» Backstory: Shibin was arrested last year after he, and three other Somali pirates, seized a German merchant ship and an American-owned yacht. All four U.S. citizens onboard the yacht were killed, and crew members from the German ship were tortured in an effort to increase the demanded ransom. While Shibin did not kill the Americans himself, and did not face murder/manslaughter charges, he was found guilty of 15 charges including piracy and kidnapping.
» What happened: Police believe Cortez was shot and killed after his father, Mauro Cortez, was mistaken to be a member of a rival gang. The mix-up is attributed to a purple T-shirt he wore which read, “I own a Honda. Be nice to me.” As for the donation, Timothy Leiweke, the president of AEG (the firm that owns the Kings) noted: “During such an exciting time such as this we can’t lose sight of the importance and responsibility we all share in keeping our community safe.”
If you go to Yemen where I was, and you see the unexploded cluster bombs, and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do, of women and children that represented the vast majority of deaths in the first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen, those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from Al Qaeda in that area.Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter for The Nation • Leveling a dire condemnation against President Obama, on the topic of U.S. drone strikes. Scahill was speaking on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” (clearly a show accustomed to recent controversy), and as one could expect his remarks have drawn wide criticism. This is an issue Scahill is very close to — he’s reported from Yemen before, and claims one strike he investigated killed some 35 people, 14 of them children. Redstate.com founder Joshua Treviño pushed back, suggesting he was saying something ‘no reasonable person’ would. We think there’s a very worthy conversation to be had about the moral ramifications of this new sort of warfare, we just hope it doesn’t become too intense at expense of the dialogue. source (via • follow)
captain-bubblebeard asks: Do you guys feel that the amount of gruesome stories that have appeared this week is a trend that news outlets are latching on to - or is stuff actually getting go-buy-a-shotgun-and-build-a-bomb-shelter weird?
» SFB says: Some have suggested “zombie apocalypse,” but my personal guess is this — the story out of Miami was so weird and disturbing that it created a bit of an “audience” for the other ones. There are other stories from this week we hadn’t even covered in that post that easily could’ve gone there. If you ask me, it’s pretty likely that stories like this happen more often than you’d guess, but don’t “surface” in the mainstream. To put it simply, I’m hoping next week comes very soon. — Ernie @ SFB