August 24th, 2012

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At least one person killed in shooting near Empire State Building

At least one person killed in shooting near Empire State Building amid Manhattan morning rush

A suspect was shot and killed by police and four other people were wounded when gunfire erupted Friday morning outside the Empire State Building, cops said.

Details were sketchy, but the shooting started shortly after 9 a.m. on the crowded rush hour sidewalks outside the iconic midtown skyscraper.

A man wanted by police was fatally shot, while four other people were injured before the gunfire stopped. It was unclear if the wounded victims were linked to the dead suspect or innocent bystanders, police said.

Cops were investigating what ignited the shootout on a sunny Manhattan morning at 34th St. and Fifth Ave. — just north of the building’s East Side entrance.


This is scary. I really hope all of the injured people will be okay.

Planned Parenthood survives KS prosecution attempt

Kansas DA drops all criminal charges against Planned Parenthood clinic


CBS/AP) TOPEKA, Kan. - A Kansas prosecutor on Friday dropped all remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, ending what was believed to be the first attempt in the U.S. to prosecute a facility affiliated with the group.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced that 32 misdemeanor charges against the clinic had been dismissed. Those charges were the last part of a criminal case filed in 2007 by Howe's predecessor [Phil Kline].

The clinic originally faced 107 criminal charges, including 23 felonies accusing it of falsifying copies of reports on abortions it had filed with the state. All of the allegations stemmed from abortions performed by the clinic in Overland Park in 2003.

Most of those charges were dismissed over the past 10 months for various reasons, leaving only counts related to allegations that 16 abortions violated a state law restricting late-term procedures when a fetus is viable. The remaining counts alleged that the Planned Parenthood clinic had performed illegal abortions after failing to properly determine whether a fetus was viable.

Howe said in a statement that "extensive research" by his office determined the clinic's practices were "within accepted practices in the medical community." He said he reached the conclusion after consulting with Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

"The remaining disputes between experts in the medical field amount to a reasonable medical debate which the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unacceptable grounds for criminal prosecution," Howe said in his statement.

The decision is likely to anger abortion opponents. One group, Operation Rescue, called on Howe to resign earlier this month, when other charges were dismissed.

Pedro Irigonegaray, a Topeka attorney representing the clinic, said: "Finally, the truth comes out."

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Twisted Sister 'denounce' Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan.

Hair metallers aren't happy that Ryan used their hit 'We're Not Going To Take It' during a rally.

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider has slammed Paul Ryan, the man recently chosen by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate.

During a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday (August 21), Ryan opted to play the hair metallers' 1984 hit single 'We're Not Gonna Take It', something Snider and his bandmates have not taken kindly to.

In a statement issued about Ryan's use of the track, the band's frontman said: "I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my band Twisted Sister's song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in any capacity. There is almost nothing he stands for that I agree with except the use of the (home exercise regime) P90X."

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OP: If only for the title alone this had to be posted!


Greetings folks! I've been totally slacking on my sharing with _p but I'm going to attempt to rectify that. First up is the return of This Week in Blackness proper.  Back for the 2012 Election, TWIB! kicks things off talking voter suppression. When states across the country change laws and rules for voting what could possibly be there motivation? WATCH. SHARE. EDUCATE. REPEAT!

More to come...
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Empire State Building shooting victim says NYPD fired 'randomly' into street

Questions have been raised over the New York police department's handling of a shooting near the Empire State Building after armed officers injured nine passers-by as they pursued a gunman who had just shot dead his former boss.

One of those injured by police told the Guardian that officers appeared to fire "randomly" as they confronted Jeffrey Johnson, 58, minutes after a workplace dispute escalated into a chaotic shootout in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan.

Reports suggest that while Johnson drew his gun, he did not fire; all those injured appear to have been shot by police. The New York police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, said officers had no choice but to act as they did: police discharged 14 rounds and the gunman died at the scene.

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Al-Qaeda Thanks Fox News for Their Help.

Al-Qaeda Websites Post Bin Laden Raid SEAL’s Name And Photo, Vowing Revenge

NBC News reports that users on websites affiliated with al-Qaeda have posted the name and photo of an American Navy SEAL who led the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The New York Times reported this week that the SEAL, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, wrote a book documenting the events of the raid — news that came as a surprise to the industry and even the U.S. government.

Fox News yesterday revealed Owen’s true identity and Business Insider published photos. Now it appears al-Qaeda affiliates and/or sympathizers are looking for revenge:
Users on several militant Islamic websites affiliated with al-Qaida have posted the name and photo of a former Navy SEAL identified as the author of an upcoming book on the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The posts called for his “destruction” in revenge for the al-Qaida founder’s killing.

Among the website publishing the death threats was the “Al-Fidaa” web forum, which al-Qaida uses to distribute its media and public communications, said Evan Kohlmann, an NBC News consultant and a terrorism analyst at Flashpoint Partners, a global security firm.
Even in the aftermath of the raid last year, top U.S. officials have warned against revealing the names of those who participated in it our of concern for their safety. Pentagon officials and even the book’s publisher are continuing to urge reporters against reporting Owen’s true identity.

“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

-John Moody, Executive Vice President & Executive Editor FOX News