French train Muslim jihadist denies being part of terrorist cell. Claims he found AK-47 “under a bush.” [Darleen Click]
Stuff you can’t make up …
Reports are surfacing that the gunman was linked to a jihadist group that planned to attack police before they were shot dead in an anti-terrorism raid in January. Two suspects were killed and a third arrested, close to the border with Germany.
France’s La Voix du Nord newspaper is reporting: “According to our sources, he was part of the same jihadist group which attacked on Belgian anti-terrorist police in a violent fire-fight in January 2015, in Verviers, near Liege.
“It appears that he had been identified as a potential security threat by the Spanish authorities who had alerted French authorities and had asked them for further information about him.”
The newspaper reports Ayoub El-Kahzzani or Qahzzani denies being part of any cell, and simply found the AK-47 under a bush.
A French official close to the investigation says police have positively identified the train gunman as 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El-Khazzani, according to AP. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said earlier on Saturday that Spanish authorities had alerted French intelligence to him in February 2014 because he “belonged to the radical Islamist movement,” and the French put him on a security watch list. El-Khazzani was identified through his fingerprints, according to the official, who insisted on not being identified by name because of the ongoing probe.
Spencer Stone released from hospital:
UPDATE: Four heroes, including two US servicemen, stop Muslim terrorist on French train [Darleen Click]
Chris Norman: I realised the only way to survive was to go for him
More from that press conference with the British businessman who helped overcome the attacker on the train.
He said: “I was just sitting working on my computer. I saw a man with a Kalashnikov. I said to myself s***.
“I heard an American saying, ‘go get him’, then someone else saying, ‘Don’t you do that buddy’. Then I realised the only way to survive was to go for him.”
He added: “I’m not a hero I just did what I could.”
“The heroes were Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler…. The train staff thought they were just fighting. To begin with they didn’t understand what was happening.
“I think his (attacker’s) gun jammed. We’re were incredibly lucky.
“He put up a bit of a fight but Spencer is a strong guy and he succeeded in overpowering him. I held down his arm, his left arm, so he couldn’t get his gun.
“He was relatively thin and not that strong so I didn’t have too much difficulty keeping him pinned down. He was bare-chested….
“All I want to do now is go home and spend time with my family… I didn’t hear him asking for his weapon back. What I did hear was Alek saying stop struggling. We got him down on the floor and tied him up while Alek went to look for other terrorists.”
Mr Norman said he didn’t sleep at all last night. “The great thing is that everyone in the train managed to overpower him without anyone being killed.” […]
Chris Norman: “My thought was I am going to die anyway so let’s go”
Chris Norman, the British businessman who was on the train with the attacker and tied him up is speaking at a press conference.
He said: “My thought was I am going to die any way so lets go. I’d rather die being active than sitting in the corner being shot.”
Asked if he felt scared, he said: “Once you start moving, you’re not afraid any more.” […]
Train attacker’s weapon was ‘faulty’
One of the American soldiers who restrained the attacker on the train said that it appeared his weapon was faulty.
Alek Skarlatos, 22, said: “If that guy’s weapon would have been functioning properly I don’t even want to think about how it would have went.”
He also said that the attacker did not seem to know how to handle the gun properly.
Mr Skarlatos told Sky News: “I grabbed the handgun, got the handgun away from the guy and threw it. Then I grabbed the AK which was at his feet and started muzzle-thumping him in the head with it.
“Everybody just started beating on the guy while Spencer held the choke hold, until he went unconscious at that point. People started to restrain him.”
Mr Skarlatos – who said that everyone was just reacting on “adrenaline” – picked up the AK-47 and checked the other cars to ensure there was not another gunman.
Mr Skarlatos returned to car 12, where it all started, cleared the weapons and put them in a pile.
Earlier reports were that the two American servicemen were Marines, it is confirmed as an Airman and National Guard:
A British consultant and three young Americans have been praised by David Cameron for their bravery after they overpowered a gunman on a train in France.
Chris Norman, 62, was travelling from Amsterdam to Paris aboard the high-speed Thalys train when the heavily armed man opened fire.
He helped US Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Sacramento State University student Anthony Sadler to get the man under control.
Just gotta love Michael Ramirez
*Hillary in The Hamptons
As the Democratic front-runner broke from the campaign trail, where she has been dogged by the email scandal connected to her time at the State Department, and headed for her annual vacation in the Hamptons late this week, voters across the country are tuned in this time around.
The Clintons are reportedly staying in the same $50,000 a week beachfront mansion in Amagansett near film executive Harvey Weinstein’s spread, a seven-bedroom house with a lap pool and ocean access, they rented last year. Their daughter, Chelsea, and her family — fresh off a vacation boating and snorkeling with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and billionaire mogul Barry Diller in Sardinia — are also expected to join them. Clinton’s two brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, are also staying with the family for part of the vacation, a source said.
*A WaPo columnist is telling Hillary to stop digging
This is sounding like “That ’90s Show.” You want to wave off the whole thing as the “same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before.” That may be therapeutic. It’s not politically smart.
The original mistake — deciding to conduct official government business through a private e-mail account for the sake, you say, of convenience — can’t be undone. But you ought to stop — now! — with the unconvincing claim that you did nothing different from your predecessors as secretary of state.
*HuffPo is writing mushy loveletters for Bernie
Without serious interest from mainstream media, and without billions in campaign funding, the Vermont Senator has been able to generate a nationwide groundswell of enthusiasm. Money can’t buy enthusiasm, and money certainly can’t buy a person’s trust — Sanders has an abundance of both.
Since Bernie Sanders is sincere and known for his direct and forthright communication style, he won’t have to spend any dollars convincing Americans that he’s trustworthy.
The Daily Mail identifies the Americans as Marines.
One of the hero Marines who foiled a planned terror attack on a French train was shot in the neck while disarming the crazed gunman on Friday.
The two unarmed servicemen spotted the 26-year-old Moroccan acting suspiciously and heard him trying to arm his weapon in the toilet of the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris.
The gunman got on the train in Brussels and attempted his attack soon after crossing the French border.
The 26-year-old Moroccan national, who was known to security services, came out of the toilet brandishing the gun and opened fire. Fortunately, two US Marines were nearby and overpowered him before he could massacre passengers.
The suspected terrorist had at least nine full magazines of ammunition holding almost 300 rounds. He was also carrying a knife.
Unfortunately, one of the Marines was shot although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. […]
It is understood that the gunman boarded the train, which had more than 550 passengers on board, in Brussels and made his move as soon as it crossed into France. […]
French media claim that the suspect was previously known to French security services and was living in Spain. He has already been linked to a number of radical Islamic groups. He was classed, according to FranceInfo.fr as ‘potentially dangerous’.
Speaking in Arras, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the Marines for their timely intervention.
He said: ‘Thanks to them we have averted a drama.
‘(The Americans were) particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances.’
I believe we can safely assume the Moroccan wasn’t a Quaker.
CNN says there has been no confirmation on what branch of the US Military these two Americans were part of:
A massacre on a high-speed train in Belgium was prevented Friday when two members of the U.S. military in civilian clothing surprised an Islamist militant, authorities said.
The suspect was loading his automatic Kalashnikov rifle in a toilet, apparently preparing to attack, when the service members confronted him, said a European counterterrorism official.
The gunman fired on them with a handgun, the official said, wounding at least one. Three people were injured aboard the Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris, authorities said.
The service members overpowered the suspect, who was placed under arrest when the train was rerouted to the French town of Arras, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north of Paris.
A U.S. military member was wounded, a Pentagon official said.
It was not clear in what branch of the military the Americans served.
Whatever branch they served with, these men exhibited the highest behavior borne of moral character and bravery.
Bravo to all our military troops. May God bless these two, may God bless them all.
At six he waits.
She comes into his life by way of spilled milk and tears. From that inauspicious beginning forms a fast friendship built on shared Bradbury stories and a love for peanut butter and bacon sandwiches.
At 25 he waits, telling her to breathe, now push, now breathe, now PUSH and marvels at the child their love has made.
At 55 he waits, standing with her as their son-in-law rushes into the room “It’s a boy!”
At 75 he waits, as she slips into his arms and they sway to their song.
At 85 he waits to follow.
Now, your turn.
Jindal to counter Pro-Planned Parenthood rally by screening exposé videos outside mansion [Darleen Click]
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will try to counter a pro-Planned Parenthood rally scheduled to take place outside his mansion on Thursday by running a loop of the secretly recorded videos that they plan to protest.
Jindal announced Thursday that he is setting up an outdoor movie screen and speakers outside the governor’s mansion to show the controversial videos, which he said too many of Planned Parenthood’s supporters have refused to watch.
The showing will take place at the exact time of a scheduled protest by Planned Parenthood supporters.
“Planned Parenthood has a right to protest today, but Governor Jindal’s office will ensure that anyone who shows up will have to witness first-hand the offensive actions of the organization they are supporting,” Jindal, who is also a Republican presidential candidate, wrote in a statement.
“We hope the protesters will take a minute to watch them so they’ll have an opportunity to see first-hand our concerns with Planned Parenthood’s practices,” he added.
Planned Parenthood dismissed Jindal’s move as a political “stunt.”
Left totalitarianism will not brook any dissent …
Chick-fil-A’s reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage has imperiled the fast-food chain’s potential return to Denver International Airport, with several City Council members this week passionately questioning a proposed concession agreement.
Councilman Paul Lopez called opposition to the chain at DIA “really, truly a moral issue on the city.”
His position comes despite ardent assurances from the concessionaires — who have operated other DIA restaurants — that strict nondiscrimination policies will include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Robin Kniech, the council’s first openly gay member, said she was most worried about a local franchise generating “corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination.” She was first to raise Chick-fil-A leaders’ politics during a Tuesday committee hearing.
The normally routine process of approving an airport concession deal has taken a rare political turn. The Business Development Committee on Tuesday stalled the seven-year deal with a new franchisee of the popular chain for two weeks.
It doesn’t matter that Chick-fil-a has never engaged in any discrimination – in hiring, in customer service — NOTHING
Its founders expressed the opinion that natural marriage should not be radically redefined. THOUGHTCRIME!!
[L]egal scholars often have come to the company’s defense, raising company leaders’ First Amendment rights.
The Left is working on that icky First Amendment thing …
Ah…the famed civility of the Left!
Remember, Sarah Palin’s graphic of cross-hairs on a political map was responsible for Gabby Gifford’s shooting … but channeling ISIS?
Nothing to see! Move.on.
If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?
In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.
Between October 2007 and December 2011, 100 people went to a clinic in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region with depression, or schizophrenia, or, in several cases, Asperger’s syndrome, seeking euthanasia. The doctors, satisfied that 48 of the patients were in earnest, and that their conditions were “untreatable” and “unbearable,” offered them lethal injection; 35 went through with it.
These facts come not from a police report but an article by one of the clinic’s psychiatrists, Lieve Thienpont, in the British journal BMJ Open. All was perfectly legal under Belgium’s 2002 euthanasia statute, which applies not only to terminal physical illness, still the vast majority of cases, but also to an apparently growing minority of psychological ones. Official figures show nine cases of euthanasia due to “neuropsychiatric” disorders in the two-year period 2004-2005; in 2012-2013, the number had risen to 120, or 4 percent of the total.
Next door in the Netherlands, which decriminalized euthanasia in 2002, right-to-die activists opened a clinic in March 2012 to “help” people turned down for lethal injections by their regular physicians. In the next 12?months, the clinic approved euthanasia for six psychiatric patients, plus 11 people whose only recorded complaint was being “tired of living,” according to a report in the Aug. 10 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. […]
What’s noteworthy about euthanasia in Europe, though, has been its tendency to expand, once the taboo against physician-aided death was breached in favor of more malleable concepts such as “patient autonomy.”
“What is presented at first as a right is going to become a kind of obligation,” Belgian law professor Étienne Montero has warned.
In 2013, euthanasia accounted for one of every 28 deaths in the Netherlands, three times the rate of 2002. In the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, one of every 22 deaths was due to euthanasia in 2013, a 142 percent increase since 2007. Belgium has legalized euthanasia for children under 12, though only for terminal physical illness; no child has yet been put to death.
The United States, like Europe, is aging, with all that implies for the spread of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.
The “right to die” advocates are dismissive of any slippery slope. A person has a right to die with dignity.
But what if a doctor doesn’t want to participate in dealing death to a patient? Does a doctor have the right to opt out?
Leftists say, “No.”
In Canada, the CMA is pressuring doctors to either kill people who request it or refer them to someone who will.
TORONTO — Doctors who object to helping eligible patients end their lives should refer patients to someone who would be willing and able to help make it happen, suggests the head of the country’s largest physicians’ group.
“We don’t support anything that’s going to impede patients from accessing a legal service,” said Dr. Chris Simpson, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association.
His comments follow the release of the results of an online consultation with doctors that found many “conscientious objectors” want the right to opt out entirely from any assisted death regime once the practice becomes legal in Canada.
Simpson said no physician should be compelled or coerced to participate in doctor-hastened death against his or her own personal beliefs. But whether those same doctors have an ethical obligation to refer patients to another professional willing to fulfill the patient’s request has become a flashpoint in the assisted suicide debate, the same way many doctors also resisted abortion and birth control.
The CMA is proposing that MDs who object to a request for assisted dying refer patients to an independent third party, recognizing that doctors “can’t just simply disregard the patient’s right to access a service they’re eligible for,” Simpson said.
You Will Be Made to
Sure, they are radical collectivists, anti-human rights, Nazi-loving, fundamental Islamic nutburgers who wouldn’t mind seeing the world on fire as long as it gets rid of all the icky Jews and Christians … but we can trust them, right?
VIENNA (AP) — Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
“International inspections should be done by international inspectors. Period. The standard of ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections – so critical to a viable agreement – has dropped to ‘when Iran wants, where Iran wants, on Iran’s terms,'” said U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce in a reaction typical of opponents of the broader deal. […]
The newly disclosed side agreement, for an investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency, is linked to persistent allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear-limits deal. […]
The agreement in question diverges from normal procedures by allowing Tehran to employ its own experts and equipment in the search for evidence of activities it has consistently denied — trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Olli Heinonen, who was in charge of the Iran probe as deputy IAEA director general from 2005 to 2010, said he could think of no similar concession with any other country.
The White House has repeatedly denied claims of a secret side deal favorable to Tehran. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told Republican senators last week that he was obligated to keep the document confidential.
Iran has refused access to Parchin for years and has denied any interest in — or work on — nuclear weapons. Based on U.S., Israeli and other intelligence and its own research, the IAEA suspects that the Islamic Republic may have experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms.