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Pence visits Columbus on way to Indy 500

Vice President and Columbus native Mike Pence flew in for a quick pit stop in his hometown on his way to the Indy 500. It was a surprise visit for most Columbus Municipal Airport visitors, although a few friends, family and fellow Republicans with advance knowledge and Secret Security access had an opportunity to greet Pence and wife Karen during their short Sunday morning layover. Diners who stopped in for brunch at Blackerby s Hangar 5 restaurant in the airport terminal were treated to a close-up view of Air Force Two as it flew in and landed. They later lapped up a side order of the Pences as they took off in one of six Indiana National Guard Blackhawk helicopters leaving in formation for Indianapolis at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence waves to family and friends at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence waves to spectators at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence arrives at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence waves to spectators at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen talk with family and friends at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen talk with family and friends at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence poses for a photo with his mother Nancy, left, and wife Karen, right, at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence talks with his mother Nancy at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence talks with State Rep. Milo Smith at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence talks with his mother Nancy at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence gives a thumbs up to spectators as he walks to a Blackhawk helicopter at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Columbus Municipal Airport in a Blackhawk helicopter in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence gets into a Blackhawk helicopter at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Air Force 2 sits at Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Columbus Municipal Airport in a Blackhawk helicopter in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Vice President Mike Pence leaves the Columbus Municipal Airport in a Blackhawk helicopter in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic Pence Visits Columbus On Way To Indy 500 Blackhawk helicopters wait for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at the Columbus Municipal Airport in Columbus, Ind., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Vice President Pence was in his home state of Indiana to attend the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Paige Grider for The Republic

Scott and Suzanne Goodman of Franklin were having breakfast at the restaurant as the security and pomp unfolded.

We asked them if they do this every Sunday, but evidently not, Scott Goodman joked.

We re definitely going to visit this restaurant again, his wife said. Dozens of restaurant patrons were peering out of Blackerby s tinted windows throughout the half-hour long visit, taking photos and video as the plane landed and as the Pences walked down the aircraft steps, holding hands. Elli Phillips, 3, Columbus, was standing on the window ledge with a tablet taking photos as her grandfather, Gary Lighthiser of Columbus, and mother Danielle Phillips kept a close eye on her.

The 3-year-old was equally enamored with the steps that were driven up to the plane that allowed Pence to reach the ground as she was with the plane, her mother said.

She s never seen that before, Lighthiser said of the steps. Even after Pence had departed, people passing by were standing outside the airport taking pictures of Air Force Two, a modified Boeing 757, which was parked on the Columbus airport s tarmac for most of the day Sunday. Nora Mitchell was out on a 13-mile run doing training for the Mill Race Marathon, but stopped at mile 7 to see what was happening at the airport.

This is a lot more action than our town normally gets, the Columbus woman said.

The local airport was not completely closed surrounding Pence s landing, with a temporary flight restriction put in place about 15 minutes before the plane arrived, and temporary flight restrictions surrounding the Pence helicopters heading to Indianapolis, airport director Brian Payne said. Planes were allowed to arrive and depart throughout Sunday while Pence was at the Indy 500. Security was tight around the airport from early Sunday morning throughout the day. Anyone entering the airport, including restaurant patrons, went though a Secret Service security checkpoint. Indiana State Police and Secret Service remained at the airport throughout the day during Pence s visit. Police canines checked and patrolled the airport property, vehicles and the parking lots throughout the morning. Pence was scheduled to depart Columbus Sunday evening after spending some time with family and friends in Columbus. His schedule called for a five-hour layover in Columbus from late afternoon to early evening before returning to Washington, D.C.

And although he was planning on seeing those friends later in the day, a contingent of about 30 of his closest supporters arrived at the airport early Sunday morning to greet the vice president on his first trip to Columbus since his inauguration. Initially, the group which included Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, Bartholomew County Republican Party Chairwoman Barb Hackman, vice chair DeWayne Hines and local entrepreneur and business owner Tony Moravec was asked to stand on the sidewalk at the back entrance to the terminal. But after the plane landed, they lined up on the tarmac as a welcome, greeting Mike and Karen Pence with cheers and hugs after they reached the tarmac.

Smith was given the honor of being first in the receiving line, and told the media he simply said Welcome home to the vice president, while hugging both of the Pences. As the group was mingling near the plane, Pence s mother, Nancy Pence Fritsch, came through the terminal and walked out toward the plane, as her son threw open his arms as she approached.

I told him, Here comes your mom, Smith said of the moment. The vice president and his mother embraced immediately, a hug that caused the group to pause a moment as the two reconnected. They are known for blowing kisses at each other at public events when Pence is speaking.

I m just so happy I got here in time, Fritsch said after she had the chance to catch up with her son, and get a few pictures taken at the entryway to Air Force Two. This is only the second time I ve seen him since the inauguration. He looked wonderful.

Fritsch wasn t the only one to get a close-up view of the plane. Everyone on the friends and family list were invited by Pence to do a walk-through to see his mode of transportation.

At the risk of sounding emotional, I got a little teary-eyed walking through the plane, Smith said of the invitation to see Air Force Two. I ve never been on Air Force One or Air Force Two. Payne said although this is one of the few times a large aircraft such as a 757 has landed at the local airport, it showed the airport s runways, ramps and infrastructure were up to the challenge.

This is obviously a sizeable aircraft for our airport, Payne said. Sunday s landing and operations will undoubtedly be repeated in the future, he said.

A few out-of-towners were also treated to Sunday s surprise visit.

Columbus residents Phuong and Eric Fay were hosting Quang Van Nguyen and Nhan Nguyen, guests from Tennessee for the holiday weekend, and kept a long-standing tradition of going to Blackerby s for breakfast on Sunday.

We had a great view, Eric Fay said as the four finished their breakfast. You don t see that everyday.

Illinois State University Cyber-security Program gets $3M

by The Associated Press, Fox Illinois

Illinois State University Cyber-security Program Gets M

Roughly 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend ISU. (Courtesy of MGN Online)

NORMAL, Ill. (AP)

Illinois State University is getting a $3 million boost for its new cybersecurity program that’ll start this fall.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph[1] reports that Bloomington-based State Farm is giving the university the money. Most of it will be used to create an endowed chair position with the rest of it going to program enhancements and renovating space. ISU President Larry Dietz says the innovative new major can help students succeed in a technology-driven world. The cybersecurity program was approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education in December.

Officials say they’ll develop new lab space for the program.

Roughly 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend ISU.

References

  1. ^ The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (bit.ly)

Violence in Montana Shows Trickle-Down Lawlessness in Trump’s America

“You’re lucky someone doesn’t pop one of you. A Montana voter said[1] that to a CNN crew Thursday night, the day after Montana s new Republican congressman-elect, Greg Gianforte, body-slammed a reporter who was asking him about President Trump s health care plan.

Fox News filmed the assault and reported the unprovoked attack. Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Fox reporter Alicia Acuna wrote. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top of the reporter and began yelling something to the effect of I m sick and tired of this!’

Related: Does fighting a journalist hurt your career? Not if you’re a politician like Greg Gianforte, according to history[2]

While attacks on journalists are becoming more common, the era of trickle-down political lawlessness is well underway for all Americans. Hate crimes in metropolitan areas rose 20 percent in the last year, fueled by an election that was engineered by men like Steve Bannon who have branded multiculturalism a disease and fact-based journalism a scourge. In New York City, anti-Semitic incidents rose a staggering 94 percent[3] in the last year, according to the NYPD.

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Across Trump s America, quotidian incidents are up as thugs feel more emboldened every day by their leaders, like the head-bashing Republican businessman whom voters in Montana just rewarded with a House seat. Remember Jamie Finnefrock, in his Trump hat, yelling at what he called “Hillary bitches[5]” on a Delta flight last Thanksgiving? A couple weeks ago, at Yankee Stadium, a thug in a Trump hat cold-cocked and bloodied a friend of mine who had called him out for swearing in front of his children. Before attacking, the aggressor said, I bet you voted for Hillary.

Such incidents are a direct result of the tone set by the president, whose lawyers last month insisted that their man[6] can t be sued by three protesters who were injured after a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, during which Trump shouted from the stage: Get em out of here! A judge had previously ruled that his speech was not protected by the First Amendment. No one can claim to be surprised at our nation s downward spiral into political violence. It didn t come out of nowhere. Thuggism starts at the top. Candidate Trump used to promise to pay the legal bills of any supporters who roughed up dissidents. His ex-NYPD personal security man, Keith Schiller, frog-marched a (brown) television anchor out of a press conference. Trump failed to reprimand the same security guard for publicly, on camera, punching a peaceful protester on Fifth Avenue.

Another candidate would have reprimanded, or probably fired, Schiller. He now sleeps in the White House residence. For flummoxed, frustrated bullies who can t win with words alone, the fist is mightier than the pen. There was a time when conservatives who publicly lost control, like Gianforte, spent the rest of their lives regretting it. William Buckley once swore and curled his fist on national television when Gore Vidal baited him over being a crypto-Nazi, and the conservative standard-bearer never got over it. He lived out his life trying to pretend it didn t happen.

Those were different times. Below the Mason-Dixon Line, dogs were being set on civil rights protesters, and in the North, hippies stuck flowers in rifle barrels and held mass protests. The radical-left fringe carried out bombings and kidnappings. Between then and now, though, political violence became the preferred tool of the extreme right. Militia fanboy Tim McVeigh committed the greatest act of domestic terrorism in history when he bombed the Oklahoma Federal Building in 1995. With Trump, thuggism and lawlessness are not just campaign schtick but governing style. Hours after Gianforte broke Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs s glasses in Missoula, Montana, Trump shoved and slapped at the president of Montenegro s arm across the Atlantic.

It was a meaningless gesture, the White House said maybe a joke slap or an accidentally rough moment jostling for position at a world leaders photo op. Maybe it was just a coincidence that Montenegro is a tiny eastern European country that has drawn the ire of the Russians for trying to join NATO. The lawlessness goes deeper than that little shove. The administration just sent a letter saying it was refusing to comply with an ethics request that it identify the lobbyists it has hired to work in its agencies the same lobbyists that #MAGA voters believe have been drained out of the swamp. Meanwhile, a metastasizing investigation involving a special prosecutor, FBI and Congress is looking into an octopus of alleged criminality, from treasonous interactions with foreign powers to business deals with the Russian mob that included laundering money through purchases of Trump Tower apartments. Trump s former national security adviser, Michael Lock Her Up Flynn, who failed to disclose the half million dollars Islamist Turkey gave him, is now blowing off subpoenas.

Fox News and conservatives, predictably, blame the left particularly the anarchist Black Bloc of antifascists who show up at pro-Trump events. The signs are everywhere that a mass phenomenon is underway and is being tolerated from the failure to suppress Antifa armed thugs shutting down political speech in Berkeley, wrote[7] Thomas Lifson in an article called Progressives Openly Signaling the Arrival of Political Violence as a Tactic to Obtain Power. He pointed out that left-wing activists in Oregon had caused a parade cancellation by threatening to drag “fascists” off the route and by fascists, they meant the Republican Party of Multanomah [sic] County. Fair enough. The resistance has been violent, too. And to point out that they started it is to play right into the bully s hand. Other conservatives, like Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones, went further, arguing that the reporter got what he deserved. That reaction, almost more than the assault itself, should set off alarm bells.

“The violence that seems to be a daily occurrence now is not that different from the weekly violence that we saw on the campaign trail,” said Ryan Lenz, a researcher and writer at Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes. Trump’s brand of dog-whistle political rhetoric has historically and now continues to inspire his followers.”

Unlike trickle-down economics, trickle-down lawlessness actually works.

References

  1. ^ said (www.newsweek.com)
  2. ^ Does fighting a journalist hurt your career? Not if you’re a politician like Greg Gianforte, according to history (www.newsweek.com)
  3. ^ staggering 94 percent (www.nbcnewyork.com)
  4. ^ Subscribe to Newsweek from $1 per week (subscription.newsweek.com)
  5. ^ Hillary bitches (www.mediaite.com)
  6. ^ insisted that their man (www.politico.com)
  7. ^ wrote (www.americanthinker.com)
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