President Trump attempted to dismiss “fake news” reports that he wants to arm U.S. teachers to fight back against school shooters this morning—but then immediately went on to double-down on his claims that a well-armed team of teachers would deter school shooters. On Wednesday, Trump met survivors of the Florida shooting where 17 people died and floated the idea of giving teachers guns. However, in a series of tweets Thursday morning, he claimed it was wrong to report that he wanted to “give teachers guns,” saying he only suggested the possibility of giving concealed guns to “gun adept teachers with military or special training experience.” The president said such a plan would act as a deterrent to would-be shooters and allow teachers to fire back immediately if a student opened fire. “A ‘gun free’ school is a magnet for bad people,” he said. He argued that going on the attack was the solution. “Cowards won’t go there… problem solved. Must be offensive, defense alone won’t work!”
*NRA’s Dana Loesch: ‘Many In Legacy Media Love Mass Shootings’:
National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch said Thursday that the media exploits mass shooting to capitalize on ratings. “Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” Loesch said after walking on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to a standing ovation. “I’m not saying you love the tragedy, but you love the ratings. Crying white mothers are ratings gold.” Her comments echoed a video that NRATV released Wednesday, which slammed the mainstream media for being the “casting call for the next mass shooting.” Loesch also said she is debuting a one-hour show on NRATV next month to combat the mainstream media. Her comments at CPAC were also reminiscent of some President Donald Trump has made. The president regularly claims that news outlets such as CNN and NBC News spread mistruths about him and his administration in order to boost ratings.
*Late Response – Security Camera’s Tape-Delay May Have Let Florida Shooter Escape the School
The police response to the Florida school shooter was delayed because officers thought the security-camera images they were watching were live—but they were nearly half an hour old. The Sun-Sentinel reported that 26 minutes after Nikolas Cruz put down his rifle and fled Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police were still watching images of him inside the building, believing it was showing his real-time location. An officer was heard via a radio transmission at 2:56 p.m. saying Cruz was on the second floor of the school but the local sheriff’s official report says he left the school at 2:28 p.m., seven minutes after he began shooting at his schoolmates. Cruz was eventually apprehended more than an hour later. Coral Springs Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said the images were “delayed 20 minutes and nobody told us that.” He denied it hampered efforts to rescue students but admitted that the confusion “made it harder to identify where the guy was.”
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*Border wall work begins in downtown Calexico:
The federal government began work Wednesday to replace a section of border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego. Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than two miles in downtown Calexico, a sliver of the president’s plan for a “big, beautiful wall” with Mexico. A barrier built in the 1990s from recycled metal scraps and landing mat will be torn down for bollard-style posts that are 30 feet high, significantly taller than existing walls. The administration is seeking $18 billion to extend the wall. Efforts to pay for it as part of a broader immigration package that would include granting legal status for people who came to the county as young children failed in the Senate last week.
*LBN-INVESTIGATES: One in five Americans say they have more credit-card debt than they do in emergency savings, according to a report published Thursday from the personal-finance company Bankrate. Another 12% said they had no credit card debt, but they also had no savings. Bankrate surveyed 1,000 people during early February.
*Anti-bacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes, scientist says:
Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is “an absolutely redundant” exercise, a scientist has said. Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting money on antibacterial wipes and sprays because common germs, which can replicate themselves in just 20 minutes, quickly recolonize back to original mass even if just one single cell is left over. She said bar soap was found to be more effective at destroying bacteria because they tended to contain ingredients that broke down cell walls.
*‘Inexcusably Insensitive’ – NYU Served Watermelon Water and Kool-Aid for Black History Month
The president of New York University has apologized for an “inexcusably insensitive” menu that was created to honor Black History Month and included barbecue ribs, corn bread, collard greens, Kool-Aid, and watermelon-flavored water. The crass menu was flagged by sophomore Nia Harris, who shared the menu—and the initial dismissal of her complaints—in a Facebook post titled: “This is what it’s like to be a black student at New York University.” Within 24 hours, NYU President Andrew Hamilton posted an apology on the university website and blamed food-service provider Aramark, which has since suspended an employee. “We were shocked to learn of the drink and food choices that our food service provider—Aramark—offered at the Weinstein dining hall as part of Black History Month,” said Hamilton. “It was inexcusably insensitive.”
*DRAMATIC FINISH – U.S. Wins Ice Hockey Gold Against Canada After Shootout
The U.S. women’s ice-hockey team ended a 20-year gold drought by winning the Winter Olympic final in a dramatic sudden-death shootout against Canada. The U.S. last picked up gold in the event in 1998 in Nagano, Japan—the first ever Women’s Ice Hockey final at the Olympic Games. Early on Thursday morning, the scores were level after five rounds of penalty shots, but Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored an impressive triple-deke goal in the sixth round followed by a save from Maddie Rooney to win 3-2. “I can’t put it into words,”said defenseman Kacey Bellamy. “This whole year is for everyone that came before us. This is for Julie Chu [former USA captain] and for all our families at home, the schools that we went to, everyone supporting us.”
*Breakthrough? – These Scientists Say They’ve Proven Anti-Depressants Actually Work
A major scientific study—which involved nearly 120,000 people—claims to have settled the debate over how effective anti-depressants are by proving that they do actually work. The study, published by The Lancet on Thursday, claims to have proven that the 21 common anti-depressants used in the project were all more effective at treating acute depression than placebo pills. The scientists reached their findings by analyzing data from 522 trials including 116,477 people. However, the study did show different types of anti-depressant were more effective than others, with some just one-third more effective than placebos and others being more than twice as effective. The Royal College of Psychiatrists told the BBC that the study “finally puts to bed the controversy on anti-depressants.”
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: While the London Games promised that it would use the Olympic Games to jumpstart the renewal of East London (a historically low socio-economic area), it had to bulldoze several local businesses to make way for the new venues. And despite the commitment that 20,000 Olympic jobs would go to locals, fewer than half actually did.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***There was a crush of private jets at the Montego Bay airport for a big week at Round Hill Hotel, as the resort held a series of events leading up to its annual Sugar Cane Ball. Josef Forstmayr hosted the black-tie dinner dance on the beach for guests including Ralph Lauren and wifeRicky, Vanessa Noel, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Va., Jim Mitchell and White House social secretary Rickie Lloyd. ***Tom Ford supplied the booze at Joan Collins’ housewarming party in LA Tuesday night. “Tom brought her three magnum bottles of Champagne to the housewarming and, of course, we opened it. He’s so adorable,” a pal of Collins said. And George Hamilton brought the entertainment. “He had everyone in hysterics. He was so funny. He was just amusing and so handsome. He said he’s going back to being [KFC’s] Colonel Sanders. He has six more commercials,” the spy said. Barbara Davis, Stefanie Powers, Nikki Haskell, Piers Morgan and Alana Stewart were also there celebrating Collins’ new Wilshire Avenue pad.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by France Berman: Gun control laws should most certainly have many strict regulations around which one buys a gun, however, I haven’t heard discussion being set forth about the person who sells the gun in the first place. I wonder if the gun shop owners and sales personnel take an oath to honor all restrictions mandated by law. I’d like to know more about how a gun shop owner gets their license and how it is they’re entrusted with so many weapons of mass destruction. It would also be interesting to know where the money comes from that helps them stay open for business.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Patricia Gandara: I was dismayed, once again, to see LBN, a media outlet that prides itself on being “fiercely independent and non-partisan” disseminating the fear-mongering report on MS13 by the anti-immigrant “fake news” Center for Immigration Studies. The CIS was founded by a white nationalist, is deeply anti-Semitic, and has been listed by the venerable civil rights law firm, Southern Poverty Law Center, as a hate group. For actual facts about immigration go to an organization like Migration Policy Institute, USC’s Immigrant Integration project, or UCLA’s Civil Rights Project that are staffed with researchers and funded by mainstream foundations, not hate groups. Immigrants are not our enemies; hate groups are.
*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by W. Somerset Maugham: People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Robert A. Heinlein:Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***On Wednesday, talk show host Wendy Williams announced on her show that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease and related hyperthyroidism. Williams planned to take a three week hiatus beginning Thursday to help ease her symptoms. “My doctor has prescribed—are you ready?—three weeks of vacation,” Williams said during the show’s taping. “I was pissed. Encore performances, really?” Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid gland, located in the neck, and responsible for metabolic regulation, growth, and development. The disease is caused when the body creates antibodies for the thyroid’s stimulating hormones, chronically flooding the body with the hormone thyroxine and leading to hyperthyroidism. ***Chevy Chase tracked down a truck he says cut him off, but when he tried to confront the driver he ended up getting booted to the ground … according to a police report. Chevy claims he was traveling over NY’s Tappan Zee Bridge on February 9 when a black pickup cut him off. He told cops he thought the truck hit his car, so he flashed his high beams and followed it until the driver pulled over. According to police docs … Chevy realized there was no damage to either vehicle, but approached the driver to “speak to him about his reckless driving.” He claims there were 3 other people in the truck, and one of ’em flipped him off. Apparently not “Fletch” or “Caddyshack” fans.
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