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Thursday, December 18, 2014

When Sony Pictures began casting last year for a new comedy to be called "The Interview," early scripts included the assassination of a fictionalized North Korean ruler. It was not until auditions began that actors learned that the movie would portray something much more brazen: the violent killing of the actual leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.

Sony's executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader -- even a ruthless dictator -- had inherent risks. But the studio seems to have gotten much more than it bargained for by bankrolling what it hoped would be an edgy comedy.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A home surveillance system captured video of the suspects breaking into the Wyatt family home on Gobbler Knob Road on Friday afternoon.

The surveillance video shows a woman knocking on the family's home.

When no one answered, a male accomplice kicked the door open. The woman and two men helped themselves to two TVs and several of the family's Christmas presents, including gifts for their 1-year old-son.

The three suspects then drove away in a black Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Wyatts' home around 9:30 p.m. Friday to investigate the burglary. read more

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A man on the scene of a roaring house fire in Rockville, Maryland, approached a news crew Wednesday and confessed to setting the home ablaze. Although the man calling himself Carlos provided ABC7 News with the unsolicited admission, detectives said he went quiet at the police station, requesting a defense attorney. Police later arrested and charged him and call ABC7's on-camera interview a crucial piece of evidence. No one was injured in the Wednesday afternoon fire to the two-story residence, which most likely a total loss. read more

Some rooftops in Ferguson, Missouri, have been guarded by volunteers affiliated with a 35,000-member national organization called Oath Keepers. Police questioned group members early in the week and allowed them to stay. But Saturday, after media inquiries, St. Louis County police officers ordered the Oath Keepers to leave the rooftops. "We thought they were going to do it right this time," said group founder Stewart Rhodes of the government response to the grand jury decision released Monday in the Michael Brown case. "But when Monday rolled around and they didn't park the National Guard at these businesses, that's when we said we have got to do something." read more

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On Tuesday afternoon, CNN obtained and aired footage of Michael Brown's stepfather Louis Head shouting "Burn this bitch down!" through tears in the immediate aftermath of the grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for Brown's death. The visceral emotional reaction came after Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden began weeping before the crowd, explaining how she has never harmed anyone and feels great sorrow for what the grand jury has ruled. Head joins her on top of the car and embraces her for several moments before turning around and repeatedly shouting to the crowd: "Burn this [bleeped] down! Burn this bitch down!" read more


"Sam, described himself as a weapons engineer from the St. Louis area who has done security contracting for the U.S. government. He said he was motivated to help after seeing a CNN story featuring extensive damage to Natalie's Cake's & More, which also helped generate thousands of dollars in donations for the small business.

Sam said he contacted owner Natalie Dubose and told her he was going to secure her store and others.

"She started crying," Sam said.

Oath Keepers boarded up a bunch of the storefronts and started night rotations on several rooftops. Sam said he vetted volunteers to ensure there weren't any "racists" or "people with an ax to grind." He said he picked volunteers who "have seen the elephant and are calm under fire."

Fearing more arsonists, Oath Keeper volunteers kept buckets of water, fire extinguishers and other nonlethal weapons on the rooftops. Some are also armed with rifles that aren't available at Walmart and Cabela's.

The volunteers said they were well aware of the risk to life that arson can play and the legal right to stop it from happening.

Group volunteers say they are confident they have helped protect property and lives since they arrived.

Victor Clark, a dentist at Ferguson Dental on South Florissant Road, said he was happy to have the Oath Keepers' free assistance. He wants to reopen his business soon. On Monday, rioters shattered the front door and window, and stole dental needles and anesthetic.

Then Oath Keepers showed up out of the blue. "We gave them our keys," he said. "We didn't know that much about them, but we got a feeling of trust. You have to do something to protect our building.""


Sorry missed to more points he made.
"9) Police and Soldiers never train to shoot to wound. (None that I know of.) All combat shots are center mass of any part of the target that you can see. If you see only a foot. Shoot the foot. If you see a chest -- aim for the middle. That is the way troops and police train. If the officer is pointing his pistol at someone, he is one click away from going lethal. There is no in between.
10) This ain't the movies.

During the firefight at the link below, I was photographing when two people were shot a total of seven times. Two men, shot seven times. (US Soldier three times, al Qaeda four times with M4 point blank.)

After the US Soldier was hit three times in front of me, he continued to fight well. He was hit badly at nearly point blank. The al Qaeda terrorist was hit 4x times. He was still standing trying to shoot. One shot took off a testicle, and then he got tackled by a US Soldier, and despite being hit 4x, he then engaged in aggressive hand to hand combat.

Again, this ain't the movies…

Police officers and self-defense shooters all learn the same thing: you shoot to stop the threat. The best way to stop that threat is to put bullets in the largest possible part of the body (typically, the upper torso). If that fails to stop the threat, you then rely on your "failure drill" training and move to the head, and if that fails, the pelvis. You "work the problem" by moving your shots from the torso to the head and pelvis.

Killing isn't a goal, but it is often a side effect of an aggressor who refuses to comply with lawful commands and who continues to demand ballistic attention.

If you don't want to be shot, you shouldn't attack other human beings, especially those who are armed.

They will shoot to stop the threat."

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