News and Headlines. 10/12/2018

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In The News:

Illinois boy believed to be only patient in world diagnosed with rare disease

The youngster’s mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn’t sit up on his own, or why he’d frequently choke, or his neurologic and intestinal abnormalities.


In this Dec. 10, 2017 photo provided by the family, Jon and Kari Kilquist sit with their children, from left, Will, who was born with a list of mysterious symptoms, Emmy and Owen at their home in Murphysboro, Ill. (AP)

Then they turned to a new national network that aims to diagnose the rarest of rare diseases — and learned Will Kilquist is the only person known in the world, so far, to harbor one particular genetic mutation that triggered all those health problems.

South Carolina cancer survivor claims he was asked to leave convenience store because of his disfigured face

Kirby Evans underwent surgery seven years ago to remove basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. He lost both his nose and left eye as a result.proxy

The 65-year-old said he visited the Forks Pit Stop in Walterboro Monday to buy a snack and a drink. When he sat down at a table in the store to eat, the manager allegedly “grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him into her office,” Kirby’s daughter, Brandy Evans, claimed in a Facebook post. The post was shared more than 8,000 times as of Friday morning.

Brandy, who said on Facebook her father has trouble wearing an eye patch because “it rubs the eye socket raw and where his nose was,” also said he is on a fixed income and can’t afford reconstructive surgery.

Oregon man lunges for police officer’s gun during trial in shocking video

A shocking video captured the moment a defendant on trial Wednesday in Oregon appeared to lunge for a police officer’s gun inside the courthouse after a judge denied the sheriff’s office request to use a concealed restraint on him.Opera

Scott Patrick Lemmon, 27, was on trial for allegations of pointing a realistic-gun at two people at a condo in Newport, OR., and threatening to kill them before robbing them, The Oregonian reported, citing a probable cause affidavit.

Video Shows Man Allegedly Shooting at Teen Who Asked for Directions

Video footage released in a courtroom shows a Detroit-area man shooting at a teenager with a shotgun after he reportedly knocked on the door and asked for directions.

The incident was captured at Jeffrey Zeigler’s home security system on April 12, the Oakland Press reported. Zeigler is on trial for shooting the teen.proxy

He was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Brennan Walker, 14, was walking alone to school after missing his bus. He went to several houses and asked for directions, police said.

Child With Autism Seen Being Dragged Through School, Video Shows

Video footage posted by a school in Lexington, Kentucky, shows staff members dragging an autistic child through the facility. The boy’s mother, however, accused the school of abusing the boy, claiming he had cuts and bruises.

Jo Grayson said that her autistic 11-year-old son, Thatcher, is mostly non-verbal, epileptic, celiac, and has hypermobility, Lex18 reported.


Video footage posted by a school in Lexington, Kentucky, shows staff members dragging an autistic child through the facility. (Fayette County Public Schools)

“My son was having a meltdown. He refused to get up off the gym floor, and a teacher and a school nurse dragged him down a hallway until they could get him to the resource classroom,” Grayson told the station. “The teacher had messaged me that they had to pick him off of the gym floor earlier in the day. But she did not say that he was dragged down the hallway,” added Grayson.

High-ranking Bloods gang member hired hitman to gun down NYC mobster at McDonald’s drive-thru, cops say

A high-ranking member of the Bloods gang was arrested Thursday in connection with a double-murder scheme that ended with the fatal shooting of a reputed mobster at a McDonald’s drive-thru, New York City police said.

Bushawn Shelton

Bushawn Shelton was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a reputed mobster. (State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision)

Bushawn “Shelz” Shelton, 34, of Brooklyn, was charged with “conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm with intent to commit violence,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Turkish court convicts US pastor of terror yet frees him

ALIAGA,Turkey — A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor on terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave the country, a move that’s likely to ease tensions between Turkey and the United States.

The court near the western city of Izmir sentenced Andrew Brunson to 3 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison for allegedly helping terror groups. But since the evangelical pastor had already spent nearly two years in detention, Turkish law allowed him to remain free with time served.

The earlier charge of espionage against him was dropped.

Minneapolis Mayor Angers Police With Mandatory Placards Aimed at Helping Illegal Immigrants

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced this week that mandatory placards detailing immigrants’ rights will be displayed in police squad cars, and now some officers are pushing back.

The signs will be in both English and Spanish, and will be displayed in all of the city’s squad cars.


“They will make it clear that you don’t have to answer questions about where you were born, your immigration status, whether you are a citizen and that you have the right to remain silent,” he explained.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said on “Fox & Friends First” Friday that this is an example of city leaders’ “extreme, left-wing politics.”

Border officials alarmed by migrants abandoned in the desert

Smugglers in recent weeks have been abandoning large groups of Guatemalan and other Central American migrants in Arizona’s harsh cactus-studded Sonoran Desert near the border with Mexico, alarming Border Patrol officials who say the trend is putting hundreds of children at risk.

Collectively, more than 1,400 migrants have been left by smugglers in the broiling desert — or in one case in a drenching thunderstorm — in remote areas by the border since Aug. 20. One group was as large as 275 people.


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy formally introduced Friday a bill that would set aside more than $23 billion to build President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, drawing attention to a key concern of Republican voters ahead of the November midterm elections.

The proposal, known as the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act of 2018, would appropriate $16.6 billion for a “border wall system” along the U.S.-Mexico frontier consisting of physical barriers and intrusion detection systems. It adds another $6.8 billion for security infrastructure, including border surveillance technology and additional detention space for illegal immigrant families.

McCarthy tied the bill’s border security provisions to the ongoing family migration crisis at the southwest border, which the Trump administration says is caused by laws that encourage illegal immigration.

Facebook says hackers accessed phone numbers, email addresses as part of latest breach

Facebook said hackers were able to access phone numbers, email addresses and search information as part of the company’s most recent data breach. The breach affected about 30 million accounts, fewer than previously thought, the social network confirmed Friday.

In a blog post providing the update, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management, wrote that the hackers used an automated technique to steal access tokens of about 400,000 people, ultimately getting the tokens of 29 million users.

“In the process, however, this technique automatically loaded those accounts’ Facebook profiles, mirroring what these 400,000 people would have seen when looking at their own profiles,” Rosen wrote in the post. “That includes posts on their timelines, their lists of friends, Groups they are members of, and the names of recent Messenger conversations.”

Was your Facebook account hacked in the latest breach? Here’s how to find out

The company revealed, as part of its ongoing investigation with the FBI, that hackers gained access to personal data, such as name, contact information, demographic details, hometown, birthdate, and details of other friends found on a user’s profile. Facebook has also set up a Help Center to check if you’re a victim of the hack.

Why The Coordinated Alternative Media Purge Should Terrify Everyone

Yesterday, the alternative media purge was boldly advanced in a coordinated effort to silence people who dissent from establishment views.

It’s just one more step toward a monopoly on information by those who hate freedom. At this rate, they’ll soon have unquestioned access to the minds of more than 2 billion people.And this should terrify everyone who wants to be free to question the status quo and to seek a wide range of information.

Hundreds of alternative media site administrators logged onto Facebook to discover that their accounts had been removed. Soon after, many of these sites and their writers found that their Twitter accounts had also been suspended.

Popular pages like The AntiMedia (2.1 million fans), The Free Thought Project (3.1 million fans), Press for Truth (350K fans),  Police the Police (1.9 million fans), Cop Block (1.7 million fans), and Punk Rock Libertarians (125K fans) are just a few of the ones which were unpublished.

California teacher suspended after glue-eating claim about Trump aide Stephen Miller

The California teacher responsible for the viral claim that a top aide to President Trump ate glue in elementary school now reportedly finds herself in a sticky situation.

Nikki Fiske, who says she taught White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller when he was a third grader in 1993, was suspended by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District due to the embarrassing allegations she leveled against Miller in an interview with gossip and entertainment outlet The Hollywood Reporter.

The district did not address the specific charges regarding Miller, but said it was bothered by the public release of student information, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Trump’s list: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Ronald Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for re-election on.

As Trump nears the two-year mark of his historic election and conducts political rallies around the country, during which he talks up his wins in hopes it will energize Republican voters, the administration has counted up 289 accomplishments in 18 categories, capped by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Haley slams UN for electing more human rights abusers to Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS – Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley criticized the U.N. Friday after its General Assembly elected new members to the controversial Human Rights Council — including countries with poor human rights records.

The 18 new members were selected from five regional blocs of countries, and their elections were largely predetermined since they were not challenged by other countries.

Of the 18, six are classified by U.N. Watch, a human rights watch group based in Switzerland, as human rights abusers — Somalia, Eritrea, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Philippines and Bahrain. Those countries will join other countries with poor human rights records, such as Cuba, China, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on the world’s top human rights body.

While other countries with stronger human rights records were voted in — such as Argentina, Czech Republic and Denmark — the addition of those with poor records was cited as evidence by Haley that the U.S. was right to withdraw from the body earlier this year.


Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema has had a tough week. Just days after video surfaced of Sinema calling Arizonans crazy, another video began making the rounds — this one showing her referring to her home state as “the meth lab of democracy.”


Republican Rep. Martha McSally, who is running against Sinema for the seat vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, tweeted the video clip of Sinema speaking at Netroots Nation, a liberal conference that took place in August.

Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘regrets’ interactions with woman revealed in decades-old video

Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette said he “regrets” his interactions with a woman caught on a decades-old video that has surfaced.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette,

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, said he has “regret” for how he acted with a woman as depicted in a recently surfaced video from 1989. (Getty Images)

The short video, circulated Thursday by the progressive American Bridge, shows Schuette interacting with an unidentified woman off camera. The woman asks Schuette to move closer to a lamp, to which he smiles and responds, “I will be happy to move closer to the lamp. I will do anything you want – some things I may not let you run the camera on.”

Dem Sen. Menendez faces unexpected danger in deep-blue New Jersey

New Jersey hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate in 46 years. But this fall, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is facing an unexpectedly strong and well-funded challenge from a Republican nominee named Bob Hugin, who is spending millions on negative ads reminding voters of Menendez’s past ethics troubles.


Republican Bob Hugin is hoping to upset Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in New Jersey’s Senate race. (Getty)

Menendez went on trial in federal court last year, accused of illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy donor. A mistrial was declared after the jury failed to reach a verdict, but later, the Senate Ethics Committee “severely admonished” Menendez.

Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges

Senate Democrats accepted an offer Thursday from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms, allowing endangered Democrats to campaign.

Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus will likely endure some liberal criticism for accepting the deal. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

The calculation by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and his caucus was simple: That Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be able to confirm roughly 15 judges if he kept the Senate in session for the next few weeks anyway.

So Democrats OK’d an offer to confirm three Circuit Court judges and 12 Circuit Court judges as the price to pay to go home for election season.

‘Greedy’ Young Mayor Stole From Investors, Feds Say

BOSTON—A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 was charged on Oct. 11, with using investments in a company he formed as his “own personal ATM” to enjoy casinos and adult entertainment, buy a Mercedes, and pay down student loan debt.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia

Newly elected Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia talks in his city hall office in Fall River, Mass., on Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Jasiel Correia, the mayor of Fall River, collected more than $360,000 from investors to develop an app that was supposed to help businesses connect with consumers, federal authorities say. Instead, he spent more than $230,000 of the investor funds to bankroll a lavish lifestyle and advance his political career, officials say.

Spygate: The True Story of Collusion

News Analysis:
How America’s most powerful agencies were weaponized against President Donald Trump

Initially not viewed with any real seriousness, Trump’s campaign was seen as an opportunistic wedge in the election process. At the same time, and particularly as the viability of his candidacy increased, Trump was seen as an existential threat to the established political system.

Although the details remain complex, the structure underlying Spygate—the creation of the false narrative that candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia, and the spying on his presidential campaign—remains surprisingly simple:


The New York Republican New York City headquarters at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the upper east side of Manhattan was vandalized Thursday night with broken windows, a spray-painted anarchy sign, and a threatening message that the “attack is merely a beginning.”Opera

Antifa groups have amped up their activity in the past few months, which include attacks on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), motorists, and residents in Portland, Oregon.

Republican Party Office Vandalized in Arizona, Fourth State Where GOP Office Targeted by Vandals

A Republican campaign office was reportedly vandalized in Mesa, Arizona.

This comes as another GOP office was vandalized in late August, just hours away, in Flagstaff. During the August incident, a rock that was thrown through the window had “(expletive) Trump,” written on a note attached. GOP offices have been vandalized across the U.S. throughout the midterm elections,in such likes Nebraska, Illinois and Wyoming.

Watch how the US Army sinks ships

It’s been decades since the United States Army attacked a ship on the high seas. The last time it happened was when an AH-6 “Little Bird” with what eventually became the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (better known as “the Nightstalkers”) caught an Iranian vessel, the Iran Ajr, laying mines in the Persian Gulf in 1987.

Well, the Army has now sunk another vessel — with an assist from the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force. This took place during RIMPAC 2018, when both forces fired ground-based, anti-ship missiles during a SINKEX, an exercise in which a decommissioned ship is towed to a designated location and then hit by live anti-ship missiles, gunfire, and torpedoes.Opera

In February, 2018, the Army announced their plans to use a truck-mounted version of Kongsberg’s Naval Strike Missile, also known as the NSM, during these exercises. A few months later, in June, the United States Navy selected the NSM as its new beyond-visual-range, anti-ship missile.980x


Conservative women are not ‘gender traitors’ – Don’t compare us to ‘sheep’ because we voted for Trump

Like half the population, I was born female. As a married adult, I became a mother – a feat no man has ever accomplished. So I’ve never doubted my membership in the global sisterhood – although now it’s being questioned on political grounds.

More and more, women on the left are telling me and millions of women like me that to be “real” women we have to embrace the Democratic Party, hate President Trump, support abortion on demand, and believe that a woman must always be telling the truth when she accuses a man of sexual misconduct (unless that man is a Democrat, of course).

The Price of BernieCare

Chuck Schumer declared this week that health care is the issue that will define the November elections, and the Senate Minority Leader may be right for the wrong reason. Democrats could end up paying a big political price for signing up en masse for Bernie Sanders’s government-run health-care agenda.

Republicans are running ads slamming Democrats on single-payer health care, and President Trump framed the issue this week in a USA Today op-ed that said “Democrats would gut Medicare with their planned government takeover of American health care.”

Mr. Trump is referring to the Bernie Sanders bill known as Medicare for All, which has been endorsed by 16 Senators, including almost all of the left’s leading 2020 presidential contenders (Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren).

Medicare for All would finance health care through taxes instead of insurance premiums, deductibles and co-pays. All care would then be “free” in the Venezuelan sense of the word.

Government would dramatically cut the reimbursement rates doctors receive for providing services. All this would lower administrative costs and make health care more efficient, or so we’re told. And we’re not supposed to call this “government-run health care,” though who do you think would make the payment decisions?