The War on Police Is Real

The recent shooting of the Texas police officer should not shock anyone. We have seen countless liberals rise up against police since the rise of the Occupy Movement in 2011. The #BlackLivesMatter protests contain the same anger against police. If police respond, they are videotaped, photographed and lambasted on social media and left-wing websites. Last year, following the murder of two NYPD policemen protesters gathered in New York chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

Police throughout the nation say they fear a growing anti-cop sentiment driven by a handful of racially-charged incidents is making their jobs more dangerous on the streets, where the number of officers killed in the line of duty is rising sharply. Now, many protesters, like White House favorite and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, claim they aren’t anti-police, they are pro-justice. While racially tinged incidents are nothing new, the firestorm that erupted with the shooting of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, last August in Ferguson, Missouri, has been followed by a grand jury’s decision not to indict an NYPD cop in the death of Eric Garner, the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of Baltimore police and this week’s decision by police in Madison, Wis., not to charge a police officer in the March 6 shooting death of an unarmed black youth. Former NYPD Commissioner Howard Safir believes there is a “war on police,” and said the flames are being fanned from the nation’s highest office.

“After 20 years of incredible crime reduction accomplished by thousands of dedicated police officers, the public has become complacent now that they are safer,” “They have let the anti-police pundits and talking heads convince everyone from the president to the attorney general that police are racist and brutal.”

Officer deaths in 2014 doubled to 51 from 27 the previous year. One particularly shocking case was the Dec. 20 assassination of two NYPD police officers as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. Their killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who had posted threats online about killing police officers, killed himself on a nearby subway platform as police closed in on him moments later. Many within the law enforcement community say President Obama has been too quick to judge police and not sufficiently appreciative of what they do day in and day out. Vice President Joe Biden during the annual “Top Cops Dinner” last summer acknowledged the tough task of cops. “We expect you to be constitutional scholars. We expect you to have instantaneous reactions to a crisis without making any mistake or without knowing what’s behind that door or what’s in that guy’s pocket,” Biden continued. “When you make a mistake, we come down on you like a ton of bricks. But you still do your job.”

Ferguson police kill suspect on anniversary of Michael Brown death

Ferguson police shot a man on Sunday after he allegedly fired on plainclothes officers in the town marking the one-year anniversary of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown’s fatal shooting. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch condemned the attack on the officers and other violence that occurred during what was supposed to be peaceful weekend commemorations in Ferguson, Missouri. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar reported that the man was in critical condition after being shot in Ferguson, Missouri. Belmar said that while uniformed officers were deployed to monitor businesses following protests and reports of looting, four plainclothes officers were tracking an individual they suspected was armed.

The man opened fire on the officers, who were in an unmarked car, according to Belmar. The gunfire struck the police vehicle several times. The officers returned fire and pursued the man on foot. The suspect — who had a stolen 9mm gun — again opened fire and the officers fired back, Belmar said. Belmar added that the police shooting took place after two separate groups in the vicinity had traded a “remarkable” amount of gunfire — between 40 and 50 shots.

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Roger Stone says Donald Trump is ‘losing grip on reality,’ quits as top advisor

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign staff announced the firing Roger Stone on Saturday. However following the announcement Stone fired back saying he was not fired but resigned over Trump’s behavior during the first Republican debate on last Thursday. Trump announced Stone’s departure in an interview with The Washington Post’s Robert Costa, although he suggested Stone may deny his version of events.

Stone has had a relationship with Donald Trump since the 1980s and served as a political consultant for several Republican presidents including Richard Nixon. Stone told Costa that he decided to leave after weeks of friction with the Donald. He added that he cares about the GOP front-runner as a friend and that he cares about the fate of the nation. He vowed to stay active in the national debate so that the Oval Office does not fall to the Bush or Clinton families again. Trump’s campaign accused Stone of exploiting the campaign for personal gain. “Mr. Trump fired Roger Stone last night,” a spokeperson said in a statement. “We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity. He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again.”

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Debris found at Reunion Island confirmed to be from MH370

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Wednesday that the recently recovered piece of plane wreckage does in fact belong to missing Malaysian Airlines MH370. The airplane fragment is the first definitive physical clue to one of the greatest mysteries in the history of aviation. The fragment — a 6-foot-long, barnacle-encrusted wing flap — was discovered on July 29 by a crew cleaning the beach on Reunion Island, a French territory in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. Investigators previously confirmed it belonged to a Boeing 777 and Flight 370 was the only plane of that model missing in the world.

The confirmation on Wednesday provided the first tangible evidence of what became of the plane after it disappeared from radar on March 8, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. Investigators in France on Wednesday began examining the wing flap to determine if it was part of the missing plane. The flaperon was found on a beach in the town of Saint Andre one week ago. Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, citing French authorities and Boeing, confirmed Sunday that the flaperon was from a Boeing 777.

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Donald Trump fires political adviser over racist Facebook posts

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announced on Sunday that they fired political adviser Sam Nunberg after racially charged Facebook posts dating back to 2007 were uncovered on Friday. Donald Trump and some of his advisers faced a flurry of unflattering, racially charged stories just days before the real-estate mogul was set to take center stage at the first TV debate of the presidential primary cycle. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed on CNN that Nunberg is no longer associated with the Donald J. Trump for president campaign.

Business Insider published a story detailing various items posted on Sam Nunberg’s personal Facebook page since 2007. Among them were messages in which he uses a racial epithet in reference to Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter as well as provocative comments about President Obama. Nunberg spoke to Business Insider saying he could not remember the posts and that he was shocked.

Lewandowski said that he oversees personnel decisions as campaign manager and promised a swift decision once he can verify whether or not Nunberg authored the posts. Nunberg, an associate of political strategist and former Richard Nixon aide Roger Stone, previously advised Trump in 2012, when Trump last considered running for president but ultimately bowed out and endorsed Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

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White House set to retaliate against China for data breach

The White House announced on Saturday that they are planning to retaliate against China for recent data breach of the Office of Personnel Management affecting more than 20 million Americans. The Obama administration is still debating the specific response and is not expected to be decided for weeks to come as officials formulate a plan that won’t provoke a counter attack. This decision is a change for the White House who previously suggested it might not even publicly name China as the suspect in the attacks. The administration had only quietly pointed the finger at China.

The Department of Justice in May of last year indicted five members of the Chinese military for hacking the United States but those charges were commercial not government related hacking. President Obama has faced increase pressure to respond to the attacks, which are the largest digital theft of government information. The administration reportedly explored economic sanctions, similar to those levied on North Korea after the East Asian regime was blamed for the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attempting criminal prosecution opens up a risk of the case could expose American intelligence operations within China – including the placement of thousands of implants in Chinese computer networks to warn of impending attacks.

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Ebola vaccine trials very successful

World Health Organization pleased with vaccine trials

The World Health Organization said Friday that the Ebola vaccine has been 100% effective in trials conducted in Guniea. British medical journal Lanclet published preliminary results and analysis. Norway’s Foreign Minister called the vaccine the “silver bullet” against Ebola. The Ebola outbreak swept through West Africa killing more than 11,000 in Liberia, Guniea and Sierre Leone.

Ebola is one of a number of highly dangerous viruses known as hemorrhagic fevers. There are hopes the new vaccine may be a breakthrough in combating all such diseases. The vaccine, known as VSV-EBOV, was tested beginning in March on more than 4,000 people in Guinea who had come into close contact with the Ebola virus.

World Health Organization’s General Director Margaret Chan spoke to reporters saying this was a collaborated effort in development between scientists, doctors, donors and drug companies. More research is needed, but the results so far on this trial show 100% efficacy. It will take weeks at the least, and possibly a couple of months, for more supply to be made, according to Chan. The trials will now include 13 to 17-year-olds and possibly children from the age of 6, based on new evidence of the vaccine’s safety. The Guinea trial is being implemented by the Guinean authorities, the WHO, MSF and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, with support from a range of international and national organizations.

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Former Gov. Jim Gilmore announces his bid for the White House

Former Army officer Jim Gilmore announces his 2016 bid

Former Army intelligence officer Jim Gilmore announced on Thursday that he is running for President of the White House. He now becomes the 17th Republican presidential candidate. He made the announcement in an online video. Jim Gilmore previously served as Governor of Virginia. Gilmore filed the official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

Gilmore was briefly a presidential candidate during the 2008 presidential campaign but dropped out in July of 2007, citing a lack of fundraising. A June 2007 NBC/WSJ poll saw him garnering the support of just one percent of Republican primary voters. Mr. Gilmore enters the race too late to compete for a spot in the Republican Party’s first presidential debate Jim Gilmore was governor from 1998 to 2002. He ran unsuccessfully in Virginia for an open Senate seat in 2007. He previously served as chairperson of the Republican National Committee. Gilmore hinted last month that he planned to launch a long-shot bid for the White House. He spoke to The Richmond Times-Dispatch saying that the existing candidates did not understand how to handle the international threats facing the United States and that he saw an opening. Gilmore explained why he’s running for President in an article posted at Breitbart.

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Airplane wreckage found possibly linked to missing Malaysian airlines flight

International investigators launched an air, land, and sea search near an island in the Indian Ocean on Thursday after discovering airplane debris that has become a “major lead” in the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Malaysia’s deputy transport minister on Thursday said it is “almost certain” that aircraft debris found off the coast of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion came from a Boeing 777 aircraft.

Boeing investigators examined photos of the fragment and believe it is from one of their 777s. It’s believed to be a piece of a flap from one of the wing sections. There is only one aircraft missing in the world right now – MH370. Local media also reported Thursday that the remains of a suitcase had also been found in the same area where the debris was recovered. Officials did not immediately comment on the reports. The debris will be shipped by French authorities to Toulouse for examination, he said in a statement. A Malaysian team is en route to the southern French city, while a second team is traveling to Reunion, he said. Reunion is a French territory. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on Thursday described the discovery as a “major lead” in the search for the Boeing 777-200ER.

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Boy Scouts of America approves of gay scout leaders

In a historic change, the Boy Scouts of America lifted its national ban on gay adult leaders, leading to debate within the organization. Monday’s vote shifts the possibility of discrimination onto the local scout groups and those supported by religious organizations. Local scout groups retain the right to set their own policies on whether to allow gay men to lead scouts.

The vote by the BSOA’s 71-member board came after a plea in May by Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates, a former defense secretary under the Obama Administration. The Scouts’ 17-member executive committee earlier this month unanimously approved a resolution to end a blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. With Monday’s vote, the change becomes official policy, effective immediately. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, which sponsors more Scout units that any other organization, said in a statement that it was “deeply troubled” by the decision. The historic decision protects the Boy Scouts organization from lawsuits. The BSOA’s executive committee approved early July a resolution to end a blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let local chapters set their own policy on the long-controversial issue.

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