Going to a concert should be a fun time for anyone. For one night you are able to cut loose and listen to the music you love with others. Which is what concert goers in Manchester, England thought on Monday night. Sadly, though what should have been a fun night instantly turned into tragedy, but who is being pegged for it is no surprise.
There are at least 19 people have been confirmed dead and around 50 people injured in a bombing that British authorities are treating as a terror attack. The attack occurred towards the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday night.
Police statement on incident at Manchester Arena pic.twitter.com/gaKASukx9a
— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 22, 2017
The British police said that the explosion happened around the foyer of the Manchester Arena at 10:30 p.m., around the time the concert finished. However, there are many reports from eyewitnesses that said they heard two blasts, but that has not been confirmed as of yet.
Here is more Fox News:
Witnesses described panic as concertgoers rushed to get out of the arena. Video from inside the arena showed people screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons. Some on social media initially suggested that some of the balloons had burst, making a loud noise like a bomb.
Concertgoer Sasina Akhtar told the Manchester Evening News that Grande had just finished her last song when “there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena. We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.”
David Richardson, who attended the show with his 13-year-old daughter, told the MEN that he heard two explosions just after the show.
“It was about 40 feet behind us near one of the exits. We just thought it was people messing about then it happened again. Another explosion sounded. Then we saw the smoke. Everyone just fled.”
Majid Khan, 22, said she heard a “huge bomb-like bang that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.”
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
Another witness, Oliver Jones, 17, told Sky News he was in the bathroom when he heard “a loud bang.”
“The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run,” Jones said. “I (saw) people running and screaming towards one direction and then many were turning around to run back the other way. Security was running out as well as the fans and concert goers.”
Manchester Victoria station, which is under the arena, was also evacuated and all trains were canceled, though there were no initial reports of injuries there.
Stranded concertgoers reportedly were waiting for rides home in nearby bars and hotels. Sky News reported that some city taxi drivers were offering free rides to help clear traffic out of the city center.
The Dangerous Woman Tour is the third concert tour by Grande to support her third studio album, Dangerous Woman. From Manchester the tour was to move through Europe, including Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, through the summer with stops in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico and on to Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and more.
Watch the terrifying footage here.
EXPLOSION AT MANCHESTER ARENA AND EVERYONE RAN OUT SO SCARY😭 pic.twitter.com/pJbUBoELtE
— hannah 🐝 (@hannawwh) May 22, 2017
Ambulances out in force heading to Manchester Arena after all lining up on Thompson street fire station. pic.twitter.com/vpAFFUG0MI
— Sam Ward (@SamWardMCR) May 22, 2017
Sadly, this is what I thought would happen in Europe considering their open border policy. At this time, it is not confirmed that this is definitely a terror attack, but if I were a betting woman I am sure it was. These terrorists will not stop with these attacks until other countries around the world begin to fight back.
That is exactly why we need to close our borders and initiate a tougher vetting process. However, as we know liberals will continue to fight that no matter how many Americans are hurt in the process. I can only hope that this will open the eyes of the people in Europe and they will demand tougher borders.
I pray for all those who lost a loved one in this blast and that they are able to find peace and comfort in this horrific tragedy. I also hope that the police are able to find these scum bags that caused this and prosecute them fully.
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BREAKING: SHOTS Just FIRED! – WWIII About To EXPLODE!!!
It’s easy to forget that we are a nation at war. Our nation is very good at forgetting things that aren’t in front of us every day, and since the war we’ve been waging in the middle east has been going on for some 15 years, and it’s not in front of our faces every day, we like to pretend it’s not happening. The media is very little help because if it can’t be used as a political chip, they’re probably not going to report on it, and at the moment, conflict with Muslims and their allies isn’t very popular to the liberal cause.
However, the war hasn’t been fought in vain, since much has been accomplished during our time there. Terrorists have been wiped out, citizens have gotten at least some control of their countries back and terrorists the world over discovered what happens to those who take American lives. Unfortunately, the conflict overseas has caused other civilized countries to take sides, and not all with us.
The country of Syria is still very much in turmoil, in part, thanks to Russian forces showing up to help with the civil war. Of course, they’re siding with Syrian regime allies, as opposed to the Syrian Democratic Forces that the United States is partnering with in search of peace. According to the Air Force Times, just hours ago, those Russian forces were found crossing a no-fly zone breaching an agreement that could bring us to an even bigger war:
“Two U.S. F-22 Raptors intercepted and fired warning flares at two Russian Su-25s over the tightly congested air space in Syria along the Euphrates River on Wednesday.
The Russian fighters had crossed an agreed upon deconfliction line that runs parallel with the Euphrates River. The U.S. and its Syrian partner forces, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, operate on the eastern side of the Euphrates, and it’s a region Russia and its Syrian regime allies are supposed to steer clear from.
‘On December 13, two Russian Su-25s flew into coordinated Coalition airspace on the east side of the Euphrates River near Abu Kamal, Syria, and were promptly intercepted by two F-22A Raptors providing air cover for partner ground forces conducting operations to defeat ISIS,’ said Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
The F-22s conducted maneuvers and fired warning flares and chaff to convince the pair of Russian fighters to leave the deconflicted airspace, he said.
‘At one point, one Su-25 flew close enough to an F-22A that it had to aggressively maneuver to avoid a midair collision,’ Pickart said. ‘During the incident, a Russian Su-35 also flew across the river and was shadowed closely by one of the F-22As.’
The incident lasted nearly 40 minutes and the Russian aircraft eventually flew back to the west side of the river.”
First on CNN: Two US defense officials tell me that 2 US F-22 jets intercepted 2 Russian Su-25 jets over Syria, Wednesday, firing warning flares after the Su-25s crossed the agreed upon de-conflciiton line, flying east of the Euphrates River multiple times. A Su-35 also present
— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) December 14, 2017
While it might seem like this was just some sort of unfortunate accident, that is highly unlikely. For one thing, the state of the art technology that exists in the type of aircraft in question would without a doubt warn the pilot as to where they are, and if it had been an accident, it wouldn’t have gone on for almost half an hour. Without so much as an excuse from Russia, it’s difficult to view this as anything but a passive-aggressive act, meant to taunt forces fighting for democracy in Syria.
Here are more details from our source about Russia’s inflammatory actions:
The U.S. used a special hotline designed to deconflict ground and air operations with Russian forces to convey their concern over the incident, Pahon said a spokesperson for the Pentagon said.
Despite the liberation of Raqqa in mid-October, operations along the Euphrates River and in Deir Ezzoir province continue as U.S.-backed fighters clear remnants of the Islamic State terror group from the region.
That region is still hotly contested and is also controversial because of the many lucrative oil wells that dot the landscape.
In late September, U.S.-backed Syrian fighters claimed Russian jets bombed one of their positions near a contested gas field, killing several of their forces.
The battle for control of southern Syria and the Middle Euphrates Valley has been contentious this year, and today’s provocations by Russian fighters and their allies are not the first such incident.
‘Since agreeing to this deconfliction arrangement, the Russians have flown into our airspace on the east side of the river six to eight times per day, or approximately 10 percent of the Russian and Syrian flights,’ Pickart said.
During the summer, U.S. warplanes down two Iranian Shahed 129 drones that threatened coalition and partner forces in Syria. And in June, a U.S. F/A-18 Super Hornet downed a Syrian Su-22 after it dropped bombs near U.S-backed fighters in Syria.
‘The Coalition’s greatest concern is that we could shoot down a Russian aircraft because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces,’ Pickart explained.
‘We are not here to fight the Russians and Syrians — our focus remains on defeating ISIS. That said, if anyone threatens Coalition or friendly partner forces in the air or on the ground, we will defend them,’ he added.”
[H/T: Air Force Times]
BREAKING: He’s Been CHARGED! Will Spend 15 Years In Prison – This Is HUGE!
Law and order is what separates us from the uncivilized. We have to have rules that people must abide by, and punishments if they don’t, otherwise our society would descend into anarchy. Might would make right, and basically, we would end up like most of the Middle East (hence, the reason people are fleeing as quickly as they can).
Another absolute imperative of a polite and orderly society is for the punishment to fit the crime. We can’t be cutting off the hands of beggars who steal an apple because they’re hungry, or slapping murderers on the wrist and sending them back out to kill again. There has to be some sort of sliding scale, and in this country, we have that. However, sometimes that line gets complicated, because of it hinges partially on motive.
One classic example is the difference in punishment between premeditated crimes and crimes of passion. If you’re caught up in the moment and you do something terrible, the punishment just isn’t going to be as bad as if you plotted and planned and basically turn out to be a psychopath who will do evil no matter what. But then the waters get even muddier when we talk about hate crimes. This is an area where those who perpetrate a crime against someone who has something about them that people love to hate will get a harsher punishment to try and curb groups being targeted.
This gets extremely complicated when it comes to religion, because unlike race, religion is something you choose, and while religion is protected in the United States, there’s one particular religion that many of us take exception to, and it’s the religion of Islam. Pamela Geller reports that one man who was particularly disenfranchised with Islam and what it’s doing to this country might be getting a bad rap. His crime was just that, a crime, and one that he should be punished for, but should he have federal charges leveled against him for breaking into a mosque and putting bacon inside? That’s the question at hand, and the answer starts with defining the difference between a crime and a “hate crime”:
“Crime: An illegal act against a victim.
Hate Crime: An illegal thought during a crime against a protected class of victim including religion.
Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer provided news and commentary about Michael Wolfe, sentenced to 15 years for alleged criminal mischief against, and alleged placement of bacon on the doorstep of, a mosque in Titusville, FL, on Jan. 2, 2016.
Wolfe is not a sympathetic character, considering his rap sheet. But 15 years? The Information has two charges:
Count I: Armed Burglary of a Structure with Hate Crime Enhancement (LF); and
Count II: Criminal Mischief to a Place of Worship with Hate Crime (F2).
Wow: Count I has a sentence up to life in prison. Burglary means a person who enters or remains in a dwelling, a structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein. Armed? A machete was allegedly used to break approximately $800 total for two surveillance cameras, the floodlights, and the window. But a hate crime – evidencing prejudice – reclassifies a felony, 1st degree, to life felony!
Wow again: Count II has a sentence up to 30 years in prison. Criminal Mischief means a person who willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another. The simple version is a misdemeanor, 1st degree, punishable up to a year in county jail. But a hate crime – upon a mosque – makes it a felony, 3rd degree. Add a habitual offender, and its reclassified as a felony, 2nd degree, punishable by a minimum of 15 years, and a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Who called the Federal Bureau of Investigation? An FBI agent was present during an interview of Wolfe. Could there have been an implied threat of federal charges?
No wonder Wolfe plea bargained for dismissal of Count I in exchange for guilty of Count II.
From the Court order’s date, Wolfe has 30 days to appeal the conviction and sentence. Consider this possibility: It could effectively be a death sentence. Wolfe likely will be placed in the general population of the prison. There may be Muslim inmates, who may act on a de facto fatwa and attempt to injure or murder Wolfe.
Wolfe’s case: ‘The intent is to really deter similar kinds of hate crime,’ Imam Muhammad Musri is quoted in a news article, Bacon used in Hate Crime, written by Tess Sheets, a reporter for the Florida Today in Melbourne, FL.
So is there a wave of anti-Islamic sentiment in Florida?
There was a total of 18 offenses against all religions within the entire State of Florida for 2015. See the website of the Florida Attorney General, In Hate Crimes in Florida, under Table 5: Hate Crimes Comparison.
Within the entire Brevard County (2015): An unidentified religion had one offense of Destruction / Damage / Vandalism of Property, as reported by the Melbourne Police Dept.
Looks like the citizens of Florida are safe from a wave of hate crimes against religion.
But don’t tell that to the Southern Poverty Law Center (aka ‘fake news’), which is listed in the report’s Appendix 3: Sources of Additional Information.
All of the above, as public records, are attached as a PDF via this link.“
The argument can be made that while Wolfe was completely out of line, his crime had at least an undertone of self-defense in a broad sense. We all know any one of us could be a target of a true Muslim believer, and many don’t like having that element around.
What do you think? Is this punishment too harsh for someone’s out of line retaliation against an Islamic house of worship?
[H/T: Pamela Geller]
BREAKING! They Did It… These Four Guys Are HEROES!
Trump is cheering & so are we!
Real life heroes exist, and there was several of them on the day that a terrorist detonated a pipe bomb upon himself prematurely. He blew up his crotch and injured some innocent bystanders as the botched explosion could have been much worse. And it almost was much worse because the triggered terrorist could’ve detonated the explosive device further, but he was injured and apprehended extremely fast by several hard working American heroes.
Four police officers arrested the terrorist, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi ISIS supporter named Akayed Ullah, before he could detonate anything else or cause massive amounts of bloodshed and human life loss. The four heroic men are heralded as heroes for preventing further destruction and saving dozens of lives.
The police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who are labeled as heroes have quite a heroic background behind them. Three of them have previous military experience in vastly different areas, and one of them is a 20-year-veteran of the force.
American Military News reports:
“Four police officers with Port Authority of New York and Jersey – including one Army veteran and two Marine veterans – are being hailed as heroes for taking down the New York City bombing suspect before he was able to do any more damage after initially detonating a pipe bomb underground at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday.
The officers are identified as Marine veteran Sean Gallagher; Marine bomb technician veteran Anthony Manfredini; Drew Preston, a soldier who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has served three combat tours; and John “Jack” Collins, a lawyer who has served as a police officer for about 20 years.”
When it comes to hiring the best, brightest, and most reliable, then it’s evident that the force in New York did a great job when they hired these four amazing men who saved lives that nearly harrowing day in New York. To have a Marine veteran in Gallagher on the team provides leadership, experience, and grit that Marines can provide.
Having a bomb technician like Anthony Manfredini allows the police force to ensure critical and protective skills that would benefit every police force in America. His experience will enable him to prevent explosives from detonating. Drew Preston’s involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq allow him to be resilient, tough and know what it’s like to be in the hot spots of hostile areas, which is the experience that can provide leadership and beyond for those he works with. John “Jack” Collins’ experience of 20 years on the force provides on-hands information and a plethora of knowledge that can only be gained by spending time doing the job. These four men together are a fantastic group of police officers with an astounding background.
Here’s more about what happened:
“Manfredini was first at the scene when the pipe bomb detonated, after noticing people running from the passageway. Manfredini called out over the radio for others to join him as smoke filled the passageway.
Manfredini encountered the suspect, Akayed Ullah, on the floor with what he described as shrapnel wounds, said Bobby Egbert, spokesperson for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association.
The officers noticed wires coming out of Ullah’s jacket and into his pants, according to Egbert. The officers quickly took action when Ullah began reaching for a cell phone, realizing that it could be used as a detonator. During the struggle, the officers managed to separate Ullah from the cell phone.
When Ullah was in custody, the police officers helped people safely evacuate from the area.”
“Today, four courageous Port Authority police officers risked their lives confronting an armed terrorist to protect others from harm,” said Port Authority Police Benevolent Association President Paul Nunziato. “I am so thankful there was no loss of life and I could not be prouder of our Port Authority police officers, their actions and dedication to their sworn duty.”
An explosion at Manhattan’s extremely busy transportation hub, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, was reported around 7:20 a.m. EST, the height of rush hour.
NYPD sources have said it was a pipe bomb explosion in an underground passageway that connects the 7th and 8th Avenue tracks, and that the suspect might have been on his way toward Times Square.
When you read about police officers running to the scene of a terrorist bombing, while others run away, is something that should make every American proud of these hard-working men who are most likely underpaid. It takes a strong person to become a police officer in America. There’s so much scrutiny towards police, often from leftists, who continuously dismiss the officers, treat them horribly, and refuse to admit how hard it is to be a cop in such a hostile country filled with criminals. But the police continue pressing on, fighting every day, and committing heroic acts of bravery with such little acknowledgment.
It’s about time that everyone in America stands up for the police because they always stand up for us when we call them.
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