How Did Democrats get from Locking up ‘Superpredators’ to Defunding the Police?

first_imgIn the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody and the justified protests that followed, many on the left are calling for criminal justice reform and the drastic measure of defunding the police. President Trump disagrees with the left and Monday declared during a White House roundtable with members of law enforcement: The police are doing a “fantastic” job.“There won’t be defunding, there won’t be dismantling of our police and there is not going to be any disbanding of our police,” he said at the afternoon event.“We want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there, and sometimes, you’ll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently, but 99 — I say 99.9, but let’s go with 99% of them are great, great people, and they’ve done jobs that are record setting — record setting,” Trump said.December, 2018, President Trump signed of the First Step Act, which addresses the disparities of federal sentencing guidelines that are especially harsh on repeat black offenders. It was the Democrats during the Clinton administration that established the “three strike rule” to lock up habitual offenders for life. Many of these suspects were minorities simply guilty of committing survival crimes. Now, the Dems want to defund the police.How did the Democrats end up here? Part of the problem dates to the 1994 crime bill, which Joe Biden spearheaded, as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and President Bill Clinton signed into law. The bill was a response to alarming rates of violent crime and the counter Republican accusations that Democrats were soft on the issue. It included an assault-weapons ban and the Violence Against Women Act, but it also imposed harsh federal sentences and mandatory “three strikes” rules. Hillary Clinton has been in public service most of her life, but during her 2016 presidential campaign she was blasted for a term she used for criminals in 1996, “superpredators,” saying that “we have to bring them to heel.” Now, nearly three decades later, Joe Biden faces his own third strike as he makes his third run for the White House. Biden must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communitie“It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re the victims of society,” Mr. Biden said in 1993, adding, “I don’t want to ask, ‘What made them do this?’ They must be taken off the street.”Today’s roundtable comes on the heels of Minneapolis City Council announcing Sunday that it would disband the city’s police force in the wake of Floyd’s death and long-standing issues with police conduct.The issue of criminal justice will have a major impact on the 2020 election. The quesrion is not whether black voters will vote for Biden or Trump, bit whether they will be inspired to vote show up to the polls at all.last_img read more

Middletown North Lions Fall Just Short of Storybook Season

first_imgA North Jersey Section Group 4 state title looked to be in the cards for Bush’s team in 2016, as they entered the championship game with the record of 9-2, going up against Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown North quarterback Donald Glenn eludes the rush and throws the final touchdown pass of his high school career at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisAfter yet another touchdown pass between Glenn and wide receiver Brendan Kube – surely a sight that North fans across Middletown will miss – and a touchdown run by Connor Welsh, the Lions looked like they were going to cruise on to a state title.After some tough running by Sayreville and a Glenn pick-six in the third quarter, the game slipped away from Middletown North, who fell 41-14 at Rutgers University last Saturday morning.“I think we just kind of let that game get away from us a little bit,” Bush said. “We’ve been pretty good about taking care of the ball this year and we just had some crucial turnovers that sort of turned the tide. We got behind and played into the wind in the fourth quarter and then it was just a little difficult to try to come back from that; it just snowballed a little bit from there.”Despite the tough loss, there were many highs for the Lions to be proud of in 2016.Donald Glenn emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in Shore Conference history. The Wagner College-commit was masterful in his senior season, lighting up scoreboards across the Shore Conference to the tune of 23 touchdowns and only six interceptions. According to Bush, Glenn ended his Middletown North tenure as the high school career leader in passing yards in the Shore.Middletown North’s Connor Welsh shakes off a defender on the way to the Lions second touchdown in the North 2 Group 4 state championship game. Photo courtesy of Rich ChrampanisDefensive stalwarts like Dwight Wilkerson, Austin DeWise and Nick Kish helped anchor a defense that shut out top-tier offenses week in and week out. The Lions held Eddie Morales and the explosive Howell High School offense to a single touchdown in their Week 3 meeting, and stymied Ocean Township quarterback and University of Pittsburgh commit Kenny Pickett to only eight points in Week 8.Easily the most notable win in 2016, which featured both a great game from Glenn and the defense, was the 24-6 upset where Middletown North captured their first Turkey Day win over Middletown South since 2000. Glenn had a completion rate just a hair under 70% while throwing for 326 yards and 3 TD’s, and South only mustered up six points with a touchdown pass in garbage time.Bush could not say enough about this quarterback, who has been his man under center since taking over the Middletown North football program four years ago.“He’s done a great job for us,” Bush said. “Even when he was a freshman, he got thrown into the starting huddle with seniors and really handled that whole thing well. Each year he just got a little more mature and a little more confident, a little more understanding of what we’re trying to get done offensively.”With the foundation that Bush has laid in Middletown, there is room for the Lions to grow in future seasons, something the fourth-year coach looks to at the start of each new year.“I’ve always talked about trying to take it one step further than we did the year before, and we’ve kind of done that each year here,” Bush said. By Jay CookIt was so close to being a year for the history books for Middletown North football.In a season where the Lions again progressed leaps and bounds, yet just missed out on capturing a state title under the tutelage of head coach Steve Bush, there is much to be excited about for the future of football over on Tindall Road.“The kids have worked really hard, I think we kind of gained more and more confi- dence each year, and just got that understanding of what we’re tr ying to accomplish schematically. They did a good job and star ted to win some more games each year, and knowing what they were capable of doing,” Bush said in a conversation Monday.last_img read more

FINN HARPS CO-OP TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING

first_imgFinn Harps Co-Operative Society Limited wish to inform all Shareholders that a Special General Meeting will be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm.The Board of Finn Harps would welcome new members to join the Board of Directors. Nominations for the Board should be with the Secretary no later than close of business on Friday 14th December.Nominations should be signed by the nominee and be proposed and seconded by two existing shareholders.  FINN HARPS CO-OP TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINN HARPS CO-OPmeetinglast_img read more

Giants blast three home runs, Samardzija stays hot to close out dominant July

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — As Wednesday’s trade deadline came to a close, the Giants’ front office put the finishing touches on a flood of last-minute deals in a dizzying run that left the team’s roster transformed.As the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game unfolded, the Giants’ offense packed a punch with a flurry of home runs in a dizzying run that left the Phillies unable to recover.The Giants’ roster underwent late changes, but on the final day of the month, they achieved the same result that’s become …last_img read more

Factories Corporation to Add 1.5 Million Square Feet of Space

first_img The Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) plans to establish some 1.5 million square feet of office space, adding to the 1.7 million square feet already in operation, and providing more than 30,000 new jobs.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the Corporation is on a trajectory to dramatically increase the amount of commercial/industrial space available in the island and to put them to full use for Jamaicans to be gainfully employed.He was speaking at the FCJ’s 30th anniversary awards banquet held on Saturday (October 21) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, to recognise the contributions of long-serving staff members and loyal clients.The FCJ is the leading, single-largest provider of factory space and infrastructure in Jamaica. It has embarked on a new thrust aimed at creating more space to accommodate the mushrooming business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.Minister Chang said the agency is under a directive from the Ministry to invest in space for research and innovation.“We are providing purpose-fit facilities that will help to stimulate our science, research and innovative capabilities,” he informed.“We have to go in this direction if we are to bring sustainable development to this country and persistent growth,” he added.Minister Chang told his audience that the Garmex Free Zone and Industrial Estate, managed by the FCJ and located on Marcus Garvey Drive in St. Andrew, has more than 500,000 square feet of net rentable space.He said the area will have facility to accommodate youth entrepreneur zones, and an incubator centre focusing on early-stage companies that can benefit the most from hands-on mentorship, guidance and advice.Minister Chang noted that FCJ reserves 40 per cent of every new facility that it constructs, for operators of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).This is in keeping with the Government’s mission to reduce barriers affecting the sector, which is a major provider of jobs.Meanwhile, Minister Chang said the St. Thomas leg of the South Coast Highway, set to get under way in 2018, is an example of providing critical investment in ports, water supply and sewer systems, so that the private sector can “focus on getting the productive sector going”.The project will cover a four-lane highway from Harbour View to Bull Bay, largely utilising the existing alignment of the roadway; an upgrade to the road between Bull Bay and Morant Bay, which may include minor road realignment, a truck lane and the reduction of deep corners and steep ridges, as well as improvement of the road from Morant Bay to Port Antonio, and Morant Bay to Cedar Valley. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the Corporation is on a trajectory to dramatically increase the amount of commercial/industrial space available in the island and to put them to full use for Jamaicans to be gainfully employed. The Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) plans to establish some 1.5 million square feet of office space, adding to the 1.7 million square feet already in operation, and providing more than 30,000 new jobs. Story Highlights The project will cover a four-lane highway from Harbour View to Bull Bay, largely utilising the existing alignment of the roadway; an upgrade to the road between Bull Bay and Morant Bay, which may include minor road realignment, a truck lane and the reduction of deep corners and steep ridges, as well as improvement of the road from Morant Bay to Port Antonio, and Morant Bay to Cedar Valley.last_img read more

Factory and 100 jobs coming for new manufacturing center in Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Manufacturing jobs are coming for Grand Turk thanks to a new memorandum of understanding signed yesterday in the Capital. The manufacturing facility is poised to transform the country’s construction industry as the partnership will reportedly produce stay-in-place concrete wall forming systems for easier construction, and lots more. Paul Day of Grand Turk Development Enterprise and Howard D. Nash of Creative Investment Holdings Ltd have teamed up to establish the factory which will not only produce eco-friendly items to be distributed in the Turks and Caicos, but to the wider Caribbean and South America.The company with its multi-pronged offerings announced in a media statement that around 100 jobs should be created from the fabrication, welding, engineering, plastic recycling, injection molding, marine insurance and shipping companies. Paul Day, who has been a Grand Turk resident since 1993, explained they are “committed to conserving natural resources and reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Our products will be designed to be environment-friendly and energy-efficient…”The new factory will be located in South Dock, Grand Turk. RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Recommended for you Related Items:Creative Investment Holdings Ltd, grand turk, howard nash, manufacturing, paul day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Directorlast_img read more