Was the Parkland Shooting Politicized?
The Valentines’ Day shooting disaster at the Parkland high school, the sad truth be told, was turned with incredible lightning like speed into a massive Democrat Party 2018 election kick off. With victims still on gurneys waiting to be autopsied, Congresspeople Ted Deutch and Debbie W. Schultz were already financing and organizing the survivors to begin the chant for “Gun Control”, the guilt of the NRA and the defeat of President Trump. Overnight, plans for voter registration in high schools were in place to secure future voters for The Party. Students were immediately permitted to demonstrate in the streets during school hours.
David Hogg, a student at the school, who claims to be a survivor, although many kids have reported that he was not at school that day, was recruited to lead the teams of teens under the banner of the nationwide Town Hall Project founded by former Hillary Clinton staffer, Jimmy Dahman, to boost and campaign for Democrat candidates throughout the country in 2018. How did such smoothly well planned, coordinated and financed programs pop up practically overnight after that shooting? The Progressive media has yet to dig into that query. Perhaps they know too many answers and we still don’t.
Let’s look into the three major players in this tragic event. The shooter, Nikolas Cruz; the Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel and the Broward School Superintendent, Robert Runcie. Cruz was a troubled student whose major problems, criminal and mental were covered up by the PROMISE PROGRAM, an Obama scheme brought over by Runcie from his former employer, the Chicago school system.
This was a plan to reduce the reporting of in-school crimes of minority students by conspiring with the Sheriff’s office to reduce the severity of the infractions and have them handled by inept school employees. This not only permitted the schools to be awarded millions of $ as rewards for “reducing crime” but also gave youthful offenders such as Nikolas Cruz clean records and as in his case, the legal right to purchase the weapons used in the slaughter.
The Sheriff’s Department, under Scott Israel, reportedly was called to the Cruz residence over 30 times because of his disruptive and dangerous behavior. They knew all about the weapons he had at home and chose not to follow up on the claims that Cruz had threatened to shoot up the school. Even the FBI ignored repeated warnings phoned to them regarding Cruz and his threats to society. How so many major league criminologists have dropped so many balls?
Thinks Israel Needs to Change Direction on Gaza
(The following open letter to Israeli PM Netanyahu & Defense Minister Liberman was sent to the Jewish Voice by an organization known as “Other Voice”)
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu & MOD Liberman,
We, members of Other Voice – residents of the Western Negev who live close to the border with the Gaza Strip – are writing to you, yet again, in our call for a political and long-term program to end the hostilities with Gaza.
The situation in our region and in the Gaza Strip is unbearable, unacceptable and unthinkable. The deep hostility, the never-ending rounds of violence, the mortar and rocket attacks, the tunnels, the kites – all of these have made our lives a living Hell. And, on the other side of the border, the people ‘live’ with 3-4 hours of electricity a day; they have no potable water; the sewage is running in the streets and into the sea; their health system is collapsing and they have soaring numbers of unemployment. Two million people are living without hope that they will have a sustainable future.
The government is trying to persuade us–the Israeli public, and mainly the residents of the surrounding Gaza region–that the Gazans are our enemy. But, we do not see them as the enemy, but rather as our neighbors.
They are our neighbors.
The Hamas regime is a tyrannical regime that has caused great harm, mainly to its own people. We neither justify nor legitimate their behaviors and their decisions. Nevertheless, they are the authority in Gaza – whether we like it or not – and so we have to find the way to speak to them.
We call upon you to change direction! Instead of another, and yet another round of violence, instead of another war, we need to reach a long-term ceasefire, to put into place a political program that will promise the people in Gaza electricity 24 hours a day, potable water, employment, freedom of movement, air to breathe, and removal of the blockade.
Israel is the strong side in this equation. We have the power and the ability to reverse this unacceptable and unbearable situation and to create a situation in which life and hope blossom on both sides of the border. The disaster that has been going on for too long is not a natural disaster – it is human-made. We created it and we can change it. We want to live in peace with our neighbours in Gaza. We need to live in peace with them.
The Members of Other Voice from Sderot and the Surrounding Gaza Region
Can the LIRR & NJT Live Together?
The Regional Plan Association proposal to create a new transit hub in Sunnyside Yards and a unified Metro New York commuter rail system would never work. The idea of Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit trains providing passenger service in portions of each other’s service territory has been periodically proposed for decades. It has never been implemented for good reasons. There is no way NJ Transit and LIRR can convert Penn Station to an intermediate stop. How could you maintain existing service and convert Penn Station over years at a cost of billions to implement this service change?
Most LIRR & NJ Transit equipment are not interchangeable and can not run on each others track as they obtain power from different sources. The same would be true with future Metro North service to Penn Station.
You also have to deal with different unions along with accompanying union work rules, employee seniority and contracts. There are also different fare structures and fare collection systems. It would cost billions more to purchase new compatible equipment, modify third rail, power and signal systems to accommodate thru running of all LIRR, NJ Transit and future & Metro North Rail Road equipment between NY & NJ via Penn Station.
(Larry Penner is a transportation historian and advocate who previously worked 31 for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 2 NY Office.)