News and Headlines. 9/21/2019

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In The News:

Cruise ship employee dives in after passenger who jumped overboard, rescues her ‘in minutes’

MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises confirmed the incident and praised the crew member’s fast actions. (iStock)

The Irish woman, who has not been identified, reportedly jumped from the MSC Seaview cruise ship on Monday while it was at the Italian city of Genoa.

A cruise ship crew member saw the woman fall into the Mediterranean sea and immediately dove into the water and rescued her, the cruise company confirmed.

The crew member, who is an experienced sailor, was able to save the woman “in minutes.”

Daughter of Army vet who died at Dominican resort: Funeral home ‘pressured’ me to make a decision about my father’s remains

Meghan Arnold’s father, 41-year-old Army veteran Chris Palmer, died suddenly in his room at the Villa Cocatal Palma resort in the Dominican Republic in April 2018.

From the moment she learned of her father’s death, Arnold said she began contacting anyone who might have information about the circumstances.

“Obviously his death was a complete shock to us because he was completely healthy,” she told Harris Faulker during a Friday appearance on “Outnumbered Overtime.”

“Immediately, I was pressured to make a decision whether it was going to be cremation or embalming or I was told he would be stuck there,” she continued.

Los Angeles Officials, Activists Propose ’Empty Homes’ Tax

A homeless person sits at his tent
FILE – A homeless person sits at his tent along the Interstate 110 freeway downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

City Council members and community activists feel the plan could be the right move to solve the city’s homeless problem, and the tax revenue could generate more funds for affordable housing.

“We hope that this makes people bring human beings into those units, but if they decide not to, they’ll give some money to the city so we can build housing for human beings,” explained Marqueece Harris-Dawson, (D) Los Angeles City Council member.

“If people have the money to hold a vacant property then they have the money to pay a penalty.”

Missouri will not renew license of St. Louis Planned Parenthood

The state notified the clinic of its decision Friday morning before a court hearing. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer said a preliminary injunction he previously issued to allow the clinic to continue perform abortions would remain in place for now.

Stelzer said he would issue a written order outlining next steps, but he was not sure if the order would come on Friday.

Missouri’s health department allowed the clinic’s license to perform abortions to lapse effective June 1.

Rulings by Stelzer allowed the clinic to continue to perform abortions temporarily after the clinic took the state to court over the dispute.

Stelzer had told the state it couldn’t simply let the license lapse but had to renew or deny it.

Health department officials have cited concerns at the clinic, including that three “failed abortions” required additional surgeries and another led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a now-sealed court filing.

Supreme Court sides with property owners in fight over cemetery mandate

In this case, a town official found several grave markers on Knick’s farmland in Pennsylvania, but she disputed whether there was actually a small, family cemetery on her property.

Knick argued that in passing the ordinance in 2012 and applying it to her, local officials were essentially taking her property and opening it to the public without paying her for it.

A federal court threw out Knick’s case, ruling that she had to go to state court first.

Because of the Supreme Court’s ruling, Knick will now be able to pursue her case in federal court.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled in favor of Rose Mary Knick, who tried to bring a lawsuit in federal court after her town, Scott, Pennsylvania, passed an ordinance that required anyone with a cemetery on their land to open it to the public during the day.

Supreme Court throws out murder conviction of black inmate as Kavanaugh, Gorsuch split again

The court voted to throw out the conviction due to a prosecutor’s efforts to keep African-Americans off the jury in the cases against Curtis Flowers, who was tried for the 1996 execution-style murders of four people in a furniture store in Mississippi. He has been in jail for more than 22 years.

“The numbers speak loudly,” Kavanaugh said in a summary of his opinion that he read in the courtroom, noting that Evans had removed 41 of the 42 prospective black jurors over the six trials. “We cannot ignore that history.”

Gorsuch and Justice Clarence Thomas — the only African-American on the bench — were the two justices dissenting from the majority opinion. In a fierce dissenting opinion, Thomas called Kavanaugh’s opinion “manifestly incorrect” and wrote that Flowers presented no evidence whatsoever of purposeful race discrimination.

New York City police identify suspect who allegedly gunned down innocent bystander with rifle

Eric Bautista, 20, is being sought by police in New York City following a shooting last week. (NYPD)

The NYPD says they are looking for 20-year-old Eric Bautista following the startling attack in Manhattan during the early morning hours of June 10.

The incident was captured on surveillance video. It begins with the gunman hiding his rifle behind his body with one hand, and using the other to take a phone call.

The suspect flees after managing to fire off one round, which struck the leg of 40-year-old Winston McKay, who was out walking his dog.

McKay was reported to have been clutching his dog’s leash while crying out for help after the shooting, and he later died at a local hospital.

Drug bust reveals New York home doubled as illicit day care center: report

Quran Dent-Champman, 25, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a loaded weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance after police found more than 200 oxycodone pills and two illegal and loaded guns inside his Spring Valley home, the Clarkstown Daily Voice reported.

The raid, conducted by the Spring Valley Police Department and the Rockland County Drug Task Force, began with an investigation into drug sales in the area but a search of the home revealed that an illicit daycare center was being operated out of the residence on Lake Street.

Investigators say the home was used to store drugs and unregistered guns. Narcotic were also sold out of the home while children were being cared for.

US Military Warns China’s 5G May Interfere With US Weapon Systems

A mobile phone mast with 5G technology
A mobile phone mast with 5G technology at the 5G Mobility Lab of telecommunications company Vodafone in Aldenhoven, Germany, on Nov. 27, 2018.
(Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters)

The Congressional Research Service issued a report titled ‘National Security Implications of Fifth Generation (5G) Mobile Technologies’ that highlights China’s incorporating “Low to Mid-Band” electromagnetic spectrum into its 5G wireless networks and technology will directly interfere with the U.S. military systems and secure government communications.

The Congressional Research Service estimated the U.S. commercial impact from the 5G upgrade featuring 100 times higher data speeds could create up to 3 million new jobs and add $500 billion gross domestic product.

Global projections estimate 5G could generate $12.3 trillion in sales across multiple industries and support 22 million jobs by 2035.

A 2018 Deloitte Consulting study warned that China under its national plan was already collaborating with international partners to test new equipment and technology solutions to prepare for a 5G deployment in 2020.

China had outspent the United States by $24 billion to build 320,000 more 5G enabled domestic cell sites and 10,000 foreign 5G operable base stations that combine 4G, Sub-6 and mmWave spectrums.

Consequently, if Huawei and ZTE sell 5G equipment or services in the United States, Chinese intelligence services will gain “unfettered access to networks for intercept.”

Robocalls in the crosshairs of bipartisan House bill

The House’s Stopping Bad Robocalls Act would toughen requirements for carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile to dispense harsher penalties on spam callers, but it would also go further.

The measure requires that carriers authenticate calls and offer opt-blocking at no extra charge to consumers, with transparency rules to make sure you don’t miss actual important calls.

In addition, the Federal Communications Commission would be given extended statutes of limitation on robocall offenses.

TV networks protest Dems’ decision to give MSNBC exclusive convention access

C-SPAN, Fox News, CBS News, CNN and ABC News have teamed
C-SPAN, Fox News, CBS News, CNN and ABC News have teamed up to formally protest the South Carolina Democratic Party’s decision .

MSNBC has live broadcast rights, which comes with a three-hour embargo on footage for reporters from other outlets — but five major networks are calling for the decision to be reversed.

The letter said “political parties have always had a tradition of open media access,” but the South Carolina Democrats’ decision to restrict live coverage to MSNBC is the “antithesis of openness.”

“It is also concerning that it could set a precedent that would end up seriously limiting citizen access to other key presidential electoral events,” the letter stated.

“We ask that you reverse this decision and allow your state party convention to proceed without any restrictions.”


Exclusive: Border Patrol Official Invites Omar, AOC To US-Mexico Border

Cabrera, spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council and Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said recent comments from both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez reveal that they are not familiar with the actual border crisis.

He said the problem is exacerbated by lawmakers who have not educated themselves on the realities of the crisis. On the second episode of the Sara Carter Show podcast, Cabrera promised that the trip would be private, without media, so the lawmakers can gain a real understanding of what is happening along the border.

“I think that they’re uneducated as far as what goes on down here and I would put out a blanket invitation whether it’s to Mrs. Omar or Mrs. Ocasio-Cortez, or whoever, Republican, Democrat, liberal, independent doesn’t matter, ” Cabrera told Carter.

“Come down here, get with me, I will take you out there and show you.

No reporters, no cameras, no press moments just we will go out there and I’ll show you, and that way, when somebody says well you don’t know well now you have a firsthand look, not a political look no politics just me and you I’ll show you.”

Border Patrol commissioner demands Congress pass emergency funding amid surge in migrant children

The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. A legal team that interviewed about 60 children at the station near El Paso, says young migrants being held there are experiencing neglect and mistreatment. (AP)

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders urged Congress this week to pass a $4.6 billion emergency funding package which includes nearly $3 billion he says will provide the growing population with adequate care.

His plea comes as a legal team recently interviewed 60 migrant children at a Border Patrol facility near El Paso and were, according to the Associated Press, told stories of neglect and mistreatment.

“The death of a child is always a terrible thing, but here is a situation where, because there is not enough funding… they can’t move the people out of our custody,” Sanders told the AP himself.

Sanders says the Border Patrol currently is holding 15,000 people – well beyond its estimated capacity of 4,000.

ICE raids targeting migrant families slated to start Sunday in major US cities

ICE will likely begin the plan, known within the agency as the “family op,” with pre-dawn raids in major U.S. cities, according to the Washington Post.

The raids will target migrant families that have deportation orders in as many as 10 cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and other major immigration hubs.

Trump is firmly determined to move forward with the operation, and alluded to a mass roundup in a tweet last week that claimed, “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”

“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” he added.

Laura Ingraham: Trump’s Prescience And Pragmatism On Refugees

President Trump called for extreme vetting during 2016 campaign.


Gingrich: Democrats have become an anti-American party

Commentary/Opinion:Democrats push anti-America rhetoric, anti-Trump protesters say ‘America was never great’; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reacts.

Fitton: Settlement to Clean Dirty Voter Rolls in L.A. County a MASSIVE Step for Election Integrity

Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Block Bill to Stop Infanticide For 62nd Time, Refuse Care for Babies Born Alive

House Democrats refused a vote on the bill for the 62nd time — reading the same statement they have read the previous 61 occasions that claims there is no bipartisan agreement to bring the bill up for a vote.

Despite the claim, Republican leaders have repeatedly asked Pelosi and top Democrats to reach an agreement for the bill to receive a vote.

This is the 64th time in total that Congressional Democrats thwarted an attempt by Republicans to vote on a bill that would provide medical care and treatment for babies who provide survived failed abortions — 62 times in the House and twice in the Senate.

Justin Fairfax ‘seriously’ considering a run for governor, says sexual abuse scandal raised his profile

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Fairfax answered questions about the controversial photo in Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is also reportedly considering another run for the governorship after ultimately deciding not to run for president in 2020, citing “problems” that needed to be solved in his home state.

Despite being accused of sexual assault by two women, however, Fairfax is convinced that the publicity will ultimately help him.

“Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do,” Fairfax explained. “People come up to me at gas stations, they say, ‘Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.’”

World News:

Ancient city gate from the time of King David discovered in Israel

King David bearing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, Early16th cen..
File image – King David bearing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, Early16th cen.. From a private collection. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

The find was made during an excavation at the ancient city of Bethsaida.

“There are not too many monumental discoveries dating from the reign of King David,” Rami Arav, associate professor at the University of Nebraska and Bethsaida excavation director told Fox News via email.

“This is absolutely a significant contribution to biblical archaeology and biblical studies.”

The city was destroyed in 920 B.C.

“Since this is the period of time of King David and since the Bible narrates that King David married Maachah the daughter of Talmai the king of Geshur, it is reasonable that King David walked on these very cobblestones when he visited the city,” Arav added.

Israeli soldiers discover 3,000-year-old Biblical-era watchtower

Israeli soldiers taking part in the excavation of the ancient watchtower.
(Israel Antiquities Authority)

The tower, which is thought to have once been about 16.5 feet high and 11.5 feet wide, would have commanded a view that included the Hebron Mountains, the Judean plain and the area around modern-day Ashkelon.

Now about 6.6 feet high, the watchtower is constructed from large stones, some weighing 8 tons.

Archaeologists believe that the tower dates back to the ancient Kingdom of Judah and the reign of King Hezekiah.

“The strategic location of the tower served as a lookout and warning point against the Philistine enemy, one of whose cities was Ashkelon,” explained Sa’ar Ganor and Valdik Lifshitz, whom directed the excavation on the behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement.

Trump: Airstrike against Iran called off for civilian safety

Iranian Defense Ministry shows new surface-to-air missile batteries in Okhordad, Iran.
A photo from the Iranian Defense Ministry shows new surface-to-air missile batteries in Okhordad, Iran. Photo by EPA-EFE

“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different [sites] when I asked, how many will die.

150 people, sir, was the answer from a General,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

“10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.

I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new and ready to go, by far the best in the world.”

The planned strikes could have targeted Iranian surface-to-air missiles like the one used to target the drone.

East London churches targeted in ‘satanic’ arson attacks

The doors of Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist church
The doors of Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist church were burned in one of the attacks. Photograph: Damien Gayle/The Guardian

In the space of two days, attackers lit fires outside the doors of four churches near Stratford, including one where a children’s playgroup was taking place in the church hall.

At each church, apparently occult symbols and messages including pentagrams, spirals, the number 666 and the word “hell” were etched into the doors.

The series of attacks began on Tuesday night at St John’s on Stratford Broadway, which had already been vandalised recently when doors were scratched and posters outside were torn down.

A small fire lit outside a door there overnight had been extinguished by the time police attended the scene on Wednesday morning.


Fireside Chat Ep. 87 – Sex and Human Nature

Dennis spends this week’s Fireside Chat answering a viewer’s question about men’s sexual nature.

Men’s and women’s natures are very different, no matter how much society and the media pretend otherwise.

Dennis gives several examples of proof, known after many years of hosting the male-female hour on his radio show.

Climate Change Narrative is Driven by Agenda of Political Control—Myron Ebell

Is climate change actually causing a crisis, as many are saying?

In the global warming debate, what is the actual “settled science” that most scientists agree on, and what exactly is being contested?

And how will climate change factor into 2020?

Today we sit down with Myron Ebell, the Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a non-profit think tank that promotes limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty.

We explore the climate change debate through his eyes, including the stark differences between climate change projection models and actual measurement data, the role of China in global greenhouse gas emissions, the Green New Deal, the political interests behind the push for wind and solar energy, and how this overall debate will impact 2020.

Trump: Responsibly Restrained on Foreign Policy.

None of this is to say that military action is never on the table, or should even be taken off the table right now.

None of this is to say Iran is not an opponent and significant threat (thanks again, Obama).

But the world should be thankful there is a president in the Oval Office who is a little less belligerent on foreign policy than his predecessors.

I prefer the itchy Twitter finger to the itchy trigger finger.

A nation’s military is not a first resort in international conflicts. It is the last.

We haven’t yet reached the point of exhausting other mechanisms by which to hold the Iranian regime to account.

In fact, it is precisely because the policy of sanctions is working that the failing Mullahs are trying to draw America back into the region militarily.

It is, frankly, Tehran’s last hope before Khameini and Rouhani have their own Morsi moment.

Both camps – from the Cheneys to Ben Rhodes – must be rebuked and rebuffed when it comes to contemporaneous geopolitical matters, and that includes on Iran.

A failure of contrition on the pallets of cash to Tehran, or on the destabilization of the Middle East and North Africa result in the migrant crisis wrecking Europe, are the only signs we need as to why these people should be relegated to writing their “what if…” memoirs.

African Americans Don’t Need Reparations. We Need To Take Responsibility For Our Lives

This year, because Conyers resigned due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is carrying the torch for reparations with the apparent blessing of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Several liberal presidential contenders also recently weighed in favoring reparations.

It is ironic that blacks are still calling for reparations in 2019, and using Juneteenth to do it. We have had many opportunities to put ourselves on equal footing with other Americans and pursue the American Dream. But too many of us have failed to do so.

We failed after the Civil War, during the civil rights era, and with President Lyndon B. Johnson’s implementation of the Great Society and its major welfare initiatives.

Those were supposed to be revitalizing times for blacks. Yet, in the last case, welfare only increased dependence and destroyed families. What happened?