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  • This teacher thought it was a drill but then heard shooting. He kept students safe.

    02/24/2018 3:07:45 AM PST · by kelly4c
    Miami Herald ^ | February 14, 2018 | Kyra Gurney
    When the fire alarm rang near the end of the school day on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, teacher Ernest Rospierski assumed it was a “code red” drill. Earlier that day at a staff meeting, teachers had been told there would soon be a “code red” or “lockdown” drill — in which teachers and students practice their response to an immediate threat — but they hadn’t been told the date.
  • Security Camera Confusion Misled Officers During Parkland School Tragedy: Police

    For almost a half-hour after a school shooter dropped his assault-style rifle and escaped Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police officers thought they were seeing his actions live on the school's security system. They soon realized the images were tape delayed, which Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi told the South Florida Sun Sentinel made a chaotic situation more confusing. The 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz was captured an hour later in a neighborhood about 2 miles from the school where 17 people died Feb. 14. The newspaper reports police transmissions show that police initially couldn't get to security cameras. Sheriff...
  • Why Arming Teachers Is a Good Idea

    02/24/2018 12:15:56 AM PST · by lowbuck · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | 24 February 2018 | Brian Darling
    Gun control debate aside, the idea of armed teachers is a good idea because it will provide a deterrent to mass school shootings. The deterrent factor is the most important reason to support the idea, because if a teacher actually has to deploy a firearm, then the strategy will have been a failure. A look at the history of the armed pilots program provides a good example of how to set up the new program to arm teachers against mass shootings. After September 11, 2001, Congress considered a number of ideas on how to prevent future attacks using commercial aircraft...
  • Boston-based SimpliSafe cuts ties to NRA

    02/23/2018 11:42:14 PM PST · by animal172 · 32 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 02/23/2018 | Kathleen McKiernan
    A Boston-based home security company co-founded by the chief financial officer of Boston Public Schools has cut its ties to the National Rifle Association amid fierce pushback among parents and gun control activists.
  • Texas Early Voting Data Shows Democrats Up 70% & Republicans Down 8%

    02/23/2018 11:30:31 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 26 replies
    Twitter ^ | February 23, 2018 | G. Elliot Morris
    Early voting data from Texas is just bonkers. % change over 2014: Democrats: 70% Republicans: 8% This is the first midterm since 2006 when Democrats are casting more early ballots than Republicans. (This is from the Texas SOS, and there are a couple of graphs present.)
  • Lisa Marie Presley says she has only $14,000 of Elvis's cash left and sues former manager

    02/23/2018 10:33:10 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, inherited his $100m (Ł71.5m) estate in 1993 at the age of 25. Another 25 years later, she says in a lawsuit obtained by US media that she is down to her last $14,000. Presley blames her former manager Barry Siegel for her precarious finances, and filed a suit last week against him accusing him of “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate. In the suit, first reported by the US website the Blast, she claims that her cash reserves were whittled down because of Seigel’s poor investment decisions. He has countered that Presley is...
  • [OPINION] Erdogan’s personal troubles complicate Turkey-US ties

    02/23/2018 10:27:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | February 23, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The number one concern for Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan while meeting with visiting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Feb. 15 was whether he and his family members were in legal jeopardy with the long reach of the US criminal justice system. The Turkish president wanted to take WashingtonÂ’s pulse from the top US diplomat and assess what risks he may be facing for cozying up to Russia and Iran in violation of US laws and in open defiance of TurkeyÂ’s long-standing membership in transatlantic alliance. First, he was apparently quite anxious to learn whether it would be possible...
  • A warning about Robert Mueller, from a civil liberties lawyer he tried to entrap

    02/23/2018 9:12:10 PM PST · by TBP · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | by William A. Jacobson
    In the absence of reasonable belief that a crime was committed, there never should have been a Special Counsel appointed. A Special Counsel is not supposed to be the equivalent of Lavrentiy Beria’s secret police, someone who finds the man and then tries to find the crime. The reason that’s so dangerous is that the federal (and state) criminal laws, in the hands of an aggressive prosecutor, can be abused. Someone who is an expert on that problem is Harvey Silverglate, a Boston civil liberties attorney who, among other things, was co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education....
  • How Mueller tried to entrap me

    02/23/2018 9:04:26 PM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 October 2017 | Jennifer Smith
    Harvey Silverglate is a prominent Massachusetts defense attorney. His and Mueller's careers ascended simultaneously, with Mueller rising through the ranks of public service while Silverglate worked privately as a criminal defense attorney. In an article for WGBH News that was published on Saturday, Silverglate recalled two occasions during their 30 year-careers which have prompted him to be suspicious of Mueller, who graduated two years after he did. Each indicate his 'zeal' to find wrongdoing, a trait which he says may result in wrongful charges being brought against Trump's campaign team over their alleged ties to Russian officials. 'My experience has...
  • Woman arrested holding “gun” after driving into W H barrier

    02/23/2018 8:32:14 PM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 23, 2018 | Peter Hermann and Joe Heim
    A Tennessee woman who was convicted last year of trying to climb a White House barrier was arrested again Friday after authorities said she drove a vehicle into a barricade near the executive mansion and was found with a gun in her hand. D.C. police identified her as Jessica R. Ford, 35, of La Vergne, Tenn., about 20 miles southeast of Nashville. Police said Friday night that she was charged with gun possession and other offences. The U.S. Secret Service said a woman driving a white van or SUV “intentionally drove” into the barrier at 17th and E streets NW...
  • Dutch parliament recognizes Armenian genocide

    02/23/2018 8:26:31 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Feb 2018, 20:48 | ANF THE HAGUE
    Dutch parliament has recognized the Armenian genocide. The government will send a delegation to the commemoration to take place in Yerevan on April 24. The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a motion presented by the Christian Union recognizing the genocide of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that a delegation representing the government will attend the ceremony to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide, on 24 April 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia. The motion presented by Christian Union MP Joel Voordewind has been opposed only by three lawmakers while 142 voted in...
  • Trump Pushes to Allow Troops to Carry Personal Weapons on Bases

    02/23/2018 8:23:57 PM PST · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Military.com ^ | 02/23/2018 | Richard Sisk
    President Donald Trump said Friday that he would review policies that keep troops from carrying personal weapons onto military bases. . . Defense Department policy mainly has been that base security is the province of military police. In most cases, troops are required to leave their personal weapons at home or check them at the gate in an effort to prevent accidental shootings and discourage suicides. "We had a number of instances on military bases, you know that," Trump said in his speech, apparently referring to active shooter episodes.
  • Some Stockton students become violent during anti-gun protest

    02/23/2018 8:21:21 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | February 23rd, 2018 | KCRA Staff
    STOCKTON, Calif. (KCRA) — At least five students were arrested Friday as hundreds of others from several Stockton high schools walked out of classes in protest of gun violence after last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school. Students at Stagg, Edison, Chavez, Lincoln and Village Oak high schools were walking along streets, creating traffic problems in the area as streets were blocked off. Stockton police said some students threw rocks and damaged both police and citizen vehicles. Five arrests were made, including charges of battery on an officer, resisting arrest, taking an officer's baton and vandalizing vehicles, including...
  • America Could Cut Immigration by 90 Percent & Retain 100 Percent of the Economic Benefits

    02/23/2018 8:05:07 PM PST · by LibertyFound · 9 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | February 21st, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
    Applying the Pareto Principle to the Immigration Debate Have you ever noticed that most of the people you work with are useless? Sure they seem busy, but most of them get precious little done. In fact, some of even them end up making work for model employees, like you—don’t they? If you’ve experienced this, then you understand how the Pareto Principle works—you just didn’t know it had a name. Also known as the 80:20 rule, the Pareto Principle stands for the idea that causality is not always linear: that is, there is not always a one-to-one relationship between cause and...
  • MSNBC: Handguns Are Too Slow To Stop A School Shooter

    02/23/2018 7:44:14 PM PST · by doug from upland · 135 replies
    daily caller ^ | 2-23-18 | Amber Athey
    MSNBC anchors are claiming that teachers armed with handguns would be unable to stop a school shooter because rifles shoot “three times faster.” Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show Thursday night that “a bullet fired from an AR-15 travels 3x faster than one from a handgun…and yet the president and the NRA think giving teachers guns will stop a school shooter.” MSNBC ✔ @MSNBC Lawrence: A bullet fired from an AR-15 travels 3x faster than one from a handgun. And yet the president and the NRA think giving teachers guns will stop a school shooter Stephanie Ruhle similarly asked,...
  • David Hogg tunes out the naysayers

    02/23/2018 7:19:59 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    Herald Tribune ^ | February 23, 2018 | Jim Turner
    TALLAHASSEE -- David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, isn’t bothered that his appearances speaking for classmates during the past week have drawn naysayers. Hogg and other students have called for better background checks on gun purchases and laws to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental illnesses, after 17 students and faculty members died last week in a mass shooting at the Broward County high school.
  • Four sheriff’s deputies hid during Florida school shooting

    02/23/2018 7:12:18 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 44 replies
    NYP ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | Ruth Brown
    Four armed officers and years of warnings did nothing to stop Nikolas Cruz from massacring 17 people at a high school. Not one but four sheriff’s deputies hid behind cars instead of storming Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla., during Wednesday’s school shooting, police claimed Friday — as newly released records revealed the Broward County Sheriff’s Office had received at least 18 calls about the troubled teen over the past decade. Sources from Coral Springs, Fla., Police Department tell CNN that when its officers arrived on the scene Wednesday, they were shocked to find three Broward County Sheriff’s deputies...
  • Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

    02/23/2018 6:51:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/23/2018 | BBC
    The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has put back a vote until Saturday. The vote has already been delayed several times since Thursday. Russia wanted changes to the draft that calls for a 30-day calm to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Western diplomats have accused Russia, Syria's key ally, of stalling for more time. France said failure to act may spell the of the UN itself...... Commenting on Friday evening, US President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame firmly at Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran,...
  • These companies are cutting ties with the NRA

    02/23/2018 6:50:12 PM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 23, 2018 | Krystal Hu
    Corporate America is taking on the country’s most powerful gun lobby group. In the wake of the mass shooting in a Florida high school last week, companies are dropping their partnerships with the National Rifle Association (NRA), which touts 5 million members. According to a list compiled by ThinkProgress, an advocacy organization, there are at least 22 corporations, including car-rental companies and financial institutions that have been offering discounts to NRA members. As the #BoycottNRA movement picks up steam, some companies have cut ties.
  • The great strategic deception (When does Hillary get investigated?)

    02/23/2018 6:40:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/21/18 | James A. Lyons
    The underlying theme promoted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC), supported by the mainstream media, that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to ensure a Hillary Clinton defeat, never made any strategic sense. After all, why would Vladimir Putin want Donald Trump as president when he vowed to restore America’s greatness by not only rebuilding our military forces, including our nuclear forces, but also by restoring our border security, and revitalizing our economy and American exceptionalism? Therefore, the false dossier had to be created to first destroy candidate Trump, and in...