Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives.
Veterans marched on Sunday in Washington in protest of the partial government shutdown that has kept them and other Americans from visiting war memorials across the country, with support from several star conservatives.
The not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman continued to stoke protests across the U.S., the latest one a sit-in at Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday morning, with more demonstrations expected through the week.
At least several dozen protesters gathered at the state capitol to protest Florida’s stand-your-ground law. It comes on the heels of three nights of sometimes violent protests in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, where 14 people were arrested on Monday.
Photos from social media showed demonstrators preparing a sit-in in Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office. At a Tuesday morning news conference, the Rev. Al Sharpton said he backed vigils and rallies to be held in 100 cities on Saturday, including at federal buildings, to call for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
Momentum for widespread demonstrations was already well under way. On Monday evening, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Houston and Atlanta were among the cities that saw peaceful rallies to protest the acquittal of Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Sanford, Fla., where the shooting and trial occurred, remained peaceful, with local leaders asking for calm and unity. Protests in Los Angeles and Oakland, however, again turned chaotic Monday night.
Los Angeles police arrested 14 people overnight for failing to disperse after hundreds of protesters splintered off from a peaceful demonstration in the Crenshaw district and began stomping cars and breaking windows.
Among those attacked were a television reporter and his camera operator, one of whom was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion, according to law enforcement authorities.
“It started off as a peaceful protest at Leimert Park,” said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. “Unfortunately, a small group started disrupting it. It just got out of hand.”
Protesters stormed a Wal-Mart at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, pushing their way through as guards scrambled to close security gates. A short while later, LAPD officers wearing helmets and carrying batons swarmed the store while more police walked the parking lot.
At a late-night news conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti blamed the violence on a “a small group [that] has taken advantage of this situation.”
Early Tuesday morning, Najee Ali, a community activist, tweeted to a Times reporter: “never dreamed that one of my best nights as an activist bringing people together would end up later as one of my worst nights.”
Also on Monday night, a juror for the Zimmerman case came forward in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper to say that the jury of six women was initially split on Zimmerman’s guilt: Three of the women thought he was not guilty, two thought he was guilty of manslaughter, and one thought he was guilty of second-degree murder.
In the end, after wading through the evidence and looking at the particulars of Florida law, she said the women unanimously decided to acquit Zimmerman, 29.
"I think George got in a little too deep, which, he shouldn’t have been there," said Juror B37, who remained nameless and whose face was shrouded in darkness during the interview. "But Trayvon decided he wasn’t going to let him scare him … and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him.
Trayvon Was a Satanic Sacrifice for the Illuminati: “What does this inscription mean on Trayvon Martin’s Tombstone? The mantra “Job Well Done” is what a Master Mason says after his work is completed.”
(CNN) — Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction.
The blasts threw people to the ground, killing two and injuring dozens.
The Boston Globe reported that more than 100 people were being treated at area hospitals, including several children.
"Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice," President Barack Obama vowed.
'Like a huge cannon’
The terrorist attack, near the marathon’s finish line, triggered widespread screaming and chaos, shattered windows and barricades and sent smoke billowing into the air at Copley Square.
They were about 50 to 100 yards apart, officials said.
"It felt like a huge cannon," a witness told CNN about one of theblasts.
The bombs shook buildings, sending people to seek shelter under tables, witnesses said.
Federal authorities are classifying the bombings as a terrorist attack, but it’s not clear whether the origin was domestic or foreign, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.
Another explosive device found
Authorities in Boston found at least one other explosive device that they were dismantling, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.
Davis said a third blast at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library was believed to be related to the marathon bombings, but police later said that incident was believed to be fire-related. The library said all staff and visitors are safe.
It was unclear who may have planted the marathon bombs. There were no credible threats before the race, a state government official said.
As authorities searched the scene, numerous suspicious packages were found, possibly because people fled the area, leaving items behind. Investigators were checking them.
The Marriott hotel at Copley Place was evacuated as a precaution.
The Lenox Hotel was also evacuated as a precaution, the Boston Globe reported.
Numerous hospitals treat the wounded
Massachusetts General Hospital said it was treating 22 injured people, six of them in critical condition. Tufts Medical Center reported that it was treating nine people. Brigham and Women’s Hospital said it received between 18 and 20 injured. Boston Medical Center reported 20 patients from the marathon, most with lower leg injuries.
Boston Children’s Hospital was treating seven injured people — six children and a parent of one of the children. Their conditions range from “good to serious,” a hospital spokeswoman said.
Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Massachusetts, reported receiving four or five patients, none in serious condition.
Combined, that brings the number of injured to as many as 82. There are other hospitals in the Boston area as well.
The full number of casualties was not immediately known, Davis said.
Crowds were in the area watching the runners.
"This is a horrific day in Boston," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in a statement.
The Federal Aviation Administration placed a flight restriction over the site of the blasts.
Other cities, including New York and Washington, tightened security as a result. Following standard protocol, the White House cleared out an area in front of the West Wing.
On Charles Street, between Boylston and Beacon streets, there was a huge police presence, and SWAT team members toted rifles.
"If you see something, say something," Mark Boughton, mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, wrote on Twitter. "All cities will be on a heightened state of alertness per Homeland Security protocols."
The explosions occurred at about 2:45 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race’s nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line, CNN Producer Matt Frucci reported.
The race was halted as was subway service into the area.
Runners east of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Boston Common; those west of Massachusetts Avenue were directed to Kenmore Square, the state’s emergency management agency said.
Troops from the Massachusetts National Guard were assisting police as well.
One doctor in a medical tent about 150 yards from the explosion said he was immediately mobilized.
"We all went running over there and started to bring people into the medical tent," he said. "It was not good. Very bad. Like a war zone. 9/11 immediately came to mind.”
Runner Carly Lissak, of Arlington, Texas, who turned 20 Monday, had crossed the finish line about five minutes before the explosions.
She was in the medical tent when she heard the explosions. “It sounded like thunder and the ground shook a little,” Lissak said.
Boston Marathon Witness Interview: Police Told Us Bomb Drill Was ‘Training Exercise’: “They kept announcing to runners not to be alarmed, that they were running a training exercise.”
Boston Bomb Suspect Sounds Like He Is Under Mind Control As He Pleads Not Guilty: “There was a thick, Russian accent (Dzhokhar/alter) and they said when knew him (Jahar/core persona), there was never a trace of a Russian accent.” ‘Mind control seeks to strip individuals from their core persona in order to program a new one that will easily comply with orders.’ - VC
"Jahar seems to have 2 personalities. Whatever demons have been possessing him, there was no fear. That’s the person we’re going to be seeing in court.” - ABC
"Overall sense I’m left with was of a fidgety young man who, to my eye, almost appeared medicated. He looked drowsy." - Jim Armstrong
"Tsarnaev looked much as he did in a photo widely circulated after his arrest, He appeared nonchalant, almost bored during the hearing.” - AP
The Dark Knight Chechen: http://batman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Chechen ”The man who would be called The Chechen was born and raised in Chechnya." - Batman wiki; Boston Bomb Suspects Connection to Chechnya; The Dark Knight Rises shooting/Sandy Hook & Boston reference in movie
Government admits using ‘professional actors’ to play the role of victims in terror drills: “Professional actors are used to augment the propaganda, making sure the post-event news coverage delivers the desired message to the masses. Every false flag event in recent memory has been accompanied by a staged drill.”
Boston SWAT team describes throat wound as a knife cut: “They took away his voice, his ability to talk to the world because they did not want the truth to come out.” - Dzhokahr’s mother
Neighbor: Boston Bomber Dzhokhar was a ‘lovely kid’: “Nothing in his character that would suggest anything remotely capable of any of these things he’s suspected of doing.”
Dzhokhar’s Former Classmate: ‘He was a great kid.’
Ex Classmates on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “He was a nice guy. If someone told me that he punched some dude in the face, I would be like ‘What Jahar?’ That doesn’t strike me as Jahar.”
Classmates of Dzhokhar remember him: “Never thought I would see something like this for sure./I still can’t consider him guilty. If you knew him, he was a nice guy, there was no reason to not like him at all./He was nice, calm./He was nice. He wouldn’t even make a joke because it seemed like he wouldn’t even want to bring any harm towards anybody.”
Classmates on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: “He never seemed like the kind of person that could ever do this.”
Dzhokhar’s Classmate: “All I’m saying is this case is a special variety of fucked up and this kid is innocent.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Classmate: ”He was a nice guy. He never seemed to be anyone who would do a crime like this.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Fmr. Classmate: Makes No Sense: “He was very sweet, kind, hilarious, very smart, just a good person. It doesn’t make any sense. The facts don’t add up.”
Dzhokhar’s classmate: “He was a very friendly kind person. It seems like the opposite person that has been doing these crimes. It’s absolutely shocking. “
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s classmate: “He is the exact opposite of the person that’s been committing these crimes.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Coach: “He was ‘opposite’ of a terrorist.”
Tsarnaevs’ relative: “Tamerlan wasn’t a religious fanatic. It’s impossible to believe that they could have carried it out. Just impossible.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ex-coach searches for answers: “I started crying. That wasn’t the Jahar I knew. The Jahar I knew wasn’t trying to throw sticks and dynamites. He was respected so much. The Jahar that I knew, he wasn’t extreme in any way. He said I’m a Muslim, but I’m not really a Muslim. He talked like that.”
Friends Of Dzhokhar Talk About What A Great Guy He Is: “He loved everybody. He was a typical American kid. I would never expect this would happen./I thought it was a joke. It’s almost impossible to me. He’s such a nice guy.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend reacts to news: “He never showed any signs of doing this. I can’t comprehend it. He was one of the more peaceful religious people I know. He never brought up any political views whatsoever. I honestly can’t accept it.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friend: “He was the nicest kids I know and everybody I knew thought the same thing. We can’t even believe what happened. I’m not convinced. He’s very friendly and well liked. I can’t even believe that anything like that could happen.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s friends’ thoughts. “He is the last dude to be harming anyone or anything./The media is filled with lies./He was harmless./The Jahar i know would never ever do this./What the media has showed you ppl, deep down inside that isn’t the person I’ve come to know. Never would I have suspected him./Jahar was one of the chillest kids./The government really turned everybody against Jahar when you get to know him he’s the most chillest person, you guys are heartless.”
Dzhokhar’s friend speaks: “I believe that Jahar is innocent and a good person. He really is. I don’t think he did this. There’s not one person that could say anything bad thing about him.”
Man knew Boston bombing suspect, friend says: ”He felt like there’s going to be a setup..bad setup against him. Because he told me, ‘They are making up such crazy stuff, I don’t know why they doing it. I’m answering the questions, but they are still making up some, like, connections, some crazy stuff.”
Boston bombing suspects’ aunt: “This was ‘staged. My nephews cannot be part of this terrible act that was committed in the streets of Boston, They have no motive for that. They have no ideas to be going to this kind of act. It’s just not the case, it cannot be true. Agencies claimed they have done.’”
Boston bombing suspects’ dad: “They were set up, they were set up! Someone framed them. US security services set up my sons.” said that they are very nice kids who have no experience with weapons and explosives.”
Boston bombing suspects’ mom: “I’m 100% sure that this was a set up. He was counseled my the FBI for 3 to 5 years! They were counseling every step of him. It’s impossible for both of them to do such things. ”
FBI used Photoshop in Boston evidence: “Comparing pictures he took of the scene with the photo released by the FBI, reporter of The Digital Journal suggests the FBI photo shows clear evidence of being made with photoshop.”
Ibrahim Todashev thought Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were framed, said his father Todasheva: “My son, as you say, he did not believe that Tsarnaev did it. He did not believe. He said: This is a set up.”
Officer Who Released Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Photos, ‘Relieved Of Duty: ”has been ordered not to speak to media about the Watertown events”
"There are people that know the truth but stay silent & there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them cuz they’re the minority. Most of you are conditioned by the media." - Boston Marathon Bomber Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Twitter Account Shows Discontent
Loose Ends in Boston Bombing tied to House of Saud and Haliburton: “The Tsarnaev brothers were the perfect patsies. The brothers were not only patsies, but Tamerlan was murdered after he was arrested by those who have committed the false flag operation or by his handlers. Their uncle has been working as a contractor for Haliburton.”
An eyewitness to the two explosions at the Boston Marathon today said that a “drill” was repeatedly announced before the bombs exploded and that he “thought it was odd” bomb sniffing dogs were in place before the blast. The news station also reports that Stevenson “thought it was odd there were bomb sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines.”
The frail pope, the first to retire as Bishop of Rome in 600 years, received an emotional and very public send-off as some 150,000 well-wishers flooded St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican to hear his farewell address. The often reserved Benedict took a long victory lap around the square, stopping the Popemobile to kiss and bless a half-dozen babies along the way.
Draped in a red and gold mantle lined with snow-white ermine, Benedict clasped the cardinals’ hands as they removed their distinctive red skullcaps to greet him and kiss his ring. “Among you is also the future pope, whom I promise my unconditional reverence and obedience,” Benedict told the cardinals, reflecting the concern among Vatican watchers about what it will mean to have two popes residing in the Vatican.
“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.” - 1 Corinthians 3:12-13
A day earlier, he blessed the faithful for the last time as pope, saying his tenure had been filled with “light and joy” but also had its darker moments when “the Lord seemed to be sleeping.”
"We thank God for the sun he has given us," the pope said.
“I have felt like St. Peter with the Apostles in the boat on the sea of Galilee: the Lord has given us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days in which the catch has been abundant; Then there have been times when the seas were rough and the wind against us, as in the whole history of the church it has ever been - and the Lord seemed to sleep. It is he, who steers her: to be sure, he does so also through men of his choosing. In these last few months, I have felt my strength diminish and I have asked God with insistency in my prayers to illuminate me with his light and make me take the best decision. To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself.” Benedict said to thundering applause from the crowd and from dozens of cardinals who have descended on Rome to choose his successor in the coming weeks.
Benedict shocked the world on Feb. 11 when he announced that, feeling his age and diminishing strength, he would retire, a dramatic step that sent the members of the Vatican hierarchy into a tailspin.
While John Paul was raised as a Pole under Nazi occupation or Communist tyranny, Joseph Ratzinger spent most of his adult life in postwar West Germany, where secularism and consumer society held sway.
In a homily shortly after John Paul’s death, Benedict identified “the dictatorship of relativism” as the principal problem facing both society and the modern church. While it “recognizes nothing as definitive,” it turns “the self and its desires” into the only basis for truth and for action.
“One of the great themes of Pope Benedict’s pontificate has been to show the importance that reason has for a life of faith and the importance faith has for all of those who use their minds,” said Monsignor McPartlan.
To counter those trends in the rich, secularized West, Benedict promoted “the new evangelization.” In deliberate contrast with the image of spreading the Gospel to new areas, the “new evangelization” seeks to reawaken and revive it in nations, especially in Europe, that have been culturally Christian for centuries.
Beyond his work within the church, Benedict’s legacy will be judged in part by his handling of the church’s sex-abuse crisis, both because of the decades of abuse itself and the role the church’s bishops played in covering up for abusive priests.
Unlike John Paul, he personally met with victims of clergy sex abuse on several of his foreign trips, including one to the U.S. He also issued an unprecedented apology to Irelands Catholics over decades of systematic sex abuse and told guilty clergy to “submit yourselves to the demands of justice.”
Benedict also moved strongly against the Legion of Christ, ordering a full-scale reworking of an order that had enjoyed the favor of John Paul but whose now-repudiated founder, Father Marcial Maciel, had serially abused seminarians and fathered at least three children.
“So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Don’t make others call you a leader, because you have only one leader, the Messiah. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law. Hypocrites. For you shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either. You blind fools. Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? You blind men. Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.” - Matthew 23:3-22
3/13/13 The new leader of the Catholic Church is the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio who has taken the name of Pope Francis.
Bergoglio, 76 (13), is a Jesuit from Buenos Aires and is the first pope from South America. He is also the first pope to take the name of Francis.
Pope Francis is unique not just for being the first Latin American pope. He’s also the first Jesuit pope, possibly signaling a renewed emphasis on traditional Catholic theology by the church.
While tourists ran for cover from hailstones, a man dressed in a dirty sackcloth habit knelt barefoot in prayer in front of the basilica as hymns echoed around the square.
"And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” - Revelation 11:3
"Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord." - Malachi 4:5
MOSCOW—A meteorite plunged to earth in Russia's Ural Mountains Friday, exploding into flames in a powerful blast that smashed windows and injured around 1,000 people.
Amateur videos broadcast on state television showed an object streaking across the sky trailing smoke around 9:20 a.m. local time before bursting into a fireball. Residents in the city of Chelyabinsk, the largest in the affected region, described a shock wave that blew in doors, smashed glass and set off car alarms.
"The light was so intense that it completely illuminated the courtyard of our apartment block," said Sergei Zakharov, head of the Russian Geographical Society in Chelyabinsk. "The sound, the shock wave came around six minutes later. No one could understand what had happened. I’d compare it to the explosion of a large flare bomb."
The Emergency Situations Ministry said almost 1,000 people sought medical attention, mostly for cuts from flying glass. Forty-three people were hospitalized with injuries. Around 3,000 buildings were damaged by the blast, which blew a hole in the walls of a metals factory in Chelyabinsk, approximately 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow.
The unusual sight sowed confusion among some locals. Amateur video showed children in one school streaming out of a classroom and screaming.
"We didn’t understand what was happening. We thought an airplane had crashed," said a woman who answered the phone at the city administration but declined to give her name.
"That kind of light doesn’t happen in life, only at the end of the world," Vlada Palagina, a Chelyabinsk schoolteacher, told the LifeNews website.
Officials moved quickly to calm residents, saying there was no threat to human life from the rock fragments. Most of the meteorite burned up before pieces hit the ground outside Chelyabinsk, scientists said.
President Vladimir Putin ordered the emergency situations minister to provide help for those affected.
"There’s no major destruction," Chelyabinsk regional Governor Mikhail Yuyevich wrote on his blog. "The main task now is to maintain heat in the apartments and offices where the glass was smashed."
"There have been reports of one or two people being injured in the past. This is entirely unprecedented," said Keith Smith, an astronomer at Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society.
Dr. Smith stressed that there was no connection between the meteor event in Russia and the swimming-pool-sized asteroid that is expected to harmlessly pass about 28,000 kilometers from earth on Friday.
Planetary scientist Samuel Kounaves at Tufts University in Boston also said there likely was no connection between the meteor strike in Russia and the record close approach Friday of asteroid 2012 DA14, a 130,000-ton rock which was expected to narrowly miss the planet by about 17,200 miles. “It probably had nothing to do with the meteorite that hit Russia,” he said.
Asteroids are fairly small pieces of rock that go around the sun. A meteoroid is an even smaller piece of debris or particle that goes around the sun. A meteorite, on the other hand, is a meteoroid that survives its atmosphere plunge and lands upon the earth’s surface.
Dozens of fragments of the meteorite hit the ground, officials said, and search teams set out looking for remains. Local police described how one piece smashed into the ground near Lake Chebarkul, throwing up a column of ice, water and steam and creating an eight-meter crater.
The meteorite was several meters in diameter and weighed around 10 metric tons, Russia’s Academy of Sciences said in a statement. “The object entered the atmosphere at a speed of 15-20 kilometers per second, disintegrated at a height of 30-50 kilometers. The movement of fragments at large speed caused a powerful emission of light and a strong shock wave,” the academy said.
It is only every 2,000 years or so that a meteoroid the size of a football field descends to earth and causes significant damage, according to NASA. Giant asteroids that crash to earth—such as the one that most likely extinguished the dinosaurs—tend to occur on the scale of millions of years.
Scientists will likely rush to the site in Russia where the meteoroid was observed. Astronomer Dr. Smith said there has probably been only one case—in Sudan in 2007—where researchers were able to follow the track of a meteor as it came down and recover pieces of it on the ground.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin called for leading world powers to create an early-warning system, and consider technology to shoot down meteorites. Roskosmos, Russia’s space agency, said it was impossible to track objects falling as fast as the meteorite.
“President Obama “strongly” supports the renewal of the assault weapons ban and would back new gun legislation, the White House said Tuesday.
“He is actively supportive of, for example, Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said during his daily briefing. On Monday, Carney would only say that the president supports the return of the ban.
Carney also offered some other gun laws Obama would back. “He supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun legislation that he could support … high capacity ammunition clips, for example. That is certainly something he would be interested in looking at,” he said.
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Colorado shooting suspect charged with 142 counts, including 24 of first-degree murder
Denver Post: Colorado movie theater shooting suspectJames Eagan Holmes was charged with 142 counts, including 24 counts of first-degree murder, 116 counts of attempted murder, one count of possession of an explosive device and one count of a sentence enhancer for a crime of violence.
Photo: Karl Gehring / The Denver Postc