Rishi Sharma, 19, is traveling the country, determined to interview every single World War II combat veteran.
Sharma has conducted almost 500 interviews so far, and is on a mission to thank and preserve the memory of every single veteran, until the day the last one passes away.
In an exclusive interview on Fox and Friends Monday, he explained why he was so motivated to carry out this mission – because a bunch of 17-,18- and 19-year-olds were willing to sacrifice so much during World War II “so I could have a chance at life” 75 years later.
He said it was books he read during high school about the veterans that inspired him to look them up and start interviewing them. Before he was old enough to drive, Sharma said he rode his bike to the local nursing homes to interview veterans, then when he was allowed to use the family car, he started driving around.
“I’ve met so many veterans who lost their best friend right in front of them,” Sharma said, with emotion in his voice.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a Christian printer is free to turn down jobs that conflict with his religious beliefs.
In 2012, the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) filed a complaint against Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands on Originals in Lexington, after he declined the job of printing T-shirts for a local Gay Pride festival. Though Adamson referred the activists to another printing company, and they ended up obtaining the shirts at no cost to them, GLSO’s complaint with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission landed Adamson a ruling that would have required him to take on jobs at his business that force him to abandon his faith principles.
Attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented Adamson, appealed the order to the Fayette Circuit Court, which reversed the commission’s ruling and affirmed Adamson’s religious freedom. The commission, however, then appealed that decision to the Court of Appeals, which ultimately upheld the circuit court’s ruling.
In the appeals court opinion, Chief Judge Joy A. Kramer referred to the fact that Hands on Originals brands itself as a “Christian outfitter” with the following “right to refusal” on its website:
Hand On Originals both employs and conducts business with people of all genders, races, religious, sexual orientations, and national origins. However, due to the promotional nature of our products, it is the prerogative of Hands On Originals to refuse any order that would endorse positions that conflict with the convictions of the ownership.
The judge found that Adamson did not engage in unlawful discrimination against GLSO, writing:
[I]t is not the aim of public accommodation laws, nor the First Amendment, to treat speech as this type of activity or conduct. This is so for two reasons. First, speech cannot be considered an activity or conduct that is engaged in exclusively or predominantly by a particular class of people. Speech is an activity anyone engages in—regardless of religion, sexual orientation, race, gender, age, or even corporate status. Second, the right of free speech does not guarantee to any person the right to use someone else’s property, even property owned by the government and dedicated to other purposes, as a stage to express ideas.
“Nothing in the fairness ordinance prohibits HOO [Hands on Originals], a private business, from engaging in viewpoint or message censorship,” the judge continued. “Thus, although the menu of services HOO provides to the public is accordingly limited, and censors certain points of view, it is the same limited menu HOO offers to every customer and is not, therefore, prohibited by the fairness ordinance.”
The judge found no evidence that Hands On Originals “refused any individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations it offered to everyone else because the individual in question had a specific sexual orientation or gender identity.”
A protest at UCLA was interrupted by a disabled veteran who had seen enough of these hooligans disrespecting America.
A group of protesters were shouting out nonsensical liberal talking points through a megaphone while standing on an American flag.
Then a disabled vet, who has to walk with a cane, taught them a lesson they will never forget.
The man shouted, “Why do you have the right? Because people are DYING for your stupid ass! They are dying for you so you can have this right! You are shitting where you are eating!”
He then took matters into his own hands and saved the flag.
None of the students who witnessed the event helped the veteran. But they did give him a round of applause when he knocked two protesters off the flag.
The flag represents this country, a country which is made up of its citizens. When these idiots disrespect the symbol of this country, they are disrespecting themselves and everyone around them.
Those two are a good example of what our public schools and colleges are putting out today. Isn’t it time to clean them out before they destroy our country. Those goofy stupid girls do not know any better. They were not taught the real history of the USA. The USA is a free country, but we do have laws and deliberate disrespect of the country should be against the law.
They’re lucky any other vet didn’t show up and actually do some damage. These young arrogant snot heads need a lesson in realty.
I remember that day very well almost as if it was yesterday.
Five Kenyans were among a group of 72 Somalis deported back to their native home this month after breaking U.S. immigration laws, according to a report by Midnimo Information Center.
According to police and immigration officials, the group was transported via private plane to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Friday morning.
“They were deported over immigration issues including lacking papers. We had been informed of their planned arrival. The Somalis will proceed to Mogadishu while Kenyans will be processed here accordingly,” said an unnamed official in Kenya.
This is the second time that a group of mostly Somali illegal immigrants have been deported under President Trump’s administration and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The first group deportation involved 90 illegal immigrant Somalis and two illegal immigrants from Kenya.
During the Obama Administration, only 170 Somalis were deported in his last two years in office after having committed crimes or being rejected for asylum.
It’s been reported that Somalia’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ahmed Isse Awad, has stated that the Trump Administration is seeking to deport at least 4,000 Somailan illegals, but most of them are not being detained by ICE officials at this time.
It had taken years — and the passionate support of Kirk Kerkorian, who financed the film's $100 million budget without expecting to ever make a profit — for The Promise, a historical romance set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide and starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, to reach the screen. Producers always knew it would be controversial: Descendants of the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire shortly after the onset of World War I have long pressed for the episode to be recognized as a genocide despite the Turkish government's insistence the deaths were not a premeditated extermination.
The Promise, which opens April 21, finally would bring the untold saga to a mass audience. But at the Toronto Film Festival premiere in September, producer Mike Medavoy watched the late billionaire's carefully laid plans upended by a digital swarm that appeared out of nowhere.
Before the critics in attendance even had the chance to exit Roy Thompson Hall, let alone write their reviews, The Promise's IMDb page was flooded with tens of thousands of one-star ratings. "All I know is that we were in about a 900-seat house with a real ovation at the end, and then you see almost 100,000 people who claim the movie isn't any good," says Medavoy. Panicked calls were placed to IMDb, but there was nothing the site could do. "One thing that they can track is where the votes come from," says Eric Esrailian, who also produced the film, and "the vast majority of people voting were not from Canada. So I know they weren't in Toronto."
The online campaign against The Promise appears to have originated on sites like Incisozluk, a Turkish version of 4chan, where there were calls for users to "downvote" the film's ratings on IMDb and YouTube. A rough translation of one post: "Guys, Hollywood is filming a big movie about the so-called Armenian genocide and the trailer has already been watched 700k times. We need to do something urgently." Soon afterward, the user gleefully noted The Promise's average IMDb rating had reached a dismaying 1.8 stars. "They know that the IMDb rating will stay with the film forever," says Esrailian. "It's a kind of censorship, really."
While the attack against The Promise is an extreme case, colored by decades of fraught discussion over the Armenian genocide, it highlights a growing problem in Hollywood. A search of 4chan reveals multiple campaigns against everything from Star Wars spinoff Rogue One to indie Holocaust-denier drama Denial to Justin Simien’s upcoming Netflix series Dear White People, many with step-by-step instructions on how to negatively impact films on sites like IMDb and YouTube. Once just a curiosity — for years, Korean fans made an annual ritual of vaulting K-Pop idol Rain to the top of the Time 100 Poll — online trolls now are a movie marketer's worst nightmare.
In 2016, the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters became a magnet for a downvoting campaign from 4chan and Reddit users. They organized to give hundreds of thousands of "thumbs down" to the film's YouTube marketing materials — its first official trailer, the video of its theme song, even a clip of the cast on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sony began releasing the film's trailers on Facebook, which has no "dislike" button, but by then the trolls had taken hold of the narrative. It's impossible to say whether they made an impact on the box office, but in the end, Ghostbusters lost an estimated $70 million.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 8, 2017) – The New York City Council will consider an ordinance that would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.
Council member Dan Garodnick introduced the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act (POST Act) today at noon. The ordinance would require the New York Police Department to disclose information about all of its surveillance technology such as stingray devices, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), cameras and drones. Under the proposed rules, the NYPD would be required to issue an “impact and use policy” for each type of surveillance technology it uses now or acquires in the future, creating an environment of transparency currently lacking in the department. Disclosure would include important information about each surveillance tool, including, but not limited to, its description, capabilities, guidelines for use, security measures designed to protect any data it collects, and whether other entities have access to information it gathers.
“New Yorkers should have the opportunity to weigh in on what surveillance measures are being taken in their name.” Garodnick said. “As the Trump administration moves to expand surveillance, New Yorkers deserve to know what, if any, sensitive data could potentially be shared by the NYPD with the federal government. This legislation is an important step towards reaching this goal.”
Due to city charter limitations, the council cannot exercise direct control over the NYPD. In an effort to address the issue of surveillance in the city, activists have crafted the POST Act to maximize transparency and provide full opportunity for public input.
“If the NYPD seeks to acquire a tech that is unacceptable or to use it in an unacceptable way, this bill will give us everything we need to politically pressure the Mayor to force NYPD to discontinue its use,” ACLU National Advocacy and Policy Counsel Chad Marlow said.
Introduction of the POST Act is part of a nationwide #TakeCTRL initiative to address surveillance at the local level.
Local police have access to a mind-boggling array of surveillance equipment. As it now stands, many law enforcement agencies can obtain this high-tech, extremely intrusive technology without any approval or oversight. The federal government often provides grants and other funding sources for this spy-gear, meaning local governments can keep their purchase “off the books.” Members of the community, and even elected officials, often don’t know their police departments possess technology capable of sweeping up electronic data, phone calls and location information.
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Mar. 8, 2017) – Today, an Arizona Senate Committee passed a bill that would eliminate state capital gains taxes on gold and silver specie, and encourage its use as currency. Final approval of the legislation would help undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.
Former US Rep. Ron Paul testified today in the Senate Finance Committee in support of House Bill 2014 (HB2014). The legislation, which previously passed the state House by a 35-24 vote, would eliminate state capital gains taxes on income “derived from the exchange of one kind of legal tender for another kind of legal tender.” The bill defines legal tender as “a medium of exchange, including specie, that is authorized by the United States Constitution or Congress for the payment of debts, public charges, taxes and dues.” “Specie” means coins having precious metal content.
In effect, passage of the bill would, as Paul noted, “legalize competition in a Constitutional fashion.”
Under current Arizona law, gold and silver are subject to capital gains tax when exchanged for Federal Reserve notes, or when used in barter transactions. If the purchasing power of the Federal Reserve note has decreased due to inflation, the metals’ nominal dollar value generally rises and that triggers a “gain.” In most cases, of course, the capital gain is purely fictional. But these “gains” are still taxed — thus unfairly punishing people using precious metals as money.
“We ought not to tax money, and that’s a good idea. It makes no sense to tax money,” said Paul. “Paper is not money, it’s a substitute for money and it’s fraud,” Paul continued, noting the importance of honesty money vs federal reserve notes.
Today, the Senate Finance Committee passed the bill by a 4-3 vote along party lines.
AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD
Passage of HB2014 would remove the amount of any net capital gain derived from the exchange of one kind of legal tender for another kind of legal tender or specie (gold and silver coins) from their gross income on their state income tax. In other words, individuals buying gold or silver bullion, or utilizing gold and silver in a transaction, would no longer be subject to state taxes on the exchange.
Bill sponsor Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Tucson) discussed this as well. “What the IRS has figured out at the federal level is to target inflation as a gain. They call it capital gains.” He noted that the bill would help Arizona residents “protect their conversion of one kind of currency for another.”
Passage into law would mark an important step towards currency competition. If sound money gains a foothold in the marketplace against Federal Reserve notes, the people would be able to choose the time-tested stability of gold and silver over the central bank’s rapidly-depreciating paper currency. The freedom of choice expanded by HB2014 would allow Arizona residents to secure the purchasing power of their money.
Ron Paul added that he considered the Arizona bill to be “very important” because it would also serve as an educational effort for other states. In fact, similar legislation is also under consideration in Idaho, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Maine.
“The responsibility is on the states to follow the constitution,” said Paul.
On Sunday, a senior Hamas field commander who was the head of Hamas’s explosives unit died Sunday when an explosive detonated on Saturday and blew off his arms and legs.
The Times of Israel reports that Hamas’s military wing, the Qassam Brigades, stated on its official website that Muhammad Hemada Walid al-Quqa died Sunday morning. The statement said al-Quqa was “preparing equipment” in the field when the explosives detonated.
Israel’s Channel 2 news reported al-Quqa was the head of Hamas’s explosives unit; the Qassam Brigades admitted his tasks included “manufacturing and assembling explosives.” The Qassam Brigades said al-Quqa was from northern Gaza.
The Palestinian website al-Resalah, affiliated with Hamas, said the explosion happened in the Sudaniye area in northern Gaza.
Israel’s Channel 2 news stated al-Quqa had his extremities blown off , and that Hamas held a huge funeral for al-Quqa in Gaza on Monday, with signs claiming he had been killed while “preparing something for the enemy.”
The Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported:
A Hamas fighter succumbed on Sunday to wounds he sustained a day earlier in an “accidental explosion” in the northern Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Health said.
Gaza Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told the Palestinian Information Center that 37-year-old Muhammad Walid al-Quqa died in the hospital on Sunday morning following an “accidental” explosion in al-Sudaniyya in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday evening.
The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said in a statement that al-Quqa was killed during “preparations” without giving details.
However, the statement went on to add that al-Quqa had been involved in “jihadist activities, including manufacturing and assembling explosives.”
I don’t like tax increases, but I like having additional evidence that higher tax rates change behavior. So when my leftist friends “win” by imposing tax hikes, I try to make lemonade out of lemons by pointing out “supply-side” effects.
I’m hoping that if leftists see how tax hikes are “successful” in discouraging things that they think are bad (such as consumers buying sugary soda or foreigners buying property), then maybe they’ll realize it’s not such a good idea to tax – and therefore discourage – things that everyone presumably agrees are desirable (such as work, saving, investment, and entrepreneurship).
Though I sometimes worry that they actually do understand that taxes impact pro-growth behavior and simply don’t care.
But one thing that clearly is true is that they get very worried if tax increases threaten their political viability.
This is why Becket Adams, in a column for the Washington Examiner, is rather amused that Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia has been caught with his hand in the tax cookie jar.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fought hard to pass a new tax on soda and other sugary drinks. He won, and the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax is now in place, affecting both merchants and consumers, because that’s how taxes work. Businesses pay the levies, and they offset the cost by charging higher prices. That is as basic as it gets. The only person who doesn’t seem to understand this is Kenney, who is now accusing business owners of extortion. “They’re gouging their own customers,” the mayor said.
Yes, consumers are being extorted and gouged, but the Mayor isn’t actually upset about that.
He’s irked because people are learning that it’s his fault.
Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior fellow with the Heritage Foundation, and an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee.
Seventy-year-old Navy veteran Jerry Wayne Pino died in Long Beach, Mississippi on December 12 after serving our country in Vietnam. Pino, sadly, died alone with no friends or family coming to the funeral home where his body lay.
But Pino would not be buried alone. As reported by Fox News' Todd Starnes, six high school boys stepped forward as voluntary pallbearers to see off a man who helped fight for our freedom.
After weeks passed at Riemann Family Funeral Homes and Pino's body was still unclaimed, Cathy Warden, an employee of the funeral home, discussed the distressing situation to her colleague Eva Boomer, a veteran herself.
“Something had to be done with respect,” said Warden. “We had to give him what he deserved. Nobody should go alone.”
Boomer suggested they ask the local high school if anyone would be willing to serve as a pallbearer for Pino. Though it was Christmas break at the time, the two gave it a shot.
Warden told her son Bryce, a Long Beach High School teen, about the situation. In turn, Bryce found five more young men who were willing to serve at the stranger's funeral "within a matter of minutes."
Criminals like to prey on the elderly because they're often weak and frail and considered soft targets. Howard Poche of Jeanerette, Louisiana, for example, was brutally murdered in his home on Christmas Day, most likely for drug money. The frail 75-year-old was an active member of his church and a pillar of his community,
A 74-year-old grandma in Bowie County, Texas, could have met the same fate when an armed home invader broke into her home, but she had something Mr. Poche lacked -- a firearm of her own.
KSLA News 12, Rebbie Roberson was just about to sit down and watch the evening newscast Sunday night when someone wearing gloves and a mask broke into her home.
"And when I started to get up, he was in here on me with a gun facing me right to my face."
What she did next took the gunman by surprise.
"So I had to walk right out in front of him," Rebbie Roberson said as she recalled the harrowing encounter. "I didn't know if he was going to kill me or what."
But she had her own weapon on a table nearby.
"I reached over there and grabbed this gun. And when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran."
When Roberson fired at the intruder with her .38-caliber pistol, she was shooting to kill, she says.
Californians are rushing to purchase the evil AR15 semi-automatic "assault" rifle before a new ban goes into effect on January 1, 2017. Governor Jerry Brown signed the gun-control measure into law back in July and with a 10-day waiting period for all gun sales, time is running out to purchase the gun and take possession before next year. All of these newly purchased guns must be registered with the state before the deadline kicks in on Wednesday, December 21.
The latest ban concerns "bullet button" rifles, which are themselves a workaround for a previous gun law that placed restrictions on "assault weapons." Jacob Sullum explains:
The 1999 law covered any semiautomatic centrefire rifle with a detachable magazine and any of six "military-style" features: 1) a flash suppressor, 2) a grenade launcher or flare launcher, 3) a thumbhole stock, 4) a folding or telescoping stock, 5) a forward pistol grip, or 6) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
But regulations issued by the California Department of Justice defined "detachable magazine" as "any ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with neither disassembly of the firearm action nor use of a tool being required." The regulations specifically said "a bullet or ammunition cartridge is considered a tool," which left the door open to "bullet buttons" that release the magazine when you insert a cartridge into them. Since guns with bullet buttons did not technically have detachable magazines, they could legally include the features that offended the sensibilities of California legislators.
The new law now restricts the use of rifles with a "bullet button." And yes, people have already figured out a workaround.
Sales of the long guns have doubled, gun store owners report. Since Brown signed the ban on July 1, nearly 260,000 semiautomatic rifles have been purchased in California. That’s far more than all of 2015, when more than 153,000 such guns were bought.
"People have been kind of holding off," Terry Fong, of Rocklin Armory, told FOX40. "The last 30 days have been absolutely crazy. Phone calls, probably 50-60 phone calls a day, just looking for specific brands of AR's. Now, they're looking for any AR's."
Liz Sheld is Editor-at-Large at PJ Media.
On Wednesday, conservative corporate watchdog group 2ndVote announced that Macy's department store was no longer funding abortion giant Planned Parenthood. The iconic store informed the pro-life group last week, just in time for conservatives' holiday shopping.
"Last week, Macy’s confirmed with us that the company no longer gives and no longer matches gifts to Planned Parenthood,” announced 2ndVote Executive Director Lance Wray, via an emailed press release. “We’re constantly updating our research to portray companies in the fairest possible light."
The advocacy group reports on corporate entities' donations and practices so informed conservative consumers can feel free to abstain from such businesses, or, in other words, cast their second vote with their wallets. In 2015, the group initially rolled out their Planned Parenthood Resource Page, which lists all companies directly or indirectly funding Planned Parenthood.
“We developed the list of Planned Parenthood’s corporate supporters so conservatives could engage these companies and, if necessary, use their shopping decisions to send a message,” explained the executive.
Due in part to their work and the response of active conservatives, four major companies, and now Macy's, have distanced themselves from the scandal-ridden abortion corporation:
"2ndVote's Planned Parenthood Resource Page, was originally released in 2015 with 41 companies that were found having a direct financial relationship with the abortion provider," reads the press release. "Four companies (AT&T, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Xerox) on the list publicly distanced themselves from Planned Parenthood. At that time, Macy’s was making donations to Planned Parenthood."
“It’s apparent that conservatives are using 2ndVote’s research to positively influence what companies like Macy’s are funding," Wray concluded.
As provided via 2ndVote, below is a list of companies that directly fund Planned Parenthood:
Adobe, American Express, Avon, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Ben & Jerry’s, Boeing, Clorox, Converse, Deutsche Bank, Dockers, Energizer, Expedia, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Groupon, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, La Senza, Levi Strauss, Liberty Mutual, March of Dimes, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nike, Oracle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Progressive Insurance, Starbucks, Susan G. Komen, Tostitos, Unilever, United Way, Verizon, Wells Fargo
On Friday, Ohio legislators approved expanding the state's concealed-weapons law to permit guns in colleges and day care centers as well as private aircraft.
The ban already in place on concealed weapons in government buildings will remain intact.
The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association opposed the bill; the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association supported it. Critics argued that the bill may endanger students.
The National Conference of State Legislatures states that 23 states allow their college and universities to make their own choice as to whether concealed weapons are permitted on campus; Utah is the only state that specifically prohibits its colleges from banning concealed carry.
The bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Ron Maag of Lebanon, Ohio, now goes to Governor John Kasich for his signature.