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  • Police Officer Fatally Shot Responding to Domestic Dispute; Suspect Captured After 6-Hour Manhunt
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a western Pennsylvania police officer who responded to a domestic dispute has been charged with homicide.

    Online court records show Ray Shetler Jr. was charged Sunday with one count of criminal homicide. He was awaiting arraignment Sunday afternoon.

    Officer Lloyd Reed (Image source: WPXI-TV)

    Officer Lloyd Reed (Image source: WPXI-TV)

    Police say Shetler shot St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed after officers were called to the domestic situation in New Florence on Saturday night. Reed was pronounced dead at a hospital.

    Reed was wearing a bulletproof vest, WTAE-TV reported, but was struck at an angle where the bullet penetrated his body. The Cambria County deputy coroner confirmed Reed died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, the station added.

    The 31-year-old suspect was captured early Sunday after a six-hour manhunt. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

    More from WTAE:

    Shetler most recently entered a guilty plea in October of recklessly endangering another person and defiant trespass which included a maximum of two years probation.  Shetler previously was found guilty after a non-jury trial in 2014 and was sentenced to one year probation for simple assault and harassment.  He also entered a guilty plea in 2005 for criminal conspiracy and engaging in simple assault charges.

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on all state buildings in the slain officer’s honor. Reed had been an officer for more than 20 years.

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  • Police Won’t Release Motive in Planned Parenthood Shooting
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado Springs police say they will not disclose why a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three people.

    Police say in a statement Sunday that they are sealing the warrants related to the case against 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. They say they are not providing information on the weapon used in Friday’s shooting, a timeline of events or a motive of the suspect.

    That will continue to stoke speculation about what led to the shooting that killed a police officer and two other people. Dear is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

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  • Liberal Actress Bette Midler Has a Pretty Good Idea Who’s to Blame for Planned Parenthood Shooting
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 3:53 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Outspoken liberal actress and singer Bette Midler has been known to weigh in with her sociopolitical slants over the years, whether it’s support for Occupy Wall Street or universal health care.

    Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera season opening night of Verdi's "Otello" at Lincoln Center on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in New York. (Image source: Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

    Bette Midler attends the Metropolitan Opera season opening night of Verdi’s “Otello” at Lincoln Center on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in New York. (Image source: Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

    And in the wake of the deadly shootings at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Black Friday, the “Divine Miss M” hopped on Twitter and offered her take on who she believes is to blame:

    “Thanks to overheated screeds spewing from the mouths of the GOP, and in Congress, innocent people have died in CO, including a policeman,” Midler wrote.

    While Midler received some support for her position —

    — it appeared that most responses to her tweet got right back in her face:

    (H/T: Young Conservatives)

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  • After Lawsuit Threat, Elementary School Cancels Planned Reading of Transgender Children’s Book
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

    The Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement Wednesday saying it will not proceed with its planned reading of the book “I am Jazz,” the Capital Times reported. The district said it would give the Board of Education the opportunity to address a situation, for which the district has no current policy.

    Photo credit: Shutterstock

    Photo credit: Shutterstock

    Last week, the principal of Mount Horeb Primary Center sent a letter to parents saying the book would be read and discussed because the school has a student who identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy.

    “We believe all students deserve respect and support regardless of their gender identity and expression, and the best way to foster that respect and support is through educating students about the issue of being transgender,” the letter said.

    The Florida-based Liberty Counsel group threatened to sue, saying it was contacted by concerned parents. In a letter to the school district, the group contended that reading the book would violate parental rights.

    In its statement Wednesday, the district said as it seeks to address the needs of the individual student, it will be mindful of the needs of other students and families. It also said families whose children may be affected will be notified of future actions, and the goal is to protect all students from bullying so they can learn together in a safe environment.

    The school district was closed Friday, and emails to the superintendent, elementary school principal and others were not immediately returned to The Associated Press.

  • 10-Year-Old Goes Hunting For the First Time. After He Misses His First Shot, You’ll Have to See What He Eventually Takes Home.
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    When 10-year-old Kyler Verbeten went hunting with his father for the first time last week, his first shot at a large doe completely missed.

    Kyler’s dad, laughing, had told his son to shoot a big doe nearby as another, smaller one, was also in the vicinity.

    “He had the gun, and I’m kind of laughing, we’ll see how he does, he’s 10,” Matt Verbeten told WBAY-TV.

    Image source: WBAY-TV

    Image source: WBAY-TV

    “I said, ‘Shoot again,’ he puts it back up, boom. They just fell right over,” Verbeten, of Wisconsin, said.

    When Kyler shot again, he didn’t miss. This time, his bullet went through each deer, killing them both.

    “I was so excited I almost jumped out of the stand,” Kyler said. “I just ran down the ladder and ran out there to look at them.”

    Kyler told WBAY that had been distracted by a nearby squirrel that was jumping from tree to tree earlier during the hunting trip. That squirrel kept the 10-year-old boy busy until his father encouraged him to take aim at the one deer.

    Image source: WBAY-TV

    Image source: WBAY-TV

    According to WBAY, Verbeten tagged both deer and had his son help him gut and drag both of the animals.

    “Just for kids nowadays to get the value of nature, to get outside and do something,” Verbeten said, telling WBAY that he hopes Kyler will learn a few lessons while in the woods. “There’s not an app for something like that.”

    WBAY said Kyler’s story was “one of the weirdest” the station has reported this year. Watch Kyler talk about his hunting experience with the news station below.

  • 2016 ‘Food Trends’ Predictions: Unlabeled Genetically-Modified Salmon, Dye-Free Foods and Smaller Supermarkets
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm by Mike Opelka

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    According to the Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, the coming year will offer a wide variety of topics for discussion among “foodies.” Among the hot topics in the world of eating: genetically modified salmon, dye-free foods with fewer ingredients and smaller supermarkets.

    In an interview on TheBlaze Radio, Lempert discussed the FDA’s recent approval of a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast and requires 25 percent less food as a typical salmon.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Lempert reports that AquaBounty, the company behind the genetically engineered salmon, actually developed the modified fish 25 ago. But it wasn’t until less than two weeks ago that the FDA approved the AquaAdvantage Salmon for sale in America. 

    The fish is the first genetically modified animal to receive the agency’s green light.

    On Saturday, Costco announced its stores would not be carrying the AquaAdvantage salmon, joining Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway and Kroger in deciding not to sell the fish.

    Looking ahead to 2016, Lempert spoke of the possibility of more companies eliminating the dyes that color so many foods.

    “When we start fooling around with the color of food, because we eat with our eyes, it changes our taste buds,” Lempert said.

    Also on the horizon, Lempert predicted an increase of smaller supermarkets. Instead of the 40-50,000 square foot superstores, the supermarket guru believes “smaller footprint” stories like those recently opened by Germany’s Aldi chain could soon number as many as 4,000 nationally. Aldi currently operates more than 1,400 stores in America.

    Lempert told TheBlaze that 90 percent of the products inside an Aldi store are “of their own exclusive brands” and added that the Aldi brand is “about 30-50 percent less expensive.”

    In terms of one surprising new food trend for 2016, Lempert said we should all be looking for ” a rise of potato-based soups or cold gazpachos.”

    “We’re starting to see food trucks that make them the same way they make smoothies,” he said.

    Hear Phil Lempert explain the coming food trends on Blaze Radio.

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  • Israeli Defense Minister: Russian Jet Flew Into Israel’s Airspace, Was Not Shot Down
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Russian jet recently penetrated Israeli airspace but was not shot down thanks to an open communication system between the two countries, Israel’s defense minister said Sunday as tensions continued to flare between Ankara and Moscow after Turkish troops downed a Russian warplane.

    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the plane entered about a mile (1.5 kilometers) into Israeli airspace by “mistake” and immediately turned around back to Syria when the Russians were notified. For two months, Russia has been carrying out airstrikes to support Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon speaks during a joint news conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter at Israel's Defense Force headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 20, 2015. Carter was warmly welcomed Ya'alon Monday on the first Cabinet-level U.S. visit to the Jewish state since the Iran nuclear deal was announced. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon speaks at Israel’s Defense Force headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    Yaalon told Israel Radio that after Russia announced its air campaign in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with his military chief of staff and other officials, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said Israel later opened a channel for coordination with Russia “to prevent misunderstandings.”

    He said there has been one incident so far of a Russian plane entering Israeli airspace and it was “immediately corrected in the communications channel.” He didn’t say when it occurred.

    “Russian planes don’t intend to attack us and therefore there is no need to automatically, even if there is some kind of mistake, shoot them down,” he said.

    Yaalon’s remarks come amid a crisis between Ankara and Moscow after Turkey downed a Russian warplane.

    Putin issued a decree on Saturday calling for sanctions against Turkey. It includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia as of Jan. 1. It doesn’t specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey.

    Putin also called for ending visa-free travel between Russia and Turkey and ordered the tightening of control over Turkish air carriers in Russia “for security reasons.” The decree was issued “to protect Russian citizens from crimes,” a Kremlin statement said.

    HATAY, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 24: A Russian warplane goes down in Syria's northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015.  (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

    HATAY, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 24: A Russian warplane goes down in Syria’s northwestern Turkmen town of Bayirbucak near Turkeys border on November 24, 2015. (Photo by Fatih Akta/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

    The decree came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was “truly saddened” by the event and wished it hadn’t occurred.

    Yaalon explained on Sunday that the Russians notify Israel ahead of time when they will get close to the country’s airspace.

    “Just as we don’t interfere with their operations and we don’t get involved, as a policy, in what is happening in Syria, they also don’t interfere with us flying and acting in accordance with our interests,” he said.

    Israel is believed to have carried out airstrikes on several weapons convoys in Syria headed to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon. Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim group sworn to Israel’s destruction, fought a monthlong war with the Jewish state in 2006.

    Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the airstrikes, but has said it will not allow sophisticated, or “game changing”, weaponry to reach anti-Israel militant groups.

    Syria and Israel are bitter enemies. Israel has avoided taking sides in the Syrian conflict that pits President Bashar Assad’s government against various militant forces, including the Islamic State group.

    Israel has been carefully monitoring the Syrian war since it erupted in March 2011. While relations are hostile, the ruling Assad family has kept the frontier with Israel quiet for most of the past 40 years.

  • One Day After Planned Parenthood Shooting, Venerable Pro-Life Professor Received This ‘Inexcusable’ Email From a Fellow Educator
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    On the day that a gunman attacked a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility, Mike Adams was in North Carolina.

    Yet, Adams, a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington notorious for his anti-abortion and Christian views, was on the receiving end of an inquiry from a fellow professor who wondered about Adams’ potential involvement with the shooting suspect.

    “Did you correspond with him Mike? Maybe inspire him a bit to complete his mission of murdering a university officer and 2 civilians?” Richard Greenleaf, a sociology and criminal justice professor at Elmhurst College, a private liberal arts school in Illinois, wrote in an email to Adams after the attack.

    Image provided to TheBlaze. Personal contact information has been redacted.

    Image provided to TheBlaze. Personal contact information has been redacted by TheBlaze.

    Greenleaf attached the mugshot of Robert Dear, the suspected gunman who killed three people when he attacked the Colorado Planned Parenthood, to his email. The subject line of the email read, “Another Mike Adams inspired nut case.”

    According to Adams, the two professors have never actually met, but he has received many emails from Greenleaf in the past. A columnist for Townhall, Adams has even shared one of Greenleaf’s unsolicited emails regarding a class syllabus. Adams told TheBlaze that Greenleaf regularly sends him emails to ask about his involvement any time there is a mass shooting or tragedy.

    Professor Mike Adams (Image provided to TheBlaze)

    Professor Mike Adams (Image provided to TheBlaze)

    “The fact that a professor would email me repeatedly accusing me of being involved in multiple murder conspiracies is truly mind boggling,” Adams told TheBlaze. “The fact that he is a criminal justice professor moves it beyond parody. Greenleaf falls short of any reasonable standard of professional competence. His conduct is simply inexcusable.”

    Greenleaf told TheBlaze that his inquiries into Adams’ involvement with tragedies of this nature stem from his writings at the conservative news site.

    “Rhetoric has consequences,” Greenleaf simply said.

    Adams said he had never met nor corresponded with the alleged gunman and “would not recognize Mr. Dear even if he was caught in my headlights.”

    “Professor Greenleaf is a living breathing one man argument against tenure. He has little more to do with his spare time than to write me every time there is a shooting — specifically blaming me for the shooting,” Adams said. “And he is always shooting blanks — failing to comprehend the notion of personal responsibility embodied in the class policy that first me into his cross hairs.”

    Adams gained notoriety in academia when he successfully sued UNC-W as he asserted that he was denied a promotion to full professor as he is an outspoken conservative. In 2014, a federal jury agreed, and the school acceded to grant Adams his promotion as well as award him $50,000 in back pay and $615,000 in attorneys’ fees.

    The gunman’s motive has not fully been identified, but early reports say that Dear muttered something regarding “no more baby parts” while being questioned by law enforcement officials. Planned Parenthood officials have blamed “hateful rhetoric” for an environment that would perpetuate Friday’s attack. 

  • Chris Christie Secures Huge New Hampshire Union Leader Endorsement
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 11:22 am by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has secured the much coveted endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader, the first primary state’s largest newspaper, as his Republican presidential campaign trudges along.

    “We don’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing the disastrous effects of the last such choice,” Joseph McQuaid, the venerable newspaper’s publisher, wrote, seemingly swiping at Christie’s opponents in the Senate: Florida’s Marco Rubio, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Texas’ Ted Cruz.

    McQuaid went on to praise Christie as a “solid, pro-life conservative” and lauded his work with unions and those “across the aisle” without getting “rolled in by the bureaucrats.”

    ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on November 14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The summit brought Republican presidential candidates in front of the Republican voters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    ORLANDO, FL – NOVEMBER 14: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during the Sunshine Summit conference being held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on November 14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The summit brought Republican presidential candidates in front of the Republican voters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    “Other candidates have gained public and media attention by speaking bluntly. But it’s important when you are telling it like it is to actually know what you are talking about. Gov. Christie knows what he is saying because he has experienced it. And unlike some others, he believes in what he says because he has a strong set of conservative values,” McQuaid said. “Gov. Chris Christie is exactly the conservative Republican needed to take the fight to Hillary Clinton next fall and then get about the serious business of defending us and rebuilding our economy.”

    The endorsement also appeared to take a jab at Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Donald Trump as it declared, “we don’t need as President some well-meaning person from the private sector who has no public experience.”

    The Union Leader’s endorsement is a much-needed gain for Christie’s presidential campaign. According to Real Clear Politics aggregated polling data, Christie is polling at 2.7 percent behind Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

    As the Bangor News pointed out, the Union Leader, although coveted among federal and state candidates during campaign cycles, endorsed former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich in 2012 although former Gov. Mitt Romney not only won the state, but also secured the Republican nomination.

    Read the full endorsement at the New Hampshire Union Leader here.

  • See How Two Rival Schools Came Together to Honor Those Killed in Charleston Massacre
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 10:42 am by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    It’s been five months since a 21-year-old walked into a historically black church and murdered nine of its members during a Wednesday Bible study.

    Yet on Saturday, as Clemson University and the University of South Carolina met to play its annual rivalry football game, the animosity between the two teams was set aside for a brief moment as both schools came together to pay tribute to those who have become known in the Palmetto State as the Emanuel 9.

    “Competitors joining forces is the main message we want to get across, that we’re uniting for the state of South Carolina,” Clemson Band Director Mark Spede told WYFF-TV prior to Saturday afternoon’s performance. “If we can join together, surely everyone in the state can.”

    Image source: WLTX-TV

    Image source: WLTX-TV

    Both bands performed separately before they joined to spell out “SC STRONG” on the field as they played, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during the game played in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Spede said the idea for the two bands to come together and perform during halftime was pitched by a student on Clemson’s drumline.

    “Everybody cheers for their own school, which is fantastic,” USC Director of Athletic Bands Cormac Cannon told The State. “It’s what we love about college sports and college football. We love what this rivalry does for our state. It gives us exposure, and it’s a very exciting day for those in our state, but music is something that brings us together. It’s not something that divides us.”

    WYFF reported that both teams have played with a logo honoring the victims of the attack on the Emanuel AME Zion Church on their helmets all season.

    Image source: WYFF-TV

    Image source: WYFF-TV

    According to WLTX-TV, Saturday’s performance was the first time in the schools’ history that both bands performed together.

    “We thought it would be a great opportunity to do something about and for our state, especially because of some of the tragedies that have happened over the past year,” Cannon said.

    The Clemson Tigers, ranked No.1 in the country nationally, narrowly defeated the unranked Gamecocks 37-32.

    Watch part of the halftime performance below.

  • Colorado FOP Releases Scathing Statement Slamming ‘Race Baiting Morons’ Who Question Why Planned Parenthood Suspect Was Captured Alive
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 10:13 am by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police issued a searing statement on its public Facebook page aimed at those who might question why the Colorado Planned Parenthood suspect was taken into custody alive.

    “Sadly there are race baiting delusional ignorant fools with an agenda of hate that use any tragic event to peddle their corrupted opinion,” the Colorado FOP said Saturday. “What they don’t understand is our job is to preserve life not take it. You see for us all lives matter. That is the primary reason we join this profession. The standard we live by.”

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - NOVEMBER 27: Police escort a shooting suspect out of a armored vehicle at the intersection of Centennial and Fillmore November 27, 2015. Four police officers have been injured with unknown number of casualties. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – NOVEMBER 27: Police escort a shooting suspect out of a armored vehicle at the intersection of Centennial and Fillmore November 27, 2015. Four police officers have been injured with unknown number of casualties. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Colorado police engaged in several shooting battles with the suspect inside a Planned Parenthood center on Friday for around five hours. According to the New York Times, police officers eventually drove an armored vehicle into the facility and were able to rescue some of those trapped inside.

    “We’re exchanging gunfire,” one officer was heard saying over the police scanner. “We are trying to keep him pinned down.”

    “Put gunfire through the walls,” an officer responded. “Whatever, we got to stop this guy.”

    The Colorado FOP maintained that the suspect was captured alive because he was given an opportunity by police to surrender. The suspect took that opportunity and subsequently followed the commands of law enforcement officials afterward, according to the colorado FOP. In the statement, the Colorado FOP said the opportunity to surrender is given no matter what the suspect’s race as Colorado police have captured numerous people alive, including those of a minority race, in other shootings involving police officers.

    “What the race baiting morons who believe that he was spared because he was white fail to acknowledge is that just this year alone there have been numerous shootings of police officers where the suspects were taken into custody. Many of those suspects were persons of color. They were not executed. They were taken into custody,” the Colorado FOP said. “The delusional fools that would have the world believe otherwise promote their hatefilled agenda on the foundation of a national lie rooted in the Michael Brown incident. ‘Hands up don’t shoot’ is their mantra and a false narrative surrounding the events in Ferguson.”

    Police arrested Robert Lewis Dear, 57, after the attack on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs came to an end and left one police officer and two others dead. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains vice president of public affairs, Cathy Alderman, said all of the facility’s staff members were believed to be safe.

    Early reports suggest that Dear told law enforcement officials “no more baby parts” during questioning, among other ramblings, and previous police records for a Robert Lewis Dear in South Carolina show a dark past.

    As of Sunday morning, the Colorado FOP Twitter account had been set to private.

  • Arabic Graffiti Found on Four Budget Airline Planes’ Fuel Tanks
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 9:10 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    The British budget airline EasyJet said it has found Arabic graffiti written on panels covering the fuel tanks of at least four of its aircraft but believes the messages pose no security threat, the British newspaper The Sun reported.

    According to a report in The Sun Saturday, the head of security for EasyJet told workers that the airline was trying to find those responsible for scrawling the Arabic script.

    “As of today we have had four aircraft in France with written inscriptions on the inside of the fuel panel and toilet door in Arabic script,” EasyJet cabin safety manager Lisa King said in a message to the airline staff.

    EasyJet said after finding Arabic script scrawled on its aircrafts' fuel tanks that the airline is "entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti." (Photo: Shutterstock/Nick Hawkes)

    EasyJet said after finding Arabic script scrawled on its aircrafts’ fuel tanks that the airline is “entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti.” (Photo: Shutterstock/Nick Hawkes)

    The airline did not disclose at which French airports the graffiti was found over the past week or the content of the messages.

    In a statement posted on its website, the airline said it “is entirely satisfied it is nothing more than graffiti.”

    “EasyJet takes very seriously any security related issue and would not operate a flight unless we are entirely satisfied it is completely safe to do so,” the airline said.

    The airline noted that its security team “is experienced at assessing any potential threats and following this assessment this is not considered to be a security issue by both us and the authorities who share our assessment that it poses no risk whatsoever.”

    “Graffiti in itself won’t hurt anybody. But the ability of anyone to place a prohibited item near fuel tanks is a concern, of course,” Philip Baum, editor of Aviation Security International magazine, told The Sun.

    Europeans are on alert to terrorist threats following the Paris attacks earlier this month and the downing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt — both claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • CNN Removed This Mideast Map After Goof. Can You Spot the Mistake?
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 8:10 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    Israel was labeled as “Palestina” in a map posted in a CNN Money photo essay last week that explained the “scariest geopolitical hotspots” investors should look out for next year.

    The news network later removed the map from the “Syria and the Middle East” page of the essay and replaced it with a photo showing the destruction of a Syrian neighborhood following a bomb attack.

    “Correction: An earlier version of this article inadvertently included an erroneous map of the Middle East that was distributed by a photo agency. We regret the error,” wrote CNN in text added later to the article.

    The goof was first spotted by the pro-Israel media watchdog Honest Reporting, which noted that the image was taken from Getty Images’ iStock and was not created by CNN’s graphic designers.

    This is how the page first appeared in the CNN Money essay. (Image source: Honest Reporting)

    This is how the page first appeared in the CNN Money essay. (Image source: Honest Reporting)

    This is how the page appears now – map removed and replaced by a photo of a damaged Syrian street. (Screenshot: CNN Money)

    This is how the page appears now – map removed and replaced with a photo of a damaged Syrian street. (Screenshot: CNN Money)

    Honest Reporting noted that “Palestina” is the translation of Palestine in Spanish and Portuguese.

    “While we question how the error occurred at all, nonetheless we commend CNN for taking prompt action,” Honest Reporting wrote following the removal of the erroneous map.

    However, Honest Reporting’s managing editor Simon Plosker asked whether the mistake stemmed from “an oversight or something more sinister.”

    “At a time when the state’s very legitimacy is being called into question by vicious anti-Israel extremists, any message that Israel does not belong in the Middle East plays into this false narrative and feeds those like the Iranian ayatollahs who wish to see Israel erased from the map,” Plosker said in a statement.

    “How many times can CNN keep making these shoddy errors before the network takes remedial action to address its Israel problem?” he added.

    A representative for CNN was not immediately available Sunday to respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze.

    (H/T: JTA)

  • Muslim Missionaries Converting Christians in Africa Teach Chant: Jesus Is the ‘Slave of Allah’ and Muhammad
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 7:19 am by Sharona Schwartz

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    A campaign to convert African Christians to Islam has claimed to have converted more than 4,000 Christians to Islam in just one week this month.

    Videos posted on the Internet reveal that Muslim missionaries have been teaching Christian men, women and children in Africa to chant, “I attest that Jesus is the slave of Allah and His Messenger.” That chant is an embellishment to the classical Muslim testimonial of faith: “I attest that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger.”

    The Middle East Media Research Institute reported that a delegation of mostly Egyptian preachers, led by Egyptian cleric Wahid Abd Al-Salam Bali, claimed on Facebook to have converted 4,379 Christians in Malawi during just one week earlier this month.

    One clip from the campaign in Uganda posted on Nov. 10 showed a Muslim cleric urging a Christian man to remove his cross necklace.

    This Christian man was urged to remove his cross and enthusiastically praised once he ripped it off his neck. (Image source: MEMRI)

    This Christian man was urged to remove his cross and enthusiastically praised once he ripped it off his neck. (Image source: MEMRI)

    “You will become a Muslim. You will pray five times a day with the Muslims,” the cleric said. “You should take off the cross, because this [the cross] is only for Christians. Take it off right now.”

    When the man tears off the necklace, the cleric and other bystanders exclaim, “Allahu akbar!” that is, “Allah is the greatest.”

    The children were taught, “Jesus is the slave of Allah and His Messenger,” referring to the prophet Muhammad. (Image source: MEMRI)

    The children were taught, “Jesus is the slave of Allah and His Messenger,” referring to the prophet Muhammad. (Image source: MEMRI)

    Image source: MEMRI

    Image source: MEMRI

    In another scene, the head of the delegation Bali is seen demonstrating to small children how to chant the Islamic creed with the Jesus reference added. With their index fingers raised, imitating the cleric, the children repeat after the Islamic preacher, “Allahu akbar.”

    The index finger gesture attesting to the oneness of Allah is often seen in Islamic State group videos including those showing fighters before they head out on suicide missions.

    Another clip from Africa showed a cleric choked up by emotion as he praised his fellow Muslim missionaries.

    “On Judgment Day this land will bear witness on your behalf that you have come here to call people to join Allah,” he said, noting that their work was “ushering people from darkness into light from the path of error to the path of right guidance and from kufr [infidelity, disbelief] to Islam.”

    MEMRI reported that Bali has led several “Islamization” delegations to Africa targeting rural Christian communities, including visits to Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana.

  • After Visiting Camps in Jordan, Ben Carson Questions Whether Syrian Refugees Want to Come to U.S.
    Posted November 29, 2015 at 12:08 am by Dave Urbanski

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    AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — After touring Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Saturday suggested that camps should serve as a long-term solution for millions, while other refugees could be absorbed by Middle Eastern countries.

    “I did not detect any great desire for them to come to the United States,” Carson told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Jordan. “You’ve got these refugee camps that aren’t completely full. And all you need is the resources to be able to run them. Why do you need to create something else?”

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Pahrump, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a rally, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, in Pahrump, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    The retired neurosurgeon toured the Azraq camp in northern Jordan under heavy Jordanian security, with journalists barred. Carson’s campaign also limited access, not providing his itinerary.

    After the Azraq visit, Carson said he didn’t learn anything that gives him confidence in authorities’ ability to screen potential terrorists. “What I learned is that you’re going to get a different answer from everybody depending on what their slant is,” he said, reiterating his opposition to allowing any Syrian refugees to come to the United States.

    “I always oppose doing unnecessary things, particularly dangerous and costly unnecessary things,” he said.

    Carson called on the American people — not the U.S. government — to launch a “humanitarian drive” to raise billions of dollars that officials say is needed to improve conditions for refugees settled across several countries in the Middle East.

    “All they need is adequate funding. It’s really quite impressive when you go over there and see it,” Carson told the AP, adding that some areas had recreational facilities, schools, electricity and indoor plumbing. “They were a lot happier. They were quite willing to stay there as long as it takes before they can get back home.”

    Carson’s visit comes as he tries to strengthen his fluency on international affairs as foreign policy becomes a greater focus in the 2016 presidential contest. Advisers have conceded that his knowledge of global affairs isn’t where it needs to be and have expressed hope that missions like his two-day trip to Jordan will help.

    Carson and other Republicans have adopted a harsh tone when discussing President Barack Obama’s plan to welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. in this budget year. Debate over Syrians fleeing their war-torn country erupted after a series of attacks in Paris earlier this month that raised security concerns across the West.

    Carson and his GOP rivals expressed concern that extremists may sneak into the U.S. among them. Last week, he likened blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees to handling “mad dogs.”

    He also suggested that it would be best to absorb Syrian refugees in Middle Eastern host countries, which have given temporary shelter to most of the more than 4 million Syrians who have fled civil war in their country since 2011.

    In a separate statement, he described Syrians as “as very hard working, determined people, which should only enhance the overall economic health of the neighboring Arab countries that accept and integrate them into the general population.”

    And he broadened his call for financial support beyond Americans: “The humanitarian crisis presented by the fleeing Syrian refugees can be addressed if the nations of the world with resources would provide financial and material support to the aforementioned countries as well as encouragement.”

    More than 4 million Syrians fled their homeland since 2011, after a popular uprising erupted against President Bashar Assad and quickly turned into a devastating civil war. Most initially settled in neighboring countries, but conditions there have become increasingly difficult.

    Syrian refugees are largely barred from working legally and have to resort to informal, low-paying jobs if they can find employment at all.

    Overwhelmed host countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan, have balked at the idea of longer-term integration of refugees. They have complained that they are carrying an unfair burden while the international community’s support has fallen short.

    An aid appeal of $4.5 billion for refugees in host countries in 2015 is only about half funded. The cash crunch has created increasingly unbearable conditions for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and — to a lesser extent — in economically more robust Turkey. In 2015, hundreds of thousands of refugees moved on to Europe in hopes of a better life.

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  • U.S. Attn. General: Colorado Shooting ‘Crime Against Women Receiving Healthcare Services at Planned Parenthood’
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 10:35 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Saturday called the deadly Colorado Springs shooting a “crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood,” NBC News reported.

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    “This unconscionable attack was not only a crime against the Colorado Springs community, but a crime against women receiving healthcare services at Planned Parenthood, law enforcement seeking to protect and serve, and other innocent people,” Lynch said in a statement, NBC News reported. “It was also an assault on the rule of law, and an attack on all Americans’ right to safety and security.”

    Officials have not announced a motive for Friday’s shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic that left three dead, but two law enforcement sources told NBC News the suspect, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, said the words “no more baby parts” during questioning.

    The president of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains issued the following statement Saturday: ”Today, we are learning that eyewitnesses confirm that the man who will be charged with the tragic and senseless shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people and injuries to nine others at Planned Parenthood’s health center in Colorado Springs was motivated by opposition to safe and legal abortion,” Vicki Cowart said, according NBC News.

    “This is an appalling act of violence targeting access to health care and terrorizing skilled and dedicated health care professionals,” she added, the network noted.

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  • Police: 14-Year-Old Slapped, Dragged Out of School by Her Hair for Not Wearing Muslim Headscarf. Where It Allegedly Happened Might Irritate You.
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Police said Youssif Z. Omar, 53, on Tuesday was at the school attended by a 14-year-old relative of his and noticed she wasn’t wearing her hijab — a traditional Muslim headscarf.

    Youssef Z. Omar (Image source: Columbia Daily Tribune)

    Youssef Z. Omar (Source: Columbia Daily Tribune)

    Omar became irate, police said, grabbed the girl “very violently by the hair” and pulled her down a flight of stairs.

    He then allegedly slapped her face and then pulled her into his car by her hair.

    And where did the police report stem from?

    Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

    On Wednesday police arrested Omar on suspicion of child abuse, a felony, at his home on the 1700 block of Timber Creek Drive, the Tribune reported.

    Omar was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $4,500 bond.

    (H/T: The Gateway Pundit)

    This story has been updated.

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  • Donald Trump Takes ‘Diplomatic’ Approach When Another Heckler Interrupts His Campaign Speech
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    Since the fallout over how a heckler was handled during a campaign stop in Alabama a week ago — and his remarks afterward — Republican frontrunner Donald Trump took a different approach to a heckler at his Sarasota rally Saturday.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    “Be nice. Be nice. Be nice,” Trump said. “Be nice to the person. Don’t hurt the person.”

    When it appears the heckler wasn’t being removed from the crowd fast enough — a faint chant of “black lives matter” can be heard on the clip from far away — Trump stopped his speech again.

    “Please nicely escort the person out, very nicely,” Trump said, later losing a little patience: ”C’mon, let’s go. You can go faster than that.”

    “Do you see how diplomatic I’ve become?” Trump asked the cheering crowd. “Because at the last rally … we had one person who was really, really being bad.” He added that he was criticized because “we were a little bit rough” with the heckler in Alabama.

    “So today, you’re my witness, could I have been nicer than that?” Trump asked.

    The relevant portion of the video begins after the 2-minute mark:

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  • Check Out What an Auburn Receiver Does to Haul in a Pass Down the Middle and Turn It Into a 77-Yard Touchdown
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    With Alabama leading Auburn 19-6 with a little over 4:30 left in the third quarter Saturday, Auburn receiver Jason Smith had his eye on a pass down the middle — and fortunately for the Tigers, his fingertips as well.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    Smith managed to tip the football to himself not once but twice in the middle of his sprint, finally hauling in the pass for a 77-yard touchdown and leaving a couple of defenders in his wake.

    Check it out:

    Smith’s nifty catch wasn’t enough, though: The Crimson Tide went on to beat Auburn 29-13.

    (H/T: The Big Lead)

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  • Sources: Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Said ‘No More Baby Parts’ During Questioning
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    The suspected gunman who killed three and wounded nine at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility Friday uttered the phrase ”no more baby parts” during questioning, two law enforcement sources told NBC News.

    Mugshot of Robert L. Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood attack Friday that left three people dead, released by the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Image via Twitter @CSPDPIO)

    Mugshot of Robert L. Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood attack Friday that left three people dead, released by the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Image via Twitter @CSPDPIO)

    But sources emphasized to NBC News that suspect Robert Lewis Dear said numerous things — described as rantings — and it isn’t clear the degree to which his “no more baby parts” remark influenced his alleged actions. The sources said Dear also mentioned President Barack Obama, NBC News reported.

    Dear is being held without bond and isn’t expected to appear in court until Monday, NBC News added, citing jail booking records.

    More from NBC News:

    Law enforcement officials are looking into the background of the suspect. Police are interviewing people who knew Dear, including his girlfriend in Colorado. They are also examining his computer and any social media footprint.

    Sources said there would have been nothing apparent in Dear’s background — including a felony conviction or previous mental health issue — that would have disqualified him from buying an AK-47 style, high-powered rifle used in the shootings.

    Dear does have an arrest history which includes domestic violence, peeping and animal cruelty.

    According to voting records, a Robert Lewis Dear is registered as an unaffiliated voter in Hartsel, Colorado — but the voter is registered as a female.

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  • ‘This Is Not a Day Care’: Read College President’s Scathing Open Letter to ‘Self-Absorbed and Narcissistic’ Students
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    In the face of college students far and wide complaining about emotional “triggers” they see and hear, annexing “safe spaces” where opposing views can’t hurt their feelings and even threatening free speech, Everett Piper is seemingly fed up with it all.

    The president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University began his recent open letter to students with a story it appears he could hardly believe himself.

    Everett Piper (Facebook)

    Everett Piper (Facebook)

    “This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt ‘victimized’ by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13,” Piper explained in his letter posted to the school’s website. “It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.”

    And with that, Piper apparently had enough.

    “I’m not making this up,” he continued. “Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them ‘feel bad’ about themselves, is a ‘hater,’ a ‘bigot,’ an ‘oppressor,’ and a ‘victimizer.’”

    Piper went on to explain to students that the familiar feeling of “discomfort” when confronted with wrongdoing is called a “conscience” — and that the “goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness” or help you achieve “self-actualization.”

    More from Piper:

    If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

    If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

    At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

    “This is not a day care,” Piper concluded. “This is a university!”

    On his Facebook page, Glenn Beck praised Piper’s “very politically incorrect” letter. Here’s a brief clip of Piper speaking to Beck about a related topic on TheBlaze TV:

    (H/T: IJReview)

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  • ‘Deputies Heard a Baby’s Muffled Cry’: Newborn Rescued After Being Buried Next to Bike Path Under Pieces of Asphalt and Rubble
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm by Associated Press

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    COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials asked for the public’s help Saturday in gaining information about a newborn baby deputies rescued after finding her buried beside a popular Compton bike path.

    This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows an unidentified deputy holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble, left, near a bike path in Compton, Calif. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

    This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo, provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows an unidentified deputy holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble, left, near a bike path in Compton, Calif. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

    The girl was believed to be only 36 to 48 hours old when she was found Friday afternoon near a creek that flows into the Los Angeles River. Sgt. Marvin Jaramilla of the Sheriff’s Department’s special victim unit said she is listed in stable condition.

    Jaramilla said two deputies found the girl after people on the bike path heard her cries and called authorities.

    “As they searched, deputies heard a baby’s muffled cry and located a newborn baby girl buried alive under pieces of asphalt and rubble inside a crevice located along the bike path,” the sheriff’s sergeant said in a statement.

    He added she was wrapped in a blanket and cold to the touch when deputies found her. They summoned Compton Fire Department paramedics who took her to the hospital.

    This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows an unidentified deputy holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble, lower left, near a bike path in Compton, Calif. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via AP)

    This Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows an unidentified deputy holding an infant girl where she was found abandoned under asphalt and rubble, lower left, near a bike path in Compton, Calif. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

    Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying her.

    “Some parents of newborns can find themselves in difficult circumstances. Sadly, babies are sometimes harmed or abandoned by parents who feel that they’re not ready or able to raise a child,” Jaramilla said.

    He added that anyone in such a situation should simply surrender their newborn to authorities, who will care for the child.

    “A parent stuck in this difficult situation can safely surrender their baby at any hospital or fire station in Los Angeles County, no questions asked,” he said.

  • Pastor Calls Gunman a ‘Domestic Terrorist’ During Vigil at Colorado Springs Church, Attendee Protests Service’s ‘Political Statement’
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm by Dave Urbanski

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    (TheBlaze/AP) — A Unitarian Universalist pastor in Colorado Springs called the gunman in the Planned Parenthood shootings a “domestic terrorist.”

    “We’re here to honor the lives of those who were killed yesterday by a domestic terrorist,” Rev. Nori Rost of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church said during a Saturday vigil at the church for shooting victims.

    Rev. Nori Rost (Image source: All Souls UU Church website)

    Rev. Nori Rost (Image source: All Souls UU Church website)

    The regional head of Planned Parenthood also spoke at the vigil, drawing a standing ovation as she walked to the church pulpit and then promising to quickly reopen the clinic where three people were killed.

    Vicki Cowart said the organization would learn from the attack, “square our shoulders” and carry on with its mission.

    After her remarks, a woman in the audience stood up and objected to the vigil’s tone.

    “I thought we were here to grieve and mourn for people who died and not make a political statement,” the woman said before walking out.

    In the back of the room, someone held a sign that said “Women’s bodies are not battlefields. Neither is our town.”

    This story has been updated.

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  • See the Police Records That Seemingly Reveal Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect’s Dark History
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

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    According to more than a dozen incident reports provided to TheBlaze, a man by the name of Robert Lewis Dear had several run-ins with law enforcement officials in South Carolina as he was investigated for claims of domestic violence, peeping and animal cruelty — among several other things.

    According to one report provided to TheBlaze, a woman who was married to Dear at the time of the incident in June 1997 told police that her husband assaulted her and locked her out of their residence.

    “The victim wanted something on record of this incident occurring,” the report states. “The victim does not wish to file any charges at this time.”

    Mugshot of Robert L. Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood attack Friday that left three people dead, released by the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Image via Twitter @CSPDPIO)

    Mugshot of Robert L. Dear, the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood attack Friday that left three people dead, released by the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Image via Twitter @CSPDPIO)

    In another report, Dear was accused of shooting a neighbor’s dog in 2002. A neighbor told police that his dog was walking down the driveway when a shot rang out. The dog had been shot in the leg with a pellet gun, according to a veterinary examination.

    “Douglas was lucky that it was only a pellet that hit the dog and not a bigger round,” Dear told an officer who questioned him. According to the police report, Dear had not been told what kind of bullet the dog was hit with.

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    In another 2002 report, Dear’s neighbor told police that he had made unwanted advancements toward her. She said both she and her husband had witnessed Dear in the bushes next to their home.

    The neighbor informed police then that she was afraid for her safety.

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    Police also responded to a call from a man who said Dear had called and threatened him in 2004. According to the report, the man said Dear assumed he had pushed over his motorcycle and wished to do him bodily harm. The police report stated that the victim and suspect — Dear — had an ongoing “problem.”

    Police had also been called to Dear’s residence in response to disputes he and his son had with others. Other incident reports show that Dear had called police to report stolen items from a property he rented out in 2007. He told police then that the tenants had damaged toilets in the property by flushing raw chicken.

    Lt. Shane Roberts, public information officer for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, told TheBlaze that he could not confirm that Dear is still an active resident of South Carolina and pointed out that some of the reports list Dear’s address as a North Carolina residence. His South Carolina residence, according to the reports, is in Walterboro.

    The Associated Press also reported that Dear had a North Carolina address.

    “If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place,” James Russell, a neighbor in Black Mountain, told the Associated Press.

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    Screen grab of police report provided to TheBlaze

    Pamela Rose, Dear’s ex-wife who now lives in Goose Creek, South Carolina, told the Charleston Post & Courier that she and Dear divorced in 2000.

    “I know everyone has a lot of questions,” Ross said. “We all do. … We’re living it just as everyone else is.”

    Roberts said Dear had two arrests within his jurisdiction — one in 2003 for animal cruelty and one in 2002 for Peeping Tom. Roberts was unable to provide a disposition of either case.

    Roberts told TheBlaze via text message that he could not confirm whether the Robert Lewis Dear in the police reports he provided was the same as the suspect in the Colorado Planned Parenthood attacks although the name and date of birth coincides.

    “I have not received any information from Colorado Springs Police Department,” Roberts said.

    On Twitter, the CSPD said that Dear was a resident of Hartsel, Colorado.

    According to voting records, there is a Robert Lewis Dear registered to vote Hartsel, Colorado. However, the voter registered as a female.

    The Associated Press reported that those who said they knew Dear said he had little political or religious affiliation.

    This story has been updated.

  • Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Turkey After ‘Plane Incident’
    Posted November 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm by Associated Press

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    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Turkey of a Russian warplane.

    The decree published on the Kremlin’s website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident, saying his country was “truly saddened” by the event and wished it hadn’t occurred.

    The decree includes a ban on some goods and forbids extensions of labor contracts for Turks working in Russia. It doesn’t specify what goods are to be banned or give other details, but it also calls for ending chartered flights from Russia to Turkey and for Russian tourism companies to stop selling vacation packages that would include a stay in Turkey.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media during his and France's President Francois Hollande news conference following the talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Putin and visiting French President Francois Hollande agreed to share intelligence information and cooperate on selecting targets in the fight against the Islamic State group, raising hope for closer ties between Moscow and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group following the Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media during his and France’s President Francois Hollande news conference following the talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Erdogan’s expression of regret Saturday was the first since Tuesday’s incident in which Turkish F-16 jets shot down the Russian jet on grounds that it had violated Turkey’s airspace despite repeated warnings to change course. It was the first time in half a century that a NATO member shot down a Russian plane and drew a harsh response from Moscow.

    “We are truly saddened by this incident,” Erdogan said. “We wish it hadn’t happened as such, but unfortunately such a thing has happened. I hope that something like this doesn’t occur again.”

    Addressing supporters in the western city of Balikesir, Erdogan said neither country should allow the incident to escalate and take a destructive form that would lead to “saddening consequences.”

    He renewed a call for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a climate conference in Paris next week, saying it would be an opportunity to overcome tensions.

    Erdogan’s friendly overture however, came after he again vigorously defended Turkey’s action and criticized Russia for its operations in Syria.

    “If we allow our sovereign rights to be violated … then the territory would no longer be our territory,” Erdogan said.

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally in Bayburt, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Erdogan refused to apologize for the plane's downing, which Ankara said came after it flew for 17 seconds into Turkish airspace. At the same timed, Erdogan said he has tried in vain to speak by phone to Putin to discuss the situation.(AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally in Bayburt, Turkey, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Russia announced Friday that it will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey amid the escalating spat over the downing of a Russian warplane by a Turkish fighter jet at the Syrian border. Erdogan refused to apologize for the plane’s downing, which Ankara said came after it flew for 17 seconds into Turkish airspace. (AP Photo/Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool )

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also said he hoped a meeting between Erdogan and Putin would take place in Paris.

    “In such situations it is important to keep the channels of communication open,” he said.

    Putin has denounced the Turkish action as a “treacherous stab in the back,” and has insisted that the plane was downed over Syrian territory in violation of international law. He has also refused to take telephone calls from Erdogan. Putin’s foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday that the Kremlin had received Erdogan’s request for a meeting, but wouldn’t say whether such a meeting is possible.

    Asked why Putin hasn’t picked up the phone to respond to Erdogan’s two phone calls, he said that “we have seen that the Turkish side hasn’t been ready to offer an elementary apology over the plane incident.”

    After the incident, Russia deployed long-range S-400 air defense missile systems to a Russian air base in Syria just 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey to help protect Russian warplanes, and the Russian military warned it would shoot down any aerial target that would pose a potential threat to its planes.

    Russia has since also restricted tourist travel to Turkey, left Turkish trucks stranded at the border, confiscated large quantities of Turkish food imports and started preparing a raft of broader economic sanctions.

    On Saturday Turkey issued a travel warning urging its nationals to delay non-urgent and unnecessary travel to Russia, saying Turkish travelers were facing “problems” in the country. It said Turks should delay travel plans until “the situation becomes clear.”

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