Happy April Fools’ Day!!

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Happy April Fools’ Day, everyone! Apparently this is a “holiday” that most of the world happily celebrates.

Alex Boese, curator of the Museum of Hoaxes in San Diego, has a theory:

Boese believes … that April Fools’ Day simply grew out of age-old European spring festivals of renewal, in which pranks and camouflaging one’s identity are common.

Joseph Boskin, Boston University professor emeritus of American humor, shared another theory:

In 1983, Boskin told an Associated Press reporter that the idea came from Roman jesters during the time of Constantine I in the third and fourth centuries A.D.

As the story goes, jesters successfully petitioned the ruler to allow one of their elected members to be king for a day.

So, on April first, Constantine handed over the reins of the Roman Empire for one day to King Kugel, his jester. Kugel decreed that the day forever would be a day of absurdity.

In Italy, the day is “celebrated” by perpetrating the pesce d’Aprile on unsuspecting victims, a tradition that

consists of a youngster surreptitiously attaching – with the help of tape or glue – a paper cutout of a pesciolino (small fish) to the rear shoulders of a school companion. Then everyone jokingly questions: L’hai visto?—Chi?—Il pesce d’Aprile! (or Have you seen?—Who?—the April Fool!) and makes derisive remarks about the victim.

Why not celebrate the holiday in a special way, one that doesn’t involve pranks or jokes?

Make some April fool for dessert tonight! It’s simple:

Crush up some fresh fruit–typically berries–sweeten them, and then layer them in a parfait dish with whipped cream.  (See recipes at this link.)  Make it “skinny” by using Stevia or Splenda, or no sweetener at all.  Substitute non-dairy whipped topping or non-fat, non-dairy, “lite” whipped topping and it’s even “skinnier.” But look!  Why worry?  Science now tells us that saturated fats have little to no bad effect on heart disease, and dairy saturated fats are actually good for your heart, so enjoy whipped cream while you can, before they do another 180 in the latest example of unsettled “settled science.”

Back to the fool recipe:  Kick it up a notch by layering granola and/or nuts with the fruit and cream.  Sliced almonds are wonderful (and good for your heart).  Make it even easier by using frozen fruit.  Top it all with a maraschino cherry, and the family will be fooled into believing that you’re a gourmet cook.

Happy Day, Happy Spring, Everyone!



130 responses to “Happy April Fools’ Day!!

  1. The AP photos are clearly doctored. How is that the seat back cushion has grown on one side of the vehicle? Even more magical is how the bar and seat back cushion are in front and in back of the same shoulder…..

    • btw, it’s good to hear from you. You’re right. It does look fishy. Look at the photo that ends with “01.jpg“. What is that peeking up over the back of the jeep, on the far right side, behind Craig Robinson’s head? To understand what 57th State means, look at where the seat cushion ends in the front row, behind the guide on the far left side. Then compare it to the cushions behind Craig. They seem to go all the way up to the bar. In the case of the one closer to the viewer, we may be seeing the cushion of the seat behind him; but that can’t be true for the last seat. Can it? There should be space between the top of the seat and the bar, through which we should see grass and weeds, unless it was filled in to prevent us from seeing the rest of whatever that is behind the last seat, which seems to be peeking up over the back of the jeep in the photo I talked about above. Look to the left on that same photo and you’ll see grass showing between the seat cushion and the bar next to Mooch and the guy sitting behind her. You can see Malia’s shirt between the bar and the cushion that Sasha’s leaning against. Even though these are AP photos, that still doesn’t mean that the WH doesn’t enforce the “right” to edit them before they’re released to the public, in the name of “national security” or whatever. As for the photo where the woman’s face appears behind Craig Robinson, it may be that somebody missed it OR it may be that the face was photoshopped in. I say that because of what we’ve seen too many times before–something around the person’s neck (a scarf, a lei) that makes it easier to join the head to the body. Look at this photo: http://s1323.photobucket.com/user/molbear78/media/Exhibit7_zpsee204cd2.jpg.html There’s a person sitting there in that seat where the woman appears in the other photo. Based upon the clothing, it seems to be a different person altogether, although s/he is looking the other way, so we can’t really compare faces or hair. The jacket is much darker. btw, there’s a scarf around Mooch’s neck, too, in some photos. As you see, in the photo I just linked, her scarf is up over her head, as if she’s cold or feeling religious. Also in that same photo, note that the cushion behind that unidentified wo/man goes up above the bar, so does that mean that perhaps somebody can move the cushion? Maybe turn it on it’s side to make it taller? Like Papoose suggested, maybe the woman is Secret Service. You’d expect some body guards there, especially in Africa. It seems to me that in other photos, I saw a second jeep behind Mooch’s.

  2. This doesn’t refer to the discussion above, but it fits with this article in general and is good advice

  3. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Nothing to do with April Fool’s Days other than the fact that this imperial presidency has been one long April Fool’s Day….but it must be written…. Marian Robinson is one FUGLY woman. Am I allowed to write that?

  4. ~ Obama Is ~ An April Fools’~ Day Prank ~ 24/7/365

  5. Happy April Fools Day everyone!!! 😀

  6. QL …. @ Dr. Kate’s View
    March 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Islamic-Raised, Barack Hussein Obama (a.k.a. Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Soebarkah, a.k.a. Harrison Bounel) Perfectly Fits Former FBI Head, J. Edgar Hoover’s Definiton of a Communist. He’s a Teleprompter-Puppeted, Marxist-Leninist, Rabble-Rousing Narcissist. Americans are His Enemy. See the Full Scoop on Commie Obama

    March 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    See the Endless, Stunning List of Murders, Felonies, Bribes, Tax Fraud, Voter Fraud, Identity Fraud, Climate Fraud, Obamacare Fraud, Reparations Fraud, War Crimes, 2nd Amendment Violations, Unconstitutional Acts, Illegal Bail-Outs and Takeovers, Campaign Crimes, Over The Top Gov’t Spending Abuses and Hundreds of Other Assorted Crimes and Treason Perpetrated by Obama and His Organized Criminal Administration. ARREST OBAMA NOW!
    Obama to Hand Over Classified Justification to Kill to Congress …Who Won’t Let Us See It and Then Will Rubber Stamp It.

  7. “Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious.
    Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered & they paid. But they WON.” – Ayn Rand, ~ The Fountainhead ~

  8. Did you think it’s a coincidence that Barry and Joe did their Mission Accomplished Victory Dance yesterday over allegedly meeting their self-invented Obamacare enrollee goal on April Fools’ Day? Of course they met the goal, as predicted, after they allowed their legions of obots to pretend to sign up and assured everyone that nobody’s going to check up to see if they are serious or not. April Fool!!! Surprise. They fudged the numbers: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/04/01/the-secretive-obamacare-study-that-may-reveal-how-many-previously-uninsured-americans-have-actually-paid-for-a-plan/#

  9. EPA did tests on HUMAN SUBJECTS with dangerous toxins! http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/02/report-epa-tested-deadly-pollutants-on-humans-to-push-obama-admins-agenda/

    “The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

    The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

    These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.

    The EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 to look at the health effects of particulate matter, or PM, and diesel exhaust on humans. The IG’s report found that the EPA did get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. But the IG also found that “exposure risks were not always consistently represented.”

    “Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies’ consent forms,” the IG’s report noted. “An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures” but “human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form.” …”

    Mengele, anyone? I swear. They probably don’t care so long as the subjects were old and/or WHITE. Not like these were the Tuskegee tests.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Diesel exhaust eh? Like Zyklon-B? Or more like Smartmeters? I believe it is our Leza who was effected by her smartmeter.

      Fuming (absolutely NO pun intended in this instance!)

    • Miri, they spray our skies incessantly. They’ve never seen a natural blue sky that they don’t come rushing in to muck up. Its appalling.
      They are denying “chemtrails” and claim they’re contrails. Water would evaporate, not create a haze that blocks the sun…condensation does not create a thick, milky, fake sky. it disappears.

      Oh, but what is this? I guess this normal and I’m just dumb.


        • Rosemary Woodhouse

          Oh yes, Aren’t we all? Eyes to see. Ears to hear. I guess we should consider ourselves fortunate.

          • that’s the silver lining, so to speak, Rosemary. And that’s why the have the NSA stalking us night and day. We’re dangerous conversationalists.

            • http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/nsa-surveillance-loophole-americans-data

              “US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a “back door” in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications.

              The NSA’s collection programs are ostensibly targeted at foreigners, but in August the Guardian revealed a secret rule change allowing NSA analysts to search for Americans’ details within the databases.

              Now, in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat on the intelligence committee, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has confirmed the use of this legal authority to search for data related to “US persons”.

              There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications [that means the CONTENT] lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States,” Clapper wrote in the letter, which has been obtained by the Guardian.

              “These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.” [Liar. That’s impossible.]

              The legal authority to perform the searches, revealed in top-secret NSA documents provided to the Guardian by Edward Snowden, was denounced by Wyden as a “backdoor search loophole.”

              Confirmation that the NSA has searched for Americans’ communications in its phone call and email databases complicates President Barack Obama’s initial defenses of the broad surveillance in June.

              “When it comes to telephone calls, nobody is listening to your telephone calls. That’s not what this program’s about,” Obama said. “As was indicated, what the intelligence community is doing is looking at phone numbers and durations of calls. They are not looking at people’s names, and they’re not looking at content.” [Liar!]

              Obama was referring specifically to the bulk collection of US phone records, but his answer misleadingly suggested that the NSA could not examine Americans’ phone calls and emails. …”

              • http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/02/clapper-yeah-weve-checked-out-americans-e-mail-content-phone-calls-without-warrants/

                From Wyden’s letter:
                Senior officials [OBAMA] have sometimes suggested that government agencies do not deliberately read Americans’ emails, monitor their online activity or listen to their phone calls without a warrant. However, the facts show that those suggestions were misleading, [A DemoncRAT won’t say they’re outright LIES!] and that intelligence agencies have indeed conducted warrantless searches for Americans’ communications using the ‘back-door search’ loophole in section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” the two senators wrote. “Today’s admission by the Director of National Intelligence is further proof that meaningful surveillance reform must include closing the back-door searches loophole and requiring the intelligence community to show probable cause before deliberately searching through data collected under section 702 to find the communications of individual Americans.”

                Oh, not to worry. It’s only done when they’re on the trail of terrorism, which, remember, in THEIR definition, includes Tea Partiers and “anti-government” folks. THEY LIE. Who seriously believes given a huge database that stores EVERYBODY’S email and phone calls, especially those belonging to Obama’s “enemies” and POTENTIAL domestic terrorists, that they DON’T monitor it regularly? In addition, given their usual M.O., who believes there would be no cadre of ready, willing, and able tech-savvy hacker obots who would have no qualms about “hacking into” the database for political reasons, such as that person who “cauterized” Barry’s passport files? Who believes then that Barry and his peeps would NOT claim that they only just learned about that outrage in the news?

    • Cinco de Mayo. They can kiss my BUTT. But look what the story says. Nobody’s doing anything to stop Barry’s ruling by executive order, so the brakes are off, off, off. WHEN will they act like the representatives of the people they were elected to be? IMPEACH HIM NOW.

    • Read this one and get even more furious: http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2014/04/White-Privilege-Conf-Teacher/index.php

      “The city of Madison [Taxpayer money? Federal money? Your money? My money?] hosted the 15th annual national White Privilege Conference last week at the Monona Terrace to discuss issues of white supremacy, social justice, education and the Tea Party. The MacIver Institute attended multiple breakout sessions and will be releasing our highlights [Pffft!] over the next couple days.

      Our first account comes from the breakout session titled Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.

      The session was facilitated by Kim Radersma, a former high school English teacher in California and Colorado. Radersma is currently working toward her Ph. D. in critical whiteness studies at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. [Note: this is not an April Fools’ joke. See here: http://watchdog.org/134404/white-money-conference/ ]

      She argued that until white people admit they have a problem, they will not be able to fight against white privilege.

      “We’ve been raised to be good. ‘I’m a good white person,’ and yet to realize I carry within me these dark, horrible thoughts and perceptions is hard to admit. And yet like the alcoholic, what’s the first step? Admitting you have a problem,” [Yeah, she’s brainwashed to hate herself. They can kiss my butt.] she told the session attendees. …

      “I came to higher ed to study. What is this problem that I’m scared of? I don’t know what to do. My principal is scared of this. Where do I point? Who’s at fault? My white body is at fault,” she said. “My racial identity, as a white person who believes that I am somehow better or more deserving, is the problem. The white supremacy, the structure is the problem.” [Unlike every other race, WHITES are not allowed to HAVE a racial identity. WHY does NO ONE OBJECT TO THIS TAXPAYER-FUNDED RACISM? Where will they end it? GENOCIDE? Time to move to Sweden?]

      Another topic of discussion was how white people’s actions, like donating to charity or helping a family in need, are inherently racist. [Seriously? Seriously! If you are white and charitable, the act of charity is an act of RACISM. So even if you’re good, you’re bad, because you’re a white devil. You cannot BE good.] A white attendee of the conference told a story about how her family donated school supplies to one of her classmates when she was in first grade because the family could not afford them.

      The receiving family had moved from India, [btw, Indians are white.] according to the attendee. While she was happy to be helping when it happen years ago, she was now questioning her family’s motives.

      “It was like ‘well why don’t you swoop in and save the day and give her all this stuff because we can afford to do that for them‘ kind of mentality,” she said in the session.

      Radersma agreed and said the family that was helped likely felt discriminated against. [Chew on that one for a while.]

      “It’s that savior mentality, like ‘save them, because they are not like us,’ and that normalization of whiteness. Whiteness is best and those poor others aren’t as good as us,” she said. “So, we need to think of them and give them our sympathy and our charity and our generosity, which is so demeaning to the people on the receiving end. It’s so demoralizing and disempowering to be receiving it.” …”

      Okaaaaay. So suddenly now progressives idiots are also followers of social Darwinism? Every person of color for himself! We wouldn’t want to insult persons of color; therefore, we MUST stop all government benefits provided by anybody who’s not a person of color. So exempt all white people from taxes so that their offensive white bodies that earned that money don’t insult, demoralize, or disempower persons of color by giving them help.

      How to destroy America.

      h/t Papoose. This was on Weasel Zippers yesterday, too, but I couldn’t find it then, when Papoose tipped me to it. Can you believe there’s actually a PhD program in CRITICAL whiteness studies? We have POSITIVE blackness studies, but if whites are to have white studies, then the focus MUST BE CRITICAL and negative, obviously. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?

  10. Rosemary Woodhouse

    Another shooting at Fort Hood.

  11. Russia orders arrest of George Soros. Russian Authorities have formally presented an International Arrest Warrant for the immediate arrest of George Soros. They’ve caught him manipulating currancy. Puddin’ and Pie, Georgie, “What a good boy, am I” ????

  12. What’s going on behind the scenes?

    The missing airplane with 239 people on it will just be a memory, too. We need to get that off the radar, (no pun intended, in respect to the victims), as soon as possible. pfft, just like the humongous plane. We need something to happen at Fort Hood to keep news out of the news.

    Focus. Relax. You are getting very sleepy…

    • 4 dead, as many as 14 or more wounded. Killer allegedly killed himself, as it’s the usual M.O. MKultra? They can’t question a dead man. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/01/military-hunts-one-time-recruit-planning-ft-hood-style-jihad/ But it wasn’t that guy. Nope. They say it was a hispanic guy: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/04/02/search-for-active-shooter-on-fort-hood-base/

      “Four people are confirmed dead and at least 14 people are injured following a shooting at the Fort Hood army post Wednesday evening, according to the House Homeland Security Chair and U.S. Representative from Texas Michael McCaul. CBS News confirms the shooter is among the dead and was killed by a self-inflicted wound. The shooter has been identified as a soldier. He has been identified at 34-year-old Ivan Lopez. (Is he an illegal alien they allowed to sign up?) The shooting reportedly started as the result of a dispute between soldiers. (Butt, when Hasan did his dirty work, nobody was armed. That was the problem, wasn’t it? Weren’t people not allowed to carry weapons, thus they had no defense? Oh, well. Don’t ask too many questions. If it’s not shark attacks, it’s shootings. But this is NOT Muslim terrorism. They’ve already said so.)

      KWTX also reports approximately 20 rounds were fired. The FBI, Bell County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety all responded to the shooting.

      Fort Hood has sent a tweet asking all personnel to take shelter in place. …”

      Excellent job Barry’s administration does. Excellent job by the Commander in Chief, who’s off to another fundraiser. They do an excellent job preventing these attacks.

    • Love your sense of humor!

    • This is where I was trying to post that i love you sense of humor, but where my post ended up, works just as well. Ha!

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      When is Hillary going to crawl out from under the house that fell on her? She’s been awfully quiet lately.

    • Reading, Repubx.com – Diego Garcia has ordered in one empty Cargo Ship. To what purpose is unknown at present. Still. unable to post a link.

  13. For the first time in my life I am beginning to see that 9/11 is blurry.

    We’re being infiltrated by the so called enemy and they are being appointed by the global American government.

    Bush and Clinton in 2016?… run that by me again? Its beginning to get clear in the fuzz.


  14. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/02/massive-voter-fraud-discovered-in-north-carolinas-2012-election/

    The North Carolina State Board of Elections has found thousands of instances of voter fraud in the state, thanks to a 28-state crosscheck of voter rolls. Initial findings suggest widespread election fraud.

    765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.
    35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.
    155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

    The second point is key, as double voting is election fraud under state and federal statutes. Punishment for double voting in federal elections can include jail time. …”

    Now that last paragraph IS an April Fools’ joke. Who is going to prosecute them? Did you know, btw, that the infamous voter fraud perp who went to prison, Melowese Richardson, is now free at last, after “serving” only a fraction of her sentence? She was congratulated and “honored” by Al Sharpton and DemoncRATS. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/wow-al-sharpton-democrats-honor-convicted-voter-fraud-felon-melowese-richardson-at-welcome-home-party/

  15. Security is needed at a Military Base.

    Making asshats out of Troops while they’re at it.

    • This is a job for the DOJ and Homeland Security.

      Is that sinkng in America? The Department of Homeland Security.

      The Department of Homeland Security. In America.

    • http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/04/02/breaking-active-shooter-at-fort-hood/

      The guy who’s not the shooter but was identified falsely as the shooter has a ring that looks like Barry’s.

      This comment was updated. Note that CT must have picked up the wrong photo.


        The ring.

        UPDATE: Now the news media are apparently saying that this photo from 2010 is ANOTHER Ivan Lopez who was there in 2010 in the same unit. Same position? Who knows? I’ll leave this up for the oddity of his ring that looks like Barry’s. I’ve never seen another ring like that, so it’s interesting.

        • FLY BOY…. has a RING just like BARRY’s…. O

          Rusty Shackleford ‏@mypetjawa 15m
          Had “mental health” issues and was being treated for that, had served in combat. PTSD –> let #blamebush begin!

          • Butt I bet he wasn’t on mind-altering psychotropic drugs, huh? All of them are victims. They all are mentally disabled by PTSD. Thus, they should all be banned from owning weapons. Always there’s an agenda. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Just waiting for it.

            I have a new theory: CCP will wait for a time when there are no distractions. There will NEVER be a time like that. Chaos is in overdrive now. When threatened, what does a cornered rat do?

            • News flash: Contrary to with the other shootings, perpetrated by the likes of Lanza, with THIS shooter, they admit he was on psychiatric drugs–namely anti-depressants. Why? If privacy was the excuse before to withhold that data, or if the intention was to shield Big Drug from lawsuits, why do they disclose this with regard to this mentally-ill-on-account-of-PTSD shooter? Further labeling of our military and veterans as potentially dangerous people. Thus, they must be kept disarmed. Heard a normally non-conspiracy-theorizing radio host this morning ask why the troops on base are disarmed and then he asked, “Are they afraid of them?” The answer is a big honking YES. When they plan to “move forward,” they don’t want to risk certain “folks” siding with the People.

          • top-view pic of ring?

        • He was on AMBIEN, which is what Patrick Kennedy was on when he ran into the Capitol building. His sister, too, was on sleeping pills of some kind when she crashed but was acquitted. Here’s his photo:

          Same guy as in the earlier pic? http://nypost.com/2014/04/03/fort-hood-shooter-sought-help-with-mental-issues/

          “Authorities on Thursday were still investigating why an Iraq War veteran shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others at Texas’ Fort Hood before committing suicide — and have not ruled out terrorism. [WHY NOT? Another deviation from the norm.]

          “We’re going to keep an open mind. … Possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully,” Army Secretary John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. [Why? Some indication he might have been conservative? Is he a “white Puerto Rican”? Still inventing a narrative so this good crisis doesn’t go to waste?]

          Authorities said gunman Ivan Lopez, 34, enlisted in the Army in 2008 and served four months in Iraq but never saw combat and was not wounded in action, but was still being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder.

          “We do not know a motive,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said. “We do know that this soldier had behavioral health and mental health issues, and was being treated for that.”

          Lopez was a native of Puerto Rico who was married with children and had other relatives living near the Fort Hood area, where 13 people were murdered in 2009 in an attack by a soldier who had embraced radical Islam. …

          Lopez’s mother, Carmen Lopez, died in Puerto Rico last year, and he was enraged at the Army for at first refusing to let him attend her services, a childhood pal told El Nuevo Dia, a Puerto Rican newspaper.

          Military brass later relented and he was given a 24-hour pass to attend her funeral.

          Lopez seemed fine in a conversation with the friend two days before the killings, the paper said — but did mention that he’d had a beef with someone at the sprawling base. …

          Also Wednesday, a Facebook page that appeared to be Lopez’s emerged — but under the name Ivan “Slipknot,” the name of a hardcore metal band.

          Several neighbors and a Fort Hood official confirmed the images show Lopez, ABC reported. …

          Lopez did report a traumatic brain injury upon his return to the US, and had a number of mental health issues and was receiving psychiatric help for depression and anxiety.

          He was also on medication for his problems, including Ambien for a sleep disorder. …”

          INCLUDING Ambien, so there were other drugs. Wonder if he was hoping for a PTSD diagnosis so he could collect disability and was refused?

          • The story goes on to say there was only one gun, when other stories said two: a .45 and a 9mm. The story says he dropped one, pulled another out of his jacket, and shot himself. The usual conflicting tales.

          • I know I saw this first from a link on Drudge but did not note where it was, earlier today. Now that I have time at computer went to get to put here and took me to UK which left out this part of the story. So went to try to find and had a heck of a time: “Another Facebook photo carried this message in Spanish: “The people shouldn’t fear the government – the government should fear the people.”

            Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fort-hood-gunman-devastated-mother-death-article-1.1744315#ixzz2xs6t6We7

            What is still included in the articles around “town” are these phrases:

            ““We’re going to keep an open mind. … Possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully,” Army Secretary John McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.”

            “He turned his weapon, a legally-purchased .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol,…”

            “‘We’re going to keep an open mind…Possible extremist involvement is still being looked at very, very carefully,’ McHugh said, but he went on to speak specifically about how Lopez’s record showed he had ‘no involvement with extremist organizations of any kind.
            ‘He had a clean record.'” (This appears to have replaced the original reporting on the traditionally Republican/Tea Party/Conservative phrase used in the the first reporting.)

            Have no idea what this means other than “who’s on first? reporting syndrome.” Or maybe was originally a set up and then when wasn’t going to fly with that common core news (So grand this phrase was started upthread!), had to be more reality based.

            On the comments at cth, This guy not looking like a stereotypical Lopez makes one pause at the other with the same name and title who killed himself several years ago? Always lots of confusion thrown out to keep from being simple.

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Allow them to carry weapons on base. They are the (dis) ARMED FORCES, damn it!

    • With all of Barry’s spending in the Trillions, the DNC is claiming they are broke, no more money. That’s as strange as the now 7 million O’care enrollees.

  16. http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/04/ivan-lopez-named-as-possible-fort-hood-shooter/

    “Lopez lives in the Fort Hood area in Killeen, Texas. …

    It had been reported since the incident began that it was “soldier-on-soldier” and “not terrorism related.” …

    Lopez is reported to be an active member of the military. It’s not known if the gunman was wearing a uniform at the time of the shooting. KWTX reports that Lopez was an active duty soldier. Lopez served in the Army National Guard in Puerto Rico, according to NBC News. The network also states that Lopez served one tour in Iraq. There are reports that Lopez may have been working in building 33026, a medical building, where the shooting began. The gun used in the attack is said to be a .45 pistol. A defensive official reportedly told Reuters that there is no indication the attack was terror related. …

    The attack happened at around 4:25 p.m. local time when the gunman exited his vehicle and opened fire around Motor Pool Road and Tank Destroyer Boulevard. Reports say that three people are dead and 16 are injured. Four of those wounded are said to be in “grave condition.” One witness told News 10 that she heard at least 20 shots being fired. …

    It’s reported that the shooter committed suicide by self-inflicted gun wound. An internal DOJ memo was obtained by The Associated Press that stated the gunman was down. …”

    If nobody’s supposed to be armed, and if they instituted new procedures after Hasan’s attack, then how did Lopez achieve this? How did he get the gun on site?

  17. https://www.facebook.com/FortHoodWTB/info

    “Fort Hood Partnership for Army Strong Warriors, Units and Veterans. This page serves both alumn and current members of the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade. Following or friending does not equal Army endorsement.This Facebook page is the official si
    The Warrior Transition Brigade’s mission is command and control and to provide the resources necessary to help wounded, injured or ill Soldiers heal. In 2007, the Army created 35 warrior transition units (WTUs) at Army installations to fill a gap in support personnel for wounded Soldiers. The WTUs provide critical support to wounded Soldiers— who are expected to require six months of rehabilitative care and the need for complex medical management—and their Families. The units have physicians, nurses, squad leaders, platoon sergeants, and mental health professionals. These leaders are responsible for making sure wounded Soldiers’ needs are met, their care is coordinated, and their Families are taken care of.

    At the heart of the WTU system’s success is its “triad of care.” The triad is comprised of a squad leader, nurse case manager, and a primary care physician. The squad leader leads the Soldiers, and the nurse case manager coordinates their care. The primary care physician oversees care, which can be complex, given the multiple issues experienced by some Soldiers. The triad of care creates the familiar environment of a military unit and surrounds the Soldier and Family with comprehensive care and support, all focused on the wounded warrior’s sole mission—to heal. These professionals put the Soldier first, cut through red tape, and mind the details.

    Since its inception in 2007, the WTU caseload has doubled from 6,000 to 12,000 in 2008. The WTU system has completely reformed how the Army cares for wounded warriors and continues to update policies and increase staff to meet the needs of Soldiers and their Families. …”

    Lopez is said to be part of that brigade.

  18. The news conference is very convincing.

    They are saturating us with facts before they can possibly know for sure or they can’t discuss it at this time.

    Common Core News.

    • ^^

      In September, a former Navy man opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, leaving 13 people dead, including the gunman. After that shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to review security at all U.S. defense installations worldwide and examine the granting of security clearances that allow access to them.

      Defense Installations / Reviewing Security

      “That does not compute”, said Rosie the robot.

    • Now, after he’s been convicted, they suddenly tell us about Hasan shouting “Allahu Akbar” or however you spell it.

    • Are fatigues considered “a uniform”, as other stories have said?

    • http://www.ibtimes.com/who-ivan-lopez-meet-alleged-fort-hood-shooter-who-killed-4-injured-14-photo-1566714

      He only just arrived at Ft. Hood in February. They “believe” he got in a dispute with another soldier (so that’s why he killed 3 people and wounded 16 others). As usual, they first thought there was a second shooter. But nope. Only one and he killed himself, so cannot be analyzed for motive or training, if you get my drift. (Oh, heard on radio news that he wasn’t “religious”.) Oh, I’m taking down the photo that this story says (I believe) was NOT the right guy. Figures. So where’s a pic of the real guy? I knew when I posted it that it was probably a mistake. I should have listened to my instinct. [Update: I can’t confirm or deny that it’s the right guy, so I left it up. I found another guy yesterday who would have been too young and who has already killed himself, so obviously wouldn’t be the same guy unless … stolen identity? Anyway, this shooter is said to be 34, and be married with at least one kid. I found one guy on intelius who lives in Killeen but is 36. Guess we’ll have to wait for the WH to give the media the pic of whoever they’ve decided it will be.)

  19. P U M A

    Lets combine, people.

    This coming from a woman that wouldn’t attend a politcal function because Sarah Palin was invited.


    P U M A

    • Earlier in the day, Clinton helped announce a new campaign with the U.S. Agency for International Development that aims to harness science and technology to end extreme global poverty by 2030. USAID is undertaking the anti-poverty effort with 32 partners from private industry, colleges and universities, philanthropies and nongovernmental organizations.

      USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the campaign, called the U.S. Global Development Lab, will tackle issues such as the lack of clean water and access to education.

      Associated Press writer Karen Matthews contributed to this report.

      • Rajiv Shah: The apologist for the illegal USAID program to subvert the Cuban government by using shell companies and foreign financiers (SOROS?) by creating a social media platform to SPY ON and USE subscribers and foment revolt. Guess all USAID employees are now AT RISK on account of this revelation. RAJIV SHAH. Who the hell is HE?

    • “Clinton cited the need to “get back to evidence-based decision-making.”

      We never left “EVIDENCE=BASED” decision-making, which is why we didn’t vote for the FRAUD that she supported and joined and worse, KNEW ABOUT. Which is why we CONTINUE to fight for the EVIDENCE.

      Speaking of failures on her watch: How’s about that ridiculous and illegal progrm that took place on her watch to try to make a tweeterverse and undermine the gummint of Cuba? Do they EVER learn? Don’t doubt for a minute that the same program is in place and in effect here, just waiting for the go signal to “move forward.” http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/us-secretly-built-cuban-twitter-stir-unrest

      “The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

      The Obama administration project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba’s stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent.

      Yet its users were neither aware it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the State Department, nor that American contractors were gathering personal data about them, in the hope that the information might be used someday for political purposes.

      It is unclear whether the scheme was legal under U.S. law, which requires written authorization of covert action by the president and congressional notification. Officials at the USAID would not say who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it. The Cuban government declined a request for comment. …”

      Carney has since said that Barry and Joe didn’t know and Congress says the truth was hidden.

      • That is not what USAID should be doing,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform National Security Subcommittee. “USAID is flying the American flag and should be recognized around the globe as an honest broker of doing good. If they start participating in covert, subversive activities, the credibility of the United States is diminished.”

        Earth to Chaffetz: IT’S ALREADY GONE.

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