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Hooters calendar girls explain how they’re giving back to our troops with care packages

Miss January 2020 Somer Bishop. (Hooters/Hooters Management Corporation/LTP Management/Hooters Calendar)

The American restaurant chain is inviting guests to purchase a 2020 Hooters Calendar in support of Operation Calendar Drop. Hooters will collect and ship the calendars to active-duty personnel deployed in the United States and around the world.

According to Hooters, more than 100,000 calendars have been distributed to troops worldwide since 2013. And since the Clearwater, Fla., location opened in 1983, the company has supported veterans, servicemen and servicewomen, raising thousands of dollars for non-profit military organizations.

When the ladies aren’t traveling across the country to support the military or work with a different charity, they’re working the tables at their restaurants where they’re eager to meet a new regular.

“I was never aware of all the opportunities that were there until I started working,” said Bishop. “Once I joined, it was like a sisterhood ever since.”

Texas parents sentenced for dissolving remains of daughter, 2, in tub of acid

Monica Dominguez and Zavala Loredo couldn't be charged with murder because the state of Rebecka's remains prevented investigators from determining a cause of death, a defense attorney said.
Monica Dominguez and Zavala Loredo couldn’t be charged with murder because the state of Rebecka’s remains prevented investigators from determining a cause of death, a defense attorney said. (Webb County Sheriff’s Office)

Monica Dominguez, 38, and her 32-year-old husband Gerardo Zavala Loredo were both arrested in February after police searched their apartment and found the remains of their daughter, Rebecka Zavala, in a five-gallon container hidden in a bedroom closet, the Laredo Morning Times reported.

Both parents pleaded guilty Friday to tampering with evidence of a human corpse. Zavala Loredo took a plea deal and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Dominguez additionally pleaded guilty to endangering a child and abuse of a corpse. She will serve a total of 20 years in prison.

Her judgment will run consecutively with a 10-year revocation sentence for violating her probation in a prior child injury case in which her 9-month-old son suffered six bone fractures, according to the paper.

California teen used remote-controlled car to smuggle meth across Mexico border into US, investigators say

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, agents found the boy walking along the border wall near San Diego with two large duffel bags. Once he realized he’d been spotted, he hid in nearby thick bushes.

After agents arrested the boy, they found he’d been carrying a remote-controlled car and two duffel bags containing over 50 packages of the narcotics.

The bundles weighed over 55 pounds and had an estimated street value of $106,096.

Agents thwarted a similar scheme in 2017 which used a remote-controlled drone to smuggle narcotics across the border. A 26-year-old was sentenced to 12 years in prison in that case.

ICYMI President Trump to honor Jon Voight with National Medal of Arts

Actor Jon Voight speaks during a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.
Actor Jon Voight speaks during a pre-Inaugural “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP)

The White House announced four recipients of the National Medal of Arts and four of the National Humanities Medal in a statement Sunday night. Trump will award the medals during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.

In addition to his work in films and TV, Voight is one of Trump’s few vocal supporters in Hollywood, often deriding the president’s Democratic opposition and previously hailing him as “The greatest president of this century.”

The other recipients of the National Medal of Arts will be Alison Krauss, Sharon Percy Rockefeller and The Musicians of the United States Military. Meanwhile, those receiving the National Humanities Medal this year will be The Claremont Institute, Teresa Lozano Long, Patrick O’Connell and James Patterson.

Audit of the FBI’s Management of its Confidential Human Source Validation Processes

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announces the release of an Audit on the FBI’s Management of its Confidential Human Source Validation Processes.

State fines 2 companies $270,000 for contracting minors to work at Bozrah poultry plant

The state found that workers were being improperly employed at a large poultry plant in Bozrah and fined the companies.

The state said, “Five Brothers 1, based in Sunbury, Pa., and Whitmore Poultry, based in Orange, Mass., admitted improperly classifying the workers as independent contractors for their work at Hillandale Farms in Bozrah.

Many of the workers employed by Whitmore Poultry were minors between ages 14 and 17.”

If workers are classified as contractors, the employer pays lower workers compensation premiums, taxes and unemployment insurance costs.

Bride-to-be wakes from surgery to find legs amputated, wishes to walk down aisle at wedding

McCue has put her wedding on hold, and said she wants to walk down the aisle to Martyn when she recovers. (Reach Syndication )

“At first I thought it was just a bad dream, that something had gone wrong and I was in a coma, but that I would wake up and still have my legs,” McCue, a mother of four, told The Sun. “That’s how I started thinking. Then reality kicked in.”

According to McCue, when her surgeons went to operate, they found serious infections, leaving them no choice but to amputate.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) commonly occurs in patients with diabetes or those who have high cholesterol and heart disease, according to HealthLine.com.

A prosecutor used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to catch her molester. His plan could backfire.

Ali Mohammad Lajmiri (San Jose Police Department)

Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, of San Jose, is in custody on charges of molesting a 13-year-old girl, according to the San Jose Police Department.

He is facing three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under 14, a felony count of lewd or lascivious acts on a child by force, violence, duress and fear, and a felony charge of false imprisonment, according to court documents.

The father, his wife and the teen started scoping out Lajmiri multiple times after the girl disclosed to her doctor in an October physical that she had been sexually assaulted, according to police records. A police investigation launched
the next day.

Probe Into Epstein’s Death Includes Looking at ‘Criminal Enterprise’ Involvement, Prison Head Says

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer in a 2001 file photograph.
Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer in a 2001 file photograph. (Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)

Sawyer repeatedly told lawmakers she couldn’t provide information about the trio of probes into Epstein’s death.

The FBI took all evidence from the bureau’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for its probe, she said, and the bureau was “forbidden” from speaking to anybody while several agencies are investigating the case.

“This death happened in the middle of August, early August. It’s Thanksgiving. and you’re here to testify today and you say you’re not allowed to speak about this incident.

I think that’s crazy,” he said.

There are three investigations into Epstein’s death, including probes from the FBI and the Department of Justice’s inspector general.

Several lawmakers repeatedly asked for information about Epstein’s death and whether what happened changed anything at the bureau.

Sasse at one point wondered whether guards falling asleep is a common problem in the bureau—the two guards guarding Epstein were reportedly arrested late Nov. 19—and asked if the bureau has changed any processes, such as paying closer attention to high-profile inmates who hold information necessary for investigations into any co-conspirators.

GRAPHIC WARNING: FBI Interviews Alleged Boy Rape Victim of Bill Clinton; Chilling Details of Sex Assaults & Satanic Rituals on Yacht (Video)

“We are treating him as a victim,” an FBI official told True Pundit in New York City prior the interview with FBI.

Top FBI officials arranged the interview with the victim, who said he was raped by Bill Clinton when he was just eight years old. The interview was conducted by the FBI’s task force that was established to investigate sexual assault and sex trafficking claims linked to Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.

That task force, also attached to the NYPD, remains active even though Epstein reportedly committed suicide in federal custody just weeks ago.

Moore, an advocate who investigated abused and trafficked children, had been in the process of investigating allegations by the 26-year-old man that — as a young boy — he was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton and pimped out at private sex parties attended by other D.C. elites.

But Moore and the traumatized victim wanted to contact Homeland Security and the FBI first to see if they would open a criminal case against Clinton prior to publicizing the claims.

Four weeks after contacting the Feds, Jen Moore was found dead in a D.C. hotel room. Moore died of an apparent seizure, though her death remains suspicious and the timing — beyond disturbing.

After Moore’s death, the victim, fearful for his own life, decided to not go public with that interview.

Now he is telling his story. And that is what he did for the FBI.

Chicago woman accused of helping mother kill pregnant teen and cutting the baby out gives birth

Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 25, were charged with the killing of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.
Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and Desiree Figueroa, 25, were charged with the killing of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. (Clark County Sheriff’s Office )

After giving birth she was transported back to Cook County Jail, where she has been held since May on charges including first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, dismemberment of a human body and concealment of a homicide.

She and her mother, Clarisa Figueroa, 46, were charged with the April 23 death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez after the pair allegedly hatched a plan to lure the 19-year-old to their apartment and steal her unborn baby.

Clarisa met Ochoa-Lopez in a Facebook group forum for expectant mothers. She was going to their home to pick up free baby clothes.

Politics:

Hillary Clinton calls for White House adviser’s removal, says his presence is an ’emergency

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom progressives have blamed for the president’s hard-line immigration agenda should be removed from his position.

The SPLC, a liberal nonprofit known for accusing conservatives of “hate,” claimed last week that Miller sent emails “promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda” to conservative news site Breitbart in 2015 and 2016 when he was working for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

“Every day Hillary Clinton was in office WAS an actual emergency,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to Fox News.

“Lest we forget her policies helped create a massacre in Benghazi, Libya, a humanitarian disaster in Syria, and the rise of ISIS in Iraq.

Vindman Confirms: Ukrainians Felt No ‘Pressure’ to Investigate

The House Intelligence Committee’s counsel, Daniel Goldman, tried to establish that President Trump had pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden solely, or primarily, for the potential political benefit.

However, his questioning of Vindman did not quite go as planned:

Impeachment Backlash Fuels Record GOP Fundraising, Now $61 Million: Report

President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington for a campaign rally in Kentucky on Nov. 4, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

The Republican National Committee (RNC) told the Washington Examiner that the $25.3 million raised in October is nearly triple what was raised in October 2017, and it is the most money on hand since 2012.

When the Trump reelection campaign is included, nearly $400 million has been raised.

The Examiner noted that the RNC has $61 million to play with after the latest round of donations in October.

The Democratic National Committee was $7 million in debt in October, according to the report.

Rep Stefanik is Doing Her Job, and Doing it Well • Fox & Friends

Commentary/Opinion: Independent Women’s Voice: Tammy Bruce.

Obama Aides Left ‘You Will Fail’ Notes in Offices for Trump Aides During Transition: Grisham

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham waits as Air Force One is refueled at Elmendorf Air Force Base while traveling to Japan in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 26, 2019.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham waits as Air Force One is refueled at Elmendorf Air Force Base while traveling to Japan in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 26, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

“It was a mess that first week,” one said. “Yeah, there were mean notes left in odd places. One in a deputy press secretary’s office, one inside a desk drawer in upper press, another on a bathroom mirror.

They were all about how we were doomed to failure.”

“Those notes definitely happened. They even left us Russian vodka in the cabinet,” another remembered. “They were trolling us from the minute we got there. It was definitely just ridiculous.

We were trying to find the bathroom, and we get these notes saying ‘You will fail,’ and ‘You’re not going to make it.’”

Daily Mail reporter Martasko said it wasn’t the first time he heard about the messages.

“A WH aide told me about it two months after Trump’s inauguration, but I couldn’t confirm.

Now, apparently, it’s on the record,” he said in a Twitter post.

World News:

Thugs bully Munich Conference Center – Force Cancellation of Climate Skeptic Conference

The latest free speech suppression and intimidation has unfolded in Munich: The 13th International Climate and Energy Conference, sponsored by the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) and CFACT, has seen its contractual agreement torn up, and was booted out of the conference facility at the last minute.

EIKE is a non-profit organization like the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

The Jena-Germany based EIKE plans every year a scientific conference on current climate and energy topics. This year it was planned to take place on November 22nd in Munich. But now its attendees will have to make new last minute plans.

More than 200 international scientists and experts had long since booked and paid for their travels, as well as their hotels. Many of them in the conference hotel NH Congress Center. Some of them were planned to come from overseas, the USA, Canada and Australia. Media representatives also asked to be accredited, this year much more than usual.

At its Facebook site the radical leftwing Antifa organization recently called on its followers to take aim at the Munich NH Congress Center for hosting the EIKE event,

Daughter of Britain’s ‘first gay dads’ approves of father dating her ex-boyfriend

Barrie, 50, shared his daughter’s post from her private account on his own, with the caption: “Love my baby girl so much x this should shut a few of those t—- up!”

He and Tony, 55, were England’s first same-sex couple to be named on a birth certificate as parents nearly 20 years ago.

Over the weekend, Barrie told The Sun that he and Tony had split after 32 years and that he was now dating his daughter’s former beau.

The men still live happily under one roof with Scott, Saffron and their four other children in the family’s $7.5 million Florida mansion.

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Former US Marine Paul Whelan’s espionage charges upheld in Russia: report

Paul Whelan is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2019.
Paul Whelan is escorted by Federal Security Service officers to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Whelan, who has U.S., Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was arrested 11 months ago while he was in Russia for a friend’s wedding. He believes he was set up.

Whelan has previously called his a “hostage situation” and has claimed to have lost a significant amount of weight and been subject to abuse — a claim backed by those who have visited him, The Guardian reported.

Whelan alleges that someone whom he considered a friend handed him a USB stick he believed contained vacation photos.

Five minutes later, authorities stormed his hotel and arrested him. The USB stick reportedly contained a list of names of those working at a classified security agency.

Masked Intruders Set Fire to Hong Kong Epoch Times Printing Press

CCTV footage of the fire set by masked intruders at the printing press of The Epoch Times Hong Kong bureau on Nov. 19, 2019.
CCTV footage of the fire set by masked intruders at the printing press of The Epoch Times Hong Kong bureau on Nov. 19, 2019. (The Epoch Times)

The attack is believed to be the latest instance of efforts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to silence The Epoch Times.

A spokesperson for the edition strongly condemned the incident, saying it had the hallmarks of tactics employed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), aimed at intimidating the outlet from reporting on topics deemed sensitive the regime.

The newspaper is one of the few independent outlets in Hong Kong, and is known for covering internal factional politics within the Party, as well as the regime’s suppression of freedoms both at home and abroad.

It has also reported truthfully on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Surveillance footage from the printing shop shows two of the men dressed in all black carrying batons, while one of them holds newspapers, and another carries two containers containing a flammable liquid, which he poured onto the factory machines and newspapers.

Sweden PM Claims No Link Between Rising Gang Crime and Mass Migration

Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Löfven went even further, claiming that without the migration crisis of 2015, the country would still be facing the same problem: “Because of the economic gaps, the social injustices would have been the same.”

Several prior reports conflict with Löfven’s statements, including a report from September by newspaper Expressen that claimed the majority of suspects in shooting cases in the multicultural city of Malmö were from migrant backgrounds.

Another study, conducted by public broadcaster SVT, revealed last year that the majority of sex attackers were also from migrant backgrounds.

As many as eight in ten assault rapes — in which the victim did not know their attacker — were committed by migrants.

Commentary/Opinion:

Climate Extremism in the Age of Disinformation

Baylor Professor Alan Jacobs has an interesting essay entitled On Lost Causes regarding the tendency for people to believe anything they see on the internet if it supports their biases.

He mentions a recent novel in which a high-tech billionaire, fed up with the disinformation he sees on the Web, concocts an elaborate online story that Moab, Utah has been obliterated by a nuclear explosion. He has CGI video, actors, witnesses, and an elaborate (but fake) social media presence to support the story. Al

The plan is to then show the world how easily they were duped, so that people would become less credulous when digesting information.

But instead, people cling to their belief. Even after many years, the ‘Moab truthers’ claim that anyone who disputes that Moab was destroyed are trolls or paid shills. People could actually travel to Moab to see for themselves, but virtually no one does.

I partly blame the public education system for the current state of affairs. Students are increasingly taught what to think, rather than how to think.

Also to blame is the (probably unavoidable) funding of science by government, which President Eisenhower warned would cause science to become corrupted by a handful of powerful elites who did not have the advancement of scientific knowledge as the central goal.

Why The Planned Parenthood Whistleblower Case Will Likely Hit The Supreme Court

Daleiden’s lead attorney, Peter Breen, of the public policy legal firm Thomas More Society, promised an appeal. “We intend to seek vindication for David on appeal,” Breen said in a press release.

“This lawsuit is payback for David Daleiden exposing Planned Parenthood’s dirty business of buying and selling fetal parts and organs,” Breen added, noting, “We intend to seek vindication for David on appeal.

His investigation into criminal activity by America’s largest abortion provider utilized standard investigative journalism techniques, those applied regularly by news outlets across the country.”

Breen has several solid grounds for appeal, and initially will likely challenge presiding judge William Orrick III’s refusal to recuse from the case.

While appellate courts are hesitant to second-guess a trial court’s decision on whether recusal is required, in this case the facts strongly suggest recusal was required.

Cost Of Talking Trump Revealed: Lost Friends & Income (Pt. 1)| Scott Adams | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert, author of Win Bigly) about his new book Loserthink and many other topics.

In addition to being a comic artist he is considered by some to be a political philosopher for his analysis of the persuasive ways of Donald Trump.

He details how his insights on Donald Trump has cost him many friends, but also a significant amount of his income.

He also talks about how he never had any major plans for his “Real Coffee with Scott Adams” periscope vlogs including the simultaneous sip, but that it naturally grew in popularity.

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