On a guns, Queen Elizabeth II and Edward Snowden


This guy’s had it

For a Florida gun store owner, the fatal shootings of four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week were the final straw.
Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness, says, effective immediately, his shop is a “Muslim-free zone,” reports WDBO in Orlando, Fla.
In a video posted online, Hallinan discusses the history of the Confederate flag and goes on to say, “Our leaders are telling you Islam is a peaceful religion full of tolerance and love and hope. Don’t believe their lies.”
He plans to offer concealed-carry classes and open his range to anyone who wants to use it.
In a statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it will ask the Department of Justice to investigate possible civil rights violations.

Queen of the road

She waits for no one.
Queen Elizabeth II, apparently impatient as she drove herself to church, swerved her Jaguar X-Type onto the grass to go around a young family strolling in Windsor Great Park, The Telegraph reports.
Despite veering around the couple, who was with their two children — one on a tricycle and one in a stroller — the monarch smiled and waved as she proceeded down the 2.6-mile Long Walk, says Scarlett Vincent, who was visiting from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire with her husband, Toby Core.
“We actually didn’t have time to get out of the way, as we were in a world of our own,” Vincent recalls. “I turned to (Core) and just said, “Oh my God, it’s the queen.”


No road, no problem for Queen Elizabeth II.

Old-school execution for Snowden?

If Saxby Chambliss gets his way, leaker Edward Snowden would be publicly hanged.
“We need to hang him on the courthouse square as soon as we get our hands on him,” the former Georgia lawmaker, who was the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told students at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, according to The Hill.
“I hope none of you have any sympathy for him.”
Chambliss’ remarks were made during a discussion about the theft of 22 million people’s data from the Office of Personnel Management.
“Just like with Snowden, we’re going to lose American lives as a result of this breach,” he warned.
Snowden has sought refuge in Russia for the past two years to avoid U.S. espionage charges.


Meet Spider, the CIA’s new spy chief


The new head of the National Clandestine Service is a former Marine who gained fame for being former Afghanistan President’s Hamid Karzai’s “security blanket,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

His name and age? Unknown. After all, he’s a spy who has spent his career undercover, most notably as station chief in Kabul.

Here’s what we do know about him, thanks to a 2010 Journal profile … Continue reading


Italian press again reports rumors of assassination plot against pope


Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican  has told Italian newspapers, including Il Mattino, that Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by ISIS when he makes a one-day visit to Albania on Sunday.

“What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear — they want to kill the pope,” Habeeb Al Sadr told La Nazione on Tuesday. “The threats against the pope are credible.”  Continue reading


Second beheaded American was grandson of Holocaust survivors

American journalist Steven Sotloff (center in black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels  west of Misrata in 2011. jihadist video in which fellow US journalist James Foley was executed.   In the video the militant form the Islamic State (IS) threatens to kill Sotloff next if the US continues its aerial campaign against the insurgency.  (Photo by Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

American journalist Steven Sotloff (center in black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels west of Misrata in 2011. Photo by Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

How much suffering does one family have to endure?

Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who wrote for Time and Foreign Policy, didn’t “cower from danger, he flew right into it, intent on telling the stories he believed would shape history,” Danielle Berrin, a childhood friend, notes in her Hollywood Jew blog. Continue reading


Report: Terrorists asked U.S. to pay ransom


European governments regularly pay ransom for hostages, notes James Traub in Foreign Policy. And rumors have been rampant that Western companies pay millions when their employees are abducted in war zones.

Now comes word from the New York Times that the terrorists who beheaded American James Foley — and promoted his execution in a gruesome propaganda video — first asked the U.S. for $100 million in exchange for the photographer’s life, according to a Foley family representative and someone once held captive alongside Foley.  Continue reading