News and Headlines. 2/19/2018

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Meadow Pollack, 18, buried after Parkland school shooting as father’s rage erupts

“You killed my kid!” he yelled, referring to Cruz. “My kid is dead. It goes through my head all day and all night. I keep hearing it. This is just unimaginable that I will never see my princess again.”

Meadow Pollack, 18, was buried on Friday at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdal
Meadow Pollack, 18, was buried on Friday at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdale as mourners began saying goodbye to the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland.

Robyn Maisner, Meadow’s cousin, read a poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye called “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep,” before the teenager’s plain wooden coffin was slowly lowered into the ground.

“When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush. Of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die,” Maisner read, as some of those gathered cried.

From PragerU

What does Planned Parenthood really do? What do they actually stand for? President and founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, lays out everything you need to know about Planned Parenthood. What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood

In The News:

Trump motorcade driver detained by Secret Service after gun discovered

The Secret Service said Monday it detained someone scheduled to drive a press van in President Trump’s motorcade in Florida after agents discovered a personal firearm during a security check.

“All Secret Service security measures worked,” the agency said in a statement, stressing that nobody under their protection was ever in any danger.

Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people.

Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

‘The View’ co-hosts mock Mike Pence’s faith, bring flood of complaints to ABC News

ABC News has been flooded with more than 25,000 phone calls since  “The View” co-hosts mocked Vice President Pence’s Christian faith last week, disrespecting the former governor of Indiana for speaking with Jesus and even suggesting he has a “mental illness.”

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell published an open letter to ABC News after the controversial comments, calling for an apology for the “anti-Christian remarks.” ABC News received 25,363 calls as of early Monday morning from people complaining about the comments made by “The View” co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar, according to the MRC.

911 dispatcher killed in suspected drunk driving crash involving church pastor

A Minneapolis 911 dispatcher who worked “day-and-night to keep people safe” was tragically killed over the weekend after her car was struck by a church pastor who was driving the wrong way and is believed to have been drinking, police say.

Jenna Bixby, 30, was killed around 8 p.m. while heading to her job Saturday night on Highway 252 in Brooklyn Park.

Jenna Bixby was killed Saturday night after her car was struck by a wrong-way driver
Jenna Bixby was killed Saturday night after her car was struck by a wrong-way driver. (Nikki Orlicki/Fox 9)

Apple iPhone Update Removes Easter from Calendar

“Easter Sunday shows up on calendars for iPhone users running versions 11.2.2 of Apple’s iOS operating system, but not some users of 11.2.5, which is the latest version of the OS. However, one user said Easter showed in their calendar,” reported Fox News. “The default setting on iOS devices is for U.S. holidays, which shows holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Independence Day. However, there is an option to add Alternate Calendars, including Chinese, Hebrew and Islamic. But Christian is absent from this list on iOS 11.2.5.”

‘Pig Supporters Not Welcome’: MO Business Faces Backlash Over Pro-Police Flag

A Missouri business owner who was threatened and harassed after putting up a pro-law enforcement flag joined Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning to share her story.

Former child bride who helped take down cult leader Warren Jeffs speaks out in new documentary

Elissa Wall can still vividly remember when she was forced to marry her 19-year-old first cousin Allen Steed at the age of 14 by a false religious prophet.

The former child bride has come forward with her story as part of A&E’s documentary “Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil.” The special explores how the now-imprisoned cult leader ruled over an estimated 15,000 followers of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).


ISIS Flag Replaces American Flag in Utah High School, and Graffiti Warns of Potential Terror Attack

An American flag at a Utah high school was torn down Thursday and replaced by the flag of the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS, police confirmed.

The words “ISIS is comin” were also spray painted on the school’s wall,

No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.

The stunning number swept across the Internet within minutes of the news Wednesday that, yet again, another young man with another semiautomatic rifle had rampaged through a school, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in South Florida.

The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, that works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings.

Ryan Mauro: Should Suspected Terrorists Be Allowed to Buy Guns?

Prof. Ryan Mauro, director of the Clarion Intelligence Network & Shillman Fellow for the Clarion Project, reacts to the FBI’s failure to stop the Florida school shooter. He also explains how even suspected terrorists are allowed to legally purchase firearms.

Pennsylvania Couple Starved Children, Who Ate Peeled Paint off Walls to Survive

A Pennsylvania couple pleaded guilty to multiple charges after prosecutors said three young children in their care were starved so badly they ate peeled paint off the walls of their bedroom, multiple outlets report.

Joshua Weyant, 34, and his 39-year-old wife Brandi Weyant, of Halifax,
Joshua Weyant, 34, and his 39-year-old wife Brandi Weyant, of Halifax, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraining and child endangerment, the Associated Press reports.

Day care owner took the toddler downstairs. A parent heard crying and saw the noose.

Nataliia Karia told a father dropping off his son at her Minneapolis, Minnesota daycare that she couldn’t take it anymore and to come see what she had done, prosecutors said.

Nataliia Karia,A daycare provider has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
A daycare provider has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

The parent heard crying as he walked toward the basement, authorities said. And when he went down the stairs he saw a toddler hanging from the noose, authorities said. He released the child and fled with the boy, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Karia tried to escape in a gold Toyota Sienna, running over a driver and hitting a bicyclist before stopping on an overpass above Interstate 94,

American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California’s Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter,

Denice Miracle, American Airlines agent at California's Sacramento International
Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

VIDEO: Road rage confrontation in Oceanside ends with car flipped on side

Two drivers in an apparent tiff during rush hour traffic in Oceanside got an unexpected ending to their feud after one of the vehicles turned over on its side.

A Carnival cruise in the South Pacific descended into violent anarchy

A Carnival cruise devolved into near-anarchy during its 10 days in the South Pacific, with some passengers locking themselves inside their cabins, others kicked off the ship and security guards brawling with vacationers in a bare-knuckles melee.

World News:

Russian military contractors reportedly tried to test the US military in Syria — but they got whooped

More details have emerged from a massive battle in Syria that is said to have pitted hundreds of Russian military contractors and forces loyal to the Syrian government against the US and its Syrian rebel allies — and it looks as if it was a mission to test the US’s resolve.

Pilots fire the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile during testing at Cibola Range,
Pilots fire the new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile during testing at Cibola Range, Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. US Army/Tad Browning, Army Operational Test Command Public Affairs

Israel successfully tests Arrow-3 missile defense system

Israel successfully tested its new Arrow missile defense system Monday, the Defense Ministry announced in a tweet, the accomplishment capping a program that’s seen a series of delays and cancellations.

The test was carried out in cooperation with the United States’ Missile Defense Agency.

‘Nasty and savage’ pedophile academic who blackmailed victims sentenced to 32 years

A British academic who went by the online aliases of “evilmind” and “666devil” was sentenced to 32 years in prison Monday for posing as a depressed female artist to coerce people as young as teens to send him naked and partially-clothed images of themselves.

Geophysicist Matthew Falde
Geophysicist Matthew Falder is seen in an undated booking photograph handed out by the National Crime Agency. (Reuters)

Matthew Falder, a 29-year-old geophysicist at Birmingham University, found his victims on advertising websites and then blackmailed them into sending him even more humiliating photos by threatening to deliver the original racy snaps to their family, friends and employers, Reuters reported.

Violence Against Women Bill Passes; Excludes Wives

After being first proposed in 2006, the Moroccan parliament passed a historic legislation criminalizing violence against women. However, while the law extends the definition of violence to many acts of aggression against women, spousal abuse – including marital rape – is excluded from the new law.

The new law covers aggression and abuse via text messages, vocal messages or photos, sexual exploitation, aggression and abuse in the workplace. Punishments are more severe for violence against pregnant women or violence committed by persons who are known to the victim, for example colleagues in the workplace.

US Declines to Pledge More Money to Rebuild Iraq

The Iraqi government estimates that it will cost $88 billion to rebuild the country from the devastation caused by the war with ISIS. Yet at a donor conference in Kuwait last week, only $30 billion was pledged. The money will come mainly from Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the form of grants, loans and investment promises.

The U.S. stated in advance that the U.S. would not be pledging funds at the conference. The State Department noted that since 2014, the U.S. had given Iraq $1.7 billion in humanitarian aid and $6 billion in economic and security assistance.

In a speech to the conference, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on other countries to take on such commitments, saying, “Everyone in this room has an opportunity to help set Iraq on a new course and contribute to its long-term development.”

Terrorism / Islam / War on Terror:

Unrepentant Mall of America Stabber Gets Light Sentence

An unrepentant Islamist terrorist in Minnesota received a sentence of 15 years in prison, meaning he could be paroled in eight to 10 years.

Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, 20, stabbed two brothers — Alexander Sanchez, 19, and John Sanchez, 25 – – in a dressing room at Macy’s in the Mall of America near Minneapolis on November 12, 2017.

Last month, Adbiraham pleaded guilty to the charges against him. His attorney read a statement to the court in which Adbiraham claimed responsibility for the attack, saying he did it in the name of the Islamic State terrorist group.

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Orthodox church attack in Russia

ISIS claimed responsibility Monday for the deadly attack on Orthodox churchgoers in Russia that left at least five women dead.

In a statement posted on an ISIS-affiliated website, the group said a Muslim fighter attacked a “a Christian temple” in Kizlyar, located in a predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan situated between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea.


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrest 212 in Los Angeles operation

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 212 people in a five-day operation in the Los Angeles area.

Pew Research: ICE Arrests Up Dramatically Since President Trump Took Office

From 2011 to 2016, under the Obama administration, the number of arrests made by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers dropped significantly every year. Because of this, promises to increase interior enforcement operations became a central part of Donald Trump’s broader campaign promise to enforce our immigration laws. According to data from Pew Research, he is keeping that promise so far.

A man charged with murder and dismemberment in Washington State was in the country illegally

SEATTLE (KOMO) — A man accused of stabbing his cousin, then dismembering him should have been in the custody of federal immigration agents, according to police in Kent, Washington.

Late last year, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was searching for Rosalio Ramos-Ramos, 37, but a lack of communication between police and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle resulted in his discharge from the trauma hospital, police said.

Deep State / Government Corruption:

How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption

On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.

PROOF: Obama Actively Participated in Setup of Flynn

Just two days after the election, Obama urged President-elect Trump not to rehire Flynn, whom he once fired from the Pentagon. Obama reportedly made it clear he didn’t like the man. (Flynn says his views on Islam put him at odds with the former president.)

With warnings intact to make themselves appear to be helping President Trump, Obama pulled the strings on Operation RussiaGate.

‘Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’: Bongino Says Mueller Indictment Destroys Trump Collusion Narrative

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said that new revelations detailed in the Mueller probe’s federal indictment of several Russian nationals finally renders collusion claims against President Trump moot.

Trump asks why Obama didn’t ‘do something about Russian meddling’

President Trump on Monday followed other Republican leaders in questioning why the Obama administration “failed to act” on the intelligence that Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics began in 2014.

“Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election,” Trump tweeted. “So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?”

American Hate and Bias:

Trump Adviser on Christian ‘Double Standard’: What If Joy Behar Said ‘Same Thing About Islam’

Trump Evangelical Advisory Board member Johnnie Moore said there is a double standard when it comes to condemning or criticizing religion in America.

Moore said Behar displayed “bigotry” toward Christians, adding that “we all know what would have happened if she said the same thing about Islam.”

“Everyone would be screaming ‘Islamophobia’,” Moore said.

Commentary / Opinion:

Judge Jeanine: The FBI needs a complete overhaul

February 19, 2018: Ep. 658 What Are They Hiding? The Dan Bongino Show 

In this episode. What are Bob Mueller, and the Democrats hiding? The Friday indictments of multiple Russians by the Mueller Special Counsel were suspicious because of what was missing. I also address the increasingly malicious and misleading attacks against the NRA.

Are Mass Shootings Like Terrorism?

School shootings, such as the one which just saw 17 killed in Florida, and terrorist attacks both involve killing large numbers of innocent people. To parents who have lost a child, whichever motive used by the killer will probably matter little.

To those seeking to understand horrific events and figure out how to prevent them, motive matters quite a lot. Clarion and other outlets concerned with Islamism and terrorism have frequently argued that what separates school shootings from terror attacks is that terrorism is motivated by ideology, whereas school shootings are, while abhorrent, apolitical. We have therefore treated them as separate categories of event, requiring very different responses.

it is worth investigating similarities to see if there are common root causes in play. Matt Walsh framed the question perfectly for the Daily Wire, asking simply, “Why would a person choose to do something like this?”