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Glenn Beck Gets Sued For Defaming Boston Marathon Victim

 Glenn Beck Sued

Conspiracy theorist and patriotic crier Glenn Beck may finally be getting what’s coming to him.

Following the bombing at the Boston Marathon last year, Glenn Beck went on a personal crusade to prove that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a student who was injured in the bombing, was actually an al Qaeda agent who financed the whole attack and recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry it out. And now he’s getting sued.

According to Glenn Beck, the 20-year-old Saudi Arabian student was clearly behind the bombing. First, he’s Saudi Arabian. And if that wasn’t enough proof, he was also questioned by police after the attack. It didn’t matter to Glenn Beck that the police cleared him of any wrongdoing or that the FBI had already identified the Tsarnaev brothers as the primary suspects, all that mattered was that a Saudi national was present during a terrorist attack – and that is very suspicious.

The crazed radio host then urged the U.S. government to release information on Alharbi, accusing the Obama administration of engaging in a massive cover-up regarding al Qaeda’s role in the bombings. Beck gave the government three days to come clean about the cover-up. Three days of silence later, he decided to take things into his own hands and expose Alharbi for the terrorist he is.

“Let me send this message very clear,” Beck said. ”We know who this Saudi national is. … We know who this man is and, listen to me carefully, we know he is a very bad, bad, bad man.”

And Beck kept going: “While the media continues to look at what the causes were [behind] these two guys, there are, at this hour, three people involved,” he said, alleging the U.S. government had “tagged” Alharbi as a “proven terrorist”. (note: the US government did not tag Alharbi as a proven terrorist…)

“You know who the Saudi is?” Beck asked his viewers. “He’s the money man. He’s the guy who paid for it.”

Well now the so called money man is suing Glenn Beck for defamation. The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Boston, alleges that:

“Beck repeatedly and falsely identified Mr. Alharbi as an active participant, repeatedly questioned the motives of federal officials in failing to pursue or detain Alharbi and repeatedly and falsely accused Mr. Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks,”

“Alharbi has received numerous messages, internet postings and other communications based on Beck’s false statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer and terrorist.”

Sounds about right. The notoriously loud Beck has remained pretty quiet since the lawsuit was filed. Hopefully it will encourage him to tone down his rhetoric… but it probably definitely won’t.

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Rolling Stone Cover Blurs the Line Between Rock Star and Terrorist… And Other News

Rolling Stone Cover

Rolling Stone Cover: Rock and Roll star or bomb-happy terrorist?

Rolling Stone has released a photo of their August edition with Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Why you ask? Ratings? Bad judgement? Who knows! The cover story reports “how a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.” The people of the internet were not pleased. Thousands posted on social media networks calling the cover, which makes Tsarnaev look like a rock star, “tasteless” and “disgusting”. Boston Mayor Tom Menino was equally appalled, saying it “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.” The Rolling Stone cover, Menino added, “is ill-conceived, at best, and reaffirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their ‘causes.’” BBC News

Liz CheneyIf there’s one thing America needs, it’s another Cheney in office. And America is in luck! Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz (the non-lesbian one) announced on Tuesday she will run for Senate in Wyoming. The conservative activist and Fox News contributor (she sounds great!) will take on Wyoming’s current three-term Republican Senator Mike Enzi, who also announced his candidacy on Tuesday, in the Republican primary next summer. Cheney, who began prepping for her candidacy last year, already has the back-stabbing part of politics down pat. “I thought we were friends,” Enzi said when he heard the news. “She said that if I ran, she wasn’t going to run.” Rand Paul, who has a long history of Cheney hatred, was also displeased at the news, mocking Liz Cheney’s decision to run in Wyoming, a state she has no real claim to. It’s a shame they don’t get along – they have so much in common: nepotism, terrible policies, and…. well mainly just nepotism. Washington Post

Emma RobertsActress Emma Roberts, a niece of Julia Roberts, was arrested for domestic violence in Montreal earlier this month, TMZ reported. Emma Roberts? Domestic violence? What’s next – Taylor Swift for grand theft auto? Anyways, according to the police, Roberts and her boyfriend got in a pretty heated argument which left him his a bloody nose and bite marks on his body. The commotion prompted a neighbor to call the police and they proceeded to arrest Roberts based on her boyfriends injuries. Note to self: Never anger Emma Roberts. She will bite you. TMZ

Syrians flee from the Rasulayn region across the border into the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar.The Syrian refugee crisis is the worst. Worse than the Rwandan genocide of 1994? Well, no, not that bad. But definitely the worst since then! At least according to the United Nations. Speaking to the UN Security Council, UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres, said that the conflict in Syria has caused the world’s worst refugee crisis in 20 years and that refugee numbers had not risen “at such a frightening rate” since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The high rate of killings in Syria – at nearly 5,000 a month – is causing people to flee like they’ve never fled before. Al Jazeera

Promotional photo of tubes of Wet kosher lubricantAccording to the Guardian, kosher lube is the new “it” thing for Orthodox Jews and the product is putting oral sex back on the menu for them.  Horny Rabbis have certified a range of lubricants as kosher, giving them the religious stamp of approval – in eight sexy flavours. The kosher certification is only relevant to Jews who swallow a product – so moisturizer or lip balm don’t matter because Jews don’t injest the products. But now Jews are free to lube up during oral sex. Wait… why do Jews need lube for oral sex?? They must be doing it wrong. Or am I doing it wrong….? The Guardian

Programming Note: Reagan is taking off early for the weekend and will be back July 22nd for some fuuuuun times! See you then cats!

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty… And Other News

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Today was the first pubic appearance for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev since the April 19 shootout with police that killed his older brother Tamerlan and ended with him hiding out in a boat.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the Boston bombing brothers appeared in federal court Wednesday and pleaded “not guilty” to 30 charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction – which could carry the death penalty. Really? Not guilty? Perhaps his alibi was that he was out boating all day… The trial is expected to take three or four months. Perhaps longer, depending on how the boating defence pans out. BBC News

George W. Bush Speaks At Naturalization Ceremony At Bush Presidential CenterFormer President George W. Bush took a quick break from painting naked selfies to speak out on immigration reform. During a speech to newly-naturalized citizens, Bush criticized U.S. immigration policy and urged lawmakers to find a “positive resolution”. “I hope during the debate we keep a benevolent spirit in mind and we understand the contributions immigrants make to our country,” said Bush during the naturalization ceremony in Dallas. Thankfully, he didn’t pull a Jeb Bush and make an awkward comment about their fertility. ABC News

China RainRain rain go away. First Toronto, now China! Rainstorms have flooded China’s Sichuan province, killing dozens in the process. The rain is thought to be the worst in five decades and is causing massive flooding, setting off landslides, and washing away bridges. So far the heavy rains have killed more than 50 people across China and disrupted two million lives. Ok, this may be slightly worse than the situation in Toronto… New York Times 

Pilot ErrorAll signs point to… PILOT ERROR! The pilots aboard the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco were totally cruise controlling when the plane crashed. The pilots turned on the old auto-throttle system, spaced out, and failed to realize the plane was flying too slowly until it was just 200 feet above the ground. And by that time it was a little too late.  Another sketchy detail: the South Korean airline’s flight crew members were not tested for drugs or alcohol after the crash. The flight killed two Chinese teenagers and injured more than 180 other people, including two flight attendants who were ejected from the plane and found injured on the runway. Chicago Tribune

Heinz Doing BetterAn emotional Secretary of State John Kerry announced his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is doing better after being hospitalized for seizure like symptoms on Sunday. “Teresa is doing better, under evaluation and we hope improving,” Kerry said during the opening Wednesday of a U.S.-China economic summit in Washington. It must have been Glenn Beck’s loving words of support that helped her heal so quickly. USA Today

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Current Event Cat of the Day: A Hands-On Killer

Current Event Cat - Hands-on Killer

Notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial kicked off on Wednesday with a prosecutor describing him as a “hands-on killer”.

The “hands-on killer” spent nearly two decades on the run from US authorities after leading Boston’s Winter Hill Gang in the 1980s. Bulger, now 83, is charged with murder in the killings of 19 people as well as running crime schemes and corrupting officials. Bulger, who was arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, is pleading not guilty.

But the prosecutors aren’t buying it. They say Bulger terrorized South Boston in the 80s and have a 700-page file to prove it.

“It’s a case about organized crime, public corruption and all sorts of illegal activities ranging from extortion to drug dealing to money laundering, to possession of machine guns to murder,” Assistant US Attorney Brian Kelly told the court.

“While he started out as just one member of the enterprise, eventually he took control. He became the leader.

“And he was no ordinary leader because he did the dirty work himself. He was a hands-on killer.”

Bulger is also accused of being an informant, providing authorities with tips about a rival gang, the New England Mob and paying off law enforcement officials to protect him and to alert him to impending wiretaps, surveillance efforts and indictments. But Bulger used the old Irish defense. His attorney, J.W Carney, told the court this:

“Number one, James Bulger is of Irish descent,” J.W. Carney said. “And the worst thing an Irish person could consider doing is becoming an informant.”

Case closed. Except the trial is expected to last up to three months – and reveal some juicy details about the mob and FBI corruption.

Via: Current Event Cats & CNN

Three New Boston Marathon Suspects… And Other News

Boston Marathon Suspects

The hunt for those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings continues!

Three more suspects have been arrested in conection with the attack at the Boston Marathon. Boston police report that three college classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hindered the police investigation by destroying and concealing Dzhokhar’s backpack and laptop after the bombing. Although none of the three are implicated in plotting the explosion, two are from Kazakhstan – which makes them seem extra suspicious. The third – a US citizen – is charged with making false statements. Boston Globe

Jamestown SkullNorth America was founded by cannibals. And, no, I’m not talking about the Natives. Newly discovered human remains prove that the Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism to get through a particularly tough winter. A 14-year-old girl’s skeleton was found in Virginia which dates back to the deadly winter of 1609-10 aka “starving time”. Cuts consistent with butchering were found on her skull and bones, confirming what scientists have long thought about those hungry Jamestown colonists.  Still better than burning girls on a stake for suspicion of witchcraft.  BBC News

May Day in GreeceMay day! May day! Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout Europe to express their love of unions and organized labour, but also to protest austerity measures and growing unemployement. The biggest rallies occurred in Greece, where the Greeks expressed their frustration with the government’s austerity measures, and Spain, where 27 percent of the population is unemployed. Happy May Day! Reuters

Hummus YummusBig Hummus is taking over Big Tobacco. As demand for hummus grows and demand for tobacco decreases, farmers in tobacco country are switching over to chickpeas. Hummus is where the money is now! More and more chickpea plantations are popping up as Americans are seeking more and more of the Middle Eastern snack. Crippling hummus addictions are predicted nationwide, but lung cancer might decline. Wall Street Journal

Kool-AidNeed Kool-aid? Call 911! Police arrested a man for making too many calls to 911 asking for Kool-Aid, burgers and weed to be delivered to him. 34-year-old Jarvis Sutton of St. Petersburg, Florida made about 80 emergency calls demanding Kool-Aid and food. Police got fed up so they arrested him. But Jarvis wasn’t kidding – he was so hungry he chewed the foam around the bars of the police car’s protective casing. Raw Story

AMANDA KNOX, DIANE SAWYERIt wasn’t me, says Amanda Knox. The American girl famous for the Italian murder trial of her British roommate is sticking to her story. In her first sit-down interview since being acquitted, Diane Sawyer asks, “Did you kill Meredith Kercher?” “No,” Knox replied. Case closed. In the emotional interview, Knox expressed a desire to visit Kercher’s grave and be “reconsidered as a person” again. Why give an interview now? Knox has a new book out this week: Waiting To Be Heard, a candid autobiography. National Post

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Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is a Little Nuts

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the Boston Marathon bombings suspects, is a bigger fan of conspiracy theories than Glenn Beck.

I guess now we all know where the Tsarnaev brothers got their crazy from….

Crazy Thing #1: My sons were not involved in the bombing

Since the news broke, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva has maintained her sons were innocent. She swears Tamerlan and Dzhokhar couldn’t be involved in a bomb plot, and therefore were being framed by the government “just because they were Muslim.” She has dismissed all the evidence presented so far and denied that her youngest son Dzhokar had told investigators anything.

“It is really, really a hard thing to hear. And being a mother, what I can say is that I am really sure, I am, like, 100 percent sure, that this is a set-up,” she said.

Crazy Thing #2: There was no bombing

Zubeidat believes that the bombing that killed 3 people and injured 150+ was fake. Insisting that the bombing was staged, she told CNN that there wasn’t any blood – it was red paint. She likened the whole carnage scene to a “really big play” with streets splashed with paint.

Crazy Things #3: Everything is America’s fault

At a news conference today in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva blamed America for all her problems.

“Yes, I would prefer not to live in America now like, why did I even go there — why?,” Zubeidat said, nearly breaking into tears. “I thought America was going to like protect us, our kids, it was going to be safe for any reason. But it happened the opposite. My kids — America took my kids away from me — only America. So why wouldn’t I regret? Why?”

Yeah, I don’t think America really wants you back either….

Fun fact: While the suspects’ father, Anzor Tsarnaev, has announced he will travel to the States to claim the body of his elder son, Zubeidat is unsure whether or not she will accompany him. Why? Because she was charged with shoplifting in the US last year and is worried that she will be arrested if she returns.

Via: The New York Times

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Body Found May be Sunil Tripathi: Way to Go Reddit!

Tripathi

A body that was pulled form the Providence River Tuesday evening may (or may not) be that of missing 22-year-old Sunil Tripathi.

Tripathi, a Brown University student, has been missing since March 16, during which time Reddit mistakenly accused him of being the Boston Marathon bomber.

Redditors / wannabe amateur e-sleuths created a Reddit subsection called “findbostonbombers,” where users studied pictures and videos from the attack in an attempt to find any e-clues. Tripathi became involved when Redditors mistakenly identified him as the “white hat” suspect.

The student was last seen near his apartment by the University campus. He had left home without his cell phone or wallet – which doesn’t sound promising.

A body was discovered in the river behind Wyndham Garden Providence Hotel at about 6 p.m. by the coach of Brown’s rowing team. Providence, Rhode Island, Police Lt. Joseph Donnelly told authorities that it is “very, very possible” the body is Tripathi’s. However, the medical examiner’s office has yet to positively identify the body as Tripathi.

The moderator of the “FindBostonBombers” subreddit put out this statement last week:

I’d like to extend the deepest apologies to the family of Sunil Tripathi for any part we may have had in relaying what has turned out to be faulty information. We cannot begin to know what you’re going through and for that we are truly sorry. Several users, twitter users, and other sources had heard him identified as the suspect and believed it to be confirmed. We were mistaken.

This event shows exactly why the no personal information until confirmation rule is in place. Out of respect for Tripathi and his family, I ask that users here please remove any and all links about him. Thank you.

Speaking of jumping the gun on bombing suspects, how are those two bag men on the cover of the New York Post doing?

Bag Men

UPDATE: Yes, it was his body. Cause of death undetermined at this point…

Via: The Huffington Post

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Glenn Beck Knows a Saudi Link When He Sees One

Glenn Beck and the Saudi Link

A terrorist attack just isn’t a terrorist attack if there isn’t a Saudi link. Or at least according to America-loving conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck.

After stringing America along with his promise to reveal what the US government was covering up about the Boston Marathon bombings, Glenn Beck made his “Big Monday Reveal”, showing a letter signed by four congressmen requesting more information about a Saudi “person of interest.” That’s his evidence of a coverup? This was the worst reveal since Donald Trump’s “Big Obama Reveal”, which just turned out to be his half-witted attempt to try and get his hands on the President’s college records.

Anyways, Glenn Beck is a bigger fan of conspiracy theories than he is of Libertyville or whatever his fantasy nostalgia American dream town is called. So it was no surprise last week when Beck insisted that the US government was investigating a Saudi man in relation to the bombing, despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security had already cleared the innocent man. But Glenn Beck wasn’t convinced: there must ALWAYS be a Saudi link!

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that there must be some kind of US government coverup of this mysterious Saudi national. Beck suggested that the Saudi man is an al Qaeda operative who recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the Boston bombing and the US government for “reasons unknown” is trying to cover it up.

Apparently Beck has at least four listeners out there –  four Republican Congressmen—Michael McCaul, Jeff Duncan, Peter King, and Candice Miller— have written to the Department of Homeland Security asking for further information about this “original person of interest.”

Need even more proof of a Saudi link? Glenn Beck has you covered: “No American citizen blows up random people; that’s a Middle Eastern scene, that’s not an American scene.”

Minus Timothy McVeigh, Ted Kaczynski and a long list of others…

Via: Right Wing Watch

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Boston Justice: Ted Nugent Style

Ted Nugent

While federal prosecutors in Boston are preparing charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Ted Nugent has his own idea of justice.

The federal prosecutor for Massachusetts, U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz, known for her conviction record and for coming down hard on defendants, is currently preparing charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 19-year-old bomb suspect is likely to be charged in federal court, possibly with using weapons of mass destruction to kill people. Although the state of Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, federal charges would mean a death sentence could be thrown at him.

But forget Carmen Ortiz – there’s a new badass in town and his name is Ted Nugent. In a Sunday column for a reputable news site a right-wing conspiracy website, the washed-up rocker and NRA superfan declared the modern justice system ineffective and advocated the return of public lynchings.

“He probably won’t go to trial for more than a year due to court-sanctioned delays. Once he’s found guilty, he will be afforded any number of appeals that will take more years, possibly more than a decade. The young voodoo nut has got a long life in front of him, thanks to America’s screwed-up justice system.”

Nugent’s all-American suggestion?

“My dream of real justice would be a July 4 celebration of stringing this son-of-a-b-tch up in the Boston Common and letting the crows pick on his rotting flesh.”

Well, I’m not sure if that’s entirely legal, but as long as the second amendment stays intact, I guess it’s fine by Ted Nugent.

Tsarnaev remains in serious condition in the hospital and it is not known if he will ever be able to speak again due to a throat injury. However, he has been communicating through writing with police, who believe he and his brother were planning further attacks. 

Via: BBC News

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Uncle Ruslan Does Not Forgive… And Other News

Uncle Ruslan

Uncle Ruslan is NOT impressed with his nephews.

The father of suspected Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev thinks his sons were framed. Their mother concurs: “I am 100 percent sure that this is a setup,” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told Russia Today in a broadcast phone interview. But Uncle Ruslan knows better. After learning about his nephews involvement in the bombings, Uncle Ruslan called them “losers” and “barbarians”, saying they “do not deserve to be on this earth”. Both the father and uncle called for Dzhokhar to turn himself in. “Give up. Give up. You have a bright future ahead of you. Come home to Russia,” the dad said. And Uncle Ruslan? “You put a shame on the entire Chechen ethnicity.” ABC News

Delhi Rape #830,284,833Think India’s rape track record can’t get any worse? Think again! A five-year-old girl is in critical condition after being kidnapped and repeatedly raped by a neighbor in Delhi, India. The girl was taken on Monday and was kept in a locked room for over 48 hours until a passer-by heard her screams. In related news, Delhi police are also on the lookout for a group of men who gang-raped a 19-year-old woman on Wednesday.  What a great city! BBC News

Gay Boy ScoutGood news for gay youth who enjoy doing whatever it is boy scouts do: the Boy Scouts of America made some progress today (kind of…), announcing they are considering no longer denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation. The proposal will be put to a vote in May, and if passed will go into effect January 1st. But bad news for openly gay males who want to be scout leaders – that ban is still on. Better luck next year! CNN

Kim Kris Sham WeddingAfter winning the world record for shortest marriage, Kim Kardashian has set a new record: longest divorce negotations. Kim and Kris Humphries’ 72-day marriage finally came to an end 535 days later when they finally reached a divorce settlement. Kris wanted to take divorce to court to try to get the marriage annulled on the basis of fraud, but instead he ended up settling so he didn’t have to miss any basketball games. The settlement package? Kris will get nothing and have to pay for his own attorney fees.  Gold-digging fail! New York Daily News

Ryan Lochte Portrait SessionFor those who thought you can’t get any dumber than Kris Humphries: think again.  Olympic swimmer and resident genius, Ryan Lochte, has a new reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, premiering Sunday, April 21st on E! The show’s main goal, according to Ryan, is to promote “swimming awareness”.  I guess that means awareness of swimming’s existence? Cameras will follow Lochte around documenting his dating life, hanging out with his friends, and basically just saying his catchphrase ‘Jeah’ a lot. Here he is giving an award-winning interview on Good Day Philadelphia:

Well, he didn’t answer the question What Would Ryan Lochte Do?, but he did answer the question What Wouldn’t Ryan Lochte Do? Answer: Math problems.

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