The coward who went into an Orlando nightclub and murdered 49 people called 911 during the encounter. The transcript and timeline is below:
Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD): Emergency 911, this is being recorded.
Shooter (OM): In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic]
OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name?
OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State..
OD: Ok, What’s your name?
OM: I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may God protect him [Arabic], on behalf of the Islamic State.
OD: Alright, where are you at?
OM: In Orlando.
OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
Shortly after, the shooter engaged in three conversations with the Orlando Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team.
2:48 a.m.: First crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately nine minutes.
3:03 a.m.: Second crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately 16 minutes.
3:24 a.m.: Third crisis negotiation call occurred lasting approximately three minutes.
Here’s a description of what he said:
In these calls, the shooter, who identified himself as an Islamic soldier, told the crisis negotiator that he was the person who pledged his allegiance to [omitted], and told the negotiator to tell America to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.” When the crisis negotiator asked the shooter what he had done, the shooter stated, “No, you already know what I did.” The shooter continued, stating, “There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid.” Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they “used in France.” The shooter later stated, “In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on.” The shooter hung up and multiple attempts to get in touch with him were unsuccessful.
The man who killed 50 people at an Orlando gay club over the weekend once “saw two men kissing” and that pissed him off, so said his father. So we were led to believe that Omar Mateen hated the LGBT community so much that he loaded up his NRA approved semi-automatic, loaded up a hand-gun and went to the club. He then proceeded to commit the biggest mass murder in America’s history.
But maybe we were led astray. Maybe what led Mateen to commit such a heinous crime was not the homophobic attitude his father described, but rather his apparent closeted sexuality and being rejected by some in the LGBT community.
A man who was in the same 2006 police academy class told the Palm Beach Post that Mateen once asked him out romantically, and said they had spent time together at gay nightclubs after classes at the Indian River Community College police academy.
Officials say Mateen shot and killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse, a gay nightclub early Sunday morning.
“We went to a few gay bars with him, and I was not out at the time, so I declined his offer,” said the former classmate said, who asked that his name not be used.
The man told the Palm Beach Post that he believed Mateen was gay, but not open about it.
“He just wanted to fit in and no one liked him,” he said. “He was always socially awkward.”
Earlier Monday, it was revealed that Mateen was a frequent visitor to the establishment, according to one regular visitor.
“Sometimes he would go over in the corner and sit and drink by himself, and other times he would get so drunk he was loud and belligerent,” Ty Smith said of the gunman Omar Mateen, 29, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
While discussing the decay of society because of gay people getting married, a Texas House Republican lawmaker dropped this little nugget on Wednesday while talking to Tony Perkins of the very conservative Family Research Council…
But before I expose the nugget, a little background. The fight going on at the Supreme Court these days is whether gays or LGBT people should have the right to marry each other. No question where Perkins stand on this issue as he flatly chalks up much of the problems in today’s society to the breakdown of traditional marriage and families.
“A lot of these problems are created by the breakdown of the family, which the redefinition of would only accelerate,” Perkins said.
That’s when the Texas Republican lawmaker, Bill Flores, offered his two cents.
“You’re exactly right, Tony,” Flores said. “Let’s talk about poverty for instance… The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single-parent household. And so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty.”
“You look at what’s going on in Baltimore today, you know, you see issues that are raised there. And healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in the way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective.”
“There’s just nothing like traditional marriage that does that.”
I guess we can say Mike Pence is a politician. That would account for the masterful way he managed to completely avoid answering a straightforward question today from George Stephanopoulos. All George wanted was a yes or no answer and for 11 minutes, Indiana Governor Mike Pence talked and played mary go round until Mr Stephanopoulos had no choice but to end the segment.
What was the question Mike Pence failed to give a yes or no answer to? Whether the new law the Republican signed would allow for discrimination against gays. “It’s a simple yes or no question,” Stephanopoulos said, but of course, nothing is simple with a Republican.
But the good people of Indiana are beginning to make their voice heard and they are demanding something be done about the hate bill recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Pence, a bill designed to allow businesses in Indiana to discriminate against people in the state.
Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading “no hate in our state,” gathered Saturday outside the Indiana Statehouse for a boisterous rally against a new state law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people.
Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the nation, as well as on social media with the hashtag #boycottindiana. Local officials and business groups around the state hope to stem the fallout, although consumer review service Angie’s List said Saturday that it is suspending a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.
The law’s supporters contend discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. They also maintain that courts haven’t allowed discrimination under similar laws covering the federal government and 19 other states.
But state Rep. Ed DeLaney, an Indianapolis Democrat, said Indiana’s law goes further than those laws and opens the door to discrimination.
“This law does not openly allow discrimination, no, but what it does is create a road map, a path to discrimination,” he told the crowd, which stretched across the south steps and lawn of the Statehouse. “Indiana’s version of this law is not the same as that in other states. It adds all kinds of new stuff and it moves us further down the road to discrimination.”
And that was his sermon Sunday morning from the pulpit. He proudly uploaded the video to YouTube on Monday.
Meet Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe Arizona.
“Turn to Leviticus 20:13,” he says in the video, “because I actually discovered the cure for AIDS.”
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” Anderson read aloud.
“And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS,” he said. “It was right there in the Bible all along — and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”
Since the United States Supreme Court decided not to take up same sex marriage, over 30 more states have adopted the lower courts’ decision and allowed gay couples to marry their partners. This is not going over well with some Republicans and some, like former Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, is demanding that the party stand up and defend its values.
Huckabee warns that if the Republicans fail to lead, he and more like him, will leave the party and become members of the independent.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of American Family Association’s Today’s Issues program, Huckabee lambasted the Republican party and it’s leaders for allowing gays to marry and giving up on their so-called “moral” obligation in being the obvious superior party.
“I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,” warning that by doing so the GOP will “guarantee they’re going to lose every election in the future.”
“Guarantee it,” he said before proclaiming that the Republicans are going to “lose guys like me and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people” if the party does not stand and fight on the issues of gay marriage and abortion.
“I’m gone,” Huckabee warned. “I’ll become an independent. I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand. I’m tired of this”: