Thursday, March 31, 2016

GUN WATCH: FL: Florida Removes Antique Slungshot Prohibition

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Florida has eliminated their antiquated slungshot law.  The law was another of those "trendy" laws enacted without much thought, based on emotion and myth.  The item banned, essentially a weight on the end of a cord, is so common and easily made as to be unenforceable.  The items are also commonly known as a Monkey's Fist.  It is interesting that this reform occurs almost simultaneously with the Supreme Court confirming that "arms" under the Second Amendment are "all instruments that constitute bearable arms".  From 14-10078 Caetano v. Massachusetts(pdf) :
The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v.Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010).

Slungshots are clearly "bearable arms". From the bill, HB 4009, as enacted into law(pdf):
House Bill No. 4009
An act relating to slungshot; amending s. 790.09, F.S.; deleting provisions  prohibiting the manufacture or sale of any instrument or weapon usually known as slungshot; amending s. 790.001, F.S.; revising the definition of the term “concealed weapon” to delete the inclusion of a slungshot; amending s. 790.18, F.S.; deleting a provision prohibiting a dealer in arms from selling or transferring a slungshot to a minor; providing an effective date.
I doubt that the Caetano decision was ever brought into debate about the Florida bill.  The bill passed unanimously; slung shots have not been in much use by criminal gangs for some time.  It would have made sense for the Florida legislature to simply have done away with the ban on the carrying of concealed weapons altogether.  The Florida decision is just part of the cultural and legal flow away from civilian disarmament.  Once the dam was broken, and firearms became recognized as Constitutionally protected weapons, useful for self defense, the prohibition on lesser weapons seems pointless and absurd.

The removal of the slungshot ban went into effect on the date of Governor Scott's signature, 24 March, 2016.

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Gov't school teacher arrested for doing this . . . - DailyKenn.com

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  This country has an epidemic of public school teachers sexually molesting students. It appears to have reached the point where it is worse than the pedophile Catholic priests; however, it hasn’t generated the same level of outrage. Especially not from the Liberal mainstream news media. Oh well we know that until recently the Catholic Church didn’t support “social justice” so the church needed to be discredited, taken down, until it could be taken over by SJWs and re-purposed. Like the Public schools. That all that matters to the Left: does an organization support Marxist “social Justice” or not. As the man said “public schools” are more properly called “government schools” since the “public” long ago lost any say in how they are administered.

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An Oklahoma school teacher is behind bars after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
51-year-old educator Sandra Mayfield was captured by security cameras hugging and kissing in downtown Oklahoma City. 

Each year an estimated 800 government school teachers are accused of messing around with their own students. The national mainstream media ignores the ongoing epidemic. Government school "educators" are the regressive left's front line for indoctrinating young minds with cultural Marxism. 
For an up-to-the-minute update on government school teachers molesting their own students, Google the search term "teacher arrested" and choose the "past 24 hours" search option. 
From news9.com:

Cell tower information also corroborated the teen’s story. 
Around 1 a.m. the teen said Mayfield drove him to Buck Thomas Park on NE 12 St. in Moore. It was at the park that the victim told police Mayfield performed oral sex on him. 
Mayfield was arraigned and booked into the Cleveland County JailTuesday afternoon.

Europe's Muslims hate the West

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  That’s right! There is no Islamophobia. A phobia is a irrational fear. It is rational to fear Muslim Jihadists given how they are responsible for the over-whelming majority of terrorist attacks in the World today. Rather Muslims are afflicted with “Occidentophobia”, an irrational fear and hatred of Western culture and institutions.

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Young men like the perpetrators of the Brussels attacks refuse to embrace the social codes of Belgian life.

The first reaction to the Brussels massacres among postmodern European intellectuals was predictable: What did we, Europeans, do to them, our Muslims? How could followers of a religion that is proudly called “the religion of peace” commit these kinds of atrocities?
People like Peter Vandermeersch, the Belgian editor-in-chief of Dutch newspaper NRC-Handelsblad, and Belgian writer David Van Reybrouck, both accomplished intellectuals, argued that Belgium must have done something terrible to deserve this. Their line of reasoning: The terrorists’ fury must be a reaction to their inhumane treatment at the hands of the West.
So, we blame ourselves in order to remain blameless. Safer to blame our own societies and socioeconomic conditions than to blame the religious and cultural concepts with which terrorists poison their own minds.
According to reports, the unemployment figure in Brussels’ infamous Molenbeek neighborhood — now referred to as the jihadi hothouse of Europe — is 30 percent. This is a relatively high figure in Western Europe, but not unusual in southern European countries or the Arab world. There is poverty in Molenbeek, but that poverty is relative. There is no starvation, no homelessness, no lack of medical infrastructure, no lack of schools.
Compared to average living standards in Morocco or Egypt, the average living standard in Molenbeek is comfortably middle-class. Like in any other Western European country, many Belgian institutions and organizations offer support when families need housing, food, education, and health care. Opportunities for success, and to study and become a respected member in society, are countless compared to those that exist in many immigrants’ countries of origin. Still, there is deep resentment among the younger generations of immigrant Moroccan families.
Immigration into the Netherlands from Morocco and Turkey is an expensive phenomenon for the taxpayer: In the modern welfare state immigrants are more dependent on the welfare state than the average citizen. Because of a lack of higher education and the lack of non-skilled jobs, immigrants absorb a higher part of unemployment and social security payments than the average citizen. As a group, they receive more money than they pay in taxes. They also show up much higher in crime statistics than their numbers would justify. There are many success stories, but there are also disappointing trends. Like radicalization. And the situation in Belgium is even worse.
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There is no question that unemployment is much higher among Muslim immigrant communities than among the general public. There are two possible explanations.
The first goes something like this: The Belgian people are terribly xenophobic and anti-Moroccan, and deny their Moroccan neighbors opportunities to succeed in life. But if this were the case, the theory can be applied to every Western European country, as unemployment figures for Moroccan and other Muslim migrants across Europe are remarkably higher than average. This would indicate that European xenophobia has reached unbearable levels. Why would Muslims choose to stay in societies that showed such deep disrespect for their migrant population? Because they realize that an unemployed citizen in a European welfare state run by infidels has a better material life than an employed citizen in pious Morocco?
Life in Belgium is exceptionally good and safe for migrants — if they are willing to integrate into their new cultural environment.
The notion that Moroccan-Belgians suffer from widespread exclusion, discrimination, and suppression is ridiculous — and yet completely acceptable among the politically-correct crowd. Life in Belgium is exceptionally good and safe for migrants — if they are willing to integrate into their new cultural environment, if they are willing to act as individuals, study with passion and openness, and accept the secular system of the West.
There is no difference at all in socioeconomic status between youngsters from a low-education, blue-collar Belgian background and youngsters from a Muslim migrant background. Both have to struggle, both have to overcome weak socioeconomic family situations. In Spain, youth unemployment has reached 50 percent and the welfare state is less developed than in Belgium, yet Spanish citizens aren’t blowing themselves up in metro stations.
The other explanation for the high unemployment figures among Muslims in Europe has nothing to do with exclusion and discrimination. A large segment of the migrant population is doing just fine, but a significant number — some say as many as 50 percent — have not rid themselves of the mental and cultural conditions that have kept their home country in its “developing country” status. The denial of equal rights to women, the lack of separation of state and church, bad education, excessive religiosity, patriarchal machismo — these are all on display in areas with a high percentage of migrants, including Molenbeek.
Almost 60 percent of Europe’s Muslims reject homosexuals as friends and 45 percent think that Jews cannot be trusted. More than half believe that the West is out to destroy Islam.
In December 2013, Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center published a study on “Fundamentalism and out-group hostility,” in which he compared hostility among Muslim immigrants with hostility among Christian natives in Western Europe. He writes: “Almost 60 percent agree that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam, 75 percent think there is only one interpretation of the Quran possible to which every Muslim should stick and 65 percent say that religious rules are more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.” In regards to Christian citizens he concludes: “Less than 4 percent can be characterized as consistent fundamentalists.”
On hatred of Jews and homosexuals among Europe’s Muslim population, Koopmans finds: “Almost 60 percent reject homosexuals as friends and 45 percent think that Jews cannot be trusted. While about one in five natives can be considered as Islamophobic, the level of phobia against the West among Muslims — for which oddly enough there is no word; one might call it ‘Occidentophobia’ — is much higher still, with 54 percent believing that the West is out to destroy Islam.”Recorded rates of Christian hate toward Muslims hover around 10 percent.
What did “we” do to “them”? We opened up our cities, our houses, our wallets.
“Occidentophobia” is an interesting term. It expresses a refusal to accept the essential concepts of life in the West. Young men like the perpetrators of the Brussels attacks have refused to embrace the social codes of Belgian life. They were raised on the idea that their religious ethics trump the ethics of the infidels (close to non-existent, in their eyes, in any case). Their second-rate socioeconomic status was therefore a humiliating affront, an indignity to be destroyed.
Muslim integration into Europe societies is successful when Muslims are willing to give up the mental confinement of their home countries — countries, let’s not forget, which they left in search of a better life. For as long as they refuse to adapt to a European state of mind, they will perpetuate resentment and a culture of violence.
What did “we” do to “them”? We opened up our cities, our houses, our wallets. And in our secular temples of progress — our metro stations and airports and theaters — their sons are killing themselves, and taking our sons and daughters with them. There is nothing for which we need to apologize. “Occidentophobia” originated in the Muslim community. We need to demand they abandon it.
Leon de Winter is a Dutch novelist and political commentator.

Vox Popoli: The abortion misstep

  Trump walked into the “hypothetical question” ambush that is a favorite tactic for the Leftist media for attacking Republican candidates. As general rule if one is a conservative one should make every effort avoid answering (as in NEVER) a hypothetical question posed by a member of the Left controlled media. The media will twist your words around and conflate and misrepresent your response in any way they believe will discredit you and turn the public against you. The Left especially understands they must rile the Democrat voter base up to motivate them to get off their lazy asses and go to the polls on election day, so they know they must always paint the Republican  opposition as an evil boogey man that MUST be defeated. Never forget: SJWs always lie! The media can ask all the questions they want but they have no right to an answer. Remember as well how the Leftist media responded  back in 2008 when Joe the Plumber asked Candidate Obama if he believed in redistribution of income. As you may recall they didn’t think that was fair at all, although it was a completely legitimate policy question.

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Trump mishandles a media ambush on abortion:
  • Host Chris Matthews presses Trump on anti-abortion position, repeatedly asking him, “Should abortion be punished? This is not something you can dodge”
    • “Look, people in certain parts of the Republican Party, conservative Republicans, would say, ‘Yes, it should,’” Trump answers
    • “How about you?” Matthews asks
    • “I would say it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on. Are you going to send them to jail?” Trump says
    • “I’m asking you,” Matthews says
    • “I am pro-life,” Trump says
    • “How do you actually ban abortion?” Matthews asks
    • “Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it,” Trump says
  • Matthews then presses Trump on if he believes there should be punishment for abortion if it were illegal
    • “There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump says
    • “For the woman?” Matthews says; “Yeah,” Trump says, nodding
    • Trump says punishment would “have to be determined”
    • “They’ve set the law and frankly the judges, you’re going to have a very big election coming up for that reason because you have judges where it’s a real tipping point and with the loss of Scalia, who was a very strong conservative, this presidential election is going to be very important,” Trump says
    • “When you say what’s the law, nobody knows what the law is going to be. It depends on who gets elected,” Trump says
Obviously, this was "gotcha" journalism on Matthews' part (once he established that he was referring to illegalabortions he knew he could pin Trump between having to either say women should be punished or that women could break the law with impunity), and as we saw last year with the whole Kurds/Quds Hugh Hewitt debacle, Trump is susceptible to badgering. The other problem here is that it isn't clear that Trump truly believes some of the things he's forced to say as a Republican candidate, which leads to exchanges like that recounted above. "Don't overthink it: Trump doesn't understand the pro-life position because he's not pro-life," a Cruz aid tweeted. Here's Politico with a bit of context:
Trump’s policy idea is a departure from most state abortion restrictions, which don’t impose penalties on the women who get abortions. Typically, any penalties are imposed on the physician who does the procedure.

The anti-abortion movement in recent decades has shied away from the perception that it is “punishing” women for getting abortions. Instead, it has focused on penalties for the physicians who provide them, such as imposing medical or legal restrictions on their practice. In some rare situations, women have faced charges associated with abortions they have attempted on their own.
Having realized this had become a PR fiasco, Trump promptly walked back his comments.

This is a statement released just moments ago, in which the billionaire revises his statement, calling the women "victims", and stating it is doctors who should be held legally responsible for performing the illegal act:

If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed - like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.
That's one of the risks of being outspoken and unafraid. People will lay traps for you, and from time to time, you will step in them. Trump made an initial mistake by hemming and hawing, thereby letting Matthews know that he didn't have an effective position staked out and encouraging him to press on it. Then, he made the mistake of answering the dilemma posed instead of falling back on the trusty old "I've got people for that" evasion.

And finally, he compounded his error by backing down. The correct thing would have been to stand by his correct position in the abstract - women absolutely SHOULD be punished for murdering children  - while providing a practical temporization of it by observing that the primary goal is to save children, and politically, it will be impossible to stop legal abortion in a female-majority democracy if women are punished for having abortions.

In other words, he should have said that while he believes women are responsible for their criminal actions, and ideally should be held responsible for them, in this particular case, the interests of the unborn children should be prioritized and the punishments focused on the abortion providers.

Terrorist Leaders Are r-strategists

 by Anonymous Conservative
A woman was taken hostage by a terror suspect in a dramatic stand-off at a tram stop in Brussels today.
Witnesses told how heavily armed anti-terror police shot the man in the leg because he was carrying a rucksack they believed contained a bomb.
As police moved in the suspect then grabbed a woman and pulled her to the ground.
In heart-stopping footage captured from a balcony above where the drama unfolded, the man can be seen letting a little girl no older than five go as officers get closer.
The clip then shows specially trained anti-terror police in bullet proof vests gently coaxing the frightened girl to safety as the target grabbed the woman.
Whenever you find a terrorist leader, they are always quick to send other men out to maim innocents, but when their own time to fight comes, they hide behind women and children as they desperately try to save themselves. Bin Ladin did the same thing, grabbing his own wife to shield himself when the SEALs came through the door.
In America, it makes a funny scene in a movie, like when Bill Pullman begged Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Take the girl, but don’t hurt me!,” in True Lies. Yet among terrorist leaders, it is their default Modus Operandi. I suspect most of the politicians today would be the same way. Only Donald, alerted to an attacker behind him, squared off to face him and go at it.
There is something fundamentally different about the way rabbits view the world. Wolves focus on practical mechanisms and tools, but to rabbits other people are the mechanisms and the tools. Where wolves want to meet the threat directly and deal with it themselves, rabbits want to find a way to manipulate other people to solve their problems.
Sadly this trait leads rabbits to innately gravitate to leadership, producing waves of rabbits, all seeking the most powerful positions in the land. In 36 years, we have produced only two K-selected leaders, Trump and Reagan, yet to find them we have had to endure scores of rabbits, all clamoring for the same office.
Is it any wonder our nation teeters at the brink of collapse?

Trump Sidesteps Sikh Massacre Setup Question, But There’s The Rest Of The Story

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Another gotcha question setup from CNN at the Janesville, WI “Town Hall” meeting.

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At the March 29 Town Hall in Wisconsin [transcript], Donald Trump very sensibly did his best to sidestep a blatantly-staged question from one of the new breed of Politically Correct policemen (“how do we protect the constitutional rights of minority groups like the Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Jews, while still addressing radical Islamization?”). Trump talked instead about the threat from Muslim terrorism. (“We have a problem, and we can try and be very politically correct and pretend we don’t have a problem, but, Anderson [Cooper], we have a major, major problem.”)
Of course, this was a profoundly insulting question to Americans, who have responded with extraordinary restraint to the unmistakably-burgeoning threat of Muslim terrorism. The question’s ostensible trigger: the 2012 Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Park WI (a result of immigration to Wisconsin that we missed in Dave Gorak’s recent survey).
After the shootings, I wrote Wade Michael Page And The “Root Causes” Of The Sikh Temple Shootingswhich pointed out among other things that American-on-immigrant killings are far outnumbered by immigrant-on-American killings, that it was ludicrous for these economically marginal Sikhs to be in effect establishing a colony in Wisconsin, and that there was absolutely no Main Stream Media interest in the “root causes” that drove the wretched Page, who obviously had a miserable life, to take this terrible step. (I noted, for example, that Page worked as a trucker—a trade in which Sikhs are disproportionately represented. Could sheer American worker displacement have been a factor in this tragedy?
Four years later, there are still no inquiries into Page’s motives that I can find (although I did find this account of a frustrated Muslim mass murder in Wisconsin: FBI arrests Milwaukee man accused of planning Masonic temple attack,AP/ foxnews.com, January 26, 2016. No national publicity and no word on whether the “Milwaukee man,” Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 22, was an immigrant. Funny thing).
But reader AM has pointed out to me that Amardeep Kaleka, a film director briefly famous because his father was killed in the massacre and he ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 Democratic primary to oppose the appalling GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, has subsequently run into legal trouble for beating and threatening two different women [Court records: Restraining orders filed against Amardeep Kaleka, WISN.com, July 15, 2015].
This doesn’t seem to have received national publicity either.
All together now: Diversity is strength!

r-strategists Are Disloyal, K-strategists Are Loyal


The Obama administration is emptying the military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility of avowed terrorists captured fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but several American service members languish in another military prison for actions on those same battlefields that their supporters say merit clemency, if not gratitude.
Among the prison population at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, are remaining members of the so-called “Leavenworth 10,” convicted service members doing terms ranging from 10 to 40 years for heat-of-the-battle decisions their supporters say saved American lives.
“The very people who protect our freedoms and liberties are having their own freedoms and liberties taken away,” said retired U.S. Army Col. Allen West, a former congressman and political commentator. “I think it’s appalling and no one is talking about this issue.”
This is rabbit 101. Free the terrorists because imprisoning them is inhumane, but keep our soldiers imprisoned, because they are bad people. Most of rabbit logic is an excuse to screw over the K-strategists in our societies, and not be punished for it.
Donald Trump vowed Tuesday to stand by his campaign manager who was charged with misdemeanor battery over allegations he grabbed the arm of then-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, as the aide maintained his innocence.
The Republican front-runner told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview to air Tuesday night on “Hannity” at 10 p.m. ET he saw “virtually nothing” in the surveillance tapes of the incident.
“I’m very glad that we were able to produce the tape because I don’t see anything.  I see virtually nothing,” he told Hannity. “And we’re going to destroy a man’s life over this?”
He even said, “I don’t discard people.” You never see a leader today do that. It speaks directly to who Donald is inside.
Donald should take a public stand on the Leavenworth Ten. Releasing them would cost nothing, it would force Obama to either take action early or look disloyal, and it would draw in followers who are dying for a President who is loyal to Americans for a change.
The nation today is filled with such people.

Prison as the New Retirement Plan?

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  How long before this trend hits the U.S. indeed? There are an awful lot of baby boomers who have no a retirement savings other than social security, and that will barely pay the rent in lot of places these days. If someone already has a criminal record then the “old criminals home” might not seem like such a bad option.

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Three Hots and a Cot are being sought by Japan's elderly as a retirement plan.
blockquote>Japan's prison system is being driven to budgetary crisis by demographics, a welfare shortfall and a new, pernicious breed of villain: the recidivist retiree. And the silver-haired crooks, say academics, are desperate to be behind bars.
Crime figures show that about 35 per cent of shoplifting offences are committed by people over 60. Within that age bracket, 40 per cent of repeat offenders have committed the same crime more than six times.
There is good reason, concludes a report, to suspect that the shoplifting crime wave in particular represents an attempt by those convicted to end up in prison — an institution that offers free food, accommodation and healthcare.
I wonder how long before this trend hits the US?

CNN declines questions from father of Wisconsin National Guard hero

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  Interesting. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spills the beans. How CNN attempted to embarrass the Republican candidates by setting them up to be asked emotional questions by an aggrieved father.  It was thwarted because said aggrieved father turned out to be an honorable man who refused to misrepresent himself.
Wisconsin has an open primary. I don’t think there should be open primaries as it allows people who do not support a party to choose its candidate for it. That makes no sense whatsoever. Primary elections are a fairly recent phenomenon. In the past all candidates for the general election were selected by party conventions. A handful of states, such as Montana and North Dakota, still does it that way. This case also demonstrates how America lacks the will to win a war, against ISIS or anybody else. Certainly we lack the money to fund any kind of realistic war effort. America is the “brokest” nation in history. We are approaching 20 Trillion Dollars in debt and climbing. How will that have a good ending?

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John Witmer was denied because he refused to commit to voting for one of the Republican candidates.

Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel
Updated: Yesterday 11:20 p.m. 113
The father of the first female National Guard member killed in combat was not allowed to ask questions at Tuesday's CNN "town hall meeting" in Milwaukee because he refused to commit to voting for one of the Republican candidates.
John Witmer was asked by CNN to submit three questions for Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich at the event at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater.
Witmer said CNN producer Julie Zann told him the questions — about decisions to go to war, the role of women in the military and whether the candidates would institute a draft — were excellent and she would stay in touch.
But on Monday, John Witmer said, Zann told him the rules for the event required anyone asking a question to commit to voting for one of the Republican candidates in next week's primary in Wisconsin.
Witmer was flabbergasted.
"To me, it's a Republican event meant to showcase Republican candidates, and I can understand them wanting to control the message, but it seems shortsighted," said Witmer, who said he plans to vote in Wisconsin's primary. "If they really want to field a viable candidate, they have to reach beyond party lines and talk to people like myself who is independent."
The anniversary of Michelle Witmer's death is next week. She was deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the Wisconsin National Guard 32nd Military Police Co. Her unit was on patrol in Baghdad when they came under attack and Witmer, a gunner in a Humvee, was firing her weapon when she was shot and killed on April 9, 2004.
She was 20.
The Witmer family's two other daughters were also serving in Iraq at the time of Michelle's death: Rachel, who served in the same unit as Michelle, and Michelle's twin, Charity.
Lori Witmer said the emotional energy it takes to tell their daughter's story is difficult, particularly coming up on the anniversary. But they agreed to do it because they felt the questions are important and need to be asked.
"After he got the call from the CNN producer yesterday, the emotions were kind of raw and he was getting angry," Lori Witmer said.
CNN was seeking someone to represent military families when they contacted veterans group Dryhootch in Milwaukee, and a representative of Dryhootch got in touch with John Witmer on Friday. At first John Witmer declined, but when he told his wife, she encouraged him to submit questions.
This is what he came up with:
■If you become Commander-in-Chief how will you approach the decision to go to war and will you spend the blood of our soldiers only as a last resort?
■With three daughters in the Army National Guard, I saw, firsthand, their struggle for respect and recognition. In the last few years, restrictions have been lifted on our female soldiers, allowing them to serve in combat positions. As Commander-In-Chief what position will you take on the role of women in the Military?
■Today's military is an all volunteer force that relies heavily on reservists. I've heard sound bites from some of the candidates talking about "wiping out ISIS" and other terrorist organizations. Do you believe our troop strength is sufficient to do this and if necessary, would you reinstate the draft to accomplish your goals?
"The more I thought about this, the more I felt like every candidate should have to answer these questions," John Witmer said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "Really the greatest power the president has is to commit our armed forces in war. The president doesn't make laws, he leads and commands our armed forces and to not address that up front is to leave a big part of the puzzle undone.
"I want every president to understand the human cost of war. I don't think it's something as a nation we confront enough. When I hear Sarah Palin say 'I want to go kick ISIS' ass' without any thought to the human cost, I cringe," he said.
Zann referred questions to CNN's public relations department. Lauren M. Pratapas, director of CNN Communications, confirmed that only people committed to voting in the Republican primary could ask questions at the Republican event.
While media insiders may know how broadcast debates and "town hall meetings" are manipulated, there's not much transparency to the public, said Kelly McBride, a media ethicist at the Poynter Institute.
"This whole scenario where there's a debate and producers cast citizen questionnaires, I hear more stories about how that process is skewed. People can't ask the questions they want to ask," McBride said. "This doesn't surprise me at all. This is fairly common. It's weird to say you have to vote in the primary in order to ask the questions because you're setting people up to lie, you're encouraging them to pretend they're something they're not."
Wisconsin has an open primary, and voters aren't required to vote strictly along party lines. McBride pointed out that there's no way for CNN, the candidates or political parties to know who someone votes for in Wisconsin anyway since ballots are secret.
McBride said it's a strong possibility that the rule that only people pledging to vote for one of the Republican candidates in the Wisconsin primary could ask questions was a demand from the Republican party or the candidates or both. That will change in the general election when a federal commission on debates takes over the process.
"In a couple instances we know the candidates themselves have gone around the party and tried to manipulate the format. It's likely CNN is getting pressure from either the party or any and all of the candidates," said McBride, who added, "just because CNN is getting pressure doesn't mean they have to succumb to it."
John Witmer posted his questions on his Facebook page Tuesday morning and his opinion of CNN's decision refusing to allow him to ask them. His wife reposted it and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesdayafternoon that even though John didn't get to ask his questions, she thinks all presidential candidates should answer them.
"They need to answer the questions because they affect every single family in the country," said Lori Witmer.

Wave of human zombies spreading across Florida due to 'spice' street drugs... cops called to 'horror-movie style scenes'

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New show: “The Walking Dead - Florida”.

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Wave of human zombies spreading across Florida due to 'spice' street drugs... cops called to 'horror-movie style scenes'

NaturalNews) Florida authorities are reporting disturbing "zombie-like" encounters on the city's streets. Cops in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg are being called to "horror-movie style scenes" where drugged up people are wandering around, slumped over in the streets and parks, as reported by the Daily Mail. The scenes look like some kind of zombie apocalypse scenario, with packs of unconscious people falling over and mumbling, unable to say their own name.

A wave of new synthetic drug variants called "spice" are being passed around and sold on the city streets. People who have no idea what they are taking are overdosing right in public. This "spice" is a synthetic drug with a chemical composition that varies from region to region. Drug makers are changing the ingredients as they go, using whatever they can to create a synthetic high.

Synthetic street "spice" turning people into zombies

Dozens of people are reportedly being rescued on the streets and taken to nearby hospitals. Investigators say the number of people using this "synthetic marijuana" is on the rise. The drug leaves people in a stupefied, speechless state. In Crest Lake Park, users can be seen slumped over, lying on the ground, immobile and docile. In some cases, users become vicious and violent. There have been reports of overdoses also at the St. Vincent de Paul Shelter.

Speaking to local news station WTVT police spokesman Rob Shaw commented, "We have noticed a serious uptick of Spice incidents lately that have turned into medical calls and it's become a serious drain on resources for the police department for the fire department and then in turn for doctors say at Morton Plant Hospital where the patients end up."

Major Eric Gandy of the Clearwater Police Department can be seen in a body camera video trying to approachdrugged-up individuals in a park to help them, but many are so high that they can't even say their own name. "What's your name?" asks officer Gandy several times in the video, but he only gets a response from one guy, who mumbles, "my name?"

Officer Gandy reports that the number of people overdosing on spice has reached unprecedented levels. After responding to three overdoses in one day, officials say that most of the cases in Crest Lake Park are coming from the homeless population that roams the area.

Speaking to WFLA, officer Gandy said the scenes looked "like one of our zombie movies" and that he "had 15 people walking around in various states of incapacitation" all at once.

"It's mainly the homeless people that are using this drug," said area resident and business owner Jerome Freeland. He said the drug was once called "spice," but something stronger has been going around recently and is being referred to as "That Disney" or "FloKKA."

"They go buy this drug with money that people give them and then go sit around our parks and other places. They are zombified homeless people on drugs and I've seen people fall out around my place from the usage of it," Freeland said.

Freeland said he and fellow business owners try to help the desperate people by giving them water "so they won't get too sick and die." He's seen firsthand how the drug makes people either mindlessly ill or mindlessly violent toward other people. Some people overdose so hard they go into convulsions.

Florida authorities are working overtime to find a solution to get these synthetic spice drugs off the streets before the city parks are overrun by the overdosing zombies.


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