Sunday Smile: Man Surprises Wife Of 33 Years At Airport With ‘What A Wonderful World’ Trumpet Serenade

He is, indeed, a keeper!

Via Rare:

Ed Zamora, a retired band director, welcome his wife back home from a trip abroad, in a special way.

He used his trumpet to serenade his wife of 33 years, Melody Chatelle, by playing, “What a Wonderful World,” at the baggage claim area at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

This song was Melody’s mother’s favorite, who sadly passed away in 1999.

“We played it at her service, and whenever we hear it, we think of her,” Zamora said to “We’ve traveled all over the world and every time we go someplace, someone is playing that song. It’s become our song.”

Ed said his wife never heard the song while she was away in Spain two weeks ago. Instead, he played it for her when she returned.

It was a special moment for Chatelle since her husband never plays the trumpet that much anymore. Before she arrived home she found out her father’s health was failing.

“So we went straight from the airport to my dad’s bedside, and to have heard that song when I did, I was just floored. I was so touched,” Chatelle said. “He gave us something to smile about.”

She added, “One of the takeaways is still be open to surprises after 33 years of marriage.” “For my husband to show up at the airport and do what he did was such a loving gesture.”

How touching!

12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Because They Refused To Renounce Christ


They spit in the eye of the savages.


Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam. The martyrs were faithful to the very end; right before one woman was beheaded by the terror group, she appeared to be smiling slightly as she said, “Jesus!”

According to Christian Aid Mission, a humanitarian group which assists indigenous Christian workers in their native countries, the horrific murders took place on August 28 in an unnamed village outside Aleppo, Syria.

“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” Christian Aid revealed, according to a report from Morning Star News. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.”

They were killed for refusing to return to Islam after embracing Christianity, as were the other eight aid workers, including two women, according to Christian Aid. The eight were taken to a separate site in the village and asked if they would return to Islam. However, after they refused to renounce Christ, the women, ages 29 and 33, were raped before the crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded.

They prayed as they knelt before the Islamic State militants, according to the ministry leader Christian Aid assists, who spoke with relatives and villagers while visiting the site.

“Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord’s Prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus,” the ministry director told Christian Aid. “One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'”

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Tennessee National Guard Recruiters Likely To Reoccupy Storefront Locations Next Week After July Terrorist Attack Upgrades…

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The Tennessee Governor needed approval from the Feds to arm the recruiters.

Via Chattanooga Times Free Press:

State officials hope to have Tennessee National Guard recruiters back in their storefront offices in Chattanooga and across the state next week as final touches on security upgrades are made in response to the July 16 deadly attack.

“We’re ready to go back to business,” state Adj. Gen. Max Haston said, noting National Guard recruiters have been working out of armories since July.

The temporary relocation of the seven offices, many in suburban strip malls, was prompted by 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s Chattanooga shooting rampage. Abdulazeez first shot at a U.S. military recruiting office, located next door to a state National Guard office in a Lee Highway strip mall.[…]

After the attack in Chattanooga, Gov. Bill Haslam directed Haston to review Tennessee’s recruiting office and armory security and examine whether Guard members should be allowed to carry handguns. Haston temporarily relocated the recruiters to more secure armories while security fixes were made. Military officials favor the storefronts because they provide easier access to would-be recruits.

Haston has since changed state policy to let Guard members with state-issued handgun carry permits go armed at state-owned facilities. Because the recruiting center leases are handled by U.S. military officials, he needed to first get the Pentagon’s approval. Haston announced in August he received authority for properly trained Guard members to carry federally issued sidearms at the recruiting centers or on federal property, including vehicles.

“They absolutely told us we can do what we want to on that,” Haston said this week. “So they’ll be carrying federal weapons.”

“The big issue,” Haston said, has been “getting all of our recruiters requalified in their weapons systems because they’re going to be armed.”

Randy Harris, the state military department’s director of public affairs, said recruiters will likely be sent back to the Chattanooga area on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The same goes for other storefront facilities in East and West Tennessee. Middle Tennessee recruiters could be back in their storefront offices as early as Monday, Harris said.

Harris declined to cite specifics about the upgrades, but Haston told state lawmakers during hearings in August they include items such as adding material to large plate-glass windows to prevent them from shattering when fired on, as well as other measures.

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Roseburg Beacon Publisher: Obama Not Welcome In Town After Politicizing Umpqua Shooting

HT: Independent Sentinel

Transgender Soldier Endures ‘Excruciating’ Wait For Army Reforms…


The military used to be at the tip of the spear instead of cutting the spear off.

Via Stars and Stripes:

As she came to realize her true gender as a woman, Jennifer Peace knew she needed to have two difficult conversations.

The first would be with her wife, Deborah.

The second would be with the Army.

Until then, she was known as a male intelligence officer with a bright future who’d just returned from a second combat deployment.

Almost three years later, Capt. Peace is happier than ever with her wife and three children.

But she’s still waiting to find out what the Army has in store for her.

“It’s excruciating,” said Peace, 30, a Spanaway resident who works as an intelligence officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

She’s a soldier not-so-patiently waiting for a new Pentagon policy she’s almost certain will repeal the Defense Department’s ban on transgender military service members.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has signaled the policy change repeatedly in the last year. He convened a working group tasked with figuring out how to integrate transgender troops into ground-level units.

So far, Carter has made clear that the Defense Department won’t discharge transgender military service members. Kicking someone out of the Armed Forces for that reason now requires approval from an assistant secretary of defense.

But until Carter’s group finishes its assignment, the Army has no guidelines on how to process and promote transgender soldiers who until March faced a summary discharge because of who they are.

“There’s a collective holding your breath,” said Sue Fulton, a former Army officer who is president of a transgender military advocacy group called SPARTA.

“There is joy in knowing that change is coming and that you’ll be able to live as your authentic self and continue to serve honorably,” Fulton said, “but at the same time that isn’t happening today, that’s a few months down the road.”

For now, Peace and other service members are left in a sort of limbo.

Although she’s spent more than $50,000 on her transformation, legally changed her name and been known to her commanders as a woman for nearly a year, her peers are still under formal orders to refer to her as a man.

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Another German Evicted By Government, From Home She’s Had For 23 Yrs, To Make Room For Migrants

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Coming to a town near you…

Via The Blaze:

A German woman is protesting the eviction notice she received informing her she has until the end of the year to vacate the government-owned apartment she rents in order to make room for migrants who have arrived seeking asylum.

“I think it’s a scandal to throw tenants out of their apartments,” Gabriele Keller, 56, told Germany’s SWR television. “I can’t see the sense of it.”

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that Keller has lived in the same home in the city of Eschbach for 23 years and has now hired a lawyer to fight the eviction.

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Cuomo: Shut Down The Government Over Gun Control…

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If the Government shuts down, the country will come to a blinding halt and Congressional staffers will starve.

Via The Hill:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) on Friday said Democratic lawmakers should shut down the federal government until Congress passes stricter gun control laws.

“I’d love to see the Democrats stand up and say, ‘We’re going to shut down the federal government or threaten to shut down the government if we don’t get real gun control legislation,’ ” he told NY1 News.

“It should be that high a priority. It is really sad and tragic and discouraging,” Cuomo said.

“It is such a failure of our political system and frankly such a blatant failure of the elected officials of this country,” he added.

Cuomo said the 2016 presidential field should make resolving gun violence a major part of their campaigns.

“I would like to see Hillary and the vice president and whoever else is in the race from both parties talk about the issue of guns,” he said.

“Rather than the political blather that is now going on, let’s put some real issues on the agenda and let’s put at the top: What are you doing to about guns?” Cuomo asked. “Let’s have that be one of the top priorities.”

Cuomo’s remarks follow a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., that killed 10 students and injured seven Thursday.

Chris Harper Mercer, 26, allegedly interrogated victims about their religion before opening fire during the incident.

Cuomo boasted that a package of gun control laws his state passed in 2013 following a similar incident rank among the nation’s “best” overall.

He said similar efforts are not taking place at the federal level despite repeated firearms massacres in recent years.

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Trump: The Problem Isn’t Guns

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Pretty much.

Via The Hill:

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that the U.S. cities with the strongest gun laws often have the biggest problems, saying gun violence will happen “no matter what you do.”

“You take Chicago, you take Baltimore, you take various other places where you have tremendous gun violence and death,” Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The strictest laws in the United States– in the world– for guns happens to be Chicago where they have a lot of problems. Baltimore, a lot of the places where you have the biggest problem is where they have the strongest laws.”

“I don’t think it’s about laws,” Trump said during a gun control discussion in the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. that left nine people dead.

“The strongest, the most stringent laws are in almost every case the worse places. It doesn’t seem to work. It’s a tough situation,” Trump added. “And when it comes to the schools, it really is mental health. It’s a mental problem.”

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Assad: Russian Failure In Syria Would ‘Destroy’ Middle East…


Regime change in Libya, aided by Obama and Hillary, was a resounding success. (Sarcasm)

Via Yahoo News:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the success of Russia’s military intervention in his war-torn country was vital for the entire Middle East, as Moscow ramped up its bombing campaign Sunday.

Russian raids against what Moscow says are Islamic State group targets took place for a fifth day despite accusations in the West that the strikes are mainly targeting moderate opponents of the regime.

“The alliance between Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran must succeed or else the whole region will be destroyed,” Assad said in an interview broadcast by Iranian state television.

“The chances of success for this coalition are great and not insignificant,” he added.

Russia said it had dropped concrete-buster munitions on new IS targets and destroyed command posts, storehouses and other infrastructure.

“From the airbase of Hmeimim, the Russian aviation group is continuing to ramp up air strikes using high-precision missiles against the ISIS facilities in Syria,” said the defence ministry, referring to IS.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz Formally Announces He’s Running For Speaker

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He’s the guy the Secret Service was trying to sandbag.

Via Daily Mail:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chair of the powerful House Oversight Committee, has thrown his hat into the Speaker’s race to replace the retiring John Boehner.

‘Today, here. I am announcing my intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives,’ Chaffetz announced on Fox News Sunday.

Boehner’s No. 2, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was at one point considered a shoe-in for the post. But comments suggesting the Republicans’ Benghazi committee was politically going after Hillary Clinton got McCarthy in trouble. Now, according to Chaffetz, the math doesn’t look so good.

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Fabulous! Biden Greeted by Calls Of ‘You Should Run!’ At Glitzy Gay-Rights Dinner…


Joe looks marvelous.

Via NRO:

Vice President Joe Biden was given a thunderous reception as the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday — particularly after the audience urged him to take a shot at a presidential run.

Biden was interrupted early in his speech before hundreds of gay-rights activists, celebrities, and business leaders assembled in a cavernous, spotlight-studded convention center in Washington, D.C.

“A number of you have said to me over the last three or four years — ” he began. But he was suddenly cut off.

“You should run!” one audience member shouted. “Yeah, you should run!” another chimed in from across the room.

“No, they didn’t say that!” Biden laughed. “Oh, anyway. What was I saying?” he continued, as the audience cheered and applauded and the vice president grinned sheepishly.

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Ben Carson Asks IRS To Pull CAIR’s Tax Exempt Status, Says They Violated Regulations In Attack On Him

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Nice job! Not too soft-spoken when it counts.

Via BPR:

Presidential contender Ben Carson‘s conflict with CAIR is getting hotter since Carson’s headline-making interview about a potential Muslim president.

The retired neurosurgeon on Saturday demanded that the IRS crack down on the Council on American-Islamic Relations for violating regulations that restrict the political involvement by groups that claim non-profit status.

The IRS has shown no problem with attacking conservative groups on much flimsier grounds during the Obama era.

It’s largely faded from the headlines, but the IRS targeting of conservative groups is one of the many “phony scandals” that have dogged the Obama administration. In an email on Saturday, Carson demanded that the IRS treat CAIR the way it treated conservative groups — with much less reason.

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) held a public press conference demanding that I withdraw from the presidential race,” Carson observed in an email announcing a petition to remove CAIR’s tax-exempt status, according to The Hill.

“Here’s the catch – CAIR is a tax-exempt nonprofit, and the IRS rules explicitly prohibit such groups from intervening in political campaigns on behalf of – or in opposition to – a candidate,” the email continues.

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Al Capone’s Safecracker Geraldo Says The 2nd Amendment Is “bullsh*t” …


All of the sudden Geraldo is pro-law enforcement.

HT: Independent Sentinel

Oregon Shooter Made Christians Crawl, Shot Girl After Making Her Beg For Her Life

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Via Daily Mail:

The Oregon shooter who killed nine and injured nine ordered a girl to beg for her life before shooting her anyway, a survivor recalls.

Chris Harper-Mercer prefaced his murderous rampage by handing an envelope to one boy, told him to stand in the corner and said ‘you’re the lucky one’.

However, his mercy extended no further.

In a chilling account from 18-year-old survivor Lacey Scroggins, Harper-Mercer turned to one girl and said he would spare her if she begged for her life. As she pleaded, he shot her.

The 26-year-old killer also ordered his Christian classmates to crawl into the middle of the room to be shot dead, Scroggins’ father, Pastor Randy Scroggins, revealed.

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Drexel University: FBI Told Us There Is A Threat Of Violence To Universities In The Philadelphia Area


Religion of peace probably involved.

Via Drexel:

The FBI has notified all Philadelphia area colleges and universities about a recent social media posting threating violence at a Philadelphia area college or university on Monday, October 5. Since the shooting last week at a community college in Oregon, the FBI has seen similar social media postings throughout the country.

Although the FBI has assured us there is no specific threat to a particular college or university, we are taking this very seriously and are taking extra precautions to protect the Drexel community.

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Failed Common Core-Supporting NY Education Commissioner Is The New Secretary Of Education…


16 long months to go…

Via Independent Sentinel:

John King Jr. was a miserable failure as Commissioner of Education in New York. He waylaid his failure in New York into the assistant’s job in the US Department of Education. He will be the new Secretary of Education.

King came to New York as an extremely well-educated egghead with little educational experience and none in public schools. He implemented Common Core in a bizarre manner and blamed the horrendous results on New York’s “ignorant” children. Even though New York’s standards were the highest in the nation, he claimed the students were not used to high standards.

He tied teacher evaluations to the standardized testing, exams which weren’t even properly evaluating children. Teacher evaluations were in some cases based on other teachers’ student scores. Tech, art, music teachers are still being evaluated by language arts or math student scores because there aren’t any exams for them.

When New York school districts began administering Common Core-aligned standardized tests, there were dramatic drops in scores when the results were released in August. Not even one-third of students in third through eighth grade met or exceeded the standards in math or English.

King said then the sharp drop in scores was a result of the rigor of the new standards and that the decline was expected.

“These proficiency scores do not reflect a drop in performance, but rather a raising of standards to reflect college and career readiness in the 21st century,” King said when the scores were released. “I understand theses scores are sobering for parents, teachers, and principals. It’s frustrating to see our children struggle. But we can’t allow ourselves to be paralyzed by the frustration; we must be energized by this opportunity.”

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Is She Human Enough Yet? Hillary Embarrasses Herself On Saturday Night Live

As the Daily Beast notes, it was basically a campaign ad to humanize her, right down to how normal people embarrass themselves when they drink too much.

Oregon Shooting Survivor Rejects Gun Control: “Tougher Restrictions Will Not Stop Mass Killings”

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Breaking from the narrative and using common sense.

Via Sky News:

A survivor of the Oregon college shooting has told Sky News she believes new gun control measures will not end America’s epidemic of mass killings, shortly after the victims were named.

Shelby Wambolt managed to escape from Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College when the shooting began in a neighbouring classroom.

She says she later discovered that one of those who died was a close friend.[…]

But Ms Wambolt said calls by President Obama for tighter regulations on gun ownership were misguided.

She said: “I know Obama got on the air and talked about gun control and I really don’t believe gun control is the problem.”

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Hillary Unable To Distinguish Herself From Obama Or Name One Difference

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Polls show most want someone other than Obama and his policies. So Republicans should be tying her to Obama, as well as mentioning her own issues.

Via Daily Caller:

Appearing on Al Sharpton’s new Sunday morning MSNBC show, Hillary Clinton was unable to name one difference she has with President Barack Obama.

Sharpton asked Clinton “What would distinguish a Hillary Clinton presidency, if elected, from a Barack Obama presidency?”

Clinton listed her view of the history of the economy under President Obama, but failed to list one difference between the two.

Calling for an increase in the minimum wage and “equal pay,” Clinton said she wants to “incentivize more profit sharing” from companies.

“We have a very robust agenda that builds on top of, layers on top of, progress that we have made under President Obama,” she said. “And the worst thing that could happen to our country, in my opinion, is for the Republicans to rip away that progress and to do a big u-turn back to trickle-down economics.”

“To slam the door in the face of hard working people. Whether it’s working women, or minorities of any sort, or the LGBT community. To basically begin to marginalize and dismiss the contributions of so many of our fellow Americans.”

Killer In Oregon Took The Self Inflicted Taxpayer Relief Shot…

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Shooting didn’t end until he was confronted by others armed.

Via Arkansas Online:

Christopher Harper-Mercer killed himself after he shot nine people to death and wounded nine others during an attack at Umpqua Community College, officials said Saturday.

Officials had originally said the gunman died during an exchange of gunfire with police.

Two days after the attack on the college, among the deadliest mass shootings at a school in two decades, Roseburg appeared more focused on mourning the nine killed and praying for the recovery of the wounded in the classroom rampage than on details about the shooter.

The shooter spared one student and gave the “lucky one” something to deliver to authorities, according to the mother of a student who witnessed the rampage.

Authorities have not disclosed whether they have an envelope or package from Harper-Mercer. However, a law enforcement official said Saturday that a manifesto of several pages had been recovered.

Bonnie Schaan, the mother of Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, said she was told by her daughter that the gunman gave someone an envelope and told him to go to a corner of the classroom.

Harper-Mercer said the person “was going to be the lucky one,” Schaan told reporters outside a hospital where her daughter, wounded in the attack, underwent surgery in which a kidney was removed.

Janet Willis said her granddaughter, Anastasia Boylan, was wounded in the attack Thursday and pretended to be dead as Harper-Mercer kept firing, killing eight students and a teacher.

Willis said she visited her 18-year-old granddaughter in a hospital in Eugene, where the sobbing Boylan told her: “‘Grandma, he killed my teacher! … I saw it!'”

Boylan also said the shooter told one student in the writing class to stand in a corner, handed him a package and told him to deliver it to authorities, Willis said.

The law enforcement official who disclosed the existence of the manifesto did not reveal its contents but described it as an effort to leave a message.

The official is familiar with the investigation but was not authorized to disclose information and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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