Overnight Open Thread: Couple Married 77 Years Die On Same Day, Beds Moved Together So They Could Hold Hands

Via Daily Mail:

An elderly couple who died on the same day shared their last moments together after hospital staff moved their beds side-by-side so they could hold hands one last time.

Joyce, 97, and Frank Dodd, 96, who had been devoted to each other for 77 years, clasped hands during their final moments at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent.

The couple lay in separate wards but nurses decided to move their beds together so they could enjoy one another’s company.

Mr and Mrs Dodd’s daughter Angela Bonell, 75, said: ‘The staff were excellent.

‘They had mum upstairs and dad downstairs and they asked us if we would like them to bring their beds together.

‘They brought dad upstairs so they could lay and hold hands.

‘The staff on Redwood ward went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for, it was really special.’

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Coulter Berkeley Speech Canceled: Antifa Wins This Time…

Violence begets violence

Via NRO:

Early this afternoon, Ann Coulter canceled her planned Thursday speech at the University of California, Berkeley. There can now be no doubt: A violent Left-wing mob dictates the rules at one of the nation’s (and the world’s) most prominent academic institutions.

Let’s be crystal clear about the government’s obligation here: It is to protect liberty. That’s why government exists in our constitutional republic, to guarantee the exercise of our unalienable rights, especially when it is threatened. Berkeley instead has chosen to systematically strip those rights from its students and hand ultimate power to the mob, justifying its cowardice through a disingenuous appeal to public safety.

The deprivation of individual rights is comprehensive, ominous, and intolerable.

First, Berkeley strips students of their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms so it can maintain and enforcing an allegedly gun-free campus. As a result, students are forced to depend entirely on campus and city police to secure their safety and liberty.

Second, campus law enforcement has shamefully abdicated its role. According to a lawsuit filed against the university by the Young America’s Foundation and the Berkeley College Republicans, the campus police operate under what is essentially a “stand down” order, intervening only if they believe human life is in immediate danger. The mayor of Berkeley himself has justified lackluster police responses by claiming that if police had been more aggressive then “more people could’ve gotten hurt.” Let’s be clear about what this means: The police are failing to protect liberty in part out of a desire to protect the rioters from physical harm. That’s why entire city streets have seemed to be empty of police presence. That’s why rioters have been able to beat innocent citizens with impunity. That’s why so few arrests have been made.

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Ex-Spy Who Wrote Trump ‘Dossier’ Admits It Contains “Unverified Info”

Gee, ya think? Yet, this is one of the elements used to get probably cause for the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

Via Daily Caller:

The former British spy who compiled a 35-page dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government has acknowledged for the first time that the document contains “unverified” information.

Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent, disclosed that information in a court filing in the United Kingdom in response to a lawsuit filed by a Russian tech executive who says he is falsely accused in the dossier of running a computer hacking operation against the Democratic party.

The Washington Times reports that Steele says in the fling that the Dec. 13 memo identifying the tech executive, Aleksej Gubarev, was written based on “unsolicited” and “raw” intelligence which “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.”

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Trump Tax Plan: Reduces 7 Brackets To 3, Doubles Standard Deduction, Eliminates Death Tax…

Like the big three points.

Via Free Beacon:

President Donald Trump’s tax reform proposal will simplify the tax code and encourage economic growth by reducing the number of tax brackets and eliminating certain taxes, according to White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn.

Speaking to reporters at Wednesday’s White House press briefing, Cohn said Trump is promoting the most significant tax reform legislation since 1986. The tax reform bill focuses on job creation, economic growth, and helping low- and middle-income families who have been left behind by the economy, Cohn said.

“We’re going to cut taxes and simplify the tax code by taking the current seven tax brackets we have today and reducing them to only three brackets—a 10 percent bracket, a 25 percent bracket, and a 35 percent bracket,” Cohn said.

The plan proposes eliminating the alternative minimum tax and death taxes.

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Declassified Intel Report Shows Obama’s Chemical Weapons Deal With Assad Was A Complete Failure

Via Daily Caller:

The Syrian government was supposed to relinquish its chemical weapons arsenal in 2014 under a deal promoted by the Obama administration, but a recently declassified French intelligence report has proven it to be an abject failure.

France’s declassified “national evaluation” examined evidence gathered from a sarin attack, which killed more than 80 civilians in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun April 4. The report not only determined that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was behind the attack, but also that the measures taken to ensure Assad gave up his stockpile were sorely inadequate.

“France assesses that major doubts remain as to the accuracy, exhaustiveness and sincerity of the decommissioning of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal,” the report reads. “In particular, France assesses that Syria has maintained a capacity to produce or stock sarin, despite its commitment to destroy all stocks and capacities. Lastly, France assesses that Syria has not declared tactical munitions (grenades and rockets) such as those repeatedly used since 2013.”

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Manhattan Bar Sends Profits To Anti-Trump Causes Including ACLU And Planned Parenthood…

The bar won’t last long.

Via NY Daily News:

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it.

A new bar, Coup, opened this month with protest-themed decor, a distinctly anti-President Donald Trump vibe and a promise by its owners to donate their profits to organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

Patrons are offered a chance to earmark where their money goes. When they buy a drink, they get a token to drop into one of a half-dozen jars, each labeled with the name of a nonprofit group. The list of recipients will rotate. Jars on tap this week included the Natural Resources Defense Council and Human Rights Watch. Tokens also are on sale for $5.

After labor costs, liquor bills and other expenses are paid, the profits are divided among the groups based on the number of tokens they receive.

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it.

A new bar, Coup, opened this month with protest-themed decor, a distinctly anti-President Donald Trump vibe and a promise by its owners to donate their profits to organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.

Patrons are offered a chance to earmark where their money goes. When they buy a drink, they get a token to drop into one of a half-dozen jars, each labeled with the name of a nonprofit group. The list of recipients will rotate. Jars on tap this week included the Natural Resources Defense Council and Human Rights Watch. Tokens also are on sale for $5.

After labor costs, liquor bills and other expenses are paid, the profits are divided among the groups based on the number of tokens they receive.

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Boy, 11, Dies After ‘Severe Beating’ At His Islamic School…

Horrific.

Via Daily Mail:

A schoolboy who had his legs amputated after an alleged beating by staff at a school in Malaysia had died from his injuries after a month-long fight for his life.

Mohamed Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, 11, was in an induced coma at the High Dependency Ward in the Sultan Ismail Hospital having already lost both his legs to amputation. Doctors planned to remove his arm this morning before his condition worsened.

Police say the boy and 14 others were lashed with a water hose because they made a noise in the school’s Islamic assembly building.

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Ohio Woman Shoots Intruder After He Tackles Her In Her Elderly Parents’ Home

Good for Ms. Sinott! I hesitate to think what would have happened had she not had a gun to defend herself and her elderly parents…

Via Free Beacon:

An Ohio woman and her elderly parents are safe while the man who attacked her on Friday is in prison facing several pending charges.

Kim Sinnott of Hamilton, Ohio, was at her parents’ home in the early morning hours of Friday celebrating her father’s 75th birthday when the home’s alarm went off. She and her twin sister Tamie Lesher went to investigate the disturbance.

“About 1:30 a.m. the alarm went off in the house,” Sinnott told Pantagraph. “We noticed the light on in the garage. We saw somebody walking in the garage.”

That’s when the pair came across a man police later identified as 21-year-old Mykale B. Davis. Sinnott pointed her father’s .32 caliber pistol at the man.

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Democrat Dismisses North Korea Briefing As A ‘Photo Op’

Party over country.

Via Washington Examiner:

Sen. Chris Murphy on Wednesday was not impressed with President Trump’s display of urgency about the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

“On board the bus to the 100 days photo op/North Korea briefing,” the Connecticut Democrat tweeted Wednesday while shuttling to the White House.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other members of Trump’s national security team met with all 100 senators on Wednesday to update them on the North Korean threat, as part of a blitz of diplomatic and congressional engagement designed to produce increased international pressure on the rogue regime. Tillerson will also chair a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, following a Trump-led working lunch with diplomats from the Security Council nations on Monday.

“I don’t want to say this is all about optics, but there is clearly a message coming out of this week,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “There’s a clear message being sent that this is front and center on our national security radar.”

Still, the Senate briefing should feature insight into the military options available regarding North Korea, he added.

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Baltimore Asks FBI For Help: ‘Murder Is Out Of Control’

Sounds like a job for DeRay and Black Lives Matter. Maybe if the Mayor didn’t give people “space to destroy,” it wouldn’t be a problem…

Via CNN:

The number of homicides in Baltimore this year is soaring — reaching 100 before the end of April for the first time in nearly two decades — and the mayor is asking the FBI for more help.

“Murder is out of control,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh, at her weekly news briefing Wednesday. “There are too many guns on the streets. We’re looking for all the help we can get.”

The mayor met recently with the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore office and asked for additional agents to help local police battle violent crime in the city, according to the mayor’s spokesman, Anthony McCarthy. He said that could either mean bringing in more FBI agents from other field offices across the country or reassigning agents already in Baltimore to work with local police investigating violent crime.

Three people were killed in the city Monday — raising the number of homicides this year to 101, according to police. And with the warmer months approaching, it’s only expected to get worse.

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New Book: Obama Considered Being Gay As Young Man

No kidding? Didn’t I tell you now all the things we weren’t supposed to hear would now come out?

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama considered being homosexual as a young man, according to a forthcoming biography of the president.

The biography by David Garrow, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” is set to come out on May 9. Garrow wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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Senior White House Official Says Military Preparations Are Underway Regarding North Korea

A very loud signal to the North Koreans to back down.

Via Daily Caller:

A senior administration official said military preparations are underway in the chance that they become necessary regarding North Korea.

All 100 senators were invited to attend a rare, closed-door briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the White House Wednesday so the administration could communicate “the seriousness of the threat posed by North Korea.” An official who briefed reporters next door while it was underway said North Korea is a “brutal, unpredictable and capable regime that possesses an increasing possibility of destruction.”

“What you’ve seen is a really integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you will see soon is using the economic dimension of national power, as well as the military preparations that are underway,” the official said.

The official said there is a new level of threat posed by the “unacceptable and erratic and unlawful behavior of the Kim Jong Un regime.”

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Freedom Caucus Backs Updated GOP Health Care Bill

Via Weekly Standard:

The House Freedom Caucus officially backs an updated version of the GOP health care bill that includes a significant amendment co-sponsored by the group’s chairman, the conservative bloc’s spokeswoman announced early Wednesday afternoon. She did not respond immediately to a Twitter inquiry asking if the caucus’s support meant all of its members would vote yes on the legislation.

The so-called Meadows-MacArthur amendment, from House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows and moderate Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur, would allow states to waive a limited number of Obamacare regulations under certain conditions. Conservatives have argued that the regulations in question are health care cost-drivers, and their total preservation in the original draft of the American Health Care Act was behind the lawmakers’ initial opposition to the legislation.

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Texas Poised To Pass ‘Sanctuary City’ Ban With Jail Penalty…

Moonbats and social justice warriors start judge shopping.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning “sanctuary cities” in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

Although Democrats don’t have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to stop the bill from going to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who made such a ban a priority, they vowed to fight it at every step, promising hours of emotionally charged debate on Wednesday before the Texas House votes.

Under the bill, the state could withhold funding from local governments for acting as sanctuary cities, even as the Trump administration’s efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-controlled states have pushed for similar polices in recent years, just as more liberal ones have done the opposite. But Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and sheriffs could be jailed for not helping enforce immigration law. They could also lose their jobs.

The bill is needed to “keep the public safe and remove bad people from the street,” said Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.

“The bill does not target or discriminate against illegal immigrants. This bill specifically targets criminals who happen to be here illegally,” Geren said.

The term “sanctuary cities” has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal authorities as part of a larger effort to crack down on criminal suspects who are in the U.S. illegally. The Texas House bill would allow local law enforcement officers to inquire about federal immigration status if someone is arrested. A version passed by the state Senate in March would allow immigration inquires of anyone who is detained, including during traffic stops.

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Portlandia: Man Fined In Oregon For Practicing Engineering Without A License For Debunking Traffic Cam…

Via Reason:

When Mats Järlström’s wife got snagged by one of Oregon’s red light cameras in 2013, he challenged the ticket by questioning the timing of the yellow lights at intersections where cameras had been installed.

Since then, his research into red light cameras has earned him attention in local and national media—in 2014, he presented his evidence on an episode of “60 Minutes”—and an invitation to present at last year’s annual meeting of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

It also got him a $500 fine from the Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying.

According to the board, Järlström’s research into red light cameras and their effectiveness amounts to practicing engineering without a license. No, really. Järlström had sent a letter to the board in 2014 asking for the opportunity to present his research on how too-short yellow lights were making money for the state by putting the public’s safety at risk. “I would like to present these fact for your review and comment,” he wrote.

Instead of inviting him to present, the board threatened him. Citing state laws that make it illegal to practice engineering without a license, the board told Järlström that even calling himself an “electronics engineer” and the use of the phrase “I am an engineer” in his letter were enough to “create violations.”

Apparently the threats weren’t enough, because the board follow-up in January of this year by officially fining Järlström $500 for the supposed crime of “practicing engineering without being registered.”

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Wash Post Calls Korean Missile Defense Controversial Mere Months After Applauding It As “Shield To Block NorK Missiles”

Under Trump it’s controversial…

Under Obama it’s just a missile shield…

Berkeley Mayor May Have Ties To Violent AntiFa Group…

Via Fox News:

The University of California, Berkeley is likely to once again be the site of brutal protests on Thursday as questions arise about whether the city’s mayor has ties to an extremist group sparking violence.

Ann Coulter has vowed to move ahead with a planned appearance at the university, despite Berkeley trying to reschedule her speech over security concerns. Law enforcement sources told Fox News that regardless of whether the conservative firebrand shows up, there is a “99 percent” chance that the college will erupt in violence.

The sources are helping the Berkeley Police Department prepare for what is now seen as an inevitable showdown over First Amendment rights to free speech.

Charles “Sid” Heal, a retired commander from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department who met with Berkeley police on Monday, said that authorities are preparing for the worst because extremist groups from across the spectrum are heading to Berkeley, and because the past three protests that devolved into violence were met by a “lackluster” response from local police.

“We’ve been told they’re going to come no matter whether Ann Coulter comes or not, and the next riot is not a standalone in isolation but a natural consequence of the lackluster approach of the past,” Heal said, adding that because protesters felt police didn’t protect them at the last riot many are pledging to defend themselves. “People are becoming vigilantes.”

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North Korea Conducts Largest Live Fire Exercises – Destroys Mock Enemy Warships…

Via Daily Mail:

Kim Jong-Un’s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea’s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.

Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.

Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.

Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

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Bill Nye’s Dank New NetFlix Show Asks: Should We Limit How Many Kids People Can Have To Save The World?

…dude, really?

Libs Shocked Obama Taking $400K To Speak At Wall Street Event…

Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Via Free Beacon:

Some notable liberals are not happy with former President Barack Obama’s decision to give a speech at a Wall Street conference.

Obama will be paid $400,000 to give a speech at Cantor Fitzgerald’s healthcare conference this September, according to Fox Business. Some of Obama’s supporters are upset with the former president who often railed against income inequality and the business practices of Wall Street.

The Washington Post gave four reasons why Obama’s $400,000 speech is a bad idea. One of the reasons the article cites is that in President Obama’s 2006 book The Audacity of Hope he called arrangements like this a corrupting influence.
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