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August 7, 2019

Republican Rep.Candice Keller Blames Shooting on Drag Queens-She is Ask to Resign by Some

Rep. Candice Keller is under fire after blaming mass shootings on "homosexual marriage" and "drag queen advocates" in a Facebook post. USA TODAY

, Cincinnati Enquirer

COLUMBUS - Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken has called on Ohio state Rep. Candice Keller to resign from her seat after the lawmaker's "shocking" comments about Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton
Keller, a Republican from Middletown, Ohio, posted on Facebook on Sunday comments that blamed "drag queen advocates," the Democratic Congress, former President Barack Obama, violent video games and the hatred of veterans for the deaths of nine people and the shooter in Dayton early Sunday. 
Her comments drew the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike. And on Monday afternoon, Timken called for Keller's resignation. 
“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening," Timken said in a statement. "Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.”  
Keller, who lives about 25 miles from Dayton, is running for an Ohio Senate seat currently held Sen. Bill Coley, who is term-limited. Her GOP challengers include Rep. George Lang and West Chester Township Trustee Lee Wong. 
Timken has not spoken with Keller personally about the GOP leader's decision to ask for Keller's resignation, Ohio Republican Party spokesman Evan Machan said. 
Keller responded to Timken's call with a statement: "Establishment moderates have never been fans of mine because I ran against their endorsement and won. As the only conservative in this race, I will be taking my Senate campaign to the voters to decide."
Timken's request was unusual for the chairwoman, who often avoids publicity and rarely gets in the middle of political fights. This is the first time Timken has called on an Ohio official to resign since she was chosen to lead the party in January 2017.
When former Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested after he had passed out at a McDonald's drive-thru, Timken offered a cautious statement: "If these allegations are true, Representative Retherford should resign from office.” Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones also called for Keller to resign on Monday.
"It’s very embarrassing. She doesn’t represent the people in her community with those comments," Jones told The Enquirer. "She’s made a laughingstock out of Butler County, which is a shame."

April 26, 2019

Suspect in Sri Lankan Massacre: The Richest Family* (The Wish of The Rich in Many Countries?)

 This mansion belongs to the richest boy in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has over 40 families which independently have Billions.
One of the most prominent families in Sri Lanka now finds itself at the center of ongoing investigations into the horrific bombings on Easter Sunday that killed about 250 people and injured several hundred more. 
Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim and Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, sons of a Sri Lankan spice tycoon, were among the suicide bombers who killed themselves in a series of attacks at churches and hotels in the island nation on Sunday, unnamed sources told CNN. The brothers' father, Mohamed Ibrahim, was reportedly detained after the attacks, along with his third son, Ijas Ahmed Ibrahim, but he hasn’t been charged, according to reports.  
Mohamed Ibrahim is the founder of Ishana Exports, one of the larger spice exporters in Sri Lanka, according to a business directory of spice exporters.
Sri Lankan authorities have not officially named the Ibrahim family in connection with the attacks, nor have they revealed the identities of any of the estimated seven suicide bombers. Still, the family's alleged ties to ongoing investigations mark a dramatic new turn for the investigations into the Sunday attacks. The government has taken nearly 80 people into custody, according to Al Jazeera. 
Inshaf, a 33-year-old owner of a copper factory, walked into the breakfast buffet area at the five-star Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo Sunday and blew himself up, according to the Indian news site Firstpost. Ilham, 31, did the same at the Shangri-La Colombo. 
Ilham is believed to be connected to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), a little known, local Islamic extremist group that’s been tied to the bombings, according to Reuters. He was arrested prior to Sunday’s deadly attacks and released, anonymous sources told CNN, although it’s not clear when or for what reason. Inshaf was reportedly more moderate than his brother, and was married to the daughter of another prominent wealthy family. 
How deeply the family was connected to the attack is still unclear, primarily because the Sri Lankan government has yet to release the names of the suicide bombers involved. There have been conflicting reports about how many members of the family died in the bombings.
It’s possible another Ibrahim child died in the attacks; Indian outlet NDTV reported the Shangri-La bomber’s sister and wife were killed Sunday without naming any of the deceased, and Australian news site reported only Mohamed Ibrahim’s “daughter-in-law blew herself up” at a Colombo home. Reuters reported Ilham’s wife and three children died, citing anonymous sources. 
Sri Lankan officials believe that small domestic-terrorist cells such as NTJ received outside help from a multinational terrorist organization but has yet to provide conclusive links. The Islamic State group, meanwhile, has claimed responsibility for the attacks, and some terrorism experts say it seems credible. 
The Sri Lankan government is under intense pressure for its failures to act on intelligence leading up to the Sunday bombings. Officials were reportedly warned by U.S. and Indian authorities that extremist groups were threatening churches, but did not act on the intelligence. The government has since apologized and pledged to overhaul its security systems to prevent a future attack. 
For the fifth straight night, the country is under an island-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m

May 21, 2018

The Texas School Shooter Was Provoked By Turn Down Advances From Girl

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A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told the Los Angeles Times.  Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper that her daughter rejected four months of aggressive advances from accused shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at the Santa Fe high school. 
Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, the newspaper quoted her mother as writing in a private message to the Times. 
“A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she said. “Shana being the first one.”  
Rodriguez could not independently be reached for comment. 
If true, it would be the second school shooting in recent months driven by such rejection. 
In March, a 17-year-old Maryland high school student used his father’s gun to shoot and kill a female student with whom he had been in a recently ended relationship.
As the investigation enters its third day on Sunday, no official motive has been announced for the massacre, the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history. 
The Santa Fe school district denied accounts from some classmates that Pagourtzis had been bullied, including by a football coach. 
“Administration looked into these claims and confirmed that these reports are untrue,” it said on Saturday in a statement on Facebook. 

Classmates at Santa Fe High School, which has some 1,460 students, described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the school’s football team. He wore a black trench coat to school in the Texas heat on Friday and opened fire with a pistol and shotgun. 
Multiple news accounts depicted him as taunting his victims as he fired, focusing mostly on the arts class where Fisher was. 
He has provided authorities little information about the shootings, his attorney Nicholas Poehl said, adding: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.” 
Texas’ governor, Jim Abbott, a Republican, told reporters that Pagourtzis obtained the firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally. 
Abbott also said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so. 
Pagourtzis’ family said in a statement they were “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting and “as shocked as anyone else” by the events. They said they are cooperating with authorities. 
All schools in Santa Fe will be closed Monday and Tuesday, officials said. 
Pagourtzis, who police said has confessed to the shooting, was being held without bond Sunday at a jail in Galveston. 
Reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston and Ian Simpson in Washington; Writing by Rich McKay; Editing by Keith Weir and Andrea Ricci. Reposted by Adamfoxie*blog

April 6, 2018

Patriots Julian Edelman Prevents Possible School Shooting by 14 Yr Old

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March 25, 2018

This Generation of Students Are Fighting For Their Lives Because NO One Has

Organizer Cameron Kasky of the March for Our Lives was the first survivor to address an emotional and fierce crowd in Washington, D.C. today, warning government officials, “Stand for us or beware. The voters are coming.”
The highly anticipated rally started at noon near the National Mall in D.C., to support survivors and the 17 faculty members and students who died during a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Singer Andra Day along with students from the Baltimore middle school Cardinal Shehan kicked it off by singing “Rise Up” as the crowd danced. 
After that, Kasky, who was among five leaders of the movement featured on the cover of Time Magazine this week, spoke to the eager crowd.
“The march is not the climax of this movement, is it the beginning,” Kasky said. “Today is a bad day for tyranny and corruption … Today we take the streets in over 800 marches around the world”
The survivors’ plight and ability to express it has resonated with people around the country and world, evoking international support that has been compared to Vietnam War-era resistance. 
People rallying for a March for Our Lives in solidarity of Parkland massacre survivors in Washington, D.C. on Saturday morning. Photo by Michael Rios 
There are sibling marches in Mumbai, Paris, Buenos Aires, Tokyo as well as throughout the country, from a Safeway parking lot in Burns, Oregon, to Wright Square in Savannah, Georgia, Los Angeles and New York.  
Kasky read the names of the people who lost their lives “in less than 7 minutes” and also noted that Saturday is the shooter’s birthday.
Nikolas Cruz, a 20-year-old who had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, confessed to the shooting and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He used the same AR-15 rifle, which is designed to fire dozens of rounds in seconds for combat situations, that killed 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas, 49 at a nightclub in Orlando, 26 a church in Texas and 26 at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios

A young girl signs a wall at in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. Photo by Michael Rios
Organizers are advocating to ban the sale of assault rifles, to prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines that enable multiple rounds at a time and also enforce more rigorous background checks ahead of gun sales.
The next organizer to address the crowd was Alex Wind, who joined Kasky on Time’s cover. 
“People believe that the youth of this country are insignificant,” Wind said. “When Mozart wrote his first symphony, he was 8 years old.” 
MaMaureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Riosureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s. Photo by Michael Rios

Maureen Glover made a line of obituaries of more than 200 people who have been victims of school shooting victims dating to the 1960s for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Photo by Michael Rios
His voice crackled as he shouted into the microphone that more than 250 political officials have yet to take a stance on gun rights. 
“Now we need to educate ourselves on which politicians are truly working for the people and which ones we need to vote out,” he yelled. 
For some, the march has demanded of them a level of poise and concentration rarely expected of youth, even as they continue schoolwork and process grief and trauma.
While sipping a banana strawberry smoothie at Panera in Florida this week, organizer Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old junior class president who has six essays to write for her Advanced Placement language and composition class, told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s very hard to juggle.” 
It has also provoked more than a dozen businesses including Hertz, Avis and MetLife to cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the country’s biggest lobbies. Major companies such as WalMart and Dick’s Sporting Goods have also taken steps to limit sales of firearms by raising the purchasing age to 21.
The NRA has called the corporate backlash, a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.” It had not made any statements on Saturday, but in the lead up to the march tweeted a USA Today story about high school students who support gun rights and feel left out. 
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — performing. 
“Thank you so much for fighting for change,” Grande said after her performance, before heading into the crowd to take selfies with supporters. “I love you, thank you.”
Day was among a long list of pop stars including Ariana Grande — whose concert at the Manchester Arena last year was attacked by an Islamic State suicide bomber that killed 23 people — expected to attend. 
Other celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg gave thousands of dollars in donations, adding to more than $3 million raised on GoFundMe. 
The attention has invigorated young activists who have been fighting against gun violence for years. But it has also brought into question societal contradictions, particularly related to the support and reception to the Black Lives Matter movement. 
“When black youth were asking for a donation, where was Oprah’s money or where was George Clooney’s?” 11-year-old Basil Mann asked her classmates in Washington, D.C., during a school walkout on March 14 to commemorate the Parkland survivors. 
Washington Post analysis on Wednesday also found that mass shootings at predominantly white schools draw the most attention from journalists, yet 62.6 percent of students exposed to gun violence at school since 1999, the year of the Columbine massacre, were children of color.  “Are they going to arm the person in the mickey mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” – Alex Wind, organizer

Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a predominately white school in an affluent suburb that is not prone to gun violence. And while those privileges do not invalidate the community’s trauma, the movement’s leader Emma Gonzalez has implied that they have contributed to the attention she and other survivors are receiving.
Wind also encouraged supporters on Saturday to be inclusive.
“It’s not about race. It is not about your sex. It is not about ethnicity. It is not about gender. It is not about how much money you make,” he said. “What it comes down to is life or death.”
And the speeches included many young, black people who have also been affected by guns. 
“I am here to represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” said 11-year-old Naomi Wadler. “I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”
Yolanda Renee King, 9, who is the granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, also had the crowd chanting with her, “We are going to be a great generation.”
“I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun free world, period,” King said.
Since the shooting, laws have changed in Oregon, Rhode Island, Florida and Washington. They range from banning bump stocks to raising the age for purchasing rifle to 21-years-old. 
Other actions, like a federal bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on the day of the national walkout, are less connected to the movement’s goals.
The “Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018” would authorize $50 million annually in grants to strengthen school security as well as train students and teachers to be more aware of potential threats. 
But the survivors do not support increased security, which youth of color can perceive as a direct threat to their safety.
“Are they going to arm our pastors and rabbis?” Wind asked. “Are they going to arm the person in the Mickey Mouse costume at Disney?… This is what the NRA wants and we will not stand for it.” 
This is a developing story and will be updated.

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February 26, 2018

GOP Lawmakers Asking Sheriff in Fl. School Shooting to Resign

 Republican state lawmakers in Florida called on Sunday for the suspension of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, accusing him of “incompetence and neglect of duty” in the months before the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and 73 Republican colleagues urged Gov. Rick Scott (R) to suspend Israel, a Democrat who was reelected in 2016 and has said he would not resign over his agency’s handling of one of the country’s deadliest school shootings.
“Sheriff Israel failed to maintain a culture of alertness, vigilance and thoroughness amongst his deputies,” Corcoran wrote in a letter released Sunday. “As a result of Sheriff Israel’s failures, students and teachers died.” 
Israel said before the letter’s release that the agency had stumbled in its handling of red flags about the shooter, including multiple warnings that he could carry out such an attack, but that he should not be held personally responsible.
“I can only take responsibility for what I knew about,” Israel said Sunday morning in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency.” 
The sheriff has faced intensifying questions about his office’s response to the massacre after the revelation that an armed deputy on the scene did not enter the school while the shooter was inside. That deputy, Scot Peterson, retired last week after being suspended.
Israel said Sunday he should not be faulted for Peterson’s actions. “You don’t measure a person’s leadership by a deputy not going in,” he said.
State Rep. Bill Hager (R-Boca Raton) sent a letter to Gov. Scott on Saturday accusing Israel of “neglect and incompetence” and calling for his removal. Israel said Sunday, “Of course I won’t resign,” adding that Hager’s letter was “shameful” and “politically motivated.”
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Sunday afternoon that it would launch an investigation, at Gov. Scott’s request, into the law-enforcement response to the shooting. Sheriff Israel said in a statement Sunday that his agency welcomed the investigation and believed “in full transparency and accountability,” adding, “This independent, outside review will ensure public confidence in the findings.” 
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” also accused the sheriff’s office of “dereliction of duty” and said Israel should face increased scrutiny.
“I wish that as much attention were given to the Broward County sheriff and their abdication of duty as trying to blame 5 million innocent law-abiding gun owners all across the country for this,” Loesch said. “I want to see as much attention on the Broward County sheriff, the FBI, the two FBI tips and the numerous calls. … Families and neighbors called the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to report this individual, and they did not follow up.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) speak to the media on Feb. 15 about the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
David Hogg, a senior at the school, called Israel “a good man” during an interview on “This Week” and said “he cares about the people.” But Hogg said there were breakdowns in procedures. “Were there mistakes made? Absolutely.”
Local and federal authorities received numerous calls about the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, before the attack, including at least four suggesting that he was a shooter in the making and a 911 call saying he had pointed a gun at someone. 
Israel said Sunday most of those tips were handled appropriately but that, in two of the calls, “we’re not sure if deputies did everything they could have or should have.”
 Israel said an internal investigation into the office’s handling of the shooting is ongoing. “We will investigate every action of our deputies, of their supervisors,” he said, “and if they did things wrong, I’ll take care of business in a disciplinary matter, just like I did with Peterson.”  
During a six-minute rampage inside the Parkland high school, police say, Cruz fatally shot 17 students and faculty members before blending in with the fleeing teenagers and escaping the campus. He was taken into custody later that afternoon and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Police from the neighboring city of Coral Springs have said three other Broward deputies besides Peterson were waiting behind cars outside the school when they responded to the shooting. Israel said Sunday that only Peterson, then the school resource officer, was at the school during the shooting.
A spokeswoman for Israel’s office, in a statement released late Saturday, insisted there was “no confirmation, at this time, other deputies did not enter the school when they should have.” She said this claim continues to be investigated.
The Coral Springs police said in a statement that they were “aware of media reports” but were not going to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
The Washington Post has been unable to reach Peterson, who has not spoken publicly. 
Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, one of the students who died in the Parkland shooting, addressed Peterson during a Sunday morning appearance on Fox News.
“There is one deputy that worked there. Peterson. He worked there, and he’s a coward,” Pollack said. “He stood by the door. I know for a fact that he could have made it to the third floor and saved all six victims, if he wasn’t some little .… Words can’t even describe the way that I think about him. But I am not trying to think about that stuff because that’s just negative and it’s just going to make me toxic.”
Some survivors of the attack have said that they understand Peterson’s reluctance to go inside, given that he may have been afraid, while others have expressed frustration at the warning signs missed over the years.
But they also said that most students are focusing their anger on pushing for new gun-control laws rather than blaming anyone for failures leading up to or during the shooting.
“I’m not angry; I understand that things happen,” said Carly Novell, a 17-year-old senior who survived the massacre. “But, really, the only way that it could have been prevented is gun control. It all leads back to the gun. He couldn’t have killed all these people if he didn’t have a gun.”
Since the Columbine massacre in 1999, it has become widely accepted police protocol to respond to active shooters by rushing to the scene and stopping the threat. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to a request to release its active-shooter policies, but Israel had said the deputy should have rushed inside. 
Israel, who was reelected in 2016, stressed in the letter that Peterson was the only law enforcement officer on the campus during the shooting. He also wrote that Coral Springs police received the initial 911 call and went inside the school first without realizing that the shooter had left four minutes earlier, suggesting that these officers believed they were pursuing an armed attacker or attackers.
In his letter, Israel wrote that these Coral Springs officers were followed by others from that department and Broward sheriff’s deputies. However, his letter does not say when any of the responding officers learned that the gunfire had ended and the shooter had fled, nor does it say whether his deputies waited outside the school first before going in.
Israel’s office has declined to make him available for an interview with The Washington Post. His interview Sunday on CNN was his second appearance on the cable network in less than a week. On Wednesday, he participated in a televised town hall that the network hosted in South Florida that included survivors of the attack, their relatives and Loesch, the NRA spokeswoman.
Tapper, who also had hosted the town hall, asked Israel in the interview Sunday whether he had known during his town hall appearance that Peterson had failed to go inside. At the town hall, the sheriff had been sharply critical of the NRA spokeswoman.
Israel said that they were still investigating reports about Peterson at the time and that it was not the appropriate time to tell the families about the deputy’s actions. “I couldn’t disclose it then,” he said. “That’s not the way you do things, over a news camera. You do it individually. You meet privately with families. You have compassion. You don’t do it at a public forum. And we weren’t ready to do it anyway.” 
Officials have been sharply criticized for how they handled the slew of red flags littering Cruz’s life before the shooting. Cruz repeatedly came to the attention of law enforcement officials, social services investigators and school authorities, but none of that prevented him from passing a background check and buying the AR-15 that police said he used to carry out the shooting.
The FBI admitted that it never investigated a January tip saying that Cruz could shoot up a school. The Broward sheriff’s office also said it received at least two similar warnings, but there is no evidence that either of these led to any investigation.
The Broward sheriff’s office said it has launched internal reviews of how it handled the two prior warnings, which were among 23 calls the agency said it received relating to Cruz or his family.
In a February 2016 call, a tipster warned that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school.” The information was relayed to Peterson, the sheriff’s office said, but it remains unclear what happened after.
In November 2017, a tip came in to the Broward sheriff’s office from a caller warning that Cruz was collecting guns and knives and might be “a school shooter in the making.” Cruz’s mother had died that month, and he was briefly living with a family in Palm Beach County.
The sheriff’s office said the deputy who took the call never filed a report and, speaking after the massacre, told investigators he referred the caller to the sheriff’s office in Palm Beach. However, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told The Washington Post that it had no record of receiving that threat.
Washington Post
Michael Scherer, Kevin Sullivan and John Wagner contributed to this report.
Drew Harwell is a national technology reporter for The Washington Post, covering artificial intelligence and big data. He previously covered national business and the Trump companies.

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