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Odd Things From The Sporting World.

One of the things we love about sports is that just when you think you have seen it all, you see something new.

For example, you have this practice swing hitting the golf ball by Zach Johnson at the Masters Golf tournament on Friday:

There was no penalty for this, but you have to love the reaction of Johnson and the other golfers. “What the heck just happened?”

Just when you think you’ve seen it all……

And then there is baseball.
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One Hundred Fifty Four Years Ago Today.

One hundred and fifty four years ago today, April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln was attending the play “Our American Cousin” with his wife and guests Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris, daughter of New York Senator Ira Harris when shortly after 10 PM, Booth entered the Presidential box and shot Lincoln in the head with a .44-caliber pistol made by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia. Major Rathbone rushed Booth and was stabbed with a knife Booth was carrying. Booth then jumped to the stage below the box and allegedly caught his spur on the bunting and American flag on the front of the box which caused him to break his left leg.

(Some historians doubt that Booth did break his leg at that moment. Eyewitnesses at the time say Booth was not limping as he ran across the stage. Booth also would have used his left leg to mount his horse which would have been difficult if the leg was broken. Fellow co-conspirator, David Herold, who rode with Booth into Virginia that night said that Booth told him that he had injured the leg when Booth’s horse fell. The duo repeated the statement to others they met in trying to escape. However, in his diary, Booth himself wrote that he broke his leg in the jump to the stage.)

At some point in the assassination, Booth was heard to shout “Sic Semper Tyrannis!” (“Thus Always to Tyrants”) which is the Virginia state motto.
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Take It To The Bank.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D CA) is the chair of the House Committee on Financial Services. This past Tuesday, the Committee was holding a hearing on banking practices and had presidents of banks as witnesses.

This exchange between Waters and the witnesses took place:

From the Daily Caller:

Waters began by explaining the student debt crisis, saying, “Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe … $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.”

She added, “Last year, 1 million student loan borrowers defaulted which is on top of the 1 million borrowers who defaulted the year before.”

Then, Waters turned the questions on the bank executives, asking what they intended to do about the student debt crisis: “What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt? Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monihan? Big bank?”

“We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so,” he responded.
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Palm Bay: Palm Bay V. Lori Scott – The Scott Response.

Back on March 5, 2019 we posted the lawsuit filed by the City of Palm Bay in an attempt to force Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott to certify the signatures on petitions gathered by a committee seeking to have the City Charter revert to the 2016 language when it comes to the matter of special assessments.

(We had written about the petitions here, here and here.)

Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott has responded to the lawsuit and is asking the court to dismiss the entire thing based on the legal insufficiency of the Palm Bay pleading, as we as the idea that even if Palm Bay gets past the legal sufficiency part, Palm Bay cannot force the Supervisor of elections to do what she is not required to do by law.


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Good Samaritan Shot In Waffle House.

Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer was shot and killed when his act of kindness resulted in an argument early this past Sunday morning.

Brewer, 41, was in a Gainsville, FL Waffle House paying for people’s meals and handing out money to people in what appears to be a random act of kindness.

Alachua County sheriff’s deputies said 41-year-old Craig Arttez Brewer, who was killed at about 3 a.m. Sunday, had been paying for others’ food and giving out money to some of the restaurant’s customers shortly before his death.

The acts of kindness led to resentment from one female customer, according to the Sheriff’s Office, and that gave rise to an argument between Brewer and his alleged killer. Suddenly, a crowded Waffle House turned into a murder scene.

Ezekiel Luke Hicks, 25, is accused of shooting Brewer multiple times, at least once in the head, sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said.
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Protecting Their Own.

You may remember former Sheriff Scott Israel who was front and center after the horrific shooting that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of 2018.

Israel became a focal point in the aftermath when it was learned that his deputies not only did not enter the school to stop the shooter, but did not even attempt to seal the area and allowed the shooter to walk off campus. The actions of the department as a whole and Israel were criticized in a report by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission issued in January, 2019.

Israel’s run as the Broward County Sheriff had been controversial even before the Parkland shooting, with Israel being accused of hiring people as political “payback.”

A log of employees hired by the sheriff shows 10 workers were hired since 2013 into “outreach” roles, their salaries totalling $634,479. The unit is embedded into a $2.4 million community services division. When the budget year closes out in October, the outreach team expects to have made contact with 320,000 people, budget documents say.

The outreach workers, who mainly attend community events, are in addition to political activists and others Israel hired into community affairs roles, writing and designing printed pieces about the agency, and sharing it on social media. The employee log shows six hired into community affairs roles, their salaries totaling $388,729.
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Lt. Col. Richard Cole – Last Of The Doolittle Raiders – Passes.

image courtesy of the HistoryNet

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders who rallied the nation’s spirit during the darkest days of World War II, has passed away.

Tom Casey, president of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Association, confirmed to Air Force Times that Cole died Tuesday morning in San Antonio. His daughter, Cindy Cole Chal, and son, Richard Cole, were by his side, Casey said.

Cole will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Casey said. Memorial services are also being scheduled at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas.

Cole, who was then-Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the No. 1 bomber during the daring 1942 raid to strike Japan, was 103.
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Why Has The West Been So Successful?

From PragerU:

Transcript:

Western civilization. It’s been around for a while, but suddenly everybody is talking about it. Some are anxious to save it; others are happy to see it go.

But what exactly is Western civilization?

Is it the great cathedrals of Europe or the Nazi concentration camps? Is it the freedoms secured in the US Constitution or chattel slavery? Life-saving medicines or poison gas?

The left likes to focus on the bad – genocide, slavery, environmental destruction. But those have been present in every civilization from time immemorial.

The positives are unique to the West – religious tolerance, abolition of slavery, universal human rights, the development of the scientific method: these are accomplishments of a scope and scale that only the West can claim.
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