Wrapping Jane in Love: Irish Dance Community Rallies Around 7 Yr-Old Irish Dancer Injured in Boston Bombing Blast

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The Irish dance community is rallying in support for Jane Richard, the Dorchester 7-year-old who lost a leg in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings that claimed the life of her 8-year-old brother, Martin.

A Facebook page, Wrapping Jane in Our Love is collecting  t-shirts from Irish dance schools all over the world to make them into a quilt for the tiny dancer.

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The Boston Herald reported:

News that the girl was a student at Clifden Academy of Irish Dance in Milton set in motion a series of events to bolster Jane and her family. “It’s amazing. Across the country and the world, they are holding fundraisers,” said Eileen Dinn, owner of Clifden Academy.

Dinn described Jane, who has been dancing since she was 3, as having “a knack for the music.”

“Some of the kids just run around,” she said. “She could just point her toe and knew when to go.”

That spirit motivated dancers Joe Harrison and Catherine Ternes to organize Dance Out For Jane, a benefit to be held Friday, April 26.

Irish dance academies all across the US have started fund-raising to provide financial assistance to the Richard family. Irish Central reports another fundraising event – an evening of Irish music and dance will take place  in Boston, at 7 p.m, this Saturday, April 27.

The event will also feature New England solo and ceili world championship performances.

Tickets are priced at $26.20, with a limited number of VIP tickets $100. Tickets can be purchased by visiting BiddingforGood.com  They must be purchased in advance.

Every penny raised will go towards the Richard Family Fund, which has raised well over $200,000 to date. Sponsors of the event include Irish Dances Teacher of New England Inc., Rutherford Shoes, Irish Dance Magazine, and John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Event Center.

In New York, the Kerry Hall at 305 McLean Avenue in Yonkers will host a Dance Out for Jane event from 1-6 p.m. All musicians, singers and dancers are invited to show their support for the Richards, with 90 percent of proceeds raised going towards the family fund, and 10 percent donated to the Leukemia Foundation.

Dance schools have flooded Facebook and other sites with messages of support, both emotional and financial, for Jane and her family. Red Sox for Jane is one Facebook page created by a family asking for donations of Irish dance socks which they will die red and distribute for a donation.

In Kansas City, the Irish dance community is putting on a Dance Out for Jane Fundraiser for the Richard Family.

This event will take place at the Irish Center in Union Station, Friday night. There will be a $10 admission charge ($25 for families) at the door,  and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The night will feature dancing by all of KC’s dance groups as well as music from some of KC’s favorite Irish bands!  100% of the money raised will go to the family.

If your town has an Irish dance academy, you should check out their website to see if they have any events planned to help the Richard family. Irish dance fans have an opportunity to help out with a great cause this weekend.


The System Didn’t Work (Video)

The Conversation reported this morning that not only was  Tamerlan Tsarnaev on Terrorist Watch List Russia had warned the FBI about him multiple times.

Reuters is reporting that sources close to the Boston Marathon bombing say Tamerlan Tsarnaev was listed on the government’s “highly classified” database of potential terrorists. “But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him.”

The sources said Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s details were entered into TIDE, a database maintained by the National Counterterrorism Center, because the FBI spoke to him in 2011 while investigating a Russian tip-off that he had become a follower of radical Islamists.

The database holds more than a half million names, “although they represented about 450,000 actual people, because some of the entries are aliases or different name spellings for the same person.”

But Tsarnaev was not put on the “no fly” list nor put on the Selectee List, which requires additional airport security.

Adding to the mounting evidence that DHS dropped the ball, Senator Richard Burr said members of the Senate Intelligence Committee has learned that Russia had contacted the United States multiple times about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

In a closed briefing on Tuesday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee learned that Russia alerted the United States about Tsarnaev in “multiple contacts’’ — including “at least once since October 2011,’’ said Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina, speaking with reporters afterward.

Not satisfied with limiting their incompetence to the United States, it appears that DHS/FBI tried to export it to Canada, theWall Street Journal reporting today, that  Authorities Had Delayed Action at FBI’s Behest, but Moved On Alleged Train Plotters After Blasts.

Iowahawk made the following points at the Conversation:

 Thankfully the RCMP was a little more concerned about their citizens than DHS was about ours.

To this farce we can now add the news that the Tsarnaev brothers were (allegedly) state-sponsored terrorists. The state was Massachusetts.

Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.

State officials confirmed last night that Tsarnaev, slain in a raging gun battle with police last Friday, was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter. The state’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services said those benefits ended in 2012 when the couple stopped meeting income eligibility limits. Russell Tsarnaev’s attorney has claimed Katherine — who had converted to Islam — was working up to 80 hours a week as a home health aide while Tsarnaev stayed at home.

In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.

“The system worked” Big Sis said.



IBD: Obama Years Synonymous With Terrorism

The Conversation: The Terrorists Didn’t Fail

Beck: Event File Created for Saudi National indicated He Was “Armed and Dangerous” (Video)


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano finally admitted on Tuesday that the Saudi national was put on a terror watchlist after the attack –  this after refusing to answer questions about it, last week , calling South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan’s inquiry into the matter, “so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer.”

Yesterday, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, Napolitano responded to a question posed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“Before the [Tsarnaev] brothers became the focus of the investigation, authorities questioned a Saudi student who reportedly was on a terror watchlist,” Grassley said.  “I sent a letter to you this morning asking for answers to questions about the bombers and how they interacted with your agency, I trust you will promptly respond…”

“With regard to the Saudi student, was he on a watchlist, and if so, how did he obtain a student visa?” Grassley asked.

Napolitano firmly responded: “He was not on a watchlist.  What happened is — this student was, really when you back it out, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He was never a subject.  He was never even really a person of interest.  Because he was being interviewed, he was at that point put on a watchlist, and then when it was quickly determined he had nothing to do with the bombing, the watch listing status was removed.”

Glenn Beck has been claiming for days that he has documentation that the Saudi national who was once a “person of interest” in the Boston Bombing case, and later cleared is indeed a terrorist, and was connected to the bombing.

On his radio talk show, this morning, Glenn dropped the hammer, saying that Big Sis could serve “jail time for perjury”, and she will be “the first to fall.” He said that the event file, (a copy of which he has in his possession) indicated that Alharbi was “armed and dangerous.”

“That’s on page two”, Beck teased, as he has only revealed page one, thus far.

Via The Blaze 

Here are a couple of new points, as Beck related them:

  • The event file created for Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi indicated he was “armed and dangerous”

  • Alharbi was admitted into the country under a “special advisory option,” which is usually reserved for visiting politicians, VIPs, or journalists.  The event file cover page indicates he was granted his statuswithout full vetting.

  • One of the first excuses given by law enforcement when confronted about Alharbi’s pending deportation was an expired visa.  But according to the event file, his visa is good until 11-NOV-2016.

  • The event file indicates he entered the U.S. on 08/28/12 in Boston, MA but says he is a student at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio.  He has an apartment in Boston, and doesn’t seem to have been a full-time student in Ohio.

  • When a file is created in the system, the author(s) are notified via email when it is accessed and given the email address of the person accessing, so there is a record within the government data system of who was there.  It was amended to remove the deportation reference, then someone later went in and tried to destroy both the original event file and an amended versions.  We won’t say who at this time, but copies have already been made.

  •  The original event file was reviewed and approved by two high level agents – Chief Watch Commander Maimbourg and Watch Commander Mayfield.

Beck explained: “Derogatory information reviewed...That means, we have been presented bad information…and it was reviewed, and found to be sufficient.  Subject has One (1) prior event...[That means] when they opened this when he was at the hospital, they found he’s already in the system.”

“A 212, 3B [is] the biggest warning we can put on anybody,” Beck explained for those unfamiliar with the term.  “You do not put people’s name on there easily…this is a terrorist designation, and there is a panel of agencies that you have to go and make your case to.  It’s not like you’re standing in the hospital room and they say: ‘Make him a 212,3B.’   And if they ​are, they’re abusing their power….It is so rare that somebody’s name is taken off outside of death, that none of ours sources can tell us that it’s ever happened.  It is laughable what Janet Napolitano said yesterday.”

Gateway Pundit: Breaking: Saudi Student Alharbi Visited the White House Several Times:

Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi has visited the White House several times since 2009.