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In an Emergency, Could You Save Your Own Life?

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 15:00

As a former stuntman, I spent many years doing wheelies, driving in car chases, and performing trick scenes in Hollywood movies.

It was an exhilarating career, to say the least. But when I crashed my motorcycle while popping a wheelie going 70 mph for a movie stunt along an interstate, my life changed forever.

I was lying on the side of the road, badly injured and helpless — and I was unable to reach my cell phone.

In those long minutes of desperation before the police arrived, my idea for a wearable emergency communication device was born.

My new product, Silent Beacon, officially launched this month. Kids, teens, adults, and seniors are now using it for personal safety, as are professionals who spend a lot of time with people they don’t know (think realtors, movers, estimators, and more). The small, wireless, and water-resistant panic button provides an additional level of security and comfort for those who know they can call for help quickly and discreetly, whether they’re in an accident, as I was, or are in some other unsafe situation.

With a one-button push, the Silent Beacon can place a call to 911 while simultaneously alerting up to six additional contacts with a text, email, and live-tracking GPS location — unlike other safety devices.

People can use the device to emergency responders while also letting loved ones know they need help immediately. The device has two-way talk communication and a mute feature to call for help without tipping anyone off.

In designing Silent Beacon, my team and I tried to think of everything — but we know there are other ways that people need to be mindful when it comes to their safety and surroundings.

Whether they’re alone and in need of emergency assistance, or whether they find themselves with an ill-intentioned stranger, there are precautionary steps people can take.

Below are five safety tips I highly recommend for others — and steps I follow myself:

1.) Know where the exits are at all times. This is especially true in a closed setting, such as a theater, mall, or even an outdoor arena. Even the most wonderful experience in a crowd of friendly participants can result in wildly unexpected incidents.

As soon as you arrive, note the exits closest to your seats — and let your friends know them, too.

2.) Stop using the vague phrase, “I’m just going out.” Even during those times when you feel overwhelmed or frustrated and just need some space, don’t disappear unless you leave a note, send a text, call someone, or otherwise let a friend or family member know where you’re going, walking or driving.

We all need our privacy at times — but letting someone know where you will be is an important preventative safety measure.

3.) Stay alert no matter where you are or who you’re with. We all know the dangers of texting and driving, but texting and walking can be hazardous as well. You could fall and injure yourself or bump into others and injure them.

Related: Now You Could Get a Ticket for Distracted Walking

The same holds true when you’re blocking out sounds with a cell earpiece or headset. Not only could you miss hearing sirens or warning calls from others requesting your assistance, you could also become a target or neglect to pick up on suspicious people or events around you.

This is especially important in parking garages, crowded streets or anywhere near vehicles.

4.) Use safety when ridesharing. Before you get into a strange car, make sure it’s your ride. Check the license plate, confirm that the driver’s photo matches his or her profile in the app, ask the driver what his name is — and make sure he can tell you what your name is as well.

When you get in, always lower the window so that if you need to call for help, you can be heard by people nearby. Remember, you can only request Uber rides through the app, so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and offers a ride. Share trip details with a friend or family member and tell that person your anticipated ETA and to expect a text; that way, they can track your location and make sure you arrive safely at your final destination.

5.) If you’re driving alone during a crash and can’t reach your cell phone — and you don’t have a wireless panic button or in-car emergency system — you’ll have to wait, as I did. But if you can, lean forward on the horn.

That way passersby will hear you and notice you.

And if you can lower your window, scream loudly and constantly until help arrives.

Kenny Kelley is founder & CEO of Silent Beacon, a wearable, wireless safety-device panic button. For more info, visit www.SilentBeacon.com.

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Omar Says She’s ‘Experienced an Increase in Threats on My Life’

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:10

“Some people did something” on 9/11, said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) at a speaking engagement in late March before the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

And ever since, she’s not only gotten pushback for dismissing the terror attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed nearly 3,000 people, she’s attracted comments from all across the political spectrum.

Now, on said Sunday night, Omar lamented that she’s received a flurry of death threats ever since President Donald Trump tweeted a video that combined her comments from that speaking engagement with a clip that showed Ground Zero in Manhattan.

Related: Pelosi Continues to Stress That She’s Worried About Omar’s Safety

“I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life — many directly referencing or replying to the president’s video,” Omar tweeted in a statement.

“I thank the Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.”

Omar also said, “Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world. We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land.”

What she and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are blatantly ignoring, however, are Omar’s original comments that started this incident — and the way she has conducted herself in many speeches ever since her election last year as a member of Congress from Minnesota in the 2018 midterms.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

“Shouldn’t she be a little more careful with her own tone?” said Ed Henry of Fox News recently in an interview with Hassan Shibly, head of Florida’s CAIR chapter.

Pelosi over the weekend insisted the president take down his tweet containing the video.

Other Democrats as well went after Trump for his social media message.

The White House explained on Sunday that the president had a duty to point out Omar’s pattern of making comments that other Americans find offensive — and that in no way did the president wish any “ill will” on Omar.

“The president is not trying to incite violence against anybody,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told anchor Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s actually speaking out against it. The question is, why isn’t the congresswoman — why is she brushing this off dismissively? She continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again, and Democrats refuse to call her out for it.  If she continues to do it, the president will continue to call her out, call her out by name, and he’s not going to be ashamed, nor should he be.”

“The only shame I see in this is that Democrats and others aren’t standing up and taking the same hard line that the president is,” Sanders added. “That was one of the most horrific moments in American history, and for her to talk about it in such a dismissive way is frankly disgusting and abhorrent, and I’m glad the president is calling her out and holding her accountable for it.”

One reader summed up the thoughts of many others who shared their comments on this story over the weekend.

“Perhaps Omar should have given some thought to the 3,000 lives lost and the thousands and thousands of family members affected by this tragedy — of EVERY background and status. She seems to be only concerned with Muslims,” the reader wrote — adding, “Pelosi is a disgrace!”

Share your own thoughts on this issue below.

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Holy Week Is Here: What Christians and All Faithful Need to Know

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:00

Spring cleaning, cherry blossom festivals, vacation travels and so much more seem to be the focus for many people during this time of year.

But for devout Christians, Holy Week has a unique significance.

It marks the pascal mystery of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

On Palm Sunday, Holy Week began with Our Lord’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey, with the masses praising him and shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9).

Related: Palm Sunday: Five Key Facts Worth Knowing

Yet sadly, many of the onlookers in this crowd would later be saying, “Crucify him, Crucify him!” when Pontius Pilate presented Jesus for judgment.

The takeaway for Christians. All good deeds are inspired by God and brought to fruition by the power of His grace, although our humble collaboration is certainly needed. God is the protagonist.

Jesus also teaches us not to trust too much or be overly dependent on public opinion — for as He learned, that can turn against even the most innocent and noble of individuals. The only totally honest and lasting opinion that truly matters is God’s.

On Holy Thursday, Jesus gathered with His beloved disciples for the Last Supper, leaving an example of tremendous humility through the washing of His disciples’ feet and making present His sacrifice on the cross at Calvary, in an unbloody manner, through the offering of His body and blood in the form of bread and wine.

The takeaway. Jesus came to serve, and He assumed the role of slave by washing and drying the feet of each one of His disciples. He also instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist by giving this power to His disciples to consecrate the bread and wine into His body and blood.

Jesus is fully present in every Catholic church around the world, becoming present during the moment of consecration in the Mass and within the confines of the tabernacle in the form of the consecrated Host. He is fully present, and He patiently waits and hopes for us to arrive for a heartfelt visit.

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On Good Friday, after enduring a long night of trials and torture and three hours of agony and intense suffering on the cross — both moral (for carrying the weight of the sins of all humanity) and physical — Jesus “bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19: 30).

The takeaway. Jesus teaches us the value of suffering with nobility and generosity.

In spite of the physical pain He endured and the radical injustice of His sentence, Christ finds the magnanimity to forgive all of His accusers — even Judas who betrayed him, though he did not accept the forgiveness of Jesus. He pardons the good thief, promising him paradise that same day, and He gave the greatest gift of all, His Blessed Mother, to St. John and all future disciples who are willing to follow in His footsteps.

Whatever one’s current state of suffering, this priest encourages all to hold a crucifix in your hands, look at it closely, and try to understand that He endured this out of love for all of us.

This brings us to Good Saturday and Easter Sunday. Holy Saturday was a day of holy expectation. The stone by the tomb was firmly sealed, the guards had been placed to prevent the disciples or anyone else from stealing the body … but then Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, arrived at the tomb early on Sunday morning to anoint the body.

“When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, ‘Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16: 4-6).

He stands each day at the door of our hearts, gently knocking, even begging for us to invite Him into our lives.

The takeaway: The mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdalen, and the apostles in the upper room all saw the Risen Christ.

Jesus is alive!

He is alive and well — and He wants to walk with all of us and be at the center of our lives.

Related: 10 Smart Ways to Fit Prayer into Your Life

The greatest gift of being Christian is having Jesus as someone real and available — someone who desperately wants to accompany us on our life’s journey. He stands each day at the door of our hearts, gently knocking, even begging for us to invite Him into our lives.

His resurrection is also a sign of our future resurrection — if we, too, walk in these footsteps and imitate His example of total self giving and dedication the Father’s will: “If we have died with him, we shall also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11).

Fr. Michael Sliney is a Catholic priest based in the New York City area and an adviser to the Lumen Institute, a professional business group.

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Pelosi Continues to Stress She’s Worried About Omar’s Safety After 9/11 Comments

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 01:53

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Sunday she’s made some moves to buttress the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter on Friday that showed the newly minted Democratic lawmaker appearing to wave away the terrorist attacks against America on 9/11.

Pelosi also insisted the president take down his tweet.

Other Democrats as well went after Trump for his social media message.

On Sunday the White House explained the president had a duty to point out Omar’s pattern of making comments that other people are finding offensive — and that in no way did he wish any “ill will” on Omar.

“The president is not trying to incite violence against anybody,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told anchor Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s actually speaking out against it. The question is, why isn’t the congresswoman — why is she brushing this off dismissively? She continues to make anti-Semitic comments over and over again, and Democrats refuse to call her out for it.  If she continues to do it, the president will continue to call her out, call her out by name, and he’s not going to be ashamed nor should he be.”

“The only shame I see in this is that Democrats and others aren’t standing up and taking the same hard line that the president is,” Sanders added. “That was one of the most horrific moments in American history, and for her to talk about it in such a dismissive way is frankly disgusting and abhorrent, and I’m glad the president is calling her out and holding her accountable for it.”

Pelosi says that Trump's video of Omar's exact words is "disrespectful," but not Omar's words trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks https://t.co/08CiJqw2f0

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 14, 2019

Pelosi’s statement on Sunday noted she’d spoken with congressional authorities “to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff.”

“They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,” the speaker said.

She added, “The president’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger … President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

#BREAKING: Pelosi says she spoke with Capitol security to ensure Omar's safety following Trump's 9/11 tweet https://t.co/5XrS68wV12 pic.twitter.com/E5geyoCSaR

— The Hill (@thehill) April 14, 2019

The video showed a clip from remarks Omar made recently to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) during a speaking engagement.

Defending the organization, Omar said that CAIR was founded after Sept. 11, 2001, “because [the group] recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

CAIR, in actuality, was formed in June of 1994.

At the same speaking engagement, Omar also said Muslims are treated like “second-class citizens” — and even encouraged them to stand up, “raise hell,” and “make people uncomfortable.”

The video that Trump tweeted also included news footage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan.

Trump captioned his tweet with: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”

WE WILL NEVER FORGET! pic.twitter.com/VxrGFRFeJM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.

Unbelievable. https://t.co/IKtoZWWmIT

— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019

But plenty of critics pointed out that Omar — by saying “some people did something” — was wrongly and infuriatingly underestimating the brutal destruction and evil killing in America of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11.

Later, the Minnesota Democrat tried to quote from then-President George W. Bush as a way of seemingly softening her words — Bush, days after 9/11, referenced the attackers as “people.”

Related: New York Post Destroys Omar Over Her Insensitive 9/11 Comments

“Certainly the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence toward anyone, but the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments,” Sanders also said over the weekend about Trump’s tweet.

Rather stunningly, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) appeared to have no problems at all with the way Omar characterized the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

“I have had some problems with some of her other remarks, but not — but not with that one,” Nadler told CNN in an interview over the weekend.

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On Palm Sunday, Christ Can Set Us Free

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 16:00

The first Psalm engraved in my memory was the 24th, which as a child I found especially cheerful. Our grammar school principal, Miss Booth, would ring a large handbell to summon us in from the playground for the opening exercises of Scripture-reading, prayers, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

This was a public school in a time untouched by the neurotic political separation of the Creator and his creatures. Miss Booth’s favorite Psalm obviously was the 24th, because it was the only one in the whole Psalter she seemed to know by heart.

She may have thought it the best for starting the day, especially on occasions when the superintendent of schools arrived: “Lift up your heads, O ye gates, even lift them up ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in” (Psalms 24:9).

The whole meaning of that song of David became clear when the real King of Glory entered Jerusalem, with children joining adults in waving palm branches.

But on the same day, that king wept over Jerusalem for the indifference of most of its people.

Related: Palm Sunday: Five Important Facts Worth Knowing

A few days ago, I spent some good hours in the company of David Alton, with whom I have often corresponded, while he was visiting our city. Now Lord Alton of Liverpool, he has been a major champion of pro-life causes in the House of Lords and has promoted awareness of the genocide of Christians in the Middle East and the modern slave trade.

Just as the persecution of Christians is nervously ignored in our social climate, so are most people unaware that there are more slaves now than in all previous centuries combined. By varying estimates, there are between 21 million and 46 million people laboring in domestic servitude, forced labor, sex trafficking, child labor, indentured servitude, and forced marriage.

Certainly the angels of the millions of victims of legalized infanticide always behold the Father’s face (Matthew 18:10), and the modern martyrs join them. Those enslaved know that Christ can set them free morally, even as societies enchain them physically.

While such enslavement is most common in India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia and Qatar, this bondage exists nearly everywhere in clandestine and subtle forms.

On Palm Sunday, Christ enters New York and every city, and in each one there are those who joyfully greet Him, and others whose sullen indifference or contempt move His human nature to tears.

That is the drama of free will, which is why each of us is a kind of city unto ourselves, and the gates of our hearts may either open or close to Him. He is never alone, for the Father is always with Him, but He wants us to be with Him, too.

I am indebted to my old principal Miss Booth for ringing that school bell and leading that Psalm.

Fr. George William Rutler is a Catholic priest and the pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan. This article originally appeared in his parish church bulletin two years ago and is used by permission.

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Mexican-American Businesswoman Is Attacked for Wearing a MAGA Hat

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 15:00

Paloma Zuniga is a supporter of President Donald Trump who runs a Facebook page called Paloma for Trump.

She loves the commander-in-chief and wants to help make America great again.

Have you ever noticed Democrats are always talking about being the party of tolerance and inclusion, yet they are the first to attack a Republican who is wearing a MAGA hat instead of practicing what they preach — and tolerating and respecting another’s First Amendment right to wear that hat?

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By the way, it’s perfectly legal to record anybody in a public area.

Just because the person in the video (shown below) doesn’t like being recorded does not mean it’s illegal to do so, as long as it takes place in a public area.

On Friday, Paloma Zuniga, a Mexican-American businesswoman, was mailing a package at a post office in San Diego, California, when, according to her, a woman ahead of her in line said, “You should be ashamed of yourself for wearing that hat, you stupid b****.”

Zuniga says she ignored the woman but switched on her camera. “As a Trump supporter, I deal with this kind of stuff a lot,” Zuniga tells Yahoo Lifestyle. The “political influencer” of the Facebook account Paloma for Trump has admired the president since 2007, especially his position on immigration and “the voice and courage he gives to Americans.”

On Zuniga’s recording, the woman says, “Don’t talk to me and don’t record me.”

The video gets shaky, which Zuniga says occurred because the woman struck her phone and grabbed her wrist.

“Don’t touch me!” yells Zuniga. “You have no reason to harass me because of my hat.” (source: Yahoo Lifestyle)

When Obama was in office playing his games, liberals loved him. Now that the tables are turned and the liberals don’t like President Trump, they become unglued and attack anyone who supports him.

Incidents such as this one are a big reason we support President Trump. He might not be very diplomatic, but he calls out these “all-inclusive” Democrats for what they are.

Not all Dems are intolerant, but they sure aren’t your daddy’s Democrats.

I don’t agree with most Democrat policies, but I don’t confront those with bumper stickers declaring their politics on their vehicles — and there are a lot of them with faded ones.

This is America and it’s their choice.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Trump Keeps His Promise to a 95-Year-Old World War II Vet and Other Heroes

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 02:00

An incredible moment took place in the Oval Office this past Thursday, as President Donald Trump met with four World War II veterans and kept a promise he made to 95-year-old retired sergeant Allen Jones.

“Beautiful afternoon in the Oval Office today with a few great American HEROES!” Trump announced on social media as he also shared a video of his encounter with Jones.

During a speech at the VFW Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, last July, the president invited the veteran on stage. He noted that Jones had been a VFW member for most of his adult life and had four brothers who also served with him in World War II.

Jones immediately hoped his children saw that “their dad got to stand beside the president of the United States” — then asked if he could bring his family to visit him at the White House for his 95th birthday the following April.

Trump did not hesitate.

“Yes!” he said.

Pres calls 94 year old veteran Alan Jones to the stage, who asks if he can visit the Oval Office when he turns 95 next April. @POTUS agrees. Says he’ll be received “with honor.” pic.twitter.com/OMMuxZwQCl

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 24, 2018

Meeting. President Trump heaped praise upon the World War II veterans in attendance; they included Floyd Wigfield, Sidney Walton and Paul Kriner, all of whom are over 100 years old.

“I want to be like all of you some day,” Trump said. “You don’t look a day over 90.”

He added that the veterans in attendance — as are all in the Greatest Generation, who fought for America in World War II — are “great heroes, great warriors [and] highly respected,” from a time when “we knew how to win wars.”

“This is a special moment,” the president declared.

Love of veterans. On the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Trump spoke of his love for the military and promised that, if elected, he “would have a military so strong that we would never have to use it.”

Trump’s actions have backed up his words when it comes to our nation’s veterans.

Last month, he signed an executive order establishing a “National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Veteran Suicide.”

“Our mission is to mobilize every level of American society to save the lives of our great veterans and support our heroes in need,” announced Trump.

In January, he issued an executive order directing resources to help veterans returning to civilian life.

The administration implemented breast cancer screening guidelines for female veterans. And Trump has initiated critical reforms to the VA while enforcing strict accountability standards.

“Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice, and patriotism,” the president said in a previous Veterans Day speech.

His promise to Allen Jones is evidence he views them as a national treasure.

A new promise. During the meeting, the president made yet another promise to 101-year-old Floyd Wigfield, who spoke of his experience on Utah Beach in June of 1944.

“I was there half a month before I got wounded,” Wigfield recalled. “Night and day on the battlefield.”

He then asked the president if he could join him on a return flight on Air Force One following this June’s ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

“We’ll work that out,” Trump said.

“You’ll like Air Force One.”

One WWI veteran who will attend the 75th anniversary celebration at Normandy wants to fly back with Trump.

“We’ll work that out. You’ll like Air Force One,” Trump replies.

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) April 11, 2019

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Tiger Woods Wins the Masters Golf Tournament: Like No Other Sporting Event Ever

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 21:30

Update: Tiger Woods, at age 43, won the Masters tournament on Sunday, April 24, for the fifth time in his career in a remarkable display of grit, determination and athletic ability.

Woods shot a 2-under par 70 to snag his fifth green jacket, beat out all competitors and take his first major tournament since the U.S. Open in 2008.

*****

Augusta, Georgia, was once a crossing point of the Savannah River favored by Native-Americans.

It became an American colony settlement in 1735 as part of British Georgia.

Augusta itself got its name from Princess Augusta, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Today, sports fans know Augusta for an entirely different reason: the Masters.

Originally known as the Augusta National Invitational Tournament, the first actual golf competition occurred way back in 1934. It was the next year that the organization put the “Masters” tournament in the headlines.

Golfer Gene Sarazen hit the “shot heard ‘round the world,” a double eagle on the 15th hole that gave him the edge to ultimately win the tournament — and the Masters moniker became appropriate.

The course was designed by the great golfer Bobby Jones, who discovered the land and developed it after his retirement from the game, along with Alister MacKenzie, a British golf course architect. The Masters Tournament, the first of four major events in professional golf each year — and currently underway — was dominated by three golfers during the ’60s and ’70s who have become the names of legend: Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer.

Other famous players have included Lee Elder, notable as the first black competitor in the tournament in 1975 — 15 years before the Augusta National Golf Club actually admitted its first black member.

Twenty-two years later, in 1997, another young black golfer rose to fame: Tiger Woods, who won the Masters by a staggering 12 shots at age 21.

The Masters is just as well known for its traditions as its participants. CBS commentator Jim Nantz famously described the Masters as “a tradition unlike any other.”

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There is perhaps no greater golf trophy than the famous green jacket awarded to the winner. A tradition that formally began back in 1949, it’s actually a symbol of membership in the Augusta National Golf Club: The winner of the tournament is awarded an honorary membership.

There’s also a quite substantial cash purse that’s split among the winners.

In the tournament’s first year, the purse was $5,000 and the winner, Horton Smith, received $1,500. Inflation has kept it growing at a good rate — and the 2014 tournament prize money amounted to $9 million dollars, with $1.62 million going to the winner.

Last year, the winner received $1.9 million.

This year of 2019, the champion will also make a record amount — “cracking the $2 million mark for the first time in Masters history,” as Golf Digest reported. “Sunday’s winner will bank $2.07 million, up from the $1.98 million that Patrick Reed claimed in 2018.”

The Masters also has some other intriguing traditions that make it stand apart from other sporting events. The player with the lowest daily score wins a crystal vase, while players who score a double eagle or hole-in-one win a large crystal bowl.

Didn’t manage a double eagle? That’s OK: Players receive a pair of crystal goblets for each eagle attained, too.

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Golfers don’t carry their own clubs, of course, but one has to be paying really close attention to notice that caddies all wear the same outfit: a white jumpsuit, white tennis shoes and a green Masters cap.

Like the other majors, the tournament consists of four rounds of 18 holes, played Thursday through Sunday of game week. Golfers play in groups of three for the first two days, after which the playing field is trimmed down to the top 50 places, or within 10 strokes of the leader’s score. This is referred to as “making the cut.” After all four days of play, there’s a sudden-death playoff if the competition ends in a tie.

Since the golf course started out as a nursery, each hole is named after a tree or shrub.

Since the Augusta golf course started out as a nursery, each hole is named after a tree or shrub. The longest hole is Pink Dogwood, or #2, at 575 yards. It’s a par 5. The shortest is the Golden Bell, at a mere 155 yards. That one’s a par 3. In total, the course is 7,435 yards for a par 72.

Keep that par 72 in mind. The par score for four games is 288. In 2016, Danny Willett won with a total score of 283 and had his best day when he hit a 67 on his fourth day of golfing. Tiger Woods back in 2001 won with a total score of 272 — a feat bested by Jordan Spieth in 2015 when he hit a 270.

And there’s the course itself. Golf fan and Bleacher Report contributor Seph Anderson described the course as “of an unreal color and texture. They were heavenly. Beautiful, mature pine trees stood on nearly every hole hovering over the fairways and greens.” For the Lost Golf Balls blog, Chris Osmun described the course as “golf’s most serene and magnificent place.”

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Says a woman in New York, a mom of four who attended the tournament with her golf-loving husband several years ago, “Honestly, it is one of the most beautiful and interesting places I have ever been. It’s a scene of both serenity and drama — of stunning landscaping and sporting excellence all wrapped together. The fans, as avid as they are, are also polite and respectful. Everything is done to the highest quality. I would literally drop everything and go each year if I could.”

She added, “Since I can’t do that, I console myself by watching it on television.”

A magnificent place for a magnificent tournament, indeed. The Masters is one of the best and most important competitions in the world of professional golf.

In an incredible finish on Sunday evening of the 2017 tournament, Sergio Garcia of Spain won the Masters — the first major championship of his career — with a sudden-death victory over Justin Rose. Garcia, 37, finally broke through in his 71st major as a professional, nearly 18 years after he was runner-up to Tiger Woods in a breakthrough performance at the PGA Championship.

In 2018, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy were going head-to-head in the finish — and Reed was the ultimate victor, winning his first major championship with a one-shot victory over Rickie Fowler.

And in 2019, a 43-year-old father of two named Tiger Woods emerged victorious — even earning a tweet from President Donald Trump congratulating him on his victory.

Congratulations to @TigerWoods., a truly Great Champion!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019

It was Woods’ 15th major title and his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, putting him just one away from a career record held by Sam Snead.

This article originally appeared earlier in LifeZette and has been updated. 

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Kamala Harris, Democrat: ‘I Own a Gun for Personal Safety’

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 14:45

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and other Democrats want to control everything — and since they can’t (or won’t) control criminals, it is the law-abiding citizen who pays the price for their new laws.

Now we learn that the Democratic candidate for president who slams the Second Amendment and any Republicans connected to it owns a gun, too.

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Understand this: She’s an American and it’s her right to have one.

But she should stop with the hypocrisy.

Sen. Kamala Harris revealed Thursday that she’s a gun owner — but said she still wants stricter gun laws.

“I am a gun owner. And I own a gun for probably the reason that a lot of people do, for personal safety,” the California Democrat told a group of reporters in Iowa.

“I was a former prosecutor.”

The 2020 presidential hopeful said she believes that voters have been offered a “false choice” on the issue of guns.

“For too long and still today we are being offered a false choice, which suggests you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s gun away,” Harris said. She attributed the problem to a “lack of courage” from leaders. (source: New York Post)

Harris, just like every other leftist candidate, will say and do practically anything to get elected — and then once elected, transform into something else entirely.

Case in point: The Harris family were slave owners, yet Harris is all in for “reparations” for the slave families from centuries back.

The only remaining question is will the Harris family be getting a check or sending a check, if and when that ever happens?

The Democrats’ first step should be to enforce the law that prohibits felons from possessing firearms and implement stop and frisk.

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They make every excuse for not taking tough stances because it might hurt others’ feelings — or they do not want to see criminals taken down or hurt. But those excuses have to stop.

The Second Amendment exists so that citizens can keep militia arms, arms suitable for combat or self-defense, and maintain a proficiency with them, to enable a body of armed citizens for a “well-regulated militia.”

The Second Amendment is not about hunting or sporting. Our Founders intended that citizens possess “weapons of war” for militia purposes, defense against a feral government, or for self-defense.

The Second Amendment is a core concept of this country — and we are not America without it. Those people who don’t like that should move to some other country that has the kind of gun control they prefer.

Our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not dependent upon how much “gun violence” occurs in the U.S.

The Second Amendment is a core concept of this country — and we are not America without it.

I am always amazed to see so many people so indoctrinated by the media that they are willing to give away their freedoms without even understanding that their loss of freedom is a consequence of what the press is advocating. Some people are just too dumb to be able to connect the dots any more.

Heck, many of them don’t even realize that the dots are supposed to join — it’s tough for a person to be dumber than that.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Palm Sunday: Five Important Facts You Should Know

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 13:38

Palm Sunday is April 14 this year — occurring, as always, a week before Easter Sunday.

The sacred Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem.

Here are five things the faithful should know about this significant biblical event.

1.) Jesus brought peace and salvation. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all recount the Palm Sunday story that took place shortly before Jesus was arrested, crucified on the cross, and eventually risen from the dead.

In chapter 19 of the Gospel of Luke, it is written: “[Jesus] sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? say, ‘The Lord needs it.'”

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The story continues, as Luke 19:35-38 tells us: “They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'”

2.) The Holy Day gets its name from Scripture. In John 12:13, it is written: “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!'”

The Israelites believed Jesus was going to save them, as the people had awaited the arrival of a special king for hundreds of years. They had waited for a messiah to be an earthly military and political leader.

Instead, Jesus came as a heavenly spiritual leader and died for humanity’s sins.

3.) Jesus fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The minor prophet Zechariah foretold it hundreds of years earlier: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey,” according to Zechariah 9:9.

John 12:15 notes the event: “At first [these] disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to him.”

4.) Jesus’ arrival on a donkey is meaningful. This animal appears multiple times in the Bible. “There have been other donkeys with important roles mentioned in scripture,” Reverend Tim McConnell — assistant pastor of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina — wrote in Asheville, North Carolina’s Citizen-Times. “We remember Balaam’s donkey that spoke and warned Balaam of danger. Of course, we know that it was God speaking through the donkey. We know about the donkey that carried Mary and the unborn Christ to Bethlehem, and later the donkey once again carried the family to Egypt to escape King Herod.”

Rev. McConnell noted, “We find Jesus riding a borrowed donkey, escorted by unarmed disciples. His purpose is to demonstrate the kingdom of God and to show peace.”

5.) Jesus was not the first to ride through the crowds in parade fashion. An Old Testament story tells of a king triumphantly entering a town. Before his enthronement as king of Israel, Solomon rode into Gihon (a spring in the original site of Jerusalem) on a mule — with people praising him as he arrived.

“Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” And all the people went up after him, playing the pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound,” 1 Kings 1:39-40 says.

This article appeared earlier in LifeZette and has been updated.

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Former Hillary Aide Backs Move to Boot Brett Kavanaugh from Teaching Gig at George Mason

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 13:24

A top aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign — now leading a liberal “dark money” group — is backing a student effort at George Mason University to get Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh fired from teaching a summer course over misconduct allegations.

A student group calling itself Mason for Survivors began circulating a petition last month, so far attracting nearly 5,000 signatures, urging to “terminate AND void ALL contracts and affiliation with Brett Kavanaugh at George Mason University” on the grounds that the justice was accused of misconduct.

But the campaign is being given a partisan boost thanks to Brian Fallon, former press secretary for Clinton’s 2016 campaign, who’s now in charge of Demand Justice, a liberal advocacy group that doesn’t disclose its funding.

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Fallon and his group are paying for Facebook ads that target anyone linked with George Mason University, urging them to sign the petition, in addition to signing a separate petition that calls upon the Democrats in Congress to investigate Kavanaugh, the HuffPost reported.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s performance during his testimony in front of the Senate was a disgrace. His blatant partisan attacks and hostile behavior toward senators calls into question his ability to serve as a fair and impartial judge. His conduct undermines the legitimacy of his decisions and the entire Supreme Court,” read the ad on Facebook on Friday. “We’re calling on Congress to open an investigation into Kavanaugh right now.”

Fallon justified the move in a news release, saying the allegations raised during the confirmation hearing last year, in his view, were credible.

“Brett Kavanaugh has been credibly accused of sexual assault by multiple women whose allegations have not been thoroughly investigated,” Fallon said. “His confirmation to the Supreme Court does not absolve him of guilt, and he should not be given a platform to teach. We stand with survivors and urge the George Mason University administration to fire Kavanaugh.”

Kavanaugh is set to teach students of the university’s Antonin Scalia Law School next summer in the United Kingdom as a distinguished visiting professor, with the class reportedly having no more spaces left due to overwhelming interest.

The Mason for Survivors group, claiming to be a “student-led advocacy group in solidarity with survivors,” also urges the university to release “any and all documents” concerning the hiring of Kavanaugh, in addition to holding a town hall and a formal apology by university officials.

The school’s top officials are expected at a town hall next Tuesday, where they will face questions over the hiring of Kavanaugh.

But the school has so far rebuffed the activists’ demands and issued a statement affirming the hiring of Kavanaugh on the grounds that the university seeks to have students being taught by the “most influential legal experts in the nation.”

“The law school has determined that the involvement of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice contributes to making our law program uniquely valuable for our students. And I accept their judgment,” he added.

“I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting justice,” Angel Cabrera, the university’s president, said last month.

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“The law school has determined that the involvement of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice contributes to making our law program uniquely valuable for our students. And I accept their judgment,” he added.

“This decision, controversial as it may be, in no way affects the university’s ongoing efforts to eradicate sexual violence from our campuses.”

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Trump Might Release Illegal Aliens into Sanctuary Cities

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 01:26

Let’s see how the Left likes it.

President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed that his administration’s idea of releasing immigrant detainees into sanctuary cities across America is still under “strong” consideration.

Trump also tweeted that relocating illegal immigrants to such areas of the country should make the “Radical Left” happy.

The comments followed reports in The Washington Post that the White House had suggested sending such detainees to sanctuary cities twice over the last six months.

“The proposal was first floated in November amid reports of a large migrant caravan from Central America making its way to the southern border,” as Fox News reported. “The idea was again considered in February, amid the standoff with Congress over a border wall.”

It would be the greatest gambit imaginable to send every single illegal alien to Pelosi’s doorstep. pic.twitter.com/YsK7G8Tcry

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 13, 2019

The Post said the plan was rejected both times. Yet Trump suggested on Friday that the proposal is not dead and buried.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump wrote.

Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019

“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy—so this should make them very happy!” he continued in his tweet.

Later in the day, Trump repeated those remarks at the White House.

“We can give them an unlimited supply … Let’s see if they have open arms,” he said.

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Those on the Left naturally fumed about this idea.

“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” spokesperson Ashley Etienne said for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement on Friday. “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal.”

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“The American people have resoundingly rejected this administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies,” she added, “and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”

But White House officials are emphasizing that the plan “never went anywhere.”

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“A source familiar with discussions told Fox News that Democrats who advocate leniency toward illegal immigrants should work with the administration to find ways to transport those set for release, including in their states and districts,” Fox News reported.

Throughout his time in the White House, Trump has criticized sanctuary cities and those who run them, as these individuals and localities refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies on illegal immigrants.

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Hillary Compares Her Life in Politics to the Fantasy Epic ‘Game of Thrones’

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 21:20

Two-time presidential losing candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton compared her life in politics to the television series “Game of Thrones.”

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) recently raised the topic on social media; he discussed which shows most closely resembled life in Washington.

“Everyone is worried that Washington is like ‘House of Cards,’ while hoping it is like ‘West Wing,'” he wrote. “Truth is that it’s more like ‘Veep.'”

Clinton, however, doesn’t view her political life as a comedy as many might — but rather, she compared it to a fantasy world of dragons and armies of the dead.

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“May I ask you — this is a question I get a lot because I lived a life in politics, nothing like yours. Which is closer to [the] reality of life in politics, which TV show? ‘The West Wing’ or ‘Veep’?” moderator Paul Begala asked.

“Oh, probably “Game of Thrones,’'” Clinton fired off, eliciting laughs from the adoring crowd.

“At least in my experience.”

The Westeros Wing? Hillary Clinton cites “Game of Thrones” as TV show that best describes life in politics https://t.co/qyNnEm7Js9 pic.twitter.com/EVYlcz9eBN

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 12, 2019

Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, offered a different answer to the question.

“The most realistic show on television, in my opinion, and you can say I’m self-interested, is ‘Madam Secretary,'” he opined.

We always thought Bill’s philanderer ways resembled those of Sam Malone of “Cheers,” while Hillary’s political life is, well … she’s kind of right here.

In her post-election memoir “What Happened,” Clinton compared herself to Cersei Lannister, mostly for one particular scene in which the latter is paraded through the streets naked while the citizens mock and throw things at her.

Hillary Clinton Says ‘Game Of Thrones’ Is The Most Accurate Political Show On TV https://t.co/sgMqsa1Kli

— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 12, 2019

You see, Hillary believes the Trump crowds chanting “Lock her up!” were akin to the people who publicly shamed Cersei. She thinks she was abused by the vile commoners.

“Crowds at Trump rallies called for my imprisonment more times than I can count,” Clinton wrote. “They shouted, ‘Guilty! Guilty!’ like the religious zealots in ‘Game of Thrones’ chanting ‘Shame! Shame!’ while Cersei Lannister walked back to the Red Keep.”

Hillary Clinton is totally Cersei Lannister. Married for power, got away with so much, & isn’t in jail only because she’s above rule of law.

— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) September 12, 2017

Lannister, however, is a queen, so she’s actually held a position of power in her fictional lifetime — whereas it would take a work of fiction to get Hillary in the White House.

“Directly comparing herself to Cersei,” Variety wrote, could backfire because “fans tend to see Cersei as an unredeemable villain.”

To the contrary, that’s, um … pretty accurate, in our view.

A poll in April of 2016 saw Tyrion Lannister leading the way as the one voters most wanted to win the presidential election — ahead of Hillary and then-candidate Donald Trump.

Trump actually trailed in that poll behind Tyrion, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Daenerys Targaryen.

He eventually rose to the top and captured the Iron Throne … er … the White House.

The final season of “Game of Thrones” kicks off this Sunday on HBO.

Will Hillary make a cameo?

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Easter Is on Its Way: Do Our Kids Really Care?

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 16:56

For nominal or devout Christians, Easter is the most significant holiday of the year.

Some people prepare by sacrificing food, electronics or soft drinks during the season of Lent. These actions may sound trivial, but they point to the energy we spend trying to honor the One who created the most miraculous event in human history.

It is the event that turned the world upside down — but one that many people today, particularly millennials, struggle to believe.

It’s easy to see why they take that stance. We parents have gotten our children to Mass or to church, have told them Bible stories and have taught them prayers, but we have fallen short on impressing upon them the truth of Easter.

We haven’t taught them apologetics and the historical evidence that Jesus was not just a good, smart guy — He was God. Instead, we have focused on communicating our personal experiences; and for our children who are trying to choose or reject God, these aren’t enough. They want to know how we know that Easter really occurred.

So, we must tell them. Hundreds of scholars have found evidence that Christ did indeed live and that He died by crucifixion. But then the serious questions begin. Did He really rise from the dead? And if so, what difference did and does that make?

And if He rose from the dead, was God just showing the Jews that He could perform miracles — or was something else going on?

We Christians believe God Himself was on the cross. People of other faiths believe Jesus was not God but a good prophet who taught humans many good life lessons.

That’s the dividing issue for Christians, Jews, Muslims and those of other Eastern religions. There is good biblical evidence that Jesus was in fact God — but that is a longer discussion.

It is, however, one that every Christian parent must delve into because our children will need to know.

That’s what millennials are telling us. If we can’t defend our faith, we can’t blame them for being skeptical or walking away.

Rather than give lip service to Easter, let’s dig deeper so that we can articulate the external, not just personal, truth of it. If we can’t describe why we believe that Jesus was God Himself, we may not really believe it ourselves.

Faith that centers on feelings is pretty superficial. We see that all around us. Many Christians (particularly evangelical) are quick to talk about Jesus, relay their personal transformation, and hope that others believe. The problem is that many of those same people walk away and act like jerks.

That’s one more reason millennials are skeptical. If we Christians really believe Easter is the lynchpin of our faith, shouldn’t our behavior show it?

This Easter, I implore professing Christians to do some soul-searching. Rather than give lip service to Easter, let us dig deeper so that we can articulate the external, not just personal, truth of it. If we can’t describe why we believe that Jesus was God Himself, we may not really believe it ourselves.

If our faith is simply an “experience,” then we can be talked out of it pretty quickly. I submit that if we don’t really believe that Christ was God Himself, that He rose from the dead to illuminate to every human what real, profound love is, then we might as well skip Easter.

Or, at least be honest enough to eat colored malted milk balls, chickadee peeps, and call it a nice family day.

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Don’t miss what is really happening here. There is a plethora of historical and biblical evidence that Jesus lived, was crucified, and rose from the dead — and that He was God.

If we can aptly communicate this to our children, they might ask another question: Who cares?

That is where Easter comes in. We care not only because we want to live with truth, but because there is no more life-changing or significant truth to all humans.

This is what our kids must know.

Dr. Meg Meeker has practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine for 30 years. She is the author of the online course “The 12 Principles of Raising Great Kids,” which is part of The Strong Parent Project.

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Comey Claims He Does Not Know ‘What the Heck’ Barr Meant About ‘Spying’ on the Trump Campaign

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 15:40

James Comey, the fired former director of the FBI, couldn’t leave Attorney General William Barr’s comments out there without acting as if he didn’t know what Barr meant.

Comey flat-out denied that “spying did occur” against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his team during the 2016 race for the White House.

OK, Mr. Comey.

Then Barr will refresh your memory.

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“With respect to Barr’s comments, I really don’t know what he’s talking about when he talks about spying on the campaign,” said Comey on Thursday during a speaking event.

“When I hear that kind of language used it’s concerning … I don’t know what he meant by that term,” Comey added.

It’s funny, in my view, that they all “forget” about their indiscretions when asked about them — but they have no problem remembering many other things if it makes someone else look bad.

It’s the strangest thing about Comey. I know someone who was an FBI agent and who loved the disgraced so-called leader as a boss.

He met him various times and even wanted to be like him.

Funny how they “forget” about their indiscretions when asked about them — but they have no problem remembering other things if it makes someone else look bad.

Months after Comey was fired, he made a speech in my friend’s city; my friend couldn’t wait to listen to what he had to say.

But after Comey’s speech, this man lost all respect for him and felt ashamed that he ever thought he was a straight shooter and an honest FBI boss.

It seems Comey is a very good faker.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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At Georgetown, Students Vote to Pay Reparations to Slave Descendants

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 13:37

Undergraduate students at Georgetown University — the prestigious university located in Washington, D.C. — approved a measure that declares the school must pay reparations to the descendants of slaves that helped create the school in the first place.

How will this effort be funded, one asks?

Every Georgetown student, each semester, will pay a fee of $27.20 on top of whatever other fees and charges the students already pay. That money would then go into a brand new fund.

But that’s only if the students get their way.

In a statement to ABC News, Matt Hill, the university’s media relations manager, said, “Student referendums help to express important student perspectives but do not create university policy and are not binding. The university will carefully review the results of the referendum, and regardless of the outcome, will remain committed to engaging with students, descendants, and the broader Georgetown community and addressing its historical relationship to slavery.”

There were 272 slaves sold off to pay a debt to the Maryland Society of Jesuits, an action that saved the university financially, according to reports.

The sale of those individuals raised approximately half a million dollars in 1838.

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“The Jesuits sold my family and 40 other families so you could be here,” Melisande Short-Colomb, a sophomore this year at Georgetown, said to other students at a town hall last week on the issue, as ABC News reported.

A student group known as the GU272 Advocacy Team pushed for the referendum and fee initiative.

Georgetown students endorse slavery reparations fund in vote https://t.co/R3RRstKKB0 pic.twitter.com/CEFLOgzycT

— New York Post (@nypost) April 12, 2019

Those behind the measure claim the new fee structure would raise some $400,000 a year.

Georgetown sophomore Eliza Dunni Phillips, a member of the GU272, told CNN after the measure passed, “The vestiges of slavery are still so evident, and so many of the African-Americans whose ancestors were enslaved are still so disenfranchised. It’s not enough to say ‘sorry.’ Georgetown has to put their money where their mouth is and invest into the descendant community.”

“We can’t keep trying to pay every member of American society for every injustice that may have happened to them or their families.”

A Boston-based mother of three offered this perspective to LifeZette: “I would hope at least one instructor or administrator at Georgetown asks these students, ‘How does money really make up for slavery? And where does this kind of decision lead?’ In my mind, I think this is opening a Pandora’s box filled with paying every person for every injustice ever.”

“Money can’t make up for some things,” she added. “We can’t keep trying to pay every member of American society for every injustice that may have happened to them or their families.”

Many of the Democratic candidates for 2020 have expressed an interest in either studying reparations for slavery or paying for it, period.

Some, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), even want reparations to extend to the descendants of Native-Americans as well.

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New York Post Destroys Omar Over Her Insensitive 9/11 Comments

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 21:45

The New York Post eviscerated Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks, printing a cover with an image of the attack and a headline that read: “Here’s Your Something.”

Thursday’s cover photo comes following reports that Omar described the terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans as “some people did something.”

The Democrat representative spoke at a California fundraiser for the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) where she made the controversial and infuriating comments.

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said.

The Post hit back in dramatic fashion, showing an image of the second plane striking the towers on that tragic day and stating:

Rep. Ilhan Omar: 9/11 was ‘some people did something.’

Here’s your something: 2,977 people dead by terrorism.

The New York Post’s cover for Thursday calls out Ilhan Omar for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something” pic.twitter.com/xToghXSGw5

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 11, 2019

Below the larger headlines reads a line stating, “Omar outraged the families of 9/11 victims by referring dismissively to the terrorist attacks while speaking to a Muslim lobbying group.”

At the same speaking engagement, Omar described Muslims as being treated like “second-class citizens” and encouraged them to stand up, “raise hell,” and “make people uncomfortable.”

Editorial board hits back. The New York Post editorial board fired off a column further criticizing Omar over her comments.

“How pathetic,” the column begins. “A member of Congress can’t acknowledge what happened on one of the most horrific days in U.S. history.”

“Omar’s cavalier brushing off of the murder of thousands of innocents on 9/11 should shock all Americans, Muslims included,” they concluded.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) referred to her comments as simply “unbelievable.”

First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as “some people who did something”.

Unbelievable. https://t.co/IKtoZWWmIT

— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 9, 2019

Democrat response. Omar has slammed Crenshaw and other critics of her comments as trying to incite violence against her — you know, because she’s always the victim here.

“This is dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face,” Omar said without evidence. “I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it. My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are ALL Americans!”

Others have claimed her words were taken out of context.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), also an anti-Semite like her colleague Omar, rushed to her defense and said The Post should be ashamed of itself for reminding her of what really happened on 9/11.

The NY Post knows exactly what it’s doing — taking quotes out of context and evoking painful imagery to spread hate and endangering the life of Rep. Omar. Shame on them, and shame on Rupert Murdoch.

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 11, 2019

The “shame” is, and should be, almost exclusively Omar’s.

This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.

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Barack Obama’s Former White House Counsel Is Indicted

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 21:10

Gregory Craig, former White House counsel for Barack Obama, was indicted on Thursday by a grand jury for lying to FBI agents and for failing to register as a foreign agent.

Doesn’t it feel grand when bad people on the other side get caught?

He allegedly failed to disclose that he worked on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

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Obama’s statement: “I never knew I had a White House counsel. I just heard about this on the news.”

Craig, 74, of Washington, D.C., was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for willfully falsifying and concealing material facts from the FARA Unit, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(1), and for making false and misleading statements to the FARA Unit, in violation Title 22, United States Code, Section 618(a)(2).

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal laws and is not evidence of guilt.

Every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

The maximum penalties for the charged offenses are, respectively, five years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.  The maximum statutory sentence for federal offenses is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  The sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. (source: Department of Justice)

Gregory Craig, ex-Obama White House counsel, expects to be charged in relation to Ukrainian work with Manafort, his lawyers say https://t.co/1TslFChCb4

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 11, 2019

BREAKING: Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig has been indicted in a Mueller-related case on charges that he made false statements to investigators and concealed information about his work for Ukrainian officials

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 11, 2019

NBC News reported that Tony Podesta, the brother of John Podesta, former Clinton Campaign chairman, has also been under investigation for FARA violations.

Tony Podesta was a former Washington D.C. lobbyist.

The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller’s inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources.

As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Manafort had organized a public relations campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta’s company was one of many firms that worked on the campaign, which promoted Ukraine’s image in the West.

The sources said the investigation into Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about the ECMU and Manafort’s role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA. (source: NBC News)

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Is Arrested After His Asylum Is Withdrawn

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 11:42

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown above center) was arrested by British police Thursday moments after Ecuador announced it withdrew his asylum for “repeatedly violating international conventions and protocol.”

Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Jose Valencia told Teleamazonas this week that living in the embassy in London indefinitely is bad for Assange’s “state of mind, his health,” but that Assange has a right to a fair trial and right to a defense.

London’s Metropolitan Police vowed earlier this month to arrest Assange if he were freed.

Assange, who has lived in the embassy for more than six years, faces possible extradition to the U.S. for publishing thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables through WikiLeaks.

Assange, 47, has been in the embassy since 2012 when British courts ordered him extradited to Sweden to face questioning in a sexual assault case. That matter has since been dropped, but Wikileaks is facing a federal grand jury investigation over its publication of American diplomatic and military secrets during the Iraq War.

Assange, an Australian native, was arrested on a Westminster Magistrates’ Court warrant, which was issued on June 29, 2012, for failing to surrender to court, Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“The MPS had a duty to execute the warrant, on behalf of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, and was invited into the embassy by the ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum,” the statement said.

This is the moment WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in central London – where he lived since 2012.

Police were invited into the embassy by the Ecuadorean ambassador – read the full story here: https://t.co/MkyANHxH8x pic.twitter.com/cEChnHQBbN

— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 11, 2019

U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked the Ecuadorean government for their cooperation with the Assange arrest.

“Julian Assange is no hero and no one is above the law. He has hidden from the truth for years,” Hunt tweeted. “Thank you Ecuador and President @Lenin Moreno for your cooperation with @foreignoffice to ensure Assange faces justice.”

The main WikiLeaks Twitter handle accused Ecuador of “illegally” terminating Assange’s political asylum and accused the country of violating international law.

“This man is a son, a father, a brother. He has won dozens of journalism awards. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize every year since 2010. Powerful actors, including CIA, are engaged in a sophisticated effort to dehumanize, delegitimize and imprison him,” WikiLeaks tweeted.

While in the Ecuadorean Embassy, Assange had an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in 2017 and has hosted Pamela Anderson on a few occasions.

In the “Hannity” interview, Assange argued that the Obama administration was pushing the narrative of Russia meddling in the U.S. election to delegitimize then-President-Elect Donald Trump.

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He also claimed he wasn’t the source for the hacked emails he released from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Last year, it appeared Assange had struck up a romantic connection with the former Playboy centerfold and “Baywatch” star. She told Harvey Levin on Fox News’ “OBJECTified” that they had a “closeness.”

Assange was granted asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in August 2012.

“I have a real personal relationship with him,” Anderson said.

Noting their initial meeting, she told Fox News, “I brought him some vegan food, and now it’s a tradition that I bring him vegan food every time I see him, and I see him a lot.”

Assange was granted asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in August 2012.

This is a breaking news story; check back for updates. Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Tax-Filing Time Is Here — and for Active Military, It’s Even More Challenging

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:00

April is a very fun month: Temperatures are rising in most parts of the United States, people can get back outside, and schools are starting to wind down.

April is also the month of the federal and state income tax deadline of April 15, if you are still unaware (I hope that’s not you!).

If you are a military service member or military spouse, taxes can be very confusing. Military tax laws get increasingly complicated the longer you are in the service or part of a military family.

I am personally six moves removed from my home of record, so figuring out where I should pay taxes can get confusing every time I relocate. I am in no way a tax professional and will always recommend that people talk to one because each situation is uniquely different.

What is your state of residence? Where did you earn income? Where should you pay taxes on that income? Is any of your income tax-free? For those who bought property at a duty station and now rent it out because they moved, taxes can be even more complicated.

I recently came across this article published by MarketWatch on “5 tax land mines active-duty military must avoid.” Some I knew, while others I was unaware of until I read this piece by Anthony P. Curatola. Again, I am not a tax professional and if you have questions, you should work with someone whose job it is to decipher the tax code and see how it applies to you.

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Some of the points that Curatola makes can be applied to anyone filing taxes but may just come up more in military families. Others are specific to the military. For example, everyone can file for an extension if they need more time to get their documents together, but military members (and their spouses) who are assigned outside of the U.S. or Puerto Rico get an automatic extension of two months without needing to complete the form.

For those serving in a combat zone, there are other extension guidelines.

Curatola mentions that it involves a “complex calculation.” When I did some digging on the IRS website, I found the Extension of Deadlines-Combat Zone Service FAQ page. And yes, there are a lot of “in general” statements that I think make it a good idea to consult with a tax pro if you think these deadlines may apply.

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Basically, if you are serving in a combat zone, you may get a filing extension, but the specific length of time will depend on when you entered that combat zone relative to tax day. There is also an impact to how much of your pay is taxed as well as what tax credits you may be able to receive if you are serving in a combat zone.

If you haven’t filed your taxes, make sure that you get everything in by April 15, perhaps with the help of a tax pro.

Katie Begley is an OpsLens contributor, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a former surface warfare officer. In addition to being a military spouse, she is a freelance writer specializing in travel, education and parenting subjects. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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