Making Sense by Michael Reagan

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganPresident Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.Nothing new there.I’m not referring to the global trade war he may have started on Thursday with his announcement that steep protective tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum could be coming as early as next week.I’m referring to the tougher gun control laws the president publicly floated on Wednesday during an unscripted discussion with bipartisan lawmakers in the White House.Sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than a lifelong friend of the National Rifle Association, the president suggested three steps he thinks would help to prevent future mass school shootings like the one in Parkland, Fla.He proposed raising the age limit to buy assault-type weapons like the AR-15 to 21, making background checks tougher on, 9all, 9gun buyers and taking guns away from people with mental problems.In the real world, where there are more than 300 million guns floating around the United States, Trump’s first two actions will do nothing but burden law-abiding gun owners.The president’s third idea – taking someone’s guns away for mental-health reasons and making them go to court to get them back – is especially outrageous.Forget the serious constitutional concerns about taking law-abiding citizens’ guns and doing the due process, 9,9later.Does Mr. Trump have any clue,9 how impossible it would be to determine who was truly crazy and dangerous and needed to have his or her guns seized?Does he realize the dangerous road his idea would send us down?“Hello 911? The guy next store is cutting his lawn sideways. He’s really crazy. You better come and take his guns away.”And my Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks the president is mentally ill.Do you say, “I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, someone says you’re crazy? You have to give us your guns.”Trump’s gun control ideas are not worth the breath he spent on them.The most obvious reason the Parkland school tragedy happened was that the FBI and the local police screwed up – despite multiple warnings.A less obvious reason the shooter was not stopped before he could take 17 innocent lives was the “parental” failure of his mother and the family he lived with after she died last year.Those adults knew he was mentally ill, angry and dangerous, yet they did little to get him the help he needed.Few parents agree to have their kids treated for being mentally ill because it reflects poorly on them. Fewer still will turn their own kids into the police.But talk about bad parenting skills.The couple the teenage killer was living with at the time of the shooting knew he had a bunch of guns and did nothing to get them out of their house.They locked his weapons in a safe, but the shooter easily made a spare key for himself. Apparently, th,9e couple,9 never met a teenager before.Parkdale was a tragedy that could have been averted with, 9the, 9common sense that all parents should employ.A good friend of mine, a hunter who owns several, 9guns, was having trouble with one of his kids and had to put him on Ritalin.After the boy had an out-of-control moment, the father took every one of his guns out of the house and gave them to a friend to keep for him.If you have a kid you think is mentally ill, and you have guns in your house, you shouldn’t look to the government to solve the problem.You should, 9solve it, 9yourself. Remove the guns from, 9the, 9house. Don’t put them in a safe. Get them out.If we are not going to take responsibility for being good parents when it comes to guns, don’t be surprised when Donald Trump or the government takes that responsibility away from us.FOOTNOTE: Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. The CCO posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

INTELLIGENCE FARM By Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel GamutBy Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.com(Week 2 January 2017)INTELLIGENCE FARM♪Does (everybody) really know what time it is? ♪Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Russia of attempting to influence the election via hacking into unflattering emails. She, John McCain, CNN and virtually everyone on the planet but former presidential candidate Donald Trump cited the conclusions of seventeen intelligence agencies to support the accusations.Seventeen! They are: Air Force Intelligence Agency, Army Intelligence Agency, Navy Intelligence Agency, Marine Corps Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and my personal favorite, The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. These sixteen all fall under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.The Air Force Intelligence Agency alone deploys 50,000 military and civilian intelligence personnel. I was one of those at one time when I served in Air Force Intelligence. You who know me can make your own judgments or trite jokes.Each of these agencies has subdivisions. For example, the Army Intelligence Agency contains five more “major” military disciplines within its overall functions: Imagery Intelligence; Signal Intelligence; Human Intelligence (yeah, I wondered too); Measurement and Signature Intelligence; and Counterintelligence and Security.I will leave it up to you, Gentle Reader, to analyze the meaning behind President-Elect Trump’s rejection of the “intelligence” of the groups that gave us “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. As for me, I am transfixed by the notion that America has all these agencies containing hundreds of thousands of people whose job it is to spy on someone. My concern is who? There are only a few folks such as Russia, China and, an assortment of enemies our intelligence agencies created for us by surreptitiously toppling their governments, who might actually need watching.What about the other 5 billion people on the planet, especially the 330 million Americans? All those thousands of spies have to either spy on somebody or get jobs, judging maybe. I fear our firewall against foreign enemies might turn inward out of boredom or partisanship. But after years of having our country insert itself in places such as Cuba, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc., etc., my real fear is eventually our intelligence manipulators will get us into a hole even the most powerful country in history cannot claw its way out of.Usually Peg is the only one who reads these articles. However, I feel as if someone will be peering over her shoulder this time. Oh well, it will probably be some of the same disingenuous spooks who have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully (so far) to get us to bomb Iran; so there is probably no need for us to worry.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Alumni sign petition opposing Laetare Medal decision

first_imgThe announcement of the 2016 Laetare Medal recipients, Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner, came with no lack of controversy in the Notre Dame community, and one of the strongest responses came in the form of a national petition opposing Biden as a candidate for the medal.Allison Gower, the campaign manager of the national petition against the Laetare Medal decision, said the petition was a result of Notre Dame alumni and Catholics expressing their disapproval of Biden as an appropriate candidate. The petition was created by Sycamore Trust, an alumni organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Catholic identity of the University of Notre Dame.“These people are angered because they feel Biden goes against many Catholic principals and beliefs the award should uphold,” Gower said in an email. “For example, Biden does not support pro-life policies and is for same-sex marriage. The petition declares, ‘We should seek to honor those who act to protect human life and dignity, from conception to natural death, who respect true marriage and the family,’ which they feel Biden does not.”Bill Dempsey, the creator of the petition and member of Sycamore Trust, said the group rarely proposes petitions, but that this was a particularly egregious case that he felt the group needed to combine their voices of protest and share their reasons.“This action is even more objectionable than was the honoring of President Obama, who is not Catholic and whose opposition to the Church, so far as it was known at the time, was limited to abortion,” Dempsey said in an email. “Vice President Biden’s opposition is broad. He is the highest-ranking Catholic pro-choice politician who also supports same-sex marriage, public funding of embryonic stem cell research and the Obamacare contraception mandate that Notre Dame is fighting in court. [Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades] is plainly right in condemning Notre Dame’s action as scandalous.”Dempsey said the decision to award Biden the medal shows that Notre Dame does not take seriously the Church teachings that Biden rejects.“Notre Dame’s action will confirm in their error Catholics who share Biden’s dissenting views and arm dissenting Catholic politicians in their opposition to Church position,” Dempsey said. “Besides, what I find incomprehensible is that [University President Fr. John Jenkins] would take this action knowing full well that it would once again open a breach with Notre Dame’s bishop and once again bring strife into an occasion that should be one of unalloyed celebration for graduating seniors and their families.”Gower said the original goal of the petition was 1,000 signatures. However, as of April 6 the petition has over 2,400 signatures that range from members of the Notre Dame community to people in foreign countries.Dempsey said Sycamore Trust did not propose rescinding the award because they thought it would be futile.“What we hope is that the fellows and trustees will take appropriate action to insure against a repetition and to repair relations with Bishop Rhoades,” Dempsey said.Tags: Commencement, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Laetare Medal, petitionlast_img read more

Weekend Picks: Mayview Madness 5K, Blowing Rock, N.C.

first_imgThis week, the Mayview Madness 5K will return to Blowing Rock, N.C., for its 15th year in a row. The race will take place on Saturday, September 20 and will lead its competitors on a beautiful journey through North Carolina’s famous High Country hills.Participants will meet behind Memorial Park at 8 a.m. to begin the race, and will spend the morning enjoying the views on foot. Bistro Roca Restaurant will welcome all finishers with plenty of delicious food and local awards for the top three men and women in each age group. The runner with the best costume will win an additional prize!2013-StartThis race benefits the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a program that works to defend natural land and water resources in the area. Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine will also play a part in the event as the main sponsor for the simultaneous Kids Fun Run.As a special deal, ZAP Fitness offers free training sessions for all registered runners every Wednesday night until race day. Don’t miss your last chance this week to train for the race and learn from Olympic-level athletes.Register today to join 2014’s Mayview Madness 5K and support the Blue Ridge Conservancy while stretching your legs in the High Country.last_img read more

O.L. Davis Fire Company hosts annual barbecue

first_imgBrady called the barbecue a “big success.” ENDWELL (WBNG) – The O.L. Davis Fire Company held their annual 4th of July barbecue on Saturday. “With so many things canceled, people have a bit of cabin fever, they just want to get out. We said if we have the barbecue, people will be able to come out to the park, take it home and just enjoy the nice weather, the nice day and enjoy the great fourth of the July,” said Brady. President Rob Brady told 12 News it was great to still be able to hold the event despite everything going on.center_img The barbecue was held at Highland Park in Endwell and served more than 700 barbecue dinners catered by Brooks Barbecue. Organizers said the money raised will help the fire company with their yearly costs.last_img read more

Gordon, you don’t know what you’re doing…

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Nearly 280,000 US schoolchildren have had coronavirus: Study

first_imgOverall, 277,285 children were infected, 3,240 hospitalized (or 1.2 percent); 404 admitted to intensive care (0.1 percent); and 51 died (0.01 percent).The real rates of hospitalization, intensive care admission and death are likely to be even lower in reality because the actual number of children infected was probably far higher and not recorded, given the number of asymptomatic cases.Though the risk to children is relatively low, health experts are more worried about the onward transmission risk children could present to their parents or grandparents.Children in the 5-11 group accounted for 101,503 cases and 20 deaths while those in the 12–17 group accounted for 175,782 cases and 31 deaths.Chronic lung disease — which includes asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for example — was the most prevalent underlying condition.The rates of infection varied greatly from region to region and the authors emphasized that local authorities should closely monitor the situation to arrive at the best decision about in-person learning. Almost 280,000 school-aged children were infected with the novel coronavirus between March 1 and September 19, according to detailed data released Monday in a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The figure accounted for roughly four percent of the total US caseload over this period, with children aged 12-17 approximately twice as likely to be infected as those aged 5-11.The rate of new cases rose steadily during the spring and then shot up over the summer, peaking on July 19 with an average weekly incidence of 37.9 per 100,000. Topics :center_img The new cases then plateaued for several weeks before declining in late August — though it appears they are now rising again towards summer levels.The authors wrote that the data helped establish a baseline for monitoring trends of COVID-19 infection as some schools return to in-person learning now and in coming months.”School studies suggest that in-person learning can be safe in communities with low SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates, but might increase transmission risk in communities where transmission is already high,” they said.The report provides more data for trends that were already known, such as that Hispanic and black minority groups are at heightened risk of developing severe COVID-19, as are children with underlying conditions. last_img read more

Arsenal in the running to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare with Manchester United also interested

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Aug 2020 10:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares The midfielder is wanted by a host of clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are reportedly in the running for the signing of midfielder Boubakary Soumare as they continue their raid on Lille’s talented players this summer.After bringing in record signing Nicolas Pepe from the Ligue 1 club last summer, the Gunners are now set to complete a deal for £27 million centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes.Mikel Arteta is also keen on adding some steel to his midfield, a position that has been in need of strengthening for years. Advertisement Arsenal in the running to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare with Manchester United also interested Partey is thought to be Arsenal’s primary target (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey is believed to be the Spaniard’s first choice, but Atletico Madrid remain firm in their stance that they will accept no less than his £45 million release clause to let him go.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFoot Mercato claim that Arsenal are in the race for Soumare this summer after keeping a close eye on the movements of the midfielder.The 21-year-old starred in holding midfield for Lille as they secured a top-four finish and Champions League football for next season.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsNewcastle failed in their attempts to lure him to St James’ Park in January, and a whole host of clubs are now lining up to sign the France youth international.Manchester United also hold an interest in Soumare, but he appears further down their list of options, while AC Milan are also keen.The report states that Lille have opened the door to his departure this summer and it’s now down to interested parties to strike a deal.MORE: Sead Kolasinac keen on Germany return as Schalke hold talks over move to bring back Arsenal left-back on loanMORE: Paul Pogba set to stay at Manchester United, confirms Mino RaiolaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: This house has breathtaking skyline views

first_img64 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.“We were living in Ashmore and we were craving skyline views,” Mrs Delaney said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“We fell in love with the views from the house; it is breathtaking.” The grand residence comes with expansive living spaces, patios and a terrace which overlooks a private beach. The family said last year they renovated the kitchen, ensuite and put in an entertaining deck. 64 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.“At first I was terrified about knocking out the kitchen wall because we had been so used to it and adapted to the style but we had also been looking at it and mulling over ways to expand the outdoor area,” the mother of three said. “We wanted to use that space a lot more effectively but mostly just to have a place to sit by the pool and hang out with family.” 64 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.THE Delaney family were after better views when they began house hunting six years ago. The family of five said when they found 64 Commodore Drive they knew they had found the one. 64 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. 64 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.The renovation took four months with the help of Reece Keil Design and thankfully did not cost her the space in the kitchen. “If anything it helped widen the kitchen because it was previously an enclosed space with walls,” she said. “It’s light and bright and it feels like we are living in a new house.” last_img read more

Harbour ups its bid for Santos

first_imgAustralian LNG player Santos received a new, revised takeover bid by the US-based Harbour Energy upping its offer to a total of US$10.8 billion. The EIG Global Energy Partners-backed investment firm upped its bid for Santos shares to US$5.21 per share.However, the proposal is conditional on Santos undertaking hedging of its oil-linked production in 2018, of around 30 percent and changes to hedging in 2019, Santos said in a statement.In addition, Harbour has indicated the offer price would be increased to a US dollar amount equivalent to A$7.00 per share if Santos agrees to hedge 30 percent of oil-linked production in 2020.The revised offer came soon after the binding, conditional bids of US$4.98 per share Harbour put in on May 17 and another one on May 19, at US$5.12 per share.The revised Harbour proposal is subject to conditions, including completion of final confirmatory due diligence and entry into a scheme implementation deed between Santos and Harbour, which requires the transaction to be recommended by the independent directors of the Santos board and the shareholder approval.The independent directors of Santos will consider the Revised Harbour Proposal and will update shareholders accordingly, Santos said in its statement, adding that there is no certainty the bumped bid would result in an offer that the company’s shareholders would consider.So far, Santos has advised its shareholders not to take any action in relation to the proposal.last_img read more