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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has demanded a federal probe into a mandate from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) policy requiring nursing homes accept coronavirus patients who had been discharged from hospitals but still needed care.

The New York Post reported that Stefanik joined a chorus of lawmakers and others who requested a more robust probe than one already announced by state Attorney General Letitia James. Stefanik added her voice to the demand after a new report found New York was no longer counting patients who traveled from a nursing home to a hospital and died from COVID-19 as nursing home deaths. The move came even as more than 5,300 patients died in nursing homes – a number that relies on the new counting method.

“Today I joined my @NewYorkGOP colleagues in the House to call for a federal investigation of Cuomo’s failed nursing home policies. NOW they admit they unethically changed the way they report nursing home deaths. An INEXCUSABLE tragedy for NY – NEED ANSWERS,” Stefanik tweeted.

As The Daily Wire previously reported, Cuomo’s Health Department issued a mandate on March 25 that forced nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients that had been released from hospitals. This injected the coronavirus into the most vulnerable population in the state. At a nursing home in Queens – which had no coronavirus patients until receiving two from a nearby hospital – at least 30 patients ended up dying after the patients arrived. Another feature of the mandate was the deliveries of five body bags a week.

“Cuomo has blood on his hands. He really does. There’s no way to sugarcoat this,” an executive at the nursing home told the Post. “Why in the world would you be sending coronavirus patients to a nursing home, where the most vulnerable population to this disease resides?”

When asked about the policy, Cuomo tried to claim nursing homes were simply greedy and wanted the coronavirus patients for money.

“And the regulation is common sense: If you can’t provide adequate care, you can’t have the patient in your facility and that’s your basic fiduciary obligation — I would say, ethical obligation — and it’s also your legal obligation,” he said at a coronavirus briefing earlier this month. “Now, when a person gets transferred, they lose a patient, they lose that revenue, I understand, but the relationship is, the contract is, ‘You have this resident, you get paid, you must provide adequate care.’”

The mandate, however, offered little notice for nursing homes to prepare to receive patients, and no listed way for them to refuse patients if they could not adequately quarantine them.

As the Post reported, Cuomo “effectively curbed” the nursing-home mandate last Sunday, saying now that hospital patients must test negative for the coronavirus before getting discharged to nursing homes. Months too late.

  • Nr says:

    These treasonous hypocrite libs(lying sack of Schiff) don’t know the meaning of the truth! They are at it again and just as mentally deranged as the rest of the Globalists NAZI Muslim Commie Liberal Demoncrats! Deep State, AG Barr, Pelosi, Waters, Schumer, Hollywood, Academia, MSM Fox and the rest of Fake News, Swamp News and you know the rest!! ‪Expose, Boycott, Sue, prosecute and bring to justice all these lying Fake News deep state treasonous Godless NAZI commie liberal demoncrats and RINOs (Mutt Romney, Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr, Susan Collins, Murkowski, Justice Roberts, Bolton and you know the rest of the traitors) post-haste,Patriots! Drain the rat infested swamp President Trump!‬

  • Pat says:

    Cuomo is evil personified!

  • Gerry says:

    Sic’em Elise — he and his staff are incompetent morons.

  • Hobbygirl says:

    Just a thought, since this hit seniors far worse than anyone else, could this coronavirus be originated in the flu vaccine?

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    Dr. Fauci’s 7-Hour Deposition Blacked Out by Media



    Dr. Anthony Fauci is widely expected to retire from public life in December ahead of a Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. Fauci gave a farewell address from the White House on Tuesday that was fraught with lies, including the discredited talking point that vaccines stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    While millions of Americans are anxiously awaiting Fauci being held accountable for his numerous demonstrable falsehoods, there is a faint hope of accountability that may be provided by an ongoing lawsuit exposing Big Tech’s collusion with Covid “experts” during the pandemic.

    A judge in September ordered Dr. Fauci, as well as former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and current White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, to provide testimony on their role in Big Tech’s censorship of Americans’ views on the Covid pandemic. On Wednesday, Fauci provided a 7-hour deposition on this matter.

    Fauci’s desposition was sealed under court order, but Dr. Aaron Kheriaty gave the most detailed overview of the deposition. One revelation from the hearing turned out to be particularly damning.

    “UPDATE: from our deposition of Fauci yesterday in the MO v. Biden case,” Dr. Kheriaty began. “Fauci confirmed that in Feb 2020, Fauci sent Clifford Lane, his deputy at the NAIAD, as the U.S. representative for the WHO delegation to China. Lane convinced Fauci we should emulate China’s lockdowns. The CCP had announced China had contained the virus through draconian lockdowns–a claim now known to be false.”

    “Given the China’s pattern of falsified information, Lane and Fauci should have approached this claim with skepticism,” Kheriaty continued. “Lockdowns were wholly untested & unprecedented. As our lawyer, @Leftylockdowns1 put it, Fauci ‘was apparently willing to base his lockdown advocacy on the observations of a single guy relying on reports from a dictator.’ Not exactly a double-blind randomized trial level of evidence, or indeed, any level of evidence.”

    “Days after Lane returned, WHO published its report praising China’s strategy: ‘China’s uncompromising and rigorous use of non-pharmaceutical measures [lockdowns] to contain transmission of the COVID-19 virus in multiple settings provides vital lessons for the global response. ‘This rather unique and unprecedented public health response in China reversed the escalating cases,’ the report claimed. My colleague @jeffreyatucker at the @brownstoneinst gave a tongue-in-cheek gloss of WHO’s misty eyed report: ‘I’ve seen the future—and it is Wuhan’.”

    “Lockdowns quickly spread from China to the West, as a troubling number of Western apologists besides the WHO also looked to the Chinese Communist Party’s covid response for guidance,” he continued. “The U.S. & U.K. followed Italy’s lockdown, which had followed China, and all but a handful of countries around the globe immediately followed our lead. Within weeks the whole world was locked down. From the very beginning, the evidential basis for this global policy catastrophe was always paper-thin. We are now living in the aftermath.”

    Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry noted that Fauci had convenient memory issues during the deposition.

    “Wow!” Landry said. “It was amazing to spend 7 hours with Dr. Fauci. The man who single-handedly wrecked the U.S. economy based upon “the science.” Only to discover that he can’t recall practically anything dealing with his Covid response!”

    Civil rights attorney Jenin Younes recounted another embarrassing episode involving Fauci.

    “Another highlight from yesterday’s deposition of Fauci: between February 2020, when he emailed a friend saying masks don’t work, and April 3 2020, he became convinced by ‘studies’ that masks work,” Younes said. “He couldn’t name any of these studies, of course, because he’s too busy saving lives to be bothered by such trivialities, but he’s certain that they show masks work.”

    “Also, he made the court reporter wear a mask because she was sniffling, even though she said it was allergies,” she continued. “’The last thing in the world I want is to get covid.’ That’s verbatim.”

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    It is especially disturbing that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s testimony tracks almost perfectly with the insidious agenda of World Economic Forum founder and president Klaus Schwab.

    “China is a role model for many countries,” Schwab argued on Chinese state television.

    Fauci, as we now know from his testimony, appears to agree.

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    2 House Races Remain Uncalled, Republicans Lead in Both



    Two House races still have not been called more than two weeks after Election Day.

    The Republican Party is expected to strengthen its majority in the lower chamber of Congress when those two races are officially declared as GOP candidates are leading in both contests.

    In the redrawn 13th Congressional District in California, John Duarte, a Republican Party candidate, received 50.2 percent of the total votes as 99 percent of the votes have been tabulated. Democrat candidate Adam Gray trailed Duarte by 593 votes, less than 0.5 percent.

    There’s no automatic recounting law in California.

    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) already declared victory and her Democrat opponent Adam Frisch has conceded. Boebert leads Frisch by 554 votes, less than 0.5 percent.

    The race has not been called because Colorado law requires an automatic recounting when the difference is less than 0.5 percent.

    With these two seats being added to the Republican majority, the GOP would have 222 seats in the U.S. House while the Democratic Party would have 213.

    Data Reveals a Hopeful 2024 for Republicans

    According to data compiled by the Cook Political Report, Republican House candidates received more than 3.3 million popular votes than their Democratic counterparts in the midterm elections.

    Out of the total 106.6 million votes, Republicans beat Democrats with an advantage of 50.8 percent to 47.7.

    Charlie Cook, founder of the Cook Political Report, wrote on Nov. 14 that the Republican Party—with a 4.9 percentage point advantage at that time—would normally gain 20–30 seats in the House, but didn’t gain as many seats as anticipated.

    “Simply put, Republicans picked up the votes they needed, just not where they needed them most. Clearly something or someone intervened, affecting the outcome of the election in the places that mattered,” he wrote.

    American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Emeritus Michael Barone believes House Republicans won the popular vote because the turnout in Central cities worked against the Democrats.

    The popular vote didn’t give the Republican Party more seats because of redistricting, and Republican voters are more concentrated than before, he said.

    However, the advantage in popular votes indicates the Republican Party could have a hopeful 2024.

    “Republican House candidates won 58 percent of the popular vote in the South and 53 percent in the Midwest, two regions that together account for 298 of the 538 electoral votes. Duplicating that support is one way an unproblematic Republican nominee could top 270 electoral votes in 2024,” he wrote.

    Checks and Balances Have Started

    With President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in the White House and the U.S. Senate still being controlled by the Democrats for the next two years, the Republican majority in the House can hardly move forward with its policy agenda.

    However, it’s most likely the Republicans will launch more investigations into the executive branch after January.

    The House Oversight Committee will investigate President Joe Biden and his alleged involvement in his son Hunter’s foreign business deals, Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced on Nov. 17.

    Contrary to the president’s claims, the elder Biden was directly involved in Hunter’s international business dealings, Comer said, citing whistleblower evidence.

    “This is an investigation of Joe Biden, the president of the United States, and why he lied to the American people about his knowledge and participation in his family’s international business schemes,” he said at a press conference.

    Comer, who is the incoming Oversight Committee chairman, claimed that the Biden family “flourished and became millionaires by simply offering access to the family.”

    “This committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners, and whether he is a president who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” Comer said.

    Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that the House of Representatives could begin an impeachment inquiry against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas when the new 118th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2023.

    McCarthy, who is expected to succeed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as speaker of the House, told reporters in El Paso at the U.S. border with Mexico after meeting with U.S. Border Patrol officials that Mayorkas should “resign.”

    “He cannot and must not remain in that position. If he does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure to determine whether we should begin an impeachment inquiry.”

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    Lawsuit Drops New Claim About Who Benefited from Epstein Sex Ring



    Women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of abuse filed a lawsuit against two banks they claim benefited financially from his sex trafficking system.

    Two separate lawsuits, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, are headed by women who remain anonymous in the filings and are suing Deutsche Bank AG and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The allegations include a claim the banks are at fault for “assisting, supporting, facilitating, and otherwise providing the most critical service for the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking organization to successfully rape, sexually assault, and coercively sex traffic.”

    The accusers claim the banks had knowledge of the pattern of sex trafficking from Epstein — an allegation denied by Deutsche Bank.

    “We believe this claim lacks merit and will present our arguments in court,” a spokesperson for Deutsche Bank said.

    JPMorgan said it will not comment on pending litigation.

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    England’s Soccer Team Takes a Knee Before World Cup Match Against USA – Here’s Why



    England soccer players took a knee before their match with the United States team on Sunday.

    England also took a knee before the game with Iran earlier this week.

    Iranian protesters are currently holding mass protests against the brutal Khamenei regime back home.

    But that is not why the British players are kneeling.

    The woke British players are kneeling before each game at this year’s World Cup as a gesture of inclusivity.

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    England head coach Gareth Southgate revealed that his players would ‘take the knee’ at World Cup 2022 to send a message to young people “that inclusivity is very important”. The Three Lions boss explained that the gesture is a symbol of what his team stands for.

    While England did not kneel ahead of their pre-World Cup games in the UEFA Nations League, their manager believes that it was important for them to do it on the biggest stage.

    “We have discussed ‘taking the knee’. We feel we should [do it],” Southgate told reporters in Qatar ahead of their opening game against Iran. “It’s what we stand for as a team and what we have done for a long period of time.

    “Of course, we understand that in the Premier League the clubs have decided to only do that for certain games, on big occasions. We feel this (the World Cup) is the biggest [occasion].

    “We think it’s a strong statement that will go around the world, for young people in particular to see that inclusivity is very important.”

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    WATCH: Florida Cop Who Cannot Swim Heroically Saves Baby from Drowning in Pond



    On Tuesday, Florida law enforcement released bodycam footage of an officer heroically and without hesitation jumping into a retention pond to rescue a drowning baby, even though she did not know how to swim, Fox News Digital reported.

    Officer Me’Atia Sanderson with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been praised as a hero for risking her own life to save the infant.

    “Sanderson, who does not know how to swim herself, without a second’s hesitation, entered the pond to retrieve the child and performed CPR until she was relieved by other responding officers,” the sheriff’s office stated.

    Sanderson, who joined the force in March 2019, was the first officer to arrive at the scene on June 9, according to authorities. The sheriff’s office released the officer’s bodycam footage for the first time earlier this week.

    The footage captured the officer arriving at an apartment complex, exiting her vehicle, and sprinting toward the direction of the retention pond tucked behind the buildings. As she approached the pond, frantic bystanders alerted her that the child was still in the water.

    “Help! Over here,” a woman can be heard yelling to the officer.

    Sanderson then asked the woman, “Where’s the baby at?”

    The woman replied that the child was underwater and pointed toward the pond.

    “He’s somewhere under there,” said the woman.

    Without hesitation, the officer jumped into the water to rescue the drowning infant. The camera was then fully submerged underwater for several moments while the officer rescued the baby.

    Once the child was retrieved from the pond, the officer began CPR.

    “Come on, baby,” Sanderson can be heard saying while performing life-saving measures on the infant.

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    The sheriff’s department stated that Captain Christopher Scott and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department wrote a letter recognizing Sanderson for her “quick and decisive decision to go into the retention pond.”

    “Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life,” the department noted.

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    Biden Admin Quietly Greenlights Plan to Build Huge Gulf Oil Terminal



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    The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration approved the application (pdf) for Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal, one of four proposed offshore oil export terminals, on Monday.

    According to the application, the port will be located offshore of Freeport, Texas. It will have 4.8 million barrels of storage capacity and add 2 million barrels per day to the U.S. oil export capacity.

    In its 94-page decision (pdf), the Maritime Administration said that it had approved the application because the construction and operation of the port is “in the national interest and consistent with other policy goals and objectives.”

    “The construction and operation of the Port is in the national interest because the Project will benefit employment, economic growth, and U.S. energy infrastructure resilience and security,” the administration wrote. “The Port will provide a reliable source of crude oil to U.S. allies in the event of market disruption and have a minimal impact on the availability and cost of crude oil in the U.S. domestic market.”

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    The Environmental Protection Agency quietly issued its approval (pdf) of the project in October but stressed that “more emphasis is needed to ensure that environmental justice and climate change considerations are included in the project for the protection of overburdened communities.”

    Protests broke out shortly after on the Gulf Coast, The Texas Tribune reported, with climate activists condemning the move, and pointing to the fact that President Joe Biden has prioritized issues such as climate change and clean energy incentives during his time in office. Biden has vowed to cut carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

    Ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Egypt this month, the White House said that Biden was set to “announce new initiatives to strengthen U.S. leadership tackling the climate crisis and galvanize global action and commitments,” and that the United States is “acting to lead a clean energy future that leverages market forces, technological innovation, and investments to tackle the climate crisis.”

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    New Study Claims That ‘Fear Mongering and Misinformation’ May Be Responsible for Vaccine Adverse Effects



    A recent study suggests that it is not mRNA COVID-19 vaccines that are “most likely” responsible for adverse effects such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, but concerns widely expressed about the vaccines.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

    In September, the Indian journal “Biomedicine” published a so-called study by self-professed “mRNA Alchemist” and biotech engineer Raymond D. Palmer, entitled “Covid 19 vaccines and the misinterpretation of perceived side effects clarity on the safety of vaccines.” The study is presently being hosted on the National Library of Medicine site, which is operated by the U.S. federal government.

    While various experts, such as internationally esteemed American cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough, have issued warnings about potential downsides of the vaccines, Palmer, an astronomy hobbyist and former realtor, claimed that those wary about the COVID-19 vaccines do not just suffer “a profound lack of scientific and medical training” but are at the root of a great deal of vaccine recipients’ suffering.

    Palmer’s paper claimed that various adverse effects that take place “in and around the time of receiving the [COVID-19] vaccine” may result from the “mental stress” generated by concerns about those very vaccines.

    While noting that “the likelihood of mental stress causing strokes, heart attacks or blood clots may at first appear unlikely,” Palmer nevertheless claimed that “anti-vaccination sentiment could be attributed to the alleged side effects that are perpetuated across social media from anti-vaccination groups.”

    According to Palmer, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, and loss of smell and taste are products of mental stress. The mRNA alchemist claimed also that the “science for the vaccines causing blood clots has not been found.”

    Contrary to Palmer’s published suggestion, the University of Utah reported that the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have, for instance, been associated with thrombotic thrombocytopenia, where antibodies lead to “uncontrolled activation of platelets … and blood clots to form.”

    In April 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a pause in its recommendations for the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for this very reason.

    Discounting previous blood clot links, Palmer said that mental stress “clearly causes vasoconstriction and arterial constriction of the blood vessels.”

    Persons who are “panicked, concerned, stressed or scared of the vaccination” may therefore see their arteries “constrict and become smaller in and around the time of receiving the vaccine.”

    Furthermore, stress can induce myocardial ischemia (MSIMI), he said, whereby blood flow to the heart is restricted due to emotional distress.

    Although Palmer did not rule “in or out every side effect seen,” he suggested that “fear mongering and scare tactics used by various anti-vaccination groups” trigger these mental stressors, vasoconstriction and, subsequently, the very side effects so-called anti-vaxxers claim the vaccines are generating.

    Obesity and poor arterial health, in combination with stress, may “heighten the chances of a vaccine side effect,” added Palmer.

    In the paper, Palmer did not account for adverse effects suffered by people who weren’t necessarily panicked, concerned, stressed, or tuned into cautionary tales about the vaccines. Palmer focused on fear allegedly created by the “anti-vaccination movement.”

    Palmer also did not explore potential links between MSIMI or clotting and statements like President Joe Biden’s December 2021 warning that America would experience “a winter of severe illness and death” or former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) suggestion that the unvaccinated may “wind up killing your grandmother.”

    It is altogether unclear from Palmer’s paper whether fear-inspiring rhetoric advanced by the government and other advocates for the mRNA vaccines might have created “adverse effects” in the vaccinated or the unvaccinated or both.

    While the Australia-based former realtor underscored that those fearful of suffering adverse side effects “may increase their risk of experiencing adverse side effects,” his proposed remedy was not censorship or chemically-induced fearlessness. Instead, Palmer suggested that prospective vaccine recipients should “visit their medical practitioner and discuss the use of therapies or medications” designed to improve healthy blood flow and address heart conditions.

    When asked by Rebekah Barnett of the “Dystopian Down Under” Substack about his Ph.D. candidacy, Palmer allegedly said he couldn’t provide an answer on account of having signed nondisclosure agreements.

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    Dozens of cities across the country have gone back into lockdown with millions of people impacted, a situation that has negatively impacted economic forecasts.

    Notable demonstrations have included thousands of workers at an iPhone factory clashing with authorities, protesters breaking out of locked down buildings, and online outrage over an infant who died because her father could not get her medical services due to the country’s lockdowns, The New York Times reported.

    The report noted that the unrest is unprecedented for the communist nation, which has a history of using force to stamp out dissent.

    China, which is where the coronavirus pandemic originated, reported a new high in coronavirus infections Friday, with more than 32,000 new cases.

    The numbers have started spreading so quickly that experts have warned that China has potentially “passed the point of no return” in reference to the country’s goals of having no coronavirus cases.

    “China might have already passed the point of no return, as it’s unlikely to achieve zero Covid again without another Shanghai-style hard lockdown,” Macquarie’s Chief China Economist Larry Hu said. “What policymakers could do now is to slow the spread of virus, i.e. flatten the curve, by tightening the Covid controls for the time being.”

    While the numbers were deemed to be a new record for China, there is no way to know that because China was widely accused of lying throughout the pandemic over how many cases and deaths the country was experiencing, not to mention the accusations that the country covered up the origin of where the outbreak originated.

    “What we’re witnessing at Foxconn is the bankruptcy of ‘the China model,’” said Wu Qiang, a political analyst in Beijing, in reference to the manufacturing plant that produces Apple’s iPhones. “It’s the collapse of China’s image as a production powerhouse, as well as China’s relationship to globalization.”

    Li Qiang, founder and executive director of China Labor Watch, added, “If the government continues with its zero-Covid policy, Foxconn would only be the beginning. There is Foxconn today, but other factories will face similar situations.”

    The protests at Foxconn, which turned violent, came in response to bonuses not being paid to workers on time because the company did not follow the country’s strict coronavirus restrictions by isolating new workers from those who had tested positive, the report said.

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    Elon Musk Announces Mass ‘Amnesty’ for Most Banned Twitter Accounts



    Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced a blanket amnesty for Twitter users permanently suspended from the platform.

    Musk made the decision Thursday in response to the final results of a poll he tweeted Wednesday. The platform will begin unbanning accounts en masse, except for those who broke the law or engaged in excessive spam, next week, he tweeted in response to the results. Musk has already unbanned a number of popular accounts that were permanently suspended before he took over as “Chief Twit.”

    On Wednesday, Musk tweeted a poll asking whether or not to unban users that had been permanently suspended. “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” he wrote.

    More than three million users voted in the poll, and the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of amnesty; nearly three-quarters of voters, 72.4%, voted “yes,” while just 27.6% voted “no.”

    “The people have spoken,” Musk wrote after the poll concluded. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

    Before the poll ended, Musk seemed to indicate that in effect, the platform would significantly curtail content moderation to target illegal content and increase transparency.

    “Please limit content moderation to illegal content (or, at most, a narrow interpretation of moderation under Section 230) and give users the tools that enable the freedom to choose what content they see,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton replied to the poll.

    “That’s the general idea,” replied Musk.

    “[W]hatever it decides to do, twitter should be clear and consistent about it’s rules and penalties for breaking them, enforcement should be unbiased, and the mechanisms of enforcement shouldn’t be easily abused by people who have an agenda,” DogeCoin creator Billy Markus replied to the poll.

    Musk agreed with Markus’ suggestion, replying with the “100” and “bullseye” emojis. In a separate tweet, he indicated that Twitter’s policies and enforcement methods were dishonest. “The more I learn, the worse it gets,” Musk said. “The world should know the truth of what has been happening at Twitter. Transparency will earn the trust of the people.”

    The blanket amnesty policy is the latest move in Musk’s effort to restore free speech on Twitter. Under his leadership, the social media giant has already restored the accounts of several high-profile conservative and right-leaning influencers. The list includes: Christian satire site The Babylon Bee, which likely played a role in Musk’s decision to buy Twitter in the first place; clinical psychologist and DailyWire+ host Dr. Jordan B. Peterson; conservative undercover investigative journalism outfit Project Veritas; and former President Donald Trump.

    Despite restoring high-profile conservative users, Musk has not been immune from criticism from the right. Conservatives slammed Musk last week after he announced that mean tweets would be aggressively de-boosted, effectively keeping the same “shadowbanning” policies that were in effect by Twitter before he took over.

    “New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” Musk tweeted. “Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.”

    “The very concept of deboosting should not even exist because there shouldn’t be an algorithm on twitter,” one user fired back. “Your timeline should just show the tweets that are posted in the order they are posted. Period. Don’t like it? Block/unfollow.”

    “You paid this guy $8 to make shadowbanning real LMAO,” another user mocked.

    “Ok how is this any different than the previous policy?” added another. “People’s tweets suppressed because a biased rando at twitter thinks a tweet is mean or mad?”

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    WATCH: Biden Call Into Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Turns Into Cringe TV Moment



    President Biden thanked first responders with an awkward phone call into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday that provided some cringeworthy TV for viewers of the annual parade.

    From the Massachusetts island home of private-equity billionaire David Rubenstein, the president and first lady Jill Biden engaged in a call that started with a lengthy and uncomfortable silence as NBC’s Dylan Dryer, on scene at the parade, seemed unable to hear the pair for about 30 seconds.

    “I’m not one to take a phone call during TV, but I think I should answer this one,” Dreyer said.

    “Hello, Mr. President?” the reporter said.

    But no one answered as Jill Biden could faintly be heard in the background after seconds of dead air and confusion.

    “I don’t think I can hear you…” Dreyer then said. “Can you hear me, Mr. President.”

    Biden could then be heard saying something to the first lady and then Dreyer chimed in, “Hello? Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. President. Are you there?”

    That seemed to get Biden’s attention and he responded: “We’re here.”

    “I want to say thanks to the firefighters and police officers, first responders,” Biden said once the connection finally became clear. “They never take a break.”

    Jumping in, the first lady added, “And God bless our troops for sure.”

    “And by the way, we’re going to be talking to some of our troops later in the day, both here and abroad. I hope everybody remembers,” the president said. “We remember them every single day. God bless our troops for real.”

    It was the second year the Bidens called into the annual parade, which this year features 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.

    The pair are scheduled to call US service members at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. But first, they visited a Nantucket fire station with grandson Beau, 2.

    The Bidens dropped off some pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who in return gave Beau a miniature fire hat. The boy is the Bidens’ youngest grandchild – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.

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    ‘Screwed Up Head Case’: Joy Reid Attacks Thanksgiving, Gets Slammed



    On the eve of Thanksgiving, MSNBC’s Joy Reid went on a tirade against the cherished holiday in which she called it a holiday that erases the “genocide” committed by white Americans.

    The comments came in a segment of Reid’s show “The Reidout” that focused in on two recent mass shootings. One of the shootings involved a self-described “non-binary” individual who allegedly attacked a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, leaving five people dead. In the other, a black man allegedly murdered six co-workers, including a 16-year-old boy, at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

    “For millions of Americans it’s a cherished tradition. And as Americans we certainly value those traditions,” Reid said of Thanksgiving.

    “But it’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with inaccuracies, built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn; a simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed,” she added.

    Reid then accused Republicans of conspiratorially erasing American violence.

    “It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks, because here’s the secret they want so desperately to keep: We are a country founded on violence,” she said.

    The she claimed that “we are a country that still chooses violence.”

    “Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. And when those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card-carrying member of polite society — the Ku Klux Klan —picked up where the Civil War ended using violence to maintain white supremacy,” she claimed.

    Conservatives took Reid to task:

    Reid has long expressed her dislike for Republicans on her MSNBC show and on Twitter. In April 2022, she went on a Twitter tirade in which she again targeted Republicans, writing, “I genuinely fear that before long, America will look a lot more like Russia or Hungary or even Afghanistan than any one of y’all can imagine. Because Republicans are aggressive in their pursuit of social and political control, while just about everyone else is pretty disengaged.”

    She continued, “And it’s what they hope to impose on us: unbreakable rule by far right Christian ideologues, coal & oil polluters, heeled corporations & the super rich. With all rights hoarded by white Christian men & everyone else under firm control.”

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    Musk Teases Airing Twitter’s Dirty Laundry Surrounding Hunter Biden Laptop



    Twitter CEO Elon Musk teased on Wednesday that he might release more information on how the social media company censored the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election.

    News personality Alex Lorusso asked followers to “raise your hand” if they supported making “all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop” public.

    Musk responded, “This is necessary to restore public trust.”

    Many users agreed with Musk’s call for transparency, with some replying with raised hand emojis.

    One user even requested Musk to do another Twitter poll, referencing other polls he has done to help form the direction of Twitter.

    David Freiheit who is referred to as Viva Frei called Musk’s response the “proper commitment to make on Thanksgiving.”

    Musk has previously vocalized his concern over Twitter censoring the New York Post. In April, he called the action “incredibly inappropriate.”

    When the New York Post’s bombshell report was first published before the 2020 elections, many social media companies were quick to remove posts about the story, including Twitter and Facebook. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the social media platform was wrong to intervene in the Hunter Biden story.

    Twitter censored the story which they claimed at the time violated the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.”

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed earlier this year why Facebook suppressed the story during the election.

    During an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Zuckerberg admitted the FBI approached Facebook warning the platform about “Russian propaganda” ahead of the bombshell Hunter Biden story. The platform manipulated algorithms to suppress the story from circulating, which Zuckerberg defended due to FBI warnings.

    In addition to the censorship from Big Tech, multiple media outlets originally labeled the laptop as Russian disinformation. Dozens of former intelligence leaders and officials also signed a letter saying they believed the story was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

    Since then, many news outlets have independently verified the story.

    CBS was the latest news organization in verifying the laptop story despite dismissing the New York Post’s original story. Nearly two years later, media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and Politico have all confirmed the story.

    With more pressure mounting on Big Tech and more liberal media outlets verifying the story, GOP lawmakers are calling for answers on the laptop as well as the censorship of the story. After taking control of the House, Republicans shared their intent to further investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings and look specifically at how his father President Joe Biden may have been involved.

    After nearly two years of suppression, new light is shining on the Hunter Biden story, and Twitter is once again proving to be a key player in finding answers.

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    NHL Responds to Backlash After Declaring ‘Trans Women Are Women’



    The NHL stood by its claim that “trans women are women” after being dragged on social media for making the claim Tuesday.

    The league’s Twitter account initially posted the claim after a user belittled the NHL’s support of the Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin.

    The tournament saw all 80 participants identify as either transgender or nonbinary and served as the first of its kind, the NHL said.

    “So, men playing on [a women’s] team?” one user tweeted at the NHL.

    “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real,” the NHL shot back.

    Social media erupted in the wake of the tweet, with many bashing the league as woke, but the NHL has doubled down, reiterating its support for the transgender and LGBT community in an initiative called “Hockey is or Everyone.”

    “We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink,” the NHL said in a statement.

    “We believe all hockey programs — from professionals to youth organizations — should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status,” it continued.

    The NHL’s recent comments pushing inclusivity come as the league has come under fire for its lack of diversity.

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    Woman Torches Ex-Boyfriend’s Home After Other Woman Answers Phone. There Was One Thing She Didn’t Know.



    A Texas woman called the home of her ex-boyfriend, only to hear another woman answer the phone.

    That allegedly prompted her to travel to his home, burglarize it, then set his couch on fire, leading to the home going up in flames. But she was apparently missing a vital piece of information: The mystery woman was her former boyfriend’s relative.

    “I hope your stuff is going to be ok,” Senaida Marie Soto, 23, texted her boyfriend while she was driving away from his home, according to the police.

    Soto was charged with arson of a habitation/place of assembly and burglary of a habitation.

    “Senaida Soto was reportedly in a romantic relationship with a family member of the home owner,” the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office stated on its Facebook website, continuing:

    “Soto had FaceTimed her boyfriend, when another woman answered his phone, who later turned out to be a relative of the boyfriend. Soto became upset that another woman answered her boyfriend’s phone, went to the boyfriend’s house, and that is when she lit the couch in the living room on fire,” the police said. “While the house was on fire, video was recorded and it was shown that she lit the couch on fire that spread, causing the home to go up in flames, as well as causing over $50,000 worth of damages.”

    Some studies have shown that women can be driven to extreme measures because of jealousy, including one from the Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences journal.

    “[T]he results show that, contrary to previous findings, women tend to be more jealous than men of their partner’s opposite-sex platonic friend and are more concerned with sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity,” PsyPost said of the study. “Women reported higher levels of overall jealousy than men when imagining their spouse’s female friend.”

    Another 2012 study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University involved listening to the phone conversations between 17 couples in which the man was in jail for felony-level domestic violence. In these cases, violences was often associated with a contentious relationship related to infidelity that the couples had fought over.

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    ‘Too Fat to Fly’: Plus-Size Model Furious After Being Stopped from Boarding Qatar Airways



    A furious plus-size model has said she was stopped from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to her native Brazil because she was too large for her seat.

    Social media influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, has now accused the middle eastern airline of discriminating against her due to her size.

    In a post for her 118,000 Instagram followers, Juliana said she was not allowed to board her flight from Beirut to Doha on November 22.

    She had been on holiday in Lebanon with her family and had arrived in the country via Air France without a hitch, she told her followers.

    But being denied boarding on her first return flight meant she also went on to miss her onward connection to Sao Paulo, where she lives.

    Juliana said Qatar Airways did not offer to refund her the £830 she had paid for her ticket. Instead, the influencer claimed, the airline said she needed to buy a first-class ticket – which has larger seats – for £2,480, so she fit into a seat on the plane.

    Juliana took to social media to vent: ‘They are denying my right to travel… I’m desperate, help me, they don’t want me to board because I’m fat.’

    The influencer ended up staying in Lebanon with her mother, while her sister and nephew returned home.

    She told her followers: ‘What a shame for a company like Qatar to allow this type of discrimination against people! I’m fat, but I’m just like everyone else!’

    At the time of reporting, Juliana remained in Lebanon unable to get back home.

    ‘I’m here at the Qatar Airways desk, with tickets I bought to go to Doha and from Doha to Brazil,’ Nehme told her thousands of followers on Instagram in Portugese.

    ‘With no reason, the stewardess from Qatar said I cannot board because I am too fat, and according to her, I have no right to have this plane ticket.

    ‘I paid $1,000 on my plane ticket, almost R$ 6,000 (Brazil’s currency). I’m here with my mum, my sister and my nephew, a total of $4,000 in tickets for her to simply deny the tickets and not let me board the airplane to Doha, because I am fat.

    ‘Now, what am I going to do? They are denying my right to travel, but I came here by AirFrance and everything went well, I had no problem. And now, they are denying my ticket,’ a clearly upset Nehme claimed. ‘They are requiring me to buy an executive ticket to go back to my own country, but I came here with normal seat ticket.

    ‘I am desperate, they don’t want to board me, because I’m fat. I need to buy a business ticket, which is $3,000, I don’t have this money. I don’t know what to do, there is only 30 minutes until the airplane takes off. They are saying I have no right to board in the airplane, because I’m fat. I don’t know what to do.’

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    Russia’s Parliament Passes Law Banning ‘Gay’ and ‘Pedophilia’ Propaganda



    Lower-level Russian parliamentarians unanimously passed a law Thursday that would ban the distribution of materials promoting homosexuality, pedophilia, and gender reassignment.

    More than 300 representatives of the State Duma, including the chairman, authored the new law, which imposes heavy fines of up to 10 million rubles ($165,000) for violating the ban by promoting such propaganda using online channels, media, or in public. Foreign citizens and stateless persons who violate the law would also face expulsion from the Russian Federation.

    Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said the law would help protect the motherland’s traditions and values for her children and the future of Russia from the “darkness spread by the United States and European states.”

    Volodin called the U.S. the “center of this sodom in the world” in response to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who had allegedly proposed Russian representatives withdraw the draft law.

    “There is no need to impose alien values ​​on us,” Volodin said. “You destroyed yours — we’ll see how it all ends. But it’s definitely sad because this is sodom — there’s no other way to say it.”

    “Let them live there, but don’t bother us,” Volodin added.

    Russian lawmakers have already banned propaganda promoting homosexuality among minors nearly a decade ago and passed amendments to its constitution outlawing same-sex marriage in 2020.

    Alexander Khinstein, one of the bill’s authors, referred to LGBT ideology as “hybrid warfare.”

    “LGBT today is an element of hybrid warfare, and in this hybrid warfare,” Khinstein said, according to Reuters. “We must protect our values, our society, and our children.”

    Political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann said in an interview from Cologne, Germany, that the law would prohibit anything showing LGBT relations as “socially acceptable” or “equal to so-called traditional family relations or sexual relations.”

    “People — authors, publishers, just people — will think twice before even mentioning anything related to LGBT,” Schulmann said, according to Reuters.

    Kseniya Mikhailova, a member of the LGBT support group Vykhod (“Coming Out”), told Reuters that the new law could make same-sex kissing in public illegal, but would not put adults-only gay bars or clubs out of business.

    Dilya Gafurova, the head of LGBTQ rights group Sfera, told Agence France-Presse that it was “disturbing that the state is saying LGBT+ people are a Western invention,” adding “there is nothing wrong with us and nothing that needs to be hushed up.”

    The law still needs approval from the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin before taking effect.

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    Georgia Supreme Court Sides With Warnock, Democrats in Early Voting Fight



    The Georgia Supreme Court voted unanimously to allow counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, overruling GOP protests in favor of Democrats.

    A trio of Republican groups — Georgia Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Republican National Committee — filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court Tuesday requesting it overturn a lower court ruling allowing early voting on Saturday. The GOP groups argued that state law prohibits early voting on a Saturday that comes after a holiday on the previous Thursday or Friday.

    The state’s highest court ruled 9-0 in favor of Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign and the state Democratic Party, according to the New York Post. The Democratic groups argued that the provision in question applies to primary and general elections, but not to runoffs. Warnock faces GOP candidate Herschel Walker in a runoff election for Warnock’s seat on December 6.

    The GOP appeal came after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger prohibited counties from offering early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Raffensperger’s order drew legal complaints from Warnock’s campaign and the Democratic Party of Georgia, sparking a legal battle that appears to have ended Wednesday in the state Supreme Court.

    Raffensperger quit the legal battle after the state Court of Appeals ruled against the secretary of state on Monday, keeping in place a Fulton County judge’s ruling. The Republican groups picked up the legal battle a day later, stating that the Court of Appeals’ decision would “gut the statute, sow utter chaos, and unevenly impact Georgia voters’ access to advance voting.”

    Raffensperger accused Warnock and Democrats on Wednesday after the Supreme Court’s decision of meddling in the state’s election laws for their own benefit.

    “Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences,” Raffensperger said in a statement, according to Fox News. “Instead of muddying the water and pressuring counties to ignore Georgia law, Senator Warnock should be allowing county election officials to continue preparations for the upcoming runoff.”

    Warnock and Walker are facing each other in the last undecided contest for a U.S. Senate seat in 2022. The November 8 general election ended with neither candidate reaching the required 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. Warnock ended slightly ahead with 49.4% of the vote to Walker’s 48.5%. Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver, who will not appear on the ballot in the runoff, finished with 2.1%.

    The runoff election will decide whether the Republican Party will maintain its 50-50 split in the Senate or lose a seat and give the Democrats a 51-49 advantage. The additional Democratic seat would allow Democrats to pass legislation on party-line votes without the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. The legislation would have to be approved by a GOP-controlled House, however.

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    Officials Give Update After Uncounted Votes on Memory Card Flip Georgia Election



    Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia, provided an update on a city council race after it was flipped following the discovery of an overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots.

    Cobb County Communications Director Ross Cavitt confirmed to the Cobb Courier on Tuesday that after a recount, candidate Lynette Burnette won the special election for Kennesaw City Council Post 1.

    Days before that, officials certified her opponent, Madelyn Orochena, the winner. However, it was discovered that employees did not upload a memory card from a precinct that had nearly 800 ballots, which ultimately gave Burnette the lead.

    “The recertification was necessary after workers discovered a memory card had not been included in the previous results. The additional ballots resulted in a change in the Kennesaw City Council Post 1 Special Election,” a Cobb County news release said.

    A recount of the race was conducted starting Nov. 20, a release said.

    “I have been tracking city elections since 1972. Fifty years. I have never, never seen anything like this,” Councilman Pat Ferris told the Cobb County Courier about the final result.

    Another official, Cobb County Director of Elections Janine Eveler, told the paper that the memory card never went missing and was returned on the night of Nov. 8. An employee did not follow rules, she said.

    “We have a checklist in the receiving group that opens the pouch, checks the seal, opens the pouch and counts that the memory cards have been returned. So, in this case, they have a checklist that says there is either one scanner or two scanners at that polling location,” Eveler remarked. “The receiver in this case checked the checklist: there were two memory cards.”

    She added: “They marked two on their checklist and handed it to the person that was uploading it to the tabulation machine … she didn’t check her checklist that said there [were] two and reached into the bag, pulled one memory card out, and uploaded it, put that card back into the pouch, and handed it off to another worker.”

    Last week, Orochena wrote in a Facebook post she would file a complaint with the Georgia’s Secretary of State office over the incident. Before that, she announced her win but later wrote that she learned of the memory card issue that flipped her race.

    “I planned to celebrate with family and friends and supporters afterwards,” she told WSB-TV. “We had no reason to expect otherwise.” Adding to the outlet, Orochena said she’s now “just doing all that I can do that’s within my rights to regain some confidence that this was a fair election.”

    Cobb election officials said the memory card was located in Kennesaw when workers were preparing for an election audit, according to local news outlets. Details weren’t provided about why the card was overlooked or where it was located.

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    REVEALED: Cops Find Manifesto on Walmart Shooter’s Phone



    The Walmart gunman who massacred six people inside a Virginia store where he worked had a manifesto on his phone – in which he revealed how he was upset about a change in his employment status.

    Police revealed that gunman Andre Bing’s deadly manifesto, which has not yet been made public, contained claims that his co-workers at the supercenter in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake, were harassing him.

    One of Bing’s neighbors has also described the moment the gunman left for his rampage in silence. And a victim’s neighbor revealed to DailyMail.com that the victim would regularly argue with his manager about having to work at weekends.

    Disgruntled manager Bing, 31, walked into the break room of the superstore in Chesapeake, Virginia, before opening fire and killing six other workers just after 10pm on Tuesday evening.

    The ‘silent’ gunman also had a list of names of those he wanted to target. He murdered Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson.

    Bing also shot and killed a 16-year-old boy, who has not yet been identified because he is a minor, as part of the violent rampage on Tuesday.

    A neighbor who has lived next to Bing described the moment she saw him leave for his usual late shift in silence.

    Speaking to DailyMail.com, she said: ‘I am shocked, especially when I saw the amount of people that were dead. I was even more shocked when I found out it was him.

    ‘I only realized when I saw the FBI here this morning. My daughter saw them get here last night with the battering ram but I didn’t hear anything.

    ‘He kept himself to himself, he was always alone. No one else lived in that house.

    ‘There was one guy who was there a few months ago but that was it. It’s only been him.

    ‘I would see him mowing his lawn and things but he would never talk. He was odd.

    ‘I tried to talk to him but he just wasn’t interested at all. I saw him last night as he left for work, I know he worked at Walmart.

    ‘I’m so glad that I didn’t speak to him. He seemed as he normally did, just got in his car and drove off. Nothing seemed different.

    ‘Whole time he was here I never saw him with a gun or anything at all. It’s shocking. It’s a nice quiet area.’

    A neighbor of Brian Pendleton, one of the victims who was shot dead in the break room, paid tribute to him as a ‘wonderful man’ – who had clashed with his manager over working night shifts.

    The neighbor, named Patrice, said: ‘Brian was a wonderful man, he was always smiling. He loved his job, he was very dedicated.

    ‘He did often say he was having issues with a manager at work, who wouldn’t give him the weekends off.

    ‘Obviously I don’t know if it was the same manager. It’s just awful so close to Thanksgiving. He lost his sister a few months ago so it’s awful. He and his wife split up about three years ago and never had any children.

    ‘He lived alone, and was a wonderful man. I gave him a ride to work and he insisted on giving me gas money when he got paid. It’s just the kind of guy he was, he was wonderful and caring.

    ‘The rental office didn’t believe it was him at first, it was awful when we heard. He would get his cab every night for his shift, the same cab.

    ‘He’d be sat on the step here when I came home. He was a great guy and it’s awful what’s happened to him. I’m just his neighbor and I’m still trying to process what’s happened. It hits so much harder around this time of year, with Christmas or Thanksgiving.’

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    Father of Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Speaks Out



    The father of Anderson Lee Aldrich — the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub — spewed anti-gay comments in a rambling, incoherent explanation of his relationship with his estranged son.

    The dad bizarrely claimed during an interview with CBS 8- San Diego that his first concern upon learning his son allegedly killed five at an LGBT establishment was whether his child was homosexual.

    “I was scared. I was like ‘Oh my god, s–t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay,” Aaron Brink, 48, said with an exaggerated sigh of relief.

    Brink, who lives in San Diego and has been estranged from Aldrich for years, said he doesn’t support same-sex relationships.

    “I’m a Mormon,” the former MMA fighter-turned-porn star told a reporter for the station. I’m a conservative Republican and we don’t do gay.”

    He said Aldrich’s attorneys called him and told him that his 22-year-old child was involved in the shooting at Club Q in Colorado, but he hadn’t spoken to them in six months.

    “I don’t what he’s accused of. I can’t get answers from the attorneys really, but they’re saying it’s involving a gay bar. I don’t know what the heck he did at a gay bar,” Brink said.

    A CBS 8 reporter explained to Brink that Aldrich is accused of orchestrating a mass shooting at a gay bar, killing five people and wounding many more.

    “OK, well s–t, he’s accused of doing that, I’m glad he’s not gay. I can say that, I’m glad he’s not gay,” Brink said in a shocking response.

    Court filings in the mass shooting case revealed Tuesday that Aldrich is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. Their sexuality is unknown.

    Brink added that he believes relationships should be between a man and a woman and that people “should stand up against homosexuality” — but through not violence, he noted.

    The father said there was no acceptable reason for his child’s alleged actions.

    “There’s no excuse for going and killing people… It’s not the answer,” Brink told the local station.

    He apologized to the families of the victims — saying regardless of politics, precious human lives were lost.

    “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for your loss,” he said. “I’m so sorry.”

    Bartenders Daniel Davis Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump, 38, were slain in the attack, along with Raymond Green Vance, 22, Ashley Paugh, 35, and Kelly Loving, 40.

    “Those people’s lives were valuable,” Brink said. “They were good people probably. You know, it’s not something you kill people over. I’m sorry, I let my son down.”

    The California resident said he had been largely uninvolved in Aldrich’s life after they turned 10 and moved states. He and their mother divorced when Aldrich was just a baby.

    Brink — who said he has permanent damage from a past meth addiction as well as head trauma from a career as an MMA fighter — had not spoken to his child in six months and prior to that believed they had died of suicide six years ago, he said.

    He said his ex-wife, Aldrich’s mother, called him from Colorado in 2016 to tell him their child had killed themself after changing their name from Nicholas Brink to Anderson Aldrich.

    “I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss,” Brink told CBS 8. “I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son.”

    He said his ex-wife told him Aldrich changed their name and dropped Brink’s last name due to his career in the adult film industry as well as his feature in an A&E show called “Intervention,” chronicling his addiction to crystal meth.

    Brink, who got his start in the adult entertainment industry at age 27, has starred in XXX video gems like White Boys Can Hump’’ in 2016 and both “My MILF Boss 8’’ and “It’s OK to Put It in My A–’’ in 2014, according to his IMDB page.

    Pornography is considered a sin in the Mormon religion.

    “His mother told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention and I had been a porno actor,” Brink said.

    Six months ago, Brink said Aldrich called him on the phone, which was how he learned they were still alive. He said the call ended in an argument.

    Still, Brink said he loves his child.

    “I love my son no matter what. I love my son,” he said.

    Aldrich is accused of shooting up Club Q just before midnight Saturday, killing five and wounding more than a dozen others before two patrons took them down.

    They appeared dazed, bruised and bloodied in court Wednesday — apparently from the actions of the two people called heroes, who held them down until police arrived.

    Authorities have not released a potential motive in the horrific attack, but are expected to file hate crime charges as well as murder charges against Aldrich. Hate-crime charges would mean prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove that the suspect targeted their victims based on a bias like their sexual or gender identities.

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