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Report: Two New Black Panther Members Arrested with Explosives Near Ferguson

Nov 21, 2014 7:04 PM PT

The FBI arrested two alleged New Black Panther members on Thursday on outstanding warrants, they're "accused of purchasing explosives they apparently planned to use during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, a law enforcement source told CBS News."

It's believed they planned to use the explosives in pipe bombs. The men are said to be from the St. Louis area and were arrested as part of an FBI undercover operation. 

The suspects, whose names were not released, were arraigned in federal court on Friday.

The FBI said Friday it has deployed about 100 agents to the St. Louis area ahead of the decision, in case demonstrators take to the streets as they did after Brown's death.

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Kevin Darden Arrested In Subway Shove Case

Nov 18, 2014 8:18 PM PT

As reports surfaced that 34 year-old Kevin Darden may be linked to two previous subway platform shoving incidents, New York City police have arrested Darden a "parolee suspected of fatally pushing a man in front of a speeding subway train".

 Kevin Darden, 34, was arrested in the Bronx Tuesday evening, police said. He was expected to be charged in connection with the death of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, who was pushed in front of a D train at the East 167th Street station in Highbridge at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday as his horrified wife looked on.

WNYW reported that Darden had been arrested dozens of times for offenses including assault and robbery. The New York Post reported that Darden was also suspected of pushing another man down to the platform of the West 4th Street station in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Sources told the paper that Darden was also arrested Nov. 9 for pick-pocketing in Midtown Manhattan. It was not immediately clear how or why he was released before Sunday's tragedy.

A woman identifying herself as Darden's mother told the Post that her son had not lived with her for years and suffered from mental illness. Berlyn Joyce Jones told the paper that she repeatedly reached out to try and help her son, but he always rebuffed her, saying he was "pulling himself together."

Subway Shover Kevin Darden Now Linked to Two Previous Incidents, PD Closing In

Nov 18, 2014 1:31 PM PT

While police claim to be close to an arrest of suspect Kevin Darden in the subway shoving death of 61 year-old Wai Kuen Kwok, it's claimed that he may  be linked to two previous platform shoving incidents. That's in addition to a long history of arrests, including for several violent offenses.

Police sources told CBS2′s Weijia Jiang the person police are seeking has been linked to two incidents at subway stations earlier this month.

The first incident took place on Nov. 6 at around 5:30 p.m. That’s when a 51-year-old Asian man said he was pushed while waiting on the platform at West 4th Street in Manhattan, sources told Jiang. The victim in that incident came forward after recognizing the suspect from the surveillance photo released following the most recent fatal incident.

The victim told police after his attacker pushed him to the platform floor he said he shouldn’t walk in front of him and “I’m warning you.”

The victim was treated and released.

Police also told Jiang the man may also have robbed someone at the subway station at 167th Street and River Avenue just before the fatal shoving incident Sunday night. The station agent called 911 and has since told police it is the same man in the surveillance photo, sources told Jiang.

NYC Subway Suspect Kevin Darden Linked To Earlier Platform Push, Still At Large

Nov 18, 2014 12:22 PM PT

Kevin Darden, the violent parolee wanted in connection to the fatal subway platform push of 61 year-old Wai Kuen Kwok is said to be linked to a previous platform pushing incident according to CBS reporter Weijia Jiang.

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Homeless Man Kevin Darden ID'd As Suspect In Subway Shove Death

Nov 18, 2014 5:57 AM PT

The NYPD has identified a homeless man, Kevin Darden, 35, as the suspect in a deadly subway incident that took the life of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, of the Bronx.

Darden has a long history of violence "with more than 30 arrests"—for crimes including "robbery, assault, and narcotics." 

Wai Kuen Kwok was pushed in front of a speeding D train as it entered the 167 St station in an unprovoked attack. Darden has a history of violence , sources said. Darden was most recently arrested on Nov. 9 for pick-pocketing in Midtown Manhattan, the sources said.

NYC Man, 61 Killed In Subway Shove

Nov 17, 2014 9:53 AM PT

Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, of the Bronx was pushed under a speeding subway car  in what police are describing as a random act by an unknown Black individual who, presumably didn't even know the elderly man he pushed to his death as the victim stood with his wife on the 167th Street subway platform.

“Push, push!” his stricken wife screamed, according to witnesses, uttering one of the few English words she knew.

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New Orleans PD Ignored STD in 2 Year-Old Among Hundreds of Other Alleged Sex Crimes

Nov 12, 2014 6:09 PM PT

When a New Orleans 2-year-old was determined to have a sexually transmitted disease after an emergency room visit brought on by an alleged sexual assault, it appears detectives responsible for what should have been an investigation simply swept the issue under the rug.

At the time, the as yet unidentified "detective in the case wrote in his report that the 2-year-old "did not disclose any information that would warrant a criminal investigation and closed the case."

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Police Fatally Shoot Sword Wielding Man in Kansas City

Nov 9, 2014 9:43 PM PT

A man brandishing a sword was shot and killed after he charged an officer in Kansas City, Kansas, Saturday night. According to the police, the incident happened at about 10:00 pm while officers were responding to a armed disturbance. The name of the man has not yet been released by the police, but 41 Action News has confirmed that it was Carlos Davenport who was shot on his front porch.


When they arrived, they found Davenport on his porch, clutching a sword. Police said Davenport refused orders to drop the blade and charged at an officer, who fired at Davenport in self-defense. Davenport died on the scene.

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NYC Ax Attacker Was Self-Radicalized Jihadist

Nov 4, 2014 11:17 AM PT

Zale Thompson, the man who attacked a group of New York City policemen with an ax last month, was a self-radicalized jihadist who spent days before the attack looking at extremist websites.

Two sources with knowledge of the investigation tell ABC News Thompson was obsessed with extremism and a desire to attack the U.S. "As of last Thursday, detectives had found 277 sites he visited within last nine months that had something to do with al Qaeda, ISIS, beheadings or jihad," a police source tells ABC.

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Ottawa Shooter Made Video Saying He Would Take Action in the Name of Allah

Oct 27, 2014 4:07 PM PT

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Ottawa shooter who murdered a Canadian soldier last week before being killed himself, made a video in which he promised to take action in the name of Allah.

An unnamed source told Canada's National Post, "He says he will take action in the name of Allah and in response to Canadian foreign policy." The video has not been released to the public yet because investigators are still assessing it for any possible intelligence value.

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Sharyl Attkisson's Computer was Bugged Using Government Software (Update)

Oct 27, 2014 10:00 AM PT

Reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer was hacked using software that is proprietary to U.S. government agencies. The computer analyst who discovered evidence of the hacking described it as, "Worse than anything Nixon ever did."

Today the New York Post reports details of the hacking revealed in Attkisson's forthcoming book, Stonewalled. According to the Post, the hacker found their way in via an email in February 2012 using proprietary spyware that is only available to U.S. government agencies, such as the NSA and CIA. The hacker later refreshed their connection on two occasions.

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Twice-deported illegal alien suspected in murder of two California deputies

Oct 26, 2014 1:06 PM PT

Our ridiculously weak border security once again brings deadly consequences to innocent Americans, as a man who has already been deported twice slips into the country one more time, "lives in the shadows" under an alias for a while, and goes on a crime spree that leaves two California deputies dead and another injured.  The Sacramento Bee reports:

Investigators were poring over the conflicting backgrounds Saturday of a Utah couple accused in a crime spree that killed two deputies, with federal authorities saying the 34-year-old man charged in the slayings has used at least two identities and has been deported from the United States twice in the past.

Sheriff’s officials have identified the suspect as Marcelo Marquez, but the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in a statement Saturday that his name actually is Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte.

Monroy-Bracamonte was first deported to Mexico in 1997 following his arrest and conviction in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale; he was arrested and returned to Mexico a second time in 2001.

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Ottawa Shooter's Mother Offers Condolences to Victim's Family

Oct 23, 2014 4:10 PM PT

The mother of the man who killed a soldier and then stormed the Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada yesterday has released a note of apology and condolence for her son's crimes.

Susan Bibeau was contacted by the Associated Press to ask about her son's state of mind, specifically whether she had any reason to believe he was mentally ill. Bibeau sent the following response to the AP on behalf of herself and her ex-husband:

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Justice Department Condemns Ferguson Leaks

Oct 23, 2014 1:31 PM PT

The Department of Justice has condemned recent leaks to the media suggesting evidence being heard by the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case is favorable to police officer Darren Wilson.

A spokesman for the DOJ told the LA Times, " The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case."

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Progressives Lament Another Terror Attack with a Possible Connection to Islam

Oct 22, 2014 5:27 PM PT

It didn't take long for the left to begin carping about coverage of the shooting in Canada this morning. In fact, MSNBC's Chris Hayes got the ball rolling before word even broke that alleged shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a convert to Islam.

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Evanston Democrats Honor Convicted Felon for Lifetime Political Achievement

Oct 21, 2014 4:43 AM PT

An obscure but noteworthy article in the Daily Northwestern, run by students at the Big Ten campus, notes that political operative Robert Creamer was honored on Sunday by the Democratic Party of Evanston--the most important party organization in suburban Illinois--for his career of achievement. Creamer, student journalist Ben Schaefer reports, won the Abner Mikva award, named for the respected reformist Democrat and judge.

It was another judge, however, that handed Creamer a sentence in federal prison in 2006-7 for check kiting and tax evasion. Creamer, whose political organizations produced most of today's Illinois politicians, including the current mayor of Chicago and many Obama acolytes, used a complex and fraudulent scheme to fund his left-wing activities. In prison, he wrote the political blueprint for forcing Obamacare on the American people.

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Obama Sends 'Warm Greetings' To Beheader's OK Mosque On Behalf Of The American People

Oct 6, 2014 12:15 PM PT

It's bad enough that the Obama Justice Department is set to ban federal law enforcement officers from surveilling mosques without evidence of criminal activity. 

After a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma (ISGOC)  beheaded a woman at his workplace, last week,  the White House actually sent a top Department of Homeland Security official to the mosque to “present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation,” according to Oklahoma’s KFOR.

He read a message from President Barrack [sic] Obama, extending warm greetings from the American people during the Muslim holiday.

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Oklahoma City Nursing Home Worker Charged With 'Terrorism Hoax'

Oct 3, 2014 3:11 PM PT

According to a police detective, the fired worker, Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, admitted after his arrest that he told a co-worker at the Bellevue Nursing Home in Oklahoma City, that he was going to cut her head off. But he claims that he and the co-worker were kidding around. 

I noted earlier this week after visiting his Facebook page (which looks totally benign), I suspected this whole thing was a bad joke gone awry.

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Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Chosen to Deliver Commencement Address At Goddard College

Sep 30, 2014 2:42 PM PT

In a move that should be seen as a slap in the face to law enforcement officers, everywhere, the students of Goddard College in Vermont have selected convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver the school’s Fall commencement address. 

Abu-Jamal, who was removed from death row in 2011, has been serving out a life sentence at the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa. In 1996, he received a bachelor's degree from the Plainfield, Vt. liberal arts school. 

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Alton Nolen was Infatuated with Beheadings, Uttered Arabic Words During Workplace Violence

Sep 30, 2014 1:16 PM PT

The Associated Press has a story up which indicates that the county prosecutor is treating Alton Nolen's crime as workplace violence. The Washington Post reports that the FBI is taking the same approach.

The opening paragraph of the AP report lays out the religious aspects of the crime then seems to do a back flip midway through:

An Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head, and had "some sort of infatuation with beheadings," but the killing appeared to have more to do with the man's suspension from his job than his recent conversion to Islam, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

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Chicago Man Accused of Making Beheading Terror Threats

Sep 29, 2014 5:48 PM PT

The St. Louis Dispatch is reporting Chicago resident Derrick Dawon Burns, 21,  was arrested Monday on eight federal charges alleging that Burns made a series of bomb and violence threats toward Southern Illinois University-Carbondale students and workers, prosecutors said.

The alleged threats were made in Fall 2012 and in October 2013, prosecutors said.

Postal workers discovered seven handwritten letters in postal sorting machines and collection boxes titled "The War on SIUC" or "The War on SIU," court documents say. Another letter was directed to the FBI, and university police, staff, and students.  "These letters collectively included various threats to rape and murder, to blow up buildings, and to cause major damage to property," according to court documents.

One letter included threats to rape and decapitate female students, and said, "Give me $50 million or SIU is history," court documents say.

One letter received in September 2012 prompted officials to evacuate three Brush Tower dorms on campus to search for explosives. None were found.

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The White House fence-jumping story gets even worse

Sep 29, 2014 1:59 PM PT

I can't take my eyes off the saga of White House fence-jumper Oscar Gonzalez for a minute, without the story running behind my back and breaking the furniture or piddling on the carpet.  Today's worsening of the story comes from the Washington Post, dispelling the impression you might have been given that Gonzalez was basically tackled in the front doorway.  Nope - those statements from the Secret Service are, as the saying goes, no longer operative.  

Now we learn the dude overpowered a Secret Service officer and ran amok through the main floor of the White House, kind of like Nightcrawler in the second "X-Men" movie, except he thankfully lacked the ability to teleport:

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The female officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.

After barrelling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.

Gonzalez was tackled by a counter-assault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.

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Another One: Fired OK City Nursing Home Employee Threatened to Behead Co-Worker

Sep 28, 2014 2:23 PM PT

In what the local media is calling "a bizarre coincidence," police arrested a fired Oklahoma City nursing home worker on Friday after he allegedly threatened to cut off a co-worker's head.  

Via The Oklahoman: 

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.

“We take these threats very seriously,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

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The expectations of Islam

Sep 27, 2014 7:45 AM PT

In response to Report: Murder Suspect Alton Nolen Shouted Islamic Phrases During Beheading:

Of course, the effort to disassociate Nolen from Islam proceeds full steam ahead.  ("I can't imagine any Muslim taking a Hebrew name," mused Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR, referring to that "Jah'Keem Yisrael" moniker.)  Denouncing what he did is good, but claiming that everyone else is nuts for thinking he might have found inspiration in the Koran for his beheading attack - or the rant about stoning women that some locals say is the reason he got fired from his job - is both deeply dishonest and profoundly unhelpful.  Likewise with the Obama Administration's bizarre insistence that there's nothing Islamic about the Islamic State, or Boko Haram, or Hamas, or Hezbollah, or the Taliban, or the Iranians who engineered the death of so many American soldiers in Iraq...

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OK Beheading Suspect Now Goes By Jah'Keem Yisrael - Was Fired After Argument Over Stoning

Sep 26, 2014 4:27 PM PT

The hometown newspaper of Alton Nolen - who now goes by Jah'Keem Yisrael - has new information about the suspect in the brutal Oklahoma murder.

Via Truth Revolt:

Nolen Yisrael  is a graduate of Idabel High School in nearby Idabel, Oklahoma, about four hours southeast from Moore where the attack occurred. Nolen was a football player and, by available accounts, not a religious person at the time. A teammate, speaking to Truth Revolt, describes him as "normal" and "a good football player, but not great."

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Meet the Lottery-Winning Drug Dealer with a Food Stamp Card

Sep 26, 2014 11:30 AM PT

When contemplating the failure of the War on Poverty after 50 years and $22 trillion spent, I mentioned the outrageous government overhead, waste, and fraud that makes up a big part of that figure.  It's both absurd and immoral to talk about the benefits of any program without looking at its cost and efficiency.  I say "immoral" because seizing money from law-abiding taxpayers to finance programs known to be corrupt, on a massive scale, is nothing less than theft.  The morality of such actions can still be debatable even when the programs work fairly well, but when they clearly don't, their immorality becomes obvious.  The same can be said about ObamaCare, which is spending so much to accomplish so little that its remaining defenders should be laughed out of polite society.

You could fill volumes with the stories of welfare-state abuse, as Howie Carr at the Boston Globe clearly knows, because he relates the tale of Food Stamp Nation resident, drug dealer, and million-dollar lottery winner Gary Bond with an air of weary resignation:

Of course he took the one-time payment — $650,000. According to the Lottery, after 25 percent federal taxes and 5 percent state taxes, he netted $455,000. Not bad. Do you have $455,000 cash in a bank account, or even under your mattress?

I’ll bet you can see where this story is going. As has often been noted, not every person who has an EBT card is a drug dealer. But every drug dealer has an EBT card.

So the Haverhill cops go into Gary Bond’s “subsidized apartment” (another popular public-sector perk among the EBT community), and they report finding a little more than 1 ounce of marijuana, 21 grams of cocaine and (a rather disappointing) three Oxycontin pills.

Haverhill police also reported seizing $974 in cash, three Apple iPhones, brass knuckles, an airsoft gun and a machete — in other words, the usual EBT accessories.

Not to mention, two EBT cards, one belonging to Gary Bond and another to his wife, Fritzlaine Liautaud, 30.

If he’d taken the yearly payments from the Lottery, a court could have ordered that the money be stopped.

But of course Gary U.S. Bond knew that. He got the money, and how much do you figure is still around?

Just a hunch, but I’m going to bet that he and his wife both claim that they are “indigent” and will demand public defenders. Just like more high-profile criminals like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Whitey Bulger and Speaker Sal DiMasi.

Gary U.S. Bond had a prior conviction, but he was given probation. Of course he was. He had an EBT card. That makes him good people — just ask Deval Patrick.

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FBI Probing Whether 'Islam Is Somehow Linked' To Beheading In Oklahoma

Sep 26, 2014 10:30 AM PT

The western world was shocked and horrified by news out of Sydney Australia, last week: Australia Raids Foil Beheading Plots:

 Australian counterterrorism forces detained 15 people Thursday in a series of suburban raids after receiving intelligence that the Islamic State militant group was planning public beheadings in two Australian cities to demonstrate its reach.

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White House fence-jumper unarmed. Except for his knife. Oh, and 800 rounds of ammo in his car

Sep 22, 2014 12:19 PM PT

The story of White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez continues to grow more... involved, as the original reports that he was completely unarmed were amended to reveal that he had a knife, and then... well, I'll let Reuters tell the tale:

The man who scaled the fence and ran into the White House on Friday night had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map marking the executive mansion, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was also stopped, but not arrested in August walking by the White House with a hatchet, the U.S. Attorney's office said in Washington.

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Beat cops aren't the problem in a 'police state'

Sep 19, 2014 2:31 PM PT

Despite all the controversy over encounters between cops and citizens after the Ferguson incident, "police states" really aren't about random meetings between uniformed police officers and regular folks going about their lives.  It's all about the steady expansion of laws and regulators, not beat cops.

For example, Heather Wilhelm at RealClearPolitics relates "the story of Kari Anne Roy, an Austin children's book author whose recent run-in with Child Protective Services rivals a scene in a George Orwell novel":

Roy reports that she let her 6-year-old play outside, by himself, within sight of her house. Within about 10 minutes, her doorbell rang: It was a woman she didn’t know, wearing sunglasses, with Roy’s son in tow. She was “returning” him to safety, served with a side dish of neighborly scorn.

I’ll interrupt this story to admit that I am a bit of a paranoid helicopter parent. I have not yet let my kids play outside alone. However, due to my vigilant training, I would hope that my kids would run screaming from a sunglass-faced stranger getting all up in their business. In this instance, Roy’s son might have been wise to do the same: That “helpful” neighbor ended up calling the police, who visited Roy that same day. Child Protective Services paid a visit the following week.

What unfolded then was a bit of a horror show: A CPS officer interviewed each of Roy’s children, alone. “She asked my 12-year-old if he had ever done drugs or alcohol. She asked my 8-year-old daughter if she had ever seen movies with people’s private parts, so my daughter, who didn’t know that things like that exist, does now,” Roy told Lenore Skenazy, who wrote about the incident at Reason. “Thank you, CPS.”

So, there you have it, folks: childhood innocence, shattered, courtesy of your local government. Roy notes that her son cried himself to sleep the night of the incident, fearing that “someone was going to call the police because it was past bedtime and he was still awake”—and hey, after the way his day went, that seems like a pretty reasonable concern. He’s lucky OSHA didn’t show up to examine his blankie for dust mites.

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Outlawed in America: The American flag

Sep 18, 2014 9:41 AM PT

I'm old enough to remember when the big controversy surrounding American flags was whether or not we should make it illegal for dim-bulb protesters to burn them in public.  There was quite a bit of energy behind flag-burning bans for a while there.  Instead, it has become illegal to display an American flag, at least in certain places and times.

For example, you'd better not fly the Stars and Stripes at Woodruff High School in South Carolina, especially on September 11.  WSPA News reports:

Several people showed up with American flags to protest Woodruff High School's decision to make students remove flags from their vehicles.

On September 11, four students showed up at the school with U.S. flags flying from their vehicles.  The flags were confiscated after officials said it was against school district policy to "draw attention" to one's vehicle.  The flags were returned at the end of the day and the students were not punished.

Parents who were upset with the decision went to social media to voice their opinion.  They also planned the protest, which took place Monday morning.

Around a dozen people were seen driving by the front of the school flying flags on their vehicles.  A group of about 10 more people were seen standing on the sidewalk waving flags.

Parents told us the protest was to show their opposition to the "zero tolerance policy."

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73% Of St. Louis Residents Say Media Made Things Worse In Ferguson

Sep 16, 2014 1:05 PM PT

A new poll by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group shows that the vast majority of St. Louis residents disapprove of the way the media handled the Ferguson story.  

73% of those surveyed said the media actually made things worse in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown, who is usually described as an "unarmed teenager" with his arms in the air, rather than a 300 pound gangbanger who had just assaulted the police officer and was possibly in the process of "bum-rushing" him.

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Alan Grayson: All Cops Are War-Hungry

Sep 11, 2014 5:38 AM PT

Just when you thought Democrats would stop politicizing the Ferguson shooting incident, the Congressional Black Caucus, and now Rep. Alan Grayson (D), continue to stoke racial division to serve their self-serving political agendas.

We told you about the Black Caucus members taking to the House floor to call for justice, and to invoke racism and slavery over the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Syringe Used to Attack Air Marshal in Lagos, Nigeria Tests Negative for Ebola

Sep 9, 2014 4:55 PM PT

A syringe used to attack a  U.S. air marshal waiting for a flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Houston, Texas was tested and found to be negative for Ebola according to the FBI.

The assault happened at the Lagos airport Sunday night. The unnamed air marshal was stabbed in the back of the arm with the syringe while passing through the airport. Another air marshal traveling with him was able to secure the syringe and return it on the flight. The air marshals were met in Houston by the FBI and CDC. An FBI spokesman confirmed to Breitbart News that the syringe was tested for Ebola and other unspecified toxins but all of the tests were negative.

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VIDEO: De Blasio Blasts NYC Sergeants Police Union On Crime Stats

Aug 29, 2014 2:05 PM PT

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the city's crime statistics at a presser in Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon telling Breitbart New Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his team "are literally the most advanced in the nation on crime statistics." :

This is the man that brought us Com Stat. I was in a Com Stat meeting a week ago and it is an extraordinary example of advanced intelligent public sector leaders figuring out what’s going on and acting on it. And as anyone knows who has seen Com Stat or talked about it, it’s rigorous. It’s challenging. In fact, the leadership of the department challenges the precinct commanders to look under the hood of what’s going on and see if there’s even more there. It’s actually, and I understand there’s a concern you’re raising, because in some police departments around the country, there have been allegations of crime that have been undercounted. But under Bill Bratton, there’s a relentless search that we’ve got every crime classified properly and that we’re doing all the follow up we need.

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Fort Hood shooter wants to join ISIS

Aug 28, 2014 9:04 PM PT

Awww, look who's got a new pen pal!  None other than Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, who is inexplicably still capable of such activities as sending letters, and breathing.  The world's most infamous perpetrator of "workplace violence" wants to join ISIS, as Fox News reported after getting a copy of Hasan's letter to ISIS mastermind Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  

In the undated letter, Hasan -- who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009 in what the Defense Department called “workplace violence”-- tells ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that he wants to join the caliphate.

"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

"It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don't compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers."

The two-page letter includes Hasan’s signature and the abbreviation SoA for Soldier of Allah.

Hasan's attorney, John Galligan, said the letter “underscores how much of his life, actions and mental thought process are driven by religious zeal. And it also reinforces my belief that the military judge committed reversible error by prohibiting Major Hasan from both testifying and arguing…how his religious beliefs” motivated his actions during the shooting.

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Another victory for the Heckler's Veto

Aug 28, 2014 10:56 AM PT

The Heckler's Veto is becoming one of the preferred instruments of cultural control and speech suppression in America.  It's fairly easy to pull off: you just have to convince the authorities - college administrators, the police, the hosts of a speaking event, etc. - that you'll respond with violence to speech you disfavor, leading the authorities to conclude that suppressing the speech is the easiest way to avoid trouble.  

The winning Heckler's Veto formula involves credible promises of violent unrest - the people you're bullying have to know you mean business - coupled with a lazy reluctance to treat you as the problem, instead of standing up for the rights of those you wish to silence.  This state of affairs can come to pass because the targets of the veto are unpopular, the authorities aren't terribly committed to exercising themselves in the defense of free speech, and/or because those doing the muzzling come from a politically preferred "victim" group, making them above criticism.  Thus we've had speakers like Ayaan Hirsi Ali chased off campuses, and the wearing of American flag T-shirts banned at American schools.

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Rotherham Child Exploitation Report Faults Local Govt. for Ignoring 'Politically Inconvenient Truth'

Aug 27, 2014 9:52 AM PT

Police in the town of Rotherham, England have admitted to a shameful response to a series of sex crimes against children stretching over a decade. According to a report released yesterday, one of the reasons police failed to act appropriately was fear they would be labeled racist for pointing out that most of the perpetrators of these crimes were Pakistani men.

Breitbart News has already covered the outlines of the story here and here. In short, the 153-page report finds that between 1997 and 2013 at least 1,400 girls (mostly white) were sexually abused by (mostly) Pakistani men. Here is just one example as described in the report [emphasis added]:

Child B (2001) was referred to Risky Business by her school when she was 15 years old. By that time, she had been groomed by an older man involved in the exploitation of other children. Child B loved this man and believed he loved her. He trafficked her to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield and offered to provide her with a flat in one of those cities...Within just a few months, Child B and her family were living in fear of their lives. The windows in their house were put in. She and her family received threats that she would be forced into prostitution. Child B was assaulted by other victims at the instigation of the perpetrator. An attack on her older sibling by associates of the perpetrator resulted in him being hospitalised with serious injuries. Child B also required hospital treatment for injuries she sustained. A younger child in the family was threatened and had to go into hiding so that the perpetrators could not carry out threats against her. Child B and her mother refused to have anything more to do with the Police, because they believed the Police could do nothing to protect them. Child B had been stalked and had petrol poured over her and was threatened with being set alight. She took overdoses. She and her family were too terrified to make statements to the Police. By the time Child B was 18, her family situation had broken down and she was homeless. She referred herself to children’s social care, and was given advice about benefits. No further action was taken. This child and her family were completely failed by all services with the exception of Risky Business.

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Iraq vet in Mississippi left in medically-induced coma due to severe Narrative violation

Aug 26, 2014 8:27 PM PT

The same media outlets that couldn't wait to hype the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are tiptoeing very delicately around the beating of Iraq veteran Ralph Weems in Mississippi.  Weems is a white man severely beaten last Saturday night, allegedly by a mob of black men upset about the Brown shooting.  Working from a phone interview conducted by Weems' friend with the Associated Press, the UK Daily Mail has the most detailed account of the incident:

David Knighten of West Point told AP earlier by phone that he and Weems had gone to a Waffle House early Saturday.

He said a black man waved him over outside the restaurant and told him politely that people were upset by the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and it wasn't a safe place for whites.

When he went in, he said, Weems was inside and was arguing with around seven black men.

They left after an argument that brought police, Knighten said.

[Police chief Tim] Brinkley said a Waffle House employee told officers who answered a 1am disturbance call that a patron was creating a disturbance and upsetting other patrons. 

After he was asked to leave, employees also asked the other patrons to leave, Brinkley said. 

Knighten said he showed those officers his .45-caliber handgun and his concealed carry permit. 

On the way to Weems' house, Knighten said, they went into a Huddle House restaurant with a nearly vacant parking lot.

However, he said, they apparently had been followed by a group of more than 20 black men.

Knighten, who said he had served with the Air Force in Afghanistan, said he came out of the restroom to find Weems surrounded.

'I was trying to defuse the situation,' he said.

After some shoving, he said, the security guard told everyone to leave.

Knighten said some people blocked him from leaving with Weems.

When he got out, he said, Weems was down and people were kicking him.

Knighten said others attacked him, adding 'I do remember racial slurs being yelled from the crowd.'

Knighten says he has broken bones in his face, a cut over his left eye and a blood clot in his right eye.

On Saturday he wrote on Facebook, 'All my injuries were minor fractures and lacerations. I just wish I could have reached him sooner. Please keep your thoughts and prayers on Ralph.'

Police did not arrive on the scene until after the crowd had left, he said.

Police said they were called to the Huddle House about 2am.

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ISIS Supporting Hacker Group Claims Responsibility For Cyber Attacks On PlayStation And Vatican Websites

Aug 25, 2014 8:46 AM PT

Sunday was a big day for the ISIS-supporting hacker group, "Lizard Squad."

Yesterday they claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on Sony's PlayStation Network, and tweeted a bomb threat to American Airlines, saying that explosives were on board the flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley.  They also claim to have taken down the Vatican Website.

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Brown Family's Autopsy Expert Has Questionable Credentials

Aug 21, 2014 12:19 PM PT

The credentials of a Kansas City based forensic expert hired by the Brown family to provide autopsy services for their son, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, are being questioned by other licensed forensic experts. 

Shawn Parcells, who owns National Forensic Autopsy and Recovery Services, says lawyers for the family of Michael Brown contacted him because of his alleged expertise in gunshot wounds. But the former Jackson County Medical Examiner says that his actual expertise is as a morgue technician, "somebody who would move bodies around, clean up after an autopsy."

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MSNBC News Crew Chastised By Ferguson Police For 'Endangering Lives'

Aug 19, 2014 12:15 PM PT

According to Boston Globe reporter Akilah Johnson, the Ferguson police didn't take kindly to having MSNBC's spotlight shown on them during the violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, late Monday night.

Johnson, who was on the scene, tweeted that an officer told MSNBC through a loudspeaker to "turn off those lights. You are endangering lives. You are spotlighting our officers.” 

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