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Refugee Resettlement is terrorizing America

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The Nazareth Mediterranean Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, was attacked by a suspected Muslim man from Somalia Thursday night.

Police shot and killed a Muslim immigrant from Africa who attacked patrons of a Columbus, Ohio, restaurant Thursday night, wounding several people. The FBI is now investigating it as a possible act of “lone-wolf” terrorism.

The suspected attacker is a Somali national named Mohammad Barry, CBS reports. There are also reports that Barry was on a terrorist watch-list.

The suspect entered the restaurant earlier in the day and asked for the owner. He was then told the owner was not at the restaurant, and he left the building. Thirty minutes later, armed with a machete, the now-deceased suspect entered the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli at 6:30 p.m. local time with the intent on slashing anything in sight.

“He came to each table and just started hitting them,” one of the diners, Karen Bass, told CBS News. “There was a man on the floor bleeding. There was blood on the floor. It was awful. It was just carnage.”

Four people were wounded in the machete attack, one critically.

The owner of the restaurant, Hany Baransi, who is a Christian Arab from Israel, said he had not taken a day off since Jan. 2 but took off Thursday night because of a migraine headache. He is a proud Israeli citizen who flies the Israeli flag in his restaurant.

So, a Muslim immigrant from Africa decided to go on a bloody rampage at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Christian. Just another case of radical Islamic extremism.

Columbus is a favorite dumping ground for Somali refugees. It’s home to the second-largest Somali-American community in the U.S. after Minneapolis. How did they all get there? The Refugee Resettlement Program.

The U.S government has since 1992 worked with the United Nations to permanently resettle more than 110,000 Somali refugees into dozens of U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Columbus, San Diego, and smaller cities in Maine, Texas, Idaho, Washington, Georgia, Michigan, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The problem is that many of these refugees are young males who have an allegiance to ISIS. They come to America because it is very easy to. They are bringing terror to our homeland and we are simply allowing them right in the front door with an abundance of resources at their disposal.

There is evil in the world ladies and gentleman. It’s apparent more and more every day that there continues to be a very demonic aspect with the religion of Islam and with those who follow it with a radical view in their heart. An extreme faction consisting of radical believers continue to commit acts of violence against those who do not believe in the same values and faith.

There continues to be a serious problem with those who wish to kill others and themselves for a cause that is rooted in taking over the world. These “lone-wolf” attackers all share the same ideology, which is do harm to all infidels and murder non-believers.

We must continue the conversation that radical Islam is a very serious problem that America must deal with before it’s too late. Enough of the political correctness. Throw it in the garbage already.

There is a great organization, ACT for America that has been on the front line of this issue for years — sounding the ACT-for-America-Logo-500pxalarm about what these barbaric Islamists wish to do to us, and will do if we decide to simply stand on the sideline.

ACT for America is the nation’s largest non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization devoted to promoting national security and defeating terrorism. ACT for America has 300,000 members organized in more than 900 chapters nationwide and 11 countries worldwide.

You can join or start your own chapter and help keep America safe. Think of ACT for America as the National Rifle Association (NRA) of National Security.

Join ACT for America’s Refugee Resettlement Working Group and help us protect our nation by addressing a dangerously broken program. This deeply-flawed process is establishing pockets of refugees in our communities with inadequate screening, inadequate assistance to local governments, and inadequate efforts to assimilate refugees into American culture.

Refugee Resettlement and radical Islam is the problem. You are the solution.

Get involved today and be the change we need in this world. Your community needs you. America needs you.


Election Day 2015

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(ANMNews.com) – Today is the day that many states will hold statewide and executive office elections.

Gubernatorial elections will take place in Kentucky and Mississippi. Louisiana will hold their special election on November 21, 2015.

Various other elections will be held for officeholders in numerous cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others around the country.

It is a civic duty to get out and exercise your right to vote. Today is that day for local politics. Your voice and your vote matter.


Kentucky

Governor: 

Conservative Republican Matt Bevin who won his party’s primary by just 83 votes back in May takes on Democrat Jack Conway, Kentucky’s Attorney General.

This has been a toss-up throughout the campaign season and most insiders predict it will go down to the wire to determine who will become the state’s next Governor.

Bevin, a Louisville businessman, husband, and father of nine is pro-life, supports right-to-work, is against common core, wants to update and simply the tax code, and fix the public retirement system with pension reform.

Conway, the state’s Attorney General, a husband and father of two is pro-choice, against right-to-work, supports expanding early childhood education, and wants to continue with much of what current Gov. Steve Beshear (D) has implemented.

Governor Steve Beshear (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

Attorney General:

Republican Whitney Westerfield, State Senator takes on Democrat Andy Beshear, attorney and son of Gov. Steve Beshear.

Attorney General Jack Conway (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

Secretary of State:

Republican Stephen Knipper takes on incumbent Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

State Auditor:

Republican Mike Harmon, State Representative takes on incumbent Democrat Adam Edelen.

State Treasurer:

Republican Allison Ball, attorney and former staffer to Sen. Mitch McConnell takes on Democrat Rick Nelson, attorney and State Representative.

Todd Hollenbach (D) is term-limited and cannot run for re-election.

Agriculture Commissioner:

Republican Ryan Quarles, State Representative takes on Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, businesswoman and agriculture activist.

James Comer (R) decided not to run for re-election. He ran for Governor and lost in the Republican primary by just 83 votes.

Kentucky polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Ohio

Ohioans will decide if they will become the Buck-High state when they vote on Issue 3, which would amend the state constitution to legalize recreational marijuana use.

If it passes, Ohio will be the first state to do so without first allowing medical marijuana.

Ohio polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Mississippi

Voters are choosing a governor and seven other statewide officials, three public service commissioners, three transportation commissioners, all 174 legislators, and county officials.

They also vote on Initiative 42, which would allow the state legislature to have complete freedom in how they fund their public schools.

Mississippi polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Virginia

Voters will decide which party controls the state’s Senate. All 140 seats in Virginia’s General Assembly are up for grabs.

Currently, Republicans control the Senate 21 to 19.

Virginia polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Again, today is the day for local politics. Be sure to do your duty and get out there and vote. Bring a friend and family member. Just vote. It matters.


Cincinnati-area ER nurses stuck in Hurricane Patricia’s path

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Four women from the Cincinnati, Ohio area are stuck in the path of the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, Hurricane Patricia.

All women are emergency room nurses at a Cincinnati hospital. They were vacationing in Mexico’s Pacific coastal town of Puerto Vallarta but were unable to get out due to the storm increasing in strength in just 24 hours. They are scheduled to return on Sunday.

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Four ER nurses stuck in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo: Twitter

Just 24 hours prior, Hurricane Patricia wasn’t even a tropical storm, but quickly turned into the strongest hurricane ever recorded.

Originally, they were prepared to hunker down in their resort’s hotel room as an evacuation plan was unavailable, but this has changed recently and they have been evacuated to a nearby hotel-casino in Nuevo Vallarta, which is more inland.

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The four women on the evacuation bus to the hotel-casino. Photo: Twitter

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the Category 5 storm’s maximum sustained winds had grown to 200 miles per hour (mph), making it the strongest storm on record in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic.

Director of Mexico’s National Water Commission Roberto Ramirez says that Hurricane Patricia is powerful enough to lift up automobiles, destroy homes that are not sturdily built with cement and steel and will be able to drag along people caught outside when the storm strikes.

The storm is expected to make landfall somewhere on the coast of Jalisco state, which includes Puerto Vallarta between 6 and 7 p.m. EST.

Rainfall of 8 to 12 inches — and possibly 20 inches in some spots — “could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” according to the U.S. weather agency.

Please follow this story for updates and the Twitter feed of Allie Schwandner who is one of the four nurses stuck in Mexico.

The storm is now packing winds at 190 miles per hour. The government of Mexico declared a state of emergency in dozens of municipalities in the states of Colima, Nayarit, and Jalisco. Residents stacked sandbags in front of properties and rushed to grocery stores to stock up on supplies.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said, “If there were a category six for hurricanes, this would be a category six,” he said. “It’s a hurricane that hasn’t been seen before, not just in Mexico, not just in the United States. It has wind speeds that are greater than the most intense, strongest hurricanes ever recorded on the planet.”

Although, they are soon to be hit by the strongest hurricane ever recorded, the nurses from Cincinnati are staying positive:

Here’s a tweet from Scott Kelly, the American astronaut aboard the international space station:

Hurricane Patricia officially made Landfall at 6:15 p.m. CDT / 7:15 p.m. EST as a Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph winds near Cuixmala, Mexico.

From the National Hurricane Center:

Hurricane Patricia is weakening, but the storm remains an extremely dangerous major hurricane over Southwest Mexico. It now has maximum sustained winds at 130 MPH and is a CAT 4 storm.

Rapid weakening is forecast, with Patricia expected to become a tropical storm tomorrow morning, and a tropical depression tomorrow afternoon. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 946 mb (27.94 inches).

From Cincinnati’s WLWT:

 

More than 7 million people were in the storm’s path. Approximately 3,500 people were evacuated  from the state of Jalisco, which encompasses Puerto Vallarta and the Guadalajara metro area.

Mexican officials reported that 6,333 people were in shelters on Friday night and there has been no loss of life reported.

From WLWT:

The Cincinnati nurses return home safely.

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Cincinnati Police Officer killed in shootout

Scene at Whetsel and Roe Streets, Madisonville where police officer was shot, according to police scanner traffic. (Photo: The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)

Scene at Whetsel and Roe Streets, Madisonville where police officer was shot, according to police scanner traffic. (Photo: The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)

MADISONVILLE, Ohio — A Cincinnati Police Officer was killed on Friday morning following a shootout with an armed and erratic individual.

District 2 Officer Sunny Kim came under fire and was hit about 9:30 a.m. at Whetzel Avenue and Roe Street after officers responded to the area for a report of an armed man acting erratically, said Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.

“We lost one of our best today,” Blackwell said. “We lost a brother.”

The suspect was shot and killed as well. The suspect’s name has not been released. Both were taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where Officer Kim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

635703110964682501-Sonny-Kim-photoKim was wearing body armor, but was still struck in his chest, Blackwell said.

Kim, 48, a 27-year veteran with the CPD had immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1973.

Kim is the 98th Cincinnati police officer to die in the line of duty — the first since 2000 when Officer Kevin Crayon was dragged from a vehicle driven by a 12-year-old boy.

“This is a tragedy,” Blackwell said at a 10:15 a.m. briefing that offered few specifics about the unfolding investigation. He said “multiple individuals” were involved in the shooting. The Hamilton County Coroner arrived at UC hospital just before 11 a.m.

Officers were seen hugging and consoling each other at the shooting scene and at the hospital.

The area of Whetzel at Roe Street and Erie Avenue is shut down until further notice.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Trepierre Hummons.


Tolls – More taxes without results

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Brent Spence Bridge. Photo: EMILY MAXWELL | WCPO

Much discussion, even nationally, is occurring with regards to correcting congestion problems with the I-75 / I-71 corridor as it crosses the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio.  The convergence of major highway arteries creates substantial traffic, and places great burden upon an aging bridge.  There are arguments from all directions presently; replace the bridge, build an adjacent bridge, build a bridge miles away and split the interstates.  Equally heated are the arguments on how to fund any such solution, creating a very “toll vs no toll” argument in the region.  The only agreement between the majority groups is that something needs to be done.

How Highways are Funded

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 (National Interstate and Defense Highways Act) into law.  A massive public works undertaking, approximately $25 Billion (in 1956 dollars folks) was allocated to build more than 40,000 miles of road.  While bolstering infrastructure for the nation, the military function of the highway system was to provide rapid access to our military bases for defense.

So who paid for it?

The agreement was funded by a federal highway trust fund.  The states were expected to cover 10 percent of the costs, and the highway trust fund would take care of 90 percent.  This fund was populated by a tax imposed upon fuel, and per the 1956 act, the federal fuel tax was implicitly for the maintenance and construction of interstate highways.  Through the 1950s, the tax reached a height of 4 cents per gallon, but remained exclusively for interstate highway construction and maintenance.

Fast forward a few years.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan approves the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.  This increased the fuel tax, starting in 1983 to 9 cents per gallon, claiming 1 cent per gallon to fund public transit.  This was the first “dip into the pot”.

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush changed it up, by signing the Omnibus Act into law.  This raised the tax to 14 cents per gallon, with 2.5 cents of the increase directed to the highway fund, and 2.5 cents of the increase going to reduce the federal deficit.  This was the second venture into the highway trust tax revenue that was not being used to build and improve interstates.

President William Jefferson Clinton in 1993, bumped the tax to 18.4 cents with a revised Omnibus Act, with the additional 4.4 cents ALL going to deficit reduction.

Let’s recap.

1956   – 4 cents per gallon  – 100% highway funding

1982   – 9 cents per gallon  – 89% highway funding

1990 – 14 cents per gallon  – 75% highway funding

1993 – 18.4 cents per gallon – 43% highway funding

The system is upside down, in a big way.

In 1997, Clinton signed a taxpayer relief act, not reducing the tax, but redirecting the 4.4 cents per gallon allocated in 1993 for deficit reduction, back to the highway fund, which returned it to 81 percent of the taxes being collected, being used for highway funding exclusively.

Getting into the new millennium, it becomes extremely difficult to follow the money trail. Transportation bill after transportation bill was passed, and in each bill, are buried thousands of earmarks. Sometimes these earmarks are for highway projects. Sometimes they are completely unrelated.

In a 2007 interview, then Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, in an interview stated the following:

Well, an earmark is a project that’s designated by a member of Congress specifically to a project generally in his or her district or state. And the level of earmarking has increased substantially over the last couple of decades in terms of the highway bill. The last highway bill that was passed, in the summer of 2005, contained over 6,000 of those marks, those specially designated projects. And the cost of those projects just in that bill alone was $24 billion, almost a tenth of the bill….There are museums that are being built with that money, bike paths, trails, repairing lighthouses. Those are some of the kind of things that that money is being spent on, as opposed to our infrastructure.

The use of earmarks not only legally misappropriates funds, it’s a sort of bribe; a backhanded way to “sneak” tax dollars into other arenas without them receiving an appropriate open vote, or review.

If a transportation bill is needing support, allowing earmarks means the vote is effectively for sale.  The voting representative from each state tags on their own pet projects, or appeases lobbyists’ funding by ensuring their interests have found a government home.  If you want your pet project in the vote, you must likewise endorse the pet projects of others, to get the funding appropriated.  Back room deals are made, and the end result is a transportation bill that funds lots of things; but not necessarily our transportation needs.

Some lawmakers realizing the system was effectively broken, have submitted legislation over the years, to allow states to opt out of contributing to the federal system, and instead to levy the taxes and handle highway functions at the state level.  The logic was that the state would maintain the taxation, but be able to appropriate 100 percent of the funds to their highway needs (or at least to pet projects in their own state, as the case likely would be).

Representative James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Representative Scott Garrett (R-New Jersey) tried to implement this idea in 2012, which received much support, but ultimately went nowhere.

These earmarks and reallocations add up to some serious deficits in the transportation fund.

In 2008, the fund was deficient nearly $8 billion, and covered by dollars from “general revenue”.  This shortage was explained as an issue with “lower consumption” and “higher prices” by Washington.

This did not improve in 2009, or 2010, where an addition $7 billion was required to compensate, and another $19.5 billion, respectively.

Congressional authorization was given from 2008 – 2010 to authorize transfer of $35 Billion to prop up the fund.

Where is the resolve?

In 2007, and for certain much earlier, it was blatantly apparent that the highway system was underfunded, both by lack of appropriate revenue collection, and by the continual erosion of funding through earmarks.

Congress, and the Obama White House, which is fond of executive orders to push a political agenda and circumvent due process, have taken no corrective action.

Earmarks continue.  The deficit in funding continues.  None of the career politicians in congress are willing to promote the idea of appropriate taxation on fuel, and an end to undermining the taxation system with earmarks, for fear of the unpopularity of a tax increase.

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Why aren’t tolls a solution?

Tax on gasoline is a highway usage tax.  People without cars don’t buy gas.  You are taxing the consumer that is using the resource, directly.  A toll is a secondary tax on those already paying for the service.

The highway trust fund was created to balance the funding of interstate construction and improvement, with a 90 percent federal and 10 percent state liability.  This tax is collected at the pump.  This tax is appropriated by the lawmakers.  This is the law.

Regardless, congress does not observe this law.  Earmarks fund pet projects.  Current estimates are that as much as 70 percent of the highway fund taxes are appropriated to projects that neither fund construction nor improvement of roadways.

If we are not spending the funds we collect for highway construction and improvement on their intended purpose, we have a lawmaking problem, not a budget problem.  It is not the responsibility of the taxpayer to supplement the misuse of appropriated funds.

Collecting tolls on a roadway imposes a secondary tax on usage.  

Adding a second bucket of funds from tolls, creates a new pool of funds to find creative ways to appropriate.  Do you trust that these funds will be used correctly given the current state of the highway fund allocation?

In Kentucky or Ohio, if you’re filling up a normal car once a week, you’re paying about $360 a year in fuel taxes.  (15 gallons, 52 weeks, 46 cents a gallon)

If a $4 a day toll is implemented to cross a bridge, those driving the bridge, will pay an average of  $1000 per year, EXTRA, to drive the bridge. ($20 a week, 50 weeks a year).

Proposed tolls triple the cost on the taxpayer, with no guarantee that the funding is adequate, or will be appropriately utilized.

A Solution?

Until the highway funds collected are returned to their intended purpose, we have no way of knowing if we are taxing appropriately for their use.

The first step is to stop the earmarks and return to the 90 percent / 10 percent appropriation balance.

The second step is to evaluate the current fuel tax rates and compare with the burden of construction and maintenance.

Until your federal representation is honest with the money being collected for infrastructure, there can be no immediate solution that doesn’t involve further burden upon the taxpayer.


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Cincinnati bridge collapse kills 1, injures 1 on I-75

Jan. 19, 2015: This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse. (Cincinnati Fire and EMS)

Jan. 19, 2015: This photo provided by the Cincinnati Fire and EMS shows the scene following a highway overpass collapse. (Cincinnati Fire and EMS)

CINCINNATI, Ohio — An overpass north of the new Hopple Street bridge has collapsed Monday evening forcing officials to close southbound Interstate 75 indefinitely leaving one injured and one dead.

The bridge collapsed at approximately 10:30 p.m. leaving one tractor-trailer completely damaged.

Video via WLWT:

Officials say a construction worker has died and a tractor-trailer driver has been injured. Cincinnati police said the collapse was related to current construction on the roadway in Camp Washington.

The tractor trailer driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for evaluation, police said.

The name of the construction worker killed has not been released.

Officials have removed the body of the construction worker from the site. Crews used airbags to lift the wreckage off him and removed his body at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The bridge that collapsed was part of the old northbound off ramp to Hopple Street. A new overpass nearby was not affected. 

SB I-75 could be closed for two days, the city tweeted. Plan ahead, leave early, expect delays. 

Press Release for the I-75 incident via Twitter.

Cincinnati Police Department Traffic Unit officials said all vehicles traveling south on I-75 should reroute to either I-275 or I-71. Drivers heading south on I-75 who don’t take those exits will be forced to reroute to westbound I-74.

All commuters traveling eastbound on I-74 will be rerouted to either northbound I-75 or the Colerain/Beekman Avenue exit.

Blackwell asked that morning commuters plan ahead.

Stay with ANM News for more information on this developing story.

NOTE: This story has been edited for content after publication. 


Cincinnati man and ISIS supporter planned terrorist attack on US Capitol

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A 20-year-old man from Green Township was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he planned to bomb the U.S. Capitol in a terrorist attack.

Christopher Cornell had  purchased two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition and was arrested Wednesday morning at the Point Blank Range & Gunshop in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The FBI’s Cincinnati-Dayton Joint Terrorism Task Force said he planned to travel to Washington, D.C. and kill employees and officers working in and around the Capitol building.

Cornell aka Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah on Twitter claimed to to be an active member of ISIS, FBI said.

The FBI had been in contact with Cornell using a secret informant on Twitter messaging back and forth with the ISIS member.

Cornell sent this message to the government source:

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything.”

“We already got a thumbs up from the Brothers over there and Anwar al Awlaki before his martyrdom and many others.”

“I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”

FBI agents arresting Christopher Cornell on January 14, 2015. Source: WKRC

FBI agents arresting Christopher Cornell on January 14, 2015. Source: WKRC

He was plotting, with the undercover FBI operative, to set off pipe bombs in the U.S. Capitol and shoot people as they fled, the FBI said.

In addition to bombing the building, Cornell allegedly wanted to shoot congressman and government employees.

An FBI statement about the apprehension read:

The alleged activities of Cornell highlight the continued interest of US-based violent extremists to support designated foreign terrorist organizations overseas, such as ISIL, by committing terrorist acts in the United States. Terrorist group members and supporters will almost certainly continue to use social media platforms to disseminate English language violent extremist messages.

Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge John A. Barrios said the public was not in danger during the investigation into Cornell’s plans.

The attack was planned for December 2015.

Cornell is being charged with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

This is the second terror-style plot to come out of Ohio in 24 hours after the arrest of Michael Hoyt. Hoyt, a former bartender, allegedly threatened to kill John Boehner in his Ohio country club.

(H/T: WCPO)


Muslim man attempts to stab police at Columbus, Ohio airport

Members of the bomb squad check out a parked SUV at Port Columbus Airport on Wednesday after police shot a man in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Chris Russell. AP.

Members of the bomb squad check out a parked SUV at Port Columbus Airport on Wednesday after police shot a man in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Chris Russell. AP.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Muslim man from Ohio tried to buy a plane ticket at the Columbus airport on Wednesday, then attempted to stab police officers, but was shot and killed.

A 41-year-old Ohio man armed with several knives tried to buy a plane ticket with a fake ID before being gunned down by police after lunging at an officer with a blade outside the Columbus airport”, police said.

Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed was acting very bizarre and tried to purchase a ticket to an undisclosed location using a woman’s ID. He had parked his car illegally outside the ticketing terminal, which was later to have suspicious items found inside.

Abdul-Rasheed spoke to an officer, but then lunged at him with a knife attempting to stab him. The officer stepped back and fired dropping the suspect momentarily, but he got up and charged again. A backup officer responded at which point the suspect quickly moved towards him with the knife forcing the officer to retreat backwards towards the terminal entrance where a third officer was positioned. The third officer shot multiple times killing the suspect.

When cops searched Abdul-Rasheed’s body, they discovered “additional knives.” Police called in a bomb squad to investigate the car and a search turned up “possible bomb-making materials,” and other “suspicious items,” officials said.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video, police said.

The shooting remains under investigation.


Several arrested after Ferguson protesters march onto I-75 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Protesters briefly shut down a section of I-75 in Cincinnati near the Ezzard Charles exit as they chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot” to protest the grand jury decision Monday not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

All lanes on the interstate were closed about 7 p.m.

Protesters on highway in front of officers (FOX19/Ben Katko)

Protesters on highway in front of officers (FOX19/Ben Katko)

The march began as protesters gathered on the steps of the Federal Courthouse where National Action Network leaders and Mayor John Cranley addressed the crowd. The group then marched north to Over-the-Rhine, some wearing white masks signifying anonymity.

“Like all of you, I am deeply concerned about the loss of life and the events that are unfolding in Ferguson, Mo.,” Cranley said. “I can sympathize with all aspects of what the community is experiencing because Cincinnati has had similar tensions in the past.”

Approximately 10 people were arrested. Cincinnati police said the protest was dangerous and that those arrested would at least be cited for pedestrian violations.

Hundreds of protesters marched from Cincinnati District 1 headquarters to the Ezzard Charles exit.

“Please, get off the expressway or you will be arrested,” police told protesters through bullhorns.

The highway was closed for about 20 minutes, but it remains unclear at this point where they were planning to go or why they sat on the highway. There were approximately 200 people marching.

Those arrested were charged with inducing panic and disorderly conduct, police said.

A police spokeswoman said everyone arrested was from Cincinnati.

Many other rallies were planned across the nation Tuesday in places like Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.

** This story has been updated.


Cincinnati confirms positive test results for Enterovirus-D68

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Enterovirus-D68, a severe respiratory illness that mainly affects children and teens has been confirmed in both Cincinnati and Dayton.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has confirmed 11 cases of EV-D68, while Dayton Children’s Hospital has confirmed eight cases. The recent outbreak of infections has been suspected for months, but now the Ohio Department of Health has indeed confirmed the positive results.

The wait took so long due to samples having to be tested by the CDC, which has been dealing with Ebola as of late. A spokeswoman says the hospitals had to send the tests to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and that a backlog is why they are just now getting confirmation.

Health experts say an extra strong strain of the respitory virus sickened more children than usual this year.

EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.

  • Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
  • Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

EV-D68 can only be diagnosed by doing specific lab tests on specimens from a person’s nose and throat. Parents should inform their child’s doctors of the symptoms present and the possibility of EV-D68.

Many hospitals and some doctor’s offices can test ill patients to see if they have enterovirus infection. However, most cannot do specific testing to determine the type of enterovirus, like EV-D68. CDC and some state health departments can do this sort of testing.

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. Health experts advise good hand washing, not sharing utensils and to stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Crossposted from Examiner.com.


Ohio State Senator introduces bill to rename Cincinnati Highway to ‘Barack Obama Norwood Lateral’

Cincinnati, OH – Barack Obama won Hamilton County twice and was re-elected to a second term, just as President Ronald Reagan was. This is enough for one State Senator Eric Kearney (D–Cincinnati) to warrant the honor and recognition of naming a highway after the current Commander-in-Chief.

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State Sen. Eric Kearney

Kearney, a Democrat representing the 9th District introduced a bill on Thursday to rename a portion of State Route 562 between I-75 and I-71 in Cincinnati also known as the Norwood Lateral. It would be the second highway in Hamilton County named after a president.

President Obama, like President Reagan, won Hamilton County twice and was a two-term president, Kearney said in a statement. “President Obama’s presidency is historic and deserving of a lasting recognition.

President Obama and his administration have presided over the Benghazi attacks, Fort Hood “work place violence” attack, the IRS scandal, Operation Fast and Furious, Eric Holder, NSA and their overreach, Obamacare, Eric Holder, spying on the press, droning American citizens, Hillary Clinton, Solyndra, Border insecurity, Eric Holder, closing down of monuments and scenic overlooks, author of “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it”, Healthcare.gov, Eric Holder, Russia and Mr. Putin, Timothy Geithner, VA scandal, fudged unemployment numbers to win re-election, the burning of the Middle East, and now the Ebola fiasco. This list is not all encompassing, but this State Senator believes President Obama deserves to have a highway named after him? Yeah about that.

WCPO reports: Cincinnati residents have mixed opinions on the idea.

“I think it’s crazy,” said resident Lisa Phelps. “It has always been Norwood Lateral. Why change it?”

Resident Raymond Kelly said he loved the idea and called it “a good thing.”

“I think they should give (Obama) that recognition,” Kelly said. “He needs it. He deserves it.”

Republican Norwood Mayor Tom Williams spoke out against the bill writing to Hamilton County Board of Commissioners President Chris Monzel (R), “I, in no uncertain terms, vehemently oppose the change of the name of the Norwood Lateral… I hope to receive your support in this matter.”

Kearney represents Ohio’s 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.

If the bills passes, the Norwood Lateral could soon become the “Barack Obama Norwood Lateral”.

No word at this time whether or not Democrats will choose to avoid this stretch of highway if it bears the President’s name.


Hostage Situation, Homicide Closes Down I-75 Near Cincinnati

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(WKRC)

WARREN COUNTY, OHIO — A stretch of Interstate 75 was closed down Friday between OH-63 and OH-122 at about 1:00 p.m. due to a hostage situation, involving a murder suspect from Kentucky. Police stopped a car holding a man, Terry Froman, 41, from Illinois and wanted for killing a 17-year-old in Kentucky earlier Friday. Froman shot and killed 17-year-old, Michael “Eli” Mohney, then took his mother, Kim Thomas, 34 hostage. He then shot and killed the mother before turning the gun on himself.

According to Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon, “Apparently the son intervened and tried to protect his mother, and it cost him his life,” the sheriff said. Froman was arrested by police in Warren County.

From WKRC: Earlier Friday, authorities found the body of her , in the front part of their home in Mayfield, Kentucky, Redmon said. There were signs of a struggle, he said. “What we believe, . The teenager suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and an autopsy was scheduled, said Graves County Coroner Phillip McClain.

Mohney attended Mayfield High School. Students formed prayer circles after learning of the tragedy, and grief counselors and youth ministers were brought to the school, said school district spokeswoman Kim Hamby.

Kentucky authorities were tipped off when a bloodied Thomas was seen trying to flee from a vehicle at a food mart in Paducah, Kentucky, Redmon said. Froman caught her, put her back in the vehicle and fled, he said. That prompted the multistate police search that included the vehicle’s license plate and descriptions of the man and woman inside, Redmon said.

During a standoff with the man in the car, a Local 12 photographer saw officers smash the car window and drag him from the car. He appeared incapacitated, but some movement was seen. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center in non-life threatening condition.

Officials completely closed the northbound lanes of I-75 indefinitely . The southbound lanes of I-75 reopened a short time after 2:00 p.m.

According to the Highway Patrol in Warren County Terry Froman’s injuries were non-life threatening. No description was given from officials as to where Froman’s injuries were inflicted or what they included. Local 12 was told the injuries were minor and he was expected to recover.

Friday afternoon Ohio Highway Patrol received an alert from authorities in Kentucky saying to be on the lookout for Froman. Officials at the time believed he may have been traveling to Ohio, which he was. Froman was spotted along I-75 near the Mitchell Avenue exit. Troopers were able to pull the vehicle over just north of the Monroe exits in Warren County. When police got out of their cars Ohio Highway Patrol said multiple shots were fired from inside Froman’s vehicle.


Not So Fast, Mr. Boehner

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From J.D. Winteregg:

Recently, John Boehner discussed with the Cincinnati Enquirer his prospects of being re-elected Speaker during the next Congress. “It won’t even be close,” he replied. He believes his position is set in stone, that the fates have determined it, that it’s a foregone conclusion.

Not so fast, Mr. Boehner.

All of this is predicated on the idea that he’ll be re-elected in the upcoming primary and general elections. Not only does he believe that he’ll maintain his power as the Speaker, he doesn’t even factor in the voices of his constituents. Have those elections already been decided? Does he respect us so little that he won’t even ask us what we think?

Mr. Boehner’s attitude toward us–his constituents–in the primary and general elections of this year reflect how he has served us. He believes he is entitled to his position, and this is glaringly obvious as he moves further and further from what we want him to do while he’s in D.C. Mr. Boehner isn’t about serving us—Mr. Boehner is about serving Mr. Boehner.

He’s now running ads for his next campaign with the tagline “One of us, fighting for us.” This is laughable, at best. Was Mr. Boehner one of us when he decided the government should pick winners and losers in his support of TARP? Was he fighting for us when he decided that he would fund Obamacare? Was he fighting for us when he increased taxes and gave the president a blank check until next March by suspending the debt ceiling? Was he one of us when he bought his $835,000 condo in Florida? Was he one of us when he decided during last August’s recess to fundraise out west in lieu of holding townhall meetings in his own district?

Let’s face it. Mr. Boehner isn’t one of us. He’s one of them. He’s one of the people in D.C. who perpetuate a culture of corruption. He’s one of the guys in D.C. who leverages his position as our employee to secure power for himself. He’s one of the guys in D.C. who mocks conservatives, blames the Republican party for the shutdown, and, as Mr. Boehner himself put it, absolutely trusts the president.

The fact that Mr. Boehner believes he has to convince us that he’s one of us shows he doesn’t believe it. He used to be a bartender. He used to be a small business owner. He used to stand on principle. That was then. The fact of the matter is that now, more than two decades later, he’s a politician. He won’t consult the wisdom of his constituents. He doesn’t stand up to the president. He refuses to fight for us. He blames us for the Congressional dysfunction. He’s been in D.C. for too long, and it’s time to look back to the district to elect someone who is truly “one of us.” That’s why I’m running against Mr. Boehner.

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As a teacher in OH-8, I know the struggles my students and their parents face. As a resident in OH-8, I share the burden of increased prices with no increase in wages. Instead of making our economic growth a priority, my representative has enabled President Obama’s tax and spend agenda. As a conservative in OH-8, I feel the frustration of having an elected official talk and not act while serving himself instead of us.

I understand what is needed to represent the people in this district. I have the conviction needed to stand firm on conservative principle and to not fall for the tricks of the Democrats. I also know what needs to be done to help push the Republican party back to its conservative base–I will not be fooled by those in D.C. as Mr. Boehner has been.

This May, take the time to have your voice be heard. Tell Mr. Boehner that his time in D.C. is finished. It’s time we truly put “one of us” in office. It’s time to tell him to stop looking down the road at his future. It’s time to tell him “Not so fast, Mr. Boehner.” It’s time we fight for us.

To help contribute to this fight, click here!

Written by: J.D. Winteregg, Candidate for US Congress (Primary Challenger to Speaker John Boehner)


Ohio: True Conservative J.D. Winteregg vs. Speaker John Boehner

Many conservatives believe Speaker of the House John Boehner has worn out his welcome in Washington. Even more would like to seem him unseated now, forget about waiting for the May Primary or the General Election in November. There is currently a public petition available to sign and a campaign underway to take his gavel and replace him as Speaker.

Talk radio host Rusty Humphries is the spokesman for this new campaign to have Boehner unseated. He had these powerful words for the press:

“John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government. Today we declare war on him. We intend to send a message to his fellow ‘Republicans In Name Only’ that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end.”

Boehner has been in office for 24 years, far too long in my opinion. He’s a textbook example of why term limits are necessary. Boehner is so entrenched with the establishment that, judging by his actions, the party lines have become blurred. It’s hard to tell who he is fighting against and who he’s fighting for. He is not adequately representing his constituents and he’s failing the American people as Speaker of the House.

Boehner plays too many Washington games, and does not play them well. He has came out on the losing end of every battle. He is so weak that even Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi bamboozle him. He doesn’t even try to defend himself. I see the only thing he’s done successfully is actually a failure, that is, acting as Obama’s shill. Boehner has only stood up to true conservatives in the GOP or ‘We The People’ that have had the unmitigated gall to question his actions. The nerve of us, right? Boehner often has unsavory things to say about anybody that criticizes him.

“There comes a point when people step over the line. When you criticize something and you have no idea what you’re criticizing, it undermines your credibility.”

Let’s be hopeful that there’s changes on the horizon. Yesterday was the filing deadline for the primaries. There are two men that have Boehner’s chair in their cross hairs. Eric Gurr is a 48-year-old Ohioan and a lifelong Republican. He was born and raised in Hamilton, a suburb of Cincinnati. Mr. Gurr is the CEO of a computer consulting firm based in West Chester, Ohio. He is married and has three children as well as two grandchildren. He and his family reside in fast-growing Liberty Township. He has never run for political office before. Gurr is for term limits, supports the Hastert Rule and is against amnesty. He believes the Tea Party and the conservative base of the party should drive the agenda.

The other challenger is J.D. Winteregg, born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Both he and his wife are teachers living in Troy. He believes life begins at conception and taxpayer money should never be used to subsidize abortion. He is in favor of free market solutions to healthcare reform and would never vote to fund any element of Obamacare. Winteregg is vehemently opposed to NCLB and Common Core. I am personally very impressed with J.D.’s knowledge and passion for the major issues. He had this to say about Washington:

“Today, it seems as though authority is derived from Washington, and that we’re expected to do what we’re told. I believe authority comes from the people. The role of the representative should be to listen to the people and to advocate for them in Washington–not the other way around.”

If you’re not familiar with J.D. Winteregg yet, I encourage you to listen to this interview. If I were a Ohio resident, J.D. Winteregg would have my full support.

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