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President Trump made it quite clear that not every immigrant that enters our country is an upstanding human being that’s merely seeking a better life.
From day one of his candidacy, Trump pointed out that some bad people enter our country from time to time as well, and we as a nation really need to get a handle on that.
Trump was portrayed as being insensitive to the plight of immigrants and as if he was a racist, but now the media’s chickens are coming home to roost.
Perhaps the leaders of the various liberal enclaves will finally pay attention to this monster hiding out in a ‘sanctuary’ city and stop protecting them.
An alleged kidnapper in the Los Zetas Mexican Cartel was arrested in Chicago and extradited to Mexico where he faces over two-dozen kidnapping charges and is linked to a horrifying massacre in the Mexican state of Coahuila.
Coahuila state police officers took custody of Juan Rafael “El Cubano” Arredondo Oviedo in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo.
U.S. law enforcement officials arrested Arredondo at an immigration court in Chicago which is listed by the Center for Immigration Studies as an official “sanctuary city.”
Immigrants flock to sanctuary cities for some pretty simple reasons, not the least of which is that the word is out that they will be protected at all costs from the feds.
The liberal narrative suggests that they are all wonderful folks that just need a helping hand. That’s a statistical impossibility. Here’s further confirmation of that fact.
Arredondo faces 28 kidnapping charges in Mexico where authorities previously linked him to a chilling massacre in Coahuila in 2011, where over 300 people were kidnapped, killed, cut into pieces, and incinerated in ovens: The order was simple — kill anyone related, associated or that in anyway had contact with Villanueva or Garza Gaytan.
Trump has clearly pointed out on a number of occasions that some ‘bad dudes’ enter our country illegally. Arredondo falls into that category.
Los Zetas began rounding up entire families, friends, distant relatives and innocent individuals who happened to have one of those last names — even if they were not related.
Los Zetas would torture and execute the victims using a variety of cruel methods. The bodies were then taken to either a ranch near Allende or to the Coahuila state prison in Piedras Negras to make the bodies disappear.
Inside the jail, Los Zetas dismembered the bodies of the men, women, and children who had been kidnapped. The human parts were then placed in 55-gallon drums filled with diesel oil and then set on fire. After several hours, the majority of the human remains were all gone, leaving hundreds of families without answers. The ashes were then dumped in a local creek that leads to the Rio Grande.
Does this mean that every immigrant is a criminal? Of course not, but it demonstrates how we simply don’t know who is in our midst when people are not vetted properly.
There are plenty of folks out there that have entered the country legally and gone on to build a happy life for themselves. That opportunity is still there for folks – provided they enter the country legally.
Why is that too much to ask? Because it’s a time consuming prosperous? Because the paperwork can be onerous?
None of those are viable enough reasons to completely disregard our federal laws, which leads to far too many criminals slipping through the cracks.
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Jury Announces Verdict in Elon Musk Fraud Case
A jury has cleared Tesla CEO Elon Musk of claims made by investors that he defrauded them several years ago when he tweeted that he was considering taking the company private.
“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420,” Musk tweeted on August 7, 2018. “Funding secured.”
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
A federal jury in San Francisco rejected demands that the 51-year-old billionaire should have to pay billions of dollars in damages over the tweet.
Musk was present during the trial and took to the witness stand where he said that he had come to a handshake agreement at the time with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to take the company private. He said that the Saudis later backed out of the deal.
“I had no ill motive,” Musk said. “My intent was to do the right thing for all shareholders.”
Adam Pritchard, a professor at University of Michigan Law School, said that the case is not likely to become precedent that changes how other executives exercise free speech online.
“Nobody does this — only Elon does this,” Pritchard said while complaining about Musk’s online speech. “He’s incorrigible. I don’t think his behavior can be reformed. There’s just too long of a track record of too much mischief.”
Following the verdict, Musk tweeted his appreciation for the jury: “Thank goodness, the wisdom of the people has prevailed! I am deeply appreciative of the jury’s unanimous finding of innocence in the Tesla 420 take-private case.”
Thank goodness, the wisdom of the people has prevailed!
I am deeply appreciative of the jury’s unanimous finding of innocence in the Tesla 420 take-private case.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2023
Musk has taken a public company private before. When the billionaire purchased Twitter in late 2022, he took the company private, removing it from the stock exchange. Erik Gordon, Professor of Business at the University of Michigan, noted in a piece for The Conversation that public companies don’t frequently go private, but it does happen.
Some benefits of going private — from the standpoint of someone like Musk — might be that Twitter would no longer have to file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and would have “few shareholders — sometimes just one,” among other pluses.
The U.S. Department of Defense revealed Friday that the suspected Chinese spy balloon that is flying over the United States has the ability to maneuver and has changed direction at 60,000 feet.
Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder would not say how the balloon could be maneuvered and refused to state if the communist Chinese government was in control of the balloon.
Ryder also refused to state if President Joe Biden is even considering shooting down the balloon as it flies over U.S. soil.
Ryder said that the balloon was “maneuverable” and that it the Pentagon assesses that “it will probably be over the United States for a few days.”
“We know that balloon has violated US airspace and international law — which is unacceptable. And we’ve conveyed this directly to the PRC on multiple levels,” he told reporters Friday. “The fact is, we know that it’s a surveillance balloon, and I’m not going to be able to be more specific than that.”
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement that the balloon was a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological purposes.”
The statement claimed that the balloon “deviated far from its planned course.” The distance from China to Montana is approximately 5,000 miles.
A U.S. official told The New York Times that the spy balloon traveled from China to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands then to Canada before ending up over Montana.
An official told CNN that the spy balloon has flown over “a number of sensitive sites” in the U.S. but claimed that it did not present a serious intelligence gathering risk.
“Clearly they’re trying to fly this — this balloon over sensitive sites … to collect information,” a U.S. official said on Thursday.
Suspected Chinese spy balloon found over northern U.S.
“The United States government … is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now," said a Pentagon spokesperson. pic.twitter.com/X1hmYSBgD1
— John Martin (@MartinInMontana) February 2, 2023
Biden administration officials claimed that they looked at whether there were options to shoot down the balloon but claimed that they did not feel comfortable doing so because it could cause damage to civilians when it hits the ground.
Professor Steve Tsang, the director of the China Institute at the SOAS University of London, said that China’s motive in sending the balloon to the U.S. is more “symbolic value, showing that the Chinese are able to send something in the air to survey U.S. military installations.”
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed late Friday that it has identified a second Chinese spy balloon that is operating over the Americas right now.
“We are seeing reports of a balloon transiting Latin America,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement. “We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon.”
Canada Liberals Withdraw Controversial Amendment to Guns Bill
The Canada Liberal government has withdrawn a series of controversial amendments to pending firearms legislation, Bill C-21, that some firearms owners say would have unfairly targeted hunters and farmers.
Faced with fierce opposition from Conservative, NDP and Bloc MPs and firearms rights groups, Liberal MP Taleeb Noormohamed said Friday the government is withdrawing a long list of guns that would have been classified as “prohibited” as part of a push to ban “assault-style” weapons.
The amendments, which were quietly tabled by a Liberal backbench MP in November, would have banned these weapons under the Criminal Code, rather than through regulation. That change would have made the prohibition much more difficult for future governments to reverse.
The government is scrapping clauses that effectively would have banned any rifle or shotgun that could accept a magazine with more than five rounds — whether it actually has such a magazine or not.
The government also intended to ban long guns that generate more than 10,000 joules of energy, or any gun with a muzzle wider than 20 millimetres — two rules that would have rendered many firearms illegal.
These amendments would have had the effect of banning a number of long guns in wide use by hunters.
C-21, as originally drafted, was designed to ban handguns. The amendments expanded its scope.
Because the amendments strayed so dramatically from how the bill was initially written, opposition parties questioned whether the changes were even admissible under parliamentary rules. Those concerns are moot now that the government has backed down.
The government will still push ahead with C-21, which enacts a handgun sales ban, cracks down on gun smuggling and automatically revokes firearms licences held by domestic abusers.
While backtracking on some of the more contentious elements, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday the government would try to revive some parts of the now-defunct amendments package.
Among other changes, the withdrawn amendments would have defined “assault-style firearm” — a term often used by the government that has no definition in law.
In an interview with CBC’s Power & Politics, Mendicino said the government will pursue some sort of ban on firearms “designed for the battlefield that have no place in our communities.”
What’s needed in this minority Parliament, Mendicino said, is support from either the NDP or Bloc — parties that withheld support in the face of backlash from rural dwellers and some Indigenous peoples.
Mendicino conceded the government bungled the process.
“We’ve got to accept responsibility from where we’re at. The step we’ve taken today is about resetting the narrative,” he said, promising the Liberal government still intends to ban firearms used in mass casualty events, like the semi-automatic weapon used in the Quebec City mosque massacre.
Mendicino had defended the amendments before Friday, saying the changes were necessary to reduce gun violence in Canada.
Critics said a ban on popular hunting rifles would do little to make Canadians safer when many crime guns are handguns illegally smuggled over the U.S. border.
Mendicino said the proposed amendments prompted “considerable discussion about the best way to move forward” and “legitimate concerns” were raised by critics “about the need for more consultation and debate.”
“We hear those concerns loud and clear, regret the confusion that this process has caused and are committed to a thoughtful and respectful conversation that is based on facts, not fear,” he said.
‘White Privilege’ Slurs Shouted as Suspect Ran Over ER Doctor Riding His Bike — Then Stabbed Him to Death
A California accountant is in custody on a murder charge after he allegedly ran over a doctor in a crosswalk and then stabbed the man to death.
Around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Michael Mammone, a 58-year-old emergency medicine physician, was riding his bike through the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point along the southern coast of California between Laguna Beach and San Clemente. As Mammone headed north through the crosswalk on his bike, a driver in a white Lexus suddenly careened into him, sending him soaring into the air and then crashing into the middle of the intersection.
At that point, the suspect, identified later as 39-year-old Vanroy Evan Smith, exited his vehicle and then approached the victim, who was severely injured. According to a press release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Smith then “assaulted Mammone with a knife.”
Surveillance footage captured by a camera at a nearby home shows the incident unfold. Though Mammone and his bike are difficult to see in the crosswalk, the collision itself and much of the aftermath is clear.
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Warning. Graphic video of incident from neighborhood cam 👇 pic.twitter.com/4Xe1cSL6VA
— Say Bull (@RssRyan) February 2, 2023
The homeowner whose camera captured that footage reported that the initial crash sounded like a “gunshot.” When she went outside to investigate, she claimed she heard the suspect yell racial slurs about “white privilege” as he attacked the victim. Other witnesses claimed that Smith had also been wielding a BB gun, though those reports have not been confirmed. The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene, police said.
While brave bystanders detained the suspect until police could arrest him, EMTs quickly rushed Mammone to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Of his 30 years as an ER physician, Mammone spent nearly 12 of them at Providence Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, often riding his bike to and from work.
“We are stunned by this devastating tragedy,” said a hospital statement. “The entire Mission Hospital family is grieving over the loss of an incredible physician and friend. We will honor Dr. Mammone’s dedication to our community and passion for medicine by continuing to provide exceptional care.”
Mammone, a cyclist and a married father of two children, was beloved by his colleagues. He “had a warm personality” and “was the kind of person you wanted to be your doctor,” said a hospital spokesman.
Smith reportedly owned a book-keeping and tax firm in Laguna Beach, though jail records list his occupation as “unemployed.” His race has been listed as “black.” He has been charged with murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
Police have not confirmed the accusations of racial slurs and have not determined a motive for the crime. According to the press release from the sheriff’s office, investigators have not found any “connection between the suspect and the victim.”
Facebook and Instagram Threaten to Permanently Ban Project Veritas
Facebook and Instagram threatened to permanently ban Project Veritas from the platforms after a journalist from the nonprofit confronted a YouTube executive on why one of their Pfizer sting videos had been removed.
Jordon Trishton Walker, an official who leads research and development for mRNA projects, recently said to an undercover Project Veritas journalist that the company uses “directed evolution” to mutate coronaviruses and create more potent variants and vaccines. More footage captured by the journalist and released on Thursday evening shows the embattled official revealing that Pfizer is not entirely sure why the vaccines are impacting women’s menstrual cycles, postulating that the effects could be evidence of hormonal disruptions.
“I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line. I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body,” he continued, “because it has to be affecting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles.”
BREAKING: @Pfizer Director Concerned Over Women's Reproductive Heath After COVID-19 Vaccinations
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 2, 2023
Project Veritas published more footage on Friday afternoon showing one of their reporters appearing to confront YouTube Vice President of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin on why they banned the first video. The executive walked away from the reporter without responding, apart from telling the reporter to not touch him and threatening to call the police.
Facebook and Instagram, both of which are owned by Meta, removed the footage of Halprin and warned that the content violates “Community Standards.”
BREAKING: Project Veritas Senior Reporter @Chris_Hartsock Confronts @YouTube Vice President of Global Trust & Safety Over Tech Giant’s Actions to Remove Our @Pfizer #DirectedEvolution Investigation From The Platform pic.twitter.com/ktvXRJawN2
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) February 3, 2023
“We have these standards because we want everyone to feel safe, respected and welcome,” the warning said. “If your content goes against our Community Standards again, your account may be restricted or disabled. You can disagree with the decision if you think we got it wrong.”
Project Veritas added on Friday afternoon that they had been “wrongfully locked out” of Twitter for nearly two hours. The social media company claimed that the Halprin video constituted “abuse and harassment.”
Project Veritas has frequently been subjected to censorship from technology companies. Officials at Twitter had formerly restricted the organization for allegedly posting a video showing Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen admitting the social media platform built a system designed to freeze commenting where hate speech or violence is detected without confirming if the alleged speech was hateful or violent. The account on Twitter was restored after Elon Musk purchased the company last year.
With respect to the abnormal menstrual cycles, Walker said in the video released on Thursday that the vaccine should not be interfering with the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, but expressed concern “there is something happening, but we don’t always figure it out.”
“There is something irregular about their menstrual cycles. So, people will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning,” he said. “The vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that.”
Researchers have previously found that COVID vaccines impacted menstruation; one international study from the Oregon Health and Science University concluded that “some people may experience a slight, temporary change in the length of their monthly menstrual cycle” after receiving the vaccine. Another study found that 42% of women with regular menstrual cycles reported heavier bleeding than usual after inoculation.
Although Pfizer appears to have not yet responded to the second round of the Project Veritas sting, the company denied conducting gain-of-function research after the initial footage was released. “Working with collaborators, we have conducted research where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern,” a statement read. “This work is undertaken once a new variant of concern has been identified by public health authorities. This research provides a way for us to rapidly assess the ability of an existing vaccine to induce antibodies that neutralize a newly identified variant of concern.”
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe confronted Walker in a subsequent video, leading the executive to call himself a “liar” who apparently fabricated the stories to impress the undercover journalist with whom he thought he was on a date. Pfizer did not respond to questions from The Daily Wire about Walker’s employment status.
Walker insisted he is “not even a scientist by background,” adding that he “came from a consulting firm that does business.” Asked whether he works for Pfizer, Walker said, “No, I was a contractor!” When pressed for a second time, Walker replied, “No! What are you talking about here?”
Despite his denials, Walker’s apparent LinkedIn profile, which appears to have been deleted, and images of internal Pfizer documents shared by O’Keefe suggest he did indeed work for the pharmaceutical firm. Walker is listed as a Pfizer “director of research and development, strategic operations, and mRNA scientific planning.”
The Most Disturbing ‘Me Too’ Hollywood Story of All Time
There’s a movie scene in which the moral bankruptcy of 1970s Hollywood reaches its zenith. A heavily dolled-up 12-year-old girl is carried around a high-class brothel as drooling clients bid against each other to take her virginity.
The child prostitute was played by actress Brooke Shields, who was just 11 during the filming of Pretty Baby and had to appear naked on screen as well as kiss a 29-year-old Keith Carradine.
The studio that produced the film had reportedly preferred Jodie Foster, 14, for the role — but French director Louis Malle demanded it go to Shields.
Shields herself would later defend the 1978 film — about the red-light district of New Orleans — but it provoked uproar and was condemned as little more than child pornography.
In the UK, it received an X-rating and its release was delayed until cuts were made. In Canada, it was approved for viewing only in 1995.
But for young Brooke, this was the start of a pattern of exploitation which, as she now claims in an explosive new documentary, culminated in her being raped in her early 20s at the hands of an industry insider.
At 14, when other girls were still decorating their pencil cases, she had become the youngest model ever to make the cover of Vogue.
That same year, she began filming the leering teen romance Blue Lagoon — in which her character frequently stripped off and had sex with her fellow shipwrecked sweetheart (played by Christopher Atkins, then 18).
A body-double stood in for her sex scenes but, Shields says, the film-makers encouraged her to pursue a real romance with Atkins off-screen.
There was more sex and nudity for her the following year in Franco Zeffirelli’s romantic drama Endless Love, about two high-school sweethearts who are forbidden to see each other.
And at 15, she appeared — writhing around in figure-hugging denim — in the provocative adverts for Calvin Klein Jeans, which featured the suggestive tagline: ‘You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? Nothing.’
The films and that ad campaign helped propel her to international stardom.
Known around the world simply as ‘Brooke’, she became the party-girl mascot of New York’s debauched nightclub Studio 54. With those iconic thick eyebrows and long lustrous hair that made her look older than her years, she was the teenager a top agent once described as ‘so beautiful that strong men forget to flick their cigar ash’.
Despite her vampish image, Shields would later admit she didn’t have sex until she was 22 — and would have preferred to have waited even longer.
It was a revelation that saw her cruelly dubbed ‘America’s most famous virgin’. Yet her abstinence had undoubtedly helped her escape the worst excesses of Hollywood’s sexual predators.
For years she credited her fiercely defensive mother Teri, who was also her manager. ‘If anybody looked at me sideways, she was like: “I will cut off your b***s and make you eat them,” ’ Shields said in 2019.
But now, little more than a year since giving an interview in which she claimed she’d been ‘kind of untouchable… I was not easy prey’ — and had never had a ‘#MeToo moment’ of her own — she is singing a very different tune.
In the documentary — also called Pretty Baby and premiered last month in the U.S. — the actress, 57, reveals she was raped in her early 20s in a hotel room by an unnamed man in the film industry.
She had met him to discuss possible film projects following her graduation from the prestigious Princeton University in 1987.
After dinner, the man — whom she says was a friend — invited her to call a taxi from his hotel room, which he then left. But in a sordid echo of the convicted rapist producer Harvey Weinstein, Shields says her ‘friend’ later returned naked and suddenly attacked her.
‘He was right on me. It was just like wrestling,’ she adds.
Shields says she ‘froze’ and didn’t fight back for fear of being killed: ‘God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body. I’d practised that.’
She claims she left the hotel after the attack, got in a taxi and ‘cried all the way’ to the apartment of another friend.
For years, Shields says she refused to accept what had happened to her: ‘I drank wine at dinner. I went up to the room. I just was so trusting…’ Of her meteoric rise to fame at such a young age, she says: ‘Sometimes, I’m amazed I survived any of it.’
‘Close Encounters,’ ‘A Christmas Story’ Star, Dead at 83
Melinda Dillon, the Oscar-nominated actress who starred in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and played Ralphie’s high-strung mother in “A Christmas Story,” died last month. She was 83.
The “Absence of Malice” star’s family confirmed Friday that Dillon died in California on Jan. 9. A cause of death was not revealed.
The Post could not immediately reach a family member for comment.
Born in Arkansas on Oct. 13, 1939, Dillon spent her childhood in Alabama, Germany and Chicago before joining the famed Second City troupe as the comedy club’s first coat check girl.
She later moved to New York City, where she received a Tony nomination and Theatre World award in 1963 for her Broadway debut as Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
However, she claimed the intense play made her “go crazy,” admitting she spent time in a psychiatric hospital.
“I think it was the way I was living; the play was so long, and the actors’ union wouldn’t let us play the matinee,” she explained to the New York Times in 1976.
“We had to have a whole different cast for that, but I was called in to do it many, many times because the gal would get sick. I would do it three hours in the afternoon, then study with Lee Strasberg for two hours, and do the play three hours at night. Then, George Grizzard left to do ‘Hamlet,’ and a strange thing happened. I had learned to lean on George hard, and I just crumbled inside. I don’t know why.”
Dillon was twice nominated for supporting actress Academy Awards: for Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters” in 1978 and Sydney Pollack’s “Absence of Malice” in 1982.
She portrayed Mother Parker in the 1983 holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” delivering the famous line as Ralphie wages his BB gun campaign: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
Dillon was married to fellow actor Richard Libertini for more than a dozen years until they divorced in 1978. They have one son, Richard Libertini Jr.
Libertini died from cancer in 2016 at the age of 82.
Dillon retired from acting 15 years ago. Her final film credit came in 2007 as Ginger Timpleman in “Reign Over Me.” She also appeared in three episodes of TNT’s medical drama “Heartland” that same year.
Florida Teacher Arrested After Raping 12-Year-Old Girl in Classroom
David Augustine Hodge Jr, a 30-year-old teacher in the Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public School district, has been charged with four counts of engaging in sexual acts with a child after confessing that he had sex with his 12-year-old student multiple times in his classroom.
Local 10 News reported that police arrested the science teacher and chess club mentor at West Homestead K-8 Center after the girl’s parents found out about and reported the alleged abuse on Jan 6.
The investigators who responded to the report and spoke with the girl, now 13, said that she told them Hodge was her “boyfriend” and they were in a “romantic sexual relationship.”
Police also discovered that the teacher and alleged victim began to communicate via text messaging and Instagram direct messages last October when he taught her science class and mentored her in the school’s chess club. The conversations allegedly escalated to “sexual talk,” including the exchange of nude photos, in November, police said.
They also revealed that Hodge allegedly groomed the girl to lie to her parents and tell them that she was getting after-school tutoring after a chess club meeting, when in reality the two were together in his classroom.
Hodge is accused of having sex with the girl on two occasions, and engaging in other sexual activity with her multiple times between November and January. Hodge confessed to police when questioned on Wednesday, reported the local outlet.
The public school district released a statement saying that Hodge was fired and will be prevented from teaching in the school system again.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is deeply troubled by the disturbing allegations made against this individual,” a statement from the district said, reported the New York Post.
“As soon as the claims surfaced, the employee was immediately removed from the school setting. After a thorough investigation by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department, this individual was subsequently arrested. Conduct such as the one he is accused of will not be tolerated,” the district continued.
Hodge has been held without bond since Wednesday night at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after a judge denied him bail.
“As such, the District has initiated employment termination proceedings, and will ensure the individual is precluded from seeking future employment with the District.”
Blinken Nixes Beijing Trip After Furor Over Chinese Balloon
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday abruptly postponed a long-planned weekend fence-mending trip to China after the Pentagon announced it was tracking a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in airspace over sensitive sites in the Western U.S.
The postponement was the latest blow to efforts by both sides to ease tension following a meeting by President Biden with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in Indonesia in November.
The two-day meeting was slated to begin Sunday but never was officially confirmed on Mr. Blinken’s schedule.
The two sides have clashed repeatedly over economic, human rights and security issues in recent months, with the U.S. imposing new restrictions on high-tech computer chip sales to China and the Chinese increasing military activity targeting Taiwan.
A Pentagon briefing Thursday evening about the surveillance balloon ignited a firestorm of concern on Capitol Hill. U.S. officials said they discussed deploying F-22s to shoot down the balloon, but decided against it in part because of the danger that debris might pose for those on the ground.
China’s Foreign Ministry, in a relatively conciliatory message, on Friday confirmed the craft was from China, but said the balloon was not engaged in espionage and was collecting meteorological data and had been blown off course by “westerly winds.”
“The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure,” the statement said, citing a legal term used to refer to events beyond one’s control.
China’s nationalistic press said the Biden administration was engaged in “another stunt” designed to exacerbate tension as anti-Beijing sentiment soars in Washington.
Major questions remain about the incident. The Pentagon said a major concern was that the balloon was spotted at one point over parts of Montana, which is home to one of America’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base.
A Pentagon statement also said the balloon mission was not the first of its kind and U.S. officials had assessed it had “limited” intelligence value compared with more sophisticated satellites in orbit.
Canadian defense officials also scrambled after detecting the Chinese balloon this week, officials in Ottawa said, and were monitoring a “potential second incident as well.”
China’s ambassador to Canada was summoned to explain the intrusions, Canada’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Canada’s intelligence agencies are working with American partners and continue to take all necessary measures to safeguard Canada’s sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats,” the statement read in part.
Trump Responds to Pentagon Identifying Suspected Chinese Balloon Flying Over US
Former President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the Chinese surveillance balloon flying over Montana in a Truth on Truth Social.
“SHOOT DOWN THE BALLOON!” the former president posted.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is tracking a suspected high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon that appears to be collecting data on sensitive U.S. sites over Montana. Montana is home to the Malmstrom Air Force Base where U.S. Minuteman III nuclear missiles are stored.
The DoD released a statement Thursday night saying the balloon “is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.”
“Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years,” the statement continued, though it did not specify when the alleged other incidents took place. “Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.”
China responded, saying a weather balloon blew off course over the continental U.S.
China initially tried to avoid responsibility but later claimed ownership of a “civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” that accidentally “deviated far from its planned course.”
“The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Friday at a briefing that “China is a responsible country and we always act in accordance with international law.”
“We hope both side can handle the matter together in a cool-headed and prudent manner.”
‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ Singer Irene Cara’s Cause of Death Revealed
“Fame” star Irene Cara’s cause of death reportedly resulted from hypertension and high cholesterol.
According to TMZ, which claimed to review the 63-year-old’s medical documents from the medical examiner in Florida’s Pinellas County, the singer’s official cause of death is arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
The documents also allegedly state Cara was diabetic.
The Post has contacted the medical examiner’s office, as well as a rep for Cara.
Cara died on Nov. 26 inside her Largo, Florida, home. She is best known for massive soundtrack hits for the films “Flashdance” and “Fame.”
Her top hits included “Fame” in 1980 and 1983’s “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” the latter of which she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
Although she once sang that she wanted people to remember her name, the ’80s icon allegedly became a “recluse” in recent years.
“She didn’t talk to anyone,” Roseann Nolan, who lived across the street from Cara, told The Post in December. “I didn’t even know it was her living there until a few years ago. It was the best-kept secret ever.”
Her next-door neighbor, Maria Contreras, 59, also told The Post that Cara would never take her up on offers to take walks on the beach or socialize. Contreras claimed she tried to befriend Cara even before knowing about her glitzy past but no one, even the man who mowed her star’s yard, ever went inside her house.
“She greeted you outside by the garage,” Contreras recalled.
“She got very angry with me when I took down a fence between our houses because I wanted to put a new one up. She sent me such crazy messages that I saved them on my phone. She was worried that she wouldn’t be safe with the fence down, even for a day,” she added.
However, Cara’s representative, Judith Moose, and her Los Angelles manager of nearly two decades, Betty McCormick, had a different version of Cara in recent years. McCormick told The Post that she disagreed with neighbors’ assessment of Cara’s last years, but she did admit that the COVID-19 pandemic was tough on the singer.
“She was very afraid of getting the [COVID] virus,” McCormick said. “She really struggled during that period.”
Her reps also told The Post that Cara left Hollywood and the music industry on her own terms, for the most part, and had been trying to revive her career in the months prior to her death.
Federal Court Strikes Down Decades-Old Gun Law Targeting Domestic Violence
A federal appeals court struck down a decades-old gun law Thursday that blocked people under domestic violence protection orders from possessing firearms, saying the law is unconstitutional after a new precedent for gun laws was set in a landmark Supreme Court decision.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District ruled that the federal criminal statute did not fit “within our Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation,” a requirement for all gun laws set forth in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen (NYSRPA v. Bruen) case in June, according to the ruling. The law, established in 1994, blocked the transfer of a firearm to anyone who was placed under a court protective order for “harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner,” further saying that the aforementioned individual cannot possess a firearm or ammunition.
“The question presented in this case is not whether prohibiting the possession of firearms by someone subject to a domestic violence restraining order is a laudable policy goal. The question is whether 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), a specific statute that does so, is constitutional under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. In the light of N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, 142 S. Ct. 2111 (2022), it is not,” U.S. District Judge Cory Wilson wrote in the ruling.
The court’s decision came after an appeal was submitted in the United States of America v. Zackey Rahimi case, where Rahimi was charged for possessing a firearm while being under a domestic violence protective order, according to the ruling. Rahimi’s appeal claimed that his charges were unconstitutional in light of the precedent set by the NYSRPA v. Bruen case.
“We conclude that Bruen requires us to re-evaluate our Second Amendment jurisprudence and that under Bruen, § 922(g)(8) fails to pass constitutional muster. We therefore reverse the district court’s ruling to the contrary and vacate Rahimi’s conviction,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.
LEGAL ALERT: The Fifth Circuit has struck down 922(g)(8), saying that the government failed to demonstrate that it "fits within our Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation." https://t.co/y1Z6msPvta pic.twitter.com/69zl5vuq43
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“In sum, our Founders envisioned a nation in which both citizen and sovereign alike play important roles in protecting the innocent against violent criminals. Our decision today is consistent with that vision. I concur,” Wilson wrote in the ruling.
Unemployment Falls, Biden Takes Credit Despite Lingering Economic Concerns
Unemployment fell in January as the number of new jobs drastically exceeded analysts’ forecasts, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Friday.
Total nonfarm employment increased by 517,000, far surpassing analysts’ expectations of 187,000 new positions. The unemployment rate declined from 3.5% in December to 3.4% in January, falling below estimates of 3.6% and marking the lowest joblessness rate since 1969.
“The stronger than expected employment report stands in direct conflict with fears of an imminent recession, which has been weighing on the minds of economists and business leaders alike,” Bankrate Senior Economic Analyst Greg McBride said in comments provided to The Daily Wire. “The strength of the January employment report will raise eyebrows among Federal Reserve officials who’ve pledged to keep interest rates higher for longer.”
The unemployment data came after the central bank announced a 0.25% increase in the target federal funds rate, marking a slowdown from previous 0.75% and 0.5% rate hikes meant to combat inflation. Members of the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that “ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive.”
Average hourly earnings accordingly rose 4.4% year-over-year as of January, slightly exceeding the pace estimated by analysts and declining from the 4.6% year-over-year pace seen in December. Price levels have grown at a faster rate than nominal wages over the past two years, suggesting an erosion of purchasing power among households.
The gains in employment were led by the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 128,000 positions; the professional and business services sector, which added 82,000 positions; and government agencies, which added 74,000 positions.
Even as unemployment continues to decline, labor force participation has failed to recover in the wake of the lockdown-induced recession: the metric, which tracks the percentage of the working-age population currently employed or searching for a position, remained unchanged at 62.4% in January. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has remarked that the workforce “participation gap” is largely the result of “excess retirements” that occurred beyond “what would have been expected from population aging alone.”
Price levels for many products and services meanwhile remain elevated. Food prices and shelter costs have increased 10.4% and 7.5% year-over-year, respectively, even as headline inflation figures decrease due to a more recent decline in certain energy prices, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Biden administration officials have nevertheless taken credit for the employment gains despite lingering inflationary pressures and supply chain bottlenecks emerging from the tight labor market. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently deflected questions from journalists regarding layoffs in the technology sector and noted that dismissals “remain near record lows according to job openings data.”
President Joe Biden responded to the newly released unemployment data on social media by proclaiming that “jobs are going up, inflation is going down, and my economic plan is working.”
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) said in a statement provided to The Daily Wire that the state of the economy does not reflect the “false advertising” from the administration. “Any job growth is good news, but labor force participation is still disappointingly below pre-pandemic levels,” he remarked. “Democrats’ war on work made sitting at home and collecting a check more profitable than getting a job. Better policies are needed for stronger job and wage growth.”
A Georgia teacher who was brutally attacked by a 9th-grade girl last week was hospitalized and said to be unable to walk; the student who beat on her was charged with aggravated battery.
The vicious beatdown was caught on video last Thursday at Heritage High School in Conyers, the Rockdale Citizen reported.
One video shows a female student hollering in a female teacher’s face inside a classroom: “I don’t give a f*** if you’re an adult or not! You’re not gonna talk to me like that, you dumbass bitch!”
The student is seen pushing or striking the teacher with both hands, and the teacher appears to put her hands up in order to protect herself. As the teacher walks away from the student and heads to the door, the student follows her and hollers, “Bitch, you’re not gonna talk to me like that! You’re not gonna talk to me like that!”
While the teacher is in the hallway, the student attempts to close the door, but the teacher steps back into the doorway, and things escalate. “Do not put your hands on me!” the teacher tells the student.
But the violence spirals out of control as the student repeatedly hits the teacher and grabs the teacher’s hair while the teacher appears to attempt to protect herself; students in the classroom react with hoots and hollers.
A second video shot from an opposite angle across the hallway shows the teacher and student grappling and then tumbling upon the hallway floor. The student quickly gets on top of the teacher and repeatedly hits her until she’s pulled away.
The paper said the teacher apparently didn’t strike the student.
The second video appears to show the teacher’s right leg buckle before she falls; at the end of the second clip, the teacher is heard saying, “My leg’s broken.”
The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office told the paper the teacher was injured and is recovering, and the student was detained and taken to a juvenile facility.
The sheriff’s office on Wednesday told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the student was charged with aggravated battery. Rockdale County Public Schools told WSB-TV the student has been suspended.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched on behalf of the teacher — identified as Tiwana Turner — to raise money as she recovers. The GoFundMe page says Turner is an English language arts teacher who’s “taught in public education for the past 27 years.”
“When Ms. Turner attempted to redirect the off-task behavior of one of the students, the student proceeded to physically attack her,” the GoFundMe page adds. “During the attack, Ms. Turner was thrown to the ground and sustained multiple injuries. She is currently hospitalized with knee and leg injuries, and is unable to walk. She will not be returning to work anytime soon, and she will require extensive rehabilitation and therapy.”
As of Thursday afternoon, just over $11,000 of the $50,000 goal has been raised.
A separate WSB story published Wednesday reported that a Heritage High School teacher has been fired and arrested allegedly for body-slamming a student while trying to prevent a fight in December.
Edward Senter — who also was athletic director — faces a simple assault charge, the station said.
WSB said it reached out to Senter but didn’t hear back from him; the station added that a request to interview Rockdale County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Oatts was denied.
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However, when Channel 2 asked a district spokesperson how can parents feel safe when their kids are at this school, they said they have a weapons detection system, plenty of surveillance cameras, clear backpacks for all students and more school police on campus than they did last year.
WSB said parents are questioning what kind of parenting is going on at home.
“The parents are being friends instead of being parents,” parent Cora Wilson told the station. “There’s a lot of fights here every day, and it’s ridiculous. It makes no sense.”
Gisele Bündchen Reacts to Tom Brady’s Retirement Announcement
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen got everyone’s attention when she reacted to the news that her ex-husband, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady, was retiring again — this time “for good.”
The 42-year-old former Victoria’s Secret model’s response could be found in the comments section of Brady’s post on Wednesday. In the now-viral video on Instagram, Brady first thanked fans and everyone who helped him along the way, before he explained that he was retiring from the NFL after 23 seasons in the league.
“I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first,” Brady shared, noting his previous retirement announcement on Feb. 1, 2022, before changing his mind.
In response, Bündchen wrote that she wished her ex only the best.
“Wishing you only wonderful things in this new chapter of your life,” the supermodel wrote, as she included a praying hands emoji in her comment.
The retirement announcement comes after a rather tumultuous 365 days for Brady, who first announced he was retiring on February 1, 2022, before he reversed course weeks later and said he was coming back to the Buccaneers.
Not long after, reports began surfacing that Bündchen, his wife at the time, was not pleased and had expected the retirement to stick.
Speculation continued for months that the two were headed for divorce. In October, Brady finally confirmed reports that he and Bündchen were officially divorced after 13 years of marriage.
In a lengthy post shared on social media, the Super Bowl champion wrote that in “recent days, my wife and I finalized our divorce from one another after 13 years of marriage.”
“We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together,” the 7-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback shared. “We are blessed with beautiful and wonderful children who will continue to be the center of our world in every way. We will continue to work together as parents to always ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve.”
Bündchen and Brady share two kids. She previously made it clear she wanted her husband to be more present following his announcement that he was coming out of retirement in 2022, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
“Obviously, I have my concerns — this is a very violent sport, and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” Bündchen previously shared. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”
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Indian Company Loses $100 Billion After American Researchers Say They Run ‘The Largest Con in Corporate History’
Indian multinational conglomerate Adani Group lost some $100 billion in stock market value after a team of researchers claimed that the firm pulled “the largest con in corporate history.”
The valuation of the firm run by Gautam Adani, who is currently one of the richest men in the world, was artificially inflated by “a brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme over the course of decades,” according to a two-year investigation from American forensic financial company Hindenburg Research. The analysts spoke to former executives and conducted diligence visits in multiple nations, concluding that Adani Group companies have pledged shares of their stock for loans, assumed massive amounts of debt, and benefited from shell companies established by various family members.
Vinod Adani, the elder brother of Gautam Adani, allegedly controls 38 shell companies located in the island nation of Mauritius, as well as Cyprus, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and several Caribbean islands. The firms have negligible online presences and many appear to hire zero employees; the researchers found that efforts to mask the true nature of the companies were “rudimentary,” citing the fact that 13 of the companies’ websites were created on the same day and contain little more than stock photos.
Adani Group is involved in sectors such as port management, electric power, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, and food processing. Gautam Adani plummeted from the third richest person on the planet to seventeenth following the release of the report last week.
The shell companies exist for stock parking, stock manipulation, and laundering money through Adani’s private companies “onto the listed companies’ balance sheets in order to maintain the appearance of financial health and solvency,” according to Hindenburg Research, which said that the offshore companies comprise many of the largest public holders of Adani Group stock. The report added that Rajesh Adani and Samir Vora, the younger brother and brother-in-law of Gautam Adani, were appointed to executive positions in the empire despite their involvement in alleged offshore diamond trading scams. Indian authorities have launched a number of investigations into the family over the past two decades.
Shares for Adani Enterprises, the flagship publicly traded company operated by Adani Group, have declined more than 52% over the past five days. Hindenburg Research said they took a short position in the company through American-traded bonds and various derivatives.
Adani Group published a document calling Hindenburg Research executives the “Madoffs of Manhattan” and said that their investigation was “a malicious combination of selective misinformation and concealed facts relating to baseless and discredited allegations to drive an ulterior motive.” The company also accused Hindenburg Research of launching an “attack on India, the independence, integrity and quality of Indian institutions, and the growth story and ambition of India,” leading the investors to rebut that the document “largely confirmed our findings and ignored our key questions.”
The economy of India has indeed grown significantly in recent decades despite corruption and a lack of sound institutions. The nation is scheduled to become the world’s third-largest economy in the next decade and most populated nation this year, surpassing longtime geopolitical rival China for the latter distinction.
Don Lemon ‘Screamed’ at CNN This Morning Co-Host — Leaving Her in Tears and the Crew ‘Rattled’
Tensions on the set of “CNN This Morning” have recently boiled over, with Don Lemon allegedly “screaming” at co-host Kaitlan Collins off-camera during an ugly December incident that has left the cast and crew rattled ever since, The Post has learned.
According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, the 56-year-old Lemon approached 30-year-old Collins following the show’s Thursday Dec. 8 broadcast — and unloaded on her in front of staffers as he accused her of “interrupting” him on air.
“Don screamed at Kaitlan, who was visibly upset and ran out of the studio,” one source with knowledge of the skrimish said.
News of the explosive incident made its way up to CNN CEO Chris Licht, who is said to have been appalled by Lemon’s behavior, according to a source. A second source said a producer talked to Lemon at the behest of Licht and told the anchor to take the next day off to “cool off.”
The following night, the three co-hosts were slated to get drinks and arrive together at a White House Christmas party for the press, a source said. But the pre-party gathering never happened after the emotional day and they trickled in to the bash separately, an insider with knowledge said. After the party, Lemon had a late-night dinner with his agent, Jay Sures, according to sources.
The situation was especially awkward because Collins — a rising star who had most recently served as CNN’s youngest chief White House correspondent — is also represented by the powerful and well-connected Sures. While he dined with Lemon, Collins met up with the show’s other co-anchor Poppy Harlow, the sources said.
“At this point, Kaitlan wants to be on set with Don as little as possible,” a source with knowledge of the situation added. “It’s messy.”
A rep from CNN declined to comment on the incident but said: “In just three months, these anchors have created a compelling morning show that breaks news and drives the conversation.”
The Dec. 8 blowup wasn’t the first sign of trouble at “CNN This Morning” since the show’s Nov. 1 launch. A week earlier, Lemon got into an awkward dispute with Collins and Harlow on air, arguing that the US men’s soccer team should get paid more than the women’s team despite the mens’ relative lack of success at the World Cup.
The dustup made headlines, with the Daily Beast quoting Lemon saying the men were “more interesting to watch” — a comment Lemon quickly walked back and insisted was a joke.
Late last month, Eric Hall, executive producer of “CNN This Morning,” was reportedly ousted from the helm of the show and moved to a new role at the 11 p.m. hour of “CNN Tonight.” CNN didn’t comment on the move. Earlier this week, the network tapped former CBS producer Chris Russell to replace Hall.
Collins and Lemon, meanwhile, have been on set together less frequently since the purported dustup. Lemon was most recently sent to Memphis to quarterback coverage on the death of Tyre Nichols. Collins had been working remotely from Washington DC on and off in January.
A CNN rep said Collins has been on assignment as she also serves as the chief correspondent for the show, adding: “The intent was always for the anchors to get out from behind the news desk, and they are doing an extraordinary job taking viewers inside the most important news stories of the day.”
To address tensions, a second source told The Post that “Don has been given notes” by the show’s producers “to not talk so much, to let other people talk.”
“Don’s a bossy guy and difficult to work with — even he would admit that. He was a solo act before. He doesn’t want to be in Destiny’s Child,” the source added, referring to the music group headlined by Beyoncé in the early aughts.
US Government Monitoring Chinese Spy Balloon over Northern States — China Responds
The U.S. government is monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been moving over northern states over the past several days.
Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said during a briefing on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental U.S.
“The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government to include Norad, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information,” Ryder said.
A senior defense official said that the U.S. government is “confident” that the surveillance balloon belongs to the People’s Republic of China.
The defense official said that the balloon was recently over Montana and that officials were considering bringing it down with military assets, but they decided against doing so because of the risks associated, adding that President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation and asked for military options.
“You did see reports yesterday of a ground stop at Billings Airport and the mobilization of a number of assets, including F-22. The context for that was that we put some things on station in the event that a decision was made to bring this down while it was over Montana. So, we wanted to make sure we were coordinating with civil authorities to empty out the airspace around that potential area. But even with those protective measures taken, it was the judgment of our military commanders that we didn’t drive the risk down low enough. So, we didn’t take the shot,” the official said.
A well-placed senior U.S. official told Fox News that the government is still considering a variety of options with how to deal with the Chinese spy balloon, saying that the options presented to Biden and his national security team included concerns that if the military did shoot down the balloon, there could be civilian casualties the ground.
The White House hasn’t ruled out shooting the balloon down if it were deemed safe to do so, according to the source.
According to the source, there’s more than just a balloon, and heavy equipment would come crashing to the ground if it were to be shot down, creating a large debris field.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin convened a meeting with senior Department of Defense leadership Wednesday to discuss the balloon, and it was decided not to take military action due to “the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field,” the official said. At the time, Austin was visiting Camp Navarro in the Philippines, which is around 2,000 miles from China.
The balloon’s discovery also comes as the U.S. and Philippines agreed to increase its military presence within the islands amid escalating tensions between China and Taiwan.
The senior defense official said that the government has been tracking the balloon for “some time” and said it entered U.S. airspace a “couple of days ago.”
While maintaining that the balloon doesn’t present a military threat to the U.S., the official said that it likely isn’t gathering any information of significant value to the People’s Republic of China.
“They’re trying to fly this balloon over sensitive sites, one of which was just mentioned to collect information,” the official said, adding that it’s not the first time that a balloon “of this nature” has been over the U.S.
WATCH: AOC Suffers Meltdown – Screams Racism, Smacks Her Book – Over Omar’s Committee Exit
Rep. Cori Bush accused Republicans of ‘white supremacy’ as she and other left-wing members of the Squad condemned their efforts to remove Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar was removed from the committee after losing a largely party line vote 218 to 211.
But her left wing colleagues offered a fiery defense of their comrade, who had been accused of making antisemitic comments.
‘This institution is better because of her leadership and the foreign affairs committee benefits from her perspective,’ she said.
‘So let’s talk about what’s really happening.
‘Republicans are waging a blatantly Islamophobic and racist attack on Congresswoman Omar and I’ve said it before I’ll say it again: The white supremacy happening is unbelievable.’
Before the vote count was handed down, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the GOP for what she said amounted to ‘racism and incitement of violence against women of color.’
‘Don’t tell me this is about consistency. Don’t tell me that this is about a condemnation of antisemitic remarks…This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America,’ the fellow Squad member said.
And Rashid Tlaib broke down as she said: ‘Congresswoman Omar, I am so sorry that our country is failing you today through the chamber.
‘You belong on this committee.’
She raised her voice in a howl as she was told her time was cut off.
‘You belong on this committee,’ she half sobbed, half screamed before her microphone was cut off.
Omg 🤡AOC just threw a temper tantrum on the House Floor, slamming her notebook on the podium as she finished speaking.
"This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America." pic.twitter.com/pgAIfQEUwW
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) February 2, 2023
Democrats screamed ‘no’ before the GOP completed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s bid to get the Squad member removed over her history of comments comparing Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and saying the relationship between the Jewish state and the U.S. is ‘all about the Benjamins’ in 2019.
In a video released by Project Veritas on Thursday, Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning Jordon Trishton Walker revealed that the company was concerned over reports that women’s menstrual cycles were affected by the Covid-19 vaccine.
Walker told the undercover journalist that the company “still have to do the monitoring” for vaccine-related issues over time, but added, “so, there haven’t been any problems so far, but we’ll see.”
“I hope nobody is growing three legs or something like that,” the Project Veritas journalist quipped.
“yeah, or like the entire next generation’s super f*cked up. Could you imagine the scandal? On my God. I would take Pfizer off my resume” Walker responded.
After a cut, Walker said, “There’s something irregular about their menstrual cycles. We will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning.”
“Because, if you think about the science, it shouldn’t be interacting with, you know, it’s called the hypothalamus, pituitary, gonadal axis. You know, the hormones that regulate their menstrual cycles and things like that. And the vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that,” Walker added.
After pressing from the journalist as to whether this was happening and whether it should, Walker said that “there is something happening,” but the company doesn’t know what.
Walker later added, “I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line.”
“I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body and like — ’cause it has to be impacting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles,” Walker said.
Walker said later in the conversation that “if it does come back down the line that there was something wrong with the vaccine, then obviously people will criticize the big push” that the government, society, and jobs placed on people to get the jab. “The scale of that scandal would be enormous.”
During the conversation, Walker also revealed that Pfizer is trying to move past Covid with mRNA vaccines, with uses “not just for viruses” including in oncology and “gene editing.”
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