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News and Headlines.10/8/2020

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Connecticut orthodontist indicted in Westchester County love-triangle stabbing

Alika Crew, 42, of New Rochelle, N.Y., worked at the Stein Dental Group in Stamford, Conn.

She faces a slew of charges, including attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment, all felonies, and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said.

Crew is accused of attacking her romantic rival July 28. She reportedly hid in the back seat of the woman’s Jeep and lunged at her.

She chased the woman who fled and sliced her neck and hand with a razor blade, prosecutors said.

Lawsuit Forces Northam to Lift Onerous COVID Restrictions on Church Services

AP Photo/Steve Helber
AP Photo/Steve Helber

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) had long been notorious for instituting some of the harshest restrictions on churches ostensibly to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

Yet last week, with little fanfare, Northam agreed to settle a religious freedom lawsuit and dropped the more onerous restrictions for religious services that have 250 or fewer attendees.

Restrictions regarding masks and social distancing still apply, but extra rules regarding signage, seating, food and beverage containers, and more have quietly disappeared.

Luke AFB commemorates Tuskegee Airman with flyover

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, executed an F-35 Lightning II Missing Man formation flyover October 2, 2020.
Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, executed an F-35 Lightning II Missing Man formation flyover October 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Bolken)

An Arizona native, veteran of three wars, and one of the original Tuskegee Airmen passed away last month in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 95.

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, executed an F-35 Lightning II Missing Man formation flyover October 2, 2020.

The mission over the Arizona State Capitol paid tribute to the late Maj. George Washington Biggs, U.S. Air Force (Ret.).

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FBI provides details on plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer

Six men were charged in Michigan Thursday for allegedly plotting to abduct and kill Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as other political figures.

LinkedIn Goes Full Facebook: Declares War on AGW Skeptics

This all started a few weeks ago, when Greg wrote an article about polar bear populations. The article was very well sourced and largely based on the work of Susan Crockford, one of the foremost polar bear experts in the world. The article featured this image:

The graph accurately reflects the data, it is well sourced and properly attributed to the original author. It merely points out that the hype about dwindling polar bear populations is nothing but hype.

After the article was taken down, Greg shared this meme on his LinkedIn page:

Nothing in the LinkedIn “Do’s and don’ts” prohibits posting scientific articles or funny memes. Political content is also not explicitly prohibited.

Nothing that Greg has posted appears to have violated any of the terms of service. Was this just Facebook-Fascist style political censorship?

First Man Charged with Crime Because he Ignored Pandemic Rule

A man from Kentucky is set to face charges in November.

John Pennington was travelling from Alaska to the lower 48 in the United States. He has now been charged with violating Canada’s Quarantine Act with accusations that he failed to follow Coronavirus public safety rules while in Banff.

If he’s found guilty, he could be fined up to $750,000 or sentenced to six months in jail.

Politics:

Megyn Kelly slaps Kamala Harris for behavior during vice presidential debate: ‘Take it like a woman’

Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot

In a late-night tweet, Kelly blasted Harris for making faces and said she should deal with Pence’s remarks “like a woman.”

“Take it like a woman,” she wrote. “Don’t make faces.”

Kelly’s tweet was widely liked, and shared more than 11,000 times at the time of this reporting.

Kelly wasn’t the only one who took Harris to task over her animated facial expressions.

Get Ready for the Largest Virtual Rally in Radio History

I’m thrilled to announce that our commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, will be right here tomorrow hosting the largest virtual rally in radio history.

Be sure to tune in. You don’t want to miss this. It will be special. And I am really looking forward to it.

There’s gonna be a special inbox set up for you to send your questions for President Trump. So be thinking of things you’d like to ask him today, and then get ready for the largest virtual rally in radio history tomorrow.

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Staff Campaigners for Mark Kelly’s US Senate Bid In Arizona Agree: Not Honest On Gun Control Agenda

James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of the Project Veritas Action Fund, said,  “Our investigation into Senate hopeful Mark Kelly has revealed some ‘truths’ about Kelly’s gun control agenda that should concern the voters here in the Grand Canyon state.”

“Two different campaign workers trying to help Kelly beat Sen. Martha McSally expressed their disappointment that Kelly is afraid to tell Arizona voters the full extent of his anti-gun rights agenda,” O’Keefe said.

The Insane, Predictable Response To VP Debate & Trump Done Debating? | DIRECT MESSAGE | RUBIN REPO

Commentary/Opinion: Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report reacts to pathetic, but predictable media response to the vice presidential debate.

Despite Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris talking over each other at times, it was Pence who was in the wrong.

Since everyone is a third wave feminist now, Pence wasn’t debating her views, but was, in fact, mansplaining to her.

Dave gives his thoughts on this intellectually lazy form of analysis.

Dave also reacts to Donald Trump’s announcement that he will not participate in any more presidential debates if they are virtual, as the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Thursday. Finally, Dave discusses the death of the movie theater industry.

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Documents prove Obama’s team created Russian collusion hoax

The Director of Nation Intelligence reveals startling new details about the Russian Collusion Hoax against President Donald Trump.

As One America’s Pearson Sharp explains, senior Obama officials were working hard to cover up Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and undermine the 2016 election.

World News:

North Korea may show new missiles at weekend military parade

In this Oct. 10, 2015, photo, warheads are paraded during a military parade during celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.
In this Oct. 10, 2015, photo, warheads are paraded during a military parade during celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

For months, North Korea has been relatively uncombative, as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters and the deepening economic pain under years of tough U.S.-led sanctions.

But ahead of the 75th founding anniversary of his ruling party this weekend, speculation has risen that Kim may hold a massive military parade and unveil newly developed, powerful missiles.

The goal, experts say, would be to bolster internal unity and draw U.S. attention amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy between the countries.

US Consulate employee found dead with 9 gunshot wounds in Mexico

A missing U.S. Consulate was found dead in a field by Tijuana police southeast of the city in an area known as Rancho las Uvas last weekend.

Edgar Flores Santos was working out of the American Consulate in Tijuana as an agricultural, crops and animal expert and was reported missing on September 30.

Investigators initially reported that his body had been found with signs of trauma and “suspicious injuries,” but on Monday afternoon they confirmed that Flores Santos had been shot nine times with different caliber weapons, Fox 5 in San Diego reported.

Condemnation of China’s Xinjiang, Hong Kong policies gains support at UN

Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen delivers a statement to the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee in New York, Oct. 6, 2020.
Germany’s UN Ambassador Christoph Heusgen delivers a statement to the UN General Assembly’s human rights committee in New York, Oct. 6, 2020.

The U.K. and Germany have led a group of 39 member states in condemning China’s treatment of Uyghurs and imposition of harsh security measures in Hong Kong at the U.N. General Assembly, signaling increasing opposition to Beijing’s policies from the international community.

In a joint statement issued late on Tuesday to the General Assembly’s human rights committee, the two nations—as well as the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, and several members of the European Union—slammed China for its persecution of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

The countries also expressed concern over provisions in the recently passed Hong Kong National Security Law they said do not conform to China’s international legal obligations.

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Experts Discovering COVID Lockdowns Doing More Harm Than Good

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, an epidemiologist at Oxford University; and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a physician and epidemiologist at Stanford University, have written an address to the world’s government to say that studies are conclusive that all these lockdowns have had a disastrous effect on the world without doing much to beat the coronavirus.

The trio started their letter saying, “As infectious-disease epidemiologists and public-health scientists, we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental-health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”

They went on to insist that, “Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short- and long-term public health.”

Over 30% of Social Media Postings About Jews Are Hostile, Swedish Researchers Conclude in New Report

The report — compiled by the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI) — examined approximately 2.5 million posts about Jews or Judaism on the digital platforms 4chan/pol, Gab, Reddit and Twitter over a six-month period in 2019.

The researchers’ analysis showed that almost 25 percent of the posts contained antisemitic stereotypes, while another nine percent did not contain a stereotype but still expressed hostility toward Jews.

“Stereotypes about Jews’ power and dishonesty are the most prevalent. These stereotypes can be seen in several of the conspiracy theories circulating on the internet and in social media”, said Katie Cohen, researcher at FOI, in a statement accompanying the report’s publication.

EU ultimatum to Palestinian Authority “false”; Iran meddles in US elections-TV7 Israel News 08.10.20

1) The European Union reportedly warned the Palestinian Authority that unless it accepts tax funds which Israel levies on its behalf – EU member states will suspend any further economic aid to Ramallah.

2) EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell voices caution over the dire economic situation in Iran.

3) The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms that Iran is trying to meddle in the U.S. Presidential elections.

Commentary/Opinion:

How Can the New York Times Write about the Failure of Venezuela and not Mention Socialism?

Authored by Sheyla Urdaneta, Anatoly Kurmanaev and Isayen Herrera, it provides a thorough description of how the energy sector in oil-rich Venezuela has collapsed.

The article never once mentions socialism. Or statism. Or leftist economic policy.

Instead, there is one allusion to “mismanagement” and one sentence that refers to government policy.

Almost 1800 words in the article, yet virtually no discussion of how maybe, just maybe, Venezuela’s hard shift to the left (as illustrated by the chart,

economic freedom has steadily decline this century) may have may have contributed to the collapse of the country’s major industry.

This is journalistic malpractice. Sort of like writing about the 2020 election and not mentioned the 1944 presidential election and not mentioning World War II.