Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN.
One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that “three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, took part in the attack.
Another source briefed on the Benghazi investigation said Western intelligence services suspect the men may have been sent by the group specifically to carry out the attack. But it’s not been ruled out that they were already in the city and participated as the opportunity arose.
The attack on the compound and subsequently on a “safe-house” to which Americans had been evacuated left four U.S. citizens dead, including the ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
If the AQAP members were dispatched to Benghazi, it would be further evidence of a new level of co-operation among jihadist groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa, counterterrorism analysts say.
I hope that CNN decides to keep up their newfound interest in a story that’s bigger than Watergate. Americans lost their lives in Benghazi, needlessly it appears, and thus far, very little of the mainstream media has been willing to investigate the story.
While it is clear that Katherine Russell has made some terrible decisions in her life, helping her husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev build a bomb may not have been one of them. Female DNA from the bombs did not match that of Mrs. Russell.
from Hot Air:
And neither were the fingerprints, but that won’t end the FBI’s interest in the widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The bombs were built in relatively close quarters, CBS’ John Miller points out, and the sudden proliferation of pressure cookers, ball bearings, and fireworks must have raised some suspicions in Katherine Tsarnaev’s mind – if she saw them at all. That question, plus a phone call while Tamerlan was on the run, has investigators very interested in continuing to talk with Mrs. Tsarnaev … even if she’s not interested in talking with them.
I’m inclined to agree with Miller that the reported lack of cooperation is just an attorney doing his/her job in protecting a client. It’s not difficult to see how Katherine Russell Tsarnaev could become a suspect, if she’s not already one, and needs to protect herself from becoming further implicated in the plot. There are a lot of unanswered questions about her knowledge of Tamerlan’s plans — starting with his six-month absence in Dagestan that left her with a small child to care for all by herself. How does a young wife justify that, unless she knows what her husband’s business will be on the trip?
And wouldn’t she have known that her husband had been plotting a suicide attack, at least initially?
This kind of stuff is maddening. CBS is now reporting that small business owners have “concern and anxiety” that they are going to be crushed under the weight of Obamacare. But why is CBS just now reporting on this? If I didn’t know better, I’d think that they didn’t want you to know how awful the law was going to be before it was passed. But that can’t be, can it?
Here’s the video:
Anyone willing to look at this issue objectively and intelligently knew, without a doubt, that Obamcare was going to be an utter disaster, especially for small businesses.
Remember, we can repeal it but it will take time and effort and needs to be a priority for us when we go to the ballot box. We must remember to only vote for politicians who will consistently fight against it by attempting to defund it and repeal it at every reasonable opportunity.
A high school student in North Carolina who accidentally left his shotgun in his truck after skeet shooting the day prior, was promptly expelled from school. Upon learning this, representatives of Liberty University decided to not only accept him into college, but they offered to pay his way.
From the Blaze:
In a matter of days, North Carolina high school student David “Cole” Withrow’s situation has changed dramatically. For one, Liberty University announced Thursday that it will extend a scholarship to Withrow after he was suspended and arrested for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pick-up truck parked in the school lot.
Withrow, a high school senior and Eagle Scout, had been skeet shooting the day before the incident and inadvertently neglected to store his firearm. Once he realized his error, he immediately locked the gun in his truck and went inside the school to call his mom so she could come pick it up.
But a Princeton High School official overhead Withrow’s phone call to his mother and the school promptly called the police. After the gun was discovered in his truck, he was arrested and charged with a felony. The school is not allowing Withrow to return to school of the rest of the year, however, an attorney for Johnston County Schools on Thursday said he will still be allowed to graduate on time by attending an alternative school, WTVD-TV reports.
Now, Liberty University is stepping in to make sure that the high school senior will be able to continue on to college.
…“I think he’s a perfect fit for Liberty University,” [Liberty University school chancellor] added. “We will do whatever he needs to complete four years of tuition and room and board.”
Unbelievable. He realizes his mistake and immediately tries to rectify it by calling his mother and asking her to come retrieve the weapon from his truck. A school official eaves drops on his conversion with his mother and then tattles on him to the police. If this “school official” was listening closely enough to hear him say he had a shotgun in his truck, wouldn’t they have also overheard that it was a mistake and that his mother was going to come pick it up immediately? Or maybe that last part was just irrelevant to them because, like every other modern leftist, they were taught to irrationally fear anythingwithatrigger.
In any case, all’s well that ends well, I suppose. Kudos to Liberty University for this fantastic gesture.
The State Department’s Office of Inspector General is investigating the special internal panel that probed the Benghazi terror attack for the State Department, Fox News has confirmed.
The IG’s office is said by well-placed sources to be seeking to determine whether the Accountability Review Board, or ARB — led by former U.N. Ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen — failed to interview key witnesses who had asked to provide their accounts of the Benghazi attacks to the panel.
The IG’s office notified the department of the “special review” on March 28, according to Doug Welty, the congressional and public affairs officer of the IG’s office.
This disclosure marks a significant turn in the ongoing Benghazi case, as it calls into question the reliability of the blue-ribbon panel that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened to review the entire matter. Until the report was concluded, she and all other senior Obama administration officials regularly refused to answer questions about what happened in Benghazi.
I’ve got news for you, Harry. Obamacare is going to be a train wreck no matter much money we sink into it.
from the Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly.
Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public.
“Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck, and I agree with him,” Reid said, echoing a warning delivered last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).
Reid warned the federal government is not spending enough money to implement the law because of Republican opposition to ObamaCare.
Here’s one you won’t see in the mainstream media. A Michigan gas station owner stopped two robbers on Sunday with…gasp! An AR-15!
Somebody call Pierce Morgan!
from Iron Mountain Daily News:
Two individuals who attempted to rob the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton early Sunday morning are behind bars.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Munising Detachment responded to the Oasis Gas Station in Shingleton for a breaking and entering in progress at 4:10 a.m. on Sunday.
Two suspects wearing ski masks forced entry into the gas station and proceeded to the cash register.
Unknown to the burglars, the gas station owner, Shawn Schank, was in the building at the time of the attempted burglary.
Schank, a veteran of the Iraq war, found the masked suspects behind the cashier’s counter at his register.
He ran toward the suspects and kicked one of them, causing him to fall to the floor. Schank then retrieved an AR-15 assault rifle from his office and ordered the masked men to leave his business, police said.
During the altercation, one of the suspects peeled his mask off and pleaded with Schank not shoot him.
The suspects then fled on foot away from the Oasis Gas Station and Schank called 911 to report the incident.
When one of the suspects removed his mask and exposed his face, Schank recognized the burglar and was able to provide the suspect’s identity to police.
Troopers located and apprehended the identified suspect. Investigative efforts provided the ability to identify the second suspect, who was also located and apprehended.
It appears that the new suspects had some contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the bombings took place.
from New York Post:
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev didn’t have a care in the world as an army of feds and cops hunted for him after the marathon attack — texting “LOL” to a pal who warned him that his face was plastered all over the news.
“You better not text me,” Tsarnaev wrote Dias Kadyrbayev on April 18 after Kadyrbayev told him about seeing the photos on TV, according to an FBI affidavit.
Kadyrbayev and a second pal, Azamat Tazhayakov, were charged yesterday with helping Tsarnaev cover up his role in the April 15 attack. A third, Robel Phillipos, was charged with lying to the feds about the alleged conspiracy. All four men are 19.
Tsarnaev bragged a month before the attack that he knew “how to make a bomb,” according to the affidavit, signed by FBI Special Agent Scott P. Ciepik.
From the reports yesterday, it sure seems odd that these suspects knew exactly which evidence they should hide and attempt to destroy. It definitely throws a wrench in the media’s “lone wolf” narrative.
You know it’s bad when you’ve lost the LA Times, usually big apologists for the Obama administration.
from LA Times:
Many part-timers are facing a double whammy from President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
The law requires large employers offering health insurance to include part-time employees working 30 hours a week or more. But rather than provide healthcare to more workers, a growing number of employers are cutting back employee hours instead.
The result: Not only will these workers earn less money, but they’ll also miss out on health insurance at work.
Consider the city of Long Beach. It is limiting most of its 1,600 part-time employees to fewer than 27 hours a week, on average. City officials say that without cutting payroll hours, new health benefits would cost up to $2 million more next year, and that extra expense would trigger layoffs and cutbacks in city services.
Let’s check in and see how those strict gun control laws are working in Chicago, shall we?
from NBC News (emphasis mine):
A 10-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in Chicago toward the end of a day that saw at least three people slain and 20 others wounded, police and local media said.
The boy was standing on North Waller Avenue just before 8 p.m. when a group of men on a nearby street corner began fighting, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
During the melee, one of the men pulled out a handgun and opened fire, Alfaro said.
“I’m assuming he was shooting at the other individuals,” he added. “He wasn’t shooting at the child.”
The boy was wounded in the right buttock and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, Alfaro said. No information about his condition was available early Thursday, though Alfaro said he believed the child was “stable.”
Chicago detectives were continuing their investigation Thursday, and no arrests had been made, Alfaro said.
The city’s first 80-degree day in seven months brought a wave of violence, with an average of one per hour at one point, NBCChicago.com reported.
Yeah, NBC, it was totally just the weather. It definitely had nothing to do with gangs. Or maybe it did! Maybe that’s what the problem is in Chicago. It shouldn’t just be a “gun free” zone. It also needs to be a “gang free” zone.
I know, I know. Climate change isn’t the same as weather. But that’s not what liberals tell you every time there’s a hurricane or a flood. When it works with the narrative, blaming the weather on climate change is just dandy.
The list of locations that have received record May snowfall from a storm that brought up to 2 feet of snow over the central Rockies continues to grow.
The storm is still going on Thursday and could reach even more unlikely locations over the Plains, Midwest and the South before it is all said and done.
Omaha, Neb., Mason City, Iowa, and Rochester, Minn., are but only several cities that have been clobbered by their biggest May snowfall on record. In many cases in the major cities in the Plains, those records date back to the 1800s.
While Minneapolis/St. Paul managed to avoid the heaviest snow, areas less than 50 miles to the southeast of the Twin Cities received between 6 and 12 inches of snow Wednesday night into Thursday. As mch as 14 inches fell on part of southeastern Minnesota.
The Omaha, Neb., area picked up between 3 and 6 inches of snow. A general swath of 3 to 10 inches of snow has fallen over much of western Iowa.
In some cases the snow fell on locations that were in the 80s only a couple of days earlier, including Denver and Amarillo, Texas. Cold air was driving southward in the wake of the storm and threatens to bring yet another freeze to part of the southern winter wheat belt.
North Korea has sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the regime.
from NBC (emphasis mine):
An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency.
Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported.
He was detained in November, but it has remained unclear what crime he was alleged to have committed.
State news agency KCNA’s brief report was headlined “American Citizen Punished in DPRK,” meaning Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It referred to Bae using a Korean version of his name, Pae Jun Ho.
“A trial of Pae Jun Ho, an American citizen, took place held at the Supreme Court of the DPRK on April 30. He was arrested while committing hostile acts against the DPRK after entering Rason City as a tourist on Nov. 3 last year,” it said.
“The Supreme Court sentenced him to 15 years of hard labor for this crime,” it added.
At least three other Americans detained in recent years also have been devout Christians, the AP said. While North Korea’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion, in practice only sanctioned services are tolerated by the regime.
Washington state Rep. Cindy Ryu told The Herald newspaper in December that Bae might have been doing missionary work in North Korea. “Many of us are third- and fourth-generation Christians and many of our pastors are originally from North Korea,” Ryu said. “We want to visit our home country, but in North Korea you cannot say you are a missionary.”
There have also been reports that Bae took photographs of hungry orphans.
Like something straight out of an Alanis Morissette song, the radical leftist peaceful May Day protesters thought it would be a great idea to smash up a bunch of private property in an effort to protest corporations and capitalism all while sporting items and clothing made possible by corporations and capitalism. Good call, guys.
Here we have someone destroying Niketown while wearing Nikes:
The irony was so undeniably thick that even the local news anchors couldn’t help themselves:
But the irony didn’t stop with anti-capitalists. It amazingly made its way to those advocating peace with their clothing:
Isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think?
Look, we know what this was because it’s always the same. It was nothing more than a bunch of know-nothing spoiled adolescent brats in adult bodies having a good time throwing a temper tantrum. People with no moral center like to destroy things. If they truly hated capitalism, they wouldn’t do business with corporations. No one, I repeat, no one forces them to do business with anyone. That’s what’s beautiful about capitalism. It allows people to be free to make their own economic choices.
Yes, the irony here is truly remarkable although it seems to be lost on the protesters. Looks like a bunch of right-wing tea-partiers doesn’t it?
This is unbelievable. No, it’s not unbelievable that a mainstream media outlet would be biased, we see that every day. But it is surprising at how tone deaf they’re being by not covering it. They didn’t even put in the effort to spin the story to make conservatives somehow look bad. They just covered their eyes and ears and hoped for the best.
ABC’s blackout of the gruesome charges against abortionist Kermit Gosnell continued on Tuesday, 43 days after the trial began.
This came one day after a Media Research Center study found that the network’s Good Morning America has devoted 109 minuted and 41 stories to other shocking criminal trials. Apparently, ABC’s disinterest extends only to cases that might put the pro-abortion agenda in a negative light.
Instead of covering the Gosnell trial, which went to the jury on Monday, GMA offered a full report on the Michael Jackson wrongful death case, another story on the case of a Utah doctor charged with murdering his wife and a third segment on the Amanda Knox retrial. This amounted to another eight minutes and 20 seconds of focusing on high profile court stories not involving an abortionist accused of murdering babies.
ABC’s new total is 117 minutes and 46 seconds. NBC and CBS on Monday and Tuesday avoided the story. Both networks have only allowed minor coverage of the Gosnell case.
However, skimpy coverage is still better than ABC’s total silence. The network will find time, however, to devote a full hour to Amanda Knox on Tuesday night.
What’s more, even the coverage that many news outlets have given the story has been about how the media isn’t covering it. I’ve never really seen a story that everyone knows about and is supremely interested in that the media just will not cover.