Saturday, February 24, 2018

OUTRAGEOUS: Delta Air Lines Ends NRA Contract


Commentary

By Frances Rice

Delta Air Lines posted the below outrageous message on Twitter that is a slap in the face of the five million NRA members.  


To express my objection to this partisan political action by Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, I sent the below email to Delta’s CEO with a cc to other top executives.

I urge our supporters to send their own messages to Delta Air Lines.

Here is the email contact information:

Mr. Edward Bastian
Chief Executive Officer
Delta Air Lines

Email Addresses:
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Dear Mr. Bastian:

In light of your decision regarding the NRA, please be advised that I am one of the NRA's five million members. 

I am also a retired Army lieutenant colonel with 20 years of service and have a concealed carry permit. 

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and now live in Sarasota, Florida.

When taking trips that required air travel, I would always make an effort to fly Delta, but I will no longer do so since your company has decided to side with the political partisans who seek to abrogate my Second Amendment right to be armed and prepared to protect myself, a black woman, and my family.

Below is an article that reflects my opinion on gun control laws.

Sincerely,

Frances Presley Rice, Lieutenant Colonel (USA, Retired)
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OPINION: We Don’t Need Stronger Gun Laws. We Need Stronger Communities.


 By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist)

Here we go again. Another school massacre and another overreaction by liberals who want to play politics with the Second Amendment.

On Valentine’s Day, 17 students and faculty members were murdered by a former classmate at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a small community west of Boca Raton.

As tragic as the murders were, sometimes I am confused by the way people react to tragedies. In the aftermath of a mass shooting, many people want the government to immediately pass new gun control laws. The hard truth is that there is absolutely nothing the government can do to protect you from tragedies like the horrific massacre in Parkland.

Tragedy, by definition is, “an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.”

Sometimes good people are beset by tragedies, randomly and without warning.

If you ban guns, do you really think violent tragedies will go away? One need look no further than Japan to find the answer.

In Japan, it is illegal to possess, carry, sell or buy guns. So, it is extremely rare, if ever, for a shooting death to occur in Japan.

For example, in 2014, Japan had six gun related deaths compared to 33,599 in the U.S.

In 2016, however, nineteen people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing massacre in Tokyo, which was Japan’s deadliest mass killing since World War II. In 2008, a man ran over a group of people with his truck and then stabbed 18, killing seven in Tokyo’s Akihabara gaming district. In 2001, eight children were killed when a former employee, a janitor, entered an elementary school in Osaka and stabbed them to death.

So, the point is that even if guns were outlawed in the U.S., a person determined to commit an act of violence will always find a weapon of choice to unleash their diabolical schemes.

Irresponsible mainstream media outlets take advantage of these crises, broadcasting the anguish and misery of distraught family members just to boost their own ratings. As they say, “if it bleeds, it leads.”

Let’s game out one of the liberal arguments that outlawing guns is the solution to these mass shootings, that seem to happen with more frequency.

So, Japan has outlawed guns. Now, killers in that country use knives and cars to inflict massive carnage upon their fellow citizens.

If the U.S. outlawed guns and preemptively banned, let’s say, ice picks and utility knives, then individuals that are committed to killing other people will simply use whatever else they can get their hands on. Cars and trucks might become the weapons of choice; should we ban them, too? If we go down that road, where will it end?

What liberals refuse to address is the lack of values and morality in our society. Religion instills in a society a sense of right and wrong and demands some type of structure in our lives, but liberals have run prayer out of our nation’s schools; and any mentions or references to God in the public square are questioned, mocked or maligned outright.

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, can anyone legitimately argue that the Ten Commandments are not good standards for any society to live by? Thou shalt not murder, lie, covet, etc.

In American society today, many people have bought into the notion that man, not God, is the measure of all things. There are no rules. No restraints.

American society has cast the traditional nuclear family by the wayside. For liberals, normal is whatever you feel like doing at any given moment.

Liberal Hollywood elites, the most vociferous advocates for gun control, refuse to take responsibility for the violence and lack of morals that are constant themes in their movies and TV shows; most of them won’t even acknowledge the negative effects that their industry has on the minds of young people.

The result is generations of children who become desensitized to violence and mayhem, who then lash out in real life, without ever considering the repercussions of their actions.

These kids don’t wake up one day and decide to go on murderous rampages at their schools, simply because someone picked on them during lunch or they experienced a bad breakup. We have all gone through that as teenagers and young adults and we got through it without killing and maiming dozens of our classmates.

What is different now? Today, it’s very hard to get teenagers and young adults to think critically about the world they live in. No one wants to accept personal responsibility for anything that happens in their lives; everyone gets a trophy; everything bad that happens to them is always someone else’s fault.

The state of Florida and the F.B.I. are going to spend millions of dollars trying to figure out why this kid killed students and faculty members at that school in Parkland. In reality, there are no simple solutions to most problems that we wrestle with as a society.

Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people and banning guns won’t change that.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Cop who didn't enter school during Florida shooting resigns, has home guarded, is slammed as 'coward' by Trump



Deputy Scot Peterson, shown speaking in 2015, was armed and stationed on campus when Nikolas Cruz opened fire.

The home of the former school resource deputy who stayed outside the Florida high school as last week’s massacre unfolded was being protected Friday by law enforcement officials -- even as President Trump called out the ex-cop, suggesting he was a "coward."

An Associated Press reporter said he approached Peterson’s home Thursday night, seeing lights on inside and cars present. He rang the doorbell twice, but no one answered.


Before departing for his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday morning, Trump, in a set of fiery remarks, lambasted Peterson.

"When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage, or something happened," Trump said. "He certainly did a poor job. That's the case where somebody was outside, they are trained, they didn't react properly under pressure or they were a coward."

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson, who was armed when gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “never went in[to]” the building that was under attack. He said the school resource officer instead took up a position viewing the western entrance of the building.

Israel said he was “devastated, sick to my stomach” after learning of Peterson’s inaction during the school shooting that left 17 people dead. The sheriff said he believes Peterson remained outside the building for roughly four minutes, while the shooting in total lasted around six minutes. Israel said the officer never fired his weapon.

"What matters is that when we, in law enforcement, arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target," the sheriff said. "And that’s what should’ve been done."

When asked what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer."

He added: “There are no words. I mean, these families lost their children...I've been to the funerals...I've been to the vigils. It's just, ah, there are no words."

Peterson resigned Thursday after video surveillance showed he never entered the school, even though he “clearly” knew there was a shooting taking place, officials said.

Officer Tim Burton of the Coral Springs Police Department, who responded to the shooting, told the New York Times that Peterson “was seeking cover behind a concrete column leading to a stairwell.”

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed to WTVJ that Peterson's family requested privacy and protection following Peterson's resignation.

Student Jenna Jorsten told WSVN that she was “in shock” Peterson stayed outside -- especially after learning of unarmed teachers and students risking their lives to save others.

“If he’s the one with a gun, he should be the one out there with the gun trying to protect the kids,” she said. “Why was he hiding outside? It just makes no sense to me whatsoever. I mean it just doesn’t make sense to me at all.”


Cruz, 19, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and police said he confessed to being the shooter. Defense attorneys, state records and people who knew him indicate Cruz displayed behavioral troubles for years.

Two other deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office have been placed on restrictive duty as officials investigate "whether or not they could have done more, should’ve done more."

The officers were identified by WSVN as Edward Eason and Guntis Treijis.

Their restricted assignments come as authorities found they responded to at least 23 calls regarding Cruz or his brother since 2008. In two of the instances, Col. Jack Dale said, protocol might not have been followed.

Israel said an investigation remains ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

GROWING THE AMERICAN ECONOMY: THE ECONOMIC REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT


 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

“America is open for business, and we are competitive once again.” – President Donald J. Trump
Read the Economic Report of the President here.
A GROWING ECONOMY: President Donald J. Trump’s pro-growth policies are reviving the United States economy, and the Economic Report of the President (ERP) shows a path for continued growth. 
·       The Trump Administration is the first since that of President Ronald Reagan to see positive economic growth exceed its first-year forecast.

o   In 2017, the United States economy saw 2.5 percent growth in real gross domestic product (GDP), up from 1.8 percent in 2016.

·       Growth helped the United States economy add 2.2 million nonfarm jobs in 2017, as American workers saw the lowest unemployment rate since 2000 at 4.1 percent.

·       The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) projects economic growth will increase to 3.1 percent in 2018, remaining above 3 percent through 2020 and adding a cumulative $1.1 trillion to the economy.

o   If fully implemented, President Trump’s economic agenda would lead to 3 percent annual GDP growth on average throughout the next decade.
TAX REFORM IS DELIVERING RESULTS: President Trump’s tax cuts are benefiting United States workers and businesses, providing long-term benefits and putting America on a path to greater prosperity.
·       The CEA projects that President Trump’s corporate tax reform will lead to a $4,000 annual wage increase for American workers.

·       The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s (TCJA) reforms and cuts to the individual tax code will raise GDP by an estimated 1.3 to 1.6 percent over the next three years.

·       To date, over 370 companies have announced new investments, raises and bonuses, or other benefits as a result of tax reform that will positively affect 4.1 million workers.

o   Through January, the CEA tallied $190 billion in new investment projects that were related to the passage of the TCJA.
REDUCING RED TAPE: By eliminating costly, unnecessary, and ineffective regulations, President Trump is freeing the United States economy.
·       President Trump is prioritizing the cutting of burdensome red tape and has ordered Government agencies to eliminate two old rules for every new one.

o   In the first eight months of the Trump Administration, Federal agencies issued 67 deregulatory actions and just three regulatory actions, far exceeding this two-for-one goal.

·       According to the CEA, the economics literature indicates that excessive Government regulation places a drag on the American economy, slowing productivity and stifling entrepreneurship.

o   The Obama Administration’s overregulation likely played a role in slow economic growth rates of the last eight years.
BUILDING A STRONGER AMERICA: President Trump wants to rebuild our Nation’s infrastructure by working with State and local governments and the private sector to spur new investment.
·       The CEA estimates that a $1.5 trillion investment in infrastructure, as proposed by the President, could add approximately 0.1 to 0.2 percentage points to economic growth over the next decade.

·       The CEA finds that growth will be encouraged through a plan that streamlines the permitting process, encourages the prioritization of spending, and optimizes use of infrastructure assets.
FAIR AND RECIPROCAL TRADE: President Trump is standing up for American workers and businesses, enforcing the rules and ensuring that trade deals are fair and reciprocal.
·       American producers face higher barriers to selling their products abroad than competitors do selling products in the United States.

o   President Trump is seeking to break down barriers to United States exports and crack down on unfair trade practices. 

o   Given America’s comparative advantages, American energy and agriculture sectors are well-positioned to benefit from these policies and increase their exports to the rest of the world.

·       President Trump is also seeking to improve existing United States trade deals that did not achieve the intended result and negotiate new ones that will break down barriers to United States exports. 
INNOVATION IN HEALTHCARE: The Trump Administration is focusing on policies that will promote competition, improve health outcomes, and lower healthcare costs for Americans.
·       Competition, choice, and innovation are key to improving America’s healthcare system.

o   Obamacare drove up costs and significantly curtailed choices of coverage options. Taxpayers have spent an enormous amount expanding Medicaid, without a substantial benefit to population health.

o   Freeing consumers and providers from excessive government regulation and promoting competition through healthcare markets will lower prices and increase choice in order to improve our national quality of life.

·       The CEA estimates that Americans pay more than 70 percent of the world’s patented biopharmaceutical profits among developed nations funding drug innovation.

o   Policies must be developed to lower drug prices for Americans and to encourage pharmaceutical companies to have other countries pay their fair share of development costs.
DEFENDING AMERICAN CYBER SECURITY: With billions of dollars lost each year to cyber-crime, American cybersecurity is of paramount importance to our economic well-being.
·       Using the most recent data available, the CEA estimates that malicious cyber activity lowered United States output by as much as $109 billion in 2016.

·       Even as information technology has increased in importance to American economic interests, the ERP indicates that the market alone may not provide sufficient incentives to invest in cybersecurity.

·       The ERP underscores the ever-growing importance of public-private cybersecurity partnerships, in order to manage and mitigate the risks associated with our modern economy.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BREAKING: The Rev. Billy Graham Has Died At 99



Billy Graham/Quotes:
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.


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The Rev. Billy Graham, prominent Christian evangelist, dead at 99



The Rev. Billy Graham , the Christian evangelist whose worldwide crusades and role as adviser to decades of U.S. presidents made him one of the best known religious figures of his time, died Wednesday at age 99 at his home in Montreat, N.C, Todd Shearer of DeMoss Associates told Fox News.
Graham, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was regularly listed in polls as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men in the World."
Shearer told Fox News that Graham died from "natural causes." 
His Christian crusades took him from the frenzy of Manhattan to isolated African villages and according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
The BGEA put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with "hundreds of millions more" viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts.
"My one purpose in life," he said, "is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ."
Graham was last hospitalized in 2011 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. for what was described as "evaluation and treatment of his lungs." He was also hospitalized that year due to pneumonia.
William Franklin Graham Jr. was born Nov. 7, 1918 and raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, N.C.
At 15, he made his personal commitment to Christ at a revival meeting in Charlotte. After attending Bob Jones College and the Florida Bible Institute, Graham was ordained a Southern Baptist clergyman in 1939.
In 1943, he graduated from Wheaton College, where he met fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a medical missionary, who had spent the first 17 years of her life in China.
They married in August 1943 and had five children, 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Ruth Graham died in June 2007 after 64 years of marriage.
Graham vaulted to national prominence with his 1948 Los Angeles crusade, scheduled for three weeks and extended to eight.
Subsequent crusades in various cities around the globe also lasted far longer than scheduled – in New York, he ran nightly for four months at Madison Square Garden in 1957.
In 1950, Graham founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, based in Minneapolis, Minn. until it relocated to Charlotte in 2003.
Through the BGEA he conducted his weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program and published "Decision" Magazine as well as producing television programs for Christian networks.
In addition, Graham wrote 33 books, including his autobiography "Just As I Am." His last book, "Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, And Our Life Beyond The Now" was published in 2015. 
In the 1960s, he ardently opposed segregation, refusing to speak to segregated audiences.
"The ground at the foot of the cross is level," he once said, "and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross."
Graham also was noted for consulting and praying with every U.S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, who in April 2010 visited Graham at his mountaintop cabin in North Carolina. He also met with President Harry Truman in what was initially a contentious meeting after Graham spoke to the press, but the two men later viewed the episode as a humorous incident.
The White House later said Obama was "extraordinarily gratified" that Graham took the time to meet with him.
Graham presided over the graveside services for President Lyndon Johnson in 1973 and spoke at the funeral of President Richard Nixon in 1994.
On September 14, 2001 he led a national prayer service at Washington National Cathedral after the 9/11 attacks.
He and his wife were both awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1966.
But Graham found himself the target of criticism in 2002 and again in 2009 following the release of tapes of 1973 conversations he had with Richard Nixon that were critical of Jews.
He remained active well into his 70s but in recent years had been slowed by Parkinson's Disease, which he's had since 1992, and other medical problems.
His last crusade was in 2004. His elder son, Franklin, has long been expected to succeed his father as head of his ministry.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/21/rev-billy-graham-prominent-christian-evangelist-dead-at-99-fox-news-confirms.html

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SHOCK: Liberal Media Promoted Russian Rallies








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Michael Moore Participated In Russia-Sponsored Anti-Trump Rally

By DEREK HUNTER  I Daily Caller




Progressive director Michael Moore participated in an anti-Trump protest in New York that was organized by Russians, according to information released Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein announced indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller Friday against 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 election, highlighting how the Russians used social media to stir up strife and anger on social media using memes and unwitting Americans to do their bidding. One Russia-sponsored event was a protest of then President-Elect Donald Trump on Nov. 12, 2016, called “Trump is NOT my President,” and it involved Moore.
On the day, Moore tweeted:
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At today's Trump Tower protest. He wouldn't come down. Here's my Facebook Live coverage: http://facebook.com/mmflint

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On his Facebook page, Moore embedded a long video of him “reporting” from the Putin-organized event, calling Trump a “sociopath” and a “racist.”

Moore’s Facebook page is littered with charges that Trump and Republicans are Russian tools and enemies of the American people.

In advance of the Electoral College vote making Trump the 45th president, Moore wrote a long post appealing to Republican electors to refuse to support the president-elect because of “Russian hacking” of the election.

“I know you HAVE to be full of worry and consternation over the way Russia hacked into our election in order to help Trump,” Moore wrote.