Local Officials Place “Veteran Only” Parking Spots Around Town, Do You Support This?

Veterans put their lives on the line to protect and serve in the United States military. The least we can do upon their return is offer them generous benefits to help them succeed. Veterans deserve free college tuition to the institution of their choice, they deserve high-quality and quick health care service for themselves and their families, and they deserve access to job training programs that help them advance their careers. The least we can give them is a place to park.

But far too often, veterans don’t get all they deserve when they return home to their states. Their health care service is delayed worse than most socialist countries. In short, the government does not give them the respect they deserve. But now one town is trying to make one small step forward by giving them guarantee parking spots on major streets. And it is a step in the right direction.

In Ashland, Massachusetts, town officials are showing their veterans some respect by putting up signs that designate certain parking spots as for veterans exclusively. The town has started at its heart by making spaces for veterans available at their community center and the town hall. You need to be a veteran if you want to park in these desirable spots in the parking lots. In my opinion, this is a step forward to showing veterans the respect they deserve, but America needs to do so much more than just hand out parking spots.

The sign reads “Veteran Parking Only” and has a statement of gratitude printed below it that reads, “Thank you for your service.”

The Ashland, Massachusetts Facebook page shared images of the veteran only parking spots along with members of the community celebrating the step forward in appreciating those who fought for freedom.

Along with the images, the town shared the following caption on the Facebook post, “Thank you Officers Puzzo and Karpouzis, and Rifles To Rods for the new parking spaces dedicated to veterans at the community center and town hall. Great idea! #ashlandcommunity”

The community response has been overwhelmingly positive. Citizens wrote in the comments:

“Way to go guys!”

“Love this idea.”

“thank you Ryan, Demitri and Micheal for being so supportive in a positive way….”“This is awesome!!! Thank you!!!”

“Two Veteran spots in the municipal lot in front of the library too!”

One user questioned how the veteran only parking spot would be enforced.

“Honor system? Is this town small enough to know everyone? Anyway, I would love this in my town.”

While some license plates list a person as a veteran of the armed forces, other veterans opt not to get those plates. If someone is parked in a veteran only parking spot, we hope that they truly did fight for the country. But as the Facebook community member stated, the honor system needs to be trusted.

While in New Bedford a few weeks ago, I saw purple parking spaces dedicated to veterans of the United States military. It looks like Massachusetts is doing right by their veterans giving them privileged parking spaces.

Does your town do this?

Kate Steinle Killer Sentenced to Time Served

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a.k.a. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the illegal alien, five-time deportee, and seven-time convicted felon who killed 32-year-old American Kate Steinle in July 2015, was sentenced to time served on Friday after being convicted in November of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Zarate was acquitted of the murder and assault charges he faced, in what critics called an example of jury nullification in the politically-charged case.

Zarate was sentenced to three years in state prison, but “will be on parole for 48 months and will remain in custody to face federal charges,” according to Fox News.  Those federal charges include weapons and immigration offenses.

The Steinle case electrified national debate about illegal aliens and “sanctuary cities,” especially as Zarate admitted that he had sought to live in San Francisco because he would be safer from law enforcement. Donald Trump, who had launched his campaign for president just a few weeks before, took up the Steinle case among several others in which Americans had been killed by illegal aliens.

Some left-wing activists greeted the Steinle verdict by declaring her killing an “accident,” and accused Trump of “scapegoating immigrants.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the time:

When jurisdictions choose to return criminal aliens to the streets rather than turning them over to federal immigration authorities, they put the public’s safety at risk. San Francisco’s decision to protect criminal aliens led to the preventable and heartbreaking death of Kate Steinle. While the State of California sought a murder charge for the man who caused Ms. Steinle’s death—a man who would not have been on the streets of San Francisco if the city simply honored an ICE detainer—the people ultimately convicted him of felon in possession of a firearm. The Department of Justice will continue to ensure that all jurisdictions place the safety and security of their communities above the convenience of criminal aliens. I urge the leaders of the nation’s communities to reflect on the outcome of this case and consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement officers.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Trump’s DHS Says 700-Mile Border Wall To Cost Just $1.8 Billion Per year

President Donald Trump’s 700-mile border wall would cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The expected construction cost is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government.

The Journal‘s article said the Department of Homeland Security’s unreleased plan had been sent to a group of Senators:

In total, the administration details about $33 billion in desired new border security spending, including funding for technology, personnel and roads. The document refers to this as “critical physical border security requirements.”

The document, from the Customs and Border Protection agency at the Department of Homeland Security, envisions the border-wall project unfolding over 10 years. If carried out as described, by 2027, about 970 miles of the 2,000-mile southwest border would have some sort of fencing or wall separating the U.S. from Mexico …

The non-wall requests include $5.7 billion over five years for towers, surveillance equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technology; $1 billion over five years for road construction and maintenance; and $8.5 billion over seven years for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other personnel.

The planned $18 billion over a decade in spending on the wall matches the $1.6 billion already approved for 2018 by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, amid protests from Democratic Party leaders.

The pending 2018 budget includes $1.6 billion to build 60 miles new barriers in Texas and to upgrade 14 miles older barriers in California.

The proposed cost $1.8 billion per year cost would consume less than one-2,088th of the 2018 federal budget, expected to be around $3,800 billion. In turn, the wall’s cost would be offset by a reduced northward flow of illegals and drugs, so cutting the federal government’s cost for welfare, unemployment and policing.

Democrats denounced the 1-cent-for-every-$20 construction plan:


Democrats sharply oppose the wall as because it is a symbol which distinguishes the United States from other countries, and also because it is a solid barrier hindering the northward flow of cheap workers, welfare-aided consumers and future government-dependent voters towards the Democratic-dominated cities along the coasts.

However, some GOP legislators also oppose the wall, saying it might hinder border trade.

Without continued pressure from Trump, Democrats are likely to block spending on the wall by offering to support other GOP priorities, such as more tax cuts for business groups. In fact, Congress has never fully funded actual construction of the 700-mile fence which it loudly approved in 2006.

Immigration reformers say the wall will be a useful aid for border officers. But they also argue that Americans would gain more from much cheaper legal reforms which penalize employers for hiring migrants and the Democratic-run “sanctuary cities” for aiding illegals, including the illegal who shot Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

Dem Sen Booker on Sessions Marijuana Policy Change: ‘This Is an Attack on Our Most Sacred Ideals’

Thursday on the U.S. Senate floor, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) reacted to reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would no longer honor an Obama-era agreement of non-interference with marijuana state laws.

Partial transcript as follows:

I rise because earlier this day, the president and Attorney General Sessions rescinded the Cole memo. It is issued under—it was issued under the Obama administration to have prosecutors shift the focus away from nonviolent marijuana crimes and toward more serious crimes that threaten our communities. This memo was a critical step in the right direction, undoing some of the catastrophic damage that has been caused by the failed war on drugs. It is a step forward for the federal government in mending our broken drug policies that have so hurt our nation in so many ways.

I believe it is a step forward that the vast majority of Americans who believe the war on drugs failed to agree with. It’s a step forward that improves America’s safety, saves money, and better lines are lost with our most fundamental values of fairness, equality, and justice. But yet today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the Department of Justice to not just double down on failed policy, but to turn back the clock and undermine the well-being of our country. The policy change actually goes against what Jeff Sessions promised elected officials in this body before his confirmation.

We heard already from the other Cory in the Senate, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, that he had a commitment from the Attorney General that before his confirmation that this is not what he would do. So this is an attack on our most sacred ideals and the very purpose of the Department of Justice, which is to protect Americans, to elevate ideals of justice, and to do right by people.

It is a failure of this administration who said, as our president did during his campaign, that he would honor what states are doing. It’s a betrayal of our Attorney General who gave a commitment to at least one Republican member of this body. But most significantly, it is hurting—it will hurt America. It ignores the fact that there is a growing bipartisan consensus that the war on drugs has failed. It sacrificed our critical, urgently needed resources in our communities, violating our values, destroying families, and it’s failed to make us safer.

(h/t Grabien)

Wife of Orlando nightclub massacre knew he would do ‘something bad,’ officials say

The widow of the man who killed dozens of people at a gay Florida nightclub in the name of ISIS told investigators she knew her husband “was going to do something bad” before the 2016 attack.

Noor Salman told investigators she was in denial that her husband, Omar Mateen, could hurt other people when he left their home with guns and ammunition, the Orlando Sentinel reported citing a statement written by an FBI agent and signed by the widow.

“I knew when he left the house he was going to Orlando to attack the Pulse Night Club,” Salman said.


“I knew on Saturday, when Omar left the house about 5 p.m. that this was the time that he was going to do something bad. I knew this because of the way he left and took the gun and backpack with ammunition,” Salman said.

Salman faces charges of aiding a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice. Mateen killed 49 people and wounded at least 68 others during the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.

“I knew later, when I could not get ahold of him that my fears had come true and he did what he said he was going to do,” Salman said. “I was in denial and I could not believe that the father of my child was going to hurt other people.”

Salman’s attorneys and federal prosecutors attended a hearing Friday to discuss whether sealed evidence and an expert witness’ testimony should be allowed at her March trial. A judge ruled in favor of allowing the expert to testify. The hearing was closed to the public.


Salman said her husband “became obsessed” with ISIS and fighting in the Middle East two years prior to the shooting. He also purchased a rifle, toys and jewelry before the shooting, spending thousands of dollars.

The widow said her husband considered other places before they drove around the Pulse Night Club about a week before the attack.

Salman apologized at the end of her statement.

“I’m very sorry I lied to the FBI,” she said. “These are my words.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Anaheim man who kidnapped, raped 14-year-old and tried kidnapping 3 other girls sentenced to life in prison

By Marissa Wenzke, KTLA

ANAHEIM, Calif. — (KTLA) — An Anaheim man was sentenced to life in prison Friday after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping, forcibly raping and sodomizing a 14-year-old girl and then later attempting to kidnap three other underage girls, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Elias Omar Xicotencatl, 26, was convicted on Sept. 28 of felony counts including forcible rape, sodomy by force, three counts of attempted kidnapping to commit a sexual offense and assault of a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, prosecutors said.

His prison sentence has no possibility of parole.

Xicotencatl’s brutal rape of a young teenage girl happened back in March 2011, when he kidnapped a 14-year-old walking to Loara High School in Anaheim, prosecutors said. He drove the girl to an unknown location, where he blindfolded her and tied up her hands and feet before forcibly raping and sodomizing her.

Just over a year and half later, in November 2012, Xicotencatl was again preying on young girls walking to a nearby school.

One morning that month, he attempted to kidnap two girls — who were just 11 and 12 years old — as they were both walking to Ball Junior High School in Anaheim, prosecutors said.

In a news release, prosecutors said he was trying to kidnap the girls “with the intent to commit a sex offense.”

Less than a year later, in July 2013, Xicotencatl tried kidnapping a 16-year-old girl as she was walking to Loara High School for cross country practice. Prosecutors said he assaulted the girl with the intent to commit a sex offense, but did not release details about how he injured the girl.

That same month, Xicotencatl was arrested and Anaheim police investigated the crimes.

George Lopez In Big Trouble For Latest Ivanka Trump Comments

Comedian George Lopez’s recent comments about first daughter Ivanka Trump have sparked controversy.

Lopez was tagged in an Instagram video of two dogs mating by a fan who asked the comedian when they were going to pimp President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, Oxygen reported.

“She’s ready!” Lopez responded on the Instagram comment thread.

“Ok then let’s get her maybe she should spend some time in Mexico,” the fan wrote back.

“That would hurt her brand,” concluded Lopez.

Several Instagram users commented on the exchange between Lopez and the fan. Most felt the comments were in poor taste.

“Wow this isn’t even funny it’s so disrespectful to her. This is bullying,” wrote one commenter. “It’s weird how comfortable these celebrities feel doing stuff like this. Wasn’t he moving to Mexico or Canada or something?

“I use to like his show but seeing how nasty he is I’m really disliking after the last few times he’s been in the shade room.”

“I don’t like Ivanka either but to make disgusting misogynistic comments like this makes half as bad as trump,” wrote another commenter.

Other social media users were not quite as ready to jump to the first daughter’s defense.

“Everyone saying don’t go after his kids. Leave the kids outta this. Well…… The disabled man, the gold star family, saying Arizona senator McCain isn’t a war hero because he was captured and tortured, the news rep Megan kelly etc all those people….. They’re other people’s children too!!” wrote one Instagram user. “So if he could talk about them in a disgusting manner then he shouldn’t expect his own to be spared. I’m just saying.”

“I dont understand all the fuss about Lopez’ comments, when they pale in comparison with the MANY degrading comments about her that came straight from the mouth of the orange [buffoon]?” wrote another. “Not only about her but about many others? And this is okay? None of it is okay, of course, but only made O.B. more popular. Very sad and double standard.”

“I would defend Ivanka and Melanie but won’t,” wrote another commenter. “They stand behind Trump and what he stands for. What him and his cabinet are doing to people, is horrible. They are evil and greedy.”

Lopez’s controversial comments come just a few months after he publicly defended Ivanka when she was harassed on a Jetblue flight, TMZ reported.

“There has to be a certain amount of respect when someone is with their family,” Lopez told the TMZ reporter. “Yeah, that’s not cool.”

Sources: Oxygen, The Shade Room/Instagram, TMZ / Photo credit: Pixababy

Megan Rapinoe Refuses To Stand For National Anthem Again Despite Warning, Pays The Price

U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe could face disciplinary action if she continues to kneel during the national anthem before games.

Despite an official statement from U.S. Soccer stating that both coaches and players are expected to stand at attention during the national anthem, Rapinoe continued to kneel at the Sept. 18 game against the Netherlands, protesting what she believes to be injustice and oppression in the United States.

Rapinoe first began her protest in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who announced that he will not stand for the anthem as long as there is continued police brutality and racial prejudice in this country. His statements and actions have created a national movement, with athletes like Rapinoe following in his footsteps.

Her actions in particular have angered U.S. Soccer, which released a statement saying that her protest goes against everything the organization stands for.

“As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played,” the statement reads in part, according to ESPN.

While she wasn’t immediately punished for her protest, ESPN reports that the situation will be re-evaluated if Rapinoe continues to kneel throughout the rest of the season.

During a home game against the Netherlands, Rapinoe was met with some backlash when she refused to stand for the anthem, with one fan yelling, “Stand up!”

Nonetheless, Rapinoe has no plans of quitting her protest and is willing to risk suspension in order to make a statement.

“As of now I plan to keep kneeling,” she told ESPN. “I’m trying to kind of formulate a better plan and an action step moving forward. But until then, this is how I can help, this is how I can use my voice going forward, and this is how I can be an ally in this space.”


Misbehaving Child Tests Grandpa To The Extreme, What He Says Shocks A Stranger

So it is said that having a good hearty laugh regularly can prolong your life and reduce your stress levels considerably, it can make you smarter and happier too!

To bring a little happiness to your day here is a storey that we landed upon….

When you go into a supermarket, sometimes that one single impatient child, who is either shouting, screaming or generally being awkward and perhaps this is a topic a lot of us parents can relate to also.

In this case picture a grandfather, he has discovered a special method of dealing with his 3 year old grandchild and seeing this storey, and what he did made me laugh, really laugh my socks off!

Do read it all the way to the end because it is, in my humble opinion, Hilarious!

As the badly behaved youngster, 3 years young, is walking with his grandfather through the supermarket, a woman is following them.

It’s blatant to her that he has his work cut out with the child, screaming for treats and goodies, biscuits, sweets, fruit, cereal, sugary fizzy drink, you name it!

Whilst this is going on grandad is making his way through the supermarket and in a steady voice saying:

“Easy, William, we won’t be long, Easy, boy.”

After much more aggro from the boy, grandfather says:

“It’s okay William, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”

At last at the checkout, the little boy in his final struggles for attention, throws things out of the shopping cart, again grandad says, calmly:

“William, William, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five short minutes; stay cool, William.”

Greatly impressed by this the woman catches the grandfather at the car while loading the shopping and says:

“It’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay. William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”

“Thanks,” said the grandfather, “but I’m William. The little brat’s name is Kevin.”

Mother Who Brutally Killed Her Daughter By Punching Her In The Chest Gets Attacked In Prison

Ayeeshia was only 21 months old when her own mother punched her in the chest in May 2014. The force of the blow caused Ayeeshia to bite through her tongue and broke three of her ribs. It also caused a tear in her heart, and she died. Her mother, twenty-three-year-old Kathryn Smith, was rightfully found guilty of murder.

Smith, a known drug addict, is serving her 24-year sentence at Foston Hall women’s prison in Derbyshire. Her inmates had been planning to attack her for some time, but no one wanted to get any extra time added to their sentence.

They finally went through with the attack when Smith was in a stairwell. Two inmates attacked her and about 10 others stood and watched.

The entire incident was recorded on video surveillance. Smith was punched and even stabbed with a homemade knife. During the four-minute attack, Smith was howling in pain and ended up with a cut across her cheek that is about an inch long.

One witness said that the two women who attacked her went all out and Smith was in bad shape when it was all over.

Experts who have seen her injuries are saying that it looks like she was in a high-speed car crash. Some of the staff said that not many people at the prison have much sympathy for Smith.

You know the saying “what comes around goes around.” An official from the prison has denied that any weapon was used during the attack and has stated the two inmates responsible have been disciplined. Share away, people.