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Watch: Obama Just Called For Cops To Do Something ‘Unbelievable’ To Their Uniforms

The Obama administration announced a ban on the sale of some military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies earlier this week. Additionally, the administration is looking to implement “softer uniforms” for police.

Local police departments are now prohibited from purchasing tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, and large caliber weapons and ammunition. They will also face limits on other federal equipment, including explosives, riot equipment, and wheeled armored or tactical vehicles.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest law enforcement union in the United States, lambasted the administration for the move.

“The FOP was very disappointed that the ‘controlled’ equipment list identified protective gear like anti-ballistic shields and helmets as well as armored vehicles, as this will make these defensive purchases much more difficult to obtain,” an FOP statement said. “Similarly, some less than lethal technologies have also been put on the ‘controlled’ equipment list.”

All of us know that this issue is not really about equipment. We ought not to be distracted by thinking the problem is with the types of equipment or how the equipment is procured.

Instead, we need to focus on better command decision-making at the local and State level with respect to how and when the equipment is deployed in the field. This, and of course appropriate training for the officers who are directed to use the equipment, is critical.

Speaking on The Kelly File Thursday, Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed out the administration also wants “softer uniforms” for police officers.

“They’re concerned about the helmet. They’re concerned about the shield. It’s sending the wrong message,” Kilmeade said. “I used to think from the civilian point of view that that would be a reason not to riot, because the police were ready and ready to act.”

Kilmeade also told Kelly that if he were a police officer today, he would not show up to the next riot.

h/t: Fox News

What do you think about Obama’s actions regarding the police? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Christie Dead Wrong About NSA Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American’s digital communication.

Standing in front of flowing waters at the Portsmouth, N.H., shipyard, Christie strongly delivered a litany of lies:

Christie: “The vast majority of Americans are not worried about the government listening in on them.”

Reality: Nearly all polls reveal the vast majority of Americans believe the NSA program of spying on Americans goes too far. The majority of Americans in most polls say they want the collection of their personal and professional digital communications to stop.

Christie: “It hasn’t happened.”

Reality: Christie is pretending we don’t understand how the program works. The NSA records and collects all digital communication and stores the millions of gigabytes for future searches. He’s not fooling anyone by pretending NSA agents aren’t actually “listening” 24/7. This is Clinton-style weasel-wording.

Christie: “What happens if we don’t catch the bad people who want to harm our country? So here’s how we catch ’em. We need to toughen our terror mechanisms to do their job.”

Reality: The NSA program has caught no domestic terrorists. None. Nada.

Christie: “Over the last couple of years our allies including Great Britain, France, Canada and Australia have announced plans to toughen their laws to better detect terrorism and extremism.”

Reality: Christie is using the liberal reasoning that “everyone else is doing it, so we should, too.” This is the foot-stomping, childish logic used to argue for a failing government-controlled national health care policy.

Christie: “This is a big debate in congress right now and courts have expressed their views.”

Reality: True. The program has been ruled “unconstitutional” by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who said the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of metadata – simply phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content – violates privacy rights.

Judge Leon famously declared, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Christie: “Right now that debate is dominated by intellectual purists worried about theoretical abuses that have not occurred.”

Reality: The NSA’s Inspector General was compelled by Republican Charles Grassley to admit numerous agents have been caught using the NSA surveillance tools to spy on their lovers and spouses. Some resigned, some were fired, others reprimanded and demoted.

These include cases of NSA employees actually listening to their paramours’ conversations in addition to listening to recordings and reading emails. Yes, they can be doing this right now with your communications.

Christie: “If you’re an ordinary, hardworking American, this law has no effect on you..”

Reality: Unless it does.

Christie: “It could prevent the next attack from taking place and killing our fellow citizens.”

Reality: Former NSA Director Keith Alexander admitted he lied when he said surveillance data collected by the NSA program provided the initial tips to “unravel the threat stream” of 53 plots.

When presented with studies that showed no plots were uncovered by the NSA program, Alexander mewled, maybe “one or two” plots were uncovered. No, none were. Not one, not two. None.

Researchers analyzed cases involving 225 people recruited by al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups and charged in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The majority of cases started with traditional techniques, such as use of “informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations.”

Bulk collection of American communications has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group,

Christie has succeeded in differentiating himself from House Republicans who have come to recognize the program’s unconstitutionality.

He now stands with Hillary, Mitch McConnell, and Obama.

Not good company.

This commentary appeared at CagleCartoons.com.

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Angry Teacher Does This To U.S. Flag After Student Calls Him Out In Front Of Class

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Parents and students alike protested in front of an eastern Illinois school amid reports of a teacher stomping on the American flag in the middle of class.

A teacher reportedly stomped on the flag during class at Martinsville Junior-School High School last Friday. The town is located about 100 miles west of Indianapolis.

“It’s just disgraceful,” Navy veteran Clifford Clouser told WTHI. “There’s just so much history in that flag. Some good, some bad, but it’s still our flag.”

Parent Gina Gibson tells the Journal Gazette & Times Courier what reportedly happened:

Gibson said several students reported that the incident in question began when their teacher was using a U.S. flag as a pointer.

She said a student told the teacher that using the flag in this way is disrespectful. Gibson said the teacher then became angry, dropped the flag on the floor, and deliberately stepped on the flag.

Gibson, who is also Clouser’s daughter, told the publication her son Seth and a second student objected to the teacher’s actions by putting their heads down on their desks and refusing to look at the teacher..

“This is a situation in which I am proud of our students,” Gibson said. “Our students are standing up for our nation.” WTHI noted that several residents, including students, were protesting outside on school grounds earlier this week.

The Martinsville school district has placed the teacher on leave for the rest of the school year pending an investigation and will not take any action until its June board meeting.

“We ask that any demonstration be done peacefully and off school grounds to avoid disruption to the end of the school year. For the safety and security of our students, we will ask any community member attempting to protest on school grounds to leave the property,” a press release from the district stated.

We are also aware that community members have made threats against the teacher on Facebook. We have notified the police of the threats.  We encourage everyone in the community to teach our students by example that we can express our disapproval with a situation without becoming threatening and/or potentially violent.

To ensure the safety of the teacher involved, as well as the safety of his family, we will not be releasing his name at this time.

h/t: The Blaze

Should the teacher be fired? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Today We Celebrate The National Day Of Prayer And Remembrance For Mariners And People Of The Sea

The SS Savannah left Savannah, Ga., on MAY 22, 1819, and 25 days later arrived in Liverpool, England, completing the first trans-Atlantic voyage by steamship.

To pay tribute to the American Merchant Marine, President Franklin Roosevelt designated MAY 22, 1933, as NATIONAL MARITIME DAY.

Ronald Reagan commented, May 20, 1986, “When steam-powered vessels began to eclipse sailing ships in the latter part of the 19th century, it was largely the result of pioneering work by two Americans, John Fitch and Robert Fulton.”

When told of Fulton’s plan for a steam-powered engine, Napoleon Bonaparte replied, “What, sir? You would make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her decks? I pray you excuse me. I have no time to listen to such nonsense.”

In The Thorny Road of Honor, 1856, Hans Christian Anderson wrote:

We are in America, on the margin of one of the largest rivers, an innumerable crowd has gathered, for it is said that a ship is to sail against the wind and weather…

The man who thinks he can solve the problem is named Robert Fulton.

Anderson continued:

The ship begins its passage, but suddenly stops. The crowd begins to laugh…

Then suddenly…the wheels turn again…the ship continues its course…between the builder of the bridge and the earth – between Providence and the human race.

Called “the father of steam navigation,” Robert Fulton wrote about his first trip from New York City to Albany on the ship Clermont, August 7, 1807:

The power of propelling boats by steam is now fully proved.

The morning I left New York there were not perhaps thirty persons in the city who believed that the boat would ever move one mile an hour or be of the least utility; and, while we were putting off from the wharf, which was crowded with spectators, I heard a number of sarcastic remarks…

He continued:

It was the early autumn of the year 1807 that a knot of villagers was gathered on a high bluff just opposite Poughkeepsie, on the west bank of the Hudson, attracted by the appearance of a strange, dark looking craft, which was slowly making its way up the river.

Some imagined it to be a sea monster, while others did not hesitate to express their belief that it was a sign of the approaching judgment.

What seemed strange in the vessel was the…lofty and straight black smoke-pipes rising from the deck, instead of the gracefully tapered masts…

The working-beam and pistons and the slow turning and splashing of the huge and naked paddle-wheels met the astonished gaze.

The dense clouds of smoke, as they rose wave upon wave, added still more to the wonderment of the rustics.

Fulton’s statue was placed in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall by the State of Pennsylvania in 1889.

President Reagan stated, June 11, 1981, “The future has always looked bleak til people with brains and faith…found a way to make it better, people like Robert Fulton.”

Ninety percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea and the waterways.

There are approximately 1.2 million seafarers worldwide in 10,000 commercial ships and maritime vessels.

The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea is celebrated MAY 22.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, promoter of Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), stated:

Mariners serve the needs of human kind in quiet and unobtrusive ways. These hardworking men and women contribute to global economic vitality.

The nature of the industry requires their absence from home and family for many months without a break. Their labor and sacrifice make possible our access to the goods of the world.

On NATIONAL MARITIME DAY in Washington, D.C., 2012, Rev. Canon James D. Von Dreele, vice president of the North American Maritime Ministry Association, stated:

I am honored once again to make a presentation at this observance of the 2012 NATIONAL MARITIME DAY…

Not a ship in ancient times was launched or set out on a voyage without proper prayers…

The Bible is filled with sailing images and some of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen.

Seafarers…look for special blessings for their ships from the church…The launching of new builds requires a minister to bless the ship…

Maritime ministry got its start in America in the early 1800’s.

Earnest church clergy and laity formed missions in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, the prime ports of this nascent nation…

Their prime concerns were the religious, moral and physical well-being of seafarers.

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Watch: What This Dentist Was Just Accused Of Doing To Children Will Make You Sick

Outraged parents and at least one former employee are making sure as many people as possible know about a dentist they say has been physically abusing his child patients. Following last week’s town hall meeting to discuss the allegations against Dr. Howard Schneider, CNN and other major news outlets have begun reporting the disturbing details.

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A former employee, who worked for Schneider only briefly and requested not to be identified, spoke out against her ex-employer and is working with law enforcement investigating the case.

“It was horrible,” the source said. “Him putting his hand over the children’s mouth[s], yelling at them, getting close to their ear, telling them they better shut up.”

As for his staff, the former employee alleged Schneider expected the same rough treatment toward young patients.

“He didn’t like for you to be nurturing and make them feel at ease,” she said. “He wanted you to be rough. He would get angry when you would try to calm them down.”

Parents say Schneider’s inappropriate behavior went further than merely handling kids aggressively. The group of roughly 100 concerned parents that showed up for the recent town hall meeting began to organize after one parent posted her daughter’s harrowing experience to her Facebook page.

Not only did the incensed mother claim Schneider hit and choked the young girl; he also allegedly removed seven of her teeth in a procedure that resulted in her being rushed to the hospital. An online petition is currently gathering signatures from those who support launching an investigation into Schneider’s practice with the ultimate goal of ensuring he loses his medical license.

In addition to the many lawsuits currently pending against him, Schneider’s wife reportedly filed for divorce recently.

The dentist released a short statement on his behalf, saying that he is “pissed off” and has done “nothing wrong.”

What would you do if your child was abused by his or her dentist? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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