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From our friend…I believe this is one of his best…
If anyone has watched CNN or MSNBC over the past few days, they would have noticed a decided story line in almost every single broadcast..It is “all in” against Donald Trump…Watch at night and almost the only subject that is up for grabs is..exposing what “Trump missed”, “showing how Trump and his administration” have “seriously lied” to the American Public about the Coronavirus”..”Trump is a Racist” .And when they get a guest who does NOT support their approach to the news (some word!), they go after the guest and simply badger the hell out them…
They spend precious little time telling you how to cope with the VIRUS..it seems that it is far more important to “take down the President”…And this morning it occurred to me exactly why this phenomenon is happening…The Media actually HATE Trump more than the Democrats, if that is possible!..Trump has made the media completely irrelevant ….
60/70 million on Twitter follow Donald everyday and non-stop Press Conferences have also allowed Trump to completely control the narrative..BUT..here is the key..The “usual suspects”…Nancy..Chuckie…et all are gone..not to be found..SILENCE…they are not being interviewed and they are not holding daily press briefings saying that Trump is incompetent..So the only guys left standing are the media..Yep…there are simply too many Democrats..important Democrats, who have come out and literally praised the work of the President and his staff..So much so that yesterday, 2 sources that are rarely if ever on his side..Politico and Axios, came out and said..”READY!”…Trump’s approval ratings, in specific reference to his handling of the Virus, is at 55%…
Yes sir..The American public..and such important Democrats as the Gov of Ca, the Governor of NY..the Governor of Maryland…have all said the very same thing..”Trump and his administration have given us everything we have asked for”….And the poor MEDIA is simply apoplectic because they see their last chance to take Donald down simply slipping away..But if you really want to get depressed..think about this…Governor Cuomo of NY had it right yesterday…
“WE ARE ALL AMERICANS..NOT DEMOCRATS or REPUBLICANS, AMERICANS in this WAR AGAINST THE VIRUS”…It is a damn shame the media doesn’t see it that way…But they have exposed their true colors…Last evening I was speaking to a very close friend..a liberal, NYC Democrat who struggles to find a nice word for Trump  under most circumstances..He said he watched yesterday’s Press Briefing and his comment was..
“I think Trump did a good job”…Well, he is obviously not alone…55% of America thinks exactly the same way..Seems as though most Americans think the same..only the media is still governed by their hatred of Trump and they really don’t care how the country feels or what the country’s needs…If anyone wants to know why approximately 80% of the country does not trust the media...Well…you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out…Just listen to them lie ..every day..and they still don’t get it…

This writer has been in the news business for over 40 years, has written several books ,his writing style may be a bit different, but one thing for sure,He get’s the point across.

HUGE! Results from Breaking Chloroquine Study Show 100% Cure Rate for Patients Infected with the Coronavirus


On Monday Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced that the first trial vaccine for the coronavirus is now being tested. The trial taking place in Seattle, which has been a hotbed for COVID-19. The test includes 45 people age 18-55 and they are receiving two injections, one at zero days, one at 28 days. The individuals will then be followed for one year. The trial results is still months away.

Dr. Rigano said their study found that those COVID-19 patients who took hydroxy-chloroquine were found free of the disease in 6 days. The patients were testing negative for the coronavirus in six days!

Dr. Rigano also said taking chloroquine could act as a preventative.

This is a remarkable study

Via The Ingraham Angle:

3/18/2020 – 7:00 PM COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS


This is the latest report at FDH & CDC,when new report comes
out I will update.
Current Situation in Florida
Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Florida
Positive Non-Florida Residents (tested/isolated in Florida)
Total Cases
Florida Deaths
FLorida Counties With Highest Numbers
Broward Cases: 80
Men: 46   Women: 34  
Age Range: 19-93
Miami-Dade Cases: 77
Men: 46   Women: 30  
Age Range: 18-88
Collier Cases: 13
Men: 8   Women: 5  
Age Range: 28-82
Duval Cases: 14
Men: 12   Women: 2  
Age Range: 22-91
Hillsborough Cases: 14
Men: 8   Women: 6  
Age Range: 17-74
Lee Cases: 11
Men: 8   Women: 3  
Age Range: 57-80
Orange Cases: 11 (Orlando)
Men: 5   Women: 5  
Age Range: 28-79
Osceola Cases: 8 (Doubled in one day)
Men: 6   Women: 2  
Age Range: 18-65
Palm Beach Cases: 21
Men: 16   Women: 5  
Age Range: Jun-76
Pinellas Cases: 12
Men: 7   Women: 5  
Age Range: 21-67
Florida Testing
Total Tests
Results Pending
Number Cases U.S.
9,249 Rising rapidly – (Almost 4,000 in one day_
Global Cases
217,977 (22,085 in one day)
USA Deaths
Global Deaths
USA Recovered
World Recovered
People who are at higher risk from severe illness
Some people may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious underlying medical conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
People with asthma may be at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. 
COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs), cause an asthma attack, and possibly lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease.
Positive Test: A positive test is when a sample sent to the state health lab comes back positive for COVID-19.
Negative Test Result: A negative test result is when a sample sent to the state health lab comes back negative for COVID-19.
Pending Test Result: A pending test result is when a sample sent to the state health lab has not been declared positive or negative at the time.
People Under Public Health Monitoring: The number of people under public health monitoring includes those at risk of having been exposed to COVID-19 who are monitoring their health under the supervision of public health officials.
1) As of 5:00PM March 17th, all bars in Florida will be closed for 30 days
2) Executive Order 20-52 allows out-of-state medical professionals to practice in Florida for the duration of the order and permits pharmacists t
3) Restaurants are being ordered to screen employees before shifts, stagger seating by 6-feet to keep customers away from each other and operate at 50% capacity. 
4) The state is also calling for no groups larger than 10 people at beaches.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an order to close all the bars, restaurants, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, movie theaters, concert halls, gyms, bowling alleys and other similar businesses in the county by 11 p.m. Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day. Kitchens at the restaurants can remain open, but only for takeout and delivery.
Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
  • Stay home and call your doctor.
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Know when to get emergency help.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.
At this time Highlands County, Polk, DeSoto, Hardee, Glades, & Okeechobee Counties are clear of COVID-19. We now have only 5 counties clear on our borders, Osceola (8 cases) & Charlotte (1 case) also touch Highlands county borders. Things are changing rapidly, COVID-19 is on the move.
If you think for one minute the precautions that HTA is taking are wrong, you will surely think twice when we start to see numbers in Highlands County, Consider this; those cases will be concentrated in Sebring, Avon Park, and Lake Placid.
Restaurant Closures for COVID-19 (if you know of a restaurant closing please contact me at jenkan04@gmail.com)
Fairmont Cafe
Denny’s – Flowing all State mandates

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Mar. 17, 2020 Joedene Thayer –   candidate for County Comm. District #2
Mar. 24, 2020 Eric Gloub (known as Eric Silver on Facebook &amp;  radio) (TYGRR EXPRESS) Using
Humor to defeat the Left.
Mar. 31, 2020 Ned Hancock –  Candidate for FL Rep District 55 (Currently Cary Pigman)
April 14, 2020Raymond McIntyre Re-election to Property Appraiser&#39;s office.
April 28, 2020Eric Zwayer – Update on the TaxPayers office
May 05, 2020 – Dr. Mordechai Kedar Discussion on the Middle East and Arab/Muslim issue
May 12, 2020 – Penny Ogg – Update from Supervisors of elections, Candidate for Re-Election
May 28, 2020 – Shird Smith MooreCandidate County Commission District 2
Vice Chair Bob Gilmore Talking Points
Chairman John NelsonTalking Points
Tina Altic AFP Regional Representative

Hope this week finds everyone in good health.
Please let myself or Bob know if you or any member is going in for
surgery, or have other issues we should put in our prayers.
Jan. 24, 2020 John LarsenFreedom of Speech cannot be stopped – reference to people stealing Heartland Herald papers
from stand.
Feb. 02, 2020John Nelson Meeting not about Gun Control -Reference to the commissione 2nd Amendment Resolution
Feb. 04, 2020 – John Nelson – Where is the Hate – response to a lady who stated the Heartland Herald was a paper “spewing
Feb. 08, 2020 – Georgia Lee EshelmanU.S Resident are Fortunate – a Comparison to other countries.
Feb. 18, 2020 – John Nelson – Impeachment trial not like a civilian trial

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Senate Begins Issuing Subpoenas in Burisma-Biden Investigation

If approved, Johnson’s move would mark the first
subpoena Senate Republicans have issued in their
probe into Biden and Burisma.
Hunter and Joe Biden

With the impeachment probe behind them, the Senate can now focus on what was actually the issue at the heart of the Ukraine matter: the Bidens. Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) “is preparing to issue the panel’s first subpoena as part of an investigation into Burisma Holdings” he wrote in a letter to Senator Gary Peters (D-MI). Burisma Holdings is the Ukrainian energy company which presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has been linked to.
Senator Johnson plans to subpoena Andrii Telizhenko, a former consultant for the company Blue Star Strategies which Burisma hired to combat the corruption allegations against them. Senator Johnson said although Telizhenko has provided some documents, the subpoena is necessary to get the documents that are protected by a non-disclosure agreement.

As for Hunter Biden, who undoubtedly was able to leverage his father’s vice presidency to get a high-paying job with Burisma, is believed to be the link between Burisma and Blue Star Strategies. According to the Daily Caller, “Biden served on the board of the Truman National Security Project, a liberal national security think tank, with Sally Painter, one of Blue Star’s co-founders.”

Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department

Senator Johnson’s letter addresses the importance of the linked companies: “As part of the Committee’s ongoing investigation, it has received U.S. government records indicating that Blue Star sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s role as a board member of Burisma to gain access to, and potentially influence matters at, the State Department.”
In 2016, Painter and her Blue Star co-founder “reached out to top State Department officials” and “set up meetings to discuss Ukraine and Burisma” according to State Department records. The web of Biden buddies was quite tangled. “In an email on June 27, 2016, Painter indicated that she spoke with Tony Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state, at a Truman National Security Project event about ‘troubling events’ in Ukraine” reported the Daily Caller.

READ: Schiff Admits Burisma Biden Deal “At a Minimum” Looks Bad

Painter then requested a follow-up meeting with Blinken. Blinken is the current foreign policy adviser for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Sally Painter’s Blue Star co-founder, Karen Tramontano, was not only deputy chief of staff in the Clinton White House but “also contacted State Department officials seeking a meeting regarding Burisma on Feb. 24, 2016.”

While Blue Star gave some documentation to the Senate, Senator Johnson’s letter said, “The Committee notified Blue Star that we consider their response to be incomplete, but they responded that they will not be producing any more documents.”

PART 1-3 Democrats, Progressives and Socialists Exposing the danger. Mon Mar 2, 2020

Democratic Ideals as a Religion

Why leftists believe they can do no wrong.

Bruce Hendry 77

David Horowitz’s Editorial Note: Starting today we are publishing in serial form an essay by Bruce Hendry on the existential crisis our nation is facing. The crisis has been caused by a dramatic shift to the left by one of our two main political parties. Tragically, the leaders of the Democrat Party seem to have learned nothing from the social catastrophes created by socialist illusions in the past century.

By declaring himself a socialist – although “communist” would more accurately reflect his lifelong commitments – presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has done our country an enormous favor. When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in 1989, it ended a 72-year international civil war that liberated over a billion people from the chains of a totalitarian system. Yet there was a deafening and costly silence on the part of the victors over this historic result.
While millions in the former Soviet bloc gathered to praise President Reagan and America as the heroes of their liberation, western leaders were curiously mute. By the time the Wall fell, Reagan was no longer president. Under his successor, George H. W. Bush, there were no victory laps taken. No major events to celebrate the victory of the Free World or to drive home the lessons learned from this past – the bankrupting of whole continents, the engineering of famines in the Soviet Union, which had previously been the “bread basket of Europe,” the murder of more than 100 million people in peacetime for standing in the way of the socialist planners.
American leaders were too polite to emphasize these grim lessons of the socialist experiment. They did not want to embarrass our defeated enemies. This self-imposed silence allowed the progressive left to revive itself, and mount an attack on America again.
Bernie’s crusade has changed all this. By advancing an unreconstructed communist agenda to demonize the successful and creative members of our society, steal the fruits of their labor, and transfer all power to a central government – the Sanders candidacy has forced the nation to open the debate that weak-minded politicians had postponed for thirty years. With the Trump presidency and the revival of American patriotism, we are now witnessing a cornucopia of analyses and recovered histories of the most repressive and bloody regimes on human record, that credulous “revolutionaries” like Bernie Sanders produced.
Bruce Hendry’s analysis, which begins below, is we think an exceptionally valuable contribution to this vital discussion. Bruce is not a politician. He is a retired businessman who began from humble origins to become a highly successful investor and captain of industry. He embodies the American dream having earned his way to becoming the president and chairman of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and Kaiser Steel. In other words he is one of the leaders of the economic revolution that has made America the envy of the world, and also the target of resentful and spiteful leftists who want to destroy it.
Bruce brings a unique perspective to this long overdue confrontation between America’s patriotic lovers of freedom and the reactionaries who want in Barack Obama’s words to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a totalitarian state. Bruce’s perspective is relentlessly focused on the bottom line: the real world disastrous effects of the left’s seductive pie-in-the-sky promises.
Since intimidation through language control, under the guise of political correctness, is the left’s principal weapon in these battles, the blunt attitude Bruce brings to the discussion, very much like the president’s, is a valuable lesson in how to fight this war in which we are engaged, and fight it to win.

1. Introduction

I can’t play the piano, even though I have tried. I’m a failure at drawing. I can’t even draw a respectable stick person. My mind just doesn’t work that way.  I am, however, good at something that most people are not good at, and that is drawing information from many, sometimes unrelated sources to come up with a “big picture” understanding of a subject.  This has served me well and is largely responsible for a successful career. Much of what you are about to read comes from this special ability.
In this essay, I will show you that the United States and its Constitution is unique and special, and how Democrats threaten the very freedoms that are provided there, and how they are systematically trying to take away individual liberty and transferring that power to the government.
I will show you that the concerns that Democrats have for their special interest groups, like women, immigrants, Muslims, and gays are merely diversions—shiny objects meant to distract your attention from what is actually happening. I call this the “little picture” as it focuses the attention on the task, or subject at hand. In this essay, we will focus on the “Big Picture,”  which means that we’ll discover what is actually going on, away from the attention of the “little picture” group and where we are headed, as a nation.
I divide the Democratic universe into three main groups, and will show you how the Democratic  group that seeks power uses the other two Democratic groups without their knowledge of being used.
We will see that the ideology of the Democrats is more like a religion than a political party and how “human nature”, jealousy, anger and group-think psychology plays into their agenda.
We will discuss how Democrats use the “Big Lie”, personal attacks on their opponents and censorship [also know as “Politically Correct Speech], to silence their opponents and keep facts, logic and common sense from entering the discussion.
The Democrats are experts at using the legal system to achieve their goals, including a detailed look at how they use voter fraud in order to win close elections.
You will learn how Democrats use taxpayers’ funds as a huge source of income that is not available to Conservatives.
We will solve the mystery of why Democrats want to abolish ICE, the agency that catches immigrant criminals; have open borders;  and provide sanctuary cities for criminal immigrants.
You will learn how Democratic policies keep people poor and how Democrats have been a disaster for African Americans.
Lastly, we will explore the history of socialism and its connection to modern day Democrats and the dire consequences for all of us for ignoring basic economic principles.
In the ideal political system, the people who qualify by hard work and intelligence would rule, but in the real world, the powerful rule. This essay is an attempt to show you how Democrats want power and how they trample over the special freedoms that we have in America in order to get it.
All is not lost in our efforts to retain the freedoms that America has to offer and this will be an opportunity for you to understand how the Democrats lost both houses of Congress, 2/3’s of the state governorships,  and a thousand seats in the state legislatures during the Obama years.  What you are about to read will help you to understand Obama’s parting gift to the country – Donald Trump. Interesting that Democrats never discuss how we could elect such a disruptive personality as Donald Trump. Instead, they knit protest pink pussy hats, then march in big demonstrations, “resist,” and verbally attack those that disagree with them.
In America, voters can change any law that they don’t like. In some countries that is not possible and then the population will need to “resist” in order to change things. The Democrats are now “resisting” as if in an authoritarian regime. They are like children that didn’t get their way.
They verbally attack anyone connected with Trump on airplanes, in the theatre, at their homes, in restaurants and even shoot baseball players if they are Republicans. I thought that these appalling behaviors would reduce their appeal to voters, but in the 2018 elections they actually re-took the  U.S.House of Representatives.
I apologize in advance for being so brutally honest in this essay, but I couldn’t attack politically correct speech and then self censor myself as others do. You may disagree or even be angry with some of the conclusions, but I urge you to complete the essay—even read it twice to get the full meaning of what  is presented here. My goal in this essay is to get you, whether a liberal or a conservative, to look at the political debate through a different lens, rather than through the “accepted community standard,” which is presented by the media and does not allow for scrutiny, alternate views, and skeptical discussion.
Readers looking for things to criticize will take many of my examples and say that the views and conclusions are too simple and that the subject is much more complicated than what is presented here. I reject that criticism as the whole point of this exercise is to cut through fog of complications to get to the simple underlying truth of the subject we are discussing. I have found that people who truly understand a complicated subject can explain it in a simple way. That is my goal in this essay. It’s the difference between “little picture, shiny object distractions” and a “Big Picture” understanding of a subject.
All of the facts that you read about in this essay are true and if you doubt any of them, I invite you, actually encourage you to fact check them.
The recurring theme that you will see in this essay is philosophical battle between individual liberty, the kind of liberty that America has, and the attempt, by Democrats, to shift the power from the citizen to the government. Of course the Democrats hope to be in control of that government and thus have the power. It’s all about power, and that has remained the same throughout recorded history. This essay is about the battle between individual freedom and power. Let’s get started….

2. America is About

America has been about everyone being subject to the same laws, with no exceptions for being rich or poor. Everyone, from the beggar to the President is treated with blind justice for their misdeeds and everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  America is about freedom of speech, not censorship as in “politically correct speech”. America is about the fair impartial administration of the law to all citizens. Adherence to “The Rule of Law” is what separates America with almost every other way to organize a society.These ideals of freedom are routinely attacked by the left.
America is about individual liberty where the citizen has the freedom to pursue any course of action that she wants as long as it does not harm someone else.  America was not founded on taking care of the less fortunate, it was founded upon giving the less fortunate a unique set of personal freedoms that allowed them to pursue their own dreams.  It protected the less fortunate, and everybody else, from the abuses of an all powerful government that Democrats want to create. It was founded upon the idea that free enterprise and not socialism is the better economic system.
The success of that “business plan” created unimaginable wealth and opportunity for our citizens.  Other countries have tried to emulate the United States, but none has succeeded as they all fall prey to the socialist idea that the role of government is to create equal outcomes and reject the American ideal that the role of government is to create equal opportunity. Because of this success, the whole world wants to come to America. That success, however,  creates an immigration problem for the United States as millions, actually billions of poor people would rather live in the United States than in their own country.
Taxes are one way to shift that power, taking money from those who earn it and then giving the government the authority to distribute it to their favored groups or individuals. Regulation is another way to take liberty from individuals and then give the authority to allow or disallow actions to government bureaucrats. Obviously, some licensing is necessary, but over zealous licensing is another way to take away your freedom and preserve the economic interests of those who benefit from the licensing.
Authoritarian governments, from the Communists to the Nazi’s, often disarmed their population as a way to take power away from their citizens and transfer it to the government. Democrats want to take guns away from Americans for the same reason – transferring power from the citizen to the government. Interesting to note that the average Democrat doesn’t understand this and thinks that guns, not governments, are the problem.

3. Democrats are Three Separate Groups

I will use the words “Democrats,” “Progressives,” the “Left,” “Democratic Socialist,”and “Socialist” interchangeably because they all spring from the same flawed intellectual foundation of using the power of the government to force equal outcomes rather than equal treatment and opportunity.
These are the three groups of people in the Democratic / Progressive universe:
Group One: the Progressives in your family or community that you personally know, are people with a big heart and a genuine concern for the less fortunate.
Group Two: is comprised mostly of politicians that take advantage and use the nice but clueless people in Group One whose interest is to gain and keep their power. These are the elite, they think that they are smarter than the rest of us.
Group Three: is the group that sells their vote to Democrats in return for government benefits.
This essay is a study in “human nature.” Over the centuries human nature has remained unchanged. We can look back to the first democracy in Athens 2,500 years ago and we find that our Group Two, the politicians, went to the Agora, the Greek meeting place, to energize Group One, the nice but clueless group to get the votes they needed to get and keep their power. They called Group One their “Idiocy” – their useful idiots.
How do the Group Two politicians use their kind-hearted but naive members of Group One? They come up with emotional issues that divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of power. Some of the “shiny objects” that today are used to divert the attention of Group One are Donald Trump; Russia- Russia-Russia; Stormy-Stormy- Stormy; the rich don’t pay their fair share; white people are racist; women are compensated less than men; Brett Kavanaugh; immigrant children being held by ICE in cages; [it’s actually the U.S. Border Control that separates the children, but no matter about the facts, the emotion is there and that’s the whole point of Group two diverting the attention of Group One].
Plato had a vision of compassion and fairness for Athenian citizens 2,500 years ago which he called the rule of a “philosopher king”. The philosopher king would have absolute power, but he would use that power for the benefit of his subjects and not for personal gain. Unfortunately, this vision is not achievable in the real world, and even Plato, in his own lifetime learned that the wonderful world envisioned by a fair, competent and compassionate king doesn’t exist. It’s an imaginary world that’s not informed or modified by the realities of human nature or by the lessons of history.
In sum: the politicians Group Two use the good hearted caring people of Group One to get elected, and then once in power, use money collected from taxpayers to provide benefits to Group Three in exchange for their votes and financial support. This is a simple and effective plan that Democrats have used for decades to get and keep power.
In the end, progressive politics is not about poor people, or illegal immigration, or racism, as these issues are merely shiny objects that Democrats use to energize their base and to distract them from what is actually happening which is their quest for power at the expense of the unique set of personal freedoms that made America the envy of the world.
Democrats use public money, in the form of welfare dollars, to buy votes but at the same time create dependencies of the recipients that keep them poor. I don’t for a minute think that most well meaning Democrats actually plan to keep people poor in order to create a class of voters that will continue to vote for them, but that’s how it works out.  Poor people primarily vote Democrat, and if all voters suddenly became wealthy, the Democrats would be in trouble. Keeping people poor is actually good for our Group Two Democratic politicians.
In the history of the world, socialism has never worked, but nevertheless, it keeps being tried, under different names, over the centuries. I believe that it represents a deep human nature yearning for safety and fairness.
A child wants safety and fairness while growing up and gives up her personal freedoms to her parents in exchange for these things. The parents have expectations and rules and although some of these expectations and rules seem unfair, the child understands that the parents are wiser, stronger and are making rules in the best interest of the child. Democrats, Progressives, the Left, and Socialists offer the same ideological comfort.
To get to that imaginary world of compassion and fairness, the citizens, like the child growing up in her parents’ household, need to give up some of their personal freedoms. You need to give the power to the government to force those who don’t agree with it to comply. The government, so empowered by leveling taxes and by government regulation can force the equality that is desired by the Left. The problem is that there has never been a consistently smart compassionate government that will be equally fair to all of its citizens for all time. That’s an imaginary world that doesn’t exist because in the real world people in power take care of themselves, and their family first and next in line are their friends and their financial supporters. That’s the real world – that’s human nature. Look at both the Clintons and Obama entering politics as paupers and leaving wealthy.
The overwhelming focus of Democrats on race and gender issues has baffled me for years. Also I was mystified by the conformity of thought among Democrats.  Every progressive Democrat that I know has identical opinions on all of the major issues like abortion; gay marriage; public service unions; immigration; racial issues; gun control; gender equity; Donald Trump; the wall; global warming; Fox news; Rush Limbaugh: Islam and so forth. I call this mysterious uniformity “group-think”. David Horowitz, the well known conservative writer, explained to me that the uniformity of opinion and the focuses of the Democrats is actually a form of secular religion.

Part 4 to follow



The Sheriff as outlined in Article VIII, Section 1 (D) of the State Constitution is responsible for law enforcement and the protection of life and property in Highlands County, the welfare and safekeeping of the law offenders incarcerated in the Highlands County Jail, and for security and order in the Circuit and County Courts

Was yesterday’s Brazile meltdown really all about gloating? Gloating, not CNN or MSNBC style, but new Fox News style?

“Simple Catholic girl” Donna Brazile Orders RNC chair Ronna McDaniel To Go To Hell

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Simple Catholic girl Donna Brazile Orders RNC chair Ronna McDaniel To Go To HellTheir successive anti-Trump polls having failed in the credibility department, Fox News is now trying to outfox President Donald Trump with on-air temper tantrums from Democrat bully Donna Brazile.

Good luck with that one!

Brazile, twice former interim DNC chair and still its on-air heavy honcho, went into meltdown mode yesterday—all because Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s out there telling the truth about a possible brokered convention in Milwaukee at the Democrat convention.

Self-avowed “simple Catholic girl” Brazile told McDaniel straight up to “Go to hell” on Fox News:

“Go to hell, Ronna! Go to hell! First of all, I want to talk to my Republicans. Stay the hell out of our race! Go to hell.”

Fox News, the biggest cable network out there, ignored the uncalled for rant, but more significantly, so did a sizeable portion of their disappointed viewership.

Are desperado Dems trying for a second time to rig the election outcome against Socialist/Communist Bernie Sanders who’s running neck-and-neck with ‘Gaffe-Pro Joe’?

Rush Limbaugh: …“Because, you see, Donna Brazile’s a Hillary acolyte, and they did rig things against Crazy Bernie in 2016. Everybody knows it, and they used the superdelegates to do it — and they’re trying it again this year, and that’s what Ronna McDaniel is pointing out.”

“By the way, it’s not just Ronna McDaniel that’s talking about a possible brokered convention in Milwaukee at the Democrat convention. The Democrats are talking about it! Democrat strategists, analysts — I mean, they pick these people off the street and put ’em on TV as strategists and analysts — and they’re predicting a brokered convention in Milwaukee. Ronna McDaniel, she’s just repeating what she’s hearing Democrats say.

“You know… You know the bottom falls out when Donna Brazile accuses Ronna McDaniel of using Russian talking points.”

“Russian talking points. Now, this is why a bunch of us wonder… You know, we want to tune into Fox. Why do we have to sit there and listen to Donna Brazile? This is exactly why. We know that she is a devious, deceitful political operative. She’s not an analyst or strategist in that sense. You know, her reaction that you just heard here is classic of liberal Democrats.

“You can’t criticize ‘em. You criticize ‘em and all hell’s gonna’  break loose.”

You can’t criticize them, el Rushbo, you can’t even question them!

“Cue up the sound of doleful violins: Poor former DNC chairwoman and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said that she gets in “trouble” with people on the Left when she refuses to call President Trump a racist.(Canada Free Press, Sept. 18, 2019)

“Poor Donna Brazile, who gets to use Number One Cable News network, Fox News as her ongoing soap box.

“Seems that everyone but Fox knew where Brazile was coming from when at CNN she passed debate questions to Crooked Hillary Clinton back in 2016.

“Countless people were stunned that the former DNC chairwoman would get away with that, but Fox hired her as a “contributor” anyway.

“On Fox Nation’s “Reality Check with David Webb,” former DNC chairwoman and Fox News contributor Donna Brazile said that she gets in “trouble” with people on the Left when she refuses to call President Trump a racist. (Fox News, Sept. 17, 2019)

“Host David Webb pushed Brazile to explain why so many others in her party frequently accuse the President of bigotry, especially those running for President in 2020.”

“Some of your Democratic colleagues on the stage call President Trump a racist.  Do you think Donald Trump is a racist?” asked Webb.”

“This is what Webb’s so-called “push” netted:

“I don’t know Donald Trump.  I don’t know his heart, but here’s what I tell people. As a woman of color, I get asked this question more than I’ve ever been asked before.  I don’t know Donald Trump.  I know his policies,” replied Brazile. (Fox News)

“I want President Trump to be the President of all Americans and not just his base, and not just Republicans, he’s my President,” continued Brazile, adding that she does take issues with some of the things that the President has said.

“Specifically, Brazile disliked the President’s tweet to members of the so-called Squad to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places where they came from.”

“A perfect opening for Webb to counter: ‘Shouldn’t you and your party, particularly its presidential hopefuls be concerned for all women and not just ‘women of color’?

“Webb conceded, “You don’t know him—that’s a fair answer,” but Webb asked Brazile to explain why so many of her Democratic colleagues do not feel constrained in the same way. (Fox News)

“A fair answer?
“More like an unanswered question.
“Then Brazile made a stunning admission, saying “Do you know that I get in trouble when I don’t say that [the President is racist]. People on the Left [say] ‘You know that he’s a racist’.  I don’t know what’s in his heart, but I’ll tell you what I disagree with Donald Trump on—I disagree with his tone, his tenor because we are all Americans.  We are all fighting for the same thing. And I know that the President wants everybody’s respect, but to get respect you also have to give respect.” (Fox News)
“Should he get some respect too then from many of the Left…He’s been under assault for two years from a number of people…If you’re under assault constantly you get defensive,” Webb asked.
“You get what you give.  I don’t need to preach because I am a simple Catholic girl, and I believe in grace and forgiveness. I just want this President to be as good as this country,” answered Brazile.
“A simple Catholic girl?”
“How about a “simple Catholic girl” who tried to cheat Hillary Clinton’s way into winning a presidential debate with answers to questions she’d be asked during the 2016 presidential election race, and one whose career would be forged ahead, courtesy of Fox News?”
Here’s how Brazile responded to former Vice President Joe Biden’s surprising Super Tuesday victory in Massachusetts late Tuesday, saying it was the climax to “the most impressive 72 hours I’ve ever seen in U.S. politics.” (Fox NewsMarch 3, 2020)

“This race is not over,” Brazile said. “It’s still fluid, but clearly we now have two top delegate trackers that we need to take a look at.”

“Yeah, Donna Brazile doesn’t cheat. She was only, what, in 2016? Caught giving Hillary Clinton debate questions! She was caught giving Hillary Clinton questions prepared for a town hall meeting on CNN, whatever it was. Yeah, Donna Brazile. But she doesn’t cheat. “Oh, yeah! You Republicans, you need to shut up! You need to shut up about the way we Democrats do things. You’re not allowed to talk about the way we Democrats do things. Screw you!” (Rush Limbaugh)

Was yesterday’s Brazile meltdown really all about gloating?  Gloating, not CNN or MSNBC style, but new Fox News style?
Fox News, which has been coming on as chief crank pollster of the 2020 election campaign, should consider this poll as their very next one: ‘Should Democrat propagandist Donna Brazile be dismissed as a Fox ‘contributor’?’
Give us that one, Fox News!

Michael Bloomberg Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Endorses Joe Biden

The billionaire and former New York City
mayor spent money at a historic,
mind-boggling clip — and won over very
few voters.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race and endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Three months ago, I entered the race for President to defeat Donald Trump,” Bloomberg said in a statement Wednesday. “Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump ― because it is clear to me that staying in would make achieving that goal more difficult.”
Bloomberg noted that his poor showing on Super Tuesday made the delegate math “virtually impossible,” acknowledging “a viable path to the nomination no longer exists.” Bloomberg only won the American Samoa Democratic caucus on Tuesday, failing to win any other primaries.
Bloomberg said Biden has the “best shot” to defeat Trump.
“I’ve known Joe for a very long time. I know his decency, his honesty, and his commitment to the issues that are so important to our country ― including gun safety, health care, climate change, and good jobs,” Bloomberg’s statement said. “I’ve had the chance to work with Joe on those issues over the years, and Joe has fought for working people his whole life. Today I am glad to endorse him ― and I will work to make him the next President of the United States.”
The billionaire businessman’s campaign made it into the top tier of a crowded field of Democratic candidates after he was late to enter the race in November.
Bloomberg, 77, was the richest person ever to run for the presidency, with a net worth estimated at $54 billion. Fellow billionaire Tom Steyer from California, who dropped out of the race in late February, has a net worth estimated at $1.6 billion, a fraction of Bloomberg’s.
At the start of Bloomberg’s campaign, as the candidate spent over $40 million on advertising, he drew swift criticism from fellow contenders who accused him of trying to “buy” the nomination. By the end of January, the billionaire had spent more than $400 million of his own funds on his campaign — blowing past previous records for the most spent by any primary candidate.
Two top contenders for the Democratic nomination have made billionaires a target of their campaigns: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has long railed against the “billionaire class,” and a major proposal from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a wealth tax on the ultrarich. Meanwhile, Bloomberg frequently reminded voters of his immense wealth during his campaigning.
Bloomberg had vowed in late February to stay in the race for the Democratic nomination “right to the bitter end.”
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who was a late entrant in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, spe
Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who was a late entrant in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, speaks to reporters on Nov. 26 in Phoenix.
Bloomberg focused his campaign on defeating Trump, a common message among Democratic hopefuls, and touted his background as a businessman, former big-city mayor and philanthropist. Bloomberg has been an outspoken critic of Trump. Earlier this year, he called the president a “dangerous” man “who is recklessly running this country.”
As a candidate, Bloomberg came under fire from fellow candidates and others for his record on race issues, particularly his support for New York law enforcement’s “stop-and-frisk” initiative, which disproportionately targeted people of color. As mayor, Bloomberg was credited with eliminating New York City’s budget deficit and lowering the city’s crime rate, but he has also long been criticized by activists and local Black leaders for the policy’s harm to Black and Latinx residents.
In November, Bloomberg, a then-soon-to-be presidential candidate, told a crowd at a Black church: “I was wrong and I am sorry,” reversing his yearslong support of the policing strategy. Then in February, he claimed that he had “inherited” stop-and-frisk — even though police stops increased sevenfold during his time as mayor.
Fellow Democratic contenders, particularly Warren, came after Bloomberg for his alleged history of sexism and misogyny at his eponymous media company. At a February debate, Warren repeatedly demanded that Bloomberg release women from his company’s nondisclosure agreements, which are meant to silence women who have made sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims.
Bloomberg was a Republican when he was elected mayor of New York in 2001, but he re-registered as a Democrat in October 2018. The businessman served three terms as mayor from 2002 to 2013, the third term as an independent.
As a philanthropist, Bloomberg spent billions of dollars on issues like immigration and gun control, and in 2018 he donated millions to support Democrats in the midterm elections. After he entered the presidential race, he received criticism for his previous donations to Republican candidates who supported immigration and gun law reforms.
Paige Lavender contributed reporting.



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On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The poem, originally titled “The Defence of Fort McHenry,” was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the “Star-Spangled Banner”: “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779, at Terra Rubra, his family’s estate in Frederick County (now Carroll County), Maryland. He became a successful lawyer in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and was later appointed U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.
After one of Key’s friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren’t allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away. After a day, the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed.
The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called “To Anacreon in Heaven” by composer John Stafford Smith. People began referring to the song as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.

ACLU says red flag laws enable a court to violate civil rights without any real evidence someone is an “imminent threat.”

ACLU Agrees: Red Flag Laws Violate Civil Rights

The primary tool anti-gunners have found to get around the Second Amendment is the most controversial – red flag laws. Red flag laws enable ex-girlfriends, neighbors, old bosses, and distant family relatives to get local police to confiscate your firearms without you doing one thing wrong. All they have to do is say they fear you are a danger to yourself and/or others, and you own firearms.
There is no due process. Armed police will enter your home and take your firearms – just like in Nazi Germany.
The totalitarian measure has a singular source: Far-left anti-gunners. Many of them are funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his billions via Everytown for Gun Safety and political funding. Bloomberg and other anti-gunners like him want to disarm civilized society, much like New York City does its most to disarm its law-abiding residents.  While there is a singular source backing extremist laws like red flag laws, a diverse group opposes them. The one uniting principle is a simple and very potent one: Red flag laws violate civil rights. Specifically, they violate the rights to due process, self-defense, and the Second Amendment.
The ACLU cautions against red flag laws and their “impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals, not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.”
The ACLU says red flag laws enable a court to violate civil rights without any real evidence someone is an “imminent threat.” The simple, unfounded fear that someone might cause harm to others without any evidence of prior history or overt threats of firearms violence is all it takes to violate civil rights under red flag laws.
The accused does not even have the right to legal representation. The court simply reviews claims and issues orders to confiscate firearms based on fear instead of reality.  Worse, the ACLU says red flag laws can be used to punish free speech and political advocacy. Police can use social media to declare a law-abiding gun owner a member of a criminal gang and use that as leverage to get a red flag warrant issued to seize firearms.
Someone who dislikes “overblown political rhetoric” could be targeted with a red flag law orders, the ACLU argues. And, police could be forced to tell others the person in question is considered an imminent threat of violence. That is nothing short of slander based on differing political views. Imagine your Hillary loving Aunt or nephew calls the cops on you because he dared disagree with him at the dinner table.
The opposition to red flag laws is wide-ranging, with conservatives and liberals truly focused on civil rights opposing them. That includes organizations as diverse as the NRA and the ACLU. That is because those organizations truly focus on rights for all. Red flag laws epitomize the unfounded fears anti-gunners have regarding firearms in general.
We already have background checks in place to review lawful gun purchases. Those background checks need better execution to become truly effective. Instead of invoking laws violating civil rights, improving existing laws would prove far more effective at preventing the wrong people from buying firearms and using them against others during blatantly illegal acts.


Here’s a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders. Why Haven’t His
Rivals Exploited It?

Here's a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders. Why Haven't His Rivals Exploited It?As someone who follows politics quite closely, I’m often fascinated when a potent piece of opposition research against a major candidate for office percolates below the radar for years, yet never quite breaks through.  Have you ever heard of ‘Sierra Blanca,’ as it relates to Bernie Sanders?  Neither had I.  Neither had hardly any voters, I’d wager.  Well, expect that to change, sooner or later.  Tim Miller, a hardcore anti-Trump conservative, is adamantly opposed to Democrats nominating Sanders.  He’s written a piece outlining a somewhat obscure episode that he anticipates would be used as a powerful cudgel to clobber Bernie in a general election.  Out of pure curiosity, I clicked the link in one of his tweets, and…wow:

(1) In 1998, then-Rep. Sanders cosponsored a bill that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump their nuclear waste in a poor and largely Latino town in Texas called Sierra Blanca.

(2) A Texas Observer article in 1998 covered protestors from Sierra Blanca confronting Rep. Sanders and being given the stiff arm. The story’s headline was “Sanders to Sierra Blanca: Drop Dead.” Sanders even rebuffed an offer to visit Sierra Blanca, telling its residents, “Absolutely not. I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont.”

(3) Liberal hero Paul Wellstone—an actual progressive Democrat—gave a speech on the Senate floor calling this dump “environmental racism.” Former Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes called Sanders actions “insanely callous.”
(4) After Congress approved the proposal, environmental regulators rejected the Sierra Blanca site. But a different site in Andrews County, Texas gained approval a few years later and Vermont/Texas maintain an interstate waste agreement.
(5) In 2016, Sanders’ tax returns revealed that as of 2014 Jane Sanders was still drawing a small salary as an alternate commissioner for the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission as part of the agreement with Vermont that her husband pushed.
This story is, well, toxic. Bernie drew up an environmentally-controversial proposal to dump nuclear waste in a Latino community, then refused to meet with the people it impacted.  Oh, and he managed to secure a little sweetheart deal to enrich his wife in the process.  Funneling public and campaign money to his spouse (no stranger to financial scandal) has been something of a pastime for this socialist, who was a jobless deadbeat before becoming a career politician who is now a millionaire with three homes.  This episode is problematic for Bernie on the subjects ranging from environment, to race, to his “man of the people” persona, to graft.  And as Miller notes, it makes for a hell of an ad — and this 15-second spot barely hits the basics:

Miller also points out the a left-leaning ‘fact checking’ organization reviewed an attack from a conservative group on this front four years ago: “Turning Point USA meme’d Sierra Blanca back in 2016 and got enough traction on Facebook that Snopes fact-checked it. Their verdict? Mostly True. It goes without saying that Snopes isn’t really in the business of giving TPUSA their seal of approval.”  This hit on Sanders is backed up by evidence.  Team Hillary dabbled with it in 2016, but Sanders’ competitors have let him slide on it thus far, even though it goes to the core of his persona — and could undercut his strong support among Hispanic Democrats.  It’s malpractice.  Team Trump won’t make the same mistake.  Speaking of major vulnerabilities, I agree with this assessment:


GAFFES CONTINUE: Biden Says He’s ‘Right Here, In the State of North South Carolina”

posted by Hannity Staff – 1 day ago

Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his gaffe-riddled campaign down south Friday; telling supporters he was in “North South Carolina” just days before voters head to the polls in the South Carolina primary.
“Right here, in the state of North South Carolina,” Biden told the audience.
RNC Research  @RNCResearch
Joe Biden says he’s “right here in the state of North South Carolina”https://youtu.be/Ccvm8tZ_A6M 
The latest polls from South Carolina show former Vice President Joe Biden opening up a double-digit lead in the state just days before voters head to the polls for Saturday’s primary.
“Former Vice President Joe Biden has an 18-point lead over his Democratic presidential primary opponents in South Carolina, according to a poll released Wednesday,” reports The Hill. “Biden has 35 percent support in the Clemson University poll released just days ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Businessman Tom Steyer, who has focused much of his campaign on South Carolina, pulled in a distant second at 17 percent support in the poll.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders takes third place with 13% of the vote with Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg tied in fourth with 8%.
“Biden said Tuesday on the debate stage that he expects to win in South Carolina, the first state on the primary calendar to have a significant African American population, following disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. He came in a distant second behind Sanders in last weekend’s Nevada caucuses,” adds The Hill.
Read the full report here.
Source: The Hill

Trump’s Libel Lawsuit Against The New York Times Is Viable

Trump’s Libel Lawsuit Against The New York Times Is Viable

Not so fast.
Numerous lawyers and legal analysts have been quick to disparage as weak the Trump campaign’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times.  They predict it will fail early in the legal process through either a motion to dismiss or on summary judgment.  I disagree.  While defamation cases are exceedingly difficult to prove whenever they involve a public figure, this lawsuit is legitimate and viable.  It deserves a trial on the merits if it can get that far.
The lawsuit alleges that the Times published a March 2019 op-ed by former executive editor Max Frankel that was knowingly false and defamatory.  In the column, the writer asserts that the campaign had an “overarching deal” with Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy” to “help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton” in exchange for “a new pro-Russia foreign policy.”

The Trump campaign is entitled to its day in court, despite the speculation by some lawyers that it’s headed to the shredder.

The plaintiff contends that no such deal ever existed and the defendant knew this because the newspaper had previously reported that such statements were untrue.  It published the column anyway, causing damage to the campaign’s reputation that is actionable as libel (the written form of defamation).
Predictably, the Times responded to the lawsuit by claiming that the op-ed was expressing only an opinion which is protected speech.  This would be a correct analysis under the law, but only insofar as the column was indeed conveying opinionated thought.  If it was not, then the newspaper is not protected and can be held responsible in a court of law for any damages sustained.  Logically then, let’s examine what constitutes opinion.  Merely identifying a publication as “opinion” does not mean that it is.  A writing cannot hide behind the guise of what it is plainly not.  The content, not the label, dictates whether it is an opinion or something else.
Here is the legal test: if a column avers a statement of verifiable fact, it is not an opinion at all and the newspaper is not insulated from legal liability.  This invites the question: what is a verifiable fact?  It is a statement that is capable of being proven true or false.
A common example in defamation law is illustrative.  If a food critic writes in a restaurant review that the soup was tasteless, he is offering an obvious opinion.  He didn’t like the soup, although others might disagree.  It is a matter of subjective judgment that can neither be right nor wrong.  However, if the critic writes that the soup was cold instead of hot, this is a verifiable statement of fact that can be either proved or disproved.  It just so happens that the waiter secretly snapped a photograph of the table showing steam rising from the cup of soup as the critic blew on his spoon.
Therefore, the critic’s culinary review contained a knowingly false statement of fact that damaged the good name and reputation of the restaurant, which is the definition of defamation.  The owners of the restaurant would have a viable case for libel.  Applying this standard to the Trump lawsuit, the column at issue closely resembles a statement of verifiable fact that was knowingly untrue.  This is corroborated by several earlier stories printed by Times that confirmed the falsity of Frankel’s column.  In the months before the op-ed was published, reporters for the newspaper wrote at least four articles explaining that there was no evidence of a “deal” or “quid pro quo” between the Trump campaign and Russia.  In essence, the Times confirmed in advance what special counsel Robert Mueller would eventually conclude in his April 2019 report.
This brings us to the high burden of proof in defamation cases imposed by the U.S. Supreme Court on plaintiffs who are considered to be public figures and/or public officials.  In the seminal case, New York Times v. Sullivan, the high court established a new rule that a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had actual knowledge that the statement made was false or recklessly disregarded the truth.  This is called “actual malice.”   Can the Trump campaign show that the Times had “actual malice?”  The evidence is contained in its own reporting.  The newspaper’s previously published articles undermined or contradicted Frankel’s statement that the plaintiff had a “deal” with the Kremlin and Putin.  If the Times stands by the accuracy of its own reporters and the veracity of their stories, then it knew or should have known that Frankel’s column was false.  In other words, the newspaper had “actual malice.”
In New York, where this case is filed, the defendant must convince the judge that there is no material issue of triable fact in order to get the case dismissed on summary judgment.  But here, there are innumerable facts for the jury to consider.  Was the column opinion or a statement of verifiable fact?  Was that fact false?  Did prior reporting by the Times demonstrate “actual malice?”
This case should proceed to trial.  The Trump campaign is entitled to its day in court, despite the speculation by some lawyers that it’s headed to the shredder.



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Florida schools brace for coronavirus

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday night that he believes that American schools should be prepared to respond to coronavirus. “I think schools should be preparing. Get ready just in case,” he told reporters, after revealing that Vice President Mike Pence is to now personally oversee the federal government’s response efforts. Within hours of the warnings, Daniel Domenech, president of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, was fielding calls and emails from U.S. school superintendents seeking more information on what they should do. “They are looking for concrete details from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to respond, what to communicate to parents, when to actually shut down a school system if that becomes necessary, and other factors they should consider,” he said, noting that this will be the first potential epidemic that many superintendents will be facing. The Miami-Dade County School District pulled out its pandemic plan in January, which the district has had since the early 2000s, and began it, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says. Palm Beach County Schools is monitoring developments and reviewing response plans, Hillsborough County sent its first coronavirus update in a call to parents on Wednesday which included a fact sheet about the virus from the Centers for Disease Control, while Pinellas County Schools wrote to parents to assert that at present “there are no cases of COVID-19 in Pinellas County or the State of Florida and the risk of infection is low for the general public in the United States.” Pasco County Schools has recorded a video on preventing illness with Superintendent Kurt Browing that will be sent to parents, along with links from the Florida Health Department and the CDC, Manatee County Schools is monitoring what it is taking place and the district leadership team is discussing preparations in consultation, while Sarasota County Schools leaders are encouraging their schools to plan proactively. Polk County Public Schools spokesperson Jason Geary comments: “We have plans that date back to prior pandemics (an example would be H1N1) to ensure that an appropriate response is in place in regard to the Coronavirus,” while Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says: “We are making sure that one, that we’re not spreading fear and panic, but what we want to do is spread information to make sure that folks understand the precautions they can take, what signs they should look for and what they should do and who they should contact, so we’re making sure we get that information out.”

Education Week WFLA WTSP WSVN

Bill targeting Baker Act heads to House floor

The House Education Committee on Wednesday unanimously backed the bill (HB 1083) that would require school officials to verify that de-escalation tactics have been used before a student can be involuntarily committed under the Baker Act, with both sides of the House saying that more needs to be done to address problems with how the Baker Act is used at schools. State Rep. Jennifer Webb, D-Gulfport, said she sponsored the bill after learning about an increasing number of students being committed under the Baker Act in her district: “In the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in my area, in the Tampa Bay area, 7,500 times and Baker Acted. And over the last five years, the rate of Baker Acts has risen by 35% at our schools,” she told the committee.


Education Department to assess schools’ harassment policies

The Education Department is to investigate how school districts are handling allegations of sexual harassment and assault, obligations required under Title IX regulations. Announcing the initiative, the department cited its resolution last year of complaints against Chicago Public Schools, where it found “tragic and inexcusable” conduct by the district in handling such complaints, along with “systemic failures” to protect children. Separately, the department is working to finalize regulations spelling out how federally funded schools must handle such allegations. Those rules are expected to be published in the coming weeks, with women’s groups, universities and others highly critical of the proposed version. Nationally, about one in 11 high school females and one in 15 high school males reported having experienced physical dating violence in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease C ontrol and Prevention.

Washington Post Education Dive

Sam Himmel honored

Citrus County School District Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel has been honored by the Citrus County Commission for being recognized as the 2020 Superintendent of the Year for Florida. Just back from San Diego, where she and top superintendents from other states were recognized, the entire board and numerous administrators attended Tuesday’s board meeting to celebrate her achievement.


District mistakenly destroyed owl burrows

The Broward County School Board has been admonished by the City for mistakenly having crews destroy five active burrowing owl mounds on the campus of North Lauderdale K-8. “Broward County Public Schools has a long history of being good environmental stewards and takes seriously our responsibility to protect burrowing owls across the District. District staff is working to determine how this happened and taking corrective measures at the site to protect the burrowing owls. We are also cooperating with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in its investigation and will take any actions deemed necessary,” a statement read. Damaging mounds and/or killing owls is punishable by huge fines and even prison.

Local 10

Digital devices in the classroom considered

Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, and Natalie Wexler, an education journalist and author of “The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It,” debate the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom. Darling-Hammond argues that we need a deeper understanding of what works well and why, along with continuing investment in professional learning to support teachers in taking advantage of high-quality tools. “With well thought-out, evidence-based approaches, we can use the wealth of new tools available to help our teachers teach and our children learn in new and powerful ways that allow them to fully engage the world around them,” she asserts. Wexler counters that digital devices, which have the potential to yield benefits in the classroom, at present only exacerbate existing inequalities in the way they ’re commonly used. Instead of digital devices providing software grounded in a “content-rich curriculum” that genuinely adapts to students’ existing vocabulary and knowledge, she says, our neediest students are getting technology that purports to be personalized but “deprives them of both human connection and a meaningful education.”

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information about the coronavirus outbreak is spreading fast, but what do
we actually know about the illness? CBC News medical contributor and
family physician Dr. Peter Lin breaks down the facts about what it is, where
it came from, how it spreads and what you can do to protect yourself.


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