Marine Esteban J. Smith Linked to Deadly Texas Shooting, Body of Woman Found in NC Motel Room

Esteban J. Smith, 23, a Marine who went on a shooting rampage in two Texas counties before being killed in a firefight with law enforcement agents, was also linked to a woman whose body was found in a North Carolina motel room.

Esteban Smith, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, opened fire on a vehicle early Sunday morning in Eden, TX, wounding an unidentified woman. He then made his way to a convenience store in Brady, where he shot and wounded two people as they sat in their vehicles. Smith then turned around and went back to Eden, where he fired at another vehicle, wounding the occupant at about 5:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies  responded to a call of shots fired in Eola, where they found Alicia Torres, 41, dead in her car. That was shortly after 6 a.m.

Esteban Smith fired on Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane, wounding him on U.S. Highway 83, just north of Eden. Smith was killed in a shoot-out with a state trooper and a game warden. He was armed with an assault-style rifle, a handgun and had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his possession.

A few hours later,  the body of a woman was found in a motel room in Jacksonville, NC. It is not clear how she died, but investigators have said her death is connected to the Texas shootings.

 

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Officer, Charged With Sexual Assault

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Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Officer, Charged With Sexual Assault

SHAMEFUL: Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, Chief of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch of the U.S. Air Force, was arrested and charged with sexual battery in Arlington, Va., last weekend. He is accused of fondlling a woman in a parking lot in Crystal City early Sunday morning.

According to a Arlington County Police Department crime report05/05/13, 500 block of S. 23rd Street. On May 5 at 12:35 am, a drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks. The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He was held on a $5,000 unsecured bond. ”

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski reportedly works at the Pentagon ARLnow.com reports. He has been removed from his position pending the outcome of an investigation. Fancy that, someone charged with overseeing sexual assault prevention and response being accused of the same thing.

Quantico Marine Base Shooting Victims ID’d as Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, Cpl. Jacob Wooley, Shooter Sgt. Eusebio Lopez

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Quantico Marine Base Shooting Victims ID’d as Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, Cpl. Jacob Wooley, Shooter Sgt. Eusebio Lopez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quantico Marine Base Shooting Victims ID’d:  Marines Corps Base Quantico has released the names of the three killed in the Quantico Marine Base shooting:  Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19; Corporal Jacob Wooley, 23; and Sergeant Eusebio Lopez, 25. All three were assigned to the Officer Candidates School. The alleged shooter was identified as Sgt. Lopez, who was listed as a tactics instructor at the school. His military occupational specialty was disclosed as a machine-gunner.

The authorities were called to the base around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. They found one Marine dead at the barracks, reported as Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata. A second body was later found, with the body of the shooter, Sgt. Eusebio Lopez.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the Quantico Marine base shooting victims.

The Washington Post reports there may have been a love triangle between the three, according to a senior military official at the Pentagon speaking to the on the condition of anonymity.

Washington Times: His Facebook page showed signs of emotional distress.

On Feb. 20, in a status update, he posted, “un f**kin believable!” and joked with friends about dumping a body in the Potomac River.

The day before, on Feb. 19, he posted, “the way down to rock bottom doesnt hurt as much as when u get there …” as well as a picture with the words, “Funny how we try to move on and at the same time hold on.”

On Feb. 18, he posted, “thats it!!! 3 words to sum up life, IT GOES ON!”

 

Here’s an excerpt from the Marines Corps Base Quantico press release:

Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, 19, of Oakley, Calif., served as a warehouse clerk. She joined the Marine Corps in December 2011, and was promoted to her current rank in February 2013. Castromata’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. She had not deployed.

Corporal Jacob Wooley, 23, of Guntown, Miss., was a field radio operator. He joined the Marine Corps in February 2010 and was promoted to his current rank in July 2012. Wooley’s awards include the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He had not deployed.

Sergeant Eusebio Lopez, 25, of Pacifica, Calif., was a tactics instructor at the school, and his military occupational specialty was machine-gunner. He joined the Marine Corps in May 2006 and was promoted to his current rank in July 2011. Lopez’s awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation 3rd award, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal 2nd award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon 4th award. He had deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

NCIS has identified Sgt. Lopez as the alleged shooter.

The three Marines were pronounced dead at the scene by law enforcement personnel.

“We send our prayers and condolences to the families, fellow Marines and friends of the Marines who were lost in this tragic incident,” said Col. David W. Maxwell, commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico. “Our priority is to take care of and support all of those who are affected by this loss.”

 

 Quantico Marine Base Shooting Victims IDd as Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, Cpl. Jacob Wooley, Shooter Sgt. Eusebio Lopez

Former U.S. Marine David Draa Kills Friend Steven Kyle Hickman in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Takoma Park MD

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Former U.S. Marine David Draa Kills Friend Steven Kyle Hickman in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Takoma Park MD (Photo Credit: Facebook)

TAKOMA PARK MURDER-SUICIDE:  David Draa, a former U.S. Marine and former San Diego police officer killed his friend, Steven Kyle Hickman, in an apparent murder-suicide in Takoma Park, Md., Sunday morning.  David Draa, who served in the Marines from 1999-2008 as a 1st Lieutenant and platoon commander before becoming a police officer in San Diego, according to media reports.

David Draa, 30, and Kyle Hickman, 30, worked together at High Road School in Washington D.C. The men were found deceased in the driveway of a home in the 7300 block of Flower Avenue around 1:45 a.m.

Police are not sure what the motive in this murder-suicide was as there was no prior hostility between the two prior to the incident. The investigation continues.

Former Rep. Allen West Slams Women in Combat as “Misconceived Lib Vision”

Former Rep. Allen West, who was voted out of office after one term in the U.S. Congress, is giving his two cents on Defense Department’s decision to allow women to serve in combat on the front line, reversing a 1994 policy. West tweet: “Women in combat billets, another misconceived lib vision of fairness and equality.” Other conservatives have voiced similar opinions. Um, this only encourages those women who haven’t ran like crazy from the Republican Party to do so come 2016.

Allen West had more to say after his tweet. Here’s what he had to say during an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360:

“I have to tell you, if this is the case, then why do we have separate hockey leagues? Women should be out there playing ice hockey with the guys in the NHL. We should not have a WNBA. I can’t shoot a three-pointer, but there are ladies who could certainly take me to the hoop. Maybe they should be competing with Kobe Bryant.” Source

No-one can take Allen West serious. His views are the very ones that got the Republicans such as Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and others, in trouble with women voters.

Obama Inaugural Parade to Feature Tuskegee Airmen Float with P-51 Mustang Model

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Obama Inaugural Parade to Feature Tuskegee Airmen Float with P-51 Mustang Model(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade will include a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, an Alabama-based unit that broke the color barrier during World War II. The black fliers, who were portrayed in the movie “Red Tails,” trained at Moton Field in Tuskegee in the 1940s and became the nation’s first black pilots during the war. The parade float will feature a model of a P-51 Mustang, which the Tuskegee Airmen are best known for flying.

 Obama Inaugural Parade to Feature Tuskegee Airmen Float with P 51 Mustang Model

President Obama and First Lady Urge Support for Veterans & Military Families in Holiday Address

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President Obama and First Lady Urge Support for Veterans & Military Families in Holiday Address (Photo credit: White House)

President Obama delivered his weekly address, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, as they wished Americans Happy Holidays. They also thanked our brave troops and their families for their service. They asked Americans to visit JoiningForces.gov to find ways to honor and support our veterans and military families. The First Couple urged all Americans to come together and care for each other during this holiday season.

Watch President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama:

Frederick Humphries Identified as FBI Agent Who Sent Shirtless Picture to Jill Kelley

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Frederick Humphries Identified as FBI Agent Who Sent Shirtless Picture to Jill Kelley

Frederick Humphries, 47,  has confirmed that he is the FBI agent who initiated the investigation that brought down ex-CIA boss David Petraeus and also confirmed sending topless photograph years ago.

The New York Times reports Humphries believed that the case was purposefully being stalled for political reasons. In October, he contacted Rep.  Dave Recihert (R-WA), where he had worked before to ask for his help deliberately going over his bosses heads. Reichert directed him to House majority leader, Eric Cantor who eventually passed the message onto the FBI director, Robert S. Mueller, the Daily Mail reports.

Here’s more on Frederick Humphries from Daily Mail:

  • Frederick Humphries, 47, was the agent who initially saw the emails the FBI said Petraeus’ biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, sent to Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, a woman she apparently saw as a rival for Petraeus’ affections. 
  • Humphries joined the FBI in 1996 and first came to prominence in 1999 after an Algerian man was arrested by U.S. Customs agents as he tried to enter Washington state from Canada by ferry. Ahmed Ressam had white powder, chemicals and homemade timing devices in the trunk of his car.
  • Ressam claimed to be a French-speaker from Quebec. According to a 2002 Seattle Times story, Humphries, then the only French-speaker assigned to the FBI’s Seattle office, was asked to question him. As soon as Humphries heard Ressam’s accent and phrasing, he knew he wasn’t from Quebec and told his colleagues to arrest him, the story said. It was later learned Ressam was part of an al-Qaida plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport on New Year’s Eve 1999.
  • By 2010, Humphries had been assigned to the FBI’s Tampa office and was its liaison to MacDill, home to the military’s Central Command.
  • On May 19, 2010, 61-year-old Army veteran Ronald J. Bullock, who was camping at the base, got into an altercation with base security.
  • Officials said Bullock sped off on a motorcycle, but was stopped by other security officers and Humphries as he tried to exit a gate. They said he got off the motorcycle and came at Humphries and the officers while brandishing a knife. Humphries fired, killing Bullock. The shooting was later ruled justified.

Whoopi Goldberg to Ann Romney: How Can You Talk to Mothers of Killed Soldiers When Your Sons Didn’t Serve in Military

I see why Mitt Romney is scared of Whoopi Goldberg — she goes for the jugular. Ann Romney made an appearance on “The View” and was asked by Goldberg how she can explain to mothers of killed soldiers that her sons didn’t serve in the military. Uncomfortable but right, since Mitt Romney seems to want to send our troops to fight wars in Syria and Iran. One thing I can say, most soldiers would opt for a LDS mission than to serve on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan during the height of the war. The Romneys continue to show just how out-of-touch they are with the majority of Americans. There sense of entitlement is nauseating. Actually, it’s called WHITE PRIVILEGE, hence Tagg Romney’s behavior at a black man, President Obama, calling out his father, the ultra rich white dude.

“OK, um, well I say that, what I read about your husband, what I read, and maybe you can correct this, is that the reason that he didn’t serve in Vietnam was because it was against the religion,” Goldberg asked.

“He was serving his mission,” Romney responded. “My five sons have also served their mission. None served in the military.” Romney later added, “I sent them away boys and they came back men.”

“So when you’re facing these mothers whose children have not come back, how will you explain to them that your sons haven’t gone?” Goldberg pressed.

“I think it’s the hardest thing that a president will probably do,” she said. She added that while governor of Massachusetts, her husband “went to every funeral … and it was the hardest thing [he] had to do.” Source

Of course, President Obama didn’t serve in the military either, so let me just put that out there before people say I am biased.

“60 Minutes” Correspondent Lara Logan: “Taliban and al Qaida Not Vanquished, They’re Coming Back”

Lara Logan, a correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” delivered an ominous message during a speech last week, saying that “the Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, they’re coming back.” I don’t think anyone in their right mind would think that we have wiped out al-Qaida. On the contrary. We may have killed Osama bin Laden, but the movement still continues in some semblance.

Chicago Sun Times:  Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.

Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent. The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. Source

The narrative from the Obama administration is that we have the Taliban and al-Qaida on the run, but how do you explain the murders of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith? How do you explain those members of our military who are being killed in Afghanistan by Afghan security members?