GotNewsDotCom Identifies Wrong Woman as Wife of Garland, TX, Shooter

And the shooter, for a two-fer!
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@ChuckCJohnson’s pitiful excuse for a news blog once again has flunked Journalism 101 by identifying the wrong woman as the wife of Nadir Soofi, one of the two gunmen shot dead in Garland, TX, Sunday.

The woman identified by GotNewsDotCom’s ace reporter Shannon Knutsen is in fact the wife of a man living in Birmingham, England, Abu Hussain Al-Britani.

Despite having no valid proof that Soofi, 34, was even married, here’s what Johnson’s GotNews published:

Wrong woman, wrong man

More: BREAKING, EXCLUSIVE: @GotNewsDotCom identifies wrong woman as wife of Garland, TX, shooter

It should come as no surprise that the usual RWNJs now take this travesty of reporting as the gospel truth and are harassing the owner of that Twitter account, plus anyone with a similar account name.

Knutsen’s reporting is wrong on multiple levels. Al-Britani was not one of the shooters. He’s still alive — in England. The woman referenced in the article is in fact his wife, though.

The real shooters, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were apparently both single and sharing an apartment in Phoenix. Simpson may have been following al-Britani’s Twitter account, but al-Britani is not Soofi, being alive and all.

But it’s Award Winning Journalism, folks!

Monday Night Kick-Ass Jam: Foo Fighters Live, “Arlandria”

A simple round of conversation became a shameful equation
Music • Views: 6,413


The Foo Fighters perform on Austin City Limits. “Arlandria” is an exclusive web-only outtake from the broadcast performance.

Watch Austin City Limits on PBS. For more visit

Chuck C. Johnson Trespasses and Tampers With Garland Crime Scene, Posts Photos of It

He should be arrested for this
Wingnuts • Views: 11,566

As usual, our stalker pal Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME) is trying to elbow his way into the story of the shootings in Garland, Texas — he went to the scene of the attack and actually posted pictures of himself trespassing and tampering with the crime scene, and boasting about it.

Notice that Johnson calls the yellow tape “caution tape.” Uh, no. It’s clearly marked, “CRIME SCENE - DO NOT CROSS.” That’s a bit stronger than a “caution,” wouldn’t you say?

He broke the law here, clearly and obviously, then posted the evidence himself and bragged about it. The fact is that deliberately crossing into a marked police investigation scene is a crime, and carries a possible prison sentence.

I notified Garland PD about this clear case of obstruction of justice and trespassing — if you have a Twitter account, please retweet these to bring it to the police’s attention:

At Least 2 Shot Outside Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit

Jobin Panicker, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
US News • Views: 16,149

48 hour rule applies here, we don’t have real details on who or why, although we all probably want to speculate.

At least two people were shot Sunday afternoon in the parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center, where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was hosting its inaugural Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit and $10,000 Cartoon Contest.

The cartoon exhibit featured “images of Islam’s prophet, both historic and contemporary, and speeches by leading voices of freedom and internationally renowned free speech advocates,” according to an AFDI release

More: At Least 2 Shot Outside Muhammad Cartoon Exhibit

UPDATE at 5/4/15 4:28:05 am by Thanos

The gunmen or their motives are not yet identified, and I’m still not going to speculate on that. What I will say is that the press is being remiss in their duty to report all of the facts.

So I will detail the history, not because I think the gunmen are somehow justified, (they are not, whatever their motive,) but rather that the public needs to be fully informed before shaping opinions.

In this country you have the right to hate, to be a bigot, and everyone else has the right to point that out.

Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, and their foreign allies have used their Free Speech rights in the US to persistently smear, hate, and defame all Muslims worldwide for over a decade. The history is long, and includes all of the standard theocratic hateful lies & libels traded in tit for tat manner by the six major branches of Abrahamic religions circling the Mid East since the time of Alexander. It also includes newly minted modern conspiracy theories cooked up by Spencer and Geller (creeping sharia anyone?)

You could write a book debunking the insane bigotry of these two and their allies, but I’m not going to - instead I will link the many pages here at this site that detail the long history of bigoted insanity and the alliance with the new Far Right movement in Europe in the hopes that real reporters will delve into this and make sure the U.S. Public at least understands the background.

I will finish by saying this: if you sling shit at a group of people long enough eventually you will find the mean, the crazed, and the extreme among them, and that’s been Geller’s plan all along. There is free speech, and there is provocative free speech designed to make you think, and then further on the edges is free speech designed to provoke, I will let you decide where in this spectrum that Geller lies.

LGF history on Pamela Geller:
LGF history on Robert Spencer:
Southern Poverty Law Center on Pamela Geller:
Southern Poverty Law Center on Robert Spencer:

UPDATE at 5/4/15 5:02:43 am by Thanos

Lindsey Bever at The Washington Post does a good job of painting the full picture:

UPDATE at 5/4/15 5:23:50 am by Thanos

One of the suspects, his prior terror indictment from the FBI, and his possible motives has been identified in this ABC story:

Simpson was well known to the FBI. Five years ago he was convicted for lying to federal agents about his plans to travel to Africa, but a judge ruled the government did not adequately prove he was going to join a terror group there.

Also see

Alabama Shakes Performing “Don’t Wanna Fight” Live on KCRW

Why can’t we both be right?
Music • Views: 16,725


Alabama Shakes experienced a meteoric rise following the release of their 2012 debut and took their time crafting their sophomore album, expanding on their soulful blues-rock sound. Last week, timed to the release of their new CD, Sound & Color, they performed live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions as part of NPR Music’s First Listen Live series.

Watch / Listen to the full session here:

Ted Cruz Latest Republican To Fall for Loony Conspiracy Theory

Politics • Views: 19,054

Rand Paul, Abbot of Texas, now Ted Cruz. If they aren’t directly and blatantly pandering to the nutjob Base of their party, then they are all complete Idiots. With a capital I.

I bet Harvard wishes they could just erase this particular alumnus from their ranks. What a fucking embarrassment.

Speaking at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention Saturday, the Texas senator told Bloomberg’s David Weigel that his office had contacted the Pentagon about the exercise, which officially consists of a series of training drills throughout the Southwest for about 1,200 special operations personnel, including Green Berets and Navy SEALs. Conspiracy theorists operating on the fringes of the conservative blogosphere, however, have other ideas about what the exercise, known as Jade Helm 15, is intended to do - such as implement martial law, seize Americans’ guns, and imprison political dissidents.

Rather than squash those theories outright, Cruz apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry.

“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” he said. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

Saturday Night Ballad: Mark Knopfler w/ Ruth Moody, “Wherever I Go”

Your star is fixed in my sky
Music • Views: 20,092


Wherever I Go from the album ‘Tracker’ by Mark Knopfler. Available now:
Official Store:

iTunes Deluxe:

This short film was made in association with Talenthouse. Mark Knopfler requested independent filmmakers create their own visual interpretations of the song.

Out of 66 entries, this video was the winner, shot and directed by Matthias Lebeer.

Two Versions of the Same Song: Regina Spektor and Sean Rowe, “Ode to Divorce”

Break me to small parts
Music • Views: 22,116



Here are two very different versions of the same great song; first by the writer, Regina Spektor, followed by Sean Rowe’s very different approach.

Apparently, Marriage Equality Is Going to Cause God to Send Asteroids to Destroy the Planet

Loony rant of the day
Wingnuts • Views: 23,857


The right wing homophobic fear-mongering over marriage equality is reaching an insane fever pitch these days. They’re all going batshit, but End Times loon Rick Wiles may be the nuttiest; he warned on his “Trunews” radio program yesterday that “a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned.”

“Now the communists rule this nation,” Wiles said in a monologue before his interview with Staver, “and everywhere communism takes control, they go after the churches and they kill the pastors and they demolish the church buildings and they reeducate the church children. That’s what’s coming to America. It’s already started.”

“We are at the end of the road as a nation,” he warned. “If the Supreme Court dares to defy Almighty God one more time, I’m telling you it will be the last time.”

“I believe I am speaking under the unction of the Holy Spirit,” he continued. “I’m telling you there will be swift, sudden and devastating consequences for the United States of America. America will be brought to its knees, there will be pain and suffering at a level we’ve never seen in this country. The word that I hear in my spirit is ‘fire.’ I do not know if it refers to riots or looting or war on American soil or a fireball from space. I simply know that a sweeping, consuming fire will come across the United States of America and this country will be charred and burned.”

He told his listeners to “prepare for the fire that will sweep across America if the United States Supreme Court dares to defy God one more time and rule that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right.”

Friday Night Jam: Laura Marling, “Sophia”

Where I’ve been lately is no concern of yours
Music • Views: 27,494


I can’t believe I never discovered Laura Marling’s music before this week, but now I can’t stop listening to her. This amazing song builds up from a solo acoustic guitar performance to a powerful full band with strings. Marling plays with the structures of her songs in a way that’s reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, but with her own appealing character. Just great stuff.

This is from the album titled: A Creature I Don’t Know.

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