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Patient’s mangled, overgrown toenails shaved down in 10-minute viral clip

A video described by the podiatrist who posted it as an “an unfortunate circumstance” has gone viral as he works for upwards of 10 minutes to try and clip his patient’s extremely distorted toenails that had grown several inches in length.

“I can’t lean down,” the patient responds, possibly giving a clue as to why her nails had grown so out of control. Her feet are also covered in layers of flaky dry skin, which Nguyen carefully picks off.

Dr. Binh Nguyen, of Healthy Feet Podiatry in Tampa, Fla., does not identify his patient or show her face, but he points out that her toenails hadn’t been cut recently, and asked if she has been off her feet for awhile.

White supremacist gang members indicted in major Nevada sting operation, reports say

The indictment, unsealed Wednesday, was the culmination of a months-long sting operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, KSNV-TV reported.

It named 23 members of the Aryan Warriors, which has operated in and outside of Nevada prisons since the 1970s.

Officers arrested 10 members of the gang in Las Vegas as part of a “major investigative takedown,” the DEA said. Other indicted members — including reputed leader Robert “Coco” Standridge, and supposed second-in-command Zackaria “Lil Dog” Luz — were already behind bars, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The paper reported that officers seized a trove of contraband, including 30 firearms, two bulletproof vests, multiple stolen vehicles, methamphetamine,
heroin, and nearly $10,000 in cash during the sweep.

Potential mass shootings in California, Tennessee averted after tipsters’ alerts, officials say

Investigators said they found “multiple firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and tactical gear were seized, including high-capacity magazines and an assault rifle” in Rodolfo Montoya’s home. (Long Beach Police Department)

In Indiana on Friday, authorities arrested Thomas Matthew McVicker, a 38-year-old truck driver who allegedly threatened to “shoot up” a church in Memphis.

He made “credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide,” an FBI special agent said in a sworn affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.

McVicker was arrested by Indiana State Police and the FBI.

Separately, in California, Rodolfo Montoya, a 37-year-old “disgruntled” chef at a Marriott hotel in Long Beach, was arrested Tuesday after a co-worker said Montoya threatened to shoot everyone at the establishment.

Apparently upset about a human resources issue, Montoya allegedly told his co-worker about the plan, and that co-worker reported it to police, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Suspect arrested in stabbing death on Cal State Fullerton campus

Fullerton police Lt. John Radus told Fox News a person had been arrested in the death of Steven Keung Chan but declined to provide other details.

Officials have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon where they will release more information, he said.

Chan, 57, was found stabbed multiple times inside his Infiniti vehicle in a campus parking lot on Monday, the first day of fall semester classes.

Investigators said he apparently was targeted.

Police uncovered a backpack from underneath Chan’s car containing zip ties, wigs and other materials that could potentially be used as a disguise, which seemed to suggest the attack was not random and could have been an attempted abduction.

Fired KFC employee allegedly stabs coworker, walks to McDonald’s

Joshua Moser, 26, has been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.
According to the Valparaiso Police Department, Joshua Moser, 26, has been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.
(Valparaiso Police Department)

The suspect allegedly attempted to stab a manager at one of the fast-food chain’s locations in Indiana after receiving the bad news.

When several employees attempted to intervene, one of them was apparently stabbed in the hand.

According to the Valparaiso Police Department, Moser has been charged with aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief and possession of paraphernalia.

Baltimore teen gets life in prison for running over cop in stolen Jeep while ordered to be on house arrest

Dawnta Harris, 17, was tried as an adult and convicted earlier this year in the May 2018 murder of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, 29.
Dawnta Harris, 17, was tried as an adult and convicted earlier this year in the May 2018 murder of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, 29.

Officials in Baltimore have come under intense criticism in the aftermath of Caprio’s death after it emerged Harris was awaiting sentencing in another auto theft case at the time of the killing.

He was allowed, however, to remain on house arrest despite a string of previous arrests for car burglaries, repeated instances in which he skipped out of juvenile custody and a request from his mother to detain him.

A high school freshman at the time, Harris was transferred from a juvenile facility to his home in West Baltimore — and disappeared shortly after.

At one point she draws her weapon and screams at Harris to “Stop! Stop!” before he ducks his head, accelerates and slams the car into her.

Caprio managed to fire off one round, which shattered the Jeep’s windshield. Residents of the Baltimore suburb reportedly found the officer bloodied and with tire marks across her legs.

She sustained broken ribs and injuries to her internal organs.

Justice charges 80 in massive online fraud case linked to Nigerian defendants

The indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Central District of California Office, and was made public shortly after authorities arrested 14 of the defendants across the United States, with 11 of these defendants apprehended in the Los Angeles region.

The majority of the defendants are outside the country, with many likely in Nigeria.

The defendants involved in the case were charged with attempting to defraud individuals of millions of dollars through the use of business email compromise (BEC) and online romance scams, in addition to other schemes meant to target the elderly.

The investigation is being led by the FBI, with each of the defendants according to DOJ charged with “conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft.” Some defendants also face fraud and money laundering charges.

Florida teen faces felony charge after allegedly threatening to conduct a school shooting

The 16-year-old girl was allegedly so annoyed with the sounds from a group chat of sixth graders that she took her sister’s phone and typed in the chat:

“Next person to say something is the first person I will shoot on the school shooting that will take place this Friday,” she allegedly confessed to Altamonte Springs police, according to The Associated Press.

Several parents later reported the threat to officials at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, the AP reports.

While detectives concluded the teen wasn’t actually planning on committing the attack, a written threat to kill or to conduct a mass shooting is a felony according to Florida state law, police said.

Rhode Island portable toilet explosions probed by bomb squad, $5G reward offered

The first explosion was reported around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 17 in the town of Westerly, Rhode Island, according to officials. (Rhode Island Fire Marshal)

“I’ve seen many other things happen to port-a-potties but never an explosion,” Jason Mottle, who has been working the construction site, told WPRI-TV.

“The port-a-potty was blown up into a million pieces.”

The second incident was reported hours later in a private parking lot in Charlestown. A fisherman reported hearing an explosion at about 11 p.m. Saturday, but the damage was not reported until Sunday morning.

Images released by the state fire marshal showed both portable toilets blown to pieces.

Golden Gloves Champ Scares Off Bucktown Mugger — With A Right Hook To His Crotch

Claire Quinn trains at Unanimous Boxing Gym, 2764 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Logan Square. Her boxing record for the 2019 year is 6-0.
Claire Quinn trains at Unanimous Boxing Gym, 2764 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Logan Square. Her boxing record for the 2019 year is 6-0.
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Quinn was walking in the 1600 block of North Damen Avenue Sunday morning at about 10:25 a.m. when a man punched her in the forehead and demanded her phone. She reacted swiftly, with her fists.

“I just kept throwing my right hand to his balls,” Quinn said.

“There’s no way to sugar coat that or put it nicely.”

Ohio cop attempted kidnapping girl, 12, waiting for bus and filmed himself urinating on her: police

Soloman Nhiwatiwa, 34, was suspended without pay from Cleveland’s Division of Police after he allegedly tried kidnapping a 12-year-old girl waiting for the school bus. (Euclid Police Department)

Soloman Nhiwatiwa, a Cleveland officer, was taken into custody in the alleged Friday incident, according to a police department news release.

Nhiwatiwa allegedly drove up to the girl while in Euclid and asked her if she needed a ride to school, Cleveland.com reported.

The girl said no, and refused to get in the vehicle, reportedly prompting Nhiwatiwa to drive away.

Roughly a minute later, however, prosecutors allege Nhiwatiwa came back — this time exposing himself to the girl and then filming himself urinating on her before leaving the scene again.

109 US Counties Have Become Majority Non-White Since 2000, Analysis Finds

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From 2000 to 2018, 109 counties in 22 different states have shifted from majority white to majority non-white, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released Wednesday.

Pew used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and examined all counties with a minimum population of 10,000 in 2018, which account for 99% of the country’s population.

The number of non-white counties in 2018 grew to 293 — these are counties where the non-Hispanic white population has fallen below 50%. Most non-white counties are situated in California, the East Coast and the South, with only a few within the interior of the U.S.

The share of the country’s white population has been declining for years. Most studies predict the entire U.S. will become majority non-white by 2045.

Non-white people make up a majority of four states: California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii. The country’s entire under-18 population will become majority non-white by 2020, according to a demographer with the Brookings Institution.

TMLC Uncovers Tax-Payer Funded Islamic Propaganda Forced On Teachers

Concerned about a two-day mandatory teacher-training seminar on Islam conducted by a Muslim consultant hired by Michigan’s Novi Community Schools District, TMLC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the workshop.

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Law Center, commented on the results of their investigation, “We found that the teachers were subjected to two days of Islamic propaganda, where Islam was glorified, Christianity disparaged, and America bashed—all funded by Novi taxpayers.”

Moreover, during the past five years the school district has presented no teacher-training seminars focusing on Christianity, Judaism or any other religion – only Islam.

The hired Muslim consultant was Huda Essa, a resident of the Dearborn area and of Arab descent. She appeared before the Novi teachers in a hijab, the Muslim headscarf, billing herself as an expert in “cultural competency” and “culturally responsive teaching.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor

Sanders, who left the Trump administration roughly two months ago, will appear on various Fox platforms to provide political commentary.

She will make her first appearance on “Fox & Friends” during its Sept. 6 broadcast.

Politics:

DNC Chair to Hold Fundraisers in Mexico

The Democratic National Committee is moving across the border to raise funds ahead of the 2020 elections.

One America’s Bobby Dupree has the details.

Focus in Spygate Scandal Shifts to CIA, Former Director Brennan – The Epoch Times

While some observers, including this publication, have pointed out for more than a year that Brennan appears to have played a key role in the scandal that’s become known as Spygate, actions taken by Brennan and the CIA now appear to have become a central focus of investigators.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz was “doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application” and “the behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation.”

Graham noted that he believed Horowitz’s report would be coming out in “weeks—not days, not months” and would prove to be “ugly and damning regarding the Department of Justice’s handling of the Russian probe.”

Graham noted that the IG’s report has been delayed because “every time you turn around, you find something new.”

Joe Biden’s Gaffs Should Sound the Alarms, He’s Not Fit to be President • Hannity

Commentary/Opinion: Tammy Bruce.

Fox News panel debates Trump plan to extend legal detention of migrant families

Commentary/Opinion: The Trump administration announced it would move to scrap the Flores agreement in order to allow for migrant families to be detained longer as their cases are being considered, instead of having to release them after 20 days; Clara Long, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, and Art Del Cueto, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, join the debate.

Drag Queen Challenges Rep. Adam Schiff For His Seat In Congress

maebeagirl Silver Lake, Los Angeles
maebeagirl Silver Lake, Los Angeles

Maebe A. Girl became the first drag queen elected to local government, winning a seat in Silver Lake Neighborhood Council earlier this year.

Now the drag queen is attempting to win a seat in the House of Representatives and become the first congressional trans person and first drag queen, according to Route Fifty. Girl will face Schiff in an open primary.

“While I appreciate his allyship, I think someone that is actually a part of the queer community, that understands the day-to-day struggles, would be a better representative than an ally,” Girl said of Schiff.

“I want people to know that there are more progressive people on the ballot.”

AOC takes heat from heartland after calling Electoral College a racist ‘scam’

Eliminating the current system in favor of electing the president via the national popular vote would shift power to more heavily populated states, such as Ocasio-Cortez’s home of New York.

Midwestern states like Michigan and Wisconsin, now heavily sought-after swing states, and smaller ones like Iowa would have less of an impact should this happen, as Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst pointed out.

“Actually @AOC, eliminating the Electoral College would silence our voices here in Iowa and in many other states across the country,” the Republican senator tweeted, adding,

“This is just more evidence of how out of touch the Democrats have become.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said that Ocasio-Cortez’s statements were evidence that she never took a civics class, asserting the “Electoral College is good for Dems and GOP.”

While the Vermont senator had already endorsed the sweeping Democratic proposal to combat climate change and had teamed up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on climate legislation, Sanders’ climate plan provides the most detail yet on how he envisions the climate change moonshot taking shape if he is elected president.

$16 trillion Sanders climate plan builds on Green New Deal

FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa.
(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Sanders describes his plan, released Thursday, as a “ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered on equity and humanity” that would create 20 million new jobs.

Among Sanders’ ideas is sourcing 100% of the country’s electricity from renewable and zero-emissions power.

He is calling for committing $2.18 trillion in grants for low- and middle-income families to weatherize and retrofit their homes and businesses, with the goal of reducing residential energy consumption by 30%.

He would charge the Energy Department with making sure that both new and existing commercial structures, as well as high-income home owners, meet his administration’s energy retrofitting goals.

In his plan, Sanders notes that communities of color are disproportionately affected by the climate emergency. He says the Green New Deal is an “opportunity to uproot historical injustices and inequities to advance social, racial and economic justice.”

Mo Brooks: Islam’s ‘Growing Influence’ Within Democrat Ranks Fueling Party’s Anti-Israel, Anti-Jewish Views

“There, of course, is a lot of controversy,” Brooks said on “The Jeff Poor Show.” “Usually, there is not much controversy with respect to Israel.

Usually, the United States Congress is overwhelmingly close to 100%, if not 100%, in support of recognizing Israel as a long-term American ally, and that we have a mutual defense relationship.

Unfortunately, we now have people in the United States Congress who view Israel as an enemy, and that makes for an entirely different mix of conversation.”

Brooks attributed the Democratic Party’s overall trend to Islam, which is the religion practiced by both Omar and Tlaib.

“There is, and I think it’s based on the growing influence of the Islamic religion in the Democratic Party ranks,” he said.

“Keep in mind – Muslims more so than most people have great animosity towards Israel and the Jewish faith.

And as you have more and more Muslims in the United States, as they gain greater and greater influence in elections, particularly in Democratic Party primaries – then you’re going to see more and more people like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and company that are anti-Israel, and that brings an entirely different viewpoint into the United States Congress.”

World News:

Indonesia cuts off internet to Papua following protests

Hundreds of protesters held a rally near the Indonesian presidential palace in Jakarta after numerous riots and demonstrations brought several Papuan cities to a standstill over recent days.

Papua, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua, has seen numerous buildings being torched, including a jail and a market.

The protests are in response to claims of racism against Papuan students during Independence Day celebrations in the Javanese city of Surabaya.

The government has deployed more than 1000 additional soldiers and shut internet services in the region to “restore security”.

US Deeply Concerned by China’s Interference in Vietnam Oil and Gas Activity

Haiyang Shiyou oil rig, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is in the South China Sea on May 7, 2012. (Xinhua, Jin Liangkuai/AP)

A State Department statement said China’s redeployment of a government-owned survey vessel, together with armed escorts, into waters off Vietnam on Aug. 13 was “an escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of developing resources in the South China Sea.”

Vietnam, which has developed increasingly close ties with Washington given shared concerns about China, has demanded that Beijing remove the vessel amid a month-long standoff in waters seen as a potential global flashpoint.

The State Department said that in recent weeks China had taken “a series of aggressive steps to interfere” with long-standing economic activities in the South China Sea by rival claimants to the disputed waters from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

It said Beijing’s aim was “to coerce them to reject partnerships with foreign oil and gas firms, and to work only with China’s state-owned enterprises.”

It said China was pressuring Vietnam over its work with a Russian energy firm and other international partners.

Russian life-sized robot launched on mission to the International Space Station

In this photo taken on Friday, July 26, 2019, and distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service, the robot is seen before being loaded into the Soyuz capsule.
(Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service photo via AP)

The anthropomorphic robot, Skybot F-850, is part of the space agency’s tests of a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle.

The Soyuz capsule, which typically carries a space crew, blasted off from the Russia-leased launch pad in Kazakhstan early on Thursday.

Space.com reports that Skybot F-850 is one of the newest versions of Russia’s FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object) space robots.

The robot has been getting attention on social media.

Danish Party: No New Citizens Should Come From Muslim Countries

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MP Mette Thiesen wrote of her support for such a proposal on social media website Facebook stating, “In the New Right, we would vote no to grant Danish citizenship to people who come from countries based on Muslim values,” newspaper Berlingske reports.

“It should also be remembered that it is not a right to obtain Danish citizenship.

We must only grant citizenship to those who we believe will benefit Denmark and who will buy into Danish values and who do not commit crime,” she said.

The MP spoke of nine countries of origin that would see a ban on obtaining Danish citizenship consisting of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.

‘Mental Torture!’: Homeless UK Immigrant Complains About Free Container Homes

Commentary/Opinion: The “future of home building” has run up against political incorrectness and government incompetence.

While it isn’t surprising that a government has provided less-than-comfortable homes for free, what is surprising is that people have the nerve to complain about it. They’re free.

Shouldn’t public housing be a little uncomfortable so you don’t want to stay on the public dole forever?

Shouldn’t supporting oneself be slightly more attractive than living off the hard work of your neighbors? Has Ms. Abubaker ever seen public housing in Chicago?

I can assure her it’s far worse than anything she has experienced in her shipping container.

It’s confusing how a woman has been living off this system for twenty years and hasn’t found a way to improve her situation by her own power in that huge stretch of time.

Something they’re doing isn’t working. But by all means, let’s import more of these people who can’t figure out how to care for themselves.

Facebook shutters dozens of accounts tied to Myanmar’s military

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The company said it removed 89 accounts, 107 pages, 15 groups, and five Instagram accounts over “inauthentic behavior” in Myanmar.

This is the fourth time over the past year Facebook has reported takedowns of accounts linked to Myanmar’s military.

The social media giant has sought to remove violent actors and identify incendiary content for months, after reports indicated Myanmar’s military officials used the platform to stoke hatred and fear as the military engaged in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the persecuted Muslim minority.

Commentary/Opinion:

How One California Marxist Is Indoctrinating Millions of School Children

Children walk past a School Bus in Monterey Park, California on April 28, 2017.
Children walk past a School Bus in Monterey Park, California on April 28, 2017. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Not content with taking over school boards and sending comrades into the teaching profession, the United States’ largest Marxist group is also writing the textbooks your children study.

California DSA member Duane Campbell helped write the new History-Social Science Framework for the state, which was adopted in 2017.

Sacramento-based Campbell, a DSA comrade since at least 1983, is an emeritus professor of bilingual/multicultural education at California State University–Sacramento and former chair of the Sacramento DSA.

He is also the author of “Choosing Democracy: A Practical Guide to Multicultural Education.”

According to Campbell, “Because of California’s large size and market, what goes into California textbooks frequently also gets written into textbooks around the nation.”

In the mid-1990s, Campbell was a contributing editor to Oakland-based Maoist-leaning CrossRoads magazine, which sought to “promote dialogue and build new alliances among progressives and leftists … to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear, while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.”

Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, young people are retreating from the intellectual battlefield despite an awareness that America is at a pivotal point in her history.

The poll was conducted by Echelon Insights surveying 2,000 Americans aged 13 to 22. It found nearly half of respondents (46 percent) had stopped themselves from sharing ideas or opinions in class discussions.

This self-censorship doesn’t come from apathy: More than half of respondents (53 percent) believe our country is on the wrong track.

Rather, the fear to speak up seems to come from the atmosphere of intolerance and political correctness our education system has produced.

Fifty percent of respondents said they self-censored because they worried their classmates would judge them, while 41 percent reported worrying they would offend their classmates if they shared their opinions.

When intellectual curiosity and earnest debate is discouraged over fears that a micro-aggression may be committed and the perpetrator soundly rebuked regardless of intention, students move away from discussing the real challenges that face Generation-Z.

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