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  • Islamic State claims Garland attack; White House says possible link being investigated

    05/06/2015 12:08:52 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 13 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 05 May 2015 | Staff Writers
    The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack by two gunmen outside Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center. But while the White House has called the assault an “act of terror,” officials said a possible connection to the extremist group remained under investigation [snip] Sen. Ted Cruz, who is seeking the GOP nomination for president, accused the Obama administration of bungling matters, arguing that federal officials should have intercepted the gunmen before they reached the anti-Muslim event in Garland. “Once again, as with Nidal Hasan and the Tsarnaev brothers, we had radical Islamic terrorists who this administration knew about and...
  • Former House Speaker Jim Wright dead at 92

    05/06/2015 9:01:28 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 49 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | May 06, 2015
    DALLAS – Jim Wright, a veteran Texas congressman who was the first House speaker in history to driven out of office in midterm, has died. He was 92. The Harveson and Cole funeral home says Wright died early Wednesday morning. He'd been living at a nursing home in Fort Worth. Wright represented the Fort Worth area for 34 years, beginning with his election in 1954. He was the Democratic majority leader in the House for a decade, rising to the speakership in January 1987, to replace Tip O'Neill. But after about two years as House speaker, Wright was charged with...
  • Reports, Terrorist Acts Corroborate ISIS in Mexico Story JW Broke Last Month

    05/06/2015 8:56:41 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/5/2015 | Staff
    A number of reports have surfaced in the last few weeks that corroborate a story Judicial Watch broke in mid-April verifying that ISIS is operating in a Mexican border town just eight miles from El Paso, Texas. This includes the startling development over the weekend that the Islamic terrorist group claimed responsibility for a shooting at a “Muhammad Art Exhibit” near Dallas because it was considered to be anti-Islam. JW’s report was based on intelligence from a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector and was met with denials from both the U.S. and Mexican government...
  • Pamela Geller: A Response to My Critics—This Is a War

    05/06/2015 6:16:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    Time.com ^ | Pamela Geller
    Some are saying I provoked this attack. But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it. Sunday in Garland, Texas, a police officer was wounded in a battle that is part of a longstanding war: the war against the freedom of speech. Some people are blaming me for the Garland shooting — so I want to address that here. The shooting happened at my American Freedom Defense Initiative Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, when two Islamic jihadists armed with rifles and explosives drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and attempted to gain entry...
  • 'Hate Group' Blamed for ISIS Attack

    05/06/2015 5:36:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Liberals claim to be the world's boldest defenders of freedom of expression, which is, of course, nonsense. Here's another canard: Liberals also claim to be the most offended against anyone "blaming the victim." What liberals possess is an ideological system which identifies favored groups as victims and supports squelching the free speech of anyone challenging them. One of those favored groups is Muslims. Over the weekend, the American Freedom Defense Initiative held the Muhammad cartoon contest in Dallas, obviously a provocative event. But it wasn't meant to result in two Islamic extremists showing up with assault rifles, later shot to...
  • Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Garland: ‘Not Okay to Shoot Other People’ Even If They Offend You

    05/05/2015 9:53:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi on Sunday tweeted: Rukmini Callimachi ✔@rcallimachi Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a "Muhammad drawing contest"? The tweet came off of the news that police had killed two gunmen at a Garland, Tex., event showcasing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. SNIP In his treatment of the issue, the “Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart couldn’t resist throwing in some qualifiers regarding the First Amendment implications of the episode. AFDI, he noted, had given away $10,000 to the best entry in a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest. SNIP “AFDI is a...
  • HE PUSHED FORWARD: Brave Garland Police Officer Advanced As He Brought Down Garland Terrorists(Pics)

    05/05/2015 8:50:33 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 175 replies
    Bearingarms.com ^ | 5-5-2015 | Bob Owens
    More details are beginning to emerge about the incompetent Islamic terrorist attack on a free speech event held by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in Garland, Texas Sunday. Bearing Arms readers have asked for more details about how the actual shooting went down, and about the Garland police officer who used his duty sidearm to defeat two attackers armed with rifles within 15 seconds.Please keep in mind that we don’t have all the details about the attack, the individual officer’s response, or the exact steps law enforcement took once the attack began, and that even if we had that...
  • ISIS POSTS WARNING: “We Have 71 Trained Soldiers in 15 States” – NAMES 5 TARGETS

    05/05/2015 7:31:20 PM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 175 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 5, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The terrorist group says they will murder Pamela Geller and kill anyone who shields her. The terrorists also say they have 71 fighters in 15 different states and they 23 have signed up already for missions like the failed Sunday attack in Garland, Texas. Via Sooper Mexican: Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem “The New Era” To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is...
  • Cartoonists are Controversial and Murderers are Moderate

    05/06/2015 4:28:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Controversial, intolerant and provocative. Mainstream media outlets broke out these three words to describe the “Draw the Prophet” contest, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Pamela Geller.
  • In flood of subsea tools, shale-busting tech draws eyes at OTC

    05/06/2015 4:25:37 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | MAY 5, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    HOUSTON – High-horsepower pumps and big hydraulic fracturing trucks, the primary tools used to bust open U.S. shale rock, have carved out parking spaces of their own at the Offshore Technology Conference. They’re an attraction for foreign onlookers interested in the technology that brought a rush of American oil to market. But more and more, they’re a jumping off point for oil producers looking to break open hard sandstone reservoirs found in deeper offshore fields, like at Chevron’s Jack/St. Malo project in the Gulf of Mexico. Offshore producers have fractured conventional wells for decades, but advances in the landlocked U.S....
  • EXCLUSIVE–Pamela Geller: Cowardly Conservatives ‘Accommodate the Leftist Media’ ...

    05/06/2015 4:11:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 5/6/2015 | Jordan Schachtel
    Breitbart News spoke with Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and blogger at Atlasshrugs.com, about her recent “Draw Muhammad” free speech art exhibit, which came under attack by Islamic radicals on Sunday in Garland, Texas. Geller discussed how much of the political left, Islamic totalitarians, and even some high-profile conservatives have attempted to equate her art exhibit with the actions of the AK47-weilding Islamic terrorists, who were shot dead in their botched attempt to commit mass murder. Geller talked about why drawing Muhammad is so controversial within Islam and how the media is capitulating to Sharia law...
  • Robert Spencer at the Muhammad Art Exhibit

    05/06/2015 3:42:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/6/15
    Below are the video and transcript to Robert Spencer’s speech at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and held in Garland, Texas. Robert Spencer: Geert Wilders mentioned that the PEN Writers Association that was founded in order to defend the freedom of expression is giving an award to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists — Pamela spoke about this as well — and that 145 of the members of PEN, including some very prominent writers — Joyce Carol Oates, who you may’ve heard of, and some others — have pulled out. Because they say that...
  • Mother Of One Of The Garland, Texas Muslim Terrorists Says She Doesn’t Blame The Cops For Killing...

    05/06/2015 3:15:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Sharon Soofi, mother of Nadir Soofi, who had no criminal record, says she can’t imagine what went through her son’s mind when he did this. Apparently, Mrs. Soofi does not follow her son’s religion, or else she would have understood.
  • Man Attacked Leaving Richardson Mosque: Police

    05/05/2015 11:11:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/5
    A man injured during an attack outside a North Texas mosque Monday night may not have been targeted over his religion or ethnicity, according to Richardson police. The victim, whose name has not been released, was leaving a 10:15 p.m. prayer service at the Islamic Association of North Texas on Abrams Road when two men attacked him. Police said the men pushed him down and started kicking him, before other members of the mosque were able to intervene. The attackers said nothing before beating the man and did not try to take his wallet or car keys, police said. On...
  • Leadership of Texas House forbids anti-toll amendments from being heard

    05/05/2015 10:17:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Terri Hall
    Yesterday, conservative lawmakers pushed to attach key toll road reforms to two transportation bills in the Texas House, but they were thwarted by Speaker Joe Straus and his parliamentarian Chris Griesel who would not allow them to present their amendments. Griesel told them the amendments weren’t ‘germane’ (or salient) to the bills, HB 13 and HB 20, and blocked Rep. Jeff Leach and Rep. Jonathan Stickland from even laying out their amendments. Straus and Griesel utilized the same technique as they did on a Stickland amendment to the open carry bill the week before. The two decided to reject the...
  • 'Our Community Is Not Scared': Man Holds American Flag Outside Site of Garland Shooting

    05/05/2015 9:47:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 5/5/15 | AVIANNE TAN
    Joseph Offutt, 21, has been holding a large American flag outside the Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland, Texas, all day today, hoping to show ISIS and terrorists that the community is still standing strong and not giving into fear. Offutt's symbolic gesture is a response to a statement ISIS made Monday night claiming responsibility for the failed terror attack on Sunday during an event displaying cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • Republican areas designated 'hostile' for military training (Jade Helm

    05/05/2015 9:33:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | May 05, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    The urban legends about black helicopters, clandestine military camps, tunnels underneath major airports, secret cabals, hidden detention camps, trains loaded with caskets and body bags and the like were around long before the Internet. The Web just made them easier and quicker to reproduce. One of the tea-party organizations even has reported an anonymous claim there were train cars moving around the country with prison-like shackles installed. Most people dismiss such reports as hyperbole. Fiction. The fretting of nutcases. But now there are powerful new forces aligning with those who are suspicious of the federal government, doubt the official...
  • Texas Muslims on Edge Amid Protests, Contest Attack

    05/05/2015 9:09:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Wed, May 06 2015
    When an outspoken opponent of radical Islam sought to mock Muhammad in Texas, one of the nation's largest Islamic communities, local Muslims were encouraged to ignore her, and they did. No one protested when Pamela Geller's cartoon contest attracted about 200 people to suburban Dallas Sunday, even though some Muslims in Texas were already feeling aggrieved and fearful over growing anti-Islamic sentiment in the state. SNIP Anti-Islam sentiment has been reverberating in Texas, from the state Capitol to local governments. Tensions rose in Irving after the City Council endorsed one of several bills to forbid judges from rulings based on...
  • Louie Gohmert Gets Why Some Texans Are Worried About a Military Takeover

    05/05/2015 6:26:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 5, 2015 | Matt Berman
    The Texas congressman is joining others in his state calling for the Pentagon to alter the Jade Helm 15 military exercises. May 5, 2015 U.S. Special Operations Command is preparing to launch a five-month, multi-state exercise across private and public land to prepare Army special forces for threats anywhere in the world. Or at least that's what the Pentagon would want you to believe. Officials and citizens in Texas, one of the states involved, see something potentially more nefarious in the exercise, dubbed Jade Helm 15. And now Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining them. "Over the past few weeks, my...
  • Texas Ranger Reports What He Saw INSIDE Military Train Used for “Martial Law” Exercises

    05/05/2015 5:12:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 83 replies
    TPN ^ | May 5, 2015 | Colleen Conley
    By Colleen Conley A covert training operation by U.S. military special operations personnel, Jade Helm 15, is taking place in a several states this summer, spreading panic and conspiracy theories as to the true purpose of the mission. The two-month simulation spans much of the Southwest, requiring special forces from four branches of the military to carry out covert operations amid “hostile” territory in Texas, Utah and part of California. In at least one of those states, hostility toward the operation has begun a few months early. Online and at in-person meetings, many Texans have expressed suspicion and outright opposition...
  • Texas Dared to Defy Obama’s “MARTIAL LAW” Exercises… Look How the White House Responded

    05/05/2015 5:03:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 69 replies
    TPN ^ | May 4, 2015 | Abbott Cruz
    May 4, 2015 By Staff Writer Abbott Cruz ‘Operation Jade Helm 15’ involves special operations units of the U.S. military working in conjunction with government and law enforcement agencies in several southwestern states. The operation has raised eyebrows across the country. Is it a test run for implementing ‘martial law’ in selected cities identified as “hostile” by the government? Conspiracy theorists think so. Or is it simply a run-of-the-mill training mission? Nobody seems to have access to enough detailed knowledge about the exercise one way or the other. Therefore, speculation has run wild. Many claim the exercise will be a...
  • Suspect in Texas shooting 'very kind' religious man [Sudden Jihad Syndrome]

    05/05/2015 3:29:30 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/4/2015 | ART MOORE
    GARLAND. Texas – It’s become a familiar refrain in the aftermath of a terrorist attack or the discovery of a jihadist cell. Elton Simpson, 31, was described by someone who knew him as a “very kind” religious man who “didn’t seem to be a threat to anybody.” Yet Simpson, a convert to Islam, and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, armed with assault rifles and wearing body armor, intended to enter the Curtis Culwell Center northeast of Dallas on Sunday night and slaughter some 200 people inside attending the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” including this reporter, according to Garland Police Chief...
  • Texas shooting: Outgunned traffic officer stopped 2 attackers

    05/05/2015 3:45:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 91 replies
    CNN ^ | May 5, 2015 | By Greg Botelho
    It wasn't a fair fight. On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer -- a traffic officer by day -- with a pistol. Somehow, the officer won. Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous. The event started, by all accounts, without...
  • The Mosque Which The Muhammad Cartoons Texas Shooters Attended Financially Supported Terrorists

    05/05/2015 1:37:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/5/2015 | Walid Shoebat
    In Phoenix, Usama Shami, president of the Islamic Community Center (ICCP), a mosque three miles south of where Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, the shooters, were members of Shami’s mosque (ICCP) in Phoenix. Shami described the men positively, but Shoebat.com looked into Shami’s operation and found it to have participated in the fundraising process of Islamic foundations that are nefarious in their support for terror funding. Basically Shami says that these terrorists were liked among the young men of the mosque and were good examples. You always hear such typical testimony from most of these mosques, and always after the...
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    05/05/2015 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Here's how it stands with Western civilization -- what's left of it, I mean -- insofar as various Westerners are concerned. You keep your lip buttoned whenever foes, internal as well as external, jump up and down on you, kick you around, make known their fondest wish is to do you in, ideals and all. You hope for the best while doing nothing. You follow, that is to say, the counsel of "Jacques," who posted Monday on the New York Times' website, disburdening himself as follows concerning the Sunday shootings at the Mohammed poster contest in Garland, Texas: "The Far...
  • ‘We’re Giving Up Our Freedoms so as Not to Offend Savages’ (Garland TX)

    05/05/2015 12:32:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 5/5/2015, 9:55 PM | Ari Soffer
    Pamela Geller, the outspoken head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has spoken out after her group’s Mohammed Cartoon event was targeted in a shooting attack by Muslim terrorists on Sunday night. In an interview with CNN, Geller lashed out at the media “elites” for criticizing her group—the attackers’ intended victims—as opposed to radical Islamists responsible for such violent attacks. The event had offered a $10,000 award for the best cartoon depicting the founder of Islam, Mohammed, and featured a speech by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, among other prominent critics of Islam. […] The prize was won by an ex-Muslim,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: FBI, DHS Assessed Terror Attack Threat to Texas ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest as ‘UNLIKELY’

    05/05/2015 10:48:51 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-5-2015 | Patrick Poole
    As online chatter about a Muhammad cartoon contest began to escalate last week, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Joint Intelligence Bulletin last Thursday. The bulletin acknowledged the potential threat, but downplayed the possibility of any violence targeting the event. The bulletin concluded that while the event could inspire violence abroad by contributing to terrorist messaging, it was “unlikely” that such violence would happen in the United States. A copy of the FBI/DHS bulletin is provided exclusively by PJ Media below. On Sunday night, two men – Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, roommates from Phoenix —...
  • JUDGE WHO FREED THE JIHADIST TEXAS SHOOTER, NAMED AS POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT NOMINEE,

    05/05/2015 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/5/15 | ALEX SWOYER
    .... LINKED TO LA RAZA The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who previously dismissed terror charges against one of the Garland, Texas shooters has a connection to the controversial activist group, National Council of La Raza. Judge Mary Murguia, appointed by President Clinton and considered a potential nominee to the Supreme Court by President Obama, was the judge who dismissed government charges against Elton Simpson for suspected terrorism in 2011. On Sunday, Simpson attacked a free speech event in Garland, Texas depicting the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons. Daniel Greenfield cites evidence from the 2011 case: The FBI knew...
  • 1 in 15 students have chlamydia at West Texas high school

    05/05/2015 10:32:58 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    MySanAntonio.com ^ | 05/05/2015 | TYLER WHITE
    Officials with the Crane Independent School District are meeting to discuss their sex education program after nearly two dozen cases of Chlamydia were reported among the high school student body. KOSA-TV reported the Crane Independent School District sent a letter to parents last week regarding 20 cases of chlamydia among the Crane High School student population, which totals about 300 students. Those letters were sent to the parents of both senior and junior students as a precaution. The Texas Department of State Health Services notified both Crane and Upton County officials after a significant numbers of cases were identified. The...
  • The Texas Terror Connection To Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison’s Minneapolis District

    05/05/2015 9:08:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 5 May 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    An Islamist radical recruited to Somalia from Minneapolis inspired the would-be “Texas Terror” killers, who were gunned down in Garland, Texas Sunday night by a sharp-shooting law enforcement officer before they could carry out their mass-murder plot at an art exhibit sponsored by First Amendment heroine Pamela Geller. It’s just the latest example of how and why Minneapolis—and specifically the congressional district of Muslim Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) —has become ground zero for the threat to the United States from Islamist terror groups such as ISIS and Al-Shabaab. ... The terrorist threat emanates from the Minneapolis neighborhood known as...
  • NBC News Reporter Ayman Mohyeldin Wants Islam Protected From Satire

    05/05/2015 8:44:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 5, 2015 | John Nolte
    Ayman Mohyeldin is advertised by NBC News as an objective reporter. This objective reporter became infamous earlier this year for lying about and smearing a decorated veteran sniper, the late Chris Kyle, as a “racist” who went on anti-Muslim “killing sprees” in Iraq.
  • Moms Demand Launches Gun Control Push in Wake of Garland Attack

    05/05/2015 8:12:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/4/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On Sunday, two Islamic gunmen enraged by a Muslim cartoon contest opened fire at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. The were immediately killed by good guys with guns. On Monday, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a new gun control push, complete with a PSA asking mothers to call other mothers and talk to them about locking up their guns.
  • The pistolero prevailed

    05/05/2015 7:41:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 77 replies
    Americanthinker.com ^ | 5-5-2015 | Stu Tarlowe
    Reports on the terrorist attack on the "Draw Muhammed" art competition in Garland, Texas indicate that the two jihadis, armed with "assault rifles" and wearing "protective gear," were very quickly neutralized (within seconds of initiating their attack) by a Garland traffic cop armed with only a handgun. The bad guys rolled up at the site, exited their vehicle, and immediately opened fire on a police car at the entrance. They were able only to wound an unarmed security officer before the traffic officer engaged them and terminated the threat (and, in the process, their worthless lives).
  • Rep. Steve King on Garland attack: 'We knew this was coming'

    05/05/2015 5:33:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Jeremy Diamond
    Rep. Steve King on Tuesday stressed the importance of defending free speech in the U.S. in the face of radical Islam, hours after ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. But the attack, carried out by two gunmen Sunday night, didn't come as a total surprise to King, a conservative Republican from Iowa who said Tuesday on CNN's "New Day" that "we knew this was coming in some fashion or another" -- pointing to attacks in Europe as harbingers of the threat the U.S. also faces from Islamist terrorists. And King beat back...
  • Texas officer saved lives in shooting outside draw mohammed cartoon contest

    05/05/2015 4:44:38 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5 May 2015 | Catherine Herridge, Matt Dean and The Associated Press
    A Texas traffic cop saved untold lives Sunday night when he took down two heavily armed men bent on storming a building where a 'Draw the Prophet' Muhammad contest was taking place, killing both before they could make their way inside. The police officer, who has not been identified by Garland Police Department officials, "probably saved lives," said police spokesman Joe Harn, who added that "his reaction, and his shooting with a pistol, he did a good job." Harn said the two suspects, believed to have driven some 1,100 miles from Phoenix to invade the contest at a suburban Dallas...
  • Islam and Free Speech: Missing the Point in Garland

    05/05/2015 4:43:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | Andrew McCarthy
    [A]s I argue in Islam and Free Speech, it will not do to blame the messenger for the violence. The shooting last night was not caused by the free-speech event any more than the Charlie Hebdo murders were caused by derogatory caricatures, or the rioting after a Danish newspaper’s publication of anti-Islam cartoons was caused by the newspaper. The violence is caused by Islamic supremacist ideology and its law that incites Muslims to kill those they judge to have disparaged Islam. *snip* The threat to liberty in this instance is sharia blasphemy law. A bloc of Muslim-majority countries, with the...
  • Here we go: McClatchy suggests limits on free speech after Texas jihad shooting

    05/05/2015 3:27:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | May 5, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    You knew this was coming. It was inevitable. We have seen it before. When the Obama Administration blamed the Benghazi jihad attack on a video about Muhammad, there were calls in the mainstream media for restrictions on the freedom of speech.
  • NY Times Slanders Victims of Texas Attack

    05/05/2015 2:55:43 AM PDT · by OttawaFreeper · 23 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Ari Lieberman
    Last night, two heavily armed gunmen, equipped with AK-47s and drum-type, high capacity magazines were shot and killed by alert police after they opened fire on an unarmed security guard assigned to protect a First Amendment, Free Speech event in Garland Texas. The event was organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), headed by Pam Geller and featured drawings and depictions of Mohammed, believed to be a prophet & messenger of God by devout Muslims. As underscored by the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Muslims have resorted to terrorism and murder to prevent anyone from displaying imagery of Mohammed.
  • Shooter in Graduation Party Murder Claims Gun Accidentally Went Off

    05/05/2015 12:43:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KBTX ^ | Mon 6 2015
    The man charged with murder after a Blinn Student was killed at a graduation party over the weekend says it was an accident. Ronald McNeil remains in the Brazos County Jail on $500,000 bond. McNeil claims he accidentally pulled the trigger which hit three people and a home behind the party. Joshua Miller lives behind the home where the party and shooting happened. "The shot came right here and entered right here into the master bedroom right here and the round was found right underneath my bed over there," said Miller of San Saba Drive in College Station. He was...
  • Garland Shooting Suspect Elton Simpson's Father Says Son 'Made a Bad Choice'

    05/05/2015 12:23:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson's home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix conducting searches of the apartment. Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting. Prior to that, the Twitter account holder had published messages sympathetic to Islamic terror groups such as ISIS. Dunston Simpson said his son worked at a dentist's office but was "on vacation" for the last few weeks and that the two last spoke three...
  • Thornberry: Worries about Operation Jade Helm 15 ‘silly’

    05/04/2015 6:08:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 105 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    The chairman of the House Armed Services committee called concerns about a special forces training exercise in Texas “silly” on Monday, dismissing conspiracy theories of impending martial law His comments come a week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the State Guard to monitor the exercise, a move widely criticized by Democrats and some Republicans. “These are incredibly capable, patriotic Americans and the notion that they’re going to be some sort of private army for the president to take away all our guns is just silly,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon.
  • Muslim Gunman Avoided No-Fly List, Then Received Probation After Judge Threw Out Terrorism Carge

    05/04/2015 4:41:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, May 4, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Elton Simpson, one of the Mohammed art-contest gunmen killed Sunday in Texas, dodged federal efforts to place him on the no-fly list and pin terrorism charges on him earlier this decade, receiving instead probation and a $500 fine. Simpson was found guilty in 2011 of making a false statement to FBI investigators regarding his plans to travel to Africa, for which he received three years’ probation, a $500 fine and another $100 charge, according to court documents posted online on the website scribd. The documents show that an FBI informant recorded hundreds of conversations with Simpson in which they discussed...
  • Media Slam "Draw Muhammad" Event

    05/04/2015 4:25:22 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, the media came out and defended the Texas Draw Muhammad event targeted by radical Muslims. The Chicago Tribune said the event “poke[s] wicked fun at [religion] … lampoons the ability of persons of faith to compartmentalize.”
  • After Garland, Don’t Change the Subject to Islamophobia

    05/04/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    Commentary ^ | 05.04.2015 - 11:45 AM | Jonathan S. Tobin
    After Garland, Don’t Change the Subject to Islamophobia Jonathan S. Tobin 05.04.2015 - 11:45 AM Almost immediately after the news of last night’s shooting in Garland, Texas broke many in the chattering class started to blame the intended victims of the attack. The group that had sponsored a contest to draw pictures of the Prophet Muhammad and two of the controversial speakers at the event were quickly depicted as having invited violence by their willingness to offend Muslims. But whether or not you agree with Dutch politician Geert Wilders or American activist Pam Geller, the failed attempt to slaughter them...
  • Muhammad Cartoon Contest: Note to Jihadists, in America, We Shoot Back

    05/04/2015 2:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    A pair of would-be jihadists learned a very important lesson over the weekend – in America, we shoot back.The men, believed to be radicalized roommates from Phoenix, tried to launch an attack on a gathering of freedom-lovers in of all places – the Lone Star State. It would turn out to be a most unfortunate decision. The cold hard reality is that we don’t know how many more radicalized Muslims might be living among us – waiting to wage jihad. It turned out those practicing their First Amendment rights were protected by those practicing their Second Amendment rights. Within a...
  • ISIS Attacks, CNN Blames Victim

    05/04/2015 12:26:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 4, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We have the ISIS shooting in Garland, Texas, to deal with. Pam Geller is the leader of the group that was conducting this little convention, and she was fascinating on CNN this morning, being grilled, interrogated by the former Fox News infobabe Alisyn Camerota who has now moved over to CNN. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: "Two gunmen were killed Sunday after opening fire on a security officer outside a ... contest for cartoon depictions of Prophet Muhammad in Texas and a bomb squad was called in to search their vehicle as a precaution, authorities said." Now, I left out a...
  • Mohammed cartoon event group pushes religious envelope

    05/04/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/4/2015 | Staff
    Washington (AFP) - The group behind the Prophet Mohammed cartoon event in Texas where police killed two gunmen Sunday has a history of making provocative statements about Islam that it says are aimed at defending "freedom" and critics see as antagonizing Muslims. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by provocative activist Pamela Geller, offered a $10,000 prize in a competition to draw a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. Depicting the Prophet Mohammed is seen as offensive by many Muslims. Such satirical images have prompted violence in the past including in Paris this year when 12 people were gunned down...
  • Populist opposites: On Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz

    05/04/2015 11:36:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Austin American Statesman ^ | May 4, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Good morning Austin: Today’s question. Who is more populist – Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz? Bernie, right?I mean his campaign is all about – all about – wealth and income inequality and breaking up the incredible concentration of American wealth in the hands of a tiny few. He’s so far left in the Democratic Party that he’s not even actually a member of the Democratic Party. At a time when Democrats are afraid of being called “liberal,” he’s proud to call himself a socialist. He’s running against the Koch Brothers and Cruz is a creature of the Kochs. So, no...
  • Gunman outside Muhammad cartoon event identified as suspected militant sympathizer

    05/04/2015 11:32:13 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2015 | Lindsey Bever and Brian Murphy
    Nearly 900 miles to the west, meanwhile, investigators searched the Phoenix apartment of the suspects. A U.S. law enforcement official told The Washington Post that the attackers have been identified as Elton Simpson, 30 — who had previously been the target of a terror-linked probe — and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, as officials tried to piece together the planning behind the late Sunday attack that wounded one guard.
  • (Vanity) Free Republic Moslem Cartoon Contest

    05/04/2015 10:24:59 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 93 replies
    Vanity | 5/4/15 | Yollopoliuhqui
    Pamela Geller puts her azz on the line for us, the least we can do is catch her pass and run it for a touchdown. there isn't a one of us who wouldn't take a bullet for her. She's attacking the lefty media and Islam at its Achilles heel - the 1st Ammendment and we need to exploit that breach. I've seen a lot of savvy, biting satire images and comments here on Free Republic, really funny stuff that will hold up in any venue. We got the chops and now it's time to use them and create a Conservative...