Mike Rowe’s Lends Prespective To The Florida Shooting

Very well said.

A woman named Susan Collins wrote the following to Mike Rowe:  “Dear Mike. Where have you been? Your words are needed…”

Rowe responded with a lose words:

Sorry I’ve been so scarce. I guess I could blame a chaotic production schedule, but the truth is, I’ve been absent because I don’t know what to say in the wake of Florida.

Like most of you, I’m overwhelmed with pity for the victims and their families, but consumed with anger for the coward who chose to murder. Rage and sorrow are hard things to reconcile, and the more such things occur, the more apparent it becomes that there is nothing new to say. So forgive me Susan, if I repeat what I said after Vegas and San Bernardino.

He followed with a simple fact, evil is all around us.

We should also try to understand the factors and reach for solutions. The one reasonable is the shooter.

Evil is real. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.

Should we endeavor to know why? Absolutely.

Should we discuss the impact of video games, accessible firearms, single-parents, no parents, powerful medications, social media, mental illness, bullying, or anything else we think might have encouraged him to choose evil over good? Without question.

But we should also stop confusing the influence of such things, with the root cause. Because nothing in this man’s past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people. If you believe otherwise, ask yourself why millions of other people with a similar past, don’t make similar choices.

The past does not equal the future.

Life circumstance and choices.

This is the most comforting thing I can tell you, Susan. It’s also the most disconcerting. Because the facts are undeniable. People from horrible backgrounds often become the epitome of kindness. And people with every imaginable advantage, often go on to squander everything.

The past does not equal the future.

Rowe ends with sympathies for the victims and their families, and praise for the heroes of Parkland

To the families of the victims I can only offer my sincerest condolences, along with my heartfelt wish that the man who killed their loved ones is removed from the planet with all due speed.

As for words, I can only repeat what others have said, and ask you to remember those who confronted evil with courage. People like Aaron Feis, the football coach who threw himself in front of the kids the killer was trying to murder.

Beyond that, I’m afraid I can offer nothing but my weekly attempt to prove that goodness also walks among us, just as surely as evil. In numbers far greater than our newsfeeds would lead us to believe.  Facebook

‘Top Priority’ — Sessions Orders ‘Immediate Review’ Of FBI

The FBI had two tips on the potential danger posed by Nikolas Cruz, nothing was done by the FBI.  Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the gunman’s home 39 Times since 2010.  Absolute failure!  Unconscionable.  Absolute disgrace!

The FBI revealed Friday it got a tip last month that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day, had a gun, wanted to “kill people” and there was the “potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

The agency in a statement admitted receiving a call on Jan. 5, 2018 from a person close to Cruz who contacted the FBI through its Public Access Line tipline to express concerns about Cruz’s erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts.

Who is Nikolas Cruz? He is accused of murdering 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Cruz is in custody as authorities comb through his background for clues into why he went on the horrific shooting spree.Video
Florida shooting gunman: Who is Nikolas Cruz?

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,” the statement said. “We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5.”

In concluded that the caller’s information was not forwarded to the Miami FBI field office and “no further investigation was conducted at the time.” FBI Director Christopher Wray said the Bureau would review what had happened  FoxNews

AG Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “conduct an immediate review” of both the Justice Department and FBI Friday.

Sessions referenced the new revelations into the FBI’s mishandling of tips on suspected Stoneman Douglass High School shooter Nikolas Cruz, which he called “tragic.”

“It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed,” Sessions wrote in a statement. “We see the tragic consequences of those failures.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also reportedly mobilized against the FBI Friday, and issued a press release calling for FBI Director Christopher Wray’s resignation.

DailyCaller

 

Video: Rep. Scalise Takes On Leftist Pushing Gun Control Legislation And Shaming Americans For Offering Prayers

Video:  Scalise: Prayers helped me tremendously after shooting

“It’s disgraceful,” Rep. Steve Scalise said. “Anytime there’s any kind of tragedy, I mean a shooting, a bombing, whatever, immediately you’ve got a group of legislators that go run out, start calling for gun control and taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

The proposed bills “have nothing to do with these kinds of shootings,” Scalise noted.

Commonalities in shootings seem to be Scalise noted  “mental illness” and “gun-free zones.”

“The prayers helped me tremendously. And unfortunately, there’s some on the Left that actually mock praying for people. They say, ‘Oh, do gun control.’ I needed those prayers. Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time. And you could feel them,”  said Scalise.

Wife Of Pulse Nightclub Killer To Stand Trial In Orlando

Noor Salman could face life in prison.

The wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando nightclub last year in the name of ISIS, will stand trial in the Florida city, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Noor Salman’s attorneys had filed a motion in September to have her trial moved to another city, claiming that media coverage of her husband’s attack and remarks from Orlando Police Chief John Mina wouldn’t allow her to have a fair trial, according to WESH.

Salman has been charged with providing material support to a terror organization and obstruction of justice, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Salman’s husband, Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded almost 70 others when he opened fire at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016 in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.  FoxNews

Florida Fifth-Grade ‘Gender Neutral’ Teacher Reassigned To Adult Education

Chloe Bressack, the fifth-grade math and science teacher that seems to deny biology and not understand English grammar rules has been transferred to Adult education.

Basic rules of English grammar dictate that singular nouns take singular pronouns and plural nouns take plural pronouns.

So when a fifth-grade teacher requested that students address her with nongendered pronouns such as “they” and “them,” it stirred consternation among parents (if not education officials) in the state’s capital city — and abroad.

Chloe Bressack, a 23-year-old math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee, recently sent a letter to parents that has gone viral on social media and made international headlines.

“One thing you should know about me is that I use gender neutral terms,” Ms. Bressack said in the single-page letter. “My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). Additionally, my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.’ I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but in my experience, students catch on pretty quickly.”

Parents, however, didn’t catch on as quickly and complained to the school’s and the school district’s administrators, who expressed support for the young teacher.

Still, Ms. Bressack issued another statement apologizing for any confusion her first letter may have caused.

“My practice in addressing my students is to refer to them by their personal pronouns, be they ‘he, she, or they.’ We work together to create a positive environment of respect and understanding,” the teacher wrote. “I understand that students will not always address me in the way I prefer, and that is okay. We keep moving with a smile and continue on with our learning. In our classroom, our learning and our well-being is the priority. I am lucky to be teaching at Canopy Oaks and I look forward to working with my students this year.”

Her grammar lesson exploded across social networks and attracted the bemused attention of Britain’s Daily Mail and Switzerland’s Ticinonews.

On Tuesday, the Leon County School District announced that Ms. Bressack would be transferred to an adult basic education program effective immediately.

“Given the complexity of this issue, we both agreed a different environment would be best for Teacher Bressack’s educational career and for the young students at Canopy Oaks,” Superintendent Rocky Hanna said in a statement. WashingtonTimes

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

Teen Gets Home Detention After Seen in Video Body Slamming To Ground And Throwing Elderly Woman Into Pool

Nancy James, 68, who had recently undergone hip surgery is on the association board of the complex.

A 16-year-old boy turned himself in after a video posted on social media that showed a woman being slammed to the ground then tossed into a pool at a rowdy pool party in North Lauderdale over the weekend.

The teen surrendered to Broward Sheriff’s Office Monday around 5 p.m. He faces one count of battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

BSO was looking into the incident that happened Saturday at the pool at the Players Place Townhomes on Champions Way.

The video shows the 68-year-old woman, identified as Nancy James, walking with her two dogs as she approached the group to ask them to turn down their music. A group gathers around James as someone is heard saying “throw her in” in the background. NBCMiami

Appeared before a judge Tuesday morning

Judge Carlos Rebollo ordered Leon Balfour to home detention until his next court appearance. Balfour must stay at home unless going to school, church or basketball practice.

“He’s a good kid,” Balfour’s attorney, Paul Molle, said. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but I think with time it’ll pan out and we’ll get to see the real kid for who he is.”

Balfour can be seen on video lifting Nancy James and falling to the ground after he slips on the wet surface. The teen then lifts James once again and throws her into the pool. local10

Online: NBC 6’s news update and interview with Nancy James video

Teacher Allegedly Prohibited Students From Wearing Crosses

Allegedly the teacher has promoted the LGBT agenda in her classroom.

A high school teacher in Tampa, Fla., has allegedly banned at least three students from wearing Christian cross necklaces, according to a letter sent to the superintendent of the school district.

Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation group that promotes religious freedom, in a letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins detailed math teacher Lora Jane Riedas’ actions.

The letter claims Riedas told at least three students they could not wear their Christian crosses.

“We write on behalf of parents of children in the classroom of teacher Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, who report that Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols,’ “ wrote Liberty Counsel.

“One of our student clients reports that she had just sat down in class, and placed her books on her desk, when Ms. Riedas approached her. Referencing the tiny cross necklace which was around the student’s neck, Ms. Riedas said, “I need you to take your necklace off.”  When the student asked why, Riedas allegedly refused to explain and then stated, “That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.”

The student “did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith. All of our clients are afraid to openly wear their cross necklaces in class any more,” the letter states.  DailyCaller

Rollins College Suspends Student After He Challenged Muslim Professor

Rollins college in Florida suspended a straight-A Christian student after lies allegedly made by a Muslim professor.  The course was “Muslim Humanities” (the irony!).  The word of the professor was taken with no investigation by the college.

The school’s academic double standard and complacency with dangerous hate speech is on full display.

Not even a year after Radical Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen killed 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Rollins College officials are punishing a Christian Conservative student who challenged a liberal Muslim professor and radicalized Muslim student during a conversation on the application of Sharia Law.

Marshall Polston confirmed to the Central Florida Post that Professor Areeje Zufari, who teaches a “Muslim Humanities” course at Rollins, has made outlandish claims against him and even filed a false police report.

Early on in the class, Polston said he realized the professor was harboring Anti-Christian beliefs, demonstrated by the professor’s assertion that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax and that his disciples did not believe he was God.

“It was very off-putting and flat out odd. I’ve traveled the Middle East, lectured at the Salahaddin University, and immersed myself in Muslim culture for many years. Honestly, it reminded me of some of the more radical groups I researched when abroad.”

Whether religious or not, I believe even those with limited knowledge of Christianity can agree that according to the text, Jesus was crucified and his followers did believe he was divine… that he was “God.” Regardless, to assert the contrary as academic fact is not supported by the evidence.

Polston says that he challenged her on this point during a class discussion and after that, Professor Zufari promptly failed him on a major essay and refused to provide input as to why she issued a 52% grade for the essay.

One student in the class contacted the FBI

The student, a yet to be identified Muslim male, is said to have showcased a very strict adherence to the Quaran in previous group talks. But this time, he went too far for many students in the classroom.

“He stated that a good punishment for gays, adulterers, and thieves was the removal of a certain body part, as determined by Sharia law.  It took a few seconds for me to realize that he actually said that, especially after what this community has faced with the tragic loss of life at Pulse,” explained Polston.

The Muslim college professor jokingly responded to the student that he was “in time-out” or something to that effect, and should remain quiet for a few minutes. Several students, of both Islamic and Christian backgrounds, thought the teacher should have reported the incident, but the request fell on deaf ears.

One student, who asked to remain anonymous, even reported the incident to the F.B.I., figuring it was better to say something than just ignore it. CentralFloridaPost

Update: On Sunday 4 Police Officers Shot In Florida, Missouri, and Texas; 1 Killed 3 Shot

Sunday in 3 different states a police officer working a traffic stop was shot.  3 of the officers were ambushed when the suspect drove up and shot him.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi
San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi

A San Antonio police officer has been shot dead in his patrol car while writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters.

Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle when a man pulled up behind him in a black car in downtown San Antonio on Sunday.

The suspect got out and walked up to the patrol car’s passenger window and shot Marconi in the head, according to Chief William McManus.

The man then reached into the window and shot him a second time in the head. DailyMail

Update:

Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane
Arrested: Otis Tyrone McKane

The gunman who allegedly murdered a San Antonio cop ‘execution-style’ outside a police station because of his uniform has been caught, police announced Monday.

Otis Tyrone McKane, 31, is believed to be the suspect who shot Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, through the passenger side of his patrol car Sunday, mySA reported.

He was arrested after a SWAT team pulled him over on Interstate 10 East near Ackerman Road, East Bexar County, at around 4.20pm. A woman and a child were also in the vehicle. DailyMail

St. Louis, Missouri

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A St. Louis police sergeant was shot in the face Sunday night when a driver pulled up beside him near Hampton and Pernod avenues and opened fire.

“He was targeted because he was a police officer,” Mayor Francis Slay said at a press conference at Barnes Jewish Hospital. “He didn’t stop anybody. He didn’t point a gun at anybody. All of us as a community have to do what we can to help find this guy.”

Police said the sergeant, 46, had been shot twice and was conscious. He was in critical but stable condition and expected to live. He is a 20-year veteran of the department.

The shooting in St. Louis comes on the same day that a police officer in San Antonio was shot to death while writing a ticket. stltoday

The police officer is expected to survive the ‘ambush’ attack and is currently hospitalized.  The suspect was shot dead early on Monday morning after a police chase.  The gunman who ambushed a St Louis police officer and shot him in the face has been killed in a shootout with police.  DailyMail

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Sanibel, Florida

Officer Jarred Ciccone
Officer Jarred Ciccone

Sanibel Police officials say the suspect who shot a police officer on the island Sunday evening is in custody.

The suspect was taken into custody in the Dunes neighborhood after exchanging gunfire with officers from the Sanibel Police Department.

According to police, an officer was shot and injured during a drive-by while conducting a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Sources identified the officer as Jarred Ciccone.

The suspect fled the scene and was located in the 1400 block of Sandcastle Road.  NBC-2

UPDATE:  A 4th officer was shot Sunday in Missouri

Gladstone, Missouri

A teen [late teens not a minor] is dead and a Gladstone police officer has non-life threatening injuries after a traffic stop ended in gunfire Sunday night.

It happened about 10:35 p.m. at NW Vivion Rd. and U.S. Highway 169.  Kansas City police officers were called to assist Gladstone police at a traffic stop in the area.

When officers stopped the vehicle the passenger ran from the vehicle, leading police on a foot chase.  Officers caught up to the man and tried to take them into custody. This led to a struggle.

During the struggle, the man pulled out a handgun and multiple shots were fired. The man was killed and a Gladstone officer was also shot. The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to live. KMOV

Orlando Hospitals Say They Won’t Bill Victims Of Pulse Nightclub Terroist Shooting

Caring?

Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.
Medical professionals walk by a makeshift memorial set up at the Orlando Health sign in June in Orlando, Fla.

Two Orlando-area hospitals are waiving the medical bills of victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, praising the community response and saying they want to contribute.

More than 50 people were wounded in the June 12 attack on the Florida gay nightclub, and 49 people died.

Orlando Regional Medical Center has treated 44 victims of the shooting — more than any other hospital. The center’s parent company, Orlando Health, says it will not charge victims for their treatment, reports Abe Aboraya of member station WMFE.

“Instead, the hospital will look at federal and state funds, victims’ funds like the One Orlando fund, and private funds raised for victims,” Aboraya reports for our Newscast unit. “The hospital will bill insurance if a patient has it, but it will not go after a patient’s copays.

“The same goes for the nine patients who came to the hospital and died,” he says.

The hospital expects about $5 million in unreimbursed costs. NPR

Florida Mosquitoes Being Tested For Zika

mosquitoA Miami woman, who has not traveled abroad, was diagnosed with the Zika virus last week.

Florida health officials have trapped mosquitoes to test them for Zika.  It comes a day after a woman was diagnosed with the virus in Miami despite not traveling abroad.

Officials fear this case could be the first to come directly from a mosquito bite in the continental United States. To date, 1,300 people have been diagnosed with Zika in America – none from local mosquito bites.

All came from mosquitoes in Central and South America, except for 14 which were sexually transmitted.  But officials have long warned that it would only be a matter of time before American mosquitoes became infected by biting a Zika patient.   DailyMail