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Street Artist Paints Fake Shadows To Confuse People

Street Artist Damon Belanger,
Street Artist Damon Belanger,

Damon Belanger, a graphic artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area was commissioned to install 20 fake shadows in the downtown of Redwood City in order to bring more creativity to the area. The result is brilliant.

South Carolina father who killed his 5 kids sentenced to death

Top, left to right: Gabriel Jones, Abigail Elizabeth Jones, and Nahtahn Jones. Bottom, left to right: Merah Gracie Jones and Elias Jones. 
(Lexington County Sheriff’s Department)

A Lexington County jury found Timothy Jones Jr. guilty Tuesday on five counts of murder in the deaths of his children: Merah, 8; Elias, 7; Nahtahn, 6; Gabriel, 2; and Abigail Elaine, 1.

The same jury handed down the death sentence Thursday after deliberating for less than two hours.

After killing the children, Jones loaded their bodies into his SUV and drove around the Southeast U.S. for nine days before dumping them in five black garbage bags on a dirt road near Camden, Ala.

He was arrested hours later after an officer at a traffic checkpoint in Smith County, Miss., said he smelled a horrible odor of decomposition.

12 White Men Sue San Francisco Police for Race, Sex Bias

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court, is the latest round in a conflict that dates back decades.

A 13th plaintiff who is now retired says she also was denied promotion, because she is a white lesbian.

The lawsuit challenges a test-scoring method that the city adopted in 1979 in response to a lawsuit from a group representing black and female officers, who alleged discrimination in hiring and promotions.

Marine veteran shot and killed while trying to apologize in road rage encounter

Keith Byrne, 41, a Marine veteran,
Keith Byrne, 41, a Marine veteran, was shot and killed last week during a road rage episode in Florida. (GoFundMe)

Keith Byrne, 41, was driving a utility vehicle on April 7 when he cut off the driver of a BMW in the Miami suburb of Davie, WFOR-TV reported.

A friend who was on the phone with Byrne at the time said he got out his vehicle at a stoplight to apologize.

A passenger in the BMW, Andre Sinclair, 22, got out and shot Byrne in the chest. Byrne fired back with his own weapon, hitting Sinclair twice.

“Mr. Byrne was acting in self-defense when he ultimately fired back at Mr. Sinclair,” Davie police Sgt. Mark Leone told the news station.

DA: Suspect in Ortiz shooting likely wanted in Pennsylvania

This combination of photos provided by the Dominican Republic National Police on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 show suspects in connection with the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Police identify the men as, top row from left, Rolfy Ferreyra, who has been identified as the shooter, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta, and Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia. Bottom row from left, Polfirio Allende Dechamps Vazquez, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase and Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela. All the men with the exception of Rivas Clase have been detained. (Dominican Republic National Police via AP)

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said that he believes Luis Rivas-Clase to be the suspect wanted for a Reading, Pennsylvania, shooting in April 2018, although confirmation would have to come through a fingerprint match.

Pennsylvania authorities have released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in U.S. court documents.

Cuba Gooding Jr. charged with forcible touching after two woman accuse actor of groping

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. arrives at the New York Police Department’s special victims division, Thursday, June 13, 2019 to face allegations he groped a woman at a city night spot. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Gooding surrendered to the NYPD Thursday after a 29-year-old woman accused the Oscar-winning star of “Jerry Maguire” of grabbing her breasts at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge in midtown Manhattan over the weekend.

Heller had said earlier that security video would exonerate his client.

Gooding, 51, smiled and waved when he turned himself into investigators in the NYPD’s special victims division.

In tight job market, companies look to ex-cons to fill jobs

On Friday, June 7, 2019 inmates at Muncy State Correctional Institute attended a job fair. (Fox News / (Talia Kirkland))

In today’s tight job market, when companies are struggling to find workers because of a low unemployment rate, more employers are turning to unconventional programs and looking for workers in unusual places — including behind bars.

“There are companies out there who are willing to hire ex-offenders I have a whole resource list,” said Baker. “I tell the ladies all the time you [just] have to be willing to do the footwork.”

Pennsylvania created a program three years ago that actively helps ex-cons find jobs. All 24 state prisons host annual career fairs as a push to get inmates nearing release ready for when they return home.

DOJ lost track of foreign nationals with criminal histories after bringing them to US: audit

In February 2018, the Department of Homeland Security identified more than 1,000 DOJ-sponsored foreign nationals for whom DHS did not have current information. As of August 2018, the audit said DHS was still seeking current information for 665 people. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The report released by the Office of the Inspector General identified 62 foreign nationals brought into the U.S. who have since “absconded” from Justice Department oversight.

The audit called this “especially problematic” because “these individuals often have criminal histories or are involved with criminal organizations.”

“Therefore, there are risks associated with these individuals remaining in the United States unsupervised and the public can be at risk,” the report said.

The report warned that others could be missing too: As of August 2018, the Department of Homeland Security was still seeking current information for 665 people identified as DOJ-sponsored foreign nationals as part of its own tracking.

Immigration:

Calif.’s free health care for illegal immigrants an unsustainable financial burden

Gov. Gavin Newsom
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Commentary/Opinion:The problems are obvious. One of the more obscene manipulations is that the vulnerable around the world hear about free health care and the safety of sanctuary cities when both of those terms are lies. Yet they leave their homes after being encouraged by the news they hear and imagine an American utopia.

Instead, they get California, where politicians use them as political pawns.

The supposed free health care involves getting a Medi-Cal card. When getting an appointment with a doctor is impossible, they will go to an emergency room and will be among the other Medi-Cal recipients waiting in a sea of individuals who are ill and suffering.

In the sanctuary city of Los Angeles, many will find themselves sleeping on the street on the now famous downtown piles of trash infested with rats and alongside others infected with lice-borne typhus.

Californians also should be appalled at the fact that the state recently killed a bill that would have allowed Californians over the age of 65 to also fold into the Medi-Cal program.

“The budget comes after Democratic lawmakers, who dominate the state capitol, scrapped a proposal to provide Medi-Cal coverage to adults over 65 years old. The expansion of coverage to the elderly was opposed by Governor Gavin Newsom who noted that the plan would cost $3.4bn,” the BBC reported.

98 million dollar plan to give illegal immigrants health insurance • Fox & Friends

Tammy Bruce:Independent Women’s Voice

Tech Watch/Censorship:

Fired Pinterest Insider Goes Public

Project Veritas Features – Pinterest Insider Speaks Out: “The tech companies can’t fight us all”

YouTube Deletes Project Veritas Video About Pinterest Censorship

Veritas also had its Twitter account restricted for tweeting about the story.

Veritas stated on Twitter, “If using people’s names and faces in an investigative report warrants a ‘privacy complaint,’ we fear the future of journalism in this country.

@YouTube needs to look up journalism in the dictionary.”

YouTube gave Veritas 48 hours to delete the video, then removed it completely, even though the email merely warned of a potential “restriction.”

In a statement to Breitbart, YouTube responded, “The privacy of our users is important to us, that’s why we created robust privacy guidelines. If someone feels their privacy has been violated on YouTube, they can file a privacy complaint and we will promptly remove the content if it violates our guidelines.”

The account received a suspension for its tweet that noted that Pinterest had restricted content about conservative figure Ben Shapiro and had labeled him a “white supremacist.”

Massive, Unexpected Growth On New Free Speech Platform, Bypassing Shadow Bans—Parler CEO John Matze

Today we sit down with Parler co-founder and CEO John Matze, who seeks to re-create social media into what is, in his eyes: a true public square.

We look at the world of social media through his eyes, and discuss his hopes for this budding new platform.

We also talk about what it is about Parler that led to an influx of hundreds of thousands of Saudi Arabian users in a matter of days?

We also discuss how social media giants are effectively taking on publisher roles instead of living up to their promise of being the public square.

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Politics:

WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will leave office by the end of the month, Trump announces

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump said.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

OBAMA WHITE HOUSE DELETED ONLINE SPEECHES ABOUT THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS HOURS BEFORE TRUMP ENTERED OFFICE: REPORT

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Laramie

A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for government transparency.

Statements made by high-ranking ICE officials regarding controversial immigration topics such as sanctuary cities, E-Verify, treatment of detainees, and other issues were included in the reported deletions.

Speeches from former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, a public supporter of Trump’s immigration policies, were among those prominently included in the deletion list.

In another example, a May 2016 transcript of Homan explaining why sanctuary jurisdictions put “the public at risk” was deleted, according to the Foundation. Other, less controversial, speeches were also included on the chopping block.

House Intelligence Democrats Subpoena Michael Flynn and Rick Gates

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn arrives at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington on Dec. 18, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Both Flynn and Gates pleaded guilty to crimes unrelated to the Trump campaign.

Before regaining control of the House of Representatives, House Democrats promised to use congressional powers to investigate Trump and his associates.

The investigations have ramped up dramatically after Mueller concluded his investigation and exonerated Trump of collusion charges.

The president views the Democrats’ efforts as abuse of congressional power intended to score political points for the 2020 election.

Trump Praises Michael Flynn’s New Lawyer, as Sentencing Nears

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump walks toward journalists as he departs the White House for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania May 20, 2019 in Washington.
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump, on Twitter, commended Flynn’s previous military service and wished the best for both him and Powell.

Flynn hired Powell—a prominent critic of the Justice Department—after he fired his defense counsel last week.

“General Michael Flynn, the 33 year war hero who has served with distinction, has not retained a good lawyer, he has retained a GREAT LAWYER, Sidney Powell,” Trump said. “Best Wishes and Good Luck to them both!”

Powell responded to the president on Twitter, saying she was “honored.”

In 2014, Powell authored a book featuring a scathing critique of the Justice Department titled, “Licensed to Lie, Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.”

Trump’s opponents used the case against Flynn to add fuel to allegations that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

The allegations proved to be unsubstantiated after multiple investigations by Congress, the FBI, and Mueller.

NEW YORK MOVES CLOSER TO GIVING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

In a vote that fell along party lines, New York state representatives voted 86-50 in favor of the controversial “Green Light” bill, which would let illegal immigrants apply for a driver’s license with foreign documentation.

Passage of the bill marks a major milestone for supporters.

The legislation must now pass the Democratic-controlled state Senate, and New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already signaled he would sign it into law.

If the bill becomes law, around 265,000 new people would be eligible to obtain driver’s licenses, generating nearly $60 million in revenue a year.

Supporters believe letting illegal residents get these licenses would be an economic boon for the state, and make it safer for everyone on the roads.

Minnesota Newspaper Tired of Omar’s Scandals

Ilhan Omar, newly elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, speaks to a group of supporters in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 6, 2018.
(Photo by Kerem Yucel / AFP)

“Every month seems to bring a fresh problem” with Omar, the board wrote, after she agreed to repay $3,500 and $500 fines following an investigation into misuse of campaign funds.

The Campaign Finance Board found Omar had filed a joint tax return with a man when she was legally married to another at the time.

“Omar’s political rise has been marred by a series of unforced errors, including intemperate remarks and tweets earlier this year that were widely perceived as anti-Semitic,” the board wrote. “Every month seems to bring a fresh problem.”

The board said Omar’s tax discrepancy was potentially serious enough to merit further investigation:

World News:

Iran responsible for ‘blatant assault’ on oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Mike Pompeo says

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Pompeo said: “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”

He charged that Iran is working to disrupt the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz and this is a deliberate part of a campaign to escalate tension, adding that the U.S. will defend its forces and interests in the region, although he did not elaborate.

His comments came shortly after a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that the U.S. Navy saw an unexploded mine attached to the hull of the Panama-listed, Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous ship, one of the two ships attacked.

2 oil tankers damaged in suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman, crew evacuated

In this photo released by state-run IRIB News Agency, an oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz have been reportedly attacked. The alleged assault on Thursday left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Thursday’s incident comes a month after the U.S. accused Iran of attacking ships off the coast of United Arab Emirates. The UAE told the U.N. Security Council a “state actor” was most likely behind the attacks but stopped short of blaming Iran.

The timing of Thursday’s incident was especially sensitive as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting Iran as an interlocutor for President Donald Trump to ease tensions between Washington and Tehran.

On Wednesday, after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Abe warned that any “accidental conflict” amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. must be avoided at all costs.

Trump briefed on tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman

An alleged attack on two tankers carrying Japanese petroleum products in the Gulf of Oman prompts the rescue of dozens of crew members; Lucas Tomlinson has the details from the Pentagon.

Fox News Video: Two oil tankers attacked near Strait of Hormuz, US Navy assists

Retired Gen. Jack Keane says Iranians are attempting to put pressure on the U.S. to ease up on economic sanctions.

Canada Decides to Ban All “Harmful Plastics” by 2021

Tammy Bruce: Independent Women’s Voice.

On Telemundo, Doughnut News Bumps Record-Low Hispanic Unemployment

Outstanding economic news continues for the nation’s largest ethnic minority – Hispanic Americans – with the unemployment rate for this segment of the population remaining at a record-low of 4.2% in May.

Yet for the Spanish-language sister network of NBC, Telemundo, this historically low rate was not even worth mentioning on its national evening news.

Instead, completely ignoring the latest jobs numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, anchor José Díaz-Balart chose to share with his audience the evidently more important National Doughnut Day news, the day when “consumers spend 57% more on doughnuts.” Wow! Here was Diaz-Balart:

Commentary/Opinion:

Planned Parenthood Suing Over ‘Right To Refuse’

Reaction and analysis from Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel.

Justice Thomas Reveals a History of Population Control · 71 Republic

Sonny Perdue is sworn in as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with his wife Mary and family April 25, 2017, at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.. Photo by Preston Keres

Justice Thomas is pointing the Supreme Court towards the eugenics and population control conflict.

This issue has been smoldering in the United States for more than 50 years. If eugenics is the belief, then population control is the narrative.

Presidential candidate and Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker has alluded to it in recent statements with a plan having elements of a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom, funding the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and also modernizing of Title X.

The fight over Title X is ongoing.

The Family Planning and Population Research Act specifically directs research for population control, family planning for population control and no money for an abortion.

Yet no one truly believes the $50 million to $60 million Planned Parenthood receives in Title X grants do not get laundered in the back offices for political slush funds and pay abortion doctors.

How did we get Title X and all the controversy? It began with population control.

Retired Colonel Goes on Tucker’s Show to Expose the End Game of Mass Migration

Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgrego

He believes that illegal immigration into America benefits Latin American countries and the U.S. Democratic Party.

The former colonel argued that Trump’s deal will not “profoundly influence” the crisis at the border in the long-term.

Macgregor lists two reasons behind his argument:

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