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Terror, the NFL and gropers: Twelve important news stories of 2017

Written By | Dec 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, December 14, 2017:  Ranging from unspeakable acts of terror to the NFL to a veritable plethora of Big Name gropers, in 2017, we witnessed an unprecedented number of historic events in America and across the globe.  And that’s before we even get to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

As 2017 winds down and 2018 prepares to emerge, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., women are speaking out about men and their bad behavior. Let’s use this opportunity to take a look back at some of the major headlines of 2017.

1.  Florida airport shooting

A mass shooting occurred at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County Florida on January 6, 2017.  Near the baggage claim in Terminal 2  an Army veteran later identified as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of Anchorage Alaska opened fire, killing 5 and wounding 8. This act of domestic terror enlightened us on just how exposed ticket counters and baggage claim areas are in comparison to the gates and points beyond security checkpoints. To date, however, no visible changes to security in these areas has been made.

2. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigns

On February 13, National Security Advisor Michael Fynn resigned from his National Security post just 24 days after accepting the job. Flynn’s resignation followed his inaccurate accounting of conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to those in the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence.

This fall, President Trump’s former national security adviser pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel’s office.

3.  Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan guaranteed a win for the Republican plan to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s widely detested ACA. Instead, Ryan was forced to cancel a vote, admitting, “We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

4.  Syrian terror: A chemical attack on its own citizens

More than 80 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, were killed in a chemical terror attack launched by Syrian President Bashar Assad. 30 children and 20 women were killed in the attack. U.S. intelligence claims that Russia knew in advance of the attack, but offered no proof of Russian involvement.

5. President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

In May President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

On Trump said the firing was necessary to restore public trust and confidence in the FBI. Democrats were furious over this personnel move and criticized Trump for this claiming the President was interfering in the ongoing Russia collusion  investigation.

6. Domestic terror: Congressional baseball practice shooting

On June 14, terror stalked an innocent Virginia baseball field. James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican Congressional members attending practice at an Alexandria Virginia park for the upcoming Congressional charity baseball game. That practice came to an abrupt and violent end as the disgruntled and violent homegrown left-wing terrorist wounded five people in the shooting. That number included House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, who nearly died in the attack. A radical Democrat supporter, Hodgkinson had previously been arrested on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons including suspicion of battery and domestic battery.

It was later revealed that Hodgkinson was a volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Sanders later condemned the shooting saying, “Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society, and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

7.  Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his position following President Trump’s decision to tap Anthony Scaramucci to lead the White House communications team. Scaramucci himself was later sacked after serving only 10 days in that White House post.

8. Protests erupt in Charlottesville, leading to Antifa violence and the death of an innocent citizen

The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by terror and violence when white nationalists and violent Antifa terrorists clashed in one of the bloodiest domestic domestic encounters to date. At the end of the day, many were injured and one innocent woman was killed when a right-wing extremist ran her down with his car. The whole altercation was inspired by  the city of Charlottesville’s plan to remove a public Confederate memorial statue of Robert E. Lee. The Charlottesville demonstrations led to radical demands that all such Confederate memorials be removed throughout the South.

9. NFL players continue protesting

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem before a pre-season game for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. The “Take a Knee” movement had began.

Kaepernick claimed: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

After President Trump criticized players who kneel during America’s national anthem, 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance. As the protests continued throughout the season NFL ratings began to plummet, largely the result of disgruntled football fans who simply want to enjoy watching games without the left-wing virtue signaling that increasingly dominates NFL coverage on and off the field.

10. Las Vegas Shooting

Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel onto a crowd of 22,000 people who were attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500.  Police discovered he had stockpiled 23 guns prior to his vicious terror attack.

This shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Despite its notoriety, little is known or has been revealed as to why Paddock went on this rampage.  Survivors are still seeking answers two months after the shooting, and a growing number of American citizens are viewing the investigation – along with its lack of news – as some kind of cover up by law enforcement officials including the FBI. That once proud agency is increasingly under fire in Washington as revelations of pro-Clingon political advocacy by FBI insiders mounts.

11. Hollywood reeling from mass sexual harassment allegations.

Recently, many individuals have come forward claiming that numerous Hollywood elites routinely harassed them sexually including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. Spacey’s apology was met by widespread criticism when he declared “I choose now to live as a gay man.” Many viewed this as Spacey’s attempt to evade the charge.

As news of Weinstein’s acts of sexual abuse spread, the axe began to claim others among Hollywood’s elites. It soon followed that a number of Washington politicians were also accused of sexual harassment and coverupts, including Minnesota Senator Al Franken and and longtime U.S. Representative John Conyers.

12. Bitcoin value skyrockets

Bitcoin has become the cryptocurrency of the year for those who believe in it. At this point in 2017, the price of a Bitcoin has risen as high as $18,850 as speculative fever continues to rise. Wall Street actually began futures trading in the cryptocurrency on Dec. 11 with mixed results at least at the outset. While Bitcoin has become a popular form of “safe” currency, allegedly doing away with bankers, hackers attacked Bitcoin exchanges this week, proving the system is not invulnerable.

As 2017 is coming to a close, many wonder where the country and rest of the world will be headed in 2018. The United States will have an “offyear” election in November of 2018. Democrat partisans will mount the barricades in an attempt to take back Congress from the Republicans next year and possibly garner enough votes to impeach Donald Trump. That promises to make 2018 as chaotic – and political – as 2017.


Larry Lease

Lawrence Lease is a conservative commentator taking aim at all aspects of governmental domestic and foreign policy. Lease previously served as a volunteer with the human-rights organization International Justice Mission in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Follow Lease on Twitter, Facebook, and soon Blog Talk Radio.