Washington state local police said an executive for video game maker Bungie was the victim Thursday of a hoax by a caller who claimed he had an assault rifle and was holding the family hostage.
“He wanted $20,000 to release the family,” Nathan Elledge, chief of the Sammamish Police Department, told local media.
The 4am call appeared as if it came from within the executive’s suburban residence, police said. They dispatched a helicopter overhead. Police surrounded the residence of the executive of the Bellevue-based game maker whose identity was not released. A SWAT team was on the ready, police said.
About an hour into the incident, police said the executive finally came out of the suburban house in his bathrobe—the victim of a swatting hoax.
You can’t make this stuff up. Radio show hosts Doug Hagmann, who says he’s a private investigator and senior columnist at Canada Free Press and David Hodges on the Hagmann and Hagmann Report claim, according to super spook Jim Garrow (the so-called Nobel Peace Prize nominee) and other high-level, super-duper, super-secret unnamed “sources, the US military would have overthrown the Obama administration in a coup if only the American people stood up with them.
You’ve got to wonder if these guys want the FBI or Secret Service to come knocking on their doors so they can cry victim and blame Obama while they accuse the military of treason.
Doug Hagmann also has his own site called the Northeast Intelligence Network if you can’t get enough of him.
David Hodges is a radio show host of The Common Sense show - seriously.
The Hagmann & Hagmann Report provides listeners information about current events and historical topics that transcend the political right-left paradigm and delve into the real issues behind the sugar-coated news.
The hosts will always leave the audience more informed yet wanting more. It can and does get lively at times, as they don’t always agree on matters of intent and motive!
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Rush Limbaugh trying on his Glenn Beck/Alex Jones costume.
Rush Limbaugh sat down for a wide-ranging, hourlong discussion with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday, just one day before the conservative talk radio host’s reported negotiation deadline with Cumulus Media.
Earlier this week, Politico reported that Cumulus was dropping Limbaugh and Sean Hannity over their respective shows’ high distribution costs. Limbaugh did not address the negotiations during the Fox News interview, but did discuss a range of topics from his disappointment with the Republican Party to disdain for President Obama.
“The Republican Party wants a new base. The Republican leadership isn’t conservative. They’re not particularly crazy about conservatives,” Limbaugh said. “I’m a fairly prominent media conservative, I get more grief than the Taliban gets. I get more grief than Al Qaeda gets. All conservatives do because we constitute a threat to the way Washington views the country. And I don’t think it’s so much conservative vs. liberal, although it is, but it’s Washington vs. the rest of the country … and Washington has a mindset and a desire for the country that doesn’t dovetail with the majority of the American people.”
When asked about the Democratic Party, Limbaugh said that he was interested in “defeating them, not compromising with them.” He added, “The Republicans are shell-shocked. The image of racist, sexist, bigot homophobe has taken hold. They think that’s what people think of them. I think they’ve lost their confidence … and they have bought into this notion of why they are hated and disliked, and they are trying to change rather than defeat the people responsible for it all. I’m about defeating them within the political arena of ideas.”
At one point during the interview, Van Susteren brought up the public education system and poverty, which led to an interesting exchange.
“The Democrat party is responsible for this,” Limbaugh said. “They run the education system … They’re not teaching—they’re indoctrinating. They’re turning little young skulls full of mush into loyal, rabid, liberal democrats who are being trained to hate and despise conservatives and Republicans.”
I don’t know where this concept first started but I assume it’s from one of the Usual Suspects:
The Media is to blame for all the hype in the Trayvon Martin the case
This is a gateway concept to further idiotic constructs about the mainstream media and how it’s racist and the root of all evil. The Media and The Government are pretty much The Evil, that’s all you need to know, right? I don’t wish to delve further into that derp as it misses my point.
Blaming the media for the Trayvon Martin case is a subtle yet insidious concept precisely because it’s just about the safest criticism one can levy without directly blaming the victim, stereotyping, or being overtly racially insensitive. If not outright racist. It does immediately come off as condescending to all black and white people who view this case as a travesty, as if we’re all stupid dupes who got worked up by the media machine when there’s really no there there. That’s what all the white people in the right wing media are telling us.
I’ve seen the recent outpouring of this Blame the Media idiocy from various channels, almost entirely by white people and in many cases from people who I don’t think are racist. Just ignorant and insensitive. Though they may not be racist themselves they give racism safe harbor.
When I’m in a more humorous mood I’m inclined to say White People, LOL. But this quit being funny a few days ago.
Now we have a black man advocating the same idea. And because he’s a black man, it’s supposedly more powerful Teh Truth! because a black dude said it.
I haven’t touched on the Trayvon Martin issue because race matters in this country are the paralysis of the American people. To constructively discuss Trayvon would require empathy, introspection and an understanding of America’s social and economic history. This is why the open forums we have seen thus far seem to fuel more ignorance and bias than reasonable debate.
Way to come out swinging dude, hear hear! You have my attention.
To be brutally honest, the only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture. Meaning: News directors saw it as a profitable, sensational story. Hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb. Trayvon isn’t in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that.
Full Metal Wingnut in the second paragraph. To be brutally honest this is the best encapsulation of this idiotic concept I have seen so far, with a bonus ‘But Chicago?’ slice of cheese in between the beefy slices of Wingnut Spam. No less from an African American man, which therefore means he will be on right wing radio and Hannity within the next few days. I won’t delve further into his blog post where he basically blames black people for their problems because parenting and gansta culture and the media.
Blaming the media is extremely effective at shutting down discussions of race because it does not address the victim or racial issues directly. It takes a common villain and applies blame to it changing the subject to that villain. It’s very easy for people not ascribing to racist ideals or ideology to accept and propagate the idea. This is why it’s so insidious.
It’s a similar construct to combating the acceptance of climate change: subtly infer that climate science is corrupt or not to be taken seriously because they’re a bunch of liberal do-gooders or busy bodies trying to control us, or worse, a bunch of totalitarians trying to control us. Or at least a bunch of money grubbers trying to make some dough with huge government grants. This message has been brought to you by a bunch of money grubbers selling an ideology based on hating the government and liberals. But that’s not the point, liberals and government suck because they suck because we’re a think tank so shut up.
The media can be blamed for certain things or certain events. All the media, NBC and the right wing media. Romany Malco got it wrong, just like everybody else believing this canard got it wrong: the media, the nefarious Obama loving Mainstream Media, did not cause the hype in the Trayvon Martin case. Outraged members of the new social media caused the hype in the Martin case as they should have. The Martin case was outrageous and completely different than the multitudes of young black men murdered in Chicago everybody else suddenly seems concerned about. In fact, I first heard about Martin on LGF and followed up on Twitter and Facebook where many new media types and bloggers were tracing the story.
Then the mainstream media followed suit, playing catch up, sometimes sloppily or even scandalously. The right wing media followed suit with their racial agitation and invocation of their favorite villains, Outspoken Black Men Jackson and Sharpton, who I’ve been informed are the real racists here. I’ve not seen any reports of firings in the right wing media over the Martin case.
The mainstream media did not cause the Martin case by hyping the story, they followed just as the right wing media did. Social media hyped the story.
As they should have.
A scowling Donald Trump raised his voice on the witness stand Wednesday while an attorney grilled him and then rolled his eyes at the “Apprentice” star’s answers, prompting a federal judge to scold both men in open court and order them to behave.
The admonition came during Trump’s second and final day on the stand at a civil trial where he is accused of making false promises to an investor to lure her into purchasing condos at his glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.
“You have been dancing around and boxing each other,” U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve told Trump and plaintiff’s attorney Shelly Kulwin. “You’ve got to stop it.”
“Let’s get control of ourselves,” she added before a brief recess.
After cooling down during the final minutes of his testimony, Trump heated back up as he spoke to reporters on his way out of the Chicago courthouse.
“This is a disgrace,” Trump said, blasting the 87-year-old investor whose lawsuit led to this week’s trial. “She’s trying to rip me off.”
Jacqueline Goldberg’s suit claims Trump carried out a bait-and-switch in which a profit-sharing plan was promised then withdrawn after she agreed to buy two condos for around $1 million apiece at the 92-story luxury building; it opened in 2009.
After court adjourned Wednesday, Kulwin responded to Trump’s claim that he, not Goldberg, is the victim.
“The notion is ludicrous,” he told reporters.
Just days after the state Board of Health approved the regulations this month, under pressure from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), they claimed their first victim. Hillcrest Clinic in Norfolk, which for 40 years had provided reproductive health services, including abortions, closed last weekend.
Hillcrest was partly a victim of its own success in providing women with ready access to birth control. Like most other clinics around the state, it saw demand for abortions dwindle as more women took advantage of options to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Still, even after years of protests, arson, a pipe bombing and an attack by a man wielding a semiautomatic weapon, Hillcrest performed more than 1,600 abortions last year, about 7 percent of the state total. The principal reason it closed its doors was that complying with the regulations would have saddled it with $500,000 in renovations — an unaffordable expense.
A leading Australian priest who sexually preyed on a disabled and vulnerable woman on Sydney’s north shore for 14 years has been allowed to return to preaching and running community groups at one of the nation’s busiest churches.
The recent decision by the Catholic Church to allow Father Tom Knowles to return to full duties at St Francis’ in Melbourne’s central business district after about 16 months of “administrative leave” has outraged his victim and victims’ groups.
Father Knowles’s reinstatement comes after the church apologised to Jennifer Herrick, paid her $100,000 in compensation and acknowledged “the harm that can be caused to vulnerable people in such a case”.
A SCOTS pastor accused of raping a 10-year-old girl in the United States is to face trial next month.
Malcolm John Fraser - born in Aberdeen and brought up in Elgin - allegedly told his victim she would “go to hell” if she told anyone, according to papers lodged by prosecutors in Washington State.
Fraser, 39, the assistant pastor at Sound Doctrine Church in the city of Enumclaw, faces two counts of first-degree rape of a child. The case was due to be heard earlier this month, but has been postponed to 16 January, with a preliminary hearing on 4 January. The newest delay stems from a request by Fraser’s legal counsel.
According to Ian Goodhewof, spokesman for the King County prosecutor’s office, Fraser’s attorney filed a motion “to have the computers of the Enumclaw police department forensically examined for e-mails potentially relevant to the case”.
Superior court judge Beth Andrus ruled that the request be acted upon by 4 January and set the new trial date.
Fraser was arrested by Enumclaw police on 20 March this year. According to police papers, he is alleged to have had repeated sexual contacts with a girl during 2005 and 2006.
Police say two robbers held up two men and shot and killed one of them in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia early Thursday morning.
The incident happened just before 1:00 a.m. on the 2000 block of Castor Avenue.
According to Officials, the two victims, both 24-years-old, were told by the suspects to “give it up” but they only handed over a pack of cigarettes.
The suspects became angry and then opened fire causing the two men to run into a house where one of them lived.
The gunman kept firing, spraying the front of the house with bullets.
One of the victims was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital. The other victim was shot in the leg and is listed in stable condition.
A woman walking to a store in East Oakland was struck and killed during a gun battle between people on the other side of the street Wednesday night, police said.
The woman was walking with a relative and was hit by an errant bullet at 6:53 p.m. in the 9100 block of International Boulevard, police said. The other person was not injured, police said.
Police did not identify the victim, but a longtime friend of the woman identified her as Ramona Rochelle Foreman, 49.
“She was a good person. She never did anything to anybody,” said Al Roberts, who has a 30-year-old daughter and a 32-year-old son and three grandchildren with the victim. “I can’t believe it’s her lying there.”
Foreman lived about four blocks away from the store, Roberts said, and took care of her elderly mother.