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Rihanna Latest Attempted SWATting Victim

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:47 pm

No clear word on whether she was home, but it sounds like no. I’m deeming it an attempted SWATting. NBC:

Police responded to Rihanna’s Pacific Palisades home Thursday afternoon after receiving reports of a possible shooting and armed robbery at the residence, but authorities determined the call was a hoax.

Police were called shortly after 3 p.m. to the 900 block of Rivas Canyon in Pacific Palisades, a private road but not gated, Lt. Andy Neiman said.

When law enforcement arrived, they found Rhianna’s security guard at the home but no evidence of any crime.

More here:

Rihanna has become the latest celebrity victim of “swatting”.

Police were called to the 25-year-old singer’s Pacific Palisades home on Thursday (04.04.13) after the Los Angeles Police Department received a call claiming two armed men were inside the house and someone had been shot, according to gossip website TMZ.

The incident at Rihanna’s home comes just one day after more than a dozen police cars and two helicopters swarmed Diddy’s Los Angeles home after they received a hoax phone-call also informing them that someone had been shot inside the property.

And now: the soon-to-be traditional running count.

Rihanna; Sean Combs; Chris Brown; Tom Cruise; Paris Hilton; Clint Eastwood; Brian Krebs; the Jenners and Kardashians; Justin Bieber; Miley Cyrus; Ashton Kutcher; Simon Cowell; Aaron Walker; Erick Erickson; Mike Stack; and me.

Only the celebrities count, of course. One more and they’ll be up to a dozen.

R.I.P. Roger Ebert

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:59 pm

I didn’t agree with his movie reviews any more than his politics. I was more of a Gene Siskel guy. That said, RIP.

North Korea Follows Threats to Nuke U.S. With Missile Test; U.S. Places Missile Shield Obama Doesn’t Want on Heightened Alert

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:36 am

Obama is going to let Iran get the bomb. Never fear. Bill Clinton let North Korea get the bomb, and that’s working out just fine:

The Pentagon has placed its national missile defense shield on heightened alert amid reports that North Korea is preparing a missile flight test, according to defense officials.

The higher alert status includes moving two Aegis-equipped missile defense ships to waters near North Korea and readying long-range ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, said officials familiar with the status.

“I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems,” Obama told us. Maybe he just wanted to be the one to test them in a real-life situation.

The increased readiness of the missile shield followed harsh threats by the communist regime in North Korea to conduct nuclear missile attacks against the United States.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said following a speech yesterday that North Korea has a “nuclear capacity now,” along with missiles.

Obama had planned a show of strength, which has been withdrawn because they’re worried about North Korea’s response. (Link for subscribers only.) You don’t feel reassured?

The worst part about being a human is the fairly certain knowledge that one day we will all kill each other. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news:

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