Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: "Al Qaeda Gave Him Something To Do." Father: "I Love Him More Than Anyone"

The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction–a van filled with six 55 gallon barrels filled with fertilizer and diesel fuel–to blow up thousands of Christmas revelers at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the lighting of “The Tree.” The bomb was a phony–constructed by FBI bomb experts who intercepted the then 19 year old as he conversed via internet with known members of Al Qaeda.

The defense bookended the day’s testimony with Mohamud’s parents and in between called a favorite teacher from Westview High School, a friend from school and former co-workers to testify about Mohamud’s good character.

In tearful testimony, the parents described a panicked response when learning their son threatened to leave the country, claiming he had a ticket, visa and his passport. Mohamud wanted to go to Yemen to attend an

Islamic university.They talked of fear of him being spirited away to Somalia where he would take up arms for Al Shabaab, the Somalian franchise of Al Qaeda, the radicals responsible for the Black Hawk Down attack in 1993.

Osman Barre and his estranged wife Mariam Barre both testified yesterday afternoon that they knew of other Somalians in Minneapolis, home to a large Somalian community, whose sons have been radicalized–brainwashed they called it–given airline tickets and sent off to war back home. Both testified a woman they knew found out her son had died from an online video showing his shot up body.

They told Mohamud he could go to Yemen when he graduated college in America because American universities ‘were the best in the world.’ They testified that Mohamud agreed with finishing school. His father said he wanted Mohamud to grow up and mature before making a decision to study there.

Osman Barre told of how he had to leave Somalia to escape the war, found his way to Kenya and eventually making to the U.S. as a refugee. Haltingly and breaking down in tears, he described that his wife and three year old Mohamed were “malnourished and suffering” when they arrived to meet him in America after a year and a half. As his father testified about the ordeal, Mohamud reached for the tissues and dabbed at his eyes and cheeks.

Barre testified Somalian born kids have difficulty living their traditional lives and their new American ones. He called it an identity crisis and said it was typical of kids in Somali American homes. Both parents said they had no idea of Mohamud’s terrorist proclivities or connections.

When asked by attorney Lisa Hay if, despite everything, he still loved his son, Barre responded, “I love him more than anybody I know of.”

Barre’s testimony was followed up by a nurse who interviewed Mohamud while he was on suicide watch the day after he was arrested.

Christina Barnes testified Mohamud told her that he was connected with some people that made him feel ‘cared about; gave him direction and purpose.’

“The Al Qaeda gave him some direction and something to do.”

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Mail Bag! Immigration, Abortion, Guns

From Sani:
Today, a customer in Key Bank Clackamas was held up by a Hispanic male holding a big knife to her throat and demanded money from the teller.
Victoria, we don’t need to wait until we got dead bodies in banks. We need to write to Obama and order him to make Executive Order to reclassify big knives as military style assault weapon and ban them!!

From Donald:

This case of a girl [Yashanee Vaughn] buried in a shallow Grave at Rocky Butte really disturbs me to no end, What are we going to find out next Terri Horman’s attorneys know where Kyron was pitched.
Shame on us and our system

From Jim:

Our Clark County Congresswoman has made a statement “no” on gun bans. This is great news. She calls guns “home protection devices”.
http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/20/herrera-beutler-no-on-light-rail-gun-bans/

From Bob:
This guy [St Rep Mitch Greenlick] is such a moron, and he ought to be kicked out of office for putting forth such an ill-conceived proposal that isn’t even legal.
First of all, the Attorney General of the US is the only one who can add or remove a substance from a Schedule (21 USC 811). Does this flake fancy himself to be the AG?
Additionally, the federal law that governs placement on a CSA Schedule requires certain findings. 21 USC 812(b)(3)(B) states, in part, that a required finding for a Schedule III substance include “The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Do Camel straights have a “currently accepted medical use” that I haven’t heard about?
How much is this colossal waste of time costing the taxpayers of this state? I’d like to see a “Stop Wasting Our Time” law be enacted.
http://www.kptv.com/story/20662618/bill-proposed-in-oregon-would-make-cigarettes-prescription-only-drugs

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Mohamud Trial Day 11: Mo Mo to Nurse: "Al Qaeda Gave Him Something To Do." Father: "I Love Him More Than Anyone"

The prosecution finished presenting its case yesterday against Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The 21 year old is accused of trying to use a weapon of mass destruction–a van filled with six 55 gallon barrels filled with fertilizer and diesel fuel–to blow up thousands of Christmas revelers at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the lighting of “The Tree.” The bomb was a phony–constructed by FBI bomb experts who intercepted the then 19 year old as he conversed via internet with known members of Al Qaeda.

The defense bookended the day’s testimony with Mohamud’s parents and in between called a favorite teacher from Westview High School, a friend from school and former co-workers to testify about Mohamud’s good character.

In tearful testimony, the parents described a panicked response when learning their son threatened to leave the country, claiming he had a ticket, visa and his passport. Mohamud wanted to go to Yemen to attend an

Islamic university.They talked of fear of him being spirited away to Somalia where he would take up arms for Al Shabaab, the Somalian franchise of Al Qaeda, the radicals responsible for the Black Hawk Down attack in 1993.

Osman Barre and his estranged wife Mariam Barre both testified yesterday afternoon that they knew of other Somalians in Minneapolis, home to a large Somalian community, whose sons have been radicalized–brainwashed they called it–given airline tickets and sent off to war back home. Both testified a woman they knew found out her son had died from an online video showing his shot up body.

They told Mohamud he could go to Yemen when he graduated college in America because American universities ‘were the best in the world.’ They testified that Mohamud agreed with finishing school. His father said he wanted Mohamud to grow up and mature before making a decision to study there.

Osman Barre told of how he had to leave Somalia to escape the war, found his way to Kenya and eventually making to the U.S. as a refugee. Haltingly and breaking down in tears, he described that his wife and three year old Mohamed were “malnourished and suffering” when they arrived to meet him in America after a year and a half. As his father testified about the ordeal, Mohamud reached for the tissues and dabbed at his eyes and cheeks.

Barre testified Somalian born kids have difficulty living their traditional lives and their new American ones. He called it an identity crisis and said it was typical of kids in Somali American homes. Both parents said they had no idea of Mohamud’s terrorist proclivities or connections.

When asked by attorney Lisa Hay if, despite everything, he still loved his son, Barre responded, “I love him more than anybody I know of.”

Barre’s testimony was followed up by a nurse who interviewed Mohamud while he was on suicide watch the day after he was arrested.

Christina Barnes testified Mohamud told her that he was connected with some people that made him feel ‘cared about; gave him direction and purpose.’

“The Al Qaeda gave him some direction and something to do.”

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Mail Bag! Immigration, Abortion, Guns

From Sani:
Today, a customer in Key Bank Clackamas was held up by a Hispanic male holding a big knife to her throat and demanded money from the teller.
Victoria, we don’t need to wait until we got dead bodies in banks. We need to write to Obama and order him to make Executive Order to reclassify big knives as military style assault weapon and ban them!!

From Donald:

This case of a girl [Yashanee Vaughn] buried in a shallow Grave at Rocky Butte really disturbs me to no end, What are we going to find out next Terri Horman’s attorneys know where Kyron was pitched.
Shame on us and our system

From Jim:

Our Clark County Congresswoman has made a statement “no” on gun bans. This is great news. She calls guns “home protection devices”.
http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/20/herrera-beutler-no-on-light-rail-gun-bans/

From Bob:
This guy [St Rep Mitch Greenlick] is such a moron, and he ought to be kicked out of office for putting forth such an ill-conceived proposal that isn’t even legal.
First of all, the Attorney General of the US is the only one who can add or remove a substance from a Schedule (21 USC 811). Does this flake fancy himself to be the AG?
Additionally, the federal law that governs placement on a CSA Schedule requires certain findings. 21 USC 812(b)(3)(B) states, in part, that a required finding for a Schedule III substance include “The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” Do Camel straights have a “currently accepted medical use” that I haven’t heard about?
How much is this colossal waste of time costing the taxpayers of this state? I’d like to see a “Stop Wasting Our Time” law be enacted.
http://www.kptv.com/story/20662618/bill-proposed-in-oregon-would-make-cigarettes-prescription-only-drugs

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money will solve everything

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/susan_nielsen/index.ssf/2013/01/susan_nielsen_for_rudy_crew_to.html#incart_river
Oh, the difference a few hundred million dollars would make.

If Oregon schools were expected to get a lot more money next year, Rudy Crew would receive standing ovations wherever he went. He would wax lyrical about equity and quality, and people would cheer his ideas.
But schools are likely to be poorer next year, not richer, based on early budget forecasts. This makes Crew’s job as chief education officer much harder: He tries to move the conversation beyond funding, but the conversation marches right back.
Crew took the hot seat in Portland last week during a forum at Reed College on the future of education in Oregon. Three state lawmakers, a parent advocate, a teachers union leader and Crew fielded questions from a crowd of mostly parents and educators.
Crew disarmed the room in his usual easy way, with quips about getting fired and inspirational words about schools that provide hope and opportunity. People clapped when he characterized Oregon classrooms as overcrowded, underfunded and overtested.
But when Crew spoke of closing the achievement gap mostly by repurposing existing resources, the crowd’s enthusiasm dimmed. And when he said Oregon schools should do a better job with the money they have, the room started to grouse like the British Parliament.
The general sentiment went something like this: You want us to do more with less? You want to starve my school of resources, then extol the virtues of personal relationships between children and their teachers, coaches and counselors? Are you kidding me? 
Crew pushed back, arguing that positive change is possible even when money is tight. The crowd pushed further, fueled by Oregon’s below-average per-student spending on K-12 education.
“We can do this all night,” Crew said at one point. “I’m not afraid to have this conversation.”
Things never got hostile, and if they had, Crew would have been fine. (He’s the former head of schools in New York and Miami, so he can take a lot more heat than Portland can muster.) But the evening provided a preview of the tensions to come in the legislative session — between a state with big goals and local schools with overwhelming money problems.
Gov. John Kitzhaber hired Crew last year to oversee Oregon education from preschool to college. Crew’s job is to help more children show up ready for kindergarten, help more teenagers succeed in college and at work, and improve the system for low-income, minority and immigrant students. He’s especially passionate about the third goal, calling Oregon’s yawning achievement gap an “unforgivable tragedy.”
Crew and the Oregon Education Investment Board — Kitzhaber’s advisory group — are searching for ways to make progress within the state’s budget reality of rising costs and limited new revenue. They’re looking at achievement compacts, teacher evaluations, professional development, you name it. Many of their ideas are good, and Crew is exceptionally talented at laying out a vision, even when he skimps on details.
But the prospect of more cuts and bigger class sizes next fall creates tremendous anxiety and drains much of the collective tolerance for change, risk and reform. Many teachers aren’t thrilled about rigorous evaluations, for example, when they face the further deterioration of their working conditions. Many parents don’t want to hear about high-level restructuring when they’re just trying to get their kid a diploma before the lights shut off altogether.
Fortunately, state lawmakers of both parties agree that Oregon classrooms are getting shortchanged. Many say they want to improve on Kitzhaber’s recommended budget for K-12 schools, which school officials say is not enough to cover a full school year or compensate for the massive increases in next year’s pension bills.
“There is a budget being put together as we speak,” state Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland, assured the audience Thursday night.
I’m hoping the Legislature can get creative and cobble together a no-cuts budget for schools early in the session. A huge reinvestment may be unrealistic this year, but holding steady — and avoiding months of local school-budget limbo — is both doable and essential. Otherwise, Crew will make little progress on his most ambitious goals for making schools more joyful and functional again.
And he’ll learn the first rule of education in Oregon: When money is always disappearing, always uncertain, it’s hard to get people to think about anything else.

Mohamud Trial Day 10: "I’m Having the Greatest Morning of My Life"

Woodburn Outlet Mall

On the morning of the planned bombing of thousands of Portlanders at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Mohamed Mohamud told one of his good friends that he was “having the greatest morning of my life.”
Raed Abdelli, one of Mohamud’s college buddies, recounted in court Friday seeing the accused bomber at the Woodburn Company Stores  Outlet Mall on Black Friday, while both were shopping with friends.

A few hours later Mohamud would be throwing a toggle switch to activate a bomb and punching in a code on a cellphone to detonate it.

Abdelli said he saw Mo Mo outside the JC Penney at the outlet mall in the wee hours of the morning of November 26th and shared some small talk before returning to their separate groups of friends. When he asked Mohamud how his morning was going he told him, “I’m having the greatest morning of my life.”

Did that mean he was having fun shopping with friends? His last hurrah before skating off to Yemen after the bombing? The jury is left to decide.

Another friend, Elyssa Redinger said Mo Mo was happy, singing along in the car to eat on their trip to Beaverton for Thanksgiving dinner. She testified he was happy at the outlet mall. He told them, “I love you guys.” Another friend testified Mo Mo actually shared his drink with them–something he hated to do. And they testified Mo Mo kept seeking reassurances that they would be returning to Corvallis without delay after they got up later Friday. Mohamud told them his “uncle” would be picking him up. The “uncle” was an FBI agent who would take him to Home Depot to buy a disguise and then take him back to their hotel to await the bombing.

But how close were these friends? U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight attempted to make that point by asking Luis Martinez, with whom Mo Mo planned to earn money fishing in Alaska, if he knew about Mohamud’s writing for Jihad Recollections, his plans to go to Yemen, his terrorist friends or ever met his fiance. He answered ‘no’ to all.

Mohamud has stayed quiet and attentive during the court proceedings but seeing his friends appeared to have a visceral effect. He started at one point during Martinez’s testimony and his attorney patted his left arm.

Terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann says hiding the plot from his friends was one of six factors that shows Mo Mo wasn’t just a benign talker about jihad–he was a doer.

Kohlmann continues on the stand today. More on this in tomorrow’s installment.

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Seattle Police Gun Buy Back Turned Into Gun Show

Buyer
Sellers

The Seattle Police Department’s first gun ‘buy back’ program in 20 years was turned into a gun show as gun owners And it was perfectly legal for gun enthusiasts and worked the crowd waiting to turn in their old guns for a $100 gift card from Seattle Police. 

here’s how Q13 Fox summed up Sunday’s event,

[O]utside the border of the actual event existed a circus-like atmosphere — complete with a gun crazed gorilla wanting to buy ‘banana clips’, a particular style of magazine known for holding dozens of rounds.There were also gun enthusiasts hoping to make a great find and score a one-of-a-kind firearm for a cheap price.“You’ve got guns that are antiques. A lot of these guns are going to disappear,” said Clint, who drove from Graham to offer cash as an alternative to those looking to hand over their guns for gift cards.Another man, who wanted to be identified as David, was paying cash for guns just down the street from the event. He doesn’t agree with the philosophy behind the buyback initiative.“The guns they’re getting off the street are not on the street,” said David. “They’re people’s antique .22s or hunting rifles. Things that aren’t going to be used in crimes anyway.”


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Oregon Lawmaker: Gun Owners are "Whackos" Thanks Buffalo Wild Wings for No Gun Policy

You’ve seen her holding forth with her acolytes here in which she calls gun owners people with “Rambo” complexes as she’s laughing about a man who accidentally shot himself. Now, she takes to Facebook to thank Buffalo Wild Wings for their no-gun policy, and in so doing, calls gun owners “whackos.” H/T Laughing at Liberals. 

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money will solve everything

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/susan_nielsen/index.ssf/2013/01/susan_nielsen_for_rudy_crew_to.html#incart_river
Oh, the difference a few hundred million dollars would make.

If Oregon schools were expected to get a lot more money next year, Rudy Crew would receive standing ovations wherever he went. He would wax lyrical about equity and quality, and people would cheer his ideas.
But schools are likely to be poorer next year, not richer, based on early budget forecasts. This makes Crew’s job as chief education officer much harder: He tries to move the conversation beyond funding, but the conversation marches right back.
Crew took the hot seat in Portland last week during a forum at Reed College on the future of education in Oregon. Three state lawmakers, a parent advocate, a teachers union leader and Crew fielded questions from a crowd of mostly parents and educators.
Crew disarmed the room in his usual easy way, with quips about getting fired and inspirational words about schools that provide hope and opportunity. People clapped when he characterized Oregon classrooms as overcrowded, underfunded and overtested.
But when Crew spoke of closing the achievement gap mostly by repurposing existing resources, the crowd’s enthusiasm dimmed. And when he said Oregon schools should do a better job with the money they have, the room started to grouse like the British Parliament.
The general sentiment went something like this: You want us to do more with less? You want to starve my school of resources, then extol the virtues of personal relationships between children and their teachers, coaches and counselors? Are you kidding me? 
Crew pushed back, arguing that positive change is possible even when money is tight. The crowd pushed further, fueled by Oregon’s below-average per-student spending on K-12 education.
“We can do this all night,” Crew said at one point. “I’m not afraid to have this conversation.”
Things never got hostile, and if they had, Crew would have been fine. (He’s the former head of schools in New York and Miami, so he can take a lot more heat than Portland can muster.) But the evening provided a preview of the tensions to come in the legislative session — between a state with big goals and local schools with overwhelming money problems.
Gov. John Kitzhaber hired Crew last year to oversee Oregon education from preschool to college. Crew’s job is to help more children show up ready for kindergarten, help more teenagers succeed in college and at work, and improve the system for low-income, minority and immigrant students. He’s especially passionate about the third goal, calling Oregon’s yawning achievement gap an “unforgivable tragedy.”
Crew and the Oregon Education Investment Board — Kitzhaber’s advisory group — are searching for ways to make progress within the state’s budget reality of rising costs and limited new revenue. They’re looking at achievement compacts, teacher evaluations, professional development, you name it. Many of their ideas are good, and Crew is exceptionally talented at laying out a vision, even when he skimps on details.
But the prospect of more cuts and bigger class sizes next fall creates tremendous anxiety and drains much of the collective tolerance for change, risk and reform. Many teachers aren’t thrilled about rigorous evaluations, for example, when they face the further deterioration of their working conditions. Many parents don’t want to hear about high-level restructuring when they’re just trying to get their kid a diploma before the lights shut off altogether.
Fortunately, state lawmakers of both parties agree that Oregon classrooms are getting shortchanged. Many say they want to improve on Kitzhaber’s recommended budget for K-12 schools, which school officials say is not enough to cover a full school year or compensate for the massive increases in next year’s pension bills.
“There is a budget being put together as we speak,” state Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland, assured the audience Thursday night.
I’m hoping the Legislature can get creative and cobble together a no-cuts budget for schools early in the session. A huge reinvestment may be unrealistic this year, but holding steady — and avoiding months of local school-budget limbo — is both doable and essential. Otherwise, Crew will make little progress on his most ambitious goals for making schools more joyful and functional again.
And he’ll learn the first rule of education in Oregon: When money is always disappearing, always uncertain, it’s hard to get people to think about anything else.

Mohamud Trial Day 10: "I’m Having the Greatest Morning of My Life"

Woodburn Outlet Mall

On the morning of the planned bombing of thousands of Portlanders at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Mohamed Mohamud told one of his good friends that he was “having the greatest morning of my life.”
Raed Abdelli, one of Mohamud’s college buddies, recounted in court Friday seeing the accused bomber at the Woodburn Company Stores  Outlet Mall on Black Friday, while both were shopping with friends.

A few hours later Mohamud would be throwing a toggle switch to activate a bomb and punching in a code on a cellphone to detonate it.

Abdelli said he saw Mo Mo outside the JC Penney at the outlet mall in the wee hours of the morning of November 26th and shared some small talk before returning to their separate groups of friends. When he asked Mohamud how his morning was going he told him, “I’m having the greatest morning of my life.”

Did that mean he was having fun shopping with friends? His last hurrah before skating off to Yemen after the bombing? The jury is left to decide.

Another friend, Elyssa Redinger said Mo Mo was happy, singing along in the car to eat on their trip to Beaverton for Thanksgiving dinner. She testified he was happy at the outlet mall. He told them, “I love you guys.” Another friend testified Mo Mo actually shared his drink with them–something he hated to do. And they testified Mo Mo kept seeking reassurances that they would be returning to Corvallis without delay after they got up later Friday. Mohamud told them his “uncle” would be picking him up. The “uncle” was an FBI agent who would take him to Home Depot to buy a disguise and then take him back to their hotel to await the bombing.

But how close were these friends? U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight attempted to make that point by asking Luis Martinez, with whom Mo Mo planned to earn money fishing in Alaska, if he knew about Mohamud’s writing for Jihad Recollections, his plans to go to Yemen, his terrorist friends or ever met his fiance. He answered ‘no’ to all.

Mohamud has stayed quiet and attentive during the court proceedings but seeing his friends appeared to have a visceral effect. He started at one point during Martinez’s testimony and his attorney patted his left arm.

Terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann says hiding the plot from his friends was one of six factors that shows Mo Mo wasn’t just a benign talker about jihad–he was a doer.

Kohlmann continues on the stand today. More on this in tomorrow’s installment.

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