Tennesseans Gather In Veterans Cemetery To Pay Respects To Vietnam Veteran With No Family

Via Tennessean:

Mourners overflowed from the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery rotunda on a cold and gloomy Friday morning, many braced with umbrellas and raincoats after the early morning drizzles. And they huddled together to honor a man they never knew.

Leo Stokley died Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Waters of Cheatham in Ashland City. The Murfreesboro man was 69.

According to his obituary posted by Boyd Funeral Home, Stokley was born June 5, 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina. He served in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour in Vietnam. He was buried with military honors Friday morning at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Pegram.

That’s about all many people knew of Stokley when they arrived at the cemetery Friday.

Bob Counter of the Cheatham County Veterans Service Office said that as he and his staff filtered through paperwork so Stokley could be buried with military honors, they learned that Stokley is considered an “unclaimed” veteran.

“When we found out that he was considered an unclaimed veteran, which means he has no family, we wanted to make sure that he got claimed,” Counter explained.

He posted Stokley’s obituary to the Cheatham County Veterans Service office Facebook page, along with a call for “Team Cheatham, and especially our veterans” to pay their respects to the unclaimed veteran at the cemetery on Friday.

The post garnered 47 shares in about two days. Counter said others also posted about Stokley and shared their own calls, and through the “power of social media,” a crowd of supporters — including fellow military members — arrived at the cemetery.

“It finally got to where we had this (crowd of) several hundred people here,” Counter said. “No one knew Leo, but everyone honored Leo.

“We wanted to make sure he got his military honors, the recognition he deserves, and that he didn’t die alone.”

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HT: Huck Funn

Marcia Fudge Considers Bid for House Speaker, Says Pelosi Hasn’t Sufficiently Supported African Americans in Congress

Interesting choice to oppose Pelosi, to split off the left and the Black Caucus.

Via Free Beacon:

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D., Ohio) is being floated by several Democrats as a potential contender to face off against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to determine who will be the speaker of the House when Democrats retake the majority in January.

Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, telling them she has been “overwhelmed” by all the support she’s received from some of her Democratic colleagues, including Reps. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio) and Seth Moulton (D., Mass.). She told them there are “probably closer to 30” Democrats who have privately told her they would be willing to vote against Pelosi.

Moulton publicly praised Fudge Wednesday night and Thursday morning on CNN, saying she is “the kind of new leader that we need in this party.”

“She’s in touch with middle America. She understands what the American people want,” he said on Thursday. “She’s a next generation leader that people will look to and say, ‘That’s the future of our party, that’s the future of our country, and that’s exactly the kind of leader that I want to see as our next speaker.’”

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Watch: Illegal Alien Captured On Video, Shooting At Police, Now Charged With Attempted Capital Murder

Fortunate that he didn’t kill anyone.

CNN’s Van Jones Says Trump Deserves Praise For His Support Of Prison Reform Bill

Don Lemon almost choked when he said it.

Via Daily Caller:

CNN host Van Jones praised President Donald Trump for his prison reform agenda on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” Wednesday and said he deserved “credit” and “applause.”

“Jared Kushner, his father went to prison. He’s been a passionate advocate on this issue for awhile,” Jones said.

“I think that when you have formerly incarcerated people taking the lead, which has really been the driving force here, and law enforcement and, you know, strong senators on both sides of the aisle — President Trump said listen, if this is going to make the streets safer, if it’s going to give people a fairer chance, some of these forgotten men and women, some of them are in Appalachia as well, let’s do something,” Jones said.

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Male Gym Teacher Punished For Refusing To Oversee Middle School Girl Get Undressed In Boys’ Locker Room

Of course.

Via Daily Wire:

A physical education teacher in Florida was punished for refusing to oversee a biologically female middle schooler who identifies as male potentially get undressed in the boys’ locker room. The school, stunningly, allowed the female student to have access to the boys’ locker room without so much as informing the male students who would be sharing the locker room with the girl or the students’ parents.

According to a complaint letter from Liberty Counsel to Pasco County School District, the female student caught “boys (literally) with their pants down, causing them embarrassment and concern by the fact that they had been observed changing by an obvious girl,” reports The Federalist.

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Florida Machine Recount Ends, Ron De Santis Wins Governor, Hand Recount Now For Senate

De Santis has been declared the governor-elect, but Gillum refuses to concede.

And Scott actually picked up votes.

Palm Beach missed the deadline to get their recount results in so the results on record stand.

Parkland Shooter Nikolas Cruz Allegedly Flipped Off And Assaulted Jail Guard Before Grabbing Stun Gun

Aw, just as he was turning his life around.

Via Law and Crime:

Nikolas Cruz, the 20-year-old charged for murdering 17 people at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Fla., was charged on Tuesday for allegedly attacking a jail guard.

According to the probable cause affidavit obtained by Law&Crime, a Broward County sergeant told the defendant not to drag his sandals on the ground while walking around. The guard said the defendant flipped him the bird, rushed him, hit him in the face, then took his stun gun away from him. The weapon allegedly went off during the struggle.

The arresting deputy noted that surveillance footage showed Cruz rushing the sergeant, hitting him with a left fist, knocking him to the ground, hitting him multiple times with a right fist and taking his stun gun. This investigator said that the weapon could be seen going off, but that the sergeant was able to take it back.

Cruz is newly charged with assault on an officer, battery on an officer, and obstruction. His attorney of record did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment. Cruz was already at the Broward County Jail due to the mass shooting he allegedly perpetrated on Feb. 14, 2018.

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CNN’s John King: No Chance For Dems To Win In Florida…

CNN’s John King says that Democrats have no chance to win in Florida anymore so they are now relying on courts to “bend the letter of the law” to give them any chance of overcoming their vote deficits.

SJW Mob Targets Kansas College Student For Using Term “Illegal Aliens”…

Monster!

Dem Sen. Kamala Harris Compares ICE To The KKK…

Classy.

HT: Free Beacon

Dem Sen. Gillibrand Brazenly Flip-Flops On Campaign Promise To Serve 6 Years, Not Run In 2020…

Dem Rep. Clyburn Says Fellow Dems Opposed To His Role As Majority Whip Are Racist…

Dog whistles.

HT: WFB

Plot Twist: N.J. Couple, Homeless Man Faked Story Netting $400K In Donations, Face Criminal Charges, Report Says

Not the first to profit from a fake story.

Via Daily Wire:

The couple who raised nearly half a million dollars for a homeless man after he gave his last $20 to the woman will face criminal charges as will the homeless man for making up the entire story, officials say.

“Mark D’Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception,” NBC 10 reported on Wednesday.

NBC 10 reviewed a complaint that alleges the three “conspired with one another to make up a false story in order to raise more than $400,000.”

D’Amico and McClure turned themselves into Burlington County authorities on Wednesday after prosecutors said that they, along with Bobbitt, intentionally prevented those who donated to their GoFundMe page from accessing relevant information that “would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort.”

The three gained national attention last year after the couple claimed that Bobbitt gave his last $20 to help McClure purchase fuel after she ran out while driving on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.

The couple came under scrutiny not long after the story broke and the $400,000+ was raised after Bobbitt and his lawyer said that “McClure and D’Amico gave him around $75,000 as well as the vehicle and the camper, but have since learned that the rest of the money is gone.”

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Monica Lewinsky’s Criticism Of The Press For Giving Bill Clinton A Pass All These Years Is Spot On

Give that woman a cigar.

Via Washington Examiner:

If you think the press is guilty of giving former President Bill Clinton a pass on his history of sexually abusing and exploiting women, you’re not alone. Monica Lewinsky is right there with you.

The woman at the center of the 1998 Clinton sex scandal accused the press this week of dereliction of duty, claiming in an essay in Vanity Fair that she had to wait nearly 20 years for reporters to ask the former president (somewhat) uncomfortable questions about the affair and his abuse of power.

“The debate over who gets to live in Victimville fascinates me, as a public person who has watched strangers discuss my own ‘victim’ status at length on social media,” she writes, recalling clearly that she was portrayed in 1998 as a star-struck seductress by players in both the Clinton White House and the press. “Do I wish I could erase my years in D.C. from memory, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind–style? Well, is the sky blue? But I can’t.”

“And in order to move forward in the life I have, I must take risks — both professional and emotional. (It’s a combustible combination.) An important part of moving forward is excavating, often painfully, what has gone before,” Lewinsky added, seeking to explain her decision to participate in the A&E docuseries The Clinton Affair. “When politicians are asked uncomfortable questions, they often duck and dodge by saying, That’s old news. It’s in the past. Yes. That’s exactly where we need to start to heal — with the past. But it’s not easy.”

Lewinsky then zeroes in on what has been a common complaint on the Right: that no matter what Bill Clinton admits to doing to women, or is alleged to have done, many in our supposedly serious and hard-hitting news media are eager to give him a pass or simply look the other way. It wasn’t until very recently — nearly two decades after the 1998 scandal first struck — that reporters began asking the former president difficult questions about the fact that he engaged in an extramarital relationship with a 25-year-old intern and that his White House sought later to portray her as the villain.

“For the first time in more than 15 years, Bill Clinton was being asked directly about what transpired,” Lewinsky writes. “If you want to know what power looks like, watch a man safely, even smugly, do interviews for decades, without ever worrying whether he will be asked the questions he doesn’t want to answer.”

That is as succinct a description of the press’ Bill Clinton problem as I’ve ever read.

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Left Eats Left: NY Dem Leaders’ Huge Tax Breaks For Bezos Leave Left Crying ‘Crony Capitalism’

Jobs will take people from the plantation of dependency.

Via Fox News:

New York’s top politicians, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, have been accused of an “immoral waste of taxpayers’ money” and being out of touch with their constituents as the chorus of complaints grows louder over the incentive-laden package put together by the Democrats to lure Amazon to the Big Apple.

The comments come as residents and politicians from within the Democratic Party voice their displeasure with what they perceive as too sweet a deal for Amazon to set up shop in Long Island City, a diverse Queens neighborhood they say has long been in need of improvements in affordable housing, education and infrastructure.

“True progressive leaders of the Democratic Party do not throw corporate welfare at the richest man in the world,” New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who represents the area, told Fox News. “Jeff Bezos, Amazon Cuomo, and Mayor de Blasio got in a room and cut out the people who this deal is going to affect, whose money will be spent to make it all possible.”

Van Bramer added in a separate interview with Politico that both Cuomo and De Blasio — two of the most powerful Democrats in the state – “misread the moment” and how much of a backlash the deal for Amazon to bring one of its headquarters there would generate.

“I think if the takeaway from the recent election in Queens, New York City and nationally is that we should actually step up corporate subsidies and billionaires getting billion-dollar bailouts — if that’s the takeaway, somebody’s not got their fingers on the pulse of Democrats, certainly, but people generally in this country,” he said.

Van Bramer is not alone amongst his party. New York Congress member-elect and Democratic Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against Amazon Tuesday for getting tax breaks, citing community “outrage,” while City Council Speaker Corey Johnson questioned why such a wealthy company needs more than $1 billion in public money for their expansion plans.

Ron Kim, an assemblyman who represents another part of the Queens borough, has even gone as far as to file legislation hoping to block some of the subsidies being offered to Amazon from taking effect.

“Giving Jeff Bezos hundreds of millions of dollars is an immoral waste of taxpayers’ money when it’s more than clear that the money would create more jobs and more economic growth when it is used to relieve student debt,” Kim said in a statement obtained by Fox News.

In a co-authored New York Times Op-Ed, Kim and Zephyr Teachout, who ran against Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, wrote: “The company does not seek partnership; it seeks control. Seattle’s experience shows that becoming dependent on Amazon did not lead to broader wealth; it has pushed up home prices and led to increased homelessness. Amazon also threw its political weight around in the city, spending millions in a brutal campaign to resist corporate taxes in Seattle.”

“It would be a special insult in New York City to sell out to a company so closely identified with squashing small merchants, stifling workers’ rights and undermining the publishing and ideas industry.”

“New York has a long, strong history of union power, and Amazon has a long history of union busting. In a 45-minute video leaked by Gizmodo, Amazon’s anti-union tactics were revealed, as Whole Foods team leaders were instructed in how to quell unionization after Amazon bought the company.”

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Judge: Hillary Clinton Has To Answer More Questions About Her Emails, Under Oath

Great job, Judicial Watch!

Via Daily Caller:

A federal court is compelling former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to respond to further questions — under oath — about her notorious emails.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued the ruling Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, the conservative research and investigative group that has long had its sights on both of the Clintons. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Jokes About Email Scandal On ‘Murphy Brown’)

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was jubilant about the decision in a Thursday morning tweet: “Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key [questions] about the setting up of her email system.”

The decision is the result of a Freedom of Information lawsuit initiated by Judicial Watch that sought to clarify why Clinton’s executive assistant, Huma Abedin, was authorized to be both an employee of the State Department and a “special government employee” for outside jobs, according to news release issued Thursday by Judicial Watch.

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Border Patrol Arrests Caravan Members Trying To Enter U.S.

But the ‘scaravan’ doesn’t exist and they’re really not climbing over the walls. This was a group bused ahead of the main portion of the caravan.

Via Fox News:

More than a dozen members of the migrant caravan were arrested Wednesday night along U.S.-Tijuana border, a border patrol source in the San Diego sector told Fox News.

A small group was arrested near the beach in an area called Playas de Tijuana. A large group was arrested in the mountains east of Otay Mesa, a San Diego community that straddles the Mexican border, the source said. All were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally, the source said.

Separately, a fight broke out Wednesday night in Tijuana between local Mexicans and Hondurans arriving in the caravan. The migrants complained that the locals were yelling: “Go home. We don’t want you here!” Members of the caravan complained to reporters that local police made no attempt to break up the fight.

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Stormy Daniels Responds To Domestic Violence Allegations Against Avenatti

Gotta love it. Well, he’s thrown her under the bus to advance himself, so it’s only fair she tosses him.

Via Daily Wire:

While everyone waits for President Trump to tweet out his inevitably headline-winning reaction to the arrest of Michael Avenatti for suspected felony domestic violence on Wednesday, the celebrity lawyer’s most famous client has offered her official statement, which ends with an ominous comment about “seeking new representation” should the charges prove true.

“These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations,” said Daniels in a statement reported by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. “We should all reserve judgment until the investigation—an investigation Michael has said he welcomes—is complete, and that’s what I’m going to do. But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation.”

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More Waiting: Florida Judge Extends The Deadline For Counting Votes

Obama-appointed judge not complying with Florida law.

Via Daily Wire:

On Thursday, a federal judge in Tallahassee threw yet another wrench into the process of finalizing the vote tallies in the battle for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat between incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott. As the 3 p.m. deadline approached for counties to report the results of a machine recount in the races for the Nelson-Scott race, as well as the elections for governor and agriculture commissioner, U.S. District Court judge Mark Walker, who was nominated to the U.S. District Court by former president Barack Obama in 2012, extended the deadline to Saturday at 5 p.m. for voters whose votes weren’t tabulated due to signature problems.

Scott leads Nelson by 12,652 votes while GOP governor nominee Ron DeSantis leads Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum by 33,633 votes.

The Orlando Sentinel reports, “According to state data presented during a five-hour hearing Wednesday, with 47 of the 67 counties reporting, there were 3,781 ballots rejected for mismatched signatures, including 467 in Orange County.”

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Watch: Avenatti Responds After Arrest For Suspected Felony Domestic Violence

Police don’t arrest for felony domestic violence unless they have something significant.