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Shamed Parkland Sheriff Scott Israel Voted Out by Florida Senate Despite Democrat’s Fight to Keep Him

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National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch answers a question while sitting next to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel during a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

After the Parkland shooting which claimed the lives of many innocent high school students and teachers, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel sat on a stage next to radio show host and Second Amendment advocate Dana Loesch and proceed to blame her and the National Rifle Association for everything that happened on that fateful day.

The truth was later revealed that it was Israel and his department’s incompetence and failure to act on many occasions both before and while the shooting was occurring that was the real people at fault for the atrocity. He was suspended and Florida lawmakers began the long process of deciding if he should be kicked to the curb.

According to the Sun-Sentinal, the Florida Senate did just that, but it definitely wasn’t a unanimous vote. It would appear that despite Israel’s apparent blunders, Democrats wanted to keep him in office:

The 25-15 vote was mostly along party lines with Republicans, who are a majority in the Senate and loyal to the Republican governor, generally supporting removal while most Democrats voted to reinstate the Democratic sheriff. All five Broward senators voted for reinstatement, despite the wishes of Parkland parents.

“I can stand here and I can tell you how I empathize with the Parkland parents,” said Democrat Sen. Perry Thurston said. “I’m not disregarding them. None of us would.”

Thurstan added that “95% of Broward County feels differently about the attempt to remove the sheriff.” It’s unclear where he got that number.

“We are tasked between deciding about how we feel and the dangerous precedent we leave behind,” said Democrat Sen. Kevin Rader.

According to the Sun-Sentinal, the “high standard for proof for removal had not been met” according to Rader.

Democrat Sen. Gary Farmer believed that Parkland parents and Republicans were being ruled by emotion and not rationality when it came to their desire to see Israel gone.

“Because of the horrendous and ghastly nature of that event, it’s easy to be moved by the emotion and the pleas of the parents who are still grieving and who forever will be grieving for the loss of their children,” Farmer said. “We are a country founded on rule of law. We cannot base our decision on emotion.”

Israel himself also believed that reason didn’t win the day.

“Politics won,” he told the Sun-Sentinal, adding that the “process was as a sham. It was a farce.”

Dana Loesch, whom Israel used as a scapegoat while on the infamous CNN Townhall that followed the Parkland shooting, told RedState that this is a fitting outcome for Israel.

“Scott Israel thinks he’s the victim and that his job was “stolen.” The lives of 17 innocent people were what was stolen,” Loesch told RedState. “He isn’t the victim here — the people he failed to protect are the victims. It’s why the families and his own deputies stood against him. No amount of his thuggish bullying will change that and I’ll be there at his every step to call him out every single time.”

Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland students who survived the shooting, told RedState that this was a just end to Israel’s career, and thanked the Parkland families who did lose family members for helping bring it about.

“Thanks to the tireless work of Andrew Pollack, Ryan Petty and the Parkland families, Scott Israel finally got some semblance of the justice he deserved for his deep corruption and incompetence that enabled the tragedy at my school,” Kashuv told RedState.

Kashuv also applauded the Republicans who voted to remove Israel from office and slammed the Democrats who defended him.

“Good on those in the Florida Senate who voted for his removal, and it’s an absolute shame on those who voted against. I cannot thank Governor DeSantis enough for continuing to stand by his promises to Parkland and the Parkland families,” he added.

Israel seems to believe that he’s going to retake his office during an election in 2020, but judging by the number of people who have turned against him after the truth about the shooting came out, especially the Parkland parents and students, it’s unlikely he’ll see office again.

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Florida Senate to Sheriff Israel: Hit the road for good, Jack

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The surprise of this vote isn’t its ultimate outcome. It’s that it wasn’t unanimous. The Florida Senate made the removal of former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel permanent last night, but the final vote inexplicably broke along party lines:

After hours of debate filled with gripping, emotional details about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre and soaring rhetoric about constitutional rights and the weighty responsibilities of elected officials, the Florida Senate voted Wednesday to permanently remove suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.

The 25-15 vote was mostly along party lines with Republicans, who are a majority in the Senate and loyal to the Republican governor, generally supporting removal while most Democrats voted to reinstate the Democratic sheriff. All five Broward senators voted for reinstatement, despite the wishes of Parkland parents.

Israel, whose leadership was seen as so flawed by the governor and family members of Parkland victims that it contributed to some of the 17 deaths and 17 injuries, has been out off office since Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him in January.

What exactly was the argument for keeping Israel on the job? This is the man whose department allowed literally dozens of red-flag incidents involving the Parkland shooter to slide as part of his attempts to suck up to the Obama administration and its juvenile-offender policies. His own deputies wanted Israel gone; the union felt so strongly about it that they launched a billboard advertising campaign to get rid of him. Rather than acknowledge his own culpability for having allowed this powder keg to get set off, Israel instead went on CNN to blame the NRA, Dana Loesch, and pretty much everyone else but himself.

As Jazz noted at the time, Israel wanted to talk about his “amazing leadership,” in CNN’s follow-up to that execrable town hall a week later:

JAKE TAPPER: Are you really not taking responsibility for the multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff’s Office before this incident, whether it was people near him, close to him, calling the police on him…

SHERIFF ISRAEL: Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about. I exercised my due diligence. I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency…

TAPPER: (interrupting) Amazing leadership???

ISRAEL: Yes, Jake. There’s a lot of things we’ve done throughout. You don’t measure a person’s leadership by a person not going into…

TAPPER: Maybe you measure somebody’s leadership by whether or not they protect the community and in this case you’ve listed 23 incidents before the shooting, involving the shooter, and still nothing was done to keep guns out of his hands, to make sure the school was protected, to make sure you were keeping an eye on him. Your deputy failed. I don’t understand how you can sit there and claim “amazing leadership.”

The case for firing Israel was made twenty months ago on national television, and Israel’s defense only got more ridiculous since that point. On what basis did 15 Florida state senate Democrats think that it would be a good idea to put Israel back into that job? Just to “own” Ron DeSantis? That’s some amazing leadership there, Florida Democrats.

At any rate, this is a small bit of justice for the families of the victims in the Parkland shooting. Hopefully, the successor to Israel’s “amazing leadership” has dispensed with the PROMISE program nonsense and has instead chosen to enforce the law. That might not earn the new sheriff any visits to the White House, but it might save a few more lives down the road.

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How deranged Nikolas Cruz’ wound up in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Andrew Pollack is the father of Meadow Pollack, one of the kids who was murdered during the Parkland shooting by Nikolas Cruz. This week, Pollack has a new book out titled ““Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies that Created the Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students.” An excerpt from the book was published Sunday by the New York Post and it reveals some details about Cruz’s behavior that makes you wonder why he was ever allowed into an ordinary high school. Throughout his Middle School years, Cruz was marked as someone obviously disturbed who routinely disrupted classes and who openly talked about his interest in blood and violence:

Cruz’s torture and killing of animals became a source of pride for him as he interacted with other students. One student, Devin, recalled that, although he tried to avoid Cruz, Cruz would approach him almost every day and ask, “Would you like to see videos of me skinning animals?” Devin always declined, but Cruz kept asking.

Cruz’s records suggest that his reign of terror at Westglades Middle School began halfway through his seventh-grade year, in February of 2013. For the next calendar year, Cruz was suspended every other day. Why did the school allow him to remain enrolled despite his daily, deranged behavior for a full year? Not by negligence, but by policy.

Students with disabilities are supposed to be educated in the “least restrictive environment” possible, regardless of whether their disability is that they’re dyslexic or a psychopath, and the paperwork requirements to send them to a specialized school can take many months.

Cruz’s language arts teacher spent months documenting his outbursts in class. Eventually, an assistant principal came to class to observe him:

On Oct. 24, Assistant Principal Antonio Lindsay came to class to observe Cruz. As soon as Lindsay left the room, Cruz yelled, “Yes, now I can talk!” He continued to be disruptive, and Yon said, “I know that you can behave. I have seen you. You’re a good kid.” Cruz shouted, “I’m a bad kid! I want to kill!”

It took several more months before the efforts to document Cruz’s behavior finally led to him be put in a school called Cross Creek which was designed for kids with serious problems. While there he regularly met with a therapist and also met with a consulting psychiatrist named Dr. Ortiz. Dr. Ortiz was so concerned about his behavior that she wrote a letter to Cruz’s private psychiatrist to make sure they were fully aware of his behavior and could continue his treatment over the summer before he was set to start high school. Here’s a sample:

At home, he continues to be aggressive and destructive with minimal provocation. For instance, he destroyed his television after loosing [sic] a video game that he was playing. Nikolas has a hatchet that he uses to chop up a dead tree in his backyard. Mom has not been able to locate that hatchet as of lately [sic]. When upset he punches holes in the walls and has used sharp tools to cut up the upholstery on the furniture and carve holes in the walls of the bathroom. Per recent information shared in school he dreams of killing others and [being] covered in blood.

Cruz started his freshmen year at Cross Creek but by October some improvement was noted in his behavior. Near the end of the school year Cruz asked to be allowed to join the Junior ROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas:

Ortiz recorded, “interested in [J]ROTC? — not advised … Discussed the safety of others/himself.”

But the next month, every member of Cruz’s “Child Study Team” recommended that he be mainstreamed for two class periods a day at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year: for one class to be determined and JROTC.

Despite every indication that he was dangerous and obsessed with violence, they mainstreamed Cruz back into the high school where he eventually murdered 17 people. As the book recounts, teachers at Westglades Middle School who had worked so hard to get Cruz out of regular schools were surprised not by the shooting but by the fact that he’d ever been allowed back to a regular high school.

Andrew Pollack appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show last night and put the blame on Obama-era policies which were apparently designed to end the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. Pollack says that students were each allowed up to four infractions before police were involved and the number was reset every year. Meanwhile, parents weren’t told that kids with serious behavioral problems, like Nikolas Cruz, were at the school. Here’s Pollack’s appearance on Tucker’s show:

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“Contagion”: Arrests soar as tips on potential shootings flood police departments

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A 15-year-old gamer who makes threats on the Internet. A 38-year-old schizophrenic with a pistol. These two are among several people arrested in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, thanks to heightened scrutiny by citizens who want to prevent the next tragedy. But is it also a product of the prior shootings and the media coverage they receive?

CBS News reports on the former, but not so much on the latter:

It’s tough not to sympathize with both sides of the arrest shown in this clip. The mother protests that her 15-year-old is “just a little boy,” but police in Florida have become much more attuned to the need to document threats from “little boys” like her son. Their question in response, “How do we know he’s not going to be like the kid from Parkland?”, is a fair one. Repeated failures of law enforcement to enforce the law with that shooter allowed him to purchase weapons and commit his crimes.

And maybe her “little boy” needed more supervision in his online activities. At 15, that kind of threat has to be taken seriously, even if it might have just been RPG-related bravado.

If people truly are abiding by “see something say something” in regard to the threat of potential mass shootings, that’s great. Is that really what’s going on, or is it that there has been an explosion of potential copycats enthralled by all the attention these shootings produce? CBS law-enforcement analyst John Miller calls it a “contagion,” although the report doesn’t follow up on its implications:

“Someone who is already thinking about it will accelerate those plans when they see the one before that,” said John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism. “That’s why this appears to be a contagion.”

In most cases, Miller added, suspects will signal they might be planning something.

“The patterns are fairly clear,” he said. “If people learn what they are… and have the ability to step forward and say, ‘I’m going to report this,’ then we’re going to have fewer of these.”

Miller said it usually takes three or four stressors in someone’s life, like a breakup, losing a job, trouble at school or losing a home, for someone to start sending warning signals in person or online.

That’s good to know, but what about the implications of “contagion”? This is not a new idea; Malcolm Gladwell wrote about academic suspicions of a media-driven contagion in mass shootings in 2015. Using the model of riots, researchers began to suspect that high-profile events like Columbine lowered thresholds for irrational behavior in already marginal people:

That’s what Paton and Larkin mean: the effect of Harris and Klebold’s example was to make it possible for people with far higher thresholds—boys who would ordinarily never think of firing a weapon at their classmates—to join in the riot. Aguilar dressed up like Eric Harris. He used the same weapons as Harris. He wore a backpack like Harris’s. He hid in the changing room of the store until 11:14 a.m.—the precise time when the Columbine incident began—and then came out shooting. A few months later, Aaron Ybarra walked onto the campus of Seattle Pacific University and shot three people, one fatally. Afterward, he told police that he could never have done it without “the guidance of, of Eric Harris and Seung-Hui Cho in my head. . . .Especially, Eric Harris, he was a, oh, man he was a master of all shooters.”

Between Columbine and Aaron Ybarra, the riot changed: it became more and more self-referential, more ritualized, more and more about identification with the school-shooting tradition. Eric Harris wanted to start a revolution. Aguilar and Ybarra wanted to join one. Harris saw himself as a hero. Aguilar and Ybarra were hero-worshippers.

Now imagine that the riot takes a big step further along the progression—to someone with an even higher threshold, for whom the group identification and immersion in the culture of school shooting are even more dominant considerations. That’s John LaDue. “There is one that you probably never heard of like back in 1927 and his name was Andrew Kehoe,” LaDue tells Schroeder. “He killed like forty-five with, like, dynamite and stuff.” Ybarra was a student of Virginia Tech and Columbine. LaDue is a scholar of the genre, who speaks of his influences the way a budding filmmaker might talk about Fellini or Bergman. “The other one was Charles Whitman. I don’t know if you knew who that was. He was who they called the sniper at the Austin Texas University. He was an ex-marine. He got like sixteen, quite impressive.”

In the same year, Arizona State University codified the data to make a more scientific case for contagion, as The Atlantic reported in 2017. Note well their theory on the medium through which this contagion spreads, emphasis mine:

But according to a 2015 paper out of Arizona State University, “Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings,” there are some data that mass shootings often occur in bunches, which indicates that they “infect” new potential murderers, not unlike a disease. “We find significant evidence that mass killings involving firearms are incented by similar events in the immediate past,” the authors wrote. Suicide and terrorism, too, have been found to be likewise contagious. (Interestingly, the authors found “no significant association” between the rate of school and mass shootings and the state’s prevalence of mental illness.)

Diseases spread among individuals, but the contagion of mass shootings seems to spread through broadcast media. In an interview with The Atlantic in 2015, Sherry Towers, the ASU paper’s lead author, hypothesized that television, radio, and other media exposure might be the vectors through which one mass shooting infects the next perpetrator. Like a commercial, each event’s extraordinary coverage offers accidental advertising for depravity. One reason why mass-media coverage of shootings might inspire more shootings is that public glorification inspires some mass murderers. Eric Harris, the central planner of the Columbine murders, wrote Ich bin Gott—German for “I am God”—in his school planner.

If it is a media-driven contagion, then that raises difficult questions as to the mass media’s responsibility in containing it. As The Atlantic points out, mass shootings are legit news stories, even legit breaking news stories. However, perhaps the impulse to tie them to electoral politics — and the ways in which people exploit them to promote their own agendas — provides more incentives for contagion as borderline people see shootings as a way to vent their social-agenda frustrations and get (in)famous while doing so.

If that’s the case, news outlets and politicians would have to make serious changes in their approach to these events. It’s easier for them to ignore the contagion issue instead, which is what CBS does here even with Miller’s opening. Understandable, but too bad nonetheless.

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Former Broward County County Sheriff Proves He is Incapable of Leadership by Wanting to Run for Office…Again

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The only demand for his return is coming from Israel himself.

It may come off as something utterly amazing to anyone living outside of the South Florida area, but for those of us residing in these environs it is hardly shocking. The deposed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has declared that he intends to run for the position once again in the next election.

This despite a community that is desperate to move on from the tragedy of the Parkland Florida tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and relieved that some level of accountability has come to the leadership that oversaw those events. (The school board and county superintendent are still being addressed via grand jury investigations, as their positions are not under the purview of Governor Ron DeSantis.)

For Israel to undertake this brazen move is proof of a man who feels he is fully entitled to this position. It also displays a remarkable lack of introspection, and an abject lack of a feeling of accountability. There is no shortage of reasons and evidence for Israel to be faced with that would cause a decent individual to slink away quietly.

  • He peacocked loudly during the CNN town hall staged immediately after the shooting took place.
    Once it was learned his deputies failed to enter the school to engage the shooter in a timely fashion he answered charges of a lax training methods by claiming he was “an amazing leader”.
  • After the shooting his deputies were asleep on duty at the school and allowed the shooter’s brother to come onto campus repeatedly. Then Governor Rick Scott ultimately replaced BSO with state troopers as guards on campus.
  • Instead of working to change the methods and practices of his department Israel employed a PR firm to repair his own image.
  • It was revealed that his sheriff’s office had been called out to the shooter’s home multiple times without ever taking authoritative action.
  • The lack of legal engagement facilitated the purchase of a weapon by the shooter, as he had no prior record on the background check.
  • His own deputies union returned a vote of “No Confidence” against him last year.
    An independent commission investigating the events around the shooting found numerous reasons to find fault with the actions/performance of BSO.
  • Deputy Scott Pederson, who was the school resource officer who refused to enter the school building, was forced into retirement, and has now been charged with manslaughter due to his inaction.
  • Once removed from his position by newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis Israel sued the action. His suspension has been upheld repeatedly in the courts, and ultimately the State Senate.

Israel even chose a particularly poor moment to declare his bid for reelection. On the very day he makes this audaciously horrible announcement his own department comes under official rebuke. The Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission voted unanimously to strip the Broward Sheriff’s Office of accreditation. That will become a rather thorny issue for the disgraced and deposed Israel to overcome in his campaign.

Despite ALL of these indicators, Israel continues to operate as if there is a desire for him to reoccupy his seat. The facts and the community essentially have stipulated he leave. The courts have repeatedly upheld the decision to have him removed. Newly appointed Sheriff Gregory Tony has been a steadying force and has purged remnants of the Israel regime from the BSO.

Everyone is happy to progress forward, with the exception of the disgraced Israel. One day the community hopes he ultimately gets the message, fading into obscurity.

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Former Republican Congressman Compares Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv to a School Shooter

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Some exchanges just make you shake your head and this is one of those.

David Jolly is a former Republican Congressman from Florida who lost to Charlie Crist in 2016. He has since championed himself as a Trump critic and made that the staple of his political personality. After contemplating another run for Congress in 2018, he decided against it, citing that he wanted to focus on seeing the President ousted via a primary challenger in 2020. Jolly would eventually leave the Republican party in 2018 and has become a frequent guest on MSNBC.

I’m not going to spend five hundred words running down the wisdom of Jolly’s moves because it’s been done to death. What I will say is that some Trump opponents handle that transition better than others.

Here’s some evidence that Jolly isn’t handling it all that well.

I’m going to use NewsBusters for the transcript here, along with their emphasis added.

The former Republican congressman immediately denied that there was anything political with this decision, also swiping at Trump: “I don’t….I think this is the perfect story for our time. Within our culture, we have leaders who are given greater permission to racist statements…They are given greater equity. It is important for Harvard to say, no the in our community.”

He’s clearly taking a shot at Donald Trump here. What is Jolly even talking about? I’ve seen no evidence that any leader has been given greater permission to make “racist statements.” Quite the contrary in fact.

Secondly, the idea that Harvard is making a virtuous stand here is laughable. Harvard has had slave holders at their college. They’ve got former criminals there right now. But Kyle Kashuv is a bridge too far? Give me a break. This is blatantly political.

Kyle Kashuv is not a racist. He’s a kid who was trying to out shock his friends in a private conversation and said something dumb. Far be it from me to chastise a 16 year old for being stupid. That’s pretty much the definition of being 16. There is zero evidence that Kyle is actually prejudice or has ever acted in a discriminatory manner. What kind of society says to a teenager that they are irreparably damaged because they made some bad jokes to their friends in high school?

Such standards aren’t just disgusting, they are dangerous. Who gets to decide who’s banished now and how does this not lead the furthering of tense divisions in our country?

Jolly then got into the meat of his comments and things got really nasty.

[T]hese are the social media postings we see of a shooter and ask where were the signs?... We see a shooter. We go back and look at social media posts. This is exactly what we see...These are the exact posts we find of people, particularly those who advocate for stronger gun rights who has been given an audience with the president of the United States in the oval office, by Nikki Haley as well, vice president Mike Pence, an invited guest to a rally to speak for Matt Gaetz and Ron Desantis, who was a speaker at the NRA recently.

What in the actual…

It’s one of those quotes where you have to double check that it’s real. But it’s real and it’s in the video above. David Jolly compares a school shooting survivor to a school shooter. His basis? That Kashuv supports the 2nd amendment and once made some immature jokes with friends. On what planet does any of that correlate to shooting up a school? Because it’s certainly not this one.

Furthermore, even if you believe this nonsense, why in the world would you think it’s ok to say on national TV? Where’s the decency?

I’m old enough to remember when Laura Ingraham was boycotted for taking a shot at David Hogg following one of his many profanity laced attacks on conservatives. In that case, at least there was some provocation given Hogg’s insertion of himself into a clearly political arena. Here, we have a shooting survivor being equated with a school shooter over a situation that wasn’t even political. Worse, outside of right-wing media, no one in the press is batting an eye. It’s astonishing and gross.

I don’t know what Jolly was thinking here but I can speculate. As I said at the beginning of this article, some Trump opponents handle the transition better than others. Max Boot would be an example of someone who handles it horribly. They get these big media jobs and there’s a pervasive pressure to tell their new liberal audiences what they want to hear. Jolly seems like a guy who’s just slipped to far and he’s playing to the crowd.

If you want to claim to be principled, the way to do that is not to let your opposition to Trump drive you into saying insane things. Jolly crossed the line today and he deserves to be condemned for it.

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Kyle Kashuv’s Ousting from Harvard Isn’t About Decency, It’s About Punishing Wrong-Think

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Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv was recently informed by Harvard that despite his being previously accepted, he’ll not be attending after it was discovered that he had sent private text messages that contained horrible things being said such as repeated use of the “n-word” and violent rhetoric about Jewish people, though it should be noted that Kashuv is Jewish himself.

I’ve read the things Kashuv wrote in those text messages, and I can tell you that they are indeed horrible and idiotic. They are also the texts of a child who thinks no one is listening.

Kashuv took to Twitter and acknowledged that the texts were wrong, apologized for them, and swore to be better in the future, though I personally feel that last part is redundant as Kashuv has proven himself to be a positive force in the world without question.

Kashuv goes on in his thread to describe the back and forth he had with Harvard administrators after their decision of revoking his admission. Kashuv described his remorse for those messages and detailed how he has indeed changed over the past two years, in no small part due to surviving a school shooting that left over a dozen of his peers dead.

Still, Harvard wouldn’t bite. Kashuv was apparently too filthy to touch, which is a horrific standard to set given the fact that everyone has said something in their past that they regret and are remorseful for. I can’t put this disgusting move by Harvard better than Ben Shapiro did with his commentary about it on the Daily Wire.

This move by Harvard is the worst move I’ve ever seen in academia — and it represents the establishment of a standard so insane that no one can possibly withstand it. All those who have never written an embarrassing thing privately, please step forward. Not so fast, SJWs.

Demanding perfection is an odd standard to take by Harvard given its penchant for accepting, but rest assured, this isn’t about what Kashuv said in his message. The message was simply the excuse needed for leftist activists to punish Kashuv for his right-leaning stances and pro-gun activism.

His fellow Parkland survivor David Hogg will be attending Harvard despite the fact that Hogg did not have the grades to enter. Hogg had a 1270 as his SAT score. The bottom 25 percent of Harvard students have an average of 1460. For all intents and purposes, Hogg shouldn’t be there. Many people have worked harder and scored higher than Hogg and were still rejected. However, Hogg is a high-profile left-wing activist and therefore is welcomed in.

I’m willing to bet that if we were to see every message that Hogg ever sent we’d also find a few that would be distasteful. He has a habit of making wild claims that AR-15 owners are hunting people and that the NRA is a terrorist organization. These kinds of outlandish tweets are the things he says in public, and lord only knows what he’s throwing around in private.

Either way, I wouldn’t care. Neither Kashuv or Hogg should be denied entry into Harvard based off of jokes the did or didn’t make, but instead they should get in through meritocracy. That’s not the standard Harvard is setting, however.

The messages Harvard just handed down to the public are:

  • They don’t care how hard you worked to get good grades, they’re not looking at your grades
  • Only certain types of activism are acceptable and may be the key to being admitted whether you deserve it or not
  • Off-color jokes and stupid private texts are forbidden
  • The sins of your past are unforgivable
  • Don’t be a high-profile conservative

Message received, Harvard. Nothing short of left-leaning perfection is accepted at your University. Enjoy your bubble.

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CNN Is Really Upset that Scot Peterson Got Arrested Over His Cowardice During the Parkland Shooting

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You can always count on CNN to be on the wrong side of every issue and their response to Scot Peterson being arrested for his cowardice (among other things) during the Parkland shooting is no exception.

While there are questions about whether Peterson has legal liability, there’s no doubt he was a primary factor in so many children being killed that day. He sat idly by as a gunman walked around the school shooting people when it was his job to respond with force.

To give you an idea of CNN’s bias on this issue, Chris Cillizza once notably quipped on Twitter that a “good guy with a gun doesn’t always stop a bad guy.” This echoed CNN’s softball treatment of Sheriff Scott Israel at a town hall where they instead savaged Dana Loesch, who had nothing to do with the shooting.

In reality, Peterson wasn’t a “good guy with a gun.” He was a guy who failed to do his job and cost people their lives as a result.

Now that some action is finally being taken, how does CNN respond? By getting Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon together to moan at the fact that Peterson is being held accountable.

I can’t imagine why these guys are running behind The Hallmark Channel in prime time.

I’m not sure his characterization of “only in America” is correct, but let’s assume it is. There’s a reason we are the most prosperous, powerful country in human history. It’s not because we take our pointers from other countries who do stupid, illiberal things in response to tragedies. New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch shooting was irrational and emotional. So far, we’ve chosen to take a more logical path of not putting into place more laws that won’t actually help matters.

The most direct link to the capacity of the shooter to do what he did, at the level he did was Peterson’s inaction. Yet, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon are upset that something is being done about that.

Why? Because they didn’t get their pet gun laws passed as a result of the shooting. The crisis “went to waste,” in the words of Rahm Emmanuel. It didn’t matter that nothing they were pushing would have made a difference. Politics was the primary driver of CNN’s coverage and reaction.

Cuomo is an expert at non sequiturs. He’s always playing false choices against each other and shamelessly pushing his personal politics.

From what I can tell, most of the surviving victims of the shooting are happy Peterson is being charged. Cuomo might want to think before he talks next time, because in this case, he chose to defend a person who got people killed just to shill for his own political positions. That’s not a good look at all.

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NBC legal analyst: Charging Peterson over Parkland shooting a “dangerous precedent”

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Plenty of people cheered when Florida officials charged Scot Peterson, the “Broward coward,” with felony neglect over his inaction in the Parkland school shooting. They may not be cheering for long, NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos suggested on Today. “The real question,” Cevallos tells the Today panel about Peterson, “is ultimately: does his conduct even fit within the Florida statute?”

Cevallos makes an intriguing argument about qualified immunity, too:

Cevallos makes two arguments against charging Peterson — three, actually, counting the “incentive” argument that doesn’t get explained above. His first argument is probably his most compelling. Assuming he’s correct about the Supreme Court precedent on neglect and qualified immunity, it is tough to see how prosecutors get over that particular hurdle. Qualified immunity covers law enforcement and other government officials from lawsuits over the normal operation of their jobs, a legal construct that prevents the wheels of governance from grinding to a halt.

The FBI’s legal digest provides a good overview of qualified immunity, and also its limits:

While Harlow did not involve a law enforcement officer’s actions, the decision is significant because law enforcement officers are government officials who perform discretionary functions and may be protected by qualified immunity. This shield of immunity is an objective test designed to protect all but “the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law.”10 Stated differently (but just as comforting to law enforcement officers), officers are not liable for damages “as long as their actions reasonably could have been thought consistent with the rights they are alleged to have violated.”11 As protective as the language in these post-Harlow cases would suggest qualified immunity is, qualified immunity is not appropriate if a law enforcement officer violates a clearly established constitutional right.

For example, in Groh v. Ramirez, a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) applied for and received from a U.S. magistrate judge a search warrant authorizing the search of a home located on a ranch.12 The purpose of the search was to locate and seize a “stockpile of firearms.”13 While the magistrate judge had reviewed a detailed itemization of the firearms in the application for the search warrant, the search warrant itself did not include any such itemization. Rather, the ATF agent inadvertently “typed a description of respondent’s two-story blue house rather than the alleged stockpile of firearms.”14

The homeowner sued the ATF agent for a violation of his Fourth Amendment right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”15 Of course, the Fourth Amendment also mandates that search warrants “particularly describ[e] the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”16 Despite this clear mandate, the ATF defendant to the civil lawsuit argued that he was entitled to qualified immunity because even if the improperly written search warrant constituted a Fourth Amendment violation, his failure to include a particular description did not violate a clearly established right at the time. The Court quickly dispatched the notion that the inadequate warrant was simply a “technical mistake or typographical error” that did not rise to the level of a constitutional violation.17 Finding the violation, the Court turned to whether the right was clearly established at the time the violation occurred.

The Supreme Court used decisive language to show that the homeowner’s rights had been clearly established before the violation in this particular case occurred. The Court pointed out that “the particularity requirement is set forth in the text of the Constitution.”18 The Court then referred to a previous decision by the Court in this area, stating, “as we noted nearly 20 years ago in Sheppard: ‘The uniformly applied rule is that a search conducted pursuant to a warrant that fails to conform to the particularity requirement of the Fourth Amendment is unconstitutional.’”19 Accordingly, the request for qualified immunity was rejected.

In other words, a police officer has to have reasonably known that he was violating the clearly established rights of others to lose qualified immunity. That may not translate well to Peterson’s actions, which were cowardly but not unconstitutional.

But what if Peterson was committing a felony? That is, after all, what Florida maintains in Peterson’s refusal to act — that he neglected 34 children to death or serious bodily harm. If that’s the case, then qualified immunity doesn’t apply. Cevallos notes that this statute doesn’t seem to fit, though, as it explicitly applies to “caregivers.” That usually means a parent, a teacher, or an administrator, Cevallos notes, and wonders whether a school resource officer fit that legal role. Prosecutors will no doubt argue that it does, and will likely argue that Peterson was part of an administration that acts in loco parentis — in place of parents with children under their care. If a court agrees, that would moot the Supreme Court precedent of neglect under qualified immunity, but then one has to ask whether prosecutors would charge others acting in loco parentis for not coming to the aid of those children, too.

Cevallos’ first argument is his weakest. Prosecuting Peterson won’t disincentivize law enforcement “away from their duties”; if anything, it will incentivize them to act rather than to wait, which may present other problems depending on the situation. Cevallos seems to be arguing that attacking qualified immunity will make it tougher to find police officers to do those jobs, but qualified immunity isn’t automatic anyway. Supreme Court decisions stretching back decades have made it clear that qualified immunity depends on the situation and the actions or inactions taken. It can be challenged and can be stripped away by courts, so this is not anything new.

Cevallos does raise troubling questions about prosecuting Peterson. Let’s hope prosecutors have good answers for them.

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Suspension of the Broward County Sheriff Following Parkland Shooting is Upheld by Florida Supreme Court

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In a sign that a long running story in the South Florida region may have at least one chapter finally coming to a close the State Supreme Court has upheld the decision of Governor Ron DeSantis to suspend Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Possibly the most polarizing individual to emerge from the Parkland shooting Israel has faced numerous issues showing accountability was needed for the betterment of the community.

After nearly a full year of controversy being exposed Gov. DeSantis made the suspension of Israel a priority while campaigning. He wasted little time taking action, announcing the removal of the sheriff just days after being sworn into office in January. Israel, for his part, wasted no time in responding, staging his own press conference on the same day to declare his suspension was not warranted and that he would fight the move both in the state capital and the courts.

The plan by Israel was to appeal his suspension to the state legislature. He stated that DeSantis removed him without due cause, and he also took his case to the courts. In a court filing on March 7 among the complaints the suit declared that his suspension was an “invalid exercise of authority. Sheriff Israel is entitled to reinstatement as Broward County sheriff.” Governor DeSantis wasted little time responding.

In his own filing DeSantis announced how his suspending of Israel was well within the parameters of the state constitution and was therefore not an action reviewable by the courts. A judge ruled this to be correct and dismissed the Israel suit. The sheriff then moved instantly to take his case to an appellate court, showing he was working far harder to regain his position than he had worked while in said position.

DeSantis has a law degree from Harvard, served as a Naval JAG, and was deployed as the legal advisor in Iraq for the SEALs. He is adept at these legal wranglings. Recognizing this was sure to become a constant stalling practice by Israel DeSAntis got proactive.

The Senate review of the Israel suspension was scheduled for this month. Israel’s own lawsuits were delaying that vote, until they were resolved in the courts. With an eye on the legislature recess the first week of May, the governor filed a request to have the case expedited to the Supreme Court, where it was likely to end up eventually. Now with this Court decision it can progress to the Senate.

On the local level the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been an ever-lingering specter on the community. More than solely the pain and scars felt from a tragedy there have been numerous problems exposed surrounding the local authorities. So widespread have these scandals been that the local newspaper — the South Florida Sun-Sentinel — won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for its coverage of the various issues. Scott Israel has been at the center of many of those issues.

After the Court decision DeSantis issued a brief statement. “Scott Israel failed in his duties to protect the families and students of Broward County and the time for delay tactics is at an end. I look forward to the Florida Senate resuming the process of formal removal.”

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