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Archive for September, 2006

~ SPECIAL REPORT: School Shooting West of Madison, Wisconsin

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2006

School Shooting in Cazenovia, Wisconsin:

I regret to inform my readers that Weston Schools Principal Mr. John Klang has passed away from injuries received in the shooting this morning. Mr. Klang gave his life attempting to disarm the gunman and protect his students and staff. A true hero, and on all accounts a very good man.

Prayers of strength and comfort to Mr. Klang’s family, the school students, staff, Law enforcement officers, and the whole community affected by this tragedy.

To add to the devastation facing this VERY small community, another student who attends the high school was killed when his vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed, crashed into a tree about 3-4 miles from the school. He had passed an officer on patrol prior to the accident, but the officer was not in pursuit (trying to catch up, but with no lights or sirens). More information about the accident is in the press conference transcript below. The identity of the student has not been released pending notification of family. Also see the article below.

[Alot of information is included on the post page itself (if you are reading this on the blog main page). Please click the “read the rest” link below this note]

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Posted in Cazenovia, Eric Hainstock, Gun Control, Gun-Free School Zones, John Klang, Madison, School Shooting, School Violence, Second Amendment - Guns, US News, Weston Schools, Wisconsin | 3 Comments »

~ Gun-Free School Zone Laws Put Children At Increased Risk

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2006

UPDATE: August 19, 2008
A Texas School District recently voted to allow teachers and administrators with the proper certifications to carry guns within the school.  To read an article about this decision as well as links to more information, please see the following post here at The Liberty Rocks Blog – Texas School District To Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

HOW LONG BEFORE WE LEARN
THAT GUN CONTROL LAWS

ONLY APPLY TO LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS?

Do “gun-free school zone” laws put our children at greater risk? And, what lessons can we learn from yesterday’s tragedy at Platte Canyon High School in an effort to prevent future, perhaps even more horrific tragedies.

I would like to take a moment to remark on one the issues that will most assuredly assert itself in light of the tragedy at Platte Canyon High School yesterday. Many people were reminded of the horrors of Columbine, especially because the responding law agencies were the same as on that day (with the exception of Park County). Colorado media sources have already sought commentary from the parent of one of the Columbine students, Mr. Tom Mauser, whose son Daniel was killed at Columbine*. Mr. Mauser took the tragedy of his son’s death as impetus for pushing for a slew of gun-control laws that ultimately disarm the wrong people. Even here in Wausau, Wisconsin the newscasters at ABC’s Channel 9 (WAOW-TV) showed as a feature related to this tragedy information about a group, Student Pledge, Inc., that was created in the wake of Columbine which focuses on ending school bullying which was a factor in the Columbine tragedy, but has absolutely nothing to do with the events in Bailey yesterday.

While these activists, and their intentions are good, and – in the case of the group featured during the WAOW News Broadcast – can help to decrease school violence perpetrated by fellow students, many are missing the real lesson that can be learned from this tragedy. That is, in my opinion, the fact that our students in classrooms across the country are “sitting ducks” for those criminals considering these types of actions. In particular the “gun-free school zone” laws only exacerbate the situation.

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Posted in 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Criminal Psychology, Gun Control, Gun-Free School Zones, Homeland Security, Platte Canyon High School, Public Education, Public Schools, School Shooting, School Shootings, School Violence, Second Amendment - Guns, Something to Ponder, Teachers, Terrorism, US News, World News | Tagged: , , , , | 5 Comments »

~ SPECIAL REPORT: Tragedy at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2006

 

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NOTE: – 9/30/06 – 5:20p.m. – I have changed the picture of Emily featured to the one distributed by her family on the Park County Colorado website. I have also included a link to the press release from Park County, also obtained at the above mentioned website. Other update notes have been moved to the bottom of the page. I also repaired on media article link, and will be adding more article links today. Still working on the “Focus Page”.

UPDATED OVERVIEW: 9/28/2006

 

At approximately 11:30am, on Wednesday September 27, 2006, 53 year-old Duane R. Morrison entered Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado armed with a 9mm handgun. He was dressed in a black “hoodie” and was carrying a camoflage backpack. After being seen around the school by students, and talking with a few of them, he proceeded to enter Mrs. Smith’s College Prep English Classroom. He pulled his gun and fired at least one shot. He then proceeded to line the kids up at the blackboard, and one by one chose who would be allowed to leave, allegedly tapping them with his gun as he made his decisions. He kept a total of six female students as hostages, and then proceeded to call 9-11 himself, to alert authorities of the his plans. He told them he was armed with an explosive device beside the gun he possessed.

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Posted in Bailey, Bailey Colorado, Colorado, Emily Keyes, Hostages, Jefferson County, Park County, Platte Canyon High School, School Shooting, School Violence, SpecialReports, US News | 3 Comments »

World and US News Links – September 25 and 26, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2006

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September 25 & 26, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

THE POPE & ISLAM:

Posted in 9/11, Ahmadinejad, Catholicism, Chávez, Counterterrorism, Feminism, Homeland Security, Hugo Chavez, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, North Korea, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Path to 9/11, Pope Benedict XVI, Sister Leonella, Sister Leonella Sgorbati, Somalia, Terrorism, US News, Venezuela, War in Iraq, War on Terrorism, WMDs, Women's Rights, World News | Leave a Comment »

World and US News Links Roundup – September 23 and 24, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 26, 2006

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September 23 & 24, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

THE POPE & ISLAM – MUSLIM’S DAY OF RAGE:

SISTER LEONELLA (nee ROSA SGORBATI):

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Posted in Ahmadinejad, Chávez, Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Hugo Chavez, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, North Korea, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Pope Benedict XVI, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sister Leonella, Sister Leonella Sgorbati, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, US News, Venezuela, War in Iraq, War on Terrorism, WMDs, World News | 2 Comments »

~ A New Look for Liberty Rocks…

Posted by Admin on September 24, 2006

Hello everyone!

Yes, this is the same place you’ve come to know and love. However, some of your fellow readers who still use Internet Explorer were not seeing things correctly with the old theme. So, I’ve changed the template.

There are a few things I wish I could change in this template like the border that shows around the images, and some of the links in the sidebars that are not well-defined, but overall it’s not so bad (at least until I can host this blog at my own site, or pay for a CSS capability upgrade). Another plus is that now it’s a little more patriotic – which I don’t mind at all…

I hope you are all doing well. I’ll be posting another round-up of news soon…

Take Care & Stay Safe!
– Michelle K.

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World and US News Links – September 22, 2006

Posted by Admin on September 23, 2006

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Note to my readers: It has come to my attention that for some reason this template is not showing up properly in IE Explorer. I was planning on changing the template soon anyway, so I guess I will tackle that job sooner rather than later. So, look forward to a whole new look for the Liberty Rocks Blog sometime within the next day or two.
Thanks for Reading, Take care & Stay Safe! – Michelle K.

September 22, 2006
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

THE POPE & ISLAM – MUSLIM’S DAY OF RAGE:

Posted in Catholicism, Chávez, Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Hugo Chavez, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Pakistan, Pope Benedict XVI, Terrorism, United Nations, US News, Venezuela, War in Iraq, War on Terrorism, World News | Leave a Comment »

SPECIAL REPORT: Osama bin Laden ~ Is the trail as cold as the dead?

Posted by Admin on September 23, 2006

SPECIAL REPORT:
IS OSAMA REALLY DEAD, OR JUST SICK… AGAIN?

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25 September 2006 – 3:30 pm (US-CST) – Added more article links

Dear Readers: I am in the process of putting together the latest news links list right now, so I only had time to review in-depth the L’Est Republicain article, its translation at FreeRepublic, and the CBS coverage, as well as collect some links for you all to peruse. I will update this post as more information becomes available. – Michelle K. 25 September 2006 – Added more article links

Is Osama dead or alive?

A purported leaked French intelligence report was exposed in the French newspaper L’Est Républicain today which stated that according to a usually reliable source, Saudi secret services have come to believe that Osama bin Laden is dead. They believe he died on the 23rd of August 2006, of typhus which involved a partial paralysis of his lower limbs. The Saudi secret service judged the information to be sufficiently reliable for them to inform the highest French authorities. According to the article a note was written on September 19th titled, “The Saudi secret services are looking to confirm the death of Osama Bin Laden.” Neither French or U.S. officials are able to confirm these reports.

As far as the source is concerned, according to Sheila MacVicar in a CBS News Exclusive video report, L’Est Republicain is not a tabloid, has a very good reputation, and it is the major news source for their geographical region of France. MacVicar also points out that the French Defense Ministry is launching an investigation into the source of the leaked secret document which suggest that the leaked document is indeed legitimate.

MacVicar also states in the video report that senior Saudi officials told her, they have “excellent information, very credible information, which does strongly suggest that bin Laden is dead. The Saudis themselves are warning that until they either find the people who were with bin Laden, or recover a body it will be impossible to confirm. But I am told that the Saudis are moving towards a pretty high degree of certainty that they believe that he’s dead.”

CBS News also has made available a video report titled, “Experts on the Bin Laden Reports“. According to a CBS News consultant, Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit and author of the book, “Imperial Hubris”, when asked by Thalia Assuras about the likelihood that these reports were true, he referenced a conversation he had with sources on the Afghan/Pakistani border this morning who reportedly told him, “If Osama bin Laden were dead the West would never know it. We would keep it secret for years.”

Jere Van Dyck, another news consultant debated Schuer’s assertion citing that Osama’s death would not be kept a secret because the culture would value him as a martyr, and they would want to celebrate his entry in to paradise, as attainment of Osama’s ultimate goal. Van Dyke postualtes that this may be an attempt on the part of the Saudis and the French to try and goad bin Laden into saying something to refute the reports of his death.

Van Dyke also added that according to rumors he has heard when in the region, and again in his conversations this morning, Osama is surrounded by a concentric circle of guards all of whom have detonators that would be activated immediately killing Osama if anything went wrong because Osama “does not want to be seen as Saddam was seen, he does not want to be humiliated in any way” and that he very much wants to be a martyr. Schuer again stated at the close of the report that he simply doesn’t know if Osama is dead or alive, and his sources repeated to him that they would “never tell”.

Michael Scheuer was also interviewed on the CBS Early Show this morning and stated that the particular source of these rumors is not particularly reliable in his opinion. He stated that Saudi intelligence can be somewhat of “an oxymoron”. He also says that Al Qaeda has never before tried to disguise the death of one of its leaders, instead announcing these events in a “fairly concise time frame”. Scheuer think the likelihood of this rumor being true is, “a long shot at the moment.”

As far as the reports of bin Laden being ill and possibly dying of typhoid, Scheuer stated that contracting that disease is a distinct possiblity that may lead to Osama’s eventual death due to the quality of water available in that region of the world. He believes illness would more likely be his downfall rather than dying in any sort of combat. Scheuer also brings up the point that bin Laden’s death supposedly occurred on August 23rd, and he finds it highly unlikely that they would have, or could have kept that a secret for this long. He firmly believes that if Osama were dead al-Qaeda would announce it, again, as confirmation of Osama’s martyr status and his attainment of paradise in accordance with his follower’s beliefs for one who dies “in a jihad”.

You can read the original article in French here;
OUSSAMA BEN LADEN SERAIT MORT – Les services secrets saoudiens auraient acquis la conviction que le fondateur d’Al-Qaida est mort.” – by Laïd Sammari – L’Est Républicain – France – 23 September 2006

A member of the Conservative News & Discussion Forum, FreeRepublic.com has posted a translation of the article here;
TRANSLATED TEXT OF FRENCH NEWSPAPER REPORT OF BIN LADEN’S DEATH: ‘OSAMA BIN LADEN COULD BE DEAD’” – Posted by “StJacques” – Source: L’Est Republicain – Translation by “StJacques” – FreeRepublic.com – California, US – 23 September 2006

OTHER MEDIA COVERAGE:

QUOTE:
     
      French President Jacques Chirac said Saturday that information contained in a leaked intelligence document raising the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid in Pakistan last month is “in no way whatsoever confirmed.”

     
     Chirac said he was “a bit surprised” at the leak and has asked Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie to investigate how a document from a French foreign intelligence service was published in the French press.
     
[. . .]
     
      “We have no response to the question of whether bin Laden is dead or alive,” the [Saudi] interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
     
     A senior White House official says of the information,”I wouldn’t hold your breath,” reports CBS News White House correspondent Jim Axelrod.
     
     A senior official in Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry said he is “very skeptical of the truthfulness” of the document, noting past false reports of the death of bin Laden. He was not authorized to address the issue and asked that his name not be used.
     
     Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Tasnim Aslam, called the information “speculative,” saying that Pakistan like other countries was “clueless about him.” [Cont’d…]
     
French Want Probe Into Bin Laden Leak” – CBS News

  • OFFICIALS, FRIENDS: BIN LADEN DEATH REPORT UNCONFIRMED” – Kate Turner, Pam Benson, Peter Bergen, Elise Labott & Nic Robinson, Contributors – CNN News – Cable News Network LP LLLP – Atlanta, Georgia, US – 23 September 2006
    [NOTES: From the article; “Story Highlights: France’s Chirac, U.S. intelligence downplay report that bin Laden is dead – Report’s source is leaked French defense ministry documents – Saudi source tells CNN bin Laden is ill with a water-borne disease – Bin Laden’s brother-in-law says he has heard no report of al Qaeda leader’s death”]
  • BIN LADEN: DEAD OR ALIVE? – CBS News: Arab Diplomats Discuss Reports Of Bin Laden’s Death” – by Farhan Bokhari & Sheila MacVicar – CBS News – CBS Broadcasting, Inc. – New York, New York, US – 23 September 2006

QUOTE:
     
     Osama bin Laden’s health has deteriorated in the past year, forcing him to curtail his movements, according to Arab diplomats in Pakistan who routinely track reports of his movements.

     
     A senior source with an intelligence service friendly to the United States told CBS News that Saudi intelligence has collected what it considers to be “very credible information” that bin Laden has been very seriously ill, and that the Saudi services are now suggesting, though not confirming, that they “have a pretty high certainty” that he is dead.
[Cont’d…]

     
Bin Laden: Dead or Alive?” – CBS News

MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES AVAILABLE:

  • film3.gif EXCLUSIVE: OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD?” – Report with Sheila MacVicar – CBS News – CBS Broadcasting, Inc. – New York, New York, US – 23 September 2006
  • film3.gif EXPERTS ON THE BIN LADEN REPORT” – Thalia Assuras talks with CBS News consultants Jere Van Dyk, and Michael Scheuer – CBS News – CBS Broadcasting, Inc. – New York, New York, US – 23 September 2006
  • film3.gif ANALYSIS OF BIN LADEN REPORTS” – CBS Early Show interview with Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit – CBS News – CBS Broadcasting, Inc. – New York, New York, US – 23 September 2006

~ DISCLAIMER ~
Opinions expressed in the items linked to in this post are that of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect my opinions. Some editorials (and articles) linked to on this site are done with the intention of furthering knowledge of differing opinions, and encouraging debate on important issues.

Also, please keep in mind that some news sources linked may require more scrutiny than others when relying on the truthfulness of information contained in them; particularly those news outlets such as Foreign Government Controlled News Agencies, or political party websites.

Thank you for reading the Liberty Rocks Blog – Michelle K.

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