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.”


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.


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.


Media, Politics

Fail: Hillary Claims Over 230 Shootings in 6 Years

Hillary is peddling a bold-faced lie. Yes, yes, we know that’s nothing new.

This headline is really more for our readers’ entertainment value because some lies are so blatantly untrue, one must suspend reality to ponder how Hillary thinks people will believe it.

But this is America.

Most folks will believe just about anything.

Enter Hillary’s anti-gun hysteria in which she tweeted after the Florida shooting that there have been at least 230 shootings since 2012.

She went on to detail that that amounts to 5 shootings per month.

It’s the same misleading statistics we saw from the Washington Post.

Factcheck: there have been 25 fatal shootings since Columbine…nearly 20 years ago.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Hillary Clinton tweeted out a misleading statistic in the aftermath of the deadly school shooting this week in Florida.

Clinton tweeted a claim that there have been “over 230” school shootings since the Sandy Hook shooting, which occurred in 2012. The statistic comes from the gun control group Everytown.

The statistic is misleading because it lumps in the discharge of all firearms in or around a school in that time period. The accidental discharge of legal firearms, shootings where no one was injured or present at the school and suicides all are included in the statistic. There have been 25 fatal school shootings since Columbine.


Media, States

Media Fall Hard for Bogus White Supremacist Story

The anti-gun leftist media naturally clamors after any gun-related tragedy to weave a story of right-wing conspiracy and Republican collusion.

The tragedy in Parkland is no exception as stories of Nikolas Cruz’s membership in a white supremacist militia were blasted all over the web within hours.

The problem is the story couldn’t be further from the truth. Leader of the Republic of Florida militia Jordan Jereb gushed falsely to the media that Cruz was a skilled shooter and was very involved with the group’s training operations.

And the media took it hook, line and sinker. But then law enforcement official quickly poured water on the story revealing that an investigation ‘did not yield any connections.’


Here’s more from PJ Media…

A self-aggrandizing leader of a white supremacist militia has put one over on the American media. Jordan Jereb apparently capitalized on the media frenzy over school shooter Nikolas Cruz and tried to gain some free publicity for his militia, the Republic of Florida.

Tallahassee police say they can find no connection between Cruz and the ROF.

Cruz may be a white supremacist. He may be a Trump supporter. But to take the word of a self-promoting yahoo playing at soldier and militia “leader” without making a minimal effort to confirm the facts is truly beyond belief.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Leon County law enforcement sources told them “they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.” The report went on to say that Leon County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Grady Jordan said investigative work Thursday did not yield any connections.”


Media, Politics

Epic Art Fail: Official Obama Portrait Full of Oddities

Once in a while, we like to take a break from political intrigues to have a little fun…particularly at Barack Obama’s expense.

So it’s a great occasion to take stock of the newly revealed official portrait of the 44th President of the United States, which is a major departure from virtually every portrait before it.

First, there’s the odd background of ivy which looks curiously similar to poison sumac.

Then there’s the chair with one arm missing.

There’s the obvious lack of a necktie, which we suppose is emblematic of Obama’s presidency in which nothing was taken seriously.

And finally, what’s the deal with the sixth finger on his left hand?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The newly released portrait of former President Barack Obama is raising some troubling questions, not the least of which is “WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?” The portrait was unveiled Monday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Let’s begin with the odd background of the painting, which looks like a cross between a Caribbean street mural and Fenway Park’s Big Green Monster. It’s supposed to be some sort of homage to Obama’s roots in Chicago, Kenya, and Hawaii or something:

ut let’s forget all that for now and focus on the freakishly large hands. Those paws nearly span the distance from his wrist to his elbow. Stop reading this for just a second and hold your hand up to your forearm. Is yours anywhere close to the length of your forearm? No? Mine either, and neither is anyone else’s except maybe Andre the Giant. Was the artist making a statement about Trump’s notoriously small digits? We’ll probably never know, but we can do the math. To punctuate his point, it seems Wiley may have given Obama an extra finger.



Media, States

Students ‘Hated’ Trump’s Speech Which Hadn’t Happened Yet

It’s that time of year again, the State of the Union Address. For most Americans, the reaction is to flip to the next channel.

But for political junkies like us, it’s time to pop the popcorn.

So here’s some fun prelude.

Campus Reform conducted a sort of ‘man on campus’ interview at NYU…a week prior to get students’ reaction to Trump’s SOTU, which obviously hadn’t happened yet.

Among the reactions were hate, outrage, contempt, and disbelief.

Clearly it’s more important to be seen as ‘woke’ and sharing the outrage du jour than actually to be honest.

Keep in mind, folks, these young people vote.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Since it is, unfortunately, SOTU Day, we might as well have a bit of fun while we wait for this tedious, pointless charade to be over with. The Washington Examiner has the coverage of a fun video prank put together by Campus Reform. They went out to interview some students at New York University and find out what they thought about the President’s State of the Union address. (That would be the one which won’t happen until tonight.) As usual, there was no shortage of students who were all too eager to jump in with their own critique of the President’s awful speech.

College students at New York University said they hated President Trump’s 2018 State of the Union speech, even though it hasn’t happened yet.

“Quite racist, at the very least, if not up there with the most racism,” one student told Campus Reform when asked about how Trump’s remarks went.

“I didn’t watch it ’cause I couldn’t bring myself to watch it,” another said.

“It’s offensive. It is crazy, but I’m not shocked by it by what he’s done in the past,” another female student added.



Google Suspends Anti-Conservative Fact Check Project

Just one week after the Daily Caller busted Google for creating its anti-conservative ‘fact checker’ function in the popular search engine, Google execs have announced they’re suspending the project.

They admitted, quite to our surprise, that it was flawed.

Seems they’re under quite a bit of pressure in the fake news era to appear legit.

The problem, as you’ll recall, was that the fact checker was flagging conservative sites almost exclusively with red flag and it was doing so for incorrect reasons.

All the while leaving leftist sites untouched.

In other words, the status quo.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Google says it is discontinuing its fact-check feature because it proved to be too faulty for public use, directly attributing the decision to an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The company has no date set for when it will return, if ever.

“We launched the reviewed claims feature at the end of last year as an experiment with the aim of helping people quickly learn more about news publications,” a spokeswoman for Google told TheDCNF, while also adding that TheDCNF was the catalyst for the recent move. “We said previously that we encountered challenges in our systems that maps fact checks to publishers, and on further examination it’s clear that we are unable to deliver the quality we’d like for users.”

There were two main problems with the fact-check widget, which appeared on the sidebar of Google’s search results for very few sites and publications.

First, the legitimate outlets chosen were virtually all ones with conservatives audiences. The Daily Caller, for example, was given such treatment, while sites like Vox, Slate, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones and several others clearly on the left side of the political spectrum were not.

Second, and perhaps most importantly, many of the fact-checks were wrong. One of the purported reviewed claims was for an article that straightforwardly reported that yet another member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team was a donor for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.


Elections, Media

Fake-Newsweek: How Hillary Can Still Become President

Much as the leftmedia would like us to think otherwise, the usual suspects among the Fake News Awards list of recipients really are actually as bad as Trump says.

And this week Newsweek has reminded us why that’s true.

In a sensational story — which is just a warmed-over version of a previous story from months ago — Hillary reportedly can still become President.

The only things that need to happen are the prosecution/resignation/impeachment of Trump, the resultant resignation of Pence, then the guilt-inspired appointment by Paul Ryan of Hillary as President.

That’s all?

Wow, why didn’t someone say something earlier?

But, given the House report released yesterday, something tells us the resignations will be coming from the DOJ/FBI, not the White House.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Spoiler alert — it’s not “news,” and it’s not from this week — or even this year:

Nearly a year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a Harvard University professor says 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton could still become commander in chief. …

If Trump did conspire with Russia, the president “should resign, or, if he doesn’t, he should be impeached,” Lessig wrote in his essay. Vice President Mike Pence would also have to either resign or get impeached, which would make Speaker Paul Ryan the president of the United States, Lessig wrote at the time.

And … Paul Ryan still isn’t Hillary Clinton. So how do you get Hillary into the White House? Overcome by shame, Ryan decides to ask Hillary to be his VP and then pulls a Cincinnatus, or so Lessig argued:

Given that there is “no mechanism in American law for a new election,” nor “a mechanism for correcting the criminal results of the previous election,” Ryan ought to nominate “the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside, and let her become President,” Lessig went on to say.

Addendum: As John also noted, at least some of Hot Take Digest’s employees still have a sense of shame, although on an unrelated-yet-terrible story:



Media Freakout: Trump Announces Fake News Awards

Quite predictably, the fake news media isn’t reacting very positively to Trump’s announcement of the first annual Fake News Awards.

After credible studies have shown that over 90% of the president’s news coverage by the mainstream media in the first year was negative, the awards are well-deserved.

The publications in the crosshairs for completely false stories include the usual suspects CNN, NY Times, WashPo, ABC, Time, and Newsweek.

WashPo has already reacted by calling the awards a ‘huge flop’…well, except for all the media coverage they’re getting.

Which is funny, if you think about it.

WashPo is running a fake news hit-piece on their multiple fake news awards for fake news stories.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

The GOP hosted the “Highly Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards.” Drum roll please.

Here is what the Republican National Committee announced, verbatim, in its entirety:

“2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

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