Issues, Media, States

TX District to Students: If You Protest, You’ll Be Suspended

In case you’ve given up television (and social media) for Lent, you’re missing a mass of students around the nation who are (conveniently) ditching school in favor of joining anti-NRA, pro-gun control rallies.

The trouble is in most cases they’re violating local truancy laws. Notwithstanding that they’re being used as unwitting pawns by the left-media in an attempt to finally convince Americans that “guns are really bad”.

But one Texas school district superintendent is doing what all the others should be: suspending the protesters.

In Needville, Texas, Superintendent Curtis Rhodes ended his letter to students, “Life is about choices, every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative.”

Here’s more from Redstate…

You can’t flip on a working screen right now without seeing one or more school aged children protesting in the name of gun control. The media is currently using these kids as their favorite weapon with which to tug the heart strings and push narratives. In order for them to do this, these kids had to skip class in order to attend the protests the media is so eagerly covering.

However, one Texas school district isn’t having it, and reminding the kids that if they do skip class for a protest, they will be suspended like they would any other time.

Needville Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Curtis Rhodes warned this students of his district in a letter that if you skip class, you can just keep on being absent, and he doesn’t care how many students he has to suspend.

“Please be advised that the Needville ISD will not allow a student demonstration during school hours for any type of protest or awareness!!”

“Should students choose to do so, they will be suspended from school for 3 days and face all the consequences that come along with an out of school suspension.”

“Life is about choices, every choice has a consequence whether it be positive or negative.”

“We will discipline no matter if it is one, fifty, or five hundred students involved.”

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Issues, Media

NRA Spokeswoman Goes Head to Head with Parkland Protestors

The National Rifle Association is sick and tired of being the favorite whipping boy for every crackpot loon who decides to shoot up a school or public venue.

So the NRA is taking the fight public and facing down their critics head-on.

Tonight on CNN a townhall moderated by Jake Tapper will feature the NRA’s outspoken spox Dana Loesch who will join families of victims and students from Parkland, Florida, to discuss the obvious pink elephant in the room: gun control.

It will almost certainly be overflowing with emotional pleas, so it’ll be intriguing to watch if Loesch can navigation those rivers with simple, untainted facts.

We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s more from Redstate…

This evening at 9pm EST, Jake Tapper and CNN are hosting a town hall meeting with students and family members who were victims of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as politicians and public figures, on the subject of guns. The controversial town hall will include Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, as we reported yesterday.

But in a major move, and for the first time participating in this sort of discussion so close after a shooting, the NRA will have an official spokesperson present on their behalf. Dana Loesch, National Spokesperson for the NRA, will be there at the townhall, facing the families and America, discussing the issues of gun control, tragedy, safety and more.

Via CNN:

The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN’s nationally televised town hall Wednesday with students, parents and community members who were affected by last week’s school shooting.

After a gunman took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lawmakers are facing renewed calls for legislation on gun reform.
The NRA accepted CNN’s invitation to participate in the town hall and national spokeswoman Dana Loesch will represent the organization.

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Issues, Media

LA Times: Banning AR-15s Would End Mass Shootings

LA Times is reminding us that there’s no limit on stupid in this world.

In a column this week, the Times argued that mass shootings would be virtually eliminated if the AR-15 were banned by Congress.

The number of factual errors in the piece would probably warrant an entire book. But suffice it to say the AR-15 isn’t the only semi-auto rifle on the market.

What’s more, a quick Google search will turn up quite a few mass shootings in recent years in which a handgun was used.

Finally, anyone who’s actually shot both a semi-auto rifle and a handgun knows it’s much easier to fire and aim a handgun after recoil.

All that said, we’re thinking a ban on idiotic ideas might go along way in ending mass shootings.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

On February 19 the Los Angeles Times claimed that there would be no mass shooters if a “mass-shooting gun” like the AR-15 was banned.

The Times claimed Florida attacker Nickolas Cruz would not have been able to hurt or kill nearly as many people if he had been using a “six-shooter or pistol” instead of an AR-15. They tried to hedge their statement by limiting the pistol to “9 rounds,” which works out to ten rounds (counting one in the chamber), and has no bearing on the success of a mass public attacker.

For example, on April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho used a pistol to shoot and killed 32 people at Virginia Tech University. That is nearly twice as many as were killed in Florida, all killed with a handgun. And a Virginia Tech Review Panel determined that the capacity of the magazines used in the attack was not a determining factor in the outcome. This is because Cho had an important factor on his side–time. Gun-free zones give mass shooters all the time they need to pause, reload, and start shooting again. So the difference between having ten rounds and having 15 rounds is negligible.

It should also be noted that pistols were the gun of choice for numerous other high profile attackers, including the Fort Hood attacker (13 killed November 5, 2009), Giffords’ attacker (six killed January 8, 2011), another Fort Hood attacker (three killed April 2, 2014), the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal attack (nine killed Jun 17, 2015), and the Lafayette movie theater attacker (two killed July 23, 2015), among others.

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Issues, Politics

Report: Senate Amnesty Bill on Life Support

Remember when lefty Dem Sen. Chuck Schumer agreed to end the government shutdown in exchange for a vote on DACA?

Heh. He’s left holding an empty sack if reports are correct.

As of Wednesday night, four different immigration bills were floating around the Senate, only one of which meets President Trump’s ‘four pillars’ demand for border security.

And that bill isn’t likely to meet muster with Democrats on amnesty for DREAMers.

The long and short of it is there’s almost surely no solution in sight to the DACA debate.

Which means Democrats will likely be running on amnesty in November…which plays right into Trump’s hands.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

A large bipartisan group of Senators led by Sen. Susan Collins presented an immigration compromise bill today which would resolve the legal status of nearly two million “Dreamers” and provide a substantial amount of money for border security. However, both President trump and Senate Democrats are unhappy with aspects of the proposal. From the NY Times:

Senators in both parties have been racing against a self-imposed end-of-the-week deadline to write legislation that could win wide support by increasing border security while at the same time offering a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Members of the bipartisan group, which calls itself the Common Sense Coalition, said their deal does just that. They were working Wednesday evening to determine whether their bill could garner the 60 votes necessary to break a filibuster.

“The president’s going to have a vote on his concept. I don’t think it will get 60 votes,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and a member of the group, adding: “The bottom line then is: What do you do next? You can do what we’ve done for the last 35 years — blame each other. Or you can actually start fixing the broken immigration system. If you came out of this with strong border security — the president getting his wall and the Dream Act population being taken care of — most Americans would applaud.”

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Issues, States

School Cancels Valentines Day, Institutes ‘Buddy Day’

Members of the school board for Bethel School District canceled Valentines Day this year, along with every other holiday.

Where is Bethel School District, you ask? Oregon, of course. Citing sensitivity and the need to be ‘inclusive’ of non-Christian students, the board has been selectively replacing holidays with innocuous alternatives like ‘Buddy Day’.

Thankfully there’s still a little bit of common sense left in Oregon after parents stormed a board meeting to share their ire over the decision.

Board members refused to listen to their concerns which only further inflamed the debate over political correctness run amok.

Note to the left: a strategy to offend no one nearly always offends everyone.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The Bethel School District in Oregon is facing serious pushback after deciding to cancel Valentine’s Day and all other holidays this year, resulting in no class celebrations or card exchanges. Instead, the district renamed the day “Buddy Day” and had plans to teach students about kindness and friendship. The school board believes they are being “inclusive” to children who do not celebrate Christian holidays by just canceling or renaming them all. Parents all over the district were incensed and showed up to protest the decision at a recent board meeting.

Busy mom Amanda Loomis made sure she went to voice her opinion. “I am tired of every fun event and holiday being taken away from our kids,” she told PJM. Loomis was one of a large crowd of parents who filled the district office and spilled into the hallway to protest the holiday decision. Parents reported feeling unwelcomed by school board members who refused to change venues to accommodate the large crowd even after being notified to expect a large audience. “They tried to dismiss the meeting before anyone was even able to come in to talk,” said Loomis. “They literally turned their backs to us and hardly acknowledged anyone. I felt very unwelcome.”

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Issues

Dems Already Exploiting Florida Shooting Tragedy

By now we’ve already been arrested by the shock of yet another heinous shooting at a US school.

According to reports, as many as 17 people were killed by a teenage gunman.

And yet, within hours of the tragedy with some victims still clinging to life in the hospital, Democrats are jumping to exploit it for political gain.

It’s the same play from the same despicable playbook after the shooting at the congressional baseball game last year.

House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer droned, “How long before our nation comes together to address this crisis responsibly?”

Of course, by ‘responsibly’ he means confiscate guns. Because, you know, mentally disturbed guns kill people.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

At least 17 people were killed as a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., opened fire on campus today.

Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old expelled from the school for disciplinary reasons, fled the scene but was apprehended and arrested a short time later. Misspellings of his first name were circulating earlier among media and social media.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters that the shooting began outside of the school. Twelve of the victims were found in buildings, two were killed outside on school grounds, and one person was shot to death outside of school property on Pine Island Road. Two more shooting victims died at a hospital.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy. It is nothing short of true evil to attack innocent children,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement. “While we now wait to learn more, we are so grateful to law enforcement and all those who brought this horror to an end. Let us all keep the victims in our hearts. A long night lies ahead for many families. Right now, the whole country is standing with the Parkland community.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked, “How long before our nation comes together to address this crisis responsibly? For how much longer must students, teachers, movie-goers, travelers, workers, public servants, concert-attendees, worshippers, and Americans of every kind have to live in fear of suddenly being in the wrong place at the wrong time?”

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Issues, Politics

Federal Court Orders White House to Reinstate DACA

The fight over so-called DREAMers and Obama’s DACA amnesty program just escalated to DEFCON 3 this week.

A liberal federal judge in New York issued an order to the White House to reinstate the DACA program after concluding that, though the President the right to end the program, he didn’t give a good enough reason for it.

Oddly enough, the judge cited Trump’s own tweets as proof that he could ‘revisit’ the issue whenever he wants as proof that ending the program was merely a whim.

The problem, of course, is that the program was unconstitutional to begin with.

Not that that ever stopped Obama.

Apparently the judge didn’t bother reviewing the Constitution while he was reading Trump’s tweets. Expect AG Sessions to appeal the decision swiftly.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

A federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty, adding more weight to the legal case against President Trump’s phaseout of the program just as Congress is debating the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.

Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so — and the Homeland Security Department’s September 2017 rationale fell far short of what is required in that regard.

He even used Mr. Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the DACA program was ended precipitously, pointing to President Trump’s claims that he could “revisit this issue” as proof the program could have been continued.

Judge Garaufis is the second federal judge to rule Mr. Trump’s aides bungled the phaseout, following a case in a federal court in California.

“The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so,” wrote Judge Garaufis, a Clinton appointee to the court in New York. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”

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Culture, Issues

Jesse Jackson: Coin Tosses Are Obviously Racist

In case you missed it, there’s a globe-altering controversy at the Olympics.

Apparently, the right to carry the American flag in the opening parade came down to a coin toss.

And since one of the two finalists was black and the white athlete won the toss, it’s an epic case of racism.

Because coins obviously carry a latent cultural bias against those of African descent.

Enter Jesse Jackson, who knows no scandal that doesn’t need a race card.

Jackson quickly opined that the right to carry the flag should be a more fair decision.

In which we assume he means: heads we win, tails you lose.

Otherwise, what’s more fair than a literal 50/50 chance?

Here’s more from Twitchy…

Remember the story we told you yesterday about how black Olympian Shani Davis was angry that a coin flip decided that white Olympian Erin Hamlin would be the Team USA flag bearer in today’s opening ceremony?

Well, the story got worse. Davis skipped the parade of athletes over the entirely fair process to decide a tie:

Rev. Jesse Jackson decided to weigh in, too, demanding the US Olympic Committee develop a different way to decide ties when athletes vote for the games’ flag bearer:

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Issues, Politics

Planned Parenthood Gets Hit With Eight-Figure Funding Cut

Planned Parenthood is still suffering from the fallout after the candid camera videos of 2015 revealed a very insidious (illegal) business of selling aborted fetal remains for profit.

In the aftermath, multiple states have defunded the organization and more are set to do so this year.

Enter the White House who, in the early days of the new administration, reinstituted the Mexico City policy which bans tax dollars from funding abortion as a part of international aid.

The administration went one step further by extending that ban on funds from the State Department to global health assistance groups.

One those groups is Planned Parenthood, which just saw a cut of roughly thirty million from their federal tax dollar gravy train.

They’re not very happy, which makes US very happy.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Planned Parenthood takes half a billion in taxpayer cash annually, but at least they’ve recently taken a multi-million dollar hit that they’ll really feel.

According to LifeNews, Planned Parenthood failed to comply with a Trump initiated policy that blocks foreign groups from promoting or performing abortions overseas:

(C-Fam) A State Department report released yesterday found wide acceptance of the expanded Mexico City Policy which blocks funding for foreign groups performing or promoting abortion overseas. The report surveyed organizations which receive U.S. funds to deliver health care to vulnerable populations overseas.

The expanded policy, called “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA),” was instituted by President Donald Trump in January 2017 and extends the policy to the $8.8 billion in funds appropriated for global health assistance through Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

And guess who falls into the non-compliant category.

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Issues, Politics

Nancy Pelosi Throws Tantrum on House Floor Over DACA

Earlier this week, San Fran Nancy Pelosi decided to filibuster on the House floor in protest over DACA amnesty for DREAMers.

The problem is the House of Representatives doesn’t have a filibuster. So Speaker Ryan could have shut her down whenever he wanted.

Instead, he let her drone on for…eight hours, whilst members of her own Democrat caucus began falling asleep.

And at the end of it all, Sen. Chuck Schumer agreed to a budget deal in the Senate without a DACA provision — which was the whole point of the government shutdown in the first place.

Now Pelosi’s House colleagues are wondering aloud, “What was the point of that ‘filibuster’?”

Protest: that’s the only point.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Nancy Pelosi spoke for eight hours yesterday — and even some of her own colleagues don’t quite know why. She took advantage of a rarely used privilege which allows House caucus leaders to hold the floor indefinitely. Pelosi insisted that she would keep talking until Paul Ryan agreed to schedule a vote on a DACA compromise and would block any attempt to pass a budget until he did.

That sounded great … right up until her negotiating partner Chuck Schumer announced a budget deal without linkage to the “dreamers” issue in the middle of her filibuster. Now Pelosi’s colleagues wonder whether she intended to move the issue at all, or whether she was covering her behind after selling them out:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor Wednesday for a record-breaking eight hours, vowing to speak — and stand — until Republicans concede protections for so-called Dreamers.

But for some members on both ends of her caucus who tuned in, the daylong protest did little to repair the fissure pitting lawmakers against one another on immigration and budget talks. …

In interviews will nearly a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers. By agreeing to the spending caps deal, Gutiérrez and others argued, Democrats gave up all their leverage to force Republicans into serious negotiations to shield Dreamers from deportation.

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