- Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were killed in a gun battle with police in San Bernardino after a mass shooting at a conference center
- Police said 14 died and 21 were wounded after suspects opened fire at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday
- Among the casualties was Farook's colleague Nicholas Thalasinos, 52, a Messianic Jew who reportedly clashed with Farook over Islam two weeks ago
- Farook had attended the holiday party but left 'angry' and later returned with his wife to carry out the massacre
- San Bernardino Police Chief said shooters wore black tactical vests and had two handguns and two assault rifles - all legally purchased in US within the past four years, according to ATF
- US-born Farook is said to have traveled to Saudi Arabia last year and returned with a wife - and a baby followed
- Farook, a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, and his wife left their six-month-old baby daughter with his mother in Redlands, California, telling her they were going for a doctor's appointment
- Police and federal agents searched a Redlands home, seizing 5,000 bullets, 12 pipe bombs and tools to make IEDs
- Investigators said Farook was in touch by phone and via social media with international terrorism subjects
- Suspects left three explosive devices rigged to a remote-controlled toy car inside at the Inland Regional Center before fleeing in an SUV
- They reportedly threw pipe bombs out of the windows of their SUV before they were taken down by police
The radicalized San Bernardino gunman clashed with a Jewish co-worker over religion just two weeks before he and his Pakistani wife stormed an office holiday party where they massacred 14 people.
Syed Farook, 28, got into a heated argument with colleague Nicholas Thalasinos, a Messianic Jew who was identified today as one of the victims of Wednesday’s rampage.
It came as FBI agents discovered a huge arsenal of weapons and pipe bombs at a California home linked to Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik.
Agents discovered nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, a dozen pipe bombs and hundreds of tools for making improvised explosive devices at the property, law enforcement officials revealed today.
It also emerged that the US-born Farook appeared to have been radicalized and was in touch by phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject, which may have in part motivated the attacks, CNN reported, citing investigators.
And it is unclear if the earlier argument between Farook and Thalasinos played any role in the massacre – but authorities said Farook had left the party ‘angry’.
Here’s how the left desperately attempted to spin narrative after narrative – and will continue to spin in the coming days, ignoring the very real threat of radical Islam.
It Must Be Pro-Lifers! In the aftermath of the left’s gleeful attempts to tie clinically insane person Robert Dear to the entire pro-life movement, they initially thought they’d hit the narrative gold mine again: a Planned Parenthood was located near the shooting location! How near? Well, not that near. At least a mile away, it turns out. But that didn’t stop Sam Stein of Huffington Post from tweeting:
Planned Parenthood is about 1.3 miles from site of shooting. CNN, however, is reporting that the shooting didn’t take place there— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 2, 2015
Or Jennifer Bendery of MSNBC:
Planned Parenthood near San Bernardino shootings says they’re fine, no gun violence there, per MSNBC. — Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 2, 2015
There is a Chuck-E-Cheese 1.5 miles away from the shooting location. They weren’t targeted either.
It Must Be Right-Wingers of Unspecified Political Priority! If it couldn’t be pinned on the pro-life movement, it had to be some other right-wingers, at least according to moral cow pie Markos Moulitsas of Vox.com, who tweeted this:
Yo GOP, kinda hard to talk about “keeping people safe” when your peeps are shooting up America.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
Geraldo Rivera of Fox News had the day’s most facepalming moment on Twitter:
The key now is for us to be as outraged by San Bernadino massacre as we would be if Muslim extremists were doing the killing. This is terror— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) December 2, 2015
Oopsies. We Need More Gun Control! As the shootings unfolded, Democrats universally came out of the woodwork to chant to their pagan god, government: The Great God of Government had to stop such nefarious activities by activating the gun control agenda. Barack Obama said to CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, “We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.” Hillary Clinton tweeted:
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.
Prayer Is The Problem! One of the odder narratives yesterday came courtesy of the mainstream media, as well as certain Democratic politicians, including a sitting U.S.AIR Senator: those offering thoughts and prayers were the problem. This narrative likely began months ago after the Umpqua Community College shooting, when Obama said that thoughts and prayers weren’t enough; now that narrative has penetrated the leftist mainstream.
Your “thoughts” should be about steps to take to stop this carnage. Your “prayers” should be for forgiveness if you do nothing – again.— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 2, 2015
Official GOP position: “Praying.” “God bless.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” “Praying.” “Thoughts and prayers.” pic.twitter.com/OyW3fQvm4w— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) December 2, 2015
Other countries must have fewer mass shootings because their conservative politicians offer thoughts and prayers more vigorously. — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 2, 2015
At least 14 dead and 14 injured. But lucky for them, the GOP is offering up loads of thoughts and prayers! — Markos Moulitsas (@markos) December 2, 2015
Huffington Post ran the headline, “Another Shooting, Another Deluge of Tweeted Prayers,” with the lead, “Public officials are the people society trusts to solve society’s ills. Like, say, gun violence. But every time multiple people have been gunned down in a mass shooting, all these officials can seemingly do is rush to offer their useless thoughts and prayers.” The dying New York Daily News took the cake with this cover:
An early look at tomorrow’s front page… GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS: https://t.co/eKUg5f03ec pic.twitter.com/j4gEFg9YtJ— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 3, 2015
The same people who believe that when radical Muslims engage in mass shootings, that’s not an indictment of Islam, are now pointing to Christians who pray for shooting victims and labeling them the problem. According to these deep thinkers, if you shout “Allahu akhbar!” while shooting crowds of innocents, that’s not religious in any way; if you pray for the victims, you’re a religious nutjob.
It’s Workplace Violence! This narrative began with the terrorism-associated Council on American-Islamic Relations, which held a press conference late last night. The CAIR spokesman said, “We don’t know the motives. Is it work, rage related? Is it mental illness? Is it extreme ideology? At this point it’s really unknown to us.” Today, President Obama suggested that workplace violence could be a motivation, even though workplace violence isn’t a motivation, but a method. NBC’s Kerry Saunders suggested that the workplace “Christmas party” could have offended the Muslim shooter.
It is highly unlikely that simple hatred of coworkers led to an organized terrorist incident, complete with IED development and GoPro cameras. It is far more likely, as President Obama suggested, that the motivation was Islamic but the targets were workplace-based. Given that the federal government has labeled Fort Hood workplace violence, however, we could see a redux of that narrative here.
Stop The Islamophobia! Sooner or later, we knew we would arrive here. And so we have: when all else fails, blame Islamophobia. On Thursday, Democratic National Committee chair(D-FL) criticized Republicans for demonizing Muslims. That will continue all day.
There’s just one more step before we reach the end of the rake-stepping parade: climate change.
Keep an eye out.
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. – Luke 23:34
This was the first word spoken by our Lord on His cross. It was uttered just when the soldiers were in the act of
crucifying Him — driving the terrible nails through His hands and feet. It was a moment of excruciating,
inconceivable anguish. Yet He uttered no cry of pain, no word of execration upon those who were causing
Him such suffering, but calmly prayed for His brutal, pitiless murderers — “Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do.”
The moment the sacred blood began to flow the intercession for sinners began. The pleading was first for
the ignorant heathen soldiers who were acting as executioners; but it was not for these alone. It certainly
widened out, and took in all who had been concerned in the condemnation and crucifixion of Jesus. It was
for the Jewish rulers and people who had rejected their Messiah. May we not believe that many of those
who on the day of Pentecost and afterward were brought to repentance were forgiven and saved because
on His cross Jesus made intercession for them?
Then the prayer went out beyond the people who had a direct part in the crucifixion. From His cross Jesus
saw the lost world down to the end, and prayed for all men. We know, too, that that word of prayer was but
the beginning of an intercession that is going on yet inside heaven, where Jesus pleads the merits of His own
sacrifice for the salvation of sinners.
This word of Jesus teaches us a great lesson on Christian forgiveness. He prayed for His murderers. We should
pray for those who injure us. There are some fragrant trees which bathe in perfume the axe that gashes them.
So should it be with Christ’s people. Instead of resentment and injury for injury, we should show only sweet, tender
love to those who harm us.
The FBI really has a hard time saying, radicalized muslim terrorist.
GG I agree with what you wrote. Unfortunately, I'm not like God, and I can't think like him. The human side of me is a military special forces and tactical police officer (ret.) That is trained to kill. I can forgive and I can indeed pray for the evil people that bid us harm. I can't however stand as a sheep led to slaughter. I'm just not wired that way. I refuse to stand idle while some radicalized terrorist would try and take my life or the lives of innocent people. Does anyone agree or disagree with that. Honestly, I struggle with this often. What kind of person am I because I have killed in the line of duty? Multiple times. Because I haven't turned the other cheek. What does that make me???? I don't have the answers. I don't know if I ever will.
David - you were doing what you had to do brother - God most certainly understands....he also understands the need to defend ourselves - remember He said to sell your cloak and get a sword. He most definitely understands - please don't beat yourself up. God will never leave you nor forsake you - its a rock solid guarantee.
I would fight to the death in that situation. What other option is there? Im not really wired that way but the will to survive is strong in us. I worship a Lord who forgives ALL sins. So wether we can figure some things out or not, his blood covers it all.
And yes I think about these kind of dilemmas all the time.....
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