All lives matter but he makes an excellent point.

Stevie Wonder: ‘You Cannot Say Black Lives Matter and Then Kill Yourselves’


Music legend Stevie Wonder took part in a North Minneapolis peace summit over the weekend, focusing on ending youth gun violence.

According to Billboard, Wonder said it was contradictory for the African American community to say “Black Lives Matter” while black-on-black crime claims so many lives.

“It is in your hands to stop all the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be. Because you cannot say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and then kill yourselves,” Wonder told those gathered at the North Minneapolis Peace Conference.

“Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter, is by loving each other and doing something about it,” Wonder continued. “Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing.”

Wonder argued that the black community must start loving themselves and valuing each others’ lives.

“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” Wonder said. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.”

After speaking, the 29-time Grammy Award-winning musician closed the event by performing his hits “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “Higher Ground.”

Watch an excerpt of Wonder’s speech above, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Even Helen Keller could have seen this coming.

Legal pot and car crashes: Yes, there’s a link

Does driving while high have any impact on auto accident rates? Legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington correlates to about a 3 percent increase in auto collision claim frequencies compared to states without such legislation, according to a new Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study. It’s the first one the group has conducted since the drug went on sale legally.

“More drivers admit to using marijuana, and it is showing up more frequently among people involved in crashes,” the study said.

The HLDI is affiliated with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research organization that usually focuses on figuring out which cars are safest. The group is funded by auto insurance companies, which have a vested interest in not having to pay claims and — of course — hold a bias against impaired driving of any kind.

According to the HLDI, past researchers haven’t been able to “definitively connect marijuana use with real-world crashes,” and even a federal study failed to find such a link. “Studies on the effects of legalizing marijuana for medical use have also been inconclusive,” said the HLDI.

Instead, the group focused on three states — Colorado, where legal marijuana retail sales started in 2014, as well as Oregon and Washington, where sales began in 2015 — and compared them to the collision claims in neighboring states such as Nevada and Utah, parts of which now allow only medical marijuana. It also factored in statistics regarding the three states where recreational use is now legal from before it became available to the general public.

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SOURCE: HIGHWAY LOSS DATA INSTITUTE

Colorado saw the largest estimated increase in claim frequency — 14 percent more than its bordering states, while Washington state was 6 percent greater and Oregon had a 4 percent increase. Allowing for the total control group, “the combined effect for the three states was a smaller, but still significant at 3 percent,” said HLDI Vice President Matt Moore.

The group used collision claims because they are the most frequent kind insurers receive. Drivers file these claims for damage to their vehicle in a crash with an object or with another vehicle, generally when the driver is at fault, the HLDI said.

The HLDI said it’s preparing for more of these studies and has already begun a “large-scale case-control study” in Oregon to find out if usage could be causing automotive injuries.

But the auto insurance industry’s position on legalized marijuana is already crystal clear. “Worries that legalized marijuana is increasing crash rates aren’t misplaced,” said David Zuby, chief research officer of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “The HLDI’s findings on the early experience in Colorado, Oregon and Washington should give other states eyeing legalization pause.”

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Today’s feel good story.

Canadian special forces sniper kills an ISIS fighter from TWO MILES away in the longest confirmed kill shot in history

  • Bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set up on a high-rise tower in Iraq
  • The sniper disrupted an ISIS fighter who was attacking a group of Iraqi soldiers 
  • Smashes record set by British soldier Craig Harrison, who hit target at 1.54 miles

The bullet was fired from a McMillan TAC-50 rifle set on a high-rise tower and took 10 seconds to travel the 2.14 miles towards the fighter, who was attacking Iraqi soldiers.

This smashed the last record set by a Briton Craig Harrison, who killed a Taliban soldier with a 338 Lapua Magnum rifle at a range of 8,120 feet(1.54 miles) in 2009.

A Canadian sniper has broken the world record for the longest kill shot. Pictured: A Canadian sniper team in southern Kandahar, Iraq (file photo)

A Canadian sniper has broken the world record for the longest kill shot. Pictured: A Canadian sniper team in southern Kandahar, Iraq (file photo)

Read the full story below:

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4628224/Canadian-sniper-kills-ISIS-fighter-TWO-MILES-away.html#ixzz4kkONkFSQ

 

I’m surprised the looting and rioting hasn’t started. If you have the stomach for it, watch the video…Officer Yanez clearly tells the dead guy NOT to reach for his weapon.

JUSTIFIED – Dash Camera Video Of Philando Castile Shooting Released; Dispels Lies

Dash camera video shows what really happened during the Philando Castile shooting.

Dash camera video shows what really happened during the Philando Castile shooting.

St. Paul, MN – Dash camera footage from the Philando Castile shooting has finally been released, and it reveals that the narrative given by his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is not accurate (video below.) This comes after Reynolds had already been caught in a string of other lies.

Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is well-known for live-streaming the aftermath of her boyfriend’s 2016 fatal shooting by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop. Reynolds’ live-streamed Facebook video of the traffic stop did not capture anything that led up to the shooting of Philando Castile, or the shooting itself, only the aftermath.

The video has been viewed millions of times and led to rioting.  The shooting occurred in close proximity to the shooting of Alton Sterling, and the two shootings contributed to a boiling-over point, inspiring the terrorist attacks which involved assassinating police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

“He’s licensed to carry. He was trying to get out his ID and his wallet out his pocket, and he let the officer know.” Reynolds said on her Facebook Live stream of the aftermath of the shooting.

The dash camera video shows that after informing Officer Jeronimo Yanez that he was armed, the officer told Castile repeatedly not to reach for his gun.

Philando Castile responded, “I don’t have to reach for it,” while reaching in the area where his gun was located.

Castile never told the officer what he was reaching for.

It was later determined that Castile was high on marijuana at the time of the stop, which impaired his ability to listen to Officer Yanez when he was instructed not to reach for his gun. Officer Yanez shot Castile after he ignored orders and reached towards his gun.

Officer Yanez sounds like he’s crying as he repeatedly yells expletives.

“I told him not to reach for it,” a distressed Officer Yanez shouted in the aftermath of the shooting.

“You told him to get his ID, sir.” Diamond Reynolds responded.

In fact, Officer Yanez asked for Philando Castile’s license and insurance near the beginning of the stop and Castile had already handed over paperwork before informing Officer Yanez about his gun.

Philando Castile didn’t have a driver’s license to turn over to turn over because his license was suspended. With a long history of arrests for driving on a suspended license, Philando Castile was likely aware that he was about to be arrested, which is when he informed the officer that he was armed.

After 27 hours of deliberation, on Friday at around 2 PM, a Ramsey county court issued the Philando Castile verdict and found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of all counts in the shooting of Philando Castile in July 2016.

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez had stopped Castile’s vehicle on July 6, 2016,  because he believed Castile might have been involved in a convenience store robbery a few days earlier. Officer Yanez was one of the police officers who had responded to that robbery. Further investigation after the stop showed no connection to Castile and the robbery.

As an apparent ruse, the officer told Castile that he was stopped for having a brake light out.

Castile’s long previous criminal history does not show a tendency toward violence, although he had been stopped 52 times in the past few years for traffic-related issues.

After the Philando Castile shooting, Diamond Reynolds lied after Castile was shot and said that he didn’t have any criminal history.  Reynolds also lied by claiming that she was Castile’s fiance, when she wasn’t. She claimed that she was held overnight by the police, when she was only interviewed for two hours before an officer bought her groceries and took her home. And Reynolds claimed that police didn’t provide first aid to Castile, when they did.

We now know that Reynolds’s account of the shooting did not reflect what happened.

Diamond Reynolds was later arrested in an unrelated case for being involved in an attack, using a hammer to attack other women.

Officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged November 16 with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

Prosecutors claimed that Officer Yanez, who is Meican-American, racially profiled Philando Castile, who was black, when he stopped him.

The trial centered around whether Officer Jeronimo Yanez believed that Philando Castile was posing a threat to his life, and whether that belief was reasonable under the circumstances.

“I thought I was going to die,” Officer Jeronimo Yanez testified in his defense, “I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions.”

When asked if her wanted to shoot Philando Castile, Officer Yanez said, “I did not want to shoot Mr. Castile at all. Those were not my intentions.”

Officer Yanez told the court that when he saw Castile grab a gun near his right thigh after he had been ordered not to reach for it, visions of his wife and baby girl flashed through his mind, according to Star Tribune.

Now the false narrative about the Philando Castile shooting has already been rooted in peoples’ minds, it’s destined to become the next “hands up, don’t shoot.” People aren’t going to change their minds about what happened, and headlines will still claim that the shooting was an unjustified racially-motivated shooting.

You can see the dash camera video of the Philando Castile shooting below:

What a great story to start the week..

Watch: Sister sings touching song she wrote for brother with Down syndrome in viral video

 

According to the Irish Independent, Leah Kirwan, 17, wrote the song for her younger brother, Noah. The video, published online earlier this month, has been viewed more than 78,000 times.

Kirwan, a student from County Louth in Ireland, is an aspiring musicianwho sometimes posts videos of herself signing on Facebook.

In her song, Kirwan tells her brother, “The day I saw your baby face, you make this world a better place.”

The song continues:

Cause you are a star to me and everyone in this family, you can live the life you want and be what you want to be

Despite your differences and troubles in the path, I’m always here for you, just remember that

Ignore what bad people say, you’ll meet a lot along the way

Show them all what you can do and know I am so proud of you.

Kirwan adds that “We’re blessed to have you here today, you’re amazing in every single way.”

Comments on the video were overwhelmingly positive.

“Such a beautiful song,” one Facebook user wrote. “I have a little girl with [Down syndrome] and it made cry what lovely words.”

“Wonderful beautiful song for a very handsome young man,” another wrote.

The siblings also made headlines in 2015 for their viral rendition of the song “Titanium” by DJ David Guetta and singer Sia. At the time, Leah said it was Noah’s favorite song.

According to the Offaly Express, Leah, Noah, and the rest of the Kirwan family — their father Darren, their mother Richenda, and siblings Hannah and Elaina – are “still overwhelmed” by the reaction the first video received.

“I can’t believe the attention the video received but I’m delighted it did,” Leah told the Express last year. “Noah is my brother and my best friend, we love making each other smile.”

Helluva nice deal if you could get it….the plea agreements keep pouring out of Tom Pertler’s office.

Its sort of hard to believe that a criminal with such a violent criminal history could even be eligible for a plea bargain, no less one that drops the felony for a guilty plea on a frigging misdemeanor, but nothing really surprises me any longer.  The incompetence and indifference to the rule of law is astounding.

Read the story here:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3952183-one-man-arrested-one-wanted-after-brutal-assault-cloquet#.WUVYsQM4eK8.link

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Charges: LUSSIER, PATRICK CHARLES Statute Level Date Disposition Level of Sentence
1. Assault-5th Degree-Misdemeanor 609.224.1 Misdemeanor 01/16/2016 06/12/2017 Convicted 06/12/2017 Convicted of a Misdemeanor
2. Coercion-Threat to Inflict Bodily Harm or Confine 609.27.1(1) Felony 01/16/2016 06/12/2017 Dismissed
Events & Orders of the Court
DISPOSITIONS
09/29/2016

Plea (Judicial Officer: Macaulay, Robert E., Jr.)

1. Assault-5th Degree-Misdemeanor

Not guilty
06/12/2017

Amended Plea (Judicial Officer: Beiers, Leslie) Reason: Plea agreement

1. Assault-5th Degree-Misdemeanor

Guilty
06/12/2017

Disposition (Judicial Officer: Beiers, Leslie)

1. Assault-5th Degree-Misdemeanor

Convicted

2. Coercion-Threat to Inflict Bodily Harm or Confine

Dismissed
06/12/2017

Sentenced (Judicial Officer: Beiers, Leslie)

1. Assault-5th Degree-Misdemeanor
01/16/2016 (MSD) 609.224.1 (6092241)

Local Confinement:
Agency: Carlton County Jail
Term: 90 Days
Time To Serve: 90 Days
Stay 0 Yr 0 Mo 0 Days
Credit For Time Served: 68 Days
Status: Active 06/12/2017
Fee Totals:
Law Library Fees $10.00
Victim Assist-Sheriff $100.00
Crim/Traffic Surcharge (once per case) $75.00
Fee Totals $ $185.00
Condition – Adult:
1. Restitution reserved, for 30 days 06/12/2017, Active 06/12/2017
2. All fines, surcharges, court costs, restitution,, and/or fees imposed are due on the date imposed unless the court otherwise establishes a due date or a payment plan. Under Minn. Stat. 480.15, subd. 10c, any portion of a fine, surcharge, court cost, restitution, or fee that you fail to pay by the due date may be referred for collection, and collection costs may be added to the amount due. If you have agreed to a payment plan but fail to pay an installment when due, the entire amount remaining becomes due and payable and may be referred for collection. You have the right to contest a referral to collections based on inability to pay by requesting a hearing no later than the due date. 06/12/2017, Active 06/12/2017
Level of Sentence:
Convicted of a Misdemeanor

Good. Its what happens when you reach for a gun when the police stop you.

Philando Castile shooting: Officer Yanez acquitted of manslaughter

Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of black motorist Philando Castile.

The jury has found Yanez not guilty on all counts. He was also cleared of two lesser charges of endangering Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her daughter for firing his gun into the car near them.

Yanez pulled over 32-year-old Castile for a broken taillight in July 2016. The officer shot Castile five times after Castile said he was carrying a gun.

The shooting drew widespread attention, mainly because Castile’s girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook.

Yanez, who is Latino, “did what he had to do” when he shot Castile, a defense attorney argued during the trial. Yanez testified that he feared for his life after Castile refused to not pull out his gun, despite the officer’s commands.

PHILANDO CASTILE SHOOTING: MINNESOTA OFFICER ‘DID WHAT HE HAD TO DO,’ ATTORNEY SAYS

Prosecutors argued that Yanez never saw the gun, and that he overreacted to a non-threat.

The trial included squad-car video of the traffic stop between the two, but footage did not show what happened in Castile’s car, leaving it up to the jury to believe Yanez’s testimony.

After three white alternates were dismissed after closing arguments, the 12-member jury included two black and ten white people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Will this make one bit of difference to the anti gun nitwits? Of course not…we need more lunatic control, not gun control.

ATF Confirms Alexandria Shooter’s Gun Purchases Would Have Involved Background Check

On June 15, the ATF confirmed that the Alexandria attacker bought his guns from a Federal Firearms License holders (FFLs), which means he had to pass a background check before taking possession of the firearms.

This puts the Alexandria attacker in company with the Virginia Tech attacker (April 16, 2007), Gabby Giffords’ attacker (January 8, 2011), the Aurora movie theater attacker (July 20, 2012), the DC Navy Yard attacker (September 16, 2013), the Lafayette movie theater attacker (July 23, 2015), the Umpqua Community College attacker (October 1, 2015), and the Orlando Pulse attacker (June 12, 2016), all of whom passed a background check to acquire the guns they used in their crimes.

According to Roll Call, Alexandria Police, Capitol Police, the FBI, and the ATF released a joint statement, which said, “ATF has conducted traces on these weapons and has determined that both were purchased by the shooter from federal firearms licensees.”

On June 14, The Charlotte Observer reported that the Alexandria attacker also had a Firearms Owners ID (FOID) card in Illinois. An in-depth background check is part of the process for securing a FOID card.

Following the Alexandria attack, Breitbart News reported:

Background checks do not stop latent criminals. They only stop actual ones. And this is why people who have a desire to commit heinous crimes — but have not yet committed such crimes — can legally walk into a gun store, pass a background check, and get a gun.

This is why the same individual can pass another background to get a carry permit [or a FOID card]. The simple truth is that background checks look backward. They discover crimes committed, and where no past crimes exist, they are powerless to predict who could be holding criminal intentions.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

Its nice to have another president that honors our military heroes.

Michigan Vietnam vet is Trump’s 1st Medal of Honor recipient

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Members of Army medic James McCloughan’s unit in Vietnam called him “Doc.”

Now, those soldiers, several of whom McCloughan saved during the ferocious, dayslong Battle of Nui Yon Hill in 1969, will have a new name for him: Medal of Honor recipient.

Army spokeswoman Valerie L. Mongello said Tuesday that the 71-year-old from South Haven, Michigan, will become the first person to be awarded the nation’s highest military honor by President Donald Trump.

“I feel honored to be able to accept this for the 89 men that fought that battle,” McCloughan (pronounced muh-CLOO’-uhn) said, referencing the number of American combatants, dozens of whom were killed, wounded or went missing during the 48 hours of fighting against hundreds of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.

Then a 23-year-old private first class who was drafted a year earlier after earning a degree in sociology from Olivet College, McCloughan repeatedly entered the “kill zone” to rescue wounded comrades, despite being pelted with shrapnel from a rocket propelled grenade.

McCloughan “voluntarily risked his life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades,” the White House said in an emailed statement Tuesday. “He suffered wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, but refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, and continued to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend wounded Americans.”

McCloughan described the shrapnel as “a real bad sting,” during an interview with The Associated Press at his South Haven home, not far from Lake Michigan. “But at that particular time, I was tending to two guys and dragging them at the same time into a trench line.

“I looked down, and I was covered with blood,” McCloughan said of the wound that prompted a captain to suggest he leave the battlefield to receive aid.

McCloughan had different ideas.

“He knew me enough to know that I wasn’t going, and he better listen to me.”

He did.

McCloughan stuck around until the battle’s conclusion, coming to the aid of his men and fighting the enemy, at one point knocking out an enemy RPG position with a grenade. In all, the Pentagon credits McCloughan with saving the lives of 10 members of his company.

McCloughan called the battle “the worst two days of my life.”

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while: engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

McCloughan has already earned a slew of other awards, including the Combat Medical Badge, two Bronze Stars, the U. S. Army Valorous Unit Citation and the National Defense Medal. He also earned two Purple Hearts, having been shot in the arm in addition to taking the RPG shrapnel.

McCloughan left the Army in 1970, and for the next four decades he taught psychology and sociology and coached football, baseball and wrestling at South Haven High School before retiring in 2008.

Then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recommended McCloughan for the Medal of Honor last year. There was a problem, however: The medal needs to be awarded within five years of the recipient’s heroic actions. But Congress can waive the time limit, which is what happened in McCloughan’s case.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow reached McCloughan on his cellphone to deliver the news while he and his wife, Cherie, were eating at an IHOP in Colorado. The McCloughans burst into tears at the conclusion of the call. James McCloughan said he told their server what was going on, because “I didn’t want her to think we were fighting or something.”

President Barack Obama signed legislation in late 2016 that allowed for the time-limit waiver in McCloughan’s case, paving the way for him to receive the medal. But it didn’t happen before Obama left office in January, meaning it now falls to Trump to do the honors.

“President Donald Trump will be putting that on me for the first time in his experience of doing such a thing,” McCloughan said. “That’s pretty special.”

this isn’t the first rodeo for lunchbox joe’s niece…

Joe Biden’s Niece Avoids Jail After Pleading Guilty to Stealing $100,000 with Borrowed Credit Card

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Joe Biden’s niece has managed to avoid jail time after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in a credit card scam.

Caroline Biden, 30, took a plea deal at the Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City and pleaded guilty to stealing $110,810 with a borrowed credit card to go on a shopping spree, the New York Post reported.

In exchange for a guilty plea, a judge sentenced Caroline to two years probation under the condition that she stay out of trouble and pay back the money she stole.

Her attorneys declined to comment on the plea.

Biden’s niece asked to borrow a credit card from the unnamed victim so she could make a $672 purchase.

Instead, Caroline opened an account at Bigelow Pharmacy in New York and spent over $100,000 on store purchases from April 2015 to June 24, 2016.

Police arrested Caroline May 5 and charged her with grand and petit larceny. She pleaded guilty to both charges Friday.

Caroline, who has a history of abusing drugs and alcohol, also had a run-in with the law in 2013 when got into a fight with a roommate over rent and hit a police officer. She was arrested on charges of harassment, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice.

She also managed to avoid jail in that case when the court ordered that her charges be dropped after six months so long as she stayed out of trouble and remained in the Delray Beach, Florida rehab facility where she was staying for three additional months.