Deputy Who Hid Outside FL School During Shooting Lived Rent Free On Campus, Previously Refused To Help In Investigation Of Shooter

Plus a salary which was with overtime over $100,000. And he did nothing to prevent this.

Via Reason:

Scot Peterson, the 54-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer who resigned after security footage revealed he made no effort to engage alleged mass killer Nikolas Cruz during the rampage last week, previously lobbied Broward County school officials to continue funding a program that allowed cops to live in mobile homes on school property rent-free.

Not only did Peterson fail to confront Cruz—he also failed to assist a previous investigation, undertaken by state authorities, to determine whether Cruz was a threat to himself or others. His mistakes compound the errors made by other law enforcement entities, including the FBI and Broward County PD.

The housing program was in effect at 32 different Broward County schools. Officials reasoned that cops living at the schools would mean 24-hour security. But a 2015 audit determined that the program was a waste of money.

The auditor said, “Frankly, I’m embarrassed,” and “I would shut it down immediately,” according to the Sun Sentinel. Officials could find no evidence that the live-in cops were deterring crime.

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Report: Not Just One, But Four Broward County Deputies Waited Outside School As Children Died

Broward Sheriff needs to go.

Via Daily Wire:

On Friday, CNN issued a shock report finding that earlier reports regarding Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson — the armed school safety officer who apparently cowered outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while a mass shooter slaughtered 17 people inside — were accurate, but that Peterson wasn’t the only officer waiting outside. According to CNN:

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

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Try Enforcing Existing Gun Laws Before Launching New Ones

We have career politicians in congress that calls for congress to do something after every shooting. The first step is enforcing current gun laws over social justice and stop the political grandstanding.

Via McClatchy:

Here we go again with yet another “national conversation” about guns that is neither a conversation nor national. And not productive.

Understandably, as with the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre in 2012, the agonized outcries and visceral fears after the outrageous Broward high school deaths on Feb. 14 erupt from parents who entrust their most prized treasures to a public school. The betrayal is horrendous. The suffering unimaginable. And we flail around trying to find answers for the unimaginable, the inexplicable, the unacceptable.

There must be something we can do to prevent such awful events. There is. We could have.

We’re certain to hear much more of the tiresome, trite arguments from all sides this week as the annual Conservative Political Action Conference meets near Washington. You know, Second Amendment, our blessed children, only government can do something, government has no place, yada yada.

No one needs a crystal ball to know what will come of all this: Nothing. Same as after previous incidents.

Remember a little more than five years ago to protect himself against political backlash, President Obama handed the molten gun-control debate to Vice President Joe Biden to honcho new restrictions through Congress so school shootings would never happen again? Nothing.

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Obama To Teens Pushing Gun Control: “We’ve Been Waiting For You”….

So creepy.

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Lib Rag Salon Hyperventilates: Trump Could Cancel The Midterm Elections!…

Libs wet their beds in 3… 2… 1…

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Oprah Winfrey Says She’s “Definitely Not” Running For President…

Heartache.

(REUTERS) – Oprah Winfrey put to rest any lingering questions about a potential 2020 bid for the presidency, declaring on a late-night talk show on Thursday that she was “definitely not running.

The media mogul, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, was emphatic in her response to host Kimmel’s question about whether she would run.

“Where do I look into the camera? I am definitely not running for president,” Winfrey said over cries of “no” from the studio audience.

Last month, Winfrey fans lit up Twitter with calls for her to run for president in 2020 against U.S. President Donald Trump after she gave an inspiring speech at the Golden Globe awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct.

“You now, you give a speech and then you sit down and you have surprisingly started to run for president,” Winfrey told Kimmel, calling it “a humbling thing to have people think that you can run the country.”

U.S. Islamic Group Launches Pro-Hijab Billboard Campaign, “It In No Way Oppresses Us”…

No.

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — A local Islamic group launched a billboard campaign Monday to educate people about the hijab, the headscarf that’s often worn by Muslim women.

The billboards are the first of their kind in the country, designed by a group called GainPeace, which encourages non-Muslims to call the organization and ask questions to gain a better understanding of why women wear the hijab. The billboards draw a similarity to the Christian religion where Mary is considered the mother of Jesus. She also wore a hijab.

The billboards are located on Interstate 294 near Interstate 88, and Interstate 55 and LaGrange Road.

“Wearing the hijab is 100 percent my choice. As contrary to the popular belief, hijab in no way oppresses us. In fact, it indicates the opposite as hijab symbolizes the power to women, and not inferiority,” Sara Ahmed, GainPeace volunteer, said.

Keith Ellison Won’t Explain Why He Visited Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s Hotel Room

Flailing wildly. Update to this story.

145 Arrested, 86 With Criminal Convictions In Texas Immigration Operation In Mid-February

Sanctuary cities hardest hit.

Via The Statesman:

More than 40 people were arrested in Austin as part of a federal immigration operation targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories in South and Central Texas in mid-February.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, authorities arrested 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco over a seven-day period ending on Feb. 16.

ICE said most of the people they targeted during the operation had criminal histories, and some had been convicted for crimes including indecency with a child, assault, drug trafficking, alien smuggling, illegally entering the U.S., driving under the influence, drug possession and others.

“Of the 145 arrested, 86 had criminal convictions; 39 were arrested based on previous immigration encounters, four of which have pending criminal charges; 20 had no prior immigration history or encounters, one has pending criminal charges. Of the total arrests 135 were men and 10 were women. They range in age from 18 to 62 years old,” the agency said.[…]

ICE said 128 of those arrested were from Mexico, seven were from Guatemala, seven were from Honduras and one came from El Salvador, Peru and Jordan, respectively.

The Mexican Consulate in Austin issued a statement on Tuesday saying it received notification of the arrest of 11 people of Mexican nationality on Feb. 16, seven of whom requested consular assistance.

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Report: McCain Associate Invokes The Fifth To Avoid Revealing Dossier Sources

If he’s hiding nothing why is he taking the Fifth?

Via Daily Caller:

An associate of Arizona Sen. John McCain is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights in order to avoid revealing information to Congress about the Steele dossier.

David J. Kramer, a former State Department official, pleaded the fifth in response to a subpoena issued in December by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Fox News reported.

In a Dec. 19 interview with the committee, Kramer said that he had information about some of the sources of information in the dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Kramer learned the information in Nov. 2016, after traveling to London to meet with Steele. Kramer and McCain, a Republican, first learned of the dossier earlier that month after meeting with an associate of Steele’s.

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Florida Deputy Who Stayed Outside School During Massacre Believes He ‘Did A Good Job,’ Union Of

He called in a description of the shooter? So he saw the shooter and did nothing?

Via Fox News:

The school resource deputy who remained outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during last week’s bloody massacre “believed he did a good job,” a police union official said Thursday.

According to the official, Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson thought he carried out his responsibilities during the Valentine’s Day rampage, even though he failed to enter the school and engage a suspect who authorities say killed 17 students and faculty members with an AR-15-style assault rifle.

“He believed he did a good job calling in the location, setting up the perimeter and calling in the description [of the suspect],” Jeff Bell, president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association, told the New York Post.

At a news conference Thursday, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel excoriated Peterson — who has resigned — for his failure to enter the school and engage the shooter. Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”

But Bell — while not condemning the deputy — proposed that it was an error not to engage the suspect, whom authorities identified as Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student of the school.

“We have to act, even if that means risking our lives to save many many more lives. I would demand that from our union members,” the union official told the Post.

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Indicted Republican Missouri Governor Blasts ‘Reckless Liberal’ Prosecutor

Via Fox News:

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens lashed out against a St. Louis prosecutor Thursday, hours after a grand jury indicted him on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge related to an extramarital affair.

“I know this will be righted soon,” Greitens wrote in a Facebook post. “The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points.”

The governor was referring to Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, whose office announced Greitens’ indictment Thursday. The charge stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in March 2015, she said.

Meanwhile, some Missouri lawmakers from both sides of the aisle promised an investigation of the governor’s behavior — and some Democrats called upon the Republican to resign.

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Car Rental Company Abruptly Ends NRA Discount Following Florida School Shooting

Let them know how you feel.

Via Free Beacon:

Enterprise Holdings, one of the world’s largest car rental companies, announced Thursday that it will end its discount promotion for National Rifle Association members.

The car rental company, which operates Enterprise, Alamo, and National, announced on Twitter that all three of their brands have ended the partnership with the NRA effective March 26.

The announcement by Enterprise comes at a time when the NRA is facing backlash in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 children and teachers dead last week, according to Business Insider.

The Feb. 14 shooting has increased pressure on state and federal lawmakers to work toward gun-control reform, with a vocal group of students from the Parkland, Fla. high school calling for a ban on the AR-15, the gun used by the shooter.

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Trump Administration to Target North Korea With New Sanctions

Media fawning over Kim’s sister isn’t going to get it done. Make real movement or get more sanctions.

Via Free Beacon:

The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, a senior administration official said.

President Donald Trump is expected to talk about the new sanctions during a mid-morning speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and the Treasury Department will get into the details later in the day.

A senior administration official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, called the newpenalties “the largest package of new sanctions against the North Korea regime,” without giving details.

Vice President Mike Pence had given a glimpse of the plan two weeks ago when he spoke in Tokyo on his way to South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics, saying stepped-up sanctions would be announced soon.

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Report: U.S. Plans To Move Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem On May 14

Buckle up, it’s going down.

Via Free Beacon:

The Trump administration plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on May 14, according to Israeli officials.

Israeli officials told Axios that an “interim embassy” will be assembled at the consular annex in West Jerusalem, a building that currently handles visas and passports. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will move to the interim embassy with a small staff until a permanent location for the embassy can be determined.

The Associated Press also tweeted out the update Friday morning.

Moving the embassy on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the day Israel declared its independence, is much sooner than expected. On an official visit to Israel last month, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the embassy would not be moved until at least the end of 2019 to adequately account for security concerns.

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Armed Police Are Guarding The Home Of The Deputy Who Resigned Over His Lack Of Action In The Parkland School Shooting

Via BI:

Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office are guarding the home of the school resource officer who was stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after his family requested the protection, according to multiple news reports on Thursday.

Local Fox affiliate WSVN said it sent a reporter to the Boynton Beach, Florida, home of Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scott Peterson for an interview when the reporter was met with six deputies “standing guard outside.”

Peterson’s family is believed to have asked for the protection, according to NBC affiliate WPTV reporter Andrew Lofholm.

Peterson resigned from his post at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the shooting at the campus in which 17 people died. He was later criticized after an internal investigation found he never entered the building where the shooting occurred.

“I am devastated,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference. “Sick to my stomach. He never went in.”

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Catholic Bishop Reaffirms Democrat Dick Durbin’s Ban From Receiving Holy Communion

Dick will find a church in San Francisco.

Via Free Beacon:

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Ill. reaffirmed a ban preventing Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) from receiving holy communion within the diocese following the senator’s vote against a bill to ban late-term abortions.

Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki made the announcement last week that Durbin was not permitted to receive communion inside the diocese, which is where Durbin lives, until he repents his sin, Aleteia reports.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Children’s Act, which failed to pass the Senate in January, would have banned abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization.

“Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes ‘obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,’ the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin,” Paprocki said. “This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart.”

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Best-Selling Moonbat Author Mistakes Norwegian Flag Flying Near Her Seattle Home As A Confederate Flag

The homeowner is lucky SWAT wasn’t called.

Via The Seattle Times:

A story about the times we live in, and assumptions we can make in our current political climate.

The news tip a few days ago said:

“Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”

It was from Rebecca Morris, who is an author of The New York Times best-seller true-crime books.

So, of course, we drove to that corner.

There was no wind, and on a flagpole there was what obviously was the U.S. flag at the top, and below, a red flag with blue stripes.

Simply hanging down, not spread out, you could make some assumptions that it was the star-filled “Southern cross” of the Confederacy.

Darold Norman Stangeland lives at the corner house.

“That’s a Norwegian flag,” he says. “It’s been up there since the start of the Olympics.”

The Norwegian flag has a red background, with an off-center white-and-blue cross.

Norway, so far, has won 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, totally dominating the event.

“I’m a proud Norwegian-American. My parents emigrated here in the mid-1950s. He skippered tugboats,” Stangeland says.

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HT: Marathon Pundit

Stanford University Promotes ‘Inclusivity’ By Banning Men From The Gym Twice A Week

Yet there is no problem with having gender neutral bathrooms.

Via Breitbart:

Stanford University announced this semester that male students are banned from the university gym twice a week in order to promote “inclusivity.”

The prestigious Stanford University has introduced a new policy that bans male students from the campus gym for two hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. University of Michigan-Flint professor Mark Perry has filed a civil rights complaint against Stanford over the practice.

According to the Stanford website, the women’s only gym access takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Trans-females are welcome to participate in the women’s only hours.

Stanford Recreation & Wellness is proud to offer an opportunity for a women’s-only training environment. This is a trans-inclusive space.

Train on your own, with a friend, or in a group during Women’s Only Training in our private personal training studio, AOERC 112, located at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center. Women’s Only Training is FREE to join and no prior experience is necessary.

The decision was made based on survey feedback from female students who said they “didn’t feel comfortable in large gym spaces.”

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