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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Politics, States

Idaho Just Gave Obamacare the Middle Finger

President Trump ensured that the individual mandate — the core of Obamacare — was killed early this year which means even if taxpayers fail to get an approved plan, nothing will come of it.

And that seems to have cleared the way for states essentially to give Obamacare the middle finger–Idaho just became the first to do so.

According to Obamacare regs, all insurance companies across the land must offer plans that are compliant, which is why premiums have skyrocketed.

But Idaho’s move is simple: allow insurance companies in the state to offer non-compliant plans, which of course are much cheaper.

And Blue Cross of Idaho took the bait, which means more states will follow. So long Obamacare…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Congressional Republicans failed to repeal or replace Obamacare. But one state has come up with a way to get around it. Idaho is dealing with Obamacare by just blowing it off. If it works, other states seem likely to follow.

Idaho’s Republican governor, Butch Otter, signed an executive order last year paving the way for non-Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans to be sold in his state, and Lt. Gov. Brad Little has since cobbled together what is sure to be the nation’s most controversial healthcare initiative. Their principal intention is to give the people of their state a way of avoiding Obamacare’s monstrous increases in insurance premiums. They want to put affordable insurance plans on the market again.

Obamacare’s spiraling premium increases have especially hurt middle-income consumers, who have had to pay the whole cost without getting the government subsidies that apply to poorer people. Those people have either gritted their teeth and bought expensive policies or, in many cases, chosen instead to break the law, pay the fine, and do without insurance. In Idaho, at least, they will be able to select from among plans that don’t fulfill all of Obamacare’s expensive criteria.

 

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Big govt, States

Three Classmates Alerted Authorities on Nikolas Cruz

Clearly all of this ‘see something, say something’ nonsense is just that…at least that’s the case in Florida.

One might think the multiple shootings over the last decade or so might have given reason for authorities at all levels to take threats of violence a little more seriously.

Not so apparently.

Whether the Miami office of the FBI or the Broward County Sheriff’s office, multiple reports from observers and classmates were completely ignored.

Had they responded, 17 people would be alive today.

This isn’t a problem of guns; it’s a problem of law enforcement. Period.

Gun laws are worthless if no one is willing to enforce them. Cruz violated laws as an adult and remained free.

That’s a crime.

Here’s more from Redstate…

These were more of the signs that were overlooked, or just ignored.

Maybe it’s because this is what teenagers do. Maybe this part seemed almost “normal,” but 3 former classmates of Nikolas Cruz are telling of their experiences with the Parkland high school shooter.

The three students, Dana Craig, 16; her boyfriend, Matthew Rosario, 16, and Enea Sabadini, 17 say that there was trouble with Cruz, after Sabadini began dating his ex-girlfriend.

Sabadini and Cruz got into a fight, and that may have been one factor that led to Cruz being expelled in 2017 from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Another report is that he showed up at the school with a weapon or ammunition in his backpack.

Either way, he was flagged as a threat.

“Im going to watch ypu bleed,” read an Instagram message sent under Cruz’s name to Enea in 2017, when students said Cruz was no longer at the school. “I am going to shoot you dead.” Another message said Enea “stole my ex.”

The FBI’s reaction to reported concerns about Cruz was botched.

The Broward County Sheriff’s office received around 20 calls and nothing came of it.

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Politics, States

Breaking: AG Sessions Orders Investigation of the FBI

Better late than never, we suppose.

Recall Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in the early days of the new administration as the investigation into Russia collusion got underway.

Since then he’s missed a plenitude of opportunities to call for an investigation of the FBI.

So now he’s finally coming out of his shell.

Director Chris Wray admitted in a public letter that protocols were not followed in responding to the tip on Nikolas Cruz, thus he was allowed to plan and execute his heinous attack.

Sessions responded this weekend by calling for an official investigation into the bureau.

Heads are almost certain to roll.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Friday afternoon, Florida Governor Rick Scott called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign over the way the FBI totally screwed the pooch in their handling of a report that the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, might have been dangerous.

The FBI has admitted it failed to follow its own procedures…and the FBI admitting anything is a fairly seismic event.

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Big govt, States

Fail: FBI Admits It Mishandled Tip On Florida Shooter

The FBI is not on the top of the ‘Most Popular Federal Agencies’ list these days.

And after the shooting in Florida this week, the FBI is under the microscope once again.

Director Chris Wray admitted culpability and apologized in a public letter after it was revealed the FBI had been given a tip that Nikolas Cruz was a potential shooter.

But the FBI did precisely nothing with that tip, and now 17 innocent people are dead.

Wray’s apology wasn’t enough for Florida Gov. Rick Scott who has very publicly called for Wray’s resignation.

What’s more, Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for a congressional investigation of the FBI (because one can never have too many investigations of the FBI).

So far, 2018 isn’t shaping up to be a banner year for the bureau.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The FBI failed to follow proper protocols after a person close to Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz called the FBI tipline to warn that Cruz had a “desire to kill people” and could carry out a school shooting, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

The agency failed to act on the tip, which came a little over a month before Cruz killed 17 people at a Parkland, Florida high school this week.

“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly,” said FBI Director Chris Wray.

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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.’

Telling.

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.”

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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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Elections, Politics, States

Report: Mitt to Announce Senate Bid on Thursday

According to sources, Mitt Romney will officially announce his bid for US Senate via social media on Thursday.

Mitt has been teasing the run for several weeks now after the official announcement by Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) that he’ll retire at the end of his term.

According to polls, Mitt is overwhelmingly popular in the majority Mormon state which shares his religious background.

What will be interesting, assuming Mitt wins in a landslide in November, is the interaction Mitt with have with President Trump.

It’s no secret the two aren’t the best of pals after Mitt openly called for Trump’s rejection during the primary.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Mitt Romney will launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with a low key announcement on social media, and will make his first public appearance a day later near Salt Lake City with a keynote address to a gathering of grassroots Republicans.

Romney teased his run for Senate in a Feb. 1 tweet, saying that he would have an announcement to make on Feb. 15. On Wednesday, Romney previewed his campaign again in a short Facebook post. Sources in Utah told the Washington Examiner that Romney that will officially jump into the 2018 Senate race with a digital announcement, rather than holding at a staged rally with supporters.

Romney for a couple of weeks has been scheduled to be in Provo on Friday to headline the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. Like most of the state, Utah County is heavily Republican. The region is also among the most populous and politically influential in statewide campaigns.

Romney is a beloved figure in Utah and isn’t expected to face fierce competition in the Senate race, either in the primary or the general election.

 

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Politics, States

Make My Day: LA Mayor Challenges ICE on Sanctuaries

Recall that the DOJ, Department of Homeland Security and ICE have all indicated that the Trump administration is in the midst of a serious crackdown on sanctuary cities.

In addition to stepping up raids in those cities, ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox News recently that the next step is to begin ‘charging some of these politicians with crimes’.

And that means arrest and potential conviction for violating federal law.

Now Mayor of LA, Democrat Eric Garcetti is daring ICE by poking his finger in their eye: “[I’m] not scared at all [about such a] weak and pathetic move.”

That’s fine by us. Garcetti will probably look good in orange.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he is “not scared at all” about the Department of Justice considering charges against local officials in sanctuary cities, calling it a “weak and pathetic move.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently told a Senate committee hearing that DOJ is “reviewing what avenues might be available” to charge local officials who do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

“The context of this is, of course, not only putting my [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers at risk, but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws,” she said.

During an interview with Fox News, Acting ICE Director Tom Homan recently said, “We’ve got to take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”

PJM asked Garcetti if he is worried about potentially facing federal charges.

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International, States

DHS Security Chief: Russia Hacked Into US Voter Systems

While the nation is distracted with multiple Russia-laced scandals whether in the collusion investigation or the FISA debacle or Uranium One, one actual Russia scandal has gone unreported…until now.

According to Department of Homeland Security official Jeanette Manfra, who heads the DHS Cyber Security Division, Russia attempted to hack into the voter registration systems of at least 21 states during the 2016 election cycle.

Forensics were able to demonstrate a small number of successes that traced back to the Russian government.

Though it did not effect actual votes cast, it does demonstrate the extreme efforts of Putin’s regime to influence US elections.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Did the Russian government attempt to hack into voting systems in the last election? “No doubt,” Jeanette Manfra tells NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, warning that some information in the probe remains classified. However, the targeted systems did not have anything to do with ballots or counting, and the success was “exceptionally small,” the DHS cybersecurity chief says:

The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.” …

“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.”

 

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