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Two officers among four stabbed while trying to serve emergency custody order in Suffolk

(Courtesy of the Suffolk Police Department)
(Courtesy of the Suffolk Police Department)

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. the 100 block of Ashford Drive, the post said. Suffolk Police originally responded to serve an emergency custody order to Travis Dionne Butler, 39.

Officers spoke to multiple people at the scene before coming into contact with the man set to receive the emergency custody order.

The man pulled a knife and attacked the four victims, police said.

Six sex offenders whose early release was criticized by Orange County DA are arrested again

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer leads a meeting at the DA’s office in Santa Ana, CA on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer leads a meeting at the DA’s office in Santa Ana, CA on Friday, February 21, 2020. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Spitzer in earlier interviews on local and national news outlets and a statement to the public sharply criticized the decision by a court commissioner to release seven “high-risk” sex offenders for time served.

The DA’s office now says that six of those seven offenders have already been re-arrested.

According to the DA’s office, most of the six accused of violating parole after their release either failed to adhere to their supervision or rendered their GPS units inoperable.

“It comes as no surprise that these high-risk sex offenders continue to violate the law and do everything they can to avoid being tracked by law enforcement,” Spitzer said in a statement.

“There is a concerted effort here in California and across the nation to open up the jailhouse doors and let dangerous criminals back into our streets without regard for the safety of the public which we are sworn to protect.”

Family narrowly escapes with lives after driver tries to beat train in east Montgomery County

Photo: Montgomery County Police Reporter.
Photo: Montgomery County Police Reporter.

“She tried to beat the railroad crossing guard and she was unable to do so,” said Sgt. Erick Burse, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

As the guard came down on the car, “she got scared … as soon as they got out of the car, the train hit the car.”

They all managed make it out before the train struck the truck. She received a ticket for disregarding railroad crossing gate or flagman, according to Burse.

President Donald Trump and Administration Officials Hold a Press Briefing on Virus Testing

President Donald Trump and Administration Officials Hold a Press Briefing on Testing.

Congressman Paul Gosar asks AG Barr to investigate censorship of Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson

Paul Gosar slammed Facebook for failing to give Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson an opportunity to defend themselves before they were banned.
Paul Gosar slammed Facebook for failing to give Laura Loomer and Paul Joseph Watson an opportunity to defend themselves before they were banned (YouTube – Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson)

Correction – May 11, 2019: An earlier version of this article described Loomer’s lawsuit against Facebook as “eventually-dismissed.” Facebook has filed a motion to dismiss but the case hasn’t been dismissed.

In his letter to Barr, Gosar accuses Facebook of defaming and libeling Loomer and failing to give her any option to defend herself.

Gosar also points to the impact Facebook’s actions have had on Loomer’s congressional campaign:

The letter also showcases Watson’s comments on the ban from earlier this year:

Sen. Cruz welcomes Elon Musk to Texas after twitter storm, lawsuit filed over weekend

Shutterstock photo
Shutterstock photo

(The Center Square) – Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, has sued Alameda County, Calif., and said he’s considering moving his company out of California because of the county’s COVID-19 shutdown.

According to the California Department of Public Health, Alameda County, the seventh-largest county in the state, has reported 2,011 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 75 deaths, or roughly .001 percent and .00004 percent of its 1.67 million population.

On Friday, phase two of reopening California went into effect, including limited manufacturing operations.

However, the governor allowed counties to impose their own stricter guidelines if they chose to do so. Among them were six Bay Area counties, including Alameda County, which kept in place its stricter orders, including a ban on manufacturing.

Customers ‘barricaded’ Waffle Shop entrance as cop arrives to help cite owner for COVID-19 shutdown violation. Then the shoving begins.

The restaurant has been a focal point of lockdown pushback in Fresno as it opened last week in defiance of the city’s “shelter in place” order and soon received a warning and fine, KFSN-TV reported.

On Sunday morning, police were dispatched to the Waffle Shop to assist city code enforcement officials in issuing a citation to the restaurant’s owner, the station said — and video captures what happened next.

The officer walked up to the restaurant where he was greeted by people in front of the door who wouldn’t let him enter.

Fireworks, gunshots ring out at Texas park packed with 600 people — and at least 5 people are struck with gunfire

Police, who responded to reports of fireworks, also said witnesses also heard about 30 rounds of gunfire.

A video captured the incident and made the rounds on social media. The video shows people frantically running and hiding as the shots rang out.

Law enforcement is unsure whether there was one shooter or several shooters. The Fort Worth Police Department’s Gang Unit is looking into the incident, according to Officer Buddy Calzada.

Jerry Stiller’s ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘King of Queens’ co-stars react to his death: ‘You will be so very missed’

Jerry Stiller's 'Seinfeld' and 'King of Queens' co-stars paid tribute to the late actor.
Jerry Stiller’s ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘King of Queens’ co-stars paid tribute to the late actor. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

Following the news that actor and comedian Jerry Stiller died at age 92, his co-stars on both “King of Queens” and “Seinfeld” took to social media to publicly honor the late star.

On Monday, Stiller’s son, actor Ben Stiller, shared the sad news of his death with the world.

“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Ben wrote. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

Indiana attorney general’s law license suspended for 30 days after groping allegations

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill

Hill has denied the allegations. But the court unanimously found that Hill’s actions at the gathering of legislators, staff and lobbyists in 2018 constituted misdemeanor battery.

“While at the event, Respondent engaged in acts against four women – a state representative and three legislative assistants – that involved various forms of nonconsensual and inappropriate touching,” the Supreme Court ruling said.

This behavior, according to the ruling, included rubbing one woman’s bare back “down to or just above her buttocks without her consent,” rubbing a second woman’s back, touching a third woman’s buttocks, and putting his arm around a fourth woman’s waist and pulling her near him.

Hilton: Stop dangerous divisive misinformation

Commentary/Opinion:
Steve Hilton weighs in on the costs of media misinformation.

CBS’s ‘60 Minutes’ Lies About Mike Pompeo And Covers For Communist China

CBS News’ “60 Minutes” lied about claims from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, playing a partial clip from ABC’s “This Week” and saying he “attempted to resurrect a debunked theory that the virus was man-made in China.” CBS cut the ABC interview before Pompeo’s immediate on-air clarification.

CBS News failed to reach out to the State Department for clarification or a comment before it broadcast the deceptive report.

CBS refused to make that distinction, while ABC managed to note the difference.

But the blatant lies about Pompeo were just the tip of the iceberg in the China-sympathetic “60 Minutes” segment, which waited until halfway through to mention, “The Chinese Communist Party has also blocked the truth,” as if the authoritarian regime’s actions are a pandemic footnote.

In fact, the segment kicked off with correspondent Scott Pelley essentially equating the U.S.’s response to the COVID-19 with Red China’s propaganda campaign, saying, “Both the White House and the Chinese Communist Party have been less than honest.”

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Politics:

The Silent Special Prosecutor That Got Results

Commentary/Opinion:
It was done quietly and with no fanfare. There was no public announcement, and the usual press conference didn’t occur.

It was also done without leaks—a stark contrast to how these kinds of matters are usually handled.

When then-Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller back in May 2017 to be a special counsel that would investigate the various RussiaGate allegations, there was an intense level of media scrutiny from the very start.

That didn’t happen this time. And it was no accident.

State AGs Press Congress to Investigate China’s Coronavirus Response

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall / Getty Images

Republican attorneys general from 18 states are pressing Congress to investigate the Chinese government’s role in the coronavirus outbreak, telling legislators that the pandemic has “wreaked havoc” on their states.

The attorneys general, led by South Carolina attorney general Alan Wilson, signed a letter demanding congressional hearings about “the origins of COVID-19 and efforts by the communist Chinese government to deceive the international community.”

The letter was addressed to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate, including Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Tex.), the head of the new Republican-led China Task Force.

Pennsylvania threatens consequences for rogue counties reopening ahead of schedule

A person walks past a closed craft store March 17, 2020, in Havertown, Pa. Concerns about the new coronavirus have led to the temporary closure of many businesses and schools across the region.
A person walks past a closed craft store March 17, 2020, in Havertown, Pa. Concerns about the new coronavirus have led to the temporary closure of many businesses and schools across the region. Matt Slocum/AP Photo

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf warned counties that forge ahead of his phased economic reopening schedule will face serious consequences.

“I cannot allow residents in a red county to get sick because their local officials can’t see the invisible risk of the virus in their community,” he said during a Monday news conference.

“So, I must, and I will impose consequences if a county locally lifts restrictions when it has not yet been given the go-ahead by the state.”

Counties that reopen ahead of the state’s plan will forfeit federal disaster aid, Wolf said.

Businesses that resume operations will lose liability insurance protections, and restaurants that reopen their dining rooms will lose their liquor licenses.

Residents of defiant counties that receive unemployment compensation benefits will remain eligible, even if their employer reopens.

The Obama Presidency of Criminal Behavior Explained

Commentary/Opinion:
After great deliberations, the Founding Fathers, ended up with a Constitution saying “impeachment requires treason, bribery or ‘other high crimes and misdemeanours’“, with some saying, that phrase at the least, implies malfeasance as serious as treason and bribery.

Since the Democrats have already lowered the bar – for what constitutes offenses worthy of impeachment – therefore, using their new standards, a great number of actions by Obama and his administrators, were far more serious and worthy of prosecution, than any of those allegedly committed by the Trump Administration.

During eight years of Obama’s presidency, the following acts of criminal behavior (not in time-line sequence) occurred, without a single member of his team ever convicted of any crime:

Rep. Collins responds to Obama: Flynn was unfairly targeted because they wanted to ‘get at Trump’

Collins reacted to President Obama’s comments made Friday that the “rule of law is at risk” in the wake of dropped charges against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

According to Yahoo News, Obama made the comments in a private discussion with ex-members of his administration in a web talk.

“President Obama, I think, needs to stick more to retirement than, I think, commenting on stuff that happened in his own administration,” Collins, R-Ga., told “Fox & Friends.”

“The problem has been corrected: General Flynn was unfairly targeted…,” Collins said. “They did not like Donald Trump and they did everything they possibly could to get at him and if they had to go through and destroy a life like General Flynn, they had no problems [with it] and that is just disgusting in America.”

San Fran DA touts liberal reforms in campaign email: End to cash bail, no sentence enhancements for gang crime

In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin pauses during his speech at an election night event at SOMA StrEat Food Park in San Francisco. Boudin,
In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, San Francisco District Attorney candidate Chesa Boudin pauses during his speech at an election night event at SOMA StrEat Food Park in San Francisco. Boudin, the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler, has won San Francisco’s tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system.
(Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Boudin was sworn into office in January following posts as a public defender and with nonprofits, as well as two federal law clerkships in the past decade.

But notable in his biography are the facts that his parents are Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, notorious former leaders of the Weather Underground domestic terror group, and that Boudin formerly worked for the late Venezuelan socialist president, Hugo Chavez.

Now about 120 days into his term, Boudin checked in with his supporters in an email that addressed his office’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, but also a number of other liberal reforms he promised during his campaign that led to fierce opposition from the local police union and vocal support from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other high-profile left-wing politicians.

Trump claims Dems trying to ‘steal’ California House seat

“Dems are trying to steal the Mike Garcia Congressional Race in California,” Trump tweeted Monday morning, echoing the NRCC memo. “Republicans, get out and VOTE for your terrific candidate, ASAP!”

Trump’s post comes after Fox News first reported that NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer, R-Minn., called on his GOP colleagues to “raise hell” about a new voting center in a more Democratic area of the district.

“We’re issuing an urgent call to arms regarding the vote-by-mail CA-25 special election happening this Tuesday,” Emmer wrote to his fellow Republicans.

Garcia and top Republicans have been crying foul about the county’s decision to open up the new in-person voting location. They argue Democrats pushed for the extra voting location after seeing mail-in ballot returns were favoring the GOP.

Rep Zeldin calls on Adam Schiff to resign

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin calls out Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff for claiming to have seen evidence of Russia collusion.

Hilton: The collapse of the establishment’s counter-revolution

Commentary/Opinion:
DOJ drops criminal case against Michael Flynn after doubts emerge over the legitimacy of the investigation; Steve Hilton and Andy McCarthy weigh in.

Why Did Obama Tell The FBI To Hide Its Activities From The Trump Administration?

Commentary/Opinion:
In 1980, 15-year-old Amy Carter left a burnt cake in the oven of the White House’s family quarters in a reflex of childish revenge for her father’s landslide loss to Ronald Reagan. In 2017,

Barack Obama and Joe Biden avenged Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton by leaving what they claim was a Russian agent in the West Wing.

Then came the January 5, 2017, meeting in the Oval Office where Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper briefed President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Russia-related issues……

At the time Obama suggested to Yates and Comey—who were to keep their posts under the Trump administration—that the hold-overs consider withholding information from the incoming administration, Obama knew that President Trump had named Flynn to serve as national security advisor.

Obama also knew there was an ongoing FBI investigation into Flynn premised on Flynn being a Russian agent.

World News:

US sends another littoral combat ship near survey site in South China Sea

The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) conducts routine operations near the Fiery Reef in the South China Sea.
The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) conducts routine operations near the Fiery Reef in the South China Sea.

The Chinese survey vessel Hai Yang Di Zhi 8, escorted by China Coast Guard (CCG) ships and maritime militia, has been conducting a survey nearby since April 15. That’s widely viewed as an attempt to intimidate Malaysia out of exploiting resources in waters that China also claims.

The USS Montgomery is the second American littoral combat ship to sail in that area of the South China Sea within two weeks, after the USS Gabrielle Giffords patrolled there on April 26.

“The Chinese Communist Party must end its pattern of bullying Southeast Asians out of offshore oil, gas, and fisheries.

Millions of people in the region depend on those resources for their livelihood,” Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a press release

This Oil Tanker Fire Injured 22 People, Exploded Twice, Trapped More Onboard

In the morning on May 11, reports of thick black smoke from the aft of the vessel developed, which were soon followed by repeated explosions and a major inferno with worrying black smoke.

Videos of billowing smoke from the 1999-built tanker were later uploaded to YouTube, with reports of several workers missing and potentially trapped inside the vessel, while 22 other workers were immediately rushed to hospital with burns from the incident.

Flying an Indonesian flag, the 250-meters-long (roughly 820-foot-long), 21-year-old Aframax-class crude oil tanker caught fire during repair efforts in the shipyard, which reportedly spread to a second nearby vessel.

U.S. to Accuse China of Trying to Hack Vaccine Data, as Virus Redirects Cyberattacks

Chad Wolf, center, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, with President Trump and members of the coronavirus task force in March.
Chad Wolf, center, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, with President Trump and members of the coronavirus task force in March. The department is preparing to issue a warning about Chinese cyberattacks.Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

The warning comes as Israeli officials accuse Iran of mounting an effort in late April to cripple water supplies as Israelis were confined to their houses, though the government has offered no evidence to back its claim.

More than a dozen countries have redeployed military and intelligence hackers to glean whatever they can about other nations’ virus responses.

A draft of the forthcoming public warning, which officials say is likely to be issued in the days to come, says China is seeking “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means related to vaccines, treatments and testing.”

It focuses on cybertheft and action by “nontraditional actors,” a euphemism for researchers and students the Trump administration says are being activated to steal data from inside academic and private laboratories.

Second COVID19 outbreak unlikely, Israeli Defense Minister says – TV7 Israel News 11.05.20

1) Israel alleviates additional restrictions as part of extensive efforts to revive the country’s economy.

2) Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett underlines that he does not expect another exponential surge of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases – but revealed that Jerusalem is preparing for the next winter, for fear of yet another possible outbreak.

3) Lebanon announces yet another extension of the nation-wide lockdown, despite relatively low recorded figures pertaining to the contagion’s carriers and mortality rate.

19 Iranian sailors killed during Naval training exercise

Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane weighs in on the deadly friendly fire incident.

Russia now has world’s third-most coronavirus cases following record surge

Medical workers wearing protective gear walk after an evacuation at Spasokukotskogo Hospital in Moscow, Russia,
Medical workers wearing protective gear walk after an evacuation at Spasokukotskogo Hospital in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday. A fire at a Moscow hospital treating people infected by the coronavirus killed one patient and forced the evacuation of about 200 others. (AP)

A record surge in coronavirus cases has now placed Russia among the top three countries in the world most affected by the deadly disease.

Russia on Monday reported 11,656 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its overall total up to 221,344. That figure has now passed the number of cases in Italy and the United Kingdom – and is only behind Spain and the United States, the world’s leader.

More than half of the new cases reported Monday – and in Russia in general – are in its capital of Moscow, according to Reuters.

Iran Accidentally Takes Out One Of Its Own Warships In Training Exercise

STR/AFP via Getty Images
STR/AFP via Getty Images

“The incident took place in the perimeter of Iran’s southern Bandar-e Jask port on the Gulf of Oman during Iranian Navy drills on Sunday afternoon, in which 19 sailors were killed and 15 others were injured,” Iranian state media said, quoting the navy.

State broadcaster IRIB stated that Jamaran, an Iranian warship, shot at a training target discharged by the Konarak, a support ship.

However, the Konarak remained too close in proximity to the target and was subsequently struck by the missile.

Commentary/Opinion:

“Gasland” vs “The Planet of the Humans”… Too fracking funny!

Famous radical documentarian, Michael Moore, has co-produced an exposé on renewable energy with the director and ardent environmentalist, Jeff Gibbs.  The Planet of the Humans pulls the curtain back on the environmental impact and value of wind, solar, and biomass energies. 

In a big non-surprise to those of us who have long questioned the logic of subsidizing these energies, the reward for Moore and Gibbs has been a vicious attack by the flag-bearers of the climate-industrial complex.

For climate alarmists, it is not enough simply to argue a case against their opponents.  The purveyors of a climate apocalypse (one that is avoidable only by international treaties, subsidies, and wealth transfers) do not tolerate dissent.  For them, the too-frequent response is to deny their opponents any voice at all.

Pushing Dave On: Nationalism, Drugs, Abortion & Guns | Michael Shermer | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Michael Shermer (Author) about Dave’s positions on a variety of controversial issues in the third chapter of “Don’t Burn This Book”, entitled “Think Freely or Die’.

Special guest host Michael Shermer challenges Dave to explain and defend his positions on the legalization of drugs, immigration, if nationalism is a good thing, guns, income inequality and if he is still pro choice and thinks abortion should remain legal.

Dave shares how he arrived at his current positions and how they’ve changed and evolved.