Monday, May 2, 2011
Flavor Flav found himself behind bars in Vegas this weekend … after the rapper was pulled over for a routine traffic violation … and the cop noticed there were FOUR warrants out for his arrest.
Las Vegas cops tell TMZ Flav aka William Jonathan Drayton, Jr. — was pulled over at 10:57 PM Friday night.
When the cop ran Flav’s name in the system, he learned the rapper was a wanted man stemming from several prior brushes with the law. According to law enforcement, Flav never settled up with the court in 4 separate automobile-related matters including driving without proof of insurance, a parking violation and two cases of driving without a license.
We’re told Flav was taken to a nearby jail where he was booked, posed for a brand new mug shot and was eventually released.
Damn Flav looking like he is 60+
Christopher Hitchens has a nice piece about the death of Osama bin Laden over at Slate:
If you tell me that you are staying in a rather nice walled compound in Abbottabad, I can tell you in return that you are the honored guest of a military establishment that annually consumes several billion dollars of American aid. It's the sheer blatancy of it that catches the breath.
There's perhaps some slight satisfaction to be gained from this smoking-gun proof of official Pakistani complicity with al-Qaida, but in general it only underlines the sense of anticlimax. After all, who did not know that the United States was lavishly feeding the same hands that fed Bin Laden? There's some minor triumph, also, in the confirmation that our old enemy was not a heroic guerrilla fighter but the pampered client of a corrupt and vicious oligarchy that runs a failed and rogue state.
Also check out Eight Mysteries About the Killing of Osama bin Laden or you can actually find the full article also at Slate.
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UPDATE: Trenton Chief of Staff Paul Sigmund arrested, charged with heroin possession; Council prez calls for his immediate resignation
By JOE D'AQUILA
Sigmund, according to sources, was spotted by Trenton Police Sgt. John Breece as he was walking in the area of Stockton and Hanover streets sometime around 9 a.m. Not realizing who he was at first, the officer just noted a white male walking and seeming disoriented, sources said. Breece then went to investigate.
The suspect, later identified as Sigmund, attempted to dodge the officer by running through nearby alleyways, a source said, then he put up a struggle once Breece caught up to him.
Sigmund, sources said, was also charged with resisting arrest, and may face an assault charge as well since Breece was injured during the apprehension. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.
One police source said Sigmund was caught with roughly seven decks of heroin.
Trenton Police spokesman Sgt. Tom McDonough said he's waiting for official confirmation of the details before releasing any information about Sigmund's arrest. City spokesperson Lauren Ira, said she's waiting to discuss the situation with acting Police Director Joe Juniak, but that a statement should be made shortly.
Sigmund, who was a recent hire by Tony Mack, has proved controversial even prior to this arrest since coming here from California.
Last month, Sigmund was caught speeding, doing 85 m.ph. in a 50 m.ph. zone, on Route 1 in Trenton. It was later determined that Sigmund, driving a city-owned vehicle, had no New Jersey license and his California license had been suspended due to unpaid tickets.
Council President George Muschal didn't need to wait to make a comment.
"If this is true, after it's confirmed 100 percent, and I have no doubt that it's going to be confirmed, then Mr. Paul Sigmund should resign immediately," Muschal said. "Everyone who goes into these postions should be drug tested to the fullest. Continued...
OSAMA bin Laden is dead. He was killed in a fire fight in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Someone in an elite US force killed the world’s most wanted man. Who fired the bullet that killed bin Laden? We will know one day.
As for the head of Al Qaeda, well, he wasn’t that hard to find. Abbottabad is a town of 80,000 people, 120 km from Islamabad:
Abbottabad became and is still an important military cantonment and sanatorium, being the headquarters of a brigade in the Second Division of the Northern Army Corps. The garrison consisted of four battalions of native infantry (Gurkhas) and four native mountain batteriesWere the Pakistanis protecting him? What else do we know about the palce?
This photo taken on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 shows the home of Abdul Hameed in Abbottabad, Pakistan from where Indonesian al-Qaida-linked militant, Umar Patek, was arrested in Jan. 2011. Patek was on the run from a $1 million U.S. bounty on his head, for allegedly helping mastermind the 2002 suicide bombings of nightclubs in Bali that killed 202 people.What else?
Abbottabad is in northwest Pakistan, one of the first towns on the famed Karakoram Highway that leads to the Himalayas and China and less then a day’s drive from the Afghan border. During the era of British rule, it was a major garrison town and it remains so today, with Pakistani troops now occupying the barracks built and lived in by the region’s former rulers.So. Bin Laden was pretty easy to spot?
Officials did not say how or why Patek ended up there, but his arrest followed the detention of an alleged al-Qaida facilitator in the town called Tahir Shehzad, who worked as a clerk at the town’s post office, a squat building just across the road from the British-era St. Luke’s Church.
Pakistan probable cricketers are being trained for preparation of Twenty20 series and the Champions Trophy and fitness of the players is specially being focused.What odds Bin Laden has spent the last few years watching cricket?
The training camp is being held at a beautiful place of Abbottbad where the probable players went through the extensive practice of batting, bowling and fielding. They were told the finer points of technique in every department of the game.
At last everyone in the US can rejoice that the mass murderer who wanted to kill Americans is dead. What say the rappers?
“Osama dead!?!” Lupe Fiasco tweeted. “Afghan operation done now!?? Now kill wack schools and US imperialism.”Here’s the official line from the US Department of Defense:
“USA is at it again, number one in the rankings of killing championships. Stealing the gold in the murder olympics and the crowd goes wild!” Public Enemy rapper Chuck D. tweeted.
President Barack Obama announced Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 11:34pm EST that the infamous terrorist Osama Bin Laden is dead. He was killed in a compound outside of Islamabad, Pakistan. He was killed by U.S. military forces on May 1st, 2011 in a firefight, and those forces took possession of the body. No civilians were harmed in this attack.Leslie Cannold doesn’t get it:
I am an American & American values I learned growing up were that state sponsored extra-judicial killings were wrong.Jihadis stick to the script:
If we found Arab street repellent when they celebrated 9/11, and I definitely did, how do we justify our celebrations now?
A $25 million bounty on Osama’s head sounds like an inducement to extra-judicial killing to me.
Celebrating death is in poor taste, period.
Members of Jihadist internet forums said retaliation would follow if reports of bin Laden’s dmeise were confirmed. “Oh God, please make this news not true,” wrote one member. “God curse you Obama. . . Oh Americans … it is still legal for us to cut your necks.”While jihadis carry on being jihadis, the US has “disposed” of the body. Not buried it. Disposed of it – like you do with rubbish.
Another wrote: “Osama may be killed but his message of Jihad will never die. Brothers and sisters, wait and see, his death will be a blessing in disguise.”
And he is dead. Isn’t he?
What next? Well, there is always the fear:
Al-Qaeda terrorists have threatened to unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” on the West if their leader and world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden is nabbed. A senior al-Qaeda commander has claimed that the terror group has stashed away a nuclear bomb in Europe which will be detonated if bin Laden is ever caught or assassinated, according to new top secret files made public by internet whistleblower WikiLeaks.What next? And should we believe anything we are told? Have we made Mincemeat of Bin Laden..?
by News Source on May 2, 2011Brian Whitaker reports:
The dilemma of what to do with Osama bin Laden’s body appears to have been quickly resolved if reports that he has been buried at sea prove correct.
Burying him on land could have led to his grave becoming a centre of contention as well as raising questions about where he should be buried.
“Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist would have been difficult,” a US official said, adding: “So the US decided to bury him at sea.”
Fears about Bin Laden’s burial place turning into a shrine for Islamists were probably unfounded, since the Wahhabi/Salafi tradition rejects such things. Even Saudi kings are buried in unmarked graves.
Senior US officials initially told news agencies that his body would be disposed of in accordance with Islamic tradition, which involves ritual washing, shrouding and burial within 24 hours.
Although the swift burial complies with Islamic custom and should therefore avoid causing any offence in Muslim countries, the apparent haste could lead to claims that the person killed was not really Bin Laden – though the US authorities have taken DNA samples and appear to have no doubts.
The 24-hour rule has not always been applied by the US in the past. For example, the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein – sons of the Iraqi dictator – were held for 11 days before being released for burial.
Burial at sea is rare in Islam, though several Muslim websites say it is permitted in certain circumstances.
One is on a long voyage where the body may decay before the ship reaches land. The other is if there is a risk of enemies digging up a land grave and exhuming or mutilating the body – a rule that could plausibly be applied in Bin Laden’s case.
For sea burial, according to alislam.org, the body should be lowered into the water “in a vessel of clay or with a weight tied to its feet”. The website adds: “As far as possible it should not be lowered at a point where it is eaten up immediately by the sea predators.”
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi survived a NATO air strike on a Tripoli house that killed his youngest son and three young grandchildren, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Meanwhile, a British official said his government couldn’t confirm reports that the Libyan leader’s son, Saif al-Arab Gadhafi, 29, was killed in the strike.
“We’ve no verification of that at the moment. These are still unconfirmed reports. I’m afraid we don’t know one way or the other,” junior Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt told Sky News when asked about a Libyan government statement that the air strike had killed Gadhafi’s relatives. Burt said command and control centers were “often placed in civilian areas by forces overseas.”Source
Image of bloodied man picked up by British newspapers has been circulating online for two yearsAmelia Hill
guardian.co.uk, Monday 2 May 2011
So, his death was Photoshopped, and his corpse "buried at sea."....OK.
Now, I have a bridge I would like to sell you; can we talk?
guardian.co.uk, Monday 2 May 2011
So, his death was Photoshopped, and his corpse "buried at sea."....OK.
Now, I have a bridge I would like to sell you; can we talk?
"An image apparently showing a dead Osama bin Laden broadcast on Pakistani television and picked up by British newspaper websites is a fake.
The bloodied image of a man with matted hair and a blank, half-opened eye has been circulating on the internet for the past two years. It was used on the front pages of the Mail, Times, Telegraph, Sun and Mirror websites, though swiftly removed after the fake was exposed on Twitter.
It appears the fake picture was initially published by the Middle East online newspaper themedialine.org on 29 April 2009, with a warning from the editor that it was "unable to ascertain whether the photo is genuine or not".....
The Guardian was one of the few sites to hold back from using the manipulated image on its front page, reporting the picture's existence in its live blog but questioning its legitimacy....."
It’s important to note here that Obama insists that OBL is not a Muslim leader.
GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior.”
“We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.
Though he noted doctrinal differences between bin Laden’s al Qaeda and Hamas, Haniyeh said: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”
(Writing by Dan Williams, Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi)
Osama bin Laden, center, with his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, left, and Mohammed Atef in an undated photo.
Osama Bin Laden Killed: Remaining Al-Qaeda Leaders -- The Telegraph
Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed, al-Qaeda will need a new head. Here are some of the contenders:
AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI Ayman al-Zawahiri, a 59-year-old Egyptian, was named by the US in April 2009 as al-Qaeda's chief commander, its operational and strategic leader, with Osama Bin Laden stepping back to be the organisation's ideological figurehead.
Al-Zawahiri is reportedly a qualified surgeon and the grandson of the imam of one of Egypt's most important mosques. But he has devoted his life to Islamic theology, history, and jihad. Osama Bin Laden's chosen biographer has referred to him as the "real brains" of al-Qaeda.
He is thought to be hiding along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Read more ....
My Comment: The focus will now shift to Ayman al-Zawahiri. The bounty on his head is the same as Osama Bin laden's, and after Osama Bin laden he is the most identified with the movement. With the consensus being that he is hiding in Pakistan, I can only expect that the search to find and kill him will only intensify.
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U.S. forces killed the al-Qaeda leader on Sunday at his compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding since last summer. The 54-year-old led a self declared war against the United States as head of one of the most ruthless terrorist networks in history.
The world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty for his capture, dead or alive, was able to elude a massive manhunt for nearly ten years. He reached the end of the line on May Day 2011, when a small group of highly trained Navy Seals stormed his mansion hideout and shot him in the head.
The compound was “custom built for someone of significance” in 2005. Physical security included 12 to 18 foot walls and restricted access by two security gates. U.S. intelligence analysts concluded in mid-March that it could be where bin Laden was living with family members.
Obama, working with only a small group of our own government people, gave the go-ahead on Friday to begin the helicopter operation. No Americans were injured during the 40 minute raid. Their mission order was to kill, not capture. Bin Laden reportedly exchanged gun fire with the Navy Seals and died of a gunshot to the head in the early minutes of the U.S. operation.
The President was able to watch the events as they unfolded in ‘real time’ via live video feed from his vantage point in the White House Situation Room. It is expected that that historic footage will be released.
Bin Laden shaped and financed the plot to hijack U.S. airliners and fly them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 – photo gallery. That act of terror prompted President George W. Bush to galvanize U.S. forces against him in the “first war of the 21st century.”
President Obama told the nation: “Justice has been done. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al-Qaeda.”
View a photo of the team that conferred with the President prior to the operation. We’ve also included video from the compound where bin Laden was killed, followed by the full Obama statement below: