Iowa Elementary School Students Surprise WWII Veteran With Gifts After He Lost His Home In A Fire

Via Breitbart:

Students at an Iowa elementary school surprised a World War II veteran with gifts Friday after he lost his home in a fire last month.

Max Wilson, 95, lost all of his possessions in a fire that destroyed his home last month, WPMT reported.

“I opened the garage door and the combustion almost knocked me down,” Wilson told KWQC.

But Wilson’s day got just a little bit brighter after students and faculty from Mark Twain Elementary School in Bettendorf showered him with several gifts at a school assembly.

Students and faculty raised more than $2,200 for the 95-year-old veteran, gave him a U.S. Army blanket, and a brand new American flag folded in a case.

Jacob, a student at the elementary school, was also recognized at the assembly for notifying his parents after seeing Wilson’s home go up in flames. Jacob received a medal of honor and a police department award.

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74 Lawmakers Call On Florida Gov. To ‘Immediately’ Suspend Broward County Sheriff

Time to go and take the culture of corruption with him.

Via Daily Caller:

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott Sunday urging him to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel over his department’s handling of the Parkland shooting.

Corcoran published the letter — signed by 73 Republican lawmakers — on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

“The Florida Constitution gives you the power to suspend a sheriff for ‘malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty [or] incompetence,” Corcoran wrote. “I am requesting that you immediately exercise this power and suspend Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County for incompetence and neglect of duty.”

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Last Place US Olympic Skier Slams Ivanka Trump For Attending Closing Ceremony: What Is She Doing Here?

She wasn’t there for the medal count. This was the other out gay Olympian who attacked Mike Pence with Adam Rippon and told Pence to “Eat your heart out.”

Via Washington Examiner:

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy questioned why White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump attended the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremony Sunday, saying she didn’t work hard like the athletes to be there.

“So proud of all these people!” Kenworthy wrote on Twitter, attaching a photo of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team ahead of the pageant.

“Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well… Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here??” he continued.[…]

After breaking his thumb in practice, Kenworthy also joked the injury meant he would be unable to shake Vice President Mike Pence’s hand if the pair met over the course of the sporting event.

“It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so…Silver linings!” he tweeted.

Kenworthy finished last in the finals of the men’s slopestyle skiing event.

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The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them

Via NRO:

It confirms that the FBI and the DOJ relied heavily on uncorroborated, third-hand, anonymous sources in their FISA application.

Maybe Adam Schiff has more of a sense of humor than I’d have given him credit for. The House Intelligence Committee’s ranking Democrat begins his long-awaited memo — the minority response to the Nunes memo that was penned by staffers of the committee’s Republican majority — by slamming Chairman Devin Nunes’s unconscionable “risk of public exposure of sensitive sources and methods for no legitimate purpose.” The Schiff memo, which has been delayed for weeks because the FBI objected to its gratuitous effort to publicize highly classified intelligence, including methods and sources, then proceeds to tell its tale through what appear to be scores of blacked-out redactions of information Schiff pushed to expose.

Heavy Reliance on Steele Dossier Confirmed

The FBI and the Justice Department heavily relied on the Steele dossier’s uncorroborated allegations. You know this is true because, notwithstanding the claim that “only narrow use” was made “of information from Steele’s sources,” the Democrats end up acknowledging that “only narrow use” actually means significant use — as in, the dossier was the sine qua non of the warrant application. The memo concedes that the FISA-warrant application relied on allegations by Steele’s anonymous Russian hearsay sources that:

Page met separately while in Russia with Igor Sechin, a close associate of Vladimir Putin and executive chairman of Roseneft, Russia’s state-owned oil company, and Igor Divyekin, a senior Kremlin official. Sechin allegedly discussed the prospect of future U.S.-Russia energy cooperation and “an associated move to lift Ukraine-related western sanctions against Russia.” Divyekin allegedly disclosed to Page that the Kremlin possessed compromising information on Clinton (“kompromat”) and noted the possibility of its being released to Candidate #1’s [i.e., Donald Trump’s] campaign. . . . This closely tracks what other Russian contacts were informing another Trump foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos.

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U.S. To Look At Itself And Others For Answers After Disappointing Olympics

Do the other countries hand out participation trophies?

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Having fallen way short of their Olympic medal target, the U.S. team said on Sunday it would take a hard look at what went wrong in South Korea, and a long look at who fared well.

With only a couple of events to go, the U.S. tally of 23 was way short of the 37 they had targeted, and represents their worst showing in 20 years.

Not since their 13 medals at Nagano in 1998 had a U.S. team left a Games with such slim pickings.

Their 23 here, including nine golds, saw the United States in fourth place in the standings at the beginning of the final day, behind Norway, Germany and Canada.

“Yeah, you know we always want to do better and I want them to do better because I want that to be a reflection of what they’re capable of because it’s an amazing team,” said U.S. chef de mission Alan Ashley.

”We’re going to look at the other countries, (and ask), ‘What are they doing?’. One of the things I‘m curious about is that Norway had a runaway success here and they really did a great job preparing their athletes and I really admire them for that.

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Parkland Student Attacks NRA and Dana Loesch, Wouldn’t Criticize Sheriff For His Failures


New Jersey: Gun Control Fast-Tracked for Wednesday Hearing

Strike while passions run high.

Via AmmoLand:

New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country, and those laws have been failing miserably.

Look no further than the crime riddled neighborhoods of Paterson, Camden, Newark and Trenton, and you will see New Jersey’s great experiment with gun control is on full display. Incredibly, anti-gun politicians in Trenton are now clamoring for more of the same.

None of these laws were ever designed to actually go after criminals, but rather their target has always been the law-abiding citizen. And just before the close of business on Friday, gun banners launched their next phase with the latest sneak attack.

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Winter Olympics Could Be NBC’s $12 Billion Dud

Promoting social justice will be NBC’s downfall.

Via Daily Mail:

NBC’s $12billion deal to cover the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang may not see the profits the network hopes for, as the games are rated the worst ever in NBC viewership history.

This year’s Winter Games in South Korea saw the number of views decline by 24 per cent compared to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, within the 18 to 49 years demographic.

The slump in views may have burned a hole in NBC’s wallet after the network invested $12billion to cover the cream-of-the-crop competition, but had to offer free ad time to advertisers when it failed to reach the promised number of viewers.

Although sports viewership has declined in the past two years, in 2012 for the London games the number of eyes following the Olympics peaked, with an average of 31.1million tuning in, according to CNN Money.

But hopes for a rise in Olympic viewership have been crushed as even the games’ Opening Ceremony failed to entice enough viewers to watch the dazzling display, yielding an 8.6 per cent decrease in viewers from the last Opening Ceremony in 2014.

NBC notes, however, that viewership for the Olympics is down only 15 percent compared to the aforementioned 24 when including viewers from both NBC and NBC Sports Network also airing coverage of the games.

NBC channels counted 21.9million prime time viewers this year, a dip compared to the 23.7million viewers who watched the Sochi 2014 Games.

The low turn out rate in views is costing the network, forcing NBC to reportedly issue free ad time when initial ads failed to reach the agreed amount of viewers.

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Transgender Boy Wins Girls’ State Wrestling Title For Second Time

Via NY Post:

CYPRESS, Texas — For the second year in a row, a transgender wrestler has won the Texas girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division.

Mack Beggs, an 18-year-old senior from Euless Trinity High School near Dallas, entered the tournament in Cypress outside of Houston with an undefeated record. He beat Chelsea Sanchez — who he beat for the title in 2017 — in the final match Saturday.

Video posted online showed a mix of cheers and boos from the crowd following Beggs’ win.

Beggs is in the process of transitioning from female to male and taking a low-dose of testosterone.

It was his steroid therapy treatments while wrestling girls that stirred a fierce debate about competitive fairness and transgender rights last season. It’s been a lot quieter since last year when his march to a state championship was dogged by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

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84-Year-Old Feinstein Fails To Receive Party’s Endorsement At California Democratic Party Convention

Youth over age.

Via Free Beacon:

The California Democratic Party did not endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) on Sunday, with just 37 percent of the state’s delegates supporting her at the party’s convention.

Meanwhile, primary challenger State Senate leader Kevin de León got the support of 54 percent of the delegates, meaning both fell short of the 60 percent needed to secure the party endorsement, The Mercury News reports:

The rebuke of Feinstein by the party delegates comes even though the 25-year incumbent has led polls by wide margins and has received broad support from state party luminaries like Sen. Kamala Harris and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The results were a sign of discomfort among many liberals who believe Feinstein should do more to challenge President Trump — and of de León’s strong connections to the party’s activist left flank. The endorsement contest was a “test of the establishment’s authority and power,” de León chief of staff Dan Reeves said before the vote.

Most California voters say they don’t know enough about de León to have an opinion about him. But he had a much more active presence than Feinstein at the convention, working the crowds and hustling between caucus meetings in white sneakers on Friday night.

Despite the rebuke from the party, Feinstein enjoys a large lead in campaign cash and public polling as an incumbent.

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Watch: Parkland Student Describe How Deputy Peterson Hid During Shooting While Others Rushed In To Help

FL Shooting Survivor Turned Activist Defends Officer Who Did Not Enter Shooting Scene

Firemen shouldn’t enter burning buildings also.

Via The Hill:

A student at the Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last week defended the local officer who did not enter shooting scene.

“He — just like every other police officer out there at heart — is a good person. He didn’t take action in this event, and I can’t explain why … there are no words to explain why he wouldn’t take action to take out this individual, but I think it’s a good example of if he didn’t take action and four others didn’t, I mean, who does?” student David Hogg said in an interview on MSNBC.

Hogg was referencing Scot Peterson, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resource officer and Broward County Sheriff’s deputy who has been the subject of criticism for failing to enter the building and defend students during the shooting.

“Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a glock? And I know that’s what these police officers are supposed to do, but they’re people too,” he added.

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BuzzFeed Finds 22 More Calls To FL Shooters Home That Broward Sheriff Never Revealed

When even Buzzfeed and CNN have to call you out, it’s bad.

Via Twitchy:

Holy crap. This could be game over for embattled Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.

According to a BuzzFeed investigation, there are 22 more 911 calls to the home of Parkland, Fla. killer Nikolas Cruz that were never disclosed to the public, which would bring the total to at least 45:

From BuzzFeed:

Broward County sheriff’s officials said in a statement late Saturday that they responded only to 23 calls involving suspected Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz or his family over the years, but records obtained by BuzzFeed News show at least 45 responses since 2008.

The number of calls made over the years involving Cruz or his family, according to the call records, are nearly twice the number publicly disclosed by the department.

On Saturday night, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office released a statement pushing back on reports that they had been called more than the 23 incidents released by the department.

“Since 2008, BSO responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family,” the sheriff’s office said in its statement. “STOP REPORTING 39; IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ questions about the additional calls, or how it determined to include the 23 calls that were disclosed to the public, but not the others.

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Trump Hints At Allowing More Troops To Carry Personal Weapons On Military Bases

Allow the military retirees to carry on base.

Via Navy Times:

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would re-examine federal policies restricting troops from carrying private firearms on military bases, calling it an important safety issue.

But Defense Department leaders have in the past resisted widespread changes to those firearms policies because of concerns it could lead to more accidental shootings and successful suicides.

The comments from the commander in chief came during a speech to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, while he was talking about possible solutions to gun violence in America.

“We’re going to look at that whole military base gun-free zone,” he said. “If we can’t have our military holding guns, it’s pretty bad.

“We had a number of instances on military bases, you know that. So we want to protect our military. We want to make our military stronger and better than it’s ever been before.”

Trump specifically referenced the July 2015 shooting spree at a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which a gunman killed four Marines and a sailor in a series of ambushes. The attacker was later killed in a firefight with police.

“They were on a military base in a gun-free zone,” Trump said. “They were asked to check their guns quite far away, and a maniac walked in, guns blazing, killed all five of them. He wouldn’t have had a chance if these world-class marksmen had, on a military base, access to their guns.”

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This Is The Leader Of Canada. Poor Canadians.

Democratic Mega-Donor Tom Steyer: Nancy Pelosi ‘Disparaged’ Americans’ Tax Savings With ‘Crumbs’ Line

Nancy continuing to double down on stupid.

Via Washington Examiner:

Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer on Saturday urged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to stop referring to savings from the GOP tax plan as “crumbs.”

“Nancy was making a point that was true, but she said it in a way that disparaged the amount of money that they were getting,” Steyer said during an appearance at the California Democratic Party convention.

The now infamous line by Pelosi – that the bonuses given to American workers because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are “crumbs” – has since been used in several Republican fundraising ads to cast the Democratic Party as out of touch with middle-class Americans.

More than two dozen U.S. companies have raised their wages, announced domestic investments, or offered bonuses of $1,000 or more to employees since President Trump signed a Republican tax bill last year that cut the corporate rate to 21 percent.

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Reporters Told To Not Report On Obama Speech

So what was he hiding?

Via Daily Caller:

Former President Barack Obama’s speech Friday is intended to be a secret affair, with organizers threatening to remove anyone who tweets or reports on his comments.

Obama was scheduled to address Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Sports Analytics Conference attendees Friday afternoon to discuss his future plans and reflect on his presidency, but media has been barred from reporting on his remarks.

“Following the panel, the sharing or reporting of its contents on public platforms (including social media) will not be permitted,” the conference organizers typed in correspondence to media, according to The Boston Globe. “Those who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to removal from the conference and denied tickets to future SSAC conferences.”

An event spokesperson clarified “sharing or reporting of its contents” is forbidden when The Globe inquired further. “This policy applies to all attendees, credentialed media included,” the email availed.

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Sheriff Gives Flip Answer When Asked If Shooting Could Have Been Prevented If His Office Did Anything Differently

Washington State Lawmakers Remove Legislative Records From Voter-Approved Public Records Act

The public can see what the government wants them to see.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has overwhelmingly approved legislation meant to circumvent a recent court ruling that found state lawmakers were fully subject to the state’s public disclosure laws.

The measure passed the Senate on a 41-7 vote Friday, and then was quickly approved by the House 83-14. The bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee with a veto-proof margin.

The quick action comes just two days after the bill was introduced. The measure would retroactively remove the legislative branch from the state’s voter-approved Public Records Act so that lawmakers would be able to shield records sought by a coalition of media groups, led by The Associated Press, who prevailed in court last month.

Only four lawmakers spoke during the brief debates in both chambers, all saying that the measure was meant to increase transparency.

The bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, would allow release of some lawmaker correspondence, including those with lobbyists; information from lawmaker calendars; and final disciplinary reports beginning on July 1. However, because of the retroactivity language, it would prohibit the release of the records being sought by the coalition of news organizations that sued last September.

“This bill is a significant and major step forward for the people of Washington and this institution as we step into the sunlight, requiring what I believe are the most important disclosures for the people of Washington to hold their elected representatives accountable,” said Democratic Rep. Gerry Pollet.

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Jake Tapper Grills Broward Sheriff Israel, Asks About Report ‘Stand Down Order Given,’ Israel Refuses To Resign”

More here.