An unidentified man who says he belongs to the conservative Patriot Prayer organization discussed the murder of a fellow member he was with in Portland on Saturday in a viral video posted online.
"It escalated to the point that they executed my partner," the man says. "They hunted him down, they hunted us down, they recognized our Patriot Prayer hats.
"So they identified our hats. 'We got a couple of 'em right here. We got a couple of 'em right here. Pull it out. Pull it out,'" the man said, suggesting that someone following them take out a weapon.
"We turned around — it didn't even register that somebody was pointing a gun at us 'til the shots went off and he took off running."
Portland police have identified Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, as someone who may have been involved in Danielson's murder. In a separate report, The Oregonian said he had previously been accused of carrying a loaded firearm at an earlier protest in the downtown area. Reinoehl is a regular at the protests in support of BLM and Antifa.
Biden's address is the first of two dueling speeches by the two presidential nominees as they trade fire this week over the unrest that has rocked cities from coast to coast this summer over police brutality and racial injustice.
The Trump campaign quickly noted that Biden on Monday did not mention or condemn the Antifa movement, which the Trump administration has blamed for much of the violent acts committed during the riots.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh repeated the line "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America."
"Dem leaders and their allies in the media cheered on the violent left every step of the way," Trump Jr. tweeted, sharing a video on Monday that shows Democratic leaders, liberal pundits and Hollywood stars cheerleading violence against political opponents as America has seen unrest and chaos erupt in major cities.
The video kicks off with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, asking why there aren't "uprisings all over the country."
Thought for the Day
Leftism is not about reason, rights or serenity. It's about group-think, hatred and violence. Force is their only argument. Don't try to persuade a Democrat. They're all beyond reason. Just stop them.
US tech stocks have overtaken the entire European stock market in market value. The tech sector is now worth $9.1 trillion, while European stocks — including those in the UK and Switzerland — are worth a collective $8.9 trillion.
The five largest US tech stocks — Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook — are worth a collective $7.5 trillion and make up nearly 24% of the S&P 500. Of the five giants, Amazon has surged the most through the year. The stock is up roughly 85% in 2020
To emphasize the speed at which tech stocks have grown, the bank noted that Europe's market cap in 2007 was roughly four times the size of the sector.
And Europe had a 2,200-year head-start, beginning about 600 BC in Classical Greece and the Roman Republic in 605 BC, vs. America's start in 1607.
U.S. stocks on Friday wrapped up the week and day higher, capping a powerful monthly rally for equities that leaves the main benchmarks at or near records, powered by gains in technology and e-commerce stocks as well as financials, amid growing optimism around coronavirus cures and treatments.
The week's stock activity was also affected by a speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared to usher in an era of looser monetary policy after the central bank dropped its longstanding practice of pre-emptively lifting rates to head off higher inflation.
The Dow closed up positive for the year, finally overcoming its coronavirus-induced losses.
The gains for the Dow and the S&P 500 represent the best August returns since 1984. For the Nasdaq, it is the best August so far since 2000.
Senator Paul was among the guests at President Donald Trump's speech on the South Lawn of the White House accepting his party's nomination. Protesters attempted to drown out the speech, and later harassed people leaving the event.
"They were shouting threats to us – to kills us, to hurt us. You couldn't reason with this mob. But I'm actually the author of the Breonna Taylor law to end no-knock raids, so the irony is lost on these idiots that they're trying to kill the person who's actually trying to get rid of no-knock raids. They were shouting and screaming – really these people were unhinged."
Powell is an unlikely candidate to tilt U.S. monetary policy toward the working class. But just as former Federal Reserve chair Paul Volcker changed U.S. central banking to fight inflation in service of the larger economy, so Powell, the current Fed chair, has seized the moment to ease up on that battle and, if a new Fed approach works as expected, register economic gains for a broader set of Americans through more jobs and better wages.
If it sounds more humanist than "central bank," the underpinnings nonetheless are deeply practical. They rest on a decade's recognition that inflation is much less of a threat than in Volcker's day, on changes in Powell's own perspective from his first years as a Fed governor, and on research about how persistent inequality can cause larger economic damage. In the background, workers and labor groups scarred by the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis pressed for a different approach from the central bank.
The Democratic Party propaganda machine, more commonly known as the mainstream media, has been gushing over the establishment Republicans who appeared at the Democratic National Convention to denounce President Trump and endorse Joe Biden, but as last night's Republican National Convention showed, the days of the Republican Party being a pale shadow of the Democrats are over.
The dominant mainstream of Republicanism ever since President Eisenhower has been to say "Me too" to the Democrats, rather than "I object."
Rating America's Presidents shows that while Ronald Reagan gave some pushback to this one-party rule, it has not been until the presidency of Donald J. Trump that it has been seriously challenged. The two-party system is back, or more precisely, the one-party system is facing off against one determined individual who is attracting an increasingly large following. This November will be decisive for the question of whether the one-party elites will in the future exert their hegemony unchallenged, as they did for so long.
Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump announced that Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has had a change of heart, and is now welcoming federal law enforcement into Kenosha, Wisconsin after three nights of increasing violence stemming from the shooting of Jacob Blake by local police officers this past weekend.
It seems like as long as Democrats thought that the riots, looting, arson, and unrest could be pinned on Donald Trump, they were happy to let the mob run wild. Now that voters are pinning the blame on the Democrats in charge of these cities, they've decided it's time to get serious about the disorder on their streets.
Thought for the Day
"There is no mother in this country that wants to raise her children on the streets of Portland, Seattle or Washington."
Kudlow credited the Trump administration's economic and relief policies with helping the U.S. economy rebound from a coronavirus-induced recession that began in February – and he said more tax relief is on the way if the president is reelected.
"Looking ahead, more tax cuts and regulatory roll back will be in store – payroll tax cuts for higher wages, income tax cuts for the middle class, capital gains tax cuts for investment, productivity and jobs."
Kudlow criticized former Vice President Joe Biden for plans to implement a "$4 trillion tax hike" as the economy emerges from a deep recession. "Who in their right mind would pick the pocket of taxpayers and drain money from their wallets and purses?" Kudlow asked.
Kudlow also said Biden would have to raise rates on the middle-class to pay for his spending agenda, because his plans just don't "add up."
Their recent record is worse than Trump's on the Middle East, Europe, and China.
For them, the past four years have been a catastrophic break with the strategic progress for which they were responsible in the post-Cold War world.
This strategic record includes al Qaeda, 9/11, the Iraq catastrophe, the messy stalemate in Afghanistan, the collapse of U.S. authority in the Middle East, civil war in Libya and Syria, the rise of the Islamic State, a resurgent Russia against eastern Europe, and the rise of China as a superpower.
Part of the problem is that it is hard to stomach that Trump, a neophyte, has been so effective. Whatever you think of him, his efforts have been more consequential than those of the bipartisan foreign policy that preceded him. The President dispensed with all the failed policy strategies, and has radically reoriented U.S. foreign policy, with more success.
In contrast, Democrat nominee Biden has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
The Past is behind us. What is to come will be something different from what they want.
Klacik spoke during the first night of the Republican National Convention. Kim Klacik, a GOP congressional candidate who suggested that Democrats don't care about Black voters in a viral campaign ad, took aim at Joe Biden in a speech during the first night of the Republican National Convention, accusing the Democratic nominee of believing that Black Americans "can't think for ourselves."
"Joe Biden believes we can't think for ourselves -- that the color of someone's skin dictates their political views," she said in her remarks. "We're not buying the lies anymore -- you and your party have ignored us for too long."
Klacik, who is Black, is the Republican nominee running to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional district, a Democratic stronghold that was represented for years by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.
"And yet, the Democrats still assume that Black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted," she continued. "Nope. We're sick of it and not going to take it anymore. The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end."
The opposition leader is one of Vladimir Putin's strongest critics.
Navalny was first OK'd to be transferred to a Berlin hospital Friday, but when the German plane equipped with medical supplies arrived, his Russian doctors said he was too fragile to travel, leading supporters to believe his transfer was delayed for political reasons -- until any poison would be untraceable in his system.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who fell into a coma after a suspected poisoning, landed in Germany for treatment Saturday following a day-long standoff over whether he would be allowed to leave a Russian hospital. Navalny remains in a coma but is in stable condition.
The Kremlin has denied involvement in the incident but it wouldn't be the first time Putin has been accused of poisoning or murdering someone he sees as a threat.
Democrats are 'not helping' Black Americans. A Black businessman in North Carolina, who was a lifelong Democrat before he voted for President Trump in 2016, said Friday the Democratic party is "not helping" African Americans.
He points to Trump delivering on his campaign promises, including trade deals and bolstering Black colleges and universities, compared to the Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who had been in office for several decades and will be "controlled" and "manipulated" by the far left.
O'Rourke has called for sending law enforcement to people's homes to confiscate their lawfully-owned firearms if they did not comply with his extremist agenda. Biden wants him in charge.
Joe Biden is going to "take care of the gun problem", he says. What about the millions of peaceful, law-abiding citizens? What about the 2nd Amendment? What might be in store for the creepy, ancient career politician if he tries to obliterate our right to defend ourselves–mostly from tyrants like himself?
"2020 Democrats are unambiguous about their anti-Second Amendment agenda."
"Biden hugging Beto going 'You're going to take care of the gun problem for me!' is a thing you will see in a Republican ad someday." The moment was yet another headache for Biden as he struggles to appeal to gun owners.
Standard operating procedure for Marxists: make criminals of us all.
Before the pandemic struck the U.S., only five states—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington—conducted their elections using a vote-by-mail system.
Ohio and Maryland sent mail-in ballots for their primary eletions.
Governors in Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and North Dakota have said voters will receive vote-by-mail ballots for primary elections in June and July.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said all California voters will receive vote-by-mail ballots for the general election in November.
While many other states have loosened their restrictions for voting by mail, most still require voters to apply for a mail-in ballot, rather than send every registered voter an absentee ballot automatically.
President Trump said last month. "Mail ballots are very dangerous for this country because of cheaters. They go collect them." - a process called ballot-harvesting, a tactic frequently used by Democrats for obtaining votes from illiterate voters.
The operation is named for LeGend Taliferro, 4, who was shot and killed while he slept in June. The federal government has dispatched to nine U.S. cities more than 1,000 additional agents from the FBI, ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service to work shoulder to shoulder with state and local partners on homicide and assault squads to crack cases.
"We saw one result of those efforts last week when Kansas City olice arrested the suspected murderer of LeGend," Barr said. "This arrest will not bring LeGend back but it will make his case an example of how we can come together to take violent criminals off the street and to make our communities safer."
"Operation LeGend is the heart of the federal government's response to this upturn in violent crime. Its mission is to save lives, solve crimes and take violent offenders off the streets before they can claim more victims," Barr said. "Rather than demonizing and defunding our police, we are supporting and strengthening our law enforcement partners at the state and local level."
Apple Inc. became the first U.S. company with a $2 trillion market capitalization as its share price climbed above $467.77.
Apple reached the $2 trillion milestone just over two years after becoming the first U.S. company to achieve a $1 trillion market cap on Aug. 2, 2018. Since then, Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft have all joined the $1 trillion club. Both Amazon and Microsoft currently have market capitalizations of about $1.6 trillion while Alphabet's is near $1.05 trillion.
He's one of the few remaining soldiers from World War II – and he isn't done yet. John Mastrocola, 95, wants his neighbors to remember who he is, and more importantly, what he believes in. In order to leave a lasting impression, he wakes up every morning and uses his cane to walk into his front yard and sit in a chair, waving the American flag. Beyond being remembered, he wants people to respect the United States and her flag again, like it used to be.
"The [Senate] Committee found absolutely no evidence that then-candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election," Rubio said. "What the Committee did find, however, is very troubling."
Rubio detailed the committee's findings, which included "irrefutable evidence of Russian meddling" and "deeply troubling actions taken" by the FBI, "particularly their acceptance and willingness to rely on the ‘Steele Dossier' without verifying its methodology or sourcing."
The FBI "lacked a formal or considered process for escalating their warnings" about the hack of the Democratic National Committee; while noting that WikiLeaks "actively sought, and played, a key role in the Russian influence campaign." WikiLeaks "likely knew it was assisting a Russian intelligence influence effort."
The president, defending his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, then slammed the Obama-Biden administration for their "response" to the H1N1 Swine Flu, which he said was considered "weak and pathetic." "Check out the polling, it's really bad," he tweeted. "The big difference is that they got a free pass from the Corrupt Fake News Media!"
"The ObamaBiden Administration was the most corrupt in history, including the fact that they got caught SPYING ON MY CAMPAIGN, the biggest political scandal in the history of our Country," Trump said. "It's called Treason, and more."
The Democrats' only hope to win the election is to cheat
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called for "unrest in the streets" on Saturday. "There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there's unrest in our lives and unfortunately there's plenty to go around."
Advocating violence is criminal, and subverts the American rule of law and constitutional government, in favor of tyranny.
South Carolina could become an unlikely trailblazer in blocking one of the most abused powers of law enforcement:  civil forfeiture. Without ever needing to charge someone with a crime, police and prosecutors can permanently confiscate cash, cars, and other valuable property, and keep millions of dollars in proceeds to pad their budgets.
Earlier this month, the Institute for Justice (IJ) filed a brief asserting that the state's civil forfeiture regime violates the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of due process and the Eighth Amendment's ban on "excessive fines." IJ is urging the South Carolina Supreme Court to uphold a circuit court decision that declared the state's civil forfeiture laws unconstitutional. Such a ruling would be monumental: Today, only Nebraska, New Mexico, and North Carolina have ended civil forfeiture.
In its brief, the Institute for Justice identifies multiple problems with South Carolina's "constitutionally infirm scheme." First and foremost, state law lets police and prosecutors retain 95% of the proceeds from forfeiture, which "creates an impermissible financial incentive that offends due process."
South Carolina law enforcement agencies seized more than $17.6 million and over 400 vehicles between 2014 and 2016. Owners were never convicted of a crime in almost 40% of cases.
The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly voided schemes that granted judges and prosecutors a personal or institutional gain as a result of their decisions. That reasoning applies to civil forfeiture as well.
Civil forfeiture in South Carolina denies the presumption of innocence.
Not only does South Carolina infringe one of the bedrock safeguards for due process, it also imposes an unconstitutionally excessive fine. Under the Eighth Amendment, fines and forfeitures must be proportional punishment to the underlying offense. But if an owner is blameless, by definition, "forfeiture is always excessive."
Another small victory in the long fight to end robocalls.
Among the act's features are an increase in penalties for those scammers who knowingly initiate illegal robocalls and the requirement that phone companies authenticate calls to determine if the number calling you is real. As part of a Federal Communications Commission push, major wireless carriers and home phone providers have been implementing a verification process known as STIR/SHAKEN throughout 2019 to authenticate calls and fight spammers.
In addition to raising penalties and pushing for authentication, the bill also gives regulators like the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission four years to go after scammers, as opposed to the one-year statute of limitations that was previously in place.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Clinesmith is being charged in federal court in Washington and is expected to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement, said his attorney Justin Shur.
The development Friday comes amid much speculation, and even a tip-off by Barr, who said on Fox News' "Hannity" that there would be a "development" in the investigation, teasing that it wouldn't be "earth-shattering," but would be "an indication that things are moving along at the proper pace as dictated by the facts in this investigation." "There are two different things going on," Barr said. "I said the American people need to know what actually happened, we need to get the story of what happened in 2016 and '17 out. That will be done."
Barr also said that "if people crossed the line, if people involved in that activity violated criminal law, they will be charged."
The bonds, which are backed by gold, were issued as long ago as 1912
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution Thursday calling on China to repay U.S. bondholders more than $1.6 trillion of sovereign debt, including interest, that pre-dates the country's Communist government.
"We are holding China accountable for their debt and for unleashing the coronavirus on the world.&NBSP; We demand China pay back the $1.6 trillion it owes to American families."
Under international law, successor governments are responsible for the debts of their predecessors. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1987 ordered Beijing to pay Brits for their holdings or lose access to British capital markets, enticing then-Chinese President Li Xiannian's government to reach a settlement of 23.5 million British pounds.
By paying some bondholders and not others, Beijing is technically in selective default, according to the ratings of bond-risk firms Moody's, Standard & Poors and Fitch, and cannot access the international debt market until it pays the remaining holders.
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Israel will suspend plans to annex certain areas of the West Bank.
An historic deal was announced Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, to establish a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations. The deal was brokered by President Donald Trump's administration.
"The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus," the White House said in a statement. "Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region." The deal will formally be known as the "Abraham Accords." The UAE follows Egypt and Jordan in becoming one of only three Arab states, and the only Gulf state, to agree to a peace deal with Israel.
The agreement will give more Muslims the opportunity to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, by allowing flights from Abu Dhabi into Tel Aviv.
Billionaire liberal activist George Soros told an Italian newspaper that he sees the coronavirus epidemic as a "revolutionary" opportunity.
"I would describe it as a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times," he said. "What is inconceivable in normal times becomes not only possible but actually happens. People are disoriented and scared."
Committee rules payments from campaign after she won election were illegal but there was no 'ill intent.'
The House Ethics Committee unanimously ruled Friday that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and member of the rebellious group of liberals known as "the Squad," violated election law by paying herself campaign funds after winning the 2018 election.
The ruling was made public just a few days after Tlaib won a tough primary race on Tuesday.
The left views opposition as 'evil because we stand in the way of their progressive utopia'
Don't you mean Dystopia?
Black Lives Matter is comprised of "Bolsheviks" with a focus on on "some form of socialism, communism. They're essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic." The nationwide riots organized by ANTIFA is "a new form of urban guerrilla warfare. They go into the demonstrations, which are exercising First Amendment activity, and they insinuate themselves in there to shield themselves. That's where they swim. And what they do is they hijack these demonstrations and they and they provoke violence."
The group's radical leanings are reflective of the Democratic party's far-left shift in recent years. "The left has "pulled away from the umbrella of classical liberal values that have undergirded" America and made a "secular religion" out of seeking "complete political victory."
Power has become a "secular religion of the left," Barr asserted. "They want to run people's lives so they can design utopia for all of us...and it's the lust for power. And they weren't expecting Trump's victory. And it outrages them."
A group of citizens in Fort Collins, Colorado rose up to defend their neighborhood against a gang of Antifa thugs. "We are currently marching Antifa commie bastards out of the neighborhood," said one man filming the encounter. "Nobody wants Antifa in the neighborhood. Nobody wants them here so we're marching them out."
Some of the local residents had just returned from a "Back the Blue" rally only to find the black-clad Antifa mob prowling their streets. They were given multiple orders by the residents to leave peacefully.
"Bye, bye commie scum," another resident said. "You came to the wrong city, boys and girls."
At some point the incident turned violent — but the impromptu neighborhood watch men were not to be messed with. "Commie grabbing a knife," one person could be heard shouting. "Commie grabbing a knife." It's not clear who threw the first punch, but neighborhood watch threw the last.
One professor asserts his conscience against rampant Marxism.
Refusing to be a party to Converse's indictment of America as systemically racist, Jeff Poelvoorde dared it to do him its worst. A seasoned academic, and a scholar of politics, Poelvoorde knew that the proposed training would be — could not but be — ideologically inflected.
Krista L. Newkirk, Converse's president since 2016, asserted that systemic racism haunted Converse's campus. A number of initiatives were accordingly announced including mandatory "anti-bias training." Only one voice rose publicly against it: that of Political Science Professor Poelvoorde. The training was polluting the intellectual life of a liberal-arts college Poelvoorde had grown to love. He couldn't be an accomplice to its violation, and refused to participate.
Yet in our unheroic age, and in a very unheroic academy, his predicament is worth notice, regret — and alarm.
A Clemson University professor is labeling all Donald Trump supporters and Republicans as "racist scum," demanding that they "denounce your affiliation, or admit you're a racist."
Professor Bart Knijnenburg even directly advocated violence in one Facebook post, saying, "I admire anyone who stands up against white supremacy. Violent or non-violent," and adding the hashtag "#PunchNazis."
Senator Graham calls for people to be prosecuted over what he called 'a second crime' after the FBI misled the FISA court
The Senate Intelligence Committee in 2018 called the FBI to testify on the reliability of the notorious Steele Dossier. The FBI told the committee there was no reason to doubt the dossier. "They did to the Senate Intel Committee what they did to the FISA court. They misled the hell out of them. They said there's no evidence from the subsource to suggest that Steele fabricated anything in the dossier."
Documents recently released by the Senate Intelligence Committee indicate that as early as December 2016 there were strong doubts about the reliability of the Steele Dossier.
"Somebody needs to go to jail for this," Graham said. "This is a second lie. This is a second crime. They lied to the FISA court. They got rebuked, the FBI did, in 2019 by the FISA court, putting in doubt all FISA applications ... a year before, they're lying to the Senate Intel Committee. It's just amazing the compounding of the lies."
Hundreds of demonstrators attended the "Rescue America" rally in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon. The pro-Trump march was organized by the #WalkAway Foundation, a campaign that "encourages and supports those on the Left to walk away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today."
China is building up its mass surveillance tech tools and exporting them all over the world
Technologically-advanced China and its Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership, are "committed to the production and use of technology that controls and surveils its population. The decision to use these tools of repression is politically motivated to sustain the Party."
And what happens in China does not stay in China. Surveillance -- or simply spying -- has become a booming business in the world's most populated country. But human rights activists say that the enterprise has quickly become a critical apparatus for suppression and abuses, especially on minority groups. Notably, Beijing has endeavored for decades to crush the Uighur Muslim population in Xinjiang, and in recent years swept millions into concentration camps that the government prefers to call "re-education camps."
The system in play is quietly called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), which has the ability to audit entire populations. From there, it can rapidly produce names of people classified as "suspicious" -- and thus marked for possible detention -- purely as a result of their travel patterns abroad, mobile applications installed and key phrases used in bulletins or private messages, sometimes as basic as asking someone else where they can pray.
But it is not only minorities that are tracked. "It is targeting the whole population with the focus on anyone who has independent thinking." There is approximately one CCTV camera for every six citizens in China.
Business owners have had their property destroyed and their personal safety put at risk because of the mob of ANTIFA and BLM hooligans.
A group of small business owners are suing the city of Seattle for failing to protect them from the occupation of the Capitol Hill district which became known as CHAZ (later renamed CHOP).
The lawsuit claims that 'Seattle's unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public' resulted in enormous property damage and lost revenue.
The Seattle city government not only permitted the establishment of a police-free zone but provided infrastructure like concrete barriers and portable toilets to sustain it.
Similarly, the owner of a manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, says he will move his business out of the city after officials failed to protect his livelihood from being set on fire in riots this month. The owner of 7-SIGMA plans to leave Minneapolis after protesters, arsonists, and looters wrecked the city in weeks-long riots. 7-SIGMA designs, manufactures, and supplies polymer and metal components and assemblies for printing, medical, aerospace, and industrial companies and has about 50 employees — and will not be returning to Minneapolis after it was set on fire in the riots.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside. "When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder," Wheeler said in a news conference with Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
In responding to each of the 13 questions asked of her, Rice claimed 18 times that she "does not recall" critical information.
Rice's interrogatory responses come in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records concerning "talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack" (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01242)). This FOIA lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the Clinton email system in 2015. Judicial Watch uncovered "talking points" created by the Obama White House and other documents showing that statements about the attack made on the eve of the 2012 elections by then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice were false.
New York City's total wealth has fallen by billions of dollars over the past year – amid a severe coronavirus outbreak that has driven the richest residents out of town. The combined wealth in the Big Apple fell by $336 billion in the 12 months ending June 30.
New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed concern about the loss of high-income taxpayers during the pandemic – which would exacerbate ballooning state and local budget holes. "We're trying to get people to come back," Cuomo said during a press conference this week. "They're not coming back right now. And you know what else they're thinking, if [they] stay there, they pay a lower income tax because they don't pay the New York City surcharge."
Tax collections in New York City dropped 46 percent in June. That decline follows a 32 percent drop in May and a 23 percent decline in April.
Revealed in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Antifa and violent protests
The FBI has opened hundreds of federal criminal investigations surrounding the violence and rioting since May 28.
In addition, Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that an estimated 140 federal law enforcement officers guarding a Portland federal courthouse sustained 277 injuries due to the violent and sustained nightly attacks at the building.
The hearing Tuesday was titled "The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence".
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended the work of federal officers in Portland. "If we had done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?" Graham asked. Cuccinelli responded: "That courthouse wouldn't be there." "So I challenge anyone on the other side to say differently," Graham said. "If we hadn't intervened they'd have burned the god--n thing down."
"Across the country, we're seeing horrific violence, we're seeing our country torn apart," Cruz said Monday. "Violent anarchists and Marxists are exploiting protests to transform them into riots and direct assaults on the lives and safety of their fellow Americans."
Democrat-Run KKK Burnt Crosses; Democrat-Run BLM Burn Bibles and American flags.
They are the George Soros bought-and-paid-for search and destroy arm of a Democrat Party well on its way to steal the 2020 Election with a universal MAIL-IN Vote.
"Leftists are showing their contempt for America and her virtue by burning Bibles and American flags outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
"Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown struck a deal with the Trump administration earlier this week, whereby federal officers will begin to withdrawal from downtown Portland as state agencies attempt to provide enforcement on their own. But Democratic leaders have consistently sided with the protestors, ignoring the violence and the threat and safety the riots pose to members of the community."
Rumors and intel flew around for days leading up to Saturday, August 1. Dozens of activists were being bussed into Austin, Texas from Portland and Seattle to do to this city what they have done to both of those. Rumors suggested they wanted to destroy Austin police headquarters, the Texas state capitol, or both. Downtown apartment residents received flyers warning them that the outsiders might attempt to gain entry to their buildings to get to the roof.
Saturday's protest activity was billed as the biggest yet, at least in part due to the shooting of Garrett Foster. Foster was the man who apparently pointed his AK-47 rifle at the car window of driver Daniel Perry while protesters surrounded and pounded on his car during an unpermitted protest and illegal taking of the public street just before 10 PM on July 25. Perry, an Army sergeant and licensed handgun carrier, fired his weapon after Foster had used his rifle to order Perry to roll his car window down. Pointing a gun at someone can, obviously, be read as hostile action. Texas castle law covers drivers in vehicles defending themselves, including the use of deadly force.
Many of the protesters were carrying rifles. Law enforcement were deployed and ready downtown. According to a source familiar with Saturday's events, no officers were injured. Little force was used in shutting down the protest — which illegally blocked streets and was intended to bring violence to Austin. No property was damaged despite the protesters' plan.
The protesters hopefully learned two lessons. One: Texas is not Oregon or Washington State. Two: Don't mess with Texas. A few dozen protesters were arrested Saturday night. They came to Austin for their little vacation, but some will leave at least on probation.
Dear Democratic voters: You claim I am physically assaulting you by not wearing I mask. No, you've got that wrong. I KNOW you're physically assaulting ME by voting Democratic.
You don't get to say, "I don't support defunding the police" while actively supporting a party dominated by mayors, Congresspersons, and governors who ARE ACTUALLY DEFUNDING THE POLICE.
You don't get to claim you're not a Communist or a socialist when you vote for people in a party THAT'S ACTUALLY IMPOSING COMMUNISM AND SOCIALISM on the country.
You don't get to say, "Joe Biden is a nice guy and he's not a Communist" when his campaign actively and openly courts, for Vice President, a woman who considers the late Fidel Castro a cherished hero.
You don't get to explicitly endorse repealing the Bill of Rights in the name of "progress" and still get to call yourself an American.
I take assaults on my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness seriously. I consider YOU my enemy — you supporters of America's gravest enemy today, the Democratic Party. I consider your party the enemy of America's Bill of Rights just as the Soviet Communist Party and National Socialist Party of Germany were the enemy of America in earlier eras, and the Communist Party of China is today.
It's not "just about politics". It's about real, life-or-death issues.
I am not merely talking about career politicians. I am talking about the great majority of ordinary, everyday Democrat-supporters. Your intolerance, self-deceit and fundamental irrationality are your own moral flaws and personal problems; however, you have no right to impose those flaws on me by force, whether it's coercing me to toil long hours to pay for "free college" for other people, to pay for the medical care of illegal immigrants — homicidal criminals, in some cases — or forcing me to wear a mask. In practice and in principle, you are deeply wrong about virtually everything. And you are deeply disturbed, whether you camp out like savages on the streets of Chicago, Portland or Seattle, or whether you root for such savages from the comfort of your laptop, television or cell phones. Morally, you are all the same.
You don't get to pretend you're not something you clearly ARE — totalitarian — not when you impose it on myself and other people who don't want it, and not when you impose it with the full threat of government coercion. The wildly exaggerated COVID crisis has made that clear in a way neither Ayn Rand nor George Orwell ever could have put into fiction. And we know you're just getting started.
So scream, shame and lecture all you want about my not wearing a mask, about my choice to vote for Donald Trump, about my choice NOT to "take a knee" at the National Anthem, about my determination to keep everything I earn and about my desire to own weapons of self-protection. YOU are the victimizers here. Ignorance is no excuse. Not when things get to this point. Democratic leaders speak loudly and clearly when they articulate and endorse such insane ideas as outlawing fossil fuels, nationalizing private property, imposing 70 or 90 percent tax rates, confiscating guns, and demanding that people apologize for their race, no different than a National Socialist would. You SEE Democratic mayors and governors literally opening up prisons, and you hear Democrat after Democrat call for nationalization of private property. Yet you keep voting for them anyway.
This isn't funny, and it's not playing around. If you really believed you were certain of defeating Donald Trump in November, you wouldn't support placing the electoral process in the hands of the inept, floundering and historically incompetent post office. Obviously, you're more than a little worried if you feel you must resort to "mail-in voting," something you would never, ever permit if you thought it would benefit President Trump or Republicans.
You know what you're doing, Democrats. And I hold each and every one of you personally responsible for everything that's happening, and whatever comes next.
I blame YOU, Democrats and leftists everywhere, not just in government and media. Your media and your schools have brainwashed you, but our country still offers choices, and you possess the free will to learn of different views. Instead, you smash dissension through shaming, social media blocking and even "doxing" of anyone who dares to disagree with you.
I will not respond to your shame, your threats, your hostility or your insults, because I know you are the ones destroying everything that was worthwhile about America, and about life itself. You can all go to hell, but you will not take decent people with you.
If you think you can get rid of the justified hostility and resentment the people you call "deplorable" feel toward you simply by extinguishing Donald Trump and his presidency, you are in for the rudest awakening in all of human history. We are not going away, and we're in your communities, often closeted and silent because of the hostility, threats and fear YOUR establishment has created. Sooner or later, the dam will break. And while we know — being Democrats — you'll never take responsibility for anything, you will feel the intensity of liberty-loving individuals who cherish life and freedom.
Aramco, Saudi Arabia's majority state-owned oil conglomerate's market value has fallen to $1.7 trillion. The price of oil has been hammered in the global pandemic as airlines and cruise lines came to virtual standstills.
Apple reported a blowout quarter on Thursday posting an 11 percent jump in revenues to $59.7 billion exceeding Wall Street estimates, despite 25 percent of global stores still closed.
'Where's Al Sharpton? Where's Black Lives Matter?'
"Obama has did nothing for us. Everybody says 'health care,' we can't afford health care. We ain't got no money," 60-year-old Milwaukee man Bernell Trammell said in remarks captured on video days before his death. "So Trump at least had, whether the will of God or his own inspiration, to do something that no president has ever done and that's why he's got my vote."
"Apparently, certain Black lives do not matter. Let's not forget the left's long history of ignoring, vilifying or dehumanizing Blacks who disagree."
More than 20,000 signatures on a "Stop Defunding" petition.
Hundreds of Seattle residents spoke up about proposals to "Defund the police" during a city council budget meeting on Wednesday.
"Defunding the police is a radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable."
The city – along with Portland, Ore., Chicago, and other locations – has taken criticism from President Trump and other Republicans, who have portrayed Democratic leaders in the cities as enablers of the rioting and destruction rather than law enforcers who are dedicated to maintaining public safety.
The attorney general described Gardner's litigation as nothing more than a politically motivated move.
"The shameless circuit attorney filed suit against a St. Louis couple who, according to published reports, say they were doing just that–defending the safety of their property," he said. "A political prosecution, such as this one, would have a chilling effect on Missourians exercising their right to self-defense. The law of Missouri is clear and must be protected … enough is enough."
"As Missouri's chief law enforcement officer, I simply will not stand by while Missouri laws are being ignored," Schmitt said in a video shared on Twitter. "That is why I am entering the case in terms of seeking the dismissal of the case to protect the rights of Missourians to defend themselves in their property under Missouri's castle doctrine." The rule recognizes residents' right to respond to intruders with force and without a duty to retreat because their home is their "castle." If someone trespasses and disrupts the "sanctity" of their home, they intend to harm, and residents can ward off their advances.
Gold prices jumped to record highs on Monday as an intensifying U.S.-China row hammered the dollar and cemented expectations that central banks would continue pumping out stimulus to ease the economic pain from a worsening coronavirus pandemic.
Gold rose 1.5% to $1,928.83 per ounce; silver rose to $23.86 per ounce.
Bob Woodson says low-income Blacks face systematic neglect from the left
Civil rights activist Bob Woodson, founder of the Woodson Center, ripped Democratic mayors such as Chicago's Lori Lightfoot for blaming Republicans and the status of gun control legislation, among other things, for continued violent unrest in their jurisdictions.
"I believe that the salvation of this country ... will be the sleeping giant: When low-income Blacks wake up and realize that they are being bamboozled and hustled and scammed by people like Lori Lightfoot and others -- they are going to realize that they must address the enemy within."
"Elected Democrats' solutions to complex societal issues continue to become "more frivolous and disconnected from reality."
"All of these inequities that they have been talking about have been done on their watch."
A group of Republican House members, led by Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas, introduced a resolution Thursday that would effectively ban the Democratic Party from the House or force a party name change over past slavery ties.
It specifically cites the Democratic Party platform's support for slavery between 1840 and 1856, and other racist actions by party members through the early-to-mid 1900s.
The resolution calls on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to "remove any items that names, symbolizes or mentions any political organization or party that has ever held a public position that supported slavery or the Confederacy" from the House and its properties.
The resolution also says such a party "shall either change its name or be barred from participation in the House of Representatives."
Chinese hackers charged by Justice Department with trying to steal US coronavirus research
The 11-count indictment alleges the Chinese nationals hacked into the computer systems of hundreds of companies, government organizations and more. They also allegedly broke into the accounts of democratic and human rights activists in the United States, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
They also targeted countries with high tech industries including Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
"China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals in exchange for those criminals being 'on call' to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist Party's insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies' hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research."
China's own ineptitude in these areas is clearly on display by stealing what others have done.
It comes as part of an ongoing push by the Trump administration to make sure that illegal immigrants are not included in the census.
The Constitution requires the 'persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed,' to be enumerated in the census, that requirement has never been understood to include in the apportionment base every individual physically present within a State's boundaries at the time of the census. Instead, the term 'persons in each State' has been interpreted to mean that only the 'inhabitants' of each State should be included. It is delegated to the executive branch to determine who qualifies as an inhabitant includes authority to exclude from the apportionment base aliens who are not in a lawful immigration status.
The Apportionment Memorandum is titled "Ensuring American Citizens Receive Proper Representation in Congress."
An Afghan teen gunned down two Taliban fighters in an act of retaliation after a group of the militants killed her parents.
The incident involving Qamar Gul, who is around 15 years old, happened last week in Ghor province. The Taliban was after her father – a village chief and supporter of the Afghan government – and ended up dragging him and his wife outside of Gul's home before killing them. The militants have been waging a lengthy insurgency against the Afghan government, and have been known to target citizens they suspect of acting as informants.
"Qamar Gul, who was inside the house, took an AK-47 gun the family had and first shot dead the two Taliban fighters who killed her parents, and then injured a few others."
"'Ayn Rand' is trending now so maybe we've finally hit rock bottom in this awful year."
Who was Ayn Rand? Ayn Rand wrote books, articles, and newspaper columns. She created a philosophy that she named "Objectivism," and people like Robert Reich are still attacking her over it.
"Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand's character, Howard Roark, in 'The Fountainhead,'" Reich sneered in his Twitter video, "an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn't meet specifications that he had it dynamited."
Actually, the book is about the battle of a individual who thinks independently and builds great achievements against a world filled with frightened and officious "secondhanders" who try to tear him down for not doing things the way other people do them.
In the last lecture she gave before she died, Rand addressed a group of businessmen on the topic of "The Sanction of the Victim." We saw a recent illustration of this concept when Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was told by a judge that she could avoid a jail sentence for operating her "non-essential" business in violation of the law only if she apologized. But Luther, who said she and her stylists had had no income from March until May because of the stay-at-home order, defended her actions. "Feeding my kids is not selfish," she said. The judge desperately sought the sanction of the victim. He wanted her to say the law was right and she was wrong. She didn't think so, and she wouldn't say it. Which of those two people would you want in the room if you were trying to accomplish something?
"The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours. But to win it requires your total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign, rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the Morality of Life and that yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth."
Florida COVID-19 numbers have been making waves in the news as of late but they may not be telling the real story, according to one hospital and a report of multiple testing laboratories.
Some hospitals and labs in Florida have been reporting up to 100% positivity rates, meaning that 100% of people who come in and get tested end up testing positive for COVID-19.
A report showed that Orlando Health had a 98 percent positivity rate. However, when contacted, the hospital confirmed errors in the report. Orlando Health's positivity rate is only 9.4 percent, not 98 percent as in the report.
Florida's record count of infections may be overestimated by 30%.
Sen. Blackburn blasts 'cancel culture' in response to comment by former Hillary adviser
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., responded Friday to a former Hillary Clinton adviser and super PAC leader who called her "inbred, racist trash" after she criticized the Black Lives Matter organization earlier this week.
"The life of every African American matters. But Black Lives Matter is a 501(c)(3) organization run by 'trained Marxists.' We cannot allow our great country to be destroyed under the pretense of social justice," she wrote.
The senator added that Parkhomenko's remark is another example of the virulent response to people who oppose leftist orthodoxy. Turning to a discusson of "cancel culture" in general, Blackburn described the phenomenon as "what happens in socialist and Marxist societies. If you disagree with anyone on anything with some of these leftists, then all of a sudden everything to do with you ... is considered all bad and canceled out."
Black preachers, Black politicians, and Black civic organizers "go down and peddle this stuff for the Democrat Party and they are paid by White liberals to keep the Black people in line for one reason, [to] make sure they vote 90 percent for the Democrat Party and they do this very, very well. And this is part of it. This lie about, you know, giving people free stuff, reparations. It will never happen. They keep saying it every two years until we figure it out. They're gonna continue to do it."
"These Democrats are doing nothing but destroying the Black community. And these reparations is a part of their plan. They're going to continue it and continue with until we figure out these people are no good."
The party's "divide-and-conquer approach" advanced their political ambitions to the detriment of our unifying motto "E Pluribus Unum"
Cancel culture logic demands that the Democratic Party be relegated to "the dustbin of history."
Up to the 1960s the Democrat Party "was the party of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, lynching, poll taxes, and literacy tests for voting," as well as President Franklin D. Roosevelt's treatment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
"Shall we also change the names of months? We might start with July, which honors Julius Caesar, who by common standards committed genocide against the Gauls, and August, named after the man who put the last nail in the coffin of the Roman Republic and declared himself emperor — both were also slave owners themselves as well as leaders of vast slave empires."
Conservative group Turning Point USA launched a new initiative Thursday encouraging college and university donors who believe their values no longer align with their alma maters to "de-commit" their gifts and redirect the money to different causes – rather than fund "left-wing indoctrination."
"DivestU" is the "most aggressive project yet to combat rampant Leftism at universities by striking where they are most vulnerable: their wallets."
President Trump last week tweeted that schools could be stripped of their tax-exempt status if they engage in "Radical Left Indoctrination."
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday accused Portland politicians of enabling the "mob" of protesters who have besieged the city for more than six weeks -- and posted a lengthy timeline of the damage caused by "violent anarchists."
"The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city."
Instead of fixing climate change, Biden's policies expand an already bloated government bureaucracy and make it difficult for businesses to create new jobs and offer innovative products. While presented as being about climate change, Biden's ideas are a progressive effort to take over the economy.
Biden is also making apocalyptic claims like, "Science tells us we have nine years before the damage is irreversible." In reality, science says no such thing, as many left-leaning experts acknowledge.
Some of the more extreme elements in Biden's plan include a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the creation of a civilian climate corps and plans to spend trillions retrofitting cars and buildings to be energy efficient. These proposals would kill energy jobs by choking the fossil fuel energy to death with red tape. We already see early casualties of Biden's plans, as Duke Energy recently pulled the plug on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline due to regulatory uncertainty. If Biden wins, expect many more energy jobs to disappear.
The surprise ruling Thursday from the European Court of Justice invalidates a widely used EU-U.S. data-transfer agreement known as Privacy Shield. The EU and the U.S. implemented the Privacy Shield agreement nearly four years ago, after a prior framework, called Safe Harbor, was scrapped in 2015 by the same court. The decision, which pits European data-privacy concerns against U.S. national-security priorities, will create legal headaches and potentially disrupt operations for thousands of multinational companies.
Thousands of companies will face restrictions on storing information about European Union residents on U.S. servers, after the bloc's top court ruled that such transfers exposed Europeans to American government surveillance without "actionable rights" to challenge it.
Blocking data transfers to the U.S. could upend billions of dollars of trade from cross-border data activities, including cloud services, human resources, marketing and advertising.
The governor of Missouri says President Trump has promised to "do everything he could within his powers" to shield a St. Louis couple who wielded guns at protesters in their gated community from prosecution, even as an attorney for the client says charges are imminent.
President Trump "understands the situation in St. Louis and how out of control it is for a prosecutor to let violent criminals off and not do their job and try to attack law-abiding citizens."
The President's support behind the scenes was vital to permitting local police to step back from prior directives to be 'hands off' protesters. "The support of the Executive Office appears to have motivated The Governor to garner a heightened degree of appreciation for implications and rights at risk in this situation."
FTC fined TikTok $5.7B in 2019 for illegally collecting personal information from children under age 13
The White House is moving forward with a major crackdown on the popular social media platform TikTok, looking possibly to ban the company from being used by U.S. consumers in the coming weeks.
TikTok has become immensely popular with kids in middle school and high school, but also celebrities and social media influencers. The app has already been downloaded 165 million times just in the first quarter of 2020 and is now the largest short-form video platform operated out of China.
Lawmakers and the White House believe the company is using its technology to gather sensitive information on U.S. users for surveillance purposes on behalf of the Chinese government, which essentially owns companies domiciled in the mainland.
Now it appears the Trump administration is looking to possibly shut down TikTok through a CFIUS ruling. CFIUS is the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The agency reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies or that do significant business in the U.S. and maintain a presence there.
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."
"I am encouraging all to join me in purchasing $10 worth of Goya Foods products."
Our partnership with Mexico is deepening in ways that were unimaginable even a few years ago
From the successful negotiation of the USMCA to our cooperation to combat illegal immigration to securing our common borders, to fighting arms traffickers, U.S.-Mexico relations have never been closer, stronger, better, or more productive. These developments directly benefit the American and Mexican people by promoting our shared national security and our economic prosperity goals.
The timing couldn't have been better, either. The deal was finalized before China's mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak upended the global economy, and the USMCA's benefits will help drive our vigorous recovery.
The standoff between a gun-toting couple who stood in their front yard and protesters who marched through the private neighborhood is under investigation, according to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner's office.
Gardner, who was elected in 2016 on a platform of reforming the criminal justice system, was reportedly backed by liberal billionaire
George Soros. The total funds donated by the super PAC were at least $190,750, according to the report, with Soros giving at least $30,000. Soros is known for backing left-wing causes across the globe, having last year used his super PAC to successfully boost two liberal prosecutor candidates in Virginia over incumbent Democrats.
Since being elected, Gardner has butted heads publicly with Missouri's Republican attorney general Eric Schmitt and faced lawsuits for allegedly ignoring public records requests. Gardner was sued last week for at least the third time over the state's Sunshine Law, an open records law that requires the government to respond within three days to requests for public records.
Schmitt had earlier criticized Gardner on Twitter for allowing the release of all 36 rioters and looters arrested in the city following protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. "In a stunning development, our office has learned that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by local prosecutor Kim Gardner," Schmitt tweeted June 3.
Gardner has also been at odds with the St. Louis police and local legal establishment since taking office.
She said her office was working with the police department to investigate the confrontation, adding that authorities "will use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable." However, no charges were filed against the couple as of Tuesday morning.
Couple told police they were threatened by 'multiple' armed individuals when they got their guns
The St. Louis couple caught on video brandishing guns in the front yard of their home while protesters passed through their private neighborhood are being investigated by the St. Louis Police Department and the city's circuit attorney, Kimberly Garder.
"I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault," Gardner said. "We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated."
However, the McCloskeys' attorney, Albert Watkins, saw the couple's clash with protesters differently. Under Missouri's Castle Doctrine, "a person has the right, has the absolute unmitigated right to protect his or her castle or family while on their property," Watkins said. "And in this particular fact situation, you have individuals who are acting on private property, trespassing as lawbreakers onto private property, damaging and destroying private property and acting in a threatening and hostile fashion, such as to give rise to what any human being would consider to be placing them in a position of abject horror and certainly in a position of feeling in fear of imminent harm. My clients didn't sit on their front stoop with guns ... No firearms were on them at the time that they, were, as property owners standing in front of their home. It was not until they basically were in a position of seeing and observing violence, recklessness, lawbreaking, and knowing that the police were not going to be doing anything."
Watkins also slammed Gardner's decision and said if she had read the McCloskeys' police report from the incident "she would have recognized the pure folly of her suggestion that she was going to evaluate the case for criminal charges. If Kimberly Gardner wants to press charges against two attorneys who are protecting their home and their family and themselves on their own property, I will tell you that it will be nothing short of the proverbial cluster f---."
Mark McCloskey, 63 said in a Tuesday morning interview that he, his wife and his home were threatened by a fringe group that accompanied protesters marching to the mayor's nearby home. "There were people wearing body armor. One person pulled out a loaded pistol magazine, he clipped them together and said, 'You're next. We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house [being] burned down."
Authorities in St. Louis executed a search warrant Friday evening at the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who made headlines last month when they took up arms to defend their home from protesters. There was no immediate indication the McCloskeys were arrested or charged with a crime. The warrant applied only to a search for the guns.
Soon after the June incident, Kimberly Gardner, circuit attorney in St. Louis, announced that her office and the St. Louis Police Department would be conducting an investigation into the McCloskeys' display of firearms. The couple's attorney at the time, Albert Watkins, said in a statement that the couple did not arm themselves until after they began feeling threatened. "My clients didn't sit on their front stoop with guns. ... No firearms were on them at the time that they, were, as property owners standing in front of their home. It was not until they basically were in a position of seeing and observing violence, recklessness, lawbreaking, and knowing that the police were not going to be doing anything."
"[The protesters said] that they were going to kill us. They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead, and they were pointing to different rooms and said, 'That's going to be my bedroom and that's going to be the living room and I'm going to be taking a shower in that room'." The couple said protesters also threatened to harm their dog, which was outside the home at the time.
Protesters had returned to their neighborhood July 3 – but the couple was alerted in advance and hired a private security company to protect their residence.
The Gov. Walz' administration conducted a preliminary damage assessment that found nearly $16 million of eligible damages related to fires. The federal funds would have been used to reimburse local governments for repairs and debris removal.
Republican Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer on Thursday sent a letter to Trump in response to Walz's aid request, asking for a "thorough and concurrent review" of the state's response to the unrest so that "every governor, mayor and local official can learn from our experiences" and prevent such a situation from happening again.
Perhaps they should start by not condoning and allowing them to happen in the first place.
Ramona Javier never received a mail-in ballot for New Jersey's vote-by-mail election. Neither did eight of her family members and immediate neighbors. But they are all listed as having voted in the recent election. "We did not receive vote-by-mail ballots and thus we did not vote," said Javier. "This is corruption. This is fraud."
New Jersey's municipal mail-in election and mail-in primary elections were small scale experiments in what Democrats want to do nationwide this November. The disastrous outcomes should worry any American who supports the principle of one person, one vote.
The White House announced Friday that President Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency commuting the "unjust sentence" of Roger Stone, just days before the longtime political operative was slated to report to prison to serve more than three years for charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
The president had made the decision to commute Stone's sentence "in light of the egregious facts and circumstances surrounding his unfair prosecution, arrest, and trial."
The legal landscape is littered with the destruction wrought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his "hit squad" of partisan prosecutors
Illegitimately appointed under federal regulations, Mueller employed a scorched-earth strategy to bully, intimidate, and threaten people like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos into coerced guilty pleas. Mueller's ultimate goal was to get these people to incriminate President Trump for imaginary crimes based on invented evidence of Russian "collusion" to steal the 2016 presidential election. But they didn't. There was nothing incriminating. But the truth was irrelevant to the special counsel.
Penn State Liberal Arts tweeted a message affirming diversity in various forms. This included an acknowledgment of conservative students and their viewpoints.
After intense backlash, the Pennsylvania State University liberal arts department deleted a tweet ensuring conservative students that their voices matter. The original tweet was a picture with the title "Dear Students: You Belong Here" followed by various affirmations of black, Muslim, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ students. It also had a message for conservatives: "Dear conservative students, your viewpoints are important."
The Black Lives Matter political organization "is a very divisive organization based on Marxist principals. This week they threatened to burn the system down, literally and figuratively if they don't get what they want. This is an organization that looks to destroy American principals."
There's Black Lives Matter the concept and Black Lives Matter the institution. Most people who sign onto the BLM movement believe they are backing the concept, but it should be understood very clearly that the institution is reaping all the benefits.
Black Lives Matter has absolutely no concern for the well-being of black lives or equality in this country. In fact, by their own admission, their purpose isn't to heal this country, it's to rip it apart and remake it into a more Marxist kind of society.
From a 2015 video of an interview with co-founder Patrisse Cullors: "We actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia [Garza] in particular, we're trained organizers. We are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories."
Black Lives Matter the institution isn't trying to hide their Marxism either. In their "what we believe" section, they list their goals and all of them are extreme leftist stances concerned with destroying the very fabric of America in favor of the implementation of radical marxist ideals.
Marxism doesn't have the interest of the people in mind. It often uses people or causes as an avenue to dismantle and rebuild political systems. Communism and socialism are not a solid system to replace anything with as they deteriorate and degrade everything, including the lives of the people. Socialism in all its variants – e.g., Communism, Socialism, Fascism – has claimed the lives of well over a hundred million people in its implementation in various countries.
BLM the institution doesn't seem to want to solve the problem. They are, by their own admission, not interested in coming together with law enforcement bodies to solve the problem and will reject any attempts or events that do so.
The man whose Tuesday arrest in Wisconsin sparked a violent riot that culminated in the beating of a state lawmaker boasts a lengthy criminal record and appears to have a history of controversial social media posts.
Devonere Johnson was captured on video entering a restaurant in Madison carrying a bat, using profanities, and speaking through a bull horn after what appeared to be a dispute over racism, according to police reports cited by Madison.com. He was arrested outside of the restaurant for disorderly conduct while armed, resisting arrest and attempting to flee, and probation violation. After officers wrestled Johnson to the ground, he attempted to fight them off and tried to run before he was put in a squad car. Dane County court records show he was on probation at the time of his arrest. While Johnson has no open cases against him, he has been convicted or pleaded guilty at least three times, including for felony theft.
Protests calling for Johnson's release soon spiraled into vandalism and violence during which vandals pulled down two statues.
Fear, ignorance, panic, mob hysteria, propaganda, agitators, and hidden-agenda groups are the environment where the Leftists gain the most ground. Marxist ideologies like Socialism, Fascism, and Communism do not work. They destroy the incentives for productivity and hence prosperity; poverty is the inevitable result. They are purely destructive, and their so-called proponents know it. Being in power and in control as despotic tyrants is the ulterior motive and ultimate goal of Leftists. Well-meaning but misguided and misled average people, mobs, dupes, stooges, and thugs are their tools.
The decision upheld and expanded a "ministerial exception" for religious institutions.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision on Wednesday that civil courts cannot get involved in employment discrimination claims brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function.
The "Big Five" – Amazon, Apple, Alphabet-Google, Microsoft, and Facebook – combined have annual revenue of almost $900 billion – more than Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and almost as much as the Netherlands. How do they earn their billions?
Four out of five of those "Big Tech" companies have grown to trillion-dollar market capitalizations.
Trump called on the GOP to push back against left-wing ideology.
Trump rejected what he called "a new far-left fascism" and a "left-wing cultural revolution" that he said threatened American civilization.
"We are in a culture war. If the Republicans don't toughen up and get smart and get strong and protect our heritage and protect our country, I think they're going to have a very tough election."
He also pushed back against "cancel culture," wherein people have been shaming others for past social media posts they disagree with, and in some cases threatening their livelihoods by trying to use the posts to get them fired from their jobs. "This is the very definition of totalitarianism. And it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America."
That same message against cancel culture was recently put forth by well-known liberal writers and activists who warned that their fellow leftists were going too far. A letter published in Harper's Magazine that was signed by notable figures including author J.K. Rowling, activist Gloria Steinem, and linguist Noam Chomsky said that liberals have exhibited "an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty."
"Easier to talk and squeal, and complain ... than to actually help people."
"People are trying to shame people from their jobs, their disagreement with any dissent, they're trying to cancel individuals."
"We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and the people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing. We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children." – President Trump
Hysteria about COVID is cool. It's hip. It's WOKE. In fact, it's increasingly mandatory. How long before government-ordered "truth" is mandatory, just like masks already are mandatory, even in Republican states like Texas?
Why will few or no people fight it, or speak out against it? Are they really THAT worried about not being seen as WOKE? Will they give up their freedom so people won't think them "on the outs"? If so, they deserve what's coming.
In the meantime, here are a few facts to distract you from the hysteria:
In truth, Texas' ICU capacity is currently 90% occupied, but of these beds, COVID-19 patients occupy only 15%. The remaining 85% are filled with a backlog of patients whose various non-urgent procedures had been postponed for months due to (ultimately unsubstantiated) fear that COVID would overload the health care system.
Dr. Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institute:
Atlas said that he has done more than a superficial analysis of the numbers, and after analyzing them, he…[e]xplain[ed], "When you look all over at the states who are seeing a lot of new cases, you have to look at who is getting infected because we should know by now, that the goal is not to eliminate all cases, that's not rational, it's not necessary, if we just protect the people who are going to have serious complications. We look at the cases, yes there's a lot more cases, by the way they do not correlate in a time sense to any kind of reopening of states. If you look at the timing, that's just a misstatement, a false narrative. The reality is they may correlate to the new protests and massive demonstrations, but it's safe to say the majority of new cases are among younger, healthier people."
Furthermore, Dr. Atlas emphasized the fact that the death rates are not going up, despite the increase in cases. "And that's what really counts, are we getting people who are really sick and dying, and we're not, and when we look at the hospitalizations, yes, hospitals are more crowded, but that's mainly due to the re-installation of medical care for non COVID-19 patients."
Here Dr. Atlas gets down to the nitty gritty in Texas:
Dr. Atlas used Texas of an example saying, "90+% of ICU beds are occupied, but only 15% are COVID patients. 85% of the occupied beds are not COVID patients. I think we have to look at the data and be aware that it doesn't matter if younger, healthier people get infected, I don't know how often that has to be said, they have nearly zero risk of a problem from this. The only thing that counts are the older, more vulnerable people getting infected. And there's no evidence that they really are." [Sources here]
Texas is the reason for the hysteria. It goes like this: "Texas is bad. They opened up before they should have. Now everybody in Texas IS GOING TO DIE. Soon everyone else will die. It's because of Texas, and other states like Texas, who dared to end 10-15 percent of the lockdown. They should have stayed 100 PERCENT LOCKED DOWN FOREVER. Everyone is going to die, and it's all their fault! And it's all Trump's fault!"
The "reasoning" and hysteria are truly infantile. If infants could talk, this is how they would reason. The defiance of facts is stunning. This is only the latest.
Imagine an airplane pilot with no radar, and with air traffic controllers who deliberately lie to him about the facts on the ground. How safely do you think that pilot could land the plane?
You don't have to imagine. We are lied to daily and repeatedly by a compliant, biased and totally dishonest media hellbent on only one thing: Destroying Trump. And, right after that, totally destroying freedom in America.
We can't have rational conversations about COVID. Why? Because the "facts" most of us are reading aren't facts at all. Either they are lies, or they are half-truths, leaving out crucial facts that would lead you to a different conclusion than the brazenly far left-wing media wants you to have.
It's beyond insane. Yet that's where we are. We are in so much more trouble than any virus could ever foist upon us.
Knowledge is power. In order to have powerful knowledge, the facts and reasoning must be honest and truthful. A sincere desire to know the truth is essential. That way, you get to the truth, at least eventually.
Liars will bring us down with them, and ultimately destroy us. America had so much to lose, and — as of this moment, at least — we are losing. The war isn't over, and there's no rational reason ever to give up. But dishonesty is a powerful thing when people are ignorant and indifferent toward real facts. If we're to win this war for truth, people will have to become courageous and stop worrying about what others think. Others are not your friend … the truth IS.
Fear, ignorance, panic, mob hysteria, propaganda, agitators, and hidden-agenda groups are the environment where the Leftists gain the most ground. Marxist ideologies like Socialism, Fascism, and Communism do not work. They destroy the incentives for productivity and hence prosperity; poverty is the inevitable result. They are purely destructive, and their so-called proponents know it. Being in power and in control as despotic tyrants is the ulterior motive and ultimate goal of Leftists. Well-meaning but misguided and misled average people, mobs, dupes, stooges, and thugs are their tools.
She was ordered held without bail on multiple sex abuse charges, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.
"I think that a lot of the friends of Jeffrey Epstein who were very relieved after he died are probably pretty terrified at this moment, because I think that Ghislaine Maxwell has every incentive to talk in this situation. Epstein is dead ... she doesn't really have to worry about protecting him or anything else at this point. And I think that [the Department of Justice] also has more leeway to potentially kind of deal with her than it did with Epstein because ... he was accused of being the kingpin in this situation."
Police cleared the area early Wednesday, making more than a dozen arrests after Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering an unlawful assembly following a string of shootings, two of which turned deadly.
Business owners' comments included: "It was a good time (for police) to come in. A few weeks too late, but a good time to come in. The mayor hasn't looked out for anybody's safety that we are aware of, in weeks," and "We looked for answers from mayor and city council and we got nothing."
Hawley blasted circuit attorney Kimberly Gardner – the prosecutor spearheading the probe – pointing out that she has had "dozens of violent criminals referred to her by the St. Louis police and she hasn't prosecuted any of them. She hasn't even charged any of them. She's turned them back out on the streets," he accused.
"And then you've got this couple who, by the way, are on their own property – they never left their property – just standing there with their perfectly Second Amendment right to keep their arms — standing right there. And, they're going to be investigated?" asked Hawley. "I mean, it's just insane."
The homeowners told police the protesters broke a gate to get onto the private street, adding they only retrieved their firearms when they spotted "multiple" people who were armed, department records show.
"There were people wearing body armor. One person pulled out a loaded pistol magazine, he clipped them together and said, 'You're next,'" Mark McCloskey said. "We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house [being] burned down."
Under Missouri's Castle Doctrine, "a person has the right, has the absolute unmitigated right to protect his or her castle or family while on their property," Watkins said. "And in this particular fact situation, you have individuals who are acting on private property, trespassing as lawbreakers onto private property, damaging and destroying private property and acting in a threatening and hostile fashion, such as to give rise to what any human being would consider to be placing them in a position of abject horror and certainly in a position of feeling in fear of imminent harm."
Federal law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested Jason Charter in Washington, the "ringleader" in the recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.
"They were very organized," a federal law enforcement official said. "Charter was on top of the statue and directing people ... they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue."