A Houston man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at a mosque on Christmas Day.
A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed that the man was arrested early Wednesday, sometime after midnight, and appeared in court 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The suspect, Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, appeared in court at 7 a.m., spokeswoman Nicole Strong said.
According to a charging instrument released by the Harris County District Clerk, Moore told investigators at the scene that he has attended the mosque for five years, coming five times per day to pray seven days per week.
Moore told investigators he had been at the mosque earlier on Dec. 25 to pray, and had left at about 2 p.m. to go home. Moore told investigators he was the last person to leave the mosque and saw no smoke or other signs of fire when he left. He had returned to the scene after hearing about the fire from a friend.
Though the suspect said he was a regular at the mosque, MJ Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, which operates the mosque, said he was unfamiliar with Moore. “We are just looking into it ourselves,” he said Wednesday morning after learning of the arrest.
“We are really very surprised and saddened by this whole thing,” said Khan.
Using surveillance video from multiple businesses nearby, investigators were able to identify Moore, according to records. A search warrant of his home was conducted, in which investigators recovered a backpack and clothing that seemingly matched that which was seen in surveillance footage, as well as one half of a two-pack of charcoal lighter fluid bottles that seemed to match another lighter fluid bottle found inside the mosque.
Bond for Moore has been set at $100,000.
It took about 80 firefighters to put out the two-alarm blaze at the storefront mosque in Savoy Plaza, near Wilcrest Drive and West Bellfort.
All I want for Christmas is Jeb Bush to not drop out of the race.
It’s been so much fun watching the spoiled little rich kid stumbling around the country, gut shot, spending record sums of money to drop further and further behind in every poll in every state, whining about this or that and all the “really cool things” he could be doing if he just didn’t have to run for president.
Juan Ellis Bush makes everybody feel good about themselves. If your last name is Hearst and you own Ch. 9 in Manchester – how much has he squandered so far on your TV station, $10 million, $12 million? And the primary is still almost seven weeks away!
For every million bucks the Bush super PAC spends, he drops another 1 percent in the polls. It’s like clockwork. Juan’s political action committee is called “Right to Rise.” It should be renamed, “Free to Fall.”
But TV stations aren’t the only businesses padding their bottom lines with Richie Rich’s billionaire bucks. If you own a restaurant in New Hampshire – the Bush people tell you they’ll need a buffet for 200 people, but you know you only have to lay out food for 20, or maybe only 5 if Donald Trump is anywhere within two counties.
If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, just watch one of Jeb’s 30-second spots. He’s got the support of “27 admirals and generals.” Wow! Now he’s walking the factory floor wearing his white coat, barking out orders and looking important – who hasn’t run into Daddy’s Little Boy pretending to be a big shot, yelling at the hired hands?
And now this Daddy’s Little Boy is getting his comeuppance.
One of last month’s campaign slogans was “Jeb Can Fix It.” Remember that one? It lasted about a week. Fix it? Fix what exactly? Apparently that was another old saying Juan Ellis Bush forgot: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Plus, should anyone named Bush ever use the word “fix?” Do you really want to remind everyone of the perception that the Bush family once “fixed” an election, in Florida?
Now he calls Donald Trump a “jerk.” Huh? Again, he’s breaking more basic rules of politics – first, never mention your opponent by name unless he attacks you. And second, never get into a you-know-what match with a skunk, because it doesn’t matter who started it, the only thing the viewers at home will remember is two you-know-whats yelling at each other.
Then there was the time he said you have to lose the primaries to win the general election. It made no sense. So now he says he “hated” being the front-runner.
“I feel so much better back here,” Bush said, from way back in fifth, or sixth, or seventh place, depending on which state you’re talking about.
Last weekend, Juan vowed to stay in the fight to New Hampshire and beyond.
“I want to show who I am,” he said on CBS.
Don’t worry, Juan, you already have. But remember, you have to lose the primaries first. And we’ll be there for you. We share your ambition. We want you to lose.
A North Charleston woman is in jail after police say she stabbed her husband with a ceramic squirrel.
According to the police report, Helen Ann Williams attacked her husband on Christmas Day after he failed to bring beer back to the house.
Police said they were dispatched to the home and found the victim with a large amount of blood on his face.
When police asked Williams what happened to her husband, she first said that he fell and cut himself, but then told officers more.
Williams said her common-law spouse went to a store to find beer, but they store was closed. When he returned home and began making a sandwich, Williams allegedly took a ceramic squirrel and stabbed him in his shoulder and chest.
If not for the easily accessible ceramic squirrels, which do not even require a background check, this domestic spat would have ended without bloodshed. How is that for Liberal logic?
Case in point is this mockery of a manger scene in Claremont, California
The story, from Claremont, California:
Nativity scenes have a few standard elements: a manger, swaddling clothes, happy parents, sheep, maybe the Three Wise Men. They don’t generally include Trayvon Martin.
But there he is, wearing a hoodie, a stream of blood pouring from his chest onto the straw-covered floor of the scene outside Claremont United Methodist Church, the holy family around him.
What does the birth of Jesus Christ have to do with a hoodlum getting himself shot while trying to bash out the brains of a community watch captain against the sidewalk?
For one thing, the backdrop to the Christmas story is the slaughter by King Herod of all infants in Bethlehem, a barbarous attempt to kill the Messiah.
Rather than tidings of comfort and joy, that time of year would have seen “other parents in agony because their children had just been killed,” a plaque explains.
The Martyrdom of Saint Skittles was traumatic for the artist.
“What if Jesus was lying there bleeding to death? I was kind of thinking of that,” Zachary said.
It is easy to just chalk this up to Liberal stupidity, but there is something deeper at work here. When the Trayvon Martin case caught national attention the Left falsely portrayed in the light they wanted to portray it in. Martin was an innocent Black kid just trying to get home. He was racially profiled, hunted down, and killed in cold blood by a crazy, gun-totin’ racist White man. Of course the left got all of those “facts” wrong but yet they continued to peddle their lies as facts. Still today, they stick to their assumptions even though they are demonstrably untrue. And, in 10, or 20 years, Leftists will still be telling their version of the Trayvon Martin case.
Why are they so backasswards? They KNOW they are lying, but they still continue. For the usual suspects like Al Sharpton, Je$$e Jackson, the NAACP, and the MSNBS gang the reason is simple. They perpetuate such fallacies to sell books, get ratings, get donations, or to help Left-Wing candidates win elections etc.. But what of the folks who are not on TV, or radio, or running for office? Why do they continue to not only believe false narratives, but to absolutely CRAVE such narratives to be true? Do they enjoy seeing themselves as perpetual victims? Do they prefer to believe that America is so deeply flawed that racism will never go away? Apparently so. It is tragic that so many Liberals, given the choice between facts, and emotionalistic talking points based in lies, will flock to the false, emotionalistic narratives.
Liberalism is, after all an ideology for pessimists who want to be victims more than they want to be honest.
Oh no! That rascally South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, who dares to be a Conservative even though she is both a woman and a minority got a VERY politically incorrect Christmas gift. What will Liberals on Twitter do? Embrace Haley, and actually be tolerant? Or launch violent, hateful tweets at the governor?
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received a brand new Beretta PX4 Storm pistol for Christmas. While she was extremely happy with the gift, liberals predictably responded with hateful messages, including wishes she would kill herself with it, Twitchyreported Friday.
“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm,” shetweeted.
“Please God, use it on yourself. Like before New Years,” one person said in response.
“I hope you don’t accidentally shoot someone in your family with it. Actually, I don’t really care either way,” another person said.
Yet another person falsely claimed Haley was somehow promoting murder by posting a picture of the pistol.
“I know where she should stick it,” one person exclaimed.
Some refused to understand why Haley would want or need a gun.
“No clue as to why our governor needs a handgun,” tweeted “Katie Thompson.”
Setting aside for a moment the fact that the Constitution allows for the private ownership of guns, Haley was the target of a parent volunteer who was arrested earlier in December for threatening to kill the Republican governor.
Donald Douglas looks at the case of the Mt. Soledad Cross and the Atheist whiners who hate it
At Michelle Malkin’s, “Cruciphobia at Mt. Soledad“:
Consider this: Taylor Swift wasn’t even born yet when the fight over the Mount Soledad cross began. How much longer will it drag on? Disgruntled atheists first filed suit over the memorial at a veterans park in San Diego in the summer of 1989. The fringe grievance-mongers have clung bitterly to their litigious activities for nearly a quarter-century. It’s time to let go and bring peace to the city.
The historic 43-foot cross (29 feet tall on a 14-foot base) has stood atop Mount Soledad on public land since 1954. The Mount Soledad Memorial Association erected the monument to commemorate the sacrifice of American soldiers who died in the Korean War, World War I and World War II. The cross has long carried meaning for the city’s residents far beyond religious symbolism. “It’s a symbol of coming of age and of remembrance,” Pastor Mark Slomka of the Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church said years ago when the case erupted. The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial board explained that the cross is “much like the Mission San Diego de Alcala and the cross at Presidio Park, both of which also are rooted in Christianity but have come to signify the birth of San Diego.” I first started covering the case as an editorial writer at the Los Angeles Daily News in the early 1990s. A federal judge initially ruled that the landmark cross’s presence violated the California constitution’s church-state separation principles. The city of San Diego put the issue before voters, who overwhelmingly approved a practical solution in 2005: Sell the cross and the park to the veterans group for use in a national war memorial.
A pragmatic, tolerant resolution with 76 percent of voters’ support? Heavens, no! The extreme secularists couldn’t have that. They sued and sued and sued and sued. By 2007, the state Supreme Court — affirmed by a state appellate court — had rejected the atheists’ campaign. The courts affirmed the constitutionality of the San Diego referendum (Proposition A) and the sale of the cross to the Mount Soledad Memorial Association. The American Civil Liberties Union intervened to suppress and “de-publish” the ruling as a way to prevent its use in future litigation. They lost.
Lawyers for the Thomas More Law Center, which represented filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the memorial association, were relieved: “This decision protects the will of the people and their desire to preserve a historical veterans memorial for future generations.” They’ve fought hard to remind America that the Founding Fathers fought for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. [Correction: The memorial association is represented by the Liberty Institute. More info here.]
But still the cross-hunters press on. Fast-forward to Christmas week 2013. U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns, who earlier had ruled in support of the cross, was forced to rule that it must come down in 90 days in the wake of a liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision overturning his prior decision. In anticipation of new appeals, Burns stayed the order. All eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case last summer…
Pathetic! The fact that these intolerant bastards were not sated when the land was sold to a private owner exposes their true agenda. That agenda is to erase every last vestige of Christianity from public view. This is not about “church and state”, it is about a hatred for everything that is part of traditional American culture. If there was ever a story that proves my belief that we can never appease the far-left this is it. The Leftists are absolutely committed to their crusade to eradicate everything that defines America.We must be equally committed to stopping their campaign of cultural genocide.
Lots of folks ask why radical atheists are so hateful and intolerant towards Christianity. Well, the narcissism of the left plays into it, as does their need to control but, to me the answer is this. America recognizes the right not to be religious. You hold a right here not to believe in God. Atheists ought to be fine with that. But, a hatred burns in them for any mention of God, Christmas, Santa Claus, anything even remotely Christian, why? Well imagine being an Atheist in a country where you are free to believe your way. Now imagine that you know, where that right comes from. No, not from our Constitution. That document protects that right, but recognizes that such a right already exists. And the source for that right? Well, according to our Founders, that right is a natural right, and where do natural rights come from? Yes, from our Creator. So, imagine being a radical atheist who knows that their right NOT to be religious comes from the one thing they most despise, God.
Jacksonville, FL – Via Yahoo – Five teenagers were arrested when a 600-person brawl broke out in a Florida movie theater’s parking lot on Christmas night.
Described by police as a “melee,” the fight occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday outside the Hollywood River City 14 movie theater in Jacksonville when a group tried to storm the theater’s doors without purchasing tickets, police said. Several had rushed an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.
The officer “administered pepper spray to disperse the group, locked the doors and called for backup, following protocol,” said Lauri-Ellen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Soon after the pepper spray was used, “upward of 600 people moving throughout a parking lot about the size of a football field began fighting, disrupting and jumping on cars,” she said.
Sixty-two police officers were called to the scene to break up the brawl, “sequestering them and separating them,” Smith said.
[…] Tevyn Alonza Davis, 19, was charged with resisting arrest and breach of the peace. Jaquade Marquis Miller, 18, was charged with fighting and resisting arrest. Khalil Ahmad Bradley, 17, the only minor charged with a felony, was arrested for resisting arrest, refusal to disperse and breach of the peace. (continue reading)
Cedar Hill, Texas that is. It is about 15 minutes from my home, I go there all the time. Bearing Arms has details
The estranged adult son of Mayor Rob Franke of Cedar Hills, Texas was just shot to death Christmas Eve while committing a home invasion:
A Cedar Hill homeowner fatally shot an intruder who broke into his home shortly before midnight Christmas Eve, authorities say.
Joshua Slaven, 31, was pronounced dead at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Dallas County medical examiner.
The city of Cedar Hill’s website identifies Slaven as the son of Mayor Rob Franke.
The homeowner, Gareth Long, was questioned by police but not arrested. The standard practice is to refer such cases to a grand jury, which is likely to decline to indict Long under the state’s castle doctrine.
“It’s very unfortunate that Mr. Long was forced into a position of having to defend himself, his wife and his home from a nighttime intruder,” said Chris Knox, Long’s attorney. “Nobody ever asks to be placed in such a life-threatening position, but Mr. Long’s actions were absolutely justified and completely protected under Texas law.”
The story is tragic for Mr. Long who apparently gave Slaven multiple warnings before finally firing to defend his family.
Another case of self-defense. How would it have ended if the gun control nuts had their way?
This Christmas light show – synchronized to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an all-time favorite. Watch actions of the row of evergreens along the driveway. Enjoy!
What to do on Christmas Eve? Well, like millions of others I had to do some final shopping, so I did hit Wal Mart, which was not as crowded as I thought it might be, except for the toy department, which, or course, is where I needed to shop. Anyway, before the shopping, I decided to take an opportunity to visit the gun range, and I am glad I did. I decided to shoot the usual 100 rounds with my Sig p250, and shot further than the last time, when I went between 7-11 yards. I spread my shots from 9-15 yards, with over half from 12 yards or beyond, except for my last magazine, which I just fired as rapidly as I could from about 6 yards. Anyway, like last week, I went for as much speed as possible, gun up, on target, fire. I am really used to the double action trigger now, I have the reset point down, and it showed in my shooting.
Out of 100 rounds, I had 96 in the 8-10, not quite as good as my 98 out of 100 last time, but I put 87 of those in the 9-10 rings, better than last trip’s 75, and I had about 40 of those in the 10 circle, it is hard to tell exactly since a good portion of the 10 ring was gone. So, overall my best day of shooting. I was darned proud of myself. Then I came home and watched this guy, Max Michel who captains the Sig Sauer shooting team
At age 31, Max Michel is a legend within the world of competitive shooting. A three-time World Speed Shooting Champion, six-time USPSA National Champion, and three-time US National Steel Champion, Max is a dominant force in pistol shooting sports. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA Max began shooting when he was just 5 years old. In 1999 Max joined the famed USAMU’s Action Pistol Team and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as an Army shooter and trainer. Max is also the current captain of the Team SIG SAUER shooting team. Today, Max is recognized worldwide as a top tier athlete and instructor.
18 shots, and two reloads in under 5 seconds? DAMN!
Here is the best advice for a new shooter
Thousands of Christmas carollers have gathered to sing outside the home of a terminally ill American girl.
The singers fulfilled one of 8-year-old Delaney Brown’s wishes: a huge holiday sing-along outside her home in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Delaney was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia in May. Supporters have been trying to fulfil a number of her wishes.
She also video chatted with singer Taylor Swift on her 8th birthday a few days ago.
The mayor of West Reading came out to support the young girl and her family.
“With her birthday yesterday and Christmas coming next week, I just can’t even fathom what [the family is] going through,” he said.
Many people held back tears.
“All she wants is carols? We can do that,” caroller Meghan McGee said.
Another caroller, Melanie Searfoss, just wanted to show her support.
“To put her mark on the world as she did in these eight years, especially the last year of her life. I think it’s something that should make her family very proud,” she said.
A social media page was set up to support Delaney and her family. It has attracted more than 45,000 followers.
Her family confirmed earlier this week that doctors have given Delaney only days to live.
Delaney’s parents issued a statement thanking the public for their support and asking for privacy in the difficult days ahead.
…..Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus
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…..STFU Barack Obama
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…..The What’s-It-To-Ya Chorus
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Barb will upset the Left by telling them about a good guy with a gun
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Old Virginia has some useful history
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How pathetic and hysterical are these climate change nuts? This much!
If his grandkids are 17 or under, they haven’t actually experienced global warming, anthropogenic or otherwise. Continuing the 25 Days Of Climate Christmas
Once upon a time, a jolly old man named St. Nick, or Santa Claus, lived at the North Pole. Every year, at Christmas, he bundled up toys made by his magic elves and flew around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, including his most famous one, Rudolph. Santa brought these presents to all the good little boys and girls in return for nothing more than cookies, milk, and unquestioned love. But he also kept a list of bad little boys and girls, who got a lump of coal in their stockings as a reminder to be better next year.
I’m sorry to have to tell you there will be no presents from Santa this year.
It’s not that you’ve been bad. Rather the world’s governments (sometimes run by bad boys and girls now grown up) have failed to address the long-worsening problem of climate change. Santa is the latest climate victim. As the last of the summer ice at the North Pole finally disappeared, Santa’s workshop sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. When the insurance companies cancelled most flood insurance policies, and Canada claimed the North Pole, Santa lost everything and became the latest climate refugee.