February 20, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022018)

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Positivity: ‘The President Saved My Life’ — Trump Meets Cancer Survivor Who He Gave $10K

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From Washington (HT Gateway Pundit):

Published at 6:14 PM EST on Feb 9, 2018 | Updated at 8:23 AM EST on Feb 10, 2018

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Don Bouvet told President Donald Trump

Don Bouvet wore a suit for the second time in his life Friday, when he visited the White House to meet with the man he credits for saving his life: President Donald Trump.

Last year, Bouvet said he couldn’t afford the chemotherapy he needed to treat his bladder cancer. But more than a year after Trump gave his family $10,000, Bouvet says he’s cancer-free.

“The president saved my life,” Bouvet said during the emotional Oval Office meeting. “And I told him that.”

Bouvet’s son, Shane Bouvet, worked with Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 by day while holding down a job as a delivery man by night.

The Republican reportedly met with president-elect Trump the night before the inauguration and shared his father’s health and financial struggles.

“His father, Donald,” Trump said Friday about what Shane Bouvet told him, “was suffering and really on a pretty final path towards losing his life.”

After his January meeting with Trump, Shane Bouvet returned to his hometown of Stonington, Illinois, with a population of about 930. Then, he got a check in the mail.

It was a personal check worth $10,000 from Trump, he said.

“Shane — You are a great guy — thanks for all of your help,” Trump reportedly wrote on presidential stationery. …

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Fake News: CBS’s Report on Things Harder to Get Than a Gun

On Monday, CBS News tried to claim that buying a gun is easier in Florida than purchasing several household items, obtaining a marriage license, or getting medical marijuana. Glaring errors in its comparisons rendered its effort a fake-news failure.

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February 19, 2018

CNN’s Richard Quest Won’t Believe Mass Shootings, Murders Exceed U.S. in Most European Countries

On Thursday, CNN’s Richard Quest had a heated discussion with Gun Owners of America head Eric Pratt. Pratt punctured the establishment press-held myth that gun-controlling countries in Europe are meccas of safety. Quest didn’t handle it well.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021918)

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Positivity: Brain-dead woman kept alive on life support delivers healthy baby

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Boise, Idaho, via LifeSite News:

February 14, 2018

An Idaho woman declared brain dead after suffering a stroke gave her son a chance at life.

Malinda Figueroa gave birth to Christopher Ruben Figueroa on February 4 at 23 weeks. The baby, who remains in the NICU, weighed 1 lb., 1 oz. and arrived shortly after the local community gathered outside the hospital to pray for the baby and his mother.

Figueroa was put on life support after suffering a massive stroke on January 24. Doctors gave her no hope of recovery. Her family requested that Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center keep her on life support until the baby could be safely delivered.

Malinda’s high-risk situation was turned down by a number of other hospitals, said Jason Herring, director of ministry outreach for Stanton Healthcare and spokesperson for the family.

Because there was no precedent, the hospital initially sought a transfer to another medical center that might have been more suited to Malinda’s case. Declined by four other hospitals, the team at Saint Alphonsus honored the request of the family and pledged to work to save baby Christopher.

“It was a once-in-our-state-history case that a brave team of doctors has embraced,” Herring told LifeSiteNews.

A Saint Alphonsus spokesman told the local ABC affiliate the hospital could not comment on specific patients. The representative did say Saint Alphonsus’ mission as a Catholic healthcare provider includes a responsibility to human dignity that inspires an enduring concern for the sanctity of human life. This responsibility guides providers and staff to work closely with patients and families in providing quality, compassionate and ethically aligned care.

“It was a very brave decision considering that this had never been done before,” he added. “We applaud their courage.”

Stanton, a pro-life medical clinic and outreach, joined with the family to offer support after word of Malinda’s plight spread through a local prayer chain and family members reached out to them.

Figueroa, 38, had learned she was expecting after being told that she could never conceive and bear a child due to health challenges.

It was also because of those health challenges that she was advised to have an abortion. She refused.

“She was determined to bring her child to life,” Herring said.

… The hospital removed Malinda from life support the following night. Her funeral was held Monday of this week (February 12).

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CNN Edits Interview to Make Goldman Sachs Head Appear Worried About ‘Overheaing’

A current CNN mission is throwing cold water on the economy — even if doing so involves misleadingly editing interviews. When Goldman Sachs Chairman Lloyd Blankfein told Christine Romans Wednesday that “I haven’t felt this good since 2006″ about the economy, Romans said, “That’s not what I want to hear.” Meanwhile, CNN’s editors ensured that the interview as seen on New Day ended negatively.

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February 18, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021818)

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Positivity: A JROTC Freshman Sacrificed Himself To Help Classmates Escape During Florida Shooting

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From Parkland, Florida:

February 16, 2018

When an expelled former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, Peter Wang used the last minutes of his life to help save his fellow students.

According to witnesses, the 15-year-old freshman member of the school’s JROTC program “was holding a door to let other students out before him” as suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz prowled the halls of his former alma mater, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Wang was among the 17 people shot and killed by Cruz. His cousin, Lin Chen, told the Sun-Sentinel that Wang was wearing his standard grey JROTC shirt when he left for school that fateful morning.

“He is so brave,” Chen told the newspaper. “He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”

Wang was one of several JROTC students who worked to protect their classmates during the shooting. Seventeen-year-old Colton Haab and his fellow JROTC members hid between 60 and 70 students with Kevlar sheets normally used as marksmanship training backdrops to shield them from gunfire. …

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February 17, 2018

Laura Ingraham: ‘Shame on You, California,’ As Sanctuary State Defiance Endangers Lives

In the final Friday segment of The Ingraham Angle, Fox News’s Laura Ingraham focused much-needed attention on the public safety impact of California’s refusal to cooperate with ICE’s attempts to deport predominantly criminal illegal aliens in that state. Leveraging a Department of Homeland Security press release identifying the dangers the sanctuary state’s policies have created when ICE agents try to do their jobs, Ingraham declared: “Shame on you, California. People could die or be injured because you refuse to cooperate.”

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Minneapolis TV Station’s Reporters Puzzled by More Guns, Less Crime in the Gopher State

Thursday, Minneapolis station WCCO reported on guns and crime in Minnesota. Anchor Frank Vascellaro’s introduction: “More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains low.” Imagine that.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021718)

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Positivity: A football coach who shielded students from the Florida shooter died as he lived — by putting himself second

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From Parkland, Florida:

Updated 2008 GMT (0408 HKT) February 15, 2018

Football coach Aaron Feis threw himself in front of students as bullets hailed down Wednesday at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It would become perhaps the final act undertaken by the assistant coach and security guard, who suffered a gunshot wound and died after he was rushed into surgery, according to the school’s football program and its spokeswoman, Denise Lehtio.

“He died the same way he lived — he put himself second,” Lehtio said. “He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”

Feis was among 17 people killed when a former student armed with a rifle opened fired on campus, unleashing a massacre that stands among the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior and football player who was close with Feis, said he heard the coach shielded three girls from gunfire.

“That’s Coach Feis,” Haab said, describing the educator as selfless, approachable and friendly. …

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February 16, 2018

AP Reports, Then Buries Shaky Single-Sourced Claim That Nikolas Cruz Has White Nationalist Ties (Original Post; Updated Post Is at NewsBusters)

NOTE (10 p.m. Friday 4 p.m. Saturday): This post was current as of 6 a.m. on Friday. A heavily revised version of this post reflecting developments through 9 p.m. on Fiday, particuarly the Associated Press’s admission that it allowed itself to be fooled, is at NewsBusters.

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Early Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press abandoned skepticism when the leader of a white nationalist group contacted it, claiming, in AP’s words, that “Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group and participated in paramilitary drills in Tallahassee.” Subsequent AP reports have downplayed or ignored both law enforcement’s assertions of “no known ties” between Cruz and the Republic of Florida and ROF leader Jordan Jereb’s bizarre reported walkback.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021618)

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