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Slaughter In Texas… Shooter guns down multiple people at Baptist Church

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Up to 27 people are dead and thirty injured in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles outside of San Antonio, Texas. A gunman walked in to the First Baptist Church during services and opened fire. Reportedly, the shooter is now among the dead as well. This story just broke, so the facts may be fluid here. The shooter walked in at approximately 11:30 am.

Albert Gamez, Jr., a Wilson County Texas commissioner told CBS: “There’s still a lot of investigation going on the details are kind of sketchy. A number, what they’re telling me is 27 deceased and around 25 injured. First call it was 15, then 24, and now 27.” That number may go up as we hear more on this. He added: “That information comes from a local EMS official, but not from the Sheriff.” This is a horrific tragedy. Among the dead, as I understand it, is a two year-old child. I just have no words for this.

Police are being very close-lipped over all this. At least six helicopters were circling overhead to transport victims to a hospital and the FBI, ATF and other agencies are en route. A reporter stated: “Neighbors say they heard shooter may have reloaded multiple times, around 50 people usually at service.” There is no longer an active threat. The area is taped off and family and friends are still waiting to hear if their loved ones were among the victims.

What kind of monster does something like this? Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas, said: “Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response. More details from the DPS soon.” Energy Secretary Rick Perry wrote: “Anita and I send our prayers to the victims of the shooting in Texas.” Senator Ted Cruz wrote: “Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.” President Trump also sent a tweet: “May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan.”

Sutherland Springs is a small community located in Wilson County, Texas on US Highway 87, with a population of just 362, according to the Handbook of Texas, published in 2000. It has two gas stations, a post office and a Dollar General Store. It also had a mass murderer. One man wrote on Facebook: “Unbelievable that people can’t go to church now without having to worry about an attack while praying.” I don’t even recognize this world anymore. Hunter Wallace said on Twitter: “What kind of country are we living in when sick people are shooting people worshiping at church? It has happened again in Sutherland Springs.”

There are scant details yet. The gunman was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies. There is no description yet and no motive.

At least 20 feared dead in mass shooting at Texas church | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/05/mass-shooting-reported-at-texas-sutherland-springs-church.htmlHelicopters and emergency personnel were seen arriving at the scene. The FBI is also on scene.

The gunman, according to Wiley, was killed roughly five miles away in Guadalupe County after being cornered by deputies.

Carrie Matula, who works at a gas station about 150 yards away from the church, told MSNBC that she heard “semiautomatic gunfire” and looked to see what was going on. “It’s a small Baptist church. It’s an older building. I don’t know that they would have security cameras or anything high tech like that. And I know they didn’t have security in the parking lot,” she said. “I never thought it would happen here,” Matula added. “This is something that happens in a big city. I would never have thought this would have taken place here. It’s just too tight a community. It doesn’t make sense.”

Sherri Pomeroy, the wife of church pastor Frank Pomeroy, told NBC News that her husband was out of town at the time of the reported shooting but that her daughter was inside the church. No word on if she survived. “My heart is broken,” Wilson Co. Commissioner Albert Gamez said to CNN. “We never think where it can happen, and it does happen. It doesn’t matter where you’re at. In a small community, real quiet and everything, and look at this, what can happen.”

Family members and friends gathered outside the church crying and praying for those inside. Over half the congregation is possibly dead after this. The other half is wounded. One wonders if anyone was armed inside and could have stopped at least some of this killing. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there. This just breaks my heart into a million pieces.


Terresa Monroe-Hamilton owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political, national and international issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com and a writer and editor at Right Wing News. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

Democrats

John Conyers’ denial of wrongdoing is exactly what’s wrong with abusive men in power

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John Conyers denial of wrongdoing is exactly whats wrong with abusive men in power

The longest-sitting member of Congress, Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, is “expressly and vehemently” denying any wrongdoing following Buzzfeed’s blockbuster report that he paid off a former employee by three extra months of pay after firing her for what she claims was opposition to his sexual advances.

She Said A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/paulmcleod/she-complained-that-a-powerful-congressman-harassed-her?utm_term=.kwaeyWOB5#.yakGXl5EOConyers confirmed he made the settlement in a statement Tuesday afternoon, hours after this story was published, but said that he “vehemently denied” the claims of sexual harassment at the time and continues to do so.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: a grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

Unlike accusations that keep popping up on a seemingly daily basis, this one has a very clear paper trail. That the Congressman is denying “wrongdoing” exemplifies a bigger problem than just sexual misconduct. Men like Conyers do bad things, but more importantly they truly believe they should get away with it.

“No wrongdoing” is legaleze

There seems to be no difference, at least in the minds of people like Conyers, between getting away with doing wrong and not actually doing it. At no point yet has Conyers claimed he isn’t a creep who uses his power to manipulate women he employs into being sexual objects for him. That isn’t what’s important to him. What’s important is that he got his victims to sign documents absolving him legally from his actions.

For this reason, he believes he needs to continue to represent the people of Michigan who have kept him in office for half a century.

This is a systemic problem that exists everywhere in free America, but the fact that it’s apparently rampant in Washington DC is utterly disgusting. In a seven-year period, Congress dished out millions of dollars to 235 people for “workplace violations.” Perhaps more infuriating is that it’s not the perpetrators, their campaigns, or their Congressional offices who pay for these settlements. They’re paid by taxpayers.

How Congress plays by different rules on sexual harassment and misconduct

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-congress-plays-by-different-rules-on-sexual-harassment-and-misconduct/2017/10/26/2b9a8412-b80c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.htmlWhen settlements do occur, members do not pay them from their own office funds, a requirement in other federal agencies. Instead, the confidential payments come out of a special U.S. Treasury fund.

Congressional employees have received small settlements, compared with the amounts some public figures pay out. Between 1997 and 2014, the U.S. Treasury has paid $15.2 million in 235 awards and settlements for Capitol Hill workplace violations, according to the congressional Office of Compliance. The statistics do not break down the exact nature of the violations.

How do we stop this from happening? How can we protect the women and men who are victimized? How do we get these creeps out of the halls of power in our nation’s capital? We need to make it as transparent as possible.

Every settlement dollar should be broadcast to the world

If an incident is worthy of having taxpayer dollars used to hush people up, then the people need to know about it. We need to know who did what. While payment of settlements aren’t always done because of actual crimes committed, we should have the ability to discern for ourselves when an elected official does something worthy of a payout.

The club in DC is corrupt. We all know this. While it may be hard to track down all of the wrongdoing, we can at least attempt to address the misconduct by public officials against their own employees. That’s a reasonable expectation.

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‘Ghost Guns’ prove that gun control can never work as promised

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Ghost Guns prove that gun control can never work as promised

The Rancho Tehama Shooting demonstrated that gun control only empowers the government and criminals while making the situation far worse for the innocent.

Last week the Leftist media came to the astounding realisation that criminals don’t obey the law and that they can make their own guns, negating any kind of control or confiscation regimes. Were the media knowledgeable on the subject, they would have been aware of these facts. So let us endeavour to educate them on the reality of guns and that they should be looking elsewhere if they truly want to ‘protect the children’.

The basic technology of firearms makes them easy to produce.

In simplest terms a firearm is merely a container for a chemical reaction that produces high pressure gas to apply force to a projectile. It essentially only has a few components, that being the chemical propellant, projectile, ignition source and the container itself. The technology grew out of the invention of gun powder more than a thousand years ago with the first cannons appearing more than 700 years ago.

The technology has advanced to where the propellant, projectile and ignition source are combined into a self-contained package called a cartridge that is activated by a firing mechanism. A gun that holds and fires one cartridge at a time is the simplest and easiest to produce. The primary innovations of this technology revolved around how these cartridges (or rounds) are placed and extracted from the container (i.e. the firing chamber and barrel) which enabled the firing of multiple shots. The earliest repeating firearms have multiple chambers and been around for 160 years. Mechanisms to extract and chamber a fresh round to be fired with one trigger pull are termed semi-automatic and when the mechanism does this on a continuous basis with one trigger pull it is an automatic firearm. (These have been around for over 100 years)

There is nothing really magical or mysterious about these relatively simple machines that were in fact the first internal combustion engines. Thus it is merely a case of obtaining a tube of sufficient strength and dimensions to hold and fire a cartridge, a system to change out them out and a firing mechanism. Over the years there have been plenty of examples of guns made from common materials and with 3D printers

Gun control can never work.

One of the biggest Utopian fantasies of the Left is that guns can somehow be taken from the people and everyone will live happily ever after. The problem with this kind of fanciful thinking is that it ignores the fact that one cannot ban the raw materials for making a gun so criminals will always have them. They have been made by inmates in high security correctional institutions around the world and by criminals on the street.
If inmates in high security prisons can somehow fashion guns out of common materials, how can one stop criminals from building them on the outside?

The Takeaway

No one should be under the illusion that the gun grabbers actually care about ‘gun safety’ or protecting the children. If that were the case they wouldn’t be working towards gun confiscation as their ultimate goal – and lying about it every step of the way. As has been demonstrated, these weapons can be easily replicated as in the California example. Even if they were able to fool people into turning in their guns, they would soon be at a severe disadvantage by those who ignore the law. The gun grabber fantasy is that a ‘gun-free’ nation would be progressive paradise, this has been shown to not be the case with gun crime having an 27% increase in UK this year.

If the Left really cared about the issue, they would forget about gun control and power it engenders to the government and concern themselves with criminal control instead.

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Education

Brooklyn College to police: No bathroom for you

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Brooklyn College to police No bathroom for you

They say a tree grows in Brooklyn. Those trees might be in new trouble, based on an outrageous bathroom policy by a taxpayer-funded public college trying to keep police – including many officers of color – from going anywhere near its precious students.

Brooklyn College, one of the flagship four-year colleges in the taxpayer-funded City University of New York system, is directing officers in need to a dilapidated, filthy and obscure bathroom at the outskirts of the campus. According to one report, the bathroom has an “out of order” sign on one stall, no soap and no paper towels.

A spokesman for the college said the policy is meant to encourage officers to use the select facility rather than “walking across either quadrangle” (the large grassy spaces between the college’s primary buildings). However, anti-police animus among the student body may be the cause.

The current student government president speculates some students are afraid of the police. A college student newspaper recently tied students’ discomfort to a New York Police Department undercover surveillance operation of students at the campus. The discomfort does not appear to be about crime; when a college maintenance worker got arrested in 2015 for selling cocaine on campus, students protested – the police!

A petition to the college president to ban police from the campus entirely is reportedly being circulated. But don’t count on the college administration stepping in to stop the apparent sanctuary campus policy towards criminals, or terrorists. The college invited Bernie Sanders to be its commencement speaker last spring.

Further Reading

Brooklyn College doesn’t want police using campus bathrooms

https://nypost.com/2017/11/19/brooklyn-college-wants-police-to-use-run-down-bathroom/A visit by The Post to the first-floor men’s room in the WEB — located past the school’s tennis courts and next to its athletic field — revealed a broken toilet with a hideously stained seat and an “OUT OF ORDER” sign taped to the door of its stall.

There was also a total lack of soap and paper towels.

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