Here is the fake email threat that closed down Los Angeles public schools …

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Chris Christie’s spineless political hucksterism: What his selective outrage over safety in schools really reveals.

MIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade School Board has deemed a threat the district received late Wednesday to be “less than credible,” but have planned to step up security at local public schools as a precautionary measure. The Los Angeles Unified School District was forced to close every school in its district Tuesday after receiving an email that threatened its students.A day after two of the nation’s largest school systems received email threats against students and property, Miami-Dade and Broward schools received a similar threat.The decision to close Los Angeles’ public schools after a school board member received a vaguely worded threat showed that city leaders might need better coordination the next time there is an emergency.

The conventional wisdom coming out of Tuesday night’s debate has it that Chris Christie did nothing to either dramatically improve or terribly hurt his quest to prove that a living, breathing New Jersey stereotype can get elected president.MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Public schools in Miami-Dade County opened as usual Thursday after receiving a threat that several levels of law enforcement deemed “less than credible,” Miami-Dade County Public Schools, officials said early today.

The threatening letter that prompted the shutdown of every public school in Los Angeles earlier this week was obtained and published by local media outlets Wednesday. The Miami-Dade County, Dallas and Houston school districts announced on their websites that “less-than-credible” threats were received by email late Wednesday evening, and that schools would be open Thursday.

Unlike other big cities, the school district operates independently of City Hall and that may have led to a delay in reaching out to the mayor and even the district’s superintendent. “I think it is better to be brought in as collaboratively and as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. The author, claiming to be a Muslim, threatened to detonate bombs that were hidden inside each of the schools, use nerve gas, and attack them with a “local jihadist cell.” Something big is going down. Los Angeles Times One of the attackers in the San Bernardino mass shooting expressed support for jihad in private messages but neither Syed Rizwan Farook nor his wife Tashfeen Malik openly wrote about those feelings on social media, according to the FBI. “The investigation continues, but we have not found that kind of thing. He unabashedly lied in the service of his self-aggrandizing narrative, which paints him as a bold anti-terrorist warrior baptized in the fire of 9/11 — behavior that, in a better world, would disqualify him from ever again showing his face in polite society.

All classes will be in session as scheduled. “Parents are encouraged to send their children to their regularly scheduled classes,” the release stated. In the world of right-wing politics, it will probably get him a few more millions in super PAC funds and a few more months of press until he folds his campaign and slinks off to spend his post-gubernatorial career in the same netherworld to which the GOP has banished that other notorious 9/11 pitchman, Rudy Giuliani. In Dallas, officials with the Dallas Independent School District said some teachers and staff members at two schools — Pinkston High and Martinez Elementary — received emailed threats and notified district officials. The district’s police department activated its emergency response protocol and began working with other law enforcement agencies to make sure the schools were safe.

Referencing the closure of all Los Angeles public schools that day over a bomb threat that turns out to most likely have been a hoax, Christie said, “America has been betrayed. The Office of Inspector General found inmates with sensitive needs were often placed in violent settings, while gang members inflicted abuse to settle drug and gaming debts.

Garcetti said one lesson of Tuesday’s school shutdown was that officials of different agencies should try to coordinate more closely during future city emergencies. Think about the effect that that’s going to have on those children when they go back to school tomorrow wondering filled with anxiety to whether they’re really going to be safe. Politicians and law enforcement experts continue to debate the wisdom of closing schools to L.A.’s 640,000 students, a dispute intensified by New York City officials’ decision to write off a similar threat. Meanwhile, some critics say the false alarm has laid bare potential shortcomings in officials’ capacity to handle future crises, both in the nuts and bolts of coordination among government agencies and in the less quantifiable ability to reassure the public.

I am a devout Muslim, and was once against violence, but I have teamed up with a local jihadist cell as it is the only way I’ll be able to accomplish my massacre the correct way. Garcetti’s repeated efforts throughout the day to emphasize his lack of ownership of the decision gave the impression that he and the police department he oversees were not fully committed to the school district’s course of action, said Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. But had the mayor chosen to take a more assertive role, Schnur said, he might have been vulnerable to accusations that he was playing politics with the safety of schoolchildren by trying to influence Cortines’ deliberations. No, what sets the teeth on edge while watching Christie’s statement is his wrapping himself in clichéd “Oh won’t someone please think of the children” talk on the day after the three-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut. Because over the last decade and a half, America has seen many, many more school shootings by disaffected, angry American teenagers with easy access to semi-automatic weapons than it has seen jihadi terrorist bombings, of schools or anywhere else.

Yet efforts that Barack Obama and gun-control advocates have made to limit access to such weapons have been fought by, among others, Chris Christie, when he found it politically advantageous to do so. It is tough to accurately measure Christie’s views on gun control, since he opportunistically shifts them based on which way the political winds are blowing.

In 2013, months after Sandy Hook, he signed a few gun-control measures that, among other things, prevented people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns. Harran was accused of willfully violating state labor codes by failing to provide proper safety training and failing to require protective gear for lab workers.

But he also last year vetoed bills that would have outlawed possession of magazines that hold over 10 rounds and civilian ownership of a .50 caliber sniper rifle used by the military. It was during the process of vetoing the magazine bill that Christie refused to meet with the parents of a couple of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook, who had lobbied for the bill and gathered more than 55,000 signatures on a petition supporting it.

Political observers suggested the governor was plotting a run for the White House and didn’t want to have to explain to the gun-friendly voters of New Hampshire and Iowa why a less rural state like New Jersey might find gun-control measures desirable, even if he was being responsive to the desires of his constituents. Sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, however, someone vandalized the meter. “What was stolen is an entirely useless mechanical piece that is intrinsically linked to our specific account and totally worthless to anyone else,” creator Adam Tenenbaum wrote on Facebook. Orange County Register Boy, oh, boy: California’s former state attorney general and state treasurer is a father for the second and third time at the age of 74. If you cancel classes, the bombings will take place regardless, and we will bring our guns to the streets and offices of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Bakersfield, and San Diego. SF Gate Political reporting: A longtime political reporter who covered Ronald Reagan’s last term as governor and Jerry Brown’s first has died at age 77.

Officials later determined that the letter was a hoax and New York authorities, who received the email, said they were confident from the beginning the threat was not credible. Fairly unremarkable, writes one neighbor. “Growing up in San Bernardino, you live in a radius of violence, so you come to expect horror being within walking distance.” Zocalo Public Square Flight attack: A 54-year-old man was indicted after allegedly choking and punching a woman when she reclined her seat on a Southwest flight bound for San Francisco, prosecutors said. Of course those ecosystems had grown in the ruins of past disruptions, taking root as best they could in the disturbed soil kicked up by money as it raced ever forward, disguised, always, as progress.” Los Angeles Magazine Mouthful of soap: At Birds of a Feather Rescue in Santa Rosa, there is a Congo African grey parrot with a filthy mouth.

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