Air Force Staff Sergeant Creating Wreaths From Old Uniforms

Air Force Staff Sergeant Creating Wreaths From Old Uniforms vintage marine uniform (Dreamstime)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Friday, 25 December 2020 02:34 PM

An Air Force staff sergeant is repurposing old military uniforms into patriotic wreaths to allow owners to both remember family members' service while celebrating the holidays.

''I started the business because the Air Force was switching over to new uniforms, and I wanted to find a cool way to memorialize my old ones,'' Staff Sgt. Nicole Pompei, 29, of Texas, told People magazine. ''Thanks to some help from my crafty mother, we came up with this design.''

Pompei sells the uniforms through her company, Wreaths by Nicole, which was launched in July. She is on active duty with the Air Force, and also served with the Marine Corps.

Some of the wreaths, which come in various sizes and designs, reflect patriotic themes while others have a holiday theme. Pompei said it takes around four hours to make a wreath.

One of her more interesting wreaths was made for a customer who had sent her three uniforms from 1946.

"This was the second time I’ve received uniforms that were almost 80 years old,'' she said on her Facebook page. ''I almost didn’t have the heart to cut them. I’m happy I did. Now they have a blended memento that they can hold with them for a lifetime.''

Pompei said she never expected to make a business out of her hobby, but her Facebook inbox soon became full of requests.

''The most rewarding part is hearing all of the stories of my customers and their family members,'' she said. ''I feel so honored that I can memorialize and honor their service. I have such respect for anybody who has served in the military.''

Housing Boom Sparks Fears Over Lack of Land for New Homes

Housing Boom Sparks Fears Over Lack of Land for New Homes sign pointing to new homes for sale A sign is posted in front of new homes for sale at Hamilton Cottages on September 24, 2020, in Novato, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 25 December 2020 02:20 PM

Builders are growing worried they are running out of land to meet the surging demand for new homes.

The Wall Street Journal reported record low interest rates and a new premium on space during the pandemic have generated the biggest housing boom in years.

And a shortage of previously owned homes on the market is leading to an increase in buyers wanting new construction.

Builders, with much of their land inventory still in the development process, face the prospect of a shortage of finished lots or land that can be built on, said Jody Kahn, senior vice president at John Burns Real Estate Consulting LLC.

And Phillippe Lord, chief operating officer at Scottsdale, Arizona-based builder Meritage Homes Corp. said: ''The competition for land is extremely high as the homebuying demand grows.''

New home sales soared 20.8% on a year-on-year basis. The government reported last week that single-family homebuilding, the largest share of the housing market, increased in November to the highest level since April 2007.

But persistent shortages of land, materials and skilled labor are increasing construction costs for builders.

Luke Pickerill, owner of MonteVista Homes in Bend, Oregon, said: ''In Central Oregon, I will literally be out of lots and I’ll have nothing to sell'' by next month. ''All of the inventory that we expected to be selling in quarter one and quarter two of next year, we’ve now sold through it already this year.''

McRaven Calls Pentagon’s Post-Esper Team ‘Inexperienced’

McRaven Calls Pentagon's Post-Esper Team 'Inexperienced' mark esper answers questions at a table Former Sec. of Defense Mark Esper in July 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 11:35 AM

Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and a critic of President Donald Trump, said Sunday the Pentagon’s new team after Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s firing is “inexperienced.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” McRaven said he isn’t questioning the competence of Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Michael Ellis, a new general counsel at the National Security Agency, and new Pentagon advisor retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor.

But he said they were made with a political agenda in mind.

“The new team, maybe they’re good folks but they are inexperienced,” McRaven said. “And what they are trying to do, of course, is to push forward President [Donald] Trump’s agenda, particularly when it comes to Iraq and Afghanistan, and drawing down the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

“What I’ve said before is, look, we can have reasonable policy discussions on how many people we ought to have in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he continued.

“But what we don’t want to do is we don’t want to rush to failure. We don’t want to pull everybody out of Afghanistan and risk putting the troops … in greater harm’s way.”

He added the new team “appears” to be “really rushing to get a lot of Trump’s agenda resolved before a President [Joe] Biden comes on.”

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Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media ‘Stunt’

Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media 'Stunt' (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:33 PM

The breathless claims of "no evidence" of voter fraud is a "mainstream media stunt," according to Roger Stone on Newsmax TV.

"I think the mainstream media stunt of saying there's no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud is patently absurd, because the evidence is not only overwhelming, it's also compelling," Stone told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin.

Stone pointed to the "old fashioned, urban, Democrat vote-stealing machine" and "serious evidence of cyber manipulation of the vote."

Asked by Halperin if President Donald Trump does not succeed in his legal challenge, who could beat him in the Republican Party in 2024?

"That would be no one," Stone said. "This president is even more popular than the great Ronald Reagan was."

Stone added Reagan's GOP approval rating was a "marvel" in the high 80s.

"Donald Trump has approval ratings in the mid-90s, which I've never seen in American politics," Stone added.

"The grassroots of the Republican Party loves Donald Trump."

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Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media ‘Stunt’

Roger Stone to Newsmax TV: Evidence Denial Is a Media 'Stunt' (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:33 PM

The breathless claims of "no evidence" of voter fraud is a "mainstream media stunt," according to Roger Stone on Newsmax TV.

"I think the mainstream media stunt of saying there's no evidence whatsoever of voter fraud is patently absurd, because the evidence is not only overwhelming, it's also compelling," Stone told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin.

Stone pointed to the "old fashioned, urban, Democrat vote-stealing machine" and "serious evidence of cyber manipulation of the vote."

Asked by Halperin if President Donald Trump does not succeed in his legal challenge, who could beat him in the Republican Party in 2024?

"That would be no one," Stone said. "This president is even more popular than the great Ronald Reagan was."

Stone added Reagan's GOP approval rating was a "marvel" in the high 80s.

"Donald Trump has approval ratings in the mid-90s, which I've never seen in American politics," Stone added.

"The grassroots of the Republican Party loves Donald Trump."

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Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates

Joe Arpaio to Newsmax TV: Sheriffs Have to Decide on COVID Mandates (Newsmax TV)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:12 PM

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Newsmax TV Saturday he doesn't blame law enforcement officers for not going after people who are breaking lockdown restrictions in places like California and New York because they have "other priorities" that are more important right now.

"I look at them to make up their own decisions," the famous Arizona lawman told Newsmax TV's "The Count." "They have to report to their own constituency."

All sheriffs have their own way of doing business, Arpaio said, and he doesn't criticize them when they're not enforcing the laws set up by governors like California Gov. Gavin Newsom and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

However, Arpaio did praise President Donald Trump for his push behind the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

"He knows how to deal with CEOs," said Arpaio. "When you talk about the vaccine, he's the one that got that going … he doesn't get the credit he deserves when he knows how to negotiate with big companies. Look how quick they rushed the vaccine to help the people of this country."

Arpaio also said that he's urging Trump not to surrender the 2020 election until the final results are in.

"I pointed out that he would be the next president," Arpaio said. "Something in my gut told me he would be a great president."

Arpaio added that Trump has got to have a "trick up his sleeve" where the election is concerned.

Trump also pardoned Arpaio in 2017, and the sheriff said that came after he was targeted for his stance on immigration and on President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

They went after me," he said. "The president pardoned me and I thanked him for that."

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Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

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Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP

Scott Baio to Newsmax TV: Woke Dems Actually Woke GOP (Newsmax TV's "The Count")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 09:06 PM

The woke Democrats thought they were inspiring their base, but all of the gains by Republicans in the election were a result the GOP being awoken, according to conservative director and actor Scott Baio on Newsmax TV.

"I think it was huge," Baio told Saturday's "The Count" hosted by Tom Basile and Mark Halperin. "We're being censored, Mark.

"TV shows are all woke. There is nowhere you can go in the culture anymore – movies, television, music – where you're not being lectured to or being accused of something. It's completely out of control."

President Donald Trump connected to real Americans, Baio said.

"He talks straight; there's no gray in him," he continued.

"I don't need to take out my political decoder ring every time he speaks. I think that in itself is Trump's connection with people."

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Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Reject Warnock’s ‘Bigoted Views’

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Reject Warnock's 'Bigoted Views' (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:27 AM

Considering himself a liberal Democrat, Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV said he prefers a Democrat-held Senate, but not at the expense of voting for a "bigot" in Rev. Raphael Warnock.

"Look, I'm a liberal Democrat and I prefer to see the Democrats control the Senate, but not at the cost of having Rev. Warnock as the United States senator," Dershowitz told "Saturday Report." "Here's a man who has condemned the military, who has condemned Israel, calling it a country that murders Palestinian unarmed children like the birds of prey. That's the blood libel."

Rev. Warnock is facing incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., in one of the two Jan. 5 Senate runoffs in Georgia. Warnock did edge out Loeffler 32.9% to 25.91% in the Nov. 3 election, but Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., sapped 19.95% of the GOP support and the winner failed to reach 50%, forcing the runoff.

"Unless Rev. Warnock changes his views, he can't count on Democrats like me to support him," Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. "I'd rather see a Republican I may disagree with in the Senate than a Democrat who has expressed the kind of bigoted views about Israel and about people who serve in the military.

"He said you can't serve God and the military at the same time. And he said that in Georgia, a place that is home to Gold Star families and military bases and is home to so many Americans who served with distinction and protected us all from them taking our liberty away from us."

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