston PD just clarified that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still at large.
UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the friends and relatives interviewed I can't help but wonder: Are these people stupid?
The common response is something like, "He was such a nice guy. I can't believe he's a terrorist!"
People, if you think terrorists are "mean" or "loud" you watch too much TV. Homicidal killers are just like you and me. Nice most of the time.
They aren't louder than you and I. They don't necessarily spout off on every little thing.
They don't walk around stealing candy from babies, wheelchairs from the disabled, and abusing animals.
You ever watched a video of Osama bin Laden? He's pretty soft spoken.
Murderers and terrorists don't have a "vibe". There is no equivalent of the "gaydar" that will let your spidey-senses pick up on a potential terrorist.
Evil is mundane. It is banal. It comes in all shapes and sizes.
The day you realize this is the day you'll cease to be surprised when the nice guy next door turns out to be a terrorist.
UPDATE by Rusty: It looks like this is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev real twitter account.
Interesting enough, he tweeted after the bombings. Including, "LOL those people are cooked." Classy.
On a sidenote, the Kavkaz Center -- which is the voice of the Chechen jihad -- seems to have taken the line that the two brothers are terrorists and that what they did is a bad thing.
Why murdering a bunch of Russian kids is a good thing and killing a few American infidels is a bad thing they don't bother to explain.
UPDATE by Rusty: Still on the loose. I'm watching the latest presser and .... no new information.
But we do have word that there is a third suspect in custody who might have some connection, if not to the bombing then to the planning of the bombing.
I know this is probably obvious, but looking at Dzhokhar's Twitter account, I can't but help get the feeling that the two thought he could get away with it.
The casualness of the tweets. The fact that they came after the bombing. The other explosive devices.
Did this pair have a long term plan to spread terror? That's what my gut says.
Like I said, it's obvious, but I thought I'd throw that out there.
Oh my: As I wrote that I was watching the Boston CBS local affiliate and they just reported that one of the two brothers (don't know which one, I'll look that up ---UPDATE: Yup, it was Dzhokhar, the one brother still on the loose) went back to UMass Dartmouth after the bombing. That his friends saw him there as late as Wednesday.
So, it sounds to me like they thought they were going to get away with it ... and that they had gotten away with it.
Update by SH: Apparently 'Jahar', the terrorist on the run, is a 9/11 truther.
Note: He became a naturalized US citizen Nov. 12th of last year, 11 days after the above tweet.
Breaking Possible Incident at Canadian Border
A high ranking source tells 2 On Your Side that the traffic stop in Niagara Falls this morning was routine, but police are searching items in the vehicle and residents are being asked to stay away from the area.I've sources saying there were IEDs or suspected IEDs in the car but those are unconfirmed, However the bomb squad is looking into the situation.
Police stopped the car at 19th and Elmwood in the Falls.
The vehicle has Massachusetts license plates.
A source earlier this morning said the two occupants were Russian nationals, but police now say that is not true.
April 17, 2013
Prayers For The Town Of West, Texas
Video of the explosion at the fertilizer plant.
Reports: Suspect in Boston Bombing Arrested
We'll update with details when then become available.
April 15, 2013
Breaking: Explosions at Boston Marathon
Ball Bearings in Explosion
Saudi Suspect in Custody?
Third Incident at JFK Library
Interesting Image of Possible Suspect
Obama Punts on "Terror"
Original post below the fold. New updates (Vinnie)
Video of the bombings from different angles. They say "graphic" but I don't think the Weekly Standard knows what that word thinks they think it means.
What would we do without Dianne Firearmstealer?
Update by SH: Dear Weekly Standard, this is ^GRAPHIC [NSFW: Below the fold AND try to tell me this is NOT terrorism]
BTW, anti-2nd Amendments nutz are trying to s;y a child from Sandy Hook died in the marathon.
Exploiting this is the worse kind of evil.
This is terrorism no matter if it be foreign or domestic. One bomb goes off and another one happens seconds later. It was meant to cause mass injuries/casualties. Only problem is those in the marathon stopped and didn't know what the hell happened as the next one went off. Mass injuries/casualties averted.
Sound familiar? We read about what happens all the time in Iraq and Afghanistan. AND, Yemen AND etc. etc. etc. The peoples run from a IED only to be caught up in a very lethal second IED.
THE MFM have failed to mention possible foreigners may be injured in the attack. Brits are waiting for word as well as Ireland
Relatives of the 347 British and 108 Irish runners taking part in the Boston marathon were waiting for news of their loved ones as survivors told of their horror at the blasts.Bronco Bama has his work cut out for him in getting to the bottom of this.
This is Baghdad/Iraq ala Boston, Massachusetts:
Tell me again the above IS NOT TERRORISM.
My thoughts and prayers are with hima and his family and all those affected by this horrific terror attack.
Details are sketchy, but often times running shoes just don't explode unless Allah Wills it.
Two explosions have been reported near the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street as thousands of people gathered for the race, and there are reports of injuries.I'm not sure but this report seems to indicate the race was finished at the time of the explosions.
The blasts happened at about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets. Witnesses said several victims lost limbs, and the area was being evacuated.
The first explosion happened across from the Lenox Hotel and the second blast was about 15 seconds later, witnesses said.
We'll update as more becomes available.
UPDATE by Rusty: I'm combining Howie and Matt Damon's post together.
Matt Damon: Update:
Double explosions of course are a hallmark of al-Qaeda but that would be speculation at this point. There is a known presence of Jihadi s there.
I've reports that Boston.com is live blogging but the site appears to be down.
UPDATE by Rusty: Over at Boston.com the usual suspects are warning us not to "jump to conclusions". I'm not sure at what point common sense became jumping to conclusions.
In any event, common sense says this is terrorism. Of course, common sense is sometimes wrong. Sometimes. But what makes common sense common? Well, it's usually right.
We're hearing that 12 or more are dead. NYPost:
A federal law-enforcement source told The Post there are at least 12 dead and twice as many injured.UPDATE: Speaking of common sense:
Law-enforcement sources said at least the first explosion occurred in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel.
Fox News is reporting Boston Marathon bystanders saying they were struck by ball bearings during explosionsIf that's true, then there is only one explanation for this: terrorism.
UPDATE: Local PD seem to have reeled the death toll back. I'm now hearing only 2 - 3 dead, with dozens injured.
I'd say thank God, but this also could be one of those instances where they don't want to give a number until all the casualties are confirmed. So, keep the victims in your prayers.
UPDATE: Reports say that at least two other explosive devices were found.
UPDATE: Trying to find a live TV feed I was forced to watch MSNBC until I found this livestream of the local Fox affiliate.
Apparently some news reports are claiming these are "pipe bombs". That's very hard to believe. I've made pipe bombs (as a kid). I never was able to produce an explosion this big. Not even close.
UPDATE: Via Ace, this from the NYPost:
Authorities have a identified a suspect, who is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital with shrapnel wounds.Looking at the video and listening to those who were witnesses, we learn that there was a very big initial explosion followed by a smaller secondary explosion. There's no way that initial explosion was a "pipe bomb". None. Perhaps the secondary explosion was, and the other devices found were pipe bombs, but not the initial explosion.
If I had to merit a guess I'd say that they'll find the first bomb was made from something like a pressure cooker or a propane tank.
UPDATE: Watching Boston PD press conference live. Confirm that a third "incident" happened at the "JFK Library"
They are asking for the public's help in finding any one involved, which seemed to contradict the earlier Post report that a suspect was already in custody.
UPDATE: The Post is doubling down saying there is a suspect in custody, and that he's a Saudi national:
The suspect — a Saudi national who suffered shrapnel wounds in today's blast — is currently being guarded in a Boston hospital.How many Tea Party members in Saudi Arabia?
1. "patriots" (aka Tea Partiers)
2. "insurgents" (some libs think terrorists are legitimate fighters)
3. Anti-Gitmo activists.
UPDATE: Here's an insightful tweet, and parallels some speculation that I think DMartyr or Matt Damon made behind the scenes:
Small bombs in multiple locations. Sounds like the planned NYC subway bombing the FBI thwarted in 2009.And now I'm hearing reports that the Boston PD shut down cell phone service so they could prevent IED explosions detonated by mobile phones.
Also, word is the FBI are already calling this "terrorism".
A buddy of mine (no liberal, he) pointed out that the Saudi who is reportedly in custody may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Closest Arab to the scene of the crime.
I've no idea, but it would be ironic if he was a victim of racial profiling in one of America's most liberal cities?
UPDATE: Ok, two things to update. Over on Twitter there are a number of reports that the Boston PD is denying that any one is in custody. But the local Fox affiliate is reporting that the ATF and FBI just swarmed on Brigham and Women's hospital. Possibly they're just starting to get witness testimony after a mass briefing. But on the other hand ....
Secondly, The Jester noticed that there was a guy on the roof of the hotel when it exploded. Possible suspect? Or just some guy on the roof watching the marathon?
I've cut the image down to something more manageable.
Could just be some guy, but it's interesting nonetheless. On a related note, the FBI and Boston PD are seeking film spectators might have of the area before the explosion.
Random semantic thought by Rusty UPDATE: This was not a tragedy. This was an atrocity.
Tragedy is a passive word. It implies less than direct causation. It implies inevitability.
When someone dies from cancer when they are still in their 20s, that's tragic.
When someone is murdered, it's not a tragedy, it's an atrocity.
I hate when people call 9/11 or any other act of terror a tragedy. The word doesn't come close to being accurate or capturing the magnitude of the horror inflicted on the victims and on our nation.
UPDATE: President Obama just got on TV and told us that something bad happened in Boston and that the authorities would hold the perpetrators accountable.
Gee, that was so informative. Thank you President Obama!
Also, pretty much all the updates are me, Rusty. Howie went home or into a Hobbit hole or wherever he goes when we unshackle him from the desk we keep him chained to from 9 - 5 weekdays.
So, blame me, not him, for any typos or baseless speculation.
UPDATE: You know what word was missing from President O's presser? Terrorism.
You know, you'd have to be pretty stupid at this point to think this was something other than terrorism.
But you know what word he did use? Tragedy.
Maybe it's time to demand those college transcripts again?
UPDATE: CNN now reporting 90+ hurt, 2 killed.
UPDATE: And on cue:
“American blood isn’t more precious than Muslim blood,” said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaeda-linked plot to attack US and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.The sentiment is expected. Isn't the real question here .... WTF is a convicted terrorist doing out of prison so soon???
“Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there,” he said early Tuesday.
April 11, 2013
Wanted Fugitive Outs Self on Twitter
Ever wonder who is running al-Shabaab's twitter feed?
Hayyy baby, how you doin'?
Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the White Widow, called a terror chief “an irritating prat”.Actually it was like Yesterday. But don't get too excited Samantha might be a hot Muslima but she takes her coffee black, like her men.
Her target was high-profile fugitive Omar Hammami(sic) , who has a £3.3million price on his head.
Wanted Lewthwaite, 29, who was wed to 7/7 suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay and is on the run in Africa, clashed with Hammadi online earlier this month.
April 09, 2013
BREAKING: Mass Stabbing Near Houston
Prepare to surrender your knives.
From Culture Map Houston:
At least 12 people have been injured in a Tuesday afternoon stabbing spree on the Cypress-Fairbanks campus of Lone Star College, according to KHOU Ch. 11.
While the Harris County Sheriff's Office has not confirmed the number of victims, officials say that a male suspect has been detained by Cy-Fair ISD police. A second suspect remains at large, according to a statement from the school.
Congresswoman DeGette commented that had one of the victims had a legally carried handgun, they probably would have been stabbed anyway.
Update: The suspect appears to be a long haired Ginger looking hippie type. Gingers have no souls you know.
April 05, 2013
The Good News The US Economy Added A Few Jobs
The bad news the unemployment rate fell to 7.6.
How this bad?
Being oh say about 100,000 jobs short of all the BS they were saying this morning, 88,000. The drop in unemployment is more because of people falling off the rolls rather than the blistering Obamaconomy.
April 03, 2013
Report: Shooting At Fort Knox, Lockdown Apparently Lifted
Details are still sketchy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Ft. Knox spokesman says the post lifted its lockdown just after 7 p.m., in the midst of a shooting investigation on post.Apparenty the 'incident' happened in the vicinity of the Human Resource Command, which has 3,800 employees
There was no word on casualties as of 7:25 p.m[More]
Prayers for those affected by this.
March 22, 2013
Two Arrests in Shooting of Baby in the Face
Whatever is done with these people, assuming they are found guilty. It won't be enough.
CNN: wo teenagers have been arrested in the shooting death of a 13-month-old boy who was in his stroller, according to police in Brunswick, Georgia.Update Free Republic and several other sources are reporting this to be the Facebook profile of Demarquise Money-ville Elkins.
The suspects are a 17-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, Police Chief Tobe Green told reporters Friday. He said they are being held on suspicion of first-degree murder.
The boy tried to grab her purse and opened fire when she said tried to tell him she had no money, West said, grazing her head. She said the boy then shot her in the leg.
She continued, "And then, all of a sudden, he walked over and he shot my baby in the face."
He is reported to be a member of a gang called the Midtown Goons. The profile matches the mugshot of Elkins.
He seems interested in money, may another dollar never pass through his hands.
Update: I'm not really getting why the MSM is leaving out Demarquise Money-ville Elkin's gang affiliations and quotes? What gives. Anyway I've saved the public portion of the Facebook page if anyone needs it.
Update II: Mommy alibi #FAIL.
he mother and the aunt of one of the two teenage boys accused of fatally shooting a 13-month-old boy in Brunswick, Georgia, last Thursday have been arrested by Brunswick Police, according to documents in the case.
Seventeen-year-old murder suspect De'Marquise Elkins' mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and his aunt, Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, have been accused of "false statements or writings," and other charges, the complaint said.
March 20, 2013
Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Shoots Himself In The Foot
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed landmark new gun laws on Wednesday expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, placing the traditionally firearm-friendly state among the handful to pass new restrictions in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
I was going to say that this could possibly ruin his political career, but Colorado has been steadily overrun by liberals leaving California so who knows, really.
At any rate, this is going to cost Colorado jobs as companies like Magpul flee the state. So the headline stands.
March 13, 2013
Congratulations to the New Pope and all the best to the Church of St. Peter.
Update: The new Pope is..Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina.
He has chosen Pope Francis the First as his papal name.
March 11, 2013
Rusty to Get Bronze Star for Exceptional Blogging
If you can get a Bronze Star for a great Power Point presentation on why we shouldn't burn Qurans, why not one for exceptional use of Moveable Type for defending the troops from accusations of war crimes? Or grammar checking a Word document on why Islam is a religion of peace above and beyond the call of duty?
Hell, why stop there?
One time I literally threw myself on some antisemitic comments made by a troll, thus saving the comments section from blowing up. That's a Congressional Medal of Honor right there if ever one was deserved.
But seriously, what has happened to our military where they consider a Power Point presentation an act of valor worthy of distinction?
February 15, 2013
Meteor Strikes Russia!
A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left hundreds of people hurt.
Twitter post showing Zinc Factory struck
The number of injured continues to rise as new reports come in from across a wide area.
As of noon Moscow time, as many as 725 people had sought medical help, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
Deputy Health Minister Igor Kagramanyan said 571 people had sought medical help, with 34 of them hospitalized, according to state-news agency Itar-Tass.
Another asteroid will be approaching Earth at a distance if 17K miles a little after 2:00 pm US eastern.
Given that many asteroids have large boulders held by weak gravity and also these events close proximity, I'm speculating that 2012-DA14 could have many companion objects in its orbit, possibly from a prior collision. Obviously the public statements of no danger at all were less than accurate, although we know the large asteroid will not strike Earth. Its possible there are other unknown objects.
More video below the fold.
Update: Actual astronomers say my speculation is wrong, that the meteor that struck Russia came from a different direction than the asteroid due to pass Earth here in a few minutes.
What struck Russia is part of a phenomenon called February Fireballs.
But what the hell would they know?
December 27, 2012
It Would be Prudent at this Juncture
Former President George H.W. Bush continues to fight a stubborn fever in the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital.Yeah GHWB is my fave president, stupid Bill Clinton.... robbing me like that.
“Following a series of setbacks including a persistent fever, President Bush was admitted to the intensive care unit at Methodist Hospital on Sunday where he remains in guarded condition,” Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath revealed in a prepared statement. “Doctors at Methodist continue to be cautiously optimistic about the current course of treatment. The president is alert and conversing with medical staff, and is surrounded by family.”
December 21, 2012
Prosecutors Say Indy Explosion Was Intentional Insurance Scam
Three people have been arrested in the explosion on Indianapolis' south side that killed two neighbors and damaged dozens of homes, RTV6 has learned.
Monserrate Shirley and her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, who lived in the home, along with Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, were arrested Friday on numerous charges, including murder and arson.
December 19, 2012
Westboro Baptist #EpicFail in Newtown
Everyone wave buh bye to Westboro and hope they have a shitty trip back to Kansas.
December 14, 2012
27 26 Dead In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
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We will be updating.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 14 students, after a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The gunman is among the dead.UPDATE by SH: 18 children among the dead. I am listening to a 'verified' news report. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the deceased and the wounded. Horrible, just horrible.
CBS News’ John Miller reports there is preliminary information that the gunman was the father of one of the students. Miller additionally reports the gunman is 20 years old and is from New Jersey.
Fox is reporting 18 of the dead are children.
UPDATE by SH: A news conference was just held. No more info available about the dead and wounded until their families have been contacted.
UPDATE again by SH: Unconfirmed report: An entire kindergarten class unaccounted for.
Update By Howie: Killer identified as Ryan Lanza.
Update by Howie: We've some more information. We are also researching behind the scenes as well. Due to the fog of everyone running with this or that the 2 source rule apparently doesn't work in cases like these. So I've decided to just link and quote wire services until the fog clears a bit.
A law enforcement official says the suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is 24-year-old Ryan Lanza and that his younger brother is being held for questioning as a possible second shooter. The law enforcement official says the boys' mother, Nancy Lanza, works at the school as a teacher.I've also report that his mother, father and brother are also dead.
The official also said Ryan Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.
There are even questions now as to weather the ID with the name found on the shooter is even correct. We'll update as things clear up a bit. NY Post is reporting the shooter as named Adam not Ryan.
SooperMexican has more on the confusion here. If these leads pan out the original Facebook image was of a victim who lost family.
Update: AP agrees that first Facebook page reported by many outlets was brother of the shooter Adam. There are now reports that the man killed at the residence was not the father. I can't confirm this at this time.
Update by SH: 18 children died at the school and 2 died later of their injuries at the hospital
December 11, 2012
Shooting At Clackamas Town Center in Portland
Live stream via @KGWNews
Streaming Live by Ustream
(Note: At other times of day, and during newscast commercial breaks, the live stream feed will be blank)CBS News also has a live feed
PORTLAND– At least three people were shot and a suspect was "neutralized" inside the Clackamas Town Center mall Tuesday, police said. At least one person was killed.
Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies said it was an "active shooting call" around 3:30 p.m. and urged people to stay away from the area. Deputies said the suspect had been "neutralized" at a news conference.[More...]
December 08, 2012
Senior al-Qaida leader killed in drone strike in Pakistan, jihadis, US officials say
A senior al-Qaida official and potential successor to the group’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed Friday morning in a Predator drone strike, according to reports on jihadi web forums and U.S. officials.Now lets leave him in peace so he can finish his waffles.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Abdul Rehman Al-Hussainan, aka Abu-Zaid al Kuwaiti, was killed in Pakistan while eating breakfast, according to the accounts. The 46-year-old cleric was seen as part of the “very top tier" of al-Qaida's remaining leaders in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden, according to one expert on the terror group.
The news was first announced on an al-Qaida web forum early Friday. “We celebrate to you the news of the martyrdom of the working scholar Shaykh Khalid al-Hussainan (Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti) while eating his Suhoor (dawn time) meal, and we ask Allah to accept him in paradise," a post said.
Evan Kohlmann, an NBC News counterterrorism analyst, said al-Hussainan was at the forefront of a new wave of al-Qaida leadership.
“That's a big gap in the leadership,” said Kohlmann, who is also a Justice Department consultant. “He was the last senior Al-Qaida leader in the Afghanistan-Pakistan area who was, one, from the Arabian Peninsula and, two, who had serious clerical credentials. Now there is no obvious publicly recognizable candidate left to succeed Zawahiri.”
In recent years, al-Hussainan was seen in numerous al-Qaida videos offering religious training to the group’s operatives. The videos were widely circulated by al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s media wing. He also authored several books of religious thoughts.