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House of A.D. King added to African American Civil Rights Network by Sec. of Interior David Bernhardt

(Henry Thornton/YHN)
(Henry Thornton/YHN)

BIRMINGHAM — On May 11, 1963, the house in Birmingham where Reverend Alfred Daniel Williams “A.D.” King lay asleep with his family was bombed by someone angry at King’s leadership in the civil rights movement.

Fifty-seven years later, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt traveled to that same house so he could personally oversee its addition to the African American Civil Rights Network.

According to the King Institute as Stanford, angry protesters filled the streets that May evening after learning of the failed assassination attempt at the faith leader’s home.

A.D. King went out to join the protesters, who were on the verge of descending into riots.

“My friends, we have had enough problems tonight. If you’re going to kill someone, then kill me. … Stand up for your rights, but with nonviolence,” he told the crowd, which reportedly dissipated soon after.

The African American Civil Rights Network was created by a unanimously passed act of Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in January 2018. It catalogs and publicizes locations significant to the African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Two Kroger workers fired after refusing to wear LGBTQ apron. Now federal watchdog is suing chain for religious discrimination.

Image source (L to R): Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits
Image source (L to R): Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits

The lawsuit claims ex-workers Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd said the company implemented a policy in April 2019 that required employees to wear an apron that included a rainbow heart, which they say endorses LGBTQ values, the network said.

The women claimed wearing the symbol would violate their religious beliefs, and that they even tried to offer alternatives, ABC News said, citing the lawsuit.

The network — citing the lawsuit — added that Kroger didn’t fire other employees who declined to wear the new apron or covered the heart emblem without requesting religious accommodations.

Union boss sentenced for ordering attack on workers who refused to join union

Jeffrey Veach, 57, the former president of an Indiana chapter of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers (BSOIW) was charged for his role in the incident in 2018, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He and co-defendant Thomas Williamson, a business agent for BSOIW, each pleaded guilty in January to one count of extortion conspiracy, the DOJ said.

“Under the pretext of serving their union, [Veach] victimized the very type of people [he was] supposed to be fighting for; innocent, hard-working iron workers, who were just trying to do their jobs,” said DOJ organized crime attorney Alexander Gottfried, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

Authorities make second arrest in execution-style murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant

Wilson County, North Carolina, police arrested 21-year-old Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit earlier this week. She was charged with aiding Sessoms after he reportedly murdered the child.

According to local reports, Pettit allegedly helped Sessoms flee from police before he was taken into custody the day after the shooting.

WTVD-TV reported that authorities charged Pettit with felony accessory after the fact. She received a $250,000 secured bond.

Facebook’s former director of monetization says Facebook intentionally made its product as addictive as cigarettes — and now he fears it could cause ‘civil war’

In a testimony before the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee published Thursday, Kendall accused Facebook of building algorithms that have facilitated the spread of misinformation, encouraged divisive rhetoric, and laid the groundwork for a “mental health crisis.”

“We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook, working to make our offering addictive at the outset,”

“The social media services that I and others have built over the past 15 years have served to tear people apart with alarming speed and intensity.

At the very least, we have eroded our collective understanding — at worst, I fear we are pushing ourselves to the brink of a civil war.”

Facebook’s algorithm rewards shocking content and divisive rhetoric in order to evoke extreme emotional responses from users in order to hold users’ attention and generate more ad revenue, Kendall told lawmakers.

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Apple backtracks, apologizes after Siri tells people terrorists are found at police departments

Stories began to circulate on Tuesday claiming that Apple’s artificial intelligence program, Siri, related law enforcement officers to terrorists.

Now, Apple is apologizing for their mistake.

On Tuesday Law Enforcement Today reported that after an update released by Apple, users began to notice Siri’s odd response when asked “hey Siri, where are the terrorists?”

Instead of asking users to clarify or rephrase the question Siri directed them to the nearest police station.

Louisville police shooting suspect identified

Protests erupt across the U.S after a grand jury indicts one officer for endangerment in the killing of Breonna Taylor; David Lee Miller reports.

Census Bureau Workers Begin Counting Homeless

The workers will visit encampments and soup kitchens and have identified 49,000 locations where homeless Americans congregate.

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FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker Carlson: Billionaires, big corporations supporting riots across America

Tucker Carlson discusses Breonna Taylor case and the protests in its aftermath.

Politics:

‘Trump Was Right’: Explosive New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency’s potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show.

The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.

“[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Exposes Twitter’s Double Standards In Tech Hearing

“I am extremely concerned when platforms apply inconsistent content moderating policies for their own purposes whether as an excuse to take responsibility for failing to enforce content standards fairly, or by altering speech to settle scores with political or competitive opponents,” McMorris Rodgers said.

“There’s no clearer example of a platform using its power for political purposes, then Twitter singling out President Trump, while also leaving blatant threats of violence by activist Democratic candidates and authoritarian foreign leaders untouched.”

Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, McMorris Rodgers highlighted several other posts from the Chinese Communist Party and Democratic candidates left unchecked.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Offers Own Money to Improve Voting Access

Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks onstage during Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on July 31, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks onstage during Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Annual Grants Banquet at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on July 31, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a series of tweets, the former California governor outlined his objectives.

“Today I sent a letter to nearly 6,000 elections officials and county commissioners in states formerly covered by Voting Rights Act Section 5 inviting them to apply for grants, funded by me, to reopen polling centers and improve voting access,” wrote Schwarzenegger, a Republican.

“This country gave me everything, and I truly believe this could be one of the best investments I have ever made. All of us can do our part to give back and fight for equality.

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The radicals are in control of the Democrat Party!

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Democrat tactics: The radicals are in control of the Democrat Party, they should end their petty politics and get to work.

CNN, broadcast networks ignore Hunter Biden revelations, others downplay Senate report

The report goes further and alleges that not just Hunter Biden but other members of the Biden family “were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.”

In one instance, the report stated that Hunter Biden “opened a bank account” with a Chinese national linked to China’s communist government, which “financed a $100,000 global spending spree” for the former vice president’s brother, James Biden, and his wife, Sara Biden.

Apparently, these new revelations were not newsworthy to many of the major news networks. CNN and all three nightly news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC completely avoided the subject. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was the only host on the entire network to address the Senate report but spent those roughly two minutes of coverage downplaying it.

Biden campaign retires for the day at 9 a.m. as election looms

With just 40 days until the presidential election, Joe Biden’s campaign called a lid at the early hour of 9 a.m. Thursday — meaning the Democratic nominee won’t be holding any public events for the rest of the day.

Biden’s campaign blasted out the email at 9:20 a.m., announcing the 77-year-old Democratic nominee would spend the day hunkered down in the Wilmington, Delaware, home where he has been sequestered for much of the coronavirus pandemic.

His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), also has no public events.

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Senate panel preparing to subpoena Google, Facebook and Twitter for CEO testimony

Sen. Roger Wicker speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission.
Sen. Roger Wicker speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission. | Jonathan Newton/AP Photo

A top staffer for Senate Commerce Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) wrote in the email to staff Wednesday that invitations have been sent to the top executives and “unless we receive a very prompt affirmative response, we will be issuing the subpoenas.”

John Keast, the panel’s staff director, said Wicker has notified ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) of his intent to issue subpoenas “to compel the attendance” of Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.

That notice to Cantwell, according to Keast, gives the CEOs until the end of the day Thursday to respond before resorting to subpoenas. Cantwell could still object to the notice, which would negate the deadline.

Leftists threaten violence over Trump SCOTUS nominee

Commentary/Opinion:
They said so themselves!

World News:

China expanding detention camp network in Xinjiang, researchers say

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (罗布泊/WikiCommons)
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (罗布泊/WikiCommons)

China’s network of detention centers in the northwest Xinjiang region is much more extended than previously thought and has been expanded in recent years, according to research unveiled by an Australian think tank.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said on September 24 the number of facilities where China is believed to have detained more than 1 million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities is around 40 percent greater than previous estimates and the network has been growing despite China’s claims that many Uyghurs have been released.

Accounts have emerged of torture, rape, and other abuse in the camps.

ASPI said that by using satellite imagery, eyewitness accounts, media reports, and official construction-tender documents, it had identified more than 380 “suspected detention facilities” in Xinjiang.

North Korea Kills and Burns South Korean Defector, Officials Say

Reuters
Reuters

According to reporting from the New York Times,the unnamed official was a 47-year-old fisheries official who served as first mate on a boat monitoring contested waters with North Korea.

After excusing himself from his post Monday, his peers found only his shoes at the ship’s stern. 

Hours later, North Korean officials were said to have found the man floating within the country’s waters.

A North Korean Navy ship approached the sailor, shooting him and then burning his body with oil, on direct orders from superiors, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said.

Israel to enter nation-wide shutdown; Saudi King warns of Iranian deception-TV7 Israel News 24.09.20

1) Israel is heading into a second’ forced nation-wide shutdown, as part of what Jerusalem officials insist, is the only way to diminish the uncontrollable spread of the corona-contagion.

2) Saudi King Salman bin AbdulAziz cautioned that while the international community makes extensive efforts to address Iran’s nuclear program; the Ayatollah regime exploits these efforts to fuel its expansionist agenda.

3) Senior delegations from the Gaza-based Islamist Hamas and West Bank-based Fatah factions held an extensive meeting, which focused on finding a viable foundation for reconciliation, derived from a common-goal – to thwart Israeli normalization with the Arab and Muslim world.

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UK Reports Most New Coronavirus Cases Since Pandemic Started

The figure comes amid a resurgence of the virus across Europe that has prompted the reintroduction of emergency measures to try to limit its spread.

But comparing the current case tally with numbers from six months earlier can be misleading, because the U.K.’s testing capacity has almost doubled, unearthing many more infections.

That’s why scientists are also looking at deaths and hospitalizations, among other indicators, to track the pandemic.

Those have remained lower, with 40 deaths reported on Thursday compared with 698 on May 1, the day of the previous record for fatalities.

Commentary/Opinion:

The MSM is LYING to you about the Breonna Taylor story

The Mainstream Media has completely abdicated its job when it comes to reporting fairly on cases like Breonna Taylor.

Instead of actually talk about the FACTS of what happened, outlets like CNN and MSNBC are outright trying to stir up riots in our streets.

Today, we break down everything you need to know about the Breonna Taylor case with no bias, no agenda, just trying to establish a baseline of reality for what actually happened, since no one else will!

Internal Memo Shows NYC DA Working Against Police (Pt. 2) | Jeanine Pirro | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Jeanine explains why this election is the most important of her lifetime.

She feels that never before have the choices been so stark between a Democratic Party that doesn’t stand up to ideas like “defund the police” and a Republican Party trying to instill law and order.

She thinks citizens of hard hit cities like Kenosha, Chicago, and Portland are tired of Democrats who have been too sympathetic to protesters and rioters.

She reveals how she has even seen an internal memo from Manhattan District attorney Cy Vance that allowed the dismissal of charges against protesters, but allowed them to report any misbehavior of NYPD to allow for prosecution of those officers.

Jeanine also gives her harsh critique of NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.