Uncategorized News Items

If I owned a newspaper, this is what you'd see in it.  These are news item of which you probably haven't heard, if you get all your information from television.  Some of these stories have appeared in the "mainstream media" briefly but they deserve additional publicity.  Special attention is given to stories which show the alarming growth rate of the federal government's size and power, and abuses of that power, as well as especially bad ideas which are being given undue consideration.  The links will be removed when they get stale or when they are no longer valid.  As a general rule, the most recent and the most important items are at the top of the page.

The stories that interest me the most are the ones that show blind over-reliance on technology — especially GPS-related systems and computers in general.  There is no shortage of minimum-wage clerks who believe anything that pops up on a computer screen.  (That's why electronic voting is a very bad idea.)  But there are apparently a lot of politicians and cops who assume that GPS tracking devices are infallible, too.

This page is for stories that the mainstream press seems to have overlooked.  On the other hand, the stories that appear to have been intentionally squelched are on this page.

News items that are more than about two years old are now located on a spin-off page, which you can find here.

More odd/weird news that imply little or no political controversy can be found on this page.

FBI official:  No shots [were] fired by rioters, [and] no firearms [were] recovered during [the] siege on [the] U.S. Capitol.  No firearms were recovered on the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 during the riot, and no shots were fired by the demonstrators, an FBI official on Wednesday [3/3/2021] told Congress.  "To my knowledge we have not recovered any [firearms] on that day from any of the arrests at the scene at this point," said Jill Sanborn, assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division.  "No one has been charged with a firearms violation."  Sanborn made her comments during a joint oversight hearing in the Senate to examine the breach of the U.S. Capitol.  In addition to Sanborn, witnesses included the commander of the Washington, D.C. National Guard, and civilian officials from the Pentagon.

$1,400 stimulus checks in COVID relief bill would phase out at $80,000 instead of $100,000, according to deal between Biden and Democrats.  Senate Democrats reached a deal with President Joe Biden to limit the eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks in his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, phasing the payments out for Americans earning over $80,000, according to two sources familiar with the deliberations not authorized to speak on the record.  The tweak is a key goal of moderates who did not want the checks to go to wealthier Americans[.]  The stimulus checks would phase out entirely at $80,000 of income for individuals, as opposed to about $100,000 in the version of the legislation passed by the House last week.  Joint filers would have their checks phase out entirely at $160,000.

Widely Used Flea Collar Linked to Nearly 1,700 Pet Deaths With No Warning From EPA.  For cat and dog owners, flea and tick collars is a staple for their animal's care.  Sadly, one of the most widely used flea and tick collars in the U.S., Seresto, is linked to hundreds of animal deaths and tens of thousand of animal injuries, not to mention hundreds of humans that have been harmed by the product according to Environmental Protection Agency documents.  However, the EPA has not warned the public of these risks.

Popular flea collar reportedly linked to 1,700 pet deaths.  A popular flea and tick collar is reportedly making thousands of pets sick and even killing some of them — and critics are blaming the Environmental Protection Agency for turning a blind eye to the problem.  The EPA, which is responsible for regulating products that contain pesticides, has received 75,000 incident reports about Seresto pet collars, developed by Bayer and manufactured by Elenco, since they were introduced in 2012, according to public records.  Those include 1,698 pet deaths and nearly 1,000 incidents involving harm to humans, according to an explosive report published Tuesday by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today.

China appears to warn India:  Push too hard and the lights could go out.  Early last summer, Chinese and Indian troops clashed in a surprise border battle in the remote Galwan Valley, bashing each other to death with rocks and clubs.  Four months later and more than 1,500 miles away in Mumbai, India, trains shut down and the stock market closed as the power went out in a city of 20 million people.  Hospitals had to switch to emergency generators to keep ventilators running amid a coronavirus outbreak that was among India's worst.  Now, a new study lends weight to the idea that those two events may have been connected — as part of a broad Chinese cyber campaign against India's power grid, timed to send a message that if India pressed its claims too hard, the lights could go out across the country.  The study shows that as the battles raged in the Himalayas, taking at least two dozen lives, Chinese malware was flowing into the control systems that manage electric supply across India, along with a high-voltage transmission substation and a coal-fired power plant.

Chinese companies buy up UK private schools, sparking fears of CCP influence.  Chinese companies have bought up 17 U.K. private schools in the United Kingdom in recent years, sparking fears of expanding Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence in the country as the schools struggle financially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, British media reported.  "Hundreds of independent schools left in dire financial straits by the coronavirus pandemic are being targeted by Chinese investors," the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported at the weekend.  Some of the companies are run by high-ranking members of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, and "seek to expand their influence over Britain's education system," the report said.

China Boasts It Is Getting Rich Selling Syringes to America.  China's state-run Global Times bragged Sunday [2/28/2021] that Chinese companies are making a fortune selling syringes and needles to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, a tidal wave of imports that makes a mockery of "the U.S. government's attempt to get rid of the Chinese supply chain."  The Global Times quoted U.S. officials admitting in congressional testimony that 80 percent of the needles and syringes used in the United States, and about 90 percent of the supplies purchased worldwide, originate from China.  Chinese officials said China's factories produce hundreds of thousands of syringes a day.

Six Dr. Seuss books won't be published due to racist images, publisher.  The publisher of the popular Dr. Seuss children's books said Tuesday [3/2/2021] it will stop publishing six of the books because of their racist and hurtful imagery, according to the publishing company.  Dr. Seuss Enterprises said the books including "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran the Zoo."  "These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong," the company told the Associated Press in a statement.

The Editor says...
Dr. Seuss books are not encyclopedias.  They are books for teaching little kids to read, and they were written with humor and illustrated with harmless caricatures.  Anyone who is not perpetually outraged knows this.  If you don't like Dr. Seuss, don't buy the books, but don't ruin them for everybody!

Trump Confirms He Called For 10,000 National Guard For Jan 6th; Pelosi Refused.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday blamed former President Trump and his team for the border crisis that's now engulfed the new Biden administration, saying when he took office he found "quite frankly the entire system was gutted."  "What we are seeing now at the border is the immediate result of the dismantling of the system and the time it takes to rebuild it virtually from scratch," Mr. Mayorkas said at the White House.  He pleaded with migrants not to make the trip right now, telling them to wait until the rebuild is further along when they can try to come and take their chances under a new Biden system.

Oklahoma House votes to enable legislature to block Biden's executive orders.  James Madison once asserted that "in a republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates."  Well, today, only executive power predominates, because federal and state executive agencies seem to be the only ones doing the legislating.  As Joe Biden continues to pass sweeping "laws" unilaterally with no authority from Congress, the red states are the only even potential check on his abuse of power.  It appears that the state of Oklahoma has now taken up the mantle as the second state to move to block these executive orders.  On Thursday [2/25/2021], the Oklahoma House overwhelmingly passed a bill, HB 1236, that would grant the state's attorney general and state legislature the authority to review the president's executive orders to determine constitutionality.  Specifically, the bill would authorize the legislature to recommend that the attorney general review any executive order, federal agency rule, or federal congressional action to determine whether the state should seek an exemption or declare it unconstitutional.  If either the attorney general or the legislature, by concurrent resolution, declares the act unconstitutional, then all state and local officials and any publicly funded organization are prohibited from enforcing it.

Capitol police chief claims militias are plotting to blow up Capitol during SOTU, kill as many as possible.  Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman issued an alarming statement that members of violent militias who were involved in the Jan. 6 riot are allegedly plotting to blow up the Capitol during Biden's State of the Union address.  She made the explosive claim on Thursday during her testimony via teleconference at a House hearing.  She posited that the goal was to kill as many members of Congress as possible.  "We know that members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we know that date has not been identified," Pittman declared.

Arizona's Paul Gosar Proposes Amending Coronavirus Package to Replace Pork with $10,000 Stimulus Checks.  Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona has proposed that the federal government pay stimulus checks of $10,000 to Americans beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic, adopting an approach that would prioritize direct payments to individuals over payments to state and local governments.  Gosar's Amendment, offered on Friday night, would also replace payments to extend federal unemployment benefits.

Make America Ugly Again:  Biden Axes Trump's 'Beautiful' Federal Architecture Order.  Brutalism was seen as modern, stylish, and even futuristic at the time.  It was also cheap to build because it was mostly concrete.  Hence why you'll also find such buildings on college campuses throughout the country.  It's really, really, really ugly.  Few would argue that brutalism has stood the test of time the way classical Greco-Roman architecture has.  As someone who studied architecture in college, I can tell you that Brutalist architecture, while historically significant, is not studied because of its beauty, but for its failure to create inviting spaces.  One classic example of how terrible the Brutalist movement is can be seen in Boston's City Hall Plaza, which has been deemed one of the worst public spaces in the country, and City Hall itself one of the ugliest in the world.  Yet anti-Trumpism apparently takes precedence over architectural beauty, as Joe Biden axed Trump's executive order earlier this week.  There seems to no other justification for this move.  Brutalism is now widely panned, even in architectural circles, whether they'd like to admit it or not.

Russia and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  [Scroll down]  The debate over Warren's conclusion that Oswald acted alone continues.  However, it is surprising that most Americans have refused to accept that conclusion.  In 2003 three quarters of Americans thought more than one man was involved, and in 2013, the number was still 61%.  It may not be a driving event in American history, but it is important in this era of Russian disinformation to examine allegations of a covert war waged by the Kremlin in the past.

Anything you say on the internet can and will be taken out of context and used against you.
Facebook admits 'mistake' in threat to ban 81-year-old knitter for hate speech.  Facebook has apologized to Rita Rich-Mulcahy, the 81-year-old knitter who was nearly banned from the site for promoting "white pigs."  It all started when Rich-Mulcahy, of Adelaide, Australia, began knitting stuffed animals to pass the time and distract the grieving widow from the death of her husband in 2020.  She also set up a Facebook page through which to share her swine-inspired crafts.  Recently, the self-proclaimed "porcophile" was flagged for "hate speech" by the social-media company — for writing the caption "white pigs" under images of her knitted piglets.  The guiltless woman called it a "frightening" experience for someone without so much as "an overdue library book," she claimed.

One more product to boycott:
Oreo Cookie tweets 'Trans people exist'.  The Twitter feed for Oreo cookies seemed to weigh in on the day's events with a simple statement Thursday [2/25/2021]: "Trans people exist."  The Nabisco cookie brand sent out those three words following a busy day of debate over gender identity rights.  That included a contentious day of testimony over President Biden's transgender Health and Human Services deputy secretary nominee Rachel Levine, where conservative Kentucky senator Rand Paul drilled Levine on topics including hormone treatment for trans teens.

The Editor says...
It may not be possible to boycott every company that connects leftist political messages to its products, but I can try.

Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from catastrophic months-long blackouts, officials say.  Texas' power grid was "seconds and minutes" away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months, officials with the entity that operates the grid said Thursday [2/18/2021].  As millions of customers throughout the state begin to have power restored after days of massive blackouts, officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which operates the power grid that covers most of the state, said Texas was dangerously close to a worst-case scenario:  uncontrolled blackouts across the state.  The quick decision that grid operators made in the early hours of Monday morning to begin what was intended to be rolling blackouts — but lasted days for millions of Texans — occurred because operators were seeing warning signs that massive amounts of energy supply was dropping off the grid.

What Happens When Cryptocurrencies Earn Interest?  The premise of DeFi is simple:  Fix the longstanding inefficiency in crypto finance of capital being kept idle at a nonzero opportunity cost.  Now, most investors buy crypto with the hope that the value of the currency itself will rise, as Bitcoin has.  In general, that strategy has worked just fine.  The value of cryptocurrencies has appreciated so rapidly that there just wasn't much incentive to worry about gains of a few percent here and there.  But the recent rise of stablecoins, which are designed keep their value constant, has changed that calculation.  The combined market cap of stablecoins such as Terra and USDC has more than quadrupled in 2020.  Now, vast passive income opportunities are being awakened by DeFi.  The appeal of a lower-risk approach to crypto is obvious and has the potential to expand the pool of investors.  For the first time, it's possible to be compensated for owning cryptos (even in the absence of price appreciation), which brings real, tangible utilities to digital currencies and changes the narrative of an asset class whose sole purpose used to be about being sold at a higher price.

Lee Harvey Oswald [was] ordered to kill JFK by Soviets, ex-CIA chief claims.  Lee Harvey Oswald was a KGB associate who was personally instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate President Kennedy.  Sometime shortly thereafter, the Soviets changed their minds, and Oswald was told to drop the plan.  But Oswald, harboring a blinding love for all things USSR, refused.  A new book by two former intelligence chiefs — one from the west, one from the east — tosses this tale on the voluminous pile of JFK assassination theories.  "Operation Dragon:  Inside The Kremlin's Secret War on America," (Encounter Books), was written by Ambassador R. James Woolsey, who ran the CIA from 1993-1995 (and who, ironically, resigned abruptly during the scandal over Aldrich Ames, a CIA officer turned Russian double agent), and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former acting chief of Communist Romania's espionage service and the "highest-ranking intelligence official from an enemy country ever granted political asylum in the United States[.]"  (Pacepa died of COVID earlier this month).

Mother Of Officer Sicknick Says Media Got Her Son's Death Wrong, Rejects NYT Fire Extinguisher Story.  The mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died one day after the Capitol riots in January, rejected media assertions weaponized by Democrats in their impeachment trial that her son was killed from head trauma by a fire extinguisher.  "He wasn't hit on the head, no.  We think he had a stroke, but we don't know anything for sure," Gladys Sicknick told the Daily Mail in an interview published Tuesday [2/23/2021].  "We'd love to know what happened."  The false narrative first came from the New York Times, which headlined an article, "Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage," published on Jan. 8, two days after the riot. [...] Democrats repeatedly cited the story and even introduced it into evidence at the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Capitol Police Witnesses Struggle to Explain How Rioters Breached the Capitol on January 6.  On Tuesday, current and former Capitol Police officials testified at a joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees about the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  The law enforcement officers claimed that they had been prepared to face a potentially violent protest, but they said the rioters caught them off guard.  "We properly planned for a mass demonstration with possible violence.  What we got was a military-style coordinated assault on my officers and a violent takeover of the Capitol building," former U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Steven Sund testified.  He pushed back on claims that USCP was not prepared for the riot.

Co-founder says Wikipedia's neutrality 'long gone,' cites leftist bias.  Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger is criticizing the site's left-wing bias, saying the popular online encyclopedia has become an irretrievably broken platform for socialism.  "The days of Wikipedia's robust commitment to neutrality are long gone," Mr. Sanger told Fox News in a new interview.  "Wikipedia's ideological and religious bias is real and troubling, particularly in a resource that continues to be treated by many as an unbiased reference work."  Mr. Sanger, 52, co-founded the site with Jimmy Wales in January 2001.  He said Wikipedia's turn away from neutrality is "disheartening."

Autos need finite rare earth, critical, & precious metals.  There are 17 rare earth elements (REE) that China controls up to 97% of (Klare 2012, Shumsky 2011).  These are essential for transitioning to so-called green energy — not just cars but solar panels, windmills, solar photovoltaic, computers, electronics, the smart grid and more.  While we can import oil from dozens of nations, REE make us dependent on China, and China is also constructing mines all over the world — it's as if Saudi Arabia bought up all the remaining oil fields.  Mining is the second most toxic, environmentally damaging industry on earth.  So whatever the cost may be, no matter how high, let the Chinese destroy their land.  It's a cheaper price to pay rather than destroy our own nation's precious topsoil, which in the long run is the most valuable possession we have.  Already 20% of China's arable land is polluted with toxic heavy metals from mining and industry.

Professor Charged with Stealing $1.75 Million in Research for China.  We are closely watching the growing threat China poses to the United States, not the least of which is its wholesale, systematic theft of scientific and medical research.  A recent criminal indictment, reported in our Corruption Chronicles blog, illustrates how this theft is too often enabled with your tax dollars:  Communist China has long benefitted from American-funded research stolen by Chinese academics who infiltrate colleges throughout the United States.  This month a criminal indictment sheds light on a recent scheme allegedly masterminded by a Chinese professor at one of the nation's top-ranked public universities.  His name is Lin Yang, a 43-year-old member of the Thousand Talents Program (TTP) operated by the Chinese government to transfer original ideas, technology and intellectual property from foreign institutions, especially American colleges.

Court Docs Show Facebook Played Much Bigger Part In Capitol Riot Than Parler, Yet No Consequences.  It's been more than a month since the app stores of Google and Apple joined forces with Amazon Web Services to knee-cap an upstart competitor, Parler.  The stated reasoning was Parler's lack of content moderation policies, which Apple, in particular, claimed led to Parler's use as a forum to "plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6, 2021."  This reasoning was confidently repeated across the corporate press.  "The Capitol mob began organizing ... on platforms like Parler and Gab," Vox asserted.  Planning for the "mob violence that descended on the U.S. Capitol ... took place openly on websites popular with far-right conspiracy theorists," National Public Radio proclaimed.  Facebook shut down Stop the Steal groups, said The New York Times, so planning moved to Parler and Gab. [...] The problem with all of this is that it turned out to be mostly wrong.  Yes, Parler was used, in some form, to promote and discuss the violent aspects of Jan. 6.  But so too were other major social media platforms — and in a much larger way than Parler.  The Department of Justice has now charged 223 people for their participation in the events of Jan. 6.  A comprehensive analysis of those charging documents performed by Forbes demonstrate that Parler's role was minimal, compared to that of Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

At least 800 Ethiopians killed after defending 'Ark of the Covenant'.  At least 800 people were reportedly killed in Ethiopia as worshippers and soldiers risked their lives to protect what Christians there say is the sacred Ark of the Covenant from local militia.  Ethiopian Christians claim the Ark — the wooden chest built to hold the Ten Commandments of Moses — is being kept safe in a chapel in the holy northern city of Axum in the Tigray region.  The battle between Ethiopian soldiers and rebel fighters happened in the fall, The Sunday Times reported, but it is only being reported now.  "When people heard the shooting they ran to the church to give support to the priests and others who were there protecting the ark," Getu Mak, a local university lecturer, told The Times.  "Certainly some of them were killed for doing that."

'How in the world can anyone pay that?': Some seeing electric bills as high as $17K in wake of Texas winter storm.  The Texas power outage has become the Texas power outrage.  Electricity supply and demand in Texas has really stabilized now.  But when it was grossly out of whack over the past several days, the cost of power in the wholesale market went crazy.  It went from about $50 per Megawatt to $9,000.  That didn't affect retail many customers because they were on a fixed-rate plan.

Portland police officers 'guarding' Fred Meyer dumpsters as residents seek discarded food.  Roughly a dozen Portland police officers faced off with a small group at a Northeast Portland Fred Meyer on Tuesday after people tried to take food that had been thrown away.  Workers at the Hollywood West Fred Meyer threw away thousands of perishable items because the store, like many others, had lost power in an outage brought on by the region's winter storm.  Images on social media showed mountains of packaged meat, cheese and juice, as well as whole turkeys and racks of ribs that had been tossed into two large dumpsters near the store.

Rep. Banks Leads Republican Study Committee in Large-Scale Campaign to Counter CCP.  For the first time in its history, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) — the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill — will make countering the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) a key part of its agenda under the leadership of its newly elected chairman, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.).  As part of this large-scale effort, Banks said that he and others in the House committee will introduce more than 20 bills this week alone dedicated to confronting the China threat and holding the Biden administration accountable for weak policies on China.  The legislative barrage will touch upon a wide range of issues broadly focused on pushing back against the CCP's influence in the United States.  "We've made countering communist China a platform of the RSC for the first time, under my leadership," Banks told The Epoch Times.  "It deserves our attention, and as the largest caucus, our members understand this is the greatest threat that we face and that we have to confront it."

Texas Attorney General Announces Probe Into ERCOT Over Role in Blackouts.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization that operates the state's power grid, alleging "mishandling" amid the brutal cold snap that has left millions of Texans shivering and in the dark.  "ERCOT & other energy cos have slipped & fallen on their faces & it's not the ice's fault.  They have left 3+ million homes w/o power for days, including my own," Paxton wrote in a tweet late Wednesday [2/17/2021].  "What do they do in response?  Jack up prices, go silent, make excuses, & play the blame game.  It's unacceptable!" he added.  Paxton also commended officials, including Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, on "getting to the bottom" of the power crisis.

Texas Electric Board Members Live WHERE?  Many, probably most, Texans hadn't heard of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas until this week.  Then a historic winter storm froze up the place and "electric reliability" turned into an unfunny joke for far too many.  Their electricity was reliably unavailable.  Well, except in certain well-lit urban downtowns.  If you live outside of those, as most Texans do, you were forced to play a grim version of Russian Roulette with your power and water supply — if you could get either.  Your water pipes may have frozen and burst, rendering your frigid home uninhabitable.  I have friends who are dealing with this and will be dealing with it for a long time after the storm.  Power went out for millions of Texans several days ago and is only now being restored piecemeal.  Freezing temperatures won't even leave central Texas until Friday.

A third of the ERCOT board members live out of state.  A third of the board of directors that operate the state's electrical grid do not appear to live in Texas, and their performance in wake of widespread outages has led to a Dallas-area lawmaker's call for change.  Records show the two top office holders of the 15-member board of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), live out-of-state.  Three other ERCOT board members also appear to live thousands of miles from Texas.

Florida GOP congressman beckons New York Stock Exchange to move to Florida.  Florida GOP Rep. Byron Donalds is urging The New York Stock Exchange to leave Lower Manhattan for Florida.  Donalds argued such a move would benefit the exchange because Florida has no tax on stock trades.  "Oh I do," Donalds said in response to a question on whether the NYSE should leave Wall Street for Florida.  "We have a lot of nice land here in southwest Florida we can find a nice place for them right here in the heart of my congressional district."

Chattanooga man charged with impersonating President Obama on gun permit application.  Police are charging a man from Chattanooga after they say he forged former President Barack Obama's name on an application for a handgun permit.  Chattanooga officers arrested Robert Joseph Hallick on February 11th.  He's charged with perjury, forgery and identity theft.  An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says Hallick had been denied a gun permit request using his own name back in November due to an active warrant for his arrest in the state of Michigan.  The arrest report says Hallick sent another application on January 21st, except this time he used the name "President Barack H. Obama" instead.  Included along with the form was a $50 check.

The Editor says...
Helpful clues for the police: [#1] Barack H. Obama doesn't have a valid Social Security number to put on an application for a gun permit, or any other form.  [#2] Barack H. Obama is the last person in town who needs a gun, since he's surrounded by armed cops 24/7.  [#3] The only time Barack H. Obama has ever held a gun (reluctantly!), as far as I know, was for this photo op.  He's the least likely customer to come in to a gun shop.

Rush Limbaugh, the Human Megaphone Who Hijacked the GOP, Dead at 70.  Rush Limbaugh, whose wife Kathryn confirmed on Wednesday [2/17/2021] that he died at 70 after a yearlong and very public battle against lung cancer, was a college dropout when he began his combustible radio career, repeatedly losing gigs as a deejay and news-talk host; he spent much of 1974 jobless and living in his parents' basement in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. [...] Yet in his final two decades of life, he managed to dominate conservative talk radio even after near-total deafness — somewhat remediated by a cochlear implant — required him to hire a former court reporter to sit in his Palm Beach control room and instantly transcribe listener phone calls so he could converse in real time on the air.  Born Rush Hudson Limbaugh III into a distinguished and rabidly Republican family of judges and lawyers in the nearly all-white southeast Missouri town on the Illinois border, he ultimately commanded an adoring national audience of as many as 20 million listeners — "dittoheads" in Limbaugh-speak — and became by some accounts (especially from his Democratic detractors) the de facto leader of the GOP.

Rush Limbaugh, RIP.  Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio and politics in his decades behind the microphone, helping shape the modern-day Republican Party, died Wednesday morning at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer, his family announced.  Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, made the announcement on his radio show.  "Losing a loved one is terribly difficult, even more so when that loved one is larger than life," she said.  "Rush will forever be the greatest of all time."  The radio icon learned he had Stage IV lung cancer in January 2020 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump at the State of the Union address days later.  First lady Melania Trump then presented America's highest civilian honor to Limbaugh in an emotional moment on the heels of his devastating cancer diagnosis.

Texas mayor quits after saying residents are 'lazy' amid power outages.  A Texas mayor has resigned over controversial social media posts that called his constituents lazy for complaining about power outages, according to a report.  Colorado City Mayor Tom Boyd announced his resignation Tuesday [2/16/2021] hours after he received backlash for his long Facebook rant, according to KTXS-TV.  "No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support you during trying times like this!  Sink or swim, it's your choice!" he wrote.  "The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!"  "If you have no water you deal with out and think outside of the box to survive and supply water to your family," he added.

The Editor says...
How true.  It is not the government's job to buy you a wool blanket and tuck you in on a cold winter night.  It's also not the government's job to mop up your house after a hurricane.

'This didn't look like an armed insurrection.' Trump ultra-loyalist senator Ron Johnson plays down danger of the MAGA riots saying 'How many shots were fired?'  Ron Johnson said Monday [2/15/2021] that the MAGA riot 'didn't seem like an armed insurrection to me' in downplaying the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol last month that left five dead and hundreds injured.  'When you hear the word 'armed,' don't you think of firearms?' Johnson questioned during his conversation with 1130 WISN conservative radio talk show host Jay Weber.  'Here's the questions I would have liked to ask — how many firearms were confiscated?' the Trump loyalist senator continued.  'How many shots were fired?  I'm only aware of one, and I'll defend that law enforcement officer for taking that shot, it was a tragedy, but I think there was only one.

The Editor says...
Yes, let's hear more about that one shot that was fired, and about the name of the "officer," if that's what he was, and the name of the agency for which he works, and about the justification for the shooting.  All that information is a deep dark secret, which means there is a cover-up underway, and the door to the News Media Memory Hole is open now.

Pelosi: 'Next Step' Is 9/11-Type Commission To Investigate January 6.  David Perdue lost re-election to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) in Georgia's Senate runoff election on January 5, with Ossoff winning by just over 93,000 votes (2%).  It now seems that Perdue is considering a 2022 Senate run against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who beat Kelly Loeffler in Georgia's special election.  According to Fox News, Perdue filed Federal Election Commission (FEC) paperwork on Monday evening "to become a candidate to run for Senate in 2022."  The paperwork designated a "principal campaign committee," titled "Perdue for Senate."  Warnock defeated Loeffler — who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on December 4, 2019, after Johnny Isakson announced his resignation for health reasons — on January 5, also by just over 93,000 votes.

China Is Creating a New Master Race.  Bing Su, a Chinese geneticist at the state-run Kunming Institute of Zoology, recently inserted the human MCPH1 gene, which develops the brain, into a monkey.  The insertion could make that animal's intelligence more human than that of lower primates.  Su's next experiment is inserting into monkeys the SRGAP2C gene, related to human intelligence, and the FOXP2 gene, connected to language skills.  Has nobody in China seen Planet of the Apes?  Or maybe they have.  "Biotechnology development in China is heading in a truly macabre direction," writes Brandon Weichert of The Weichert Report in an article posted on the American Greatness website.  In a communist society with unrestrained ambition, researchers are pursuing weird science.  What happens when you mix pig and monkey DNA?  Chinese experimenters can tell you.  How about growing human-like organs in animals?  Yes, they have done that as well.  Moreover, Beijing may already be engineering "super soldiers."

Biden Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo Threatens Reporter: 'I Will Destroy You'.  Earlier this week there was a treacly story in People magazine about an Axios White House reporter named Alexi McCammond, who turns out to be dating White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo.  A heartwarming workplace romance!  There were a few grumbles about ethics in journalism and whatnot, but then everybody forgot about it because journalists don't really care about ethics.  Besides, at least Biden isn't Trump, right?  The journos got what they wanted and they just want to take a nap for 4-8 years.  But now the story is getting interesting!

Refund the police!
Minneapolis to spend $6.4 million to hire more police.  Minneapolis will hire dozens more police officers after the City Council on Friday [2/12/2021] agreed to release $6.4 million to bring on additional recruits.  The unanimous vote came eight days after Minneapolis police requested the funding, saying they had 200 fewer police officers available to work than in most recent years.  The additional funding comes at a time when some City Council members and activist groups are pushing to replace the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death.  Minneapolis police said they began the year with 817 officers on their payroll, 60 fewer than the previous year.  But, only 638 officers are currently available to work, the department said.  Some officers resigned or retired early in the year, while another 155 remain on some form of extended leave.  With the new recruit classes, the city expects it will have 674 officers available to work at the end of the year, and another 28 working their way through the hiring process at that time.

'A hoax from day one': Michigan GOP leader says Capitol riot was 'staged'.  The Republican leader in Michigan's state Senate said last week that the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol was a prearranged hoax and not the work of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.  "That wasn't Trump's people.  That's been a hoax from day one.  That was all prearranged," state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said of the riot.  "It was arranged by somebody who was funding it," the Clarklake Republican continued.  "It was all staged."

What's most interesting about the Florida water system hack?  That we heard about it at all.  Stories about computer security tend to go viral when they bridge the vast divide between geeks and luddites, and this week's news about a hacker who tried to poison a Florida town's water supply was understandably front-page material.  But for security nerds who've been warning about this sort of thing for ages, the most surprising aspect of the incident seems to be that we learned about it at all. [...] In short, a likely inexperienced intruder somehow learned the credentials needed to remotely access Oldsmar[ Florida]'s water system, did little to hide his activity, and then tried to change settings by such a wide margin that the alterations would be hard to overlook.  "The system wasn't capable of doing what the attacker wanted," said Joe Weiss, managing partner at Applied Control Solutions, a consultancy for the control systems industry.  "The system isn't capable of going up by a factor of 100 because there are certain physics problems involved there.  Also, the changes he tried to make wouldn't happen instantaneously.  The operators would have had plenty of time to do something about it."

Today's blacklisted American:  Chase Bank blacklists Pro-Trump Covfefe Coffee.  They're coming for you next:  Chase Bank has suddenly decided that it can't do business with the coffee company, Covfefe Coffee, apparently for the simple reason that the coffee company is unabashedly pro-Trump and supports the standard American values of freedom and liberty that made this nation the haven for the oppressed for more than two centuries. [...] Amazon suspended the company's advertising on that platform in 2019 for using the phrase "Make America Great Again," a phrase that Amazon thinks "incites hate."  What this really tells us is that the people at Amazon and Chase Bank hate America, and want it to fail.  Anyone who thinks different must be blacklisted and preventing from succeeding.

Twitter considering subscription fees to ensure 'revenue durability'.  Twitter is considering adding subscriptions fees for some features as the company looks to diversify its revenue beyond ads, a company official confirmed Monday [2/8/2021].  "Increasing revenue durability is our top company objective.  You will see us continue to research and experiment with ways to further diversify our revenue beyond ads in 2021 and beyond," Twitter's revenue product lead, Bruce Falck, said in a statement.

Denver City Council Passes Controversial Group Living Amendment.  The Denver City Council has voted 11-2 to pass the controversial 200-page group living text amendment proposal.  This, following a more than seven-hour meeting, in which at least 150 Denver residents spoke about their impassioned feelings on the proposal, some in favor and some against. [...] The text amendment will allow five unrelated adults to live together, instead of two, among several other changes.  The text amendment would also allow residential care facilities in more areas, including community corrections facilities — or halfway houses — in more neighborhoods than is currently allowed.

Aunt Jemima breakfast brand renamed Pearl Milling Company.  The Aunt Jemima breakfast brand will be renamed Pearl Milling Company, it was announced Tuesday, after the 130-year-old maple syrup mascot was scrutinized last year over its ties to slavery.  Quaker Oats, a division of PepsiCo that owns the brand, unveiled the new name and logo, which it said would hit store shelves in June.  Pearl Milling Company has historical roots with the brand.  It was a small Missouri mill that in 1889 produced the self-rising pancake mix later known as Aunt Jemima.

Bitcoin and Its Discontents:  What Elon Musk is Telling Us.  Elon Musk, our new arbiter of all that is in and out, has purchased $1.5 billion in bitcoin and announced that Tesla plans to accept it as payment.  Bitcoin predictably has jumped to a record high, in excess of $46,000, and now is up more than eight-fold in the past year. [...] Regardless of whether bitcoin in the short-term gyrates unpredictably in value, it is timely to ask not what bitcoin is worth, but what its valuation tells us about ourselves.  The enduring beauty of bitcoin lies in its origin.  It is typically defined as a peer-to-peer digital currency whose ownership is recorded in a secure account ledger, known as a blockchain.  Lose the private key to access this ledger, as reportedly many early buyers have done, and the investment is lost forever, even if it amounts to millions, or now even billions of dollars.

Tesla buys $1.5 billion in bitcoin: as Elon Musk jumps on board with cryptocurrency.  Tesla invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin in January in a nontraditional move to diversify its investments.  The investment, which the electric vehicle maker disclosed Monday in a public filing, comes as CEO Elon Musk has been promoting an alternative cryptocurrency in recent weeks.  Tesla said in its annual report that the company made the move as part of a policy change designed "to provide us with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on our cash."  It is not typical for major corporations to acquire digital currency due to questions about its dependability and concerns about its volatility.  The new policy authorized by the Tesla board allows the company to invest in various forms of digital assets.

Following the money behind Myanmar's coup.  By seizing absolute power, Myanmar coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has protected his and his family's financial interests and the military's unscrutinized economic domination.  Min Aung Hlaing spent much of his military career as a quiet, publicity-shy officer steadily promoted to higher positions before grabbing absolute power at dawn on February 1, five months before his mandatory retirement at age 65 on July 3.  Among other goals, the military's commander-in-chief apparently hopes he has protected himself, his family, and military colleagues from possible investigation over their extensive, lucrative financial deals and economic holdings, sources say.  "His financial interests must be considered as a motive for his coup," the Justice for Myanmar campaign group of activists said in a statement.

Canadian traces origin of AIDS to starving First World War soldier who hunted chimpanzees.  A Canadian professor who has been studying the origin of HIV for decades says he has identified a new "Patient Zero" — a starving First World War soldier stationed in Cameroon who was forced to hunt apes to survive.  In the first edition of his book Origin of Aids, Jacques Pepin, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, originally traced the first case of the human immunodeficiency virus to a hunter in Southeast Cameroon at the start of the 20th Century.

Fox News suffers worst ratings in 20 years.  Fox News has fallen into third place among US cable current affairs broadcasters, languishing behind CNN and MSNBC in Donald Trump's final month in the White House as conservative viewers deserted the channel.  January saw a mob of enraged Trump supporters stage a failed insurrection at the US Capitol in protest at his election defeat, the president's historic second impeachment by the House of Representatives, his departure from the Oval Office and Democrat Joe Biden being sworn-in as his successor.  But despite this dramatic sequence of events, Rupert Murdoch's network suffered its worst month since April 2000, falling into third for total day viewers and overall viewers, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

Amazon stole $62 MILLION in tips from delivery drivers and the fed is telling them to give it back.  Here's another story of giant corporations totally (not) looking out for the little guy.  The Federal Trade Commission revealed this week that Amazon was making some pretty big bucks stealing tips meant for its drivers.  Apparently, after Amazon started letting average Joes use their own cars to deliver products for some side money, it also decided to skim some $62 million of that hard-earned cash out of the virtual tip jar.

Prosecution in George Floyd case asks to reinstate third-degree murder charge against Chauvin.  The prosecution in the George Floyd case filed a motion Thursday to reinstate the third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.  The motion asks Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill to reinstate the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin or to file an amended complaint that includes third-degree murder, citing new legal precedent set in former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor's appeal in his own case.

The Editor says...
Has the evidence changed?  This sounds like blatantly political prosecution.

Biden Admin Yanks Maternity Leave From Trump Appointees Days Before Some Give Birth.  President Joe Biden's administration denied multiple President Trump-era aides their previously established maternity leave, some days before birth, reports Politico.  Even though some Trump aides made arrangements for parental leave early in 2021 in advance of their children's births, multiple federal employees were told shortly before or after their babies arrived that the benefits would no longer be extended to them after Biden and his team took office.

Amazon Plans To Install AI Surveillance Cameras In Delivery Vans.  Amazon is preparing to install high-tech video cameras inside its fleet of delivery vehicles to better monitor drivers' behavior, according to The Verge.  The Information first uncovered an instructional video sent out to employees and contract workers about Amazon's new partnership with Netradyne, a California-based company developing video cameras inside fleet vehicles to monitor drivers.  The device will tell the driver:  "Distracted driving," "No stop detected," and "Please slow down."  The video was first uploaded to Vimeo a week ago and is titled "Amazon Netradyne Driver Information."

US Navy's UFO-like patent raises questions.  It has long been claimed by ufologists that the US government has been back-engineering UFOs at Area S4, the ultra secret site within Area 51.  In 1989, scientist Bob Lazar, who claimed to have worked at the base deep in the heart of the Nevada desert, spilled the beans on the study of UFOs — of which he claimed they had several.  The smaller saucer-like UFO he said he was studying, which was called the "sport model," supposedly was based on directing gravity waves.  This came from a reactor which amplified the gravity waves which extended beyond the atom of Element 115, which he predicted to exist (he would be proved right years later).  Whether any of that is true or not, it is interesting to note that in 2019, the US Navy's Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) filed a number of seemingly out of this world patents that could, in theory, revolutionize not only military aviation, but just about everything.  According to a report by Alex Hollings in The National Interest, chief among these strange new inventions is a High Energy Electromagnetic Field Generator (HEEMFG), which if functional, could produce massive amounts of power with far reaching military and commercial implications.

Never give up!
Rescue divers find a guy alive in a sunken tugboat on the bottom of the ocean 3 days after it capsized in a storm.  [Scroll down]  Those divers were not expecting to find anyone alive.  They were sent down there to investigate the cause of the crash and recover bodies.  You can tell how surprised they were to see a moving hand.

Pentagon purges advisory boards of Trump loyalists.  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday [2/2/2021] ordered the resignation of the hundreds of people that serve on the Pentagon's 42 civilian advisory boards, effectively purging a number of Trump loyalists named to the boards in the Trump administration's final days.  The resignations are part of a broader review Austin has ordered to look at the viability of the boards and to eliminate potential overlaps.  But the Pentagon's top spokesman acknowledged that the resignations and the review had been prompted by the last-minute appointments of Trump loyalists to the boards, including Trump's former campaign manager.

Firefighter Facing Discipline For Rushing 3-Year-Old Burn Victim To Hospital After Ambulance Never Showed.  A veteran Oklahoma City Fire Department (OKCFD) major has lost his role as senior company officer of his station after he rushed a three-year-old burn victim to the hospital on a fire truck because the ambulance was taking too long to respond.  "We don't transport patients," OKCFD Chief Richard Kelley told KFOR.  "That's not our job."  The complaint against OKCFD Major Corey Britt was field by EMSA, the emergency medical and ambulance service that serves Oklahoma City.

Jeff Bezos, 57, steps down as Amazon CEO and will be replaced by Andy Jassy - the man who built AWS and pulled the plug on Parler.  Jeff Bezos is stepping down as the CEO of Amazon, 27 years after founding it with his ex-wife and building it into one of the most successful companies of all time now worth $1.7 trillion.  Bezos, 57, announced the move in a letter to his 1.3 million Amazon employees Tuesday where he insisted he isn't retiring but wants to focus on his 'passions' including his space and climate change ventures.  He will be replaced by 53-year-old Andy Jassy, the current CEO of the Amazon empire cloud business Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the man behind the move to cancel Parler.

New York City to ban natural gas hookups in new buildings by 2030: mayor.  New York City this week said it will join a growing list of U.S. cities banning natural gas hookups in new buildings.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday as part of his State of the City address that New York will "ban new fossil fuel connections in new construction by at least 2030."

The Editor asks...
What will be gained from this?

Justice Department Probes SpaceX After Hiring Discrimination Complaint.  The Department of Justice is probing Elon Musk's rocket company SpaceX over whether the company discriminates against non-U.S. citizens in its hiring, according to court documents filed on Thursday [1/28/2021].  The Justice Department's Immigrant and Employee Rights division received a complaint of employment discrimination from a non-U.S. citizen, who alleged that SpaceX discriminated against him based on his citizenship status.  "Specifically, the charge alleges that on or about March 10, 2020, during the Charging Party's interview for the position of Technology Strategy Associate, SpaceX made inquiries about his citizenship status and ultimately failed to hire him for the position because he is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident", DOJ attorney Lisa Sandoval wrote in the complaint filed on Thursday.

The Editor says...
Why is it illegal to prefer U.S. citizens for new employees?  It's just common sense to hire Americans first, especially in an industry that's at least 95 percent publicity-centric, like manned space travel.

Texas governor vows to fight U.S. curbs on oil and gas activity.  The top elected official of the largest U.S. oil and gas producing state on Thursday [1/28/2021] pledged to fight President Joe Biden's executive orders that he claimed would undercut Texas energy production.  In a case of dueling executive orders, Texas Governor Greg Abbott authorized state agencies to bring legal challenges Biden's policies.  Biden on Wednesday unveiled a series of actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies.

German-built robot gives hugs to provide emotional support for people.  German scientists taught a human-like robot how to give a hug and provide emotional support to people.  Footage shows HuggieBot raising its plastic arms before embracing the person in front when prompted.  Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart made the robot wear a jacket to better imitate warm hugs.  Project leader Alexis Block said they are interested in enabling robots to give a hug because of its health benefits.  [Video clip]

You Can Thank Our Elites For Proliferating Conspiracies.  [Scroll down]  Let's focus in on the second point.  Rep. Ilhan "All-About-The-Benjamins" Omar, D-Minn., is corrupt and nearly as conspiratorial as [Rep. Marjorie Taylor] Greene.  She also seems to be antisemitic.  But the media doesn't make Omar the subject of breathless coverage about her party's moral bankruptcy.  They put her on magazine covers.  The same goes for the likes of Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.  Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are currently trafficking in bizarre conspiratorial theories that Donald Trump talked to and took direction from Vladimir Putin on the day of the Capitol riot without being treated as menacing representations of rot in their party.  Clinton never accepted the results of her 2016 loss, and continues to recklessly advance baseless notions of "hacking."  That brings us to the Russia collusion hoax, which for years consumed the entire Democratic Party (even Sen. Bernie Sanders!) in a silly conspiracy replete with prostitutes and urine.  Because this comported with the media's basic political narrative, they failed to approach it with appropriate skepticism.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Publishes Statement Addressing the Mob That's Trying to 'Take Her Out'.  Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene posted a statement on Friday addressing the mob of Democrats and liberal reporter henchmen that are trying to "take her out" with a massive smear campaign.  The statement comes shortly after Marxist Democrat lawmaker Cori Bush tried to claim that Greene had harassed her in the halls — which Greene promptly shut down with a video of the incident.  [Video clip] [...] In a statement published on social media and sent out to members of the media by her press team, Greene wrote that "since launching your smear campaign attacks on me, nearly 60,000 America First Patriots from all 50 states have reached out with messages of support and have poured over $1.6 million in small donations into my campaign account."

Pressure builds against GOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene as Dem demands her expulsion.  It appears that Democrats have decided to go after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) announced on Wednesday [1/27/2021] that he will introduce a resolution to expel Greene from Congress because she poses a "direct threat" to other lawmakers.  "Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government, and it is with their safety in mind, as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country," Gomez stated.  This move follows Greene introducing articles of impeachment against President Biden immediately after he took office.  But the reasoning put forth here is that she supported the rioters, and Gomez claims that her Facebook posts advocated violence against Democrats and the FBI.

Dem rep plans to introduce a resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Rep. Jimmy Gomez on Wednesday [1/27/2021] announced that he plans to introduce a resolution to expel the controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress, accusing Greene of previously supporting calls for "political violence" and advocating "extremism and sedition."  The resolution would require the support of two-thirds of the members of the House to pass. [...] Greene was first known during her run for Congress as a supporter of the online conspiracy theory QAnon, which she later distanced herself from in an interview with Fox News in August.  She's since earned a reputation as a bomb-thrower in Congress.  She's refused on various occasions to wear a mask, supported false allegations of widespread election fraud which resulted in her temporarily losing access to her Twitter account and most recently announced that she was filing articles of impeachment against President Biden.

Pennsylvania Teacher Suspended for Attending Trump Rally Says His Life Has Been Destroyed.  Jason Moorehead, a teacher in Allentown, PA, for 17 years, attended the Trump rally in DC on January 6th.  Although he did not participate in the Capitol Hill riots, he claims he was smeared by association and suspended from his job.  He has also been doxxed, and now his family is living in fear.

Fierce Cuomo Critic Janice Dean Might Challenge Him In 2022.  Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, whose profile grew exponentially in 2020 as she repeatedly blasted Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after her in-laws died in New York nursing homes, is hearing calls for her to run against Cuomo in 2022 — and she's leaving the door open, saying, "You never say never in this life, right?  And many people have gotten into government because something personal has happened to them."  Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, a close friend, was delighted with the idea of Dean running, noting that Dean, 50, has weathered home invasion, sexual harassment, and multiple sclerosis.  Kelly told the New York Post, "Unlike the poser currently in the governor's mansion, she really IS 'New York tough,' whip smart, and we can trust her.  She's got my vote."

US State Department Criticizes China After Latest Military Incursion Against Taiwan.  The U.S. State Department has voiced concerns about China's continued military aggression against Taiwan, after China breached the island's air defense zone with 13 military aircraft.  "We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan's democratically elected representatives," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Jan. 23.  He added:  "We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability.  Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region."  Beijing's coercion against Taiwan is nothing new, as the Chinese communist regime claims the self-ruled island as a part of its territory and has repeatedly threatened to use military force to bring the island under its fold.

Justice Department considers Not charging up to 800 MAGA rioters who caused havoc at the Capitol 'since most of them just trespassed and were not violent'.  The FBI and prosecutors at the Justice Department are debating whether to decline to charge some of the MAGA rioters who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to derail President Joe Biden's certification.  There is concern among DOJ officials that bringing charges against all of the estimated 800 rioters who ransacked the Capitol building could flood the local federal courthouse in Washington, DC, with cases.  There have been internal discussions about forgoing charges against those who were not involved in any violence or vandalism but were simply trespassing or 'going along with the crowd,' The Washington Post reported.

U.S. forces choppered into Syria 24 hours after new commander-in-chief takes power.  A large convoy of U.S. military personnel headed into Syria on Thursday along with hundreds of troops some 24 hours after President Joe Biden took office and took on his commander-in-chief role, foreign media reported.  Citing Syrian state news agency SANA, i24 News reported that a convoy of about 40 trucks and armored vehicles "entered northeastern Syria" on Thursday supported by helicopters.  The convoy entered the country from Iraq via the al-Waleed crossing "to bring arms and logistical equipment to bases in Hasakeh and Deir Ezzor provinces," i23 News stated.  And while "other local media" noted that such resupply convoys are not uncommon, SANA's report added that an additional 200 U.S. troops were choppered into the Hasakeh province as well.

Trump Offers to Let National Guard Stay at the Trump Hotel D.C. After Parking Garage Outrage.  Former President Trump has reportedly offered to let the National Guardsmen still stationed at the Capitol stay at his Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.  "Trump has given permission for the troops to stay at Trump Hotel DC if any of them need, an advisor told the One America News Network.

President Trump Gives Permission for US Troops to Stay at Trump Hotel in Washington DC.  As reported earlier by Cristina Laila military source in DC told TPUSA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson that for the last week his battalion had been sleeping on the floor in the Senate cafeteria in preparation for Biden's sham inauguration.  One day after Biden's inauguration, 5,000 soldiers were moved to a cold parking garage.  There is one power outlet and one bathroom for 5,000 soldiers.

The Mullahs Turn to Bitcoin Mining.  The Iranian regime's economy is suffocating, its banking system locked at the international level.  Khamenei believes that any negotiation and moderation would mean an end to his nuclear ambitions and the export of regional terrorism, threaten his regime's survival and could swiftly lead to its overthrow.  The financial institutions affiliated with Khamenei and especially the IRGC, need to find other ways to launder money, circumvent sanctions, and evade the world banking system.  Supporting their proxy forces in the region depends on keeping the money flowing.  There is no centralized control over bitcoin, making it an attractive vehicle, but Iran hasn't got enough hard currency to buy a lot of it.  Bitcoin can't be used to circumvent sanctions importing and exporting and unless two countries cooperate.  Iran cooperates with China, Venezuela, Turkey, and several other countries on bitcoin transactions.  Enter bitcoin mining.

325 Australian-Based Scientists, Researchers Identified as Recruits for Beijing.  Over 325 academics and scientists in Australian universities and research institutes have been identified as alleged recruits of Beijing's controversial overseas talent-recruitment programs.  The allegations raise questions over potential conflicts of interest, grant fraud, and Australian research funds inadvertently advancing the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) military technology.  Alex Joske of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), wrote to the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security claiming that despite 325 individuals being identified, as many as 600 could be connected to Beijing-backed partnerships.

'We feel incredibly betrayed': Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol.  Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after U.S. Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages after two weeks pulling security duty after the deadly riot on Jan. 6.  One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman.  The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said.  Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall.

National Guard Kicked Out Of The Capitol, Forced To Sleep In A Parking Garage.  Thousands of National Guardsmen descended on the Capitol and surrounding buildings after the riots at the Capitol earlier this month.  They were there as a show of force and to discourage anyone who was thinking about a repeat performance during the inauguration. [...] Something apparently changed today [1/21/2021].  The NY Times reports the Guard was kicked out of the Capitol and surrounding buildings and sent to sleep in a parking garage.

Ohio orthodox priest suspended for attending Trump rally at U.S. Capitol, reports say.  An orthodox priest in western Ohio who has filled in at churches in the Cleveland area has been suspended and could be defrocked after he attended a rally for former President Trump in Washington on Jan. 6 that ended with an assault on the nation's Capitol, according to reports.  A notice on the website for the Orthodox Church in America says Archpriest Mark Hodges was suspended on Jan. 12.  The notice offers no other details.  According to the Dayton Daily News, Hodges most recently has been a "supply priest" in the Diocese of the Midwest and has filled in at parishes in Cleveland and Olmsted Falls.

The Editor says...
Does he not enjoy the freedom of association that the rest of us have?  There might have been half a million people at that event.  Should they all lose their jobs?

No pardons by Trump for Snowden, Assange.  Fugitive national security contractor Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed out on pardons from outgoing President Trump on Wednesday [1/20/2021].  The high-profile figures were not among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Mr. Trump with just hours remaining in his presidency.  The clemency actions included a pardon for former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who was facing trial for allegedly defrauding donors in a project to help build Mr. Trump's border wall.  Also missing from the clemency list was Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor imprisoned in 2018 for mailing classified material to a news outlet.  The documents pertained to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Bill Sammon and Chris Stirewalt out at Fox News.  Two executives involved in the early call of Arizona for Joe Biden on Election Night, angering many conservatives, are no longer employed at the cable network whose ratings took a subsequent nosedive.  Both have been lightning rods for conservatives since the election.

Failing Fox purges Stirewalt and 16 others — shifts back to conservative opinion.  Fox News laid off at least 16 staffers at Fox digital, including Chris Stirewalt, the political editor who defended the election-night call of Arizona.  While the purge is allegedly a restructuring after the election, insiders told The Daily Beast it's an ideological purge.  Viewers were infuriated with Stirewalt when he called Arizona while people were waiting in line to vote.  Fox refused to call Florida and Texas for Trump when he obviously won.  Stirewalt was a Never Trumper who told reporters to never attend Trump rallies.  He said their presence allows Trump to use them as a "prop."

Court documents reveal a group of militia members planned their entry to the U.S. Capitol.  The Washington Post story focuses on three individuals who have now been charged for their involvement in the riot.  But unlike some people who may have just been following the mob, these three — Thomas Caldwell, Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl — appear to have planned their entry to the Capitol in advance and discussed their progress during the riot.

Army vet shreds Dem Rep for 'ridiculous' remark about dangerous troops:  You've no business leading this country.  A U.S. Army veteran slammed Rep. Steve Cohen for claiming that National Guard troops in Washington, D.C., could pose a threat to President-elect Joe Biden.  West Point graduate Jeremy Hunt called out the Tennessee Democrat for questioning the loyalty of 25,000 troops who have been deployed to the nation's capital for Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, calling it "absolutely ridiculous" and blasting him for exploiting an intelligence report to score political points.  With reports that the U.S. Military was running background checks and the FBI was conducting additional vetting of the Guard troops, Cohen weighed in on CNN, recounting how former India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards, as he suggested some within National Guard could be suspicious.

Pentagon won't say what got 12 Guard troops sent home from Biden inauguration duty in DC.  Twelve National Guard troops deployed to Washington ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration were flagged during background checks and have been sent home, Defense Department officials confirmed Tuesday, offering scant details as to what raised suspicions about them.  Two of those were flagged for "inappropriate comments or texts," Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the Nation Guard Bureau, told reporters, including one reported within their own chain of command.  Hokanson's comments refute a Tuesday story from the Associated Press that all 12 troops removed from the Capitol had right-wing militia ties.

Pentagon: No indication of 'inside threat' to inauguration, troops being vetted.  Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Monday [1/18/2021] that there is no intelligence to suggest President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is being targeted by any members of the National Guard.  Miller's statement comes as reports surfaced over the weekend that the 25,000 National Guard members stationed in Washington to protect the Capitol were being vetted.  Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that National Guard commanders were instructed to be on the lookout for problems within their units.  "As is normal for military support to large security events, the Department will vet National Guardsmen who are in Washington, D.C," Miller said.  "While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital."

Is this paranoia, or just bigotry?
Democratic Congressman Fears Trump-Voting 'White Males' in National Guard at Inauguration: '75 Percent Are in the Class' that May 'Do Something'.  Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) expressed concern Monday [1/18/2021] that the National Guard troops responsible for protecting Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day could constitute a threat because they included too many "white males" who voted for President Donald Trump.  "The guard is 90-some-odd percent, I believe, male," Cohen said in a Monday interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto.  "Only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden.  You've got to figure that in the guard, which is predominantly more conservative — I see that on my social media, and we know it.  They're probably not more than 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us that are voting for Biden.  "The other 75 percent are in the class, the large class of folks, who might want to do something," he added.

Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohls will STOP selling MyPillow because of CEO Mike Lindell's support of voter fraud theories.  MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell revealed Monday [1/18/2021] that Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's and Wayfair have all stopped selling his products on account of his continued support of widely discredited conspiracy theories regarding election fraud.  Lindell, whose company is based in Minneapolis, made the announcement during an interview with conservative commentator Brian Glenn on Monday night [1/18/2021].  'Just got off the phone with Bed Bath & Beyond.  They're dropping My Pillow.  Just got off the phone not five minutes ago.  Kohl's, all these different places,' Lindell said during the interview. 'These [companies], they're scared, like a Bed Bath & Beyond, they're scared.  They were good partners.  In fact, I told them, "You guys come back anytime you want."'

'No Plot Against Biden Found' — 2 National Guardsmen Removed From Duty In DC After Social Media Spying.  Despite no plot against Biden being found, two National Guardsmen have been removed from duty in Washington, D.C. after government agencies began scouring their social media feeds for pro-Trump sympathies.  The Associated Press reports from an anonymous source: "two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias.  No plot against Biden was found."  According to the AP: An "Army official and the intelligence official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations.  They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in.  The National Guard Bureau referred questions to the U.S. Secret Service and said, "Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration."

Gov. Abbott vows to never again authorize deployment of Texas Natl Guard to DC over 'offensive' loyalty screening.  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a tweet Monday night [1/18/2021] that he will not authorize the deployment of the Texas National Guard to Washington, D.C. again if the troops are going to be disrespected.  Responding to a Washington Post article on the Pentagon was vetting National Guard members tapped to help with security on Inauguration Day for extremist ties, the Republican governor called it "the most offensive thing I've ever heard."  In effect, with an assist from the FBI, the 25,000-plus soldiers deployed to DC in a show of force are being submitted to background checks — essentially a political purity test — to ensure that they are not an inside threat endangering Joe Biden.  Seriously.

The Editor says...
Governor Abbott, if you're really so offended, you could recall those soldiers back to Texas and keep them from participating in ... whatever this event is.

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack.  US defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.  The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.  And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.

Ever Had a Hard Time Understanding Someone's Accent?  A Professor Says You're Guilty of 'Linguistic Racism'.  Have you ever had difficulty understanding someone's accent?  That is, have you ever been racist?  According to a Michigan State University linguistics and education professor, the two are one and the same.  So stop being beastly, and start understanding everyone.  Per Professor Peter De Costa, when/if you don't know what someone's saying due to their consonants and vowels, you're guilty of "linguistic racism."

Conservative Joe Ricketts, Cubs family patriarch who closed DNAinfo after union vote, to launch Omaha-based 'unbiased' news site.  The Omaha World-Herald reported on Sunday [1/17/2021] that billionaire businessman and philanthropist Joe Ricketts is hiring staff to launch an online national news source called Straight Arrow News.  "I think there's a gap in the market — there's no source for unbiased, fact-based news," Ricketts told the World-Herald in an emailed response to questions last week.  "And I believe there's a business opportunity there."

Arrests Connected to the Capitol Hill Protest Are Creating a Procedural Mess As Reflected by the Media's Coverage.  [Scroll down]  Where supported by the evidence, agents are drafting affidavits and prosecutors are filing criminal complaints to obtain arrest warrants for individuals connected to their actions.  Given the sheer numbers involved, I would guess that a dozen or more prosecutors are working on cases connected to the January 6 protests and nothing else.  But, as Michael Sherwin, Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia, noted in a public statement earlier in the week, this process is made quite difficult by the fact that most of the persons being charged were able to return to their homes in other states prior to them being identified and the charges being filed.  Those individuals are now being arrested in their home states — not in DC.  That fact creates some procedural issues that DOJ must work through before the cases can proceed.

America's Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates.  Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world and a self-described nerd who is known for his early programming skills rather than his love of the outdoors, has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S. — enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America.  After years of reports that he was purchasing agricultural land in places like Florida and Washington, The Land Report revealed that Gates, who has a net worth of nearly $121 billion according to Forbes, has built up a massive farmland portfolio spanning 18 states.  His largest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres).  Additionally, he has a stake in 25,750 acres of transitional land on the west side of Phoenix, Arizona, which is being developed as a new suburb.

GOP Senators To Attend Biden Inauguration Wednesday After Objecting To His Electoral College Win.  At least half of the eight GOP senators who voted against President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory will be attending the inauguration Wednesday [1/20/2021] in Washington to support the peaceful transfer of power, Fox News has learned.  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who spearheaded the Jan. 6 effort to toss out electoral votes for Biden, will attend the official swearing-in at the Capitol.  Sens. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., who joined with Cruz in objecting to Biden's victory before a Joint Session of Congress, also will attend Biden's inauguration, their offices confirmed.

Trump Declassifies 'Foot-High' Stack Of Russiagate, Obamagate Documents; Set For Release Within Days.  President Trump has declassified and authorized the release of "more than a foot-high stack of documents" related to the Obama administration's surveillance and espionage committed against the 2016 Trump campaign, as part of a larger campaign to discredit and undermine the incoming US president.  According to journalist and Trump insider John Solomon, the documents would be released as soon as Friday [1/15/2021], but no later than Monday.  "He has delivered in a big way.  More than a foot-high stack of documents he has authorized to be released by the FBI and the DOJ.  These are the things that the FBI has tried to keep from the public for 4 years.  They have amazing, big picture revelations," Solomon told Fox News' "Lou Dobbs Tonight."

Poll: Strong majority of GOP voters see themselves as Republicans instead of 'MAGA Nation'.  A strong majority of GOP voters view themselves as Republicans rather than devotees of President Trump's Make America Great Again, or "MAGA," movement, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.  Among the Republican voters, 74% consider themselves "more of a Republican," while 19% see themselves as "part of MAGA nation."  The numbers could reflect the fallout from last week's Capitol riot, which has been broadly characterized as being led by Trump's MAGA devotees, a key part of the president's base, helped him become president in 2016.  However, there is no similar, previous polls to compared percentages.  The president has condemned the deadly, Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol Building, disavowed the participants and argued that "no true supporter" of his could have participated in it.

CISA and the SolarWinds Attack:  What Do We Know?  On November 17, President Trump appointed Brandon Wales as the director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  Wales was a highly qualified choice, as he had been CISA's first executive director and previously served as the director of the DHS Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis (OCIA), which provides analysis of cyber- and physical risks to America's critical infrastructure.  Perhaps the most pressing cyber-security issue for America and CISA currently is the fallout from the SolarWinds hacking attack that has affected at least 2,000 computer systems belonging to over 100 governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world.  News of the attack was first reported a few weeks after Wales took over CISA.  The attacks have been attributed to APT29 (Advanced Persistent Threat).  The Russian hacking group is known by several aliases including Cozy Duke, Cozy Bear, the Dukes, and Office Monkeys.

Timeline of Events in DC on Jan. 6.  On Jan. 6, supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in the nation's capital for a demonstration, called the "Save America March."  The plan was to hold a rally in The President's Park just south of the White House and then march to the Capitol building to demand that Congress and Vice President Mike Pence reject electoral votes for former Vice President Joe Biden from states where election results were marred by irregularities, allegations of fraud, and unconstitutional voting rule changes.  By the end of the day, the Capitol went through several rounds of lockdown after a sizable group of protesters broke inside.  Four people died in or around the Capitol, including Ashli Babbitt, a woman who was shot dead by a Capitol Police officer.  Three others died due to medical emergencies, authorities said.  One man died of a heart attack and another of a stroke, and one woman was crushed by the crowd, several media reported.  A Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died the next day.  He "was injured while physically engaging with protesters ... returned to his division office and collapsed," Capitol Police said in a statement.

Family of fallen Capitol Police officer says cause of death unknown — stop making it political.  The United States Attorney's Office has opened an investigation into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.  Sicknick died Thursday night [1/7/2021] after protesters on Capitol Hill became violent.  According to ABC6, the investigation is being conducted jointly between the FBI and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, with cooperation from U.S. Capitol Police.  Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement that the Department of Justice "will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible."  Meanwhile, Sicknick's family is asking others to stop making his death a political issue.  Unfortunately, few seem to be listening.

Elon Musk Blames Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg For Capitol Riot.  In times of social crises in America, big tech billionaires are often amongst the first to speak up — though how they do so varies.  Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, unlike many of his peers, didn't directly speak about the riot that erupted in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon.  But the second-richest man in the world did make it clear that he was watching the news and indeed had a strong opinion about the surreal events that transpired at the U.S. Capitol.  Late Wednesday night [1/6/2021], after police had cleared protestors from the Capital ground to allow Congress to resume vote counting and certifying election results, Musk tweeted a meme showing bricks lining up like dominoes.  The smallest front brick was labeled "a website to rate women on campus" — a reference to the early version of Facebook — and the largest tile in the back was superimposed with a tweet by The New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich that read:  "The Capitol seems to be under the control of a man in a viking hat."

Flyer alarm!
Do Not Fall for a Plot to Entrap Second Amendment Supporters.  A flyer has been circulating on the internet urging people to attend an "armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitols [sic]" on January 17.  It's framed in terms of standing up for liberty.  DO NOT ATTEND.  There is a 99.99999% certainty that this is a trap intended to give Democrats an excuse to destroy the Second Amendment and, quite possibly, to cordon off from society all Republicans and conservatives.  Here's the flyer, which we reproduce so that you'll recognize it should you see it.  As you look at it, realize that you are the mouse, and this flyer is the cheese.  There is no difference between the flyer and the cheese or peanut butter that a homeowner puts in a mousetrap intended to behead the little creature:  The Gateway Pundit instantly noticed serious problems with the flyer:  ["]Notice there is no organizing group listed on the flyer.  That's weird.["]

Airbnb to cancel all D.C. reservations during inauguration week.  Airbnb said it will cancel and block all reservations in the Washington metro area in the coming days as efforts to secure the capital were ratcheted higher ahead of right-wing protests this weekend and the presidential swearing-in on Jan. 20.  The mass cancellation came as regional leaders announced that a number of Metro stations would be closed for a week to discourage visitors from going into downtown Washington.  Airbnb also discovered and banned accounts for many people involved in hate groups and last week's Capitol siege, the company said in its announcement Wednesday [1/13/2021].

GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio [is] challenged by Democrats to repudiate stolen election claims.  Champaign County Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday [1/12/2020] clashed with Democrats on the House Rules Committee over GOP claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen."  The confrontation occurred as Jordan argued against bringing a measure to the House floor that would urge Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the Constitution's 25th Amendment to assume the presidency on the grounds that President Donald Trump is unfit to serve.  Horrified that a mob of Trump supporters marched on the Capitol last week and rioted as Congress attempted to tally electoral votes that showed Democrat Joe Biden won the election, Democrats who control the House are bringing a measure to the floor that would urge Pence to displace Trump.  Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the melee.  If Pence doesn't act, Democrats will bring up a measure to impeach Trump.

The Editor says...
There was a gathering of Trump supporters.  A small fraction of those gathered turned into a mob and invaded the Capitol building.  Antifa infiltrators comprised some substantial fraction of that group.  The overwhelming majority of the crowd was not a "mob."  It was a group of justifiably outraged voters who refuse to sit still while the 2020 presidential election is stolen and handed to Joe Biden.

Outgoing Capitol Hill Police Chief Says Efforts to Summon National Guard Were Thwarted:  Report.  Steven Sund, outgoing chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), says House and Senate security officials rejected or slow-walked multiple requests by the agency to call in the National Guard for assistance on Jan. 6.  Sund told The Washington Post in an interview published on Jan. 10 that, in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 incident in which protesters and rioters breached the Capitol building and committed acts of violence, he had asked House and Senate security officials to let him request that the D.C. National Guard be put on standby.  He told the outlet that the officials denied or postponed his requests six times.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said he wasn't comfortable with how a declaration of an emergency would be received ahead of the protests, said Sund, who resigned following the Capitol breach.  "We knew it would be bigger," Sund told The Washington Post.  "We looked at the intelligence.  We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations.  I had nothing indicating we would have a large mob seize the Capitol."

Lawmaker Urges House Leadership to Stop Distributing Communist Propaganda Paper.  Freshman representative Ashley Hinson (R., Iowa) petitioned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to stop distributing a Chinese Communist propaganda paper to House offices on Capitol Hill, according to a letter sent late last week and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.  Hinson, who was elected in November, said she is "appalled" that lawmakers receive unsolicited copies of China Daily, a Chinese state-controlled newspaper that has been designated as Communist propaganda by the State Department.  China Daily has been delivered to congressional offices each morning for many years despite outrage among some members who view its circulation as inappropriate.  "Frankly, I was appalled when I walked into work Friday morning and saw my office had received an unsolicited copy of China Daily," Hinson, a former television news reporter, told the Free Beacon.

Indonesia jet carrying 62 goes missing on domestic flight.  A jet carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital on a domestic flight on Saturday, and debris found by fishermen was being examined to see if it was from the missing plane, officials said.  Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said Sriwijaya Air's Flight SJ182 was delayed for an hour before it took off at 2:36 p.m.  The Boeing 737-500 disappeared from radar four minutes later, after the pilot contacted air traffic control to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 feet (8,839 meters), he said.

Indonesian airliner's pilots reportedly did not declare emergency before crash.  The pilots of the Indonesian airliner that plunged into the sea off Jakarta with 62 people aboard did not declare an emergency or report technical problems before the Boeing 737-500 went down, according to a report.  National Transportation Safety Committee investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said recordings of conversations between the crew of the Sriwijaya Air flight bound for Pontianak and air traffic control were routine.  "It's like a normal conversation and nothing suspicious," he told Agence France-Presse.  "There's no talk of an emergency or something like that."  Preliminary data suggest it was "most likely" that the jet was intact when it hit the water Saturday, Utomo said, adding that "we don't know at this stage" what caused the crash.  His comments came as divers searched for the black boxes — cockpit voice and flight data recorders — that could be crucial to help explain why the aircraft went down with 62 Indonesians aboard, including 10 children.

The Editor says...
If they have not yet recovered the cockpit voice recorder, how do they know the crew's conversation was routine?  This case sounds a little like Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which crashed March 15, 2014.

Hennepin County libraries end overdue book fees.  Hennepin County Library users will no longer be paying fines for overdue books, movies and music.  The Hennepin County Board is eliminating the fees to make libraries more accessible to low-income populations, the kind of users who might stay away as fines pile up.  "Whenever a constituent would hear about a city or county eliminating fees, I would get e-mails from them asking why Hennepin hasn't done it," County Board Chairwoman Marion Greene said.  "This is really a way to drive usage of the libraries."

The Editor says...
Library fines don't "pile up" unless one violates the library's terms of use.  Fines exist for a reason. If the libraries eliminate fines, the books will all walk out the door, never to return.

GOP Rep Stands His Ground After CNN Commentator Demands Resignation.  A newly-elected black Republican House representative is firing back after he was told this week to "resign in disgrace" after he objected to the election results in a number of states Wednesday during congressional certification of the election results.  Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida stood with dozens of other lawmakers in questioning the results from a number of key battleground states.  The Republican was vocal on his Twitter page with regard to his intent to object to certification, prior to the Capitol incursion.  "The people of Florida's 19 Congressional District elected me to honor the Constitution and the Rule of Law.  That is why I just officially signed the objection to the electoral college certification — our election laws matter," he posted on Jan. 6.

Four Police Officers Placed on Leave for Allegedly Attending Capitol Riots.  At least four police officers from across the country were placed on administrative leave for allegedly attending the U.S. Capitol riots on Wednesday.  Two of those off-duty police officers from Rocky Mount, Virginia, who allegedly attended the Wednesday rally that turned into a deadly riot, were placed on administrative leave pending review, WSLS reported.  The department also notified federal authorities.

Australians call on authorities to solve mystery of funds from Vatican.  People inside and outside the church are calling on authorities to get to the bottom of mystery funds transferred from the Vatican to Australia.  As Australia's bishops are considering requesting information from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, a source close to the Vatican told The Catholic Weekly, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Sydney, that it was "completely implausible" that $2.3 billion Australian dollars (U.S. $1.8 billion) in Vatican funds transferred to Australia from Rome between 2014 and 2020 were legitimate.

More details about the January 6 disturbance at the U.S. Capitol.  [Scroll down]  Four protesters died during the siege.  Capitol Police shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, who was reportedly crawling through a broken window to get into the Capitol Building.  She was 35 years old and an Air Force veteran.  KTLA TV reports that Kevin Greeson, a 55-year-old Alabama man, died of a heart attack during the Capitol unrest.  Fifty-year-old Benjamin Philips of Pennsylvania died of a stroke.  And a 34-year-old woman, Rosanne Boyland of Atlanta, died of a "medical emergency."  This attack didn't just shock the consciences of all well-behaved Americans, it was a political disaster for the man the rioters supported — President Trump.  As a result of the melee, the U.S. House of Representatives is trying another impeachment attempt against the president who has mere days left in his term of office.

Report Details Space Force Success in Foiling Iranian Missile Attack.  The Space Force proved instrumental in thwarting an Iranian missile attack on American bases in Iraq last year, a new report shows.  A review of the events of January 7, 2020, reported by C4ISRNET indicates that the newly created Space Force's early warning system allowed hundreds of Americans to quickly shelter in bunkers as Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. military installations.  The missile attacks came days after a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.  A Space Force early warning team at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., picked up unusual readings from advanced satellite missile-detection technology and informed military officials in Iraq within minutes.  The early warning potentially saved lives, as U.S. forces reported zero deaths after the night's action despite personnel suffering 110 injuries.

Protestors might have breached Capitol security with 'inside assistance,' Congresswoman says.  Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Friday [1/9/2021] that protestors might have been able to breach U.S. Capitol security and storm the building with "inside assistance."  She called for congressional lawmakers and law enforcement to formally investigate the possibility of inside help related to Wednesday's riot at the Capitol.  Wasserman Schultz said she attended an "emergency" Democratic caucus meeting on Friday and there are questions that need to be answered.  She also said the law enforcement response to the protest was "horrendous" and the Capitol Police's lack of preparation was "appalling."  Wasserman Schultz added that she was the top House Democratic lawmaker in charge of overseeing the Capitol Police for 10 years.

Reaction to the Conservative Daily Wire's Hollywood Debut Speaks Volumes.  Deadline.com leans reliably to the Left, but the news outlet played it straight this week for a big announcement.  The site revealed The Daily Wire's first feature film will be "Run Hide Fight," a Die Hard-style thriller set during a school shooting.  [Video clip]

Matt Gaetz draws raucous reactions from congressmembers, calls it like he sees it in Fiery floor speech.  U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz delivered a fiery speech from the House floor defending President Donald Trump and addressing protests that rocked the nation's capital.  The Florida Republican elicited both applause and boos from his colleagues in Congress Wednesday as he reminded them that Trump had asked protestors to be peaceful.  He expressed his gratitude to law enforcement who defended the Capitol when it was overrun by protesters but blamed the violence on Antifa and the left's rhetoric.  While many in Congress seemed to dial back their open defense of the president following the deadly violence that unfolded, Gaetz doubled down on his support in a blistering speech calling out Democrats for the part they have played in stoking divisions and holding a double standard.

Will the Left Say Her Name?  Will those on the Left who spent all summer and early fall protesting police brutality across the country take to the streets now over the fatality at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday?  Ashli Babbitt, 35, was identified as the victim shot by Capitol Police when a mob of pro-Trump protesters stormed the building.  The unarmed woman, a 14-year veteran who served four tours with the Air Force, was shot in the chest and died after being transported to a local hospital.  She was married and lived near San Diego.  Her husband and mother-in-law found out about her death on television.  "I'm numb.  I'm devastated.  Nobody from DC notified my son and we found out on TV," the husband's mother, Robin Babbitt, told The [New York] Post.

Cancel culture comes for Justice Clarence Thomas over wife's alleged tweets.  The far-left cancel culture is in full gear following the protest Wednesday at the U.S. Capital that got out of hand, even targeting Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who is no stranger to "high-tech lynchings."  Not that Thomas did anything.  No, it's because his wife allegedly expressed support for the tens of thousands of Trump supporters who came to DC to peacefully protest the results of an election that they believe to be illegitimate — never mind that Ginni Thomas tweeted her presumed remarks well before a smaller faction of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

4 Capitol riot suspects, including man seen in Pelosi's office, face federal charges.  Federal officials released additional details Friday [1/8/2021] about crimes for which several people now face charges following Wednesday's riots and attacks on Capitol Hill.  A senior Justice Department official said that law enforcement took Richard Barnett, 60, into custody in Little Rock, Ark., after a viral photograph showed him sitting inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office with one leg resting on her desk.  He was expected to make a court appearance in Arkansas and will be extradited to Washington, D.C., the Justice Department said.  After the break-in, Barnett, a resident of Gravette, Ark., told KFSM, the CBS affiliated TV station in Fort Smith, Ark., he was looking for the bathroom when he saw that the door to Pelosi's office was open.

Hawley Blasts Simon & Schuster For Canceling His Book Deal Following Capitol Riots.  Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) excoriated publisher Simon & Schuster on Thursday after they canceled his upcoming book following the riots that engulfed the Capitol.  Hawley, who was among the Republicans objecting to the certification of the Electoral College votes that made Joe Biden president-elect, was slated to release a book titled "The Tyranny of Big Tech" in June 2021.  The book set out to argue that major tech companies "represent the gravest threat to American liberty since the monopolies of the Gilded Age," according to Simon & Schuster's website.  After the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday, however, Hawley's publisher backed out of the deal.  "After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book," they explained.

Penn. elector objector Hawley loses book deal after Capitol siege.  Simon & Schuster announced on Thursday they are cancelling the publication of an upcoming book from Republican Sen. Josh Hawley after he tried to derail a vote on Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.  In a statement, the publisher said it could no longer support Hawley, a potential 2024 presidential contender, for what it said was "his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom."  "After witnessing the disturbing, deadly insurrection that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Simon & Schuster has decided to cancel publication of Senator Josh Hawley's forthcoming book, "The Tyranny of Big Tech," the statement read, referring to the Capitol siege which killed four people.

Capitol Police chief resigning after mob attack.  The U.S. Capitol Police says an officer who was injured after responding to riots at the Capitol has died.  Officer Brian D. Sicknick died Thursday due to injuries sustained while on-duty, physically engaging with protesters at the U.S. Capitol, the statement said.  Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress was tallying the Electoral College votes to confirm Democrat Joe Biden won the election.  Sicknick returned to his division office and collapsed, the report said.  He was taken to a hospital and later died.

Congress certifies Biden's win after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol.  Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote count, formally announced the results of Biden's 306-232 win over Trump in the Electoral College.  The confirmation came nearly 12 hours after hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the Capitol while lawmakers were counting the electoral votes inside.  Four people, including a woman who was shot by police, died during the chaos.

CBS News:  Cabinet Members Discussing 25th Amendment To Remove Trump.  A CBS News correspondent reports [1/6/2021] that cabinet members are discussing possibly invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump as president.

Has the 25th Amendment Basically Been Invoked?  Today [1/6/2021], violent radicals stormed the U.S. Capitol Building after the conclusion of President Donald Trump's speech at what is likely to be the final rally he'll hold in the city.  In the end, one woman was shot and killed, parts of the building were damaged, and a lot of morons made fools of themselves.  Nothing of value was actually accomplished because that obviously wasn't the goal of the perpetrators.  Instead, any possible debate on election integrity will be shelved for the foreseeable future.  In fact, most of the elected officials who were set to object to the electoral college certification today have backed out.  That line of pursuit is simply over.  In order to regain control of the Capitol, National Guard troops were called in, but it's who called them in and who wasn't consulted that makes that decision interesting.  It turns out that VP Mike Pence made the call.  In fact, the Department of Defense never even contacted the President, completely bypassing him.

Donald Trump:  Riots Happen When Election 'Landslides' Are Stolen.  President Donald Trump on Wednesday told his supporters who were demonstrating in Washington, DC, to "go home with love and in peace," though he simultaneously argued that protesters breaking into the U.S. Capitol was a consequence of the presidential election allegedly being stolen.  "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly and unfairly treated for so long," Trump wrote on Twitter.

VP Pence Just Unfollowed President Trump on Twitter.  This afternoon [1/6/2021] at 1:16 PM, former AG GOP Chair Kelli Ward tweeted a copy of Vice President Mike Pence's statement, informing the public that he has no intention of sending the Electoral College votes from 6 contested states back to their state's legislature.  100 Percent Fed Up reports — AZ GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward appears to be blaming VP Pence for the chaos that ensued in the Capitol building during the Joint Session of Congress.

Who was Ashli Babbitt, woman shot inside Capitol building?  Ashli Babbitt, the Air Force veteran who was fatally shot after breaching the Capitol building Wednesday, was "never afraid to speak her mind," according to her ex-husband.  "I feel absolutely terrible and sick to my stomach about it," Timothy McEntee, who was married to Babbitt for 14 years, texted the Washington Post after Babbitt's death.  "She was never afraid to speak her mind and in a way this was her way of speaking her mind (going to the rally)."

Ashli Babbitt
Unfriendly Fire.  Ashli Babbitt was 35 years old when she was murdered in Washington, DC.  She was shot down by "law enforcement" for being in the wrong place at a very wrong time.  She was unarmed, not threatening anyone, and she wasn't even specifically targeted by the shooter, who simply fired through a door (as Joe Biden recommends we all do) into a crowd of people. Ashli Babbitt was a 14-year veteran of the US Air Force, and had served four foreign military tours, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.  She was a Trump supporter who believed that the November presidential election was fraud-ridden and deserved a real investigation.  But no such investigation was going to happen because the powers-that-be didn't want it.  Not Democrats, not Republicans, not the Supreme Court, and certainly not the media.

Ashli Babbitt, protester killed at Capitol, was Air Force vet from California.  The President Trump supporter killed in the Capitol building Wednesday was an Air Force vet from California who tweeted a day earlier how "nothing will stop us" and "the storm is here."  Ashli Babbitt, who had 14 years in the service and did four tours of duty, was married and lived near San Diego, her husband, Aaron, told KUSI-TV. [...] Babbitt took a fatal bullet to the chest during the mayhem inside the Capitol.  Video footage captured the sound of the gunshot, and showed the woman crumpling to the floor from multiple angles.  She apparently was shot by Capitol Police, law enforcement sources told The [New York] Post.

The Editor says...
This story is about to be flushed down the news media memory hole.  This lady was shot by a cop for no apparent reason, and very few questions are being asked.

Breaching the Capitol:  The Surprise That Was No Surprise.  What is obvious right now:  Capitol security is woefully inadequate.  It was shocking to see how easily the barricades were tipped over and the Capitol was invaded.  Here's a video of the exact moment it happened.  The young people, clad in black, doing this don't have a a MAGA quality.  In fact, one older MAGA man attempted to restrain the young man attempting to push over the barricade.  Was this the work of an agitator?  Once inside, at least some of the protestors appear to be confirmed Antifa members, according to a facial recognition software company. [...] A woman standing in a group of men was shot in the neck and later died.  From the angle on the video, it's unclear how the police officer or secret service member could even tell whether she was going for her pocket to get a gun, as is being asserted.  She stood there in the crush of the men around her.  It's a terrible tragedy that is getting lost in the news.  Will the officer be charged?

Capitol Police officer who shot dead rioter Ashli Babbitt should not be charged, say investigators.  The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 insurrection should not be prosecuted, an initial police investigation has concluded.  Babbitt, 35, was killed as she tried to climb through a broken window to get into congressional chambers, after breaking into the federal building with a mob of pro-Trump rioters.  On Monday night [2/1/2021] sources told The Wall Street Journal that the unnamed Capitol lieutenant had been cleared by an internal investigation.

Additional update:
Report security guard for a senator killed Ashli Babbitt.  Ken Matthews, a radio host from Harrisburg, who is filling in for Rush Limbaugh, said at about 1:10 Friday that the man who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt was not a cop.  He was a black security guard for one of the senators.  If you look at this clip below, the overzealous shooter does appear to be a black security guard.  If true, that means everyone has been lying to us.  It's a massive cover-up.  The media is still reporting that the shooter was a Capitol Hill officer.

"Which Executive Order?"; Jen Psaki Had No Idea That Biden Resumed Catch And Release On The Border.  During the White House press briefing on Friday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was blindsided by a reporter when she learned that Joe Biden had signed an executive on Tuesday [2/2/2021] resuming catch and release on the border.  The Biden order allows illegal immigrants to remain in the US while awaiting immigration proceedings.  According to the NY Post, "the executive order only permits Border Patrol to hold an undocumented illegal alien crossing the border up to 72 hours[.]"  Understandably, the reporter brought up concerns about the potential spread of COVID from random migrants who enter the country.  When the reporter mentioned the executive order, Psaki gave her a blank stare, clearly not knowing what she was talking about.

The U.S. Has Lost More Than 110,000 Restaurants, Setting The Stage For A Commercial Real Estate Collapse Of Epic Proportions.  The restaurant industry is in the midst of a complete and total meltdown that is unlike anything that we have ever seen before.  If you ask Google how many restaurants there are in the United States, it will tell you that there are 660,755, although that number is a few years old.  But for the purposes of this article, that is a good enough estimate.  Americans love to eat out, and restaurant workers are some of the hardest working people in the entire country.  So it is incredibly sad to see more restaurants constantly going under.  In some cases, restaurants that have served their communities for decades are deciding to permanently close their doors.

LA County Orders Ambulance Crews Not to Transport Patients With 'Little Chance of Survival'.  Los Angeles ambulance crew members have been instructed not to transport patients with "little chance of survival" to local hospitals as ICUs near capacity across the county.  In a directive issued by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency Monday, ambulance workers were also told to conserve the use of oxygen in the state's most populous county, which currently has an infection rate of 138 per 100,000, according to California's tracking dashboard.  According to county health data, there were just 17 adult ICU beds available, with 7,544 hospitalizations as of Monday evening [1/4/2021].  The county EMS directive states that due to bed shortages, ambulance crews should no longer transport patients to hospitals if their hearts have stopped and resuscitation attempts have failed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

No Police Officers Will Be Charged In Kenosha Shooting Of Jacob Blake, District Attorney Announces.  Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced on Monday that the officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, in August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, will not be charged.  According to Graveley, there was not sufficient and admissible evidence to support an unlawful shooting charge against law enforcement.  He also clarified that Blake will not be charged. [...] The announcement comes months after Blake was shot in the back seven times by Officer Rusten Sheskey after Blake grappled with and then attempted to flee the police tasers and enter a vehicle containing three of his children.  The shooting, which left him partially paralyzed, was caught on video and shows that Blake may have been holding a knife, which was later recovered from the scene.  Officers originally pursued Blake in response to a complaint from his girlfriend, who said he was violating a restraining order.

Kenosha Wisconsin Prosecutor Will Not Charge Police Officer With Shooting of Jacob Blake.  On Tuesday afternoon [1/5/2021] Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced his decision that his office would not file criminal charges against Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Shesky in connection with the shooting by Shesky of Jacob Blake on August 23, 2020.  Blake was left paralyzed from the waist down by the shooting, which was captured on a cell phone video from across the street, and the video spread widely on the internet in the hours following the shooting.  In making his announcement, Gravely stated that his office had employed an independent "use of force" expert as well as the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  His decision was based on an analysis of how a trial on any charges would likely develop, and the "privilege of force" defense that would likely be available to Officer Shesky.

Senate Swears In 6 New Members as 117th Congress Convenes.  Several new members of the Senate on Sunday [1/3/2021] were sworn in for the 117th Congress.  The new members include Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.). Tuberville defeated former Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat; while Hickenlooper defeated former Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). Marshall succeeded former Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Hagerty succeeded former Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Lummis succeeded former Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).  "To say the 117th Congress convenes at a challenging time would indeed be an understatement," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement after the senators were sworn into office.  "From political division to a deadly pandemic to adversaries around the world, the hurdles before us are many and they are serious."

Printing Business In Rochester Burns To Ground, Sparks Unfounded Rumors About Ballots.  A printing business in upstate New York that has been a staple in the community for nearly a century burned to the ground on Christmas Eve.  Taking 70 firefighters to put out the raging flames, City Blue Imaging Services on Scio Street in Rochester was reduced to rubble by Christmas morning.  "First I cried, obviously," said City Blue employee Paul Kieffer, on scene the morning after the fire.  "There are no words for it.  We expected burned up building, maybe a small fire, but it's just gone." [...] City Blue has denied any connections to ballot printing, posting via Twitter:  "NO, we do not do ballot printing.  We don't have the equipment and it's not a specialty we would be involved with.  We are mainly doing blue printing and marketing."

Jon Ossoff's Company Produced [a] Documentary Praising China's Rise in Africa.  Democrat Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff's production company, Insight TWI, produced a two-part report for Al Jazeera in 2015 that praised China's growing power and influence in Africa, two years after he became the company's CEO.  The report, featuring Sierra Leonean investigative journalist Sorious Samura, begins with an interview with an elderly African woman talking about how, when she was young, "white men" came, took their land, and destroyed their forests.  Samura contrasts that with the "new elephant" in Africa — China.  "China is now Africa's largest trading partner.  If you fly into Kenya, China greets you at the airport," Samura said.  "In just 10 years, China's trade with the continent has gone from $10 billion to over $200 billion."  Samura reported that an estimated 30 percent of all new projects in Africa are the result of Chinese investment.  He gave passing mention to China's desire for the "freeflow of mineral resources."

Gohmert on Lawsuit Dismissal: 'If I Don't Have Standing to Do That, Nobody Does'.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said late Friday [1/1/2021], after a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit he and others filed against Vice President Mike Pence, that the ruling was wrong, and that he plans to appeal.  District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a Trump nominee, alleged Gohmert didn't have sufficient standing to bring the legal action.  Gohmert "alleges at most an institutional injury to the House of Representatives," Kernodle wrote.  "Under well-settled Supreme Court authority, that is insufficient to support standing."  Reacting during a virtual appearance on Newsmax, Gohmert said, "If I don't have standing to do that, nobody does."

Congress Overrides President Trump's Veto of $740 Billion Defense Bill.  The Republican-controlled Senate voted to override President Trump's veto of the $740 billion defense bill on Friday [1/1/2021].  President Trump last Wednesday vetoed the $740 billion defense bill because the legislation renamed bases named after Confederates and would not allow for removal of our military from other countries.  Trump also wanted to add a provision terminating Section 230 protections for tech giants.  The House of Representatives Monday evening overwhelmingly voted to override President Trump's veto of the defense bill.

Senate Overrides Trump's Veto of NDAA, 13 Members Uphold Veto.  The Senate voted to override President Donald Trump's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2021.  The upper house on Friday afternoon [1/1/2021] passed the bill without the president's signature with an 80-13 vote — the first time a Trump veto has been overridden.  The debate over the bill was ended earlier in the day with the same result.

McConnell Ties $2,000 Checks to Section 230 Repeal, Voter Fraud Investigation.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced legislation authorizing direct cash payments of $2,000 Tuesday [12/29/2020], but with a catch to which Democrats will likely object.  The bill combines $2,000 payments with a repeal of Section 230, a provision that grants social media companies liability protections against content users post on their platforms, and the establishment of a commission to study allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election.  Though Democrats supported President Donald Trump's push for $2,000 checks, they have opposed his efforts to abolish Section 230 and investigate his allegations of fraud, giving McConnell's bill little chance of becoming law.

Most West Point cadets in cheating scandal are athletes.  The majority of cadets caught cheating on a math test at the West Point military academy are athletes — including two dozen members of the Army football team playing West Virginia in Thursday's Liberty Bowl.  Of the 24 Army Black Knights embroiled in the scandal, 17 remained in uniform as of Wednesday — and a few have already played in games this season, USA Today reported.  They remain on the team because West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams suspended the school's policy of barring cadets who violate the academy's honor code from representing the school in public.  The honor code is engraved in a monument at the Hudson River front school:  "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do."

Mich.  Gov. Whitmer Vetoes Unemployment Funds.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is under fire from Republicans after cutting millions of dollars in unemployment benefits from a state COVID-19 relief bill.  On Tuesday [12/29/2020], Whitmer signed a massive bipartisan relief package that was easily passed by state legislators, but not before nixing a provision to provide $220 million to Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.  She adamantly claimed while signing the bill, the change wouldn't affect people's jobless benefits.  "To be very clear, this will not impact individual workers," she stated.  "General fund dollars have got to be used to fund essential services like vaccines and PPE, not to give tax breaks to big businesses right now."

Man Who Repaired Hunter Biden's Laptop Sues Twitter for Defamation.  Computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac provided the explosive information in The New York Post's expose on Hunter Biden after he gave Hunter's hard drive to Rudy Giuliani.  Twitter stopped users from sharing the Post's articles because it came from hacked material.  Now Mac Isaac has sued Twitter for defamation and wants $500 million in damages along with a public retraction.  In the lawsuit, Mac Isaac noted he talked to the FBI and Mr. Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, between July 2019 and October 2020.  The Post received the hard drive from Hunter's computer from Giuliani, not Mac Isaac.  Therefore, Mac Isaac did not know the Post had the hard drive.  He did not want the Post to print his name or give anyone permission to report his name.

Mitch McConnell blocks unanimous vote on $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked unanimous passage of the $2,000 COVID-19 stimulus checks requested by President Trump.  McConnell (R-Ky.) objected after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked for a unanimous vote on a five-page bill that passed the House on Monday [12/28/2020] with 44 Republican votes.  Trump requested the $2,000 checks last week, saying the $600 checks approved as part of a $2.3 trillion pandemic relief and government funding bill was too small.  McConnell blocked unanimous passage after scheduling a Wednesday vote to override Trump's veto of a $740 billion defense bill.

McConnell blocks Democrats' attempt to quickly approve $2,000 stimulus checks amid pressure on GOP to act.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday [12/29/2020] blocked consideration of a House bill that would deliver $2,000 stimulus payments to most Americans — spurning a request by President Trump even as more Senate Republicans voiced support for the dramatically larger checks.  McConnell's move was just the beginning of a saga that is likely to engulf the Senate for the rest of the week.  Democrats are pushing for an up-or-down vote on the House bill, while more Republicans acknowledge a need for larger stimulus checks.  Tension within the Republican party spilled into public view on Tuesday, with Trump leveling pointed attacks at GOP leaders for failing to act, accusing them of being "pathetic" and suggesting they had a "death wish."

The Editor says...
By all means, block the $2,000 payments, if you're doing it for the right reasons.  The right reasons include the simple fact that the Constitution does not authorize direct payments to individuals, and the national debt is already high enough, and printing money causes inflation.  But I doubt if Mitch McConnell is motivated by any of that.

American youth too flabby to defend nation, retired generals say.  A group of retired military leaders is warning the Pentagon that most of America's youth is too out of shape to defend the nation.  The organization, known as "Mission Readiness" wants the Pentagon to help set up an interagency committee to address what it considers the nation's military recruiting crisis.  They recently sent a letter to acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, urging him to work with heads of other relevant federal departments and agencies to take a "holistic approach" to addressing issues ultimately impacting the ability of the military to recruit personnel.

Global investors flee from Chinese tech stocks after the government crackdown on Ant and Alibaba.  Global investors are running from Chinese tech stocks in the wake of the government's crackdown on Ant Group and Alibaba, two high-flying businesses founded by Ma Yun (Jack Ma) that were once hailed as paragons of China's new tech elite.  Shares of major technology companies in the country have fallen sharply in recent days, with Bloomberg calculating that Alibaba, Tencent, JD.com and Meituan have lost around $200 billion in value during a handful of trading sessions.  Already reeling from the last-minute halt of the public debut of Ant Group, a major Chinese fintech player with deep ties to Alibaba, the e-commerce giant came under new fire, as China's markets watchdog opened a probe into its business practices concerning potentially anticompetitive behavior.

Computer repairman who made Hunter Biden hard-drive contents public sues Twitter for $500 million after moderators 'labeled him a hacker'.  A computer repair shop owner who Hunter Biden handed his laptops over to in April 2019 is suing Twitter for defamation, claiming moderators labeled him a hacker.  John Paul Mac Isaac is seeking $500 million in damages from Twitter after The New York Post's story about Biden, obtained from the 50-year-old's laptop, was labeled as potentially coming from hacked material.  Facebook and Twitter both restricted viewing of the Post's story, and Twitter pointed to its ban on posting 'hacked materials' as an explanation.

Man who repaired Hunter Biden's laptop sues Twitter for saying that contents that he released were 'hacked'.  John Paul Mac Isaac, the Wilmington, Delaware owner of a now-closed computer repair shop, is suing Twitter for half a billion dollars for implying that he is a "hacker." [...] My sympathies are entirely with Mr. Mac Isaac, and I hope a jury can be found in South Florida that will give him a fair hearing.  But I do worry that establishing a link between Twitter's use of the term hacking and the negative consequences he suffered will be difficult.

Group pushes to diversify volunteering at Minnesota nonprofits.  Minnesotans have rallied to help nonprofits during the pandemic, but across many organizations, most of those volunteers are white.  A statewide organization is trying to change that with new research calling attention to disparities in volunteerism.

The Editor says...
If you need unpaid help with your charitable organization, and you really care what color the volunteers are, you might be a racist.

The U.S. government spent billions on a system for detecting hacks.  The Russians outsmarted it.  When Russian hackers first slipped their digital Trojan horses into federal government computer systems, probably sometime in the spring, they sat dormant for days, doing nothing but hiding.  Then the malicious code sprang into action and began communicating with the outside world.  At that moment — when the Russian malware began sending transmissions from federal servers to command-and-control computers operated by the hackers — an opportunity for detection arose, much as human spies behind enemy lines are particularly vulnerable when they radio home to report what they've found.  Why then, when computer networks at the State Department and other federal agencies started signaling to Russian servers, did nobody in the U.S. government notice that something odd was afoot?  The answer is part Russian skill, part federal government blind spot.

Mayhem in the streets:  Illegal vendors are overtaking NYC.  Live crabs.  Bras with rhinestones.  Old shoes.  Frayed electrical cords.  Knock-off Louis Vuitton clutches.  Disposable face masks.  Mets caps.  Illegal street peddlers hawking such items have taken over the outer boroughs, clogging sidewalks with their second-hand wares and pulling customers from pandemic-ravaged mom-and-pop shops.  And everybody is pointing the finger at Mayor de Blasio.  From Brooklyn to the Bronx, Staten Island and Queens, folding tables and mats rolled out on the ground force pedestrians to go single-file or step aside so they don't get run over.

The Editor says...
I don't see how the situation described above qualifies as mayhem.  Many people are selling substandard merchandise without permits from the city.  That sounds like free-market capitalism.  Maybe some of the vendors are aggressively touting their wares and impeding the flow of pedestrian traffic.  In Texas, that condition is known as the State Fair.

GoDaddy teased 500 employees into replying to email promising Christmas $650 bonus — only to then reveal it was phishing test they FAILED.  Internet domain giant GoDaddy is in hot water after sending several employees an email claiming that they would get a holiday bonus, only for it to be a hoax that the company set up to test staff.  A December 14 email was sent to employees of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company after staff had already been notified that they would not be receiving bonuses for the holidays this year.  'Happy Holiday GoDaddy! 2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you,' the email, obtained by 12 News, read.  It was sent to roughly 500 employees.

The Editor says...
In the last few years before I retired, I got two or three of those emails.  Fortunately I deleted them without looking at them, but the unfortunate few who did read them got in a little bit of trouble.  All the company accomplished was to teach us not to trust anybody.

So many people left New York that the state may lose a seat in Congress.  The coronavirus pandemic appears to have been the icing on the case in terms of New York's declining population, and it could impact the state's political influence in future elections.  According to preliminary US Census Bureau data released on Tuesday, more than 126,000 people moved out of New York state between July 2019 and July 2020 — the biggest population drop of any state this year.

Elephant Walk:  It's showdown time in Alaska.  According to a report in the UK's Daily Mail, an impressive fleet of 30 fighter jets and two refueling aircraft lined the runway at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, in a display of air power and American military might.  A group from the 354th Fighter Wing and the 168th Wing Air National Guard were pictured on Friday in what is known as an "Elephant Walk."  The drill involves a procession of military aircraft taxiing close in formation right before a minimum interval takeoff — essentially a readiness exercise in testing how quickly fighter jets can take to the skies.

War Train.  This War Train was filmed in the CSX Yard back in March (Pensacola, Florida) [March, 2020]  [Video clip]

Bodycam shows ex-wife of Georgia Dem.  Senate candidate Raphael Warnock telling cops he hit her as he drove off with their kids.  The ex-wife of Georgia senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock accused him of running over her foot in his car during a domestic dispute in March, and told police he is 'a great actor' obsessed with his reputation.  Police bodycam footage of the incident, shown by Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday [12/22/2020], shows a tearful Ouleye Ndoye, 35, telling cops that her then-husband had injured her foot while trying to drive away with their children.  Ndoye, who works to combat human trafficking in the office of the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, called police over the incident.

That video of Warnock's wife is really... something.  We've repeatedly discussed the fact that the oppo file on Reverend Raphael Warnock is about as thick as the Oxford English Dictionary, but even with that as a given, I'm pretty sure this wasn't the present he wanted to find under his Christmas tree right before the Georgia runoff elections.  Last night on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News we were shown police body camera footage of Warnock from an incident that took place earlier this year.  Warnock's former wife accused the Reverend of running over her foot with his car during an argument in the driveway of their home.  Warnock cast doubt on the claim, but the wife seemed insistent.  She also went on to say that her husband is "a great actor" and he's able to fool the public easily.

Pelosi and Schumer Agree to Trump's Demand for $2,000 Stimulus Checks.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) signaled that they are open to increasing the amount for the stimulus checks after President Donald Trump threatened to veto the COVID relief bill unless the direct payment was increased to $2,000 per individual.  "Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the President wanted for direct checks.  At last, the President has agreed to $2,000 — Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent.  Let's do it!" Pelosi wrote on Twitter on Tuesday [12/22/2020].

Hackers believed to have stolen Treasury Department's encryption keys.  Hackers who broke into the US government's computer systems appear to have stolen encryption keys, potentially giving them access to the email accounts of top officials, US Sen. Ron Wyden said Monday [12/21/2020].  Following a briefing on the SolarWinds hack — a suspected state-sponsored act of espionage, with fingers pointed at Russia — Wyden issued a statement saying that the hack of the US Treasury Department, in particular, "appears to be significant."  According to department staff, "the agency suffered a serious breach, beginning in July, the full depth of which isn't known," Wyden said.  "Microsoft notified the agency that dozens of email accounts were compromised."

IBM, 3M, PepsiCo Among Leading US Firms That House Chinese Communist Party Units:  Leaked Database.  Hundreds of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members are embedded within the Chinese divisions of major U.S. corporations, from IBM to PepsiCo to 3M, a leaked CCP-member database revealed.  The existence of Party units within foreign companies in China is hardly surprising, given that the regime mandates any organization with at least three CCP members to form a Party branch.  But the 1.95 million CCP member list, which includes names, levels of education, ethnicity, and the Party branches they belong to, was to date the biggest revelation on the scale of the CCP's influence on international companies.  Most of the members in the database are from the country's southeastern coastal metropolis of Shanghai.  New York-headquartered tech firm IBM has at least two dozen Party units with 808 members in China.

Houston pastor on $200K Lamborghini gift: 'It wasn't a pastor that bought the car.  It was a husband'.  An associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church who caught heat for buying his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus is now defending the move, saying, "it wasn't a pastor that bought the car, it was a husband that bought the car."  Pastor John Gray, who leads his own megachurch in Greenville, S.C., said in a 23-minute Facebook Live video that he bought the car using funds from other ventures — citing his book deals, a reality TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network and being "wise with savings and investments" — and did it to mark the couple's eighth anniversary.

Former Host Says Fox News Is Tanking, Lost 40% Of Audience.  Former Fox News host Eric Bolling said people at Fox News are nervous.  Fox News ratings have dropped by 40%, and they don't know how to turn it around.

Congress Finally agrees on $900B COVID relief package that will send $600 to Americans — half of what they got in April.  Congress has agreed to a $900 billion coronavirus relief package, Senate leaders announced Sunday [12/20/2020].  The deal finally delivers long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and provides money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them.  It establishes a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans — half of what they got in April — along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction.

Are We Witnessing the Beginning of the End for Fox News?  Newsmax is not yet rivaling Fox in terms of ratings, but it seems feasible that the outlet could close the gap in the next few years.  GOP lawmakers told The Hill that the rise in popularity for Newsmax and other right-leaning news organizations has enticed them to appear more frequently on these alternative networks.  Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) stated that Trump's feud with Fox contributed to his decision to look at smaller outlets.  The Hill noted, "asked whether Trump's criticism of Fox News is a factor for the small segment of Republicans considering the alternative networks, Harris replied: 'It is for me.'"

Critics Boycott CBS Series 'The Stand' Because the Actor Playing the Deaf Character Can Hear.  Well, it had to happen eventually.  In our new woke paradigm, actress Scarlett Johansson can't portray a woman identifying as a man.  Nor can James Corden be a straight actor playing a gay character.  Thus, we take an obvious next step:  Deaf characters should only be played by deaf actors.  Such is the premise of a December 17th letter picking up steam on the web, which condemns the casting of actor Henry Zaga.

The Editor says...
But it's okay to portray Beethoven as a black man.

Resignations by US Attorneys Create Opportunity for Senate GOP to Maintain Influence Over Biden DOJ.  [Scroll down]  I was in my first year with DOJ in 1992 when George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton, and I had a front-row seat to how that transition took place.  I can't express any opinions about other departments of agencies, but I can say that DOJ is heavily influenced in its functioning by the people who hold the position of US Attorney in the 93 US Attorneys' Offices around the country.  A very large percentage of the work done by DOJ takes place far outside Washington DC, and includes a significant amount of "discretionary" judgment at the local level about what cases to bring and what cases to decline.  The oversight from DC comes almost exclusively from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General, not other sections of Main Justice.

Space Force Reveals What Their Personnel Will Officially Be Called.  The United States Space Force (USSF), which is the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, revealed on Friday that their personnel will officially be called "Guardians."  "Today, after a yearlong process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals and members of the general public, we can finally share with you the name by which we will be known:  Guardians," the USSF said in a statement.  "The opportunity to name a force is a momentous responsibility.  Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, 'Guardians of the High Frontier.'"

The Editor says...
Now that the Space Force is up and running, why are we still spending money on NASA?  On the other hand, if we really need a Space Force, why not just militarize NASA?  If both entities exist, something tells me the great majority of the Space Force's activity will be secret and/or redundant, and thus ten times as costly as it should be.

Pentagon halts Biden transition briefings.  Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios.

It's 'pretty clear' Russia did it, Pompeo says of massive U.S. government hack attack.  Russia is behind the ongoing hack of a spectrum of government agencies and corporations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday night [12/18/2020].  "This was a very significant effort, and I think it's the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity," Pompeo said during an interview on the Mark Levin Show.  Pompeo is now the first Trump administration official to pin the hack on Russia.  "We're still unpacking precisely what it is, and I'm sure some of it will remain classified," Pompeo, who formerly headed the CIA, told Levin, according to a transcript of the interview released by the State Department.

New York village votes to dissolve its own government.  A 142-year old Rockland County village has voted its independence out of existence.  Residents of South Nyack, a small community in Orangetown along the Hudson River, voted Thursday [12/17/2020] in a referendum to dissolve its government, the Journal News reported.  "We acknowledge that the residents have chosen to dissolve the village and we will now work to establish a plan that will allow for a smooth transition into the Town of Orangetown," said South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian.  The 508 to 292 vote means South Nyack's nearly 2,000 residents will rely on Orangetown to provide municipal services such as police and street maintenance.

Woke Art Centre Celebrates Beethoven Birthday with Portrait of Composer as a Black Man.  The Centre of Fine Arts in Brussels announced the celebration of the 250th birthday of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven by posting a portrait of the composer as a black African man.  The centre, also known as BOZAR, published a post on Wednesday [12/16/2020] of a still from a video entitled "Black Beethoven" by American artist Terry Adkins, which features a portrait of the late 18th and early 19th-century composer depicted a young black man with dreadlocks.

The Editor says...
Beethoven wasn't black.  What would be the purpose of depicting him as a black man?  That's borderline insanity.

Two SolarWinds investors sold $280 million in stock six days before it was hacked in 'Russian cyber-attack' along with six federal agencies.  Two investment firms that together own 70 percent of SolarWinds sold off $280 million in stock just six days before it was revealed the technology company had been the subject of a huge hack hitting federal agencies.  On December 7, Silver Lake — a Silicon Valley investor — sold $158 million in shares, while Thoma Bravo — a San Francisco-based private equity firm — sold $128 million in shares on the same day.  Three executives from each firm sit on the board of SolarWinds and they have been the largest investors in the company since it went public in 2018.

Cuomo signs bill banning sale of Confederate flags.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law aimed at banning the sale of "hate symbols" such as the Confederate flag or the swastika on state property — even while admitting the new edict might clash with the First Amendment and be struck down as unconstitutional.  The new law — effective immediately — prohibits the sale of hate symbols on public grounds including state and local fairs, and also severely limits their display unless deemed relevant to serving an educational or historical purpose.  But Cuomo said the rule likely needs "certain technical changes" so the Empire State doesn't get caught treading upon free speech protections codified in the Constitution's First Amendment.

Intel community assessment delayed amid dispute over whether China sought to influence 2020 election.  The 2020 Intelligence Community Assessment focused on foreign election influence will be delayed, Fox News has learned, amid a dispute among senior intelligence analysts over whether China sought to influence the election.  "This afternoon the DNI was notified by career intelligence officials that the Intelligence Community will not meet the December 18 deadline, set by Executive Order and Congress, to submit the IC's classified assessment on foreign threats to the 2020 U.S. elections," Amanda Schoch, Assistant DNI for Strategic Communications said in a statement to Fox News.

Redistricting gives GOP a built-in edge to win House majority in 2022.  The Republican Party is poised to win the House majority in 2022, boosted by the rare combination of President Trump's ouster and down-ballot victories that put the GOP in command of the decennial redrawing of district boundaries.  House Republicans flipped nearly a dozen Democratic-held seats in the Nov. 3 elections, a surprising gain that left them a handful shy of the majority.  With such a thin margin, there is loose speculation redistricting could effectively deliver Republicans the speaker's gavel before a single Democratic incumbent is defeated.  The GOP preserved control of key state legislatures and governor's mansions, a crucial advantage in the partisan battle over reapportionment.

DNI John Ratcliffe Confirmed There Was Foreign Interference in November Elections:  Report.  Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe confirmed that there was foreign interference in the 2020 election, according to CBS correspondent Catherine Herridge.  "Well DNI Ratcliffe leads the 17 intelligence agencies and he has access to the most highly classified information that is held by the US government.  And he told CBS News that there was foreign interference by China, Iran, and Russia in November of this year and he is anticipating a public report on those findings in January," Herridge said on Dec. 3.

Government Leaders Clash Over Next Step for Trump's Ban on Chinese Stocks.  President Trump's recent executive order prohibiting Americans from investing in companies tied to China's military complex has set up a fight in the highest ranks of government over how broad the list should be.  Since November, the White House barred U.S. investors from buying into 35 Chinese companies the Pentagon has classified as aiding China's defense, intelligence and security apparatus.  It sparked selloffs of Chinese stocks and bonds, forced index firms to drop companies from marquee benchmarks, and pushed Wall Street to reassess risks from investing in China.  Now, the U.S. government is at odds over whether the blacklist should include subsidiaries of the companies.  Another battlefront is over whether affiliates should be included.  The question affects how much teeth the ban will have.

Why The Epoch Times Won't Call the Presidential Race Until All Challenges Are Resolved.  Our nation is moving into uncharted territory as multiple legal challenges have been filed in response to the 2020 elections, with more challenges expected to come.  Both candidates have claimed victory in certain states, but it appears increasingly likely that this election will be resolved in the courts.  For that reason, The Epoch Times will not declare a winner of the 2020 presidential election until all legal challenges are resolved.

Venezuela wields a powerful "hate" law to silence Maduro's remaining foes.  Francisco Belisario, a Venezuelan mayor, retired general and member of the ruling Socialist party, had enough.  His loudest local critic had accused him of bungling the response to the coronavirus outbreak and other big problems.  In August, he wrote a state prosecutor and requested an "exhaustive investigation" of his nemesis, Giovanni Urbaneja, a former lawmaker who had become a gadfly to the mayor and other Socialist officeholders.  Urbaneja, Belisario wrote in a letter reviewed by Reuters, was conducting a "ferocious smear campaign" on Facebook and elsewhere.

Barr resigns:  Everyone (except Biden) wins.  William Barr resigned as Attorney General yesterday [12/14/2020], clearing the way for appointment of a special counsel to investigate the crimes of Hunter Biden and any other matters that may arise from that investigation. [...] The fact that his resignation letter and President Trump's tweets were cordial tells me that an arrangement between the two men was reached.  My strong suspicion is that Trump asked Barr to appoint a special counsel to take over and potentially expand the investigation of Hunter Biden already underway by the US Attorney for Delaware and that Barr declined, but offered to resign to allow a successor (for now, Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen) to appoint a special counsel. [...] If Biden is inaugurated, he could easily demand the resignations of all sitting US Attorneys, as has been done before by new presidents.  That would relatively quietly kill the investigation of the Biden family's corrupt arrangements with foreign entities and governments, since the media would raise no questions and the social media oligopolists would suppress discussion.  But firing a special counsel, while not impossible, is more difficult.

White House confirms cyberattack report on U.S. Treasury by foreign government.  The U.S. government has acknowledged reports that hackers backed by a foreign government have breached the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency within the Commerce Department.  "The United States government is aware of these reports and we are taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to this situation," National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot told FOX Business in a statement.  According to Reuters, the elaborate cyber hack was launched on the Treasury Department as well as the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, or NTIA, a U.S. agency that is tasked with crafting internet and telecommunications policy.  Sources told the outlet that the hack was so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting on Saturday [12/12/2020].

Suspected Russian hackers broke into US federal agencies and spied on emails in a 'highly sophisticated' cyberattack.  Suspected Russian hackers have infiltrated several key parts of the US government, including the Treasury and Commerce departments, in a "highly sophisticated" and large-scale cyberattack that took place over several months.  The security breaches were so alarming that they prompted the National Security Council to meet Saturday, Reuters reported, and came less than a week after the National Security Agency warned that "Russian state-sponsored actors" were exploiting weak spots in a computer system used by US federal agencies.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Dismisses Trump Lawsuit.  In a 4-3 decision [12/14/2020], the Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed President Trump's lawsuit seeking to invalidate roughly 220,00 votes in Dane and Milwaukee counties.  The court stated that it would not made a blanket invalidation of ballots cast under the status of indefinitely confined, as President Trump had sought.  Regarding other challenged ballots, the court said President Trump waited too long in bringing his challenge.

Wisconsin Supreme Court says election officials were wrong; ballots may not be counted.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Mark Jefferson and the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  The opinion, which was released this morning [12/14/2020], says local election officials were wrong to suggest that voters could claim the status of "indefinitely confined" based on COVID-19.  The majority decision also held that if voters falsely claimed they were indefinitely confined "their ballots would not count."

Houston, We Have A Road Rage Shooting Problem, Governor Abbott Deploys DPS.  Governor Abbott announced Wednesday that he is deploying resources from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to Houston.  This move is to support the Houston Police Department as it deals with a sharp rise in road rage shootings and other violent crimes.  The announcement from the governor's office followed a news conference held the previous day by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.  Acevedo spoke about the new task force put in place to help combat road rage incidents on Houston's streets and roadways.  The situation has gotten out of control.

Osama bin Laden's spin doctor is back on UK streets after being freed early from US jail.  Osama bin Laden's spin doctor is walking the streets of Britain again today after being released from a US prison because he is too fat to be locked up safely amid the pandemic.  Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was jailed over the devastating 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.  But the terror propagandist won early 'mercy' release because his morbid obesity and asthma puts him at risk of Covid.

'The Big One' Gets Bigger: 15 Michigan Legislators Join Texas Election Lawsuit.  On Thursday [12/10/2020], 15 Republican legislators in Michigan filed a motion in support of Attorney General Ken Paxton's (R-Texas) lawsuit challening the 2020 presidential election results in four key swing states, including Michigan.  The legislators joined the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society in supporting the Texas lawsuit, which asks the Supreme Court to remand the election results to swing-state legislatures for review and potential reversal.

Chuck Schumer 'forced to have serious and painful talks' with Dianne Feinstein over apparent cognitive decline.  Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has reportedly been forced to have several "serious and painful talks" with 87-year-old colleague Diane Feinstein, over alleged mental decline.  Ms Feinstein, who has represented California since 1992 and who previously served as mayor of San Francisco, was seen to repeat a question to Twitter boss Jack Dorsey during a November 17 hearing on Capitol Hill, something he chose to ignore, but which social media did not.  She had also angered some progressives during the recent confirmation hearting for justice Amy Coney Barrett, for the way she seen to be too deferential and excessively friendly with Republicans, who were pushing through Donald Trump's nominee in controversial circumstances.  She said afterwards she would be giving up her position as ranking member on the judiciary committee.

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Amy Coney Barrett replacement on 7th Circuit to floor over Dem opposition.  The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced the nomination of Thomas L. Kirsch II for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to the floor in a party-line vote, moving the Senate one step closer to filling the vacancy created by the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.  President Trump had named Kirsch as his replacement for Barrett before she was even confirmed and the Judiciary Committee took a little over a month after her confirmation to report Kirsch favorably to the Senate floor.  With the Senate still in session and multiple bills still to be passed this year, the timing of when the Senate might confirm Kirsch is unclear, but it is likely to happen before the Senate leaves town for the holidays.

Vaccine Whistleblower Found Dead After Saying She'd Never Commit Suicide.  Brandy Vaughan was a whistleblower of Big Pharma and vaccines has been found dead roughly a year after she released a public statement saying she'd never commit suicide.  Her body was discovered by her nine-year-old son earlier this week, according to reports.  The cause of death is currently unknown.

Pandemic Villains:  Robinhood.  As the world went into lockdown and the global economy into a spiral last spring, one company struck gold.  A phone-based trading app called Robinhood began wiping the floor with more celebrated online brokerage rivals like Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and E-Trade.  The moment the pandemic began, it seemed, the world started trading stocks on Robinhood.  The numbers were staggering.  Robinhood's average daily trading volume tripled in the first quarter of this year, compared with the last quarter of 2019, and saw a tenfold increase in net deposits as millions were losing their jobs.

48 States and US Government Sue Facebook for Illegal Monopoly Practices.  Facebook is facing a lawsuit filed by 48 states for monopoly practices and the FTC is joining with supportive legal action.  NY Attorney General Latitia James held a news conference to announce the antitrust lawsuit using Instagram & WhatsApp as examples.  [Video clip]

Folks, This Is NOT Good!  Folks, feel free to dismiss this, or to count it as 'coincidence,' but I don't believe in 'coincidence' — especially not 'coincidences' like this one.  The other day, GA Gov. Kemp called for a signature verification of the mail-in ballots in his State.  The next day, this happened and that call was dropped: [...]

Message For Governor Kemp From The Deep State.  An apparent car crash in Georgia — kills Harrison Deal.  He was a staffer for Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler.  Harrison Deal was also dating Gov Kemp's daughter.  ["]#HarrisonDeal car exploded (witnesses heard the explosion over a mile away).  Vehicle left as molten metal, engine block ejected 50-60 yards away.  That's not an accident.  That's a car bomb disguised as an accident.["]

Loeffler campaign staff member, Kemp family friend dies in car crash.  Harrison Deal died Friday [12/4/2020] at age of 20.  The UGA junior died in a fiery car accident on Interstate-16, Pooler Police confirmed to Channel 2's ABC affiliate WJCL in Savannah.  Deal served as Loeffler's Athens Regional Field Director.  He is also a family friend of the Kemp family.  Gov. Brian Kemp tweeted a statement and photo of his family with Deal.  "Today, we lost a member of our "Kemp Strong" family and words cannot express how much Harrison Deal's life, love and support meant to us.  He was a person of deep faith, unmatched integrity, and incredible kindness.  Harrison was the Kemp son and brother we never had," Kemp said in a statement.

Explosive Video of Car Crash Killing Boyfriend of Kemp's Daughter Sparks Conspiracy Theories.  Just one day after Brian Kemp account a signature audit in Georgia, his daughter's boyfriend, and a staffer to Senate runoff candidate Kelly Loeffler was killed in a fiery car crash. [...] Harrison Deal was a young aspiring Georgia political figure.  In his very young life, he'd already worked for two Senators, Perdue and Loeffler, and he had sights set on becoming a political figure in his own right.  He was dating the daughter of controversial GA Governor Brian Kemp, who was under a lot of pressure to recount the 2020 election in his state and audit the signatures.  After refusing to do it, Kemp finally relented and called for the signature audit.  But then, suddenly he went dark, and we didn't hear anything from him — later we found out that was because his daughter's boyfriend was tragically killed in a car accident.

Murder Video!  Gov. Brian Kemp's Daughter's Boyfriend Wacked in Gangland Car Explosion!  Governor Brian Kemp is Involved in Election Fraud.  Now His daughter's boyfriend, Harrison Deal, has been Assassinated in a Fiery Gangland Hit on a Parkway near Savannah.  Deal was working on the Kelly Loeffler U.S. Senate campaign, and close to the Election Dumpster Fire at the Governor's Office.  Twitter is going Wild, and the comparisons to Seth Rich's Murder are right on Point.

Congressional Inaugural Committee Adjourns After It Fails To Agree Joe Biden Is President-Elect.  [Scroll down]  To date, only a relatively small number, about 27, Vichy Conservatives have lined up to welcome their new master.  That any have done so just shows the absolute cravenness of a small but, I predict, a growing number of Republicans who will find life without invitations to the right parties to be just too much to bear.  It would have cost them nothing to say nothing until the Electoral College votes and it would have shown solidarity with that 70+% of Republicans and 50% of all Americans who believe Joe Biden is the beneficiary of a fraudulent election. [...] Eventually, there will be a president-elect, but it will be one decided by the Electoral College, not one appointed by the news media and demanded by geriatric Democrats.

Win Over FOX News Host Martha MacCallum for the First Time Ever.  This was a first.  Newsmax nighttime host Greg Kelly scored a ratings win over FOX News host Martha MacCallum for the first time on Monday night [12/7/2020].  FOX News continues to crash and burn after they turned a blind eye to the massive voter fraud in the 2020 election.

FireEye, a Top Cybersecurity Firm, Says It Was Hacked by a Nation-State.  For years, the cybersecurity firm FireEye has been the first call for government agencies and companies around the world who have been hacked by the most sophisticated attackers, or fear they might be.  Now it looks like the hackers — in this case, evidence points to Russia's intelligence agencies — may be exacting their revenge.  FireEye revealed on Tuesday that its own systems were pierced by what it called "a nation with top-tier offensive capabilities." The company said hackers used "novel techniques" to make off with its own tool kit, which could be useful in mounting new attacks around the world.  It was a stunning theft, akin to bank robbers who, having cleaned out local vaults, then turned around and stole the F.B.I.'s investigative tools.  In fact, FireEye said on Tuesday [12/8/2020], moments after the stock market closed, that it had called in the F.B.I.

Communist China Cynically Weaponizes Race To Help Democrats Smear Republican Senator.  Communist China appears to be targeting Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn for calling out China's moral bankruptcy, including enslaving Uyghur Muslims in the northwest province of Xinjiang. [...] Chinese propaganda mouthpiece Chen Weihua responded by tweeting sexist profanities at the GOP woman and labeling her the "most racist" senator. [...] Shortly after she was publicly insulted by Weihua, Blackburn released a statement condemning communist China's actions.  "From Tiananmen Square to the Uyghur genocide, Communist China is an expert at slaughtering populations," Blackburn said in a statement.  "America will not bow down to sexist communist thugs."

China honeytrap spy targeted Eric Swalwell as her useful fool.  Rep. Eric Swalwell is famous for yelling about Russian influence with outrageous claims against President Trump, even calling for a 'presidential crimes commission,' but based on a year-long investigation from Axios, he's the one who has some spy problems, and they ought to be embarrassing at least.  He was China's idea of the perfect fool.  According to a year-long investigation from Axios:  ["]A suspected Chinese intelligence operative developed extensive ties with local and national politicians, including a U.S. congressman, in what U.S. officials believe was a political intelligence operation run by China's main civilian spy agency between 2011 and 2015, Axios found in a yearlong investigation.["]  ...and...  ["]The woman at the center of the operation, a Chinese national named Fang Fang or Christine Fang, targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage.["]

Trump tweets video of Chinese professor claiming that Beijing can swing US policy because it has 'people at the top of America's core inner circle of power'.  President Donald Trump has tweeted video of a Chinese professor suggesting that China has managed to influence U.S. policy for decades thanks to a special network of relationships with people at the upper echelons of American power.  The video, which had originally been posted on Weibo but has since been removed from Chinese social media according to Fox News, depicts Di Dongsheng, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Renmin University in Beijing.  Tucker Carlson shared a clip at the top of his show on Monday evening [12/7/2020].  In the video Professor Di suggests that China has managed to influence American policies for decades through a special undercover network of 'old friends' who were at the highest levels of the U.S. government and financial institutions.

DNI Ratcliffe:  China Trying to Breed Stronger Soldiers 'Through Gene Editing'.  China is a threat to the United States, "economically, militarily, technologically," Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote last week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.  On Sunday [12/6/2020], Ratcliffe told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo that the op-ed was more of an "intelligence briefing to the American people."

Ivanka and Jared buying $30M Miami waterfront lot from Julio Iglesias.  Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have set their post-White House sights on Miami.  The couple is spending $30 million to purchase a waterfront lot on Indian Creek Island in a deal that's set to close Dec. 17, according to the New York Post.  Famed singer Julio Iglesias sold the 1.8-acre property, which the Post reported is Lot 4.  Iglesias listed the land earlier this year for $31.8 million.  It has about 200 feet of water frontage.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher 'buy $30m plot on high-security island known as Miami's 'Billionaire Bunker'.  Ivanka Trump Trump and Jared Kusher are buying a $30 million plot on a high-security island dubbed "Billionaire Bunker" in Miami, reports say.  The Kushners, both 39, are supposedly taking steps to start their post-White House life in a highly exclusive Florida neighborhood when Joe Biden takes over from Donald Trump next year.

The Editor says...
Google Street View has taken pictures of residential areas all over the world.  Many of them are dangerous slums.  Someone — other than me, of course — should compile a list of all the places in the U.S. that Google Street View has never been.  Such a list would include
  •   Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts
  •   Hart Island, New York
  •   Riker's Island, New York
  •   Most of Centralia, Pennsylvania
  •   Indian Creek Island, (Miami) Florida

The 'Biggest Ever' Flotilla Of Iranian Tankers Is En Route To Venezuela With Fuel.  It appears both Iran and Venezuela are ready and willing to test the outgoing Trump administration in a major gambit to skirt sanctions in a crude and fuel export scheme.  The daily American military newspaper Stars & Stripes alongside Bloomberg reports this weekend that Iran "is sending its biggest fleet yet of tankers to Venezuela in defiance of U.S. sanctions to help the isolated nation weather a crippling fuel shortage," based on sources familiar with their movements.  "Some of the flotilla of about 10 Iranian vessels will also help export Venezuelan crude after discharging fuel, the people said, asking not to be named because the transaction is not public," the report continues.

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Trump Makes Georgia Rally Press WiFi Password 'RiggedElection!'  President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in Georgia today in a stump appearance for Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue, and has named the media's WiFi router "Make America Great Again", and the password to gain access, "RiggedElection!"  In what must be a frustrating and traumatic experience for mainstream media reporters and cameramen, Breitbart News videographer Matthew Perdie reveals that the Trump campaign is forcing them to access an America First Internet router using "RiggedElection!" as the password if they want to work during his event.

Al-Qaeda Calls on Jihadis to Kill Non-Muslims With Poisoned Coronavirus Masks.  If you're tired of wearing a visible sign of massive government overreach and ginned-up hysteria everywhere you go, do not despair.  Help could be on its way, courtesy of the most unlikely source:  al-Qaeda.  According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the jihad group is refusing to accept the State Department's complacent assertion that it is on the ropes, and has just published a new magazine with the catchy title Wolves of Manhattan, in which it calls on the warriors of jihad who find themselves in the U.S. to murder people by means of poisoned coronavirus masks.  So now it's wear a mask or the coronavirus will get you (unless you're at a Black Lives Matter protest, of course; the virus knows better than to infect the righteous), or don't wear a mask so that al-Qaeda doesn't get you.

DOJ says Facebook gave preference to foreigners over American workers.  The Justice Department said Thursday [12/3/2020] that Facebook "intentionally" discriminated against U.S. workers and hired foreign guest workers instead — and actively tried to deter Americans from even applying.  For most of its jobs the California tech giant abides by the law, but in cases when a foreign worker is already employed on a temporary visa and seeks a permanent job, Facebook locks out any other candidates, the government said in a new complaint filed in immigration court.

Puerto Rico:  Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses.  The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope's 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below.  It came just weeks after officials announced that the telescope would be dismantled amid safety fears, following damage to its support system.  The Arecibo Observatory telescope was one of the largest in the world.

Technical details about the Arecibo collapse.  The 900-ton instrument platform of the 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell some 400 feet Tuesday morning, crashing into the huge, already-damaged dish below, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported in a December 1 Tweet.  "No injuries were reported," NSF said, adding that it is still assessing the situation.  "Our top priority is maintaining safety." The calamity not only was a final and fatal blow for the observatory but for the people of Puerto Rico.

Footage of Collapse Arecibo Observatory.  [Video clip]

Entire police department resigns in South Carolina town.  The entire police force of a small South Carolina town resigned "due to the constant impediment of police matters" by the town's mayor.  Pine Ridge, a 2,000-person town outside Columbia, typically has a police department of three full-time officers and a number of part-time officials.  According to the State, that hasn't been the case since Oct. 13, when interim Police Chief Lt. Vincent Silano resigned after only five months.  Silano is the fourth chief in the past three years.  Five other officers have left since in the same period of time.  In a letter sent to Mayor Robert Wells and the town council, Silano said his departure was "solely due to the constant impediment of police matters and micro-managing at the hands of Mayor Robert Wells."

Socialist Takeover:  Militant Left-Wing Groups Descend On Georgia to Seize Control of the Senate.  Left-wing groups who seek to fundamentally transform America into a socialist country are descending upon Georgia in order to win two Senate seats (currently held by Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler) in run-off races to be held on January 5, 2021.  The left is throwing their weight behind their far-left challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.  If they are successful, the radical big government policies they propose such as open borders, abolishing police, a welfare state, unrestricted abortion, class war, burdensome regulations, restrictions on speech, fake news monopoly, coronavirus tyranny, Supreme Court Packing, so-called sanctuary cities, the destruction of the filibuster, massive taxes and the Green New Deal will be pushed through the Senate and rubber-stamped by the incoherent Joe Biden, should he win the 2020 election.

Woke Police Reform Doesn't Work.  This summer, street anarchists and militias doubled down on their exploitation of fatal police-involved shootings as straw arguments to legitimize widespread rioting.  A 2019 landmark, five-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by five university scholars reported that fatal shootings involving black and white officers disproportionately occur in minority neighborhoods with greater rates of violent crime and show no evidence of anti-black or Latino disparities.  The study shook the sensibilities of the professoriate and raised the hackles of the anti-police movement.  The research drew an immediate rebuke and ejection from the journal, attended by an author apology over the temporary loss of their senses.  It unveiled an effort by progressive academia to treat with utter contempt any research supporting the claim that fatal police shootings are remote events, blind to race, ethnicity, and gender, and negligible in situations where the police are found at fault.

Nike, Coca-Cola, others reportedly lobbying against Uighur Chinese labor bill.  Nike and Coca-Cola are among a number of companies seeking to water down a bill that would ban imports from a region of China where products are made through forced labor by minority Muslim groups being held in detention camps, according to a report.  The bill, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, would forbid the import of a variety of materials from the Xinjiang region of China, in an effort to crack down on human rights abuses, the New York Times reported on Sunday [11/29/2020].  It passed the House in September by a 406-3 vote and has enough support to pass the Senate.  Xinjian produces materials like cotton, sugar, coal and tomatoes and also supplies workers for Chinese clothing factories.

France Looks Like A Dystopian Warzone Movie As Thousands Take on Hundreds Of Cops.  Demonstrations took place across France on Saturday against the proposed global security law and its signature measure to restrict the filming of police officers.  They came as calls to withdraw it were exacerbated by cases of police violence this week.  The police prefecture initially restricted the main protest to République Square, but the decision was overturned by an administrative court and a collective was allowed to march from République to Bastille as the organizers had requested.  The route is typical for protests in Paris.  The collective, called "Stop Loi Sécurité Globale" or Stop Global Security Law, is composed of journalists' unions, human rights NGOs and other groups.  They are advocating for the withdrawal of articles 21 and 22 of the proposed law, "which organize mass surveillance," and article 24, which would penalize the "malicious" dissemination of the image of police officers.  [Video clip]

London Streets Turn Chaotic As The Masses Showed Up To Protest Lockdowns, 155 Arrested.  More than 150 people have been arrested as anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police in central London.  Thousands of demonstrators marched through the city near Oxford Street chanting "freedom" on Saturday, with some carrying placards reading "stop controlling us" and "no more lockdowns".  The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were for a number of suspected offenses including breaching coronavirus regulations and that it expected the number to rise.  [Video clip]

President Trump Tells Supporters to Ignore the Grifters and Turn out to Vote in Georgia.  On January 5[,] Georgians return to the polls for two elections.  Incumbent senator David Perdue is in a runoff contest with Socialist Jon Ossoff.  Perdue led Ossoff in the general election but failed to break the 50% threshold to win outright.  The other election is a special election to fill the remainder of the term of Johnny Isakson, who resigned on December 31, 2019, for health reasons.  Kelly Loeffler was appointed to fill the vacancy.  She will face off against Democrat Raphael Warnock, who is running on an anti-police, anti-military, racial-identity-trumps-all platform.

8 U.S. House Races Still Have Not Been Called.  Republicans Lead All 8 Races.  The results from eight U.S. House races have still not been finalized in the 2020 elections nearly four weeks after election day.  The Republican candidates in all eight races currently are leading their Democrat opponents.

Images Show Zombified Americans More Concerned With Toilet Paper Than Food.  Back in March ANP published a piece titled "Due To An 'Outbreak Of Stupidity' People Will Die Of Starvation Surrounded By Toilet Paper," because when the initial quarantine lockdowns began, clueless Americans were more worried about paper products [...] than they were about eating.  The food shortages and limits on purchases came well after the toilet paper runs on any store that carried the product.  We are now looking at another round of quarantine lockdowns, and readers are once again sending ANP exclusive images, the majority of which are... Yup... toilet paper aisles and other paper goods shelves quickly emptying, while a much smaller percentage of reports and images are showing food aisles, and those are from canned good shelves.

Computer Repairman Who Threatened Biden's Electoral Prospects Goes Into Hiding.  The only person who burns for revenge more than a Democrat who just lost is a Democrat who just won.  The Dems are getting what they want, a Trump-free White House, and it makes them furious.  Now they're publicly yearning for vengeance against the computer repairman who almost cost them their victory.  And he did so by telling the truth, which they hate like poison.  Just weeks before the election, the owner of a computer repair shop near Joe Biden's home claimed to have a laptop full of incriminating evidence that Hunter Biden had abandoned 18 months ago.  The New York Post broke the story, which set off such a panic that Twitter suspended the centuries-old newspaper and blocked all links to the story.  Of course, this triggered the Streisand Effect, bringing even more attention to a story they were trying to suppress.

Matt Drudge Logs Off.  The Drudge Report once cycled through 40-50 links in a single five-hour period.  The page is now updated only once or twice a day and almost never reacts to breaking news, as if it's being run by someone who simply doesn't care anymore.  Traffic has reportedly lagged, with Comscore data suggesting a 45% plunge in the year before this past September.  In the glory days even a midpage Drudge link could pull a million views; the number is now down to the high tens of thousands.

Diverse Group of Incoming House Republicans Form 'Freedom Force' to Counter AOC's Socialist 'Squad'.  Not only did Republicans make big gains in the U.S. House on Election Day, but among those elected are men and women whose families fled communist and socialist countries and came to America to build better lives.  Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) is the daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants.  Maria Elvira Salazar's (FL-27) parents were Cuban exiles.  Carlos Gimenez (FL-26) was born in Cuba and his family emigrated to America in 1960 after the Cuban Revolution.  Gimenez's father Carlos Gimenez, Sr., who was 98, passed away just days after his son was elected.  Victoria Spartz (IN-5) was born in what was at the time known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.  She emigrated to the U.S. in 2000.

Pentagon Fails Another Audit, Will Likely Get Budget Increase From Congress Anyway.  The third time wasn't the charm for the Pentagon, which has once again failed to successfully complete an audit.  Thomas Harker, the Pentagon's comptroller, told Reuters that it could be another seven years before the department can pass an audit — something that it has never accomplished.  Previous attempts in 2018 and 2019 turned up literally thousands of problems with the Pentagon's accounting system and millions of dollars' worth of missing equipment.  In a statement, the Pentagon lauded the fact that auditors had "cleared" more than 500 issues identified in previous audits.  That serves as compelling evidence that the effort is worth it, even if a clean review is still impossible.  The Pentagon had resisted being audited for years.  Though Congress passed a law in 1990 requiring all federal departments to be audited every year, it still took nearly two decades for the first Pentagon audit to be attempted.

Fox News Feels the Heat as Morning Joe Beats Fox and Friends for the First Time in 20 Years.  I'm sure Fox News' new public relations firm will say this is no big deal and point us to Tucker Carlson's ratings, but this seems like a pretty big deal to me.  For the first time since 2001, MSNBC's Morning Joe has beaten Fox and Friends in the ratings game.  This is also not a single cherry-picked day, but an average of the entire week.

New stats reveal massive NYC exodus amid coronavirus, crime.  More than 300,000 New Yorkers have bailed from the Big Apple in the last eight months, new stats show.  City residents filed 295,103 change of address requests from March 1 through Oct. 31, according to data The [New York] Post obtained from the US Postal Service under a Freedom of Information Act request.  Since the data details only when 11 or more forwarding requests were made to a particular county outside NYC, the number of moves is actually higher.  And a single address change could represent an entire household, which means far more than 300,000 New Yorkers fled the five boroughs.

Jon Ossoff's Financial Ties to Pro-CCP Hong Kong Media Company Revealed.  Jon Ossoff, currently a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia, reportedly took money from a Hong Kong media company whose owner has condemned the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.  Ossoff challenged Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) in the November election and his race went to a runoff scheduled for January 5, 2021.  The Democrat had failed to previously disclose the gift from the Hong Kong media company, which supports the Chinese Communist Party.  Ossoff recently amended a financial disclosure form reporting that he has received at least $5,000 from PCCW Media Limited over the last two years.  His initial disclosure, filed in May, omitted the payments.

Trump Wins Battleground State of North Carolina.  President Trump has won the battleground state of North Carolina with its 15 electoral votes.  The Associated Press called the state for Trump Friday afternoon, 10 days after Election Day.

Republicans Pick Up Tenth House Seat With New York Victory.  House Republicans added one more to their ranks this week after New York Democratic Rep. Max Rose conceded defeat Thursday in the Staten Island-area district.  "I received a gracious phone call from Rep. Max Rose today conceding the election," wrote State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis on Twitter.  "I want to thank him for his service to our nation in both the military and in Congress.  We agreed to work together on a seamless transition to best serve our constituents."

After the Election, the Left Demands Purges.  Joe Biden is calling for unity following the 2020 presidential election, but it's clear that many of the former vice president's supporters view postelection unity as something to create by force and intimidation.  That sort of unity is enforced by ruthless institutional pressure and cancel culture.  It's a tactic that the left already uses through its power in America's elite institutions, but is looking to redouble if it indeed captures the presidency and the executive branch.  Numerous liberals and left-wingers have demanded punishment of anyone who has worked for, allied with, or generally supported President Donald Trump.  Some want to destroy the Republican Party.

Fox News Terminates Trey Gowdy After Joining Trump's Legal Team.  Fox News has reportedly terminated former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy after he has allegedly joined the Trump campaign's legal team.  On Tuesday [11/10/2020], Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy said it's "inexcusable" to not count all legal votes within 48 hours of the presidential election.

MSNBC splits with two more contributors going to work for Biden.  MSNBC has split with two more on-air contributors who will work with Joe Biden's White House transition team, a report said Tuesday [11/10/2020].  Barbara McQuade, a legal analyst for the cable network, and political analyst Richard Stengel will no longer be paid contributors at the station after they were announced as part of Biden's forthcoming administration, the Daily Beast reported.  Stengel will serve on the review team for the US Agency for Global Media and McQuade will be a member of the Department of Justice Review team, according to the report.  The network does not allow their contributors to endorse candidates or run for office while being paid by the outlet, the Beast reported.

Conservative Network Newsmax Surges In Ratings — Already Beating The FOX Business Network.  FOX News may have made a colossal mistake.  They had one of the most loyal audiences in cable television.  But after their reportage of the 2020 election, and particularly election night, the landscape is changing fast.  Anger from their audience is already driving down FOX's ratings.  Now, another right leaning network called Newsmax is getting a major boost from former FOX News fans.  In fact, Newsmax is already eclipsing the FOX Business Network in ratings.

New York City to try new, NYPD-free approach to mental health crises: de Blasio.  Teams of mental health professionals and EMS staff will respond to 911 mental health calls instead of police officers under a new trial program, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday [11/10/2020].  Without providing key details such as when the program will start and where it will take place, Hizzoner and First Lady Chirlane McCray promised "a major innovation" in how the city handles mental health and policing.  "Helping people in a time of crisis with a new approach ... this is a big change in how things are done," de Blasio said at a press conference.

Trump Wins North Carolina, Decision Desk HQ Projects.  Decision Desk HQ called North Carolina for President Trump on Tuesday afternoon, awarding the state's 15 electoral votes to the president on the outlet's election map.  Decision Desk HQ is the first major outlet to award the state to Trump over Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.  The call comes a week after election day on Nov. 3 and is one of the final states to be called by any major election decision desk.  Trump has led in the state almost the entire time as outstanding ballots continue to be counted in North Carolina.

Pompeo predicts 'smooth transition' — to second Trump administration.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo predicted Tuesday [11/10/2020] that President Trump would emerge victorious in this year's election.  During a briefing at the State Department's headquarters, Pompeo was asked by a reporter whether officials there were "preparing to engage" with Joe Biden's transition team.  "There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration," Pompeo said with a smile.

Trump Pulls Within 1 Percent of Biden in Arizona.  President Donald Trump is within 1 percent of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Arizona, according to the latest unofficial results.  An automatic recount will take place if the final margin is one-tenth of 1 percent, according to state law.  Trump has received 1.63 million votes to Biden's 1.64 million, as of late Monday [11/9/2020].  That's a margin of 0.45 percent.  Biden's lead has slowly decreased as new bundles of ballots are added to the count.  Fox News called the race in Biden's favor on election night, followed by The Associated Press, even though hundreds of thousands of votes remained outstanding.  Trump's campaign predicted the president would ultimately win the state, as he did in 2016.

Trump's (Alleged) Defeat [is] a Stunning Rebuke to Obama, Hillary.  For reasons too numerous to count, President Donald J. Trump will go down in history as a world-historic leader who defied the odds at every turn.  Trump's 2016 election was a stunning rebuke to both his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and his predecessor, Barack Obama.  Amazingly enough, so is his (alleged) defeat in the 2020 election.  In addition to undoing the vast majority of Obama's legacy, Trump is on track to receive more than 71 million votes in this year's election.  That means more people will have voted for Trump in 2020 than voted for Obama in the 2008 (69 million) and 2012 (66 million) elections.  The nature of Trump's (alleged) defeat is also rather embarrassing for the former president.  His opponent this time around, Joe Biden, wanted to run for president in 2016.  His boss, Obama, talked him out of it.

Sharpies Were Made Available Throughout Arizona's Largest County, Officials Say.  Sharpies were made available at all 175 voting locations on Election Day in the largest county in Arizona, officials said Thursday [11/5/2020].  "Poll workers in all those locations were instructed to provide voters with Sharpie markers to mark their ballots in accordance with the recommendation of the manufacturer," Tom Liddy, civil services division chief for Maricopa County, said in a letter to the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office.  The office opened an inquiry this week after hundreds of voters filed complaints about Sharpies at polling locations.  Michael Catlett, deputy solicitor general for Brnovich, asked Maricopa County in a letter about the use of Sharpies and wondered how many ballots were rejected because ink from markers bled through. [...] Liddy said the manufacturer of the vote tabulation machines used by the county recommends Sharpies because ink from ballpoint pens can cause smudges in the machines and foul them, while Sharpie markers do not.

The Editor says...
This is perhaps the biggest non-issue of the whole election.  A reporter who spends his day writing articles like this is a reporter who is expendable.  If you're watching a newscast or a cable TV news network and they start talking about meaningless trivia like this, it's time to turn off the TV.

George W. Bush congratulates Joe Biden and tells Trump that he must concede.  George W. Bush congratulated Joe Biden on his election victory Sunday, and delivered an unmistakable message to Donald Trump that he must now concede.  The only living former Republican president broke his silence, more than 24 hours after Biden was declared the winner in a call by TV networks and the Associated Press, to say that he had spoken to the Democratic victor, and to Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect.  'I just talked to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden,' he said in a statement.  No Republican leader has so far called Biden president-elect.

Newsmax Releases Statement Refusing to Bend on Presidential Call by Other Media.  Newsmax released a statement saying they refuse to bend on the call for president because there are numerous challenges to the vote in different states by President Trump's lawyers.  President Trump and his legal team are disputing results in key swing states like Pennsylvania.  This is not over, but all major news outlets have surrendered to the steal except Newsmax and OANN.

Dems plot mass migration to Georgia to take advantage of runoff election.  As the fate of control of the Senate is still in doubt, two senate races in Georgia are likely headed for run-off elections on Jan. 5, because so far none of the candidates received above 50 percent of the vote.  Democrats will likely need to win both of them to retake the majority for the first time since 2014.  However, what appears to be a major loophole for potential voter fraud has created a strong likelihood that the balance of power in the US Senate will be decided not by current Georgia residents but by many new voters not in Georgia today.  Some Liberals, including journalists, are encouraging Democrats to move to red states like Georgia with the sole purpose of impacting future elections even suggesting that Michael Bloomberg should foot the bill.

What?  Liberal tears are flowing?  [Scroll down]  The story said, "In a caucus meeting held by telephone that was their first group conversation since Election Day, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who led the party's campaign arm, defended their efforts.  Democrats expressed frustration over the loss of eight of their members — and a net loss of six seats, with 33 races still undecided — that had left them with a slimmer margin of control."  It was a 3-hour call.  That is 3 hours longer than Biden campaigned in the 5 days before the last debate.  Bustos said, "Something went wrong."

Trump Campaign:  Projection of Biden as Winner Is 'False'.  A projection of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is not accurate, President Donald Trump's campaign said Friday [11/6/2020].  Decision Desk HQ around 9 a.m. projected a Biden win in Pennsylvania.  If Biden wins the state, he would win the presidency, based on the current projected results.  "This election is not over.  The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final," Matt Morgan, the Trump campaign's general counsel, said in a statement.  "Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail.  There were many irregularities in Pennsylvania, including having election officials prevent our volunteer legal observers from having meaningful access to vote counting locations.  We prevailed in court on our challenge, but were deprived of valuable time and denied the transparency we are entitled to under state law," he continued.

Why The Epoch Times Won't Call the Presidential Race Until All Challenges Are Resolved.  Our nation is moving into uncharted territory as multiple legal challenges have been filed in response to the 2020 elections, with more challenges expected to come.  Both candidates have claimed victory in certain states, but it appears increasingly likely that this election will be resolved in the courts.  For that reason, The Epoch Times will not declare a winner of the 2020 presidential election until all results are certified and any legal challenges are resolved.

For First Time In 20 Years, US Senate Candidate Wins More Votes Than Presidential Candidate In Texas.  When U.S. Senator John Cornyn won his fourth term this week, he not only defeated Democratic challenger MJ Hegar by ten percentage points, he also won more votes in Texas than President Donald Trump.  Senator Cornyn has 5,931,602 votes so far, which is 71,506 votes more than President Trump, who has 5,860,096 votes.  The President defeated Democrat Joe Biden by 648,690 votes or six percentage points, 52%-46%, while Cornyn defeated Hegar by ten percentage points, 54%-44%.

The Editor says...
That might be because this was the first major election after the end of straight-party voting in Texas.

WaPo to Dems:  Don't get your hopes up on those two Georgia runoffs.  For now, it appears that Joe Biden will become the forty-sixth president — but potentially with a historically hostile Congress for a first-termer.  At best, Democrats' hold on the House has slipped, thanks to unexpected losses in a cycle where their party reclaimed the White House.  At worst, it still might end up in Republican hands, although that would require the GOP to pull an inside straight on all of the outstanding House races left.

Democrat civil war begins.  Democrats planned a blue wave election the likes of which have not been seen before.  Bigger than Obama.  They said they would win the Senate, the White House, and increase their lead in the House and rule for 10,000 years.  Two of those things did not happen and likely the third one as well.  They poured a whopping $315 million into Senate races in Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas — and lost every one.  Mini Mike Bloomberg spent $100 million to stop President Trump in Florida and Ohio.  The president won those states by 3 and 8 points, respectively.  In the House, Republicans added members despite Democrats spending more money.  This has led to many unhappy campers.

UN speaks of Temple Mount as solely Muslim site, ignores Jewish ties.  Some 138 United Nations countries approved a draft resolution that spoke of the Temple Mount solely as an Islamic holy site, by referencing it only by its Muslim name of al-Haram al-Sharif.  It was one of seven pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel resolutions that the UN General Assembly's Fourth Committee in New York passed on Wednesday [11/4/2020].  The resolution was titled, "Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem."

Steven Crowder's Election Coverage Drew Millions Of Views, Competed With Big Networks.  Conservative podcast host Steven Crowder's election night coverage garnered millions of views on YouTube, more evidence of a growing trend of viewers looking to sources other than the establishment media for important news and commentary.  As of this writing, Crowder's election night coverage streamed on YouTube has amassed 8.1 million views.  His coverage of election updates and news the following day attracted another 3.1 million views online.  The impressive showing may be a bell-weather for the future of media as newcomers compete with legacy media corporations.

Somebody's pink sneakers didn't have enough traction.  Many of you may recall Wendy Davis, the progressive darling who drew national acclaim from liberals for her now-infamous eleven-hour filibuster of a pro-life bill back in 2013.  The effort proved ineffective since the bill went on to pass anyway.  She then tried to leverage the national attention she had drawn by running for governor.  She experienced a similar level of "success" in that effort, being trounced by Greg Abbott by more than twenty points.  This year she decided to shoot for a more modest goal by trying to unseat Republican Congressman Chip Roy in the 21st district of the Lone Star State.  I know you'll all be shocked to learn that her efforts once again produced the same result.  The Associated Press called the race earlier this morning, and while Davis did slightly better than she had in her gubernatorial bid, she still came up six points shy of finally putting one the W column.

Walmart fires inventory-tracking robots, realizes humans work just as well.  Walmart is parting ways with robots used to monitor store inventory as the retail giant realized humans are just as capable, a new report said.  The robot layoff is the result of the company cutting ties with startup Bossa Nova Robotics, which over the last five years provided six-foot-tall inventory-tracking machines to roughly 500 Walmart stores, The Wall Street Journal reported.  Sources familiar with the move told the newspaper that company executives determined they can use their own store employees to effectively keep tabs of inventory.  Walmart US chief executive John Furner has also expressed concern over shopper reactions to the hulking robots.

Reuters equipping journalists with gas masks, flak jackets for election coverage.  Reporters for Reuters covering the elections in the US will have protective gear in anticipation of protests after several incidents in which journalists were targeted during summer demonstrations.  Stephen Adler, the editor-in-chief of the global news service that employs 2,500 journalists, told the Press Gazette that his reporters were supplied with flak vests, helmets and gas masks, as well as COVID-19 personal protective equipment including N95 masks, the newspaper reported.

'Aloha also means goodbye': Tensions brew between locals and tourists as Hawaii reopens.  For anyone who's traveled recently — including visitors with negative results on a preflight COVID-19 test — you may have to skip dining at two popular North Shore Kauai restaurants.  The state reopened to trans-Pacific travel on Oct. 15, allowing travelers to skip the 14-day quarantine under its Safe Travels testing program.  As tourists began to return, the Saenz Ohana Breakfast food truck in Princeville and the Bistro restaurant in Kilauea decided to limit on-site service to those who have not traveled in the past 14 days as an additional safety precaution.  Those who do not meet this criteria can order online for takeout instead.

The Editor says...
I would be delighted to see Hawaii secede from the United States and resume its previous role as an independent kingdom.  I would be even more delighted to see the United States prohibit travel to or from the independent Hawaii.  The locals are bigoted against tourists and outsiders, and have been for decades, so let's see how well they do on their own.  Let's see if they can eat all those pineapples by themselves.

New York is about to kill a whole lot of landlords.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Trump made sure to protect tenants by banning evictions during the pandemic, but public officials have done almost nothing for property owners.  That's inviting disaster.  Many of these landlords, particularly mom-and-pop small-building owners, have been struggling for months to make ends meet as the COVID crisis drags on.  Thousands of tenants haven't paid full rent.  Others, looking to escape the virus, violent crime and plunging quality of life, have fled, pushing up the vacancy rate and forcing owners to grant concessions.

Philadelphia Firefighters Union Confirms Trump Endorsement in Forced Recount.  Earlier in October, the union representing Philadelphia firefighters voted to endorse Donald Trump.  This was no small undertaking, given the overwhelming support of most unions for Joe Biden.  When some union members complained about the process, a second vote was conducted.  Trump won that vote by a two-to-one margin, with a final tally of 1,444 votes to keep the endorsement in place to 782 votes to rescind the endorsement.

And now... here's the next contestant on Get Woke and Go Broke!
Drudge Report traffic plunges as content turns against Trump.  The Drudge Report posted a 45 percent decline in web traffic in September as the site alienated its core readers by turning against President Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  The data — derived from comScore, which tracks the industry — were released in a report by TheRighting, a website that analyzes traffic to right-leaning websites.  TheRighting told The [New York] Post that the Drudge Report had 1,291,000 unique vis itors in September, according to data supplied by comScore, down from 2,340,000 in the same month a year ago.  September's eye-popping decline marks the ninth month in a row that the political news aggregation website run by reclusive founder Matt Drudge has seen traffic fall, TheRighting said.

Biden Campaign Bus Runs Red Light to Flee Pro-Trump 'Democrat Cemetery Vote Collector' Hearse.  A Trump supporter with an "Official Democrat Cemetery Vote Collector" hearse tailed a Biden campaign bus in Houston on Thursday, leading to the vehicle running at least one red light in an attempt to get away.  Video showed the bus at a red light before driving through it, causing a delivery van driver to jam on the brakes.

F-16s intercept plane flying too close to Trump rally in Arizona.  "Oh, look at that.  Look, look, look," Trump said, pointing at the sky.  "Look at that.  They gave the president a little display."  The crowd then chanted "USA, USA, USA!"  [Video clip]

F-16 Fighter Jet Fires Flares at Unauthorized Aircraft Near Trump Rally.  An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon was scrambled to intercept a civilian aircraft flying near President Donald Trump's latest rally in Arizona Wednesday, setting off flares to get the aircraft's attention, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command.  The fighter jet was dispatched to investigate "a general aviation aircraft that was not in communication with [Air Traffic Control] and entered the Temporary Flight Restriction area surrounding Bullhead City, Arizona, without proper clearance," NORAD said in a tweet.  The incident occurred around 2 p.m. local time.

A Navy veteran exposes the insanely gross food served on warships in a viral Facebook post.  A Navy veteran has posted pictures and videos capturing the rotten, unhealthy, and quite frankly disgraceful food that sailors and Marines are forced to eat while embarked on the service's warships.  The compilation of nauseating imagery, most of which were taken aboard multiple surface vessels, includes pictures of lettuce with insects, hair on food, and raw chicken, among other egregious examples.

Democrat 'Dirty Campaign Tricks' Against Lindsey Graham Backfire, Even Critics Rally to Graham's Defense.  The South Carolina Senate race between Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and his opponent and former SC Democratic party chairman Jaime Harrison has turned into the national media's 2020 version of the 2018 race between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vs.  Democrat Beto O'Rourke.  Not a day goes by where there is not a fawning puff piece or two and/or umpteen tweets from reporters and "political analysts" on how Harrison has managed to make a race most believed at the beginning of the year would not be competitive into one to watch down the homestretch.

Trump Supporter Pays $2,600 For Downtown New Hampshire Billboard.  Just Before Election, Company Removes It After Complaints.  A Trump supporter who spent $2,600 for a billboard that read "Trump Country" on a building in downtown Nashua, New Hampshire, discovered that the company that he paid to help him design it removed it from the building after complaints were made, just in time for the presidential election.  Dave Streit, who told The New Hampshire Union-Leader, "I think that Trump was the most unlikely conservative imaginable, and he has delivered on every single promise, and we will never have a president like him again," paid Outfront Media to place the message on the top of 169 Main Street in downtown Nashua from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3.  "The company notified him Monday [10/26/2020] that the message would be removed in the next couple of business days because of complaints.  By Tuesday morning, the sign had been taken down," the Union-Leader reported.  Streit said, "Free speech just got thrown out the window."

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev blames TV show Dallas for the fall of the USSR because it opened people's eyes to western lifestyles.  TV show Dallas was the main reason behind the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, it has been claimed.  Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart said that former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev told him that the 1980s soap opera 'had more effect' in ending the Cold War than anything else.  Mr Stewart, 68, said the Gorbachev admitted an illicit broadcast of the US show in Russia had opened his people's eyes to Western life, and the Texas-based show 'brought down' the communist superpower.

The Editor says...
If ever there was misleading propaganda on television, it was Dallas.  The show painted everyone in Texas with the same broad brush:  You would have thought that everybody in downtown Dallas walks around in cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat, and everybody else within 100 miles is fabulously wealthy, slightly drunk, evil, mean, nasty, and ruthless.

Texas Dem MJ Hegar's Latest Detractor Is Her Own Mother-In-Law.  Texas Democrat MJ Hegar's bid to unseat Republican incumbent senator John Cornyn will be without the support of her own mother-in-law, who says she would "never vote" for Hegar because "she is not a good person."  Patricia Heiman, the mother of Hegar's husband Stephen Hegar, took to Facebook in the race's final weeks to warn voters against supporting the Democratic Senate candidate, specifically pointing to Hegar's failure to lend a helping hand to her three step-children after their home was burned down in a fire earlier this year.  "I know her personally and she is not a good person," Heiman wrote.  "I know that sounds like a spiteful mother-in-law but I speak on behalf of my son's three other children that they do not see."

Only one long week left in the election struggle for control — of the Senate.  While national attention is riveted by the presidential horse race, a more important contest — or series of contests — is unfolding for control of the Senate.  No matter who occupies the Oval Office, the political majority that runs the Senate will play the decisive political role for at least the next two years, perhaps longer.  In what is shaping up as a difficult year for Republicans, the House of Representatives seems virtually certain to remain under the gavel of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Republicans would need to gain 18 seats there to hand the gavel to another Californian, Kevin McCarthy.  But an array of intriguing scenarios all depend on a handful of crucial Senate seats.

Pope Francis to Celebrate Christmas Mass Without a Congregation.  The Vatican has announced Pope Francis will livestream his Christmas liturgies this year without public participation due to concerns over the coronavirus.  In an October 22 letter to ambassadors to the Holy See, the Vatican's foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, said that the pontiff's Christmas ceremonies would take "a private form" this year without the presence of the faithful.

The Editor says...
Is he afraid of getting sick, or is he just lazy?  Either way, he should find another line of work.

US threatens to destroy Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela.  The United States is warning it will destroy potential Iranian long-range missile shipments delivered to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, a senior administration official tells Fox News.  "The transfer of long-range missiles from Iran to Venezuela is not acceptable to the United States and will not be tolerated or permitted," said Elliott Abrams, the State Department Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela.  "We will make every effort to stop shipments of long-range missiles, and if somehow they get to Venezuela they will be eliminated there," added a senior administration official.

Millionaire owner of iconic Strand Book Store in NYC pleads with public for help as revenue drops.  An iconic New York City bookstore is asking the public to save it from financial ruin brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic even though it is owned by a multimillionaire wife of a US senator who recently bought at least $115,000 in Amazon stock and then got a PPP loan while laying off workers. [...] [O]utraged Twitter users noted that the store's owner, Nancy Bass Wyden, the wife of Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars.

Friend recalls moment Indiana tourist was shot dead with 'no warning' in NYC.  The Brooklyn gunfire that killed a young tourist from Indiana this weekend came out of nowhere, a witness told The [New York] Post on Sunday [10/25/2020].  Ethan Williams, 20, was sitting with four of his friends on a stoop outside their Bushwick Airbnb around 2:30 a.m.  Saturday when shots broke out across the street and struck him in the chest with "no warning," his pal Jacob Mayhew told The Post on Sunday.  "Some guy next to that mailbox just started shooting!" he said.

The Editor says...
When young people die unexpectedly, it is often the result of their own faulty decisions.  [#1] Why would anyone go to New York City as a tourist?  I would sooner go to Mexico City.  [#2] Why would a tourist be outdoors at 2:30 a.m. in a strange city?

NYC Hotel Occupancy Rate Crashes Toward 10% As Permanent Closures Loom.  Prices at New York City hotels have plunged as the hospitality industry continues to try and grapple with the effects of the global pandemic.  Some hotels, like the Midtown Hilton, have remained closed since March.  Others, like the Pierre, are operating in limited capacity.  Those that are open for business have slashed prices by more than 60%, according to a new writeup by AlJazeera.  Despite October usually being a fruitful month for tourism in NYC, coronavirus has forced the cancellation of staple events like the NYC Marathon and Fashion Week.  And while the industry has definitely recovered since March, it still has a long way to go.  200 of New York's roughly 700 hotels remain closed, the article notes.

The Editor says...
The tourism industry in New York City is dead, and this should surprise no one.  The hotels are bring used to house vagrants. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] The streets are full of violent criminals.  The subways are, too.  And with the city's high population density, the city is a hotbed of Covid-19 activity, so you'll have to wear a face mask everywhere you go.  Even in pre-pandemic times, the city was full of prostitutes and pickpockets.  Who would want to visit a place like that?

Macy's Cancels Santa Claus.  Macy's canceled their nearly 160-year-old tradition of hosting Santa Claus in their midtown Manhattan store because of COVID-19.  More than a quarter of a million people typically shuffle through the store's elaborate Santaland each Christmas season, but the close quarters of the attraction have rendered it impossible in the age of social distancing, according to The Associated Press.  Santa will also not be appearing in the Macy's in Chicago or San Francisco, though he will be making an appearance at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, which has also had to undergo adjustments to comply with health guidelines.

Swiss couple names daughter after internet provider to score free Wi-Fi.  One Swiss dad thinks there are worse names than Twifia for his baby girl.  A couple in Switzerland has chosen to name their daughter after their internet service provider after the company ran a promotion offering 18 years of free service.  According to a local newspaper, Blick, the internet provider, Twifi, promised free Wi-Fi for 18 years to any family that named their child Twifia or Twifius.  At first, the anonymous Swiss couple, 30 and 35, reportedly thought it was a joke.  However, the more the soon-to-be dad thought about it, the more he began to like the "unique moniker."

The Editor says...
What if the wi-fi company goes out of business in five years?

Canadian motorist with 8 lifetime driving bans busted for speeding.  A man pulled over for allegedly speeding was discovered to have a whopping eight separate lifetime driving bans, reported Canadian news website the Orangeville Banner.  When cops ran a driver's license check on Toronto resident Timothy Fraser after halting him Oct. 21, they discovered the steering scofflaw's checkered past.  "I've never seen that many.  This is the first time I've seen someone with eight," Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Shannon Gordanier told the Banner.  "The risk of driving and putting other people in harm's way is definitely not worth it.  There is a reason there had been that many prohibitions and therefore, it needs to be taken seriously."

Debate topics and American priorities.  The supposedly nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has selected the following topics for Thursday night's final encounter between President Trump and Joe Biden:  "Fighting COVID-19," "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership."  The commission also announced it will mute the microphone of the candidate who is not talking, which could be advantageous for President Trump since the more Biden talks the less clear he becomes.  Are these topics priorities for most voters?  Not according to the Pew Research Center.  Nearly eight in 10 registered voters say the economy is their number one issue, followed by health care, Supreme Court appointments, the virus and foreign policy.  Race and ethnic inequality come in number eight (52 percent) and climate change ranks next to last at just 42 percent.

Second-degree murder, manslaughter charges upheld against Derek Chauvin.  A judge upheld the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges Thursday against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in connection to the death of George Floyd in May.  Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill granted part of the defense's motion and dropped the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin.  Cahill also denied motions to dismiss the charges against the other three officers present when Chauvin was captured on video pressing his knee onto a handcuffed Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes before his death in custody.

UT stands by 'Eyes of Texas' song, will play recording as band refuses to play.  The University of Texas school song has been deemed racist by some.  Band members are now refusing to play it, but the school says it will just play a recording instead, and was planning to do that anyway.  As calls to cease the playing of its school song "The Eyes of Texas" went unheeded by the administration, several band members said they would not play the song.  Despite petitions and demands from both student-athletes and several band members, the University of Texas has announced that it will continue to play "The Eyes of Texas."  University President Jay Hartzell doubled down Wednesday on his commitment to keeping the song, assuring that it would be played one way or another, even with band members refusing to do so, at the upcoming game against Baylor University.

The Editor says...
Scrap the band.  Who needs the UT band anyway?  Dismantle it.  Defund it.  Use the band hall as a homeless shelter.

Zeptoseconds: Scientists successfully record shortest measurement of time in history.  The blink of an eye seems to most people like an incredibly fast act.  Scientists in Germany however, say they've witnessed something that makes the blink of an eye seem as slow as watching paint dry.  Atomic physicists at Goethe University have measured the time it takes for a photon to cross a hydrogen molecule; a process that can only be measured in zeptoseconds.  In 1999, Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail won the Nobel Prize for measuring the speed of molecules changing their shape.  Zewail founded the science of femtochemistry, which measures the formation and division of chemical bonds in femtoseconds. [...] The new study has now broken this record, finding that it takes 247 zeptoseconds for photons to cross hydrogen molecules.

Ted Cruz introduces constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court to nine justices.  Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, along with other GOP senators, has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if it were to pass, would prevent court packing on the Supreme Court.  Additionally, the Texas senator is pushing a separate proposal to forever block Democrats, should they regain control of the Senate, from passing any legislation to add additional justices to the high court.  The amendment proposal states simply, "the Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices."

'Nodding woman' Mayra Joli from Trump town hall shares hate mail.  Miami lawyer Mayra Joli, the freshly famous "nodding woman" behind President Trump at last week's NBC News town hall, says her employees are being targeted with hate mail.  "Nobody can call an employer to fire me," Joli told Fox News.  "What they're doing is calling my employees so they quit."  Joli, who donated to Hillary Clinton in 2016, said that "they start sending other [messages] saying, 'I can't believe you're working for that person.  I thought you were better.' ... They aren't used to this commotion."  The Dominican Republic-born Joli wore a red mask and nodded in response to Trump's answers during a frequently acrimonious hour-long event hosted by Savannah Guthrie of NBC News, who grilled Trump about conspiracy theories and likened him to "someone's crazy uncle."

'Nodding lady' at Trump town hall accuses critics of targeting her employees.  Mayra Joli, the Miami lawyer who gained renown as the "nodding lady" sitting behind President Trump during a nationally televised town hall, said her employees began receiving hate messages urging them to quit after the Oct. 15 event.  The digital onslaught isn't enough to change her mind, however.  An immigration lawyer and mother from the Dominican Republic, Joli came to the U.S. with her family in the 1990s and donated to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign before becoming a Trump supporter.

Here are the fastest-growing jobs in every state this year: report.  As the U.S. grapples with unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report could help people who are trying to figure out where to look for a new job. [...] The occupation with the highest percentage increase was in Rhode Island, where structure metal fabricators and fitters saw a 674% increase from 2015 to 2019.

Bill Gates: 'Shutting down' economy 'nowhere near sufficient' to stop climate change.  Just the News:  Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, said the coronavirus pandemic demonstrates that "simply shutting down" the U.S. economy won't bring about net zero carbon emissions to fight climate change.  Gates said the emissions reductions from the pandemic were "quite modest," despite the drastic drop in air travel and car travel.

Senator John James of Michigan?  We've been focusing so much on Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina that we may be forgetting that John James has a shot at flipping the U.S. Senate seat in Michigan.  We hope James wins the race.  Of course, it depends a lot on turnout and that's always hard to measure.  According to statespoll.com, Michigan is tilting to Trump, but it's still in the margin of error.  In all fairness, other polls show Biden ahead so your guess is as good as mine.  We can say this:  James would become an overnight sensation if he pulls this out.

Commission will mute mics during final debate between Trump and Biden.  The Commission on Presidential Debates has decided to mute microphones to allow each candidate the opportunity for uninterrupted remarks during this week's final forum.  The mute button will be featured at the start of each 15-minute segment during opening comments, according to the commission.  After that time, both mics will be turned on without a mute option to enable debate.  The rule change follows the first debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden that devolved into a frequently interrupted shouting match.

Investigation: 9NEWS has used multiple unlicensed security guards.  Unlicensed security guard Matthew Dolloff, 30, is facing 2nd degree murder charges for the shooting and killing of 49-year-old Lee Keltner during dueling Denver rallies on Saturday, Oct. 10.  Separate from the criminal investigation, there is also an administrative investigation taking place because the city said Dolloff was not licensed to work as a security guard in Denver, or to be armed while doing so. [...] This investigation finds Dolloff is not the only unlicensed or not properly credentialed security guard to accompany 9NEWS crews as they covered protests and riots during the past five months.

Texans Can Dethrone 'Abortion Rights Queen' Wendy Davis.  Since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy, the national debate over abortion has returned to the forefront.  For pro-life Americans, there is no more important U.S. House race in the country than Texas' 21st Congressional District.  The choice for Hill Country Texans from Austin to Kerrville could not be more stark than that between trusted pro-life Republican Chip Roy and the radically anti-life leftist Wendy Davis.  Congressman Roy has been endorsed by pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, while every extreme pro-abortion group in the nation has endorsed Davis.

The Editor says...
Last week, I was under the mistaken impression that Wendy Davis was running for a seat in the Texas Senate; but no, she is running for U.S. Congress.  The 21st congressional district includes Fredericksburg and Kerrville — two delightful towns, especially in March and April when the wildflowers are in bloom.  But politically, the two towns are solid blue, and the district goes east to Austin, by way of Johnson City, which is also solid blue.

Is this not an act of war?
China warns it will take Americans hostage if DOJ doesn't drop charges against researchers.  Beijing is threatening to take Americans in China hostage if the Department of Justice doesn't drop its prosecution of several Chinese research scientists arrested on U.S. soil this year, according to a report on Saturday [10/17/2020].  Chinese government officials have repeatedly warned their U.S. counterparts that Americans in China face being detained if its demands are not met, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.  The drastic action — dubbed "hostage diplomacy" — would be in retaliation for the arrests of at least five Chinese military-affiliated scholars visiting American universities to conduct research.  The scientists were charged with visa fraud for allegedly lying to U.S. immigration authorities about their active duty statuses with China's People's Liberation Army.

More On The PA Mayor That Fired Her Police Chief Over Wife's Pro-Trump FB Posts.  As you may recall, about a week ago we learned that the Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania had given her chief of police a stark choice.  Retire early or be fired.  Mayor Danene Sorace had said she negotiated a "private agreement" with Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser so she would not comment further on the details.  The reason, as detailed by a past President of the PBA, was that Mayor Sorace was incensed over a couple of Facebook comments the Chief's wife had posted in support of President Trump. [...] At the time I speculated that there was much more to the story than what the Mayor was saying.  That prediction is looking considerably more solid now.  After being badgered by the local press for more information, the Mayor decided to comment on the subject she was "not allowed to comment on" after all.  She's now telling a different story, claiming that the Chief didn't "share her vision" for the progressive future of Lancaster.

Joe Biden retreats to Delaware as Trump stumps through four states.  It was back to the basement for Joe Biden Saturday [10/17/2020] — as President Trump went into campaign overdrive.  With only 16 days to go before Election Day, amid an uproar over The [New York] Post's expose of son Hunter's shady foreign business deals and with a second debate face-off this week, Biden retreated to his Delaware home with no public events on his schedule — and a substantial but slightly slipping national polling lead in his pocket.  Meanwhile, the underdog president whipped up his troops Saturday at back-to-back rallies in two crucial battleground states, with two more of the raucous gatherings set for Sunday and a full slate of appearances this week that will have him hopscotching across the country.

Click bait alert:  Apparently the only mention of Texas is in the headline.
Texas Software Billionaire Charged in Largest Tax Fraud Indictment in US History.  A Texas software billionaire is being charged with tax evasion in a case federal prosecutors are describing as the largest incidence of tax fraud in American history.  79-year old Robert Brockman was charged in a 39-count indictment that includes charges of money laundering, conspiracy, wire fraud, and tax evasion, with an indictment being unsealed by the US Attorney for the District of San Francisco on Thursday.

Orwell Rears His Head.  On Monday of last week, to use the phrase "sexual preference" was completely acceptable.  As recently as last month, multiple gay rights publications used the phrase.  Leon Panetta had used the phrase in the past couple of years.  Joe Biden has used the phrase this year.  Merriam-Webster considered "sexual preference" to be just another version of "sexual orientation."  But then Tuesday happened.  On Tuesday, the village idiot from Hawaii masquerading as a senator, Mazie Hirono, attacked Amy Coney Barrett for using "sexual preference" instead of "sexual orientation."  By Tuesday evening, the employees of Merriam-Webster had changed the phrase in their online dictionary to note it was offensive.  No, I am not making that up.  The dictionary company literally changed it after Barrett's exchange with Hirono.  Steve Krakauer, a former CNN producer who now produces Megyn Kelly's podcast, documented the change on his social media feed.  Gay rights publications such as The Advocate went on the attack as well.  In just 18 days, "sexual preference" went from acceptable to a hate crime.

Underdog GOP Senate candidate gains ground in race against incumbent Democrat, campaign says.  Virginia's Republican Senate candidate is heading into Election Day at a fundraising disadvantage against a well-known Democratic incumbent — but the Iraq War veteran said he's closing the gap.  Daniel Gade, who lost a leg to a roadside bomb during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said he believes his story is attracting more voters.  He graduated from West Point in 1997 and remained in the Army after his injury, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2017.  He also served on several White House advisory committees for veterans and the disabled beginning under former President George W. Bush.  He has a Ph.D. in public administration and became a university professor.

How a Goya boycott led to a 'buycott'.  First, the Goya Foods boycott turned into a "buycott." Now the largest Hispanic-owned foods company is finding favorable backlash in the wake of the CEO's praise for President Trump.  Company sales have been "fantastic" and "historic" following the controversy surrounding his positive comments for President Trump in July, according to CEO Robert Unanue.  "Our sales went up significantly since the pandemic," Unanue told FOX Business' Stuart Varney.  "We did well because the restaurant business declined 70% but we also did well because of the backlash of a boycott to a buycott.  We have our traditional customers, we kept them, but we also have new customers."

Amazon Prime Cancels Shelby Steele.  Though most of the focus is on Twitter's White Knighting of Joe Biden, it's also worth noting that many other voices are inhibited by Big Tech because they fail to conform to leftist orthodoxy.  Just today [10/15/2020], the Wall Street Journal reported that Shelby Steele's documentary What Killed Michael Brown?, which explores race relations in the United States, has been rejected because it "doesn't meet Prime Video's content quality expectations."  Amazon claims the documentary, which Steele made with his son Eli, isn't "eligible for publishing" and that they "will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed."

NeverTrump Website The Dispatch Colludes With Big Tech To Censor SBA List's Pro-Life Ads.  Facebook censored two advertisements from the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List's, claiming the videos contained "partly false information" about Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and VP Nominee Kamala Harris's views on late-term abortions.  The ads, which focus on the Democratic Party's position in support of abortion on demand and up until the moment of birth, were labeled by "independent fact-checkers" who claim to "look carefully into claims from elected officials, reports from the media, and disinformation on social media to help you understand what's true and what's not."

Out-of-state buyers from New York City, Boston and DC are flooding the Maine property market causing home values to surge 17% and supply to hit a 'historic low'.  Maine has seen a stunning real estate boom as buyers from New York City, Boston and Washington DC flee for quieter pastures amid the pandemic, causing home values to surge 17 percent, supply to hit a historic low and properties to fly off the market in a matter of 11 days.  In the spring Maine saw a startling decline in sales at the start of the pandemic, but by summer time a wave of buyers came in from out of state looking to ride out the COVID-19 crisis.  The value of single-family existing homes jumped 17.39 percent in August this year compared to 2019 and homes reached a median sales price of 270,000, as per Maine Listings.

The Mysterious October 20th DOJ Targeting Memo [is] Finally, Quietly, Released.  On June 3, 2020, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss his role in how Main Justice was operating while Andrew Weissmann's special counsel was in charge.  What he said in that hearing never quite made sense until yesterday. [...] Rosenstein's tone when questioned about the scope memos he authorized during the special counsel time-frame was very odd in that June hearing.  Rosenstein had a very guilty conscience and it was on full display as he attempted to justify his action.  You see, there was always a missing scope memo from October 20, 2017, that no one in the DOJ ever discussed.  The nature of the scope memo was mentioned by Weissmann and Mueller in part of their Russia report; but until yesterday it was hidden.

Can McSally Rocket Past Kelly in AZ Senate Race?  Martha McSally seems relaxed — almost curiously so for a first-term appointed senator facing voters again after just two years on the job and trailing her opponent in every public poll conducted over the last month.  It's a mid-October afternoon, less than a month before Election Day.  Early voting is underway, and tens of millions of dollars are pouring into the Arizona Senate race pitting McSally, 54, the first female U.S. military pilot to fly in combat, against Mark Kelly, a former NASA astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission.  He's also the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson.

Trump administration to consider adding China's Ant Group to trade blacklist — sources.  The U.S. State Department has submitted a proposal for the Trump administration to add China's Ant Group to a trade blacklist, according to two people familiar with the matter, before the financial technology firm is slated to go public.  It was not immediately clear when the U.S. government agencies that decide whether to add a company to the so-called Entity List would review the matter.

Police Chief Forced To Retire After Wife Supports President Trump On Social Media.  The media missed this one!  The Lancaster police chief was forced to retire at the end of September after the mayor took issue with comments his wife made on Facebook in support of President Donald Trump's re-election.  John Fiorill, a former president of the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), said that Lancaster Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was asked to resign on Sept. 30 because his wife had shown support for President Trump when he visited a nearby airport a day earlier.  Now-former Chief Berkihiser's wife, posting under her own personal Facebook account "Kristy Lynne," commented on a post made by somebody who was at the Trump campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport on Sept. 29.

Republican Chip Roy defending his Congressional seat against former state Sen. Wendy Davis in District 21.  The race for U.S. Congressional District 21 has been one to watch since the primaries when election officials announced Wendy Davis won the Democratic nomination and would challenge Republican incumbent Chip Roy on Election Day.  Roy is a former federal prosecutor, advisor to elected officials, and was first assistant attorney general to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Roy recently called Paxton to resign amid accusations against Paxton of bribery and abuse of office.  Davis is a former state senator for State District 10 who led a 13-hour filibuster to block a bill restricting abortion rights in Texas.  She was also the Democratic challenger in the 2014 gubernatorial race against now-Gov. Greg Abbott.

'Unmasking' probe commissioned by Barr concludes without charges or any public report.  The federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the matter.  The revelation that U.S. Attorney John Bash, who left the department last week, had concluded his review without criminal charges or any public report will rankle President Trump at a moment when he is particularly upset at the Justice Department.

Minneapolis loses more police officers to disability claims.  Attorney Ron Meuser told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the number of Minneapolis police officers who have filed for disability claims since this spring's civil unrest and rioting has now reached 175, with 100 other officers considering similar moves.  "The 100 additional officers are doing their best to hang in there and not leave because they want to serve their community," Meuser said.  "But if there is more rioting in the near future, I would not be surprised to see the number of officers filing for disability to reach between 250 and 300 officers."  Meuser says the disability filings are for both physical and mental health reasons.  So far, 2020 has seen twice as many claims as usual.

GOP Challenger John James Running Neck-And-Neck With Gary Peters, Recent Poll Shows.  John James, the Republican senatorial candidate from Michigan, has pulled within one point of incumbent Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, according to a New York Times/Sienna College poll released Monday [10/12/2020].  Peters leads James 43-42 among likely voters in the state, the poll's crosstabs show.  The poll shows a significant jump in support for James, who trailed Peters 41-31 in a similar NYT poll from June and lost to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the state's senior senator, two years ago.

Another young Republican has another phenomenal campaign video.  Twenty twenty has introduced several dynamic young Republican candidates who use eye-catching, powerful campaign videos to challenge incumbent Democrats.  Joe E. Collins III, a naval veteran from South Los Angeles, is the latest entrant in this category.  He's running as a Republican and challenging Rep. Maxine Waters, who's spent 44 years enriching herself while her constituents live in the slums of South L.A. (AKA California's 43rd Congressional District).  Collins opens his video by standing in front of Maxine Waters's beautiful Southern California mansion, worth a hefty $6 million.  It's not in her district, though.  Her district is South L.A., one of the poorest and most violent communities in America.

Feds to Portland:  Take Your Fine and Shove It.  Several months ago, an ambitious and radical Portland city commissioner tilted at the federal windmill by levying fines for the fence erected around the courthouse downtown that rioters have repeatedly attempted to burn down.  The fence blocks bike lanes, which has drawn the ire of radical Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, head of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) didn't bother to respond — until now. [...] The fines have grown to over $3.7 million, as Portland continues to assess $48,000 a day to DHS. [...] On top of the bike lane fines from PBOT, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) has also levied fines on DHS for excess tear gas found in stormwater drains.  Apparently nobody informed BES that, had Portland police been allowed to disperse the riots, there would have been no need for excess tear gas.

Robinhood Users Say Accounts Were Looted, No One to Call.  It took Soraya Bagheri a day to learn that 450 shares of Moderna Inc. had been liquidated in her Robinhood account and that $10,000 in withdrawals were pending.  But after alerting the online brokerage to what she believed was a theft in progress, she received a frustrating email.  The firm wrote it would investigate and respond within "a few weeks."  Now her money is gone.  Bagheri is among five Robinhood customers who recounted similar experiences to Bloomberg News, saying they've been left in limbo in recent weeks after someone sold their investments and withdrew funds.  Because the wildly popular app has no emergency phone number, some said they tried in vain to intervene, only to watch helplessly as their money vanished.

Nation Experiences Pandemic-Fueled Mason Jar Shortage.  For plenty of people across the United States, the pandemic has prompted a resurgence in cooking at home more and experimenting with food preparation in general.  For a number of home cooks, that has ended up involving the purchase of plenty of Mason jars — some for cooking, some for storage and others for preservation.  And that, in turn, has led to a nationwide Mason jar shortage.  It's not the most unpleasant side effect of the pandemic by a long shot, but neither is it minor:  cooking and canning for yourself can be both healthier for you and a good way to save money.  A new report from CNN explores the shortage — both in terms of Mason jars and for the lids used in canning.

Colorado town to pay visitors $100 to travel there.  Glenwood Springs, Colo., is paying visitors $100 to visit the town famous for its hot springs until Nov. 30.  The town's tourism business announced in late August that it would be extending the stimulus program, which began in the spring during the coronavirus pandemic, through Nov. 30 as part of an effort to boost fall tourism in the area.

$68,703: Median Household Income Set Record in 2019.  Median household income in the United States rose to a record $68,703 in 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in its Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in recent years to the manner in which the Census Bureau surveys household income (which it has been estimating since 1967), the bureau this year addressed questions about whether or not the 2019 median household income could indeed be considered a record high.

Big Three Censor Poll Showing Majority Say They're Better Off Now than 4 Years Ago.  It turns out the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news shows won't show you polls that show the majority of the American voters feeling better off now under President Donald Trump's economy than under former President Barack Obama's economy.  But they do love parading around questionable polls showing Trump losing the election by double digits.  Gallup released a jaw-dropping news released Tuesday, the day of the vice presidential debate.  A new poll, taken between September 14 [and] September 28, showed that 56 percent of registered voters said that "they are better off now than they were four years ago, while 32% said they are worse off."  That's a 24 percent disparity.

Poll: 56% Americans Say They Are Better Off Now Under Trump Than Four Years Ago Under Obama-Biden.  A solid majority of 56 percent of Americans say they are better off now than they were four years ago, a new Gallup survey reveals.  Only 32 percent say they are worse off than four years ago.  The number is, as Fox News's Laura Ingraham noted on Thursday night, "the highest Gallup has ever recorded." [...] While the 56 percent number is impressive indeed — again the highest ever recorded this close to an election — it was even higher before the coronavirus pandemic swept across the United States.

Anarchist Arrested For Plot to Kidnap and Kill Whitmer Hates President Trump.  Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) owes President Trump an apology. [...] It turns out Brandon Caserta, one of anarchists who was arrested for plotting to kidnap Whitmer, actually hates President Trump and is on video calling Trump a "tyrant."  "Trump is not your friend dude," Caserta said.  He says Trump is "a tyrant" and calls President Trump an "enemy."  [Video clip]

Pizzas kept showing up every 45 min outside Walter Reed: 'You know it's from Trump, there's meat on it!'  While you don't know for sure if President Donald Trump is behind it, somehow you just know he is.  A peculiar thing happened Sunday night outside the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, hot pizzas kept showing up.  By the dozens.  A throng of Trump supporters have been holding a vigil outside the facility since the president was admitted on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, or as Trump is now calling it, the "plague from China."  According to one enthusiastic supporter, Domino's pizzas were being delivered every 45 minutes to the crowd — 250 pies and counting.

Cruise ships in the scrap yard:
Drone view of a ship graveyard as cruising market collapses in pandemic.  Dozens of workers stripped walls, windows, floors and railings from several vessels in the dock in Aliaga, a town 45 km north of Izmir on Turkey's west coast.  Three more ships are set to join those already being dismantled.  [Video clip]

The Slow Suicide of New York City.  About 1,200 restaurants have permanently shuttered since March.  The city has around 600,000 fewer jobs than a year ago.  About one-third of the city's small businesses may never reopen.  But, of course, it's not just about numbers.  It's the vitality of the city that has been struck down.  Tourism is practically a thing of the past.  Hotels lay in waste.  Broadway remains dark.  Offices spaces are just that — vacant.  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the subways, is hemorrhaging $200 million a week.  Nobody, it seems, is going anywhere.  Take a look at the platforms at virtually any subway station: a ghost town.  Imagine the wreckage occurring to the city's tax base.

Trump Supporter Outside Walter Reed Hospital: 'We Brought a Trump Rally to Him'.  A Trump supporter who gathered outside of Walter Reed hospital with fellow supporters on Sunday said that they effectively "brought a Trump rally" to the president, as Trump remained in the hospital undergoing treatment for the Chinese coronavirus.  "Trump has been giving us rallies basically four, five times a week, every day the last three, four weeks," the Trump supporter, identified as "Greg," told Breitbart News.  "Right now he needs us.  So we brought a Trump rally to him and he came out and he said hi and it made his day."  Earlier in the day, Trump made a surprise visit to his supporters who have gathered outside of the hospital throughout the duration of his stay, waving to them from a[n] SUV.

Led Zeppelin emerges victorious in 'Stairway to Heaven' plagiarism case.  British rock band Led Zeppelin on Monday effectively won a long-running legal battle over claims it stole the opening guitar riff from its signature 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven."  The band, one of the best-selling rock acts of all time, was handed victory after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, meaning that a March 2020 decision by a U.S. appeals court in Led Zeppelin's favor will stand.  Lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page had been accused in the six-year-long case of lifting the riff — one of the best-known openings in rock music — from a song called "Taurus", written by the late Randy Wolfe of the U.S. band Spirit.

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 32, becomes Thirteenth member of Trump's inner circle to test positive for COVID-19.  White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has become the latest person in the President's inner circle to test positive for COVID-19, three days after Trump confirmed he'd been infected.  McEnany, 32, continued going to work at the White House despite Trump testing positive late on Thursday night and she took her mask off on Sunday to brief reporters.  She had been in close contact with the President and others at White House who have tested positive, but repeatedly tested negatively herself until Monday.  Her assistant, Chad Gilmartin has also tested positive.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she's tested positive for coronavirus.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday morning and will start the "quarantine process," becoming the latest person in President Trump's orbit to get the virus.  "After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms," McEnany said in a statement.  "No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit."

Carl Sagan's socialism hot take with Ted Turner goes viral 31 years later.  Carl Sagan, who spent his career in search of extraterrestrial intelligence, was apparently hard-pressed to find it here on Earth.  The famed astronomer made a case for socialism in a 1989 interview on CNN with billionaire television mogul Ted Turner when asked simply, "Are you a socialist?"  A clip of their exchange has gone viral on Twitter with more than 100,000 likes and more than 3 million views since Sunday night.

Martha McSally has what it takes to be a senator.  Mark Kelly doesn't, former astronauts say.  As former fighter pilots and test pilots, we know what it takes to get in the cockpit of a fighter jet for a test flight or combat:  incredible determination, strength and grit.  That's why we support Sen. Martha McSally.  As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat and command a fighter squadron, she broke barriers in the Air Force and the military.  We remember a not-so-distant past when the Air Force wouldn't let women fly in combat.  Instead of sitting down accepting the status quo, McSally stood up, fought for change and made strides for generations of women to follow her.

Ouch! Three Astronauts Endorse AZ's GOP Senator Over Her Astronaut Senate Challenger.  You hate to see it.  Things are going great in your effort to become a U.S. senator:  you're crushing your general election opponent both in the polls and donations haul, PACs are filling the airwaves and online with nasty, dishonest ads against your governor-appointed, incumbent adversary.  Then this happens...  The Arizona Republic, the largest newspaper in the state of Arizona and the ostensible paper of record for the movers and shakers in the capital city, Phoenix, publishes an embarrassing endorsement for your GOP rival, barely thirty days before Election Day, from these three gentlemen.

Horse-Drawn Carriages Met With Protesters As Rides Return To Central Park.  Horse-drawn carriage rides are officially back in Central Park again.  Rides ran Saturday [10/3/2020] for the first time since March after being shut down due to the pandemic.  But as drivers and tourists celebrated the return, they were met with protesters who are asking the city to get the carriages off the streets again.

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Biden's dramatic change to retirement accounts could reduce their availability, industry warns.  Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential platform includes a tax proposal that could force some employers to abandon offering retirement options to workers, the industry is warning.  The plan would dramatically change the incentive to save for retirement by replacing the current deferral system with a tax credit.  Most retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans and IRAs, allow taxpayers to delay paying taxes on contributions to accounts until they are retired.  By suspending this tax until retirement, workers have been able to grow their nest eggs beyond what they would have been if taxes were paid in the year that the money was received.  Biden would like to replace the current system with a tax credit.  His campaign site does not lay out a rate for the credit, but it has been reported to be 26%.

Texas AG Paxton disputes bribery, abuse-of-office allegations leveled by aides.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defended himself Saturday evening [10/3/2020] after a group of high-level aides reported alleged criminal misconduct to federal law enforcement, according to local reports.  "We have a good faith belief that the Attorney General is violating federal and/or state law, including prohibitions relating to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses," said a letter signed by seven high-ranking assistant attorney generals.  It was dated Oct. 1 but obtained and published Saturday by Austin's KVUE-TV and the Austin American-Statesman.

China's Communist Christ.  Earlier this year, we learned of the Chinese Communist Party's intention to undertake its own, state-approved "translation" of the Bible.  Evidently, the Christian Scriptures are not as amenable to CCP orthodoxy as the Politburo would like.  According to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, the Party assembled a group of obedient and pliable "scholars" late last year and charged them with "making accurate and authoritative interpretations of classical doctrines to keep pace with the times."  In other words, the CCP plans to turn the Scriptures into another piece of regime propaganda by rewriting them beyond all recognition.

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Numerous re-translations of the Bible have been produced over the last century, and many of them are so loosely paraphrased or so excessively "amplified" and embellished that they don't sound like the original at all.

Debate commission accedes to Biden campaign's 'health and safety' objections for VP debate.  The Commission on Presidential Debates has agreed to seat Kamala Harris and Mike Pence 12 feet apart at the vice presidential debate next week, after the Biden campaign raised health and safety objections to the original spacing between the two candidates because of Covid concerns.  As of Friday evening [10/2/2020], however, the commission would not accede to the Biden campaign's request that Harris and Pence stand during the debate.  Instead, the two will be seated, which was the preference of the Trump campaign, a source familiar with the discussions told POLITICO.

Former FBI Official Proposes 'Bipartisan Commission' to Vet Presidential Candidates Like Trump.  A former top FBI official on Thursday [10/1/2020] proposed that a "bipartisan commission" be created to vet presidential candidates so people like President Trump can never be elected again.  "We got this wrong, and this can't happen again," said Frank Figliuzzi, who was briefly the assistant director of the FBI under President Obama.  During a discussion on MSNBC about Trump's taxes Thursday morning, Figliuzzi opined that the president's supposedly dire financial situation made him "vulnerable" to certain entities like {{{Russia}}}.

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[#1] Whenever a "bipartisan commission" is proposed, the purpose of it is to damage or impede the Republicans.  [#2] Whenever you read, "former Obama official," you can stop right there and infer that the proposal is as partisan as it can be.  [#3] Little kids have been told for centuries that anyone can grow up to be President of the United States.  Is that still true?  Was it ever true?  [#4]  Presidential candidates are filtered by a lengthy campaign process which is widely televised for all to see.  If the American voters want to elect someone with a sketchy background, a phony Social Security number, and a forged birth certificate, it is the duty of the press to let everyone know about all this before Election Day.

Trump delivers video message saying he thinks he is 'doing very well,' after testing positive for coronavirus.  President Trump thanked Americans for their "tremendous support" and said he is "doing very well" in a pre-recorded video he tweeted out Friday as he was being flown by Marine One to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where he will be treated for mild symptoms after testing positive for the COVID-19.  The president's message was upbeat, though his tone was more subdued than usual in the video, which is believed to have been shot just before he was transferred to Walter Reed "out of an abundance of caution," according to the White House.

Trump Taken to Hospital 'Out of an Abundance of Caution,' White House Says.  [Scroll down]  The Trumps' diagnosis comes just three days after the first presidential debate of this year's election cycle, where Trump and Biden did not shake hands in order to protect both candidates against contracting the virus.  Republican Senator Mike Lee has tested positive as well, just two days after he met with in-person with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  Barrett reportedly already contracted the coronavirus over the summer and has since recovered.

Stock futures, oil prices plunge after Trump tests positive for coronavirus.  US stock futures and global shares tumbled Friday as President Trump's announcement that he tested positive for coronavirus rattled investors.  Futures contracts for the Dow Jones industrial average had dropped 348 points, or about 1.2 percent, to 27,341.00 as of 6:52 a.m. after Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus.  Futures for the benchmark S&P 500 index sank 1.3 percent while Nasdaq futures fell about 1.8 percent, pointing to a sharp drop on Wall Street at Friday's opening bell.  Investors also sold stocks abroad, with London's FTSE 100 index dropping as much as 1.1 percent and Germany's blue-chip DAX index falling as much as 1.4 percent.

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It sounds like a bunch of armchair investors find it much too easy to buy and sell over the internet.

Verizon scrambling to unload HuffPost as losses mount.  Verizon has been quietly scrambling to unload HuffPost as it grapples with continued losses at the left-leaning news and culture website, The [New York] Post has learned.  The telecom giant — which acquired the site formerly known as the Huffington Post as part of its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL in 2015 — has approached multiple digital-media companies during the past few months in a bid to get the property off its books as losses accelerate due to the coronavirus, according to sources close to the situation.  Verizon has pitched the property to prospective buyers including Thrillist-owner Group Nine Media, Rolling Stone publisher Penske Media Corp., Bustle Digital Media and J2 Global, insiders said.  Those media outlets declined to comment.

GOP pollster sees Trump-Biden debate as embarrassing, says it 'encouraged people not to vote'.  Longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Wednesday [9/30/2020] that participants in his focus group were let down by the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.  "I have never had a session blow up where the participants were disappointed on both sides, where everyone was embarrassed and everyone was upset about what had happened," Luntz said on "Squawk Box," while agreeing with the participants' assessment.

Dallas salon owner jailed for defying lockdown orders wins spot in run-off for state senate seat.  Remember Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who reopened her business during the coronavirus shutdown?  She decided to turn her story into action and is running for a seat in the Texas State Senate.  Tuesday night [9/29/2020], she earned a spot in the run-off for that seat.  While everyone else was consumed with the presidential debate, a special election race was being held in the Dallas area.  Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper) is running for Congress so his seat has been vacated.  The district is a solidly red district and stretches to the northwest around Dallas-Fort Worth.  With 100% of precincts reporting, she and state Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster ended in a dead heat.  The third-place finisher was the only Democrat running.

Court rules Subway sandwiches too sugary to meet legal definition of 'bread'.  Ireland's highest court isn't sweet on tax breaks for footlongs.  The country's Supreme Court ruled that the starch used in Subway sandwiches is too sugary to meet the definition of "bread" — a legal distinction that would have saved the firm some dough.  In deciding whether to give the fast-food chain a tax break for serving a "staple" food item, the five-judge panel ruled that the bread's sugar-to-flour content is roughly five times too high to qualify, according to the Irish Independent.  For a company to be taxed zero percent, under the Value-Added Tax Act of 1972, the weight of sugar and fat in a bread product must not be more than 2 percent of the total weight of flour in the dough.

Next major doc declass by WH said to show Russia was actually trying to hurt Trump, not collude with him.  The White House is set to declassify a major trove of documents that include evidence showing Russian President Vladimir Putin was actually working against then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, not 'colluding' with him as Democrats have long charged, a report said Tuesday [9/29/2020].  The declassification and its potential to flip the narrative — set for this week according to multiple sources who spoke to Just The News — would come four years after the Obama-era FBI launched a counterintelligence probe over claims that people within the Trump campaign were working with Moscow to manipulate the outcome in the GOP contender's favor.

A temporary dip in demand is no reason to move the plant.  There must be more to it.
Boeing to move all 787 Dreamliner production to South Carolina.  Boeing Co. will set plans this week to consolidate 787 Dreamliner assembly in South Carolina, people familiar with the matter said, ending production of that jetliner in Washington state as the coronavirus pandemic saps demand for aircraft.  The decision carries significant implications for the Seattle-area economy and Boeing's unionized workforce around Puget Sound.  It wasn't clear over what period of time the consolidation would play out, or how many employees might be affected by the move.  Boeing could announce the plans as soon as this week, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

Chamber of Commerce's Political Chief Resigns After Democrat Endorcements.  The United States Chamber of Commerce's chief political strategist has resigned from the business group after its endorsement of 23 House Democrats in swing districts across the country.  Scott Reed, the Chamber's longtime senior political strategist, has resigned, according to the New York Times' Maggie Haberman.  "Scott Reed, who's been the top political strategist at the US Chamber for years, tells me he has resigned, amid a perceived drift to the left at the Chamber on heels of nearly two dozen endorsements of House Dems," Haberman posted online.

Governor Cuomo Offers To Send National Guard To Pick Up Trash.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered to send the national guard to help pick up the trash which has reportedly been piling up in New York City.  "Garbage piling up, literally, people saying there is an odiferous environment because of the garbage piling up," Cuomo said during a Tuesday [9/29/2020] press conference.  "I don't know what's going on in New York City.  If they can't do it, I have offered to send in the National Guard to come help pick up the garbage."

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If you're in the National Guard, is this the kind of duty you had in mind when you signed up?  Is the National Guard just a mass of poorly-paid all-purpose servants who clean up the 50 governors' messes?

Ron Johnson: 'Political' for John Durham not to release interim report before election.  A top Republican senator blamed U.S. Attorney John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation for presenting a roadblock to documents sought by Congress.  This is why Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said "it is incredibly disappointing" if the federal prosecutor does not intend to release an interim report before the Nov. 3 election due to concerns about such a disclosure being viewed as political as Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo reported on Sunday [9/27/2020].  "What's political is if he doesn't report," the Wisconsin Republican declared.  Johnson said the "deep state" has, "through these other investigations," prevented the public "from knowing what happened with the FBI's corruption of their investigation, the corruption of the transition process, for about three-and-a-half years."

Huge: No Durham Report, Indictments Coming per Sources.  This is not the kind of big news you want to get on an otherwise slow Sunday morning, but here it is.  Fox News' Maria Bartiromo is reporting this morning that there will be no Durham interim report or indictments coming before the election.  By the wording, she may actually be saying there's no report coming at all.  If true, this is a travesty of justice of the highest order given what has transpired the last five years. [...] Whether or not you believe this news will probably depend on the level of cynicism you normally operate with in regards to this topic.  I've been far more skeptical of the Durham investigation than even I'd like to admit at times.

Hollywood not good enough?  Meghan Markle reportedly now wants to be US president.  Forgetting who she is, Meghan Markle, duchess of Sussex, has decided she'd also like to become president of the United States. [...] Seems that with duchess titles coming easily, shouldn't presidential ones, too?  All she has to do is smile pretty... and speak woke, and the American voters will be drooling for her.  Her foray into U.S. politics is getting particularly unseemly for someone who hasn't renounced her title of duchess.  First she started hanging out with Michelle Obama, "teaming up for female empowerment" as the press release, I mean USA Today article, put it.  Then she gets a lucrative Netflix deal, too, kind of like what the Obamas got.  Then she puts her husband, Prince Harry, in an embarrassing position by making a get-out-the-vote "public service" announcement, insisting that the election of 2020 would be "the most important election of our lifetimes," which was clearly targeted at President Trump.  She did her husband Harry, who has never voted in his life, a tremendous disservice by shoving him into that.

Woke Royals' U.S. Election Interference 'Violation' of Megxit Deal:  Claim.  The decision by Los Angeles-based Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to wade into the upcoming U.S. election by offering voting advice was a "violation" of their "Megxit" deal with the Queen and could further jeopardise their links to the monarchy, it was claimed Sunday [9/27/2020] by senior royal aides.  According to the Times newspaper, courtiers have been canvassing how the royal household could separate itself further from the pair.  The distance is required after the couple called on voters in America to "reject hate speech, misinformation and online negativity" in "the most important election of our lifetime" — comments widely interpreted as a swipe at President Donald Trump, as Breitbart News reported.

New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square will be virtual this year.  For the first time in 114 years, there will be no crowd in Times Square to cheer the famed New Year's Eve ball drop.  In the latest COVID-19-induced blow to Big Apple traditions, officials announced major changes to the annual event Wednesday [9/23/2020] — saying that while the ball will still drop, the usual packed celebration will be a no-go.  "One thing that will never change is the ticking of time and the arrival of a New Year at midnight on December 31st," said Tim Tompkins, the president of the Times Square Alliance, in a news release.

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You could ring in the new year yourself, just by observing the time here or here.  If you have to be at work early the next morning (like I always did), you can celebrate the New Year in UTC or Zulu time, five hours earlier than Eastern Standard Time.  To simulate the actual conditions at Times Square, find about a thousand nasty smelly strangers to crowd around you, including a few pickpockets and prostitutes.  Then spill beer and cigarette butts all over the ground, and charge yourself $50 for a ride home.  In other words, you're not missing anything by not being in Times Square at midnight.

Anti-Cop Alyssa Milano Terrorizes Her Neighborhood by Calling Cops on a Teenager and a Squirrel.  If you're a liberal in Hollywood who likes to spout off about vital political issues 'n' stuff, there is a 98% chance you are a flaming hypocrite for it.  Like all the celebs who want to #DefundThePolice for me and you, but not for them.  And when it comes to leftist celebs with dumb political opinions, top of the list is usually Alyssa Milano.  Who, for a celeb who is super-serious about defunding the police — she [...] tweeted about it and everything — she has no problem calling the police.

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Apparently she wasn't acquainted with the teenager, otherwise I'd suspect her of low-level SWATting.

'Defund the police' activist Alyssa Milano calls 911 sparking massive police presence in her quiet California neighborhood.  Actress and 'Defund the police' activist Alyssa Milano was quick to call cops when she believed an armed gunman was on her Bell Canyon property on Sunday morning [9/20/2020].  The call ignited a response that included seven Ventura County Sheriffs' vehicles, one K-9 unit, a police helicopter and one Los Angeles Fire Department team that sat down the street on standby. [...] The search by air and street level lasted over three hours and ended abruptly at 12.20 pm. [...] 'It turned out it was a neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels,' a resident told the DailyMail.com.  The male teenager witnessed the emergency response and later realized he was the cause and turned himself in.

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This is a person who wants to live in a little world without cops.  If that's what she wants, she should learn a lot more about firearms.

House passes short-term spending bill to avoid government shutdown.  The House approved late Tuesday night, in a 359-57-1 vote, a stopgap bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.  Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not vote yes or no, but "present."  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced earlier Tuesday [9/22/2020] that Democrats had reached a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to avert a government shutdown and fund the government with a continuing resolution through Dec. 11.

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AOC has figured out how to get easy press coverage:  Just vote "present," like Barack H. Obama used to do, and the news media will point out the lone exception.  In doing so, she isn't representing her constituents, but as long as the newspapers spell her name correctly, she doesn't seem to care.

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote.  Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts.  The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election.  Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.

Matt Gaetz Calls On Florida AG To Investigate Mike Bloomberg "For Potentially Engaging In Bribery And Vote Buying".  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has called on the state's Attorney General to investigate Bloomberg for "Potentially Engaging In Bribery And Vote Buying."  [Video clip] [...] [Earlier,] Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who has committed at least $100 million in Florida towards electing Joe Biden, has raised another $16 million to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic felons so that they can vote in the November election.

Mike Bloomberg Is Likely Breaking Federal Law by Paying off Felon Debts for Democrat Votes.  As reported earlier former New York City Mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg raised $16 million to pay off the fines for 32,000 black and Hispanic Florida voters so they can vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.  Basketball icon Lebron James is also looking to pay convicted felons' fines so they can vote for Joe Biden.  But tonight legal analyst J. Christian Adams argued that Michael Bloomberg is breaking federal and likely Florida state law by buying votes from felons.  And J. Christian Adams also argued that Bloomberg is putting the felons in legal and financial jeopardy by paying off their debts for votes.

Candace Owens Claims Amazon [is] Destroying Her Books Before Shipping, Provides Photos.  On Saturday, conservative commentator and author Candace Owens claimed about 1,000 fans have informed her that their copy of her new book, "Blackout:  How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation," was damaged upon arrival from Amazon.  "Dear [Amazon].  About 1,000 people have written to let me know that your employees appear to be stomping on and in this case, smearing Vaseline on my books before mailing them," Owens accused.  "I know it must have pained you to ship out all 90,000 copies you had in stock — but this is unacceptable."  Owens provided photos of the damaged books and retweeted others showcasing similar damage to their copy.

Translation:  Printing money causes inflation.
Price Increases at Retail Level Accelerating, Thanks to Massive Money Supply Increase.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday [9/11/2020] that prices at the retail level in August increased at an annual rate of nearly five percent in August.  Retail prices dropped when the shutdown began and demand for retail items such as gas and services such as restaurants fell like stones.  People nearly stopped buying, preferring to stash their "stimulus" checks from the government in savings or use them to pay off credit card debt.  In response, the government, with the help of the Federal Reserve, dumped massive amounts of newly created digital currency into the economy, hoping that the infusion would quickly revive it once the infection risk had passed.

Most Want 'Blue Lives Matter' Laws to Protect Police, Fear for Public Safety.  Most voters believe there is a war on police in America today and want to make attacks on cops punishable as a hate crime.  Blacks worry most that these attacks will make their communities less safe.  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think there is a war on police going on.  That's up from 43% two years ago and up from a previous high of 58% in 2015.  Just 29% disagree, while 12% are undecided.

Senate Dems, including Kamala Harris, call for investigation into Durham probe.  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, including Sen. Kamala Harris, are calling on the Justice Department's watchdog to investigate whether a probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham violates Justice Department policy.  Durham, is investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and other intelligence-gathering activities related to Donald Trump and his associates.

Black Leaders Launch '1776 Unites' High School Curriculum.  Two black leaders are launching "1776 Unites," a new high school curriculum that aims to combat victimhood culture in American society by telling the stories of black Americans who have prospered by embracing America's founding ideals.  Civil rights veteran Bob Woodson and Ian Rowe, a charter school leader, gave remarks Wednesday on the new curriculum and what they hope it will accomplish for young black students and students of all races.  The curriculum's goal is to "let millions of young people know about these incredible stories, African-Americans past and present, innovative, inventive, who faced adversity, did not view themselves as victims, and chose pathways to be agents of their own uplift," said Rowe, who is also a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Oregon couple helplessly watch as looters break into evacuated home.  An Oregon couple forced to flee their home because of the raging wildfires soon faced a second heartbreak — as they helplessly watched looters breaking in on their home video surveillance system.  Tracy and Marvin Johnson told KOIN 6 News how the Unger Fire had already destroyed a two-mile hiking trail in Beavercreek that they had opened days earlier after spending eight years building.  Firefighters managed to save their home despite the blaze coming within feet of it — just for looters to break in despite an evacuation order in the area, they told the station.  "Our Nest cam came on and told us that there was movement and we could see the lights pull up into our driveway," Marvin Johnson said.

Analyst: Neither Trump or Biden care about soaring federal debt, deficit.  The U.S. government is awash in debt and red ink — and neither President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger appear bothered by the status quo, an analyst told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday [9/16/2020].  Last week, the Treasury released data showing how the COVID-19 pandemic helped push the U.S. federal budget deficit above $3 trillion for the first 11 months of fiscal 2020, a rate more than double the prior full-year record.

Uh-Oh: John Bolton Is Officially Under DOJ Investigation.  Perhaps that book wasn't such a great idea?  John Bolton is now officially under DOJ investigation for possibly leaking classified information in his recent tell-all publication.  The book made news by making several big unsubstantiated claims aimed at hurting President Trump.  The media obviously salivated over Bolton because he was targeting the right person, though they once treated him as the root of all evil and a disgusting warmonger.  But Trump has a way of rehabilitating anyone's image.  Now, Bolton may be rethinking whether all those plaudits were worth it.

Data Reveals Where the Majority of Biden's Donations Came from — and It's Bad News for Dems.  The conservative group Take Back Action Fund is sounding the alarm on millions of political donations made to former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign.  According to the group, more than half of the 2019 contributions Biden received on the Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue came from unemployed people, Fox News reported.  That number has increased in 2020, particularly in light of the pandemic. [...] "After downloading hundreds of millions of [dollars in] donations to the Take Back Action Fund servers, we were shocked to see that almost half of the donations to ActBlue in 2019 claimed to be unemployed individuals," Take Back Action Fund's president, John Pudner, told Fox News.  "The name of employers must be disclosed when making political donations, but more than 4.7 million donations came from people who claimed they did not have an employer.  Those 4.7 million donations totaled $346 million ActBlue raised and sent to liberal causes."

Rochester Police Receive Permission to Cover Their Names After Harassment.  Rochester, New York, police officers have received permission to cover their name tags in an effort to avoid harassment from far-left protesters.  Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary who is set to retire soon, approved the move after protesters targeted a number of officers who shouted out their home addresses, the names of their children and their schools, and made phone calls to their parents.  After the decision, a city council meeting with Democrat Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council Chief of Staff Robert Scanlon occurred.  During the meeting, Scanlon fielded questions on the police.  Scanlon read a response on behalf of Singletary.

Silicon Valley's Tech Titans Cut Pay For Staff That Work From Home.  Software company VMWare announced recently that employees that opt to work from home indefinitely will be asked to accept as much as an 18 percent reduction in pay.  Now, other companies in Silicon Valley have announced similar plans to decrease salaries for those that choose to work from home.  According to a report by Bloomberg News, companies in Silicon Valley may reduce pay for employees that opt to work from home indefinitely.  Both Facebook and Twitter confirmed that they may adopt policies that would reduce pay for employees that opt to work from home.

Hero veteran's 'Oregon is burning' campaign ad sweeps the internet for originality and fire.  A Republican running for Congress in Oregon blasted his far-left opponent for a dismal track record in representing their district in a fiery new campaign video.  In the video released this week, Republican congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos declared that "Oregon is burning" as he called out Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, who has "been in office longer than I've been alive."  The 27-year-old former Oregon National Guardsman, hailed as a hero for his part in thwarting a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015, now wants to represent Oregon's 4th district in Congress.

Entire Rochester, NY Police Command Staff Resigns.  Rochester has been having fiery but mostly peaceful protests ever since a mentally-ill man jacked up on amphetamines died while in police custody.  He said he had covid and began spitting on officers, so, to protect Their Lives, which apparently don't matter, they put a spit-hood over him.  Then he suffocated.  "Mostly Peaceful Protesters" blame the spit-hood.  I blame the spitting of disease on cops.  I also blame the illegal amphetamines this lunatic was amped up on.  They've been rioting since then, and now the whole leadership says Byeeee!

Propaganda for kids:
DC Comics 'Wonder Women Of History' To Feature 'Real World Heroes' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib.  DC Comics is releasing a new graphic novel celebrating the "Wonder Women of History," and included among 17 female "real-world heroes" will be leftist darlings Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and even former presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).  The list of "Wonder Women of History" also includes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tennis star Serena Williams, Beyonce, and alternative comedian Tig Notaro, as well as a number of social justice activists.  No conservative women were included.

New Jersey orders American flags honoring 9/11 to be removed from overpasses.  New Jersey's Department of Transportation has come under fire for ordering the removal of flags hung on overpasses in memory of lives lost on 9/11.  Days before the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on The U.S., flags that have been hung on New Jersey highway overpasses for years were reportedly ordered to be taken down by the state's turnpike authority because they were deemed a "distraction."

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Ri-i-i-ight.  But the state's own highway message boards are okay, even if they just have a placeholder message like "Click It or Ticket."

Alek Scarlatos is Running for Congress in Oregon's 4th District.  Alek Scarlatos is running for Congress in Portland's 4th Congressional District. [...] Alek can win this district.  Alek is running against Rep. Peter DeFazio who has held the seat since January 1987 before Alek was born.  You may recognize Alek Scarlatos.  In August 2015 Alek Scarlatos along with this friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler took down an armed Islamic terrorist during his attack in the train from Belgium to France.

Minnesota Veteran Running for Congress Criticizes Obama-Era VA.  Minnesota GOP congressional candidate Tyler Kistner told Fox Business on Friday [9/4/2020] the Obama-era Veterans Affairs was the "worst it had ever been."  "Under the Obama administration ... our budget was cut.  We had limited resources to effectively carry out our job, and Veterans Affairs was the worst it had ever been," Kistner, a former Marine, told Fox Business.  "So I stand with our president and everything he's continuing to do for our military day in and day out."

UN Forced to Admit Gates-funded Vaccine is Causing Polio Outbreak in Africa.  This really should be one of the biggest public health scandals of the decade, but instead it's given little attention — mainly because of the high-profile nature of the people and organisations involved.  The United Nations has been forced to admit that a major international vaccine initiative is actually causing a deadly outbreak of the very disease it was supposed to wipe-out.  While international organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO) will regularly boast about 'eradicating polio' with vaccines — the opposite seems to be the case, with vaccines causing the deaths of scores of young people living in Africa.

The Coming Coup?  Democrats are laying the groundwork for revolution right in front of our eyes.  As if 2020 were not insane enough already, we now have Democrats and their ruling class masters openly talking about staging a coup.  You might have missed it, what with the riots, lockdowns and other daily mayhem we're forced to endure in this, the most wretched year of my lifetime.  But it's happening.  It started with the military brass quietly indicating that the troops should not follow a presidential order.  They were bolstered by many former generals — including President Trump's own first Secretary of Defense — who stated openly what the brass would only hint at.  Then, as nationwide riots really got rolling in early June, the sitting Secretary of Defense himself all but publicly told the president not to invoke the Insurrection Act.

Discover blocks donations to site raising money for Kyle Rittenhouse defense.  Discover Financial Services has blocked customers from making donations on a Christian crowdfunding site that was raising money for accused Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse, a report said.  GiveSendGo has raised more than $380,000 for the 17-year-old, who has been receiving support in some conservative circles who claim he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two protesters with an AR-15 style rifle during a chaotic night following the shooting of Jacob Blake.  The credit card company, in emails to Forbes, said the action was taken for operating regulation violations.  The violation wasn't explained.

AG Barr on Michael Reinoehl's Killing: 'Our Cities Are Safer With This Violent Agitator Removed'.  Attorney General William Barr on Friday lauded law enforcement after the killing of self-professed Portland Antifa member and murder suspect Michael Forest Reinoehl, saying American cities are safer with him off the streets.  "Last Saturday, Aaron 'Jay' Danielson was shot and killed amid the continuing violence in Portland.  Local authorities subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Michael Forest Reinoehl, a self-described Antifa member suspected of the alleged murder," Barr said in a statement.  "Reinoehl fled to Washington State, where he was located yesterday by members of a fugitive task force led by the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, and state and local law enforcement partners.  When Reinoehl attempted to escape arrest and produced a firearm, he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers."

Jacob Blake pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges in virtual court appearance.  Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot by a white cop in Kenosha, Wisc., last month, surfaced Friday for the first time since he was injured — to plead not guilty to previous criminal charges filed against him in July.  Blake, 29, donning a blue button-down shirt and yellow tie, entered his plea by video from his hospital bed at Wisconsin's Froedtert Hospital.  It was his first public appearance since he was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer Aug. 23, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  His shooting sparked more widespread police-brutality protests.

Atlanta ICE operation nets 77 'worst of the worst' offenders.  At least 77 "worst of the worst" accused offenders were arrested during an operation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Atlanta Field Office earlier this summer, according to a report on Thursday [9/3/2020].  Most of the individuals arrested have had convictions for aggravated assault, cruelty towards children and other crimes that targeted the young, Thomas Giles, the ICE Atlanta Field Office director, told FOX 5.  He said the operation — which spanned from July 13 to Aug. 20 — focused on individuals he deemed "the worst of the worst — the threats to public safety."

If a Republican does this, it's called going into hiding.
St. Louis mayor temporarily relocates following protests at her home.  Mayor Lyda Krewson has temporarily relocated after a string of protests at her Central West End home.  The mayor on Wednesday [9/2/2020] confirmed that she and her husband, former television reporter Mike Owens, have been living at an apartment, also in the Central West End.  "We have not lived at home for 2 months," Krewson said in a text message to a reporter.  "We did it to deescalate the situation, to save police resources, and importantly because our neighbors were being disturbed and threatened."  The mayor said "for me it comes with the territory."  "I ran for this job — my neighbors did not," Krewson said.

Students Think Trump's 2nd-Term Plans Are Great... When Told They Are Biden's.  A new video highlights how young people agree with Donald Trump's second term agenda, just so long as they don't know it's the President's.  Campus Reform told students that the plans, including going after human traffickers and terrorists, and ending wars to bring troops home.  [Video clip]

DoJ: Operation Legend arrests 147 murder suspects — and 2,000 overall — in six weeks.  How did the Department of Justice make over 2,000 arrests in less than two months of Operation Legend?  In part by returning to the kind of effective law enforcement that cities have abandoned in 2020.  US Attorney Justin Herdman told Fox & Friends that the efforts in nine cities have found almost 150 murder suspects since the late-July effort began, which is one reason why local police departments have welcomed federal help, Herdman claimed.  The boost in resources at all levels allows officers to use broken-windows policing to find criminals who have been hiding in plain sight all along.

Court Documents Reveal Shot Kenosha Rioter Joseph Rosenbaum Was a Convicted Child Rapist.  New court documents of the Pima County, Arizona circuit court reveal that Joseph Rosenbaum was convicted of various sex crimes against children in Arizona in 2002.  Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation while rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week.  He is seen on camera lunging at 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who eventually shot him, claiming he acted in self defense when Rosenbaum attempted to take the AR-15 rifle he was carrying.

Pedophiles are Using Cheese and Pizza Emojis to Share Child Porn Images on Social Media.  Experts are warning that pedophiles are using cheese and pizza emojis to trade child pornography over social media.  PDProtect, a London-based group, is warning that pedophiles are taking and sharing images of children that are uploaded by their own parents and sharing them with other creeps.  "I couldn't just scroll past it as at the end of the day these are people's children," said India, the 27-year-old mother who founded the project, to The Telegraph.

Seattle mayor asks state Supreme Court to halt recall effort against her.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan filed a petition Monday asking the state Supreme Court to block an effort to recall her, arguing that the push is based on a policy disagreement and is vague about what she should have done differently in her handling of widespread protests in June.  In appealing her case to the state Supreme Court, Durkan argued that she hadn't violated any law or standard.

Fox News' Chris Wallace to moderate first Trump-Biden presidential debate.  "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace has been selected to moderate the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced Wednesday [9/2/2020].  Wallace will moderate the first debate, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Cleveland.  Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott celebrated the announcement in an email to staffers on Wednesday.

US Marshals Service 'Operation Safety Net' recovers 25 missing children in Ohio in its first two weeks.  The U.S. Marshals Service recovered at least 25 missing children in Ohio in a two-week stretch as part of an ongoing operation in the Buckeye State.  "Over the weekend U.S. Marshals rescued dozens of missing children across Ohio, many of whom were being trafficked." Gov. Mike DeWine said during a Tuesday [9/1/2020] news conference.  "Operation Safety Net" is still in its first two weeks and is ongoing, according to the Marshals Service.  It's being carried out in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies around northern Ohio.

Body cam:  Knife-wielding woman killed after stabbing Jacksonville officer.  Body camera footage released Tuesday [9/1/2020] shows the sequence of events leading up to what the State Attorney's Office ruled a justifiable police shooting.  Leah Baker, 29, was shot and killed by police after attacking an officer who was answering an April 11 call about a dispute at a home in Northwest Jacksonville.  The newly obtained video shows how quickly the encounter escalated.

Oregon State Troopers were deputized by the feds so they can make arrests on federal charges.  There are a lot of moving parts to this one so let's quickly recap.  There have been 95 straight nights of protests in Portland since the death of George Floyd and on 25 occasions those have been declared riots.  Mayor Ted Wheeler has been more vocal lately about denouncing the violence and in response the mob has targeted him at his home with occupations, vandalism, arson and rioting.  Mayor Wheeler has now told his neighbors that for their safety he plans to move.

The Editor says...
Ri-i-i-ight.  I'm moving for your safety.  Perhaps at your expense, too.  It's a public service!

RFK's grandson Joe Kennedy III becomes the first member of his family to lose a Massachusetts election.  Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday failed in his bid to take the Senate seat held by JFK, becoming the first member of his family to lose an Congressional election in Massachusetts.  The 39-year-old grandson of Robert F. Kennedy lost to incumbent Sen. Ed Markey, 74, who has been in the Senate since 2013.  Kennedy said Tuesday night that the results aren't the ones he'd hoped for, but pledged to work for Markey's reelection.

Fleet of moving trucks mark exodus from Manhattan's troubled Upper West Side.  Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Saturday [8/29/2020] — leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.  "The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect," Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city's decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels.  A mayoral candidate, Sliwa has been organizing and often leading Guardian Angels patrols of the area.  "They were stacked up," Sliwa told The [New York] Post of the four trucks he saw as he took a morning walk on Saturday.

Shelley Luther, Dallas hair salon owner who defied Covid-19 shutdown, is running for office in Texas.  Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther is running for state senate in Texas to represent local business owners and individuals who want to make their own informed decisions during the pandemic.  Luther, a Republican, appears to be pro-choice as far as freedom of movement and face masks are concerned.  Moreover, Luther described Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate as "ridiculous" and believes that any further measures related to COVID should be subject to the approval by the state legislature "otherwise, we'll turn into a communist state."  "I feel like if a business owner wants to require a mask to come in, then that's their right," she told Texas native Will Cain on Fox & Friends.

Should've waited for facts!  Armed Blake fleeing, was wanted for alleged robbery, sexual assault.  Non-fatal police shooting "victim" Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin, may not be as innocent of a so-called "victim" as the media have portrayed him to be.  In fact, according to his police records, he's an alleged sexual assaulter.  The evidence is contained in charges that were filed against Blake on July 6, 2020, and subsequently obtained and published by the Daily Mail this Friday [8/28/2020].  According to the complaint, on May 3rd, Blake entered the home of his ex-girlfriend, identified as "LNB," and proceeded to sexually assault her.

Officer charged in George Floyd's death argues drug overdose killed him, not knee on neck.  A defense attorney for the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in connection with the death of George Floyd is asking a judge to drop all charges, arguing the 46-year-old man's death was allegedly from a drug overdose and not caused by the officer planting his knee in the back of Floyd's neck.  Defense attorney Eric J. Nelson filed the motion in Hennepin County, Minnesota, District Court on Friday, claiming prosecutors have failed to show probable cause for charging Derek Chauvin with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.  Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  Nelson contends Chauvin acted on his training from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in the use of a "Maximal Restraint Technique" and did so out of concern that Floyd might harm himself or the officers struggling to arrest him.

This is why Jacob Blake had a warrant out for his arrest.  The cops involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake — which touched off a fresh wave of angry, anti-police sentiment across the country — were attempting to arrest him for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault, The [New York] Post has learned.  Blake, 29, was forbidden from going to the Kenosha home of his alleged victim from the May 3 incident, and police were dispatched Sunday following a 911 call saying he was there.  The responding officers were aware he had an open warrant for felony sexual assault, according to dispatch records and the Kenosha Professional Police Association, which released a statement on the incident on Friday.

Latest Chicago and Minneapolis riots broke out over police killings that never happened.  How do you restore order when people start riots over injustices that never happened?  Tragically, as riots sparked by disinformation unfold in Minneapolis and Chicago, this is the question we now face as a country.  Things are spiraling out of control.  The riots that broke out in late May and June after the death of George Floyd in police custody were destructive beyond description.  At least 15 people were killed during the wanton arson and looting.  Meanwhile, thousands of businesses, many owned by people of color, were destroyed, looted, and vandalized.  The economic fallout of this violence will haunt riot-torn urban communities for decades.

Biden campaign buys Keep America Great website domain to post anti-Trump messages.  Joe Biden's presidential campaign took a wily move from the Trump campaign playbook, buying up the domain KeepAmericaGreat.com and using it to post anti-Trump messages.  The slogan is frequently used by President Trump as part of his 2020 reelection effort.  Instead of MAGA boilerplate, however, visitors to KeepAmericaGreat.com are confronted with a laundry list of Trump's alleged broken promises.  "Trump isn't looking for a second term — he's looking for a do-over.  Here's how Trump's record stacks up against the promises he made to the American people," reads an intro to the material.  The website URL has existed in some form since 2004, though in recent years it has taken on a colorful new life among resistance trolls, according to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

UCLA: Chinese visiting college researcher arrested, charged with destroying evidence.  Once again, a Chinese national has been arrested and detained in the United States for his alleged activities as a military scientist.  Guan Lei first came under investigation in July by the FBI.  He was under suspicion for visa fraud and possibly transferred "sensitive software or technical data" from UCLA.  Guan Lei studied machine-learning algorithms in UCLA's mathematics department.  According to one FBI agent's affidavit, he transferred information to "high-ranking" officials in the Chinese military.  He isn't charged with that, though.  He is accused of destroying evidence.  FBI agents staked out his apartment, saw him pull a computer hard drive from his sock and throw it into a trash dumpster.  He tossed the damaged hard drive just days after he was interviewed by investigators and tried to board a plane back to China.  It sure sounds like he's hiding something, right?

Criminal Complaint Against Jacob Blake Released, The Original Story His Lawyer Told Was a Lie.  The criminal complaint which led to the outstanding warrants on Jacob Blake has been obtained and released.  Blake was shot and wounded by police after assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, having a knife, and then trying to reach back into the car where the knife was late located.  In the complaint, we see exactly why cops were pursing him, that they knew who he was when they were called, and why tensions were so high. [...] This completely changes the narrative.  The first story told by the press and Blake's lawyer was that he was an innocent bystander just breaking up a fight.  That was a total lie, as evidenced by the statement's of his own ex-girlfriend, who had a restraining order against him.  In reality, he showed up and was attempting to steal her car.  The warrant was for allegedly sexually assaulting the woman, among two other things.  This also brings up the possibility that Blake was taking the children against the mom's wishes.  Why else would they be in the car he was stealing at the time of this incident?

9th Circuit Appeals Court Rejects Oregon Judge's Order Protecting "Press" from Federal Agents in Portland.  This bit of news slipped past on Thursday [8/27/2020] in the wake of events in Kenosha and the RNC Convention speech by Pres.  Trump.  One such story was the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocking an Order from an Oregon judge placing restrictions on federal agents in Portland concerning their actions involving the press and legal observers.  I have written two stories in recent weeks about orders by Federal District Court Judge Michael Simon in Portland — [an] Obama appointee — which placed restrictions on alleged conduct by federal law enforcement agents claimed by members of the "press" and "legal observers" as having been targeted at them by the agents.  Judge Simon first issued a temporary restraining order, and later, after hearing additional evidence, entered a preliminary injunction which made the restrictions permanent while the case brought by news agencies and others was pending before him.

George Floyd's Brother Ends $14.7 Million GoFundMe Memorial Account, One Day Before the Release of 3-Month Old Toxicology Report Revealing Floyd Died Of Overdose.  Two days after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, MN, his brother, Philonise Floyd started a GoFundMe account to raise money for his estate and for grief counseling.  The GoFundMe description, written by Philonise also mentions that the funds they collect will help to cover the costs of a funeral.  George was buried in a gold casket and placed in a mausoleum as part of his elaborate funeral.  Retired professional boxer Floyd Mayweather donated $88,500 to cover the costs of George Floyd's funeral.  The GoFundMe campaign for George Floyd ended one day before the toxicology report was made public by the MN prosecution revealing the cause of George Floyd's death was a fentanyl overdose.

Fox News makes history with massive audience for Trump's GOP renomination acceptance speech.  A whopping 9.2 million people tuned in to Fox News from 10 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. ET Thursday [8/27/2020] to watch President Trump accept his party's renomination for president to close the Republican National Convention.  By contrast, no other network garnered more than 2.6 million viewers.  More people tuned into Fox News Thursday night than did CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS combined.  The viewing figures more than double the combined viewership of the two liberal cable news networks, with CNN averaging 2.2 million viewers and MSNBC pulling in 1.9 million viewers.

Kenosha police union gives its account of Jacob Blake shooting.  The Kenosha, Wis., police union issued a statement Friday on the police shooting of Jacob Blake, an incident last Sunday that sparked protests and rioting in the city this week that led to at least two deaths. [...] In Sunday's incident, Blake was "armed with a knife" and "forcefully fought" with officers, putting one of them in a headlock, Brendan Matthews, an attorney for the Kenosha Professional Police Association, said Friday, according to Kenosha News. [...] Matthews said officers first tried unsuccessfully to subdue Blake with stun guns.  Blake's lawyer claimed his client was trying to break up a domestic dispute before his arrest and he was unarmed at the time.  The police union statement added that most accounts of the shooting were "wholly inaccurate" and "purely fictional," Kenosha News reported.

WGN newsroom / studio WGN America to launch 'News Nation' on Tuesday, aiming to transform the house that Bozo built into the next CNN.  WGN America, the erstwhile home to Bozo and Andy Griffith, is set to reinvent itself as a cable news network with the Tuesday [9/1/2020] launch of "News Nation," a prime-time newscast that pledges to deliver unbiased reporting.  The mission is to take a bite out of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.  Delayed but not derailed by the pandemic, WGN America has assembled a 150-person newsroom and has been making dry runs for several weeks of its nightly three-hour newscasts from extensively remodeled Chicago studios.

The Editor says...
That's a nice looking newsroom, but it is a mistake to put the primary news studio in one end of a TV newsroom.  In a newsroom, especially when unexpected (bad) things are happening somewhere nearby, conversations tend to get clamorous, police scanners are chattering, and everybody's phone is ringing.  The Happy Team doesn't like off-camera distractions.  A television studio is supposed to be totally silent except for the voices of the on-air talent.  Moreover, the modern TV studio has robotic cameras, and robotic cameras don't watch where they're going.  The robot will stop if it runs over your foot, but by then, it has run over your foot.

U.S. Marshals Find 39 Missing Kids and Rescue 15 From Sex Trafficking in Atlanta.  The U.S. Marshals Service put out a press release on Thursday announcing the recovery of 39 missing kids, some of whom were rescued from sex traffickers in Atlanta and Macon during Operation Not Forgotten in the state of Georgia. [...] The U.S. Marshal's Office is taking on child traffickers around the country.  Historically, the U.S. marshals are famous for the manhunt.  This kind of work is right up their alley and it was surprising to learn they had not been utilized to find missing children up until now.

The Kennedy dynasty may be well and truly over.  When Joe Kennedy III, the undistinguished, 39-year-old, four-term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, announced he would challenge longtime incumbent Ed Markey for the US Senate last September, the liberal media had its typical slobbering, Pavlovian response.  Still does, despite a dramatic drop in the polls.  "The Democratic representative hasn't come up with a good rationale for challenging progressive Senator Ed Markey in Massachusetts," The Atlantic said three weeks ago.  "But with a name like his, it may not matter."  Really?  Great-Uncle Ted's run for president in 1980 couldn't be derailed by serial drunkenness, womanizing, cheating, nor lying — not even Chappaquiddick and the little matter of leaving a young woman to drown was enough.  It was Ted's televised inability to answer that very question — "Why are you running?" — that did him in.  Voters aren't stupid.  They know the reason.  The Kennedys think Massachusetts is their fiefdom, the Oval Office their birthright.  Kennedys run because they are Kennedys.

BLM Mob Starts Looting to Protest Police Brutality After Black Murder Suspect Commits Suicide.  It appears Black Lives Matter activists are so anxious for an excuse to riot that they won't even make sure the police were the ones who pulled the trigger when a black man loses his life.  On Wednesday night, a large crowd started breaking windows and looting stores like Target at Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis following news of a black man dying after police pursued him.  As it turned out, the man was a suspect in a murder case and he committed suicide to avoid arrest.

George Floyd Died of Health Complications from a Fentanyl Overdose — He Was Not Murdered By Minneapolis Police.  Don't be misled by the headline.  Derek Chauvin had his knee across the neck of George Floyd.  The police did not find George Floyd in an alley with a needle in his arm.  But Derek Chauvin did not cut off George Floyd's oxygen supply.  Derek Chauvin's knee caused no trauma to George Floyd's airway.  Derek Chauvin may have caused George Floyd to lose consciousness.  But the medical cause of George Floyd's death was cardiopulmonary arrest due to pulmonary edema resulting from acute Fentanyl toxicity. [...] Floyd died in police custody on May 25.  The Memo is dated June 1.  The Attorney General for the State of Minnesota filed second-degree murder charges on June 3, after Democrat Minnesota Governor Tim Walz asked Ellison to lead the prosecution team.  This document was filed in the District Court of Minnesota on Tuesday, August 25.  It has been hidden from the public for nearly three months.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Initially Said George Floyd Had Fatal Level of Fentanyl in His System.  Newly released evidence filed in the case against the four former Minneapolis Police officers accused of murdering George Floyd indicate that a "fatal level" of fentanyl was found in Floyd's blood, suggesting that he died of an overdose, not asphyxiation.  The toxicology report also found Methamphetamine, Norfentanyl, and 4-ANPP in Floyd's bloodstream.

Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin et al:  The Prosecution's Dirty Little Secret.  [Scroll down]  So there they were, staring at the just-received and damning toxicology report that blew to smithereens the whole prosecution theory that the police had killed Floyd.  To their undoubted dismay, Dr. Baker, the chief medical examiner, had to concede that at 11 ng/mL, Floyd had "a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances."  He also conceded that the fentanyl overdose "can cause pulmonary edema," a frothy fluid build-up in the lungs that was evidenced by the finding at autopsy that Floyd's lungs weighed two to three times normal weight.  This is consistent with Officer Kueng's observation at the scene that Floyd was foaming at the mouth and, as found at autopsy, that his lungs were "diffusely congested and edematous."  In other words, like a drowned man, Floyd's lungs were filled with fluid.  And that was the obvious and inescapable reason why Floyd kept shouting over and over again that he couldn't breathe even when he was upright and mobile.  The memorandum ends with Dr. Baker's devastating conclusion that "if Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he [Dr. Baker] would conclude that it was an overdose death."

Arson suspected as cause of ship fire at San Diego Navy base.  Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard and a U.S. Navy sailor is being questioned as a potential suspect, a senior defense official said Wednesday.  The sailor was being questioned but was not detained and defense department leaders were notified of the development, the official said.

No, It's Not New for a Cabinet Secretary to Address a Political Convention.  Over at Slate, Fred Kaplan fumes about Mike Pompeo's speech from last night and writes, "no secretary of state has ever spoken at a party convention.  The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from taking part in political campaigns.  Pompeo also violated his own guidance, sent to his underlings on Feb. 18 of this year.  A bold-faced sentence in that memo read: 'Senate-confirmed Presidential appointees may not even attend a political party convention or convention-related event.'"  But the Hatch Act doesn't bar cabinet officials from speaking at political events.  The rules state that a cabinet official "may not use the official title 'Secretary' when engaging in political activity, such as speaking at a political campaign event.  However, a Cabinet secretary may use a general form of address, such as 'The Honorable,' when engaging in political activity, as such address does not identify his or her position."

Tom Fitton sharply criticizes the Durham probe..  Something is wrong.  Durham is NOT investigating.  Looks like a sham.  [Video clip]

Young woman in Detroit declared dead by paramedics, found alive at funeral home.  A 20-year-old woman was discovered this past weekend breathing at a Detroit funeral home hours after she was declared dead by paramedics and sent to the mortuary by her bereaved family.  "While it is our practice not to comment on open investigations, we can confirm that on Sunday, August 23, 2020, we received a call to pick up a Southfield woman who was deceased.  Upon her arrival at the funeral home, our staff confirmed she was breathing and called EMS," the mortuary told ABC News on Monday [8/24/2020].

Hungry New Yorkers form quarter-mile line for free food in Queens.  The line stretched a quarter-mile before the sun was barely up Saturday, snaking around corners like bread lines in the 1930s.  But the hungry in Queens are today's New Yorkers, left jobless by the coronavirus.  Until the pandemic struck the city, La Jornada food pantry used to hand out groceries to roughly 1,000 families a week.  Now, the figure tops 10,000.  And volunteers serve lunch every day to 1,000 — many of them kids with growling stomachs.  Across the five boroughs, the hungry number in the hundreds of thousands, the Food Bank of New York estimates.

The Editor says...
People always line up for free stuff, whether they're really hungry or not.

Chinese Government Urges Dam Operators at Maximum Capacity to Hold Back the Flood.  Pressuring operators of dams which are already at or near maximum capacity to try to hold back anticipated severe flooding in my opinion puts the structural integrity of the entire river system at risk.  One of the worst dam failures in history occurred in 1975, after Typhoon Nina dumped water upstream of the Banqiao Dam.  Whistle blower Chen Xing had warned Banqiao Dam was defective but his warnings were ignored.  Authorities rejected a plea from dam operators on August 6th to open the floodgates.  This order to keep the flood gates closed was rescinded on August 7th, too late to save the dam.  Up to a quarter of a million people are estimated to have died because of the Banqiao Dam failure.

Houston police chief recruits officers from defunded police departments: 'We're hiring'.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is inviting officers laid off by defunded police departments throughout the country to join his force telling "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday [8/23/2020], "We're hiring."  "We're fortunate we have a mayor and a council .. that understands that our community doesn't want less policing, they don't want to defund the police, they want better policing and they want good cops," Acevedo said.  He made the comments amid a growing push across the country to defund or dismantle police departments, following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Chipotle keeps the change — without customers' permission, lawsuit claims.  Cashiers at the Chipotle restaurant chain have been rounding off customers' tabs a little too well, according to a lawsuit.  Some of the chain's locations in Pennsylvania have been keeping the change by hundreds of thousands of dollars, the suit claims, KDKA-TV of Pittsburgh reported.  The state attorney general's office has received at least seven complaints, reports said.

The Editor says...
The plaintiffs must be credit card customers.  If you pay with cash, you would notice this immediately.

FL airport discovered live missile, evacuated.  The Lakeland Linder Airport in Florida was forced to evacuate on Friday [8/14/2020] after an airport employee discovered a container with a live missile in it.  BayNews9 reported officials cleared the airport and the surrounding area after the discovery of the missile.  Officials who spoke with another outlet, ABC Action News, said the missile they found Friday evening "was live, but it not armed."

Court Affirms Right Of California Church To Meet Indoors.  Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California is affirmed in its right to host indoor worship services after a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled that there is no court order preventing it.  The ruling comes just a mere week after an emergency order enacted by the California Court of Appeals made it again illegal for the church to meet indoors.  "We are pleased with the outcome today.  Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff correctly found there is no court order prohibiting Grace Community Church from holding indoor services," said Jenna Ellis, one of the Thomas More Society attorneys representing the church and Pastor John MacArthur.

You Don't Really Own Your Own Gadgets.  The water filter inside a household refrigerator is a simple device:  a plastic tube packed with activated carbon.  Nonetheless, replacement filters for certain GE refrigerators cost a stiff $55.  And they need to be replaced every six months.  So it's no surprise that many GE fridge owners seek cheaper generic filters.  These fit just fine.  But when the owner presses the button to dispense water or ice, nothing comes out.  The culprit is a bit of engineering almost as ingenious as it is infuriating.  It seems that official GE replacement filters include a small RFID chip whose only purpose is to tell the refrigerator that an up-to-date GE-brand filter has been installed.  If a customer installs a generic filter, the water system shuts off.

The Editor says...
Solution:  Tape the old water filter next to the new water filter, so the refrigerator can still sense the RFID chip.  The sensor is probably close to the filter.  Even if this only works for a year or two, you'll be better off.

Army investigating soldiers who appeared in DNC video.  The Army is launching an investigation into two soldiers who appeared in uniform during Democratic National Convention coverage Tuesday night, the service announced Wednesday [8/19/2020].  During the broadcast, two soldiers in uniform flanked officials from American Samoa while the territory awarded its delegates during the roll call at the Democratic National Convention.  The appearance goes against Defense Department regulations, which prohibit all troops from being in uniform at partisan political or campaign events.

Army investigating uniformed soldiers who appeared in DNC roll-call vote.  The Army announced it has launched an investigation into how two uniformed soldiers appeared on camera during the televised roll-call vote at the Democratic National Convention.  The two service members, who are assigned to the Army Reserve's 9th Mission Support Command, raised concerns that they had violated Defense Department rules after they were seen standing with delegates from American Samoa during the state roll call.  The Pentagon strictly forbids uniformed personnel from appearing at political engagements as part of its longstanding effort to keep the military as apolitical as possible.

Democrats Blew $5.3 Million On Failed Bid To Shape Kansas GOP Primary Results.  Political action committees aligned with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Emily's List, a pro-choice group, paid a dark money group $5.3 million in a failed bid to shape the results of the Kansas Republican Senate primary, according to campaign finance records released Thursday night [8/20/2020].  A mysterious super PAC called Sunflower State popped up in June and began a relentless media campaign in Kansas aimed at portraying Republican Rep. Roger Marshall as insufficiently conservative compared to his opponent, former Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach.  Democrats apparently saw an easier path to victory in November against Kobach, who lost the 2018 race for governor to Laura Kelly, a Democrat.  Sunflower State's effort failed, as Marshall won a decisive victory over Kobach in the state's primary on Aug. 4.

Goodyear Says BLM, LGBT 'Acceptable'; MAGA, Blue Lives Matter, Not So Much.  We can add "America's Tire Company" to the long and growing list of virtue-signaling corporations that continue to prostrate themselves before the Black Lives Matter altar of pretend "systemic racism."  And for virtue-signaling extra credit, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has told its employees that terms like MAGA, Blue Lives Matter, and All Lives Matter are "unacceptable" in the workplace.  As reported by WIBW 13 News in Topeka, Kansas, a Goodyear employee leaked a screenshot of a slide that was presented during a diversity training session showing what's acceptable and what isn't acceptable as part of the company's new zero-tolerance policy. [...] In the eyes of the Left, tolerance is a one-way street.  Those of us on the Right must be tolerant of their beliefs, causes, and everything else they foist upon us.  When we're not, we are immediately labeled (pick one or more):  "racist," "white supremacist," "bigoted," "homophobic," Islamophobic," "misogynistic," or worse.  That reality has never been clearer than in the aftermath of George Floyd's death.

Donald Trump Reacts to MAGA Hat Ban:  Do Not Buy Goodyear Tires.  President Donald Trump on Wednesday reacted to a viral image showing Goodyear Tire had banned employees from wearing MAGA attire.  "Don't buy GOODYEAR TIRES — They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS," Trump wrote on Twitter.  "Get better tires for far less!"

Need New Tires?  Don't Buy From Goodyear.  I'm currently searching for new tires for our car, and was looking seriously at a 50,000-mile set from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.  After all, it's a great American company — or at least it used to be — and I'm all about buying American since China's government intentionally spread a deadly virus all over the world.  But that consideration of ever buying from Goodyear ended this morning when news broke about a new attire policy the company has adopted for its employees.

Goodyear slide
Goodyear Bans Employees From Wearing 'All Lives Matter,' 'Blue Lives Matter' or MAGA Slogans, But Says Black Lives Matter is Allowed.  A slide has leaked from a Goodyear diversity training which brands "Blue Lives Matter," "All Lives Matter" and "MAGA" attire "unacceptable," while deeming Black Lives Matter and LGBT slogans to be "acceptable."  The leaked slide is of their "zero tolerance" policy towards support for police or conservative values.  According to a report from WIBW, the person who took the photo of the slide said that it was presented at a Topeka plant by an area manager and says it came from their corporate office out of Akron, Ohio.

Trump backs boycott of Goodyear over 'MAGA hat ban'.  Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear tires Wednesday [8/19/2020] after the company's workplace tolerance policy banned his trademark #MAGA caps as a display of hate speech on the job.  "Don't buy GOODYEAR TIRES — They announced a BAN ON MAGA HATS," Trump tweeted.

The Editor says...
I was once a loyal Goodyear customer, because I liked the local dealer, but I'll never buy Goodyear tires again.

It's too late now!
Goodyear president affirms company's support for police, says employees can wear pro-police clothing.  Goodyear Chairman, CEO and President Rich Kramer on Thursday released a statement following public uproar over a slide shown at a Topeka, Kansas plant that suggested pro-police apparel should be banned.  The slide categorized "Blue Lives Matter," "All Lives Matter," "MAGA Attire" and "Political Affiliated Slogans or Material" as "unacceptable" but described "Black Lives Matter" and "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Pride" as "acceptable."  "The slide in question was created by a plant employee to try to explain what is acceptable to wear in the workplace.  The slide was not approved or distributed by Goodyear Corporate or anyone outside of that facility," Kramer explained.

The Editor says...
Really?  Then show me the list of people inside that facility who have been fired as a result of this incident.

Goodyear clarifies policy on MAGA, pro-police gear after Trump boycott call.  Goodyear clarified its policy on acceptable workplace attire on Thursday, one day after reports that one of its facilities in Topeka, Kansas had banned "Make America Great Again" and "Blue Lives Matter" apparel which prompted President Trump to call for a boycott of the Ohio-based company.  Goodyear Chairman and CEO Rich Kramer said the slide from a presentation at the Topeka plant "was not approved or distributed by Goodyear Corporate or anyone outside of that facility."  The company has clarified its policy to inform employees that they can "express support for law enforcement through apparel at Goodyear facilities," but are asked to "refrain" from wearing apparel of a political nature.

The Editor says...
Obviously, BLM is "of a political nature," just like MAGA.

Goodyear is Run By Idiots.  Get woke — Go broke, strikes again.  When you consider the scale of the company and the resources available to them on branding and marketing, one can only come to the reasonable conclusion that Goodyear is run by idiots.

Audio from Goodyear training session reveals more about the company's 'zero tolerance' policy.  New audio reveals why Topeka Goodyear said All Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and MAGA attire are unacceptable.

Goodyear hands a political triumph to Trump.  In terms of the reality TV show of the presidential campaign, Goodyear has caved-in to Donald Trump's pressure and affirmed its support for law enforcement, handing a potent symbolic victory to his reelection effort.  The now-notorious Topeka "zero tolerance" slide framed a simple tale of PC bullies taking over a corporation and terrorizing the employees into verbal conformity, silently hewing to the party line with all the enthusiasm of a 1986 East German. [...] By midday, yesterday [8/20/2020], after trying to weasel their way out with inside baseball about corporate versus Topeka, the Chairman of the Board surrendered and affirmed the company's "support for law enforcement."

Former CIA Officer Arrested as Chinese Spy:  You'll Never Guess Who Hired Him.  On Monday morning [8/17/2020], it was announced in Honolulu, Hawaii, that a naturalized US citizen, Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, originally born in Hong Kong, has been charged with espionage on behalf of the People's Republic of China. [...] The charges against Ma could result in life in prison.  What intrigues me about the complaint is that I have strong suspicions the level of detail provided is not consistent with espionage activities that were only uncovered after the fact, and pieced together in a historical analysis.  The fact that someone has had a video for nearly two decades of that March 2001 five day session in a Hong Kong hotel room strongly suggests that Ma was not a complete "unknown" on his first day reporting to work in Honolulu.  There might be much more to this story if it does actually play out in a Hawaii federal courtroom.

When has the Washington Post, or any newspaper, called anyone a "left-wing commentator?"
Right-wing commentator Loomer wins GOP primary in Trump's Palm Beach district.  A right-wing commentator supported by Roger Stone and Alex Jones defeated five opponents in the Florida Republican primary Tuesday in the congressional district that includes Mar-a-Lago and its notable voters, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.  Laura Loomer, 27, will face four-term Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat, in the November general election.  Frankel, who has served in Congress since 2013 and ran unopposed two years ago, easily defeated primary challenger Guido Weiss, a former legislative assistant for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.  Frankel will be the favorite in the heavily Democratic district that covers a swath of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

GoFundMe for Cannon Hinnant, boy fatally shot in head by neighbor, raises $700K.  A GoFundMe account has raised some $700,000 for the family of a North Carolina boy shot in the head and killed by a neighbor.  Cannon Hinnant, 5, was riding his bike outside his home last Sunday when Darius Sessoms, who lives next door to Cannon's dad, allegedly ran up and shot the child at point-blank range.  Sessoms has been charged with murder.  "He was merely doing what he would do any other day and that's playing with his sisters, riding his bike, doing what kids do and all of the innocence that comes with being a child," wrote Gwen Hinnant, who listed herself as Cannon's grandmother and started the fundraiser to pay for the boy's funeral.

North Koreans are ordered to hand over 'decadent and bourgeois' pet dogs for 'restaurant meat' as the country is rocked by food shortages.  Kim Jong-un has declared that pet dogs are a symbol of capitalist 'decadence' and ordered that dogs in Pyongyang be rounded up — and owners are fearful that their beloved pets are being used to solve the nation's food shortages.  Dictator Kim announced in July that owning a pet is now against the law, denouncing having a dog at home as 'a tainted trend of bourgeois ideology'.  'Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down', a source told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

Millie Weaver faces her first court hearing this morning after being arrested and jailed last Friday.  New media reporter Millie Weaver is scheduled to have her first court hearing this morning after a weekend in jail following her arrest last Friday [8/14/2020].  Weaver's arrest came on the eve of the release of her 82-minute documentary, Shadow Gate, that is an exposé of the Deep State with the assistance of two individuals identified as whistleblowers.  Her arrest and incarceration in the Portage County Jail in Ravenna, Ohio immediately raised suspicions that she was being subjected to a scary new level of intimidation and censorship.  Millennial Millie, as Weaver is known, is a conservative rising star on the new and alternative media landscape, having worked as a reporter and contributor for Infowars since 2012 and lately on her own as well.  She has developed a loyal following, and there is widespread interest in the outcome of the legal case against her.

'Millennial Millie' Weaver's felony case totally dismissed.  Ten weeks after her widely reported arrest, the conservative new media star Millie Weaver and her two fellow defendants have been exonerated and the mainstream media are ignoreing [sic] her vindication.  On Friday, August 14, 2020, Weaver, widely known as Millennial Millie, a 29-year old conservative new media video and print journalist with a large following online — including over 200,000 on Twitter — was arrested at her home in Ohio.  The arrest stemmed from an indictment issued weeks earlier for multiple felonies relating to an alleged family dispute.  The charges seemed specious at best but Weaver and her husband and younger brother, who were also arrested, spent the weekend in jail until they were released on their own recognizance the following Monday.  Alarms were immediately raised among Weaver's fans and followers who smelled a rat.  On the day of the arrest, Weaver was about to release a provocative 82-minute documentary on the Deep State titled Shadow Gate.  A colleague of hers uploaded it to YouTube on that same Friday where, before it was banned less than a day later, it had been watched about a million times.  It has since propagated all over the Internet including here.

Wuhan launches air cargo route to Dallas, LA.  A new air cargo route linking Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province and Dallas and Los Angeles in the United States was launched on Sunday [8/16/2020].  An all-cargo flight carrying 110 tonnes of exported auto parts and electronic products took off from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport at noon on Sunday for Dallas.  It was the third regular, intercontinental air cargo route opened by the airport, and the only all-cargo flight to Dallas in China.  After arriving in Dallas, the aircraft continued on to Los Angeles.

Bulletproof vest sales soar amid surge in NYC shootings.  With bullets flying over Broadway, New Yorkers are buying up bulletproof vests.  Midtown dealer Brad Pedell — who runs 221B Tactical — claims sales of body armor are up 80 percent this year compared with 2019 due to the "unrest" in the city and nationwide.  "You wouldn't believe the people who call up and say, 'I'm scared,'" Pedell told The [New York] Post.  He said most buyers are from the Bronx and Brooklyn, where shootings have skyrocketed.  Pedell's customers tend to keep their purchases — and motivations for buying — to themselves.

4 Things to Know About the Prosecutor Who's Probing 'Obamagate'.  A federal prosecutor in Texas is drawing a new kind of attention by digging into the "unmasking" of Trump campaign associates that occurred in the waning days of the Obama administration.  Attorney General William Barr last month revealed to the House Judiciary Committee that he had assigned U.S. Attorney John Bash of the Western District of Texas to probe what the Obama administration did in the name of national security. [...] John Franklin Bash III, now 37, went to work in the Trump White House counsel's office in early 2017 as special assistant to the president and associate counsel to the president. [...] "John Bash is a brilliant lawyer who will be an outstanding United States attorney," [Senator Ted] Cruz said in a prepared statement when Trump nominated him.  "He is committed to the fair and effective enforcement of the law, and has the integrity, judgment, and skill necessary to serve the people of the Western District as its chief federal law enforcement officer."

Oregon State Police Leave Portland After Woke Prosecutor Refuses to Charge Rioters.  For weeks, the Marxists who run Portland complained about the outsized presence of federal agents and officers sent to protect the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse.  It was an invasion ordered by President Donald Trump, you see. [...] That's nonsense, of course, but to sane people, little of what emanates from Portland these days makes much sense.  In any event, in response to the constant harping and whining from people like Mayor Ted Wheeler and Gov. Kate Brown, the Trump administration cut a deal to gradually redeploy federal protective service officers and other DHS agents out of the courthouse and out of Portland, replacing them with local and Oregon State Police.  Well, no sooner than that happened, the Antifa thugs that have been allowed to run wild through Portland streets re-focused their attention back on local cops — and State Patrol officers — as nightly riots continued.  Now, according to The Daily Wire, the Oregon State Police has had enough of the Left-wing lunacy in Portland after the Marxist district attorney announced he wouldn't be prosecuting anyone for the 'peaceful' act of violent rioting.

Oregon State Police Pull Out of Portland — Local DA's Refusal To Prosecute Behind The Move?  Return of Feds At Hand?  Very interesting development earlier today [8/14/2020], as the Oregon State Police announced they were leaving Portland. [...] Local reporting says that the move is a result of the announcement by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt's that his office does not intend to prosecute most of those arrested. [...] The deployment of the State Police in support of the Portland PD was the product of an agreement reached between Democrat Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and officials of the Trump Administration, which came after weeks of escalating violence in the rioting at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.  Prior to the agreement being reached two weeks ago, the Portland Police Department had been ordered by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to leave federal law enforcement agents defending the courthouse to fend for themselves, and did nothing while rioters organized themselves and provided for their logistical needs in the parks across the street from the courthouse.

Facebook's "Offshore Drilling" Mishap.  The drilling incident occurred on April 28, 2020.  They didn't notify the Oregon Department of State Lands about the incident until June 19, thus eliminating "any potential options for recovery of the equipment."

The Case for Trump.  Americans who want to remain citizens of a united country that at least makes some desultory attempt to protect them and further their interests have no choice but to stay the course.  As the saying goes, the only way out is through. [...] [T]here's little wrong with President Trump that more Trump couldn't solve.  More populism.  More nationalism.  More patriotism.  More law and order. [...] In short, more adherence to the 2016 agenda.  The only way to get more Trump is, literally, to get more Trump.  Which means the president being reelected and implementing his core agenda in a second term.  But that alone will not be enough.  Saving America as a unified, self-governing republic is a long-term — possibly generational — project.

New York Uses Coronavirus as Excuse to Cancel 9/11 Light Tribute.  "The iconic Lower Manhattan 9/11 memorial display that features twin beams of light to honor victims of the terror attacks will not shine this year over coronavirus concerns," reports the New York Post.  "The annual 'Tribute in Light' display requires a large crew to pull off ... posing health risks this year that 'were far too great.'"

The Editor says...
Additionally, this pushes the 9/11 attacks one step closer to the Memory Hole.

'Tribute In Light' Memorial To 9/11 Victims No Longer Canceled.  The 9/11 Memorial and Museum announced that the annual "Tribute in Light" — an artistic light installation that projects twin beams into the Manhattan skyline as a memorial to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks — actually won't be cancelled this year after all.  "For the last eight years the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has produced the Tribute in Light and we recognize the profound meaning it has for so many New Yorkers.  This year, its message of hope, endurance, and resilience are more important than ever," said museum president Alice Greenwald in a statement.  "In the last 24 hours we've had conversations with many interested parties and believe we will be able to stage the tribute in a safe and appropriate fashion."

Federal court rules all-male military draft is constitutional.  A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Thursday [8/13/2020] ruled that the all-male military draft system is constitutional, pointing to a 1981 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The case, which was argued in March, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by two men with the National Coalition for Men who had challenged the historic male-only draft.  They had argued that the 1981 case was outdated and was ruled on when women were not as involved in combat as many are today.  The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rule[d] that "only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent."

Somebody New Is Cracking Down On "Unauthorized Parties" And It's Not The Government.  As we've recently seen, California is cracking down on people throwing house parties in defiance of state-ordered bans on large gatherings of people, particularly when they fail to practice social distancing.  They're going so far as to cut off water and electrical services to residents engaging in such behavior.  Or at least they would like to crack down on them, assuming they can get the police to enforce the rules.  But it's not just the Governor and Mayor Garcetti who are throwing down the gauntlet and reining in these scofflaws.  There's a new sheriff in town and it's Airbnb.  The company has "taken action against" one guest on their platform who rented out a house for a large party that wound up including a gunfight where multiple people were shot.

Disney kills off the Fox name:  Conglomerate renames 20th Century Fox Television and replaces iconic title card.  The Walt Disney Company has purged the remaining Fox branding from assets it acquired in a 2017 deal, renaming 20th Century Fox Television as simply 20th Television.  It comes as part of a larger rebrand for all of Disney's TV studios, with Fox 21 Television Studios renamed Touchstone Television and ABC Studios and subsidiary ABC Signature merging under the ABC Signature banner.

Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: 'It's Unsustainable'.  For years, Bryant Park Grill & Cafe in Midtown Manhattan has been one of the country's top-grossing restaurants, the star property in Ark Restaurants' portfolio of 20 restaurants across the United States.  But what propelled it to the top has vanished.  The tourists are gone, the office towers surrounding it are largely empty and the restaurant's 1,000-seat dining room is closed.  Instead, dinner is cooked and served on its patio, and the scaled-down restaurant brings in about $12,000 a day — an 85 percent plunge in revenue, its chief executive said.

There's a shortage of Dr. Pepper amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The iconic soda brand confirmed on Aug. 10 that there is indeed a shortage impacting all Dr. Pepper products at grocery stores.  While it didn't cite a specific cause, the company comforted fans with some hopeful words.

Russian Collusion Perps Target Johnson.  Still unpunished for the first go-around, Russian collusion perpetrators are taking aim at a new target this time:  Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The news media and Democratic lawmakers are accusing the two-term senator of acting as an agent of Russia for continuing to pursue his investigation into the Biden family's shady ties to Burisma, the troubled Ukranian energy company that paid Hunter Biden millions of dollars while his father was vice president and Obama's designated "point person" in Ukraine.  The onslaught began last month when Politico reported Johnson planned to subpoena Biden associates after they refused to voluntarily testify.

Seattle's First Black Female Police Chief Resigns After Budget Cuts.  Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced Monday evening she is retiring, the same day the city council voted to slash police department funding.  "This was a difficult decision for me, but when it's time, it's time," Best said in an email to the police department.  The first black woman to serve as police chief in Seattle, Best will step down on Sept. 2.

Seattle's police chief stepping down after City Council votes to trim department, sources say.  Seattle's Police Chief Carmen Best is stepping down, multiple sources tell the CBS affiliate there, KIRO-TV.  One source calls the development "devastating."  The move came to light made the same day the City Council approved reducing the department's ranks by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition, note's KIRO's Gary Horcher[.]

House won't return until mid-September amid coronavirus gridlock.  The House's No. 2 Democrat announced Monday the lower chamber will not return for votes in Washington until mid-September after negotiations between Democratic leaders and the White House on the next coronavirus relief measure collapsed last week, leaving millions of jobless Americans without immediate relief.  According to the schedule released by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Monday, the House will not convene for votes until September 14.

Ousted 'Diamond and Silk' call on fans to 'ditch and switch' from Fox News after joining new network.  Pro-Trump personalities "Diamond & Silk" have joined the Newsmax TV line-up after being ousted from Fox Nation earlier this year following a controversial episode.  The duo — Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson — are hosting the program, "Diamond and Silk Crystal Clear," which debuted on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  EST.  Their show follows conservative pundit and author Michelle Malkin, who hosts, "Michelle Malkin Sovereign Nation."  The duo was released from the subscription-only Fox Nation in April after they allegedly pushed coronavirus 'conspiracy theories' and "disinformation," BizPac Review reported at the time.

Seattle City Council Votes to Lay Off 100 Police Officers.  The Seattle City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday in support of police budget proposals that would lay off 100 police officers, despite objections from the city's mayor and police chief.  The city council began to reexamine the police department's budget earlier this summer in response to anti-police protests.  Mayor Jenny Durkan (D.) and police chief Carmen Best criticized the most recent set of proposals, which would also end the removal of homeless people from the city's streets and cut salaries for police leadership.  Durkan said the cuts would hit the "most diverse class" of officers the city has ever had, as police union rules mandate that layoffs are determined by seniority.

This probably has a lot to do with voter fraud:
Fake driver's licenses flooding into US from China, other countries, US says.  Counterfeit documents are giving criminals a license to commit a host of offenses, including terrorism, U.S. officials say — and young adults who are lax with their personal information may be their biggest enablers.  In the first six months of 2020, Customs and Borden Protection officers seized nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses at Chicago's O'Hare airport alone, according to a report.  The 19,888 licenses and other fake documents were included in 1,513 overseas shipments, mostly from China and Hong Kong, CBP said, according to FOX 5 in New York City.  Others were from South Korea and Britain.

Report:  Shipment of Nearly 20 Thousand Fake U.S. Drivers Licenses From China Were Just Confiscated at Chicago Airport.  Why are the Chinese making so many fake U.S. driver licenses?  That's a disturbing little tidbit to discover, especially right before an election, right?  According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the bulk of these fake U.S. IDs flooding into the country come from China and Hong Kong, with the rest coming in from South Korea and the U.K.  Officials in Chicago just confiscated a shipment of these fake IDs totaling nearly 20 thousand.

Meet Kanye West's presidential running mate, Michelle Tidball.  The world may be long familiar with rap superstar Kanye West, but not many know his vice presidential running mate, Michelle Tidball.  Tidball is a 57-year-old spiritual coach who, like West, lives on a ranch in Cody, Wyoming, and has a deep religious background. [...] Tidball touted on the now-deleted page that she has "various degrees in mental health and criminal justice." The only known degree she has, however, is a bachelor's in psychology from the University of Wyoming in 2003, according to TMZ.

Milwaukee police chief demoted over tear gas use, other concerns.  An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd's death.

Milwaukee FPC votes to demote police chief to captain for role in MPD's protest response.  The Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission (FPC) voted to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales to the rank of captain on Thursday, Aug. 6.  The commission also voted to appoint Assistant Chief Michael Brunson as acting police chief.  The possibility of disciplining Morales came after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd's death.  It was the last straw for some FPC members who were upset over how Morales has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018.  The commission's vote on Thursday took just minutes to conclude.  Acting Chief Brunson will be given two weeks to choose his command staff.

Obesity may cause cancer simply because larger organs have more cells.  CT scans of 750 individuals show that people who are obese have larger organs and thus more cells.  This could explain why people who are obese have a higher risk of many kinds of cancers.  "While obesity is a complex disease that may affect cancer risk in several other ways, the increase in the size of an organ, and in the number of its cells, must increase the risk of cancer in that organ," states the team, which is led by Cristian Tomasetti at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Citadel Will Require All Cadets to Take Class on the Constitution.  The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina, has announced that it will require all students to take a course on the United States Constitution.  The decision comes in the aftermath of discussions by state lawmakers to enforce a decades-old law that requires public institutions to teach a course on the Constitution.  According to a report by Campus Reform, The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina, announced this summer that it will introduce a mandatory course on the U.S. Constitution.

Pelosi, Schumer Send Urgent Letter to Postmaster General Demanding Reversal of Operational Changes to USPS Ahead of Election.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday [8/6/2020] sent an urgent letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy demanding he reverse the recent operational changes to the USPS that "threaten the timely delivery of mail" ahead of the 2020 election.  The Democrat-media complex exploded last week and accused President Trump of "destroying" the US Postal Service after the President's newly appointed postmaster general made structural changes.  New changes made by Louis DeJoy have reportedly 'slowed down' the mail deliveries, prompting the left to accuse President Trump of corrupting the US Postal Service in order to deter people from using mail-in ballots for the November election.

Amateur Video Shows The MASSIVE Explosion And Mushroom Cloud In Lebanon.  Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A massive explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, injuring many people and blowing out windows in buildings across the city.  The source of the explosion was initially believed to be a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported.

What the videos of the Beirut blast tell us about the explosion.  The massive explosions in a Beirut port on Tuesday [8/4/2020] provoked fear, then speculation after an eerie, white cloud enveloped the lenses of bystander videos, with many suggesting online that it looked something like a nuclear blast.  But the building consensus among arms experts and Lebanese officials is that the explosion, which killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more, may have been ignited by burning chemicals stored at a warehouse.  Many not accustomed to seeing large explosions may conflate mushroom clouds and spherical blast waves as nuclear, said Jeffrey Lewis, an arms-control expert and professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  "But some of the things we associate with nuclear explosions are just associated with explosions."

Primary battles paint a surprising picture of GOP vs. Democrats.  Establishment Republicans dodged a bullet in Tuesday night's [8/4/2020] round of primaries while Establishment Democrats took one to the heart.  In the Kansas GOP primary, Rep. Roger Marshall triumphed over former Secretary of State Kris Kobach, allowing him to run for the seat now held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts.  Marshall appears to have won by a comfortable margin, 40% to 26%, much to the relief of Republican Party leaders trying to keep control of the Senate this fall.  In early polling, he leads his Democrat rival, Barbara Bollier.

Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'.  Bill Gates has advocated for pandemic preparedness for years, and famously gave a TED talk in 2015 that warned of the potentially staggering death toll a worldwide pandemic could create.  Now, Gates is once again urging preparedness for a potentially devastating emergency.  "As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse," Gates said in a blog published on Tuesday [8/4/2020].  "If you want to understand the kind of damage that climate change will inflict, look at COVID-19 and spread the pain out over a much longer period of time.  The loss of life and economic misery caused by this pandemic are on par with what will happen regularly if we do not eliminate the world's carbon emissions."

The Editor says...
[#1] Carbon dioxide is not carbon, for the same reason that water is not hydrogen.  [#2] Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant.  [#3] There is no extraordinary global warming; in fact, global cooling is a more likely problem.  If global warming (or cooling) occurs at a rate of one degree per century, nobody will ever notice, and only the people who watch television will ever be alarmed about it.  [#4] The day will never arrive when mankind "eliminate[s] the world's carbon [dioxide] emissions."  Natural emissions of carbon dioxide exceed man-made CO2 emissions.  [#5] One would think that someone as bright as Mr. Gates would know about all this.

NBC News Reportedly Laying Off Staff Due To COVID-19.  NBC News will reportedly be laying off staff due to declining revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Page Six.  The network's parent company NBCUniversal is planning cuts countrywide, according to Tuesday [8/4/2020] reports.  These cuts include employees at NBC News, sources told Page Six.  A little less than 3% of employees at NBC News are reportedly being laid off, the publication added.  These cuts come as NBC News' "Today" producer Jackie Levin leaves the network.  Levin worked at NBC for 26 years and recently accepted a buyout, Page Six reported Tuesday.

Attorney of Driver in Austin Shooting Releases Details Confirming Self Defense.  There are new developments in the shooting case where a driver shot a protestor who was armed with an AK47 type rifle, as his car was being swarmed by the crowd of protestors.  The following is a press release from the attorneys of Daniel Perry, who has identified himself as the driver who shot Garrett Foster on the evening of 25 July.  This account tells what happened from the viewpoint of Daniel Perry.

Beirut death toll rises to at least 100 as explosion is blamed on 2,750-ton ammonium nitrate stash.  Beirut's residents are in shock and mourning after an enormous explosion at the city's port ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, injuring more than 4,000 and displacing some 300,000, according to emergency services.  Hospitals are overwhelmed, with some too damaged by the blast to operate.  The explosion, which blew out windows and destroyed property for miles around, has been initially blamed on 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in an unsecured warehouse, without safety measures, since 2014 at Beirut's cargo port.  The New York Times, citing public records, reported that Lebanese officials knew about the risks for several years but did not act on them.  The government subsequently announced an investigation to determine within five days the exact cause of the explosion and "who was responsible."

TV meteorologist is fired for tweet comparing federal troops policing American cities to Nazi Germany.  A meteorologist at a Colorado news station has been fired after he shared a tweet comparing federal agents policing cities amid the recent unrest across the country to Nazi Germany.  Marty Coniglio shared a picture of soldiers posing with Adolf Hitler and captioned the July 23 post: 'Federal police in cities ... now where have I seen that before?'  The following day Coniglio, who has been on television in Denver for three decades, confirmed he had stopped working for 9News.

Nobody's defunding the police here!  Quite the opposite.
Overtime costs to monitor protests at capital soar to nearly $880,000.  As the 24-hour-a-day protest at the state capitol approaches its 50th day, the cost to pay overtime and travel expenses for state troopers has ballooned to $878,626.15.  The latest available figure is only for roughly half of the protest so far, between May 31 and June 30. According to a spokesman for TEMA, the cost cannot be reimbursed by federal dollars because of its type of emergency, therefore it will be paid out of the state's reserve funds for emergencies.  Activists like Justin Jones said the protestors shouldn't be blamed for the costs.  "That is the choice of the governor.  This could have easily been over with a conversation.  If the governor has [sic] come out on day one to talk to these people — we've been out here for 50 days — that would have saved all that money," Jones said.

Wisconsin Republicans help Kanye West in his attempt to get on state presidential ballot.  Who knew Wisconsin Republicans were such big fans of Kanye West?  The rapper's campaign turned in a number of signatures on Tuesday in a bid to get on the November presidential ballot in Wisconsin.  He is making similar attempts in Ohio, Arkansas and West Virginia.  Reid Magney, spokesman for the state Elections Commission, said it could be several days before officials confirm that West has enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate representing the Birthday Party.  It was a pretty impressive feat that West's campaign was able to submit as many signatures as it did by Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline.

As Democrats decried national park openings, one pushed to front of Yosemite's line.  Worried about loose rules amid a surge in the coronavirus crisis, Democrats have urged the National Park Service to stop or slow the reopening of facilities, citing concerns about the safety of employees, visitors, and neighboring communities.  That is, except one:  California Rep. TJ Cox, whose Fresno district is close to Yosemite National Park.  In emails shared by the Interior Department with the House Natural Resources Committee, Cox's staff sought two vehicle passes of the 340 available to the public for July 4.  When he was told he'd have to wait in line like others, he pushed for "preferential treatment" to get them, according to a letter calling for an Interior Department investigation.

KFC Tests 3D-Printed Chicken Nuggets in Russia.  KFC has partnered with a Russian biotech research firm to create the world's first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets this fall.  The fast-food chain and Russia's 3D Bioprinting Solutions, founded by the private medical firm Invitro, announced the partnership Thursday [7/16/2020] amid a growing global race to find safe and authentic-tasting meat alternatives.

The Editor says...
Sadly, the persistent misuse of partner as a verb had paid off, [1] [2] and it's only a matter of time before that definition is included in an actual dictionary (i.e., a big heavy book that gathers dust on a shelf).

Largest police union in Florida endorses Trump reelection bid: 'We're being used like a punching bag'.  The largest police union in Florida voted to endorse President Trump in the 2020 election.  The Florida Police Benevolent Association's president, John Kazanjian, said on Friday [7/31/2020] that Trump has sided with law enforcement amid a wave of anti-police sentiment during nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice that have taken place over the past several months.  "I spelled it out.  What's going on in not just in Florida but across this country that, 'Hey, you know what, we're getting beat up.  We're being used like a punching bag, and we're tired of it.  And President Donald Trump has been there for us.  He supported us,'" Kazanjian told Fox & Friends.

DoJ Seeks Removal of Protection for Journalists in Riots Due to Presence of Imposters.  Officials from the Department of Justice have officially filed a request with the courts asking for the removal of special protection for journalists in the ongoing riots in Portland, due to rioters often disguising themselves as journalists in order to commit violence, according to Politico.  In a filing submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon, the Department of Justice asks Simon to consider overturning his previous temporary restraining order (TRO) issuing special protections for journalists, which, among other privileges, allowed journalists to remain in place even if the police force rioters back or attempt to disperse the crowds.  In the filings, lawyers with the Justice Department revealed that "individuals are abusing the TRO to masquerade as members of the press and evade lawful orders, or actively participate in protest activities and even illegal acts while holding themselves out to be members of the press under the protection of the TRO."  The Department of Justice included at least seven recorded instances of rioters abusing this protection, disguising themselves as members of the press in order to carry out acts of violence.

Leftie James Murdoch Resigns from News Corporation, the Parent Company of FOX News Over "Differences in Editorial Content".  James Murdoch tendered his resignation from the Board of Directors of News Corporation, the parent company of FOX News.  Rubert Murdoch stepped down as the CEO of FOX in June 2011 and handed the reins over to his son James.  James Murdoch's wife Kathryn Murdoch is an outspoken leftist who works for the Clinton Climate Initiative.  The resignation went into effect today [7/31/2020].

Second Former Minneapolis Police Officer Pushes For Dropped Charges In Floyd Case, Citing No Probable Cause.  A second former Minneapolis police officer facing charges in the May 25 death of George Floyd is pushing to have charges against him dismissed, arguing that body camera footage shows a lack of probable cause, numerous sources reported.  Tou Thou's defense attorney Robert Paule filed a motion Wednesday [7/29/2020] asking for the aiding and abetting manslaughter charges against him to be dismissed.  Paule argues that the State has the burden of showing that Thao "knew former officer Derek Chauvin and others were going to commit a crime and ... intended his presence or actions to further the commission of that crime," KARE 11 reported, which would establish probable cause.

Cuomo: Federal government needs to fill New York's budget gap.  The state of New York faces a budget deficit of $30 billion over the next two years thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday [7/29/2020] it's up to the federal government to fill it.  Without that help, Cuomo told reporters that funding for local governments and hospitals would take a significant hit.  Education will too, unless the federal bill requires states to fully fund education.  His comments come a day after Senate Republicans in Washington revealed details of their latest COVID-19 relief package proposal, called the HEALS Act.  Cuomo sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation urging them to push for $500 billion in unrestricted state aid that the National Governor's Association is calling on Congress to pass, and he wants them to fight for every dollar they can get for New York.

The Editor says...
[#1]  When you fight for every dollar you can get from the federal government, where does that money come from?  [#2] The federal government should never bail out badly-managed states after natural disasters or public health problems.

Obama Privately Warns Top Dem Donors:  Trump Voters 'Glued' to Breitbart, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh.  Former President Barack Obama is privately telling some of the biggest and most influential donors on the left that the 2020 election will not be a lock for former Vice President Joe Biden because President Donald Trump's voters are "glued" to outlets on the right like Breitbart News and will turn out in droves in November, according to a Thursday report in the New York Times.  Obama has reportedly raised $24 million for Biden in two months by having conversations with people like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, actor George Clooney, and top party leaders.  According to the Times, "donors who have paid six-figure sums" have been able to see Obama have these "wide-ranging Q. and A. sessions about the state of politics and unvarnished analysis" on Zoom.

Barr Rightfully Defends Federal Response to Dangerous Rioting, as House Democrats Attack Him.  In testimony Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr justifiably pushed back hard against confrontational and rude Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who appeared intent on scoring political points by shouting over him as he explained the Justice Department response to riots across the country.  Committee members got something else as well from the attorney general:  a much-needed lecture on their role and responsibilities as elected public officials.  Barr told them that "regardless of their political views" or "their feelings about the Trump administration," they should "condemn the violence" engulfing our cities, particularly violence directed at federal officers and federal property.  "To tacitly condone destruction and anarchy is to abandon the basic rule-of-law principles that should unite us even in a politically divisive time," Barr said, stating an obvious truth.

Bannon's Radio Free China.  During the Cold War, Radio Free Europe (RFE) broadcast anti-communist messaging to countries behind the Iron Curtain.  In addition to providing hope to victims of leftism and countering the official Soviet narrative, RFE shored up hope for change.  The efficacy and threat of this western-backed and -operated "free flow of information" was recognized by the Soviet Union, such that in 1981, RFE's Munich headquarters were bombed by Carlos the Jackal under the orders of the Stasi.  Seventy-one-years after RFE's inception and twenty-nine-years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the West continues to "provide accurate and timely news and information to... countries whose governments prohibit access to a free press," only now it is targeting a new audience: the Chinese people, along with North Koreans, Cambodians, Vietnamese, and Burmese listeners.  Radio Free Asia began broadcasting in 1996, but the CCP has managed, in large part due to its great firewall, to jam the signal.

'Maybe the National Guard:' Chief may request help with 100+ police departments pulling out of DNC.  Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Wednesday, July 29 he may seek state or federal assistance with more than 100 local police departments pulling out of responding to the Democratic National Convention starting Aug. 17.  Meanwhile, with his job at stake if he doesn't comply with a list of directives handed down by the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission, the chief weighed in on those orders, with some due Thursday [7/30/2020].  Chief Morales wasn't shy about the fact that his future is uncertain.  "I gotta be able to look at myself in the mirror," he said.  "I gotta be able to do the right thing, whether it means my job or not."

Cops pull out:  Democrats in need of convention protection can now call a hippie.  One hundred police agencies delivered a vote of "no confidence" in the Democrats' fitness to govern, pulling out from contracts to protect the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, just three weeks before kickoff.

More than 100 police departments back out of agreements to help provide security for Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.  More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they're concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds.  A citizen oversight commission last week directed Milwaukee's police chief to publicly account for why the department used tear gas during protests in late May and early June after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to change Milwaukee's police policies to ban the use of tear gas and pepper spray.  The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission said in its order that Police Chief Alfonso Morales could be fired if he fails to comply.

The Editor says...
The left-wing Democrats (which is the only kind) proudly huff and puff about defunding the police, which is another way of saying eliminating the police.  Now that the police want nothing to do with the Democratic National Convention, we will see what happens when the rubber meets the road.

Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands.  Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.  About 260 ships are currently in international waters just outside a 188-mile wide exclusive economic zone around the island, but their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem, said a former environment minister, Yolanda Kakabadse.  "This fleet's size and aggressiveness against marine species is a big threat to the balance of species in the Galápagos," she told the Guardian.

Man, 40, dies after cops find him burning alive on the side of a California highway 'after getting into argument outside a 7-Eleven'.  A 40-year-old man has died after being found on fire by cops on a California highway shortly after he got into an argument with a group of people outside a 7-Eleven early Friday morning. [...] A woman identifying herself as Mungaray's sister said he was last last seen Thursday outside a 7-Eleven in Gilroy where he was having an argument with the occupants of two cars.

Oregon Football Coach Fired Because Of His Job As Portland Police Officer.  A longstanding football coach was recently fired by an Oregon high school.  Sgt. Ken Duilio is "one hundred percent positive" that he was targeted because of his day job as a Portland Police Officer.  It's tough being a cop these days as protests against the police have evolved into riots.  Some politicians across the country are even demonizing the men and women in blue who protect us and are joining the protests.  Portland Police have been put in an incredibly challenging position by local politicians and rioters.

Jim Jordan Opens AG Barr Hearing with Devastating Video on Leftist Violence, Looting and Rioting in the Streets of America.  Attorney General Bill Barr is set to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.  Chairman Jerry Nadler opened the hearing with several baseless attacks on Attorney General Barr.  Next up was Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.  Jordan was ON FIRE!  Rep. Jordan opened his remarks reminding the American public that Barack Obama spied on the opposition party and candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election and beyond.

Fort Worth Zoo named best in the country in USA Today poll.  The Fort Worth Zoo was recently named the best zoo in the nation, according to a USA Today poll.  USA Today assembled a panel of industry experts who created a list of 20 zoos that excel in animal care and enrichment, while also creating interactions between animals and humans, according to a press release.  Once people across the country voted, the Fort Worth Zoo claimed the number one spot after finishing in the top five for the last four years, zoo spokesperson Avery Elander said.

The Editor says...
The Fort Worth zoo might be enjoyable someday after the state-wide face mask mandate is over, but not until then.

Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor gets an additional 13 months for assault.  Back in 2017, Sen. Rand Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked the Senator on his own property, allegedly over a dispute about lawn clippings.  The attack left Sen. Paul with several broken ribs.  Last August, Paul had a portion of his lung surgically removed because of damage caused by the attack.  Boucher was eventually charged with one count of assaulting a member of Congress.  Boucher was initially given a light sentence of just 30 days in jail plus a $10,000 fine and community service.  But the case was appealed and last September the appeals court overturned the sentence saying it was too light given the extent of Sen. Paul's injuries.  A review of similar cases involving suspects with no criminal history found the average sentence was more than two years.

Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first Trump-Biden debate.  The commission that holds the quadrennial presidential debates says that the first of the three scheduled showdowns this fall between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is being moved from Indiana to Ohio after Notre Dame withdrew as a host.  The Commission on Presidential Debates (CDP) announced on Monday that the Sept. 29 debate will now be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic and held at the Health Education Campus (HEC) in Cleveland, Ohio.  The move came after Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana withdrew as the host of the first presidential general election debate.

Violent Crime Explosion Forces Minneapolis Residents to Form Militias.  [T]he first, the very first priority of government is to protect our God-given rights from being violated, most especially by others.  We have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the government has no higher purpose than to see to it those rights are not interfered with.  To say the Democrat-run city of Minneapolis is failing on this point would be an understatement.  The city, which has not had a Republican mayor in nearly 50 years, slashed the police budget and turned its police department into eunuchs who are either unable to respond due to budget cuts and ridiculous policies that make it impossible to enforce the law or are unwilling to respond for fear they will become CNNLOL's Villain of the Day.  And now the city's residents are forced to go to extraordinary lengths to protect their family and property.

Armed Minneapolis Residents Are Patrolling Their Own Neighborhoods As City Moves To Defund Police.  Minneapolis residents have begun patrolling their own neighborhoods after violent crime across the city surged in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in late May.  The patrols, some armed, are part of a largely grassroots efforts to protect neighborhoods, businesses, and residents from rioters and criminals.  Some groups have constructed barriers at the entrance to their neighborhoods and control who can enter, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Parking Tickets Covered By Eighth Amendment's Ban On Excessive Fines, Federal Court Rules.  In a decision that managed to cite both La La Land and Magna Carta, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday [7/22/2020] that parking tickets and fees must comply with the Eighth Amendment's ban on "excessive fines."  Although the ruling is only a partial victory for the Angeleno drivers in this case, it nevertheless clears a path for others to challenge municipal fines as unconstitutional.  "This right to be free from excessive governmental fines is not a relic relegated to the period of parchments and parliaments, but rather it remains a crucial bulwark against government abuse," Judge Kenneth Lee wrote for the court.  "The government cannot overstep its authority and impose fines on its citizens without paying heed to the limits posed by the Eighth Amendment."

The Editor says...
That must have been quite a hefty parking ticket.

US Could Deploy Aegis Missile Defense System To Protect Guam From Chinese Attack.  The United States is planning to deploy the deadly Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System in Guam in preparation of an attack with China.  As Sino-American tensions continue to escalate, experts suspect that the island of Guam could be targeted by Beijing.  Phil Davidson, the US Navy admiral in charge of Indo-Pacific Command was the latest to voice his concern.  He says that an attack by Chinese could remove from the map the U.S. Air Force's main Pacific base for bombers and other heavy warplanes.  To protect the US base in Guam, the US should deploy the Aegis missile-defence system on Guam., he says.

Judge denies Oregon push to limit US agents during arrests.  Thousands of people gathered in Portland streets for another night of protests Friday [7/24/2020], the same day a U.S. judge denied Oregon's request to restrict federal agents' actions when they arrest people during chaotic demonstrations that have roiled the city and pitted local officials against the Trump administration.

US officials force their way into Chinese consulate in Houston.  The Chinese consulate in Houston has been raided by U.S. officials, shortly after it officially closed for business.  The consulate, which Donald Trump forced to close on Wednesday, was reportedly a hot bed of spies and was allegedly being used to steal medical and scientific research.  Beijing was told that the consulate must cease operations by Friday [7/24/2020].

Chinese Researcher Tied To Chinese Military [is] Hiding From FBI In Chinese Consulate.  Although the FBI has arrested three Chinese visa holders suspected of having memberships in the People's Liberation Army, a fourth research visa fraud suspect is being protected in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, where U.S. law enforcement cannot enter unless invited.  The People's Liberation Army is under the command of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China.

Are the cities emptying out?  Millions of Americans are voting with their feet.  They're leaving the cities.  In Michigan, despite some of the nation's worst unemployment — engineered in large part by our governor — homes priced around $200,000 are often on the market for about a day.  Much more expensive homes in northern Michigan, hundreds of miles from Detroit and Grand Rapids, are also selling quickly.  Why?  Two reasons:  People have found they can work from home, and they want to escape what the media portray as nonviolent protests and riots.

The Editor says...
This effect was once known as "White flight."  But apparently it's not polite to use that term any more.

Senate passes veto-proof bill that will strip Confederate names from military bases.  The Senate on Thursday [7/23/2020] passed a $740 billion defense spending bill that includes a provision to remove the name of Confederate leaders from military bases — setting up a showdown with President Trump who is opposed to the move.  The GOP-controlled chamber overwhelming passed the legislation with a vote of 81 to 14 — well over the number required to override the presidential veto which Trump threatened to wield last month in a bid to stop the bill.  The National Defense Authorization Act includes a plan to change the names of army bases named after Confederate soldiers, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in Georgia, which are named after Confederate Gens.  Braxton Bragg and Henry Lewis Benning.

Chinese buy strategic land in Texas, U.S. intel may not be pleased.  Given its hold on many American Democrat politicians (Joe Biden among them) and its aggressive global stance, it is not surprising that during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July 2019, FBI Director Christopher Wray emphasized: "there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat right now than China."  Now in 2020, China has purchased over 100,000 acres in West Texas for what they say is an economic project.  U.S. intelligence is casting a suspicious eye at their claim.  Retired CIA station chief Daniel Hoffman told the media, "The specific location in Xi's crosshairs is the iconic frontier landscape, framed by the pristine Devils River and legendary Pecos River, in the West Texas borderlands of Val Verde County.  Beginning in 2015, GH America Investment Group purchased over 130,000 acres of property in Val Verde County.  GH America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Xinjiang-based Guanghui Industry Investment Group.  Xinjiang is notorious for its so-called 're-education' camps, where China detains Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities against their will and violates their human rights."

Afghan Girl, 15, Picks Up AK-47, Kills Taliban Fighters Who Murdered Her Parents.  Last week, about 40 Taliban fighters stormed the village of Geriveh in the central Ghor province.  Around midnight, they knocked on the door of the house where Qamar Gul, 15, lived with her parents and 12-year-old brother Habibullah, officials told Agence France-Presse (AFP). [...] Officials said the fighters were looking for Gul's father, the village chief, and a government supporter.  Aber said Gul told him the Taliban members "took my father and mother outside and shot them several times.  I was terrified." That's when the teen girl took action.  "According to Aber, Qamar Gul witnessed the death of her parents, picked up her father's rifle and shot and killed three insurgents.  She then started a one-hour battle with the Taliban alongside her 12-year-old brother, Habibullah," AFP reported.

This is why we have secret ballots:
62% Of Americans Are Afraid To Express Political Views, Survey Finds.  Self-censorship is on the rise according to a new Cato Institute survey that reports nearly two-thirds of Americans are afraid to share their political views.  A new CATO Institute/YouGov national survey found 62% of Americans say the political climate today prevents them from saying what they believe.  This is up several points from 2017 when 58% of Americans said they were afraid to share their political beliefs.  "31% of liberals, 30% of moderates and 34% of conservatives are worried their political views could get them fired or harm their career trajectory," the CATO survey stated.

Rubio: Chinese consulate in Houston was 'massive spy center'.  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted his support Wednesday for the shuttering of a Chinese consulate in Houston, claiming that spying activity was carried out through the facility.  The U.S. directed the closure of the consulate on Tuesday [7/21/2020].  The Chinese government said Wednesday morning that they had been instructed to do so without warning, but Rubio claims the move was "long overdue."

US orders Chinese Consulate in Houston to close, fire spotted in courtyard hours later.  Hours after the United States ordered the closure of the Consulate General of China in Houston on Tuesday, witnesses spotted workers burning papers in the courtyard.  Firefighters said they could smell smoke and saw something burning in barrels, the Houston Chronicle reported.  However, firefighters were not granted access to the building.  "All I know, it's illegal to have open burning in the city of Houston like that," Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said.

Rand Paul calls other Republican senators 'Bernie bros' and 'insane' and Ted Cruz curses in bitter feud over $1 trillion coronavirus bailout plan.  The price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package could quickly swell above $1 trillion as White House officials negotiate with Congress over money to reopen schools, prop up small businesses, boost virus testing and keep cash flowing to Americans while the virus crisis deepens in the U.S.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday promised a new round of direct payments to earners below a certain income level, similar to the $1,200 checks sent in the spring.  President Donald Trump insists on a payroll tax holiday for workers.  And Democrats want billions to outfit schools and shore up local governments.

Cops In Riot Gear Clear Out NYC 'Occupy' Camp Near City Hall In Pre-Dawn Raid.  New York Police Department officers clad in riot gear emptied out an "occupy" protest that sprung up around NYC City Hall weeks ago in a dramatic pre-dawn raid, according to local media.  The protest, which began on June 28 with just 100 protesters, had spilled over into the street as demonstrators demanded a massive cut to the NYPD budget.  Although New York City mayor Bill de Blasio happily complied with demands to "defund the police," slashing the NYPD's operating funds by nearly a billion dollars and canceling more than 1,000 planned hires, protesters remained unsatisfied given that de Blasio refused to officially sign the change into law.

Ousted Cardinal McCarrick ran sex ring at N.J. beach house: suit.  Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick ran a depraved sex ring of underage boys at a beach house on the Jersey Shore, a disturbing new lawsuit claims.  The suit, filed by a man using the pseudonym Doe 14, claims that in 1982 and 1983, when he was as young as 14 years old, he and other victims were taken on weekend overnight trips to a Sea Girt beach house.  "McCarrick assigned sleeping arrangements, choosing his victims from the boys, seminarians and clerics present at the beach house," according to the suit filed in state court under New Jersey's Child Victims Act.  "On these occasions, minor boys were assigned to different rooms and paired with adult clerics."

Sen. Ted Cruz seeks to hold hands-off local officials liable for protest, rioting damage.  Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, has a plan on how to douse the protest violence in Portland, Seattle and elsewhere:  Hold local officials responsible for failing to stop it.  Mr. Cruz introduced Wednesday legislation that would "hold state and local officials liable when they abdicate their legal duty to protect the public in cases where death, serious bodily harm or significant property damage have occurred."  The bill, called the Restitution for Economic losses Caused by Leaders Who Allow Insurrection and Mayhem Act, or RECLAIM, would allow property owners to seek triple damages for protest destruction.

The Death of Standards at the New York Times.  The mainstream press has spent a lot of time and energy recently attacking Tucker Carlson, none more enthusiastically than CNN's simpering and shrieking little eunuch, Brian Stelter.  Of course Carlson, with the No. 1 rated show in the history of cable news, can laugh all the way to the bank in response to most of these critics.  This is nothing new:  Fox News is used to its top stars being attacked by the thought-monolith, leftist media and benefitting from the drama in the ratings.  For those of us on the Right, it's amusing and tiresome all at once.  But at the same time, disturbing undertones are emerging in these stories.  On Monday [7/20/2020], Carlson revealed that the New York Times was preparing to publish a story discussing the details surrounding the location of his family residence.  This pathetic attempt to incite doxxing and harassment is unfortunately par for the course for the rag started by Confederate sympathizers.  The paper with its new generation of little wokesters will brook no deviation from their leftist dogma and are intent on driving out any editors, reporters, or columnists who are not 100 percent on board with their program to smash the Right.

Woke Red Bull Execs Fired After Attempting to Force Company Into Black Lives Matter Virtue Signal.  Companies are routinely being pressured to show their support for Black Lives Matter.  Those who don't are under threat from the mob to be accused of being racist or in support of police brutality.  The idea that silence is violence has forced many a company executive to cave out of fear that they'll be personally held responsible by the mob and their entire life will be ruined.  Red Bull has taken the opposite tack.  In fact, it fired execs attempting to force the company into a BLM virtue signal.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Red Bull North American chief executive Stefan Kozak and North American president and chief of marketing Amy Taylor were both terminated from their positions after they attempted to force the company to support BLM by subversively creating racial tension within the company.

Michigan School Fires Popular Teacher For Saying 'Trump Is Our President'.  A Michigan school district fired a popular high school teacher and coach after he pointed out that "Trump is our president" on social media.  Varsity baseball coach and social studies teacher Justin Kucera said Walled Lake school district officials hauled him into a closed-door meeting after he indicated his support for President Trump's speech to reopen schools.  He told the Washington Free Beacon the Walled Lake Western principal and district superintendent gave him an ultimatum: be fired or resign.

Allen West elected chairman of Texas GOP, vows no more 'watered down conservatism'.  The nation's largest state Republican Party has a new leader.  Allen West was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Texas in the early hours of Monday during a virtual vote among the organization's membership.  The retired U.S. Army officer and former presidential hopeful has already taken on the responsibilities of the role and begin to "implement his strategy to hold Texas," according to his campaign — which means a return to traditional conservatism for Lone Star Republicans.  "I am honored and privileged that Republicans of Texas have selected me to Chair their party and to be at the helm during this coming election cycle.  We need to focus on maintaining the conservative policies that made Texas strong and drive voter outreach across the state," Mr. West said in a statement.

Japan to Pay at Least $536 Million for Companies to Leave China.  Japan's government will start paying its companies to move factories out of China and back home or to Southeast Asia, part of a new program to secure supply chains and reduce dependence on manufacturing in China.  Fifty-seven companies including privately-held facemask-maker Iris Ohyama Inc. and Sharp Corp. will receive a total of 57.4 billion yen ($536 million) in subsidies from the government, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday.  Another 30 firms will receive money to move manufacturing to Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations, according to a separate announcement, which didn't provide details on the amount of compensation.

German States Ask Congress Not to Remove U.S. Troops.  The leaders of four German states wrote to Congress asking for a halt to Washington's troop withdrawal plan from the country, Reuters reported Sunday [7/19/2020].  The premiers of the four states — all of which have U.S. bases — addressed their letters to 13 members of Congress, including Sens. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) and Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.). Inhofe chairs the Armed Services Committee, while Romney is a leading member of the Foreign Relations Committee.

A long-needed conservative movie studio is being created to counter far-left Hollywood.  In the 2015 movie "Trumbo," top Hollywood scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo fights against the evils of a blacklist that prevents him from earning a living in the late 1940s and 1950s because of his membership in the Communist Party of the United States.  The plot of the film — based on a true story — could work for a documentary about Hollywood today, but with an important twist.  Now far-left and pro-Communist voices are celebrated.  The cancel culture has come for conservative and Christian voices.  And heaven help anyone in Hollywood who supports President Trump.  Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is out to change that.

Federal Unit Behind Arrests In Portland Reportedly Identified.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) smeared federal law enforcement officials on Friday night while making false claims about the continuing violence and rioting in Portland, Oregon. [...] Pelosi's claim that the officials were "kidnapping protesters" in response to "graffiti" is wildly misleading.  The Washington Post documented one man who was arrested and the process that he went through, which resulted in his brief detainment and release.  "He was detained and searched," The Post said.  "One man asked him if he had any weapons; he did not.  They drove him to the federal courthouse and placed him in a holding cell."

Genocide in China ignored by most of the press.  China is running concentration camps and committing demographic genocide, but the media hardly care. [...] In northwestern China, as many as three million members of ethnic minority groups have been imprisoned in grim concentration camps.  Over one million of the imprisoned people are Uighurs, the largest minority group in China's Xinjiang province.  Torture is widespread in the concentration camps, and thousands have died in them.  Uighur cemeteries have been destroyed in a campaign some have called cultural genocide.  But many progressives think America is more racist than China.  Thus, they argue, it lacks any moral authority to criticize China's human-rights violations.

Ford is auditing 188,000 employees:  What it's asking.  Ford Motor Co. is currently "auditing" an estimated 188,000 salaried and hourly employees worldwide to see where the 117-year-old company stands on workplace attitudes about diversity.  The effort involves employees from the factory floor to executive suites in an aggressive attempt to address institutional bias and issues that may hinder employee performance, company officials confirmed to the Free Press.

New 'Unwoke' Job Website Lists Jobs for Regular Americans, Not Left Wing Activists.  A new job listings board created for the purpose of hiring workers and not activists has been met with a mixed reception following its recent release.  Unwoke.hr was unveiled to post job opportunities for discerning workers at a time where activism pervades practically all human resources departments of major corporations.

AG Barr:  China Waging 'Economic Blitzkrieg' to Replace U.S. as Top Superpower.  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), under dictator Xi Jinping, has launched an aggressive, governmentwide, whole-of-society "economic blitzkrieg" to replace America as the globe's "preeminent superpower," U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned on Thursday [7/16/2020].  China's "predatory economic policies are succeeding," Barr conceded via written remarks prepared for delivery during a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan.

National Association of Police Organizations President:  Vote to Endorse Trump 'Overwhelming'.  On Wednesday's broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Evening Edit," National Association of Police Organizations President (NAPO) Mick McHale discussed the group's endorsement of President Trump and stated that the endorsement was partially due to the "overwhelming vote of the majority of the associations who participated" and stated that while Trump addressed the organization's board, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden did not take advantage of the same opportunity.  McHale said that the endorsement of Trump is the result of the association's endorsement process and the "overwhelming vote of the majority of the associations who participated."

Rabbi wounded in deadly California synagogue shooting pleads guilty to multi-million dollar tax scam.  The founder of a California synagogue at the center of deadly shooting in 2019 has pleaded guilty for his role in a multimillion-dollar scam, which aimed to disguise charitable contributions so that they can be used for personal gain.  Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, longtime leader of the Chabad of Poway synagogue, on Tuesday admitted to his role in the plot, involving tax, real estate, insurance and grant frauds. [...] According to prosecutors, Goldstein collected an estimated $6.2 million in fake donations for the synagogue only to return 90% to those who contributed along with phony receipts.  The remaining 10% he kept for himself, which in total is around $620,000.

NY Times Gushes Over Lefty Dixie Chicks: 'Witches Who Could Not Be Burned'.  The band formerly known as The Dixie Chicks made the front of the New York Times Sunday Styles with a full-page photo under the puffed-up headline "Still Fearless."  Inside was a two-page spread with posed photos, "A Sisterhood Skilled at Ignoring the Static."  The text box:  "Three women flourished in an industry that never really loved or defended them."  Fortunately for the "Chicks" (who recently ditched the "racist" part of their name but kept the "sexist" one) the gushing by the liberal press made up for it.  The online version came with the ironic headline, "The Chicks Are Done Caring What People Think."  So why did they just change their name?

Fifty-four scientists have lost their jobs as a result of NIH probe into foreign ties.  Some 54 scientists have resigned or been fired as a result of an ongoing investigation by the National Institutes of Health into the failure of NIH grantees to disclose financial ties to foreign governments.  For 93% of the 189 scientists whom NIH has investigated to date, China was the source of their undisclosed support.  The new numbers come from Michael Lauer, NIH's head of extramural research.  Lauer had previously provided some information on the scope of NIH's investigation, which had targeted 189 scientists at 87 institutions.  But his presentation today to a senior advisory panel offered by far the most detailed breakout of an effort NIH launched in August 2018 that has roiled the U.S. biomedical community, and resulted in criminal charges against some prominent researchers, including Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University's department of chemistry and chemical biology.

Virus or Politics?  Houston Democrat Mayor Cancels Texas GOP Convention.  Houston's Democrat Mayor Sylvester Turner heaped praise on the recent George Floyd protests, which drew tens of thousands of people tightly packed into the city.  He even addressed the crowd.  Coronavirus was no problem, the protests were too important.  Yesterday [7/8/2020] Mayor Turner cancelled the Texas state Republican Party convention, which was to be held in Houston and would bring in a tiny fraction of the numbers of those who attended the Floyd protest.  The mayor's reason to cancel the Republican Party convention?  Coronavirus!  Is this really about public health, or is it something else?  [Video clip]

GOP Denied Convention Plan For Texas.  A Texas Supreme Court decision ruled that Huston [sic] is free to choose whether to host a GOP Convention, and that the party was prevented from forcing the city to agree.  The decision came out 7-1 with a majority in favor of Houston's right to choose on hosting the convention.  The GOP wanted a in-person event to take place in Huston [sic] this week, following a Democratic Convention online in June.  "The Party argues it has constitutional rights to hold a convention and engage in electoral activities, and that is unquestionably true," said the court's majority decision.  "But those rights do not allow it to simply commandeer use of the [George R. Brown Convention] Center."

The Editor says...
The Republican Party of Texas had a legally-binding contract with the convention center, so the word commandeer hardly seems appropriate.  The mayor canceled that contract at the last minute for purely political reasons.  No doubt this will all end up in the courts, months from now; but of course it will be too late then for any meaningful relief.

In politics, there are no coincidences.
Kansas GOP Rep charged with voter fraud just before primary debate.  Something truly bizarre happened last night in the runup to a GOP congressional primary debate in Kansas.  Republican Congressman Steve Watkins (KS-2) was preparing to take the stage against two primary opponents when he received some unexpected and potentially politically damaging news.  The District Attorney had just slapped him with four counts of voter fraud, including three felony charges.  That changed the tone of the debate, to say the least, as it immediately became the first question of the evening from the moderators.

Shamers lose it when Ted Cruz is 'captured' on a commercial flight drinking coffee with no mask.  A marketing and compliance official with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee snapped pics of Sen. Ted Cruz during a commercial flight Sunday [7/12/2020] in which the Texas Republican was seen not wearing a mask.

The Editor says...
If that's all you've got on Ted Cruz, you've got nothing.

American Airlines Investigating Photo of Ted Cruz Not Wearing a Mask on a Plane.  American Airlines has reached out to Senator Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) office after a photo began circulating online of the senator apparently not wearing a mask on one of its flights, according to The Hill.  The airline, which requires that all passengers keep masks on for the entirety of their flight duration, said that "we have reached out to Sen. Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public."  The statement came after a radical Democratic campaign operative tweeted a photo allegedly showing Cruz without a mask on.  The senator's office responded with a statement explaining that Cruz had taken his mask off to drink his coffee, which he can be seen holding in the photo.

Feds spent $1 trillion last month.  The federal government spent $1.1 trillion last month, shattering the record for the highest monthly spending ever, and sending the deficit soaring to $2.7 trillion so far this fiscal year, the Treasury Department reported Monday [7/13/2020] [.]  Before this year, the highest monthly total was $439.8 billion, spent last May.  But the last three months have easily topped that, totaling nearly $2.7 trillion in spending over just those three months along.  As recently as 2006, the government spent less than that in the entire year.

California tries the box and breakfast — a hotel made of shipping containers.  A winery in central California has opened a hotel for guests made from recycled shipping containers.  The quirky development offers a "luxury hospitality experience," according to the owners of the Geneseo Inn.  The eight-unit "box & breakfast," composed of 20 factory-built shipping containers, is situated on a scenic, 145-acre estate amid grapevines and rolling hills.  The rectangular suites, grouped in clusters around a sprawling 60-foot live oak tree, are set off the ground by steel frames, allowing overnighters to park their cars underneath their rooms.

Lindsey Graham says he'll grant Democrats' request for Mueller to testify before Senate.  Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday [7/12/2020] he will approve Democrats' request to invite Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the former special counsel published an op-ed in The Washington Post criticizing President Donald Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence for Roger Stone.  "Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing — and also capable — of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post," Graham wrote on Twitter.  "Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation."  "That request will be granted," he added.

Petition for election to recall Mayor Jenny Durkan can move forward, judge says.  A King County Superior Court judge has approved a petition [7/10/2020] for an election to recall Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, opening the door for a campaign that's gained steam over the last several weeks. [...] Once any recall petition is approved, signatures are needed to qualify for a special election ballot.  The petitioners must, within 180 days, collect valid signatures from a number of voters equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last election.  In this case, signatures from more than 50,000 Seattle voters would be needed.  The Durkan petitioners' recall effort, known online as the "Fire the Mayor" campaign, accuses the mayor of "endanger[ing] the peace and safety of the community" by allowing police to "leak false information about fabricated crimes and threats to the media" and issuing a citywide curfew without sufficient notice to the public.  The petitioners also accused Durkan of restricting certain property rights in downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill, the neighborhood where many of the protests took place.

Greyhound's Value Drops by $156M Due to Less Illegal Immigration to U.S..  The value of Greyhound Lines Inc., the intercity bus service company, has seen a drop in its value as a result of reductions to illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border.  Executives with Greyhound's parent company, FirstGroup, told MarketWatch their value has dropped by about $156 million because of less migration across the southern border.  As Breitbart News has reported, President Trump's administration released tens of thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens into the U.S. every month.  Those foreign nationals would board Greyhound buses to travel to the interior of the country.

Goya 'buy-cott' begins as customers load up on product after Trump backlash.  Many took to social media to express their displeasure with Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue after he praised President Trump at a White House event on Thursday, but others are flipping the narrative and calling for a Goya Foods "buy-cott."  "My brother came up with a terrific idea and I am encouraging all to join me in purchasing $10 worth of Goya Foods products and donating them to your local food bank," self-described "conservatarian" radio host Mike Opelka wrote on Twitter.  "Let's push a BUY-cott, not a boycott.  Let's show the #Goyaway people what compassion can do.["]  Opelka's post received 27,000 likes.

A Journalist's Escape From Socialist Venezuela, Part 1.  These articles document a Venezuelan journalist's struggle to flee the failing state and survive in a place where journalists are often under serious threat of bodily harm.  Some names have been changed in order to protect those involved.

'They are killing our nation': Goya Foods CEO slams growing boycott of his brand.  Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue has doubled down on his support for Donald Trump saying 'we are with the president' and blasting protesters for 'killing our nation' amid the growing boycott of his family brand.  Unanue showered more praise on Trump in an interview with Fox News Friday, just one day after he spoke at an event in the White House Rose Garden where he told Americans they were 'truly blessed' to have a leader like him.  His comments sparked an instant backlash on social media and from some major political names including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julian Castro, with calls mounting for a boycott of the popular food brand.

Body Cam Transcript Tells a Different Story on the Death of George Floyd.  The transcript from the body camera worn by J. Alexander Kueng shows clear evidence that George Floyd was suffering respiratory distress before police laid hands on him.  He died from a Fentanyl overdose, not from being choked out by Minneapolis police.  This news will not bring joy to the crazed, leftist mob screaming to lop off the heads of the Minneapolis police officers who stand accused of "murdering" George Floyd and little attention has been paid to the transcript since its release on July 7.  I hope to correct that oversight.  First a note about Officer J. Alexander Kueng.  He also is a black man.  He was adopted shortly after birth by a white woman and single mother.  Can't have that story out there.  Simply does not promote the meme that white Americans are inherently and irredeemably racist.

Ohio protester, 22, died of natural causes, not pepper spray: autopsy.  A 22-year-old Ohio woman who died two days after participating in a protest related to the death of George Floyd, died of natural causes — not from exposure to pepper spray, an autopsy determined.  Sarah Grossman, who took part in the May 28 protest in Columbus, had recently graduated from the Ohio State University, according to The Lantern, a campus newspaper.  The autopsy after her May 30 death in a hospital revealed she died from a tear in a coronary artery related to a pre-existing case of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, according to The Associated Press.

2 Texas police officers killed in ambush attack; suspect dead, authorities say.  Two police officers were killed in a Texas border town Saturday in what authorities described as an ambush shooting.  The gunman later killed himself after engaging in a shootout with other responding officers, The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, reported.

How have Iran's intelligence forces broken down in face of explosions?  Iran is facing a total intelligence breakdown.  With another explosion on Thursday night, reportedly at an Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps facility, the question is not only how anyone has pulled off up to seven attacks in around two weeks, but how has the Islamic Republic repeatedly failed to stop them.

Professor charged over scheme to use $4M in US grant money to conduct research for China.  An Ohio State University professor with ties to China is charged with using more than $4 million in U.S. grant money to develop rheumatology and immunology expertise for the Chinese government, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday [7/9/2020].  Song Guo Zheng, 57, was arrested on May 22 at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska while preparing to board a charter flight to China, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.  At the time of his arrest, Zheng was carrying three large bags, filed electronic devices, expired Chinese passports for his family, deeds for a property in China, among other items, the DOJ said.

Black activist takes on Minn city council member for demolishing police: 'Utopia is a bunch of BS'.  A former police officer calling "B.S." on the Minneapolis city council's plan to dismantle the police department got a chance to confront a Councilmember directly.  Community violence-prevention advocates held an emergency news conference to denounce the push to dismantle the police department following deadly shootings in the area, demanding that citizens rise up against the threatened move.  Lisa Clemons, a former officer and a peace activist with "A Mother's Love" was speaking on the issue when Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins happened on the scene.

Ford employees ask if company should stop building police vehicles.  An estimated 100 employees of Ford Motor Co. have asked the automaker to reconsider building and selling police vehicles in light of controversy related to police brutality and social justice, the Free Press confirmed late Wednesday [7/8/2020].  The issue has been raised with Ford executives by employees during at least one virtual town hall and a series of letters sent to executives since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  Over the past six weeks, civil rights protests have roiled the streets of Detroit and cities across the country as debate about police reform grows.  Auto executives and business leaders in Detroit have made headlines with calls for racial justice.

The Beginning of the End of Whites in South Africa.  And it's worse than any of us can imagine.  Eighty-four farm attacks since lockdown began, twelve white farmers slaughtered from their land.  The footage of the aftermath of one of the attacks circulating on Telegram and sent to me — too brutal to share.  Only monsters could do such things to the elderly in their own homes.  As many of us celebrated the 4th of July this weekend, there were three murders in two days, one of them so unspeakably cruel that even those hardened to the news of torture of farmers by black gangs have found themselves white-knuckled at the speed of the horror.

Five Guys Employees Fired After Refusing Service to Police Officers.  Multiple Five Guys employees have been fired or suspended from the Daphne, Alabama, location after they refused to serve members of the Daphne Police Department, according to a statement from the company.  Earlier this week, Alabama-based Yellowhammer News reported that three Daphne police officers were refused service when they entered the Five Guys restaurant in Alabama.

Pandemic accelerates the death of malls.  The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the closing of malls as people fear venturing into enclosed spaces and touching merchandise that has likely been handled by hundreds of other shoppers, according to an industry expert.  "COVID accelerated the migration to online [shopping], and it's accelerating the rationalization of the retail landscape, so, more stores will close within the next year or two, and more malls will come down in the next year or two," said Marie Driscoll, managing director, luxury and fashion, at Coresight Research, a retail advisory and research firm.

Supreme Court:  Eastern Oklahoma is American Indian territory.  The Supreme Court ruled Thursday [7/9/2020] that a large swath of eastern Oklahoma is actually an Indian reservation belonging to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, meaning that hundreds of prosecutions could be tossed because the state does not have jurisdiction there, including in part of Tulsa.  The 5-4 decision notes that only federal prosecutors have jurisdiction over American Indians on the reservation, which includes most of Tulsa, the state's second-largest city.  Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined the court's four liberal justices in the majority decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week.  New York's Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle — while citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The [New York] Post has learned.  A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year's number — as the city grapples with a surge of shootings — and the stampede caused a bottleneck that's forcing others to delay putting in their papers, officials and sources said.  The NYPD said Wednesday that 179 cops filed for retirement between June 29 and Monday, an astounding 411-percent increase over the 35 who filed during the same time period in 2019.

Counterfeit $20 bill now part of George Floyd murder case.  The counterfeit $20 bill that cost George Floyd his life is now part of the murder case against the ex-Minneapolis cops charged in his death, according to court records made public Wednesday [7/8/2020].  The lawyer for accused former cop Thomas Lane said the crumpled bills found between the seats of Floyd's SUV put the officer on alert from the start after Floyd repeatedly reached down and ignored 10 requests to show his hand.  "From the initial interaction with Floyd and his vehicle, Lane noticed the driver and passenger in the vehicle digging underneath the seat, as if reaching for something," defense attorney Earl Gray said in a motion to dismiss charges against Lane which included photos of the bills.

Brooks Brothers Files For Bankruptcy After 202 Years Of Business.  Brooks Brothers, one of the United States' oldest and most prestigious retailers, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday after 202 years, CNBC reported.  The retailer, credited with dressing 40 U.S. presidents since its founding in 1818, had already been burdened with rising rent when it was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, which sunk the company's potential sale, according to CNBC.  "Over the past year, Brooks Brothers' board, leadership team, and financial and legal advisors have been evaluating various strategic options to position the company for future success, including a potential sale of the business," a company spokesman said.

Kanye West To Run On 'Birthday Party' Ticket, Use 'Wakanda Management Model'.  Kanye West is running for president and the details of his bid for the White House are spectacular. [...] In his announcement, West said he's no longer a backer of President Donald Trump.  "I'm taking the red hat off," West told Forbes.  The reason?  "I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker," West said, referring to the time Secret Service agents took Trump to an underground safe room on May 29 amid violent riots near the White House[.]  (Trump later said he was there just to inspect the site).  But West is still a fan of the president.  "Trump is the closest president we've had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation," he said.

Kanye West: 'It's 'Racism and White Supremacy to Say All Black People Need to Be Democrat'.  Grammy-winning rapper and fashion mogul Kanye West ripped Joe Biden and declared that the Democratic Party has controlled black Americans to the point that "this white man can tell a black man if you don't vote for me, you're not Black."  "That is a form of racism and white supremacy and white control to say that all Black people need to be Democrat and to assume that me running is me splitting the vote.  All of that information is being charged up on social media platforms by Democrats," Kanye West said in a lengthy interview with Forbes magazine.  "And Democrats used to tell me, the same Democrats have threatened me....  The reason why this is the first day I registered to vote is because I was scared.  I was told that if I voted on Trump my music career would be over."

The Editor says...
Spoken like a man who thinks primarily of himself.

Big Tex hardest hit:
State Fair of Texas cancelled for first time since WWII due to coronavirus pandemic.  The 2020 State Fair of Texas has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic — marking the first time since WWII that the annual event will not be held.  The decision was made Tuesday [7/7/2020] in a vote by the fair's board of directors.  "In the current climate of COVID-19, there is no feasible way for the Fair to put proper precautions in place while maintaining the Fair environment you know and love," board Chairwoman Gina Norris said.

The Editor says...
What a shame.  Where else can I go to enjoy a five-dollar corn dog, accompanied by a four-dollar drink?  Where else can I go to park my car in a high-crime neighborhood under the blazing Texas sun, for only $20?  Where else can I go to be aggressively approached by some nosy salesman wanting to sell me faster internet service?  Oh, wait — that salesman is at Wal-Mart, with a table set up next to the electronics department.

2020 State Fair of Texas Canceled Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.  For just the eighth time in the fair's 134-year history, The State Fair of Texas is canceled for the upcoming season.  The fair made the announcement on their website Tuesday morning, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.

FBI Director Wray says half of bureau's 5,000 counterintelligence cases are related to China.  FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned Americans that the Chinese government's theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale, suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau's counterintelligence cases.  Speaking at an event hosted by the Hudson Institute in Washington, Wray said that Chinese thefts amount to "one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history," and that the American people are the victims.

Officer cleared after appearing to flash white power sign at Oregon protest.  The Oregon State Police on Sunday [7/5/2020] cleared a trooper who appeared to make a white power symbol during a Black Lives Matter protest in Salem, Oregon, over the weekend.  In a statement, authorities said the trooper made the gesture after seeing a skirmish during the event at the Oregon Capitol on Saturday.  He was checking on a man who had been knocked to the ground, police said.  Footage of the protest, which was streamed live on social media, shows a trooper observing counter-protesters during the demonstration.  The officer then walks towards one of the counter-protesters and flashes the "OK" hand gesture, which is used among extremist circles to signal "white power," according to the Anti Defamation League.  The counter-protester is then seen patting the officer on the back.  NBC News is not publishing or linking to the video to avoid providing a platform to apparent expressions of hate or white supremacy.

The Editor says...
If you re-define a harmless hand gesture that has been in use for many decades, you are to blame if someone misconstrues its use.  I had no idea, until a few months ago, that this gesture had been hijacked (mostly by the news media, since there aren't that many white supremacists) as some sort of hateful symbol.

Burgess Owens:  America Will See a 'Renaissance' with Trump Re-Elected, GOP House.  Utah congressional Republican candidate Burgess Owens told Breitbart News Saturday that America will see a "true renaissance" with President Donald Trump re-elected for a second term and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.  Owens — a former Oakland Raiders safety and Super Bowl champion — recently won Utah's fourth congressional district primary.  The black conservative hopes to unseat freshman swing district Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams.

The Editor says...
Now is the time to build more prisons.  If the Democrats win, the prisons will be full of people who used to wear red MAGA hats.  If the Republicans win, they could be filled with rioters, looters, and other violent criminals, of which there is no shortage.

US population growth is driven ONLY by minorities with the white population declining for the first time in the nation's history.  Population growth in the United States has been driven only by minorities in the last decade, according to a new report.  Data analysis by Brookings suggests the last decade will also be the first in America's history where the white population declined in numbers.  Estimates released by the US Census Bureau ahead of the 2020 results show that last year, for the first time, more than 50 percent of those under 16 also identified as a racial or ethnic minority.

Amazon driver in Detroit quits job on Twitter, leaves package-filled van with keys in the ignition.  Here's why he did it.  Among the grievances that led [Derick] Lancaster to quit:  He said he was late getting to his sister's recent graduation party because he was working, and he felt constant pressure to deliver more packages — and to do it faster.  Lancaster said after he left the van, he called a Lyft and went home, until he came to his senses hours later and returned to the gas station and waited for someone from Amazon to pick up the van.  He also got back on Twitter and posted a live video about why his job and mental health wasn't worth $15.50 an hour.  Since the pandemic began, Amazon workers nationwide have called out sick in protest and held rallies to raise awareness about what they say are unsafe and harsh working conditions.

Home Depot removes spools of ropes from its shelves after customer started making nooses in stores.  The Home Depot has changed the way it displays rope for sale after nooses made from spooled rope were discovered in several of its stores, most recently last month in North Carolina.  The home improvement giant has removed giant spools of rope from every one of its US locations and has switched to selling pre-cut rope in lengths that are most commonly sold, Home Depot spokesperson Margaret Smith told DailyMail.com

CBO predicts V-shaped recovery, GDP growth to top 12% for rest of 2020.  The Congressional Budget Office is predicting the economy will come roaring out of the coronavirus recession with growth surging to 12.4% the rest of this year, before settling back into the longer-term trend of about half that.  Unemployment will peak at more than 14% but "fall quickly" as the economy rebounds later this year and into next year, the CBO said in its new update Thursday [7/2/2020]. But it will still be at nearly 6% in 2024, and through the end of the decade will never reach the historically low levels of just a few months ago, CBO said.

CNN Reporter Robbed at Knifepoint on Live TV.  It doesn't matter what part of the globe you're in — if you work for fake news CNN, bad things will find you.  That's what happened to CNN Brasil reporter Bruna Macedo, who was robbed at knifepoint during a live report in São Paolo on Saturday [6/27/2020].  Macedo was reporting on rising water levels at Bandeiras Bridge in São Paolo when a man in a hoodie was lurking around on camera behind the reporter.  It didn't take long for him to make his move.

Rich Hamptons residents rush to hire private security guards after protests.  With protesters descending on the Hamptons this summer, rich New Yorkers with second homes on the East End are looking for more protection than just their hedges.  Wealthy Hamptonites are rushing to hire security guards to keep them safe from the threat of unrest, The [New York] Post has learned.  Charlie McArdle, co-founder of CM Security Consulting, says business is booming in the moneyed enclave, and that he's gotten a flood of calls after Thursday's protests, which targeted the Hamptons homes of figures such as Mayor Mike Bloomberg, real estate mogul Stephen Ross and Blackstone CEO Steven Schwarzman.  "My clients range from the 1 percenters to people who are concerned about the political climate and what's going on today," McArdle said.

Wisconsin police officer fatally shoots black man allegedly wielding knives, family says race played role.  A black man was shot a killed by a Wisconsin police officer Thursday [7/2/2020] after authorities say he chased a woman with a pair of knives and then advanced on the officer.  Family members of Kevan Ruffin, 32, said he had psychiatric issues but believe his race played a role in the shooting.  Sheboygan, Wis., Police Chief, Christopher Domagalski said police officers responded to a call that a man was chasing a women with "sai-style" kitchen knives at around 5:50 a.m.

Broadcasting legend Hugh Downs dead at 99.  Broadcasting legend Hugh Downs died at age 99 on Wednesday night [7/1/2020] surrounded by loved ones, according to CBS' Arizona affiliate.  Downs' historic career lasted over 60 years, with memorable work on "20/20," "Today" and "The Tonight Show."  He famously co-anchored "20/20" alongside Barbara Walters where the duo became beloved by millions.

Epstein 'sex slave' Virginia Giuffre, Alan Dershowitz both lose in new court ruling.  Attorneys for alleged Jeffrey Epstein "sex slave" Virginia Roberts Giuffre were ordered Wednesday [7/1/2020] to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell — as lawyer Alan Dershowitz was also denied access to the potentially explosive information.  Manhattan federal Judge Loretta Preska said she was "troubled" to learn during oral arguments last week that Giuffre's lawyers, from the firm of Cooper & Kirk, had been given sealed records from her since-settled suit against Maxwell, who Giuffre claims recruited her to have sex with Epstein and his pals while she was underage.

New GOP Ad Issues Powerful Warning About Democrats Threatening American Culture.  On Wednesday, the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) released a powerful new ad warning about vandals and rioters destroying a key monument in American culture — the presidents on Mount Rushmore.  While the vandals are not likely to actually deface Mount Rushmore anytime soon, their iconoclastic movement has already targeted each of the four presidents on the monument — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Twitter alternative Parler faces growth obstacle:  Too few liberals.  The self-proclaimed "unbiased" platform Parler has the potential to become a mainstream platform, social media analysts say, but its one-sided political audience could stunt its growth.  "If Parler can't grow beyond its current conservative user base, it will be a trend that quickly fades.  It's going to need to get more diversified users and diversified content," social media marketing expert and Digital Trailblazer owner Todd Getts told the Washington Examiner.

The Editor says...
A one-sided audience might inhibit advertising sales, but otherwise, there is nothing to be gained by recruiting left-wing extremists to join the platform.

Bottles And Trash Thrown At NYPD Responding To Crimes.  This story is from the weekend, but I wanted to circle back to it as it seems to be emblematic of what's going on in New York City these days in terms of the ability of the police to maintain order in the Big Apple.  Early Sunday morning, the police were dispatched to a scene were gunfire was reported.  Upon arriving at the Harlem neighborhood where the report originated, they were greeted by the sight of hundreds of people having some sort of party in the streets.  But rather than helping the officers look for any possible shooter in the vicinity, dozens of partygoers began pelting the police cruisers with rocks, bottles and garbage.  The cops were so badly outnumbered that there was virtually nothing they could do to address the original report.

Knoxville police regain access to computer system following ransomware attack.  The Knoxville Police Department regained use of its in-car computers more than two weeks after a ransomware attack shuttered the reporting system the officers use.  KPD previously announced officers would not respond to car crashes unless they involved injury or a disabled vehicle blocking traffic because they couldn't access their electronic reporting system.

Trump congratulates Boebert for win in Colorado primary.  President Trump congratulated Lauren Boebert late Tuesday night after the pro-gun businesswoman defeated Rep. Scott Tipton, who represented his Colorado district for five terms in Congress.  "Congratulations on a really great win!" Trump tweeted.  Trump's tweet linked to a post from her Twitter account from back in May where she described herself as a tough fighter against socialism and advocate for the Second Amendment.

University of California SF pays ransomware hackers $1.14 million to salvage research.  The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) has admitted to paying a partial ransom demand of $1.14 million to recover files locked down by a ransomware infection.  The university was struck on June 1, where malware was found in the UCSF School of Medicine's IT systems.  Administrators quickly attempted to isolate the infection and ringfence a number of systems that prevented the ransomware from traveling to the core UCSF network and causing further damage.  While the school says the cyberattack did not affect "our patient care delivery operations, overall campus network, or COVID-19 work," UCSF servers used by the school of medicine were encrypted.

China Is Buying Up Dozens of U.S. Commercial Airliners.  We Should Be Worried.  After years of aggression, broken promises and falsehoods, most recently about the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese government has finally begun to face the consequences of its misconduct.  On behalf of industries that range from technology to pharmaceuticals, the United States is fighting back against the Chinese.  Why then is it looking the other way as Chinese companies buy up the commercial aircraft that Americans fly?

Black cop charged in George Floyd's death joined force to stop discrimination.  The black officer charged in the death of George Floyd had joined the force to protect other young black men from police abuse, arguing more cops like himself could change the Minneapolis force.  Now J. Alexander Kueng is being denounced by members of his own family.  Kueng's mission to change the reputation of the department was rooted in seeing friends — even a sister, Taylor Kueng — treated badly by law enforcement officers, the New York Times reported.  Still, Kueng defended authorities, including the sheriff's deputies who arrested his sibling, telling his friends and relatives the best way to fix the department was from within, not by public demonstrations.

Comey miniseries gets pre-election airdate, after director pleads for chance to sway voters.  Showtime miniseries based on former FBI Director James Comey's memoir has been rescheduled to debut before Election Day, after its creator made an emotional plea for a chance to sway presidential voters.  Billy Ray, who wrote and directed "The Comey Rule," recoiled after learning Showtime originally planned to debut it in late November.  Ray wrote an angry letter to his cast and crew about the post-election date obtained by Deadline.com.  The note suggests a collective agenda behind the project:  ["]I know what a disappointment this is to you.  It is for me too — because while I've made movies about my country before, this was the first time I ever made a movie for my country.  We all were hoping to get this story in front of the American people months before the coming election. [..."]

Disney to retheme Splash Mountain in Orlando and California to Princess and the Frog.  Disney will retheme Splash Mountain to its only film to feature a Black princess, The Princess and the Frog.  Disney announced Thursday [6/25/2020] that the ride — currently themed to a film some Disney fans say is the company's most racist, "Song of the South" — will get a makeover at both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Army ditches officer promotion photos to combat bias, says strength 'comes from our diversity'.  The U.S. Army says its time to ditch photos in officer promotion board packages as a way guaranteeing a diverse racial aesthetic.  The move, which will go into effect Aug. 1, was confirmed by Military.com on Thursday and comes shortly after the creation of the "Defense Board on Diversity and Inclusion."  "The strength of our Army comes from our diversity," leaders wrote in a memo obtained by the defense website.  "Developing and maintaining qualified and demographically diverse leadership is critical for mission effectiveness and is essential to national security."

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Exactly the opposite is true.  The strength of the Army comes from uniformity, not diversity.  Diversity adds nothing but confusion.  Just ask anyone who worked on the Tower of Babel.

US puts sanctions on 5 Iranian ship captains for bringing oil to Venezuela.  The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who delivered oil to Venezuela, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed Washington's backing for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.  Speaking at a news conference, Pompeo said the ships delivered about 1.5 million barrels of Iranian gasoline and related components, and warned mariners against doing business with the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose ouster Washington seeks.

GOP Lawmaker Forces DOJ Whistleblower To Admit He Sought Job With Democrats During Trump Impeachment.  A Justice Department official turned whistleblower appeared caught off-guard Wednesday when Republican Rep. Doug Collins pressed him in a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his efforts in 2019 to work for House Democrats during the Trump impeachment saga.  John Elias, a chief of staff to the Justice Department's assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, reluctantly conceded at the hearing that he sought a position on the Democratic side of the House Judiciary Committee.  Elias was one of three witnesses who accused Attorney General William Barr of abuse of his authority at the Judiciary hearing.

Black citizens chase punk robbing old white man, make him give money back.  While you would be hard-pressed to believe it watching cable news these days, there really are two Americas.  There is the version portrayed nightly on your TV and computer screens, by a liberal media fully invested in a racially-divisive narrative ahead of the presidential election, and there is the America most of us live in.  An example of the latter world was captured in a video making the rounds on social media, featuring a black woman and her brother chasing down a younger black man, who appears to have just robbed an old white man.

We Appear to Have the Winner of the 'Most Conservative District' in New York.  State Senator Chris Jacobs declared victory Tuesday night in the special election for New York's 27th congressional district, held to replace former Rep. Chris Collins (R) after his resignation following insider trading charges.  NY-27 has been classified as the "most conservative district" in the state of New York, so there were plenty of eyes on this one.  In his win, Jacobs defeated attorney Beth Parlato, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, and the lone Democratic candidate Nate McMurray.  McMurray has yet to concede, but Jacobs's team says there's no way, even with absentee ballots, that the Democrat can make up the deficit.  President Trump endorsed Jacobs, touting him as a congressman who would be strong on many of the issues conservatives care about.

Assistant principal at Staten Island high school is investigated after 'racist' rant on Facebook.  The New York City Department of Education has launched an investigation into a troubling Facebook post penned by an employee of a Staten Island high school.  Deborah Morse-Cunningham, who serves as the assistant principal of New Dorp High School, is still at work despite sharing a lengthy status update in which she pondered the nature of privilege by referring to a number of racial stereotypes.  'What is privilege?' Morse-Cunningham asked in the post, which has now been deleted.  'Privilege is wearing $200 sneakers when you've never had a job.  Privilege is wearing $300 Beats headphones while living on public assistance.  Privilege is living in public subsidized housing where you don't have a water bill, where rising property taxes and rents and energy costs have absolutely no effect on the amount of food you can put on your table.'

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How is that "a troubling Facebook post"?  What did she say that isn't true?

Whistleblower Claims Chinese Communists Pay Vatican $2 Billion in Bribes.  Exiled Chinese dissident Guo Wengui alleged this weekend the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) "allocates $2 billion a year" to pay off the Vatican for its silence concerning Chinese atrocities.  In a June 20th interview on The War Room, Mr. Guo said the CCP earmarks massive sums each year to win the allegiance of foreign countries including the Vatican, Italy, and Australia.  Among them, the Vatican receives up to 2 billion dollars from the Chinese Communist Party every year, he said.

Due to Seattle's unrest, [a] billion-dollar investment firm [is] moving to Phoenix.  Coronavirus pandemic or not, an investment advisory company is leaving the cultural unrest in Seattle and moving its headquarters to Phoenix's Camelback Corridor. [...] [President and CEO Cole] Smead said that although taxes in Seattle are lower, candidate recruitment is harder and the cost of living within the city is more expensive than Phoenix.

Berman refused to criticize de Blasio over social distancing rules for religious gatherings, not protests: report.  Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, refused to sign a letter criticizing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for okaying protests but not religious gatherings a day before Attorney General William Barr announced he would be replaced, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday [6/22/2020].  Justice Department supervisors asked both Berman and Eric Dreiband, the head of the agency's civil rights division, to sign the letter, but after a brief back-and-forth, Berman objected to its characterization of de Blasio's handling of the protests as a double standard and said signing the letter would hurt relations between the city and his office, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.  The letter was never sent.  It is unclear whether the episode contributed to the Justice Department's removal of Berman.

Digital Yuan:  China's Plan to Topple the U.S. Dollar.  There are many qualified candidates for the title of second most consequential event of 2020, right after coronavirus and its associated worldwide economic implosion.  The global reach of the George Floyd protests comes to mind, as does the still-unfolding China-India clash in the Himalayas.  Perhaps North Korea or Iran will deliver another crisis unto the world.  Possibly more deserving than any of these, however, is China's planned rollout of its digital yuan, through which the Communist Party intends to upend the U.S.-led financial world order.

Hackers Doxxed More Than 200 Law Enforcement Agencies.  The hacker group known as "Distributed Denial of Secrets" on Friday released 10 years' worth of data from more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the nation.  The doxxing, being dubbed "BlueLeaks," includes "hundreds of thousands of documents," including "police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides, and more."  The documents are 269 [gigabytes].  The group's Twitter account stated the information is being released anonymously, but they took no part in actually obtaining it.  The release was done as protests and riots over the death of George Floyd continue across the nation.  DDOS co-founder Emma Best told Wired that people began sifting through the documents to learn more about how law enforcement is tracking and communicating with one another about the protests.

In Venezuela, 'Enforced Disappearance' Is Used by the Regime to Keep People In Line.  Earlier this week I wrote about the continued deterioration of democracy in Venezuela.  Specifically, the Maduro loyalists on Venezuela's Supreme Court announced they were handing control of two opposition parties to individuals who had previously left the parties and joined the Maduro regime.  Today a human rights group has published a report documenting how "politicallly-motivated detentions" have become a major tool of repression in Venezuela.

Facebook breaks [its] own free-speech policy over bogus 'symbol of hate' charge.  Facebook employees are apparently creating exceptions to CEO Mark Zuckerberg's vow to refrain from policing political speech:  On Thursday, the social-media giant took down a Trump-campaign ad — citing a preposterous rationale.  "We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate," a Facebook spokesman said:  They showed a red, upside-down triangle similar to what Nazis used to classify political prisoners, so they violated the platform's ban on "using a hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol."  Huh?  There are no political prisoners in question here.  And Team Trump was clearly condemning the symbol — which is indeed linked to antifa — because the ad included the words:  "STOP ANTIFA."  In any event, most Americans probably have no idea that the triangle is linked to either the Nazis or antifa.  Indeed, a campaign spokesman notes that Facebook itself "has an inverted red triangle emoji in use."

Hillsdale College Refuses To Bow To The Totalitarian Mob.  The nationally recognized liberal arts institution Hillsdale College has a history of defying political pressure in order to uphold what is good and true.  Its recent refusal to give in to the demands of those who think a public statement is necessary to fight social injustice is just the most recent example.  Some of the college's alumni publicly pushed their alma mater to comment on the recent controversies regarding the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests and riots.  When a petition began circulating calling on the college to release a statement, arguing that its "silence" supported violence, the college responded in an open letter. [...] Hillsdale was founded by abolitionists in 1844 and has, since its inception, pledged to educate all students, "irrespective of nation, color, or sex."  Such strong anti-discrimination practices were viewed as fiercely radical at the time, and made Hillsdale among the first in the nation to grant education to black Americans and the second in the nation to provide four-year liberal arts degrees to women.

In a world of sheep-like conformity, Hillsdale College takes a stand.  [Scroll down]  In the 20th century, as myriad colleges gave up their intellectual independence chasing after state and federal money (and, it seems, Chinese money), Hillsdale refused to do so.  As it has since its founding, it depends entirely on private donations and tuition to meet its needs.  Hillsdale is also one of the few colleges in America that continues the classic inquiring tradition of a liberal education, rather than falling in line with academic leftism and mindless obedience.  In sum, Hillsdale is a bastion of intellectual liberty, founded on a moral and historic bedrock dedicated to the equal rights of all people, regardless of race or sex.  So, of course, people began insisting that it issue a statement supporting Black Lives Matter.

Canceled: Hispanic Man Loses Job Over 'White Power' Hand Gesture Accusation.  He Was Cracking His Knuckles.  The fanatical urge to purge and punish wrong-think is claiming scalps across the country, and one of its latest victims is a blue collar, Mexican-American worker in Southern California.  Via San Diego's NBC affiliate, this is yet another installment of weaponized political correctness harming innocent people — as the practitioners of paranoid, irrational cancel culture run roughshod over any semblance of common sense, logic, or grace.  Everything about this is cartoonishly insane.

Sick, Twisted and Evil — Six eBay Executives Charged With Disturbing Cyberstalking.  This is so purposefully evil it almost seems unbelievable.  If you ever wondered how twisted and deranged a group of Silicon Valley executives could be this might provide some context.  This is what happens when Antifa-types get jobs.

Six Former eBay Employees Charged with Aggressive Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple.  Six former employees of eBay, Inc. have been charged with leading a cyberstalking campaign targeting the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company.  The alleged harassment included sending the couple anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries — including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask — and conducting covert surveillance of the victims.

Feds take on Nigerian internet fraud, freeze assets of six scammers.  The Treasury Department said Tuesday that it has frozen the assets of six Nigerian scammers who targeted American businesses and widows for internet fraud, hoping the same financial tools used against terrorism and drug cartels can make a dent in email phishing scams.  Government officials called the sanctions an "extraordinary step" as the Justice Department announced fraud and identity theft indictments against the six men, all of whom are still at large.  Those announcements were made a day after federal prosecutors in Boston announced that they had arrested and charged two Nigerian men who they say are responsible for stealing coronavirus unemployment benefit money.

Aunt Jemima to remove image from packaging and rename brand.  The breakfast brand Aunt Jemima is removing its logo and will be renamed, amid public outcry that the branding perpetuated a racist stereotype, its parent company said Wednesday [6/17/2020].  Quaker Oats said in a statement that the longtime brand will remove the image of Aunt Jemima from its packaging starting at the end of 2020, and the name change will happen at a later date. [...] Quaker Oats, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, owns the Aunt Jemima brand, which has been around for more than 130 years.

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This is better than a caption contest.  Stand by for a whole series of memes featuring insensitive and politically incorrect new names for this product, as well as some innovative packaging ideas all over the internet.

Beverly Hills tells BLM protesters to scram; gatherings limited to 10 at night for 'tranquility'.  The wealthy stars in Beverly Hills support large Black Lives Matter protests — provided they're held elsewhere.  The city issued an ban on any gatherings over 10 people after 9 p.m. until further notice to "preserve peace and tranquility."

Panic In Beverly Hills:  Emergency Order Bans Protests In Residential Areas.  The rich and famous are all about protesting and declaring themselves down with the struggle until protesters forget their place and invade residential areas of Beverly Hills.  Then the masks drop.  It's the ultimate Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) — the City of Beverly Hills issued an emergency order Saturday night [6/13/2020] that bans public gatherings of more than 10 people in residential areas between 9 PM and 8 AM.  What brought this on?  Well, it seems a group calling themselves "Occupy" disrupted the beauty sleep of locals in their posh neighborhood on June 12 between the hours of 10 PM until 1 AM.  The group used bullhorns and "amplified music".  The residents want their tranquility back.  The emergency order remains in effect until further notice.

Disney Mum on Splash Mountain Outcry.  There is a growing call for Disney to rebrand one of its classic rides, which is intertwined with arguably the company's most controversial film.  Amid the ongoing worldwide anti-racism protests in the wake of the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a number of discussions have taken place about previously accepted symbols of historical division in America.  There have been some direct results from the renewed outcry, such as NASCAR banning the use of the Confederate flag at races and the country band Lady Antebellum renaming itself "Lady A."  Disney has found itself in the middle of the debate due to Splash Mountain, the ride featured at a number of its theme parks, including Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  The ride features characters from the 1946 film Song of the South, a movie so overtly out-of-touch and racist, Disney chairman and former CEO Bob Iger made it a point to note the film would never be available for purchase or made to stream on Disney+.  (Vintage VHS copies are going for north of $100 on eBay).

NYPD investigating whether three cops were served poisoned milkshakes at downtown Manhattan Shake Shack.  Three police officers fell ill Monday after drinking milkshakes at a Manhattan Shake Shack, and the NYPD was investigating if they were poisoned with bleach.  The officers ordered a meal at the burger chain's location at Broadway and Fulton St. at about 8:30 p.m. and noticed their shakes tasted strange, police sources said.  One of the officers noticed a "clump of something" in one of their cups, and a second cop smelled bleach before all three fell ill, sources said.

NYPD officers taken to hospital after drinking milk shakes at Shake Shack: cops.  Three NYPD police officers were taken to the hospital on Monday night after drinking milkshakes at a Shake Shack in the city that they said had an unfamiliar taste, police officials told Fox News.  It was later determined that there was "no criminality" after police investigated the scene.  "After a thorough investigation by the NYPD's Manhattan South investigators, it has been determined that there was no criminality by shake shack's employees," Chief Rodney Harrison, the head of detectives for the department, announced on Twitter.

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Oops: Four NYPD Officers Poisoned At Restaurant — By Accident.  Detectives determined that the employees failed to properly rinse the milkshake machines after cleaning them as usual with a bleach solution, CNN reported shortly afterward. [...] It was just random chance, therefore, that the first customers who ordered milkshakes turned out to be cops.

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Even if this explanation is true, the cops could still sue the restaurant.

NYPD Cops 'Intentionally Poisoned' With Bleach In Drinks From Shake Shack.  After an investigation, the NYPD says there is no criminality involved, suggesting the drinks were poisoned by accident.  "NYPD finds no criminality by Shake Shack workers in case of sickened cops," remarked John Cardillo.  "Well this is odd as most places don't bleach paper cups.  I guess the bleach jumped into the milkshakes on its own."

Shake Shack 'Horrified' NYPD Cops' Drinks May Have Had Bleach.  Three NYPD officers were sickened by a cleaning solution that was left in the drink machine their milkshakes came from when they dined at a Shake Shack in Lower Manhattan Monday night, police said.  After a thorough investigation, the NYPD said it found no criminality by Shake Shack's employees, according to Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.  The three cops from the Bronx were assigned to watch over protests in Manhattan and they went into the burger chain at Fulton Center around 8:30 p.m., according to the union.  After eating their meals and drinking some of their milkshakes, the officers discovered some toxic substance in their beverages, the union said.

Update: NYPD Denies that Officers [were] Poisoned at Shake Shack.  NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison declares that an investigation of the incident did not find evidence of a crime from any Shake Shack employees.

The Editor says...
How did this story gain so much traction so quickly?  Because it is 100 percent believable, at a time when anti-police demonstrations are underway in major cities.  If I were a cop, I'd be extremely suspicious of the employees in every restaurant.

Insanity at the Poetry Foundation.  You may not pay much attention to the Poetry Foundation, possibly because you are under the impression that, as the modesty of its name and goals imply, it is a struggling little outfit.  Perhaps you picture a staff of a few miserable editors working in some backroom in threadbare cardigans, warming their hands over the only heat they can afford, which is generated by setting fire to their own rejected manuscripts.  The Poetry Foundation is, however, more like the Palace of Versailles of cultural nonprofits.  Its endowment is fat with a quarter of a billion dollars of assets, according to the New York Times, thanks to the generosity of the late pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly, who gave the Chicago foundation $100 million in 2002 before her death in 2009.  Those who would like to transfer this fortune from the Poetry Foundation to their own bank accounts are using the favored tool of the day, which is to issue a thundering race-based denunciation.  As usual, this tactic is working well.

The Editor says...
I had never heard of the Poetry Foundation until now, and now that I've heard of it, I can't imagine what this organization does that requires so much money.

Florida police chief takes a knee, loses his SWAT team.  Is there anything more pathetic than a leader whose charges have all simply walked away?  Hard to look big and powerful when that happens.  That's the pretty picture in Hallandale Beach, where the entire SWAT team resigned after the police chief and members of his command staff took a knee in religious obeisance to the Black Lives Matter anti-police activist group.

Entire SWAT Team in Florida City Resigns in Response to Police Chief Kneeling with Black Lives Matter Protesters.  An entire SWAT team in Hallandale Beach, Florida resigned on Friday in response to Police Chief Sonia Quinones kneeling with Black Lives Matter protesters.  The police chief scheduled a meeting for Monday [6/15/2020] with the officers who resigned to hear their complaints.  In a memo, the SWAT officers said in addition to being under trained and minimally equipped, they were outraged to see the police chief kneeling with political activists.

Cops to America:  You won't have to abolish police, we're outta here.  Mike O'Meara, the president of the New York State Police Benevolent Association, is not the only cop fed up and exasperated with mainstream America's incessant demonization of all law enforcement officers.  Not by a long shot.  So is Travis Yates, a 27-year Tulsa cop who "grew up in a law enforcement family" but is now warning of an incoming police exodus.  In a powerful, nearly 1500-word long column published last week at LawOfficer.com, Yates poured his heart out over the growing disrespect for law enforcement that he's seen as the decades have progressed.

Truck Drivers Say They Will Not Deliver to Dangerous Far Left Cities with Defunded Police Departments.  77% of truck drivers say they will not deliver to far left cities with defunded police departments.  Nor should they.  Truck driving is a dangerous profession.  Far left mayors and violent rioters make it deadly.  Here's a scene from a "peaceful protest" last week that did not end well for the trucker.  The mob yanked him from his cab and beat him senseless.  [Video clip]

State to relitigate Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby abortion decision.  The state of Illinois apparently has decided to relitigate the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, which concluded the First Amendment prevents the government from ordering religious believers to violate their conscience by requiring them to pay for abortion.  In response, the Thomas More Society is suing the state "to challenge a law requiring all health insurance policies sold in the state to provide coverage for elective chemical and surgical abortions, with no exemptions, even for churches."

A New Silent Majority Is Coming.  Led by a media that is at once delusional and cynical — an eye-rolling combination — America is in the throes of a national madness.  Few are able to tell the truth — and when they do, they are attacked by the mob, not only in the street, but in the board room.  Just the other day, talk show host Tucker Carlson opened his mouth about the well-documented dishonest origins (the lie about Michael Brown) of Black Lives Matter and sent advertisers skittering like so many scared rabbits.  You have the sensation that people across the country are hiding what they really think for fear of repercussions, retribution that will destroy their lives and livelihood.  And they're not being stupid.  It could — and has.

Twitter removes 170,000 accounts associated with Chinese misinformation campaigns.  Twitter announced Thursday [6/11/2020] that it deleted more than 170,000 accounts associated with Chinse state-linked misinformation campaigns.  The social media company published an archive of 32,242 accounts related to state-linked information operations including three attributed to China, Russia and Turkey, adding that data from the accounts was shared with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Stanford Internet Observatory.

Cancel culture goes crazy, claiming classics, cartoons and the confederacy.  All right, this time they've gone too far.  As part of a sweeping reassessment of all things either favorable to the police or upsetting to the black community, the latest target is "Paw Patrol."  That's right.  No less an authority than the New York Times informs us that the Nick Jr. cartoon — featuring a squad of canines running around helping other creatures — is too positive toward the cops.  After the show tweeted an appeal for black voices to be heard, the commenters started growling:  "Defund the paw patrol."  "Euthanize the police dog."  "All dogs go to heaven, except the class traitors in the Paw Patrol."

Black Lives Matter Website, 'Defund The Police' Donations Go to 'Act Blue', The 'Biden For President' Campaign's Top Source of Donations.  The National Pulse can reveal the Black Lives Matter website — the organization spearheading nationwide "defund the police" campaigns — is partnered with ActBlue, a Democrat fundraising platform that is the top donor to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, responsible for raising nearly 99.64 percent of the Biden for President effort.  While the Biden campaign insists it doesn't support efforts to defund the police, it may happily profit from Black Lives Matter (BLM) efforts, and is complicit in taking money from an organization partnered with those spearheading the dangerous policy that has already taken root in Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles.

BUSTED! DNC Gets Caught Laundering Money Through Black Lives Matter.  The Democratic National Committee and the Democrats are really as corrupt as they come.  It is absolutely unreal what they get away with.  Last year, we learned about a lot of overseas donations from foreign entities to Democrats including former presidential candidates such as Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Adam Schiff, but ther were a number of others as well.  It appears as though the BlackLivesMatter.com website that it is an international money laundering scheme and a front for the DNC to generate money from people across the world.

Merriam-Webster To Change Dictionary Definition of "Racism" to Show Only White People are Racist.  The root of the issue here is how to define racism.  Racism, obviously, means disliking another race, viewing it as 'bad'.  That's a definition that black nationalists and their leftist allies really hate because it raises the possibility that Farrakhan, Sharpton, or Tamika Mallory can be racist.  Instead they define racism as a system of oppression so that only people with power can be racist and only white people have power.  Therefore Farrakhan can't possibly be racist.  This wasn't a fringe idea.  Obama was one of the more prominent figures who implicitly championed it The usual tell for someone who is pushing this is their use of "reverse racism" to refer to racism by minorities, all the while insisting that reverse racism doesn't exist.  Now in the dumpster fire of 2020, Merriam-Webster will be redefining racism.

Leaked 2015 Democrat Memo Warned Lawmakers 'Don't Offer Support' for 'Radical' Black Lives Matter.  A leaked 2015 internal Democrat Party memo warned top House Democrats not to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement because it was described by the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a "radical movement."  The memo, from then-DCCC official Troy Perry addressed to "DCCC Staff" on Thursday Nov. 19, 2015, noted that the Democrats' 2016 presidential candidates "have struggled to respond to tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement."  Perry was at the time he wrote this the DCCC's Director of Diversity and Public Engagement. [...] Perry warned recipients of his memo in the next line that it was top secret and confidential — not to be shared with anyone.  "This document should not be emailed or handed to anyone outside of the building," he wrote.  "Please only give campaign staff these best practices in meetings or over the phone."

Cox slows an entire neighborhood's internet after one person's 'excessive use'.  Cable company Cox Communications is slowing internet speeds of a whole neighborhood if one resident is a heavy user, Ars Technica reported.  Cox confirmed that it does enact neighborhood-wide slowdowns to discourage what it calls "excessive use," but didn't specify how many users it would take for this to happen.  One Florida customer said he was warned about his data usage before Cox responded by slowing upload speeds on his gigabyte internet plan with unlimited data from 35 Mbps to 10 Mbps for the customer and all of his neighbors.

'Cops' canceled amid George Floyd protests.  The long-running reality-TV show "Cops" has been canceled, a casualty of the George Floyd protests.  The show, which began in 1989, was pulled from the schedule of the Paramount Network several days ago, and Tuesday [6/9/2020] the network said it won't be coming back.  "'Cops' is not on the Paramount Network and we don't have any current or future plans for it to return," a Paramount Network spokesperson told Variety magazine in a statement.

Corcoran realtor fired for using photo of NYPD van on fire to sell homes.  A Corcoran realtor has been fired for trying to lure Big Apple home buyers to Florida — by using a photo of an NYPD van in flames during the recent George Floyd protests.  "Looking for Change?" South Florida agent Joseph Swedroe asked in an email blast — juxtaposing the engulfed cop vehicle with images of boating and sandy beaches in the Sunshine State, according to The Real Deal.  His email asked potential buyers if they wanted to live in "chaos or comfort," alluding to violent clashes and looting that rocked the city during mass protests over Floyd's death, the real estate site said.  Swedroe — a licensed real estate agent since 2010 — insisted there was "nothing offensive" in his blast because "everything in the email was easily available online, or in the newspaper or on TV."

Petition language to recall Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer approved by state board.  The language in a petition to recall Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for the signing of nine of her executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic has been approved by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.  Albion resident Chad Baase, 39, was successful in his third attempt at coming up with "clear and factual" language to move forward with the recall petition process.  He and his group — the Committee to Recall Governor Gretchen Whitmer — must come up with more than 1 million signatures from registered voters in 60 days or less to trigger a recall election.

"We Effectively Have A Zimbabwe Fed" - John Williams Warns "The System Is Bankrupt".  While the country was distracted with the Covid-19 lockdown and economic crisis, the Federal Reserve made a huge banking requirement change never before done in history.  The Fed cut "...reserve requirement ratios to zero percent effective March 26, 2020.  This action eliminated reserve requirements for all depository institutions."  What does this profound change mean?

Stan Wischnowski resigns as The Philadelphia Inquirer's top editor.  Stan Wischnowski, the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has announced his resignation, days after discontent among the newspaper's staff erupted over a headline on a column about the impact of the civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. [...] It was the placement of an insensitive headline over Inga Saffron's column in the Tuesday [6/2/2020] newspaper that may have set the stage for Wischnowski's departure.  He joined the two other top editors in signing an apology to readers and staff, characterizing the headline, "Buildings Matter, Too," as "deeply offensive" and apologizing for it.

Alamance County speedway breaks state's restrictions again, draws more than 2,000 in 'protest against inequality, injustice'.  A North Carolina speedway drew a crowd of more than 2,000 spectators in defiance of the state's coronavirus restrictions after declaring the race a "protest."  The governor's office had warned Ace Speedway that a crowd of more than 25 would violate the state's Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions.  But news outlets report that more than 2,000 attended a race Saturday night.

Boris Johnson's excellent answer to Beijing's move on Hong Kong's freedom.  Cheers to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for offering millions of Hong Kongers visas and a path to UK citizenship if Beijing goes ahead with its horrible new "security law." [...] London is in no position to stop the massive treaty violation.  But Johnson's riposte will still wound:  If the law goes ahead, he says, he'll offer visas and potential citizenship to all 3 million Hong Kongers who qualify for British National (Overseas) passports, not just the 300,000 who now hold them.

The Great Diamond Glut:  Miners Stuck With Gems Worth Billions.  In one of the world's biggest diamond vaults, hidden inside a nondescript office compound on the dusty outskirts of Botswana's capital, the precious stones just keep piling up.  Owner De Beers, which mines and auctions most of its gems in the southern African nation, has barely sold any rough diamonds since February.  Neither has Russian rival Alrosa PJSC.  Now, as the coronavirus restrictions that froze the global industry for months begin to lift, the unsold diamonds present a dilemma:  how to reduce billions of dollars' worth of stocks without undermining the nascent recovery.  The pandemic has devastated the diamond world.  Jewelry stores closed their doors, India's cutting and polishing artisans were forced to stay home and De Beers had to cancel its March sale because buyers couldn't travel to view the merchandise. [...] The five biggest producers are probably sitting on excess inventories worth about $3.5 billion, according to Gemdax, a specialist advisory firm.

The Editor says...
Diamonds are just minerals, and in some parts of the world they are not especially rare.  If the American consumer were to realize this, the price of diamonds would drop ... like a stone.

Looney Tunes remake will see Elmer Fudd without his rifle as creators declare 'we're not doing guns'.  Warner Bros has commissioned a new animation series featuring the classic characters, including Bugs Bunny, which sticks close to the spirit of the originals. [...] In response to US gun violence, the showrunners will not include firearms in Fudd's arsenal.  That is not to say that he has given up hunting Bugs Bunny, though — he just uses a scythe instead.

The Editor says...
[#1] Elmer Fudd never carried a rifle.  [#2] The depictions of firearm misuse in cartoons had no effect on violent crime in America in the 1940's and 1950's, when the cartoons were so violent that many of them can't be shown on television any more.  [#3] The Warner Brothers cartoons started going downhill about 1960, and really hit the skids when computer animation took over from hand-drawn works of art.

Antifa Reportedly Chased Out of Town by Hell's Angels Biker Gang.  According to various reports on social media, several biker gangs coalesced to prevent an Antifa demonstration from taking place in Placerville, California. [...] A tweet containing a Facebook post from the small California town telling how the infamous Hell's Angels united with other gangs to reportedly repel an Antifa demonstration.  The tweet reads:  "ANTIFA has threatened the town of Placerville, CA.  They said if anyone stands in their way "there will be consequences."  So Hell's Angels and the Mongols biker gangs have accepted the challenge !

'I Only Kneel For One Person': Black Georgia State Trooper Refuses To Kneel At Black Lives Matter Protest.  A Georgia law enforcement officer refused to kneel for protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Hartwell, Georgia on Sunday [6/7/2020].  Instead, Georgia State Trooper O'Neal Saddler was recorded telling a female protester that he only kneels "for one person, and that's God."  The video, which was first posted to Facebook by Ni'Rubyan Photography, was shared Saturday on Twitter by Students for Trump President Ryan Fournier.

Black Georgia state trooper refuses to kneel at a Black Lives Matter protest: 'I only kneel for one person'.  Georgia State Trooper O'Neal Saddler refused to kneel during a Black Lives Matter protest in Hartwell, Georgia, on Sunday, saying he "has much respect" but only kneels "for one person."  Video was rolling after Saddler had apparently been asked by a protester to kneel during the demonstration out of respect for the black community.  "If I didn't have any respect, I wouldn't [be here]," Saddler began saying to a female protester.  "I was supposed to be out of town this weekend with my wife.  I took off today, this weekend, but I'm out here to make sure y'all are safe."  "Don't go there with respect, OK? I have much respect, but I only kneel for one person," Saddler continued.

Poll: 56% Of Americans Believe Police Are Behaving Appropriately Or Not Being Aggressive Enough.  A new NPR-Marist poll found that 56% of Americans believe that the police are behaving appropriately or not being aggressive enough during the nationwide demonstrations after George Floyd's death.  The survey, which was conducted Tuesday through Wednesday, asked 1,062 American adults about police behavior in relation to the protests about George Floyd's death with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

Trump retweets video of Candace Owens attacking George Floyd.  President Trump retweeted a video Friday of right-wing commentators Glenn Beck and Candace Owens attacking the reputation of George Floyd.  "The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me," Owens told Beck in the footage.  "George Floyd was not a good person."  As mass protests rocked the nation for yet another day, the Trump retweet amplified the message to a worldwide audience and his 81.8 million Twitter followers.  Beck and Owens then delved into Floyd's lengthy criminal record, which included time behind bars.  Floyd's autopsy report revealed he had both fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

AMC theater chain warns it may not survive.  Back in mid-March, Regal Theaters announced they would be closing down operations because of the coronavirus and I was worried that it could be the end for some chains.  Today [6/3/2020], AMC Theaters, the nation's largest chain announced that it might not survive if shutdowns continue for much longer.  All of AMC's theaters are shut down through June, which means the company isn't generating any revenue.

A Dark Day for Freedom of Expression.  It's been a terrible 48 hours for Americans who believe in freedom of speech. [...] [F]irst a note about Alex Berenson.  He is the former New York Times reporter who has been highly critical of the lockdown policy employed by most places to slow the spread of coronavirus.  Berenson's lockdown critique was sober and data-based — and deeply unpopular among advocates of extending lockdowns far into the future.  So Berenson put his work into book form.  And then, on Thursday, he got a message from Amazon, telling him the online giant would not be selling his book.  "Your book does not comply with our guidelines," Amazon said.  "As a result we are not offering your book for sale."  Amazon went on to refer customers to "official sources" for information about coronavirus.  Amazon offered no further explanation.  It was censorship, pure and simple.  And then some prominent voices, notable among them tech mogul Elon Musk, began to protest.  "This is insane, @JeffBezos," Musk tweeted, addressing the head of Amazon.  "Time to break up Amazon.  Monopolies are wrong!"  And then — Presto! — Berenson's book was released from captivity, available from Amazon.

Autopsy report:  George Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest, was positive for COVID-19.  The family of George Floyd and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office agreed to release the full autopsy report of George Floyd.  In the report, it is stated that Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.  Floyd had multiple blunt force injuries to his forehead, face and upper lip as well as cutaneous blunt force injuries of the shoulders, hands, elbows and legs.

The June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre:  Five Truths That Still Aren't Widely Known.  Despite Hong Kong lighting up every evening on June 4 in an annual candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the massacre, Chinese mainlanders across the border are without such freedom of speech.  Talking about the Tiananmen Square Massacre, or even mentioning "June 4," or "6.4," could have one disappear.  In 2007, Zhang Zhongshun, a lecturer from Yantai University, showed his class a video of the massacre he obtained from an overseas website.  He was subsequently jailed for three years by Laishan City Court on Feb. 28, 2008.  "I imagined that the worst case would just be that the university president would criticize me in front of my colleagues in a meeting.  I would not have thought that the communist regime would imprison me," Zhang told The Epoch Times in an interview after his release from the detention.  "Is it illegal even if I include a historical event into my lecture?" he asked.  Who'd dare raise this for discussion in China knowing the consequences?

Who are the biggest holders of gold?  The U.S. Federal Reserve is the world's largest holder of gold, with 8,133.5 tonnes as of May 2020, accounting for 78.3 percent of its reserves, according to the International Monetary Fund and International Financial Statistics.  Germany was the second-largest gold hoarder at 3,362.2 tonnes, or 74.3 percent of reserves.  The International Monetary Fund has the third-largest gold stash at 2,814 tonnes.  The IMF holds the commodity for financial soundness and to help meet unforeseen contingencies.

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