Collusion Off Japan Leaves American Destroyer Crippled, Sailors Injured and Possibly Missing

CBS News

The U.S. Navy’s USS Fitzgerald has collided with a Japanese merchant vessel, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.

The Japanese Coast Guard is on the scene and providing assistance at the request of the U.S. Navy. The USS Fitzgerald is under her own power, although her propulsion is limited, according to the U.S. 7th Fleet. The USS Dewey, medical assistance and two Navy tugs are also being dispatched as quickly as possible. Naval aircraft are also being readied. The collusion was serious, but the extent of the damage and personnel injuries are being determined.

The collision occurred at 2:30 a.m. local time on June 17, about 56 nautical miles off of Yokosuka, Japan, according to the Navy.

Live footage shot from a helicopter Saturday morning by Japanese broadcaster NHK showed heavy damage to the mid-right side of the Navy ship, which appeared to be stationary in the water. People were standing on various parts of the deck.

The USS Fitzgerald, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer commissioned in 1995, is based in Yokosuka, according to the Navy. Its crew includes roughly 23 officers, 24 chief petty officers and 291 enlisted members of the Navy.

Japan and U.S. relations strengthened in 2015 through the release of revised guidelines, which provide new and expanded forms of security-related cooperation, according to the State Department. Japan provides bases as well as financial and material support to U.S. forces to maintain stability in the region.

This is a developing story.

This is the ACX Crystal, the containership that collided with the Fitzgerald.

Short youtube video showing damage to Fitzgerald:

Live coverage below by Right Side Broadcasting. How long this will stream live is unclear.

Massacre Avoided as Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, Others Shot at Alexandria, Virginia, Baseball Park

Shots were fired a little while ago in the opening round of the new Civil War.

Unlike Civil War I, Civil War II will feature liberal vs conservative, Republican vs. Democrat, and the rational against the nut jobs.

A massacre was avoided when capital police engaged the gunman in a firefight, apparently wounding him.

Liberals are praying that the shooter is a disgruntled white male racist. The worst news for liberals would be if a Muslim or Mexican turns out to be the shooter.

NBC News

WASHINGTON — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among at least two people shot Wednesday morning during a GOP baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, ball field, NBC News confirmed.

He was in stable condition, said two different senior-level GOP aides. One source said the Republican lawmaker was wounded in the hip area.

Two sources said at least one Capitol Police officer was also shot.

Police confirmed in tweets that it was investigating reports of a “multiple shooting” and that the suspect was “in custody” and “not a threat.” The victims were being rushed to the hospital.

Sen. Rand Paul, who was among the lawmakers at the scene, told MSNBC that Scalise as a House leader always has Capitol Police with him as security detail. Scalise has represented Louisiana’s 1st District since 2008. It was not immediately clear if the wounded officer was part of Scalise’s detail.

Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico tweeted that he was at the GOP’s baseball practice and was “alright.”

President Donald Trump released a statement after being briefed: “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”

The calls for “gun control” (disarming law abiding citizens) will be coming on strong today.

More assorted reactions:

NBC Washington

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and multiple other people were shot Wednesday morning in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, NBC News has confirmed.

The shooting happened in the 400 block of E. Monroe Avenue. As many as five people were shot, according to NBC News, including the gunman.

A congressional aide said Scalise, R-La., was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.

Two Capital Police officers were among those shot as well. Those officers are with the dignitary protection unit.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted early Wednesday that she had spoken to Capitol Police and that the officers “will be ok.”

President Trump issued a statement: “Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”

The shooting happened during a baseball practice for congressional Republicans.

Witnesses described hearing Scalise “screaming for help” after the gunman shot his security detail.

“Scalise was on second base, and was crawling out, leaving trail of blood,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., in an interview on CNN.

He was helped by other members of Congress, including Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio. He “started doing what you need to do to stop the blood loss,” Brooks said.

Witness David Woodruff said he was running past the field when he heard 12 to 14 gunshots, a brief pause and then four more shots.
Woodruff said he ducked into a garage and called 911.

“Other witnesses here told me that they heard upwards of 60 shots. Again, it sounded like there was a rather lengthy gun battle between those Capitol protective detail and the assailant….,” Woodruff said.

He said he saw a U.S. Park Police helicopter depart with two victims and at least one ambulance leave with police protection.

Reba Winstead lives near the scene of the shooting, and says she heard at least 30 shots as she was getting her daughter dressed for school.

“Boom, boom, boom, boom for the first 10 our so, then there was a pause and then they started up again,” Winstead said. “It was just a calm morning and then all of a sudden there’s gunfire in our neighborhood. ”

Another apparent witness to the event, Benjamin Childers, wrote on Twitter that someone opened fire on a baseball field where congressional Republicans were practicing and he heard many shots.
“We had three members of Congress take shelter in our apartment,” he said on a live stream, as sounds of emergency vehicles could be heard. “The three weren’t shot.” NBC was reaching out to him for comment.

A baseball game was scheduled for Thursday, according to Roll Call.
Police confirmed that the suspect is in custody. Though they said there was no longer an active threat, all Alexandria schools are on “lock-in” status and police are advising residents to stay away from the area.

Breaking: Trump Appeals Travel Ban to Supreme Court

COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY THE TRAVEL BAN.

It’s been a busy day at the White House on Thursday. Globalists were left crying in their beer over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord and now late Thursday night comes the administration’s appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

The public safety ought to come before political correctness, but with impulsive judges making up the law as they go along, it’s just not possible to foresee how the president’s ability to control hostile invaders will be decided.

ABC News

The Trump administration on Thursday petitioned the Supreme Court to review its contentious travel ban, a move that could set up a high-stakes final verdict on a policy to restrict immigration from several Muslim-majority nations that has so far been stymied in several lower court decisions.

“We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the Nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement released Thursday night. “The President is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”

The petition comes after the latest setback for Trump’s controversial executive order to cut visas for individuals from Somalia, Libya, Iran, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit declined to lift an existing lower court ban on the administration’s revised travel ban, which had originally also included Iraq.

The 4th Circuit’s Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory wrote that the government’s “asserted national security interest … appears to be a post hoc, secondary justification for an executive action rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.”

After that court’s decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would lodge an appeal with the high court.

Buzzfeed News further reports that the administration is asking the Court to issue an order NOW allowing the ban to take effect while the nine justices mull over the legality of the ban and issue a final ruling.

Additionally, and potentially having a more immediate effect, the department asked for the Supreme Court to allow the federal government to begin enforcing the second version of the travel and refugee executive order that Trump signed in March with two other filings to the justices.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had said the request for the justices to hear — and ultimately reverse — the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit would be forthcoming.

Additionally, the department asked the justices to issue a stay of the injunction entered in that case — International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) v. Trump — until the justices resolve the case. In that case, the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court injunction against the specific portion of the executive order banning travel for a limited time from six Muslim-majority countries.

The department also filed a second stay request, asking the justices to put the injunction on hold that was entered in a challenge to the executive order out of Hawaii — Hawaii v. Trump — that is now on appeal before a different appeals court, the Ninth Circuit, until that case is ultimately resolved. The injunction entered in that case is more broad, covering the entire refugee and travel ban sections of the order.

If both of those stays are granted, as requested, the Trump administration would be allowed to enforce Trump’s travel and refugee executive order while the questions raised in the challenges to the executive order are being heard by the justices.

Breaking: Armed Man at Orlando Airport, Suspect Cornered but NOT in Custody

Although no shots have been fired as of this writing, the Orlando Florida airport experienced a scare this evening. A yelling, agitated man pulled a gun inside the airport. When police responded to the disturbance he holed up in the airport somewhere near the rental car area.

I thought I heard the voice of the armed man. He sounded nonwhite to me, but I can’t be sure I wasn’t hearing the voice of a police officer.

Orlando Sentinel

An armed man at Orlando International Airport prompted a massive law-enforcement response that closed Terminal A, authorities said Tuesday night.

The man is not in custody but is “contained,” and speaking to a crisis negotiator, according to Orlando police.

“There is no active shooter. No shots fired,” the Orlando Police Department said on social media.

A government source said police have the man surrounded and are trying to get him to surrender his weapon. Orlando Sentinel news partner Fox 35 reported that the armed man has not harmed himself or anyone else.

Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said an armed man was on the first floor of the airport in the rental-car area. It was first reported about 7:24 p.m.

Glorializ Colón Plaza, 20, said she was just getting off work from Virgin Atlantic airlines when she saw everyone hiding. She got off the elevator and saw the man on the floor near the rental-car area. He was screaming, and cops had surrounded him.

“I couldn’t make out the words, but he was screaming really loud,” she said. “Everyone there told me right before this happened a man said to everyone: ‘You’re going to need mental therapy after this,’ then he pulled out a gun and everyone ran.”

Plaza said she didn’t hear any gunshots or see anyone who was injured.

“I saw all the cops with the long rifles and started shaking,” she said. “It didn’t seem real.”

Fennell also said law enforcement had cleared the first floor. Terminal A is shut down, and traffic entering the airport was at a standstill.

All roads leading to the airport were shut down after the incident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. FHP troopers were telling those in the area to “stay in your vehicle and away from law enforcement personnel.”

By about 9:15 p.m., officials appeared to be letting some traffic into the area.

James Roland, a supervisor at Wally Park, an off-site airport lot, said he had customers that are stuck at the airport after arriving.

They were alerted by what was going on by all the lights and sirens.

“We didn’t know what was going on — we just knew it was big,” he said.

Breaking: Sheriff David Clarke Joins Trump Administration at Homeland Security

Liberal heads are exploding.

Bloody Man Holding HUMAN HEAD Stabs Store Worker in Oregon

No one involved in this story has been named by the police.

The alleged killer probably fits into one of three categories:

1. Mexican immigrant, possibly dealing drugs for one of the cartels. Beheadings are common in Mexico.

2. Muslim immigrant. ISIS teaches beheadings to jihadists.

3. Someone on bath salts or otherwise mentally disturbed.

Sky News

A man is reportedly in custody after walking into a US supermarket covered in blood, holding a knife and what looked like a human head, and stabbing a worker.

Police responded to a call about the attack at the Harvest Market Thriftway in Estacada, Oregon, at around 2.15pm on Sunday.

Other staff reportedly held the knifeman down until police arrived.

The store worker was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital for treatment.

The suspect was also taken to a nearby hospital.

Within minutes of the report of the supermarket attack, officers were called to Elwood Road, Colton, around 10 miles away, where a woman was found dead inside a home.

Police are investigating both incidents which investigators say are connected, according to reports.

This is a developing story. More later as events warrant.

BREAKING! TRUMP FIRES COMEY

Oh ye of little faith. Trump has really started to drain the swamp now.

I hope you understand the fierce criticism that Trump will face over this move.

I expect that the MSM and the (((Deep State))) will be pushing the “Trump is crazy and must be impeached now to save the country” meme.

The problem is that Hillary has stupidly opened the door for the Donald to make his move since she criticized Comey herself last week.

Business Insider

The White House announced Tuesday afternoon that FBI Director James Comey was fired.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

The search for a new director will begin immediately, Spicer added.

“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in the statement.

This is a developing post and will be updated.

The obvious question is what if Comey refuses to be fired and what if all his deputies quit in protest.

This could be a very wild ride we’re looking at. Or not.