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A Congressman’s Step-By-Step Guide to the Perfect Terrorist Hoax.

Students in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Dallas are heading to school Thursday, hours after school officials in those cities said they received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week. 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 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. Later in the day, the city of New York revealed that it too had received a “similar” email, but did not deem it “credible,” which necessitated that officials in L.A. explain why they decided to abruptly tell some 600,000 kids to stay home.

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.

The sender threatened that “something very big” would happen, warning that he or she was a “devout Muslim” who had “teamed up with a local jihadist cell” and planted “bombs hidden in lockers at several schools.” Something big is going down. 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 a statement released by Miami-Dade Schools, “Miami-Dade Schools Police Department has established communications with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and at this time the threat is deemed as less than credible. He released a detailed statement—which you can read on his website—explaining the differences between the emails received by each city, and why decision makers in L.A. perceived theirs to be more serious. 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.

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. Regardless, the lesson for hoaxers here is obvious: make sure you don’t sound like a foreign nob if you’re trying to position yourself as an insider.

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. Sherman states that the email to L.A. said the hoaxer had “32 accomplices ready to strike,” while the email to New York said there were 138 accomplices. That means fewer fruits and vegetables at farmers markets and in high-end restaurants. “It’s frustrating for us, but it’s devastating for the farmers,” said a buyer for restaurants like Providence in Los Angeles.

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. To think that there would be a conspiracy in the New York area involving 139 active shooters ready to act on a single day, all without the federal government at least raising the threat level, is not credible at all. To Brad Sherman’s credit, he didn’t specify the exact number of accomplices that seems most credible, but you can basically figure it out. 15? 20? After all, New York City schools received the same threat and properly determined it was a hoax, but Christie didn’t praise that district’s leaders for being brave foot soldiers in the War on Terror who overcame the nation’s weakling of a commander in chief to stay open, perhaps because he knew he was using the L.A. school closures to score cheap political points.

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. If you’re going to play off of America’s generalized Islamaphobia, be diligent in your proofreading and make sure all references to “Allah” are properly stylized.

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. According to Sherman, “no devout Muslim, nor a Muslim extremist claiming to be devout, would use” an email service that had the word “cock” in it, so while “cock” is admittedly a very funny word, you should ultimately remember that hoaxing is serious business. 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. Chemists and workplace safety experts were surprised to see Harran selected given that he was charged with four felonies stemming from a December 2008 lab fire that killed a 23-year-old research assistant.

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.

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. 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. 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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