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President Trump identified as an ‘idiot’ in quiz question at Florida middle school

The school’s principal released a statement to the school’s parents that read: “A question on a quiz given by your child’s Computer Applications teacher yesterday, was brought to my attention this morning.

The question was inappropriate, and demonstrated an unacceptable lack of good judgement on the part of the teacher.

An investigation is now underway, and the teacher has been reassigned during this process. Because this is an open inquiry, I am not at liberty to sharer any additional details with you at this point.

I apologize for this incident, and for the offensive verbiage used in the question. Thank you for your patience, and your continued support of Watson B. Duncan Middle School.”

‘Karate Kid’ actor Robert Garrison dead at 59

“Karate Kid” actor Robert Garrison, center, died Friday at age 59, according to reports. (Columbia Pictures)

Garrison died in a hospital in West Virginia, where he had been for over a month before his organs shut down, his sister-in-law told TMZ, who first reported the death.

The actor’s family said they are coordinating funeral arrangements for the former child actor, who started his career in the late 1970s before landing his first major role in the 1984 classic film and its sequel, “The Karate Kid Part II.”

Community Raises $37,000 for Kindhearted Walmart Cashier Who Paid for Woman’s Groceries

“I recently saw a post where this cashier at Walmart paid for a ladies groceries who was obviously in need.

The bill was not a small one. No questions asked. He gave selflessly. It was made public.”

“The comments that I’ve seen about this gentleman is extraordinary.

He touches a lot of lives on a daily basis. I’d like to give back to him for constantly giving himself to our community. Any little bit would be much appreciated.

The fundraiser ended up topping out at just over $37,000. According to Inside Edition, an event was organized in Lopez’s honor at the Walmart where he works, and Princeton Mayor John-Mark Caldwell gave the teenager with a certificate, and he was presented with a medallion by Police Chief James Waters.

Lopez was ecstatic over the unexpected windfall.

Criminal sentenced to 99 years for kicking police officer

It happened back on April 26 after Officer Chris Bell clocked Mills speeding on Highway 91.

When he pulled him over, he smelled booze on his breath.

Mills says he admitted to drinking earlier in the day, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

He was taken to a local hospital for a blood sample, and it was inside the hospital that he started to threaten Officer Bell.

It’s a stark contract to California, where committing assault nearly gets you praised.

Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom commuted the sentences of 21 violent offenders. Among them were four men who have convictions related to murders in Sacramento County.

The four who were convicted of separate murders in the 90’s were Jacoby Felix, Crystal Jones, Andrew Crater and Luis Alberto Velez.

All of them, who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in Sacramento County, have now been granted commutations by Newsom.

Officer Down: Trooper, U.S. veteran killed in horrific Florida crash

Officials identified the trooper killed as Tracy Vickers. He had been with the Florida Highway Patrol for more than four years after serving in the U.S. Navy.

Meanwhile, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy has been shot while conducting a traffic stop, according Harris County sheriff said Friday.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted Friday afternoon about the incident, urging people to keep the deputy in “your prayers.”

Pit bull puppy dies after protecting kids from venomous snake in Florida

Zeus saved two boys from a coral snake, but was fatally bitten.
Zeus saved two boys from a coral snake, but was fatally bitten. GINA RICHARDSON

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was close to my son and he was bit four times,” Gary Richardson told WOFL-TV.

She also talked about how Zeus is changing the stigma around pit bulls, saying he has become an “ambassador” for the Staffordshire bull terrier breeds.

“If you find (a pitbull) that’s aggressive, most likely, it’s because they weren’t treated right,” Richardson told WOFL.

“If you treat them right, they would give their life for you and I owe my son’s life to him.”

City agrees to $450G settlement over Stormy Daniels strip club arrest

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of an adult entertainment fair in Berlin last year.
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of an adult entertainment fair in Berlin last year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Daniels filed a lawsuit against several Columbus police officers in January, alleging they conspired to retaliate against her because of her claims of an affair with President Trump before he became president.

City attorney’s office spokeswoman Meredith Tucker told Fox News an agreement was reached after mediation.

She said all parties involved agreed the figure was a fair settlement “based on the facts and circumstances involved.”

Chinese Student Association Banned at Same Canadian University That Closed Beijing’s Confucius Institute

A McMaster University building in a file photo. (Mathew Ingram/creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

The student union’s governing body made the decision this week to strip the student club status of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), citing a rule against conduct that would “endanger the safety or security of any person or property,” the Globe and Mail reported.

“All students wishing to form a club agree to a specific set of rules regarding their conduct as a club. It was the determination of the SRA (Student Representative Assembly) that CSSA had violated those rules,” said McMaster University Student Union president Joshua Marando, according to CBC.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has said that CSSAs “alert Chinese consulates and embassies when Chinese students, and American schools, stray from the Communist Party line.”

Jennifer Lopez, Shakira announced to perform at 2020 Super Bowl

The Latin singers will be the headliners at the 54th Super Bowl in February 2020. They join a small collective of other women who have performed the show.

Federal judge rules in favor of Catholic adoption agency in religious liberty case against Michigan

St. Vincent Catholic Charities, along with Chad and Melissa Buck, parents of five children with special needs, won a major victory for the adoption agency and the families and children it serves.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities, along with Chad and Melissa Buck, parents of five children with special needs, won a major victory for the adoption agency and the families and children it serves. (Becket Law)

District Judge Robert Jonker ruled religious agencies that contract with the state of Michigan are allowed to refuse to place children in same-sex households, saying under a preliminary injunction that “the state’s real goal is not to promote non-discriminatory child placements, but to stamp out St. Vincent’s religious belief and replace it with the State’s own.”

“[The] judge was very clear this is NOT about whether same-sex couples can adopt — it is about making sure there are more homes for families, and whether the state can penalize a group for their beliefs,” she said.

In April, the Becket Fund sued on behalf of Chad and Melissa Buck and St. Vincent Catholic Charities “in fighting the Attorney General of Michigan’s attempt to shut down faith-based foster and adoption agencies.”

NYT Writer With History Of Racist Tweets Urges Left-Wingers To Boycott NYT

The tweet came in reply to another tweeter who bemoaned the cancellations as self indulgent, saying it does nothing. Not so fast, replied Jeong.

In fact, she informs us, cancelled subscriptions are an important metric that the Grey Lady uses to distinguish between “real” outrage (scare quotes hers) and superficial outrage.

Jeong is herself no stranger to outrage.

Upon being hired by the Times a year ago, tweets surfaced in which she described how awful, horrible, and even subhuman white people are.

Presumably Jeong believes the reaction to her tweets was superficial outrage. Nonetheless, the Times did respond.

Texas teen, 17, accidentally shoots brother dead through bathroom door, police say

Justice Forney, 17, was charged with tampering with evidence after police say he disposed of the weapon used to kill Romaz Craddock, 17, his stepbrother.
(Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Justice Forney, 17, was charged with tampering with evidence after police say he disposed of the weapon used to kill his 17-year-old stepbrother, Romaz Craddock, on Wednesday.

He told authorities he disposed of the gun in a nearby dumpster. The firearm was also reported stolen through the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Grocery store clerk arrested for allegedly lacing bean dip with methamphetamine, serving it to co-workers

Cassandra Medina-Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of causing another individual to unknowingly ingest methamphetamine-laced food.
Cassandra Medina-Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of causing another individual to unknowingly ingest methamphetamine-laced food.
(Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

Cassandra Medina-Hernandez, 38, was arrested on Wednesday, following an investigation into the incident, which occurred earlier this month.

According to an affidavit obtained by The Oregonian, Medina-Hernandez was working at the Thriftway grocery store in Jefferson on Sept 9 when she was spotted behaving suspiciously on security footage.

On that day, Medina-Hernandez had reportedly prepared a plate of bean dip, sometimes with her back to the surveillance camera, and also while appearing to retrieve something out of her bra.

Dems Sit in Silence as Witness Debunks Their ‘Assault’ Rifle Lies

“Americans use firearms to defend themselves between 500,000 and two million times every year.

God forbid that my mother is ever faced with a scenario where she has to stop a threat to her life.

But if she is, I hope politicians protected by professional armed security didn’t strip her of the right to use the firearm she can handle most competently.” – Amy Swearer

Passenger Who Prompted Emergency Landing Was Upset He Couldn’t Use First-Class Bathrooms

The coach passenger, decked out in Jets gear, was upset when he couldn’t use the empty first-class bathrooms.

“They rather let the bathroom be empty up there and let eight people wait in line to use the bathroom while two bathrooms are empty in the front,” he said. “He’s going to come to me telling me he’ll call the police – call the (expletive) police.”

His rant didn’t let up. In fact, other travelers said he started making threats.

“He said he was going to kill the pilot, he was going to beat people up,” one woman said.

Politics:

Intel Community Secretly Gutted Requirement Of First-Hand Whistleblower Knowledge

The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.”

The internal properties of the newly revised “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form, which the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) requires to be submitted under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public.

The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed.

JUDICIAL WATCH SUES FOR BIDEN-UKRAINE SCANDAL DOCS

We filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records about the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor after then-Vice President Biden threated to withhold aid.

We filed the lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. Department of State (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:19-cv-02893)).

We sued after, as per usual, the State Department failed to respond to our May 7, 2019, FOIA request seeking access to the following records:

Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to Viktor Shokin’s investigation of Mykola Zolchevsky and Shokin’s resignation at Ukraine’s Prosecutor General.
Any and all records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of State and any official, employee, or representative of the Office of the Vice President regarding Viktor Shokin.

In a widely distributed video, Joe Biden confirmed that he successfully pressured, under threat of withholding $1 billion in U.S. government aid, the Ukrainian government to fire Shokin, who had allegedly launched an investigation into Burisma, which had purportedly paid Biden’s son Hunter $50,000 a month.

Laura Loomer Is Running For US Congress In Florida

Gaetz: Our President’s a Fighter

Commentary/Opinion: Our President’s a fighter. I’m grateful the House Freedom Caucus will be led by a fighter, my friend Andy Biggs.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Blasts Impeachment Push, Blames Leftists

Cuomo, a Democrat himself, felt the “quote unquote inquiry” was a result of Democratic radicals in Congress pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to engage in an ultimately pointless exercise that would just result in political gridlock. According to Cuomo,

“There is a heightened leftist component of the Democratic Party that she was feeling pressure from.”

Cuomo also provided a lengthy catalog of the legislative priorities that would be shoved aside until after the 2020 elections as a result of the futile impeachment process taking front and center.

“It’s a long and unproductive road,” emphasized Cuomo. “Where does it go ultimately? Nowhere.”

Trump demands Adam Schiff to resign after he read parody of president’s call

“Rep. Adam Schiff fraudulently read to Congress, with millions of people watching, a version of my conversation with the President of Ukraine that doesn’t exist.

He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and me sound guilty,” Trump tweeted Friday.

“Adam Schiff therefore lied to Congress and attempted to defraud the American Public. He has been doing this for two years.

I am calling for him to immediately resign from Congress based on this fraud!” Trump said.

US agriculture industry warns impeachment-related delay in USMCA passage puts off wins for farmers

“We remain hopeful the [U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement] can still be passed this year,” said Sean Ellis, spokesman for the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.

“I would hope both parties would see the benefit that U.S. farmers and ranchers would receive from passing the USMCA.”

The new trade deal, Ellis said, “brings NAFTA to the 21st Century, and we would hope both parties would see that.”

Passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a replacement for NAFTA, has been a top legislative priority of the Trump administration, and administration officials have for months been negotiating behind closed doors with House Democrats over changes to the trade deal.

The White House has also dispatched top members of the administration to urge the Democrat-controlled House to act.

Wall Street Democratic donors warn the party: We’ll sit out, or back Trump, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren

In recent weeks, CNBC spoke to several high-dollar Democratic donors and fundraisers in the business community and found that this opinion was becoming widely shared as Warren, an outspoken critic of big banks and corporations, gains momentum against Joe Biden in the 2020 race.

“You’re in a box because you’re a Democrat and you’re thinking, ‘I want to help the party, but she’s going to hurt me, so I’m going to help President Trump,’” said a senior private equity executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of retribution by party leaders.

The executive said this Wednesday, a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump.

World News:

Airstrike kills 17 ISIS terrorists in Libya: US military

“This ongoing campaign against ISIS-Libya demonstrates that U.S. Africa Command persistently targets terrorist networks that seek to harm innocent Libyans,” said Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, AFRICOM director of intelligence.

“We continue to pursue ISIS-Libya and other terrorists in the region, denying them safe haven to coordinate and plan operations in Libya.”

No civilians were injured or killed in the airstrike, AFRICOM said.

Commentary/Opinion:

How to Stop Cancel Culture From Destroying Us (Pt. 1) | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks at Yalcon and gives his thoughts on the danger of where far left cancel culture and social justice woke outrage is taking our society.

He also says why it’s so vital for you to fight against cancel culture.

He gives advice and motivation of how you can not only fight back against the outrage mob, but survive and spread your bravery to others.

Is the state of US news driving you crazy? Does the coverage of political news rarely seem “fair and balanced”?

Serious discussions on US politics is vital to having a healthy democracy.

No matter what political party you belong to, we need to be able to hear a variety of political perspectives.

Rubin Antifa uses violence to silence their political opponents

The Rubin Report’ host Dave Rubin speaks out about being targeted by Antifa on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

The Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Confronted

According to Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy,
According to Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, “The importance of identifying the Muslim brotherhood as a terrorist organization could not be more clear to our national security and counterterrorism strategy.” Pictured: Jasser testifies before the House Homeland Security Committee on March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The White House has, since April, been considering officially designating the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

This designation would follow in the footsteps of countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, which have first-hand experience and understanding of the serious threat the MB represents.

The MB’s modus operandi typically works through four stages: Preaching, sharing, use of violence, full control. It would therefore be wise to confront them sooner rather than later, before they manifest their full power.

Some of the organization’s sympathizers and apologists seem sincerely to believe that the MB is a “moderate” group. Sadly, the evidence strongly suggests otherwise.

Let us consider some examples.

Actor Jon Voight blasts Democrats in epic defense of President Trump: ‘This is WAR!’ (Video)

Fireside Chat Ep. 101 – Your Life Depends on Fossil Fuels

Dennis opens this week’s Fireside Chat by discussing the moral choice between smoking cigarettes versus smoking marijuana.

He also reflects on how blessed we are to have electrical power and the fossil fuels that enable everyday life.

Later, Dennis kicks off the Q&A with our very first VIDEO question from a PragerFORCE student!