Witnesses described a teenage gunman wearing a white mask with some kind of body armor, maybe a vest, and an assault rifle. Up to 60 shots were reported fired inside the mall’s food court. It’s unclear right now how many gunmen may be involved; some witnesses say there are several.
Here’s something interesting: while doing my janitorial rounds, I noticed referrals coming from Reddit, from a discussion of a new anti-Occupy Wall Street smear circulating on Facebook, a photograph of some anarchists with a sign that says, “Fuck the Troops.”
The photograph’s real enough:
But it’s almost 5 years old; it was posted in March 2007 at Little Green Footballs. And it was nowhere near Wall Street; it was an anti-war demonstration in Oregon.
So when you see this photo start showing up at right wing blogs, now you’ll know where it really came from.
(By the way, if you want to talk about a disturbingly nasty leftist demonstration, that one in 2007 was the real deal; they also burned a US soldier in effigy.)
In what’s becoming a disturbingly common story, an unstable anti-Muslim bigot was arrested today in Oregon on charges of firebombing a mosque last November: Man accused of hate crime in Corvallis mosque arson.
Cody Seth CrawfordCORVALLIS — Federal law enforcement authorities arrested Cody Seth Crawford, 24, Wednesday night on a federal hate crimes indictment in what they say was a racially motivated arson at a Corvallis mosque.
The arrest comes eight months after the Nov. 28 firebombing of the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center at 610 N.W. Kings Boulevard in Corvallis. Authorities quickly determined the fire, which burned the office of the mosque, was an arson. …
According to federal search warrant documents filed in U.S. District Court, Crawford was identified as a “potential major contributor of the DNA” found on a blue Maglite flashlight discovered the morning of the firebombing on a walkway to the mosque.
Federal investigators also located a plastic 2-liter strawberry Fanta soda bottle near a broken window of the mosque. Lab tests showed the bottle contained gasoline and a mineral oil, according to a federal search warrant affidavit filed March 14 in U.S. District Court. Residues of gasoline and residues consistent with mineral oil were found in the burned office of the mosque.
The search warrant affidavit also indicated that Crawford, during two subsequent and unrelated contacts in December with McMinnville police and Corvallis officers, had ranted about Muslims, accused an officer of being a Muslim and looking like Obama, and described himself as a Christian warrior. He claimed his wife was Muslim and had taken his son.
“You look like Obama. You are a Muslim like him. Jihad goes both ways. Christians can jihad too,” he told a McMinnville officer when taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center on Dec. 14 following a harassment arrest.
A witness at a McMinnville gas station told police Crawford was shining his flashlight at security cameras and talking about terrorists and Muslims.
On Dec. 16, after a witness said they saw Crawford waving a knife in front of his apartment, Corvallis police responded and took Crawford to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for a mental evaluation. During interviews with Corvallis detectives, Crawford lashed out against “jihadists.” He was placed on a mental health hold.
Following the arrest of Oregon bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud, an Islamic center in Corvallis was apparently firebombed.
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A fire reported early this morning at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis where Portland bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud sometimes attended is being called arson.
The fire was reported at about 2:15 a.m. today. Corvallis Fire Department spokeswoman Carla Pusateri said the fire was intentionally set, but would not say what led investigators to the conclusion. …
Islamic Center leader Imam Yosof Wanly said he doesn’t believe the fire is a reflection on the community of Corvallis where he has lived for 24 years.
“I know people here know the true reality of the Muslim community here,” he said. “It’s a sad situation.”
A 19-year old naturalized US citizen born in Somalia has been arrested in Oregon, in a plot to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
But he was never even close to actually carrying out the plot; the FBI has been on to him for more than a year, and the “car bomb” was stocked with mock explosives. I wonder how the right wing blogs will turn this into a defeat for the Obama administration?
Robinson claims to be a scientist, when he’s one of the most rabid, irrational anti-science GOP fools in an election full of them. A true jaw-dropper of an interview.
A father and son are now on trial in Oregon for murder in the bombing of a bank, in a bizarre scheme to build a private militia in response to the election of Barack Obama.
SALEM — Bruce Turnidge was so fervent about protecting his right to have guns that he once sought to build and supply his own private militia, prosecutors said. His son, Joshua Turnidge, disdained police officers, calling them thieves and believing them all to be corrupt.
The two talked of bank robbery plots over the years no less than 50 times, a friend told prosecutors. The father had tried years before to raise money to arm a militia, but the men he approached turned him down, prosecutors said.
But it was Barack Obama’s presidential win in November 2008 that finally drove the father and son to put one of their ideas into motion, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Katie Suver said Wednesday. They feared Obama’s election would mean more gun restrictions, she said.
An employee at the Turnidges’ biodiesel business recalled that Joshua Turnidge was “practically frantic” after the election about getting cash to reclaim his pawned guns as soon as he could, Suver said.
Then on Dec. 12, 2008, she said, the Turnidges planted a bomb outside the West Coast Bank in Woodburn. It ended up exploding inside the bank, killing two police officers, critically injuring a third and wounding a bank employee.
Recently we’ve had several front page posts about Arthur Robinson, the GOP mutant candidate for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, and his incredibly strange views on … well, everything. In addition, LGF reader freetoken put together an excellent Page on Robinson’s Christian Dominionist connections.
For the better part of a decade Arthur Robinson has been reprinting, marketing, and selling a virulently racist 19th Century English boys’ adventure novel that suggests Africans are like retarded children. “By Sheer Pluck” written by George Alfred Henty, is set in Africa and features a sympathetic character patronizing Africans as “just like children” and declaring, “the intelligence of an average negro is about equal to that of a European child of ten years old… Left alone to their own devices they retrograde into a state little above their native savagery.” Over the last decade, Art Robinson’s homeschool curriculum business has sold thousands of copies of the book.
Arthur Robinson has carved out a niche selling a Christian home schooling curriculum developed by his late wife, who according to Robinson compiled its curriculum from material culled from Christian homeschooling curricula published by Bob Jones University, the A Beka Book series, and other sources.
The Robinson Self Teaching Curriculum includes, as a reference for students, a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica and a 1611 King James Version of the Bible which “is the foundational book of the Curriculum.” As a 2001 article in The American Spectator described:
[Art Robinson’s] family members have developed a home school curriculum consisting of over 250 books-among them the 30,000-page 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica—which the youngsters took turns scanning into computers. The curriculum was transferred to 22 compact discs, which are sold in a box for $195. Over four years, 20,000 sets have been sold. More recently, with typical single-mindedness, Robinson tracked down all 99 historical novels by the Edwardian writer G. A. Henty, and they in turn were optically scanned. Three thousand Henty sets (6 CD’S) were shipped in the first year. They retail for $99.
The oceans are starved for it.
“Wastes dumped into the deep ocean will soon reach the bottom, where they are less hazardous than nearly any other place on Earth. Most materials will remain there: marine organisms are rare in the deep ocean, food chains are long, and few materials will be carried back to mankind. And that is what waste disposal is all about…
…The oil companies’ reckless greed, we are told, has devastated the oceans with their oil spills.
“As for oil spills in the open and deep ocean, they amount to far less than natural seeps and river runoff, and any unbiased oceanographer will confirm that they are a boon to marine life, inflicting damage mainly on the oil and shipping companies. For crude oil is a natural, organic, biodegradable product of the earth’s ancient plant and animal life, and it is this type of hydrocarbon that marine life in the open and deep ocean is starved for.”
Rand Paul’s getting all the media attention for his ludicrous comments about the Civil Rights Act and the BP oil spill, but he is actually far from the most extreme Republican nominated last week.
Meet Arthur Robinson, who won the GOP nomination for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District.
Mr. Robinson is so full of bad craziness he makes Rand Paul look sane, a prodigious feat. Robinson is a climate change denier (he’s the huckster who concocted the “Oregon Petition Project”), a survivalist, a young earth creationist, a theocrat, and of course, a home schooler.
And when I say “home schooling,” I mean complete cultural separatism.
Home schooling is no more than a tool that can be used to keep a child out of the World.
If a young person is kept out of the World, the Lord will raise him (or her). Little else is necessary. The links to the Lord are already built into the child. He will follow those links and will directly help the child. All children receive this help. Parents really need do very little in addition.
He’s the perfect candidate for what the GOP has mutated into — the party of throwbacks and reactionaries.