Updates – 12:15 PM 1/1/2018
Deputies were ambushed
Four officers, including Parrish, were shot from a bedroom around 6 a.m., forcing the retreat. A SWAT team entered the apartment at about 7:30 a.m. in an exchange of gunfire that left the gunman dead and another officer injured. The suspect was well …
This crime does appear to contain the meaning and the message, the main “keywords” appear to be the “telling names”, the central one – the name of the slain officer:
“The officer who was killed was identified as Deputy Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old father of two, Spurlock said… Spurlock described the shooting as “more of an ambush style of attack.” “He knew we were coming,” he said.”
Zackari Parrish: Za khari perish: Because of the fools – khari, you perish.
(This word is also the name of the neighborhood in Mumbai, India.)
Other names are also “telling”, I will not go into details now.
Although, the details and the implications are important.
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A Colorado sheriff’s deputy was killed and several more were wounded in a shootout while responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, the sheriff’s office said Sunday.
Five deputies in all were shot in suburban Denver, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter Sunday morning.
Citing the Douglas County Coroner, the sheriff’s office identified the suspect as Matthew Riehl, 37. Riehl was killed in the shootout.
“Officers were called to a residence on a disturbance, once they were there, they were met with gunfire from the suspect,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “Four officers were injured and one officer was killed in the line of duty.”
Sheriff’s deputy killed, others wounded in Colorado ambush 2:01
“There were well over 100 rounds fired in this engagement, 100 rounds from the suspect,” he said.
In addition to the deputies, two civilians were also shot by the suspect, Spurlock said, but did not have life-threatening injuries.
The officer who was killed was identified as Deputy Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old father of two, Spurlock said.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zackari,” he said, adding that it was “very difficult today to see Zack for the last time.”
The four injured officers were all in stable condition, he said. They were identified as Deputy Michael Doyle, 28; Deputy Taylor Davis, 30; Deputy Jeffrey Pelle, 32; and Castle Rock Police Department Officer Tom O’Donnell, 41.
Jeff Pelle is the son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle.
“Earlier this morning, our son, Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, Jeff Pelle, was shot during the Copper Canyon shooting. Jeff underwent surgery as a result of his injuries, and is recovering,” Sheriff Pelle said in a statement posted on Twitter by the sheriff’s office public information officer.
“We are currently with our son and his wife. He is in good spirits considering the gravity and severity of what occurred earlier this morning,” he added.
Spurlock said officers responded at the residence on a call of a “verbal disturbance” at around 5:15 a.m. local time (7:15 a.m. ET).
Spurlock described the shooting as “more of an ambush style of attack.”
“He knew we were coming,” he said.
He said the disturbance was not a female-male domestic violence type of incident and the suspect was “making a ton of noise.” Two men lived in the apartment complex, he said. The roommate was not injured and was cooperating with authorities, he added.
Earlier, the sheriff’s office said via its Twitter account that a major highway south of the city was shut down Sunday. Residents in the area were asked to shelter in place, and avoid windows and exterior walls.
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Times of India–Dec 15, 2017
The complainant, Dr Praveena Mediwala (82) lives alone in her Khar (W) flat. She told police that on Tuesday, when she returned home in the evening, she found the cupboard open and her jewellery missing. Police said Mediwala had neither registered the maid with them nor have her antecedents.
The Indian Express–Dec 16, 2017
The Azad Maidan Unit of the ANC has claimed to have seized 106 grams of cocaine and 80 LSD dots from Chandaria’s residence in Khar on December 9. The next day, Chandaria was produced in a court and remanded in police custody till December 16. On Saturday, he was produced in the special court, …
Who is Michael? Khar drugs trail brings Mumbai cops closer to …
International–Hindustan Times–Dec 15, 2017
Times of India–Dec 10, 2017
MUMBAI: The anti-narcotics cell (ANC) arrested a 44-year-old Khar resident for possession of cocaine and LSD totally worth around Rs 14.5 lakh. The accused, police said, used to supply drugs to high-profile persons and to parties. “We are interrogating him to find out the source of drugs and details about …
Mumbai dealer supplying drugs to actors caught; Rs12 L-worth LSD …
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KHAR: A physician was wounded in an incident of firing in Bajaur Agency’s Khar tehsil, officials of the local administration and health department told Dawn on Sunday. They said Dr Tariq Khan, a senior physician at the agency headquarters hospital, Khar, was on way home in the Khar town from the …
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|Trump welcomes new year with lavish party at private club – NBC News|
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Bidding farewell to 2017 with a lavish party at his private club, President Donald Trump said 2018 will be a “tremendous year.”
Trump predicted Sunday that the stock market will continue to rise and that companies are going to continue to come into the U.S. at “a rapid clip.”
He also cited several accomplishments, including the tax overhaul, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and repealing the individual mandate from the national health care law.
|Troy Murders: 2 Arrested in NY Quadruple Homicide|
(TROY, N.Y.) — Two men were arrested Saturday on murder charges in the deaths of two women and two children who were found dead in their upstate New York apartment.
Justin Mann and James White were arrested in their hometown, Schenectady, and pleaded not guilty in Troy City Court.
According to the Times Union , Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said one of the defendants knew one of the victims. He declined to elaborate.
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Justin C. Mann
Troy Police Department/AP
Information given in court said the killings took place at about 9 p.m., Dec. 21. It wasn’t until Tuesday, five days later, that a property manager found 36-year-old Shanta Myers; her children, 11-year-old Jeremiah Myers and 5-year-old Shanise Myers; and 22-year-old Brandi Mells in a basement apartment along the Hudson River, just north of Albany. Meyers and Mells became engaged earlier this year, Mells’ cousin, Sharonda Bennett, told the newspaper.
Tedesco and District Attorney Joel Abelove, who appeared at a press conference, declined to answer questions about a possible motive and the method of the killings.
They also would not say how the defendants know each other, but said that both have records and Mann is on parole.
More than two dozen people were in court Saturday, some wearing Troy Boys & Girls club sweatshirts.
Mann appeared to break down as he was led out of court. A man and a woman in the courtroom became visibly distraught.
The suspects were sent to the Rensselaer County Jail to await their next court appearance, on Thursday. Neither man said anything as the charges were read.
Tedesco said no more arrests are expected.
“I don’t have to tell you what a good feeling it is to have these two in custody,” he said. “It’s a great relief.”
“The rapid apprehension and arrest of two suspects in connection with this tragic crime is welcome news for our community and the victims’ families impacted by this senseless tragedy,” Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, a Democrat, said in a statement.
“My heart remains with both the Myers and Mells families,” said Madden, who expressed hope that “with the support of the Troy community, they can begin to heal.”
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Isaiah 16 is the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. This book contains the prophecies spoken by the prophet Isaiah, and is a part of the Book of the Prophets.
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Chapter 16This chapter continues and concludes the burden of Moab. In it, I. The prophet gives good counsel to the Moabites, to reform what was amiss among them, and particularly to be kind to God’s people, as the likeliest way to prevent the judgments before threatened (v. 1-5). II. Fearing they would not take this counsel (they were so proud), he goes on to foretel the lamentable devastation of their country, and the confusion they should be brought to, and this within three years (v. 6-14).
Verses 1-5 God has made it to appear that he delights not in the ruin of sinners by telling them what they may do to prevent the ruin; so he does here to Moab.I. He advises them to be just to the house of David, and to pay the tribute they had formerly covenanted to pay to the kings of his line (v. 1): Send you the lamb to the ruler of the land. David made the Moabites tributaries to him, 2 Sa. 8:2 . They became his servants, and brought gifts. Afterwards they paid their tribute to the kings of Israel (2 Ki. 3:4 ), and paid it in lambs. Now the prophet requires them to pay it to Hezekiah. Let it be raised and levied from all parts of the country, from Selah, a frontier city of Moab on the one side, to the wilderness, a boundary of the kingdom on the other side: and let it be sent, where it should be sent, to the mount of the daughter of Zion, the city of David. Some take it as an advice to send a lamb for a sacrifice to God, the ruler of the earth (so it may be read), the Lord of the whole earth, ruler of all lands, the land of Moab as well as the land of Israel, “Send it to the temple built on Mount Zion.’’ And some think it is in this sense spoken ironically, upbraiding the Moabites with their folly in delaying to repent and make their peace with God. “Now you would be glad to send a lamb to Mount Zion, to make the God of Israel your friend; but it is too late: the decree has gone forth, the consumption is determined, and thedaughters of Moab shall be cast out as a wandering bird,’’ v. 2. I rather take it as good advice seriously given, like that of Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar when he was reading him his doom, Dan. 4:27 . Break off thy sins by righteousness, if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. And it is applicable to the great gospel duty of submission to Christ, as the ruler of the land, and our ruler: “Send him the lamb, the best you have, yourselves a living sacrifice. When you come to God, the great ruler, come in the name of the Lamb, the Lamb of God. For else it shall be’’ (so we may read it) “that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be. If you will not pay your quit-rent, your just tribute to the king of Judah, you shall be turned out of your houses: The daughters of Moab (the country villages, or the women of your country) shall flutter about the fords of Arnon, attempting that way to make their escape to some other land, like a wandering bird thrown out of the nest half-fledged.’’ Those that will not submit to Christ, nor be gathered under the shadow of his wings, shall be as a bird that wanders from her nest, that shall either be snatched up by the next bird of prey or shall wander endlessly in continual frights. Those that will not yield to the fear of God shall be made to yield to the fear of every thing else.II. He advises them to be kind to the seed of Israel (v. 3): “Take counsel, call a convention, and consult among yourselves what is fit to be done in the present critical juncture; and you will find it your best way to execute judgment, to reverse all the unrighteous decrees you have made, by which you have put hardships upon the people of God, and, in token of your repentance for them, study now how to oblige them, and this shall be accepted of God more than all burnt-offering and sacrifice.’’1. The prophet foresaw some storm coming upon the people of God, perhaps the good people of the ten tribes, or of the two and a half on the other side Jordan, whose country joined to that of Moab, and who, by the merciful providence of God, escaped the fury of the Assyrian army, had their lives given them for a prey, and were reserved for better times, but were put to the utmost extremity to shift for their own safety. The danger and trouble they were in were like the scorching heat at noon; the face of the spoiler was very fierce upon them and the oppressor and extortioner were ready to swallow them up after stripping them of what they had.2. He bespeaks a shelter for them in the land of Moab, when their own land was made too hot for them. This judgment they must execute; thus wisely must they do for themselves, and thus kindly must they deal with the people of God. If they would themselves continue in their habitations, let them now open their doors to the distressed dispersed members of God’s church, and be to them like a cool shade to those that bear the burden and heat of the day. Let them not discover those that absconded among them, nor deliver them up to the pursuers that made search for them: “Betray not him that wandereth, nor deliver him up’’ (as the Edomites did, Obad. 1:13, Obad. 1:14), “but hide the outcasts.’’ This was that good work by which Rahab’s faith was justified, and proved to be sincere, Heb. 11:31 . “Nay, do not only hide them for a time, but, if there be occasion, let them be naturalized: Let my outcasts dwell with thee, Moab (v. 4); find a lodging for them and be thou a covert to them. Let them be taken under the protection of the government, though they are but poor, and likely to be a charge to thee.’’ Note, (1.) It is often the lot even of those who are Israelites indeed to be outcasts, driven out of house and harbour by persecution or war, Heb. 11:37 . (2.) God owns them when men reject and disown them. They are outcasts, but they are my outcasts. The Lord knows those that are his wherever he finds them, even where no one else knows them. (3.) God will find a rest and shelter for his outcasts; for, though they are persecuted, they are not forsaken. He will himself be their dwelling-place if they have no other, and in him they shall be at home. (4.) God can, when he pleases, raise up friends for his people even among Moabites, when they can find none in all the land of Israel that can and dare shelter them. The earth often helps the woman, Rev. 12:16. (5.) Those that expect to find favour when they are in trouble themselves must show favour to those that are in trouble; and what service is done to God’s outcasts shall no doubt be recompensed one way or other.3. He assures them of the mercy God had in store for his people. (1.) That they should not long need their kindness, or be troublesome to them: For the extortioner is almost at an end already, and the spoiler ceases. God’s people shall not be long outcasts; they shall have tribulation ten days (Rev. 2:10 ), and that is all. The spoiler would never cease spoiling if he might have his will; but God has him in a chain. Hitherto he shall go, but no further. (2.) That they should, ere long, be in a capacity to return their kindness (v. 5): “Though the throne of the ten tribes be sunk and overturned, yet the throne of David shall be established in mercy, by the mercy they receive from God and the mercy they show to others; and by the same methods may your throne be established if you please.’’ It would engage great men to be kind to the people of God if they would but observe, as they easily might, how often such conduct brings the blessing of God upon kingdoms and families. “Make Hezekiah your friend, for you will find it your interest to do so upon the account both of the grace of God in him and the presence of God with him. He shall sit upon the throne in truth, and then he does indeed sit in honour and sit firmly. Then he shall sit judging, and will then be a protector to those that have been a shelter to the people of God.’’ And see in him the character of a good magistrate. [1.] He shall seek judgment; that is, he shall seek occasions of doing right to those that are wronged, and shall punish the injurious even before they are complained of: or he shall diligently search into every cause brought before him, that he may find where the right lies. [2.] He shall hasten righteousness, and not delay to do justice, nor keep those long waiting that make application to him for the redress of their grievances. Though he seeks judgment, and deliberates upon it, yet he does not, under pretence of deliberation, stay the progress of the streams of justice. Let the Moabites take example by this, and then assure themselves that their state shall be established.
Verses 6-14 Here we have, I. The sins with which Moab is charged, v. 6. The prophet seems to check himself for going about to give good counsel to the Moabites, concluding they would not take the advice he gave them. He told them their duty (whether they would hear or whether they would forbear), but despairs of working any good upon them; he would have healed them, but they would not be healed. Those that will not be counselled cannot be helped. Their sins were, 1. Pride. This is most insisted upon; for perhaps there are more precious souls ruined by pride than by any one lust whatsoever. The Moabites were notorious for this: “We have heard in both ears of the pride of Moab; it is what all their neighbours cry out shame upon them for. He is very proud; the body of the nation is so, forgetting the baseness of their origin and the brand of infamy fastened upon them by that law of God which forbade a Moabite to enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever, Deu. 23:3 . We have heard of his haughtiness and his pride. It is not the rash and rigid censure of one of two concerning them, but it is the character which all that know them will give of them. They are a proud people, and therefore they will not take good counsel when it is given them. They think themselves too wise to be advised; therefore they will not take example by Hezekiah to do justly and love mercy. They scorn to make him their pattern, for they think themselves able to teach him. They are proud, and therefore will not be subject to God himself nor regard the warnings he gives them. The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God. They are proud, and therefore will not entertain and protect God’s outcasts; they scorn to have any thing to do with them.’’ But this is not all: 2. “We have heard of his wrath too (for those that are very proud are commonly very passionate), particularly his wrath against the people of God, whom therefore he will rather persecute than protect. 3. It is with his lies that he gains the gratifications of his pride and his passion; but his lies shall not be so; he shall not compass his proud and angry projects as he hoped he should.’’ Some read it, His haughtiness, his pride, and his wrath, are greater than his strength. “We know that, if we lay at his mercy, we should find no mercy with him, but he has not power equal to his malice. His pride draws down ruin upon him; for it is the preface to destruction, and he has not strength to ward it off.’’II. The sorrows with which Moab is threatened (v. 7): Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab. All the inhabitants shall bitterly lament the ruin of their country. They shall complain one to another: Every one shall howl in despair, and not one shall either see any cause or have any heart to encourage his friend. Observe,1. The causes of this sorrow. (1.) The destruction of their cities: For the foundations of Kir-haraseth shall you mourn. That great and strong city, which had held out against a mighty force (2 Ki. 3:25 ), should now be levelled with the ground, either burnt or broken down, and its foundations stricken, bruised and broken (so the word signifies); they shall howl when they see their splendid cities turned into ruinous heaps. (2.) The desolation of their country. Moab was famous for its fields and vineyards; but those shall all be laid waste by the invading army, v. 8, v. 10. See, [1.] What a fruitful pleasant country they had, as the garden of the Lord, Gen. 13:10 . It was planted with choice and noble vines, with principal plants, which reached even to Jazer,a city in the tribe of Gad. The luxuriant branches of their vines wandered, and wound themselves along the ranges on which they were spread, even through the wilderness of Moab. There were vineyards there. Nay, they were stretched out, and went even to the sea, the Dead Sea: the best grapes grew in their hedge-rows. [2.] How merry and pleasant they had been in it. Many a time they had shouted for their summer fruits, and for their harvest, as the country people sometimes do with us when they have cut down all their corn. They had had joy and gladness in their fields and vineyards, singing and shouting at the treading of their grapes. Nothing is said of their praising God for their abundance, and giving him the glory of it. If they had made it the matter of their thanksgiving, they might still have had it the food and fuel of their lusts; see therefore, [3.] How they should be stripped of all. “The fields shall languish, all the fruits of them being carried away or trodden down; they cannot now enrich their owners as they have done, and therefore they languish. The soldiers, called here the lords of the heathen, shall break down all the plants, though they were principal plants, the choicest that could be got. Now the shouting for the enjoyment of the summer fruits has fallen, and is turned into howling for the loss of them. The joy of harvest has ceased; there is no more singing, no more shouting, for the treading out of wine. They have not what they have had to rejoice in, nor have they a disposition to rejoice; the ruin of their country has marred their mirth.’’ Note, First, God can easily change the note of those that are most addicted to mirth and pleasure, can soon turn their laughter into mourning and their joy into heaviness. Secondly, Joy in God is, upon this account, far better than the joy of harvest, that it is what we cannot be robbed of, Ps. 4:6, Ps. 4:7 . Destroy the vines and the fig-trees, and you make all the mirth of a carnal heart to cease, Hos. 2:11, Hos. 2:12 . But a gracious soul can rejoice in the Lord as the God of its salvation even when the fig-tree does not blossom and there is no fruit in the vine,Hab. 3:17, Hab. 3:18 . In God therefore let us always rejoice with a holy triumph, and in other things let us always rejoice with a holy trembling, rejoice as though we rejoiced not.2. The concurrence of the prophet with them in this sorrow: “I will with weeping bewail Jazer, and the vine of Sibmah, and look with a compassionate concern upon the desolations of such a pleasant country. I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon!and mingle them with thy tears;’’ nay (v. 11), it appears to be an inward grief: My bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab; it should make such an impression upon him that he should feel an inward trembling, like that of the strings of a harp when it is played upon. It well becomes God’s prophets to acquaint themselves with grief; the great prophet did so. The afflictions of the world, as well as those of the church, should be afflictions to us. See ch. 15:5 .III. In the close of the chapter we have, 1. The insufficiency of the gods of Moab, the false gods, to help them,v. 12. “Moab shall be soon weary of the high place. He shall spend his spirits and strength in vain in praying to his idols; they cannot help him, and he shall be convinced that they cannot.’’ It is seen that it is to no purpose to expect any relief from the high places on earth; it must come from above the hills. Men are generally so stupid that they will not believe, till they are made to see, the vanity of idols and of all creature-confidences, nor will come off from them till they are made weary of them. But, when he is weary of his high places, he will not go, as he should, to God’s sanctuary, but to his sanctuary, to the temple of Chemosh, the principal idol of Moab (so it is generally understood); and he shall pray there to as little purpose, and as little to his own case and satisfaction, as he did in his high places; for, whatever honours idolaters give to their idols, they do not thereby make them at all the better able to help them. Whether they are the dii majorum gentium-gods of the higher order, or minorum—of the lower order, they are alike the creatures of men’s fancy and the work of men’s hands. Perhaps it may be meant of their coming to God’s sanctuary. When they found they could have no succours from their own high places some of them would come to the temple of God at Jerusalem, to pray there, but in vain; he will justly send them back to the gods whom they have served, Jdg. 10:14 . The sufficiency of the God of Israel, the only true God, to make good what he had spoken against them. (1.) The thing itself was long since determined (v. 13): This is the word, this is the thing, that the Lord has spoken concerning Moab, since the time that he began to be so proud, and insolent, and abusive to God’s people. The country was long ago doomed to ruin; this was enough to give an assurance of it that it is the word which the Lord has spoken; and, as he will never unsay what he has spoken, so all the power of hell and earth cannot gainsay it, or obstruct the execution of it. (2.) Now it was made known when it should be done. The time was before fixed in the counsel of God, but now it was revealed: The Lord has spoken that it shall be within three years, v. 14. It is not for us to know, or covet to know, the times and the seasons, any further than God has thought fit to make them known, and so far we may and must take notice of them. See how God makes known his mind by degrees; the light of divine revelation shone more and more, and so does the light of divine grace in the heart. Observe, [1.] The sentence passed upon Moab: The glory of Moab shall be contemned, that is, it shall be contemptible, when all those things they have gloried in shall come to nothing. Such is the glory of this world, so fading and uncertain, admired awhile, but soon slighted. Let that therefore which will soon be contemptible in the eyes of others be always contemptible in our eyes in comparison with the far more exceeding weight of glory. It was the glory of Moab that their country was very populous and their forces were courageous; but where is her glory when all that great multitude is in a manner swept away, some by one judgment and some by another, and the little remnant that is left shall be very small and feeble, not able to bear up under their own griefs, much less to make head against their enemies’ insults? Let not therefore the strong glory in their strength nor the many in their numbers. [2.] The time fixed for the execution of this sentence: Within three years, as the years of a hireling,that is, at the three years’ end exactly, for a servant that is hired for a certain term keeps account to a day. Let Moab know that her ruin is very near, and prepare accordingly. Fair warning is given, and with it space to repent, which if they had improved, as Nineveh did, we have reason to think the judgments threatened would have been prevented.
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Troy police Capt. Daniel DeWolf said investigators were still searching for a motive for the killings, and didn’t specify which of the suspects — James White, 38, and Justin Mann, 24 — knew which victim or their exact relationship. Both men, from nearby Schenectady, were apprehended Friday night and …
Two arrested in ‘horrific’ quadruple upstate New York murders
CNN–21 hours ago
Two arrests made in connection with Troy quadruple homicide
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Victims of Troy quadruple homicide identified
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2 in custody, being questioned in connection with Troy murders
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|Former CIA officer blasts Trump over attacks on FBI | TheHill|
John Sipher, a former officer in the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE‘s attacks on the FBI on Saturday, suggesting that the administration has sought to make the agency out to be an “enemy” of the president.
“It seems like people … like the president are speaking to a small base of people who want — just like the Iranians do — to create a straw man to consider an enemy,” Sipher said on MSNBC.
“They’ve tried to suggest that the FBI and CIA and Justice Department somehow are an enemy of the administration and, therefore, need to be taken down,” he added. “And that’s just nonsense, is what that is.”
Trump has repeatedly accused the FBI of mishandling investigations and of losing the American public’s confidence. He said earlier this month that the bureau’s reputation was “in tatters.”
The president has also cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that the Russian government sought to disrupt and influence the 2016 presidential election, and has called investigations into the matter a “witch hunt.”
Allies of the president and some congressional Republicans have called the FBI’s objectivity and fairness into question, particularly in regard to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
That criticism has grown in recent weeks after it was revealed that an FBI agent assigned to Mueller’s probe had sent text messages criticizing Trump during the 2016 election. That agent, Peter Strzok, was removed from the investigation over the summer, after the Justice Department became aware of the messages.
|M.N.: And I would add: not only by a systematic but also by a systemic failure which might be even more troubling. The FBIs reputation has been severely damaged not by the Presidents criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureaus leadership The bureaus leadership has forfeited the reputation of a cherished American institution. 11:38 AM 12/30/2017 Trump is right about the FBI CNN|
Trump is right about the FBI @CNN https://t.co/Pk2t1UbxC7 Paul Callan (@PaulCallan) December 30, 2017 M.N.: And I would add: not only “by a systematic” but also “by a systemic” failure which might be even more troubling. “The FBI’s reputation has been severely damaged not by the President’s criticism but by a systematic failure of … Continue reading“M.N.: And I would add: not only “by a systematic” but also “by a systemic” failure which might be even more troubling. “The FBI’s reputation has been severely damaged not by the President’s criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureau’s leadership… The bureau’s leadership has forfeited the reputation of a cherished American institution.” – 11:38 AM 12/30/2017 – Trump is right about the FBI – CNN”
|Two security guards shot dead at off-Strip hotel-casino in Las Vegas|
Two security guards were shot dead inside a hotel room at a Las Vegas hotel-casino early Saturday morning before the gunman fled and ultimately tried to shoot himself, local police said.
Las Vegas Police Lt. Dan McGrath said the shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. at Arizona Charlie’s Hotel and Casino on Decatur Boulevard after a woman called security to report a disturbance.
Two security guards employed by the casino entered the room on the fourth floor and were shot with a handgun by the man, who was the lone occupant in the room, McGrath said.
He said the suspect then fled down the hallway with the gun and ultimately exited the rear of the casino, which is adjacent to a residential neighborhood. He has yet to be identified, McGrath said, but he believed the suspect was in his 20s and had tattoos on the back of his head and neck.
McGrath said the man tried to carjack a person in their car, but the individual closed the door on him. Then he tried to break into another car before running up to a house and confronting a woman with four children, McGrath said.
The homicide detective said the woman was able to fend off the man by not letting him into the house as he he was kicking the door. McGrath said he then ran to the garage, entered the laundry area and shot himself in the head.
The suspect was taken to University Medical Center.
“I don’t expect him to live,” McGrath said.
Arizona Charlie’s is one of three casino properties owned by Golden Entertainment Inc. It also runs the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder. A spokesman for the company referred all questions to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department but did say the casino didn’t shut down because the public wasn’t affected.
The shooting happened on the day before Las Vegas is preparing for its high-profile New Year’s Eve celebration on the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department authorities requested the U.S. Department of Homeland Security make the New Year’s Eve event — where about 330,000 people are expected to gather on the Las Vegas Strip — a SEAR 1 event. That is the highest level of security and includes measures such as snipers, extra FBI and DHS mobile stations and medical personnel.
The designation came weeks after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and hundreds wounded when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino before killing himself.
12:50 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details and a police account of the shooting.
This article was originally published at 9:50 a.m.
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|How to Infuriate Thousands Without Really Trying|
I will be the first person to tell you I’m far from perfect. Okay, maybe, the second person, Technically, my wife would be the first. In my six decades on this planet, I’ve said and done plenty of things that have annoyed people. In fact, my kids would argue this aspect of my personality is one of my defining character traits.
But I’m not a bad guy. That is, I didn’t think I was – until I was informed of this fact by literally thousands of people from all over the country – in the space of a single day.
Why is everybody so furious at me? I have no idea. Maybe it’s because I said Happy Holidays to someone instead of wishing them a Merry Christmas. Or maybe it’s because people are sick of me constantly posting videos of cute kittens doing stupid things on Facebook. (In my defense, kitten videos are simply irresistible.)
Or maybe it’s because I recently published a book called I am So Sick of White Guys, with a cover illustration of President Trump depicted as a puppet of Russian president Putin. Yeah, that just might be what stirred the hornet’s nest. In fact, according to Google Analytics, a tool that analyses data about this blog, I lost 15 blog subscribers after they read this paragraph. I don’t get it. It’s a humor book, specifically a coloring book, with satirical renderings of prominent white guys like Steve Bannon, Paul Ryan, and Roy Moore, with snarky commentary about how they are misusing their power to ruin this country for the rest of us.
Here’s what happened. I co-authored this book with a fellow humor writer, who I’ll call Sven Morgenstern, to protect him and his family from death threats. We wanted to highlight white male privilege in America, taking to task what we perceive to be corruption by President Trump and members of his administration. (Just checked Google Analytics again. Lost another nine subscribers with that previous sentence.)
The book is called I am So Sick of White Guys, but Sven and I are both – wait for it – white guys. That’s right. Between all the sexual harassment and the self-dealing with tax reform, for starters, even white guys have gotten sick of white guys. That was the ironic concept behind the book.
Well, Bill, er, I mean Sven and I were going along fine, minding our own business, when a regional newspaper interviewed Sven about the book, which, in case I failed to mention it, is called I am So Sick of White Guys. (I read somewhere that repeated exposure is the key to getting people to buy something.) It was a breezy piece about how we collaborated on the book.
That innocuous article was picked up by a slightly larger newspaper: USA Today. Their website’s home page featured a prominent teaser to the article about our book, which, in case you forgot, is called I am So Sick of White Guys. The article was posted at 3:45 pm Eastern Time.
Within minutes, the enraged accolades came flooding in. “Stupid”, “Lame”, and “Idiot.” And those were from my friends. The comments from complete strangers were far more unhinged. But it wasn’t until 3:52 pm, a full seven minutes later, that I received my first thinly veiled death threat: “You better stop now if you know what’s good for you” (true).
Here’s just a tiny sampling of the literally hundreds of responses to the article, some of which contained nearly perfect grammar and fairly accurate spelling:
“I genrlly don’t advocat suicide, but would you kindly ride the world of your presence you moraly disgusting pig?”
“You our a offensive human being and you disgust me.”
“You are a racist assh*** and I hate your book. You are racist against whites, you f***face.”
“You’re just a whinner because you’re party lost the election. Get over it, you wimpy looser.”
My detractors didn’t limit their venting to the USA Today website. Oh, no! The angry mob quickly stormed the castle at Amazon and posted even more hostile “reviews” about me being a racist, a moron, and bad at drawing, deserving only one out of five stars. Mind you, these critics had not actually purchased the book, let alone read it. But they had seen the book’s cover in the article. And that was enough to conclude that I am a nefarious, morally bankrupt subversive, who must be stopped in order to Make America Great Again. (Note: Virtually all “verified purchasers” gave the book, which is called I am So Sick of White Guys, 5 stars).
Within an hour, the USA Today piece had been picked up by several of the most high-traffic alt-right websites, including Breitbart, The Drudge Report and the Stormfront, a notorious white supremacist website, whose logo reads “White Pride Worldwide.”
Talk about making enemies in a hurry! Within three hours, I was voted one of the most vile, disgusting, loathsome creatures ever to roam the planet: a liberal.
So, I have learned my lesson. If you want to get thousands of people to hate you, just publish a book about politics. That’s why, after long and thoughtful deliberation, I’ve decided never to write about politics again. I’m doing a complete turn-around with my next book – one that’s sure to be far less controversial and shouldn’t offend anybody. It’s a how-to guide called A Husband’s Guide to Teaching Your Wife How to Drive – the perfect gift for that someone special for Valentine’s Day.
That’s the view from the bleachers. Perhaps I’m off base.
Check out my latest humor book: YOU’RE GROUNDED FOR LIFE: Misguided Parenting Strategies That Sounded Good at the Time
© Tim Jones, View from the Bleachers 2017
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