News and Headlines. 8/9/2019

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In The News:

A shooter is on the run after killing 2 people on a Houston freeway

HOUSTON – A gunman is on the run after killing two people in a caron a Houston freeway as horrified motorists watched during the Thursday evening rush hour, authorities said.

Two occupants of the vehicle that rammed the other car got out, Dobbins said. One had a weapon.

The gunman, described by a witness as a Hispanic male, fired multiple rounds at the car that had been rammed, pursuing it as it rolled down a hill, he said.

Police found narcotics in the car of the two victims, both middle-aged black men, Dobbins said without further identifying them.

“Road rage? An accident? Narcotics? We just don’t know, yet so I won’t speculate,” Dobbins said.

One witness, who had a pistol in his car, fired several rounds when he saw the shooter turn toward him, Dobbins added.

It’s unclear whether the first gunman was struck by a bullet. He ran back up the hill, got into his car and sped away.

Elderly couple found dead in apparent murder-suicide, note says they could not afford medical care

Patricia Whitney-Jones and Brian Jones.
Patricia Whitney-Jones and Brian Jones (Facebook)

“It’s very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option,” Sheriff Bill Elfo said in a statement.

Brian Jones called police on Wednesday morning to say that he was going to kill himself, and told the dispatcher that authorities would find a note in his home with an explanation as well as instructions.

The dispatcher unsuccessfully tried to keep him on the telephone, according to the Bellingham Herald.

Upon entering the home, police found the couple lying side by side, the newspaper said.

Jones allegedly shot his wife once, and himself three times — including once in the head — with a semi-automatic handgun, according to the medical examiner statement to Fox News.

The statement said both had “significant natural health disease conditions.”

Miriam Rivera, First Transgender Reality TV Star, Dies at 38

Photo by Andrew Carlile/EPA/Shutterstock Mexican Transsexual Miriam of ‘There’s Something About Miriam’ Fame at the Big Brother Stage 10 June 2004 As She Prepares to Enter the Big Brother 4 House She Will Spend Four Days with the Big Brother Housemates On the Channel Ten Series Mexican Transsexual, Miriam – Jun 2004

Though Rivera died several months ago, the news emerged Friday. Her husband, Daniel Cuervo, confirmed her death in a February Facebook post.

According to reports, she was found in her apartment and appeared to have hanged herself; however, Cuervo disputes suicide as her cause of death and told Daily Mail Australia he suspects foul play.

Memphis pastors to swap pulpits for sermons on racial harmony

Pastor Duane Thomas of the predominantly black Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church in Memphis, reached out to Pastor Steven Gallimore of the predominantly white Memphis First SDA Church in Cordova.

They talked about pulpit swapping, trading churches for a week to provide perspective and preaching racial harmony.

“Wherever you find yourself, you don’t have to shout out to Washington, and shout across the country.

You can make a difference, in this racial healing and in this racial divide, where you are,” Thomas said.

“Though we may have different approaches and different cultures, we all are looking for the same thing, and that is to spread the love of Jesus Christ.”

How to Increase Your Chance of Survival When a Shooting Breaks Out: Experts

Kevin Holman demonstrates attacking the shooter from a chokepoint and gains control of the weapon in Walnut Creek,
Kevin Holman demonstrates attacking the shooter from a chokepoint and gains control of the weapon in Walnut Creek, California, on Aug. 6, 2019. (Ilene Eng/NTD)

Brad Engmann is ranked as one of the top competitive practical pistol shooters on the West Coast.

He’s also co-owner of Threat Scenarios, a company that trains people to build skills for defense, recreation, and competition.

“If shooting actually starts, the first reaction of many people is going to be to freeze, try to figure out what’s going on. We don’t want to encourage that.

We want to encourage people to spend a few minutes having a plan, and talking about it with their family in advance so that they can improve their reaction time,” said Engmann.

He said people should have basic situational awareness that includes self-defense.

People should also know where the exits and their family members are.

Here are some tips for what to do when confronting a shooter.

First female Marine F-35B, F-35C pilots move toward flying

Capt. Anneliese Satz is the first female member of the U.S. Marine Corps to complete the basic course in flying the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter plane.
Capt. Anneliese Satz is the first female member of the U.S. Marine Corps to complete the basic course in flying the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter plane. She will be deployed to Iwakuni, Japan. Photo by Sgt. Ashley Philips/U.S. Marine Corps

Capt. Anneliese Satz completed her F-35B basic course in June after assignment to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 at Beaufort, S.C.

In prior civilian life she earned a commercial pilot’s license, and later completed flight training at Marine bases in Pensacola, Fla., Corpus Christi, Texas, and Meridian, Miss.

She will now fly the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, a supersonic aircraft designed for combat maneuverability and takeoffs from short fields, as part of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, which is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

Florida man drives golf cart into Walmart, tries to hit shoppers before hitting cash register, deputies say

Michael Hudson, 56, allegedly driving a golf cart through the front doors of a Walmart Supercenter.
Michael Hudson, 56, allegedly driving a golf cart through the front doors of a Walmart Supercenter.

When Hillsborough deputies arrived they tried talking Michael Hudson, 56, outside the store but moments later he suddenly took off in the golf cart —driving through a crowded pedestrian area near the front entrance, forcing customers to run out of the way to avoid being hit.

Hudson was arrested and transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he will receive medical attention, FOX 13 reported.

Hudson faces multiple counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, trespassing, resisting arrest, and felony criminal mischief.

Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots, Kills 7-Eleven Robbery Suspect


WBTV reports that two juvenile robbery suspects “held [a] customer at gunpoint and aggressively robbed him.”

The suspects then allegedly turned to rob the clerk, and somewhere during the process, the customer, fearing for his life, pulled a gun and opened fire.

He struck both robbery suspects, killing one.

The deceased suspect was identified as 16-year-old Qwanterrius Stafford.

The other suspect, 17-year-old Brenna Harris, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Twitter unlocks McConnell account and campaign cries ‘Victory!!!’

The campaign page was suspended Wednesday after posting a video of protesters outside the Kentucky Republican’s home that included profane language and violent threats against him.

Twitter said in a statement, “After multiple appeals from affected users and Leader McConnell’s team confirming their intent to highlight the threats for public discussion, we have reviewed this case more closely.”

The video will only be visible as “sensitive media” content, the company said.


Mexican gunmen open fire at US border agents on river patrol

A U.S. Coast Guard boat deployed for U.S.-Mexico border security operations navigates the Rio Grande.
A U.S. Coast Guard boat deployed for U.S.-Mexico border security operations navigates the Rio Grande. Reuters

None of the agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station Marine Unit was injured while they were patrolling near Fronton, Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.

“Agents saw four subjects with automatic weapons who shot over 50 rounds at them.

The boat was hit several times but no one on board was injured,” the CBP said.

Meanwhile, agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector encountered two large groups of suspected illegal immigrants who turned themselves in, according to the CBP.

Forced to Quickly Release Adults With Children, Border Patrol Struggles to Get Criminal Records in Time

Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz apprehends 35 illegal aliens who have just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico near McAllen, Texas, on April 18, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he traveled to McAllen, Texas, on the weekend of July 27 to better understand the border crisis.

Lankford said border agents told him that after releasing a man and a child into the United States, they finally obtained the man’s criminal records, which showed he’s a convicted pedophile in his home country.

Usually, families are transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for a maximum of 20 days, under the Flores Settlement Agreement.

But the agency has limited family detention space and the overwhelming numbers have forced releases, often with the adult wearing an ankle bracelet (of which more than 1 in 4 are cut off).

The Rio Grande Valley Sector outstrips all others along the southern border for sheer volume of illegal crossings.

More than 190,000 individuals as part of a family unit have been apprehended by Border Patrol in the sector so far this fiscal year.

Another 31,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended, as well as 80,000 single adults.


Trump: We can do ‘meaningful’ gun background checks

The president highlights a need to address a ‘big mental illness problem’ in America after the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

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Wife of DOJ Official Funneled Clinton-Funded Dossier on Manafort to FBI

Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr arrives for a closed-door interview with investigators from the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 19, 2018.
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Nellie Ohr compiled the Manafort report as part of her work for Fusion GPS.

The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid Fusion GPS $1 million to conduct opposition research of then-candidate Donald Trump.

Fusion GPS hired Nellie Ohr to conduct open-source opposition research in 2015.

The revelation about the Manafort report is part of a batch of FBI documents memorializing the bureau’s interviews with Bruce Ohr.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained the documents as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the bureau.

“These new Bruce Ohr FBI 302s show an unprecedented and irregular effort by the FBI, DOJ, and State Department to dig up dirt on President Trump using the conflicted Bruce Ohr, his wife, and the Clinton/DNC spies at Fusion GPS,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

Bongino digs into Bruce Ohr interview records released by FBI

Commentary/Opinion: The Justice Department releases memos from interviews with DOJ official Bruce Ohr which confirm extensive contact with British ex-spy Christopher Steele.

Fox News contributor Dan Bongino reacts.

14 FBI agents caught leaking information

14 FBI agents caught leaking information:
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says Judicial Watch obtained referral records of FBI employees leaking sensitive, classified information.

Did Brennan Perjure Himself in Denying Use of Steele Dossier?

Former CIA Director John Brennan might have perjured himself in testimony he delivered more than two years ago to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on May 23, 2017.

In an exchange with then-Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Brennan claimed he didn’t know who commissioned ex-British spy Christopher Steele to write what would become the infamous “Steele dossier” that alleged Russia had damaging information on Donald Trump and that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government to win the election.

‘Moderate’ Joe Biden Tells Reporter There Are ‘At Least Three’ Genders

In the video, the staffer asks Biden, “How many genders are there?”

“There are at least three,” Biden responds.

“What are they?” the staffer asks.

“Don’t play games with me, kids,” Biden responds.

Biden shook someone’s hand, then allegedly grabbed the staffer’s arm, while saying, “By the way, the first one to come out for marriage was me.”

Turning Point USA’s founder, Charlie Kirk, tweeted a video of the events.

World News:

US threatens to pull troops from Germany if no increase in NATO defense spending

“It is actually offensive to assume that the U.S. taxpayer must continue to pay to have 50,000-plus Americans in Germany, but the Germans get to spend their surplus on domestic programs,” Grenell told the Germany press agency DPA this week, which the U.S. Embassy later tweeted.

It is estimated there are 34,000 American service members stationed in Germany across more than three dozen Army and Air Force bases, as well as 17,000 American civilian support staff.

Grenell also took to Twitter to criticize Germany’s lack of spending on defense.

Trump on China: ‘I’m Not Ready to Make a Deal’

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House before departing in Washington, DC
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on the South Lawn of the White House before departing in Washington, DC on August 9, 2019.

“They would like to make a deal. I’m not ready to make a deal,” Trump told reporters at the White House before his departure for fundraising events in New York.

“China wants to settle this deal.

They’ve had the worst year that they’ve had in many, many decades and it’s getting only worse. Thousands of companies are leaving China,” he said.

The next round of trade talks with the Chinese delegation is planned to take place in Washington next month.

When asked if he would cancel the next meeting Trump said, “Maybe, I will see what happens.

Right now the talks are scheduled in September. Whether or not they cancel, we’ll see.”

Trump repeatedly accused China of backtracking on its commitments and delaying the talks in the hopes of making a more favorable trade deal with a Democratic president after 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Trump told reporters that he received strong support from Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Fukushima nuclear plant running out of space for radioactive water, TEPCO says

FILE – This Sept. 4, 2017, aerial file photo shows Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant reactors, bottom from right, Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3, in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan. The utility company operating Fukushima’s tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant said Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 it will run out of space for tanks to store massive amounts of treated but still contaminated water in three years, adding pressure for the government and the public to reach consensus on what to do with the water. (Daisuke Suzuki/Kyodo News via AP, File)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the plant, said it will build more tanks, but can only accommodate an additional 1.37 million tons, a level that will be reached by the summer of 2022, two years after the country hosts the Summer Olympics.

Nearly 9 years since the accident, officials have yet to agree on what to do with the radioactive water.

A government-commissioned panel has picked five alternatives, including the controlled release of the water into the Pacific Ocean, which nuclear experts, including members of the International Atomic Energy Agency, say is the only realistic option.

Fishermen and residents, however, strongly oppose the proposal, saying the release would be suicide for Fukushima’s fishing and agriculture.

Russia military depot shaken by 2nd explosion in 4 days

An explosion is seen Monday at a military ammunition depot in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, Russia.
An explosion is seen Monday at a military ammunition depot in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, Russia. Photo by Dmitry Dub/EPA-EFE

The Russian military said a lightning strike first caused a fire, and then the explosion.

Authorities said a separate explosion at the same site Monday destroyed the depot’s lightning shield.

A different blast Thursday killed two Russian soldiers at a military range in northwest Russia.

State of emergency declared after ammo depot blasts in Siberia

KRASNOYARSK TERRITORY, RUSSIA – AUGUST 5, 2019: A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employee evacuates residents of the settlements located within the radius of 20 km from the village of Kamenka, Achinsk District, due to a fire after explosions at a military ammunition depot; several people have been taken to hospital with injuries.
Video screen grab/Olga Khalmanova/OSA TV Channel/TASS Ðîññèÿ.

More explosions rocked an ammunition depot in the Krasnoyarsk Region’s Achinsk District on Friday evening.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, one of the latest explosions occurred when a lightning hit an ammunition stack with damaged lightning protection.

The region’s governor said the explosions occurred during a bomb disposal operation.

Ten people were injured, four of them were taken to the hospital, medics said.

China censors ‘Bible, ‘God’ from children’s books: report

The Communist Party government swapped out “Bible” in “Robinson Crusoe” written by Daniel Defoe for “book.”

Chinese officials changed “when a star falls, a soul goes to be with God” in “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Anderson to read:

“when a star falls, a person leaves this world.”

Asia News also notes censorship is happening at the university level, where professors have banned classics with religious references such as “The Count of Monte Cristo” by A. Dumas, “Resurrection” by Leo Tolstoy, and “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo.


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We Killed God, Family, And Community — And Now It’s Killing Us

Once upon a time, if something happened to you, a significant number of people would mourn your death — not only because you were a good person and a good friend, but also because the community would suffer without your presence and skills.

Now, the vast majority of people can barely count on one hand the number of people whose life would be truly altered by their passing.

For the most part, it can easily feel like no one cares about you anymore.

Your skills are ubiquitous, you have no true community, and God doesn’t exist.

So what, you may ask, is exactly the point?

We have created a society that now offers almost none of the things that make people truly happy.

Family, community, spiritual belonging — these are the foundational and primal building blocks of human happiness, and they are rapidly disappearing.

With the destruction of the family, the church, and the community, the reasons people have traditionally had for their very existence are in danger of receding into the past.

And the outcome is predictable: isolation, depression, anxiety, despondency, drug abuse, and death.