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In The News:

Nashville police probe if ‘cold-blooded’ killings are linked, warn residents to be on guard

A pair of “cold-blooded killers” appear to be responsible for a string of fatal shootings last week in Tennessee’s largest city, prompting Nashville cops to warn residents to be on guard.

“Officers throughout the city are on the lookout for two cold-blooded killers who obviously have no respect whatsoever for the sanctity for human life,” MNPD Spokesman Don Aaron said during a news conference on Friday, according to FOX17.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said the most recent murders took place Friday when Bartley Teal, 33, and Jaime Sarrantonio, 30, were gunned down in the parking lot of The Cobra bar in East Nashville around 3:30 a.m.

Bartley Teal, left, and Jaime Sarrantonio were shot dead Friday morning

Bartley Teal, left, and Jaime Sarrantonio were shot dead Friday morning in Nashville. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

The killings of Teal and Sarrantonio came just days after another man, 31-year-old Kendall Rice was shot dead while he was going to catch a bus to go to work.

Kendall Rice, age 31, shot to death by 2 men

Kendall Rice, age 31, shot to death by 2 men with a rifle while walking on Alta Loma Road to catch a city bus to go to work.

MHPD said Rice was walking around 5:05 a.m. to get a bus in Madison, a neighborhood in northeast Nashville, when a car with two men inside pulled up behind him and someone inside opened fire. Rice’s personal belongings were taken, FOX17 reported.

HISTORIC! Black Business Ownership Under Trump Jumps 400% in ONE YEAR

The new survey, which was conducted by Guidant Financial and LendingClub, interviewed more than 2,600 business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. It found that 45% of all small business in the country were owned by minority ethnic groups in 2018.

This is a dramatic uptick from 2015 when the total percentage of minority business owners was 15%. The largest minority group of respondents were African American at 19%, followed by Hispanic at 14%, Asian at 8%, and Native American at 4%.

President Trump’s approval rating with African Americans hit 31% on Monday.

This was a HISTORIC NUMBER!

On Thursday Trump’s approval with African Americans “>jumped again… to 36%

The president’s approval is up 19 points since last year at this time.

766 Babies in Canada Born Alive After Failed Abortions and Left to Die

ccording to new data, livebirth late-term abortions are still happening in Canada. And the numbers are way too high.

According to CIHI, There were 766 late-term livebirth abortions in a five year period from 2013/2014 to 2017/2018. These numbers are even higher since they exclude Quebec.

There has been much speculation about the reasons for these late-term livebirth abortions but we have no hard data on why they happen since the reasons or circumstances aren’t published with the data.

A study was done in Quebec in 2016. That study:

Melania Trump: Social media can be ‘destructive,’ ‘harmful’ for kids

Aug. 20 (UPI) — At a cyber-bullying conference near Washington Monday, first lady Melania Trump said social media can be “destructive and harmful” when misused, as it often is.

Trump said social channels have become a part of children’s daily lives, and can be “destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.”

First lady Melania Trump speaks at a cyber-bullying summit

First lady Melania Trump speaks at a cyber-bullying summit at the Department of Health and Human Resources building in Rockville, Maryland,

The first lady spoke at the Federal Partners on Bullying Prevention summit in Rockville, Md., which included federal agencies and social media companies. Her remarks built on her “Be Best” initiative initiative, announced in May, which partly focuses on being positive on social media.

FDA Approves Marketing for Israeli-Developed OCD Treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved marketing of the BrainsWay Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System for treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), after reviewing data from a multi-center study.

Photo Credit: pixabay

Photo Credit: pixabay

Brainsway, an Israeli company that specializes in developing and providing advanced technology solutions for the treatment of a variety of brain disorders, explained that the treatment performs magnetic stimulation of the brain’s frontal lobe and its networks, targeting previously unreachable areas of the brain using its helmet-like device, which allows it to effectively treat OCD, as well as other disorders including schizophrenia and depression.

Woman rescued 10 hours after falling off cruise ship

“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star,” she told HRT. “I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. I’m very lucky to be alive.”gettyimages-1019882686

Lovro Orešković, the captain of the ship that rescued her, told local media that it was a “miracle” that she survived.

Teen arrested after posting video of stolen AR-15 on Instagram, police say

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An 17-year-old boy was arrested Saturday after he bragged on Instagram about having a AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, Boynton Beach police said.crop-640x360-000

After being tipped off to the Instagram video, a Boynton Beach police officer and his K-9 partner searched Clay’s mother’s home and found the rifle underneath a mattress, police said.

DEMAND FOR CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS IS SKYROCKETING

Issued CCW permits increased approximately 275 percent over a ten-year period, from 4.6 million permits in 2007 to over 17.25 permits in 2018, according to a study released Friday by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).

The number has been increasing year over year and is forecast to continue trending upwards.

The most notable demographic increase was found to be among women and minorities. During the aforementioned time period, CCW issuance jumped 111 percent faster for women than for men.

Moreover, compared to white individuals, permits for Asian and black individuals spiked 29 percent and 20 percent quicker, respectively.

Asia Argento Paid Off Sexual Assault Accuser (Report)

Argento was one of the first and most vocal accusers of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

According to a report in The New York Times, Argento paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000. Bennett claims that in 2013, a then 37-year-old Argento assaulted him in a California hotel only two months past his 17th birthday. The age of consent in California is 18.

Dominique Charriau/WireImage Asia Argento

Dominique Charriau/WireImage Asia Argento

The Times reports that it has seen the legal documents that lay out Bennett’s assault claims and the payments arranged between his lawyers and Argento’s.

Cardenas sets up legal defense fund for groping lawsuit

California Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas — who has been accused of allegedly molesting a teenage girl in 2007 — has set up a legal defense fund to cover lawyers’ bills stemming from the case, according to newly filed documents.

Cardenas will now be allowed to receive contributions of up to $5,000 annually from donors to defray legal costs, although registered lobbyists and foreign agents cannot contribute to the fund. Cardenas will have to file quarterly reports to disclose the donors.

Rep. Tony Cardenas is being sued in California state

Rep. Tony Cardenas is being sued in California state court for allegedly drugging and fondling a teenage girl in 2007. | Kris Connor/Getty Images

While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — who has taken a hard line with any Democrat accused of sexual harassment — has called on the Ethics Committee to investigate Cardenas, it is unclear whether the secretive panel will do so.

Spirit Airlines passenger convicted of sexually assaulting 22-year-old woman on flight

According to a federal complaint obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the woman said she woke up as Ramamoorthy was putting his “fingers in her (genitals) and vigorously moving them.” He stopped when she woke up, she said.

The woman immediately alerted the flight attendants.

Now, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said Ramamoorthy will face the possibility of life in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 12.

Prabhu Ramamoorthy of Rochester Hills, Mich.,

Prabhu Ramamoorthy of Rochester Hills, Mich., was convicted of sexual assault. (Wayne County Sheriff’s Office)

Georgia rape suspect claims he was sleepwalking, investigators say

A Georgia man was charged with rape after he allegedly tried to attack his son’s girlfriend — though he reportedly later claimed he was only sleepwalking.

Ricardo Arturo Cole, Sr., 55, faces charges after his son's girlfriend alleged he tried to rape her.

Ricardo Arturo Cole, Sr., 55, faces charges after his son’s girlfriend alleged he tried to rape her. Cole reportedly claimed he was sleepwalking during the incident. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)

Ricardo Arturo Cole, Sr., 54, was arrested and booked on Wednesday after he was accused of trying to have sex with the woman, who has not been indentified, in April, Fox 5 reported.

Houston: No jail time for Muslim immigrant doctor found guilty of raping hospitalized female patient

A Houston jury Thursday convicted a former Baylor College of Medicine physician of raping a woman who had been hospitalized at Ben Taub Hospital for an acute asthma attack in 2013.

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The jury of five women and seven men reached its verdict after about 15 hours of deliberation over two days. The defense team admitted the doctor had sex with a patient but said it was consensual.

Georgia: Muslim has sentence overturned after terror-linked CAIR accused female judge of anti-Islamic bias

An Iranian-American’s five-month jail sentence was reduced after he filed an appeal accusing a Sandy Springs judge who sentenced him of harboring anti-Islamic bias.

Municipal Court Judge Sharon Dickson recently came under fire for remarks she made during Fazial Azizan’s sentencing last year.4429363-vpx1

According to court transcripts, Dickson referenced the nursing student’s heritage multiple times, questioned his respect for women and called him “despicable.”

What do refugee criminals cost taxpayers?

We have had a bunch of refugee crime stories lately including the Iraqi alleged terrorist found living in California, the Iraqi who shot a police officer in the head in Colorado, the Uzbek sentenced for trying to kill the prison warden, the Ethiopian alleged human rights abuser arrested in Virginia last week, and seetoday’s more detailed storyabout the Arizona Somalis who lied to get in to the US. (All those and 2,000 more stories are posted in my Crimes category.)

Someone with accounting and financial skills needs to put some time in to researching the costs to the US taxpayer of refugee criminals in America.

Thanks to reader ‘Thetinfoilhatsociety’ for sending us the annual average cost to taxpayers in each state for incarceration of convicted criminals.

Mother Who Lost Son at Hands of Illegal Immigrant: ‘God Bless Our ICE Agents’

On Monday’s “Fox & Friends,” Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of a police officer who was killed in a head-on collision with an illegal immigrant who was driving drunk, made an appearance to discuss illegal immigration.

Mendoza praised U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for their hard work protecting American citizens.Opera Snapshot_2018-08-20_133821_plus.google.com

“God bless our ICE agents, and thank goodness they’re doing the job they’re doing,” Mendoza said. “This is just really showing the importance of vetting for legal immigration to our country so that our citizens are protected, as well as our law enforcement officers.

We can’t just have people flowing over our border not knowing who’s coming here.”

Previously deported illegal immigrant accused of sexual battery against 16-year-old Florida girl

Authorities in Florida said Monday that they had arrested a Mexican man in the U.S. illegally — a man who had been deported but re-entered the U.S. — on a charge of sexual battery of a 16-year-old girl.

Jesus Ramirez-Velasco, 31, was arrested Saturday and admitted having sex with the girl at least 20 times since December of last year, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jesus Ramirez-Velasco.  (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

Jesus Ramirez-Velasco. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators said Ramirez-Velasco was dating the victim’s mother. The sheriff’s office added that the girl recently told her mother about the encounters and claimed that Ramirez-Velasco had threatened to harm her mother if she didn’t have sex with him again.

Bill Maher Blasts Liberals over Alex Jones Censorship: ‘Supposed to Be for Free Speech’

“Well, if you’re a liberal, you’re supposed to be for free speech,” Maher contended. “That’s free speech for the speech you hate. That’s what free speech means.”

“We’re losing the thread of the concepts that are important to this country,” he continued. “Either you care about the real American shit or you don’t. And if you do, it goes for every side. I don’t like Alex Jones, but Alex Jones gets to speak. Everybody gets to speak.”

Diamond & Silk to Twitter: Remove the algorithm, remove bias

Twitter CEO admits to left-leaning bias; social media stars Diamond & Silk react.

Politics/President Trump/Deep State/Corruption:

TRUMP GIVES MUELLER HIS VERY OWN NICKNAME

Trump’s angry tirade aimed at the special counsel comes after a New York Times story detailing hours of interviews between his White House counsel, Don McGahn, and Mueller’s team.

The interviews focus on the president’s frame of mind when critics alleged he obstructed justice, including asking former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into Mike Flynn.

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Trump maintains that he granted full permission to McGahn to testify before the special counsel.

CLAPPER TAKES SWIPE AT EX-CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN OVER ANTI-TRUMP HYPERBOLE

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under former President Barack Obama, took a swipe at former CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday, saying that his former colleague’s anti-Trump rhetoric has become “an issue in and of itself.”

“Do you think that John Brennan’s hyperbole is an issue here, is one of the reasons we’re having this crisis?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Clapper during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance.

“I think it is,” said Clapper, a CNN analyst. “John is sort of like a freight train and he’s gonna say what’s on his mind.”

In McGahn Report, the New York Times ‘Attempts’ to Find Corruption

The president’s critics are trying to build an obstruction case based on reading Trump’s mind.

The thing to bear in mind is that the president of the United States does not “attempt” to fire anyone in the executive branch. The chief executive either fires an inferior executive official or he does not. “Attempt” does not enter into it.

Yet “attempt” is the foundation on which the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman build their blockbuster report this weekend about the decision by President Trump — apparently on the advice of his first team of lawyers — to waive executive privilege and attorney-client privilege so that prosecutors on the staff of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III could interview White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.

Trump Supporter Berated During CNN Interview, Told to ‘Get Out’

The fireworks began when Dennard made a claim that former government officials with said security clearances can land top jobs in Washington.

Dennard went with that angle, suggesting that monetizing one’s security clearance happens in Washington, and CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd promptly burst into flames at the insinuation.

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“If you have a security clearance, especially high-level security clearance, your contracts and consulting gig pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have,” Dennard claimed.

Trump Taunts “Worst CIA Director”, “Political Hack” Brennan Over Lawsuit Threat

In a Sunday interview with NBC‘s Chuck Todd, Brennan blasted Trump for what he calls an “egregious abuse of power and authority,” adding that he’s “been contacted by a  number of lawyers” who have advised him on legal options – including the possibility of suing the Trump administration for an injunction to stop more clearances from being revoked.

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On Monday morning, President Trump hit back – tweeting “I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He won’t sue!”

Trump Slams Spygate Operative Bruce Ohr; Says Twice-Demoted DOJ Official Should Be Fired

President Trump on Monday called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official who was demoted twice after he lied about his involvement with opposition research firm Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson – and had “extensive” 2016 contacts with Christopher Steele, a Fusion GPS contractor who assembled the salacious and unverified “Steele Dossier” using Kremlin sources.

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In a Monday tweet, Trump asked: “Will Bruce Ohr, whose family received big money for helping to create the phony, dirty and discredited Dossier, ever be fired from the Jeff Sessions  ‘Justice’ Department? A total joke!”

World News:

German Court: Bring Back Deported Jihadist

A court in Germany has ruled that the recent deportation to Tunisia of a failed asylum seeker — an Islamist suspected of being a bodyguard for the former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden — was unlawful and that, at taxpayer expense, he must be immediately returned to Germany.

The ruling has cast yet another spotlight on the dysfunctional nature of Germany’s deportation system, as well as on Germany’s politicized judicial system, one in which activist judges are now engaged in a power struggle with elected officials who want to speed up deportations.

Abbas to Palestinians: Step Up ‘Popular Resistance’ Against Israel

The Palestinians should not “underestimate the importance of popular resistance,” he said during remarks at a meeting of the PLO Central Council.

“Resistance” is often used by Palestinian extremists as a euphemism for terrorism targeting Israelis.

Abbas also reiterated his demand that the Gaza-based terror group Hamas cede full control over the Gaza Strip to the PA and that any funds for the coastal enclave must come through his government.

White Squatter Camp – Estoire, Bloemfontein (2018)

We are told we have ‘white privilege’ 24/7. Show this to those who live comfortably in the West and bring up the concept of our supposed collective ‘privilege’.

White poverty and displacement is a reality not often talked about in the MSM. We recently had the opportunity to film and interview the inhabitants of the Estoire squatter camp in Bloemfontein, a rural suburb known as Estoire, located in Bloemfontein, in the Free State Province.

With the help of Solidarity Helping Hand, and Hester Bekker’s Guardian Angels, these Afrikaners living in poverty were provided assistance in the form of food, clothing, vital amenities.

Due to circumstances, the inhabitants of the squatter camp were forced to find move, and, due to the above-mentioned organisations, were able to find new accommodation.

South African farmers panic after list of apparent expropriation targets published

A list of white farmers whose lands are to be seized without compensation in South Africa has been published by the local minority rights group AfriForum. The government denies the accuracy of the list.

The group has uploaded the list of the next land-expropriation victims on its website. AfriForum said it obtained the list through the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform ministry, which has denied its veracity.

AfriForum claims the list of lands for expropriation includes 195 farms, and has offered to get in contact with affected parties to prepare for a joint legal strategy. The group’s CEO told News24 that the document was “definitely being circulated” in the South African government despite the denials.

Tech Watch:

FACEBOOK APOLOGIZES TO PRAGERU, RESTORES BANNED VIDEOS

Before Facebook’s apology, PragerU’s Chief Marketing Officer Craig Strazzeri on Friday issued a statement about the social media giant’s “whole new level of censorship.”

“While we’ve experienced blatant discrimination from Google/YouTube, which is why we’ve filed legal action against them, this represents a whole new level of censorship by Facebook,” said Strazzeri. “At this point, Facebook has provided little clarity saying it will get back to us in another two to three business days, which in the world of social media might as well be an eternity.”

“This is very troubling behavior from the world’s largest social network,” he continued.

‘A Whole New Level of Censorship’: Facebook Bans Activist Mommy, Prager U, and More

Last week, Facebook once again banned popular blogger Elizabeth Johnston, also known as “The Activist Mommy,” later calling the move a “mistake.”

Johnston, who has more than 600,000 followers on Facebook, often speaks out on controversial social issues such as homosexuality and pornographic Sex-Ed curricula in public schools.

Facebook later issued an apology to Johnston after shutting her out.

Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect

Facebook’s  role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control.

Hours after the new stats were reported by The New York Times and others, a source spotted that Facebook’s internal search engine stopped returning posts, Pages and Groups for searches of “OxyContin,” “Xanax,” “Fentanyl” and other painkillers, as well as other drugs like “LSD.” Only videos, often news reports deploring opiate abuse, and user profiles whose names match the searches, are now returned.

This makes it significantly harder for potential buyers or addicts to connect with dealers through Facebook

However, some dealers have taken to putting drug titles into their Facebook profile names, allowing accounts like “Fentanyl Kingpin Kilo” to continue showing up in search results. It’s not exactly clear when the search changes occurred.

Instagram users are reporting the same bizarre hack

Krista, an Instagram user with more than 4,500 followers on her fitness account, noticed something strange on Saturday evening: she had been logged out of her account.

When she tried to log back in, she got a message that her username didn’t exist. She soon realized her handle and photo had both been changed, as had the email address and phone number associated with her account.

She tried to request a password reset, only to see the new email linked to her account was now a .ru email: she had been hacked.

Thousands Of Stores Will Soon Use Facial Recognition, And They Won’t Need Your Consent

Retailers are turning to facial recognition software to identify potential thieves by comparing scanned images of shoppers’ faces against a database of known shoplifters.

But as more retail stores consider using the technology, privacy advocates and industry stakeholders are debating how the technology should be regulated and how shoppers should be informed about when their faces are scanned.

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“We don’t want to live in a world where government bureaucrats can enter in your name into a database and get a record of where you’ve been and what your financial, political, sexual, and medical associations and activities are,” Jay Stanley, an attorney with ACLU, told BuzzFeed News about the use of facial recognition cameras in retail stores.

“And we don’t want a world in which people are being stopped and hassled by authorities because they bear resemblance to some scary character.”

Commentary/Opinion:

McRaven is No Admiral of Mine

It is traditional to often address former military officers, especially those of high rank, by their former grade – colonel, general, commander, admiral, etc.  But I will make an exception with William McRaven, who is not worthy of his former title of admiral in my book.

In my book McRaven is a disgrace to the uniform of the US Navy, a disgrace to my beloved SEAL Teams, and a disgrace to the US military as a whole.

In any event, he is not fit to shine the shoes of someone such as Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (USN Ret.), a true American patriot who has never forgotten his oath to defend the US Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

According to Mr. Guandolo — a former SWAT team leader at the FBI, counterterrorism and Muslim Brotherhood specialist and Marine platoon commander — what should be an issue was the Saudis’ targeted recruitment of Mr. Brennan to the ideology of Islam while he was serving as the CIA station chief in Riyadh. This was not just a conversion but a political act by a foreign intelligence service.

Tucker Carlson and Trump Stun America—Powerful People Are Scared!

Social media censorship—here are the deep basics

Several of the biggest “conservative/libertarian” figures on the Net—Alex Jones, Dennis Prager, Stefan Molyneux, among others—have recently been banned/censored by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies.

When you ask why this is happening, one obvious answer pops up right away:

These social media corporations are fulfilling desperate pleas from major news outlets, who have been losing audience, in massive chunks, to the likes of Jones, Prager, and Molyneaux.

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