Helena’s News Roundup: Irma, Tebow and more.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Watch TIm Tebow Make This World War II Veteran’s Day

Thank you Tim Tebow!! “Tebow was the highlight at a Hurricane Irma relief center Mon until a World War II veteran got a hold of his harmonica.The former UF quarterback was visiting victims and evacuees at a special needs shelter in Fl Mon where he spent some time with a World War II vet. Tebow posted a video of their exchange to his Twitter account in which the man plays a cheerful little song on the harmonica.“Totally uplifted by this #ww2 veteran, whose spirit and talents encouraged his fellow visitors at this Special Needs Shelter! #irma,” Tebow wrote in the tweet. Earlier in the day Tebow posted a heartfelt video to his Twitter account offering his prayers and support to those affected by the storm.”


Stunning testimony: Voting machines can be hacked without a trace of evidence

Wow! “The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told Trump’s voter integrity commission Tues.The testimony marked a departure for the commission, which was formed to look into fraud and barriers to voting, but which heard that a potentially greater threat to confidence in elections is the chance for enemy actors to meddle.“There’s no perfect security; there’s only degrees of insecurity,” said Rivest, a prof at MIT.He said hackers have myriad ways of attacking voting machines. “You don’t want to rest the election of the president on, ‘Maybe the Wi-Fi was turned on when it shouldn’t have been.’”


Sen. Feinstein must ‘resign’ for subjecting Trump nominee to religious test, says legal expert

A Princeton professor ask Feinstein to resign? “During a hearing of Trump’s judicial nominee, Prof. Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Commission Sept 6, Dems Feinstein and Durbin peppered her with questions about her religious faith and how it would allegedly affect her judgment on the bench. Feinstein said, “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you.” She added, “And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.” ..Commenting on Barrett’s grilling by the Democrats, renowned law professor George of Princeton said that Feinstein has shown her “true colors” and should therefore “resign.” He said that Catholics should not “tolerate liberal bigotry.”..Sen. Fenstein, you’ve shown your true colors. Resign!”

Irma’s gone. Why isn’t my child going back to school this week?

Good Question! “Tues morning brought clear skies, great jogging weather and a repeated refrain from parents: Why exactly isn’t my kid back in school?Among the reasons: Power outages, lingering evacuees and dirty diapers.The Tampa Bay area had, for the most part, escaped the worst of Hurricane Irma, and it seemed a no-brainer to get back into the usual daily routines.But school district officials in Pasco and Hernando counties had decided during the storm to keep campuses closed until next Mon. And Pinellas and Hillsborough county leaders made the same call Tues.They needed more time to get schools ready for students and teachers, and many staff had personal issues to deal with, as well.”


After Irma, Florida prepares for days — and maybe weeks — without power

Bad News! “Millions grappled with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma confronting a sweltering reality: More than 40% of Fl still lacked electricity, and for some, the lights might not come back on for days or even weeks.“We understand what it means to be in the dark,” said Gould, VP for Fl Power and Light , the state’s largest utility. “We understand what it means to be hot and without air conditioning. We will be restoring power day and night.”“This is going to be a very uncomfortable time.”Across the nation’s 3rd most-populous state, that discomfort played out in homes without air-conditioning. It meant refrigerators were unable to cool milk, laundry machines were unable to clean clothes and, for the particularly young and old, potential danger in a state where the temperatures can range from warm to stifling.”


Nikki Haley for the First Woman President

Star Potential! “I know it ‘s premature, since I predicted that Trump would win reelection handily in 2020, but more and more I am convinced that Nikki Haley should be our first woman president.And this is not just a reaction to the recent publication of Hillary’s new book What Happened in which Clinton apparently details precisely the opposite, blaming everyone and everything for her defeat from Bernie Sanders to the “late eclipses of the sun and moon,” except for herself…No, this is all about Mrs. Haley who, as our UN ambassador, has looked and acted more like a future president than anyone I can think of in current politics. Anyone who can wrangle those clowns in the Security Council can do just about anything. She has also given “what for” to one of the more hypocritical organizations on the planet — the UN Human Rights Council,”


As Florida recovers from Irma, Jacksonville has historic flooding — and might get more

Terrible Flooding! “While the rest of Fl began picking itself up after Hurricane Irma, this city in the far northeastern corner of the state was still experiencing serious flooding and was bracing for more inundation to come.Some floodwaters from the massive tropical storm were expected here, but the scale of the unfolding disaster took Jacksonville and nearby towns by surprise. Driven by tidal flow, an already saturated inland waterway system and Irma’s powerful winds and rains, the swollen and fast-rushing St. Johns River crashed over sea walls and sandbags and left much of the area underwater.Officials called the flooding “epic” and “historic,” with the river through this city of nearly 900,000 hitting levels not seen since 1846 — a year after Fl became a state.”


Irma’s Earliest Cost Projection: Between $64 Billion and $92 Billion
Amazed at how little damage in SW Fl, especially Naples!! “Local curfews were in place throughout the state, much of the Fl Keys remained closed and millions of people continued to lack electricity as cleanup work expected to reach into the billions of dollars began Mon in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.While businesses slowly reopen, the state is dealing with widespread flooding, from storm surges of 4 to 8 feet along both coasts to flash flooding in Northeast Fl. Scott, who flew over hard-hit areas Mon, said damage along the Southwest coast, where Irma made a second landfall Sun, included roofs off homes, boats tossed, flooding and sand across roads. But overall, he said the conditions appeared “not as bad as we thought the storm surge would do.”


We may be witnessing a turning point in the Trump presidency

Not surprised! “Keep these numbers in mind: 316 to 90 and 80 to 17. They were the lopsided votes in the House and Senate in support of the deal Trump made with Democrat leaders on storm aid, the debt limit and government funding.Remarkably, all the no voters were Republicans. The numbers shout that we are witnessing a potential turning point in the Trump presidency, one that could further shake up Washington and rattle the calcified political parties.Frustrated by the failure of GOP majorities in both chambers to pass his agenda, Trump followed through on threats to work with Democrats. Signs suggest it was not a one-off deal, as the president already is discussing other topics with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.”


DeVos Takes on Lawless Campus Tribunals

Great news! ” DeVos took a welcome step toward restoring a measure of justice and sanity to American higher education. In a speech at George Mason U DeVos indicated that she intended to withdraw Obama admininistration’s “guidance” on adjudicating sex-assault claims on campus and replace it with a regulatory rulemaking process that is intended to protect students from sex assault and preserve essential civil liberties. It’s hard to overstate the legal and moral necessity of this action…In 2011, the Obama administration issued a now-infamous “Dear Colleague” letter that required universities to lower the burden of proof in sexual-assault adjudication to a “preponderance of the evidence” standard (50.1% probability) without also adequately preserving essential due-process rights such as access to counsel, access to available evidence, and full and fair cross-examination of witnesses.”


DWS Next? Early Prosecutor Moves Suggest Intent To Bring House Cybersecurity, Theft Charges

Must Read! “Prosecutors have given Imran Awan a copy of the hard drive of a House laptop that Wasserman Schultz tried to keep law enforcement from looking at, suggesting prosecutors intend to bring charges related to the cybersecurity and theft probe.The hard-drive copy was included in discovery even though the Fl Democrat has said the laptop contains House info on it and is a government-paid work computer, and even though Imran was fired and banned from the House network because of cybersecurity violations…After learning that Imran was the subject of an investigation, Wasserman Schultz went out of her way to add his wife to her payroll in a newly created position as a 2nd IT aide. In March, Hina left the country with $12,000 in cash, her children, etc while Wasserman Schultz knew she was the subject of a criminal investigation, but she kept paying Imran.”


DACA Fraud Rate at ’40 to 50 Percent’, Says Former Immigration Official

Not Surprised! “Under DACA, nearly 800,000 illegal aliens were given temporary protected status and work permits to remain in the US. Experts have told Breitbart that during the Obama Administration, background screening was lax. In an interview with LifeZette, former USCIS manager of the agency’s investigative unit, O’Brien, alleged that the fraud rate for DACA is roughly “40 to 50%” and potentially even “higher”:“According to O’Brien, the DACA program was riddled with fraud and abuse from the beginning, where illegal alien applicants for the program lied on applications and were rarely caught by USCIS officials:”


Climatologist speaks to claims in Al Gore’s new movie

Interesting! “climatologist Roy Spencer criticized former Al Gore for the “false claims” and “erroneous information” in the latter’s new movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel.” The film is a sequel to Gore’s doc, An Inconvenient Truth,” which won an Oscar for best documentary film. Both films warn of the threat of climate change, while calling for further investment in renewable energy.The climate scientist said that Gore prefers to show natural phenomena as events that can be blamed on mankind. “For instance, melting on the Greenland ice sheet. That happens every summer, but he makes it sound like it’s due to us,” Spencer said. “Rising sea level in Miami Beach. That is partly natural and it’s partly because Miami Beach was built on reclaimed swampland, which is sinking just as fast as sea level has been rising for the last 150 years.”


ISIS Urges Supporters To Poison Food At US Grocery Stores

Alert!! Must Read! “After urging its supporters in the west to turn cars into weapons, guidance that inspired terror attacks in the UK, Spain and France, ISIS is now calling for sympathizers to poison the food in US supermarkets with cyanide, according to SITE. In recent days, channels associated with the terrorist army have posted calls for attacks on Europe, Russia and the US to mark the occasion of the IS “Sacrifice Feast” Eid al Adha. In the third part of an English-language series on jihad, IS advised would-be attackers to inject food for sale in markets with cyanide poison. According to Spiesa, the organization has tested these methods on prisons, causing horrifically painful deaths.”


Opinion | How Democrats left us vulnerable to North Korea’s nukes

Must Read! “With last weekend’s nuclear test, N Korea has reached final stage of its crash course to develop thermonuclear weapons that can reach and destroy US cities. So why are we not on a crash course to protect our cities from N Korean nuclear missiles?Answer: Because for more than 3 decades, Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent, obstruct or delay the deployment of ballistic missile defense.Opposition to missile defense has been an article of faith for Democrats since Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. Edward Kennedy led the early opposition to what Democrats derisively labeled “Star Wars,” denouncing missile defense as a “mirage” and “a certain prescription for an arms race in outer space.” Running against Reagan in 1984, Mondale called it a “dangerously destabilizing” and unworkable “hoax.”