City leader compares American flags on fire trucks to ISIS ‘going to take over a city’

May 30th, 2016
By Kyle Olson

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A fire department administrator thinks American flags waving from the back of trucks looks ridiculous and even went so far as to compare it to the actions of ISIS.

“They look like a bunch of yahoos,” Fire District Chairman Fred Gralinski said of Coventry, Rhode Island firefighters at a recent board meeting, according to News 10.

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Range free media? Clinton camp drops ropes during parade

May 30th, 2016
By Kyle Olson

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The national media covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign gained a little bit of dignity back after they were allowed to cover her appearance in a parade without a moving rope.

Coverage shows a chaotic scene as a mob of reporters was allowed to be in the middle of the Chappaqua, New York Memorial Day parade so they could get shots of Bill and Hillary Clinton strolling down the street.

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Trump ahead in Oregon — first Republican win since 1984?

May 30th, 2016
By Kyle Olson

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The last time a Republican presidential candidate won the state of Oregon, gas was $1.10 a gallon and movie tickets were a paltry $2.50.

Trump OregonThe state went red — along with 48 others — when Ronald Reagan routed Walter Mondale for a second term.

Now, according to a new poll, Donald Trump may actually do something no Republican has done since: win Oregon.

The new survey released by Clout Research shows Trump slightly ahead of likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, 44.4% to 42.3%.

The survey notes Trump is commanding a massive lead among independent voters, 53% compared to just 26% support among independents for Hillary.

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Vandals deface ‘Freedom Rock’ in Iowa veterans park

May 29th, 2016
By Kyle Olson

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On the eve of Memorial Day, residents of Cedar Falls, Iowa awoke to discover someone had vandalized a memorial to veterans.

Freedom Rock“The Freedom Rock,” which is painted to feature a draped American flag, a quadruple amputee in a Navy t-shirt and a woman praying over a headstone, was tagged with black spray paint Saturday night, KWWL reports.

Vandals partially covered a poem reading:

When the battles are done
The war isn’t over
For our veterans
Or their family

It is just the beginning.

Cedar Falls American Legion No. 237 Commander Tom Hagarty tells The Courier a cleanup is being planned.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘Don’t know’ if Hillary will be indicted

May 29th, 2016
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Bernie Sanders isn’t doing anything to tamp down potentially poisonous speculation that Hillary Clinton could be indicted over her mishandling of classified information.

During an appearance on “The Young Turks” on Friday, Sanders professed to be unsure if she’ll face charges but did say such a development could all but end her run.

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Veterans memorial installs surveillance camera to catch vandals

May 28th, 2016
By Kyle Olson

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The keepers of a memorial for veterans are being forced to fund a surveillance system so they can thwart future acts of vandalism.

Yakima veteranKIMA reports Yakima, Washington’s Veterans Memorial site at Sarge Hubbard Park has been hit more than once by vandals, and they’re installing a surveillance camera so they can catch perpetrators in the act in the future.

“It was just beyond words for someone to come and vandalize something like this that means so much to so many,” Navy veteran Lois Cruikshank tells the news station.

The memorial, a battle cross sculpture, honors local soldiers killed in the war on terrorism.

The Yakima Beta Sigma Phi raised $1,000, KAPP reports. The memorial originally cost $8,000.

KIMA reported last year, vandals broke the top part of the bronze statue off, leaving only the boots and a portion of the gun barrel.

“We helped move it here,” Combat Veterans United member Bryan Gerken told the news station at the time. “We thought it’d be safe, something for the community to enjoy or sit and ponder, and somebody has to come and steal it; it’s a shame.”

Illegal alien ‘posed as dead veteran’ to steal VA benefits

May 28th, 2016
By Olaf Ekberg

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An illegal alien who has been in America some 50 years has been arrested after police believe he stole a dead veteran’s identity to obtain an array of benefits.

Rene Ortiz QuintanaCops say in 2012, 69-year-old Rene Ortiz Quintana posed as a dead veteran who died in 1994 to get “social security, VA and other Federal, state and local benefits,” ABC 15 reports.

According to police, Quintana stole the ID of Ruben J. Gallardo and “got an Arizona identification card, a state health card, a Phoenix health plan card and a VA choice card.”

Quintana received benefits totaling $29,062.19.

The illegal alien is charged with “fraudulent schemes, theft and seven counts of identity theft along with six counts of forgery,” Fox News reports.

VIDEO: Clinton rally goers sit during national anthem

May 27th, 2016
By Olaf Ekberg

Most Americans know it’s respectful to stand during the national anthem. Many supporters of Hillary Clinton apparently didn’t get that memo.

Prior to a rally with Bill Clinton in Edison, New Jersey on Friday, a high school choir attempted to lead the few hundred attendees in a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

But a video from the crowd shows many people sitting down, talking with their neighbors or staring at their phones — and completely ignoring the song.

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