News and Headlines. 9/24/2019

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In The News:

Missouri man pleads guilty to role in plotting ISIS attack

This 2016 image shows Robert Hester Jr. following his arrest in Columbia, Mo., in an unrelated case.
(Boone County Sheriff’s Department)

Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., 28, was arrested in February 2017. Prosecutors have said that he reached out to undercover FBI agents who were posing as ISIS operatives to say he was willing to help with an attack.

He was told the attack would target “buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City” on Presidents Day, according to the affidavit.

Hester expressed interest in helping ISIS from October 2016 to February 2017, authorities say, and his guilty plea is his admission of wanting to provide support to the terror organization.

The government said it intends to recommend a 20-year sentence in federal prison under terms of a plea deal, but Hester will receive no less than 15 years.

Massachusetts police officers become Amazon delivery drivers after packages found in cemetery

The packages were addressed to Burlington residents, so the officers notified Amazon and began delivering them.

Police did not say how many were found, but WFXT-TV reported officials said there were about 40.

Burlington Police Officer Roberto Reyes told the station the packages were dated Sept. 22, meaning they should have been delivered Sunday.

Authorities are investigating how the packages ended up in the cemetery. The person responsible could face criminal charges, they said.

Wisconsin inmate confesses to slaying at center of ‘Making a Murderer,’ filmmaker says

Shawn Rech, who’s currently working on a documentary called Convicting a Murderer, said the inmate confessed to killing Halbach, reports Newsweek.

The inmate’s identity is unknown to the public because Wisconsin law enforcement hasn’t yet had access to the confession.

Rech told Newsweek that the inmate was not Steven Avery or Brendan Dassey, who’ve both been sentenced for Halbach’s murder while proclaiming their innocence. They’ve spent years trying to clear their names.

Dassey’s case made it to the Supreme Court, which denied him a new trial. Avery continues to go through the appeals process.

Rech told Newsweek the confession “came from a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin.” If the confession is found to be authentic, it could lead to exoneration for Avery and Dassey.

Indiana couple accused of abandoning daughter says she was actually an adult who tried to kill them

Within the first few weeks, Kristine told Daily Mail there were signs their new daughter wasn’t actually a young girl. She had a sophisticated vocabulary, she shunned other children, and she had a period.

They took the girl to a family physician who ordered bone density tests to help determine her actual age.

The results suggested she was at least 14, so Kristine says their family began treating her like a teenager.

But then Kristine says the girl started making death threats against them. She allegedly tried to poison Kristine and push her into an electric fence, and she attacked a baby.

3 new stealthy Navy destroyers now ‘in the water’

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan K. Nall/Released)

Stealth attributes are just one of a number of defining characteristics of the much-discussed Zumwalt class warships, perceived by many to represent the beginning of a transformational pivot into a new generation of warfare — including laser weapons, artificial intelligence, expanded networking, advanced sonar and electric-drive.

All three high-tech Zumwalt destroyers are now “in the water,” Capt. Kevin Smith, Zumwalt-class Program Manager, said at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space Symposium in April of this year.

Smith detailed how each of the three new destroyers are at various stages of development — as of several months ago in April of this year.

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead lyricist, dead at 78

Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter died at age 78.
Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter died at age 78. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Hunter wrote most of the Dead’s songs with Jerry Garcia and was renowned for bringing a literary sensibility to the band’s songs, in collaborations that included their biggest radio and video hit, “Touch of Grey,” as well as classics like “Casey Jones,” “Dark Star,” “Box of Rain,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Brokedown Palace” and “Friend of the Devil.”

One of the most famous lines in rock, “What a long, strange trip it’s been,” came from Hunter’s pen in the early FM staple “Truckin’.”

Group Of 11 Migrants, Including 5 Children, Rescued On The Rio Grande By Border Patrol

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The 11 rescued migrants were determined to be from Honduras and El Salvador. Five of the migrants were children ages 3-11, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

“Border Patrol agents continue to warn immigrants not to attempt to cross the Rio Grande River illegally,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said.

“On this occasion, help arrived in time to save the lives of these individuals. Unfortunately, not every person attempting to illegally cross the Rio Grande River is so lucky,” he continued.

Vaping Death Toll Climbs as Kansas Man Becomes Ninth E-Cigarette Fatality

Vaping devices in a file photograph. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim recommendations for healthcare providers, health departments, and the public, but the organization has not yet determined the cause of vaping-related lung damage.

“We do not yet know the specific cause of these lung injuries,” the CDC said.

“The investigation has not identified any specific e-cigarette or vaping product (devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges) or substance that is linked to all cases.”

Officials at the CDC urged anyone worried about health consequences from consuming e-cigarettes to discontinue their use.

Peter Schweizer: Washington Post Readers Have Never Heard of Hunter Biden Scandals

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“If you are a reader of the Washington Post, and that is really your main source of news, you would have absolutely no idea what this whole Biden thing and his son thing is about, because they’re never really reported anything on it,” Schweizer said, noting that “a lot of news outlet’s” similarly ignore findings related to the Biden family’s foreign businesses.

“They’ve never reported on the massive deals that Hunter Biden got in China.”

These are news outlets. This is news, that the vice president of the United States’ son is cashing in in a major way in two countries around the world that are central to U.S. foreign policy while his dad is vice president.

You don’t think readers are interested in that?

It’s mind-boggling to me from the standpoint of the black hole of news coverage by some news outlets on this subject is astonishing to me.”

“It’s very legitimate to look into activities [and] self-enrichment taking place while Joe Biden — in his official duties — was vice president of the United States,” determined Schweizer.

“That’s something that should not be just written off because people think it’s inconvenient, or politically motivated.

Let’s just get the facts out, follow the money, and see exactly what happened.”

Trump Admin Demands California Address ‘Worst Air Quality’ in U.S.

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The letter from EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler states that 34 million people in California are living in areas that don’t meet federal air quality standards, a number twice as large as any other state in the country.

It further states the plans California has submitted to the EPA, known as State Implementation Plans (SIPs), to address areas with inadequate air quality “have fundamental issues related to approvability” and must be resubmitted.

The letter informs California that if it fails to submit new plans to increase air quality, the state would be ineligible to receive billions of dollars it is otherwise projected to get from the Federal Highway Administration.

“We certainly want to avoid these statutory triggers, but our foremost concern must be ensuring clean air for all Americans,” Wheeler says in the letter. “That is our goal.”

Feds nab fugitive in $1B Ponzi scheme targeting military vets

Scott Kohn, 65, was arrested Saturday on a San Diego beach,
Scott Kohn, 65, was arrested Saturday on a San Diego beach, 

Scott Kohn, 65, was arrested Saturday on a San Diego beach, according to the Greenville News.

Kohn, the owner of Future Income Payments LLC, was charged with conspiracy to engage in mail and wire fraud.

He has been accused of recruiting borrowers “who were desperate for money” and charging them interest rates that might top 240 percent for cash advances that were repaid through their pensions, according to the FBI and court filings.

The scheme claimed more than 2,600 victims, many of whom were U.S. military veterans, the FBI said. The company has since faced investigations by 25 state agencies.

California realtor attacked, groped by man at open house in assault caught on video

The realtor was violently attacked on Sunday at an open house in Encino.
The realtor was violently attacked on Sunday at an open house in Encino.

“I could have been dead yesterday,” the 51-year-old woman told FOX11 of the Sunday incident in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Encino.

The woman, who asked that her name be withheld, said the man who attacked her had come to her open house the previous week and was acting very strangely and inappropriately.

“I said, ‘What are you doing here,’ and he said, ‘I have a buyer for you,”she told FOX11.

“At that point I was kind of nervous and I was a little bit shaky so I said OK we’re in the middle of the house right now, I want to get him outside by the door,” she continued.

Losartan blood pressure medication recall expanded again over cancer concerns, FDA says

One of the affected tablets. (FDA)
One of the affected tablets. (FDA)

In a Sept. 19 statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited voluntarily expanded the recall to include additional lots of its Losartan Potassium Tablets USP and Losartan Potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets, which are used to treat hypertension, hypertensive patients with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy, and nephropathy in Type 2 diabetic patients.

“Patients who are taking Losartan Potassium Tablets, USP and Losartan Potassium/Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, USP should continue taking their medication, as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment,” the FDA said, advising patients to contact their pharmacist or doctor about an alternative medication.

The news marks the fifth time the company has expanded the recall. The fourth was announced in April.

San Francisco homeless crisis prompts neighborhood to put boulders on sidewalk to deter campers

A group of neighbors in San Francisco has had two dozen boulders placed along a residential road to deter people from camping out.
A group of neighbors in San Francisco has had two dozen boulders placed along a residential road to deter people from camping out. (KTVU)

Neighbors along Clinton Park in the city’s Mission Dolores neighborhood said the rocks are meant to keep drug users from having a space to shoot up as they camp out overnight.

“They’ll shoot up and stay overnight,” neighbor David Smith-Tan told KTVU. “A bunch of my neighbors, we all chipped in a few hundred dollars and I guess this is what they came up with.”

The city has set up public toilets and last year announced the creation of a special six-person “poop patrol” team to clean up the human waste.

Similar landscaping measures have been implemented in other parts of the city. The California Department of Transportation has put rocks in an open space off Bayshore Boulevard to deter encampments, while the Eureka Valley-Harvey Milk Branch of the San Francisco Public Library – in the same neighborhood – has made design choices that are perceived as anti-homeless, according to KTVU.

California Amber Alert for boy, 2, and father called off after bodies found near campground: police

Two bodies were found near the vehicle John and Steven Weir were suspected of driving.
Two bodies were found near the vehicle John and Steven Weir were suspected of driving. Police didn’t immediately identify the bodies.
(Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office / Merced County Sheriff’s Office)

The statewide search began over the weekend for 2-year-old John Weir and his father, 32-year-old Steven Weir.

The elder Weir was “armed and dangerous” and driving a red 2005 Hyundai Elantra, according to the alert. They were last seen Friday night in Merced.

The two bodies were found near the vehicle late Sunday in a remote area near the Sand Flat Campground in Tuolumne County, about 2 ½ hours from the location where they went missing, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said.

Weir was supposed to meet the boy’s mother at a custody exchange location on Saturday, but never showed up, the station reported.

White New York girl, 11, charged with hate crime after allegedly attacking black classmate on bus, police say

Two female middle school students were identified as the culprits in the attack, the Gouverneur Police Department stated in a news release obtained by Fox News.

The girls were each charged with one count of second-degree harassment, and the 11-year-old was additionally charged with a hate crime.

Bus monitor Tiffany Spicer, a white 28-year-old employed to keep students safe while they ride the bus, was also charged following the incident.

Police said she witnessed what was going on with the students, “but did not make an effort to stop and/or prevent said behavior.”

She was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.


Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce launch of formal impeachment inquiry Tuesday afternoon

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to meet with six House committee chairmen who are leading investigations into President Donald Trump, ahead of a full caucus meeting to discuss next steps, according to Democratic sources.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to meet with six House committee chairmen who are leading investigations into President Donald Trump, ahead of a full caucus meeting to discuss next steps, according to Democratic sources.

Pelosi had earlier said she would make an announcement at 5 p.m. ET.

Amid dozens of Democratic lawmakers opening the door to impeachment proceedings, Pelosi is consulting Tuesday afternoon with the six House Democratic leaders to discuss their presentation to the caucus later in the day, Democratic sources familiar with the issue say.

The speaker has been on the phone with her colleagues over the last several days to take the temperature of the whistleblower complaint as she decides whether to embrace impeachment, Democrats say.

Trump Will Release Transcript Of Disputed Ukraine Call

“I am currently at the United Nations representing our Country, but have authorized the release tomorrow of the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of my phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine,” the president tweeted.

He continued, “You will see it was a very friendly and totally appropriate call. No pressure and, unlike Joe Biden and his son, NO quid pro quo!

This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time!”

Why is whistleblower complaint being taken so seriously if it wasn’t heard ‘firsthand’?

Fox News Video: Commentary/Opinion: Reaction and analysis from Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep Mark Meadows and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway.

Tulsi Gabbard won’t join fellow Democrats’ calls for impeachment: It would be ‘terribly divisive’

Gabbard, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in a crowded field, said on “Fox & Friends” that she has been consistent in saying that victory in the 2020 election, not impeachment, is the way for Democrats to make sure Trump leaves office.

“I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly divisive for the country at a time when we are already extremely divided.

The hyperpartisanship is one of the main things driving our country apart,” she told host Brian Kilmeade.

Speaking to Fox News, a House Democratic leadership aide confirmed that the Democratic caucus would meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Ukraine matter and how to proceed.

Tammy Bruce to Bill Weld and others violently vilifying Trump: ‘look in the mirror to find the worst among us’

Commentary/Opinion: “In a normal world this would be shocking and it would not come from someone Americans take seriously, but it highlights how seriously broken opponents of the President have become.

It is also a reflection of the nature of the rhetoric that the establishment has propagated ever since they felt threatened by the Trump presidency,” Bruce told Fox News.

In a recent opinion piece on and in the latest episode of “Get Tammy Bruce” on Fox Nation, Bruce examined the apparent rise of violent rhetoric among critics of the President.

Just weeks later after writing that piece, she found it glaring relevant again, though she said that was not a surprise.

GOP Sen. Inhofe giving out ‘Climate Hypocrite Awards’ for Global Climate Week

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who once threw a snowball on the Senate floor in an effort to challenge the climate change theory, said he will give out five awards in total, one each day of the week, with Penn State professor and climate activist Michael Mann being the first honored.

“To kick off Global Climate Week, it seems most fitting to first recognize Michael Mann, the architect of the discredited ‘Hockey Stick’ graph who tells people to believe the science but was implicated in manipulating data in Climategate and refuses to provide the data to back up his graph,” Inhofe said on his website.

“Climategate” refers to a 2009 scandal in which emails between Mann and other scientists were leaked.

They seemingly discussed deleting information and hiding data that did not support the conclusion that climate change is a potentially catastrophic issue.

The Suspicious Whistleblower Complaint

Commentary/Opinion: The timing of the most recent whistleblower complaint is somewhat suspicious.

Given that the inspector general’s (IG) report pertaining to Russia and possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse is currently in the hands of Attorney General William Barr, a discussion about some alleged and hypothetical “wrongdoing” involving the president and a foreign individual could certainly deflect the attention away from what might be in store for some members of the deep state when the IG report is released to the public.

Bernie Sanders Unveils Radical Redistribution Scheme: ‘Billionaires Should Not Exist’

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Sanders unveiled his plan to redistribute wealth in the U.S. via an “extreme wealth tax,” which the socialist senator says will apply to the “top 0.1 percent.”

While Sanders’ plan is reminiscent of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) proposed wealth tax, it goes even further, taxing more individuals at even higher rates.

The socialist senator admits the goal of his ultra-progressive redistribution proposal, boasting that — under his plan — the wealth of billionaires “would be cut in half over 15 years” and declaring that “billionaires should not exist”:

Sanders’ proposal would also spur the creation of a “national wealth registry” and provide an “increase in IRS funding” in order to manage a swell of new audits.

World News:

Earthquake hits Pakistan: Buildings collapse and people run into the streets as 5.8 magnitude tremor kills 22 and injures hundreds

Photos show large cracks in tarmac, crumbled buildings and cars ditched on the road.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 today struck Pakistan, killing at least 22 people.

Raja Qaiser, a deputy commissioner, said rescuers were still transporting victims to hospitals in Mirpur. An emergency was declared in Kashmir.

He said a main road near Mirpur was also badly damaged, causing accidents and damaging buses and other vehicles.

Photos circulating on social media show large cracks in tarmac, crumbled buildings and cars ditched on the road.

Donald Trump: Boris Johnson is ‘doing very well’

President Trump has expressed his support for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, hours after the Supreme Court ruled that his decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful.

The two men took questions from reporters after meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

He said Mr Johnson was a friend of his, was doing very well, and would get Brexit done.

Puerto Rico Rocked by 6.3 Earthquake While Bracing for Tropical Storm Karen

Shakemap of the Puerto Rico earthquake on Sept. 24, 2019. (USGS)

The National Weather Service said the epicenter of the quake was located about 44 miles north of the island.

It added that neither Puerto Rico nor the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands faced any threat of tsunamis.

Officials at NWS San Juan said that an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.1 struck 37 miles north of the island.

Lawmaker, Falun Gong Practitioners Assaulted in Latest Hong Kong Mob Attacks

Liao Qiulan speaks with a police officer after being attacked by a man with a long rod, in Hong Kong, on Sept. 24, 2019. (The Epoch Times)

On Sept. 24 morning, Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong got into his car at a parking lot near his home in the Tin Shui Wai neighborhood.

He was suddenly dragged out of the vehicle by a masked man.

Four others then cornered him: three began kicking and punching him, while another nearby held a camera to record the attack, according to Kwong’s recollection as reported by Hong Kong media. The attack lasted less than a minute.

He sustained injuries on his face, neck, hands, and feet and was sent to a nearby hospital by passersby.

Around 4 p.m. that same afternoon, Liao Qiulan, a practitioner of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, was also attacked while walking in the Lai Chi Kok neighborhood.

Trump at the UN Declares ‘Specter of Socialism’ a Serious Threat to the World

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 24, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“It’s the wrecker of nations and destroyer of societies,” Trump said on Sept. 24 in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“Events in Venezuela remind us all that socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality, they are not about lifting up the poor.

And they are certainly not about the good of the nation,” he said.

“Socialism and communism are about one thing only: power for the ruling class.”

Leaders of countries around the world have gathered this week in New York for the 74th session of the UNGA. In his address, Trump repeated his pledge that the United States would “never be a socialist country.”

500 Scientists Write U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’

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“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration states.

“Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”

The scientists underscored the importance of not rushing into enormously expensive climate action before fully ascertaining the facts.

“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” they declared.

“However, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly.

For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.”

Trump slams open-border activists for ‘evil’ agenda, decries Iran ‘bloodlust’ in fiery UN speech

“Today, I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice:

Your policies are not just, your policies are cruel and evil,” he said, accusing them of promoting human smuggling and the “erasure of national borders.”

“You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives and well-being of countless innocent people,” he said.

“When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.”

He delivered the broadside as part of a message promoting border security, in the U.S. and around the world.

This dovetailed with a broader theme of railing against open borders and “globalists,” in the halls of the world body increasingly known for espousing that approach.

Venezuela’s Maduro to meet Putin in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro discussed the prospects of developing bilateral relations, July 2, 2013. (

Maduro will fly into Moscow later on September 24, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Maduro would discuss the state of their two countries’ relations and wider regional issues, but added that he was not expecting any deals to be signed.

Peskov said earlier that Putin will meet with the presidents of Venezuela, Kazakhstan, and the Philippines in Sochi on the sidelines of the Valdai Club meeting, an annual gathering of Russian and Western foreign-policy experts set for September 30- October 3.

The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries agreed on September 23 to investigate and arrest associates and senior officials of Maduro’s government who are suspected of crimes like drug trafficking, money laundering, and financing terrorism.


Are climate change alarmists using children as props?

Fox News Video:Reaction from former climate change activist An0maly and child therapist Dr. Karen Ruskin.

Ingraham: The climatology cult

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The ‘Climate Change’ Exploitation of Children

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The Progressive Agenda to Dumb Down America’s Children—Alex Newman [Eagle Council Special]

At the 48th Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Council, we sat down with Alex Newman, author of “Crimes of the Educators: How Utopians Are Using Government Schools to Destroy America’s Children.”

We discuss the high levels of illiteracy in America and what Alex Newman sees as the progressive agenda taking over the American school system to promote a collectivist, socialist, atheist worldview.

And we look at what role individuals like John Dewey, Horace Mann, and Robert Owen played in transforming the US education system.

What exactly is the ‘existential threat’ of climate change

Democrats, activists offer doomsday climate scenarios.

Tucker: What exactly is the ‘existential threat’ of climate change?

Is College Worth It?

Is college a good investment? It’s getting harder and harder to make that case.

Student loans have suckered a LOT of students into massive debt, with little more than a useless degree and a hangover to show for it.

Greta Thunberg Needs HELP! | Ep 449

If you are going to give a speech in front of the United Nations, then you have officially opened your ideas up for debate even if you are just a kid.

It’s pathetic that grown adults are using Greta as a human shield for their outrageous ideas, especially given the emotional distress she is clearly experiencing.

Then bear with us on this segment because, although a little wonky, it will affect you in major ways.

Democrats are trying to circumvent the Constitution to push D.C. statehood.

If they succeed, it’s a guaranteed two extra Democrats in the Senate.