News and Headlines. 7/1/2019

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In The News:

Blue Angels, John Stamos … and tanks? Trump’s July 4th celebration takes shape

Fourth of July celebrations in D.C. are going to look a lot different this year.
(Getty Images)

With $750,000 worth of fireworks donated on top of the approximately $271,000 worth generally allocated for the Fourth of July events, administration officials say that this year’s display will be roughly twice as long as last year’s and will include a number of new elements, such as an enormous American flag and the words “U.S.A.” spelled out in the sky.

Along with the aerial demonstrations, fireworks and other festivities, the president will make an address to the nation before Stamos — who hosted last year’s festivities as well — kicks off “an all-star salute to America’s 243rd birthday” that includes performances by singer-songwriter Carole King, actress and singer Vanessa Williams, pop star Colbie Caillat and a special appearance by the Sesame Street Muppets.

Senator Cruz calls for ‘legal action’ against Portland mayor

Texas Senator Ted Cruz claims liberal democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler purposely allowed Antifa protests to take place in his city; William La Jeunesse reports.

Media’s normalization of ANTIFA, networks turned blind eye to militant group amid violence

The recent attack of a journalist at the hands of ANTIFA is raising questions about how the group was able to operate in the open for so long.

One America’s Alex Salvi takes a look at the media’s effort to normalize the militant group.

New Video Shows Antifa Crowbar Attack, Macing of Elderly Man

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin subsequently revealed that the two men were named Adam and John and were merely at the event to support Haley Adams, who was previously assaulted by Antifa.

“While John was being pummeled by the mob in the center, Adam was struck in the head with nunchucks, metal water bottles, some sort of metal rod, and fists,” said Malkin.

“John was sprayed with mace and blinded. He was led away as blood dripped down his face, then dragged to a sidewalk.

Another observer notes that one of Adam’s attackers appears to wield something like a sock and padlock.”

Cartoonist loses job after Trump cartoon featuring bodies of dead migrants

The cartoon by Michael de Adder, shows a golf-attire clad Trump, standing next to a golf cart and looking down on the bodies of two drowned migrants with the caption, “Do you mind if I play through?”

De Adder claims that he lost the contract gig because of the cartoon, but Brunswick News, his former employer claimed that it was a “false narrative” and that the decision to replace de Adder had been made “long before this cartoon.”

Texas city takes down church’s ‘Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins’ sign overnigh

The city of Hawkins and a church congregation are fighting over a "Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins" sign
The city of Hawkins and a church congregation are fighting over a “Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” sign alongside U.S. 80 that was removed overnight. (Google Maps)

The church that put up the sign is vowing to fight back.

The sign along U.S. 80 leading into the Hawkins, a Texas town with a little over 1,300 residents, was put up in 2015 in front of a Hawkins coffeehouse, on property owned by Jesus Christ Open Altar Church.

Until it was taken down, members of the flock stood watch over the “Jesus” banner.

“The city employees destroyed our church property, pulled up our crosses and destroyed everything,” McDonald told the Longview News-Journal Friday.

New Hampshire man bites police dog after ‘behaving erratically’ in hotel room, officials say

Matthew Williams, 35, was allegedly tried to bite a police K-9,
Matthew Williams, 35, was allegedly tried to bite a police K-9, officials said. (Manchester Police Department)

Officers from the Manchester Police Dept. were called after Matthew Williams, 35, of Nashua, was reported to be “behaving erratically” in a hotel room.

Investigators said Williams wouldn’t respond to their calls to leave the hotel room or answer his phone and was instead yelling, throwing items and “acting aggressive.”

Soon, a New Hampshire State Police K-9 team was called to the scene.

Freak hailstorm dumps up to 6 feet of ice on Guadalajara, Mexico

Enrique Alfaro, the governor of Jalisco, tweeted about the government’s response to the freakish hailstorm, along with photos of ice tall enough to cover vehicles’ wheels.

He was stunned by what he saw in Guadalajara, Jalisco’s capital, and suggested climate change may be the cause of the ice storm.

Alfaro said no was hurt and vowed to have the streets cleaned up as soon as possible and through coordination with the Mexican Army and municipal authorities of Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque.

The state’s civil protection service said there were possible cases of hypothermia in three adults.

Deadly poison suspected at Facebook facility

A Facebook facility in Menlo Park was cordoned off by the local fire department and two people, who local media say were exposed to it, were checked out.

According to, no employees were exposed to the substance.

Quoting the fire district, NBC said Facebook runs all of its mail and packages through a machine that can detect dangerous substances. Facebook learned of the potential for sarin when the machine notified workers of such.


AOC screamed at Border Patrol agents in ‘threatening manner’ during tour: Witnesses

A group of 14 House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, and their aides kicked off their visit to the region at about 11 a.m. MST Monday at the El Paso Station on Hondo Pass Drive.

The group was standing inside the station near an area where migrants are held when Ocasio-Cortez left them to sit inside a nearby holding area with a family as the other lawmakers and aides were briefed on station operations.

“She comes out screaming at our agents, right at the beginning [of the tour] … Crying and screaming and yelling,” said one witness who said he was stunned by the outburst in front of approximately 40 people.

The congresswoman, who led a charge in 2018 to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, recounted the scene differently in a social media post afterward and did not mention yelling at agents.

Dunkin’ dumps store owners for hiring undocumented workers

According to several reports, the Massachusetts-based breakfast and lunch restaurant, which recently changed its name from Dunkin’ Donuts, has sued to stop those franchise owners from operating.

A post from Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, said, “Each of the lawsuits is similar.

They each said that Dunkin’ reviewed employment verification documents and practices, found violations at the subject franchisee companies, terminated the operators’ franchise agreements and then swiftly moved to remove the franchisees from the restaurants.”

And the Center for Immigration Studies, citing a Law360 report, said, “the corporation filed a suit against multiple former franchisees ‘with locations in Pennsylvania and Delaware’ stating that they were ‘sullying the coffee chain’s reputation … [when they] engaged in illegal hiring practices in breach of their contracts.’”

Thomas Homan Tears Into NY Times Op-Ed Advocating For Public Shaming Of Border Patrol

The Saturday op-ed, “The Treatment of Migrants Likely ‘Meets the Definition of a Mass Atrocity,” instructed the public to search for and release the personal information of border patrol agents who are allegedly mistreating children.

“It’s disgusting. It happened to me when I was the director. They doxed me, my home address, and I had 80 protesters at my house on a Sunday morning,” Homan explained on “Fox and Friends” Monday.

“Whoever wrote this op-ed obviously has never spoken to a border patrol agent, and she’s pushing a false narrative,” he continued.

Senator Ted Cruz holds a press conference at the southern border

Senator Ted Cruz along with Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Karisch hold a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tech Watch:

Tiny robots are ‘dominating space’

The race is on to clean up the space junk orbiting above our heads. But fears are these trash collectors are really killer “gremlins”.

Touted as space-junk clean-up drones, they also have the potential to grab vital GPS, communications and surveillance satellites — and send them hurtling towards the ground.

And strange things are already happening in orbit.

Analysts are asking: is it space junk, or sabotage?

Soldiers use AI to fire precision grenades, guide drone attacks

An illustration of Squad X Core Technologies. (DARPA)
An illustration of Squad X Core Technologies. (DARPA)

Instead of having to gather, organize and analyze overwhelming amounts of fast-emerging combat variables, soldiers and marines can instantly access a single, integrated or “fused” product enabling them to destroy enemies “first.”

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s SQUAD X program, which is already testing with both CACI and Lockheed Martin, can take information from drone-video feeds, armed ground robots and acoustic sensors detecting the origin of incoming enemy small arms fire – and use automation to present a combined picture to squad leaders in combat.

“A Marine squad does not ever stop moving. They have a ‘bias toward action.’ We want to create a form of autonomy that also has a ‘bias toward action’ to retain the initiative.

With human oversight, we employ automated engagement,” Lt. Col. Philip Root, program manager for SQUAD X, told Warrior Maven in an interview earlier this year.

A virtual reality massage center will open in Los Angeles this week


Los Angeles residents will soon be able to float off into distant worlds while their aches are soothed in a virtual reality massage center, which opening this Friday, July 5th.

At the outset, the Esqapes Immersive Relaxation Center, supposedly the first of its kind, will offer 10 different VR environments for you to try and relax in, including a sauna, a koi pond at an ocean-side resort and a ski cabin with a crackling fireplace.

The center will pump in fragrances related to each setting along with a cool breeze.

The massage isn’t virtual, but it’s not from a human, either — it’s an automated massage chair, hopefully better than the one you collapse into for a break at the mall.

This iPhone game could help heart surgeons save lives

Who knew endoscopies could be so much fun?

“We capture the challenges of the practice of medicine — diagnosis, clinical challenges, procedural challenges — and we capture them as video game mechanics,” Glassenberg told Mashable.

“I think gamification education is going to be the next frontier,” Dr. Atman Shah, a University of Chicago interventional cardiology specialist and Level Ex physician adviser, said.

“If you can get to a point where it’s actually realistic, the patient outcomes are realistic, the graphics are realistic, there’s a real critical story, it becomes so much more meaningful for the person who’s learning.”


California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers to get 4% pay raise

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, shakes hands with Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) as he enters the Assembly chambers to deliver his State of the State address in February. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The raises will bump the base pay of California legislators to $114,877 on Dec. 2, while Newsom’s pay will jump to $209,747.

Four-percent raises will also be received by the state attorney general, treasurer, controller, insurance commissioner and other statewide officials.

The pay hikes were approved by the state Citizens Compensation Commission, which is appointed by the governor and required to meet annually to set the pay of elected officials.

During the recession of a decade ago, the panel cut salaries, but it has routinely granted raises in recent years.

Chaos and Recklessness From Democratic Party on Immigration • Varney & Co.

Commentary/Opinion:Independent Women’s Voice. Tammy Bruce.

Gen. Keane ‘confident’ US diplomats won’t back third Trump-Kim summit without ‘some evidence’ of denuclearization

Keane said after previous meetings over the last year in Singapore and Hanoi, North Korea has still not made any headway towards fulfilling their promise of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

“I think this time, what will be different is, I’m confident that our diplomats are not going to move to another summit until there is some evidence that the North Koreans are actually making progress,” he said on “America’s Newsroom”.

The government will be looking for “some evidence” that the North Koreans are willing to “disarm and dismantle their nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities,” he continued.

Bernie Sanders Campaign Shares Doctored Video Of Trump

“Want to really scare Trump?
Help us show the strength of our campaign to defeat him—chip in before our fundraising deadline at midnight at the link in bio,” Sanders posted on the account along with the doctored video.

The video shows Sanders being edited into a 2016 Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio, where a man jumped over a police barricade and charged towards Trump on stage.

World News:

President Trump Visits the DMZ

China begins ranking citizens with ‘social credit’ system

China has begun using a dystopian-type ‘social credit’ system to rank its citizens.

Hong Kong police clear protesters from legislature building

Police officers with protective gear prepare to clear protesters from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong,
Police officers with protective gear prepare to clear protesters from the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, during the early hours of Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Protesters in Hong Kong took over the legislature’s main building Friday night, tearing down portraits of legislative leaders and spray painting pro-democracy slogans on the walls of the main chamber.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Police carrying riot shields and firing tear gas moved in shortly after midnight to clear surrounding streets and then moved into the already vacated legislative chambers.

A spokesman had earlier broadcast a warning that “appropriate force” would be used in the clearance operation, but there was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries.

The sharp escalation in tactics came on the anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China, a city holiday, and reflected mounting frustration with Hong Kong’s leader for not responding to protesters’ demands after several weeks of demonstrations.

Mysterious 3,400-year-old palace discovered as drought reveals ruins

An aerial view of Kemune Palace from the west.
An aerial view of Kemune Palace from the west. (University of Tubingen, eScience Center, and Kurdistan Archaeology Organization)

A team of German and Kurdish archaeologists reports that, in fall 2018, receding waters in the Mosul Dam reservoir unexpectedly revealed the remains in the ancient city, Kemune.

The Bronze Age palace was revealed on the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Iraq’s Duhok province.

As part of a project involving the University of Tübingen in Germany, the Kurdistan Archaeology Organization and Duhok Directorate of Antiquities, archaeologists identified a building with mud brick walls up to 2 meters (6.56 feet) thick.

The ruins of the palace, which in ancient times stood on a terrace overlooking the Tigris Valley, are preserved to a height of about 23 feet.

The site was once part of the ancient Mittani empire, which encompassed much of modern-day Iraq and Syria from the 15th century to the 14th century B.C.


Steve compares Orwell’s ‘1984’ to today’s politics

The panel discusses today’s political landscape and compares it to the dystopian outlook of Orwell’s ‘1984’.

‘Peaceful’ Leftists Ignore Antifa Assault, Bemoan NoKo Peace Talks

Does anyone know what the Left’s objective is? Does the Left even know?

President Trumps meets with Kim Jung Un in North Korea to continue working toward North Korean denuclearization, and leftists are outraged.

At the same time, they make excuses and run cover for the violent thugs known as Antifa who hospitalized a journalist at one of their recent riots.