News and Headlines. 8/2/2019

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In The News:

Man with boat full of bikini-clad women put on ‘quite a show’ at riverside restaurant, police say

Police say the man and his bevy of bikini-clad passengers “hurled insults and threats toward random people and staff” before cranking up the boat’s radio to “intentionally annoy everyone.” (iStock)

“A 65-year-old Detroit man was arrested following what sounds like quite a show at one of our upscale restaurants,” police confirmed on Facebook.

“The man pulled his boat up to the restaurant where he and six bikini clad women, all half his age, were refused service and asked to leave by staff because they were all reportedly too intoxicated.”

Instead of leaving, however, the man and his bevy of bikini-clad passengers “hurled insults and threats toward random people and staff” before cranking up the boat’s radio to “intentionally annoy everyone.”

Police Dash Cam Catches Plane Making Emergency Landing. The Video Is Amazing

(Photo: YouTube Screenshot)

It all happened Thursday in Spanaway, just south of Seattle, when an officer spotted a single prop KR2 plane flying over head, according to video posted Friday on YouTube by the Guardian News.

In the first part of the clip, we see the plane coming in towards the officer and a street filled with cars.

It isn’t long after we notice the officer’s car has turned around and made a u-turn in an attempt to follow the plane.

It is truly incredible that no one was injured in this can’t-miss video!

US veteran unemployment rate below national average

According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday, the unemployment rate for America’s veterans was 3.4 percent in July.

That compares with the overall U.S. unemployment rate, which sits at 3.7 percent – hovering at a multi-decade low.

The rate for vets is higher than it was one year ago, when it was just 3 percent. In July, it was also slightly higher for women veterans when compared with men, at 5 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively.

The U.S. added 164,000 jobs in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday, which was largely in line with expectations.

The economy is in the midst of the longest expansion on record.

Woman Nearly Bleeds Out After Botched Abortion Because Gosnell-Linked Clinic Lacked Emergency Supplies in Incident Previously Reported by Operation Rescue

Immediate Jeopardy is a situation in which the provider’s noncompliance with patient care standards and/or regulations has caused or is likely to cause serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a patient.

Due to two separate complaints filed by Louisiana pro-life activist Rich Mahoney and Louisiana Right to Life, an investigation and inspection found 16 pages of violations that resulted in Delta’s facility license being place on provisional status and a total fine of $4,200.00.

Operation Rescue had been advised of the March 15 medical emergency at Delta by Mr. Mahoney and reported on it on March 22, 2019.

While no 911 records were released prior to that report, new documents related to the Department of Health’s investigation reveal startling details of what this patient endured as a result of Delta’s incompetence.

A$AP Rocky to be freed from jail as judge mulls case, Trump tweets rapper is ‘on his way home’

It wasn’t immediately clear from the decision Friday by Stockholm District Court whether the three suspects in a beating could leave the country.

But per a tweet from President Trump, the rapper is “on his way home.”

“A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden. It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”

Gillette Loses Billions after Shaming Men in Ad Campaign

Gillette’s CEO and president, Gary Coombe, says that angering some consumers with its #metoo campaign was a “price worth paying” if it meant the brand could increase its relevance among younger consumers and turn around its falling market share…

Gillette made the decision to launch the campaign in a bid to target the millennial market…

But Coombe admitted Gillette’s strategy hadn’t helped. He explained:

“The worst thing during through that period was, we also lost connection with the millennial generation.

Gillette quickly became the brand of the millennial generation’s dads.”

Eight Covington Catholic teens file defamation lawsuit against Sen. Warren, others

The lawsuit seeks damages for alleged defamatory comments by 12 individuals—lawmakers, journalists and social media personalities, Law & Crime reported Friday.

The individuals include presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.

“Several of our Senators, most-famous celebrities, and widely read journalists, collectively used their large social media platforms, perceived higher credibility and public followings to lie and libel minors they never met, based on an event they never witnessed,” the lawsuit said, according to Law & Crime.

“These defendants called for the kids to be named and shamed, doxxed and expelled, and invited public retaliation against these minors from a small town in Kentucky,” the lawsuit said.

Marine corporal charged with murder, manslaughter in shooting of fellow Marine in DC barracks

Riley Kuznia was shot and killed Jan.1 (Fox 5 D.C.)
Riley Kuznia was shot and killed Jan.1 (Fox 5 D.C.)

The Marines said the shooting happened at approximately 5 a.m., during a shift change. Kuznia, a native of Karlstad, Minn., was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center shortly before 6 a.m. Jan. 1.

Kuznia’s mother, Markelle, said at the time of her son’s death that he always longed to be a Marine.

Marine spokeswoman Capt. Katie Kochert told the publication that Johnson will face a so-called Article 32 hearing later this month, where some or all of the charges could be dropped.

Following the hearing, an officer will recommend whether Johnson will face a court-martial or receive administrative action.

Florida man arrested after writing anti-gay remark on restaurant receipt, stuffing it down manager’s blouse, fleeing scene

A mug shot of Frederic Sterry Smith. (St. Johns County Sheriff Office)
A mug shot of Frederic Sterry Smith. (St. Johns County Sheriff Office)

Last weekend, Frederic Sterry Smith and a female companion finished their meal at Milagro On 12 Latin Kitchen in St. Augustine, Naples Daily News reports, before things quickly took a turn for the worse.

Law enforcement officials were contacted, and police tracked down Smith within an hour, the Daily News reports.

According to the outlet, when questioned, the man reportedly became “verbally abusive and angry,” denying the stunt.

“I can say whatever I want, to whoever I want!” he cried.


CBP shares image of child being used by imposter parent to cross border

The photo showing the child being held by a Border Patrol agent was published on CBP’s Instagram page this week.

The caption says that agents encountered a group of 12 migrants made up of family units and unaccompanied minors.

After discovering that one of the migrants had two previous immigration arrests within the past month, agents flagged him for a DNA test as part of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program — which revealed that he was not the father of the child.

“The test revealed there is no parent-child relationship.

The man admitted he was not the child’s father, but knew the mother and had permission to the take the child,” the post said.

Border Patrol Agents Fail to Revive 32-Year-Old Salvadoran Migrant in Custody

Migrants begin to retreat as U.S. law enforcement uses tear gas to repel their efforts to cross illegally into the United States,
Migrants begin to retreat as U.S. law enforcement uses tear gas to repel their efforts to cross illegally into the United States, just west of the San Ysidro crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, on Nov. 25, 2018. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The agency said the man was taken into custody by agents from the El Paso Station at around 9 p.m. on Aug. 1.

After being processed at the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico he required medical attention.

He was pronounced dead in the early morning on Aug. 2.

“Our condolences are with his family,” CBP said in the statement. The agency did not share any further details surrounding the man’s death.

This comes at a time when the crisis at the border has garnered significant attention due to the influx of illegal immigrants in recent months, and conflicting reports on the conditions in Border Patrol detention facilities.

The agency has repeatedly warned about the dangers of making the arduous trek through Mexico and crossing the southern border illegally into the United States.

Moreover, agents are also warning about the risks of traveling in such harsh conditions in the extreme summer heat, after agents discovered bodies of migrants near the border.

They are thought to have died from heat exposure and dehydration.

Tech Watch:

FTC may be investigating Facebook’s deals for Instagram and WhatsApp

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The agency is looking to find out whether Facebook was trying to snuff out potential competitors before they could truly challenge the social media giant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook confirmed in its latest earnings report an FTC investigation was underway, but didn’t go into much detail beyond it having to do with “the areas of social networking or social media services, digital advertising, and/or mobile or online applications.”

The investigation follows another FTC probe of Facebook that led to a $5 billion fine against the company.

That case was related to Facebook’s various privacy practices, particularly concerning the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Justice Department is also investigating if and how major tech companies have tried to stymie possible rivals.

Regulators elsewhere are looking into competition concerns regarding Facebook too.

Apologies in the tech world, a timeline

“Our bad.” – These tech execs, probably.

Facebook defends decision not to ban fake news from politicians

In this March 29, 2018, photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog has described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook says it wasn’t its job to stop fake news circulated by actual politicians in the months leading up to Australia’s federal election.

The nation’s Labor Party suffered resounding losses this spring, which some are linking to the deluge of social media posts that falsely claimed that the party wanted to impose hefty “death taxes”.

In letters reviewed by Guardian Australia, Facebook vice-president Simon Milner told outgoing Labor Party secretary Noah Carroll that the misinformation didn’t violate the platform’s community standards.

“I understand that your preference would be for Facebook to remove all content that you believe constitutes misinformation – which in this instance mean all content that discussed whether or not Labor intends to introduce a death tax – rather than demote it; however Facebook only removes content that violates our community standards,” wrote Milner.

The executive insisted that the company had invested significantly in the Australian government’s efforts to “safeguard” the 2019 federal election.

EXPOSED: Political Censorship in Big Tech

WATCH: Project Veritas has exposed “shadow banning” at Twitter, “deboosting” at Facebook, “sensitive terms list” at Pinterest, “algorithmic unfairness” at Google/YouTube. Insiders.


Trump Says Ratcliffe No Longer His Pick for Intelligence Chief

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on July 24, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump said the media’s unfair treatment of Ratcliffe led to the withdrawal.

“Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media,” Trump said on Twitter.

“Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people.”

“John has therefore decided to stay in Congress where he has done such an outstanding job representing the people of Texas, and our Country,” Trump said in a subsequent post.

The facts behind Gabbard and Biden’s attack on Kamala Harris’ prosecutor record

And a review of the cases in question shows that while Biden and Gabbard at times overstated things or omitted details, their allegations were largely factual.

After getting his clock cleaned by Harris during the first debate, a more aggressive former vice president went on offense Wednesday accusing Harris of keeping nonviolent prisoners behind bars during her tenure as California attorney general because they were a source of cheap labor for the state.

“What happened? Along came a federal judge and said enough is enough and he freed 1,000 of these people,” Biden said as he argued that Harris was forced by a judge to release the prisoners.

Gabbard also jumped in to land heavy blows on the top-polling candidate – accusing Harris of keeping “people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”

George Soros Expands Influence Over U.S. Politics

Billionaire financier George Soros is launching a super PAC ahead of the 2020 election and, at $5.1 million, he has already made the single biggest contribution so far this election cycle compared to any other megadonor.

Super PACs, which are officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees,” are not allowed to make contributions to specific parties or candidates.

They may, however, support initiatives independently of campaigns and do so by engaging in unlimited political spending.

“He has, unlike Tom Steyer or [Michael] Bloomberg, funded things like Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA and EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood and expects to continue to do so,” a person familiar with Democracy PAC told Politico.

According to earlier reports, Soros, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg were three of the dozens of billionaires who dropped millions of dollars into campaigns for ballot initiatives ahead of the last year’s midterm elections.

Inside Look At Baltimore’s Housing Crisis

The Daily Caller went to Baltimore, Md. to interview Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sec. Ben Carson and residents who live in public housing in the city, many of whom backed up President Donald Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rodent-infested mess.”

Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings declined an offer to tour a Baltimore Housing and Urban Development (HUD) facility with HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday.

Daily Caller covered the press conference and got an inside look at Baltimore’s Housing Crisis.

World News:

Woman who killed daughters after ‘they got in the way’ of her sex life sentenced to life in prison

Mugshot for Louise Porton, 23, (Warwickshire Police Department)
Mugshot for Louise Porton, 23, (Warwickshire Police Department)

Remorseless Louise Porton, 23, learned her punishment from a Birmingham Crown Court judge who called her “evil” and “calculated,” the BBC reported.

She will be eligible for parole after 32 years.

“These were blameless young children who were plainly vulnerable and ought to have been able to rely on their mother to protect and nurture them,” Judge Amanda Yip told Porton, according to the BBC. “Instead you took their young lives away.”

At the start of the trial the prosecutor said it was not hard to draw the conclusion that for Porton “at times, her two children got in the way of her doing what she wanted when she wanted and with whom she wanted.”

Farhan Akhtar expresses his shock over the rape and beheading of 3-year-old Jamshedpur girl

The latest on the case suggests that the police have arrested two persons in connection with the murder, one of who was named as Rinku Sahu, who has a long criminal record and was released on bail recently after serving time for his involvement in the kidnapping of children and attempting to kill a child in 2015.

A case has been registered under POCSO Act against the accused, the police said while addressing a press briefing on Wednesday.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (railways) Noor Mustafa Ansari said the accused, Rinku Sahu, raped the child and after she started crying, beheaded her and threw her body near a water filter plant.

On examining the CCTV footage in the railway station, the police were able to nab the culprit.

Pence Speaks Out In Defense Of Christian Woman Punished In Iran For Converting From Islam

(Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

Pence tweeted about the plight of 65-year-old Mahrokh Kanbari, a woman who was sentenced to one year in prison for “acting against national security” and engaging in “propaganda against the system,” according to the Christian Post. Kanbari previously had converted from Islam to Christianity.

The Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj sentenced Kanbari on Monday after Iranian intelligence officials arrested her and confiscated religious materials in her home on Christmas Eve.

Kanbari was released after paying about $2,500 in bail, charged with acting against national security in January and instructed to go to a religious leader to help her return to Islam, according to the Christian Post.

Jennifer Lopez, A-Rod pray at Western Wall as manager says ‘nothing’ would have stopped JLo from Israel show

Jerusalem, you are unforgettable. What a perfect finale to our first trip to this beautiful land.

The singer, her baseball playing-beau and their respective children were snapped praying at the holy site after JLo performed the night before in Tel Aviv.

Rodriguez shared: “Jerusalem, you are unforgettable. What a perfect finale to our first trip to this beautiful land.”

Later he added, “What an amazing time we are having on my first trip to Israel! The people have been wonderful and have such energy.

I will definitely be back and recommend visiting this incredible country!”

While the famous couple was visiting Israel as a stop on Lopez’s “It’s My Party” tour, it didn’t come without controversy.

Like many artists who perform in the Middle Eastern country, Lopez faced pressure to cancel her concert from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.

Vegans Protest At A Rodeo, Cowboys Run Them Off Using Horses And Whips

In Argentina, more than 40 vegan activists interrupted a rodeo and were chased off by cowboys.

Distracted London-bound train driver went 100mph over limit

CCTV footage taken from the LNER train approaching a 20mph board

The driver told investigators he began to feel worse as the train got closer to Sandy and he did not notice the first warning sign.

He then misunderstood a second warning and thought it did not apply to his train.

The RAIB warned that although there was no accident on this occasion, there was always a risk when trains do not comply with speed restrictions.

No-one was injured as a result of the speeding and the LNER service from Aberdeen made it to London King’s Cross safely.


On Marxism in America, the Communist China Threat, Unconventional Warfare & Hong Kong—Joshua Philipp

In this special episode with a studio audience in Laguna Beach, California, we sit down with The Epoch Times’ award-winning investigative reporter and senior editor Joshua Philipp.

He is a recognized expert on unrestricted and asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and cyber security, especially in the context Chinese Communist Party.

We discuss Marxist revisionist history, the end goals of communism, Antifa violence, and the spread of political correctness.

We also examine the Chinese Communist Party’s global ambitions and its extensive influence and warfare operations in the US and around the world.