“I’m back” – Republican Whip Steve Scalise

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise arrived on the House floor for the first time after being shot during a congressional baseball game. Scalise entered on crutches with a beaming smile and was met with a standing ovation, pats on the back, and hugs from his colleagues.

It was the Lousiana congressman’s first time back to work at the U.S. Capitol since the June 14 shooting.

“As you can imagine, these last three and a half months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family, but if you look at the outpouring of love, of warmth, of prayer — my gosh, [my wife] Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring,” Scalise said while addressing his House colleagues. “It’s given us the strength to get through all of this and to get to this point today.”…

Scalise said the shooting changed him “but not in the ways you might think.”

“It’s only strengthened my faith in God, and it’s really crystallized what shows up as the goodness in people,” Scalise said. “I got to see that goodness in people and so while some people might focus on a tragic event and an evil act, to me, all I remember are the thousands of acts of kindness and love and warmth that came out of this and kept me going through all of it and again, just re-emphasized just how wonderful most people are and how much compassion there is out there.”

Scalise thanked the two U.S. Capitol police offices –- Crystal Griner and David Bailey –- who were assigned to his security detail that day and fired back at the shooter even though they had also been injured.

“David, you are my hero, you saved my life. Thank you so much,” Scalise said, as representatives gave Bailey, who was in the audience, a standing ovation.

“So many others of you, again, both Republican and Democrat, reached out in ways that I can’t express the gratitude and how much it means to me, Jennifer and our whole family,” Scalise said. “It really does show the warm side of Congress that very few people get to see.”…

Before addressing the House, Scalise tweeted “I’m back” this morning, along with a photo. ABCNews

Video:  Scalise receives standing ovation, high-fives upon return to Congress

Attorney General Jeff Session At Georgetown On Free Speech

Free speech is the foundation of our democracy.

Speaking at Georgetown University on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited Daily WireEditor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s controversial appearance at the University of California, Berkeley on September 14 as a prime example of how the Left attempts to shut down free speech in America.

Sessions began the segment of his speech by referring to the leftist, violent group Antifa as “Orwellian-named”:

The Orwellian-named antifascist protestors have successfully shut down numerous campus speaker events in recent months with violent riots. Berkeley was reportedly forced to spend $600,000 and have an overwhelming police presence to simply prove that the mob was not in control of their campus, the “home of free speech.” In advance, the school offered counseling, in advance of this speech they offered counseling to any students or faculty whose sense of safety or belonging was threatened by a speech from Ben Shapiro, a 33-year-old Harvard-trained lawyer, who has frequently been targeted by anti-Semites for his Jewish faith and who vigorously condemns hate speech from the Left or the Right.

Well, in the end, Mr. Shapiro spoke to a packed house, and to my knowledge, no one fainted; no one was unsafe; no one needed counseling

“I hope,” Sessions joked.

He continued, “Yet after this small victory for free speech, a student speaking to a reporter said, in reaction, ‘I don’t think Berkeley should host any controversial speakers on either side.’ That, perhaps, would be the worst lesson to draw from that episode, I firmly believe.”

Shapiro’s Berkeley speech has been viewed well over two million times on YouTube.  DailyWire

Video:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on campus free speech at Georgetown Law

Grandstanding.  Is Georgetown Law faculty protesting against free speech?

Georgetown Law Profs. issue error-riddled statement before AG Sessions speaks on campus.  Who needs fact.

A statement signed by 30 faculty members of Georgetown University protesting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech on campus Tuesday contained multiple falsehoods.

Sessions spoke at Georgetown’s law school about free speech Tuesday, and the statement was released prior to his speech as an act of protest.

“We acknowledge our colleague’s right to invite Attorney General Sessions to speak on campus,” the letter, signed mostly by law school faculty, stated. “However, we, the undersigned, condemn the hypocrisy of Attorney General Sessions speaking about free speech.”

The letter went on to say, “Sessions’ own office is currently prosecuting Desiree Fairooz for unlawful conduct; her alleged crime is laughing for a few seconds during Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearings last January and then loudly protesting her unlawful arrest.”

However, the office prosecuting Desiree Fairooz is the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia, which was led at the time by Channing Phillips, an Obama appointee.  Read more of the errors in the Georgetown Law Profs. statement at DailyCaller

Diabetes-Related Amputations Up By A Shocking 31 Percent in California – And San Diego More Than Twice That

In the U.S. foot and leg amputations for diabetics have been declining since the mid-1990s.   Even as rates of the disease were rising in the United States, fewer foot and leg amputations were being performed on people with diabetes.

“It’s impossible to pinpoint a specific reason for the drop in major amputations. We do know that better foot and ankle treatment is a part of it though,” stated Dr. Phinit Phisitkul, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Iowa department of orthopedics and rehabilitation. MedicalExpress

Between 2009 and 2014 the CDC noticed an increase of 27 percent nationally in the rate of amputations among people with diabetes.  Previously, the numbers had been declining.

In California the numbers are shocking  – diabetic amputation increased statewide more than 31%.  There has been an increase by 66.4% in San Diego County of diabetic amputations.

Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California – and San Diego County in particular – in a “shocking” trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country.

Statewide, lower-limb amputations increased by more than 31 percent from 2010 to 2016 when adjusted for population change. In San Diego County, the increase was more than twice that: 66.4 percent.

Losing a foot, ankle or especially a leg robs patients of their independence, hampers their ability to walk and makes them more vulnerable to infection. It also can shorten their lives.

This trend, which inewsource documented with state hospital data, is one physicians, surgeons and public health officials are at a loss to explain, though many have theories.

Edward Gregg of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the California numbers are worrisome.

Public health officials consider amputations to be an important indicator of a region’s diabetes care because diabetes and its complications can be prevented, said Gregg, chief of epidemiology and statistics for the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.

“If we see it going down, then it’s a good sign, because so many aspects of good diabetes care are in theory affected. And when you see it going up, that’s a concern,” he said…

The increase also could be attributed to inadequate attention to diagnosing and managing the disease in some populations, he said, adding that in some populations, there may be less attention to diagnosing and managing the disease.

But those reasons together don’t explain the stark increase in such a short period of time, he said.

The CDC and other experts are stumped at the increase of diabetic amputations in California.  There are many theories – aging population, more people being diagnosed, managing the disease in some populations…

Lack of covered treatment

Jonathan Labovitz, a Pomona foot and ankle surgeon and podiatry researcher affiliated with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said some of the blame likely can be traced to 2009 when the state stopped paying for outpatient podiatry services for patients under Medi-Cal, California’s health program for the poor.

State health officials confirmed that Medi-Cal excluded podiatry services as of July 1, 2009 because of the state’s budget shortfall, but said podiatry services are covered when provided by primary care physicians, federally qualified health centers, rural health centers and tribal clinics, and are covered by some Medi-Cal managed care plans. State officials declined to comment on whether the change resulted in an increase in amputations.

Read full article at CBS8

Sudanese Gunman Burst Into Tennessee Church And Opened Fire

One woman was killed dead and seven others injured after Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.

A spokesman for Vanderbilt University Medical Center said two of the victims are critically injured, with four others in stable condition, The Tennessean reported. All six patients are adults – three men and three women.   DailyMail

Tennesse has the death penalty.

Melanie Smith, 39, killed by Samson

Police have identified the masked gunman behind the fatal mass shooting at a Nashville church on Sunday as Emanuel Kidega Samson.

Melanie Crow Smith, 39, of Smyrna, died and another six were injured when Samson, 25, opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, 30 minutes southeast of Nashville in Antioch, as services let out at 11.15am.

The attack only stopped thanks to the brave actions of an armed church usher.

Robert Engle, 22, identified by friends on social media, had ran up to confront Samson and despite being repeatedly pistol-whipped in the head, was able to force Samson to shoot himself in the leg.

‘There was a significant struggle between the two,’ he said. ‘During the struggle, the gunman shot himself, probably not intentionally.’

Engle then went to his car, grabbed his pistol, and returned to hold the shooter at gunpoint.   ‘This particular church member has a handgun carry permit,’ Aaron added. ‘The usher went to his vehicle, got his gun, came back inside and made sure the gunman didn’t make any more movements until the police department arrived.’

The shooter’s condition is not life-threatening and he is under heavy police guard at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Aaron said.

Family members and church parishioners said pastor Joey Spann and his wife Peggy Spann were also both shot. Married mother-of-two Smith died at the scene. DailyMail

Samson is a bodybuilder who attended high school in Tennessee and is originally from Karthoum, Sudan, according screenshots of the suspect’s Facebook page obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation before the account was taken down. Police say he is a legal resident and came to the U.S. in the 1990s.  DailyCaller

San Diego, California Is Dousing Its Streets With Bleach to Contain Hepatitis A Outbreak

It seems as if the homeless have congregated in the downtown area.  Why has San Diego allowed this to happen?

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is highly contagious. It is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either through person-to-person contact or consumption of contaminated food or water.  CDC

Earlier this month, California’s San Diego County declared a public health emergency over a rampant hepatitis An outbreak that has killed 16 people and sent 300 others to the hospital. Now, in an effort to curb the spread of the disease, the city of San Diego has started to douse its streets with bleach, Lindsey Bever reports for the Washington Post.

The majority of people affected by the outbreak are “are homeless and/or illicit drug users,” according to a statement from San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency. The disease is being spread through “contact with a fecally contaminated environment,” the statement adds. It is believed that a lack of public restroom access in areas where homeless populations congregate is in part to blame.

To combat the disease, workers in San Diego began washing downtown streets with diluted bleach earlier this week. As Merrit Kennedy of NPR reports, the process involves spraying bleach onto hazardous materials like needles and human waste, waiting ten minutes, removing the materials, spraying the area again and then pressure-washing it with water.

Workers are expected to finish the street cleaning process by Friday. After that, the city will continue to spray the streets with bleach every two weeks. Smithsonian

Jump in homeless numbers

This year San Diego County cited a 68 percent increase in the number of people living on the street since 2007, amounting to a total of 5,621. Unsheltered chronically homeless individuals, or those living outdoors for more than a year who also have mental or physical disabilities, numbered 1,750 — a 148 percent spike from a decade ago.

At the city level, Downtown San Diego alone saw a homeless population jump of 27 percent just between 2016 and 2017. The entire city saw a spike of 10 percent from 2016, although the current number of people living on the streets was 2 percent less than what it was in 2012. Seventy-seven percent of those interviewed in 2017 became homeless while living in San Diego. NextCity

Estimated 70% of homeless are from San Diego

The Regional Task Force on the Homeless has since estimated that 70 percent of San Diego’s unsheltered homeless population became homeless in San Diego and that just 24 percent became homeless elsewhere before coming here.

Dolores Diaz, who leads the Task Force, has noted that migration within San Diego – particularly, to downtown San Diego – is far more common.  VoiceofSanDiego

Looking at what was spent in 2015 and 2016 there seems to be a  thriving homeless advocacy industry.

Homeless spending data for the fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The data represents a range of costs associated with homelessness, including rental assistance, transitional housing, health services and clean-up costs.

  • Jurisdictions in San Diego County have collectively spent more than $630 million in the past two fiscal years to combat homelessness. The county provides just over half the funds, with the San Diego Housing Commission, which serves the City of San Diego, accounting for a little less than half. The other, roughly two percent of the funding, comes from individual cities throughout the county.
  • Housing initiatives account for $535 million, or almost 85 percent, of the total spending. Rental assistance for homeless and at-risk populations make up about 90 percent of housing funds, with the rest going to programs that include transitional housing, emergency shelters, and permanent supportive housing.
  • Homeless Services represent almost $100 million, or 15 percent, of the total cost. About $50 million of that goes to fund mental health services, and $40 million goes to fund drug and alcohol programs. SanDiegoNewsDaily

‘Fraud’: Mainstream Polls Use 29% More Democrats Than Republicans

The manipulation of polls during the 2016 election continues.

Most of the top political polls that got the 2016 presidential race dead wrong are continuing to use a flawed methodology in rating President Trump’s approval ratings that favors Democrats, women and younger voters, according to a new analysis.

The report shows that the mainstream polls oversample an average of 29 percent more Democrats than Republicans and the results skew anti-Trump.

And, said the report from Bombthrowers.com, one outfit, the Economist, used 58 percent more Democrats than Republicans in a recent poll on Trump’s approval ratings.

 

Simpson called the practice “fraud.”

He also noted that the random sample used by many pollsters includes too many liberals and even illegal immigrants, and said that choosing “likely voters” is the best gauge. McLaughlin and Rasmussen use likely voters and show Trump’s approval rating higher than the others.  WashingtonExaminer 

Video: ‘Beating up fascists is good,’ college students say

“Beating up fascists is good.”

what is most troubling is that these anti-free speech beliefs and tactics are not simply embraced by a radical fringe. A recent Brookings Institute study found that a majority of students believe that disrupting speakers to silence them is “acceptable” and one in five students (19%) endorse the use of violence to silence an “offensive” speaker. A plurality of students believe that “hate speech” is not covered by the First Amendment, despite Supreme Court precedent establishing otherwise.  DailyWire

Campus Reform

As acts of political violence in America increase in regularity, a new poll shows that many college students have no problem with it.

Of those surveyed, a startling 19 percent claimed to support the use of violence to silence speakers they find offensive, the same perspective held by the increasingly violent Antifa groups around the country.

Wanting to see what college students in Washington, D.C. thought of Antifa, Campus Reform took to the campus of American University to ask students their opinion of the violent leftist organization recently labeled a domestic terror organization by the Department of Homeland Security.

Immediately, the students made it clear that they had no problem with the controversial group. CampusReform

Video:  College Students Offer Support To Antifa

US Establishes Permanent Military Base In Israel

A first.

For the first time in history, the United States on Monday established an official, permanent military base in Israel: an air defense base in the heart of the Negev desert.

Dozens of US Air Force soldiers will call home the new base, located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base, west of the towns of Dimona and Yerucham.

Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the IAF’s Aerial Defense Command, announced the establishment of the installation on Monday evening.

“It’s nothing short of historic,” he said. It demonstrates the “years-old alliance between the United States and the State of Israel.” …

It is located not far from a US military radar installation east of Dimona that tracks ballistic missiles once they are launched and provides details on their flight paths to defense systems.

US military forces are routinely based in Israel, both for joint exercises and for routine cooperation with the IDF, but Haimovitch described the new base as a meaningful change.

“We established an American base in the State of Israel, in the Israel Defense Forces, for the first time, with an American flag,” he said. TimesOfIsrael

Video:  The US establishes first official military base in Israel

President Trump’s First UN Speech

In his first speech to the world’s leaders, President Donald Trump delivered the message of the voters who elected him.

“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies,” Trump said Tuesday. “But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return.”

It was a blistering call to action, as Trump urged other nations to do more, much more, to confront what he called the “wicked few” — the “band of criminals” in North Korea, the “murderous regime” of Iran and the “loser terrorists,” among others.

There was no talk of nation-building or deploying the U.S. military to create and sustain democracies.

“In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone but, rather, to let it shine as an example for everyone to watch,” he said.  KansasCity

‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’

President Donald Trump began his first speech to the UN Tuesday with a vow to ‘destroy’ North Korea’s Kim Jong-un if his regime threatens the United States, as he talked up the ‘vast military power’ of the United States. ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’ Trump warned gathered world leaders, picking up a derisive term from one of his tweets over the weekend. Trump began his remarks at the United Nations with a brash statement of U.S. military might as he defended his ‘America first’ agenda to a group of world leaders. DailyMail

Iran

The US president included Iran among “a small group of rogue regimes”, and said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to do so.

Iran’s foreign minister said: “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times”, and not the UN.  BBC

Venezuela

 President Donald Trump urged world leaders Tuesday to help restore “democracy and political freedoms” in Venezuela, singling out the South American country for some of his most blistering criticism in a speech to the United Nations.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit back by calling the U.S. president “the new Hitler” of international politics. He also accused Trump of threatening to assassinate him, even though Trump did no such thing. AP

Who Will Rebuild Texas And Florida?

Who will help rebuild Texas and Florida – academics, elites, government?

“About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD. The money is “all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections,” and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.

And it is not just Christian congregations involved, Forrester said. There are also other faith groups including Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish relief agencies at work in disaster zones. USAToday

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Texas and Florida residents face an enormous task in restoring electricity and rebuilding their homes, businesses and lives. The federal government and the Trump administration have thus far done an incredible job coordinating rescue and relief efforts with local officials (evidenced by the deafening silence regarding Trump’s performance from the mainstream media). But throwing government money at a problem never truly resolves a crisis. It was, and is, the efforts of everyday Americans, seeking only to restore their communities, that provide the healing these regions need.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the private sector made its presence known in Texas. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy volunteers, who assembled themselves without instruction, hooked their boats up to their pick-up trucks and drove to Houston to aid rescue efforts. They pulled Americans of all colors, ethnicities and religions from the water, rescued many who were stranded without food and water, and saved lives. Private citizens, like J.J. Watt, organized relief funds for the citizens of Texas. Watt’s campaign has raised more than $30 Million so far, and efforts are still underway.

Private sector businesses leapt into action. Anheuser-Busch shipped more than 155,000 cans of water to Houston. According to the American Enterprise Institute, Walmart is driving “nearly 800 truckloads of supplies to the region.” Houston furniture store, Gallery Furniture, opened two locations as shelters and provided meals for all those who took refuge there, including a National Guard unit.

Now in Florida, after millions of homes lost power during the onslaught of Irma, Electric Light & Power is reporting that “Florida Power & Light said its workforce of nearly 19,500 worked through the night to restore power. About one-fourth of the 4.4 million customers impacted by Hurricane Irma had regained power, according to FPL.”  DailyWire

Lesson of Irma

It’s so not just with tropical storms, but with all the other “hurricanes” of life: illness, financial crises, and loss of all kinds.  For all of us, there will be a time to stay stronger than we ever imagined we could.  And to stay strong for others.  Whoever looks to Washington for help will be sorely disappointed…

Irma was a destructive hurricane, and government is offering what aid it can.  But that aid, like the infamous Katrina “trailers,” is never very effective or very much.  Life is always full of crises that government cannot address.  Prepare, stay strong, and help each other.  That’s the lesson of Irma, and of every other crisis in life.   AmericanThinker

 

Video:  Not Alone Anymore

Video: In Jesus name volunteers help those stranded by Hurricane Irma

Planned Parenthood Has A New Ally – Satanists Challenge Abortion Law In Missouri

Planned Parenthood and Satanists – this is one of the most appropriate pairings in human history.

Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.

With some of the most clearly defined regulations on abortion in the nation, Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.

Planned Parenthood has battled against state regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same surgical center standards as full hospitals and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, and in April a federal court sided with the abortion giant…

…The Satanic Temple has often lent its muscle to pro-abortion efforts alongside Planned Parenthood, and in this case has pressured Missouri legislators and worked through the courts to bring about a relaxing of abortion restrictions, according to reports. One of the Temple’s fundamental tenets is that “One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.”

On Monday, the Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court that the state’s abortion restrictions violate members’ rights to free religious practice. BreitBart

Informed Consent violates the First Amendment claim Satanists.

Informed consent laws require patients seeking abortions to read pamphlets designed to dissuade them from choosing the procedure. Often, the pregnant person must also receive an ultrasound. Six states require that patients are told that personhood begins at conception and 13 states require that patients are told about the fetus’ ability to feel pain, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Twenty-seven states have mandatory waiting periods and just four states have 72-hour waiting periods, the longest in the country. ThinkProgress

Missouri’s law mandating that abortion providers get “admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and retrofit their facilities to meet surgical center standards” was rolled back by a federal judge in April, thus paving the way for multiple clinics to open up shop. The crushing blow has offered The Satanic Temple a window of opportunity to attack two other anti-abortion provisions in the state: one requiring women to read anti-abortion pamphlets and another requiring them to wait 72 hours between their initial consultations and a second appointment before the abortion can commence.

The Satanic Temple argued in a Missouri court this past Monday that the two laws violate their religious beliefs, because apparently their religion “prizes rational, independent thought” which would be supplanted if they were forced to read anti-abortion pamphlets and “consider a religious proposition with which they do not agree” during the 72-hour waiting period. DailyWire