News and Headlines. 12/7/2018

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In The News:

Woman who gouged her eyes out while on drugs speaks about incident that left her blind

Kaylee Muthart, 21,
Kaylee Muthart, 21, speaks out about the incident that left her blind a year ago. (Facebook)

On the day of the incident, churchgoers in Anderson County watched in horror as Muthart removing her eyeballs. Earlier, in an interview with Cosmopolitan, Muthart described removing her eyeballs before she “squished them.”

Kaylee Muthart, 21, of Anderson, told People she had been “snorting and injecting” the tainted drugs for about 48 hours before her shocking act of self-mutilation on Feb. 6.

“The drugs take your fears and beliefs and amplify them,” Muthart told the magazine. “I thought I had to take my eyes out to survive and save the world.”

‘World’s most modified youth’ has had over 40 procedures to ‘stand out’

Ehtan Bramble
Ehtan Bramble said he likes the way he looks and has no intention of stepping away from the needle and knife — although he admits there’s not much skin left on which to tattoo or modify. (Barcroft TV)

Ethan Bramble from Melbourne, Australia has had a string of body modifications including getting his tongue split, his belly button removed and his eyeballs tattooed black.

Mr. Bramble, who recently turned 22, has always had a passion for body art and started modifying his body at just 11 years old. He told Barcroft TV: “More or less I just fell in love with the way it looks and how you feel when you walk down the street and you kind of get that sense of empowerment.”

With tattoos across his body and face, Mr. Bramble says he doesn’t like to put a number on how many individual tattoos he has but says about 75 to 80 per cent of his body is entirely covered in ink.

California Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, killed in bar mass shooting, gunned down by friendly fire: authorities

Sgt. Ron Helus
Sgt. Ron Helus

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A sheriff’s deputy who died in a mass shooting at a Southern California bar was shot five times by a gunman who massacred 11 others, but the officer was killed by friendly fire, authorities said Friday.

Sgt. Ron Helus was fatally shot in the heart by a California highway patrolman who had joined him in a firefight with the gunman at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 7, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said.

Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill

A restaurant employee in Georgia has been arrested after shooting a customer for trying to skip out on the bill. (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

The restaurant is known for its cheap food. The menu board outside the restaurant advertises a $4.99 house special and $3.50 lunch special.

One customer uninvolved in the incident told WSB-TV he was surprised something like this happened over such a small amount of money.

“I can’t see somebody getting shot over a $5 meal. I just can’t see it,” Jecory Jackson said.

13-year-old student with autism dies after being physically restrained at school

The boy became violent and needed to be restrained by staff at Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills on Nov. 28 to “prevent the injury of staff and students,” Sgt. Anthony Prencipe of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday.

The unidentified student, who was described as being 6 feet tall, 280 pounds and having “severe autism,” became unresponsive while being restrained. A teacher then began administering CPR until a medic arrived, Prencipe said.

Man goes on tirade and attacks New York City bus, causes $2,000 in damage, video shows

The man was seen banging on the windshield and nearly broke off a rearview mirror during the bus beatdown.

The bus was stopped at an intersection in New York City’s Lower East Side when the attack occurred, according to the New York Post.

The would-be passenger was apparently angry at the bus driver for not opening the doors for him as he chased the vehicle for 20 blocks, NBC New York reported.

US hiring slower but steady as employers add 155K jobs

WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses added a smaller but still-healthy number of jobs last month, while the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low and wages rose at a solid clip.

The figures, released Friday by the Labor Department, point to an economy that is still adding jobs at a steady rate after nearly 10 years of recovery. So far, employers are mostly shrugging off the financial market turmoil of the past two months and rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

Laid-Off GM Worker Shares Message for Trump: ‘Please Start Holding These Companies Accountable’

“President Trump … our area definitely needs help,” Wolikow said.

“You’re the president of the United States, you’re the CEO, please start holding these companies like General Motors and Harley-Davidson accountable for their actions.”

“I feel like a lot of corporate greed is going on, and we know you have the power to help us,” he added.

Trump to name Gen. Mark Milley to succeed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford

President Trump will name Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to succeed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford,

Speaking to reporters earlier Friday, Trump hinted an announcement related to the Joint Chiefs of Staff was forthcoming as he unveiled other picks. He said he would nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert for U.N. ambassador.

“I have another one for tomorrow that I’m going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game,” Trump said. “I can give you a little hint: It will have to do with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and succession.”

Michigan medical chief to face involuntary manslaughter charge in Flint water trial, judge rules

Dr. Eden Wells
Dr. Eden Wells listens as Genesee District Judge William Crawford reads through a prepared statement during a hearing Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Genesee District Court in downtown Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

The Attorney General’s office charged Dr. Eden Wells last year with obstruction of justice and lying to police after alleging that she was aware of a spike in Legionnaires’ bacteria in the Flint area in 2014 and 2015 but waited too long to tell the public.

During that period an outbreak of the disease affected at least 90 people in Genesee County, resulting in the deaths of 12. A manslaughter charge was later added to Wells’ case.

Wells, a member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s cabinet, has denied any wrongdoing and her attorneys claim she had no legal duty to warn the public.

Tech Watch:

Facebook’s audit of alleged anti-conservative bias ongoing, won’t commit to releasing final report

The tech giant, which enlisted the help of Washington, D.C. law firm Covington and Burling with the review, has been hit by prominent Republican lawmakers for censoring conservative content or banning conservatives outright due to ideological reasons.

In August, more than 100 Facebook employees complained that the company had a political monoculture and that those who do not have liberal views were attacked by their colleagues.

Although Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages for “inauthentic behavior” prior to the midterm elections, the company has consistently denied that its content decisions are driven by political bias.

Snopes Rates Liberal Meme ‘True’ After Former Hillary Staffer Deletes Photo and Admits It’s Inaccurate

Snopes has a long history of leftist bias, and the fact-checker of this meme, Bethania Palma, has even contacted Breitbart News directly in the past to ask a number of odd questions about factually accurate articles.

Breitbart News Editor Matthew Boyle published his correspondence with Palma recently after receiving an email relating to an article about the Black Panther organization campaigning for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in Georgia.


Obama OK’d $310 million in free legal advice to illegal immigrants

The Immigration Reform Law Institute said that the funding was provided to a top legal defense group to help unaccompanied alien children under the age of 18 land with a sponsor in the U.S.

In 2015 and 2016, contracts reviewed by IRLI showed that several worth $310 million went to one nonprofit legal group, the Vera Institute of Justice. A top director has ties to liberal philanthropist George Soros.

At issue, said the group, is immigration law that bars using tax dollars to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation. In a report, IRLI said: 

San Diego non-profits running out of space for migrant caravan asylum seekers

Since setting up an emergency shelter in November, SDRRN has helped more than 1,700 migrants released by federal immigration authorities. (San Diego Rapid Response Network)

The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN), a coalition of human rights, service and faith-based organizations, is urging government officials to develop and implement “a sustainable plan to keep vulnerable asylum-seeking families off the streets and help them reach their final destination.”

The organization claims that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released hundreds of migrants into San Diego – the largest land border crossing in the world.

The problem, SDRRN says, is that the recent influx is too much to handle.

Tucker on mass migration’s effect on our environment

Author Phil Cafaro weighs in on the concern of mass immigration depleting natural resources.

Pelosi Takes Hard Line on Trump’s Border Wall: ‘Immoral, Ineffective and Expensive’

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is digging in amid the fight over funding for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, signaling she won’t accept a deal on DACA in exchange for wall money.

Congress on Thursday approved a short-term spending bill to avoid a partial government shutdown, punting the immigration debate and other issues until later in the month.

Speaking to reporters at her weekly press briefing Thursday, Pelosi (D-Calif.), the likely next House Speaker, said that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are “two different subjects.”

Trump accuses Dems of ‘playing games’ with border wall funding

“Congress must fully fund border security. … We have to get this done, but they’re playing games, they’re playing political games,” he said at the Missouri conference. “I actually think the politics of what they’re doing is very bad for them. But we’re going to very soon find out.”

Trump put pressure on Democrats hours after signing a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government for two more weeks, averting a shutdown this weekend. The measure gives lawmakers a short window to work out their differences, which have centered on the debate over border wall funding.


THREE whistleblowers hand over hundreds of documents ‘showing the Clinton Foundation misused funds and made quid-pro-quo promises to donors about access to Hillary’

It comes after The Hill reported that 6,000 pages of evidence on the Clinton Foundation was secretly handed to the FBI and IRS last year.

The papers allege that the Foundation engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties.

The documents also showed commingling of personal and Foundation affairs, especially by former President Bill Clinton, according to The Hill.

The evidence was compiled by a firm called MDA Analytics LLC and included a submission by another whistleblower.

Federal Judge Opens Discovery Into Clinton Email Usage

 (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that, in a ruling excoriating both the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth has ordered both agencies to join Judicial Watch in submitting a proposed schedule for discovery into whether Hillary Clinton sought to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a private email system and whether the State Department acted in “bad faith” by failing to disclose knowledge of the email system.  

The decision comes in a FOIA lawsuit related to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

Lawyers stopping Comey from answering questions in Hill testimony, Issa says

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told reporters that some lawmakers have been frustrated with the testimony so far and that Comey didn’t seem upset about being told by his lawyers that he doesn’t have to answer certain questions.

“One of the disappointments of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the FBI believes that Congress doesn’t have a right to know,” Issa said.

Issa said Comey has two attorneys, including one from the DOJ, who have “instructed” the former FBI director not to answer “a great many questions that are clearly items at the core of our investigation.” Issa said the instructions have been followed with Comey’s “gleeful acceptance.”

Ocasio-Cortez warns Trump Jr. about subpoena power in response to meme

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump Jr. traded jabs over social media. | Mario Tama/Getty Images

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter on Friday to remind Donald Trump Jr. that Congress “will have subpoena power in a month” after he shared a meme implying that the socialism leads to people eating dogs.

But by that time, the Nuyorican had seen the viral meme — and had a comeback ready.

“I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Please, keep it coming Jr – it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”

World News:

U.S. will charge Chinese hackers with widespread attacks on tech service providers

The charges come as the Trump administration, locked in a trade war with Beijing, alleges that China has violated a 2015 agreement against stealing U.S. businesses’ intellectual property.

Further heightening tensions, the U.S. is seeking to extradite from Canada an executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei — long considered by U.S. intelligence agencies to be a facilitator of Beijing’s digital espionage — for allegedly violating sanctions on Iran.

UN scorched by Haley, Israel as member states shield Hamas from condemnation

U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley
U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley (Reuters)

“We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism,” Haley said late Thursday. “The U.N. had a chance to do that today, and it failed.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves, wait until you have to deal with terrorism in your own countries,” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon told the chamber. “Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors.”

The U.S.-led resolution would have condemned Hamas for “repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.” It would also have demanded that Hamas “and other militant actors, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” cease all provocative and violent actions; and condemn Hamas efforts to construct tunnels to infiltrate Israel and launch rockets into civilian areas.

Congo army official arrested in 2017 dual killing of American, Swedish UN investigators

Michael Sharp,
Michael Sharp, one of the two U.N. monitors killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March 2017 (The Mennonite/Mennonite Central Committee)

Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, vanished while on a mission in the country to investigate violence and alleged human rights abuses carried out by the Congolese army and local militias.

Their bodies later turned up in a shallow grave after being “killed senselessly,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at the time.

Officials in Congo initially blamed militia groups for the monitors’ deaths and detained about two dozen alleged fighters — but Mambweni was arrested Thursday after other developments occurred, a prosecutor told Reuters.

‘Great Violence’ in Paris Anticipated as Police Staff Join Macron Protests

The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting “great violence” on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced “Act IV” of their nearly four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports.

According to the Élysée, they expect “a hard core of several thousand people” to arrive in Paris on Saturday with the intent to “break and kill.”

As protests rages in France, Macron remains invisible

PARIS – As anti-government protests rage through France and Paris locks down, fearing new riots, the man whose presidency has unleashed the anger is nowhere to be seen.

French President Emmanuel Macron has stayed out of the public eye all week, leaving his unpopular government to try to calm the nation. In response, “Macron, resign!” has become the main slogan of the “yellow vest” demonstrators.

The protesters’ anger has been directed at the French leader, who they feel has been the “president of the rich” and is out-of-touch with ordinary people.


A Pakistani national stabbed an Irish lecturer to death Wednesday in Paris, telling responding police he attacked because the lecturer “insulted the Prophet Muhammad.”

The attacker, identified by authorities only as 37-year-old Ali R., was seen talking with lecturer John Dowling, 66, outside Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci where Dowling taught English before he brandished a steak knife and stabbed the lecturer in the throat and chest, the Daily Mail reported. Police arrested Ali, a former student of the university, on the scene, where he confessed to stabbing Dowling 13 times because he believed that the lecturer spoke ill of Muhammad.


Kevin Hart Missed A Big Opportunity To Stare Down The Outrage Mob

It shouldn’t need to be said that our culture’s views on homosexuality have shifted rapidly in recent years. Agree or disagree, Hart has by all accounts shifted right along with society. But nothing is ever good enough.

That’s exactly why he should have stood his ground and refused to resign or apologize. Hart is one of the most popular and successful comedians of his generation. His star power would have been better exerted standing fast against the trolls than caving to the insatiable wokeness police.

Indeed, given Hart’s influence, and the magnitude of the Oscars platform, this particular conflict represented a big opportunity to diminish the power of the trolls he rightfully disdains. Instead, Hart chose to feed them.

Elections have consequences: Oregon governor hires English major to craft multi-BILLION tax increase

Funny, when Gov. Kate Brown was running for re-election this year, she repeatedly declined to answer direct questions about tax policy (see The Oregonian). She also declined to say how much additional revenue the state would need.

Voters re-elected her knowing that they would have to wait until late this year for the governor to release her budget plan and learn of specific plans to raise revenue.

That plan will come with a HEFTY price tag for Oregonians. And an English major has been hired to make sure you understand the ramifications of new tax policies…

Democrats: The prayer, thought, fun police

Is censorship going too far? Panel reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’