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Police Officer
If you can't laugh at yourself, you are taking yourself waaaay to seriously...

NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill shamed activist groups such as Black Life Matters for their blatant hypocrisy, and for promoting violence against the police.

In his eulogy for Officer Miosotis Familia, O’Neill stated, “Let me tell you something.” “Regular people sign up to be cops. They sign up for this job of protecting strangers, knowing there are inherent risks. But not one of us ever agreed to be murdered in an act of indefensible hate. Not one of us signed up to never return to our family or loved ones.”

O’Neill taunted the assembled activists, asking, “So, where are the demonstrations for this single mom, who cared for her elderly mother and her own three children?”

One of the activists, DeRay Mckesson had recently stirred racial controversy by denouncing the upcoming movie “War for the Planet of the Apes” for allegedly associating black people with apes. In his tweet, Mckesson stated, “Given the history of rendering black people as apes, I’m offended & appalled by the lack of consciousness in Hollywood. #PlanetOfTheApes. “In associating black people w/ apes, active work is being done to perpetuate the dehumanization of black ppl in mass media.” His tweet was able to attract several Twitter users that jumped in to voice their opinions against the creators of the movie.

Recently, Black Lives Matter activist group released a video criticizing news hosts that have called the Black Lives Matter movement “aggressive” and “fear-mongering.”

The narrator in the video states, “They use their guns to assassinate black people. They use their schools to funnel black students through a school-to-prison pipeline. They use their state institutions, bought politicians, business conglomerates and white-supremacist domestic terrorists to incite violence over and over again.” And then they use their new president to enact a law-and-order administration.”

The inflammatory video goes on to declare, “And then they use their new president to enact a law-and-order administration. All to make them shoot first, to make them ask questions later, make them scream, “I thought he had a gun in his hand” and ‘I feared for my life’ and ‘he matched the description of a suspect’ and ‘she was threatening us.’ To shoot and kill Philando Castile, Charleena Lyles, Kisha Michael, Keith Bursey and Wakiesha Wilson until the only option left is for black people to disrupt the systems that keep us oppressed and build the kinds of communities in which we want to live. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse to kill more of us. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our communities and our struggle for freedom is to fight this violence with the raised, clenched, black fist of resistance. We are Black Lives Matter, and we are freedom’s future place.”

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Student Thugs
It's the '60s all over again - but somehow even more destructive and violent...

Social justice advocates group at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington could face criminal charges if they continue to intimidate fellow students and faculty members.

It all started when Professor Bret Weinstein, a biology professor, was labeled as racist and was forced out after a severe backlash from students. His crime? He voiced his disapproval of Latino students forcing White students off campus during the “Day of Absence” in May.

The situation worsened as some of the students at the college presented a list of demands to the College President George Bridges, whom they severely threatened and harassed to the point where the president couldn’t even use the restroom if not escorted by the students. Bridges eventually gave into the demands, one of which included ending homework. It was further noted that some of the students even began carrying bats to campus and called it an act of “community policing.”

However, it was one student, McKenzie Kyger, that broke her silence and told the board that her fellow students had labelled her as a white supremacist, also because she disagreed with some of their actions. She further confessed that she wasn’t allowed to speak at meetings simply because of the color of her skin and argued the college had become an “unsafe place.”

“This behavior has actually been encouraged and because of this I feel like people are becoming more violent and the campus is becoming more of an unsafe place. I have been to several meetings to speak. I’ve been told several times that I’m not allowed to speak because I’m white,” Kyger said.

“This school seems to focus so much on race that it is actually becoming more racist in a different sort of way. And because I say that — because I choose not to focus on race I have actually been labeled a racist and a white supremacist. If anyone took the time to actually know me, it’s not true at all,” Kyger added.

Weinstein also broke silence and indicated that harassment that some students and college staff were facing. “Do you know that the college descended into literal anarchy. For days the campus was not under control of the state, it was under the control of protesters. There were assaults, there were batteries, there was pressure not to report crimes to the police. People were, by the legal definition I believe, kidnapped and imprisoned. That included faculty members and administrators. Others were hunted on the campus.”

“Lawless bands roamed the campus unimpeded. Police were physically and intentionally blocked by protesters. Police were cruelly, systematically and personally taunted. They were humiliated and forced to stand down by the president. Students that held different opinions were, by the protesters own analysis, stalked, harassed … their names, pictures, addresses, and phone numbers were distributed online.

“Do you know that although the code of conduct is supposed to protect all of us that Dr. Bridges decided to selectively suspend it, giving some students license to threaten others.”

Not everyone agreed with Weinstein and Kyger, and most demanded that the board to “strategically and thoughtfully choose to listen, find and tell the stories of what happened, stories that understand social change to be messy and righteous, difficult and necessary.” However, the verdict is finally in, as a memo sent out by Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators to student body indicated that the actions taken by the Washington’s Evergreen State College’s administrators had been illegal and could be subjected to criminal charges in the future. “In the future, individuals could be charged with crimes including obstructing law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and/or unlawful imprisonment,” the memo stated. “Preventing a law enforcement officer from responding could place community members at great risk. Blocking egress doors is a violation of fire codes. This action endangered everyone in the Library.”

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Suspicious Death
When do things stop being just strange coincidences, and start to become a pattern? Asking for a friend.

A recent story released by the Wall Street Journal ties the sudden death in May of Republican operative with him having a key role in retrieving Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from Russian hackers.

Peter W. Smith, 81, killed himself on 14th May with a plastic bag over his head a helium source, and left behind a suicide note, only two weeks after his interview with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal and six weeks before the story was published. His cause of death was listed as “asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.”

The report by the Journal further reveals that the Smith had gathered a time to work on obtaining emails that they believe were stolen from the private sever that Clinton has been using during her term as the secretary of stated. Smith indicated that he was in search of more than 30,000 emails that Clinton had claimed that she had delated as they were in relation to matters very personal to her. Smith mentioned that he believed that the Russian hackers had something to do with the missing emails, and him and his team targeted hackers that had the possibility of having ties with the Russian government.

The story uncovering Smith’s role in obtaining Clinton’s emails indicated that he was a key source in the Hillary Clinton email controversy, and that he had reached out to dozens of hacking groups, with al teat two of them having ties with the Russian government.

“We knew the people who had these were probably around the Russian government,” Smith stated.

In his interview, Smith claimed that although he wasn’t working for the then presidential nominee Trump. However, it has been noted that he used Michael Flynn’s name in trying to extract information from the groups of hackers. Eric York, a computer-security expert told the journal that Smith said, “I’m talking to Michael Flynn about this—if you find anything, can you let me know?”

While, Smith’s death has many questions linked to it, and it has been noted that Smith had published two blogs on the day of his death, one of which went on to challenge the findings presented by the United States Intelligence Agency that indicate that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections.

According to the police, Smith’s suicide note revealed that Smith had taken his life due to a “recent bad turn in health since January, 2017” and because his some $5 million life insurance was due to expire soon. The note further indicated that there was no foul play whatsoever” that lead him to commit suicide.

The reporter from the Journal on the other hand mentioned that Smith had expressed “no indication that was ill or planning to take his own life,” during their interview and so, his death came as a surprise to all. “When I spoke to Peter Smith I had no indication that he was ill or planning to take his own life,” tweeted Shane Harris, from the Journal.

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While most Maryland residents were at home enjoying their Fourth of July celebrations, vandals snuck into Wood Acres Elementary to deface a school sign to display the message, “EW, TRUMP! MURDER HIS A**”.  The placement and shocking nature of the threat has caused anger in the close-knit Bethesda community, said Andrew Johnson the local resident who spotted and took down the message

“It wouldn’t have mattered if it was Trump, Obama, Clinton, Bush. It was a threat and you know it.”

This is just the latest in a long line of violent attacks and statements made against the President and GOP.  This rhetoric recently culminated in the June 14th shooting of a Republican congressional baseball team, victims of which included House majority whip Steve Scalise.

With the country speaking overwhelmingly against establishment Democrats in the last election is it any wonder now, that instead of focusing on the many problems facing their party, liberals are directing their anger at those chosen to lead?

It’s all over the media anywhere you look. From Kathy Griffin’s vile attempt at courting controversy, shown holding a severed head, to Madonna claiming she’s though about “blowing up the White House” mainstream media sources that are quick to start an uproar at Trump’s latest tweets are surprisingly silent when it comes to this behavior.

Statistics published in a recent Pew Research Center study shows that 4 in 10 Democrats and Republicans see the other party as an active threat to the country. It just goes to show that we’re finding ourselves living in an increasingly divided country split along partisan lines.  Where serious threats become glib buzzwords and echo chambers appear ready to permit even the worst behavior.

Even without calls to violence the dumbing down of mainstream discourse in the country is a sad indictment on how far we need to go to regain our lost values and ideals. In fact Journalistic standards have fallen so far that an annual 2016 Gallup Poll showed only 32 percent of Americans having a great or fair amount of trust in the media.

While many of us retain faith in the people of this great country to see our way clear of this impasse, we pray that further incidents are not needed to stop these efforts at fracturing us further.

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Police Funeral
The Black Lives Matter crowd incite contempt and mistrust towards police, and then act surprised at the result of their campaigns of hatred.

Patrick J. Lynch, the head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a labor union set up for the city’s police officers, urges the public to be the “eyes and ears,” for the police officers.

“This kind of violence against police officers cannot stand,” he stated.  “We need the public’s help. When you see someone that’s making threats, doing something against police officers, you need to let us know. You need to be our eyes and ears. We also have to remember the hundreds of police officers that are here now with their heads bowed in sorrow,” Lynch added.

Morning after the 4th of July, a police officer was shot dead in an “unprovoked attack,” in Bronx, as she was sitting in her police vehicle, protecting the city from crime when she was shot in the head by a gunman. Her partner radioed for assistance, while the other officers chased the gunman, who then tried to draw a revolver, and caused the cops to shot and kill him on the spot.

“The officer, Miosotis Familia, 48, a 12-year veteran of the police force assigned to the anti-crime unit of the 46th Precinct, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where she was pronounced dead,” as noted by NY Times.

The New York City police commissioner has called the attack as “unprovoked attack” and mentioned that the killer was killed, shortly after. “Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who want to keep this great city safe,” Commissioner O’Neill stated in an interview.  It has been noted that the suspect has been identified as a black male, Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City.

Whereas, a surveillance footage recovered from the scene highlights that the gunman had rather “purposefully” approached the car, and fired the shot, as Familia was engaged in writing something in a book.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, expressed his grief by stating, “She was on duty, serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing the job she loved,” he said. “And after this shocking and sudden attack her fellow officers came to her aid immediately.”

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