Apr 162011
 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A brutal spring storm raged across North Carolina on Saturday, flattening businesses and homes, leaving officials with an unknown number of casualties from a system that was already blamed for killing 17 people in four states.

North Carolina officials said there were multiple fatalities and they were working to confirm the exact number. In South Carolina, a church with six people inside collapsed after it was hit by a tornado, but somehow no one was injured.

The situation was more grim to the north. Roofs were ripped off stores, trees were plucked out of the ground and “scores” of homes were damaged across the state, emergency management director Doug Hoell said.

Police in Raleigh evacuated residents at a mobile park, and emergency crews went door-to-door looking for people injured or trapped by the storm that flipped mobile homes from one side of the street to the other.

Guillermo Villela, 34, said he saw two young children at the park trapped under fallen trees.

“I see a lot of disaster. It’s bad,” Villela said.

The storms began in Oklahoma on Thursday, then marched through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

In the town of Sanford in central North Carolina, what could have been a deadly catastrophe was averted when a Lowe’s hardware store manager who saw the approaching storm and corralled over 100 people to the back of the store.

The front of Lowe’s was flattened by the storm, with cars in the parking lot tossed around and flipped on their roofs.

“It was really just a bad scene,” said Jeff Blocker, Lowe’s regional vice president for eastern North Carolina. “You’re just amazed that no one was injured.”

Blocker credits his store manager and the other 40 to 50 employees in the store at the time with getting the as many as 70 customers safely to the rear.

Cindy Hall, a Red Cross volunteer and outreach minister at First Baptist Church in Sanford, said dozens of homes in the area were damaged.

“It wiped out our St. Andrews neighborhood, which includes about 30 homes,” she said.

USA Today

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Apr 162011
 

Tornado aftermath next to Saunders Street in Raleigh, NC. April 16 2011 around 4:30 PM

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Apr 162011
 

The Larry Elder show…

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Apr 162011
 
weather-advisory1

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR… SOUTH CENTRAL FREDERICK COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND… NORTHWESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CENTRAL LOUDOUN COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 745 PM EDT

* AT 711 PM EDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR LEESBURG… MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… LEESBURG… LANSDOWNE… POOLESVILLE… BOYDS… GERMANTOWN… NORTH POTOMAC…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING AND AVOID WINDOWS. IF OUTDOORS OR IN A MOBILE HOME OR VEHICLE… MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

THE TORNADO MAY BE WRAPPED IN RAIN AND HARD TO SEE. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

Watch Comments for Updates & Developments…

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Mississippi Tornado

Alabama Tornado

Tuscaloosa storm damage

Georgia storm damage

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"Lowe's"

SEE VIDEO: Tornado Damage at Lowes in Sanford, NC

From NBC 17 Wake County:

Weather damage in central NC

Severe weather knocks down trees in downtown Raleigh near the Convention Center.

South Saunders Street Damage – NBC-17 anchor Penn Holderness recorded video of storm damage on South Saunders Street in Raleigh

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:: Jurors Hear Chilling Tape in ‘Honor Killing’ Case ::

February 4th – “She’s Scared of You!”


(February 22) Jury convicts Iraqi immigrant in ‘honor killing’

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Apr 162011
 

IPT

“My son was programmed and trained to kill by radical Islam.” Jihadists “stole my son. They raped his mind. They changed his thoughts, they changed his behavior…and they manipulated him. He is no longer Carlos; he is Abdulhakim. I ask God to give me my son back.”

– Melvin Bledsoe, describing the radicalization of his son Carlos (AKA Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad)

He is still trying to understand how it happened. How his son went from a happy young man with a bright future to an accused murderer who claims it was an act of jihad and that he would have killed more people if could have.

Melvin Bledsoe isn’t hiding from his son’s path to violence. He testified about it on Capitol Hill, drawing dismissive comments from members of Congress, including one who all but blamed him for his son’s actions. In an interview with the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Bledsoe details his son’s spiral into radical Islam and his family’s efforts to thwart it.

—> ALSO SEE: (Comprehensive Report): Witness List Set for King Hearing (Thursday)

– Click image for Keith Ellison’s Slurs…

The Bledsoe family wasn’t thrilled when their son Carlos gave up being a Baptist and converted to Islam in 2004. He changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad and engaged in a series of behavioral changes. He saw his family less. He set his dog free in the woods because he believed Islam regarded dogs as unclean. He tried to remove a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King from the wall of the family home on grounds that Islam prohibits “worshipping” anyone but Allah.

Then, Carlos/Abdulhakim dropped out of Tennessee State University in Nashville about a year after enrolling. He had planned to major in business and take over the family’s tour business when his parents retired.

His son’s decision to drop out or college “was against all the things that we stood for as a modern African-American family,” Bledsoe said. He had been unable to attend college because his parents couldn’t afford it and he wanted to make it possible for his son to achieve his dreams. But “that picture of his dreams turned into a nightmare for us,” he added.

He also was troubled by the fact that, despite dozens of trips to Nashville to see his son, he was never able to meet any of the imams or other local Muslim leaders who were having such a transformative effect on his son’s life. “These people would never show up or never be found when we visited Nashville,” he said.

Looking back, he suspects that his son’s religious mentors wanted “to separate him from his family and friends.” These people wanted him to regard his family as “non-believers” with the understanding “you must do everything possible to recruit your family to be converted to Islam,” he said. His son unsuccessfully tried to convert members of the Bledsoe family. Bledsoe said he reacted angrily because “I didn’t want anyone to take away my understanding of Jesus Christ.”

Things went from bad to worse when Muhammad traveled to Yemen in 2007 for the stated purpose of teaching English. Relatives tried to talk him out of it. But when that didn’t work, they made him promise that he would avoid any involvement in radical activity. He agreed.

Bledsoe believes his son may have planned to do that, but had no idea that in going to Yemen he was being “set up” by jihadist recruiters (he calls them “hunters”) intent on radicalizing him. The hunters confiscated the video camera his family gave him, and he kept losing his cell phone, Bledsoe said.

Details of his time in Yemen remain murky. He may have studied under a radical imam. In September 2008, Muhammad married one of his students in Aden. Two months later, he was arrested for overstaying his visa and carrying a fake Somali passport. Muhammad said he was carrying it because he planned to go to Somalia to fight a jihad against Jews and Americans. {PDF)

Bledsoe told the Investigative Project on Terrorism that he only learned his son was in jail because his Yemeni wife searched frantically through his belongings where she found the Bledsoe family’s telephone number in Memphis.

Over the next few months, Melvin Bledsoe embarked on an intensive lobbying campaign to win his son’s release. An FBI agent from Nashville traveled to Yemen to interview his son in jail. Eventually, State Department officials persuaded Yemen’s interior minister to free Abdulhakim Muhammad. In January 2009, he was released from jail and, against his wishes, deported from Yemen to the United States.

Highlights:

– The Road to Murder in Little Rock

– First Attempts Failed

JUST finish the read…

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I am pleased to be linked to Bob. His wit and intellect is unmatched! If you have not visited Bob’s website, you are missing out…~JP

:: NRA News: UN Doomsday Treaty With Ginny Simone ::

NRA News’ investigative reporter Ginny Simone takes a look at the global gun control goals of the United Nations. By pushing for a binding international treaty aimed at superseding the U.S. Constitution, the United Nations is committed to rendering Americans’ Second Amendment rights to own a firearm meaningless. Simone interviews past and current U.N. officials and politicians and examines the debates at the United Nations Small Arms Summit to expose the international anti-gun agenda.

Black and Right

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