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Attempted Dixon school shooter used gun obtained by his mom, a prohibited possessor

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Last Wednesday, 19-year-old Matthew Milby attempted a school shooting at Dixon High School in central Illinois. The shooter was stopped by a resource officer who shot and wounded the former student.

How did the perp obtain his gun? From his mom who is a convicted felon.

Plenty of gun control laws on the books that should have prevented her from purchasing a firearm. Yet somehow the system failed, as has happened before. Beyond system failures, a convicted felon knows they are not allowed to have a gun.

From WQAD: WGN tv, a Tribune Media partner of WQAD, is reporting that suspected Dixon shooter Matthew Milby’s mother is a convicted felon who should not have legally been able to purchase a gun.

The Illinois State Police has confirmed Julie Milby purchased the 9-mm semi-automatic rifle her son brought to school Wednesday. But court records in Florida show her criminal history should have been a red flag on a background check.

On Wednesday Julie Milby told reporters, “There’s no justification for what he’s done. And he will take full responsibility for that.”

She also claimed she didn’t know how he got the gun. “We don’t have guns,” she said at the time. “I don’t have any guns in the house.”

Yet state police say it was her gun and she purchased it in 2012.

How she got it is still unclear. A review of court records shows Julie Milby, previously known as Julie Mitchell, was convicted of felony battery and felony resisting an officer with violence in Osceola County, Florida in 1991.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says because of that conviction she would not have been able to get a gun from a licensed dealer in the state of Florida.

Julie Milby did not answer her door Friday when WGN Investigates arrived.

Her attorney Tom Murray told WGN he believes she bought the gun in Illinois, legally, and with a FOID card.  But he did not know about her 1991 felony convictions.

Illinois State Police won’t specify how she got the gun, or whether they ran a proper background check, because the case is still under investigation.

But in Illinois a felony conviction anywhere in the country disqualifies someone from getting a FOID card, which you need to buy a gun in Illinois.

When running a background check on Julie Milby, numerous felony convictions are shown. Someone in Florida stole her identity at one point. That individual claimed to be Julie when arrested. However, Florida officials say that happened after her 1991 felony convictions.

Florida officials say all of those cases still should have shown up on a background check for a gun, though, because they have not been officially removed from her record.

Milby also has an extensive arrest record in Lee County, Illinois. None of those cases, however, include felony convictions.

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Harvard gives award to Hillary for ‘transformative impact’; Planned Parenthood CEO gets human rights award

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” –Isaiah 5:20

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers.” -2 Corinthians 4:4

In our upside down America, a massive political failure is given a prestigious award by the country’s premier university, while the CEO of a baby-killing mill is given a human rights award.

Steven Nelson reports for Washington Examiner that this Friday, May 25, 2018, Harvard University will honor Hillary Clinton with the Radcliffe Medal during graduation ceremonies in Cambridge, Mass., for her “transformative impact on society” — whatever that means.

The AP reported that organizers selected Hillary for the award because they consider her a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator,” and “an advocate of American leadership” in the world.

Rapist Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright — who, during the 2016 presidential election, threatened American women that they would go to hell if they didn’t vote for Hillary — will deliver a “personal tribute” to Hillary, while Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey also is expected to participate in the ceremony.

Yesterday, at Yale University, Hillary took jabs at President Trump and invoked the entirely bogus claim of a Russian-Trump collusion. Then, in an apparent reference to Trump, whom she never mentioned by name. she had the shameless temerity and blindness-to-herself to actually say this:

“The radicalization of American politics hasn’t been symmetrical. There are leaders who blatantly incite people with hateful rhetoric. Waging a war on the rule of law and a free press, de-legitimizing elections, perpetrating shameless corruption, and rejecting the idea that our leaders should be public servants undermines our national unity.

Then, this woman — who trashed her husband’s sex-assault victims as “bimbos”, dismissed the Americans whose vote she sought as “deplorables”, and blames her presidential loss on, among others, white people, male chauvinists, and women who only listened to their misogynist husbands — actually said this:

“Healing our country is going to take, what I call, radical empathy. As hard as it is, this is a moment to reach across divides of race, class and politics.”

To no one’s surprise, she said “No, I’m not over it. I still think about the 2016 election.”

Good. I hope she goes to her grave with her failure still sticking to her craw.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards with Obama

Meanwhile, on May 16, 2018, at the 42nd annual Herbert H. Humphry Civil and Human Rights Award Dinner, some outfit called the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights gave its top human rights award to Cecile Richards, who had recently stepped down as president of the abortion mill Planned Parenthood.

The award is in recognition of someone who best exemplifies “selfless and devoted service to the cause of equality.”

LifeNews‘ Steven Ertelt points out:

Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood aborted approximately 3.5 million unborn babies and reaped in billions in taxpayer dollars.

Since 2006, Richards has drawn in a huge, nearly seven-figure salary leading the “non-profit.” During her tenure, Planned Parenthood saw huge drops in patient numbers and actual health services and scandal after scandal involving aborted baby body parts trafficking, sexual abuse cover-ups, Medicaid fraud and more.

At the same time, the abortion chain reaped in record profits, including billions in taxpayer funding, and maintained a corner on the American abortion market. It ramped up its political advocacy and attacked numerous efforts to protect unborn and born babies from abortion.

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H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

Is the City of Seattle going to ruin their economy with the new head tax?

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Last week the Seattle City Council approved a new head tax on big businesses. The tax is an amount businesses pay per employee ($275 per year), with a sunset clause of 2023 (don’t hold your breath that this tax will actually cease to exist at that time). The head tax was approved by a unanimous vote.

I’ve told you what has led up to this head tax vote. See the following:

Amazon had strong words for the Seattle City Council as it questions its future in the city. “We are disappointed by today’s City Council decision to introduce a tax on jobs,” Amazon Vice President Drew Herdener said in a statement.

More from King5 News:

“Herdener said Amazon, which had paused planning on two downtown Seattle office towers pending the outcome of the vote, would resume construction planning on one of them — Block 18. The 17-story building, which will have 1 million square feet of office space, is meant to house between 7,000 and 8,000 new employees.

But he said Herdener then went on to suggest Amazon’s expansion in the city may be curtailed.“While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which forces us to question our growth here.”

Herdener then turned the tables, suggesting the people holding the city’s purse strings are the problem.

“City of Seattle revenues have grown dramatically from $2.8B in 2010 to $4.2B in 2017, and they will be even higher in 2018. This revenue increase far outpaces the Seattle population increase over the same time period. The city does not have a revenue problem – it has a spending efficiency problem. We are highly uncertain whether the city council’s anti-business positions or its spending inefficiency will change for the better,” Herdener said.”

Starbucks also wasn’t too happy and had harsh words for the city:

“The company released this statement, attributed to John Kelly, senior vice president of Global Public Affairs and Social Impact at Starbucks:

This City continues to spend without reforming and fail without accountability, while ignoring the plight of hundreds of children sleeping outside. If they cannot provide a warm meal and safe bed to a five year-old child, no one believes they will be able to make housing affordable or address opiate addiction. This City pays more attention to the desires of the owners of illegally parked RVs than families seeking emergency shelter.”

Author Travis H. Brown, MBA (read about his background here), predicts that the council just voted to ruin their economy. Travis is the author of several books including “How Money Walks.”

Travis wrote an opinion on Saturday entitled, “How Seattle’s new tax to fight homelessness could ruin its economy.”

Travis describes the city’s actions as shortsighted and a zero-sum game that will do more harm than good.

Excerpts from his piece at MSN:

“These are laudable aims (end homelessness and build affordable housing), but it’s hard to imagine a more destructive strategy for realizing them. The potential damage to Seattle’s economy from this blunt instrument runs into the billions of dollars. Some may believe that California businesses could still flee their high-tax environment for Seattle, but in reality, Seattle is competing with many other cities for this income. One example is Phoenix, which has posted the best income growth of any Metropolitan Statistic Area (MSA) since 1992. Phoenix has capitalized on its proximity to California by luring businesses and people with a low-tax environment that nets them $1,539 in income every single minute. Compared to Seattle, this is nearly $1,200 more per minute, or $70,348 more per day. The numbers are staggering, and Seattle can’t risk putting itself further behind.

Seattle’s $20 million benchmark for the new tax refers to gross receipts, not income, meaning it will hit high-volume, low-margin businesses (think grocery stores or construction wholesalers) just as hard as more lucrative counterparts, promising price increases for consumers as businesses pass along costs. Service industries with big headcounts are firmly in the crosshairs, threatening this key employment category for young and low-skilled workers.

Amazon isn’t the only big employer eyeing the exits. Real estate portal Zillow, another new economy trailblazer, faces millions in additional tax burden. Alaska Airlines, Expedia, PayScale, Whitepages Inc., and Coinstar opposed the tax in vain, pleading in an open letter to the city council and mayor that taxing companies for creating jobs is like “telling a classroom that the students who do the most homework will be singled out for detention.”

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this exercise in illogic is the city government’s failure to enact other commonsense measures to combat homelessness: zoning reforms and infrastructure improvements to facilitate construction of affordable housing; shifting funds from underperforming shelters to ones that deliver; and coordination of the city’s homeless strategy with other municipalities in King County.”

Read his whole opinion piece here.

The background of the Seattle council members:

  • Lisa Herbold: Has been working for government politicians and government agencies since 1997.
  • Bruce Harrell: An attorney who began working in “public service” in 1979 by working for the Seattle City Council.
  • Kshama Sawant: A SOCIALIST.
  • Rob Johnson: A progressive urban planner and transportation advocate who spent ten years working for a statewide nonprofit coalition before working for government agencies.
  • Debora Juarez: A lawyer who concentrated on providing legal and financial counsel to Native American tribes.
  • Mike O’Brien: Served as CFO for a law firm prior to election to city council in 2009. He likes to silence constituents.
  • Sally Bagshaw: First elected to the council in 2009. She began her legal career by working for government agencies and has been working in the public sector since.
  • Teresa Mosqueda: Came to Seattle City Council following a long career effectively advocating for working families.
  • Lorena Gonzalez: Came to Seattle City Council with a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate.

Somehow I don’t doubt that business leaders at Amazon, Starbucks (and all the other businesses against this head tax) and Travis know more about Econ 101 than any of the professional advocates/public servants and taxpayer money grabbers on the Seattle City Council.

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This is Chiraq: A start to their weekend includes 11 shot, 4 killed on Friday

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From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – Four people were killed, and another seven were wounded, in gun violence Friday across Chicago, including a 65-year-old man who was found shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood.

About 11:30 p.m., officers found 65-year-old Earnest Wilson lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his face in the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson lived in the same block as the shooting.

Earlier in the evening, two people were killed in a Back of the Yards shooting. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South May. Erica Frazier, 47, and a 51-year-old man were both struck in their torsos and died at University of Chicago Hospital, officials said. Frazier lived in the same block as the shooting. Area Central detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

About 2 a.m., a man was found shot to death in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. Officers found Ronald Brooks, 32, shot in the chest in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, authorities said. Brooks was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He lived in Englewood.

In Friday’s most recent nonfatal shooting, three men were wounded in the Austin neighborhood. About 10 p.m., the men were standing in an alley when a dark-colored car drove up in the first block of North Leclaire and someone inside fired shots, police said. A 20-year-old was shot in his shoulder and arm. He was taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in serious condition. The two other men, ages 30 and 34, were shot in their legs and were taken to the same hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

About 4:45 p.m., a 26-year-old man was wounded in the Fernwood neighborhood. The man was shot in the chest in the 300 block of West 104th Place, according to police. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn by paramedics in serious condition. He was not able to tell investigators about the circumstances of the shooting and witnesses at the scene were uncooperative.

Two men, ages 27 and 19, were wounded in a shooting about 2:30 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The older man was walking outside in the 11600 block of South Indiana when the younger man got into an argument with a group of males inside a vehicle, police said. Someone in the vehicle fired shots and the older man was struck in the left leg and the younger man was struck in one of his feet. Paramedics took both men to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the West Lawn neighborhood. The man was sitting in a vehicle in the 4500 block of West 66th Place when someone fired shots at him, police said. He was struck in both his legs and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting.

In addition to the seven people wounded in gun violence, a man accidentally shot himself Friday evening in Englewood. The 25-year-old shot himself in the leg about 5:20 p.m. in the 5700 block of South Union, police said. His condition stabilized at St. Bernard Hospital. It wasn’t immediately clear if he would faces charges.

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Trump administration revives “gag rule” on abortion

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From NY Post: The Trump administration on Friday resurrected a Reagan-era rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions or sharing space with abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the proposal Friday in a move aimed at burnishing the formerly pro-choice president’s pro-life credentials in the eyes of his evangelical base.

The policy has been derided as a “gag rule” by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. But it’s guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate going into the congressional midterm elections.

The announcement came as President Trump was scheduled to speak at the Susan B. Anthony List’s “campaign for life” gala on Tuesday night. The group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion.

It says it spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle to defeat Hillary Clinton and promote a “pro-life Senate.”

The Reagan-era rule barred family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women. It never went into effect as written, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was an appropriate use of executive power.

The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect that required “nondirective” counseling to include a full range of options for women.

According to a Trump administration summary, the new proposal will roll back the Clinton requirement that abortion should be discussed as an option along with prenatal care and adoption.

Known as Title X, the nation’s family planning program serves about 4 million women a year through clinics, at a cost to taxpayers of about $260 million.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but by law, federal family planning funds cannot be used to pay for abortion procedures.

Abortion opponents say a taxpayer-funded family planning program should have no connection to abortion.

Doctors’ groups and abortion rights supporters say a ban on counseling women trespasses on the doctor-patient relationship.

“This is an attempt to take away women’s basic rights, period,” said Dawn Laguens, a senior Planned Parenthood executive who hinted at possible legal action to try to block the Trump administration move, saying, “we will not stand by while our basic health care and rights are stripped away.”

“I cannot imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged,” said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics.

Marcella said requiring clinics to be physically separate from facilities in which abortion is provided is impractical, and would disrupt services for women across the country.

But abortion foes said Trump is merely reaffirming the core mission of the family planning program. “The new regulations will draw a bright line between abortion centers and family planning programs, just as … federal law requires and the Supreme Court has upheld,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a key voice for religious conservatives.

Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said, “Abortion is not health care or birth control and many women want natural health care choices, rather than hormone-induced changes.”

The Trump administration overview of the proposal said it’s not a “gag rule.”

It “will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion … but neither will it include the current mandate that (clinics) must counsel and refer for abortion,” said the administration document.

Abortion rights supporters suggest that’s a distinction without a difference, since the ban on referring a woman for an abortion could amount to overriding the judgment of medical professionals. They also say women will have no guarantee of getting a full review of all their options.

The Republican-led Congress has unsuccessfully tried to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration has vowed to religious and social conservatives that it would keep up the effort.

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Charlotte city council member compares police to terrorists

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She seems like a nice womyn.

From Fox Insider News: A Charlotte, North Carolina, city councilwoman is receiving backlash after she compared police officers to terrorists on social media.

In the tweet, which was originally posted in March and has gained traction during National Police Week, LaWana Mayfield wrote, “Being black in America under #45 has created homegrown terrorist wearing blue uniforms.”

She posted the tweet, which included the hashtag #AReckoningIsComing, after the deadly officer-involved shooting of an unarmed black man in Sacramento, California.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the tweet was “offensive” and “hard to stomach.”

FOX 46 Charlotte caught up with Mayfield Wednesday afternoon.

“They find an opinion offensive. When you do the research how many black men and women have lost their lives or been assaulted, then we can have this conversation,” Mayfield said.

This is not the first time the councilwoman has come under fire for a controversial social media post.

In April, she shared an article pushing a 9/11 conspiracy theory, which sparked an online petition calling for her resignation that has received more than 1,700 signatures.

This past October, she tweeted that President Trump is a “disgrace to the nation.”

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What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? Gibberish and confusion during her weekly press conference

After watching this video, one has to wonder if Nancy (age 78) is one of the 16 members of Congress having Alzheimer’s medications delivered?

She sure does display some of the early indications of senile dementia: language problems, rambling speech,  and trouble coming up with the right words and using the wrong ones.

Also see Dr. Eowyn’s post from July 2017, “Does Nancy Pelosi have senile dementia?

There are several other videos in that post (also from The American Mirror) which clearly indicate that not all is right in Nancy’s head and with her ability to verbally communicate.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, go to alz.org.

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