On Sunday,President Barack Obama addressed the recent horrific and deadly mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando saying that “this was an attack on all of us.”
“We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city,” the president said in an address to the nation.
POTUS also made a point to stress that this incident was not just an act of terror, but an act of homophobia and transphobia, calling Sunday “an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends — our fellow Americans — who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.”
“The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live,” Obama said. “The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub — it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights.”
He also called for the country to pray for the victims and their families and stressed that we should not turn on each other.
“God give them the strength to bear the unbearable,” he said. “As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts — friends who helped friends, took care of each other and saved lives,” the president said. “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” he added.
President Obama didn’t mention gun control per se, but he did ask Americans what kind of “country” do we want to be given the influx of these types of violent and deadly shootings.
“The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle,” Obama said. “This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub. And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
In addition, Obama issued a proclamation Sunday honoring the victims of the attack and ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and all public buildings and military bases until sundown Thursday, USA Today noted.
The mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, leaving at least 50 dead and 53 wounded early Sunday morning.
It has come as a great shock to many around the world, his untimely death on Thursday. An influx of thousands upon thousands of heartfelt tributes showered in for the ARTIST and have extended — appropriately — on his musical genius.
The words escape our minds when it comes to the extent of sorrow felt around the world for the loss of the Icon. But, this pop star also had a great sense of humor and could literally harmonize the entire Yellow Pages.
The Sparkle Page tributes one of the best demonstrations of which came in 1997 when he appeared on The Muppets as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”
After dawning a county accent and running from an alligator dressed as a dog, he shows off his “Musicology” in a skit where he proves that he can get ideas for a song from “anywhere” — hence, the jingle about breakfast food called “Starfish and Coffee.”
Starting in January, the Department of Homeland Security will start nationwide raids to deport adults and children, who have already been ordered by an immigration judge to leave the country. Suffice to say, this has the liberals in outrage through-out the country.
Being that we are based in the Atlanta area, we like to keep up with the latest from our city. Thanks to our sources over at Biz Journal, we were able to catch up on the latest update surrounding the world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta.
Passenger No. 100 million passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Sunday, pushing the airport to a new record for the number of passengers served in one year. The airport almost hit the 100 million milestone last year, serving 96 million passengers. Hartsfield Jackson broke the record Sunday when Larry Kendrick of Biloxi, Miss., stepped off his flight.
Kendrick was awarded a Nissan vehicle, two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the world from Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and a $500 gift card. See, it does pay to travel!
Atlanta’s airport is the first to serve 100 million passengers in a year.
Click here to view a video posted by Atlanta Business Chronicle broadcast partner WXIA-TV.
We just love this image of Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson who claps back at Philly Fans booing him in the old home of Philadelphia on Saturday night. DeSean isn’t sure why there was this reaction.
“It’s disturbing to come back and get the boos from the crowd and the fans because it’s not my decision to leave,” Jackson said. “Chip Kelly released me. Knowing what I did for the city, in the community and things like that, I put my heart into it. That part is frustrating, but it doesn’t get any better than coming in here and winning and putting them out. That guy over there, he was the coach. He made the decision, but I’m happy to be where I’m at, and we’re having a lot of success over here.”
We think that Jackson is absolutely right. He was a very good player in Philadelphia, and it was not his choice to leave. In his only year playing, Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. This year, no Eagles receiver is approaching those numbers. It’s easy to see why Eagles fans are disappointed by that, but hard to see why Jackson should get the blame.
Kelly decided he didn’t want Jackson on the team anymore, so Kelly sent Jackson packing. If Eagles fans don’t like that, they should boo Kelly, not Jackson.
It was the moment that could have broken Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions: In June, he likened immigrants to rapists, prompting Univision to ditch his beauty pageants and NBC to cut ties with him.
“At Univision we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” the company said in a statement posted on its website. “We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Trump, of course, survived what at first seemed like a campaign-ending gaffe — and has gone on to survive many more. “Mexican gov doesn’t want me talking about terrible border situation & horrible trade deals,” he said in a defiant tweet. “Forcing Univision to get me to stop — no way!”
But rhetoric is one thing. Could Trump successful spin the loss of a business deal valued at up to $25 million into political and financial victory in a campaign that, at the time, seemed merely whimsical?
It appears so. With the disastrous Miss Universe 2015 that just unfolded in Las Vegas, Trump won without even being onstage. Even a beauty pageant, it seemed, just couldn’t run smoothly without him around.
Hours before Miss Universe, Trump was cheering it on from the sidelines. After being banished by Univision and exiled from NBC over his anti-immigrant comments, Trump bought the rights to the pageant back from NBC — then flipped it in September to the entertainment company WME-IMG in a matter of days.
“My friend, @AriEmanuel of @IMG, bought the Miss Universe pageants from me and they are on tonight on #Fox!” he wrote. “Tune in!”
Then came the perfect gaffe for Trump supporters to tweet and retweet ad infinitum. Co-host Steve Harvey — a usually unflappable comedian, talk-show host and author — anointed the wrong woman Miss Universe, crowning Miss Colombia instead of the judges’ intended, Miss Philippines.
“Still a great night,” Harvey said — though Miss Colombia might not have agreed as she was almost instantly dethroned. “Please don’t hold it against the ladies. Please don’t. We feel so badly. But it’s still a great night.”
Meanwhile, outside on the Strip, a more serious tragedy was unfolding. In an incident not yet explained by authorities, a driver may have intentionally driven her car on to a sidewalk outside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, where Miss Universe was held, killing one person and injuring dozens more. Terrorism, though eventually ruled out, was initially a possible motive in what police called a “mass casualty incident.”
Somehow, in the unlikeliest venue under the strangest set of circumstances, Trump — master of reality television, tough on terror — seemed in short supply. And no one was readier to point this out than the candidate himself. Betraying a bit of modesty, he confined himself to retweets.
“Where’s @realDonaldTrump when you need em?” one supporter noted. Another: “@realDonaldTrump must be overjoyed that as soon as he sells the pageant it goes off the rails. We need you Mr Trump!”
When it came to Harvey’s uncharacteristically amateurish goof, there was even room for a conspiracy theory.“I think it was an orchestrated move,” one Twitter user wrote. “Major publicity for an event no one even knew was happening.”
Even with Christmas four days away, it seems Trump has found a way to dominate a news cycle. Meanwhile, his lawsuit against Univision over Miss Universe — ongoing though he no longer owns the pageant — continues. In an amended complaint filed in November, the candidate is seeking a mere $500 million for the company’s decision to pull out of Miss Universe as well as alleged defamation and “attempt to suppress Mr. Trump’s First Amendment rights.”
“Univision, in an obvious attempt to politicize the situation and suppress Mr. Trump’s right to free speech, including his views on both trade and illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexican border, has made a concerted effort … in collusion with others, to wage war against Plaintiffs in the media,” the suit read.
“Trump’s invective — and Miss Universe’s silence in the face of it — rendered the pageants toxic to Univision’s viewership, which obliterated the central goal of the licensing deal and the very reason Univision was carrying the programs,” it responded in a motion for dismissal. “Trump cannot now stick Univision with the bill.”
Credit: Justin Wm. Moyer is a reporter for The Washington Post’s Morning Mix.
WASHINGTON — The death of a D.C. man in Security Guard Custody found unconscious in the custody of security guards last month has been ruled a homicide, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said on Monday.
In November, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to an assault in progress in a hallway at a residential building in southeast Washington. Alonzo Smith, 27, was found in the custody of security guards known as “special police.” The District of Columbia licenses these officers, and city police must sign off on their application for the job.
Smith was handcuffed and not breathing. He was moved to United Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be “sudden cardiac death” complicated by “acute cocaine toxicity while restrained.” The other significant condition listed is “compression of torso,” Mikelle DeVillier, general counsel for the district’s medical examiner, told The Huffington Post. That determination was made earlier this month, but there can be a delay while the family is notified.
The homicide ruling only means that the intentional actions of an individual lead to death, not that those actions were intended to cause death or that a crime was committed.
Alice Kim, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said on Monday that the case is still under investigation.
A police incident report obtained last month by HuffPost initially classified the offense as “justifiable homicide” with the “weapon/force involved” listed as “none.” That classification was later amended to “death report.” D.C. police spokesman Lieutenant Sean Conboy told HuffPost at the time that “it was an error on the part of the officer who took the original report.”
Smith’s relatives, as well as residents at Marbury Plaza, the apartment complex where he was found, have raised questions about the circumstances of his death. Charles, a resident who declined to give his last name and claimed to have spoken with an eyewitness, told HuffPost in November that Smith ran into the hallway saying, “Somebody help me, they’re trying to kill me.”
Smith’s grandmother, who reportedly saw autopsy photos, told The Washington Postthat her grandson had a long mark on one side of his face, and the other side looked swollen. She also said he had asthma.
Karen Silver, a lawyer who represents Smith’s family, told HuffPost earlier this month that the family was struggling to get information about their son’s case.
Smith, who worked as a teacher’s assistant, self-published a book of poems in 2013 that he said he wrote as a youth when he was put in the juvenile justice system. In one poem, he wrote, “[T]o dream freely with a life at my own pace, carelessly happy released of my hate, who can say they don’t wish on this star, a star so bright and promising yet so far.”
Update: 12/15 — The Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday released body cam footage from the scene of Smith’s arrest. The video, recorded by an unidentified MPD officer, begins with Smith already lying face-down on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back.
An officer, identified by his “special police” badge, can be seen kneeling on top of Smith until about two minutes into the video, when he stands up. Seconds later, officers report that Smith isn’t breathing. The officer wearing the body camera begins chest compressions, which he continues for about five minutes, until emergency medical services personnel arrive.
OUT OF CONTROL POLICE: Police Brutality against an elderly black woman Accused of ‘SHOPLIFTING’ . . . They then BEAT UP Her Teenage Daughter . . . And TASE Her Son When He STEPS IN!! Has police brutality gone TOO FAR. . . Full Story Here – bit.ly/1I1b8E3