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Two men shot dead outside of "Draw the Prophet Show"

That's what is coming in over the wires from Garland, Texas

Two people were fatally shot today outside a Garland, Texas, community center that was hosting an show of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the center was put on lockdown, SWAT officials said.

The two suspects drove up in a car and opened fire on the Curtis Culwell Center, which is owned by the Garland school district, and a security officer of the Garland ISD was hit, according to a statement from the city of Garland.

That officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, a Garland Police spokesman.

Garland police officers returned fire, hitting both men and killing both men, according to the city statement.

The details are yet to come, but this sounds like another "Charlie Hebdo" attack, except that the event was a deliberate provocation with Dutch racist Geert Wilders in attendance.  The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were equal opportunity lampooners, not deliberate provocateurs.  Just the same, murder is not the answer to offensive speech.

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As today’s Muhammad Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center was coming to an end, two males drove up to the front of the building in a car. Both males were armed and began shooting at a Garland ISD security officer. The GISD security officer's injuries are not life-threatening. Garland Police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed.
Police suspect the vehicle may contain an incendiary device and the bomb squad is on the scene. The surrounding businesses including Academy Sports, Walmart and Sam’s are being evacuated. Event participants are also being evacuated from the Curtis Culwell Center for their safety.
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Anyone in the SF Bay Area who is looking for a chance to call Rand Paul to account has a perfect chance this Saturday, May 9.

The announcement was made in today's San Francisco Chronicle  by political writer Carla Marinucci, moderator for this FREE event.  

Aiming to appeal to Millennials and libertarian-leaning tech workers, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul will visit San Francisco next week for a campaign swing that includes headlining a discussion and conference on “Disrupting Democracy.”
The May 9 event, formally titled “Disrupting Democracy: A New Generation of Voter Engagement,” is being hosted by Lincoln Labs, a GOP-leaning “liberty-focused thought and leadership group,” and Brigade, a tech firm that develops social tools aimed at boosting civic engagement and is chaired by billionaire Facebook and Napster co-founder Sean Parker.
I wonder what the "libertarian-leaning tech workers" think about Rand Paul's vicious platform of government regulation of American women's lady parts?  Do they believe, as Rand Paul does, that
"life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. It is the duty of our government to protect this life as a right guaranteed under the Constitution." I have stated many times that I will always support legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion.
http://www.paul.senate.gov/...
 

Are the enlightened, hipsters of the tech world down with government control of body parts?  Do they believe, as Rand Paul does, that every fertilized ovum must be carried to term?  Do they care that Rand has a ZERO rating from NARAL?   Perhaps they are too male and too swept up by Ayn Rand's dicta to have given a thought to what kind of "disruption" Rand Paul has in mind for American women.

So, if any Bay Area Kossacks are around on Saturday, May 2, here's how to get your free ticket and a chance to ask some real questions of Forced Birther Rand Paul.

“Disrupting Democracy: A New Generation of Voter Engagement”: Rand Paul in discussion with Brigade CEO Matt Mahan, in a free forum moderated by San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer Carla Marinucci. From 3-5 p.m. May 9, Brigade, 548 Fourth St., San Francisco. Tickets: http://bit.ly/...
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Oh, sigh….

Why do some men think women's bodies are there for the touching?  Powerful men, like the Premier of New Zealand, apparently felt that he had a right to torment a waitress by repeatedly pulling her hair when he stopped at her diner.

New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, has apologized to a cafe worker who accused him of a form of torment usually associated with playground bullies: hair-pulling.

The waitress made her complaint public in an anonymous blog post on Wednesday, saying that Mr. Key, a frequent visitor to the Auckland cafe where she works, had tugged on her ponytail repeatedly over a period of months, starting during the general election campaign last year. Mr. Key, the prime minister since 2008, won a third term with his center-right National Party’s victory in September.

The beleaguered waitress tells her story, anonymously and at length, on a NZ blog:
…..So the game continued. He would come up behind me when I was at the ordering terminal, tug on my hair and then pretend that his wife, Bronagh, had done it (much to her embarrassment), and she would tell him to stop it. As he rounded the corner behind me he commented “that’s a very tantalising ponytail”.
On Saturday, 28th February (which I specifically recall as there was to be a protest outside his home the following day) he approached me from behind, security personnel by his side, as I stood with my back to him filling water glasses, and he pulled my hair before once again pointing the blame at Bronagh. I couldn’t believe it, he was still persisting and by now he had definitely got the message that I was not enjoying it – that seemed to be why he was enjoying it so damn much. It had really crossed the line by this point and I didn’t need to tell him to stop because now Bronagh herself was already telling him to stop what he was doing, and not for the first time I might add. I exclaimed “Really?!!”, to my manager beside me, and shot him a look of utter disbelief and frustration.
What more could I do? How humiliating would it be to have to stand before the Prime Minister, his wife and security personnel and a handful of customers and say John, Mr Prime Minister, Sir, could you please stop tugging on my hair, I don’t like it, please stop, please… I felt I shouldn’t HAVE to do that. I certainly couldn’t reciprocate his actions, maybe see if he liked to have his hair pulled. Who would dare do that to a man with his own personal security? I told his security that I was sick of having my hair pulled and one day I’ll snap and i’ll punch him in the face. I hoped that maybe they’d tell him that enough’s enough and it’s time to draw it to an end. I posted on the National Party and the John Key Facebook pages a message along the lines of “Stop pulling my hair – I don’t like it!”. Maybe between social media and his security buddies and my body language and his wife’s advice he might finally get the message?
After the worker's blog post appeared, Premier Key said he was just "horsing around."  By way of apology, he brought the waitress two bottles of New Zealand pinot noir.  

Green party leader Metiria Turei had this to say:

"A lot of New Zealanders know what it's like to feel as if you're not taken seriously in a job. As politicians our job is to make people feel safe at work, not bullied."

"This is another case of National men behaving badly. We should expect higher standards of behaviour from our Prime Minister, not this weird hair pulling."

Sigh...
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It's hard to know with Lincoln Chafee.  Sometimes he has trouble making up his mind about which way to go.

Reports are flying around the the cable shows and blogs that he accidentally let it slip today on CNN:

Chafee appeared to get loose with his language on CNN, telling the anchor he’s interested in a run for the White House because he doesn’t feel Hillary Clinton is right for the job. “That’s why I’m running. Because I feel strong about where we’re going as a country,” he said.
Here he is on CNN.

I think he just may have scooped his own story.  

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Don't like a candidate?  Hate the opposition?  But what to do about it?  Oh, why not take a trip to the local cemetery and knock over their family headstone?  What brilliance!  What class!  What patriotism!

Police are looking into whether vandals knocked over the headstone on the grave of Hillary Clinton's father, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported Wednesday.

Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano told the newspaper that the the department received a report that Hugh Rodham's headstone had been toppled Tuesday morning in Washburn Street Cemetery. He suggested that vandals may have tipped it over.

No other headstones in the cemetery were reported to have been knocked over, police told local TV station WNEP.

The stone was put back in place Tuesday afternoon, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
TPM Link

Apparently this happened just after Hillary Clinton announced her presidential run on Sunday.   It takes a real lack of character to even contemplate doing such a thing, but I guess character is in short supply these days.  I wonder if they will catch these fools.
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Women and cosmetic surgery: WTF?

by Radiowalla

This diary is an inquiry into the question of cosmetic surgery for women.  It arises following a comment I made regarding Jennifer Granholm's recent facial surgery which I noticed when she appeared on one of the Sunday shows.   The blowback to my comment was immediate and very negative.  It appears that this was not a welcome observation.   If you are a feminist, particularly an older one, the topic of cosmetic surgery is likely to be very relevant to you.  Perhaps you are ambivalent, perhaps you are angry, perhaps you don't give a rip.  Whatever the case,   if you care to explore your thoughts with me, please join me below the orange suture line

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Reuters) - Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big opposition protest in months in the Russian capital.

He was shot four times late on Friday night, not far from the Kremlin in the center of Moscow. Police cars blocked the street where he was shot. An ambulance was also nearby.

Oh, boy.  

http://www.reuters.com/...

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This is the latest from our most enlightened of allies:

(Reuters) - An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of Islam's holy book, the Koran, and hitting it with a shoe, the newspaper reported.

Saudi Arabia, the United States' top Arab ally and birthplace of Islam, follows the strict Wahhabi Sunni Muslim school and gives the clergy control over its justice system.

Under the Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia Islamic law, apostasy demands the death penalty, as do some other religious offences like sorcery, while blasphemy and criticism of senior Muslim clerics have incurred jail terms and corporal punishment.

Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by public beheading.

So off with his head!  He doesn't want to be a Muslim anymore?  Well, never mind.  With his head chopped off, he won't have to worry, will he?  

And while we await the beheading, let's contemplate why we do business with such a country? Why do we travel there?  Why do we invite their leaders here?  Why do we speak to them?  

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Maybe the cold, dark winters of the South Dakota plains have turned state representative Isaac Latterell's brain to slush.

The South Dakota Republican (natch), has introduced House Bill 1230, the Preborn Infant Beheading Ban of 2015 which has already passed, 11-2, in the House Health and Human Services Committee.

On his website State Rep Isaac Latterell claims in a headline

Planned Parenthood is worse than ISIS and lying about it
Following this extravagant fabrication, Liar Latterell digs himself deeper with this:
“No licensed physician may knowingly behead a living unborn child with the intent of endangering the life or health of the child.”

"No state, no religion, and no organization should ever be allowed to use this unspeakably horrifying method.  While we rightly take the speck out of our neighbor’s eye by holding ISIS accountable, let us be sure to take the plank out of our own eye by holding Planned Parenthood accountable."

Clearly, Rep. Latterell will never have to worry about losing his head.  He has already misplaced it.  

If you have any ideas where to find it, you might consider leaving a helpful but courteous comment on his website.  

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So now we know that this was not some childish prank, some act of random destruction at the hands of overly exuberant kids.   On Sunday evening news broke of a massive desecration of a Jewish cemetery in Alsace, France.  Hundreds of graves were overturned and broken, not the first time this Jewish cemetery had been desecrated.

In our discussion here, when it was discovered that the attack was by young men, aged 15 to 17, there were hopes expressed that this was more of a prank than an anti-Semitic attack.  Boys will be be boys, etc., etc.  We were all hoping that this would prove to be the case.

Today, French prosecutors have announced that during the questioning of the young men, they admitted to spitting on the graves, calling out "Dirty Jew!" and "Heil, Hitler."  They admitted also to urinating on the tombs.

 Here are a few links in French:

Europe 1

Les jeunes ont fait des « saluts nazis », ont craché sur des symboles juifs, et prononcé les mots « sales juifs », « sale race », « Heil Hitler » ou « Sieg Heil ».

(The youth made Nazi salutes, spat on Jewish symbols, called out "Dirty Jews, Dirty Race, Heil Hitler or Sieg Heil.")

Le Monde

An ancient hatred, passed on from generation to generation….  When will they ever learn?  

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"It's always something," as Roseanne Roseannadanna  so famously said.

Now there is this: Hundreds of Jewish graves have been desecrated at a cemetery in eastern France, near the border with Germany.

Images on social media showed the gravestones in Sarre-Union daubed with swastikas and Nazi slogans.

On his Twitter feed, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said every effort would be made to catch the perpetrators of an "ignoble and anti-Semitic act, an insult to memory".

Anti-Semitic attacks have risen sharply in France in recent years.

A kosher supermarket in Paris was one of the sites targeted by Islamist gunmen in a series of attacks last month which left 17 people dead.

A special investigative team is at the cemetery in Sarre-Union, the French news agency AFP reports, quoting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Reports are coming in hard and fast.  If you have the stomach, you can find them.

http://lci.tf1.fr/...

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/...

News of the latest incident comes just over a month after an Islamist gunman shot dead four Jews in a kosher supermarket siege in Paris and less than 24 hours after a fatal shooting at a synagogue in Copenhagen.
"I am fed up of all these anti-Semitic acts, in their different forms that we saw on January 9 in France, yesterday in Copenhagen and today in Alsace," said Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France.
No wonder French Jews are leaving France.  The dead don't have that choice, however.  
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First go shoot some cartoonists because you feel disrespected by their work.  Then go find some Jews and kill them as well.

This was the ghastly scene in Paris just a few short weeks ago when extremist terrorists shot up Charlie Hebdo headquarters and then killed a policewoman and several Jews who were shopping for dinner at a kosher market.

Now we learn that some people displeased with cartoons went into a Copenhagen cafe today and tried to kill a cartoonist.  The cartoonist survived but another man was killed.

Later in the day, the attack on a Copenhagen synagogue was reported.  One person shot in the head and two policemen injured

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s prime minister, said: “Everything indicates that the shooting was a political attack and therefore an act of terror . . . We face some difficult days when our unity will be tested. But in Denmark we will never bow to violence.”
Hours later a second shooting was reported in an attack on a synagogue in central Copenhagen, Danish police said, adding that it was too early to say whether the incident was connected to an earlier one at an arts café. One person was shot in the head and two police were wounded.
François Hollande, French president, said he had expressed all France’s solidarity to Ms Thorning-Schmidt and that the country’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, would make his way to Copenhagen.
Denmark has been on edge ever since the attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris last month. The first newspaper to publish drawings of Mohammed was Jyllands-Posten, a Danish daily.
Financial Times

Do I detect a pattern here?  I hope I am wrong.  In the meantime, Je Suis Charlie.

May the families of the victims be comforted and the may the wounded be healed.  

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