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Minister Of South Texas Church Preaches A Week After Massacre

(SL) – An emotional day in South Texas as members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gathered for the first time since a gunman entered their church and killed 26 people.

Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy said during today’s service at a local baseball field that evil was responsible for last week’s shootings.

Pomeroy said he wanted to ensure everyone who walked in to the service “knows that those who died lived for their Lord and savior.” Pomeroy’s voice cracked as he paused and described the victims as “my best friends and my daughter.”

The crowd of worshipers then stood, clapped and raised their hands toward heaven.

Among those attending today’s emotional service was Texas Senator John Cornyn, who said he would propose changes to firearm background checks and the process of obtaining a firearm.

The service was moved from a community center to a local baseball field to accommodate the large number of attendees.

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Florida School Offering Bulletproof Panels For School Backpacks

(SL) – A Miami school is offering parents a chance to purchase bullet-resistant panels that slip snuggly into their kids’ backpacks in case of a school shooting.

The “Washington Post” reports the Florida Christian School hasn’t witnessed any gun violence, but its private security force on school grounds wants to be prepared.

backpack (1)The school’s security chief says the panel is a “tool” to help protect children in case of a horrific event. The panels weigh less than a pound and reportedly can stop a bullet fired from a .44-Magnum or a .357 pistol.

Students are told to hold the backpacks containing the panels over their chests in case of an active shooter.

26 Dead In Texas Church Shooting

(SL) – The AP reports, A man opened fire inside of a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing multiple people and wounding others before being “taken down,” authorities said.

Authorities said a man walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs and began shooting, killing multiple people and wounding others. Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackett told the Wilson County News that the shooter had been “taken down,” but it’s not known how the shooter died.

ct-texas-church-shooting-20171105Authorities haven’t said how many were killed or wounded, but a Wilson County commissioner, Albert Gamez, told cable news outlets that emergency officials told him more than 20 people were slain and more than 20 others were wounded, though those figures hadn’t been confirmed.

Megan Posey, a spokeswoman for Connally Memorial Medical Center, which is in Floresville and about 10 miles from the church, said “multiple” victims were being treated for gunshot wounds. She declined to give a specific number but said it was less than a dozen.

800Some victims were taken by medical helicopter to the Brooke Army Medical Center, television station KSAT reported.

Albert Gamez, a Wilson County commissioner, made the comments to cable news outlets after the attack Sunday at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, a small community 30 miles southeast of San Antonio.

Sutherland Springs is 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio.

Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson Had Escaped Kill Zone But Went Back To Help Comrades After Call For Unplanned Mission And NO Backup

(SL) – More details have been released about the ambush that claimed the lives of four soldiers in Niger.

The Daily Mail reports, Sgt. La David Johnson died in the October 3 mission along with Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright during an unplanned mission to capture or kill a high-ranking ISIS target.

The men had been out on a routine intelligence gathering mission when they were suddenly given the new order and embarked on it, venturing into dangerous territory with no increase in manpower, ammunition or weapons.

171019-en-martin-niger-attack-01Shortly after 11am on October 3, they came under fire from 50 ISIS militants who were hiding behind trees on either side of a road near the remote village of Tongo Tongo which the soldiers had just left.

On Friday, a US official gave the fullest account yet of how the attack, which has been shrouded in secrecy and described murkily by US officials in Washington, played out.

 They revealed that;

  • Sgt. Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck that was in front of the vehicle carrying the other three men when the attack began
  • He and others in the truck initially got out to return fire but got back into the vehicles when they realised they were dangerously outnumbered
  • They sped ahead 200 yards then realized the other men, who were in an unarmed Land Cruiser, were behind and in the kill zone
  • Two other US soldiers got out of the truck on foot and marched back towards the Cruiser while Johnson covered them from a mounted machine gun on the pick-up truck
  • The cruiser was hit by a mortar and all three inside the vehicle were killed
  • Johnson’s pick-up truck was also hit and it’s likely his body was thrown from it as it bounded along the ground
  • For two hours after the first call for back-up was made, surviving soldiers were under fire from the militants
  • When French fighter jets arrived and scared them off, the surviving US and Nigerien soldiers were back-to-back, still firing shots
  • Sgt. Johnson’s body was only discovered on October 6 when a village elder, who previously stalled them from leaving Tongo Tongo, revealed where it was to Nigerien forces
  • The men were due to have back-up for the doomed mission but the unit which was supposed to accompany them was unable to at the last minute
  • Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed

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Former President Obama To Pull Jury Duty In Chicago

(SL)  – Former President Obama will pull jury duty in Chicago next month. Chief Judge Tim Evans confirmed that Obama has been called and plans to carry out his public duty as a citizen of Cook County.

The judge declined to provide specifics, but told the “Chicago Tribune” today special arrangements would be made to accommodate Obama’s security detail.

The former President owns homes in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. The paper notes Obama would likely be the highest-profile person ever to sit on a jury in Cook County.

Around Florida: Chief Reluctant To Use Phrase ‘Serial Killer’ In Tampa Killings, Tallahassee Mayor’s Idea For Fighting Violent Crime Rejected, Death Threats For UF Head Coach And More…

(SL) –As police look for suspects in three recent murders in a Tampa neighborhood, there’s one phrase the city’s police chief refuses to use. Interim Chief Brian Dugan said at a public meeting last night in Seminole Heights that he does not want to use the term “serial killer.”

He told hundreds at Edison Elementary School there’s a stereotype associated with that word, and he cited Ted Bundy as an example.

Bundy was a white male who acted alone, but Dugan says this killer could be black or a female or even more than one person.

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(Orlando, FL )– Get away from all the bad. At least one day a year, Central Florida’s biblical-based theme park welcomes all, free of charge. The Holy Land Experience is required to offer the free day in order to keep its property-tax exemption as a religious entity.

This year, that day is tomorrow. It will be first come, first served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking is also free. You can find out more at HolyLandExperience.com.

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(Gainesville, FL) — It’s been a tough football season at the University of Florida so far, even including death threats from fans. That’s what Jim McElwain head coach of the three-and-three Gators, told the media yesterday.

McElwain did not go into specifics regarding the threats with the media and, apparently, not with the school.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve McClain issued a statement saying that the UF administration met with the coach yesterday afternoon and he offered no additional details.

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(Tallahassee, FL) — Another day, another shooting in Tallahassee. Early yesterday morning, police got a call from a McDonald’s on South Monroe Street where a man had walked in with a gunshot wound.

The call was from the victim himself, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to respond to the rash of recent violence in the state capital by activating the Leon County Emergency Operations Center. But at a meeting yesterday, County Commission Chairman John Dailey rejected the proposal, saying the center is not designed for a law enforcement operation.

Sheriff Walt McNeil doesn’t like the idea, either. But Gillum isn’t giving up and plans to present it to city commissioners tomorrow.

 

 

Say What? O’Reilly “Mad At God” Over Latest Sexual Misconduct Claims

(SL) – Former “Fox News” host Bill O’Reilly says he’s mad at God after the latest sexual misconduct claim about him. “The New York Times” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly paid a longtime Fox News colleague 32-million dollars to settle sexual misconduct claims.

O’Reilly said last night on his “No Spin News” web series that he’s mad at God for not giving him more protection against women’s claims that he sexually harassed them. O’Reilly was forced out at Fox last spring after reports came to light that he and the company had paid millions of dollars to settle claims by a number of women.

O’Reilly says he paid the settlements to protect his children.

Soldier Slain In Niger Is Laid To Rest

(SL) – One of the four soldiers killed in an ambush attack in Niger is being laid to rest today. About one-thousand people gathered to honor Army Sergeant La David Johnson at his funeral in Cooper City, Florida.

Flags across the state of Florida are flying at half-staff today, as local residents line the streets to honor Johnson’s memory. But, that’s not stopping President Trump from continuing his feud with Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson after she accused him of being disrespectful to Johnson’s widow.

The feud started earlier this week when Wilson claimed the President told Myeshia Johnson in a phone call that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

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The four soldiers killed in Niger, from left, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright

The White House has since launched a series of attacks on Wilson, and even on the day of Johnson’s funeral. President Trump tweeted today, “I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!”

*Update* More details are coming out about the ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in Niger. NBC News is reporting that American officials now believe the special forces operators may have been set up by terrorists.

National Security Producer Courtney Kube says more details should start to come to light. Investigators suspect terrorists may have gotten word that the Green Berets and supporting soldiers were going to a meeting of elders in a village that was supportive of local ISIS affiliates.

Villagers may have then purposefully delayed the troops before they were attacked at two separate locations.

An Army Wife’s Grief, Myesha Johnson Photo Melts Hearts Around The World

(SL) – The photo of Army wife Myesha Johnson collasping on the casket of her husband Sgt. La David Johnson is heartbreaking. Even more devastating is the fact that they have two kids and one on the way.  Donald Trump’s insensitive remark saying “he knew what he signed up for” was like twisting a knife.

Their children 6-year-old Ah’leeysa and toddler Ladavid Johnson Jr. — will never see their father again and his unborn child will never get to meet his soldier dad. It’s sad.

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Johnson is one of four that was killed in Niger — along with Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

Donald Trump’s comments have raised questions about his behavior and MSN.com called it to a tee. Does it matter whether or not the President said something that offended Mrs. Johnson? Absolutely it does. And if he did, he ought to be man enough to admit it and apologize. As a matter of fact, regardless of what he said, he should still apologize to the members of the Johnson family, who are now, sadly, a Gold Star family. And one of those family members — Sgt. Johnson’s mother — backed up Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson’s claim that the conversation upset Myeisha.

That should be all the “proof” Mr. Trump needs.

If there’s one thing — one damn thing, for goodness sake — we should all be able to agree on, it’s our responsibility to show respect for the families of our fallen troops.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Wednesday that White House chief of staff John Kelly is “disgusted by the way this has been politicized and that the focus has come on the process and not the fact that American lives were lost.”

Kelly is right, of course. He knows all too well the pain the Johnsons and the Blacks and the Wrights and the Johnsons are feeling right now. Nobody so close to Trump is more credible on the issue.

Here’s hoping he made those same points to his boss.

Cops Arrest Men Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler’ Before Firing Shot After Spencer Speech In Gainesville, FL

(SL) – MSN.com reports  Police in Gainesville have arrested three Texas men accused of shouting “Heil Hitler” and other chants before firing a shot at two people shortly after white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida Thursday, reports CBS affiliate WGFL.

Gainesville Police charged 28-year-old Tyler Tenbrink and brothers Colton and William Fears with attempted homicide.

Watch: Protests erupt during white nationalist’s speech at university campus

Tenbrink, who police say admitted to firing the shot, is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say the incident happened about 5:30 p.m., about an hour after Spencer’s speech, which had attracted thousands of protesters, ended. Police say the victims were at a bus stop not far from the event, when a Jeep with four men inside pulled up and started yelling at them.

A report released Friday says one of the victims hit the Jeep’s rear window with a baton. Police say the Jeep drove about 10 feet and stopped. The report says both Colton and William Fears threatened to kill the victims and told Tenbrink to shoot.

They say Tenbrink fired one shot, hitting the building behind the victim.

Police say that one of the victims was able to get the Jeep’s license plate number and later that evening an off-duty sheriff’s deputy pulled the car over about 20 miles north of Gainesville.

Police say at least two of the men have connections to extremist groups but didn’t immediately identify which ones.

Tenbrink is being held on $3 million bond. Colton and William Fears are being held on $1 million bond.