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KFC restaurant hid Arizona-Mexico drug smuggling tunnel, officials say

Ivan Lopez, who previously ran a Kentucky Fried Chicken eatery in San Luis, Ariz., was arrested Aug. 13 when authorities pulled him over and discovered Lopez had stashed a slew of drugs in his truck, reported. A canine unit alerted cops to the drug-filled toolboxes in the vehicle.

“[Lopez had] over 118 kilograms of methamphetamine, over six kilograms of cocaine, over three kilograms of fentanyl, over 13 kilograms of white heroin and over six kilograms of brown heroin,” said Scott Brown, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent. “Just the three kilograms of fentanyl translates to over 3 million dosage units.”Opera

Agents executed a search warrant at Lopez’s house and restaurant in San Luis, where they found Lopez had turned the establishment into an alleged drug smuggling operation. The restaurant had already been shut down at the time of the raid.

Firefighters: Verizon slowed mobile web speeds during Mendocino blaze

The problem came to light this week in a brief that is part of a federal lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and 22 other state attorneys general, arguing the Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote in December to scrap the previous net neutrality rules puts consumers at risk.

The fire department has an unlimited government plan with Verizon, but the company slowed, or throttled, data speed once the agency reached a certain threshold, Bowden wrote in an Aug. 20 court filing.

The court document included email correspondence between the fire department and Verizon before the Mendocino Fires started, showing the throttling problem and that Verizon did not lift the data caps until fire officials paid for a more expensive plan.

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden said emergency personnel heavily relies on Internet services to monitor fast-moving fires and coordinate resources.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Donated Millions To Influence November Voting

Two organizations founded by Zuckerberg, his wife Priscilla Chan, and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz spent $1 million each so far to support an Ohio ballot initiative that would reduce criminal drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, Axios reported Wednesday.

The two organizations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Open Philanthropy Project, are also spending hundreds of thousands on other initiatives across the country.

As a limited liability company (LLC), the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative can be for-profit and has fewer regulations about spending disclosure, so it’s unclear which organizations were specifically targeted.

One is the Emerson Collective, also a limited liability company, which has donated exclusively to California ballot measures.

It is currently run by David Plouffe, the former President Barack Obama campaign manager.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s pollster, Joel Benenson, is a consultant for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Daily Caller reported in 2017.

Google follows Facebook’s lead and removes 39 YouTube channels linked to Iran

Google has banned more than 80 YouTube channels that are accused of being connected to attempts by Russia and Iran to spread misinformation in the United States, the company said in a blog post on Thursday.

Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president for global affairs, wrote that 39 channels with ties to Iran and 42 connected to Russia were booted from the video-sharing service.

“We’ve updated U.S. lawmakers and law enforcement about the results of our investigation,” Walker said in his post, “including its relation to political content in the United States.”

Reality Winner sentenced to more than 5 years over classified report leak

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner on Thursday was sentenced to more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to leaking a classified report with information on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Winner, 26, was sentenced to 63 months, with no fine in a Georgia courtroom. She received an additional three years of supervised release.

Winner, an Air Force veteran, pleaded guilty in June after being held in prison at the Lincoln County Jail near Augusta, Georgia. Winner was arrested in June 2017, and charged under the Espionage Act for removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, according to the Justice Department.

Judge nixes bail reduction for parking lot shooting suspect

A Florida judge has decided not to reduce the bail of a white man charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man in a store parking lot.

Pinellas County Judge Joseph Bulone ruled Thursday that the $100,000 bail amount for Michael Drejka should stand. He called it “a fair and a reasonable bond under all the facts and circumstances of the case,” since Drejka faces anywhere from 11 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Missouri launches probe of clergy sex abuse in St. Louis

(Reuters) – Missouri is launching a probe of potential sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, state Attorney General Josh Hawley said on Thursday, following last week’s Pennsylvania report finding widespread clergy sex abuse in the state.

Hawley said his office does not have the power to force institutions to cooperate with criminal investigations but was able to launch the probe after the archdiocese agreed to help.

Trashing Trump Pays: President’s detractors raise big bucks off crowdfunding campaigns

Consider what now has become a familiar routine: get into a highly publicized media battle with President Trump, set up an online crowdfunding campaign for your legal defense and watch hundreds of thousands pour into your bank account from the anti-Trump “resistance.”

 have all set up online crowdfunding campaigns.  (AP/Reuters)

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok and porn star Stormy Daniels have all set up online crowdfunding campaigns. (AP/Reuters)

Since April, according to a review by Fox News, more than $1.7 million has been donated through crowdfunding campaigns like GoFundMe to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Lanny Davis Mistakenly Gives Link to Trump’s “Border Wall” GoFundMe Page

The hits just keep on coming. At about now, Michael Cohen might be thinking that retaining the Clinton’s cleaner to represent him was a bad idea.

According to Lanny Davis who was on Fox & Friends, yesterday, his client, Cohen, is committed to telling the truth. Maybe not so much because the next thing that Davis did was give out a link to a GoFundMe page, The. purpose of this GoFundMe page is for people to make donations towards Cohen’s legal defense so that Davis could get paid.

Now THAT is where the fun begins. Upon typing in, one is directed to GoFundMe Page page that reads, President Trump’s Border Wall…REALLY.

Candace Owens: Paris Dennard Faces ‘Public Lynching’ for Supporting Trump

Last Friday, Dennard debated fellow CNN contributor Philip Mudd, a Trump critic, over the issue of the president’s revocation of former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance.

When Dennard correctly pointed out that former officials with security clearance could use it to obtain more lucrative jobs with private government contractors, Mudd lost his temper and told Dennard to “get out.”

Paris Dennard (Facebook)

Paris Dennard (Facebook)

Dennard’s performance thrilled Trump supporters and earned praise from the president on Monday.

David Horowitz: Visa, Mastercard Cut Off Payments to My Think Tank Based on SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label

The David Horowitz Freedom Center stated in a recent email that its ability to accept donations by credit card has been disabled by both Visa and Mastercard following a campaign by the SPLC to label the Freedom Center as a hate group.

This situation comes shortly after Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch was forced off the funding platform Patreonfollowing pressure from Mastercard.

Breitbart News reached out to David Horowitz who provided the following comment:

We have been attacked by the left wing hate machine whose goal is to suppress and silence conservative voices. This is the work of a Soros funded Media Matters and Southern Poverty Law Center operation. It’s cynical, calculated and supported by the Democratic Party. The reason Mastercard and Visa gave us for cutting us off and thus sabotaging our online fund-raising operation is that the SPLC told them that we were a hate group. It is wrong to focus on the Tech heads as the culprits because as businessmen they have a vested interest in keeping their platforms politically neutral. They have been threatened by Senator Mark Warner and other Democrats if they don’t censor conservatives. The fact that Mastercard and Visa are now part of this juggernaut indicates how dangerous this has become.

Florida businessman targeted as ‘predator’ for renting office space to ICE

Chuck Prather, of St. Petersburg, said protesters who are angry with the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance illegal immigration policy are targeting him because he leases an office complex in Tampa to the government. It’s an agreement that goes back 21 years and was recently renewed.

On Wednesday, dozens of fliers showing his image were posted around St. Petersburg’s downtown area, where he owns several businesses, including the Birchwood Inn.

“I was taking my son to school yesterday when my elderly neighbor who walks dogs for a living came up to me and said, ‘I need to talk to you,’” Prather said. “[She said] there are posters all over town. It has a big picture of you and it says that you are a predator. What is going on?’”

This flier was posted around the St. Petersburg downtown area accusing Chuck Prather of being a 'predator'

This flier was posted around the St. Petersburg downtown area accusing Chuck Prather of being a ‘predator’. (Courtesy of Chuck Prather)

The fliers, which call for people to boycott all of Prather’s businesses, say in part: “Charles ‘Chuck’ Prather of the Birchwood Inn directly profits from sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people in the greater Tampa community. Chuck has earned his wealth through leasing property to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as well as other border control offices.”

And the harassment campaign didn’t stop there.

DNC: Hack attack was actually ‘unauthorized test’

Aug. 23 (UPI) — The Democratic National Committee said an attempt this week to hack into its voter database was actually an unauthorized test.

The DNC contacted the FBI Tuesday after learning a fake login page was created for a service called Votebuilder, which Democratic Party officials use to access the voter database.

Wednesday, though, the DNC clarified the hack — and said it was apparently an “unauthorized” security test.

“We, along with the partners who reported the site, now believe it was built by a third party as part of a simulated phishing test on VoteBuilder,” Bob Lord, chief security officer for the DNC, said. “The test, which mimicked several attributes of actual attacks on the Democratic party’s voter file, was not authorized by the DNC, VoteBuilder nor any of our vendors.”

VIRAL ‘Stop Filming and Help Me!’: Officer Begs Security Guard to Help Him Subdue Suspect

One man can be seen helping the officer hold Miller on the ground, as others at the gas station pleaded with Miller to stop resisting.

At one point, a female security guard is seen recording on her cell phone instead of assisting the officer.

“Stop f***ing filming and help me!” the officer shouted to her.Opera

Jillian Mele reported the security guard was fired after the video went viral, while Miller is charged with disarming a police officer.

‘Batman’ pulled over by the police in viral video

Stephen Lawrence, a man known locally as “The Brompton Batman” for his penchant to cruise around in costume, told Global News that he was concerned about some people following him in a car taking pictures and asked the officer for assistance when he pulled up next to her at a light.

She escorted him for a short while, then pulled him over for the photo op.

Batman was busted! Global News

Batman was busted! Global News

A police spokesperson confirmed the events to Global News, and said that the department had no problem with it because it was an act of “building community relations.”

Whale watchers have close call with humpback in Alaska

A group of whale watchers in Alaska had a brush with a massive humpback whale on Monday while near Pleasant Island, not far from Juneau.

Tristan Krause told Storyful he was enjoying a whale-watching tour when he and his fellow passengers experienced a close encounter with a humpback whale.Opera

Without any warning, the large creature jumped out of the water before crashing down near the boat, soaking everyone on board.

(Video)Tribute to fallen ‘American hero’: His newborn baby in the hands of those he served with

She’ll never meet her dad, but he’ll always be her hero. She’s now in the hands of those he served with.

Fallen soldier’s daughter meets those who served with her father

Her father, a fallen soldier, will never hold her. But these photos show she is surrounded by the love of those who served with him.

01 / 08 Newborn Christian Michelle Harris is held by mother Britt Harris

01 / 08 Newborn Christian Michelle Harris is held by mother Britt Harris on May 29 at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. In the background: men who served in Afghanistan with her…

World News:

South Africa risks economic destruction in seizing white-owned farms, analysts warn

South Africa faces potential economic calamity if it moves ahead with the seizure of largely white-owned farmland, analysts warned this week, as global investors reacted to a plan that government leaders say is necessary to correct decades-old wrongs of apartheid that left deep, systemic wealth inequalities and land ownership disparities along racial lines.

South African economic analysts and U.S. observers say the country risks inviting the kind of devastation that left neighboring Zimbabwe’s economy in ruins after a similar forced expropriation scheme targeting some of the country’s most productive farmland.

South Africa begins seizing land from white farmers

‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ exclusive: South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has just begun the process of seizing land from his own citizens, without compensation, purely due to their skin color.

That’s far more racist than anything Donald Trump has ever done, of course, but elites in America barely even care.

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The Massive Lies Of Past Presidents Make Trump Look Honest

Trump is not guilty of any lie, falsehood, fabrication, false claim, or toxic exaggeration that equals the lies of one past president whose Alamo-sized ego caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and another chief executive who denied his serial adultery.

Most Americans can see the difference between an out-and-out lie and self-evident hyperbole, even if the mainstream press and Trump’s political opponents cannot or will not.

President Bill Clinton narrowly escaped impeachment for lying about his Oval Office affair with Monica Lewinsky (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman”).

President Obama lied almost daily about his health care proposal, promising, “If you like your health care plan you’ll be able to keep your health care plan.” That lie helped secure the passage of Obamacare and compelled four million Americans to seek another health care plan.

Trump won’t lose supporters over Manafort, Cohen — despite what liberal media is spewing

The conviction Tuesday of former Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort on tax and bank fraud charges – and the guilty plea that Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen entered the same day to charges of violating federal campaign finance laws, tax evasion and making a false statement to a bank – won’t shake support for Trump among the millions of Americans who voted for him and appreciate his many accomplishments in office.

Here’s why:

52.1% of Kids Live in Households Getting Means-Tested Government Assistance

Will they be called The Welfare Generation?

Today, they are Americans under 18 years of age growing up in a country where the majority of their peers live in households that take “means-tested assistance” from the government.

In 2016, according to the most recent data from the Census Bureau, there were approximately 73,586,000 people under 18 in the United States, and 38,365,000 of them — or 52.1 percent — resided in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.