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Name: Don
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Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
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Since 1995, a year after I was forced into a very early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis, I have owned and operated a daily newsgathering service out of my home, for a clientele comprised of TV newscasters, Op-Ed columnists, book authors, a national wire-service and some online publications. I post many of the news articles I gather, here on DU. I also post news articles and Op-Eds written/reported/authored by my list of subscribers/clientele.

Journal Archives

'Absolute madness': Parkland shooting survivor demolishes Trump's plan to arm teachers


Trump Steers Right-Wing Summit on Populist Path Blazed in Europe

By Sahil Kapur
February 22, 2018, 4:00 AM EST

- Stars of U.K., French nationalist movements to address CPAC

- Annual gathering of conservatives often signals GOP direction

President Donald Trump has pushed the Republican Party toward a European-style populism that is amply evident in the line-up at an annual conference in Washington that long has reflected the pulse of the American right.

The list of speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference that opens Thursday includes two European nativists, Marion Marechal-Le Pen and Nigel Farage, who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and “lawless” government agencies.

The presence of Marechal-Le Pen and Farage is an indicator of how Trump’s “America First” agenda parallels traditional European nationalism, said Benjamin Haddad, a research fellow at the Hudson Institute who studies European populism and transatlantic affairs.

“You do see a convergence with the Trump movement -- when it comes to closed borders, protectionism, the nativism and anti-immigration discourse, the focus on Islam,” Haddad said. “It’s what we’ve seen in European movements for years."


Florida shooting: Teachers want to be armed, but not with guns

By Georgina Rannard
BBC UGC and Social News
1 hour ago

Lindsey Paull said she will leave teaching if teachers are asked to carry firearms

"Pencils, paper, technology, books, art supplies, counsellors... Not Guns" - this is the wishlist of one teacher in America.

Margarette Anne's Instagram post came hours after US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers could prevent school shootings like that which left 17 people dead in Florida last week.

Since the president first suggested arming teachers he tweeted on Thursday to clarify he meant to suggest "giving concealed guns to gun adept teachers" - estimating this would be about 20% of teachers, which would work out at 640,000 people.

Many of the educators posting selfies and messages under the hashtag #ArmMeWith reject the idea.


Top Political Donors Have Already Given $66 Million for Midterms

Source: Bloomberg News

By John McCormick and Bill Allison
February 22, 2018, 4:00 AM EST

Billionaire Tom Steyer and packaging king Richard Uihlein are leading the charge among mega-donors seeking to influence the November elections, with the top 10 contributors logging a combined $65.7 million so far in the current campaign cycle.

With control of Congress at stake, the top Democratic and Republican donors will be pressed to finance a battle that’s already triggering television advertising and expected to set a spending record. The first midterm elections under President Donald Trump will be a high-priced test of whether the GOP can keep majorities in both the House and Senate. As many as a dozen Senate seats and 80 in the House could be in play.

"This will be a historically expensive midterm," said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance. "We will see massive donations fueling massive spending."

Uihlein and Steyer -- the leading contributors for their respective parties -- are facing off with starkly different styles. Uihlein, a Republican, dodges almost all publicity, while Steyer, a Democrat, is becoming a household name because of his on-camera appeals to impeach the president.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-22/mega-donors-lead-parties-search-for-early-edge-in-u-s-election

Kellyanne Conway slams critics of plan to arm teachers: It's 'disrespectful' to shooting victims

Kellyanne Conway slams critics of Trump plan to arm teachers: It’s ‘disrespectful’ to school shooting victims


Amnesty accuses President Trump of human rights violations

Source: BBC

6 hours ago

Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Donald Trump of "hateful" politics and of being a threat to human rights.

"President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad," the group said.

Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, the Philippines, and Venezuela.

The organisation was launching its annual report, staging the event in Washington for the first time.

"The spectres of hatred and fear now loom large in world affairs, and we have few governments standing up for human rights in these disturbing times," said Salil Shetty, head of Amnesty.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-43152496

Warriors to spend part of D.C. trip with local kids, as they won't be heading to White House

Source: ESPN

2:35 AM ET
Chris Haynes and Ramona Shelburne

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With President Donald Trump tweeting last September that a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors was "withdrawn," the reigning NBA champs have decided to go on a private tour of an undisclosed locale on Feb. 27 in their lone visit to the nation's capital, league sources told ESPN.

Head coach Steve Kerr left it up to the players to determine how they wanted to spend their time, and the players selected a venue in which local kids would join them. It will be closed off to the media, sources said. The players wanted the outing to be a personal, intimate experience.

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," Kerr told ESPN. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The tour will consist only of players, coaches and students, sources said.

Read more: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22535866/with-no-trip-white-house-planned-golden-state-warriors-spend-part-dc-trip-local-kids

Murdoch owned Times of London must be fake news also

Donald Trump calls for teachers to be armed after Florida school shooting

Rhys Blakely, Washington
February 22 2018, 12:01am,
The Times

President Trump said teachers should be armed as he spoke to school shooting survivors and victims’ families in an emotionally charged meeting at the White House last night.

Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow, 18, was one of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week, told Mr Trump: “We’re here because my daughter has no voice. She was murdered last week, shot nine times. How many schools, how many children have to get shot?” During the “listening session”, Mr Trump called for America to build more psychiatric institutions, promised that gun buyers would be vetted and suggested teachers carry guns.

“This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun . . . it’s called concealed carry, where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them,” he explained. “They’d go for special training and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.”


Trump vows to push comprehensive gun background checks: 'Raise age to 21 and end sale of bump stocks

Source: The Hill

Trump vows to push comprehensive gun background checks: 'Raise age to 21 and end sale of bump stocks!'


President Trump said Thursday he will push for comprehensive background checks “with an emphasis on mental health” on gun sales, saying that the age of purchasers should be raised to 21 and bump stocks should be banned.


Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to put forward regulations to ban bump stocks, a device used to increase a semi-automatic rifle’s rate of fire.

Lawmakers and activists are pushing for gun control after 17 people were killed at a school shooting in South Florida last week. The suspect in the shooting allegedly used a legally purchased AR-15 to carry out the attack, placing the rifle in the center of the debate.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/375018-trump-vows-to-push-comprehensive-background-checks-ban-bump-stocks

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet Isaiah.

02.22.18 12:01 AM ET

If you asked people whom their favorite biblical prophet is, there’s a strong chance they would answer Isaiah. Sure, Moses gets all the accolades, received the tablets, and is the most important; but Isaiah is the prophetic book most quoted by authors of the New Testament. For Christians, Isaiah predicts the coming of the Messiah, the death of Jesus and the Virgin Birth. So, it is particularly auspicious that in a stunning article published today in Biblical Archaeology Review archaeologists announced that they have stumbled upon the first physical evidence for the existence of the prophet Isaiah.

The evidence itself comes in the form of a small piece of clay (an impression left by a seal), a mere 0.4 inches long, which appears to bear the inscription “Isaiah the prophet.” It was unearthed as part of excavations of a previously undisturbed pile of debris at the Ophel excavation in Jerusalem. The dig is headed by Eliat Mazar who provides a description of the discovery, significance, and translation of the seal in an article published in this month’s issue of BAR. The debris contained figurines, pottery fragments, pieces of ivory and some clay seal impressions, known as bullae. These impressions were created when the owners of the seals stamped their seals into the soft clay and include the mark of King Hezekiah, previously reported here at The Daily Beast.

According to Mazar, “alongside the bullae of Hezekiah… [were] 22 additional bullae… among these is the bulla of “Yesha‘yah Nvy[?]” which is most straightforwardly translated as “Isaiah the Prophet.” Given the importance of Isaiah to religious history, this seal impression is of great significance to Jews and Christians alike.

According to the Book of Isaiah, Isaiah was an eighth century BCE prophet during the reign of King Hezekiah (one of the few “good kings” who ruled Judah before the Babylonian conquest. In the book of Kings, Hezekiah is described as second only to King David). Isaiah began prophesying during the reign of King Ussiah and appears to have lived through the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and the first fourteen years of the reign of Hezekiah. He is responsible, among other things, for the earliest biblical description of heaven, which he saw in a vision (Isaiah 6). Many scholars think that Isaiah’s vision of God enthroned in the heavens laid the groundwork for subsequent descriptions of heaven.

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