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St Lucie County Deputies Clayton Osteen and Victoria Pacheco.

This is one of those posts that have us stunned.

The headline says it all and yet says nothing.

Baby orphaned after parents, both Florida deputies, take their own lives

Deputy Clayton Osteen was 24 years old. He had served in the US Marine Corps. In 2020 he was named Deputy of the Year for St. Lucie County and was cited for saving the life of an overdose victim. He had a beautiful soul mate, a new child and a lifetime of memories ahead of him.

On New Years Eve, Osteen, for reasons that have not been disclosed, attempted suicide. A few days later, his family made the decision to take him off of life support.

Deputy Victoria Pacheco was given a citation in 2021 for saving another person who had overdosed on drugs.

With the loss of Osteen, Pacheco made the decision to take her own life as well days later.

The couple left a one month old son named Jayce Osteen.

Burning Down The Tree. (With Apologies to The Talking Heads.)

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A vagrant known to cops for having a lengthy rap sheet set ablaze the Fox News Christmas tree Wednesday outside a heavily patrolled, tourist-packed corner near Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, police and sources said.

The holiday display was set ablaze shortly after midnight and the flames quickly spread up the tree in Fox Square outside the Sixth Avenue and West 48th Street building that houses Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post.

A Beginning, An End, A Return.

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 that launched the United States into World War II.

The Japanese plan was simple: Destroy the Pacific Fleet. That way, the Americans would not be able to fight back as Japan’s armed forces spread across the South Pacific. On December 7, after months of planning and practice, the Japanese launched their attack.

At about 8 a.m., Japanese planes filled the sky over Pearl Harbor. Bombs and bullets rained onto the vessels moored below. At 8:10, a 1,800-pound bomb smashed through the deck of the battleship USS Arizona and landed in her forward ammunition magazine. The ship exploded and sank with more than 1,000 men trapped inside.

Stupid Policy Tricks.

From the pencils and ink pens of A.F. Branco over at Comically Incorrect:

Then again, “policies” are just for the common person:

Traitor Joe Vs. Trader Joes.

The folks over at Liberty Maniacs make satirical tee-shirts and other products.

One of their latest offerings is the “Traitor Joe” tee shirt seen above. (It’s available in small to 3x sizes and many colors.)

However, someone doesn’t get the humor – mainly the retail store and grocery store chain of Trader Joe’s.

Liberty Maniacs received a letter from Trader Joe’s demanding the Traitor Joe tee shirts be removed due to copyright infringement.

John Stossel Is Suing Facebook.

Long time reported John Stossel is suing Facebook for the censuring of his videos. Normally, as a private company, Facebook can do what it wants and decide what is allowed on its platform. Yet Stossel is making a different claim.

Stossel is claiming that Facebook’s “independent fact checkers” censored and or labeled his videos based on things he never said.

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According to Stossel’s lawsuit, in the past year he posted two short video reports on Facebook in which he “interviewed experts in the climate change arena.”

In one video, “Government Fueled Fires,” about the 2020 wildfires in California, Facebook and its fact-checking partners “falsely attributed to Stossel a claim he never made, and on that basis flagged the content as ‘misleading’ and ‘missing context,’ so that would-be viewers would be routed to the false attribution statement.” The complaint says that Stossel’s video “explored a scientific hypothesis” that “while climate change undoubtedly contributes to forest fires, it was not the primary cause of the 2020 California fires.” Per the suit, Stossel says he never made the claim that “Forest fires are caused by poor management. Not by climate change,” which was in Facebook’s fact-check.

Remembering 9-11 May “Offend” Some People.

Last Saturday, on the anniversary of 9/11, we asked the rhetorical question “you haven’t forgotten, have you?”

Eastlake High School in Sammamish, Washington, seemed to be trying to do just that.

Students of a local high school were ready to wear red, white, and blue to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11. But school staff pulled the plug, concerned the expression could be racially insensitive and offend some people.

At Eastlake High School in Sammamish, student leadership promoted a Patriot’s Day theme at a football game at Memorial Stadium against Rainier Beach. The game was previously canceled, then rescheduled to the day before the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Students wanted to do something to remember the tragic events. But staff intervened.

According to an email obtained by the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, the principal said wearing those colors could “unintentionally cause offense to some who see it differently.” Students are upset. And some parents now speculate school officials thought their majority-minority opponents would be offended by American pride.

Offensive to who?

Former Brevard County Commissioner Candidate Arrested.

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Former Brevard County Commissioner Candidate Matt Fleming has been arrested for “battery domestic violence,” – a misdemeanor – according to records from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to the affidavit, Fleming and his brother John got into an argument and Matt struck John on the back of the head with such force that it caused John’s head to move forward.

The incident was caught on a security camera.

Fleming has a court appearance today.

Fleming ran against Curt Smith for Seat 4 for the County Commission. He did not win a single precinct.

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