Gay marriage protest to draw 200,000 thousand to Paris.

Gay marriage protest

Gay marriage protest to draws 200,000 to Paris.

Up to 200,000 expected to take part in demonstration as France becomes 14th country to legalise same-sex marriage.

Anti-gay marriage activist Frigide Barjot welcomes protesters at the Gare de Lyon. Barjot herself is not taking part. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people registered a final, furious protest against same-sex marriage on Sunday, days before the first wedding ceremony under a new law.

At least 150,000 protesters converged on Paris, marshalled by more than 4,500 police who were deployed after the government warned of a risk of violence and disruption.

Riot police evicted about a dozen far-right activists who used ladders to climb on to the roof of the Socialist party headquarters and unfurled a banner saying “Hollande resign”.

On Saturday night 50 people were arrested after chaining themselves to metal barriers they had placed in the middle of the Champs Elysées and firing smoke canisters. A van carrying masks, banners and smoke bombs was seized by police.

The new law – the key social reform of the Socialist president, François Hollande – was officially adopted last week, making France the 14th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. The first wedding will take place between two gay activists in Montpellier on Wednesday.

French anti-gay marriage activist Virginie Tellene, aka Frigide Barjot

But the reform has sparked months of bitter political debate and the biggest rightwing street demonstrations in decades, including hundreds of arrests after clashes between police and demonstrators in the runup to the parliamentary vote. Rights groups have recorded a sharp increase in homophobic acts across France.

Protesters from the anti-same-sex marriage movement converged in their thousands at the Invalides in Paris, while a more hardline demonstration led by Catholic traditionalists gathered near the Opera. Nationalist youth groups attended the latter demonstration, with one calling for a “national revolution”.

Among the crowds, one demonstrator led a donkey carrying a placard: “I’m an ass, I voted Hollande.”

Divisions over the law continue to cause tensions on the French right, with the government warning of a resurgence in far-right groups and a small number of “ultras” on the fringes.

The most radical protesters have grouped together under the banner Printemps Français (French spring), a loose grouping of traditionalists and far-right associations, which the French interior ministry last week threatened to outlaw.

Tensions were exacerbated by the suicide last Tuesday of a far-right essayist, Dominique Venner, who shot himself at the altar of Notre Dame cathedral after leaving a blogpost railing against immigration and the “vile” law on same-sex marriage.

The comedian Virginie Tellene, known by her stage name Frigide Barjot, who has led the anti-gay marriage movement and been its figurehead, did not attend the demonstration in order to defend what she called “peace and freedom of expression”. She is under police protection having complained of death threats and pressure from the extreme rightwing.

Jean-François Copé, leader of the rightwing UMP party, keen to capitalise on the protest movement in the runup to next year’s local elections, attended the demonstration in Paris after other key figures in his party, including the former foreign minister Alain Juppé, had cautioned against it.

The prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, attacked UMP politicians for supporting the demonstration, warning that they were taking “a heavy responsibility” in “sparking tension and radicalisation”.

Christian Jacob, head of the UMP group in parliament, who was at the rally, said: “Even though the law has been voted in, it doesn’t mean we can’t contest it.”

Our blog has hit 600,000 views! I answer some common questions about the blog.

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This is a historic achievement.  Our blog has hit 600,000 views. Apparently a lot of people get the point.  However, some still do not. Oh well, that has been the case since time began.  Some are squeamish about confrontation and some to do not like being confused by the facts.

In this blog I want to drive a nail in a sure place.  What I mean is I want to clarify some points about the mission of this blog, answer some common questions and then ask you to do something important.  (NO, IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY!)

My target audience is those who love Jesus Christ and those who love America.  I am trying to reach those who realize that America is dying from the inside at the hands of villains who despise the Church and the Bible and the ideals that made us great.

We all see the disaster in public schools, jobs, family life, and marriage and even church…this blog asks, “How can we sit back and let it happen?”

Some ask how I can take time from my soul winning mission to write or report on politics.  First of all, if you are not a believer in Christ, and there are many who read this blog faithfully I will try, every way I can to win you to Christ.  He is the savior of the world and you do not want to live another day or enter eternity without Him.

Next, this blog is only a fraction of my activity.  The overwhelming amount of my time is spent in ministry preaching the Gospel…and I do that in this blog as well.

I do not always answer my Christian critics because I have found that most of them either voted for Obama and are trying to quell their guilt by attacking me, or they are afraid to jeopardize their career by speaking out.  However, I do respond to every thoughtful and honest critic.

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As I have said so often, I have not gotten political, Obama got spiritual.  Since his remark about “people clinging to their guns and religion,” (ironically, in my home town!), he has waged a war on the Faith.

He has demonstrated a pattern of protecting Islam by refusing to even acknowledge the following: A war on terror, Fort Hood was a terrorist attack; Boston bombing was radical Islam, and now refusing to say where he was for 8 hours as Americans died in Muslim Benghazi.

He has threatened or persecuted, Hobby Lobby, the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Church, James Dobson and even Billy Graham.  We now know that he unleashed the IRS on a host of Christian and conservative organizations.

So my question to you is…what more do you want before you admit this existential threat to religious freedom and America’s very life?

Here is why I believe that Obama was not God’s choice for America: To the wispy believer who is hiding behind a perversion of Romans 13 let me say this:  The Bible plainly says that the “Authorities that God has placed are not a threat to the righteous.”   If Obama was a God endorsed authority he would not be persecuting the Church or saying “God bless Planned Parenthood.”

Moreover, we had a presidential election that does not pass the smell test.

History shows example after example of despots who rose up and then were put down by authorities that God aided.

What about the unsaved liberal democrats that are offended by my remarks?  Well, while I certainly do not want to offend anyone but I do believe that truth is truth.  Jesus blasted the Pharisees even though they were the ruling religious figures of that day.

I have never waited until an addict is off of heroin before I blasted heroin.  Simply stated,  Secular Progressivism is a bankrupt and addictive ideology at its core.  It and has never worked anywhere but in the fantasy mind of its adherents.  So I attack the drug but not the addict.

This blog is meant to inform, alert and activate.  By informing I mean to give you information that is not available through your mainstream news outlet or perhaps your regular local pulpit.  Some will lament that I do not always give a pep talk or word of encouragement to balance out the bad news.  The fact is that sometimes there is no encouragement to give.  Sometimes the message is “Wake up and take this threat seriously!”

One of the most common reactions I get is “Mario what can I do about this?”  To some of those I ask, “When did you get such a low opinion of prayer?”  I am convinced that we are seeing wave after wave of scandal hitting this administration because the righteous are praying.  YOU NEED TO PRAY!

Even then some will ask “what do I do after I pray?”  God has assignments for all of us but they are only born out of prayer.

However, there will be  encouragement and faith preached in this blog!  I believe that God is deeply committed to saving America and has not yet begun to fight for her life.  You will see blogs that carry mandates, strategies and inspiration for American Revival.

Now I want to ask you something urgent!  If you are not registered here to follow this blog please register now!  This is especially true if Facebook is your primary source of connecting to this blog.  As Obama becomes more desperate to save his political life I believe he will call upon all outlets that are loyal to him to censor any voice of dissent.

Already we have witnessed sporadic blackouts of information from Facebook.  Again, make sure you register if you want to be sure to get this blog.

Finally, thank you for helping us reach the amazing goal of 600,000 views!  Keep praying, keep speaking out and keep believing that a general revival with signs and wonders is even at the door!

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Roger Ailes’ letter to Fox employees.

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Roger Ailes’ letter to Fox employees

Published May 23, 2013

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Dear colleagues,The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States.  We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years. I stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our unique American right of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be an American journalist is not only a great responsibility, but also a great honor.  To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime.  Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find irrelevant things to cause us to waver.  We will not waver.As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud and fearless.  Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.

Sincerely,

Roger Ailes

Holder OK’d search warrant for Fox News reporter’s private emails, official says.

Holder OK’d search warrant for Fox News reporter’s private emails, official says

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Attorney General Eric Holder agreed to a review of Justice Department guidelines for investigations involving journalists, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had “asked, solicited and encouraged … (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

Obama’s comments follow a firestorm of criticism that has erupted over disclosures that in separate investigations of leaks of classified information, the Justice Department had obtained private emails that Rosen exchanged with a source and the phone records of Associated Press reporters.

 Holder previously said he recused himself from the AP subpoena because he had been questioned as a witness in the underlying investigation into a leak about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen. His role in personally approving the Rosen search warrant had not been previously reported.

A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Department of Justice later issued a statement about the review of media guidelines: “This review is consistent with Attorney General Holder’s long-standing belief that freedom of the press is essential to our democracy,” it said. “At the same time, the attorney general believes that leaks of classified information damage our national security and must be investigated using appropriate law enforcement tools.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to following all laws and regulations intended to safeguard national security as well as the First Amendment interests of the press in reporting the news and the public in receiving it.”

The law enforcement official said Holder’s approval of the Rosen search, in the spring of 2010, came after senior Justice officials concluded there was “probable cause” that Rosen’s communications with his source, identified as intelligence analyst Stephen Kim, met the legal burden for such searches. “It was approved at the highest levels– and I mean the highest,” said the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said that explicitly included Holder.

Kim has since been indicted on charges that he leaked classified information to Rosen about how North Korea would respond to a United Nations resolution condemning the country’s nuclear program. He has denied the charges.

In an affidavit in support of a search warrant to Google for Rosen’s emails, an FBI agent wrote that the Fox News journalist — identified only as “the Reporter” — had “asked, solicited and encouraged Mr. Kim to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”

“The Reporter did so by employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s vanity and ego,” it continued. “Much like an intelligence officer would run a clandestine intelligence source, the Reporter instructed Mr. Kim on a covert communications plan that involved” emails from his gmail account.

 The affidavit states that FBI agents had tracked Rosen’s entrances and exits of the State Department in order to show that they had coincided with Kim’s movements. Based on that and other findings, the affidavit by FBI Agent Reginald B. Reyes, stated, “There is probable cause to believe that the Reporter has committed a violation” of the Espionage Act “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator of Mr. Kim.”

It also said that Google was specifically instructed not to notify “the subscriber” — Rosen — that his emails were being seized.

In new documents disclosed Thursday, the Justice Department sought and obtained approval to keep the search warrant, which was approved by a federal magistrate, under seal. It was unsealed in November 2011, but never made a part of the docket of Kim’s case and went unnoticed until this week.

Justice officials have since said they do not intend to criminally charge Rosen, but media groups have condemned the issuance of the search warrant itself.

“The Justice Department’s decision to treat routine newsgathering efforts as evidence of criminality is extremely troubling and corrodes time-honored understandings between the public and the government about the role of the free press,” said Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

In his speech Thursday, Obama reiterated his determination to pursue leak investigations. “We must enforce consequences for those who break the law and breach their commitment to protect classified information,” he said.

But, he said, “Our focus must be on those who break the law,” not journalists. He said he was calling on Congress to pass a media shield law and had raised the issue with Holder, “who shares my concern.”

As part of the Justice Department review of guidelines, the president said, Holder will convene a group of media organizations to hear their views and “report back to me by July 12th.”

NBC News Chief Justice Correspondent Pete Williams contributed to this report.

 

Obama fails to return Marine’s salute

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Obama fails to return Marine’s salute.

By Amie Parnes – 05/24/13 11:26 AM ET

President Obama boarded Marine One on Friday without returning the salute of the Marine who stood at the helicopter’s steps.

A White House pool report on Friday noted that “a few White House regulars were atwitter” when Obama walked up the steps without saluting the marine on duty.

Quickly realizing the break from tradition and presidential etiquette, Obama — who was traveling to Annapolis, Md., — emerged from the chopper, walked down the steps and shook hands with the Marine, the pool report noted. It added that Obama also engaged in a brief conversation.

Obama has had a difficult few weeks in office. The White House has been forced to contend with a trio of controversies that have challenged his ability to push his second-term agenda.

4 Days of Riots in Sweden. No mention of Islamic Rioters.

Sweden riots spread to south of capital

Stockholm unrest spreads to south of city as violence continues into fourth night

The unrest started May 19th in Husby - an area constructed in the 1970s and dotted with high-rise apartment blocks - about a week after police killed a 69-year-old man brandishing a knife.   Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix/ReutersThe unrest started May 19th in Husby – an area constructed in the 1970s and dotted with high-rise apartment blocks – about a week after police killed a 69-year-old man brandishing a knife. Photograph: Fredrik Sandberg/Scanpix/Reuters

Thu, May 23, 2013, 15:50

First published:Thu, May 23, 2013, 10:11

Unrest in Stockholm’s suburbs continued for a fourth night as rioters showed their anger over a police shooting a week ago by setting fire to cars and buildings and pelting emergency workers with stones.As many as 30 cars burned in the Swedish capital’s southern suburbs, while 11 were set alight in the Husby area, north of the city centre, where the violence broke out four days ago, police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said by phone today. Police detained one person, a 16-year-old girl suspected of preparing an act of arson. That followed eight arrests since Tuesday.“While the situation has become better in Husby, where a lot of local people have become engaged to calm things down, the situation has intensified on the southern side of the city,” Mr Lindgren said.

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“We’re hoping that there will be moderation also in the southern parts but we will continue to show our presence in the suburbs with strengthened resources.”

The unrest started May 19th in Husby – an area constructed in the 1970s and dotted with high-rise apartment blocks – about a week after police killed a 69-year-old man brandishing a knife.

Sweden, where immigrants bear the brunt of Scandinavia’s highest unemployment rate, has suffered similar bouts of unrest before. In 2008, rioters in Rosengaard in the southern city of Malmoe clashed with police after setting fire to cars and bins.

Those riots also spread to Stockholm’s Tensta and Husby suburbs. Last night, firemen trying to rescue a restaurant in Skogaas were attacked by stone-throwing youths. Police officers were also attacked in Husby.

Several other suburbs also reported vandalism and fires.

Three police officers suffered minor injuries from rocks, Mr Lindgren said. None of them required hospital care, he said. In Raagsved, 11 people were also detained before being taken away in police buses.

Police are working to identify more rioters, many of whom were masked. There were similar scenes on Tuesday, when about 30 cars were set on fire in some of Sweden’s most ethnically diverse suburbs, also including Norsborg and Vaarberg.

A Husby school and a cultural centre were set alight while bins burned across other suburbs. A school was set on fire in Skaerholmen and a police station and buildings in central Jakobsberg were vandalised. The average age of people arrested on Tuesday was about 20, police said. Unemployment is higher among immigrants in Stockholmthan residents born in Sweden.

Among immigrants from countries outside the European Union, the percentage of people out of work or in job programs was 16.5 per cent in 2011, compared with 5.7 per cent for ethnic Swedes, according to Statistics Sweden. Last year, 23 per cent of municipal Stockholm’s 881,235 inhabitants came from outside Sweden, the same percentage as in Gothenburg.

Mario’s note:  Here is an email from the area that says it all:

JonDoe

muslims riot in Sweden. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.

Mulsim chops off head of British soldier in London. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.

Muslims murder Christians by the thousands in Egypt. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.

Muslims blow up the Boston Marathon. Officials claim they have no idea why they are doing this.

Time to stop with the multicultural BS. We all know why they do this. Read the Koran. They do this because of islam

Beheader justifying his act by referring to the Quran was censored by media to deceive the public

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Beheader justifying his act by referring to the Quran was censored by media to deceive the public

Before you read the report from London I want to make a comment and repeat what I said yesterday.  Imagine if someone had beheaded a soldier in the name of Christ?   Do you think for one moment that the media would leave that out?   In this case we have a lethal mixture:  The spread of hatred and the complicity of the new media.  Until we face the fact that the problem is Islam itself we cannot take proper steps to protect the ones we love. Osama Bin Laden had warned us for years that his Islam is the Islam. 

 
For further evidence of what I am saying just watch and see that there will be no widespread condemnation of this heinous act that occurred on the streets of London just as there was no outcry against the bombing in Boston anywhere in the Arab world.  In the face of thousands of acts of terror by young Muslim men for decades  and the tacit approval of millions of Muslims in the       world , we will still be lectured that these are mutations and not real Islam.  Again imagine if some maniac walked up to a soldier and began mutilating him in the name of Jesus. The roar of condemnation by millions of Christians would be deafening!

 

Some appeasers will say that any steps to address Islamic violence at its real source will lead to more violence. That is patently insane and an invitation to tyranny  Until the civilized world takes a unanimous stand against Islamic violence we can only expect to see a continual rise in religious anarchy.
As a Christian I am to be as harmless as a dove. That means that I must possess a Spirit-controlled temperament  On the other hand I am to as wise as a serpent. As believers we cannot be confused about the dangers of today. Absolutely we must trust God for divine protection but we cannot mute our soul against divine warnings.  -Mario Murillo

 

“The Full unedited statement from one of the London Muslim beheaders was censored and misreported by the British press, including the ITV clip shown on their channel and all subsequent news networks, including the Guardian, both which intentionally left out the Beheader justifying his act by referring to the Quran, the ITV clip intentionally had a voice-over narration from the beginning of the muslims statement where he mentions the Quran in order to justify his actions, and the Guardian completely left it out and left it up in the air as to the motives of the Muslim beheaders. The BBC did not mention it all and simply referred to it as an ‘incident. Here is the full quote that was censored:

“There are many, many ayah throughout the Koran [referring to religious

verses] that says we must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye

and a tooth for a tooth. I apologize that women had to witness this

today but in our land women have to see the same. You people will never

be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.”

By intentionally editing his quote with a voice-over narration by ITV, to remove the justification for the murder from the Quran, both the Guardian and ITV left out the religious justification for the killers acts in an effort to deceive the public.”  – LiveLeak.com

 

Islamic Terrorists hack man to death on London Street. Wait for police to arrive before trying to attack them.

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Wednesday, May 22 2013 

‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’: What man holding bloody cleaver said after ‘hacking soldier in Help For Heroes T-shirt to death just yards from Woolwich barracks’

By MARK DUELLROB COOPER and JAMES RUSH

PUBLISHED: 09:49 EST, 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 17:42 EST, 22 May 2013

A dramatic video tonight emerged of a man with bloodied hands, carrying knives and ranting ‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’, after a serving soldier was hacked to death by two men just 200 yards from an Army barracks.

The man can be seen and heard talking to the camera. The video came as terrified eyewitnesses saw two men shot by police marksmen after the machete attack in Woolwich, south-east London.

The two men are thought to have waited around for 20 minutes until Metropolitan Police officers arrived and then tried to attack them – but were swiftly shot by armed policemen, including a woman.

They apparently shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, which means ‘God is great’ in Arabic, and tried to film the attack, the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson said.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe tonight confirmed two men had been arrested and officers from the counter-terrorist unit were leading the investigation into the killing.

He said: ‘It is hard to comprehend the shocking and horrific scenes we have seen this afternoon on a busy street as Londoners went about their day as normal. We have launched a murder investigation.’

Theresa May tonight called a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee in response to the machete and knife attack on the man who was wearing a Help for Heroes T-shirt.

The Home Secretary said she had been briefed on the killing by the head of MI5 and police later confirmed they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack.

The Cobra meeting heard that security has been tightened at Woolwich barracks and increased at all London barracks. It was also told there are strong indications that this was a terrorist incident.

Mrs May said said: ‘What happened today in Woolwich was a sickening and barbaric attack. This attack was an attack on everyone in the UK. It will be condemned by people from every community.

‘We have seen terrorism on the streets of Britain before, and have always stood firm against it. Despicable acts like these will not go unpunished.’

Meanwhile Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled a meeting with French President Francois Hollande to return to London. He said Britain has faced similar terror attacks before and added: ‘We will never buckle in the face of it.’  ‘We have seen terrorism on the streets of Britain before, and have always stood firm against it. Despicable acts like these will not go unpunished’

Eyewitnesses said the ‘crazed’ men in their 20s launched a ferocious attack and were ‘hacking, chopping and cutting him.’

In footage released by ITV News, a man with bloodied hands carrying a knife and a machete addresses people holding a camera, where he appears to attempt to justify the incident.

Speaking to those recording the scene he says: ‘I apologise that women had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same.

‘You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.’

In footage obtained by The Sun, he can also be heard saying: ‘You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns you think politicians are going to die?

‘No it’s going to be the average guy, like you, and your children. So get rid of them. Tell them to bring our troops back so you can all live in peace.’

Following his outburst, the man walks back towards where the victim is lying in the middle of the road. He then speaks to another man as they stand near to the victim.

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One eyewitness claimed one of the soldier’s attackers was seen last week preaching in Woolwich.

Jamie France, 29, a local musician, said: ‘I spoke to my mum on the phone and showed her the video footage from the internet. She told me that she recognised one of the men with the knife.

‘She said she’d seen him last week preaching in Woolwich town centre. She said she remembers him because he’d been really angry and was saying all this political stuff.’

Mr Cameron said on Twitter that ‘the killing in Woolwich is truly shocking – I have asked the Home Secretary to chair a Cobra meeting.’

Help for Heroes, the charity whose T-shirt witnesses said the victim was wearing, said: ‘Help for Heroes is appalled to hear that a man, believed to be a serving soldier, has been brutally murdered in Woolwich today.

‘We are desperately saddened to hear of this sickening attack and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, colleagues and friends.’

The charity’s website crashed as Britons queued up to pledge their support to it following the Woolwich killing, but it was up and running again a short while after.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, who is cutting short a visit to Germany to return to the UK, said: ‘This is a truly appalling murder which will shock the entire country. All of my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.

‘People across our country, whatever background they are from, will be united in condemning this attack and we will stand together, as we always do, in our response’

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

‘The British people will be horrified by what has happened in Woolwich. They will be united in believing that this terror on our streets cannot be allowed to stand.’

And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: ‘This afternoon witnessed a shocking and horrifying murder on the streets of our capital. The whole nation’s thoughts will be with the family and friends of the victim this evening.

‘People across our country, whatever background they are from, will be united in condemning this attack and we will stand together, as we always do, in our response.’

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A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen is of course concerned by the report of an attack in Woolwich earlier today. Her Majesty is being kept informed.’

Locals at the scene were warned police may have to carry out a controlled explosion on the attackers’ car.

A father of three, who referred to himself only as Kwamu, said two police officers came to his flat, in a block just yards from the attack on John Wilson Road, at around 7pm to tell him to leave his home.

He said: ‘They knocked on my door about an hour ago, two police officers. The woman police officer told me to get my family together and get out. She said they think there could be a bomb in the car.

‘I was getting my daughters ready to go outside but when I went down the stairs some people from the block were going in. They told me that police now want us to stay inside. It is very frightening.’

The Ministry of Defence said it was urgently looking at the reports that the incident involved a soldier but had no further comment.

Killing: The attack happened on John Wilson Street in Woolwich, south-east London, this afternoon, close to the military barracks

Probe: Police cordon off surrounding roads after a man was killed in Woolwich, south London, this afternoon

Military: The victim was a serving soldier and is believed to be based at the nearby Woolwich barracks

Footage from a TV news helicopter showed a large number of weapons lying in the street following the incident. A London Ambulance Service spokesman said one man had died at the scene.

He added: ‘Our staff treated two others. Both men were taken to hospital, one of them is in a serious condition, the other is not.’

One witness, identified as James, said he and his partner saw two black men attack the young victim with knives, including a meat cleaver. ‘They were hacking at this poor guy, literally,’ he told LBC.

Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Letchford confirmed tonight that the two attackers were shot by armed officers.

He said in a statement: ‘At approximately 1420 we were called to reports of an assault in John Wilson Street, Woolwich, where one man was being assaulted by two other men.

‘A number of weapons were reportedly being used in the attack and this included reports of a firearm.

‘Officers including local Greenwich officers arrived at the scene and shortly after firearms officers arrived on the scene.

Eyewitnesses tell of horror scene at soldier killing in Woolwich
Horror: A large crowd gathers at the scene in Woolwich as police and ambulance services arrive after a man was apparently stabbed to death

Probe: An air ambulance can be seen landing at the scene in Woolwich, south London, this afternoon. Two men were later rushed to hospital while a third man died

‘I’m still really shaken up. When he was dead, they dragged him out into the road and left him there. It was strange, they didn’t run off, they just stood there as if they were waiting for the police.

‘It must have taken about 20 minutes for the police to arrive, I think it must’ve been because they were waiting for armed police.

‘The police officers got out of the car and the two black men ran towards them with the gun.

‘The police shot them. They fell to the ground. Then a helicopter landed. Think it must’ve been an air ambulance.

‘The paramedics got out and I think they were working on the two men to try and keep them alive.

‘I don’t know if they died, they were taken away in the helicopter. A blanket was put over the white guy lying in the road. ‘I just can’t believe what I saw.’

Mario’s Note:

Until we face the fact that the problem is Islam itself we cannot take proper steps to protect the ones we love. Osama Bin Laden had warned us for years that his Islam is the Islam.
For further evidence of what I am saying just watch and see that there will be no widespread condemnation of this heinous act that occurred on the streets of London just as there was no outcry against the bombing in Boston anywhere in the Arab world.
Imagine if some maniac walked up to a soldier and began mutilating him in the name of Jesus. The roar of condemnation by millions of Christians would be deafening!
Some appeasers will say that any steps to curb Islamic violence will lead to more violence. That is patently insane and an invitation to tyranny  Until the civilized world takes a unanimous stand against Islamic violence we can only expect to see a continual rise in religious anarchy.
As a Christian I am to be as harmless as a dove. That means that I must possess a Spirit-controlled temperament  On the other hand I am to as wise as a serpent. As believers we cannot be confused about the dangers of today. Absolutely we must trust God for divine protection but we cannot mute our soul against divine warnings.

A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable.

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A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable.

By Ed Rogers, Published: May 22, 2013 at 10:56 amE-mail the writer

This administration’s management of the Obama Internal Revenue Service scandal so far consists of a slow-walking, rolling disclosure of facts; equal parts equivocation, amnesia and indignation from IRS witnesses; deer-in-the-headlights non-responses by the White House press secretary; parsed, lawyerly statements from the president himself; and now one of the central key players is taking the Fifth. And all this comes from what the president claimed would be the “most transparent administration ever…”

If we give the president the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows the truth is going to come out, the question remains: Does the administration appoint the special prosecutor sooner or later? The calculus inside the White House is how to best protect the president’s political interests. They have two options. They could delay the appointment and let more of the story develop, weather the ugly piecemeal disclosures, give the players time to get their stories straight and lawyer-up and hope Republicans continue their overreach, giving the whole affair a nutty partisan patina. Or, they could accelerate the appointment of a special prosecutor, thereby slowing the congressional inquiries and giving Jay Carney some relief from his daily embarrassing routine by supplying him with the escape hatch of not being allowed to comment on matters associated with the special prosecutor’s ongoing investigation. Not to mention, the White House all the while could blast the appointed counsel as a partisan ideologue à la the hatchet job that was done on Ken Starr.

Anyway, if the president is innocent, he will end up needing and wanting a special prosecutor sooner rather than later. If he and his White House already have too much to hide, then they must clam up, cry partisanship and hope their allies on the Hill and in the media have the stamina for the long, hard slog ahead.

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My personal favorite of all the new revelations from the Obama IRS scandal is that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told White House Chief of Staff  Denis McDonough about the impending IRS inspector general report, but of course the White House chief of staff did not tell the president.

I sat in a White House chief of staff’s office every day for more than two years. The only reason the legal counsel would tell the chief of staff about an impending report or disclosure would be so the chief of staff could tell the president. The legal counsel would assume the chief of staff would know how and when to bring up the matter. The chief of staff would be expected to know if there were additional factors surrounding the issue that needed to be considered before the president was told, or whether or not others needed to be included in the conversation when the information was shared with the president. There are many valid reasons why the chief of staff would tell the president, but I can’t think of a reason why he and the legal counsel would both agree that this news nugget would go no further. It’s very odd.

The legal counsel would never assume that information shared with the chief of staff would not go to the president. In my experience, a legal counsel never would believe that there was information that was appropriate for the chief of staff to know but that was inappropriate for the president to know. Out of all the news that has emerged regarding the Obama IRS scandal, this is the most curious whopper I’ve heard so far. I can’t wait to hear the real story.

True the Vote Files Suit Against the IRS after waiting 3 years for tax exemption.

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True the Vote Files Suit Against the IRS

By  Ian Tuttle
May 21, 2013 2:52 PM

True the Vote, a Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to fighting voter fraud, has filed suit in federal court against the IRS, asking the court to grant its tax-exempt status (three years after applying) and seeking damages for unlawful actions taken by the IRS against the organization.

Catherine Engelbrecht, a member of the Harris County, Texas, tea-party organization King Street Patriots, founded True the Vote after serving as a poll worker during the 2008 elections. Observing how understaffed polling places seemed to encourage voter fraud, she established True the Vote to train poll workers to “true” the vote: “to research the voter rolls in their home districts and to report inaccuracies to their County and State, to identify instances of vote fraud, and to be able to serve as observers at the polls to assure the integrity of the vote.”

“We’ve been waiting for three years to receive a decision from the IRS about our tax exempt status,” says Engelbrecht in a True the Vote press release. “After answering hundreds of questions and producing thousands of documents, we’re done waiting. The IRS does not have the power to pocket veto our application. Federal law empowers groups like True the Vote to force a decision in court — which is precisely what we aim to do.”

After filing with the IRS, Engelbrecht and her family’s small manufacturing business was audited by the IRS — and received unexpected scrutiny from OSHA, the ATF, and the FBI.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One:  Seeks recognition of True the Vote as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization pursuant to  26 USC § 7428.

Count Two:  Seeks damages and injunctive relief from the IRS and IRS employees and agents, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331 and Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), for violation of True the Vote’s constitutional rights by virtue of the actions of the government in unlawfully targeting and delaying recognition of True the Vote’s exempt status.

Count Three:   Seeks damages and injunctive relief against the IRS and IRS employees, pursuant to 26 USC § 7431, for their unlawful intrusions into True the Vote’s activities by requiring the filing of voluminous materials with the IRS, then unlawfully inspecting and potentially disseminating the information.

Says Cleta Mitchell, attorney for True the Vote: “We are not going to allow the IRS to claim, as it has been doing in the past week, that the targeting of conservative groups is over and ‘everything has been fixed.’ It is not yet fixed and this litigation is a vital step both to resolve True the Vote’s status and to learn exactly what happened inside the IRS.”