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11725. Ms. No - 4/6/2016 5:11:44 PM

Thanks i3b3! We should have the connectivity issues fixed in the next week or so, but this is good to know while we're still having problems.

11726. wabbit - 6/12/2016 11:30:58 PM

A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Authorities were investigating the attack on the Florida dance club as an act of terrorism. The gunman's father recalled that his son recently got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami and said that might be related to the assault.

The shooter called 911 shortly before the attack and referenced ISIS, FBI agent Ronald Hopper said...

11727. Trillium - 6/14/2016 6:20:04 AM

Conflicted guy

"Palm Beach Post ORLANDO, Fla. — A former classmate of Omar Mateen’s 2006 police academy class said he believed Mateen was gay, saying Mateen once asked him out...Officials say Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning...The classmate said that he, Mateen and other classmates would hang out, sometimes going to gay nightclubs, after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy. He said Mateen asked him out romantically.

“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” the former classmate said...."

Mateen also worked as a security guard at a courthouse (subcontracted work of Homeland Security) before he was transferred to work at a gated community. A coworker quit because he thought Mateen was demented/dangerous and the management wouldn't do anything to handle this

Lunatics are running the asylum

11728. Ms. No - 6/16/2016 4:13:12 PM

Heard on NPR this morning from one of the cyber-sleuths who found the DNC hack, and a couple of things came to me.

First of all, there was mention of the White House, the State Department, and one other biggie getting hacked over the last year or so and it made me wonder again why it was such a bad idea for Clinton to have a private server since it never got hacked even though the claim is that everyone in the world knew about it.

Second, the cyber-guy was talking about why Russia would want all this info/dirt on Donald Trump. The feeling was that since Trump hasn't been a politician before, there isn't much known about how he would handle foreign policy and there might be something the Russians could use against him to hold him in check if he became president. I thought it was both smart and really moronic - smart if it were anyone but Trump since if the've been paying any attention at all they'd realize that you can't blackmail Trump because he's not ashamed of anything he's ever done.

Lastly, the interviewer asked if the RNC servers had been hacked -- to get information on the possible Democratic nominee -- and the cyber-guy said they were monitoring, but hadn't seen anything. All I could think was that there isn't any need to hack the RNC to find out secret evil stuff about Hillary Clinton. The woman's every shred of dirty laundry has been paraded in the media for 25 years. If there was something shady to know about her, we'd have heard about it by now. And nobody believes that Bernie is going to get the presidency, so it's a waste of time and effort to look for dirt on him. Besides, even if by some miracle he did become president, his own Congress would bring him down, so Russia wouldn't have to do anything but sit back and watch.

11729. Trillium - 6/17/2016 8:36:13 PM

"ORLANDO (CBSNewYork/CBS News) — A co-owner of a Florida gun store revealed Thursday that his employees called the FBI after the Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen...who killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse, came into his store about five weeks ago...Mateen asked for level 3 body armor, but the store doesn’t sell it....Mateen made a phone call and spoke Arabic before asking for bulk ammunition.

The employees did not sell him any ammunition and Abell stated that “we contacted FBI direct” after Mateen left the store, but they were “not as attentive as we would have hoped.”

Gun shop owner: we called FBI

This is bizarre, and ends with an FBI opinion that if a potential terrorist was denied a weapons purchase,"it might tip him off that the FBI is on his trail". Reminds me of the Minnesota FBI person Colleen Rowley who tried to stop 9/11...good luck with that...

11730. Trillium - 6/20/2016 6:37:22 AM

How it happened that Omar Mateen was licensed to carry weapons (and at one point was guarding a Florida State Courthouse...through G4S, a huge, international company, subcontracted by Dept.Homeland Security...G4S also guards nuclear plants)

Dr. Carol Nudelman denies testing Orlando shooter

"Nine years ago, the state of Florida received documentation from a security firm vouching for the mental health of Omar Mateen, who launched a bloody attack this week on Orlando nightclub patrons.

But the psychologist whose name appears on the document in state records said Friday that she never evaluated a man who now ranks as the worst mass killer in American history. In fact, she wasn’t even living in Florida when the evaluation was supposedly completed.

"The revelation Friday became another source of scrutiny for the G4S security firm, which was known as Wackenhut at the time. The psychological evaluation done for the company, which is required under state law, cleared Mateen to carry a firearm as a private security guard."

11731. wabbit - 7/2/2016 11:34:21 PM

RIP Elie Wiesel
Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, has died, Israel's Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said on Saturday.

Wiesel, a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world, was 87...

11732. Ms. No - 7/3/2016 7:51:07 PM

The last project of the year for my Sophomores was a joint assignment between my class and their History class based around Wiesel's book Night/.

11733. Ms. No - 7/4/2016 7:57:59 PM

Just checking to see if I put away my toys.

11734. judithathome - 9/29/2016 5:21:33 PM

Horrific train crash in New Jersey...they're saying the train didn't slow down as it entered the terminal...no idea how many are dead but they are bringing ambulances in that can carry FORTY patients at a time....not good at all.

11735. Ms. No - 9/30/2016 1:54:23 AM

I woke up to a text from my mother letting me know that she was nowhere near the train crash ---- my folks just relocated to Hoboken in February.

11736. judithathome - 10/1/2016 12:22:36 AM

OMG...you must have been freaking out...

Sorry to hear your folks are so far away...we loved meeting them and interacting.

Does this mean you won't be coming back to Teaxas and our area? Would hate to hear that!

11737. Ms. No - 10/4/2016 4:44:56 AM

I won't be back to Texas to visit my folks, but I still have family there. I'm most likely to see you in Arkansas if I can get out to the gathering this year. I miss you guys!

11738. arkymalarky - 10/4/2016 4:45:44 AM


11739. Ms. No - 10/4/2016 4:49:22 AM

Howdy! Oh my goodness I want to sit on the porch with you ladies.

11740. arkymalarky - 10/4/2016 4:57:45 AM

You don't have to wait till the Gathering the porch is ready year round!

11741. judithathome - 10/4/2016 9:43:02 PM

Hey...MsNo...anytime you come to Texas and want a ride to Arky's, just let us know...we are good to go anytime.

I may be blitzed on pain meds to get there but trust me, I can recover quickly!

11742. Ms. No - 10/8/2016 7:33:51 AM

I may ask for some of those pain meds next time around!:)

This summer is a big family gathering in Mazatlan for my folks 30th anniversary, Cory's sister's 50th birthday, and his brother Jim's 60th. I don't have the dates in front of me, but I think it's the 3rd week of June.

11743. arkymalarky - 10/8/2016 8:25:44 AM

How fun!

11744. Trillium - 10/28/2016 3:01:46 PM

Followup on Malheur Refuge occupation: The Bundys were acquitted (no update on the Hammonds who are of more interest). Back when the "Occupation" was happening I had a strong feeling that I was watching an odd political theater with paid actors. This impression is confirmed by a man who attended the trial and paid close attention.

"Finally the Justice Department stipulated (without naming any names) that at least nine occupiers were undercover informants; a number greater than the number of defendants on trial. (Heavily redacted documents in the hands of the defense suggest the number of informants was actually at least 15.)

"Significantly, the prosecution’s most damning evidence collapsed at the end of the trial when it was revealed that the man who ran a militia shooting range at the Malheur Refuge was himself an undercover agent. Through the hard work of defense lawyers, “John Killman” was identified as a paid (“reimbursed,” he said) informant who traveled to the occupation at the behest of the government in a beat-up pickup truck to lead the occupiers in combat “safety” training. “Killman” had even trained defendant Jeff Banta to stop cars and pull out their drivers at gunpoint."

Paid informants

Our tax dollars at work. Such bullshit. Public theater should be labelled as such

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