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NJ wants American flags memorializing 9/11 gone from highway overpasses

The American flag (Petr Kratochvil/Public Domain)
The American flag (Petr Kratochvil/Public Domain)

Two Central Jersey lawmakers said they plan to change that statute to keep the unofficial flags flying. Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, both R-Monmouth, plan to introduce a bill to exempt display of American flags from the statute and asked Gov. Phil Murphy to intervene.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the Turnpike Authority would choose to remove dozens of American flags under the guise of a regulation for advertising material, it is unpatriotic and completely unacceptable,” O’Scanlon said.

“We clearly have a massive group of private citizens, veterans and police officers dedicated to ensuring that those flags are safely and securely hung, and respectfully maintained.

This is an instance where government oversight obviously is not needed. We have requested legislation to undo this arbitrary, unnecessary, offensively unpatriotic action immediately.”

University’s Center for Social Justice and Inclusion Hosts Race-Segregated Virtual Events

(Dave Parker)
(Dave Parker)

This week, the center advertised an online discussion session for “students that do not identify as people of color”—white students, in other words.

A separate event—for students who are black, indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC)—is also on the calendar.

The non-POC event is billed as “a space for students that do not identify as persons of color to gather and to discuss their experience as students on campus and as non-POC in the world.”

Portland Police Arrest Dem Staffer During Riot

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The police arrested Kristina Narayan, who is legislative director for the top Democrat in Oregon’s House of Representatives, along with 58 others during a riot that began Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning, according to a Portland Police Bureau report. Narayan has worked for House Speaker Tina Kotek since 2016.

On Saturday, officers blocked a crowd marching toward the East Portland Community Policing Center.

Police declared a riot after somebody in the crowd threw a firebomb toward officers, which set fire to a member of the community.

The rioters continued to throw rocks, fireworks, and mortars toward the officers.

Nearly 150 calls to Portland police were left on hold Saturday night as the riot forced local police officers to abandon their patrol and help control the violence.

Dallas Police Chief Resigns After City Council Criticized Her Handling of Protests

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Dallas’s Black Police Association president Terrance Hopkins said criticism brought against Hall was unwarranted and cited positive changes Hall fostered during her tenure.

“We increased hiring. We increased pay during tenure,” Hopkins said. “So there’s a lot of good things that Chief Hall did for the City of Dallas.”

Jesurobo Enobakhare, chairman of the police oversight board, described Hall’s leadership as “historic.”

“Everything that this chief has done pretty much has been historic in the city of Dallas: supporting the oversight board, making it easier for residents to submit complaints,” Enobakhare said.

Press Sec Makes Reporter Look Like a FOOL On Live TV When She Only References Part Of Trump’s Quote

Before pandemic, feds funded human coronavirus experiments in 2019 in China

The State Department, meanwhile, noted in 2018 that NIH has been a “major funder” of coronavirus research at that laboratory, one which —according to a recently released State memo — possessed a “shortage of trained staff.”

EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based organization dedicated to infectious disease research, received $3.4 million over 6 years from NIH, according to an NIH spokeswoman.

Among the sub-awardees of that grant was the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the infectious disease institute that sits within a few miles of where the Chinese government claimed the COVID-19 outbreak began.

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ER charges nearly $11,000 for COVID-10 test

Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman’s insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8.

When Dr. Zachary Sussman went to Physicians Premier ER in Austin for a COVID-19 antibody test, he assumed he would get a freebie because he was a doctor for the chain.

Instead, the free-standing emergency room charged his insurance company an astonishing $10,984 for the visit — and got paid every penny, with no pushback.

The bill left him so dismayed he quit his job.

And now, after ProPublica’s questions, the parent company of his insurer said the case is being investigated and could lead to repayment or a referral to law enforcement.

Five Border Detention Facilities Get Clean Bills of Health

“We observed clean facilities and verified that temperatures and ventilation in the holding rooms were appropriate,” stated a newly released report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

The only deficiency cited was a lack of on-site showers at four of the facilities. But, the report added, “no detainees were approaching the detention time threshold when a shower would be required.”

The findings were a welcome turnaround from OIG’s 2019 inspection that identified “dangerous overcrowding” and a host of other problems at border facilities. (Contrary to bogus media reports, there were no kids in cages, however. That story was sooo 2014.)

‘Senseless’: 51 Shot, 10 Dead in Bloody Chicago Labor Day Weekend, Child Among the Dead

A total of 51 people were hit by gunfire and 10 people died, Chicago police told ABC 7. An 8-year-old girl was shot fatally Monday in an SUV while waiting at a stoplight, authorities told the local outlet.

“Our victims’ vehicle was parked facing northbound on Union Avenue with the offender’s vehicle directly behind it,” McDermott continued. “When the light turned green, the offender’s vehicle immediately opened fire on the victims’ vehicle.”

The 8-year-old, who has yet to be named, and two other adults in the car sustained gunshot wounds, according to ABC 7. The vehicle plowed into a tree after being riddled by bullets, the local outlet reported.

DC Comics to release ‘Wonder Women of History’ featuring ‘heroes’ AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Elizabeth Warren

It was not immediately clear how the list of featured “heroes” was compiled.

One would think selections would be based on accomplishments, but the additions of Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib seem to indicate that the list was more of a popularity contest.

Commenters on the Nerdist report picked up on the social justice engineering by DC.

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Police confrontation takes unexpected turn when bystanders get involved

It started off as a scenario we’ve seen played out far too many times in recent months.

A suspect being taken into custody suddenly turns on law enforcement, resists arrest, and begins beating on the police officer.

Then, bystanders get involved in the conflict. But this time, the result was not the same as we’ve seen recently.

This time, it was the police officer the bystanders came to assist.

17-year-old charged with murder in killing of Lafayette pizza delivery driver

Jaelynn Billups, 17, is facing multiple felony charges including murder, armed robbery and theft in the killing of a Lafayette pizza delivery driver.
Jaelynn Billups, 17, is facing multiple felony charges including murder, armed robbery and theft in the killing of a Lafayette pizza delivery driver.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jaelynn Billups, 17, is facing multiple felony charges including murder, armed robbery and theft in the killing of a Lafayette pizza delivery driver.

Joshua Ungersma, 37, was shot and killed while making a pizza delivery Aug. 31 in the 1900 block of N. 16th Street in Lafayette.

A witness, Patrick Gibson, told 13News and police that he had heard gunshots and went outside. He said he saw Billups with 19-year-old Alberto Vanmeter, and Vanmeter had been shot.

Ungersma told Gibson that Billups and Vanmeter had tried to rob him and to call police. Gibson said he then saw Billups walk up and shoot Ungersma. 

After Bostock, Courts Chip Away at Single-Sex Spaces in Schools

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Relying on the Supreme Court’s surprise ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, which barred workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people, two federal appeals courts covering eight states sided with transgender students challenging bathroom access policies, while a federal judge in Idaho struck down a state law restricting women’s sports to biological females.

Those panels say that the High Court’s analysis in Bostock applies to a wide range of federal civil rights laws, not just those governing the workplace.

The decisions suggest a rapid acceleration of cultural disputes over sex, privacy, and equality in schools.

With the force of federal courts increasingly behind transgender students, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden promising a trans-friendly educational directive on his first day in office, LGBT activists and plaintiffs are accomplishing wide-ranging if little-noticed victories that could permanently alter the character of public schools.

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No, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Didn’t Spawn 250,000 Coronavirus Cases

USA, South Dakota, Black Hills National Forest, Sturgis, motorcycle rally mural (Newscom TagID: ddpphotos436013.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]
USA, South Dakota, Black Hills National Forest, Sturgis, motorcycle rally mural (Newscom TagID: ddpphotos436013.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was ‘superspreading event’ that cost public health $12.2 billion,” tweeted The Hill.

“The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in South Dakota last month may have caused 250,000 new coronavirus cases,” said NBC News.

Not so fast. Let’s take a look at what they actually tracked and what’s mere speculation.

The IZA paper “isn’t science; it’s fiction,” Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said.

It’s also good election-time propaganda, apparently. Despite the dubious nature of the IZA study, a range of Democratic consultants and cheerleaders have been using it to condemn President Donald Trump.

Project Veritas: Democrat appointed election inspector voted twice in N.H.

In a case of apparent voter fraud, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe told OAN he has uncovered a Democrat appointed election inspector who voted twice in 2016 and is only now being prosecuted by the New Hampshire attorney general.

One America’s John Hines has more.

Josh Hawley submitting Senate bill allowing DOJ to raise police salaries

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is planning to submit a bill to Congress on Wednesday authorizing the Justice Department to raise the salaries of state and local police forces all across the country — except in cities that have chosen to defund law enforcement in the wake of nationwide protests and riots.

The David Dorn Back the Blue Act was named for David Dorn, a retired police captain shot and killed, allegedly by an armed looter, during the George Floyd protests in June.

Dorn, who was Black, had served his community for almost 40 years and reportedly died protecting a friend’s store from violent rioters in St. Louis.

The bill would seek to increase officer hiring and retention by authorizing $15 billion for Attorney General Bill Barr to disperse to police departments in financial need.

Street artist Sabo SLAMS Nancy Pelosi after hair salon hypocrisy: “I HAD to do this”

Street artist Sabo recently took a strike at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a new piece of art that highlights her sheer hypocrisy.

Sabo says, “I HAD to do this,” and his end result was too good to not get the full story.

He speaks to Glenn and Stu about the inspiration behind the Pelosi masterpiece (requesting a “blow out” from the salon destroyed as a result of her far left policies), how he avoids arrest when caught by police, and his latest pieces on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris too.

Trump Campaign Hands Out ‘Peaceful Protester’ Signs To Crowd At North Carolina Rally

The president told the crowd that he has “decided to call our rallies peaceful protests,” The Guardian reported Tuesday. In addition to calling the rallies “peaceful protests,” the campaign handed out signs with the phrase.

Trump elaborated on his use of the phrase Tuesday and said that it is, in part, because of maximum capacity mandates in North Carolina. Protests have been largely exempt from maximum capacity rules set by each state due to COVID-19.

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Politics:

President Trump: Pelosi, Schumer do not want deal on pandemic relief

President Trump said a meeting with Democrat leaders over a potential future pandemic relief bill would not be useful. One America’s Hans Hubbard has more.

Eric Early: ‘Common sense Americans know a fraud like Schiff when they see one’

Eric Early, the challenger to Rep. Adam Schiff in California’s 28th District, spoke to OAN’s Patrick Hussion about the possibility of mail-in voter fraud as well as Schiff’s continued attacks on Attorney General William Barr.

Poll: 80% of Democrats think making voting easier is more important than ensuring voter eligibility

About 70% of Republican voters, meanwhile, think the opposite, believing that election authorities should work harder to verify each voter’s eligibility. 

Overall, a majority of Americans, 54%, think that making voting easier for everyone is more important, while 41% think that more vigorously enforcing election laws is a higher priority. 

Rasmussen says that independents are more evenly divided on the question than the two major parties, with 49% in favor of easier voting access and 41% in favor of stricter voting rules. 

Trump Campaign Responds to New Bob Woodward Controversy

Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The Trump campaign, wanting to stop the news cycle in its tracks, shared an old audio clip of their own.

It’s Dr. Anthony Fauci telling a reporter that he has total confidence in the president, and that Trump has never contradicted his expertise.

He found it unfortunate that the media was trying to spin it another way.

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Trump is the only thing between us and a planned leftist takeover

Commentary/Opinion:
The left is making no pretense any more about its goals:

Total government control; no Constitution; no rights; no freedoms.

If you want to know what it will be like, just look at China.

There’s a reason that Thomas Friedman, one of the left’s beloved spokespeople, started writing a decade ago that he’d love to have an American government just like China’s.

He mentions that he just wants it for a day or two but, believe me, if the left gets that power for a day or two, the left keeps that power forever.

Donald Trump is unique in that he is walking away from power.

Every time he gets rid of regulations, weakens a federal agency, refuses to meddle in each state’s approach to the Wuhan virus, or listens to Democrat governors and refrains from sending federal troop’s to end Antifa riots, Trump is showing, not a fascist lust for power, but a true liberal’s belief in small “g” government, with the people in charge.

Commentary: Yes, Vote Fraud Is Real

PILF has been a fearless and effective advocate for cleaning up voter rolls, preventing vote fraud and election integrity.

Back in 2015 the first case in the Public Interest Legal Foundation’s efforts to clean corrupted voter rolls around the nation ahead of the 2016 Presidential election was filed in Mississippi.

The Obama Justice Department had shut down enforcement of Section 8 of the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA) and thus allowed voters rolls around the nation to remain corrupted and filled with ineligible registrations.

This has been going on for years in Democrat jurisdictions like Clarke County, Mississippi.

According to PILF, “During the 2010 federal general election, over 101 percent of living citizens eligible to vote in Clarke County were registered to vote.”

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker: Critical race theory is a lie from start to finish

Commentary/Opinion:
Critical race theory is the latest attempt by the most privileged people in our society to displace the blame for their mismanagement of the country onto the people below them.

How Democrats’ Attacks On The 2020 Election’s Legitimacy Set The Stage For Revolution

Commentary/Opinion:
Democrats have been masters at messaging for decades.

They focus on a single idea, they and their corrupt allies in the media magnify and propagate the idea, and then they all repeat it endlessly until it is accepted as fact.

The idea Democrats are pushing today is that before voting has even begun, the 2020 presidential election is illegitimate.

Why are Democrats working to undermine the election, rather than working to win it?

On the chance that President Donald Trump is re-elected, they are attempting to veto the vote and bring about revolution in America.

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Kamala Harris’s Crazy Comment about Jacob Blake

Commentary/Opinion:

Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler on OAN.

Ingraham: Bidenology 101 — the War Party exposed

Commentary/Opinion:
A vote for Joe Biden will lead back to the disastrous policies that led to the invasion of Iraq in the first place.

World News:

Chinese embassy calls for Twitter inquiry after porn clip liked

image captionAmbassador Liu Xiaoming has had a Twitter account since late last year.
REUTERS/TWITTER image captionAmbassador Liu Xiaoming has had a Twitter account since late last year

Liu Xiaoming’s account also liked posts that criticised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and showed blindfolded Uighurs being detained.Officials claimed that “anti-Chinese elements [had] viciously attacked” Mr Liu’s account in a “despicable” plot designed to “deceive the public”.Twitter has yet to comment.

The activity first drew attention after the account liked a 10-second video posted by an adult-themed page containing clips with Chinese-language descriptions.

Uighurs Accuse China of Genocide in International Court

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The two organizations—the East Turkistan Government in Exile and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement—have retained human-rights lawyers based in London and the Hague to make the case for Chinese prosecution in the International Criminal Court.

The complaint marks the first time Uighurs have used an international court to combat China’s abuses against the ethnic group. 

Compiling more than 20 accounts from survivors of Uighur labor camps, the legal team hopes to take aim at approximately 30 senior Chinese Communist Party leaders, including Chinese president Xi Jinping. 

The Uighur population in Xinjiang—a province in western China—totals roughly 11.7 million, according to Chinese government figures.

At least one million Uighurs are detained in forced labor camps, where Chinese authorities forcibly sterilize and torture the ethnic Muslims.

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Official With Anti-Israel U.N. Group to Help Train BDS Activists in D.C.

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The UNRWA official’s participation in the event is generating concerns about the U.N. agency, which saw its funding cut by the Trump administration as a result of anti-Israel controversies. 

Her attendance is evidence the group has made no effort to reform. In stark contrast to the Trump administration’s policy, Biden in May vowed to restore more than $350 million to the group if elected.

Biden maintains the aid is necessary to boost the Palestinian government and entice it into serious negotiations with Israel on peace.

The conference is billed by organizers as “an in-depth course on legislative advocacy” in the United States that seeks to train activists to lobby Congress on issues such as BDS and other anti-Israel priorities.

Facebook to be forced to stop sending EU data to the US

In a statement, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head lobbyist, confirmed Ireland’s expected decision, saying that the pending ruling would be felt across the transatlantic economy.

“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would damage the economy and hamper the growth of data-driven businesses in the EU,” Clegg said.

“We will continue to transfer data in compliance with the recent CJEU ruling and until we receive further guidance.”

Facebook still has an opportunity to put its case to Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner before a final judgment — but the order will likely set a precedent for how billions of euros of data should be handled and moved across the Atlantic.

The order may force other tech giants like Google to reconsider transferring EU data to the U.S. after the 27-country bloc’s highest court ruled in July that the U.S. did not sufficiently protect Europeans’ privacy rights when their data was accessed by American national security agencies.

Turkey-Iran ties grow;Russia claims Syria EastMed oil;Lebanon fraud tackled-TV7 Israel News 09.09.20

1) Israel discussed the deepening of relations with the African Republic of Chad, as Premier Netanyahu hosts Chad’s Cabinet Chairman AbdelKerim Deby in Jerusalem.

2) Russia is set to expand its offshore gas drillings in the eastern Mediterranean follow a bilateral agreement with Syria.

3) The leaders of Iran and Turkey hold a virtual council meeting, during which they pledge to deepen bilateral cooperation vis-à-vis “regional problems.”

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United States Formally Announces Troop Reduction in Iraq

U.S. soldiers are seen during a handover ceremony of Taji military base from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi security forces, in the base north of Baghdad, Iraq
U.S. soldiers are seen during a handover ceremony of Taji military base from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi security forces, in the base north of Baghdad, Iraq / Reuters

The United States has around 5,200 troops that were deployed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State militant group. Officials in the U.S.-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the remnants of Islamic State on their own.

“We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programs that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Iraq.

A senior administration official had said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be announcing a reduction of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Afghan officials: Kabul bomb targets VP, kills 10 civilians

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing and the Taliban quickly denied they were behind the attack.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh suffered minor burns in the blast. The bomb was hidden in a cart by the roadside and detonated as his convoy passed by.

Saleh, who is also Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief, said in his first television appearance immediately after the attack that he was fine and had sustained only slight burns. He appeared in the TV footage with bandages on one hand.

Australian Journalists Flee China after Diplomatic Stand Off

ABC footage shows journalists Bill Birtles and Michael Smith talking to the media in Sydney, Australia, September 8, 2020.
ABC footage shows journalists Bill Birtles and Michael Smith talking to the media in Sydney, Australia, September 8, 2020. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Reuters)

Chinese officials told Bill Birtles, Beijing correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Mike Smith, Shanghai correspondent for the Australian Financial Review (AFR) that they were “persons of interest in an investigation” into an Australian anchor for state broadcaster CGTN, Cheng Lei, AFR said.

Cheng has been detained by police in China as she is “suspected of engaging in criminal activities endangering China’s national security,” said Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson.

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Watch: Lifeguard Arrested, Led Away in Handcuffs by Hazmat Cops for ‘Surfing with Coronavirus’

A professional lifeguard was reported to police by her own colleagues in San Sebastian, in the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s Basque country on Monday after she was spotted surfing while placed on medical leave by her employer following a positive coronavirus test.

Remarkable footage and images of the young woman refusing to stop surfing when demanded to by officers, and finally being taken up the beach by police, went viral in Spain, reports national newspaper El Paìs.

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official, citing Israel-UAE peace deal

Also cited in the letter was the president’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.”

Tybring-Gjedde, further, praised Trump for withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East.

“Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict.

The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” he wrote.

Commentary/Opinion:

Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller Tackle ‘Cancel Culture’ | No Spin News

Dennis Miller joins Bill O’Reilly from his man-cave as the dynamic duo tackles “cancel culture” and its impact on free speech.

Trump Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Reactions & #Oscars Too Woke? | DIRECT MESSAGE | RUBIN REPORT

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report discusses Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination, troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Oscars going full woke and more.

Dave gives his thoughts on Donald Trump getting a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.

He was selected by Christian Tybring-Gjedde for facilitating a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Based on the reaction to this news Dave wonders if the left still supports peace.

Dave is shown how woke Hollywood can go.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new standards of inclusion to qualify for the Best Picture Oscar.

Finally Dave gives his reaction to CNN altering a photo of Joe Biden’s son’s hat to protect their viewers from the scary Washington Redskins logo.

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