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Memorial for 13 Service Members Killed in Kabul Targeted with Major Vandalism

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A California freeway display of 13 flags to honor the U.S. military members killed outside the Kabul airport last month was destroyed in an act of vandalism, according to the Riverside Police Department.

“Recently after the deaths of our 13 United States Service Members killed in Afghanistan, 13 American Flags and 1 Marine Corp flag were placed on the fence to the Ivy Street overpass to the 91 Freeway in Riverside as a memorial. Sometime yesterday, an observant citizen noticed the flags appeared to be damaged and it was reported to the police,” the department said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

“At this point, we don’t have any suspect description but it’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged.”

“Two citizens helped to take down the damaged flags, which were later turned over to local Boy Scout Troop 703 to be properly retired, police said,” Fox News reported.

“As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made and police said they did not have a suspect description.”

The story of the vandalized flags was not all negative. A later update noted the 13 destroyed American flags had been replaced.

The display was restored by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Military Affairs Council.

“We felt inspired by the Riverside resident that hung American flags on the Ivy Street bridge and the family that replaced them when the initial ones were vandalized,” the organization posted on Facebook.

“Thanks to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Military Affairs Council, we added 13 more American flags and the United States Marine Corps flag to the 14th Street bridge in honor of the service members who recently gave their lives during the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“We are proud of all the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you and welcome home,” the post added.

The flags honor the 13 U.S. military members who lost their lives in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan last month as they assisted with evacuating Americans and Afghan allies trapped under the control of the Taliban.

The blast also killed about 170 people and wounded other U.S. military members.

According to Fox News, 10 of the 13 victims were based out of California’s Camp Pendleton.

President Joe Biden has taken much criticism for his botched departure from Afghanistan after the nation’s nearly two decades of military presence in the nation following the tragic events of 9/11.

In addition to the deaths of American military personnel, an unknown number of Americans remain trapped in Afghanistan following the military’s Aug. 31 departure.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Teen Who Says He Knew Shooter Shares Disturbing Details He Says No One Is Reporting

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A student at Uvalde High School in Texas who says he knew Salvador Ramos rejected the prevailing media narrative that the gunman was the victim of bullying, and this was the catalyst for his May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Ivan Arellano, a senior at Uvalde High School, told WFAA-TV in Dallas that Ramos “was not a good person” and had been a bully himself.

“Salvador Ramos was a boy who was not bullied,” Arellano said on Wednesday. “He would try to pick on people but fail, and it would aggravate him.”



Ramos was shot to death by a Border Patrol agent after his shooting rampage at Robb Elementary School, which left 19 children and two adults dead.

Shortly before the attack, the 18-year-old gunman shot his grandmother in her home. Celia Martinez Gonzales, 66, was reported to be in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital.

Arellano, who was friends with one of the victims, wanted to set the record straight because he had not seen any media coverage spotlighting Ramos’ cruel personality.

“I don’t see this covered and I’m going to put this out there: He would hurt animals. He was not a good person,” he said.

Arellano’s statements belie the initial media coverage of Ramos as a victim who was subjected to gay slurs and bullied over his lisp.

So do the observations of 17-year-old Crystal Foutz, who attended school with Ramos and worked with him at the fast-food restaurant Whataburger.

“He always seemed to take his anger out on the most innocent person in the room,” Foutz told KTBC-TV in Austin.

Our understanding of people and events generally morphs as the dust settles after a horrific crime like this shooting and research unearths more about the perpetrator’s background.

However, one thing is already clear: The school system and his own family failed Ramos, who should have been red-flagged over his threatening, anti-social behavior, which included self-mutilation, animal abuse and shooting people with BB guns.

American culture is cratering at a chilling pace, fueled in large part by toxic left-wing policies that marginalize nuclear families, decimate the working class and demonize hard work and meritocracy.

Our schools have devolved into mindless incubators of destructive leftist propaganda that lionizes victimhood, socialism, transgenderism and mediocrity.

Is it any wonder that American children lag behind their international peers academically and report increasing depression and hopelessness?

Daily shootings and escalating violence in Democrat-run cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta are the symptoms of a failed system and a flailing culture.

Where’s the outrage over these crimes?

Until politicians and the corporate media call out this horrifying reality instead of selectively weaponizing certain tragedies while ignoring others, there is no reason to expect these senseless killing sprees to do anything but continue — and worsen.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A student at Uvalde High School in Texas who says he knew Salvador Ramos rejected the prevailing media narrative that the gunman was the victim of bullying, and this was the catalyst for his May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. Ivan Arellano, a senior at Uvalde High School, told WFAA-TV in Dallas that Ramos “was not a good person” and had been a bully himself. “Salvador Ramos was a boy who was not bullied,” Arellano said on Wednesday. “He would try to pick on people but fail, and it would aggravate him.” https://youtu.be/oPRmz3JZGQg Ramos was shot to death by a Border Patrol agent after his shooting rampage at Robb Elementary School, which left 19 children and two adults dead. Shortly before the attack, the 18-year-old gunman shot his grandmother in her home. Celia Martinez Gonzales, 66, was reported to be in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital. Arellano, who was friends with one of the victims, wanted to set the record straight because he had not seen any media coverage spotlighting Ramos’ cruel personality. “I don’t see this covered and I’m going to put this out there: He would hurt animals. He was not a good person,” he said. Arellano’s statements belie the initial media coverage of Ramos as a victim who was subjected to gay slurs and bullied over his lisp. So do the observations of 17-year-old Crystal Foutz, who attended school with Ramos and worked with him at the fast-food restaurant Whataburger. “He always seemed to take his anger out on the most innocent person in the room,” Foutz told KTBC-TV in Austin. Our understanding of people and events generally morphs as the dust settles after a horrific crime like this shooting and research unearths more about the perpetrator’s background. However, one thing…

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Report: Uvalde School Parents Tased and Arrested While Trying to Save Kids

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Parents of Robb Elementary School students in Uvalde, Texas were arrested and at least one was reportedly tased as they tried get to their children during and after Tuesday’s shooting.

Now-deceased 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 young children and two teachers on Tuesday in the horrific incident at the school.

On Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon laid out a timeline of events for reporters, explaining that Ramos had first made entry into the school approximately 11:40 a.m. local time.

At 11:44 a.m., local and school police made entered the school, Escalon said, and they took fire from the shooter, who had gone into one of the classrooms.

The officers moved back, took cover and called for backup and additional resources.

Law enforcement began evacuating students and teachers from the building.

Approximately an hour after the shooter entered Robb Elementary, a U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene and forced entry into the classroom where Ramos was holed up and shot and killed him.

Parents began arriving on scene soon after the standoff began and begged police to take out the shooter or allow them to enter the school to get their children.

Angeli Rose Gomez, the mother of a second and third grader at Robb Elementary, told The Wall Street Journal that the police were “just standing outside the fence.”

“They weren’t going in there or running anywhere,” she added.

Gomez was among the parents urging the police to take action.

“After a few minutes, she said, U.S. Marshals put her in handcuffs, telling her she was being arrested for actively intervening in an active investigation,” the Journal reported.

She told the news outlet she was able to convince Uvalde police officers whom she knew to persuade the marshals to uncuff her and let her go.

Once freed, she distanced herself from the crowd, climbed over the fence surrounding the school, ran into the school and got her two children out.

Gomez told the Journal she saw a father tackled and thrown down to the ground by police, and saw another parent pepper-sprayed.

The video below shows someone on the ground surrounded by police.

WARNING: The following video contains language that some viewers will find offensive.

Javier Cazares, whose fourth grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the attack, told Fox News he became frustrated with the police’s apparent unwillingness to act.

“Upset that police were not moving in, he raised the idea of charging into the school with several other bystanders,” Fox News reported.

Gomez said she also saw police use a stun gun on a father who had approached a bus collect his child.

“They didn’t do that to the shooter, but they did that to us. That’s how it felt,” she said.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Parents of Robb Elementary School students in Uvalde, Texas were arrested and at least one was reportedly tased as they tried get to their children during and after Tuesday’s shooting. Now-deceased 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 young children and two teachers on Tuesday in the horrific incident at the school. On Thursday, Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon laid out a timeline of events for reporters, explaining that Ramos had first made entry into the school approximately 11:40 a.m. local time. At 11:44 a.m., local and school police made entered the school, Escalon said, and they took fire from the shooter, who had gone into one of the classrooms. The officers moved back, took cover and called for backup and additional resources. Law enforcement began evacuating students and teachers from the building. Approximately an hour after the shooter entered Robb Elementary, a U.S. Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene and forced entry into the classroom where Ramos was holed up and shot and killed him. Parents began arriving on scene soon after the standoff began and begged police to take out the shooter or allow them to enter the school to get their children. Angeli Rose Gomez, the mother of a second and third grader at Robb Elementary, told The Wall Street Journal that the police were “just standing outside the fence.” “They weren’t going in there or running anywhere,” she added. Gomez was among the parents urging the police to take action. “After a few minutes, she said, U.S. Marshals put her in handcuffs, telling her she was being arrested for actively intervening in an active investigation,” the Journal reported. She told the news outlet she was able to convince Uvalde police officers whom she knew to persuade the marshals to uncuff her and…

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