Gun control advocate David Hogg and his sister, Lauren, have inked a book deal with Random House with a release date of June 5.
The book will center on the gun control movement birthed by the Parkland attack.
Entertainment Weekly reports that David and Lauren “have been leaders in the gun control movement that took shape among students, in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.” The siblings’ book “will explore their efforts taking on some of the most powerful forces in Washington and beyond, and will detail their commitment to new legislation aiming to prevent future tragedies.”
David released a statement regarding the book deal, saying, “In times of struggle and tragedy, we can come together in love and compassion for each other. We can see each other not as political symbols, but as human beings. And then, of course, there will be times when we simply must fight for what is right.”
Lauren said, “It’s amazing to see that so much love can come from so much loss. But from our loss, our generation will create positive change.”
David recently urged advertisers to boycott Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, securing an initial loss of some advertisers but eventually turning a 20 percent increase in her viewership. He is now urging a boycott of some of the biggest, most profitable mutual fund companies because those companies’ funds have stock in gun manufacturers.
Breitbart News reported that David specifically targeted Blackrock and Vanguard Group. He is trying to get the hashtags #BoycottBlackrock and #BoycottVanguard to trend.
A black Missouri state senator who said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated is now calling for reparations for blacks because of slavery.
During the debate over a tax bill on April 17, Democrat Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (University City) took to the Senate floor at the state capital in Jefferson City to demandthat the state pass a reparations policy. Chappelle-Nadal also criticized members of her own party for not joining in her effort, the Kansas City Star reported.
Chappelle-Nadal insisted that Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) are “no different” than Republicans who generally oppose reparations for slavery.
“Neither one of them give a heck about the black community, only the votes,” Chappelle-Nadal said during her comments on the floor of the Senate.
Chappelle-Nadal was motivated by emails and phone calls from constituents on the issue, saying, “When I’m getting a single mother of three children calling me trying to find a place to live because they don’t have a place to live, that’s what’s on my mind today and every single day.”
The senator also insisted that black Missourians—including her own ancestors—don’t get enough for their past work, saying, “In Boone County, Missouri, in Callaway County, Missouri—what my family contributed to making the state what it is today is incredible, and my family deserves way more than what it is getting today.”
Chappelle-Nadal was in the news last August when she posted to social media her hopes that President Trump would be assassinated.
After a backlash ensued, Chappelle-Nadal backed off and apologized for the post, but said she had no intention of resigning over the incident.
“I am not resigning. … What I said was wrong, but I am not going to stop talking about what led to that, which is the frustration and anger that many people across America are feeling right now,” she said.
Chappelle-Nadal found few of her fellow legislators to come to her side during her attack on Trump. Even Democrats like McCaskill and Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO 1st District) said she should resign for her comments.
Rapper Vic Mensa performed for Saturday’s student march for gun control, coined the March for Our Lives, although he was arrested last year on a concealed handgun charge.
Mensa was arrested in Beverly Hills after being found with a concealed handgun without a California concealed carry license.
On March 7, 2017, TMZ reported, “[Mensa] was stopped in Beverly Hills … for running a stop sign and having tinted windows … according to law enforcement sources. We’re told he informed cops he had a gun in his car and showed them his concealed carry permit. The problem is … cops say the permit is for another state.”
Mensa faced “felony” charges for the incident but was able to plead down to “two years probation.”
In addition to performing Saturday, Mensa called out another rapper, Killer Mike, for criticizing march participants who blindly follow the “progressive movement.” Killer Mike warned that gun control ultimately means blacks lose the guns with which they protect their freedom. Mensa responded by challenging him to a debate:
To @KillerMike : YOU DONT NEED AN AR-15. As a black man & fellow gun owner I would like to have a debate with you about your stances on gun-control.
“This cover is an outrage. Donald Trump is the President of the United States. As a lifelong Democrat, I strongly oppose his views but he is still the President of the United States and is due an apology,” one user tweeted. “He is someone’s father husband and friend. He deserves better.”
Another user called the magazine “a junk publication” for treating the president and lifelong New Yorker disrespectfully.
“Imagine the s–t storm had Madame @HillaryClinton won and a magazine had decided to run a cover of her along these lines,” another user wrote.
Members of the media also weighed in on the magazine cover, with some even taking the opportunity to mock the president’s weight.
“My guess is that Trump will not love the new New Yorker cover,” Think Progress editor Judd Legum tweeted.
Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple penned an entire column praising the cover’s artist for pointing out the size of Trump’s extremities in an apparent jab at the president’s physique.
The trend of “fat-shaming” Trump is nothing new.
Many celebrities and politicians mocked Trump’s weight in January after Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, released the results of the president’s physical.
Hollywood director James Gunn offered to give $100,000 to Trump’s favorite charity if the president agreed to weigh himself on “an accurate scale” following his physical exam.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry mocked Trump’s weight at a dinner in Washington, DC, in January shortly after Jackson made the results of Trump’s physical public. Kerry asked that the president release his “girth certificate.”
A Florida man has been arrested and accused of murdering his pregnant wife then taking gruesome photos of her naked, dead body.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Department arrested 47-year-old Vincent Terry and charged him with murdering his wife, Chrystal Terry, 41, who was 20 weeks pregnant, the New York Post reported.
The Sheriff’s office reported that Chrystal Terry had not been seen since December 21. The suspect reportedly told officials that his wife left home at 9:30 PM on the 21st leaving behind all her personal belongings — including her cell phone, medication, and purse.
Terry then said that his missing wife texted a friend saying, “Will u plz come pick me up. 911.” A second text reportedly read, “I’ll do anything. I need u plz.”
But when police became involved, shocking photos of the woman’s dead body were discovered on the suspect’s phone.
Police report that the woman “appeared to be deceased” in the photos and was seen naked and bloodied. The photos showed severe facial trauma and a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said.
Forensics experts noted that the floors in the couple’s home had been cleaned with bleach but the team still found some tiny blood spattering on a living room wall. However, the missing woman’s body has not yet been found.
Several firearms were recovered from the home, and police pointed out that as a convicted felon, Terry is not allowed to own firearms.
Records show that Terry was arrested in Colorado on suspicion of attempting to kill his wife, but the charges were dropped when Chrystal refused to press charges.
Based on the evidence found by the forensics team and the photos on his cell phone, police charged Terry with a series of counts including second-degree murder. He is being held without bail at the Marion County jail.
“Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?’” the source toldNational Journal.
The Trump administration told the outlet that the former Republican president regularly criticizes Trump’s administration for being in a state of chaos.
“He’s shaking his head like everyone else wondering why they can’t get their act together,” the source added. “He wants the guy to succeed but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted.”
The younger Bush has a history of criticizing Trump in public. In an October speech at the George W. Bush Institute, he slammed the president’s nationalist ideology, all while arguing that globalism and foreign intervention is key for the U.S. to succeed in the future.
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism, and forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America,” he said.
Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, has been less subtle about his dislike for Trump. The elder Bush bashed Trump in a book released in November, attacking the current president’s leadership style and character.
“I don’t like him,” George H.W. Bush said in the book. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.”
The 41st president told the New York Times in November that he cast a vote for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton instead of Trump in the 2016 election and that his son did not vote for either candidate.
A former doctor and Boy Scout leader in Missouri who was convicted of sexually abusing a teenager will be released from prison Tuesday after serving four months behind bars.
Joseph Mackey, 45, who had been sentenced to five years in prison in November after being convicted of statutory sodomy, is expected to be released on probation March 6 after completing a 120-day sex offender program in prison, the Kansas City Starreported.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Marco Roldan ordered Mackey’s release after a sex offender program evaluator “hesitantly” recommended that he serve probation.
Mackey admitted to authorities that he sexually abused the teen — whom he knew through scouting activities and as a patient, KCTV reported.
Prosecutors sought to charge Mackey with up to eight counts of second-degree statutory sodomy after he turned himself into authorities in 2015, but the victim said he would accept a guilty plea from his abuser on just one of the counts.
At his perpetrator’s sentencing hearing in November, the victim read a statement in court calling Mackey an “extremely dangerous” man, suggesting that he be locked up “for as long as possible.”
Mike Mansur, a spokesman for the Jackson County prosecutor’s office, said that Mackey’s early release is “not uncommon,” but added that such decisions sometimes cause an outcry from members of the public.
Under the current conditions of Mackey’s probation, he would not be allowed to live or have unsupervised contact with any minors and would have to enter and successfully complete a sex offender treatment program.
The former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama spoke of investing in “creating thousands of mes” when she spoke Tuesday at an event put on by Klick Health, a healthcare marketing firm.
Klick’s “MUSE” event in New York City billed Michelle Obama as “a transformative First Lady” and also had Sheryl Crow on hand as the musical entertainment.
According to AOL, the former first lady said “This is why I’m not going to run for president. Because I think it’s a better investment to invest in creating thousands of mes,” and “We don’t need just one, we need thousands and thousands.”
Evidently, her remarks were a recogniation that, at 54, she needed to make way for younger members of the political left. “As an older leader I think an important part of leadership is stepping out of the way and making room,” she said.
In ruling out a presidential run, she hinted that the Obama brand might not be as shiny and new was it once was, saying that young people are “tired of watching us do the same old thing and expect different results.”
Time magazine quoted Obama praising Black Lives Matter activists and the anti-gun students who have been promoted into national prominence to combat the National Rifle Association after suriviving a shooting at their Parkland, Florida, high school as among the hope she sees in the youth. “We see these kids in Florida, the Black Lives Matter kids. They are smart, they are passionate, they do have the right values,” she told the audience. “They know inequity. They know wrong when they see it. There is hope in that next generation. They’re tired of watching us do the same old thing and expect different results.”
According to People magazine, Obama also appeared to admit she has a committee look over her tweets before she posts them. “I tweet, but I have a committee,” she said. “I don’t just tweet off the top of my head, which I don’t encourage people to do—especially kids.”
The remarks were apparently part of a thinly veiled insult to President Donald Trump over his sometimes-raucous tweeting habits. “How many kids do you know that the first thing that comes off the top of their head is the first thing they should express? You know? It’s like, ‘Take a minute. Talk to your crew before you put that [out there] and then spell check and check the grammar,’” she reportedly said. “I think kids do think telling it like it is and talking off the top of your head [is cool] … [but] that’s never been good. We weren’t raised like that. That’s rude. That’s what you call rude. But yes, I use social media. But I use it like a grown-up.”
The event at which Obama spoke, the MUSE New York conference, is part of a series of events put on by Klick Health in major cities like New York, Boston, and Chicago. According to the marketing firm’s website:
Muse celebrates some of the world’s most potent and exhilarating ideas. You’ll meet the people who are bravely pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Guests can expect an evening of captivating performances, spectacular food, and riveting storytelling.
The following video is included, giving a taste of the MUSE milieu:
Police in Winnebago County, Illinois, reported finding the bodies of three people in the home of well-known political science professor and TV commentator P.S. Ruckman, Jr.
It appears that Ruckman killed his two young sons and then turned the gun on himself, police say.
Officers went to the home after Ruckman’s ex-wife called for a welfare check because she had not heard anything from Ruckman or her sons for several days, according to the Daily Mail.
The couple divorced last August and had been sharing custody of their two boys, both of whom are reportedly in high school.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chief Mike Schultz reported that Ruckman’s ex-wife met officers at the home and they entered with a key she provided. They then found the three residents dead from gunshot wounds in different bedrooms of the house.
The 58-year-old Ruckman is a political science professor at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, and is also an instructor at Northern Illinois University in nearby DeKalb. He is the editor of a political blog named PardonPower.com, a website detailing the history of presidential pardons. He is the author of the book The Pardon Power in the 21st Century. He is also the author of two others, both of which are forthcoming: Pardon Me, Mr. President: Adventures in Crime, Politics, and Mercy and Guilty No More with co-author George Lardner.
Ruckman was also a frequent guest on cable news programs including MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and the Russia Today cable news network. Ruckman also made various Public Broadcasting appearances. In addition, he was quoted in newspapers such as the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as well as Politico and even the PBS show History Detectives.
Illinois’ Century School District is moving to arm teachers as a way to ensure “kids are safe” from an attack like the one witnessed in Florida on February 14.
WSIL quoted school district board member Keith Clark saying, “We arm our Brink’s trucks because we hold value in it. We appoint security to guard our legislators, to guard our movie stars, but yet our most valuable asset in our society are our children and we do nothing.”
Century’s superintendent, Landon Sommers, pointed out that the school has new doors, metal detectors, and cameras, but armed teachers would add another defensive layer to make sure that “kids are safe.”
Sommers said, “It’s disheartening being in education having this conversation, but with everything going on it’s a conversation we have to have.”
Parents expressed support for arming teachers but Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin opposes arming teachers to defend their own lives and the lives of their students.
Griffin said, “We need to stop repeating history and tackle the school shooting epidemic head on, but arming our teachers is not the answer. Our teachers and support staff members did not sign up to carry guns! They are not law enforcement. They became teachers and support staff because they wanted to help students learn and succeed.”
Breitbart News reported that Broward County Sheriff’s deputy Scott Peterson, the law enforcement officer on scene during the Florida school shooting, was at the school at the attack occurred but never went in to confront the gunman. Unarmed teachers inside the building were defenseless.