Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rethinking Watergate

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Victor Davis Hanson  "The Watergate break-in is now 45 years old. The scandal is as distant from our own time as it was once from 1928. The median age of Americans is about 38 years old. Half of all Americans were likely born after the break-in. But Watergate is hardly ancient history.

"The fumes of Watergate waft around the current FISA-gate scandal. The now septuagenarians Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, of All the President’s Men fame, are back in the news. As seasoned crusading reporters, they currently offer admonitions that Donald Trump is replaying the role of a supposedly paranoid and imperious Richard Nixon.
"But is he? The two investigative journalists who first brought Watergate to public attention are certainly not wrong about parallels—but not in the way they imagine. FISA-gate is becoming Watergate turned upside down. The respective roles of the government, liberal Democrats, civil libertarians, and the White House are now reversed—and this turnaround is, in a strange way, redefining Watergate itself.
"In 1973-74, civil libertarians were shocked at White House efforts to use the CIA to suppress information about the break-in at the Watergate complex and the subsequent efforts to hide or misrepresent it. They were rightly outraged that the Nixon reelection campaign broke the law in efforts to find dirt on Democrats. They were incredulous that the White House used hush money to silence those charged with the crime, and to hide the origins and transference of such payments.
"In 2018, however, the FBI and the CIA were said to have good reason to have once trafficked in purchased campaign dirt. The Clinton campaign in 2016 paid a private law firm and Fusion/GPS consultants millions of dollars for myths supplied by the Russians to create pejorative fantasies about Trump-Russian collusion. Clinton-paid Fusion/GPS operatives, then sought to plant and authenticate their wild stories with the FBI, the State Department, perhaps the CIA, and certainly sympathetic news organizations. Only by dogged subpoenas and lawsuits has the public discovered who commissioned the Trump dossier, or how it was manipulated to obtain court-approved surveillance of American citizens." . . .
Full article at the Hoover Institution

Report: Deputies Were TOLD Not To Go Into High School

"Fox News’ Laura Ingraham reported Monday that Broward County deputies were told not to go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the mass shooting earlier this month.
"The alleged reason? They didn’t have any body cameras with them.
“ 'Now, our sources near the Broward County sheriff’s department are telling us that the deputies who arrived at the scene of the shooting were told not to enter the school unless their body cameras were turned on, and then we found out that the deputies did not have body cameras so they did not enter the building or engage the shooter,” Ingraham said.
“ 'Curiously, police also lost radio communications during the parkland shooting. And our source claims that radio communication also went dead during the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting in 2017 that he also got a lot of criticism for.” (RELATED: Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson: I Am Not A ‘Coward’)
"Ingraham did not say who issued the order to not go into the school."

In Case It Wasn’t Obvious, Major Progressive Anti-Gun Groups Are Pushing Parkland Kids Behind Scenes

Weasel Zippers

"But you’re not allowed to criticize them because, kids. Debbie Wasserman Schultz met with them the day after the shooting and arranged their trip to protest in Tallahassee and she’s been advising them on “communications strategy.”
Several large progressive organizations, donors, and a high-powered public relations firm are backing the March for Our Lives movement, which is quickly evolving from a student-run social media effort to end gun violence into one backed by some of the most influential activists in the country.
In the days after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people, the teenage survivors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were impossible to ignore. They blanketed cable news coverage, built a massive following on social media, and began to organize a rally in the country’s capital in support of gun reform.
Barely two weeks ago, the student survivors sat in a circle in the living room of one of their parents’ homes, planning a trip to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers and handling nitty-gritty matters like which media outlets to talk to.
Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond. Much of the specific resources the groups are providing to the Parkland students remains unclear — as is the full list of supporting organizations — but there are broad outlines.
The Parkland Teens Fighting For Gun Control Have The Backing Of These Huge Organizing Groups
. . . "AFT, as well as the growing contingent of organizations backing the student-led march, are working to cultivate and build upon the movement after the rally. Weingarten noted that the groups are also behind the “National School Walkout” taking place in April to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Columbine.
"After that, she says the goal is to carry that momentum until November — with some of the students already using the hashtag #VoteThemOut.
. . . "In addition to the millions of dollars raised by A-list celebrities including Oprah, George and Amal Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the March for Our Lives GoFundMepage has raised an additional $2.7 million as of Tuesday.
"Some of the highest GoFundMe donations have come from philanthropists such as Jeff Raikes — the former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and his wife, Tricia, as well as Chris and Camille Bently, who run the Bently Foundation, which supports organizations in the areas of the environment, the arts, and animal welfare, according to its website.
. . . 
"Actress Sara Ramirez — best known for her role in Grey's Anatomy — donated $20,000 to the GoFundMe page.
"Ramirez, a vocal LGBTQ activist was inspired by the students, especially Emma Gonzalez, the actor's spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
" 'Sara often supports other activists’ work on many issues especially those affecting the LGBTQ community, people of color, and those focused on improving the lives of our youth," the spokesperson said.
"Aaron Levie, the founder of the cloud company Box, who has been vocal on Twitter about the work the student survivors have been doing, donated $10,000, telling BuzzFeed News he won't be able to join the march on Washington but will be supporting the students from afar."
. . . "Since then, major players and organizations — including Everytown, Giffords, Move On, Planned Parenthood, and the Women’s March LA — told BuzzFeed News they are helping the students with logistics, strategy, and planning for next month’s March for Our Lives rally and beyond."
Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Nothing could embarrass Obama or his supporters

Jack Hellner  Entire article posted here. Quoting:

Former president Obama actually said the following at his secret MIT speech, according to the transcript obtained by Reason magazine: "We didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us.  I know that seems like a low bar."
It seems as though Obama set a tremendously high bar as to what would embarrass him.
It should have been embarrassing to Obama and his supporters when:
He continually lied by saying you could keep your doctor and your health plan and that premiums would go down when Obamacare passed.
He had a gun-running operation called Fast and Furious, where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives lost track of over 2,000 guns it allowed to be sold to Mexican drug cartels and people died.  Obama claimed he had no idea about the project but claimed executive privilege to hide documents.
His IRS targeted political opponents, violating their free speech and freedom of association rights granted by the Constitution.
He sicced his Justice Department goons on the Little Sisters of the Poor, suing them for daring to believe they had religious freedom.
Planned Parenthood personnel were caught bragging that they crunched and crushed babies for profit.  Somehow, Obama, the media, and other Democrats didn't have any empathy for the babies and weren't embarrassed at all about this appalling practice.  Nor did they do anything to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, ignoring the law.
He left people to die in Libya while he and Hillary concocted a lie to protect their political power.  He even lied to the families of those who died and had Susan Rice continually lie to the public, showing that he and Hillary have zero empathy for those who died and their families.  His minions arrested and imprisoned a man they knowingly falsely blamed for an anti-Mohammed video.  And people say Trump has no empathy and doesn't discharge his duties as president.
He allowed Russia top get control of 20% of the U.S. uranium supply despite knowing about corrupt practices that manipulated the Russian access to the resources and how dangerous they were.  He allowed Hillary and her foundation to get massive kickbacks while being his secretary of state.
He allowed Hillary to continually violate the nation's security laws through her secret and unauthorized private server, situated in some guy's bathroom.  He lied when he claimed he didn't know because he actually emailed her at it under a fake name.
He and his administration continually lied to get the Iran deal done and even paid Iran's brutal mullahs a $1.7-billion ransom.
He let officials who worked for him – Attorney General Eric Holder; intelligence majordomos James Clapper and John Brennan; national security adviser Susan Rice; and FBI director James Comey, who committed perjury – off with no repercussions.
He had intelligence agencies illegally spy on thousands of Americans for years.
He had Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch do exactly as they were instructed, even when his orders crossed legal lines.  They failed to enforce immigration laws and never seriously investigated Hillary or the IRS.
He continually said he couldn't constitutionally change immigration laws unilaterally and did it anyway.
His attorney general, Lynch, met privately with Bill Clinton a few days before a pretend FBI interview with Hillary, in secret, out on a tarmac in Arizona.
His FBI director exonerated Hillary and her aides with a rigged investigation.  It was considered only a disciplinary matter.
He had staffers illegally unmask names and illegally leak conversations of innocent American political opponents caught up in intelligence surveillance dragnets under laws that were designed to protect them.
He had the FBI illegally spy on Donald Trump and his associates based on a fake dossier funded by the Democratic National Committee and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
He wrote regulations as fast as he could on climate change based on inaccurate computer models.  An intelligent person would have been ashamed that the global warming fear-mongers continually manipulated data when the data didn't match the predictions, but not Obama.  He continually said the science is settled and that people who said in all honesty that the climate had always changed naturally and cyclically should not be listened to.  He even had Loretta Lynch threaten legal action against those who dared disagree with him.
It is just so hard to think of any scandals under Obama that he and his supporters should be embarrassed about.  I am sure I have left off some.
It is easy to go through eight years and claim no scandals with a complicit media supporting him no matter what he did, along with a compromised and politicized Justice Department that was just as corrupt and partisan as its president.
If I were Obama, I would be embarrassed that I increased spending rapidly, ran up the public debt by $10 trillion, had a Federal Reserve that injected trillions and kept interest rates at near zero, and produced the slowest economic recovery in seventy years.  He thinks he did well because the supportive media and Democrats continually told him how smart he was and how well he did.
He's either deluded or lying – again.
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Trump-haters' karma coming due as White House Correspondents' Dinner loses its parties

Thomas Lifson "Hatefulness is not a good look, and face it: the White House Correspondents Association annual dinner is all about appearances.  Over the past two decades, the event, misleadingly nicknamed "The Nerd Prom" – as if the journalists were comparable wizards to the high-tech elite – has featured parades of Hollywood celebrities attending as guests of mainstream media outlets and adding glamour."

"But with Hollywood under a shroud of guilt over rampant sexual abuse and with hatred toward the president the dominant emotion, the fun quotient is tending in the direction of visiting a dentist to have a tooth pulled.  Last year, President Trump chose not to attend and allow himself to be verbally abused, and that started to kill off the glamour.  This year could be even worse."
. . . 
"Quite clearly, there is only one person who can save the evening: President Donald Trump.  I love the irony!  And I wouldn't put it past the president to shock everyone and attend, just to exercise the power he has, and maybe mess with the heads of his MSM foes.  Imagine  the tweets he could send out about his decision, tormenting the media swells.  Maybe something along the lines of "Media people who hate and denigrate me are now desperate for me to attend WHCA dinner.  Not sure I want to go and be insulted.' " . . .

"Media people"? I assume he means people like this?

The Parkland teens and the media feed off each other now

From National Review: David Hogg Is Fair Game for Critics
"The Parkland survivor has chosen to insert himself into an important national policy debate. We who disagree with his views on guns have a duty to speak up against them."
. . . " For this advocacy — and that’s what it is — Hogg has been feted as a key leader within a “mass movement” that is determined to reform America; he has been praised for his attempt to “force change”; he has been cast, including by himself, as a lion who refuses to back down; and, in some of the more cunning quarters of the left, he has been turned into a walking demonstration of the need to lower the voting age. At no point has anyone hosting him suggested that his relevance is limited to his capacity to describe his experience; rather, he has in every instance been asked to join a public political fight — a fight, remember, that relates to nothing less foundational than the American Bill of Rights." . . .
"Even worse has been Hogg’s attitude toward those who have had the temerity to disagree with him." 
The peculiar case of David Hogg exposes media incompetence  "Is David Hogg, the post-Florida shooting media darling, the real deal or a Leftist plant? The New York Times provides no facts to help answer that question."

Parkland Kids: The Return of the Grieving Activist  . . . There's something truly reprehensible about this situation, and it's not conservatives criticizing the positions of activist Parkland students such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.  It's that liberals are using the students as human props and human shields, letting them throw the punches and then condemning the assailed if they dare defend themselves." . . .
"But my sympathy for grieving ends when the use of grief as a political battering ram begins."

Student School Massacre Survivors 
and CBS Reporter Party Like Rock Stars   "Shocking photos posted to Twitter of a CBS News reporter and students who survived last Wednesday's high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, that killed seventeen students and faculty, show the reporter and students laughing uproariously and posing for the photos like they are partying rock stars. The photos, featuring CBS reporter Gisela Perez  (wearing yellow) and the students, were posted by CBS This Morning staffer Caroline West and student activist Cameron Kasky."

Obama to Skip Billy Graham Memorial Services

"Obama got in trouble with the left for tweeting out nice things about Graham when he died, so he’s not about to go to his funeral and catch more flack"   . . . "All living US presidents sent their regards to the Graham family, and at least three current or former Presidents will be attending funeral services for Graham. " . . .

CNS News  "Former President Barack Obama is not planning to attend memorial services for the late evangelist Rev. Billy Graham this week.

"Obama's office disclosed the former president's plans Monday, Yahoo! News reports, noting Graham’s support of desegregation and close ties to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“In 1952, he stopped segregating his crusades and began a friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
"Former President George W. Bush paid his respects to Graham, who is lying in repose at the Graham Family Homeplace in Charlotte, NC, on Monday. President Donald Trump plans to attend Graham’s funeralservices in Charlotte on Friday.
"While president, Obama visited Graham in 2010 at his North Carolina retreat."
How Rev. Billy Graham fought for Civil Rights  "When the Rev. Billy Graham brought his large Crusade gatherings to the South in the 1950s, he was alarmed at what he saw: Ropes segregating white and black worshipers.
“ 'I was appalled at it and decided I had to speak out on it,” Graham says in a video discussing his work to advance Civil Rights. “I said, ‘No more of this.’ I went to the head usher and asked him if he would remove the ropes.'”  
"When the usher refused, Graham took the ropes down himself. The usher resigned in a huff, but Graham’s stand led to a friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr."
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Exposing Mr. Trump for the type of person he really is!

Reddit  Examples of Trump being a HUGE JERK!TREMENDOUS!
Trump stops a bat-wielding mugger.
Trump takes over construction of ice rink in NYC's Central Park, saving Christmas.
Trump rescues a child with a rare illness on his private jet.
List of charities Trump has donated to.
Trump hires the first woman to be put in charge of building a skyscraper.
Trump writes a $25,000 check to a Marine who was jailed in Mexico.
Trump's butler describes him as "extremely generous."
...and more!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

US media fawns over the Kims, still hates the Trumps

The People's Cube

"The puff coverage of Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, at the Olympics is the most glorious progressive journalism we seen in a long time. Below are some of the media headlines.

NY Times: Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight

CNN: Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics

NPR: Kim Yo Jong Fascinates, And Puzzles, In South Korea

And so on...

"Fun fact: Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, has ordered 1,021 people put to death over the course of her lifetime. What has Ivanka done to match that? Pff."

Maxine Waters Compares Trump To North Korean Tyrant Kim Jong Um…er, Un

Weasel Zippers

"Even better: Waters called Kim Jong Un by the wrong name.

Ingraham Releases Internal Email Directing Deputies to Defend FL Sheriff

Fox News Insider  "In an "Ingraham Angle" exclusive, Laura Ingraham aired a purported internal email from the Broward County Sheriff's Office that directed employees to defend Sheriff Scott Israel.
"Ingraham said the email was given to her by a source and that its veracity was "confirmed" by a second source.
"It urges all staff members to vigorously support Israel as he "find[s himself] up against a flurry of media allegations."
" 'He stood with us, and now we must stand with him," the email reads.
"The focus should be on getting to the bottom of what happened," Ingraham said. "[It] shouldn't be about saving [Israel's] job."
"Ingraham said the emails continue a pattern of defensive public relations by the department at Israel's lead.
"She said that, apart from the sheriff's repeated statements defending himself and criticizing the National Rifle Association, the Democrat's past actions also garnered media attention." . . .

State representatives covering all or part of Broward County:
Alcee Hastings, Democrat
Lauren Book, Democrat
Oscar Braynon II, Democrat
Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Democrat
Kevin J. Rader, Democrat
Perry E. Thurston, Jr., Democrat

Brian Hogg appeared on CBS 6 months ago, appears to be groomed by media

Intellihub   "In what can only be described as outright strange, David Hogg, a survivor of the Florida mass shooting who has quickly risen to prominence as a mainstream media promoted anti-gun activist, actually appeared in a CBS Los Angeles news report six months ago!

"The CBS report featured Hogg as an apparent eyewitness and videographer of a shocking confrontation between Hogg, a lifeguard, and one of Hogg’s friends who is seen being harassed by the lifeguard over a seemingly minor infraction.

"Hogg is interviewed in the report and claimed that the entire issue was over his surfer friend resting a bodyboard on a beach trashcan." . . .

"Interestingly, now, just days after the horrific shooting, Hogg has “reconnected” with CBS for an anti-gun piece in which the survivors and the CBS reporters pushing their gun grabbing agenda took multiple smiling photos as if they were “rock stars” getting ready to do their next show."

The girl with the shaved head adopts an angry persona when on camera.

The smiling photo was taken down after The Gateway Pundit posted about it  . . .how strange it seemed that all parties looked so cheerful and enthusiastic in the wake of such a tragedy.

. . . These photos were taken over the weekend on the set of an interview taped for broadcast Monday morning. This means the students were only three or four days out from surviving a massacre in their school. In just a few days they have become celebrated heroes of the anti-Trump resistance and are acting and being feted like rock stars. In fact rock stars (or a pop star in this case) are reaching out to them, . . .

FedEx stays loyal to the NRA as gun-control pressure builds and boycotts loom

Business Insider

  • FedEx has not cut ties with the National Rifle Association despite boycott threats and pressure from gun-control activists, nor publicly commented on its continuation of a discount program for members of the gun-rights organization.
. . . "On Monday morning, The New York Times published an op-ed article encouraging people to boycott the delivery company.

" 'Ending a discount program won't, in and of itself, save any lives or cause great political damage to the N.R.A.," David Leonhardt wrote. "But the FedEx situation has now become something of a test case of the new anti-gun movement. It's also a test case for whether a major company feels comfortable allying itself with a group that effectively promotes violence."
"While the boycott threats have piled up, some people on social media have lined up in support of FedEx." . . .

Obama speech leaks after attendees were barred from sharing its contents

The Hill  "A publication has obtained a recording of former President Obama’s address at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), despite attendees being barred from sharing the contents of the speech.
"Reason published the recording of Obama’s speech on Monday, writing that “the most newsworthy thing about it is the simple fact that the public wasn't supposed to hear it.”
"Those attending Obama’s speech at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) on Friday, including media covering the event, were banned from publicly sharing information about the address.
“ 'Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms, including social media, will not be permitted,” the notice sent to attendees read. “Those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”
"During the speech, Obama said his administration “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.”
"He said that while officials did make mistakes, there were no major controversies." . . .

Obama said in 'secret' speech, 'We didn't have a scandal that embarrassed us'
There is some truth here: when has any democrat politician ever been embarrassed by their scandal? When faced with proof of hers, Hillary will laugh right in your face. Literally. See?.....

But we digress...

. . . "Hit and Run's Robbie Soave called the speech "weird."  Indeed, Barack Obama's "secret" speech at an MIT sports policy conference didn't deal much with sports.  But the former president did toot his own horn quite a bit.  He also praised "diversity" and climate change science and bemoaned the divide in American politics.
"Attendees were instructed not to "record, photograph, tweet, or report on the event" before they were even allowed to sit down.  It's a mystery why organizers and the president's entourage went to such lengths to keep what he said a secret.". . . 
"Reason Podcast obtained a copy of the speech, which you can play at the bottom of the linked page." . . .

Obama’s Genie

Mr. Obama’s political career was launched in the Ayers’ living room.
Canada Free Press

"Imagine a guy in his mid-thirties walking on a beach in Hawaii and seeing an object that actually looked like the genie lamp he read about in his childhood—the kind of lamp he could rub until a genie popped out and granted his most fervent wish.
"Being a pretty ordinary guy—you know, the kind who hung out smoking pot, who slacked off in school, who didn’t get the girl and actually hated and was jealous of the guys who did—he asked for power.
"Poof—the Genie granted him his wish, power beyond his wildest dreams.

"To be sure, the Genie certainly didn’t know that this ordinary guy didn’t want merely to embarrass the guys he was jealous of, he wanted to destroy them. And not through the ordinary methods—knives, guns, poison, et al, although all of them might play a part one day—but through politics!
"The most important thing the Genie didn’t know was that all those cool, get-the-girl guys were only symbols for the thing Mr. Ordinary hated most—America!
"But too late—the Genie had given him the power to mobilize the entire world against the country he claimed was the place of his birth." . . .
. . . 
Obama and Farrakhan
"Mr. Obama moved to Chicago in 1985 and became a community organizer—entering the profession of his own and Hillary Clinton’s idol, Saul Alinsky, the America-loathing Marxist whose book, “Rules for Radicals,‚” provided a blueprint for “fundamentally changing‚” the United States of America from a capitalist, free-market, U.S. Constitution-respecting, freedom-loving country into either a Communist paradise or an Islamic caliphate.
"In 1988, our One Lucky Guy entered Harvard Law School where he became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review....quite amazingly, seeing that he wrote not one article to earn this honor and that—ta da—no transcripts of his years in the law school ever materialized! The media once again demonstrated a remarkable lack of curiosity about who paid Mr. Obama’s immensely expensive tuition." . . .


"Who, indeed, could manage to mobilize leftwing politics worldwide? Which included:
  • The entire spectrum of the American Democrat Party,
  • The worldwide America-loathing Muslim Brotherhood,
  • The bought-and-paid-for American media whores,
  • The impotent socialists of the European Union,
  • The impotent socialists and Communists of Venezuela, Cuba, and other utterly failed regimes,
  • The Muslim terrorist regime of Iran,
  • The dictator-populated United Nations,
  • The mal-educated millennials raised on leftist propaganda,
  • The bitter abortion-loving, man-hating feminists,
  • The pathological jealousy of all things successful,
  • On and on and on and on….all negative.
"Of course, that ordinary guy was Barack Obama—a member of the infamous Choom drug-inhaling gang." . . .

Oops! 100,000 non-citizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania

Which affects an election more: illegal voters (for Democrats), or Russian tampering?

Thomas Lifson  "J. Christian Adams, a former federal prosecutor, through his work with the Public Interest Legal Foundation, is leading an effort to expose the extent of aliens voting in federal elections.  For unexplained reasons, the officials are stonewalling release of official data.  It appears that they have evidence already that should alarm everyone concerned with election integrity.  This had far more influence than any Russian ads on Facebook." . . .
. . .
"Beginning in October 2017, the PILF began a formal dialogue with the DOS to inspect records related to noncitizen voter registrants. Requests were rejected twice, despite making them pursuant to Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA allows unfettered physical inspection rights to all records related to voter list maintenance. In December 2017, the PILF notified the DOS of its apparent violation of the NVRA. The lawsuit filed today seeks to compel inspection of the aforementioned records.
"For a detailed look at the fact pattern leading to today's lawsuit, click here.
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Sheriff's deputies were called to Nikolas Cruz's home 45 TIMES in the last decade . . .

. . . "as neighbor talks about the Florida school shooter's dark side."

UK Daily Mail
Joelle Guarino says Cruz was violent even as a baby, when she caught him repeatedly hitting her son
Last year, Guarino reported Cruz to the police when she saw an Instagram post where he threatened to 'shoot up a school'
Police told Guarino at the time that there was nothing they could do  
Cruz seen fighting with students a year before the shooting.

Above, the Parkland, Florida home where the 45 911 calls originated from. Cruz lived here with his brother and mother until 2017, when they moved just a few months before her death

"When the 19-year-old was apprehended after killing 17 in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two weeks ago, early reports indicated that Broward County Sheriff's deputies had been called to Cruz's home 39 times in the last several years. 

"Sheriff Scott Israel later downgraded that figure to 23, amid increasing criticism that his office should have seen the numerous warning signs. 

" 'Since 2008, BSO responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family. STOP REPORTING 39; IT'S SIMPLY NOT TRUE,' a statement from the sheriff's office said on Saturday. 

"But according to new documents obtained by CNN, cops were actually called to the Cruz family home a total of 45 times in the last decade - before his adoptive mother died in November and he and his brother moved in with family friends. " . . .

Unequal application of anti-bias policies at Wake Forest: No action after conservative student mocked for being white

Legal Insurrection
“similar rhetoric about the identity of other groups would not be tolerated”

"Wake Forest University in North Carolina has a strict policy to protect students from racial discrimination and harassment. They even have a bias response team. Yet after a conservative student was harassed by others, and mocked for being white, the school did nothing.

"Anthony Palumbo reports at the Wake Forest Review:
Wake Forest Declines to Enforce Harassment Policies for Conservative Student
Wake Forest University claims to not allow verbal abuse that is “obscene, profane, or derogatory” and the commission of any offense that is “motivated by the race or any other defining characteristic of an individual.” But when one writer for the Wake Forest Review faced persistent harassment at the intersection of race and politics, the Dean of Students Adam Goldstein and the Bias Response team chose not to enforce these rules against leftist students.
After two Wake Forest students handed senior Ryan Wolfe a box of saltine crackers and photoshopped his face onto a cracker, Wolfe requested to open a judicial case under the verbal abuse and racial harassment policies.
“I support the free speech rights of students,” Wolfe said. “But in this case, I wanted to see if the school would enforce their rules surrounding verbal and abuse equally regardless of who was involved in the case. I knew that similar rhetoric about the identity of other groups would not be tolerated.”
A few weeks after these requests, Goldstein told Wolfe that the committee would not take action and that he should not want them to do so because it would only “make things worse” for him.
. . .
How considerate of them. 

Apple store leaves whites out of diversity
. . . It looks like our radical activists passed through education and grew strong enough in the corporate world to start removing us from the picture. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Thinking About Billy Graham And My Dad

Lloyd Marcus

"I feel compelled to pay my respect to preacher Billy Graham who went home to Jesus at 99 years old. My 89 year old black dad has been a preacher for over 50 years. Dad told me how much he enjoyed watching people coming down the isles at Billy Graham crusades to receive Jesus. Dad also enjoyed hearing George Beverly Shea singing, “How Great Thou Art”. 
Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich
"I relate to Franklin Graham saying his dad was the same man at home that the world saw. So is my dad, Rev. Dr Lloyd E. Marcus.
"The thing I remember most about Rev Graham is that, in essence, he preached the same sermon (Salvation) his entire ministry. Rev Graham preached God loves you, repent and surrender your life to him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life” John3:16
"While I am suppose to be talking about Rev Graham, these two incidents keep coming to me.
"When I was kid, our neighbor, six foot something old man Charley was known as the meanest man in our small black suburban community. Mr Charley would never set foot into a church. And yet, he connected with my dad, young Rev Marcus. Our family was Mom, Dad, me and four younger siblings. Dad wanted to attend Baltimore Bible College, but could not afford the tuition, $110.
"To pay Dad’s tuition, Mr Charley brought Dad a jar filled with dimes, more than enough to cover tuition.
"Dad recently recounted this next story to me. After over 50 years, Dad still welled up while sharing it with me.
"Dad was at a Christian book store to make a payment on a book Aunt Nee had on lay-away. While waiting to be served, Dad was intrigued by a thick book of Bible stories with beautiful colorful illustrations. A white woman approached Dad and began asking him questions about his life.
"Dad decided to purchase the book of Bible stories. When the salesclerk told him it cost $5, Dad asked if he could put the book on lay-away. To Dad’s surprise, the white woman who chatted with him offered to pay for the book. Dad said up until then, he was not much of a reader; mostly comic books. Dad told the woman, “If you are kind enough to buy me this book, I promise to read it.”
"I remember Dad reading us, his 5 kids, bedtime stories from that book.
"I’m not sure what any of this has to do with Billy Graham. Or, perhaps it does. Dad and Rev Graham; two humble great men of faith — God’s hand on their lives.
"Outrageously, Leftists deem Billy Graham’s sermons hate crimes. A preacher was arrested for quoting the book of Genesis.
"Franklin Graham asked, “Daddy, what do you want on your tombstone?” Billy Graham replied, “Preacher.” I am confident my Dad wants to be remembered with that same word. Preacher.
Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American
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