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This vivid, yet paradoxical scene is what former Green Beret Dillon Behr recalls seeing when looking down in a weary, half-conscious state from a Black Hawk helicopter while being evacuated from a near-death combat encounter in the mountains of Afghanistan.
“I was able to look back in the valley below and see a lot of my teammates still there fighting.
It was a beautiful scene from a distance, yet what had just happened down below was basically hell on earth,” Behr explained in an interview with Warrior Maven.
This violence and near-death for Behr is now known as the famous battle of Shok Valley in Afghanistan, 2008; the mission on that April day was called “Operation Commando Wrath.”
In his just-released book, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, Mattis details his time as leader of U.S. Central Command from 2010 to 2013, overseeing military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
“From my first day at CENTCOM, I knew we faced two principal adversaries: stateless Sunni Islamist terrorists and the revolutionary Shiite regime of Iran, the most destabilizing country in the region,” he writes.
“Iran was by far the more deadly of the two threats.”
That’s not how the president under whom Mattis served saw it, though, and Barack Obama eventually fired the storied Marine general for what Mattis believes were his insistent warnings about the Iranian threat.
Mattis says Washington didn’t even inform him when Iran committed an “act of war” on American soil.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Mueller and James Comey made the FBI a threat to democracy, lost public trust in its agents and clouded Donald Trump’s presidency by going political, former agent warns in new book
In a damning history of the FBI, German claims that Mueller, who later became the Special Counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, wanted to ‘remake the FBI in his own image’ with no room for dissent.
He threw out the safeguards that were brought in by the Church Committee in 1975 and brought about a ‘new era of abuse’ against citizens.
Mueller’s FBI has silenced whistle-blowers and created many ‘victims of the FBI’ says German, who became an adviser to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after retiring and has written papers attacking the bureau.
Comey went further and ‘dispensed with the illusion the bureau was impartial and apolitical’ when he made his public comments about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016.
The bombshell book by German, which is out on September 10, is released at a time of historic tensions between the FBI and the White House.
German, who is now a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice and is senior policy counsel at the ACLU, paints a disturbing picture of FBI overreach.
Abortion is big business for Facebook’s “independent fact checkers” and for the fact checkers’ financial backers — despite claims of impartiality.
Last week, Facebook relied on the word of two abortionists to target Live Action and Lila Rose’s pages over the statement “abortion is never medically necessary.”
This targeting resulted in penalties to the pages — or as Facebook put it in its limited communication with Live Action, “reduced distribution and other restrictions because of repeated sharing of false news.”
This situation is even more disturbing given the fact that thousands of Board certified OBGYNs agree with Lila Rose and Live Action’s statement.
As previously noted by Live Action News, Facebook’s “fact checkers” are two abortionists connected to organizations that are either directly funded by the abortion pill manufacturer, Danco Laboratories, or are funded by Danco investors.
Cameron James Pettit is accused of selling counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs containing fentanyl to the hip-hop artist — whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick — two days before his death in Studio City on Sept. 7, 2018, a DEA news release stated. Miller was 26 years old.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office determined he died of mixed drug toxicity involving fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol, and his death was ruled an accident.
Police say 51-year-old Jeff Hardcastle is being held on a $310,000 bond. This, after they say he punched two young boys in their faces in a random drug-fueled attack at a Target store.
Police said in a post on Facebook that you can see Hardcastle as he “walked up to an 11-year-old and a 5-year-old and punched them both in the head”.
Police said that after the attack on the children, Hardcastle fled from the store and hid behind an electrical box behind the business.
They found him a short time later and arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct, battery, and child cruelty.
Incredibly, even though the suspect allegedly fired at least eight rounds during the ambush, the officer was left completely uninjured.
According to reports from ABC’s Christie Ileto, the plainclothes officer was sitting in an unmarked Jeep conducting surveillance on Tuesday night when the hooded suspect approached the vehicle and produced a handgun, firing at the driver’s side of the vehicle.
They say that the suspect had the hood of his sweatshirt pulled tightly across his face to hide his identity.
Police described the suspect as a 6-foot black male wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. Anyone with any information is being urged to call police at 215-686-TIPS.
Maryland man allegedly rams truck into City Hall because city turned off his water after he didn’t pay bill
The man was hit with a slew of charges after the incident, which took place in Taneytown, a city roughly 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, just before 6 p.m. on Friday.
Witnesses told police the man “struck the building multiple times” with his truck on purpose — an action Mayor Bradley Wantz described as “nothing less than a terroristic attack on the city.”
The driver was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree burglary, reckless driving and malicious destruction of property, among other offenses.
Democrats and children’s advocacy groups, however, complained that the settlement terms aren’t strong enough to rein in a company whose parent, Alphabet, made a profit of $30.7 billion last year on revenue of $136.8 billion, mostly from targeted ads.
Google will pay $136 million to the Federal Trade Commission and $34 million to New York state, which had a similar investigation.
The fine is the largest the FTC has leveled against Google, although it is tiny compared with the $5 billion fine imposed against Facebook this year for privacy violations.
Kids under 13 are protected by a 1998 federal law that requires parental consent before companies can collect and share their personal information.
Tech companies typically skirt that by banning kids under 13 entirely, though such bans are rarely enforced.
In YouTube’s lengthy terms of service, those who are under 13 are simply asked, “please do not use the Service.”
Obamas accused of ‘deplorable behavior’ amid trademark dispute: ‘Not consistent with the values they preach’
The legal team representing the Obamas filed a petition to cancel the trademark of an e-book publishing company called Higher Ground Enterprises, much to the chagrin of the publishing company.
Zerner told Fox News that the “Obamas have known for almost a year” that their Higher Ground Productions trademark application was rejected by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office because it was too similar to his client’s Higher Ground Enterprises.
“Instead of simply picking another name, the Obamas’ lawyers have now filed a meritless petition to cancel my client’s trademark so they can take it for themselves,” Zerner said.
Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan, was charged with conspiracy to provide and providing material support to ISIS, including weapons training for recruits and advising the militant group, the statement said.
He was also charged with obstruction of justice.
Asainov allegedly traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in late 2013 and crossed the border into Syria, where he joined the terrorist organization.
He rose through the ranks and became an “emir,” overseeing the training of other ISIS recruits in the use of weapons, according to prosecutors.
He is also accused of attempting to entice an informant working with the NYPD’s intelligence division to join ISIS in Syria.
Asainov told the informant he’d help get him a job, housing, food and $50 a month, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court in July.
The restaurant’s owner Hanif Mohamed, who is an immigrant, said the terms on the menu are all in fun. If anything, he said, he hopes it sparks conversation.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people who walk in, more than 99 percent, don’t seem to have an issue with it,” Mohamed told the station.
“The menu’s not designed to insult people or hurt people, but it’s just meant to keep the conversation going as to what’s happening around us.”
Lachelle Hudgins had just parked outside her home in southwest Houston around 2:30 a.m. when the suspected robbers reached through her driver’s side window, according to KTRK-TV.
She told police several other men were also near her parking space.
All of the men ran away when Hudgins fired and the wounded man was found a short time later on the other side of the apartment complex.
A Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey showed that 67 percent of registered voters said Washington should confront China’s unfair trade practices, according to a report by The Hill.
The poll also found that the majority of respondents believed increased tariffs on Chinese imports would ultimately hurt the United States more than China, with 74 percent saying American consumers were bearing the brunt of the trade war.
“President Trump has the strong support of the American public when it comes to standing up to China,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll told The Hill.
“They realize that the tariffs may have negative impacts on jobs and prices, but they believe the fight here is the right one.”
McCabe will reportedly tell Lancaster County Democrats about his interactions with President Trump and various aspects of the Russia investigation.
As The Washington Free Beacon noted on Wednesday, his speech, set for Sept. 21, will last for roughly 45 minutes, and he will take questions for another 15.
While McCabe criticized the president — even calling for his impeachment — the fundraiser appeared to represent his first official attempt to campaign against him since leaving the administration.
Ari Fleischer troubled by report Comey shared info from Trump’s transition briefing with FBI’s Russia team
Inspector general Michael Horowitz’s report says shortly after the presidential election James Comey fed details about then-President-elect Trump from a traditional transition briefing to the bureau’s Russia probe team; reaction and analysis from Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary.
Nancy Pelosi voices fury at Donald Trump getting $3.6 billion of military building cash diverted to build his Mexican wall as Pentagon prepares to come clean on what projects it is taking it from
She vowed to fight the administration’s plan.
‘The House will continue to fight this unacceptable and deeply dangerous decision in the Courts, in the Congress and in the court of public opinion, and honor our oath to protect the Constitution,’ Pelosi said.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper informed congressional leaders on Tuesday of the plan to divert billions from 127 military projects to build the wall.
The Pentagon is expected to release a full list of the projects affected later this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday, but is first contacting the lawmakers who represent areas that house the affected projects.
Esper said in a letter to congressional leadership that military housing projects will not be affected.
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet piggybacked on a post from fellow Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who also asked her followers to contribute to the bail fund and called the Straight Pride Parade an “LGBT hate march.”
In response, Michael Leary — president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association — rebuked Pressley:
“Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend.”
He added that his officers “were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protestors.”
The Washington Examiner reported that 36 activists were arrested at the Boston parade, and nine of them were charged “with assault and battery on a police officer.
Other charges included resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.”
President Trump takes a question from Fox News’ John Roberts on his decision to divert military funds to the southern border.
Arabella’s vast network was unmasked in an extensive exposé by conservative watchdog Capital Research Center, which documents the shadowy system developed by, housed in, and staffed by the for-profit, privately held Arabella Advisors.
The Arabella firm in turn manages four nonprofits: the New Venture Fund, Sixteen Thirty Fund, Windward Fund, and Hopewell Fund.
It is these nonprofit entities that play host to hundreds of groups and projects that promote interests and political movements strategically deployed in an ongoing campaign to nudge the country to the left.
Arabella’s nonprofits spent a combined $1.16 billion from 2013-2017 alone with the aim of advancing “the political policies desired by wealthy left-wing interests through hundreds of ‘front’ groups,” according to the report.
“And those interests pay well: the network’s revenues grew by an incredible 392 percent over that same period.”
“At a glance, these groups — such as Save My Care and Protect Our Care — appeared to be impassioned examples of citizen activists defending ObamaCare,” according to the report.
“In reality, neither ‘not-for-profit’ advocacy group appears to have paid staff, held board meetings, or even owned so much as a pen.”
In one case, an organization calling itself Demand Justice, founded by former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, quickly thrust itself into the center of opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh.
The resolution, which passed Tuesday and says the U.S. is “plagued by an epidemic of gun violence,” accuses the NRA of using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.”
“All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence,” the resolution says.
The document resolves to assess the relationships that those who do business with the city have with the group and says “the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist
“Following the end of my current term in January 2021, I look forward to spending much more time with my family and our grandchildren.
I also intend to resume business activities in the private sector and to stay politically active on a federal, state and local level,” Flores said in a statement.
Since Republicans lost control of the House in 2018, 12 GOP lawmakers have announced their retirement from office.
Family or committee term-limits expiring are often cited as reasons, but most of the Texas retirees are also coming off competitive 2018 bouts.
Texas Representatives Kenny Marchant and Pete Olson both won by less than 5 percent and Rep.
Will Hurd won by only 926 votes. This is not the case for Flores, however.
Flake tweeted a picture of a $100 check made out to “Penzone for sheriff.” The check was dated Tuesday with “county over party” written in the description.
Also included in the tweet was a link to a Washington Post story about former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s campaign.
Commentary/Opinion: Independent Women’s Voice: Tammy Bruce.
Omar denied the affair, saying questions about what happened are “stupid.”
Now Tim Mynett is denying the affair as well, saying in a counterclaim filed in Washington and obtained by the New York Post that his wife is trying to derail his career.
He said his wife made him get married to her in 2012 and that their differences over how to take care of their child led to the split, in addition to the expensive renovations Beth Mynett allegedly ordered for their house.
Following the allegations of an affair, Omar’s husband Ahmed Hirsi has been telling friends that he won’t go to jail for Omar, sources told Powerline, a blog that broke open parts of the story of Omar’s checkered past, which includes filing tax returns with Hirsi while still being married to another man.
A proposal released by the Harris presidential campaign ahead of CNN’s climate change town hall Wednesday evening would move the U.S. to a 100 percent renewable energy-based power grid by 2030, and transition all vehicles in the U.S. to the same energy sources by 2035.
Harris would also rejoin the Paris climate accord and end U.S. support for oil and natural gas extraction projects around the world.
“Climate change is an existential threat to our species, and the United States must lead the world with bold action to safeguard our future and protect our planet,” the senator said in a statement.
The South Bend, Ind. mayor’s plan would create a Climate Mission Control established within the Department of Defense in order to address what Buttigieg called “the security challenge of our time.”
“To discourage the pollution that accelerates climate change at home and abroad, we’ll set a price on carbon — and offset the cost to consumers by giving that money back as a dividend to working Americans,” he wrote in an op-ed published by CNN Wednesday.
Buttigieg will appear Wednesday evening in the network’s climate change town hall.
The report also revealed new details about the FBI director’s actions at that time, including how Comey and his top deputies went to great lengths to confront Trump at a Jan. 6, 2017 meeting at Trump Tower with the salacious and unverified accusations contained in the dossier, which had been funded by Democrats and drafted by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.
The goal of the briefing, according to witnesses who spoke to the inspector general, was to handle the subject matter sensitively — to avoid any perception that the one-on-one briefing was an effort to hold information over the president-elect like a “Hoover-esque type of plot.”
But, the IG report also found other motives by the FBI.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the old law, the California Posse Comitatus Act of 1872, was common in the country’s early days, but Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Los Angeles Democrat who sponsored the bill, called the old law a “vestige of a bygone era.”
The law was employed to help catch runaway slaves, the report said.
The old law made it a misdemeanor that carried a fine of up to $1,000 for refusing to help a police officer who requested assistance during an arrest.
Wyden put out a draft bill last year to penalize executives who mishandle user data with up to 10 to 20 years in prison.
The Oregon senator has been one of the central figures in Washington D.C. leading the effort to enhance federal regulation of big tech.
In April, Wyden requested that the Federal Trade Commission hold Zuckerberg “individually accountable” for “repeated violations of Americans’ privacy.”
“Given Mr. Zuckerberg’s deceptive statements, his personal control over Facebook, and his role in approving key decisions related to the sharing of user data, the FTC can and must hold Mr. Zuckerberg personally responsible for these continued violations,” Wyden wrote in a letter to the agency.
At a summit for food in the future (the climate-ravaged future) called Gastro Summit, in Stockholm Sept 3-4, a professor held a powerpoint presentation asserting that we must “awaken the idea” of eating human flesh in the future, as a way of combatting the effects of climate change.
He refers to the taboos against it as “conservative,” and discusses people’s resistance to it as a problem that could be overcome, little by little, beginning with persuading people to just taste it.
He can be seen in his video presentation and on State Swedish Television channel TV4 saying that since food sources will be scarce in the future, people must be introduced to eating things they have thus far considered disgusting–among them, human flesh.
After at least 100 women in France were killed this year by current or former partners, Macron made a quiet visit to a domestic violence hotline centre in Paris on Tuesday.
Wearing headphones, the president sat silently listening in to calls being taken by an experienced hotline operator.
A distressed 57-year-old woman called in saying her violent husband had threatened to kill her after years of escalating abuse at home and that she had to leave.
She was at the local police station.
She said she had filed a police complaint but, fearing her husband would murder her, she had asked the police to accompany her home to safely retrieve her possessions before leaving.
But the police refused.
“Boris is a friend of mine, and he’s going at it. There’s no question about it,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office following a briefing on Hurricane Dorian.
“He’s in there. I watched him this morning. He’s in there fighting,” Trump said. “And he knows how to win. Boris knows how to win. Don’t worry about him. He’s going to be OK.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who is scheduled to meet this week with Johnson, also weighed in Wednesday on the turmoil in Westminster.
Asked whether the administration stands with the prime minister, Pence responded that the United States “stands with the United Kingdom in its decision to leave” the EU.
According to a diplomatic cable detailing recent contacts between Barclay and embassies in London, the minister has insisted both the UK and EU have a responsibility to come up with ideas.
The approach reflects a nervousness in Downing Street at putting any alternatives to the backstop on the table for fear that they will be swiftly shot down, fuelling the febrile political atmosphere in Westminster.
MPs legislating to block a no-deal Brexit have justified their actions on the grounds that there is no hope of Boris Johnson renegotiating the withdrawal agreement.
The former cabinet minister Rory Stewart tweeted on Wednesday morning: “The recent EU ‘negotiation’ has been a sham.”
President Rodrigo Duterte said in a news conference Wednesday that Undersecretary Nicanor Faeldon of the Bureau of Corrections would immediately resign for disobeying his order to halt the release of convicted prisoners under the 2014 law.
Duterte said about 1,700 prisoners have been freed since the law took effect and that some may have paid their way to freedom.
The protests first started in the small industrial town of Zhanaozen in Western Kazakhstan on Sunday as about 100 people gathered to demand a ban on what they described as plans to move outdated and polluting Chinese plants to Kazakhstan.
On Monday, the crowd grew to more than 300 people, according to local newspaper Lada. Speaking to the protesters, regional governor Serikbai Trumov said there were no such plans—although the government has said it was discussing a number of investment projects with Chinese companies.
But rallies continued on Wednesday, widening to include the capital, Nur-Sultan, and the country’s biggest city, Almaty.
Full withdrawal is one of five key demands of protesters, who are also calling for full democratic rights.
In a televised address on Wednesday, Ms Lam also announced that two senior officials would join an existing inquiry into police conduct during the protests.
An independent investigation into alleged police brutality against protesters is another of the activists’ demands.
The judges’ actions were wholly appropriate but out of step with the lax way Boston city officials seemed to address Saturday’s events, and with the city of Portland, Oregon’s repeated failures to keep dangerous Antifa protestors in check.
But it turns out Boston ain’t Portland.
The 200 lost souls marching through Boston on some kind of supposed “straight pride” agenda, while following the flamboyantly gay Milo, are a pathetic bunch that should be ignored.
Pointing at rare examples of anti-straight rhetoric, like a recent NBC news story arguing that heterosexuality may be obsolete, they decry their supposed oppression, but they really are trolls looking for attention that the counter protesters, including Antifa, foolishly gave them.
Antifa, the darlings of many useful idiots on the left, often target police with their rhetoric, angrily and baselessly accusing officers of defending fascists instead of fighting against them.
But they have friends in high places. Both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ayanna Pressley had nothing but praise for these thugs accused of assaulting police, even urging followers to donate to their legal funds.
The disgraceful pass that too many on the left give to Antifa in this situation is wrong for many reasons, but two stand out.
Here’s what happened. Bloomberg reporter Ben Penn disingenuously portrayed a Facebook post from 2016 by Trump Labor Department appointee Leif Olson as anti-Semitic.
For some reason, Labor officials took this seriously and immediately fired Olson. Penn then published his “scoop” about “Olson’s anti-Semitic post.”
But the post wasn’t at all anti-Semitic. Quite the opposite.
It was clearly mocking anti-Semitism, specifically Paul Nehlen, an alt-right candidate—an actual anti-Semite—who challenged Paul Ryan in the GOP primary and lost by 70 points.
Not only did Penn see nothing wrong with scouring a decade’s worth of Facebook posts to find something he thought might be controversial in hopes it would get Olson fired, he then defended his calumny, repeating on Twitter, as a matter of fact, that Olson was engaged in anti-Semitism.
He also let his “objective reporter” mask slip a little when, in response to mounting criticism from right and left, he tweeted this:
Reaction from conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and ‘Left Coast News’ host Ethan Bearman.