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BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two dead, including Muslim gunman and at least one hostage, as police storm Sydney cafe with assault rifles and stun grenades moments after hostages tried to flee…

Police stormed the cafe in central Sydney where a gunman held hostages for more than 16 hours

Police moved in firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades as hostages were seen fleeing in terror from cafe

Live TV footage showed hostages running frantically from the cafe at shortly after 2am in small groups

It came hours after Man Haron Monis was named as the gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney café

Iranian refugee, 49, was charged with accessory in the murder of his ex-wife

He was also facing multiple charges of sexual assault while claiming to be a ‘spiritual healer’

Monis received 300 community service hours for sending hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers

The seige follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday

He forced hostages to hold up black flag with white writing in Arabic, an emblem linked to terror groups

via BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two dead, including Muslim gunman and at least one hostage, as police storm Sydney cafe with assault rifles and stun grenades moments after hostages tried to flee | Daily Mail Online.

“We’re Baghdad-ready”: Inside the street gangs of Long Island

But the military isn’t the only mainstream institution that the gangsters — more specifically, the gangs’ leaders — compare themselves to. “We’re looking to market, sell and profit off drugs the way any business would handle their product,” the Crips’ second-in-command tells Deutsch. “Only our product is illegal so more precautions have to be taken. It’s all systematic and planned, all the positions and responsibilities and assignments. All of that’s part of our business strategy.”

via “We’re Baghdad-ready”: Inside the street gangs of Long Island – Salon.com.

Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support | Reuters

With thousands expected at the next march, Merkel is in a dilemma. Her security officials are warning of an increase in hate crimes, while opinion polls show support for the marchers’ calls for a tougher German immigration policy.

“There is a visible rise in xenophobic crime countrywide,” police chief Holger Muench told Welt am Sonntag, which like most German Sunday newspapers focused on Monday’s march by a group calling itself PEGIDA – an acronym for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”.

via Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support | Reuters.

I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here’s How It Happened. | Mother Jones

Suddenly, behind me, someone started to yell. A protester had discovered the undercover cops and shouted an alarm. Others began to join in, calling them pigs and telling them to go home. The two men passed me in silence, at a hurried pace. Suddenly, a scuffle erupted as one protester attempted to pull off one of the officer’s hoods. The officer tackled someone involved, and was quickly surrounded by a small crowd and kicked from several directions while on the ground. (That officer, who was African American, is who you see in the ground in the photo above.) The other officer stepped in front of his partner and brandished a baton. When the crowd did not back up he drew his gun, pointing at protesters and photographers. Moments later, police flooded the area, scattering marchers and blocking others, as the undercover officers arrested the man who had been tackled in the skirmish.

via I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here’s How It Happened. | Mother Jones.

Slate’s “Explainer” Tries To Explain The Power of The NRA…

The NRA was founded shortly after the Civil War by Union veterans who felt the Confederacy only lasted as long as it did because of the Southerners’ superior marksmanship. For nearly a century, the NRA catered to competitive shooters and merely dabbled in politics. As with so many other American cultural issues, things changed in the 1960s. Crime soared. Armed members of the Black Panthers began following police officers around American cities. Riots broke out in Newark and Detroit, and some government officials blamed easy access to guns. Assassins killed two Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, under pressure from terrified constituents, Congress passed the first major gun control legislation since the 1930s. A backlash ensued, as American firearms enthusiasts feared the government planned to take their guns. They pushed the relatively apolitical NRA to lobby on their behalf. When the leadership balked in 1977, a group of activists staged a coup. The new leaders commissioned a poll, which found that lobbying was the members’ biggest priority. They turned the group into a political force, with the Second Amendment as their bible.

via Eric Holder charged with contempt: How did the NRA swing the votes of so many Democrats?.

Idiot Quote of the Day: Striking Fear Edition – The Truth About Guns

“We do not send our children to school to learn how to hide from gunmen, nor should we expect sharpshooting to be a job requirement for educators. You may not have heard about all of these shooting incidents on the national news, but when a lockdown is announced over a school intercom, for whatever reason, it strikes fear across the community. … It’s time for our elected leaders to take a stand for the safety and future of our children.” – Shannon Watts in Report: School shootings often involve guns from home

via Quote of the Day: Striking Fear Edition – The Truth About Guns.

This may be the first genuine act of disobedience: We WILL NOT COMPLY with i594

On Dec 13th we gather for the largest Felony civil disobedience rally in American history. Thousands are coming to stand at the capital in Olympia. This is not simply a protest. We will openly exchange, buy and sell and trade guns and start a plan to break apart this legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!

We the people will not tolerate this law. We will not bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, we will stand for the liberty of our children? We’re not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We gather and we will affirm that liberty.

We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths. The Constitution is the supreme law and our God given rights are NOT open for negotiation. We choose to uphold the law as peacefully and principled as possible, but it will be upheld. We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT Comply.

via We WILL NOT COMPLY with i594 – Updates!.

WE WILL NOT COMPLY! CALL TO ACTION SATURDAY AT OLYMPIA WASHINGTON

This is huge. Washington State’s new anti-gun law will be openly violated by thousands of citizens at the State Capitol in Olympia. The lineup of speakers indicates a fever pitch participation by national voices, including Sheriff Mack, Ammon Bundy and Mike Vanderboegh. The event organizer states the following:

“We will rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!”

Check out this exciting announcement as sent to me by Oath Keepers Board of Directors member and North Oregon coordinator Jeff Ford.

via Oath Keepers » Blog Archive » WE WILL NOT COMPLY! CALL TO ACTION SATURDAY AT OLYMPIA WASHINGTON.

Is There a Crisis in Military Morale? |

For instance, in 2009 91 percent of the respondents agreed that “Overall my quality of life is good or excellent.” Today only 56 percent agree, and 70 percent think the quality of life will decline in coming years. This a stunning drop, and the negative assessment extends across myriad measures: pay and benefits, quality of health care, and the caliber of officers overall. Perhaps most dramatically, only 27 percent of respondents today agree with the statement “the senior military leadership has my best interests at heart.

via Is There a Crisis in Military Morale? |.

Gorbachev on U.S.-Russia Relations: ‘We May Not Live Through These Days’ | TIME

“This is extremely dangerous, with tensions as high as they are now. We may not live through these days: someone could lose their nerve,” he wrote Wednesday in a commentary entitled “To unfreeze relations,” published in the government daily Rossiyskaya Gazet, Reuters reports. “I suggest the leaders of Russia and the United States think about holding a summit with a broad agenda, without preliminary conditions.”

via Gorbachev on U.S.-Russia Relations: ‘We May Not Live Through These Days’ | TIME.

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