- 7:30 AM – Congressman Mo Brooks on Orlando Shooting and more
- 8:00 AM – Dr. Waymon Burke, from Calhoun Community College, to discuss Speaker Hubbard’s conviction and other state issues.
- 9:00 AM – Candidate for Huntsville City Council Devyn Keith
- 10:20 AM – Columnist David Rubin to discuss the Orlando-Tel Aviv Terror Attacks: Ominous Ramadan Connections
What is with Obama’s re-branding of Omar Mateen?
Clinton mentions radical Islam…
Hillary Clinton said Monday she’s not afraid to say “radical” Islam as she countered attacks from Donald Trump that she’s too politically correct to use the phrase.“From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say,” Clinton said on CNN’s “New Day.” “And it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we — whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing.”Clinton — who also reupped her call to restore the assault weapons ban — was forceful in dismissing Republicans’ criticism — vocally echoed by Trump — that President Barack Obama and Democrats won’t describe such terror attacks as “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Clinton’s comments went further than she has before in the language she uses to describe radical Islam and swiftly undercut one of Trump’s central lines of attack against her regarding the fight against terrorism. Her interview Monday morning also notably separated the former Secretary of State from Obama’s approach — in his remarks from the White House on Sunday about the massacre, he never used the words “radical Islam” and he’s made it a point not to do so in similar past domestic attacks.
“Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim-Americans as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror,” Clinton said.
“So does saying that we have to start special surveillance on our fellow Americans because of their religion. It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques have tripled after Paris and San Bernardino. That’s wrong. And it’s also dangerous. It plays right into the terrorists’ hands.”
The recollections of Mateen’s actions could not be independently verified, and the memories could be clouded by the years that have passed. But similar versions were detailed in separate interviews. As the snapshot in time, the recollections appear to offer yet another stitch in the wider tapestry of Mateen’s life and views before Sunday’s rampage, which included his pledge of loyalty to the Islamic State during a call to police during the standoff.
In an interview, Robert Zirkle, then a freshman at Martin County High School, said he saw Mateen excited and making fun of how America was being attacked on 9/11. “He was making plane noises on the bus, acting like he was running into a building,” Zirkle recalled. “I don’t really know if he was doing it because he was being taught some of that stuff at home or just doing it for attention because he didn’t have a lot of friends.”
“Before 9/11 happened, we were pretty straight. We all rode the same bus. We weren’t really close friends, but friends at least a little,” he added, noting that Mateen attended the Spectrum Alternative School, a separate campus in Stuart for students with poor grades or behavioral issues.
“After 9/11 happened, he started changing and acting different,” Zirkle said.
Gotta love the qualifiers here…
The recollections of Mateen’s actions could not be independently verified, and the memories could be clouded by the years that have passed.
Later he would say insane things to his coworkers… BUT…
At least four regular customers at the Orlando gay nightclub where a gunman killed 49 people said Monday that they had seen Omar Mateen there before.
“Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” Ty Smith said.
Another Pulse regular, Kevin West, told the Los Angeles Times that Mateen messaged him on and off for a year using a gay chat app.
Also, the family is not cooperating…
Late Monday came word that Mateen’s wife, Noor Zahi Salman, was not cooperating with authorities, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
ANOTHER attack in Paris…
Right-wing newspaper Yeni Akit, which has supported Al-Qaeda in the past, broke the news of the horrific attack with the headline: “Death toll rises to 50 in bar where perverted homosexuals go!”
The headline has caused outrage online, with many suggesting the phrase, and associated exclamation mark, suggests the paper is praising the attack rather than condemning it.
Yeni Akit has long supported President Erdogan’s AKP party which are known for conservative views.
When Jon Bivens’ son came home with a stamp on his hand during the last week of school, Bivens didn’t think much of it.
“I thought it was a good job stamp,” he said.
Upon another glance, Bivens saw that it wasn’t a good job stamp. There was a smiley face, and under it a note saying, “I need lunch money.”
Bivens’ son attends Gardendale Elementary School and just completed third grade.
Typically, Bivens said, he or his wife receives an email when their son’s lunch money account is running low. While he mostly brings his lunch from home, the 8-year-old likes to buy ice cream or other treats from the lunchroom.
Bivens said that, on the last week of school, his son had a positive balance in his account. After he bought his ice cream, the child still had a balance of $1.38.
Hubbard’s news should have been huge. Obviously, it’s lost it’s importance.
It was the gun… keep telling yourself this…
That’s how long it took me to buy an AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Seven minutes. From the moment I handed the salesperson my driver’s license to the moment I passed my background check.
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