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Howie Carr: Joe Biden champion of early ‘lids,’ stagflation, freebies

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Howie Carr: Joe Biden champion of early ‘lids,’ stagflation, freebies

In January, I wrote a column thanking outgoing President Donald J. Trump for all that he’d done.

Now Dementia Joe Biden has been in office for just under nine months.

And I think it’s time to send Biden a work-in-progress thank-you note, although “work” may be the wrong word considering how much his constituents recoil from the very idea of the word.

I would be truly grateful if I could sincerely tell him, “Thanks for nothing, Mr. President!” but alas, he, or his caregivers anyway, have been busy.

At least he takes a lot of long weekends, not to mention all those early “lids” — think of what Dementia Joe could be, shall we say, accomplishing, if he were working a regular shift.

Anyway, thank you, Mr. President, for making Jimmy Carter look competent, Bill Clinton look truthful, and Barack Obama seem erudite.

Thanks for bringing everyone together the national camaraderie of everyone at all public events chanting as one, “Let’s Go Brandon!”

Thanks for the rampant inflation, especially the ever-higher gas prices.

Thanks for fulfilling that campaign promise of yours to immediately solve the COVID-19 problem.

Thanks for making me finally understand what a “thousand-yard stare” is.

Thanks for the stern lectures from your state-run media that everyday shoppers — now denigrated as “the consumer class” — should stop complaining about shortages that never, ever occurred before, not even in the worst days of Jimmy Carter.

Thanks, from the ever-dwindling number of Americans who still support ourselves, for the job security you’ve given all of us — because none of your supporters ever want to have to deal with an alarm clock again.

Thanks for your tacit support for the arts community and its newest Old Master, your crack-addled son Hunter.

Speaking of which, thanks for your family’s generous assistance to the recovering jailbird community — like the ex-con who owns the gallery where Hunter is displaying his, uh, art.

What accolades can I give you for Afghanistan that the Taliban and al-Qaeda haven’t already showered upon you?

Thanks from the ayatollahs for, well, everything.

Thanks for bringing back all those old Seventies words like stagflation.

Thanks for making Russia Great Again by okaying the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

Thanks for giving OPEC a new lease on life by doing your damnedest to destroy U.S. energy independence to placate the superstitious boobs who embrace the cult of Global Warming.

Thanks for making all of us appreciate the products we can no longer buy at the supermarket and elsewhere because of … “supply chain issues.”

Thanks for Build Back Better and all the other welfare giveaways that are showing younger generations who don’t remember the War on Poverty exactly why poverty won.

Thanks for appointing Antony Blinken “foreign minister,” as you call him, because in a Biden administration, it’s good to have someone at the State Department who knows how to say “I surrender” in multiple languages.

Thanks for your million-plus illegal aliens, who have finally proved what a fool George W. Bush was for saying “They’re only doing the jobs Americans won’t do,” because obviously, whatever else they’re doing, they’re not working, and have no intention of ever doing so.

Thanks for reminding us how worthless the Department of Transportation is — by nominating Pete Buttigieg as secretary, who disappeared for two months “paternity leave” and nobody even noticed he’d stopped coming to work.

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Avalanche was 7-1 in Nathan MacKinnon’s absence. “Excited to try and help keep this thing rolling,” he said pregame from Toronto.

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Avalanche was 7-1 in Nathan MacKinnon’s absence. “Excited to try and help keep this thing rolling,” he said pregame from Toronto.

TORONTO — After the morning skate at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar confirmed top-line center Nathan MacKinnon will return to the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight to begin a five-game trip.

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Sheriff: Boy’s parents called to Oxford High before violence

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Oxford High School shooting: Fourth student dies

By COREY WILLIAMS and ED WHITE

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with murder, terrorism and other crimes for a shooting that killed four fellow students and injured others at a Michigan high school.

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald did not reveal a possible motive for Tuesday’s violence at Oxford High School and declined to comment when pressed about whether she believed the victims were specifically targeted. But she said the shooting was premediated, based in part on a “mountain of digital evidence” collected by police.

Sheriff Mike Bouchard later told reporters that the boy’s parents had been summoned to the school before the violence. Bouchard wouldn’t discuss details of the behavior school officials were concerned about.

“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.

Ethan Crumbley is accused of firing a semi-automatic handgun in a school hallway, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit. At least seven other people were injured.

Crumbley was charged as an adult with murder, attempted murder and terrorism causing death. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment.

“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald said.

The shooting should be a wakeup call for new gun laws in a country that has become “desensitized to school shootings,” McDonald told reporters.

“We have to do better,” McDonald said without offering specific changes. “How many times does this have to happen? How many times?”

The charges were announced a few hours after investigators reported that a fourth student had died.

“What about all the children who ran, screaming, hiding under desks? … Those are victims, too, and so are their families and so is the community. The charge of terrorism reflects that,” the prosecutor said.

Deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime Tuesday and arrested Crumbley in a hallway within minutes of the shooting. His father bought the 9 mm Sig Sauer gun last week, according to the Oakland County sheriff.

McDonald strongly suggested that more charges will be filed.

“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” she said.

“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said.

The four students who were killed were identified as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.

After the attack, authorities learned of social media posts about threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school. The sheriff stressed how crucial it is for such tips to be sent to authorities, while also cautioning against spreading social media rumors before a full investigation.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe downplayed the significance of a situation in early November when a deer’s head was thrown off the school roof, which he said was “absolutely unrelated” to the shooting. The incident prompted school administrators to post two letters to parents on the school’s website, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat against the school but had found none.

Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader, told Detroit television station WJBK that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from the face. They then ran from the area through the rear of the school, she said.

A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, 12th-grader Treshan Bryant, stayed home Tuesday after hearing threats of a possible shooting.

“This couldn’t be just random,” she said.

Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.

At a vigil Tuesday night at LakePoint Community Church, Leeann Dersa choked back tears as she hugged friends and neighbors. Dersa has lived nearly all of her 73 years in Oxford. Her grandchildren attended the high school.

“Scared us all something terrible. It’s awful,” Dersa said of the shooting.

Pastor Jesse Holt said news of the shooting flooded in to him and his wife, including texts from some of the 20 to 25 students who are among the 400-member congregation.

“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and texting us, ‘We’re safe, we’re OK. We heard gunshots, but we’re OK.’ They were trying to calm us, at least that’s how it felt,” he said.

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Associated Press journalists Ryan Kryska, Mike Householder and David Aguilar in Oxford Township, Michigan; Kathleen Foody in Chicago; and Josh Boak in Rosemount, Minnesota, contributed to this report. AP researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York also contributed.

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. undergoes back surgery, team says

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. was playing with back pain this whole season, says Austin Rivers

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. underwent lumbar spine surgery, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

He is out indefinitely, the release said. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett at the Carrell Clinic.

Porter, 23, has had three back surgeries, including two since the Nuggets drafted him in 2018. Porter had been playing hurt all season before tweaking his back against Houston on Nov. 6. He was dealing with a nerve issue in his back, as The Denver Post first reported.

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