LASD SERGEANT DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN LANCASTER; 1 IN CUSTODY
“A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sergeant died after being shot during a deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster, authorities said.
The department identified him as Steve Owen, 53, a 29-year veteran of the department who had spent the last five years at the Lancaster Station.
Owen and another deputy had responded to a burglary call around noon in the 3200 block of West Avenue J7, sheriff’s officials said. The area was contained and during the containment gunfire was heard in the back of the location.”
“Folks, Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant Steven Owen, a 29-year veteran, was shot today while responding to a home burglary call in Lancaster. He died later at Antelope Valley Hospital. Owen, 53, is the first member of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to be fatally shot in more than a decade. He leaves a wife, mother and adult children. Owen’s wife is a sheriff’s detective.
A second deputy was injured during the chaotic scene at an apartment building on West Avenue J-7 in the high desert city.
According to media reports, Owen and his partner answered the burglary call and when Owen checked the rear of the building., he was confronted and shot. While the second deputy ran toward the gunshots, the gunman jumped in the deputies’ patrol car and tried to flee. After the second deputy opened fire and the patrol car crashed, the gunman fled on foot into an occupied nearby home.
A teenager inside the home texted for help and a SWAT team forced the gunman out. After he jumped a fence into another yard, the suspect was taken into custody.
Authorities say the suspected gunman is a 27-year-old parolee who lives in the Antelope Valley. He was armed, officials said.”
As more Inmates are Released from prison, more parolees return under Gov Brown’s Early Release
– LA Times
“Randy Whittenburg was a “commendable” candidate for release from prison.
After 31 years behind bars for his role in a Los Angeles strong-arm robbery that ended in murder, Whittenburg had earned four vocational certificates; completed Bible study, anger management and 12-step programs; and accumulated a file of prison officials’ praise. He was married and had detailed plans for success.
Eighteen months after he was paroled in 2011, the 47-year-old was jobless, separated from his wife and riding around L.A. on a bicycle, packing heat. When his girlfriend locked him out, he fired his gun into her apartment, hitting her.
“God gave you a second chance,” she whispered to him from her hospital bed the next morning. A recorded phone line in the L.A. County Jail captured her incredulity. “Why would you do something like this?”
That troubling question is increasingly being repeated at parole hearings across California as the number of inmates with life sentences who are granted release skyrockets under Gov. Jerry Brown. Currently nearly 2,000 murderers, hit men and robbers who spent decades locked up and now range from middle-aged to elderly are trying to find their way. Most succeed, but each month a few more fail, returning to the drugs and crime that put them in prison and raising public safety concerns.
California is one of four states in which the governor has final authority over parole decisions. A Times analysis of parole records found that Brown has allowed parole for 1,963 inmates with life sentences — more inmates than four governors released in the 27 years before he was elected.”
Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in U.S.
“Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said.
Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 — the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs.
They are also potentially embarrassing for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has spent billions of dollars training Afghan troops as Washington seeks to extricate itself from the costly, 15-year-old war. The disclosure could fuel criticism by supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has accused the Obama administration of failing to properly vet immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and has pledged a much tougher stance if he wins.
While other foreign troops on U.S. military training visits have sometimes run away, a U.S. defense official said that the frequency of Afghan troops going missing was concerning and “out of the ordinary.”
Since September alone, eight Afghan troops have left military bases without authorization, Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump told Reuters. He said the total number of Afghan troops who have gone missing since January 2015 is 44, a number that has not previously been disclosed.”
Dozens Of Afghan Troops Training in US Have Vanished From Bases
“Nearly four dozen Afghan troops training in the U.S. have vanished in less than two years, officials confirmed Thursday.
At least 44 Afghan troops have left their assigned bases since January 2015, calling into question their training programs’ screening processes. Of those 44, 25 were reported Absent Without Leave, or AWOL, in 2015, and 19 have gone AWOL this year.
One of the eight Afghan students who disappeared in September of this year turned up at the Canadian border, the Pentagon reported. Police caught the student. FoxNews.com has reported that many Afghans who go AWOL from training in the U.S. have made their way through a pipeline running from Texas to Toronto.
The network helping Afghans move along the pipeline from the U.S. to Canada includes the students’ relatives, women living in the U.S. illegally who transport the Afghans to bus stations or airports, and an Iranian taxi driver who shuttles them across the Canadian border, FoxNews.com has learned.”
– California Attorney General was very smooth and polished in the debate, but she cannot hide the fact that she would like nothing better than to skate on all the state’s legal investigations and trials and traipse off to Washington DC, leaving it all behind. /CJ
Another Clueless Democrat US Senate Candidate: Clueless on Sanctuary Cities
“How about sanctuary cities?” board members asked the former lieutenant governor. “Would you support denying [federal] aid to sanctuary cities?”
“Well, you know I am really not clear in my mind what a sanctuary city is and I guess there are cities that —,” Judge began to respond.
Judge also drew a blank when she was asked about Sarah’s Law, a bill that would have forced federal immigration officials to detain illegal immigrants who have been charged with a crime in which the victim was killed or seriously injured.”
Kamala Harris said she’s for increased transparency in law enforcement. Here’s her record
– LA Times
“Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has opposed legislation that would require her office to independently investigate fatal police shootings. Harris has also stopped short of endorsing statewide regulations on the use of police body cameras, saying that she believed all officers should wear them but that local agencies are best equipped to enact policies.
Some civil rights activists and members of California’s Legislative Black Caucus have criticized her for those decisions, saying she should do more to keep police accountable and ensure impartial investigations of fatal shootings by police.”
“LOS ANGELES – In their only one-on-one debate before California elects a new U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez and state Attorney General Kamala Harris attacked and counterattacked repeatedly Wednesday night on issues of terrorism, criminal justice reform, gun control and for-profit colleges.
But the central issue they returned to in the hour-long event at Cal State Los Angeles was who had the proven track record to most effectively replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Sanchez touted her 20 years in Congress, her senior posts on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, and her votes against the Iraq war, the Wall Street bailout and the Patriot Act.
“I believe that I have the experience to go in on day one and do the job,” Sanchez said, later jabbing Harris for the state’s increase in violent crime over the past year.
Harris, who outpaced Sanchez in the primary 40 percent to 19 percent, touted her success in setting up a rehabilitation program for low-level offenders in San Francisco, and for investigations of banks and for-profit community colleges. And she dismissed Sanchez’s stint in Congress.
“My opponent has passed one bill in her 20 years in Congress and that was to name a post office,” Harris said. She also noted that Sanchez had missed more House votes in the past year than all but two other members.”
– Interesting that Kamala Harris would go there since as a supporter of Hillary Clinton, raising this issue only highlights Clinton’s failures in the US Senate, when for eight years, she could only get one bill she authored, passed. Naming a Post Office for Thurgood Marshall.
Mexican Illegal Alien Sentenced to Prison After Setting Sequoia Forest Ablaze
“A Mexican illegal alien will spend 13 months in prison and is being ordered to pay $61 million in restitution after he started a forest fire that destroyed six homes, sparked mandatory evacuations, and devoured over 45 square miles of California’s Sequoia National Forest.
Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos, 29, from Michoacán, Mexico, illegally drove off the road in the national park on August 16 with his young son. “His Nissan Maxima got stuck on a berm and his catalytic converter and muffler ignited dead grass,” sparking the blaze:
The fire swiftly spread and burned 29,322 acres in Kern and Tulare counties, according to Acting U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Talbert. Flames destroyed six homes and triggered mandatory evacuations of several communities in both counties…
Ranchers spotted Garcia-Avalos carrying his 4-year-old son on his shoulders west of the Cedar Creek Campground area, where the fire had been reported, according to a U.S. District Court complaint. They suspected he started the fire and offered to help, but he said he was OK. Still, ranchers recorded the conversation with an iPhone.
Garcia-Avalos told the ranchers that his car had been stolen and that his son saw the man who took it, and that he was walking home to Delano, which is more than 42 miles away from the Cedar Creek area, according to an affidavit written by U.S. Forest Service Special Agent Brian Adams.
The ranchers were able to convince Garcia-Avalos to enter their home so that he could call someone for help. During the visit, they asked him several questions about the fire, and Garcia-Avalos denied responsibility, prosecutors say.
At the crash site, fire investigators found a burned vehicle and shoe prints belonging to a small child and an adult. The shoe prints led investigators from the car to Highway 155.
Garcia-Avalos was sentenced to seven months in prison for lying to U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers and six months for starting the Cedar Fire. After serving his 13-month sentence, he will be deported back to Mexico, when he’ll start paying back $61 million in damages—at the low cost of only $25 per month, or $300 each year. (At that rate, it would take Garcia-Avalos some 203,333 years to pay the total cost of the damages.)
Sequoia National Forest, founded as a national park in 1890, holds the “greatest concentration of giant sequoia groves in the world,” according to the U.S. Forest Service. The giant sequoia is the single species in its genus and grows naturally in only one area of the world, the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. These magnificent trees are the oldest and largest living things on Earth.”
Americans Don’t Have Any Right to Block Islamic Immigration, Says Tim Kaine During VP Debate
“Americans do not have any right to stop Islamic immigration into the United States, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate said Tuesday night.
“Hillary and I will do immigration enforcement and we’ll vet refugees based on whether they’re dangerous or not,” Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine said at the Virginia vice-presidential debate.“We won’t do it based on discriminating against you from the country you come from or the religion that you practice,” he said, in a reference to Donald Trump’s broad opposition to Islamic immigration.
“Discriminating” against Islamic believers “is completely antithetical to the Jeffersonian values,” Kaine claimed.
The claim matches a September tweet from the Clinton campaign, which suggested that foreign Muslims have a right to immigrate into the United States. “
No Tim Kaine, Americans Absolutely Have a Right to Block Islamic Immigration
“During Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, Democratic running mate Tim Kaine reenforced Hillary Clinton’s argument that it is against Jeffersonian and American values to reject Islamic immigrants and that they also have an inherent right to become Americans.
No where in the constitution does it say that people who are not Americans have aright to become Americans, or have a right to even enter the borders of United States. Congress has the ultimate authority to set laws on immigration. Just how Congress can enact Obamacare, welfare, gun bans, and social security, Congress has full discretion over immigration.
During the debate, Kaine said “Discriminating” against Islamic believer “is completely antithetical to the Jeffersonian values.”
According to a recent poll regarding a temporary ban on Islamic immigration, 50 percent of Americans voted in favor of the plan.
Thomas Jefferson wrote extensively on immigration in the “Notes on the State of Virginia,” and not in the open-minded ‘Jeffersonian value‘ ways that Kaine cites. In fact, Jefferson’s ideas sound more like Trump’s ideas on immigration.
The first consideration in immigration is the welfare of the receiving nation. In a new government based on principles unfamiliar to the rest of the world and resting on the sentiments of the people themselves, the influx of a large number of new immigrants unaccustomed to the government of a free society could be detrimental to that society. Immigration, therefore, must be approached carefully and cautiously.
Yet from such we are to expect the greatest number of emigrants. They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their language, they will transmit to their children. In proportion to their numbers, they will share with us the legislation. They will infuse into it their spirit, warp and bias its directions, and render it a heterogeneous, incoherent, distracted mass.
I may appeal to experience, during the present contest, for a verification of these conjectures. But, if they be not certain in event; are they not possible, are they not probable? Is it not safer to wait with patience 27 years and three months longer, for the attainment of any degree of population desired or expected? May not our government be more homogeneous, more peaceable, more durable? Suppose 20 millions of republican Americans thrown all of a sudden into France, what would be the condition of that kingdom? If it would be more turbulent, less happy, less strong, we may believe that the addition of half a million of foreigners to our present numbers would produce a similar effect here.
Don’t like Jefferson and his ideas? Okay, then argue with our first president, George Washington.
My opinion, with respect to emigration, is, that except of useful mechanics, and some particular descriptions of men or professions, there is no need of encouragement : while the policy or advantage of its taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them.
At at the end of the day, Jeffersonian values remain the same. His society uproots privilege, degrades government, empowers the individual, and diffuses establishments throughout civilization. That means you Tim Kaine. You represent a government gone mad and you’ve made your living off the backs of the American people, taxing them to pay your salary. From your high and mighty throne, do not ever tarnish the name of Thomas Jefferson by using him as a disposable tool to force your big government agenda.”
Aussie Imam Beaten With Shoe in TV Row Over Islamic Veils for Women
“An Australian imam was attacked and beaten with a shoe live on Egyptian television after he suggested Islamic women should not be forced to wear a veil in public.
Sydney-based Mostafa Rashid was debating the issue of female dress codes under Islam when his opponent, Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh, took off his shoe and chased him around the studio, all the while beating him around the head with his footwear.”
Tim Kaine’s Long, Deep Relationship With Radical Islam
– the Federalistpapers.org
“We all know that Democrats have some pretty nefarious political connections … but for Heaven’s sake, why did Hillary have to pick someone with such deep Islamist connections as Tim Kaine?
The Virginia senator has a long history of embracing radical Islam.
He appointed a Hamas supporter to a state immigration commission, once spoke at a dinner honoring a Muslim Brotherhood terrorist suspect and has received many donations from well-known Islamist groups.
Back in 2007, Breitbart reports, then-Governor Kaine chose Muslim American Society (MAS) President Esam Omeish to the state’s Immigration Commission. It was an appointment so controversial that even a Muslim group against radical Islam criticized the appointment and lack of vetting.
In 2008, federal court filings found that MAS was “founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
In the second example of Kaine’s deep connections with Radical Islam, he spoke at a 2011 dinner honoring Jamal Barzinji, the “Founding father of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.”
Barzinji has been on the FBI’s radar since 1987, when an informant told them that Barzinji was part of a network of brotherhood fronts to “institute the Islamic Revolution in the United States.”
Barzinji played a major role in nearly every Brotherhood front in the U.S. and was vice president of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, which came under terrorism investigation also. Barzinji’s group was so close to Palestinian Islamic Jihad operative Sami Al-Arian that IIIT’s President considered his group and Al-Arian’s to be essentially one entity.
Finally there’s the money … Barzinji’s organization, IIIT, donated $10,000 to an organization, New Dominion PAC, that gave $43,050 to Kaine’s bid for governor between 2003 and 2005.”
“While running for the Senate in Virginia, Kaine aired radio ads detailing his experience as a missionary. He became the first U.S. senator to deliver a speech on the floor entirely in Spanish, which he learned in Honduras.
“As somebody who lived and re-visits Latin America,” he told The Washington Post, “I have a real passion and attachment to the immigrant story—latinos y otros, porque hay un gran número de asiáticos y otros en Virginia.”
But, as biography, it’s not merely unsatisfying. It’s unlikely.
A 21-year old Harvard Law School student spending 1981 in Honduras as a Jesuit volunteer is as absurd as an English tutor parachuting before D-Day into Normandy to teach French children when to use “their” and when to use “they’re.”
It doesn’t pass the smell test.
Honduras is—literally—the original banana republic. American short story writer O. Henry was hiding out there in the capital in 1905, on the run from Texas authorities on charges of embezzlement, and wrote a book of short stories. The phrase “banana republic” was born.
So, there’s that. More importantly, while Kaine was in Honduras a whirlwind descended on that little-visited country: a huge American military presence which ballooned overnight— courtesy of the Reagan Administration— determined to turn the tide of leftist revolutionaries in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
While Kaine taught a handful of students carpentry and welding, United States military aid to Honduras went from $4 million to $282 million in just a few years.”
Tim Kaine’s Time With a Marxist Priest in Honduras
“In 1983—according to some accounts—a Honduran death squad backed by the Reagan administration tossed a Catholic priest out of a helicopter and to his death. The priest had once described himself as a “good Marxist,” and he had been the chaplain for a column of Cuban-trained communist guerillas trying overturn the country’s government.
Just three years before falling to his death, that priest met with Tim Kaine.
Today, that meeting may cause trouble for the Virginia senator. A conservative Catholic group is taking aim at Hillary Clinton’s running mate over the one part of his biography that generally appeals most to people of faith: his mission work in Honduras.”
“According to the media, Tim Kaine took a life transforming “mission” trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Tim Kaine’s Soviet sympathizing mentors. In fact, whatever Kaine’s intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there.
Connect the dots with a little history, and an alarming picture emerges of Kaine’s adventures with radicals and revolutionaries in 1980s Latin America.
Reports indicate that in Honduras, “Mr. Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology…”
Liberation Theology’s recent second wind has been achieved by disavowing its Marxist roots. Francis’ doctrinal chief Cardinal Mueller is seen as friendly, but stated: “true liberation theology is opposed to Marxism.”
That wasn’t the case in the 1980s. Then, Kaine embraced not some reconstituted, post-Marxist version, but the hardcore, Cold War variety — an avowed Marxist ideology inimical to the institutional Catholic Church and to the United States.
Just how hardcore were his Jesuit teachers? Well, around the time Kaine was there, Jesuits were arrested for gunrunning, and, the next year, the Honduran government banned any more American Jesuits from coming to that country because of their left-wing activism.
They also expelled one American-born Jesuit, who also had to leave that religious community because he was too radical even for them. That priest was Father Jim Carney, and he was the one the New York Times us tells Kaine sought out across the border in Soviet-supported Nicaragua, taking a bus and then walking several miles to meet him.
Carney was a full-blown revolutionary. A recent New York Times report says his death was “murky” and hardened Kaine’s distrust of American involvement in the region.
What isn’t murky is what led to his death. In 1983, Carney was part of a 96-man unit that invaded Honduras to bring the Nicaraguan Communist revolution there too. The insurgents were Cuban and Nicaraguan trained and led by Jose Reyes Mata, Cuban-educated, and Honduras’ top Marxist. Reyes Mata had previously served with Che Guevara in Bolivia.
After a firefight with Honduran troops, Reyes Mata was captured and killed. Carney was reported dead too. Some think he was captured and killed too. Kaine worried about American complicity in an extrajudicial killing, but he didn’t seem bothered by Carney’s participation in a Communist-sponsored insurgency and invasion of Honduras.”
Jesuit-Influenced Senator Tim Kaine Selected as Democratic Vice President Candidate
“Senator Timothy Kaine (D-VA) has been selected by Hilary Clinton, former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator, as her vice presidential running mate for the Democratic ticket. Kaine is Catholic and a 1976 graduate of Rockhurst High School, an all-boys Jesuit high school in Kansas City, Missouri. He also spent a year volunteering with a Jesuit missionary from 1980 to 1981. Kaine has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013, joining over fifty fellow-graduates of Jesuit high schools and universities in the 114th Congress. Prior to the Senate he served as the governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, the lieutenant governor from 2002-2006, and the mayor of Richmond, Virginia from 1998 to 2001.
Kaine’s experience volunteering at a Jesuit-run vocational school in the early 1980’s has influenced his continue work in Congress, Kaine continues to be fluent in Spanish and has focused efforts of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on which he serves, on the U.S. role in the violence-plagued Central American country.”