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Report: NYPD gunman is Baltimore gang member who shot relative there

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The story out of New York about a man who murdered two NYPD officers and then shot himself has a Baltimore angle. No records for Ismaaiyl Brinsley (with that spelling) show up in the Maryland Judiciary Case Search online.

WBAL TV reports:

According to multiple reports in New York and WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team sources in Baltimore, the gunman was also wanted in connection with a shooting Saturday morning in the Baltimore area.

Heavy.com:

New York One reports that he had shot someone in Baltimore and had come to New York City with the sole intention of killing NYPD officers. The New York Daily News reports that details about the Baltimore shooting were “scarce” but that a family member of Brinsley’s said the NYPD shooter had shot her in the stomach.

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Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a gang member from Baltimore drove to the city to kill police officers after wounding his girlfriend, sources told the Daily News.

The shooter, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, boasted about wanting to kill cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 3 p.m. Saturday.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun and a series of hashtags referencing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Brinsley made good on his promise, firing several rounds into the patrol car parked near Myrtle and Tompkins Aves., witnesses said.

UPDATE
Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun has details on the shooting in Baltimore:

A 29-year-old woman was shot in the stomach just before 6 a.m. in Owings Mills, Baltimore County police said earlier in the day.

The shooting occurred inside of an apartment in the Greenwich Place complex in the 10000 block of Mill Run Circle, near the parking lot of the Owings Mills Mall.

Police said the woman was shot in the abdomen by a male whom she knew. The victim was transported in serious condition to an area hospital for treatment.

A New York Police spokeswoman would not confirm if detectives were looking at a link between the shootings, and a Baltimore County Police spokeswoman also said she was unable to confirm the information. She declined to identify the suspect police were searching for in the Owings Mills incident.

Brinsley may have been a member of the Black Guerilla Family:

The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD.

Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the Daily News.

One source said Baltimore police were already investigating Brinsley’s connection to the gang, which started in California’s San Quentin Prison in the 1960s by Black Panther member George Jackson.

“BGF has been talking about getting back at cops for Eric Garner and Ferguson,” a source told The News, citing intelligence intercepted in Baltimore area prisons.

Listen to the CIA’s torture playlist

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The Anti Media:

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.
In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.
Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.
Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song and the Meow Mix commercial.
However, some of the artists featured like 2Pac, Rage Against The Machine and (hed)pe are actually pretty good, and are actually philosophically opposed to what the military is doing.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify below:

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Eleanor Holmes Norton to appear in “The Nutcracker”

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Judy Kurtz of The Hill reports that Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democratic Delegate to the U.S. House from DC, is making her third appearance Saturday in the Washington Ballet production of the Tchaikovsky ballet The Nutcracker. Norton will play The Merry Widow.

In the past, Mayors Marion Barry and Vincent Gray have also appeared in the ballet. Tickets still remain for both Saturday performances at The Warner Theatre, but the report doesn’t note whether Norton will perform in the matinee or evening performance.

Former Dem US Senator: “Michael Brown caused his own demise” #ferguson

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Former United States Senator (D-SC) Fritz Hollings wrote a letter to the editor that was published by The Post & Courier in Charleston (emphasis added):

I don’t know Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. I haven’t seen the grand jury report or heard any witnesses. But from the news coverage, Michael Brown caused his own demise.

To begin with, as Deborah Saunders writes in her column in The Post and Courier on Nov. 30: “Video of Brown shoving a convenience store clerk in what has been described as a strong-arm robbery minutes before the encounter adds credence to Wilson’s account.”

Brown was 18 years of age, was over six feet tall and weighed 285 pounds. If you’re walking in the middle of the street and told by a police officer to move to the sidewalk, you move to the sidewalk.

You don’t attack the officer, punching him and preventing the officer from getting out of his car. You don’t grab for the officer’s pistol. And when the officer follows you on foot to prevent your escape, you don’t turn and charge the police officer.

After the struggle for the pistol in the patrol car, Wilson knew what Brown was after when Brown charged him. The best evidence that officer Wilson was in fear for his life is that he emptied his pistol.

Now after the Ferguson Police Department received several threats, Wilson quit his job. He and his family will have to move from Ferguson. The media’s one-sided treatment of the event has put Wilson and his family in jeopardy.

When the evidence shows that the officer is doing his job, we’ve got to support the officer. We ought to respect law enforcement more.

It will be interesting to see the reaction to the Hollings letter.

Burt Reynolds auction includes pro wrestling memorabilia

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You probably saw the news story Monday about Burt Reynolds selling personal items at auction. The 1978 Smokey and the Bandit Trans-Am got most of the attention but there are several other interesting items in the auction catalog.

One item that caught my attention was a Burt Reynolds Islanders WWF jacket (pictured above.)

From the description:

A black satin jacket embroidered “Burt” in yellow stitching at right breast and the “WWF” logo embroidered at left. The back is embroidered with an image of two palm trees and reads “The Islanders.” The Islanders was a professional wrestling tag team. Size extra large. The jacket was part of Burt Reynolds’ personal wardrobe.

The Islanders were a tag team in the WWF from 1986-1988 consisting of Haku and Tama. I did a pretty thorough online search to try to connect Reynolds to the duo but had trouble finding anything, so I am making the educated guess he was just a fan. Reynolds was the guest ring announcer for a match at Wrestlemania X in 1994 between Bret Hart and Yokozuna and he celebrated in the ring after Hart won. (Jennie Garth was the guest timekeeper for the match and Roddy Piper the guest referee.)

Aside from Wrestlemania X photographs, I was also able to find other photographs of Reynolds with wrestlers including the Bushwhackers, John Cena,and Ric Flair.

The Hollywood Reporter notes other details:

Hundreds of personal items belonging to the Deliverance star will be auctioned off at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas next month. Julien’s Live auction house is running the event.

The auction’s catalog, entitled Property From the Life and Career of Burt Reynolds, lists over 600 items, including such movie memorabilia as a jacket and shirt he wore in Smokey and the Bandit II, a football helmet from The Longest Yard and even a pair of monogrammed boots from 1996’s Striptease, for all those diehard Striptease fans out there.

Also on the block: several vehicles, a wide selection of artwork and sports collectibles and even a number of awards, including his 1991 best actor in a comedy Emmy for Evening Shade and 1998 best supporting actor Golden Globe for Boogie Nights. 

The sports collectibles, some of the celebrity memorabilia, and the autographed books are personalized to Reynolds. That usually makes the value less for an item, but in this case it would probably enhance them.

World of Beer to open 2nd Baltimore-area location

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The website for World of Beer shows that a new location is coming soon to 115 East Joppa Road in Towson (which is apparently Towson Square.)

I asked Baltimore County Councilman David Marks (whose district this will be located in) for his reaction to the news and he provided the following comment:

I welcome any business to our district that is going to create jobs, but particularly a distinctive restaurant that is unique to the area.

World of Beer features an extensive craft beer selection along with food and live entertainment in their tavern locations. There is a location at McHenry Row in Baltimore City and two locations in the northern Virginia suburbs of DC (Reston and Arlington.)

I had heard rumors of one coming to White Marsh in the Baltimore suburbs and that resulted in me finding the Towson location that is coming soon. If you know details that confirm or debunk the White Marsh rumors, please leave a comment.

There’s one other issue with the Towson location. On their website directory, World of Beer misspells the town’s name as “Towsen.” I tweeted it to the attention of their corporate Twitter account but so far it has yet to be fixed.

No, Budweiser is NOT getting rid of the Clydesdales

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I saw a headline Sunday that Anheuscher-Busch was not using their iconic Clydesdales in Christmas ads this year. I didn’t think much of it until a bunch of other stories said they were getting rid of them altogether. I did see a piece debunking that yesterday as well. Now that the story is well on the way to virality, I wanted to stand athwart the landslide of outraged comments and get it corrected (and I personally think most of the beers made by Anheuscher-Busch taste like I imagine Clydesdale urine must taste like, so don’t call me, a craft beer guy, a fanboy for writing this.)

Here’s what a Yahoo blog noted about the original report:

Rest easy, Budweiser Clydesdales — you aren’t being put out to pasture just yet.

Contrary to an earlier report, the iconic horses, who have been an essential part of the Budweiser brand for nearly a century, will in fact be appearing in the beer company’s holiday advertising this year.

Horse fans and beer drinkers alike were alarmed by a Wall Street Journal story published Sunday claiming that the magnificent beasts were being phased out of Bud’s 2014 holiday advertising in an effort to appeal to younger consumers.

“The company has decided that persuading 21- to 27-year-olds to grab a Bud is the best chance to stop the free-fall. After years of developing advertising and marketing that appeals to all ages, AB InBev plans to concentrate future Budweiser promotions exclusively on that age bracket,”
The Journal’s story claimed. “That means it won’t trot out the traditional Budweiser Clydesdales for this year’s holiday advertising. It means February’s Super Bowl ads will feature something more current than last year’s Fleetwood Mac. It means less baseball and more raves with DJ group Cash Cash.”

Here’s the truth:

However, a spokesman for the company told TheWrap on Monday that the horses will continue the tradition of appearing in the brewer’s holiday advertising.

“The story this morning may have left a wrong impression – the Budweiser Clydesdales will, in fact, be featured in next year’s Super Bowl advertising and are also a part of upcoming holiday responsible drinking advertising,” a spokesman for the company said in a statement. “The Clydesdales play a strong role for the brand, representing Budweiser quality and care for more than 80 years. As icons of the brand — and relevant symbols of integrity, perfection and team spirit for all generations — they are important to the brand and our campaigns.”

The revered horses will even be galloping into the digital age this year, with a piece of content that will run digitally, featuring real people along with the Clydesdales.

The moral of the story is a continued reminder to be wary of what you read on the internet. The secondary sources who picked up the WSJ piece had time to find out what the Wrap blog at Yahoo found out, but going for the clickbait headlines that get shared more ruled the day (some of this may fall on the people who shared them as well – especially if they didn’t read the actual articles.)